By now, you probably know of the passing of a true giant, Phillip Emmons Isaac Bonewits. I did not know Isaac all that well, be we did spend many hours together at various festivals and I will always consider it an honor that he called me his friend.
Actually, I knew Isaac long before I met him. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1970 with a degree in magic and thaumaturgy, the only person to ever receive such a degree from an accredited university. The following year he published Real Magic. It was something incredibly new. Until that time, books on magick had primarily been either the mocking and debunking, or the repetition of historical texts. In this book, Isaac revealed his
The Perseid meteor shower can be viewed this year in the early morning hours of Friday, August 13. Observed for about two thousand years, the Perseid meteor shower is associated the comet Swift-Tuttle; the point they appear to come from (radiant) is in the constellation Perseus (hence the name Perseids). The Perseids peak in late July and early August, and can be seen across the sky (but the path of Swift-Tuttle's orbit makes them more visible in the Northern Hemisphere).
So, how can you get the best seat in the house to watch this spectacular sight? Your best bet to view the shower, which generally produces between 50-75 meteors an hour (in the Northern Hemisphere; Southern Hemisphere
In 1925, T.S. Elliot wrote a poem that is considered a classic, The Hollow Men. It's last two lines are the most quoted:
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
You may not have noticed it, but one of the greatest attempts to terrorize you has officially ended. On August 10, 2010, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, said that the world pandemic of Swine Flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, "has largely run its course… [and we] are now moving into the post-pandemic period."
Many people thought this illness was going to decimate the world. But it has left with barely a whimper. The story above didn't even make the front
Today we mark the passing of a keen wit and prolific author, Isaac Bonewits. It is very sad and hard to lose a talent like his, but luckily his words will live on through the many books that he published, serving as a great asset to future generations.
Here is the full obituary that his wife, Phaedra Bonewits, published:
Philip Emmons Isaac Bonewits, founder and Archdruid Emeritus of of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, one of North America's leading experts on ancient and modern Druidism, Witchcraft, magic and the occult, and the rapidly growing Earth Religions movement, died today after a short struggle with cancer.
Mr. Bonewits first came into the public eye when he