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Why I Would Make An Excellent Druidess

By Mallory Ortberg

1. My understanding of “druids” as a profession and as a religion is pleasantly vague, which is exactly how I like my job descriptions and spiritual practices.

2. I’m into the moon in a big way, which I feel like would be helpful.

3. I have plenty of experience resenting Christianity as . . . → Read More: Why I Would Make An Excellent Druidess

Being on the Margin of the Margins: The Dual-trad Thing

By Nornoriel Lokason

While I am best-known for my writings on the Vanir and Vanatru, I have not made it a secret that I am dual-trad: I have ties to a few entities within the infernal pantheon – Asmodai (also known as Asmodeus), the demon of wrath, is my patron.

I am far from being . . . → Read More: Being on the Margin of the Margins: The Dual-trad Thing

Tarot Readings and Moon Phases

By Patti Wigington

A reader asks, “I plan to do a Tarot reading because I have some issues that really need questions and evaluation soon. But a friend of mine said I should wait until a certain moon phase but that’s three weeks away and I need to resolve things quickly. Do I have to . . . → Read More: Tarot Readings and Moon Phases

Lughnasa and Lammas: Summer Holidays Lost and Found Again

By Carolyn Emerick

For centuries two holidays were celebrated by neighboring peoples on the same day. The people were the Celts and the Anglo-Saxons, and their holidays were Lughnasa and Lammas respectively. Usually the date fell on August 1st, but there could be variations.

The Celtic Lughnasa, also spelled Lughnasadh, was thus named because it . . . → Read More: Lughnasa and Lammas: Summer Holidays Lost and Found Again

Ancestors of the Craft, by Christopher Penczak (ed.)

The Lives and Lessons of our Magickal Elders

Reviewed in Living Traditions

I have always believed we stand on the shoulders of giants and sadly it seems so many young magicians of all shades seem intent of reinventing the wheel. The beauty of understanding those who have gone before us is we can appreciate what . . . → Read More: Ancestors of the Craft, by Christopher Penczak (ed.)

The Secret History of the Triple Goddess, Part 3

Will the Real Triple Goddess Please Stand Up?

By John Halstead

Now it is finally time for me to reveal the previously unpublished text I promised you in Part 1 of this series. In Part 1, I distinguished Robert Graves’ “triune” (Three-in-One) Triple Goddess from the lesser “triplicities” and “triads” which are much more common . . . → Read More: The Secret History of the Triple Goddess, Part 3

God Speaking, By Judith O’Grady

Reviewed by Rhyd Wildermuth

[Snip] “I see visions and hear voices.”

So starts perhaps one of the most brilliant books I’ve had the chance to read in quite some time, full of probably the most poignant observations of what it’s like to hear gods, to be, as she calls it, “God-Speaking” and being “God-Bothered.”

“The . . . → Read More: God Speaking, By Judith O’Grady

Roman Power and Greek Sanctuaries, by Marco Galli (ed.)

Forms of Interaction and Communication

Reviewed by Rocío Gordillo Hervás

This volume represents the crowning of four years of work by the members of the project “Formation and transformation of religious identities in the Roman Empire” (2003-2007) and of the outcome of the meeting “Religion as communication: Ritual networks in traditional Greek sanctuaries under the . . . → Read More: Roman Power and Greek Sanctuaries, by Marco Galli (ed.)

The Thraco-Dacian Origin of the Paparuda/Dodola Rain-Making Ritual

By Mihai Dragnea

Abstract: This study presents an analysis of the rain-making ritual from Romania, called Paparuda, performed in the spring and in times of severe drought. The ritual is common also in the Slavic folklore, having the same structure. In this study, I will demonstrate that the origin of the rain-making ritual Paparuda/Dodola is . . . → Read More: The Thraco-Dacian Origin of the Paparuda/Dodola Rain-Making Ritual

The Secret History of the Triple Goddess, Part 2

The Search for the Triple Goddess of Antiquity

By John Halstead

[Snip] Previously, in Part 1, I argued that Robert Graves Triple Goddess is a unique creation: a triunity, as opposed to a triplicity (like the Celtic Matres) or a triad (like the three Brigids). Graves’s Triple Goddess is Three-in-One — resembling the Christian Trinity . . . → Read More: The Secret History of the Triple Goddess, Part 2