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Anne Newkirk Niven

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PaganNewsBeagle: Fiery Tuesday Dec 2

Today's Fiery Tuesday posts are sure to stir a bit of controversy -- hopefully of a useful kind! Pagan Activism Conference, lowering police shootings; secularization of holidays; the (humanistic Pagan) case against spellwork; scary monsters in "pagan" festival.

First up, a report on last week's online Pagan Activism Conference. Which brings up the question: when and how should Paganism and political/environmental activism come together?

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    Really like the Halstead blog - but then I'm a Reclaiming Witch so that makes sense.
PaganNewsBeagle Airy Monday December 1

The PaganNewsBeagle took off last week (our internet went down!) but we are back in the saddle. In today's Airy Monday segment, we concentrate on academic issues of interest to Pagans and their allies. Magpie Wicca?; degrees of British traditional Wicca; Pagans and the land; Novo Religio (an academic magazine devoted to New Religious Movements); the World Religions and Spirituality Project.

Is Wicca inherently syncretic? Sable Aradia says "yes!" and offers ideas as to the difference Wicca's borrowing of ideas from many paths makes in inter-Pagan relations.

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PaganNewsBeagle Airy Monday Nov 24

Today's Airy Monday (posted in advance on Sunday since the Beagle will be out of town Monday morning) focuses on something different: Sagittarius. (The Pagan News Beagle confesses that his writer has Sag rising, so he's got a particular liking for this sign.) And as we just entered this sign on Nov 22, let's celebrate our movement into the Sagittarius season! "Interstellar" Sag energy; E.T. the Sagittarian?; nebulas in Sagittarius; new chemicals in the deep space of Sagittarius; who is Chiron, the patron of Sagittarius?

At her "Gateway Goddess" blog, Cathy Nance opines that Christopher Nolan's new film "Interstellar" perfectly embodies the energy of Sagittarius.

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PaganNewsBeagle Faithful Friday Nov 21

Today's Faithful Friday edition celebrates the many religions of our world. This week, we've got legendary women of Germanic Yuletide; "pagan" traveler portraits; ancient religions of the MidEast; is religion inherently violent; faith-free ritual.

Germanic female figures of the Yuletide holidays are featured in this post. How many are you familiar with? Do your holiday traditions include any of these customs?

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PaganNewsBeagle Earthy Thursday Nov 20

Today's Earthy Thursday posts concentrate on the gifts of lovely planet, even when it's (brrrrr!) cold outside. A strolling platypus; spectacular natural arches; an emerging urban food economy; feral farms reclaiming discarded land; winter gardening tips.

We were charmed by this footage of a platypus out for a stroll (it took the filmmaker years to get the shot!)

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PaganNewsBeagle Watery Wednesday Community News Nov 19

In today's Watery Wednesday edition, the PaganNewsBeagle brings you stories of our Pagan, witchy, and polytheist communities. Triumph for Maetreum of Cybele; a fairy census; Wiccan city council invocation; what's proper clerical wear for Pagans?; Pagan rock-n-roll.

In great news for all minority religions embattled by small-minded civic authorities, the Appeals Court of the State of New York ruled in favor of the Maetreum of Cybele ending a lengthy legal struggle over property tax exemption. The Wild Hunt has the story.

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PaganNewsBeagle Fiery Tuesday Nov 18

In today's Fiery Tuesday, we have a set of stories that touch on minority religious beliefs in North America: a Muslim prisoner's beard sparks a Supreme Court case; Canada to ban polygamy?; when is fortune-telling fraud?; welcoming Pele's lava; a Sikh sues to join US military -- with his beard intact.

Why should Pagans give a care about the Holt vs. Hayes Supreme Court case? This post lays out the important religious rights issues in the case.

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