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Nergal is the next "graveyard" divinity that I am honoring. I found his tales very interesting, especially that he was associated with Hercules. Nergal was conceived in the underworld when his mother went to rescue her rapist from his punishment.
So often, when I volunteer to lead a ceremony or a class, I haven’t a clue of what the group activity should actually be. In the time leading up to it, inspiration seems to come in little puffs.
I really like creative activity in any group setting. Recently, I had a puff of inspiration in preparation for a women’s ritual I conducted in New York City this summer. It worked well, but had a couple of hitches....
I have always walked at the edges of worlds.
Growing up in suburban Massachusetts in the 1980’s, nobody knew what to make of the kid who could give long lectures on American and Irish history but couldn’t tie his shoes or keep track of homework assignments and lacked the social skills to put together a Dungeons & Dragons game.
Nor did I know what to make of the people around me. I was constantly waiting for my people – who at various times included Luke Skywalker, the Daoine Sidhe, King Arthur, and Carl Sagan – to come find me and take me where I really belonged. But, they never did, so I disappeared into fantasy novels and into the swamp behind my house where sometimes strange creatures flashed at the edge of my field of vision.
I love October.
I mean, I really, really love it. Do you know that fluttery, warm, sparkling feeling you get when you hold hands with your beloved, when you catch the eyes of your crush, when you see a message or note with that special name on it?
Well, my calendar is showing that special name. October’s eyes are bright. October’s hands are cool. October’s name is like sweet honey on my tongue.
They call them the Stangmen.
They also call them the Witchmen, though generally out of earshot.
A bunch of grizzled old farmers that look just like anyone else, though everyone knows who they are.
Everyone knows that at the Old Times they go up to the Hill—the one that everyone still calls Old Baldie, though the trees grew back long since—and there they do their work.
Back before the trees grew back, you could see every field and pasture in the district from up there.
They call them the Stangmen because they keep the four old stangs, handed down since no one knows when.
Different stangs for different times and different purposes: Ram, Bull, Stag, Goat.