(Telegraph) A school of witchcraft has been started by an aboriginal tribe in southern Taiwan who fear that their ancestral rituals would otherwise vanish. -- Get the whole story
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(WBUR.org) At this point, the only pop-cultural event that could possibly upstage Jay-Z's new album, The Blueprint III, is Dan Brown's new book, The Lost Symbol. But if Brown thinks he has the market cornered on Freemasonry and the occult, he had better watch his back. Mitch Horowitz, author of American Occult says that Jay-Z has a keen grasp of certain esoterica, especially in the music video for his new single, "Run This Town." -- Get the whole story
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(BeliefNet) In the Jung thread below, one commenter warned that Jung was a profound enemy of Christianity, and recommended reading Dr. Jeffrey Satinover on this point. Satinover is a psychiatrist and physicist who was the youngest graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. He is also past president of the Jung Society in New York. As it happens, I went upstairs this afternoon to search through my bookshelves for Jung's book "Modern Man in Search of a Soul," which a friend gave to me when I was in college, but which I'd never read. -- Read more
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(Examiner.com) No one really knows where Tarot cards came from, but many historians believe they originated in the Middle East and were first used in by Westerners in medieval Europe as ordinary playing cards. The oldest surviving Tarot card decks are all fragments that belonged to the Visconti family in 15th century Italy. A reproduction of that first Visconti-Scforza deck (with some of the missing elements filled in with speculative designs) can still be purchased today. These early cards were almost certainly used for card games and gambling. For the most part, such cards were found only in the homes of the rich. -- Read more
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(BBC News) A group of freemasons have had to spend a night in jail in Fiji, after local villagers complained they were practising witchcraft. -- Get the whole story
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Article: New Age 101
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(Examiner.com) Many people have asked the question, “Just what does New Age encompass as a religion?” Here are a few items that can be used as reference to answer this: --Read more
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(Examiner.com) Is paganism taking over America? When I wrote a column about whether the decline in the numbers of Catholics is due to the refusal of the Catholic hierarchy to modernize, several readers commented that it seemed to them that modernization itself was the problem. --Read more
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(Examiner.com) As of today, the earliest copy of the Bible is now online. Approximately 800 pages of the oldest almost completely preserved Christian Bible has been digitized and uploaded online by the British Library in order that it can be viewed by the world. --Get the whole story
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(The Inverness Courier) The Wickedest Man in the World is returning to his old haunts — or just a couple of miles away. Magician Aleister Crowley, the self-styled "Great Beast", is getting another chance to walk the earth thanks to Inverness-based actor, writer and comedian John Burns. --Read More
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(Telegraph.co.uk) Modern pagans have got the wrong day and should be celebrating tomorrow on Midsummer Eve, says Melanie McDonagh. -- Get the whole story (with video)
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(Examiner.com) A Pagan group in Britain that identifies itself as "an earth-based religion" has accused a Catholic social club of religious discrimination for refusing to host a Pagan group’s Annual Witches’ Ball on the grounds it was ‘not compatible with the Catholic ethos.’ -- Get the whole story
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(AFP) RIGA (AFP) — They may be suffering from one of the world's worst recessions but all the economic doom and gloom will not keep Latvians from having fun at a midsummer's night festival dating from pagan times.

"It is a tradition here," 45-year-old Nina told AFP outside a Riga supermarket. "Everyone entertains themselves as they can. Sure, we'll cut out small things to spend less this year but the tradition will remain." --Get the whole story
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(Examiner.com) In this downturn economy, there is an increased demand for psychic, occult and metaphysical services. The connection to an outside power that is immediately available for guidance is comforting in uncertain times. There are a great deal of good and respectable psychics or intuitive consultants (as some prefer to be called) that are able to help others and happen to be flourishing. At the same time, there are a few people who are using this trend to con people who are seeking help of their money. This drums up negative stereotypical images of psychics such as “Miss Cleo,” driving away people who could actually benefit from metaphysical assistance. The keys to avoiding occult scams are doing research before a consultation, knowing what you are paying for, and remembering that you have the power to walk away from a bad reading. --Read more
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(Examiner.com) In April of 2006, I had the tremendous good fortune to sign up for Christopher Penczak's Inner Temple of Witchcraft workshop at Isis Books & Gifts. That workshop had a profound impact on the direction my spiritual path has taken. It was a truly transformative workshop and in the ensuing years, I have had the great privilege of continuing to study with Christopher. I am currently in my fourth year of study and working on an apprenticeship program for his Temple of High Witchcraft. If you have not yet read any of the books in his Temple of Witchcraft series, I highly and wholeheartedly recommend them. --Read more
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(PR Web) How much about the world of Wizards and Witches do you know? At the Midwest's Largest Pagan Event, The St. Louis Pagan Picnic, two leading schools will be testing the knowledge of their students and all comers, as part of the Wizards and Witches Trivia Tournament. This contest will be the first of its kind, and open to the public. --Get the whole story
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(Discovermagazine.com) Think you know all there is to know about the witches of the 17th century? Well, don’t be so cocky. The recent discovery of a so-called “witchcraft bottle” in England has shed new light on the beliefs of that period, thanks to CT scans, chemical analysis and other tests. -- Read more
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(Examiner.com) Sgt. Jason A. Schumann was killed May 19, 2007 when a bomb exploded near his vehicle in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq. He is bured at Fort Snelling cemetery, where his headstone is marked with a pentacle. Sgt. Schumann was a Pagan. -- Read more
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(The Times of India) AKOLA: An aged woman, who was suspected to be practising witchcraft, was stripped and paraded on a donkey by superstitious villagers in Wadegaon in Akola district on Saturday night. Police registered offences against some persons. -- Get the whole story
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(Bangordailynews.com) My work draws me into conversations with people of many denominations and faiths. A phrase I often hear repeated is, “Well, we are all praying to the same God, aren’t we?” And I hardly ever disagree, because God alone knows the understandings of our hearts. -- Read more
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HANS HOLZER, GHOST HUNTER26-1-1920 — 26-4-2009
HANS Holzer, whose investigations into the paranormal took him to haunted houses all over the world, most notably the Long Island house that inspired The Amityville Horror, has died at his home in Manhattan. He was 89. --
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(DailyIndia.com) Kolkata, May 1: Around 500 people belonging to Anand Marg, an occult sect, participated in a silent procession here on Thursday.

They were demanding a judicial inquiry into the killing of 17 monks and a nun allegedly by the Communist Party of India (Marxists) goons in 1982. --
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(Jacksonville.com) Spring is a busy time in terms of holidays in the world's religions.
Jews observe Passover. Christians celebrate Easter.


And it's also the time for Beltane, one of the four main holidays in the pagan religion, said Zee Ziemba, a Jacksonville resident and president of Pagan Pride Alliance, Inc., which covers Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. -- Read more
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(BBC News) A Pagan has vowed to continue his sit-in protest at Stonehenge, despite a deadline passing for him to leave.

King Arthur Pendragon, formerly known as John Rothwell, was due to be evicted from the site at 1600 BST on Sunday, however no-one arrived to remove him. --Get the whole story
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(WHAS11.com) Witches, magic and spells - there’s more to the growing Wiccan religion than what you’ve seen or read. WHAS11’s Adrianna Hopkins talked to a local witch to dispel the myth. We take you behind the magic and show you why this religion has cast its spell on Louisville. -- Read More
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(NewScientist.com) In his latest book, Deciphering the Cosmic Number, historian of science Arthur I Miller investigates the bizarre friendship between quantum physics pioneer Wolfgang Pauli and famed psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Read our review of Miller's book
Together, the two great thinkers delved into mysticism, numerology and alchemy in their quest to understand the universe and themselves. Miller tells New Scientist about his experience writing the book. -- Read more
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Article: Celebrating Yeats
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(New York Times.com) William Butler Yeats, born in County Dublin, Ireland, won the Nobel Prize in 1923 and was almost certainly, as his biographer Richard Ellmann put it, “the dominant poet” of the first half of the 20th century. But what Yeats really wanted to do was write plays. -- Read more
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(UPI Asia.com) West Lafayette, IN, United States, — Last year the Maoists came to power in Nepal, their entry to the country’s power structure made possible by people who were desperate for a change. Although there have been some improvements since the former guerillas came to power, the women of the country, sadly, have yet to feel any difference. -- Get the whole story
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(Beliefnet) Troy Camplin's quip "I've always told people there are in fact 6 billion religions on earth" in a recent blog comment inspires this post.

When I first became a Witch I was bothered by the existence of 'traditions' considerably younger than I was. To make matters worse, it was within a NROOGD public Sabbat that I had my first and by far most powerful encounter with the Goddess. As I understand it, NROOGD emerged as fall-out from a Berkeley folklore course in the 60s. -- Read more
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(Israel Today) A Hebrew-language forum website dedicated to paganism contains accounts of Israeli soldiers who said they, like their Bible-believing God-fearing comrades, said many prayers during the recent Gaza war, just not to the God of Israel. -- Get the whole story
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(WorldNetDaily) The renowned Oxford English Dictionary informs us that the name "Easter" is derived from the name of a goddess whose festival was celebrated at the time of the vernal equinox. We are told that she was originally known as the dawn goddess – no doubt the origin of sunrise celebrations at the time of Easter. -- Read more
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(Yomiuri) HIMEJI, Hyogo--A Himeji woman was arrested on suspicion of falsely claiming to be an onmyo-ji, or ancient court diviner, to defraud an acquaintance, it has been learned. Hoshiyo Fukuoka, 44, told police she had defrauded three people of a total of 1 million yen for talismans and expelling evil spirits, claiming she was a trained mystic.-- Get the whole story
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Video Game: Wolfenstein
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(St. Louis VG Examiner) This new "Occult" trailer, tells a portion of the Wolfenstein story from the Nazi perspective.The latest entry in the Wolfenstein franchise brings with it some new weapons and a gameplay twist called "the veil," which the game's creative director, Eric Beissman, describes as, "An alternative reality that sits on top of where we live." Just when we've all grown tired of the dated WWII genre, Wolfenstein seems to be shaping up to be a serious contender to pull us back in for some more. -- See the trailer
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(Llewellyn.com) I was 12 years old when I first discovered the world of Paganism and Witchcraft. I had been raised in a household that cherished and honored the mysterious and the spiritual, and though I lived an ocean away from my father, his mystical, animistic Balinese spirituality was ever-present in my life. I was that child who found solace in the tangled roots of trees and spoke to invisible beings in the garden. I knew, if not consciously, who and what I was and still am; this was crystallized for me in my adolescence when I dove head first into the Craft. I embraced its teachings and traditions; after all, they have been mine for as long as I can remember. -- Read more
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(Gather.com) Is there a possibility of a major event sitting on the horizon that could limit the population of the earth to 500 million? If so then, it will require the extermination of nine-tenths (4.5 billion) of the world's people.-- Get the whole story
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(The Boston Globe) THREE HUNDRED YEARS ago, more or less, the last serious alchemists finally gave up on their attempts to create gold from other metals, dropping the curtain on one of the least successful endeavors in the history of human striving. --Read more
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Comics legend Mike Grell has teamed with writer Mark Ryan to put pen to paper with words and beautiful Grell art in a series that mixes horror, magic and science-fiction – and it's called The Pilgrim. -- Read more
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Profile: Alan Moore
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(Times Online) Alan Moore is an anarchist and a practising magician who is acknowledged as Britain’s finest author of comics. He is also a recluse given to tantrums. Not content with disowning Hollywood’s newly released version of his classic story Watchmen, he has refused to take a penny. -- Read moore
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(Projo.com) PROVIDENCE The vault at the John Hay Library at Brown University is not exactly Hitler’s bunker, but it is below ground and could endure a bomb blast. It’s big. It’s locked. And inside, one finds something fascinating.

No, the F├╝hrer’s not in there, but his books are — lots of them. They’ve been there for 30 years. And inside one of them, a book on the occult, is a passage marked for special attention in Hitler’s own hand that is chilling even today. -- Read more

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(USA Today)When it comes to religion, the USA is now land of the freelancers.

The percentage. of people who call themselves in some way Christian has dropped more than 11% in a generation. The faithful have scattered out of their traditional bases: The Bible Belt is less Baptist. The Rust Belt is less Catholic. And everywhere, more people are exploring spiritual frontiers — or falling off the faith map completely. -- Get the whole story

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(China View) KATHMANDU, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Teaching and learning activities have been halted in a hilly district of western Nepal after several girls started falling unconscious daily.

It is already a couple of months since the problem started, at the Lokaraj Adarsha High School located at Karkidanda, Lamjung, some 110 km west of Kathmandu. Till Monday, more than three dozen girls from nursery to grade 10 have fallen unconscious, local newspaper The Rising Nepal reported on Monday.-- Get the whole story

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(Time) On Feb. 17, the 100th anniversary of Geronimo's death, descendants of the Apache warrior filed a federal lawsuit against the secretive Skull and Bones society of Yale University demanding that the group — which it claims is in possession of Geronimo's remains — return them to his family. "I believe strongly from my heart that his spirit was never released," Geronimo's great-grandson Haryln Geronimo, 61, told the National Press Club. -- Read more
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(RDF) Saturday the 14th marks the great festival for lovers, oddly named for an ancient saint, Valentine.

There really was a St. Valentine and in point of fact it appears there might have been two of them who perished as martyrs for the Christian faith in Roman times. One was a priest who was killed on the Flaminian Way in Rome under the persecutions of Claudius II around A.D. 269, and a better known Valentine was the Bishop of Terni who was arrested, taken to Rome and martyred there. In both martyrdoms, the relics of the saint(s) were taken back to Terni for the veneration of the faithful. Many historians believe that these two accounts may simply be different versions of the same unfortunate clergyman's slaughter. -- Read more

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(Times of India) PATNA: In a bizarre occult ritual, a 10-year-old girl was allegedly killed by her mother and brother in a Bihar village to appease a Hindu god, a police officer said Saturday.

Sunita Kumari was killed in Hardoravara village in Siwan district Friday after occult practitioner Harendra Sah asked the victim's mother Sachia Devi and brother Ramesh Kumar Yadav to sacrifice her for divine blessings. --Get the whole story
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(TheSpectrum.com) Valentine's Day is Saturday - you're welcome, all you men who forgot.

Being a student, I find myself fascinated with the origins of just about everything, and holidays are no exception. Unlike certain people in my life who would ban the Easter bunny because of its origins as a pagan fertility symbol, I'm not on my quest to do away with holiday traditions whose origins I find personally objectionable. -- Read More
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The book “The Wizards Way to Wealth” by Pagan Priest Ian Edwards, which was released, on the Winter Solstice, is currently rising rapidly through the self help book charts as people turn to magic to help them through the ‘credit crunch’. The easy to follow book which uses spells, divination, and luck improvement strategies is proving popular with people who have never practiced magick before because of its’ grounded approach and practical background. -- Read More
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Blog: White Spells on the Go
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Sadly, White Spells on the Go is the last of the White Spells series, but the one that has been the most fun to work on. I got together with my family before I started this project and we talked for a few hours about the remedies we have used over the years. We reminisced about the good spells and the not so good spells, and we decided that trial and error has always been our best teacher. Some spells were perfected, while others were tossed and never to be done or recommended again. --Read more
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(CommercialAppeal.com) They were led, blindfolded and in ritual robes and sneakers, through the darkness.

When their eyes were uncovered they stood in a room lit by a single candle at the center. -- Get the whole story

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(The Brownsville Herald) It has not been an easy three years for Jose Ramos.

The 45-year-old Spanish teacher has been unemployed and under a felony indictment for most of that time, chafing against what he saw as an ongoing injustice he could not seem to clear. -- Get the whole story

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(The Hindu News) Baksa (PTI): A 65-year-old Adivasi woman was hacked to death, allegedly by her two brothers, on the suspicion of practising witchcraft in lower Assam's Baksa district. -- Get the whole story
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(UGN) The African Network for Preventing and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) has called for a review of the witchcraft act 1957 in order to adequately address the current realities of child sacrifice that Uganda is facing today. -- Get the whole story
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Licensed to be a witch?
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(Tanzania Standard) I DIDN'T know that the government has been licensing some guys to be witchesNow the Premier Mizengo "Pete" Pinda has just banned witches from practising their nefarious craft.-- Get the whole story
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(NBC) A Mexican sports daily is pinning its hopes of beating the United States in a World Cup qualifying match on voodoo — with help from a U.S-based electronics chain. -- Get the whole story
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Five evicted for witchcraft
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(The Daily Times) Over five families staying in houses belonging to Forestry Department in Blantyre have been forcibly evicted on allegations of witchcraft. -- Get the whole story
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(RNW) Tanzania has revoked the licenses of all its traditional healers in a bid to halt the killings of albinos whose body parts are used for witchcraft.

At least 40 albinos have been killed since the middle of 2007. Around 90 people have been arrested over the past few months suspected of involvement in killing albinos or trading their body parts. Albinos lack pigment in their eyes, skin or hair, making them vulnerable to skin cancer and burns in Africa's sunny climate. They have always had a difficult time of it but, since witch doctors started using their body parts a few years ago, their lives have become hell. -- Get the whole story
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(PR-USA.net) It's official, The Labyrinth Group, LLC has expanded their presence into book, music and art publishing through the launch of their new occult, new age and metaphysical traditional publishing division, Labyrinth House Publishing. -- Get the whole story
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(CNN) -- A woman in rural Papua New Guinea was bound and gagged, tied to a log and set ablaze on a pile of tires this week, possibly because villagers suspected her of being a witch, police said Thursday.

Her death adds to a growing list of men and women who have been accused of sorcery and then tortured or killed in the South Pacific island nation, where traditional beliefs hold sway in many regions. -- Get the whole story

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