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Raiders of the Lost Grail

Otto Rahn and the Nazi quest for the secret of the Cathars

By Richard Stanley

Berlin between the wars was a city known throughout Europe for its bohemian subculture of young intellectuals. Amongst the personalities who hotly debated the many modernist “isms” that were fracturing the old ideological certainties which had glued together the 19th . . . → Read More: Raiders of the Lost Grail

Return to the Ideals Inherent in Time

By Siegfried Goodfellow

You are responsible before the divine for the form of government to which you give assent, for from that form shall either flow or be obstructed the justice, balance, love, compassion, discipline, and generosity that characterizes the divine, and which shall rule the everyday interactions of your people. Let it become corrupt, . . . → Read More: Return to the Ideals Inherent in Time

Wolf and Environment

By Lupa

For a number of years now, the grey wolf has been the primary North American charismatic megafauna to be associated with the environmental movement, particularly that involving preserving wilderness habitats. Beyond the environmental movement, wolves capture imaginations (and cliches) like no other animal in the American consciousness, from werewolves (both scary and…uh…well, not . . . → Read More: Wolf and Environment

Maths too hard? It may be dyscalculia.

Students who struggle to learn mathematics may have a neurocognitive disorder that inhibits the acquisition of basic numerical and arithmetic concepts, according to a new paper. Specialised teaching for individuals with dyscalculia, the mathematical equivalent of dyslexia, should be made widely available in mainstream education, according to a review of current research published in the . . . → Read More: Maths too hard? It may be dyscalculia.

The Great Oom: The Mysterious origins of America’s First Yogi, by Robert Love

Reviewed by John Rimmer

A while ago I read a piece in the papers about a vicar who turned a yoga exercise group out of his church hall because he said it was un-Christian. At the time I mentally filed this along with the “political correctness gone mad” type of story.

This book puts . . . → Read More: The Great Oom: The Mysterious origins of America’s First Yogi, by Robert Love

Seven Reaons We Need a New Nature Movement

By Richard Louv

Martin Luther King Jr. taught us, by word and example, that any movement — any culture —will fail if it cannot paint a picture of a world that people will want to go to. As others have said, his speech was not called “I Have a Nightmare.”

For decades, our culture has . . . → Read More: Seven Reaons We Need a New Nature Movement

UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities, by John B. Alexander

Reviewed by Peter Rogerson

John Alexander is someone with a background in the wilder and weirder aspects of the US military, including those parts studied by the likes of Jim Schnabel and Jon Ronson, and in post military life was associated with the semi mysterious National Institute for Discovery Science.

This is a book with . . . → Read More: UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities, by John B. Alexander

Invocation and Evocation: Some Thoughts

By Frater Barrabbas

I have written this treatise on magickal evocation to lay the groundwork for the advancement of the practice of ritual magick. The previous work, as found in the teachings and practices of the Order have been confined to lesser but necessary practices, which lead you to the ultimate task of attempting . . . → Read More: Invocation and Evocation: Some Thoughts

Zenobia of Palmyra: History, Myth and the Neo-classical Imagination

Reviewed by Diederik Burgersdijk

The tricolon in the subtitle of the book under review, History, Myth and the Neo-Classical Imagination, shows in decreasing order of importance the elements of which the book consists. Yet the order in which the elements are treated is reversed: Rex Winsbury starts off with a prologue about a theme from . . . → Read More: Zenobia of Palmyra: History, Myth and the Neo-classical Imagination

Developing Your Psychic Abilities

By Patti Wigington

Spend any time at all in the Pagan or Wiccan communities, and you’re bound to meet individuals who have some fairly pronounced psychic abilities. However, many people believe that everyone has some degree of latent psychic abilities. In some people, these abilities tend to manifest in a more obvious manner — and . . . → Read More: Developing Your Psychic Abilities