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Earth’s oldest rocks found in Quebec

Canadian researchers have discovered the oldest rocks in the world.

The remnants of the Earth’s early crust are 4.28 billion years old and were found in a belt of ancient bedrock in northern Quebec, along the eastern shore of Hudson Bay.

They have been around since roughly 300 million years since the planet was formed . . . → Read More: Earth’s oldest rocks found in Quebec

You Mean There Isn’t A Satanic Voodoo-Santeria Pagan Cult?

A few days ago I mentioned a story that I had some major problems with. It concerned a woman, Michelle Rene Wood, who was badly beaten and rushed to the hospital.

“Michelle Rene Wood, 42, of Palm Coast was found covered in blood with both eyes swollen shut early Monday, according to a St. . . . → Read More: You Mean There Isn’t A Satanic Voodoo-Santeria Pagan Cult?

Shamanism and PTSD

More than 15 years after Larry Unverzagt riddled Iraq with bullets, he found himself in a “Beginning Journey Group.”

There he was, in his leather jacket and Harley-Davidson T-shirt, a thorny addition to the gathering of flower children. The beatniks eyed him curiously, and even Unverzagt was unnerved by his being there. He’s no . . . → Read More: Shamanism and PTSD

The myth of Samhain: “Celtic god of the dead”

Identifying Samhain as a Celtic Death God is one of the most tenacious errors associated with Halloween. Almost all stories about the origin of Halloween correctly state that Halloween had its origins among the ancient Celts and is based on their “Feast of Samhain.” However, a writer in the 18th century incorrectly stated that Samhain . . . → Read More: The myth of Samhain: “Celtic god of the dead”

Army Sued for Forcing Christian Religious Beliefs On Personnel

An atheist soldier sued Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday, alleging he was forced to participate in public prayers and that the military systematically violates the religious freedoms of its personnel.

Spc. Dustin Chalker, who has served in Korea and Iraq, is the second soldier at the northeast Kansas post to file such a . . . → Read More: Army Sued for Forcing Christian Religious Beliefs On Personnel

Christianist School Board Back in the News

Some of you may remember our old friends on the Brunswick County School Board of North Carolina. Back in 2006 they tried to allow Christian groups to hand out religious literature on school campuses, a plan that was scuttled when Pagan publisher Llewellyn Worldwide told the board they would provide free books for local Pagans . . . → Read More: Christianist School Board Back in the News

Home Fabric Dyes Mentioned in Confederate Newspapers

TENNESSEE BAPTIST, December 21, 1861, p. 4, c. 2 To Dye Wool Blue.—Take six pounds of wool, wash all the grease out, put it in a kettle, cover with water, add half a pound of alum dissolved in water, boil two hours, wring out and dry. Have another kettle, put in three bushels of parseline, . . . → Read More: Home Fabric Dyes Mentioned in Confederate Newspapers

Bastille Day II: The Druid Strikes Back

Over the past couple of weeks, discussion has arisen over the matter of modern Druidry. The ignition point was this statement;

Have you ever thought that there’s something wrong with modern Druidry?

We have reached a stage in our evolution as a ‘movement’ where we have become self-satisfied and complacent. The format of our rituals . . . → Read More: Bastille Day II: The Druid Strikes Back

Harry Potter Haters

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

MTV reports on the upcoming documentary about Harry Potter fan culture “We Are Wizards”. Among the threads in this interesting-looking film is the opposition to Harry Potter by Christian conservatives, and the film features far-right conspiracy theorist Carol Matriciana as their voice. If Matriciana is the “reasonable” voice of Christian opposition to . . . → Read More: Harry Potter Haters

A Witch’s Personal Manifesto

The following personal manifesto was presented by Paul V. Beyerl to the 1987 Harvest Moon Celebration in Woodland Hills, California. It was in no way written to represent a set of laws to govern the behavior of others, but only as an open discussion of personal ethics to provoke thought and communication.

A WITCH’S PERSONAL . . . → Read More: A Witch’s Personal Manifesto