Deities

Flashback 2006 Mabon Celebration

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From a Google search for Mabon Goddess

“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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Flashback 2006 Ostara Celebration

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Picture from Google search for Ostara Goddess

“The Vernal Equinox is the beginning of spring season. This festival’s familiar symbols of rabbits, pastel-colored eggs and bright spring flowers are sweet and romantic. Look around you; everywhere in nature there are signs of life returning to the land. To bring a bit of this natural magic indoors, pick up a pretty post of blooming bulbs. Try tulips for love, or daffodils for chivakry and honor, and take them home to brighten things up. Perhaps you can jazz them up a little by tucking some moss over the soil or add a festive bow or tiny colored eggs to the container. Enchant these spring flowers for fresh starts and good luck. Light a soft green candle and call on the goddess of spring, Eostre, to work this sabbat spell for new beginnings and to increase the positive things in your life.

Ostara begins our season of spring,

Good luck, joy, and cheer these flowers do bring.

Eostre, bless my home, family, and friends,

May your love and blessings never end.”

Copyright 2006 Ellen Dugan Lleweylln’s Witches Datebook 2006 Page 53

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Flashback 2005 Mabon Celebration

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From Google search for Fall.

“At the Autumn Equinox, Persephone descends beneath the Earth to become Queen of the Underworld until spring. To reenact this journey, you need to have access to a set of stairs, preferably to a basement, that you can have exclusive use of for the ritual. Choose seven pieces of clothing and jewelry that can symbolize seven gates to the underworld. We use shoe, sash or cord, robe, ring, atheme, necklace and crown. Take off all other clothing and put on these seven items.

Start at the top of the stairs and say, “I will journey with you, Great Queen, to your home in the underworld,” Take two steps down, remove your shoes and say, “I pass the first gate and lay down my shoes.” Take two more steps down, remove your sash and say, “I pass the second gate, and lay down my sash.” Proceed down the steps until you come to the bottom. There take up a dish with pomegranate seeds, pomegranate wine or other dark red wine [I use pomegranate juice]. Meditate on the underworld, the place of death and knowledge. Eat the seeds or drink the wine. Then return up the stairs, gathering what you have discarded as you go, but not looking behind you.”

Copyright 2005 Magebts Griffith Lleweylln’s Witches Datebook 2005 Page 105

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Goddess Meditation

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“Freyja and the Necklace” by James Doyle Penrose (1890)

“In fall Freya left us traveling southward. Now she returns again, bring such soft words.

Out of her golden hair springs flowers fall tumbling like melodies, sounding the call.

Chaste through the winter women now pine, wanting their lovers home sharing the wine.

Scandinavian folk song”

Words-Copyright 2000 Patricia Monaghan Lleweynn’s Witches Datebook 2000 Page 61

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Flashback 2010 Ostara Celebration

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An example of an Ostara from a Google search

“Ostara is the time of hope, joy, and expectation. The seed planted at Imbolc are showing the first signs of new growth. The tender shoots still have so much potential for growth. It’s the time to look forward toward a bright future. The earth awakens from its slumber, not just on the astral, but on the physical. What was only thought at a Imbolc becomes tangible at Ostara.

It is the equinox, the time of balance between light and dark, where the cycle is about to tip into the realm of the light, more and more each day until the Summer Solstice.

THis is also a time to share good fortune. The tradition of decorating eggs can be as intricate as the Ukrainian art of pysanky, with elaborate designs filled with meaning, or as simple as eggs decorated with runes. Hard boil the eggs. Once cooled, immerse them in bowls of seasonal colors (blue, green, pink, yellow) Once color has set and dried, use paint or colored markers to adorn the eggs with runes such as Feoh (wealth, cattle), Gebo (gift), Wunjo (joy), and Sowilo (Sun). Distribute the eggs to family and friends, and eat the eggs to ingest the good wishes for the coming cycle.

Copyright 2010 Cerridwen Iris Shea Lleweylln’s Witches Datebook 2010 Page 51

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Appropriate Worship – Honoring the Gods the Right Way

Appropriate Worship – Honoring the Gods the Right Way

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One issue that comes up often for people learning about modern Pagan spirituality is the concept of appropriate worship. There tends to be some question about what, exactly, is the right offering to make to the gods or goddesses of one’s tradition — and how we should honor them when making those offerings.

Let’s imagine that you have two friends. First, we have Jill. She likes French cuisine, Meg Ryan movies, soft music and expensive wine. She’s someone who lets you cry on her shoulder when you’re feeling blue, and she offers some wise and thoughtful insight when you can’t solve a problem on your own. One of her best qualities is her ability to listen.

You also have a friend named Steve. He’s a lot of fun, and sometimes shows up at your house at midnight toting a six-pack. Steve likes watching movies with lots of explosions, took you to your first Metallica concert, and can rebuild a Harley with his eyes closed. He eats mostly bratwurst and Funyuns, enjoys picking up strippers at bars, and is the guy you call when you want to have a good time.

When Jill comes over, are you going to have a nice quiet dinner with a glass of wine and Josh Groban playing in the background, or are you going to hand her a cheeseburger and a beer, pull out the Wii for a round of God of War, and stay up until 3 am seeing who can burp and fart the loudest?

Likewise, if Steve shows up, are you going to do things that he enjoys, or are you going to say, “Hey, Steve, let’s watch Steel Magnolias and talk about our feelings?

Much like our friends Jill and Steve, the gods have certain things they like and value, and certain things they don’t. To offer one of them something better suited to another is not only disrespectful, it shows that you really don’t know them at all and worse yet, haven’t even taken the time to learn about them. What do you think Steve is going to say when you offer him a vegetarian soup and turn on some chick flick? He’s going to bail, that’s what he’s going to do. Because not only did you present him with something he dislikes, but you’re showing a

Sure, you love Jill and Steve equally, but they’re not the same person, and they don’t have the same likes and dislikes. The gods are the same way — you may honor both Aphrodite and Mars, but that doesn’t mean Mars wants to you to leave him a bouquet of flowers and a glass of milk while you sing him Kumbaya. You can also be sure that Aphrodite probably isn’t interested in offerings of blood and raw meat, or warrior chants.

The idea of right or appropriate worship is not about someone telling you what’s “right or wrong.” It is simply the concept that one should take the time to do things – including worship and offerings – in a way that is conducive to the demands and needs of the god or goddess in question.

When you honor the gods, take the time to put some thought into it. Ask yourself what it is you hope to obtain by making the offering — are you trying to gain something, or merely show your appreciation and gratitude to the Divine? Learn about the types of deities you’re about to honor, and study the specific gods and goddesses of your tradition, so that when you do make an offering or present a ritual in their name, you can do so in a way that truly does them honor.

 

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Working With the Gods and Goddesses

Working With the Gods and Goddesses

By , Pagan/Wicca Expert

There are literally thousands of different deities out there in the Universe, and which ones you choose to honor will often depend significantly upon what pantheon your spiritual path follows. However, many modern Pagans and Wiccans describe themselves as eclectic, which means they may honor a god of one tradition beside a goddess of another. In some cases, we may choose to ask a deity for assistance in a magical working or in problem solving. Regardless, at some point, you’re going to have to sit and sort them all out. If you don’t have a specific, written tradition, then how do you know which gods to call upon.

 

A good way to look at it is to figure out which deity of your pantheon would be interested in your purpose. In other words, what gods might take the time to look into your situation? This is where the concept of appropriate worship comes in handy — if you can’t take the time to get to know the deities of your path, then you probably shouldn’t be asking them for favors. So first, figure out your goal. Are you doing a working regarding home and domesticity? Then don’t call upon some masculine power deity. What if you’re celebrating the end of the harvest season, and the dying of the earth? Then you shouldn’t be offering milk and flowers to a spring goddess.

 

Consider your purpose carefully, before you make offerings or prayers to a particular god or goddess.

 

Although this is certainly not a comprehensive list of all the gods and their domains, it may help you a bit to get an idea of who is out there, and what sorts of things they may be able to help you with:

 

Artisanship

For assistance relating to skills, crafts, or handiwork, call upon the Celtic smith god, Lugh. Many other pantheons have forge and craftsmanship gods as well.

Chaos

When it comes to matters of discord and upsetting the balance of things, some people choose to to check in with Loki, the Norse prankster god. However, it’s generally recommended that you don’t do this unless you’re a devotee of Loki in the first place – you may end up getting more than you bargained for.

 

Destruction

If you’re doing a working related to destruction, the Celtic war goddess the Morrighan may assist you, but don’t trifle with her lightly. A safer bet might be working with Demeter, the Dark Mother of the harvest season.

 

Fall Harvest

When you celebrate the fall harvest, you may want to take time to honor Herne, the god of the wild hunt, or Osiris, who is often connected with grain and the harvest. Demeter and her daughter, Persephone, are typically connected with the waning part of the year. Pomona is associated with fruit orchards and the bounty of trees in fall. There are also a number of other harvest gods and gods of the vine who may be interested in what you’re doing.

 

Feminine Energy

For workings related to the moon, lunar energy, or the sacred feminine, consider invoking Artemis or Venus.

 

Fertility

When it comes to fertility, there are plenty of deities out there to ask for assistance. Consider Cernunnos, the wild stag of the forest, or Freya, a goddess of sexual power and energy. If you follow a Roman-based path, try honoring Bona Dea. There are a number of other fertility gods out there as well, each with their own specific domain.

 

Home and Marriage

Brighid is a protector of hearth and home, and Juno and Vesta are both patronesses of marriage.

 

Love and Lust

Aphrodite has long been associated with love and beauty, and so has her counterpart, Venus. Likewise, Eros and Cupid are considered representative of masculine lust. Priapus is a god of raw sexuality, including sexual violence.

 

Magic

Isis, the mother goddess of Egypt, is often called upon for magical workings, as is Hecate, a goddess of sorcery.

 

Masculine Energy

Cernunnos is a strong symbol of masculine energy and power, as is Herne, the god of the hunt. Odin and Thor, both Norse gods, are known as powerful, masculine gods.

 

Motherhood

Isis is a mother goddess on a grand scale, and Juno watches over women in labor.

Prophecy and Divination

Brighid is known as a goddess of prophecy, and so is Cerridwen , with her cauldron of knowledge. Janus , the two-faced god, sees both the past and future.

Underworld

Because of his harvest associations, Osiris is often connected with the underworld. There are a number of other deities of death and dying.

 

War and Conflict

The Morrighan is not only a goddess of war , but also of sovereignty and loyalty. Athena protects warriors and imparts them with wisdom. Freya and Thor guide fighters in battle.

Wisdom

Thoth was the Egyptian god of wisdom, and Athena and Odin may also be called upon, depending on your purpose.

 

Seasonal

There are a number of deities associated with the various times of the Wheel of the Year, including the Winter Solstice, Late winter, the Spring Equinox, and the Summer solstice.

 

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Deity of the Day for March 12 is Seth, The Lord of Upper Egypt

Deity of the Day

 Seth

The Lord of Upper Egypt

Cult Center: Ombos.

Attributes: Early in Egyptian history, Seth is spoken of in terms of reverence as the god of wind and storms. He was even known as the Lord of Upper Egypt. Horus being the Lord of Lower Egypt. It was Seth who stood in the front of the solar barque to defended the sun god, Ra from his most dangerous foe, the serpent Apep. At this time, he seems to have had no conflicts with the cults of Isis or Osiris. In fact, he was part of the same family of gods, and married to his twin sister, Nephthys.

However, it appears the followers of Seth may have resisted the followers of Horus and the First Dynasty pharaoh, Menes, when he united Upper and Lower Egypt. This struggle for control of Egypt seems to be reflected in the mythology. At this point, Seth is portrayed as questioning the authority of his brother, Osiris. The Osiris cults took this opportunity to discredit the followers of Seth; he was now considered to be Osiris’ evil brother. And the story was told that Seth was evil since birth, because he ripped himself from his mother’s womb by tearing through her side. In the Osiris legends, it is Seth who tricks and murders Osiris. He is also the antagonist of Horus. By the Twenty-sixth Dynasty, Seth was the embodiment of evil. He was depicted with red eyes and hair. The ancient Egyptians believed red represented evil.

Representation: Man with the head of an unknown animal. Some times he takes the form of a crocodile. He is represented as a hippopotamus or a black pig in his battles with Horus.

Relations: Son of Geb and Nut. Brother of Isis, Nephthys, and Osiris. The husband of Nephthys or sometimes the husband of Taurt.

Other Names: Set, Suetekh.

 

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