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Eastern Maine pagans celebrate pride day

Eastern Maine pagans celebrate pride day | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
Dancing and drumming and music and rituals were some of the ways that area pagans flew their flags high on Saturday during an event held to celebrate their spirituality and celebrate it with others. Maine news, sports, politics and election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News.
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My pagan prayers at the turn of the Celtic year

Hallowe’en, or All Saints’ Eve, or el Día de los Muertos, or – as I pointed out to everyone’s surprise – the Scottish festival Samhuinn marks the beginning of winter.
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Pagans of southern Illinois celebrate the new year, remember lost loved ones

Pagans of southern Illinois celebrate the new year, remember lost loved ones | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
As the drumbeat drowned out cricket chirps and rustling leaves, Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance members filed into a roped-off circle to begin Samhain.
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Halloween serves as religious holiday for some Pagan students

Halloween serves as religious holiday for some Pagan students | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
After Halloween when the candy and costumes are put away, Lauren Jakobsson will still identify as a witch and a Pagan.
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Samhain topic of recent library program

Samhain topic of recent library program | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
WILTON - The holiday we celebrate as Hallow­een began as the Celtic ag­ricultural harvest festival
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More to these witches than meets the eye

More to these witches than meets the eye | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
Raven and Lyrion Aptower don’t look like most witches you’ll see on the streets around Halloween time. And that, they told an assembly at the Wilton library on Friday, is the point.The Aptowers are a high priest and high priestess of th
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Northeast Ohio pagans hold ritual to celebrate holiday of Samhain

Northeast Ohio pagans hold ritual to celebrate holiday of Samhain | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it

KENT: The tricks and treats of Halloween have been an American tradition since the turn of the 19th century, but for some, Oct. 31 is one of the most meditative days of the year.

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Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance to observe Samhain, honoring the harvest and the dead

Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance to observe Samhain, honoring the harvest and the dead | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
MARION — A pagan group is planning its annual end-of-season ritual celebration.
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Curious about paganism? Participate in Samhain

Curious about paganism? Participate in Samhain | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
Donald Adams wants curious locals to stop by the Halifax Common on Sunday to experience a public Samhain ritual. Adams is a neopagan wh
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Samhain: A Wiccan student shares her story

Samhain: A Wiccan student shares her story | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
Some will celebrate this time of year by placing Jack-o’-Lanterns on their doorsteps and passing out free candy to costume-clad families as the night grows darker.
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UNL Pagan Life seeks to debunk stereotypes

UNL Pagan Life seeks to debunk stereotypes | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
On Sunday mornings, Jan Deeds felt like she was missing something but wasn’t sure what. She was raised in the Episcopal Church but had trouble connecting with it.
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WCC hosts first ever Pagan Pride event - The Washtenaw Voice

WCC hosts first ever Pagan Pride event - The Washtenaw Voice | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
A pride festival was hosted by the local branch of the Pagan Pride Project on Sept. 17, at Washtenaw Community College.
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Pagan Pride at the park

Pagan Pride at the park | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
Piedmont Pagan Pride celebrated Pagan Pride Day in Belmont on Saturday.The annual event was held throughout the day at Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park on East Catawba Street. The day was celebrated with music, games, crafts and more.The group works for the advancement of religious diversity in the Greater Piedmont Community and the elimination of prejudice and discrimination based on religious beliefs.
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Paganism Growing in The U.S. Army: Choose Your Own Gods

Paganism Growing in The U.S. Army: Choose Your Own Gods | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
Witches, wizards and pagans: alt religious movement rises in U.S. military.
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Overflowing with Wine and Sexual Energy at Australia's Biggest Witch Party 

"The fire represents our struggles and we jump over it together in loving support."
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Archaic and postmodern, today’s pagans challenge ideas about ‘religion’

Archaic and postmodern, today’s pagans challenge ideas about ‘religion’ | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it

Several people chuckled when they walked past Room 513B during 2009 annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, held in Montréal. The title of the session within was simply “Idolatry,” held by the AAR’s Contemporary Pagan Studies Group. Papers such as “Materiality and Spirituality Aren’t Opposites (Necessarily): Paganism and Objects” were presented. The nervous laughter at the session’s title shows that even among scholars of religion, topics of polytheism and idolatry seem quaint, antique, and even trivial.

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Samhain ritual celebrates end of harvest – The Advance-Titan

Samhain ritual celebrates end of harvest – The Advance-Titan | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
In order to celebrate the end of harvest and honor spirits of those who have passed, the UW Oshkosh Pagan Student Alliance held a Samhain ritual on Monday in the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center. The Pagan Student Alliance is an all inclusive group providing a safe space for those who wish to join
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A Ritual to Remember

A Ritual to Remember | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
For Pagans, the holiday of Samhain is both a celebration of the new year and of harvest. Linda and John Boyce both are Pagan and are raising their children in Paganism.
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SubCulture: Paganism

SubCulture: Paganism | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
HOUSTON — NewsFix visits the Houston Pagan Community and learns about the ins and outs of the spiritual lifestyle. Paganism is any belief system that exists outside of the major world religions, but isn't an exclusive practice.
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The witching hour beckons | The Asian Age

The witching hour beckons | The Asian Age | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
The Wiccan community in Mumbai will be marking Halloween on Sunday by remembering their ancestors
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Rich witch history: Winnipeg sorceresses to conjure up Halloween traditions

Rich witch history: Winnipeg sorceresses to conjure up Halloween traditions | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
Winnipeg witches will gather in Vimy Ridge Memorial Park starting at 4 p.m. for a Samhain open circle ritual on Sunday.
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Samhain festival marks death and regeneration

Samhain festival marks death and regeneration | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
Samhain is the Celtic festival that has given Halloween much of its flavour. The spookiness of Halloween owes a lot to the Celtic idea that this time of year is when the veil between this world and. . .
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Into Darkness

Into Darkness | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
Growing up in a religious family that viewed anything other than Protestant Christianity as satanic, Preston kept his interest in magic and witchcraft
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Donald Trump faces new threat as witches and pagans plan to ‘exert mental influence’ to persuade him to quit

Donald Trump faces new threat as witches and pagans plan to ‘exert mental influence’ to persuade him to quit | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
Already trailing in the polls and under heavy fire following the disclosure of lewd comments he made about women more than a decade ago, Donald Trump has also upset witches and pagans.
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Pagan Student Organization: Simply Spellbinding

Pagan Student Organization: Simply Spellbinding | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
By BIANCA LOPEZ The thought of Halloween often provokes images of pumpkin patches, children in costumes and witches on broomsticks. For the members of the Pagan Student Organization (PSO), however, Halloween, or Samhain, means so much more. For these students, witches aren’t green with crooked noses and cauldrons—this season holds a spiritual value.  This year,…
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Getting a jump on the obligatory October stories about "real life witches."
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