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Dancing the Spiral: A Companion to the Writings of Starhawk

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Welcome to Luke Hauser’s lastest project – a companion text to accompany Starhawk’s voluminous writings, featuring dozens of magical workings, ritual ideas, activist skills, pagan history, and more.

Dancing the Spiral – free download and more info.

Created in cooperation with Starhawk and Teen Earth Magic witchcamp, the goals are: (1) an exciting and challenging book for people working alone or with friends; (2) inspiration for folks to form a circle so they can do these workings with others; and (3) a fun book to flip through and get inspired!

The book also features pages of magical and activist resources – books, music, websites, free downloads, and more.This initial mock-up already contains much of the material, including the just-completed history essays.

We hope to complete and publish this book as a PDF and print edition sometime in 2021. Meanwhile, we’ll post drafts as they develop.

Dancing the Spiral – free download and more info.

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Economics, Satires

Jobs Crash – Dow Booms

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Shawn Langlois of MarketWatch flagged this marvelously sickening screenshot from CNBC’s Jim Cramer (Mad Money): “Everything that is wrong with America.”

While millions lose jobs and faced financial ruin, the Dow chalks up its best week in 80 years.

Of course, that prior “best” was during the Great Depression, so maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised.

Economic Musings by Luke Hauser – short and sometimes funny!

 

Culture, Satires

Witches Fail To Levitate Mitch McConnell

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ABC News reports that a coven of masked witches attempted and failed to levitate US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, KY).

The masked pagans surrounded the hapless politician at the Kentucky Statehouse and demanded that he speak out for social justice during this time of national crisis. When McConnell failed to recognize the meaning of word “justice,” the protesters turned to Plan B – levitate the banana slug until the next election.*

Sadly, McConnell had his shields (if not his face mask) in place, and remained rooted to the marble floor.

The coven vowed to hold online zoom rituals to boost their psychic powers and shift their attention to levitating the President during one of his daily televised coronavirus rallies.

Photo and original report from This Week ABC.

More satires from Luke Hauser: https://directaction.org/category/satires/

* – UPDATE – Responding to a flurry of complaints from readers, Luke Hauser apologizes to banana slugs everywhere!

 

Culture, Music

RIP John Prine – See You In Heaven Or Wherever

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I cut my folky teeth singing John Prine songs in bars in Terre Haute, Indiana. I think we knew every song on his first album – the guy had a song for every occasion.

We still sing them around campfires. Here’s a few faves:

Prine planned ahead – here’s his ode to the afterlife – see you there, John!

When I Get To Heaven

Obituary – Rolling Stone

Economics

Economic Musings

Books & Other Stuff By Luke Hauser – no economics!!

Short reflections by Luke Hauser

Beware the Debt Zombies

Recessions Aren’t a Bug – They’re a Feature!

Slashed by the Debt Scissors – Low Fed Rates vs Government Debt

Time to Unload My Portfolio – oops, I forgot to get one!

Marx’s Capital – now an audiobook (short review)

Economics Satires & Miscellany

ToiletShare – my latest tech startup!

Eat4U – tech startup seeks funding!

Jobs Crash – Dow Booms – for real

Online Underwear Ads – Was It Mom?

HelloFresh Death Watch – farewell to a debt zombie

Youtubes Etc

Ponzi Scheme Documentary – meet Mr. Ponzi!

Bernie Madoff’s scam – a modern Ponzi scheme

US Auto Industry – evolution of an industry (great visuals!)

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Culture, Video

Broadway – Six Hours of Video

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I not a big fan of Broadway music after the earliest years, when it overlapped with pop.

But I’m down for a documentary on any kind of music. I’d probably watch the history of elevator music if it had good visuals.

PBS Broadway documentary – youtube –  you can probably find a hi-res version online as well.

Narrated by Julie Andrews, this six-hour documentary features reels and reels of original footage from the stage and/or later Hollywood versions.

About the PBS Series

Broadway: The American Musical tells two stories: the 100-year history of musical theater and the story of its relationship to 20th-century American life. The six-part series begins with the immigrant experience at the turn of the century, when a melting pot of voices and styles gave rise to a popular new form of entertainment, and ends with today’s Broadway, where big-budget new productions and revivals of classic favorites compete side by side for box office success.

Read more at the PBS website – click here

PBS Broadway documentary – youtube

Photo: Daniel Evans’ 2016 production of the ground-breaking musical Showboat by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Culture, Resources & Downloads

Our Magical History – A New Essay

“Presents an enormous amount of material in a very attractive and readable way.”

– Michael D. Bailey, Department of History, Iowa State University / Associate Editor: Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft

Who are these people who call themselves Pagans, Witches, and workers of magic? Where did they come from?

Join Luke Hauser for an illustrated, occasionally tongue-in-cheek journey through our magical lineages, from ancient Mesopotamia to Gardner, Valiente, and the Wiccan Revival of modern days.

Plus a section our activist ancestors such as suffragists, organized labor, and the Civi Rights movement.

Click here for free download | Click here ​to read online

Think of this as a pleasant excursion, not a treadmill.

Read what calls to you. Skip around as you wish. Feel free to ignore entire sections.

Just know that when you reach the Isle of Apples, you may be tested on this material.

Click here for free download | Click here ​to read online

“Erudite, good-humoured, generous, with that open-minded readiness to recognise merit in many different sources of inspiration that is one of the best features of the Reclaiming tradition.”

– Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol

Graphic: Hieronymus Bosch