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What is Theosophy?

by Jennifer Emick In honor of the birthday of the Theosophical Society, founded by H. P. Blavatsky and Henry Steele Olcott, 1875: What is Theosophy? There were Theosophists before the Christian era, notwithstanding that the Christian writers ascribe the development of the Eclectic theosophical system to the early part of the third century of their . . . → Read More: What is Theosophy?

The Flower Maiden

Llew Llaw Gyffes ruled the Cantrev of Dinodig given to him by Math, son of Mathonwy. He was a wise ruler, for he had been tutored by Gwydion, son of Don, who was learned and politically astute. After a time, Llew decided that it had been too long since he had seen his male relations, . . . → Read More: The Flower Maiden

Bronze Age pyramid found in Ukraine

by Tom Parfitt Archaeologists in Ukraine have unearthed the remains of an ancient pyramidal structure that pre-dates those in Egypt by at least 300 years. The stone foundations of the structure, which probably resembled Aztec and Mayan ziggurats in South America, were discovered near the eastern city of Lugansk. It is thought they were laid . . . → Read More: Bronze Age pyramid found in Ukraine

Solitary vs. Coven Practice

The Right Practice For You The question has been brought up on numerous occasions concerning the benefits of being a solitary pagan vs. a pagan in a coven? Which is best and which is preferred? Your personal experiences should be considered as you make your choice which practice to take. Consider some of the pros . . . → Read More: Solitary vs. Coven Practice

Pagans promote religious freedom

By Charles M. Bartholomew Under the oaks of Woodland Park, Northwest Indiana Wiccans, Druids, shamanists and other practitioners of earth-based religions recently opened their circle to outsiders for what many of them said was their most successful Pagan Pride Day.“We’re here to promote religious freedom by showing what we are through education with lectures, brochures . . . → Read More: Pagans promote religious freedom

Therianthropy: A Look at Shapeshifting

The werewolf has passed down for hundreds of years through European myth the idea of a man who can become a wolf with the light of the full moon. This myth originated in Germany in roughly the late 16th century. Other cultures also have their own versions of werebeasts such as weretigers in India or . . . → Read More: Therianthropy: A Look at Shapeshifting

Gristhorpe Man ‘was Bronze Age Warrior’

by Roger Highfield and Nic Fleming Gristhorpe Man, who was found buried in a tree trunk in the 19th century, has been identified as a Bronze Age warrior chieftain by archaeologists. Although a few examples of burial in a scooped-out oak tree have been found in Scotland and East Anglia, it was an unusual method . . . → Read More: Gristhorpe Man ‘was Bronze Age Warrior’

Believing in the K: Understanding Magic and Magick

Everyone does magick, every day of their lives. Most of them fail to even notice these events, passing them off as mere mundanity, or luck as opposed to magick. So, what is magick? Simply put, the ability to cause things to happen that otherwise wouldn’t, by an act of will. Some would call this using . . . → Read More: Believing in the K: Understanding Magic and Magick

Blame Merlin for the lightning

by Milton Keynes WHEN Merlin and Emerald tell you enthusiastically what a good summer it has been, they’re not just talking about the sunny weather….writes Sally Murrer. For this pair, as their names suggest, are unconcerned about ordinary, everyday matters. As fully-fledged druids they prefer to dwell on more earthly affairs – such as full . . . → Read More: Blame Merlin for the lightning

Magick and the Movies

The paranoia concerning Witchcraft/Wicca is most often based upon fear – the fear of that which is different and the fear of contagion, that learning about the truisms of the religion will somehow contaminate the inquirer (and obviously the most available sources of misinformation with no threat of contagion are folklore and superstition). In movies, . . . → Read More: Magick and the Movies