Category Myth & Mystery

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 […]

Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries

“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’ Theft of Apollo’s Cattle

“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 […]

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 […]

Ayahuasca Dreams on Anthesteria Eve

Last night I dreamt that winter was the chaos beyond the boundaries of our tribe, that the onslaught of the cold whiteness was imminent like the attack of a foreign war-lord. Our clan resided in a wooded valley in the shadows of grassy hills, and our homes could travel on wheels; but there comes a […]

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 […]