A Pagan-Christian dialogue about Halloween and All Souls

Because God Calls

Last week a pagan friend sent me this from ACT Assoc of Christian Teachers – ABP3 Halloween2_May 2010_ , and asked a simple question: what do I make of it?

Jane, my pagan friend, only made one introductory comment to me, and that was that the comments on modern pagans ‘stuck in her craw’. Frankly, I’m not surprised.

Whilst neither of us have an issue with the historic background detailed in this paper, the associations made between pagans and illegal, violent acts on page 2 (paragraph c) is a miss-representation of the truth, and in my view falls into the category if ‘dangerous sweeping generalisation’. A more accurate generalisation would I think be to say that most pagans are no more or less likely to harm you physically or psychologically than any other person, Christian, agnostic or atheist. There are however a few, including a ex-witch I once knew…

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Take It All To Heart | Yoga and Chakra Regimen

Sy Calaelen

The heart chakra is the centre point in the body as it holds up the three lower chakras that deal with grounding and materialistic themes, and at the same time the heart connects the lower three chakras with the upper three chakras, which deal with more spiritual themes. The heart chakra is a very important chakra, especially as it deals with more than hurt, heartbreak or desire. It needs balancing regularly, but with a little more attention. I find I bring mudras into the heart point – for example, when sitting in lotus with your hands in prayer position, you channel the energies of Kundalini from the base chakra up to the heart, through the nadis (channels) – which in turn send them up into the mind space, and back down again. The heart chakras build-up of seven chakra points. All with their own abilities. If you ever wonder why…

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What Constitutes ‘Advanced’ Learning in the Pagan and Heathen Sphere?

Trees in the Train Station

Something that has been at the forefront of my mind is the idea of ‘advanced’ practices in the Pagan and Heathen community, specifically what exactly constitutes ‘advanced’. Now obviously my own experiences thus far can hardly be classified as ‘mastering the basics’ however as far as my own studies and practices are concerned I do think that my current knowledge is sufficient to at least speculate and hypothesise on what exactly might be classified as ‘advanced’.

One of the first things that I would like to get out of the way is the idea that one thing can be more advanced than another, particularly when it comes to dealing with things that do not come from an academically inclined, hierarchy based, western thought process. As far as I am concerned, and for the purposes of this particular discourse, the idea of advanced is going to be considered based around the…

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Ted Cruz Says It’s Okay For Insurance Companies To Deny Legitimate Claims | Nine Inch News

Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess


I’ve worked in healthcare insurance for 15 years and I fought to get claims paid timely and correctly so that families wouldn’t worry. This man deserves to be very sick and get HIS claims denied as too expensive.

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Owl Cookies – our Halloween family favourite cookie

Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

Ali makes these now and mom made them when we were small. If I can con Ali into making them I’ll take pictures.

Owl Cookies 
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter ( 1 1/2 sticks), room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
chocolate chips, about 3 to 4 dozen (or use other candies for eyes)
cashews, about 3 to 4 dozen
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar; beat in egg and vanilla, beating until smooth and creamy.

Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Remove about 2/3 of the cookie dough to a floured surface. To the remaining dough, add the cooled melted chocolate, blending well.
Roll out half of the…

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Samhain Recipes

Cauldron and Brew: A Witch's Blog

Samhain is a great time of year to get friends together for some feasting and fun.  Apples and pumpkins are the stars of this meal, as well as foods that are a little sweet.  Enjoy!

  • Witches Brew: There are tons of mulled cider recipes (this one comes courtesy of CharmingPixieFlora). Tip: I know some people like having pieces of apple or spices in the drink, but this is not great for kids.  And if you want to spike it for adults, I recommend a nice dark rum.
  • Pan de Muertos:  A traditional Mexican recipe to celebrate the Day of the Dead.  You can also usually find this at your local bakery, too.
  • Pumpkin Dip: My friend taught me how to make this a few years ago. It is tasty and addicting!  I like to serve it with apple slices and pretzels.
  • Roasted Pork with Apples: Easy…

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