How the animals in the Chinese Zodiac were chosen

A long time ago, Jade Emperor decided to create a calendar in order to keep track of time. He decided to create a cyclical calendar of 12 years, and that each year would be named after an animal. To determine which 12 animals would be featured, he organised a race and invited every animal to participate. The first twelve across the line would be included in the calendar. This is the story of how the 12 animals were chosen.

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Profiling the Gods: Hecate

Hecate is an interesting and complex goddess from Greek and Roman mythology. She is associated with magic, death and the underworld, and was said to be a benevolent goddess who happily assisted and protected mortals. This may seem somewhat unusual as the ancient Greeks had an aversion to all things death-related, but Hecate seems to walk the boundary of many contradictions. A brief overview of her character and nature is provided below.

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Hiding in plain sight: colour

The previous hiding in plain sight blog post was about how to wear pagan charms in a way that does not communicate your spiritual beliefs to the general public. This post will focus on how to add colour magick to your home and wardrobe life in a discrete way.

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Hiding in plain sight: charms

The Hiding In Plain Sight series of blog posts is designed for those who are not out of the broom closet and want a discrete way to practise their craft. This particular post will focus on how to wear charms and talismans in a way that does not scream ‘witch’. Please note: the companies and products mentioned in this post are listed for information purposes only. PAN does not have commercial agreements with any of these suppliers.

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A brief history of Alchemy

Alchemy is an old and secretive practice that is neither magical nor scientific but manages to bridge these two fields. Most often is it described as the forerunner to chemistry which aimed to turn base metals into gold and to discover the secrets of immortality. It was an international pursuit with many different people from different cultures and time periods contributing to its advancement.

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Profiling the Gods: Hades

Hades was the Greek god of the Underworld who is sometimes misrepresented as the God of Death. Although he was seen as a fertility god by the ancient Greeks, pop culture references often depict him as an evil or fearsome character. However, readings of ancient Greek texts suggest that he was a more considerate and personable character than we have been led to believe. In this blog post, we will explore Hades’ family tree, dominion, personality and worship.

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The history of Ouija Boards

 

Ouija Boards are a divisive topic and a staple of many slumber parties. While there are some who affirm that they bring nothing but trouble and should only be used by experienced occultists, others think they are little more than an amusement. In this blog post, we will explore the origins of the Ouija Board and how it came to have these two paradoxical reputations.

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The origins of Tarot Cards

Tarot cards are arguably the most popular divination tool in the Western World today. Yet despite the numerous tarot decks and instruction manuals available, there are still a number of questions surrounding them as such where did they come from? What came first: playing cards or tarot cards? Where does the word ‘tarot’ come from? This blog post aims to address all three of these questions, so read on to find the answers.

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Where does the word ‘pagan’ come from?

This blog post will focus on the etymology and historical usage of the word ‘pagan’. If you would like more information about what constitutes a pagan religion today, please visit the What is Paganism? section of the PAN website.

There is consensus among pagans, scholars and amateur historians that the word pagan comes from the Latin word paganus which means country dweller (Marriam-Webster 2017; Cavendish & Conneeley 2012; Boin 2014; Wikipedia 2017).

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