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Traditional Witchcraft TWPT talks to Gemma Gary
Gemma is a student, practitioner, author and artist of the Old Craft. She lives in a remote farm cottage on the outskirts of St Buryan, in Cornwall’s Penwith region; Mainland Britain’s most south-westerly region. The village and the surrounding area are particularly rich in Witch-lore and ancient sacred stone monuments. From her study window Gemma can see the famous ‘Merry Maidens’ stone circle.
Gemma’s working interests and research encompass witchcraft, folk-magical traditions, folklore and customs of Cornwall, the West and beyond, as well as ‘Modern Traditional Witchcraft’ and the ‘Craft of the Wica’.
In addition to her practices as a working Cornish witch and charm maker, Gemma is the current serving Magistra of Ros An Bucca, a traditionalist Cornish witch kord (clan).
Whilst the public have been well served with numerous books dealing with the history of Cornish witchcraft, Gemma’s first book Traditional Witchcraft - A Cornish Book of Ways has been the first to explore Cornish witchcraft as a continuing, developing and evolving contemporary practice; for working witches and their clients in Cornwall still remain.
Click here to read our interview with Gemma Gary.
by Barbara Ardinger
Secret Lives by Barbara Ardinger
Being of the male persuasion I had my doubts as to how much
I would relate to and be drawn into a novel about a group of older women who follow
Goddess traditions and teachings. After reading Secret Lives I now see that my
doubts were wholly unfounded and that Barbara Ardinger has written a marvelous
book that is engaging, heartwarming and even instructive if you are open to the
spirit in which this novel was written. The grandmothers, the daughters and the
granddaughters of this novel are well drawn characters that personify the
struggles that women in general face living in a world that still sees them as
worth less than their male counterparts but in particular it also delves into
the struggles that women face who follow a spiritual path that does not adhere
to a patriarchal model that has come to dominate this modern world we live in.
Imajicka's review of Secret Lives by Barbara Ardinger
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Steampunk Tarot TWPT talks to Barbara Moore
Tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s personal and professional lives for over two decades. In college, tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Today she continues her tarot journey, both by learning from others and sharing her ideas through writing and teaching. Indeed, this erstwhile Hermit is discovering that she is enjoying traveling all over the world to share her love of tarot. Barbara enjoys writing about tarot; some of her favorite works include A Guide to Mystic Faerie Tarot, The Gilded Tarot Companion, Tarot for Beginners, and Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings.
Click here to read the interview.
Other Book Spotlights
Cherry Hill Seminary TWPT Column
Here's to a More Natural Holiday Season: from a Christmas Baby by Chris Highland
Trees and turkeys hate this time of year,
especially Christmas. Well, I suppose if you’re an oak tree or a palm or
a sequoia you may not dread the axe before Gratefulness Day. And if
you’re a wild turkey who can shut your gobble long enough to hide in the
hedgerow you may be safe. Nevertheless, it’s not a good time to be an
evergreen or a fat tom. There be fowl play in the air.
Though I was born on December 25th, I don’t
like it much myself anymore. I love the Season but not the
seasonings, Solstice but not the silly Santa and the same-old-Sacred. I
think I’ll celebrate with the forest and the birds.
Don’t get me wrong. I have no desire
to make good will and peace go away. I like a few lights, some cider and
a little more time with family and friends, if they can leave the cellphones in
the car. I enjoy a simple exchange of a few presents. But what I
really celebrate is that wetstuff from the sky with the gifts of greening
hills, the freshness of the air, hikes to the glorious waterfalls, migrating
birds and maybe a bit of wine-tasting by a fire.
For the rest of this column please click here.
Other Columns from Cherry Hill Seminary
Summertime Tarot Magick by Melanie Marquis
Who doesn’t like a summer romance? Try these simple spells based on the principles of attraction magick and see what happens! Attraction magick can be carried out with different methods. One technique is to combine the energies of what you wish to attract with your own energies. You simply weave the energies together, entwining them, through visualization, will, and symbolic action. So for a tarot love spell based on this principle, you can choose a card to represent yourself, a card to represent your ideal lover, and a card to represent the feelings you wish to share. Place the Sun card above these cards to amplify the spell with summer’s magick. Imagine all the energies shown in the cards combining. Look at the images and stack the cards on top of one another. You can say an affirmation if you like, a positive statement in your own words such as, “These energies are now entwined, in love, united.”
Click here to read more of this article.
Different Eyes: TWPT Talks to Julie Flanders from October Project
October Project is
its own Brill Building of spiritually-transformative pop. Like the famed
American music landmark, the trio has its own distinct division of
talents with Marina Belica’s sensually angelic vocals, Emil Adler’s
imaginative and dreamy compositions, and Julie Flanders’ achingly
beautiful harmonies, supportive counter-melodies, and revelatory lyrics
that mesmerize as they illuminate. The three’s connection dates back to
their teenage years and their richly storied history together fortifies
their nearly 20 year professional career as October Project.
power of October Project’s emotional resonance lies in how lushly
scenic its music is. "Always Wanted to You," from Uncovered, is rife
with nature imagery that creates an openness where in a dreamy state the
listener can superimpose his or her own moonlight romance. "If you go
to songwriting class they tell you what makes a good song is
concreteness, but when you use natural imagery, you give more room for
the listener to enter the images," Emil offers. Julie adds: "This is
music for you to live by, mark your transitions by; it’s a lullaby and
embrace for your losses and celebrations."
Click here to read the interview
Other Music Interviews on The Wiccan/Pagan Times
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Art of Fantasy, Fairie, and Myth: TWPT Talks to Mickie Mueller
“I decided to make my dreams reality, drawing upon the magic that I grew up with, singing to inchworms with my mother and watching nature create miracles in the sun and under the moon. I love researching the legends of fairies, Goddesses, nature spirits, folklore and history. I feel these themes are a part of us all on a deeper level, so when I have an opportunity to reach into that realm and bring something back, it’s an honor and I feel that I have a certain responsibility to do it with respect to these powerful entities. When I work on a piece, these beings speak with me, and when someone else sees it, and loves it, they get to be a part of that fantastic realm where anything and everything is possible too, and bring that energy into their lives.” -Mickie Mueller
Today Mickie has a growing business with her magical fantasy art. Her work has been seen in magazines and books internationally, including a school textbook in Norway. Her prints are sold in catalogues and on the Internet all over the world. She has two critically acclaimed divination decks published by Llewellyn, The Well Worn Path and The Hidden Path. Mickie’s third deck comes out in 2011 and is her first deck that she created on her own, concept, writing, and art. The Voice of the Trees, A Celtic Ogham Oracle is based on the rich and fantastic Celtic history, myths and legends and the Ogham system of letters used in 4th-6th century.
Click here to read the interview
M. Macha Nightmare
M. Macha Nightmare Cherry Hill Seminary Interview
Our Mission: Cherry Hill Seminary provides quality higher education and practical training in Pagan ministry.
- Our Vision: Cherry Hill Seminary supports Pagans and their communities by —
Providing an extensive education in diverse aspects of Pagan philosophy, practice, and skilled ministry;
Supplementing existing ritual and magical skills with training for professional ministry and counseling;
Serving as an ongoing resource for individual continuing education; and
Providing a forum for scholarship and community
- Our Values: Cherry Hill Seminary —
Honors the sacredness of the Earth
Encourages individual and spiritual autonomy
Read this interview with M. Macha Nightmare by clicking here.
Seasonal Celebrations Home
Next Holiday: Beltane May 1, 2014
'Perhaps it's just as well that you won't be here...to be offended by
the sight of our May Day celebrations.' --Lord Summerisle to Sgt.
Howie from 'The Wicker Man'
There are four great festivals of the Pagan Celtic year and
the modern Witches’ calendar, as well. The two greatest of these are Halloween
(the beginning of winter) and May Day (the beginning of summer). Being opposite
each other on the wheel of the year, they separate the year into halves.
Halloween (also called Samhain) is the Celtic New Year and is generally
considered the more important of the two, though May Day runs a close second.
Indeed, in some areas—notably Wales—it is considered “the great holiday”.
May Day ushers in the fifth month of the modern calendar
year, the month of May. This month is named in honor of the Goddess Maia,
originally a Greek mountain nymph, later identified as the most beautiful of
the Seven Sisters, the Pleiades. By Zeus, she is also the mother of Hermes, God
of magic. Maia’s parents were Atlas and Pleione, a sea nymph.
The old Celtic name for May Day is Beltane (in its most
popular Anglicized form), which is derived from the Irish Gaelic Bealtaine or
the Scottish Gaelic Bealtuinn, meaning “Bel-fire”, the fire of the Celtic God
of Light (Bel, Beli, or Belinus). He, in turn, may be traced to the Middle
Eastern God Baal.
For the rest of Mike Nichols' article on Beltane click here.
Next Holiday Southern Hemisphere:
May 1, 2014
For an article on Samhain by Mike Nichols click here.
2014 Wiccan/Pagan Calendar
Link's Lesson Book
Your Own Celebrations of Summer
village one year’s journey from here.
And in that village lives a woman with four children. Like any family, all four children are
kindred and similar -- yet very, very unique.
One is a feisty child, with brilliant golden hair, and a natural glow
warmer than any other. This child’s name
In an entire
year, perhaps the 91 days (and nights) of Summer seem to fly by the
quickest… When you think of summer, what
comes to mind?
Summer is the
peak, the pinnacle, the realization of what took root during the Spring. One lesson the seasons teach is that many
things in nature grow, mature, and then fade.
Imagine yourself old and gray and wise.
Look back upon your own life as if it were a single turn of the
year. What part of your life was your
high point, your “Summer,” your peak?
Where did you shine your brightest, glow your hottest?
We too change
like the seasons. When Mother Nature
puts on Her Summer wardrobe, so do we.
Except these wardrobes seem quite opposite. In Summer, the forest grows more thickly
covered, while we become less covered.
Summer is a season of short sleeves, short pants, short skirts and bare
toes. While the trees might wear their
thick green coats, we often frolic clad with nothing but the sky! More of our natural selves comes out in the
Summer – arms, legs, skin – what we are beneath all those layers of cold Winter
clothes can shine forth in the Summer.
Maybe we resemble our animal cousins, who also shed much of their fur
and feathers in Summer.
Read the rest of this article by clicking here.
News & Words of Interest to the Wiccan/Pagan Community
Posted June 12, 2013
Pagan Values Month: Service by THERIOSHAMANISM
Posted February 17, 2013
Good Words, Bad Words--Which Do We Use? by Barbara Ardinger
Thoughts on Spirituality, Politics and Values by Anne Hill, D.Min.
Posted February 10, 2013
A Darker Shade of Pagan: Pagan sounds from the underground Listen to the 02/10/2013 show.
Posted February 8, 2013
Donald Michael Kraig named Acquisitions Editor at Llewellyn for titles dealing with Magic(k) and Occult Topics.
Posted July 24, 2012
New Alexandrian Library Foundation is Laid
Posted July 18, 2012
A Tragedy Creates Potential for a National Pagan Discussion on Health by Tara "Masery" Miller
What Is a Witch? by Aidan Kelly
Posted July 12, 2012
Temple to Demeter unearthed in Sicily
Spirit of the Grain - Honoring the Soul of the Harvest
Where Are the Pagan Fundamentalists? by Gus diZerega
Posted July 11, 2012
David Grega of Pagan Centered Podcast obit 1984-2012
Posted July 9, 2012
Witchy Books That Aren’t About Witches!
Scavenge & Synthesize by Christopher Penczak
The Great Beast 666: Taking Another Look At Crowley by Star Foster
Posted July 8, 2012
All About Lammas (Lughnasadh) What is it and how to celebrate
Lughnasadh: Celebration of the First Harvest
A Ritual for
the Solitary Practitioner by Boudica
The Witch's Sabbat - Lammas/Lughnasadh
Posted July 5, 2012
TWPT's Boudica on Akasha Temple Blogtalk Radio tonight talking about Plagiarism
‘Religion’ is not a synonym for ‘Christianity’
Posted July 4, 2012
Our Gay Founding Father
Pagans Celebrating July 4
Posted July 3, 2012
To Live Your Story: Cat Treadwell's Blog Post
Titles, Labels and Names
Posted July 2, 2012
The (Pagan) Declaration of Independence
Life Moves Pretty Fast: Learning to Love the Law
The Deepest Well: Uncrossing Spell
Posted June 30, 2012
Survey Results: Pagans Strike a Balance, Find Inspiration in Nature
Christianity is a Pagan Religion with Deep Roots in Astrology
Virginia refuses to recognize High Priestess as clergy
Modesty, a “laughable non-problem” for Pagans?
The Growing Threat of Christian Dominionism
Why Britain's woodlands are so precious
Posted March 6, 2011
5 environmental revelations from WikiLeaks
What can 28,000 rubber duckies lost at sea teach us about our oceans?
Eastern cougar officially declared extinct
Posted November 27, 2010
Shakmah Winddrum passed away November 27, 2010
Posted November 17, 2010
Women and the Changing Faces of Paganism: T. Thorn Coyle's latest podcast Episode # 37
Posted November 13, 2010
Camp Zoe, Site of Schwagstock (and PSG) , Facing Seizure After Drug Investigation
Pagan Spirit Gathering Looking for new site for 2011
Posted August 11, 2010
Where Are the Pagan Role Models?
A Pagan site to visit in the SF Bay Area
Reclaiming a San Francisco Pagan Tradition
Pagan Group Listings Now Available
Posted August 6, 2010
An Argentine Gem Hidden No More
Past Lives and Reincarnation
Fertility Statues May Work, Believe it or Not
The Wigglian Way Pagan Podcast Episode 72
Posted August 5, 2010
LA area Pagans celebrate Lammas/Lughnasadh
Los Angeles area Pagans cope with economic slump
Posted August 4, 2010
Bonewits Papers to be Donated
Posted August 2, 2010
Psychics stir up conversation, provide perspective
Posted August 1, 2010
Witch School International Names First Board of Directors, Faces Major Challenges
Sunday conversation: Byron Ballard loves her Earth religion, and her community
A Brief History of Nakedness
Smith: Lammas celebrates first harvest of fall season
Pagan Travel Examiner Musician of the Month: July 2010: Caera: Part 1 of 2
New Book on Convicted Highland Witch
Posted July 31, 2010
Witch at a Catholic Celebration
Jesus the new Pagan God
Ancient Spirituality and Commerce Clash in Mari El
Five stunning stone circles (besides Stonehenge)
Confluence of harvest celebrations on August 1st
Anne Rice 'quits being a Christian'
Bread God-figure for Lammas: a recipe
This month Jesse's new article is entitled
Pitfalls on the Magical or Spiritual Path.
Otherwise benign New Spiritual practices can suffer from some of the same pitfalls as conventional organized religion. Fortunately, once we’re aware of these diversions we can make the informed choices that reunite us with the inspirited world, rather than contribute to our estrangement.
In my life of pilgrimage the voices of the earthen Anima have repeatedly contradicted what I’ve read, was taught, once thought, and so badly wanted to believe... Thus as I became a teacher myself, I deferred again and again— not to presumed authorities or established traditions, but to the actual Source of every real truth they contain. Our realization of wholeness/holiness begins not in contemplation or conclusion but in a great listening. It begins in a vulnerable condition of openness, with fierce focus, gentle humility, and the overwhelming gratitude that makes us worthy of such gifts.
Jesse's column on TWPT
On the Book Shelf
Facing the Darkness
by Cat Treadwell
A Magical Life
by Taylor Ellwood
Make Magic of Your Life
by T. Thorn Coyle
Best of the Equinox, Vol. II
by Aleister Crowley
w/intro by Lon Milo DuQuette
by Gypsey Elaine Teague
A Witch's Natural History
by Giles Watson
The Arte of Glamour
by Deborah Castellano
Llewellyn's Complete Book
by Sandra Kynes
The Inner Mysteries:
to the Divine
by Janet Farrar
and Gavin Bone
Mrs. B's Guide to
A Druid's Tale
by Cat Treadwell
from the Living Earth
by John Michael Greer
The Way of the Oracle
by Diana L. Paxson
A Cornish Book of Ways
by Gemma Gary
by Cassandra Latham-Jones
Casting Sacred Space
by Ivo Dominguez Jr.
Pagan Metaphysics 101
The Woman Magician
by Brandy Williams
The Hollow Bone: A Field
Guide to Shamanism
by Colleen Deatsman
Who Are You in the Tarot?
by Mary K. Greer
Old World Witchcraft: Ancient Ways for Modern Days
by Raven Grimassi
Mrs. Darley's Pagan Healing Wisdom: A Magickal Journey
of Healing Through the Senses
by Carole Carlton
Fire of the Goddess:
Nine Paths to Ignite
the Sacred Feminine
by Katalin Koda
21 Spells for Assured Success
The Priory of Sion
by Jean-Luc Chaumeil
Practical Protection Magick
by Ellen Dugan
by Kerr Cuhulain
What Thou Wilt: Traditional and Innovative trends in
by Jon Hanna
Out of the Shadows
by Christine Jones