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Observations of a Heathen

I see that my Nifty Guide has 3 “it’s bad” ratings and 3 “it rocks” ratings from visitors. At a guess, I’d say 3 Christians and 3 non-Christians. This isn’t rocket science.

People have a tendency to want to downplay actions committed by their own group. They get defensive. Just like nobody like to have . . . → Read More: Observations of a Heathen

Honouring the Divine

By Patti Wigington

In many Pagan and Wiccan traditions, it’s not uncommon to make some sort of offering or sacrifice to the gods. Bear in mind that despite the reciprocal nature of our relationship with the divine, it’s not a matter of “I’m offering you this stuff so you’ll grant my wish.” It’s more . . . → Read More: Honouring the Divine

Mistaken Myths about Shambhala

Many foreign myths have grown around the legend of Shambhala found in the Kalachakra literature. Some were spread to win military or political support, such as the identification of Russia, Mongolia, or Japan as Shambhala. Others appeared within occult movements and mixed Buddhist ideas with concepts from other systems of belief. Several even spawned expeditions . . . → Read More: Mistaken Myths about Shambhala

Ash Wednesday – a Pagan perspective

Christians have Lent, Jews have Yom Kippur, and Muslims have Ramadan. All are seasons of prayer, fasting, and introspection. At their best, their purpose is purification and simplification; they are a time to set aside the mundane and focus hearts and minds on the spiritual and the sacred.

Does Paganism need its own season of . . . → Read More: Ash Wednesday – a Pagan perspective

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the art of paying attention. This may sound like a suspiciously un-Nordic, perhaps even un-Pagan concept until you consider the primary result of a conscious application to being mindful — an increase in wisdom. One does not become wise by being oblivious to how the world works, what people think or why people . . . → Read More: Mindfulness

Country superstitions

by Tessa Waugh

How many of us believe that a single magpie brings bad luck and salute every one we see? It says a lot about human nature that old country superstitions are still given credence when rational explanations can now be offered for most aspects of life. Jilly Cooper is a habitual magpie saluter. . . . → Read More: Country superstitions

Goose: Pagan Symbol of Vigilance

Goose: Celtic Symbolism

Goose, Gèadh, symbolizes parenthood, productive power and vigilance. Geese are excellent “watch dogs” and highly protective of their territory. Goose brings creative and constructive power to people and shows it’s possible to be both grounded and spiritual in daily lives. She also represents wisdom, new beginnings, happiness, inspiration, communication, protection, bravery, loyalty, . . . → Read More: Goose: Pagan Symbol of Vigilance

The Wiccan Chaplaincy Case

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

Religion Clause (the best source for religious litigation news) just posted some new developments in the numerous legal challenges that Wiccan chaplain Patrick McCollum had brought against the state of California’s prison system, and it looks like more bad news. This, along with McCollum’s loss concerning challenges to California’s “five faiths” policy, . . . → Read More: The Wiccan Chaplaincy Case

My Nifty Guide to the 13th Century

I wanted to give everyone a brief refresher course. We are all going back to the 13th century with our Fundamentalist Christian friends and it’s important to remember a few things so as to avoid getting into trouble. Because getting into trouble in the 13th century is NOT a good thing. In honor of 13 . . . → Read More: My Nifty Guide to the 13th Century

Lithuanian Mardi Gras

By Justinas Vainilavicius

Every year thousands of people put on scary masks and carnival costumes to celebrate Uzgavenes, the Lithuanian equivalent of the Mardi Gras which marks the last day of feasting before Lent. The festival has deep pagan roots that heavily influence the Uzgavenes celebrations.

Uzgavenes masks can be made from whatever material the . . . → Read More: Lithuanian Mardi Gras