It’s Banned Book Week!
If you’re reading this blog, chances are you have read a book that someone has tried to ban at some point in your life, even if you weren’t aware of it. Some recognized classics of literature have been the subject of complaints from people trying to get them banned from school and even public libraries: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, just for a start. That’s why every year many groups band together to celebrate Banned Books Week, this year from September 26 to October 3.
One of my favorite books, which was
Tomorrow is the Autumn Equinox, a time we seek balance in our lives as we stand at the threshold between the light half of the year and the dark half, and a time to appreciate the harvest – reaping whatever we have sown this year.
Today I give thanks for my wonderful job here at Llewellyn. Sure, it has its ups and downs, like all jobs – that’s just part of the balancing act that is life – but there is nothing like the feeling of holding a new book in your hands. It is the fruit of many months of labor, many long meetings, a few road bumps, much communication with the author, and piles of paperwork. Yet, somehow, there it is, the collective work of many people coming together in
Ask four Pagans the name of the full moon this month, and you’ll get five different answers. There are several traditions for naming moons; to give just one example, the full moon in December could be called the Oak Moon, the Cold Moon, the Snow Moon, the Winter Moon, or the Long Nights Moon. Poke around some more, and you’re sure to find other names and interpretations.
I bring this up because people can also call two different full moons the same thing once in a while. Some people go by zodiac sign when determining the full moon’s name – is the sun in Virgo or in Libra? Others calculate based on which festival the moon is actually closest to, in number of days – the Harvest
If you've been involved in the world of magick and the occult for some time, you may remember the anti-occult disaster in the 1980s and 1990s that has been called "The Satanic Panic." For those unfamiliar with what happened, a few nurses and sympathetic practicing mental health "professionals," along with various religious "leaders" and governmental officials who couldn't separate their spiritual beliefs from their professional duties, began supporting the bizarre mental musings of some troubled women. This carried over to the manipulation of children resulting in wild claims of "SRA" or Satanic Ritual Abuse. The claims are so bizarre and so impossible that I won't repeat them here. But