About Kiya Nicoll

Kiya is an Egyptian reconstructionist pagan and witch living in New England with her family and an excessive quantity of books.

Hills of the Horizon: A Defense of Sacred Kingship

Several years ago, I took a trip out into the sticks for a Beltane ritual. Some folks out there needed a May Queen, and through a sequence of coincidences I happened to be both available and qualified. It was a short-term gig in sacral rulership, with my blessing sought to help with the fertility and health of the land. It’s one of the things that I think about when I poke my nose into debates and discussions about sacred kings. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Narrative Theology III – the Doughnut and the Dice

One of the things about stories is of course the way they keep turning up, over and over, in variable forms. A story about the voices of the ancestors. And about meditating doughnuts. And an imaginary alien. They’re all the same story, in the end. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Narrative Theology II – The Eye of the Story

We look for stories that speak to important things in our lives. And here is a story about recovery, about disability, and about being holy, embedded in the nuances of a myth. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Dawn Unbroken

The moment of creation, the theological Big Bang, is the dawn appearing in the heart of a fragile flower. It may be the past, the first moment, but it is not gone: it is always there. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Nun of the Above

From the nothingness that was the possibility of everything, a mound emerges; Something, upon that mound, creates Creation. Sometimes it is a flower that blooms, or a Power that speaks, or a falcon, or an arch of orgasm, but there, in the midst of maybe, an actual event happens, the first event, and after that comes everything. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Narrative Theology I

People relate to themselves, to the gods, to the cosmos, through the medium of narrative; wielding narrative well is not merely a religious practice, but a magical, political, and social one. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Reconstruction and Mysticism

Instead of building a procedure to ancient blueprints, we are left with building a container, discovering what experiences can be held in that space, and elaborating, refining, and rearranging that container until the desired experiences arise naturally and reliably from the format. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: An Introduction

The concept of the horizon is one that is threaded through huge amounts of Egyptian liturgical poetry. It appears in the oldest known texts, often in a context that seems to equate it with the spirit world. The gods are seen going to, dwelling within, and rising from the horizon; the king, likewise; those who enter the spirit world are “pure and living in the horizon.” [Read more…]


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