Thursday, April 8, 2010

Patricia Monaghan - Seasons of the Witch

" I stand on the shoulders of the sisters before me. "

Seasons of the Witch

She won't make wigs
of it. She has more brutal plans.
Some she feeds to pigs.
Some she burns in distant lands
you never want to visit.
Is it
strange that nude
before a flat stone altar
she fashions crude
and obsene figures from your hair ?
women who don't falter
when they pick up scissors or a knife,
who know the names of poison plants,
the purpose of each star,
the absolute anatomy of life.
Such women are, however,
individual and rare.
A single warning:
never let one cut your hair.

page 1, Seasons of the Witch 1992, by Patricia Monaghan, Delphi Press

The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog: The Landscape of Celtic Myth and SpiritThe Goddess Path: Myths, Invocations, and RitualsThe New Book of Goddesses & HeroinesGoddess Companion: Daily Meditations on the GoddessEncyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines [2 volumes]Magical Gardens: Myths, Mulch and MarigoldsGoddesses in World Culture [3 volumes]Dancing with ChaosThe Office Oracle: Wisdom at WorkWild Girls: The Path of the Young GoddessThe Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore (Concise Encyclopedia)

I have a copy of Seasons of the Witch. Can't tell you how long I've had it and it most likely joined my collection via some thriftstore purchase. Books have a way of falling off shelves and into my path just when I need them. The poetry and artwork inspire me still to this day (and I'm not a real fan of poetry).


Her Speak said...

Hi there~
I just wanted to pop in and say I am REALLY digging your blog. I'm also a witch, not a wiccan, and completely and thoroughly enjoying this series of posts. Love the juicy insight. :)

Much Joy, Many Blissings~*

I'm Not Wiccan, I'm a Witch said...

Thanks Molly, love your artwork and inspiration !