Friday, April 24, 2015

Call of the Wild God - talk on Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Pan by Vittorio Ulinovich
While my own compiling of the many submissions received for the upcoming anthology, Call of the God: An Exploration of the Divine Masculine within Modern Paganism is making progress slowly but surely, I will be actually presenting a talk on the God at the upcoming Pagans in the Pub held at the Hotel Metropolitan, 46 Grote Street, Adelaide on Tuesday, 5 May 2015, starting at 7.30pm.
 
Entitled "Call of the Wild God", during this talk I will be sharing some of my thoughts (and maybe even personal discoveries) about the divine masculine who these days tends to be found lurking amongst the shadows, slipping through nightmares, or even teasing our peripheral vision ... Yet, if we ignore Him too much, He is also renown for crashing into our well-ordered lives, bringing with Him much chaos and destruction (and if we are lucky, with a hint of mischief!).
 
Come with trumpets sounding shrill
Over the hill !
Come with drums low muttering
From the spring !
Come with flute and come with pipe !
Am I not ripe ?
I, who wait and writhe and wrestle
With air that hath no boughs to nestle
My body, weary of empty clasp,
Strong as a lion, and sharp as an asp-
Come, O come !
 
 ("Hymn to Pan" by Aleister Crowley)
 
 
Thorny Dragon (Moloch horridus)
of the Australian desert
From the ancient Greek God Pan who hailed from the mountain tops of Arcadia where he also ruled over the fields, groves and wooden glens, to the shape-shifting thorny dragon-like inhabitant of our own unforgiveable Australian deserts, the beat of hooves upon the earth marking His return can still be heard ...
 
He moves amid the modern world in disguise
It's possible to look into his immortal eyes
He's like a man you'd meet anyplace
Until you recognize that ancient face
The great god Pan is alive ...

("The Return of Pan" by the Waterboys, Dream Harder, 1993)

 
I may even decide to share an extract from Call of the God: An Exploration of the Divine Masculine within Modern Paganism on the night.
 
Date: Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Venue: Hotel Metropolitan, 46 Grote Street, Adelaide
Time: 7.30pm
 
 

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