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Advanced and/or academic Pagan subjects such as history, ethics, sociology, etc.

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Ch 2 Calling it "Nature Religion"

Topics of interest in this video: Thomas Morton, three ways of interpreting "Nature", and questions of legitimacy/ establishing a religion as valid in the eyes of other religions. And wind. Lots of wind.

This is Ch. 2 of Her Hidden Children by Chas Clifton reviewed by moi, Travis on my youtube channel, Pagan Scholar. Enjoy!

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Trumping America: The Pop Culture Mythology Behind the Donald

I've been watching the 2016 Republican primaries with great interest. While many people seem dumbfounded and horrified by the fact that Donald Trump seems to be coming out on top as the potential Republican candidate, it hasn't surprised me in the least. After all, what the Donald has, at least on an unconscious level is a pop culture mythology that he's built around him, which easily exceeds what his rivals have.

I'm not a Republican myself, and I don't agree with Trump's stance on the issues, but I think it's important to explore, from a magical angle, just what is going on and why Donald is Trumping America (at least in the short term).

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Recurring Wounds and the Soul's Legacy

The last few weeks have been particularly difficult for a number of reasons. I generally write on broader topics, and this is no exception, but there is a crucial personal thread in this tapestry.

This week I stumbled on two posts I will share that resonated with me. One has to do specifically with the energies of the full moon we just experienced, and the other focuses on the idea of karmic contracts:

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Ch. 1 of Her Hidden Children

Hey everyone! Im back after an unexpected hiatus. If you like, you can read along (or just watch and listen) to my forthcoming reviews and summaries of Her Hidden Children by Chas Clifton. It's a book that explores how Wicca and Paganism spread and developed across America. The review starts about two minutes in after some updates.

Side note/Correction: Buckland is still alive, when I say he was a prominent writer, I was thinking about a different author. My bad! 

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Claremont Pagan Studies Conference - II (2016)

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Claremont Pagan Studies Conference - I

Twelfth Conference on Current Pagan Studies at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.

Longtime pal Anna Korn and I shared the long drive to the Los Angeles area for this annual event that feeds my soul.  I’ve attended several times since I was invited to be a keynote speaker in 2009.  Last year was the first time Anna went now that she’s retired.

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  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    We'll have to persuade them to invite you as a keynote. ;-)
  • Byron Ballard
    Byron Ballard says #
    W.oman, do you never rest? Thanks for this. Someday I hope to attend

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I am responding to two excellent pieces in the recent Witches & Pagans #31 – Anne Newkirk Nivens' Evocation and Jessica Marie Baumgartner's Give & Take. They make great bookends for a very important subject.

Not all readers will agree with my conclusions – and this is why most of us will always be solitaries. After all, the hallmarks of Neopaganism are creativity and individuality – not to mention a terrible allergy to being told what to believe!

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Great stuff! I must share a link to it. I love your line "I respect those who disagree with me, but are polite enough not to insu
  • tehomet
    tehomet says #
    Sweet wisdom. Thank you for posting.
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you for liking, tehomet.
  • Cindi Dean Wafstet
    Cindi Dean Wafstet says #
    Other than being a teacher of yoga, I feel like I could have written these same words. I close to your age (65) and have also stud
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Bless you, Cindi. It feels nice to be understood.

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