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The Irish Legend of Tir na nOg

By Patti Wigington

In the Irish myth cycles, the land of Tir na nOg is the realm of the Otherworld, the place where the Fae lived and heroes visited on quests. It was a place just outside the realm of man, off to the west, where there was no illness or death or time, but . . . → Read More: The Irish Legend of Tir na nOg

The Evolution Inquisition

An Occultist’s Response to the Scopes Trial

By John L. Crow

In January 1925 Effa Danelson changed the name of the magazine she edited from Psychic Power to The Occult Digest. She had long been involved in various occult and spiritualists circles in the Chicago area even publishing a book in 1904 entitled, Journeys Though . . . → Read More: The Evolution Inquisition

Christ & Qabalah, by Gareth Knight with Anthony Duncan

Reviewed by Peregrin Wildoak

I was lucky enough to read the main subject of this book, the late Rev. Anthony Duncan, way back in the day, when I first started out on this esoteric caper – in fact before I read any Gareth Knight. This was due to the local Theosophical Society Library holding a . . . → Read More: Christ & Qabalah, by Gareth Knight with Anthony Duncan

The Thing About Trees

By Nimue Brown

The whole Druids-trees thing is undoubtedly my favourite available Druid cliché. I don’t do white robes, am notably lacking in the beard department and am very seldom at Stonehenge, but trees, absolutely. Any chance I get. One of the problems with the last few years of boat life, is that trees have . . . → Read More: The Thing About Trees

Chariots of the Goddess

By Emily Mills

We look to the past to inform the present and to help define ourselves in relationship to those who have gone before us. For women that type of reflection can be clouded by the assumptions made by researchers operating in patriarchal environments. The role of women throughout history was often over-looked or . . . → Read More: Chariots of the Goddess

Navel of the World

By Elani Temperance

I’m probably going to regret this by the time the Pagan Blog Project reaches the ‘O’s, but today, I’ll be talking about the navel of the world at the ancient holy site of Delphi. The navel of the world was called the ‘omphalos’ (ὀμφαλός) and was not so much a hole in . . . → Read More: Navel of the World

Pagan Quotes in the New Testament

From Freelance Theology

I was told there were six pagan quotes in the New Testament. Can you list them?

The New Testament was written in Greek, with many of the letters written in a multi-cultural society, so the fact that popular quotations from ‘pagan’ authors appear in the New Testament is unsurprising. What is more . . . → Read More: Pagan Quotes in the New Testament

A Brief Examination of Cultural Appropriation

By Julian Betkowski

Cultural appropriation is something of a hot button issue in Paganism, but I personally believe that more often than not it remains largely misunderstood. Accusations of cultural appropriation abound, both from within Paganism and from the outside. However, I feel that frequently these accusations serve more as a means of shutting down . . . → Read More: A Brief Examination of Cultural Appropriation

Occult Gender Regimes: Polarity and Tradition

By Phil Hine

[Snip] I’ve been thinking a lot about gender polarity in occult schemas recently – and have been reading a lot of accounts of same (from Aristotle to Dion Fortune and new age representations, for example). I’m coming to the conclusion that the very act of questioning the inevitability of gender polarity is . . . → Read More: Occult Gender Regimes: Polarity and Tradition

Serpent Songs, ed. by Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold

Reviewed in Living Traditions

Serpent Songs is a diverse collection of fifteen essays introduced and curated by Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold. It explores the world of Traditional Witchcraft through lone practitioners and tradition holders, from both family and clan and allows us a rare glimpse into the workings of the more secretive proponents of the . . . → Read More: Serpent Songs, ed. by Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold