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Pagan Celebrations of Beltane

by Gus diZerega

Tonight is Beltane, and tomorrow is May Day. Two good discussions of this time are by Circle Sanctuary and Witchvox. Beltane and tomorrow is May Day. Beltane and May Day comprise one of our two most important Sabbats, the other being Samhain, which is six months away. For Wiccans and most other . . . → Read More: Pagan Celebrations of Beltane

Respect community diversity

Tribal communities are no longer homogeneous cultural groups. One can say that most indigenous communities were never entirely homogenous, culturally or politically. While tribal groups often shared ceremonies and creation stories, they retained considerable local political and economic autonomy. Families, bands and clans harvested most of their economic needs, and were not economically dependent on . . . → Read More: Respect community diversity

Bannock for Beltane

by Trish Deneen

Bannock bread has become popular for Beltane rituals. It’s easy to prepare and so versatile that it has been a camper’s favorite for generations. As a fire festival associated with fertility, Beltane is celebrated outdoors by Pagans of different paths. This makes bannock bread a perfect treat to make over the campfire . . . → Read More: Bannock for Beltane

Gullveig and Negative Thinking

There are many lessons in the mythic narratives. Take one : Gullveig cannot be killed. Every time she is burned, she comes to life again. Kill her and she rises again. The Gods finally learn to accept her but to exile her.

Gullveig represents many different things : avarice, envy, the evil eye, curses, and . . . → Read More: Gullveig and Negative Thinking

A Wiccan Couple’s Fight For Recognition

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

The DesMoines Register does a great job illustrating why legalizing same-sex marriage isn’t only about gay rights, but the rights of religious minorities as well. The paper profiles Toni Heard and Michelle McBride, a Nebraskan couple who were handfasted in a Wiccan ceremony two years ago, but are now hoping to gain . . . → Read More: A Wiccan Couple’s Fight For Recognition

Thoughts on Odin, the Aesir, and Their Home

For nearly seven years now, Woden has been my fulltrui–a term which is most often translated as “fully trusted one,” and sometimes also as “heart-friend”—among the Gods. As my friend and colleague Svartesol has pointed out, fulltrui was also an Icelandic legal term meaning “representative” or advocate. Thus, I can expect Woden to represent me . . . → Read More: Thoughts on Odin, the Aesir, and Their Home

Ritual Sex and The Great Rite

by Patti Wigington

In some (although not all) traditions of Wicca and Paganism, sacred sex is part of spiritual practice. Wicca in its original form is a fertility religion, first and foremost, so it’s understandable that at some point you may encounter some references to sexual acts, whether they be actual or implied. By implied, . . . → Read More: Ritual Sex and The Great Rite

Faining

As I have mentioned, I consider faining to be quite different from a devotional practice, at least how I see it and practice it myself. Devotional practice is a daily thing of very minor, simple tasks that helps to keep one mindful and perhaps on an even keel. Faining is special, and should thus be . . . → Read More: Faining

Beltane History – Celebrating May Day

The Fires of Tara:

Beltane kicks off the merry month of May, and has a long history. This fire festival is celebrated on May 1 with bonfires, Maypoles, dancing, and lots of good old fashioned sexual energy. The Celts honored the fertility of the gods with gifts and offerings, sometimes including animal or human . . . → Read More: Beltane History – Celebrating May Day

Respect and Responsibility

North American religions have been under attack for centuries. European settlers started the attack by labeling Native American people as “devil-worshippers,” even burning some of them at the stake, and outlawing their religions. They destroyed and stole sacred objects, and continue to withhold them from their rightful guardians. The U.S. Army massacred Ghost Dancers . . . → Read More: Respect and Responsibility