Vol 13 No. 4 (2011) Issue Number 4, May 1998
Notes from the Underground
This fourth issue of The Pomegranate is both a landmark and a watershed. We are proud to have made it through a full year of publication, even though it took us a year and a half to do it, but we're more than aware that nearly everyone who supported our fledgling publication by subscribing did so for the first four issues, and now virtually all of those original subscriptions must be renewed.
Perhaps the original drama is the drama of mating. Tension arises from the question of whether nature, against all odds, is going to permit reproduction to occur, life to go on. Considering the preposterous odds, the fecundity of life may be the strangest thing about this planet - yet it is also the most ordinary.
The older and more experienced I become, the more I admire William Shakespeare. I have seen countless productions of his plays, and read them over and over. I think about him and his characters often, quote him in daily speech, and continually find new insights in his work.
Two years ago, I set out to write a historical novel about the Eleusinian Mysteries. On the way to Eleusis I turned in the opposite direction, following another ancient pilgrimage, to the marshy shores of Brauron, and the childhood of women, where the story begins.
Masks in Magical Meetings [+] 44-49
The Covenant of the Goddess (CoG), a national organization of Witches and covens, holds MerryMeet, its annual Grand Council and festival, in late August each year. Preceding MerryMeet, the Leadership Institute is a day-long workshop or series of workshops for members to continue their magical education and to share their knowledge and expertise. The Northern California Local Council of CoG (NCLC-CoG) and Reclaiming Collective sponsored MerryMeet and its concomitant Leadership Institute in 1996.
Margot Adler's story is set in the middle of that over-summarised decade, the 1960s. One advantage to reading it is to get past the image of antiwar protests, burning inner-city neighbourhoods, and LSD and to hear two people's stories: hers and that of the American soldier who became her pen pal, confidant and lover.