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The Element of Fire

The Element of Fire© 2000 Lady ShyraFrom: Tryskelion

Fire is the most primal of elements, the element of will, passion, change, and intensity; the essence of all forms of magick, since magick is the process of change, itself. It is the desire and will to manifest the idea, the driving life force, the principle of . . . → Read More: The Element of Fire

Good Sex, Great Sex, Sacred Sex, and Pagans

by Gus diZerega

A fracas is brewing in Good Hope, Alabama over the issue of God and sex. Seems some Christians are upset with the effort by other Christians to publicly discuss God and Great sex. I’m glad I am a bystander on that blow-up.

But it brings to mind the interesting contrast between Christianity’s . . . → Read More: Good Sex, Great Sex, Sacred Sex, and Pagans

Witches, Druids and King Arthur by Ronald Hutton

In the first few pages of this book, we learn that the “traditional” Scots kilt was invented by an Englishman in the 1730s, the first “ancient” clan tartans by two English brothers in 1822, and that the Welsh female national costume was invented by an Englishwoman in 1836. These are just tasters for what is . . . → Read More: Witches, Druids and King Arthur by Ronald Hutton

Lucky Black Cat Day

Friday the 13th may seem like a bad day to adopt a black cat — you know, witches, magic, bad luck, yadda yadda. But you can save $87 by taking a black cat home from the McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center Friday through Sunday. Black cats — typically harder to place than other . . . → Read More: Lucky Black Cat Day

Arete and the Ethics of Moderation

“Ninety percent of the world’s woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves.” ~ Sydney J. Harris, American journalist

Arete, translated as “goodness,” “excellence,” and “virtue,” sounds like a good, simple . . . → Read More: Arete and the Ethics of Moderation

Witchcraft – it’s not what you think

by Rachael Montague

The natural beauty of its forests and the normally tolerant attitude of its residents have led several religious traditions to call the Santa Cruz Mountains home, including the ancient tradition of witchcraft.

Some studies suggest that witchcraft is the fastest growing religion in the nation, with the number of adherents doubling about . . . → Read More: Witchcraft – it’s not what you think

How to spot a hidden religious agenda

By Amanda Gefter

As a book reviews editor at New Scientist, I often come across so-called science books which after a few pages reveal themselves to be harbouring ulterior motives. I have learned to recognise clues that the author is pushing a religious agenda. As creationists in the US continue to lose court battles over . . . → Read More: How to spot a hidden religious agenda

“Vampires” in Hampton Roads

by Katie Collett

They’re Blockbuster hits and number one best sellers. We’re talking about movies and books about vampires and even Satan worshipping. Casting crews make the lead character look handsome and appealing, but local sheriff officials say they discovered a connection with those movies and recent crime in the area. So, they contacted . . . → Read More: “Vampires” in Hampton Roads

Bluenose Magic: Popular Beliefs and Superstitions in Nova Scotia

“Old Daddy Red Cap was supposed to have been a wizard. He put spells on people. One time he went to see a man and said he wanted to buy his cow. The man had no need to sell and said he wouldn’t part with her. Soon after, a snow-white bumblebee sat down on the . . . → Read More: Bluenose Magic: Popular Beliefs and Superstitions in Nova Scotia

Here hare here

by Richard Williamson

It is the mad month again. Two hares are leaping on the meadow. It was a creative force I watched as I hid in the shadow of a thorn bush, the cold downland wind purging winter. I could understand why the ancient Egyptians used the hieroglyph of the hare when writing the . . . → Read More: Here hare here