This is such a huge subject it has books all to itself but I will cover just a little about our lovely trees....
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In the golden days between Mabon, the Fall Equinox, and Samhain, the beauty of Autumn is on display all around us. The trees are ablaze, the harvest is in, there's a festive mood as we head towards Hallowe'en. There's magick in the air, a sort of enchantment. It's intoxicating,
Under Libra;s influence, all things take on a golden glow. Ruled by Venus, Libra awakens at the Autumn Equinox, holding the balance of light and dark in those famous Scales. As a Cardinal sign, Libra issues in many qualities of the season to come. Libra brings the desire for justice, for fairness, for loving connection. We are suspended between the extroverted joys of the ending Summer, and the beginning of the Descent into introspection and quiet. It is this exquisite tension that calls up the magick of this juicy moment of the year....
According to archaeologist Stephen J. Yeates, the original Tribe of Witches was the Anglo-Saxon people called the Hwicce, who inhabited the Cotswolds and Severn Valley of what is now southwestern England.
These were previously the tribal territories of an early Iron Age Keltic people known as the Dobunni. Both genetics and archeology suggest strong demographic and cultural continuity from the Keltic to the Anglo-Saxon periods.
The name Dobunni, known from inscriptions and Roman historians (Yeates 2-3), is of uncertain etymology. Yeates himself does not discuss a derivation.
It may be, though, that this ethnonym preserves a memory of the origins of the tribe itself.
Quest for Canada is a new series of articles that will appear alternately in both my Witches & Pagans column 49 Degrees and my Patheos blog Between the Shadows. It will be published once a week in an alternating schedule between the two blogs. Links will be provided in both blogs.
I believe in new gods as well as old gods. When you invest spiritual and emotional energy into a concept, it acquires its own egregore; and when enough people do it for long enough, it develops a very powerful egregore. Most of my readers will have heard of Lady Liberty, or the American Dream. Simon and Garfunkle wrote a beautiful song about searching for the spirit of America, which was remembered recently in a political campaign ad. I, as a Canadian, went in search of the spirit of my own country, Canada....
They have mouths, but cannot speak.
So wrote a dyspeptic 7th century Hebrew poet concerning the so-called “idols” of the pagans.
But of course (as anyone who has ever actually lived with one for very long can tell you), he was wrong.
Full Title: Social Media's Centralization of Online Dialogue Hurts Pagan Culture
What if wildly witchy articles no longer existed? Imagine if only corporate media "Pagan" blogs were available, as milquetoast as the fake Christianity that dominates media to suppress robust, responsible Christians? Paganism tamed!
The more corporate social media centralizes online dialogue, the closer we move to deterioration of Pagan culture and extinction of meaningful online Pagan conversation.
I love social media, but it could devastate Pagan innovation and culture unless we do something. Here's why:
An astronomer explains why, no, NASA hasn't changed your astrological sign. Chimps may be more cognitively advanced than we thought. And a look at some of the amazing, weird life that lives in our oceans. It's Earthy Thursday, our weekly segment about science and Earth-related news. It's all this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!