Nothing but a Pack of Cards is now Available!

Nothing but a pack of cards

Nothing But a Pack of Cards by S. Rune Emerson

We’re excited to announce that Nothing But a Pack of Cards by S. Rune Emerson is now available.

In this handbook on the practice of sorcery using tarot cards, S. Rune Emerson utilizes the Rider Waite-Smith tradition of tarot art to teach the myriad practices of the Art Magical.

Included in this book are:

A modern look at sorcery through the eyes of the Rider Waite-Smith tarot cards and their derivatives, including laws and fundamentals of magic, and how magic actually works.

An explanation of the twelve categories of commonly cast spells, the six kinds of magical initiation and quickening, and the four great tenets of a sorcerer’s philosophy, all encoded within the Major Arcana.

Methods and ritual practices which help you employ the basic principles of sorcery, and learn how to become a sorcerer.

A series of spells and techniques crafted from the study of the Pip and Court cards, as well as appendices on group work and ritual tokens.

And more!

Any magician, whether long-experienced or just beginning, will find unique and useful information in these pages. If you want to learn how to use that tarot deck for more than just card games and fortune telling, this book is for you.

Call for Papers for Trans Pagan: Life at the Intersection of Faith and Gender

Trans Pagan: Life at the Intersection of Faith and Gender

Email for inquiries and submissions: dee@paganfm.com

Megalithica Books, an imprint of Immanion Press (Stafford, U.K./Portland, OR, U.S.A) is seeking submissions for Trans Pagan: Life at the Intersection of Faith and Gender

This anthology examines the interesectionality of transgender lives and Pagan faith. It will explore such questions as:

  • What does it mean to be transgender?
  • Why are transgender individuals drawn to a Pagan spiritual path?
  • What are the implications for male-female duality in covens and groups that accept transgender members?
  • How can the Pagan community support our Transgender brothers and sisters?
  • What can the Pagan community learn about themselves from transgender individuals?
  • How can we dispel fear and speak to intolerance in the Pagan community and beyond?
  • What unique perspectives can transgender individuals bring to Pagan groups that permit all of us to better understand ourselves and the divine?
  • What have been the experience of our trans allies?
  • How can transgender experience help to inform the larger Pagan community?
  • Ritual ideas for transgender groups, or for groups with transgender members.

The vision for this anthology is to include a combination of academic and personally inspired pieces that explore the experience of transgender lives within a Pagan context, as well as

Here are some suggested topics to give you an idea of the focus of this anthology:

  • Youthful experiences of Transgender Pagans.
  • As a transgender individual, what drew you to a Pagan spiritual path? How does your gender inform your spiritual practice?
  • How has intolerance of a non-traditional gender identity touched you or your loved ones, and how have you overcome it?
  • Violence against transgender individuals.
  • The effects of stigmatization on depression and suicide.
  • Building a healthy and welcoming Pagan group.
  • Seeing our Gods and Goddesses from a transgender perspective.
  • Exploring the Native American concept of the 2-spirit individual.
  • Initiation of transgender or gender-queer individuals in traditional Wiccan covens.
  • The “othering” of transgender Pagans by some Pagan groups and its impact on the greater Pagan community.
  • Stereotypes and prejudice and the impact on spiritual or magic workings.
  • Being the only transgender person in a coven, group or community
  • Accommodation of transgender individuals at Pagan conventions and events.
  • How discrimination harms the Pagan Community, and how it shows up in the Pagan Community
  • How can the Pagan Community export a welcoming and accepting attitude to our wider communities; how can we be a model for others.
  • What has worked in our groves, covens and groups, and what have we learned as leaders – as individuals and as groups?
  • Rituals, spiritual poems or songs that can be used in rituals, such as initiation or other ceremonies involving the transgender experience.

Rough drafts are due by September 1. These drafts will be edited in a back-and-forth process with the editor. Essays should be 1500-4000 words, although if your work falls outside those limits, do submit it – we can discuss this during the editing process. Drop us an email if you are unsure whether your idea fits into the content. The sooner you start the communication process the better, as after the deadline we won’t be considering additional ideas.

Essay requirements:

• Citations for all quoted, paraphrased, or otherwise unoriginal material
• Bibliography of works cited
• Prefer APA format

Write in your voice! If you’re academically inclined or trained, feel free to be as intelligent and technical as you like. If your work entirely talks in the first person about your own experience, please include this also. There is a wide range of voices, and we are interested in being as inclusive of style as possible.

Accepted contributors will receive a free copy of the anthology when it is published and additional copies sold at 40% off the cover price to contributors. All contributors will be provided with a contract upon final acceptance of their essays, not when they are accepted for editing. If your essay is not accepted for the anthology, we will tell you after the first round of edits.

The anthology will be edited by Deirdre Hebert. Deirdre is a transgender Pagan whose writing career ranges from technical writing to radio news copy. She is the host of PaganFM – one of the longest-running Pagan podcasts and radio programs. She was the editor of Wicca Revealed, the textbook for Magicka School, and is the author of The Pagan in Recovery: The Twelve Steps From a Pagan Perspective, a contributor to Out of the Broom Closet, and has authored articles for a number of Pagan journals and periodicals.

Deirdre can be reached at dee@paganfm.com which will be the email address for communications regarding this project.

Immanion Press is a small independent press based in the United Kingdom. Founded by author Storm Constantine, it expanded into occult nonfiction in 2004 with the publication of Taylor Ellwood’s Pop Culture Magick. Today, Immanion’s nonfiction line, under the Megalithica Books imprint, has a growing reputation for edgy, experimental texts on primarily intermediate and advanced pagan and occult topics. Find out more at http://www.immanion-press.com.

A Traveler’s Guide to Initiation is now available!

Traveler's guide to Initiation

A Traveler’s Guide to Initiation

A Traveler’s Guide to Initiation, by Katessa Harkey and Jonathan Mooney is now available.

‘A Traveler’s Guide to Initiation’ condenses into a single volume all of the necessary materials a practitioner would need to absorb in order to give informed consent to the processes of Hermetic initiation.

How do we create strong community in such a diverse context as Hermetic spirituality? In cultures and magical systems throughout the world, initiation serves to forge group identity. However, Hermetic group practice has its hazards. It is imperative that these issues be clearly and honestly addressed as we build our magical groups. Only a properly prepared magician can give the full force of his or her will to the operation. And all those to come after.

Finding the Masculine in Goddess’ Spiral is now available.

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Finding the Masculine in Goddess Spiral is now available!

Listen to the words of the Great Mother in the stories of these great men. Finding the Masculine In Goddess’ Spiral, empowers the rich dialogue that men have been having about their sacred experiences with the Feminine Divine.

Curated by Erick DuPree, a noted voice in the modern Goddess spirituality, this anthology reaches across faith praxis to bring together Pagans, Heathens, Buddhists, Polytheists, and Monists, in a diverse tapestry of sacred masculine stories, rituals, and poetry.

With contributions by Christopher Penczak, Blake Octavian Blair, David Salisbury, Storm Faerywolf, Orion Foxwood, Taylor Ellwood, Devin Hunter, Lou Florez, and more, these are the stories for our sons, and future generations.

The Pagan Leadership Anthology is now Available!

Pagan Leadership Anthology

Pagan Leadership Anthology

We’re pleased to announce that the Pagan Leadership Anthology edited by Shauna Aura Knight and Taylor Ellwood is now available!

The words “Pagan Leadership” are often met with scorn and tales of failed groups and so-called Witch Wars. And yet, as our communities grow and mature, we find ourselves in dire need of healthy, ethical leaders. Most Pagans have seen what doesn’t work. But what does? This anthology features over thirty authors, thirty essays, and decades of leadership experience sharing their failures and successes as leaders as wel¬l as showing you how you can become a better Pagan leader.

• Why personal work will help you become a better leader

• How to become a better communicator

• When to deal with predators in the community

• How to resolve conflicts peacefully

• Why you need bylaws when you build a group

• And much, much more!

Pagan communities are evolving. To be an effective leader you need to know how to take care of your group and yourself. In this anthology you will get tools and techniques that work and help you become a better leader as well as enrich the overlapping Pagan communities.

Necromantra by Philip Emery is now available!

Necromantra by Philip Emory

Necromantra by Philip Emory

Necromantra by Philip Emory is now available!

A revised edition of Philip Emery’s strange and wonderful science fantasy novel, including a new story ‘Kafka’s Terrace’.

In the Hundred, the working folk are kept in order by the masters who administrate the various mills, pits and manufactories. Strict records are kept in town halls, every death certified despite a crushing mortality. However, the old grim certainties face a new threat with the arrival of the necromancers – dark-skinned pilgrims who, by the chant of a strange mantra, are able to raise the recently dead, thus throwing the immaculate records of the town halls into chaos.

In retaliation, the masters appoint a number of rectifiers to each town. Reviled and feared by most of the Hundred, their job is to ‘re-decease’ the ‘discrepancies’, as the risen are labelled.

New NonFiction from Storm Constantine now available: Whatnots and Curios

Whatnots and Curios

Whatnots and Curios

Storm Constantine newest non-fiction book Whatnots and Curious is now available!

Known for her thought-provoking novels and short stories, traversing the fantastic and the mysterious, Storm Constantine’s career spans thirty-three years and counting. She has also written non-fiction titles on esoteric subjects, as well as a vast number of articles, reviews and introductions for other writers’ books. Whatnots and Curios is a selection chosen by the author, providing an authentic glimpse into the life of a working writer. A fascinating read for any fan of Storm Constantine’s work.