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White Lotus Day celebrates the ‘founding mother of occult in America,’ Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

By Marina Alexandrova — May 8, 2023
(The Conversation) — Theosophy and its founders had an outsize impact on Americans’ ideas about spirituality and Asian religions.
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May Day’s pagan roots are alive and well in Beltane

By Heather Greene — May 1, 2023
(RNS) — One of the eight sabbats, or modern pagan holidays, Beltane is a celebration of community after the colder months and of the returning fertility of the land.

Pagan conferences return with more attendees, more magick after pandemic hiatus

By Heather Greene — April 19, 2023
(RNS) — ‘Everybody is here. There are lots of hugs. We are back.’

Rachel Pollack, tarot expert, trans activist and author, is dead at 77 

By Heather Greene — April 17, 2023
(RNS) — Pollack said that in the single year of 1971 she discovered tarot, had her first story published, moved to Europe and came out as trans and a lesbian. 'My whole life changed in one year. It was an amazing year. A year of my life taking off,' she said.

For BLM’s Patrisse Cullors, art is a vocation and salvation

By Jocelyn Noveck — April 14, 2023
Through controversy and personal tragedy, Cullors has focused on her art practice and its themes of race and religion.

In ‘God on Psychedelics,’ Don Lattin offers a roadmap of congregational tripping

By Yonat Shimron — April 10, 2023
(RNS) — The veteran religion reporter investigates how various religious groups are using psychedelics to inspire chemically induced mystical experiences.

Cubans seek solutions and solace in Santería amid crises

By Associated Press — April 10, 2023
HAVANA (AP) — A fusion of African religions and Catholicism, Santería was one of the few religious practices to quietly endure through decades of prohibitions and stigma by the communist government.

Church-state separationist Barry Lynn recounts his legal arguments in new memoirs

By Adelle M. Banks — April 3, 2023
(RNS) — 'It is people who are hurting, people who are outcasts, that appealed to me,' Lynn said.

Astrologers respond as Starbucks becomes latest brand to look to the stars

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 30, 2023
(RNS) — Some astrologers see astrology’s appearance in memes and marketing as a move in a positive direction.

Court rehears case to protect Oak Flat, an Apache sacred site in Arizona

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 21, 2023
(RNS) — ‘A win for Apache Stronghold will be a win for people of all faiths,’ said Luke Goodrich.

Horror shows like ‘Mayfair Witches’ hire occult consultants to cast their spells

By Heather Greene — March 7, 2023
(RNS) — As witches and interest in Wicca became more common in the broader culture, occult consultants are finding more work on film and television sets.

‘Resistance’ is not just a buzzword in Kaitlin Curtice’s new book

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 7, 2023
(RNS) — In ‘Living Resistance,’ Curtice shares essays about what resistance can look like, touching on topics such as prayer and protecting the land and even child care.

Poll: Support for abortion rights is strong, even among most religious groups

By Yonat Shimron — February 23, 2023
(RNS) — The outliers are white evangelicals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Latter-day Saints and Hispanic Protestants.
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