MALEFICENT: Full of pagan imagery

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You gotta love when a fairy tale actually has lots of fairies in it. That's the conceit behind MALEFICENT, Disney's new retelling of SLEEPING BEAUTY. It's a kind of alternative theory on how the Wicked Queen/Evil Fairy got so damn wicked/evil. Although the "w" word is never used, Maleficent is adept at magic and curses. And her name, which seems to be a play on "malevolent" and "magnificent" (or "malefica" which means evil deeds") is fitting on both counts. The character is a complex portrayal … [Read more...]

Review: PLAIN JANE: THE SHOCKUMENTARY

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Jane Hash is an artist, healer, blogger and activist. She is also barely three feet tall. Born with a genetic condition that left her with multiple fractures, her health was compromised for most of her youth, and her mobility limited by the fragility of her bones. As an adult, Jane seems like a powerhouse of energy, humor, and no-nonsense ass-kicking. Her podcast "Hash it Out with Jane" gives voice to her activism and consciousness raising.But don't take my word for it: see her hilarious and … [Read more...]

Happy Fifth Birthday Patheos!

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Well really it was yesterday but boy, has it been a busy week! Yesterday was also the cross quarter day of Beltane (for this who like to observe the exact cross quarter in addition to the traditional festival day of May 1st) so that seems fitting. The cross quarter days fall nicely midway between the season changes, but seem, in the Western Hemisphere, anyway, to signal the "true" beginning of the season, hence, Beltane is really when spring begins! Sure looks like it here in upstate NY with … [Read more...]

Horror-inspired Apparel! THE SHINING and TWIN PEAKS, now in scary wearable form…

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And I don't mean schlocky t-shirts...Despite Facebook's increasingly annoying propensity for not showing me very much of anything I want to see anymore, I did happen upon two interesting items this week.First, some sneakers inspired by TWIN PEAKS. (Here's a bunch of them on Ebay: you will note some of them have a black and blue color theme, while some have red, black and green; the latter ones seem to have that crazy zig zag pattern from the Red Room on the bottom soles).If you … [Read more...]

THE WICKER MAN meets THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT? Really?

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I am not a fan of movie teaser articles that use the word "meets" in this way but the trailer for this new film APOCALYPTIC does seem to justify the headline from movie pilot.com that has just come over the transom today...It's from Australia, and very low budget (less than $10,000, which is CRAZY!), and in one of my favorite (if beleaguered, these days) categories of horror, the found footage genre. Though it wasn't the first film to use the found footage conceit, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT … [Read more...]

Every Day is Earth Day

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(This article was first published on The Witches' Voice website on April 22, 2002. I think it has weathered well. I also think it's easy to get depressed realizing how little has changed and how so much seems to have gotten worse. But I invite you to find beauty and hope in nature today, and every day. It teaches us about the power of believing in change and renewal.) I write to you from Boston, where last week we had a day that hit NINETY-THREE degrees (breaking the previous record … [Read more...]

The only thing worse than a witch hunt…

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...is a television series that tries to capitalize on popular media's witchy trend by being as over the top as possible.SALEM Premieres this Sunday on WGN: Just how trashy will it be?From the looks of things in the latest trailer, pretty trashy.I'm pretty sure this series was in the works before AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN premiered, but I am inclined to agree with the i09 folks: this new show seems to want to give the glossy, envelope-pushing FX drama a run for its … [Read more...]

Prominent Pagan Arrested for Child Pornography

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This is not a good week for the pagan community.Kenny Klein, well known pagan musician and an amateur photographer, has been arrested in New Orleans on 25 counts of child pornography, involving images found on his computer of children under the age of 13 engaging in explicit sexual activity, according to this news story¬†from the Times-Picayune.Klein has recorded a number of albums, both on his own and with other musicians, including his ex-wife Tziporah, with whom he used to tour the … [Read more...]

Sad, Sudden Loss of a Pagan Elder: Rest in Peace, Judy Harrow

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It is a sad day.I have just received the news that Judy Harrow, a very influential member of our greater pagan community, has passed away suddenly. I had been aware via Facebook that Judy was experiencing some recent health complications connected to her dialysis, but other than that I do not have any specific information of the cause of her death.I first met Judy many years ago, in the late 1980s, when I lived in western Masschusetts. She attended events with various groups I knew at … [Read more...]


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