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
This year, we’ll enjoy a rather rare occurrence – a blue moon (the second full moon in a calendar month) falling on New Year’s Eve.* Technically any full moon on the 31st of a month (such as on Samhain) will be a blue moon, since the moon’s cycle is 29.5 days – but a blue moon falling on New Year’s Eve only happens every 19 years. Last time this happened was 1990, and next time it happens it will be 2028.
However, to add to the exciting mix, this full moon will come complete with a lunar eclipse (which those of us in the Americas will not be able to see, as it happens in the daytime for us) as the moon is aligned with both Earth and Sun, and will occur when the moon reaches
Today is the winter solstice, marking the shortest day of the year and the longest night. Rather than trying to think of some beautiful, new words all my own, I will let a few of our authors handle it. Here are a couple excerpts to enjoy while sipping something warm and watching the snow fall in the dark afternoon.
December is a month for holiday celebrations, no matter which religion you follow. For Pagans, that holiday is Yule, which falls on or around December 21st. Yule is a celebration of the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year.
In the Wiccan symbolism of the turning Wheel of the Year, this is the time when the Holly King (who represents the dark half of the year) is
Recently a woman filed a suit against her former employer, Bath & Body Works, alleging that she was fired due to religious discrimination. So far, neither Bath & Body Works nor the manager who fired her have gone on record with a public response, so I will just briefly explain what the plaintiff claims, keeping in mind that this is just one side of the story.
Gina Uberti says she was fired last November after speaking with her manager about a vacation she took. Uberti says that for the past six years, she has taken a week off every year to celebrate Samhain in Salem, Massachusetts, and her absence in 2008 was both planned and approved by a previous manager nearly a year in