Strange Days: T. Rexstacy and Marc Bolan of T. Rex

(I’ve always been fascinated by the occult overtones of Rock and Roll and Heavy Metal. Generally, the occult trappings in rock are nothing more than window dressing, but they can still be worth exploring. Strange Days is a series chronicling the truth about the occult and Paganism in rock. Future articles will include looks at The Doors and Jethro Tull.) Long ago in the far far away known as the 1980’s there used to be music videos on cable (and… Read more

Gateways to Paganism: Paul Huson’s “Mastering Witchcraft”

Certain books, musicians, and movies have led many to the Pagan Path. Paul Huson’s “Mastering WItchcraft” is one of those books. Perhaps the first widely available work to list all the ingredients that go into a “Modern Witch” ritual, Huson’s book was revolutionary. Still in print forty years after its initial publication, “Mastering Witchcraft” remains an important, if controversial, gateway to Paganism. Read more

Samhain in August

Wrestling with the ghosts of Samhain in August has been a bit of a challenge, and while I don’t think it’s going to drive me mad, it does have me looking over my shoulder a lot more often than usual. Jason Mankey writes about the pitfalls of sharing your brain with a Samhain Ritual for an extended period of time. Read more

Always with One Foot in the Broom Closet

I managed a coffee shop for nearly ten years when I lived in Michigan. While most of us think of coffee shops as small slices of bohemia, the one I worked at was quite different. We were right next door to the Michigan House of Representatives, and even when the Democrats were in the governor’s chair there was a decidedly conservative bent to neighborhood. The store was also owned by two conservative Evangelical Christians. It was a strange mix of… Read more

Faces of the Horned God: Herne the Hunter

Herne is a god, a folktale, and a ghost-story; he’s also the only god who has ever explicitly expressed his displeasure with me during ritual. Adventures with Herne is a look into the origins of the god, and how I learned to appreciate him. Read more

Finding The God

How does one find the God? Perhaps the gods find us and we don’t have much choice in the matter? Jason Mankey recounts his early experiences with deity and how ended up “raising the horns” above all else. Read more

Why I Can’t Quite Reject Jesus

A Pagan comments on his feelings about Jesus. Read more

My Religion is Just as Fake as Yours

Clearing up misconceptions about Modern Paganism. Read more

Lily Dale: A Rainy Day with the Spirits

A skeptic visits the Spiritualist community of Lily Dale, witnesses a few spirit readings, and takes a step backward in time. Read more

Ramble On-Sirius Rising

The last week of my overly long Midwest/East Coast jaunt was spent at the Brushwood Folklore Center, at their Sirius Rising Festival. I’ve been going to Sirius for almost ten years, originally just because it was right before the Starwood Festival, and then eventually just because I enjoyed Sirius (and Brushwood) its self. I don’t think words can describe how much I love and appreciate Brushwood. As a campground it has perfectly situated its self between two worlds; there’s great… Read more

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