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Twelve Nights of Yule

By Swain Wodening

This coming weekend, many Heathen groups and individuals will be celebrating Twelfth Night. But just how Heathen is the concept of Twelfth Night? If we look to the lore, we see mentioned in “Hakon the Good’s Saga” in the “Heimskringla” that Yule was celebrated for three days. Twelfth Night or Twelve Nights . . . → Read More: Twelve Nights of Yule

Ancient Grain Goddesses of the Eastern Mediterranean

By Johanna Stuckey

[Snip] As the Harvest season approaches, I have been thinking about the ancient goddesses who embodied the grain that maintained the agriculturally based civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean. Their Mesopotamian names resonate with the rustle of grain fields: Nunbarshegunu and Ninlil, Ezinu and Ashnan, Sud, Kusu, and Nissaba, and the parallels between . . . → Read More: Ancient Grain Goddesses of the Eastern Mediterranean

Earth Wisdom, by Glennie Kindred

Reviewed by BadWitch

There are many forms of nature-based spirituality. Some people choose to follow initiatory pagan paths such as wicca or druidry, other prefer to find their own ways to connect with nature.

Earth Wisdom, by artist, healer and teacher Glennie Kindred is aimed at those who perhaps don’t want to sign up to . . . → Read More: Earth Wisdom, by Glennie Kindred

Seshat, the Lady of Numbers

By Lesley Jackson

The Ancient Egyptians, wise people, had goddesses aplenty but the fame of a few, such as Isis and Hathor, has overshadowed and absorbed many others. Like women, goddesses have not escaped being stereotyped but not all will fit the maiden-mother-crone model nor are they all earth focused. One of these is the . . . → Read More: Seshat, the Lady of Numbers

One nation, under Gods

Far from turning our backs on religion, today’s Americans are religiously fluid. And that’s a good thing.

By Eric Weiner

Nearly half a century ago Time magazine famously asked: Is God Dead? The verdict is in. God is definitely not dead — the United States remains a highly religious nation — but God has diversified, . . . → Read More: One nation, under Gods

Earthworks created for more than farming

By Bradley T. Lepper

Many of Ohio’s ancient earthworks are aligned to astronomical events, such as the apparent rising and setting of the sun or the moon on key dates in their cycles.

The main axis of the Octagon Earthworks at Newark, for example, lines up to where the moon rises at its northernmost point . . . → Read More: Earthworks created for more than farming

Invoking the Egyptian Gods

By Judith Page and Ken Biles

[Snip] Working with the energies of different Egyptian gods can be powerful and enlightening and can also restore a sense of calm, balance, and harmony within. There are many ways you can work with these ancient gods, and many reasons for doing so. For example, you may be faced . . . → Read More: Invoking the Egyptian Gods

The Last Pagans of Rome, by Alan Cameron

Reviewed by Aude Busine

This impressive book is a masterpiece, result of decades of research in the field of Late Antique Literature and History. Alan Cameron provides a sharp and stimulating reassessment of common assumptions about the confrontation between pagans and Christians in Late Antiquity. The book focuses on the members of the ‘pagan’ elite . . . → Read More: The Last Pagans of Rome, by Alan Cameron

Nine Theses on Wicca and Atheism

By Eric Steinhart

[Snip] The first thesis is that as Christianity declines in America, two communities will be growing: an atheistic community and a neo-pagan community.

The second thesis: Since Wicca is the largest and most coherent neo-pagan community, the neo-paganism will mainly be Wiccan.

The third thesis: As the atheistic community grows larger, social . . . → Read More: Nine Theses on Wicca and Atheism

The Kalash: the Last Pagans of the Hindu Kush

The Kalash are the last surviving animists in Central Asia. They live in three valleys, high up in the Hindu Kush mountains on the border with Afghanistan.

The Kalash creed is all that remains of a faith, which was once followed across the Hindu Kush. The territory of these animists was known as Kafiristan or . . . → Read More: The Kalash: the Last Pagans of the Hindu Kush