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In honor of the passing of Lady Olivia Robertson last week, a lovely personal experience by Katharine Clark...

Olivia Robertson felt the touch of the Goddess at a very early age. She had experiences of entering altered realities, and seeing both crystal and golden goddesses as a young girl, but didn't fully respond to the “Call of Isis” until much later. Born in London on April 13, 1917 (a Friday the 13th!), she was the second of four children born into a well established Anglo-Irish family. They owned an ancestral castle in Ireland, between the Slaney and Derry rivers outside Enniscorthy, called Clonegal Castle (at times also known as Huntington Castle). During the Irish war for independence, the IRA had used the property as a headquarters, and housed prisoners in its multi-chambered under-croft. When “the troubles” were over, her father moved everyone back to the castle in 1925, when Olivia was eight.

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    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Hi, thank you for your caring thoughts. When we discussed Olivia in comments on my post about her, you said you wanted to find you

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Welcome to the dark side! Don't worry--we've said it before, and we'll say it again--the dark is not a place of fear, but one filled with magic and mystery. Raven Digitalis is an intrepid explorer of this aspect of the craft. He took time out of his busy schedule to chat with me about his tradition, music, animal rights and all things shadowy...

NZ: You are quite young for a published author. How did you get started, and any advice for young and aspiring writers?

RD: Hello! Thanks for the interview.I was contracted by Llewellyn to publish my first book, Goth Craft: The Magickal Side of Dark Culture just before my 23rd birthday. Writing is a fun and strategic way for me to convey information that's in my mind. I would advise any young writers to keep doing what they're doing, whether it be nonfiction, fiction, poetry or anything else--just keep writing, even if it doesn't feel immediately successful. Art is something that should be channeled and expressed, regardless of how many people may or may not become readers, viewers, listeners or whatnot. As with any art form, if you get the motivation to do it, make the time to make it happen. One must always follow their calling!

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The Magical Life of Oberon Zell
Interview by Natalie Zaman

When I attended the New York Witch-Fest a few Samhains ago, I was a little nervous about approaching the man who founded the Church of All Worlds, Green Egg Magazine and the Grey School of Wizardry (for those who believe that wizard schools ala Hogwarts are fantasy--think again!). For over 40 years, Oberon Zell has been a champion of paganism, learning, and magic, along with his--to use his words--beloved soul mate Morning Glory.

Hopefully I've come away with a little wisdom from my meeting with this extremely warm and personable wizard. Accomplishments are marvelous things, but it is the person who is important--the one who helps others and works actively to spread enlightenment and make the world a better place today.

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