A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, Part V, 1974-1975

As I mentioned, many important changes took place in 1973 within at least half a dozen different Traditions. I’m starting with events in California in the mid-1970s, not because they were the only developments at that time, but they turned out to have national implications. [Read more…]

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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 [Read More…]

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Preview of “The Letter to Theophilus”

The “Gnostics” were radically dualistic and radically ascetic, but they were not the only variety of “heresy” in the ancient and medieval worlds. [Read more…]

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A Brief History of the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn, Part II

By February 1973 only five people had survived the year of training in the Spiral Dance Coven; the Full Moon Coven worked the Red Cord initiation for them in February and March of 1973. Now for the first time, there were Red Cord members of NROOGD who were not members of the Full Moon Coven, [Read More…]

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A Brief History of the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn, Part I

Aidan Kelly gives a general overview of NROOGD to set the stage for explaining the role it played in the developments of the mid-1970s. [Read more…]

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Of Blogging and Poetry

Now that I’ve been blogging for a few months, I have some opinions about it. Serious writing about things religious does not attract a mass audience, unlike action thrillers and other children’s literature. [Read more…]

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Aphrodiphobia, Part VI: Religion as Ecstasy

The woman whom I named Lilith has been my friend for more than forty years now. We were emailing each other a few years ago, discussing the year 1970. She has agreed to let me share part of her story. I have woven the following out of excerpts from those missives. Lilith: I was steeped [Read More…]

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Aphrodiphobia, Part V: Toward the Divine Sexuality

In one of the preceding essays, I said that a totally committed couple, in the moment of mutual orgasm, may “feel the edge of the ecstasy of a full enlightenment.” In a full enlightenment or awakening, the barrier between the ordinary self and the Deep Mind (I think that’s a more accurate name than “collective [Read More…]

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