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Seasons of the Witch – Ancient Holidays

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Seasons of the Witch – Ancient Holidays

Remember The Ancient Ways and Keep Them Holy!

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain begins 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Calendar: Ngetal (Reed) – October 28 to November 24.The Reed Month

November ~ Moon Phases

New Moon falls on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:32 AM
First Quarter falls on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 5:07 AM

The Seasons, 2014
Winter Solstice (Winter begins) December 21st at 6:01 evening.
Sun Rides Low, at Southern tropic (turn), enters the sign of Capricorn.
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The Year Is Divided Into Four Seasons:
The first season is of a frigid complexion, and this is “Winter”;
The second is of the complexion of Air, and this is “Spring”;
Then follows the third, which is “Summer”, and is of the complexion of Fire;
Lastly, there is the fourth, wherein fruits are matured, which is “Autumn”.
~The Turba Philosophorum, ca. 12 century
As The Wheel Turns ~ Legends and Lore for November 20

Revolution Day in Mexico. Invoke your favorite Goddess of Change today with an offering in fire at your altar. Name the change you’d like brought about.

Day of Sekhmet and the Purifying Flame (Egyptian) – Sekhmet, daughter of Ra, her body spreading a fiery glow, represented the destructive power of the sun and was crowned with a disk and coiled cobra. The day of Sekhmet and the Purifying Flame occurs today the 5th day of Tybi. (Old)

First Day of Ophiuchus – The sun enters the House of Ophiuchus, the lost sign of the zodiac; five days between Scorpio and Sagittarius known to the Greeks as Aesculepius, God of Medicine, grasping the adjacent constellation Serpens, the snake coiled about his body. Ophiuchus, the thirteenth sign, was abolished by St Augustine of Hippo in 600 for being un-Christian. An ancient Babylonian constellation, Nutsirda, (Prince of the Serpent, or Lord of the Underworld) may be identified with Ophiucus. Feast day of Praetextatus and Paulina, ancient Rome, Praetextatus and Paulina were guardians of the Eleusinian mysteries.

In 364 AD they resisted the order of the Christian emperor Valentinian to suppress these Greek pagan sacred rites. The presiding Goddess of the Mysteries was Demeter Feast day of St Edmund, King and Martyr (Red stapelia, Stapelia rufa, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint)

Commemorations of Priestesses of the Eleusinian mysteries who guarded the faith in 364 C.E. against the order of Christian Emperor Valentinian to suppress the Greek Pagan rites. The priestesses continued performing the rites in whole. Demeter is the presiding Goddess of the Eleusinian Mysteries founded at Eleusis.

On this night, when the Pleiades (a cluster of stars in the constellation of Taurus) become visible to the naked eye, native rituals and celebrations begin in Hawaii to mark the beginning of their harvest season and to honor and give thanks to the ancient God Lono.

Universal Children’s Day (UN) – In 1954, the United Nations General Assembly recommended (in Resolution 836 – IX) that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children, and of activity promoting the welfare of the world’s children.

GrannyMoon Says November Is:
Aviation History Month
Diabetes Awareness Month
Georgia Pecan Month
Native American Heritage Month
Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
Sleep Comfort Month
Vegan Awareness Month

Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred!
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Live each Season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
~Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
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NOTE: Because of the large number of ancient calendars, many in simultaneous use, as well as different ways of computing holy days (marked by the annual inundation, the solar year, the lunar month, the rising of key stars, and other celestial and terrestrial events), you may find these holy days celebrated a few days earlier or later at your local temple.

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As The Wheel Turns ~ Legends and Lore for September 17


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As The Wheel Turns ~ Legends and Lore for September 17

 

Birthday of Hildegard of Bingen ~ A Christian mystic of the Middle Ages, she intuited many Goddess beliefs and was a gifted composer. Listen to her music.

Greece: Festival of the Eleusian Mysteries - Mysterious rites in honor of the Goddess Ceres.  These rites surpassed all other

Greek religious celebrations in their solemnity and splendor. Initiations would take place in a secret underground chamber

full of passageways and sacred objects, and these rites would continue till the end of the month.

Egyptian:  Month of Hethara - corresponds roughly with this date on the Gregorian calendar. Netjer of this month – Het-Hert

(Hathor)

Festival of Sobek, honors Egyptian crocodile god.Holy Day of St.Sophia, Byzantines honor Sophia

(Wisdom) and Her three daughters, Faith, Hope and Charity.

On this date in the year 1964, Bewitched (the first television sitcom about a Witch) made it’s debut on ABC-TV. It became an instant hit and received twenty-two Emmy. nominations.

In ancient Greece, the Goddess Demeter was honored annually on this date with a festival of secret rites.

Feast day of St  Hildegard von Bingen, virgin and abbess.

Eleusinian Mysteries, ancient Greece (Sep 11-19) Day 5, Hemaera, The Mysteries may be seen as a  metaphor for the life and death of humans and the Earth.

9/10 to 9/18: Navajo Sing Festival, in thanksgiving for the harvest. Estsanatlehi, or Changing Woman, is believed to represent life, and is manifested in the harvest.

9/10 to 9/20: Ganesha Chaturthi—Hindu festival honoring God Ganesha (son of Goddess Parvati and God Shiva) as the challenger – creator and remover of obstacles. [a/k/a Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesh Chaturathi]

NOTE: Because of the large number of ancient calendars, many in simultaneous use, as well as different ways of computing holy days (marked by the annual inundation, the solar year, the lunar month, the rising of key stars, and other celestial and terrestrial events), you may find these holy days celebrated a few days earlier or later at your local temple.  

Live each Season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. ~Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

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As The Wheel Turns ~ Legends and Lore for September 15


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 As The Wheel Turns ~ Legends and Lore for September 15

 

 NOTE: Because of the large number of ancient calendars, many in simultaneous use, as well as different ways of computing holy days (marked by the annual inundation, the solar year, the lunar month, the rising of key stars, and other celestial and terrestrial events), you may find these holy days celebrated a few days earlier or later at your local temple.  

 

 Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Honor and release the sorrow in your life today.

 

 Devi Vrat, Devi Puja, Devi Ashtami, Devi’s Eighth Day to fast from grains (and meat) and make offerings to Hindu Goddess Devi. Flowers, incense, lamps, and vegetarian food are offered; bells are rung and drums are beaten.

 

Eleusinian Mysteries, ancient Greece (Sep 11-19) Day 5, Hemaera, The Mysteries may be seen as a  metaphor for the life and death of humans and the Earth.

 

 Birthday of Athena, ancient Greece

 

Women’s Friendship Day

 

Eleusinian Mysteries, Ancient Greece (Sep 11-19). 2nd day-purification of initiates in the sea.

 

 9/11 to 9/16: Zoroastrianism: Paitishahem - the feast of bringing in the harvest.  Continues through Sept. 16th

 

 9/10 to 9/18: Navajo Sing Festival, in thanksgiving for the harvest. Estsanatlehi, or Changing Woman, is believed to represent life, and is manifested in the harvest.

 

9/10 to 9/20: Ganesha Chaturthi–Hindu festival honoring God Ganesha (son of Goddess Parvati and God Shiva) as the challenger – creator and remover of obstacles. [a/k/a Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesh Chaturathi]

 

 Live each Season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. ~Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

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History of Shamanism

History of Shamanism

 

Shamanistic practices are thought to predate all organized religions, and certainly date back to the neolithic period. Aspects of shamanism are encountered in later, organized religions, generally in their mystic and symbolic practices. Greek paganism was influenced by shamanism, as reflected in the stories of Tantalus, Prometheus, Medea, Calypso among others, as well as in the Eleusinian Mysteries, and other mysteries. Some of the shamanic practices of the Greek religion were later adopted into the Roman religion.

There is a strong shamanistic influence in the Bšn religion of central Asia, and in Tibetan Buddhism. Buddhism became popular with shamanic peoples such as the Tibetans, Mongols and Manchu beginning with the eighth century. Forms of shamanistic ritual combined with Tibetan Buddhism became institutionalized as the state religion under the Chinese Yuan dynasty and Qing dynasty. One common element of shamanism and Buddhism is the attainment of spiritual realization, at times mediated by entheogenic (psychedelic) substances.

The shamanic practices of many cultures were virtually wiped out with the spread of Christianity. In Europe, starting around 400 CE, the Christian church was instrumental in the collapse of the Greek and Roman religions. Temples were systematically destroyed and key ceremonies were outlawed. Beginning with the middle ages and continuing into the Renaissance, remnants of European shamanism were wiped out by campaigns against witches. These campaigns were often orchestrated by the Catholic Inquisition.

The repression of shamanism continued as Christian influence spread with Spanish colonization. In the Caribbean, and Central and South America, Catholic priests followed in the footsteps of the Conquistadors and were instrumental in the destruction of the local traditions, denouncing practitioners as “devil worshippers” and having them executed. In North America, the English Puritans conducted periodic campaigns against individuals perceived as witches. More recently, attacks on shamanic practitioners have been carried out at the hands of Christian missionaries to third world countries. As recently as the nineteen seventies, historic petroglyphs were being defaced by missionaries in the Amazon.

It has been postulated that modern state campaigns against the use of psychedelic substances are the offshoot of previous religious campaigns against shamanism.Today, shamanism, once universal, survives primarily among indigenous peoples. Shamanic practice continues today in the tundras, jungles, deserts, and other rural areas, and also in cities, towns, suburbs and shantytowns all over the world. This is especially widespread in Africa as well as South America, where “mestizo shamanism” is widespread.

Many recent efforts have been made trying to link shamanic practice and knowledge with Western, scientific beliefs. Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has proposed that shamans take their consciousness down to the molecular level, working with DNA and viruses that they see as the twin serpents or malicious “darts”. The holomovement theory proposed by David Bohm is often seen as an approach to create a scientific foundation for concepts such as parallel worlds and alternative ways to traverse time and space.

 

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Our Deity for December 30th – Hecate, Goddess of the Witches

Today’s Deity – Hecate ~ Goddess of the Witches

Hecate is a powerful goddess representing the aspects of the Triple Goddess: goddess of fertility and plenty; goddess of the moon; and goddess of the night and the underworld, which led to her evolving as the patroness of magic and Witchcraft. She mixed fertility with death to be used as earth power. She has been called supreme, both in heaven and hell. It is believed that even Zeus called on her whenever he wished to grant something to someone. Hecate is portrayed as the most powerful – who could give aplenty or destroy totally. She is said to have the power to bestow on or withhold from mortals any gifts she chose. All the secret powers of Nature were at her command. She had control over birth, life, and death. Because of her power in the three areas of nature, heaven and earth she was represented as a triple form.

She is most known as an underworld goddess; the Goddess of the Dark of the Moon, the nights that there is no moon and the world above is as dark as the world below. She was the overseer of the world of the dead. At night she traveled roaming the earth accompanied by her dogs, Hermes, and dead souls. Some say she sent demons from the lower world at night and that she causes nightmares and insanity, and was called “the Nameless One.”

Aspects and Imagery

  • She is “The goddess that troubles the reason of men.”
  • The Greeks called her “The Hag of the Dead”
  • She is also called “the most lovely one” a title of the moon.
  • The owl is her messenger, and the willow is her tree.
  • Rides a chariot pulled by dragons.
  • Depicted wearing a gleaming headdress of stars.
  • She was connected to the goddess Artemis, Diana, and Persephone.
  • Closely associated with Eleusinian Mysteries.

Festivals and Celebrations

  • On the Greek isle of Aegina a festival was held every year in her honor. Mystery rites were held in her behalf.
  • On August 13 in Greece at the House of Storms and Fertility. It was held to aid in keeping the harvest storms from destroying the harvest.
  • Hallowmas held on October 31 to honor Hecate at a time when the veil between the world was the thinnest.
  • In Italy by the lake of Avernus, there was a scared dark grove of Hecate. In private worship to her followers were offered Hecates suppers. The leftovers were placed outdoors as offerings to this goddess and her hounds.

Sacred to Hecate

  • Key, torch, cauldron, dogs, owls, wild animals

Attributes

  • Poppy, animals dog, willow, star

Misc

  • Medea was a priestess of Hecate. In some accounts she is actually Hecate’s daughter.
  • The appearance of black howling dogs at night meant that Hecate was near, and their barking announced her approach. “If the dogs are traveling at night, it means Hecate is about.”
  • She is only visible to dogs.
  • Her name was called at night at the cross-roads of cities.
  • She is said to live near the tombs of the victims of murder.

The above article is a compliation of materials from the sources listed below:

Sibylline Order

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Calendar of the Moon for September 19th

Calendar of the Moon

19 Muin/Boedromion

Greater Mysteries Day 5: Processional

Colors: Gold and black
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon cloth of black and gold set a single white candle to burn, with incense of myrrh, wreaths and bundles of myrtle, a dish of grains, beans, and peas, crossed spears, and a torch. Before the altar lay the Kistai, the round box of holy objects.
Offerings: Oneself, as an initiate.
Daily Meal: Fasting until Mesembria of the next day.

Mysteries Invocation V

Greetings, travelers and initiates
On this our road of life.
As the ancients walked the road to Eleusis,
So we will walk our own road in procession,
In memory of they who faced the dark before us.

(One who has been chosen to bear the torch of Iakkhos steps forward and cries: “Iakkhe! I am your guide!” The folk all shout back, “Iakkhe! Then another who is chosen to bear the cords of Crocus comes forth and ties strands of yellow saffron-dyed wool about the right wrist and left ankle of each of the folk present, saying, “Be guarded from all evil on your journey.” Then another who has been chosen to bear the myrtle of the Mustai comes forth, and places wreaths of myrtle on the heads of all present, and places bundles of myrtle in their arms. All then process forth around the boundaries of the property, or even down the road and back, if it is appropriate. When they return to the altar room, a masked man stands before them, saying:)

Greetings, fools who pass into the darkness!
Do you think that what you do will mean anything?
Who do you think you are, prancing around like the ancients?
Do you honestly think that you can know what they felt?
Do you think that by doing this ritual, you will come to know what they knew?
No, you are all pretentious fools. You will learn nothing.
You will wander about, congratulate yourselves, and miss the point.

(Iakkhos steps forward and says, “We walk the road, and we have faith in the Gods, and it is enough. If we are fools, so be it; may the Gods have mercy and bless us in our open hearts.” All cry out after him, “May the Gods bless us!” The grains are poured as a libation to Demeter. The procession is continued until after Arktos, in the dark, by torchlight, this time ending in silence and meditation for an hour around a single torch on the altar.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

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Calendar of the Moon for June 8th

8 Huath/Thargelion

Thargelia Day II: Festival of the First Fruits

Color: Green

Element: Earth

Altar: Upon a green cloth lay five stones of different colors, an urn of white wine, and a basket of the first produce of the year.

Offerings: The first fruits from the garden, some of which should be shared with outsiders.

Daily Meal: Vegan. Barley. Figs. Dates.

Demeter’s Thargelia Invocation

The road to which our feet are set
Is in a harvest way,
For to the fair-robed Demeter
Our comrades bring today
The first fruits of their harvesting
She on the threshing place
Great store of barley grain outpoured
For guardian of Her Grace.
O great earth-bound Demeter
Whose daughter is the spring,
Whose hands bring forth the golden grain,
These gifts to you we bring:
Our hands, our hearts, our bellies
Once empty and now filled,
The greening of the garden,
The flour of the mill,
We thank you for our sustenance
The bounty of field and hill,
Your touch upon the barren land
Will make it more fertile still.

Chant:
Demeter Demeter Mother of the Grain
Fruit of the Harvest come with the rain

(The produce is brought forward to the altar and laid in baskets, one at a time, kneeling. Afterwards it is shared with others brought in from outside, for generosity begets abundance. The wine is poured out as a libation for Demeter.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

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Chant To Hecate for Justice

The chant below brings swift justice to those who treat you unfairly. Take caution in using it, though, especially if you have also behaved inappropriately. Hecate’s justice knows no bounds. She sees to it that all involved get precisely what they deserve.

Hecate, Dark One, hear my plea.

Bring justice now I ask of Thee!

Right the wrongs that have been done,

Avenge me now, oh Mighty One.

Turn misfortune back to those

Who cause my problems and my woes.

And heap upon them karmic debt

Lest they all too soon forget

Their wrongful actions, words, and deeds

Don’t let them get away scot-free.

Bring them forth from where they hide.

Bring swift justice–wield your knife.

Hasten, Dark One; hear my plea–

Do what it is I ask of Thee.

 

Everyday Magic

Dorothy Morrison

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