When we left off yesterday, Mark Ryan was discussing his experience creating the Greenwood Tarot. This wildly popular deck was published in 1996 after five long years of work by himself and artist Chesca Potter. Eventually, Mark moved on to other projects. He made guest appearances on a number of American T.V. shows and movies such as: Frasier, Alias, J.A.G., and Charlie’s Angels (film). He was hired as a sword coach for Richard Gere during the filming of First Night.
This fall, Stevie Nicks released “In Your Dreams,” a personal documentary examining her life and career. Announcing the release, Ultimate Classic Rock remarked that the documentary’s release is “the most exciting news for the year for Wiccan candle…enthusiasts.” After all these years, the media still clings to the myth that Stevie Nicks is Pagan. In a 1998 online Yahoo interview, she was quoted as saying, “I’m not a witch. Get a life!”
Are there Pagan celebrities? Madonna, Demi Moore and others reportedly have studied the Kabbalah. Julia Roberts has openly converted to Hinduism. Although not mainstream, those spiritual paths are not necessarily Pagan. Neither Amy Ray, who loosely uses the word Pagan as a descriptive, nor Dar Williams, whose interfaith song “The Christians and the Pagans” has captured many an imagination, has openly professed to being Pagan. When it comes down to it, there are very few entertainment celebrities who openly practice a Pagan spiritual path. There’s Sully Erma, Godsmack’s lead singer, and Teo Bishop, who revealed himself to be recording artist Matt Morris. Truthfully, we could probably count them on one hand. Fortunately, just this month, I had the opportunity to speak to one of these rare individuals – actor and writer, Mark Ryan.