The “Roommate Wanted” notice was written in Theban.
In Theban: the “secret” alphabet of the witches.
On a bulletin board in a corner laundromat in a pagan neighborhood in a large American city near you.
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The god stands naked at the temple door.
Crowned with antler and autumn leaf, he leads us, also naked, out and down.
Into the Underworld. Into the cave. Into the belly of the Earth.
Darkness of darkness.
He kneels to her. He raises his flame.
In darkness, we sing. Asking for life, we sing.
In darkness, the apple passes, and we eat. Life has a price.
“What is remembered lives,” the old Civil War captain said solemnly. He clutched his gray hat in his weathered old hands.
“What is remembered lives!” shouted his comrades – more civil war soldiers (both Union and Confederacy), Regulators, fighters from the American Revolution, escaped slaves, freed men and women, Red Coats who loved the king, and Victorian ladies with big hats and tight bodices. Those of us among the living shifted on our feet. We were a bit tired from walking, but warmed by hot cider and laughter and stories. Around all of us, both the living and the dead, danced and chanted little white ghosts. Their faces were painted white and their costumes were generously sprinkled with shimmering glitter....
One of my hobbies is genealogy or researching family history. It fascinates me how people come together, finding a glimpse of their lives whether through a family story, newspaper clipping, or document. I can spend hours lost in the past and digging through old documents, visiting cemeteries, and searching online.
What's the purpose of this? Part of it helps me know who I am, where I come from, and how I got here. Another part is my way of honoring those who have given me my foundation. Strong women, determined men are a large part of my history - like most other people....
Consider the common marigold.
New World native, bearer of mythic names, flower of the dead.
In the 18th century, Swedish botanist Karl Linne named the genus Tagetes, for Tagus, the Divine Child of Etruscan mythology, who sprang from a plowed furrow one day and gave law to the Etruscan people.
The common English name means “Mary's gold.” Mary, of course, is the de facto goddess of Christianity, but since Robert Graves' day certain witches have known their goddess as Mari as well.
Well, these flowers are her living gold.