Paganism

Samhain heavier this year

October 30, 2020

TWH – Witches and Pagans across the northern hemisphere will be observing a particularly charged Samhain this week with the pervasive energy of this year and the million-plus lives lost worldwide to COVID-19 making for a particularly heavy holiday for those that observe it. It also lands on a full moon, the second in the month, which makes it a blue moon. While there’s not a lot of agreement on the energetic importance of a blue moon, many Witches feel that it gives greater power to their magick and ritual.

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'We're reclaiming these traditions': Black women embrace the spiritual realm

October 30, 2020

Afros. Saris. Sphinxes. Rainbows.

These are some of the striking images found in actress Rachel True’s new tarot deck and guidebook — “True Heart Intuitive Tarot” — released this month with a decidedly multicultural bent. Best known for her starring roles in the 1996 cult hit “The Craft” and the 2002 sitcom “Half & Half,” True has studied tarot for most of her life and wanted her guide to reflect the diversity of her New York City birthplace.

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‘Coming out of the broom closet’ -- A look into the lives of Taunton-area witches

October 23, 2020

Halloween is fast approaching, and for most of us, it’s simply a fun holiday with candy and costumes. But for some in the Taunton area, it is an important religious holiday known as Samhain (pronounced sow-in).

For witches and pagans in our community, Oct. 31 is their new year and final harvest, as well as the time when the veil between the spirit world and ours in thinnest.

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Minnesota sex offenders sue over religious restrictions during pandemic

October 6, 2020

More than a dozen men in Minnesota's Sex Offender Program are suing the state's human services department, alleging the agency has banned the practice of religious gatherings for more than six months in the wake of COVID-19.

Attorney Erick Kaardal, who filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of 15 clients, said the restrictions inside the Moose Lake facility continued even after a June executive order from Gov. Tim Walz that allowed places of worship to reopen at 50 percent capacity.

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Pagan-run food pantries continue to offer resources during pandemic

September 17, 2020

Maintaining a strong community during the long pandemic that has consumed most of 2020 now in the U.S. has been difficult, especially for members of the Pagan community.

Long the linchpin that has held the eclectic umbrella of Pagans, Witches, Heathens, Wiccans, and others together, many Pagan shops have suffered and are struggling to stay afloat in the Covid-19 economy. So often ...

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Spiritual Houstonians embrace the metaphysical during COVID-19

June 29, 2020

People seek Robert Garza when they need answers, healing and hope.

And during the coronavirus pandemic, he said he is more in demand than ever before. At Garza’s store in west Houston, the masses are flocking to buy his herbal remedies and to seek his guidance in spiritual card readings.

“It’s been crazy,” said Garza, owner of Yerberia La Santa Fe.

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New Pagan radio station seeks to improve underserved market

May 25, 2020
Music aficionados who are looking for Pagan and Pagan-themed music have a new listening destination waiting to be discovered.
 
PaganRadio.org is a licensed online radio station operating out of Vancouver, British Columbia. The station was founded by Ian Adler in March of 2020.
 
“The mission of the station is to provide Pagan and folk music from Pagan artists,” explained Adler, who has several years of previous experience as a disc jockey for clubs on the popular user-created virtual platform Second Life.
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Pagan librarians respond to challenged book list

April 27, 2020

“Librarians want information available to all segments of the population,” says Norma, a librarian and Witch living in Oklahoma. “During this current pandemic, we are fortunate that many libraries are uploading and making available more electronic material for patron access.” As more and more Americans turn to their public libraries for assistance during the COVID-19 crisis, librarians like Norma are providing many new services to their communities. But while its services change with the needs of the public, the library remains a place where new ideas are discovered and contested –...

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Is Witchcraft Too Mainstream?

April 6, 2020

 

In the East Village of New York City, filed away in a row of neat storefronts, a neon sign reads “CRYSTALS, MINERALS.” Packed full of sparkling gems and cut stones, Rock Star Crystals is the type of place you might expect to see a geologist or gem collector.

But stepping inside is a different story. Signs point customers toward chakra stones for energy healing, boxes of brightly-colored agate for creativity and strength, and even bundles of sage for purification. The store is one of many businesses that aims to appeal to a rising demographic: witches.

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Superstitious or just a little 'stitious? Friday the 13th is nothing to fear

March 13, 2020

 

It's a date that happens once, twice, maybe three times per year. It's inspired a horror film franchise, several novels and two extremely long words (paraskevidekatriaphobia and friggatriskaidekaphobia, both meaning the fear of Friday the 13th).

But for some in the Fargo-Moorhead area, Friday the 13th is not something to fear. In fact, the date represents two things — and neither of them are scary.

Omni Rogers-Mueller, a pagan and Covenant of the Moon High Priestess in Fargo, says while other pagans may not view things in the same way, Friday the...

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The Witches of Manitou Springs: History, hysteria and wand-waving Wiccans behind a stubborn urban myth

February 17, 2020

Manitou Springs, a picturesque mountain town nestled in the shadow of Pikes Peak, is full of whispers of witches and witchcraft.

Maybe you’ve heard it from an Uber driver on the way to an area bar or while scrolling through a travel site. It’s a tale that often wanders through word of mouth. Wherever it comes from, legend has it there are witches in Manitou Springs. More, perhaps, than usual.

But is there an overabundance of witches in this town at the foot of America’s mountain, where at least one apothecary sells miniature broomsticks — or is it just a persistent...

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Paganism in Boston

Paganism—a term that encompasses a wide variety of Earth-based religions—has a distinct community in Greater Boston. Home to Celtic, Wiccan, Greek Reconstructionist, eclectic, and other pagan groups, Boston has a longstanding Pagan history. Salem’s historical connection to witchcraft has made it the modern-day locus of covens, activism for Witches’ rights, and other Pagan groups. Because of the stigma sometimes still attached to Pagan religions, many groups choose to keep their contact information, worship space, and membership information private.

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