Archive for Events and Publications

Becoming Psychic, June 28

I’ll be at the Tarot Society in Brooklyn on June 28 for an intimate and lively talk on Becoming Psychic.

Coast to Coast Radio: Listen up!

Join me for two entertaining late-night hours with George Noory on Coast-to-Coast radio this Friday, June 9, at 10pm Pacific. The show runs from 1am to 3am my time, so I’ll be getting punchy towards the end, which will undoubtedly add to the fun! Tune in!

New Review & Twitter

Hey folks. You will no doubt have noticed that blogging has dried up. I am actively tweeting, so please follow @DebLippAuthor for all the latest. Including cat pictures.

By the way, the delightful Treadwell’s Bookshop in London has just posted a lovely review of Merry Meet Again.

Paganicon: March 14-16

Here’s some exciting news! I’ve been excited to be Guest of Honor, along with Oberon Zell, at Paganicon, March 14-16, 2014, in St. Louis Park, MN.

I haven’t yet finalized my class offerings, but I’ll certainly be doing a Way of Four class on the elements, and speaking with Oberon about Pagan history. And I’ll definitely be doing book signings. The rest is still being worked out.

Hope to see you there!

Ancestors of the Craft

Ancestors of the Craft is a new anthology of essays about Elders of Witchcraft (both directly–Witches, and indirectly–important occultists who influenced Witchcraft) who have passed beyond the veil.

I contributed an essay about Isaac Bonewits to the anthology.

Ancestors of the Craft is a fundraiser, all profits to be donated to the Temple of Witchcraft.

Guest Post at Llewellyn’s Blog

I have a guest post up at Elysia Gallo’s Llewellyn blog, all about writing my memoir:

Your life is not a story.

Life is a lived experience, it is in the moment, and the very act of writing down those moments subtly changes them. Shaping a narrative—even the most honest and self-effacing of narratives—alters the experience.

Read the whole thing.

Merry Meet Again

My new book is here! Merry Meet Again

Merry Meet Again is my story: It’s a memoir of a life lived in the Craft. It’s a journey from my early discovery of the Goddess and some fairly fruitless seeking after Witchcraft in the 70s, to finally discovering other Witches and becoming an initiate in the 80s, to becoming a High Priestess and the joys and tribulations of running Pagan groups. I talk about spells and rituals, the changes in the Pagan community, raising a Pagan child, and more. I also dig deep, talking about grief, love, depression, recovery, and sexuality.

Writing a memoir is an extraordinary process. It is a new way of looking at one’s life, and an engagement with one’s own story that changed me as I wrote it.

Merry Meet Again is available immediately directly from Llewellyn (and friends tell me it ships fast!). It will be in brick-and-mortar stores in a few days and online as of February 1.

Speaking of Religion… (Interview)

The very interesting blog, You, Me & Religion interviewed me recently. You can read the whole thing here.

Here’s an excerpt:

The gradations here are between people who do the same rituals more or less the same way most of the time, and people who do different rituals more or less every time. It’s not that Gardnerians are never spontaneous, but we value hereditary (we inherit our tradition from predecessors), lineage (we know who our initiators are, and their initiators, and their initiators, and so on), and a structured way of doing things.

To a great degree, this is a matter of personal preference. I tend towards structure, stability, and the comfort of the known in many ways throughout my life. I’m a Taurus; I like earthy, stable things. I think there are a great many practical advantages to orthopraxy: Practice makes perfect, don’t reinvent the wheel, create a web of energy through repetition. All of these things are powerful. I recognize that there are also powerful things in a much more heterodox (or heteropraxic) style of religion. It’s not like I have never made up a ritual on the spot!

See, we have this advantage: In Paganism and Wicca, there is no belief that only one path leads you to the Gods. Since no one holds the keys to heaven hostage, we are all free to worship as we choose. My orthopraxy doesn’t invalidate someone else’s free form, do-it-yourself, wild style. We’re equally Pagan.

Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole

I did this fun podcast with the folks at Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole tonight. We talked about the four elements, about elemental beings, about Spirit, and more.

The podcast is here and will be available on iTunes.

Mystic Fair Brasil, October 8 and 9

Yep, I’ll be there! I’m very excited about this event, and my upcoming trip to Brazil.

Mystic Fair Brasil website (Portuguese).

My presentation video is not yet up on the website, but I’m sure it will be soon: