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Pagan Christmas
by Ki Longfellow

Merry Christmas, Pagans! Blessed Be! and Holy Yoicks! on this, your, Solstice Holiday*.

There. I begin with an outrage. Or perhaps just a smidgen of outrage? I certainly hope there's some outrage, since, as my now temporarily out-of-body husband, the wonderfully outrageous Vivian Stanshall, used to say, "An outrage a day keeps complaisance at bay." (He also said, once he—and even I—had pretty much gotten over the shock of his unexpected Viking death: "Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here."

In any case, in the full knowledge that I am addressing a varied assortment of Pagans, I now intend to plunge into a subject that might not seem quite the thing; but please, for the moment, indulge me. Very early Christianity—that which existed during the first three hundred or so years of the second millennium CE—is more than a fitting topic, it truly belongs here...for in speaking... [... continued]

The Christians and the Pagans
by Sia

"The food was great, the tree plugged in, the meal had gone without a hitch
Till Timmy turned to Amber and said, "Is it true that you're a Witch?"

I was raised as an Evangelical Christian. Our family went to church three times a week when I was a child. As a teenager, I sang in the choir, belonged to a youth group, studied the bible, and taught Sunday School. I left the church I was raised in for reasons that seemed good to me then and which are still right for me now. Nevertheless, I have many good friends of all faiths, including those who are Christian, and I'm often appalled by the self righteous, hateful and, yes, fundamentalist (1) attitude that certain Pagans express towards their Christian brothers and sisters. Those who express these views do so most often behind the cloak of email and in the anonymity of Pagan newsgroups or as "jokes" among their own kind. How is it, I wonder, that a People so willing to point out intolerance on the part of other faiths can be so blindly intolerant themselves?

A long time community activist named DragonLady wrote about this particular problem to a group of Pagan Organizers just recently. I quote this missive with her permission:

"I wonder when certain Pagans are going to grow up and stop lumping all Christians in the same basket? As far as I'm concerned, this is just another form of prejudice, masquerading as twisted victim-speak. It's not OK when Christians do that to us, and it's not OK when we do it to them.... [... continued]

Holiday Memories: Yule Peppers
by Lady Abigail

As a child, living in the Ozarks, you could never be sure when winter was going to cast her first blistering frost across the earth and the cold air would be filled with a sweet aroma rising from the wood-burning stove in my Great-Grandmother's kitchen. There was something special about the first frost of winter. That day would be a day for making wonderful magickal fare to be enjoyed all year.

Even today, when I experience that first chill of winter, I am carried within my senses to those magickal times as a child, waking up at my Great-Grandmother's. Hearing her moving about in the kitchen, I would hurry to dress. I wanted to help as she made biscuits, kneading and rolling them out. She would always let me a have a little bit of dough to make my very own special biscuit. Once the biscuits were cut, we would place them into the pan and slide them into the hot oven. I... [... continued]

A Holiday Melting Pot
by Dove Broadfoot

Only 2 more days until Yule is here. And 5 more days until Christmas. As ever, I am trying to find my niche. That place where all that I love and believe are complete, and I can be me. That place of perfect peace and balance. I sit and wonder about the traditions of Christmas, and the ways of Old that I have found and call my religion. So many similarities. The differences are so subtle.

I think of the traditional Nativity story. We all know the one -- where a woman is about to give birth to the "son" of God. In a place that is not a traditional inn, but semi-exposed, and all about are the noble animals, under a starry night. Three wisemen travel from afar bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh... [... continued]

Obit: Lady Serenity de Namaste
by Nels

Lady Serenity, of Madison and in retirement Monroe, Wisconsin passed to Summerland Dec. 8, 2004, at the age of 64. Born in Manitowoc, she married in 1966 and moved to Madison to raise a family of five children. She returned to college in Madison and later earned her master's degree in education. She taught special education and at risk students before retiring in 2000.

Serenity had a passion for many social issues and worked with womens' victim causes. Trained in family tradition Wicca, she worked with many covens, and was a respected leader and mentor. She freely offered training and support to all serious seekers... [Full Eulogy]

All Faiths Day Celebration 2004
by Stefani Collins

When I first heard the term All Faiths Day I didn't really understand the idea behind it. I suppose it is a simple enough term to understand, but to really see it in action was very hard to do. It is not often that you can bring together people from different diverse Paths together at one time, not to mention actually doing a ceremony together. To me it was a hope that folks will come together and share this day together.

So what is All Faiths Day? It is a celebration created by The Universal Terran Church honoring several faiths combined... [... continued]

An Interview With Julie Cuccia-Watts
Interview by: Valerie Antal

Julie Cuccia-Watts, artist and creator of the Ancestral Path Tarot, shares her experiences of painting the Blue Moon Tarot: a 22-card Major Arcana deck, depicting the journey of the Moon throughout the Wheel of the Year. In the Blue Moon Tarot, she combines elements of both Tarot and astrology to form an original concept of the Major Arcana. Julie Cuccia-Watts discusses the evolution of her creative process from her painting of the Ancestral Path Tarot, the Blue Moon Tarot and her newest work, the Maat Tarot.

Valerie Antal: When you were creating the Blue Moon Tarot, did you encounter any unusual moments of connection?

Julie Cuccia-Watts: I was trying to think of something to teach for a class at the Women and Spirituality Conference in October 1997. I had submitted my description for the conference that previous spring, promising information about Tarot and the Wheel of the Year. My class had been accepted so I needed to figure out in detail what I would be teaching. I laid out the seventy-eight Ancestral Path cards to see if I could decipher where the Major Arcana fit within the Wheel of the Year. I divided the cards into six sets of thirteen; thirteen weeks for every season composes four sets. Then, I separated thirteen cards to correspond with the thirteen Moons, the Moon card as the Blue or thirteenth Moon; this comprised the fifth set. I was left with the World card, the four aces, and eight other cards. I realized the cards would align with the eight cross- quarter days: the Sun card for the Summer Solstice and the Lovers for Beltaine was easy to match. I saw Judgment as Samhain/Halloween when the dead ascend from their graves...I was so excited! [... continued]


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