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Reconstructionism – What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why I Love It

By Morgan Daimler

[Snip] Reconstruction is a methodology that uses a variety of sources including archaeology, anthropology, mythology, folklore, and historical texts to reconstruct what an ancient belief or practice most likely would have been. Using this reconstruction of the old the belief or practice can then be adapted for modern practice. Or, as I . . . → Read More: Reconstructionism – What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why I Love It

On Divination, by Galina Krasskova

Reviewed by Jennifer Lawrence

To begin with: this book does not teach the reader to read the Tarot, the runes, ogham, the bones, palms, tea leaves, entrails, the flight of birds, the I Ching, or any of a myriad of other divinatory methods. In only one way is it a how-to book on divination: it . . . → Read More: On Divination, by Galina Krasskova

Breaking the Mother Goose Code, by Jeri Studebaker

How a Fairy-Tale Character Fooled the World for 300 Years

Reviewed by Kevin Murphy

All of us are familiar with fairy tales, usually associated with a warm glow of childhood memories when we first heard them, and then heard them again and again. They are somehow imbued in our consciousness as enduring archetypes and metaphors . . . → Read More: Breaking the Mother Goose Code, by Jeri Studebaker

Kemetic Priesthood Here and Now

By Devo

[Snip] Priesthood: What it Isn’t

It’s easier for me to start off by figuring out what I don’t think should necessarily be encompassed by Kemetic priests. I’ve had the fortune or misfortune of sitting in on many discussions regarding priesthood, and it seems that most people want priests to do a little bit . . . → Read More: Kemetic Priesthood Here and Now

Entering the Nemeton: Creating Authentic Celtic Ritual

By Síthearan NicLeòid

The retrieval and revival of indigenous ceremonial traditions is a growing concern in this increasingly disconnected world, and one that has great promise for the restoration of methods of sustainable living, sound ecological practices and the preservation of ancient knowledge. Sound recordings of elders are being made around the world, as well . . . → Read More: Entering the Nemeton: Creating Authentic Celtic Ritual

All Acts of Love and Pleasure – Inclusive Wicca

Reviewed by Lisa Roling

[Snip] Aburrow begins by stating “[t]he aim of the book is to act as a guide to existing initiatory covens who want to make their practice more inclusive.” She says that inclusive Wicca is not a specific tradition but is “about including all participants regardless of sexual orientation, disability, or other . . . → Read More: All Acts of Love and Pleasure – Inclusive Wicca

The Spiritual Gifts of Wicca Do Not Stop with Wiccans

By Gus diZerega

Wicca and similar NeoPagan traditions have already helped humanity far out of proportion to our small numbers. We have disproportionately strengthened two spiritual insights essential to humanity’s future: the sacredness of the feminine and the sacredness of nature. In the absence of a appreciation for both, our society faces increasingly dark times, . . . → Read More: The Spiritual Gifts of Wicca Do Not Stop with Wiccans

The Way of the Magical Warrior

Six Strategies for Dealing with Personal Conflicts and Challenges

By Tess Whitehurst

Every single human on earth experiences personal conflicts and challenges. Many of us on the magical path believe that we incarnated into this realm because our soul is learning about its true divine nature, and conflicts and challenges are catalysts for this process. . . . → Read More: The Way of the Magical Warrior

Words That Heathens Should Not Use as Insults

By Erin Lale

I felt the need to write this rant because heathen internet forums can be incredibly empowering places, where information is shared and people can feel they’ve come home to their right path, or forums can also discourage people from trying to participate in the community at all. It’s not just newbies who . . . → Read More: Words That Heathens Should Not Use as Insults

The Beginner’s Guide to Hellenismos: Traditional versus Reformed

By Elani Temperance

[Snip] So what is the difference between Traditional and Reformed Hellenismos? To start, there is no hard line—not in as far as can be defined beforehand; the distinction between ‘Traditional’ and ‘Reformed’ is a matter of intent.

The ancient Hellenes worshipped their Gods in a way they did not even have to . . . → Read More: The Beginner’s Guide to Hellenismos: Traditional versus Reformed