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Magick and Crossed Aspirations

By Frater Barrabbas Tiresius

When I attended a lecture that Ivo Dominguez Jr. gave on “Karma” at Paganicon, he touched briefly on a condition or situation where the goal that someone is seeking to realize can be rendered impossible simply because they are at crossed purposes. This condition of being crossed could occur because someone . . . → Read More: Magick and Crossed Aspirations

From Greek Myth to Medieval Witches

Infertile Women as Monstrous and Evil

By Linda McGuire

Abstract: In 1484, Pope Innocent VIII issued a papal bull declaring “witches” as heretics. Shortly after the idea of a witch became gender-related to women and the stereotype of a witch that of an elderly and dangerous woman. The exact origin of this stereotype is not . . . → Read More: From Greek Myth to Medieval Witches

Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences, by Sandra Kynes

Reviewed by Literata

Sandra Kynes’ book of correspondences competently addresses the fundamental needs of magical practitioners as well as offering opportunities for contemplation for those who want to expand their knowledge and understanding of correspondences. Kynes has done a skillful job of corralling a sprawling mass of information into a reasonably accessible format, and that . . . → Read More: Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences, by Sandra Kynes

Wicca and the Spiritual Quest

By Vivianne Crowley

[Snip] My core spiritual practice is Wicca. I have practiced Wicca nearly all my life, and my life has been formed in service to it. A few weeks ago, when I was giving a public talk, someone who has been in Wicca even longer than me asked if I regretted dedicating my . . . → Read More: Wicca and the Spiritual Quest

Rituals and Shrines 101

By Elani Temperance

[Snip] The major difference between reconstructive religions and modern ones–especially Pagan ones–is the way worship is conducted. Individual worship of Gods as well as patronage is perfectly acceptable in modern religions, but in Recon religions and the ancient Traditions they were based upon, worship tends to be of the pantheon, not so . . . → Read More: Rituals and Shrines 101

Former Instructor Accuses Auburn University of Religious Discrimination

By Heather Greene

[Snip] Dr. Katharyn Privett-Duren was all the more devastated when she found out that her position as an English instructor at Auburn University (AU) had been terminated without a given reason. Not only was she an employee but also a three time Auburn graduate. When she was in her 30s, with a . . . → Read More: Former Instructor Accuses Auburn University of Religious Discrimination

The Difference between Concept and Experience

By Taylor Ellwood

One of the issues that I notice comes up a lot in the writing I see on magic is that the conceptual aspects of magic tend to be emphasized over the experiential aspects of magic. Now part of the reason for this simple could be due to the fact that writing about . . . → Read More: The Difference between Concept and Experience

The Death of Cleopatra

By Francois Retief and Louise P. Cilliers

Abstract: The last days and death of Cleopatra and Mark Antony are reviewed. Antony died a slow death after an initially unsuccessful suicide attempt by way of a stab wound to the abdomen. It is argued that Cleopatra (and her two servants) probably committed suicide through poisoning, rather . . . → Read More: The Death of Cleopatra

What Do You Mean by ‘Scary’?

By Niki Whiting

[Snip] So what exactly is ‘scary witchcraft’? If it’s about using power, cursing and hexing people, then I’ll own that. Plenty of people abuse power, and plenty of people are scared by power. There’s a witching maxim I’ve seen around: that which cannot hex cannot heal. I take that to mean, if . . . → Read More: What Do You Mean by ‘Scary’?

Daemonic Realities and Imagination

By Taylor Ellwood

One of the books I’m currently re-reading as research for Pop Culture Magic 2.0 is Daemonic Reality by Patrick Harpur. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it as he makes some interesting connections with the classical conception of a Daemon and paranormal experiences that have occurred in the contemporary world. . . . → Read More: Daemonic Realities and Imagination