May. 1st, 2019

Beltane Blessings

Blessings of the May Day to you and yours.

I've just returned from a week in New england and environs, where I attended a writers' conference, at some amazingly good food, held some amazingly good conversations with some amazing people, and have returned home feeling somewhat more inspired than I have been in a very long time.

Dec. 11th, 2018

Oh, wow. Notifications from Dreamwidth?

Oh, wow. New notifications. I guess it's time to wake up over here, now that the shiny that was tubmlr is dhying its ignoble death. Almost all of the groups on Yahoo are dead, I thought everyone had moved over to the pit of despair that is Facebook (yes, I have one, too, but I stay away from it as much as I can.

So, tumblr is blowing up over getting bounced from the Apple store. What a fucking shame. Apple can die in a fire as well, for all I care, but still, it's nice to see new folks arriving over here.

::looks around:: Jeez, this place is dusty. Of course it been, what? Nearly three years since I last poted anything?

::Goes to check info page::

last updated 2013-04-30 (293 weeks ago) ??!! Sacre Merde, Fledermausmann!

FIVE YEARS? No, that's over five and a half years.

Okay, I'll try and be around more. Wouldn't want you to go all Jewish Mother on me or anything.

Promie! I'll write, I'll call. I may even come by for a nosh.

And yeah, I'll cross post this thing to InsaneJournal. I suppose I should go over there are look around as well.

This entry was originally posted at Please comment there using OpenID.

Mar. 2nd, 2018

Hmm. Been a while

Like many other people, I got a bit caught up in the insanity that is Facebook. I'll try to be more active posting here.

Among the other housekeeping I need to do here, I'll be going through my sidebar links, as I know that more than a few are no longer around. Sigh.


Apr. 30th, 2013

Esoteric Book Conference 2013

The 2013 Esoteric Book Conference will be in Seattle on September 14th and 15th, 2013.

Well worth attending.

Particulars available at

This entry was originally posted at Please comment there using OpenID.

Apr. 19th, 2013

The Devil you say!

the Devil you say

One of the “traditional witchcraft” lists on Yahoo had a discussion some years ago (2009, to be more precise) of the role of the Devil/Lucifer in witchcraft. Many seemed confused/alarmed by the notion that the God of the Witches could possibly really be Lucifer, Old Horny, Scratch, as in the Tempter of Eve.

Yet many of these same folk have no difficulty is spouting the oft-quoted “Gods of the Old Religion become the devils of the new” line.

Metaphysical schizophrenia?

Traditional Witches often practice dual faith observance, hence many of the traditions from the church found their way into Witchcraft (and quite possibly, vice versa.) Of course, in the 17th Century in England, to be a follower of “The Old Religion” meant you were a Catholic, so your mileage may vary there.

However, as Michael Howard, editor and publisher of The Cauldron magazine stated in Welsh Witches and Wizards:

“Even a cursory examination of the historical records and folklore accounts relating to witch beliefs in Wales, and elsewhere in the British Isles, reveals that those who were accused of or actually practiced witchcraft in the past did not follow some ancient ‘Old Religion’ or see themselves as pagans. Most cunning folk would have regarded themselves as devout Christians and most attended church at a time when it was illegal not to do so. The ritual material of operative witchcraft, such as charms, spells, and incantations, were largely derived from ceremonial magick and popular forms of Christian folk religion i.e. pre-Reformation Roman Catholicism. Many of the semi-magical Roman practices denounced by the Protestants as ‘popish superstitions’ or even ‘witchcraft’ survived in the practices of the cuning folk and the so-called ‘white witches.’ The genesis of this dual faith observance in traditional witchcraft dates back to when the new religion of Christianity challenged the old pagan beliefs for supremacy in Western Europe.”

In Lady Gwen’s Green Egg article, Wiccan-Pagan Potpourri, she expounds

The Christian Bible, garbled as it currently is, speaks of a battle in the “heavens” . . . well, we know there was one, although the Christians have their time-space continuum a bit mixed up . . . to the point where it is all done and over with, according to them. But, we know that as it was in the beginning so it will be in the end . . . giving us the Alpha and Omega of history. When Christians speak of “fallen angels” and “salvation,” I merely reply: “Ummmm. . .of course.” Then they are gently felled with the statement: “If the Lord of Light lost the battle for control of Earth . . .who won?” They were taught that the Lord of Light was Lucifer, a very naughty angel who went against God and got his. Along with his followers, naturally. It is clear that a large number of the followers of the Lord of Light were confined to Earth, bred with Earth people and produced what we now have as a breed of “different” beings, classified as people who “have the POWER” or “KNOWING ONES.” Thus, we have an admixture upon this planet of Light and Darkness. The demarcation line becomes more obvious daily.

So, take what care you may, and  “Every man for himself and the Devil take the hindmost” as an ‘early 16th century’ proverb runs in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

The Inferno, Canto 5, lines 105-106: 'Love brought us to one death: Cain awaits The soul, who spilt our life.' Gustave Dore.

The Inferno, Canto 5, lines 105-106: ‘Love brought us to one death: Cain awaits The soul, who spilt our life.’ Gustave Dore.

Extract from Dante’s The Divine Comedy, “Hell”, Canto 5, lines 99-111. Translation by The Rev. H. F. Cary, M.A.

“Love, that in gentle heart is quickly learnt,
Entangled him by that fair form, from me
Ta’en in such cruel sort, as grieves me still:
Love, that denial takes from none belov’d,
Caught me with pleasing him so passing well,
That, as thou see’st, he yet deserts me not.
Love brought us to one death: Cain awaits
The soul, who spilt our life.” Such were their words;
At hearing which downward I bent my looks,
And held them there so long, that the bard cried:
“What art thou pond’ring?” I in answer thus:
“Alas! by what sweet thoughts, what fond desire
Must they at length to that ill pass have reach’d!”

[This is expanded from an earlier rumination at The Fallow Field posted originally in March 2009. It may be revisited and revised further as I’m not quite satisfied with it as yet.]

Mirrored from Nemed Cuculatii.

This entry was originally posted at Please comment there using OpenID.

Sep. 21st, 2012

The Fallow Season approaches

and I find I have less and less time available to me to do what I desire. This is not a good thing.

Aug. 13th, 2012

The Devil’s Tithe

I ran across an old message board thread in a writer’s group discussion on faeries and the seven-year tithe that reputedly pay to the Devil.

Noted here for future ease in locating it again.

Feb. 7th, 2010

Prospero's Speech

Our revels now are ended.
These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into thin air;
And, like the baseless fabric
of his vision,
The cloud-capped towers,
the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great
Globe itself,
Yes, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial
pageant faded
Leave not a rack behind.
We are such stuff
As dreams are made on,
and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

~ Wm Shakespear, The Tempest

My favorite rendition of this speech is the one given by Jonathon Frid on the Dark Shadows album from the early 1970s.

Nov. 21st, 2009


Credo - I believe.

Not something you typically hear from a witch, and not generally thought of as a part of either the Witches Pyramid or the four Words of the Magus.

To Know
To Will
To Dare
To Keep Silent

The Witch does not need to rely upon Belief, for she Knows.

Know, don't wish, or think ... Know

The ancient Greeks carved 'gnothi seauton', or know thyself, into the entrance to the temple in Delphi.

Belief is different from Knowing. Knowledge is certainty, not faith, and it is certainty which defines our ability to perform the Craft of our art.

[to be revisited, revised and probably expanded]

May. 13th, 2009

Broom Lore

(Collected from numerous sources)

A broom dropping in front of the door means company before the day is over.

Always pick up, for luck, a broom that is lying on the floor or ground.

Always sweep dirt out the back door or you will sweep away your best friend.

Bad luck will befall you all year, if you sweep on New Year's Day.

Burn up the rubbish when you sweep on New Year's Day and you will have money throughout the new year.

Carry a broom under your arm for luck.

Carrying a broom over your shoulder will give you bad luck.

Do not sweep immediately after the departure of a guest or you will sweep him bad luck.

Dropping a broom while sweeping is the sign of a new carpet.

Hitting someone with a broom means that he will go to jail before a week has passed.

If a broom falls as you are passing it, you will have bad luck.

If a broom falls in front of you and you step over it before picking it up, you will have a "bed of sickness."

If dirt is swept out a door before sunrise, you may expect bad luck.

If dirt is swept out of the house on Friday, the house will burn.

If someone comes in to see you and you pick up a broom and go to sweeping in front of them, that is the sign they are not wanted and you want them to go home.

If you go to someone's house and have to step over a broom, it shows that the mistress of that household is an untidy housekeeper.

If you hand a broom through a window to someone, you may expect bad luck.

If you hit a person with a broom just before he starts "uptown," he will have trouble before returning.

If you let a broom fall and do not step back over it immediately, someone dirtier than you will come.

If you must borrow a broom, take it without the owner's knowledge, and you will not have bad luck.

If you must sweep on New Year's Day, you can avert bad luck by not taking up the dirt and leaving it in a pile on the floor.

If you must sweep your kitchen after sunset, you can avert bad luck by burning the dirt.

If you step over a broom you will be arrested.

If you sweep after dark/ You will bring sorrow to your heart.

If you sweep after dark, you will sweep out the money made that day.

If you sweep in front of someone, you are sweeping them off the earth.

If you sweep under someone while he is sitting on a chair, you are giving him bad luck.

It causes bad luck to sweep a porch after dark.

It is a sign of good luck to have a broom drop in front of you.

It is a sign of misfortune, to lay a broom on the bed.

It is unlucky to borrow a broom.

It is unlucky to sweep dirt out a door at any time. Pick up the dirt and carry it outdoors for luck.

It is unlucky to sweep on Monday.

It means bad luck when a broom falls across the derail

It signifies bad luck, if you sweep under a bed on which someone is lying.

It signifies bad luck, to carry a broom through the house from the front door to the back door.

Keep the corners of your broom square or even for luck.

Lean a broom against a bed and you will be unlucky.

Lending a broom will cause you bad luck.

Let the broom rest with the straws up and you will be lucky.

Letting the sweeping edge of a broom wear off at the two corners will bring you bad luck.

Never burn up a broom; it will bring you bad luck.

Never sweep dirt out the front door; it will bring you bad luck.

Never sweep the kitchen after supper, whether daylight or dark, or you will sweep out all your money.

Never sweep your kitchen early in the morning before sunrise, or you will be unlucky.

Stand a broom on its handle and you will always be poor.

Step over a broom and you will break your mother's back.

Stepping over a broom is a sign of slovenliness.

Stepping over a broom will bring sorrow to your heart.

Stumbling over a brook handle will bring you good luck.

Sweep after dark and you will never be rich.

Sweep dirt out of the house on Friday and it will cause you bad luck.

Sweep on the third day after Easter and you will have bugs in the house.

Sweep the top of a bed and you will have bad luck.

Sweep under a person's feet while he is sitting in a chair and he will not grow any more.

Sweeping after dark means you will lose a friend.

Sweeping dirt over a doorstep after six o'clock in the evening will bring bad luck.

Sweeping on New Year's Day means that you will sweep out the money made during the coming year.

Sweeping under chair upon which someone is sitting will make you unlucky.

The child who steps over a broom will get a whipping.

The one who is hit by a broom will soon be arrested.

The person under whose feet you sweep will always be poor.

The person who is hit on the top of the head with a broom will be arrested.

To avert bad luck after you have walked over a fallen broom, step backwards across the broom.

To brush your boot with the broom while your are sweeping will give you bad luck for a week.

To have good luck, place the broom on its handle in a corner.

To set a broom in the corner with the brush up shows that you are an untidy housekeeper.

To step over a broom will start a quarrel in the house.

To sweep after dark will bring trouble to the house.

To sweep dirt out the door is a sign of a slovenly housekeeper.

Touching anyone with a broom while you are sweeping causes bad luck.

Walking over a fallen broom will cause you bad luck.

When a broom falls across the door, it indicates that you will walk on strange ground.

When a small child takes a broom and begins to sweep, company is coming.

When someone is hit with a broom, he should spit on the broom and take ten steps backwards so he will neither have bad luck or be arrested.

When you sweep after dark, you sweep away your friends and let enemies in.

You sweep away your best friend by sweeping after dark.

You will be unlucky, if you do not pick up a fallen broom at once.

Your luck will be swept away, if you sweep your kitchen after sunset.

Apr. 30th, 2009

Quote du jour

Improvement builds straight roads, but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius"
(William Blake)

Mar. 1st, 2009

the Devil you say

A traditional witchcraft list on Yahoo has had a discussion of the role of the Devil/Lucifer in witchcraft recently. Many seemed confused/alarmed by the notion that the God of the Witches could possibly really be Lucifer, Old Horny, Scratch, as in the Tempter of Eve.

Yet many of these same folk have no difficulty is spouting the oft-quoted "Gods of the Old Religion become he devils of the new" line.

Metaphysical schizophrenia?

I seem to have forgotten largely about this journal; now that I've been reminded of it, I should be posting most frequently.

To those who have friended it recently, Well met by moonlight!

Dec. 8th, 2008

The Sacrifice

Upon the altar of myself, I have laid myself, a sacrifice unto myself.

There is no God but Myself, and I Am his prophet.