Michelle Mueller stood with her arms raised high above her head in a “V,” palms facing up and head tilted back in prayer. Amid the bowed heads and folded hands at the Parliament of the World’s Religion in Barcelona 2004, she stuck out.
She was in the Goddess position, a traditional pose for a Wiccan witch.
“I didn’t think much of it; they said prepare to pray, so I go like this,” Mueller said, lifting her hands and assuming the Goddess position, replicating the picture on her PowerPoint presentation. “My elders in the Pagan community loved it. (They) thought it was really important how proud I was.”
Mueller, a practicing wiccan and professor of religious studies at the Cherry Hill Seminary in South Carolina, explained Wicca and neo-paganism in the 21st century during a roundtable discussion on…
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