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Tarot booms as Generation Z sorts out spiritual path

By Heather Greene — April 26, 2021
(RNS) — Generation Z has been the driving force behind the renewed popularity and mainstreaming of the age-old esoteric system.
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Is magic immoral? It played a role in the development of early Christianity

By Shaily Shashikant Patel — April 14, 2021
(The Conversation) — Early Christians worked to distinguish the miracles of Jesus from the magic of local sorcerers.

Satanic panic is back, thanks to ‘Satan Shoes’ and Lil Nas X

By Heather Greene — March 31, 2021
(RNS) — Satanic scares are nothing new to contemporary culture.

Pagan sues Panera Bread Company alleging religious discrimination

By Heather Greene — March 27, 2021
(RNS) — A former baker for the chain said she was told that she 'needed to find God,' according to a court filing.

End-of-pandemic hopes rise, just in time for pagan holiday Ostara

By Antonio Pagliarulo — March 19, 2021
(RNS) — Buzz on social media is forecasting a more robust celebration this year for Ostara, the pagan holiday adapted as Easter by Christians.

Natural by nature, pagans expect some digital rituals to survive the pandemic

By Heather Greene — March 16, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Having used online resources for the past year has allowed us to think of community in new ways,’ said one ritual leader.

‘A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff’: Jewish artist Alicia Jo Rabins turns financial crisis into spiritual film

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 12, 2021
(RNS) — The one-women show turned film has been described as a 'mystical meta-musical about the biggest financial fraud in history.'

Convictions upheld for British pagans who trespassed at Stonehenge

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 11, 2021
(RNS) — Lawyers for Lisa Mead, Maryam Halcrow and Angel Grace argued the trio had a ‘reasonable excuse’ to enter a restricted area at the prehistoric monument, based on their religious beliefs.

Intention can turn any lockdown walk into pilgrimage, urges British Pilgrimage Trust

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 9, 2021
(RNS) — Pilgrimage is about traveling, about being a stranger in a strange land, according to the director. The pandemic flips that on its head.

‘The Witch of Kings Cross’ finds the woman behind the scandal

By Antonio Pagliarulo — March 4, 2021
(RNS) — Norton is a figure who may offer a few lessons for society today, when radical personalities and movements abound.

US Forest Service temporarily halts transfer of Native American sacred site Oak Flat

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 1, 2021
(RNS) — The move at least temporarily halts the transfer of Chi’chil Biłdagoteel, known widely as Oak Flat, to Australian mining company Resolution Copper.

The insurrectionists’ Senate floor prayer highlights a curious Trumpian ecumenism

By Jack Jenkins — February 25, 2021
Exploring the unusual spiritual ties unifying the Capitol insurrectionists.

Native American group files motion to stop mining at sacred Oak Flat site

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 24, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Some have compared it to Mount Sinai for the Jews,’ attorney Luke W. Goodrich told Religion News Service.
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