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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, May 25

We think about the unique challenges Pagans with disabilities face. The meaning of the Gaulish word "iexta" is considered. And "occult" strategies of political resistance are advocated at Gods & Radicals. It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment on news about the Pagan community! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

American Pagans probably have it better these days than any time in recent history. But that doesn't mean we can't still be vulnerable. This is particularly true for Pagans who also belong to the other vulnerable groups like the LGBT community. Pat Mosley writes at Patheos about living an embattled life in a hostile society.

Queer Pagans aren't the only who are vulnerable though. Pagans who experience physical or mental disabilities have specific challenges as well. Writing for The Wild Hunt, Terence P. Ward writes about those challenges and how to address them.

For most people, Friday the 13th is reputably a day of misfortune and ill omens. But not everyone looks at the convergence of Friday and the 13th day of a month as bad luck. G. B. Marian looks at why, for the idiosyncratic "LV-426 Tradition" of Set worshipers, Friday the 13th is a day of good fortune.

Words can have impact beyond their literal meaning. The Gaulish word iexta means "language" when literally translated to English... but it had additional implications. It can also mean "nation," "tribe," or "people" and may reflect the role of language in the definition of the Gauls and other Celtic peoples. At,  Segomâros Widugeni writes about what iexta could mean to the modern Pagan community.

Not every Pagan is politically oriented. But many are. And if you are you might sometimes struggle to keep your politics and religious beliefs separate. But should you? Or can religion and magic actually help root your political activism? Brian Johnson writes about using "occult" strategies of resistance at Gods & Radicals.

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