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Cultural continuity?

By Yewtree

People from other religions, and occasionally archaeologists, refer to contemporary Pagans as “neopagans”. I personally find this condescending. I have outlined the reasons for this before, in a blogpost entitled “Stop calling us NeoPagans”.

I think the reason “neopagan” bothers me so much is (1) the other terms that the prefix “neo”appears in; . . . → Read More: Cultural continuity?

The Secret Language of Birds Tarot

Reviewed by Rebecca Elson

[Snip] Let me start with, this is a deck from Schiffer Publishing, so I must again take a moment to gush about the quality. It comes in a sturdy oversized gift box that has the awesome magnetic closure that apparently all Schiffer tarot decks come with. The 78 card tarot deck . . . → Read More: The Secret Language of Birds Tarot

Wicca is supposed to be safe?

By Rowan

Today on Facebook Christian Day shared with everyone a review on Amazon of his book “The Witches’ Book of the Dead” that, to be honest, just annoyed me. It essentially brought to light some of the things that have for many years bothered me about a portion of the Wiccan community. I say . . . → Read More: Wicca is supposed to be safe?

Imbolc Celebration Recipes

By Akasha

Traditional foods for the Imbolc celebration include those made with seeds, (to symbolize growth), raisins (a fruit of the Sun God), pork, poultry, or lamb, with sides of potatoes, cabbage, onions, and garlic. Imbolc is the mid-point of the dark half of the year, and though stored foods are running low, it is . . . → Read More: Imbolc Celebration Recipes

Imbolc

By Glaux

[Snip] The earliest recorded instance of Imbolc comes from the Irish epic poem “Tochmare Emire”, a part of the Ulster Cycle, where Cu Chulainn is attempting to woo Emer. Challenging the hound of Chulain to go without sleep for a year, Emer names the major calendar days, including:

“Imbolc, when the ewes . . . → Read More: Imbolc

Santa Muerte: Mexico’s Saint of Death

By R. Andrew Chesnut

While tens of thousands of Mexicans have lost their lives in the ongoing drug war, millions more have become devoted to death. Saint Death (Santa Muerte) is a skeletal folk saint whose cult has proliferated on both sides of the border over the past decade. The Grim Reapress (she’s a female . . . → Read More: Santa Muerte: Mexico’s Saint of Death

The Quest for the Historical Satan

Reviewed by Gareth J. Medway

On the face of it, this is not quite the same as writing about, say, ‘The Quest for the Historical Arthur’, which implies that there was a historical King Arthur underlying the mediaeval romances, as it is rather more contentious to suggest that there was a historical Satan. The authors . . . → Read More: The Quest for the Historical Satan

The Anthropology of Food

By David Wann

Old Perspective: Food should be fast, easy, fun, and so cheap that it’s okay to waste it. Cooking doesn’t fit these criteria because it requires concentration, “extra” time, and engagement, so processed food is superior. The origins and quality of my food are not as important as their standardized, predictable consistency.

New . . . → Read More: The Anthropology of Food

Androgynous Goddess

By David Salisbury

[Snip] Many mystics teach of the androgynous nature of God/dess and what that means for gender in humans. A book could be written (and many have!) on the gender of God, but I want to spit some words here about how the lines can become blurred.

Consider Athena. Her statues once stood . . . → Read More: Androgynous Goddess

The Unconquered, by Scott Wallace

Reviewed by Julia Heath

Sydney Possuelo is on a mission to find the last uncontacted tribes in the Amazon. A passionate and radical explorer and ethnographer, Possuelo has devoted his life to the preservation of indigenous and uncontacted Amazonian tribes, in addition to creating a team of likeminded activists called the Sertanistas. Possuelo is also . . . → Read More: The Unconquered, by Scott Wallace