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Where Is Gaia When We Need Her Most?

By Kenaz Filan

At 6:10 a.m. CDT on August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast. By 11:00 a.m. several of the levees which separate New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain had been breached. The birthplace of Dixieland Jazz, Mardi Gras, and New Orleans Vodou soon lay submerged beneath a stinking cocktail of . . . → Read More: Where Is Gaia When We Need Her Most?

Elemental Dignities

By Barbara Moore

How do you use them?

The most common way I’ve seen Elemental Dignities used is in triplets. The reader lays out three cards. The center card is the main card and the two flanking cards affect the middle card. I’ve also read that EDs are said to affect cards that “near” other . . . → Read More: Elemental Dignities

The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Reviewed by M. Erica Couto-Ferreira

This thick volume gathers a total of 35 papers on a variety of issues which are equally distributed in seven different sections: materiality and literacies; individuals and communities; experts and novices; decisions; interpretations; making knowledge; shaping tradition. The thematic thread guiding this handbook is the strong focus on textual evidences . . . → Read More: The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Follower or Leader?

By Cat Treadwell

Paganism is one of the most democratic of spiritualities, right? It allows each of us to maintain and explore our own relationship with deity, practice pretty much as we like, and generally find like-minded people to work with along the way.

Except that it’s not that simple (of course). We like to . . . → Read More: Follower or Leader?

The Necessity for Daily Practice…?!?

By P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

[Snip] Something that I see an increasing number of pagans and polytheists attempting, and struggling with, is daily practice. I’ve talked on previous occasions on “not being afraid to get bored” and so forth with daily practices. However, I’m also asking another question at present: is daily practice really a . . . → Read More: The Necessity for Daily Practice…?!?

Selkie Women

By Theodora Goss

I had a sort of incomplete revelation the other day about selkies.

An incomplete revelation is where I realize something, but I’m not entirely sure what I’ve realized, how it works. But I generally know what it has to do with. In this case, it has to do with the otherness of . . . → Read More: Selkie Women

Being Druid Today

By John Michael Greer

The original Druids, the priestly caste of ancient Celtic peoples in Britain, Ireland, and Gaul, went extinct more than a millennium ago. Very little information about them survived the centuries: a few scrappy second- and third-hand references in Greek and Roman texts, a few stories in Irish legends written down centuries . . . → Read More: Being Druid Today

Gardening with the Gods

By Piscinus

Any activity you undertake can be transformed into a ritual act. By doing so, the action takes on a greater significance that integrates the conscious, external actions of the body with the unconscious, internal motivations of the soul. During repetitive activity, rhythm that makes the work easier to perform can lead one into . . . → Read More: Gardening with the Gods

Classic Witch Series: Endora

By Zan

Arguably the most popular Pop-Culture Witch of the twentieth century (at least among Gay men, at least until Elphaba came along), Endora of the TV show Bewitched is famous as one of the more exotic and flamboyant of Witches. Objecting strenuously to her daughter Samantha’s marrying a Mortal, Endora provided the show’s on-going . . . → Read More: Classic Witch Series: Endora

The Beauty of Reasoning

A Reexamination of Hypatia of Alexandra

By Bryan J. Whitfield

No handiwork of Callimachus, Who handled marble as if it were bronze, Made draperies that seemed to rise When sea-wind swept the corner, stands.

The vagaries of war, decay, accident, and time have effaced more than the handiwork of Callimachus, as W. B. Yeats (1962, . . . → Read More: The Beauty of Reasoning