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Human-Caused Climate Change Major Factor in More Frequent Mediterranean Droughts

Wintertime droughts are increasingly common in the Mediterranean region, and human-caused climate change is partly responsible, according to a new analysis by NOAA scientists and colleagues at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). In the last 20 years, 10 of the driest 12 winters have taken place in the lands surrounding the . . . → Read More: Human-Caused Climate Change Major Factor in More Frequent Mediterranean Droughts

Witches in Philippines’ Siquijor province are old hat

Sorcery is a fact of life on the island, where ancient traditions have mingled with aspects of Catholicism.

By Benjamin Haas

At the end of a dirt road deep in the mountains, Consolacion Acay hobbled onto her porch and picked up her tools of the trade: a glass cup, a bamboo straw, a stone the . . . → Read More: Witches in Philippines’ Siquijor province are old hat

Genes of Extinct Ancestor Survive in Modern Humans

Genes inherited from long-extinct human ancestors may be more common than thought, suggesting a Homo sapiens origin story with more than a few evolutionary one-night stands.

The latest findings involve genes from Denisovans, a recently-discovered member of the Homo genus who lived in central and eastern Asia until 40,000 years ago. Denisovans, humans and . . . → Read More: Genes of Extinct Ancestor Survive in Modern Humans

‘JesusWeen’ offers Bibles, postcards to trick-or-treaters

By Andy Johnson

is calling on Christians to forego the candy and costumes of Halloween and instead hand out Bibles to trick-or-treaters.

It’s called “JesusWeen” and hundreds of churches across Canada and the U.S. are expected to take part in the event described on jesusween.com as a Christian gift-giving festival.

“JesusWeen is a . . . → Read More: ‘JesusWeen’ offers Bibles, postcards to trick-or-treaters

Why Did the Native American People Convert to a Foreign Religion?

By Tim Giago

It is written (Niehardt — Black Elk Speaks — 1932) that in the end, Black Elk converted to Catholicism and it is also well-known that Lakota Chief Red Cloud also converted to Catholicism and this brings us to ask: Why?

There have been many very traditional Lakota who never gave up their . . . → Read More: Why Did the Native American People Convert to a Foreign Religion?

Magick 101 # 6.3.3: The Formulation of the Pentagrams

By Donald Michael Kraig

[Snip] To reach this point of the LBRP, you should have completed the section called The Kabalistic Cross. You end up facing East with your hands folded at your chest, the blade pointing up, and a powerful sensation of the blending of energy from the Divine with your own energy. In . . . → Read More: Magick 101 # 6.3.3: The Formulation of the Pentagrams

Thoughts on Initiation

By Caroline Tully

I am naked, blindfolded. I can’t see a thing but my other senses are heightened. I hear whispering, I feel my wrists chafe against the cord that restrains them. The smell of incense invades my nostrils and my mouth is dry with anticipation. I am disoriented, but I know where I am. . . . → Read More: Thoughts on Initiation

Talking to Pagan Kids About Christianity & Jesus

By Patti Wigington

If you’re a Pagan parent, there’s a good chance you’re raising your kids as Pagan as well. And if that’s the case, you can be assured that at some point, one of your children is going to start wondering about Jesus. It may be something perfectly innocuous, like “Why is that naked . . . → Read More: Talking to Pagan Kids About Christianity & Jesus

Harvesting & Preserving By the Moon

By Janice Sharkey

There’s no question that home gardening has exploded in popularity in recent years. With rising food prices and a rising need to reconnect with nature, growing your own food can be an ideal two-for-one hobby. It’s wonderful to watch once purely ornamental gardens being transformed into berried hedgerows and vegetable patches that . . . → Read More: Harvesting & Preserving By the Moon

Most haunted English Heritage sites

By BadWitch

[Snip] 1) 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex

Paranormal phenomena and sightings over the 944 years since the Battle of Hastings have been rife. On the anniversary of the battle (October 14), the ghost of the former King Harold is said to appear at the spot of his demise, which . . . → Read More: Most haunted English Heritage sites