Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Linda Raedisch, author of Night of the Witches.
Religion, for me, is a spectator sport. I often find myself gazing longingly from the sidelines, but the truth is that anything more intense than lighting incense or putting up a Christmas tree gives me the willies. If you want to send me into a panic, ask me to say grace. I’d rather hang back and take notes.
I’ve always been fascinated by household altars because, like most erstwhile Protestants, I didn’t have one growing up. At the moment, the altar that fascinates me the most is the one inside my South Indian neighbors’ apartment—for the simple reason that I have never seen
If you’re anything like me, sometimes it can be… well, inconvenient to go camping. You need tents, coolers, sleeping bags, camping stoves…and you might even get dirty! Well, for those of us who love nature but also appreciate soft sheets and comfortable beds, there are hotel conventions. I’ve been to many hotel conventions, all of which had something valuable to offer: ConVocation, the now defunct Real Witches’ Ball, Between the Worlds, and of course my favorite, PantheaCon.
Well… here’s some very exciting news for us hotel-goers! There is an all-new Pagan hotel convention launching this year in Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area of Minnesota: Paganicon. The dates are Mar.
Last week, everyone pulled out their 2011 Witches’ Datebook and started thumbing through it. In the process, some of you have noticed that Llewellyn included a recipe for “Ostara Rabbit and Baby Vegetables” by Elizabeth Barrette in March. We’ve gotten a few letters from people disgusted by this inclusion, so obviously this has pushed some buttons. We certainly didn’t mean to upset anyone with this recipe; that was not our intention. We apologize to those of you who took this as a personal affront. However, all Pagans have very different values when it comes to meat consumption, and we feel we can’t dictate what everyone should or should not avoid eating. Our role as a publisher
As we spin around the sun from year to year, our hobbies or tastes may change, our evolution in certain areas may increase, or we may feel drawn to new areas, while our skills in other fields get rusty from lack of use or flagging interest. Sometimes just as we’re feeling proficient and strong in one topic we may start out as beginners in another.
For me? I’ll be spending a lot more time with Tarot books, as well as trying to find the time and energy to pursue a “home schooling masters degree,” as a friend of mine put it. What she does is look up university courses in subjects she’s interested in; most professors put the syllabus, including reading list and sometimes even