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Ritual, Magick & How Pagans will Save the World

We, the inheritors of Western Civilization, are members of the only non-ritualizing culture in the world. (If you can find me another let me know, but I haven’t found one [China]).

Starting with Martin Luther’s Hammer blow on October 31st, 1517 (yes, Samhain, go figure), the West began a project of de-ritualizing itself. The . . . → Read More: Ritual, Magick & How Pagans will Save the World

Priesthood Is A State Of Being

By Aidan Odinson

Priesthood is a state of being. That point must be understood before there can be any discussion concerning priesthood, clergy status, or who qualifies. Priesthood is not a job, a title, or something one earns as the result of a course of instruction. Priesthood is not what a person has, but what . . . → Read More: Priesthood Is A State Of Being

Friends and foes greet Bush on Hill

Protesters staged a small but noisy demonstration on Parliament Hill Tuesday as Prime Minister Paul Martin greeted George W. Bush to kick off the U.S. president’s first official visit to Canada.

American Secret Service agents and RCMP officers equipped with rifles and video cameras kept watch over the placard-carrying crowd of about 200 as . . . → Read More: Friends and foes greet Bush on Hill

Yule, The Winter Solstice

By Rae Schwarz

The word “solstice”? comes from the Latin, from “sol”? meaning sun, and “sistere,”? to cause to stand still. The winter solstice is when the longest night of the year is observed, when the angle of the earth tilts furthest away from the sun as it moves on its lowest track in the . . . → Read More: Yule, The Winter Solstice

Church claims condoms do not prevent Aids

Spain’s Roman Catholic Church leadership has come under fire for appearing to doubt the effectiveness of condoms in the fight to prevent AIDS, focusing instead on fidelity. Spain’s health minister Elena Salado, launching an AIDS awareness campaign ahead of World AIDS Day Wednesday, criticised those who “equivocated” about the value of condoms in preventing transmission . . . → Read More: Church claims condoms do not prevent Aids

Mother carrying ‘designer baby’

A woman who was given permission to have embryo screening treatment in a bid to save her son is carrying the UK’s first “designer baby”. Julie Fletcher and husband Joe, from Moira, County Down, won the go-ahead earlier this year to begin treatment.

Their two-year-old son Joshua has a potentially fatal blood disorder. Diamond . . . → Read More: Mother carrying ‘designer baby’

Magical and medicinal

By David McCandless

We all know about the psychedelic ‘benefits’ of some types of fungus. But could they also be a miracle cure for headaches, stress and depression?

Thanks to a legal loophole that allows the sale of fresh, unprepared magic mushrooms, an estimated 300 vendors have sprung up across the country. But, on . . . → Read More: Magical and medicinal

NASA to aid plants, animals

While NASA is best known for putting a man on the moon, the U.S. space agency will now help keep plant and animal species on Earth. NASA agreed Friday to provide satellite data to boost nature conservation efforts by monitoring endangered plants and animals and their habitats, a space agency official said. It will also . . . → Read More: NASA to aid plants, animals

December Festival Calendar

Dec. 22: Fast day for Vishnu, the Hindu god considered to be preserver of the universe. Even before throwing in holiday parties, the days after Thanksgiving are crammed with dates to remember – no matter your religion. Here are some: Today: St. Andrew’s Day, Catholic observance of the coming of Christianity to what is now . . . → Read More: December Festival Calendar

Principal Apologizes For ‘School Prayer’ Poem

A high school principal apologized Monday for reading a poem called “The New School Prayer” over the school’s intercom, which brought complaints from some parents who said it violated the principle of separation of church and state.

Tommy Craft said he wanted not to promote religion but to provoke thought and discussion among students about . . . → Read More: Principal Apologizes For ‘School Prayer’ Poem