By Vincent M. Mallozzi
Shantel Collins and Yahaira Monzon were chatting before the start of class when their conversation was interrupted by the sound of a bell.
“Ladies, ladies,” said Starr Ravenhawk, one of their instructors, “the deities demand your respect.”
Ms. Collins and Ms. Monzon, both dressed in black hooded robes with silver five-pointed . . . → Read More: Lessons in Modern Witchcraft, Minus the Broomsticks
By Jason Pitzl-Waters
This June, Lake Okeechobee Resort in Florida will be hosting a Summer Solstice festival. The Lake Okeechobee Summer Solstice Festival will feature workshops on Celtic Reconstructionism, drumming, belly dancing, gardening, and runes, with musical performances by Lord Alexian, Hecate’s Wheel, and others. It is the first such festival in Pahokee, Florida, and . . . → Read More: The Limits of Christian Tolerance: Florida Edition
By Jason Pitzl-Waters
In 2007, after a decade-long struggle, Pagan and Wiccan organizations succeeded in getting the Pentacle approved for military veteran headstones and markers. After that victory, in July of 2007, a rally was held to start the push for two more symbols: the Druid Awen and the Heathen Thor’s Hammer. Two Heathen organizations, . . . → Read More: Thor’s Hammer Approved For Veteran Headstones and Markers
By April E. Clark
On a cool spring evening, a small group of men and women are hunting for plastic eggs filled with treasures in a side yard.
They look under bushes and in clumps of new green grass for the ultimate prize, the golden eggs.
They welcome the spring season with a focus on . . . → Read More: Colorado Pagans Coming Out of the Broom Closet
By Antonia Blumberg
I imagine how pagan gatherings may have looked in a romantic past. Beautiful rolling hills, fields of wheat, a clearing in the woods. As you call the corners to invoke the sacred circle — East, South, West and North — the wind gently rustles your hair and animals softly coo in response. . . . → Read More: A Pagan Gathering With Starhawk In Los Angeles
Much of the news surrounding the environment and its inhabitants is negative; therefore a bit of good news is more than welcome. One bright spot involves the recovery of the gray wolf in the lower 48 states: a recent report from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife revealed that there are multiple . . . → Read More: Wolf Packs in Oregon Successfully Interbreeding
By Tony Gatlin
A small cadre of dedicated volunteers, working under the auspices of the Sacred Well Congregation (an international Wiccan church and fellowship), is quietly leading the largest weekly Wiccan service in the world. Each week, a volunteer lay leader conducts religious education and services for two to four hundred Air Force basic trainees . . . → Read More: Air Force Base Hosts World’s Largest Weekly Wiccan Service
Religion News Service
At age 82, Bernice Mable Graham Telian doubts she’ll live long enough to see the name of her great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother and 10 others hanged in colonial Connecticut for witchcraft cleared.
Telian was researching her family tree when she discovered that her seventh grandmother, Mary Barnes of Farmington, Conn., was sent to the gallows . . . → Read More: Connecticut Witch Trial Descendants Want Justice
Is your city a god or goddess?
By Athmey M. Richter
One of my favorite things about the socio-political phrase ‘the separation of church and state’ is that it does not include pagan concepts when it separates out ‘church.’ Organized monotheistic religion is automatically cast as a bias for political motivations, while the more spiritual . . . → Read More: AnthroMagick: The Deification of Civic Space
By Alan Burke
The Salem witch tragedy of 1692 took less than two years to play out. Yet 300 years later, explanations for how and why it happened are still coming.
One theory recently gaining exposure thanks to bloggers comes from a 2004 college thesis that places the blame on something we think of as . . . → Read More: Did climate change cause witch hysteria?