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Witch trial tale has a personal twist

The most shocking aspect of the 17th-century Salem witch trials was that anyone with a grudge could accuse a neighbor of being in league with the devil. Charges often were brought against women who weren’t considered submissive enough in a male-dominated society.

It is the fundamental outrageousness of these tragic events that Kathleen Kent portrays . . . → Read More: Witch trial tale has a personal twist

Pagan Dharma

Our era of profound spiritual crisis is equally an era of spiritual forment rivaled only by that time two thousand years ago that saw the emergence of Gnosticism, Christianity, and the Hermetic Tradition in the West and Mahayana Buddhism and Vedanta in the East. Today, as then, this transformative crisis is being fueled by the . . . → Read More: Pagan Dharma

Ladybug, ladybug, where have you gone?

ITHACA, N.Y. – The nine-spotted ladybug was considered so common, charismatic and crop-friendly that it was adopted as New York’s official state insect in 1989.

As it turns out, the species may have disappeared from the state nearly two decades before that. Recent surveys in New York and the Northeast have found none of . . . → Read More: Ladybug, ladybug, where have you gone?

The Myth of Guilt

To say that guilt is a “myth” seems an outlandish thing, however true it might be to the constituency of modern occultism. Guilt is not, as yet, a myth. However it probably ought to be. Though Crowley wrote the lines years ago, I still reflect on them sporadically: “The only sin is restriction.”

That . . . → Read More: The Myth of Guilt

The Enemy Within: 2,000 Years of Witch-Hunting in the Western World

When Americans think of witchcraft, invariably they think of Salem. From 1692 to 1693 the town witnessed accusations, examinations, trials, convictions, and multiple executions. Some 150 residents were imprisoned. A few died in jail. Nineteen people were hanged, 14 of them women. One bold soul, Giles Corey, refused to enter a plea and the court . . . → Read More: The Enemy Within: 2,000 Years of Witch-Hunting in the Western World

Hosting a Pagan Seder

A Seder, if you’re unfamiliar with the term, is a Hebrew traditional custom honoring the plight of the Jews under Egyptian oppression. It includes prayer and recitation, and a Seder Plate is displayed with roast lamb shank, bitter herb, charoset, and other items representing the hardships the Jews endured. The word ‘Seder’ means ‘order’, and . . . → Read More: Hosting a Pagan Seder

Samhain Lore

by Akasha

Samhain, (pronounced SOW-in, SAH-vin, or SAM-hayne) means “End of Summer”, and is the third and final Harvest. The dark winter half of the year commences on this Sabbat. It is generally celebrated on October 31st, but some traditions prefer November 1st. It is one of the two “spirit-nights” each year, the other being . . . → Read More: Samhain Lore

The Religious Landscape

Why do we find it necessary to explain our beliefs by contrasting them with the majority religions of this age? One part of the answer is that most of us had come to Heathenism after leaving one of the monotheistic religions. At this time – 2008 CE – the majority of new Heathens are former . . . → Read More: The Religious Landscape

Mysterious Pits May Be Signs of Modern Witchcraft

Evidence of pagan rituals involving swans and other birds in the Cornish countryside in the 17th century has been uncovered by archaeologists.

Since 2003, 35 pits at the site in a valley near Truro in Cornwall have been excavated containing swan pelts, dead magpies, unhatched eggs, quartz pebbles, human hair, fingernails and part of an . . . → Read More: Mysterious Pits May Be Signs of Modern Witchcraft

The Real Alaskan Witch Hunt: Sarah Palin Ducks The Truth

Let there be no mistake about it: there is—or, at least, was—a witch hunt going on in Alaska and, yes, it did, or does, involve Sarah Palin.

But this is a process not being directed at Sarah Palin by Democrats, the media or the Alaska state legislature. This is an actual exorcism from “witchcraft” that . . . → Read More: The Real Alaskan Witch Hunt: Sarah Palin Ducks The Truth