Erichtho’s Mouth: Persuasive Speaking, Sexuality and Magic

Hey Lauren – Congrats on getting your degree! And what a fascinating dissertation. I cannot believe some fundy stood up at a university commencement and gave you grief. Closed minded a-hole! I love that commencement speech given at Dickinson, which btw is only about 40 miles away from here and i am distant friends with Professor Dan Cozort who is the main chair of religious studies there and has a small group of Tibetan Buddhist students. You can find his works at Amazon or on Dickinson’s website. I am going to reblog that speech for sure with an AMEN lol. Also i like the new design and name of your blog. Blessings.

Blue Star Owl

She neither prays to Gods Above nor begs divine

aid with suppliant hymn, nor does she know prophetic

entrails. Decking altars with flames funereal gives her

joy — so does incense filched from pyres already kindled.

The Gods Above grant her every evil the moment

she invokes Them — They fear to hear her second prayer.

~ description of Erichtho from Lucan’s Pharsalia, Book 6, lines 523-528 from Jane Wilson Joyce’s translation

The last few months I haven’t put a great deal into writing here because I have been so focused on finishing my thesis for my M.A.

It focuses on the classical witch Erichtho and her appearance in one of John Marston’s plays. I fell in love with the witch Erichtho in an independent study on the witch in literature last year.

It is finally officially done and published! If you’re curious, you can find it here: http://scholarworks.uno.edu/td/2020/

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Capitalism, Neurotypicality, and the War on Consciousness

I am Finally getting around to the hundreds of posts from various blogs i have yet to read, and find your posts fascinating, so i am going to reblog this one to introduce others to your work. Blessing

GODS & RADICALS

“Within myself I know I am Different” — Cora Anderson

My magic, my poetry, my politics, and my medicine all arise from my experience of the world as alive — and that experience is a product of my divergent neurobiology. 

My senses take in torrents of information that sometimes overwhelm my capacity to process them, making me miss things that would seem obvious to most, but at other times (and sometimes simultaneously) make me aware of subtle presences in the world that elude others’ attention.  My brain process processes information in non-linear ways that make it easy for me to perceive patterns and connections in the world but difficult to complete a step-by-step process like paying the electrical bill.  I have a complex relationship with language — sometimes loquacious and poetic, other times completely non-verbal.   When I speak in metaphor, people tend to take me literally, and when I speak…

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After the dark nights

I am a spiritual whore also and whomever takes offense Honi Soil q Mal y Pense.

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So following on from Sophie’s last post…

I will keep this as short as possible. It is true that the first half of this year has been a bit of a struggle for me generally and in terms of my spiritual path. My mother died and as anyone who has dealt with grief will know, that is a difficult emotional thing to go through and it throws all sorts of questions, doubts and confusion into the mix. In addition to that our own little group/coven was at a crossroads and looking to me to some degree for leadership.

To summarise the main questions and confusions that were playing on my mind they were as follows. 1) Could/would my mother accept my Satanic beliefs and lifestyle? 2) Is Satanism a really complete and accurate description of my spiritual path anyway? 3) am I knowledgeable or experienced enough to have a leadership…

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Northern Ireland Certifies Its First Pagan Priest Since Time of St. Patrick

MG – great news and about time. Sounds like my fight in this county in PA to have the right to marry and thus to be recognized as legal clergy, which there are long posts of the timeline fight on my blog. Great pics and links also. Going to reblog so TY and Blessed Be ! BTW TWH posted on this also http://wildhunt.org/2015/04/northern-ireland-approves-first-pagan-priest-in-modern-times.html and you may find this Finland pagan news story of interest too http://wildhunt.org/2015/04/paganism-and-heathenry-in-the-republic-of-finland.html

Metal Gaia

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(Patrick Carberry: Source: Belfast Media Group)

I truly believe the Gods have a since of humor. For the first time in centuries, Northern Ireland has allowed Patrick Carberry, a shamanic healer and a pagan priest to be certified by authorities. It was a man by the name of “Patrick” who was famous for bringing Ireland under the Christian fold (even though there were Christian missionaries in Ireland before St. Patrick) and now it is another “Patrick” who is paving the way for the ancient religion to reclaim official recognition. Ironic? Is it not?

Patrick Carberry, who is based in Glengormley, applied to Stormont five months ago to be certified as a holy man. Officials have finally got back to him with the news that he can now carry out religious ceremonies for people who follow Irish pre-Christian religions.

Patrick has been attacked in the past for his beliefs. It is his hope that…

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