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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, April 20

Pagans get ready to celebrate Earth Day. Oklahoma Pagans face persecution from neighbors. And the role of magic in anarchism is considered. It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment on news about the Pagan community! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

In two days Earth Day, a holiday launched to raise awareness about environmentalism and ecology, will mark its 46th year. For many Pagans, Earth Day is more than just a secular holiday though: it's sacred. The Huffington Post discusses eight ways that Pagans celebrate Earth Day.

It's probably fair to say that religious freedom is stronger today than it was when the modern Pagan movement began. But that doesn't mean Pagans still don't face persecution and hardship as a result of their beliefs. The Wild Hunt shares the story of a Pagan family in Oklahoma who's faced derision, harassment, and vandalism as a result of their religion.

Are you a Kemetic devotee or a fan of Egyptian mythology? Then you might found this story about music and the gods of Egypt interesting.

Anarchism and modern Paganism share a lot in common: they're both countercultural movements to a large extent to name one obvious similarity. With that in mind, Gods & Radicals writer Dr. Bones considers magic from an anarchistic perspective... as well as how magic itself can inform anarchism.

An earthquake hit the Japanese island of Kyushu just under a week ago, causing widespread damage and injury as well as at least 44 deaths. If you're interested in helping the victims, Shinto-Pagan writer Megan Manson has some suggestions for you over at Patheos.

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