Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Aaron Leitch, author of several books, including Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires, The Angelical Language Volume I and Volume II, and Essential Enochian Grimoire.
So when it rains it pours—even if it's raining fire and brimstone! Just a few months ago, at the Florida Pagan Gathering, I gave one of the most unique lectures I have ever given. It was called, "Why are Satan, Hell, and Demons in the Grimoires?" It explored the question of why in the world a bunch of magickal texts, written by devout Christians during the medieval and renaissance eras, would so often focus upon satanic subject matter. Rather, that is, than focusing exclusively
The title of this post comes from a statement by Ambassador Kosh from the TV show, Babylon 5. It was one of the best science fiction shows ever (well, the first 4 seasons were) dealing with issues of the nature of good and evil, order and chaos, and the eternal repetition and cycles of the universe. It would seem that we're about to see the restart of a negative cycle.
One of the things I've noticed is that people seem willing to extend rights to others when we live in less stressful times, but as things become more stressful, people look for scapegoats as the cause of their problems. One of the traditional scapegoats has been other religions and people from other religions.
Roger L. Simon
You may not know writer Roger Simon by name, but chances are you know some of the things he's done. He co-wrote movies such as Bustin' Loose (star: Richard Pryor) and Scenes From a Mall (stars: Woody Allen and Bette Midler). He's also written many novels, including a series of detective stories about a character named Moses Wine. He adapted one of them, The Big Fix, as a movie, which starred Richard Dreyfuss.
Sometimes people face events that so terrify them, their entire life changes. For Simon, this event was the attacks on the World Trade Centers on 9/11/2001. Although he admittedly remains a social liberal (he favors same gender marriage), many of his attitudes took a
The recent Memorial Day weekend got me thinking about the pentagram. Why? Well, read on...
For as long as I can remember, my teachers (and innumerable books) have claimed that the "upright" pentagram is a positive and spiritual image. It's upright. What could be more positive than upright?
It's used as a symbol for Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism. It's used for protection as in the famous Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram as well as in other rituals.
It is said that the five points of the pentagram represent the five elements: Fire at the lower right, Earth at the lower left, Water at the upper right, Air at the upper left, and Spirit at the top. What a great symbol this