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Linkage: Spirit courts, traditional witchcraft, and Heathen blots

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On the spirit court.

Nick Farrell’s ever divisive opinions, this time on why public occultism is dying.

On the future of traditional witchcraft.


Heathen blots.

On fasting for the Eleusinian Mysteries, forbidden foods, and sacred objects.

Avoiding cultural appropriation and the perpetuation of privilege.


Conner Habib’s very interesting series on The Sex Radicals includes overviews of the contributions of a variety of people over time with radical and influential views on sex and sexuality.

Recognizing and dealing with antagonists.

Today is the last day to see the Brion Gysin: Unseen Collaborator exhibit at the October Gallery in London, England. If you’re in the area, or you’ve already seen it, I’d love to know your thoughts on it.


A review of Wisdom of the Oracle.

The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler’s Fight for his Mother reviewed.

A review of Angel Heart Sigils.

The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions reviewed.

Bonus linkage

For anyone who may have managed to miss it, there was a super blood eclipse moon recently! As you might expect, there was plenty of coverage, both astrological and mundane.

Linkage: Abramelin, bells, and chaos magick

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I’m sorry to share that Michael Howard has passed. He was an author, folklorist, publisher, witchcraft authority, and elder of the Cultus Sabbati. You can find out more about his life and works at Xoanon, and at The Cauldron.

I didn’t know Michael well, but he will be missed.


Ramsey Dukes talks about secretiveness, and the Abramelin operation.

What’s in the cards? Ask them.

Bells are awesome. Unless you’re a devil.

The ever-awesome Benebell Wen has created a new oracle deck, the Chinese Oracle Script Divination Cards, and she’s giving the template away for free. Also, she’s working on a new book. Rejoice, peeps. This is good news. Her last book was amazing.

Divining for love is a dangerous game.


A new Thelemic podcast produced entirely by women, Stooping Starlight, has just released their first episode.

On queer and transgender gods. It’s more complicated than you think.

I was into Phobos and Deimos before they were cool.

A Gardnerian Wiccan gets grumpy about Wicca and initiations.

On animism.


If you’re in Toronto you might want to check out Toronto Pagan Harvest Festival this weekend.

A booklist of Irish Paganism and the faery faith.

Some speculation about cultural changes that might occur with the ascendancy of chaos magick.

On Alan Moore’s Promethea as an introduction to all things occultnik.

A pirated copy of the Necronomicon sells five copies a day on Amazon. Hmph.

Coverage of the Celts: Art and Identity exhibition at the British Museum in London.

Ethan Doyle White interviews Yvonne Aburrow.


A review of Ronald Hutton’s Pagan Britain.

Bonus linkage

I know you’ve probably already seen it, but… a lantern that looks like the moon.

Poll: How often do you cast your horoscope?

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Polling station

September’s poll asks, How often do you cast your horoscope?

How often do you cast your horoscope?

  • Never. (48%, 21 Votes)
  • Once a year. (23%, 10 Votes)
  • Once a month. (14%, 6 Votes)
  • More often. (9%, 4 Votes)
  • Once a week. (7%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 44

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Do you cast it yourself, have a friend who does this, or see a professional?

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