A recent discussion I’d read in an online forum on nakedness in the Garden of Eden, and the tempting by the snake has got me thinking of how the snake is viewed in various other religions and myths.
When a person thinks about divination, or fortune-telling, they usually think of Tarot cards. Though reading the Tarot is one of the more popular forms of divination, it’s certainly not the only one. For anyone thinking of trying divination, the Tarot may seem a little intimidating. There are 78 cards to learn, not to mention the various ways of spreading them out.
How about trying the pendulum?
The term reconstructionism (or simply recon) can be applied to several different Pagan religions, though it is most often seen with Celtic, Norse or Greek paths.
Wicca is not a recon religion, because of it’s relatively modern origins and the fact that it was created from a combination of other practices. As I just mentioned, the most common recon paths are Celtic Reconstructionism, Hellenismos (Greek), Asatru (Nordic) and Kemetic Faith (Egyptian). Now, keep in mind that just because you worship Norse or Egyptian Gods doesn’t mean you can say you are following their faith. A reconstructionist approach involves much more about the original culture, not just the Deities. Continue reading “What is Reconstructionism”
by Terri Paajanen
The Akashic records are a repository of information that exists in the astral realm. It is a complete and thorough record of everything that has ever occured, including the thoughts and feelings of every individual, all through time. Curious?
Wicca is a new religion, but people have been following Pagan ways for much longer. Archaeology has shown that the female image was formed into idols, figures and statues for many thousands of years. The true purpose of these figures is speculated to be spiritual in nature and connect the fertility of women with the Earth, but in fact we can never know what the artist was thinking when he/she created them. Continue reading “Goddess Figures from Ancient History”
Tinctures are suitable for extracting plant and herb essences that do not infuse well through water and heat. Roots and woody parts are commonly used in tincture format. Tinctures are highly concentrated , so making up a batch should last you a long time. Continue reading “How to Make Tinctures”
Everyone has heard of the triple Goddess, in her forms of Maiden, Mother and Crone. The concept can be interpreted in different ways. It can be thought of as the phases the Goddess passes through, and can be seen through the Wheel of the Year or the phases of the moon. This point of view comes about when one sees Deity as a single Goddess, rather than a pantheon of separate and unique Goddesses. Continue reading “Maiden, Mother, Crone”
During the Burning Times, one of the many feats attributed to accused witches was the ability to fly. The details of these flights varied from region to region, but often involved staffs, bundles of sticks, or broomsticks. Sometimes witches would be ‘seen’ travelling on bewitched animals or familiars.
In reality, it’s generally accepted today that the ‘flying ointments’ of times past did not help witches actually take to the skies. The chemical compounds in the traditional herbs used likely caused hallucinations or even induced true astral travelling. When accused witches talked of flying, people took them literally. Continue reading “Flying Ointment”
For all of our differences in beliefs and practices, one of the few characteristics that nearly all Pagans share is a polytheistic outlook when it comes to Deity. Generally speaking, we believe in the existence of many Gods and Goddesses. Of course, even this is not universal among all Pagans.
But if you were to ask a number of Pagans from different paths, what it means to be polytheistic, you might not always get the same answers. It’s not as simple as you may think. Continue reading “What is Polytheism?”
I’ve noticed this can be a touchy subject among Wiccans and other Pagans: the history of the Wiccan religion. People (usually novices) often make statements about the ancient origins of Wicca, or how Wicca has been practiced for thousands of years.
Sorry folks, but this is simply not accurate.
The base of the confusion is that some people don’t distinguish between something that exists today, and its historical roots. Ok, that’s not very clear, is it? How about an example. Continue reading “How Old is Wicca?”