31 December 2012

Welcoming in 2013

January will shortly be here and the month is named after the Roman God Janus.  Janus is an ancient Roman, composite, obscure god who is associated with doorways, beginnings, and transitions. He is usually a two-faced god that looks to the future and the past.  The explanation for this belief being that one must emerge through a door or gate in order to enter into a new place. Therefore, the Romans considered Janus as the obvious choice for the first month of their year.

The ancient Romans called this month Ianuarius, which is not so far removed from the modern-day "January," taken from the Etruscan word jauna which means "door". Originally, however, Janus was honored on the first day of every month, in addition to being worshipped at the beginning of planting season and again at the harvest.

21 December 2012

A Review Received for "Dancing the Sacred Wheel"

Photograph by Polly Lind
It has been a nervous wait over the last seven or so weeks but finally the first "official" review of Dancing the Sacred Wheel has been received.

I would like to thank Polly Lind for her honest review and direct anyone wishing to read it to this page on her blog. 

I met Polly in 2003 at the first Pagan conference I had ever attended which was held in New Zealand, and was attended by some 250 people.  Not only was this conference the first I had ever attended, it was the first event of any kind that I had publically spoken at, not to mention being the first time I had ever run public rituals.

Polly herself is renown for her beautiful and often one-off wall hangings and altar cloths that she sells through her Etsy store.

** For New Zealand orders - there is now a New Zealand bank account set up for direct deposits providing an alternative to Paypal payments.  Please email me for details of this bank account.

14 December 2012

Four Powers of the Sphinx

It is within Transcendental Magic by French occultist Eliphas Lévi (1810 - 1875) that the "Four Powers of the Sphinx" is allegedly first mentioned.  Although later to become know as the "Magi's Pyramid" (amongst other names), Lévi’s referred to these four "powers" as being "indispensible conditions" that a student of the Ars Magica must include within their study in order to attain the "Sanctum Regnum" 0r the knowledge and power.  These four "powers" were inscribed upon the symbolic forms of the sphinx as being:
To know (sciere)
To will (velle)
To dare (audere)
To keep silent (tacere).

Pagan Origins of Father Christmas

While Christmas may acknowledge the birth of Jesus for Christians, in most modern day celebrations another equally important person is also acknowledged. This person, without whom Christmas would have little meaning for a lot of people, could very well have a hidden Pagan past. I am talking about that jolly, white bearded man in the red suit who secretly visits us in the middle of the night, leaving gifts underneath the trees as his calling card, and who has been delighting and tantalising children for generations - Father Christmas (aka Santa Claus).