In 2002, I published The Virtual Pagan to introduce the idea of working magick in cyberspace to a world that was just starting to get online. At that time, I had to spend as much time on “how do I get my computer to connect to the internet” as I did on the ins and outs of online rituals. Now, in 2021, a more technologically sophisticated audience has more detailed and nuanced questions about the intersection of technology and spirituality. Thus, The Virtual Pagan 2.0
“Finding the right magickal community is an important part of exploring our magickal selves. Whether that is a single mentor or a thriving spiritual community, coming together with others can form the foundation of a dynamic spiritual life. But just meeting regularly does not a healthy spiritual group make, nor does a simple desire to pass on the hard-won knowledge privately gained. What makes a healthy spiritual group? How do we find one, or make one?
Magickal Connections explores the nature of a magickal group’s dynamics from its inception to its dissolution, offering practical advice for people at any stage of a group’s life cycle. Potential leaders are guided through the transition from participant along with sensible exploration of their motivation for this change. With no-nonsense direction about the hows and whats of the mentoring relationship, expectations can be clarified at the outset. With its frank discussion of the politics of working within a group, Magickal Connections is useful for all members of a group, no matter their role. ”
“The World Wide Web. Its power rests in its ability to build communities, share information, and transcend great distances. And as practitioners of the craft have discovered, its cutting-edge technology has the ability to weave centuries’ old magick with hyperlinks and fiber optics. For individuals interested in Wicca, The Virtual Pagan offers practical tools for getting connected via the Internet. As author Lisa McSherry writes, “Where once we were prevented from reaching out, for fear of prosecution, we are now free to worship in the safety and privacy of cyberspace. No longer are we bound by geography in our search for like-minded Pagans.”
Divided into three helpful sections, The Virtual Pagan explains to readers how to get online and find a group that meets their needs. The founder of her own online coven, JaguarMoon, McSherry also shares her insights into keeping the circle vital, techniques for proper email etiquette, suggestions for how to build a cyber altar, as well as steps to prepare for and conduct meaningful rituals online. From privacy to practice, software to Sabbat rituals, McSherry offers a wealth of resources, including organizational tips, and a glossary of more than 200 pagan and technological terms.”
Out of print, available from me directly.
“The words “Pagan Leadership” are often met with scorn and tales of failed groups and so-called Witch Wars. And yet, as our communities grow and mature, we find ourselves in dire need of healthy, ethical leaders. Most Pagans have seen what doesn’t work. But what does? This anthology features over thirty authors, thirty essays, and decades of leadership experience sharing their failures and successes as leaders as well as showing you how you can become a better Pagan leader.”
“Magick on the Edge features experimental essays by some well-established authors in the occult scene, but also up and coming occultists. Whether it’s time magic, body dynamics, working with your neural circuits or evoking a person into your life, this book shows you what the latest experimental magic is and who’s doing it. Get inspired and get on the edge of magic, with experts who want to explain how magic works, instead of selling you short with a spellbook.”
“Features essays on how to integrate popular culture into your magical practice and gives you access to creative applications you can use to inspire your own exploration and experimentation. With essays by notable magicians, The Pop Culture Grimoire offers a variety of perspectives on how to make pop culture magic work in your life.”