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Gifts to the Gods

By Swain Wodening

When I was younger, I thought that a simple bottle of mead was a sufficient gift to the Éce (Æsir) and Wen (Vanir). Now I am older, I realize that really does not cut it. After all, how would you feel if someone was asking for the world, and all in return . . . → Read More: Gifts to the Gods

How Walking, Giving Birth, and Befriending Others Made Us Human

By Sid Reger

When humans came on the scene, there was no way to predict whether this new type of primate would succeed in the world or not. If you ask paleontologists which factors tipped the balance in our favor, they usually talk about the following:

1. Walking upright on two feet enabled us to . . . → Read More: How Walking, Giving Birth, and Befriending Others Made Us Human

Give the Hints their Proper Measure

By Siegfried Goodfellow

Indigenous systems worldwide share many common characteristics. They are not all the same, but on a broad scale, if not the level of detail, there are many commonalities. There is absolutely no reason to assume that Norse-Teutonic tribal culture, pre-Roman and pre-Migrations, was any different. In fact, the only reason for . . . → Read More: Give the Hints their Proper Measure

The Degree System

What Are Degrees and How Do You Earn Them?

By Patti Wigington

In many traditions of Wicca, as well as some other Pagan religions, one’s studies are marked by Degrees. A Degree shows that the student has spent time learning, studying and practicing. It’s a common misconception that attaining a degree is an end goal, . . . → Read More: The Degree System

Salt Lamps: Healing and Cleansing

By Rowan Pendragon One of the most unique and interesting items for healing and cleansing your home and sacred space is also a very natural and magickal thing as well. It’s mined salt crystal and when used it helps to release negative ions into the air to cleanse and refresh your space and your spirit.

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Coming Back to Life, by Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown

Reviewed by Lupa

I first encountered Joanna Macy’s work when I began to learn about ecopsychology. While she is not expressly a psychologist, her work in systems theory and deep ecology in particular tie in very nicely with ecopsychology, and her writings are considered foundational to that field. Her work with exploring and working through . . . → Read More: Coming Back to Life, by Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown

Approaches to the Study of Goddess Myths and Images

By Patricia Monaghan

Goddess Studies is not a new field. For more than a hundred and fifty years, pioneering women have examined the role that religious imagery has on people, both men and women. They have taken variant approaches, from imagining a different world to critiquing the limited religious visions offered by monotheistic religions. This . . . → Read More: Approaches to the Study of Goddess Myths and Images

Avatar, Religious Oppression of Women, and the Syndrome of the Male Messiah

By Lauren Kaye Clark

The issue pertaining to the use of religion as a utensil for women’s oppression appears to have become highly prominent and attentive in the mainstream. The recent announcement made by former U.S. President (and Nobel Prize Laureate) Jimmy Carter to leave the Southern Baptist Convention because of its silencing and oppression . . . → Read More: Avatar, Religious Oppression of Women, and the Syndrome of the Male Messiah

Cerridwen

By Rowan Pendragon

Cerridwen is the Keeper of the Cauldron, the mother of transformation and change. She brings inspiration, wisdom and the gifts of prophecy to those that work with her. She is seen in Welsh legend as being a crone Goddess, creating a triad with Blodeuwedd and Arianrhod. Cerridwen’s energy resonates with the darker . . . → Read More: Cerridwen

Eight Keys to Celtic Magick

By Lady Cattra Shadow

1. Magic of the Head

NO other tradition, with the possible exception of the Slavic, is more focused on the human head (and brain) as the seat of magical powers. When one reads the ancient Irish tales, one becomes aware of the degree to which the Celts were headhunters. The . . . → Read More: Eight Keys to Celtic Magick