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The High Magic of Talismans and Amulets, by Claude Lecouteux

Reviewed by Freeman Presson

The first part of The High Magic of Talismans and Amulets goes into the traditions related to amulets and the natural magic thereof, and also examines the tension between established Christianity and the long-standing tradition of magick, especially of the apotropaic (evil averting) sort. One is strongly reminded of the generations . . . → Read More: The High Magic of Talismans and Amulets, by Claude Lecouteux

High Magick and Initiatic Orders

By Jean-Louis de Biasi

For centuries, the ancient Western Mysteries have been transmitted through rituals called “initiations.” Everyone can learn from books how to perform rituals, visualization, and self-empowerment, but nobody can seriously initiate himself. To do so, you need one or more persons who will perform a special ritual for you. We know the . . . → Read More: High Magick and Initiatic Orders

The Theban Oracle, by Greg Jenkins

Reviewed by Freeman Presson

There are effectively three books within The Theban Oracle: an introduction to what the author calls “Medieval Metaphysics,” including the few references to the Theban alphabet; a method for divination using the alphabet and correspondences created by the author, which requires the reader to make a casting set using the instructions . . . → Read More: The Theban Oracle, by Greg Jenkins

“The Old Religion” or a “New Creative Synthesis?”

By Carol P. Christ

Is Goddess feminism an old religion or a new creative synthesis? Can it be both? Goddess feminism draws on the feminist affirmation of women’s experiences, women’s bodies, and women’s connection to nature; the feminist critique of transcendent male monotheism as the symbolic expression of male domination of women and nature; and . . . → Read More: “The Old Religion” or a “New Creative Synthesis?”

Snakes and Serpents in the Ancient Hellenic Religion

By Elani Temperance

[Snip] The ancient Hellenes were not fearful of snakes. They might have been cautious of poisonous ones, but in general, happening across a snake was a good omen. Unlike in Jewish and Christian mythology, where the Devil working though a snake got Eve to eat the apple, Hellenic mythology usually reserves a . . . → Read More: Snakes and Serpents in the Ancient Hellenic Religion

The Earth Mother of All Neolithic Discoveries

By John Lichfield

French archaeologists have discovered an extremely rare example of a neolithic “earth mother” figurine on the banks of the river Somme.

The 6,000-year-old statuette is 8in high, with imposing buttocks and hips but stubby arms and a cone-like head. Similar figures have been found before in Europe but rarely so far north . . . → Read More: The Earth Mother of All Neolithic Discoveries

The Witch and the Wild

By Sarah Anne Lawless

[Snip] We are doomed. The earth and nature are not doomed. We are doomed, we humans. If we want to be honest with ourselves about the future of life on earth then we must be on the side of nature and not on the side of humanity. We have made the . . . → Read More: The Witch and the Wild

The Doers and the Don’ters

By Sable Aradia

In any field, you will find those who are outstanding. These are the Doers; people that believe in getting things done, and they go out there and they do those things. They work, they rally, they talk to people, they knock on doors, they practice, they experiment, and they dare. Sometimes they . . . → Read More: The Doers and the Don’ters

Deities and Diversity: the Limits of Theology

By Gus diZerega

[Snip] Many Pagan traditions, including traditional Wicca, are based on personal encounters with deities. I am a Pagan today because of such an encounter well over 20 years ago. In my experience the Goddess is much more than a poetic metaphor or cultural construct. In my experience, and not just in my . . . → Read More: Deities and Diversity: the Limits of Theology

What Lies Beneath Stonehenge?

A groundbreaking survey of the site has turned up tantalizing new clues to what really went on there

By Ed Caesar

We walked the Avenue, the ancient route along which the stones were first dragged from the River Avon. For centuries, this was the formal path to the great henge, but now the only . . . → Read More: What Lies Beneath Stonehenge?