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Heading the Wrong Way Into the Mainstream?

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

Wiccan author Gus diZerega (“Pagans & Christians”, “Beyond the Burning Times”) gives an account of a public Solstice ritual, and the elements within it that troubled him concerning how modern Pagan faiths (specifically Wicca-derived models) may be changing themselves to become more palatable to a mainstream audience.

“Every new spiritual movement faces . . . → Read More: Heading the Wrong Way Into the Mainstream?

The northern lights and folklore

by Franck Pettersen

Since time immemorial, through different cultures and whenever they occur, there have been many beliefs about the northern lights. In Middle-Age Europe, the northern lights were thought to be reflections of heavenly warriors. As a kind of posthumous reward, the soldiers that gave their lives for their king and country were . . . → Read More: The northern lights and folklore

Top Ten Altreligion Events of 2007

by Jennifer Emick It’s been an eventful year for Alternative faiths, and a banner year for Pagans especially, who have suffered many indignities and much heartache but scored several important victories, including legal recognition by the Veteran’s Administration and numerous municipal nods. Sadly, others have not fared so well- several religious groups may not survive . . . → Read More: Top Ten Altreligion Events of 2007

The Soul as a Reflection

by Sir James George Frazer

As some people’s believe a man’s soul to be in his shadow, so other or the same peoples believe it to be in his reflection in water or a mirror. Thus the Andamanese do not regard their shadows but their reflections in any mirror as their souls. When the Motumotu . . . → Read More: The Soul as a Reflection

Another perfect dawn at Newgrange

by Noelle Jennings

A CLEAR frosty morning ensured perfect conditions at Newgrange last Friday morning as the sun illuminated the chamber of the world-famous megalithic tomb on the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the phenomenon. It was on the 21st December 1967 that Professor Michael O`Kelly discovered the spectacular phenomenon for the modern world . . . → Read More: Another perfect dawn at Newgrange

Call Me a Satanist, Will Ya?

by Whitehawke

Comes now Whitehawke to give you a little fodder for those fun times when your friendly neighborhood evangelist peers down at the pentagram dangling tauntingly from your pagan little neck and asks you arrogantly – “are you a Satanist or something?”

Answering with “we don’t have a Satan, that is from your . . . → Read More: Call Me a Satanist, Will Ya?

Top 10 Climate Myth-Busters for 2007

By Steven Milloy

“I’ve made up my mind. Don’t confuse me with the facts.”

That saying most appropriately sums up the year in climate science for the fanatic global warming crowd. As Al Gore, the United Nations, grandstanding politicians and celebrities, taxpayer-dependent climate researchers, socialist-minded Greens, climate profiteers and other members of the alarmist . . . → Read More: Top 10 Climate Myth-Busters for 2007

History of the New Year

by Borgna Brunner

The celebration of the new year on January 1st is a relatively new phenomenon. The earliest recording of a new year celebration is believed to have been in Mesopotamia, c. 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March. A variety of other dates tied to the . . . → Read More: History of the New Year

The Closing of the American Mind

By Evan Thomas

There are, as they say, two Americas. There is the America of the rich and the America of the poor, as Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards likes to point out. There is the America of Red States and Blue States, populated, as columnist Dave Barry likes to joke, by “ignorant racist . . . → Read More: The Closing of the American Mind

A Solstice Gone Awry

by Gus diZerega The Solstice ritual started off wonderfully, and the energy raised was a delight. But in retrospect it seemed the invocations were subordinated to the organizers’ aesthetic desires rather than having the aesthetics shaped by the task of invoking directions and Deities. Still, this might be a relatively minor quibble. The crowd was . . . → Read More: A Solstice Gone Awry