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More Fundamentalist Inspired Crime

by Gus diZerega

I try to give religious fundamentalists the benefit of the doubt, innocent until proven guilty, and the like. I have members of my family who hold those beliefs, and they are good people in their personal relationships. But by the Gods I get tired of the crimes and wickedness of their leaders, . . . → Read More: More Fundamentalist Inspired Crime

After the basics, now where do you go?

In the study group of my coven, we often pick a book to share to follow along and discuss issues of our spiritual path. The bookshelves are stocked full with general books on the introduction to Witchcraft, or Wicca, or any number of pagan religions. Basics include how to cast circle, the seasonal holidays and . . . → Read More: After the basics, now where do you go?

Pope Condemns Sorcery

Pope Benedict is appealing to the people of largely Catholic Angola to reach out to and convert believers in witchcraft.

The pontiff said in today’s Angola, Catholic should “offer the message of Christ to the many who live in the fear of spirits” and of “evil powers.”

In Africa, some churchgoing Catholics also follow traditional . . . → Read More: Pope Condemns Sorcery

The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

The story of the Salem witch trials was made notorious by Arthur Miller, who used the mass hysteria of 17th-century Massachusetts to hold up a mirror to the McCarthyism of the early 1950s in The Crucible. Kathleen Kent’s exceptionally accomplished debut novel, The Heretic’s Daughter, reworks this well-known material from an oblique angle, through the . . . → Read More: The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

Faith in the Goddess is Growing

by Starhawk

Is America losing faith? Not, apparently, faith in the Goddess, as Wicca and Paganism seem to be growing while everything else is fading.

Why are we growing? In a time when the very life support systems of the planet are threatened by environmental destruction and global warming, many people seek a faith rooted . . . → Read More: Faith in the Goddess is Growing

Isis worship for Hellenic polytheists

It seems that every cultural pantheon has a group of gods that are more attractive than the rest. I do not mean to imply that they are better than the rest, or even cosmologically more significant – indeed, some of them were historically second-tier deities, with fairly minor spheres of influence. What I mean is . . . → Read More: Isis worship for Hellenic polytheists

Alternative Healing From Japan

by D. Davidson

People will never stop trying to find ways to heal themselves. In the past few decades, the Western world has grown increasingly intrigued by Eastern forms of alternative healing, including those from Japan. The island nation is rich in history and philosophy, and its people, like people the world over, have long . . . → Read More: Alternative Healing From Japan

God-Bothered

By “God-Bothered”, I mean the feeling that something divine or otherworldly is trying to get your attention. This can happen in a myriad of ways—dreams, omens, strange encounters, visions, meditations, etc—in incidents ranging from the gentle to the brutal.

Finding yourself in this situation, here are the steps I recommend you take, in this . . . → Read More: God-Bothered

March 28: Earth Hour

by Patti Wigington

This is something I’d read about once before, but had sort of forgotten about until another Guide tipped me off. The Earth Hour project is something that is taking place on March 28, and basically, everyone is asked to turn off their lights for one hour, beginning at 8:30 pm local time. . . . → Read More: March 28: Earth Hour

Lore and UPG

One of the things that I like about Ásatrú is that it accepts proudly the label “the religion with homework.” Practitioners are expected to research and read everything from badly translated poems to sagas to commentaries by researchers on the field. In Wicca we would often see people come along who basically “became Wiccan overnight”: . . . → Read More: Lore and UPG