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The Eve of Midwinter

Usually I post my own stuff here, but an old friend, and very long time Pagan who wishes to be known to the outside as Priestess Aurora Borealis Medicine Turkey, has written a wonderful poem celebrating Mid-Winter Eve and I want to share it...

The Eve of Midwinter

by Aurora Borealis Medicine turkey

'Twas the eve of Midwinter and all through the coven

The witches were cooking strange things in the oven.

There were mugwort frittatas and dragon's blood stew,

Mescalin eggnog and mandrake fondue

There were hot mountain oysters and road-kill paté

Spotted owl kidneys and wombat flambé.


Directions were called and the circle was cast

In hopes that the Goddess would be there at last.

When out by the hot tub I heard such a clatter

I jumped on my broom to see what was the matter.

And what did I see 'midst the blackberry thorns

But a dripping wet Goddess and eight unicorns.


"I was just sitting down with my vibrating phallus

And a good book," she muttered. "You bitches are callous.

I came when you called, over all my objections.

And got lost in the woods. You give lousy directions.

You turkeys invoked me, now look at my dress!

My period's late, and I've got PMS."


She cursed and she grumbled, she looked like a wreck

The unicorns trembled and shat on the deck.

So we got her some weed, and brought her some grub

We gave her hot towels and she soaked in the tub.

Then she arose, hot and dripping, and gave us her blessings

And jumped in her chariot without even dressing!


On Isis. on Eris, Oya and Astarte!

On Bridget, Diana, Kali and Hecate!"

We heard her exclaim as she rose through the air,

Thank Goddess there's only eight Sabbats a year!"


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Gus diZerega DiZerega combines a formal academic training in Political Science with decades of work in Wicca and shamanic healing. He is a Third Degree Elder in Gardnerian Wicca, studied closely with Timothy White who later founded Shaman’s Drum magazine, and also studied Brazilian Umbanda  for six years under Antonio Costa e Silva.

DiZerega holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, has taught and lectured in the US and internationally, and has organized international academic meetings.

His newest book is "Faultlines: the Sixties, the Culture Wars, and the Return of the Divine Feminine (Quest, 2013) received a 'silver' award by the Association of Independent Publishers for 2014. It puts both modern Pagan religion and the current cultural and political crisis in the US into historical context, and shows how they are connected.

His first book on Pagan subjects, "Pagans and Christians: The Personal Spiritual Experience," won the Best Nonfiction of 2001 award from  The Coalition of Visionary Resources. 

His second,"Beyond the Burning Times: A Pagan and a Christian in Dialogue" is what it sounds like. He coauthored it with Philip Johnson. DiZerega particularly like his discussion of polytheism in Burning Times, which in his view is an advance over the discussion in Pagans and Christians.

His third volume, "Faultlines: The Sixties, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine," was published in 2013 and won a Silver award from the Association of Independent Publishers in 2014. The subject is obvious, and places it, and the rise of goddess oriented spiritual movements and our "cold civil war" in historical context.

His pen and ink artwork supported his academic research in graduate school and frequently appeared in Shaman’s Drum, and the ecological journals Wild Earth, and The Trumpeter. It now occasionally appears in this blog.


  • Sophie Goldstein
    Sophie Goldstein Friday, 19 December 2014

    Couldn't have said it better myself!

    Sophia Goldenstone
    Ilkley Moor, W. Yorkshire

  • Jamie
    Jamie Saturday, 20 December 2014

    Mr. diZerega,

    Hilarious poem! My thanks for sharing it.

  • Gus diZerega
    Gus diZerega Tuesday, 23 December 2014

    Aurora Borealis is truly a genius in her work.

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