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Meditation for Lammas

By Laura Wildman

This is the season of John Barleycorn, the European God of the grain. Grain is a staple of life in many cultures, and their religions reflect this reality. Rites that celebrate the transformations of the grain, from planting to harvest, are at the heart of many festival cycles. One recurring theme . . . → Read More: Meditation for Lammas

Taking the fun out of fungus

by Samantha Grice

In August of 1830, surgeon D.O. Edwards was called to the waiting room of Westminster Hospital in London. There he found Frederick Bickerton, age 25, his 23-year-old wife, Anne, and their son, George, aged four, all of whom appeared to be quite drunk. Further examination revealed “that the inebriation proceeded from no . . . → Read More: Taking the fun out of fungus

‘Priestesses’ open temple doors

Mysterious “priestesses” from Glastonbury say they have been forced to reveal more of their beliefs after being mentioned in the Da Vinci Code. The Priestesses of Avalon are preparing to throw open the doors to their temple in the Somerset town. Since their cover was blown in the best-selling novel and movie, they want to . . . → Read More: ‘Priestesses’ open temple doors

Pagans for Freedom of Speech

by Vera Oak (The WiccaSources Blog & Pagan Review)

WiccaSources Blog incites all Pagans from around the world to unite for freedom of speech. The virtual gathering place counts with the presence of mainstream Pagan writers in direct interview in support for the Pagan Community.

For years suffering the stigmata of a dark and occult . . . → Read More: Pagans for Freedom of Speech

E is for Exorcism

By Susan Orr

Exorcism, or the casting out of demons, is an ancient practice. The Bible includes accounts of Jesus driving evil forces out of individuals. According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a person possessed by a demon may speak in an unknown language, know about things that are distant or hidden or . . . → Read More: E is for Exorcism

Chicken Paganism

by Amber Wolfe

– Fellowship of Isis “ISIS IS NO CHICKEN. SHE IS ISHTARHEN.” – COG (CovHenant of the Goddess) “No, we won’t come out, we’re brooding. How would the Roosterarchy hendle being cooped up with nothing but Chicken feed for all we do? We don’t need more than one rooster in here, and . . . → Read More: Chicken Paganism

The Dr. Dolittle Project

by By Rachel Metz

Mr. Ed spoke his mind in plain English, but most animals are not so easy to understand. Now, a group of scientists is trying to decode the meaning behind the growls, clucks and neighs, hoping to improve captive animals’ lives and humans’ abilities to track their numbers in the wild.

Called . . . → Read More: The Dr. Dolittle Project

The Coven of the Grand Concourse

By NINA MALKIN

Being a Goth, a member of a global subculture that celebrates all things morbid and occult, Korpse naturally tends toward the funereal. Scanning the cards, he holds up the Five of Cups and announces gloomily: “Here’s my future. Misery.” In America, Goths are usually thought of as white, middle-class and suburban. But . . . → Read More: The Coven of the Grand Concourse

The Tree of Life

by Jennifer Emick

The Tree of Life is an important symbol in nearly every culture. With its branches reaching into the sky, and roots deep in the earth, it dwells in three worlds- a link between heaven, the earth, and the underworld, uniting above and below. It is both a feminine symbol, bearing sustenance, and . . . → Read More: The Tree of Life

The Spine and the Sacred Pipe

by Linda Sue Grimes

Many contemporary thinkers inaccurately assign religious discussion to the realm of the imagination. They fail to realize that religion at its deepest and most useful level is based on scientific facts. Paramahansa Yogananda tells us to make our meditation seats our scientific laboratories. He reiterates time and again that the yoga . . . → Read More: The Spine and the Sacred Pipe