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Whose Gods are These?

A Classicist Looks at Neopaganism

By Sarah Iles Johnston

Many contributors to this volume will be discussing «religions of the other» in the ancient world, as seen through the eyes of the ancients themselves: how the Romans viewed the Jews, how the Greeks viewed the Egyptians, and so on. I would like to do . . . → Read More: Whose Gods are These?

God in Proof, by Nathan Schneider

Reviewed by Fionnchú

Not yet thirty, this “millennial” journalist ponders reason and faith. He combines his personal quest with a philosophical investigation from the Greeks to the Internet. He reminds us of the Latin root for proofs; probare derives from probing, the testing of the evidence, rather than a compulsion to settle the dispute. The . . . → Read More: God in Proof, by Nathan Schneider

Pagans by Comparisons

Medieval Christian and Muslim Constructions of the Pagan “Other”

By Philip Busalacchi

During the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries German and Danish clergymen and knights set off on a crusade to the lands of the eastern Baltic Sea into the modern day Latvia. Henricus Lettus, a young German priest joined the mission and wrote . . . → Read More: Pagans by Comparisons

Imbolc Traditions

By Ár nDraíocht Féin

Imbolc is a festival of purification and a celebration of the first signs of spring. It is the time when the milk begins to engorge the udders of the livestock in preparation for the first births of spring. It is an important date in the beginning of the agricultural year. Preparations . . . → Read More: Imbolc Traditions

Cooking Up Magic Right on the Stove

Tips for the Modern Kitchen Witch

By Michael Furie

There are many different varieties of Witches; we come in all shapes and sizes and have a wide range of interests and specialties. One of the special areas of interest that some Witches have is what has come to be called “kitchen witchery;” but what does . . . → Read More: Cooking Up Magic Right on the Stove

Labyrinths and Ritual in Scandinavia

By Maria Kvilhaug

John Kraft, author or “The Goddess in the Labyrinth” has shown that a labyrinth symbol accompanied by myths and rituals that appear to have been common in the Mediterranean world as well as in Afghanistan and India during the Bronze Age was adopted by contemporary Scandinavians. This universal labyrinth symbol has been . . . → Read More: Labyrinths and Ritual in Scandinavia

Hekate’s Crossroads

By Elani Temperance

Hekate is extremely important to me in my household worship. Like some of the early ancient Hellenes, I view Hekate as Hesiod’s Hekate, the single-faced Titan, who rules in heaven, on the earth, and in the sea. She is a Theia of childbirth–to both animals and humans–and it is She who bestows . . . → Read More: Hekate’s Crossroads

New Poems from Ancient Greek Poetess Sappho Discovered

By James Romm

A chance inquiry by an unidentified collector has led to a spectacular literary discovery: Parts of two previously unknown poems by Sappho, the great Greek poetess of the 7th Century B.C. One of the poems is remarkably well preserved and adds greatly to what is known about Sappho and her poetic technique.

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Personal Patronage in Hellenism

By Elani Temperance

Patronage is pretty big thing in Paganism these days. I frequently a few Neo-Pagan places, and one of the most ask newbie questions is: ‘How do I find out who my patron is?”, or a variation thereof. There is nothing wrong with this; patronage is a thing, and I have experienced it . . . → Read More: Personal Patronage in Hellenism

What is Shamanism?

By Patti Wigington

For many Pagans who follow a religious or magical system rooted in the natural world, shamanism often has some appeal. Let’s look at the different types of shamanism, the symbolism found in such systems, and how we can apply an ancient practice to modern Pagan spirituality.

The word shaman itself is a . . . → Read More: What is Shamanism?