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African Beer Goddesses

By Emily Mills

Women and Goddesses are credited as the originators of beer in ancient cultures worldwide. While our culture might frame beer as a stereotypically masculine drink, the history of beer is far more complex and interesting. As we saw in ancient Sumer, women not only brewed beer but also were the primary tavern . . . → Read More: African Beer Goddesses

Killing Off the Past Heirophant

By Nick Farrell

The top table of chiefs in the Golden Dawn ritual are composed of the Imperator, the Cancellarius and Praemonstrator. The Hierophant is also supposed to sit between them and behind him sits the Past-Heirophant.

Throughout the history of the Golden Dawn little work has been done about the magical function of these . . . → Read More: Killing Off the Past Heirophant

The Spartoi

By Elani Temperance

[Snip] The name ‘Spartoi’ literally means ‘the sown men’. Starting with the myth of Kadmos, the Spartoi were involved in the founding of the city of Thebes. In short, Kadmos was the brother of Europe, who got taken by Zeus. During his quest to recover her, he was ordered, by the oracle . . . → Read More: The Spartoi

Practical Thoughts about the Tunnels of Set

The Method of Qliphothic Inversion

By K. Herschel

Working with the Qliphoth can be difficult for a practical minded magician. The challenge is that the Nightside of the Tree of Life generally represents the negative side of reality, not dark or evil elements in any positive sense but rather the realms of non-being. As . . . → Read More: Practical Thoughts about the Tunnels of Set

The Hero on the Edge

Constructions of Heroism in Beowulf in the Context of Ancient and Medieval Epic

By Rodger Ian Wilkie

Abstract: One defining attribute of ancient and medieval epic heroes is a rage through which the hero threatens his own society. Traces of heroic rage, prominent in such figures as the Greek Achilles and the Irish Cù Chulainn, . . . → Read More: The Hero on the Edge

The Myth of Atlantis

By Jason Mankey

[Snip] When writing about the educational differences between Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune in Triumph of the Moon Ronald Hutton mentions Atlantis:

“A distinction between the two great magicians lay in their education. Crowley had a full and traditional one, including public school and Cambridge, and supplemented this with very extensive . . . → Read More: The Myth of Atlantis

La fata dai piedi di mula, by Tommaso Braccini

Licantropi, streghe e vampiri nell’Oriente greco

Reviewed by Doralice Fabiano

This book is a concise sourcebook on Byzantine folklore, a topic Tommaso Braccini has already treated in a more scholarly way. Instead of providing a comprehensive list or the basic translations of the Greek sources, Braccini presents rather the ancient stories in a fresh and . . . → Read More: La fata dai piedi di mula, by Tommaso Braccini

What caused the Viking Age?

By James H. Barrett

[Snip] Introduction: The Scandinavian diaspora of the late eighth to mid-eleventh centuries AD known as the Viking Age was both widespread in scale and profound in impact. Long-range maritime expeditions facilitated a florescence of piracy, trade, migration, conquest and exploration across much of Europe – ultimately extending to western Asia and . . . → Read More: What caused the Viking Age?

A Lost Witch, by Debora Geary

Reviewed by Scott

Debora Geary concludes her A Modern Witch Series with book 7: A Lost Witch. Along with the Witchlight Trilogy that makes ten novels that are setting the stage for the larger work Geary has envisioned. The hook of the Modern Witch series is that new witches are found and brought into the . . . → Read More: A Lost Witch, by Debora Geary

Conceptual Progress in Wider Paganism…

By P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

[Snip] Peter Dybing made a post recently on “The Burned Out Priestess.” He makes a good point that I think is still largely lost on many modern pagans, whether in fact or in misplaced ideals.

To put it bluntly, the way that Joseph Kramer did (paraphrased slightly) in relation to . . . → Read More: Conceptual Progress in Wider Paganism…