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Disquieting Artifacts of the Future

TYR is coming!

Trenchant, courageous, controversial, TYR is unique among pagan journals. It certainly ranks as the foremost journal of contemporary thought in Pagandom/Heathendom today.

Academically, historically, and philosophically rigorous, it refreshingly transcends the usual simplistic Left/Right, liberal/conservative dualities, while articulating the intellectual frameworks necessary to the ongoing life and cultural health of the contemporary pagan world.

Likewise, in the slapdash, often cheesy, world of pagan publishing, TYR embodies, both in content and in presentation, an excellence that (quite frankly) we can all be proud of.

Look closely at Polish artist David Rudzinski's Ehwaz, shown above.

Like those of previous TYRs, this cover reads as a disquieting artifact of the future.

Look inside at the contents, and you'll say the same.

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The Ancestral Mothers Wheel of the Year

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Title: Ghost's Sight (Witch's Apprentice Book One)

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Eye in the Sky

Zipping down the highway on the way to a heathen friend's empty house, the clouds ahead formed a giant eye that stretched over the entire western sky. The two pointy ends of the eye reached the south and the north, and the eyeball in the center watched over me, the protective eye of Odin who looks after travelers.

My trip on the highway was just across town, so this was not the kind of journey one might associate with Odin the Wanderer, but he was there with me nonetheless. The purpose of my trip was also not what one would typically associate with the goddess Sigyn, but I've come to realize that looking after someone's house while they can't is also a type of caregiving. This was the second time I was called upon to suddenly take over the management of someone's life and property for which I was unprepared, the first time being when I did so for my mom several years ago. This time I had experience and knew more what I was doing, but I had even less authority to work with, and the property was in worse shape, so it had some unique challenges. 

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Witchy Wellness: DIY Kombucha Tea

Some people love the taste of kombucha tea; others don’t relish it at all.  It has been credited with miraculous properties and is a probiotic, making it very curative for digestive issues.  Kombucha also comes recommended for acne, constipation, arthritis, depression, and fatigue, and is hailed as a protection against cancer.  I regard it as a tasty tonic, and my family drinks it daily.  My nephews were the first to taste kombucha, and they loved its fizziness and flavor.  This healthful drink is easy to make so long as you have a “ferment” (some people call it a “mushroom” because of the way it looks).  To procure your ferment, try to find somebody who brews kombucha already.  They should have plenty of ferments to share, as every batch of tea grows an extra ferment on top of the original.

 1 large wide-necked glass jar, cloth or paper towel to cover the jar,

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Gendering Animals

 We be of one blood, you and I.

 

Animals have gender.

Animals—by which I mean, of course, non-human animals—are male and female, just like we are.*

Why then, in English, do we refer to animals as “it”?

If you think that there are religious implications here, you're right.

“Animals” are our kin. As such, they deserve to be accorded dignity and treated with respect.

As such, they deserve to be spoken of as he or she, not it.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Yes, thank Goddess English shed its grammatical genders 1000 years ago, as Old English morphed into Middle. But no, there's no con
  • tehomet
    tehomet says #
    The distinction between (biological) sex and (ascribed) gender that you speak of is a function of the human animal. Quite.
  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale says #
    I'm afraid you're confusing gender with biological sex. Gender is grammatical, a product of language, which is a product of cultur
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Thanks, Virginia: the better that we know others, the better we know ourselves. That said, in the nature of things, we're probabl
  • Virginia Carper
    Virginia Carper says #
    Well, if you are discussing mammals and birds, yes. With snails and slugs, they are either "it" or "both gendered." Going further

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