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Can you really learn to be psychic?

By Laura Topham

The small room I’m sitting in suddenly feels rather full – not only are there 14 trainee psychics and a medium here, there’s apparently also a host of dead relatives trying to communicate with me.

The only problem is, I can’t hear them. Or see them. I don’t ­particularly want to but . . . → Read More: Can you really learn to be psychic?

Dianic Genesis and Z. Budapest

Zsuzsanna Emese Budapest is a daunting woman – fiercely independent, impassioned and poetic. Her contributions to the feminist movement and modern wicca are impressive and indisputable. The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries remains (30 years after its initial publication) a must-read for devotees and students of the divine feminine, despite questions that surround some of . . . → Read More: Dianic Genesis and Z. Budapest

Becoming a Vampire Without Being Bitten

Reading Expands Our Self-Concepts, Study Shows

“We read to know we are not alone,” wrote C.S. Lewis. But how do books make us feel we are not alone?

“Obviously, you can’t hold a book’s hand, and a book isn’t going to dry your tears when you’re sad,” says University at Buffalo, SUNY psychologist Shira Gabriel. . . . → Read More: Becoming a Vampire Without Being Bitten

The Princess Bride: Royal Weddings for Everyone

By Katy E. Shrout

It’s a fairy-tale opener with a contemporary coda: Once upon a time, Prince William, the twenty-something who will be king, married the comely commoner, Kate Middleton, in a grand ceremony in Westminster Abbey. The event inspired two sorts of media reactions: first, a barrage of intense interest, including giddy scrutiny from . . . → Read More: The Princess Bride: Royal Weddings for Everyone

Folklore of the Ash Tree

By SilentOwl

In early Irish law the ash was classified as Airig fédo or Nobles of the Wood.

The fascination of the Ash tree traces its roots to the ancient times. The druids believed that ash had the ability to direct and blend the masculine and feminine energy. Some Druids use a branch of the . . . → Read More: Folklore of the Ash Tree

The Religion of Senators in the Roman Empire: Power and the Beyond

Reviewed by Carlos F. Noreña

This book examines the religious life of senators in the Roman empire from Augustus to Severus Alexander. Focusing on the nexus between social status, political authority, and what she calls “imperial religion,” Várhelyi shows that senators during this period were active participants in the construction of a new imperial order . . . → Read More: The Religion of Senators in the Roman Empire: Power and the Beyond

Beltane: Children’s Activities

1. Gathering fresh flowers is an old tradition of this Sabbat. Children can weave paper basket (or a simple cone shaped one with a handle) and fill their basket with flowers. The baskets can then be hung on the doorknob of o friend or neighbor’s house to help brighten that person;s day as well.

2. . . . → Read More: Beltane: Children’s Activities

Incense Is Psychoactive

New Class Of Antidepressants Might Be Right Under Our Noses

Religious leaders have contended for millennia that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. An international team of scientists, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, describe how . . . → Read More: Incense Is Psychoactive

Starting Your Own Pagan or Wiccan Study Group

By Patti Wigington

Many Wiccans and Pagans choose to form study groups rather than covens. The word “coven” implies some degree of hierarchy — in other words, there’s someone in charge who probaly has more knowledge than everyone else — typically a High Priest or High Priestess. With a study group, everyone is on an . . . → Read More: Starting Your Own Pagan or Wiccan Study Group

The modern myth of the Easter bunny

There is no definitive historical evidence that a Goddess named Eostre and her hare companion was part of pagan folklore

By Adrian Bott

Did you know that Easter was originally a pagan festival dedicated to Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, whose consort was a hare, the forerunner of our Easter bunny? Of course you . . . → Read More: The modern myth of the Easter bunny