Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- Physicists say that the Higgs-boson, also known as the “God Particle,” has nothing to do with the big man upstairs. In other news, Leon M. Lederman is inconsolable; searching for new book titles. (Reuters)
- People responding as having “no religion” on census forms doesn’t necessarily indicate atheism, rather it could mean a new form of “cafeteria-style” spirituality. (The Berkeley Blog)
- Or maybe its not so new. Thomas Jefferson was rewriting the Bible to suit his own tastes back in 1820. (Smithsonian)
- Women have been excluded from Catholic leadership based on tradition, but what happens when tradition says women can be deacons? (Religious Dispatches)
- A Missouri library is getting sued after blocking access to occult websites and compromising religious freedom. (Washington Examiner via @JosephMagnuson)
- If you’re a Greek god, to whom do you make sacrifices? How about your bad-ass self. (Tropaion)
- Loosely related: Sex, death and the ancient Greek mysteries. (Scarlet Imprint)
- What’s behind out of body experiences? Scientists think it could be the brain. (io9)
- Gerald Gardner fans can look forward to a documentary on the Wiccan founder. (The Wild Hunt)
- Hey baby, what’s your sign? If you’re an Aries, the response could be “On probation,” as police in Ontario Canada have correlated astrology with criminal behavior. (National Post)
- What is the role of Hermeticism in an increasingly eclectic and solitary paganism? (Ankhafnakhonsu)
- Finally, a music group is claiming the curse of Aleister Crowley for some weird happenings in the wake of a video shoot. Stay tuned for their follow-up single, “Not Really, Just Seeking Publicity.” (Creative Loafing)
Peter Paul Reubens’ L’enlèvement de Proserpine via Wikimedia Commons.