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Are Demons Real?

By Brandy Williams

[Snip] European (Graeco-Roman) Paganism acknowledges the existence of spirits. “Demon” derives from the Greek word “daemon”, a spirit midway between people and deities. Daemones could be either hostile or helpful to people. The Latin word “angelus” described the same sort of spirit; this word passed into English as “angel”. Eventually “angel” came . . . → Read More: Are Demons Real?

Power Before Wisdom Primer: Learning Magic the Dangerous Way

Reviewed by Erin Lale

[Snip] This book has both beginning and intermediate level magical practices in it. Beginning level magic includes grounding, shields, and other basic practices. However, it’s not aimed at beginners. One thing that really resonated with me was that “the basics are the secrets.” More advanced magic users can get more out . . . → Read More: Power Before Wisdom Primer: Learning Magic the Dangerous Way

Building a Better Heathenry

By Galina Krasskova

[Snip] When I first became Heathen, it was all but taboo to discuss or give any personal credence to what was (then as now) termed “UPG” (unverified personal gnosis). In good Protestant fashion, anything remotely smacking of mysticism, experience, or messy, messy emotional engagement was frowned upon, strongly. As a religious studies . . . → Read More: Building a Better Heathenry

Cults of the Shadow, by Kenneth Grant

Living Tradiitons

Cults of the Shadow is the final volume in Kenneth Grants first trilogy. It has been long out of print and Starfire Publishing offers a superb new edition of 1500 copies, revised and corrected with new images and is a great addition to any magician’s library. The front and end pages are illustrated . . . → Read More: Cults of the Shadow, by Kenneth Grant

Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition

Reviewed by Gareth J. Medway

This is a revised edition of a work originally published in 1997. Vyse begins by discussing Wade Boggs, a baseball player who set some records that have never been equalled. His “professional life was filled with superstition”. Believing that he hit better after eating chicken, he consumed it every day. . . . → Read More: Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition

The Golden Dawn Underworld Initiation

By Nick Farrell

There are those who like to see the Golden Dawn as all sweetness and LVX and assume that it would never touch those dark regions of the unconscious where demons and other nasty beings like hang out.

Of course, since Christianity arrived and told the pagans that their terrestrial gods were all . . . → Read More: The Golden Dawn Underworld Initiation

Creating My Own Reality

By Nimue Brown

We have beliefs about the ways in which, by action and sheer will, we can change our reality, and we also all have beliefs about the ways in which there is no scope for change whatsoever. Some of these are more sensible than others, and I am picking some examples that strike . . . → Read More: Creating My Own Reality

The Fairies are Afoot! – Modern Fairy Beliefs

By Carolyn Emerick

Fairy Rings – Where the Fairies Dance

Fairy rings are spaces where fairies are said to appear. Folklore tells of people who have come across the fairies dancing, usually at night, and usually in a circle. It may be that when people saw mysterious rings of mushrooms in a perfect circle, the . . . → Read More: The Fairies are Afoot! – Modern Fairy Beliefs

The Spell of Flight: The Gate of Witchery

By Robin Artisson

No activity is more associated with Witches from the folklore of nearly every European culture than flight. The aerial “rades” or broom-rides of Witches are not merely conceits invented for modern Hollywood and consumers around Halloween time; they are based on a worldwide pattern of shamanic belief wherein animistic specialists are capable . . . → Read More: The Spell of Flight: The Gate of Witchery

Voodoo: 5 Reasons this Extraordinary Religion Makes People Scared

By Lilith Dorsey

Voodoo can be scary, but not for the reasons that come to most people’s minds. New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou are the Frankenstein monsters of religions. People love to point fingers, sticks, and flaming torches at that which they have created, yet tragically don’t understand. Voodoo seems to be at the . . . → Read More: Voodoo: 5 Reasons this Extraordinary Religion Makes People Scared