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Popular subjects in contemporary Pagan culture and practice.

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Coat of Many Colors

All summer long, he has been our bonny god in green, and we have loved him for it.

But now come the days—so poignant, so bittersweet—for which he is called in the Old Language of the Witches Wulder, for his splendor.

His festive coat of colors he dons now, different each day: Earth's yearly gift of favor to her first-born and (they say) best-loved child.

Alas, such gifts of favor are apt to be preludes to deeds of blood.

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Body Time

In a world meted out by clock time, it's easy to forget body time.

When the initiate stands on the threshold, you could tell her: “Come in five minutes.”

And she will spend her time watching the glass.

Or you could tell her: “After a thousand heartbeats, come.”

And she will spend her time listening.

Listening, and drawing in.

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Vine and Ivy: Lush Libra

In the golden days between Mabon, the Fall Equinox, and Samhain, the beauty of Autumn is on display all around us. The trees are ablaze, the harvest is in, there's a festive mood as we head towards Hallowe'en. There's magick in the air, a sort of enchantment. It's intoxicating,

Under Libra;s influence, all things take on a golden glow. Ruled by Venus, Libra awakens at the Autumn Equinox, holding the balance of light and dark in those famous Scales. As a Cardinal sign, Libra issues in many qualities of the season to come. Libra brings the desire for justice, for fairness, for loving connection. We are suspended between the extroverted joys of the ending Summer, and the beginning of the Descent into introspection and quiet. It is this exquisite tension that calls up the magick of this juicy moment of the year.

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Was the Keltic "Tribe of Witches" Originally the "Two Tribes"?

According to archaeologist Stephen J. Yeates, the original Tribe of Witches was the Anglo-Saxon people called the Hwicce, who inhabited the Cotswolds and Severn Valley of what is now southwestern England.

These were previously the tribal territories of an early Iron Age Keltic people known as the Dobunni. Both genetics and archeology suggest strong demographic and cultural continuity from the Keltic to the Anglo-Saxon periods.

The name Dobunni, known from inscriptions and Roman historians (Yeates 2-3), is of uncertain etymology. Yeates himself does not discuss a derivation.

It may be, though, that this ethnonym preserves a memory of the origins of the tribe itself.

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Quest for Canada is a new series of articles that will appear alternately in both my Witches & Pagans column 49 Degrees and my Patheos blog Between the Shadows.  It will be published once a week in an alternating schedule between the two blogs.   Links will be provided in both blogs.

I believe in new gods as well as old gods.  When you invest spiritual and emotional energy into a concept, it acquires its own egregore; and when enough people do it for long enough, it develops a very powerful egregore.  Most of my readers will have heard of Lady Liberty, or the American Dream.  Simon and Garfunkle wrote a beautiful song about searching for the spirit of America, which was remembered recently in a political campaign ad.  I, as a Canadian, went in search of the spirit of my own country, Canada.

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When Statues Speak

 They have mouths, but cannot speak.


So wrote a dyspeptic 7th century Hebrew poet concerning the so-called “idols” of the pagans.

But of course (as anyone who has ever actually lived with one for very long can tell you), he was wrong.

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  • Molly
    Molly says #
    I make goddess sculptures for a living and I totally identify with this experience. I'd modify the quote for mine to: "they do not
Father of Church of Aphrodite Founder Canonized by Russian Orthodox Church

Even by pagan standards, it's an incredible story.

On February 3, 2016, Dr. Yevgeny Botkin (1865-1918), personal physician to Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia, was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church, 98 years after he was executed by the Bolsheviks along with the tsar, and the tsar's wife and children.

Known as “Righteous Passion-Bearer Yevgeny the Physician,” his son Gleb Botkin (1900-1969) was later to become the founder of the Long Island Church of Aphrodite, which in 1938 became America's first legally-recognized new pagan organization.

“It's better than worshiping Mary Baker Eddy [founder of Christian Science],” quipped the New York judge who granted legal recognition.

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