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7 Quick Ways to Calm Down

I’m easily overwhelmed. When my kids’ exuberant screams reach a decibel level my ears can’t tolerate, when Chuck E., the life-size “rat” at the pizza place, starts doing his jig while flashing arcade lights blind me, or when I open my email to find 100 messages–I feel a meltdown coming on. Which is why I . . . → Read More: 7 Quick Ways to Calm Down

Pagan Observations on Christian Observations on Pagans

by Andy Ternay

Jason Pitzl-Waters at the Wild Hunt Blog posted about Christian bloggers who did a “synchroblog” (all agreed to post on a selected topic). The topic: Paganism and Christianity .

I wish I could comment on each post, but so many participated that I’ll just mention the ones that hit me strongly. . . . → Read More: Pagan Observations on Christian Observations on Pagans

Greenland’s icons


“The shaman, knowledgeable about witchcraft, would gather bits and pieces at a secret, isolated place, tie them together, chant magic spells over the tied up bundle, and then allow the tied up bits and pieces to draw sexual energy from the shaman’s own genitalia. “The tupilak was then ready to be . . . → Read More: Greenland’s icons

We’re No Angels – Book Review


“The pervasive theme is rebellion.” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich begins her new book, “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History,” struggling to explain — understand — the appeal of an aside she made in the spring 1976 issue of an academic journal, a comment that has become a popular slogan printed on T-shirts and coffee . . . → Read More: We’re No Angels – Book Review

Make your own Altar Pentacle

by Patty Wigington

The pentacle is one of the most commonly used magical tools in the Wiccan religion, as well as in some traditions of Paganism. Typically, it is used on the altar as a place to hold items that are about to be ritually consecrated or charged. In some traditions, the pent represents . . . → Read More: Make your own Altar Pentacle

The Monks Are Cut Off, and Burmese Clashes Ebb

Myanmar’s armed forces appeared on Friday to have sealed tens of thousands of protesting monks inside their monasteries, but they continued to attack bands of demonstrators who challenged them in the main city, Yangon.

Witnesses and diplomats reached by telephone inside the country said troops were confronting and attacking smaller groups of civilians around . . . → Read More: The Monks Are Cut Off, and Burmese Clashes Ebb

Ban Sought on Cold Medicine for Very Young

Safety experts for the Food and Drug Administration urged the agency on Friday to consider an outright ban on over-the-counter, multisymptom cough and cold medicines for children under 6.

The recommendation, in a 356-page safety review, is the strongest signal yet that the agency may take strong action against the roughly 800 popular medicines marketed . . . → Read More: Ban Sought on Cold Medicine for Very Young

Pictorial Key to the Tarot – Wands


By Arthur Edward WaiteIllustrations by Pamela Colman Smith[1911]

From: The Sacred Text Archive

Scanned at, September, 2000 and June, 2003. J. B. Hare redactor. This text and the accompanying illustrations are in the public domain in the United States of America per U.S. Copyright law. The . . . → Read More: Pictorial Key to the Tarot – Wands

Pagan Books Returning to Prison Chapels

by Jennifer Emick

Following tremendous outrage over their plan to rid prison chapels of all but a few randomly selected, “approved” texts, the Federal Beaurea of Prisons has backed down- at least temporarily- and promised to return purged books to library shelves, but apparently plans to continue with its list idea. The srticle erroneously ststes . . . → Read More: Pagan Books Returning to Prison Chapels

English harvest time traditions

by Pam Lawrence

Every September, on the Sunday closest to the Harvest Moon, English folk gather to celebrate the harvest festival. Churches are decorated with the fruits of the field; the food is blessed and following the service donated to worthy causes.

The ancient and originally pagan ritual of Harvest Home was the precursor . . . → Read More: English harvest time traditions