Samhain ~ The Spark Within The Darkness

The intersections of older spiritual practices and modern life are interesting and complex. Halloween season is a bubbling brew of history, belief, contemporary attitudes and goofy good times. Within paganism, the world of Earth-centered spirituality, October is the season of the ancestors and contains our New Year on the 31st. Our cycle ends, and then…

Magick and Mental Health

This time was serious. I’d been hauled into Top’s office first thing in the morning, and my Staff Sergeant’s face looked thunderous. My Master Sergeant, Top, was furious of course. But also, oddly, concerned. “Why are you always so angry? Do you even know?” Top loomed over me.  He was Nordic – tall and pale,…

The Descent

What do you find in the Underworld? Take off your crown.  This cold gold burden neither heals nor helps, lifts nor loves.  Set down authority, command, and hierarchy.  See it for what it is. Release the privilege of rule to the soil. What do you find in the Underworld? Lay down your jewels.  They do…