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Attitudes to Astrology in Eariy Christianity

By Timothy Michael Joseph Hegedus

Abstract: Astrology was fundamental to the cultural and religious ” furniture” , as it were, of Greco-Roman society. The teachings and practice of astrology, its persistent popularity, and its close connections with other forms of pagan religion posed numerous challenges for early Christianity. It is therefore not surprising that the . . . → Read More: Attitudes to Astrology in Eariy Christianity

Are Our Communities Ready for Theology?

By Galina Krasskova

I had an interesting conversation with my partner Sannion this morning. Over breakfast, I mentioned that my book “Devotional Polytheism” had gotten a good review on The Wild Hunt, but of course that the comments were cracked. He said that he’d read it, as well as the comments to my latest theological . . . → Read More: Are Our Communities Ready for Theology?

The Witch’s Eight Paths of Power, by Sable Aradia

Reviewed by Nornoriel Lokason

This is one of the very best Pagan books I have ever read. It is the sort of thing I wish I could send back in time to myself when I started off in Paganism back in 1995 (identifying then as Wiccan).

The thing that I liked the most about the . . . → Read More: The Witch’s Eight Paths of Power, by Sable Aradia

Avoiding Mental Miasma

By Dver

In Galina’s recent post On Being and Becoming in Devotion (which is worth reading in full), she talks about the potential for miasma resulting from certain sensory input:

“If we can be contaminated spiritually by what we see and hear, by what we experience, then the logical curative is to be vigilant with . . . → Read More: Avoiding Mental Miasma

Myth and Legend in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Part Three

By Karl E.H. Seigfried

The castle of the Wartburg was a symbolic touchstone for German nationalists of the Romantic era. In 1521, after Martin Luther had been declared an outlaw for defying the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms, he hid at the Wartburg under the protection of Saxon elector Frederick . . . → Read More: Myth and Legend in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Part Three

Witchcraft Today–Witchcraft Tomorrow: A Manifesto

By Jason Thomas Pitzl

[Snip] Witches practice witchcraft, and when we do so, we stand in solidarity with all who do so. We do not get to pick and choose. They may not share our Mysteries, but they share our Art.

Witchcraft is a tool against oppressors. It sides with the oppressors at its own . . . → Read More: Witchcraft Today–Witchcraft Tomorrow: A Manifesto

Hex Murder

Pow-Wow Witchcraft in York County, Pennsylvania

By Charlie Hintz

It is difficult to imagine witchcraft trials in the 20th century. In the 1920s, however, York County, Pennsylvania was still steeped in old Dutch mysticism, a superstition that lead to a brutal murder which still haunts the area.

[Snip] Pow-wowing was a form of ritual . . . → Read More: Hex Murder

The Limits of Personal Power and The Dangers of Ignoring Them

By John Beckett

I have a lot of casual friends on social media sites – it’s one of the benefits of writing in a public forum. Even if we don’t agree on religion or politics or other matters, I like seeing a wide variety of opinions and outlooks in my newsfeed.

The downside is that . . . → Read More: The Limits of Personal Power and The Dangers of Ignoring Them

Sacred Submission

By Nimue Brown

Deity orientated religions often talk about submission to the divine, or the will of the divine as being the goal of spiritual practice. Religious activities are designed to attune the believer, and enable them to submit to the will of their deity. Paganism isn’t always so submission orientated, many prefer to stand . . . → Read More: Sacred Submission

Misconceptions of Apollon

By Lykeia

Understandably I will not be able to touch on each and every single thing that I have come across, but I will give it a go to touch on some of the biggest misconceptions that bug the hell out of me. This page however will be updated as I come across other issues . . . → Read More: Misconceptions of Apollon