About Jason Mankey

Jason Mankey has been involved with Paganism for the last twenty years, and has spent the last ten of those years as a speaker, writer, and High Priest. Jason can often be found lecturing on the Pagan Festival circuit, so you might just bump into him. When not reading and researching Pagan history he likes to crank up the Led Zeppelin, do rituals in honor of Jim Morrison (of The Doors), and sing numerous praises to Pan, Dionysus, and Aphrodite. He lives in Sunnyvale CA with his wife Ari and two hyper-kinetic cats.

Missing Beltane

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Reflections on spending Beltane away from home, and why that’s harder to do with Beltane than some of the other sabbats. [Read more...]

Beltane Past: Fire and Folklore

Edinburgh Beltane Fire Festival 2012 from Wikipedia Commons by Stefan Schäfer.

We know very little about the ancient celebration of Beltane. It most certainly existed, but it was probably very different from how most of us celebrate it today. [Read more...]

Beltane Ritual 2015

The Butterfly by John Collier from Wikipedia Commons

Before maypoles and Morris dancers Beltane was essentially a fire festival. The central working in this ritual comes directly from an old Scottish “Bel-tein” rite. [Read more...]

Jason Reads and Listens (Book and Music Reviews)

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Book reviews touching on everything from the evolution of Goddess worship in the modern world, conjuring fairies, and the Loch Ness Monster. Sometimes I’m surprised by my literacy too! [Read more...]

Thank the Gods We Don’t Have a Bible

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Not having a holy book of absolutes is a strength, and not a weakness. [Read more...]

What to Do With Broken Statuary

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What does one do when a deity statue breaks? Burial, and a new purpose, have always felt like the proper approach to me. [Read more...]

Witches on Vinyl

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We don’t generally think of the Witches of the late 60′s and early 70′s as “recording artists” but a few Witches did release records back then, and generally for major labels. Take a trip in the Raise the Horns wayback machine and start up the turntable, we’ve got Witches coming at you in stereo! [Read more...]

Be Nice to the “Fluffy Bunnies”

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I have a confession to make. When I first started out in Paganism some twenty-odd years ago I was what some of you might call a “Fluffy Bunny” and looking back on it I wouldn’t change a thing. [Read more...]

The Charge of the Goddess: A History

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A couple of weeks ago I somehow ended up in a discussion about The Charge of the Goddess on social media. I think the argument was about “who wrote the Charge?” a question which is more complex than most people realize.

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What Good is Paganism?

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What good is Paganism? It’s the rock the modern world was built upon, and on an individual level it’s certainly made me a better person. In a broader sense I also believe that Modern Paganism is pushing society forward and reminding people of their responsibility to the Earth. [Read more...]


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