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Last New Moon, we explored the spirit-filled world of the polytheistic Celtic-speaking tribes. Of course, this is the same spirit-filled world we inhabit today, whether we currently live in one of the modern Celtic nations or are the far-flung biological or spiritual descendants of the ancient Celts, living in many other countries around the world. The call of these ancient traditions runs deep, as attested by the more than 22,000 people who viewed The Three Cauldrons blog last month!

Think about it... all of those people, on some level, are your tribe. In the wake of the industrial revolution and the information age, we enjoy many conveniences, but also suffer tremendously from a lack of connection. We hunger for community, tribe, elders, and connection with nature and spirit. This hunger for connection boils down to one word: Relationship. Why else are we on the internet looking for like-minded souls? Seeking peers, friends and colleagues, looking for common ground, support and inspiration, we reach out into the etheric web, and are sometimes rewarded with connection.

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PaganNewsBeagle Faithful Friday August 29

Our Pagan News Beagle today is all about faith & religion -- both Pagan and otherwise. Today we have 17th century British (accused) witches; a rare documentary on British Witches of the Sixties; a naturalist Pagan describes the purpose of ritual; religions that are highly concentrated in only a few places; and a suggestion of how black churches can function, post-Ferguson.

A campaign has been launched to clear the names of the last three witches hanged in England.

This previously-rare documentary sheds light on public Wicca as practiced in the 1960's.
 
Pagan blogger John Halstead shares his conception of how ritual helps him come into communion with Divine Nature.
 
Pew Research publishes a report that describes the way in which various religions are regionally-based and heavily concentrated only in a few countries. (Surprise! Islam is *not* the most concentrated faith. Can you guess what is?)

This editorial in Religion & Politics examines the place of black churches in addressing the issues of race, justice, and power in Ferguson, MO.
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Cattle-Raid

In the beginning of days, the Great Mother called all the peoples to her, her children, and to each people she gave its own proper food.

To the Cornovii she gave the deer to be their food, and indeed they are great hunters to this day. To the Brigantes, she gave oats to be their food, to the Iceni barley, to the Silures sheep, and so it was. To each of the peoples, she gave its own proper food.

But to our people, to the Dobunni, to us she gave cattle to be our food, and their milk and their meat are indeed the best of foods.

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The Technology of Idolatry

From the spiritual technology of the ancestors, let us consider the hallows—in Latin, the sacra—those holy objects of presence, in which a god is. If the work of religion is the making-present of the gods, this work the hallows accomplish, for the hallows are points of communication, articulating radical immanence. The genius of the paganisms has always been to understand that we best touch the universal through the specific.

To say “idol” implies a statue, but hallows take many forms.

One thing to remember about hallows is that in them, by them, through them, we look upon a god.

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The first six months of its existence my ritual group mostly floundered.  We had a good circle of people around us and did some nice rituals, but we didn't really have any sort of structure. To find a solidity for ourselves we had to do a ritual for someone else.

When my wife and I put our ritual group together we did so with low expectations.  We were basically just looking for a group to ritualize with, we weren't necessarily seeking anything formal.  During those early months our rituals were continually different. We never used the same quarter calls twice or called to the same gods and goddesses for that matter! The circle was scripted but eclectic, details constantly in flux.  

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Top Ten Reasons To Not Get A Tarot Reading

These are in no particular order. I thought it might be fun to do a top ten list. So here are my top ten reasons why you should not get a reading.

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  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    Hi Carol. Thanks for the comment. I think Tarot points out paths or particular threads that can be tugged on to find better opport
  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    It seems to me that the kinds of questions that we can ask of any method of divination are limited by our understanding of freedom
PaganNewsBeagle Earthy Thursday August 28

Earthy Thursday is here — and what a bumper crop of planetary news! Mysterious moving rocks in Death Valley (their secret discovered!); more (much more!) on the Icelandic volcanic eruption; living green roofs that replace air conditioning *and* generate solar energy; indigenous land management in Brazil fights climate change; and a slide show of amazing holy temples nestled in nature. Enjoy your Thursday!

The "moving rocks" of the playa known as "the Racetrack" in Death Valley have been a mystery for decades. Now we know exactly what makes them move. (I'll admit, I didn't see this answer coming.)

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