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Pagans and Print

Problems arising from learning Pagan religion by monotheistic means

By Gus diZerega

It used to be simple. Wiccans and NeoPagans in general were polytheists in contrast to Christians and other mostly monotheistic religions. NeoPagan polytheists usually spent little time on theology and considerably more creating and practicing rituals. Most of us became Pagans by virtue . . . → Read More: Pagans and Print

The Scandinavian Cailleach

By Kirsten Brunsgaard Clausen

November. A new year has just begun. The harvest is happily stored. Mother Earth will give no more. The dancing colours of summer are gone. Frost has nipped off the head of all living things. Finally winter! Everything sleeps – from the tiny insect to the big bear. Skeletons of trees . . . → Read More: The Scandinavian Cailleach

Druid or Pagan?

By Nimue Brown

Which descriptive title I use for myself depends a lot on who I’m talking to. In conversations with people who are neither Pagan nor part of the non-Pagan strands of Druidry, I try to stay away from religious identity. There are odd exceptions – people interested in sharing ideas and trading experiences . . . → Read More: Druid or Pagan?

The Linguistic Origins of Sacred Space

By Sarah Veale

In the Roman Empire, sacred space was not limited to physical structures—the gods were everywhere, and nearly all facets of life were imbued with the sacred.

There were however, some spaces which were more sacred than others. These spaces were known as templum, a word that looks an awful lot like our . . . → Read More: The Linguistic Origins of Sacred Space

Fundamentalism in the Golden Dawn

By Nick Farrell

The 20th and 21st century has been marked by a rise in religious fundamentalism. It is as if that faced with technology and economic change, the established religions have returned to the comfort of a literal interpretation of their creeds. The first moves towards religious fundamentalism were started by the Christians in . . . → Read More: Fundamentalism in the Golden Dawn

The Legend of the Pied Piper in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

By Mary Troxclair Adamson

[Snip] The story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin is not without historical basis. Reportedly, the earliest recordings that were referenced, but have since been lost, are the Hamelin town chronicle, “Donat,” circa 1311 (Skurzynski 174) and a stained glass window in the town’s church of St. Nicholas (Wilkening 180). These . . . → Read More: The Legend of the Pied Piper in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Deity Communication

By Devo

I have a love-hate with the topic of deity communication. I love it because I love reading about how the gods manifest and communicate with different people. Learning about how others go about communicating can certainly be enlightening. However, I rather dislike the topic because I feel like the pagan community at large . . . → Read More: Deity Communication

Serket, the Goddess Who Understands Poisons

By Lesley Jackson

We are accustomed to lovely and inspiring creatures associated with the Goddess; from the elegant ferocity of the lioness of Sekhmet to the gentler cat of Bastet, or even the endlessly hypnotic snakes of the Cobra Goddesses. Given the variety of animals that the Ancient Egyptians encountered it is surprising that they . . . → Read More: Serket, the Goddess Who Understands Poisons

Frith

By Heather O’Brien

“Frith” is a common term heard among heathens, but what does it actually mean? Frith involves owning our responsibility to others: those for whom we are directly responsible, and those in our communities with whom we build our worth.

Heathens frequently say, “We are our deeds.” Frith is a part of . . . → Read More: Frith

The Moon and Rainfall

By Bruce Scofield

Astrometeorology—the study of correlations between weather and the Sun, Moon, and planets—dates back to the origins of Western astrology some four thousand or more years ago. Because astrology originated in the early agricultural centers of the Near East, there was great interest in knowing what the weather might be like in the . . . → Read More: The Moon and Rainfall