Humanistic Paganism

Walking the Labyrinth, by Anna Walther

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Last year I made a series of mini-pilgrimages to local labyrinths. The labyrinth is an ancient symbol, around since at least Neolithic times and likely even earlier, and appearing in multiple cultures around the world. Labyrinths are widely associated with spirit, insight, and journey through human life. They are paradoxes: spiraling paths leading to both fear and empowerment, mazes in which one cannot get lost. Read More

PantheaCon Raises Questions About the Future of Non-Theistic Paganism

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I just returned from PantheaCon, the largest annual Pagan gathering in the US.  About 2000 Pagans gather in the Doubletree hotel in San Jose, CA every year to converse, do ritual, party, drink, sing, dance, and build community.  It’s a lively and fun event.  And this year, there were two Atheopagan events on the official schedule.  Mark Green has written a good review of the event here.  I had a great time and I appreciate everyone who participated in the Atheopagan events.  But I have some reservations about the experience. Read More

[Dead Ideas] “Geis VII Finale: Quentin Tarantino’s The Destruction of Da Derga’s Hostel”, by B. T. Newberg

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This one has it all: romance, plunder, mimes – and it all ends in a bloodbath! This story is without doubt the Pulp Fiction of medieval Irish literature, so here it is: The Destruction of Da Derga’s Hostel, told in the style of Quentin Tarantino! With a soundtrack by Brooklyn band Twin Guns!

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Dear Pagans: Can We Be As Picky About Science As We Are About History? by Lupa

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[I know this is a long one, and potentially controversial. Do me a favor, please and read all the way to the end, and pay especial attention to the italicized bits? Thank you!]

Celtic Wicca. Samhain, the God of the Dead. Witches’ covens that extend back in an unbroken line thousands of years. These are just a few examples of the really bad history that’s been passed around the pagan community, and which has rightfully been skewered by those who have done better research. I came to paganism in the mid-1990s when Wicca was all the rage, and everything was plastered with Celtic knotwork. The Craft, Charmed and other media helped bolster support for aesthetic paganism that was more about looks than substance. A glut of books hit the market, many of which were full of historical inaccuracies from the mildly off to the blatantly awful.    

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[Dead Ideas] “A Valentine to Poe, and Other Traditions of Olde”, by B. T. Newberg

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What Valentine did Edgar Allen Poe receive from his lover one fateful year? You’ll find this along with many interesting old Valentines Day traditions in this special holiday episode. If you ever want to divine your lover’s identity, this episode will teach you plenty of ways. Enjoy!

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