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Sacred Land, by Clea Danaan

Reviewed by Patti Wigington

The Bottom Line

Clea Danaan manages to show how a garden can be so much more than a patch of dirt with some plants in it. In fact, she shows how the soil itself can become an instrument of change — not only in your own life, but on a global . . . → Read More: Sacred Land, by Clea Danaan

Meditation 101

By Tobin Blake

Imagine yourself walking along a garden path toward a brilliant light that brings warmth and nourishment to everything it shines upon. The path is open and the way gentle, flanked by gardens brimming with life. This is a peaceful, safe place, beautiful to gaze upon.

If you turn around and look behind . . . → Read More: Meditation 101

Passive Versus Active Reconstructionism

Reconstructionism involves a lot more than just re-building the temples; it includes getting directly involved with the gods.

By P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

From my earliest involvement in modern Antinous-devoted spirituality, I’ve identified my practice as (amongst several other adjectives) “reconstructionist” because I have found the remains of ancient temples, statues, coins, historical and literary . . . → Read More: Passive Versus Active Reconstructionism

How to Make Any Journey into a Pilgrimage

Joanna Powell Colbert

[Snip] Choose a special place to visit. It can be known as a sacred site, or perhaps it is just special to you in some personal way. It could be a hill you want to climb, a secret beach, or a sanctuary garden.

I imagine that you will either drive to this . . . → Read More: How to Make Any Journey into a Pilgrimage

An Expert’s Guide To Spiritual Trespassing

By Gordon

[Snip] It is interesting to me that we can have broad agreement on magical tenets like elemental directions and the need for energy body work but very little in the way of guidelines when it comes to moving between traditions.

And I don’t care what you say. Every tradition, just like every language, . . . → Read More: An Expert’s Guide To Spiritual Trespassing

To be Silent

By Adrian Hawkins

Some recent conversations have led me to ponder the wisdom of the lesson of the element of Earth: to be silent. Along with this I have been contemplating this line from the Rede ““Soft of eye and light of touch; Speak little, Listen Much”. Furthermore, I have be focusing on the form . . . → Read More: To be Silent

AnthroMagick: The Deification of Civic Space

Is your city a god or goddess?

By Athmey M. Richter

One of my favorite things about the socio-political phrase ‘the separation of church and state’ is that it does not include pagan concepts when it separates out ‘church.’ Organized monotheistic religion is automatically cast as a bias for political motivations, while the more spiritual . . . → Read More: AnthroMagick: The Deification of Civic Space

Naturaleza y religión en el mundo clásico

Usos y abusos del medio natural, by Santiago Montero and María Cruz Cardete (ed.)

Reviewed by Marietta Horster

The volume under review is the result of the fifth Italo-Spanish workshop on religion (“V Seminario hispano-italiano de Historia de las Religiones”), which took place in 2008. The preceding workshops, all of which have been published, each . . . → Read More: Naturaleza y religión en el mundo clásico

Incinerated by the Dragon of Karma

By Drew Jacob

[Snip] Years ago I came across an article about the Celts from the magazine Hinduism Today. Dated from 1994 and written from a Hindu perspective, the article compares the religion of the ancient Celts with Vedic tradition. There are inaccuracies but the author outlined Celtic religion better than any Pagan author of . . . → Read More: Incinerated by the Dragon of Karma

Wandering Around in the Moral Dimension

Noble Virtues, Golden Rules, and how to know what to do (and not do).

By Steven T. Abell

The Nine Noble Virtues are an unofficial but ubiquitous part of modern Heathenry. As I understand their history, they were assembled by the founders of the Odinic Rite when they wanted to go beyond telling people what . . . → Read More: Wandering Around in the Moral Dimension