Down at the Crossroads Podcast!

•September 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Here’s a link to my appearance on the Down at the Crossroads podcast with Chris Orapello.  And not only did we have a great chat that I really enjoyed, he paired me with some awesome music from some of my favourite Pagan artists.  How cool is that?  You can listen by clicking on the link:

Book Tour Diary: Week One

•September 11, 2014 • 2 Comments

This past weekend was the “official” beginning of my book tour!  I started out by doing a book release party on the 29th of August at Expressions of Time in my home town of Vernon, BC, where I also read Tarot.  Turnout was outstanding!  I offered a reading as well as signing some books, and sold out of copies!  Here’s some pics taken by some people who forwarded them to me.

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Then on the 5th of September I was in the Kootenays where I stayed at the beautiful witchy home of my friend, Gardnerian High Priestess Leaticia Mytchell, in Castlegar.

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I did my book signing at the lovely metaphysical store Gaia Rising in Nelson, BC (about a twenty minute drive from Castlegar.)  Metaphysical stores all over the province appear to be struggling and closing, but it was obvious to me that business at Gaia Rising was booming.  They had everything: witch books I haven’t seen in years, crystals, a fine selection of Tarot cards, drums, decor, calendars, witch balls; no shortage!  It was busy the whole time I was there and turnout for the signing was good!  I enjoyed chatting with the owners who were very pleasant, helpful and friendly; and I also had the opportunity to visit with some friends and my goddess-daughter as well as talk to some brand-new people just buying the book.  Here’s some pics I took of their fantastic store!

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Then in the evening, Jamie and I performed in a double-bill on Leaticia’s backyard stage, built of flagstone by Winston, who is a professional Red Seal landscaper, along with some old friends, the very talented Pagan band the Ancient Gods.  I mean, seriously: look at this stage!  Talk about awesome!

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Everyone agreed the show was a great time and we’re talking about getting together again already!  We also made a video; I don’t know how well it’s turned out yet, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to edit it or put it up until after the tour is done.  In the meantime, here’s some pics.  Some were taken with my camera by my friend and former covenmate Mitch (Lady Morgana in the Star Sapphire), and some were taken by others and uploaded to Facebook.

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Erin slept through the concert so that he could drive us home to make Enderby, BC at 11 am the following morning, where we were scheduled to appear at the bohemian cool shop where you can find a little bit of everything related to conscious living, the Gypsy Bazaar, owned by the indomitable Sarah Bradshaw.  It’s a cool little eclectic place where you can find local honey, homemade soap, handmade rattles, singing bowls, local art and crafts, and magick things.

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They also have a beautiful little workshop space in the back: check this out!

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This is where I did a short introductory workshop in the Witch’s Eight Paths, which was attended by five fun and interesting ladies ranging from complete beginners to Sarah herself, who certainly does not lack experience as a magick-worker.  I got some great feedback: Sarah said that clarifying what it was she really wanted in regards to a workshop on mushrooms that she wanted to take, resulted in her being able to sign up for a different workshop that was less expensive but did the same thing and was local.  I felt pretty good about that!  She also told me that one of the younger women in the workshop was usually quiet enough to be taciturn, but was chatting away freely with me in the workshop; enough that I would have had no idea that she was quiet if I’d just met her.  That made me feel pretty good too; I like empowering people and one of the ways you do that is by drawing people out of their shells.  So this was also a successful day that I felt good about!

On Sunday I was asked to speak at a gathering in Kelowna for World Goddess Day, an initiative started by a lady in Brazil that went viral in a very short period of time.  It was a small but keen group.  I shared my story of finding the Goddess and why I chose my Craft name, and then I led a spiral dance.  That was great fun!

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On Monday evening I did an interview with Hawthorne for the Spiral Dance podcast.  This almost didn’t happen; I wasn’t entirely sure what time things were on, and then all of a sudden I got a phone call from Massachuettes saying, “Okay, we go live in thirty seconds.”  Eek!  I hope I came across well; Hawthorne asked some excellent questions and I had a great time!  He asked me to send him some of my music to play and I will be doing that.

Home now, I started a new teaching circle last night.  I tried to pass it off to one of my students but no dice.  Ah well, sometimes the Lady knows what’s best for us better than we do.  Still, the timing could be better!  I’ll be starting an online run in November once I’m back from the tour, along with a series of Eight Paths webinars.

Today I had to make sure that my Seekers & Guides column was ready to go, because on Friday, which would typically be my deadline, I’m going back to Kelowna to Mosaic Books to do a book signing, and I’ll be in Penticton on Saturday at White Lioness Metaphysics.

That’s the first week!  Forward and onward!

Contest Time!

•August 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

So a few days ago a friend of mine informed me that I had a small problem:

Important notice: it appears that there are a few defective copies of my book out there! One of my friends ordered from Amazon, and found that instead of getting pages 85-132 inclusive, he received a book with two sections of pages 133-180. If you are one such unlucky soul, please contact Red Wheel/Weiser customer service at orders@rwwbooks.com or 1-800-423-7087 with your address and they will be happy to replace your copy. Sorry for the inconvenience!

So I have decided to run a contest! If you find a misprinted copy of the book, take a picture or webcam video of you holding the book, showing me the misprinted pages, and I will send you a code for a free download of the Elemental CD with Isochronic Tones that I composed for use with the book! Link below:

Contact me via this blog (with a link,) my website, my Facebook author page, or my Twitter. Good luck!

Book Giveaway for The Witch’s Eight Paths of Power!

•August 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

2014-07-19 17.08.06Hey there, shout-out to friends & fans in the US only!  Weiser Books is offering a giveaway of 10 copies of The Witch’s Eight Paths of Power through Goodreads in exchange for reviews!  Starts Sept. 14, ends Sept. 28.  Details at THIS LINK.

Walking the World: Canadians in Print – from The Wild Hunt

•September 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Walking the World: Canadians in Print.

Honoring Earth – Greening the Spirit

•September 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Honoring Earth.

Gaia and Gravity

•September 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Okanagan Okanogan:

These rowan berries are catching the light from the air.P1490627These spider webs are using a similar plant framework to catch other particles moving on the air. Flies, moths, and so on.P1490701

You could say that with their webs they are creating artificial gravity. It can be quite complex.

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These cottonwood catkins are harvesting pollen from the air. They are using gravity as part of the process.

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You could say they are using gravity to harvest the air. The apple tree below is a creature of gravity. It uses gravity to transform vertical branches into productive horizontal ones, and to deliver its fruits to the ground.

P1490729Its fruits are creatures of the earth, born in the air. The tree is a creature of the air, anchored to earth. Gravity is also expressed through these cottonwood leaves, even in their colour, even in their twigs.

P1490177Can all this be explained by genetics? Yes. Can…

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Interior Design: Home is Where the Heart is

•September 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on The Blog of Baphomet:

There are times we all feel low. A lack of control over circumstances, caused by chance events, or from external entities (e.g. stupid people), can throw us off balance in various ways. Health, employment, living arrangements, alterations to our lives undermining the most basic levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

As magicians we thrive on the feeling of control over our worlds, so a lack of this can hit very hard. Even ordinary developments such as inevitable life flow (our loved ones getting older, our own bodies encountering the vagaries of experience, larger factors changing which alter our expectations of possibility (e.g. economic climate).

The best of us can find these situations challenging. It can take a while before the initial shock of realisation sinks in, and we stand surveying the wreckage wondering just how we can climb onto level ground.

As with many tasks, a good starting place is…

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Yoga, Animism and the Nature of Evil

•September 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Down the Forest Path:

During yoga last night, halfway through the class and moving to another pose, a loud “wham!” sounded in the room. In the middle of the class, a woman had squashed some spider or insect with her shoe on the wooden floor. “Did you get him?” the yoga teacher asked.

“Yep,” the lady replied, pleased with herself.

My heart fell. I was saddened, not only by the loss of life, but more by the wanton destruction of said life, as if it had no right to existence. For one such as myself, intentional killing of another animal is tantamount to murder, when it is completely unnecessary. The class carried on as if nothing happened.

I’m still thinking about it. I know that I personally could not squash a spider or bug, snail or slug, no matter how yucky they might appear to my preconceived human perception of what is beautiful and what…

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Beauty: Measuring Device

•September 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Okanagan Okanogan:

Autumn is upon us. A time of fruitfulness.flybigLook closer.

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What a beautiful one! It’s fair to say that what I, a human, observe as beauty is not necessarily aesthetic, yet is attractive, in the sense that it completes patterns and completes me as an observer. The ways in which it does so, through colour, shape, form or just presence, are gifted by Western culture to art. Don’t be fooled by that. Art and science are not distinct pursuits.

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The human body is a measuring device. What does it measure? Why, that other thing that has been excluded from science: spirit. There is no way to define spirit. That’s kind of the point. Nonetheless, it can be measured, through artfulness and the aesthetic sense of humans, birds, insects, fish and much more.

P1500085Perfection is not required. In fact, perfection gets in the way.

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Feminist Friday: How Valuable is the Bechdel Test?

•September 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Victim to Charm:

Think about the last movie you saw. Were there two or more female characters? Did they talk to each other about something besides men?

The Bechdel test, created by Alison Bechdel, examines female roles in movies by asking three questions:

  • Are there two or more women in the film?
  • Do they talk to each other?
  • Is their conversation about something other than a man?
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From Alison Bechdel’s comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” (1985).

The test seems simple—women talk to each other about things besides men all the time in real life—yet a surprisingly high number of movies fail to represent this basic activity.

5540832_origThe test is so basic because it’s a standard that should be easy to pass. The fact that so many movies fail to achieve one, two, or all three of the test’s clauses highlights the rampant misogyny of the film industry. If a movie can’t…

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