What Are We In?

The question is often raised: Whether the people who call themselves pagan/Wiccans constitute a community. If we use as a first-draft definition: a community is a group of people...

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Imbolc – a Water Festival Connected with New Birth and the Lactation of Ewes

The full moon that marks Imbolc (near February 1) occurs in 2008 on Tuesday, January 22. We have looked at several Imbolc observances on the web and have come...

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I, Thou, We, Us

Last Sunday we saw Gail Geisenhainer, a UU Minister, tell her congregation how she came to the Unitarian Universalists. When she first visited one of the smaller UU fellowships...

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Tradition versus Reality

Last Sunday we gave a presentation at the local fellowship of the Unitarian-Universalist Association. The congregation there, small but select, is accustomed to honoring the directions at the beginning...

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Traditional Recipe and other matters

Fenix, Sorry to learn of your friend, but supposedly s/he is in a better place. Thinking of the world in its present state, that doesn’t sound too bad. You...

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How Christmas Became Christmas

Here is an interesting snippet of history with roots extending all the way back to ancient Egypt. The earliest original Egyptian calendar consisted of 12 months of 30 days...

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Happy Solstice to One and All

Gavin writes: I wonder how many of you still do the traditional things. What do I mean? Here are a couple of examples. Blowing out the candles on the...

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A Formative Year

In a single year* Protesters disrupted the presidential nominating convention in Chicago.* Women picketed the Miss America pageant to protest the oppression of women, burning their bras and parading...

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Is “Wicca” Meaningless?

About six months ago we addressed quite a large group. We asked how many considered themselves to be Wiccans. About 75 percent put their hands up. Then we went...

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Looking Backward

Okay, our visitors have gone, and it’s time to get serious again about doing the blog. Yesterday it snowed heavily here, so that’s yet more grounds to stay home...

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History as wished for

We have been looking at old information in an attempt to get all the dates accurate on the School of Wicca. In December 1968 Gavin and Yvonne Frost, then...

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A Foot in Both Worlds?

The question today is an old one revisited; that is, can a Wiccan use a Christian pantheon in his/her spiritual life? Time and again we have pointed out that...

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Old Stuff – Our Spiritual Heritage

Trial records show that in the 1340s CE, trials of “heretics” almost ceased, to resume only after publication in 1376 CE of Nicholas Eymeric’s “Directorium inquisitorum”. That book replaced...

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An Extremely Different Subject

As we drove from the mountains of West Virginia into the flatlands of Ohio, the trees were turning, and beautifully so. Mountainsides were swathed in green, orange, and red....

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Our Fabulous Trip

Fabulous! Wonderful! Or (as the Brits might say), Wizard! Bril! (that’s brilliant)What other fulsome, overblown adjectives can we use? It sounds pretty gushy, but mere words fall short of...

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responses to responses

As Yvonne holds her head and says, what have we spawned?, we offer something of a roundup of our responses … to responses .. to one or another of...

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Ateh Malkuth

Ateh Malkuth, Ve Geburah, Ve Gedullah, Le Olam. Amen.(Yours are the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.) In the days when we Frosts first trod the Wiccan...

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Marshack

Readers have questioned our respect for Alexander Marshack and his legacy. It is quite true that he is not officially a cultural anthropologist; yet his thinking has broken entirely...

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Fragments

October 9 2007, numerologically a 10 or a 1“The Prophet’s Bible” says that 1 is the sun with its power. For sure the garden knows all about that. We’re...

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Toledo, Here We Come

We will attend the Samhain Spirit Festival Fireheart in Toledo, Ohio. Please note: To attend the festival, you must currently be a member of Spirit Weavers www.spiritweavers.org/samhain_registration.htmThe festival will...

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