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 an climate activist and one of the co-founders of 350 Indiana-Calumet, part of, which is dedicated to building a global grassroots movement to raise awareness about human-driven climate change, to confront climate change denial, and to cut emissions of carbon dioxide in order to slow the rate of global warming. John has written for numerous online platforms, including The Huffington Post, Patheos,, Witches & Pagans, and John is an Editor-at-Large at, a community blog for Naturalistic Pagans. He is also a contributor there and writes a regular column called “The Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox”. John edited and contributed to the anthology, "Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans" (2016), which gathered the writings of 40 atheistic, humanistic, and naturalistic Pagans, pantheists, animists, Gaians, and other non-theistic Pagans from around the English-speaking world. John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment,” which can be found at The Statement has now collected over 9,000 signatures from over 80 countries, has been translated into 16 languages. It represents the most successful effort to date to harmonize the diverse voices of the Pagan community in defense of the Earth and the web of life. Since 2011, John has been writing about his often ambivalent relationship with Paganism, Unitarianism, and life, at John is also a Shaper of the fledgling Earthseed community, which is described at View all posts by John Halstead

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