Posts Tagged ‘priestess’

Why is the great rite, I asked myself, the chalice and the blade and not the cauldron and the wand? For truly the ecstasy of sex is alike to the fervent stirring of a wand in a cauldron and not at all like the stabbing of a knife into a cup. And now, years later, I collect an answer.

For like the maiden bleeds afore she can create life, so must ritual sacrifice let blood to make its will manifest.

The menstrual current underlies magic and this is why the price is blood. Because the woman must bleed before she can conceive.

For Eve the cost was blood.
For Cain the cost was blood.
Sarah gave her pagan idols blood.
Delilah gave Dagon blood.

And to this day, the witch knows the prices is blood. The original meaning of sacrifice is blood intrinsic to the menstrual current.

By Sara Star


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What’s your witchy background?

Little Witch

It all started on Halloween 1983

It began when I was very young, just  a girl and I was interested in witches and sympathetic to them and their familiars in stories–even when they were cast as the bad guys.  My mom encouraged my interest and taught me wishcraft and protection energy work.   She and my father were non-members of a new age eastern christian fusion church, Unity.  I became interested in Druidry and Irish folk custom in college, a few of my teachers were witches and druids in college, and one of my class mates was the priestess of an interfaith coven, and I started to get involved with it.  Her group broke up and decided to go totally Wiccan instead of interfaith. I moved on into a sort of Coptic/Gnostic interest in Christianity, especially iconography and Mary Magdalen and priestess and Mary Mother of God.

From there it was only a matter of time before I became pagan and witch.

Because of my background, I knew a number of solitary witches and magicians.  Friends lent me books, and one trusted friend suggested I find a group.  I shopped around a bit and eventually found Amy as she was founding her new group (she had moved to a new area too far from her old coven).  And we started, the group slowly grew, often it was only the two of us.  We studied together, she taught me a bit, and now it is at six/seven members.  I studied a ton, and I don’t recall exactly why, but Amy and I got interested in mandrakes.

My internet searches for how to grow mandrakes led me to a now defunct forum on Traditional Witchcraft.  I joined and learned and learned and researched and practiced and experimented so I could begin to give back.  Around the same time, I caught wind of Celtic Reconstructionalism–probably through one of the groups I tried out on experimental magic.

I also began to study under Jack Darkhand in the Millennium Tradition he was founding.   It is a Celtic and Witchcraft magic tradition and spirituality way.   I studied intensely his lesson for about half a year, read thoroughly on theory and spent a lot of time building my practice.  Then Jack Darkhand let me know he was dying.   Later on he and I had a small disagreement that led to us not continuing our lessons, but partin on good terms.  He died a year later and I went to his funeral to try and find other members of his tradition, but I did not, his friends told me it was a new tradition and only his widow is privy to more information than I am.  It saddens me know, because I mostly came around to his point of view on the disagreement and all those months of lessons we lost over it.

These three major sources molded me and I continue to work from lessons from all three, Traditional Craft, CR, and Jack Darkhand.  I bring all these things into the picture when I work with the coven and the other members bring their compatible but diverse backgrounds in as well.

It was ten years ago May, that I first got involved in magical and mystical traditions, and 6 years of being a pagan polytheist.

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I updated my page a bit and added a blogroll.  I read a lot of pagan blogs, but these are the ones that I get very excited to read when I see a new post is up.

19 Candles

19 Candles

Magical Muse: this blog is written by the priestess of my coven.  She always has interesting content about her art, our celebrations, and raising her family the country pagan way.  Magical Muse makes beautiful paintings, collages and photographs.  I love her children and every week when I go to coven they are a highlight of my visit.

Sea Priestess: writes from the UK about her traditional style of heathen witchcraft.  Her articles are scholarly and well researched.  I highly admire her opinions and devotion to education.  In addition she has a great youtube channel princessannikki that is updated almost everyday.  In addition she writes amazing poetry and has a soul for the craft.

Therioshamanism: one of my friends locally, Lupa, writes a blog about her experiences creating a new nature shamanism focused around working with animal spirits.  Lupa has a room full of animal pelts and skins she has collected through resale and she creates dance costumes for otherworld crossing and channelling animal spirits.

Wild Hunt: News relevant to pagans, witches and women’s spirituality with commentry.  Updated nearly everyday Jason watches out for news that is about witches and pagans or will affect witches and pagans.  Jason is also on the board of the Cherry Hill seminary for pagans and has an excellent radio podcast, a darker shade of pagan.

Witch of Forest Grove: Sarah writes from British Columbia, Canada–which is a few hours North of my home.  Sarah is a practicing traditional witch and her blog is very inspiring to me.  Sarah is an artist, wildcrafter, and mead maker.  The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful and spiritual place.  Sarah works closely with the land around her and it is encouraging to follow another practioner on a similar path’s journey through pictures and prose.

If you have a pagan, art, or witchcraft blog you want me to check out let me know.  I am always adding new stuff to my rss feeds on my google reader, and if I read your blog for a long time and get attached to it, I might add it to my blogroll.

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