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Household Tales.

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

Rapunzel

THERE 1 was once a man and a woman who had long in vain wished for a child. At length the woman hoped that God was about to grant her desire. These people had a little window at the back of their house from which a splendid garden . . . → Read More: Household Tales.

Basque Myths and Legends

Primitive Basque man was converted to Christianity very late. He was also all but cut off from other cultures by an inhospitable and very inaccessible geography. Thus he came to invent a vast collection of myths and legends which still exist today thanks to the great Basque oral tradition. For him the mountains and valleys . . . → Read More: Basque Myths and Legends

Pagan Pride Day organizers hope event will educate others about Wicca

By Megan Sprague

Tolerance is the main message the organizers of Pagan Pride Day want to send Statesville and its surrounding communities. “Our goal is to let people know they have the freedom to believe,” said Heather Hamilton, known to her wiccan friends as “snoozepossum”. “Tolerance does not mean acceptance or agreement. We’re letting . . . → Read More: Pagan Pride Day organizers hope event will educate others about Wicca

The Ethics of Love Spells

by Mike Nichols

It seems to be an immutable law of nature. You are interviewed by a local radio or TV station, or in some local newspaper. The topic of the interview is Witchcraft or Paganism, and you spend the better part of an hour brilliantly articulating your beliefs, your devotion to Goddess and nature, . . . → Read More: The Ethics of Love Spells

Celebrating the Harvest Sabbats

by Edain McCoy

One of the greatest summer pleasures of my youth was taking a drive with my parents and brother through the August countryside, stopping for fresh produce the farm families sold at the roadside for what seemed like spare change. Produce on the vine in the morning came fresh to the table in . . . → Read More: Celebrating the Harvest Sabbats

Da Vinci’s Last Supper: New conspiracy theory

By Matthew Moore New claims that Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper contains a hidden image of a woman holding a child are provoking a storm of interest on the internet.

The figure allegedly appears when the 15th Century mural painting is superimposed with its mirror image, and both are made partially transparent.

The . . . → Read More: Da Vinci’s Last Supper: New conspiracy theory

CORNISH WITCHCRAFT

Since the mid-nineteenth century, when the railway first made mass tourism possible, Cornwall has enjoyed a reputation as a ‘land apart’ – a legendary kingdom inhabited by piskies, giants, fairies, and witches. Cornwall continues to be regarded as a particularly ‘witchy’ place, yet far from being the preserve and fancy of folklore, a considerable body . . . → Read More: CORNISH WITCHCRAFT

Antibiotics: Too much of a good thing

Antibiotics are the first line of defense against many infections. But overusing or misusing antibiotics can cause more harm than good.

Your head throbs, your nose is stuffy, and you’re too tired to do anything but flop into bed at the end of the day. You’re probably coming down with a cold or the flu. . . . → Read More: Antibiotics: Too much of a good thing

The Nazarean Essenes

By Linda J. Paul Both the Jews and the Christians acknowledge the fact that Jesus was a Jew. But, what sect of Judaism was he affiliated with? It is important to understand that there were several very different philosophies among the ancient Jews.

The three main branches included the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the . . . → Read More: The Nazarean Essenes

Talismans

Objects which possess magical or supernatural power of their own which is transmitted to their possessors. Talismans are frequently confused with amulets which are objects which passively protect the owner from evil and harm. Usually the solitary function of talismans is to make possible powerful transformations. Talismans can be any object, design, or symbol believed . . . → Read More: Talismans