Deities

Deity of the Day for April 17th is Atlas

Deity of the Day


Atlas

Atlas was one of the Titans, son of Iapetus and Clymene, and brother of Prometheus, Epimetheus and Menoetius. During the Titanomachy, the War between the Titans and the Olympian gods, Atlas and his brother Menoetius sided with the Titans, while Prometheus and Epimetheus helped the Olympian gods. Atlas was the leader in the batttle; however, being on the losing side, Zeus condemned him to eternally stand on the western side of Gaea (the earth) holding Uranus (the sky) on his shoulders. Therefore, the contemporary depiction of Atlas holding the Earth on his shoulders is a misconception.

He was the Titan god of astronomy and navigation and he was married to his sister, Phoebe. He had numerous children, including the Hesperides, the Hyades, Hyas, the Pleiades, Calypso, Dione and Maera. He was associated with the Atlas mountains in northwest Africa. According to a later myth, when Perseus went to that region, a giant named Atlas tried to drive him away. So, Perseus revealed Medusa’s head, whom he had already killed, thus turning Atlas into stone (the Atlas mountains themselves).

In the myth of the Twelve Labours of Heracles, the demigod was sent to bring the golden apples from Hera’s garden, tended by the Hesperides and guarded by the dragon Ladon. Heracles asked Atlas to bring the apples to him; during that time, he would replace him in holding up the sky. Atlas went and brought the apples to Heracles; he then attempted to trick him into holding the skies forever. However, Heracles managed to evade the trick and left with the apples.

 

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Greek Mythology

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Beltane Rites and Rituals-Beltane is a time to celebrate fertility and the greening of the earth. Try some of these celebrations and ritual ideas at Beltane to honor the arrival of spring and new life.

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Deity of the Day for April 16th is Annapurna, Hindu Goddess

Deity of the Day

Annapurna

Annapurna or Annapoorna from Sanskrit meaning the giver of food and nourishment. Also called অন্নদা (annadaa) in Bengali.) is the Hindu goddess of nourishment. Anna means “food” or “grains”. Purna means “full, complete and perfect”. She is an avatar (form) of Parvati, the wife of Shiva. Annapurna is eulogized in Annada Mangal, a narrative poem in Bengali by Bharatchandra Ray.

City of Kashi

Annapurna is the Goddess of the city of Kashi (now known as Varanasi, U.P., India). Kasi is also known as the City of Light. Ka means the cause, a means the manifestation of consciousness, sa means peace and i is the causal body. Kashi is also the place which causes consciousness to manifest the highest peace of the causal body.

Story of Parvati

Goddess Parvati was told by her consort Shiva that the world is an illusion and that food is a part of this illusion called māyā. The Divine Mother who is worshiped as the manifestation of all material things, including food, became angry. To demonstrate the importance of her manifestation of all that is material, she disappeared from the world. Her disappearance brought time to a standstill and the earth became barren. There was no food to be found anywhere, and all the beings suffered from the pangs of hunger.

Seeing all the suffering, Mother Parvati was filled with compassion and reappeared in Kasi and set up a kitchen. Hearing about her return, Shiva ran to her and presented his bowl in alms, saying, “Now I realize that the material world, like the spirit, cannot be dismissed as an illusion.” Parvati smiled and fed Shiva with her own hands.

Since then Parvati is worshiped as Annapurna, the Goddess of Nourishment.

Similarities

This legend is similar like Poornavalli Thayar or Poorna devi. Brahma and Shiva both had originally five heads. one day Brahma went to kailasah. parvati could not recognise Brahma she was confused and concluded it was her husband “shiva”. she started to perform padha pooja(ablution of feet, considered an act of respect). Brahma knew this fact but he remained silent. On seeing this shiva understood that parvathi had no intention she was unaware that one before who stood was not Her lord but it was brahma. Enraged in anger he plucked the brahma’s fifth head which resulted in “Brahmahatthi dosham” (sin resulted due to murder of brahmin”). The fifth head of brahma stuck in shiva’s hand. shiva wandered and visited temples to be relieved from the curse.To find salvation from the curse, Shiva went around the world on a pilgrimage begging for food, with Brahmma’s skull as the begging vessel. Every time someone filled the vessel with food, it vanished immediately, to Shiva’s horror. While coming to Thirukkarambanoor or Bhikshandar Kovil Uthamar Kovil Vishnu requested his consort Lakshmi to give alms to Shiva. Shiva’s grail was filled by the alms and Lakshmi came to be known as Poornavalli (the one who filled the grail). She got rid off shiva’s hunger completely. since shiva came with a begging bowl and his hunger was entirely satisfied At Uthamar Koil, Goddess Lakshmi filled the vessel with food, thus ending Shiva’s hunger

Epithets

Annapurna has many names. The Annapurna Sahasranam presents her one thousand names and the Annapurna Shatanama Stotram contains 108 of her names. She is variously described as:

  • She who is full, complete and perfect with food and grains
  • She who gives nourishment
  • She who is the strength of Shiva
  • She who is the grantor of knowledge
  • She who takes away all fear
  • She who is the Supreme welfare
  • She who manifests truth and efficiency
  • She who is beyond Maya
  • She who is the cause of creation and dissolution
  • She who is adi sakthi

Additional names and attributes of Goddess Annapurna as given in Annapurnashtakam Adi Sankaracharya who is also called Jagat -guru ( teacher of the World) in his famous hymn entitled Annapurnashtakam describes Goddess Annapurna in wonderful words. Additional names and attributes given to the Goddess in this Ashtakam describe not only Goddess Parvati but also the other Goddesses like Saraswati, Lakshmi and also Goddess Durga or Kali. It can also be mentioned in this context that Goddess S’akambari Devi also appears to be another name (perhaps the original name) of Goddess Annapurna.

Temples

The most well-known temple dedicated to Goddess Annapurna is in Varanasi, U.P., India. Adjacent to the Sanctum of the Goddess is the Kasi Viswanath temple. The two are separated by only a few yards. Annapurna is regarded as the queen of Varanasi alongside her husband Vishweshwar (Shiva), the King of Varanasi.

In the temple, at noon time, food offerings to the Goddess are distributed to the elderly and disabled daily. During the Autumn Navaratri food is distributed on a larger scale.

The other famous temple is Annapoorneshwari Temple, situated at Horanadu in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, where evening prayers are held after the devotees are fed.

In Kerala there is temple in Chalappally village by the name Kunnam Annapoorneswari Devi Temple. Another famous temple of the goddess is situated in Cherukunnu, Kannur, Kerala by the name Annapurneshwari Temple, Cherukunnu. In Thodupuzha town, there is Thachukuzhikavu Annapoorneswari-Bhadrakali-Navagraha Temple.

A temple for Annapoorna has been constructed near Watrap, on the way to Saduragiri. The temple is in the shape of eight-sided pyramid.

One more Annapurna Devi temple is under construction at Pathikonda, Kurnool Dist, Andhra Pradesh. In Hyderabad, her temples are found in Jafferguda. Her temples are there in Jalandhar and Bhatinda in Punjab.

In Maharashtra her tempes are found in Bhandara and Akola. There is also a famous temple in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Her temples are also found in Gujarat. In Unjha, Gujarat, she is worshipped in as Umiya Mata. Some people in Gujarat and Rajasthan also consider Ashapura Mata as an incarnation of Annapoorna Mata.

In Rajasthan, her temples are found in Mishroli village in Jhalawar district, Kagdara village in Pali district, There is one temple of Annapoorna Mata in Chittorgarh Fort. It was built by Maharana Hamir Singh. There are other temples in the fort near the Annapoorna Mata temple which are dedicated to Baan Mata, Charbhuja and Lakshmi-Narayan.

On the top of the Ramgarh hill, Rajasthan, Kisnai and Annapurna Devi temples are situated in the natural cave. About 750 stairs were constructed by Jhala Jalim Singh for reaching the temple on the hill top. The main speciality of this temple is that one Devi is worshiped with Meva and another is with Mas- Madira. At the time of Parshad, curtain is raised between the two Devis. Fair is also organised during Kartik Purnima.

 

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Deity of the Day for April 14th is Dione

Deity of the Day

Dione

(Titaness)

Dione was an ancient Greek goddess, an oracular Titaness primarily known from Book V of Homer’s Iliad, where she tends to the wounds suffered by her daughter Aphrodite. One source describes her as an ancient wife of Zeus.

Her name is essentially the feminine of the genitive form of Greek Zeus, that is, “Dios”, “of Zeus”. Other goddesses were called by this name. Due to her being a daughter of Dione, Aphrodite was sometimes called Dionaea and even Dioné.

Following the deciphering of Linear B by Ventris and Chadwick in the 1950s, a goddess named Di-u-ja was found in the tablets. This was considered to be a female counterpart of Zeus and identified with Dione by some scholars.

By the time of Strabo, Dione was worshiped at a sacred grove near Lepreon on the west coast of the Peloponnesus. She was also worshiped as a consort at the temples of Zeus, particularly his oracle at Dodona. Herodotus called this the oldest oracle in Greece and recorded two related accounts of its founding: the priests at Thebes in Egypt told him that two priestesses had been taken by Phoenician pirates, one to Libya and the other to Dodona, and continued their earlier rites; the priestesses of Dodona claimed that two black doves had flown to Libya and Dodona and commanded the creation of oracles to Zeus. Homer and Herodotus both make Zeus the principal deity of the site, but some scholars propose Dodona originally served as a cult center of an Earth Goddess.

In the 2nd-century BC sculptural frieze of the Great Altar of Pergamum, Dione is inscribed in the cornice directly above her name and figures in the eastern third of the north frieze, among the Olympian family of Aphrodite. This placement – making her the offspring of Uranus and Gaia – is Homeric and contradicts the theory put forth by Erika Simon that the altar’s organization was Hesiodic. Dione’s possible appearance in the east pediment of the Parthenon would likewise place her among the children of Uranus and Gaia.

The mythology concerning Dione is not consistent across the existing sources.

Homer

In Book V of the Iliad, during the last year of the Trojan War, the love goddess Aphrodite attempts to save her son Aeneas from the rampaging Greek hero Diomedes as she had previously saved her favorite Paris from his duel with Menelaus in Book III. Enraged, Diomedes chases her and drives his spear into her hand between the wrist and palm. Escorted by Iris to Ares, she borrows his horses and returns to Olympus. Dione consoles her with other examples of gods wounded by mortals – Ares bound by the Aloadae and Hera and Hades shot by Hercules – and notes that Diomedes is risking his life by fighting against the gods. (In fact, Diomedes subsequently fought both Apollo and Ares but lived to an old age; his wife Aegialia, however, took other lovers and never permitted him to return home to Argos after the war.) Dione then heals her wounds and Zeus, while admonishing her to leave the battlefield, calls her daughter.

Hesiod

Dione was not mentioned in Hesiod’s treatment of the Titans, but appears in the Theogony among his list of Oceanids. This makes her a daughter of Oceanus and Tethys.

Apollodorus

The Bibliotheca of the Pseudo-Apollodorus includes Dione among the Titans and makes her the child of Gaia and Uranus. He makes her the mother of Aphrodite by Zeus but clearly describes Dione as one of the god’s adulterous partners and not his wife.

Hyginus

The Genealogy or Preface of Gaius Julius Hyginus’s Fabulae, a 1st-century BC crib of other, now-lost sources, lists Dione among the children of Gaia and Aether although this is possibly a transcription or manuscript error.

Hesychius

The 5th-century grammarian Hesychius of Alexandria described Dione as the mother of Bacchus in her entry from his Alphabetical Collection of All Words. This is separately supported by one of the scholiasts on Pindar.

 

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Deity of the Day for April 13th – Ariadne, The Greek Goddess

Deity of the Day

  Ariadne

The Greek Goddess

Ariadne was the Greek goddess of Labyrinths and passion. She was formerly a human princess.

 Birth

Ariadne was born to King Minos and Pasiphae.

Theseus

Ariadne saw Theseus, and fell in love with him. He volunteered to slay the Minotaur, which broke her heart to think he would die. She spoke with Daedalus, and he gave her some yarn to guide him out. She thanked him, and gave it to Theseus. Theseus ended up slaying the Minotaur, and came out of the Labyrinth thanks to the ball of yarn. Theseus took Ariadne with him back to Athens, before Minos could kill them. Theseus, however, grew bored of her, and brought her to the island of Naxos. They fell asleep that night, and Theseus left early in the morning, before she ever awoke.

Dionysus

Days later, Ariadne was on the verge of death, and had been crying the whole time. She gave up everything for Theseus, who left her to die. Dionysus saw her when he went to Naxos, which was his favorite island, and not only pitied her but also loved her. He went down and brought her to civilization. The two ate and soon married.

Death

Ariadne died of old age. When she did, Dionysus became burdened by sadness. He went down to the Underworld and had her reborn, this time immortal. She became the goddess of passion, because of her love for both Theseus and Dionysus, as well as Paths and Labyrinths, for her famous role in that myth.

 

Source:

Greek Mythology Wiki

 

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Cherry Blossom

1 CHERRY

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Ahh, the vibrant candy-pinkness of a cherry blossom! Beloved in Japan, cherry blossoms are earthly manifestations of divine love and can help align us very powerfully with God/Goddess/All That Is. As such cherry blossoms are great for clearing energy and raising vibrations. For example, you might use a small bouquet or branch to sweep your aura or to sweep the energy of a room. (Just sweep the surrounding air) You can also place a few drops of cherry blossom essence in a mister of rose water and use it as a room – or aura – clearing spray. If forgiveness (of yourself or someone else) is one of your magical goals, spending quality time with a blossoming cherry tree or taking a few drops of flower essence under the tongue can help you let go and heal. Cherry blossoms in your home or bathwater can help soothe harshness and stress and bring gentleness and softness to the spirit. This flower is also renowned as a love charm. Author Scott Cunningham says that to draw love, you might “tie a single strand of your hair to a blossoming cherry tree.” Similarly, you might hold a few cherry blossoms to your heart and affirm that you are ready to open your heart to love.

Copyright 2015 Tess Whitehurst Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2015

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Deity of the Day for March 23 is Lenus

Deity of the Day

Lenus

 

Lenus was a Celtic healing god worshipped mainly in eastern Gaul, where he was almost always identified with the Roman god Mars. He was an important god of the Treveri tribe, who had large sanctuaries at medicinal springs at Trier and the Martberg by Pommern in what is now Germany. Two dedications to him are also known from southwestern Britain (Chedworth and Caerwent). Edith Wightman characterizes him as “one of the best examples of a Teutates, or god of the people, equated with Mars—protector of the tribe in battle, but also […] bestower of health and general good fortune” (p. 211). His sanctuary ‘Am Irminenwingert’ at Trier had a large temple, baths, smaller shrines and a theatre; that on the Martberg also included a large variety of buildings, probably including rooms for health-seeking pilgrims to stay. Despite his associations with healing, Lenus Mars is depicted classically as a warrior with Corinthian helmet in a bronze statuette from the Martberg.

His name most often appears in inscriptions as ‘Lenus Mars’, rather than ‘Mars Lenus’ as would be expected from other most syncretized names. At Trier, Lenus Mars’s divine partners were the Celtic god Ancamna and the Roman Victoria, as well as the Xulsigiae, who are perhaps water nymphs. An inscription from Kaul in Luxembourg appears to invoke Lenus Mars ‘Veraudunus’ along with the Celtic god Inciona.

Lenus was not the only Celtic god identified with Mars by the Treveri; others, such as Iovantucarus (apparently a protector of youth), Intarabus, Camulos, and Loucetios were identified with Mars and perhaps, by extension, with Lenus. His name occasionally appears as ‘Mars Laenus’; the more usual form ‘Lenus Mars’ is accompanied by the epithets Arterancus and Exsobinus on one inscription each.

In Britain, Mars Lenus may have been identified with Ocelus Vellaunus, on the evidence of this inscription on the base of a statue:

DEO MARTI LENO SIVE OCELO VELLAVN ET NVM AVG M NONIVS ROMANVS OB IMMVNITAT COLLEGNI D D S D GLABRIONE ET HOMVLO COS X K SEPT

To the god Mars Lenus or Ocelus Vellaunus and to the Numen of the Augustus, M. Monius Romanus dedicated this from the privilege of the college during the consulship of Glabrio and Homulus ten days before the Calends of September.

 

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A Prayer/Meditation I Do Daily

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Good morning Universe thank you for all my family and I have been given.

Good morning Ra, I thank you for your warmth and energy,

Good morning Mother Earth thank you for your grounding and energy.

Good morning Air, Water, Fire, Earth, the four Winds and Direction, (meaning the Cardinal Points/Watchtowers),

All our fellow living things on, above and below the waters;

On, above, and below the earth;

and in the air.

Thank you for being part of us and allowing us to be part of you.

I then go on to thank my Guardian Angels and those of my family and friends.

I thank my Spirit Guides and Ancestors for helping to guide me daily and keep me on my true life path.

There is more but it is on a more personal note so I will not share it here. I feel it is very important to thank those deities and other entities that helps us daily in our lives.  The reason I thank the God, Ra, and the Goddess, Mother Earth, but not all Gods and Goddesses I work with is to me they are my patrons for all I do. Without the help of Ra lighting the world we would always be in darkness. If not for all Mother Earth endures with us as well as other beings living on her, lets face it we would not even be here. So the next time you do you morning prayers or meditation or whatever you may call it try to remember to thank the Gods, Goddesses, Elements and other entities you work with in your magick or keep you safe from harm and/or danger. Doesn’t everybody like to here a thank you for the job they do or the help they give?

Thank you all for reading my work.

Blessed be.

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