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Geothermal Energy Capacity to Grow by 78% by 2015

In its recently released Sixth Edition of the Geothermal Report, ABS Energy Research concludes that although 2009 was a very difficult year for the geothermal industry, the market will continue to grow over the next five years.

According to ABS Energy’s research, only 10 projects, totaling 405-megawatts, were commissioned in 2009. The geothermal power projects . . . → Read More: Geothermal Energy Capacity to Grow by 78% by 2015

Grimoires: A History of Magic Books, by Owen Davies

Reviewed by BadWitch

Grimoires – or books of conjurations, charms and spells – have played an immensely important part in the history of magic and the occult, yet there is so much about them that is shrouded in mystery.

They have been called “the most dangerous books in the world” because of fears that reading . . . → Read More: Grimoires: A History of Magic Books, by Owen Davies

The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram

By Scott Michael Stenwick

Various forms of the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram have been used for more than a century by Western magicians. The LRP in its current form was most likely written by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, the original Chief Adept of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. This magical order . . . → Read More: The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram

The Apple and the Pentagram

By SilentOwl

The pentagram is one of the most widely used religious symbols in the world and has been used by Wiccans, Pagans, Israelites, Christians, magicians amongst others. But what is its origin?

A pentagram is a five-pointed star with one point aligned upwards (when surrounded by a circle, it’s known as a ‘pentacle’) . . . → Read More: The Apple and the Pentagram

Halloween, Evangelicals, and the Macabre

By John Morehead

It’s October and the telltale signs of Halloween are everywhere; everything from candy to breakfast cereal marketed in orange and black, doors and windows festooned with fake cobwebs and, on a slightly less positive note, evangelicals intensify their critique of all things macabre and “occultic.”

American evangelicalism has always had a strong . . . → Read More: Halloween, Evangelicals, and the Macabre

Witchfinder General’s Journal Digitized

A 400-year old journal documenting one of England’s most notorious witch trials has been “digitised” so that its gory contents can be enjoyed by a wider audience.

The diary – immortalised in the 1968 Vincent Price horror movie The Witchfinder General – tells of how 33 women were branded witches in a trial in . . . → Read More: Witchfinder General’s Journal Digitized

Even Monkeys Can Chatter

By Siegfried Goodfellow

Putting rhetoric aside, and basing evaluation entirely upon actions and interactions, I would define the heathen community at present largely as a group dedicated to the worship of Loki.

I do not claim that this worship is explicit in terms of external dedication, ceremony, or words, but rather that it is inherent . . . → Read More: Even Monkeys Can Chatter

Samhain Children’s Activities

By Akasha

Samhain is the third and final harvest of the year. Although most of today’s Pagans are no longer countryfolkes, growing crops and tending cattle or other livestock, this can still be celebrated as a harvest, the harvest of the “thought-seeds”. Also the Celtic (and Witches’) New Year, t’is a day for remembering the . . . → Read More: Samhain Children’s Activities

Skulls and Bones in Magic & Ritual

By Sarah

“Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk a-roun’”

– Traditional

Bones are a type of fetish. A fetish is “an object regarded with awe as being the embodiment or habitation of a potent spirit or as having magical potency . . . → Read More: Skulls and Bones in Magic & Ritual

The Fear is Real

A New View of Halloween “Hell Houses”

By Lucia Hulsether

“Mom, is this going to be scary?” asked an elementary school-age boy waiting in line behind me at the Tribulation Trail in Stockbridge, Georgia. His mother brushed off the question: “It’s only scary if you don’t accept Jesus.”

But at Tribulation Trail fear was . . . → Read More: The Fear is Real