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January 24, 2017
The Blooming Staff: Crowley Didn’t Burn Hot Enough
Aleister Crowley is often labeled a Decadent for his obsession with sex magick. But traditional...
January 10, 2017
The Blooming Staff: On the Papal World-Tree, or, An Esoteric Meditation on the Papacy
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Unlike the doomed protagonists of the Gothic novel and the later weird writers (H.P. Lovecraft...
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As a new Heathen, people are often told to read "the sagas and the Eddas."...
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The Blooming Staff: Under the Hill
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Learning planetary magic and astrological systems hasn’t come easy to me. So when our channel...
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Hills of the Horizon: Narrative Theology III – the Doughnut and the Dice
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When it comes to my particular flavor of witchcraft people occasionally ask me to recommend...
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"I never had any large respect for good spelling. That is my feeling yet. Before...
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Seekers and Guides: Witches of Cyberspace, Part 2
Sable Aradia offers a basic how-to starter guide to set up an online education program...
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Syncretic Electric: A Reflection on Mythology
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Syncretic Electric: A Brief Reflection on Fiction
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Druid Thoughts: Pagan Portals
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Seekers and Guides: The Role of Music in Teaching the Craft
Sable Aradia explains why, and how, music is an effective tool in Pagan ritual.
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In regular fairy tales, beautiful princesses live happily ever after with the elegant prince of...
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Seeing myths as metaphors doesn't mean I believe the gods are just characters in a...
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