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The Origins of Monothiesm in Hindu Dharma

By Sita Ram Goel and Ram Swarup

The dialogue which Raja Ram Mohun Roy had started in the third decade of the nineteenth century stopped abruptly with the passing away of Mahatma Gandhi in January 1948. The Hindu leadership or what passed for it in post-independence India was neither equipped for nor interested in the . . . → Read More: The Origins of Monothiesm in Hindu Dharma

Investigating the Syncretism of Catholicism and Voodoo in New Orleans

By Anthony M. J. Maranise

Abstract: This paper discusses the syncretism of both Catholicism and Voodoo in New Orleans and explains how the adaptable Catholicism of New Orleans provides ample support for the growth rather than repression of Voodoo. Among the shared elements between Catholicism and Voodoo that permit syncretism, I discuss three means which . . . → Read More: Investigating the Syncretism of Catholicism and Voodoo in New Orleans

Altar’d States

Anonymous

When you set out on a Pagan path–be it Witchcraft, Druidry, Reconstructionism of some sort, or yet another path–often one of the first things you will be advised to do is set up a sacred place in your home. Usually this space is called an altar or shrine. Erecting a home altar or shrine . . . → Read More: Altar’d States

On Wizards

By Siegfried Goodfellow

A wizard goes beneath and beyond. A wizard has penetrating sight, and sees through. A wizard assimilates and grasps learning(s) at a much deeper and less literal level than most. A wizard is comfortable with contradictions and riddles.

For these reasons, most people can’t trust or understand wizards. They are strange to . . . → Read More: On Wizards

Weather Magic and Folklore

By Patti Wigington

In many magical traditions, weather magic is a popular focus of workings. The term “weather magic” can be used to mean anything from divination and forecasting to actual control of the weather itself. When you consider that many of today’s folk magic customs are rooted in our agricultural past, it makes sense . . . → Read More: Weather Magic and Folklore

Mouths and Ears

Remember this was once the only way: the way our whole culture was kept alive.

By Steven T. Abell

A friend who often represents Ásatrú/Heathenry at interfaith events has interesting stories to tell about manning the tables, explaining us to people who know nothing about us and our religion. A common conversation there goes something . . . → Read More: Mouths and Ears

“Guard the Mysteries. Reveal them Constantly”

By Donald Michael Kraig

As a young neo-occultist, this motto didn’t make sense to me. The mysteries of Wicca and Witchcraft, and of various magickal orders, were secrets. I understood the first part of the motto. It meant to keep the inner teachings—”The Mysteries”—a secret except to those who were initiated into the group and . . . → Read More: “Guard the Mysteries. Reveal them Constantly”

Severus Pius Augustus

Studien zur sakralen Repräsentation und Rezeption der Herrschaft des Septimius Severus und seiner Familie, von Achim Lichtenberger

Reviewed by Clare Rowan

This monograph, which represents the author’s Habilitationsschrift, explores the sacral image of Septimius Severus and his family, as well as its ancient reception. Lichtenberger asks to what extent Severus’ non-Roman origins influenced his reign, . . . → Read More: Severus Pius Augustus

2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse

John W. Morehead interviews Joseph Gelfer

I first heard about the Mayan calendar, and allegations of its predictions of the end of the world when I was a teenager in the 1970s. On the television program In Search Of…, host Leonard Nimoy explored a wide variety of once-fringe topics, from lost civilizations to the paranormal. . . . → Read More: 2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse

The Emotional Oracle Effect

Trusting Feelings When Predicting Future Events

A forthcoming article in the Journal of Consumer Research by Professor Michel Tuan Pham, Kravis Professor of Business, Marketing, Columbia Business School; Leonard Lee, Associate Professor, Marketing, Columbia Business School; and Andrew Stephen, PhD ’09, currently Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University . . . → Read More: The Emotional Oracle Effect