The Dark Child


I am the Dark Child,

the Dark Twin,

the Other.

I was known as Set to the Memphites

Typhaon to the Hellenes,

Loki to the Norsemen,

Mordred to the Brythons,

and by many names which are now forgotten.


Born at the Summer Solstice,

I am the Midnight Sun,

darkness leaping out of light.

Born from the compulsion and malice of forbidden love,

I am the seed of destruction at the heart of all life.

I am the Worm that eats the Season,

the serpent that gnaws at the roots of the World Tree.

My coming in an inexorable law.


I have no worship,

but I am present in all your deeds,

and all your thoughts,

and all your desires,

and all your dreams,

Seek me there.


About John Halstead

John is a native of the southern Laurentian bioregion, where he practices an idiosyncratic form of Naturalistic Paganism. He is one of the founders of 350 Indiana-Calumet and has participated in direct action against the fossil fuel industry. John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment” ( John strives to live up to the challenge posed by the Pagan Statement through his writing and activism. Since 2011, John has been writing about religion and life at He has written for numerous other online platforms, including The Huffington Post, Patheos,, Witches & Pagans, and John is the Editor-at-Large at He also edited the anthology, Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans (2016). John is also a Shaper of the Earthseed community ( View all posts by John Halstead

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