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Plastic Shamans

Commercialization of Native American Practices

By Catherine Beyer

The term plastic shamans is used to describe those people – most commonly white people – who describe themselves as shamans and workers of Native American practices without having the long training and experience required for such roles within Native culture.

[Snip] Ignorance and Misrepresentation of Information

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Ocean Trash Worse Than Thought

While working on a research sailboat gliding over glassy seas in the Pacific Ocean, oceanographer Giora Proskurowski noticed something new: The water was littered with confetti-size pieces of plastic debris, until the moment the wind picked up and most of the particles disappeared.

After taking samples of water at a depth of 16 feet (5 . . . → Read More: Ocean Trash Worse Than Thought

How to Meet Other Pagans and Wiccans

By Patti Wigington

Once you’ve begun studying Paganism or modern Wicca, you may at some point feel like you’re all alone. Your family doesn’t get what you’re doing, your friends think you’re weird, and you might not even want to mention your beliefs to your co-workers. So what do you do? Well, the obvious solution . . . → Read More: How to Meet Other Pagans and Wiccans

The Way of the Oracle by Diana L. Paxson

Reviewed by Bob Freeman

I have had a profound respect and admiration for Diana Paxson for the better part of thirty years. A brilliant author of speculative fiction, Paxson’s role as a spiritual leader has been no less impressive. Her command of language is a gods given gift and she uses it to great effect . . . → Read More: The Way of the Oracle by Diana L. Paxson

Roman Acculturation of Indigenous Customs in Western Europe

By Jamie L. Hoen

[Snip] Abstract: This paper explores the acculturation of customs native to the people of Western Europe by Roman soldiers and citizens living on the frontier. This paper examines who these indigenous people were and focuses on their development from the middle of the fifth century BCE until several centuries after Roman . . . → Read More: Roman Acculturation of Indigenous Customs in Western Europe

Mexico Passes Climate Change Law

By Tim Wall

As Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano continues to spew ash and greenhouse gases, the Mexican people themselves have resolved to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.

A law recently passed by the Mexican legislature will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 30 percent below business-as-usual levels by 2020, and by 50 percent below 2000 levels . . . → Read More: Mexico Passes Climate Change Law

Beltane

By Glaux

[Snip] Beltane, celebrated at the peak of spring around early May, is one of the four main fire festivals native to Celtic culture. The other festivals, commonly referred to in Neopaganism as the “Greater Sabbats” are Imbolc, at the peak of winter, Lammas, at the peak of summer, and Samhain at the peak . . . → Read More: Beltane

Nature of the Reincarnation Conundrum – Part 1

By Frater Barrabbas Tiresius

In modern occultism, whether it’s New Age, Neopagan, Wiccan or Theosophic groups and organizations, there is a wide-spread belief and support for the tenets of reincarnation. This belief is so prevalent in these groups that it seems to be an accepted fact, and one is judged either a fool or an . . . → Read More: Nature of the Reincarnation Conundrum – Part 1

Land Guardianship

By Sarah

The farmer made his way slowly around the whole of his land beating the bounds with a handful of freshly cut birch twigs performing the rite his father had taught him and his father before him on this very land. Finishing his round at the main gate he left some bread, made by . . . → Read More: Land Guardianship

Nin-shata-pada

Scribe and Poet, Princess and Priestess

By Johanna Stuckey

Enheduanna (En-hedu-anna), daughter of Sargon the Great, was princess, priestess of the moon god Nanna at Ur in Mesopotamia, now Iraq, earthly embodiment of his spouse Nin-gal, and the first poet whose name we know.

We know the names of many high priestesses (en-priestesses or . . . → Read More: Nin-shata-pada