Ah, how I love the first stirrings of February...the subzero temperatures, the constant scraping of frost off the windshield, the frequent snow showers, and the road-salt-encrusted boots. Lovely! But even more than that, I love leaving it all behind and attending PantheaCon, now in its 20th year. I've blogged about PantheaCon before, so I will spare you the details and cut to the chase - Llewellyn is hosting a hospitality suite this year, so if you're attending we'd love to see you! Publisher Bill Krause, publicist Kat Sanborn, and I will be taking turns hosting discussions, author events, and book launch parties in room 1057 all weekend!
Here is our full schedule - see you
There has been a debate on the internet concerning the future of magick. I saw a discussion about it on Aaron Leitch's Blog. There, Aaron discusses comments by Jake Stratton-Kent concerning the future of magick.
One of the problems in this discussion is the use of jargon. Aaron reveals, "Jake is a goetic magician, but that doesn’t mean what you probably think it does. When Jake uses the term “goetia” he’s not talking about the Renaissance grimoire of that name (which we will refer to as the Goetia of Solomon) – nor about something so simplistic as “working with demons”. Instead he is referring to one of the most primordial foundations of Western occultism: the ancient
PantheaCon 2013 is over, and it may have been the best convention yet. Speakers came from all over, including Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero from Florida, Christopher Penczak from New Hampshire, Athena W. of Enochian.org who is up in Canada, and Lon Milo DuQuette from Southern California. Elysia, the head acquisitions editor for Llewellyn was there, as was Bill Krause, our publisher. Both of them were very busy, as was the area we had in front of the vending room. We offered book signing from some of the many Llewellyn authors who attended, and two panels on occult publishing. If you haven't attended PantheaCon and enjoyed all of the people, events, hospitality rooms, dances,
I live in Southern California, about 30–45 minutes from the City of Pomona. Pomona was founded in 1888 on a trade route used by indigenous Americans. In the 1700s it was known as the Rancho San Jose. Later, it became known as the Mission San Gabriel Grazing Lands. It was later "given" (albeit not by the rightful inhabitants or owners) to two Spanish soldiers. By the 1800s it became known for its rich citrus crops, and when train transportation arrived in the 1870s, its future was set.
Today, Pomona is highly urbanized. Its big money maker is the Los Angeles Fairgrounds, known as the "Fairplex," which includes a horse racing track. My wife Holly and I are planning on going to the Los