Category: Larisa Hunter

With The Help of Our Gods

LARISA HUNTER. In many religions the word faith is perhaps more concretely understood, faith is something that is for them a given aspect of what they practice, however for those practicing paganism and heathenism the word faith is a bit more complex than that. In many ways, faith is not so easily defined, nor is the reliance on ‘gods’ to be part of our world. I think that in many ways those who do not practice pagan or heathen religion would perhaps consider us even having the complete opposite of faith. And yet, many of us devote lifetimes to the understanding and perfection of our beliefs. It was our faith that kept us sane during the process of conception and birth, and it was through faith that we learned that the power of our gods is not a mere legend but is in actual fact something that exists and is constant in the lives of those devoted to them. There is a quote that our kindred uses, that I find gives me a reminder of my faith on a daily basis, and perhaps it reminds me of the lessons I learned along the road that brought me to a place of accepting the existence of faith. “”Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.” – D. Elton Trueblood” To be fortunate to have learned this lesson was a blessing, however it was not taught with the most gentle of hand, and perhaps shows that sometimes the road to achieve our desires is but one that is not forged by ease but brutally executed by wit and will alone.

NEW RELEASE: The Traveller’s Guide to the Duat by Kiya Nicoll

LARISA HUNTER. Planning a trip to the Egyptian spirit world? Like any responsible traveller, you want to know something about the history, geography, and politics of your destination. You want to know what documents you need to have in order for customs and immigration, what precautions to take, how to book a boat tour, where to stay, what to eat, and when you’ll get the most interesting sightseeing opportunities. The Traveller’s Guide to the Duat, by Kiya Nicoll, is your guidebook to the spirit world of ancient Egypt, inspired by The Egyptian Book of the Dead.

Knock, Knock anyone home?

LARISA HUNTER. In this digital world with so many mediums in which one can contact, connect, distribute and advertise oneself, it amazes me that there are such severe flaws with our digital world. The first flaw is that of the overly quiet communities that are out there. So many people seem to be writing but not submitting? Perhaps this is a flaw in how we as seekers of contributions are advertising? Maybe it is the fact that titles are not appealing to enough of an audience? But, one of the founding reasons I think there is a lack of submissions is the lack of places to advertise about these.

Magic on the Edge 2.0 – Call for papers for anthology of experimental occultism

LARISA HUNTER. Magic on the Edge 2.0 is an anthology of experimental occultism, testing the cutting edges of magical practice to reveal intriguing experiments and new ideas, to push the future of magical practice forward and provide further inspiration for other practitioners. It is edited by Taylor Ellwood. The deadline for the first draft is March 15th. For more information or questions contact Taylor at magicalexperiments@yahoo.com

L’Amber by Tanith Lee & The Monstrous Regiment by Storm Constantine

LARISA HUNTER. The Monstrous Regiment by Storm Constantine – Artemis, a world named for a huntress goddess, has been isolated from other human colonies for hundreds of years. Originally settled by a group of feminists and their male supporters, whose aim was to create an equal Utopian society, Artemis has drifted away from those ideals. A cruel matriarchy has risen to replace the oppressive patriarchy the original colonists sought to escape. A chance meeting with a fugitive from the city, the rebel Elvon L’Belder, draws Corinna into this unrest. From that moment, her move to Silven Crescent is destined to be something other than what her mother had planned for her. Change is coming, and whatever the outcome, it is sure to be devastating. | L’Amber by Tanith Lee – The beautiful artist Jilaine Best has everything – looks, talent and great wealth. But it seems even Jilane’s perfect life is flawed. In adolescence there was the mysterious episode in France. Now, longing for the baby she is unable to conceive, Jilaine is willing to let another woman give birth for her. And so Jay confesses she is already pregnant with an unwanted child. Lies are so easy to tell, if you’ve had enough practice.

Megalithica Books call for submissions/writers: practitioners with disabilities or developmental differences

LARISA HUNTER. Megalithica Books, an imprint of Immanion Press (Stafford, U.K./Portland, OR, U.S.A.) is seeking submissions for a magic anthology from the perspective of practitioners with disabilities or developmental differences. This includes but is not limited to practitioners with mental, cognitive, emotional, physical or sensory impairments and/or practitioners who are part of the Deaf or Blind community. We have not come up with a title for the anthology yet. That will hopefully present itself through the contributions. There is much debate about how the words “disabled” and “disabilities”. For the purpose of this publication; however, we’ll use the World Health Organization’s definition: “Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations.”