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Pagan Sexuality

by Brenda Loew Old pagan traditions demystify, celebrate and revere sensuality and sexuality as sacred, divine and natural whereas younger, patriarchal religions condemn paganism’s freedom to celebrate eroticism and sexuality as “irresponsible”, “promiscuous”, “licentious”, “evil” or “satanic”. During the witchcraft hysteria that gripped Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, for example, Boston minister Cotton Mather wrote: “…the . . . → Read More: Pagan Sexuality

WACK O’JACKO

EXCLUSIVE King of pop plans £300m Leprechaun Land theme park in Ireland. Michael Jackson wants to build a Disneyland-style theme park in Ireland called Leprechaun Land. The moonwalking singer would fill the huge complex with terrifying white-knuckle rides and dozens of dwarfs dressed as leprechauns. He is planning a series of meetings with businessmen in . . . → Read More: WACK O’JACKO

Unconventional wisdom & magical thinking

by Richard Morin

In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing, For a charm of powerful trouble. . . . — Second Witch in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”

Forget eye of newt, the caldron and, . . . → Read More: Unconventional wisdom & magical thinking

In the hands of a psychic

I walked into the Trumpeter Hotel & Meeting Centre, skeptical of what I was about to do. When I look at my hands, all I see is callouses and fingers that bend slightly from years of mercy fights, but I was about to let someone tell me the lines in my hands show my past . . . → Read More: In the hands of a psychic

Redefining pain

by Robert Sheppard If you are a red-headed women with fair skin you may be less sensitive to pain than other women — and men for that matter. And more responsive to a particular painkiller. Then again, maybe not. Jeffrey Mogil, one of Canada’s leading pain researchers, turned the scientific world on its ear three . . . → Read More: Redefining pain

Psychic Dreamwalking: Explorations at the Edge of Self

Psychic Dreamwalking by Michelle Belanger, Weiser Books, ISBN 1-57863-386-9 “Every night, our physical bodies shut down, and we are free to roam the pathways of mind and spirit. Most dreamers never reach beyond their own internal realms, content to watch the play of images that results as our minds process information from the previous day. . . . → Read More: Psychic Dreamwalking: Explorations at the Edge of Self

Fish egg ‘miracle’

Biologists at the University of Manchester want help in cracking their “miracle” discovery of three fish inside a sealed egg. The group found the duck egg in a small pond on a field trip to the French Alps and noticed something moving inside it. When they cracked open the shell, three live minnows were inside. . . . → Read More: Fish egg ‘miracle’

The Oestara Seminary of Magick

The Oestara Seminary of Magick (www.seminaryofmagick.com), an on-line Pagan seminary of mystery and magick for adults 18 and older, will open its virtual doors on October 31st at midnight EST. Pre-opening registration of $20.00 (USD) starts on Mabon, the fall equinox $20.00 (USD).

The mystery taught at the Seminary is of self-realization and spiritual . . . → Read More: The Oestara Seminary of Magick

Healing the World Within

by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. Imagine that you could change anything on Earth. What would your world be like if anything were possible? Would you end hunger in Africa? Stop the killing of the whales? Bring peace to the Middle East? Whatever you wish to do, it’s something you need to heal within you; that is, . . . → Read More: Healing the World Within

Happy Autumnal Equinox

by Jason Pitzl-Waters Today is the Autumnal Equinox (04:03 UT) and signals the beginning of Fall in the northern hemisphere. On this day there will be an equal amount of light and darkness, and after this day the nights grow longer and we head towards Winter. In many modern Pagan traditions this is the second . . . → Read More: Happy Autumnal Equinox