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Two weeks ago, I posted a Holiday gift guide for Pagans, Wiccans, and cool people, sharing some of the books I've acquired that were published within the past year or so that I figured would make nifty gifts for your favorite witches. (Only the ones who've been really good and bad this year!) But what if you don't want to give the gift of books, but you still have Pagans in your life you'd like to shop for?
Cara Schultz at PNC Minnesota has very kindly done all kinds of research to round up the ultimate giving list. So much so that it had to be divided into two parts!
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It’s that time of year again…time for gift shopping! Whether you celebrate Yule, the Winter Solstice, Christmas or Hanukkah with your family and friends, the season has come to be synonymous with the giving of thoughtful gifts, trinkets or tokens of goodwill. This puts some degree of stress on all of us; though giving is joyous, often the expense and energy spent on tracking down “the perfect gift” is not.
I am a book lover, so I happen to think books always make good gifts. There’s no need to worry about whether it fits or is the right color; no need to buy
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Alferian Gwydion MacLir, author of Wandlore: The Art of Crafting the Ultimate Magical Tool.
Lately, we have had so many tornadoes, violent storms, tsunamis, floods, and other disasters. As these events unfolded, we all mourned the dead and looked on with shocked sadness at the houses and buildings that were smashed to smithereens. The news media reports disasters in terms of millions of dollars in damage, or in terms of loss of human life. Now, I am as sorry for the human losses as the next human, but as a druid, there is another sort of loss that breaks my heart: the trees. Reporting on the recent storm in Michigan, the news broadcast said
Today, May 2, 2011, is the first ever International Pagan Coming Out Day. Organizers say that they are "working to achieve greater acceptance and equity for Pagans at home, at work, and in every community" by encouraging those who are able and ready to come out of the "broom closet" to do so. They feel that we can reduce stigma by putting a human face on Paganism, provide a voice for those Pagans who cannot yet come out, and basically open a dialog with the mainstream. I don't know how much national media attention this day will garner since the news of Osama bin Laden's killing was just announced last night, but it's an interesting endeavor nonetheless and something that will at least get