Three Things I Learned from Donald Michael Kraig
I am saddened by the news of the death of one of my favorite Pagan authors, Donald Michael Kraig.
I met Don a couple of times in the late 1990s, when we both were presenters at American Tarot Associations conventions in Albany. At the time, he was already a well-known author.
Over the years we had a few phone conversations and exchanged a few emails. I had always assumed our paths would cross again one day.
That Don passed on March 17th strikes me. Many modern Pagans celebrate March 17th as “All Snakes Day,” in recognition of the stories of St. Patrick’s atrocities toward Irish Pagans.
Although there are reasons to doubt the historical accuracy of those stories, All Snakes Day has become something of a modern Pagan holiday. I don’t know if Don celebrated it or not. I do bet that, over the next years and decades, many Pagans will take a moment to honor the life of Donald Michael Kraig each and every March 17th as part of their All Snakes Day celebration.
I often quote Don in my classes. Although we didn’t spend any significant time together, I learned a lot from him. Here are three things I learned from Donald Michael Kraig.
It’s human nature to act against the advice of divination, and that’s ok.
Readers so often bemoan the fact that clients don’t take our advice. Don assumed and accepted that we have the prerogative to do what we want, regardless of the information we receive from divination. To me that has always been very freeing and affirming. It allows us to use divination in a more proactive way.
Divination and magick are linked.
Don’s books really helped me understand the way magick and divination work together, and the way tarot fits into all of that. Without his work I would not have been able to do mine.
Teach with your whole self.
Don was a truly great teacher. I was fascinated by his stories. When Don taught a class, all of his body, mind and spirit was focused on the task. He would jump up and down and wave his arms around, gesturing wildly. He managed to be funny, grounded and wise. I try to do the same.
I’m grateful that I had a chance to meet Donald Michael Kraig. I know that through his books, and through the people he taught, his wisdom will continue on forever.
During Don’s struggle with pancreatic cancer a fund was established to help with expenses. Please considering making a donation in his memory.