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Myth and Legend in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Part Two

By Karl E.H. Seigfried

The concept of a man being seduced by a supernatural creature – whether goddess, elf or fairy – and spending time in her mystic realm before (in some cases) returning in a somehow transformed state to the everyday world is one that seems to be have been quite widespread. Thomas the . . . → Read More: Myth and Legend in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Part Two

Building Woo Spaces – Altars and Shrines (Pt. 1)

By Caer Jones

[Snip] Aren’t altars and shrines the same thing?

Nope! It gets confusing, I know, especially when people so often use the terms interchangeably, but they ARE different. Basically, altars are primarily working spaces and shrines are primarily devotional spaces.

Altars

We use the term “altar” as both a collective term when talking . . . → Read More: Building Woo Spaces – Altars and Shrines (Pt. 1)

The Old Yoke

Was the green man, that pagan spirit of nature, in fact England’s secret symbol of resistance to Norman oppression?

By Paul Kingsnorth

Green men they are called; or, less poetically, ‘foliate heads’. They captivated me from a young age, and I have been collecting them, on and off, for years. I have more than a . . . → Read More: The Old Yoke

Without the Divine, There Is No Stoicism

By Nigel Glassborow

Can Stoicism really be called Stoicism, without divinity? My aim in this piece is to show why you can’t take the divine out of Stoicism. This is quite a challenge seeing as how the whole of the teachings are based on an understanding of the Divine Fire, or more correctly ‘Phusis’ – . . . → Read More: Without the Divine, There Is No Stoicism

Dirty Druids and Magical Cleansing

By Nimue Brown

Cleansing is a concept that comes up a lot around magic practice. I think there’s much mileage in thinking about what we might want to cleanse, and why, and how that relates to your world view. In witchcraft it tends to be about the removal of negative influences or unwanted energy that . . . → Read More: Dirty Druids and Magical Cleansing

Did Neanderthals Believe in an Afterlife?

By Jennifer Viegas

[Snip] Evidence for a likely 50,000-year-old Neanderthal burial ground that includes the remains of at least three individuals has been unearthed in Spain, according to a Quaternary International paper.

The deceased appear to have been intentionally buried, with each Neanderthal’s arms folded such that the hands were close to the head. Remains . . . → Read More: Did Neanderthals Believe in an Afterlife?

Myth and Legend in Wagner's <i>Tannhäuser</i>, Part One

By Karl E.H. Seigfried

[Snip] In order to understand the nature of Wagner’s magic mountain, we must turn to the scholarship of his time. Wagner writes in his autobiography that, in 1843 – the year he finished the poem then titled Der Venusberg – he was inseparable from his copy of Jacob Grimm’s Teutonic Mythology. . . . → Read More: Myth and Legend in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Part One

The Fairy Faith: An Ancient Indigenous Religion

By Carolyn Emerick

There are two different meanings to the term “Fairy Faith.” On one hand, it simply refers to the old folkloric belief in fairies, and the practices found therein. This meaning is usually ascribed to the modern Celtic nations of Ireland and Scotland, where belief in fairies lingered long into the modern era.

. . . → Read More: The Fairy Faith: An Ancient Indigenous Religion

Epithets and Safety

By Elani Temperance

“I know that epithets were used to talk about specific aspects of a deity, but were there any instances where an epithet would be used in order to avoid using a deity’s name? Say out of respect or something?”

Absolutely! Ploutōn (Πλουτων), as an epithet for Hades, is perhaps one of the . . . → Read More: Epithets and Safety

Tensions in Pagan and Polytheist Discourse–Some Underlying Factors?

By Galina Krasskova

As part of the work for one of my classes this term, I’m reading extensive excerpts from Dubois’ recent book “A Million and One Gods.” It’s not bad — and I was dubious about it at first. In chapter one she discusses at great length, the inherent prejudice against polytheism in academic . . . → Read More: Tensions in Pagan and Polytheist Discourse–Some Underlying Factors?