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Pagan scouting group takes root

By Jeff Wright

Five-year-old Jade Rainsong jumps out of his mother’s car, looking sharp in his green pressed shirt, tan pants and brown hiking boots. “I’ve got on my SpiralScout uniform and mud-whompers!” he boasts. Jade, new to the whole scouting experience, races to the door of his 4-year-old buddy, Joey. Inside, the two . . . → Read More: Pagan scouting group takes root

Magic in Ancient Egypt

As expressed in monuments that retain their impact still today, magic and the supernatural filled the lives of ancient Egyptians. In this made-for-TAC video, television personality Fred Lewis and Field Museum Egyptologist Thomas Mudloff visit sacred and secret sites of ancient Egypt and reveal the mystery and magic of temples, pyramids, and tombs. Learn secrets . . . → Read More: Magic in Ancient Egypt

Australian Muslims to regulate clerics

Muslim clerics in Australia could face a strict new code of behavior under a plan being devised by Islamic leaders. Ameer Ali, head of John Howard’s Muslim Advisory Council, told The Australian that guidelines to control radical religious leaders would be discussed at a special meeting next month.

At the moment, we have no control . . . → Read More: Australian Muslims to regulate clerics

Sun in Capricorn

By Donna Juzva

On the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, the sun enter the sign, Capricorn. A cardinal sign marks the beginning of a season; winter is Capricorn’s season. Although the days will continue to grow colder, we will begin to see a few more minutes of sunlight each day as the . . . → Read More: Sun in Capricorn

Commemoration of Zoroaster

Zoroastrian Association in Tehran held a ceremony in commemoration of Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroaster) in Tehran on 26th of December which is the anniversary of his death, said CHN. Zarathushtra or Zarathustra (628 BC) is the ancient Persian prophet and founder of Zoroastrianism or Parsism, as it is known in India.

Zoroaster is generally accepted as . . . → Read More: Commemoration of Zoroaster

Vatican rethinking tradition of limbo

By Ian Fisher

It may seem half a shame to get rid of a church tradition, however cruel and antiquated, if it can inspire poetry like Dante’s “The Inferno” or spooky lines such as these from Seamus Heaney: “Fishermen at Ballyshannon/Netted an infant last night/Along with the salmon.” But limbo, that netherworld of unbaptized babies . . . → Read More: Vatican rethinking tradition of limbo

70,000 without power in Quebec

By Jonathan Montpetit

A major winter storm blacked out part of southwestern Quebec on Monday, leaving some 70,000 homes and businesses without power while conjuring memories of the 1998 ice storm. Hydro Quebec said the blackout hit the Monteregie agricultural region southwest of Montreal at about 6:40 a.m. Several towns between Saint-Hyacinthe and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu were . . . → Read More: 70,000 without power in Quebec

NSA eavesdropping wider than White House admitted

The volume of information gathered from telephone and Internet communications by the National Security Agency without court-approved warrants was much larger than the White House has acknowledged, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

Citing current and former government officials, the Times said the information was collected by tapping directly into some of the U.S. . . . → Read More: NSA eavesdropping wider than White House admitted

Next-Generation Solar Cells

Honda Motor said Monday it will begin mass producing next-generation solar panels for household use from 2007, halving the carbon-dioxide emissions of the already eco-friendly technology. The Japanese giant declined to disclose the amount of new investment but the Nihon Keizai Shimbun said the auto and motorcycle maker would spend some 86.5 million dollars on . . . → Read More: Next-Generation Solar Cells

Incense for Meditation

Meditation helps train the mind to focus and achieve clarity, while promoting relaxation and fostering a spiritual connection. There are many ways to practice meditation, including guided exercises and special breathing techniques, but part of the experience often includes the burning of incense. We know it’s a common practice to burn incense for ceremonies, rituals . . . → Read More: Incense for Meditation