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Thoughts Inspired by the AIG scandal

by Gus diZerega

The latest scandal with AIG, the upcoming paying $165 million in bonuses to executives managing a company needing the largest taxpayer financed bailout in world history. To make matters worse, some recipients of this money are in the very unit that caused AG’s troubles. Nor is the AIG example alone in giving . . . → Read More: Thoughts Inspired by the AIG scandal

E is for Eusebeia

Wait… E is for what?

εὐσέβεια (yoo-SEB-eh-ya): “holiness”, “reverence”, “piety”, “godliness”. Around 250 BCE it was used as the Greek translation of the Buddhist term “dharma”. Christians – particularly European Christians – like to paint the pre-Christian period as nasty, brutish and short; but so too is the era of Christian Europe. The Gospels did . . . → Read More: E is for Eusebeia

What alchemists got right

By Stephen Heuser

A new generation of scholars is taking a closer look at a discipline that captivated some of the greatest minds of the Renaissance. And in a field that modern thinkers had dismissed as a folly driven by superstition and greed, they now see something quite different.

Alchemists, they are finding, can . . . → Read More: What alchemists got right

Balance

One thing that has maintained my interest in the Hellenic religion, no matter how much some of my co-religionists may drive me nuts, is the Apollonian ideal of Moderation and Balance. In fact, this ideal seems to be held by some of the seemingly “saner” Pagan religions practised more widely in North Amerika than Hellenismos. . . . → Read More: Balance

Snakes in Mythology

Cows, monkeys and dogs are revered by some cultures yet consumed as food by others. So, too, snakes are respected in some parts of the world and despised in others. The way that people feel about snakes is heavily influenced by cultural beliefs and mythology. Some cultures held snakes in high esteem as powerful . . . → Read More: Snakes in Mythology

Understanding Leland’s Aradia

In the late 1800’s, Charles G. Leland received some folklore, allegedly a “Vangelo, ” from an Italian woman, Maddalena, which he published under the title of Aradia, or the Gospel of Witches.

Opinions were divided on it since its publication. The Folk-Lore Society (Great Britain) in Folk-Lore Society, Quarterly Review on Myth, Tradition, Institution, . . . → Read More: Understanding Leland’s Aradia

A Peek into the Pagan Twittersphere

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

It looks like the micro-blogging service Twitter has finally hit the mainstream. NPR journalists participate and discuss it on the radio, mega-stars like Ellen Degeneres plug their accounts in an attempt to get a million followers, and politicians across the ideological spectrum are “tweeting” to their constituents in an attempt to stay . . . → Read More: A Peek into the Pagan Twittersphere

For Women’s History Month:Religion 1970-2008

We are, you and I, living history: We are living participants and witnesses to an important time in the history of women and religion; and we are living in a history that we have been part of yesterday and today and that is likely to have significant impact on the future role of women in . . . → Read More: For Women’s History Month:Religion 1970-2008

Ostara for Children

For many Pagans Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, is a time of renewal and rebirth. This Sabbat is a time of joy and blessings to be celebrated. It is a time when the sun moves into the sign of Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac, and new begginings bloom all around us. Welcoming in . . . → Read More: Ostara for Children

Spiritualism in Jane Eyre

When Jane Eyre was first presented to the public, many critics were outraged at the perceived heathenism of the novel. It is easy for the modern scholar to dismiss these early charges as the reaction of a bastion of Victorian religious purists. But one need not read far into the novel to discover a clearly . . . → Read More: Spiritualism in Jane Eyre