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Aleister Crowley

Feast of Liber Al vel Legis

By | Entheogens, Events, Witchcraft & Magic | 7 Comments

his year I made sure to attend my Thelemite friends’ annual three-day feast of Liber Al vel Legis, The Book of the Law. It happened to fall right on dark and new moons and at the full dawning of spring in her sensuous glory. Magicians and mystics came from all over the Lowermainland, each choosing to spend three week nights in a row attending the feast. On day one we eat of rich and luxurious foods; cheese, fatty cured meats, figs, berries, and chocolate. We partake of sacraments of Saturnian sabbat wine and apple port and smoked sacraments of herb and resin. We breathe, relax, open up, and close our eyes. Tyson reads the first chapter strong and passionately. Sloan brings out a well-worn Thoth deck and we each pull a card for each day of the feast to receive advice or catch a glimpse of the year to come. I cut the deck. The four of swords. I whisper to the yawning boa constrictor. I dream of black serpents that night. “For he is ever a sun, and she a moon. But to him is the winged secret flame, and to her the stooping starlight.” Liber Al vel Legis 1:16 “Be…

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Life is for Adventure

By | Events, Storytelling | 24 Comments

It has been a year and a half since life as I knew it ended and I was reborn anew. Many things have changed since then and perhaps I have the most. My philosophy for my new life is to always choose adventure: to say yes when fear and my reclusive nature tell me to say no. One of my magical tenets is “if you’re not scared, you’re not doing it right.” In this past year I’ve done a lot of things that have taken me outside of my comfort zone: I’ve loosed my heart to lust and love, I’ve done more public speaking and public rituals than ever before, I’ve written articles and posts that I was terrified to publish, I submitted art and writing to beloved publishers when I’d once been too shy to do so, I travelled more than I had in the past seven years, and I more deeply committed myself to the path of magic. In this new life I have discovered that life is for adventure and adventure is the point of living. We are all The Fool standing on the edge of the precipice and we should always jump hoping for love, laughter,…

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Western Gate Samhain Festival

Western Gate Samhain Festival

By | Events, Festivals & Sabbats, Necromancy, Witchcraft & Magic | 10 Comments

Last weekend I hopped in the Shaman’s truck with Mel and Kerri and after meeting up with more friends we all drove up North together to the Okanagan stopping in Hope to have lunch with Huntress and Thicket along the way to the Western Gate Samhain Festival. Once we reached the dry sagebrush steppe we pulled over hoping to harvest some pungent wild sagebrush but only found the much less fragrant yellow rabbitbrush which the two shamans harvested and wrapped into smudge wands right away to dry. The sky was big, the clouds dramatic, and the wind chill with the bite of winter. We arrived in Kelowna in the late afternoon at a lovely old Unitarian Church near the lake with a large labyrinth painted onto its beautiful hardwood floor. We helped set up the space for the Celtic concert that night and then everyone sat down for Amelia Hogan’s Gaelic songs workshop. We had a bit of trouble with the pronunciation, but eventually we began to sound harmonious singing together in Irish Gaelic. The concert started off with the gorgeous voice of Kerri Joy accompanied by her violin and guitar. She sang bawdy, dirty songs that had people dancing…

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Writing & Teaching News

By | Artwork, Events, Festivals & Sabbats, Herbalism | 9 Comments

Besides being incredibly busy and trying to stay sane, I’ve also been up to various projects for publication and scheduling workshops and rituals for 2013. After having a crazy day, I was more than delighted to find my copies of the new Witches & Pagans air issue in my mailbox.  I wrote and illustrated an article for it titled “The Girl Who Found a Feather: A Journey into the Magic of Birds” exploring the mythology of birds and feathers as well as how to incorporate feathers into magic and ritual. Considering my bone collecting, you must have guessed my own feather and wing collection is quite massive… They are the ritual tool I use the most with my bear and deer drums running a close second. I was also delighted to read the humourous article “The Magic of ’63: In which Goddess-palooza turns out to be a ‘civilized religion after all” by my good friend, local elder, and Pagan academic Fritz Muntean (some of you may remember him from The Pomegranate). He smashes preconceptions of early neoPaganism’s roots in North America (as he was there making our history) while also making us laugh at ourselves. The Magick of Air issue…

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Tales from the Gathering: The Witches’ Sabbat

By | Entheogens, Events, Festivals & Sabbats, Storytelling, Witchcraft & Magic | 13 Comments

Sometimes at such a gathering the unscheduled events that happen naturally hold more power and draw us together more closely than we could ever have imagined.  It was a Sunday under a dark moon and we had just finished storytelling by the hearth. The rain was falling hard outside the lodge and we continued to huddle close to the fire as the sun set. Those who attended my altered states workshop that morning, and those who’d heard tell about it after, came to me and asked to try the flying ointments I’d brought now that the activities were done for the night. I brought out two crafted with mandrake root – one made with oil and one made with duck fat. I taught them how to apply it to their pulse points and over their hearts and they all sat close to the fire warming their skin so the ointments could better soak in with the heat. They didn’t know what to expect, but I watched and I saw it happen. They started talking louder than before. Their eyes became bright and their cheeks red with laughter and smiles upon their lips. The musicians picked up their fiddles, violins, and…

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