On Thursday, legislation was introduced simultaneously into both the U.S. House and Senate, which seeks to ensure equitable treatment across a wide-range of social structures, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identification. The Equality Act, as it has been called, will “prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.” Along with any new statutes, the act also aims to strengthen protections against discrimination for other minorities through the expansion of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is considered landmark legislation and has been called “visionary.” In his opening speech before the Senate, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said:
There are few concepts as fundamentally American as equality …
Within the realms of Witchcraft and modern Paganism Raymond Buckland has long been seen as a trailblazer. Buckland was an integral part of the introduction of Wicca, specifically Gardnerian Wicca, to North America in the 1960s, and later, he was one of the first major figures within Wicca to embrace the idea of self-initiation and solitary practice. Buckland’s career boasts a list of firsts, and his literary career (over 50 books published) in turn set the stage for the boom in Pagan titles that would follow. Now, the beloved author and elder ventures into new territory with the publication of his Buckland Romani Tarot as an application for the iPhone and iPad. “The magic and mystery of the Romani people, or Gypsies, comes alive in The Buckland Romani Tarot!
Before we begin, I recommend playing this song in the background to experience the full effect of this blog post. I should also mention that I don’t own an Apple iPhone, and have no intention of purchasing one in the near future. So having said all that, let’s get into the topic at hand: is the Apple iPhone the new killer app for Pagan and occult practitioners? I don’t simply mean Pagans using them as script prompters during ritual, I mean using this hot tech item to cast spells, practice divination, and even curse your enemies. The iPhone helps you manage your e-mail, listen to your music, stay connected, and—every now again—make a phone call or two.