Vanessa Cardui is a Pagan singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Calgary, AB. Her first album, Thought Experiment (2011) was released to rave critical reviews. She writes contemporay pieces exploring human relationships and Renaissance pieces for the Society for Creative Anachronism. Vanessa is popular in Calgary's burgeoning arts scene, sci-fi conventions and the Western Canadian Pagan festival circuit. Website: www.vanessacardui.ca
Audri, Sudri, Vestri, Nordri,
Michael, Ariel, Raphael, Gabriel,
Paralda, Djinn, Niksa, Ghob,
The fowl, the flame, the fish, the flower...
Hail to the lord of the quarters,
Fire and water, earth and air
And hail to the king who lives, loves, falls and dies
By the turning of the years
Hail to the forces that move and shape us,
Both seen and unseen,
And hail to the breath, spirit, blood, body, womb and heart
Of our lovely and terrible queen.
By the first inspiration upon waking,
By the smouldering embers of faith,
By the clamourous tides of human will,
By the cracking of seeds, by the cracking of eggs,
May the circle be cast.
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