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What is a Deity?

By Polyphanes

So, recently a friend of mine who’s getting his legs in working with the occult and spiritual worlds was talking with me and my boyfriend, and it caused a bit of a debate amongst ourselves, mostly due to semantics and differences in worldview that can complicate things when describing How Things (Can/Should) Work. . . . → Read More: What is a Deity?

Authenticity and the Druid

By Nimue Brown

The idea of authenticity has been rattling round in my head for a while now, prompted by reading Mark Townsend’s thoughtful book ‘Diary of a Heretic’. Mark lost his place in the Anglican Church because he would not compromise, holding his honour, his integrity and his authenticity as more important than his . . . → Read More: Authenticity and the Druid

Tarot Evolution – Marseilles Tarot Trumps

By Frater Barrabbas Tiresius

The classic Tarot that occultists know and use, and that the Golden Dawn lionized, has mythic elements in it that make it possible to compare it to other unrelated systems. If it were not for the mythic and archetypal flavor of the twenty-two Tarot trumps then occultists, like me, couldn’t . . . → Read More: Tarot Evolution – Marseilles Tarot Trumps

Drauginir: Revenants in Old Icelandic Sagas

By Baron Fridrikr Tomasson

What are “Draugar”?

In the course of reading the Icelandic family sagas, you cannot help but realize that the people of settlement era Iceland had a strong connection to the harsh, forbidding land where they settled. As Jesse Byock points out in Viking Age Iceland, “Although Iceland, at 103,000 square kilometres . . . → Read More: Drauginir: Revenants in Old Icelandic Sagas

The Nabataean Pantheon

Stone Block Gods

In the Greco-Roman world as well as the Parthian East, people have always accorded the gods with human form. Those of us who studied Greek mythology in school should know a little of how human the gods seemed to be. The Nabataeans on the other hand represented their gods in the . . . → Read More: The Nabataean Pantheon

What Makes a Bard?

By Nimue Brown

How is a bard different from any other creative person? For me, it has always been about a spiritual dedication which is intrinsic to the work. A regular creative person may have all kinds of reasons for doing what they do. For a bard, creativity will, to a significant degree, be an . . . → Read More: What Makes a Bard?

Bottle Spells and Magick in Hoodoo Tradition

By Taliesin

Bottle magick is a highly versatile and powerful form of spell work. Those who master this art swear by it. This method of spell casting is very practical, and is used to achieve “real-world” results, such as attaining love, getting rid of unwanted situations, or to get that pay raise at your job. . . . → Read More: Bottle Spells and Magick in Hoodoo Tradition

On Heroes and Heroines

By Elani Temperance

Yesterday, I offered libations and a pancarpia of dried fruits to the heroines, as done at ancient Erchia on this date. The ancient Erchians did this twice a year, once on the 19th of Metageitnion, and once on the 14th of Pyanepsion. Certain heroines–like Basile–were worshipped separately from the group as well, . . . → Read More: On Heroes and Heroines

The Esoteric Tarot, by Ronald Decker

Ancient Sources Rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabala

Reviewed by Gareth J. Medway

[Snip] In the late eighteenth century Antoine Court de Gébelin and Jean Baptiste Alliette, better known by the reversal of his surname, Etteilla, considered that the Tarot derived from ancient Egypt. Decker rejects this view, and takes it that the Tarot is not . . . → Read More: The Esoteric Tarot, by Ronald Decker

Growing Focus on Africa Opens Rift among Santería Sects

By David Ovalle

[Snip] In South Florida, Santería has often been belittled by uninformed outsiders for its exotic mysticism, ritual animal sacrifices and colorful deities such as Changó, the virile patron of drumming. And scholars point to an emerging wave of “traditionalists” as evidence of the increasing worldwide popularity of religions spun from the Yorubas.

. . . → Read More: Growing Focus on Africa Opens Rift among Santería Sects