Reblog: The Blaze: A Fire Memoir

  Image: Bonfire by Dheeraj Dwivedi. Some rights reserved. "Fire is a hungry witness, and demands more of me than easy words and misery without accountability." Read more at The Blaze: A Fire Memoir — Amoret BriarRose

“Words can only point the way . Teachers can only point the way.”

Holy Shit Yes. Read this if you are considering initiation.

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I will tell you a secret; there are no occult secrets.

There is no such thing as “secret lore.” It simply does not exist. All so-called “secret lore” has already been written down in books, and has been for centuries. Yes, centuries.

The names of the Gods are published; the names of the Watchers have been published; the name of God Herself has been published and can be found with only a nominal amount of searching, if one will read books that were written before the 20th century (too few people do that anymore).  All the legends and stories of every tradition have their exact analogues in history and myth from around the world and beyond.

If I was so foolish as to believe that I possessed the “secret lore,” how shocked I would be to find these secrets in Plato’s Dialogues, in the writings of Hermes Trismegistus, in…

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This Is

This poem, my gods, this poem. This is one of the myriad of reasons that I am no longer a Catholic.   What the priest said To my mother After her eighth pregnancy Ended in a hard loss And the doctor’s admonition Another might end her— The priest said contraception Was a whore’s trick Forbidden... Continue Reading →

Breaking the Glass Slipper

“My point here is that a crucial step in becoming a responsible citizen, a thinking person, and a worthy scholar is learning to question the world around you.”

Damn straight, Dr. McCort!

The Flourishing Academic

By Dr. Jessica McCort, Instructor of Writing in the English Department, Duquesne University

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Recently, I have become deeply invested in fostering mystudents’ ability to question the world around them, particularly the received messages that they tend to accept blindly rather than interrogate. This past semester, for example, in each of the classes I taught, we studied the written versions of different fairy tales with an eye to the fact that these stories are constantly evolving and changing based on the culture that is telling them. As one of the first written assignments for the semester, I asked my students to analyze a specific tale before they came into class to discuss it. I was once again struck, as I am every time I do this exercise, by how much students want to stick to the messages they have learned to associate with these stories…

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Review: Song of the Sea

I adore this movie – I’m partial to movies that touch the soul regardless of age.


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By Judith O’Grady

‘Song of the Sea’, a beautiful Irish-made children’s animated film, was recently released.

Absolutely astonishing artwork! Fabulous folk tale-drenched findings! Marvelous mythic machinations!! (that’s the review, there).

My son set my tv-connected computer up with his film-on-demand thingie so I could watch it with the family (except for the son who refuses to watch movies on principal), which was fun and engaging; it’s always enjoyable to have a movie explained to you by your three-year-old grand-daughter. Due to the fact that I, like the authors of the film, have read a lot of folklore I picked out the mother as a selkie (a mythic being who is a seal but upon taking off the sealskin on land becomes human) at a glance because any west-coaster with brown eyes in a story is by default a seal. As is usual with selkie/ human marriages…

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