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Can There Be Paganism Without the Occult?

By Jason Mankey

I think the word “occult” gets a bad rap. I think when a lot of people use it today they think of the Illuminati, triangles on dollar bills, Satanism, and perhaps high magic in the vein of The Key of Solomon. At its core occult simply means “hidden,” as the word is . . . → Read More: Can There Be Paganism Without the Occult?

Morrigan, Queen of the Witches

By Asa West

[Snip] When I took Iron Pentacle, one of Reclaiming’s core classes, I had only the vaguest idea of who the Morrigan was. I knew she had something to do with crows. There was an intense-looking statue in the shop that hosted the class. She was Celtic? I didn’t know. I didn’t think . . . → Read More: Morrigan, Queen of the Witches

Housing the Chosen, by Inge Nielsen

The Architectural Context of Mystery Groups and Religious Associations in the Ancient World

Reviewed by Valentino Gasparini

This is the second volume of a new series Contextualizing the Sacred, edited by Elizabeth Frood (University of Oxford) and Rubina Raja (Aarhus Universitet). A much shorter version is due to be published this March in the forthcoming . . . → Read More: Housing the Chosen, by Inge Nielsen

Hospitality: a Pagan Value?

By Terence P Ward

The journey to report on the Sacred Space/Between the Worlds conference was difficult. What would have taken four hours on the road on a clear day was seven through a late-winter snowstorm on the Eastern seaboard, driving forty miles an hour past at least a dozen vehicles which hadn’t fared very . . . → Read More: Hospitality: a Pagan Value?

Religion Laid Bear, by Alan Leddon

Reviewed by Erin Lale

Religion Laid Bear by Alan Leddon is both a history of the ancient bear cult and a guide for modern pagans, heathens, and shamans to bear spirituality. It examines forty deities descended from the ancient bear god. The book also includes rituals and other information for the modern practitioner.

Leddon postulates . . . → Read More: Religion Laid Bear, by Alan Leddon

The Ritual behind Wishing Wells

Buying Favors and Good Fortune

By Beth

The modern Western world is familiar with the concept of wishing wells, or bodies of water in which currency, most commonly in the form of coin, is tossed with the intention of making a wish. Some towns even host a fountain in the town square or epicenter in . . . → Read More: The Ritual behind Wishing Wells

What Is Heathenry?

Temple of Our Heathen Gods

[Snip] Your Ancestors Were Heathen

Many people with Northern European ancestry do not realize that the original religion of their Ancestors was not Christianity. If you go back a 1000 years or more, prior to the conversions to Christianity in Europe, our ancestors had their own native Folk Religion . . . → Read More: What Is Heathenry?

The Angel and the Abyss, by J. Daniel Gunther

Reviewed by Gesigewigu’s

In 2009 J. Daniel Gunther published Initiation in the Aeon of the Child, Book I of his Inward Journey series, and it was a great book. (Ed note: See Ges’ earlier review of Initiation in the Aeon of the Child.) Now five years later he releases The Angel and the Abyss, Book . . . → Read More: The Angel and the Abyss, by J. Daniel Gunther

Pagan Portals: The Morrigan

Reviewed by Jennifer Lawrence

Although the original peoples that worshipped the Morrigan have been in the ground for centuries and are long since dust, that is not the same thing as saying that the goddess herself is gone. Indeed, she has never truly been gone, but over the last year or two, there has been . . . → Read More: Pagan Portals: The Morrigan

The Sources of Magical Power, Part One

Antiquity through the Renaissance

By John Michael Greer

Once upon a time, operative mages in the Western world could quite easily pick up a newly published novel or a magazine fresh from the press, and read stories that featured real magic of the sort they themselves practiced. I’ve been reminded of that in recent . . . → Read More: The Sources of Magical Power, Part One