Ostara is Right Around the Corner

I would also add that now is a good time to do a cleansing spell and to begin planning your garden.

Cottage Witch Magick

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For most of us, it is hard to believe that underneath all that snow, Ostara, the Spring Equinox, is just around the corner. This year it falls on March 20 and I can not wait! I am not someone who loves the cold dark months of winter and Ostara means those warm sunny days will soon be here to stay.

Eostre is the Goddess of Spring, rebirth, fertility, and of the dawn. Our ancestors celebrated her and the change of the newseason with eggs, rabbits and spring flowers. Decades later this holiday was picked up by the Christians to become Easter. I dare you to tell a devout Christian that! Oh the debates I have been in over all of the Christian Holidays. The two holidays are celebrated in much the same way which means on many years, we pagans, get to celebrate twice; once with our pagan families and…

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Wife of Wiccan Priest Recounts Religious Discrimination

Another example at how the road is long.

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This article originally appeared on Patheos.

I think most of us start out in our interfaith work with the expectation that our work will proceed smoothly and that we will find tolerance and acceptance in our relations with those of other faiths. And for the most part that is probably the case. At least those with whom we work are willing to respect those of other faiths than their own, and even offer their cooperation and support in projects that are aimed at improving their communities.

But sometimes our best intentions go awry and we find ourselves in confrontational situations where the concept of interfaith and respect for the religious rights of others breaks down. What one decides to do in that situation may have a lasting impact and needs to be approached thoughtfully and as calmly as possible.

Such a situation has arisen in my own life and…

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Why Witches on TV Spell Trouble in Real Life

I have to admit – this blog post about this topic does feel like it could have gone through one more draft. I also feel like it would have been a better post to explore this alleged phenomenon through proliferation of superheroes and the supernatural tv shows up and down the dial. Also would have been nice to get the perspective of actual practitioners of witchcraft.

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The witch is back.

In books and films, on stage and on TV, interest in witchcraft is brewing—to a degree that rivals 17th-century Salem’s hysteria about the topic. On the big screen, Angelina Jolie made a bad witch look so good that her Maleficent performance inspired this year’s top Halloween costume for women. The small screen has lately featured a similarly enchanting cast of supernatural characters. Last season on FX, the descendants of Salem witches ran a New Orleans boarding school — a sort of black-magic Hogwarts — in American Horror Story: Coven. On Lifetime, modern-day witches court soapy drama, centered on love triangles and revenge, in Witches of East End. On WGN, historical figures live again in Salem, this time with real magical powers. And there are rumors that a period drama about the witch trials might be in the works at HBO.

In the stage…

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