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Introduction to Animism

By Aidan Grey

Animism is usually described as the belief that all things have a soul. That suffices, from an academic point of view, but from an experiential one, it doesn’t quite have the oomph and significance that I get from my relationships. It’s the difference between the actual relationship with Mom and the . . . → Read More: Introduction to Animism

Lessons From Broadway: How like a god

By Tim

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—

(Hamlet, II, 2)

Of course, there’s an . . . → Read More: Lessons From Broadway: How like a god

Ruminations on Pagan ‘Clergy’

As a Pagan, I feel it’s paramount that we define ourselves rather than leaving that to sociologists, journalists and others. I admit to a mistrust of what I call the ‘overculture’ – the mainstream, linear-thinking, rational, American consumer culture. We can take from the overculture that which suits our religions, but we don’t have . . . → Read More: Ruminations on Pagan ‘Clergy’

Polytheisms Hard and Soft – Part I

By Grey Glamer

Although much of the last three weeks has found me poring over the philosophical works which grace my syllabi for this, my first semester of grad school, I’ve made time to read certain more theologically oriented works, as well. In particular, I’ve almost finished Jonathan Kirsch’s God against the Gods, a historical . . . → Read More: Polytheisms Hard and Soft – Part I

Directionally Challenged Pagans

By Peter Dybing

Some of us have had the experience of helping to set up a ritual site and the gentle amusement that comes with a group of directionally challenged Pagans debating witch direction is witch. It also seems that the larger the gathering the more vocal the debate. We, well known practitioners, unsure of . . . → Read More: Directionally Challenged Pagans

The Dullahan

By SilentOwl

The Irish Dullahan (also Gan Ceann.) is a type of unseelie fairie. He is a soul collector who roams the countryside during midnight on certain Irish festive days. He is dressed in a long black cloak and is headless, usually seen riding a black horse and carrying his head under one arm. The . . . → Read More: The Dullahan

Medicinal Herbs Will Disappear in EU

By Heidi Stevenson

Big Pharma has almost reached the finish line of its decades-long battle to wipe out all competition. As of 1 April 2011—less than eight months from now—virtually all medicinal herbs will become illegal in the European Union. The approach in the United States is a bit different, but it’s having the same . . . → Read More: Medicinal Herbs Will Disappear in EU

Charging For Magickal Practices

By CricketSong

Is it wrong to accept money for magickal items, services and teachings? Or is it a form of an energy exchange? Once upon a time humans bartered for what we needed and desired. We would exchange an item, such as a blanket, or loaf of bread, for a service provide by the village . . . → Read More: Charging For Magickal Practices

Grimoire of Armadel

A Curious History and Enigmatic Use

By Frater Barrabbas

Of all of the old grimoires, the one that intrigues me the most is called the Grimoire of Armadel. I am intrigued because not much is known about this grimoire, and the class of magickal lore it contains seems to have no peer. It is . . . → Read More: Grimoire of Armadel

Special Purpose Tarot Cards

By Barbara Moore

In Teresa Michelson’s book Designing Your Own Tarot Spreads, she included a chapter on “cards that stand a little outside the main reading and have an added purpose.”

The most commonly used card of this type is the Significator. That warrants a discussion all to itself, so let’s see what other . . . → Read More: Special Purpose Tarot Cards