Astute Magical Buffet readers will remember that back in December I commented on a music video by Lady Sovereign, who is a British rap artist. Apparently Perez Hilton wasn’t aware that the video was actually paying homage to the movie “The Warriors”, and instead declared it a video with “Dancing Midget Zombies”. By the way, as proof (as if it was required, but still) that the ladies over at Go Fug Yourself kick ass, they are aware of the film “The Warriors” and name checked it appropriately in a post about Christina Aguilera. Take that Perez! Where was I? That’s right, Lady Sovereign. In the December post I commented that I didn’t know when the album with the song “I Got You Dancing” from the music video would be released. Well it’s out now!

Several years ago for my birthday my husband bought me an antique witch’s costume. As in, a Halloween costume from the late 1800s/early 1900s. It was in pretty rough shape, but still beautiful, and I loved it. I had always planned on giving it a proper display treatment, but to my great shame for years it was displayed by having it hang on a wire coat hanger attached to a tack in the wall.

Recently, prompted by a 60% off all framing sale at our local Michael’s, my long standing shame has been transformed into beaming pride.

Behold!

The actual, unedited, final reports from The Arizona Paranormal Research Society’s investigation of the RMS Queen Mary.

I give a little credit, where credit is due…to Mr. Stephen Colbert.

10 questions with Patrice Chaplin, author of “City of Secrets”.

I love the new Metric album “Fantasies”. If you want, I suppose you can skip reading the rest of this article, but if you like synth pop/rock influenced by the 80’s and Weezer, you’re going to want to read on.

Happy 100th birthday “Rider-Waite Tarot Deck”! Hmmmm…how do you celebrate the 100th birthday of such an important piece of occult history? Could I suggest with the purchase of the “Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set”?

Ellen Evert Hopman discusses Beech Lore.

I hope so far everyone has been enjoying The Wiccan Rede Project here at The Magical Buffet. Not to toot my own horn, but thus far, we have had an impressive bunch share their thoughts on the Rede: Raven Digitalis, Lady Passion, and Kerr Cuhulain. All leaders of their communities and published authors.

My hope has been to approach the Rede as a religious text to be studied and debated. It’s with that thought in mind that I realized although interesting to hear what respected well known individuals have to say, that it would be important to also hear what an average Pagan thought about the Rede. Someone that has nothing to lose, gain, or prove by offering their honest reflections on the Rede. And that’s when I emailed two friends of mine that have no books published, or in the works, and are not religious leaders.

What follows are the thoughts of one of those friends.

France has ghettos, there are projects in France. I know it sounds ridiculous to say that, as if you didn’t know. Here’s the thing, until the riots in Paris a few years back, I was totally unaware of this fact. Press reports would say the people involved were from the “deprived Paris suburbs”, but it’s true, that in that moment I realized that Paris is a large city and like most large cities, there is probably some equivalent of what Americans call the “projects”. It was also during this time that I learned that France has a vibrant rap scene. Oddly, the concept of French rap was less shocking than coming to grips with the idea that Paris had “deprived suburbs”. Want to learn more?

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