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Serial Monotheism

by Gus diZerega

From earliest recorded times many people have sought to understand as best they could the foundations for spiritual reality. Throughout the early ancient world from at least India to Greece, ‘monism’ appears to have been the most favored model. It accorded with the experiences reported by mystics and seemed to handle people’s . . . → Read More: Serial Monotheism

US Supreme Court denies appeal in Wyoming eagle case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied an appeal from a Northern Arapaho man who faces a criminal charge for killing a bald eagle without a permit.

Winslow Friday has acknowledged that he shot and killed a bald eagle on the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming for use in . . . → Read More: US Supreme Court denies appeal in Wyoming eagle case

Daylight savings time change irks some

By Angela Brown

It’s the first week of March and that can only mean it will soon be time to jump like a bunny on Sunday and turn the clocks one hour forward.

This Sunday’s daylight time comes three weeks early this year than pre-2007 when the Manitoba government decided to make the change to . . . → Read More: Daylight savings time change irks some

Those Swingin’ Frosts

I’ve always found the “spin” that Gavin and Yvonne Frost put on Wicca a bit… odd. It clearly dates back to the funkier atmosphere of the late sixties and early seventies, when the Craft was just starting to become somewhat more open. But there is also a tendency on the part of the Frosts to . . . → Read More: Those Swingin’ Frosts

Weapons and UU Churches

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

A North Carolina UU Church has made the news over a minor controversy concerning a member’s hunting knife. Rowe is a Pagan and has been wearing the knife on his belt for the four years he’s been attending the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin, but recent uneasiness about weapons in the wake . . . → Read More: Weapons and UU Churches

Monkeyspheres Part Deux

Since I’ve been thinking about the phenomenon of the monkeysphere lately I’ve begun pondering who gets included and by what means they are included in our personal concepts of who is real and who is not. I wonder how the monkeysphere theory relates to the internet. If verbal communication replaced grooming (which maintained group ties) . . . → Read More: Monkeyspheres Part Deux

U.S. attempts to regulate gathering of plant materials

By Vincent Schilling

On Dec. 29, 2008 the U.S. Forest Service issued a measure attempting to regulate the gathering of native plant materials on Forest Service lands. The ruling would regulate tribal members that gather any plant materials used for basket making, traditional medicines, ceremonies and food. The Sale and Disposal of National Forest System . . . → Read More: U.S. attempts to regulate gathering of plant materials

A Cosmological Pre-Ritual Briefing

For the benefit of those who are not familiar with what we do in ADF, let me quickly explain our cosmology and what we expect to achieve in our ritual.

We are a sacrificial religion, which means that we strive to create and maintain relationships with the spiritual powers around us. This includes the Gods, . . . → Read More: A Cosmological Pre-Ritual Briefing

Maypole plea stretches across Atlantic

By James Nadal

A PLEA by organisers of the Cookham Festival for a maypole dancing instructor has reached across the Atlantic after the appeal appeared on the Bucks Free Press website. Committee members, who decided to volunteer themselves as maypole dancers after a lack of interest, said the search for a teacher had gone transatlantic, . . . → Read More: Maypole plea stretches across Atlantic

For Concerned Parents

By Patti Wigington

So your child has started reading books on witchcraft, likes wearing lots of silver jewelry, and has changed her name to Moonfire. Should you be worried?

Not yet.

For many parents of teens who have discovered Paganism and Wicca, there are a lot of questions and concerns. You may be worried that . . . → Read More: For Concerned Parents