The Goddess Companion

The Goddess Companion
 

The flood receded, leaving swamps
where life emerged anew like seeds
sprouting in a mother’s womb.
It was just like spring, when peasants
overturn the soil to find a world
of creatures there, as though the earth
itself crept and wriggled and was alive.
Life begins in heat and water,
those apparent opposites that stir
creation. Thus the sun, rising on
the flooded earth, brought forth new life.
 ~Ovid, Metamorphoses
 
In the myths of many cultures, the earth is destroyed – often by flood- and then reborn, re-made. So it was in Greek and Roman mythology, which told of a great flood that only the woman Pyrrha and her mate Deucalion survived. Told by an oracle that she would bear children from “the bones of the mother,” Pyrrha figured out that her mother being the earth, the bones would mean the rock skeleton of the planet. Throwing stones behind herself, Pyrrha produced an entire new race of humans to repopulate the earth.
 
After the destructive flood, the earth replenished itself anew. Such myths capture the special freshness of spring, when all seems reborn. In our own lives, too, we will find times when an order is overturned – a job or love lost, a home transformed – but new order emerges from the ruin. Trusting in such rebirth is difficult, but every spring reminds us that renewal is an inevitable part of life.
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By Patricia Monaghan
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Crone’s Corner – We Are In Charge Of Our Attitudes!!!

Crone’s Corner – We Are In Charge Of Our Attitudes!!!

 
We are in charge of our actions.
We cannot change our pasts.
We cannot change the fact that
people will act in a certain way…
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing that we can do is
play on the one thing string we
have and that is our Attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% of what
happens to you and 90% of how you react to it.
And so it is………….
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COURAGE
 
Courage looks you straight in the eye. She is not impressed with power trippers, and she knows first aid.
Courage is not afraid to weep, and she is not afraid to pray, even when she is not sure who she is praying to.
When she walks it is clear she has made the journey from loneliness to solitude.
The people who told me she was stern were not lying; they just forgot to mention she was kind.
 
~Ruth Gendler

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GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

Home Protection Sachet

If you feel concerned about negative influences or thoughts coming your way, hang a small sachet of this in each window (you can hide them behind the curtains if you wish)  and above each external door.

3 parts rosemary

2 parts fennel seed

1 part juniper

1 part dill seed

1 dried chili pepper

1 part the outer skin of garlic

1 part coarse salt (rock salt)

Place in a red cloth tied with a black cord. If you think you know who might be harbouring negative thoughts about you, then you can also place a small mirror facing outwards in the window which most closely points in their direction. This will reflect back any negativity.

Spell – A- Day – Warrior Goddess Spell

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Spell – A- Day – Warrior Goddess Spell
Incense of the day: Sage
 
One of America’s greatest social reformers, and a key feminist icon, Susan B. Anthony, was born on this day. Her passion for social equality parallels many of the characteristics attributed to the Warrior Goddess Diana of ancient Roman mythology. Diana protected those who were less fortunate. To connect with your own inner warrior goddess, go to a grove of pine trees or place some pine branches on your altar, and say: “Lady of the fields and trees, I thank you for all the bounty you have brought to me.” Continue with a specific request, then, to finish the spell, give thanks to the warrior goddess by leaving a small gift. To do so, decorate a pine branch with a silver star, a crescent moon, or an ornament shaped like an arrow.
 
By: James Kambos

Seasons of the Witch

Seasons of the Witch 
  
Feast of Sticky Buns
Auld Deer (Cattle Fair; Scotland)
St. Valentine’s Day (Greek)
Bumper Car Day
Mule Day
Annual Sit and Spit Contest
St. Flavian’s Day (Eastern)
National Almond Day
Imperial Valley Lettuce Ball (El Centro, California @)
Lithuania Independence Day
St. Pamphilius’ Day (Eastern)
Do A Grouch A Favor Day
St. Juliana’s Day
Respectable Tales of Kelp-Koli (5 minutes only; Fairy)
World Championship Crab Races (Crescent City, California)
  
Various Sources, see Festivals and Holidays:
Fellow Ship of the Earth, Moon and Sky, School Of The Seasons 
http://secondsightresearch.tripod.com/bodyandsoul/id2.html
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Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred!

Lunar Lore

Lunar Lore

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And when fair Cynthia her full orb displays,
Or when unveiled to sight are half her rays,
Then mark the various hues that paint her face,
And thus the fickle weather’s changes trace.
 – Lamb’s trans. of the “Phainomena” of Aratos.
If the Moon be in Aries, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, or
Capricorn she is in places fit for Sowing; but if she
is placed in Aries or Taurus, she is then fit for planting only.
~Leovitius.
 The Moon
Clean,clear rainwater puddle, bend down and bathe both hands in the water.
Hold both moistened hands to your temples and ‘breathe in’ the moon in your mind,
filling your senses with silvery cleansing light.
Kiss the last of the water from your fingertips wishing meanwhile that to anyone who would
wish to kiss you, you will be perceived as beautiful and enchanting!

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Today Is: Woden’s Day

Today Is: Woden’s Day – Energy: Male Ruler: Mercury – Rules healings, the mind – Use for magick involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions, communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression, artists, poets, and writers  

  • Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing, Eloquence
  • Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya, Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret [Hathor]
  • Incense:   Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
  • Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
  • Color of The Day:  Yellow, Gray, Violet
  • Colors for Tomorrow: Purple, Indigo, Blue
  • Lucky Sign: Wednesday Is The Lucky Day For Gemini  And Virgo 
  • Candle: Purple Violet

Herb of the Day: Carnation

Herb of the Day: Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus):

Local name: Clove Pink.
“The clove gilloflower is most used in physiche… and is accounted to be very cordiall.” John Parkinson.
Folk Names:
jove’s flower, gillies, gilliflower, sops-in-wine
Gender: Masculine
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Powers: Protection, Strength, Healing

When made into a syrup (5 pints boiling water to 3 pounds flower heads; 2 pounds sugar per pint), Parkinson claimed it to be “good for disorders of the brain.” Gerard said that it help ease heart sickness.
CAUTION!! Commercial Carnations are often “DYED”. Not knowing what the dyes used are, I would NOT ADVISE you to use Commercial Carnations!!
Magickally associated with: Sun, Fire. Was once worn by Witches to prevent capture and hanging. A sachet stuffed with the flowers and inhaled deeply, is said to help you to get over heartaches. Said to produce added energy in ritual when used in incense. Use in all-purpose protection spells. Gives strength and energy to the sick. Place fresh carnation on the altar during healing spells and add dried flowers to healing sachets and incenses.
“Carnations and streaked gillyflowers, the fairest flowers of the season…” William Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale
Blessings,
Lady Becky

Runecast for Wednesday February 16

Mannaz of Tyr’s Aett popped out of my pouch Mannaz pronounced “mawn-nawz” (M: Man, mankind) The Self; the individual or the human race. Your attitude toward others and their attitudes towards you. Friends and enemies, social order. Intelligence, forethought, create, skill, ability. Divine structure, intelligence, awareness. Expect to receive some sort of aid or cooperation now.

Someone who frightens you is your own image in the mirror. Find the roots of problems in yourself. Pay attention now to yourself because the reasons for both your joys and your difficulties come out of your own nature. You need to be modest in your approach because any excess in one part of your life imbalances another. By being more objective, you can balance your strengths and weaknesses and by doing so, the right way of action will come to you. There is no need to be over-assertive because if you are dedicated in your approach, all that is yours will come to you by itself.

Mannaz Reversed or Merkstave: Depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion. Cunning, slyness, manipulation, craftiness, calculation. Expect no help now. (Note: the reversed or merkstave definitions are included only for reference as they apply to a multi-rune cast and not to a single rune that’s drawn blind from the pouch)

As with all, take only what feels right to you and disregard the rest.

**a portion of today’s rune meaning/description was kindly provided by Ingrid Halvorsen at sunnyway.com and used here with her gracious permission**