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The Power of Myths

By Linn Sollied Madsen

The word “myth” often makes you think of dusty, ancient stories about gods and heroes. These were the stories people shared around the fire in the olden days, when they had neither decent TV entertainment nor scientific explanations for the mysteries of life.

Yet new myths emerge all the time, especially . . . → Read More: The Power of Myths

In the Center of the Fire, by James Wasserman

A Memoir of the Occult, 1966-1989

Reviewed by Freeman

[Snip] This book records the author’s personal and spiritual quest from the psychedelic years through 1989, when a certain stability was achieved with the end of litigation over Crowley copyrights, and the establishment of the author as an independent professional in publishing and book production (hence . . . → Read More: In the Center of the Fire, by James Wasserman

The Amulet Manual, by Kim Farnell

A Guide to Understanding and Making Your Own Amulets

Reviewed by Lupa

Most Pagans, once they have some experience, prefer to create their own magical objects. The Amulet Manual is a guidebook to making amulets, magical objects aimed at drawing a particular sort of energy, influence, or entity.

The first part of the book deals . . . → Read More: The Amulet Manual, by Kim Farnell

Patronage in Heathenry

By Swain Wodening

The idea of patronage has often been debated in Heathenry. The idea behind it is that one dedicates one’s self to a single deity, and seeks special insight, favours, or gifts from them. There really is nothing wrong with this. The problem is with the word patronage. Use of the term implies . . . → Read More: Patronage in Heathenry

The Golden Dawn is Alive and Growing!

By Donald Michael Kraig

[Snip] Many people today feel that the Golden Dawn is moribund. They see nothing new, just repeating the same, old, tired stuff. Now frankly, I don’t understand that. There are several lifetimes worth of valuable study, exploration, and practice in books that are available now such as Israel Regardie’s The Golden . . . → Read More: The Golden Dawn is Alive and Growing!

The Study of Healing Prayer

Ethical and Practical Questions

By Elizabeth Barrette

While most matters of healing lie outside my area of expertise, I have a perennial interest in prayer and liturgy. Healing prayers appear in most if not all religions. Some are specific, others general; some come from human inspiration, while others are attributed to the Divine. My most . . . → Read More: The Study of Healing Prayer

Would People Still Believe in God after We Made Contact with Aliens?

By George Dvorsky

Mike Wall just got back from the SETICon II conference where he attended a panel discussion titled, “Would Discovering ET Destroy Earth’s Religions?” The panel was comprised of SETI wonks Doug Vakoch and Seth Shostak, along with award-winning Canadian science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer.

Not surprisingly, they collectively agreed that contact . . . → Read More: Would People Still Believe in God after We Made Contact with Aliens?

M is for Modesty

By Galina Krasskova

I’ve been dreading having to sit down to write this particular article. I knew I wanted to write about modesty, but I also knew that it was such a troublesome concept, at once somewhat nebulous and yet highly charged. I have seen both men and women become rabidly angry at the mere . . . → Read More: M is for Modesty

Introduction to Pagan Studies, by Barbara Jane Davy

Reviewed by Sara Suttefield Winn

As contemporary Western Paganism has grown and developed, so too has the burgeoning academic discipline that has come to be known as Pagan Studies. While the academy may not be quite ready for Pagan Studies as a mainstream discipline, there are those who have spent years studying the ethics, practices, . . . → Read More: Introduction to Pagan Studies, by Barbara Jane Davy

Gods of the Blood, by Mattias Gardell

The Pagan Revival and White Separatism

Reviewed by Dave

I recently picked up a used copy of Gods of the Blood by Gardell. Written circa 2003 the book combines a study and analysis of Racist stands of Paganism in the United States. Over the course of 5 years the author Mattias Gardell, a comparative religion . . . → Read More: Gods of the Blood, by Mattias Gardell