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The Problem and the Promise of Paganism, and Why One Looks a Lot Like the Other

In spite of the uncritical attitudes and superstitious ideas that haunt a lot of Paganism, I still call myself a Pagan. I am still a Pagan because I believe Paganism has the potential to bring together the wisdom of our animistic forebearers and the discoveries of contemporary science in a way that has the power to reenchant the world.

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An atheist’s magical practice in detail, by AtheistWitch

This essay (with minor edits) was originally published at AtheistWitch’s blog, Spiritual atheist witch…and other strange labels. Rational use of irrationality: […] since the only defensible logical explanation for magic is the psychological effect it creates on a person, that…

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Of Crafting and Placebos, by Telmaris Green

Today, we continue our late spring theme, Practice, with Telmaris Greene, who shares her evolving understanding of the role of the placebo effect in ritual practice. Stage one of my life as a witch:  I’m looking up spells and rituals furtively, as though…

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Samhain Special: Why Witch? by Telmaris Green

We have reached 20% of our goal!  There are 22 days left for you to help HP place an ad at The Wild Hunt.  20 contributions of $20 will get us there.  Contribute $25 or more and HP will link…

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The HPedia: Ambiguity

Your help is needed!  Please critique this entry from the HPedia: An encyclopedia of key concepts in Naturalistic Paganism.  Please leave your constructive criticism in the comments below. This specialized term comes from Tanya Luhrmann’s anthropological study of “magicians” (more…

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