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The Return of the Pagan Festival in Berkeley

When I came home today I was in a hurry to wash off the smells of the Berkeley Pagan Festival. They were all over me, on my skin, my clothes, and especially in my hair. Incense and grass, sunscreen and lotions, overly scented deodorants, and the smells of so many people. Not that I mind, on the contrary, they are memories of embraces and kisses and good times shared and some of them I instinctively link to certain friends. But my overly active olfactory faculties told me it was high time to shower or else there would be headaches.

 

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The Rising of the Moon

We're all born pagan.

Anything else, you have to be made into.

The end that those who look to the end of days see is their own.

But we were here before, we've never gone away, and after, we'll still be here.

Pagan.

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  • astra
    astra says #
    brilliantly worded! thanks!
Dealing with Obnoxious Zealots

Dealing with Obnoxious Zealots

Practical ways to deal with and diffuse religious attacks.

As Pagans, Witches, and Wiccans we are often pressured by people of other “faiths” regarding our beliefs. We are chastised, discredited, and even demonized simply because we practice a different spirituality/religion.   

I have experienced plenty of these encounters, originating from complete strangers to co-workers. I have a couple of occasions I will share. I will also share with you ways you can counter and all together avoid these taunting events.

BUT First… I would like to say something to those out there who feel they are justified in badgering someone over their individual beliefs.

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  • The Wacky Broomstick
    The Wacky Broomstick says #
    Thank you for this Leandra. Excellent article and believe me I've been there. I have always been such a fighter for peoples rights
  • Wendilyn Emrys
    Wendilyn Emrys says #
    Leandra, I enjoyed your article and I am the sort of person to stand up for my own and the rights of others. I have been a PUBLIC
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I'm Unitarian Universalist myself. On at least 3 separate occasions I've been asked if that means I worship the Devil. I know we
  • Melinda Judy/Lyndie Diamond
    Melinda Judy/Lyndie Diamond says #
    Enjoyed your post and I agree with you. I am new in the pagan religion since meeting some pagans in eastern Tennessee. I have to
  • Leandra Witchwood
    Leandra Witchwood says #
    Thank you for your response. I am glad you enjoyed the article. Bright Blessings!
Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, May 8

Faith is a fact of life for many. But the plurality of voices and ideas is one for all of us. How then do you reconcile your deepest held convictions when they run contrary to those of others? Today's stories take a look at the many ways people of different beliefs come together... or not.

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Cleansing - How a Ritual Begins

I am fascinated by ritual. Rituals of all sorts. In every culture, in every age there are rituals to commemorate births and comings of age and marriages and deaths. There are high holy days set aside to celebrate the gods, goddesses, fallen (s)heroes, venerated Ancestors and important moments in a culture's mythos. Rituals can be elaborate festivals lasting many days or simple, daily actions such as changing the milk in an offering bowl or setting a piece of food aside for the Fae folk or just taking a moment to pray.

Rituals are made up of many components. There's the liturgy, the actual words that are spoken. There may be songs and offerings and costumes and incense and props of all sorts. For me, whether it's a grand affair or the most humble of rituals, stepping into ritual space is a beautiful and necessary act, because rituals ask us to leave the mundane "outside" of the temple and allow us to connect with life and our past and our future, right now, in the present.

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  • Gwion Raven
    Gwion Raven says #
    Hello Connie, Thank you for your comments. I'm glad to hear that you aren't sweeping the whole forest when you are doing ritual o
  • Connie Lazenby
    Connie Lazenby says #
    I can't DO a ritual without proper cleansing. If it is outside, I obviously leave out some steps (I am not sweeping the grass with
  • Gwion Raven
    Gwion Raven says #
    Hello Elizabeth, "Writer's Hygiene" - I think I'm going to adopt that term. I think of writing as a ritual and I'm recognizing th
  • Elizabeth Creely
    Elizabeth Creely says #
    I love salt. Saltwater, shaken from the tip of my whisk, is probably the most consistent thing I do -and the last thing I do- to m

b2ap3_thumbnail_lumia-730-selfie.jpg"10,000 Pagans Raise Their Voices For Environmental Action"

This might be the headline this summer. 

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  • Greybeard
    Greybeard says #
    When I learned Wicca, I was told that Wiccans believe in abundance of Mother Earth. I now find all these doom and gloom prognosti
  • John Halstead
    John Halstead says #
    I don't think Jung was saying that the Germans' collective guilt was unfounded, only that it needed to be brought to consciousness

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O God

For all its recent history, the English word “god” is a fine old pagan word with a long, long pedigree.

Cognates occur in all Germanic languages (German Gott, Icelandic guð, etc.), and in all Germanic languages, interestingly, it was this word that was chosen by early missionaries to denote the Christian god. How and why this came to be is in itself an interesting question which would well merit further study, but that's not my intent here.

For historical reasons—largely because of its Christian associations—we've come to think of “god” as (connotatively, if not grammatically) masculine. I suspect that among English-speaking pagans this masculinization has been emphasized by the word's implied pairing with “goddess.” English lost its grammatical genders after the Norman invasion, but the other Germanic languages have kept all three of them (masculine, feminine, and neuter), and in all of them (again, for Christian reasons) the word god has become a grammatically masculine noun.

But that's not how the ancestors saw it.

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