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Changing Woman

By As’t Moon

Changing Woman is one of the most revered Deities amongst the Native American Indians. She is the Goddess of all fertility, a wonderfully benevolent figure for it is Changing Woman who gifts the people with abundance and provides teachings that allow them to live in harmony with all creatures. Estsantleki, Her Navaho . . . → Read More: Changing Woman

Pagan Hatred

By Rebecca

It seems to me that I have been seeing a resurgence of major Christian hate from Pagans, Witches and Wiccans lately, and honestly it is rather disheartening to see. For the past year or so I have been reading and interacting with Pagans on topics about Paganism and little was mentioned of Christianity, . . . → Read More: Pagan Hatred

Goddess Communities in Australia

By Patricia Rose

Australia has a very diverse and rapidly expanding number of people for whom the Goddess, however She is understood, is significant. The 2006 census revealed that there were over 30,000 Pagans or followers of other earth-based religious traditions in Australia and, given the way in which religions are classified in the census, . . . → Read More: Goddess Communities in Australia

Communication Towers Deadly to Birds

Every year nearly 7 million birds die as they migrate from the United States and Canada to Central and South America, according to a new USC study published on April 25 in the journal PLoS ONE.

The birds are killed by the 84,000 communication towers that dot North America and can rise nearly 2,000 feet . . . → Read More: Communication Towers Deadly to Birds

Beltane Countdown: The Green Man

By Patti Wigington

For our ancient ancestors, many spirits and deities were associated with nature, wildlife, and plant growth. After all, if you had just spent the winter starving and freezing, when spring arrived it was certainly time to give thanks to whatever spirits watched over your tribe. The spring season, particularly around Beltane, is . . . → Read More: Beltane Countdown: The Green Man

The Nine Morgens of Avalon

By As’t Moon

Avalon is ruled by the Lady of Avalon, a Goddess of love, beauty, power and wisdom, a Lady of Light and Darkness who appears in several forms and under several names. Among the most ancient are those of the Ninefold Sisterhood of the Morgens, whose names were recorded by the Welsh poet . . . → Read More: The Nine Morgens of Avalon

The Inner Work of a Magical Lodge

By Peregrin

[Snip] Magical lodge work is composed of four essential and interpenetrating aspects:

1.Floor work 2.Words 3.Coherent symbolic patterns 4.Magical action on the inner planes

Each aspect is as important as the others.

Floor work and words constitute the physical aspects of lodge work. The symbolic patterns, when understood and participated in by members . . . → Read More: The Inner Work of a Magical Lodge

Ben Jonson, on Dancing Witches

By Zan

That seventeenth century Witches should be credited with dancing as a custom ought not be surprising, considering that pretty much everyone in the Middle Ages danced (if you check out Wikipedia’s entry on Medieval Dance, you will find many examples of the sort of Circular, Ring, or Round dance often attributed to Witches, . . . → Read More: Ben Jonson, on Dancing Witches

Lilith – Hebraic Demon, Ancient Goddess or Something Else

By As’t Moon

Of all the Goddesses, Lilith is probably one of more confusing and misunderstood. This tends to be due to her appearing in various Near East mythologies and folklore where her name may have been epithet for a group of “female demons” from Babylonian text, the “Lilitu”. However, to the Canaanities, Lilith was . . . → Read More: Lilith – Hebraic Demon, Ancient Goddess or Something Else

Aradia and the Revival of Modern Witchcraft

By Eldyohr

Contemporary Paganism is a religion without a hermeneutical tradition – there is no revealed scripture afforded sacred status insofar as its nature and words are considered infallible. The lack of dogma, centralizing authority, and textual exegesis is considered almost religiously patriotic and emphasizes the experiential and intuitive dimensions of the religion over the . . . → Read More: Aradia and the Revival of Modern Witchcraft