Book Review: Raytara Judgement of the Stars by Elke Schuster

This was a very interesting novel. I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped as the characters were a bit on the weak side. The overall story was interesting and a bit different than I had expected. The plot line was good and this was a good time killer. I would really like to see a bit more depth given to all of the characters and I do look forward to reading the next in the series.

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Hungary: Archeologists Discover Tomb of Attila the Hun |

Hungary: Archeologists Discover Tomb of Attila the Hun |.

 

HUNGARY: ARCHEOLOGISTS DISCOVER TOMB OF ATTILA THE HUN

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Budapest| Construction workers building the foundations of a new bridge over the Danube River in the Hungarian capitol, have unearthed a spectacular 6th century sepulchre. The analysis of the monument revealed that it was the burial chamber of a great hunnic leader, most likely  that of King Attila himself.

“This site is absolutely incredible!” explains Albrecht Rümschtein, an historian from the Lorand Eötvös University in Budapest and member of the team of specialists investigating the tomb. “We found many horse skeletons, as well as various weapons and other artefacts, all traditionally associated with Huns. These objects include a large sword made of meteoric iron, which could certainly be Attila’s legendary “Holy War Sword of the Scythians”, allegedly given to him by the god Mars himself. In fact, this definitely seems to be the resting place of the almighty Attila, but further analysis needs to be done to confirm it.”

Please read the rest of the article here: http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/hungary-archeologists-discover-tomb-of-attila-the-hun/

Book Review: Decline and Fall by John Michael Greer

Another good book by the controversial blogger and author John Michael Greer. He also has a great blog called the Archdruid Report: http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.de/ I always enjoy his writing and while I don’t always agree, I find that he does his research and  can articulate is arguments and reasoning in a very compelling manner. This is a very good book and worth the read by anyone interested in the future of the American economy.

What does it mean to be a Druid today? | Down the Forest Path

What does it mean to be a Druid today? | Down the Forest Path.

MARCH 19, 2014

acornWhat does it mean to be a Druid in this modern day and age?

Being a Druid today does not mean trying to live in the same manner as our Celtic ancestors did in this land. We simply couldn’t – with our technology and changed world, our religion or spirituality must change. We can still follow the intention of our ancestors of blood, of the land or of tradition.  We can honour the land upon which we live, work to live in tune with the natural cycles of life, and live a life that is filled with honour, integrity and truth.  These latter three haven’t changed much over the course of millennia; they are still pretty much the same as they always were. Honour is living with great respect for yourself and for the world, for living a life filled with integrity and truth. Integrity is having the will to stand for what you believe in, even through the darkest nights of the soul.  It is standing strong though buffeted by high winds; it is living your soul truth.  Truth is living in accordance to the natural principle of life; it is finding your place in life and not working out of the bounds that our own bodies and souls are bound to in this life.  It is living in accordance with the natural world.

The Druids of old lived their religion – it wasn’t just a matter for the weekend, or eight times a year during the festivals.  Today we too can truly live our religion, allowing it to imbue our spirit with the inspiration to live a life that is wholly integrated between the spiritual and the mundane – in fact, the Druid would say that there is no separation, whether she be a Druid a from the Iron Age or a Druid today. It is living in service, giving back for that which sustains us. We may not have the status of the Druids of old, which could be of benefit or detriment – power can corrupt, even as it can make the world a better place. Druids today show their power in their service and devotion to the natural world – from being a judge in the law courts to an RSPCA animal rescuer.  Our love of nature, whether bestowed by ancient or modern Druids, guides our way of life and our worldview.

Please read the rest here:  http://downtheforestpath.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-druid-today/

Looking for Isaac Bonewits – The Daily Californian

Looking for Isaac Bonewits – The Daily Californian.

MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014

Looking for Isaac Bonewits

The Berkeley Bucket List

Meg Elison

In 1970, Isaac Bonewits graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in magic. According to his biography, he’s the only person ever to graduate from this or any other accredited university with that particular honor. If you search a list of UC Berkeley’s notable alumni, his name probably won’t be on it. But in my own small community, Bonewits was a leader, mentor and good-humored role model until his death in 2010. When I came to UC Berkeley, I was proud to follow notable alumni Jennifer Granholm and Joan Didion, but I was looking for Isaac Bonewits.

Bonewits came to UC Berkeley in 1966. Then, as now, the stretch of bricks between Sproul Plaza and Telegraph Avenue was home to a colorful assortment of mad men with megaphones. Like every freshman, he was bewildered at being shouted at about love and damnation on his way to class, and he took up the less-than-productive habit of heckling the preachers. This progressed to a bit of performance art in which Bonewits set up his own soapbox, secured his own megaphone and made himself a sort of devil’s evangelist. This act attracted the attention of the San Francisco Church of Satan of the time, led by Anton LaVey. Bonewits dabbled but did not join them.

Bonewits was just a kid from Michigan, but he saw through the racist and conservative (at the time) Church of Satan and knew it wasn’t what he wanted. His sophomore roommate Robert Larson was a Druid and invited Bonewits to worship with them in the woods near Berkeley. The young magician combined his experience chanting in circles in the forest with his intended major of psychology and signed up for an interdisciplinary studies major. Through the rigorous combination of anthropology, sociology, folklore and mythology, as well as a quick and careful unwatched hand on his graduation paperwork, Bonewits got his BA in magic. The university was so embarrassed, they disavowed any future individual course of study in magic, witchcraft or sorcery.

Please read the rest of the article here:  http://www.dailycal.org/2014/03/17/looking-isaac-bonewits/

Gaol Naofa | Gaelic Polytheism » Pagans, Polytheists, and St Patrick’s Day

Gaol Naofa | Gaelic Polytheism » Pagans, Polytheists, and St Patrick’s Day.

Pagans, Polytheists, and St Patrick’s Day

by Sionnach Gorm
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How do we, as devout polytheists, reconcile the historic reality that our ancestors (at some point in the 5th-6th century CE and with no evidence of coercion) chose to turn to a god of bells and tonsures, of monks and scriptures, of Rome and the Papacy? Why would they “abandon” the gods of their ancestors, and choose this newfangled Christ and his missionaries?

If the tales are to be believed, it is because the representatives of the new god talked a better game, and worked superior wonders. They followed in a pattern which would have been the very basis of the Irish identity in the medieval period: they came, they saw, they conquered.

Well, sort of.

Please read the rest of the article here:  http://www.gaolnaofa.com/articles/patricks-day/