Yes, that’s right. Even more powerful than Abrahadabra, Xepera Xeper Xeperu, or Ala Peanut Butter Sandwiches, these ancient mystical voces magicae will set you free and empower you to embrace yourself for the living, breathing demigod you truly are! Just repeat liberally as needed, preferably in the comfort and privacy of your own ritual chamber, and never while operating heavy machinery or navigating through heavy traffic.
Yes, it’s true. Every year on Halloween night, I chant incantations over my candy before the trick or treaters arrive, asking my evil heathen god to instill His calamitous power within all that sugar, so the kiddies will grow big and strong enough to topple every church in the world that teaches them to hate themselves or each other for being women, for being gay, for being trans, or for being anything else these people hate that’s really good and true. May the “little lambs” grow teeth and BITE BACK!!!
The Detroit Free Press published a remarkably pro-Pagan article today, in which the author dispells some of the popular myths about Paganism and witchcraft. Apparently our community is seeing quite a bit of growth here in Michigan, for which I am glad. There is also some discussion with one Michigan witch in particular that illustrates some things that probably most of us have experienced at one time or another. I recommend this article for anyone who might be new to Paganism; I think it’s a serviceable introduction to the subject.
Have you ever noticed how many occult-themed records were released back in the 1960s and 1970s? And I don’t mean occult-themed music. I’m referring to actual ceremonies and ritual procedures that were not only released on vinyl, but which were released by some big-name record labels. The following article provides some nice descriptions of these obscure eccentricities. I haven’t been able to track down or listen to all of the recordings on this list yet, but I am proud to own Vincent Price’s Witchcraft Magic: An Adventure in Demonology (1969) and Anton LaVey’s The Satanic Mass. (LaVey actually invokes Set at the 2:30 minute point! Hi, Big Red!) Luckily, both albums are available for streaming on Amazon, and I’ve included a track from the Vincent Price record below for anyone who might like to try a listen.
(One of these days, I’m going to track down one or more recordings by “Babetta the Sexy Witch.” I can’t believe someone actually had the gall to call herself that back in the day, but then again, I am quite partial to sexy witches, so…)
I was hoping some other Pagan writers would eventually speak up about this. Here are some thoughts on the matter from Pagan author John Beckett:
NO. Fucking NO!
I am not sure how much weight a petition like this will actually have, but despite any skepticism, I strongly object to this on religious grounds. You can’t just reschedule the date for MY holiday because it’s “inconvenient.” You know what would be a much more respectable idea? Making November 1st—Samhain proper, and also the Feast of All Saints—a FEDERAL HOLIDAY just like Christmas or Labor Day. That way, people can always celebrate on October 31st and have it be generally assumed they will not be going to school or work the next day. If both religious AND secular holidays can be federal holidays, there is no reason why Halloween can’t or shouldn’t be. But no, you disrespectful people would rather tell people like me that our holiday simply isn’t important enough to be observed on its traditional date.
Mind you, I have nothing against individual communities deciding to schedule trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods on weekends, during daylight hours. I understand the need to promote children’s safety; that is something communities have been doing since before I was born, so it’s not exactly a radical or revolutionary concept. But I am not at all happy with the idea of somehow requiring calendars to put Halloween on any other date aside from October 31st. That is just plain unacceptable, and I don’t care if anyone thinks I’m overreacting. Don’t you go fuckin’ around with my Halloween.
More than a month ago, someone shared with me that they were having some trouble navigating my website; so I’ve decided to create a sitemap. Hopefully, having everything in one convenient location should help make it easier for folks to make sense of what I’m going on about. This sitemap will be updated as new sermons go up.
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