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Most pagans don’t know the name Edmund “Eddie” Buczynski (aka Minos Gwydion-Hyakinthos), but they should. In the span of only a few years in the 1970s, Eddie established three living traditions of modern neopaganism—the New York Welsh Tradition, the Wica Tradition, and the Minoan Tradition, which includes the Minoan Brotherhood, Minoan Sisterhood, and the Cult of Rhea, or the Cult of the Double Axe. This founding elder stood at the convergence of the hippy culture, gay liberation movement, and the rise of neopaganism in New York City, and took aspects of each to create unique and important contributions to neopagan religion and culture.

Bull of Heaven by Michael Lloyd

In this episode of Eat My Pagan Ass, Luckylicious interviews special guest Michael G. Lloyd (aka Garan Du), a Minoan high priest, co-founder of the Between the Worlds men’s gathering, and author of Bull of Heaven: The Mythic Life of Eddie Buczynski and the Rise of the New York Pagan, a book that some consider the sequel to Margot Adler's seminal history on neopaganism, Drawing Down the Moon (Ms. Adler provides the foreword to Bull of Heaven). As Michael shares in this episode, researching Eddie’s life and its impact on neopaganism was a labor of love that put him in touch with many of our community’s most respected and well-known leaders. As a spiritual descendant of Eddie’s work, Michael hopes that through this book more neopagans will become familiar with Eddie, a man he calls “the Gerald Gardner of the gay pagan community.”

Recorded Sept. 15, 2011. Published April 13, 2012.

Featured web links:

Michael G. Lloyd’s author page: https://www.facebook.com/Iakkhos

Michael G. Lloyd's guest blog post on The Wild Hunt: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wildhunt/tag/eddie-buczynski

Between the Worlds Men’s Gathering: http://www.betweentheworlds.org

Featured music:

“Siganos Pentozalis” by Various Artists

“Blue Eyed Minoan” by Tatjana Maté

“Epostiroxan Ta Nera” by Various Artists

“Minoan Queen” by Divine Knights

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One sweltering early September morning at Gay Witch Camp (aka Between The Worlds queer pagan men's gathering) in southern Ohio, I was lugging my camping gear to and fro when who should happen to wander by and in a grand gesture of chivalry offer me some assistance but none other than the World Famous Pagan Author and Witch, Christopher "Get Off My Robe, Bitch" Penczak?!? It's not every day two of pagandom's most notorious gay witches meet for the first time. The earthworms will sing of our fateful encounter for generations to come. As it so happened, being the informed witch that I am (it pays to have dirt on people) I knew Mr. Penczak was going to be there and I was planning to hunt him down and nag him until he agreed to be interviewed. So imagine my delight when he not only found ME but also practically begged me to let him be on the show. Well, what can I say...they don't call me Lucky for nothing. I played hard to get at first, of course, but I consented. He IS world famous, after all.

Luckylicious and Christopher Penczak

Christopher "Get Off My Robe, Bitch" Penczak gets a smooch from Luckylicious.

In this episode of Eat My Pagan Ass podcast, Christopher Penczak dishes ALL to Lucky -- starting from his childhood Catholic porn fantasies wending all the way through his meteoric rise to grand poobah (well, 1/3rd poobah) of a pretty awesome school of witchcraft (but not wizardry...no, including the wizardry curriculum would have opened the school up to threats of copyright infringement from the folks at Hogwarts). Assless chaps are involved, as is much flirting and general silliness, all of which spice up what is a very interesting and informative glimpse into the life of one of modern paganism's most prolific witches and occultists, and explores the Temple of Witchcraft he created with his life partners Steve Kenson and Adam Sartwell.

Recorded September 15, 2011. Published October 2, 2011.

Featured web links:

Christopher Penczak's website: http://www.christopherpenczak.com

The Temple of Witchcraft website: http://www.templeofwitchcraft.com

Otherworld Apothecary witchcraft supplies website: http://www.otherworld-apothecary.com/

Between The Worlds queer pagan men's festival website: http://www.betweentheworlds.org

Featured musical artists:

Emerald Rose performing "Freya, Shakti" from the album "Bending Tradition"

The Gypsy Nomads performing "Belly Trance" from the album "At the Carnival Eclectique"

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Agnes Moorehead as Endora in Bewitched

"Who wouldn't want to be a Momma's Boy with this as your momma?"

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The Dragon Ritual Drummers make a special guest appearance on Eat My Pagan Ass podcast with host Luckylicious. Following the band's powerful performance at the Between The Worlds queer pagan men's gathering in southeastern Ohio in mid-September 2011, Lucky asks members Utu, Adrian, and Flint all about the group and their music. Listen and learn about the group's origins and inspirations (musical, magical, and spiritual), as well as their commitment to strengthening the brotherhood of men in paganism and their vision for a united global pagan community.

Dragon Ritual Drummers

Lucky's interview with this world-famous, chart-topping musical performance group touches on the need for men's mysteries and rights of passage, the role of voodoo and other Afro-Caribbean religions in the evolution of American music and culture, and the wonder and joy that comes from following your heart, living your rhythm, and dancing your soul.

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About the Dragon Ritual Drummers (Source: the group's website):

The Dragon Ritual Drummers [celebrated] their 10 year anniversary [in] 2010.  Based out of the Niagara Region, they began their journey as favorites in the pagan festival circuit in Ontario Canada.  They have since moved on to play at pagan festivals and large mainstream events all over North America.

The troupe is comprised of 6 members; Utu, Flint, Adrian, Drago, Naresh and Eion.  All members play a variety of instruments including tribal drums, string instruments, as well as brass and archaic reed instruments heard in the ancient hills and valleys of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.  Their music and performances are creative, intense and powerful.  They bring the audience to their feet dancing as they are swept away in the intense beat of music, inspired from around the world and through the ages.

The lore of the Dragon Ritual Drummers is attached to the entity from which they take their name, the mythical dragon spirit that resides in an ethereal cave at the brink of Niagara Falls.  The ancient serpent spirit was once revered by aboriginal inhabitants of the region but was eventually cast into a negative legacy by the conquering Iroquois nation.  The serpents legacy was one of obscurity for generations.  From the beginning the the Dragon Ritual Drummers reached out to awaken the ancient water dragon spirit, and the rest as they say is history in the making.  The Dragon Ritual Drummers attribute much of their success to the dragon spirit, achieving unprecedented success for their musical genres world wide.  Their interactive and critically acclaimed CD "The Epic: A Drum Opera" tells the story of the Niagara dragon from the ice age to modern times, all with drums and percussion along with beautiful illustrations.  They  currently are promoting their newest release "Temple of the Drum"

They have been featured in numerous mainstream and pagan media, have owned the #1 ranking on the Canadian MySpace music charts for the genres of "Afro-beat" and "Tropical", and are currently in the top 20 in the U.S. MySpace music charts, and ranked #1 for their genre of  World Music on Reverb Nation!

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Recorded September 16, 2011 + + Published September 24, 2011.

Featured Songs:

Hot Toddy - Temple of the Drum - Dragon Ritual Drummers

Fanga - Temple of the Drum - Dragon Ritual Drummers

Tuatha De Dannan - Temple of the Drum - Dragon Ritual Drummers

Shango - Tribal Magik - Dragon Ritual Drummers

Bamboula - Tribal Magik - Dragon Ritual Drummers

Mountain Mystery - Tribal Magik - Dragon Ritual Drummers

All songs copyright Dragon Ritual Drummers.

BUY THE ALBUMS: http://dragonritualdrummers.com/Cds.php

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AS GAY AS IT GETS!

Gay pagans, gay gods, sex magick, frolicking in the forest, and MORE!

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Lucky interviews the notoriously fabulous (or is that fabulously notorious?) Ocymvio, a gay pagan who's made his home in NYC and has brought quite a big of magick and fellowship to the gay pagan community there. Founder of the NYC Gay Men's Open Pagan Magick Circle, gypsy born, Minoan Brotherhood member, fashion designer, tarot reader, regular attendee at Between the Worlds and Short Mountain Sanctuary, and all around groovy guy, Ocymvio shares his experiences as a gay pagan and how he puts a little swish into his "Walking the Talk." This episode was recorded at Beltane, so there's a bit of friskiness and quite a lot of vulgarity -- served up just how you badass pagans love to hear it!

See Ocymvio's fashion designs on the web at Gypsycamp Clothing.

Other links featured in this podcast:

Christopher Penczak's Blog: Gay Gods

Magickal Realms in the Bronx, NY

Gay Sex Magick group on Tribe.net

Recorded May 7, 2011 ++ Published August 3, 2011

Music Credits

Don't Be Gay - Chase Pagan

Beltane - Dream Catcher - Ashtar Ron Allen

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Carmen and Lucky lay their plan for changing the world. Pay attention, pagans -- this is the episode that starts it ALL rolling! Civil rights and drag queen masturbation, all in the same breath!! Carmen explains that there's more than one way to dance around a Maypole (ahem), and one of them involves a lot of stinky cheese.  Covens and sex, and Gerald Gardner pops up again, and Carmen alleges a scandalous origin of Wicca's founder. Oh, and did we mention sex? We also riff on some tarot cards. Lots and lots and lots of sex mentioned, so keep the kiddies away from this episode. Hope you are all having a blessed Beltane -- remember, WISH BIG! Email us at eatmypaganass@gmail.com to tell us what you wish for this magical season!

Cheese Shoppe Drag Queen Pervert - Carmen's Wet Dream

Featured musical artist: "Beltane Twirl" sung by Luckylicious

Closing song: "Come on get happy" - The Partridge Family

Recorded on May 5, 2010, NYC; Published May 8, 2010

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