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Mainstream Music Goes Pagan. . . .Again?

By Sarah

There’s been a trend I’ve been noticing over the past few years – especially in indie music- essentially that images of witchcraft and paganism are cool again. Paganism and the occult went through a previous “cool” period in the 60s and 70s during the height of the modern witchcraft revival – bands like . . . → Read More: Mainstream Music Goes Pagan. . . .Again?

Egyptian Paganism for Beginners

It should be noted first off that this is not a book of ancient Egyptian paganism as it would have been practiced, but rather a modern interpretation using Egyptian godforms in a modern neo-pagan setting, helpfully divided into two sections.

In part one, Egyptian concepts of God are related with the authors’ understanding that ‘each . . . → Read More: Egyptian Paganism for Beginners

Elements of Historical Paganism

By Hrafnkell Haraldsson

Religion, like individuals, should be introspective. The words of Apollo, “Know Thyself” are applicable across the landscape of human experience. Religion should look at itself and it should know what it is about. Such an approach has been used by Christian sects seeking to “get back to the original message” and it . . . → Read More: Elements of Historical Paganism

Dual Relationships and Ethics

By Hrafn

As members of a healing profession we frequently run into one of the pitfalls of other healing professions: having more than one kind of relationship concurrent with, prior to, or subsequent to our professional relationship as spirit workers, occultists, or clergy. This relationship may be professional (e.g., someone comes to you for a . . . → Read More: Dual Relationships and Ethics

Religion and Science: Toward a Postmodern Truce

By Philip Clayton

Think of it as a family feud running across three generations. The first generation spans from the Greeks through the early medieval period. During this period, philosophy and theology set the terms of engagement. Knowledge for Aristotle and his medieval followers (epistēmē) was created in the image of philosophy. The Latin . . . → Read More: Religion and Science: Toward a Postmodern Truce

Maenads

By Isidora

All human Bacchants are imitating the original Goddess Mænads — the nymphs who reared the young God and ran with the grown one.

Powers of Mænads:

– To awaken the God – To run with the God – To share His attributes – To tame wild things by nursing them . . . → Read More: Maenads

Pagan Anti-Wicca-ites

By Sitara Haye

I have noticed a trend in the pagan communities of which I have been a part. When asked what path all these folks at Pagan Pride Day or other gathering events follow, rarely will you get the answer ‘Wiccan’. Often, you will get the answer ‘I’m pagan, but I’m definitely not . . . → Read More: Pagan Anti-Wicca-ites

Billboards draw criticism from religious community

By Oralandar Brand-Williams

A series of controversial billboards recently displayed throughout Metro Detroit is drawing curious stares and criticism from the local faith community.

The seven billboards read “Imagine No Religion” and “Praise Darwin: Evolve Beyond Belief” with a stained-glass window motif. They are sponsored by the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, a . . . → Read More: Billboards draw criticism from religious community

Experimental Reconstructionism

By Joseph

My brother Lou has coined a term to describe the approach that Afstoll Thjod is taking towards our religious beliefs and practices; he calls it “experimental reconstructionism” (inspired by “experimental archaeology”). I think it’s a perfect descriptor, and would like to expand upon it briefly.

Part of what makes it such . . . → Read More: Experimental Reconstructionism

Choosing a Domestic Deity

By Mrs. B.

Every domestic witch will eventually look into the subject of a household deity. Traditionally, there are two types of domestic deities: a major god or goddess or the minor or local entities called animistic deities. You’ve probably heard of at least a few of the goddesses used as deities in the household: . . . → Read More: Choosing a Domestic Deity