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Conflict in Myth

By Lykeia

There seems to be a tendency, perhaps from baggage we have from previous religious experience, to view conflicts in myth as a polarity of good versus evil. Therefore that there has to be one in the conflict who is “good”, and one who in the conflict who is if not utterly “evil”, is . . . → Read More: Conflict in Myth

Drakōn: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Reviewed by Laura Gawlinski

Ogden’s latest book examines the serpents of myth and cult from Homer to hagiography. This is a wide-ranging investigation in which both the monster Typhon and the healing pareias snake of Asklepios find a place, as they and other drakontes are approached through literature, linguistics, and iconography. It is an ambitious . . . → Read More: Drakōn: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Santeria Is Cuba’s New Favorite Religion

By Phil Clarke Hill

Santeria — or “the worship of saints” — is gaining ground as a popular religious practice in Cuba.

Developed in the African slave communities of the island’s 18th Century sugar plantations, it’s a syncretic religion adopting elements of Spanish-imposed Catholicism while maintaining the central beliefs of Africa’s kidnapped natives, primarily Nigeria’s . . . → Read More: Santeria Is Cuba’s New Favorite Religion

From The Prow of Myth, by Michael Routery

Reviewed by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

[Snip] As someone who produces polytheist/pagan devotional poetry, I can say with some confidence that there’s not only a lot of it out there, but a good deal of it isn’t fantastic poetry; it’s almost as if poetry is an assumed artistic “talent” that most pagans think they have . . . → Read More: From The Prow of Myth, by Michael Routery

Sacred Sounds of the Female Orshiras

Rhythms of the Goddess, collected by Raul Canizares

Reviewed by Mike Gleason

Raul Canizares, who collected and produced the recordings which are the basis for this CD was the head of the Santeria Temple Orisha Consciousness Movement in Manhattan, and the author of Cuban Santeria,1 as well as the producer of another CD , The . . . → Read More: Sacred Sounds of the Female Orshiras

The Reversed Pentagram; the Key to the Liberation of Matter

By Nick Farrell

The modern Golden Dawn has a bit of a problem with using the reversed pentagram due to some very mixed messages about its use by its founder Samuel Mathers. Mathers firstly tells students that it is an evil symbol and you should not use it, however later on he tells you . . . → Read More: The Reversed Pentagram; the Key to the Liberation of Matter

Walking Your Own Pagan Path

By Nimue Brown

Many Pagans self identify as eclectic, or ’own-path’. Not everyone is drawn to the defined paths. Ancestors of blood, and land may make it tricky to go after specific ancestors of tradition. Do we want to follow a pantheon with no connection to where we live? Can we follow the traditions of . . . → Read More: Walking Your Own Pagan Path

This Is Why Folks Need to Read William James

By Sannion

P. Sufenas Virius Lupus made this thoughtful and intelligent post on polytheism and relativism and so of course he’s getting pounded by the monists, because that’s what they do any time anyone asserts the autonomy and individuality of the gods anywhere.

What I have never yet been able to understand is why.

Let . . . → Read More: This Is Why Folks Need to Read William James

The Application of Magic to Being Human

By Taylor Ellwood

One of my fascinations in life is human behavior. I’m reading Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely and it’s a book about irrational behavior, and ultimately human behavior and why people make the choices they make. Reading it is enlightening, but even more than that I want to apply it to my magical . . . → Read More: The Application of Magic to Being Human

Beltane Traditions

By Jason Mankey

[Snip] A lot of the traditions I associate with Beltane are centuries old, and some of them might even date back to pagan antiquity. While much of Beltane’s pageantry got absorbed into the Christian tradition of Easter, the fact that the cross-quarter date of the festival was never co-opted into a Christian . . . → Read More: Beltane Traditions