Author Archives: Sam Shryock

About Sam Shryock

I am a resident of Kansas City metro area and have practiced Pagan Spirituality since 2007. I am a third-degree Wiccan with the Correllian-Nativist tradition, the local coordinator for Kansas City Pagan Pride Day, and the host of the monthly Kansas Coffee Coven. I currently work full-time in the Computer Industry. I am a retired Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel and have a Masters Degree in Computer Resource and Information Management. Most importantly I am a proud husband, father, and grandfather.

Post-Election Grief – It is to be expected

If your candidate lost, you might experience what Elisabeth Kübler-Ross defined as the five stages of grief.  Though these were created specifically to relate to how people relate to death, I see many of these same stages already in play … Continue reading

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8 Reasons Why Pagans Should Vote

1. Because Voting is Very Pagan! Voting is an ancient Pagan tradition. Apathy, on the other hand, is a modern invention – it suits those in power very well indeed, but it dis-empowers you! 2. Because Many Do Not Believe … Continue reading

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Columbia: The Goddess of the United States

g Whether you think of her as an archetype, a land spirit, or an old goddess with a new name, Columbia is the name that some Pagans are starting to reclaim as the personified ideals of America. In the early … Continue reading

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Classical Elements in Contemporary Paganism

A pre-Socrates magician-philosopher, Empedocles of Acragas (c. 495-435 BCE), is the first to be credited in western civilization with the dogma that everything consisted of combinations of four basic components — fire, water, air, earth — which he called “roots.” … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Cat

In a small town bar in a small village, the town’s people gathered for community, banter, philosophy and gossip as they did most weeks. As conversation flowed, Jessup asked everyone if they had seen the strange cat.  “Last night when … Continue reading

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The Spiritual DNA of a Contemporary Pagan

“If we pursue a spiritual path in depth, then it changes who and what we are. There is no turning back. We can only move forward.” — Vivianne Crowley In a book by Robert Norton and Richard Southern called SoulTypes: … Continue reading

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“I don’t make the rules, I just follow them.” – Creating Your Own Religion

In religion, agency is the capacity of a person to have direct control of your own beliefs and actions. Do you take control of your beliefs, or do you allow others to tell you what to think? Do you value … Continue reading

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