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 [Read More…]

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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, [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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, [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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: [Read More…]

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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 of 1955, I went looking for [Read More…]

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A Pagan Almanac: Day One

A Pagan Almanac for July 19, 2012 Lunar cycle: Day 1, first crescent Rome: The Lucaria Athens: First day of Hekatombaion, “Month of a hundred sacrifices,” sacred to Apollo. New Year’s Day. Martyred on this day in 1692: Sarah Good of Salem Village Elizabeth How of Topsfield Susanna Martin of Amesbury Rebecca Nurse Sarah Wilde [Read More…]

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The Three-Dimensional Structure of the Pagan Movement

In writing about the history of the Craft, I have been often perplexed about how to tell a story in which everything is related to everything else, and it all seems to be happening at the same time. Iit took me quite a while to realize that an adequate description of the movement requires a [Read More…]

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