Donald Michael Kraig Diagnosed With Pancreatic Cancer

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  January 18, 2014 — 7 Comments

Yesterday, on Facebook, Holly Allender Kraig announced that her husband, author and magician Donald Michael Kraig, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. They are asking for prayers and magical assistance to help get rid of the cancer.


I was able to contact Holly Kraig directly, and she sent this statement for Wild Hunt readers.

“Don was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in late 2013. It’s a diagnosis, not a death sentence. It is possible to put this into remission. That is the goal, remission. Don is a fighter and is adamant that beating this is already a done deal. I stand beside him as his wife and best friend to help ease him through the battle he’s facing. The community support is amazing. I know he will be healed through all the love, support and healing energies coming his way. This is a done deal!”

For those unfamiliar with Donald Michael Kraig, he is a very influential author and thinker in the realms of ritual magic(k), magical theory, and related practices. Kraig is perhaps best known for Modern Magick: Twelve Lessons in the High Magickal Arts, which was dubbed a “modern-day classic” by Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero. Other recent works include a remembrance of author Scott Cunningham, and an occult-themed thriller novelHe’s also an acquisitions editor at Llewellyn Worldwide.

Donald Michael Kraig

Donald Michael Kraig

Donald Michael Kraig is not only a noted author and thinker, he’s also a charming, funny, and supportive individual. When I was invited to my very first festival as a newly minted “Big Name Pagan” I was very nervous, and felt completely out of my depth. My first talk during that weekend was attended by, like, 4 people, and very few people there had heard of me. Luckily, Don was there, and was very supportive. He attended my second talk (which was better attended) and afterwards praised my performance, saying I was a natural at public speaking. Now, whether this was true is up to debate, but perhaps he helped make it true by saying it to me, reminding me that I had done the work to be invited there, and that I did have something to contribute (magick!).

Just as Don had helped me, so he has helped many other people in his life, which is as good an argument for extending his remarkable life as any (that, and the amazing stories of his rock-n-roll past). Also, to be frank, the Pagan community can’t bear to lose a wit of his caliber. So, whatever your practice, belief structure, or method, let’s get in gear to help beat this cancer. Because cancer sucks, and I want to buy Donald Michael Kraig a drink at PantheaCon.

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Lupa

    Here’s to him having many more good years of writing, teaching, and doing pretty much whatever else he wants to do with him time!

  • Jason Carpenter

    When I gave my first big lecture at a festival I had a similar experience with Don but I wasn’t a newly minted big name pagan and egads, I had like 30 people. I was so nervous and being recorded by a sociology class! Smaller festivals are a lot of fun but that many people was crazy. Afterwards Don congratulated me.

  • Carl Neal

    I’m not in the greatest position to send healing energy to anyone at the moment, but I have to make an exception for an exceptional person. You will beat this Don. And Jason, I’d be proud to pay for the second round at PantheaCon.

  • Laine Glaistig

    He is in my prayers. I’d like to get to meet him some day.

  • Charles Cosimano

    consider it already sent.

  • Art Davies

    Perhaps we can get a variety of Healing Rituals posted somewhere ? That would enable with different backgrounds and resources to all make a meaningful contribution.

  • Donald Michael Kraig is a treasure to this community – and really to the world! My best wishes go to him for complete remission and cure of this condition! I too would like to see him in person again, as he is utterly amazing company.