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connected with the Year of the Water Snake
Here are some interesting links on magick and witchcraft I found recently.
First from the Albion Calling blog an Interview with Dr. Robert Mathiesen in which he discusses his career and some possible pre-Garderian witches in various esoteric organizations and solitaries in America. To quote from the post:
“Today here at Albion Calling, I am interviewing Dr. Robert Mathiesen, an American Medievalist, Slavist, and renowned historian of Western esotericism. Now Professor Emeritus at Brown University, Rhode Island, where he has worked since 1967, in recent years Dr. Mathiesen has turned his attention to both the textual evidence for witchcrafts in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States, as well as the work of folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland, who himself played a significant role in the development of contemporary Pagan Witchcraft. We talk about Mathiesen’s life, research, and thoughts about the future of the field.”
There are lots of links in that interview but the one i found most fruitful was to Michael Howard’s The Cauldron download page at which are 8 free PDFs (hit the > Arrows to access and then the > More button on the bottom right) of various interesting occult subjects. I have just skimmed through these articles and plan to read them in detail this weekend.
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Every Friday Sarah Veale at the Invocatio blog releases her “Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.” As always there are lots of links to interesting stories. This week I especially enjoyed the articles on Mongolian Shamanism called Former herder reveals perils of being a shaman in atheist China and a great article on the Goddess in ancient Crete called A New Glossary for Crete: The Power of Naming and the Study of History by Carol P. Christ and an excellent list by Donald Michael Kraig of the Nine Theorems of Magick. Thanks again Sarah for doing all this work for us and letting me share it with others!
As I have written before, I just Love this lady, Olivia Robertson (check of the link at the bottom to the full test of her Call to Isis) one of the founders of the Fellowship of ISIS. Here is the link to their blog where this video trailer is feathered, and i have embedded the video below. Enjoy and Blessed Be the Goddess in all her many forms, and long live Olivia!
See, you Can balance an egg on a stone on the Equinox
Here is a really nice balanced song called Equinox from the album “Turning Of The Wheel” (2008). Threefold are Les Miles and Tim Rock. I found this at the Los Perspective blog, which looks fairly new but interesting. I tried to find the lyrics at various Lyrics search sites but was unsuccessful. I plan on doing a short ritual outside sometime this afternoon and may add a picture later. Until then, Blessed Autumnal Equinox!
I saw this posted at the Karmapolice blog the other day, and being a lifelong Trekie it gave me a laugh watching the Star Trek crew’s reaction to the VMA video. Enjoy!
Public domain woodblock print
Here is a well written and researched article on the Witches Coven’s Man in Black posted by Sarah Anne Lawless the other day. It is entitled The Man in Black and goes through that mythical yet real figure in history past and present. I never really thought about the MIB as representing Hades and the Queen of Elphame representing Persephone together in an old coven, but it makes total sense now. Enjoy and Blessed Be!
What i call the Dancing Dryads – source Igor Zenin
At the Sarah Anne Lawless blog she recently wrote this post called Breaking Tradition, or, How the Death of Modern Witchcraft is a Myth. It is a well thought out and well written article that came out of a conversation she had with a good friend who is an elder Wiccan of the traditional path, contrasted with the newer growing more shamanic eclectic form of Witchcraft which is probably closer to the source, and how the two paths sometimes do not work together and sometimes do. And there are already lots of interesting comments, including my own, on this subject after the post. Enjoy and Blessed Be!
What i call the Lone Blue Wolf – source unreadable