I’ve never followed a Shamanic path, but I’ve been reading books about Shamanism for most of my adult life. For me, it comes from a fascination with the folk traditions, teaching stories and magical understandings of the peoples of this world. I am constantly amazed by the sheer diversity out there. For me this interview with Jessica Rzeszewski, author of ‘Carry The Rock – An Apprentice Journey’, was a great opportunity to find out more about a form of Shamanism I knew nothing about.
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Her wooden floored cottage is filled with her delicate handiwork: quilts and crocheted blankets, wedding cakes and sugar roses so fine they look real. It becomes evident that Lady Amberstorm likes to help people. She was trained in the Lunaguardia Tradition and served as its High Priestess for almost two years. She affirms that it is vitally important that we reclaim our freedom and essence, as well as the beauty, power and heritage of the word “Witch”.
Nightshade Purplebroom is a story teller. “I tell stories through my art, my poetry, and my blog writing. As a child, I would always have my head in a book, and even now, I devour books upon books. As a child, my favourite stories were fairy tales and folktales. I especially loved any tales where animals played a key role, or where there were spell casting witches.”
Edward Durand is inspired by the ways in which nature can fire his imagination and often conveys this by putting pen to paper. He has spent two decades studying the wisdom traditions. By following a bardic path he was able to touch the Imbas, the spirit of inspiration. His poems are mystical journeys of transformation into the heart of nature and spirit, inspired by profound glimpses of higher truths and a reverence for nature. He has a poetry book published of poems based on the wisdom of the Ogham tree alphabet. Edward is now running a holistic healing and retreat centre in Ireland with his wife.
Mja Principe is a founding member and Convener of the South African Pagan Council. I interview her about the South African Law Reform Commission’s review of the Witchcraft Suppression Act and the newly proposed Prohibition of Harmful Practices Associated with Witchcraft Beliefs Bill.
Pagan Freedom Day April 27 2016. The South African Pagan Council celebrates Pagan Unity through Diversity. Support your local Pagan Freedom Day event.
KAAPSCHEHOOP Lughnasadh, 2016 – The de Kaap Valley has always been notorious for its Witches and when many arrive for their holidays, in this picturesque little village, they are not aware that in its midst lives a self-identified Witch who casts circles, believes in fairies, breathes Magick spells and sings healing songs of old.
The new Issue Paper released by the South African Law Reform Commission has confirmed the following:
a) the Witchcraft Suppression Act’s prohibition of identifying as a witch and professing knowledge of witchcraft is unconstitutional, and b) the Act’s prohibition of engaging in divinations is unconstitutional.
Nimue Brown interviews Steve Andrews, the Bard of Ely, and author of Herbs of the Northern Shaman.