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Tourism & Mighty Aphrodite

by Chris Haslam Incest, paganism, bloody violence and miraculous anti-ageing treatments: the goddess of love still moves in mysterious ways on Cyprus. Whatever became of Aphrodite? Beautiful, brazen and beguiling, the goddess of love had the ancients twisted around her fragrant little finger for two millenniums before they became unravelled, but where did she go? . . . → Read More: Tourism & Mighty Aphrodite

Desperate Whistleblower Turns to YouTube

“What I am going to tell you is going to seem preposterous and unbelievable.”

Those are a few of the first words of a video posted on YouTube by former Lockheed Martin engineer Michael De Kort, claiming that the defense contractor had built and the Coast Guard had accepted a number of boats that fall . . . → Read More: Desperate Whistleblower Turns to YouTube

TV leads witching hour

AFTER centuries of intimidation and bad press, witchcraft is experiencing a renaissance led by TV’s Buffy, Sabrina and the Charmed girls. Between 40,000 and 70,000 people in Autralia are expected to identify themselves as witches in the 2006 census, up from 20,000 in 2001.

Pagans, worshipping as wiccas, druids, heathens and shamans, have gained solidarity . . . → Read More: TV leads witching hour

Brain’s ‘God Spot’ Hard To Pin Down

Mystical experiences may engage several areas of the brain, not just one “God spot,” a new study shows.The study, published in Neuroscience Letters, comes from Mario Beauregard, Ph.D., and Vincent Paquette, M.Sc. They work at Canada’s University of Montreal. Other researchers have suggested there might be one key part of the brain involved in spiritual . . . → Read More: Brain’s ‘God Spot’ Hard To Pin Down

Paying the Priestess

By Margot Adler

What amount–if any–should be charged for pagan educational programs and rituals? There are many jokes within the Wiccan community. For example: How many witches does it take to change a lightbulb? Answer: It depends what you want to change it into. But perhaps the funniest Wiccan joke I ever heard is this: . . . → Read More: Paying the Priestess

Employee of the Week

Portland Mercury, Employee of the Week: Diabolus Rex Magister Templi, Church of Satan

Diabolus Rex is a familiar sight to Portlanders. Forever clad in black and sporting numerous piercings and two four-inch subdermal horns, Rex cuts a mighty swath belying his relatively small stature. A visit to his dungeon showcases his wardrobe of a dozen . . . → Read More: Employee of the Week

The Legend of the First Woman

For a time the man was very happy on earth. He roamed around and ate the fruits and berries and he visited the animals and he saw all his homeland. There was much to learn and the earth was beautiful. But before long the man grew discontented and he became very unhappy. He didn’t know . . . → Read More: The Legend of the First Woman

Witches Send Blessing to ‘Wicker Man’

By BUCK WOLF

One might think modern day witches, who’ve revived ancient traditions in the Wicca faith, would be outraged by the film, as they were with “The Blair Witch Project,” and other negative depictions. Instead, many witches like the original “Wicker Man,” and are eager to see what new twists Cage and director Neil . . . → Read More: Witches Send Blessing to ‘Wicker Man’

Herbs of the Zodiac

Plants mediate between Earth, Sun, the planets and the stars. Connecting earth and sky, plants bridge the span between earthly and ethereal energies. Every plant provides us with an opening leading to the invisible realms of cosmic exchanges. Or so the Astrological Herbalists claim. A experimental way to experience this connection is to plant a . . . → Read More: Herbs of the Zodiac

The Real Asatru

Interview by Valerie Reiss

This summer a prisoner in Virginia, Michael Lenz, was executed for murdering a fellow inmate in the name of Asatru, his adopted religion. Though most adherents of the pre-Christian, earth- and heritage-based faith are honorable, law-abiding citizens who don’t advocate random violence, a small (about five percent) but media-magnetic group . . . → Read More: The Real Asatru