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Samhain and Formation of Irish Celtic Identity

By Jessica Richard

Abstract: Recently, the Irish Celtic festival of Samhain has generated a great amount of interest and research into its role as the origins of modern Halloween celebrations and its role as an important holiday in the Neopagan belief systems; however, for the ancient Celts, the original participants in the Samhain celebration, the . . . → Read More: Samhain and Formation of Irish Celtic Identity

Graeco-Egyptian Magick, by Tony Mierzwicki

Reviewed by Jack Faust

Tony Mierzwicki’s Graeco-Egyptian Magick is an excellent beginner’s guide to the astrological magick found in the Greek Magical Papyri (PGM or Papyri Graecae Magicae as it is referred to in academic circles). It’s clear that this is not the only source text he’s well acquainted with.

Those who practice modernized astrological . . . → Read More: Graeco-Egyptian Magick, by Tony Mierzwicki

Salmon Symbolism and Meaning

From “All Totems”

Symbols: Determination, Courage, Passion, Hardworking, Familial Ties, Transformation, Goal Oriented, Intuition and Instinct

Meaning: The Salmon spirit carries with it many powerful meanings and symbols, examine the circumstances in which salmon visited you and consider any obstacles you may currently be facing.

-The salmon totem brings the message that the most valuable . . . → Read More: Salmon Symbolism and Meaning

The Religious Implications of Peak Oil

By Sarenth Odinsson

[Snip] Peak Oil is a term that means that we have hit the peak of oil production which can meet global demand for it. Simply put, a peak occurs when demand outstrips production. There are plenty of online resources, some of which are here: The Oil Drum and Peak Oil, among a . . . → Read More: The Religious Implications of Peak Oil

Samhain- a Pagan Honoring of the Ancestors, and Death

By Angie Buchanan

Ancient faith was influenced by the natural world. Originating in ancient Europe as a Celtic Fire festival, the Pagan holiday of Samhain, marks the end of the harvest season, heralds the beginning of winter; the dark half of the year, and honors death. Samhain, (pronounced SAH-win, or SOW-in) is also the Gaelic . . . → Read More: Samhain- a Pagan Honoring of the Ancestors, and Death

Why So Many Icelanders Still Believe in Invisible Elves

How the country’s history and geography created the perfect setting for magical creatures, whose perceived existence sparks environmental protests to this day

At the edge of the ancient Gálgahraun lava field, about a 10-minute drive outside Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavík, a small group of local environmentalists has made camp among the gnarled volcanic rock, . . . → Read More: Why So Many Icelanders Still Believe in Invisible Elves

Hexing and Texting

Millennial hipsters are finding solace (and some cool outfits) in that old black magic

By Katie J.M. Baker

Every reading is kind of like a snowflake,” 28-year-old Bay Area tarot reader Alese Osborn tells me before reading my cards over the phone. It’s Wednesday, Osborn’s day off from her hectic metaphysical schedule — she hosts . . . → Read More: Hexing and Texting

The Role of Identity in Magic

By Taylor Ellwood

The concept of identity in magic first fascinated me when I encountered the subculture of Otherkin. My perception of that subculture was the people in it were primarily obsessed with proving that they were something that wasn’t human, whether it was an angel, dragon, elf, coyote, etc. More specifically, while they acknowledged . . . → Read More: The Role of Identity in Magic

Notes toward a Pagan Theology of Fiction

By Christine Kraemer

Pagans widely agree that fiction has spiritual power. In their interviews of Pagans, Margot Adler (Drawing Down the Moon) and Sarah Pike (Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves) both found that Pagans often cited science fiction or fantasy as important inspirations for their spiritual life. In religious studies scholarship generally, there’s an enormous amount . . . → Read More: Notes toward a Pagan Theology of Fiction

Ghosts, Poltergeists and Hauntings

By Patti Wigington

Belief in ghosts, poltergeists, and other entities is not something that is unique to the Pagan religious traditions. Many people – Pagan and otherwise – accept the existence of some sort of spiritual plane, a place where a variety of entities exist beyond the veil. Because this is a discussion topic that . . . → Read More: Ghosts, Poltergeists and Hauntings