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Religious Fundamentalism Treatable as Mental Illness: Researcher

By Meredith Bennett-Smith

An Oxford University researcher and author specializing in neuroscience has suggested that one day religious fundamentalism may be treated as a curable mental illness.

Kathleen Taylor, who describes herself as a “science writer affiliated to the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics,” made the suggestion during a presentation on brain research at . . . → Read More: Religious Fundamentalism Treatable as Mental Illness: Researcher

The Witch as “She”/The Historian as “He”

By Elspeth Whitney

Gender is a central issue to the European witch-hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The connection of women to the Devil in the witch-hunts is an attempt to enclose women not controlled by men.

The European witch-hunt of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is one of those events, like the . . . → Read More: The Witch as “She”/The Historian as “He”

Deer and Stag Spirit Meaning, Symbols, and Totem

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Deer Spirit Symbols:

Gentleness, Kindness, Compassion, Innocence, Motherhood, Grace, Femininity, Swiftness, Peace, Subtlety, Adventure, Psychic Power, Awareness, Renewal, Acceptance, Connection to Spirit

Stag Spirit Symbols:

– Masculinity, Regeneration, Guidance, Gentleness, Healing, Connection to the Earth and the Forest, Alertness, Psychic Power, Pride, Independence, Purification, Strength, Nobility

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Working with Herbal Allies

By Yeshe Rabbit

I live in an animated universe, where everything has a spirit. In my world, living things each have an indwelling spirit, or self-hood, as well as the collective spirit of the larger designations to which they belong. For example, in my home, each of my 5 cats has a distinct personality, color, . . . → Read More: Working with Herbal Allies

The Limits of Christian Tolerance: Florida Edition

By Jason Pitzl-Waters

This June, Lake Okeechobee Resort in Florida will be hosting a Summer Solstice festival. The Lake Okeechobee Summer Solstice Festival will feature workshops on Celtic Reconstructionism, drumming, belly dancing, gardening, and runes, with musical performances by Lord Alexian, Hecate’s Wheel, and others. It is the first such festival in Pahokee, Florida, and . . . → Read More: The Limits of Christian Tolerance: Florida Edition

The Druid Revival Reader, ed. by John Michael Greer

Reviewed by John Beckett

Modern Druidry traces its lineage back to 1717 when the Ancient Druid Order was founded in a pub in London. Historian Ronald Hutton thinks that meeting may be more apocryphal than historical (see Blood and Mistletoe, page 127), but there is no doubt there were people calling themselves Druids in the . . . → Read More: The Druid Revival Reader, ed. by John Michael Greer

Emperors Accused

A Study OF Accusations OF Necromancy In The Late Republic and the Early Empire

By Joris Jehle

The sun went down, and all the paths across the sea were in darkness. (…)After praying to the nation of the dead and making my vows to them, I took the sheep and cut off their heads over . . . → Read More: Emperors Accused

Practical Qabalah: An Evolutionary Process

By Frater Barrabbas

Why would anyone bother to learn the Qabalah, you might ask? What could you possibly gain by studying such a complicated and obscure occult system? Is it even relevant in these post-modern times? Is it relevant to someone who isn’t a Christian or a Jew? These are compelling questions, and they require . . . → Read More: Practical Qabalah: An Evolutionary Process

Eco-spirituality in Practice

By Yvonne Aburrow

Paganism is often said to be a Nature religion, but often Pagans are not very immersed in Nature. This could be because we get distracted by shiny things like mythology, or because many of us live in cities and so are more familiar with brand names than tree species, or because connecting . . . → Read More: Eco-spirituality in Practice

Using the Saints as Part of the Italian Craft

By Vincent Russo

[Snip] The “Cult of the Saints”, describes a particular popular devotion or abandonment to a particular Saint or Saints. Although the term “worship” is sometimes used, it is intended in the old-sense meaning to honor or give respect. I like to use the term “veneration”. For Christians, the Saints are petitioned to . . . → Read More: Using the Saints as Part of the Italian Craft