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A Pagan Looks at Passover

By Heather Greene

For many, today is Easter. While I have never personally celebrated the holiday, I confess to having enjoyed some of its trappings, such as egg hunts, pastel M&Ms and peeps. While those were always a treat, springtime marked a very different religious celebration for me.

You’re thinking of Ostara. Of course, that’s . . . → Read More: A Pagan Looks at Passover

Introducing Hēlios, the Sun

By Elani Temperance

The Hellenic pantheon literally has hundreds of Gods, Goddesses, Titans, nature spirits, heroes, kings and queens. Although Hellenismos focusses mostly on the Big Twelve, Hades, Hestia and Hekate, Hellenic mythology is a true treasure trove of immortals. Most of these ‘lesser’ immortals get very little attention, and I’d like to change this. . . . → Read More: Introducing Hēlios, the Sun

The Crafting Of Sacred Food I

Cooking For Spirits In Afro Latin Traditions

By Carolina Gonzalez

While other paths require very little amounts of food (or none) when making offerings, Afro Latin traditions go completely overboard when it comes to feeding Deities, Spirits, and the incredibly wide range of beings that fill our altars. Usually, this is managed by a whole . . . → Read More: The Crafting Of Sacred Food I

Learning

By John Beckett

When I was in college I lived in a fraternity house with a ping pong table on the front porch. We played a lot – sometimes regular games and sometimes beer pong. When I moved in I could barely play; by the time I was a senior nobody could beat me. I . . . → Read More: Learning

The Closeness of the Gods

By Uncle Thor

Understanding of the Gods is mostly intuitive. Reading and poking through old lore may give us some ideas, but the experience is a matter of feelings. This does not minimize the place of the Gods. It only indicates where we experience them the most.

You can read that Thor is a God . . . → Read More: The Closeness of the Gods

Ouija Board

By Zeo Frost

Ouija boards are used to conduct what is commonly known as a séance. Its sole purpose is to contact people who have passed on to the other side and sometimes even your Spirit Guides. This does of course become too technical when one thinks of the Collective Consciousness and the souls that . . . → Read More: Ouija Board

Bone and Fur and Feather: “Found” Animal Parts in Magic

By Lupa

[Snip] This is a quick guide for working with “found” animal parts—naturally shed fur and feathers from pets, farm animals, or wild critters; bones discovered in the woods; and so forth. It’ll work with other animal parts, too, but found ones are relatively low-impact, don’t cost anything, and are relatively easy to find.

. . . → Read More: Bone and Fur and Feather: “Found” Animal Parts in Magic

Pluto’s Gate Uncovered in Turkey

By Rossella Lorenzi

A “gate to hell” has emerged from ruins in southwestern Turkey, Italian archaeologists have announced.

Known as Pluto’s Gate — Ploutonion in Greek, Plutonium in Latin — the cave was celebrated as the portal to the underworld in Greco-Roman mythology and tradition.

Historic sources located the site in the ancient Phrygian city . . . → Read More: Pluto’s Gate Uncovered in Turkey

Votum Solvit

By Morpheus Ravenna

[Snip] There seems to be a belief out there that because the Gods are mighty and powerful, we can’t or shouldn’t attempt to negotiate with them. That when we have something to ask of them we are supplicants, and must accept whatever unknown thing may be asked of us later in the . . . → Read More: Votum Solvit

Living a Magical Life

By Patti Wigington

People find themselves drawn to Paganism and Wicca for a variety of reasons. Some may be trying to escape some other religion. Others may be looking for a sense of personal empowerment. Still others may realize that the beliefs they’ve held all along are in tune with those of a Pagan path. . . . → Read More: Living a Magical Life