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Persephone TWPT talks to Wendy Rule
Wendy has always carved a unique and individual path. Since the release of her first album Zero in 1996, she has defied categorisation, always walking to the beat of her own drum. Combining elements of gothic, folk, world, ambient and cabaret music, and crossing over into Pagan and New Age catagories with her many mythological, esoteric, and ritual references, Wendy is as individual as she is prolific.
A dedicated live performer, Wendy has toured extensively since her first album’s release - starting in Australia, then branching out with her first international tour in 2001. Renowned for her extraordinary voice and live shows that blur the line between music, ritual and theatre, Wendy has gained a loyal following in Australia, the USA, Europe and the UK. From the most intimate solo house concerts, to festival gigs with her band (featuring long term musical
collaborator Rachel Samuel on cello), Wendy takes her audience on an otherworldly journey of depth and passion.
With the help of her loyal fanbase Wendy continues to maintain her musical independence, unbound by the confines of the mainstream. Two hugely successful crowdfunding campaigns have helped bring both Persephone, and her previous album Black Snake (2014) to life. In the past few years she has continued to grow her audience, not only with her dedicated touring schedule, but also with her performance as ‘La Llorano’ in the 2016 feature film Boys in the Trees
by director Nicholas Verso (now screening on Netflix), andwith her popular monthly Full Moon Magic Iive-streamed concerts.
In 2014 Wendy relocated from Australia to the USA, and is now living in the beautiful High Desert city of Santa Fe, New Mexico - allowing her an even stronger connection to her ever growing US fanbase, and providing daily access to the wild Nature that inspires her unique and transformational work.
Persephone, the new double- album from Australian visionary songstress Wendy Rule is the culmination of over twelve years work, and although drawing on Wendy’s musical journey over the past 2 decades, is unlike anything that she has done before. This beautifully evocative retelling of the Ancient Greek myth of the Goddess Persephone’s descent into the Underworld is almost like an opera, designed to guide the listener through this ancient tale of the cycles
of Nature. With subtle textures that reference her early life as a jazz singer in her home town of Melbourne, and the trademark dark, gothic soundscapes and souring vocals of her previous 7 major albums, Persephone is an ambitious and unique 24 track journey through the realms of Life, Death, and human emotion.
TWPT is proud to present a talk we hand with Wendy about her music and her new album Persephone. Without further ado.....enjoy!
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Other Music Spotlights
Transformative Witchcraft TWPT talks to Jason Mankey
Jason lives in California with his wife Ari and two cats. Each of those cats has claimed one of them as their human. Jason belongs to their black cat Evie (short for Evening), while the high-strung tortie Summer (short for Midsummer) has claimed Jason's wife Ari.
Jason spends most of his time in front of his computer these days. Not only does he write Raise the Horns here at Patheos Pagan, but he is the channel editor there too! That doesn’t mean he edits every post that comes out, but he does some editorial type stuff. He recruits writers, schedules social media for articles, and about ten other little things.
It’s mostly fun because he works with some truly awesome people, not only there at Patheos Pagan, but at Patheos Central too.
When he is not writing on the blog he also writes books. His first book for Llewellyn is called The Witch’s Athame and was released in January of 2016. Jason was really proud of most of it, especially the rituals. He also writes for Witches and Pagans magazine and for their online site Pagan Square.
When he is not writing he is a pretty active Witch. He es an initiated Gardnerian and helps run a coven out of his house known as The Oak Court. Jason realizes thtt the name is rather pretentious sounding, but it’s really just the name of the street he lives on. He also helps facilitate an eclectic Pagan circle in Silicon Valley. All this keeps him rather busy.
He loves being on the road and visiting Pagan Festivals. His hobbies include Pagan history, Steeler football, Penguin hockey, and he is a big fan of the Michigan State Spartans and Tennessee Volunteers. (Luckily for him they don’t play each other very often.) he is also a whiskey enthusiast, a lover of hard cider, and a giant music nerd.
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Other Book Spotlights
Witching Hour TWPT talks to Yasmine Galenorn
New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance including the Fury Unbound Series, the Wild Hunt Series, the Otherworld Series, the Bewitching Bedlam Series, and a number of others, as well as metaphysical nonfiction books.
She wrote for traditional publishers for twenty years, up until 2016, and now she has moved into being an indie author to give herself more freedom. In the past, she has written paranormal mysteries, and nonfiction metaphysical books. With over sixty-five books on the shelves, she is the 2011 Career Achievement Award Winner
in Urban Fantasy, given by RT Magazine.
Yasmine is a shamanic witch and she is considered an elder in the Pagan community, having been in the Craft since February 29th (yes, leap year day), 1980 and has created her own tradition. She walks this eclectic path and considers her life to be a blend of teacups and tattoos–the former in her china closet, the latter on her skin– she is heavily inked. You’ll find some of her magickal
musings under the category of “Paganism” on her blog.
lives in KirklandWA with her husband Samwise and their cats, where she collects daggers, teapots, and tattoos.
Here at TWPT we've known Yasmine for many, many years now having done an interview with her on this site when TWPT was just starting out. Way back in April of 1999 was when I first spoke to Yasmine about doing an interview for TWPT and from that point we have been in touch on and off again over the intervening years. With this current interview it has been
20 years since we last did this and we felt like there probably was some updating to do with Yasmine and how her writing career has fared 20 years on. For those who don't think virtual friendships are as durable as those friends that you physically interact with I'm here to tell you in no uncertain terms that is a wrong assumption. There are many friends that we have made through TWPT that are still part of our lives all these years later including Yasmine Galenorn. We've never met in person but the friendship
is there nonetheless. Without further ado we present a new interview with Yasmine today. Enjoy!
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Living Spirits TWPT talks to BJ Swain
Living Spirits explores the various types of spirits which exist in Western Magic and how they can be approached in a world alive with their presence and power. Living Spirits invites readers to jump off the sidelines and reach deep into the rich soil of a magical world and explore its power and mysteries so as to apply them for the purposes of real and effective magic. The book explores the traditions of the grimoires but goes beyond that and explores spirit
magic in a broader current based on building relationships with spirits.
TWPT: How about we start off with an introduction of yourself for the readers of TWPT as to how you define your current path you are on, whether you view it as a magical path or a spiritual path or little bit of both and how it was that you discovered it or how it made itself known to you.
BJS: I suppose I foremost consider myself a magician. In some regard I would say this answer describes me almost occupationally, magic is the skill set and knowledge system to which I have devoted my time. That said it has also been a part of my life since the start so it’s something I think of as intrinsic to my experience as well. While I don’t think of magic as religion or as spirituality per se they overlap and
relate to one another and all are both informed by as well as informants of one’s philosophy and worldview. They all kind of interweave together as far as an outlook or path, or more a structure for being. In that sense I am fairly ecumenical. I am a Gnostic Catholic Priest and a Thelemite, but I also am very tied to traditional Catholicism. I hold Pagan beliefs and am very influenced by Neo-Platonism. Practically speaking my approach to magic is informed and influenced by these things, but my practice of magic
is its own thing, itself drawing on many disciplines, and my experience of magic and the mystical helps build my pluralistic experience of religion and spirituality.
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Other Book Spotlights
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Paganism In Depth
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The Sacred Herbs of Samhain
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The Book of Hedge Druidry
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by Yasmine Galenorn
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The Mother in the Gallery
by Boudica Foster
by T. Thorn Coyle
Magick & Magnolias
by Ellen Dugan
Desire and Ashes
by Morgan Daimler
by Mat Auryn & Devin Hunter
by Briana Henderson Saussy
by Juliet Diaz
by Jason Mankey
Besom, Stang & Sword
by Christopher Orapello
Weave the Liminal
by Laura Tempest Zakroff
Next Holiday: Lammas/Lughnasadh August 1, 2019
Although in the heat of a midwestern summer it might be
difficult to discern, the festival of Lammas (August 1) marks the end of summer
and the beginning of fall. The days now grow visibly shorter and by the time
we’ve reached autumn’s end (October 31), we will have run the gamut of
temperature from the heat of August to the cold and (sometimes) snow of November.
And in the midst of it, a perfect midwestern autumn.
The history of Lammas is as convoluted as all the rest of
the old folk holidays. It is, of course, a cross-quarter day, one of the four
High Holidays or Greater Sabbats of Witchcraft, occurring one quarter of a year
after Beltane. Its true astrological point is fifteen degrees Leo, but
tradition has set August 1 as the day Lammas is typically celebrated. The
celebration proper would begin on sundown of the previous evening, our July 31,
since the Celts reckon their days from sundown to sundown.
However, British Witches often refer to the astrological
date of August 6 as Old Lammas, and folklorists call it Lammas O.S. (Old
Style). This date has long been considered a “power point” of the zodiac, and
is symbolized by the Lion, one of the tetramorph figures found on the tarot
cards, the World and the Wheel of Fortune (the other three figures being the
Bull, the Eagle, and the Spirit). Astrologers know these four figures as the
symbols of the four “fixed” signs of the zodiac, and these naturally align with
the four Great Sabbats of Witchcraft. Christians have adopted the same
iconography to represent the four Gospel writers.
“Lammas” was the medieval Christian name for the holiday,
and it means “loaf-mass”, for this was the day on which loaves of bread were
baked from the first grain harvest and laid on the church altars as offerings.
It was a day representative of
“first fruits” and early harvest.
For the rest of Mike Nichols' article on Lammas click here
Next Holiday Southern Hemisphere: Imbolc
August 1, 2019
For an article on Imbolc by Mike Nichols click here.
2019 Wiccan/Pagan Calendar
In the News
Faerieworlds is largest mythic, fantasy and faerie themed festival in the US. Now in its 18h year of providing music and art based entertainment, Faerieworlds returns to
Horning’s Hideout, the Portland area’s most beautiful and celebrated outdoor venue, for three days of extraordinary live music and performance, amazing art and crafts, and fantasy fun for the whole family.
Called “mythically magical…an otherworldly event,” Faerieworlds features bands and musicians from around the world, internationally acclaimed artists and authors, spectacular performances and entertainers, the Wisdom Workshop Village and the Mythic Marketplace of over 150 vendors and food booth and annually attracts over 15,000 of fans and families from around the globe to Oregon over the three days to experience the magic of the Realm.
Faerieworlds the only West Coast festival to feature internationally acclaimed world music, neo-folk and pagan folk bands from Europe, many premiering for the time in the US. Artists have included Wardruna (Norway), Omnia (The Netherlands), Faun (Germany), Martine Kraft (Norway), Zirp (Germany), Folk Noir (Germany), Euzen (Denmark), Qntal and Estampie (Germany), Moon & the Night Spirit (Hungary), Damonea Nymphe (Greece), Azam Ali & Niyaz (Iran/Canada), Delhi
2 Dublin (Canada), Donovan (Ireland) and many others.
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THE US WITCH POPULATION HAS SEEN AN ASTRONOMICAL RISE
Though the data is sparse, what we do know is that the practice of witchcraft has seen major growth in recent decades. As the witch aesthetic has risen, so has the number of people who identify as witches.
The best source of data on the number of witches in the US comes from assessments of the Wicca population. Not all people who practice witchcraft consider themselves Wicca, but the religion makes up a significant subset, as Alden Wicker noted for Quartz in 2016.
Wiccan worshippers stand near the ancient stone monument of Stonehenge in the UK.
Wicca is a largely Western religious movement that dates back to the mid-20th century in the US and UK. According to the site wicca.com, it’s a belief system informed by “pre-Christian traditions originating in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales,” that promotes “free thought and will of the individual, and encourages learning and an understanding of the earth and nature.
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Link's Lesson Book
Your Own Celebrations of Summer
village one year’s journey from here.
And in that village lives a woman with four children. Like any family, all four children are
kindred and similar -- yet very, very unique.
One is a feisty child, with brilliant golden hair, and a natural glow
warmer than any other. This
In an entire
year, perhaps the 91 days (and nights) of Summer seem to fly by the
quickest… When you think of summer, what
comes to mind?
Summer is the
peak, the pinnacle, the realization of what took root during the Spring. One lesson the seasons teach is that many
things in nature grow, mature, and then fade.
Imagine yourself old and gray and wise.
Look back upon your own life as if it were a single turn of the
year. What part of your life was your
high point, your “Summer,” your peak?
Where did you shine your brightest, glow your hottest?
We too change
like the seasons. When Mother Nature
puts on Her Summer wardrobe, so do we.
Except these wardrobes seem quite opposite. In Summer, the forest grows more thickly
covered, while we become less covered.
Summer is a season of short sleeves, short pants, short skirts and bare
toes. While the trees might wear their
thick green coats, we often frolic clad with nothing but the sky! More of our natural selves comes out in the
Summer – arms, legs, skin – what we are beneath all those layers of cold Winter
clothes can shine forth in the Summer.
Maybe we resemble our animal cousins, who also shed much of their fur
and feathers in Summer.
warmth lets us enjoy a great many simple pleasures. After a cold Winter, the freedom of just
being outdoors is a true gift! The
increased energy of Summer brings increased activity of all kinds: festivals, vacations, travel. What special Summer gatherings do you look
forward to? All the adventure,
experiences, learning, worship, fun, freedom, passion, celebration and joy that
these festivals offer are the unique gifts of Summer!
say Summer begins near June 21 with the Solstice. To others, it begins on the last day of
school, or with the Memorial Day barbecue.
Whenever you begin Summer, mark that day as a special spoke in your own
private Wheel of the Year. See it as a
unique rite of passage. Every year,
Summer throws a party – and you’re invited!
Of all the
four seasonal quarters, Summer burns the brightest. Remember that some things that burn brightly
often burn out quickly. For some, Summer
is a time of fleeting temporary moments – a Summer Job, a Summer Fling, a
Summer Vacation. What new experiences
might you want to try this Summer, even if only for a little while?
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Tarot Deck Spotlight
Everyday Witch Tarot TWPT talks to Deborah Blake & Elisabeth Alba
Deborah Blake is the award-winning author of Circle, Coven and Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice, Everyday Witch A to Z: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft, The Goddess is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch, Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook, Witchcraft on a Shoestring, Everyday Witch Book of Rituals and The Witch’s Broom (all from Llewellyn). She has published numerous articles in Llewellyn
annuals, as well as other Pagan publications, and her ongoing column, “Everyday Witchcraft” is featured in Witches & Pagans Magazine.
Deborah is also the author of the paranormal romance Baba Yaga series from Berkley Publishing, which includes novella Wickedly Magical, and books Wickedly Dangerous and Wickedly Wonderful.
Her short story, “Dead and (Mostly) Gone” is included in the Pagan Anthology of Short Fiction: 13 Prize Winning Tales (Llewellyn, 2008). Her fiction is primarily Paranormal Romance, although she also writes Fantasy, Mystery and Young Adult. She is represented by agent Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency.
Deborah had been interviewed on television, radio and podcast, and can be found online at Facebook, Twitter and http://deborahblake.blogspot.com as well as The Creativity Cauldron, a loop she founded for writers and aspiring writers.
When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 120 year old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with five cats who supervise all her activities, both magickal and mundane.
Elisabeth is a recent transplant to Western Massachusetts, after having moved there from New York City where she lived for eight years, and where she completed her MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay at the School of Visual Arts. Before then, she had received her dual degree BA in English (with a focus on children’s literature) and visual art studies at the University of Florida. She's traveled a lot, which has led to an obsession
with history and an interest in other cultures throughout the ages. She has always loved children’s literature and film, especially fantasy and historical fiction.
Her clients include Scholastic, Simon + Schuster, Llewellyn Worldwide, Oxford University Press, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Metropolitan Books, Small Beer Press, AAA Traveler magazine, and MTV Books. I’m the illustrator of Diamond and Fancy, both published by Cartwheel Books, an imprint of Scholastic, and part of the Breyer Stablemates easy-to-read series. She also illustrated I am Martin Luther King Jr., I am George Lucas, and I
Am Cleopatra, all written by Grace Norwich and published by Scholastic; and she contributed illustrations for The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare, Simon & Schuster.
Click here to read the interview.
Other Book Spotlights
Witches&Pagans #37 - The Hidden Magic of the Green World
Despite being in an intense relationship with these conscious green beings that grow around us, most of us are complete strangers to them. We exist side-by-side, happily sharing the breath of life and yet most of us haven’t even introduced ourselves. In this issue of Witches&Pagans we share the experiences of herbalists, gardeners, magic-workers and ordinary folks as the weave relationships with our Green kin. This issue features:
Focus on Building Relationships with Plants
Plants & People: A Sacred Relationship. Faye Johnstone teaches us how to transform our lives by connecting with the spirits of plants.
Singing to the Mistletoe. Sithearain Nicleoid describes the ancient lore — and modern practice — of Native Celtic plant medicine and magic.
Dreaming of Datura. Australian witch and herbalist Stacey Carroll describes her encounters with English plants in the wilds of New South Wales.
Focus on Magical & Devotional Aspect of Working with Plant Allies
Sacred Intention. Discover the magical and medicinal herbology of the Canary Islands with Carolina Gonzalez.
The Search for “Moly.” Join Hellenic polytheist Chris Aldrige on his quest for the identity of a magical plant described in Homer’s Odyssey.
Magic of Fruit & Thorn. Hedgewitch Sara Mastros reveals the secrets of a potent witch’s triumvirate: hawthorn, blackhaw, and blackthorn.
Focus on Pagan People, Place, and Practice
A Witch Next Door. A visit with author, blogger, workshop leader extraordinaire and Pagan celebrity Jason Mankey. Profile by Debra Deangelo.
The Binding of Donald Trump & the New Magic of the Resistance. Hecate Demetersdatter interviews Pagan magician and activist Michael Hughes.
Crazy or Inspired? Mental Health and Psychology for Magical Practitioners. Anthony Rella discusses ways to bridge the gap between the mental health and spiritual communities.
Wandering Witch Visits Marie LaVeau. Natalie Zaman searches for signs of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.
Focus on Pagan Living
Our columnists weigh in on all kinds of magic, devotion, and practice.
Raven Grimassi -- Mysteries of the Thorn-Blooded Rose.
Jamie Della-- Yarrow: a powerful ally and protector.
Hecate Demetersdatter -- What's up with Plant (and Animal) Allies?
Deborah Blake -- In Spring, looking towards the Harvest to come.
Diotima Mantineia -- Uranus is one big rebel and trickster.
H. Byron Ballard -- One Pagan commandment: connect to the Earth.
Archer -- Sacred meals connect us to the Gods (and each other.)
Christopher Penczak -- Mysteries of the Sorcerer.
Ivo Dominguez, Jr -- Magic from the Green Kingdom.
Thorn Mooney & Eurus offer answers to your witchy questions. In this issue: "What famous Pagans and Witches do you admire?"
88 pages, publication date June 2019
Inside this latest copy we have a feature on The World In Faces project by Alexander Khimushin, who celebrates the diversity of the world through the portraits of its people.
There is an extract from Patricia Crowther’s new book ‘Covensense’ and Mabh Savage talks about the folklore based around the The Blackbird. Annwyn Avalon talks about Celtic Water Magic and Rachel Patterson shares her knowledge about spells and charms.
Charles Shahar writes about Shamanic Power Sites and Charlie Simpson talks about the History of Women in Medicine. We have a feature on Experimental Sonic Machines: the unsual live music and performance act by Peter Rollings who will be playing at Sussex Faerie Festival 2019.
Bethany Unsworth talks about trees as a symbol of community and Cyndi Brannen talks about Hecate and the phases of the moon. We have artwork by Naomi Goss, Jessica Rohr, Wendy Andrew and photography by Lunaesque.
Plus inspirational stories, news, event listinand lots more to be revealed inside.
Witchcraft & Wicca magazine includes articles on Witchcraft, Paganism, Mythology, Occultism, and many other related subjects, a vital read for any Pagan, Witch or Wiccan. The magazine is professionally presented with attractive artwork and images to enhance your reading experience.
This issue is available in both digital and print formats Features Maiden, Mother, Who? - Rachel Patterson The Magic of Fire - Flavia Kate Peters Reconnect the Disconnect - Damh the Bard Egyptian Temple, Professional and Private - Kevin Groves Ancient Art of Spell-Craft - Barbara Meiklejohn-Free and Flavia Kate Peters An Interview with Elric - Witchfest Midlands Organiser Independent Witchcraft - Moira Hodgkinson Poetry of Doreen Valiente - Ashley Mortimer
Regulars Familiar Corner Witchfest International News Success of Witchfest Midlands 2018! Cyber Witch What is new in the Pagan Web Reviews Seeing what is new! Gatherings & Calendar
Articles 'Round the Web
Interview with illustrator Elisabeth Alba by Kelley McMorris
When I heard that that Deborah Blake had a new tarot deck coming out in January 2017 I went looking for the illustrator to find out more about them. I found this older interview from last year that I wanted to share with the readers of TWPT. It was conducted by Kelley McMorris and I only share an excerpt here on the site with a link back to the entire interview on Kelley's blog page. You also might check out Elisabeth's artist
site to get a more detailed look at some of the cards that will be gracing Deborah's deck next year. The great thing is that the ones that I saw all had cats in them. What more could you ask for? Enjoy!----Imajicka
"Today is the beginning of a new series on this blog where I interview illustrators and others in the publishing industry. I've met so many interesting people at art school, conferences, and online, who have stories I want to hear!
I am honored to have our first interviewee, Elisabeth Alba, on the blog today.
Elisabeth has been a freelance illustrator in the children's book and fantasy industries for several years now, and recently quit her part-time job to go full-time. Elisabeth and I have never met in person - YET - but we've been online acquaintances for a year or two. I was curious about how she has managed to build up her freelance career from the ground up, and what it's like being married to ponytail-rocking fellow illustrator Scott Murphy.
When did you first decide to become an illustrator, and what did you do to
I loved reading, picture books, graphic novels, fantasy movies, animated
films - what all illustrators like, really! I had this urge to create
things that would be seen by other people on book covers and inside
books so that they'd have the same pleasure I got when looking at them.
It definitely started in high school, if not earlier, but I still
struggled a bit thinking maybe I should be a doctor or biologist or an
English professor or something more stable career-wise."
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Internet - Pros and Cons of its Effect on the Pagan Community by Boudica
Pagan community hit the ground running when publishers started putting as many books as the public could buy on the book store shelves in the 70’s. It became big business with Occult topics being hot sellers. The door to the age of information was opened and there was no turning back.
The Internet was birthed by the military and some government institutions as a communication device. Pretty much a tool that was used by the few, the late 80’s saw little general access ability and by the early 90’s, it was a very exclusive group who had access. It was a high priced tool, which saw many hard core techies using whatever means possible to access the "net" to communicate with others.
Something else was going on in the background, something totally unexpected. Those who had been reading those books published on the Occult by the popular pagan press in the 70’s and 80’s were beginning to find each other via the Internet. First it was chat rooms; then information was shared on websites.
At one point in the late 90’s, the fastest growing type of website was "religious" in nature and the "pagan" sites were the most plentiful. The 90’s saw the birth of sites by WARD, WLPA, and Witches Voice which became some of the most popular sites. They were being visited not only by the pagan population but also by those who were shocked that such things existed as well as those who were just curious. The Internet became the
new publishing tool in electronic media format for the pagan population.
Again, the movement hit a new level of communication and was off running.
As a tool, both books and the Internet have provided sources of useful information. And they have been sources of some pretty silly junk.
Books helped to "spread the word" of the pagan movement. Most memorable in my mind is Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler, and Starhawk’s Spiral Dance. Everyone who was anyone read those two books, had the "revised" editions when they came out, and would speak of them as "recommended reading" in chat rooms and on websites.
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Samhain is approaching and with only 8 days remaining before it arrives perhaps you might be thinking you want to understand the Sabbat a little better before celebrating on the 31st. Well you have come to the right place and we can point you to some great information to raise your understanding of what it is that Samhain means to a variety of people both here on TWPT and some written materials around the net that will help too. Right off the bat I can say you should
check out our new
interview with Diana Rajchel about her book about Samahain that was released as one of the Sabbat Essentials series over at Llewellyn. Here on TWPT we have a section called Seasonal Celebrations that has an article by Mike Nichols about each of the eight sabbats on the wheel of the year. You can find his article
about Samhain by clicking here and you'll get a good look at what Samhain is all about.
Also on TWPT is a page of articles about Samhain by a variety of writers and quite a few topics. If you'd like to check into some of these articles you can click here. And finally if you really want to go in depth with the subject of Samhain then head on over to Amazon and try a couple of these books: Samhain: Rituals,
Recipes & Lore for Halloween by Diana Rajchel, Pagan
Mysteries of Halloween by Jean Markale, or Celebrating the Seasons of Life: Samhain to Ostara by Ashleen O'Gaea. Spend some time with Google and I'm sure you will find many more sources for information about the upcoming sabbat. And if you are looking for a Samhain ritual for a solitary you might try Boudica's ideas in an article that you can find by clicking here. Another great place for a large
chunk of information on Samhain is
over at about Religion. This is curated by Patti Wigington and covers Paganism/Wicca including this link to info about Samhain.
Click here to read more articles about Samhain
I sometimes sit on Sunday morning listening to the music
that has shaped my life since the early
90’s when I first discovered it and I
reflect upon the spiritual journey that I have been on for the last 26 years. It
has been an enlightening time for me and I am happy that I made the trip and
explored the many side streets that have presented themselves to me during this
time. From the early days of having to order books that would help me discover
this path at my local bookstore because there was no online world, to the
plethora of titles that exist on the internet now, my journey has been one
forged in the printed words which inspired and sparked my spirit to seek out a
path that I could truly call my own. Having had a front row seat to the
Wiccan/Pagan growth over the past 18 years through my website The Wiccan/Pagan
Times which came online back in 1998 it has been a dizzying ride from the few
scattered voices on the internet at the beginning of the 1990’s to the large
chorus of voices expressing a wide range of spiritual thoughts in the 21st
century here in 2016.
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The Doreen Valiente Foundation and more TWPT talks to Ashley Mortimer
March 2011 Nottingham's Ashley Mortimer became one of five trustees of
Valiente Foundation which oversees the legacy of magical artefacts,
writings, documents and copyrights that belonged to Doreen Valiente.
Ashley is also a director of The Centre For Pagan Studies, a
firekeeper for WaNaNeeChe's Human Circle Of Life and a prominent member
Nottingham Pagan Network, Pagan Pride and Nottingham Empyrean as well
frequent representative of the Pagan Federation.
Ashley is an occasional writer, even more occasional
musician and a prolific contributor to many different Pagan events and
interests in and out of the East Midlands region. He speaks about the origins
of Paganism, the history of Wicca/Witchcraft and leads ceremony and ritual with
an ecclectic and pragmatic approach to spirituality underpinned with warm
Read this interview with Ashley Mortimer by clicking here
(photo by Brittany Sherman)
Art of Fantasy, Fairie, and Myth: TWPT Talks to Mickie Mueller
decided to make my dreams reality, drawing upon the magic that I grew
up with, singing to inchworms with my mother and watching nature create
miracles in the sun and under the moon. I love researching the legends
of fairies, Goddesses, nature spirits, folklore and history. I
feel these themes are a part of us all on a deeper level, so when I
have an opportunity to reach into that realm and bring something back,
it’s an honor and I feel that I have a certain responsibility to do it
with respect to these powerful entities. When I work on a piece,
these beings speak with me, and when someone else sees it, and loves
it, they get to be a part of that fantastic realm where anything and
everything is possible too, and bring that energy into their
lives.” -Mickie Mueller
Mickie has a growing business with her magical fantasy art. Her
work has been seen in magazines and books internationally, including a
school textbook in Norway. Her prints are sold in catalogues and
on the Internet all over the world. She has two critically acclaimed
divination decks published by Llewellyn, The Well Worn Path and The
Hidden Path. Mickie’s third deck comes out in 2011 and is her
first deck that she created on her own, concept, writing, and art.
The Voice of the Trees, A Celtic Ogham Oracle is based on the
rich and fantastic Celtic history, myths and legends and the Ogham
system of letters used in 4th-6th century.
Click here to read the interview
by Barbara Ardinger
Secret Lives by Barbara Ardinger
Being of the male persuasion I had my doubts as to how much
I would relate to and be drawn into a novel about a group of older women who follow
Goddess traditions and teachings. After reading Secret Lives I now see that my
doubts were wholly unfounded and that Barbara Ardinger has written a marvelous
book that is engaging, heartwarming and even instructive if you are open to the
spirit in which this novel was written. The grandmothers, the daughters and the
granddaughters of this novel are well drawn characters that personify the
struggles that women in general face living in a world that still sees them as
worth less than their male counterparts but in particular it also delves into
the struggles that women face who follow a spiritual path that does not adhere
to a patriarchal model that has come to dominate this modern world we live in.
Read Imajicka's review of Secret Lives by Barbara Ardinger
The Samhain Elemental Ritual by Taylor Ellwood
Traditionally, Samhain is considered to be the day when the
dead and living can mingle. The veils of the world are at their thinnest and
there is a sense of liminal space in the air. Liminal space is border space,
the in between place, where anything can happen. This flexibility time means
that contact with our ancestors is easier than during the rest of the year. A
lot of rituals I've attended for Samhain have involved remembrances of the
For me, Samhain is a time for change. The nights are getting
longer, the air is cooler, the leaves are falling, and we are going into a time
of the year that tends to make many people insular. At this time of the year I
remember past regrets and assess the overall direction of my life. This has
caused me to start doing an annual ritual for just this time of the year.
This annual ritual involves choosing an element and
dedicating myself to working with it for an entire year. I originally chose the
five classic Western elements to work with. Since these elements have a lot of
behavioral characteristics associated with them, I felt that choosing to work
with an element that represented desired behavioral traits could be useful for
helping a person modify hir behavior.
From Taylor's article called The Samhain Elemental Ritual.
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Other Samhain Articles for Samhain
Jesse Wolf Hardin
TWPT's Earth Magic
Pitfalls on the Magical or Spiritual Path.
benign New Spiritual practices can suffer from some of the same
pitfalls as conventional organized religion. Fortunately, once we’re
aware of these diversions we can make the informed choices that reunite
us with the inspirited world, rather than contribute to our
my life of pilgrimage the voices of the earthen Anima have repeatedly
contradicted what I’ve read, was taught, once thought, and so badly
wanted to believe... Thus as I became a teacher myself, I deferred
again and again— not to presumed authorities or established traditions,
but to the actual Source of every real truth they contain. Our
realization of wholeness/holiness begins not in contemplation or
conclusion but in a great listening. It begins in a vulnerable
condition of openness, with fierce focus, gentle humility, and the
overwhelming gratitude that makes us worthy of such gifts.
Read Jesse's column on TWPT
TWPT's Page of Magick
Developing the Magickal Personality By David Rankine
"I for my part, knew how
little the true adept needs for his magic, but I had to work upon men's
imaginations, and for that I needed a stage setting...and to this end I had to
have about me that which should suggest the great days of the past when the
cult to which I belonged was at the height of its power...And so, little by
little, I had collected ancient things from the old temples...I also used
colours for my background, knowing their power over the mind - over my mind as
well as over the minds of those who came to visit me. There is a science of colours...for my
purpose I use the pale opalescent moon-colours on a base of silver; the purple
that is a plum-colour, and the reds that are magenta or maroon, and the blues
of sea-water and the sky at night; never the strong primaries such as a man
uses when he is a magus. Always the
shadowy, blended colours are mine, for I am the shadow in the background.
"As for my body, I had made
that to be an instrument of my personality, training it, supplying it, learning
its arts and powers. Nature had not been
unkind, but she had not been lavish, and I had to make of myself something that
I could use for the purpose I had in hand...I am bold, even rash, in the matter
of lipsticks, and I love long ear-rings.
It would require Huysmans to do justice to the ear-rings I have
possessed - jade, amber, coral, lapis, malachite for day; and for the night I
have great jewels...I wear my own fashions, and they come from the "soft
furnishings" as often one does not find in the dress materials...I like
rings, too, so big that I can hardly get my gloves on over them; and bracelets
like fetters on my wrists. My hands are
supple with ritual...and I wear my nails long to match my tiger teeth. I like my shoes to be very soft and light and
supple, like gloves rather than shoes, so that I can move in them without
sound...I know the meaning of movement - how it should flow like water. I know too how the body should swing and
balance from the waist..." (from
Moon Magic by Dion Fortune)
The above passage, from Dion
Fortune's magickal novel Moon Magic, gives a description of how her character,
Vivien Le Fay Morgan, has developed her magickal personality. She chooses clothing, colours, jewellery, and
even the way she moves her body, and speaks, in a conscious way, to project her
magickal personality. The way we dress,
and how we look, not only tells others a lot about ourselves, but also affects
the way we feel about ourselves.
When we take our clothes off to work
rituals sky clad, we are casting off our social selves, and coming to a more
natural state, closer to nature. Putting
on ritual jewellery, which is associated with the magickal personality helps
one to transform into the Magickal Self, or to identify more strongly with
it. If you work robed, changing into a
robe is also a way of changing one's identity to that of the magickal
personality, and this should be done consciously.
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Yes! There's a
Spell For That
by Boudica Foster
Llewellyn's 2020 Witches' Companion
LLlewellyn's 2020 Magical Almanac
Llewellyn's 2020 Witches' Datebook
The Witche's Almanac, Issue 38 Spring 2019 -
Witch: For Those
by Ly de Angeles
Circle for Hekate: Volume 1: History & Mythology
by Sorita d'Este
A Year and
a Day of
by Deborah Blake
The Witch's Book
by Devin Hunter
The Goddess in America
Edited by Trevor Greenfield
Doreen Valiente Witch
by Philip Heselton