Mike Nichols is the celebrated author of The Witches' Sabbats book and www.WitchesSabbats.
com—the ultimate resources on Pagan holidays and related writings—and a contributing author to
Creating Circles & Ceremonies. Mike has been a featured speaker on National Public Radio, Spiral
Dance Radio, and Eclectic Pagan Podcast (episodes 16 and 22) on iTunes. He does extensive
online teaching and writing, occasionally guest lectures at Pagan festivals, and performs in a
Pagan band called Spellbound.
A pioneer in the American neo-Pagan movement, Nichols taught classes in Witchcraft for twenty
years continuously, from 1970 to 1989, in Columbia and Kansas City, Missouri, through the
Communiversity and at his bookstore, The Magick Lantern. He was also the editor of The Lantern's
Light , the store's in-house publication.
His famous sabbat essays started as material for his classes and articles in his newsletters. In those days there wasn't a lot of information of
this sort that was freely available. Pagans are ever hungry to learn more about our history and ideas about how our ancestors might have
practiced so his essays were eagerly received. And they weren't just read and then filed away either - they were shared, and shared widely,
until they could be found all over PODSNet and then later all over the internet.
Nichols is a founding member of the Coven of New Gwynedd and was the first Wiccan representative on the Kansas City Interfaith Council.
He is a lifelong student of the Craft and, after years of research, writing, and teaching, he still considers himself a student. He received his BA
from the University of Missouri, with a double major in communications and psychology (specializing in parapsychology). He has done graduate
work in the field of library and information science.
Missouri, through his bookstore, The Magick Lantern, which was a haven for those interested in Paganism during the '80s, and through his people
now active in Paganism was primarily transmitted through the 20 years of Witchcraft classes he taught in Columbia and Kansas City, Missouri,
through his bookstore, The Magick Lantern, which was a haven for those interested in Paganism during the '80s, and through his publication, The
Lantern's Light, which was an excellent example of Pagan writing and editing.
publication, The Lantern's Light, which was an excellent example of Pagan writing and editing.
"Mike's abilities as researcher, writer, and teacher have included his studies and publications in such fields as psychical research, the occult,
theology, mythology, folklore and music, as well as Witchcraft and Paganism. His talents in song writing, music recording and mixing, and
computers round out his amazing resume.
"Many of Mike's articles — including his beloved essays on the Pagan holidays — have been available in the file areas of various Pagan computer
bulletin boards since 1988, and have by now reached and influenced a worldwide readership."
—Dallas Heltzell, online news editor-producer, The Denver Post
"Mike Nichols is a rare treasure ... His feet are firmly placed on the terra firma of tradition and he holds a wealth of knowledge and lore, while at
the same time he embraces our evolution, and the new people who join us, with an open mind and an open heart."
—M. Macha NightMare, author of Pagan Pride: Honoring the Craft and Culture of Earth and Goddess and coauthor, with Starhawk, of The Pagan
Book of Living and Dying
"Mike Nichols is one of those unique scholars that has the ability to make historical and advanced information accessible to everyone." —Kristin
Madden, author, Magickal Crafts
"Multi-decade, Craft Veteran Mike Nichols's work on the Pagan Holidays is quickly becoming the standard on the subject." —Wren Walker, The
"Mike's articles provoke thought, make you consider how and why you do the things you do. Be prepared, however, to have your brain cells
exercised." —Ellen Cannon Reed, author/creator, The Heart of Wicca and The Witches Tarot
Living the Wiccan Life, Rev. Don Lewis interviews Mike Nichols