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New Year 2010 comes on a blue moon

by Zsuzsanna Budapest & Bobbie Grennier

Every year the New York’s Times Square drops the Swarovski crystal filled ball of light on New Year’s Eve. But this year, New Year’s Eve is special because it’s a Blue Moon. According to Pagan folklore, a blue moon is the appearance of a second full moon in any . . . → Read More: New Year 2010 comes on a blue moon

Auld Lang Syne

By Alex Wood Inglis

Perhaps it is not too much to say that “Auld Lang Syne” is the best known and most widely diffused song in the civilised world. The use of the sacred song “Old Hundred” is limited by differences of sect, and that of the National Anthem “God save the Queen” is confined . . . → Read More: Auld Lang Syne

Top Ten Pagan Stories of 2009 (Part Two)

05. Jose Merced, Santeria, and Animal Sacrifice: The battles over animal sacrifice, and the legal rights of adherents to Santeria, were in my top ten last year, and things have only intensified since then. The biggest story was the resolution of a case involving a Santero, Jose Merced, who was restricted from practicing his religion . . . → Read More: Top Ten Pagan Stories of 2009 (Part Two)

The New Comparative Mythology, by C. Scott Littleton

Reviewed by CelticScholar

This edition of the book was printed in 1982 so it is considerably older than most of the books I have read on the theories of myth. It is mainly concerned with George Dumézil’s theories and the author tells us that he is not an Indo-Europeanist and is looking at these theories . . . → Read More: The New Comparative Mythology, by C. Scott Littleton

Top Ten Pagan Stories of 2009 (Part One)

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

As we reach the close of 2009, it is time to stop for a moment and take stock of the previous year. When you look at (and for) news stories regarding modern Paganism (and related topics) every day of the year, you can sometimes lose focus on the larger picture. So it . . . → Read More: Top Ten Pagan Stories of 2009 (Part One)

Horus and Jesus: Similarities

1. Both were conceived of a virgin.

2. Both were the “only begotten son” of a god (either Osiris or Yahweh)

3. Horus’s mother was Meri, Jesus’s mother was Mary.

4. Horus’s foster father was called Jo-Seph, and Jesus’s foster father was Joseph.

5. Both foster fathers were of royal descent.

6. Both were born . . . → Read More: Horus and Jesus: Similarities

Deception in the ‘Organic Food’ Industry

by Gus diZerega

Silk” soy products has just been exposed for utterly unethical behavior in the organic food market. For its parent company, corporate giant Dean Foods, this is not the first time.

A recent news story draws lines under my conviction that, necessary as they are, big organizations such as corporations tend to . . . → Read More: Deception in the ‘Organic Food’ Industry

New Years History

By Tim Coughlin

The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible cresent) after the vernal equinox (first day of spring).

. . . → Read More: New Years History

Casting Spells by Moon Phase

by Joanne E. Brannan

The various phases of the moon affect subtle energies here on earth, and Wiccans have long worked with moon magic when casting spells. Casting spells in the appropriate moon phase enhances their magical power, and deepens the spell-caster’s instinctive bond with the natural world. To further enhance the magical effect, . . . → Read More: Casting Spells by Moon Phase

The Purpose of Ritual, Meditation, and Other Practices in Thelema

By IAO131

When doing some practice or ritual, if one is a Thelemite then one must always ask this question:

How does this help the fulfillment of my Will?

Too many times do Thelemites perform ceremonial rituals and yoga practices for some aim other than the fulfillment of their Wills.

Thelema often speaks . . . → Read More: The Purpose of Ritual, Meditation, and Other Practices in Thelema