Category Archives: Modern Paganism

The dancing woman now really dances

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This is just one of 24 prehistoric Goddess gifs created by Nina Paley that are free for all to use. You can find them here

This figure has been called a Dancing Woman, a Nile Goddess, a Bird Goddess, and probably some other things that I’m not thinking of right now. Well, she’s certainly dancing now, thanks to artist Nina Paley.

If you know Isis Magic, you might also recognize her posture as the “Wings of Isis.” It is a posture that can be used to invoke, thank, and commune with Isis. So, I like to think of this ancient figurine as a priestess invoking her Goddess, imitating the protective and powerful wings of Isis.

Here’s a brief excerpt from Offering to Isis about this posture:

The open wings of Isis can also be related to a posture seen in images of the ancient Egyptian Bird Goddess. This is the posture of the famous Neolithic statuette of a so-called dancing woman with her arms raised in an open curve above her head, and which has become a popular amulet among modern Goddess worshippers. The same posture can be seen in the Goddess figures that ride in the curved boats that were a favorite motif of pre-dynastic Egyptian pottery and petroglyphs. According to Egyptologist Louis Breasted, the posture is typical of Egypt. And although these ancient figures do not have obvious wings, their unwinged but upraised arms foreshadow the winged, upraised arms of Goddesses seen in later Egyptian art. Nevertheless, the beak-faced figures are identified as Bird Goddesses, so perhaps the wings are implied—or they may indicate that the figures represent human priestesses who are imitating their Bird Goddess. Whatever the case, the “wing” stance is a posture of great antiquity and numinosity and many researchers consider it to be characteristic of the Divine Feminine.

May Isis spread Her wings for you today and enclose you in Her feathered embrace.

New article in a new book is out!

I’m popping my head out of my cave because one of the things I’ve been working on in Isiopolis’ downtime has finally come to fruition.

Those of you who know me may know that in addition to my Isiac and Dionysian devotions, I am also a Hermetic Adept. I was asked to write an article about that Work for a new book from Azoth Press called LIBER SPIRITUUM: A Compendium of Writings on Angels and Other Spirits in Modern Magick. The publisher’s info on the book is below, but I wanted to give you a more personal intro to my article.

This was a hard article for me to write because it was to be about my personal Adept Work and I tend to be very private about that. It’s more self-revelatory than I generally am in this blog. You see, many years ago, the Archangel Raphael asked me to be His priestess. Yeah. Weird, I know. So I spent 40 days exploring that possible relationship as part of my Adept spiritual Work. This article is about what happened during that 40 day exploration.

Yes, I’m still working on the next Isis and Egyptian magic book, too. (It will be a while, but I think you will like it.) For now, I wanted to let those of you who may be Hermetically inclined as well know that this new project is now available.

Below is info on the book from the publisher:

 

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The book is available for order through the online bookstore, Miskatonic Books (http://www.miskatonicbooks.com). The 500-copy hardbound edition retails at the excellent price of $59.00, and the 32-copy deluxe leather-bound edition at $379.00.

About Liber Spirituum:

For Liber Spirituum: A Compendium of Writings on Angels and Other Spirits in Modern Magick, Azoth Press has assembled a group of nine of the foremost writers in the field of ceremonial magick, representing a depth of devoted study and practical expertise spanning the Western Magical Tradition from the Greek Magical Papyri to the Solomonic grimoires, from the Golden Dawn to Thelema, from Theurgia to Goetia, from Qabbalah to Rosicrucianism. In this beautiful volume, obviously designed for the practicing magician, these teaching adepts share their insights, experiences, tools, techniques, and even new rituals, all focused on a central concern of magical praxis, communication with those Spiritual Beings from Gods to Angels to Demons with whom the magus must become truly and transformatively familiar.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Opening a Book of Spirits
by Adam P. Forrest

The Place of Mingled Powers: Spiritual Beings in the Magical Lodge
by John Michael Greer

Patrons and House Gods: Building Lifelong Relationships with Your Spiritual Guardians
by Aaron Leitch

The Evocation of Metatron: A Golden Dawn Z-2 Ritual
by Charles Chic Cicero & Sandra Tabatha Cicero

The Prayer for Success
by Jake Stratton-Kent

Lay Thy Tongue Upon My Heart: Forty Days of Ritual Communion Between a Pagan Adept and the Archangel Raphael Tipherethel
by M. Isidora Forrest

Substance Through Spirit: A Reflection on Magical Evocation and Talisman Construction
by Bryan Garner (Frater Ashen Chassan)

Kalein tous Theous: Divine Invocation in the Late Neoplatonic Tradition
by Jeffrey S. Kupperman

Evoking Zodiacal Angels
by Scott Michael Stenwick

The hardbound edition is limited to 500 copies. Printed in two colors throughout, with 2-color illustrations, bound in faux leather silk-touch cloth. Foil stamp on both the front and back boards, with a full color frontispiece by acclaimed artist Caniglia.

The deluxe leatherbound edition is limited to 32 copies, with satin ribbon sewn-in marker, custom endpapers, and housed in a handmade tray case.

6×9 inches

256 pages

More about the Liber Spirituum can be found at AzothPress.com