Thursday, April 24, 2014

Grand Cross in the Sky

Grand Cross in the Sky

There is a striking event unfolding in the sky right now. Until nearly the end of April the planets are forming a grand cross – Uranus opposing Mars and Jupiter opposing Pluto. This very exact square configuration (most exact on April 20-23) resonates with great challenges, great intensity, and potentially a great realization.

Uranus has just cleared the gateway of Pegasus, Jupiter lights atop the Orion merkaba, Mars keeps close company with the goddess (spica, ceres, vesta) and Pluto pulses with the heart of our galaxy. Simultaneously, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter form a grand trine surrounding the entire sky.

The rhythms of experience
are waves on the surface
of a greater ocean

The waves and the water are one
Every life is the life in the all
Experience of anything is the experience of everything

We stand in a place of great discovery,
a realization of the larger scale of our very being.
the trine surrounds the cross


--AJ McGettigan
Shamanic Astronomer


Monday, April 21, 2014

Boudicca’s Burial Discovered at Kings Cross

Boudicca, Celto-Druidic Queen of the Iceni is, in my estimation, a "pagan heroine." She wasn't totally unlike Charles Martel or Joan of Arc, although the particulars are different. If she was a Christian, she would be more famous than they.

Boudicca’s Burial Discovered at Kings Cross - April 1, 2014

The archaeological world was reeling today from the news that a team of researchers has made the discovery of the century at the site of the Kings Cross rail development in London.

Professor M. Maus, leading an archaeological team from the London Institute of Studies, was able to reveal to the press the burial site of the famous flame haired Queen of the Iceni; Boudicca.

Boudicca famously defied Roman rule, leading a revolt against the occupying force round AD 60. During a successful campaign Boudicca’s forces fought their way west from the homeland of the Iceni tribe in modern day East Anglia. Destroying Colchester, Boudicca headed for London, leading a force of 100,000 to burn and destroy the majority of the city.

The discovery at Kings Cross has been kept under wraps until today for fear of a media frenzy, but Prof. Maus insists that its time the world knows the truth. On an exclusive tour of the site,  HeritageDaily was shown an extraordinary burial chamber containing a wheeled chariot and the body of a woman, remarkably well preserved. Prof. Maus went on to describe the find;

‘If you look closely, there are traces of red hair on the skull and you can clearly see the socket for spikes on each of the wheels – we know Boudicca used these to cut down Roman legionaries in battle. There had always been rumors that Boudicca was buried in Kings Cross, its such a revelation to bring truth to the fables.

Plans are now underway for a major exhibition covering the discoveries, to be funded by the Institute of Studies and the charitable body Funding Organisation Of London.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ambrosian Easter 2012 - Duoma Milano

From YouTube user prigionierodizenda

Video description:

Pasqua Easter 2012 Duomo Milano - Ambrosian Exultet Preconio pasquale Ambrosiano in Latin

The Ambrosian Exultet is quite different from the Roman version. Chanted in Latin according to the original Ambrosian melody.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Three images... for no particular reason

The Clark Sisters "coven" in 1850, from the Ian Birnbaum blog. I found his comment that that they were "sexy" to be curious, since they certainly were not seeking to be. I think it was a typical modern male immature reaction to truly strong maternal energy... as opposed to mysogynistic-Abrahamic religion, or "masculine-feminism."

The church from the movie 'Lords of Salem' from Actually, the following is the picture which caught my eye; but the link just would not take... here... and is from the horror movie site. I suppose that the church doesn't want to be known for a connection to a horror movie, so there's no information as to what church this is as of yet. I like the architecture, the fall leaves, the overcast sky, the mood.

I remember an abandoned old house that was just like this some years ago. I enjoyed the times of just walking through that property. I didn't feel like a trespasser, but a welcome guest. I think that the spirits recognize what we are, if not who we are... and not everyone would always be truly welcome. The light always seemed to be dim, as if it was a portal to the past... with the slender trees, the overgrowth, the leaves, just as in this image. If I owned that property, I wouldn't change one thing about it.

I do not know what the symbolism of the "eight points" is. I'm sure that there is a Christian intended meaning; but if you click on the above link, it somehow reminds of me of Listian occult symbolism. Multiple-sets of the eight points of the sabbats, and the five windows of the elements.

Actress Alexandra Breckenridge from 'Coven' tv series. Interesting color combination.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Remembering Evelyn Paglini - Part II

Here are a few more Evelyn Paglini audio programs. There doesn't seem to be anything that would truly leave a lasting "legacy" for her work...except maybe for her broadcasts. However, this is the way that the tradition has continued over time.. in a generational way. Eventually... someone will step up.

It appears that the website will be shutting down after all the merchandise is sold off. Dr. Paglini is a native of the state of Illinois, but was based for many years in southern California, Sherman Oaks. She was of Tuscan descent. People have been, just in the last couple of weeks, putting up some of the old broadcasts. Also, there are her study materials. Perhaps someone responsible could develop some books based on these materials, including a little more of a bio of her and her roots in the tradition?

4-26-14 ADDITION:

I wanted to add one small item here. Evelyn Pagllini referred to herself numerous times as a "spiritual warrior," which I think is significant. Theoretically, this would work within the concept of "evolutionary struggle," due to the fact that the metaphysical world interacts with the physical world. The two cannot be separated.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

'Odin worship of the Lombards & Benevento': Part II

The legend of the witches of Benevento

It is possible to trace the origins of the legend of the witches back to ancient Samnium and Rome when, in the 4th century BC ancient settlers from the shores of Magna Graecia came settled in the Samnium region, and brought with them their customs like the worship of the orgiastic feast of Cybele. When Ovid sang about the horrendous bloody child sacrifices, the saga – known already in the 13th century – spread rapidly throughout Italy and Europe in 1600. In Benevento, true place of origin of the legend, learned arguments were being held about it.

Other cities, had often gained an unhappy reputation because of the witches, but Benevento being the birth place of these legends rather than gain the evil reputation for its monstrous practices, has inspired poets and artists over the centuries. The legend was born when the belief of the existence of witches was associated with the echoes of mysterious orgies the Lombards preformed. The Lombards had made Benevento the capital of their vast southern Duchy. In the late VII century, faithful to their own national traditions, instead of converting to Catholicism, as was required of them they carried on the cult of Wotan, the father of the gods.

They gathered outside the city walls, around a sacred tree from which they hung the skin of a buck and between a run and the other, they shot at it with arrows and then ate a piece of it. The inhabitants of Benevento, being good Catholics were horrified and scared and to them these rites seemed demonic. Meanwhile descriptions of these rites transformed them into something wonderful.

The custom of these ceremonies ended because of the conversion imposed by Duke Romualdo II and its people. The Duke fearing that he could not defeat the Byzantine Emperor Constants, promised to Bishop Saint Barbato the elimination of these pagan practices in exchange for salvation. When the salvation miraculously came, and even after the demonic walnut tree was chopped down, the mysterious rumors continued to circulate. At that point the legend had already formed, and in it the warriors had been replaced by evil women dancing frantically around the tree, the cries of war had been replaced by the sounds of the raging orgy, and it was said that even the devil in the form of a buck took part, the morsel of buck skin was also replaced, in its stead there was a plentiful banquet.

The conquering Lombards heightened the splendor and prestige of Benevento by supporting literature and the arts. The city became a Papal enclave in the Kingdom of Naples, and host to various other civilizations, from the fervent and promising early middle ages to the light of the Renaissance, the legend continued to grow and to be enriched by facts, until finally in the Baroque age the legend reached its final version, which is the one we know today.

Around the magical Walnut tree at night two thousand or more witches congregate, each is guided by a demonic guardian – Martinello or Martinetto – who is at the same time lover and servant, and that, before the ride on their broomsticks, rubs his woman with a magic ointment, and there, by the light of the torches. They then worship the Devil who appears disguised as a buck and rewards the best witches and punishes the bad ones. The orgy begins and if a novice shows up who has given up her faith, the King of darkness will make her swear by the blood squeezed out of her left breast to be like all witches, to be at least once a month adulterous and murderous and sow unabated malice and hate, he then assigns her a Martinello and promises long life, prosperity and all sorts of good things. 

The summoning of Jesus and the Virgin Mary or the ringing of the bells of Matins and the cockcrow that announces the rising dawn dissolves this terrible scene. The fascination of the legend is expressed only in Benevento by an unknown and inexperienced seventeenth century painter. The painter in his simplicity has been able to inspire poets, writers and musicians from very different walks of life. Amongst the inspired we find the problematic author of “the flower,” the fourteenth-century Ser Durante and the merry Redi with “The Hunchback of Peretola”, S. Bernardino from Siena that in his passionate sermons asks with zeal for the extermination of all witches and Agnolo Fiorenzuola. Since a long time that Benevento legend has been part of the real literature, and music. Franz Xavier pupil of Mozart and Salieri with his composition “the walnut tree of Benevento” has inspired one of the most unique works by Paganini, entitled “the witches”.

But in Benevento, other than the interesting pictorial document and the erudite disputes that rarely left the city confines, something remarkable was needed, something that would be world famous that would match the greatest works of genius. That something - anybody can see that it is not an exaggeration- was to be the sublime liquor that Giuseppe Alberti created more than a century ago. Given the bewitching quality of this liqueur Alberti had no choice but to call it “Strega”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

'Odin worship of the Lombards & Benevento': Part 1

This text was taken from the Traditional Stregheria Yahoo Group forum. My comment is the third one. It's easy to forget that the Langbard "duchies" of Spoleto and Benevento in Southern Italy continued on long after Charlemagne destroyed the Langobard Kingdom.


Hey everyone. I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season!!!!  :O)

So, I have a short topic for discussion, if anyone might find it interesting? 

I was wondering what any of you who share an interest might think, and/or if there are experts on the subject here, about the Lombard worship of Odin in Benevento, the "golden viper" of Duke Romualdo and his father King Grimoaldo and the rites being performed in the sacred wood there, versus the older Pagan traditions being practiced there before (and continuing during) Lombard rule?  Especially since it was during this time that the story of the Walnut tree being cut down, etc., comes to us.   I.e., Nerthus vs Diana, conflation of serpent veneration between cultures, conflation of other rites and customs, etc.   Any thoughts?

If this has already been discussed here in the past, my apologies.  I am having a horrible time trying to navigate Yahoogroups now, don't like it and have moved away from it myself.  I still value these groups I am still on as a member, though, but Yahoo has made it hard (or more likely I am just an computer illiterate dinosaur, lol) to find old threads quickly and easily..... 

Thanks!  Love, Li


Holiday Blessings to All!
As Sicily was invaded by about four or five other nations/cultures I am sure there is more cross-over than we would think. I know, for instance, that a burial site of a Celtic king was found in Italy, so I would imagine it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to assume that Sicily also has many influences including the Viking-originated Odin-worshippers.



Hi Li,

There were about half a million Langobards and their allies who invaded the north, and most were Germanic pagans (aka “Odinists” – although they referred to him as Godan). They seemed to continue with it until the rein of Queen Theodelinda, who promoted the Catholic Church.
That’s a good question, what about the southern duchies? I could be wrong, but it seems to me that in the north the Langobards were mainly living in the centers of power.. the cities; so it doesn’t appear to have influenced the ‘old religion’ in the countryside.. such as the Valtellina.

Just the info that you shared is fascinating. I had never heard of that before. Long before, in many places in Europe, Odin (also Tyr possibly) was conflated with the local “horned god.” Cernunnos was very likely one such result from that; and Sirona possibly may have originated from the old goddess with Freya perhaps.

Some of this various “combining” can be confusing... and may well have led to very local goddesses and gods with their real origin lost in time. In some cases, unfortunately, the heads of some of the old statues were broken off to make way for a new deity; and the culprits weren’t just Christians either. I find it amazing that the Old Religion has survived so many influences largely unchanged. Even the Etruscans were really just another incoming “influence.” So different regions have different flavors of the same basic thing.

I wish I could add something to what you presented. I can already see that there are items on this subject online to look at, as here:
In some forest locations in central Europe, a “red cross” was placed at the exact locations of formerly sacred Odinic sites, such as Irminsuls, which Charlemagne had demolished. Apparently this was a way of disguising it; forcing it to become underground… “occultic.”

~Merry Blood Moon~



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

‘Beowulf’ (2007) movie review

‘Beowulf’ (2007) [Wikipedia]

Beowulf is a 2007 American motion capture computer-animated fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, inspired by the Old English epic poem of the same name. The film was created through a motion capture process similar to the technique Zemeckis used in ‘The Polar Express’. The cast includes Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Wright, Brendan Gleeson, John Malkovich, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman, and Angelina Jolie. It was released in the United Kingdom and United States on November 16, 2007, and was available to view in IMAX 3D, RealD, Dolby 3D and standard 2D format.


This film is animated in a way that it uses the actors’ “likeness” along with their voice over, which was interesting. I suppose that they almost had to make it that way due to the nature of the mythology, the creatures, and the dramatic action. I had watched this movie before, and I liked it more the second time today; most likely because I was able to view it in the morning, which is always better for watching a movie.

The opening scene begins with the text “Denmark A.D. 507.” Much of the movie takes place in Danish/Viking King Hrothgar’s (Anthony Hopkins) “Mead Hall.” They are soon attacked in the hall by a demon named Grendel. Grendel is huge, absolutely hideous, and vicious; and appears far too strong for the king’s soldiers. Responding to the king’s plea for a “hero” to defeat this beast, a great warrior from Gotland Island named Beowulf (Ray Winstone) arrives. I don’t want to give away the movie—and you can read the plot in the link above—but this is the basic storyline.

King Hrothgar’s much younger wife is Queen Wealtheow (Robin Wright), and I don’t think I would be giving too much away to say that she eventually becomes the future King Beowulf’s queen. Without going into the details, the king presents Beowulf the “Royal Dragon Horn,” which later becomes part of a covenant of darkness, and is a central part of the plot.

The struggle between Odinic spirituality and Christian religion is featured in some instances. Odin and Heimdall are mentioned; as well as the “new Roman god Christ Jesus.” The following quote was given by an older King Beowulf to his lieutenant, Wiglaf (Brendan Gleeson), at one point:

“The time of heroes is dead, Wiglaf. The Christ god has killed it. Leaving human kind with nothing but weeping martyrs, fear, and shame."

Grendel is an underworld figure that seems almost like half physical and half spirit; as well as his mother (Angelina Jolie). Grendel’s mother—another underworld demon—is a central character, but I won’t give away the plot. John Malkovich plays Unferth, one of King Hrothgar’s chief aids.

I was struck by the character of Queen Wealtheow. She was so beautiful and elegant—especially as she played the harp and sang—yet had so much humility. Her face and expression was so docile; of course, in an animated way. Later in the film—without giving away too much—she is shown as the older queen of Beowulf. He openly takes on a concubine named Ursula (Alison Lohman). The queen takes the high road and takes it all in stride.

She doesn’t hold anything against the young Ursula, and even heroicly saves her life at a later point. I guess where I’m really going with this is that—quite frankly—I thought the older queen was more beautiful than the younger woman... having aged like a fine wine. I didn’t like the way she was treated, carrying herself with such class.

I would recommend the film, which was an international box office success and is rated highly. It should be noted that scholars have mentioned certain inaccuracies with the thousand-year old English poem (see above link). Actually, the characters were real historical figures; being set within the framework of Norse mythology. Therefore, where does fact end, and mythology begin?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Remembering Evelyn Paglini


Dr. Evelyn Paglini Has Passed Away


Dr. Evelyn Paglini has passed away. Paglini was a practicing witch and semi-celebrity, having appeared on Coast to Coast AM with both Art Bell and George Noory from the 1990s up to 2013. Paglini's appearances on Coast to Coast AM remained popular for her psychic predictions and the free spells she gave out to listeners. Paglini also owned her own occult store, Mystical Blend. On Saturday, March 29, 2014, Paglini passed away from heart failure. The current inventory at her store will be sold and then the store will close.


The above program from the Art Bell show in 2001 is very interesting. I have my own way of processing information and credibility, and from little I know about Evelyn Paglini, she had truly great knowledge as far as the metaphysical world and how the universe works within that framework. It's not just because she was a Stregha; as I can think of at least one well-known Stregha that I don't think much of. There are some silly, knit-picky, take-themselves-way-too-seriously, criticisms of Dr. Paglini out there... some of which I'm positive have no basis.

As far as I can see, she was nothing short of a master of the secrets of the universe... the fifth point of the vehmic star. I know of no books which she has authored, which seems unusual to me. She did have teaching materials and classes. I recall listening to her on Coast to Coast AM over the years, but that was before I accepted the folk-pagan view of the world... so she was just another interesting guest to me. I'm sorry she's moved on. It always seems like there's so much more work that needs to be done.


Bio from her website:

Dr. Evelyn Paglini

For over 40 years, Dr. Evelyn Paglini has been one of America's leading authorities on the occult and the supernatural. Born into a centuries old family of occult practitioners, her training in natural magic began at the age of four when her grandfather formally recognized her as his successor to power and began a precise regimen of discipline and instruction to pass on to her the techniques and practices necessary for her to become empowered as a master occult practitioner, teacher and spiritual warrior.

As a powerful occultist and an expert in utilizing nature and the elements to manipulate energies, Dr. Paglini has been called upon to help literally thousands of clients solve problems and achieve their desired goals. She works on the cutting edge of magic with compassion, wisdom and power. She has helped celebrities, stockbrokers, corporate executives and housewives alike advising them, inspiring and teaching them how to remove obstacles, solve problem, and fully realize their dreams and destinies.

As a gifted psychic, Dr. Paglini has collaborated with law enforcement to locate missing persons and to solve murder cases involving occult and supernatural undertones. Her landmark cases are well documented in the country's leading news media including the New York Post, the Chicago Tribune and National Enquirer. She has been interviewed on ABC, CBS, and NBC and has made guest appearance on dozens of television and radio shows, including the George Noory Show, where for over 12years she has been among Art Bell's & George Noory most popular guests.

Today, Dr. Paglini tirelessly focuses on fulfilling her second path - that of the teacher - as she continues to teach the very specific techniques of mental power and the ritual of Natural Magic to those who seek her out through private consultation or through her seminars, symposiums workshops and intensive audio courses.

Dr. Paglini is the last in a thousand-year lineage of Strega Toscani occult practitioners. Those who are able to benefit from her power and guidance during this lifetime are indeed gifted, since hers is a destiny that can be acquired only by a chosen few.


Spiritual Advisory Council
International Psychic Center
Chicago Institute of Hypnosis
Illinois Society for Psychical Research
F.R.N.M - Foundation for the Research of the Nature of Man
Mind Dynamics Institute, Leadership Dynamics
Silva Mind Control
E.S.P. Enterprises
John Scudder Foundation


Coast to Coast Radio - Art Bell
ABC, CBS, NBC local shows
Weekend Edition - Chicago
Dreamland - Ramona Bell
WFYR - Larry King
WWMM - Psychic World of Dr. Evelyn Paglini

Fate Magazine
Strange Universe

New York Post
Chicago Daily News
Chicago Sun Times
National Enquirer Weekly World News


I no longer say "RIP" anymore, because we continue on in our spirit journey. The following better expresses the sentiment I think...

"birth.... life.... death and to a new arising.............. she is now the morning and the spring"


4-8-14 Addition:

I just wanted to add the bulletin regarding her passing, since that program--which is listened to by tens of millions of people--was where she reached and entertained so many people with her wisdom, knowledge, and psychic ability over the years...

Evelyn Paglini RIPEvelyn Paglini RIP

Dr. Evelyn Paglini, beloved long-time Coast to Coast AM guest, has passed away. She was well respected as one of the leading authorities on the occult and the supernatural in the United States. She died of heart failure on Saturday 3/29/14 in Los Angeles. Arrangements will be limited to immediate family. We will be paying tribute to the late Dr. Paglini this Friday night on the radio show, as well as with these two free audio clips: Earth Changes/ Spells & Curses.