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Runology, Part 1

One Man’s Futhark is another’s Futhork

By Joseph Bloch

When they think of “the runes”, most non-Heathens will immediately think of a set of 24 runic symbols, each of which has a set form (perhaps with very minor variations) and a “meaning”. These runes are used for divination and decoration mostly, and as such . . . → Read More: Runology, Part 1

Raymond Buckland and Seax-Wica

By Aidan Kelly

In my last blog about the Gardnerians, I indicated that, because of changes in his life situation, in 1973 Ray Buckland found himself at loose ends. Further, after a decade of administering the Long Island coven, he had come to see some disadvantages in the Gardnerian Tradition as received from Lady Olwen, . . . → Read More: Raymond Buckland and Seax-Wica

Kemetic Priesthood: Then and Now

By Dvos

There is a lot of discussion out on the Internet about priesthood. What is it? How do you know when you are a priest? What does being a priest involve? I thought I would make a bit of a guide for everyone that discusses what priesthood was like back in ancient times, and . . . → Read More: Kemetic Priesthood: Then and Now

Tarot 101: A Basic Overview

By Patti Wigington

What is Tarot?:

To people unfamiliar with divination, it may seem that someone who reads Tarot cards is “predicting the future.” However, most Tarot card readers will tell you that the cards offer a guideline, and the reader is simply interpreting the probable outcome based upon the forces presently at work.

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Bulls and Bull-leaping in the Minoan World

By Jeremy McInerney

In Cretan culture, the bull is everywhere. Horns of consecration adorned the top of Minoan shrines and may have decorated palaces at Knossos, Mallia, and Phaistos. Great ceremonial axes of bronze, perhaps suggesting the sacrificial slaughter of bulls, were recovered from palatial contexts. Objects such as the Hagia Triada sarcophagus, dated to . . . → Read More: Bulls and Bull-leaping in the Minoan World

Enochian Magick, by Aleister Crowley

Reviewed by Bob Freeman

If you’ve spent any time at all around the occult sciences then you are most likely at least passingly familiar with the bullet points of Enochian Magic. It is, after all, regarded by many to be the pinnacle of the Western Mystery Tradition, the culmination of more than seven years of . . . → Read More: Enochian Magick, by Aleister Crowley

Windsor Witch Coven

By Zan

In reviewing Gerald Gardner’s claim that he was initiated into a surviving tradition of English Witchcraft, it makes sense to me to go back, to the last undisputed era of Witchcraft in England (1500s-1600s), to see what evidence can be found for the elements of Witchcraft which he described. Right off the bat, . . . → Read More: Windsor Witch Coven

Deipnon, Noumenia and Agathós Daímōn; Monthly Festivals

By Elani Temperance

One of the most important and confusing of the many Hellenic festivals is the three-day transition from month to month. Although unlinked, the Deipnon, the Noumenia and Agathós Daímōn are held on consecutive days, around the new moon. Especially the placement of the days is hard to get right; at least, it . . . → Read More: Deipnon, Noumenia and Agathós Daímōn; Monthly Festivals

The Myth of Wilderness

By Heather

In society today we place a high value on the concept of wilderness. A wilderness is a region of the landscape that we perceive as pure, pristine, and untouched by human influence. We like the idea of the wilderness. We like the idea that, even as our cities grow larger, there is still . . . → Read More: The Myth of Wilderness

The New Astral World

By Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

Of course, the Astral World is not at all new. In reality, it is older than the Physical Universe, and far larger. The astral “world” (also called the astral plane, astral level, or astral dimension) is the term mainly used in occult and magical circles, whereas it is also more familiarly . . . → Read More: The New Astral World