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Critics of occult group freed

A COUPLE jailed for nine months for contempt of court for refusing to withdraw claims an occult group was killing children were freed yesterday after spending seven weeks in jail. Vivienne Legg and Dyson Devine were jailed for failing to remove allegations that the secretive International Society Ordo Templi Orientis was a pedophile ring. Other . . . → Read More: Critics of occult group freed

KALEVALA and Finnish Paganism

Before the advent of the written word, storytellers had to use creative methods to ensure that their stories were not forgotten. That is why they introduced alliteration, rhythm, hymns and repetitions. The verses would be sang or repeated in the kind of droning voices that monks use to remember long texts. This is how the . . . → Read More: KALEVALA and Finnish Paganism

Viking Women Had Bra Fashion Shows

By Keith Mcleod

VIKING women wore bras and staged fireside fashion shows to show off colourful new designs. Archaeologist Annika Larsson says a find at Sweden’s oldest Viking settlement, Birka, proves the first bras were designed to give lift and shape. But they were banned by killjoy Christians who regarded them as pagan. Annika . . . → Read More: Viking Women Had Bra Fashion Shows

Rumored “Big War” Causes School Lock-Down

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

A mess is brewing in Louisiana. On Tuesday, Farmerville High School was sent into lock-down after rumors of a “big war” between two groups of students reached school officials. Making the matter even more complicated is the fact that one of the rival groups (allegedly) claim to be a Wiccan coven. Who . . . → Read More: Rumored “Big War” Causes School Lock-Down

Is Mead poised for a comeback?

By Nicholas Day

Judging by the prominence of honey these days, you’d think there’s a run on sugar. Local, flavored honeys are now in restaurant kitchens. Foodies are mail-ordering artisanal raw varieties. At my local farmers market in Connecticut, the area beekeeper shows up with a table’s worth of options and a glassed-in buzzing hive. . . . → Read More: Is Mead poised for a comeback?

Dowsing — How’s it done?

By MIKE CONLEY

They are usually two L-shaped rods made from brass or some other lightweight metal. Or it could be a small crystal suspended at the end of a chain. For thousands of years, these simple tools have helped people find underground water or detect the presence of a ghost. The art of dowsing . . . → Read More: Dowsing — How’s it done?

Dame Alice Kyteler – Sorceress of Auld

Dame Alice Kyteler (pronounced Kettler), unknown to many who practice Witchcraft today has in important place in the annals of Witchcraft history. Born in Kilkenny Ireland, Lady Alice or Dame Alice as she was also known was one of the first to be formally tried by the Catholic Church for Sorcery in 1324. Her crime? . . . → Read More: Dame Alice Kyteler – Sorceress of Auld

Bid to gain pardons for ‘witches’

A petition is being handed in to the Scottish Parliament calling for a pardon for all those convicted under witchcraft legislation. It is thought some 4,000 people, mainly women, were prosecuted and often put to death for witchcraft. The last Witchcraft Act conviction was in 1944 when Scottish medium Helen Duncan was imprisoned for allegedly . . . → Read More: Bid to gain pardons for ‘witches’

The magic and mystery of leap years

by Christopher Hist

It’s the Roman Empire’s enduring gift to the world – an extra day every four years. A source of mystery, intrigue and controversy and the most colourful date in the calendar.

The ancient Egyptians recognised that the world does not revolve round the Sun every 365 days, but almost a quarter . . . → Read More: The magic and mystery of leap years

Prayer, Ritual, Magick

by Ian

The notion of magick in the Crowley-esque sense of the term tends to haunt modern polytheism. Magick seems to run counter to the devotional elements we tend to see as properly religious. Praising the divine seems to be one thing, plying the divine for favors quite another. In general, both are seen as . . . → Read More: Prayer, Ritual, Magick