February 21, 2017

“I [Hekate] come, a virgin of varied forms, wandering through the heavens, bull-faced, three-headed, ruthless, with golden arrows; chaste Phoebe bringing light to mortals, Eileithyia; bearing the three synthemata [sacred signs] of a triple nature.  In the Aether I appear in fiery forms and in the air I sit in a silver chariot”  [Chaldean Oracles] Hekate is a formidable goddess, who is both teacher and guide to those of us who seek to understand and go deeper into the Mysteries…. Read more

January 22, 2017

In Part 1 of Diana’s Moon Rays I explore the goddess Diana’s importance in Italian witchcraft, and her place in Charles G. Leland’s 1899 The Aradia.  Read Part 1 first < This article was first published in 2013 in the anthology The Faerie Queens.  I am currently revisiting some of my research on Diana, the influences on her cult and the influences her cult had on subsequent Western occultism. — Diana’s Moon Rays – Part II The Goddess Diana – The… Read more

January 20, 2017

Diana, alongside the goddess Hekate, is the quintessential Witch Goddess – but like Hekate, to whom she is closely associated, she is also so much more. Read more

December 8, 2016

“And there is a third way to Glastonbury, one of the secret Green Roads of the soul – the Mystic Way that leads through the Hidden Door into a land known only to the eye of vision.  This is Avalon of the Heart to those who love her. Read more

August 13, 2016

The Divine Feminine occupies a central role in a number of esoteric traditions – and whilst the presence of Goddess is obviously visible in traditions such as Wicca, it is often less obvious to outsiders that the Divine Feminine also has a pivotal role in the Qabalah. Read more

August 11, 2016

“I come, a virgin of varied forms, wandering through the heavens, bull-faced, three-headed, ruthless, with golden arrows; chaste Phoebe bringing light to mortals, Eileithyia; bearing the three synthemata [sacred signs] of a triple nature.  In the Aether I appear in fiery forms and in the air I sit in a silver chariot”  [Chaldean Oracles] In this article, I draw on articles and books I have written in the past, as well as lecture notes – in an attempt to clarify… Read more

August 10, 2016

“Determined now her tomb to build, Her ample skirt with stones she filled, And dropped a heap on Carron-more; Then stepped one thousand yards to Loar, And dropped another goodly heap; And then with one prodigious leap, Gained carrion-beg; and on its height Displayed the wonders of her might.” ~ Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745) The giant blue form of the Cailleach straddles the British Isles; she is the unforgiving crone of winter, the benevolent earth-shaping giantess and the guardian… Read more

July 6, 2016

Aleister Crowley wrote in his 1919 work Law of Liberty: “Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever toward it, without allowing aught to stop you or turn you aside…” This is, of course, sound advice and an admirable axiom to live by. Many readers reading this might have recognised the words for being a famous line from a better-known piece of prose, or at least be thinking …’that sounds familiar’. In the much later Charge of the Goddess, these words… Read more

July 5, 2016

“A star that keenest of all blazes with a searing flame and him men call Seirios [Sirius]. When he rises with Helios (the Sun), no longer do the trees deceive him by the feeble freshness of their leaves. For easily with his keen glance he pierces their ranks, and to some he gives strength but of others he blights the bark utterly. Of him too at his setting are we aware.” – Aratus, Phaenomena 328 ff (trans. Mair) (Greek astronomical… Read more

June 28, 2016

  Aleister Crowley is often credited with inventing the use of the term magick (with a k) as opposed to magic. The addition of the k increases the magical potency of the word as k is the eleventh letter of the alphabet and eleven is a number considered to contain a lot of inherent magical power within the western magical system (being the one beyond ten). Crowley himself also emphasised that he used the spelling of magick in order to… Read more

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