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Earth Hour! 8:30 Tonight!

by Gus diZerega

Tonight, at 8:30 in whatever time zone they live, millions of people will be turning out their lights in a symbolic action pressing for worldwide change on energy and our relations with the More Then Human World. Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, the Earth Hour website reports

Earth Hour organizers have . . . → Read More: Earth Hour! 8:30 Tonight!

Better Question: Why Does Evil Exist?

by Starhawk

Does Satan Exist?

Contrary to popular belief, Witches, Wiccans, Pagans, Druids and all our kin do not believe in Satan. While we may vary widely in the precise outlines of what we do believe, we’re clear on that point — if only to differentiate ourselves from Satanists, who worship the fellow. We’ll tell . . . → Read More: Better Question: Why Does Evil Exist?

Der Germanenmythos

The hardest word of all, as English-speaking historians have always found, is völkisch. Folk-custom, biological lineage, traditional and national allegiance , ruralist prejudice against the cosmopolitan ‘asphalt’, local archaeology, conservative patriotism, and other ingredients which we now group vaguely as ‘ethnic’ all go into this soup. It exists, now, only as a label in . . . → Read More: Der Germanenmythos

What To Do When Your Neighbor Is A Witch?

“Herby! The new neighbors are moving in next door! Oh Herby, finally some new friends to invite to Sunday supper! Oh Herby, I wonder if they have kids. Little Herby Jr. could use a new friend!” Gerdy shouted from the next room.

In days to come, though, her enthusiasm came to an abrupt halt . . . → Read More: What To Do When Your Neighbor Is A Witch?

The Pagan Mind Will Never Die

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

Over at Salon.com Laura Miller has written a fascinating review of two new books that explore humanity’s deep attachment to relics, ancestor worship, and “biddable magical forces”. The books: “The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist” by Matt Baglio, and “Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Relics” by . . . → Read More: The Pagan Mind Will Never Die

1734 and All That

By Chas Clifton

A missive showed up in my inbox lately, written by some Wiccan Web denizen, who although in a coven (this part was confusing) had had some sort of vision or revelation involving the number 1734, which led him/her/it to my Witches’ Voice piece on the so-called “1734 Tradition.”

I say “so-called” because . . . → Read More: 1734 and All That

Drum trolls, please: Witches Ball

By Rich Freedman

The wicked witch may be dead; the good witches are still around. And they’ll be dancing, singing and beating drums Saturday at the Witches Ball, presented by The Pagan Alliance at the Clock Tower in Benicia. There won’t be any eye of newts or toe of frogs. And definitely no little kids . . . → Read More: Drum trolls, please: Witches Ball

Bay Area artist combines Apple gear with Greek gods

What does it mean when figures of the ancient world who have been depicted for millennia, are now given the tools of the 21st century, like iPhones and iPods?

That’s one of the questions that Adam Reeder is trying to explore in his “Socio-technic evolution” series.

One of the first in the series . . . → Read More: Bay Area artist combines Apple gear with Greek gods

10 must-haves for living off the grid

Creative alternative-energy gadgets to ease you into any off-the-grid adventure

Can’t imagine living without your mp3 player or flashlight? Fear not! Solar, wind and human energy can be harnessed to power our favourite technologies while decreasing our reliance on traditional energy sources (such as oil, coal and hydroelectricity). Whether you’re willingly getting off the grid, . . . → Read More: 10 must-haves for living off the grid

Pagans celebrate spring with Ostara ritual

By Magdalena Wegrzyn

Kat Lindgren used a flat feather to expertly fan burning sage over the small huddle of pagans gathered Saturday in the backyard behind her Lafayette home. As the pine scent settled over the circle and the sun started to set, Lindgren — a clergy-level Wiccan priestess — began the Ostara rite, a . . . → Read More: Pagans celebrate spring with Ostara ritual