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The Tarot of Dior

Boston: November 17, 2017: A group of Pagan studies scholars are walking through a shopping mall adjacent to the Boston Marriott Hotel when suddenly heads swivel to the left. Our attention subconsciously attracted,  we are looking at images from Vicki Noble‘s  Motherpeace Tarot Deck — in the window of a Dior store. It turns out […]

They Were Not Witches — They Are Our Martyrs

This is the memorial created in 1992 for the victims of the Salem trials in Salem, Mass. Each “bench” contains the name of an accused person: “Margaret Scott. Hanged. September 22, 1692.” Walk there, and you know that it has become a shrine. Then you realize that you are walking on their words, their pleas […]

Pentagram Peach and Other Good Reads

1. From a regular reader in Kyoto comes the link to this giant bronze peach marked with a pentagram. It is part of the Seimei Jinja Shrine, dedicated to a tenth-century wizard and astrologer. Pentagrams everywhere! 2. John Beckett writes on the “aesthetic of witchcraft,” which has cycled around again as fashions do: For the […]

My Relationship to Odysseus? It’s Complicated.

Later this month, a new translation of the Odyssey, the first into English by a female scholar, will be published. (Click the cover image for a link.) This New York Times article about Emily Wilson and her approach to the poem tells how she “places her flag” with her translation of one word at the […]

Pentagram Pizza: The Second Generation

1. I like to point out Pagan writers who are doing more than “how-to” writing, so click over and read Kallisti’s piece on “Some Reflections on Being Second Gen Pagan/Polytheist.” Most of the issues boil down to how different it is to grow up within something versus convert to it. Unlike many adult converts, I […]

Mystery Deity in Hitler Hex

Today the Internet served me “Putting a Hex on Hitler: LIFE Goes to a ‘Black Magic’ Party.” For background, you have to know that the pictorial weekly news magazine Life had a regular feature called “Life Goes to a Party” — and many of these parties featured big-name musicians — Time-Life’s music division sold albums […]

Hey, Baby, What’s Your Sign? Want to Check Out my Van?

It is a fact in journalism that some things never get old. Stories about today’s young people are evergreen: Are they hopeless screw-ups? Do they possess a brilliant new world-saving vision? Or both? Or neither? Live long enough, and everything recycles, like platform shoes (they were popular in the 17th century too, not that I […]

How Long Until You Know You’re Dead?

People who are familiar with occult tradition — and I would put most Hardscrabble Creek readers in that group — probably accept the idea of consciousness continuing after bodily death, in some form. Materialist medicine, however, does not, which is why this research is interesting. Scientifically speaking, this research, which was first published in 2014, […]

When Pagans Fought Back and Won (Sort of)

Today’s Pagans, particularly those who inspired by an ancient polytheistic tradition, often wonder why their Pagan ancestors gave up their beliefs. It’s a complicated story. Some, like the Saxons conquered by Charlemagne, were in a convert-or-die situation, and thousands died. Sometimes, as in the Roman West, you get the feeling that the upper classes, at […]

At the Corner of Church & State . . .

. . . you should stop and look all ways for agents of the Inquisition. So I am down here in the provincial capital for a couple of days. Get in, complete the mission, get out. They’ll never catch me.