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Samhain Countdown: Jack O’Lanterns

By Patti Wigington

One of the most enduring symbols of Halloween is the jack o’lantern. Carved pumpkins are a mainstay of the Samhain season, and for some folks, the more elaborate the carved design, the better! A jack o’lantern typically holds a candle (you can also get battery-powered tealights, which are a lot safer) which . . . → Read More: Samhain Countdown: Jack O’Lanterns

Hedge Riding: Pagan Portals, by Harmonia Saille

Reviewed by BadWitch

On my blog I recently reviewed a book called Hedge Witchcraft by Harmonia Saille, which is an excellent introduction to that form of traditional witchcraft. Her new book, Hedge Riding, follows on from it and offers an in-depth look at one of the most fascinating aspects of hedgewitchery – the practice of . . . → Read More: Hedge Riding: Pagan Portals, by Harmonia Saille

The Witches’ Almanac #32 (Spring 2013 – Spring 2014)

Reviewed by Freeman Presson

Firstly, I would like to thank Andrew Theitic and the rest of the Almanac staff for allowing me such extensive input into the content of the upcoming year’s The Witches’ Almanac. They even followed several suggestions I don’t remember physically writing!

That’s my silly way of saying I think this may . . . → Read More: The Witches’ Almanac #32 (Spring 2013 – Spring 2014)

The Pillars of Hellenismos

By Elani Temperance

Timothy Jay Alexander is one of the most visible Hellenics out there. He has written a couple of introductory books and is active on-line as well as off-line to promote Hellenismos and educate people on its ideology and theology.

Alexander has identified seven pillars of Hellenismos which practitioners should adhere to and . . . → Read More: The Pillars of Hellenismos

The Sacred of the Moment

By Gypsymagus

This moment, now, is the most sacred you will ever know, but then so was the one ten minutes ago or two years ago or next time you wash the dishes. The sacred is never more then half a thought away. Some things inspire the awareness of the sacred; a sunset, the sound . . . → Read More: The Sacred of the Moment

Trouble In The Kingdom

Church and State in the Fourth Century

By Glen L. Thompson

What should be the proper relationship between organized religion and the state? If you would have asked a Greek in the second century BC or a Roman in the first century AD that question, they would undoubtedly have given you similar quizzical stares. This . . . → Read More: Trouble In The Kingdom

Loki: The Disowned Psychic Shadow

By Henry Lauer

How is it with Loki? In a previous article I proposed that “part of the challenge [of life] is learning to be comfortable with the discomfort of uncertainty.” And then I suggested that this challenge is connected to Loki. What did I mean by that?

Loki is a classic shadow figure – . . . → Read More: Loki: The Disowned Psychic Shadow

The Germanic Origins of Halloween

By Swain Wodening

Halloween is no doubt a Christian holiday being the eve of All Saints Day. But like most Christian holidays it has its pagan origins. It is well known that many Halloween traditions come from Irish traditions thought by some to date back to when the Irish celebrated the pagan holiday of Samhain. . . . → Read More: The Germanic Origins of Halloween

We Have a Universe within Ourselves

By Eduard Horn

[Snip] Since the beginning of time we have explored every aspect of this physical world. We try to explore as far as the furthest reaches of space, or on a quantum level where everything is so minute that it will take a lot of time and effort to find the answers that . . . → Read More: We Have a Universe within Ourselves

Synchronicity and Magick

By Donald Michael Kraig

I recently read a blog which claimed that the author’s magick was improving because he was witnessing increased synchronicities in his life. Is this a valid point? Well, I have to answer both yes and no. Yes, his magick is increasing but not in the way his blog implied.

Blinded With . . . → Read More: Synchronicity and Magick