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We The Witches

Say that there actually were witches of our sort, back in the Old Days.

Say that there were.

In the Old Country, times are hard. It's as much as your life is worth to keep to the Old Ways.

All the old stories tell of the Land-to-the-West, the Land-Across-the-Waves.

So we pack up our bags and, in hope and fear, we go there.

And when we arrive, lo! there in the forest—and such a forest!—we find him already waiting: the Horned our god (and such a god!), just as we knew him before.

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Posch, I revere Thomas Morton's memory. Imagine how different it all could have been.
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    That would be Tom Morton (1579-1647), who did indeed raise America's first May-pole. Nat Hawthorne's story The May-Pole of Merrymo
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I remember reading of someone known as John of Merrymount. I think Hawthorne turned the folktale into a short story.


As the fourth of July rapidly approaches there will be flags all over the place and politicians will talk endlessly of patriotism.  Here in Sebastopol a guy often drives around town with American flag flapping over his pick up truck bed.  Once a week people who claim the “support out troops” stand on a busy corner and solicit honks from others while across the intersection people dressed in black stand as silent witnesses for peace. They support our troops as well, but differently.  All if asked probably think of themselves as patriots. But they are thinking of different things.

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Old Ways, New World

You live where your people have always lived, and you keep to their ways, the old ways.

At certain times, you go to the Wood, and there you call the Master.

And He comes, in beauty and terror.

And now, for this, you could die, and with you, the old ways.

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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, August 7

Welcome back to Faithful Friday, our weekly discussion of religion around the world. Join us as we investigate issues regarding religious extremism, tolerance, and freedom around the world, from Indonesia's new state religion policy to moderate Muslims' attempts to combat ISIL to the threat to religious freedom that extremists provide. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, May 22

Change is inevitable. How we deal with it, however is another matter. This week's article of Faithful Friday takes a look at how the tapestry of religion is changing around the world, from the pluralization of religion in America to the rise of Hindu nationalism in India. Will tomorrow's religious landscape look the same as today's? If that's a question you think is worth asking, read on.

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