Episode 24: Some Things Borrowed

In this exciting installment about syncretism, borrowing, and appropriation, we're joined by our scientist-friend and "experienced witch," Gary. What are some of the things Pagans have taken from elsewhere? What makes something "appropriation?" When is it ethical to borrow? If we're coming from another faith, tradition, or practice, what do we bring with us into Paganism that we maybe thought we'd left behind? Along the journey, we also touch on: The pitfalls of intent, issues of identity, learning and exchange, multicultural influences, supersession, our relationship and responsibility to what we take, trends in contemporary Pagan traditions, re-interpreting deities, the importance of honesty, reinventing the wheel, tradition vs. clean slate, co-creation, leftovers, looking forward with intent, and much, much more.

Sharing Space:

- Beaver Creek Reserve (Fall Creek, WI): https://www.beavercreekreserve.org/
- USGS North American Bird Banding Program: https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/
- Arcane Perfection: An Anthology by Queer, Trans & Intersex Witches: http://www.cutlinespress.com/articles/26/arcane-perfection-an-anthology-by-queer-trans-intersex-witches
- The Heartstrikers (series), by Rachel Aaron: http://rachelaaron.net/series.php?SID=2
- Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: http://www.crunchyroll.com/miss-kobayashis-dragon-maid
- Lady Althaea: http://www.ladyalthaea.com/


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Music: Rebecca E. Tripp


  1. Among the normal sun, moon, earth, elements on my wiccan/pagan altar, you'll find Ganesh, a Hindu god. I first learned of him at just the right time in a witches almanac. I concider him one of my gods, but I know that I don't know a ton about him or the culture he comes from. I'm always open to learn more about him, and other cultures and dieties. It was really nice to hear you guys talk about this stuff as I've been wondering what other people concider appropriate to incorporate into my "religion." For me, my practice is a personal thing and I believe I can incorporate whatever I want into it. I just don't go around saying I know everything about it. Still, I almost feel nervous mentioning Ganesh in public because I don't want someone to think I'm just some white girl taking cool bits of other cultures as, like, a fashion statement or something. Also, the part where 'books are living and breathing' I really liked that, being a writer myself currently world building :)


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