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
Two exciting new February releases from Llewellyn are on their way to a bookstore near you, and what better way to celebrate (and show off) than to share a couple excerpts with you?
First of all, I have to say – I love this new function of our website. It allows you to look at the table of contents and an excerpt of the book – a longer one than you’ll see on Amazon. This means I don’t have to tell you quite so much about the book, because you can see it for yourself. But I still want to tell you a little bit about them! What can I say, the books I work on here are my babies.
The first book that hit our warehouse is the work of Los Angeles-based musician Kenny Klein. This