First version, 1968–1976
Green Egg was created by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, who was the editor from 1968 to 1974. It started as a one-page ditto sheet. It continued under another editor for two more years, by which point it had grown over 80 issues into a 60-page journal. According to J. Gordon Melton in the Encyclopedia of American Religions, it became "the most significant periodical in the Pagan movement during the 1970s and made Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, its editor, a major force in Neo-Paganism". It became dormant in 1976.
Margot Adler's sociological study Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today was first published in 1979, shortly after the first incarnation of Green Egg ceased. (Adler's work was revised and updated in 1986, 1996, and 2006.) Adler used Green Egg as one of the main ways of distributing her survey, and received hundreds of responses from its readers. Drawing Down the Moon repeatedly refers to Green Egg as formative in modern American Paganism. "It took a catalyst to create a sense of collectivity around the word Pagan, and in the United States the Church of All Worlds and its Green Egg filled this role." The magazine created a communication network (in pre-internet days) among the many earth religions that were coming into being. Adler was impressed by the "free-ranging and diverse" views found in its pages, commenting that, "There was less common ground assumed in Green Egg than in any other publication I had ever seen." It was highly synergystic, bringing together hundreds of groups and ideas for debate in print, covering subjects relating to "ecology, ethics, tribalism, magic, science fiction, and the relationship of human beings to the planet". Adler reports that some Pagans told her in the late 1970s that they were glad of its demise, because there would be less bickering between various factions. She, however, judged it "key to the movement's vitality".
Later versions, 1988 onwards
Rosemary Ellen Guiley states in The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca that it was Zell's two wives, Morning Glory Zell and Diane Darling, who revived Green Egg at Beltane 1988. Morning Glory is credited with coining the term "polyamory", in an essay in Green Egg entitled "A Bouquet of Lovers". Once more it took its place as "a leading Pagan journal", according to Adler. Eventually Darling left, Zell-Ravenheart was ousted, and the magazine—thriving until 2001—folded again.
In March 2007, Green Egg was restarted as an ezine, available online at greeneggemagazine.com. In 2008, an anthology of art and articles was published, entitled Green Egg Omelette. In 2013, Green Egg announced a print on demand service, and was digitising its back catalog.
Otter and Morning Glory Zell were the subjects of the book The Wizard and the Witch: Seven Decades of Counterculture, Magick & Paganism (2014), which includes a fuller story of Green Egg and the Church of All Worlds.
In January 2015, Monserrat and Donohue retired, and Green Egg passed to Dawn Sevier.
- Harvest, a neopagan magazine
- Melton, J. Gordon (1988) . The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Religious Creeds (3rd ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Institute for the Study of American Religions. ISBN 0810321327.
- Adler, Margot (1986) . Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshipers and other Pagans in America Today (revised and expanded ed.). Beacon Press. ISBN 0807032530.
- Guiley, Rosemary (2010). The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca. p. 403.
- G'Zell, Otter (2009). Green Egg Omelette: An Anthology of Art and Articles from the Legendary Pagan Journal. p. 209. ASIN 1601630468.
- Pitzl-Waters, Jason (October 30, 2013). "Pagan Community Notes: Fifth Sacred Thing, Green Egg, Oldenwilde, and More!". Wildhunt.org. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
- Sulak, John C. (2014). The Wizard and the Witch (1st ed.). Llewellyn Publications. ISBN 0738714828.