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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, May 11

We look at how Pagans in Glastonbury celebrated Beltane! A writer shares a sermon for politically-oriented Pagans! And the long tradition of African-American folk magic in the United States is celebrated! It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment on news about the Pagan community. It's all this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Beltane is passed now but that doesn't mean we can't still reflect on how it was celebrated and what it means to us. At The Guardian, Ben Birchall takes a look at how English Pagans celebrated the holiday in the city of Glastonbury with a series of stunning photos.

Pagans may still be largely unrepresented in politics but that doesn't mean we aren't making progress. Heathen politician Robert Rudachyk met with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just a few weeks ago. The Wild Hunt has the story here.

What does it mean to be a political Pagan though? What are the values and methods by which they operate? Obviously, it depends on your particular political affiliation (as well, perhaps, as your particular style of Paganism) but Dr. Bones offers some thoughts over at Gods & Radicals.

If you've studied ancient Egyptian religion at all you've probably heard of the concept of "ma'at" (also spelled maat and mayet). What is it though? Is it order? Justice? Truth? All of the above? And what role does it (or should it) play in modern Paganism? The Twisted Rope offers some thoughts here.

When most people think of American Paganism, they probably think of Wicca or polytheist reconstructionist (or perhaps the Faerie tradition). But there's an older still magical tradition within the United States that's very much still alive: African-American folk magic, with roots going all the way back to West and Central Africa. At Patheos, Tamilia explains more.

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