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Wicca in Movies: The Craft

By Zan

In the promotional art, the Four stride toward the watcher with pantherine presence. They appear to have marched out of some portal in the time/space continuum, which crackles with cosmic energy behind them. Their dress is what I would call Goth-Catholic School-Girl; their progress seems as invincible as that of the Chariot in . . . → Read More: Wicca in Movies: The Craft

Stregheria and Vernacular Magic in Italy: A Comparison

By Nola

The distinction between contemporary Stregheria and traditional Italian magic, healing and spiritual practice has lately been the subject of lively debate on a number of listserves and websites. In this brief essay, I will attempt to summarize some of my academic publications on this theme for a non-scholarly audience, and to encourage . . . → Read More: Stregheria and Vernacular Magic in Italy: A Comparison

Shamanism: is it a religion?

By Michael Berman

The question of whether Shamanism is a religion, a way of life, or a methodology will be considered, and the implications that this has on the attitude towards, and serious study of the subject. Even acknowledged experts in the field appear to skirt the issue of whether Shamanism can be regarded as . . . → Read More: Shamanism: is it a religion?

The Temple of High Magic, by by Ina Custers-van Bergen

Reviewed by Rebecca Elson

Obviously I’m no expert on the Western Esoteric traditions, because let’s face it, I’m not an expert on anything, but I will dare say that this is the best introduction to the subject matter I’ve ever seen, or possibly that’s ever been published. My introduction to the subject matter was . . . → Read More: The Temple of High Magic, by by Ina Custers-van Bergen

Triangle as the Magickal Gateway of the Mysteries

By Frater Barrabbas

I have previously discussed how the Cycle of the Hero is also the transformative process of transcendental initiation, and you can find it here. The fact that the twenty-two stages which Joseph Campbell assembled to illustrate this worldwide mythic template also matches the twenty-two trumps of the Major Arcana of the . . . → Read More: Triangle as the Magickal Gateway of the Mysteries

Wanted: A contemporary Pagan culture

By Erebos

Contemporary Paganism lacks a unified culture and without this Pagans may never really succeed in developing as a stand-alone spiritual or religious tradition.

Culture (from the Latin cultura stemming from colere, meaning to cultivate) is a term that has different meanings, two of which are:

• An integrated pattern of human knowledge, . . . → Read More: Wanted: A contemporary Pagan culture

Pagans and Interfaith Work

By Star Foster

There are few issues more controversial in Paganism than if and how we should engage in interfaith work. Passionate voices debate the pros and cons. Some are wary, remembering a time when interfaith work, and being publicly Pagan, was far more dangerous than it is today. Others are determined that it is . . . → Read More: Pagans and Interfaith Work

How to Gain Favor with the Gods

By Swain Wodening

No one knows for certain how to gain favor with the Gods. Therefore, what is said here should only be taken as suggestions, and not a sure fire way to gain their favor. Every Heathen, I think wishes the favor of the Gods. Why else would we pray to them, entreat them, . . . → Read More: How to Gain Favor with the Gods

The slow, whiny death of British Christianity

By Johann Hari

And now congregation, put your hands together and give thanks, for I come bearing Good News. Britain is now the most irreligious country on earth. This island has shed superstition faster and more completely than anywhere else. Some 63 percent of us are non-believers, according to an ICM study, while 82 percent . . . → Read More: The slow, whiny death of British Christianity

Pets vital to human evolution

By Larry O’Hanlon

Dogs, cats, cows and other domesticated animals played a key role in human evolution, according to a theory being published by paleoanthropologist Pat Shipman of Penn State University.

The uniquely human habit of taking in and employing animals — even competitors like wolves —spurred on human tool-making and language, which have . . . → Read More: Pets vital to human evolution