A Wedding Ceremony (October 2015)

Supplies:

  • 1 Altar
  • 1 Red Candle (for Set)
  • 2 White Candles (for the Couple’s ancestors)
  • 1 Handfasting Cord
  • 1 Broom

(Note: The red candle should already be lit, with an invocation to Set having already been recited prior to when the wedding ceremony begins. The white candles remain unlit until the invocation to the Ancestors.)

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Gorgo the Irish Feminist Sea-Dragon

In Gorgo (1961), two guys named Sam and Joe are traveling the British seas, looking for gold and other precious junk on the ocean floor. Their ship gets damaged during a weird volcanic eruption that happens in the middle of the sea for no apparent reason, and they end up having to stay on an island off the coast of Ireland for a few days. While repairing their ship, Sam and Joe start to notice that the people of this island seem to be hiding something. Well, that something turns out to be a giant bipedal lizard with big floppy fins for ears. Sam and Joe decide to capture the creature, and when they do, the Irish government implores them to give the beast to the University of Dublin for scientific research. Unfortunately, our protagonists decide to bring the reptile to Dorkin’s Circus in London instead, where they make a shit-ton of money off the poor creature. The joke’s on them, though, because they soon learn that “Gorgo” (the name Dorkin gives to the creature, which is taken from the three Gorgons in Greek mythology) is not the only one of its breed. It’s really just a baby, in fact, and its mother—who is significantly larger and meaner—is now on her way to file one hell of a grievance against the entire city of London.

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The Great Female, or When God is a Hippopotamus

Taweret is the Egyptian hippo goddess of childbirth. Her name means “Great Female,” and She’s otherwise known as TaurtReretApet, or Thoueris. According to some accounts, She was originally the female counterpart of Apep; but for reasons unknown, She became a goddess and a defender of Ma’at. Now—along with Her trusty sidekick, the benevolent demon Bes—Taweret offers Her protection to those who are giving birth. As frightening as all the monsters in hell might be, they’re frightened of Taweret, and for good reason. Her sacred animal is one of the deadliest creatures on earth, and She’s the only other deity who’s powerful enough to wield Mesekhti, the Iron of Set.

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The Truth About the “Whore of Babylon”

Ishtar is the ancient Akkadian goddess of fertility and war. She’s the daughter of the moon god, Sin (which sounds like “SEEN” and should not be confused with the biblical term for moral transgressions). She’s best understood as being an androgynous and bisexual “Sacred Prostitute” who shares Herself with all living things in exchange for their eventual deaths. This appears to have started when She descended through the seven gates of the Mesopotamian Underworld to confront Her sister, Ereshkigal, who promptly killed Her and hung Her on a hook for three days and nights. All sexual activity ceased upon the Earth during this time, prompting Ishtar’s grandfather Enki to send two asexual demons down to the Underworld to retrieve Her. By empathizing with Ereshkigal’s loneliness and misery, they convinced Her to release Ishtar back into the realm of the living. But in return, Ishtar had to choose someone to take Her place in the land of the dead. When She discovered that Her husband Tammuz hadn’t grieved for Her at all while She was dead, She gave His ass to Ereshkigal for half the year (thereby establishing the seasons).

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An Astral Pilgrimage

Close your eyes and count backwards from 100. When you reach the number one, open your mind’s eye and you will find that…

…You are in the midst of an infinite desert at midday. Miles and miles of red, sun-scorched sand stretch all around you, and a gust of baking hot wind blasts you in the face. The only thing beside yourself in this desolate terrain is a small red hut that sits to the north.

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The Stuff Nightmares Are Afraid Of

In Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), some teenagers start having nightmares in which they’re menaced by this disfigured creep who has knives for fingers. Whenever this asshat kills someone in their dreams, they die in real life at the same time. One of the teenagers, Nancy Thompson (played by Heather Langenkamp), discovers that when they were little children, their community was terrorized by a serial killer who preyed on little kids. The man was arrested and put on trial, but he got off on a technicality and was released. Then, fearing for their children’s safety, the parents of the community took the law into their own hands and burned the killer alive. But this has only made things worse, for it is the killer’s ghost who now haunts the kids in their dreams, seeking revenge against the parents by finishing what he started. Now it’s up to Nancy to find a way of execrating this evil spirit.

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An Execration Ceremony

Everyone showed up at our house around 5:00 PM that Saturday, and each person was given a small ceramic pot and a black Sharpie marker. I instructed them to write and/or draw whatever they liked on their pots. Whatever they wrote or drew had to represent negative things that were bothering them and that they wanted to cast out from their lives. It was a silent and solemn twenty minutes as everyone meditated on the demons that were haunting them the most, pouring all that sad and frightening energy into their drawings.

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