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Making Light: OMGs! Cultural Appropriation!

By Sunweaver

I’ve been celebrating Passover for fourteen years now and I’ve been a Pagan for… (does math) almost sixteen years. I’ve written about it before, but I wanted to poke at this topic again in a different context, namely the idea of cultural appropriation as it relates to blending Jewish and Hellenic practice.

At . . . → Read More: Making Light: OMGs! Cultural Appropriation!

The Priestesses of Greece & Rome Are Returning

By Marguerite Rigoglioso

After returning from 15 extraordinary days giving workshops and presentations from Milan down to Palermo on my books The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece and Virgin Mother Goddesses of Antiquity, I have news that will be thrilling to those of you who consider yourselves Sacred World Servers: Finally, after nearly . . . → Read More: The Priestesses of Greece & Rome Are Returning

Beyond the Pagan Community

My Disappointments at Our Growing Isolationism

By Diana Rajchel

Paganism isn’t just one religion. It isn’t just one lifestyle. It isn’t just one way of thinking, one way of voting, one way of decorating your house or spending your holidays. It also doesn’t mean doing whatever the hell you want. Pagan religions have their own . . . → Read More: Beyond the Pagan Community

The Questions that Led Me to Neopaganism

By John Halstead

When I left the Mormon church, I felt a strong need to justify myself. A Mormon can request to have their name removed from the church records by putting the request in writing. You don’t have to state your reason, but I wanted to, so I wrote a lengthy letter (10 pages) . . . → Read More: The Questions that Led Me to Neopaganism

The Value of Refining your Spiritual Practices

By Taylor Ellwood

While I am an experimenter, I also believe in learning different spiritual practices. All of the practices that I study are subject to revision and I’m excited when I’m able to learn more about a tradition that will help me refine the practices that I’m doing. I’m reading the Six Yogas of . . . → Read More: The Value of Refining your Spiritual Practices

You, in relation to Deity

By Elani Temperance

Those of you who have been visiting this blog for a while are most likely aware I have a pretty Reconstructionistic approach to Reconstructionism. I came to Hellenismos from a Neo-Wiccan/Eclectic Religious Witchcraft path and have never been subject to the restrictions religion seems to have brought for those who came here . . . → Read More: You, in relation to Deity

On Heathen Humanism

By Henry Lauer

Better alive (than lifeless be): to the quick fall aye the cattle; the hearth burned for the happy heir – outdoors a dead man lay.

May the halt ride a horse, and the handless be herdsman, the deaf man may doughtily fight, a blind man is better than a burned one, ay: . . . → Read More: On Heathen Humanism

Arguing with Boneheads

By Uncle Thor

I recently noticed a discourse between Heathens who were scared of Loki and those who accepted the God of Fun. The Loki-haters based their arguments on an almost-literal interpretation of the Eddas, especially the Ragnarok story. They were not listening, but clung to their anti-Loki stance like Wile E. Coyote clings to . . . → Read More: Arguing with Boneheads

Why Pagans Need a “Passover Seder” of Our Own

By Byron Ballard

You know by now that I do (and advocate you doing) interfaith work. It isn’t easy and sometimes it isn’t even rewarding but it’s important for people like me to be at the table with other religious folk for any number of reasons. But this post isn’t about that.

Because I do . . . → Read More: Why Pagans Need a “Passover Seder” of Our Own

A Pagan Looks at Easter

By John Beckett

[Snip] We live in a time and place where Christianity is deeply embedded in our culture. Even if we are happily committed to Paganism and to the old gods and goddesses – and I am – at some point we have to stop ignoring the religious elephant in the room and figure . . . → Read More: A Pagan Looks at Easter