July 26, 2016

  ​This past weekend was the annual Pride Festival in Fort Wayne, IN, my hometown. The first gay pride festival was held in Fort Wayne in 1997. There were only a hundred or so people in attendance at that first year. This year it was estimated that 15,000 people would be attending over the weekend. In the past twenty years it has grown into one of the largest festivals in Fort Wayne. The fact that something like this can not… Read more

July 23, 2016

​This time of year is marked by the burning rays brought down by the Dog Star Sirius, signaling the scorching heat that can come during the “dog days” of summer. The same light that provided nourishment for the green world now parches the earth. This is the last gasping breath of summer, whose days have grown steadily shorter since the solstice. The dark god of the Wildwood, leader of the Wild Hunt comes to claim his throne. The light god… Read more

July 10, 2016

Since I was I child I have had a fascination with plants. I loved working in the garden with my grandfather. I learned a lot of my basic gardening skills from watching and helping him. Of course the plants that I found the most fascinating were the other worldly looking ones and the carnivorous plants with their delicate mouths. I even had my own Venus Flytraps as a child. Another hobby that I took up at a young age was… Read more

June 5, 2016

My Curious Cabinet Oh heavenly, blissful gift to the fickle world of tarot! This is exactly the deck that so many of us have been thirsting for. I resisted for so long – I don’t need it, surely I don’t need it, I tried to tell myself – but it haunted my waking hours, each scan I glimpsed nudging me ever closer, until finally I gave in and ordered.  I think it was the sheer uniqueness of this deck that… Read more

May 31, 2016

Since I was a young child, I have had a fascination with plants. I loved working in the garden with my grandfather, helping plant seeds and pull weeds. The majority of my basic gardening skills I learned from watching and helping him. Of course the plants that I found the most fascinating were the exotic carnivorous plants that look like they are from another planet. I even had my own Venus Flytraps as a kid. At recess instead of playing… Read more

March 6, 2016

This is a review for the work by the late Michael Howard. I purchased a copy of this book from Three Hands Press, publishers of fine editions of occult writing. There are few works available on the origins of traditional witchcraft, and the early days of the tradition itself. Howard details the very beginnings of modern traditional witchcraft, and it’s rise to prominence in occult communities alongside the separate traditions of Gerald Gardner. In the infancy of modern witchcraft, a… Read more

February 26, 2016

  Carus was a forerunner of interfaith dialogue, promoting communication between world religions.  He was respected for his writing on philosophy and comparative religion.  Paul Carus lived from 1852-1919, and The History of the Devil was his magnum opus.  Carus’ work explores the evolution of the devil from antiquity to the modern age, and how the concept of Satan has changed across cultures. Carus traces the diabolic origins of the many manifestations of Satan through different locations, and historical periods of significance…. Read more

February 24, 2016

  I have had an affinity for witches since I can remember.  The first memories I have of witches as a child were watching The Witches with Angelica Houston, and going to see Hocus Pocus in theatres with my parents.  I wanted to dress up as the wicked witch of the west every year for Halloween, even though I had a year round cauldron and witch hat that I wore.  I even remember making “potions” at a very young age at my… Read more

February 22, 2016

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February 21, 2016

This book is written under the pseudonym “Aoumiel,” which is the author’s craft name.  She uses the name Ann Moura in her more recent books.  Moura has written many books on witchcraft, such as: her “Green Witchcraft series” including “Grimoire of a Green Witch.”  Ann Moura considers herself a hereditary practitioner of a nature based tradition.  Her writing is down to earth and easy to understand, which is wonderful for those just starting out, and it is a refreshing read… Read more

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