The Goddesses

Flashback 2013 Samhain

SAMHAIN 2013

An example of a Samhain (pronounced sow-en) altar.

Halloween decoration are rife with symbols of the Crone goddess, and these trendy dark and gothic trappings are great for working transformation magick with her. Consider those ebony and amethyst candleholders, sparkling black tapers, candles shaped like skulls, silk but real-looking ravens and crows. This Samhain, why not go all out with a Crone altar dedicated to the Greek goddess Hecate? Hecate is a Triple Goddess and also a patron of Witches, sorcerers, and magicians. Tonight the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. Spirits walk, the Old Ones are out among us, and magick is ripe. Call upon Hecate for the wisdom to work with these types of energies.

Samhain has come, the veil between the worlds is thin,

Chilly winds now blow, and fallen leaves do spin,

With this Crone altar, I celebrate your special time,

This Samhain spell is now cast with the sound of rhyme.

Hecate, light my path on this magickal night,

Grant me your courage and grace, wisdom and insight.

Copyright Ellen Dugan Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2013 Page 115

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Earth Day 2015

Remember to give thanks to Mother Earth today and every day for all she gives to us. When you go for a walk take a small bag with you and pick up trash you come across and then throw the bag away or separate the recyclables properly when you get home.

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What are you ideas for helping Earth to become more beautiful once more and able to sustain a better quality of life for generations to come?

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Deity of the Day for April 20th – Cliona, Goddess Of The Fair Hair

Deity of the Day

Cliona

Of The Fair Hair

 

In Irish mythology, Clíodhna (Clídna, Clionadh, Clíodna, Clíona, transliterated to Cleena in English) is a Queen of the Banshees (fairies) of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Cleena of Carrigcleena is the potent banshee that rules as queen over the sidheog (fairy women of the hills) of South Munster, or Desmond. She is the principal goddess of this country.

In some Irish myths Clíodhna is a goddess of love and beauty. She is said to have three brightly coloured birds who eat apples from an otherworldly tree and whose sweet song heals the sick. She leaves the otherworldly island of Tir Tairngire (“the land of promise”) to be with her mortal lover, Ciabhán, but is taken by a wave as she sleeps due to the music played by a minstrel of Manannan mac Lir in Glandore harbour in County Cork: the tide there is known as Tonn Chlíodhna, “Clíodhna’s Wave”. Whether she drowns or not depends on the version being told, along with many other details of the story.

She had her palace in the heart of a pile of rocks, five miles from Mallow, which is still commonly known by the name of Carrig-Cleena, and numerous legends about her are told among the Munster peasantry.

In general, it has been observed that Cleena is especially associated with old Irish families of Munster. Cleena has long been associated with the lands that had been the territory of the Ui-Fidgheinte (O’Donovans and O’Collins) during their period of influence (circa 373 A.D. to 977 A.D.), or were later associated with what had been the Ui-Fidghente territory (MacCarthys and FitzGeralds).

Cleena is referred to as an unwelcome pursuer in Edward Walsh’s poem, O’Donovan’s Daughter. And, in an ode praising Donel O’Donovan upon his accession to the chiefship of Clancahill, Donal III O’Donovan he is referred to as the “Dragon of Clíodhna”.

Clíodhna is also associated with the MacCarthy dynasty of Desmond, who adopted her as their fairy woman, and the O’Keeffes and FitzGerald dynasty, with whom she has had amorous affairs Clíodhna appears in the name of one O’Leary in a medieval pedigree, as Conor Clíodhna or “Conor of Clíodhna”, and it is notable that the family were originally based in the area of Rosscarbery, very near to Glandore, before moving north to Muskerry. The O’Learys belong to the ancient Corcu Loígde.

The most traditional story of the famous Blarney Stone involves Clíodhna. Cormac Laidir MacCarthy, the builder of Blarney Castle, being involved in a lawsuit, appealed to Clíodhna for her assistance. She told him to kiss the first stone he found in the morning on his way to court, and he did so, with the result that he pleaded his case with great eloquence and won. Thus the Blarney Stone is said to impart “the ability to deceive without offending”. He then incorporated it into the parapet of the castle. To be fair, Clíodhna does not take credit for all the blarney of the MacCarthys. Queen Elizabeth noted in frustration that she could not effect a negotiation with Cormac MacCarthy, whose seat was Blarney Castle, as everything he said was ‘Blarney, as what he says he does not mean’.

It has been suggested that Clídna derives from the Gaulish goddess Clutonda or Clutondae.

 

Source:
Wikipedia

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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.

 

Source:
Wikipedia

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Flashback 2009 Samhain

SAMHAIN 2009

An example of a Samhain altar.

This is Hecate’s holiday, a celebration of the Crone and the powers of the dark feminine principle. This is the Celtic day of the dead, and a power day in the wheeled calendar. The Celts traditionally wore white to welcome the first day of winter and the increasing darkness. By now the garden should be cleared; tools cleaned, oiled, and out away. The house gets its own cleaning, windows polished to a sparkle, freshly laundered curtains re-hung. Scour the front step to remove bad luck and rinse with sage tea to protect all who dwell within. Toss the old broom and use a new one to sweep away misfortune. The ash from old fires should be removed from the hearth and the stones scrubbed; lay a new fire to light the way for the ancestors.

The descent into darkness from which all new life and ideas come is a potent time for prophecy and omens. Astrological Samhain (November 7) has powerful Crone Moon that lends veracity to her predictions just at dawn. Give honor to the Triple Goddess with offerings of roasted apple and hot cider. Bob for apples to commemorate the trip by water to Avalon. The magical power hour for the gibbous Halloween Moon is ten or so.

Copyright K. D. Spitzer Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2009

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Flashback 2009 Beltane

BELTANE 2009

An example of a Beltane altar.

Bring out your Sun jewelry, sparkling citrine, amber, and tiger eye; the light is still increasing and the earth and its water are teeming with new life. Driving the maypole into the earth replicates the ancients seeding the earth with Hermes stones for fertility. Its height signifies the union of sky and earth and dancing helps energize the earth. The wreath slides down the pole as the ribbons are woven–sympathetic magic at its most potent.

The Druid goddess for this important festival day is wise Sulis, who lived in the sacred grove at the Celtic hot springs at Bath, England. When the Romans moved into Britain, they built their own goddess of wisdom, Minerva, with the Celtic, Sulis a Sun goddess of healing and sacred waters. The temple and baths of the Goddess Sulis Minerva are still open.

Walk the bounds of your land; visit a nearby sacred site; leave ribbons at your town spring; weave intentions into a rowan wreath for your door to protect your home and family. Whip up an omelet to cook over your bale fire and nourish your household. Jump over the fire for protection and purification.

Copyright K. D. Spitzer Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2009

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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.

 

Source:

Wikipedia

 

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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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