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Abortion and Environmentalism

The Deeper Currents at Play By Gus diZerega

The biggest and most divisive ethical issues of our time involve abortion and the environment. Does a zygote or fetus have sufficient moral standing to put its interests above those of the pregnant woman carrying it? If so, how much? Does the other-than-human world have any moral . . . → Read More: Abortion and Environmentalism

Thor’s Hammer in Norway

A Symbol of Reaction against the Christian Cross?

By Sæbjørg Walaker Nordeide

In my main project, I will try to trace the chronology of the conversion to Christianity of people in southern Norway on the basis of different types of archaeological material. Thor’s hammer is an interesting type of object in this context,because it has . . . → Read More: Thor’s Hammer in Norway

Social Networking and Being Outed

By Patti Wigington

A reader writes in with a dilemma that many of you have probably experienced. Starr says, “I have a MySpace page, and on it I’m open about my beliefs. Some people in my town are Friends with someone on MY top Friends list, and now everyone in town knows I’m Wiccan. I’m . . . → Read More: Social Networking and Being Outed

Plague and Persecution

The Black Death and Early Modern Witch-Hunts

By Helen Christian

Abstract: The century or so from approximately 1550 to 1650 is a period during which witch-hunts reached unprecedented frequency and intensity. The circumstances that fomented the witch-hunts—persistent warfare, religious conflict, and harvest failures—had occurred before, but witch-hunts had never been so ubiquitous or severe. . . . → Read More: Plague and Persecution

Loki and Chaos

By Elizabeth

This morning I read an entry on the Grumpy Lokean Elder Tumblr which set me to thinking (a rare occurrence, I know!) I’m in agreement with GLE that the whole “god of chaos” thing is often exaggerated when it comes to Himself.

[Snip] As GLE points out, “change” and “chaos” aren’t the same . . . → Read More: Loki and Chaos

Toward Self-Mastery – Future Path of Witchcraft

By Frater Barrabbas Tiresius

Recently, I wrote an article entitled “Of Shadows and Darkness – Future Path of Witchcraft” and it got quite a bit of attention. In case you missed the article, you can find it here. Despite the length and detail of that article, I was just warming up to my subject. This . . . → Read More: Toward Self-Mastery – Future Path of Witchcraft

Spirituality, Religion and Change

By Uncle Thor

The idea of spirituality is not finding something greater. It is becoming someone greater. Spirituality is to uplift and enhance. The goal of spirituality is to make you the person you should be. You come to transcend yourself. What you become is greater than the sum total of all that you were.

. . . → Read More: Spirituality, Religion and Change

Ritual: Physical Accessibility, Transgender Inclusion

By Shauna Aura Knight

[Snip] I’ve said before that activism is sometimes saying the unpopular thing. Often, it’s standing up for those who do not have as much power in a dynamic, whose voices are not heard.

In this case, the unpopular thing is the idea that we–Pagan leaders and ritualists–may need to change how . . . → Read More: Ritual: Physical Accessibility, Transgender Inclusion

Pathworking, Etc.

By Modred

Pathworking, guided meditation, active imagination, creative visualization — these are just a few of the popular terms that are used more or less interchangeably to refer to techniques involving exploration of the spiritual landscape using the powers of imagination. Note that while there are similarities and commonalities between some of the various methods, . . . → Read More: Pathworking, Etc.

The Way of the Oracle, by Diana L Paxson

Reviewed by Brian Walsh

[Snip] The Way of the Oracle is divided into two parts. The first explores some of the historical evidence for oracular practice in Celtic, Greek, and especially Norse cultures. The second section has more of a DIY how-to quality. Paxson has made a very complicated subject engaging and accessible without ignoring . . . → Read More: The Way of the Oracle, by Diana L Paxson