This Sunday, October 4, is the Los Angeles Pagan Pride Day. Click on the previous link (the name of the event) to visit their website. They have a map so you can get there, too.
The event is free, but please consider bringing a non-perishable food item as a donation for the food bank. It's a great cause to support. (Although the event is free, parking costs a few dollars.) At PPD you'll have a chance to meet with lots of magickal people, see vendors of Pagan and occult-oriented items, watch or participate in rituals, listen to good music, network, and have a great time.
There will also be workshops and book signings. I'll be giving a workshop on Possible Future Directions in Magick.
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