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I don't feel right talking about things in this blog that aren't, at least vaguely, Pagan-related. So you haven't heard much yet about my editorial debut, an anthology of fantasy westerns called Gunsmoke & Dragonfire. But I'm very excited to announce that Diana Paxson will be contributing a story!

Diana is known in our community as a leader in Norse Paganism and Goddess Spirituality. She is known outside of our community as the New York Times bestselling author of the Chronicles of Westria, and the co-author of The Mists of Avalon series. As if she weren't cool enough, she's also one of the founders of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

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Where might you find
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To watch and wonder.

To listen and feel.
To incubate your own being
and soothe your own heart.
This is cave time
soul song
heart call
life beat.
The listening hours.

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Avoid Negative People! Taurus Moon Vibes: Feb. 10-13

Starting today, things will be simpler. I’ll be sharing with you a spirit animal painting and a message from my Elfin Ally Oracle Deck picked especially for the zodiac sign that Mama Moon is currently transiting. Enjoy!

Panda Keyword: Auspicious
Oracle Meaning: There is good fortune coming your way work-wise
Reversed: Your career is at a standstill.

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Paganistani Children's Games (Winter): Wheel-Tag

It's Deep Winter, and we're well into the holiday thirtnight known variously as Yeaning, Ewesmilk, and February Eve*. If where you live is anything like where I do, the snows lie piled deep.

Ergo, it's the perfect time to play Wheel Tag.

Wheel Tag is just like regular tag—non-binary “It” and all—but you play it on a track in the snow.

Here's how you play.

Lay out a Wheel in the snow and tromp it down well (or, if you're ambitious, shovel it out). If your track is relatively small, make a Wheel with four spokes. If you've got room to spread out—the snow on top of a frozen lake is ideal for this—go with eight spokes.

Then pick an It, and away you go. Remember: you have to stay on the Wheel. Anything that happens off-Wheel doesn't count.

Like most traditional kids' games with a grounding in ritual, the purpose of the game is to play itself through and start over again, around and around: like the year, like Life. Like a Wheel.

In Witch Country, even games are profound.

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[Today, we sit down for an interview Karoline Fritz. Here, she discusses how her spirituality influences her writing; her novels, The Victorian, and The Story of Arbux; and her future projects.]

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The God You Rode In On

My friend Sirius is Kemetic. I call him my “effete shaveling.” He calls me his “vile Asiatic.” We get along just fine.

Sirius works at a hospital. He's completely out to his co-workers there.

The hospital chaplain began to tease him.

“How's Ra workin' for you?” he'd say.

Me, I was furious when I heard about this. Issues of professionalism aside: well, just consider.

Ra: the Sun, that massive and ineffable star of heartbreaking beauty and profundity around which our lives literally revolve, without which we would not, and could not, even exist.

Then there's the chaplain's god: some dead Jewish guy who's basically (let's be frank) a fictional character.

Really, I ask you: just who should be making fun of whom here?

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  • Kile Martz
    Kile Martz says #
    Ra, like the other real gods is dutiful and supportive. He comes up each day to warm the earth, unconcerned about want or need. T
  • Murphy Pizza
    Murphy Pizza says #
    I love it!!

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Safety and Anti-Harassment Policies

As it becomes clear that the Pagan community is not at all immune to harassing, abusive, and bigoted behavior, we need to respond by crafting safety (or anti-harassment) policies for our groups and our events. And, learn how to properly enforce these. This post is not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather, a start to the conversation. I hear from folks all the time that are overwhelmed at the prospect of adopting a safety policy.

TL;DR-- At the end, I'm going to post links to a few examples of safety/anti-harassment policies. I'm also going to dig around for some inclusivity policies. Sometimes those are separate, sometimes they are together. These are useful to pull from as a template so that you aren't starting with a blank page.

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  • Virginia Carper
    Virginia Carper says #
    May be people need to be specific in what they are discussing such as what bigotry and abuse was done by a victim. I have attended
  • Greybeard
    Greybeard says #
    EDITORIAL WARNING: The original comment has been removed. Victim blaming will not be tolerated on this site. This is your one war
  • Virginia Carper
    Virginia Carper says #
    I agree. One step is enforcement of policies. How is that to be done? I think that people don't like to "upset" others with their
  • Mark Green
    Mark Green says #
    Here are the policies I use for my Atheopagan events: Conduct standards: It is the intent of the producers that this event will b

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