Raise the HornsThe History and Origins of Santa Claus
Santa's had a long and bumpy road on his way to becoming a modern icon, but now that he's here he doesn't look likely to leave anytime soon. In a world that so often lacks any magic, Santa provides a doorway into a realm of imagination and wonderment. Join us as we trace his origins in Greek myth, Catholic tradition, Norse paganism, and the wilds of the human imagination.
The Allergic PaganBeing a Privileged Pagan
While the Goddess was having cakes and ale at Pagan Spirit Gathering, many lawyers and middle-class soccer dads were eating with her and her circle, for there were many who followed her. When the transexual devotional polytheist saw her eating with the lawyers and the soccer dads, they asked the Pagans: 'Why does she eat with lawyers and soccer dads?' On hearing this, the Goddess said to them, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'
Under the Ancient OaksWrestling With The Gods
Like all the Big Questions of Life, the nature of the gods is ultimately uncertain. We can choose to ignore these big questions. We can give them some casual thought, then drop them when they lead us to places that are inconvenient. Or we can wrestle with the gods, in full knowledge that we may be injured and we will be changed, and through our wrestling find answers that bring us meaning and wisdom.
AgoraThe Best of the Equinox – Vol 1: Enochian Magick (Review)
It is strangely ironic that Crowley chose the prophetic language of the very group he was critiquing to lead the world into its new aeon. It was this deeply flawed choice that left Crowley’s powerful, if Byzantine, work to languish in relative obscurity while the less spiritual but more accessible Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell went on to deeply influence the direction of personal spirituality in the new age.
A Sense of Place‘Big’ people are people, too.
Living in Eskdalemuir and not being part of the Samyé Ling community is an interesting experience. It has its advantages. But it’s also strange, in unexpected ways.
Voodoo UniverseBabalu Aye: The King Who Hurts The World!
Babalu Aye is the God of sickness, of infectious disease, and consequently of healing. His feast day is December 17th, which is syncretized with the feast of San Lazaro. His name has been translated as the “king who hurts the world.”
A Witch's AshramReview: The Showings of Julian of Norwich
Niki reviews a new translation of Julian of Norwich's Showings. Is it effective? And why should Pagans be interested?
Staff of AsclepiusA Letter To Santa
This Yule I’m not asking for any jewelry, candles, or fancy priestess clothes. Instead I have one important wish for the magical community: that when groups gather, they will pre-plan for possible attendees who have a disability or are part of the Deaf community.