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The Norse King’s Sorcerous Daughter

By Pollyanna Jones

Folklore is a funny thing. Many of the tales are old stories, passed down through the generations orally until someone, a collector of sorts, decided to write them down.

Some of these describe tales of a place, legends to explain its existence or creation. Others tell of ghosts or beasties, things to . . . → Read More: The Norse King’s Sorcerous Daughter

The Amazons, by Adrienne Mayor

Reviewed by Tom Holland

[Snip] No one today believes that an army of female warriors really sailed from the Black Sea to attack Athens. If a historical basis for the legend has to be found, then it is likeliest to be a refraction of the invasions of Greece in the early fifth century BC by . . . → Read More: The Amazons, by Adrienne Mayor

A Guide to Irish Mythology, by Daragh Smyth

Reviewed by Celtic Scholar

Synopsis: This guide, structured alphabetically with a helpful cross-reference system, allows the reader to delve into the ornate world of Irish mythology and its four cycles of tales: the Mythological Cycle, the Ulster Cycle, the Fenian or Ossianic Cycle, and the Historical Cycle or Cycle of Kings. The characters associated with . . . → Read More: A Guide to Irish Mythology, by Daragh Smyth

The Witch of Treva – A Cornish Legend

By Pollyanna Jones

Cornwall lies on the south west tip of the British Isles, and is considered by many to be one of the Celtic nations. With its own language and distinct culture, the Kingdom, or Duchy of Cornwall, has it’s own strong identity that is embellished by its wealth of folklore.

Witches and pellers . . . → Read More: The Witch of Treva – A Cornish Legend

Mead and Metal

By The Gargarean

In these times of decadence where the price of our labour is turned into an abstract digit on a computer screen, where we can walk into supermarkets that house every conceivable produce we would ever want, we tend to forget the significance of the objects around us. Imagine a fantasy world where . . . → Read More: Mead and Metal

Equality for Minoan Men!

By Laura Perry

It can be hard for us modern folks who have always lived in a patriarchal society to envision any other kind of culture. As Riane Eisler perceptively noted in her book The Chalice and the Blade, we come from a dominance hierarchy type society so we tend to assume that any other . . . → Read More: Equality for Minoan Men!

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

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