Shadows of Terrorism

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Friday, the 13th day of November, 2015. Revelers gathered in various venues around the world to fly in the face of fate and scoff at bad fortune, to celebrate in ways considered evil by some. On this night Paris was attacked in what appeared to be a coordinated effort of ISIS terrorists. We joined in online shows of solidarity with the French people. We raged and we mourned and were bewildered, and soon we were shown we weren't doing it right.Enter people shouting about racism wondering … [Read more...]

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Pagan Interviews: Patricia Lafayllve

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Patricia Lafayllve is a Heathen scholar, author, and speaker. She's been involved in several Heathen groups over the years and is garnering quite a reputation as a writer. Our own Sean Harbaugh was lucky enough to sit down with her and discuss her books, her practice, and the differences between the words Pagan and Heathen.Sean Harbaugh: Hi Patty, thank you for taking time for this interview. I am honored. So, we’ll start off the basic question, can you please tell us about yourself? … [Read more...]

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Sanctuary at Starbucks

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The new Christmas rage coming from Fundamentalist Christians all centers around a simple red cup. In their press release, Jeffrey Fields, vice president of Design and Content at Starbucks stated that the coffee chain was going for a minimalist, simple design to reflect the “sanctuary” Starbucks offers to many during the holiday. Joshua Feuerstein and other fundamentalists claim that it's all just one more step in the “War on Christmas” being waged between capitalism and Christians. Even if y … [Read more...]

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An Alternative Look at “Witches of America”

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Let me start this with a couple disclaimers:This review is based on my own week-long experience with Alex Mar as a subject, which most people won’t recognize because I only ended up in a few sentences in the book, which were positive/neutral. This is also the case with my three camp-mates who shared our tents with Alex. Because of this brevity in the book, I have no reason to feel attacked. So I want to make it clear that I do not deny any pain, anger, or any other feelings my fellow witch s … [Read more...]

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A Review of Alex Mar’s “Witches of America”

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Title: Witches of America Author: Alex Mar Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books Release Date: Oct. 20, 2015 Reviewed by: Segomâros WidugeniThis book stands in the same tradition as numerous exploitation books of the ‘50s through the ‘70s, in which intrepid journalists misrepresent themselves to enter the secret (or is that vulnerable, abused, and endangered?) world of witchcraft, only to turn around and make a buck by caricaturing their subjects. Indeed, there is little here that hasn’t … [Read more...]

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Pagan Interviews: Brendan Myers

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Hello everyone, this is my third interview already. I’m very excited about this particular one, as Professor Brendan Myers is one of my favorite writers. Prof. Myers earned his Ph. D at the University of Ireland, Galway, and he is currently a professor of philosophy at CEGEP Heritage College, in Gatineau, Quebec. Professor Myers is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, and he was very gracious enough to take the time and answer my questions. I’m hoping these will spur your interest … [Read more...]

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Lovecraft’s Man or Monster?

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In conventional horror fiction, particularly horror fiction written in the 20’s and the 30’s, there is usually a clear line of demarcation between humans and monsters. Generally, the human is concerned with preserving culture, civilization, etc., while the monster invariably is focused on destruction, specifically, the destruction of individual humans, at least in the short term, but also, by implication the destruction of human culture and civilization in general. Additionally, in horror fic … [Read more...]

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Michael Howard: Witch (1948-2015)

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I was saddened to awake this morning to news of Michael Howard's passing on The Cauldron website:For those unfamiliar with Howard, he was the publisher of the UK's Cauldron magazine and a prolific author, but his influence on Modern Witchcraft is much bigger than that. He was a tireless champion of Traditional Witchcraft and one of its best writers. I didn't always agree with his conclusions but he deserves credit for introducing (and reintroducing) a number of ideas into Modern … [Read more...]

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Talking Tarot With Ann Moura

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Ann Moura is probably best known for her books on Green Witchcraft but she's also written about tarot and is an accomplished tarot reader. This summer she released her first deck, The Green Witch Tarot with artist Kiri Ostergaard Leonard.What is your background in reading cards?I have been reading cards for over 50 years. I started reading with ordinary playing cards as a child when my mother taught me how to play Solitaire. I would see things moving in the cards and receive … [Read more...]

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Pagan Interviews: Erynn Rowan Laurie

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Erynn Rowan Laurie is a pagan scholar, poet, author, and one of the guiding lights of the Celtic Reconstructionist movement. After many years spent living in America's Pacific Northwest she recently moved to Italy. She writes and teaches on many aspects of Celtic Paganism, Druidism and Filidecht. Visit her online at The Preserving Shrine.Sean Harbaugh: Hi Erynn, thanks for taking time to be interviewed. Let’s start out with talking about your new book The Well of Five Streams. This book a … [Read more...]

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