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Goths banned from ‘Dracula’ graveyard

Gothic rock fans flock to Whitby’s historic St Mary’s Church in North Yorkshire during Whitby Goth Weekend to be snapped by photographers in the graveyard.

The cemetary is the place Dracula takes his victim Lucy Westernra during the night in Bram Stoker’s classic novel, overlooked by the imposing abbey.

But now photoraphy is being . . . → Read More: Goths banned from ‘Dracula’ graveyard

What is Cultural Appropriation?

By Patti Wigington

Cultural appropriation is a term you may see referenced in many discussions of modern Pagan religion. It refers to, quite simply, the appropriation of one culture’s practice and belief system by another, but without the true cultural context. For example, NeoWiccans who integrate totem animals, vision quests, and sweat lodge sessions as . . . → Read More: What is Cultural Appropriation?

Holy Wells and the Power of Water

By Michael Berman

Wells have long been believed to possess the power to heal, if not cure, illnesses of various kinds. After some background information on the subject, three of the many that can be found in the west of England will be presented in this article.

Wells have a long tradition of marking sacred . . . → Read More: Holy Wells and the Power of Water

American Stonehenge: The Georgia Guidestones

By Randall Sullivan

The strangest monument in America looms over a barren knoll in northeastern Georgia. Five massive slabs of polished granite rise out of the earth in a star pattern. The rocks are each 16 feet tall, with four of them weighing more than 20 tons apiece. Together they support a 25,000-pound capstone. Approaching . . . → Read More: American Stonehenge: The Georgia Guidestones

How to Center

By Patti Wigington

You may at some point hear someone in the Pagan community — or in a book, or on a website — refer to the practice of centering. Much like grounding and shielding, in many traditions it’s crucial that you learn to do this before you begin working magic. Why? Because it’s the . . . → Read More: How to Center

Social Justice and the Shaman as Intermediary

By Lupa

[Snip] We face HUGE problems these days. It’s not just whether the crops will fail or whether the next village over will send their warriors to attack us, though these can even today be massive localized catastrophes. Instead, we have systemic racism, sexism, and other inequalities and injustices. We have a precariously balanced . . . → Read More: Social Justice and the Shaman as Intermediary

Earning It

By Hecate

[Snip] It’s generally true of life (especially women’s lives) in the 21st Century, and it’s doubly true in cities such as Washington, D.C., that we’re all Just. Too. Busy. People here take their careers very seriously. Add in family, a home, some exercise, a commute, and you’ve already used up many of the . . . → Read More: Earning It

Climate Change Could Shrink Animals

By Tim Wall

Climate change could result in a planet full of cold-blooded runts.

In a warming world, copepods, tiny crustaceans that make up the bulk of the ocean’s animal plankton, could end up stunted. Copepods cope with warmer temperatures by maturing faster, but they don’t grow as fast as they mature, so they end . . . → Read More: Climate Change Could Shrink Animals

Mainstreaming Pagans

What’s the difference between today’s Paganism and indigenous traditions? Intensity and commitment.

By Gus diZerega

The United States has a long occult tradition; the United Kingdom’s is even longer. Most of those involved devoted considerable effort to study and practice. The subject was so disreputable in many circles, and so often terrifying to outsiders, that . . . → Read More: Mainstreaming Pagans

Becoming Heathen

What are gods, and what does it mean to believe in them?

By Steven T. Abell

I’m always interested to hear how people come to be Heathens. We have a lot of children in Heathenry these days, and their story is simple. Among adults, I often hear about people who had long voyages through other . . . → Read More: Becoming Heathen