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The Common Cause

Hecate: The Witch

Hecate is an arcane goddess, a Titan born in the Mediterranean thousands of years ago, honored and respected even by Zeus himself. 

Common Era Gothic: Nine Uncanny Vignettes

You find yourself at a psychic shop on the boardwalk. It’s starting to rain, so you step inside. Upon seeing your face, the woman behind the counter offers you a...

Janus and the Ritual of the New Year

A Roman god with no Greek counterpart, Janus was deeply entrenched in the psyche of Rome, born long before the Greek pantheon was adopted by the Romans. Strange and ancient,...

Merry Christmas, and Thank You

I find that when I pen these pieces I ruminate on my divergent experiences between my Australian homeland and my adopted home of New York. I suppose that this is...

Circe’s Apothecary: Kitchen Witchery

If you’ve been following for a bit, my love for food, foraging, and the holidays should be quite clear. Hence, my love for seasonal flavors! Winter herbs and vegetables! Versatile...

Pandemic Holiday Special

Holidays are about making memories that will last a lifetime. It would be a shame to let this yearly celebration slip by because we won’t be at the family home...

The 2020 Gift Guide: Jolabokaflod Edition

Here at Common Era, we are enthralled by, enamored with, and inspired by history and literature. We believe that the human condition can be uncovered, turned over and examined, celebrated...

History of Jewelry: Early Civilization

Siberia, 35,000 years ago: a mammoth tusk curved to fit around a wrist. Kenya, 40,000 years ago: ostrich shells with holes, as if they were once strung together on a...

Soul Foraging for the Cluttered Mind

If you are like me, this week you tried to battle the anxiety by indulging in vice, and it didn’t work because you kept googling “election results” and keeping half...

Thesmophoria and the Goddesses of the Harvest

Thesmophoria was celebrated in late autumn to honor Persephone and Demeter, that they might bless the fertility of the land and ensure the bounty of the yearly harvest. Unlike most...

Circe's Apothecary: Dark Arts

This time of year, while the veil is thin, it is a suitable occasion to dabble in witchery—particularly in that which is dark, dangerous, or extraordinarily strong.  People in power...

Precious Gemstone Lore

For much of history, gemstones have been assigned mystical, metaphysical powers, due to their rarity and otherworldly beauty. Gemstone magic changes depending on the era and the people who wore...

Direct Democracy, Then and Now

We at Common Era would like to remind our community that election day is rapidly approaching! Voting is an integral part of our democracy, and many of us did not...

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