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On the treatment of deities (mini rant)

By Patch

Have you ever experienced a ritual, either in a group or alone; where god(s) are invoked, and you just know they haven’t shown up? Sometimes, no matter what you do, they aren’t going to make an appearance, i’m sure they’ve got lots to do.

Other times, it really is no surprise that they . . . → Read More: On the treatment of deities (mini rant)

Earth Overshoot Day Today

By Tim Wall Europe isn’t the only place facing a debt crisis this week. Today marks the day the entire planet goes into ecological debt, according to the Global Footprint Network.

Dubbed “Earth Overshoot Day,” Sept. 27 marks the day when humans have used an entire year’s worth of the planet’s productivity, the Network calculates.

. . . → Read More: Earth Overshoot Day Today

Frankenstein’s Moon: Astronomers Vindicate Account of Masterwork

Victor Frankenstein’s infamous monster led a brief, tragic existence, blazing a trail of death and destruction that prompted mobs of angry villagers to take up torches and pitchforks against him on the silver screen. Never once during his rampage, however, did the monster question the honesty of his ultimate creator, author Mary Wollstonecraft.

That bit . . . → Read More: Frankenstein’s Moon: Astronomers Vindicate Account of Masterwork

Defining a Heathen

By Jax

As a writer, specificity in the meaning of the words we use is important to me. I think a lot of miscommunication happens because people have a different idea of what a word means, which can lead to misunderstanding and even arguments. We should know what we mean when we use a word, . . . → Read More: Defining a Heathen

Ancestor Work vs. Racism

By Galina Krasskova

[Snip] Heathenry is the umbrella term for a body of religions that focus on restoring the pre-Christian practices and beliefs of Northern –the Germanic and Scandinavian parts of—Europe.

Ancestor veneration is a fundamental spiritual practice of nearly every engaged, indigenous faith including Heathenry. It involves honoring those who came before us . . . → Read More: Ancestor Work vs. Racism

Magick 101 # 6.1: Why the LBRP Matters

By Donald Michael Kraig

[Snip] In this first part of lesson 6 I’m going to talk about the first formal ritual, The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.

What? That ol’ thing?

Yes. That old thing.

Most of the time I see the LBRP performed it is done so perfunctorily that it is rather useless, . . . → Read More: Magick 101 # 6.1: Why the LBRP Matters

Researchers Explore Link Between Thinking Styles And Faith

Intuition may lead people toward a belief in the divine and help explain why some people have more faith in God than others, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

In a series of studies, researchers at Harvard University found that people with a more intuitive thinking style tend to have stronger . . . → Read More: Researchers Explore Link Between Thinking Styles And Faith

Chemins d’Hécate: portes, routes, carrefours et autres figures de l’entre-deux, by Athanassia Zografou

Reviewed by Britta Ager

Hecate has been the subject of much scholarship for a relatively minor goddess, especially following the surge of interest in ancient magic in the last half-century. Although her role as chthonic goddess and patroness of witchcraft is perhaps most likely to attract readers to Zografou’s study, Zografou makes it clear in . . . → Read More: Chemins d’Hécate: portes, routes, carrefours et autres figures de l’entre-deux, by Athanassia Zografou

10 of the World’s Deadliest Plants — And How They Kill You

By Robert Gonzalez

Be careful what you touch, and what you eat. Some vegetation can snuff out your life as surely as a venomous snake. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of poisonous plants in the world, and some of them are deadly.

Here are 10 of the world’s deadliest plants. We run down the . . . → Read More: 10 of the World’s Deadliest Plants — And How They Kill You

Looking Towards Ephesus

By Star Foster

[Snip] Christians think of Ephesus in terms of the Ephesian church, whom Paul addressed in one of the epistles he wrote while imprisoned in Rome. Most scholars don’t think Paul actually wrote the letter, but it certainly makes better mythos to say he did. Ephesians is where the church is described as . . . → Read More: Looking Towards Ephesus