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A Question of Judeo-Pagan Values

By Aliyah bat Stam

I am a member of an ancient, nature-based religion that celebrates the cycles of the harvests. We believe in the supernatural. We count the passing of the year by the cycles of the moon; we dance under it just a few days before it is full and new moons are times . . . → Read More: A Question of Judeo-Pagan Values

How Does a Psychic Reading Happen?

By Karen Page

I have been a professional psychic for over forty years, giving readings to clients all over the world. I deeply respect my clients and my work, and I still love giving readings as much as I did when I first started. Over the years I have heard many misconceptions about psychics and . . . → Read More: How Does a Psychic Reading Happen?

Rethinking Religion: Creation Stories

By Uncle Thor

The Creation stories of the various old religions range from bizarre to imaginative to cute. The one that dominates Western culture is the Biblical one found in the Book of Genesis. It states that God created the world in six days and set aside one day for rest. Religionists and metaphysicians have . . . → Read More: Rethinking Religion: Creation Stories

Harvest Some Fun for Lammas

By Colleen DuVall

Lammas, or Lughnassadh can easily be a forgotten Wiccan/Pagan holiday. It is not as showy as Samhain, or as lusty and festive as Beltane. But it remains one of the major sabbats, and should be recognized as such. The harvest is a time to gather: thoughts and blessings. It is about taking . . . → Read More: Harvest Some Fun for Lammas

Tailtiu, Primal Earth Goddess for This Season

By Deanne Quarrie

We are approaching the season of Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas. This is the first of three harvest festivals. This one focuses on what we call the “first fruits”, those fruits, vegetables and grains ripening early in the season. The other two are Mabon and Samhain, one celebrating the harvest of the . . . → Read More: Tailtiu, Primal Earth Goddess for This Season

Temples of Ancient Pergamon to Become 3D

Archaeology News Network

Four temples of the ancient Greek city of Pergamon (Turkish Bergama) – viz., the temple of Zeus, the Altar of Athena, the Red Basilica and the Asklepion – will be transformed into a 3D platform and visitors will have a chance to see these ancient venues via their tablets and phones.

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Thracian Magic, by Georgi Mishev

Reviewed by Medusa

I received this book as a gift from someone who knows of my interest in the folk cultures of Bulgaria and other Eastern European and Mediterranean countries. In particular, I’m interested in possible relationships between folk dances still done today that may have roots in ancient ritual, especially if Goddess-related. Although I . . . → Read More: Thracian Magic, by Georgi Mishev

Do The Gods Change?

By John Beckett

In response to the last post on the Neoplatonist Iamblichus, Soliwo asked “why could the gods not change?” while Conor O’Bryan Warren said “A lot of Neo-Platonic thought and ideas are contingent upon the Gods being perfect and unchanging. I am not a fan of it.”

I share their concerns. I will . . . → Read More: Do The Gods Change?

Astrological Knowledge and Practices in the Portuguese Medieval Court

By Helena Avelar de Carvalho

This study addresses the practice of astrology and its cultural repercussions in the 14th and 15th century Portuguese court.

It is based in the comparative study of three sets of sources: 1) the astrology books from the royal libraries, which reveal the dominant concepts of astrology; 2) the writings of . . . → Read More: Astrological Knowledge and Practices in the Portuguese Medieval Court

Make a Lammas Cornucopia

By Patti Wigington

Lammas is the first harvest of the year, and the summer sun is typically shining down as farmers begin to gather their grain. Sunflowers are blooming in bright yellows and oranges, and provide a marked contrast to the tans and browns of the wheat fields. By filling a cornucopia with simple treasures . . . → Read More: Make a Lammas Cornucopia