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PaganSquare is a community blog space where Pagans can discuss topics relevant to the life and spiritual practice of all Pagans.

Subcategories from this category: Culture Blogs, Paths Blogs, Studies Blogs, SageWoman Blogs

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Howdy, y'all.

Site traffic is way, way up, but it might not be apparent from your end, since we have a membership site (in order to comment you have to sign-in, although you can read a post without doing so) we see relatively few comments on the site itself. (The policy *does* keep out the spammers and the trolls pretty effectively.)

It's always ALWAYS important for you to a) share your post on Social Media (with a link-back to the post itself) and b) check our feed to see what happens. FB delivers a *lot* of readers, but most of them comment natively on FB, not here. So if you want to see what they are thinking, be sure to check out the W&P FB feed (or follow us on Twitter, if you prefer) to see what the throngs are thinking.

Here's a startling example: on Sunday, Feb 3, Thea Sabin wrote a post called: "Can I Be Pagan and Christian?"

That post received three (3) comments natively (on PaganSquare). Not bad, but nothing too surprising.

However, on Facebook, that post went viral. Since Facebook has a tendency to exaggerate popular posts, once it gets going, it can be hard to stop. (Most people don't want it to stop.) In this specific case, the Facebook post of this blog entry received 457 "likes" 41 "shares" and a rather amazing 318 comments. FB showed our description of this blog to 27,056 of our 122,000 FB fans, a huge (for FB) percentage.

If Thea never looked over at the FB feed, she would have missed all that feedback.

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  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Thanks for the tip, Anne!

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The Price of Water

What is the price of water? At my house recently, it was $2,400—a rather large sum of money to deal with a rather small problem (tiny iron bacteria in my 340 foot deep well, which while harmless to humans, make the water smell and taste bad, and build up gunk inside pipes and appliances, all while staining everything it touches a charming reddish-brown). The money was to treat the water and then filter it.

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  • Greybeard
    Greybeard says #
    My well cost me almost $10,000. I haven't paid a water bill since moving out to the country. After 10 years, I'm probably almos
  • Deborah Blake
    Deborah Blake says #
    Some of those solutions only work if you live in the country with no nearby neighbors :-) However, things like using low-flow toi
Everything Is Not Under Your Control: Making Sense of the Senseless

My circle sister, Donna got hit by a car while she was taking a walk down a residential street with her husband.  She died on Wednesday, February 5th.  How do I make sense of that?  How does Donna taking a walk with her husband + Jason Lutz not paying attention for a moment = we will never see Donna again?

I don’t know.

If we perform magic, shouldn’t we know?  Shouldn’t my circle have been able to save Donna?  What is the point of this if we could not have saved Donna? I think it’s very easy when things are going well to say that if you are alert enough, canny enough, good enough at magic that you can lessen the pain of all situations.

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  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    So sorry to hear about your friend. The loss of my baby brother when I was 13 (and a Christian) led me to doubt that any such loss
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    I feel your pain, too. There doesn't seem to be any religion, whether mainstream or far out, that can keep its practitioners from
  • Sable Aradia
    Sable Aradia says #
    I am sorry for your loss too. I hear your anger and confusion; I felt the same when my husband was in a horrible, life-threatenin
What I Learned on the Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete

In Crete we are always being given things—fresh cherries, ice cold bottles of raki, yogurt swimming in honey, and so much more. Over the years it finally hit me—duh—that this spirit of great generosity is a living remnant of the much-earlier Ariadnian ancient Cretan matriarchal tradition of gift-giving.

In matriarchal cultures gift-giving is not something reserved for birthdays and holidays. It is a way of life rooted in the primary understanding that life is a gift that is meant to be shared.

Our lives are a gift from our mothers. Our individual lives have are not something we create or created for ourselves. We all emerged from the body of a mother. We were all given the gift of care and feeding by a mother or mothers. Our mothers did not create themselves. They emerged from the bodies of their mothers and were cared for and fed by mothers. And so on back to the original mother of the human race, known as the African Eve.

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  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    Exactly what I am doing now. Maybe you will write one too.
  • Byron Ballard
    Byron Ballard says #
    There is such a narrow view of that word in the modern Pagan culture. I was at Glastonbury this year and Kathy Jones and others sp
  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    Someone emailed me about my use of the word "matriarchal." I am using it to mean a society guided by the honoring of mothers and t

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Thinking in Circles

circle round
circle round and celebrate
circle round and sing
circle round and share stories
circle round and reach out a hand
no beginning
no end…

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