(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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