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By Achriel

Running a website for a community is never a profitable venture, most often it’s a labour of love with endless hours and a drain on the pocket. Since I own/run I can attest to just how much time, energy and resources a large site can consume over the years. To that end . . . → Read More: HERBAL CRAFT

Students Sent Home For Wearing Eyeliner

Four Hedgesville [West Virginia] High School students were sent home Thursday for allegedly violating the dress code. It’s something that’s not sitting well with their parents, who’ve called on district administrators to investigate.

Derek Rose says he likes to wear make-up; in fact, he wore eyeliner to school nearly every day last year.

. . . → Read More: Students Sent Home For Wearing Eyeliner

No Standardization Without Representation

by Roninwolf

Paganism needs standardization like I need more than five holes in my head!

I would like, in my own humble universe, to ask (and perhaps answer) several questions that have consistently reared their heads in the arenas of debate among the pagan community. If, at the end of this essay, you feel the . . . → Read More: No Standardization Without Representation

Secret Societies, by Michael Howard

“Since the days of the pharaohs in ancient Egypt, the occult has entangled in its web the black arts of espionage, subversion, and revolution,” says ‘Secret Societies’ author Michael Howard. “Today it still affects politics. Participants in the occult conspiracy play their sometimes sinister games with the lives of millions of ordinary men and women.”

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Small houses challenge our notions of need as well as minimum-size standards

Down a rambling residential road on the outskirts of Sebastopol, the dream house sits like a testament to discriminating taste.

This dream house is the love child of artist-builder Jay Shafer, who lovingly hand-crafted it. The stainless-steel kitchen, gleaming next to the natural wood interior, is outfitted with customized storage and built-ins. From his bed, . . . → Read More: Small houses challenge our notions of need as well as minimum-size standards

Chile Peppers in Legend and Lore

By Dave DeWitt

The ritual uses of the genus Capsicum range from the innocuous to the murderous, but the fiery pods are always powerful. In astrology, Capsicums fall under the dominion of Mars, ancient god of war, so that should be some indication of respect. Fuentes y Guzmán wrote in 1690 that those who frequently . . . → Read More: Chile Peppers in Legend and Lore

Arnica – Natural Magic

As with many herbs that entered the realm of folk medicine, arnica was used first in pagan times to curry favor with spirits. The blossoms were thought to be especially potent on the summer solstice. Bunches were gathered and set on the corners of fields to spread the power of the corn spirit and . . . → Read More: Arnica – Natural Magic

Carla Mendez Found Guilty in Witchcraft Murder Trial

by Christine Pelisek

A downtown Los Angeles jury found 22-year-old Carla Mendez guilty of second-degree murder yesterday. Mendez was accused of killing a local snow-cone vendor who allegedly put an evil spell on her female lover Maria Gomez. Gomez was found guilty of first-degree murder in August of 2007.

According to the prosecution’s key witness, . . . → Read More: Carla Mendez Found Guilty in Witchcraft Murder Trial


Day and night are equal and the God prepares to depart and begin the journey back to the strength and development within his mother’s, the Goddess’, womb. Both sad and joyful, the Goddess lovingly awaits her God’s rebirth.

History of Mabon – Mabon is very much like Thanksgiving. Most of the crops have been reaped . . . → Read More: Mabon

Neopagans and Pastoral Care

by Dubhlainn

I have heard that what we today term as pastoral or spiritual care was probably not a function of the clergy of ancient pre-Christian peoples. I can’t deny this, in fact I agree that it is highly unlikely that what we think of as the priestly class at those times would have . . . → Read More: Neopagans and Pastoral Care