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Popular subjects in contemporary Pagan culture and practice.

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Pagan Shops of Western Canada: Enderby, BC

Recently I had an opportunity to visit all kinds of fascinating Pagan shops throughout Western Canada when I was on a book tour, so I'm writing about them to share them with others.

Enderby is the tiny sort of town that you usually drive through on your way to somewhere else.  It's just on the north side of my home city, Vernon, BC, along Hwy 97; which is already 45 minutes north of the big urban center in the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna.  The first thing you notice when you come into town is a giant building with a Super Save Gas station in front, operated by the Splatsin First Nation, followed immediately by a dedicated site for a huge ongoing Farmer's Market and a large powwow center, also owned by the Splatsin.  Just past that, right along the highway, is a Kingdom Hall, a small cluster of apartments, then an antique shop with an elaborate mural, a community center with giant First Nations' wooden sculptures, a 50's retro diner, and a few quaint little coffee shops and tea rooms.  This should give you an idea of the unique cultural stew that is Enderby.  You would think they would rest together uneasily, but you never hear about any of that, and the town itself feels peaceful and the people are always friendly.

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Blood Wedding

In this season of the Fathers and Mothers, one last ancestral tale, before we descend into Darkness.

His name, ironically, was Charlie Coward, and they say he was seven feet tall. It was he that made the Blood Marriage with the Land, and so we are Americans today.

In my family's Long Memory, his is the oldest name remembered in full. The oldest of all—but his given name is long forgotten—would be that Cow Herd whose name his descendants still bear.

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Shrinking Noses

The last few years have seen several notable losses in the world of modern Paganism. These "Big Nose Pagans" or "Big Name Pagans" have been the cornerstone of the Pagan pop culture and literary movement for many decades.

We have lost Margot Adler, Isaac Bonewitz, Stewart Farrar and Doreen Valiente just to name a few since I have become a Pagan. Not to mention some members of the new Pagan media like David Grega and Peter Paddon.

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For Tuatha Dea, one-upping the success of the music video for "Long Black Curl" is a hard act to follow, but they pull it off with the second video from the Tufa Tales: Appalachian Fae album, "Wisp of a Thing."

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    Ivo Dominguez Jr says #
    I'm a fan of both Tuatha Dea and Alex Bledsoe so this is a perfect blend for me. If you'd like to see Tuatha Dea and support the N

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Orphic Mysteries and Goddess(es) of Nature

Greek Hymns Honoring the Divine Feminine

The Orphic Hymn to Nature brings to light the age-old Mother Goddess of many names, the supreme Creatress, “dancing with whirling noiseless feet” her eternal dance of life and growth. It’s hard to find a more telling description of the Divine Feminine’s immense powers in all of the Hellenic literature!

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Ms. Meenee, As someone with Neoplatonist leanings, I am glad that you are making people more aware of the Athanassakis translatio
  • Terence P Ward
    Terence P Ward says #
    If and when I ever delve into Orphic writings, Athanassakis is the way to go. I own his Homeric translation and it's superb.

Imagine a doctor breaking this news to you: “Your brain isn’t affected. Your thoughts will remain the same, it’s just that eventually no one will know what they are.”

Devastating. You will still be you, but very soon, you will be unable to communicate anything you are thinking to another person. You will be trapped inside your head.

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  • Harita Meenee
    Harita Meenee says #
    Thank you for this thoughtful article! Much appreciated. :-)

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Curse the Winter Whining

In Wisconsin, we’ve turned cold, had a snow storm (or several) and had our first real slow down for the winter.  I’ve heard nothing but complaints about how we haven’t had cold weather like this since the 1800s.  I work with several people who are from the south and they are questioning why they moved to Wisconsin. 

It is easy to get wrapped up in the complaining and the whining about how bad it is.  With arthritis in every joint in my body, the cold is hard to deal with as it makes me ache.  The slippery sidewalks and roads can be treacherous.  It isn’t fun to drive down the road following someone who can’t drive in the snow or worse to skid around the road rather than driving down it.

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