Searching For The Blue Flower

“This intense longing for things transcendent… make me a votary of the Blue Flower” – C.S. Lewis  “I used to think I was a romantic, always looking for the Blue Flower” – John Le Carre ‘A Small Town In Germany’  “It’s one of Cole’s Blue Rose cases” – David Lynch ‘Fire Walk With Me’  A…

Bread & Salt

Now that the festival of Lammas is here, we can plan a Bread & Salt rite which you can integrate into any picnic or summer social gathering to celebrate the harvest with your friends and family. This is the traditional time to make and eat Lammas Loaves which represent the body of the earth Goddess…

Dream A Little Dream of Me

“Is all that we see or seem, but a dream within a dream?” – Edgar Allan Poe “I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” – Ernest Hemingway Hey there all you cool cats and kittens – let’s make a Love Dream! This is a spell to…

Death in the Afternoon

At the Place Denfert-Rochereau in Paris, there is a small booth built of black-stained wood.  If you pass through its door, you can descend 130 steps down a narrow stone circular staircase, then follow low dank concrete tunnels until you arrive at your destination: The World’s Largest Grave.  This is fantastically popular as a tourist…

Revels with the devils on Walpurgis Night

Ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight? At Samhain AKA Halloween every October, the boundary between our world and that of the spirits becomes thinner and often breaks, allowing supernatural forces to hold sway for the night. At the exact opposite side of the year, on April 30th, the same is true of…

Throw a Wicker Man Party for Beltane!

Beltane is one of the best festivals of the year in my opinion – a celebration of fire, flowers and creativity!  It’s also the backdrop for the 1973 Christopher Lee gem The Wicker Man, the film about a hapless policeman investigating a missing child on the mysterious Scottish island of Summerisle. If you’ve never seen…

Flora & Faunus

Sex! Now that I have your attention, we can explore the festival of Floralia, which is held between April 28th and May 3rd, symbolizing the renewal of the cycle of life, and kicking off our Beltane celebrations.  It is celebrated with flowers, drinking, hunting, games, and sex. See, it didn’t take me long to get…

The Green Man Cometh

The Green Man is a mysterious chap.  A nature deity, he is usually depicted as an anthropomorphic form composed entirely of lush, green vegetation; his face sprouting leaves instead of hair and branches streaming from his mouth.  Interestingly, though he appears to be obviously pagan, the Green Man peers out from the architectural details of…

The Divine Fool: Zero & Hero

The Fool is many things and none.  The Fool is the jester, the joker, the trickster, the clown, the simpleton, the naïf, the hero.  The first card in the tarot deck, the Fool’s number is zero.  A blank slate.

The Golden Lamb AKA The Sweetest Sacrifice

This Easter holiday when making your ritual offering to the gods of Spring, why not create a golden lamb in effigy, and eat it? I’m sure the deities involved would be pleased with this sweet sacrifice.  Eating a lamb cake is perfectly in line with the traditional method of distributing edible portions of sacrificial animals…