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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

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 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

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

Topless Minoan Women: Not What You Think

By Laura Perry

[Snip] You’re probably familiar with the frescos and figurines from ancient Crete that depict well-endowed women in open-front tops that display their breasts for all to see. We may feel that the exposed breasts found throughout ancient Minoan art are provocative but the Minoans probably didn’t feel that way. Just as the . . . → Read More: Topless Minoan Women: Not What You Think

It Begins with Sight

By Sannion

[Snip] I don’t think it’s possible to have a proper restoration of our ancestral traditions without regular engagement with the local land-spirits. Not only do many pagans and polytheists today not regularly honor these beings but I’ve heard from plenty of folks that they don’t feel them or see them and wouldn’t even . . . → Read More: It Begins with Sight

Minerva – Goddess of Skilled Thought and Action

By M. Sentia Figula

Minerva is the Goddess of skillfulness and industriousness, or, to put it another way, Minerva is the divine spirit (numen) of skilled action and skilled thought. Caesar describes Minerva as she who “bestows the principles of arts and crafts”, and so she is the patron Goddess of any profession associated with . . . → Read More: Minerva – Goddess of Skilled Thought and Action

Freyr – Lord of Plenty

By M. Sentia Figula

In Germanic polytheism, neatly put, Freyr is the God of good times, peace and plenty. He is a protecting God of the earth and a male fertility God par excellence. Of the Roman Gods he is most like Faunus. Like Faunus, Freyr is associated with the fruitful earth and fertile flocks. . . . → Read More: Freyr – Lord of Plenty

The Woman at the Window

By Steven Posch

A recurrent iconographic motif of Phoenician art during the early 1st millenium BCE is the “Woman at the Window.” Sometimes called by researchers “Astarte at the Window,” the motif occurs with such frequency—known examples number in the thousands—and in so many different mediums (ivory, stone, wood, bone), that it is well . . . → Read More: The Woman at the Window

The Anglo Saxons and their Gods--Still Among Us

By Jon Mackley

Who do you think we were? This is the fourth in a series of independent papers that considers England’s lost mythology. The central premise is that we have, as a nation, lost the core of the country’s mythology, or it is now in a completely altered form. This is largely because the . . . → Read More: The Anglo Saxons and their Gods–Still Among Us