The Nature of Sacrifice

The Nature of Sacrifice: Offerings to the Goddess Hekate in the Ancient World © Vikki Bramshaw 2012-13 Modern occult practices have more in common with the ancient methods of ritual sacrifice than most modern pagans would like to admit. Many elements of ancient tradition have made it into modern practices – some consciously integrated, others … Continue reading The Nature of Sacrifice


Dionysos Exciter to Frenzy

'The fates made him perfect ... the god with ox’s horns, crowned with wreaths of snakes – that’s why the Maenads twist in their hair wild snakes they capture.'  The Bacchae, 129-135, Euripides, c 400BCE Dionysos, dancing his many-formed pattern of rebirth, challenge and liberation, is one of the most intriguing and intoxicating gods of … Continue reading Dionysos Exciter to Frenzy

The Rite of Her Sacred Fires

My essay 'Swaying with the Serpent: A Study of the Serpent Girdled Hekate' will feature in the new book, ‘Hekate Her Sacred Fires’ edited by Sorita d’Este (see for more info).  This book brings together the visions of around 50 devotees, mystics, priests and priestesses who share their experiences, often for the first time, … Continue reading The Rite of Her Sacred Fires

Hekate: Liminal Rites

REVIEW - Hekate Liminal Rites - Sorita D'Este & David Rankine 'Hekate Liminal Rites' is a truly fascinating read. The authors' writing is extremely well researched, and draws upon both accurate and historical material throughout this work. However, unlike so many other historical studies, this little book also manages to evoke such a presence of … Continue reading Hekate: Liminal Rites