El Negro Matapacos

This is El Negro, aka El Negro Matapacos. This courageous dog has been (unofficially) canonized as the protector of peaceful protestors who are assaulted by the police or military of unjust, corrupt governments. He’s also the patron saint of street dogs. He’s one of my heroes. There’s lots of great information about El Negro online, wonderful demonstrations of valor on the part of this ultra brave and loyal animal. A Tradition of Read More

Animal Sacrifices?

chicken-livered – adjective: Cowardly; easily frightened. ETYMOLOGY: The word chicken has traditionally been used to describe a coward. Also, earlier people believed that the liver was the seat of courage. But chicken-livered or chicken-hearted, it’s all the same. Earliest documented use: 1616. Source: Word A Day, by Anu Garg ———— Why am I starting with that definition? First, because it was the word of the day in a newsletter that I get Read More

Art Matters

In a recent Facebook post, I was saying that the arts are in a real state of decline and how, at first, I was incredibly hesitant to say anything about it. The reason for the hesitation being, I assumed that I was probably just guilty of doing that old codger thing of “Why, back in my day…” followed by how everything was better, back then. But I just realized one of the Read More

Curses

I’ve been seeing more and more justifications lately of how cursing is supposedly no big deal. Here’s a short list of why yes, it’s actually a big deal. Please note as you read, how the idea of spiritual karma is conspicuously absent from my points. If you happen to believe in karma, then that just adds even more layers of why you shouldn’t do this, to what I’m saying here. Of course, Read More

Initiation Struggles

Initiation struggles… one of the things that a magician must understand is that initiation into a true magickal current, brings struggles, complications and tests. These arise, as a result of the work and even serve as benchmarks of the same. This is true of any enduring practice, whether it’s witchcraft, Thelema, Santeria, The Golden Dawn or Vodun. You will not be able to simply waltz in, learn the mystical secrets, rise up Read More