One of the most vexing questions spiritual seekers encounter concerns the “proper” terminology they should use when referring to The Divine, that supreme being and all around swell guy most commonly referred to as “God”. Many new Wiccans immediately reverse their Christian indoctrination by flipping it.
Ever notice that some colors make you feel a certain way? There’s a reason for that, you know. Colors have certain associations, whether we realize it or not. As such, many magickal traditions call upon those colors in their energy work. Think of it as stacking the deck. You know your intent.
I was asked today if PaganCentric was going to report on the arrest of New York City Councilman Dan Halloran, or if, it was suggested, we might “look the other way” because he’s Pagan. Actually, I wasn’t going to write anything about Dan Halloran initially. It had nothing to do with him being Pagan. It… Continue reading The Arrest of Dan Halloran
The Goddess Ostara, that old Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring, the East, Resurrection, and Rebirth brings a time of the year which is rife with promise. On Easter every year many Pagans find themselves… discomforted. Everywhere you turn there are Christians celebrating the resurrection of their revered mystic and savior, Jesus Christ.
U.N. human rights officials have condemned a recent surge of violence against Albinos in Tanzania in connection with “witchcraft beliefs and practices”. Albinos, who are people born with a congenital disorder caused by the absence of pigment in the skin, have traditionally suffered great hardships in Africa, where they are both feared and revered because some… Continue reading U.N. Condemns Surge of Witchcraft Attacks
We’ve all asked the question at one point or another. Is there a God? You can take the word “God” and rephrase it as you like. God. Goddess. Gods or gods. Assign a name in its place. Yahweh. Krishna. Great Father. G. Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat. Whatever you want, and whichever makes you feel more comfortable. But… Continue reading Is There A God?
Why are human beings so resistant to change? It’s part of life. Change is really the only thing you can count on during your time on Earth. Everything changes.
We’re back in the saddle and riding high again. Well, we’re getting ready to, anyway. As is usually the case, the moment we began to prepare for a revamp of the web site and a generally re-purposing of all things PaganCentric, our beloved web server started showing signs of early dementia. Before long it was… Continue reading Back In The Saddle
Is it anti-Pagan to celebrate Halloween? How do Halloween and Samhain relate, if at all, to one another? I grew up loving Halloween, but it now seems disrespectful to me to go out collecting candy while I’m supposed to be honoring the spirits of my dead ancestors.
The conversation started off innocently enough. Somewhere among the good-natured wrangling over political partisan issues and religion, I was asked an unexpected question. “So where Pagans stand on that whole ‘Lying for the Lord’ thing the Mormons believe in?” my friend asked me. I didn’t understand the question at first. It was probably the first… Continue reading Lying for the Lord (And The Lady)