Roger Williamson Solo Exhibition Opening Sat. August 3rd

Paintings by Roger Williamson

Roger Williamson, Pagan artist and  founder of Magus books has a show of recent works  opening  Saturday August 3rd, 2013 7-10pm at the Stevens Square Center for the Arts, and running through August 25th, 2013.

In the exhibition, Williamson presents a series of artworks that trace a specific understanding the artist has of Chimera.  Williamson refers to Chimera as a quality of the mythological sphinx, that is mystery rather than Chimera’s usually accepted quality as an illusionary entity or fabrication of the mind; especially as an unrealizable dream.

Mystery is energy, a fitting title of the sphinx and while she retains her mystery she maintains her power.

Only when she gives up her secrets does she lose her power and die.

It is this theme of mystery which permeates the works on display and the viewer is led through a labyrinth of images that challenge one to quest through the door that leads to our inner selves where the answers to all our questions reside.

Williamson’s installation is composed of oil paintings on both wood panels and canvas.

OPENING:  Saturday August 3rd, from 7-10 p.m., for the exhibition opening and to meet the artist.

Roger Williamson is a Minneapolis-based artist who has exhibited his paintings in local galleries.

He is also the author of several books which include The Sun at Night and the Lucifer Diaries and is the

creator of Tarot of the Morning Star tarot deck. Some images from the deck will be included in the exhibit.

Comets Ov Cupid is a space rock project by Jason Kesselring, formerly of Skye Klad and Satyrswitch.

Darkly cosmic the music evokes a sense of eternal twilight creating sonic landscapes of distorted voices,

cosmic pulse and hazy drones. Guitar based in composition the sounds range from full-blown metalgazer

walls of sound to ethereal astral folk.

Stevens Square Center for the Arts (SSCA)

1905 Third Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404

T (612) 879-0200

Gallery Hours— Friday thru Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM (During Exhibitions).

Local Pagan stores host Small Business Saturday deals

Major retailers aren’t the only places looking to attract early holiday shoppers, local Pagan retailers are also offering bargains and specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
Black Friday:  Eye of Horus is having a Sunrise Sale on Black Friday 7am to 11pm with hot tea, nibbles and deals for Sunrise Shoppers. The Smitten Kitten, next door,  is also opening early.    At the actual moment of sunrise, 7:21 am, Thraicie will do a Sun Salutation.
7:00am-11:00am ONLY
Spend $20 and get a FREE mojo bag (valued at $10)
Spend $50 and get 10% off your entire purchase

Small Business Saturday:

All day, Spend $20 or more and get a FREE mojo bag (valued at $10), while supplies last.
(On Sunday Eye of Horus is hosting their last, and biggest Psychic Fair of the year.
Small Business Saturday:  Keys of Paradise is celebrating Small Business Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM at our St Paul location.  The following items are on sale:

20% off Fair Maiden Fusions Skin Care and Cosmetics

40% off all cast iron products in the store, including our 15 gal and 55 gal jambalaya pots
50% off all Mystical/Ritual oils
50% off all essential oils
50% off all herbs and resins
All cone or stick incense – Buy 5, get 2 free
Sacred Blends Loose incense – Buy 1, get 1 free
Free Bath Salts with a $25.00 purchase
Marshmallow Leaf – $5 per pound
Coltsfoot Leaf – $5 per pound
Mention PNC and this ad and get 20% off our new Florida Water!
All sales, while supplies last.
Black Friday:  We are open from 10am to 9pm for Black Friday and are offering 20% off all books, statues, jewelry, and incense.
Small Business Saturday:  We are open from 10am to 6pm for Small Business Saturday and are offering 20% off all books, statues, jewelry, and incense.


Magus Books Co-owner to launch Blog Radio Show Saturday

Joseph A. Amara

“Edge Mysteries & Beyond” with Joseph A. Amara is launching this Saturday from 3-4pm on blogtalk . It is scheduled as a regular feature on the third Saturday of each month.

Join Joseph A. Amara, one of the owners of Magus Books , as he discusses the Mysteries of life and spirituality that serve to bring wonder and meaning into our lives. He will highlight new and popular book titles, as well as answer listener questions and conduct interviews with luminaries in the fields of Magick and Mysticism.

Joseph is a Gnostic Priest who has been practicing Ceremonial Magick for 20 plus years in a number of differing Orders and Covens. He is the former Prior of Ordo Astrum Sophia and Past Master of his Masonic Lodge AF&AM. He is versed in Kabbalah, Neo-Platonism, Hermeticism, Alchemy and Gnosticism.

Listen live and join in on the conversation at: The call in number to speak with the host is (714) 364-4750.

“God Factory” Art Show Opens Saturday

Roger Williamson with Painting

Roger Williamson of Magus Books and Herbs has a one person art show of his paintings entitled, “God Factory” , Mystery IS Energy… but what does that mean? opening this weekend at The Nicollet.  Comets-ov-Cupid and Jealous Jester will offer live music for the opening reception 7pm Saturday, October 8.  The Nicollet is a spacious relaxed space with fine coffee and food at the NE corner of Franklin and Nicollet Avenues in Minneapolis.  I talked to Roger about his art.

How long have you been painting?

I used to paint way back in school in Coventry, England. Later my father was helping to get me back on the straight, and signed me up for art school in the town we lived. He dropped me there the first day. I wasn’t very impressed with it. For the next six weeks he dropped me there each morning. I would walk in the front door, down the corridor and walk out the side door. He finally got a letter asking where I was… and he asked me where the Hell I had been. I really was in love with rock and roll, so I had spent my time in the south railroad coffee bar. It was the first time I had heard Bo Diddley, and I can still remember that experience. In those days you could go to college free in England. At that time I was totally preoccupied with music, and that continued until my thirties.

I was writing a book and I needed an image of the Lovers tarot card. I had never been happy with the images that were available. My art started from there. I was working in pastels then and did a series on the Enochian workings on the Earth Tablet. I did some automatic drawings about these experiences. It was like this floodgate opened, I couldn’t stop just churning out these pictures. It was almost like an exorcism. This started about thirteen years ago when I really started. It was such a shock when I would get one of these pastels framed, it was so expensive. I switched to oil so when I got one done I could just pound a nail in the wall and hang it up. I transferred my pastel technique to oil and then worked from there.

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Magus Books and Herbs Customer Appreciation Day held Sept 17th 2011

The pagan community turned out in droves to the Magus Books event held to celebrate and thank them for their loyal support over the last 19 years. Free BBQ’ed vittles were served to all customers and passersby and the day was packed with fun. Tarot cards were read, astrology charts deciphered, auras photographed, soothing massages thoroughly enjoyed and … not to be forgotten, fabulous door prizes proliferated the day!

Magus Books and Herbs thanks all of their customers for their support and also thanks the following for their discussion groups and contributions that made it such a fabulous day for all:

  • Alex and Matt for presenting the “TC Solitary Practitioner Tea Time”
  • Bobby Sullivan for the aura photography and aura photography discussion
  • Alferian for the Wander lore workshop
  • Babette Sicard/Mugwort Maggie for the talk on “What Works as a Small Business Owner”
  • The Standing Stones for the discussion comparing “Living the Wheel of the Year … Then and Now”.

A special Thanks and Appreciation goes out to our local artisan vendors who donated items for door prizes! Babs of Mugwort Maggies Apothecary, Ardus of Crescent Moon, Pauline Kabe of Squirrely Girly, Alan Olson, Cathy from The Edge newspaper, Alferian Gwydion MacLir, Marie Booth of Meadowlake Arts, Liz Johnson – herbalist, Mela Amara – shiatsu practitioner, Laurel Redd of Opinicus Soaps, The Standing Stones who catered the event and all others who contributed to our fun day!

Standing Stones outside the Magus Store Front

Nels Linde