Today we sadly mark the passing of author Edain McCoy, who authored over twenty Llewellyn books (including Sabbats and A Witch's Guide to Faery Folk), and contributed to several of Llewellyn's calendars, almanacs, and datebooks.
Her knowledge will live on in her books and through the countless people she enlightened with her work.
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Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jason Mankey, author of The Witch's Book of Shadows, The Witch's Athame, and the new Transformative Witchcraft.
When people ask me what I do for a living, I generally reply with, "Write Pagan books and do some other Pagan stuff." When talking to people outside of the magickal community, this often leads to questions such as, "Just what is a Pagan?" I think we've mostly moved beyond people equating Paganism with the imagery of the 1980's Satanic Panic, though I'm not sure it will ever completely go away.
Today, when dealing with preconceived notions of Paganism I find that it generally falls into two camps. There are many who equate
It is with deep sorrow that we share the news of the passing of DJ Conway. DJ crossed over last week after a brief illness.
DJ authored more than 35 books and helped create several tarot decks—the majority with Llewellyn. She wrote on Paganism, Wicca, Druidry, Shamanism, and even some fiction. Most of her earliest books remain in print to this day (including her first book, Celtic Magic). Carl Llewellyn Weschcke was proud to have published her books and spoke of her fondly because she was an important voice in the community. Like Carl, DJ spent her time reading, researching, and writing. She is respected for her knowledge and as a teacher.
DJ's work was also innovative and
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Laura Tempest Zakroff, author of The Witch's Cauldron, Sigil Witchery, and the new Weave the Liminal.
For quite a few Witches, studying or working in a formal tradition or other kind of group is just not in the cards. Maybe there are none in the area, or if there are, it's not a good match in terms of personality or accessibility. So instead, they walk a solitary path, learning from books and personal experiences. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this approach at all!
Yet figuring Witchcraft out on your own can sometimes lead to a feeling of lacking in "officialness." There is a sense of validation that comes with having the title