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10 Things You Didn't Know About Samhain

Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion

Autumn has arrived, and with it comes the advent of Samhain, a Gaelic holiday celebrated by Pagans and Wiccans, which is the year's third and final ha...

God Hirself: A Theology

T. Thorn Coyle | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
T. Thorn Coyle

The Star Goddess breathes out and everything rises. The Star Goddess breathes in, and all things contract. Her breath, the breath of the Limitless, in...

On Not Wearing Black

Annie Finch | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Annie Finch

I found myself embarking on spiritual journeys I'd never expected to take, exploring new avenues of healing and strength with very little of the old fear and depression to hold me back.

Summer Solstice 2013: Hold Up to the Sun Your Heart

Teo Bishop | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
Teo Bishop

I hold up to the sun my heart, that the bright light on the Summer Solstice might fill it with the spirit of life and vitality. I hold up to the su...

PAN! The Universal Call of the African Drum

Jessica Joseph | Posted 07.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jessica Joseph

The film tells the story of the notoriously ingenious, multicultural people of Trinidad and Tobago, who fought to hold on to their African drum and in the process created the steel-pan, the only new instrument to be invented in the 20th century.

A New Witch In Town: The Real Beautiful Creatures

Annie Finch | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Annie Finch

At least books and films such as "Harry Potter" and "Beautiful Creatures" have started to bring the popular image of the witch beyond the realm of the 16th-century pointed hat. But now it's time to move forward still further into the 21st century.

The Practice Of Prayer

T. Thorn Coyle | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
T. Thorn Coyle

For me, prayer is a form of connection. Whether that connection is to deity, to the cosmos, or to something else doesn't really matter. What matters to me, and makes a difference in my life, is the practice of presence that prayer brings.

Winter Solstice 2012: Time for New Alignment

Grove Harris | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Grove Harris

What if the universe is conspiring towards a great turning? What if we decide to act as if that's true? There is reason to hope, to awaken, and to be open to a new alignment. Blessed be.

Yule: Be The Light Of The Returning Sun

Teo Bishop | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Teo Bishop

I would like for us to redeem ourselves to each other, to come to terms with the distance we put between us and our neighbors, to release ourselves from indifference, to recognize that our lives are indelibly interconnected.

Samhain: May The Silence Open Your Heart

Teo Bishop | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Teo Bishop

In the silence of Samhain, the silence we choose for ourselves and that we incorporate into our observance of the High Day, we enter into deeper relationship with all that is and has been.

Autumn Equinox: May You Pray With A Good Fire

Teo Bishop | Posted 11.21.2012 | Religion
Teo Bishop

In the coming months, the light of the sky shall wane. The darkness will stretch out over the day, and if you are not steadfast in the lighting of your own fire, the winter will be difficult to bear.

Should Christians Fear Paganism?

John Shore | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
John Shore

"I recently stumbled upon a few pagan blogs via a friend of mine, and the stuff there greatly freaked me out. Is this stuff real, and something I should stay far away from?"

Every Conceivable Jesus: A Review of "Jesus Through Pagan Eyes"

Teo Bishop | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion
Teo Bishop

Jesus not only exists in the hearts and minds of the faithful, but he is also a useful point of entry for conversations about different expressions of faith, experiences of divinity with people from many different religious traditions.

Do Progressive Politics And Pagan Activism Mix?

Anne Hill | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Anne Hill

Fighting a religious war is no way to maintain a democracy. It's not even a great way to maintain a religion. The challenge for Pagans, today and over the long haul, is to use our spiritual beliefs to galvanize us to action.

How Do We Talk About Paganism?

Teo Bishop | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion
Teo Bishop

When you take on a new religious tradition, a new spiritual name, a new title, or when you develop a new set of ritual practices, how do you go about communicating that to the people who knew you as something different?

Worship The Sun! (Not Just The Son)

Wes Nisker | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Wes Nisker

The sun is still at the center of all our winter religious holidays: Hanukkah, Christmas, the Keltic Druid festival of the stars, the Katchina night dances in the Hopi pueblo. So maybe we should start deliberately worshiping the sun again.

Samhain -- Nature's Holy Day for Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder

Kelley Harrell | Posted 12.04.2011 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

I know it's still several weeks away, but the last harvest is upon us, which means a chance to explore our own darkness and reserves is coming, too. Take some time now to think about the accomplishments of this year.

Summer Solstice -- Bring On Creative Alternatives

Grove Harris | Posted 08.21.2011 | Religion
Grove Harris

High holidays offer a moment for assessment and appreciation. It is always appropriate to be grateful for what we do have, and at the same time to notice what is waning and how we are called towards reconstruction.

At Last: Military Outsourcing We Can All Support

David Isenberg | Posted 08.14.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Although it may come as a shock to both the Republican and Tea parties, apparently providing religious services to troops is not an 'inherently governmental' function.

A Goth Valentine

Juliet Jeske | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Juliet Jeske

Does Valentine's Day leave you feeling blue? Well the Gloomy Goth Girl would like to share with you one of her heartfelt poems in honor of this bleakest of days.

Imbolc 2011 -- The Spring Quarter Begins

Grove Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Grove Harris

Pagans celebrate Imbolc as a time to consider intentions and tools; it is a time to clarify aim and dedicate one's self for the coming year, to let go of clutter and to prepare for the season of growth.

Witchcraft Declared A Legal Profession In Romania

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania has changed its labor laws to officially recognize witchcraft as a profession, prompting one self-described witch t...

The Alchemy Of Giving Thanks

Grove Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Grove Harris

Giving thanks can shift a person out of a low place, (perhaps a victim stance) into a place of sharing profound gifts. Giving thanks can shift a person out of arrogance by recognizing gifts received.

Trick-or-Treat? Halloween and Druids are Holy and Tax-Exempt

Blake Bromley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Blake Bromley

On some not-too-distant Halloween, or Samhain to your Druid friends, Canadians might be tempted to claim a charitable donation tax credit for the cost of those Twizzlers and Twix.

'Tis a Pity She's No Longer a Whore -- Times Square Cultural Armageddon

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

And they said things were bad in the 70's. The dirt, the porno shops, the Disco. All that is now a fond memory for many New Yorkers who gamely braved that bit of Hades to attend a real Broadway musical.