Folkish Heathenism vs All of Pagandom?

Having worked with many wonderful Pagans in an open network/group, I’ve experienced the frustration, sometimes even disgust, with other Pagan paths/traditions.  I’ve also experienced the mental and social reconciliation that can happen when two people who believe very differently can come together, learn, and make something beautiful like a ritual or even a lasting friendship.Continue reading “Folkish Heathenism vs All of Pagandom?”

Worst Movies and Shows Depicting Witches and Pagans

Gus diZerega, Pagan blogger on Beliefnet, posted a list* of what his readers believe to be the worst cinematic (or television) portrayals of Pagans – specifically the much maligned witch.  It was an interesting read.  “Hocus Pocus” was one of the top worst offenders.  Although I completely agree with the argument, it’s still a favoriteContinue reading “Worst Movies and Shows Depicting Witches and Pagans”

Right Hand vs. Left Hand Path?

Ian Corrigan, accomplished ADF Druid and erudite occultist, just posted a fantastic blog entry * about the so-called right hand and left hand paths.  He examines where the modern, Western notion probably came from, what the unadulterated concept means/meant, and how such an idea doesn’t work well with a lot of polytheistic belief systems.  It’s aContinue reading “Right Hand vs. Left Hand Path?”

It’s that time of year again!

When I was a jaded high schooler, newly converted from Catholicism to “Wicca,”*  I didn’t have a good understanding of ancient or medieval history.  I knew quite a bit about American history thanks to years and years of emphasis in school, but otherwise…  I knew a bit about feudalism, I knew that the Egyptians wereContinue reading “It’s that time of year again!”

No religious expression by students in school?

The story about Guthrie Center’s industrial arts teacher, Dale Halferty, and his refusal to allow a student to make a Wiccan altar in shop class is really irking me.  I wholeheartedly agree that a teacher should not promote his or her religion in school, but that students have every right to express their religion inContinue reading “No religious expression by students in school?”

On the Vital Importance of Pagan Community

Jason Pitzl-Waters from Wild Hunt posted a fascinating and alarming blog entry today about an evangelical  Christian group called Repent Amarillo and their bullying tactics against anything they perceive to be immoral, including Paganism. *  This is very frightening to someone living in a predominantly rural setting with, in my opinion, limited safe havens forContinue reading “On the Vital Importance of Pagan Community”

What makes the full moon so special?

I have a lot of friends who are skeptical of “energy” as is seen by Pagans. This is fine and I encourage questions because it forces me to think and reevaluate my spirituality. Let’s face it – sometimes things are a matter of faith and that’s that. Someone experiences unverified personal gnosis and it’s his/herContinue reading “What makes the full moon so special?”