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Conan Doyle’s obsession with the afterlife

by Iain Lundy

HE CREATED the master detective Sherlock Holmes and blessed him with powers of logic and deduction that none of his fictional contemporaries could match. And in many ways Sir Arthur Conan Doyle resembled his greatest character. He was a tall gentlemanly figure and pillar of Victorian society. His medical background allowed him . . . → Read More: Conan Doyle’s obsession with the afterlife

The Green Man

By Lindsey Leffew

You may have seen his face molded from clay or chiseled in stone, or nowadays on the cover of many books about paganism or Celtic myths. His image is crafted in negative space; it springs from the foliage that represents his origins. He is known by several names to students of mythology . . . → Read More: The Green Man

Magic and Making a Difference

An interview with Starhawk, co-author of ‘The Twelve Wild Swans’

“The Twelve Wild Swans” is a guide to practicing magic in the Reclaiming tradition. Why do you think people are so interested in magic these days?

I think people are really hungry for some values that make sense in the world and that go beyond . . . → Read More: Magic and Making a Difference

Introduction to Archetypes

It can be difficult to discover personal meaning and purpose when we don’t zoom out to get a big picture of the patterns and symbols in our life. One way we can discover the patterns and purposes of our life is by discerning prevalent Archetypes and symbols.

What is an Archetype? An Archetype is a . . . → Read More: Introduction to Archetypes

Stonehenge druids ‘mark wrong solstice’

By Charles Clover

Modern-day druids, hippies and revellers who turn up at Stonehenge to celebrate the summer solstice may not be marking an ancient festival as they believe. The latest archaeological findings add weight to growing evidence that our ancestors visited Stonehenge to celebrate the winter solstice.

Analysis of pigs’s teeth found at Durrington . . . → Read More: Stonehenge druids ‘mark wrong solstice’

An isolated spiritual refuge ponders its economic future

by Bill McKeown

Folks in this hamlet tucked hard against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains like to say that it’s the kind of place you either “get” – or you don’t. On the surface, it looks like any of the other small, poor towns that bake in the sun of the San Luis Valley. Dogs . . . → Read More: An isolated spiritual refuge ponders its economic future

Ancient Greek poems reveal grim view of death

According to a 2003 survey conducted by the Barna Group, 81 percent of Americans believe in an afterlife. An additional 9 percent are open to the idea, but aren’t sure. Only 10 percent actually doubt that there is life after death. Even more interesting, 76 percent believe there’s a heaven, and 64 percent think that’s . . . → Read More: Ancient Greek poems reveal grim view of death

Spain defies Church to legalise gay marriage

By Emma Ross-Thomas

Spain legalised same-sex marriages on Thursday, becoming only the fourth country to do so after Belgium, Canada and the Netherlands and dealing a blow to the Catholic Church in a traditional stronghold. “Today Spanish society is giving an answer to a group of people who for years have been humiliated, whose rights . . . → Read More: Spain defies Church to legalise gay marriage

B.C. ferry smashes into marina

A BC Ferries vessel has crashed into the dock at the Horseshoe Bay terminal in West Vancouver, destroying a dozen or more vessels. A BC Ferries spokesperson, Deborah Marshall, said the Queen of Oak Bay lost power as it approached the terminal at about 10:10 a.m. on Thursday.

“We don’t have any reports of injuries . . . → Read More: B.C. ferry smashes into marina

Voodoo and Clinton’s fate

By Joel A. Ruth

Haiti — In this land where witch doctors carry more clout than conventional PhDs or professional campaign advisers, the average citizen has been provided a mind-boggling explanation for why Bill Clinton so handily beat President George Bush in 1992, triumphed to re-election easily in 1996 and is now facing impeachment.

Acting . . . → Read More: Voodoo and Clinton’s fate