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Hutton and the Writing of Witchcraft History

No - this article is not about UFOs or Fox Mulder! It is instead about the recent article written by Ronald Hutton in the latest issue of “The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies.” That article is entitled “Writing...

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A look at Paganism in South Africa

Encompassing over 470,000 square miles and boasting close to 1,750 miles of coastline on two oceans, South Africa is the 25th largest nation by area, also 24th largest by population. The expression “Pagan” was unknown there before 199...

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Taste the Void: Pagans vs the 12-Step Movement

Separation of church in state is good in theory, but often doesn’t manifest as such in the real world. The 12-Step model of recovery that is often mandated by the courts claims to allow everyone to chose their own conception of a high...

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Who was Boudica — A Legendary Warrior Queen?

Boudica (also written as Boadicea) was a Celtic queen who led a revolt against Roman rule in ancient Britain in A.D. 60 or 61.

As all of the existing information about her comes from Roman scholars, particularly Tacitus and Cas...

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Addressing issues of sexual abuse in Pagan communities

In recent years, allegations of sexual misconduct in Pagan and polytheist communities have become increasingly visible. The arrest and conviction of Kenny Klein resulted in a range of public allegations of abuse levied against the mus...

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How the Power of Witchcraft Gripped 70s Britain

In modern society, we’re totally past burning people at the stake, or dunking women in the town lake because our crops died. The tendrils of witchcraft have found their way into contemporary fashion, zine culture and sharp-tongued 90s...

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History of The Wicker Man

The wicker man is purported to be among the ways in which the ancient druids made human sacrifices. According to a range of classical writers, the druids partook in human sacrifice, although these writers usually didn't defin...

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Before Nazis Hijacked the Swastika, It Was Revered as a Symbol of Luck and Charm all over the World

It has long been known amongst historians and anthropologists that humans’ evil actions give meanings or reshape the perceptions of even the most peaceful of the notions and symbols.


Nowhere this fact is more evident ...

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Carpathian Shamans – Ukraine Molfar & Polish Whisperer’s Magical Rites

The Boyko (Бойко) is a Ukrainian and Polish ethnographic group located in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine and Poland.

The Boykos inhabit the central and the western half of the Carpathians in Ukraine across such regions as...

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THE RELIGION OF THE PAGAN ANGLO-SAXONS AND VIKINGS

Introduction

It is difficult to say with any precision what the pagan Anglo-Saxons and Vikings believed during this period. This is due to the lack of contemporary written material. Many people are now familiar with the g...

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What Was Life Like for Women in the Viking Age?

There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about the role that women played in the Viking Age. Were they warriors, wielding shields and swords alongside the men? Did they go along on the famous Viking voyages, sailing to places as far...

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Paganism is alive and well

The first pagan temple to be built in Iceland for a thousand years has just been granted planning permission, a wonderful bureaucratic detail that shows up just how much this revival is polite make-believe. Ragnar Hairybreeks or Haral...

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RUNE MAGIC - AN INTERVIEW WITH D. JASON COOPER

What is Rune Magic?

Runic magic is the most visible tip of a school of magic called the Northern Path. Northern magic uses the myths, god forms, philosophy, and ritual forms of the various Germanic tribes. Part of that magic is ...

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What Neopagans Believe

Thou Art God/dess

Neopagans believe that divinity is both immanent (internal) and transcendent (external), with immanence being far more important for people to pay attention to right now. This principle o...

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10 Slavic Spirits And Monsters You've Probably Never Heard Of

Existing alongside Egyptian and Greek paganism, pre-Christian Slavic deities remain among the most mysterious ancient beliefs in history. Passed down for generations before the first written documentation, these creatures of folklore ...

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Reel Rodnovery: The Indo-European Pagans Of Pakistan

The mysterious Kalash people practice an ancient form of Indo-European paganism in an unbroken tradition having survived against all odds in a remote mountain region of northern Pakistan. The isolated Chitral Valley is home to Dardic ...

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The history behind Ireland’s ancient Druids

Who were the Druids? Today the word conjures thoughts of magic, wizardry and spiritualism, but in ancient times the definition of Druid was much broader. During the Iron Age, the Druids made up the higher-educated tier of Celtic socie...

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The Beliefs of Asatru

We believe that the Æsir and the Vanir are living Deities who came out of The Void before the beginning of time, and have ruled the Nine Worlds since then, and will rule them until The End of Time.

We believe that the Æsir and ...

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Is the Goddess Movement the New Women’s Lib?

Have you heard? There’s a new women’s movement underway. The Goddess Movement is a new trend in business and it isn’t just here in Los Angeles, the one city where you’d expect to find it. No, the Goddess Movement is nationwide. More a...

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Why Pagans don’t proselytise or evangelise

There are various different ways in which religions can try to attract new adherents and/or communicate with others.

Interfaith dialogue means providing other faiths/philosophies with information about your own religion or philo...

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Witches, Druids and King Arthur by Ronald Hutton

In the first few pages of this book, we learn that the "traditional" Scots kilt was invented by an Englishman in the 1730s, the first "ancient" clan tartans by two English brothers in 1822, and that the Welsh female national costume w...

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Uprooted: On the Trail of the Green Man review: Mythology, sex cults and the triumph of nature

The temple at Hatra in Iraq, destroyed last year, featured a carved figure with an acanthus-leaf beard, a possible prototype of the Green Man. On corbels and ceiling bosses and misericords closer to home, the Green Man appears as eith...

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