The First Dragons

with sylvia linsteadt

This essay brings the snake and dragon back from mythic infamy; from monster, devil or demon, this lesson uncovered the ancient history of dragons and how they began as earth-guardians, protectors, and those long associated with earth energy and female power.

Ouroboros
Change is happening. The serpent is awakening. Can you feel it?
Pair this powerful piece of writing with this moving song by Sylvia

Oh mother, oh earth
Give us the strength
To make this birth

Oh mountain, oh sky
Holy the serpent
And holy the eye

We are your daughters,
And we are your sons
May we have the courage
To become

Keepers of caverns
And tenders of seas
We stand in a circle
In your time of need

Oh mother, oh earth
We knell at your rivers
We dance at your hearth

We are your daughters
And we are your sons
May we have the courage
To become

Seekers of caverns
And mothers of seeds
Ask any serpent
How to be

Oh mother, oh earth
May we have the strength
To make this birth

Sylvia V. Linsteadt is the author of the middle-grade fantasy novel The Wild Folk, a short story collection called Our Lady of the Dark Country, and the folkloric novel Tatterdemalion with artist Rima Staines, as well as two books about the cultural and natural history of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is from. She ran an online study guild called Witchlines in spring and summer of 2018, which explored the Neolithic roots of indigenous European witchcraft traditions. You can find Sylvia on her Patreon. Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.