This is part of a continuing series exploring ways that Solitary Pagans can connect not only with the Greater Pagan Community, but how we can connect with our local communities and bring our unique perspectives and beliefs into the fabric of those communities.
Few words elicit dread the way that “jury duty” does for a lot of people. Personally, I find this drive to “get out of” jury duty to be disturbing as I have always wanted to serve on a jury but have never had the chance. I personally think this anti-jury duty perspective is based on the quite unrealistic way that juries are portrayed on television and in movies. I think most of the rest of it is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the importance of jury duty and how it works.
The New York Times takes a look at the collection of Doreen Valiente. The way in which gods have "evolved" over time is considered. And the debate over politics within polytheism continues. It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment on new about the Pagan community. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
The nature and symbolism behind Pagan handfastings is explained to cowans. Fire ravages a Vodou temple in New Orleans. And a Pagan festival in the Midwest is held this weekend. It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment on news about the Pagan community around the world! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
Back around Yule I happened to be walking past a house on the next block when it was dark enough for the lights to be on, but early enough that the blinds were still open. I noticed the great big Sun face hanging over the fireplace.
There was another Sun in the front window, and a metal cut-out Sun standing in a snow-drift in the front yard.
Hmm, I thought.
I've lived in the South Minneapolis pagan neighborhood for more than 30 years. You can hardly swing a dead cat around here without hitting a pagan.
*Note: this was first published on Pagan Activist, and is also included in my book The Leader Within. These conversations about Pagans and money and do we pay our teachers come up over and over, so I thought this was worth reposting here as it's an important issue for Pagan leaders.
Paganism: Money is Bad, Right?
The question, "Should Pagans charge for services/rituals/events/classes" comes up with some frequency within our community. One of my activist goals is looking at underlying difficulties and assumptions in our culture and how that impacts us.
How's the best way to celebrate Thanksgiving? Should you sign up for Many Gods West? And what does it mean that a Pagan minister's been made a UN official? It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment for news about the Pagan community. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
The Pagan net has been abuzz after beloved and noted elder, Luisah Teish said some not so polite things about the trans-community on Tuesday. Some took offense, others defense, while those who took no side were in for quite the show. In the end it wrought in its wake a lot of old discussions and old wounds. Before I knew it I was left feeling like we (the community) dropped the ball and that we failed to protect our own.