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Solar Eclipse Superstitions

By Pollyanna Jones

The goings on of the heavens have always drawn our interest. A solar eclipse is a rare and incredible event where the moon passes across the face of the sun in its orbit around the earth. Our understanding of the solar system now explains this phenomenon, but in times past, an eclipse . . . → Read More: Solar Eclipse Superstitions

The Figure of King Arthur

A Mirror of Political and Religious Views

By Karl Heinz Göller

Chretien de Troyes said in his Ywain: “I agree with the Bretons that King Arthur’s name will live for evermore.” This was indeed a prophetic word for Arthur’s fame has spread all over the world, and there is scarcely a national literature where he . . . → Read More: The Figure of King Arthur

On Demons, Gods, and Polytheism

By Nornoriel Lokason

[Snip] What is a demon?

When I personally refer to “demons” on this blog, “demon” is shorthand for a spirit from a list of entities considered to be demons, written about in grimoires by magicians such as John Dee, Eliphas Levi, and others. In the Ars Goetia, there are 72 demons; the . . . → Read More: On Demons, Gods, and Polytheism

Is There A Difference Between “Syncretic” and “Syncretistic”?

By P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

It often amazes me how words get used incorrectly. I enjoy puns probably far more than the next person (such that I speak of “pottery readings,” “remaining clam,” seeing “pigments of the imagination,” and so forth regularly!), and a clever replacement of a similar word in a stock phrase can . . . → Read More: Is There A Difference Between “Syncretic” and “Syncretistic”?

Rituals of Relationship

Connecting with the Spirit of Place

By Gus diZerega

[Snip] During lunch [at a Women and the Land conference] we broke into smaller groups. In my group our conversation turned to how one could become indigenous to place and engage in genuinely respectful relationships with the other-than-human world. Both are important topics and Robin Kimmerer . . . → Read More: Rituals of Relationship

The Magiculum, by Todd Landman (ed.)

Reviewed by Psyche

Editor Todd Landman decided he’d like to create a magiculum vitae, a sort of magical resume, and became interested what such a thing would look like among those of his friends and associates. Landman invited them to write essays about their experiences, and the only guideline seems to have been three questions: . . . → Read More: The Magiculum, by Todd Landman (ed.)

The Lares Alcobacenses

By Helio

Who’s the god of my homeland? There’s more than one god in one place. Who are the genii loci of my native land? The spirits of trees, rocks, hills and beaches, the nymphs of rivers, lakes and woods, those who dwell unseen yet not unfelt along the roads and in fields and orchards. . . . → Read More: The Lares Alcobacenses

Improving Your Habits with Lunar Help

By Maggie Anderson

Almanac devotees are familiar with the formidable list of agricultural and farm husbandry chores that can be done successfully under the right Moon phase. These include planting potatoes, making cheese curds, and cutting hay. I keep my Moon Sign Book handy just in case that five-pound bag of potatoes under my sink . . . → Read More: Improving Your Habits with Lunar Help

Religio-cultural Shifts and the Elfin Casualities

By Carolyn Emerick

[Snip] Most of us who have more than a cursory knowledge of folklore understand that the popular notion of a “fairy” today is completely different than in earlier eras, and that the fae were often considered very dangerous, and even as evil beings by Church authorities. What I hadn’t realized, however, . . . → Read More: Religio-cultural Shifts and the Elfin Casualities

Pagan Goddesses in the Early Germanic World

Reviewed by Steven Posch

[Snip] In Pagan Goddesses in the Early Germanic World: Eostre, Hreda, and the Cult of Matrons, Philip A. Shaw, lecturer in English and Old English at Leicester University, in a work surprisingly readable for all its dense erudition, attempts to stake out a centrist ground midway between maximalist and minimalist positions. . . . → Read More: Pagan Goddesses in the Early Germanic World