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Pagan Women in Fiction

I love reading and writing about pagan women in fiction, especially ones who are a) true to life as both people and being pagan, b) are sharp and witty, and c) are interesting in general. I think there’s a real dearth of non-Wiccan pagans in fiction, as many seem to believe that Wicca is the default religion for all pagans. It’s also good to see women portrayed positively within the context of their faith and in their general lives.

In an upcoming short story I wrote, “My Big Fat Greek Pagan Lesbian Wedding”, two women who are Greek pagans–a devotee of Hera and another who is a devotee of Aphrodite–are getting married. Along the way they encounter obstacles due to their sexual preference, road blocks from their families and friends who have their own ideas on how (or even if) they should get hitched, and even trials from their own religious backgrounds and from people who share their faith on the “proper” way for them to undergo their ceremony.

Remaining true to oneself is the overall theme present, and the empowerment that comes from following your own heart over what others want. This is a struggle for many women who fight stereotypes and ideas on who and what they should be versus who they truly are. It’s not limited to religion, sexual preference, race, or class. It hasn’t gone unnoticed by me that being female, in a minority faith, and of the GLBT persuasion is a triple whammy. Add ethnicity for additional spice, and you have the makings of a serious struggle in dealing with being in our culture.

I often say that while I may be in this culture, I am not of it. It’s good for me to see writers and readers banding together to represent in fiction what we’d like to see our society demonstrate.

What are some good examples of pagan and GLBT women in fiction who rise above prejudice, bigotry, and societal expectations of them? I love compiling a list of new fiction to read and perhaps some good but old ones which I haven’t thought about in a while. Share away!

Love & Magic,


Pagan Holiday for December 21, 2009

Pagan Day for Monday, December 21, 2009

Monday (moon day) is the day of the Moon Goddess, Selene, Luna, & Mani.


Mondays are an awesome day to take care of matters or magical rituals and spells concerning:

Traveling, memory, one’s instinct, sharpening or increasing Psychic abilities, dreams, healing, home, ancestors and of course, family.


Monday belongs to the Moon and the Element of Water

3 More days until Christmas…but hold onto your hats Pagans because there is ALOT to celebrate today…

Today we celebrate:

Winter Solstice which is the shortest day of the year.

The Norse gave us Yule, so many will be celebrating that. Yule marks the turning point of Winter. It also brings an end to the past year. Have you ever heard of a Yule log? Well today, its lighted but from the fire from this year’s past. Its symbolic and very important. It means that Winter’s darkness is making its journey towards the light of Spring.

Now, listen close because we learned how the Norse gave us Santa and we learned about how they gave us the whole tradition of decorating the Christmas or Yule Tree…now listen to how they gave us mistletoe and that whole ‘kissing thing’.

On this day, a Norse woman could proudly and loudly speak her intensions…her hearts desire…telling all the name of the lover she wanted. She would do this by standing under the mistletoe by calling him forth.  It is my guess that her words would be sealed with a kiss. *winks*

Now don’t run off yet because we have more CELEBRATIONS!!!!

On this day the Druids would celebrate their festival Alban Arthuan

Also known as Arthur’s Light, we see the birth of the spirit of giving. Yes, on this day Druids would give gifts to the less fortunate— (recognize that one?) While this was also believed to be Arthur’s birthday, it was also a beautiful day filled with traditions that we see or hope to see during our own present time.

Today is also the Fourth Station of the Year which means—a time of enlightenments, when the light is born in the darkness of the womb.

I hope everyone is noticing the pattern this month with all of our Ancestors celebrations and can connect that with the world known beliefs and myths adopted by Christianity, etc? If you didn’t catch this one…think the birth of Jesus who was believed to be the light of the world…a light from the darkness (womb). it also falls back to the whole Geneses thing when the Christian God takes the light from the darkness etc.

And last but certainly NOT least, Egyptians will hold a celebration for Isis & Osiris. Why?

Because on this day, Osiris returns to the world…resurrecting…Osiris—light—death—darkness—resurrection—reincarnation—birth of Jesus—soon to be the birth of Horus—Osiris’s son given to the world—in some minds—the reincarnation of Osiris himself– will come about on December 25th. Oh I could connect this stuff forever lol.

Despite that, may I wish you ALL (Pagan or non-Pagan) a Blessed Yule, & a wonderful Winter Solstice!!!!!!!

From all of us here at The Pagan & the Pen!!!!

C.H. Scarlett

Pagan Holidays for December 20th, 2009


Pagan Day for Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Sunday is all about the Sun God Hellios, Apollo, Ogmios and, Mithras or Phoebe: The Sun Goddess


Sunday is a good day to deal with matters or magic concerning:

Your creativity—or be creative. Maybe someone else? How about matters of hope or personal money issues? What of victory, anything agriculture, perhaps healing, or a career? Do you have or need ambition and or most importantly, self confidence?


Sunday represents the Sun and the element Fire.



1 More day until Winter Solstice

But gather around and listen because I am about to tell you how our tradition of decorating a Christmas tree started. Now remember, this month we learned that Santa came from the Norse belief—and we learned that gift giving or one of the first historical accounts of it being done was in Rome only a few days ago…

So where can we trace the Christmas tree to?

If you said Norse, you are correct. Now listen close because the Norse culture is about to spin some interesting enchantment around our day…

Today the Norse will have a festival for their Goddess named Modresnach. She is their Mother of Night and because of her, tonight when you lay your head down to rest, she will give you the gift of Dreams of Prophecy.

On this day, the Norse will decorate pine trees in honor of her. Why? Because the pine tree will symbolize the TREE OF LIFE.

So we can thank the Norse for our beautiful Yule Trees AND for Santa.

Also, don’t forget but today is the 4th day of Saturnalia

(This is a time of gift giving and of sexual freedoms, celebrations of all kinds, and revelry) This is also a time dedicated to the God Saturn.

C.H. Scarlett

Pagan Holidays for December 19th, 2009

Pagan Days for Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Saturday is the day of Seatere, Seater, Saturn, and Loki—trickster of the Norse Culture.


Saturday is a good day to deal with matters and or invoke magical spells concerning:

A Gift of some sort, and or maybe something to do with your property?

Are you moving your home? Is someone else moving their home? Do you have matters concerning the elderly and or maybe you need to work on self discipline?


Remember that Saturday belongs to Saturn and the Element of Earth.


Today in our Ancestors’ Calendar….

Today is the 3rd Day of Saturnalia in Rome

(This is the 3rd day of gift giving and a time of sexual freedoms, celebrations of all kinds and revelry) This is also a time dedicated to the God Saturn.

Also today in Rome, we will be honoring Saturn’s wife—Opalia!

See you tomorrow!!!!

C.H. Scarlett