Why so many people–including scientists–suddenly believe in an afterlife – by Brian Bethune at MacLean’s

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I always look forward to Sarah Veale’s weekly post Mysteria Misc. Maxima link roundup on her Invocatio blog. Today i especially enjoyed the article from the Canadian online news website called MacLean’s written by Brian Bethune called

Why so many people–including scientists–suddenly believe in an afterlife

Some of the NDE’s (near death experiences) in this story are pretty amazing as the debate wages on whether these experiences are spiritual or neurological chemical reactions of a dying brain. Enjoy!

Reopening the Case for Historical Witchcraft

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I recently read this fine post at Max Dashu’s Veleda blog on Reopening the Case for Historical Witchcraft
which is her book review of Ben Whitmore’s re-examination of some of Hutton’s theories called “Triumph of the Moon: Reopening the Case for Historical Witchcraft”. To quote from her blog post:

“This is a review of Ben Whitmore’s Trials of the Moon: Reopening the Case for Historical Witchcraft. A Critique of Ronald Hutton’s Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft. Auckland: Aotearoa / New Zealand, 2010 http://www.goodgame.org.nz/trialsofthemoonexcerpt.pdf

I am glad someone took on the task of providing a detailed critique of Hutton’s book. Ben Whitmore, a Pagan priest in New Zealand, does not hail from the school of Wicca-is-a-direct-transmission-of-ancient-Pagan-tradition. He is clear “that today’s witchcraft is largely a reinvention” and favors  examining the foundational myths of modern neopaganism with a critical eye. At the same time, he feels a spiritual kinship with past traditions and holds out the possibility of recovering their authentic roots: “I feel it is high time that Wicca and Paganism be permitted to have not just myths, but a history as well.” Hear, hear.

Hutton, although himself a Pagan, has systematically attacked the idea of pagan survivals in medieval Europe, and not just in this book. He hews to an orthodox focus on literary sources as the font of culture, with a corresponding disregard for the testimony of folk tradition and its conservational power. We hear from Diane Purkiss about how the English school of witchcraft history had “hardened into an orthodoxy”since the 1970s. Whitmore points out that they ignore the rich documentation of folk paganism by continental historians (a disregard, paired with sputterings about “rigor,” that I have been protesting for years).”

I had read Ronald Hutton’s Triumph of the Moon years ago and found it of interest as a historical document as I like to read All sides of the various debates on the origins of Witchcraft and Paganism. The book she reviews to is available at the above title link or HERE as a free PDF download and is about 86 pages long and good reading too. Enjoy and Blessed Be!

Death to Santa Muerte: The Vatican vs. the Skeleton Saint (from the Huffington Post)

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The Wild Hunt’s Unleash the Hounds Link Roundup today feathered an interesting link to an article by R. Andrew Chestnut at the Huffington Post Religion blog entitled Death to Santa Muerte: The Vatican vs. the Skeleton Saint about the Mexican government and the Catholic church’s effort there to wipe out the cult of Santa Muerte. It is an excellent article and goes into the facts in detail, and at the end has a great slide show of her and her shrines and worshipers. I can’t believe the previous Mexican president actually bulldozed 40 shrines to her along the Mexican-American border! Yes i know she is the patron saint to the narco-trafficers, but she is much more. To me she is obviously Ghede’s mate Maman Brigit. And the Catholic church is complaining because they are losing followers to the Pentecostals. Now in my teens i was at a Pentecostal church meeting mostly attended by heroin addicts in rehab, and i can tell you they truly do reach a state of ecstasy and trance with their dancing and speaking in tongues, so it is probably more like the native religion and less boring than a Catholic mass, and maybe they do not condemn condoms either. So enjoy the article.

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Dead Can Dance – Anastasis – full one hour album

TG at Karmapolice posted this link to the Dead Can Dance full one hour album Anastasis. I just love their music (especially liked the song “Return of the She-King” here) and have never heard of an entire album linked at YT before, so Enjoy!

Tracks on this album include:

1. Children of the Sun 00:00
2. Anabasis 07:36
3. Agape 14:29
4. Amnesia 21:24
5. Kiko 28:02
6. Opium 36:04
7. Return of the She-King 41:51
8. All in Good Time 49:44

SEXDEATHREBIRTH and CAULDRON AND CROSS Tumblr blogs recommended

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Yea i am still without much to write about, recovering from these surgeries, so am still exploring Tumblr sites. Have you figured out i am more visual than verbal yet? Tomorrow or some day in the future i may write about the question “Where do our friends go?”.

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Until then i recommend the SEXDEATHREBIRTH Tumblr type of website/blog and their Archives link. This blog has a lot of Tantric Buddhist and Hindu images with some rare erotic nudity so 18+ only to link to both.

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The second is called CAULDRON AND CROSS and their Archives which contains a variety of gothic, religious and magickal images.

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All the pictures in this post are from these blogs,and both have Years of posts so if you are bored watching TV some night let your fingers do some surfing. Enjoy!

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“Talking About Ritual Magick” – by Frater Barrabbas Tiresius – my blog pick of the day

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I stumbled upon this Talking About Ritual Magick blog by Barrabbas Tiresius the other day and am impressed by his writings, the posts going back to 2009. He writes long well thought out posts about ritual magicke, witchcarft and other occult subjects from obvious decades of experience. To quote from the blog description and then his About page:

“This blog is used to discuss various issues and topics pertinent to ritual magick and ritual magicians as proposed by Frater Barrabbas Tiresius – author, witch and ritual magick practitioner…… (He is an)  author, witch, practitioner of ritual magick, past member of the OTO, Gnostic Bishop, founder of Order of the Gnostic Star, musician, artist, ritual ordeal craftmaster.”

I have read through about a quarter t a third of his posts and here are some of my favorites so far, though i have many more to read yet, and have subscribed to future posts:

Early Days in BTW Witchcraft – Innovation or Conservation?

What I Don’t Like About Wicca

Top Ten Grimoires – My Opinion

The picture above is from one of his posts and has no attribution. Enjoy!

The Occult Gallery -Tumblr pic of the day

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Yea i am still uninspired to write much and fking around on Tumblr pages,and found this one this morning which is impressive called The Occult Gallery, and i always find these easier to navigate and see what is newly posted in their Archive view. The page goes back January 2012, but unfortunately seems to have ended in April, so I hope that is temporary. Above and below are some of their pictures I reblogged. Enjoy!

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Imbolc Fire Music Video

I love this video by pinkpaganpriestess called “Beneath Your Feet”, which does have a happy ending. I tried to find the lyrics but was unsuccessful. According to her About page –

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“Irene is a practicing Pagan of the Creative Eclectic Variety. She’s an Ordained Minister, a Labyrinth Apprentice of the New England Labyrinth Guild, a High Priestess of the Tradition of the Witches Circle, and co-chair for the Shenandoah Midsummer Festival. She has been reading Tarot for 19 years and practicing Paganism for 16 years. Irene taught Pagan beliefs and practices at Esoterica of Leesburg, VA, from 2005 to 2010. Irene currently facilitates monthly Labyrinth walks at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick as well as leads rituals with a small private group.” Enjoy!

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Postscript – note that pinkpaganpriestess has provided her lyrics in the comments below.

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A new video from my Pagan folk-rock studio project, Imbolc Fire.  Enjoy :)

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An introduction to my spiritual path

I am really impressed by this humble and genuine lady Karen, who started out in Brazil practicing Macumba and then in her youth moved to Australia where she continues to practice both her native path and Witchcraft in her own way. She has a long family history in these practices. This is a nice video about her path. Make sure you go to her About page and to check out her whole blog – The Elemental Witch – Magickal Rambelings by an Australian / Brazilian Witch. I am going to follow her after watching this and checking out the blog so far. Blessings.

“Embrace Culture” from AmerIndian Elder Florence Jones

In yesterday’s post I featured some websites and writings connected with Ms. Max Dashu. On further investigation i found her great blog entitled Veleda which also is full of even more great writings. I especially liked the ones on Native American shamanism, specifically Female Powers and Places in Indian North America and Sacred Women in North American Rock Art. In the first article she mentions the late Indian Elder Florence Jones (1907-2003) and i just Loved this short video about her. I tell you there is no real difference in their essence (though differences in some ritual techniques and mythology of course) between what i practice as a witch of the Western European traditions and the native Americans practiced. Enjoy this wonderful video with description below:

From YT:

“Florence Jones (1907-2003) was the spiritual leader and chief healer of the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Northern California. The Wintu have called the McCloud River Watershed near Mount Shasta home for more than 1000 years, but were not provided a reservation as gold miners and pioneers drove them away in the name of industry.

Although the Wintu’s numbers have dwindled from over 14,000 when contact with non-Natives was recorded to only 395, Jones has been at the forefront of a fight to save sacred sites and their way of live.

By learning and teaching to EMBRACE CULTURE, Jones was able to lead the Wintu in a successful bid to block the construction of a ski resort on sacred Wintu land.”