The Art of Creating Religion. Part I

I am willing to entertain the nondisprovable hypothesis that our religions are inspired by the Gods, but if so, the Gods always employ one or more of us to do the actual writing for them—and we are fallible. If they do send us messages, we rarely understand all of the message or manage to not [Read More…]

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Deducing the Nature of the Gods, Part I

A dialog about whether the Gods are infinite or not sometimes begins with “Gerald Gardner wrote that the Gods of the Wica are ‘little gods.’” Yes, he did, but he was not very interested in abstract theology. I don’t think he was asserting that, if the Abrahamic God is infinite, then our Pagan Gods must [Read More…]

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Sam Wagar’s The Uses of Ecstasy is a masterpiece

It is easily one of the ten most important books ever written about the Craft as a religion. For that matter, it is high on my list of the most important books ever written about religion in general. And it is one of the very few books on the Craft that present a serious theology. [Read More…]

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Announcing: Aradia and the Books of the Sacred Marriage

It’s done. After 45 years of working on the materials that went into it, it’s done, published, and let go. Off my conscience. I put out a shorter version of it about 4 years ago; that was Goddess Murder. Recently I put a companion volume, using the rest of the materials, up on Amazon, titled [Read More…]

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Lenin, State and Revolution, the One Percent, and Me

In June of 1963, I wrote my first Goddess ritual, for the wedding of my dear friends Larry and Catherine Shaw. I had been planning to graduate from San Francisco State that month, but the administration ruled that my having only 27 transfer credits from UC Berkeley, not 30, meant that I had to take [Read More…]

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Trekking Toward Nineveh, Mile One

I have finally, step by step, been forced to realize what I must do. Since I am 74, I must do it now. I have been thinking and learning about our universal madness for 60 years. How much time have I left to describe what might begin to combat it? I am not overjoyed at [Read More…]

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“I Fell in Love with a Witch”: The Vision of Gerald Gardner

Some people argue that Gardnerians cannot claim to have the right to do something merely because Gardner did it. Yes, the historical pattern is that religious founders always have rights and privileges that their followers cannot have. I see this clearly in the three cases I know best, those of Gardner, Joseph Smith, and the [Read More…]

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A Note on the Creating of Religion

I know Philip Heselton hoped to find (but did not assume that he would) evidence that Gerald Gardner’s friends were practicing a rudimentary form of Gardnerian Craft in the 1930s. As he shows in Witchfather, he did not find any. He discovered quite a few people in Gardner’s circle of occultist friends who may have [Read More…]

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In the Name of the Goddess, I Say to You . . .

All saints revile her, and all sober men Ruled by the God Apollo’s golden mean – In scorn of which I sailed to find her In distant regions likeliest to hold her Whom I desired above all things to know, Sister of the mirage and echo. It was a virtue not to stay, To go [Read More…]

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Aporrheton 5: The Laws of Magic (Revised), Part I

In the early 1970s I wrote a series of “Flying Scrolls” for internal use in the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn. I chose to call them Aporrhetons, meaning “not to be spoken.” [Read more…]

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