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Magical Musings Podcast Interview

It's finals time, folks, as well as being one of the most intense Yule seasons that I can recall in a very long time. I"ve been swimming in work both academic and spiritual and so I must apologize for not posting as much here. That will change, I am sure, with the turning of the year. 

In the meantime, so y'all can see I'm not quite as much of a slacker as it may seem ^_^ I'm posting a recent interview that I did with Magical Musings podcast. We covered some topics that I think are tremendously important to the polytheistic community as a whole and Heathenry in particular and while the interview was close to two hours (not sure what the edited version here ended up being--I wasn't involved in whittling it into shape for airing) I had a hell of a good time. 

So take a listen here, folks, and I"ll be back soon with a few articles on Mani. 

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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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How lucky was I when I found out that I was going to a festival where Wendy Rule would be playing? Not only that, it was a super small venue--not only would I get to see her and hear her sing, but I'd get to talk to her as well. A native of Australia, and a leading voice in Pagan music, once you hear Wendy Rule, you won't forget her haunting voice and her enchanting melodies...

NZ: There are lots of kids who dream about being professional musicians--any advice for these budding artists? What is the most rewarding thing about being a musician? The most challenging?

WR: Certainly the most rewarding thing about being an independent musician is having an opportunity to share my own creative journey. I’ve been a professional musician for many years, and throughout that time have had many rewarding experiences, but also many challenges. The most important thing to me has been to stay true to myself--to write and record the songs that are deeply meaningful to me. Each of us has something unique and wonderful to share, and it’s important to honor that. It’s so wonderful to be able to travel, and share my music all around the world. But at times it can feel quite lonely, and I have to remind myself that this is my Soul Journey and a deeply important and magical process.

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  • Lee Pike
    Lee Pike says #
    I love Wendy Rule, and have been lucky enough to see her live and participate in a couple of her workshops. She is doing Australia
  • Natalie Zaman
    Natalie Zaman says #
    Thanks for stopping by! ♥ I saw that she's done some online workshops as well--would love to try one of those... And she is the ni

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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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When I met Mari Powers in Mimosa, a downtown gift shop in Madison, WI, I had been a nameless customer who could read the tarot to a limited point but remained curious about the ability of others who claimed they read the tarot – especially others who read for a fee. With no small amount of skepticism and plenty of time on my underemployed but not quite poorly paid hands, I shrugged oh, what the hell and marched into the softly lit room. On a corner table, eleven decks with beautiful artwork hypnotized me. Any mesmerism gave way to frustration when Mari Powers directed me to choose a deck for my reading. As it turned out, this wasn't a session in which the querent sat back and listened to what influences impacted her life in the past, present, and future. Mari expected the client to take notes on a lay-out sheet during the session, take the sheets home, and think about how the influences manifested in her or his life. The idea of doing any work hadn't exactly appealed to me. Mari impressed me, nevertheless. She seemed to care about whether or not the questioner understood the reading. She didn't shy away from offering advice on any problem area that plagued the seeker.

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Even today, Mari's talent and compassion deserves a nod. Before I roll out this interview, however, allow me to confess I'm skeptical about readers in general. Any ol' joker with a deck and a tent may hang out his tarot shingle. At one point, I compared my readings – and I trust me – with Mari's interpretations. Though we each used a different deck, our interpretations of the spreads were similar.

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