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Shapeshifting Into Kin: Part Two

By Lupa

[Snip] There are many purposes for shapeshifting—celebration, drawing on the power of the being you’re changing into, learning to change yourself, etc. There are also many techniques, some stationary, others involving dance and other movement. This version of shapeshifting is quieter, and is primarily for the purpose of creating connection with, and fostering . . . → Read More: Shapeshifting Into Kin: Part Two

Fast food may damage your brain: study

By Sharon Kirkey

Researchers have found that there’s a part of your body that might actually shrink when you eat too much fast food.

Unfortunately, it’s your brain.

People with diets high in trans fats are more likely to experience the kind of brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease than people who consume less of . . . → Read More: Fast food may damage your brain: study

How Beavers Helped to Build America

Once abundant and widespread, beavers helped to forge the ground under our feet, making water safe to drink and the land an oasis for life.

By Jennifer Viegas

Beavers, once abundant and widespread in the Northern Hemisphere, helped to forge the ground underneath many Americans’ feet

The team behind a new study used ground-penetrating radar . . . → Read More: How Beavers Helped to Build America

A Foot in Both Worlds

By John Beckett

I live with one foot in the world of science and the other in the world of magic. I am an engineer and a Druid, a corporate manager and a priest. It is not the easiest path to walk… though I think most of us who are Pagans in the 21st century . . . → Read More: A Foot in Both Worlds

The Book of English Magic, by Philip Carr-Gomm

Reviewed by Newworldwitchery

If you have spent much time studying occult literature, you know that Great Britain is rife with magical lore: fairies, Arthurian legends, druidry, cunning folk, etc. There have been many who have attempted to collect that literature and lore over the years, but few or none that spring to mind as compendiums . . . → Read More: The Book of English Magic, by Philip Carr-Gomm

Impressions of Taoism and the Tao Te Ching

By Frater Barrabbas Tiresius

Of all of the Eastern systems of mysticism, the one that I find most akin to my own beliefs is Chinese Taoism. There is something natural, earthy and simplistic about Taoism, and also something that explains the mysteries of life and magick in a concise and profound manner. Unfortunately, my source . . . → Read More: Impressions of Taoism and the Tao Te Ching

Mammal Evolution Tracks With Climate Change

Climate changes profoundly influenced the rise and fall of six distinct, successive waves of mammal species diversity in North America over the last 65 million years, shows a novel statistical analysis led by Brown University evolutionary biologists. Warming and cooling periods, in two cases confounded by species migrations, marked the transition from one dominant grouping . . . → Read More: Mammal Evolution Tracks With Climate Change

Confessions of a Pagan Nun, by Kate Horsley

Reviewed by Elizabeth

Confessions of a Pagan Nun is a brief but stunning historical novel set in the sixth century, in which a woman named Gwynneve, a nun at the convent of St. Brigit at Kildare, recounts the story of her life. This is not a book about a saint, a heroine, or a remarkable . . . → Read More: Confessions of a Pagan Nun, by Kate Horsley

The Midwinter Child

By a Contemporary Druid

The nativity story of Christianity so familiar to us has historical antecedents in the Pagan traditions of pre-Christian Europe. These traditions largely center on the Child of the Midwinter Sun whose story can be found in mythologies across the world. The child is known as Tammuz, Apollo, Dionysus, Mithras, Osiris, Attis, . . . → Read More: The Midwinter Child

The Changing Face of the Pagan Movement

By Tess Dawson

Historic-rooted religions, like polytheistic, reconstructionist, or revivalist religions are wending away from Paganism like the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers meander away from each other from sources a mere nineteen miles apart, then return together as they flow into the Persian Gulf. There has been much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth . . . → Read More: The Changing Face of the Pagan Movement