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D is for Dualities

(and why so many of them aren’t very useful)

By Cat

[Snip] One of the very first concepts associated with non-mainstream spirituality I encountered at around the age of 16/17 was by way of the yin-yang symbol (or, more correctly as I just learned, the tajitu symbol). You know, where two opposites make a whole . . . → Read More: D is for Dualities

Experiencing the World's Religions, by Michael Molloy

Reviewed by Fionnchú

[Snip] “Understanding Religions” opens, then indigenous varieties, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism & Sikhism, Daoism & Confucianism, and Shintoism. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam follow. Alternative religions and “The Modern Search” wrap it up.

Michael Molloy’s updated this all for its fifth ed. He takes his task seriously, but he adds insight and verve. That . . . → Read More: Experiencing the World’s Religions, by Michael Molloy

The Burning Times in Germany

By Weissdorn

Today I read a couple of blogs. . . .which sort of irked me the way one of them expressed, “There were no burning times”. The person, who wrote one of these blogs, claims to be a former school teacher. I can only hope she doesn’t teach history, because the “Burning Times” were, . . . → Read More: The Burning Times in Germany

Beltaine, the Gateway to Summer

By Ellen Evert Hopman

For the ancient Celts, there were only two seasons: summer and winter. Beltaine (Irish spelling) ushered in the light half of the year while Samhain (modern Halloween) ushered in the dark half. The mid-points of the year were Imbolc, the Fire Festival of mid-winter that celebrated the lactation of the ewes, . . . → Read More: Beltaine, the Gateway to Summer

Dear Old Pagans…

By Fire Lyte

There’s a meme that’s getting started in the pagan blogosphere in which one writes a letter to young pagans, exasperatedly begging them to quit their foolish ways. . . . While many of these points are things I’ve talked about in the past, and many of them I agree with, I feel . . . → Read More: Dear Old Pagans…

Paganism 101 Again….and Again…

By Star Foster

It fascinates me that there is no continuing education in Paganism (such as “Sunday School” or “Bible study”) but we have an endless series of 101 classes. I had to take them when I was considering the Alexandrian tradition of Witchcraft. I sometimes took classes twice when I was active in the . . . → Read More: Paganism 101 Again….and Again…

Senobessus: Gaulish Polytheistic Reconstructionism

By Camun

Gaulish Polytheistic Reconstructionism, or “Senobessus,” is a branch of Celtic Polytheistic Reconstructionism. It focuses on specifically pre-Christian Gaulish paganism. I suppose a simpler way to put it is simply “Gaulish neopaganism.” This movement, much of it very recent, has forced me to look hard at the Cernic Rite concept.

It has occurred to . . . → Read More: Senobessus: Gaulish Polytheistic Reconstructionism

Casting Sacred Space, by Ivo Dominguez, Jr.

Reviewed by Freeman

I missed the mid-February general release date for this book for a simple reason: I got way too involved with it. This is the kind of book you want to add to your list of “non-101,” real magic books for established practitioners. There is some introductory material on sensing and making use . . . → Read More: Casting Sacred Space, by Ivo Dominguez, Jr.

Bringing the Major Arcana Down to Earth

Discover Your Best Workout Through the Cards

By Barbara Moore

Most tarot readers consider the Major Arcana cards to be more spiritual than the Minor Arcana cards, which are usually read as representing everyday life events and people. The Major cards, on the other hand, are doorways to powerful archetypal energy, life lessons, important life . . . → Read More: Bringing the Major Arcana Down to Earth

Witchfather, by Philip Heselton

Into the Witch Cult Volume 1: A Life of Gerald Gardner

Reviewed by Scott

Witchfather by Philip Heselton is only the second biography of Gerald Gardner ever published and is the only one published since the subsequent growth of Wicca in the four decades since he passed over in 1964. The previous biography, Gerald Gardner: . . . → Read More: Witchfather, by Philip Heselton