I’m currently visiting Orion Foxwood and his husband Sethlan at their lovely apartment in New Carrolton, MD. As with most Pagan homes I visit, the place is a museum of magickal treasures. Orion and I have been dear friends for decades, but getting to spend actual time together is a rare treat. He travels even more widely than I do, teaching workshops and leading tours of sacred sites. He visited Gypsy and me in Salem, and we also got together a few years before in Santa Cruz, but this is my first visit to his home. He is an amazing store of knowledge and wisdom, especially of the folklore and magick of his Appalachian heritage. Sethlan made us a yummy dinner, and we stayed up talking for hours. We mourned together the recent passing of our mutual friend Raven Grimassi and lamented the continuing attrition of our cherished Elders…
This afternoon I’ll be driving another half hour to see my old CAW friends Burt and Stephanie Johns. They’re having a few folks over for a nice little CAW reunion. And tomorrow at 2:00 I have a book-signing and talk at The Crystal Fox, 311 Main St., Laurel, MD. http://www.thecrystalfox.com/
I arrived at Orion’ & Sethlan’s yesterday afternoon, after a 2-hour drive from Elizabethtown, PA, where I had a nice lunch date with Chris Davis after saying my farewell to Kim in Mt. Joy, where I’d stayed for the past week. When I drove down to PA from New Jersey, it was still winter, and the ground was all covered in snow. But now on this drive a week later, the snow was all gone and the weather was warm. I feel like I’m driving south into Spring!
The past week with Kim has been pretty full. I did a phone interview on Friday the 8th for the radio show “Up Close and Personal With Rev. Alfred Willowhawk.” Then on the weekend I did two bookstore gigs. The first was Saturday at Kim’s beautiful new store, Twisted by Nature, at 207 N. Market St., Elizabethtown, PA. She was just setting it up for the Grand Opening when I was here last Sep., and now it’s all up and fabulous.
On Sunday Kim drove me to another book-signing and talk at Moon Raven Alley, 1398 Oregon Rd, Leola, PA, owned by Collette Wagman. This is a charming little shop in the style of an old country Witch’s cottage. I talked for a couple of hours about Wizardry, Quantum Magick, the Awakening, the coming 2020s, and 50 years of modern Paganism.
Kim and I did an Escape Room at the legendary Bube’s Brewery (founded in 1868), which was way fun! There were so many clues to unravel and decode that it really takes a larger group to accomplish them all in the given time, but we did quite well, even though we didn’t get out before the cops showed up.
And in spare hours when Kim and Shawn were out, I got into binge-watching a remarkable sci-fi TV series that folks had recommended (and which I recommend to you): “Sense8.” A brilliant and compelling series, with a powerful premise of future evolution of humanity – and more diversity than I’d have thought possible in a small group of protagonists. I got into the beginning of the 2nd season, but now I’ll have to wait until I land somewhere else for a few days with sympathetic hosts…
And yesterday – 3.14 – was “Pi Day,” and the 15th anniversary of the incorporation of my Grey School of Wizardry, of which I am exceedingly proud.