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Honoring City Spirits – Part I

By Galina Krasskova

[Snip] I’ve been traveling over the holidays, this year going for the first time to London and Oxford, delightful cities both of which I’ve wanted to visit for a very long time. For an animist, who is also a shaman, visiting a new city isn’t necessarily as cut and dried as it . . . → Read More: Honoring City Spirits – Part I

The Spirits and The Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti

Reviewed by Gina Athena Ulysse

The Spirits and The Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti (UChicago Press) is a brilliant book, a nuanced re-mapping of how Vodoun became “voodoo” and Vodou. In the process of her meticulous delineation, Kate Ramsey offers in the world of geopolitics critical insights into the inevitable plight of the “avant-garde,” . . . → Read More: The Spirits and The Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti

Creating and Re-creating

By John Beckett

David Dashifen Kees had an excellent question in response to my last post on Sam Webster’s call to rebuild the cult of the gods:

What about deities for whom we lack evidence of an ancient cult or for those which are not ancient in and of themselves? How would you recommend going . . . → Read More: Creating and Re-creating

Festivities of Natural Annual Events: Midway Equinox & Solstice

By Rua Lupa

What is Seasonally Occurring

During the transition between the Equinox & Solstice the earth is angling it’s northern hemisphere toward the sun. In Borealis the days are longer seeing the earth’s daily turning view of the sun higher and higher north; and for Australis the nights are longer with the daily turning . . . → Read More: Festivities of Natural Annual Events: Midway Equinox & Solstice

Senegal Football Chiefs Declare War on the Use of Magic

By Tamba Jean-Matthew

Football authorities in Senegal have declared a war against occult and mystical practices in the sporting arena.

“The battle against these practices within the stadiums is now one of our projects and we will begin by banning it (occult and mysticism) inside the stadiums,” said Saer Seck, the chair of Senegal’s Professional . . . → Read More: Senegal Football Chiefs Declare War on the Use of Magic

The Busy Witch: Making Time for Magic

By Jen McConnel

Life seems to move faster every day. Goddess knows that since I sat down and started writing this, I’ve popped up to get the laundry out of the dryer, clean up after the cat, and help my husband unload the groceries. And that’s just on the weekend! It can be hard enough . . . → Read More: The Busy Witch: Making Time for Magic

Ten Factoids You Need to Know about Paganism and Wicca

By Patti Wigington

There’s a lot of information out there on Wicca and Paganism, in books, on the Internet, and through local groups. But how much of it is accurate? How do you learn to separate the wheat from the chaff? The fact is, there are several basic things you should understand about Wicca and . . . → Read More: Ten Factoids You Need to Know about Paganism and Wicca

Running from the Word Pagan

By Jason Mankey

Yesterday on Google Plus someone posted a few paragraphs announcing their decision to abandon the moniker of “Pagan.” Lots of discussion ensued, and since then I’ve seen those paragraphs linked to a number of times on my Facebook feed. I’m still not convinced that a lot of what goes on in the . . . → Read More: Running from the Word Pagan

Creiddylad, Welsh Goddess of Flowers and Love

By Judith Shaw

May Day/Beltane (Calan Mai to the ancient Celts) is almost here and our hearts turn to thoughts of love, flowers and the bounty of our Mother Earth. Both Beltane and Halloween/Samhain (Calan Gaeaf) were liminal or threshold days, considered to be outside of normal time. These sacred, mystic days were more important . . . → Read More: Creiddylad, Welsh Goddess of Flowers and Love

The Magick of Significators

By Christiana Gaudet

[Snip] Many tarot spreads have a significator position. The card that randomly falls into this position describes who the querent is at the moment of the reading. This can be very helpful information in a reading.

Significators have an important place in tarot magick, too.

Most tarotists have a card they identify . . . → Read More: The Magick of Significators