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All Hallows

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron….” — J.K. Rowling

We have passed through the Hallowed Nights of Feast, Fire, and Fallen Kin. We have danced Dionysian unto Summer’s Ending, as if our gyration would reverse that of the Dying Sun. Now, before Winter’s Gates we stand sobered and all too aware of the gnawing Darkness ahead.

I began the season by decorating my house in Halloween paraphernalia, getting a head start in the first few days of October. Over the next few weeks my house had been steadily transformed by cobwebs, spiders, skulls, and the occasional jack-o-lantern. On the Saturday before Halloween my partner and I threw a costume party. As secular as it may seem, I take great enjoyment in surrounding myself with the symbols of Halloween- from plastic skeletons and jack-o-lanterns. I experience arachnophobia and so creating a spider’s nest draping over a lamp and table around Halloween allows me to immerse myself in what I fear without overloading my psyche. This almost ritualistic practice every year has helped me become more comfortable with living spiders in my own way. Secular Halloween allows for the indulgence in taboo, modes of behavior that are suppressed for one reason or another throughout the rest of the year. While Mardi Gras and similar festivals also loosen the social shackles, Halloween does so in a unique way.

Browse Halloween decorations and costumes and it should become apparent to anyone who has an eye for symbolism. What is represented in most secular expressions of Halloween? In my perception it boils down to Fear, Sex, Death, and Occultism. (HELLO, Scorpio!) Monsters, Skulls, Graves, Ghosts, “Sexy (fill in the blank)” costumes, Cross-dressing for both sexes, Phobias, Murder, Gore, Insanity, Rot, Decay, Demons, Spirits, Witches, Magic, etc., etc. are all standards of Halloween paraphernalia and indicative of those categories I previously mentioned. Newspapers and Magazines try to interview Wiccans, Vodouisants, Satanists, and other occult and “spiritual fringe” people. It’s the one time of the year that it is socially acceptable to bend the rules and sometimes outright break them, or at least indulge your fascination in the taboo without being mistaken for a weirdo or an eccentric.

I always find myself musing on the history and symbolism of this time of year and all the cultures and traditions that have coalesced into the modern celebration of Halloween. I have come to understand that this holiday is simultaneously secular, Pagan, and Christian, as well as being inclusive. Each group has expressed Halloween differently, they all have been inspired and appropriated by each other. In my research of the “reason for the season” it has frequently been indiscernible as to what was “Pagan” and what was “Christian,” as well as from what particular culture certain aspects came from. One person’s Samhain tradition is another person’s Hallowmas observance, and let’s not even get started with Dia de los Muertos. While it is easy to say that the Church stole Pagan traditions in an effort to seduce new converts, it seems to me that there is the possibility that the people simply refused to give up their rituals and through subsequent generations the traditions remained, the meanings slightly altered. While I do not disregard the insidious domination and atrocities committed by the institution of the Church, I also think that the Folk are stubborn and creatures of habit. And what is a ritual but a habit saturated with meaning? What is a tradition but a set of rituals passed on? 

My thoughts also tend toward the influence of Nature on our Ancestors. What is it about this time of year? What did it mean to our Ancestors in Europe thousands of years ago? What does Fear, Sex, Death, and Occultism really have in common with October 31st?  I’m not surprised if it is hard to understand for many modern Western peoples because we have so much comfort and convenience. Even the least wealthy of us are more affluent than a large population of the world today, and most certainly richer than most people before us. We have a lot less to be afraid of in many regards. We are very sheltered and pampered compared to our Ancestors.

This is about a relationship, and a very tangible one at that. At this time our Ancestors were preparing to slaughter their livestock to be able to survive throughout the winter. Less mouths to feed and more to eat because of the lack of growing vegetation. Old and young alike were not spared from sickness and disease in winter, as well. The cold and dark is not merciful to warm-blooded creatures, especially those hunted and eaten by other warm-blooded creatures. While our Ancestors generally lived in survival mode for most of history, the time that is our modern Halloween became a gateway into the harshest session of survival mode. While we talk about the “Dark Half of the Wheel of the Year” at least a lot of us can turn on our electric lights and gas heaters. Our ancestors had to go to great lengths to acquire the necessary resources. They couldn’t always go to the market to get these things, they had to work and sacrifice to stay alive. We often take for granted how difficult it would be to survive without our structure and security.

Halloween is always saturated with thoughts of my Ancestors, those I knew and never have known. I try to honor all those who fought to survive and bonded with each other to continue to exist through time and space. The result of that love and strife is me, you, and all others here on Earth. Although I am a descendant of several European nations and have lived my life in the United States, I recognize that Ancestry and the ability to honor that influence is not bound by race, species, or cellular structure. I regard the Living Earth below me and the Stars above me as my Ancestors. Indeed, as per Nature’s design, all things decay and transform into new life- the Earth is literally our Ancestors. The matter of the Earth is created from the contents of a Star.

At Midnight on October 31st three friends, my partner and I took part in a simple ceremony and Dumb Supper to honor our Ancestors and our Beloved Dead, as well as the recognition of our own mortality. I had the pleasure of leading the ceremony in my temple/workshop room (i.e. the physical Curio Cabinet), marking the first official group ritual to be held there. We assembled in the temple, called to our respective families and loved ones, invited them to join our feast, gave offerings to them, and sat in silence for a while eating a simple meal. I had tried my hand at baking Soul Cakes, which turned out to be delicious. I ate mine contemplatively, as the tradition is that each cake eaten frees a soul from Purgatory. While I don’t believe in Purgatory, I do believe that what is remembered, lives.

Tomorrow, on Sunday, I complete my observance of this spoke on the Wheel by attending the Greek Orthodox Liturgy in honor of the 40th day of passing of my partner’s Yia Yia. I had the great pleasure of meeting this legendary woman a few times and it feels as though it was not enough. I greatly sympathize with the Orthodox tradition of the 40 day memorial. It brings the family together to celebrate the one who lived, helping to facilitate healing after grieving. The Orthodox prayers for the dead include the phrase “Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη,” translated as “May your memory be Eternal.”

I hope your Halloween brought you joy and blessings. This is not the only time you can give thanks and love to Those Who Have Gone Before, it is just the most appropriate. You can always raise a glass in the names of the Beloved and Mighty. And I raise a glass to you, readers, for though we may be friends or strangers we are all bonded through the love and strife of our Ancestors.

May your memory be eternal. What is remembered, lives.

The Spirit of Place: The God in your Backyard

“I have lived through many ages…..”

By J.A. Doyle, the Wizard of Grand 2013

As a child, I would follow my imagination deep into the forests that were close to my home. Taking up a fallen branch as a stave of power, I became the forest’s resident wizard, learning spells babbled by brooks and runes sung by the wind in the tree branches. I dug up roots to discover their intoxicating aromas, I pocketed seemingly ordinary stones that became mighty talismans. The skies eventually became painted with pink, orange, and lavender. The shadows of the trees growing longer and darker, the sounds of the animals now softer than the wind, I would shed my wizard persona and head back to my little home with my mother. The wizard stayed in the woods, but I brought the magic home with me.

As an adult, I have been known to make my way into forests and fields to recharge my spirit and pay homage to the beings that dwell within. On the boundaries of such places, I whisper words of safe passage, alerting the gods of this place of my presence. I will make libation of water and saliva, maybe also setting bread or cake down in thanks. I listen to the creaking trees, the running streams, the bird’s songs, I breathe in the smells riding the winds. The innocent games of imaginary wizardry that I observed in my youth have informed my real practices as a true wizard today.

The enchanting voices of the land that I listened to as a child and attempt to give my attention to today belong to the Genius Loci, or Spirit of the Place (Genii Loci, plural). Every place has a spirit. From the wildest of forests, and fields gone fallow, to the manicured garden, and the city-scape. We draw our nourishment not only from food (which, ideally, should have come from the Land itself), but also from spiritual currents that exist in the world.

An Altar to the Genius Loci in Pompeii

Cultures the world over have ascribed specific gods, or discovered specific spirits dwelling within specific areas. The Ancient Romans often saw the Genius Loci or power of the Land as a serpent. The Greek City-States, such as Athens, the city of Athene, and the lands around the states were under the patronage of their city-god. The Chinese worship of the Cheng Huang is very similar to this. Even the Monotheistic Israelites, despite objections from their priests, would pay homage to the gods of the lands in which they found themselves living, such as the Canaanite gods Baal and Asherah. In 2nd Kings 17:24-34, the Assyrians, being plagued by man-eating lions, sent their priests to learn the customs of the “god of the land” and ended up with a syncretic religion that worshiped Yahweh along side their traditional cultural gods.

The Shinto traditions of Japan, being at their core animist, have erected Torii gates to signify the presence of a God (called Kami) in a natural setting. To the Shinto, the Kami exist within nature and not above it. To better understand what these Spirits of Place are like, I turn to a quote from the Edo period Japanese scholar Motoori Norinaga who says that the Kami are “any thing or phenomena that produces the emotions of fear and awe, with no distinction between good and evil.” While this definition is quite broad, we can assume that the Spirits of Place have a direct influence on our feelings and sensations when we are in direct contact with them. Have you ever looked upon a storm, a sunset, a mountain ridge, or an ocean shoreline and felt a strong emotional response? If yes, then you have felt the power of the Genii Loci. Feeling is just the beginning. Opening the way for communication and the building of a relationship through love and mutual aid is the next step.

Watch the 2009 movie “The Secret of Kells” and pay attention to the character Aisling. This movie did the Fair Folk justice in the depiction of her. Aisling is a mysterious, magical girl who rules over a vast dark wood outside of Kells, allied by wolves, able to fly and change her shape. At first, she wants the intruders to leave her forest, but after realizing there is no threat to her land she becomes a great aid. Aisling (which is Gaelic for “dream, vision, muse”), is the resident spirit of this land and befriending her leads the main character to the exact thing he was looking for, thus accomplishing a part of his quest. The Spirits of the Land often know more than we do, or have knowledge that we can gain with the second sight. It is a knowing that does not come from the words of a page.

I think that it is important to establish a relationship with a wild area far from cities and establishments, the lessons taught within are old and universal. However, living in a city or suburb does not cut one off from experiencing the Spirits of Place. Life is life, no matter where it grows, but it may take different forms depending on the location (and the spirits) that foster its growth. The Land still resides below the concrete and asphalt. The roots of trees planted in inner-city parks must be able to find their sustinance somehow. So shall we who live in Urbania. A good guide to establishing a relationship with the Genii Loci of your own city is a book written by Christopher Penczack titled “City Magick: Urban rituals, spells, and shamanism.”

Live Life with your Environment in Mind

We are all aware of the impact the human race has upon the Earth. She is being drained of resources that took thousands of years to create. Her sacred landscapes are being ravaged and whole environments supporting vast amounts of life are wiped out in weeks. As magically-minded people, we must realize these impacts can come from our practice, too. Since Antiquity, we have utilized the powers of stones and minerals to help, heal, and harm. Since then, we have mined many crystals and metals from the deepness of the Earth, and not many of the techniques used to mine have been ecologically respectful. A river-stone polished in the elements can be as mighty as a carved, multifaceted quartz. Be aware of the environment in which you cast your circles and perform your ceremonies. Go into an area with an effort to leave it cleaner than you arrived. Heal the Earth with ritual and prayer, but also put your energy into picking up refuse blown into woods and rivers, help protecting our natural resources. If you wish to work in harmony with your Land, you must strive to protect it.

The Viridarum Umbris by Daniel Shulke, published by Xoanon

One of my favorite pieces of advice when beginning work with the Spirits of Place comes from the modern grimoire “Viridarium Umbris: The Pleasure-Garden of Shadow” by David Shulke. A veritable talismanic book, the Viridarium drips heavily with poetic speech seldom found in most books about witchcraft and magic since the 1800’s. Of all books on the subject of the Green Art, I recommend the Viridarium to guide you. Mr. Shulke has this to say:

“When knocking upon the Door of the Land, four are the fonts of power to propitiate with sacrifice. The first is the Land itself- its rock, water, soil, and air. The second is the spirits of all plant and animal denizens. The third is the Mighty Dead and their accumulated wisdom. The fourth is the living folk of the land and their wisdom, called Custom and Lore. Where the Faithful are gathered in the name of these four gods, the Nymphs and Host of the Seirim shall come forth in exhortation.” – Viridarium Umbris, Shulke, pg. 153

In my personal practice, I interpret this passage to mean that in order to contact the Spirits of the Land, I must realize that the over-arching Genius Loci is comprised of many parts. Using a jigsaw puzzle for example, each piece can be seen as an individual spirit with a form and image unto itself. Assembling the puzzle, we can begin to see that each of the spirits is but an organ in the greater body of the one Genius Loci. The Spirit begins, firstly, to manifest from the ground itself, and secondly through the creatures of the Land- the trees and plants, the birds and beasts. The dead who have found their final resting place in that Land comprise the third portion of this Genius, and the fourth part is the observation of the laws, customs, stories, and faith of the people living there. We begin to see that in our work to contact the Genius Loci, we are a key in ourselves. We, by virtue of being here, are but a facet of the Spirit of the Place!

This is a notion that was practiced by many ancient cultures and has been revived by the New Age movement and the Gaia Theory. Everything is connected, everything is one. As we breathe in the sweet, musty scent of the forest or the dense, smoggy odor of the city, we are sharing in the breath of life. We gaze upon the bark of a tree and we see similar patterns in our own skin. We notice two birds fighting over food and realize, we too are hungry. We stop to drink the water gushing from a hose on a hot day or scoop up the running water of a clear stream and we ingest our own blood and tears. We see the hare bound from its subterranean home as we pass by. Only a fool would not be able to recognize their brother from our shared Mother Earth. We are comprised of all the elements that the whole of existence is created from. We devour life to live, and we integrate the elements of what we consume into our bodies.

Being raised in a Christian environment, I was exposed to Biblical notions such as “In the sweat of your face you will eat bread till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken, for you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” (Genesis 3:19) and “All go to the same place. All are of the Earth and all return to the Earth.” (Ecclesiastes 3:20). These, more than other notions that demanded my adherence, stuck with me and found a home close to my heart and practice. A prayer of the Feri Tradition of Victor Anderson echoes this sentiment, “Holy Mother, unto you we all emerge, and unto you we all return.” We all come from that Garden called “Eden,” and we shall all return to it without fail. In reality, we never left in the first place.

Go outside. Turn your awareness towards your environment. With each of your senses reach out to probe the landscape around you. What sounds emit from the living things around you? What do you see moving, growing, staying still? What smells and what tastes do you detect in the air? What rides the air that interacts with your physical sensations? What emotions and feelings surface from your environment? Are there any natural tokens that call to be transformed into talismans and symbols of your art? If so, take them respectfully. Try this practice every time you exit your house, your workplace, or any other building. Walk around your neighborhood, your Downtown area, your favorite park or woodland, and practice expanding your awareness. You will begin to understand your relationship with the Spirits of the Land in which you reside, and theirs with you.

Resources:

Essays on Cities and Landscapes by Tom Turner http://www.gardenvisit.com/history_theory/library_online_ebooks/architecture_city_as_landscape/birth_genius_loci

Craft of the Land, Craft of Fire by Robin Artisson http://www.robinartisson.com/scarespite/branches.htm

Sustainable Witchcraft by Melanie Harris http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/1952

Local Gods (Israel Part 2) by Kirk http://kirkiakos.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/local-gods-israel-part-2/

Land Guardianship by Sarah Lawless http://witchofforestgrove.com/2012/03/25/land-guardianship/ 

Viridarium Umbris: The Pleasure Garden of Shadow by Daniel A. Shulke

The Temple of Shamanic Witchraft by Christopher Penczak (Chapter 6: Lesson Two, The World Aside)

City Magick by Christopher Penczack

The Secret of the Kells, 2009

Cheng Huang  http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/109229/Cheng-Huang

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genius_loci

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topophilia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kami

Celebrations of the Vernal Equinox

By J.A. Doyle, the Wizard of Grand

In 2013, the Vernal Equinox will take place on March 20th

The word “Equinox” comes from the Latin words meaning “equal-night.” On two days a year, in the Spring and in the Autumn, we experience near-equal times of day and night. The Spring Equinox is the astrological New Year, when the Sun enters the sign of Ares. In astrology, the sign of Aries the Ram is ruled by the Red Planet, called Mars by the Romans and Ares by the Greeks. The month of March was named so by the Romans in honor of Mars, and they held great festivals for Mars during this time. In Ancient Mesopotamia, the Babylonians celebrated their New Year at the New Moon after the Spring Equinox in celebration of the Epic of Creation and the triumph of the God Marduk over the Dragon-Goddess Tiamat. The Israelites adopted the Babylonian calender and also celebrated the Spring Equinox as their New Year, eventually holding “Pesach,” or Passover, in honor of the Exodus of the Jews from Egyptian slavery.

Tiamat and Marduk

The Germanic Eostre, Goddess of Dawn and Spring

During the 2nd-Century, the early Christian Church rendered “Pesach” into the Greek “Pascha” and celebrated the Resurrection of Christ during this time. As Christianity spread into Northern Europe, they found the Germanic Pagans celebrating the “Eostarmonath”, first attested to by the 8th-Century monk, Bede the Venerable. Bede claims that the Pagans had honored the Spring and dawn goddess Eostar during this month, and that this practice had died out by his lifetime but the people still call the “Paschal season” by the old name. So, we see now how “Passover” became “Easter.”

The festival of Easter retained many older Pagan symbols and traditions. Legends of Slain and Resurrected Gods or Heroes were widespread in Antiquity, and many of their rituals were celebrated around the Spring Equinox. Even today, Easter is determined by a Lunar reckoning, being observed at the Sunday after the Full Moon that falls after the Spring Equinox. The March Hare, or “Easter Bunny,” was associated with copious fertility and the Spring Equinox in Antiquity, also thought to be a hermaphrodite by some ancient writers. Easter ceremonies also often include great fires (the zodiacal sign of Ares is elementally associated with Fire), and scapegoating rituals meant to cleanse the community of sin. Sometimes the two are combined, such as in the burning of an effigy of Judas Iscariot, practiced by many Mediterranean and South American communities. 

Netherlanders watching the Eostar-fire

Passover Meal

Eggs, in particular, have been associated with the Spring Equinox throughout history. Eggs are a symbol of new life, fertility, and the cycle of life. The Seder plate of Passover includes an egg and Early Christians would have had knowledge of, if not participation in, this. Also, because of the food-restrictions during Lent in the Middle Ages, Easter-tide was when eggs could be reintroduced to the diet. Mesopotamian and Mediterranean Christians dyed eggs red to symbolize the blood shed from Christ, and developed an egg-cracking ritual wherein the participants tap eggs together and whoever had an egg that remains intact at the end receives good luck. A popular folk tradition, particularly in North America, is the balancing of an egg on it’s tip. While may claim it can only be done on the two Equinox days, I must admit I have seen it done at other times. I prefer to think that to balance an egg on the Equinox is to only invite good luck and balance into one’s life, or at least a sense of accomplishment.

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

St. Patrick

A few days before the Equinox, the Feast of Saint Patrick is celebrated on March 17th. Commonly associated with the color green, shamrocks, and great feasting, St. Patrick’s Day has become a modern expression of an ancient desire to celebrate the Spring (as well as a brief break from Lenten restrictions). According to legend, St. Patrick was sent by Rome to Ireland to spread Christianity. He allegedly used the shamrock with its three-leaves to explain the nature of the Holy Trinity to the Irish Pagans. The legend of St. Patrick chasing serpents from the Emerald Isle is an allegory of his conversion of Druidic peoples. Through this association with serpents St. Patrick was, through syncretism, identified the Vodun creator spirit and father of the loa, Damballah Wedo, the white serpent. His feast is celebrated in Haiti and New Orleans on March 17th. Damballah is also said to hold the Cosmic Egg that contains all of Creation in his mouth. Serpents, in general, are also symbols of resurrection and rebirth because of their shedding. Interestingly enough, the earliest celebration of the Spring Equinox by the Babylonians focused on the slaying of a serpent-like Goddess and the creation of the World from her corpse. The connection of serpents and the arrival of Spring is an ancient conception.

Damballah Wedo’s Veve

What we see throughout history is a celebration of resurrection, new life, and fertility. Observances to mark these celebrations are made by the position of the Sun, Moon, and stars, as well as by the warming of the air and the return of green to the Earth. Humans have performed rituals throughout history in honor of the Slain and Resurrected, parallel to the increasing sunlight of early Spring. Fires are made heaping up to the skies, images representing what we wish to cast off are immolated with the promise of new growth. In celebrating the Spring Equinox, with symbols of eggs, hares, serpents, and divine figures victorious over Death, we align with the powers that these symbols hold, and reaffirm our connection to the cycles of Nature and the omnipresence of God. It is a time to allow ourselves, like Nature, to rise up towards the Light of the Sun and begin to grow anew. It is time to celebrate the Re-Creation of the World.

Return of The Curio Cabinet

Greetings to you, Oh Curious Wanderer! Welcome to the blog of The Curio Cabinet and it’s owner, the Wizard of Grand. The Curio Cabinet was established in 2010 to serve those seekers of a magical life. Besides being the online occult journal of the Wizard, thecuriocabinet.wordpress.com will serve as an interface for clients to learn about the Wizard and the development of The Curio Cabinet. Check out what The Curio Cabinet and the Wizard have to offer!  Curious about our terminology?

  • Sorcery– At The Curio Cabinet, this word defines the art of divination due to it’s etymological roots in the Latin word sors, which meant “lots,” as in “casting lots,” or divination. This encompasses the arts of Tarot, Astrology, Dream Interpretation, and other forms that the Wizard of Grand can perform.
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  • Theurgy– This word comes from the Greek θεουργία which literally means “God work.” Part of the Work of The Curio Cabinet is to help foster spiritual growth in individuals. With the knowledge of Neo-Platonism, Hermetic Philosophy, and Ceremonial Magic, the Wizard of Grand is able to aid in the construction and performance of ceremonies of transition and transformation.

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  • Tarot– The Wizard has always had a deck of Tarot cards since the early days of his occult studies. Focusing on the rich symbolism of the Major Arcana of the Tarot, the Wizard of Grand discovered a enlightening journey of personal growth. The Wizard can read the cards in a variety of spreads to help you find own way to a journey towards enlightenment.
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