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(RNS) — Days after the Supreme Court ruled that Boston had violated a Christian group’s rights by denying a request to fly its flag over Boston’s City Hall Plaza, the Satanic Temple, a religious freedom advocacy group, has applied...
Fake accounts in the online tarot community are called out in posts by @ScammerAlertPage on Instagram. Screengrab (RNS) — Mat Auryn had been hearing for months from clients who said they had responded to Instagram offers for psychic readings,...
(The Conversation) — Summer solstice, a time when the northern hemisphere will experience the maximum hours of sunlight, takes place on June 21 – and will be celebrated by followers of Wicca, a form of contemporary Paganism, with a...
(RNS) — When Madame Pamita was little, her mother told her stories about her Ukrainian grandmother — how she would pour wax into water to heal the sick; how once when Madame Pamita’s mother was very sick, her grandmother...
(RNS) — “We stand here helpless under this crescent Moon. We stand here helpless as the inevitable happens,” reads the beginning of a pagan prayer for Ukraine and its people, written H. Byron Ballard.  After news of Russia’s invasion of...
(RNS) — After celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021, American band Weezer announced the release of a new four-part EP series with a seasonal theme — the alt-rock group’s tribute perhaps to Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” The first of...
(The Conversation) — The Easter Bunny is a much celebrated character in American Easter celebrations. On Easter Sunday, children look for hidden special treats, often chocolate Easter eggs, that the Easter Bunny might have left behind. As a folklorist, I’m...
(The Conversation) — Just before the supermarket shooting that killed 10 people on May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, New York, the suspected terrorist posted a manifesto online. The top is adorned with a “sonnenrad,” or “black sun,” an old...
(RNS) — On Sunday (May 1), some localities put up a traditional Maypole, named a May Queen and made flower crowns. Many modern pagans also celebrated the height of spring.  But one community’s vernal romp is another’s religious rite. “The...
(The Conversation) — The word “witches” makes many Americans think of women working in league with the devil. But that hasn’t always been the face of sorcery. Most of Catholic and Protestant Europe embraced the idea of magic as...