Deity of the Day for July 23 is Frigg, The Norse Goddess

Deity of the Day


The Norse Goddess


Areas of Influence: Frigg was the Norse Goddess of marriage, childbirth, motherhood, wisdom, household management and weaving and spinning.

She was the Queen of Aesir and the only one permitted to sit on the high seat other than her husband Odin.

This Goddess’s home was Fensalir (Marsh hall) in Asgard. All marshy and boggy ground was sacred to this Goddess.

As Goddess of weaving she was associated with weaving clouds and the threads of fate, known as Wyrd in the Nordic tradition. Despite this and the gift of prophecy she is unable to save her own son from his fate. The Goddess made him invincible to everything other than mistletoe but unfortunately Loki disguised himself and tricked her in to revealing this weakness.

She has more than ten handmaidens who assist her, the most well known of these are Hlin (Goddess of Protection), Gna (a messenger Goddess) and Fulla (a fertility Deity). Some academics have suggested that the attendants represent different faces of this particular Deity.

Barren women would invoke this Goddess and ask her to bless them with children.

Her name means “beloved one.” Other spellings of this Goddesses name include Frea, Fija, Friia, Frig and Friggja.

Origins and Genealogy: She was the daughter of Fjorgynn (the male personification of the earth) and was married to Odin with whom she had two sons, Balder and Hodr.

She was briefly married to Odin’s brother’s Vili and Ve as Odin had been away travelling a long time and was believed to be dead. When he finally returned, the marriage to Odin’s brothers was dissolved and she returned to her husband’s side.

Strengths: A loving mother and home maker.

Weaknesses: Unable to save her son.

Frigg’s Symbolism

Like Freya she wears a ravens clock.

She is associated with constellation the Orion’s Belt which was known as the Frig’s Distaff upon which she winds the threads of fate and weaves the clouds.

Sacred Birds: Ravens, hawks and falcons.

Sacred Plants: Frigg’s grass is a plant was traditionally used as a sedative during birth. Mistletoe is also sacred to her.

Frigg’s Archetype

The Mother

The Mother is a life-giver and the source of nurturing, devotion, patience and unconditional love. The ability to forgive and provide for her children and put them before herself is the essence of a good mother.

In its shadow aspect the Mother can be devouring, abusive and abandoning. The shadow Mother can also make her children feel guilty about becoming independent and leaving her. It is not necessary to be a biological Mother to have this stereotype. It can refer to anyone who has a lifelong pattern of nurturing and devotion to living things.

This Goddess was a devoted mother who was unable to prevent the death of her son. She is also a great domestic Goddess looking after the home.


How to Work With This Archetype

The Mother

You are exhibiting the features of the shadow Mother if you smother your children and are over protective. Encourage independence and allow children to make mistakes but be available to give care and advice when it’s needed.

The other shadow Mother is the one that abandons her children, or is so busy that she has no time for nurturing her young.



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Deity of the Day for July 19th is Themis The Greek Goddess

Deity of the Day


The Greek Goddess

TYPE: Areas of Influence: Themis the Greek Goddess was one of the ancient Titans. She was the Greek Goddess of divine justice, order and customs. In this role she sat in judgment of the recently deceased and decided whether they were sent to Tartarus or the Elysian Fields. This role is very similar to that of the earlier Egyptian Goddess Ma’at

She was the Goddess who called the Gods to assemble before Zeus and kept order during their lavish banquets.

Themis the Greek goddess also advised her husband on the principles of divine law and the rules of fate.

This Goddess also had the ability to foresee the future and was in charge of the Oracle of Delphi before she handed it over to Apollo.

Origins and Genealogy: This Deity was the daughter of Gaia and Ouranus, she had six brothers: Cronus, Oceanus, Hyperion, Lapetus, Cruis and Coeus and several sisters including Tethys, Theia, Pheobe and Mnemosyne.

With Zeus she had several children: Eunomia (order), Dike (justice), Eirene (peace) and the Moirai (the Fates). She is also considered by some to be the mother of Prometheus.

Strengths: Balancing and just able to predict the future.

Weaknesses: Very exacting in her standards.

Themis’s Symbolism

Themis is often shown blind folded holding the scales of justice.

Roman Equivalent of Themis: Lustitia

Themis’s Archetypes

The Judge:

The Judge’s role is to balance justice with compassion. Ensuring a distribution of power that provides realistic and fair boundaries that encourage people to take responsibility for their actions.

Shadow Judge misuses his power to enforce rules over others by manipulating laws. They are over critical and very judgmental of others, the sort of tyrant that makes you feel you are tip toeing round on eggshells trying not to draw their wrath.

This is an obvious choice of Archetype for Themis the Greek Goddess as she is Goddess of Justice.

The Visionary:

The Visionary is able to track probable outcomes for the future and able to envisage a better way of living for all mankind. They are clear channels for spirit communication.

Shadow Visionary sells their prophetic abilities to the highest bidder. They may even manipulate what they have seen to make it more palatable for their audience. The other shadow Visionary is so absorbed in their dreams that they are unable to function in the everyday world.

As keeper of the Oracle of Delphi Themis the Greek Goddess fits this Archetypal role. It is she that prophecies that Zeus will like his father before him be overthrown by one of his children.


How To Work With these Archetypes

The Judge:

The Judge is one of your Archetypes if you work in roles where you are often called upon to mediate between different sides. You may also have high standards and ideals which you encourage others to adopt.

This Archetype is an excellent one to work with if you are facing any legal proceedings or other situations in your life where you want justice to be done.

This Goddess should only be invoked if you wish to work with the universal laws of harmony and justice. If you are trying to enforce your own standards or seek revenge for perceived wrong doings you will be working with the Shadow aspect of the judge.

The Visionary:

You may be drawn to the Visionary if you possess psychic or visionary abilities yourself. The shadow aspect of this Archetype reminds you to use your gifts wisely and to remember to stay grounded in this reality.

You may also seek out this Archetype if you are at a cross roads in your life and are unsure what path to take. Work with this Goddess and look for the signs/symbols which will point you in the right direction. Remember that the path she indicates is the one for your highest good.



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Other Spiritual Entities

Other Spiritual Entities


Although ordinarily you can’t see them, many beings share your world with you. Perhaps you’re aware of spirits around you — you may see or hear them, or simply sense their presence. Some of the entities reside here in the physical realm, others exist in what is often thought of as heaven. These distinctions, however, are a bit misleading, as the various levels of existence aren’t really separate — they interact with and permeate one another.


Elementals are so named because they represent the four elements:earth, air, fire, and water. Most of the time you can’t see them, though occasionally they cross over into human beings’ range of vision. If you befriend them, elementals can serve as devoted helpers who will eagerly assist you in performing magick spells.

Gnomes are earth spirits. Sometimes called trolls or leprechauns, these creatures can assist you with practical matters and prosperity magick. Salamanders are fire spirits. When you need inspiration, courage, or a boost of vitality, call upon these lively beings.

Sylphs are air spirits; their specialty is communication. Seek their aid when you need help with negotiating contracts, legal issues, or other concerns that involve communication. Ondines are water spirits. They can help you with emotional matters, especially love spells.

Folklore and fairy tales frequently refer to nonphysical entities. Seafaring legends, for instance, often mention mermaids. Leprechauns appear with regularity in Irish lore. Angels and spiritual guardians are discussed in the mythologies of most religions. So many people — not just witches — claim to have witnessed these beings that it’s hard to dismiss them as pure fantasy.


Most people think of faeries as tiny Tinkerbell-like creatures, but that’s not an accurate perception — those delicate, winged beings are probably sylphs. Opinions vary regarding the true nature of faeries. By some accounts, faeries evolved from the Picts, the indigenous people who lived in Ireland and parts of Britain before the Saxons invaded the Isles. Morgan Le Fay, King Arthur’s sister, may have been a bean-sidhe or faery woman.

Another theory suggests that faeries are the energetic prototypes from which humans developed. These beings look like beautiful people whose forms are virtually perfect. Faeries are said to live almost forever — in the faery world time as you know it has no meaning.

Regardless of which view you accept, you’ll want to proceed cautiously if you decided to deal with faeries. Clever shapeshifters, these beings can be tricksters who might help or harm you, depending on how they feel about you. It’s said that life with the faeries is so seductive you won’t want — or be able — to return to an ordinary earthly existence once you enter their world. Legend warns that eating or drinking with them will trap you in the faery realm forever.

Make sure to treat elementals with consideration and respect — if they don’t like you, they might play tricks on you. Always remember to thank the elementals who assist you in your spell working, too, and perhaps offer them a small gift to show your appreciation.


Native Americans and Asians, in particular, often call upon the ancestors for guidance and assistance. “Ancestors” may be actual, deceased relatives of the person who petitions them, or they can be spirits the person never knew on earth. These wise, compassionate entities serve as guardians and guides, offering healing, protection, and other benefits to human beings. The “Sage” referred to in the I Ching is a good example of an ancestor figure.

You could choose to meet with your ancestors by going on a shamanic journey, mentally traveling to the spirit world as you would physically travel on earth to visit friends or relatives. Unlike faeries and elementals, the ancestors don’t play tricks on humans; they are concerned with the well-being and spiritual advancement of earth’s creatures. In return for an ancestor’s help, you may want to offer a gift to express your thanks. Native Americans frequently make offerings of tobacco in gratitude.


Virtually every faith speaks of angels in its legends, myths, and religious texts. According to most views, angels are considered to be cosmic messengers and spiritual guardians. They protect and guide human beings. They also serve as celestial helpers who carry requests between earth and the divine realm.

Pictures almost always depict angels with glowing haloes and beautiful feathered wings, and people usually describe them as having these features. However, this may be an illusion. Most likely, haloes and wings are vital energy fields or auras emanating from an angel’s form.

Spiritual and magickal traditions present many different conceptions of angels. The most common image is the guardian angel. Many people believe that everyone has a personal angelic guide, a benevolent being who may or may not have been human at one time. Your angel hears your prayers, watches over you, and helps you handle the challenges in your life.

Another theory proposes the existence of an angelic hierarchy, composed of many types of angels with varying roles and powers. This hierarchy includes seven levels of angelic beings, the lowest level being personal guardian angels (which are just above humans). Archangels, including Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel, occupy the second level. Above them come the Principalities, then the Powers, Virtues, Dominions, and Cherubim. The Seraphim reside on the topmost tier. These heavenly hosts combat evil forces and keep the universe functioning.

How you choose to view spirits is up to you. You may accept or reject the existence of any or all nonphysical entities. Most witches believe in at least some of these spirits, although their ideas often differ. If you are among the “believers,” you might want to work with some of these spiritual beings. In the magickal view of the world, all entities — physical and nonphysical — are linked energetically. When you improve your relationships with angels, faeries, elementals, and others in the spirit realms, everything in the universe benefits.

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Gods and Their Attributes

Gods and Their Attributes


Since the beginning of time, cultures around the world have honored a masculine force. The yang energy of the universe has been depicted in various guises and personalities, as individual deities with specific natures, powers, and responsibilities. The many faces of the God express qualities associated with the male archetype: strength, virility, daring, leadership skills, logic, protection, knowledge, and courage.

Here are some of the god figures found in various cultures around the world and the attributes connected with them.

Gods of the World

Name Culture Attributes
Adibuddha Indian ultimate male essence
Aengus Irish youth, love
Agassou Benin protection, guidance
Ahura Mazda Persian knowledge
Aker Egyptian gatekeeper
Anu Babylonian fate
Apollo Greek beauty, poetry, music, healing
Bes Egyptian playfulness
Bunjil Australian vital breath
Byelbog Slavonic forest protector
Damballah Haitian wisdom, reassurance
Ea Chaldean magick, wisdom
Ganesa Indian strength, perseverance, overcoming obstacles
Green Man Celtic fertility, nature, abundance, sexuality
Hanuman Indian learning
Horus Egyptian knowledge, eternal life, protection
Itzamna Mayan written communication
Lugh Celtic craftsmanship, healing, magick
Mars Roman aggression, war, vitality, courage
Mercury Roman intelligence, communication, trade, travel
Mithras Persian strength, virility, courage, wisdom
Odin Scandinavian knowledge, poetry, prophesy
Osiris Egyptian vegetation, civilization, learning
Pan Greek woodlands, nature, fertility
Shiva Indian destruction, transformation
Sin Chaldean time, life cycles
Thoth Egyptian knowledge, science, the arts
Tyr Teutonic law, athletics
Vishnu Indian preservation, stability
Zeus Greek authority, justice, abundance, magnanimity

Archetypes transcend nationalities and religions, appearing in various yet similar forms in many different cultures. For example, the Greek god Zeus corresponds to the Roman god Jupiter. You can see overlaps between the Egyptian god Thoth and the Greeks’ Hermes. Mars and Mithras, both gods of war, were worshiped by soldiers in Rome and Persia, respectively.

On days when a witch wishes to identify with certain god-like qualities, she can ask for help from a deity who embodies those attributes. If you want to ace an exam, you could call on Mercury, Thoth, or Hermes to assist you. If you hope to overcome a formidable challenge or adversary, Ganesh is the god with whom to ally yourself. Regardless of your goal or concern, you’ll find a deity who can provide the help you need.

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The Divine Masculine

The Divine Masculine

The feminine is not complete without the male; together, these energetic polarities form a whole. Before the re-emergence of goddess-centered spirituality, only the male divinity’s face was present in most parts of the world. Some Wiccans and witches concentrate on the Divine Feminine. Others, however, believe that the Divine expresses as both male and female.

Witches often depict the Divine Masculine as having three faces, which represent the stages of a man’s life: youth, maturity, and old age. However, witches aren’t the only ones who envision a tripart God. Christians honor the male trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In the Hindu religion, Brahma represents the creative principle of God, Vishnu is considered the preserver, and Shiva is the destroyer. Although the cultural aspects of these deities may differ, they still recognize the tripart expression of the masculine force.

The Son

The youthful aspect of the God is depicted as the Son. He signifies naiveté, daring, a sense of adventure, vitality, action, exuberance, and freedom. The ancient Egyptians expressed this archetype as Horus, who flies through the sky freely, with the sun in one eye and the moon in the other.

In magickal mythology, the Oak King represents the waxing year. This rather cocky young male takes over from the elder aspect of the God at year’s end by battling him for the crown. The tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an excellent illustration of this concept, the Green Knight being the elder god.

The Horned God that witches honor also symbolizes this facet of the Divine Masculine. His wildness, sensuality, and passion make him brashly attractive. This deity expresses the witch’s connection to nature as well, and to all the primal magick therein. Cupid (the son of Venus) is another easily discernible example of the youthful virility associated with the Son.

The Father

In the Father, the mature face of God is emphasized. This aspect of the Divine Masculine represents strength, power, authority, leadership ability, protection, responsibility, and courage. He is viewed as the warrior king in some cultures, the wise ruler in others. In modern Western society, he could be seen as the capable corporate executive.

Mars, the god of war in Roman mythology, was a staunch protector of the land. He symbolizes the transition from the son aspect of the God to the father phase. Interestingly enough, another name for Mars was Marpiter (Father Mars), implying an older, more experienced deity.

Like the Goddess, the God possesses a creative aspect. Indeed, both forces are necessary for creation. The Father God in some early cultures oversaw the crafts, such as those of the smiths who were regarded as magick workers in their own right. Hephaestus, originally a fire god in Lycia and Asia Minor, eventually became the god of craftspeople in Greece. He earned this reputation by constructing palaces for the gods and fashioning Zeus’s thunderbolts. This creative aspect of the Father can also be seen in the figure of Bahloo, the Australian aborigine All-Father, whose job was to create all animals and people with his consort.

The Grandfather

In the tarot, the grandfather aspect of the God energy is illustrated as The Hermit. This card usually shows a bearded old man dressed in long robes, retreating into the darkness. However, he holds a lantern high, shining light to illuminate the way for those who wish to follow and learn what he knows.

The elder aspect of the masculine deity, or Grandfather, is as wise and wily as his female consort. He oversees the underworld (the place where souls are said to go between lives), destiny, death, resurrection, and justice. Like the Crone’s, his concerns extend beyond the physical world and involve the process of transformation, assimilation of knowledge, and movement between the various levels of existence.

The mythological elder god, known as the Holly King, who battles with the Oak King is one version of the grandfather archetype. Truthfully, the grandfather could win this battle with his wits if he so chooses. Nonetheless, he allows himself to lose so that the Wheel of Life will keep turning.

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Goddesses and Their Attributes

Goddesses and Their Attributes

Cultures around the world have long viewed the Goddess in many forms, with many faces. Our ancestors divided the Divine Feminine into lots of different deities and assigned certain attributes, powers, and responsibilities to each. Thus, individual goddesses express the various aspects of the feminine archetype.

Some depictions of the Goddess embody characteristics that are unique to the national or religious traditions of the people who worshiped her. In most cases, however, goddess figures express similar qualities, regardless of the country or faith with which they are associated.


The Greek goddess Aphrodite and the Romans’ Venus both represent love and beauty. Pele, the Hawaiian fire goddess, has much in common with Kali, the Indian goddess of destruction and rebirth. The Buddhist Kuan Yin and the Christian Mary both symbolize compassion.

Whatever she’s called, however her story is told, the inherent features of the Divine Feminine — fertility, creativity, compassion, wisdom, beauty, love, healing — can be seen in the deities of all cultures. Here are some of the world’s many goddesses and the attributes usually associated with them.

Goddesses of the World

Name Culture Attributes
Aino Finnish beauty
Amaterasu Japanese beauty, leadership, brightness
Aphrodite Greek love, beauty, sensuality
Artemis Greek courage, independence, protection
Axo Mama Peruvian fertility
Bast Egyptian playfulness, joy
Brigid Celtic creativity, smithcraft, inspiration, healing
Calypso Greek music
Ceres Roman nourishment, health
Ceridwin Celtic inspiration, wisdom
Concordia Roman peace
Cybele Asia Minor fertility
Diana Roman hunting, purity, independence
Freya Norse love, healing, sensuality
Hathor Egyptian love
Hecate Greek magick, death, wisdom
Inanna Sumerian journeys, facing fears, courage, grief
Isis Egyptian art, nourishment, wholeness, awakening
Kali Indian transformation, destruction, change
Kuan Yin Chinese compassion, humanitarianism, mercy
Lakshmi Indian wealth, abundance
Medea Greek magick
Pele Hawaiian fiery spirit, destruction and rebirth, vitality
Sekmet Egyptian grace, dignity, strength
Siva Slavic fertility
Sophia Greek wisdom, primal power
Uttu Sumerian creativity
Tara Indian nourishment, protection, compassion
Tiamet Babylonian power, magick, protection
Wang-mu Chinese immortality
Yemaja Nigerian secrets, dreams, childbirth, purification

On days when a witch wishes to connect with certain qualities in herself or wants to strengthen abilities she feels are weak, she can ask for help from a goddess who embodies those beneficial qualities. Say you have an important business meeting coming up and you want to make a good impression. The Egyptian sun goddess Sekmet, depicted as a lioness, symbolizes the attributes you desire to accomplish your goals. Align yourself with her energy to accomplish your aims.

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The Divine Feminine

The Divine Feminine

Perhaps the most profound and omnipresent symbol of the Divine Feminine is Mother Earth herself. Concern for the environment and “green” practices demonstrate respect for the Goddess, who is manifest in all of nature. It’s no accident that movements honoring the earth and the Goddess evolved simultaneously. Indeed, many witches believe that unless Goddess energy reawakens within each of us and in the world as a whole, the planet may be destroyed.

Witches often depict the Goddess in three stages that represent the three phases of a woman’s life: maiden, mother, and crone. Celtic art illustrates this tripart nature as three interlocking pointed loops called vesica piscis, which symbolize the opening to the womb. Others show the feminine trinity as three phases of the moon: waxing, waning, and full.

The Maiden

The Maiden Goddess signifies youth. In this aspect, she symbolizes innocence, hope, joy, curiosity, flexibility, courage, and enthusiasm. Greco-Roman mythology expressed this phase of the Goddess as Luna, the chaste moon goddess. Diana, Artemis, Eos, Renpet, Bast, and Persephone also characterize the maiden aspect of the Divine Feminine.

In magickal work, the following can serve as symbolic associations for the Maiden:

  • Baby animals (before puberty)
  • The colors silver, white, and light blue
  • Lightweight clothing and delicate fabrics such as gauze, lace, thin cotton, and silk
  • Clear quartz, pearl, diamond, aquamarine
  • The chaste tree, meadowsweet, lemongrass, white rose, hyacinth, narcissus, crocus, apple blossoms, peach blossoms, lilac, gardenia
  • The morning hours of the day, from dawn until noon
  • The spring months
  • The waxing moon

The Mother

The Mother Goddess signifies maturity. Her attributes include fertility, creativity, nurturing, comfort, abundance, strength, sensuality, confidence, and power. Pele, Gaia, Freya, Isis, Ceres, Demeter, Brigid, Oshun, Yemaja, Aphrodite, Venus, Tara, and Mary are among the goddesses who personify the mother phase of the Divine Feminine.

In magickal work, the following can serve as symbolic associations for the Mother:

  • Pregnant or nursing animals
  • Rich colors: ruby red, forest green, royal blue, and amber
  • Luxurious clothing and fabrics including velvet, damask, cashmere, silk, and mohair
  • Geode, emerald, turquoise, opal, coral, rose quartz, amber
  • Apple, pomegranate, peach, raspberry, strawberry, red clover, red rose, mint, iris, jasmine, cinnamon, parsley, daisy, myrtle, orchid, saffron
  • The afternoon hours, from noon to sunset
  • Summer through the harvest season
  • The full moon

The Crone

The Crone signifies the years after menopause. In some traditions, a woman is considered a Crone after she has experienced her second Saturn Return (usually at about age fifty-eight). The attributes inherent in this aspect of the Divine Feminine include wisdom, intuition, prophecy, stability, pragmatism, patience, detachment, and fortitude.


The last phase of womanhood, the crone period, is the one usually associated with witches. The traditional images of the ancient crone or hag aren’t attractive, but that reaction is not surprising. Humans are afraid of mortality and the Crone reminds one of old age and death.

Sophia, Hecate, Ceridwen, White Buffalo Woman, Butterfly Woman, Kali, Lilith, Baba Yaga, and Kuan Yin are among the goddesses who personify the crone phase of the Divine Feminine. In magickal work, the following can serve as symbolic associations for the Crone:

  • Old animals
  • Dark colors: brown, black, midnight blue, purple
  • Heavy clothing (often robes) and fabrics including wool, linen, and velvet
  • Smoky quartz, jet, onyx, amethyst, fossils
  • Holly, mandrake, pine, juniper, mistletoe, nightshade, nuts, oak, moss, wintergreen, ginseng; also dried or withered plants
  • The hours from sunset to dawn
  • Late fall and winter
  • The waning moon
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The Charge Of The Crone

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The Charge Of The Crone

by Jim Garrison


Hear the words of the Dark Goddess who stands within the
crossroads, whose torch illuminates the Underworld:

I am the Queen of Magic and the dark of the Moon, hidden in
the deepest night. I am the mystery of the Otherworld and the fear
that coils about your heart in the time of your trials. I am the soul
of nature that gives form to the universe; it is I who await you at the
end of the spiral dance. Most ancient among gods and mortals, let my
worship be within the heart that has truly tasted life, for behold all acts
of magic and art are my pleasure and my greatest ritual is love itself.
Therefore let there be beauty in your strength, compassion in your
wrath, power in your humility, and discipline balanced through mirth
and reverence. You who seek to remove my veil and behold my true
face, know that all your questioning and efforts are for nothing, and all
your lust and desires shall avail you not at all. For unless you know my
mystery, look wherever you will, it will elude you, for it is within you and
nowhere else. For behold, I have ever been with you, from the very
beginning, the comforting hand that nurtured you in the dawn of life,
and the loving embrace that awaits you at the end of each life, for I am
that which is attained at the end of the dance, and I am the womb of new
beginnings, as yet unimagined and unknown.

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