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The Amazons

Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World Reviewed by Joshua Rothman

Here’s a story, told by Herodotus, about the fierce female warriors known as Amazons. Many thousands of years ago, a group of Greek raiders ventured into what is now northern Turkey. Travelling across the steppe, they came across a group of . . . → Read More: The Amazons

Polytheistic Theology and Ethics

By Dan McCoy

As the astute Christian theologian Paul Tillich noted, “polytheism is a qualitative and not a quantitative concept.” In other words, polytheistic religions don’t hold the same view of divinity and the sacred as monotheistic religions do, as if the only difference were a mere multiplication of the number of deities. Rather, the . . . → Read More: Polytheistic Theology and Ethics

On the Nature of Sacrifice

By Galina Krasskova

[Snip] I take the necessity and goodness of sacrifice for granted but obviously not everyone does. I recently had an issue with a neighbor over my practice. She didn’t see anything (I’m not rude to my neighbors and I have a secluded area and shed in which I do this type of . . . → Read More: On the Nature of Sacrifice

The Jogah: Little People of the Iroquois

By Carolyn Emerick

Little People Across North America

Just as fae-folk and elfin creatures existed in the mythologies and folklore across Europe, similar creatures are a part of traditional folk custom all around the world. The North American continent is full of these stories, and they are just as unique and varied as the unique . . . → Read More: The Jogah: Little People of the Iroquois

Cecil Williamson’s Book of Witchcraft

Living Traditions

“Cecil Hugh Williamson (1909-1999) is, I believe, one of the great unsung heroes of the twilight world of folklore and witchcraft. He is probably best known for founding the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, North Cornwall, which he ran up until midnight on All Hallows Eve 1996; three years before his passing over . . . → Read More: Cecil Williamson’s Book of Witchcraft

Grimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch, by Raven Grimassi

Reviewed by Nicole Rain Sellers

[Snip] Grimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch offers the magickal keys to accessing the spirits of the plant kingdom. Decidedly gothic, with many allusions to roses, thorns and shadows, the book’s formal, atmospheric tone is sure to stir magickal memories in the blood of those called to read it.

From the . . . → Read More: Grimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch, by Raven Grimassi

Defining the Magical Practitioner in Antiquity

By Sarah Veale

[Snip] I’ve talked about the cultural contexts that surround the definition of magic in antiquity at my other blog, Invocatio. . . . While I may not draw a hard and fast line between religion and magic, others have attempted to define what separated magicians from their religious counterparts. I want to . . . → Read More: Defining the Magical Practitioner in Antiquity

Rosicrucian Quadricentennial

By Egil Asprem

This year marks the 400th anniversary of one of the most influential mythemes in the history of Western esotericism: that of the Order of the Rosicrucians. More precisely, it is now 400 years since a mysterious pamphlet entitled Fama Fraternitatis was published in Kassel. Purporting to be a communication from an unknown . . . → Read More: Rosicrucian Quadricentennial

Poetry and Prophecy, by N.K. Chadwick

Reviewed by Celtic Scholar

Synopsis: This 1952 book is an inquiry into the relations in origin between literature and inspiration, based on a study of the practices of seers in modern communities where oral literature sill survives, and of the records of primitive poetry in the West and North. Mrs Chadwick discusses the universal reverence . . . → Read More: Poetry and Prophecy, by N.K. Chadwick

Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll

Reviewed by Casey Rae

[Snip] Peter Bebergal‘s Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll [Tarcher/Penguin 2014], is an admirable attempt at uniting the tribes. First, we need a common vernacular. To Bebergal’s definition, “the occult” is less a fixed system and more of a worldview that encompasses many spiritual traditions operating . . . → Read More: Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll