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…]

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 Blooming Staff: Eschatology – The Marker of Christian Occultism

As I continue my research into post-Crowley forms of Thelema, Christian theology, and other occult traditions (especially the teachings of the Universal Brotherhood, which Frater Achad led as Mahaguru starting in the early 1930s), one major point of difference has emerged for me between Christian forms of occultism and non-Christian traditions like Thelema: eschatology. [Read more…]

Wayfaring Woman: Guarding and Protecting Your Magical Workings

Magic is a process unfolding over time. In my experience, that process is most vulnerable in the beginning, when the first magical intentions are laid and the first threads of energy are spun. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Winternights — The Heathen Samhain?

Winternights is one of my favorite holidays. I love when summer finally gives way to Autumn—the smell of the dying leaves, harvesting the last fruits, starting to hunker down for the winter. To me, it is a natural time to start pulling inward and focus on family, hearth, and home. But is it the Norse version of Samhain? No, it is not. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Why Effective Ritual Is Important

Ritual facilitation is a professional skill set. If you learn the skills to make it work, and work to train others on your team to do the same, you rituals will get better. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Opet, Autumn, and the Wanderer

What does the common cultural motif of the god in disguise testing mortals’ hospitality have to do with the present day? And what does it have to do with an ancient Egyptian state festival? These questions, illuminated by filk music. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Benefits of Being a Traditional Witch

A witch learns through the practice of magic, a confidence that their fate is in their own hands. Of course, you have to work with what you have be it your background, culture, social class, etc, but a witch builds their self knowledge and power to make the most of things. [Read more…]