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The old gods are still among us

IN THE STONE CIRCLES OF BRITAIN, to the holidays we celebrate without a second thought, the gods of antiquity still loom large in our psyche. For those whose path takes them from the straight and narrow, the world is a magical place.

From the olden days and up through all the years
From Arcadia to the stone fields of Inisheer
Some say the Gods are just a myth
But guess who I’ve been dancing with
The great god Pan is alive

Pagans, Heathens and Witchcraft

The Dance, Someplace in Britain by Cate Davies. Click to order a fine art print of this image I was very young, there was a full moon, riding with with my grandmother and grandfather to a small town in southwest Indiana for a harvest celebration. It’s small towns around there, German heritage, it was another - Click to read more

Tree I, Rural Carmi, Illinois, Click to order a print of this image I live in southern Illinois. The middle of nowhere. There's not much in the way of dramatic subject matter to shoot around here. Once spot looks pretty much like the rest. The difference is in the small details. And in the weather - Click to read more

I know I covered this once before, but sometimes you need more details. A commenter asked if Halloween/Samhain isn’t October 31, as I had written, just when the hell is it? Good question. Let’s try and sort this out. Simply put, the difference between Halloween and Samhain is the way the date is chosen. Halloween is based - Click to read more

When I heard that WGN was making a series based on the Salem witch hysteria, I was skeptical. Then I saw the previews. I decided on the spot I’d rather eat my own swill than watch it. The events that happened at Salem were horrifying. The more one gets into that story, the more horrifying - Click to read more

“Walpurgis Night was when, according to the belief of millions of people, the devil was abroad—when the graves were opened and the dead came forth and walked. When all evil things of earth and air and water held revel.” Bram Stoker, “Dracula’s Guest” "There is a mountain very high and bare...whereon it is given out that - Click to read more

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The Great God Pan, a novella by Welsh born Arthur Machen (3 March 1863 – 15 December 1947), was cited by Stephen King as maybe the best horror story in the English Language. Originally decried for its strong sexual and horror content, it is almost tame in comparison to today’s literature of the same genre - Click to read more

A Traditional Halloween: If it’s Samhain you’re looking for, ditch October 31 thumbnail

The Ditch and Standing Stone at Avebury, c. 2400 b.c., Wiltshire, England To view more ancient mysteries and sacred locations, click here Pagans and Christians don't agree on a lot. Pagans complain that Christianity is all show and no substance. One point of contention often leveled at Christians is that their holidays are frequently, if - Click to read more

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The hearth stone of an abandoned cottage near Glenties, county Donegal, Ireland The tradition of Donegal fiddle is populated with giants, those who kept the tradition alive at any given time over the past century or so, and today it could be argued that the living patriarchs of Donegal fiddle are the Campbell brothers, Jimmy - Click to read more

The Parthenon in Nashville’s centennial park

The heart of Music City USA, Nashville, Tennessee isn't where you'd expect to explore ancient Greece. To celebrate Tennessee's 100 year anniversary of entering the union, Nashville built a full scale replica of the Parthenon, an awe inspiring site even now.

It's a tough time for you, being a Harry Potter fan and all. You want to believe that the world you read about in the books and watch in the films exists. It doesn't. At least not the way that you've been taught, and not what most people think of when they hear the word - Click to read more