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Bad Manners (A Holiday Rant)

By Star Foster

There are a lot of things I could write about today. Black Friday. Buy Nothing Day. The 13 Things I LOVE About Pagans post I’m working on. Instead, this cornbred fed and Southern bred Witch would like to say a few words about bad manners.

For Thanksgiving I was a guest in . . . → Read More: Bad Manners (A Holiday Rant)

Honoring Our Pagan Ancestors

By Apuleius Platonicus

Some we know by name, like Hypatia, Arbogast, Widukind, Krum, and Hercus. But we will never know the names of the vast majority of those who resisted and fought, openly or covertly, with sword and spear, with pen and parchment, or simply with their individual stubbornness and their private prayers, against . . . → Read More: Honoring Our Pagan Ancestors

Modern Mystery Rites and Practices in Ritual Magick – Part 1

By Frater Barrabbas

Mysteries are not just a relic of antiquity, but represent an on-going process of transcendentalism and human transformation. The ancient cultures of Europe and the Middle East sought to encapsulate these phenomena into various cults, seeking to aid humanity in dealing with the capriciousness of fate and the inexorable human destiny . . . → Read More: Modern Mystery Rites and Practices in Ritual Magick – Part 1

Socrates – a man for our times

He was condemned to death for telling the ancient Greeks things they didn’t want to hear, but his views on consumerism and trial by media are just as relevant today

By Bettany Hughes

Two thousand four hundred years ago, one man tried to discover the meaning of life. His search was so radical, charismatic and . . . → Read More: Socrates – a man for our times

Imagine Better

Can Harry Potter Change the World?

By B. Howell Belser

Stories are dangerous. They have the ability to re-make the world; to take us outside of ourselves, and make real the experiences, feelings, and situations of other people in other places. Stories activate our imaginations and rearrange the furniture of our minds. This is . . . → Read More: Imagine Better

Problem-solving bacteria crack sudoku

By Frank Swain

The appeal of sudoku has spread to the prokaryotic world. A strain of Escherichia coli bacteria can now solve the logic puzzles – with some help from a group of students at the University of Tokyo, Japan.

“Because sudoku has simple rules, we felt that maybe bacteria could solve it for us, . . . → Read More: Problem-solving bacteria crack sudoku

Maiden, Mother and Crone – The Triple Goddess

By Patti Wigington

In many modern Pagan traditions, the triple goddess in the form of Maiden/Mother/Crone is honored. She is seen as the feminine counterpart to the Horned God, the female who provides polarity to the male essence. In some traditions, such as many Dianic Wiccan groups, the triple goddess is the only deity worshipped. . . . → Read More: Maiden, Mother and Crone – The Triple Goddess

Teachings of the Santeria Gods: The Spirit of the Odu, by Ocha’ne Lele

Reviewed by Rebecca Elson

“Teachings of the Santeria Gods: The Spirit of the Odu” by Ocha’ne Lele is an exploration of the patakis (an oral tradition of stories) tied to specific results achieved when using the sixteen-cowrie-shell oracle known as the diloggun in Santeria. This combination of divination and religious observance is a fascinating . . . → Read More: Teachings of the Santeria Gods: The Spirit of the Odu, by Ocha’ne Lele

Interview with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone

By Bernadette Montana

Bernadette:

How do you feel Wicca has changed over the years? I know that your stance has changed over the years, how has your approach changed over these many years and why?

Janet and Gavin:

It’s changed considerably since both of us came into the Craft in the 1970’s and . . . → Read More: Interview with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone

Dandelion: Weeds for Witches, Part III

By Sarah

Where it Grows: Where is Dandelion not found? With it’s fluffy seeds easily carried by the winds, Dandelion has spread across the world with its deep roots helping it to evade weeding attempts. You can intentionally grow them from seed, or by transplanting, to more easily keep track of the age and size . . . → Read More: Dandelion: Weeds for Witches, Part III