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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, February 10

We take a look at what it means to live in the Year of the Monkey. Pagan handfastings are legally recognized in parts of Britain. And the next generation of Paganism is considered. It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment on news about the Pagan community! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

This Monday, the Year of the Goat came to an end and the Year of the Monkey began. But what does that mean, exactly, in East Asian tradition? Shinto-Pagan writer Megan Manson offers some insight at Patheos.

Handfastings have been long recognized in the Pagan community as another, non-Christian form of marriage. But they haven't always been legally recognized. In England and Wales, however, they now are.

Depression can strike anyone and it's often a debilitating disease when it does. It can impact your life in a multitude of ways: your work, your love life, your hobbies, your spirituality. Seth worshiper G. B. Marian relates the experience of one suffering from depression here.

Modern Paganism's now endured for at least three generations since its major revival in the 1950s (and possibly quite longer if you count earlier occult traditions like Thelema). But it's still a relatively young spiritual movement and its future remains very much in flux. So how will the next generation shape it?

Interested in getting more actively involved in the Pagan community? Looking to join a Pagan organization? If so, Circle Sanctuary is launching a new membership drive.

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