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Leslie J Linder

Leslie J Linder

Leslie earned her Master of Divinity Degree at Vanderbilt University and is a Wiccan Priestess, Ordained Interfaith and seeking ordination through the Temple of the Feminine Divine in Bangor. Her column in SageWoman, “Child of Artemis,” deals with women and our relationship with animals. Leslie considers herself a cultural worker, dealing with issues of violence and oppression as they impact humans and other species. She has worked at a rural domestic violence prevention program since 2001 and is a board member on VegME, Maine’s vegan advocacy group.  
Ahimsa Grove Samhain Special: Hecate’s Veg History

 

          Few Neo-pagan goddesses are as strongly associated with Samhain as is Hecate (also often spelled Hekate). Therefore, I thought it might be a good time of year to point out the perhaps unexpected ways that Hecate has always had a place at the vegetarian table.

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Ahimsa Grove: The October 2nd World Farmed Animal Day Fast Against Slaughter

When I first heard about the annual fast against slaughter, which is a campaign hosted by FARM (Farmed Animal Rights Movement), I didn’t do it. Let’s face it, a day without food is usually a pretty big deal. It may sound doable right up until the witching hour, but then resolve can crumble away.

The fast occurs on October 2nd, partly because this is Gandhi’s birthday. The messaging on the campaign website is as follows:

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Ahimsa Grove History of Vegan (Paganism): Transmigration of Souls (Part Two)

 

            One of the most obvious candidates for a Vegan Pagan ancestor is Pythagoras. Whether he fully abstained from all animal products (and at what point in his life) we cannot know, but he had enough to say about the practice to make “Pythagorean” the term for a person who abstained from flesh up until the term “vegetarian” was coined, around the 1850s.

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  • Leslie J Linder
    Leslie J Linder says #
    cool! I'll look into those podcasts.
  • Stephanie
    Stephanie says #
    I love Pythagoras, thank you for sharing! It's easy to forget we've had compassionate, awake people for hundreds of years. Colleen
Ahimsa Grove History of Vegan (Paganism): Transmigration of Souls (Part One)

 

            For a long time, I believed that vegetarian and vegan (strict vegetarian) practices were fairly new in human societies and cultures. In doing some research, however, I have found more and more that this is far from the case. Many ancient writers, thinkers, religious leaders, and ethicists considered this topic. They tended to be concerned both with ritual animal sacrifice, and with the eating of animals. These two issues were almost synonymous in the ancient world, since sacrificed animals were eaten at least by the priests, and usually by the general public.

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Ahimsa Grove: Is Veganism “Extreme?”

 

Hello again, and thanks for reading. Occasionally, though not always, I hear from my Pagan peers that veganism is extreme, or more to the point, extremely uncomfortable to talk about in omnivorous company. In general, I believe that the discomfort comes from simple lack of familiarity. I came across this quote today, shared by “The Thinking Vegan” (http://thethinkingvegan.com), and it helped me to find my way into this topic. First, the quote:

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  • Leslie J Linder
    Leslie J Linder says #
    Hang in there, patricia! you are not alone. There is also a vegetarian/vegan occultists/pagans group on facebook. https://www.face
  • Patricia A. Leslie
    Patricia A. Leslie says #
    Sheer serendipity led me here from Facebook! I was on the verge of concluding that I couldn't even identify myself as Pagan/Wiccan
  • Leslie J Linder
    Leslie J Linder says #
    Thanks for the comments and support, ladies! I am also excited to hear about the podcast, and yes, you may certainly interview me
  • Stephanie
    Stephanie says #
    Oh wow, that's awesome about the book! I was wondering if I'd need to write one, there's just nothing out there! Haha. I mean Cunn
  • C.S. MacCath
    C.S. MacCath says #
    http://csmaccath.com/contact. There. That link should click through correctly for you.

 

(Donald Watson’s) Vegan Society (UK): http://www.vegansociety.com/

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Welcome to Ahimsa Grove

Welcome to Ahimsa Grove, which is meant to be a site of information, inspiration, and reflection about the intersections between veganism and paganism. I hope that readers will not only be those who are currently self-identifying as both vegan and pagan. I want to share information and ideas with others who may be vegan but not pagan, or vice versa. I welcome the ideas of others, as well. I ask only that all ideas be given respectfully and in good faith, and in keeping with the ideal of “perfect love & perfect trust.”

Another ideal that many pagans, often specifically Wiccans, aspire to is the concept of “harming none.” This is often known as “The Wicca or Witches’ Rede (meaning advice or council). It is an ethic at the core of veganism, as well. It is called “ahimsa,” which also means “harm none.” Ahimsa is a term within Sanskrit rooted traditions including Hinduism and Buddhism.

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  • Leslie J Linder
    Leslie J Linder says #
    Thanks, Adrian. I love your blog entry about this topic, also. Very well-rounded.
  • Adrian Moran
    Adrian Moran says #
    Thanks for posting about this. I hope that you are going to continue with more and I'm interested to see how you will develop this

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