Interview with Jane Hash, subject of a new documentary film

Jane Hash is a feisty three feet tall. She can be seen at pagan festivals at the Brushwood Folklore Center, in her motorized chair, wearing a sarong and some sparkly eye shadow, giving workshops on nutrition, ear candling and other subjects. Despite her physical limitations, Jane is full of life. She is smart, funny, wise, resourceful, kind, and just a bit naughty. Jane is making a documentary film about her life which will surely prove to be an inspiration to pagans and non-pagans alike. She is … [Read more...]

Salvia Divinorum: Smoked by Miley Cyrus and Jared Loughner

Here's an example of how blatantly the media tries to sway us into believing things that common sense might otherwise tell us aren't necessarily true. The New York Times reports today that Jared Loughner, the shooter in the Tucson massacre, was known to smoke salvia divinorum, as well as marijuana, according to his friends.There are several points of interest here. First, off, New York Times, I have a question for you: Really? You're considered the finest newspaper in the world and you jump on … [Read more...]

2010′s Best Films (of interest to Pagans, Witches, Occultists, et al)

In 2010 there were a number of new films that I think would be of interest to readers of this blog. Some of them played the dodeca-plexes, some came to your neighborhood art house, and some of them may have flown completely under your radar. But let's hope all of them will at least be available on DVD at some point.I enjoyed CENTURION a great deal. This historical thriller was about the ancient Picts and their unlikely alliance with a Roman soldier. Written and directed by Neil Marshall (who … [Read more...]

Is Jared Lee Loughner an Occultist? Does that Make Him Evil? Or Does the Fact that He’s a Cold-Blooded Killer Make Him Evil?

Today's blogosphere is exploding with coverage of the Arizona shootings on Saturday that left a number of people dead and wounded. One intended target was Gabrielle Giffords (still in critical condition), a congressional representative, and federal judge John Roll (deceased). Other victims include one of Giffords' aides, and a nine-year old girl born on September 11, 2001 who had recently been elected to her student council. As rarely happens with such events, the alleged shooter is actually … [Read more...]

SEASON OF THE WITCH: A Medieval Muddle

You’d think it was the 1970s all over again, what with so many occult-themed stories in film recently. 2010 brought us The Last Exorcism (a clever, subversive premise that unfortunately dissolves into precious chaos), Devil (a kinda spooky but mostly lame story of random folks trapped in an elevator who just start dying), last year gave us The House of the Devil (a cool cinema verite story of a cult leader), and in just a few weeks The Rite opens (a contemporary story of exorcists-in-training … [Read more...]

Best Witches Ever?

So, you may be aware, Season of the Witch opens tomorrow. (Yes, I'm going and will post a review...you may have noticed, I'm a trifle obsessed with this film) The website handling much of the film's hype decided to explore the wide world of witches on television and in film, "inspired by the wonderful Claire Foy who conjures up a terrific performance" by offering their whopping huge list of FIVE "memorable" witches; and naturally, one of them is the witch in...yeah, you got it...Season of the … [Read more...]

Witch Hunting? There’s an App for That.

As part of the increasingly gadget-oriented hype ploys for Season of the Witch, now Android users can get a "Witch Hunt" application for their smart phones. I found this via the film's Facebook page which linked to the app's page on the AppBrain website. The description begins "Witches walk all around us. They are responsible for great devastation, performing harrowing evils from the guises of the shadows." And it goes on from there. Apparently you point your phone at a group of people in your … [Read more...]

The Book of English Magic

It's been a while since I saw a new book in the field of paganism, magic, witchcraft or the occult that has been unique or exciting. Recent offerings in occult books have mostly been retreading earlier materials, so in recent years I've been more likely to be drawn to some academic titles (like Douglas Cowan's Sacred Terror). But this new book by Philip Carr-Gomm and Richard Heygate is one of the most exciting new books I've seen in a while.The Book of English Magic from Overlook Press is … [Read more...]

The Faeries of Blackheath Woods

From the website that brings you the best in cool stuff, The Awesomer, comes this short film, The Faeries of Blackheath Woods, written and directed by Ciaran Foy. Very well done and very unexpected. … [Read more...]

Season of the Witch Interview

John Morehead of the excellent website Theofantastique interviewed me this week about Season of the Witch. Though obviously neither of us have seen the film yet, John asked me some intriguing questions about the film and the impact it may have on the pagan community and on audiences in general. My thanks for for his tireless and interesting work exploring the world of religion, fantasy and horror. … [Read more...]