September 28, 2020

When I thought I was done with my ancestors, something called me to stay still, just to be there for a bit more. For a while, nothing happened, and then I felt someone’s presence. Read more

September 25, 2020

As long as I do the best I can, I learn in the range of my possibilities and stay honest in my approach, I know I won’t be ignored or abandoned. Read more

September 23, 2020

My Inner God is not a Deity on its own, it’s the part of me that has that Divine spark, that which allows me to create. I’m not channeling any Deity in the process, but taking to the surface my divine self, that part that I connects me directly with the Gods/Goddess/Universe/etc. Read more

September 21, 2020

Growing up as a kid meant that I would listen to the stories in my family, anecdotes that spoke love, loss, death, wonder, miracles and wonder. I believe there is magic in storytelling, regardless of what others may think. Resilience: The Life-Saving Skill of Story, by Michelle Auerbach, reflects this in an excellent way. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review. This book explains how storytelling affects our minds and why… Read more

September 16, 2020

I don’t remember the last time it hurt so much to read, to turn the pages, to start a new chapter. Coming from a Syrian family, this is a book I had to ask for. The Book Collectors: A Band of Syrian Rebels and the Stories That Carried Them Through a War, by Delphine Minoui, hurt me like never before, because I hold this country I have never visited, my country, close to my heart. Thank you so much to… Read more

September 15, 2020

Thinking about death conjures images of grief, sadness and fear. Seldom do we think of it as a catalyst of changes for the better, a radical way of the universe to put us into the right path. Near death experiences change us, undeniably, and sometimes they bring gifts that would have never found their way to us otherwise, such as in the case of David Ditchfield, who discovered how to shine on. Shine On: The Remarkable Story of How I… Read more

September 11, 2020

When examining history, genies, or more accurately, the jinn, are not that charming, especially in Pre-Islamic folklore. Read more

September 10, 2020

Article originally published in Spiral Nature. Edited. The third pre-Islamic Arabic goddess, a daughter of Allah along with her sisters Al-Lat and Manat, is Al-‘Uzza, the goddess of war, protection, and healing. I’m eager to start working with her, since she was highly respected by many tribes and, as we will see, has both an interesting mythology and appealing epithets and names related to her. According to The Book of Idols, Kitāb al-Aṣnām, by Hishām ibn al-Kalbī: The person who introduced… Read more

September 9, 2020

Article originally published in Spiral Nature. Slightly edited. According to pre-Islamic Arabic myth, God, or Allah, created three daughters who will take care of all he had created so far, the highest deities after Him. These three sisters were Manat, Al-Lat and Al-‘Uzza. We already met Manat before, so it’s time to know more about the middle sister, Al-Lat, whose role is a bit more diffuse than Manat’s. Let’s start with the most basic book on Arabian paganism: The Book of… Read more

September 8, 2020

Article originally published in Spiral Nature. Slightly edited. While searching for my roots and the beliefs of my ancestors, those who lived before Islam, I came across an interesting triad. Wicca taught me that the Goddess has three faces to represent womanhood’s three stages: Maiden, Mother and Crone. Although I’m no longer Wiccan, it was a nice surprise to discover an Arabic pre-Islamic triad with this same concept. The Three Daughters of Allah, Al-Uzza, Al-lat, and Manat are respectively the Maiden, Mother and Crone of the pre-Islamic world…. Read more

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