Goddess Murder, 13: The Other Two Gospels

XV. The Work Continues, 4  As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.William Blake “Seamus, what can you tell us about this Gaelic gospel?” I asked.“It is a translation of a gospel originally composed in Greek,” Seamus replied. “I’m not as familiar with all the Gnostic writings as some of you, but the story told here goes back to the era of Jesus, more or less.”“Is it about Simon Magus?” I asked.“Yes, b … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 5: The Work Begins

VII. The Work Begins  To Zeus all things are beautiful, just, and good, but men have supposed some things to be just, others unjust.At eight o'clock on Saturday night, I walked up the steps to Brendan and Megan’s house on the hillside behind the campus, the sort of Tudorish half-timbered mansion you might expect a college professor with lots of kids to have. The members of the ad hoc translating committee were already filling the circle of overstuffed chairs and couches in Megan’s li … [Read more...]

A History of the Craft in America: The Family Tree of the New England Coven of Traditionalist Witches, Part II

The New York Coven of Welsh Traditional Witches was founded about 1970 by Edmund Buczynski (1947-1989), Herman Slater (1938-1992), and Leo Martello (1930-2000). All three were among the first to publicly defend gay rights within the Pagan movement, long before the rise of the Gay Rights movement.Ed, who had been working in Lady Gwen’s NECTW coven, brought her rituals to New York and, working with Slater and Martello, gradually rewrote them into the rituals used by the NYCWTW and its d … [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...]

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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