Friends and kin are sharing stories about their Craft history. These are important. As many of the people involved are now dead, I don’t mind naming some of the names, other’s I’ll keep to myself…and some have been public for a long time.
So, despite being raised in a nominally Christian home (Mother was Assembly of God, Dad was Southern Baptist), I somehow wound up a Witch.
MAGICKAL MANNERS:Guide to Magickal Etiquette by Puck Shadowdrake My rating: 4 of 5 stars Puck has drawn on his years of experience as both a student and leader of Wiccan covens to present this very useful beginner’s guide to what …Continue reading →
Shamanism: Agony Before the Ecstasy or: Give me that Old Age Religion (originally printed in Converging Paths, 1987 Fall Equinox)by Scarecrow There is an old Central Asian story of the time that Nasruddin Hoca, the Sufi teacher of Anatolia, was …Continue reading →
Advance disclaimer: I’ve known Dana Corby for close to 45 years, and Bjoern Hartsfvang for over 30 (or as I sometimes joke, long enough to finally learn how to spell his name). Royal Roads: Pilgrimages Through the Four Elements and …Continue reading →
ELGIAC ODE.1 A little while I leave with anxious heart, Source of my filial cares, thee FULL OF DAYS; Lur’d by a promise from harmonic art To breathe her Handel’s rich, immortal lays. Pensive I trace the Derwent’s amber wave2, …Continue reading →
May Eve, 1973: I’m standing at the edge of the Circle, bound and blinfolded, and I feel a sword touch my body. I involuntarily startle, even though I knew it was coming. I hear the questions, and make my responses. …Continue reading →
Allison Gross (Child #35) 1 O ALLISON GROSS, that lives in yon towr, The ugliest witch i the north country, Has trysted me ae day up till her bowr, An monny fair speech she made to me. 2 She stroaked …Continue reading →
O I forbid you, maidens a’, That wear gowd on your hair, To come or gae by Carterhaugh, For young Tam Lin is there. There’s nane that gaes by Carterhaugh But they leave him a wad, Either their rings, or …Continue reading →
Thomas of Erceldoune Anonymous (Circa 1388-1401) Als I me wente this endres daye Full faste in mynd makand my mone In a mery mornynge of Maye By Huntley bankkes myselfe allone, I herde the jaye and the throstyll cokke; The …Continue reading →
Earth-world, Underworld, Spirit-world. These are the Worlds that bind us. Flesh to the Earth. Soul to the Underworld. Spirit to the Spirit-World. And between the Three, only the Gods may travel without restriction. ~ (original) Etruscan funerary chapel inscription ~ …Continue reading →