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The Glaistig

The Glaistig is a creature from Scottish mythology. In most stories, the creature, is described as a beautiful woman with dusky or gray skin and long blonde hair. Her lower half was that of a goat, usually disguised by a long, flowing green robe or dress. According to legends, the glaistig could serve in legend . . . → Read More: The Glaistig

Carl Jung: Psychologist or Sorcerer?

by Marsha West Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung changed the way we think about the human psyche. For those who have never heard of him, he was the foremost pioneer of dream analysis, which is the process of assigning meaning to dreams. In many ancient traditions dreams were considered to be messages from the gods.

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Manifest a Mate

Are you looking for that perfect someone to share your life with? Finding that elusive ideal mate doesn’t come that easily for most of us because we haven’t learned the importance of being very clear in our thoughts what type of person would truly make us happy. When we are projecting a “murky image” of . . . → Read More: Manifest a Mate

Largest Dwarf Planet Named Eris

By ALICIA CHANG A distant, icy rock whose discovery shook up the solar system and led to Pluto’s planetary demise has been given a name: Eris. The christening of Eris, named after the Greek goddess of chaos and strife, was announced by the International Astronomical Union on Wednesday. Weeks earlier, the professional astronomers’ group stripped . . . → Read More: Largest Dwarf Planet Named Eris

Double amputee uses thought-controlled arm

Jesse Sullivan has two prosthetic arms, but he can climb a ladder at his house and roll on a fresh coat of paint. He’s also good with a weed-whacker, bending his elbow and rotating his forearm to guide the machine. He’s even mastered a more sensitive maneuver — hugging his grandchildren. The motions are coordinated . . . → Read More: Double amputee uses thought-controlled arm

The Hermaphrodite

What do Mercury, Hermes, Baphomet, the Bearded Aphrodite, the Chinese god of night and day, Chaos, Yin-Yang, Baal, Astarte, the Lotus, the Tree of Life, and the World Egg have in common? They are all hermaphrodites – androgynous ones. There are real hermaphrodites. They are very rare, especially in humans. The symbol represents the rarest . . . → Read More: The Hermaphrodite

Mind, Matter & Divine Creation

Perhaps the greatest challenge to a naturalistic worldview is explaining consciousness. This difficulty has several aspects. How did experiencing and consciousness evolve? For that matter why would it have evolved? But more troublesome than the evolutionary question is the basic biological one. How can the brain cause sensations and subjective experiences as well as — . . . → Read More: Mind, Matter & Divine Creation

Soldier’s plaque can include Wiccan symbol

By SCOTT SONNER The widow of a Nevada soldier killed in Afghanistan a year ago won state approval Wednesday to place a Wiccan religious symbol on his memorial plaque, something the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has refused to do.“I’m just in shock,” Roberta Stewart said from her home in Fernley, about 30 miles east . . . → Read More: Soldier’s plaque can include Wiccan symbol

A Taste of Erotic Rites

We Are Taught That Pleasure Takes Us Away From What is Sacred

As a child I instinctively wanted to worship with my body, to run naked up to the church altar and dance in ecstasy at being alive. However I was firmly taught that worship meant sitting still and listening, or standing rigidly only to . . . → Read More: A Taste of Erotic Rites

What is Synchronicity?

The uncanny coincidence. The unlikely conjunction of events. The startling serendipity. Who hasn’t had it happen in their life? You think of someone for the first time in years, and run into them a few hours later. An unusual phrase you’d never heard before jumps out at you three times in the same day. On . . . → Read More: What is Synchronicity?