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Summer 1998
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by Jay Kinney

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News & Notes
The Nicholas Roerich Museum; Islam and secularism face off in Turkey; 5th Annual Sufism Symposium.

Introduction: The Old Religion
by Richard Smoley
Is Neopaganism the newest or the oldest of religions? Either way it needs to face its history.

Nature Religion for Real
by Chas S. Clifton
The essence of Paganism is connecting with the spirits of land and place. How do we do that today?

Explaining Wicca
by Judy Harrow
An introduction to the beliefs and practices of today's predominant form of Neopaganism.

Life, Death, and the Goddess: The GNOSIS Interview with Starhawk and Carol Christ
by Richard Smoley
Two celebrated authors discuss the current state of Neopaganism and how it relates to contemporary scholarship.

A Witch Among the Navajos
by Malcolm Brenner
When a Neopagan takes up residence "on the rez," a curious kind of magic can happen.

The Goddess Movement, Past and Present
by Carol LeMasters
The Goddess movement started out as a liberating force. Has it since grown too dogmatic?

The Red God: Woodcraft and the Origins of Wicca
by John Michael Greer and Gordon Cooper
Where are Wicca's origins? The Neolithic forests? The heaths of old Britain? How about suburban Connecticut?

When Is a Celt Not a Celt?
by Joanna Hautin-Mayer
An irreverent glimpse into the literature of ancient Irish potato cults, Druid snake handlers, and "Cardiac Celts."

Book Reviews
  • The Kebra Nagast: The Lost Bible of Rastafarian Wisdom and Faith from Ethiopia and Jamaica edited by Gerald Hausman
  • The Mother of God by Luna Tarlo
  • The Book of Enlightened Masters: Western Teachers in Eastern Traditions by Andrew Rawlinson
  • Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Undiscovered Country: The Search for Gurdjieff by Kathryn C. Hulme
  • The Cross and the Grail: Esoteric Christianity for the 21st Century by Robert Ellwood
  • Angels, Demons, and Gods of the New Millennium by Lon Milo DuQuette
  • The Soul of Cyberspace: How New Technology is Changing Our Spiritual Lives by Jeff Zaleski

About our covers:
Front: "Red Buddha" by Katherine Ace. (
Back: "Walking with the Invisible" by Susan Hill.

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