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Deity Meanings

The Realms and Meanings of Some Popular DeitiesBy: Keitha (FireWind)From: The Glass Temple

Note: This is not an inclusive list, and most are my own interpretations; they might not be yours.

Goddesses

APHRODITE: Love, passion, sex, beautyARACHNE: Weaving, high ambitionsARTEMIS: The huntress, the moon, women’s mysteries, Patron of Witchcraft, healing, unrequited love, inner strength, . . . → Read More: Deity Meanings

Blessed by the Moon

The first menstruation is Life’s own initiation of a young girl, taking her over the threshold into Womanhood, and into living with the moon cycles. This transforming event is much ignored in our time and society, giving the young woman a poor welcome into this new phase of her life. But if we turn to . . . → Read More: Blessed by the Moon

Teen Witches

The real teenage witches: It is not clear why Paganism is so popular among young people in the UK while the Christian Church struggles to raise the numbers of teenagers in the pews. But the youth-friendly image of Paganism may have something to do with it. There certainly aren’t too many cool teenage Christians on . . . → Read More: Teen Witches

Harvest Home

Despite the bad publicity generated by Thomas Tryon’s novel, Harvest Home is the pleasantest of holidays. Admittedly, it does involve the concept of sacrifice, but one that is symbolic only. The sacrifice is that of the spirit of vegetation, John Barleycorn. Occurring 1/4 of the year after Midsummer, Harvest Home represents mid-autumn, autumn’s height. It . . . → Read More: Harvest Home

3rd Rare White Buffalo Born in Wisconsin

By EMILY FREDRIX A farm in Wisconsin is quickly becoming hallowed ground for American Indians with the birth of its third white buffalo, an animal considered sacred by many tribes for its potential to bring good fortune and peace. “We took one look at it and I can’t repeat what I thought but I thought, . . . → Read More: 3rd Rare White Buffalo Born in Wisconsin

Archaeolgists find pre-Aztec carvings

By John von Radovitz A stone block unearthed in Mexico and covered in carved patterns is thought to be the oldest example of writing found in the Americas. Archaeologists believe the writing on the 26lb (12kg) block could date back to the first millennium BC. Road builders digging in a gravel quarry found the . . . → Read More: Archaeolgists find pre-Aztec carvings

Cat show felines are a breed apart

By JAMIE REID Nina Adkins, who operates on the controversial edge of cat genetics, has created a short-legged, hairless kitten that moves like a ferret, looks like a Chihuahua and feels like a horse’s muzzle. Her “baby,” 6-month-old Hadrian’s Wall, has earned Adkins, 48, of Keene, the title “Dr. Frankenkitty” by more traditional catties. Her . . . → Read More: Cat show felines are a breed apart

Henry Cornelius Agrippa

by Jennifer Emick Today is the birth anniversary of Henry Cornelius Agrippa, the man who quite literally wroite the book on magic and the occult. Born in the same town as the Knights Templar Grand Master Jaques de Molay, Agrippa was an accomplished, brilliant genius who pursued successive careers in law, politics, philosophy, and medicine, . . . → Read More: Henry Cornelius Agrippa

Death and New Birth in Mithraism

AMONG the most ancient and most honored gods of Roman paganism was the Persian Mithra. He came to the empire out of a more remote oriental antiquity than did the Great Mother of the Gods. In the hymns of the Vedas, as in those of the Avesta, his name appeared; in the former as Mitra, . . . → Read More: Death and New Birth in Mithraism

Occult classes – but no vampires

A WORKSHOP in the rituals of Satanism and witchcraft will soon start at a community centre used by a church, line dancers and a rainbows’ group. An ‘occult workshop’ for ‘those that would walk with the gods’ will start at Worle Community Centre on October 2. Experienced occultist Scott Jones will be running discussion groups . . . → Read More: Occult classes – but no vampires