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Recycling Ritual Tools

By Lupa

While neopaganism is relatively young, there are a variety of traditions that have arisen among some pagans surrounding ritual tools. Some have to do with their procurement, such as never haggle with the maker or seller of a tool you want. Others deal with their handling and care, such as periodic purification, not . . . → Read More: Recycling Ritual Tools

The Dogs of War

By Pthelms

Whilst researching the cultic connections between Ares and His sister, Athene, I could not help but to be intrigued by the commonalities between Ares and Hekate as well. Ares and Hekate have odd symmetry at times, from cult sacrifices to titles, and even symbolism. I wanted to take time today to speculate on . . . → Read More: The Dogs of War

Leap Year Day – February 29th

By Barbara Ardinger

In November, 1937, cartoonist Al Capp introduced a new folk holiday: Sadie Hawkins Day. Every year, Capp’s comic strip, L’il Abner, showed Sadie, “the homeliest gal in the hills,” and her gal friends totin’ their shotguns and chasin’ hillbilly men through the woods with matrimony in mind.

Sadie Hawkins Day was not . . . → Read More: Leap Year Day – February 29th

Overfishing Threatens the Survival of Seabirds

From gannets to seagulls, puffins to penguins, all seabirds suffer the same drop in birth rates when the supply of fish drops to less than a third of maximum capacity. That’s the result from an international study on the relationships between predators and prey in seven ecosystems around the world, published in the magazine Science . . . → Read More: Overfishing Threatens the Survival of Seabirds

Loss of City Trees Costs Billions

By Sarah Simpson

A new U.S. Forest Service analysis of 20 U.S. cities, including Atlanta Ga. (above), pegs urban tree loss at about 4 million trees a year. That decrease translates into an astronomical annual loss in environmental services, such as reduced heating and cooling costs, when you consider that each tree represents as much . . . → Read More: Loss of City Trees Costs Billions

Female Heroism in Ancient Greek Literature

By GraecoMuse

In order to evaluate to what extent there is a concept of ‘female heroism’ in ancient Greek literature it is necessary to look at female literary figures in ancient Greece and their qualities. There are several definitions of a heroine that provide us with a basis from which to evaluate the concept of . . . → Read More: Female Heroism in Ancient Greek Literature

The Cauldron of Transformation

By John Beckett

[Snip] In the legend of Arthur, a boy becomes king when he pulls a sword from a stone. In some versions of the story this is the famous sword Excalibur, and in other versions it is another sword and Excalibur is given to Arthur by the Lady of the Lake. Years later, . . . → Read More: The Cauldron of Transformation

A Seed Saved is a Seed Earned

By Shannon Brescher Shea

Swapping items is far more rewarding when you feel that you’ve produced the very items you’re swapping. There’s an inherent sense of pride in it, knowing that someone wants to now own something you’ve made. Although it seems odd to think of plant seeds as being “human produced” outside of agricultural . . . → Read More: A Seed Saved is a Seed Earned

Video Games Depict Religion as Violent, Problematized

In the past few years, the video game industry has grown from a niche market into a major part of mainstream media. This increase in popularity and use of technology has allowed video game developers to insert more detail and nuance into the storylines of their games. Many video games have begun incorporating religion as . . . → Read More: Video Games Depict Religion as Violent, Problematized

Ghana football team split blamed on witchcraft

By Michael Oti Adjei

Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic has revealed deep divisions within the squad, saying some players used witchcraft against their own team-mates.

The Serbian made his claim in a leaked report on the Black Stars’ failure at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, where they were beaten by eventual winners Zambia in . . . → Read More: Ghana football team split blamed on witchcraft