PLESE NOTE: Due to anticipated family needs, work venue changes, and a hectic post-graduate schedule, I cannot accept anymore travel commitments through the end of 2015. Thank you for your understanding. To keep in touch, find me on Facebook where I have a regular page and a fan page, and enjoy chatting with everyone.
Apr 1: Podcast, Charmed in New England. Blogtalk Radio. Tara Ann, host. Subject is April Fool's Day and the coming of spring.
Apr 6: Podcast, Bernadette Walsh, host. 11 am EDT, Blogtalk Radio. Subject is the explosion of paranormal fiction in the romance and suspense genres of fiction.
Sep. 21, 2013: Greater New Orleans Pagan Pride Day. 9am-6pm. Sounds like a great crowd will be there. And I will get to see old friends Selena Fox and Christopher Penzcak, and be looking to meet new friends too. Check www.gnoppd.org for details.
Oct. 26, 2013, Saturday. A return to the always fun and energetic New Witch Festival Please see NewYorkWitchFestival.com for vending information, workshops, musical performances, and other events.
Nov. 1, 2013: Connecticut Samhain Witches Ball sponsored by Effigy Witch Shoppe of Monroe, CT. See www.EffigyWitchShoppe.com for details.
2013-14: Unconfirmed joint workshops with Jessica Jewett (Jessica Jones on FB) as our schedules permit. Venue may include Gettysburg, Atlanta, Maine, Mississippi, or any other place which captures our imaginations. Suggestions are welcome.
Spring 2014: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee's Pagan Student Fellowship. Details not yet confirmed.
Edain's Bio (thanks to a kind cousin whose typos are worse than mine)
Edain McCoy is the author of twenty-one books on Witchcraft and occultism, including ADVANCED WITCHCRAFT, IF YOU WANT TO BE A WITCH, CELTIC MYTH & MAGICK, THE SABBATS, and THE WITCH’S MOON. She was a self-initiated Witch in 1981, and underwent a formal initiation in 1983 with a large San Antonio coven. She was introduced to Kaballah, or Judaic mysticism, in her teens. Since that time she has studied a variety of magickal and spiritual traditions, including Celtic, Appalachian, Gardnerian Wicca, PanAm Syncretic, Curanderismo, Jewitchery, and Irish-American Witta. She would love to take on more areas of study, but knows know one can master everything in one lifetime. Ever curious, her latest interests include QiGong, Avalonia, and the details of a past-life in which connections with present-day members of her nineteenth century family have been located.
Born August 11, and raised during the turbulent 1960s and 70s, her open-minded parents encouraged her to learn everything she could about subjects of interest to her. Though her father spent his life as an ordained minister of a liberal Protestant sect, he always supported his children's spiritual choices, allowing them to discover the many spiritual pathways to reunite with the creator. She is an elder, a priestess serving Brigid, and a frequent speaker at Pagan gatherings and festivals where she invariably meets people who remain close friends.
Edain can be found on Facebook under the email addies PiscesMoonMedia@yahoo.com and CazadoresdeFantasmas@yahoo.com. She has been writing for publication since she was a high school senior reporting for her town's local paper. She is a past president and past media chair of Central Indiana Professional Writers, and is listed in the dubiously “prestigious” reference books Contemporary Authors, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who Among American Women.
She holds a BA in history from the University of Texas, and will complete her MFA in creative writing at Butler University in 2013. She is a member of the Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, The Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and the American Translators Association. Her articles have appeared in Llewellyn's Magical Almanac, The Witches' Datebook, The Llewellyn Spell-a-Day Almanac, The Llewellyn Herbal Almanac, The Tarot Almanac, and The Llewellyn Witches' Calendar. Throughout 1996 she wrote a column called The Grimoire for "Out of This World, the newsletter of the Romance Writers of America's Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal subgenre chapter. She has also written for the periodicals Fate, Circle, Enlightenments, Branches, and for several newspapers. She can look back and see her own spiritual knowledge grow and progress over the 20 years she's been writing about the occult.
In 2006 Edain cofounded Los Cazadores de Fantasmas (on Facebook under CazadoresdeFantasmas@yahoo.com), a paranormal and cultural touring, and performance group, with her partners Judy & Jon (www.TangoWithJudy.com) The debut performance in 2011 was a partnership with Bob Newkirk’s Indy Ghost Hunters (also on Facebook) at Indianapolis’s Historic Hannah House (also on Facebook). An unexplained incident in the opening moments of the performance gave proof to the power of dance to raise energy. Haunted tours and investigations in Latin America are available.
Though Edain now calls Indiana home, she’s had a difficult time choosing a “hometown.” She's lived in seven states, and remained for significant links of time in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Argentina. She and a friend spent eight months teaching in a rural Mexican elementary school by day and being couched by the local curandera in the evening.
After completing her MFA in 2013, Edain plans to teach, but will continue to write and present workshops when able. 2012-2013 is her thesis year, and she is also on the small press editorial board for Pressgang. She continues her efforts at volunteering in her community and mentoring young people. She was part of the Butler-Shortridge High School tutoring and creative writing program that won the Jefferson Award for Public Service. She left the insanity of Wall Street World in 2004 for the just as hectic, but more fulfilling (if more poorly paid) roles of tutor and substitute teacher.
She is always happy to get e-mail or Facebook messages from her readers. New friends she’s met face to face have developed from simple FB exchanges. About 200 new e-mails and messages arrive daily on her Yahoo Mail. This traffic jam of unanswered messages has reached the point where she can no longer keep her original promise to herself to answer each one personally. However, she still READS ALL INCOMING e-mail and FB msgs, and answers as many as she can.
A passionate ballroom and Argentine tango dancer, dog lover, voracious reader, and former woodwind player for the Lynchburg Symphony, Edain claims the infamous feuding McCoy family of Kentucky, the hatchet-wielding temperance leader Carrie Nation, singer Marni Nixon, famous clown Emmett Kelly, and the 17th century religious dissenter Sir Roger Williams as branches on her diverse family tree.
Spanish speakers may feel free to write to Edain in Castellano if it feels more comfortable. "Leo castellano muy bien pero escribo ni tan bien," she reminds her Spanish readers. "Mi gramatica no está perfecta. I don't always get it right in English in spite of bring raised by a father who saw himself as part Henry Higgins, part Fred Astaire, and part Florenz Zeigfeld."
All questions, constructive comments, and criticisms--the good and the bad--are welcome. "We're all always students of the Craft, just as we are all always teachers. I've never read anything or meet anyone who couldn't at least give me something new to think about." She has no problem in agreeing to disagree, or to having her mind changed on an issue. "Have no fear of speaking up if you don't agree with something I write or think, or if you know a source that contradicts any I used. I want to continue to learn too."
Edain owns an impressive collection of vintage memorabilia on one of her personal heroines, Eva Perón, the First Lady of Argentina from 1946-1952. "Evita has similar qualities to Queen Maeve, Queen Elizabeth I, Boudicea of the Iceni, Harriet Tubman, or Helen Keller," Edain says of her number one idol. Strong women who attain unprecedented accomplishments against all obstacles, and do it with a single-minded drive that ignores the naysayers and all the improbabilities of success, absolutely fascinate her.
"Eva Durate de Perón came from severe poverty and obscurity to become one of the most powerful political figures of the 20th century. Just because she is a personal heroine of mine doesn't mean I agree with everything she did or how she accomplished all her goals, but she is still one of the most remarkable women in history. I want to offer for thought the words author and scholar Laurel Thatcher Ulrich who wrote in 1976: WELL-BEHAVED WOMEN SELDOM MAKE HISTORY!” Edain is certain she and the Pagans she’s known will never be among the well-behaved of any group, and she likes it that way.
See Edain’s FB pages, or this page, for information on her speaking engagements, Podcasts, or other public events. Her available books can be found on the "Books" page of this site. News and unusual quips can be found on the "News & Notes" page.
Edain with author, medium, and Alexandrian high priest, Jimahl DiFiosa at the 2010 New York Witch Festival. I just adore this guy! And I just love his husband musician and host of the WitchTalk podcast, Karagan. In fact, there's a photo of Karagan and I enjoying a great reunion hug further down on this page. When you meet a couple with such fantastic spiritual energy, it's hard to keep your hands off, but we Pagans are known for being physically affectionate with our co-religionists. It seems to come naturally as part of our learning curve.
2011's Most Popular Workshop: The Faerie Star and Faerie Shamanism
Published in 2007 by Adams Media, The Healing Power of Faery is the basis for the Faery Shamanism workshops. Copies will be available at the stores, or can be ordered direct from Adams Media. It presumes know prior knowledge of the world of nature spirits or faery shamanism, and I hope will make the give and take between our world and the world of the fey easier to access for all of us.
Also available, A Witch's Guide to Faery Folk available, still in print after 18 years, with more than 100,000 copies sold!
With Earth & Soul owner, Rhonda Selig and organizer Annie Dragonfairie
Sand Springs, Oklahoma, August 2011.... Also Exciting News for my Autumn
Left to Right: Annie, Edain, Rhonda
I've been struggling with a past-life experience I have trouble accepting simply because it connects me to someone reasonably high profile. I've always called these past-life "memories" The Joan of Arc or The Napoleon Syndrome. I know such "memories" can also come from hero worship. Ben Muratet, a psychic medium and new Pagan from the Tulsa area, worked with me on sorting out my doubts. He blew me away with his accuracy. I have one more person to finish consulting before I'm ready to add my name to the list of people brave enough to come forward with past-life memories that can be verified, but the fact that these sessions with Ben occurred on August 13-14 is just one more confirmation. LOL! And here I've always counseled regression subjects to trust their feelings and see where they lead. Now I'm the one who struggles. I admit, it's not so easy when the issue is yourself.
Also, Ben told me my clairaudience was waning not only because of medications I will be taking a vacation from as we move into the dark time of our Pagan year, but because new talents and skills are ready to emerge.
I'll say it again.... When we walk this path we must never forget we are all always the student and the teacher. I'm looking forward to these new challenges, and I'm sure I'll screw them up a few times before I "get it."
Pagan Podcast Archives
Edain with musician/singer and host of WitchTalk on BlogTalk Radio, Karagan, at the 2008 New York Witch Festival _______________________________________________________________________
With Friends at World of Wisdom, August 10, 2006
From left to right: Morganna, myself, and fellow authors Christopher Penczak and Rhiannon Skye, after a terrific workshop on Shamanic Witchcraft given by Christopher at World of Wisdom, Indianapolis' best known metaphysical bookstore and resource center, August 2006.
If Rhiannon looks a bit tired, it's only because a "little thing" like her handfasting was less than 48 hours away!
Michigan Pagan Festival's Debut, May 2010
With organizer Diane Lonsway, and friend David Norris and Morganna FeyRaven, trying to relax over coffee before the debut of the Michigan Pagan Festival. The debut event was complicated by an unseasonal cold snap that drove the festival indoors, but everyone made the best of the situation and had a good time.
Diane has been the official photographer and webmistress for the Florida Pagan Gathering for many years. Attendance was excellent for a new festival, and no one would have suspected it was the first Diane ever organized. We're looking forward to watching MPF grow in the years to come.
Why do the many of the "professional" paranormalists want--
An Inspiring Quote, for both Heroic Actions, and to Explain Haunted Battlefields
--so badly to discredit those of us who see, hear, and feel ancestors and spirits around us whether we can "document" the event or not? Scientific "evidence" is great, but it can also be discredited with many of the same arguments given to us. Power of suggestion, fakery, mental projection, random radio waves, the mind playing tricks on our eyes, etc. As with traditional and modern medicine, the old ways and the new work best in tandem.
I have my requisite recorders and meters, but I like to keep in mind the words Victorian author Charles Dickens wrote for the ghost of Jacob Marley to ask the living Ebenezer Scrooge: "Why do you doubt the evidence of your own senses?"
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“In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come
to this deathless field to ponder and dream; And lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls."
From the dedication of the Monument to the 20th Maine, October 3, 1889, Gettysburg, PA
Gen. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Did You Know There Is a Salem in Indiana?
High Priestess, friend, and writer of Deaf Pagan Crossroads, Ocean, stumbled onto this little town in southern Indiana when we met for a Pagan girls' weekend. It even has eight standing stones right in town!!! They were obviously placed there on purpose, and must have required some heavy equipment for lifting. The sit between a pretty little trailer park with huge sycamore trees, and State Highway 60. We couldn't resist exploring them. There was no spectacular energy coming from them, but each evoked an image we, as Pagans, found instantly recognizable. Amazing what could be (almost) in your own backyard.
I will be posting photos of the stones and more to my Facebook Page (found under email PiscesMoonMedia@yahoo.com) when I return from my summer 2011 speaking commitments. I hope to meet many of you there.