Aporrheton 5: The Laws of Magic (Revised), Part I

In the early 1970s I wrote a series of “Flying Scrolls” for internal use in the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn. I chose to call them Aporrhetons, meaning “not to be spoken.” [Read more...]

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Some New Pages for the Book of Shadows

A Daily Litany for the Lady. To be said at sunrise, or on rising in the morning: ‘Lady of the Lightning sky, Lady of the Newborn Sun, flood your light into our lives, and let this day be well-begun.’ [Read more...]

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A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, VII: A Church for Witches

After the second Pagan Ecumenical Council meeting in June 1974, Gwydion and I continued to discuss the problem of how to organize a “church” for Witches, now that we had a reason not to have to include Pagans in general. In a way, it was like trying to set up an organization for anarchists—so that [Read More...]

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A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, VI, The Second PEC

In discussing the first Pagan Ecumenical Council meeting afterward, Gwydion, Alison, I and several others realized that we had not arrived at a specific proposal for an organizational structure because, in fact, the Pagan groups represented at the meeting did not have enough common ground to define any goals or structures. [Read more...]

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The Man Who Falls in Love with Goddesses

He never wants to fall in love; it’s just / That every once in a while She walks / Into his life, grows wings, bursts / Into flame, and then he knows / It’s Her, and he must love / As long as She decides to stay, / Whether a year, or just today. [Read more...]

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A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, Part V, 1974-1975

As I mentioned, many important changes took place in 1973 within at least half a dozen different Traditions. I’m starting with events in California in the mid-1970s, not because they were the only developments at that time, but they turned out to have national implications. [Read more...]

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On the Nature of the Gods

The passion of the Gods is not a calm and boring bliss. It is a sensual riot. The Gods do not dwell elsewhere, in the sky, in another, nonphysical universe, at some other time or place. They are always here among us, in the only universe there is. [Read more...]

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A Dialogue of Angels

What existed before the beginning? “Before” and “beginning” are irrelevant. Time is not primordial, nor is space or matter or energy. [Read more...]

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A History of the Craft in America: The Council of Earth Religions and the Green Egg Yellow Pages

[I apologize to my dedicated readers. It has been rough. I plan to resume posting something almost every day.] Tim Zell’s discussions with the groups he had visited in California in August 1972 established the basis for dividing the Council of Themis into two separate organizations; hence various groups formed the new Council of Earth [Read More...]

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A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, Part III: The Council of Themis

  As described in previous blogs, the attempt to create an umbrella, church-like organization for Pagans was begun by Michael Kinghorn in Los Angeles in 1967. His work led to the creation of the Council of Themis, which, after being founded in 1969, acquired an international membership steadily until 1972. Rather than just list the [Read More...]

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