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Heather Greene

Heather Greene is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Heather Greene

How to make a thousand witches with one Supreme Court decision

By Heather Greene — June 6, 2022
(RNS) — Magic has always been, in lore and in life, a tool of the oppressed.

Satanic Temple follows ‘Judeo-Christian’ group’s SCOTUS win with flag request

By Heather Greene — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — The Satanic Temple's aim is to test whether the city's court-ordered acceptance of flags from religious groups includes a commitment to plurality. 

Pagans honor the Earth on May Day. But for many, nature is not enough.

By Heather Greene — May 2, 2022
(RNS) — Holidays such as Beltane can lead to a misunderstanding that all paganism is pantheism.

Atheists, spurred by growing ranks, gather for first time since start of pandemic

By Heather Greene — April 20, 2022
ATLANTA (RNS) — Despite frustrations with the current political climate, there was an overall sense of hope buoyed by the growing number of young people identifying as nonbelievers.

Weezer’s spiritual quartet of albums kicks off with beloved pagan chant

By Heather Greene — April 18, 2022
(RNS) — Weezer also plans to inject a distinct spiritual flavor into each EP and a broader religious narrative into the entire series.

How Stormy Daniels was forced to defend herself at lawyer’s trial

By Heather Greene — February 28, 2022
(RNS) — Daniels, who was once paid to keep silent about her relationship with Donald Trump, was a key witness for the prosecution of her former lawyer, Michael Avenatti.

Pagans and witches offer prayers for peace in Ukraine

By Heather Greene — February 25, 2022
(RNS) — Concerned for the people of Ukraine, pagans offered prayers and energy work for peace.

Stormy Daniels’ religious beliefs under scrutiny as federal trial against Avenatti begins

By Heather Greene — January 24, 2022
(RNS) — 'Let me get this straight,' the porn-star-turned-paranormal-investigator said on Facebook. 'They are going to use my religious (beliefs) and profession to discriminate against me.'

Omicron is taking a toll on pagans, who depend on conferences for community

By Heather Greene — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — The pandemic has also threatened the financial viability of conferences and festivals.

Catholic bishop criticizes Satanic Temple holiday display at Illinois Statehouse

By Heather Greene — December 21, 2021
(RNS) — A swaddled baby version of the deity Baphomet sits alongside a Christmas tree, the Nativity scene and a menorah.

Instagram ‘smash and grab’ impostors peddle fake psychic and tarot readings

By Heather Greene — December 20, 2021
(RNS) — Metaphysical practitioners are becoming increasingly frustrated with social media outlets as impersonators thrive off their accounts.

Witches and CRT critics alike nix ‘hex’ prompt in teacher equity guide

By Heather Greene — December 10, 2021
(RNS) — A resource guide titled 'Writing Prompts on Police Brutality and Racist Violence' suggested writing hex spells to curse agents of 'police terror.'

With ‘Villains’ tarot deck, Disney pushes the mystical practice further into mainstream

By Heather Greene — November 15, 2021
(RNS) — Maleficent from 'Sleeping Beauty' and Scar from 'Lion King' make their appearance on a new deck.

A new aspect of the Tarot boom: Diversity in the deck

By Heather Greene — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — Black, Indigenous and Latino American people are leading the rise in tarot's popularity, a new study shows.

Witchcraft isn’t just for Halloween anymore

By Heather Greene — October 29, 2021
(RNS) — Halloween's commercialized kitsch and other hocus pocus can be, well, dispiriting.
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