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Interdependent Happiness

by David Pond

Happiness isn’t what it used to be, but then again, we are not what we used to be, either! We are evolving and realizing more of our human potential. That is not an easy statement to back up with all the evidence of collapse and chaos that has been with us since . . . → Read More: Interdependent Happiness

Training the Mind for Druidry – part 1: Open Meditation

In the course of working with students I find a continuing resistance to the systematic practice of basic Open Meditation. By this term I mean the practice of concentrating attention on a single object, such as the breath, while allowing other thought and sensation to flow by the attention without attachment. This technique is . . . → Read More: Training the Mind for Druidry – part 1: Open Meditation

Turning the cards for the year ahead

By David Schmeichel

The year 2009 is looking fine for Stephen Harper, the Blue Bombers and the North American economy — but not so hot for Sam Katz and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, says local psychic Elbera.

The St. Vital-based medium flipped her Tarot cards for the Winnipeg Sun’s benefit yesterday and came . . . → Read More: Turning the cards for the year ahead

Atheist-Friendly Prayer

I am annoyed that B’s family assumes everyone is or should be a Christian. I’m annoyed that I will spend the rest of my life at their family holidays bowing in prayer to their god while my own deities are looked down upon as myths, figments of imagination, or the devices of something evil.

Yet, . . . → Read More: Atheist-Friendly Prayer

Cauldron of Transformation

Do you feel comfortable with your current spiritual path? Would you like to explore other traditions, but hesitate to leave your own behind? Look here for some fascinating ideas about incorporating many systems into a single, cohesive belief system custom-designed to suit your unique needs. Major systems featured include Celtic Druidism, Christianity, Santeria, Buddhism, and . . . → Read More: Cauldron of Transformation

Spectacular Moon-Venus conjunction

It’s a perfect way to bid the ending year farewell with a celestial show in the skies. December 31st, Venus and the crescent Moon will come together in the south-western sky for a conjunction, which will visible for hours after sunset. As the sun goes down in the evening, one can look south-west to see . . . → Read More: Spectacular Moon-Venus conjunction

Military aims to muzzle evangelizing at recruiting sites

The Pentagon is cracking down on evangelizing at its national network of recruit processing centers, telling religious groups that it won’t permit proselytizing at the sites.

A new regulation quietly distributed last month to commanders of the 65 centers says that religious literature and publications produced by other “non-federal entities” may be made available to . . . → Read More: Military aims to muzzle evangelizing at recruiting sites

New Year’s traditions hail from antiquity

by Randy Shore

If your head really hurts on New Year’s Day, you could point your finger at the Babylonians who started this new year revelry nonsense. Though the ancient Romans added the idea of alcoholic excess, or at least perfected it. Julius Caesar fixed the start of the year on Jan. 1 by letting . . . → Read More: New Year’s traditions hail from antiquity

Hogmanay – A Scottish New Year’s Eve Tradition

A guid New Year to ane an` a` and mony may ye see!

Hogmanay, pronounced “hog-muh-NAY – with the main stress on the last syllable – there are many theories about the derivation of the word “Hogmanay”. The Scandinavian word for the feast preceding Yule was “Hoggo-nott” while the Flemish words (many have come into . . . → Read More: Hogmanay – A Scottish New Year’s Eve Tradition

Top Ten Pagan Stories of 2008 (Part One)

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

As we reach the close of 2008, it is time to stop for a moment and take stock of the previous year. When you look at (and for) news stories regarding modern Paganism (and related topics) every day of the year, you can sometimes lose focus on the larger picture. So it . . . → Read More: Top Ten Pagan Stories of 2008 (Part One)