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Hubris, Recon and Hellenismos

By Elani Temperance

Of all the differences between Recon paths and other (Neo-)Pagan paths, I think the notion of hubris is the most controversial. Sure, everyone who works with Them, respects the Gods but there is a big difference in the respect–and fear–level between Recons and non-Recons.

I’m not exactly sure how this is for . . . → Read More: Hubris, Recon and Hellenismos

The Sibylline Oracles and Queen Zenobia of Palmyra

By Cynthia Finlayson

Abstract: Lactantius, quoting from the works of the Classical historian Varro, claimed that the Apocalyptic prophesies of the Sibyls (The Sibylline Oracles) were kept secret by the Romans and could only be read by specialists called the quindecimviri. Presumably, this was to forestall public panic, and/or self-fulfilling actions that would contribute to . . . → Read More: The Sibylline Oracles and Queen Zenobia of Palmyra

City Magick, by Christopher Penczak

Reviewed by Freeman

I felt the need for this book in 1999, when I started practicing magic while living in a middle – sized city. I was certainly one of those who could tune in much better when I was around trees and green hills, or around natural waters. I gradually learned to sort out . . . → Read More: City Magick, by Christopher Penczak

The Perspective of the Gods

By John Beckett

Millions of years of evolution have given us the instinct to live for today – eat all you can now, since you don’t know when you’ll be able to find food again. Thousands of years of civilization have taught us to plan ahead, to plant crops and build houses. The two combined . . . → Read More: The Perspective of the Gods

Experimentation in Magic

By Taylor Ellwood

I’ve experimented with magic since I first started practicing when I was sixteen. I’d buy books at the local occult shop, voraciously read them and try the exercises out. Afterwards, I’d think about how I could improve the exercises or change them or experiment with them. I was never satisfied with other . . . → Read More: Experimentation in Magic

The Goddess Nikkal

By Thalia Took

Nikkal is the Canaanite Goddess of Fruits and Fertility, who is a Goddess of Orchards. Her husband is the Moon-God Yarikh, who causes the dew to fall each night and water Her trees so that they may thrive. Her name comes from the west Semitic ‘Ilat ‘Inbi, or “Goddess of Fruit”, and . . . → Read More: The Goddess Nikkal

Killer Cave May Have Inspired Myth of Hades

By Charles Choi

A giant cave that might have helped serve as the inspiration for the mythic ancient Greek underworld Hades once housed hundreds of people, potentially making it one of the oldest and most important prehistoric villages in Europe before it collapsed and killed everyone inside, researchers say.

The complex settlement seen in this . . . → Read More: Killer Cave May Have Inspired Myth of Hades

Jesus Through Pagan Eyes, by Mark Townsend

Reviewed by Nimue Brown

[Snip] This is one of the most fascinating and thought provoking books I’ve had the pleasure to read in a long time. Author Mark Townsend has considerable experience of both Christianity, and Druidry. As a Christian he’s even been part of the establishment, as a serving priest, and has had his . . . → Read More: Jesus Through Pagan Eyes, by Mark Townsend

Following A Celtic Path

By Erynn Rowan Laurie

What elements are required to make a path true to the Celtic spirit?

I think that there are several. The more of them you have, the closer you get, in my opinion.

First is reverence for Celtic deities. This is easy, and pretty widespread, even among groups that are . . . → Read More: Following A Celtic Path

The World of the Druids, by Miranda Green

Reviewed by Morgan

[Snip] The book is divided into 10 sections that cover everything from what we know about ancient Druids to the Druidic revival and modern Druids. Of particular interest may be the sections on Celtic cosmology and theology, female Druids, and evidence of ritual sacrifice. At 192 pages the book is fairly short . . . → Read More: The World of the Druids, by Miranda Green