The Goddesses

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

Deity of the Day

Themis

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.

 

Source:
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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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Charge of the Goddess

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Charge of the Goddess

Whenever you have need of anything,
once in the month and better when the moon is full,
then shall you assemble in some secret place
and adore the spirit of me,
who am Queen of all witches.
There shall ye assemble,
ye who are fain to to learn all sorcery,
yet have not won its deepest secrets;
to these will I teach all things that are as yet unknown.
And ye shall be free from slavery;
and as a sign that ye be truly free,
you shall be naked in your rites;
and ye shall dance, sing, feast,make music and love,
all in my praise.
For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit,
and mine also is joy on earth;
for my law is love unto all beings.
Keep pure your highest ideals;
strive ever towards them,
let nothing stop you or turn you aside.
For mine is the secret door which
opens upon the Land of Youth,
and mine is the cup of the wine of life,
and the Cauldron of Cerridwen,
which is the Holy Vessel of Immortality.
I am the gracious Goddess,
who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man.
Upon earth,
I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal;
and beyond death,
I give peace, and freedom,
and reunion with those who have gone before.
Nor do I demand sacrifice;
for behold, I am the Mother of all living,
and my love is poured out upon the earth.

I am the beauty of the green earth,
and the white moon among the stars,
and the mystery of the waters,
and the desire of the heart of man.
Call unto thy soul, arise, and come unto me.
For I am the soul of Nature,
who gives life to the Universe.
From me all things proceed,
and unto me all things must return;
and before my face, beloved of Gods and of men,
let thine innermost divine self be enfolded
in the rapture of the infinite.
Let my worship be within the heart that rejoicest;
for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
Therefore, let there be beauty and strength,
power and compassion, honor and humility,
mirth and reverance within you.
And thou who thinketh to seek for me,
know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not
unless thou knoweth the mystery;
that if that which thy seekest thou findest not within thee,
thou wilt never find it without thee.
For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning;
and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

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Deity of the Day for July 14th is Hecate, Goddess Of Witchcraft

Deity of the Day

Hecate

Goddess of Witchcraft

 

Hecate (or Hekate) is the Goddess of Witchcraft and of Justice. She is also a Goddess of the Underworld, Secrets and Wisdom. Hers is the power of knowing. She is often seen as a dark force, but she is a protector of women and those who seek justice. Her justice is like that of the hounds that accompany her: simple, direct, swift and uncompromising.

This Goddess’ quest for pure justice, combined with her witchcraft and secret knowledge, can be seen as harsh by many modern cultures. As a result, this type of justice is sometimes seen by many people as vengeance. However, she is not interested in simple vengeance; justice is a much in raising up the just as it is in bringing down the unjust.

The Goddess is most often seen depicted with dogs. There is some debate about the meaning of this, but it is thought to be either a symbol of birth or of death. She is a Goddess of both. She is the Goddess of the Crossroads – not only in this world, but between this world and the next. Although most often associated with dogs, she is also associated with frogs, horses, serpents, cows and owls. In her three-headed form, she is often depicted with one or more animal heads.

This goddess is also associated with medicinal and poisonous plants, and the arts of using them. These plants include aconite (aka monkshood and wolfsbane), belladonna (aka nightshade) , dittany, and mandrake. Yew, Cyprus and garlic are also sacred to this Goddess. Yew in particular was used in Ancient Greek death rites and during sacrifices to the goddess.

Hecate in the Ancient World

This is one of the most confusing Goddesses in the Greek Pantheon. Depending on the region and historical period that one looks at, she is a virgin goddess, a crone, a young woman, a three-bodied Goddess, or a being with three different heads. She is associated with magic, witches, ghosts, crossroads, childbirth, nurturing the young, gates, walls, doorways, lunar lore, torches and dogs.

This Goddess’ origins are as varied as her purpose. In some cases she was a Titan, in others, a child of Olympians. Most who study such things believe that she was the patron Goddess of a smaller culture that was conquered or absorbed by the Greeks. This is demonstrated in the way this Goddess was incorporated into major myths of the time.

Her Roman name, Trivia, means “Three (Tri) Ways (Via)”, and has little to nothing to do with the modern English word “trivia”. Small statues of her were placed at crossroads and at the entrances to private homes and cities. Statutes at crossroads often depicted her Triple Goddess, while those at entrances were usually of a woman carrying two torches.

Final Note

The worship of Hecate often leads to difficult choices that are not often accepted by society. She is a Goddess of rebirth, and those who she chooses become stronger and more comfortable with themselves and their own choices. Many people first come to her seeking some form of vengeance, but learn that justice and their own strength is more important.

 

Source:

Author: Psychic Wolf

Website: Pagan Growth

 

 

 

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WOTC Extra – Honoring and Invoking Deities

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 Honoring and Invoking Deities

 

How can you get a god or goddess on your side? Many witches believe that divine assistance is always available to you and that the deities gladly offer their guidance, help, and energy to humans to use for positive purposes. Some view divine beings as higher aspects of human consciousness, which can be accessed and activated through magickal means.

 

If you aren’t used to considering a divine being as a partner in your spiritual favorite god or goddess for assistance and practical pursuits, you may wonder how to go about petitioning your favorite god or goddess for assistance. Here are a few suggestions:

 

Make an offering of some sort to the deity. Burning incense is a popular offering, although you may wish to choose an offering that more specifically corresponds to the nature of the deity whose help you seek.

 

Place a figurine of the chosen deity on your altar and focus your attention on it.

 

Use an oracle, such as tarot cards or runes, to access Divine Wisdom and open your mind to messages from the deities.

 

Pray.

 

Meditate.

 

Light a candle in honor of the deity you wish to petition.

 

Design and perform a ritual to the deity.

 

Write your request on a slip of paper, then burn it.

 

Choose a crystal or gemstone that relates to the deity. Carry the stone in your pocket and touch it periodically.

 

Plant herbs or flowers in honor of the god or goddess. Choose plants that correspond to the deity’s nature and your intent, such as roses for love or mint for prosperity

 Source:

The Everything Wicca and Witchcraft Book: Rituals, spells, and sacred objects for everyday magick

Skye Alexander

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Let’s Talk Witch – How do Gods and Goddesses Reveal themselves?

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How Do Gods and Goddesses Reveal Themselves?

The answer depends on the person asking the question. If you tend to be a visual person, you might see a vision that you associate with a particular god or goddess. Isis, for instance, might send an image of winged arms or appear as a great bird. If your auditory sense is strong, you may hear a deity speak to you. Brigid might invite you to stir her cauldron or Yemaya’s song might penetrate your dreams. Apollo may make his presence known via the scent of bay leaf, one of his sacred plants. Suffice it to say that the Divine knows how to connect with each person through a medium that he or she will understand.

 

Frequently, deities communicate with humans through dreams. While sleeping, you’re more receptive to symbols and signs than you are in your ordinary waking state. Gods and goddesses may slip you messages while you’re meditating, too. Perhaps you may receive insights while you’re engaged in mundane tasks, such as putting on makeup or washing dishes—when your mind is only partly focused on the familiar activity, allowing room for spiritual discourse to take place.

 

Pay attention to signs. To American Indians, the appearance of an animal or bird may be a signal from a divine being who has assumed the creature’s form in order to convey information. Listen to your intuition, too—hunches can be messages from a higher source.

 

Source:

The Everything Wicca and Witchcraft Book: Rituals, spells, and sacred objects for everyday magick (Everything®)

Skye Alexander

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