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Asatru Hammer Rite Ritual

The Hammer Rite Ritual (�satrú)Adapted by Grendel and unknown othersOriginal bare bones by Edred Thorsson

Terms Used___________

VE: Ritual workspace or area. This can be a permanent room or a tempory space.

GALDER: A magical invocation or mantra.

STADHA: Bodily postures which imitate the shapes of runestaves used in GALDER.

VITKI: A runic magician

In . . . → Read More: Asatru Hammer Rite Ritual

Transformation, metamorphosis and spiritual awakening

When the limited, programmed mind finally opens up to the infinity of the mystery which has been repressed until then, a person often finds him or herself drowning in limitless implausibility, and this does not assist the individual to lead a responsible, capable, limited life. For when the mind is finally divorced from all its . . . → Read More: Transformation, metamorphosis and spiritual awakening

A Brief History of Paganism in America

by CoyoteSkyWoman There is a religion in America today that has been slowly growing since the late 1960’s and has been gaining in popularity and acceptance throughout the years. Neo-Paganism, which includes such diverse branches as Wicca, Druidism, Asatru (a worship of Norse deities) , and many other reconstructionist and revivalist groups often based on . . . → Read More: A Brief History of Paganism in America

Students Back ‘Pagan Pride’ Festival

By MATTHEW CHAYES

After scrambling to reconsider their decision to sponsor a daylong “Pagan Pride” festival this weekend, student leaders at an upstate public college decided last night to support the festival despite outrage from Catholics who complained to trustees of the State University of New York system that the event ridicules Christianity and Jesus . . . → Read More: Students Back ‘Pagan Pride’ Festival

Urination will go to committee

A local decision that schoolboys must sit on toilet seats when urinating has provoked political debate. The head of The Democrats Party, a splinter group of former Progress Party hardliners, Vidar Kleppe, is outraged that boys at Dvergsnes School in Kristiansand have to sit and pee. Kleppe accuses the school of fiddling with God’s work, . . . → Read More: Urination will go to committee

The Malleus Maleficarum

by Fallon It is the 1800s (C.E.) and somewhere between “40,000 and 100,000″ otherwise ordinary folk lie dead (Malleus Maleficarum, 2006.) They aren’t from the same place, or even the same time period. Their lives unfolded over the course of centuries, often never touching one another, and yet they are forever linked together. These thousands . . . → Read More: The Malleus Maleficarum

Chalice & Blade CD – Wild Hunt

Chalice & Blade is a pagan vocal group from Vancouver, Canada. They perform traditional Craft songs and original pieces based on the beliefs of Wicca and Paganism. The music reflects their spiritual tradition – songs which show reverence for the earth and the balance of the God and Goddess. Chalice & Blade also draw on . . . → Read More: Chalice & Blade CD – Wild Hunt

Moat haunted

by Claire Smith WITH hundreds of years of feuds, battles, murders, curses and broken love affairs, it is no surprise that Scottish castles have more than their fair share of ghost stories. Whether or not you believe them, the tales of Scotland’s haunted castles throw up some fascinating glimpses of the past.

Glamis, Angus THE . . . → Read More: Moat haunted

‘Evil spirit’ threat to occult classes

by CLARE HAYES

Volunteers at the Worle Community Centre have been warned the building will be ‘plagued by evil spirits’ if plans to start occult classes there go ahead. Congregations at churches in the area have been praying for the committee members and numerous letters have been sent calling for the course to be cancelled. . . . → Read More: ‘Evil spirit’ threat to occult classes

Pagan Pride Day

by Sara Hanson Calgary witches de-mystify Pagan religion - Wands, witches, potions and spells. Most people would only associate these things with Halloween, but for the Calgary Pagan community they hold much more significance. Calgary’s Pagan Pride Day was celebrated on Sat., Sept. 23 in MacEwan Student Centre. While the event was mainly attended by . . . → Read More: Pagan Pride Day