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Ancient Dancing Outbreak Believed to Be a Case of Social Contagion

It was centuries ago, right around this time, when the city of Aachen, Germany, was struck by an unusual outbreak that, legend says, spread as far away as Madagascar.

According to the scant written accounts there are of the outbreak known as St. Vitus’ Dance, back in 1374, groups of people — sometimes thousands . . . → Read More: Ancient Dancing Outbreak Believed to Be a Case of Social Contagion

The Oracle at Delphi: mystic prophet or geological faultline?

By Amalasuntha

The ancient Greeks believed they could consult the oracle at Delphi to know their fate. Apollo the god of the oracle spoke through his priestess, also known as a Pythia, who sat on a stool over a fissure in the earth from which rose hypnotic vapours that put her in a trance. When . . . → Read More: The Oracle at Delphi: mystic prophet or geological faultline?

Yes, You Are Clairvoyant Too!

By BelindaGrace

Intuitive and clairvoyant abilities are magical, mysterious, and miraculous; that said, the most amazing things about them is that we are all born with a built-in connection to our Divine guidance. It has always been there, but most of us were not brought up in a way that encouraged us to access and . . . → Read More: Yes, You Are Clairvoyant Too!

Insects and the Initiation of the Self

By Sarah

The ghostly white moths and the persistent cicadas come to my window at night. The moths are silent as the spectres they resemble, but the fat cicadas hum and buzz as they try to find an opening in the screen to fly through the bedroom window. I didn’t know there’d be a cycle . . . → Read More: Insects and the Initiation of the Self

Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People, by Philip Ball

Reviewed by Peter Rogerson

A major theme of the modern alien abduction folklore is that of the mass produced ‘hybrid’ children, fermented in various sorts of equipment from test tubes to incubators via nutrient vats. Being raised thus, these children are assumed to be somehow wan and soulless.

Though the alien abduction lore is nowhere . . . → Read More: Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People, by Philip Ball

A Brief History of the Qabbalah – Part 1

By Frater Barrabbas

Since I have been writing about the metaphysical nature of the Qabbalah, I thought it would be prudent to also present it’s historical evolution. Qabbalah did indeed come from a purely Jewish Mystical tradition, but along the way it became modified and blended with other philosophical systems; first Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, then . . . → Read More: A Brief History of the Qabbalah – Part 1

Folklore of the Dog

By SilentOwl

The Dog has not only been man’s closest companion for thousands of years but they have also provided him with many other things. It is probably our oldest domesticated animal and has shared our fires, guarded our homes and worked alongside us both to control livestock and assist in hunting. It has acted . . . → Read More: Folklore of the Dog

Are the French Becoming Bored With Wine?

One of the most familiar aspects of French culture — its love of wine — might be lost as successive generations abandon the imaginative representations of wine linked to national identity, according to a study in the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business. The findings suggest that the transmission of French wine heritage to . . . → Read More: Are the French Becoming Bored With Wine?

Christopaganism, by Joyce and River Higginbotham

Reviewed by Athmey M. Richter

Christians vs. Pagans. Need there be an on-going battle, or is there a middle road? It is a controversial subject for both sides of the fence. Christianity’s monotheistic focus and conservatism denies the power of paganism. And pagans, persecuted by the Church for centuries, are suspicious of the tenets of . . . → Read More: Christopaganism, by Joyce and River Higginbotham

Wyrd and Orlog–Understanding the Words

By K. C. Hulsman

The concepts of wyrd and orlog are interconnected, but can sometimes prove to be stumbling blocks as their meanings are learned. In Heathenry we have no absolute concept of one’s fate, rather we have a notion that our destiny, or doom is comprised by choices and while a certain fate may . . . → Read More: Wyrd and Orlog–Understanding the Words