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Heather Greene

Heather Greene is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Heather Greene

In ‘Hocus Pocus 2,’ Disney takes the panic out of witchcraft

By Heather Greene — October 5, 2022
(RNS) — Witches, and Americans, have come a long way since the days of satanic panic.

As pagans celebrate autumn equinox, some question why Mabon is its symbolic deity

By Heather Greene — September 22, 2022
(RNS) — While the Mabon, like the other seven sabbats on the Wheel, is informed by older agricultural practices, its name is not so old.

The most recognizable work at the Whitney Museum’s new modernism exhibit may be a tarot deck

By Heather Greene — September 8, 2022
(RNS) — Artist Pamela Colman-Smith dismissed it as ‘a big job for very little cash.’ Now the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck is her legacy — and has brought her renewed recognition.

Christian groups step up harassment of pagan festivals

By Heather Greene — August 22, 2022
(RNS) — American pagans and witches depend heavily on assemblies with names like Pagan Pride and Between the Worlds to share information and camaraderie.

Lúnasa, paganism’s August harvest holiday, becomes a moveable feast

By Heather Greene — August 1, 2022
(RNS) — A loose combination of Irish harvest customs, Lúnasa has been adapted to match the calendar around the world.

Georgia Guidestones, long treasured and feared, demolished after attack

By Heather Greene — July 7, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The stones would probably have survived a nuclear war,’ said a local historian, ‘but they could not survive Southern culture.’

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.
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