When planning a ritual involving children, I always have to remind myself to keep it short and simple! This simple ritual of spring welcome is perfect for family or a small group of friends. It can also be adapted to enjoy alone. This ritual is designed to be done at night around a campfire and to be followed by a drum circle, but can easily be adapted to day time (perhaps with a fresh flower mandala to gather around instead of a fire). It can take place anytime between March 21 and mid-May and still feel seasonally appropriate....
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“I work with Ereshkigal, Oya, and Tlazolteotl,” she tells me.
Then she pauses for my reaction.
Welcome to the Irony-Free Zone.
Gee. The Sumerian Goddess of the Underworld, Santeria's Lady of Storms (mispronounced), and the Aztec 'Eater of Filth.'
Clearly, I'm supposed to be impressed.
The building of the Shrine to Cernunnos was started in the summer 2016. But before that, we started raising money for it. In the fall of 2015, we did an Indiegogo campaign that had 26 backers and raised $3435.
A Pagan writer reflects on the way Beyonce's pregnancy announcement infers the imagery of Oshun. A group called "WITCH" gathers in Portland to fight for political and social causes. And a Korean shaman looks online for funding to help complete here training. It's Watery Wednesday, our segment about news regarding Pagan communities here and abroad. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
One of the important ways in which pagan religions differ from non-pagan ones lies in the pagan understanding that non-human beings, as well as human beings, have rights.
These rights are inherent, not bestowed.
Animals have rights.
Trees have rights.
Rivers have rights.
Mountains have rights.
Oceans have rights.
Planets have rights.
Stars have rights.
The rights of non-human beings, of course, are not the same rights as those of human beings, although there is certainly some overlap. To every people, its own law; to every being, its own rights.
March is the month of the spring equinox. Day and night will be equal and spring is in the air, except in Wisconsin where we just got six plus inches of snow. In Wisconsin, March is a turbulent month filled with any kind of weather from mild to blizzards.
Spring is supposed to be about new beginnings, renewal of life. It’s all about change which can come about easily or be tumultuous. Winter has weeded out what we no longer need and hopefully prepared us for the changes we need to make. The chaff is gone, has been discarded and recycled in order to make way for what will come....