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Mediaeval Monsters, by Damien Kempf and Maria L. Gilbert

Reviewed by John Rimmer

The various monsters and mysterious creatures described in this book need not detain cryptozoologists using Brian Parson’s excellent guide to monster hunting that was recently reviewed in Magonia, as these mystery animals exist only in the pages of medieval manuscripts, mostly from the British Library.

But in mediaeval times monsters . . . → Read More: Mediaeval Monsters, by Damien Kempf and Maria L. Gilbert

Notes from the Apothecary: Mint

By Mabh Savage

[Snip] Mint has been used for culinary purposes throughout the history of many different cultures. It is used in Indian food to counter balance spiciness or add depth of flavour. It is used as a fresh, sharp flavour in numerous cocktails and soft beverages. Mint was an ingredient of many recipes mentioned . . . → Read More: Notes from the Apothecary: Mint

Visualization for People Who Have Trouble Visualizing

By Tess Whitehurst

Think you can’t visualize? Not true. When you crave something—say chocolate—you strongly sense chocolate in your mind. Perhaps you sense it through taste, texture, or appearance…even when that chocolate isn’t anywhere in sight. When you’re looking for your cell phone, you hold an image of that cell phone or perhaps a tactile . . . → Read More: Visualization for People Who Have Trouble Visualizing

Reign of the Demonologists

The Diabolist Logic of Torture Trials in Early Modern Europe

By Max Dashu

After 1560 the witch-hunters’ reign of terror escalated precipitously all over Europe. [Larner, 22] Even in the far reaches of Russia, the sorcery-obsessed tsar Ivan IV was mounting witch trials under repressive new laws. From 1560 to 1700 the persecution would ravage . . . → Read More: Reign of the Demonologists

The Revolt of Remembering

By Rhyd Wildermuth

When we tell the story of modern Paganism, we tell a history as we understand it. But all history is only selective memory, a collection of what we choose to remember or what we know to include. The sum total of humanity’s experience cannot be recollected except by the sum total of . . . → Read More: The Revolt of Remembering

The Sun-Wheel and the Pentacle

By Ian Elliott

The two most prominent symbols in modern Witchcraft are the Sun-Wheel and the Pentacle. The Sun-Wheel is the quartered circle, while the Pentacle is the circled pentagram or five-pointed star. I want to consider the relationship between them.

The Sun-Wheel stands for many things. As the Wheel of the Year, it maps . . . → Read More: The Sun-Wheel and the Pentacle

The Egyptian God Serapis

By Edward Butler

(Sarapis) Serapis has presented a riddle for Egyptologists. His worship originated among the Ptolemies, the transplanted Macedonian dynasty that ruled Egypt from their capital at Alexandria in the wake of Egypt’s conquest by Alexander the Great, and was subsequently adopted and promoted by the emperors of Rome. But Serapis remained, paradoxically, an . . . → Read More: The Egyptian God Serapis

Why Pagan Books Cost So Much (Part 2 of 2)

By Sable Aradia

[Snip] Printing

Deciding how many copies to print is probably a publisher’s biggest (and most risky) business decision. Every copy is an investment, but the more copies you print, the cheaper they are to print per unit. Most Pagan books are relegated by necessity to a small print run because it’s a . . . → Read More: Why Pagan Books Cost So Much (Part 2 of 2)

Where the White Stag Runs

Boundary And Transformation In Deer Myth

By Ari Berk

[Snip] At this time of the year, the deer venture often into our realm. Last night in my front yard, a herd of deer—thick and wooly–looking with their winter coats—were feeding on fallen rowan berries. This morning, their tracks could be seen making spirals in the . . . → Read More: Where the White Stag Runs

Pagans Are A Conquered People

By James Lindenschmidt

We Pagans are a conquered people. Our people have been systematically tortured, murdered, domesticated, and exploited. Our tribes have been displaced and scattered; we now live in tiny, redundant, inefficient and resource-hungry enclosure-cages creating an illusion of self-sufficiency and rugged individualism, while plugged in to the matrix with its feeding-tubes and thought-machine . . . → Read More: Pagans Are A Conquered People