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    Weyland’s Whey, June 17th Column, Faun Review

    “Magick is the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with the will.” –Aleister Crowley MUSIC Review Faun German group.  Pagan, folk, medieval music and darkwave.  Performances combine medieval and modern instruments like the hurdy-gurdy, lutes, bagpipes and celtic harp.  Their vocals are in diverse languages including Latin, Greek, German and English.  Formed in 1998. I had the good fortune to score a telephone interview with one of the band members a few years ago during my first stint with PaganPages.  (How many years ago?  Oh, about umpteen, back when I was still in my frisky fifties!)  It was an absolute pleasure and the friendliest interview I’ve…

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    Weyland’s Whey, May 27th, 2024

    Working on My Dreams The Weylander has many interests.  Coffee!  Pizza!  And dreaming.  Especially lucid dreaming, in which you realize you’re dreaming while you’re actually doing so.  This can help you achieve a sort of control over events in your dreams.  I can do it once in a blue moon.  In the most recent one, Sparkle and I were walking down a road at night.  I told her we needed a car.  She said we didn’t have one.  I said, “I’ll make one.”  And suddenly we were cruising down that country road.  (I didn’t notice what kind of a car it was, but the steering wheel was on the right.  Maybe…

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    Weyland’s Whey  by Weyland Smith For Your Deliberation Cody’s Wish Cody Dorman was born with a rare genetic disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome.  It severely impacts growth and development.  During a Make-a-Wish visit to Gainsborough Farm, Kentucky, in 2018, a 5-month-old weanling came over to Cody and his wheelchair and placed its head in his lap.  They bonded.  The horse’s owners decided on the name Cody’s Wish. Cody and his family often journeyed to watch the horse compete.  At the 2023 Breeder’s Cup, the horse’s final race before retirement, expectations were low.  Too many great horses.  No way Cody’s Wish could win.  When the bell rang, he started out at the…

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    Weyland’s Whey, Beltane 2024

    Weyland’s Whey Beltane for Old People The Beltane Sabbat is, among other things, a celebration of union betwixt and between masculine and feminine energies.  This includes already established families (love and commitment) as well as the making of new ones (hubba hubba). Happy Anniversary, Sparkle It will never be long enough.  But eight years is a good start. Feliz Cumpleanos, Delinquent Yeah, we celebrate our little dog’s birthday.  Wanna make something of it? Music Review Keiko Matsui has made several absolutely incredible songs.  Love and Nothing Less, from her Euphoria album, is my current favorite.  Vocals by Lalah Hathaway and harmonica from Gregoire Maret.  Sparkle and I needed a song we considered “ours”. …

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         by Weyland Smith   Wey’s Predictions (He’s been wrong about everything else!) Pagans–especially Wiccans–won’t like using AI to construct spells, help write how-tos, or do magickal research.  An absence of flesh and blood humanity will be thought to  taint the effectiveness of supernatural dealings, and many will avoid all use of AI in their shadow work.  No real magick is possible in it, they’ll say.  (Two flaws in this logic: just how human are the entities and forces we’re dealing with already?  And aren’t these objections akin to believing you have to write out spells in longhand instead of using a keyboard to ensure success?)  This trend won’t…

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    For Your Deliberation I AM HERE because I choose to be. I AM MARRIED because I want to be. I AM ONLY FRANTIC when I forget that.   When They Lived and What They Lived For Magic is truly everywhere. Recently Mihos attended the performance of a seventeen piece classic jazz and swing band. Reeds, Rhythm and All That Brass http://www.facebook.com/RRBbigband/ These folks deserve all the publicity they can get. Especially because they only perform for charitable, civic and seniors events. The kind of music his parents and grandparents listened to. Some of it was from eighty to a hundred years ago, from the Nineteen Twenties to the Second World War. From his seat…

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    For Your Deliberation If you were on trial for being a witch, would there be enough evidence to convict you?   Goodbye, My Friend Our feline companion and familiar, Jinx, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge this morning.  Old, gaunt and confused, we knew it would be selfish to keep him with us any longer.  He was a champion.  And he will be missed.   Friendship Is Magic, Too by Weyland Smith It had been a while since I’d talked to my compadre Mihos.  We’d been in the old coven together and had managed to stay in sporadic contact over the years.  It would be fun to talk witchery with him…

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    Weyland’s Whey – That Old Familiar Feeling

    Count Them Blessings   I got COVID.  She didn’t.    Are we old?  Not yet!   We love our fur kids!   Our dog’s name is Delinquent….   ….she livers up to it.   Delinquent barks at everything.  One night she warned us of an intruder at our door.   Coffee is awesome!    Wicca is a great comfort.    ** About the Author: Weyland Smith is an eclectic solitaire wytch.  He lives in New Jersey with his girlfriend Sparkle, their two feline familiars and a dog named Delinquent.  Weyland’s interests include writing, crystals and web weaving.  Wey is also a firm believer in reincarnation—in a previous life he was…

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    Weyland’s Whey – That Old Familiar Feeling

    That Old Familiar Feeling   They’re a basic ingredient.  When you’re a witch you gotta have the robe.  An altar.  And a familiar or two. Now, full disclosure time here: I’m no scholar or expert.  I haven’t seriously researched this topic, nor do I intend to.  But I deal with familiars on a daily basis (or at least I believe I do) and I’m happy to share my own experiences. I suppose familiars come in all genders and species or whatever, but I only deal with my boys Jinx and Spirit.  They’re a couple of stray cats my girlfriend Sparkle took in long before she and I met.  We hit…