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Ouija Boards and Spirits

Posted by Stephenie Crowe on 5/3/2015 to Occult Weekly
Ouija boards (pronounced “Wee-jeh”) have long been shrouded in mystery. While debated by scientists as “mere ideometer functions”, they have yet to prove their claims. Seekers of hidden knowledge and practitioners of the occult know better: The Ouija, while just a board, can be made so much more. 

The origins of the Ouija can be traced back to Song Dynasty China, where mystics and sorcerers would use planchettes (a divination tool in the form of a heart-shaped piece of wood) to commune with the spirits of the dead. That planchette still exists in the modern Ouija board, and the connection between our world and the spirit realm is still very much in place. Despite the fact that Parker Brothers now has the monopoly on this “game”, the idea used to create it comes from centuries of use on similar boards.

Walpurgis Night

Posted by J Roslyn Antle on 4/26/2015 to Occult Weekly
Somebody had recently asked me if I had any plans for the upcoming Walpurgis Night. I needed a moment to gather my thoughts before I could respond. Walpurgis Night is associated with St. Walpurgis who was a fierce opponent of Witchcraft during the European Dark ages.  

What was meant by ‘did I have plans?’ Was I supposed to visit historic sites of Witches past? I was at a loss for the answer as to why I had been asked if my activities were going to be different upon the eve of the Christian celebration of an infamous Witch hunter and adversary. As most cultures have faced persecution in one form or another, this would be similar enough to asking an individual of a given culture if they would be celebrating the birthday of their oppressor, or if they had any other sort of plans for it.

Clairvoyance & ESP in the Wiccan Faith

Posted by Monique Hargrove on 4/19/2015 to Occult Weekly
Today, we will explore one of the more complex topics amongst Magickal Practitioners:  Clairvoyance and Extra Sensory Perception (ESP).  For most people,  it takes a great deal of focus and experience to attain a minimal level of these traits, and, while others are predisposed to this type of skill, one may start practicing at any point – including today.

Wicca holds that the transformation into an altered state of consciousness, in order to reach the divine, can be achieved by each and every individual regardless of natural abilities.  With that said, some individuals do require less training and practice than others.  Much like joining a Coven where ancestral lineage may play a large role in initiation, an individual might possess an inherent capacity for the discipline of the mind.  This may be a result of genetic traits, or it could simply be a characteristic unique to the individual apart from heredity.

Atlantis: The Lost Civilization

Posted by Cormac O'Dwyer on 4/12/2015 to Occult Weekly
The compelling combination of science and faith has lead humanity to answer many questions about our surroundings. There are, of course, questions which despite how hard we try, we are not meant to understand the answers – at least not yet. Then there are also the questions to which we should have a reasonable answer that most scholars can agree upon. Due to human error or different levels of interpretation, the mystery prevails. Today, we consider this sort of instance in the case of the lost island Atlantis. Did Atlantis exist? How can we know? Are we meant to know? Would the answer to this question change anything about the world today?

Do Pagans Believe in Reincarnation?

Posted by Lynda Stratton on 4/5/2015 to Occult Weekly
There are many beliefs about what happens after death, one such belief being reincarnation. Many people all over the world hold this belief in various forms. It is not necessary to accept reincarnation, or any other form of afterlife for that matter, as a Universal truth to consider yourself a Pagan. However, by keeping an open mind about such topics and understanding the different beliefs about reincarnation, it is easier to be in a constructive position for increasing the belief in life after death.