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Lōtophagoi: The Lotus-eaters

By Elani Temperance

For a tribe of people who are only mentioned once (well, twice…) in the ancient mythological writers, and once in ancient Hellenic history books, the lōtophagoi sure have made a lasting impression on humanity. They have been featured in poetry, in music, and they have inspired books and movies, not in the . . . → Read More: Lōtophagoi: The Lotus-eaters

Another Ancestor Q&A

…When honoring the dead makes your skin crawl

By Galina Krasskova

[Snip] I was recently contacted by a reader who told me about a friend of hers, who was fascinated by the concept of ancestor veneration, but who also had extreme discomfort at the idea of doing it. . . . What do you do . . . → Read More: Another Ancestor Q&A

How to Season a Cast Iron Cauldron

By Patti Wigington

For many modern Pagans, one of the most popular and often-used tools is the cauldron. You many have chosen a small table-top sized one, a large one that sits in your back yard, or something in between. Whichever size you use, if it’s a cast iron one, it’s not a bad idea . . . → Read More: How to Season a Cast Iron Cauldron

Druid Thoughts: Is There Really a Devil?

By Nimue Brown

Pagans are frequently asked if we worship the Devil, and it’s not unusual for more hostile and fundamentalist followers of monotheism to assume that’s what we are about. There is that whole business with the Goat Footed God, after all. A lot of Pagans will tell you that the Devil has nothing . . . → Read More: Druid Thoughts: Is There Really a Devil?

Stages of Personal Growth in Asatru

By Steve McNallen

Over the years I have observed a general pattern of development for people entering Asatru. This is still a work in progress and I may modify it over time, but I think it’s basically valid. Not all people will undergo each stage, however.

Step 1 is “believing in believing” in the Gods. . . . → Read More: Stages of Personal Growth in Asatru

How To Spiritually Evolve

By Frater Barrabbas Tiresius

Magicians often boast about their magical prowess, citing their accomplishments like some kind of credible list of awards or laudatory plaudits. Only other magicians can recognize those accomplishments as something to be held in awe or snickered at on the sly. Whether those accomplishments represent degrees achieved or won in . . . → Read More: How To Spiritually Evolve

Starry Eye, Starry I

By Ivo Domínguez, Jr

This will be the first in a series of blogs that will focus on contemplative practices in Paganism and their role in developing ourselves, our relationship to the universe, and our communities. I will also be exploring different ideas related to soul, spirit, evolution, and enlightenment.

[Snip] Let us start with . . . → Read More: Starry Eye, Starry I

Seven Tips for Tarot Interpretation

By Barbara Moore

[Snip] Because any one tarot card has such a wide variety of meanings, these are tips I use to zero in on the right one for any particular reading. My list only has 7 because that’s all I have and I didn’t want to make things up just to have 10, even . . . → Read More: Seven Tips for Tarot Interpretation

Function and Representation of Women in Fourteenth-Century English Arthuriana

By Kaci Loran West

Abstract: Arthuriana is a plastic literary world, one that is easily manipulated and altered by an author’s social background and particular agenda, whether social, political, or religious. Thus, fourteenth-century English Arthurian texts reflect each author’s social milieu through the use and adaptation of tropes for both male and female characters. This . . . → Read More: Function and Representation of Women in Fourteenth-Century English Arthuriana

A Question on Cultus

By Galina Krasskova

In response to my call for questions, Keith asks:

“I’m struggling with the complexities of honoring a Power for whom no modern cultus exists, even though she has been widely acknowledged both openly and via nationally-specific epithets for at least the last few centuries.

[Snip] Perhaps I’m over complicating things or . . . → Read More: A Question on Cultus