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The Pagan Umbrella Is Leaking

By Yvonne Aburrow

[Snip] Many of the people who don’t want to identify as Pagan complain about the dominance of watered-down Wicca style rituals and ideas. They also assume that the simplistic version of Wicca presented by many 101 books is what initiated Wiccans practice. This situation is often exacerbated by Wiccans who try to . . . → Read More: The Pagan Umbrella Is Leaking

A Rough Guide for Avoiding Bad Magical Groups

By Nick Farrell

Joining a magical group is remarkably easy in the 21st century. It seems strange that you can read all about magical groups on the internet and think they are as common as muck. But real good quality ones are as rare as they ever have been. Finding one good one can still . . . → Read More: A Rough Guide for Avoiding Bad Magical Groups

Are You In Time?

By Donald Michael Kraig

Magick is more than making changes outside of you, it is also making changes to yourself. If there is something you don’t like about yourself, you can change it.

Well, there’s nothing new about that! There are numerous systems for personal growth, change, and empowerment, some more effective than others. To . . . → Read More: Are You In Time?

Greek and Roman Animal Sacrifice: Ancient Victims, Modern Observers

Reviewed by Alexander Hollmann

The editors of this collection ask the question, some forty years after the publication of Homo Necans (1972; English translation 1983) and La cuisine du sacrifice en pays grec (1979; English translation 1989), whether the grand theories of Burkert and Vernant with their insistence on animal sacrifice as the central ritual . . . → Read More: Greek and Roman Animal Sacrifice: Ancient Victims, Modern Observers

On the Soul and the Elements

Or, Farewell to the Tripartite Anthropology, Part I

By Aidan Kelly

“Tripartite Anthropology” is a standard, although pompous, name for the concept held by the pre-Socratic philosophers 2500 years ago (and no doubt by people long before then) that humans consist of body, soul, and spirit. Using those terms now is as inadequate for our . . . → Read More: On the Soul and the Elements

Obeah and Myal

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Introduction

Obeah is perhaps the oldest of all Afro-Creole religions in the Caribbean. Its name is derived from the Ashanti words Obay-ifo or Obeye, meaning wizard or witch. The Ashantis or Koromantyn Africans were from the gold coast, and because they were generally thought to be disposed to rebellion and witchcraft, the Spanish and . . . → Read More: Obeah and Myal

The Horned Altar: Rediscovering and Rekindling Canaanite Magic

Reviewed by Rebecca Buchanan

Natib Qadish is one name for modern Canaanite polytheism, a revived path based on the traditions and literature of one ancient Near Eastern culture. Most familiar to people today as the villains of the Hebrew Testament, the Canaanites were, in fact, skilled farmers and warriors, practitioners of magic and divination, lovers . . . → Read More: The Horned Altar: Rediscovering and Rekindling Canaanite Magic

A Modern Pagan View of Sacrifice

By John Beckett

[Snip] Sacrifice has two separate but related meanings. If we are to understand sacrifice, much less practice it effectively, we need to understand both.

The common meaning of sacrifice is “to give up.” We pour a libation, giving up the opportunity to drink the wine in order to give it to the . . . → Read More: A Modern Pagan View of Sacrifice

Materialists and Spiritualists

By Polyphanes

One of the blogs I’ve recently added to my blogroll recently posted about his problems when people define being religious, spiritual, and spiritual-not-religious. To a large degree, I agree with him; it’s simply not true that you can’t be spiritual and religious at the same time, though one can be “religious” without doing . . . → Read More: Materialists and Spiritualists

A Traditional Approach to Hellenism

By Elani Temperance

The term ‘Traditional Hellenismos’ is one I frequently use on this blog, as it is the way I identify religiously. It is also the way this blog is written, so for the long explination of the term, please review the contents of this blog or even just its tags; it will tell . . . → Read More: A Traditional Approach to Hellenism