To Remember Thomas DeLong, Who Wrote as Gwydion Pendderwen, On the Second (Now the Thirtieth) Anniversary Of His Going into Eternal Life

I remember the night I first met you On Bernal Heights, before we knew The Craft would cross our paths. The strident horn of your flaming car Drew me to the street: before The doors of Hightower, where Lord Randall ruled his mad Court of science-fictioneers, Van the Dagda read an Anglican wake Over your still-smoking engine. I remember you, and I begin to let you go.     I remember how you sang to me and Alta When you first visited us in … [Read more...]

Joe Wilson, Part III: England

Wilson wanted to go to England to contact the many people he knew through his magazine who claimed to have knowledge of the Old Religion. In September 1969 he was assigned to RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England.  On the way I stopped in New York to visit Susan Roberts and look at the galley proofs of her book. Also at that meeting were Ed Fitch, Ray Buckland, John Hansen, and Joe Luchak. We agreed that her book was as accurate as possible, and knew that after publication it would generate … [Read more...]

Before the Gardnerians: Introducing the Magus

 [This begins the first chapter of my forthcoming A Tapestry of Witches: A History of the Craft in America, Vol. I. The book itself will have much prefatory material explaining how, why, and what I am covering. Here I am going to just jump right into the stories.]  Certainly there were people called Witches, or who called themselves Witches, in America before the arrival of Gardnerian Wicca in 1963. Sometimes the term meant merely people who practiced some sort of folk magic or had usable … [Read more...]

Last Day of the Mysteries / Preview of a New History

Boedromion 23: The final events at Eleusis included the rite of the Plemochoai, top-shaped vases, which were tipped over, one toward the east, the other toward the west, just about at sunset, to pour a libation down into the earth, perhaps into a chasm (See Athenaios 11.496.)  It was probably also on this last day, and perhaps as part of the same ritual, that "looking up to the sky they cried `Rain!' and looking down at the earth they cried `Grow!'" (Given by Proklos on Plato's Timaeus, p. … [Read more...]

Jesus, No, but Joshua’s a Different Story

A Pagan Almanac for August 1 & 2, 2012 Lunar Cycle: August 1 -- Fourth day of the full Moon August 2 – Fifth day of the full Moon (astronomical full Moon) Rome: August 1, Kalends, sacred to Juno Athens: Hekatombaion 14 Hekatombaion 15, sacred to Selene Martyred on August 1 in 1595: Volkart Dirxsen and his daughter, Utrecht 1623: Thomas Greave of Fife 1664: Josine Labynes, Heestert They died in our name. Let us remember theirs. William Blake wrote: The Beggar’s … [Read more...]

Survival or New Creation?

A Pagan Almanac for July 29-31, 2012 Lunar cycle: July 29, First day of the full Moon. (The Greeks counted the middle 10 days of the month as being full Moon. That makes it easier to understand how people could meet at full Moon, right?) July 30, Second day of the full Moon July 31, Third day of the full Moon Rome: July 30, dedicated to Fortune Athens: Hekatombaion 11. The Nemean games begin (in years 2 & 4 of the Olympic cycle) Democritus wrote: Nothing occurs at random, but … [Read more...]

Looking for the Craft IV

A Pagan Almanac for July 27 and 28, 2012 Lunar Cycle: Ninth and tenth days of the waxing Moon Rome: July 27, sacred to Castor and Pollux Athens: Hekatombaion 9 and 10 Martyred on this day in: 1691, Ursula Gruenin, 1716, Isobel McKenley, Elspeth Reid, and Janet Toyes of Dining; Janet Airth in Pothill of Aberuthven; Helen Ilson and Margaret Crose of Fontevio; Janet Martin of Nether Gask; Janet Young of Clathemore They died in our name. Let us remember theirs. William Blake … [Read more...]

Looking for the Craft III

A Pagan Almanac for July 24-26, 2012 Lunar Cycle: Sixth to eighth days of the waxing Moon Athens: Hekatombaion 6, sacred to Artemis Hekatombaion 7, the Hekatombaia for Apollo (The seventh day is the first quarter, which is always sacred to Apollo) Hekatombaion 8, sacred to Poseidon and Theseus Martyred on: July 24, 1628, Johannes Junius, Burgomaster of Bamberg July 25, 1591, Dame Euphemia Maclean of North Berwick (the historical records show that she actually may have been a … [Read more...]

Looking for the Craft, Part II

A Pagan Almanac: July 21, 2012 Lunar Cycle: Third day of the waxing Moon Rome: The Lucaria Athens: Hekatombaion 3, sacred to Athena Martyred on this day in 1603: James Reid of Musselburgh He died in our name. Let us remember his. _________________________________________ July 22, 2012 Lunar Cycle: Fourth day of the waxing Moon Athens: Hekatombaion 4, sacred to Aphrodite, Hermes, and Herakles Martyred on this day in 1612: Agnes Brown, Joan Vaughn, Arthur Bill, Helen … [Read more...]

Looking for the Craft

______________________________________________________________________________________________________ A Pagan Almanac for July 20, 2012 Lunar Cycle: Second day of the waxing Moon Athens: Hekatombaion 2, sacred to the Good Spirit William Blake wrote: The Harlot’s cry from Street to Street Shall weave Old England’s winding Sheet. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ %%%%%% After my strange experience in the summer … [Read more...]


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