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Living With A Religious Junkie

By Dylan Morrison

Let me start this wee post by saying that my wife Zan should really be writing it. This wonderful lady had to put up with my religious zeal for most of the formative years of our 32 year long marriage. It’s not easy living with a Jesus Freak, especially an Irish one . . . → Read More: Living With A Religious Junkie

Imagine Jesus Holding Hands with the Goddess

By Aidan Kelly

I am not satisfied with any “mainstream” version of Christianity or any particular Tradition within the Craft movement as being an adequate spiritual path for our times. Using Scott Peck’s The Road Less Traveled as an objective measurement, both fall far short of what is needed.

One cannot talk about both Christianity . . . → Read More: Imagine Jesus Holding Hands with the Goddess

The Alder Tree

By Hearth Moon Rising

What can no house ever contain? Answer: The piles upon which it is built.

This riddle refers to the alder wood base that ancient houses were built upon, before the concrete cinder blocks or stone-and-mortar that are used today. Alder was the preferred wood because it is resistant to water decay.

. . . → Read More: The Alder Tree

Hereditary Witches…

By Vincent Russo

[Snip] I was just asked the question: “What is your take on hereditary witches?”

It made me think. Really think. I had never really given it much though. I suppose that in order to have a discussion on hereditary witches, we have to go back to my favorite thing – coming up . . . → Read More: Hereditary Witches…

Canaanite Temples and Christian Churches

By Benel

It’s no secret that Christianity borrows a lot from Egyptian, Canaanite, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, and Roman etc. religions. The architecture of the Christian church also mirrors that of the Canaanite temple.

Firstly, I should point out that early Christianity thrived alongside polytheism in the cities, with many of them having their own bishops. . . . → Read More: Canaanite Temples and Christian Churches

The Eleusinian Mysteries of Demeter and Persephone

Fertility, Sexuality, and Rebirth

By Mara Lynn Keller

The story of Demeter and Persephone, mother and daugher nature goddesses, provides us with insights into the core beliefs by which early agrarian peoples of the Mediterranean related to “the creative forces of the universe”-which some people call God, or Goddess. The rites of Demeter and Persephone . . . → Read More: The Eleusinian Mysteries of Demeter and Persephone

Epona, Celtic Horse Goddess

By Judith Shaw

Epona, Celtic Horse Goddess was worshipped by the Gauls (the Celtic French). Her worship spread to Britain and Rome from Western Europe. Hundreds of statues and shrines dating from between the first and third centuries CE have been found in France alone.

Today we can understand Epona mainly from her images, as . . . → Read More: Epona, Celtic Horse Goddess

Controversy Over Russia’s “Anti-Blasphemy” Laws

By Heather Greene

On Tuesday, May 21, the Russian Federation’s State Duma overwhelmingly approved the second reading of the controversial “anti-blasphemy” legislation. In the revised edition, the law would make it illegal to “intentionally or to publicly offend religious sensibilities” or “desecrate religious sites and paraphernalia.” The former is punishable by a one-year prison sentence . . . → Read More: Controversy Over Russia’s “Anti-Blasphemy” Laws

How to Read the Golden Dawn Material

By Nick Farrell

One of the more unusual trends within the Modern Golden Dawn is to ignore the papers that the Order actually produced in favour of those who have interpreted it. Many will be surprised that I would say this. After all there is not a single Golden Dawn student who does not have . . . → Read More: How to Read the Golden Dawn Material

Bouphónia: the Blame Game

By Elani Temperance

“On top of the Acropolis, the oxen are released from the temple of Zeus Polieus. Outside, put out in sacrifice to the mighty Protector of the City, lie cakes on a table, and the oxen sniff them readily as they are herded past them. Nearby, two women with bowls of water in . . . → Read More: Bouphónia: the Blame Game