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Celebrating Lughnasadh with Bread

By Greycatsidhe

The sun is shining and, like Balor from the myths, threatens to kill anything that lingers in its rays too long. Many in the US have been experiencing drought. In Upstate NY, those of us who understand and value food worry about the relative lack of rain. Thankfully there has been some this . . . → Read More: Celebrating Lughnasadh with Bread

The Haunting of Willington Mill: The Truth About England’s Most Enigmatic Ghost

Reviewed by Peter Rogerson

This is an account of a fascinating early nineteenth century ghost story, one which gives us an excellent insight into what ghost stories looked like in the days before the Society for Psychical Research. It is also provides a warning as to the pitfalls which can occur to those new to . . . → Read More: The Haunting of Willington Mill: The Truth About England’s Most Enigmatic Ghost

Mermaids in the church choir

By Christopher Howse

To some, an interest in misericords sounds like the enthusiasm for madrigals of the insufferable Professor Welch in Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim.

Misericords, the carved undersides of tip-up wooden seats in the choirs of English cathedrals and collegiate churches, are not easy to see and often obscure when they can be. Many . . . → Read More: Mermaids in the church choir

Legends and Lore of Lammas (Lughnasadh)

By Patti Wigington

In many cultures, there are different legends and lore surrounding Lammas (Lughnasadh). Here are a few of the stories about this magical harvest celebration from around the world.

• In Israel, the festival of Shavout commemorates the beginning of the harvest, as well as honoring the date that Moses received the . . . → Read More: Legends and Lore of Lammas (Lughnasadh)

History’s normal rate of species disappearance is accelerating: scientists

By Faye Flam

Biologist E.O. Wilson once pondered whether many of our fellow living things were doomed once evolution gave rise to an intelligent, technological creature that also happened to be a rapacious carnivore, fiercely territorial and prone to short-term thinking.

We humans can be so destructive that some scientists believe we’ve now triggered a . . . → Read More: History’s normal rate of species disappearance is accelerating: scientists

Population to Bulge, But Will Hit Ceiling

By Emily Sohn

The world’s population is on track to hit seven billion this year, which is double the number of people that lived on Earth in the 1960s, but far from what the future holds. By 2100, according to recent projections by the United Nations, we’ll hit the 10 billion mark.

Those numbers, which . . . → Read More: Population to Bulge, But Will Hit Ceiling

Fair Play — A Question of Self-Image?

Why do people behave selfishly and accept that their behaviour may have negative consequences for others? Astrid Matthey and Tobias Regner from the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena investigated this question in a laboratory experiment. They found that such behaviour often depends on whether information about the consequences for others can be ignored. . . . → Read More: Fair Play — A Question of Self-Image?

You Can’t Appropriate Your Own Culture

By Star Foster

Seems like common sense, right? Yet common sense, as the saying goes, isn’t quite so common.

At Pagan Spirit Gathering this year I attended the Redneck Ritual. Debby led the ritual, which involved Dale Earnhardt, RC Cola and Moon Pies. Being from the great state of Georgia herself, she didn’t appropriate Redneck . . . → Read More: You Can’t Appropriate Your Own Culture

Art of Path Working – Magickal Envisioning and Visualized Meditation

By Frater Barrabbas

Finally, since we have discussed in detail the various elements of the Twenty-two Pathways (and the ten Sephiroth), we should now discuss how the student could go about assembling these components together to formulate what is known as Art of Qabbalistic Path Working. This methodology is a rather recent innovation, particularly since . . . → Read More: Art of Path Working – Magickal Envisioning and Visualized Meditation

The Battle For Unity Is As Old As The Mountains

By Erebos

In the past most religions have dealt with religious pluralism only in a most cursory fashion – in fact some religions have encouraged mutual hostility by teaching that foreign religions are not only different, but demonic or inferior. It is easy to understand why certain religions would follow such a path, after . . . → Read More: The Battle For Unity Is As Old As The Mountains