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White Light Meditation, by D. F. Bailey

Reviewed by John L. Murphy

I’m curious about meditative practices outside of a religious framework and ritual observance. I also wonder about those that, as D. F. Bailey’s encourages, expect one to empty the mind. So, the author’s invitation to review his short (e-book as a Kindle) study offered me a chance to learn more.

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Narrative and Identity

By Taylor Ellwood

In The Functions of Role Playing Games by Sarah Bowman, the author brings up an interesting point about narratives in relationship to identity when she explains how people use narratives to define their conscious sense of self, as a way of highlighting key moments of significance and linking those moments together to . . . → Read More: Narrative and Identity

Pagan Alliance Wins Student Organization of the Year Award

By Heather Greene

[Snip] On April 23, Mills Pagan Alliance of Mills College was presented with the Student Organization of the Year Award. The annual recognition honors an “organization that has demonstrated through their events and activities, outstanding collaboration and dedication to educating the Mills and broader community.” This marks the first time that the . . . → Read More: Pagan Alliance Wins Student Organization of the Year Award

Devotional Polytheism, by Galina Krasskova

Reviewed by Lisa Roling

Often when picking up a book that calls itself an introduction, I expect to find pages that skim the surface and give a smattering of very basic information. In her book, Devotional Polytheism: An Introduction, Galina Krasskova does something different. She provides a deep focus and reflection on the foundations of . . . → Read More: Devotional Polytheism, by Galina Krasskova

Old Wives Tales: Women’s Fairy Tale Art and Literature

By Terri Windling

“There exists a European convention of an archetypal female storyteller, ‘Mother Goose’ in English, ‘Ma Mere l’Oie’ in French, an old woman sitting by thefireside . . . . Obviously, it was Mother Goose who invented all the ‘old wives’ tales,’ even if old wives of any sex can participate in this . . . → Read More: Old Wives Tales: Women’s Fairy Tale Art and Literature

Apollon and Demeter

By Lykeia

While later Hellenists revered Apollon directly associated with the sun, this is not something that plays a great importance in my worship of him. Yes I recognize he has connections to Helios and favors Helios, but he also has significant connections to the moon in his cult outside of poetics and to the . . . → Read More: Apollon and Demeter

Ethnic Fraud and Cultural Appropriation in Spiritual Communities

By Lisa Boswell

In the spiritual community, ethnic fraud and cultural appropriation is a huge problem which only seems to be getting worst. I have noticed that Romany Gypsy, African and Native American cultures are defrauded the most. However, there are others and to which extent depends on trends. I’m sure that if Polynesian magic . . . → Read More: Ethnic Fraud and Cultural Appropriation in Spiritual Communities

Building Woo Spaces – Personal Shrines (Pt. 2)

By Caer Jones

Building Woo Spaces – Personal Shrines (Pt. 2)

Personal shrines are the backbone of a devotional practice. They are a physical manifestation of the relationship between the Power and the person, and as such serve as a site for honoring, contemplation, meditation, petitioning, and connection.

Not that you can’t do all . . . → Read More: Building Woo Spaces – Personal Shrines (Pt. 2)

Aquae Sulis

The Epitome of Roman Syncretization with the Celts

By Ryan Stone

The Roman bath system was one of the most intricate and complex of the ancient world. Composed of various rooms for mental and physical cleansing, the Roman baths were more than a source of hygiene; they were an important source of culture as well. . . . → Read More: Aquae Sulis

On Being and Becoming in Devotion

By Galina Krasskova

I was talking to one of my professors recently and we were lamenting the sad state of education in this country. We see it specifically with our Latin classes, since so many of the skills that once would have been basic to any young scholar’s education from day one are now sorely . . . → Read More: On Being and Becoming in Devotion