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The Importance of Keeping Records

Although many scientists are loathe to admit it, the basics of what is known as “the scientific method”—essentially the ability to reproduce experimental results under identical conditions—were based on the practices of magicians and medieval alchemists. Sir Isaac Newton, who codified modern physics, wrote more on alchemy and religion than he did on physics. Most […]

See Llewellyn Authors in February and March

While summertime is the busy season for outdoor Pagan festivals and gatherings, it’s indoor Pagan conventions that dominate the calendar in February and March. Here is a quick run-down on upcoming events PantheaCon, Convocation, and Paganicon, and which Llewellyn authors you’ll be able to see there. PANTHEACON: February 15-18, 2013 The grande dame of indoor […]

Don’t Take My Word For It

Preston Sturgis was one of the top screenwriters and directors in Hollywood’s history. His Sullivan’s Travels manages to be wildly humorous, inventive, and touching while dealing with serious social issues. His mother, Mary Estelle Dempsey, married a traveling salesman, but moved to Paris to be a singer when Preston was just 3. She moved back to […]

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Pagans

Our Marketing department very occasionally encourages us to write blog posts in the form of lists. You know the type: 5 Ways to Cast a Spell, 7 Things You Must Know About Mayans, 14 Beauty Secrets of Witchy Women, 101 Ways to Procrastinate at Work. We’ve all seen these kinds of articles on the internet, […]

Five Magickal Keys to Successful New Year’s Resolutions

Four years ago (wow, has time flown!) I made the following post to my blog. I thought that after so many years (and so many posts) it would be relevant to look at again: Have you considered making any New Year’s Resolutions (NYRs)? You know, the promises you make to yourself about changes in your […]

The Real Humbug of Scrooge

I like the works of Charles Dickens. His A Tale of Two Cities is breathtaking in its scope and plotting. But even more fascinating are his insights into the psychology and motivations of the characters. Published just three years after the birth of Sigmund Freud and decades before our modern understandings of the mind, he […]

Putting the X in Xmas

Ever since I was young I’ve had a “thing” about religion and spirituality. Although I often found myself disagreeing with various religious beliefs, or with ideas being presented as supposedly representative of various religions, I still had respect for the underlying concepts. Sometimes, I found that people would create religions not to help others, but […]

Yes, Magick Works. But Did THAT Magick Work?

There are magicians and there are those who play at magick… I was once participating on an internet forum discussing chaos magick. One person posted that the great thing about magick [meaning chaos magick] is that you didn’t have to accomplish anything, you could just do it. I asked why go to all the bother […]

Learning and Nostalgia

Photo by b r e n t A few years ago I saw an article on the internet that discussed “the best colleges.” From that time on it has seemed like every few months I’ve seen articles on the same subject. Most colleges require some effort by prospective students to get accepted for enrollment. It […]

Magick & Magicians—Tantra & Tantrics

Magic & Magicians I am a magician. I practice magick and I perform magic. I’ve been a “magician member” of  The Magic Castle, a world-famous club for magician entertainers. I have performed magic for all age groups and have entertained thousands of people. Magic, like magick, has several subcategories. Two such subcategories whose differentiation can […]