The Crone

 The Crone

Posted byPatrick McCleary
 
In my third and final installment covering the aspects of the Goddess, we turn to the Crone. Ancient Hag of the boundless wisdom. I hope that you enjoyed the last two sections.
Charge of the Crone

Come closer my grandchildren sit at my feet and hear my words. Let me tell you the story of my life and the lessons I have learned. Know that I am the Darksome terrible Goddess, but I only bring terror to those who do not understand.

I am Hecate, the Crossroads. I am Morganna, Raven of Battles. I am the widow descending to the Underworld to find my lost husband and my future son. And I am the womb that they are born from.

Know that at lifes end I will be waiting for you; to guide you through death and into rebirth. And that I will be there at birth to guide you through birth into life.

To truly taste life is to worship me. For Magick and art are my domains and my greatest lesson is love itself. So let there be compassion in your anger, power in your humbleness and mirth balanced against discipline.

Yet remember that if you seek to remove my veil and see my true face you have only to look within for I am always with you from the beginning to the end.

AspectsWho is the Crone? She is the one who, wrapped in mystery, brings the wisdom that is key to unlock the ancient mysteries. She is blunt and sometimes harsh but that is only because she has learned the value of unfettered honesty. The end of her life draws near and she has no time to indulge people in their illusions. She can be turned to when the world has baffled you, because she has lived a long life and more likely then not she has already solved the puzzle that faces you.See her face in the dark of the Moon and the cool night shadows and look within to know that she has always been with you from birth through death. She is the tomb that is the womb that leads from death into the rebirth and new life.

The Crone goddess of the Welsh was Cerridwen. A shape-shifting goddess of divination and enchantment. Her cauldron is a symbol of death and of life. It represents the womb and the tomb through which we have all passed and will pass again.

Her cauldron can contain the elixir of immortality that allows us to pass through death and into rebirth to live again. It may also contain the waters of Knowledge. Which would make it the Grail that Arthur seeked so long for. For a king of the Celts ruled by the will of the Goddess.

The ancient race of the Slavs worshipped a Goddess called Baba Yaga. She is the old crone that guards the Water of Life and Death. She is oftentimes represented as the wild untamed forces of nature but as we know the storm brings the water of life allowing for rebirth.

Her symbols are the birch tree, the tree of beginnings and endings. She was also known as the White Lady as she is stiff and white and carved of bone

 
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The Mother

The Mother 

Posted byPatrick McCleary

In my continuing series on teaching the different aspects of the Gods to kids, here is the section on the Mother aspect.
 
Rede of the Mother

Listen close and hearken to my words:

I who am Demeter, giver of fruitfulness and abundance; I who am Arianrhod, the Turner of the Heavenly Wheel; I who am Selene, Queen of the Starlit Heavens and Goddess of the Moon; I who am Hera, Goddess of the Hearth.

As I am the Goddess of the Moon. I am the bringer of change in your life. And although you may not see the wisdom, all I do is done for the betterment of each and every one of my children. But fear not for I am also Hera, Goddess of the Unchanging Hearth and I bring that growing power to each of your ventures, if they follow the Rede.

But also remember that for each of these gifts that I offer you, you must in turn spread your gifts to the people around you. Be a light in the world to show the way of love and the way of peace and passivity. But do not think that I counsel you to let yourself be trodden upon. Stand firm in your beliefs and for your rights. Yet do this while remaining calm and loving. And I assure you that if enough of you do this then it will spread like all wondrous things will and the world will be united in peace and love.

Let each person lead their own lives. yet counsel in love if you see them doing harm to themselves or others. Also lead by example. Live these words and others will follow. For do not actions speak louder than words?

I give you all my blessings and shower you in my Love. Blessed Be!

AspectsThe Mother is an aspect of the Goddess that at first glance seems self-explanatory. The Mother is the mother right? While she is that nurturing force, she is also self-sacrifice personified. But not self-sacrifice for its sake, rather she will sacrifice her needs and desires and even herself for her children and those she loves.As the Maiden was the Virgin, so has the Mother commited herself to her lover and to her children. Now that she is grown older she can no longer worry only about today and how she is affected, for she has brought new life into the world and she carries that responsibility.

She is the gateway to life and the womb that grows the seed. She is the Moon and the Earth and the controller of tides. She is universal love and the path to peace.

Demeter as the Goddess of grain and fertility was an important deity to the ancient Greeks. She was the mother of Persephone who was also called Kore. And in that story we see the dedication found in this aspect. She never stopped seeking for her lost daughter and when she found her she braved all things, even death, to rescue her.

Before her marriage to Zeus, Hera was called the Queen of Heaven because she ruled over the heavens and the earth and was responsible for every aspect of existence, including the seasons and the weather. She was also known as Juno in the Roman pantheon, the Goddess of weddings. Her sacred animals were the peacock and the cow. The cow symbolizing Hera’s watchfulness over her children and the peacock symbolizes her beauty and immortality. She has been called upon in olden days to bless and protect a woman’s marriage. Bringing fertility and protection for her children

 
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The Maiden

The Maiden 

Posted byPatrick McCleary

One of the most often questions from my youngest is about the Goddess and God. So I sat down and wrote up some poems and guidelines to help explain the different aspects of Them. Today I figured I would share with you the work I did on the Maiden. Hope that you enjoy.

Song of the Maiden

Hear the words of the Maiden:

I who am La Primavera, The Springtime. I who am the promise of Life and the hope for immortality. The one who from beneath my dancing feet spring flowers. I who am the Virgin, untameable. Robed in white, pure and untouched by the world’s strife.

I bid you to be merry in all you do. When you make love be sure to think of me for your little deaths are a chance for the beginnings of a little life. And at every birth think of me. For whether boy or girl I am also born there.

Every drop of rain is a blessing falling from my lips, so rejoice in the falling rain. I represent life unbridled, untamed. So I bid thee remember to be unashamed to sing or dance when the mood takes thee.

For every dance and every song is but an expression of the Song of Creation and the Dance of the Creatrix.

Count thy blessings every day and let not sadness take thee for every ending and misfortune leads to a new beginning and greater fortune. There is no room for sadness in the worship of Me.

Also remember not to fear the night for after every night there comes a new dawn. And I promise tht if ye look careful you can see me arrayed in clours wondrous on every morn at the rise of the Sun.

Specific Goddesses

This is the aspect of the Goddess pertaining to Youth and Innocence. She is the Eternal Virgin but not in the patriacharchal sense of a woman before sex or marriage but in the older sense of the word, a woman that belongs only to herself.

The Maiden aspect has many lessons for us. To love without bounds, to view the world through the eyes of innocence and to live in the moment. Through her we learn mercy and compassion. She is also a goddess of passion and gracefulness.

But as much as the Maiden lives in the now, she does not forget her duties. Nor does she let her innocence allow her to be taken advantage of. She is the Huntress, the Warrior Queen as much as she is the Midwife and the Gardener.

There are many Goddesses that fall into this aspect. One example is Artemis who was born after a short and painless labor. After her birth she then turned around and became midwife and nurturer to her Mother, Leto, and helped her mother to give birth to her own twin brother Apollo. Because of this Artemis became the Goddess of childbirth, the protector of children, and the goddess who listened most closely to the appeals of women. This Goddess’ association with the wilderness around us, symbolized her own untamed nature. Because of her independence she became the best huntress of the Gods. She was also often depicted carrying a torch to light the way for others, leading them through territories yet uncharted.

There is also the Goddess Kuan Yin who’s story best tells us about her. In her youth she was Miao Shan a maiden that wanted to become a Buddhist nun but was forbidden to do so by her Father. He tried to have her married off and when she refused he sent soldiers to kill her. She was saved by a tiger but then descended into the Land of the Dead and freed the souls in bondage there. Rose again and was greeted by Buddha himself who sent her into hiding on the isle of P’u T’o Shan where she reached enlightenment. Yet her suffering had taught her mercy and compassion so that she stopped short and turned back with the pledge to save mankind. That she would not reach enlightenment until everyone else before her reached there.

 
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Feng Shui Tip of the Day for October 28

It’s ‘Lung Health Day’ so I immediately thought of the Feng Shui gold standard as far as intentional breathing and expanding lung capacity is concerned. The Chinese have long used meditation in partnership with Feng Shui to enhance their Chi, improve their lung health and to garner opportunities for a fortunate future. The Great Sunshine Buddha meditation promises to do all that and more. Standing with your feet shoulder width apart with palms and arms lifted in the air, turn your head upwards to face the sun. Imagine the sun emitting a ‘hum’ sound, one of the most sacred sounds known to man. Now imagine that same humming sun coming closer and getting hotter before it enters your body through the third eye or forehead area. The sun now rushes quickly through your body, filling and bathing it with heat and sound until it exits out of the bottom of your feet. Relax and then raise your arms and palms again. This time the sun and sound enter through both the third eye and the palms of each hand. It rushes to the feet where it quickly rebounds and returns to the head where it then exits. Relax your arms again. With arms and palms up, the sun and sound reenter the body through the three points and rushes down to the feet. Then it slowly rises, circling and heating and humming around all the vital organs as well as any problematic spots. Use the sound and the bright sunlight to cure health problems, push bad or negative Chi up and out and increase health and happiness. Repeat nine times each day for 27 days for maximum effect and opportunity.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Your Daily Number for October 28: 8

You may be the recipient of an unexpected financial reward today. It’s a great day to focus on promotion and sales. Social gatherings may bring good news and positive new connections; don’t turn down any invitations!

Fast Facts

About the Number 8

Theme: Power, Responsibility, Good Judgment, Financial Rewards
Astro Association: Leo
Tarot Association: Strength

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for October 28 is 57: Gentle Penetration

57: Gentle Penetration

Hexagram 57

General Meaning: The general situation here points to subtle penetration. Reeds bend softly in the wind, symbolizing flexibility and endurance, symbolizing quiet, relaxed effectiveness in action. A gentle influence is at work, but just as the wind is ceaseless in its efforts, so too small forces can persist to produce lasting results.

Gentle penetration bodes well for new relationships of all kinds. Just as a summer breeze slowly penetrates the woods to cool the forest, the brilliant ideas of gifted leaders or the sincere feelings of warm-hearted lovers slowly penetrate the minds and hearts of others. In personal relationships, a gentle beginning is often linked to a long-lasting union.

When employing a force that is weak but persistent, careful aim is necessary, for only when a small force continually moves in the same direction can it have much effect. In human affairs, this kind of influence comes more through strength of character than by direct confrontation or seduction. It’s important to have, and stick to, clearly defined goals. Maintaining a strong vision and following a steady course of least resistance often brings good fortune.

Today’s Runes for October 28 is Gebo

Today’s Runes

Ice Runes are most commonly used for questions about struggle, conflict, and achievement. Gebo means gift, and like any gifts, the rune may be understood on many levels. Gifts are generally positive things, for both the giver and the recipient. In many cultures however, gifts and favors carry with them an obligation to respond in kind. It is for this reason that gifts, and hence the rune Gebo, are frequently symbolic of friendships, marriages, alliances, mergers, and other bonds between people or organizations. Gebo is a strong rune and the unions represented are strong as well. Moreover, Gebo is not reversible, as true friendships are not easily undone.

Today’s Tarot Card for October 28 is The Fool

The Fool

This Tarot Deck: Chinese

General Meaning: Pamela Coleman-Smith’s artful rendition of an “innocent Fool” archetype (Rider-Waite deck) is often used to represent Tarot in general. Early classical versions of the Fool card, however, portray quite a different character — a person driven by base needs and urges, who has fallen into a state of poverty and deprivation.

In some instances, he is made out to be a carnival entertainer or a huckster. In others, he is portrayed as decrepit and vulnerable — as the cumulative result of his delusions and failures. Not until the 20th century do you see the popular Rider-Waite image of the Fool arise — that of an innocent Soul before its Fall into Matter, as yet untainted by contact with society and all its ills.

Modern decks usually borrow from the Rider-Waite imagery. Most Fool cards copy the bucolic mountainside scene, the butterfly, the potential misplaced step that will send the Fool tumbling into the unknown. Don’t forget, however, that the earlier versions of this card represented already-fallen humanity, over-identified with the material plane of existence, and beginning a pilgrimage towards self-knowledge, and eventually, wisdom. The Fool reminds us to recognize the path of personal development within ourselves — and the stage upon that path where we find ourselves — in order to energize our movement toward deeper self-realization.

Daily Horoscopes for Friday, October 28

The Moon enters philosophical Sagittarius at 10:45 am EDT, expanding our vision beyond personal needs and into social realms. Generous Jupiter trines Pluto and opposes the Sun, further distorting our sense of reality by enabling us to see the good side of everything and tempting us to overcommit or overindulge. Meanwhile, an expressive Mercury-Mars square infiltrates our words with anger. A little self-restraint can prevent unnecessary conflict.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Trickster Mercury short-circuits your mental wiring today, making you believe that someone is threatening you, even if that’s not the case. Fortunately, you can avoid overreacting by just being aware of your current tendency to make everything more important than it actually is. Ultimately, your decisions should work out for the best as long as you don’t jump to conclusions that justify unkind behavior.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You may try to be fair-minded in a partnership, but you cannot maintain your objectivity today. It’s not easy to express your annoyance with someone close to you, because you don’t want to waste energy on activities that detract from what you need to do. Unfortunately, holding your emotions quiet only adds to your irritation. Take a deep breath and then share your feelings — even if they are negative — but do it without blaming anyone else.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Warrior Mars stresses your planetary ruler Mercury today, luring you into an unpleasant exchange of words. You might think that your professional status is at stake, but it’s likely that you are so sensitive now that you make a big deal out of something that’s not all that important. Step back before reacting; try to understand what’s currently happening instead of attempting to change it.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Someone may accuse you of being negative today, yet you might believe that you are acting like a Pollyanna. Your denial doesn’t do much to settle others down as they ask you to explain your behavior. Don’t allow yourself to get sucked into peripheral dramas, but if it’s true that you have been hiding your frustrations it will feel better to get them out into the open.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You may not be willing to take the time now to explain your current actions or even your rationale for doing nothing. You feel that it’s your right to keep your feelings to yourself. Unfortunately, you can add more confusion to the situation if you don’t share your motives when you have the opportunity to do so. Even if you think that you have something better to do today, let your friends and associates know exactly what’s on your mind.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your close friends may encourage you to talk about something you usually prefer to keep to yourself as forceful Mars antagonizes your key planet Mercury. Even if you know better, you could still lose your temper today and give someone a piece of your mind. Keep in mind that angry words don’t make anyone happier, so think twice before you escalate a minor difference of opinion into an open conflict.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Your rational thinking isn’t enough to keep you even-keeled these days as wordy Mercury squares combative Mars. Your friends and associates might not play fairly when they refuse to get involved in a discussion, but all you want is a bit of honest feedback. Paradoxically, it may work backwards now; if you push too hard, others will just retreat even further. Fortunately, giving them room to breathe allows them to finally come out of their shells.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You may experience another layer of frustration as you try to handle an already tricky situation. Thankfully, jolly Jupiter trines your key planet Pluto, giving you the endurance to follow through on whatever you start. But your eyes are larger than your tummy now, tempting you to bite off more than you can chew. Taking a few steps backward to reconsider what makes the most sense is a viable strategy to get what you want.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You can become involved in lengthy discussions at work as the Moon returns to your bombastic sign and enthusiastic Jupiter enters your 6th House of Employment. However, you may grow annoyed if others are less than forthcoming with their true intentions now that Jupiter trines underhanded Pluto. You’re impatient and don’t understand why your workmates don’t just come right out and say what’s on their minds. Even if it’s frustrating, practicing tolerance teaches you ways to overcome previous conditioning.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

If your friends are acting belligerently toward you now, the situation may not be what it appears. Your emotional self-restraint can be very annoying to someone who burns hotter than you. The long-term solution to the current imbalance might not be the obvious one. Instead of telling others to back off, the answer may be for you to show your feelings. Ironically, a potential fight could be avoided by your willingness to share your emotions before a conflict grows out of hand.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You prefer to be left alone so you can get your work done today, but your co-workers continue to bother you with their great ideas. Before you overreact, try changing your mind about what’s happening in the present moment. If you attempt to shut others up now, they’ll just get angry and probably grow even more vocal. But if you take their suggestions in stride, they will feel acknowledged and you might even learn something important in the process.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You are experiencing everything with greater intensity today and this can be very draining on those around you. But don’t turn off your feelings, for any form of avoidance or denial only makes the atmosphere even more intense. However, keep in mind that you don’t need to express every thought or share every passion that stirs your soul.

Your Weekend Lunar Lovescope for Oct. 28 – 30

Weekend Love: Lunar Love

by Jeff Jawer

Pushing the Limits

October 28 – 30

Unlimited enthusiasm and an irrepressible taste for adventure can take you on some wild and crazy rides on Friday and Saturday. The Moon is in fiery Sagittarius whose Archer is aiming his arrows at faraway places and far-flung experiences. The desire to broaden your horizons is amplified by the Sun’s opposition to Sagittarius’ expansive ruling planet Jupiter on Friday night. Even the most cautious individuals may be ripe for risk-taking in this bold but perhaps dangerous environment. Pushing the limits of what you’re willing to feel or do can certainly open social doors, but a lack of discrimination and common sense could allow people in who you won’t want to see the next day. It’s wise to reach a little further in search of love but to avoid losing balance by losing your head.

Sunday’s story is very different with the Moon in orderly and responsible Capricorn. But even this disciplined sign may find you in a less than sober mood, since the Moon forms a stressful square with explosive Uranus early in the day and joins transformative Pluto in the evening. The former spurs spontaneous reactions that can rattle relationships. The needs for freedom and freshness are powerful enough to stretch the strongest bonds, but exacting Pluto can punish excessive or inappropriate behavior, making self-restraint a must.