I am really pleased to announce that my latest book, Dionysos: Exciter to Frenzy is now available from all good bookshops, including direct from the publishers, Avalonia Books. This book has been an absolute journey in the making. As with my first book, Craft of the Wise: A Practical Guide, I was compelled to write … Continue reading The Natural Evolution of the Dionysian Cult
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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
'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
October marked one of the perhaps most memorable moments for Paganism in the last decade, as Druidry was recognized as an official religion and awarded charitable status by the Charity Commission. Following this, an article was written by Melanie Philips of the Daily Mail entitled ‘Stones of Praise Here We Come’, which sparked off a … Continue reading Time to Sharpen up Our Game?
Following the release of the exciting new anthology Hekate: Her Sacred Fires I have now been given the opportunity to share with you all the practical dedication that I perform daily which formed the basis of my essay - 'Swaying with the Serpent : A Study of the Serpent Girdled Hekate'. The essay is a … Continue reading A Practical Task : Swaying with the Serpent
I was invited by Graham of Earth Spirit Fayre to talk at Glastonbury Halls earlier this year. I also submitted the talk as an article to Witchvox, and I was lucky enough to have it featured on their Home Page last week. Ancient Craft, Modern Practice: Witchcraft in the 21st Century There have been many books … Continue reading Ancient Craft, Modern Practice