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Harvesting NewYear’s Day luck

by Heather Atwood

You may eschew horoscopes and tarot readings the rest of the year, but, headlines being what they are these days, it’s almost a civic duty to be superstitious about New Year’s Day. Maybe it should be a collective effort.

First of all, nothing, nothing, nothing must leave one’s house in the virgin . . . → Read More: Harvesting NewYear’s Day luck

Hogmanay In Scotland – Where New Year’s is Four Days Long

By Ferne Arfin

As Christmas festivities wind down all over the United Kingdom, the really spectacular parties in Scotland are just getting underway. New Year’s is Hogmanay in Scotland – a four to five day blast, including parties, street festivals, entertainment and wild – occasionally terrifying – fire festivals that are Viking or pagan in . . . → Read More: Hogmanay In Scotland – Where New Year’s is Four Days Long

Blue Moon rising for New Year’s Eve

On Thursday night, the second full moon of December (The first was Dec. 2.) will appear in the sky, a phenomenon known as a “blue moon.”

Out of the blue

Here’s how the blue moon occurs: The lunar cycle takes 28 days; except for February, months are 30 or 31 days long, so each calendar . . . → Read More: Blue Moon rising for New Year’s Eve

Hutton and the Underground Stream

By Jordan Stratford

Hutton draws a straight line from antiquity, through ambient Christian mediaeval culture, to the esoteric re-emergence of the late 19th century, and winds up with modern Witchcraft. And he’s right to do so. (Of course I point it out and suddenly I’m a “Christopagan” or some such. Oy vey!)

Every significant . . . → Read More: Hutton and the Underground Stream

Hogmanay

Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year (Gregorian calendar) in the Scottish manner. It is, however, normally only the start of a celebration which lasts through the night until the morning of New Year’s Day (1 January) or, in some . . . → Read More: Hogmanay

Spirited – Taking Paganism Beyond the Circle, by Gede Parma

Reviewed by Elfmage

Let me preface this review by saying that 1) it is basically a Wicca101 book aimed at teenagers, and 2) I know and adore Gede, but I hope I’ve kept this review balanced nonetheless.

Spirited is one of the better Wicca/NeoPaganism101 books that I’ve read in a long time. It follows strongly . . . → Read More: Spirited – Taking Paganism Beyond the Circle, by Gede Parma

A Few Pagan Music Notes

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

I’ve got some Pagan music news tidbits I thought I’d share, starting with a new album by UK Pagan folk-rock band The Dolmen (MySpace page). The album, “The Crabchurch Conspiracy”, deals with the battles of 1645 in Weymouth during the English Civil War, and features narration by historian Professor Ronald Hutton (author . . . → Read More: A Few Pagan Music Notes

Frankincense and myrrh more than just historic scents

By Mary Willson

Frankincense and myrrh are plant resins, and both have a long history of use as incense. The trees whose bark produces these resins grow principally in southern Arabia and northeast Africa. A few species can be found in India. We may think of Arabia as a great sand desert, but historically, . . . → Read More: Frankincense and myrrh more than just historic scents

LAPD Ends Scout Program Over Gay/Atheist Discrimination

by Patti Wigington

The Boy Scouts are, one might argue, a very useful organization. They’ve allowed millions of boys to learn new things and develop leadership skills, which should indeed be commended. However, they’ve also come under a lot of fire because they don’t permit atheists, agnostics, or gays to be members. What that means . . . → Read More: LAPD Ends Scout Program Over Gay/Atheist Discrimination

What Hauntings Teach About Human Identity

By Grey Glamer

The original impetus for this essay began with idle musings around Samhain, when the Mists which apparently divide the material and the astral grow especially thin. While reflecting upon the nature of ghosts, I found myself face to face with a logical conundrum. There are basically two schools of thought concerning . . . → Read More: What Hauntings Teach About Human Identity