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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

Why Support Pagan Shops?

By Patti Wigington

Many towns and cities are home to Pagan shops, but unfortunately they tend to come and go. It’s a rare Pagan shop indeed that lasts more than a few years – your favorite store may be there one day, and vanish the next. That’s partly because, like any small independent business – . . . → Read More: Why Support Pagan Shops?

Magic for Personal Gain

By Patti Wigington

One of the first cautionary warnings that people new to the magical life seem to stumble upon is the idea that magic shouldn’t be used for personal gain. There doesn’t seem to be any clear-cut precedent for where this mandate came from, and in fact not all Wiccan or Pagan traditions follow . . . → Read More: Magic for Personal Gain

Invoking the Power of the Pagan Dollar

We need to build the economic self-sufficiency of our local, regional, and national Pagan communities!

By Pax

[Snip] We are facing some of the worst economic times, certainly in my lifetime, and it just seems to me as if we, as a community, haven’t really been talking about this. I say this as someone who . . . → Read More: Invoking the Power of the Pagan Dollar

Eating Local Good for the Economy

By Tim Wall

The local foods movement is harvesting success for farmers and growing jobs for American workers.

A report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Resource Service had a bushel of good news for farmers and “locavores,” the nickname for folks who eat locally produced grub.

“The market for local food — food . . . → Read More: Eating Local Good for the Economy

Online Interactions Can Lead to Risky Financial Decision-Making, Study Suggests

People who participate in online communities are more likely to make risky financial decisions, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Zurich.

The study, “Does Online Community Participation Foster Risky Financial Behavior?,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Marketing Research. . . . → Read More: Online Interactions Can Lead to Risky Financial Decision-Making, Study Suggests

Petitioned to ban new Monsanto GMO corn

By Carey Gillam

<snip> “Consumers deserve to know what’s in their food, especially when there is a pesticide in every bite,” said Charles Margulis of the Center for Environmental Health. “This whole, unprocessed corn has been spliced with genes that produce a risky, untested insecticide. Parents should be informed when food on supermarket shelves has . . . → Read More: Petitioned to ban new Monsanto GMO corn

‘Occupy Wall Street’: A media blackout?

Has the spirit of the Arab Spring come to Wall Street, or are the protesters just anarchists looking for trouble?  It started in Lower Manhattan. A handful of protesters descended on Wall Street calling themselves representatives of ‘the 99 per cent’ – the majority of Americans who feel unfairly treated by an economic system in . . . → Read More: ‘Occupy Wall Street’: A media blackout?

Biofuels, Speculation Blamed for Global Food Market Weirdness

By Brandon Keim

A new analysis of sudden rises in global food prices puts the blame on biofuel policy and mortgage-meltdown-style speculation, which may have fundamentally changed how food markets function.

Many other explanations have been proposed, and the latest analysis — a series of mathematical models and statistical evaluations that seem to match theory . . . → Read More: Biofuels, Speculation Blamed for Global Food Market Weirdness

Nature’s Own Stimulus Package: 7 Ways to Improve Our Lives in Tough Economic Times

By Rick Louv

For many stressed-out families, spending more time in the natural world — a nature stimulus package — may be just what the doctor and the economist ordered. Here are a few of the benefits, updated from an earlier post:

1. With high gas prices, families are rediscovering both the joy and the . . . → Read More: Nature’s Own Stimulus Package: 7 Ways to Improve Our Lives in Tough Economic Times