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What is Lodestone?

By Patti Wigington

In some magical traditions, an ingredient called lodestone is incorporated into spellwork. What is lodestone, and how can you use it?

A lodestone is, on its most basic level, a natural magnet. It’s a piece of the mineral magnetite that has been magnetized – interestingly, not all magnetite is magnetic. The magnetic . . . → Read More: What is Lodestone?

The Mirage of Monotheism

By Gus diZerega

For thousands of years people lived in a world they experienced as populated by a multitude of spiritual forces. Apparently they did not think of them as being subordinate to some central divine king, if for no other reason than because they were acquainted with no such concept. Today many scholars . . . → Read More: The Mirage of Monotheism

What You Call Symbel May Not Be Symbel

By Swain Wodening

There is not one instance in the lore of symbel being held outside, not a one. It was always done in a hall. Paul Bauschatz in his work The Well and the Tree has this to say on the rite of symbel:

Clearly the symbel was some kind of solemn occasion at . . . → Read More: What You Call Symbel May Not Be Symbel

The Everyday Psychic, by Karen Harrison

Reviewed by Freeman Presson

[Snip] Harrison is the author of The Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook, already reviewed quite favorably here. She has put in twenty or more years on the arcane arts, and is clearly someone deserving of our attention.

This book aims at a wider audience than one with a more specifically magical bent. It . . . → Read More: The Everyday Psychic, by Karen Harrison

The Mysticism of Devotion, Part 3

By Christopher Scott Thompson

One of the things we have to watch out for in modern paganism is the tendency to project our attitudes into the past and then assume they would have been shared by ancient pagans. Many modern pagans and heathens will tell you they don’t “worship” or “serve” the gods, because they . . . → Read More: The Mysticism of Devotion, Part 3

Leadership & Perception

By Cat Treadwell

There’s been a lot of talk lately in the blogging world about the idea of ‘Pagan Community’. I’ve written a little about it, from my point of view of course. But more ideas are coming as the year moves forward, and it’s interesting to see how things are developing, based on both . . . → Read More: Leadership & Perception

5 Mistakes New Pagans Make- and How To Avoid Them

By Patti Wigington

For people new to Pagan spirituality, there is often a sense of elation and joy – after all, you’ve finally found that elusive sense of belonging that you’ve been looking for all this time! However, with that elation and joy sometimes comes bad decision-making rooted in enthusiasm. Here are a few common . . . → Read More: 5 Mistakes New Pagans Make- and How To Avoid Them

The Moon’s Nodes, by Agneta Borstein

Reviewed by Miriam Klamkin

If you’ve ever wondered how Hindu mythology relates to your life, consider the astrological connection Agneta Borstein makes in her new book, The Moon’s Nodes: Understanding the Dynamic Ties that Bind. Borstein’s insights into human relationships and the growing pains of the soul come straight from the Vedic astrological tradition, where . . . → Read More: The Moon’s Nodes, by Agneta Borstein

Things that Weaken or Ruin Spellcasting

Excerpted from Writing and Casting Spells for the Best Results, by Deborah Blake

There are some circumstances that can weaken or even destroy the spell you have worked so hard to cast, so you want to be aware of and avoid the following:

Drug or alcohol use: You should never cast a spell with anything . . . → Read More: Things that Weaken or Ruin Spellcasting

Beyond Beginnings

By John Beckett

“What now?”

I see this question asked with some regularity. What can I read beyond Wicca 101? Celebrating the Wheel of the Year is nice, but isn’t there more? How do I go deeper? The specific questions vary but the theme doesn’t: a seeker has found a Pagan or magical tradition, likes . . . → Read More: Beyond Beginnings