Rhyming Charge of the Goddess

RHYMING CHARGE OF THE GODDESS

I am the harmonious tune of the songbirdAnd the laughter of a gleeful child.
I am the bubbling sound of the running brook
And the scent of the flowers wild.

I am the floating leaf upon the breeze
And the dancing fire in the forest glade.
I am the sweet smell of rains upon the soil.
And the rapture of passion when love is made.

I am the germination of seed in the Spring
And the ripening of wheat in the Sun.
I am the peaceful depth of the twilight
That soothes the soul when day is done.

I am found in the twinkling of an aged eye…
And found in the birth of a newborn pup…
Yes…Birth and Growth and Death, am I
I am the gracious Earth, on whom you sup.

I am your sister, your mother, the wise one.
I wrap you gently in the warmth of my love.
That which your seek you shall find within:
Not without…not below…not above!
Remember always, my children, be reverent.
Be gentle, loving and kind to each other
And hold sacred the Earth and its creatures:
For I am the Lady: Creatrix and Mother!

-Kalioppe-

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The Crone

The Crone

The Crone is a being of age-old wisdom. She is shrew and counsels well. She cares for the Maiden and the Mother as well as the off-spring thereof. She is logical and can be terrible in her vengeance. She stands at the door to the dimension of death. In human years, she is approximately 45 or older. The Crone is the Most difficult of the three to place in human age. The Crone’s traditional colors are black, gray, purple, brown or midnight blue.

Rituals using the Crone

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* Ending relationships, jobs, friendships
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* Menopause, or coming to terms with aging.
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* Divorce.
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* A regrouping of energies needed at the end of a cycle of activity or problem.
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* Rest and calmness before making new goals and plans.
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* When the garden or plants are ready for winter.
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* Harassment of any kind.
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* Retribution on rapists, murderers, abusers.
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* On the death of a person or pet; of any animal or human. Contemplation at the end of your own life cycle.
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* When moving from a dwelling or job.
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* When strong protection is needed for attacks on the physical or psychic levels, or even annoyance by spirits.
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* To understand the deepest of mysteries.
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* Developing trance or communication with the guides or other spirits.

The Mother

The Mother

The Mother stands for nurturing, caring, fertility; she is a woman in the prime of her life and at the peak of her power. She protects her own and will ensure that justice is done and done well. This woman is usually mated. In human age, she would be seen as a woman in her thirties to mid-forties. Her colors are warmer than that of the maiden, such as green, copper, red, light purple or royal blue.

Rituals using the Mother:

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* Project fruition and completion.
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* When childbirth is near
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* Strength to see matters through to the end.
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* Blessings and protection. This especially applies to females who are threatened by men.
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* Guidance in life decisions.
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* Marriages, or the contemplation of or desire for marriage.
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* Finding or choosing a mate or companion.
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* Gardening, the growing of any plant.
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* Choosing or accepting an animal. Protection of animal life.
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* Making choices of any kind.
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* Gaining or continuing peace.
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* Developing intuition and psychic gifts.
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* Spiritual direction.

The Maiden

The Maiden

The Maiden signifies youth, the excitement of the chase, and the newness of life and magick. In human age she would be between puberty and her twenties. She does not have a mate. Her colors are soft & light, such white, soft pink, or light yellow.

Rituals using the Maiden:

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* Any new beginning, or even the hopes and plans for new beginnings.
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* When taking on a new job, or planning to apply for a new job.
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* During the first steps of new ideas, whatever they are.
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* Whenever you plan or begin a complete turn around in your life.
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* Whenever you begin a new phase in your life.
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* On moving, in to a new house or apartment.
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* On entering a new school or going back to school after a delay in education.
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* Any journey that is connected with anticipated changes. This can be anything.
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* The beginning of a new relationship, love or friendship.
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* Plans for getting pregnant.
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* The birth of a child.
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* The first menstruation for girls.
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* Puberty on reaching the teens for boys.
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Goddess Grace

GODDESS GRACE

 

I am the Goddess of a thousand names and infinite capacity.
All Her gifts are mine.
All Her powers reside in me.

I am Athena of Greece.
Life my totem, the owl, I am wise
For I see and hear everything around and within me
Like the oak, I am strong for the olive of peace is sacred to me.

I am Bast, cat goddess of Egypt
I am graceful, flexible, playful and affectionate
I radiate the warmth and light of the glorious sun.

I am Cerridwen of Wales
My magic cauldron contains food for the soul
An inexhaustible source of wisdom and inspiration
The more I give, the more I receive.

I am Diana, Roman goddess of the ever-changing moon.
I am a protectress of women and children
A guardian of the wild
I focus my aim on my heart’s desire and draw it to me.

I am Ereshkigal, Assyro-Babylonian goddess of the underworld
Queen of the Great Below
I shed dead skin to grow
Deep powers of renewal are mine.

I am Freya, Well-beloved Nordic Lady
I survey the beauty of my world in joyous flight
I celebrate and honor the bonds between friends and lovers.

I am Gaia, Greek Earth Mother
Grounded and centered in the rhythms and patterns of chaos
I emerge to create my usiverse.

I am Hecate of Greece
Triple Goddess of the crossroads of choice
I balance by powers of thought and my emotion
I choose the path I walk
The torch of my reason is illumined by my brilliant intuition.

I am Isis, Egyptian Queen of the World
I offer healing and transformation to all in need
I hold the power to shape my world.

I am Jagad-Yoni, Hindu universal yoni, womb of the world
I am the gatekeeper of the next generation
I choose the life that emerges through me
I use my power wisely.

I am Kwan-Yin of Buddhist China, goddess of compassion
I hear and comfort the wounds of the world
I welcome children and teach the magic of change.

I am Liban, Irish mermaid goddess
I revel in the healing power of pleasure
Quench your thirst at my sacred well.

I am Maat of Egypt
Truth, justice and law are the natural order of my universe
Harmony arises as I attune to my divine will.

I am Nu-Kua, Chinese dragon-tailed creatress
I restore the cosmic equilibrium
I form community among women and men
Connecting in equality of love and respect.

I am Old Spider goddess of Micronesia
I created the moon, the sea, the sky, the sun
And the earth from a single clamshell
All the vast and varied universe is present
In the smallest forms of life.
As above, so below
As within, so without.

I am Pele, Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes
My fiery energy erupts from my core to create new worlds
I flow easily over obstacles in my path.

I am Qedeshet of Syria
I balance lightly on the lion I ride
Laughter lifts me from the pull of gravity
The lotus blossom I hols and the serpents I carry
Symbolize the life and health I bring.

I am Rhiannon, horsewoman, Divine Queen of Wales
My steady pace is swift and smooth
I travel freely through the world, safe, serene and secure
My winged friends can wake the dead
And lull the living to sleep.

I am Sedna of the Eskimos
Know and honor me through my animals
Bears, whales and seals
All creatures of the land and sea are part of me.
We share the right to be.

I am Tiamat of Babylon, primordial sea-serpent
I am the great mother womb
Who brought forth the earth and heavens
I dive deep into the watery unconscious
To find the treasures buried there.

I am Uttu, Chaldean-Sumerian goddess of waving and vegatation
I offer shelter and nourishment to all who know me
We weed and clothe each other through our work.

I am Vasudhara, Hindu goddess of abundance
My six arms hold everything you need and offer it to you
Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Center, Spirit
Purpose, Love, Passion, Wisdom, Here, Now.

I am Wite woman of Honduras
I descend from heaven to build my temple on earth
And return as a glorious bird.
I honor and express my true spirit
My beauty is beyond compare.

I am Xochiquetzal, Aztec goddess of flowers, love,
spinning, weaving, singing and dancing.

I am an Original Woman
I delight in sharing my many gifts.

I am Yemaya, Nigerian Fish Mother, Brazilian Voodoo mermaid
Lakes, rivers and oceans are my home
The waters of life belong to me
We cleanse and sustain each other.

I am Zoc, Gnostic Acon of Life
Mother of All Living
I am the embodiment of growth and vitality
I am unique life energy.

I am the Goddess of a thousand names and infinite capacity
All Her gifts are mine
All Her powers reside in me.

We are the Goddess of a thousand names and infinite capacity
All Her gifts are mine
All Her powers reside in me.

You are the Goddess of a thousand names and infinite capacity
All Her gifts are thine
All Her powers reside in thee.

 

 

Being Called to a Particular Deity

BEING CALLED TO A PARTICULAR DEITY

 

I recall someone talking about a feeling of being called to a given deity, and how to know this was for real, and how to go about making it Signed and Official(tm) and all that . . . I thought I’d give out with few (yeah, right) words as to my own experiences this way.

I’m pretty much a believer in the notion that a person is best served by following their natural inclinations on some ways. I found my own Craft name this way — I just sort of waited until I found the “right” name. I waited until I got a handle on what I was like at that time (it may change in the future) and at that point, saw the name as the proper noun that described what I was, the word for my inner nature.

It’s not a name in any but the most basic sense — a description of what I *am*. It’s no more a “chosen” name that an apple “chooses” to be called an apple. It’s simply the name we have for the thing.

Finding a deity figure is similar, and the one that fits you is often different from time to time. Don’t look for one that you like and say, “I want to dedicate myself to that one.” Look inside yourself and see what’s there — and don’t lie or hide anything. Honesty is needed here. Know yourself, and then see if you can find a deity matchup for what you see. This is what I mean by seeing what your own natural inclinations are and then going with them. Oftentimes, the deity will just sort of fall into place with no effort, like a dewdrop rolling off a leaf. It just finds the proper time and bango — it happens. Very zen, actually. This is similar — if you relax and just know yourself, the deity will fall into place with no effort. Well, enough effort to read books and research so that you’ll be able to know him or her when you see them. But research isn’t effort — it’s fun!

My own deities are a bit odd — the moirae from the Mycenean/Greek pantheon are good, as is the Minoan god Kouros. (Never let it be said that your deity has to be the same gender!)

Anyway, the only advice I can give you is to know yourself and then when you see your deity you’ll recognize him or her as the right one. Choosing one that isn’t a good fit is a bad idea.

Deities of the Witches

Deities of the Witches

 

It is certain that the devils have
a profound knowledge of all things.
No theologian can interpret
the Holy Scriptures better than they can;
no lawyer has a more detailed knowledge
of testaments, contracts, and actions;
no physician or philosopher can better understand
the composition of the human body,
and the virtues of the heavens, the stars, birds and fishes,
trees and herbs, metals and stones.

A LIST OF DEITIES BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN WORSHIPPED BY ACCUSED WITCHES DURING THE MIDDLE AGES THROUGH THE RENAISSANCE PERIOD.

Aside from worshipping the Devil, witches were purported to have abased
themselves to a bevy of other deities. Many of these goddesses, gods, devils,
and demons (the classic horned devil included) were simply familiar deities of
antiquity, sometimes given different names. Where an old god was deemed useful
by the Church, it was simply converted into a saint.

The following did not make it into the Christians’ good books:

Abonde, Abundia, Aradia, Ashtaroth, Asmodeus, Beelzebub, Belial, Cernunnos,
Diana, Fraw Fenus, Fraw Holt, Fraw Selga, Gulfora, Hecate, Herodias, Holda,
Leonard, Lilith, Mephistopheles, Minerva, Perchta, Put Satanachia, Satan, Satia,
Venus, Verdelet.

Abonde

Intrinsically linked with the classical goddess Diana, Abonde also went by the
names Abundia, Perchta, and Satia. Abonde led nocturnal hordes of witches
through homes and cellars, eating and drinking all they could find. If food and
drink were left as offerings, Abonde would bestow prosperity upon the occupants
of the home. If nothing was left out for her and her followers, she would deny
the denizens of her blessings and protection.

The Thesaurus pauperum of 1468 condemned “the idolatrous superstition of those
who left food and drink at night in open view for Abundia and Satia, or, as the
people said, Fraw Percht and her retinue, hoping thereby to gain abundance and
riches.” The same practice of offering drink, salt, and food to Perchta, “alias
domine Habundie,” on certain days had been taken note of and subsequently
condemned in 1439 by Thomas Ebendorfer von Haselbach in De decem praeceptis.

According to Roman de la Rose, written at the end of the thirteenth century,
third born children were obligated to travel with Abonde three times a week to
the homes of neighbors. Nothing could stop these people, as they became
incorporeal in the company of Abonde. Only their souls would travel as their
bodies remained behind immobile. There was a downside to this astral
projection: if the body was turned over while the soul was elsewhere, the soul
would never return.
Bibliography. (Ginzburg 40-42)

Abundia

See Abonde, Diana, or Perchta.

Aradia

A corruption of Herodias, Aradia was identified with Diana. Herodias was
directly responsible for the death of John the Baptist. According to C. G.
Leland, Aradia was worshipped by Italian witches. Aradia is still worshipped
today by some neopagans.
Bibliography. (King 25)

Ashtaroth

Also known as Astaroth, Ashtaroth was usually depicted as an ugly demon riding a
dragon and carrying a viper in his left hand. He was the Treasurer of Hell, and
was also the Grand Duke of its western regions. He encouraged sloth and
idleness.

 

Ashtaroth was one of two demons prayed to in the Black Masses of Catherine
Monvoisin, Madame de Montespan (mistress of Louis XIV), and a 67-year-old priest
by the name of Guibourg. (The other demon prayed to was Asmodeus.)

In 1678, Nicolas de la Reynie, Louis XIV’s Lieutenant-General of Police,
arrested these people along with 215 priests, sorcerers, and fortune tellers who
had dabbled in black magic. 110 of these people were tried and sentenced. Some
were hanged, some were exiled, and some were imprisoned for life. Of Guibourg,
La Reynie said:
A libertine who has traveled a great deal…and is at present attached to
The Church of Saint Marcel. For twenty years he has engaged continually in
The practice of poison, sacrilege and every evil business. He has cut the
throats and sacrificed uncounted numbers of children on his infernal altar.
He has a mistress…by whom he has had several children, one or two of whom
he has sacrificed…. It is no ordinary man who thinks it a natural thing
to sacrifice infants by slitting their throats and to say Mass upon the
bodies of naked women.

It seems quite likely that Madame de Montespan was one of the living altars for
Guibourg’s masses. In one such mass, “at the moment of the bread and wine a
child’s throat was cut and its blood drained into the chalice. Simultaneously,
a prayer was recited to the demons Ashtaroth and Asmodeus: ‘Prince of Love, I
beseech you to accept the sacrifice of this child…that the love of the King
may be continued…'”

Shortly before the arrest of Guibourg and his cohorts, a sorcerous attempt was
made upon the life of Louis XIV. An altered consecrated wine was prepared to be
slipped into Louis XIV’s food. In the wine was dried powdered bats, menstrual
blood, semen, and, “to give consistency,” flour.
Bibliography. (Masello 26) Bibliography. (King 110, 111)

Asmodeus

Asmodeus was one of the busiest demons. He was not only the overseer of all the
gambling houses in the court of Hell, but the general spreader of dissipation.
On top of that, Asmodeus was the demon of lust, personally responsible for
stirring up matrimonial trouble. Maybe it was because he came from the original
dysfunctional family. According to Jewish legend, his mother was a mortal woman,
Naamah, and his father was one of the fallen angels. (Or, possibly, Adam before
Eve came along.) Characterized in The Testament of Solomon, the great manual of
magic, as “furious and shouting,” Asmodeus routinely did everything he could to
keep husbands and wives from having intercourse, while encouraging them at every
turn to indulge their pent-up drives in adulterous and sinful affairs. When he
condescended to appear before a mortal, he did so riding a dragon, armed with a
spear; he had three heads–one a bull’s, one a ram’s, and one a man’s–as all
three of these were considered lecherous creatures by nature. His feet, on the
same theory, were those of a cock.

For information on a black mass held for Asmodeus, see Ashtaroth.
Bibliography. (Masello 26)

Beelzebub

Part of the Christian mythos, Beelzebub was one of the powerful seraphim first
recruited by Satan. From his new home in Hell, Beelzebub discovered how to
tempt people with pride. He became associated with flies because he had sent a
plague of the insects to Canaan. He may also have become known as the “Lord of
the Flies” because of the popular belief that decaying corpses generated flies.

Regardless, when summoned by sorcerers or witches, he would appear in the form
of a fly.
Bibliography. (Masello 25)

Belial

Much has been made of Belial, one of the Devil’s most venerable demons. As the
demon of lies, he was immortalized in Milton’s Paradise Lost (Book II):
A fairer person lost not Heaven; he seemed
For dignity composed and high exploit:
But all was false and hollow; though his tongue
Dropped manna, and could make the worse appear
The better reason, to perplex and dash
Maturest counsels: for his thoughts were low;
To vice industrious, but to noble deeds
Timorous and slothful.

 

Before Satan had been the established leader of the forces of evil, Belial had
been the undisputed regent of darkness. This view is reinforced in The War of
the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness from one of the Dead Sea Scrolls:
“But for corruption thou hast made Belial, an angel of hostility. All his
dominion is in darkness, and his purpose is to bring about wickedness and
guilt.”

Magician and necromancer Gilles de Rais attempted to summon both Belial and
Beelzebub by using the severed body parts of a murdered child.
Bibliography. (Masello 27, 28)

Cernunnos

A Celtic god whose physical attributes came to be applied to those of Satan.
Known as the Horned God and as Hu Gadarn, Cernunnos was the god of nature,
astral planes, virility, fertility, animals, sex, the underworld, reincarnation,
and shamanism.
Bibliography. (van Hattem)

Diana

The classical moon goddess, Diana, is still worshipped by neopagans today. Long
after Christianity’s triumph over classical paganism, her worship is still going
strong. St. Kilian, a Celtic missionary to the pagan Franks, was martyred when
he attempted to persuaded the peasants to abandon their worship of this goddess.
A writing on the life of St. Caesarius offhandedly mentions “a demon whom simple
folk call Diana.”

Diana was the personification of the positive aspects of lunar forces. She was
also believed to have led groups of nightriders (known as the “Wild Hunt” or the
“Furious Horde”) who flew through the air. The “Wild Hunt” was comprised of
“people taken by death before their time, children snatched away at an early
age, victims of a violent end.” The goddess would accompany her followers as
they wandered at night among the houses of the well-to-do. Whenever they would
arrive at a home that was particularly well-kept, Diana would bestow her
blessings upon it.

Many benandanti (from the Italian for “those who go well” or “good-doers”) were
followers of Diana. The benandanti were members of a fertility cult who were
basically anti-witches and practicers of white magic. Nonetheless, they were
tortured by the Inquisitors just the same as practicers of the black arts were.

Diana was intrinsically linked with several other witch deities, including
Abonde, Abundia, Aradia, Hecate, Herodias, Holda, Perchta, Satia, and Venus.
Bibliography. (Ginzburg 40-46) Bibliography. (King 24)

Fraw Fenus

See Venus.

Fraw Holt

See Holda.

Fraw Selga

Fraw Selga is yet another goddess believed to have led the “Furious Horde.” A
Germanic deity, Fraw Selga was said to be the sister of Fraw Fenus (Venus), and
like Venus and Diana, was referred to as “the mistress of the game.” The
processions following Fraw Selga “were composed of souls in purgatory, as well
as of the damned who were suffering various punishments.”

Fraw Selga could impart wisdom to her followers. She knew where buried
treasure intended for the God-fearing could be found.

During Fraw Selga’s conventicles (which took place during the Ember Days),
followers would partake in scrying. They stared into a basin “in which the
fires of hell appeared,” and they saw “likenesses of the members of the parish
who were destined to die within the year.”
Bibliography. (Ginzburg 51)

Gulfora

Gulfora, also known as the Queen of the Sabbat, was another goddess in the same
vein as Holda, Perchta, and Diana. She led the Wild Hunt, which is also known
as “the days of Jupiter.”

In 1519, Girolamo Folengo wrote Maccaronea, which says,
Not only do old hags bestride cats and goats and pigs, but many
dignitaries too, and civic officials and those who administer justice
to the people in the august senate range themselves to be governed
under Gulfora’s sway. They observe the days of Jupiter; they anoint
their limbs, hurrying to pay court to the Mistress, who is called
Gulfora.
Bibliography. (Wedeck 126)

Hecate

Perhaps the most notorious of all witch goddesses, Hecate was a dark
manifestation of Diana. Hecate is the patron goddess of witches and sorceresses
because of her skill in the arts of black magic. She is the queen of darkness,
perverse sexuality, and death. Classically, she is the goddess of “roads in
general and crossroads in particular, the latter being considered the center of
ghostly activities, particularly in the dead of night. . . . Offerings of food
(known as Hecate’s suppers) were left to placate her, for she was terrible both
in her powers and in her person–a veritable Fury, armed with a scourge and
blazing torch and accompanied by terrifying hounds.”

The followers of Hecate were rumored to have strange powers, such as that of
being able to draw down the moon in order to employ the averse aspects of lunar
forces. Followers could metamorphose into animals and birds, had insatiable
sexual appetites, and had an intrinsic understanding of aphrodisiac and
poisonous herbs. Witches in the service of Hecate had intense scatological
interests, and in one classical account, were known to have “pissed long and
vigorously” on the face of a man they captured. Indeed, one of the epithets of
Hecate was “excrement-eating.”

According to Apuleius, (a classical author who once stood trial himself on
charges of black magic), witches’ dens contained many questionable materials:
incenses, the skulls of criminals who had been thrown to wild animals, metal
discs engraved with occult signs, small vials of blood taken from the murdered
victims of the witches, the beaks and claws of birds of ill omen, and various
bits of human flesh, particularly the noses of crucifixion victims.
Bibliography. (Morford & Lenardon 182) Bibliography. (King 16,
17)

Herodias

See Aradia or Diana.

 

Holda

Also known as Fraw Holt, Holda became virtually synonymous with Abonde, Diana,
and Perchta. Originally, Holda had been a Germanic goddess of vegetation and
fertility, much like Perchta. Holda was also the goddess of spinning and
weaving.

She, like her other manifestations, was the leader of the “Furious Horde” or
“Wild Hunt” (Wütischend Heer, Wilde Jagd, Mesnie Sauvage)–“namely of the
ranks of those who had died prematurely and passed through village streets at
night, unrelenting and terrible, while the inhabitants barricaded their doors
for protection.”

Holda had two forms, that of a beautiful girl dressed all in white, and that of
a hideous crone with fangs, a hooked nose, and long, tangled gray hair. In the
latter form, she looked just like the stereotypical image of a witch or the evil
stepmother of fairy tales. As the White Lady, she was a fertility goddess who
granted prosperity to home, family, and field. As the Hag, she offered those
who ignored or insulted her death, illness, and misfortune. In this form, she
was responsible for fog and snow.

Many animals were sacred to Holda: birds of prey, bears, horses, goats, wolves,
pigs, and hounds. Along with her sometimes partner the Wood Man, she was the
guardian of wild animals.

Holda may be part of the origin of the Santa Clause mythos as well. She treated
children ambivalently.
If they behaved themselves during the year then at Christmas she
rewarded them with gifts and good luck. If they had been naughty they
would be severely punished. Sometimes Holda was used as a bogey
figure and mothers threatened their children that if they did not
behave then she would come and take them off to the woods and teach
them good manners. Holda allegedly kept the children in a well,
endowing the good ones with abundant luck, health and wealth, and
turning the bad ones into Faerie changelings.
Bibliography. (Ginzburg 40) Bibliography. (Hilton)

 

Leonard

Although he had a rather unlikely name for a demon, Leonard was a kind of
quality control expert for black magic and sorcery. He was also the master of
sabbats, presiding over them in the form of an enormous three-horned black goat
with the head of a fox.
Bibliography. (Masello 43)

Lilith

Lilith is a kabalistic demon who appealed more to magicians than to witches.
According to legend, Lilith was the first wife of Adam, and the first social
feminist. Made from filth before the creation of Eve, Lilith believed herself
to be Adam’s equal and objected to “missionary style” sex. She believed that
sexual relations should take place with the two of them lying side by side. Adam
objected to this, so Lilith left him to mate with fallen angels.

Together with the fallen angels, Lilith parented a huge family of female demons
called lilim. Lilim are identical to succubi for all intents and purposes. Both
seduce men and take away men’s strength in the night hours.
Bibliography. (King 95)

Mephistopheles

The name Mephistopheles comes from the Greek for “he who does not like light.”
Mephistopheles is perhaps most famous for being the demon summoned by Faust.
Faust had summoned Mephistopheles to teach him great knowledge and to grant him
immense power.

Mephistopheles fulfilled all of Faust’s desires. Nevertheless, at the end of
the twenty-four year contract, it was Faust’s turn to please Mephistopheles. All
that was left of Faust at the end of the contract was his torn and bloodied
corpse. The soul had been consigned to Mephistopheles in Hell.
Bibliography. (Marlowe)

Minerva

Minerva (known by the Greeks as Athena) is yet another goddess thought to have
led the Wild Hunt. Like Holda, Minerva was traditionally thought of as the
goddess of weaving, spinning, and of women’s household arts in general.

Perchta

Perchta or Percht was yet another manifestation of Diana and was synonymous with
Abonde as the leader of the host of the dead. Perchta was originally a southern
German goddess of vegetation and fertility. She had many different names (and
changed her sex) depending on the geographical region. In “southern Austria, in
Carintia, among the Slovenes, ‘Quantembermann’ (the man of the four Ember Days)
or ‘Kwaternik’; in Baden, in Swabia, in Switzerland, and with the Slovenes
again, ‘Frau Faste’ (the lady of the Ember Days) or similar names such as
‘Posterli,’ ‘Quatemberca,'” and ‘Fronfastenweiber.’
Bibliography. (Ginzburg 189, 190)

Put Satanachia

Put Satanachia was the commander-in-chief of Satan’s army of darkness. Aside
from having profound power over mothers, Put Satanichia had an immense knowledge
of the planets. He also provided witches with their animal familiars.
Bibliography. (Masello 40)

 

See Abonde or Diana.

Venus

Venus was originally the Roman goddess of love, but by the time of the
witchcraze she was relegated to demon status. She became synonymous with Diana
in terms of being followed at night by a retinue of women. Witches knew her as
Fraw Fenus, stating they visited her at night-time.

Venus could grant to these witches the power of astral projection. Witches
could fall into “swoons which rendered them insensible to pricks or scaldings.”
When the women revived, they said they had been to heaven and “spoke of stolen
or hidden objects.”
Bibliography. (Ginzburg 43, 44)

Verdelet

“Verdelet was something of a cross between a maitre d’ and a transportation
coordinator. He was master of ceremonies in Hell, and also shouldered the
responsibility of making sure witches on Earth got to their sabbats safely and
on time.
Bibliography. (Masello 44)

The Cycle of Transformations of February Goddesses

The Cycle of Transformations of February Goddesses

In Her Cycle of Transformations day 031, February 01 is dedicated to:

Flora, Flourishing-One.

Italy: Roman.

Maiden Goddess of spring, blooming plants, gardens & merriment; Grand Madam of
prostitutes.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 032, February 02 is dedicated to:

Februata, Queen-of-Love’s-Fever.

Italy: Roman Perhaps originally Sabine.

Oracular Goddess of love’s passion; She Who calls forth animals from their
winter hibernation.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 033, February 03 is dedicated to:

Freya, Lady.

Scandinavia: Norse.

Shape-shifting White Goddess of midsummer, beauty, love, magic, death &
divination; Fate-ruler.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 034, February 04 is dedicated to:

Frigg, Beloved.

Scandinavia: Norse.

Matron Goddess of earth, vegetation, compassion, healing, fertility & love;
Eponym of Friday.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 035, February 05 is dedicated to:

Philyra, Linden-Tree.

Greece: Hellenic.

Shape-shifting Goddess of beauty, perfume, healing, writing & divination;
Discoverer of paper.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 036, February 06 is dedicated to:

Fides, Faith.

Italy: Roman.

Hoary Goddess of trust, integrity & generously co-operative dealings between
human-beings.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 037, February 07 is dedicated to:

Phyllis, Leafy.

Greece: Hellenic.

Goddess of spring, trees, wisdom, women’s secrets & the genetic knowledge
contained in seeds.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 038, February 08 is dedicated to:

Ereshkigal, Queen-of-Deadland.

Mesopotamia: Sumer.

Compassionless & violent Goddess of gloom, death & the dead; She Who is full of
rage; Holy-one.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 039, February 09 is dedicated to:

Eriu, Noble-One.

Celtic: Ireland.

Bestower of Sovereignty; Eponym and Anthropomorph of Eriu; shapeshifting
Goddess of fate.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 040, February 10 is dedicated to:

Erinyes, Spirits-of-Anger-and-Revenge.

Greece: Hellenic.

Winged Triple Crone Goddess of fate, [creative anger], women’s rights & sudden
destruction.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 041, February 11 is dedicated to:

Eris, Strife.

Greece: Hellenic.

Goddess of deceit, discord & disputation; Provoker of rivalry, contention,
murder & wars.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 042, February 12 is dedicated to:

Erigone, Plentiful-Offspring.

Greece: Marathon & Attica.

Goddess of death, trees & fertility; She Who is associated with wine & a
pastoral economy.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 043, February 13 is dedicated to:

Djanggau, ___.

Australia: North East Arherm Land.

With Her sister Djunkgao, Dual fertility Goddess Who brought forth all life in
the beginning.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 044, February 14 is dedicated to:

Juno, [Shining-One].

Italy: Roman (English pronunciation).

Goddess of beauty & the lunar measurement of time; Essence of life; Protectress
of women.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 045, February 15 is dedicated to:

Jubchas-Guaya, Mother-of-Joy.

America, South: Columbia.

Rebellious, light-hearted, wild & lovely Goddess of the moon, love, happiness &
intoxication.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 046, February 16 is dedicated to:

Juturna

Italy: Roman (English pronunciation).

Goddess of springs, rivers, aqueducts & fountains; Matron of architects &
sculptors.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 047, February 17 is dedicated to:

Juventas, Youthfulness.

Italy: Roman (English pronunciation).

Goddess of increase & blessings; Representative of the eternal youth &
solidarity of a species.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 048, February 18 is dedicated to:

Jezanna, ___.

Africa: Zimbabwe.

Glowing Goddess of the golden moon, abundant crops, healthy children &
plentiful cattle.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 049, February 19 is dedicated to:

Druantia, Queen-of-the-Oak.

Celtic: Britain & Gaul, Druids.

Goddess of birth, wisdom, death & metempsychosis; Mother of the Irish
tree-calendar alphabet.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 050, February 20 is dedicated to:

Jyestha, Elder-Sister.

India: especially Dravidian.

Goddess of the cosmic energy which motivates evolution; She Who dances the
dance of life.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 051, February 21 is dedicated to:

Jagadhamba, World-Mother.

India: Hindu.

Goddess of the cosmic energy which motivates evolution; She Who dances the
dance of life.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 052, February 22 is dedicated to:

Jara, Becoming-Old.

India: Hindu.

Goddess of the household, domestic health, happiness & prosperity; Night-eater
of corpses.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 053, February 23 is dedicated to:

Uni, [Dove].

Italy: Etruria.

Singular Mother of the uni-verse; Goddess of the sea & sky; Ultimate Womb;
Matron of women.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 054, February 24 is dedicated to:

Una-Kuagsak, Great-Mother.

America, North & Siberia: Inuit.

One-eyed Queen Goddess of the Arctic Ocean; Mistress of life & death; Mother of
sea-mammals.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 055, February 25 is dedicated to:

Ubasti, She-of-the-City-Bast.

Egypt.

Goddess of the kindly sun, merriment, mental-health, music & dance; Guardian of
pregnant women.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 056, February 26 is dedicated to:

Uke-Mochi-No-Kami, She-Who-Possesses-Food.

Japan.

Goddess of fertility & nourishment; Provider, through death, of life sustaining
substances.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 057, February 27 is dedicated to:

Ourania, ___.

Greece: < the east.

Mountain Goddess of summer, especially mid-summer; Queen of the winds; Ruler of
the night sky.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 058, February 28 is dedicated to:

Urmya, ___.

India: Hindu, Vedic.

Goddess of night & the celestial order; Protectress of sleep; She Who guards
against thieves.

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In Her Cycle of Transformations day 059, February 29 is dedicated to:

Nana, Old-Queen.

Mesopotamia.

Virgin Mother Goddess of the Spirit of vegetation & fertility; beloved Consort
of kings.

On September 2, We Celebrate the Goddess Demeter

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On September 2, We Celebrate the Goddess Demeter

 

Demeter

Greek Goddess of Agriculture, Fertility, Sacred Law and the Harvest

 

Demeter is the goddess of the harvest and presides over grains and the fertility of the earth. Although she was most often referred to as the goddess of the harvest, she was also goddess of sacred law and the cycle of life and death.

 

Her virgin daughter Persephone was abducted by the god of the underworld, Hades, and Demeter endlessly searched for her, preoccupied with loss and grief. The seasons halted and living things stopped growing and died. At this point, Zeus had to intervene and send his messenger Hermes to the underworld to bring Persephone back and prevent the extinction of all life on Earth.

 

Hades agreed to Persephone’s relief but gave her a pomegranate as she left. When she ate the pomegranate seeds, she was bound to him for one third of the year, either the dry Mediterranean summer, when plant life is threatened by drought, or the autumn and winter.

 

Demeter and Persephone were also the central figures to the Eleusinian Mysteries – a series of large and secretive concerts held every five years. These mysteries represented the abduction of Persephone by Hades in three phases. The “descent” (loss), the “search” and the “ascent”. The main theme is the “ascent” of Persephone and the reunion with her mother.

Facts about Demeter
Demeter was the daughter of Cronos and Rhea.

She was the goddess of harvest and fertility.

She had one daughter, Persephone; Zeus was Persephone’s father.

After Hades abducted Persephone, Demeter grieved. The earth became barren through her neglect; thus, the winter season and its manifestations were a reflection of Demeter’s emotional state during Persephone’s absence.

She revealed to man the art of growing and using corn.

Only women attended the Thesmophoria, a fertility festival held in honor of Demeter.

The fields of grain and the threshing-floor were under her protection. They were temples at which she could occupy at any moment.

Her chief festival came at the harvest time. It began as a humble feast and over time morphed into a mysterious worship. This great festival occurred only every five years.

Demeter and Dionysus were worshipped at Eleusis, a little town near Athens. Their worship was referred to as the Eleusinian Mysteries.

Demeter was older than Dionysus. They were the two great gods of the Earth.

Metaneira, a mother herself, comforted Demeter in Persephone’s absence. In fact, Demeter nursed one of Metaneira’s children. She doted on the child and anointed him with ambrosia on a daily basis. Demeter’s attachment to the child alarmed Metaneira, and the two ultimately went their separate ways.

Still angry over the abduction of Persephone, Demeter subjected the world to famine. Zeus sent the gods to Demeter one by one to try and bring her out of her despondency. Demeter and Persephone were ultimately reunited at Zeus’s decree.

Demeter was granted four months per year with Persephone; her daughter would remain with Hades for the remaining months.

Men called Demeter the “Good Goddess” despite the desolation she had brought about as a result of her grief.

She named Triptolemus her ambassador to men.

She taught Triptolemus and Celeus her sacred rites.

In ancient art, Demeter was pictured wearing a wreath made of ears of corn.

The snake and the pig were sacred to her.

The torch is often depicted in connection with Demeter because of her persistent search for Persephone.

Demeter came to Eleusis during the reign of King Erechtheus of Athens.

 

 

 

Demeter: https://greekgodsandgoddesses.net – Greek Gods & Goddesses, September 19, 2014

On Thursday, July 6th, We Celebrate the Goddess Haumea

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On Thursday, July 6th, We Celebrate the Goddess Haumea

 

HAUMEA, A POLYNESIAN GODDESS, was credited with teaching women how to give birth by pushing their babies out from between their legs. Before this, folklore claims that children were cut from their wombs, extracted by knife like a pit from ripe fruit. Thanks to Haumea, women were able to forego this dangerous life passage.

Haumea mated with the god Kane Milohai. Their numerous children included Hi’iaka, who taught the hula dance to the Hawaiians, and Pele, the tempestuous fire goddess associated with volcanoes. One myth claims that Pele was born from the goddess’s armpit, suggesting the overwhelming fertility of Haumea—life was created from all of her body, not just her womb. In some ways, Pele reflected the mirror aspect of Haumea. Just as Haumea creates life, Pele destroys with fire. Haumea was also credited with giving birth to many fantastic creatures who populated the earth.

Also a goddess of vegetation, Haumea is honored as the mother of Hawaii. It is appropriate that a goddess so closely associated with fertility would be tied to this verdant island paradise.

 

 

The Book of Goddesses: Expanded Anniversary Edition
Kris Waldherr