Modern Paganism embraces a wide variety of spiritual traditions. One of the challenges of these traditions is that in some instances they are not thoroughly considered. An individual tradition may leave out large swathes of concepts and limit themselves to small sections of reality. There is often the worship of deities, the practice of magick, divination, and healing, the celebration of festivals and holidays, but little else. As a result, for many people their spiritual tradition is merely a part-time practice rather than a way of living. (I wouldn't limit this to Pagans, either.)
In fact, for many Pagans, when asked how their spirituality flavors their lives, they have little to say,
I am writing this just a few days before the supposed Mayan Apocalypse on Friday, December 21, 2012. The belief that the "end times" are here is nothing new. This LINK will take you to a page that lists over 200 dates where experts and religious leaders said the end of the world was coming. They all have one thing in common: none of them have worked out as their promoters stated.
And I will hereby fearlessly predict that the so-called Mayan Apocalypse will also turn out to be a dud. Some Mayans in Guatemala are denouncing the way the government is turning this into a "folklore for profit" giant party, with an expected 90,000 money-bringing suckers believers coming for the show. NASA has
I read an interesting blog post by Leigh-Ann Anderson called Choosing a Magickal Name. It give some interesting ideas on how to choose a magickal name, but it doesn't approach the topic historically.
Magickal Names in the Past
Anciently, there's no evidence that people used magickal names. While this may be because magickal and mundane lives were one and the same, I'm more inclined to believe that they simply weren't needed. The need for a magickal name developed as the military might of the Christian Church expanded. If you were caught doing magick, you could be imprisoned, tortured, or killed…but not before you revealed the names of your "co-conspirators." So people would take on
The Biography Channel special “Witches” will be re-aired again this Monday and Tuesday. The show features interviews with Llewellyn authors Christopher Penczak and Silver RavenWolf.
Original airdate was 10/08; it is re-airing 4 times this fall.
Biography Channel: "Witches"
Original airdate: 10/30/08
Monday 11/16/09, 8 pm (upcoming)
Tuesday 11/17/09, midnight (upcoming)
You can also watch the Biography Channel's "Witches" episode on our YouTube channel!
Part 1 includes interviews and early comments from Silver RavenWolf and Christopher Penczak, then discusses the European witch hunts.
Part 2 focuses primarily on