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Living in the Shadow of the Cross, by Paul Kivel

Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony

Reviewed by Wendy Elisheva Somerson

Reading Paul Kivel’s groundbreaking book Living in the Shadow of the Cross is by turns invigorating and overwhelming for exactly the same reason—he is shining a spotlight on the often unnoticed but pervasive system of Christian domination in the United . . . → Read More: Living in the Shadow of the Cross, by Paul Kivel

The Zoroastrian Religion of the Achaemenids

Authentic Gatha Zoroastrianism

The Greek writings establish with certainty that the Achaemenids were Zoroastrians. But in the past few decades, some academic circles with a clear agenda, insist otherwise.

A change of faith during any Empire would have been bound to bring about some major changes, as well as definite comments by Greeks and other . . . → Read More: The Zoroastrian Religion of the Achaemenids

Tips for Attending a Pagan Ritual

By Patti Wigington

Perhaps you’re not Wiccan, but you’ve been invited by your friend to join in her coven’s next circle. Or maybe your buddy from work has invited you to his upcoming Pagan celebration at the park. You want to participate, but have no idea how Pagans behave, or what the proper protocol is . . . → Read More: Tips for Attending a Pagan Ritual

How to be Worthy…

By Jason Miller

In my last the comments of my last post Christopher Kenworthy pointed out something that I was not aware of: that people on the NAP (New Avatar Power) Forums have found that the Elubatel ritual for success has turned some peoples lives completely upside down, and that Elubatel often gives people a . . . → Read More: How to be Worthy…

The Misfortunes That Befall Men Who Sleep With Goddesses

By Sarah Veale

Sex. Birds do it. Bees do it. Some claim it’s a biological imperative, or that it should only take place in certain contexts (between a woman and a man, or within the bounds of marriage, or if you are in luuuve). Others just want to get their rocks off—Wham! Bam! Thank you . . . → Read More: The Misfortunes That Befall Men Who Sleep With Goddesses

Henna in the Ancient World

By Noam Sienna

[Snip] The earliest potential records of henna use come from Egypt. Mummified bodies have been found with what appears to be henna-dyed hair and hennaed fingers; the mummy of Ramses II, among others, was noted to have hennaed fingertips and toes. The earliest of these findings dates back to the predynastic period . . . → Read More: Henna in the Ancient World

Rights of Pagans and Wiccans in the Workplace

By Patti Wigington

When it comes to job discrimination, as a Pagan or Wiccan you may find yourself face-to-face with an employer who simply doesn’t know anything about your path, as opposed to one who is intentionally discriminating against you. Many Pagans do not wear religious jewelry at work, such as pentgrams or other symbols, . . . → Read More: Rights of Pagans and Wiccans in the Workplace

Marketing Pagan Spiritual Services

By Terence P Ward

[Snip] I’m not even going to jump into the debate about whether or not oracles, priests, shamans, spellworkers, dowsers, and whoever else I missed should be charging money or not. It’s already going on, so I’d rather focus on how to apply business practices to these esoteric services. The opinion I . . . → Read More: Marketing Pagan Spiritual Services

Honoring the Ancestors When You’re Adopted

By Patti Wigington

A reader asks, “I have a question about the “honoring ancestors” tenet. I am adopted, and don’t know my biological parents. When I envision my ancestors do I just think generally? For example, I am African American, do I just think of (for lack of a better term) random black people?”


. . . → Read More: Honoring the Ancestors When You’re Adopted

Teaching Wiccan Values

By Sable Aradia

Bide the Wiccan laws ye must In perfect love and perfect trust; Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill: An it harm none, do as ye will.

I’ve chosen for my column this week to participate in June’s Pagan Values Blogject. In this column, I am speaking strictly to Wiccans and eclectic Pagans . . . → Read More: Teaching Wiccan Values