Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Barbara Nolan, author of the new Year of Pagan Prayer.
Our modern month of October was an in-between time in the ancient Pagan world, a period of both endings and beginnings. To the insular Pagan Celts, it was the end of the year, before Samhain ushered in both the last of the harvest and the beginning of a new cycle of time. For Pagans in the Mediterranean world, it was a time when the goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone were honored at the Thesmophoria (thez-mo-FOR-ee-uh), a Greek women's festival that seems to have celebrated both the harvest and the sowing of future crops, which could take place more or less together in Greece.
The second annual Witchies Award Nominations have been announced, and voting is now open (ends 10/31/21). Several Llewellyn authors have been honored for their work:
Outstanding Witchcraft Book of the Year (General): The Book of Candle Magic, by Madame Pamita
Outstanding Witchcraft Book of the Year (General): New World Witchery, by Cory Thomas Hutcheson
Outstanding Recipe/Formulary Book of the Year: Curative Magic, by Rachel Patterson
Outstanding Recipe/Formulary Book of the Year: Kitchen Witchery, by Laurel Woodward
Outstanding Pagan Book of the Year: The Horned God of the Witches, by Jason Mankey
Outstanding Pagan Book of the Year: Do I Have to Wear Black?, by
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Liz Williams, author of the new Modern Handfasting.
Many of the couples whom we handfast ask us to acknowledge Venus in the ceremony. It's a logical choice, since she's one of the great Classical love goddesses. But lovely though the image is, there's a lot more to Venus than a smiling naked woman on the half shell: her worship was found in many different forms across the Roman world, and in the Greek pantheon in her earlier form of Aphrodite. Paphos in Cyprus and Cythera in Crete were the centres of the worship of Aphrodite. Her statues were often modelled on courtesans, and were thus a little bit scandalous.
One of the oldest rituals
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Heather Greene, author of the new Lights, Camera, Witchcraft.
I'm often asked when fiction filmmakers will produce a movie that depicts Pagans as we are. When will modern magic be represented on the silver screen without movie magic? My answer is always the same: "We aren't that interesting.”
Dramatic encapsulations of reality are never, well, reality. The fiction storytelling pushes, pulls, edits, and spins the tale to make it compelling and captivating based on expectations. You want somebody to listen, or in this case, watch. This applies to depictions of cops and doctors as much as it does witches and warlocks.
With that said,