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That Heart Is A Haunted Mansion: An On-The-Tongue Chat ‘Neath the Waning Moon

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Moon of Corn, Moon of Crow

Tell us what those old gods know

Oh, rest yourself right here by my fire, weary traveler. I’d know that determined look in your eyes anywhere, and perhaps I can teach you a thing or two about that Harvest Moon lust that has stolen away your beloved. You see, something happens to a Witch on these late-summer evenings when the moon is waning, when those so subtle, so spectral vibrations buzz a bit louder in her ears, when those crows croon somber songs of ancient mist and jewel-orange flame; she can hear them, you see, and her heart becomes a cobwebbed, dark-walled haunted mansion once again.

Forgive me for being rude. Let me introduce myself; I’m the loyal gatekeeper who sits atop her tongue and welcomes those who seek entry into the possessed, flesh-covered hotel that is her autumn-hungry body. She may let you in but beware of the many bloodied ghosts that roam those halls that are her veins. They march in unison to her pulse-beat, but, make no mistake, they have minds of their own, these spirits. Whisper-hissing prayers to those Dark Goddess crone deities, they are. Bidding her commune with those wild-eyed shadows that have taken up residence in the creaky-boarded attic of her mind, they are.

You’re sure to meet a cackling hag who sits on her highest ribs, dangling her legs and skipping stones in her blood. She’s a trickster, that one, and she’ll speak in riddles and rhymes that make you rethink your sanity. If you get passed her, there’s a hooded, skull-faced sorceress dancing atop the warm tissues of her raw, thumping heart and hanging twig-and-ribbon protection symbols from her thickest, indigo-striped arteries. She’ll try to enchant you if you look too closely, so keep moving, lest you’ll be forever entombed behind the ribs of that witching one you love so dearly.

Wrapped round her spine and building ritual fires atop her liver are two black-haired twins with mischief in their eyes. Stitching sigils onto her bowels is a madwoman who’s long been betrayed by those who claimed to love her. They’ll test your intentions, these three. They’ll do all they can to make you forget your way home.

If you do make it to that wide and holy well that is her sacrum- and I do hope you make it, pilgrim- you’ll be sure to meet that long-limbed, red-eyed demoness that rules them all. She’s been slow-brewing a tonic just for you since the nights grew longer. She’s been humming the very siren song that lured you in. You’ll be taken with her; everyone is. You’ll want to curl up inside that dripping ivory pelvic nest she’s built for you.

Be warned, traveler. If you stay too long, your life belongs to her, and you, like me, will become a ghost that haunts this moon-loving body. You, too, shall forever slow-dance to her heart-drum, eternally entranced by the rhythm of her breath. You might think that her death will herald your release, that when your story has ended and the worms burrow through her hardened skin, when the electric sparks in her cells deaden and those luscious lips you long for curl back ‘round her teeth… You might think then you’ll be free to go. Alas, even then, dearest, even then, you’ll belong to her wandering Witch’s soul until the sun swells to swallow us all.

So, what do you say? Do you still want in? If I’m being honest, I can see you’re already doomed. Go ahead and slide down her slick-coated tongue. The others are waiting for you, and I’ve got a fire to tend. It was lovely to meet you, pilgrim. All blessings on this twisted journey you’ve begun. Good night.

Laden with spice, bark, and loam,

Tucked away deep, that haunted home

Find her there now, brewing with bones

Find her there fast, casting those stones

Ask her to dance, maybe she will

But busy, she is, loving that thrill

Of thinning veils and harvest moons

Of smoke, of ghosts, of homemade runes

She woke up wild, that first cold dawn

And wild she’ll be, ‘til Autumn’s gone

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Danielle is a heathen visionary, Aquarian mischief-maker, and word-witch. The author of Woman Most Wild and The Holy Wild., she teaches internationally and has facilitated circles, embodiment trainings, communal spell-work, and seasonal rituals since 2007. She is the founder of The Hag School, the lead teacher for the Flame-Tender Teacher Training, and believes in the emerging power of wild collectives and sudden circles of curious dreamers, cunning witches, and rebellious artists in healing our ailing world. As an Irish-American, Danielle’s witchcraft is deeply rooted in Celtic philosophy and Irish mythology. She believes fervently in the role of ancestral healing, embodiment, and animism in fracturing the longstanding systems supporting white-body supremacy and environmental unconsciousness, is committed to centering the voices and teachings of POC and LGBTQIA+ folks in her work as founder of Living Mandala, LLC and The Hag School and supports organizations and initiatives that do the same. Parent to two beloved wildlings and partner to a potter, Danielle fills her world with nature, family, and intentional awe. Find her praying under pine trees, wandering through the haunted places, and whispering to her grandmothers’ ghosts.
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Danielle is a heathen visionary, Aquarian mischief-maker, and word-witch. The author of Woman Most Wild and The Holy Wild., she teaches internationally and has facilitated circles, embodiment trainings, communal spell-work, and seasonal rituals since 2007. She is the founder of The Hag School, the lead teacher for the Flame-Tender Teacher Training, and believes in the emerging power of wild collectives and sudden circles of curious dreamers, cunning witches, and rebellious artists in healing our ailing world. As an Irish-American, Danielle’s witchcraft is deeply rooted in Celtic philosophy and Irish mythology. She believes fervently in the role of ancestral healing, embodiment, and animism in fracturing the longstanding systems supporting white-body supremacy and environmental unconsciousness, is committed to centering the voices and teachings of POC and LGBTQIA+ folks in her work as founder of Living Mandala, LLC and The Hag School and supports organizations and initiatives that do the same. Parent to two beloved wildlings and partner to a potter, Danielle fills her world with nature, family, and intentional awe. Find her praying under pine trees, wandering through the haunted places, and whispering to her grandmothers’ ghosts.

Danielle is a heathen visionary, Aquarian mischief-maker, and word-witch. The author of Woman Most Wild and The Holy Wild., she teaches internationally and has facilitated circles, embodiment trainings, communal spell-work, and seasonal rituals since 2007. She is the founder of The Hag School, the lead teacher for the Flame-Tender Teacher Training, and believes in the emerging power of wild collectives and sudden circles of curious dreamers, cunning witches, and rebellious artists in healing our ailing world. As an Irish-American, Danielle’s witchcraft is deeply rooted in Celtic philosophy and Irish mythology. She believes fervently in the role of ancestral healing, embodiment, and animism in fracturing the longstanding systems supporting white-body supremacy and environmental unconsciousness, is committed to centering the voices and teachings of POC and LGBTQIA+ folks in her work as founder of Living Mandala, LLC and The Hag School and supports organizations and initiatives that do the same. Parent to two beloved wildlings and partner to a potter, Danielle fills her world with nature, family, and intentional awe. Find her praying under pine trees, wandering through the haunted places, and whispering to her grandmothers’ ghosts.

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