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...]

Five Canticles of Wisdom

0In the beginning, there is no beginning: There is only the Goddess, and Her name Is Everything-All-the-Same, and FullnessIWhen 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.IIWhen 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...]

Why the Craft Is an “In Your Face” Religion

Earlier today, on Charles Arnold’s e-group on Linkedin, someone expressed surprise that the fundamentalist Christians are attacking Pagans more and more viciously. I think such surprise can arise only from not understanding what Paganism is now all about.Most people, including Pagans, are not well-informed about their religion or about religion in general. However, the percentage of well-informed people in current Pagan religions, and especially in the Craft, is significantly higher than in m … [Read more...]

Homage to Kropotkin

Whenever I get to teach a philosophy course, I think of a way to talk about Kropotkin, whom I consider to be vastly underappreciated. His work has saved millions of lives and shaped our concept of our relation with all other life. But you’ve never heard of him? Shame on you.The young Prince Peter Kropotkin was stationed at a post in Siberia—it was a lot like Wyoming—bored silly, I suppose. He had read Darwin’s Origin of Species, when it came out in 1859, and had noticed that Darwin’s thinking … [Read more...]

Three Pagan Poems

After that last series of essays, I will just lighten up a little. On a Very Mixed Party at Bob and Bill’sAt first the dopers and the gays each thought The others were straight, then everyone decided Everyone else was cool, and the party warmed up.At one point ten girls were, two by two, The only ones dancing: flamboyant Maggie, Milly, Bev, the German girl who lives with Maggie, The blonde whom Rupert had been trying to pick up, The little birdlike girl who shies a … [Read more...]


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