Janet and Gavin Bone, Part 3: Ritual that doesn’t connect

Originally posted on August 1, 2011 by John Halstead Let me begin by saying that the ritual was not terrible.  But it wasn’t great either.  There was no connection … no juice.  Now the girl swaying next to me, in apparently orgasmic ecstasy at the mere presence of Janet and Gavin, would probably disagree (especially [Read More...]

Janet and Gavin, Part 2: Pagan Spirituality

Originally posted on July 30, 2011 by John Halstead Well, I had a wonderful evening listening to Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone talk at the book signing.  There I heard about an open Lughnasadh ritual scheduled for the following evening in Oswega, IL, that Janet and Gavin would be attending, so I went to that [Read More...]

Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone

Originally posted on July 28, 2011 by John Halstead Tonight I am going to a Meetup with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone at the Occult Bookstore in Chicago.  They are going to talk about their book, Progressive Witchcraft, and do a book signing.  The Farrars (Janet and Stewart) are important to me because of their [Read More...]

Finding the Goddess in Silence

Originally posted on July 25, 2011 by John Halstead “We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles.  Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related; the eternal ONE.” — Emerson Yesterday I went to a Quaker (Friends) [Read More...]

Lightning Storm

Originally posted on July 23, 2011 by John Halstead Last night there was a lightning storm.  Here in the Midwest we have heat lighting, thunderless lightning that dances across the sky on hot, humid nights.  Last night it went on for hours.  It was an spectacular light show, somehow made all the more stunning for [Read More...]

Why am I blogging?

Originally posted on July 22, 2011 by John Halstead I have identified as Neopagan for about 8 years now. And I have found that I have a tendency to intellectualize everything, which interferes with my experiencing life. And, as I understand it, Neopaganism is all about experiencing life. I have maintained a website at www.americanneopaganism.com [Read More...]