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Culture Blogs

Popular subjects in contemporary Pagan culture and practice.

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A Sun Is Born

Did you know that a new Sun was born this year?

Astronomers estimate that, here in our Milky Way galaxy, there's a New Sun born at a frequency of about one a year.

One a year.

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A Yule Carol by (I Kid You Not) Margaret Murray

Early 20th-century maverick archaeologist Margaret Murray (1863-1963) needs no introduction, her 1921 Witch-Cult in Western Europe having been instrumental in getting the whole witchcraft-revival wheel turning.

Before becoming a revisionist historian, however, she was first and foremost an Egyptologist. Her somewhat libertarian translation of a 19th Dynasty hymn to the Sun’s rebirth makes a charming (if rather ponderous) addition to the repertoire of Yule carols, especially for those of us weary of “little Lord Sun God, asleep in the hay”-type rewrites.

For the non-Egyptians among us, I've appended a de-Kemetized version as well.

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  • Haley
    Haley says #
    But, of course! Thank you.
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Good question, Haley. Judging from the lyrics, I could imagine something joyous, triumphant, maybe a little bombastic, rather like
  • Haley
    Haley says #
    Thank you, Steven. What sort of tune do you have in mind with this?

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Sing Holly, Sing Ivy

 A few posts back, I wrote about the need for more Ivy carols to replace those that we've lost. Well, here's a new one. For reasons best known only to my poet's intuition, I've cast it in the form of an Elizabethan art song. I've tried to remain true both to botanical reality and to the genre's traditional (if playful) gender wars. There's a tune waiting out there somewhere, I'm sure of it.

Sing Holly, Sing Ivy

 

Of all the trees

that in winter be green,

sing Holly, sing Ivy,

if Holly be king,

then Ivy is queen.

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Where To Dig Crystal in Arkansas

This is one of the most asked questions I get, and it is actually a little bit difficult to answer for a variety of reasons.

First, there are several options available. The mines are all the same in that you are digging for crystal, but they also vary greatly in amenities, ease of access, whether or not they are currently being worked, etc...

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Got Terror?

Recent polls suggest that a substantial number of Americans are fearful of personally becoming a victim of a terror attack.

In fact, any given American is 4 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to fall victim to a terror attack.

The chance of being struck by lightning in the course of any given year is 1 in 500,000,000.

So, congratulations Da'ish.

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  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Indeed, sigh.

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I love discovering new writers and new books and new series, and 2015 provided me with a bumper crop. Urban fantasies, graphic novels and comic books, mysteries ... *le sigh* Check out a few of my favorite literary discoveries from the past year.

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