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On the origin of Witchcraft

Are we weaving a flawed magical strand?

By Erebos

Do contemporary Witches exist? Does modern Witchcraft exist? Are some forms of contemporary Witchcraft a religion (a mystical nature-based religion or otherwise)? The answer to these three questions is “yes”. But none of these questions lead to an answer which may shed some light to . . . → Read More: On the origin of Witchcraft

Roman Agricultural Magic

By Britta K. Ager

[Snip] Abstract: In this dissertation, I examine the magical practices of Roman farmers, primarily through the Latin farming manuals; topics include the magical practices which the Roman agronomists recommend to farmers, the relationship of this material to other genres of magic such as curses and amulets, and how its inclusion in . . . → Read More: Roman Agricultural Magic

King Hammurabi of Babylon

By Jack M. Sasson

According to his own testimony, Hammurabi (Hammurapi) was destined for kingship since time immemorial, when two powerful gods, Anu and Enlil, entrusted to a third god, Marduk, control over destiny, on Earth as in heaven. At that time, too, the gods set Babylon above all other lands, and its rule was . . . → Read More: King Hammurabi of Babylon

Back To The Broom Closet

By Peter Dybing

[Snip] With a trip to Africa pending, I have been spending time researching my destination. With a few Google searches I had all the information I needed. It seems Africa is in critical need of individuals with the humanitarian logistics skills I possess. Another insight was that I could never live and . . . → Read More: Back To The Broom Closet

The Gods that never were

By Vagabond

Because all spiritual systems and religions are defined in large part by the perception of Deity within them, any misinterpretation of the nature of that deity will have a major impact on the validity of the world view of that system. If the world view is invalid, then so too is the spiritual . . . → Read More: The Gods that never were

The Vikings in Ireland

By Poul Holm

[Snip] Around 1970 the subject of “the Vikings in Ireland” was seen, historiographically, as a non-problem. Scandinavian historians did not deal with Irish history, and except for the casual asides of four or five specialists, there was no particular interest in Ireland as an area in Viking studies. However, during the seventies . . . → Read More: The Vikings in Ireland

Pagan Evangelism

By John Beckett

Far from being an oxymoron, Pagan evangelism is a helpful and necessary step in our growth and maturity as a religion.

I know, some of you are picking yourself up off the floor – or off the ceiling – after reading that. Hear me out and see if you don’t agree in . . . → Read More: Pagan Evangelism

Lunar Mysteries and the Art of Moon Magick – Part 4

By Frater Barrabbas Tiresius

All of these factors regarding basic astrology seem to ignore one important consideration, and that is the personal cycle or wheel of fortune of the magician performing the magick. Even the most optimal and auspicious signs and portends will avail the magicians naught if they ignore important factors about their own . . . → Read More: Lunar Mysteries and the Art of Moon Magick – Part 4

Oh My Gods, by Philip Freeman

Reviewed by Marguerite Johnson

Philip Freeman must be thanked for his contribution to the process of keeping the Classics alive in the modern world. His biographies of Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great, for example, not only stimulate the scholar but also entice the newcomer to matters ancient. His volume of myths, Oh My Gods . . . → Read More: Oh My Gods, by Philip Freeman

The Swerve, by Stephen Greenblatt

Reviewed by Fionnchú

Matching the approach in Greenblatt’s first work addressed beyond the seminar table, Will in the World (2004), The Swerve elaborates this professor’s New Historicist direction. This literary theory favors context over text; it explores the historical backgrounds and “cultural poetics” infusing a literary work.

Greenblatt, a leading New Historicist and Renaissance . . . → Read More: The Swerve, by Stephen Greenblatt