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13 Ideas for a Family Mabon

by Heather Evenstar Osterman This is a gorgeous season. Nature is a blaze of color and everything seems to come into balance. Night and day are again equal. There is a bountiful harvest to be thankful for, yet we must plan for the sparse times ahead. This is a time of generosity and conservation. So, . . . → Read More: 13 Ideas for a Family Mabon

Ritual protection

KIDS at risk from black magic rituals are to receive their own Hackney Town Hall officer dedicated to their protection. Hackney Council is recruiting a community partnership officer to work with faith and community organisations across the borough as part of a new government drive. The scheme, which is being set up in seven other . . . → Read More: Ritual protection

Decision brings closure to Wiccan’s family

For the family of Sgt. Patrick Stewart of Fernley, we hope some form of peace has arrived. With Wednesday’s announcement that a plaque for Stewart bearing the Wiccan symbol of the pentacle will be placed on the memorial wall at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, some closure has been brought to a yearlong struggle . . . → Read More: Decision brings closure to Wiccan’s family

Alhazred

by Donald Tyson Every book has an author, though not every author is remembered by name. Some chose anonymity in their own times, particularly the authors of books on black magic, which tend to be attributed to Moses, Aaron, Enoch and other legendary figures long dead who cannot complain if their names are attached to . . . → Read More: Alhazred

Masonry Unmasked

by Michael H. Brown There it was on a Masonic website. On August 28, the Scottish Rite Supreme Council for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, meeting in Chicago, was going to confer one of its highest degrees on 235 members who were elected last year. “More than 2,000 thirty-third-degree Masons and their ladies from 15 northeastern . . . → Read More: Masonry Unmasked

Meditation for an Open Mind

by Susan Kramer We continuously create our reality by our choices, moment to moment, maintaining harmony by following our conscience and acting for the highest good. An open mind allows us to see many options. The reward for continually upgrading our conscience, by keeping an open mind, is that we become more conscious of our . . . → Read More: Meditation for an Open Mind

Dark Night of the Soul

“Dark night of the soul” sounds like a threatening and much to be avoided experience. Yet perhaps a quarter of the seekers on the road to higher consciousness will pass through the dark night. In fact, they may pass through several until they experience the profound joy of their true nature. Many seekers would encourage . . . → Read More: Dark Night of the Soul

The Pope receives death threats

by Richard Owen THE Vatican tried to appease Muslim anger over the Pope’s remarks on Islam yesterday, as protests continued and a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda vowed to kill the pontiff. Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, defended Pope Benedict XVI, saying: “There are elements in Islam that can be used to justify . . . → Read More: The Pope receives death threats

Pagan

A Pagan is someone who is not Christian, Jewish, or Islamic in faith. The word “pagan”, simply put, means “country dweller”. It became synonymous with the word “heathen” due to the fact that they were not able to attend the churches built by the Christians in nearby towns and were not subjected to hellfire and . . . → Read More: Pagan

Pagans not hiding anymore

by Dana Borcea Pagans are ready to show their pride and dispel the lingering misunderstandings surrounding their faith. Hundreds of local followers of the often-misunderstood religion gathered for the fourth annual Pagan Pride festival in Gage Park. They soaked up offerings from hundreds of vendors, speakers and workshops offering everything from Angelic Guided Meditation and . . . → Read More: Pagans not hiding anymore