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Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Paganisms – Part 1

By Yvonne Aburrow

[Snip] Gender and sexuality have been key concerns for modern and contemporary Paganisms, ever since the first stirrings of the revival were felt in the 19th century. Two key ideas from the perspective of the women’s movement were the reclaiming of the concept of “witch”, and the reinstatement of the divine feminine . . . → Read More: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Paganisms – Part 1

The Gods Are Not for Sale!

By Danu Forest

There’s no doubt about it- we live in modern, changing times, when the old religious power structures and dogmas of the past are being rapidly over turned and quite rightfully, often treated with disdain. That’s good. Free thinking, and free expression are wonderful things and we should be grateful that we can . . . → Read More: The Gods Are Not for Sale!

Nine Goddesses Every Woman Should Know

By Annie Finch

Are you a woman (or man) who has lost touch with yourself spiritually — or has never gotten in touch with yourself spiritually — or who just wants more joy in each day? If so, you may want to try entwining more goddess energy into your life. Many anthropologists believe that human . . . → Read More: Nine Goddesses Every Woman Should Know

Jason Pitzl-Waters Steps Down from “The Wild Hunt”

Jason Pitzl-Waters, whose Wild Hunt blog has, for a decade, been a major focus of communications for the contemporary Pagan community, announced today that he is stepping down as head of this project “to reorient [his] life in a new and different way.” From his final post:

I’ve been working on The Wild Hunt . . . → Read More: Jason Pitzl-Waters Steps Down from “The Wild Hunt”

Spirit-work and Self-care

By Nornoriel Lokason

I am a spirit-worker – my life is not my own, but lived in full-time service to the Powers… in my specific case, the Vanir. (I have other intensive relationships with entities outside this pantheon, but I would not define them as service-oriented.) I have been dismembered, killed, and reborn in my . . . → Read More: Spirit-work and Self-care

Holy Islands and the Otherworld: Places Beyond Water

By Eldar Heide

In this article I attempt to demonstrate that there is a connection between holy islands and notions of an Otherworld beyond water. I believe that the essence of holy islands is their location on the other side of water. One has to cross water to get there and in this respect holy . . . → Read More: Holy Islands and the Otherworld: Places Beyond Water

The Divinization of Caesar and Augustus, by Michael Koortbojian

Precedents, Consequences, Implications

Reviewed by W. Jeffrey Tatum

The invention of Divus Iulius entrained important issues of representation. Ought there to be a recognisable distinction between Caesar-The-Great-Man and Divus Iulius? And, if so, what should Divus Iulius look like? And what should be the chief significations of his divine aspect? These questions, and the further . . . → Read More: The Divinization of Caesar and Augustus, by Michael Koortbojian

Evolutionary Astrology: What the Moon's Nodes Mean in Your Chart

By Deva Green

No discussion of evolutionary astrology can begin without first mentioning Pluto. In evolutionary astrology, the natal position of Pluto symbolizes the core evolutionary desires/intentions of past lifetimes, while Pluto’s polarity point reflects the current evolutionary intentions. Similarly, we can look to the Moon’s nodes to see how the evolutionary journey within any . . . → Read More: Evolutionary Astrology: What the Moon’s Nodes Mean in Your Chart

Liber Nigri Solis, by Victor Voronov (ed.)

Reviewed in Living Traditions

Liber Nigri Solis is a challenging and powerful guide to the sorcery and gnosis of the Black Sun. It has been compiled from the archives of the Arcanus Ordo Nigri Solis and the Ordo Hermenticus Sinister and is beautifully illustrated. It also features a comprehensive and insightful introduction by Dr. Eva . . . → Read More: Liber Nigri Solis, by Victor Voronov (ed.)

How to Recognize I Can’t in Your Magical Work

By Taylor Ellwood

Sometimes what I find most fascinating about magic is what limitations people build into it. In other words, a person will say to themselves, I can’t do this in magical work. They’ll have various reasons for that ” I can’t” which can range from moral/ethical reasons, spiritual “laws” or personal hang-ups that . . . → Read More: How to Recognize I Can’t in Your Magical Work