Tigh nam Bodach photographed by David Lintern

The Cailleach is one of the oldest-living beings in Celtic mythology. She has a conversation with Fintan the Wise, a seer who traveled to Ireland before the Flood, and the Hawk of Achill, one of the oldest creatures of this world, and both agree that she has outlived them, saying, “Are you the one, the […]

Autumn in Oregon

One thing I have loved about the Pacific Northwest since moving here as a child is just how markedly observable the seasonal changes are up here. While I’m sure I just didn’t take the time when I was young to notice the smaller seasonal changes that occur in my southern California birthplace, I love how […]

I sprang awake this morning at 5 am with the strange compulsion to write my will, the contents of which I had just dreamed of in their entirety. Never before had I considered writing a will, but the season of death and getting cozy with your ancestors will do that to you. I also awoke […]

Mother Earth

How well can you listen? How well can you hear the calls of the spirits, the commands and desires of the gods, and the whispers of the dead? I’ve always had a good inner ear for it, but as much as I want to be good at taking orders, I’m not. I’ve always preferred to […]

Sometimes I feel like Enkidu in the Epic of Gilgamesh, who traveled to the Underworld with knowledge of everything right to do while he was there and yet who did everything wrong. Or maybe I’m more like Persephone, tricked and trapped by a dark figure in a dark land. I am a very different person than […]


“The ultimate design of the Mysteries […] was to lead us back to the principles from which we descended, […] a perfect enjoyment of intellectual [spiritual] good” (Plato, trans. Taylor). In the town of Eleusis, twelve miles from Athens, anyone with a desire to honor the Two Goddesses and know the truths of life and […]


“Hermes wants for nothing for through hard work, cleverness, the weaving of fine tales and simple treachery or theft he can get whatever it is he wants and even managed to sneak his way into the bed of the lovely Aphrodite whose soft, warm flesh delighted him so. Hail Hermes, is there anything you cannot […]