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The Tangled, Feminine History of 'The Witch'

Brunonia Barry | Posted 02.13.2016 | Entertainment
Brunonia Barry

In the media these days, as in Salem itself, one can't swing a figurative black cat without hitting a witch, and the depictions of those witches are often poor enough to make The Witches Education League take notice. With the recent publicity about Proctor's Ledge, Salem's true hanging ground that has gone unrecognized for centuries, even more attention has been paid to the already saturated Witch City, so it was with trepidation that I attended a pre-screening of "The Witch," writer-director Robert Eggers' feature debut that was previewed recently for a few writers and historians at the Salem Cinema. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

11 Powerful Goddesses From Around The World To Invoke In Your Life

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion

Goddesses, or female representations of the divine, can be found in religious traditions the world over. They hold places of importance in Hinduism, B...

Remembering the Light: Celebrating Imbolc

Lauren Castro | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion
Lauren Castro

Imbolc is one of the eight sabbats in the Wheel of the Year, the cycle of seasonal holidays pagans celebrate. Imbolc is between the winter solstice celebration, Yule, and the spring equinox sabbat, Ostara.

Here's Why Couples Tie Their Hands Together During Pagan Weddings

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Religion

Weddings hold a place of sacred importance in many spiritual traditions. They are rites of passage, marking a new chapter in a person's life. In conte...

Daily Meditation: Blessed Imbolc

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can b...

Imbolc 2016: Facts, Dates, Traditions And Rituals To Know

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Religion

For many in the U.S., the only 'religious' event this time of year is the Super Bowl. But for many pagans and Wiccans, February 2 marks the important ...

This Is What An 'Urban Coven' Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion

On Saturday night, close to a thousand women gathered at the eastern entrance of Los Angeles' Griffith Park. At the stroke of seven, they made their w...

Why I Don't Like the Word Nature

Laura Pustarfi Reddick | Posted 01.12.2016 | Religion
Laura Pustarfi Reddick

I'm a Pagan. And I don't like to use the word nature. While many might call Paganism nature-based, I prefer the term earth-based. Nature simply leav...

What Christians And Pagans Have In Common During The Holidays

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion

Many of the symbols that modern-day Christians associate with Christmas have pagan roots. The Yule log, the Christmas tree, the use of candleligh...

Winter Solstice 2015: Shortest Day Of The Year Celebrated As Pagan Yule

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion

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Pagan Animist

Twila York | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Twila York

I am a Pagan Animist. A simple classification for me but let me explain what that is. I am an animist and I believe that the entire universe and all t...

New Anthology Celebrates The Foremothers Of The Women's Spirituality Movement

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion

From meditation circles to sacred retreats, women today have endless opportunities to congregate with one another and develop their spiritual liv...

What If Every Day Was a Parliament of the World's Religions?

John Halstead | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

For five days members of the most diverse religions not only co-existed, but created community together. How was this possible? There was no proselytizing. And the conversation was intentionally inclusive.

We're Not All Witches: An Introduction to Neo-Paganism

John Halstead | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

A lot of the coverage of Paganism tends to be sensationalist and tends to focus on Witchcraft and Wicca. But not all Pagans are Witches or Wiccans.

Daily Meditation: The River Is Flowing

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.24.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that theseDaily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Daily Meditation: Discovering Our Roots

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Antonia Blumberg

What Pagans Can Teach The World About Transgender Acceptance

HuffingtonPost.com | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion

Members of the transgender and queer communities and their allies take to the streets in San Francisco Friday for the annual Trans March. Among them w...

Pagans Around the World Join the Pope in Calling for Environmental Action

John Halstead | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

Contemporary Pagan religious practice commonly fosters a sense of spiritual connection with the Earth. Pagans actively try to cultivate a harmonious relationship with the non-human natural world.

Daily Meditation: Connecting With The Earth

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Beltane 2015: Facts, History And Traditions

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.01.2015 | Religion

May 1 marks the Celtic festival of Beltane, also referred to as May Day. As spring is underway and summer approaches, many neopagans and Wiccans aroun...

The Pagan Side of Easter

Yolanda Shoshana | Posted 05.16.2015 | Religion
Yolanda Shoshana

Eostre is the pagan connection to Easter. Does that mean that Easter is a pagan holiday? There is not a simple answer to this question.

The Truth About Pagan Sex Rituals

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion

Many branches of modern paganism are steeped in natural and embodied practices, but the truth about where sex and sexuality play into these rituals is...

Imbolc 2015: Traditions And Rituals To Know

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 02.02.2015 | Religion

For many in the U.S., the only 'religious' event this time of year is the Super Bowl. But for many pagans and Wiccans, February 2 marks the important ...

Liberation Thealogy and Goddess 2.0: An Interview With Karen Tate

Tim Ward | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Tim Ward

On the cusp of 2015, Goddess worship is moving into a new generation of leaders who are striving to evolve beyond individual teachers, isolated communities and occasional communal rituals and bring the Goddess into the mainstream. Call it Goddess 2.0.

9 Lessons In Spiritual Leadership From Starhawk

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

Young people have the difficult task of maintaining faith in a troubling world -- but our elders have just as essential a responsibility to think critically about the legacy they are leaving behind.