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Major Legal Victory for Maetreum of Cybele

By Julia Reischel

A judge has found that a group of self-described witches may have gotten special treatment from the town of Catskill – and not in a good way.

In a strongly-worded decision issued on Tuesday, Judge George J. Pulver, Jr. of the Greene County Supreme County ruled that the town’s denial of a . . . → Read More: Major Legal Victory for Maetreum of Cybele

The Future in the Stars, by Alison Chester-Lambert

Reviewed by BadWitch

Future in the Stars, by Alison Chester-Lambert, is written in a way that those with very little knowledge of astrology can easily understand it – but it is no beginner’s guide to basic astrology. Instead it is a look at the dwarf planets around Pluto, many of which have only been . . . → Read More: The Future in the Stars, by Alison Chester-Lambert

Missing the Point: What beginners learn about Wicca, and what beginners *should*

Part Two: Lessons 4-6

By Kat MacMorgan

Lesson Four:

Wrong Way: The Elements

Our ‘wrong way’ course in Wicca, as I mentioned in the last post, is interested in teaching a “don’t bother to think, just do it,” cookie cutter form of Wicca that’s disrespectful to Wicca as it’s been historically taught these past few . . . → Read More: Missing the Point: What beginners learn about Wicca, and what beginners *should*

The Blessing of Pan, by Lord Dunsany

Reviewed by Philip Challinor

The main theme of Lord Dunsany’s 1928 novel The Blessing of Pan is a conflict between Christianity and paganism – a theme also explored in the author’s 1933 masterpiece The Curse of the Wise Woman. In the later book, the character most affected by the conflict is the Irish peasant Marlin, . . . → Read More: The Blessing of Pan, by Lord Dunsany

Deity for the Month of March: Frið, Goddess of Healing

By Galina Krasskova

Most Heathens know of the concept of frið as the balance that governs a cohesive community. It’s often translated as ‘peace,’ but it’s more than that. A far better translation would be ‘right order.’ There’s nothing inactive about frið; rather it is the very active maintenance of right balance between each person, . . . → Read More: Deity for the Month of March: Frið, Goddess of Healing

Interview with Thor Halvorsen, Deaf Pagan Activist

Thor Halvorsen explains the challenges of Deaf Pagans

By Galina Krasskova

I first met Thor (and yes, that’s his birth name, folks) at the “Changing Times, Changing Worlds” conference this past November. He was teaching a fascinating class on ASL (American Sign Language) and Paganism and after meeting him earlier in the day and discussing . . . → Read More: Interview with Thor Halvorsen, Deaf Pagan Activist

What is the Place of Lore in Life?

By Siegfried Goodfellow

The lore — here meaning the mythology — is one part of a much larger set of learnings, and this larger set properly should receive the name lore.

The mythology is tremendously useful, and ought be studied and pondered with close attention. It holds important lessons, and gives valuable guidelines, to which . . . → Read More: What is the Place of Lore in Life?

Musings of a Hedegewitch

By Juniper

The (larger) Pagan Community and the smaller Pagan communities (within a region or city) are like any community or movement. There are great things and not so great things and maybe even a few things that are less than desirable. Whether it is the mountain biking scene, a local Catholic parish, a quilters’ . . . → Read More: Musings of a Hedegewitch

Heathenism has no Scripture

By Uncle Thor

Heathenism has lore, but it has no scripture.

The Havamal is NOT the Bible Saemund’s Eddas are Not Holy Writ The Prose Edda is not the Heathen New Testament The Sagas are not History Books The Rune Poems are neither morality guides nor magickal instruction

At no time has Heathenism ever been . . . → Read More: Heathenism has no Scripture

Hermes Trismegistus

The following is an excerpt from The Book of Secrets, by Daniel Pineda

Hermes Trismegistus or Thrice Greatest Hermes was worshipped as the Greco-Egyptian deity and patron of magic, astrology, alchemy, and spiritual advancement. He was called thrice great because he had attained mastery over the realms of heaven, earth, and humankind, making him . . . → Read More: Hermes Trismegistus