The Goddess of The Betrayed

Medusa head repurposed as the base of a pillar at the bottom of a cistern in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo David Sutherland I’m watching the sun go down today, and I’m thinking about the paradigm shifts born out of abuse. Today, not October 31st, is the actual day the Sun is at the halfway point between … Read more

Growing Death

The Death Card from The Builders of the Adytum Deck, photo by Meagan Angus, Oct. 2018 Using The Death Card to Find Our Way at Samhain As we begin the long slow descent into Winter, we go through a tremendous transformation. Think of the person you are in January. How you eat. How you sleep. … Read more

Demeter Thesmophoros, Baubo, and Thesmophoria, The “Bitching Festival”

A Priestess offering a piglet and other items to Demeter. In late October, we come upon a beautiful multi-day holiday from the Greeks called Thesmophoria. Held after all the pomp and ritual of the Eleusinian Mysteries, this festival was dedicated to Demeter Thesmophoros, a variant of Demeter who was the Law-Giver. After the crops had … Read more

This Is Hallowe’en

The Carcass (Lo Stregozzo) (The Witch’s Procession) Agostino Veneziano, ca. 1514–36.From The National Gallery of Scotland: “This print shows the procession of a witch through a dark and menacing underworld. She is pulled on a chariot made from the carcass of a monstrous creature, and is accompanied by men, children, animals, and instruments. Iconographically these … Read more

Balance, Fairness, and Equality at Mabon, the Fall Equinox

The Equinox is the Fulcrum or balancing point between the Light half and the Dark half of the year. Once we pass this point on the calendar, we’re heading off into an ‘extreme’ point of the year; in the Northern hemisphere, we’re heading into the Dark, in the Southern Hemisphere, we’re heading into the Light. … Read more