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Family Ties and Growing Pains

By Jack Maurice Lesage

“We are not only One; we are also everything at Once.”

I think one of the main problems with definitions of Paganism, is that most tend to say what Paganism is not, rather than concentrating on what Paganism is. This may be a reason why so many non-Pagans and even Pagans . . . → Read More: Family Ties and Growing Pains

Keeping Our Words Sacred

By Heather O’Brien

In today’s world, words are easily exchanged. Promises are made off-handedly. Commitments are taken as light feathers or fleeting moments of interest, only to be discarded when they no longer serve their original purpose.

We live in a world where few are bound by their word, but this has not always . . . → Read More: Keeping Our Words Sacred

Viking Mythology through the Ages: Oskoreia

Oskorei is the Norwegian version of The Wild Hunt, an ancient folk myth prevalent across Central, Northern and Western Europe.

By M. Michael Brady

The genealogy of the myth is unclear, but the aftermath of an event described in an entry in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for 793 suggests a Viking origin:

‘In this year dire . . . → Read More: Viking Mythology through the Ages: Oskoreia

New Map Reveals Aboriginal Knowledge

By Cherie McDonald

It’s hoped a world-first map recording Aboriginal knowledge will give Australian researchers and landholders a greater understanding of the environment.

The online map, curated by the Indigenous Biocultural Knowledge working group, aims to convert ancient oral knowledge about Australia into an accessible visual and literary format.

Griffith University anthropologist and ethnobiologist . . . → Read More: New Map Reveals Aboriginal Knowledge

Communicating with Plants

By Ellen Evert Hopman

Signatures of Plants – Learning Nature’s Alphabet

There are those who say they get messages from plants and that plants actually speak to them with a human voice, telling them the healing virtues of an herb. Others, (like me) get pictures in our minds that seem to be another form of . . . → Read More: Communicating with Plants

The Tradition of Household Spirits, by Claude Lecouteux

Reviewed by Lupa

Household spirits are one of those topics that gets referenced frequently in passing, but doesn’t really get a thorough treatment itself. I rather feel that the spirits of the home have been nowhere near enough attention despite their ubiquitous nature, and so I was pleased to receive this book as a treatise . . . → Read More: The Tradition of Household Spirits, by Claude Lecouteux

Imhotep the African: Architect of the Cosmos

Reviewed by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

[Snip] Let me begin by stating that I found this book—especially in its initial chapters—an extremely exciting and page-turning read. The initial chapters are paced in such a fashion as to make it as much like reading a mystery novel as much as it attempts to present a novel . . . → Read More: Imhotep the African: Architect of the Cosmos

Vandals Desecrate Ancient Standing Stone at Hill of Tara

Gardai confirmed that paint was poured over at least half of the Lia Fail, which is five thousand years old

By Elaine Keogh

For the second time in two years gardai are investigating vandalism to the Lia Fail, the 5 thousand year old standing stone on the top of the Hill of Tara, which is . . . → Read More: Vandals Desecrate Ancient Standing Stone at Hill of Tara

Devotion: Not Just For Mystics and Clergy

By Galina Krasskova

Engaged devotional practice is not just for clergy or mystics. It’s a way of life that is open to every one. It’s hard though, demanding. My partner said it best when he pointed out recently that it’s not enough to say you’re religious; true piety and religion demands action, consistent, continual action. . . . → Read More: Devotion: Not Just For Mystics and Clergy

Disposal of Ritual Offerings

By Patti Wigington

A common question that comes up is the matter of how to dispose of offerings made during a ritual once the ritual has concluded. Disposal methods may vary, depending on a few things. For instance, does your particular magical tradition require you to dispose of offerings in a certain way? Also, what . . . → Read More: Disposal of Ritual Offerings