Night Hags Unite!


Little known fact, I used to be a burlesque dancer in my younger years, and learned all tricks of the trade from mastering a glove peel to the ultimate joy of tassel-twirling. My most memorable acts, however, were always the subversive ones that allowed audiences to relate and celebrate frank expressions of sexuality and personal wildness. Favorite reveals were waxed moustaches or surgery scars rather than the usual nipples. It was always sheer satisfaction, watching audience members cheer on honest and comic moments over standard beauty acts. As we approach a New Moon in Scorpio this Sunday October 30th as well as the high holiday of Samhain or Halloween, I’m whipping out the moustache once again, not for a costume, but to honor my own wildness, my own dark Goddess, warts and all.


The New Moon in Scorpio coupled with Halloween this year, conjures up a desire to go inwards, diving headfirst towards the part of you that remains untamed. Culturally we’re living in a time that feels like a paradox, a bit of one step forward, meets one step back. Women in all their radiant forms have come so far, yet with recent politics, it sure doesn’t feel that way, as basic principles of respect and dignity are still laughable to some. What’s most meaningful about Goddess worship today, is that by the power of ritual, you can heal shades of your deepest and most private self by tuning into a cultural and energetic archetype that has remained throughout history. Samhain marks the end of the Wheel of the Year as the Goddess slumbers, we too cannot escape the plunge towards winter, a season for hibernation. The Dark Goddess can be found in the mass of our uncombed hair. Her mythology and tales cross cultures, from Jewish mythology, we have Lilith, “night-hag” and first wife of Adam, who refused to lie beneath him. In Irish mythology we can draw power from The Morrigan, “phantom queen,” who foresaw tragic deaths in battle. The Dark Goddess shows herself in the Hindu goddess Kali with blood dripping down her blue skin or with Oya the warrior orisha fiercely protecting her children. Our naked shadow side, the Dark Goddess is not easily embraceable which is why during Halloween, she is the anti-costume. Letting all truths hang out, coming to teach us strength and resilience she leads with her guiding and weathered hand. She is twice bitten but never shy. Often women like this become known as “bitches,” “crones,” or “hags.” The Dark Goddess is a three dimensional archetype and like the triple moon goes through all phases from seductress to crone.

The Dark Goddess I connect to often, is a popular one, Hecate the Greek triple goddess, who represents the moon, crossroads, occult powers and sexuality. The stark beauty of Samhain is reflected in Hecate’s symbolic torches, a reminder that through our darkest hours, moonlight never fades and always provides solace. If you feel drawn to her, find a crossroads late at night on Halloween. Dress in a black cloak and sprinkle cypress, yew or hawthorne in all 4 corners before walking toward the center of the crossroad. There, light two candles, purple or black, to represent Hecate’s torches. Ask for her light and guidance to navigate your personal darkness and for safe passage through this winter season. Not the easiest of rituals to do in public, so this can also be performed at a crossroads in a park, or a graveyard. If you are an urban dweller, improvise and create 4 corners in your room, calling out for Hecate and entering a trance-like state. As we approach the introspection of Samhain, take some time to delve deep and discover your own inner wildness.

Originally published at Slutist

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