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The Old Ones in the Old Book, by Philip West

Pagan Roots of the Hebrew Old Testament

Reviewed by The Granovitch

[Snip] There are different strands of the Bible. There is the Priestly strand, there is the J strand , E Strand and the prophet . Each set of authors had a different perspective and name for god. The first part of Genesis calls . . . → Read More: The Old Ones in the Old Book, by Philip West

Seven Flower Magic Rituals

By Tess Whitehurst

You might think of a blossom as a visible auric pattern of energy, or as the crown chakra and spirit of a plant. And, like an ethereal guru from the faerie realm, each flower possesses its own unique wisdom and metaphysical teachings. Indeed, in A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle writes, “Flowers, more . . . → Read More: Seven Flower Magic Rituals

Five Revived Religions You Should Know About

Mystera Magazine

Through the history of mankind, religions have known a constant flux of appearance and disappearance. Some religions were short-lived, while others were practiced for thousands of years before their flame was extinguished.

Though, at times, it happens that a religion reemerges from the old pages of history, after it had been erased by . . . → Read More: Five Revived Religions You Should Know About

Manifest Divinity, by Lisa Spiral Besnett

Reviewed by Devo

[Snip] The author herself expresses that the intent of her book is to:

“My hope in this book is to help establish a framework to talk about spiritual experience that is not dependent on a particular religious practice or belief.”

And I think that she does a pretty good job with this. . . . → Read More: Manifest Divinity, by Lisa Spiral Besnett

One Druiding Day at a Time

By Nimue Brown

Becoming a Druid is not an event. Granted, rites of initiation can feel like dramatic shifts from one stage to the next, but they are just focal moments in a process. I think western culture tends towards a far too tidy and limited perception of existence, a simpling of experience into small . . . → Read More: One Druiding Day at a Time

Theon of Alexandria and Hypatia

By Michael Lambrou

Abstract. In this paper we present the story of the most famous ancient female mathematician, Hypatia, and her father Theon of Alexandria.

The mathematician and philosopher Hypatia flourished in Alexandria from the second part of the 4th century until her violent death incurred by a mob in 415. She was the daughter . . . → Read More: Theon of Alexandria and Hypatia

Keeping A Hallowed Yule

By Uncle Thor

Both our religious and our national holidays have common purposes. The traditional holidays originated for two reasons. First, they were meant to commemorate certain events or people. Second, they were intended as occasions for people to come together. Both certainly apply to seasonal holidays such as Thanksgiving and Yule. Likewise, those were . . . → Read More: Keeping A Hallowed Yule

Deity Centered Polytheism

By Galina Krasskova

[Snip] I will begin by focusing briefly on my own spirituality, because it is not all that out of the ordinary to anyone actually rooted in any sense whatsoever of their own indigenous traditions. That’s the kicker isn’t it? Some of us are working as hard as possible to restore our traditions . . . → Read More: Deity Centered Polytheism

Lectio Divina: Reading the Book of Nature

By Alison Leigh Lilly

As pioneers striking out to revive or reconstruct a spiritual heritage that has been broken and sometimes lost completely over the intervening centuries, we are hungry for regular practices that can help us connect more deeply to these wellsprings of authentic religious experience. Pagans and polytheists today draw on many different . . . → Read More: Lectio Divina: Reading the Book of Nature

Invoking Deities with Tarot

By Christiana Gaudet

One of the most powerful aspects of ritual work is invocation. To invoke an element, a spirit or a deity is to bring their energy to your circle, and to bring their healing magickal power to yourself.

Many Pagans use statues, images and altar tools to help with the process of . . . → Read More: Invoking Deities with Tarot