May 2nd is International Pagan Coming Out Day ! Why is this important? Why, in 2013, are there *still* Pagans living in the broom closet? If you have to ask yourself these questions, you’re a lucky person who has probably already ‘come out’ (or never had too) and doesn’t face many, if any, legal or societal reprisals for being an openly Pagan person.
Pagans around the world are still under attack for their beliefs, whether it’s a writer in Florida, traditional Tibetan monks living under Chinese rule, or actual witch-hunts in parts of Africa, Papua New Guina and elsewhere. Wearing a pentacle to a job interview is still a factor in whether or not a person gets a job and can single someone out during airport security checks. Being openly Pagan is enough in some places to have child services called to investigate and otherwise incite the hostility of your neighbours.
If you’re an out and out Pagan, did you have to ‘come out’ or have you just always been that way? Tell us your story in the comments!
Well Ostara is over and we are well on our way to Beltane, the days are growing longer and the sun is shining more and more. In just a few days Kam and I will be making our annual pilgrimage to Eleusis (IE: fort Flagler state park). I’ve attended the Mysteries for the last five [...]
As covered previously I’m a devotee of Artemis, but I wasnt’ always this way. My belief in the gods has morphed over the years I’ve been a pagan from hard polytheist to atheist to soft polytheist, which is where I sit now. How can I be both a devotee of Artemis, a singluar Goddess of [...]
Nearly a year ago I stepped into the shoes of official Priestess of the Circle of Hearth and Kin. They were big shoes to fill, as our former Lady was well known, well liked, and really had her self together. Me? There were a number of differences, but by now I’ve worked through most of [...]
Altar tools are one thing I think every Pagan has in common. Every tradition has their own tools for honouring Deity, directing energy, consecration, etc. In Wicca the most common tools are the chalice, pentacle, wand, and athame. When I first became Pagan I was excited by all the new stuff (shallow, I know!) and [...]
Welcome to the new weekly Circle of Hearth and Kin postings! I’m starting things off with an introduction since I realize many of you don’t actually know me all that well, seeing as how I just moved to the island in Summer 2011 and only became heavily involved with the Circle the following Spring. So, [...]
The December Hearth and Kin coffee cauldron has been canceled. See everyone next month and have a blessed Yule!
Yule Ritual and Celebration @ Kin Hut Activity Centre
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
This is a public ritual and anyone is welcome to attend!
Please bring a pot luck item for a community feast afterwards and a small donation to help cover hall rental.
Doors open at 5:30, ritual begins at 6:00 sharp.
Sunday, October 28th, Kin Hut Activity Centre
Doors open at 4:30 pm
Join us in sacred space as we will open the gates to the otherworld and pay respect to our ancestors, family members, elders, friends, pets and other loved ones who have died.
We will take a guided meditation journey beyond the veil [...]
“The future is defined by those who show up”
You are invited to the first general meeting of the Circle of Hearth & Kin!
Our circle is very new, and during this critical time of development, your input and energy are needed. We want to hear what the community’s needs are and how we, as [...]