The Middle Pillar & Psychic Illness

Israel Regardie and the Theory and Practice of the Middle Pillar Exercise by Mark Stavish, M.A. 19 June 2014 Presented at the Fifth Annual Conference for the Association for the Study of Esotericism, Colgate University (Hamilton, New York) Introduction If we look at today’s self-help marketplace, we can come to several conclusions, one of […] via…

Life, Imbolc & Cake

There is nothing like cake to celebrate a special occasion and Imbolc (on February 2nd) is no exception. And I think this “naked” sponge cake would be a wonderful addition to any Imbolc Feast! It’s kept gorgeously moist with brushings of lavender and rosemary syrup (between cake layers) but the slight tang of the Mascarpone […]…

The Twelfth Night Eclipse — Soul Friend Astrology

It’s enough to reflect on the fact that the Epiphany story, as it’s told in the Xian tradition, involves astrologers being given the gift of seeing things as they really are. In the story, God is revealed to them, not in the halls of power and privilege but rather among the destitute and the working […]…

Black Dogs of Appalachia

Recommending this blog post full of folklore concerning black (and white) dogs from out of Appalachia: Pad Pad Pad, Black Dogs in Appalachian Folklore. — Holy Stones and Iron Bones In my family, there were a lot of stories about supernatural white dogs coming to the aide of our ancestors in times of need before…

Dark

There may never be a better night to listen the album New Moon, by Swallow the Sun than tonight.  If you can handle the dark realms of your psyche that this bleak melodic doom metal opus will open up for you, I can’t think of a better reflection of tonight’s night sky, tonally speaking. Tied on…