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...]

A Pagan Almanac: Day One

A Pagan Almanac for July 19, 2012Lunar cycle: Day 1, first crescentRome: The LucariaAthens: 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 black, with … [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 whi … [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 the wor … [Read more...]


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