Aphrodite – Goddess of Love

The cult of Aphrodite was largely derived from that of the Phoenician goddess Astarte, a cognate of the East Semitic goddess Ishtar, whose cult was based on the Sumerian cult of Inanna. Aphrodite's main cult centers were Cythera, Cyprus,…

Understanding Beltane

April's showers have given way to rich and fertile earth, and as the land greens, there are few celebrations as representative of fertility as Beltane. Observed on May 1st (or October 31 - November 1 for our Southern Hemisphere readers),…

Brigid and Imbolc

Imbolc is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and there is evidence it has been an important date since ancient times. It is believed that it was originally a pagan festival associated with the goddess Brigid and that it was…

Pagan Origins of May Day

Does May Day have pagan origins? Where did the tradition of May Poles, and May Baskets originally come from? And did shouting May Day as the international signal of distress have origins within this holiday? These and many other questions…

What Is Paganism?

Every year, hundreds gather at Witchfest International in London. Marketed as the largest witchcraft festival in history, people from all across Europe come to discuss and practice ‘pagan’ activities. In fact, the United Kingdom has…