If you have drawn pentagrams in the air and a circle of energy around yourself, chances are it is thanks to Francis Israel Regardie. His book (originally a four volume set) The Golden Dawn, has inspired Ceremonial Magicians, witches, Wiccans, and all manner of magical people since first published in the late 1930s.
He led a varied and interesting life, and through it all, seems to embody what kind of adept many of us aspire to be. His circle of magical friends, associates, and successors includes many of the movers and shakers of modern occultism, across the globe.
Happy Birthday to Selena Fox. She was born on October 20, 1949 in Arlington, Virginia.
She is the founder and director, senior minister and High Priestess of Circle Sanctuary in Wisconsin and created the Circle Craft tradition that emphasizes "nature communion and blends together transpersonal psychology, multicultural shamanism, nature mysticism, hedgewitchery, and pagan folkways".
A Secret History of Witches: A Novel by Louisa Morgan A Book Review by Lord Tanys
So few novels, movies, and TV shows portray Magick and Witchcraft in an accurate way, one could think of such a work as a Unicorn- the mythical animal we have all heard of, hope to see some day, and of course, are still waiting.
A Secret History of Witches is this kind of Unicorn. It is a work of fiction, so if you only like to read How-To Wicca books, theory or history books of Wicca, then shine on. But I love a good novel, especially old-timey novels, and if you weave in some Witchcraft, exciting yet realistic, I am all over it.
Happy Birthday to Patricia Crowther, who is lovingly referred to as the “Grandmother of Wicca.” She is celebrating her 92nd birthday. She is one of the last remaining High Priestesses who was directly initiated by Gerald Gardner.
From her first book in 1965, through her radio programs, and various media interviews, she has worked to promote Wicca and help people understand what the religion is all about.
Wicca: A Modern Guide to Witchcraft & Magick by Harmony Nice A Book Review by Lord Tanys
I had been noticing comments on Amazon, and commentary on Youtube, that many of the Wicca/Witchcraft/Pagan/Magick books I had grown up with are considered “out of date.” So, I bought a few New Generation type books to see what is going on out there, and which books I may want to recommend, rather than the ones I love so much.
The first of these books is Wicca, by Harmony Nice. I drive for a living, and listen to Youtube programs for my own edification. Harmony Nice videos are well produced, with tight dialogue, and she is clearly very energetic about Wicca, and has inspired many people, especially new people considering the comments, to explore the Craft.
The Secrets of the Ouija with Inner Circle Sanctuary Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 6 PM – 9 PM
Are you curious about the Ouija board? Have you always wanted to try it, but you're too terrified to touch it? Well, let us dispel AND corroborate some of the myths associated with this very interesting divination tool. Bring your boards for a Ouija Show & Tell!
Most Wiccans know that much of the material in Gerald Gardner’s various Books of Shadows was borrowed (but never published) from the writings of Aleister Crowley. He is often affectionately referred to as “Uncle Al” by us, as Gardner is considered the Father of Wicca, and Doreen Valiente the Mother. It’s quite a cool family.
Mabon very well may be my favorite Sabbat on the Wheel of the Years. If the summer heat has not broken yet, it surely will soon, and that is something to be thankful for. This year, 2019, the temperatures were in the 70s the two weeks before Sabbat when I left for work, and it cheered my heart.
We walked into my Gram's house early in the morning. I had promised to come over and help her cook. Knowing her though, it would be mostly done. Every year Gram hosts our family Thanksgiving. She puts on a full spread, Turkey, Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole, Rolls, Apple bread, and Pies. OH! The pies! Every pie you can imagine; Apple, Berry, Cherry, Pumpkin. Grams knew how to bake a pie!
Traditional Wicca: A Seeker's Guide by Thorn Mooney A Book Review by Lord Tanys
I have been noticing comments on Amazon and commentary on YouTube that many of the Wicca-Witchcraft-Pagan-Magick books I had grown up with are considered “out of date.” So, I bought a few New Generation type books to see what is going on out there, and which books I may want to recommend, rather than the ones I love so much.
Happy Birthday to self-proclaimed Witch Queen, Lady Sheba.
Lady Sheba was born as Jesse Bell on July 18, 1920 in Kentucky. She died as Jesse Wicker Bell on March 20, 2002.
Through her mother’s Irish background and her father’s Cherokee background, Jesse grew up immersed in the lore of the fairy folk and Cherokee spirit guides. From an early age, she was taught witchcraft by her grandmother and received her first initiation at age 10. She chose to be called Sheba to honor a name she had in a previous lifetime. Along with being a hereditary witch with an unbroken legacy, Sheba also professed to have the gift of Sight as well as the “hand of power” that could offer protection to others.
John Dee was born on July 13, 1527. He is well known in the world of Magick for his work with Edward Kelley in the communication with Angels, which became the Enochian System of Magick. John Dee was well educated, well read, and had amassed one of the largest libraries in England. He traveled extensively, spied often for the British Crown, and was an adviser for Queen Elizabeth. He dreamed of and coined the name “British Empire,” which did come to pass, but hey, nobody’s perfect. Similarly, his Angels spoke about ending the world for religious reasons, and of course we are still plagued by that wackiness.
Happy posthumous birthday to Stewart Farrar (28 June 1916 – 7 February 2000) He was born as Frank Stewart Farrar in Highams Park, Essex, England, but always went by the name of Stewart Farrar.
Stewart was a journalist and screenwriter for television. He wrote scripts for a radio show, which won him a Writer’s Guild Award. He authored books across several genres such as romance, crime, and fantasy before delving into Wicca.
Today is the birthday of Scott Cunningham, and it is fitting for so many of us to recognize the impact his books have made on our lives, and his impact on Wicca as well.
There were books on Wicca and Witchcraft that had some information for Wiccans without a Coven, but Scott’s “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” was the first written for them, and what a great book it is!
Happy Birthday to Janet Farrar; Teacher, High Priestess, and author.
Born Janet Owen on June 24, 1950 in Clapham, London, to her parents who were a mix of Irish, Welsh and English descent and members of the Church of England. After high school, Janet worked as a model and receptionist.