The common depiction of Vikings as smelly, hairy, pale-skinned men wearing horned helmets isn’t accurate.
When someone says the word “Viking,” you probably picture muscular, weapon-wielding folk wearing horned helmets while sacking villages and filling their …
Thanksgiving remains a time to reflect upon that which is dearest to the heart.
American Thanksgiving is a holiday with very specific roots. When the pilgrims first landed in America and faced incredible hardship, they relied on the indigenous peoples of the countr…
Here are some of the more interesting beliefs surrounding modern paganism.
Modern Paganism is a belief system with ancient roots. In fact, most people do not realize that a majority of pagan rituals predate religions like Christianity and Islam. A large number of t…
Enthusiastic pilgrims, interested occultists and curious tourists continue to visit Marie Laveau in her final resting place.
New Orleans is not only a living intersection of cultures, but it’s also a city with a multifaceted, unique and troubled past. Founded nea…
Site where rites and rituals of contemporary Paganism take place.
When it comes to the many religions of the world, some have more defined boundaries than others. For example, most people of differing backgrounds have a general idea of what Christians and Muslims b…
Understanding five elemental powers are recognized in ceremonial rituals and other magic.
The concept of elemental powers predates modern Pagan practices. However, these old concepts have made their way into both reconstructionist and contemporary spiritual paths b…
Candles are commonly used in British Traditional Wicca ceremonies.
Those outside the Wiccan faith tend to think of it as a monolithic movement with one basic theology and set of practices. However, there is a multiplicity of different observations and traditions. A…
Ancient Celtic roots in Modern Pagan celebrations.
Some Modern Pagan practitioners, especially those who base their ceremonies on older Celtic religious traditions, have incorporated older holidays and festivals into their modern spiritual paths. This includes some…
Table with items commonly used in for rituals of paganism.
The term “paganism” elicits many different connotations, depending on who you ask. Images based on stereotypes, such as people practicing “strange rituals” and “taboo” customs, are sadly conjure…
The Maypole was a common sight at a Beltane celebration.
Ah! my heart is weary waiting,
Waiting for the May: Waiting for the pleasant rambles
Where the fragrant hawthorn brambles,
Where the woodbine alternating,
Scent the dewy way;
Ah! my heart is weary, waiting, W…