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Hermetic graffiti

By Sol I’ve recently chanced on an excellent scholarly article, with a deep and intelligent analysis of the possible esoteric origins of some very curious hermetic markings on a Valladolid Cathedral manuscript. The writer, Professor E.W Vogt of Seattle Pacific University, makes several highly enlightening and original deductions, for example on the connection between the . . . → Read More: Hermetic graffiti

Biography of Raven Grimassi

Raven is a published author of many titles on witchcraft and Wicca. He is also a recognized expert on Italian witchcraft and the foremost authority on the works of Charles Godfrey Leland in this particular field. Grimassi is also the Directing Elder of the Arician Tradition, a system of Italian witchcraft

Raven Grimassi was born . . . → Read More: Biography of Raven Grimassi

New Year’s facts & anecdotes

Here are a variety of facts and anecdotes about New Year’s celebrations:

Ancient New Year’s… The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4,000 years ago. In the years around 2000 B.C., the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon after . . . → Read More: New Year’s facts & anecdotes

Experiences of a Pagan Practicing Pranic Healing

by Robert Mark O. Lauzon

My exposure to the Old Religion and to the Earth-based Religion also exposed me to tried and true healing techniques involving herbs, oils and some other shamanic rites. Most of these techniques did not ritualize a systematic division of bodies and/or energy centers. They did contain elements of ‘energy centers,’ . . . → Read More: Experiences of a Pagan Practicing Pranic Healing

Achieving Our Spiritual Goals

by Fiona Blackwolf

As we move into the New Year, people all over are making resolutions, setting goals and talking about changing their lives for the better. But how can we ensure that we follow through on those plans? Too often plans, really good plans, get tossed aside within a month or two. Obviously, we . . . → Read More: Achieving Our Spiritual Goals

Akitu (the New Year Festival) and Newruz (Nuroz)

By Fred Aprim Many nationalities, ethnic and religious groups in the Near/Middle East and Central Asia, like the Assyrians, Persians, Afghanis, Kurds, and Baha’is celebrate the arrival of spring season. This occasion, mostly celebrated on March 21 (for Baha’is will be then on the 22nd since their day starts at sunset), represent the beginning of . . . → Read More: Akitu (the New Year Festival) and Newruz (Nuroz)

Witchcraft research in Vardø

by Marko Nenonen

About 100 researchers into witchcraft from all over the world will congregate in Vardø next year to discuss the witch trials in the Finnmark, North-West Russia and Central Europe. Midnight Sun Witchcraft Conference 2007 is being co-funded by the Nordic Cultural Fund.

The witch hunt in Vardø in the 17th century was . . . → Read More: Witchcraft research in Vardø

When is a Celt not a Celt?

An Irreverent peek into Neopagan views of history by Joanna Hautin-Mayer

In this essay I intend to examine a number of books that have been published recently on Celtic mythology, Druidry, and various forms of “Celtic Wicca” with an eye to their historical veracity. While I appreciate that the value of the metaphysical often . . . → Read More: When is a Celt not a Celt?

Chief: Aboriginal frustrations could mount in 2007

CHINTA PUXLEY — Canada should brace for more dramatic displays of aboriginal defiance in 2007, warn native leaders who say the First Nations frustrations that boiled over in a small Ontario town this year may well be a tipping point for decades of simmering aboriginal anger. It was in the bedroom community of Caledonia, Ont., . . . → Read More: Chief: Aboriginal frustrations could mount in 2007

The Top Ten Cryptozoology Stories of 2006

By Loren Coleman 1. Darlings of Cryptozoology Videotaped: Coelacanth and Giant Squid 2. Lost Worlds Revealed 3. New European Mammal and Others Discovered 4. Discoveries Debated: Ivory-billed Woodpecker and Kouprey 5. Africa Explored: Mokele-mbembe Quest, Gambia Expedition, and SEALs’ Secret Mission 6. Lake Monsters Photographed: Champ and Nahuelito 7. Canid Capered: Maine Mutant, Montana Creature, . . . → Read More: The Top Ten Cryptozoology Stories of 2006