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The Secret Salvation Inside The Abduction Of Persephone

By Morgause Fonteleve

What do we understand about secrets which have arrived at the doorstep of our understanding in books and the mythology of the ancients? Could some of these hold the key to our eternal liberation?

Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, represents the physical intelligence of mankind. The Latin root for the word rapire . . . → Read More: The Secret Salvation Inside The Abduction Of Persephone

Curry powder molecule ‘is cheap sensor for explosives’

By Jason Palmer

The main chemical in the curry spice turmeric could be the basis for cheap explosives detectors, say researchers.

The curcumin molecule is already well-known in medicine for its anti-cancer and anti-oxidant properties.

Now, research presented at the American Physical Society meeting suggests it could replace more complex solutions to spot explosives . . . → Read More: Curry powder molecule ‘is cheap sensor for explosives’

A Matter of Irreverence

By Sara A.

Once upon a time, a long time ago, I was a cute little witchlet armed with a copy of The Spiral Dance in one hand and The White Goddess in the other. I dove in, like you do, with exuberance. Reading Tarot! Casting spells! Trance journeys! Rituals! Meditations! Communing with trees! . . . → Read More: A Matter of Irreverence

Monster Energy Drink Logo Decoded

By Rebecca

When I first heard about the symbolism in the Monster logo, it was about a hidden 666 encoded within the 3 claw marks. At first this seems extremely far fetched and arbitrary, but when we examine the 3 claw marks which are glowing, they clearly resemble the 6th letter of the Hebrew . . . → Read More: Monster Energy Drink Logo Decoded

The Embodied Mind

Altered States of Consciousness and Ghost Hunting

By R. Wolf Baldassarro

We live in a time when science has eroded traditional spiritual beliefs so thoroughly that they are mutually exclusive for most people. This modern paradigm of the mind, body, and spirit being completely separate and unaffected by each other has warped our perceptions . . . → Read More: The Embodied Mind

The Art of Choosing a Tarot Significator

By Susyn Blair-Hunt

Significators play a powerful role in Tarot readings. Not only do they identify a certain person, place, or object, they can heighten the focus of the reader as well as the client when addressing the question at hand.

Choosing the best card to signify the main subject of one’s question can be . . . → Read More: The Art of Choosing a Tarot Significator

The Mythology of Kingship in Neo-Assyrian Art, by Mehmet-Ali Ataç

Reviewed by L. R. Siddall

This book is derived from a doctoral thesis submitted in 2003 at Harvard University under the supervision of Irene J. Winter. In the opening sentence of the prologue Mehmet-Ali Ataç summarizes his distinctive approach in The Mythology of Kingship in Neo-Assyrian Art: “This study is as much about ancient Mesopotamian . . . → Read More: The Mythology of Kingship in Neo-Assyrian Art, by Mehmet-Ali Ataç

Invisible Forces and Powerful Beliefs, by the Chicago Social Brain Network

Reviewed by Fionnchú

Gravity’s an “invisible force” we believe in, and that’s about it on page one for what I hoped would be an extended analogy to the gods and minds of the subtitle. However, as I had just read elsewhere a debate where a scientist defended evolution as an unseen but valid “theory” as . . . → Read More: Invisible Forces and Powerful Beliefs, by the Chicago Social Brain Network

Sleights of Mind, by Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, with Sandra Blak

What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Brains

Reviewed by Peter Rogerson

A word of warning, if you love the wonder of magic shows and do not want on any account to know how magic tricks (even, one suspects, old and superseded ones) work, then do not read this book. If on the other . . . → Read More: Sleights of Mind, by Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, with Sandra Blak

The New Atheists’ Narrow Worldview

By Stephen T. Asma

With tongues in cheeks, Rich­ard Daw­kins, Chris­to­pher Hitch­ens, Sam Har­ris, and Dan­iel Dennett are embracing their reputation as the “Four Horsemen.” Lampoon­ing the anx­i­eties of evan­geli­cals, these best-sell­ing athe­ists are em­brac­ing their “dan­gerous” sta­tus and dar­ing be­liev­ers to match their for­mi­da­ble philo­soph­i­cal acu­men.

Ac­cord­ing to these sol­diers of rea­son, the time . . . → Read More: The New Atheists’ Narrow Worldview