A Brief History of the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn, Part I

Having been a co-founder of the NROOGD and a ringleader in it for its first decade, I naturally have at least ten times more information about it than about almost any other Craft or Pagan group. Trying to include all that in the general history of the Craft that these blogs are aiming toward would have totally unbalanced it. Putting it together in my Hippie Commie Beatnik Witches has solved the problem. Here I will be giving a much more general overview of the NROOGD, in about as much detail as … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder

I posted a blog yesterday, essentially about the frustrations of being a writer trying to ferret out the truth about all things religious, as well as about the nature of consciousness, sacred sexuality, quantum mechanics, a lot else, and how they all interrelate—that sort of writer, but not an entertainer. You can find that blog here:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/aidankelly/2012/12/of-blogging-and-poetry/A few very kind readers posted comments about how much they do value my work. That h … [Read more...]

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 knewThe Craft would cross our paths.The strident horn of your flaming carDrew me to the street: beforeThe doors of Hightower, whereLord Randall ruled his madCourt of science-fictioneers,Van the Dagda read an Anglican wakeOver your still-smoking engine.I remember you, and I begin to let you go.  I remember how you sang to me and AltaWhen 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 a … [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 p … [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, 2012Lunar 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 JunoAthens: Hekatombaion 14 Hekatombaion 15, sacred to SeleneMartyred on August 1 in 1595: Volkart Dirxsen and his daughter, Utrecht 1623: Thomas Greave of Fife 1664: Josine Labynes, HeestertThey died in our name. Let us remember theirs.William Blake wrote: The Beggar’s Rags, fl … [Read more...]

Survival or New Creation?

A Pagan Almanac for July 29-31, 2012Lunar 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 MoonRome: July 30, dedicated to FortuneAthens: 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, 2012Lunar Cycle: Ninth and tenth days of the waxing MoonRome: July 27, sacred to Castor and PolluxAthens: Hekatombaion 9 and 10Martyred 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, 2012Lunar Cycle: Sixth to eighth days of the waxing MoonAthens: 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 TheseusMartyred 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...]


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