The Pot-Smoking Female Mystics of Bangladesh
The Bauls are a spiritual sect of troubadours who roam the countryside and sing for their supper. They also smoke a lot of weed.
Sometimes Pop Culture Really Is the Gateway to the Occult
For decades, Christian groups have warned that beloved fantasy franchises like Dungeons & Dragons and Harry Potter can lead impressionable youths astray. We spoke to some witches who can confirm this is true, though by no means a bad thing.
Speaking with the Dead Is an Effective Way of Mourning
When a loved one passes, the grief can be overwhelming. But your bond doesn't necessarily end there.
I Went on a Spirit Quest with a Guru Who Believes Dolphins Are Telepathic Aliens
Aros Crystos, a "dolphin ambassador on land," says the aquatic mammals are actually divine masters, and they're here to bring us back to the ocean.
The Church of Crying: Why Americans Are Devoted to 'Chicken Soup for the Soul'
Since the 90s, the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series has blossomed into a franchise that includes dog food. A lot of people have memories of the books being religious—but most of them aren't. What unites the stories, and continues the brand's...
I Watched Men 'Experience' Childbirth at a Male Labor Workshop
In this new age of spiritual transcendence, anything is possible.
What Happened When I Went to a 'Sacred Squirting' Workshop
Around the world, women are signing up to learn the art of combining spirituality and sexuality. I went to a class to see what all the fuss is about, and—hopefully—release some emotion from my vagina.
The Artists Recreating the Tarot Deck for the 21st Century
A team of four female curators brought over 70 artists together to create a new, more diverse tarot deck for an upcoming London exhibition. See exclusive images from the deck.
Cuddles and Sex Make Men More Zen, Study Says
Meditation can wait.
Witch Trials: There Is Nothing Magical About Being a Pagan in Prison
From his cell, William Rouser waged a decades-long legal battle with the California Correction System for Wiccan rights, incense, and candles. He's one of many in the fight to get prisons to recognize and accommodate the religion.
New World, Old Newts: Five Women Show Us Their Sacred Altars
Whether you're hoarding crystals or curating trinkets from traveling, an altar is the perfect way to find connection to something bigger than yourself.
Why It's Time We Drop Gender from Our Goddess Worship
The goddess has become a universally accepted figure among modern feminists, but the term is still tied to second-wave gender essentialism.
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