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The Shadow Knows

By Judy Harrow

I had trouble writing this essay. It seems overwhelmingly difficult to think or write about the Shadow, even in a theoretical mode. How much more difficult must it be, then, to actually encounter our own personal shadows, the challenges (or challengers) that await us at various points in our inner journeys?

Yet, . . . → Read More: The Shadow Knows

Herbal Medicine in Ancient Egypt

By N. H. Aboelsoud

Civilization in Ancient Egypt was not only the pyramids and tombs, but it involved all aspects of human life. Health and wellbeing was one of the most cared arts by the pharaohs. Both the physicians and magicians participated in the field of medical care. From holistic view they conceived health and . . . → Read More: Herbal Medicine in Ancient Egypt

Stepchildren of Science, by Heather Wolffram

Psychical Research and Parapsychology in Germany, c. 1870-1939

Reviewed by Egil Asprem

[Snip] The history of psychical research and parapsychology has received increasing and varied attention in scholarly literature over the last few decades. The English and American contexts have long been relatively well charted, through the major studies of scholars such as Alan Gauld, . . . → Read More: Stepchildren of Science, by Heather Wolffram

Casting obloquy and Irrational Religion

By Peregrin Wildoak

There is a wonderful phrase used to convey some advice to the new Neophyte in the Golden Dawn tradition. Delivered in a speech shortly after the climax of the ceremony by an officer representing Fortitude and Severity and who help keeps the powers of darkness at bay, it reads:

..let me advise . . . → Read More: Casting obloquy and Irrational Religion

A Worthy Warrior Queen

Perceptions of Zenobia in Ancient Rome

By Gayle Young

Ancient Rome had a longstanding history of conflict with Eastern queens beginning, before its very foundation, with Dido and most famously exemplified by Cleopatra. Literature suggests powerful women from the East were particularly feared and loathed. Yet the Palmyrene ruler Zenobia, who claimed descent from Cleopatra . . . → Read More: A Worthy Warrior Queen

Hair Length and Religion

By Patti Wigington

A reader asks, “I recently explored the option of joining a local Wiccan coven, and was floored when the High Priestess told me that if I became part of her group, I’d have to let my hair grow long. Because of my job, I have to keep my hair fairly short – . . . → Read More: Hair Length and Religion

The Three-Dimensional Structure of the Pagan Movement

By Aidan Kelly

In writing about the history of the Craft, I have been often perplexed about how to tell a story in which everything is related to everything else, and it all seems to be happening at the same time. Iit took me quite a while to realize that an adequate description of the . . . → Read More: The Three-Dimensional Structure of the Pagan Movement

Low Magick, by Lon Milo DuQuette

Reviewed by John Beckett

One of the problems with occult studies is that they’re occult – hidden. What does a real magician do? Most of us don’t run into magic workers in our daily lives and when we do we don’t recognize them. Fictional stories of magic workers are fun and can be inspirational, but . . . → Read More: Low Magick, by Lon Milo DuQuette

The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman

Reviewed by Heather

Look around you, at today’s world. Your house, your city. The surrounding land, the pavement underneath, and the soil hidden below that. Leave it all in place, but extract the human beings. Wipe us out, and see what’s left. How would the rest of nature respond if it were suddenly relieved of . . . → Read More: The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman

Are Pagan Festivals Dead – Part 3

By Frater Barrabbas Tiresius

Witch Camp Intensives – Only Serious Adherents Need Apply

Witch Camp is an on-going and rapidly growing type of week long gathering whose focus is facilitating an intensive, ordeal-like experience, where attendees are assisted by mature elders to achieve a transformative experience. This event is nothing like a festival or a . . . → Read More: Are Pagan Festivals Dead – Part 3