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 Halstead is the author of Another End of the World is Possible, in which he explores what it would really mean for our relationship with the natural world if we were to admit that we are doomed. John is a native of the southern Laurentian bioregion and lives in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago. He is a co-founder of 350 Indiana-Calumet, which (until recently) worked to organize resistance to the fossil fuel industry in the Region. John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment.” He strives to live up to the challenge posed by the Statement through his writing and activism. John has written for numerous online platforms, including Patheos, Huffington Post,, and Gods & Radicals. He is Editor-at-Large of John also edited the anthology, Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans and authored Neo-Paganism: Historical Inspiration & Contemporary Creativity. He is also a Shaper of the Earthseed community, more about which can be found at View all posts by John Halstead

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