Lon Milo DuQuette Has a New CD Coming Out!

Lon Milo DuQuette, author of many books including The Weiser Book of Horror and the Occult, has a new CD coming out with Ninety Three Records! Check out the official press release below for more information.

Way to go, Lon!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Alan Corcoran // alan@agileartists.com

June 1, 2015

NINETY THREE RECORDS TO RELEASE LON MILO DUQUETTE’S SWEET BABA LON JUNE 6, 2015

Album tracks available for pre-release from CDBaby www.cdbaby.com/cd/lonmiloduquette6

(Anaheim Hills, CA) – At 66, prolific folk singer Lon Milo DuQuette is showing no signs of slowing down.  In fact, that is the theme of Don’t Write Me Off, one of the new songs on Ninety Three Records’ Sweet Baba Lon. “I’m cool, and quaint… and handsome,” says Lon, adding, “I’m a pool of ancient wisdom!”

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Photo credit – Paul Soso

A touring pro at 14, half of acid folk duo Charley D & Milo at 18, Lon took a break from music after an unfortunate ‘71 gig backing Sammy Davis, Jr. at the closing of LA’s Cocoanut Grove.  For the next 25 years he focused on his interest in Western Mysticism, penning several dozen books on various related topics.  A Canadian documentary exploring his “life with the spirits” uncovered his musical origins, asked him to play some of the old songs – and, boom! He was back in the game.  Last year he played 45 dates in 23 cities, 12 countries on three continents.

Signed to Ninety Three in 2011, he’s released three albums of all original material and now this latest “Best of Plus” collection. Sweet Baba Lon includes 18 of Lon’s most popular recordings from earlier releases I’m Baba LonBaba Lon II and Gentle Heretic plus three new tracks:  the aforementioned Don’t Write Me Off,  I’m Scared, Lon’s wicked take on American gun culture, and At Club Père Lachaise,  a cute paean to the French celebrity cemetery.

On many tracks, Lon retreats from his tongue in cheek soapbox and reveals a sentimental softie, lamenting lost loves (Never Got Over You), celebrating True Buckaroos and explaining quantum enchantment (When You Fall In Love.)

Politics, philosophy, reincarnation, and hedonism – it’s all here, covered gently with the occasional jab.  Longtime fans are sure to find many favorites among these titles and for newcomers, Sweet Baba Loninstantly delivers a deep dose of DuQuette.

With Sharlotte Gibson (Whitney Houston), Bob Boulding (Young Dubliners), Probyn Gregory (Brian Wilson), Shawn Nourse (Dwight Yoakum), Rick Shea (Dave Alvin), Chris Whynaught, Wendell Kelly, Jason Chesney, Michael Starr, Neil Patton and others.

 About Lon Milo DuQuette

Born in Long Beach, California and raised in Columbus, Nebraska, he was an aspiring studio musician and recording artist in the 1970s, releasing two singles and an album, Charley D. and Milo, on Epic Records. DuQuette has written numerous books on Western mystical traditions including:  FreemasonryTarotQabalah, and ceremonial magic.

It’s International Random Acts of Kindness Week!

9781573245876Over twenty years ago, Conari Press published Random Acts of Kindness, and launched a simple movement–of people being kind to one another in their daily lives.To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Random Acts of Kindness, the editors of Conari Press compiled Random Acts of Kindness Then and Now, which includes the original book along with new crowd-sourced material. It will inspire you to start

— with the small, the particular, the individual — to bring delight and goodness to yourself and others.

And be sure to visit Random Acts of Kindness Foundation to see what kindnesses they’re up to these days. They offer a whole range of kindness ideas to make this week amazing. Make sure to tag #RAKweek2015 on any of your social media posts so they can easily find it!

RED WHEEL WEISER PARTNERS WITH NEW YORK OPEN CENTER TO CREATE NEW IMPRINT

Rrwwc_logo_300dpi_onlyed Wheel Weiser, LLC (RWW) and New York Open Center (NYOC) announce the creation of a New York Open Center imprint that will support the Center’s mission to offer the best possible approaches to wellness, consciousness expansion, and spiritual transformation.  RWW will work with NYOC staff to identify and develop potential authors and projects from the many practitioners and faculty who teach classes, lead workshops and lecture at the Center.  Michael Kerber, President of Red Wheel Weiser, LLC, says, “Our continued goal is to publish ‘books to live by,’ and this collaboration with New York Open Center is both a natural and complementary fit given our shared mission to inform and improve people’s lives.”

“For the last thirty-one years the New York Open Center has been a platform for the world’s leading teachers in holistic thought, wellness, spirituality, and interdisciplinary approaches to human and societal transformation. We have been committed to offering the best, cutting-edge programs in these fields—often long before they gain mainstream acceptance.  Now, as an expanded expression of our ongoing mission, we are thrilled to be writing this new chapter with Red Wheel Weiser. And, as someone who has read, and benefited by, Weiser Books since my teens, I am personally very happy for this partnership!” –Thomas Amelio, President of the New York Open Center” ny-open-center

Red Wheel/Weiser Publisher Emerita, Jan Johnson, will help select the initial list of titles.  There’s no set number, but all titles will fall into one of three main categories.  There will be general introductory guides on topics regularly taught at the center, such as shamanism, mindfulness, lucid dreaming, and a variety of others.  Books that delve deeper into subjects based on NYOC workshops and webinars and broad survey books drawn from NYOC major conferences round the list.  The next such conference is the Art of Dying: Spiritual, Scientific, and Practical Approaches to Living and Dying to be held in New York City April 24 – 26 and features such presenters as Eben Alexander, MD, Therese Schroeder-Sheker, and Peter Fenwick, MD.

“Although I’ve never lived in New York, I’ve been a longtime fan of the Center,” said Johnson.  “They provide a great service to New Yorkers, and now with these books, we are pleased to become a part of their mission to provide broader and more in-depth information for seekers.  I think we can work together to develop new authors and to bring cutting edge information to readers.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for both Red Wheel and the Open Center.  It is part of our wider efforts of collaborating with like-minded companies in a variety of areas,” added Kerber.  “For us to grow as a publisher, we must engage readers wherever they seek guidance, wisdom, and new ideas.”

The imprint will be launched at Book Expo America in 2016.

ABOUT RED WHEEL/WEISER

Red Wheel/Weiser, the well-known metaphysical and self-help publisher, has imprints that include Conari Press, Weiser Books, and Disinformation Books.  Conari Press publishes books on topics ranging from spirituality, personal growth, and relationships to women’s issues, parenting, and social issues.  Weiser Books publishes titles across the entire spectrum of occult, esoteric, speculative, and

New Age subjects.  Disinformation Books publishes on topics as wide-ranging as conspiracy theory, secret societies, ancient civilizations, and current affairs. Red Wheel/Weiser distributes titles for a variety of publishers including Hampton Roads Publishing, Hierophant Publishing, Quest Books, Nicolas-Hays/Ibis Press, Atlantis Rising, and more.

ABOUT NEW YORK OPEN CENTER

The New York Open Center was founded in 1984 with the intention of creating a forum for a new generation of seekers. Recognized as New York City’s leading center for holistic learning, the Center offers educational programs to create positive transformation in individuals and the world. Programs are offered in spiritual inquiry and practice, psychology and self-development, holistic health, bodywork, movement and yoga, arts and creativity. The center also features concerts, performances and other special events. Today, the New York Open Center presents more than 300 programs of exceptional depth and integrity to audiences totaling more than 10,000 annually.

Mark Nepo Joins Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend!

Mark Nepo, author of The Book of Awakening, will be joining Oprah on her The Life You Want Weekend Tour! See below for more information.

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New Year Celebrations

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is right around the corner. Literally. In less than 24 hours, 2013 will officially be behind us and we will be in a new year. Of course, we’re only talking in terms of the Western calendar.  This calendar, which is widely used in North America and Canada, is based on the 365-day year; the one many of us know so well!

But not every culture uses the Western calendar. While we traditionally ring in our New Year on December 31 and January 1, many other cultures have already rung in their New Year, while some won’t ring theirs in until later in 2014 (based on our calendar, of course).

Which got us thinking – how many different  ‘New Years’ are there throughout the world?

The answer: A lot. But here are a few that we found interesting!

Pagan New Year: Many Pagans celebrate the ‘New Year’ on Samhain. On the traditional Western Calendar, this would be known as Halloween. Samhain is not the ‘universal’ New Year in Paganism; others celebrate it at Beltane, which is April 30th.

Chinese New Year: The Chinese New Year occurs between January 21 and February 21, depending on when the new moon of the first lunar month falls, and last 15 days. The 2014 Chinese New Year will be on January 31 and will be the year of the Horse.

Jewish New Year: Rosh Hashanah is celebrated the first two days of the seventh month of the Hebrew Calendar – typically in September (in 2013 it was September 4th – September 6th). For the Jewish, it is a time of introspection and a chance to look back over the past year at the mistakes that have been made. The day is spent in a synagogue as it is one of the holiest days of the year.

Thai New Year: Songkran 2014 will be held from Sunday April 13th to Tuesday April 15th. A traditional Thai New Year had the people of Thailand sprinkle water, out of respect and to pay Buddha respect, on the elders. Now, they have the Thailand Water Fight Festival, one of the most important to the people of Thailand.

Ethiopian New Year:  In 2013 and for 2014, it will fall on September 11.  Their new year is called Enkutatash, which means “gift of jewels”.  During this festival, there will be dancing, singing and a lot of celebrations.

Whether your New Year has come and gone, is happening tonight, or coming up – Happy New Year to all and I hope it is filled with all good things!

Sources:

1. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/2013/11/happy-pagan-new-year/

2. http://bloomfield-mi.patch.com/groups/breast-cancer-awareness/p/5-97364391

Yuletide Drinks Galore!

It’s the yuletide season. There is no denying it anymore; Christmas is just a mere five days away. By now, you’ve probably attended gatherings galore with still a few more ahead of you. Maybe you’re even hosting one this year.

Well if you’re hosting one, we are here to help – at least with the signature holiday drink!

'The Herbal Kitchen' by Rosemary Gladstar
‘The Herbal Kitchen’ by Kami McBride

We have put together some of our favorite drink recipes from ‘The Herbal Kitchen’ by Kami McBride. With a few of these prepared and ready to serve, your gathering is bound to be a warm and festive success!

Party Punch  – a necessity for large crowds!
This delightful drink is a holiday favorite. It’s easy to throw together and everyone loves it. Make sure to serve it in a punch bowl!

4 Cups (1 L) lemon verbena-rose petal tea
4 Cups (1 L) berry juice
Fresh berries for garnish
Rose petals for garnish

Spiced Wine
A favorite drink for all winter season celebrations.

1 bottle of red wine
1 teaspoon juniper berries
1 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
¼ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 whole clove

In a large pot over low heat, combine all the ingredients. Bring to a simmer, turn the heat to the lowest setting, and serve warm.

Christmas Cordial
Serve to guests or package up and give as a Christmas present!

2 cups pomegranate arils
Finely chopped peel and fruit of 1 fresh orange
¼ cup chopped pitted dates
½ teaspoon powdered cinnamon
7 whole allspice berries
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger or ¼ teaspoon dried ginger
¼ teaspoon powdered nutmeg
3 cups brandy or to cover by 2 inches (5 cm)
1 cup honey to sweeten

Apricot-Cinnamon Cordial
½ cup diced dried apricots
½ cup diced dried persimmons
½ teaspoon cinnamon stick pieces
2 cups port wine

Warming Winter Brew
This is a warm full-bodied tea that has a revitalizing effect on a cold winter day.

1 cup ginger-cinnamon tea
1 teaspoon molasses/treacle
1 teaspoon star anise honey

We hope you enjoy and have a wonderful holiday!

Dark Earth and Deep Water

Ankhie just spent a glorious weekend (after a rather inglorious bout of stomach flu) in the Catskills with her near and dear, doing what we always do this time of year – outdoor rituals involving potable potions, swirling flame, best intentions, and a great deal of laughter and music. This year, there were new friends joining in – unused to our witchy ways and the peculiarities of the (rather enchanted) place – so there was some explaining to do.

The Catskills, for those of you who are unfamiliar, are situated about 2 hours north of New York City, west of the Hudson River and the granite hills of Massachusetts and Connecticut. The Catskills are composed mostly of ancient sediments -slate and shale – and when viewed from a distance the mountains display a distinct striated pattern.  They are stunning, and very spooky.

Our friends live in a hollow between foothills. The property was once owned by a fringe religious group, whose members occasionally still turn up asking “Have you found the root cellar?”  No explanation is offered. No clues as to what or where the cellar is, or why they are still interested. They seem harmless, just curious about how the property has changed, but won’t expand on their inquiries.  Because the ground is essentially rock with a thin veneer of soil and grass, a root cellar (or any excavated space) would have been quite a labor, and not quickly abandoned or easily overgrown. Even so, it’s location and purpose is still a mystery. What my friends have found is a chamber built into a  shale shelf behind the neighbor’s house (a likely candidate), a deep and truly unsettling cistern (think The Ring), and a quarry riddled with small animal dens.  The new members of our party were briefed on all of this, and appropriately fascinated.

What is it about these deep and dark places that so enthrall us? In my own extended, childhood backyard there is a well hidden just off an abandoned road. It has no walls above ground level, and is often disguised by fallen branches and leaves. It is a deadly thing. Deep beyond sight, and lined with jagged stone.  If I’m near it, I just can’t stay away – even though the debris makes its exact location a mystery and a threat, every time.  Then there is the old soapstone quarry, just a semi-circular cliff now, rising from the body of a reservoir. In a boat (the only way to access it) the walls are sheer and echo every sound, the water, clear as glass 100 yards away, is black here, and very still. I have never caught a fish there in decades of trying, but it’s always the first place I steer my boat.

It is not at all surprising that these types of places have always been associated with both the spiritual and the paranormal. Wells and springs haunted by faeries or other native spirits became associated with Saints, just as temples were torn down for churches. These places speak to the darker (non-intellectual) part of ourselves for good reason. What that reason is exactly, I’m not informed enough to say, but I did run across this passage in Freddy Silva‘s excellent Legacy of the Gods; the Origin of Sacred Sites and the Rebirth of Ancient Wisdom:

Beneath the holiest of Muslim shrines, the Ka’Ba, there exists a well; sacred springs exist below Temple Mount, just as they do beneath Chartres and Glastonbury Tor; the Gothic cathedrals of Wells, Winchester and Salisbury are built on marshland and designed to  practically float on such architecturally unsuitable terrain; in fact, so many beautiful pieces of sacred architecture sit on ground wholly unsuitable for heavy structures.10 The Egyptian pyramids sit above deep fissures of the earth through which flow hundreds of veins of pressurized water. Even stone circles amid the deserts of Nubia and Libya sit on domes of water, as does the Navajo altar in Monument Valley, situated between two voluminous sand dunes out of which bursts a serpentine gush of cold, clear water.

Without exception, every sacred site is located above or beside water. Water is the foundation of every temple.

Like sacred mountains or landscape temples, holy wells and sacred springs are the epitome of the temple in its natural state, and their hypnotic power has been honored since prehistoric times. Many have been integrated within the boundaries of constructed temples, even represented on the inside by the octagonal church font and its holy water. In his delightful discourse on the holy wells of Cornwall, Paul Broadhurst describes how these places were seen by ancient people “as gateways to the Otherworld, where the vital flow of life-force could be used to penetrate the veil of matter to experience a more formative reality. And so they were used to contact unseen realms where communication could take place with the gods and spirits.”11 Celtic Britain – Ireland in particular – still venerates its ancient holy wells and sacred springs, and anyone who visits these remote shrines is often taken aback by the monastic ambience pervading their surroundings. Direct contact with these special waters have provided healing and inspiration for poet and pilgrim since the days of Sumerian Eridu and its temple honoring Ea, the god of the House of Water, where the ritual of baptism was performed as an integral part of temple initiation.

Ea and the Babylonian post-diluvial god Oannes share identical characteristics and attributes thousands of years later with John the Baptist via the linguistic route of the Hebrew Yohanan, the Greek Ioannes, and finally, the English John. Strange how an identical character emerges in the Biblical narrative 9000 years after the god Oannes emerges from the flood, complete with fish symbology, and an aphorism Wells Cathedral sits over several sacred springs,from which its gets its name.reminiscent of the act of consecration of the Egyptian temple: “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” 12

Throughout Britain, western France and northern Iberia, holy wells and springs came under the protection of the Celtic church, essentially a reformation of Druidism, which maintained the tradition of honoring the site to the degree that by the Victorian era physicians in London were still sending patients to be cured at such pagan sanctuaries. On my guided excursions to the wells and springs of Cornwall and southern Dorset I have watched groups of excited and inquiring minds develop an immediate languid state of mind as they approach the waters of St. Catherine’s well at Cerne, once part of a pagan temple honoring the fertility god Cernunnos. Likewise, the holy well at St. Clether, Cornwall, is a unique sanctuary where a channel of water from the outside well house passes directly through the tiny church and under a rough stone altar resembling one of Stonehenge’s trilithons in miniature.

Water at sacred sites is very different in frequency to ordinary water. Tests conducted using infrared spectroscopy show that holy water absorbs light at different frequencies. Holy well water is free from bacteria and contains natural minerals which are known to be beneficial to health and longevity.13 This extremely pure water also exhibits greater properties of spin, and such vortices create an electrical charge which then generate an electromagnetic field, certainly enough to transform it into something different from ordinary liquid.14

Despite the world being covered two-thirds by water, it is still a mysterious element: it grows lighter rather than heavier as it freezes; its surface tension causes it to stick to itself to form a sphere – the shape with the least amount of surface for its volume, requiring the least amount of energy to maintain itself. And yet when its extraneous gases are removed from a drop the size of an inch, it becomes harder than steel.15 Its potency can be enhanced by the use of crystals, particularly quartz, the prime material found in the stone used in temple-building. This has a marked effect on water’s surface tension, and Tibetan physicians have used this combination to make efficacious solutions for their patients.16 Not surprisingly, enlightened kings and queens of old had water transported from sacred sites to their court by means of rock crystal bowls, which served to maintain the energy of the water during transportation. Anyone who has tried this in recent times knows just how it makes the water taste like liquid air.

As a postscript – very near the quarry (across the water to the south) there used to be a spring – just a pipe jutting out of the hillside and spilling into and old horse trough. I remember drinking from it on hot summer days.  The pipe was pulled out and the trough removed years ago (worries over bacteria, etc. etc.) but no water, nothing in fact, has ever come close to that taste. If  I had to reduce the enchantment of childhood to one sensation, that would be it.