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The Celtic Zodiac

By Aisling Bronach

The Celtic zodiac is something left unknown to many people. There are very few clues as to its constellations and meanings. The following is a compilation of the scant pieces of information which are available in regards to the Celtic zodiac and the associated folklore.

Katherine Maltwood, an aerial photographer, was able . . . → Read More: The Celtic Zodiac

The Pagan Man

by Panisch Lockelear

When you see images of the green man, Hermes, and the horned gods of many pagan religious paths, it is easy to deduce that the male role is important within out pagan society. When I was younger, I went from elder to elder seeking to understand my role as a male in . . . → Read More: The Pagan Man

Man shot churchgoers over liberal views

By DUNCAN MANSFIELD

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – An out-of-work truck driver accused of opening fire at a Unitarian church, killing two people, left behind a note suggesting that he targeted the congregation out of hatred for its liberal policies, including its acceptance of gays, authorities said Monday. A four-page letter found in Jim D. Adkisson’s small . . . → Read More: Man shot churchgoers over liberal views

Council ban on atheist & witchcraft websites

A city council has blocked its staff from looking at websites about atheism. Lawyers at the National Secular Society said the move by Birmingham City Council was “discriminatory” and they would consider legal action. The rules also ban sites that promote witchcraft, the paranormal, sexual deviancy and criminal activity. The city council declined to comment . . . → Read More: Council ban on atheist & witchcraft websites

Event to celebrate first harvest festival

by Rob Daniel

Lammasfest came about because their feet were cold, Kate Cheyney of North Liberty said. A follower of American Indian and “non-desert religions” outside of the mainstream, Cheyney said, her son Kirk and six others wanted to find a festival that occurred during a warmer time of the year than early October. They . . . → Read More: Event to celebrate first harvest festival

Christians demand removal of ‘satanic’ commandments

‘American Stonehenge’ monument draws occult, pagan worshipers. A Christian organization is pressuring the community of Elberton, Ga., to tear down a massive, granite monument that lists an alternative set of Ten Commandments that the organization labels satanic. The monument, known as the Georgia Guidestones, was built under a cloud of mystery in 1980.

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Whitewater rumored to have witches

By Ted Sullivan

When a Whitewater man was arrested inside the city’s water tower in June, he said to the officer: “Do you believe in witches … I have to detonate this tower and kill all the witches.” The man also had a butcher knife to protect himself from witches, according to the criminal complaint, . . . → Read More: Whitewater rumored to have witches

Children of the Magic Kingdom

by Ted Lumley Once upon a time, in the universe of Then, … on the surface of a fertile terrestrial sphere, there was a magic kingdom presided over by a kindly king. the king cared greatly for his people, nurturing their growth and welfare and soon his citizens grew very prosperous and plentiful in number, . . . → Read More: Children of the Magic Kingdom

Purity Balls: Fighting Freedom with Authoritarian, Patriarchal Religion

by Austin Cline

One of the most important things to remember about authoritarian religion, authoritarian politics, and in fact any kind of authoritarian ideology is that they consistently portray themselves as necessary defenses against “chaos.” The authoritarian ideology exists to protect a natural order, usually established by God, which is the best way for people . . . → Read More: Purity Balls: Fighting Freedom with Authoritarian, Patriarchal Religion

Lammas History: Welcoming the Harvest

By Patti Wigington

At Lammas, also called Lughnasadh, the hot days of August are upon us, much of the earth is dry and parched, but we still know that the bright reds and yellows of the harvest season are just around the corner. Apples are beginning to ripen in the trees, our summer vegetables have . . . → Read More: Lammas History: Welcoming the Harvest