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Naw-Ruz – The Baha'i and Zoroastrian New...

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

The Persian New Year is commonly celebrated by two distinct religious groups, the Baha'is and the Zoroastrians.



11 Things the Church of Satan Believes

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

Anton LaVey compiled the Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth in 1967, two years before the publication of the Satanic Bible. It was originally meant for circulation only among members of the Church of Satan as it was considered



Thelema

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

Thelema is a complicated set of magical, mystical and religious beliefs formed in the 20th century by Aleister Crowley. Thelemites might be anything from atheists to polytheists, viewing the involved beings as actual entities or primal archetypes. Today it is embraced by a variety of occult groups including the Ordo Templis Orientis (O.T.O.) and Argenteum Astrum (A:.A:.), the Order of the Silver Star.






How to be a Deist

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

It is sometimes difficult to understand how one practices a non-organized religion. Deism has no specific rituals precisely because none are necessary. How, then, is one actively a deist? How can deism influence a person's life?



Pocket e-Sword Review

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Celebrations of the Zoroastrian Ritual Calendar

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

Zoroastrians celebrate a variety of holidays celebrating solar events, dedicated to particular spirits and marking historic events.



Aleister Crowley, Thelemic Prophet

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

A highly controversial figure in his own time, Aleister Crowley is now considered highly influential in occult circles. Besides being held as a prophet within the religion of Thelema, his numerous writings on magic and religion are still widely read.



Coptic Crosses

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

Modern Coptic crosses often bear little resemblance to older ones, but there was a time when Coptic crosses obviously drew upon the imagery of the Egyptian ankh symbol, and some Coptic groups continue to employ ankhs among their symbolism today.



African Diaspora Religions

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

When African slaves were brought to the New World, they brought their religions with them. Different tribes practices different religions, and slaves were sent to many different locations in the New World. As such, a variety of New World religions developed based on various aspects of tribal African religions and Catholicism, the primary religion of their keepers.



Is Ganja Legal for Rastas in the United States?

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

Marijuana, commonly known as ganja among Rastas, is illegal in most countries, including the US. However, as an important part of the Rastafari religion, is ganja smoking protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees religious freedom?



Vodou Ceremony at Bois Caiman

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

Controversy surrounds the history of the ceremony held at Bois Caiman in 1791 on the eve of slave revolution against the white colonists. Those wishing to speak ill of either revolutionaries or Vodou practitioners encouraged the notion that this ceremony involved a pact with the devil, although there is no evidence that such a demonic ritual ever occurred.



Where Does the Occult Symbol Baphomet Come From?

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

Deciphering Eliphas Levi's Baphomet of Mendes, a popular 19th century occult image still used by a variety of occult traditions today.



Human Sacrifice - Facts and Fallacies of "Human...

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

The concept of human sacrifice is one of the more abhorrent facets of religion in the minds of most of us. Historically, minority groups have been repeatedly accused of it. Today, it is a common rumor about Satanism. Not only is that concept totally false, multiple aspects of Satanic teaching are completely contrary to the notion of human sacrifice.



Why Don't Some Religions Proselytize?

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

While people generally consider their religion a good aspect of their life, many do not feel a need to introduce others to it. While they may be open to teaching outsiders who seek them out, they frequently will not seek out potential new converts.



Alchemy as Metaphysical Philosophy

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

Alchemy is a term applied in many different contexts. In the West, it has a strong theological and philosophical component and is commonly labeled as occult. It is a metaphysical understanding of the world, interweaving the study of the physical world with understanding the spiritual one.



Rastafari Texts

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

While Rastafari is heavily influenced by Judeo-Christian beliefs, it developed largely as a racial movement among the blacks of Jamaica which looked to Africa and Ethiopia as the Promised Land. As such, the texts commonly embraced by Rastas look to Ethiopian culture and other Afrocentric works.



What Do Deists Believe?

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

Deism is not a religion but rather a perspective on the nature of God. There are a variety of common religious beliefs that deists do not accept.



A Beginner's Guide to Xenu and the Scientology...

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

Scientologists are reticent to publicly discuss or even acknowledge the existence of Xenu. Learn about Scientology's vision of creation.



Ogoun

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

Ogoun was originally associated with fire, blacksmithing and metalworking. His focus has transformed over the years to include power, warriors, and politics. He particularly likes the machete, which is a common offering in preparation of a possession, and machetes are sometimes featured in his veves. Page 3.



Rada, Petro and Ghede Lwa in Vodou

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

In New World Vodoun, the spirits (or lwa) with whom believers interact are divided into three main families, Rada, Petro, and Ghede. Lwa can be viewed as forces of nature, but they also have personalities and personal mythologies.



What Is the Ancient Egyptian Symbol Called the...

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

The Eye of Horus symbol originates in Egypt but appears in a variety of more modern contexts, particularly within neopagan, new age, and occult circles.



What Egyptian Symbol Represents Eternal Life?

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

The ankh symbol originated in Egypt more than 4000 years ago. Besides being an artistic symbol, it also appears in hieroglyphs, where it means eternal life.



33 Jedi Teachings to Live By

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

Jedi Religion is a very non-dogmatic, non-organized religion. As such, there are few if any rules that can be expected to be followed by all believers. However, this also allows for wisdom to be put forth by members of the community for believers to study, accept or reject as they see fit.



A Beginner's Guide to Voodoo

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

Vodou (Also spelled Vodoun, Voodoo, and several other variants) is a syncretic religion combining Roman Catholicism and native African religion, particularly the religion of the Dahomey region of Africa (the modern day nation of Benin). It is primarily found in Haiti, New Orleans, and other locations within the Caribbean.



Peyote and the Native American Church

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

The Native American Church is a fusion of traditional Native American beliefs and Christianity. Central to its practices is the use of the drug peyote, which comes from a particular cactus plant.



Scientology Controversies And Misconceptions

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z

A list of common controversies and misconceptions that have plagued the Church of Scientology for decades, including Fair Game, Snow White, and the Fishman Affidavit.



The Rosy Cross or Rose Cross

2017-01-21T11:01:16Z