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Petitioned to ban new Monsanto GMO corn

By Carey Gillam

<snip> “Consumers deserve to know what’s in their food, especially when there is a pesticide in every bite,” said Charles Margulis of the Center for Environmental Health. “This whole, unprocessed corn has been spliced with genes that produce a risky, untested insecticide. Parents should be informed when food on supermarket shelves has . . . → Read More: Petitioned to ban new Monsanto GMO corn

Inuit Ghost Stories Spook Toronto Bookstore Window for Halloween

Look out! Don’t stray too close to the water, children, lest a qalupaliit snatch you. But be careful on the tundra too: that’s where a giant may be waiting to feed you to his family. Or you may simply be drawn into the world of Inuit shamanism.

Any of these things are possible this Halloween: . . . → Read More: Inuit Ghost Stories Spook Toronto Bookstore Window for Halloween

Choosing Your Tarot Deck

By Patti Wigington

For a beginning Tarot reader, few tasks are as daunting as actually choosing that first deck. There are hundreds of different Tarot decks available. Some are based upon famous artwork, movies, books, legends, mythology, and even movies. Others proudly declare on their sparkly boxes that they are not just Tarot cards — . . . → Read More: Choosing Your Tarot Deck

Practical Magic and Popular Culture

By John

AODA Archdruid John Michael Greer has a new blog post titled “A Lesson in Practical Magic.” Like most of his Archdruid Reports, this entry follows the theme of Peak Oil. But this one deals primarily with Joséphin Péladan, a French writer and occultist of the late 19th century. Péladan is an interesting character . . . → Read More: Practical Magic and Popular Culture

Imagined… But not Imaginary

By Erebos

“To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another.” – Emily Dickinson

Contemporary Pagans often faces the challenge of justifying the authenticity of their practices and spirituality since there is no true unbroken line between the classic and contemporary paganisms, while at the same time the . . . → Read More: Imagined… But not Imaginary

Psychologists’ Golf Trick Shows Superstition Boosts Performance

By Helen Fields

How can you make people better at sports? Tell them they’re using equipment that previously belonged to a professional athlete. No, really. A new study finds that golfers significantly improved their putting ability when they believed the putter they were using belonged to a celebrity golfer.

The research was inspired by a . . . → Read More: Psychologists’ Golf Trick Shows Superstition Boosts Performance

Tarot: Predictive Readings

By Barbara Moore

[Snip] My personal philosophy about predicting the future is that it is a lot like predicting the weather. Things are trending in a certain direction. Events have been set in motion. By looking had what’s going on now and what energy from the past is still playing a role, we can tell . . . → Read More: Tarot: Predictive Readings

Why did the Middle East select for monotheism?

By Lorenzo

[Snip] A variation on the Whig interpretation of history that still has surprising sway is that human religious history has a “natural” progression from animism through polytheism to monotheism. It has led to such nonsense as the psychotic tyrant Akhenaton being written up positively solely because he was monotheist (or, at least practised . . . → Read More: Why did the Middle East select for monotheism?

The “S” Word

By Lupa

[Snip] I do use the term “shaman” self-referentially. I do not see what I do as being the same as what an Evenk shaman does, or what the holy person/medicine person/etc. of another indigenous culture does. Everything I do, I do with the conscious realization that I am a white chick from the . . . → Read More: The “S” Word

Critters of the Occult – A Fierce Familiar is a Witch’s Best Friend

The following is an excerpt from The Weiser Field Guide to Witches, by Judika Illes.

[Snip] Foxes

Small, wild, and nocturnal, foxes are considered the most feline of canines because of their physical appearance and behavior. (Baby foxes are called “kits.”) They are profoundly identified with witches, especially in Japan, where they are the witchcraft . . . → Read More: Critters of the Occult – A Fierce Familiar is a Witch’s Best Friend