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.

Samhain Past: History, Myth, & Mystery

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Samhain was unquestionably a major holiday in some parts of the Celtic world, but how much do we really know about the holiday? Is there anything we can say with absolute certainty about it? Part of Samhain’s appeal may lie in just how mysterious the original holiday was. [Read more...]

Samhain Ritual 2014

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At Samhain we celebrate the final harvest and reunite with our beloved dead. This Samhain Ritual is designed for covens and small groups, and includes a “Drawing Down the Sun/God” and an opportunity for the living to feel the souls of those they have lost near them once more. [Read more...]

Why I Believe in the Supernatural

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Sometimes it feels like “supernatural” is a dirty word. It’s as if believing in anything unexplainable makes me a doubter of science at best, and delusional at worst. However, I’ve just had too many powerful encounters with deity and the unknown to not embrace the world just outside our own. For me, the supernatural is real, and I’ve got the stories that explain why. [Read more...]

The Origins of Halloween Things

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Jack-o’-lanterns, Trick or Treat, and festive Halloween Costumes are how many of us celebrate the night of October 31, but where did all of those traditions come from? Are the things we associate with Halloween ancient, modern, or somewhere in between? A closer look at some of our most beloved Halloween traditions. [Read more...]

Pagan Pilgrimage: Rosslyn Chapel

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Rosslyn Chapel is a legendary place, but does it offer anything of interest to Pagans? If you do head to Rosslyn what should you look for? Jason takes a closer look at Rosslyn Chapel and shares everything you might need to know if you plan to visit this amazing place. [Read more...]

My Magical Partner

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I’ve been married to the same wonderful woman for ten years now. Even more than my wife she’s my magical partner, my life partner, and the best part of me. [Read more...]

Christianity: I Don’t Miss It

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After a friend reflected on possibly missing Christianity I asked myself the same question. Do I miss it, any of it? Even a little? The quick answer is “not a bit.” [Read more...]

The Triumph of Mabon

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Even though many don’t particularly like it, the word “Mabon” has come to signify the Autumn Equinox and early Fall. Is that a triumph or a tragedy? [Read more...]

20 Questions with Sable Aradia

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Sable Aradia is a peer, a friend, and now a published author! Her first book “The Witches Eight Paths of Power” is a legitimately good one and led to these 20 Questions. [Read more...]

Vacation as Pilgrimage

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Next week my wife and I are headed overseas for our first extensive trip in many years. Some would use the word vacation to describe out trip but I prefer the term “pilgrimage,” because much of our trip will revolve around the spiritual and sacred. [Read more...]


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