Timete Dominos, qui inter nos occultantur

I’m sitting at the picnic table in the park
beneath the overpass with the mural
of Artemis in fawn form
and Indians in the distance dancing up the dawn
like mad Bacchanals round a Maypole
for rose-crowned Flora and the Baron,
and on the other side ivy climbs up
and over graffiti containing cryptic messages
seemingly written just for me.
This is where I come most nights to write,
and tonight the Sirens and Spider have loosed
a flood of poetry in me, and I’m scribbling furiously
in my black notebook to get it all out on paper
before it turns to poison in my veins.
And that’s when he sits down opposite me
and starts talking.
I’m about to snarl something at him
to get him to go away, when I see
that he’s got a traveler’s sack, black boots,
an army jacket, long white hair and grizzled beard,
he’s missing an eye and wearing a battered, floppy
charcoal grey cowboy hat.
I bow my head respectfully,
and he winks.
It is understood; nothing more on that need be said between us.
He asks for tobacco, and I give him the rest of the pack.
He offers me speed in trade, and I politely decline,
accepting instead his stories in fulfillment of strangers’ hospitality.

Let’s pretend I’m a vagabond rhapsode and you’re a bunch of drunken archaic nobles

Alrighty gentle folk, I’m about to start work on Through Gates of Ivory and Horn. I have only a vague sense of where this one’s gonna take us, beyond: 1) it’ll somehow be a continuation of Gods and Mortals 2) it’s set between Monstrous Things and Pandæmonium and Silence and 3) this is the soundtrack I’ll be listening to for at least the first third of it. Thus I’m turning to you, my dear audience: what threads would you like to see the present tome tease out? If I end up using five or more of your ideas you’ll receive a special prize. 

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Black Star is nearly risen

When my 13-book “Black Star Rising” poetic cycle is complete, this is the (current*) recommended order that it should be read in:

* End to End
* Everything Dances: Strange Spirits 3
* What Flowers in the Dark: A Poetic Journey Through Anthesteria
* Strange Spirits Volume One
* With Stars For Eyes
* Satyrika
* Carried Away
* THIS IS NOT AN EXIT: Strange Spirits Volume II
* Wine Dark
* Monstrous Things
* Through Gates of Ivory and Horn
* Pandæmonium and Silence
* Going Forth

With this configuration I still have four more books to go. (With Stars For Eyes, Satyrika, Carried Away and Through Gates of Ivory and Horn is likely* the order they’ll be written in.) I’m aiming to have this whole thing wrapped up by All Hallows or Saint Martin’s Day at the latest. Oh, and I’ve decided that Gods and Mortals is the prologue to the “Black Star Rising” cycle and Through Gates of Ivory and Horn will revisit some of the characters from that book, providing a more direct link. Then I’m going to make it my custom to read the entire series from start to finish each October as a devotional act to the Gods and Spirits of the Starry Bull tradition.

* Subject to change without notice.

Want to meet the Toys?

On July 1st, 2017 we’ll be starting the next round of the Toys of Dionysos course. Over a span of several weeks we’ll cover the history and nature of this family of peculiar and playful Spirits who oversee the initiatory process within the Starry Bull tradition and aid in divination, healing, cleansing, protection and magic. Once their background has been explored, and certain spiritual techniques mastered, the class will then be guided through encounters with each of the 10 Toys, potentially resulting in life-transforming experiences. You’ll want to set aside about three hours a week for the readings and exercises and one night for our regular online chat. 

The course costs $10 a section which comes out to $140.00 total.

To register send your payment to sannion@gmail.com via Paypal and a separate e-mail to the same address.

The e-mail should explain why you want to take the course and what time and day of the week works best for your schedule so that I can choose an optimal slot for the group chat. (Attendance at chats is not mandatory.)

Registration closes on June 20th.

If you pay before June 1st you’ll get 20% off for the low, low price of $112.00.

Act fast as space is limited!

If you’re uncertain if you should take the course give this playlist a listen.