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Who Is Plethon?George Gemistos (c.1355–1452) was the most important Platonic philosopher of his time, but he had a secret: although he lived in the heart of medieval Christendom, he was practicing a Pagan religion that worshiped the ancient Greek gods at a time when such practices were punished with cruel torture and death. There were rumors of his Paganism during his life; for example, he had adopted the Pagan name "Plethon," and was an outspoken advocate of Platonism, which was considered a threat to Christianity. The monks on Mount Athos would spit whenever Plato's name was mentioned, as though he were the devil. According to a Christian enemy, Plethon had once remarked that in ...

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Did you do a double take when you read that title? We've all got piles of articles pinned, with titles like: "8 Quick Ways to Happiness," "21 Simple Ways to a Stress-Free Life," "5 Quick Ways to Lower Your Anxiety," "6 Fast Tools to Help You Get in Shape for Summer," "9 Simple Tricks to Get Your Kids Off Their Computers and Go Outside"… On and on…We all pinned those with the best of intentions. Surely if I have 11 easy ways to stick to my diet, I'll do at least one of them. 5 ways to stay organized? Eat your heart out Marie Kondo. But do you do them? Or do those 7 ways to feel happier jump out of your mind when you're feeling low? Can you find those 5 ways to organize your ...

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Though rumors were whispered throughout the hallways of my high school, it wasn't until I began attending a junior college in the early 1990s that I met another self-proclaimed witch. Her background was very different from mine. She called herself a white witch and said that according to her tradition, she was unable to cast spells that would benefit her in anyway. We were on the newspaper staff together, and one night after a meeting, the staff members sat around discussing what types of spells she could perform. But everything suggested, she worked it around to how the results of each example given could be to her benefit, even if that benefit was just the satisfaction from helping ...

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Over the years, people have mistakenly thought I was a witch. You see, there are similarities to the practices of the witch and my personal work. But I have always known I am not a witch. Yet untangling practice, craft, and beliefs is not easy when the lineages of two very separate systems have been merged over time. Which is why I felt it so important to write Tarot Priestess and lay out the path of the Priestess. You see, a priestess can be mistaken for a witch and a witch can be mistaken for a priestess. To the uninitiated, they can appear very similar. But they are not the same and their paths, though at times parallel, are very different. I have always been and will always be a ...

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