I know everyone has been desperately awaiting the first ever holiday issue of The Magical Buffet. How, you may ask,
have I chosen my magazine to celebrate? Primarily by ignoring it. “Come on, not an article about Yule?! Nothing
about the history of the Christmas tree?!” Jim would ask. I would pause for a moment, and look at him and go,
“Nah.” Much to his endless frustration the spirit of the season has not permeated the issue.
Nevertheless, without trying to, the true spirit of the season has made its way into our third issue anyway. Let’s take
a moment to think about what you’re about to read.
Our featured article is by the wonderful Rev. Sheri Kozdron. She has been generous with her time and has given us
a fascinating piece titled “Angel Communication 101.” My paranormal partner in crime Merrill McKee, aka co-founder
of the Northern New York Paranormal Research Society, has been brave enough to step up and take on “10
Questions with a Paranormal Investigator”. There is a profile from the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, and a
look at the upcoming release “The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic, and Mysticism”. I’m giving the Rebecca
treatment on the Buddhist Wheel of Life, the Hindu deity Hanuman (featuring the art of the truly impressive Will
Hobbs), and the evil creature Nuckelavee.
All these different people and their philosophies coming together in one place for just a moment to share and
educate each other. It’s things like this that make the world a little smaller and a little less scary, it’s stuff like this,
that helps make this big rock we call Earth…. home. It makes us a family. That, my friends, sounds an awful lot like
the spirit of the season! At least close enough that I can tell Jim to stick it, this ended up being a holiday issue! And
telling your husband that he’s wrong and you’re right, well that’s the greatest holiday gift of all.
Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!
Angel Communication 101 by Rev. Sheri Kozdron
There are two common questions that may come to mind when hearing the term Angel Reader or Angel Medium.
“What’s that?” And “How do you do it?” Click here for more
It's just a Circle, right?: The Wheel of Life
There are many different kinds of wheels, but this month we’re going to be talking about the Wheel of Life, big with
the Tibetan Buddhists. A wheel that itself has many different names: Wheel of Existence, Wheel of Rebirth, Wheel
of Samsara, Wheel of Suffering, Wheel of Transformation, and I’m sure there are more. What is this particular
wheel? What makes it different than, I don’t know, the one on a BMX bike per se? Well this wheel helps you find
enlightenment. Do you know of any other wheels that do that? Click here for more
Profile: The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids
The Druid/Pagan world in the early 1960s, when the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (OBOD) was created, was
very different than it is now. Occult exploration was directed very much by ideas and rituals developed by the
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Theosophical Society, which, over the course of a very short time,
helped to define the Western Mystery Tradition. At this time, 'Druid' and 'Freemason' were almost the same thing,
with the dominant Druid groups being more like 'Friendly Societies,' mainly made up of men, and with very little
spiritual direction. Click here for more
10 Questions with a Paranormal Investigator
Need we say more? I thought not. Click Here
Magical Buffet Mythology: Hanuman
There are times when, if you’re like me, you look for examples of faith and piety, perhaps someone to inspire you, to
teach you the power of devotion. It’s times like that when I think of a particular monkey, and no, it’s not “Monkey”
from Dexter’s Laboratory, although he does kick butt! I’m talking about the Hindu God Hanuman. Click here for more
Product Profile: Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism
What Rebecca wants for Christmas? Click here
A Whole Lotta’ Ugly from Scotland: The Nuckelavee
Many creatures of folklore embody a balance of good and evil. For instance, the Domovoi that we discussed in issue
one would help around the house, but if you ticked him off, he might kill you while you slept. See, good and evil, I am
not going to give you the percentages (30% good, 70% evil). It is why I’m fascinated with the Nuckelavee; it’s bad to
the bone! Moreover, since it’s skinless you can really tell! Click here for more
The Magical Buffet: Volume 01 Issue 03