Weschcke bio chronicles occult/New Age pioneer

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — In 2007, when Melanie Marquis was a solitary Pagan “who didn’t really know anybody else,” she began writing for the Pagan community. She decided to contact this Carl Llewellyn Weschcke guy for comments for an article, so she wrote to Llewellyn, the company that Weschcke had bought and transformed from a small publisher of astrology titles into a metaphysical/New Age/occult publishing juggernaut. “I didn’t know him at all at the time,” Marquis said by phone from her home in Lakewood near Denver. “I contacted Llewellyn and they told me ‘You know of course he really doesn’t do interviews and things like that anymore.

Artist Kathleen Edwards creates Witches’ Calendar

SAN ANSELMO, Calif. – Artist Kathleen Edwards had an “evangelical Christian childhood with a troubled mother” and a father who “went along with the program,” she says. She and her sister “were not allowed to watch hardly any television,” the 62-year-old Edwards says during a phone interview from her home in the San Francisco Bay Area. “Way back then there were no video games. We made up worlds.”

Those worlds included a “crowd of characters” they created and portrayed in improvised plays, including Lyn with her “protruding neck tendons,” her children Spotty the rabbit and the girl Hoa with the frozen face, and two male witches, Ronnie and Culeeps.