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Mythos and Logos

by Gus diZerega

Referring back to an earlier post, some people have suggested that Pagan ‘theology’ was through myths. In a sense this is true, but in a sense that I think is deeper, it is not. Perhaps this is because of how what we mean by ‘theology’ has evolved over the centuries.

When the . . . → Read More: Mythos and Logos

Religious Freedom in Correctional Facilities

“ Although persons seeking to determine whether to accommodate a particular religious practice, particularly based on a request from adherents of an unconventional, unorthodox, or relatively unknown religion may at times be inclined to ask whether an “unconventional” religion is “legitimate”, an examination of court decisions soon makes it apparent that this is perhaps a . . . → Read More: Religious Freedom in Correctional Facilities

Earthquakes – Dream Symbols

by Aisling Ireland

“And the earth moves beneath your own dream landscape.” ~ U2

In waking life earthquakes are some of the more catastrophically destructive forces the earth has to offer – at least from our point of view. The ground beneath our feet, the solid foundation upon which we depend is suddenly ripped away . . . → Read More: Earthquakes – Dream Symbols

Shamans: Siberian Spirituality and the Western Imagination

Reviewed by Sarah

This work and its themes were a huge project for popular Pagan author Ronald Hutton to tackle. Information on Siberian Shamanism is sparse and often filled with cultural biases. In Shamans, Ronald Hutton sifts through first-hand accounts, second-hand accounts, amateur studies, as well as multiple scholars’ research and theories in order to . . . → Read More: Shamans: Siberian Spirituality and the Western Imagination

The Value of Past Lives

by Donald Michael Kraig

Virtually all comprehensive systems of occultism include methods for developing the ability to recall past lives. For most people beginning their occult studies, or those who have a superficial interest in the occult, the value of remembering past lives is as proof that the consciousness or soul survives physical death. For . . . → Read More: The Value of Past Lives

Chris Brown and Rihanna: The Religious Underpinnings of Domestic Violence

Tyra Banks said she was emotionally abused while in her 20s. Even though she was one of the top ten models in the world at the time, she stayed with her abuser because her self esteem was on the floor. As she told Oprah, “I stayed because I felt like if I left and . . . → Read More: Chris Brown and Rihanna: The Religious Underpinnings of Domestic Violence

Student Pagan Association holds first meeting

By JAMES TSCHIRHART Talk of pentagrams, Pagan ethics and witchcraft was heard in DuSable Hall Thursday, as the NIU Student Pagan Association held its first group meeting. The group’s founder and president, anthropology graduate student Paul Herrick, said despite Paganism being misunderstood and disfavored, NIU has been open-minded about the group.

Anastasia Blechschmidt, the spiritual . . . → Read More: Student Pagan Association holds first meeting

Beowulf, the Goddess and a can of wyrms

By Geraldine Charles

I had expected to find one or two places I could point to in Beowulf and say look, I’ve found some traces of an ancient Goddess here, and maybe here. In fact, and perhaps I ought not to be surprised, a little research and a year’s worth of living with the . . . → Read More: Beowulf, the Goddess and a can of wyrms

Witches buck religion trend

BY MIKE THOMAS

They don’t toil over bubbling caldrons or cook lost kids. They have no use for flying monkeys. And their spice racks are more apt to contain ginger or paprika than eye of newt. Still, witches are far from fictional. And according to the most recent American Religious Identification Survey, released earlier this . . . → Read More: Witches buck religion trend

Drawing Down the Moon

In modern Wiccan and subsequently, non-Wiccan Witchcraft practice the ritual of Drawing Down the Moon is one of the most important parts of a coven’s Esbat ritual.

Whenever ye have need of anything,Once in the month, and when the moon is full,Ye shall assemble in some desert place,Or in a forest all together . . . → Read More: Drawing Down the Moon