The Art of Human Sacrifice

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...or, some wonderful news to celebrate Lammas!Although it takes place in the days leading up to Beltane, the 1973 film THE WICKER MAN might as well take place at Lammas, which is a traditionally a pagan festival associated with sacrifice (based upon harvest rites and rituals described in Frazer's The Golden Bough, among other sources).So it's deliciously appropriate that the news of a newly-discovered complete print of this cult cinema classic (and required viewing for all of the pagan … [Read more...]

THE SANDMAN returns…

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Despite jumping the gun on the rumored HBO production of Neil Gaiman's AMERICAN GODS, I feel confident posting this: the Vertigo Comics website announces Gaiman's groundbreaking story The Sandman will return in graphic novel form this autumn.The series revolutionized the graphic novel industry, winning multiple awards and garnering an enormous fan base. It has been issued in multiple editions, including hardcover. The story of a melancholy Morpheus (an immortal being who command the realm of … [Read more...]

Not So Fast….Neil Gaiman sez…AMERICAN GODS is NOT Greenlit.

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Put your pants back on!The word on Twitter from the author himself is that the plan to produce six seasons of AMERICAN GODS on HBO is not in any way official:"Seeing news stories about AMERICAN GODS being 'officially greenlit' at HBO. These are just people talking on the internet & not true at all."  (from Neil Gaiman on Twitter)Sorry, folks. Sometimes you have to go right to the source. My thanks to those who have already pointed out the other articles were premature or … [Read more...]

Blackmore’s Night “Dancer and the Moon” (Review)

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This new album from legendary rock guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and singer-instrumentalist Candice Night is the pair's 13th studio album. Like their previous work, the album's songs represent an array of styles and genres, while maintaining a unique signature sound that no other rock duo has achieved: a mix of hard rock, medieval and classical -infused art rock, grad-folk, and gypsy stylings. It's safe to say Blackmore's Night shows no sign of slowing down or losing their edge, although I did … [Read more...]

It’s Official: AMERICAN GODS to run 6 seasons on HBO

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Drop everything but your pants!The wonderful bestselling novel by uber-cool novelist Neil Gaiman is now officially in the pipeline for production on HBO, possibly debuting as early as 2013, according to this article from screenrant.com. The show will have a budget of $40 million and will rely heavily upon CGI effects.The novel chronicles a confrontation among ancient gods who have returned to earth in anthropomorphic form and are suffering from a loss of faith within humanity. … [Read more...]

Adventures of a Devil-Worshipping Whore, or, Why I Don’t Believe We’re Arguing About What We Believe

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So, earlier this month, in response to a request from Patheos for their bloggers to answer the question "What do I believe?"--I wrote about my beliefs. There were many positive comments and some folks, moved by my words and seeing, perhaps, a reflection of their own views in them, shared what I had written on their own blogs.I had not realized at the time that there had been an increasingly-contentious discussion occurring in the pagan blogosphere (and also on Tumblr and Facebook) about the d … [Read more...]

New Documentary in the Works: WITH LOVE FROM SALEM

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A new documentary film chronicling the work of the Salem, MA coven the Temple of Nine Wells has a trailer on YouTube. The group was led by Gypsy Ravish and her late husband Richard, who also established the popular shop Nu Aeon and mail order business White Light Pentacles. In 2011 the Temple celebrated 20 years of Samhain rituals at Gallows Hill, a milestone that appears to be the subject of the film.I will update this space as I find out more about the documentary and any news of its … [Read more...]

Adventures of a Non-Deist, or, Why I Don’t “Believe” in the Gods

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I was raised Catholic. Not very strictly, but enough to carry away a profound sense of discomfort with anything remotely connected to religion. I did kind of enjoy the music and chanting and stories and pageantry of mass, but of course in later life I understood it was a love of ritual, not a love of Catholic liturgy. I was also raised in a a family fairly in touch with nature: we hunted and fished and grew and gathered much of our own food. So when I discovered neo-paganism in graduate school, … [Read more...]

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, now on DVD.

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   I know, I know, it'a fluff. I don't care, I loved this movie! An old family of Louisiana witches faces a battle with their town when the local Christians think the "new girl" is too witchy to be at school with their sweet little Jesus-worshiping Mean Girls.It's full of wonderful performances: Emma Thompson as a neurotic Southern Baptist whose body gets inhabited by an evil witch--LOVE THAT! Jeremy Irons as an impeccably-dressed reclusive millionaire whose … [Read more...]


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