A History of the Craft in America: The Council of Earth Religions and the Green Egg Yellow Pages

[I apologize to my dedicated readers. It has been rough. I plan to resume posting something almost every day.] Tim Zell’s discussions with the groups he had visited in California in August 1972 established the basis for dividing the Council of Themis into two separate organizations; hence various groups formed the new Council of Earth Religions on August 31, 1972. COER represented a continuation of the effort to find a way to create a national networking organization for Pagan religions…. Read more

Of Infinity, Divinity, and the Big Bang

In the beginning there is no beginning. / There is only the Goddess and her name / Is Everything-All-the-Same and Fullness. Read more

There Is More than One Infinity

I have unfortunately seen some people argue that, “Since the Christian God is infinite, our Pagan Gods must be finite.” Um, no. I don’t want to be snarky, but that is just REALLY bad theology. Read more

A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, Part III: The Council of Themis

  As described in previous blogs, the attempt to create an umbrella, church-like organization for Pagans was begun by Michael Kinghorn in Los Angeles in 1967. His work led to the creation of the Council of Themis, which, after being founded in 1969, acquired an international membership steadily until 1972. Rather than just list the members, I’ll discuss the important groupings. By 1972, according to various lists and announcements in Green Egg, the Council’s members included the following. The covens… Read more

A History of the Craft in America: The Heartland in the Early 1970s

During the decade from the late 1960s to the late 1970s, at least half the Craft activity in America occurred in California or had direct ties to California, for reasons that might perhaps be transparent to sociologists. I will tell that story next, but first I need to cover developments in the Heartland, many of which tie into that story, especially since one comment has asked why I seem to be ignoring everything in between New York and California. I’m… Read more

A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, 1967-1973, Part II

More modern Craft history: Fred and Martha Adler, the Psychedelic Venus Church, the Church of the Eternal Source, and Budapest Dianics. Read more

Imagine Jesus Holding Hands with the Goddess

One cannot talk about both Christianity and the Craft in the same breath IF if one defines them in such a way that they share no common ground at all. Read more

A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, 1967 to 1973, Part I

More history of the Craft in California, plus the OTO, a fraternal magickal order associated with Aleister Crowley, and the OTA, dedicated to the goddess Astarte. Read more

Post-Doctoral Witchcraft (or something like that)

I am thinking about how to teach what I actually know, which is far more than just the Craft, although I would include the advanced but non-oathbound information I have about the Craft, and about religion in general, about spiritual progress, how to reinvent oneself. Read more

Initiates to the Sea

“Initiates to the Sea” is perhaps the most significant poem I have ever written. It begins as a dirge for the child my second wife and I lost, who would have been my first child, then morphs into a meditation on the nature of our minds. Read more




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