Vol 13 No. 8 (2011) Issue Number 8, May 1999
Notes from the Underground
Notes from the Underground [+] 1, 56
When we changed the typeface and the layout of The Pom last issue, we expected that we’d receive compliments or complaints.But we weren’t expecting nothing at all—which is what we got. We can either assume that everyone is completely happy with the magazine’s new look or that nobody cares. If you do care, or (better yet) if you have suggestions or comments, please let us hear from you.
The Pomegranate: Readers' Forum [+] 2-3,51-55
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Methods of Compassion or Pretension? Conducting Anthropological Fieldwork in Modern Magical Communities [+] 4-13
The community I came to study was the Reclaiming Collective of San Francisco, a well-known feminist Witchcraft community founded in 1979 by Starhawk and her coven sisters .
Environmental thought and scholarship have recently been grappling with a series of questions opened up by poststructuralist, feminist, and postcolonial forms of scholarship; by the emergence of Third World environmentalism and ‘environmental justice’ movements; and by recent developments in ecological science, developments which have questioned earlier concepts of ‘nature’ as balanced and harmonious in favour of a new view that sees nature as dynamic and unpredictable.
Nature & Supernature— Harmony & Mastery: Irony and Evolution in Contemporary Nature Religion [+] 21-27
Nature religion devotees … seek harmony with nature through preservation of the natural world, but they simultaneously attempt to bend nature to their will, whether through physical, mental, or magical technique. Albanese shows how the mastery impulse supports repressive ideologies, spotlighting how notions of “natural law” and “rights” deployed nature as a religious symbol serving racist nationalism and ... manifest destiny.
… even the guy who cuts my hair got into the act. He’s from Brazil. Candomblé practitioner. Told me that according to Ife tradition, the goddess who watches over me is Oya, the Yoruba warrior goddess. He said he could tell by the condition of my hair that I was preparing for battle. Haircut divination
Four New Books about Goddesses [+] 38-50
The first three of these reviews originally appeared in Wood and Water, a feminist influenced Goddess-centered pagan magazine from England which has been appearing for over twenty years. The review of Concept of the Goddess first appeared in the Spring 1997 issue, that of The Faces of the Goddess in the Spring 1998 issue, and of Ancient Goddesses in the Winter Solstice 1998 issue.