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Popular subjects in contemporary Pagan culture and practice.

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A Night on Witch Island

Have you ever been to Witch Island?

You know the one I mean. That island out in the river (or: lake) where the witches go for their...doings.

You've heard the stories. Nobody else goes out there.

(Well, there were those kids that once. Did you ever hear what they saw there? All that weird shit carved on the rocks? The big pile of ashes? The bones? Did you hear what happened to those kids?)

You've seen the fires out there among the trees at night. You've seen the shadows of the dancers.

You've heard the drums, the crazy singing.

You've heard the howls.

The screams.

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Are you ready for some change? Yeah, me too. Which is good, because when Uranus moves from one sign to the next, changes are imminent, both on a personal and global level. With Uranus involved, we can expect events that are sudden, surprising, and often extreme. If we understand the underlying energies that are in play, we can, to some degree, consciously direct them to the better outcomes.

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Looking Under the Kilt

They're really the next-best thing to skyclad.

My friend Stephanie Fox always says, "Every guy looks better in a kilt."

As usual, she's right.

If there's an identifiable Pagan Male mode of dress, the kilt would probably be it. Me, I'd wear one every day if I could get away with it.

Well, but I live in Minneapolis, where—self-effacement being core to Scandinavian-ness—it's considered poor form to draw too much attention to oneself in public.

Besides which, I'm a person who—for the good and the ill of it—people tend to notice. It took me a long time to learn to Walk Unseen and, frankly, I value the ability.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    My definition of "kilt" is broad enough to include sarongs, for sure. They sure are easier on the gear than wool.
  • Kile Martz
    Kile Martz says #
    At the large men's gathering I attend in the summer, the sarong is still de rigueur for many of the participants. Some that are ne

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Turn Left at Aphrodite

Go between the two standing stones into the woods.

Follow the path down to the Great Circle.

When you get to Aphrodite, turn left.

Then head down the hill through the trees.

That's how you get to the Bull Stone.

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Making Incense With A Wood Chipper

Yes, you read that correctly.  I’ve been making incense for more than 20 years and in the early days I never would have imagined adding a chipper to my arsenal of incense making tools.  I searched  for an appropriate chipper for several years. A few months ago I finally took the plunge.  Oh how I wish I had done this sooner!

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The Sweet Beltaine of a Butterfly

The below is the meditation/story I offered in preparation for Beltaine. Feel free to use any part of it with attribution.

You. You.  have been a caterpillar.

You have been not just any caterpillar, you have been a brightly black-and-chartreuse-striped caterpillar, chomping happily throughout your life, ever hungry, never satisfied, ever hungry, never full. Chomp. Chomp Chomping on the milkweed around you. You have been black and yellow, brightly striped. You have been a prize for birds, but you have lived. You emerged from your egg and you have been a caterpillar.

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The Great Lammas Massacre

It's gone down in local pagan lore as the Great Lammas Massacre.

Lammas 1985. One of the local Wiccan churches is holding their August Eve in a city park.

In mid-invocation, the high priest looks up and sees police approaching, so he picks up his athame and starts to open the circle.

Bad idea.

Anyway, no one got shot, and, in the long run, what opened up instead was a conversation that has resulted in a pretty good ongoing relationship between local law enforcement and the pagan community.

I talked a while back with a woman who had been there that night. She'd been a neophyte at the time, and had been wearing a white robe and a crown of flowers.

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  • M.T. Noah
    M.T. Noah says #
    I wish I knew more about this.... ly. Thank you.
  • Ian Phanes
    Ian Phanes says #
    That police officer from the mainland was very lucky that she didn't lead him on a frenzied chase through a cave to meet the...

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