Even for residents of southern England, Cranborne Chase is a bit of a mystery. This historic royal hunting ground stretches across rolling...
Growing up, what the teachers and my mother used to say was, "Treat others the way you want to be treated." It was a worn-down saying, the proclaimed "Golden Rule" that encouraged us kids to regard each other with kindness rather than nastiness.
"What are you going to wear to get arrested?" That's a question I never thought I would hear from my wife, but it was what she asked me as I mentally prepared to be arrested as part of a non-violent direct action protesting the petroleum industry and demanding a just transition to renewable energy this past Sunday.
photo by Sofia Rose Smith I was born in April, so spring has always been a powerful time for me. That said, I haven't always practiced ceremony aro...
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.
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.
If Syfy's Magicians series goes the way of other television adaptations of complex novels, then it will dumbed-down to a battle with an external evil and a hackneyed warning against meddling with powers one does not understand.
Whether you're single or in a committed relationship, these days I think most people agree that Valentine's Day is a bit of a toss.
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...
ISIS is a tragic foil. Despite its presumptuous claim to a "new caliphate," the group -- by punishing trifling deviation from its narrow Sunnism, by elevating theocracy over free thought -- exemplifies a mentality opposite that which fueled the caliphates of Islam's golden age.
Pagans, more-or-less by definition, are not Christians, so why would we celebrate Christmas? Well, followers of paths such as Druidry, Wicca, Heathenism, etc., mostly live in countries that are nominally Christian, and in which Christmas is a pretty big deal. So most Pagans celebrate Christmas in the same way that most Christians do, as a festival of consumerism, over-eating, family gatherings, gift-giving and office parties.
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...
Deciding how we as individuals feel about deities, rituals and practices comes down to our own unverified personal gnosis. It's always been this way and always will be, regardless of whether you're Christian, Pagan, Muslim, Jewish or something else. But can we not allow others the freedom to believe differently than we do?
Rather than requiring women to ask it for forgiveness, the Vatican needs, instead, to ask those of us whom it has repressed and oppressed for forgiveness of its sins throughout its existence.
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.
Instead of an abundance of screen time this summer, how about weaving a story around the campfire that culminates in a kid-friendly ritual? Or camping with your children and building a labyrinth in the woods. Or taking a group of teens on a night hike that includes a silent meditation.