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    Rebel Rede

    A Harm Free Spring Spring has always been the time of year represented by themes of fertility, renewal, and hope. For Pagans it is the time of year when the Goddess is symbolically pregnant with God. We celebrate the Sabbats of Ostara and Beltane. These Sabbats are centered around the natural season and have the same themes of fertility, renewal, and hope. Ostara and Beltane altars are decorated with flowers, eggs, rabbits, baby chickens and other symbols of spring and fertility. The Christian and secular based versions of Easter share these same symbols of spring. After all, Ostara is the original spring holiday before it was Christianized and became known…

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    Rebel Rede

    Welcome to the Dark Side As the infamous Star Wars villain Darth Vader once said, “Do not underestimate the power of the dark side.” Do we underestimate the power of the dark side? In Paganism what does the “dark side” mean? Why do we call some goddesses “dark” goddesses? From my experience we refer to some goddesses as dark, when they do not represent things like love, compassion, or other happy emotions. The goddesses who represent things like death, hate, revenge, or jealousy are the ones we tend to fear and brush aside in our rituals. Why do we fear the dark Goddesses though? I think our fear comes from…

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    Rebel Rede

    Daily Divine Devotion Devotion can be defined as either “feelings of ardent love” or a “commitment to some purpose” (retrieved January 20, 2010 from http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/). The word devotion or devotional is often used in a religious context, especially within Christianity. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/), in Christianity a Bible study is the study of the Bible by ordinary people as a personal religious or spiritual practice. Some denominations may call this devotion or devotional acts. A Bible study or devotional time can be done in a group or practiced alone. What does this have to do with Paganism? Everything! Despite popular opinion we can learn a lot from Christians and their…

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    Rebel Rede

    Who is a High Priestess? Who is a high priestess? The literal answer is that she is someone is has received at least a third degree in a specific Pagan/Wiccan tradition and is the leader of a coven.  This definition is a brief and generic answer, because like most things in life there are gray areas. Someone can attend one public Pagan festival and have multiple women tell them they are a high priestess. Most likely each one of those “high priestesses” has a different definition of what that title means and they probably obtained their high priestess status differently as well. Is someone a high priestess just because she…