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Greeks, Amazons, and Archaeology

By James F. Vedder

The legends of the Amazons and their battles with the Greeks were popular subjects of ancient Greek art. Images of lone Amazons, of combat between an Amazon and a Greek hero, of general battle scenes, and occasionally of more amicable meetings appear in vase painting, sculpture, and other forms of art. . . . → Read More: Greeks, Amazons, and Archaeology

The Intriguing Origins of Aphrodite

By Miriam Kamil

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, sex, and beauty. In one of the most famous images of the goddess, we see her emerge from the sea, a reference to her origin story.

In this older of the two stories of Aphrodite’s birth, she emerges from the sea a grown woman. Her . . . → Read More: The Intriguing Origins of Aphrodite

The Dreaded Gwiber – A Welsh Wyvern?

By Pollyanna Jones

Wales is famed for its oral traditions of storytelling, poetry, and singing. The bard’s presence is ever near in the land of the Dragon, with a folk story or legend in every town. It seems that every river, every mountain, and lake has it’s own tale to tell. From fair maidens to . . . → Read More: The Dreaded Gwiber – A Welsh Wyvern?

The Red Thread – Res Ipsa Loquitur

By Galina Krasskova

[Snip] Animal sacrifice is not a hip new practice. It’s a tremendously old one. It is one of the oldest and holiest of rites practiced in pretty much every ancestral polytheism across the world (and the three monotheisms, for that matter. It’s a universal practice. Show me an intact polytheism, in a . . . → Read More: The Red Thread – Res Ipsa Loquitur

The Myth of Hercules in Cynicism and Stoicism

By Donald Robertson

[Snip] Prodicus / Xenophon

Socrates reputedly admires the Sophist Prodicus, who was renowned for his inspirational lecture, which became known as The Choice of Hercules. In his Memorabilia, Socrates’ friend and follower, the Athenian general Xenophon portrays Socrates recounting his own version of this story. We’re told that it was reading Xenophon’s . . . → Read More: The Myth of Hercules in Cynicism and Stoicism

Filling Out the Golden Dawn Rituals

By Nick Farrell

Those who like to believe that the Golden Dawn rituals are perfect and cannot be adapted might be shocked to discover that I disagree and that there are parts of the elemental grade rituals which are just meaningless filler, mistakes or ideas that do not actually work.

What is alarming is that . . . → Read More: Filling Out the Golden Dawn Rituals

Caesar and the Druids

An Examination of Roman Military Policy and Indigenous Religion

By Galina Krasskova

Throughout de Bello Gallico, Caesar utilized the account of his military campaigns as a type of intellectual conquest to pave the way for his later military conquests. He gauged the potential impact of his commentaries to manipulate public opinion back in Rome, in . . . → Read More: Caesar and the Druids

Connecting with Nature

By John Halstead

[Snip] In his essay, “Eskimo Science”, Richard Nelson writes:

“Probably no society has been so deeply alienated as ours from the community of nature, has view the natural world from a greater distance of mind, has lapsed into a murkier comprehension of its connections with the sustaining environment. Because of this, we . . . → Read More: Connecting with Nature

Shiva Lingam Stones

By Patti Wigington

The Shiva Lingam is a stone that is found in many aspects of Hindu belief and folklore. A symbol of the god Shiva, the stone itself is sometimes simply called the Lingam or Linga. It’s shaped a bit like an elongated egg, and has a good deal of phallic symbolism attached to . . . → Read More: Shiva Lingam Stones

Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Re-Shape Our World

Reviewed by Lisa Roling

[Snip] Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Re-Shape Our World is a collection of essays, interviews, and calls-to action by people who have refused to do nothing. Much of their work goes beyond simply bringing about equality. It reaches farther into what they see as the root of sexism, violence, . . . → Read More: Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Re-Shape Our World