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How to be a Christian AND a Magician

By Rufus Opus

Well, first, you be a Christian… and then you also be a Magician.

I get asked all the time how I manage to reconcile my Christian faith with my practice of magic and Hermetics. I get asked by Christians who really want to do magic but have concerns about the whole “the . . . → Read More: How to be a Christian AND a Magician

Anahita: Ancient Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata

Reviewed by The Granovitch

Payam Nabarz has compiled a nice size collection of authors and essays about the Mazdean Goddess Anahita. Starting out as the head goddess in the Iranian Mazdean religion Anahita found herself fluctuating in importance depending on the religio-politics of the time .

Despite the fact that Iran is a Muslim country . . . → Read More: Anahita: Ancient Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata

Splitting the Soul

By Nick Farrell

[Snip] Cabbalah and the Tree of Life can be used to answer many different questions. But one of the mistakes of those who use it is to assume that it is giving you the answer to everything on a single map. Instead what it does is provide you an answer to a . . . → Read More: Splitting the Soul

Bloody Slaughter

Ritual Decapitation and Display At the Viking Settlement of Hofstaðir, Iceland

By Gavin Lucas and Thomas McGovern

Abstract: This article attempts an interpretation of an unusual assemblage of cattle skulls recovered from recent excavations at the Viking Age monumental hall of Hofstaðir in Iceland. Osteological analysis of the skulls indicates ritual decapitation and display of . . . → Read More: Bloody Slaughter

How to Create Sacred Space

By Patti Wigington

For many people who follow earth- and nature-based religions, there is a true sense of magic in the use of sacred space. A sacred space is one between the worlds, a spot that is not just a physical place, but one that exists on the spiritual plane as well. It may help . . . → Read More: How to Create Sacred Space

A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting, by Leo Ruickbie

Reviewed by Peter Rogerson

With more than 300 pages of text and more than 50 of endnotes, this book is not really a ‘brief’ guide. Combining practical assistance on preparation, equipment and investigation techniques and protocol, including the all-important health and safety advice, with a brief history of ghost hunting and a sociological analysis . . . → Read More: A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting, by Leo Ruickbie

Druid Thoughts: Christio-Pagans

By Nimue Brown

Many modern Pagans are mistrustful of Christio-Pagans. It’s understandable – many Pagans started out in Christian backgrounds, and bad experiences there brought them to us. The last thing such a person wants is to find the Church has come after them. Many fear that Christio-Pagans aren’t very Pagan at all, and are . . . → Read More: Druid Thoughts: Christio-Pagans

Putting the Hermetic back into Hermetic

By Nick Farrell

Corpus Hermetica, which was the bible of Hermetic magicians until the 20th century.

The Corpus was a collection of writings with a Greco-Egyptian Gnostic flavour which was assembled in the second century AD. The actual material which made it up was fairly flexible and may reflect the ideas of different neo-platonic communities. . . . → Read More: Putting the Hermetic back into Hermetic

What Makes An Event A Pagan Event?

By Kenny Klein

Years ago I was speaking to a man I knew well, who I knew to be a long-time Pagan. I was asking him what Pagan events he’d been to. He thought for a moment.

“Well,” he said, “I’ve been to the Renaissance Festival.”

I cringed. “That’s not a…” I began. But I . . . → Read More: What Makes An Event A Pagan Event?

Where Does the Legend of Lilith Come From?

By Ariela Pelaia

According to Jewish folklore Lilith was Adam’s first wife. Though she is not mentioned in the Torah, over the centuries she became associated with Adam as a way to explain the fact that there are two contradictory versions of Creation in the book of Genesis.

Lilith and the Biblical Story of Creation

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