Occult in America: Albert Pike & Freemasonry

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Albert Pike will never make my list of “favorite occultists,” but he was influential in spreading European occult philosophies and ideas within the United States through Freemasonry. [Read more...]

Occult in America: Joseph Smith

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Joseph Smith and the early Mormon Church were greatly influenced by magic and the occult. From peep stones to Freemasonry, Smith and his early followers were all over the occult map. [Read more...]

The Devil in Pagan Pants

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While the modern Devil is most certainly a Christian construction, he and his pseudonyms have occasionally made appearances in Modern Paganism. [Read more...]

The Mayan Calendar and the End of the World

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About a year and a half ago I sat on a “Pagan Panel” with such luminaries as Selena Fox, Christopher Penczak, and Raven Grimassi. We were asked how the end of the Mayan calendar would affect Pagans. I answered honestly, “Well, when December 21st comes around, I’ll probably be at the bar.” [Read more...]

My True Ghost Story

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Have you ever seen a ghost? I have, and not only have I see a ghost with my own eyes, I felt a ghost! While I’m skeptical about a great many things, after my real life ghost story, the spirits are something I completely believe in. [Read more...]

In Praise of Johnny Appleseed

Probably a little saner looker than the real man, but not a bad representation of Chapman.

(This is not meant to be a complete biography of Johnny Appleseed, or even a complete sketch of the man behind the myth, John Chapman. I’m an admirer, not a biographer, so what follows is woefully incomplete. For more information on Johnny Appleseed there are many sources. Last summer I polished off Howard Means’ Johnny [Read More...]

Mercury Retrowhat? Oh Astrology . . . . .

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You might have missed the announcement a couple of days ago, but Patheos recently launched an Astrology page over on the Spirituality Channel. The launch of the Astrology Page here is well timed personally because it’s a subject that’s been on my mind a lot the last few months. This summer I got into a [Read More...]

Are Satanists Pagan?

Can a Satanist also be a Pagan? Maybe? Probably? Absolutely not? What’s certain is that it probably depends on who you are talking to, on both sides of the spectrum. [Read more...]

The 1899 Ritual: What Would Pagan Ritual Have Looked Like at the end of the 19th Century?

What a would a “Pagan” ritual from 1899 looked like? Taking a few pages from Leyland’s Aradia, Freemasonry, and the Golden Dawn we attempt to find out. Put on your favorite steam-punk costume and prepare for Witch Ritual 1899 style. [Read more...]

I Read, I Listen, I Write: Book and CD Reviews

(Since I blog on Patheos, people often ask me to review their books or music. When I feel as if I’ve read and listened to enough stuff, you end up with a page of music and book reviews. Some of the links here will take you to Amazon, but if you can, try shopping at [Read More...]


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