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Of Blood and Battlefields: Sacrifice in Pagan Practice

By Morpheus Ravenna

[Snip] The common theme expressed by those who object to blood sacrifice seems to be the idea that it demeans or insults the being that is sacrificed. That to spill blood for a religious offering is to waste life, when something else could be offered. I think this is arising from a . . . → Read More: Of Blood and Battlefields: Sacrifice in Pagan Practice

Ethical Offerings

By Rixboudicca

[Snip] Yesterday, I made an herbal tea from various plants around campus. I asked each plant permission, took only what I needed, and thanked the plant as I left. But I also gave an offering, as gift for a gift, in line with the practices of ghosti. I took a peppermint tea bag . . . → Read More: Ethical Offerings

Jealousy and Divinity

By Benel

Is jealousy a quality which can be attributed to a god? Absolutely. But not to the extent that it may often be made out to be.

There is some debate in the Canaanite community as to Yahweh’s place in the religion. To some prophets of ancient Israel, he was in the temple of . . . → Read More: Jealousy and Divinity

So. You Bought that Book on Kitchen Witchery?

By Seba

[Snip] Now, I’ve read quite a lot about kitchen witchery on the “internets” of late; seems that the practice has grown in popularity alongside the commercialized food industry. There appears to be a wealth of books out and about that incorporate pre-crafted spells and recipes for the beginner kitchen witch. And I call: . . . → Read More: So. You Bought that Book on Kitchen Witchery?

Faith, Belief, Experience, Practice

By Anomalous Thracian

Much as I love the idea of foreign languages and ancient etymologies, and much as I love a good academic discourse, in my experience most of these are somewhat irrelevant in usage and it is such an uphill battle to try and constantly hold to them and usefully debate them, even in . . . → Read More: Faith, Belief, Experience, Practice

The Sacred Triangles, the Vesica Piscis and the World Tree

By Ted Czukor

I must begin this article with a disclaimer. There have been entire books written on each of these ancient symbols, and I cannot presume to include all of the information, or all of the esoteric theories, in these few paragraphs. I propose here to discuss the one theme which they all . . . → Read More: The Sacred Triangles, the Vesica Piscis and the World Tree

The Way of the Oracle, by Diana Paxson

Reviewed in Living Traditions

Diana Paxson is a celebrated pagan academic, author and well known as a heathen and pagan. She has written a wide range of fantasy books as well as various titles on paganism and the Northern Tradition. The Way of the Oracle combines an erudite and well informed approach to the art . . . → Read More: The Way of the Oracle, by Diana Paxson

UPG: An Ugly, Misguided Notion

By Sam Webster

“Unsubstantiated Personal Gnosis” as a term is dismissive and insulting, but worse it turns us away from the only spiritual reality…experience.

The only point in saying that a person has had a UPG, an Unsubstantiated (sometimes Unverified) Personal Gnosis, is to be dismissive and demeaning to them, and on examination the claim . . . → Read More: UPG: An Ugly, Misguided Notion

Seeking the Mystery: An Excellent Interfaith Resource

Reviewed by David Dashifen Kees

As I mentioned before, I had the opportunity to work with other religious leaders at a workshop in Connecticut in June. At that workshop, I had the chance and the honor to represent Paganism, as best as any individual can, not only in casual conversations but also in giving a . . . → Read More: Seeking the Mystery: An Excellent Interfaith Resource

Purification in Hellenismos

By Elani Temperance

[Snip] Within Hellenic practice, miasma describes the lingering aura of uncleanliness in regards to a person or space through which contact is made with the Gods. Miasma occurs whenever the space or person comes into contact with death, sickness, birth, sex, excessive negative emotions and bodily fluids. It also comes from a . . . → Read More: Purification in Hellenismos