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From Rabbits to Resurrections: The Pagan Origins of Easter

As those of us who honor the old ways know, many of our traditions have been usurped by other religions who go on to claim them as their own.  Easter is a colorful example of this.

Although many people assume Easter began as a Christian holiday, it did not.  This spring holiday began as, and still is, a very pagan one. While Christians celebrate their god's resurrection, so do other faiths and traditions that existed for millennia before Christianity was established. From the Egyptian god Osiris to the Greek god Dionysus -- among others -- a god's resurrection has always been a fairly common theme.  The phoenix - who dies and then rises from its own ashes three days later - may also have influenced the Christian belief that their god died and rose three days later.

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  • Anne Newkirk Niven
    Anne Newkirk Niven says #
    And yet another take, this one from Pagan News site The Wild Hunt: http://wildhunt.org/2017/04/uk-pagans-respond-to-questions-on-t
  • Anne Newkirk Niven
    Anne Newkirk Niven says #
    For a religious studies perspective on this complex tale of Ostara, Easter, bunnies and more, cf http://religionnews.com/2017/04/1
  • Thesseli
    Thesseli says #
    Countdown to people insisting "The word Easter has no connection to Eastre (or Eostre, or Ostara, or Astarte, or Aset, or Ishtar,
  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis says #
    It is related to Ostara/Eastre (and Aurora for that matter) but not Ishtar, which is an unrelated Semitic goddess with a very diff
  • Andrew Keller
    Andrew Keller says #
    You just proved the first commenter's point, you know.
Becoming Pariahs and When Mentors Fail: Abusive Dynamics

 

Part 3 in a series. Read Part 1 here.

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Season of the Bones

I know, right?  I'm in the wrong season.  Bones are for Samhain, when the Wheel turns us toward the dark, and we contemplate our mortality, gazing into the shadowed eye-sockets of a bleached skull.  Bones are not for spring, not for warm weather and shoots of green and vernal bunnies.  Bones are a bit macabre for that, yes?  ... I thought so too.

But here on the farm we have a black dog named Shadow, who has a love affair with bones.  Throughout the late fall and winter, while the butchering season endures, Shadow delights in raiding the slaughter-pen for all types of cast-off body parts:  hoofs, pigtails, chicken heads, whatever.  And for some strange reason she drags them all into our front yard.

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Trust Yourself

Trust Yourself

Experiencing a Myth Gives You Power

 

When we actually experience a myth, we find power to radically change our lives for the better. Trusting yourself—your instincts, observations, hunches, and musings—is a doorway into mythic realms, making myths not just ideas or stories in the intellect but also visceral experiences.

 

I had a wonderful incident about self-trust and living in myth. It made me so happy that I just have to tell you about it. It also is an example of what I mean by "experiencing myth."

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Becoming Pariahs and When Mentors Fail: Cults and Consequences

 

This post is part two of the Becoming Pariahs and When Mentors Fail series. Start with Part One here.

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  • Sarah Avery
    Sarah Avery says #
    It may not be a coincidence that you're thinking about these issues the same week we get word that Kenny Klein was convicted on al
  • Rick
    Rick says #
    To be certain, some people are worse human beings than others. Neither Gerald Gardner nor Roberyt Cochrane were admirable people,
  • Diane Emerald
    Diane Emerald says #
    I greatly admire your courage in telling your story and addressing this issue. It goes way deeper than discovering that our leade
  • Rick
    Rick says #
    It is always tough when we discover our mentors are human. - Woods
Becoming Pariahs and When Mentors Fail Part 1

 

I have been trying to write about my experiences at the Diana's Grove Mystery School for years--my experience of codependency, of enabling, of abusive behavior. Of a group of people that did brilliant work and taught leadership and yet fell prey to human nature all the same. I have fought fistfights in my head--to speak the truth about the inner dynamics of the Mystery School, or to protect the many people I love who would be hurt if I spoke up. But I hear about so many unhealthy dynamics in Pagan groups that mirror what I went through, and how many people have been damaged by a charismatic yet abusive leader, I feel that to not address the dynamics of the place where I did my own leadership training would be unethical.

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  • Thesseli
    Thesseli says #
    It's really a shame that this happened to you. (And if it happened to you, you know it must have happened to alot of other people

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Spring Cleaning

One of my daughters moved home.  She's got a new job and has moved home to save money.  However, we've had no children at home for about four years.  My husband and I settled into our house.  This is a nice way of saying we had accumulated a lot of stuff.

This means it's time for spring cleaning!  The year has turned towards spring.  The days are warmer.  The yard is green, the trees are starting to bud.  It's time to clear out our space in order to make room for our daughter and to clear out our clutter.

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