Fire in the Skin: The Spark of Ritual Fire and Magic

Ritual fire in the hyperdome, fringe fest New Orleans.

Fire was the first magick: the first pagan tool to warm us, feed us, inspire us. It is truly awesome in its power from spark, to flame, to raging fire. I have performed hundreds of voodoo rituals over the years, both public and private, and most have included fire. I would be ashamed if they hadn't. Now, I'm not claiming I pull out the flaming machete for every ceremony, but candles, hearth fires and campfires, bonfires, fire breathers, flaming poi spinners, and sometimes even flaming machetes … [Read more...]