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Monthly archive April, 2011
May 2nd is International Pagan Coming Out Day

May 2nd is International Pagan Coming Out Day

A few months ago, Jax made a compelling case for coming out of the broom closet. The folks at International Pagan Coming Out Day (IPCOD) agree with her thesis! IPCOD is not just a day, it is a non-profit organization that promotes a positive image of paganism and offers advice on how to transition from...
Walpurgis Night - The Other Beltane

Walpurgis Night – The Other Beltane

Walpurgisnacht (Walburga’s Night / Walpurgis Night) is a popular Germanic holiday celebrated at the same time as Beltane... Now famous for the bonfires that light the hills of Sweden, the champagne toasts in Finland, and the pranks of southern Germany it has been known as both a witch’s holiday and the feast day of a...
Pagan Stories of Resurrection

Pagan Stories of Resurrection

Just as most cultures or religions have a creation myth, so do many have a story about resurrection. In fact, Carl Jung, along with other scholars, considered resurrection deities to be an archetype seated in our collective unconscious. Each of these stories provides a connection between humanity and the larger cycle of life, death and...
On the Danger and Necessity of Religion

On the Danger and Necessity of Religion

I recognize that some of my beliefs are pretty out there, on the fringe, but I try not to get crazy about it. - Laura (my sister), discussing her conversion to Veganism Though some definitions of religion necessitate a deity of some type (which would exclude Buddhism and many other regular choices on a typical...
Health Food... for the Cat

Health Food… for the Cat

TheScott and I have been weaning ourselves off of processed foods for years now, and can happily say that at this point we almost exclusively eat fresh food at our house. We’re also making the transition to organic vegetables and local pastured meats (it’s been a little slower going, but we’re getting there). The difference...
Wildfires in Texas are Close to Home (Literally)

Wildfires in Texas are Close to Home (Literally)

I recently read a post on another pagan blog, No Unsacred Place (part of the Pagan Newswire Collective we told you about a few months ago). The author expressed concern over the role of pagans (or lack thereof) as leaders in environmental conservation and / or stewardship.* She also bemoaned that not all pagans consider...
Trickster Gods

Trickster Gods

Maybe it’s the beginning of April, but I’ve had tricksters on the brain lately – those gods and heroes that defy clear definitions of good and evil.* The ones you can never quite put a finger on what they’re going to do next. Tricksters push society’s buttons. They are anarchists and lords of chaos, and...
Finding the Faith that Fits You: Charles

Finding the Faith that Fits You: Charles

This is the third interview in our series, “Finding the Faith that Fits You.” We are asking folks to share insights into their spiritual paths with us and with our readers. Since this blog is about living and sharing openly as pagans, we want our friends to live and share openly in their faiths, too....
An Introduction to Different Pagan Paths

An Introduction to Different Pagan Paths

I’ve been searching for a site that provides an overview of the variants of paganism most widely practiced today, or at least most widely known. The Wikipedia site for Neopaganism provides great information, but doesn’t provide a useful way to categorize pagan faiths — a taxonomy of pagan paths, if you will. There are some...