They Came From The East: The Three Magi of Christmas

The three Magi, also known as the three wise men, are among the most well-known individuals in Christian theology. They are often depicted or referenced in art, literature, and film, especially around Christmas time. Yet, as prominent of figures as the 3 wise men have become, these magi from the east remain enigmatic at best…. [Read More]

Lü Dongbin: China’s Taoist Immortal

Lü Dongbin is the most well-know member of the eight Taoist immortals, a group of legendary figures in Chinese mythology. He is often seen as a carefree trickster with miraculous powers. A wide variety of accounts present him as a poet, hermit, scholar, a warrior against evil, calligrapher, and of course, as an immortal. Perhaps… [Read More]

The Thirteenth Zodiac Sign Ophiuchus: What Does It Mean?

If you have even a passing interest in astrology, you may have heard of the ‘thirteenth sign’. Embraced by some astrologers and debunked by others, it has certainly caused a stir in astrological circles. Whether or not it should be included in an astrological chart reading is entirely up to the individual astrologer and his/her… [Read More]

Saint Valentine: Serious About Love

Valentine’s Day has for centuries been about romantic love. Few though, know the full story behind Valentine’s Day, named after Saint Valentine’s day. Fact is, we may never know the full story behind Saint Valentine, especially since there are actually 3 Saint Valentines listed in the The Catholic Encyclopedia (and all are associated with February… [Read More]

Origin of the Jack-o-Lantern

As Halloween approaches, the jack-o-lanterns will appear in your neighborhood. You will see them in windows, on doorsteps, along porch railings, atop fence posts, even on roof tops. Some jack-o-lanterns are large and some are small; some are elaborate and some are simple; some are frightening and some are funny. What all jack-o-lanterns have in… [Read More]

Philippine Mythology in Everday Life

Every culture has its own paranormal and mythical culture, especially Asian cultures. The Philippines is no different. Well, the Philippines is different in a sense. The Philippine paranormal culture is similar to many others; they have mythical creatures, ghost stories, and the like. What makes the Philippines different is that many Filipinos truly believe in… [Read More]

Dreamcatcher: History And Spirituality

Dreamcatchers are of Native American origin. Though many think this is a simple trinket to hang near one’s bed in order to ‘prevent bad dreams’ the truth is that the dreamcatcher actually has a deep spiritual history behind it. For those who are more mystically minded, understanding the history and spirituality behind the dreamcatcher may… [Read More]

Was Socrates Psychic?

The prejudice against psychics and psychic phenomenon is well known, and unfortunate largely accepted. So, it should be no surprise that many psychic events and the discussion of famous individuals exhibiting (or even claiming) psychic abilities gets largely overlooked (or buried by historians). It is not unheard of that some authors, teachers and so forth… [Read More]