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Halloween? It’s More than Trick or Treat

By Ronald Hutton

All Hallows Eve, or Halloween, is the modern name in English for the great north European festival which signalled the end of the light and warm half of the year, and ushered in the cold and dark one, and so divided the season of autumn from that of winter in these northern . . . → Read More: Halloween? It’s More than Trick or Treat

A Spirit Walker’s Guide to Shamanic Tools, by Evelyn C. Rysdyk

Reviewed by Susan Starr

Forming your own relationship with your helping spirits, teachers and power animals is essential in shamanic work. Shamanism is a highly individualistic practice in which your skill and effectiveness largely depends on your ability to communicate and work well with them. Anything you can do to make your connection stronger is . . . → Read More: A Spirit Walker’s Guide to Shamanic Tools, by Evelyn C. Rysdyk

(Un)Wilding Witchcraft

By Jason Mankey

Over the last several months I’ve noticed a lot of online articles about Witchcraft that make use of the word Wild. The most common iteration along those lines has been Rewilding Witchcraft a lovely turn of phrase that apparently resonates with a lot of folks. Historically witches are often viewed as outsiders, . . . → Read More: (Un)Wilding Witchcraft

The Wakeful World, by Emma Restall Orr

Reviewed by Brian Taylor

[Snip] Restall Orr, a high profile British Druid, and founder of Honouring the Ancient Dead, manages a natural burial ground, and has previously written about aspects of Druidry. In a talk posted on her website she tells us that she finds animism exciting and dangerous becuase it offers an alternative to . . . → Read More: The Wakeful World, by Emma Restall Orr

Anthropomorphism and its Effect on Perceptions of Reality

By Taylor Ellwood

I’m in the midst of my research for Pop Culture Magic 2.0 (thankfully I’m almost finished with it). Part of that research has taken me to some interesting tangents in relationship to how people experience the otherworld and daimonic spirits. While most people wouldn’t associate pop culture with daimonic spirits or the . . . → Read More: Anthropomorphism and its Effect on Perceptions of Reality

Jewish Witch: Despair, Tikkun Olam, and Rewilding Witchcraft

By Asa West

[Snip] In Judaism there’s this concept of tikkun olam, or “repairing the world.” It started as a way of fostering social harmony through law, and was then refined by the Kabbalists into the mystical concept of repairing not just the world, but God him/herself. Then it gradually made its way into mainstream . . . → Read More: Jewish Witch: Despair, Tikkun Olam, and Rewilding Witchcraft

Into the Coven: Finding a Ritual

By Jason Mankey

The first six months of its existence my ritual group mostly floundered. We had a good circle of people around us and did some nice rituals, but we didn’t really have any sort of structure. To find a solidity for ourselves we had to do a ritual for someone else.

When my . . . → Read More: Into the Coven: Finding a Ritual

Sacred Dance in the Ancient World

By Tara

Sacred dance was prevalent all over the ancient world and it is a very ancient form of worship. Evidence of sacred dance has been found painted on cave walls dating back to about 10,000 + years ago. Dance can transport the soul to another dimension and guide the dancer into a trance. It’s . . . → Read More: Sacred Dance in the Ancient World

Diviners--Protocols and Taboos

By Galina Krasskova

What protocols or taboos do you observe as a diviner?

I think this depends on the diviner. For me it varies. Certainly I’ve become more conscious of the need for certain protocols as I’ve gained more and more experience as a diviner; and of course, taboos come from the Gods and . . . → Read More: Diviners–Protocols and Taboos

Polytheism is the Future

By John Beckett

[Snip] As our society continues to struggle with social, political, and environmental problems, polytheism has some distinct advantages to offer its followers and the wider world.

Polytheism is an antidote for fundamentalism. Fundamentalism is associated with ultraconservative religious and political views, literal readings of sacred texts, and strict enforcement of purity codes . . . → Read More: Polytheism is the Future