Category: Other Contributors

Pagans petition Stylebooks to capitalize “Pagan”

OBERON ZELL. It is a matter of continuing frustration to modern self-identified Pagans that newspaper and magazine copy editors invariably print the proper terms for their religion (i.e., “Pagan” and “Paganism”) in lower case. Journalists who have been confronted about this practice have replied that this is what the Associated Press and Chicago Stylebooks recommend.

Threefold Charms

ROBIN ARTISSON. What follows is a reworking of a chapter from Robin Artisson’s book “The Coven Book of the Hollow Hill”, with further elaborations and explanatory notes on American folk magic to aid in this description of a powerful system of traditional conjury or charming.

Family ties and growing pains

JACK MAURICE LESAGE. I think one of the main problems with definitions of Paganism, is that most tend to say what Paganism is not, rather than concentrating on what Paganism is. This may be a reason why so many non-Pagans and even Pagans are under the impression that everything and anything goes. Pagans should not see themselves as those who have merely excluded themselves from the Judeo-Christian-Islamic group of religions, but as those who have embraced very specific other beliefs.

The Devil Made Me Do It and Other Modern Day Fallacies

SAFFRON VAN HELSDINGEN BRINK. Very few subjects will stir up a room as much as the topic of Satanism, with fear and outrage comprising the majority of the reactions. It is very easy to run with the sensationalist tales of various Christian leaders and tabloid magazines when one hears allegations of dogs being sacrificed or the doings of morbid teenagers dressed in black burning down their local high school. The devil is a profitable scapegoat, and even ex-cricket captains can conveniently blame their downfall on his existence.

A Satanic Conspiracy

DAVE PRINSLOO. Growing up in a Christian society, I was made to believe that “Satanism” was a very real thing that was to be feared, avoided and reported to the authorities. In the old South Africa, laws were passed prohibiting “Devil worship”. Today, it is only the criminal acts Satanists are allegedly compelled to perform, that are illegal.

The Mystery of the Pentagram

AURELIUS. Symbols are the Language of the Gods, they speak directly to the heart of understanding, by-passing the intellect. This grossly condensed study is designed to by-pass the well-known exoteric meanings of the Pentagram, by understanding the inner meanings as related to Cosmos. The reader who is adept will be able to dissolve form (symbol) and soar beyond it.

The Evil Eye – Malocchio

OLORIN. Amongst the ancient beliefs of the world, and particularly strong in the Mediterranean world, “Malocchio” features as one of the most potent and terrifying gestures to mankind and various forms of it exist and are still feared and practiced today even in modern cultures – one reason, perhaps, why people don’t like being stared at.

Pious Pouring: Making Libations to the Gods in the Modern Day

ROBIN ARTISSON. One of the greatest signs of piety and devotion we can make for the Gods in the modern day is the ritual of Libation. Libation, or the pouring out of liquids to the Gods, is one of the oldest forms of devotion known to mankind. Unlike the sacrifice of animals, which is very costly and time-consuming (though very important to the religious life of the Ancients) libations can be done today by an individual or a group in no time at all.