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...]

Some Aphorisms

A Pagan Almanac for July 23, 2012 Lunar Cycle: Fifth day of the waxing Moon Rome: This day is sacred to Neptune Athens: Hekatombaion 5 Martyred 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, 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...]

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 of Topsfield They died in our name. Let us remember theirs. William Blake wrote: Let the Priests of the Ravens of dawn no longer, in deadly … [Read more...]

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 three-dimensional map, much like a tapestry. The first dimension is chronological, describing how groups evolved and proliferated over time. This dimension includes description of the “Traditions” with … [Read more...]

What Is a Witch?

I am not silly enough to suppose that everyone, or even a majority among Witches, will agree with everything I will be saying here. However, I have been thinking about this question for quite a while, and I think that some systematic consideration of the issues involved can provide some clarity. The vast majority of Pagans in America are those who call themselves Witches. But what exactly does “Witch” mean? As linguists know, the etymology of a word often has very little to do with how … [Read more...]

Five Canticles of Wisdom

0 In the beginning, there is no beginning: There is only the Goddess, and Her name Is Everything-All-the-Same, and Fullness I When Her name is Wandering Wide, She danced on the waters. Before She turned upon the wind, The stars are Her daughters. She turns upon the elements A dance of celebration That to watery nothing gives A name and habitation. Her dancing turned upon the wind; The wind snake winds about Her, And this is how it all begins: In dancing, and in laughter. II When Her name … [Read more...]

Another Three Pagan Poems

Morgana at her Vanity (for Erif) Damp from the chastening water, She oils her skin, humming A wandrous tune that breaks, Then resumes, as her musing eye spies, Then dispells, each threat of a line In her face, in the polished brass mirror. She combs out her sea-raven hair With sharks' fins, brushes With bristles of boars, Charcoals her eyebrows to arch and point, Powders her eyelids with sea-blue chalk, Rouges her nipples, lips, and nails Of hands and feet with the locust-red … [Read more...]


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