Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...

Articles/Essays From Pagans

[Show all]

Views: 19,780,130

March 4th. 2017 ...

Finding Balance: Discipline Wedded to Devotion

February 10th. 2017 ...

Understanding the Unseen

Kitchen Magic and Memories

January 10th. 2017 ...

The Gray of 'Tween

Becoming a Sacred Dancer

Little Dog, Big Love

December 9th. 2016 ...

A Child's First Yule

November 10th. 2016 ...

What Exactly Is Witchcraft?

A Witch in the Bible Belt: Questions are Opportunities

On Death and Passing: Compassion Burnout in Healers and Shamans

What I Get from Cooking (And How it’s Part of My Path)

October 10th. 2016 ...

Witchcraft from the Outside

September 11th. 2016 ...

Wild Mountain Woman: Landscape Goddess

How Did I Get Here? (My Pagan Journey)

September 3rd. 2016 ...

Rethinking Heaven: What Happens When We Die?

What is Happening in My Psychic Reading?

Nature’s Reward

August 12th. 2016 ...

When Reality Rattles your Idea of the Perfect Witch

Past Midnight

Hungarian Belief in Fairies

Designing a Pagan Last Will and Testament

July 13th. 2016 ...

What Every Pagan Should Know About Curses

Magic With A Flick of my Finger

An Open Mind and Heart

Finding and Caring for Your Frame Drum

June 13th. 2016 ...

Pollyanna Propaganda: The Distressing Trend of Victim-Blaming in Spirituality

Living a Magickal Life with Fibromyalgia

My Father, My First God

Life is Awesome... and the Flu

May 15th. 2016 ...

Wiccan Spirituality

Faery Guided Journey

How to Bond with the Elements through Magick

Magical Household Cleaning

Working with the Elements

April 2nd. 2016 ...

Becoming Wiccan: What I Never Expected

An Alternative Conception of Divine Reciprocity

The Evolution of Thought Forms

The Fear of Witchcraft

Rebirth By Fire: A Love Letter to Mama Maui and Lady Pele

Magic in Sentences

Blowing Bubbles with the Goddess

March 28th. 2016 ...

Revisiting The Spiral

Still Practicing

Lateral Transcendence: Toward Greater Compassion

Spring Has Sprung!

January 22nd. 2016 ...

Coming Out of the Broom Closet

Energy and Karma

Community and Perception

December 20th. 2015 ...

Introduction to Tarot For the Novice

Magia y Wicca

October 24th. 2015 ...

Facing Your Demons: The Shadow Self

The Dream Eater--A Practical Use of Summoning Talismans

Native American Spirituality Myopia

A Dream Message

Feeling the Pulse of Autumn

October 16th. 2015 ...

Sacred Lands, Sacred Hearts

September 30th. 2015 ...

The Other-Side

September 16th. 2015 ...

Vegan or Vegetarian? The Ethical Debate

Nature Worship: or Seeing the Trees for the Ents

August 6th. 2015 ...

Lost - A Pagan Parent's Tale

July 9th. 2015 ...

Love Spells: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

The Magic of Weather

June 7th. 2015 ...

A Pagan Altar

A Minority of a Minority of a Minority

The Consort: Silent Partner or Hidden in Plain Sight?

Why I Bother With Ritual: Poetry and Eikonic Atheism

May 6th. 2015 ...

Gods, Myth, and Ritual in Naturalistic Paganism

I Claim Cronehood

13 Keys: The Crown of Kether

March 29th. 2015 ...

A Thread in the Tapestry of Witchcraft

March 28th. 2015 ...

On Wiccan Magick, Theurgy, Thaumaturgy and Setting Expectations

March 1st. 2015 ...

Choosing to Write a Shadow Book

Historiolae: The Spell Within the Story

February 1st. 2015 ...

Seeker Advice From a Coven Leader

The Three Centers of Paganism

Magick is No Illusion

The Ancient Use of God/Goddess Surnames

January 1st. 2015 ...

The Six Most Valuable Lessons I've Learned on My Path as a Witch

Manipulation of the Concept of Witchcraft

Publicly Other: Witchcraft in the Suburbs

NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.

Article Specs

Article ID: 11799

VoxAcct: 219240

Section: words

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 3,513

Times Read: 7,502

RSS Views: 39,533
Caffeina, Goddess of Untamed Energy

Author: True Pagan Warrior
Posted: August 12th. 2007
Times Viewed: 7,502

It is by Caffeina alone
that I set my mind in motion.
By the Beans of Java,
my thoughts acquire speed.
The hands acquire the shakes,
the shakes become a warning.
It is by Caffeina alone
that I set my mind in motion...

- Attributed to Isaac Bonewits

Caffeina, Goddess of Untamed Energy, comes to many of us through her sacred plant, coffee. This Dark Mother is bountiful, but must be honored regularly lest our faith waver. She springs forth, daughter of Earth and Sun, ready to deliver her father’s touch to any who are willing to accept it.

Very little has been written about Caffeina, arguably the most powerful goddess of the twenty-first century. It could be surmised that Her tradition is oral, because Her most devoted followers refuse to sit still long enough to write anything about her down. Thus my learning about Her ways has been entirely verbal, and I would not even be able to write this extremely brief article were it not for years of monastic training to quiet my mind.

The Dark Mother is a Goddess of mysterious ways. She can be elusive as aroma while as vibrant as boiling water. No entries on Her can be found on Wikipedia, WikiPagan or PaganWiki, and direct references to the goddess Caffeina in Google are lost in a cloud of steamy references to Italian web pages. However, it is possible, through careful inference and reconstruction, to uncover the truth about this vibrant Lady.

The history of coffee can be traced back as far as the ninth century CE in Ethiopia, where worship of Caffeina presumably began. Information from this time is sketchy, but legend holds that a goatherd named Kaldi or Khaldi found his wayward flock frolicking about after eating the berries of a shiny green-leafed shrub (another version provides that he was awoken by their dancing a dervish). His own consumption of the berries made him realize they had some serious mojo inside, and, if you believe the best-written versions, it took a distrustful monk throwing the beans in a fire to uncover their true potential. The experiments of these monks led to the earliest monastic order of Caffeina.

Coffee moved into Arabia, where according to Abd al-Qadir al-Jaziri in his book, "Umdat al safwa fi hill al-qahwa, " Sheikh Jamal-al-Din al-Dhabhani, mufti of Aden, was the first to adopt the use of coffee (circa 1454). Sufi mystics used it for sleep abatement and fundamentalist imams condemned it. Wise and vaporous, Caffeina expanded Her worship through the secret Dancing Goat Society, and slowly Her beverage and worship gained acceptance. Being a goddess of Earth, She sought to be grounded in the material world, and thus Her rituals became secular while not losing any of their power.

The worship of Caffeina in Her cup spread more quickly into Europe and the Americas. Coffee was cultivated in more and more areas, and both its praise and condemnation managed to make the Goddess of Untamed Energy a more widely-honored divinity. In the 1990s her hold over the secular world was secured by a marketing program rolled out by Starbucks Coffee Company: stores would be decorated in colors that denote one of the four essentials to good coffee, Grow (earth), Roast (fire), Brew (water), or Aroma (air). Quietly Caffeina, in Her guise as the Starbucks Siren, had lifted Her worship to new levels in the United States and worldwide.

Condemnation and praise by leaders of various religions helped to spur the worship of Caffeina. Although prohibitions on the drink were dropped from Islam in 1532, there even today faiths that forbid its consumption, such as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Forward-thinking Caffeinites and Javacrucians are optimistic that there will be a time when all faiths are welcome as valid points of view, and none are denied a seat at the metaphysical coffee table. To that end, only worshippers that are fully trained in functioning in the altered state Caffeina brings are permitted to engage in diplomatic relations with other religions, at least until after lunch.

Because of its inherently secular nature, it is difficult to track and categorize the styles of worship associated with Caffeina. Some prefer a solitary ritual that focuses on Her vibrancy entering the supplicant, while others almost exclusively praise her in groups, often centering on literature or social gatherings. Some tension exists between the solitary practitioners, who do not feel quite up to social interaction before they get to the all-important Caffeina rituals, and the social groups, who seem to function just fine before they partake of the sacred Cup. Perusing the rituals of the Javacrucianists suggests that they fall into the former group.

Still more complicated is the debate which rages over what forms of coffee are sacred to Caffeina. She is traditionally depicted as a woman rising from the vapors of a coffee cup, and fundamentalist followers argue that this is sufficient evidence that only hot coffee is acceptable. Similarly, a strong Caffeinite sect believes that milk, sugar, or other additions are sacrilege, and the only proper worship of the Dark Mother is in her true form of undoctored, black coffee.

Regardless of the tensions that spring quite naturally from such a stimulating religion, on one subject all adherents of Caffeina appear to agree: decaffeinated coffee serves no purpose. I was able to glean some hints of an ancient myth of a “Decaffeina” who was blamed for much of the emptiness and misery in the world today, and whose defeat will herald an age of great bounty and wakefulness, but I was unable to run down a primary source for the tale.

Like any Goddess or natural force, Caffeina must be treated with respect due Her station. One does not flippantly disregard Her power for long before one has a series of sleepless nights during which contemplation of such disrespect is likely. Sufferers of narcolepsy, clouded thoughts, and lethargy would do well to give Caffeina her due. Likewise, insomniacs, jittery people, and those who speak too quickly should not be so quick to condemn this Goddess, when understanding Her would more likely help them find the answers they seek.


Copyright: Copyright 2007 Terence P Ward.


True Pagan Warrior

Location: New Paltz, New York


Author's Profile: To learn more about True Pagan Warrior - Click HERE

Bio: Dak is the awfully convenient and extremely short name that Terence P Ward uses for festivals and gatherings where nobody has any paper and there's no guarantee that the coffee is going to be good anyway.

Other Articles: True Pagan Warrior has posted 5 additional articles- View them?

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE

Email True Pagan Warrior... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)

To send a private message to True Pagan Warrior ...

Pagan Essays

Pagan Web
8,000 Links

Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.

80,000 Profiles

Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops

Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2017 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World

Search Articles

 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide

NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).