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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The Pagan Awareness Network supports marriage equality

We recognise the right of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) volunteers and members, and members of the wider community, to live and work free of prejudice and discrimination. This includes the right to marry the partner of their choice.

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Ritual or Spell?

What is the difference between a spell and a ritual? This question has been tickling my brain for weeks. A spell is an action that elicits an outcome or a change. A ritual is anything performed with intent. But a spell also needs intent to work, and a ritual can also elicit an outcome or a change.  So what is the difference?

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Consent and Ritual Nudity

Pagans everywhere are still in a bit of an uproar. Paedophile and predator, Robyn Fletcher was released from supervision after serving 10 years in jail and another 10+ years under a supervision order. What is most upsetting are the headlines. “Paedophile witch” “Sex witch” “self-proclaimed sex witch”…

Let’s be very clear – there is no room in modern paganism for paedophilia, sexual violence or rape…or indeed any other non-consensual act. Fletcher might consider himself a witch but what he did was not witchcraft.

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