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TIME Magazine Compares Witches To Terrorists

By Niki Fears

In a piece entitled, “Why Witches on TV Spell Trouble in Real Life,” TIME writer Jennifer Latson suggests that this revived interest in witchcraft is “mere silliness” at best and a sign of troubled times at worse. In the article, much to the offense of pagans and witches everywhere, Latson quotes history . . . → Read More: TIME Magazine Compares Witches To Terrorists

Jason Pitzl-Waters Steps Down from “The Wild Hunt”

Jason Pitzl-Waters, whose Wild Hunt blog has, for a decade, been a major focus of communications for the contemporary Pagan community, announced today that he is stepping down as head of this project “to reorient [his] life in a new and different way.” From his final post:

I’ve been working on The Wild Hunt . . . → Read More: Jason Pitzl-Waters Steps Down from “The Wild Hunt”

Catholic University Launches Pagan Student Club

By Dominic Lynch

Loyola University Chicago recently christened a new pagan student club, with its student organizer saying the group aims to help pupils at the private Catholic college find the God they seek, not just the one featured in the Bible.

“Loyola’s mission states that ‘seeking God in all things’ is one of the . . . → Read More: Catholic University Launches Pagan Student Club

Court of Appeals Considers Neo-Pagan Tax Exemption Case

By Robert Gavin

An attorney representing Catskill [N.Y.] asked the state’s highest court Tuesday to deny tax-exempt status for a small neo-pagan religious group operating on a three-acre property in Palenville.

The Cybeline Revival, a pagan faith that worships the mother goddess Cybele, has received tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service but was rejected . . . → Read More: Court of Appeals Considers Neo-Pagan Tax Exemption Case

Ancient Slab May Be Sundial-Moondial

By Stephanie Pappas

A strange slab of rock discovered in Russia more than 20 years ago appears to be a combination sundial and moondial from the Bronze Age, a new study finds.

The slab is marked with round divots arranged in a circle, and an astronomical analysis suggests that these markings coincide with heavenly events, . . . → Read More: Ancient Slab May Be Sundial-Moondial

Ancient Cult Complex Discovered in Israel

By Owen Jarus

A massive cult complex, dating back about 3,300 years, has been discovered at the site of Tel Burna in Israel.

While archaeologists have not fully excavated the cult complex, they can tell it was quite large, as the courtyard alone was 52 by 52 feet (16 by 16 meters). Inside the complex, . . . → Read More: Ancient Cult Complex Discovered in Israel

Greek Mythic Warrior Women Not Purely Imaginary

By Adrienne Mayor

In Greek myth, Amazons were fierce warrior women of exotic Eastern lands, as courageous and skilled in battle as the mightiest Greek heroes. Amazons were major characters not only in the legendary Trojan War but also in the chronicles of the greatest Greek city-state, Athens.

Every great champion of myth–Heracles, Theseus, Achilles–proved . . . → Read More: Greek Mythic Warrior Women Not Purely Imaginary

Former Instructor Accuses Auburn University of Religious Discrimination

By Heather Greene

[Snip] Dr. Katharyn Privett-Duren was all the more devastated when she found out that her position as an English instructor at Auburn University (AU) had been terminated without a given reason. Not only was she an employee but also a three time Auburn graduate. When she was in her 30s, with a . . . → Read More: Former Instructor Accuses Auburn University of Religious Discrimination

Amazon Warriors’ Names Revealed on Ancient Greek Vases

Translations reveal Amazons’ names such as Don’t Fail and Hot Flanks hidden in ancient “nonsense” inscriptions

By Dan Vergano

Ancient Greek vases have revealed the hidden names of Amazons, mythology’s warrior women, in a report deciphering ancient languages unspoken for millennia.

In the forthcoming study of pottery dating from 550 B.C. to 450 B.C., study . . . → Read More: Amazon Warriors’ Names Revealed on Ancient Greek Vases

The ‘Catholic Witchdoctors’ of Bolivia

By Jake Wallis Simons

On the vast plains of the Altiplano plateau in South America live people who believe in magic.

Many of the Aymara — an ancient, indigenous race found in Bolivia, Peru and Chile — suppose that on Tuesdays and Fridays, ordinary people become vulnerable to harmful spirits and the evil eye.

That’s . . . → Read More: The ‘Catholic Witchdoctors’ of Bolivia