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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 Secret History of the Triple Goddess, Part 1

Triads, Triplicities, and Trinities

By John Halstead

[Snip] It has been observed that many modern Pagans have a tendency to uncritically relate every instance of the number three in ancient myth or iconography to the symbol of the Triple Goddess, causing them to syncretize goddesses who do not fit the pattern. In the same way . . . → Read More: The Secret History of the Triple Goddess, Part 1

Norse Symbols – Thor’s Hammer

By Pollyanna Jones

What is a Heathen?

There is a broad spectrum of people that are grouped by the term “Heathen”. What most would consider in modern times as Heathen faiths are those spiritual paths followed with Norse and Germanic themes. I will refrain from going into all of this in great detail, as it . . . → Read More: Norse Symbols – Thor’s Hammer

Resacralizing Our World

By Galina Krasskova

I recently read an exchange online between a polytheist (what type, I do not know) and a Heathen that to my mind, highlighted what I consider to be the biggest issue in Heathenry. The exchange was a simple one. In the course of the discussion, the Polytheist commented that he was seeing . . . → Read More: Resacralizing Our World

Tolkien’s English Mythology

By Simon J. Cook

J.R.R. Tolkien’s tales of Middle-earth are hailed as founding texts of modern fantasy. But his recently published commentary on the Old English poem Beowulf suggests that Tolkien saw his creative writing as a work of historical reconstruction. The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings were conceived as the . . . → Read More: Tolkien’s English Mythology

The Three Brigits of the Ulster Cycle

By Christopher Scott Thompson

[Snip] Any Brigidine pagan, on hearing the phrase “Three Brigits” would think immediately of the famous passage from Cormac’s Glossary:

Brigit, i.e., a poetess, daughter of the Dagda. This is Brigit the female sage, or woman of wisdom, i.e., Brigit the goddess whom poets adored, because very great and very famous . . . → Read More: The Three Brigits of the Ulster Cycle

Understanding the Fylgjur

By Pollyanna Jones

Fylgjur (plural of Fylgja) are described as supernatural guardian spirits, bound to a family line, said to accompany a person throughout life. Like many concepts in Norse mythology, the Fylgja is sometimes hard to comprehend or explain.

Fylgja, translated from Old Norse, means “someone that accompanies”. They can appear in two ways.

. . . → Read More: Understanding the Fylgjur

Culture and Community

Appropriation, Exchange and Modern Paganism

By Crystal Blanton

Cultural appropriation is not a new issue and definitely not new within Paganism. The story of American capitalism has created a strong foundation for what has continued to be one of the most important, and yet challenging, discussions underlying the modern Pagan experience. Conversations of cultural appropriation . . . → Read More: Culture and Community

Hestia and Khthonic Sacrifices

By Elani Temperance

[Snip] “Just a random question – do you happen to know if a portion of chthonic sacrifices was offered first to Hestia? I had always heard that She received the first and last portion of all sacrifices, but given the difference between Olympian and Chthonic sacrifices, I have to wonder. Any light . . . → Read More: Hestia and Khthonic Sacrifices

The Royal Visit

By Sable Aradia

[Snip] A ritual can be thought of like a visit from royalty. In a manner of speaking, a Witch is a diplomat, receiving Celestial Guests on behalf of humanity (or, at least, on behalf of the other Witches and of Pagans in general.) Thinking of it in that way helps us to . . . → Read More: The Royal Visit