The Blooming Staff: “What We Shall Be” – Illuminati, Otherness, and the Grand Consummation

The idea of a peaceable planetary commonwealth, founded on the universal principles of wisdom enshrined in the world’s great religious traditions, and respecting the inalienable rights of all human beings, seems to be a laudable goal. But the Illuminati quickly fell due to infighting, political repression, and the usual institutional failures. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Masks and Guising on Samhain

In the sense that the mask serves to kill the ego masks for the duration of Halloween night, we can face death itself head on. Traditionally masks and guising served to trick ghosts and goblins into thinking the living were one of them and pass us over, or to threaten and scare the dead and unseelie hosts back into the underworld. [Read more…]

Wayfaring Woman: Hekate’s Hounds: Warders Between Worlds

In ancient times, the goddess Hekate was worshipped as the Leader of the Dogs (Skylakagetis in Greek). Black dogs in particular were sacred to her. [Read more…]

The Path of She: Hecate and the Crossroads of Choice

“Time is running out.” Hecate says, “Be fearless. Choose love. By your choices, and those of your human kin, your destiny and that of your Earth home will be decided.” [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Witch, as in Craft

It’s Witch, as in Craft, not some horrey old hag,
With a wart on her nose and a dress like a rag.
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Lamp & Labyrinth: A Vision of An Cailleach

I’m learning that we are what propels ourselves, while simultaneously being the largest impediment to our own growth. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: The Morrigan and Samhain

One question I get asked fairly often is whether or not the Morrigan had a day associated with her historically and if so what would it be? The answer from a straight academic perspective is no, we don’t have any surviving evidence of a feast day or holiday associated explicitly with the Morrigan. The more nuanced answer is that the Morrigan has connections to several different holidays, but probably the most mythic connections to Samhain. [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: Who’s Superstitious?

Years ago, I embarked on a little experiment: for an entire summer we wore clerical garb in public, except of course at work. It was illuminating. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: The Keek-Stane – Part III

Coming home from Starwood 2016 with an obsession to build the last of my PectiWita working tools, was rather inconvenient. First off, Scrying had never been my thing, and Intuition always proved close enough for horseshoes (as they say…) Now that I was aware of its existence in the realm of possibilities, its veritible ubiquity within the craft tradition that called to my bones so deeply…well, I could think of nothing else on the plane ride home. [Read more…]

Outside the Circle: The Dark Legends Of Halloween

The night sky seems to twinkle more now or is it just me? The trees whisper on my walks. Most people say the year will be ending soon, but for me it’s just the beginning. Witches rule at Halloween. [Read more…]