A Priestess, a minister, and a fat white woman walk into a bar…? Nope, it’s not a joke, it is merely I, Catharine Clarenbach, one of the newer bloggers to come onto Witches & Pagans. I have been blogging elsewhere, as well as at my own site (see below), and I welcome the chance to interact with you her at "Deep to on High."
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In Iceland, they call it the Black School. (But blá can also mean “blue.”)
There go all the aspiring young warlocks to learn from the Horned his secret and magical arts.
Exactly where the School may be is hard to say. (Some say Paris.) It's one of those places that seems always to be somewhere else.
It's called the Black School because it's always black as night there. (It sounds like some sort of cave.) For five (or nine, or seven) years, they live there together, underground, in the dark.
There they study from the Horned's ancient tomes, which, being written in letters of fire, can thus be read in the dark.
Each day they receive for their sustenance a trencher and horn from the hand of the Horned, although they do not see him.
And of the Black School there is also this to say: that at the end of their study, when they step out into sunlight for the first time in five (or nine, or seven) years, each warlock must leave behind his shadow there with the Horned, and so casts no shadow for all the rest of his days.
“I work with Ereshkigal, Oya, and Tlazolteotl,” she tells me.
Then she pauses for my reaction.
Welcome to the Irony-Free Zone.
Gee. The Sumerian Goddess of the Underworld, Santeria's Lady of Storms (mispronounced), and the Aztec 'Eater of Filth.'
Clearly, I'm supposed to be impressed.
One of the important ways in which pagan religions differ from non-pagan ones lies in the pagan understanding that non-human beings, as well as human beings, have rights.
These rights are inherent, not bestowed.
Animals have rights.
Trees have rights.
Rivers have rights.
Mountains have rights.
Oceans have rights.
Planets have rights.
Stars have rights.
The rights of non-human beings, of course, are not the same rights as those of human beings, although there is certainly some overlap. To every people, its own law; to every being, its own rights.
March is the month of the spring equinox. Day and night will be equal and spring is in the air, except in Wisconsin where we just got six plus inches of snow. In Wisconsin, March is a turbulent month filled with any kind of weather from mild to blizzards.
Spring is supposed to be about new beginnings, renewal of life. It’s all about change which can come about easily or be tumultuous. Winter has weeded out what we no longer need and hopefully prepared us for the changes we need to make. The chaff is gone, has been discarded and recycled in order to make way for what will come....
Last time I talked about the likely origins and historic use of incense pellets, but the real joy in discussing incense making is to actually make incense! Making incense pellets is easy and fun, but it can be messy so plan for that. I recommend that you make incense in an area with a floor you can mop. If you make incense pellets in a carpeted area, it’s a good idea to put down some cardboard or a drop cloth to ensure no honey causes damage. Unlike recipes for self-combusting incense (like sticks and cones) incense pellet recipes can be freely modified to fit your needs and the materials you have on hand.
I strongly suggest that you wear gloves while making incense. This is especially true with incense pellets. Pellets are most often made with honey as a binder, but natural jams are also used (avoid any that contain corn syrup or artificial flavors). Let’s start with a recipe (all ingredients should be finely powdered).
If you build the candy cottage, the children will come.
So: the well-heeled patron (or matron) of the pagan arts comes to you and says: “I want a temple, expense no object.”
What would you design?
What will the pagan temples of the future look like?
The New Paganisms are, for the most part, young religions, virtually all under 100 years old. For various reasons that I won't go into here, temple-building hasn't so far been a priority for us.
But that won't always be the case.