The Secret History of St. Patrick’s Day, Again

Well, it’s that time of year again- the Liberalia. Some of you may know it as St. Patrick’s Day, but it was originally sacred to Dionysus (or Liber Pater as he came to be known after the clampdown on the Bacchanalia), as those who’ve read The Secret History of St. Patrick’s Day know. And this brings us back to Osiris, the father (or Pater) of the Egyptian Mystery Trinity. Here’s a sneak preview for those who haven’t read the article:

In Egyptian mythology, Osiris was killed on the 17th day of Athyr, the third month of the ancient calendar.

3/17 is also the date of a Masonically-created holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. The story has it that the holiday was established by high level Freemason, George Washington, allegedly to reward Irish soldiers in the Continental Army. But “St. Paddy’s” has traditionally been a very minor Saint’s day in Ireland. Considering that the day has become America’s defacto Bacchanal (which takes us back to Osiris) it’s worth noting some of the parallels of this day with Solar mythology.

• Osiris was believed to be the source of barley, which was used for brewing beer in Egypt.

• It’s customary to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day and Osiris was known as the “Green Man”


I also thought I’d take the occasion to post a drawing of the notorious Leprechaun hallucination as I actually remember it(and believe me, there’s no way I’ll ever forget it), at least before the coins started to rain from the ceiling. I can never capture the utter weirdness- or the crystalline vividness– of it, but this gives you a much better idea of the fine fellow’s appearance (and nasty disposition) than the photo collage I posted all those years ago.

I’ve been thinking after looking over my test results over at Genebase that maybe the little bugger hitched a ride from the bogs in the rich medium of my family’s DNA and decided to manifest himself in consensus “reality” for a couple minutes once my “reality” filters were suitably bypassed.

Or maybe it was something much weirder altogether.

UPDATE: Check out this new interview I did with, explaining the birth of The Secret Sun and much more.