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Bread and Roses for Beltane

If, like me, you are a small frog croaking joyfully in the lily pond that is modern Paganism then you, too, will receive emails this time of year asking if you know of any Beltane events occurring your town. Whenever I receive such correspondence, I refer folks to the events pages at The Witches Voice, . . . → Read More: Bread and Roses for Beltane

Pope apologizes for Canadian residential school abuses

Pope Benedict has said he is sorry for the physical and sexual abuse and “deplorable” conduct at Catholic church-run Canadian residential schools.

The Vatican says the pontiff expressed his sorrow and emphasized that “acts of abuse cannot be tolerated” at a meeting Wednesday with representatives of native Canadians. “Given the sufferings that some indigenous children . . . → Read More: Pope apologizes for Canadian residential school abuses

Tribes look to Obama for protection of sacred peaks

The Navajo Nation Council has given its approval for the Nation’s attorneys and leaders to meet with the Obama administration in hopes of working out a settlement to protect the sacred San Francisco Peaks from desecration.

The Nation is seeking an expedited meeting prior to May 8, when the U.S. Solicitor General’s response brief is . . . → Read More: Tribes look to Obama for protection of sacred peaks

My Path: or, The Un-traditional Polytheist

Go to a new moot, camp, open ritual, whatever, and one of the first things you’re asked, after “What do you want to drink?” and “Aren’t you cold in that?” is “What path do you follow?” The answer for me is always “My own.” Not very helpful, I know, but with integrity I can’t say . . . → Read More: My Path: or, The Un-traditional Polytheist

Walpurgisnacht

In parts of Germanic Europe, Walpurgisnacht is celebrated each year around April 30 – right around the time of Beltane. The festival is named for Walpurga, a Christian saint, who spent a number of years as a missionary in the Frankish empire. Over time, the celebration of St. Walpurga blended with the Viking celebrations of . . . → Read More: Walpurgisnacht

Teen readers love their blood-sucking boyfriends

In Harlequin’s first teenage novel, which will hit store shelves this August, the heroine is a high school student who discovers she’s actually a banshee, a being from Gaelic folklore with a special connection to the souls of the dead.

The plot of My Soul to Take, according to the series editor, Natashya Wilson, carries . . . → Read More: Teen readers love their blood-sucking boyfriends

Why Meditation And How Does It Help?

What is meditation?

Meditation is a technique that helps us focus and calms the mind resulting in relaxed and restful state of physical and mental being. Meditation is generally focused on one constant thing, usually your breath. Meditation is an effective tool to gain mind control, self-awareness and understanding that eventually lead to inner calm . . . → Read More: Why Meditation And How Does It Help?

Twitter named after Nazi Weapon

Shamed social networking site Twitter, admitted today that in actual fact they had indeed taken the name for their site from a prototype weapon developed by the Nazi’s in 1943.

The “Twitter Bomb” was regarded as Adolf Hitler’s favourite design for a weapon given his strong belief that the bomb would be the key to . . . → Read More: Twitter named after Nazi Weapon

Honoring Aphrodite, and Beltane, and Ourselves

In the last day or so. . .I feel compelled to say some things about sex and sexuality how we Pagans honor Beltane.

Now, sex is wonderful and beautiful and sacred, as is wine, and music. So too is Love, in all it’s forms from friendship to blazing passion to deathless romance, so too is . . . → Read More: Honoring Aphrodite, and Beltane, and Ourselves

Jesus Killed Mohammed: The Crusade for a Christian Military

The May issue of Harper’s Magazine (www.harpers.org) reveals the continued practice of Christian evangelical proselytization in the American military and a lack of recourse within the Obama administration, according to a leading civil rights watchdog group prominently featured in the magazine’s cover story.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF: www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org) and its founder and . . . → Read More: Jesus Killed Mohammed: The Crusade for a Christian Military