Real Change Through Advocacy

Real Change Through Advocacy Not to change and grow is to begin our decline, whether that is on an individual or a societal level. And the only way that we can effectively make real change in society is by organizing and advocating for that change. Advocacy starts with understanding power and the power structures in our communities. Changing systems includes understanding the history of those, how the current systems work, what methods will get results, and how to bring people together over making that change. We must examine how it impacts those who it targets and how does it impact…

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Rites Can Change Society

Rites Can Change Society Realizing that shamanism is still a thriving indigenous way of being in the world may come as a shock even for some Pagans in the U.S. Just last week Norway has recognized shamanism as an official religion.  Many Saami herders have continued their practices for eons.  Further, many, many women are shamans.  Discussing the gendered experience of shamans is vital to understanding the rituals within the practice.   When teaching, I like to take people on a tour of ritual around the world,  starting with  shamanism, which is the oldest form of ritual, a single-person ritual intended…

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How Can Ethics Training Strengthen Your Group?

How Can Ethics Training Strengthen Your Group? A short interview with instructor & author Anne Hill What does it mean to be an ethical magical practitioner? How can you tell if a teacher or coven leader has good boundaries or has crossed them? When we step into leadership, how can we make sure we are able to do right by our communities? What’s the difference between ethics and boundaries? If you think of the self as a circle, ethics is at the center. Our personal code of ethics is how we want to be treated and how we treat others…

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The Pagan As Chaplain: Advice From David Kling

The Pagan As Chaplain: Advice From David Kling Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? –You get a call from a Pagan who found you on Witchvox. Her brother was in a terrible accident and is not expected to live. She pleads with you to meet her at the hospital. When you arrive, all the family is weeping. You know they are all churchgoing Presbyterians. They ask you to pray. –The paid chaplain from the nearby prison contacts you because a group of inmates has threatened to sue the Department of Corrections if their religion is not accommodated, per the…

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Five Essential Traits of Pagan Leaders

Five Essential Traits of Pagan Leaders 1. Pay attention to what’s going on around you; this is the first, and probably most important trait.  A leader needs to be aware, not just of what people are saying, but the atmosphere in the room, the messages between the lines, what needs to be said but isn’t being said until someone blows up and blurts it out.  If you are not paying attention you are not going to be able to respond to anything that happens. 2. Be flexible.  Let yourself think on your feet and change direction on a moment’s notice.  Say you have a meeting all set up, the agenda planned,…

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