Category History & Folklore

The Hosting of the Cailleach at Tigh nam Bodach

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 […]

Dionysus & the Anthesteria, Festival of Love & Death

“We are mortals. It’s not possible for us to maintain that peak of pure experience, of divine joy, indefinitely. Some try and manage an intimacy with him which most can only dream of–but even the greatest mystic must eventually come down from the mountain and walk amid the mortal world. And for some this can […]

Dogs in Mythology & Folklore

Dogs and hounds are sacred and otherworldly in many cultures and prevalent in many myths, particularly those regarding the gods of the wild places. They are guardians of the way between; bounding through the forest on the hunt, they cross through the boundary between the worlds. Artemis Playful Pan gifted the virgin-huntress Artemis seven dogs […]

Ancestor Reverence in New Orleans

While the world held its breath to see what midnight on the Solstice held, I watched the bright constellations in the country sky, listened to the toads and the scuffle and scratching of chickens and turkeys in the yard. In mid-December my man and I moved from my beloved Pacific Northwest to the damp and […]

Lilith: Our Mother, who Art in Hell

The Prophet of the Peacock-Quill Hath drunk God’s Blood from out the Cup Of Iblis and the Blessed Few That with Eve’s brood refuse to sup. Ye Children of fair Lilith born, Come tread the Path of Blame and Scorn, For you, from Hell, have fallen . . . Up! Andrew Chumbley, QUTUB Beliefs spanned […]

Worshippers to the Front-Lines: Another Pagan on 2012, God-Recruitment, and the Growing Darkness

When you open yourself to the Gods, the Dead, and the Spirits, when you weave magic and develop *ghos-ti- with your Allies, it is only a matter of time before the Darkness weeds its way in. The signs of war were unclear to me until I’d read how others had pieced together these various happenings […]

Julbock & the Sacred Goat

The Sacred Goat is an important part of my spirituality, and throughout the world and throughout time has represented life, death, ecstasy, eroticism, secret knowledge, abundance, and darkness. So too does the Julbock.