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Whirling Goddess or Holy Grail?

by DAVID MCDOWELL STARING into the terrifying thunderous tumult of the Corryvreckan whirlpool, it’s easy to see why its sheer primal energy has fascinated people for centuries. Now Edinburgh folklorist Stuart McHardy has suggested a startling new theory – that the awe-inspiring natural vortex between the islands of Scarba and Jura in Argyll and Bute . . . → Read More: Whirling Goddess or Holy Grail?

Pagan Stuff for School

by Terri Paajanen

If you’re out of the broom closet, these items can help you put your Pagan beliefs on display. A few choice decorations in your locker or on your binders can be pleasant reminders of the Divine while you grind away at school. Be aware that conservative officials at some schools may not . . . → Read More: Pagan Stuff for School

This century’s most challenged books

by Howie Rumberg Think of how lonely your high school years would have been without Huck Finn, Hamlet or Frankenstein. And what would millions of children do on Halloween without Harry Potter and his friends? We take it for granted that we could pick up a Mark Twain novel or a Shakespeare play and be . . . → Read More: This century’s most challenged books

A gathering of shared beliefs

By Veronica Gonzalez Marcy Whipkins conducts a belly dancing workshop during the Cape Fear Pagan Pride Day celebration at Hugh MacRae Park on Saturday. With peacock feathers dangling from her ears and rings on all fingers except her left thumb and pinky, Lady Silverwolf could be mistaken for a witch. And she is, but not . . . → Read More: A gathering of shared beliefs

Are Scientists Afraid of Ghosts?

By Deborah Blum A HUNDRED years ago, one of the most ambitious of research projects was launched, a study that linked scholars and mediums on three continents. Its purpose was to discover whether living humans could talk to dead ones. Newspapers described the work as “remarkable experiments testing the reality of life after death.” The . . . → Read More: Are Scientists Afraid of Ghosts?

Dark Places: The Journey

by Starrfire Price In my beginnings into Witchcraft I found so many concepts that confused me, this is the reason I began my website over seven years ago. I wanted it to be a place where I could simply express into words my thoughts, occasional rant and feelings. It was my online journal that held . . . → Read More: Dark Places: The Journey


By Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati and Jayne Stevenson

Tantra is the ancient science of liberating energy in order to expand consciousness. This energy is called kundalini, the coiled cosmic creative power that lies dormant in our body-mind, but which can be tapped to awaken our potential. Today, the word tantra is associated with techniques for . . . → Read More: Yoga-Tantra

Karmic relationships

by  Mabel Iam

The elusive notion of Karma Karma is the law of cause and effect. It encompasses all the energetic movements brought on by people’s thoughts, actions, feelings, desires, and their relationship to their surroundings. A good illustration of this law is a stone thrown into a lake: the waves it produces extend to . . . → Read More: Karmic relationships

Rewriting Your Life Script

by Lauren Ravenstar

Shakespeare wrote “All the World’s a Stage, And all the men and women merely players.” Do you like the play you are acting in right now? Are you happy with your role & your lines? Would you like to rewrite the script? The Earth can be thought of as a stage, our . . . → Read More: Rewriting Your Life Script

The Secret Language of Symbols

by Jennifer Emick There is a secret language we all recognize, but few are fluent in- the language of symbols. Symbols surround us in myriad forms and form an inextricable part of our daily lives, yet unlike our spoken languages, schooling in symbolism is left to the individual initiative. Even in religious teaching, symbols are . . . → Read More: The Secret Language of Symbols