Archive for the 'Spirituality' Category
Times have changed dramatically since Pagans were country folk. How do city Wiccans combine a nature philosophy with the concrete jungle? The author of Cat Magic, Dancing with Devas, Victorian Grimoire and many others is back with a transformational book that offers spells, rituals, prayers, incantations, family activities, and all manner of helpful hints for creating and maintaining a healthy, happy spiritual environment.
A Charmed Life is a necessary addition to the bookshelf of any self-aware practitioner with a Wiccan or Neo-Pagan based belief-system.
Celebrate Wicca everyday with A Charmed Life.8 comments
The only detailed history of a little-known and widely misunderstood movement. Drawing Down the Moon provides a fascinating look at the religious experiences, beliefs, and lifestyles of the Neo-Pagan subculture. Margot Adler attended ritual gatherings and interviewed a diverse, colorful gallery of people across the United States, people who find inspiration in ancient deities, nature, myth, even science fiction. Contrary to stereotype, what Adler discovered was neither cults, nor odd sects, but religious groups that are nonauthoritarian in spirit and share the belief that there is no one path to divinity.
This edition of Drawing Down the Moon includes a completely updated and expanded resource guide that details several hundred related journals, festivals, newsletters, and groups. (From the editor)4 comments
Your godfathers are the King and one of his advisers.
Your godmothers are the Queen and her governess.
Your adoptive uncle is the realm’s most powerful mage who is married to your adoptive aunt who is also a mage as well as half goddess.
You were raised amongst wonderful and powerful people and expected to be great. So, what do you do when you are kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery?6 comments
Using the figure of the ancient goddess Ariadne as a metaphor, Mountainwater unravels the mysteries of a woman-centered spirituality. She offers gentle guidance through the cycles of a woman’s life; the phases of the moon; the yearly nature holidays; and the aspects of divination. She concludes each chapter with suggested exercises, meditations, and reading lists. Her capably organized and well-written book encourages women to find their own spiritual path. The reading lists lack complete citations; still, a very good, practical book on women’s spirituality and goddess worship. Recommended.
- Gail Wood, Mont gomery Coll. Lib., Germantown, Md.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Astrology literally translates to mean “the study of stars”. The word comes from Greek: ἄστρον (astron), “star”, and λόγος (logos), “theory”, “study”.
The zodiac is the belt or band of constellations through which the Sun, Moon, and planets transit across the sky.
Star-gazers of every sort have long been fascinated by these constellations and the easy stories which flow from their picturesque forms. Astrologers, with time, developed the system of twelve signs of the zodiac based on twelve of the constellations they considered to be particularly important.8 comments
Books abound on the array of neo-pagan faiths and Wiccan traditions, but after reading all we can, it is common to desire a teacher to inspire and guide us along our chosen path. Unfortunately, the world is full of hucksters eager to cash in on this desire. Money, however, is not the only “evil” to watch out for, and often not even the primary one. Potential religious teachers often seek the recognition or respect given to them by eager students. Sometimes, such respect is entirely unwarranted. Over the course of our lives, we may have many teachers and learn these lessons through hard-won experience but how can you avoid these pitfalls and find a spiritual teacher with your best interests at heart? Here are some tips to help you find your way amidst the labyrinth of good and bad intentions:1 comment