Book of Mysteries
This collection includes poems, songs, and stories that reflect my Pagan view of the divine.

The Book of Mysteries
Harvesters, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The Homeric Hymn to Demeter
What is in a Name?, by George MacDonald
Hymne à Astarté, by Pierre Louys
Song of the Bacchae, from The Bacchae by Euripides
The Song of Amergin
The Sabbath of Mutual Respect, by Marge Piercy
Excerpt from the Song of Solomon
Hertha, by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Magnanimous Warrior!, by Michelle Cliff
Invocation, by Elizabeth Cunningham

Birth of Venus, by 

Tales of Brave Ulysses, by Cream
Tale of Yemaya, by Luisah Teish
Invocation to Aphrodite
Excerpt from The Golden Ass, by Lucius Apuleius
The Woman Behind the Door of the Moon, by Carolyn McVickar Edwards
Song of Pan, by Mark Simos
From Holy the Firm, by Annie Dillard
Hermes of the Ways, by H.D.
A Creation Story
Ecstasy, by 
Maxfield Parrish

Correspondances, by Charles Baudelaire
Lord of the Dance
Isis Aretalogy from Cyme in Asia Minor
ego-tripping (there may be a reason why), by Nikki Giovanni
She undoes, by Greer Gilman
Dedication to Hekate, by Jacob Rabinowitz
Canción de la diosa de la noche, by Gloria Anzaldúa
The Moon and the Yew Tree, by Sylvia Plath
Words/Birds, by Ursula LeGuin
Glass, a fairy tale by Francesca Lia Block


Hymn to Eros, by Denise Levertov
Invocation to Brigid
Litany of the Holy Well and the Sacred Flame, by Starhawk
The Burning of the Leaves, by Lawrence Binyon
Baptism of Fire, by Lui Collins
Strange Fire, by the Indigo Girls
Invocation to the Fire Mother, by Zsuzanna Budapest
Invocation to the God of Summer, by Starhawk

Charge of the Goddess, by Doreen Valiente
Faces of the God, by Janice Broch
Excerpt from A Spy in the House of Love, by Anais Nin
From Sonnets to Orpheus, by Rainer Maria Rilke
Only in us do the dead live, by Marge Piercy
Person and Self, by Ursula LeGuin
Ballad of Thomas the Rhymer
Song of the Holy Women, by Zsuzanna Budapest
The Descent of Inanna
Ave, by Diane di Prima

Note: I don't have copyright permission for these works. However, I'm using them respectfully, I'm reproducing them accurately and with the proper attribution, and I'm not making money off of them. Nobody even reads this page except a few of my friends. So please, don't sue me! :)

The Internet Sacred Text Archive
The Hieros Gamos (Sacred Marriage)
Shrine of the Horned Gods

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