25.10.12

Poetry Contest


My pagan friend Anne, asked me to pass this competition on. In my preoccupation I forgot to post it earlier this week, but if you are poetically inclined (and fast) you could still enter today!



 Autumn Poetry Contest

October is the first ‘real’ Autumn month. Around Mabon and Samhain, Nature is very beautiful. Everything starts to change its form and colour. This time of year is excellent for creative outbursts – home decorating, writing and painting. That is exactly why we thought of organizing an Autumn Poetry Contest!

We’d like to ask you to write a nice poem, inspired by ‘Autumn’ or ‘Samhain’. Send this to us by Facebook message (message button top right on our Facebook page), so we can place it on the Facebook page of Wiccan Rede Online Magazine.

Judging will be as follows.
Our Facebook friends can ‘like’ a poem if they think it should win this contest. Beside this public jury, there is a jury that will judge the poems. The combination of both kinds of judgements will result in a winning poem.

What is there to win? The winning poem will be publicised in the Samhain edition of Wiccan Rede Online Magazine, plus the winner may choose two copies of the paper version of Wiccan Rede Magazine from the still available stock.

The deadline for sending in your poem is October 25th, so get up and go for an inspirational walk in the woods and write your poem as quickly as you can. We are looking forward to your contributions!

Blessed Be!

19.10.12

Memento Mori


Check out this jewel edited by Kim Huggens and soon-to-be released by Avalonia! A feast of fascinating perspectives on death and the dead and I'm very pleased to be part of it. 

From Avalonia:

Memento Mori is a unique feast of offerings exploring a variety of magical and mythological perspectives on death, dying, mortality and beyond. With contributions from sixteen international writers, this collection gathered together by Kim Huggens, offers a great diversity of both historical and contemporary perspectives. It includes experiential accounts and scholarly research for readers interested in magick, paganism, mysticism and mythology.

Contents:

Introduction By Kim Huggens
Communicating With The Blessed Dead By Tina Georgitsis
Eating With The Dead:  Funeral Meal Practices By Tylluan Penry
Cultivating The Dead: The Path Of Lilies And Water By Chad Barber
Don’t Fear The Reaper:  The Evolution Of The Death Card In Tarot By Emily Carding
Behind The Glasses Of Ghuedhe: Life In Death And Love In Both By Kyle Fite
The Death Of Baphomet By Julian Vayne
Papa Gede, Petit Gede: Spirits Of Death In Haitian Vodou By Sophia Fisher
The Truth About Zombies, Or: How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse By Kim Huggens
Traditional Craft And The Cult Of The Dead By Michael Howard
The Setian Way Of Death By Mogg Morgan
Demeter’s Wrath: How The Eleusinian Mysteries Attempted To Cheat Death By Caroline Tully
Dogs And Death  – Guardians, Omens And Psychopomps by Ivy Kerrigan
Tomb-Cults, Caves, Stars & Blessed Isles: Heroic Interactions With The Otherworld & Life After Death By Karen F. Pierce
“Now I Am Harvested And I Die”:  The Theatre Of Sacrifice In The Book Of The Provider By Peg Aloi
Ascending To The Imperishable: Star Lore And Death In Ancient Egypt By Dave Moore
Ars Moriendi By Humberto Maggi
Prayer For The Good Spirits From the Book of Saint Cyprian (Translation from the original Portuguese, and Introduction by Humberto Maggi )
Death And The Lady (19th Century English broadside ballad)
Death, Be Not Proud From Holy Sonnets (Sonnet 10) by John Donne
I Am Stretched On Your Grave (Anonymous Irish poem, 17th century)
O, Death (American folk song, date unknown)
To His Coy Mistress By Andrew Marvell
Dèy Traditional Haitian song of mourning Translated by Kim Huggens

You can pre-order a copy here.