Musica Pagani #5

It is the 5th Sunday in a month, which means RevKess gets to play around a little more with the music for Musica Pagani. Instead of a combo of New Age and Pagan music, it is all vocals or lively instrumentals this time around. This edition is more a review of RevKess’s favorites on the channel. Music from groups like Murphey’s Midnight Rounders, Telergy and Omnia with some fun from Blackmore’s Night as a teaser for their new album (which parts will be aired in July) and Frenchy and the Punk (adding their Elephant Stomp in July).

The show was mapped out before the disappointing need to reschedule Tuatha Dea’s interview, so there are three tracks from them and some of their Tribe (Spiral Rhythm and Celia). RevKess is working on adding Spiral Rhythm to the approved play list so the listeners can enjoy more of their wonderful tunage as well.

Later this week is the 4th of July celebration on the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel. This year we are going to do it on Musica Pagani with lots of music about freedom, diversity and independence. Be sure to tune in this Thursday (4 July 2013) at 7pm CT for a musical celebration!

The Music

  1. Blackmore’s Night – Sake of the Song – Autumn Sky
  2. Murphey’s Midnight Rounders – Ridha Vit – I Am the Goddess
  3. Murphey’s Midnight Rounders – Sky Father – I Am the Goddess
  4. Murphey’s Midnight Rounders – One Voice Cries (song for Patrick) – I Am the Goddess
  5. Tuatha Dea – Akasha – The Tribe (featuring Spiral Rhythm)
  6. Tuatha Dea – Granny’s Bedtime Tonic – Tuatha Dea 
  7. Tuatha Dea – Mishiamagu – The Tribe (featuring Celia)
  8. Blackmore’s Night – The Clock Ticks On – Shadow of the Moon
  9. Blackmore’s Night – Play Minstrel Play – Shadow of the Moon 
  10. Blackmore’s Night – No Second Chance – Shadow of the Moon
  11. Telergy – Rumors – The Legend of Goody Cole
  12. Telergy – Accusations – The Legend of Goody Cole
  13. Telergy – Ghost – The Legend of Goody Cole
  14. Featherscale – House of the Rising Sun – Gypsy Heart
  15. Featherscale – Gypsy Heart – Gypsy Heart
  16. Featherscale – Castle Perilous – Gypsy Heart
  17. Elvendrums – Dream time – Gateway to Faerie
  18. Elvendrums – Forest Squid – The Dragon
  19. Elvendrums – Night Journey – Drumstruck
  20. Omnia – Jabberwocky – Wolf Love 
  21. Omnia – Toys in the Attic – Wolf Love
  22. Omnia – I Don’t Speak Human – Musick 
  23. Frenchy and the Punk – L’Horizon – At the Carnival Eclectique (as Gypsy Nomads)
  24. Frenchy and the Punk – Ogre Dance (vocal mix) – Thread & Stone (as Gypsy Nomads)
  25. Frenchy and the Punk – Vaudeville Voodoo – Happy Madness 
  26. Didges Christ SuperDrum – Finding Our Way Back OM – Alien Technology 
  27. Didges Christ SuperDrum – Head Down – Alien Technology
  28. Didges Christ SuperDrum – Stardust+Energy=Me – Alien Technology 
  29. Didges Christ SuperDrum – Witch Doctor – Alien Technology
  30. Murphey’s Midnight Rounders – As You Depart – I Am the Goddess

Murphy’s Magic Mess pays Musical Tribute to Freedom & Independence

Right up at the top of the hour, the Mama Dragon and her minions took over the boards from the Glorious Gospel. Kate and Murf put together a wonderful set of military and patriotic music to celebrate the freedoms that we as Americans have fought so long and hard for.

This time Phil typed up the play list and *K8 got to hang out at the boards. Some information is missing as *K8 doesn’t always provide full track info. Phil did what he could to find the missing information, but it was not enough. If you have correct track information, please leave it in comments below so the posting can be corrected.

  1. USMC-Military – Reveille – Bugle Calls
  2. USMC-Military – Reveille – Bugle Calls
  3. Jimi Hendrix – the Star Spangled Banner – Live at Woodstock 
  4. Irving Berlin – Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning – This Is The Army (movie soundtrack) 
  5. Joanne Shenandoah – One Real American –
  6. Three Weird Sisters – Rite of Passage – Rite the First Time
  7. Saeidina – Warrior, Father, Sage – From Within
  8. Murphey’s Midnight Rounders – Maiden Warrior Mother Crone – Swede Hollow
  9. Bryan Bowers – Battle Hymn of the Republic – live performance 
  10. Brave Combo – America the Beautiful –
  11. Anne Lister – Spreading Rings – Spreading Rings
  12. David Davidson – Farmer’s Hands –
  13. Alabama – 40 Hour Work Week –
  14. Emerald Rose – Hills of America – Bending Tradition
  15. Dragon Ritual Drummers – Pagan Soldier – Passage
  16. US Army Ceremonial Band – The Army Goes Rolling Along –
  17. USAF Heritage of America Band – Off We go (Into the Wild Blue Yonder) –
  18. United States Marine Corps – Halls of Montezuma –
  19. Navy Band – Anchors Aweigh –
  20. Blackmore’s Night – March the Heroes Home – 
  21. Damh the Bard – Green Fields of France –
  22. North Sea Gas – Hawks and Eagles Fly Like Doves – Glenncoe Masacre
  23. Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler – The Ballad of the Green Berets –
  24. (audio clip from TV show M*A*S*H) – Incoming Wounded
  25. Johnny Mandel – Suicide is Painless (Theme from M*A*S*H) 
  26. Anne Lister – A Call To Arms – Waiting for the Heroes
  27. The Andrew Sisters – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Buck Privates (movie soundtrack) 
  28. T Thorn Coyle & Sharon Knight – Force of Nature – Songs for the Strengthening Sun
  29. Johnny Horton – The Battle of New Orleans – Johnny Horton’s Greatest Hits 
  30. Chorus of Life – Star Spangled Pagan – Gaia’s Voice
  31. Spiral Rhythm – My Country Freedom – Roll of Thunder
  32. Gaia Consort – Cry Freedom – Secret Voices
  33. Brave Combo – Precious Freedom – Holidays
  34. – Taps – 

PMP: The Basics of Spellcraft

KaliSara and RevKess scrambled at the last minute to decide on a topic for this edition. Originally, Tuatha Dea was going to be joining them for a conversation about their music and other wonderful things. Unfortunately, a scheduling conflict came up. So, KaliSara suggested visiting the basics of spell work.

As most people, at least when they are starting out, focus on love and money… Prosperity was the topic to launch the discussion with. Later in the show they touched  on love magick.

KaliSara describes her method of spell casting as “the constipated grunt.” RevKess is more or less a ceremonialist. He self described in the show as a 50/50 ceremonialist/”constipated grunter”.

One of the most common forms of spell casting is candle magick. Candle magick is the use of candles when doing magick.  That is a basic definition. The process of candle magick can vary from person to person. Essentially, most practitioners of candle magick will use color correspondences, oils and/or herbs, as well as other objects associated with the intention of the spell being worked. Raymond Buckland has two books on candle magick that the listener might find useful. Practical Candle Burning Rituals and Advanced Candle Magick. These are just two of the many books and resources for candle magick.

spell casting in progress - cat plaqueDuring the show, RevKess used the example of using a green candle for casting a prosperity spell. In the outline for such a spell, he suggests that you choose a green candle as it represents money. (Gold, silver, or white can be used if a green candle is not available. Truly, any color candle will work if it feels right to the spell caster.) One would “dress” or anoint the candle with an appropriate oil and roll it in dried herbs that correspond to the intent of the spell. As this example is a prosperity spell, RevKess suggests olive oil and cinnamon. He also suggested placing a circle of shiny new dimes around the candle. Here is one site which lists herbal correspondences for prosperity and wealth.

Knot magick is another method one can use to bring prosperity into their life. KaliSara talked about a basic knot spell that she has used in the past with some measure of success. Take a string, cord, ribbon, or even a length of your own hair. Tie a knot in one end, this knot represents you. At the other end tie a second knot, this knot represents your desired goal. Loop the cord and tie a knot that brings the previous two knots together. This brings you and the object of your desire together. Burn away the remaining cord as if you were burning away that which keeps you from your goal.

A simple knot spell chant or rhyme that RevKess has known for over 20 years:

By this knot of one
The spell has begun.
By this knot of two
It comes true.
By this knot of three
It must be.
By this knot of four
It’s empowered more.
By this knot of five
The power thrives.
By this knot of six
This spell I fix.
By this knot of seven
‘Tis manna from heaven.
By this knot of eight
It is my fate.
By this knot of nine
My desire is mine.

Herb craft and kitchen witchery are very powerful ways to bring about the manifestation of your desires. Linked above is a site that has some correspondences for herbs useful in prosperity magick. Keeping in mind that not all herbs are edible, kitchen magick or witchery brings the essence of the herbs into your body and as you digest them you incorporate those energies into your being.

Love magick….Well, now. What most people expect when it comes to love magick is that they can cast a spell to bring a specific person into their life for love and sex. KaliSara and RevKess do not condone such magick. Instead, for love magick, they both recommend that any spells cast should be to “bring love into your life.” Sounds cliche, but it is not. One very good way to bring love into your life is to learn to love yourself – all your beauties and all your uglies. It is only when you are comfortable with yourself and love yourself that you can be open and ready to accept the love of another who might be waiting just around the corner or may already be in your life.


  1. Spiral Dance – Magick – The Quickening
  2. Wendy Rule – The Circle Song – The Wolf Sky 
  3. Tuatha Dea – The Blessing – The Tribe
  4. Isaac Bonewits – Call the Quarters – Avalon is Rising
  5. Damh the Bard – The Sons and Daughters of Robin Hood – Antlered Crown & Standing Stone
  6. Omnia – Stand Up – Musick 
  7. Heather Dale – Stone Soup – Call the Names
  8. SJ Tucker – In the House of Mama Dragon – Haphazard 

PWN: SCOTUS Rulings, First Thoughts

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RevKess shares his first thoughts on the SCOTUS rulings on DOMA Section 3 and California’s Proposition 8. (Our apologies for any format errors, this was originally submitted for publication or quote for another site.)

In a 5-4 decision, SCOTUS has overturned DOMA. This ruling’s immediate effect is that Ms. Windsor does not owe the IRS $300k in estate taxes. Long term effects are many. The Federal government must now recognize the legitimacy of same-sex marriage performed in any state that has legal same-sex marriage, and the District of Columbia. This recognition is for the purposes of taxes, spousal benefits for military personnel and Federal employees, property rights, etc. This does not mean that all states must now legalize same-sex marriage.

In another 5-4 decision, SCOTUS has tossed Prop8 back down to the lower court with instructions to dismiss the case. Sometime by August 1, 2013, hundred, perhaps thousands, of same-sex couples in California will be applying for marriage licenses and making their plans final and legal to be married.
Today marks an affirmation by SCOTUS that the United States is a country of freedoms and equal rights. This despite their ruling Tuesday on Voter Rights and the Federal government’s further attempts to restrict or take away other rights of US citizens. The five Justices that ruled against DOMA will go down in LGBT history as heroes. The five Justices who ruled against Prop8 will also go down in LGBT history as heroes.
As a gay man I am thrilled to hear these rulings. At the time of this writing I have not slogged through all the legalese of both opinions the dissenters, that will come after the initial euphoria has waned a bit. I can only hope that the DOMA decision will reflect well on the efforts of my state to over turn their own version of DOMA. The ban on same-sex marriage in Nebraska was a complete farce. The law was written by a woman with no legal background, the phrasing of the law was son confusing that a literal interpretation can prevent a father and son from owning a business together, let alone two men or two women getting married. After the election day that voted Nebraska’s ban of same-sex marriage into law, many voters were polled and it was learned that over 50% of those who voted for the ban thought they were voting for same-sex marriage. Such is the wonders of legalese and a lack of education. Since then, Nebraskans have been fighting for marriage equality with half-hearted attempts and full-hearted attempts. I do hope that after today those who are fighting for marriage equality in Nebraska will reaffirm their convictions and stick it to the government.
As a Pagan I am thrilled by both rulings. “All acts of love and pleasure” are the rituals of the Gods. I personally feel thatpagan marriage equality the government should have no say in whether legal consenting adults get married, regardless of their sex or sexual identity. Marriage in this context is a religious institution. How politicos view marriage is as a legal contract. If you are going to view marriage as a legal contract, then any two consenting adults should be able to enter into such a contract.
I am a legally ordained and recognized minister in the state of Nebraska, and many other states that recognize my ordination. I have been asked many times to do weddings and handfastings. I’ve not had the joy or the privilege to perform a same-sex ceremony. I have been asked, but things changed in the lives of the couples and the unions did not take place. If I were asked today to go to one of the 12 (soon to be 13) states that have legal same-sex marriage (and the District of Columbia) to perform such a glorious union, I would gladly do so. If I were asked today to do a same-sex handfasting or other such ceremony in any of the 50 states or anywhere else in the world, I would gladly do so.
I am now and always have been of the firm opinion that all adults have the right to love who they want and how they want as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others or place themselves or others at risk of undue harm.
There is still a long uphill battle in the United States for marriage equality. The provision of DOMA that allows states without same-sex marriage to ignore the validity of a same-sex marriage from a state that does still stands. SCOTUS declared Section 3 of DOMA to be unconstitutional. The rest of DOMA still stands, which means that each state still has the right to define marriage according to its voters or law makers.
For further Pagan responses to the SCOTUS rulings, read the Wild Hunt.

PWN #99: Blue Plaque, Okeechobee, Irish People are Pagan & More

The 99th edition of PWN started out with some discussion of the long awaited Supreme Court decision on two cases involving marriage equality. Hollingsworth v Perry and United States v Windsor. These land mark cases are the end all be all on the issue of marriage equality, but they do have some heavy sway over the issue.  A pro-marriage equality ruling in the Hollingsworth case could make same-sex marriage legal in the state of California. A pro-marriage equality ruling in the Windsor case could make it so that all states, regardless of their standing on same-sex marriage, would have to honor a same-sex marriage from states that do recognize them. Both favorable rulings would pave the way for the United States to legally recognize same-sex marriage on a Federal level. The rulings/opinions are scheduled to be announced Wednesday the 26th, you can go to the SCOTUS blog and read/hear the announcements live starting at 10am ET.

Zaracon and RevKess both feel strongly about the marriage equality issue. As a gay man, RevKess would love to see it possible for him to at some point to be legally married to a man he loves. Zaracon has always been a strong proponent of LGBT rights.


  • The significant global loss of millions of honeybees is a topic that worries many in the Pagan world. Albert Einstein is attributed with the quote “If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination….no more men!” Last fall when 12 million bees dropped dead in Florida in a 1 and half mile radius, everyone was at a loss. Research seems to indicate that their deaths were due to pesticide spraying.
  • Ironically, one of those pesticide manufactures, along with two other GMO scientists, have been awarded the World Food Prize, the Nobel Prize of food.
  • Doreen Valiente blue plaqueThe BBC, and many other news agencies and Pagan media sources, have reported on the Blue Plaque commemoration in honor of Doreen Valiente. Ms. Valiente is called by many “the Mother of Modern Witchcraft.” The block of flats she grew up in Brighton, UK, is the home of this Blue Plaque.
  • BBC Radio 4 story on Modern Witchcraft from 2009.
  • Coy Mathis, a transgender girl in Colorado, has won a case against the public school she attended last year. In this ruling the school must allow her to use the girls’ room.
  • In related transgender news, the OutServe-SLDN leader, Allyson Robinson, has been forced to resign by the board of OutServe-SLDN. Many others in the administration of the military LGBT organization have also resigned in protest of her ouster.
  • Related to both LGBT issues and the military, the interim civilian Secretary of the Air Force is the highest ranking gay man in the United States government. Eric Fanning has been the undersecretary of the Air Force since his confirmation in April and served as deputy undersecretary and deputy chief management officer for the Navy since 2009.
  • Our friend the Mead Muse reports on her experience at the first Summer Solstice festival at Lake Ockeechobee in Florida. As many of you may recall, there was some controversy surrounding this festival because of the evangelical ministers in Pahokee, FL. Peter Dybing of the Lady Liberty League met with those ministers and helped convince them to no stage protests during the festival. By next week we will have more news and information on this festival and other recent festivals.
  • Mama Gina was in attendance at the Ockeechobee festival and played this new song she wrote for the occasion.
  • the Association of Catholic Priests in the United Kingdom are bemoaning that the Irish people seem to be go back to their Pagan ways. They don’t mean Pagan in the sense that most of us mean Pagan. They are saying that the Irish people have become lazy in their faith and in their humanity.
  • Edward Snowden has been charged with espionage over the NSA leaks.
  • Snowden admits that he sought the work with Booz Allen to probe and reveal the information he gained while working the government contract.


  1. Omnia – Teachers – Wolf Love 
  2. Frenchy and the Punk (recorded as Gypsy Nomads) – Vaudeville Voodoo – Happy Madness 

Additional Links

Musica Pagani Video Bonuses

MPBTRadbannerOn Musica Pagani we bring you music from New Age and Pagan Artists that have graciously given us their permission to podcast their music. But there is so much more music out there than we currently have permissions to air. From time to time, RevKess will bring you a selection of music videos (either slide show, still, or motion picture) that features some of the music out there he doesn’t yet have permission to podcast.

First up on that list is MC Yogi. Taking the stories, myths, and mantras of Hindu spirituality and meshing them with rap music, MC Yogi has brought the ancient to the modern. Here is his rendition of the story of Ganesha, Son of Shiva.

The Goddess Alchemy Project is another group that brings the flavor of rap and hip hop to New Age music. Here is their Science of a New Time off Frequencies of the Motherland. 

There seems to be a trend with this first edition of the MP Video Bonuses – Rap and hip hop…. Next up is the Lost Children of Babylon with “The Venus Project” from their Zeitgeist: The Spirit of the Age release. 

Kellee Maize is an out Pagan rapper. Yes, you read that right. Pagan and a rapper. She has also given us permission to add her music to our podcast play list. While waiting for that to happen, here is a sample of her work.  You can get free downloads of Kellee’s music through her website.

Four looks like a good place to stop for this first Musica Pagani Video Bonuses. MC Yogi, The Goddess Alchemy Project, Lost Children of Babylon and Kellee Maize are just some examples of the R&B, hip hop and rap styles for Pagan and New Age music. Hope you enjoyed.

You can follow what is going on with New Age and Pagan music on MP’s Facebook page and listen to the show on the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel live on Sundays at 7pm CT or in archives.

Musica Pagani Ep. 4

Musica Pagani features music from New Age and Pagan musicians. These musicians have graciously given us permission to play their music on the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel. Not as many videos available for this show. Seems to indicate that RevKess needs to make some videos…..

In the fourth edition of Musica Pagani, RevKess brings the listeners a variety of music from 8 different artists, both New Age and Pagan.

The Music

  1. Blackmore’s Night – Sake of the Song – Autumn Sky
  2. Acoustic Ocean – Under the Starlit Sky –  Chimes of the Spirit
  3. Acoustic Ocean – Rift Rider – Chimes of the Spirit
  4. Acoustic Ocean – If I Had Wings – Chimes of the Spirit
  5. Michael Brant DeMaria – Mysterious Stranger – The Maiden of Stonehenge
  6. Michael Brant DeMaria – Chantress – The Maiden of Stonehenge
  7. Michael Brant DeMaria – Anam Cara – The Maiden of Stonehenge
  8. Paradiso & Rasamayi – Master Teacher – Attuning to Oneness
  9. Paradiso & Rasamayi – In Service – Attuning to Oneness
  10. Paradiso & Rasamayi – As Above, So Below – Attuning to Oneness
  11. Hennie Bekker – Pachelbel’s Cannon in D – Tranquility: Transitions
  12. Hennie Bekker – Revitalized – Spa
  13. Hennie Bekker – Cry of the Wilderness – Temba: African Tapestries
  14. Jenna Greene – Dance of the Goddess – Wild Earth Child
  15. Jenna Greene – Green Man (Wild Earth Child) – Wild Earth Child 
  16. Jenna Greene – Herne – Crossroads
  17. Kellianna – The Ancient Ones – The Ancient Ones
  18. Kellianna – The Return of the Sun – Lady Moon
  19. Kellianna – Stonehenge – Lady Moon 
  20. Damh the Bard – Down in the Garden – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
  21. Damh the Bard – Land, Sea, and Sky – Cauldron Born 
  22. Damh the Bard – The Dreaming – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
  23. Cernunnos Rising – Soul Journey – Wild Soul
  24. Cernunnos Rising – The Witches Tree – Urban Druid
  25. Cernunnos Rising – Hawthorn – Urban Druid
  26. Murphey’s Midnight Rounders – As You Depart – I Am the Goddess

Tune in next Sunday (30 June 2013) for another edition of Musica Pagani.  This one will be different. All vocals and a little bit heavier. Music from Tuatha Dea, Telergy, Elvendrums, Omnia and more!

Murphy’s Magic Mess, Summer Solstice/Super Moon 2013

ad bannerToday on KZUM‘s Murphy’s Magic Mess, Murf, *K8, and Phil celebrated the Summer Solstice and the Full Moon. *K8 diligently typed up the play list as we were going. Summer Solstice celebrations have been going strong all around the world. Doreen Valiente was honored in her place of birth with a “blue plaque” that declares her the “Mother of Modern Witchcraft.”

Click the plaque to see a video of the commemoration.

Click the plaque to see a video of the commemoration.

Included in the list of songs you will find links to videos, lyrics, the artists’ pages and other useful information about the songs. The format *K8 uses is slightly different from what you see on other play lists on this site. She uses “song title”, “artist”, “album”.


  1. Isis, Astarte – Kate West & the Hearth of Hecate – Elements of Chant (word of caution when opening this link, it auto plays “Isis, Astarte”.)
  2. The Beginning – Takashi Suzuki – Hiroshima Eternal
  3. Blessings – Stephen DeRuby – Awakening
  4. Last Suitor – Al Conti – The Blue Rose
  5. Age of Wisdom – Lia Scallon – The Luminous Pearl
  6. Sunrise on East Mesa – John Huling – Ancient Canyons
  7. Ocean of Heart – Anima – Light of Aluna
  8. Jumproping – Dan Kennedy – Intuition
  9. After the Circus – Stephen Savage – Future Memory
  10. Goddess of the Sun – Beverly Frederick – Through the Darkness
  11. Strawberry Girl – Blackmore’s Night – Autumn Sky
  12. Hymn to the Goddess – Iris – Season of Song
  13. Magic Wheel (Green Grow the Rushes Oh!) – Chorus of Light – Gaia’s Voice (lyrics at
  14. Lady of the Silver Wheel – Damh the Bard – The hills they are hollow
  15. Children of the Sun – David Arkenstone – Celtic Book of Days
  16. Moon She Rises – Gaia Consort – Evolve
  17. Solstice Call – Gaia Consort – Evolve
  18. Venus Vina Musica – Corvus Corax – Venus Vina Musica 
  19. White Rabbit – Tuatha Dea – The Tribe 
  20. Willow, Water, Moon and Stream – Cernunnos Rising – Urban Druid
  21. The Truth about Ninjas – SJ Tucker – Mischief 
  22. Go Now – Kiva – Live from the Forest Inn

Be sure to tune in next week for Murphy’s Magic Mess as we celebrate Independence Day in the United States of America. Patriotic music, celebrations of freedom and much more!

Pagan Video Archives Vol 1

11661263-green-dragon-is-in-the-twilight-and-watch-tv-eating-popcornRevKess has been scouring the interwebs this summer and coming across a number of interesting videos on YouTube and Vimeo and other places. Some of these videos are television interviews from the 1970’s, some are more recent educational pieces or interviews with Elders of the Pagan community.

We’ll start out with a 1974 interview show hosted by Tom Snyder called “Tomorrow with Tom snyder”. Around Halloween ’74, Tom Snyder had Ed Fitch, Isaac Bonewits, Fred Adams, and Carroll “Poke” Runyon on the show to talk about Paganism, Witchcraft and Magic.   Along with the information imparted by the guests, the video includes the original TV commercials that aired with the program. They are humorous, to say the least.

Keepers of the Flame has a wonderful series of interviews with  Elders from the Pagan community. This one is the third in the series and is an interview with Queen Zanoni of the Georgian Tradition.  RevKess was a member of the Georgian Tradition at one point. Zanoni declared him a “heretic”  because of his willingness to teach students via the internet. This was in the late 1990’s.

Earlier in the series, Keepers of the Flame included this video of Maxine Sanders, widow of Alex Sanders, from an a lecture she did at Beltaine: a Pagan Odyssey Festival in Oxford, CT from 2007. The lecture is called “Initiation”. 

Many moons ago, Llewellyn Publications worked with Raymond Buckland on a video. Here is that video, “Witchcraft Yesterday and Today”.  Nearly twenty years ago, RevKess was introduced to this video, and others, by his High Priestess. At the time it was available through a branch of his local public library.

Here is another video that RevKess discovered through his HPS and the public library. This one is Scott Cunningham’s “Herb Magic”, a video companion to his Complete Incense, Oils, and Brews

Keep checking back with for more video archives from the Pagan community.

Home of the Ancestors Ep 2 – Introduction to Household Practice

On this second installment of Home of the Ancestors, your host Julian Marcus introduced the Home of the Ancestors Household Practice as well as empathized the importance of Ancestor veneration. While BTR decided to be stubborn, I was able to recover and move on to the main topic at hand.

The proposed question for this episode is: Briefly, how do you honor your Ancestors in your practice? Please post your responses on the Home of the Ancestors Facebook page  or email them. You can of course post your responses and comments directly to this blog by clicking “comments” below.

On our last show I proposed the the Question: “What does it mean to you to have a home of the ancestors?” Here are some of the responses:

Megan on Facebook writes:

I still keep to some traditions even if I don’t fully embrace their origins. For example, I still say the prayer that my great grandmother and great aunt taught me to say when you pass a graveyard or funeral. Even when it makes people stare, lol! I keep a crucifix above by doorway even though some people are put off that I would have it and a gay pride flag in the same room. Mostly it’s the little stuff.

Keren on Facebook Writes:

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Vesta the Hearth Cat

Last week I learned my cousin was admitted to a hospice. My first thought was to hunt for a photo of her so I could honor her and how her life touched me. Hunting through bins of old photos, I came upon two letters. One from my Dad to his Dad (Poppy) when he was 20 years old and another from Poppy to my Dad eight years later. My Dad’s letter was full of drive, determination, independence — the know-it-all attitude of anyone in college, telling their parents to “Lay off, I know what I’m doing.” Reading how he stuck to his dream of working in radio broadcasting, even to sacrifice a summer off, helped me understand why my Dad pushed me to succeed. I also recognized a familiar stubbornness. The second letter, from Poppy, was quite revealing. Poppy died when I was barely two years old and reading his kind, supportive words to my 28 year old father showed me I had not fallen too far from the tree. Poppy believed in his son, then a newly minted father, to take the risk and go out West for his career. He even admitted to having always loved the Pacific Northwest — it’s people, the countryside and the beautiful Pacific Ocean; an ocean I was drawn to just as deeply. I found a connection I did not realize existed. In that moment, I knew my Poppy as the person he was….not merely a story. What it means to me to have a Home of the Ancestors, at least in this aspect, is to reach through time and discover there are more threads connecting you to long lost relatives and how they have an affect on who you are…..more than you originally believed.  

Jaymi on FB Writes:

I’m not sure what it means to have a home of the ancestors, because I am adopted. However, I imagine that a home of the ancestors would be a place to communicate with those who have gone past, and honor the linage of where I came from. That said, as an adoptee… I imagine that this home could contain anyone I feel a kinship to.

Other Info from the Show

Worth noting is the mentioning of Teo bishop and his leaving of ADF and the Solitary Druidy   He writes:

“The thing is, this is my life. This is me, right here, trying to be human.  And I think my biggest challenge in being a part of ADF was that I didn’t feel like there was anyone really speaking to the challenges of being human. In a devotional religion, the emphasis is placed over there, not in here. The things that cut deeply for me, that are real and sometimes really difficult for me — things like compassion, despair, forgiveness, hope, kindness, patience, honesty — I don’t feel like we spend any time talking about these things. I think we experience these things, but they always feel secondary to “right relationship.”

You can read the full story here:

Music Played

  1. Frenchy and the Punk – Steampunk Pixie – Hey Hey Cabaret 
  2. Blackmore’s Night – Play Minstrel Play – Shadow of the Moon
  3.  SJ Tucker  – Cheshire Kitten – Mischief