Tag Archives: sacrifice

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 […]

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 […]

Graveyards at Midnight

What is a Full Moon without fear and excitement? Without challenge and reward? Without loss and greater gain? This is a Full Moon focused on finding the balance between Leo and Aquarius, ego, romance, and friendship, with the Sun leaving my beloved Capricorn just as we approach the duel between the Cailleach and the Bride, […]

Lights Out and Spirits Wild

He has allies on the other side of the fence; I know he does, even despite his oaths (or perhaps they are the ones who helped him to make those pacts), but the darkness still creeps in as he speaks, drawn to the cold flame of his voice just as it seemed to loom that […]