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Reasonances, by Carl Abrahamsson

Reviewed in Living Traditions

Carl Abrahamsson is a pioneer of modern occultism, his unique worldview comes from a deep understanding of Satanism, Thelema and TOPY (Temple of Psychic Youth). He is the founder of the highly respected journal The Fenris Wolf as well as the publishing house Edda Publishing. He is a writer,​curator,​photographer, documentary film . . . → Read More: Reasonances, by Carl Abrahamsson

Wiccecraeft, by Sinead Spearing

Reviewed by Mike Gleason

Over years of discussion with family members and other initiates, I have come to the conclusion that perhaps the biggest problems faced by members of non-Abrahamic faiths is not opposition (both from within their own movements and from without), but the language we use to express ourselves. That is apparent twice . . . → Read More: Wiccecraeft, by Sinead Spearing

The Chemistry of Alchemy

From Dragon’s Blood to Donkey Dung, How Chemistry Was Forged

Reviewed by Caroline Robertson

Most students of alchemy, even those that read the mineral texts, will ultimately pursue the path of spiritual or ‘soul’ alchemy through meditation and breathing and suchlike. Some brave alchemists will seek to help the spiritual process by taking alchemical draughts . . . → Read More: The Chemistry of Alchemy

Intertwined: Paganism and Christianity

By Jason Mankey

In many ways Christianity and Paganism are inter-twined. They’ve existed along-side each other for nearly 2000 years and often share a language and culture. I often lament Modern Paganism’s obsession with belittling Christianity but I understand it too. We live in the shadow of our much bigger cousin, and might only exist . . . → Read More: Intertwined: Paganism and Christianity

Stop Using Quantum Mechanics as Evidence for Magic

By Esther Inglis-Arkell

[Snip] It Doesn’t Mean That We Are Psychic

Okay, here’s the big one. Quantum mechanics shows that the world works in unintuitive ways, and, yes, experiments done in quantum mechanics provide results that can be interpreted in ways that lead us to odd conclusions. What quantum mechanics doesn’t do is provide evidence . . . → Read More: Stop Using Quantum Mechanics as Evidence for Magic

Moon Poets, by Trevor Greenfield (ed.)

Reviewed by Nimue Brown

Reviewing poetry is something I find tricky – poetry is inherently a lot more personal and subjective than other forms. With non-fiction you can say ‘this is solid’ or ‘this is full of dodgy logic’ with confidence, but a poet either speaks to your heart, or they don’t. And if they . . . → Read More: Moon Poets, by Trevor Greenfield (ed.)

The Presocratics and the Supernatural

Magic, Philosophy and Science in Early Greece

Reviewed by Stephanie Magowan

Critiques of Presocratic naturalism highlight a tendency towards a “Hellenocentric” view of Greek rational achievement, claiming that supernatural aspects of Presocratic thought are often minimised or even ignored. How can we assimilate supernatural processes, such as magic, mysticism or metempsychosis, into a rational naturalistic . . . → Read More: The Presocratics and the Supernatural

A Pagan View of Suffering

By John Beckett

Religions exist for many reasons, most importantly because of the experiences people have had of Gods and spirits for at least as long as we’ve been human. Another important reason is to deal with the Big Questions of Life, including the question of suffering. Why is there suffering? Is there meaning in . . . → Read More: A Pagan View of Suffering

Thoughts on the Aesir

By Beth Wodandis

Years ago, when my friend Nornoriel’s writings on the Vanir as a tribe were first starting to become popular (he was Svartesol at the time; make sure to give him credit if you quote his older work!), I felt a pull towards attempting to write about the Aesir as a people, as . . . → Read More: Thoughts on the Aesir

Glitterati Pagan

By Nimue Brown

It’s a term I ran into recently. ‘Glitterati Pagan’ – a term of resentment, devaluing and dismissal. – I’m not sure if it was being applied to me – laughable to imagine that anyone who has met me could consider my shabby, unshiny self to be some kind of glittering creature of . . . → Read More: Glitterati Pagan