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Raising Up Strong Heathen Children

By Mark

I do think it is a parent’s responsibility to teach their child about their religion. I think the idea that a parent will not share their religion with their child and will instead “let them figure it out on their own” is somewhat harmful. Children need to be taught spiritual beliefs in the . . . → Read More: Raising Up Strong Heathen Children

Stone Tape Theory

The following is an excerpt from The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal, by Judith Jones:

Are all ghosts independent sentient entities, or is there another explanation for hauntings? Stone Tape Theory is a mystical concept that demystifies ghosts. Also known as residual haunting, energy remnants, and memory imprints, the theory suggests that intense human . . . → Read More: Stone Tape Theory

Is the Qabbalah Superfluous?

By Frater Barrabbas

Some occultists and magicians have been making the point that the Qabbalah, which they see as having been derived from an exclusive form of Jewish mysticism, has been over-rated and that its influences and beliefs are not required for working ritual or ceremonial magick. This is not a new argument, but since . . . → Read More: Is the Qabbalah Superfluous?

Beltaine: Marriage-Minded Muddle

By Star Foster

Beltaine is the marriage of the Lord and Lady for many of us. I could express all the rich symbolism of union and creation of this time of year purely in song lyrics and poetry. We celebrate this conception and ripening into Parenthood, and continuation of the species, and continuity and familial . . . → Read More: Beltaine: Marriage-Minded Muddle

The Element of Water in the Western Esoteric Traditions

By Sorita d’Este

“For he hath given me certain knowledge of the things that are, namely, to know how the world was made, and the operation of the elements.” –The Wisdom of Solomon

The system of the four elements, Air, Fire, Water and Earth is a key foundation stone in the development of the Western . . . → Read More: The Element of Water in the Western Esoteric Traditions

The Teacher Myth

By Sarah

I believe one of the biggest myths of modern witchcraft and paganism is that one needs to find a teacher. It’s right up there with “everyone needs a patron deity”. Who keeps perpetuating the myth that one needs to find a teacher or a coven in order to be “complete”? I’ve heard both . . . → Read More: The Teacher Myth

Folklore of The Wild Cherry

By SilentOwl

The wild cherry is also known as the bird cherry as they are used as a food source by a huge amount of bird species. You have to be quick if you want to beat the birds to the abundant crop that results from a good spring and summer, and they are . . . → Read More: Folklore of The Wild Cherry

International Pagan Coming Out Day, May 2, 2011

By Phaedra Bonewits

As we prepare to celebrate the festival of Beltane, a newer celebration is coming hard on its heels. This year, May 2nd has been designated International Pagan Coming Out Day. Coming right after Beltane, it’s a love fest in its own right, for by coming out, we are affirming our right to . . . → Read More: International Pagan Coming Out Day, May 2, 2011

Discovering the Folklore and Traditions of Marriage, by George Monger

Reviewed by BadWitch

With the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton taking place this Friday, books about weddings are filling bookshop windows. One that took my eye was Discovering the Folklore and Traditions of Marriage by folklorist George Monger.

The book is a fascinating look at the customs that have surrounded weddings . . . → Read More: Discovering the Folklore and Traditions of Marriage, by George Monger

Is “Coming Out Theology” Necessary for Pagans?

By P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

In the late stages of my M.A. education in early 2000, when I was heavily steeped in queer theology, I was given a suggestion to join a particular email list on the service OneList (before it was bought out by Yahoo!Groups) called “QueerTheology_BEYOND.” I had many useful discussions and interactions . . . → Read More: Is “Coming Out Theology” Necessary for Pagans?