Naturalistic Traditions: Modern Cosmology

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It is surely strange to begin a history of ancient naturalism with modern cosmology. Nevertheless, starting with the present can help elucidate preconceptions before proceeding to the past. In so doing, a clear picture of current understandings can be developed, the better to distinguish our own assumptions and avoid projecting them onto ancient peoples. At the same time, a foundation in the underlying concepts under investigation can be established. [Read more...]

Wrestling With Gods: Pagan Gnosis through Jewish Eyes

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Today, I chatted with Hermes over breakfast. I accept his faults, he accepts mine. We enjoy each other’s company as much as any two people could reasonably be expected to. There’s just one problem: I’m an Observant Jew. [Read more...]

Gateway Goddess: Through the Desert, Home

Blue sky, red rocks, hardy plants teach spiritual lessons in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

The desert was beautiful. I loved looking at the texture of the mountains, the rocks, the sand, the spiky and determined plants. I reveled in the intense blue of the sky, the breathtaking abundance of stars. Yet, never before have I felt so unable to connect with the spirits of a place. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Magic and Marriage

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I’ve been creating informal altars around our home for years, but this little corner shelf is the first time I’ve done so consciously and with my husband’s consent and support. Already, the shrine has served to remind me of the abundance that is already in my life: the abundant love and respect my husband and I share that allows us to bridge the gap of our faiths to create sacred space together. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Finding Your Learning Style

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How do you learn best? Wiccan minister and teacher Sable Aradia explores four learning styles in the context of Craft training. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Mysticism of Devotion, Part 3

Gaulish goddess Matrona with child -- perhaps a devotee?

It’s easy to understand why most people would find it degrading to describe themselves as the slave or servant of a spirit, however powerful. However, if we think of the gods as being the primal forces of the universe itself in personalized form, then service can make our spirits larger and more free. [Read more...]

Astrology Book Review: The Moon’s Nodes

The Moon's Nodes by Agneta Borstein

Borstein’s insights into human relationships and the growing pains of the soul come straight from the Vedic (Hindu) astrological tradition, where gods, goddesses and demons figure as nature forces in the form of planets and points that take an active role in our lives. [Read more...]


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