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What is Wildcrafting?

By Patti Wigington

In addition to growing your own magical herbs in your garden, in many areas you can harvest herbs from their natural environment — in the wild. This is known as wildcrafting, and is becoming a popular pastime. If you’re one of the many Pagans or Wiccans who enjoys working with herbs, . . . → Read More: What is Wildcrafting?

Should Pagans Be Survivalists?

By Star Foster

When Pagans practice survivalism, stocking up food and non-electric equipment, it’s generally for two very sensible reasons: it’s what their ancestors did, and it’s insurance against an uncertain economy. We watch the news. We know what the unemployment rate looks like. We know how bad the job market is, we all . . . → Read More: Should Pagans Be Survivalists?

Before Forgiveness: The Origins of a Moral Idea, by David Konstan

Reviewed by Jakub Jirsa

David Konstan argues for a simple but radical thesis: the modern concept of forgiveness did not exist in classical antiquity (Greece and Rome) and it is not fully present in the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament or the Church fathers (p. ix). Statements like this have, I suspect, two major effects . . . → Read More: Before Forgiveness: The Origins of a Moral Idea, by David Konstan

The Ghosts of Evolution

By Meical

Somewhere out there in the landscape in which you live, there is a pointer to a ghost of evolution. It might be a tree with spiky thorns, uneaten fruit lying on the ground, or an herb only found in hand-propagated gardens.

Most of us will never recognize these ghosts without a guide. . . . → Read More: The Ghosts of Evolution

The Venus of Willendorf

By Fire Lyte

The Venus of Willendorf, also known as the Woman of Willendorf, is an 4.3” high statuette of a female figure estimated to have been made between 24,000 and 22,000 BC. It was discovered in 1908 by archaeologist Josef Szombathy at a Paleolithic site near Willendorf, a village in Lower Austria near . . . → Read More: The Venus of Willendorf

Five Reasons Your Home May Be Haunted

By Debi Chestnut

As a paranormal investigator, one of the first questions I’m asked is, “How did the ghost get here?” The answer isn’t as simple as it sounds—it requires asking a lot of questions of the homeowner and conducting hours of research. However, it’s been my experience that there are generally five reasons why . . . → Read More: Five Reasons Your Home May Be Haunted

The sacred circle of life

By Helen Riding

I recently crafted a broad definition of Paganism as “Paganism is a religious movement embracing earth-centred spiritual traditions that celebrate the sacred circle of life and teach us to live in harmony with Nature and each other.”

This definition was inspired by a clause in the current bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist . . . → Read More: The sacred circle of life

Ecstatic Tarot

By Literata

I think Tarot is often an ecstatic experience, but not in the way we usually think about ecstasy. Most people, even most devoted Tarot readers, wouldn’t describe Tarot as necessarily a joyful experience. A lot of people who only get an occasional reading would argue quite the opposite: they get a reading when . . . → Read More: Ecstatic Tarot

Perfect Love and Perfect Trust?

By Ellen Dugan

The phrase “perfect love and perfect trust”, is tossed around a lot in Witch circles. But What does this actually mean? In a ideal world it means that you work with a circle or group of fellow practitioners with affection, while possessing complete and utter confidence in them. That they will be . . . → Read More: Perfect Love and Perfect Trust?

Shamanic Initiation and the Legacy of Suffering

By Kelley Harrell

“It isn’t the things that happen to us in our lives that cause us to suffer, it’s how we relate to the things that happen to us that causes us to suffer.” — Pema Chödrön

Suffering has long been associated with the shamanic process. Our studies of ancient shamanic cultures indicate that . . . → Read More: Shamanic Initiation and the Legacy of Suffering