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The Arabic Hermes: From Pagan Sage to Prophet of Science

Reviewed by Y. Tzvi Langermann

Kevin van Bladel has produced an admirable study of the Arabic Hermetic tradition, fleshing out in considerable detail the evolution of Hermes’ image, his identification with Qur’anic prophet Idris as well as the forces driving this transformation, and his connections, real, imagined, and still controversial, with the Harranians, the last . . . → Read More: The Arabic Hermes: From Pagan Sage to Prophet of Science

Why we still need a Women’s Day

by Sarah Bingham

Monday, March 8 is a global celebration of International Women’s Day. Some of you might be asking, why the heck do we need an International Women’s Day? What’s the point? Women have already achieved equality, right? Wrong!

Sad as it is to say in this day and age, despite all of . . . → Read More: Why we still need a Women’s Day

Dark Green – Some Disturbing Thoughts about Faeries

By Jeremy Harte

The sleep of reason produces monsters; inversions, caricatures of what we know to be right and sensible. Sometimes the fancies of the night seem more substantial than the sober thoughts of daytime. The dreams of a folklorist are especially subject to this kind of inversion. Consider two magazine pieces published by that . . . → Read More: Dark Green – Some Disturbing Thoughts about Faeries

Spirit

by Phoebe Sol

I sit, close my eyes, feeling at peace. Letting go of passing thoughts. Letting go of all tension. Just being. Following the breathing, I slowly feel a drifting sensation. The beating heart becomes expansive. All has fallen away except for the mere moment. The bliss. The connection with All That Is. Spirit. . . . → Read More: Spirit

On Monsters: an Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears

Reviewed by Peter Rogerson

Monsters, prodigies, ill omens, images of raw wildness and chaotic disorder haunt the human imagination and have done, presumably from earliest period of our humanity. Whether manifesting as huge, lumbering beasts, or physically or morally deformed human beings, they have inspire terror and awe through the ages.

Philosopher Stephen Asma here . . . → Read More: On Monsters: an Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears

Vikings in Better Perspective

by Gus diZerega

Sorn and Low Key have led me to re-examine my comments about Vikings in my post on the loss of America’s soul. The Norsemen were not quite the villains they have been depicted as by Christian historians. They suggested Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick’s excellent Pagan Europe and a BBC interview with . . . → Read More: Vikings in Better Perspective

Religion Is Not about God, by Loyal Rue

Reviewed by CelticScholar

The author, Loyal Rue, is a professor of philosophy and religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. His writing style in this book is easy to follow even when he was explaining a complex thought.

The basic premise of the book is the idea that religion is not about God or . . . → Read More: Religion Is Not about God, by Loyal Rue

Vampire of Venice, Plague Victim & Witch?

by Christine Dell’Amore

A female “vampire” unearthed in a mass grave near Venice, Italy, may have been accused of wearing another evil hat: a witch’s. The 16th-century woman was discovered among medieval plague victims in 2006. Her jaw had been forced open by a brick—an exorcism technique used on suspected vampires in Europe at the . . . → Read More: Vampire of Venice, Plague Victim & Witch?

Mabon

Mabon _________ Fall Equinox

From: Tryskelion

The Autumnal Equinox, the second of the Harvest Festivals, is the Pagan rite of Thanksgiving, also known as “Harvest Home.” It’s a Sabbat of celebration for the abundance of the harvest; a time meant for us to give thanks through song, dance, and feasts.

This is a time . . . → Read More: Mabon

The U.S. Crusade for a Christian Military

By Jeff Sharlet

When Barack Obama moved into the Oval Office in January, he inherited a military not just drained by a two-front war overseas but fighting a third battle on the home front, a subtle civil war over its own soul. On one side are the majority of military personnel, professionals who regardless . . . → Read More: The U.S. Crusade for a Christian Military