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Magic and Mind and Psychology

By Inominandum

I think by now everyone knows that I am against any view that reduces magic to psychology or seeing spirits as parts of the brain or anything at all like that. I have been happy to see this view rejected by more and more people over the years.

Unfortunately in rejecting the idea . . . → Read More: Magic and Mind and Psychology

A Ceremony for Every Occasion, by Siusaidh Ceanadach

Reviewed by BadWitch

If you have ever had a go at writing a ritual for a pagan event, you will know that it isn’t as easy as it might seem.

[Snip] The easy option is to look for a ritual that someone else has already written, ready to use off the peg or with very . . . → Read More: A Ceremony for Every Occasion, by Siusaidh Ceanadach

Witches’ Paradigms: Part One

By Ian Elliott

Whereas non-pagans are guided by sacred books, pagans are guided by nature. Nature guides us through the course of the seasons. We take our moods, our goals and the way we pursue them, from the seasonal round, which is called ‘The Wheel of the Year’.

Witches of our Celtic tradition follow three . . . → Read More: Witches’ Paradigms: Part One

Pagan Easter Breakfast, and the origin of Easter things

By Jason Mankey

For the last ten years* or so my wife and I have hosted what we fondly call “Pagan Easter Breakfast.” Pagan Easter Breakfast (or PEB) is exactly what it sounds like, it’s breakfast on Easter by and for Pagans. I’ve had a few Pagans accuse me of having a “secret Christian agenda” . . . → Read More: Pagan Easter Breakfast, and the origin of Easter things

Celtic Myth and Religion, by Sharon Paice MacLeod

A Study of Traditional Belief, with Newly Translated Prayers, Poems & Songs

Reviewed by Ian Corrigan

Celtic Myth and Religion is an effort to summarize what is presently known, surmised and guessed about pre-Christian Celtic religion, and “indigenous religious traditions of the Celtic-speaking peoples, from the first millennium B.C.E. to the early modern era”. MacLeod . . . → Read More: Celtic Myth and Religion, by Sharon Paice MacLeod

Ganesh – Remover of Obstacles

By Red Pixie

Ganesh (also known as Ganesha or Ganapati), is the elephant-headed, pot-bellied, Hindu God. He is one of the most beloved Gods in Hinduism. Even though there are many different sects of Hinduism in India and throughout the world, Ganesh is the one Deity that all Hindus love and worship. He is the . . . → Read More: Ganesh – Remover of Obstacles

E is for Exercise

By Galina Krasskova

[Snip] Our bodies are manifestations of our soul and also of our spiritual lives –isn’t that a terrifying thought? The corollary that one may extrapolate from this is that how we treat our bodies is indicative of how we tend our souls. This is particularly true in Heathenry, where the soul is . . . → Read More: E is for Exercise

BioMagick: The Sacred Nature of Bees & Honey

By Athmey M. Richter

[Snip] Bees, and the honey they so cleverly create, are sublimely steeped in magick and sacred ritual. From the dawn of time to the present, throughout religious turmoil, changing geopolitical borders, steps forward and steps back in morality and human behavior, bees and honey have been a mainstay of human society. . . . → Read More: BioMagick: The Sacred Nature of Bees & Honey

The Norse Goddess Idun

By Mina

The once harsh winter winds transform to gentle breezes. Daffodils, Crocus and Tulips push through the newly thawed earth, barren trees begin to bud, animals are birthing their young, and the spring peepers serenade us with their throaty song. To this harmonious wonder we honor Idun.

Idun, “She who renews”, is known as . . . → Read More: The Norse Goddess Idun

Good Witch Series: Elphaba

By Zan

[Snip] It all started when the musical Wicked open in October, 2003, derived from Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. The fascinating premise to Maguire’s book is to tell the story of the Witches of Oz: but from the point-of-view of the Wicked . . . → Read More: Good Witch Series: Elphaba