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Researchers Uncover 1.5-Million-Year-Old Footprints

Freshly discovered trails of ancient footprints, left on what was once the muddy shores of a river near Ileret, Kenya, indicate that some 1.5 million years ago human ancestors walked in a manner similar to that of people today. The international team of researchers who analyzed the prints say that those who left them had . . . → Read More: Researchers Uncover 1.5-Million-Year-Old Footprints

Culture Warriors and the Threat of Violence

by Gus diZerega

As many Pagans will know, Unitarians are one of the most important ‘bridge’ denominations enabling Pagans to become part of the mainstream spiritual community in the US. http://www.cuups.org/content2/ The more people can be kept from interacting with one another, the easier it becomes for cynical leaders to turn decent people against . . . → Read More: Culture Warriors and the Threat of Violence

Earth my body, water my blood

So go the words to a popular Wiccan chant. (“Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath, and fire my spirit.” Alternatively, “earth Her body…” etc.)

I’m sure I’m not the first breastfeeding woman to make this observation: whoever crafted Jesus’s words to his followers at the Last Supper surely had a breastfeeding woman . . . → Read More: Earth my body, water my blood

Planning a Magical Garden

by Patti Wigington

Ever think about planting flowers that bloom just at night? Yeah, sounds weird, but it’s glorious to look at (and smell) when it’s done right. Try cultivating a Magical Moon Garden as a way of getting in touch with lunar energies. This not only looks beautiful, it provides a nice backdrop . . . → Read More: Planning a Magical Garden

New Version of ‘Cakes for the Queen of Heaven’

An updated version of the popular Unitarian Universalist adult education course, Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, is now available . Both the original and the updated courses are by the Rev. Shirley Ranck, Ph.D.

The original Cakes course was published in 1986 by the religious education section of the Unitarian Universalist Association , the . . . → Read More: New Version of ‘Cakes for the Queen of Heaven’

Quotes of the Day

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

A few interesting quotes that I’ve come across in my daily web-travels:

“[It is my] “duty to our Goddess to build a better world.”

– The Rev. Luis Barrios, an Episcopal priest canonically resident in the Diocese of New York. The quote is from a statement he released after his . . . → Read More: Quotes of the Day

Why Do People Become Wiccan?

By Patti Wigington

A reader writes in, “I’m not Wiccan, and I’m trying to understand why people are leaving Christianity to follow Wicca. What is it that makes people turn their backs on a God of love and peace to worship Wiccan gods?”

Answer:

This answer is going to come in a couple of . . . → Read More: Why Do People Become Wiccan?

Welcome the spring

by Niina Mero

FOR MODERN man, the vernal or spring equinox is no more than a pointless reminder in the almanac. Nothing happens. Clocks are not advanced until a week later and there’s still a good three weeks until Easter. All the spring equinox does is refer to the date when day and night are . . . → Read More: Welcome the spring

Sunlight, Trees, and Conversion

Those of you lucky enough to have read through the study programs I post here may have seen me cite a documentary I own called “In Search of Ancient Ireland” it is really great, you should buy it! It was produced, in part, by the Educational Broadcasting Corporation for PBS so you might have seen . . . → Read More: Sunlight, Trees, and Conversion

Circle time

By Jeff McCrory

If you had ewes, they’d be lactating. That calls for a Wiccan festival. “We’re kind of Middle American, aren’t we?” asked Walter Rhoads, a longtime attendee of the Wiccan celebrations put on by Belisama Fire. There were at least two strands of insinuation in Rhoads’ droll voice.

First, he was talking . . . → Read More: Circle time