Categoriearchief: English articles

Wicca – A Mystery Tradition and the Great Work

Wicca can be many things, but one way of experiencing it is as a mystery tradition. But what does this mean? In this talk Rhys answered this question and also considered what is meant by the Great Work and how this can be the process that leads to mystical experience. Lees verder

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Witchcraft, the New Forest & Sybil Leek, Stories from my Elders

On the Silver Circle Autumn online gathering, Thorn Nightbird shared stories and anecdotes about Sybil Leek, and explains about how he practises two traditions of Witchcraft. Lees verder

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Margaret Murray Reappraised

A hundred years after the publication of The Witch Cult in Western Europe, A Study in Anthropology increasing amounts of scholars are taking notice of Murray, and reappraising her. Lees verder

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A magical encounter in Spain… the Pomegranate, symbol of Granada

Morgana made a trip to Granada, Spain, where the pomegranate is often used as a symbol. Is it really the ‘apple-of-granada’? And what about the mythological significance of the pomegranate? Lees verder

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Sacred signs on the body: the art of tattooing among the Slavs

Since ancient times, tattooing has had a sacred meaning. Priests were covered with drawings before a ceremony, hunters, going out to hunt, or war, before participating in a battle. Did the Slavs have tattoos? Let’s turn to circumstantial evidence. Lees verder

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Review: So Potent Art

Emily Carding shows how working with texts of Shakespeare can enhance magical understanding and ritual performance. Lees verder

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Water Witchin’, Magic Wands & Telekinesis

Water-Witchin’ was once a way of finding water underground in order to dig a well. But cutting wands or rods was used for a variety of purposes; divination and commanding spiritual intelligences and elementals seems to be a common theme throughout the history and practice of magic. Lees verder

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Review: Aspecting the Goddess

This book attempts to give deeper background on the practice of partly embodying a divine being within a ritual setting, in different ‘levels’ of forging divine connection. Lees verder

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Nehalennia, Goddess of the Lowlands

Nehalennia is by far the most famous indigenous goddess of the Netherlands but is virtually unknown, although there is a renewed interest in her. Morgana cites recent research work and gives her own observations. Lees verder

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The attitude towards witches in the past and the background of the witch trials in Germany

The ideas about witchcraft, and whether witches really can fly, differed from the Middle Ages till the pre-modern times. What was once a peaceful concept, was abused and turned around to condemn people accused of witchcraft. Lees verder

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