Penton: November 29, 2012 – January 09, 2013

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Towards the Personal Vision of the Ancient Gods!

January 9, 2013 | Author MORGAUSE FONTELEVE.
Many Pagans arrive on this Path without the foggiest of how diverse Pagan schools of thought or belief are. They find themselves caught up in a melee of ideologies, contrasting ideas and ideals and some never move beyond this point. Some even give up on Paganism’s complexities. The definitions I will provide in this article are purely academic and not meant to in any way presumptuously say that this is the “be all” and the “end all” of Paganism. May you,through it, find the freedom of expression of your personal understanding of the Universe and the Divine Nature which permeates it. Read the rest of this entry »

His spear continually divides the nation

January 8, 2013 | Author DAMON LEFF.
Encoded in the political rhetoric of restoring African dignity and promoting traditional African culture (code for support of South Africa’s traditional Leadership and conservative morality), the President appears obviously to be appealing not for the assimilation of common constitutional ideals and values, but for the separation of cultures and the dominance of traditional African culture over “minority cultures”. That’s how Ubuntu works in Nkandla; some are simply traditionally more equal than others. Read the rest of this entry »

The Abatwa, Africa’s Ant Riders

January 7, 2013 | Author BRONWYN KATZKE.
Found in Zulu mythology, the Abatwa are humans who look just like the Zulu peoples, with one exception- they are so small they can ride ants and hide under a blade of grass. In Zulu folklore it is believed that when the nature spirit Vash’Nok cried, his tears fell to the earth; and at the moment those tears touched the ground, they erupted into the Abatwa peoples. Read the rest of this entry »

PENTON wins 2012 SA Blog Award for ‘Best Religious or Spirituality’ Blogs

December 31, 2012 | Author THE EDITOR.
PENTON Independent Pagan Media has won the 2012 SA Blog Award for ‘Best Religious or Spirituality’ Blogs. Read the rest of this entry »

Journaling with Runes

December 24, 2012 | Author NATHALIE BEULAH.
One of the biggest challenges when starting to write in your spiritual journal may be that you feel you have nothing to write. Using a form of divination in your daily life can allow you to grow. It helps you to understand where you are currently in your life and how you can move forward. It also gives you the opportunity to ask your Spiritual Guardians, Guides and Angels for advice and guidance and you have the tools necessary to receive an answer. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Christopher Penczak

December 21, 2012 | Author CHRISTOPHER BLACKWELL.
Our Pagan future depends on the people we are developing now and in the future. Among those is Christopher Penczak who at 36 has already done a great deal in our community. He considers himself a minister first, but he also is a teacher, a popular speaker at various Pagan events, a Reiki master, certified flower essence consultant, author of some seventeen books, a writer of numerous articles and maker of CDs, and is active in the Gay community. Read the rest of this entry »

A Simple Truth

December 20, 2012 | Author BRONWYN KATZKE.
Truth is a virtue that, within my own core ethics, goes hand in hand with respect, honor and the pursuit of knowledge. However, I am realizing that the concept of truth does not hold the same level of importance to all in the Pagan community. Take history for example. The study of history and archaeology are not something that appeals to everyone, but no one can refute the effect they have had on modern Paganism. Whether you’re a die-hard recontructionist or Wiccan, there is no denying that without the work of historians and archaeologists we would have no information on the Gods, mythology and lore, ritual elements or traditional practices. History is the core truth of modern Paganism. And yet there are some within the Pagan community who claim history is of little importance to modern Pagans as they should be focused on founding their future. To those that adhere to this belief I ask, what foundation would they have in the present or future without the truth of history? Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Embracing Heathenry by Larisa Hunter

December 19, 2012 | Author HELEN RIDING.
Embracing Heathenry, by Larisa Hunter, is an enlightening and enjoyable book about living Heathenry intentionally. It provides a window into the lives of the author and several other Heathens, with plenty of beautiful illustrations which bring it to life. Embracing Heathenry covers the practical aspects of living the faith on a daily basis. It is not a book about Norse mythology per se although it touches on it and made me want to read more about it. I took up a recommendation of one of the “other voices” in the book and ordered The Children of Odin (also published as Nordic Gods and Heroes) by Padraic Colum. Read the rest of this entry »

Ouija Board

December 19, 2012 | Author ZEO FROST.
Ouija boards are used to conduct what is commonly known as a séance. Its sole purpose is to contact people who have passed on to the other side and sometimes even your Spirit Guides. This does of course become too technical when one thinks of the Collective Consciousness and the souls that are incarnated into life yet remains part of the Consciousness The one Serious question that then begs to be asked is “Could you contact yourself, from a previous life, through the Ouija board?” I cannot comment on this as I have not had such an experience but the belief is that, yes you can. Although there is no conclusive evidence to show that Spirit communication is actually being achieved, this is the object of using an Ouija Board. Read the rest of this entry »

Pagans against Abuse

November 30, 2012 | Author MORGAUSE FONTELEVE.
‘Pagans against Abuse’ is an initiative aimed at ensuring that people of all ages, races and genders are aware of this common societal problem, through empowering them with information on abuse, what is considered as abuse and to enable people, through knowledge and the application of it, to take charge of their own safety: emotional, psychological and physical well-being. Hopefully, through the awareness raised as well as the assistance of the Pagan Community, Elders and RMO’s, we hope to reach those in need and assist them in believing in themselves, in acting wisely and realise that they really do not have to submit themselves to any form of abuse. Abuse is not a normal part of family or social life. Read the rest of this entry »

Woman: Reclaim!

November 29, 2012 | Author KAREN BRAND.
There is no beauty in this world that can compare with a woman who is confident and kind towards herself first. Let us, as women, begin to reclaim what is ours and ours alone without the conditions and exceptions that are placed on us. Let us not judge other women by the way they choose to dress or behave, but celebrate their confidence and love of their bodies. Let us teach our daughters that their sexuality is not a weapon against themselves but a gift that has been bestowed on them because we are worthy. Let us teach our sons to respect and protect all women on this earth, because every single one is their mother, their sister, their daughter not only the ones who comply. Read the rest of this entry »

Breaking the cycle of abuse

November 29, 2012 | Author SATYR.
I grew up in a home with an alcoholic father and although he never hit me, when drunk, he did hit my mom and things could get pretty hectic. You would think that having had that kind of experience growing up, that I would have learnt some stuff, but when we are teens, we always think we know better and in my middle to late teens, I got involved with a guy who was much older and had a bad reputation for fighting. I just thought he was cool and being the rebel that I was, I carried on dating him against better advice. He was controlling, jealous and possessive and it wasn’t long before he started hitting me for things that were always MY fault. Read the rest of this entry »

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