Magicians on Stage and Off: Part 1 Jeff McBride

Jeff McBrideHis performances have garnered awards and recognition. He won The Magic Woods Award for Best Magician, in 2008. He's earned recognition from the Academy of Magical Arts, the Society of American Magicians, and named "Magician of the Year" by the International Grand Prix of Magic. The Academy of Magical arts named him "Lecturer of the Year".McBride holds several Guinness World Records. (Wikipedia)He and his wife, singer Abbi Spinner, teach within the Vegas Vortex Pagan community … [Read more...]

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Listening is the Key to Flowing with your Life Path

While living in the Monterey Bay Area just south of San Francisco I heard about T. Thorn Coyle. I didn't think much of there being yet another magic writer in the community. However, living in what I call Fery Tradition central, I couldn't escape her name. Comments kept popping up such as “Thorn said this.” or “Thorn will be teaching at such and such place.” I decided I wanted to meet her and see what all of the fuss was about. My path didn't cross hers for various reasons while living in Califor … [Read more...]

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Overcoming Obstacles: Conscious Dialog about Responsibility for Access

In This Moment of Decision I Pray to Ganesha, Remover of ObstaclesAum, Shri Ganeshaya namah -- Great Lord of Wisdom, here I stand with so many decisions to make, with so many ways to turn. I beg for Your grace. Fill me with righteous judgment and clear discrimination as I lay all confusion at Your holy feet and immerse myself solely in You. Aum, Ganesha sharanam, sharanam Ganesha.From Loving Ganesha by the Himalayan Academy Ch. 11 Ganapati Prarthanah: Prayers to Lord Ganesha … [Read more...]

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Pagan Spirit Gathering Offering Accessible Camping

When Circle Sanctuary had to move PSG from Camp Zoe in Salem, Missouri, because of it's closure many Pagans in the area were disappointed. It was an honor to have such a long running festival in the stateClick here for Camp Zoe's take on the Federal search and closure. Click here for the St. Louis Riverfront Times article about Highway Patrol drug search roadblocks on the way to Camp Zoe.PSG is now being held in the much less controversial and more accessible Stonehouse Park near Earlville, … [Read more...]

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Building A Magical Community

By MaseryFirst posted to the Witches Voice in 2008 under the Order of the Elodrym's profile which is no longer available. witchvox.comA yearning to belong is a natural drive to fulfill a need for understanding and security. Traditionally magickal and mystical groups gathered for the sole purpose of study of and initiation into the occult. The growing interest in magick and mysticism as a way of life is creating a need for a broader sense of community. In order to evolve as an esoteric … [Read more...]

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What is your heart song?

Matthew J. T. Stepanek was born the youngest of four children, all who inherited Dysautonomic Mitochondrial Myopathy from their mother. She did not know about her condition until after they were born. Mattie began writing poetry when he was three and eventually had several books published. He traveled speaking for peace and tolerance and served as a National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association). He died just before his fourteenth birthday in 2004. At TEDxTeen, his mother … [Read more...]

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Get Your Green On: Gardening for Everyone

Anyone can garden, indoors or out, by thoughtfully choosing their level of commitment and accessibility. Gardening can be as simple as herbs and bean sprouts on a window sill to the complex planning and creation of large pathways between raised beds. It is possible to have a garden in urban areas by transforming lawns, using window space, or patio space economically. Growing plants with others gives you extra sets of hands to help with the work, increases mind power by planning, and creates or … [Read more...]

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The Magick of Being Stuck in a Rock and a Hard Place

Aron Ralston's life changed when he was trapped for 127 hours in the Blue John Canyon of Utah's vast desert. There are parallels between his transformation and the Seven Principles of Magick.www.patheos.com/community/paganswithdisabilities/2011/03/11/699/IMAGE: Digital photograph of Aron Ralston in a red jacket at sunset, in the mountains of Central Colorado, near Independence Pass (Aspen), CO. From his collection. Wikimediia Commons. CC license.The movie 127 Hours is a triumphant … [Read more...]

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The Seven Principles of Magick

by Tara Miller (Masery) and M. R. Miller (Arkayne Magii)Originally posted at The Witches' Voice.The Principle of AttractionEverything we think, say, and do involves the exchange of magickal energy, and likewise, everything that we experience or observe has an affect on us on a magickal level – often completely unnoticed – and every exchange of energy is creative in that it always causes a change in some way, even if this is only on the level of magickal energy itself.The principle of Att … [Read more...]

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The Pagan Community Isn't Ready to Aid Members In Health Care Facilities

There are around a million Pagans in the US and only a handful of Pagans who have experience or training for counseling in hospitals or hospice.As a person with chronic health issues, I've been to the emergency room many times. I'm grateful that only once I had to be admitted overnight and that turned out to be a week long stay in a stress unit. While I struggled with my inner turmoil, surrounded by free bibles and unable to go outside, I wished there was a Pagan clergy member or … [Read more...]

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