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  • WHY WE jilted OUR GODDESSES

    Radical Goddess Thealogy
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    BLAME IT on climate change.   Goddesses began going extinct when the climate got hotter than blue blazes back around 4000 BC.   It was called the “5.9 Kiloyear Event,” and it turned much of Mother Earth into a dry bone, killing off most of the earth’s early farming populations, whose religions had circled around goddesses.  But 5.9 didn’t kill off everyone.  After crawling through
  • People’s Climate March

    The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective.
    Heather Greene
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Today is the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. It was declared in 1981 and then first observed in 1982. The day is meant to be a reminder for all nations and peoples “to strengthen the ideals of peace.” Celebrations are being held all over the world on every continent. As we noted last week, this year’s New York event will include a Pagan Youth Delegate as well as a Central Park vigil using Rev. Patrick McCollum’s Peace Violin. While much of world is observing Peace Day in some form, another event is happening just a few city blocks from the doors…
  • RCG-I's Hallows Gathering

    Medusa Coils
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Re-Formed Congregation of the Goddess, International, will hold its annual Hallows Gathering October 17-19 at Wisconsin Dells, WI. The event will include rituals, workshops, and a Women's Market for the display and sale of arts and crafts. RCG-I defines itself as a multi-tradition women's religion whose members are committed to positive spiritual practice, and are on a variety of spiritual
  • Correspondences for Monday

    PaganNews.com Featured Content.
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    Light White candles. Burn incense of Myrtle, Camphor, Aloes. Monday is ruled by Moon, and is a good day to work with agriculture, domestic matters, long life, medicine, travels, visions.
  • Taking Some Sting from the Equinox: Navel Gazing

    The Gods Are Bored
    Anne Johnson
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," where you can skip this item if you basically don't read diary entries. I had a swell Mabon, and I want to record it here for those years ahead when I forget everything.What a lovely day! The weather was beautiful, and Mr. J and I were up at the crack of dawn for Snobville's annual book sale. There's also a boss of a flea market in the same part of town, so it was a win for all ... even Extra Chair, who went to the flea market too. And other folks that I'll get to in a moment.So, I went to the flea market, hoping to get another nonstick dutch oven like the one…
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    Radical Goddess Thealogy

  • WHY WE jilted OUR GODDESSES

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    BLAME IT on climate change.   Goddesses began going extinct when the climate got hotter than blue blazes back around 4000 BC.   It was called the “5.9 Kiloyear Event,” and it turned much of Mother Earth into a dry bone, killing off most of the earth’s early farming populations, whose religions had circled around goddesses.  But 5.9 didn’t kill off everyone.  After crawling through
  • pouring GAS ON ISIS

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Mr. Obama, don’t pour gasoline on ISIS (the Middle East’s skanky Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). Listen to the goddess Isis.  It’s no accident that she gave her name to a group as similar to her as honey is to bug-infested rump roast. She’s trying to get your attention.  We need to turn ISIS back into Isis, a peaceful way of life centered around a Goddess who used to rule over large
  • CITIZENS Ignited (& burning UP FAST)

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    A few years ago, the U.S. Supreme Corpse dropped an egg on our heads: “Citizens Ignited and Burning Up Fast”. The actual name is "Citizens United," but "Citizens Ignited (and Burning Up Fast)" describes it much better. This egg smells like something dead that has been ripening in the back of your garage since Christmas. In short, Citizens Ignited (and Burning Up Fast) gives Gazillionaires
  • YOU CAN'T commit ADULTERY WITH A STAPLE GUN, or, An Ode to the Hobby Lobby Craft Stores

    16 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    “At that very moment, I heard a voice telling me, ‘Eleanor, go ye forth and tell of the Lord’s wonders, using pipe cleaners, Popsicle sticks, and enormous Day-Glo crêpe-paper sunflowers with plastic googly eyes and refrigerator-magnet grins.’  "By the very next day, I had crafted a miniature replica of the Last Supper, entirely out of those tiny Jet-Puffed marshmallows, empty bottles of
  • glueing THINGS TOGETHER AGAIN

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    When the world whirled around goddesses, we were OK.   Of course that was a few years ago (6000, to be exact).  But hey!  The facts don’t lie: according to some of our best thinkers, before around 6000 BC no war or snooty hierarchy raised their ugly heads anywhere on the planet. When you own a womb and can manufacture tiny, dewy, human things, you adopt a different perspective on Life.
 
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    The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective.

  • People’s Climate March

    Heather Greene
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Today is the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. It was declared in 1981 and then first observed in 1982. The day is meant to be a reminder for all nations and peoples “to strengthen the ideals of peace.” Celebrations are being held all over the world on every continent. As we noted last week, this year’s New York event will include a Pagan Youth Delegate as well as a Central Park vigil using Rev. Patrick McCollum’s Peace Violin. While much of world is observing Peace Day in some form, another event is happening just a few city blocks from the doors…
  • Walking the World: Canadians in Print

    Dodie Graham McKay
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    For many pagans, books are the gateway to knowledge. They are our first teachers of magic and offer a new world of esoteric lore and knowledge. If you enter the home of just about any modern pagan you will no doubt find a bookshelf (or many bookshelves!) piled high with books written by English authors such as Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente or the Farrars. There will no doubt be more than a few by high profile American writers, names like Margot Adler, Isaac Bonewits and Scott Cunningham or maybe the more contemporary Orion Foxwood or Christopher Penczack. Both Britain and the United States…
  • Culture and Community: Technology in Modern Paganism

    Crystal Blanton
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Technological advances and access to technology have greatly changed the everyday experience of many communities around the world, especially here in America. Everything from access to information, training, and the ability to connect with people in different geographical areas, have made the process of connection much different than it was ten, twenty, or thirty years ago. According to Internet World Stats, 84.9% of the population in the United States have internet access or are internet users. Avenues of communication in greater society have been largely replaced with social media…
  • The Oklahoma Black Mass: Controversy, Confusion and Religious Freedom

    Heather Greene
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Amid a flurry of controversy and confusion, the Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City will be become the setting for a public Black Mass this Sunday, Sept. 21. The event, which is being billed as “enlightening and educational,” is reportedly now sold out. The purpose of the public staging, as written in the Civic Center’s blurb, is to bring a feared ritual “into the light.” Just as problems arose when a Harvard University Extension club attempted to sponsor a Black Mass, the Oklahoma event has inspired local protests that began immediately after the…
  • Comic Book Gods: The Wicked + The Divine

    Jason Pitzl-Waters
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Almost from the beginning comic books have lent themselves to repurposing mythology in order to tell stories. Usually this process was indirect, with new characters like Superman and Batman acquiring mythic resonances over time. However, the riches of ancient cultural myths and stories were far too tempting to simply borrow elements from, and soon you had figures like Thor and Hercules fighting alongside more down-to-earth heroes. In the late 1980s and through the 1990s this dive into ancient myth and religion took a more serious turn as writers like Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Jamie Delano,…
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    Medusa Coils

  • RCG-I's Hallows Gathering

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Re-Formed Congregation of the Goddess, International, will hold its annual Hallows Gathering October 17-19 at Wisconsin Dells, WI. The event will include rituals, workshops, and a Women's Market for the display and sale of arts and crafts. RCG-I defines itself as a multi-tradition women's religion whose members are committed to positive spiritual practice, and are on a variety of spiritual
  • Max Dashú, Australian Goddess Conference

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    Max Dashú, founder of the Suppressed History Archives in the U.S., will be one of presenters at the 2014 Australian Goddess Conference Oct. 24-26 in Sydney. Dashú will also be presenting lectures and workshops through November in Blue Mountains, Brisbane, Grange, Bundaberg, Melbourne (including an event with author Susan Hawthorne), and Tasmania. With the theme, "The Wellspring," the Conference
  • Review: Susan Hawthorne's Latest Poetry Book

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Lupa and Lamb by Susan Hawthorne, Spinifex Press 2014, trade paperback, 176 pages. Also available as an e-book. Engaging both the intellect and the emotions, Susan Hawthorne’s Lupa and Lamb is a scholarly, feminist, spiritual book that is also at times erotic and humorous. The poetry collection has prose here and there and a novelistic feel. It has a cast of characters and plot, in which
  • CFP for ASWM 2015 Symposium

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    The Association for the Study of Women and Mythology (ASWM) has issued a Call for Proposals for presentations at its 2015 Symposium to be held April 11, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. The theme of the Symposium is "Tales and Totems: Lineage and Myth in Goddess Scholarship." The deadline for submission of proposals is November 15.  ASWM invites proposals for papers, panels, and workshops including,
  • Z Budapest, Temple of Diana, Claudiney Prieto

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    As far as I know, this is the first public publication of the response of Dianic High Priestess Ruth Barrett and the Temple of Diana to Z Budapest's recent announcement concerning what transpired during Z's visit with Claudiney Prieto of Brazil. We have received Ruth's permission to publish these statements here. They were previously published on Ruth's Facebook "friends" page.  Z's announcements
 
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    The Gods Are Bored

  • Taking Some Sting from the Equinox: Navel Gazing

    Anne Johnson
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," where you can skip this item if you basically don't read diary entries. I had a swell Mabon, and I want to record it here for those years ahead when I forget everything.What a lovely day! The weather was beautiful, and Mr. J and I were up at the crack of dawn for Snobville's annual book sale. There's also a boss of a flea market in the same part of town, so it was a win for all ... even Extra Chair, who went to the flea market too. And other folks that I'll get to in a moment.So, I went to the flea market, hoping to get another nonstick dutch oven like the one…
  • The Dangers of Un-Analyzed Data

    Anne Johnson
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," basically a Pagan site with way too much tasteless humor to give Paganism a good name. Yes, we are pretty much ignored by the serious folk. But we aren't ignored by everyone.Witness this email that came to my inbox today:Hi there, My name is [name delted by blogger]. I'm the Community Outreach Coordinator for [fashion company deleted by blogger]. It's hard to believe that summer is finally winding down, but that means that the fall fashion season is right around the corner! We're super excited for fall colors, so we came up with a great infographic to…
  • Home Rule for Scotland

    Anne Johnson
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    I know where I stand.
  • Interview with a Bored God: Dazbog

    Anne Johnson
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    You look up in the sky, and there it is: the Sun. And you know that something so warm and dependable is going to have loads of bored deities looking after it, right? Indeed! I mean, the best NASA can do is watch it through a telescope and tell us when it gets spots. But making it rise and set on time? You need deities for that!With the Sun on my mind, I sought about to find a bored Sun god with a chip on His shoulder. Well, Who should wander in (wearing a swell pair of Ray-bans) but Dazbog, the ancient Slavic God of the Sun!  I'm a woman with a mission today, and I'm hoping Dazbog will…
  • Rent-a Cat

    Anne Johnson
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored!" Have you noticed how hard it is to make a living these days? I mean, really. I don't know about you, but I'm always on the lookout for a way to make money.What do you think of Rent-a-Cat?My daughter The Spare moved into an apartment in Center City, Philadelphia in June. The apartment is on the second floor in a townhouse. From the get-go she's had mice.I don't have any problem personally with small rodents, but they are gross in their habits. I had them in my house before I got my cats. Hated to poison them, but, as I said: gross.It's harder in a townhouse…
 
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    Broomstick Chronicles

  • When Is Consensus Process Not Consensual?

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Well, the answer, in my experience, is all too often. The most common problem I’ve encountered is what I will indelicately term the ‘bully factor.’  It’s always deliberate, if perhaps unconscious.  It’s simply a fact of life that some voices carry more weight than others.  And it has nothing to do with volume.I’ve just experienced, once again, decision-making by the ‘bully factor’ trying to pass itself off as consensus.  When there is a call for a sweeping decision that doesn’t allow for individual voices to speak on different perspectives on an issue,…
  • Remembering Margot Adler

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Much has been posted in both mainstream and Pagan media about the untimely death of Margot Adler.  People have spoken about the many ways she as influenced them, about her teachings, her personality, her inestimable contributions.  Just to round out the picture with yet another perspective, I share her some remembrances.  Because what is remembered lives.I first heard of Margot when I found Drawing Down the Moon on a shelf in a local bookstore in 1979.  I took it off the shelf and skimmed through it and what do you know?  There was a chapter called “Interview with a…
  • Sparky T. Rabbit

    7 Jun 2014 | 6:08 am
    Sparky T. RabbitPeter B. SoderbergBruner SoderbergHeathenbear3 February 1954 – 2 June 2014Back in 1982, if memory serves, I attended the first CoG MerryMeet festival held outside of California, at Circle Pines in Michigan.  I was a very young Witch (not such a young woman, but a young Witch).  I had only been to two smallish, mainly local Pagan festivals, one being the first MerryMeet in ’81 and the other one in the hot, dry coastal hills of the East Bay.  I had no idea what to expect, but I was excited.  I was there for a reason, as a delegate from my Local Council to…
  • Memories of Morning Glory

    22 May 2014 | 6:07 pm
    From a party at Farida & Conly's house, July 2006In my view, one of the most comforting activities one can do after a loved one has passed through the veil is telling stories about the deceased.  Stories tell us who we are, where we came from, what we might become.  They are our primary teaching tools.“We're all made of stories.  When they finally put us underground, the stories are what will go on.  Not forever, perhaps, but for a time.  It’s a kind of immortality, I suppose, bounded by limits, it’s true, but then so’s…
  • MIC’s Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

    16 May 2014 | 4:44 am
    Don Frew, Macha, Matt Whealton, Carol HovisWhat’s a Witch to do when her interfaith council’s 15th Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, which occurs on the first Thursday in May, falls on Beltane?  Well, she sings up the Sun with the Berkeley Morris Dancers at dawn, then hustles across the bridge to Tiburon with her Wiccan (Gardnerian, to be specific) interfaith colleague, Don Frew, to rendezvous with Matt Whealton, a practitioner of Kemetic religion from the Temple of Ra, at his first foray into interfaith activities. I attend this event every year.  MIC began hosting its own…
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    Goddesschess

  • Tomb of Emperor Qin Huang's Grandmother Discovered

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    From The International Business Times Online, which contains many more photographs of artefacts from the tomb: China: Ancient Tomb of First Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Grandmother Discovered in Xi'an By Mary-Ann Russon September 11, 2014 11:57 BST A huge ancient tomb belonging to the grandmother of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang has been found in Xi'an during excavations to expand the
  • Israeli Spies Infiltrating Archaeology to Turn the Pyramids Jewish

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    This is absolutely hilarious, except it was not published (as far as I can tell) on April Fool's day.  Only goes to show, you can fool some of the people ALL of the time.  Are all fundy Muslims brainwashed (just like fundy Christians)?  Read it and laugh, and then weep for the state of appalling ignorance and prejudice in the world today, for it is bullshit like this that makes people kill each
  • Women in Ancient Egypt

    14 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    From the Biblical Archaeological Society (BAR) online -- if you don't subscribe to Shanks' excellent magazine, I urge you to do so!  The article that I've copied the text from contains several more images than included here, so please visit BAR (click on link in title to article) and check them out, they are fascinating and flesh out the context and article.  This story presents an interesting
  • Hales Corners Chess Challenge XX!!!

    7 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Hola darlings! Time is flying by!  Please mark your calendars:  October 18, 2014!!!!  Hales Corners Chess Challenge XX, hosted by the Southwest Chess Club, will be taking place at the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. The Challenges are held two times a year, and now up to tournament twenty.  Goddesschess has been funding special prizes for the chessplayers in these events since
  • Labor Day Memories

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Hola darlings! First of all, HAPPY LABOR DAY to all of us who work so hard doing what we do, whether we work inside the home or outside the home - or do both! It's all good, and it's all worth more than we make in pay, for damn sure! Labor is under attack today in the United States and it's so sad. We're trying to fight back, but we're outgunned and out-moneyed and out-propagandaed. 2011:
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    A Weblog for Our Mother God

  • Cuivanya - the Feast of Divine Life

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    Cuivanya falls on the 17th of Abolan (21st September). It is the middle festival of the great Mysteries of Life Cycle. Read about it here.
  • The Day of Werde

    23 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    The Day of Werde falls on the 16th of Vaskaras (23rd August). It is the day on which we contemplate our personal fate and assess the direction of our lives. It
  • Filianism and Non-Dualism

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Is Filianism non-dualist? Is the world an illusion according to Filianism? And if so, what does that mean?
  • Chelanya: the Golden Festival

    9 Aug 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Chelanya begins the Mysteries of Life Cycle and is the first great harvest festival of Our Mother God.
  • Chelanya - the Golden Festival

    1 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Chelanya, the Golden Festival, falls on Kerea 22nd/August 1st. Discover more!
 
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    The Wigglian Way Pagan Podcast

  • Episode 127

    Sparrow & Mojo
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Never fear, the Wigglians are still here!!! Hey everybody, how are you doing?! We hope that you are doing well, thank you so much for downloading the show! A short show, just to let everyone know where were are at. Not too short a show to not have Feature Album though!! Tonight we feature the fourth album by Qntal, Ozymandias. From Ozymandias we hear All For One, Flamma and we end the show with Indiscrete.   Say hello to the newest podcast on the block: The Forked Stick, presented by The Sacred Circle of the Great Mystery Shamanic Society. Hosted by John-Luke Edwards and Jeff…
  • Episode 126

    Sparrow & Mojo
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Episode 126 is brought to you by the letter DARK.  The music is dark and the subject matter is often at least some shade of dark. We are talking about divorce on this episode. In fact, I got to interview Diana Rajchel about her new book, Divorcing a Real Witch: For Pagans and the people that used to Love Them. Often we don't get enough information about divorce and how to go about it in a healthy way. Thanks to Diana, we have a pagan resource for that now. Thank you for joining us Diana.  Due to the subject matter, and the fact that we met Damh the Bard and he likes metal music, we…
  • EPISODE 125

    Sparrow & Mojo
    28 May 2014 | 11:49 am
    We strive for Episode 125, and what happens? It Happens.  We have a pretty packed show for you.  Mojo got the chance to sit down with Anne Niven, the publisher of Witches & Pagans Magazine (and so much more). Thank you for coming on the show, Anne. We hope you all enjoy the interview.  We share a little bit about Morning Glory Zell and her passing. Hail and Farewell, Morning Glory! You were and continues to be an inspiration.  Mojo has had a few really great weeks and he tells us a little bit about his experience at the Shamanic Conference. Not only that, but…
  • Episode 124

    Sparrow & Mojo
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    This episode is jampacked. We have three interviews, crowdfunding news, protesters, and dear friends.  Have you heard about Sir Mojo and his Quest for the Love Leaf? If not, and I am sure you haven't yet, have a listen to Mojo's interview with the lovely and multi-talented Heather Dale. Heather and Mojo chat about the Celtic Avalon crowdfunding campaign.  Save the Bison in Yellowstone! That's exactly what our friend Comfrey Root did and continues to keep doing. I had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with Comfrey. He shares some of his incredble story. Tune and and if you…
  • Episode 123

    Sparrow & Mojo
    29 Mar 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Thanks everybody for downloading the show! We have a real good for you tonight.   Tonight we are joined by the President of The Sacred Circle of the Great Mystery Shamanic Society, John-Luke Edwards. John-Luke tells us about his path and Returning to 4 Legs- 6th BC Residential Shamanic Conference & Gathering. Tonight's feature album is the debut effort from The Familiars, CunningFolk. From CunningFolk we hear Witches Reel, Tree Song and the show ends with Cuckoo's Nest. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of SJ Tucker's debut effort; Haphazard, we play Face-Down and…
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    Beth Owl's Daughter » Owl’s Wings Blog

  • Wordless Wednesday: NASA Photo of the Day – Aurora Over Acadia

    Beth
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
  • Tarot Card of the Week – Sept. 15-21, 2014: Six of Cups

    Beth
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. ~ Francis Bacon This week, before Equinox heralds the great quarter turn of the Wheel of the Year, we are given one of the more enigmatic cards of the Minor Arcana. Welcome back, Six of Cups. As I have noted on its previous visits, many Tarot scholars interpret this card at face value, accepting its initial impression of simplicity, sweetness, childhood friendships, and fond sharing. It has even been called the Hallmark greeting card of the Tarot. They aren’t entirely misguided. But a closer inspection…
  • Poetry for the Weekend

    Beth
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    I will be offline this weekend as I immerse myself in the Elemental magic of the Crossroads with RJ Stewart and Anastacia Nutt. So I leave you with this. Remember: Poetry is the oldest form of human magic and is best appreciated when spoken (and heard) aloud. DREAMS WITHIN DREAMS by Fiona MacLeod (William Sharp) I have gone out and seen the lands of Faery, And have found sorrow and peace and beauty there, And have not known one from the other, but found each Lovely and gracious alike, delicate and fair. “They are children of one mother, she that is called Longing, Desire, Love,”…
  • Let Us Wage Peace in Remembrance

    Beth
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Let us make the legacy of Sept. 11, 2001 no longer about terror, or war, or victims. Let us make it a day for heroes, in whose name we wage peace.
  • Not Wordless Today. Instead, I Am Supporting the Internet Slowdown Protest.

    Beth
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:10 pm
    The so-called “tiered” proposal for Internet access is a farce, at the behest of Big Cable. It is a power grab. Tell the FCC this will NOT do. Demand that Internet Service Providers be classified as “common carriers” once and for all, or else Wordless Wednesday could turn into permanent, total silence. Spread the word. Write Tom Wheeler at the FCC.  Click on the links below. Fight back. Keep Internet access truly neutral, not just for the wealthy elite. ~ Beth    
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    T. Thorn Coyle: Know Thyself

  • Healthy and Happy

    Thorn
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    These times can feel overwhelming.   There is so much pain in the world, a constant cascade of it past our eyes and ears. So much to pay attention to. So much to do. But are we also paying attention to beauty? Are we also paying attention to kindness? Are we also paying attention to…? Yesterday, I gave a spiritual direction client this action item:   “Make a list of five things that help you feel healthy and happy.”   What are those for you? How often do you engage with them? How often are you doing other things instead? Don’t get me wrong, so much of what we are doing…
  • Opposition is a Prayer

    Thorn
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Buddhist Peace Fellowship with Pagan and Christian allies Blockade Oakland Marriott – the host of Urban Shield 2014 photo by Joshua Eaton Alan Blueford, Mike Brown, Kimani Gray, Ezell Ford, Anita Gay, Kelly Thomas, Oscar Grant, Gary King, Sean Bell, Kayla Moore, Andy Lopez… Nine of us sat in prayer and meditation on cold concrete blocking the doors to the Oakland Marriott while across the driveway, where guests stepped out of cabs or limousines, others meditated, sitting or standing, holding signs decrying police militarization and violence. People also meditated facing the street.
  • I Won’t Be Going to Ferguson

    Thorn
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    The sky is grey. Cloudy. The fog has settled in over the land, like it does here every August, startling the tourists who shiver in their shorts, thinking they were coming to “sunny California!” not knowing that we get our sun at other times of year here by the bay. My heart is simultaneously light and heavy. The lightness comes from my shift at the soup kitchen yesterday afternoon, and from dinner with one of my beloveds. And from sitting at my desk, cup of tea easily at hand, as I work. The heaviness comes from the events of the last two weeks. The heaviness comes from thinking about…
  • Our Children: Refugees

    Thorn
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
      “The refugee crisis is now our problem, which is appropriate: The drug-linked violence that the children are fleeing is in large part our fault.”  –Charles Kenny There is a crisis at our border. There are children running from rape, torture, violence, and murder. They are running to safety. When I was asked to attend an interfaith prayer gathering for these children in front of the San Francisco Federal Building today, I immediately asked if they already had a Pagan leading prayer. They did not, and asked me to please offer one. I began to meditate on who I would pray to. The…
  • Sickle: Harvesting Life

    Thorn
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Margot Adler died this week. Meanwhile, in our yard the tomato plants are heavy with fruit. The green beans are beginning to dry. The apples, most not yet ripe, drop some offerings from their branches. It is harvest time. The fog has rolled in, a heavy blanket from the San Francisco Bay. It does this every year around this time. I give thanks for the harvest, for the fog, for Margot’s life. My heart and mind are quiet. Waiting. I feel curious about what things are yet to come. May your harvest match in sweetness whatever may feel bitter. The scythe cuts all things down. But new things…
 
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    Stella Seaspirit

  • Inward spin and outward spin

    Stella Seaspirit
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:11 am
    Sometimes you are merrily going about your day and then thwack! Something blindsides you and it’s not quite something desirable in your opinion, sending you into a sunken or surly state. The thing is you know you don’t want to stay in that mood because it’s not who you want to be but as a human being you can’t help but feel this way.   So how do you recover your happiness? One moment at a time, like pausing between your in-breath and out-breath.   In each moment there is always choice.  Choose to feel differently. Choose to perceive differently. Choose to create…
  • Chakras in Magick

    Stella Seaspirit
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    Our chakras filter the energy we receive psychically from the Earth we walk on, the stars above us, as well as with whom we interact and what we take into our bodies through food, drink and breath. The word “chakra” is Sanskrit for “wheel” since they are often perceived as spinning wheels of light. Human beings have seven main chakras anchored to the physical body that form a pillar of light, down the centre of your body.   But you also have chakras spaced equidistantly above and below your body that extend into infinity. Each one channels a different frequency of light and…
  • What’s Cooking, Good Looking?

    Stella Seaspirit
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    The fine art of preparing a meal has long been associated with an alchemical process. Have you ever noticed the magick that unfolds during the cooking process?   From the stirrings of a craving to the final product of your deliberate act of creation on the serving dish before you, exists a harmonious flow of intent, purpose and transformation.     The process You observe what your palate desires then you gather the ingredients, selecting the freshest most nutritious items you can find. Next you set them out on the counter to prepare.   Your driving focus is on the outcome…
  • The Witch’s Quick Guide to Self-Love

    Stella Seaspirit
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    Practicing self-love is an ideal way to invite more of the things that nurture your heart and stir your soul into your life. Nurturing yourself with actions that you take pleasure in and value indicate to the unified field that you are making time to shift into your heart expression and deepen your relationship with All That Is.   A simple act of self-love can do wonders for the spirit and give you just the breather you need for some fresh inspiration to enter your mind or to uplift a weary mood.   9 Ways to Nurture Yourself: 1) Do something creative that you are passionate about…
  • Myths About Making Your Own Magickal Blends

    Stella Seaspirit
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    I am often asked about whether I purchase spell materials from a particular supplier. And the answer to that is yes, sometimes, if I get a good vibe off of them and what they are selling. But it isn’t often. Usually I will purchase something from a supplier for aesthetic appeal, because how they present it inspires me in some way.   Personally, I like products that you can order ready-made that can be activated by you to kick-start your magickal relationship. It’s fun and adds new things to your practise.   I will also order botanicals that I do not have access to in my local…
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  • The Weekly Rune – Eihwaz

    Kelley Harrell
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Eihwaz – Yew – Do you see the pattern we’re in? Three weeks ago, Eihwaz visited, followed by Raidho, then Raidho reversed. We’ve been on a journey through our shadowlands, and this week we’re nudged to draw a conclusion about it. Eihwaz is a Rune of death, a fact of life which can’t be avoided, as this stave cannot be reversed. To recap, the 13th and middle Rune in the Futhark, this stave represents the turning point. It is the point at which self meets self, and authenticity is revealed. As it is symbolized by the yew, which is both sweet and poisonous, so…
  • Wordless Wednesday

    Kelley Harrell
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Kazaguruma Pinwheels Photo by Edmund Garman The post Wordless Wednesday appeared first on Soul Intent Arts.
  • The Weekly Rune – Raidho Reversed

    Kelley Harrell
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Raidho - travel - Well, that’s never happened before.  The Weekly Rune has never presented a Rune, then its reversed position the next week. Most interesting about this is the promise of forward movement Raidho brought last week, and altered focus on detours this week. Note the photo shows Raidho brightstave. Just to recap, this stave indicates how we tell our story, how we get from here to there, and all the details between. Reversed, of course, the story becomes something totally different. Instead of emphasizing the greater plot, arcs, and characters, it becomes more about plot…
  • Celebrate the Small Things – Gratitude

    Kelley Harrell
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    My weekly gratitude post, in the Celebrate the Small Things [ongoing] Blog Hop. I’m thankful for awareness and perspective. I’m grateful for my children. I’m thankful for the support of my Rune work on Patreon. I’m thankful for completing my first seidr year. I’m glad to have made progress with platform solutions. I’m grateful to be finished with my spring-summer semester. What are you grateful for this week? How will you show thanks? This post is part of VikLit‘s blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. Participate by following the link and adding your…
  • Wordless Wednesday

    Kelley Harrell
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Carcasonne Men, or “meeples” as they’re known, in celebration of the 11th year of That Board Gaming Thing! Photo by David Goehring The post Wordless Wednesday appeared first on Soul Intent Arts.
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  • The Starseed Witch

    Stella Seaspirit
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Indulging your fascination with sacred arts such as magick, shamanism, divination, crystal healing and herbalism is something you feel compelled to do.   You may have studied or want to learn more about how to leverage the energies of Earth and sky to find balance and simple joyful living that enhance and empower your personal realm.   If the likes of flickering candles, wisps of smoke and blending fragrant herbs intermingled with arcane wisdom gets you into The Zone, you may just be a Starseed Witch…   Image Source Elemental Composition: Oxygen, carbon, hydrogen,…
  • You might be a Witch if…

    Stella Seaspirit
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Thanks to Hollywood, there is this common misconception that witches walk around green-faced, bearing ritual paraphernalia and casting a flurry of spells that can be seen with the naked eye.   In my opinion, Witchcraft is a living philosophy. It’s a lifestyle that puts into practise a view of nature and the workings of the universe that is different to the majority.   We do things that others don’t and experience results others won’t.   Witches aren’t all like the theatrical oddballs the media makes them out to be, living in gingerbread houses in the forest. They are…
  • Inward spin and outward spin

    Stella Seaspirit
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:11 am
    Sometimes you are merrily going about your day and then thwack! Something blindsides you and it’s not quite something desirable in your opinion, sending you into a sunken or surly state. The thing is you know you don’t want to stay in that mood because it’s not who you want to be but as a human being you can’t help but feel this way.   So how do you recover your happiness? One moment at a time, like pausing between your in-breath and out-breath.   In each moment there is always choice.  Choose to feel differently. Choose to perceive differently. Choose to create…
  • Chakras in Magick

    Stella Seaspirit
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    Our chakras filter the energy we receive psychically from the Earth we walk on, the stars above us, as well as with whom we interact and what we take into our bodies through food, drink and breath. The word “chakra” is Sanskrit for “wheel” since they are often perceived as spinning wheels of light. Human beings have seven main chakras anchored to the physical body that form a pillar of light, down the centre of your body.   But you also have chakras spaced equidistantly above and below your body that extend into infinity. Each one channels a different frequency of light and…
  • What’s Cooking, Good Looking?

    Stella Seaspirit
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    The fine art of preparing a meal has long been associated with an alchemical process. Have you ever noticed the magick that unfolds during the cooking process?   From the stirrings of a craving to the final product of your deliberate act of creation on the serving dish before you, exists a harmonious flow of intent, purpose and transformation.     The process You observe what your palate desires then you gather the ingredients, selecting the freshest most nutritious items you can find. Next you set them out on the counter to prepare.   Your driving focus is on the outcome…
 
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  • The Devil’s Role

    Danny Shaw
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:35 am
    According to the witch-trial judges there were two main parts to the crime of witchcraft. The first was the practise of harmful magic, or maleficium — the practical working of evil or malign magic against other people, which is found worldwide. The second, which marks the difference between beliefs in European witchcraft and that in other cultures, and which became
  • Magical Wands

    Danny Shaw
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    A wand should represent your energy and personality as much as possible. Feel free to carve it with symbols or pictures that are important to you. Use the wand to cast a sacred circle, enhance a spells power and call upon the energies that the wand represents. The more time and love you put in to the making of your
  • How Witch Hunts Began

    Danny Shaw
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    In early modern Europe, thousands of people were tried for witchcraft; most were poor and elderly women. The Christian Church created the stereotype of a witch as someone who killed babies and engaged in sexual orgies during night-time Sabbats (or Sabbaths) in honour of the Devil, the force of evil that was opposed to the Christian God. The prosecutions, convictions
  • The Timing Of Spells

    Danny Shaw
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    Timing is very important when working with natural magic. It is advisable to refer to a moon almanac or lunar calendar and the tables of planets and days of the week in the spell tables, before you begin a spell. You can then plan the most suitable time carefully. Ancient civilizations such as the Babylonians, Syrians and Egyptians had great
  • Reginald Scot And Witchcraft

    Danny Shaw
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Not everyone believed in witchcraft. Reginald Scot, the first English writer to publish a major theoretical work on witchcraft, thought that there were no reasons to believe in witchcraft. Scot, who was probably born in 1538 of Kentish Protestant gentry stock, thought witchcraft was a conjuring art that profaned the name of God. He generally attacked popular beliefs about witchcraft,
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