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A while back, I read a book by a contemporary theologian whose initial premise was: The story of the struggle between Good and Evil is a human universal.

And that's quite simply not true.

One certainly seems to see this story everywhere. Go to a Hollywood movie, pick up a popular novel: good guys vs. bad guys. Worse: we see it in our own heads. Matriarchy good, patriarchy bad. Abrahamics bad, paganisms good.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    David, my heart beats faster when I hear words like "teleological" and "deontological." (How pathetic is *that*?) I surely do love
  • David Oliver Kling
    David Oliver Kling says #
    I often do the same thing! None the less, it's a good conversation to have and thinking about how we view our ethics is very impo
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Thanks David: you're absolutely right about the overstated conclusion. One of my besetting flaws as a writer is a tendency to get

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Review: The Undertaker's Daughter

 

The Undertaker's Daughter is the second album from singer/songwriter Mama Gina. It is a collection of stories, myths, and tales from her life that inspire and touch the listener. With this album, she is set to make a big impact in the Pagan music genre. Look out, world! Here comes Mama Gina.

 

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    David Oliver Kling says #
    I enjoyed her song "The PSG Song," after having been to several Pagan Spirit Gatherings I can visualize the experiences he shared

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Review: The Fifth Element

The Fifth Element
by Kellee Maize

Female Pagan rap artist Kellee Maize released her fifth album, The Fifth Element, on February 14th, 2014. The album features 11 tracks of fun, funky hip hop and rap songs with a spiritual beat all their own. The overall theme of the album is Love. Every song deals with the subject of love in its own distinctive way.

The music is a refreshing, positive message of hope and love. "Anyway" is a song about hope and making it through even the toughest battles, on a personal and on a universal level. "Gotta Love Me" is about self affirmation and taking the first step to being able to change the world. The title track sums up the album perfectly. "I am the love. I am the one. I am the mother, father, daughter and the son."

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    David Oliver Kling says #
    "I Know You" has a nice dubstep sound to it and probably my favorite track on the album. Thanks for sharing this since I would ne

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The Magick Jukebox

Merry Meet! I am David Banach (pronounced like ganache, but with 20% less chocolate.), a new contributor to PaganSquare.com and Witches and Pagans.

I am an eclectic Pagan living in the greater Charleston, South Carolina area of the Unites States. I began my journey on the Pagan path about 1995 when I discovered that there were more ideas and paths to follow than the one I had been told was the only way. I studied new age philosophy and spiritualism until I discovered Paganism about 2000. I attended my first ritual on New Year's Eve, 2000. Since then, I have studied eclectic Wicca, Druidry, a small amount of Shamanism, and some Asatru.

Somewhere along that path I discovered Pagan Podcasts. The popular ones at the time were Lance and Graal, The Spiral Dance with Hawthorne, and a brand new show called The Wigglian Way. All of these shows would play Pagan music now and then. I was enthralled. To be able to hear my thoughts, visions and ideals put to my favorite form of media, music, was amazing to me. I developed an instant respect for the people that make this music and began collecting it.

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    debra strasser says #
    I enjoy your podcast and I appreciate your hard work.

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Pagans Create

I fancy myself an artist on some days. On others, not so much. Some days I will roll on out of bed and jump to my feet with a dozen ideas raring to go inside my head. Other days I shlump out of bed, eyes barely open, brain still half-involved in the dream I’m just leaving. On those days I’m just hoping to make it down the stairs to get some caffeine into my system without injuring myself on the way down. A morning person, I am not. As a Pagan who’s been out of the closet for nearly a decade and a half, though, my brain is always yearning to create something. I often think most Pagans enjoy creating something out of nothing. Maybe you write, like me. Maybe you paint, or sculpt, or knit, or make jewelry. It seems to come naturally to us.

As Pagans, I think most of us are in tune with the earth and nature around us. Nature does many things, and I think the main thing she does big is create. We, as Pagans, as people who, hopefully, feel in tune and a part of nature, also yearn to create something. Something from the depth of our soul. I know I love to create. Even when my brain is half foggy with sleep, I often wake up out of bed with an insistent self-reminder to “finish that book” or “start this painting” or something of the sort. I recently became interested in learning how to knit. It’s a mystery how someone starts with fibers, and ends up with absolutely scrumptious sweaters, scarves, or hats. But I want to learn. I feel an urge to learn.

Maybe it’s because as Pagans we love to create something that’s an expression of us. I attempt to create many works of art. Mostly stories. As a fiction writer, I am making things up and writing them down and hoping some people will enjoy what I’ve created. It’s intensely personal. It’s like taking a part of me, like a part of my heart and soul, showing it the world and hoping it’s something other people will be interested in. I know I enjoy writing, and my imagination is full of ideas for a dozen stories.

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