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Darkness with The Devil Card ...


Remind you of anything?

The “Devil” card, maybe?

Welcome to the Sabbat.


The Horned, tall on the altar.

(His antlers reach up to heaven. Between them, constellations wheel.)

Standing before him, priestess and priest.

All of them naked as gods.


Shall I tell you a secret?

They are not so much priest and priestess, as the twin Hands of the God.

Right and Left, respectively.


Which came first, you ask, card or Sabbat?

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Meet the Minoans: The Serpent Mother

The Serpent Mother is an enigmatic yet ever-present figure in Minoan spirituality. She's a sort of "out of the corner of your eye" kind of character, difficult to define or pin down, yet most people intuitively understand her on some level.

Today I'm going to attempt, not to corral her into a concrete definition, but to describe the way we honor her in our spiritual practice in Ariadne's Tribe. I'll talk around her, and by that means, we can begin to see the outline of who and what she is.

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Gardenia Goddess Glow Spell

Tantra, a greatly overused and gravely misunderstood term, comes from the Sanskrit meaning “Ritual, Meditation, and Discipline.” It involves a form of mutual worship of the Godhead (lingam) and the Goddesshead (yoni), in which divinity is achieved through simultaneous erotic and emotional union. This exquisite approach to deepening the love between you and your partner requires you to share mutually held intentions.

At the nearest greenhouse or floral show, buy as many gardenias as your purse will allow. Ten or twenty of these heavenly flowers will fill your bower with a sweet, seductive air. Place some of the flowers in crystal-clear bowls of water and some in a warm footbath, and scatter some petals in your bed. Undress and light a single gardenia-scented candle at the head of the bed. Crush some of the petals and rub them into your skin and hair, then chant this love spell:

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Robin Goodfellow Tea

Historians tell us that the concept of the Witch's Sabbat as revolutionary counter-worship arose at a particular time in a particular place: to whit, the Western Alps in the early 15th century. Of necessity one asks: why there, and why then?

The answer, my friend, is love.


This is the story of the love between a god and his people.

Listen, now.

In the darkest days of our persecution, the Horned heard our cries and looked with ruth—compassion—upon the sorrows of his people.

(So it was in ancient days, when he brought us the Fire from Heaven.)

For love of us, he gave us a gift, that we might have the soul-strength to endure: a love-gift to lift our burdens, even for a little, that we might know freedom in the midst of bondage, a foretaste of the joy that shall someday be ours.

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Passion Potion: Tea for Two

A tea of mandrake root, when mixed with the sweat of a lover, can be sprinkled around the bedroom to heighten ecstasy if accompanied by this chant:

Brew of mandrake, brew of desire,

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I was recently astounded to read in Richard Rudgley's 2018 book The Return of Odin that

Today in both American and British pagan circles, practitioners generally divide themselves into three basic groups: Wiccans; Druids, and those who follow some kind of Celtic religion; and Heathens, those who follow Germanic and Norse traditions [231].

Admittedly, the book was originally published in 2006; maybe things were simpler in those days.

Still, if I knew Rudgley well enough to tease him, or if I weren't a Midwesterner, and hence constitutionally incapable of public rudeness, I would really have to suggest that maybe, just maybe, he needs to get out a bit more often.

I don't know about Britain—although I have my doubts—but here in the US, I can assure you from personal experience that pagans come in lots more flavors than Wiccan, Celtic, or Germanic.

Lots more.

So I can't help but find it a jest for the gods that, in fact, I can recognize something of myself in all three of Rudgley's categories.

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Vedas - Wikipedia

On the Training of Young Warriors


The words of Kris Kershaw:

[I]n a highly structured and successful warrior society, like that of the Masai of even fifty years ago, the training was long and rigorous....Typically, for a good part of the period the boy lived in the forest like the beasts of the forest; he became a hardy and crafty hunter and fighter. But that was only part of becoming a man of his people. As a family man and citizen he would have to know the correct prayers and cultic practices, as well as the history of his tribe [25].

He adds:

Among pre-literate peoples, all important information, and especially anything that must be learned by heart, is in verse; the verse form acts as a mnemonic device, and at the same time, the subject matter is lifted out of the domain of the everyday. All the lore that the young...warrior had to absorb during the period of training in the Jungmanschaft was in verse; this would include the history of his people, hymns to the gods and stories about them, as well as general information on how to get along in life in a dangerous and often puzzling world [77].

He concludes:

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