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Owning Your Power

by Martin Brofman, Ph.D.

Owning your power, your power to be real, to be who you really are, is really about owning your freedom. Consider how your reasons for not being yourself may have been to get the love or approval of others. Then, you have given others the power to decide your way of . . . → Read More: Owning Your Power

200 year old seeds

By Richard Black

Seeds which have been stored away since the time of George III have been persuaded into new life. Scientists from the Millennium Seed Bank, operated by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, have induced seeds from three species to germinate. They had been brought to Britain from South Africa by . . . → Read More: 200 year old seeds

Oldest Known Baby Fossil Found

by Malcolm Ritter

Move over, Lucy. Welcome, little Selam. And let the debate about you and your brethren go on. Lucy is probably the most famous fossil find in human evolutionary history — the partial skeleton of what was once a 3 1/2-foot-tall adult of an ape-man species, and named for a Beatles song that . . . → Read More: Oldest Known Baby Fossil Found

Something fishy in the sky

By Ken Tapping On clear nights around this time of year, you will see a moderately bright star low in the southeast. It is Fomalhaut, the brightest star in the constellation of Piscis Austrinus, “The Southern Fish.” It is the Southern Hemisphere counterpart of Pisces, “The Fishes,” the Zodiac constellation everyone has heard of. The . . . → Read More: Something fishy in the sky

Edmonton web host asks vampire website to leave

By Shannon Montgomery

Canadian web-hosting company has dropped a vampire-themed site after media reports linked the perpetrator of a Montreal school shooting that killed one woman with the site VampireFreaks.com. Edmonton-based HostOnFiber.com has asked the online magazine Some Lives Are Different to find an alternative host within 30 days. “This last week there was . . . → Read More: Edmonton web host asks vampire website to leave

Pagans in the Military

by Rae Schwarz Although Pagans are often devoted supporters of peace efforts, there are those who choose to enter into military service. However, such a path is not always an easy one. Although US law states that people have the right to practice whichever religion that they wish freely and without discrimination, in reality it . . . → Read More: Pagans in the Military

Some People Hear Voices – And Enjoy It

by Andrea Thompson

For some people, hearing voices in their heads is a positive experience, not a sign of mental illness or cause for distress. Researchers at the University of Manchester are aiming to find out why.Traditionally these auditory hallucinations, as psychologists call them, are associated with mental illness. They can be a symptom of . . . → Read More: Some People Hear Voices – And Enjoy It

The Pagan Book Club

by Jason Pitzl-Waters John Sutherland of the Telegraph comments on the significant literary trends of the day. While Oprah’s book club gets a mention, more interesting to the author is the “lobbies” of themed literature.

“More significant than the Oprah or Richard and Judy phenomena – in which reader preferences trickle down from on high . . . → Read More: The Pagan Book Club

The Solar Eclipse in Virgo

by Robert Wilkinson

The Solar Eclipse will occur at 30 degrees of Virgo on September 22 at 4:45am PDT, just before the Autumnal Equinox at 9:04pm PDT the same day. This Solar Eclipse will free many of us from “a narrow destiny” if we hear and take the call and joyously rise to the occasions . . . → Read More: The Solar Eclipse in Virgo

Was Aleister Crowley a Satanist?

by Jennifer Emick

This is one of the most common misconceptions about Aleister Crowley. If by this question one means, did Crowley worship the being commonly known to Christians as Satan, the answer is an unequivocable no. Crowley’s ideas of deity did not fit the typical mold; in his views, gods were symbolic of forces . . . → Read More: Was Aleister Crowley a Satanist?