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Did the Ancient Egyptians Practice Human Sacrifice?

By Sandra Alvarez

Thanks to Hollywood, superstition and folklore, many people have long held the belief that Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs regularly buried alive their retainers and household when they died. It’s a long standing fallacy perpetuated by blockbuster films and pseudo Egyptologists that the Pharaoh took his wives, servants and officials with him to the . . . → Read More: Did the Ancient Egyptians Practice Human Sacrifice?

Socially Responsible Magic: Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

By Taylor Ellwood

There’s a saying that if you really put support something, you put your money where your mouth is. It’s an odd saying, one whose history I don’t know, but I nonetheless appreciate how it pertains to supporting the causes I believe in. I also see putting your money where your mouth is . . . → Read More: Socially Responsible Magic: Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

How to Make Your Own Personal Sigils

By Moonwater SilverClaw

Imagine putting a magical intention into an object. Why would you do that? Wiccans do this because they want the object to hold power to help them realize a personal desire. For example, you may be job hunting and you want the power of the object—in this case, a sigil—to assist . . . → Read More: How to Make Your Own Personal Sigils

Fairy Witchcraft: A Neopagan’s Guide to the Celtic Fairy Faith

Reviewed by Celtic Scholar

[Snip] If you know me well, you’d know that the moment I see the word Fairy in any book title I tend to run away and hide. The only reason I actually read this book is because I knew the author was a great researcher and an honest writer who tells . . . → Read More: Fairy Witchcraft: A Neopagan’s Guide to the Celtic Fairy Faith

Pagan Leadership Revisited: New Visions for a New Age

By Crystal Blanton

Changing times in society cause shifts in the needs of the average person. While each community has distinctly different aspects, there are commonalities that exist within every community. The needs of those within any dynamic will dictate the needs of the leadership; Some say a leader should be a reflection of the . . . → Read More: Pagan Leadership Revisited: New Visions for a New Age

Hidden Agendas in Heathenry

By Heather O’Brien

Heathens generally own their own actions proudly, and they realize that comes with a large dose of accountability and mindful thought about how we spend our energy. Agendas belonging to others do not dictate our values and ethics, nor does formalized doctrine absolve us from having ethics or excuse us when we . . . → Read More: Hidden Agendas in Heathenry

Dedications in Clay:

Terracotta Figurines in Early Iron Age Greece (c. 1100-700 BCE)

By Erin Walcek Averett

Abstract: This dissertation explores early Greek religion and society through a contextual analysis of the ritual use of terracotta votive figurines in the Early Iron Age, c. 1100-700 BCE. I have compiled the major deposits of terracotta figurines (both zoomorphic and . . . → Read More: Dedications in Clay

Medusa: In the Mirror of Time, by David Leeming

Reviewed by Kathryn Topper

This book traces the development of Medusa from her earliest appearances in Archaic art and poetry to her recent incarnations in film, body art, and high fashion. Aimed at non-specialist readers and surveying a broad range of media and genres, it could serve as an unofficial companion to Garber and Vickers’ . . . → Read More: Medusa: In the Mirror of Time, by David Leeming

Magical Gnostic Eclesia – Magical Layers

By Frater Barrabbas Tiresius

[Snip] The magical workings that I perform have many layers of prismatic energy structures, one on top of the other, arranged from the foundation to the most intricate final pieces. Because I work with a vortex energy container I can build up these layers over time instead of having to do . . . → Read More: Magical Gnostic Eclesia – Magical Layers

Witchcraft and Shamanism

By Sara Amis

There is a large and growing body of evidence in anthropological and historical literature that historical European-style witchcraft was a form of shamanism. There are essentially three lines of argument here: One, espoused by Éva Pócs and Carlo Ginsburg, connects medieval and Early Modern practices to pre-Christian religious beliefs, mostly in eastern . . . → Read More: Witchcraft and Shamanism