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A Blessed Samhain

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

Tonight and tomorrow is when most modern Pagans celebrate Samhain. Samhain is the start of winter and of the new year in the old Celtic calendar. This is a time when the ancestors are honored, divinations for the new year are performed, and festivals are held in honor of the gods. It . . . → Read More: A Blessed Samhain

Samhain and History

by Gus diZerega

One of the most important dimensions of spiritualities rooted in Sacred Immanence is that any feature of our unfallen world has its sacred dimension. I was reminded of this fact when looking up the history of Samhain in Ronald Hutton’s Stations of the Sun. Hutton’s book is the most careful study of . . . → Read More: Samhain and History

King Arthur: Pagan or Christian?

By Edeleide Brito

Arthurian Legend emerges from Celtic folklore, probably Arthur was a Celtic King or a warlord ruling a Celtic territory. Supposing who Arthur has existed in fact, around 5th or 6th century, certainly was a period where the society was quite influenced to rule in a Catholic mind. Knowing that all the Arthurian . . . → Read More: King Arthur: Pagan or Christian?

Witch School leaves Illinois this weekend

by Manya A. Brachear

Since the Witch School set up shop in tiny Rossville two years ago, some of the Christian flocks in this former factory town have protested and prayed that the pagans would pick up and leave. Some even sprinkled the wheels of their cars with holy water and cruised around the Illinois . . . → Read More: Witch School leaves Illinois this weekend

The Basque Witch Trials

By Anastasia F-B

The trials of the Basque witches at Longrono, near Navarre, in northern Spain, which began in January 1609, was almost certainly the biggest single event of its kind in history. By the end some 7,000 cases had been examined by the Inquisition. The first phase ended in 1610, with a declaration of . . . → Read More: The Basque Witch Trials

Samhain: celebrating life, remembering the dead

By Kathy Nance

Samhain is one of the most widely known of the Pagan holidays in (perhaps tied with Yule). It’s certainly the least understood. I suppose that’s fitting. It is the holiday Pagans themselves celebrate with one foot in the mundane world of candy, costumes and parties, the other at the edge of the . . . → Read More: Samhain: celebrating life, remembering the dead

Witches’ Brouhaha

Why Halloween can be an organizational nightmare for pagans

By Lee Ann Kinkade

In a grove near you, pagans are gathering to celebrate Samhain, the night when the veil between the living and the dead, between this world and others, is thin. We will wear cloaks and have ritual daggers, called athemes, at our . . . → Read More: Witches’ Brouhaha

Pride : Coming Into Our Own

By Siegfried Goodfellow

Heathenism teaches pride as a positive value of life. It sees no value in self-effacement, but in healthy enjoyment of one’s achievements and accomplishments. This is different than arrogance, which flies out of proportion to the weight and worth of the deed or deeds, and loses connection completely to the community’s hearty . . . → Read More: Pride : Coming Into Our Own

Paganism, Just Another Religion

By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN

If personal tradition holds, just before sundown Saturday, Michael York will stand before a colonial-style wooden cabinet in his bayside town house here and light a candle. As night falls, it will illuminate the surrounding objects: tarot cards, Tibetan silver bowls, a bell and statues or icons of deities like the . . . → Read More: Paganism, Just Another Religion

Wheel of the Year: Samhain

By Christopher Penczak

Samhain (pronounced Sow-wen or Sow-ween) is the New Year’s celebration of the pagan traditions. Samhain is a celebration of death bringing new life, drawn from the Celtic traditions of Europe. It is one of the four fire festivals, or holidays between the solar holidays of the equinoxes and solstices. Fire festivals are . . . → Read More: Wheel of the Year: Samhain