June 14, 2020

Myths of the flood represent the crisis of the soul when the psyche plumbs the depths of the abyss, abandoning the crutches of the ego, experiencing fate. Read more

May 22, 2020

The following is an extract from Pax Deorum – A Modern Witchcraft Primer, 2018, by Ian Chambers …Sir Gawain is himself the Verdant One, then he himself becomes the Green Knight. Symbolically, his transformation is effected by the act of cutting off the head of the Green Knight; for in mythic initiation, what we overcome we become. (Howard, 1995)⁠   Headless Midsummer Midsummer is a time of mirth and merriment and it is believed to be as old as our… Read more

April 14, 2020

The legend of St George may be an initiatory myth in which a ritual enactment may convey some of the meaning. As George slew the dragon, so must we come to terms and assimilate the old; but ever beware that yesterday’s hero is the dragon of tomorrow.  Read more

March 25, 2020

In Britain the tradition of Spiral Castle survives in the Easter Maze dance of country villages, the mazes being called ‘Troy Town’ in England and in Wales ‘Caer-droia’. (Graves, 1997)      Situated between the poles, on our journey through the spherical vortex, we see at either end our source and goal. We are pulled in both directions, since the longing of the womb, described by psychologists, has its counterpart in the passionate longing of the mystic for union with God…. Read more

March 23, 2020

Guy of Warwick features in medieval romance and legend as a questing knight fighting dragons and rescuing fair damsels – which may have led to his legend being confused with the West Midlands slant on St George. But where does the Green Man fit in?   First published in White Dragon, no. 57, Lughnasa 2008   Dragon slaying, rescuing princesses, two of Britain’s most legendary heroes in the mediaeval romance genre have faded in the memory of modern times. How they… Read more

March 15, 2020

The purpose of the pilgrimage is relevant to cultures across the world and spanning time. Ultimately, the basis of pilgrimage as a rite of passage is that it is performed without accompaniment or support from trappings of the ego; it is a voyage away from the profane and mundane. Read more

February 20, 2020

First published in The Cauldron No. 150, November 2013 Since the last century, and accelerated by the works of authors such as anthropologist Margaret Murray (1863 – 1963), Charles Godfrey Leland (1824 – 1903) and Gerald Gardner (1884 – 1964), there has been a culture within witchcraft circles for the perpetuation of ‘tradition’, the belief in a continuation of concepts, faith, and even ritual; either passed on directly or ‘retrieved’, especially through folklore. Given the current popularity of Traditional Witchcraft, perhaps… Read more

January 30, 2020

The Witch’s Stang is often thought to have been introduced into modern practice by the late Robert Cochrane (1931-66). In its central role, the Stang represents the World Tree and can take centre stage within a working circle. In this respect, it acts as the axis mundi, and is the true altar of the witch mystic.  Read more

January 17, 2020

Frequently, we see people asking how to do such and such, what tradition to follow, what others think, feel or believe. This ever grasping, ever seeking, ever reaching is a ceaseless anxiety of longing for the comfort of rules, the confinement of formula and concepts, which never sates that yearning. Read more

January 15, 2020

Within Traditional Witchcraft, the concept of the Compass sometimes erroneously replaces that of the Circle. This is a common misconception that frequently identifies these as synonymous terms. Whilst they share similarities, an Airts Compass, that is a Compass of Winds, is a fundamental technology at the heart of many traditions. In order to know the difference, we must first start with basics. The magic circle used in modern Wicca usually describes a barrier, a vessel to contain power and is… Read more

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