A New Ballad of Thomas the Rhymer

A Pagan Almanac for August 7 & 8, 2012Lunar Cycle: Tenth day of the full Moon Tenth day of the waning Moon (this is how the Athenians did it; since the Moon was waning, they counted down. Perfectly logical.)Athens: Hekatombaion 20 Hekatombaion 21: The Great Festival of Athena beginsMartyred on August 7, 1661: Margaret Bryson and Elspeth Blackie of Edinburgh.They died in our name. Let us remember theirsWilliam Blake wrote: As all men are alike in outward form, so (and … [Read more...]

“Notes Toward the Possibility of Founding a New Religion”

A Pagan Almanac for August 5 and 6, 2012Lunar Cycle: Days 8 and 9 of the full MoonTrees: First day of the HazelRome: August 5, NonesAthens: Hekatombaion 18 Hekatombaion 19William Blake wrote:An Ancient ProverbRemove away that black’ning church: Remove away that marriage hearse: Remove away that place of blood: You’ll quite remove the ancient curse. ____________________________________These were reflections on and reactions to Alan Watts' Behold the Spirit, wri … [Read more...]

The Craft Is Actually Hard Work, If You’re Serious

A Pagan Almanac for August 3 and 4, 2012Lunar Cycle: Days 6 and 7 of the Full MoonAthens: Hekatombaion 16 , “Federation Day": sacred to Aphrodite Pandemos (good day for the Great Rite), Peitho, Eirene Hekatombaion 17Martyred on August 3, 1429: Maria Rattingeren She died in our name. Let us remember hers. William Blake wrote:Love to faults is always blind, Always is to joy inclin’d, Lawles, wing’d & unconfin’d, And breaks all chains from every mind.Seceit to secrecy … [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...]

Some Aphorisms

A Pagan Almanac for July 23, 2012Lunar Cycle: Fifth day of the waxing MoonRome: This day is sacred to NeptuneAthens: Hekatombaion 5Martyred on this day In 1632, Alison Nisbet of Hilton In 1650, Barbara Fischeria of Augsburg They died in our name. Let us remember theirs.William Blake wrote: Children of the future Age Reading this indignant page, Know that in a former time Love! Sweet Love! was thought a crime.__________________________________Because of a … [Read more...]

Looking for the Craft, Part II

A Pagan Almanac:July 21, 2012Lunar Cycle: Third day of the waxing Moon Rome: The Lucaria Athens: Hekatombaion 3, sacred to AthenaMartyred on this day in 1603: James Reid of Musselburgh He died in our name. Let us remember his. _________________________________________July 22, 2012Lunar Cycle: Fourth day of the waxing Moon Athens: Hekatombaion 4, sacred to Aphrodite, Hermes, and HeraklesMartyred 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 MoonAthens: Hekatombaion 2, sacred to the Good SpiritWilliam 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 1 … [Read more...]


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