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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, October 26

A Pagan student organization prepares for Samhain. Some thoughts on the importance of stability in magic. And a consideration of how politics and religion often come together in Paganism. It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment on news and stories from the Pagan community worldwide! It's all this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Many Pagan organizers are of an older generation, people like Starhawk or Oberon Zell-Ravenheart. But not all are. The Minaret Online shares a look at the Pagan Student Organization, which is working to normalize Paganism in academia, including a Samhain event for this year.

Heathenry has an unfortunate historical association with racism and white supremacy. But modern Heathens want to shed that association and many have begun to disavow those among them who still hold such beliefs. In response to the recent controversy surrounding the Asatru Folk Assembly, many have come together to proclaim mainstream Heathenry's disassociation with the group.

When we talk about magic it's often in the context of chaos or change. But magic needs stability too. Pagan blog The Twisted Rope explains why sometimes what you need is firm ground beneath your feet.

It's getting to that time of year when stormy weather is the norm, at least in many parts of the United States. If so you might want a little weather magic on your side. Shinto-Pagan writer Megan Manson shares one charm that's popular in Japanese folk magic.

Is being Pagan a political act? Many people don't think of it that way but in many ways, the word "Pagans" has always been associated with politics, going back to ancient Rome. Writer and Pagan G. B. Marian talks about the complexities of how Pagans relate their spirituality to their political identity and how it's relevant to our modern culture.

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