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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, September 2

Witches build a temple for Hathor in Wisconsin. A new Tarot deck celebrates icons of black history. And debate consumes the Pagan community over what it means to be a real polytheist. It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment on news about the Pagan community. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

When most people think of a goddess of love and fertility, their mind probably turns toward Venus (or maybe her Greek cousin Aphrodite). But neither is the whole story on love goddesses and one Kemetic witch hopes to shine a bit of extra attention on the Egyptian goddess of love, Hathor (also known as Hwt-hr). The Wild Hunt has more details.

Looking for a new Tarot deck? Here's one that might catch your interest: an all-back Tarot deck featuring icons from modern black history. The deck has all the usual cards, leans on traditional iconography, and has the "blessing" of famed filmmaker and Tarot expert Alejando Jodorowsky.

Although European reconstructionists dominate the limelight, they're certainly not the only Pagans looking to restore old traditions around the world. This piece from Patheos takes a look at Rolando Gomez Comon, an activist and reconstructionist from the Philippines whose religious practice blends Wicca, Filipino traditional medicine, and Hermeticism, among other paths.

What does the future of Paganism hold? Hopefully, less conflict. Over at her personal blog frequent Witches&Pagans contributor Hecate Demeter tackles this difficult question and whether Pagans today are too interested in proving their Paganism is better than that of others rather than building a community.

Taking a different approach, John Beckett explains why he believes it's important for Pagans to not only own their beliefs but to be proud of them, without any disclaimers. Specifically, he argues so many Pagans are afraid of being fundamentalists that they go the opposite direction, speaking and acting as if their beliefs don't matter at all. What do you think?

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