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Journeying : Where Shamanism and Psychology Meet, by Jeannette M. Gagan

Reviewed by Hrafn

One of the key areas of interest to a lot of spirit workers, myself included, is the link between shamanism and psychology. The role of a shaman, be it core or traditional, is service to the surrounding community, frequently in the capacity of a healer. Raven Kaldera states that, since putting out . . . → Read More: Journeying : Where Shamanism and Psychology Meet, by Jeannette M. Gagan

Folklore of the Honeysuckle (Féithleann)

By SilentOwl

Other names for honeysuckle include Irish vine, woodbine, fairy trumpets, honeybind, trumpet flowers, goats leaf and sweet suckle.

The old name Woodbine describes the twisting, binding nature of the honeysuckle through the hedgerows.

It was believed that if honeysuckle grew around the entrance to the home it prevented a witch from entering. . . . → Read More: Folklore of the Honeysuckle (Féithleann)

Thoughts About the Qliphoth

By Frater Barrabbas

A number of occultists have over the last few decades written about the Qliphoth, or Qliphah (singular), and some have stipulated that there is a Tree of Evil or Death in addition to the Tree of Life, acting as its reverse or negative image. This seems to be a theme expressed by . . . → Read More: Thoughts About the Qliphoth

Tropical Blueberries Extremely High in Healthful Antioxidants: Study

The first analysis of the healthful antioxidant content of blueberries that grow wild in Mexico, Central and South America concludes that some of these fruits have even more healthful antioxidants than the blueberries — already renowned as “super fruits” — sold throughout the United States. These extreme super fruits could provide even more protection against . . . → Read More: Tropical Blueberries Extremely High in Healthful Antioxidants: Study

It is time for Pagans to stop being Pagan

By Scott

I’ve been involved in MANY discussions trying to define what Pagans share. Are we all:

– Earth Centered? Nope – Polytheists? Nope – Sex Positive? Nope – Goddess Based? Nope – Peaceful? Definitely Not

After LOTS of discussion, the end result is clear. The ONE defining universal trait among Pagans is that WE . . . → Read More: It is time for Pagans to stop being Pagan

Folklore of the Ivy (Eidhneán)

By SilentOwl

Ivy – constancy – the Latin name, hedera, derives from the Celtic word for ‘cord’ and Druids revere the plant and often use it in their rites.

In Irish folk medicine, the main use of ivy has been in the treatment of corns. In Ireland, burns and scalds were also treated with an . . . → Read More: Folklore of the Ivy (Eidhneán)

Beltane

By Herne

Many Wiccans and Pagans celebrate Beltane. It is one of eight solar Sabbats. This holiday incorporates traditions from the Gaelic Bealtaine, such as the bonfire,but it bears more relation to the Germanic May Day festival, both in its significance (focusing on fertility) and its rituals (such as May pole dancing). Some traditions celebrate . . . → Read More: Beltane

Summer Begins – It’s Beltane!

By Jaxpagan

The name Beltane means, depending on who you ask, “Fires of Bel” (referring to the proto-Celtic sun god Bel/Belenus/Belor), “Brilliant Fire”, or simply “Bright”. It celebrated the return of the sun, fertility, and – perhaps more importantly to the ancient Celts – the return of their cattle to summer pastures. One of . . . → Read More: Summer Begins – It’s Beltane!

Royal Wedding: Marrying the Land

By Star Foster

Just before the riotous May Day weekend celebrations take place around the world, William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor will marry Catherine Elizabeth Middleton in Westminster Abbey with the blessing of the Archbishop of Canterbury. As fashionistas, tabloids, and “Royal Watchers” gush about this being a fairytale wedding, I am considering its mythic . . . → Read More: Royal Wedding: Marrying the Land

ACLU Says Tennessee Schools Promote Christianity

By Jennifer Easton

A complaint made by American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee on behalf of three Sumner County families accuses the county school board of promoting Christianity in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

The parents of seven students who attend Beech High School, T.W. Hunter, Indian Lake Elementary and Madison Creek Elementary brought . . . → Read More: ACLU Says Tennessee Schools Promote Christianity