As I wrote in a previous post, I will be attending PantheaCon once again this year – my fifth time! It’s always a great experience, and I’m looking forward to seeing a ton of authors as well as meeting some new ones and looking for future prospects. I’m leaving tomorrow and have already have filled my dance card with meetings, presentations I want to attend, parties and concerts, and rituals. Will there be enough hours in a day to do it all? (And still get some sleep and enough food to survive?)
If you’d like to follow my exploits, I’ll be tweeting remotely to Llewellyn’s Twitter account – just check out http://twitter.com/llewellynbooks and follow along! Something
Many a witch shares her life with a familiar, and from what I’ve seen and heard, cats, snakes and dogs are top favorites among the Wiccan demographic. Since they are such dear friends and companions, we sometimes get a little carried away in wanting to see them as something they are not: humans. Yes, pets definitely have distinct personalities just like people, but please try to remember they’re animals. That is exactly what is so valuable about them! They bring a completely different energy into our lives. I thought I’d share with you not one, not two, but three strange news stories I came across today concerning the anthropomorphization of pets.
First, it turns out that dogs love
I am shocked almost speechless today at a brazen attack on the religious liberties of Pagans, Wiccans, and all other followers of minority religions. Some of you may have heard of Rev. Patrick McCollum, a man who became the first government-recognized Wiccan chaplain in the United States in 1997. He has been doing outstanding work in raising visibility on legal issues involving discrimination against minority faiths in prison and elsewhere; he appeared before the US Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, DC, to speak at a briefing focused on prisoners’ religious rights; he spoke at the Parliament of World Religions in Australia in December; and he’s been invited to be part of the
Last week I was talking with a writer who has spent a lot of time with Pagans, and some of his closest friends are Pagans, but he is not a Pagan himself. We got to talking about people who work magic, and his main question was, “If these witches and magicians are so great, how come they can’t pay their rent? How come they’re in such poor health? How come they can’t seem to get their lives together?”
Now, almost all of the Pagan and Wiccan authors I work with are successful in both realms – magical and mundane. They own houses, support their families, and don’t seem to be any worse off than the average Joe. Some of them have used their talents to spur themselves to go