Divination Space Station: Bernadette Montana

Women’s History month is still upon us, so I figured I would take this opportunity to spotlight a great woman and a great friend. Bernadette Montana has over 25 years in teaching and practicing Wicca, the Tarot and Native American traditions. She considers herself a progressive witch under Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone. [Read more...]

Frequently Asked Questions About Ancestor Altars

Yesterday I wrote in detail about Creating Ancestor Altars in Santeria, Vodou, and Voodoo. Anyone can create an altar or shrine for the ancestors, and it is a great way to begin to open up your spiritual avenues. [Read more...]

Creating Ancestor Altars in Santeria, Vodou, and Voodoo

Ancestor Altars and shrines are a part of many different religions. They are present in Christian homes, Buddhist homes, Pagan homes, and even in Atheists’ homes. They can be as simple as a glass of water and a picture of Grandpa, or given an entire room to spread out in. [Read more...]

Tarot, Jodorowsky, and Questions from a Crippled Hand

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a genius. I thought that way before I was blessed with the opportunity to shake his hand last Friday night. The man is a filmmaker, author, shaman, visionary, iconoclast. The Dance of Reality, Jodorowsky’s first film in 23 years had its NY premiere at MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art on March 14, 2014. Like all of his films, it’s an artful display of a world bizarre. [Read more...]

A Sicilian St. Joseph’s Day Recipe for Frittata

Every Sicilian knows that March 19th is the feast of St. Joseph. It is a time for elaborate celebrations, tables laid with flowers and food for all to share. [Read more...]

Otherness, Power and Privilege: Vampires Are Us

I met a gentlemen at a pagan event who claimed to practice the Vampire religion. Not sure what this entailed except for an albino complexion, a lot of leather, and a propensity for weirdness. I don’t know what to make of that, and I’m also not sure what to make of this recent resurgence of Vamp-tastic film and fiction. Luckily, Margot Adler has sunk her teeth into this material and she lays it bare for us. [Read more...]

A Little Lore from the Leprechaun Museum for St. Patrick’s Day

Like many of us out there, my family and I have a bit of Pagan Irish heritage in our family tree. Because of my devotion to the goddess Brighid (also known as Brigit) and her Voodoo sister Maman Brigitte, I borrowed a little Irish luck and took a trip to the Emerald Isle. One of the many magickal joys of my trip was a visit to the Leprechaun Museum in Dublin. [Read more...]


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