The Wicker Tree and The Wicker Man’s Legacy

Still from 1973's "The Wicker Man".

One of my favorite films is the 1973 cult-classic "The Wicker Man." Set in a remote Scottish island, it pits a priggish Christian police officer against a population that has rejected Christianity in favor of a revived Paganism. As the policeman slowly unravels the mystery of a missing girl, he's drawn ever tighter into a conspiracy that will seal his fate. While the slow-burning plot is serviceable, it's really the atmospherics, songs, and attention to detail that make the film transcendent … [Read more...]

Passages: Bert Jansch and Diane Cilento

Bert Jansch

This week has seen an unusually high number of high-profile deaths, from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to civil rights icon Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, but perhaps lost among the many (deserved) tributes and remembrances are two other figures who have had an indirect but palpable influence on modern Pagan culture: Bert Jansch and Diane Cilento. Jansch, who died on Wednesday from lung cancer was a hugely influential guitarist and founding member of the British folk-rock band Pentangle. Pentangle, … [Read more...]


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