Tantra? It's that sex stuff, right?
Chances are you've heard of Tantra. If you're involved in occultism, you've probably heard something like "it's an Eastern form of sex magick." If you're more involved in what might be called popular New Age beliefs, you've probably heard that Tantra is about having long periods of ecstatic sex. Either way, Tantra is still "that sex stuff." If you're into sex stuff you've probably looked at the "pop" books on Tantra with cute names published by enormous super-publishers. Otherwise, chances are you've primarily avoided it.
When I first started studying occultism I ignored Tantra for a different reason. I was simply following what I thought was my
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jane Meredith, author of Rituals of Celebration.
Many of the most powerful times I've had in ritual have been during celebrations for one of the eight festivals of the Wheel of the Year. Moments of powerful community; of ecstatic spiritual revelation; of deep self-knowledge and of pure embodied joy as I saw, felt, touched, and lived the divine as it shone through myself, my son, my friends, or even complete strangers. Yet there's an awkwardness about sharing these things, or about deliberately journeying into the depths of these festivals. They often remain as simple gatherings while the work of personal transformation, political action, and
Last month, a fabulous new book was released. It's called Merry Meet Again: Lessons, Life & Love on the Path of a Wiccan High Priestess, written by Deborah Lipp. In case you don't know who Deborah is, in a nutshell she is a 3rd degree Gardnerian Wiccan High Priestess who has written several books for Llewellyn on witchcraft and magic, and one on James Bond (not published by Llewellyn!). She was encouraged to start writing after years of experience running a coven and giving presentations at Pagan and Wiccan festivals by a well-timed tarot reading in 1999, and has been at it ever since.
In her memoir, she has a lot of stories to tell; things like finding Wiccan training before the
While summertime is the busy season for outdoor Pagan festivals and gatherings, it’s indoor Pagan conventions that dominate the calendar in February and March. Here is a quick run-down on upcoming events PantheaCon, Convocation, and Paganicon, and which Llewellyn authors you’ll be able to see there.
PANTHEACON: February 15-18, 2013
The grande dame of indoor Pagan conventions, PantheaCon is held over President’s Day weekend every year and attracts more than 2,000 guests annually. This year Llewellyn will have a table just outside the vendor room for author signings and giveaways, so come by and visit us! I will also be chairing two panels; one on community (Friday afternoon) and one