Pan: Dark Lord of the Forest and Horned God of the Witches and Hearth Fire and the Primal Goddess …
“As you read this, Pan is opening his strange eyes with those lucid, rectangular pupils which gives him huge peripheral vision. He is observing you very quietly. Look up from the page, look around. He is here, now. Believe what I say! Also be aware that at this same moment there is an Inner Pan within your psyche who yearns to be aware of things from this wider perspective, who aches to take you toward the dark recesses of your mind, and the wild, tangled undergrowth of your unconscious. As you make your own antic path into the Wild Woods in search of the Great Pan, your nape hairs might prickle, you might see things at the new edges of your vision and strange realms will open up. If you have a frisson of fear – you are on the right path. Keep going. There is light and love there too, in abundance.
Melusine Draco’s book is filled with pleasing seeds and roots that she has collected from obscure, musty corners of the mythological and literary forest. Just brooding upon them ensures that they will be planted and grow in your consciousness, often in startling ways. And if you ever find yourself on hilltops in Wiltshire and see an elegantly ageing and once-handsome chappie chanting: Io Pan, Io Pan, Io Pan, Pan Pan! then you’re probably hearing me putting to good use the practical evocations she gives.”
So Alan Richardson, author of Priestess and The Old Sod, biographies of Dion Fortune and Bill Gray and a dozen other esoteric titles wrote about Pan when it was published. But of course, you can’t have a God without a Goddess, and she needs to be as archaic and primal as he was, is and ever shall be… and as a result the idea that has been festering for some time is about to manifest in Hearth Fire and the Primal Goddess.
Pagan Portal: Pan: Dark Lord of the Forest and Horned God of the Witches by Melusine Draco and published by Moon Books. ISBN: 978 1 78535 512 7 UK£5.99/US$9.95 – available in e-book and paperback format.