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Guide to Ritual Etiquette

How to behave at a Hellenic ritual

To begin with, one should be clean both physically and spiritually. Before the ritual, if possible, one should bathe and take special care with their grooming. If time does not allow, one should at least wash their hands and face and any other part of them which . . . → Read More: Guide to Ritual Etiquette

Renewing the world

By Patricia Montley

Happy New Year! As we greet family and friends with this seasonal blessing, what a joy it can be to know we are part of a global tradition both ancient and ongoing. The history of humankind reveals a basic need to celebrate the changing of the seasons. For many cultures, the “return” . . . → Read More: Renewing the world

Honor in German Heathenry (Revisited )

A few months back, I covered the Germanic Heathen concept of honor. After reading George Fenwick Jones’s Honor in German Literature I thought I should revisit the topic. George Fenwick Jones concludes in his work that honor was not an inner thing, but more akin to fame or reputation. Honor was something given to someone. . . . → Read More: Honor in German Heathenry (Revisited )

Why We Get Fired Up For The New Year

As Scotland Gears Up For Its Biggest Annual Bash, We Look At The Roots Of Hogmanay – And The Many Traditions Associated With It… While New Year’s Eve is celebrated around the world, Scotland has a long and rich heritage associated with the event that we call Hogmanay. It is often assumed that the Scots . . . → Read More: Why We Get Fired Up For The New Year

The Primal Pagan

From cave paintings to the latest interpretations of the Bible, mankind has gone through many changes in regards to spirituality. Throughout history, religion and its many facets have saved and destroyed countless lives and civilizations. But through it all, certain fundamental questionshave yet to be answered. The entire goal behind man’s idea of religion and . . . → Read More: The Primal Pagan

Pagans Who Made a Difference in 2008

As we wrap up yet another year, I thought I’d go back and take a look at some of the people who have really made a difference in the Pagan world over the past twelve months. Some of them you’ve probably heard of, others maybe not, but all have one thing in common – they . . . → Read More: Pagans Who Made a Difference in 2008

The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer

Frazer’s stated purpose in writing the book is to determine the origins of the ritual that regulated the succession of the priesthood of Diana at Aricia—in which each high priest attained his position by murdering his predecessor in the sacred grove it was high priest’s duty to protect, plucking the “golden bough” from the . . . → Read More: The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer

THORN

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

I have a couple items that might be of interest to my readers. First, the new Pagan magazine Thorn has finally hit the newsstands. This compendium of “Paganism in the Silicon Age” contains a news column written by me based on articles found here at this blog.

“Thorn is a new quarterly . . . → Read More: THORN

Meeting With the Stag

The other day, when I was leaving my apartment to head to work, I came face-to-face with one of the Mother’s creatures… and that chance meeting has been in my thoughts ever since.

The creature was a young buck – a white-tailed deer with a small rack of antlers. He was walking across the yard . . . → Read More: Meeting With the Stag

Shielding, Grounding & Centering

Shielding, grounding and centering are basic magic techniques that every Pagan must be able to master, from the freshest “newbie” to the most seasoned high priestess. You’re going to need to shield yourself in religious situations such as a large ritual circle or group meditation, where energy can run freely. You definitely must use shields . . . → Read More: Shielding, Grounding & Centering