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Meeting Darkness

Join me in welcoming the Celtic New Year. Halloween is believed to have arisen from the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-an or sow-in), which celebrated the end of the lighter half of the year and coming of the darker half.\nThe Celts believed that the...

What’s In a Name? How the Meaning of Mysticism is Encoded in the Word Itself

What is mysticism? Is there a useful definition of this admittedly vague word? It's one of those words that means many things to many people. In her classic book Practical Mysticism, Evelyn Underhill offers a rather tongue-in-cheek survey of the many ways people define mysticism: as "a...