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Altar for Mabon, the autumnal equinox festival. Photo by Stephanie Lecci
Modern Paganism, Ancient Spirituality
October 21, 2021
It's not devil worship. It's not make-believe. Modern-day pagans are taking part in a diverse array of spiritual practices and reviving traditions of long ago. (Originally broadcast in September 2018.)
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The multiplicity of modern paganism October 21, 2021

We meet those who call themselves witches, Wiccans and druids — and other practitioners of paganism. It’s a diverse group with an array of spiritual practices and beliefs. First, we hear from David Dashifen “Dash” Kees, who was raised in a Jewish home and like many modern pagans, has a conversion story. Then Sarah Pike, a professor of comparative religion at California State University-Chico, talks about the origins of paganism and the many stereotypes associated with its practitioners.

David Dashifen “Dash” Kees, an initiate at The Firefly House


Sarah Pike, professor of Comparative Religion at California State University-Chico
Celebrating Mabon, the autumnal equinox October 21, 2021
We meet up with a Washington D.C. area pagan group, the Firefly House, which is trying to counter the stereotypes and stigmas swirling around paganism. We follow them into the woods for their celebration of Mabon, the autumnal equinox, where we hear who they pray to, and how. And they tell us about the ways they build community, despite the many different ways they practice paganism.
Gabriela Herstik
Witchcraft for the masses October 21, 2021
Gabriela Herstik, a witch and writer living in Los Angeles, writes the “Ask a Witch” column for NYLON, a lifestyle website that caters to young women. She is also the author of the book “Inner Witch: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Craft.” Herstik says no particular set of beliefs is required to practice witchcraft. While some consider it to be a part of their religion and may worship certain deities, she thinks of it as a set of spiritual practices — practices she believes can benefit many people.

Gabriela Herstik, author of Inner Witch: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Craft

Our theme music is by MC Yogi

This week's closing music, New Hope, by Audiobinger,
used under a Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 license.

The music Phantom Hunter by Lobo Loco is used under a
Creative Commons, By Attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivitives license.

The Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007 - No. 1 Prelude by J. S. Bach, was
arranged for guitar and performed by Marek Cupák and used under a
Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 license.

All additional music by Blue Dot Sessions.

Remixes and sound design by Dissimilation Heavy Industries