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Flashback 2014 Mabon Celebration

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“Mabon — Dark and Light

Mabon bring day and night into balance with the Autumnal Equinox. Harvested fruits and vegetables seem alive, yet are cut from their roots. Leaves drop from the trees, which look dead, yet remain alive.

This holiday relates to matters of balance and paradox. Contrasts reveal themselves through duality and polarity. Explore the mysteries of dark and light, earth and sky, female and male, flesh and spirit, mortal and divine; as above, so below–all is connected. The equinox is a liminal time that draws power from being neither one thing or another, and yet both.

Honor deities with dual aspects. Janus is the Roman god of thresholds, also the past and future. Hella, the Norse underworld goddess, is half beautiful and half horrible. The Greek deity Hermaphroditus is both male and female. For decorations, choose strong color contrasts like black and white or brown and gold. For officiants, consider a priestess and a priest, someone old and young, or any divergent pair ti manifest the dual aspect. Marginal locations, such as a beach or edge of an ocean, draw power from different realms. Twilight is an in-between time that lends it energy to your ritual.”

Copyright 2014 Elizabeth Barrette Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook Page 105

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Flashback 2014 Ostara Celebration

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“Ostara — Abundant Spring Critters

Ostara is the height of spring. It corresponds to dawn, the east, and abundance. Many animals bear their young or come out of their resting phase. Creatures associated with Ostara include rabbits, hares, sucks, chickens, sheep and goats. They most often appear as babies or even eggs for the birds. they are sacred to Eostre and other vernal deities.

Observe the sabbat by honoring the spring critters. Decorate your altar with images of them. [Even cut outs from magazines or printed off the inter net will work.] Spring colors such as mint green, lavender, pink, and butter yellow are also appropriate. You can borrow Easter decorations, candy, cookie cutters, etc, for Ostara because much of the symbolism overlaps.

If you keep any spring related animals as pets or livestock, do a blessing for them. Tell stories and legends about them or watch cartoons that feature them (think seasonal specials). You can discuss from a Pagan perspective.

A fun activity is divination, especially if children attend this ritual. Decorate eggs with runes, ogham, or other symbols the represent different qualities, The eggs you find will then add up to a reading (You ma also mark rubber duckies and float them in a kiddie pool for people to select.)

 

Copyright 2014 Elizabeth Barrette Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook Page 51

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Flashback 2013 Mabon Celebration

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“The wheel of the year inexorably continues to turn toward darkness. Dark starts to come a little faster now, and the air is a bit fresher and cooler each morning. Take note of the changing seasons and the leaves as they begin their colorful display. This is the season of Dionysus, lord of the vine. The grapes harvest is in, and wines are being produced everywhere. This autumn, go to some local wineries, enjoy the local vineyards, and support your local vintners. Take a few moments to slow down, relax, and celebrate this enchanted time of the harvest. You can even make this into a family event. PAck a picnic lunch, bring a bottle of fancy grape juice for the kids. The adults can share a bottle of wine and everyone can raise thieir glass in a toast to Dionysus and the harvest!

We thank you for your magick Dionysus lord of the vine,

With much joy and reverence we celebrate the harvest time.

All around us, autumn colors are painted upon the leaves,

May we know the blessings of comfort, bliss, and prosperity.

Copyright 2013 Ellen Dugan Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook Page 101

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WOTC Extra, Extra – Brigid: Goddess or Patron Saint of Ireland?

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Brigid, the Celtic Goddess

Triple Goddess and Beloved Christian Saint

The Celtic goddess Brigid and her namesake, Saint Brigid of Ireland, can lay claim to being the most complex, intriguing, widespread, timeless, and beloved of all legendary ladies. Brigid appears in many different guises, with numerous names, in many different European cultures. And she has survived the ravages of time much better than most.

Known as Bride in Scotland, Brigandu in France, Ffaid in Wales, and Brigitania in England, the Irish goddess Brigid (usually pronounced Breet) is also known by the names Brighid, Bridget, Brid, and others. Her varying identities reflect her original image as a triple goddess, but with each of her three faces differing in their gifts.

The Brigid first worshipped in ancient times was the daughter of the great Irish god Dagda, the ‘Good Father’. She had two sisters who were also named Brigid. Taken together, they were called the ‘Three Mothers’, ‘Three Sisters’, or simply the Goddess Brigid.

Unlike in Greek mythology where the Triple Goddess represented the three chronological stages of a woman’s life (Maiden, Matron, and Crone), the Bridgets were all of the same generation and the distinctions between them were based on their domains of responsibility.

Brigid, the ‘Fire of the Hearth’, was the goddess of fertility, family, childbirth and healing.

Brigid, the ‘”Fire of the Forge’, was like the Greek goddess Athena, a patroness of the crafts (especially weaving, embroidery, and metalsmithing), and a goddess who was concerned with justice and law and order.

Brigid, the ‘Fire of Inspiration’, was the muse of poetry, song history and the protector of all cultural learning.

Much later, when the Christian church came to Ireland, they had little hope of making converts if they were to denounce the beloved goddess of the Druids as a wicked demon. So instead they made her a saint. Many of the ancient legends of the goddess were soon to become the deeds of the saint. (Note: Some scholars cite evidence that Saint Brigid was an actual woman, the daughter of a Druid king and his Christian wife.)

In whatever form she might take, Saint or Goddess, Brigid is loved as a goddess of peace and inspiration, one of compassion and generosity, and one who had great gifts of insight and wisdom.

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The Goddess Gift

 

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WOTC Extra – Celtic Gods and Goddesses

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 Celtic Gods and Goddesses

The Druid priests of the Celts did not write down the stories of their gods and goddesses, but instead transmitted them orally, so our knowledge of the early Celtic deities is limited. Romans of the first century B.C. recorded the Celtic myths and then later, after the introduction of Christianity to the British Isles, the Irish monks of the 6th century and Welsh writers later wrote down their traditional stories.

Alator

The Celtic god Alator was associated with Mars, the Roman war god. His name is said to mean “he who nourishes the people”.

Albiorix

The Celtic god Albiorix was associated with Mars as Mars Albiorix. Albiorix is the “king of the world.”

Belenus

Belenus is a Celtic god of healing worshiped from Italy to Britain. The worship of Belenus was linked with the healing aspect of Apollo. The etymology of Beltaine may be connected with Belenus. Belenus is also written: Bel, Belenos, Belinos, Belinu, Bellinus, and Belus.

Borvo

Borvo (Bormanus, Bormo) was a Gallic god of healing springs whom the Romans associated with Apollo. He is depicted with helmet and shield.

Bres

Bres was a Celtic fertility god, the son of the Fomorian prince Elatha and the goddess Eriu. Bres married the goddess Brigid. Bres was a tyrannical ruler, which proved his undoing. In exchange for his life, Bres taught agriculture and made Ireland fertile.

Brigantia

British goddess connected with river and water cults, equated with Minerva, by the Romans and possibly linked with the goddess Brigit.

Brigit

Brigit is the Celtic goddess of fire, healing, fertility, poetry, cattle, and patroness of smiths. Brigit is also known as Brighid or Brigantia and in Christianity is known as St. Brigit or Brigid. She is compared with the Roman goddesses Minerva and Vesta.

Cerridwen

Ceridwen is a Celtic shape-shifting goddess of poetic inspiration. She keeps a cauldron of wisdom. She is the mother of Taliesin.

Cernunnos

Cernunnos is a horned god associated with fertility, nature, fruit, grain, the underworld, and wealth, and especially associated with horned animals like the bull, stag, and a ram-headed serpent. Cernunnos is born at the winter solstice and dies at the summer solstice. Julius Caesar associated Cernunnos with the Roman Underworld god Dis Pater.

Source: “Cernunnos” A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. James McKillop. Oxford University Press, 1998.

Epona

Epona is a Celtic horse goddess associated with fertility, a cornucopia, horses, asses, mules, and oxen who accompanied the soul on its final journey. Uniquely for the Celtic goddesses, the Romans adopted her and erected a temple to her in Rome.

Esus

Esus (Hesus) was a Gallic god named along with Taranis and Teutates. Esus is linked with Mercury and Mars and rituals with human sacrifice. He may have been a woodcutter.

Latobius

Latobius was a Celtic god worshipped in Austria. Latobius was a god of mountains and sky equated with the Roman Mars and Jupiter.

Lenus

Lenus was a Celtic healing god sometimes equated with the Celtic god Iovantucarus and the Roman god Mars who in this Celtic version was a healing god.

Lugh

Lugh is a god of craftsmanship or a solar deity, also known as Lamfhada. As leader of the Tuatha De Danann, Lugh defeated the Fomorians at the Second Battle of Magh.

Maponus

Maponus was a Celtic god of music and poetry in Britain and France, sometimes associated with Apollo.

Medb

Medb (or Meadhbh, Méadhbh, Maeve, Maev, Meave, and Maive), goddess of Connacht and Leinster. She had many husbands and figured in the Tain Bo Cuailgne (Cattle Raid of Cooley). She may have been a motyher goddess or historical.

Morrigan

Morrigan is a Celtic goddess of war who hovered over the battlefield as a crow or raven. She has been equated with Medh. Badb, Macha, and Nemain may have been aspects of her or she was part of a trinity of war goddesses, with Badb and Macha.

The hero Cu Chulainn rejected her because he failed to recognize her. When he died, Morrigan sat on his shoulder as a crow. She is usually referred to as “the Morrigan”.

Source: “Mórrígan” A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. James McKillop. Oxford University Press, 1998.

Nehalennia

Nehalennia was a Celtic goddess of seafarers, fertility and abundance.

Nemausicae

Nemausicae was a Celtic mother goddesses of fertility and healing.

Nerthus

Nerthus was a Germanic fertility goddess mentioned in Tacitus’ Germania.

Nuada

Nuada (Nudd or Ludd) is the Celtic god of healing and much more. He had an invincible sword that would cut his enemies in half. He lost his hand in battle which meant that he was no longer eligible to rule as king until his brother made him a silver replacement. He was killed by the god of death Balor.

Saitada

Saitada was a Celtic goddess from the Tyne Valley in England whose name may mean “goddess of grief.”

By N.S. Gill, Ancient/Classical History Expert

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Flashback 2013 Ostara Celebration

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“Finally, winter is losing its grip on the land and life is starting to emerge. But this season is wild and untamed. One day may be warm and springlike, but the next could dump one last shot of snow. Nature keeps us guessing, and we will never tame her energy. With that in mind, the Greek Goddess of the Hunt, Artemis, is a perfect deity to work with on this sabbat. The eternal Virgin, the untamed wild, and free huntress of the forests and of the night. Associated with the Moon, fertility, and childbirth. Artemis protects the wild, unspoiled places in nature and is naturally connected with the growing season. Her symbol, the waxing crescent Moon, is visible in the night sky right now. So call upon Artremis and allow her to bring her movement, courage and a sense of freedom into your celebration of the spring.

Artemis, the brave and wild huntress, hear my  cry,

Your symbol, the waxing Moon shines down from the sky

Eternal Maiden, you represent fertility,

At the Vernal Equinox, send your blessings to me.”

Copyright 1999 Ellen Dugan Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook Page 51

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Deity of the Day for March 16th – Cybele (Roman Goddess)

Deity of the Day

Cybele

(Roman Goddess Associated With Ostara)

 

This mother goddess of Rome was at the center of a rather bloody Phrygian cult, in which eunuch priests performed mysterious rites in her honor. Her lover was Attis (he was also her grandson, but that’s another story), and her jealousy caused him to castrate and kill himself. His blood was the source of the first violets, and divine intervention allowed Attis to be resurrected by Cybele, with some help from Zeus. In some areas, there is still an annual three-day celebration of Attis’ rebirth and Cybele’s power.

Today, many people still honor Cybele, although not in quite the same context as she once was. Groups like the Maetreum of Cybele honor her as a mother goddess and protector of women.

 

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Author: Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert

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Flashback 2006 Mabon Celebration

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“As the season of autumn begins, we celebrate the second harvest festival and the Witch’s Thanksgiving. The Autumn Equinox marks the time of equal day and night and the beginning of fall. Meditate on bring balance into you life this autumn. Get outside and rejoice in the changing leaves and the glorious colors, scents, and textures of fall.

Traditional harvest themes work into your magical decorations beautifully. Try arranging apples or ornamental corn in a basket or group cute miniature pumpkins and gourds together on your shelve or mantle. Add some pretty pine cones and autumn leaves in their rich colors and dress things up a bit. Tie a rustling bundle of corn stalks to your front porch to celebrate the earth’s blessings and harvest-tide. Hang up a trio of  ornamental corn over your front door. Bless it in the name of the Triple Goddess for protection and prosperity.

Three ears of corn for the Maiden, Mother, and Crone,

Protect our house, and bring prosperity home.

Copyright 2006 Ellen Dugan Lleweylln’s Witches Datebook 2006 Page 105

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