Today, it's the Element of Earth in the spotlight with our Earthy Thursday roundup. Where to find fall colors; the world's largest cave; an off-the-grid commune; the Mother of All Seed Banks; fisherman saves eagle; the battle over Mauna Kea.
This great map will help you figure out when and where to see the best fall colors.
It's Airy Monday with news of academic import for our various communities. This week: an important Hellenistic tomb discovery; another Stonehenge mystery solved; mysterious Arctic disappearences;. the archeology of religion; and how serotonin can actually poison you.
From northern Greece: the discovery of an important Hellenistic tomb from the time of Alexander the Great is exciting archeologists.
Meanwhile at Stonehenge: an extra-dry summer has (accidentally) solved one of the sites most-persistent mysteries.
Anthropologists have uncovered (through genetic evidence) an astonishing mystery: the first indigenous tribes that inhabited the Arctic apparently disappeared without a trace.
Pagan blogger Ethan Doyle White interviews a major religious studies academic researcher who specializes in the study of indigenous cultures and the archeology of religion.
Pleasure or pain? Evolutionary biologists are discovering the surprising ways in which serotonin (usually associated with maintaining our emotional balance) is also a potent pain-inducer used by a variety of venomous critters.
Earthy Thursday is here — and what a bumper crop of planetary news! Mysterious moving rocks in Death Valley (their secret discovered!); more (much more!) on the Icelandic volcanic eruption; living green roofs that replace air conditioning *and* generate solar energy; indigenous land management in Brazil fights climate change; and a slide show of amazing holy temples nestled in nature. Enjoy your Thursday!
The "moving rocks" of the playa known as "the Racetrack" in Death Valley have been a mystery for decades. Now we know exactly what makes them move. (I'll admit, I didn't see this answer coming.)
It's Earthy Thursday, full of stories that emphasize our connection with Mama Gaia. We've got a giant volcano stirring, tiny altars, drawing strength from Nature, cleaning up after gatherings, fossilized forest fires, and indigenous farmers meeting to plan for climate change. Have a great Thursday!
What's an Earthy Thursday without a report of a huge volcano in Iceland threatening to erupt? Well, if you haven't heard of (Anglicized spelling) Bardarbunga yet, check out the story here. (Includes two great slideshows of previous Icelandic eruptions.)
There's lots to be fired up about today! In an environment awash with activist news, today we are concentrating on some of the stories we've come across that *aren't* being covered by Big Media: an African witch who saved Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide, Pagan civil rights activists speak out, Indigenous People's Day, and a trip with the Icelandic Pirate Party. Enjoy your day!
This story of a courageous African healer who used her Craft (and a good deal of guile) to save others from the rampaging mobs during the Rwandan genocide is an inspiration.
The woman who started the campaign to remove the 10 Commandments monument at City Hall in Bloomfield, New Mexico speaks about her faith, life, and the place of religion in the public square.
Our EuroPagan traditions were last practiced centuries ago. Traditions that had developed in an unbroken sequence since the Pleistocene are gone. Some folklore, myths and sagas have come down to us. Some writings have survived, especially from Greece and Rome. These bits and pieces remain, but like fossils, they are far removed from their ecosystems and relationships.