Bull of Heaven – a review

In the past few years, modern pagans have started to reclaim their history. As Ronald Hutton points out, pagans have always had a strong sense of “history” (an interest in past events), but not always in “historicity” (understanding what actually happened, as opposed to what you wish had happened).

Hutton’s Triumph of the Moon traces the factors that led to the founding of the modern Neopagan Witchcraft movement. Philip Heselton’s Witchfather focused on the life of one important individual: Gerald Gardner. In other words, Hutton told us about the times, Heselton told us about a life.

Michael Lloyd’s Bull of Heaven: The Mythic Life of Eddie Buczynski and the Rise of the New York Pagan does both. It does it a way that’s engaging to read. I’d never heard of Buczynski before Margot Adler recommended this book to me; now I understand his impact on the Craft.

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Someday my prince(ss) will come…

Folks are coming for a ritual this evening. I have to mop the floor. The WetJet isn’t working. I can’t find my mop. There’s nothing else to do but get on my hands and knees, and scrub with water and Pine-Sol.

As I’m doing this, I’m humming:

Of course, the title of this post has nothing to do with the need to scrub the floors by hand occasionally. It’s something I’ll have to do, with or without a princess, even if I had magical talking mice.

It’s also part of an HP’s job.

Tootsies

I hung with out with one of my Wicca students yesterday. She’s incredibly pregnant, due in under a week. She looks just about ready to pop.

You can see and feel the baby’s feet move as he shifts around in her mother’s tummy. It’s an amazing experience.

Mother and baby are both healthy. The baby may be a little too healthy; Momma is worried that having such a large baby may make delivery difficult. I guess sometimes good pre-natal care and nutrition has its price.

Obviously, having a baby will mean profound changes in my student’s life. As a Wiccan teacher, it will bring some changes in my life as well. Will my student be able to attend Circles as often? Is my apartment “baby-proof”? Will having a baby present change the energy in the Circle?

We are all going to learn something new from this, both the students and the teacher.