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Let the dead bury the dead

By Bo

I lay awake recently turning the recent victory for archaeological research at Avebury over in my mind. It seems to me that the background hum, as it were, to the development of the ‘reburial controversy’ is the unexpected growth of an anti-intellectual streak amongst modern UK Pagans, particularly among druids. This, I think, . . . → Read More: Let the dead bury the dead

Pagan festival draws Sheriff’s Office attention

A scheduled pagan festival is under the scrutiny of the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“Obviously, we don’t like this type of activity, but if they are following all of the laws to the letter of the law, then we can’t do anything about it,” Perry Rushing, chief of operations for the Sheriff’s Office, said Thursday. . . . → Read More: Pagan festival draws Sheriff’s Office attention

Plotin et l’ordonnancement de l’être, by Bernard Collette-Ducic

Reviewed by José Baracat

Plotinus’ thought is deeply marked by paradox, and the most striking one probably is that the cause of being must not itself be being nor have any of the determinations implied by being. It is a perennial paradox of Greek philosophy — how can the multiple proceed from the unity? . . . → Read More: Plotin et l’ordonnancement de l’être, by Bernard Collette-Ducic

Beltane 2010 – Why We Celebrate

By Gus diZerega

Wiccans along with most other NeoPagans celebrate the sacredness of all natural cycles. These cycles are particularly clear within regions with four distinct seasons, and I think it is natural that we, whose origins most recently hail from the British Isles, emphasize the ever changing and eternal seasons to concretely symbolize the . . . → Read More: Beltane 2010 – Why We Celebrate

Magical Black Salt

What it is, how to make it, how to use it

By Mrs. B.

In reading about the Hoodoo tradition, I am very impressed with how many things I can whip up using items from my kitchen. Black salt is one of those things that has multiple uses and can be created quite easily. . . . → Read More: Magical Black Salt

Panel names 13 countries as religious violators

By William C. Mann

Saudi Arabia and China are among 13 countries a U.S. government panel named on Thursday as serious violators of religious freedom.

The panel’s report also criticized the current and former administrations in Washington for doing far too little to make basic religious rights universal.

That is the goal of the congressional . . . → Read More: Panel names 13 countries as religious violators

Why Reconstruction?

By Swain Wodening

I have seen it asked why reconstruct an ancient religion? Why not just worship the Gods in new ways? The answer is really quite simple, the ancients knew more about worshiping the Germanic gods than we do. The wisest of us knows less than a ten year old child of Germanic tribesmen . . . → Read More: Why Reconstruction?

Things New Wiccans can do for May Eve, without any training.

By Kat MacMorgan

In Wicca, May Eve traditionally runs from sunset on the last day of April until sunset on the first day of May. Unlike the solstices and equinoxes, which are astronomical events, May Eve is dated based on the secular calendar, although some people have decided to replace their May Eve celebration with . . . → Read More: Things New Wiccans can do for May Eve, without any training.

Homophobia and the Craft

By Veles

No, it’s not going to be another one of those articles.

I have read many essays over the years that imply, in some way, that Wicca is homophobic. Silly little upstart neo-pagans will sometimes dredge up 50 year old comments or gossip as a means of justifying their position.

Now stop me if . . . → Read More: Homophobia and the Craft

Betting firm sponsors church confession box

By Richard Savill

Paddy Power, the Irish bookmakers, has paid £10,000 to have its name on the new box in Our Lady & St Etheldreda church in the racing town of Newmarket, Suffolk, after it was approached by the priest.

Frankie Dettori, the jockey, who was married in the church, performed the official opening . . . → Read More: Betting firm sponsors church confession box