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Paganism and Christianity

Professor Luke Timothy Johnson explores the impact of Paganism and early Christianity on today’s Christians.

How to See in the Dark

By Sarah

[Snip] In the darkness most people will huddle around the fire and look into its warm bright flames, but sometimes there is a person whose face turns away from the light and looks into the dark of night. They know the light blinds so one cannot see what hides in the shadows or . . . → Read More: How to See in the Dark

G is for the Greater Good

By Galina Krasskova

There is no term I dislike more, and none that gets my proverbial hackles up more than “the greater good.” I hear it a lot in Pagan circles. I hear it a lot in the interfaith circles in which I move and work too. In both cases, it’s used almost inevitably as . . . → Read More: G is for the Greater Good

Beltane in Scotland

By David Leary

Beltane is based on a traditional pagan fertility festival of the same name, held to welcome the arrival of spring. It was revived in Edinburgh in 1988, and was set to be held on Arthur’s Seat – the site of the original Edinburgh pagan celebrations – but was moved to Calton Hill . . . → Read More: Beltane in Scotland

Nature of the Reincarnation Conundrum – Part 2

By Frater Barrabbas Tiresius

[Snip] A humorous exchange occurred between two individuals at a New Age convention that I attended years ago brings to my mind two opposing ways of looking at this issue. I overheard an older man loudly bragging to a pretty young female student and her witty young companion about his supposed . . . → Read More: Nature of the Reincarnation Conundrum – Part 2

Beltane: Britain’s Ancient Festival is Making a Comeback

As numbers slump at modern music festivals, traditional gatherings such as Beltane are more popular than ever, says Victoria Lambert.

Last year, with friends and family, in a sloping field just off the busy A3 from London to Portsmouth, I experienced my first Beltain (more widely known as Beltane) – the ancient festival which . . . → Read More: Beltane: Britain’s Ancient Festival is Making a Comeback

The Shaping of the Celtic World, by Patrick Lavin

Reviewed by Celtic Scholar

Synopsis: The Shaping of the Celtic World traces the rise and decline of the great Celtic peoples. Ranging from prehistoric to modern times, it undertakes an examination of Celtic civilization, revealing a proud and independent society with its unique history, mythology, pantheon of gods, literature, and artistry. The romance of Celtic . . . → Read More: The Shaping of the Celtic World, by Patrick Lavin

Gydja (Being One)

By Elizabeth

I have this tattoo on my right forearm that I got about six years ago, at Loki’s behest. It’s supposed to be in Old Norse, but uses Anglo-Saxon runes to spell out the word (because nothing I do can ever be historically accurate, it seems). It says LOKAGYDJA, meaning “Loki’s priestess.” When I . . . → Read More: Gydja (Being One)

Hermes and Mercury

By Jeremy J. Baer

Hermes

Hermes was the son of Zeus, king of the gods, and a nymph named Maia. Immediately after birth he invented the lyre from a tortoise shell, as well as stealing his brother Apollo’s herd of cattle. The last was accomplished more with guile and dark humor than malice. This amoral . . . → Read More: Hermes and Mercury

Bealtine: Blessing the Summer In

By Morgan

To the pagan Celts, Bealtine (pronounced roughly Ball-tinn-eh) , often called Beltane by modern pagans, was one of the most sacred and the people of Ireland and Scotland practiced important holidays of the year and even up until recently Beltane celebrations. Also called Bealltainn in Scotland and Bealtaine or Bealtine in Ireland, this . . . → Read More: Bealtine: Blessing the Summer In