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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, April 5 2017

We take a look at the way in which online customers of occult services are being taken advantage of. A Pagan writer describes the "beauty of the warrior." And reflections and thoughts on the arrival of spring. It's Watery Wednesday, our segment for news and content from the Pagan community around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

It would be nice if people could easily trade and sell occult services online without hassle. Unfortunately, it's not that easy thanks to a few bad apples who make things hard for everyone. The Wild Hunt discusses the risks and rewards of the digital marketplace for the occult.

There is sometimes a distinction in Pagan and polytheist cultures between what is an "open" religious tradition and what is a "closed" one. Generally speaking, open traditions are non-ethnic, universalist religions that can be practiced by anyone without initiation while closed traditions are ethnocentric, localized religions that can only be practiced by those who are either a part of the originating community or who've been inducted. But a few religions like Shinto blur such distinctions.

The word "warrior" is in many ways a loaded one. It has a strong positive association in many cultures, including those in the West, but it also is intrinsically associated with another word that is less fondly regarded: war. But is there something to be learned from the way of the warrior even if you do not find yourself at war? Not all battles are military in nature after all.

There's often a tension among polytheists whether to have a more academic or more "experiential" approach to religion. In regards to Heathenry, Xander at Huginn's Heathen Hof explains his affinity for the latter and why Heathens needn't always concern themselves with tricking to lore and tradition.

Spring is here! We've already had a lot to say on the season's maturation here at PaganSquare, but that doesn't mean other Pagans don't have anything to say. Writing for her blog, Elizabeth Creely shares her experience of spring in northern California and the ecological importance of the simple newt.

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Aryós Héngwis (or the more modest Héngwis for short) is a native of the Pontic-Caspian steppe, born some 5000 years ago, near the village of Dereivka. In his youth he stood out from the other snakes for his love of learning and culture, eventually coming into the service of the local reǵs before moving westward toward Europe. Most recently, Aryós Héngwis left his home to pursue a new life in America, where he has come under the employ of BBI Media as an internet watchdog (or watchsnake, if you will), ever poised to strike the unwary troll.


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