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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, September 9

What role should magic play in our lives? Were there ever female druids? And just what does the future hold for polytheism? These are among the questions we try to address in today's Watery Wednesday, our weekly take on news about the Pagan community. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Although much of the focus on European Paganism goes to Western Europe, there are Pagans in Eastern Europe as well. This story from The New York Times discusses a revivalist group from Russia, who hope to resurrect the ancient traditions of their pre-Christian forebears.

Many if not most Pagans believe in magic, in one form or another. But what purpose does magic service in our lives? Over at Gods & Radicals, Mandrake talks about the role of magic and what it's used for. Is it for our personal enrichment? Or does it serve a greater purpose?

If you haven't heard of them, Deily is a new religious website that recently added a Pagan section to their content. One of their most recent articles was on the history of the druids in ancient Celtic society and whether or not there were ever any female druids in ancient times.

Keith James Campbell, aka Twilight, died recently from pancreatic cancer. A Pagan minister and member of the Blue Star community, Twilight has been mourned by many. You can read The Wild Hunt's tribute to him here.

And over at Patheos, the debate over the nature and role of the gods continues. This time we share a piece from John Beckett, expressing his own view as to why it's important to keep the gods first and foremost in religion.

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