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Oberon Zell-Ravenheart’s Birthday

Oberon Zell-Ravenheart (born 11/30/42) has accomplished many things in his long and colorful career. A modern Renaissance man, Oberon is a transpersonal psychologist, metaphysician, naturalist, theologian, shaman, author, artist, sculptor, lecturer, teacher, and ordained Priest of the Earth-Mother, Gaia. Those who know him well consider him to be a true Wizard in the traditional sense. . . . → Read More: Oberon Zell-Ravenheart’s Birthday

The Origins of Sleeping Beauty

by Roger Heywood

Viking – The 12th century Norse saga, Volsunga, tells a story of the god Odin becoming upset with the valkyrie, Brunhilde, and cursing her to sleep on a bed surrounded by fire until a man comes to rescue her. Eventually, she is released from the spell when Siegfried enters her domain and . . . → Read More: The Origins of Sleeping Beauty

Heathens and the Environment

By Hrafnkell Haraldsson

Everyone knows that Paganism is earth-centered religion. All original religion (ethnic religion) used to be earth-centered. And no surprise: the people lived very close to nature. Heathenism even has an entire tribe of gods associated with nature: the Vanir, as contrasted with the gods of the sky, the Æsir. The Vanir . . . → Read More: Heathens and the Environment

Making magickal teas

by Kiki Dombrowski

Making a magickal tea is a wonderful way to bring magick into your daily warm cup of tea. By combining herbs with magickal energies and holistic benefits, you can create a tea that assists you in whatever energy and magick you wish to draw into your life. There are different ways to . . . → Read More: Making magickal teas

A World Without Monotheism

By SkepticLawyer

Fox argues very persuasively that without Constantine, Christianity would have just been another religion of the Roman Empire, and that it had probably reached its growth limit: early Christians were already becoming endogamous (endogamy kills your faith unit real slow instead of real quick, but it does kill it in time), and . . . → Read More: A World Without Monotheism

“I see no connection between religion and violence.”

by Edain McCoy

Wouldn’t it be nice to say the silly “Witch Wars” of the 1970s are over and Pagans worldwide live in peace and harmony? In my opinion things have improved, at least for us in the Americas. For us and our European “co-religionists” there looms a gap as wide as the ocean . . . → Read More: “I see no connection between religion and violence.”

Salem in Social, Cultural and Religious Context

An Analysis of The Devil’s Dominion by Richard Godbeer

By Justin Dohoney

When the first colonists began to leave England for North America in the early seventeenth century, they carried a certain subset of beliefs and assumptions with them across the Atlantic which derived culturally from England and religiously from the Calvinist influenced doctrines of . . . → Read More: Salem in Social, Cultural and Religious Context

The Yule Faeries….A Winter Solstice Story

(author unknown)

A group of little Faeries huddled in their home deep under the roots of a giant oak tree. They were safe and snug in their tiny underground cave lined with dandelion fluff, bird feathers, and dried moss.

Outside, the wind blew cold and the snow fell softly down to cover the ground. “I . . . → Read More: The Yule Faeries….A Winter Solstice Story

Instinct vs Research

By Juniper

“This is what happens when you dabble! You can’t practice the Craft while you are looking down your nose at it.” ~ The Aunts from Practical Magic

So why do I have to do all this required reading and research? Isn’t that work? Its so time consuming and the books are hard to . . . → Read More: Instinct vs Research

Winter solstice is a time of renewal

by Lauren Yanks

Throughout the ages, a variety of cultures have viewed the winter solstice as a time for celebration and renewal. The tilt of the earth’s axis makes the winter solstice the shortest day — and longest night — of the year. According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, the word solstice comes from the roots “sol,” . . . → Read More: Winter solstice is a time of renewal