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Persephone’s Journey – An Archetypal Surrender

by Karri Ann Allrich

Karri Ann AllrichGoddess Persephone epitomizes the maiden daughter archetype – eager to please and expectant, waiting for destiny to happen upon her and change her life, rather than actively seeking out her own design. Her energy is passive and guileless – until she is abruptly taken hostage and violated. When the . . . → Read More: Persephone’s Journey – An Archetypal Surrender

I’m White A Nice Witch, Thankyou

By Mary Lafferty

The haggard witch associated with this time of the year is only a myth and does nothing to erode superstitions surrounding bonafide witches, a Co Tyrone woman has claimed. Images of sinister creatures causing evil results in friction and isolation for those involved in the ancient art of witchcraft, says Kate Houston, . . . → Read More: I’m White A Nice Witch, Thankyou

Coming out of the broom closet

By Tony Chiorazzi

She´s crafty. Sophomore Jaclyn Kalkhurst is president of the Pagans and Wiccans at USC and has been seriously involved in learning magic and making potions since her early teens. A recent poll found 134,000 Americans call themselves Wiccans. Shuffling along Trousdale Parkway with her red Jansport backpack, green iPod mini and chirping . . . → Read More: Coming out of the broom closet

Is the Star of David an Occult Symbol?

By Stuart Miller

If the Star of David is an occult symbol, then so is every snowflake””those lacey, delicate six-pointed stars that glorify the Creator in a myriad of ways. In Hebrew, the Star of David is called Magen David, the Shield of David because it’s made up of two triangular shields lying on top . . . → Read More: Is the Star of David an Occult Symbol?

Prisons get ritual notes for Pagans

By Rachel Harden

WANDS, wine, and tarot cards, but not nudity, may be allowed in Pagan acts of worship in prison, says the Prison Service’s first written guidance on Pagan worship.

There are already prison guidelines on other faiths. Guidance on Paganism was issued in writing at the end of last month because of a . . . → Read More: Prisons get ritual notes for Pagans

Halloween and Tales of Canadian Ghosts

It was the Irish pagan festival of worship to Samhain, Lord of the Dead, whence came Halloween. On the night of November 1, and with the dying crops, souls returned to walk the earth. Spooked pagans bolted their doors and extinguished the cooking fires that attracted witches. A rap on the door came from villagers . . . → Read More: Halloween and Tales of Canadian Ghosts

Church-state divide becomes French campaign issue

By Tom Heneghan

The separation of church and state is shaping up as an early hot-button issue for France’s next presidential election as rival politicians begin jockeying for votes among the large Muslim minority. Nicolas Sarkozy, the ambitious interior minister already planning his campaign for the 2007 contest, staked out the issue last week by . . . → Read More: Church-state divide becomes French campaign issue

Natural gas bills could rise 50% this winter

Canadians who use natural gas to heat their homes may be paying between 20 and 50 per cent more by the time winter reaches its coldest days, industry insiders predict. Mike Cleland of the Canadian Gas Association says all parts of the country will feel the pain.

“Depending on where you are, you’re talking about . . . → Read More: Natural gas bills could rise 50% this winter