The Mari Lwyd

Mysterious and menacing it is. In this dark, cold time of year, a pale horse, the Mari Lwyd, appears.  Since childhood, the Mari Lwyd, like other ghostly horse or hooded animal traditions and folklore, has always fascinated me. The Mari Lwyd is a wassailing Welsh folk custom celebrated from December 25th to January 6th (fromContinue reading “The Mari Lwyd”

History of the Christmas Tree

(continuing from the previous blog, in honor of the season) How did the Christmas tree develop? Here is a brief rundown of its history: We can thank Germany for giving us the Christmas tree.According to one legend St. Boniface encountered pagans preparing a sacrifice at an oak tree dedicated to the god Donar/Thor. He tookContinue reading “History of the Christmas Tree”

The Holiday Season

Are you ready for Saturnalia? The Winter Solstice? Christmas? In brief:Saturnalia is an ancient Roman festival and holiday in honor of the god Saturn, held December 17th in the Julian calendar and later expanded with festivities through to December 23rd. By the fourth century A.D., Western Christian churches settled on celebrating Christmas on December 25th,Continue reading “The Holiday Season”

Ancestors

We have crossed the threshold and now dwell in the dark half of the year. The”spooky” season is here, and we believe the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. Halloween, or, for some Samhain, is just around the corner. During this time, there is much talk, also pressure about honoring our ancestors. ItContinue reading “Ancestors”

Veiling

Veiling is a practice among various peoples; it is one of the earliest mystical traditions. Over recent years a new movement of “veiling” within the eclectic world of modern witchcraft and paganism has drawn numerous adherents. This implementation, quite interestingly, has also begun to catch on with some practitioners of Devotional Satanism. In some traditionsContinue reading “Veiling”

Queen of Death & Darkness

The Norse goddess Hel found her home beneath the giant ash tree known in Norse mythology as the Yggdrasil. This tree connects the upper, lower, and middle worlds together, as above, so below, as within, so without. Guarded by her faithful dog Garmer, Hel rules the icy-cold of the underworld, a place called Nifelheim. AccordingContinue reading “Queen of Death & Darkness”