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In Praise of Faith

By Max Dashu

So the economic shrinkage has begun, and we are grappling with instability, uncertainty, insecurity. In times like these, finding a place to stand becomes more of a challenge than ever. It’s an important question for many of us: how to sustain what we have been growing all these years, and not be . . . → Read More: In Praise of Faith

High Performance Symbolism: The Jaguar

By Rebecca

[Snip] Everyone is familiar with the animal, but we’re not talking about a mere mortal animal, we’re talking about the jaguar as something more than flesh; we’re exploring it as a symbol for larger things. Generally, you will find the jaguar being treated as a symbol amongst the native tribes of Central America . . . → Read More: High Performance Symbolism: The Jaguar

Samhain Countdown: Nut Crack Night

By Patti Wigington

For modern Pagans and Wiccans, divination is something for which we have practically unlimited tools. We have Tarot cards, scrying mirrors, runes, and all kinds of other goodies. However, for our ancestors, things weren’t quite so simple. Early divination was often done using only the items at hand — sticks, vegetable peels, . . . → Read More: Samhain Countdown: Nut Crack Night

Skadi, Viking Goddess of Winter

By Fiana Sidhe

As we move toward the cold darkness of winter, we enter the dark Goddess Skadi’s realm. Skadi is the Viking Goddess of winter. Her name is said to mean shadow or shade. She is the Queen of the shades.

She is a huntress, a dark magician, a giantess Goddess, ruling especially over . . . → Read More: Skadi, Viking Goddess of Winter

Magick 101 # 6.3.2: The Names that Charge the Pentagrams

By Donald Michael Kraig

In previous posts I’ve discussed the value of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram and its first section known as the Kabalistic Cross. In the previous post of this series (LINK) I discussed how to form the pentagrams and the importance of circumambulating as part of the ritual. I’d like . . . → Read More: Magick 101 # 6.3.2: The Names that Charge the Pentagrams

Sacramental Eating

By John

We are born alive – and hungry.

For a short time we are sustained by our mother’s milk. It is given freely and lovingly (in most cases, anyway), but that gift is possible only because our mothers consume other life.

Eventually the maternal intermediary is removed and we begin a life-long process of . . . → Read More: Sacramental Eating

Diwali, Hindu Festival Of Lights Goes Mainstream In America

By Lauren Markoe

Happy Diwali!

Happy Di what?

It’s a Hindu holiday — and an important one — celebrated this week by Hindus all over the world, including an estimated 2 million in the United States. But do most Americans even know what Diwali is all about?

Many Hindu Americans say no, and they’re working . . . → Read More: Diwali, Hindu Festival Of Lights Goes Mainstream In America

The Underlying Unity Within Pagan Diversity

What we have in common is that we celebrate the fact that we’re all different.

By Gus diZerega

Anyone attending PantheaCon or some other major Pagan gathering cannot help but be impressed with the enormous variety of lifestyles and Pagan traditions present: Wiccans and Heathens, Celtic Reconstructionists and Druids, African Diasporic practitioners and Pagan Eclectics, . . . → Read More: The Underlying Unity Within Pagan Diversity

The Yew: Sacred Tree of Transformation and Rebirth

By Glennie Kindred

The Yew, Taxus baccata , is an ancient tree species that has survived since before the Ice Age and as such as been revered and used by humankind throughout the ages. All races of the Northern Hemisphere, especially the Celts, the Greeks, the Romans and the North American Indians, have a right . . . → Read More: The Yew: Sacred Tree of Transformation and Rebirth

A Companion to Ancient Egypt, by Alan B. Lloyd (ed.)

Reviewed by Peter C. Nadig

One of the recent additions to the Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World is the huge two-volume set, Companion to Ancient Egypt edited by Alan B. Lloyd. A previous companion to the Ancient Near East (edited by D.C. Snell in 2007) features a few chapters on Ancient Egypt. The current . . . → Read More: A Companion to Ancient Egypt, by Alan B. Lloyd (ed.)