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Including Kids in Pagan Practice

By Patti Wigington

As the modern Pagan movement progresses and evolves, the Pagan community has grown to encompass people of all age levels. Those who discovered Paganism as teens or college students two or three decades ago are now raising their own children, and so the demographic within the Pagan community is constantly changing. It’s . . . → Read More: Including Kids in Pagan Practice

The Twists and Turns of Wyrd

By Siegfried Goodfellow

Time is like a moebic spiral wherein the past is the central spindle around which the present and present-future wrap in an outward motion around and about, with the future raising higher and returning to center again to start a new round. Imagine a spiral staircase, a rope-ladder cat’s cradle macrameing up . . . → Read More: The Twists and Turns of Wyrd

72% of Millennials ‘more spiritual than religious’: Survey

By Cathy Lynn Grossman

Most young adults today don’t pray, don’t worship and don’t read the Bible, a major survey by a Christian research firm shows.

If the trends continue, “the Millennial generation will see churches closing as quickly as GM dealerships,” says Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources. In the group’s survey of . . . → Read More: 72% of Millennials ‘more spiritual than religious’: Survey

The Hàvamàl

By Athmey M. Richter

With all the recent attention focused on Iceland and the eruption of the volcano Eyjafjalljökull, it seems fitting to devote an article to this beautiful but dangerous island nation’s pagan past.

Iceland was once a bastion of the Norse, often better known in pop culture (like the recent film How . . . → Read More: The Hàvamàl

Factory farms breed chicken ‘cannibalism’

By Rick Callahan

As more states move to ban restrictive livestock cages, the campaign to free egg-laying hens from cramped cages and shift them to pens animal rights advocates call more humane could be poised to unintentionally boost deaths among those birds.

Researchers say decades of breeding to make the white leghorn hens that lay . . . → Read More: Factory farms breed chicken ‘cannibalism’

Beltane Fertility Customs

By Patti Wigington

The Beltane season is a time of fertility, not only for people but for the land as well. If you plant a garden each summer, Beltane is a good time to do some fertility magic so that you will have an abundant crop by the time the harvest rolls around. There are . . . → Read More: Beltane Fertility Customs

I’m gay, says new Archie comic character

It’s official. Eternal teen Archie Andrews will soon be joined in his escapades at Riverdale High by an openly gay friend — Kevin Keller.

Kevin is the latest fictional character to have come out of the closet in a world where good always triumphs over evil.

As more and more cartoonists and comic writers embrace . . . → Read More: I’m gay, says new Archie comic character

The Wiccan Rede: A Heathen’s View

By Siegfried Goodfellow

Nemenim laedere, reads the summations of many old law-codes. “Harm none”. This is the spirit behind all particulars. Adhered to, it commands a mutual respect for rights.

As stated in the Wiccan Rede, “An’ ye harm none, do what ye will”, this is an excellent guide to conduct. It allows full libertarian . . . → Read More: The Wiccan Rede: A Heathen’s View

Models of Magick

By Frater Barrabbas

Since there has been a plethora of articles on Models of Magick circulating the blogsphere, I thought that I would add a piece that was part of my article “Magick and the Eucharistic Mass”, which was published in the book “Talking About the Elephant.” My first exposure to the concept of magickal . . . → Read More: Models of Magick

Researchers probe whether ‘free will’ exists

By Amy Green

Are people really responsible for all the things they do? Do they have what theologians call God-given free will to choose between right and wrong?

Those questions are at the heart of a four-year research project underway at Florida State University that aims to determine whether, and how, free will exists. . . . → Read More: Researchers probe whether ‘free will’ exists