Dieties of Marriage
by Divine Spirits
Deities Of Marriage These deities can be invoked in rituals concerning the family and the home. Frigg Frigg was the Viking Mother Goddess whose jewelled spinning wheel formed Orion’s belt; as patroness of marriage, women, mothers and families, she can be invoked for all rituals concerned with families and domestic happiness. She invited devoted husbands and wives to her hall after death so that they might never be parted again and so is goddess of fidelity. As Ostara, goddess of spring, she was known among the Anglo-Saxons and is remembered in the festival of Easter as a fertility goddess and bringer of new beginnings. In her role as Valfreya, the Lady of the Battlefield, Frigg recalls the Northern tradition of warrior goddesses and offers courage to women. Hera Hera, the wife-sister of Zeus, is a the supreme Greek goddess of protection, marriage and childbirth whose sacred bird is the peacock. She is a powerful deity of fidelity and is called upon by women seeking revenge upon unfaithful partners. Hestia Hestia is the Greek goddess of the hearth and home, all family matters and peace within the home. She is a benign, gentle goddess and so can be invoked for matters involving children and pets. Juno Juno, the wife-sister of Jupiter, is the Roman queen of the gods, the protectress of women, marriage and childbirth and also wise counsellor. Together with Jupiter and Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, she made up the triumvirate of deities who made decisions about humankind and especially Roman affairs. Her month, June, is most fortunate for marriage and, like Hera, her Greek equivalent, her sacred creature is the peacock. She is invoked in sex magick as well as for all matters concerning marriage, children, fidelity and wise counsel. Parvati Parvati is the benign and gentle Hindu Mother Goddess, consort of the god Shiva and the goddess daughter of the Himalayas. Her name means ‘mountain’ and she is associated with all mountains. She and Shiva are often pictured as a family in the Himalayas with their sons Ganesh, god of wisdom andlearning, and six-headed Skanda, the warrior god. She is invoked for all family matters and those concerning children and by women in distress. Vesta Vesta is the Roman goddess of domesticity and of the sacred hearth at which dead and living were welcomed. The Vestal Virgins of Rome kept alight the sacred flame in Vesta’s temple and this was rekindled at the New Year, as were household flames. Vesta can be invoked in rituals centred around the element Fire.
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Festival of the Penates
The Penates were Roman Gods of the store-cupboard and protectors of the household along with the Lares. They were the guardians of the pantry, and small statues of them were place along with those of the Lares, within each household. They were worshipped along with Vesta (Goddess of the hearth). Just as with the Lares, a portion of food from every family meal was set aside for them or tossed onto the hearth fire as a small offering for their continued protection. The festival held for them on this day was a state affair and was held in honor of the Roman Penates Publici–the Penates that presided over the city
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The cosmos offers you a mixed bag of opportunities and challenges during — what is usually — a fairly pleasant, enthusiastic and goal-oriented transit of the Moon in Sagittarius every month. The first challenge arrives early when Mercury makes an off-kilter, 150-degree link with far-out Neptune (3:44AM). Hazy astro-psychic weather conditions hold sway under one of these configurations. Therefore, don’t sign legal papers or conduct down-to-earth business for a couple of hours before and after the exact time of this alignment. The other challenge happens almost 12 hours later when Vesta makes a frictional, 45-degree tie with Jupiter (3:06PM). Playing fast and loose with investment funds can boomerang. Focus attention on safety and security needs around your residence or office environment. On the opportunity front, Pallas enters Leo (6:53AM) until November 9 — a great zodiacal placement for artists and performers in any field to strut their stuff and rise to prominence in the public eye. The investment realm improves somewhat when Venus forms a supportive, 60-degree rapport with Vesta (3:59PM) — a favorable aspect that doubles as a boost for enhancing sisterhood ties. Communications with dear ones can lead to emotional empowerment for all concerned as Mercury trines Juno (4:06PM). Take a look at any new lines of fashion and style coming into the apparel and social scenes. Fun, games, sports, and reaching educational objectives are all promoted by a fiery grand triangle as the Moon in Sagittarius trines Mars in Leo (3:55PM) and Uranus in Aries (7:14PM). Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
[All times are calculated for the Pacific Daylight Zone. If you are living in a different time zone, add or subtract the necessary hours so that any timed alignment will be exact where you live.] Strange forces are on the prowl. This is always the case when the dark-of-the-moon monthly cycle arrives with severity and finishing old business is definitely warranted. However, making ends meet — as the old saying goes — is not so simple right now because Pallas makes a rare opposition to Pluto (1:11PM) — following last night’s buoyant and joyful Pallas conjunction with Jupiter. Pallas under the influence of underworld-ruling Pluto can interfere or block any gains that were made on the problem-solving, strategic-thinking fronts on Monday evening. Help is on the way in the form of the monthly lunar union with Vesta (2:06PM) followed by the New Moon (activating 15 degrees of Leo at 2:52PM). At first mention, this sounds ideal as Leo is strong-willed, loving and creative, and Vesta connects with sisterhoods, safety and security matters, insurances rates and coverage, and investments. Thus, you should be able to generate a lot of forward momentum for the next four weeks — since every New Moon is a catalyst toward successful achievements for the near future. However, the exact time of this New Moon begins a void lunar twilight zone that lasts until 8:58PM tomorrow night. Adding a little more confusion to the mix is a frictional, 135-degree between Mercury and Chiron (7:27PM). A time-out for reflection or meditation may bring you revelations.
Calendar of the Moon
Altar: On this day the altar is built in the kitchen, spread before the hearth with a red cloth and a single red candle on which is carved the Rune of Fire.
Offerings: Ashes smeared on the forehead. Kitchen cleaning and duty.
Daily Meal: Cooked all together as a group.
Invocation to the Hearth Goddess
Hertha of the warm hearthstone
Hestia of the naked flame
Vesta of the rising smoke
Lady who warms us
As you warmed our ancestors,
Lady whose touch cooks our food,
Lady around whom we gather
On the coldest nights,
Fire that draws us in,
Fire tamed, fire who is our friend,
Never let us forget your care
Lest you become wild and strike back.
Stay here in your hearth
And protect our home from your anger.
Speak truth to us
And let us bear your truth on our tongues.
Never leave us for long
Lest we forget to whom we owe
The next winter’s comfort
Chant: Ken Ken Ken
(As everyone chants, each steps forward and draws the rune of Fire, Ken, on the hearth with their finger. Then the hearth is ceremonially relit with the candle and dinner-making commences.)
[Pagan Book of Hours]
Be prepared for upcoming psychic turbulence. The Moon in Scorpio forms a supportive, 60-degree alliance with the Sun in Capricorn at 3:32AM PST, but this positive rapport of the two lights also begins a long void uncertainty zone that lasts until 12:29AM PST tomorrow. Pallas making an inspirational, 72-degree contact with Vesta (8:32AM PST) seems to encourage investments and business plans, but the void condition of the Moon is unsettling rather than reassuring. You now need to be on your best behavior as a quartet of discordant aspects enters the scene. Mercury makes an off-kilter, 150-degree link with Vesta (10:00AM PST) while giant Jupiter makes the same kind of off-kilter, 150-degree tie with Juno (11:18AM PST). Before you can catch your breath, the red planet Mars is on the warpath again as it tries to bully Saturn via a 90-degree square (11:34AM PST). Adding insult to injury, the void Moon chimes in as it parallels Mars (2:13PM PST). To have this group of challenging aspects occur in only 4+ hours is to concentrate their capacity for all-around mischief-making. Put business matters on the back burner. Slow your tempo in sensitive love bonds. Keep your John Hancock completely under wraps and stay away from temperamental individuals.
You’ve got the world on a string, but don’t lose your balance. Safety first could be your motto when the Moon in Gemini forms its monthly union with Vesta (2:33AM PST). Take some time to review your current investment plans. Just 26 minutes later, Pallas forms an inspirational, 72-degree tie with Jupiter (2:59AM PST). Favorable Pallas-Jupiter links like this are great mind-expanders — assisting you in harnessing the power of your ability to see into the future. Vesta is once again a top priority during a Venus-Vesta polarity (12:33PM PST). While not as positive as the earlier Moon-Vesta union, this Venus-Vesta connection on either side of the Earth can help you increase your business assets — especially if you heed the sagacious advice of soul-sisters who know the financial score. As mentioned in this calendar on December 23, a mysterious Yod or Finger of God triangle has been under development during this last week of 2012. With today’s supportive, 60-degree alliance between Saturn and Pluto (5:42PM PST), this cosmic configuration gains a stable base in the heavens. If you have excellent research skills, this can be a terrific time to uncover esoteric secrets that have been waiting to be revealed for many centuries. Healing forces are back with authority — thanks to a constructive, 60-degree rapport between the Sun and Chiron (8:52PM PST). During the monthly Moon-Mercury polarity (10:51PM PST), the Moon enters another fairly lengthy void cycle that lasts until 12:08PM PST tomorrow. Be a minimalist when it comes to decision-making overnight — although it is fine to start preparing for the potent Full Moon that arrives on Friday December 28.
Here’s another full day of Virgo Moon. Health, dietary and nutritional needs are in the hopper every month when the Moon transits the sixth sign of the zodiac. Looking at life through the microscope is important since details can make or break your path to success at this time. Giving you a boost of vitality is a subtle and yet still dynamic, 30-degree link from the Sun to Mars (7:02AM PST). A crisis in consciousness may be developing shortly thereafter due to the Last Quarter Sun-Moon Phase (activating 15 degrees of Sagittarius and Virgo) clocking in at 7:33AM PST. Cut through obstacles on the mental and even spiritual planes while keeping your business affairs as stable as possible. This won’t be that easy because the Moon parallels surprise-bringer Uranus (8:21AM PST) while Venus makes an off-kilter, 150-degree tie with Vesta (11:42AM PST). Venus in league with Vesta in this manner is nothing to cheer about as there is a need for major adjustment in how you look at your investment plans and portfolio. Being too hasty is likely to backfire against you. A soul-sister may be able to keep you on track. Fortunately, the Moon chimes in by making a supportive, 60-degree alliance with Venus (1:55PM PST). This lunar contact with the planet of love and beauty won’t necessarily neutralize the shadow side of Venus moving 150-degrees to Vesta, but it can take some of the emotional sting out of it. The Moon-Venus encounter is also the last main aspect of this 24-hour time-period — pointing you in a more positive direction tonight on the creative, artistic front.