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Why Do Atheists Have to Talk About Atheism?

Whenever the subject of atheism comes up, anywhere that isn’t an atheist discussion group or something, one sentiment almost inevitably comes up:

“I wish atheists wouldn’t talk so much about atheism.”

The fact that many atheists are talking publicly about our atheism, and are trying to persuade people that we’re right about it, shows that . . . → Read More: Why Do Atheists Have to Talk About Atheism?

Pagan Values Blogging Month #1: Sexual Values

I’m going to use the word sacred a lot. Sacred means dedicated in some way to religious usage, entitled to veneration or worship, and secured against violation or desecration.

I believe that sex is sacred, plain and simple. It is the ultimate gift a person can give to another person or persons. When . . . → Read More: Pagan Values Blogging Month #1: Sexual Values

Does Gardening Make for Better Sex?

Gardening is satisfying. And while weekend-long weeding can suck at the height of summer, all in all gardening is a valuable alternative to the grocery store, and allies humans with the sensualities of the land.

There is no doubt in my mind — and if you’re into gardening or enjoy visiting gardens, I think you’ll . . . → Read More: Does Gardening Make for Better Sex?

The Value of Destruction and What Follows

In every template of destruction rests the template of creation.

Every time your heart is broken, a gift arises if you let it. The caterpillar must die. And it is only through struggle and breaking of old forms that a butterfly becomes strong enough to survive.

In each template of destruction rests . . . → Read More: The Value of Destruction and What Follows

Horror of Kenya’s ‘witch’ lynchings

Villagers, many straight from their farms, and armed with machetes, sticks and axes, are shouting and crowding round in a big group in Kenya’s fertile Kisii district.

I can’t see clearly what is going on, but heavy smoke is rising from the ground and a horrible stench fills the air.

I was witnessing a . . . → Read More: Horror of Kenya’s ‘witch’ lynchings

Apopatraic Charms

A fine selection of apopatraic charms never hurt anyone- and indeed, these have saved and spared many from much harm. Be cunning and well in all you do.

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Rowan and Oak Crosses

Either of these two woods are excellent apopatraic powers. Forming their well-harvested branches into equal-armed crosses, bound by red thread, . . . → Read More: Apopatraic Charms

The Sweet Ache of Existence

Kenneth Grahame’s revered children’s book “The Wind in the Willows” is celebrating two anniversaries. Last year was the centennial of its publication, and 2009 is the sesquicentennial of its author’s birth. As a consequence, we find ourselves with two annotated editions — both oversize, both beautifully designed and illustrated…

They demonstrate how much of a . . . → Read More: The Sweet Ache of Existence

DIY Totemism, by Lupa

“Are there totems beyond the Wolf, Bear and Eagle?” asks the author on the info on the back of this book. Yes of course there is, any animal can be a totem and that is hardly a new idea. We used to mess around with totems in the 1990’s from an indigenous to England point . . . → Read More: DIY Totemism, by Lupa

Christian group sues for right to burn gay teen novel

In a scene which appears to have been lifted straight out of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, a group of Christians in Wisconsin has launched a legal claim demanding the right to publicly burn a copy of a book for teenagers which they deem to be “explicitly vulgar, racial [sic], and anti-Christian”.

The offending book is . . . → Read More: Christian group sues for right to burn gay teen novel

The passing of Deo’s Shadow

by Brendan Myers

Many pagans believe that the pagan movement is full of deeply intellectual people, who have made a serious study of their traditions. A survey produced by a professor of sociology at Carleton discovered that 40% of Canadian pagans are university or college educated – which is 10% higher than the national . . . → Read More: The passing of Deo’s Shadow