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Two Lessons in Practical Ecology

By John Michael Greer

Across the industrial world, people have come to assume that they ought to be able to buy ripe strawberries in December and fresh oysters in May, and more generally food in vast quantity and variety on demand, irrespective of season. That assumption relies on using wildly extravagant amounts of energy . . . → Read More: Two Lessons in Practical Ecology

On Prayer: A Heathen Perspective

By Galina Krasskova

I have a friend who maintains that there are only four prayers: “Thank you,” “I’m sorry,” “Please” and finally “I love You.” To that, I would add prayers that simply rejoice in the fact that the Gods are there, that we are Their kin, and that They care for us and . . . → Read More: On Prayer: A Heathen Perspective

Secondhand Spirits, by Juliet Blackwell

Reviewed by Scott

Secondhand Spirits, (Obsidian, 2009) is the first of a series of mystery novels (well, two so far) by Juliet Blackwell, a pseudonym of Julie Goodson-Lawes an Oakland muralist and, now, mystery writer. Our hero in these “Witchcraft Mysteries” is a shopkeeper named Lily Ivory who has recently moved to present-day San Francisco . . . → Read More: Secondhand Spirits, by Juliet Blackwell

Celtic Tree Lore – Elder Myth & Folklore

By Mother Moon

Much of the folklore associated with the Elder tree has ties to Christian lore. In an attempt to suppress earlier pagan beliefs, the Elder was used as a representation with a negative persona.

An example of this is the story of Judas Iscariot. Judas was the apostle who told the Romans where . . . → Read More: Celtic Tree Lore – Elder Myth & Folklore

Vergil’s Cosmology and Modern Paganism

By Apuleius Platonicus

There is astonishingly little material in the English language on the religious aspects of Vergil’s writings, and the Aeneid in particular. This is especially appalling considering the fact that the Aeneid is hands down the single most influential work of literature in all of Western history, and that it is unquestionably a . . . → Read More: Vergil’s Cosmology and Modern Paganism

What can we learn from the world’s oldest art?

By Irene Shaland

Rocks as canvas: the world’s largest open art gallery

A few hours of scenic driving from bustling Cape Town (and seventeen endless hours of flight from the US) will transport you into an other-worldly realm: the South African Cederberg Mountains, a massive rock wilderness where wind and rain have sculpted giant . . . → Read More: What can we learn from the world’s oldest art?

A Brief Overview of Sigil Magick

By Frater Barrabbas

Sigil – pronounced like “sidjel.”

Sigil Magick is defined as a magickal system that makes use of occult characters, diagrams, condensed verbal intentions, geometric symbols, mystical alphabets, angular signatures of spirits and other kinds of symbolic or hieroglyphic representations. The word sigil comes from the Latin word sigilum, which means “seal.” Of . . . → Read More: A Brief Overview of Sigil Magick

Nine Challenges of Being a Witch

By Amber K and Azrael Arynn K

Witches are different, and not just because we celebrate the Goddess and the Horned God under the full moon. The true Witch lives in a world apart from mainstream consciousness, thinks and perceives and feels differently about herself and the universe.

Yet we live among others with . . . → Read More: Nine Challenges of Being a Witch

My ‘Gaia’

By Kviolet

Gaea is the primordial Greek goddess personifying the Earth. She is the Earth Mother and so reflects strongly in the Wiccan’s triple goddess’s Mother aspect. She was seen as a creator and as a destroyer, the universal womb. Hesiod saw Gaea as a creator, Ovid thought that Gaea was born from Chaos and . . . → Read More: My ‘Gaia’

Canadian Affirms Oath of Citizenship on Pagan ‘Holy Book’

By Cara

There is no act more political in nature than making an oath of citizenship to a nation. On Tuesday, Melissa Gold, a Pagan living in Canada did just that. Like many new Canadian citizens, she did so with her hand resting on a book containing stories, poems, and hymns sacred to her religion. . . . → Read More: Canadian Affirms Oath of Citizenship on Pagan ‘Holy Book’