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The Witches’ Almanac, Issue 33

Spring 2014-2015: The Mystic Earth

Reviewed by Freeman Presson

Reading The Witches’ Almanac is like going to a favourite restaurant and ordering all of the appetizers and two desserts for dinner: you get a dazzling array of different tastes, but with no single dish too filling.

The Almanac has been steadily growing over the years. . . . → Read More: The Witches’ Almanac, Issue 33

The Role of Magic in Solving Problems

By Taylor Ellwood

Jason made a recent post about problems and solutions and magic. I think that sometimes people buy into a myth that if you’re a magician you can use magic to solve your problems and everything will be a-ok. Then they get upset when they discover that magic doesn’t automatically solve problems and . . . → Read More: The Role of Magic in Solving Problems

Why I Am Not a Believer

By T. Thorn Coyle

When I say I am not a believer, it doesn’t mean I believe nothing. It is that belief is not central to my religious and spiritual life. As a matter of fact, belief holds little importance to me at all. Belief doesn’t structure my experience; my experience structures what few beliefs . . . → Read More: Why I Am Not a Believer

The Mystery of Existence: Why Is There Anything At All?

Reviewed by John Harney

The editors of this book have selected extracts from the works of philosophers, physicists and theologians who have tried to consider the question posed in the title. These extracts are presented and discussed under five main headings, so I think it might be helpful to prospective readers of this book . . . → Read More: The Mystery of Existence: Why Is There Anything At All?

King Arthur’s Round Table May Have Been Found in Scotland

Archaeologists searching for King Arthur’s round table have found a “circular feature” beneath the historic King’s Knot in Stirling.

The Telegraph

The King’s Knot, a geometrical earthwork in the former royal gardens below Stirling Castle, has been shrouded in mystery for hundreds of years.

Though the Knot as it appears today dates from the . . . → Read More: King Arthur’s Round Table May Have Been Found in Scotland

Maetreum of Cybele Win Tax Fight

By Jason Pitzl-Waters

The Maetreum of Cybele, Magna Mater, which has been in an ongoing battle with the Town of Catskill, New York, over religious property tax exemptions, was today vindicated in their multi-year struggle when a State Supreme Court ruling against them on this issue was overturned on appeal. The decision, which was issued . . . → Read More: Maetreum of Cybele Win Tax Fight

Make a Set of Ogham Staves

By Patti Wigington

Ogham staves are a popular method of divination among Pagans who follow a Celtic-focused path. Although there are no records of how staves might have been used in divination in ancient times, there are a number of ways that they can be interpreted. There are 20 original letters in the Ogham alphabet, . . . → Read More: Make a Set of Ogham Staves

Thracian Magic: Past and Present, by Georgi Mishev

Reviewed by Moni Sheehan

Thracian Magic is a little gem of a book that opens the doorway to the magical cosmos of ancient Thrace and its legacy in the traditional culture of modern Bulgaria, one of its main geographical descendents. Both cultures are little known in the West and books in English about them are . . . → Read More: Thracian Magic: Past and Present, by Georgi Mishev

Anointed: A Devotional Anthology for the Deities of the Near and Middle East

Reviewed by The Granovitch

Finally a book dedicated to the deities of the Near East. Imagine that a book all for themselves Kudo to Tess Dawson for putting it together. Sumerian, Akkadian, Canaanite, Hittitite and Persian deities are written about and given honor in this book. Now I would have given it 6 stars out . . . → Read More: Anointed: A Devotional Anthology for the Deities of the Near and Middle East

Putting the Deities First

By Tess Dawson

I have been asking myself, what happens when we put the deities first?

When I ask myself this question, I find my priorities shift.

When I put the deities foremost in my mind in all things, I realize what a tragedy monotheism has been and is. Henotheism, a belief in many deities . . . → Read More: Putting the Deities First