Thursday, November 18, 2010

The CNN of Paganism












I had what I consider the privilege of being raised Pagan, and very early on I came to the conclusion that we were the only ones.

Thankfully, I was wrong.

A few weeks ago in Circle I commented on how much the Pagan community has grown. I've gone from being "alone," to being part of an entire cultural/religious movement. Growing up I could count the number of Pagans I know on one hand, and so much has changed since then.

I realized that I can count the number of non-Pagan friends I know on one hand, and how different the world has changed for me, and us. The most prevailing evidence of this can be found in "our" media.

I spend my spare time reading Pagan magazines like Pan Gaia, New Witch and now Witches and Pagans, listening to Pagan Radio shows like Pagans Tonight and Hex Education, or The Pagan Radio Network which is owned and operated here in my town by my good friend Lew. And every weekend I look forward to the new release of articles on Witchvox, which connects Pagans on a global level and gives Pagans around the world a voice.

We have developed ourselves in nearly every aspect of media, and I for one love and appreciate this facet of living the Pagan life. But by far my favorite is The Wild Hunt. I have said it many times and will continue to say it: It is the pinnacle of professional Pagan journalism. It is the CNN of Paganism. Jason provides an invaluable resource to our community, and as a community we have an obligation to support and sustain these resources if we have any hopes for the future of Paganism.

Last year I donated to The Wild Hunt Pledge Drive, and challenged my readers to do the same. This year I have upped the ante and and my organization has the honor of becoming and affiliate underwriter for The Wild Hunt. Again I challenge you to do the same, make a donation, support a valuable member of our community, support the the invaluable service he provides to us all.

The Magical world of Paganism is diverse, and we don't always get along very well. But there are a few critical points of common ground we all share despite our differences, and The Wild Hunt is one of them. Think of it as the Pagan Lent, and skip Starbucks for a week and send that money to Jason, he's earned it.

Blessed Be.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

An Inmates Guide To The Craft

I had no idea that it would take this long, but it's finally done. Last night I celebrated the completion of my second book. I rewarded myself with a nice hot soak in the hot tub, complete with my favorite cigar and a nice glass of port. The stars were especially bright and the neighbors were unusually quiet. And I spent the better part of the evening quite happy with myself.

CARCER VIA : AN INMATES GUIDE TO THE CRAFT

So it's officially done, I uploaded it to Lulu and am just awaiting the hour or so it takes to process before I order my first patch. For anyone who has looked through my first book The Auguris and didn't understand it, this book is the key. The Auguris was primarily intended to be used by our community, or anyone who has been to one of our rituals.

As promised, Carcer Via actually contains words, sentences, paragraphs and pages of actual writing. And while it is primarily intended for an incarcerated audience, the free world may still find it interesting. The introduction is based on my annual lecture at Fresno State University and the main body is focused on my unique system of magic, so if you like my blog, you'll like my book even better because my friend Steve Provost over at PenDragon Editing did an amazing job of glossing and shining my usual chicken scratch into something quite intelligent.

Like the first book, this book is also a community service project, so all revenue generated by this book goes to pay for inmates to get free copies. For every single book sold, three inmates get a free one, so buy one, it's going to three good causes. (Three Fold!)

I am also proud to announce that my book also features a foreword from my friend and personal hero Raymond Buckland, who was gracious enough to write some very kind words despite his busy schedule of appearances and book fairs. Ray's writing a lot of fiction now days, which I think is just as good as his Witchcraft. I am especially eager to read his latest book The Golden Illuminati. *Rubs hands together*

But most of all I would also like to thank my best friend, my lover, my mistress and my personal Goddess, my Wife Claudia. For being so supportive, never giving up on me and never letting me give up on myself. Without her, nothing would have been possible.

Thank you Lord and Lady for that sexy Witch, the Papa Goddess. Blessed Be.