The Charge of the Dark God

Listen to the words of the Dark God, who of old was called Iakchos, Donn, Anubis, Hades, Setesh, Hoder, and many other names:

I am the shadow in the bright day; I am the reminder of mortality at the height of living. I am the never-ending veil of night where the Star Goddess dances. I am the death that must be so that life may continue, for behold life is immortal because the living must die. I am the strength that protects, that limits; I am the power that says no, and no further, and that is enough. I am the things that cannot be spoken of, and I am the laughter at the edge of death.

Come with me into the warm enfolding dark; feel my caresses in the hands, in the mouth, in the body of one you love, and be transformed.

Gather in the moonless night and speak in unknown tongues; the Dark Mother and I will listen. Sing to us and cry out, and the Power will be yours to wield.

Blow me a kiss when the sky is dark, and I will smile, but no kiss returns; for my kiss is the final one for all moral flesh.