The Bird Goddess is one of the most ancient goddesses, both a living-giving creator and goddess of death and regeneration. The Valkyrie, a northern European goddess, is a representation of this goddess as death wielder, The bird guise of the Valkyrie is that of a raven, long associated with death and magic. The name Valkyrie means “chooser of the slain”; the face and form of the Valkyrie are the last thing a person sees before death, Valkyries are the psychopomps who lead the soul to the afterworld. For ancient people death was part of a cyclical process leading again to rebirth; black was a positive color, a symbol of fertility and abundance, The Valkyrie represents that part of us that is unafraid of dark places; she can lead into and through them. She reminds us that seeds germinate in the darkness, that sometimes we need darkness in order to grow.
May I be happy.
May I be healthy.
May I be free of suffering.
May I be free of mental anxiety.
May I live in peace.
May my life be blessed with ease.
May you be happy.
May you be healthy.
May you be free from suffering.
May you be free of mental anxiety.
May you live in peace.
May your life be blessed with ease.
May we be happy.
May we be healthy.
May we be free from suffering.
May we be free of mental anxiety.
May we live in peace.
May our lives be blessed with ease.
~ Metta Bhavana – The Loving Kindness Prayer
HAPPY NEW YEAR! WELCOME 2020!
Rhiannon is the Great Goddess as worshiped by the Welsh. without regeneration. She is an embodiment of life, death, and rebirth, for in her realm there is no death without regeneration. Her name derives from Rigantona, which means great “queen.” A shape-shiftier, can assume any form she want; she often appears as a white horse. She is a muse goddess and is accompanied by three sweetly singing birds who can revive the dead or put the living to sleep.The source of the King’s power derived from Rhiannon, the queen, and a candidate for knighthood met Rhiannon dressed as a stag a regal figure symbolic of rejuvenation, beauty, strength, and instinctual masculine energy. In alter myth she a or as Vivien, the Lady of the Lake. Rhiannon is a beautiful queen of the night, a reminder of the close balance between death and rebirth. She demands that we honor our instinctual and animal selves as a source of creativity, abundance, and order.
A very short explanation of the Holly or Oak Kings Ruling as the Goddess Consort’
I hope these links help you learn more about the different topics.
The Oak has will be born at Sunrise on the Summer Solstice after…
Here the young Oak King fights the tired out Holly King to rule from the Litha until Yule until…
The Holly King is reborn. Now the Oak King is an old man but still fights the Holly king.
The Holly King wins and grows to maturity from the Yule until Litha when the cycle of the battle between the young and older Kings battles repeat themselves for the honor to rule as the Goddesses Consort. The Oak Kings is also in some traditions is known as The Green Man or The Horn God or the God of the Hunt.
Written By Priestess Hypatia
For Witches of the Craft
Burn and banish with Bay
Burning of bay leaf has been used for banishing negative energies and cleansing space for eons!
An herb with a beautiful ancient history bay leaf is used to communicate with the Gods themselves.
Bay leaf also known as laurel is a hardy evergreen tree with deep green foliage native to the Mediterranean region. When the leaves are dried they can be used in cooking, infusing the food in beautiful aromatic herbal earthy flavors or can also be used as an incense.
History- The first record of banishing using Bay Leaf:
This was the sacred plant of Apollo one that was used by the Pythia in the temple to Apollo at Delphi. It was Apollo’s desire and near obsession of the Nymph Daphne that drove Daphne’s father, who happened to be a river God, turning her into a bay tree to protect her from the lustful grasps of Apollo.
As a regret for his actions the God Apollo wore a crown of bay to banish his stupidity and to encourage valor and honor.
- Ingredients- Dried Bay leaf, candle, fireproof bowl, lighter, pen marker
- Set up you altar space with the fire and bowl to the right and the bay leaf and marker to the left.
- You can have multiple leaves for each of the things you wish to banish, or you can write on one.
- Write- whatever it is that you want to banish, no longer need such as toxic friends, procrastination, fear.
- Light one by one and say “I release my attachment to old thoughts and patterns”
- Drop the bay leaf into the fireproof container and visualize all the negativity literally being banished in the plume of the bay smoke.
- Once this is done, dispose of the ashes outside of your home and as you do say “Be gone” releasing this negativity from your life for good!
Note: Clear your mind and relax into the stillness. Allow your thoughts to leave your head. Breathe in the feeling of peace, possibilities, and newness.
It’s always good to replace the banished negativity with something positive. Create a happy memory, sing a little sing, or ring some bells. Bring a little cheer into your home, mind, and body.
The reason I have not heard for Lady Abyss is because she crossed into the Summerlands on June 13, 2019. I do not know what happened to her as she sounded fine when I talk to her on the 12th. How I found out her body died was by coming across her obituary while trying to find a current phone number for her.
I have just chatted with WordPress on how I can keep this domain name. I just have to try to get a copy of a document about Lady A and have one noterized about myself. I will be working on both this week.
Instead of a regular open chat this coming Saturday I’m going to have a Memorial for Lady Abyss
I will approve people entering the chat room before Saturday/Sunday and check for new people through out the day except for when we are doing the remembrance ceremony.
Everyone is welcome to attend to share stories and/or memories of our wonderful, loving sister and mentor Lady Abyss. I will be in and out of the chat room. For the Northern Hemisphere the Chat room will be open starting on Saturday, November 9th at approximately 4:00 PM CST until everyone is done. For the Southern Hemisphere it will start on Sunday, November 10th at 9:00 AM AEDT. There will be a remembrance ceremony celebrating Lady Abyss’ life, death, and her rebirth in the future at 6:00 PM CT/11:00 AM AEDT. Please have a 4 inch candle with Lady Abyss inscribed into it. If you want to use a larger candle that is fine too. Have a safe place to leave the candle burn when you are awake. Keep relightening until it burns all the way down. If you want to write a note of any kind to her please do that beforehand. After the candle is lit start to burn the piece of paper place it into a fire proof container to finish burning it safely. Take the candle stub any leftover wax from it and put them in the container with the ashes. When everything is completely cooled down, wrap it all in either gauze or a paper towel and bring to a crossroads. If you can bury in the center of where the roads cross great, if you can not bury it leave the little bundle in the middle of the crossroads.
I will not be doing regular posts or answering mails today/tomorrow or tomorrow/Thursday I need sometime to start coming to terms with my mentor, best friend and sister no longer being in this plane. I only found out yesterday by stumbling over her obituary while looking for something else.On
November 1 – All Saints Day
November 1 – Cailleach’s Day – Day of the Banshees
November 1 – Ancient Roman Festival honoring Pomona
November 2 – Día de los Muertos (although celebrations may begin 10/31)
November 2 – Feast Day of Santa Muerte (Santa Muerte is in Rituals of the Dark Goddess)
November 2 – All Souls Day
November 2 – White Tara Day
November 2, 2019 – Marian Devotion Day
November 3, 2019 – FALL BACK – Daylight Saving Ends
November 3 – Feast Day of St. Martin of Porres who syncretizes to the Orisha Eleggua
November 6 – Birthday of the Babylonian Goddess Tiamat – Primordial Goddess of the Sea
November 7, 2019 Astrological Samhain
November 8. 2019 Tulasi Vivah for the union of Krishna and the Goddess Tulsi (Holy Basil)
November 8 – Immaculate Conception
November 8 – Japanese Hearth Festival celebrating the Goddess Kamui Fuchi
November 8 – TARA Day
November 10 – Ancient Egyptian Month of Hathor begins (ends 12/9)
November 10 – Day of the Scottish Nicneven/Nicnevin (also Samhain Eve)
November 11 – Day of the Fairy Sidhe (Old Samhain)
November 11 – Day of Sacrificial Offerings to the Morrighan (Morrighan is in Meeting the Dark Goddess)
November 12, 2019 FULL MOON IN TAURUS at 8:35am (eastern time)
November 12, 2019 – Full Moon Feast of Baba Yaga (November Full Moon belongs to her – also in Meeting the Dark Goddess)
November 13 – Runic Half Month of Nyd/Nauthiz begins (Need)
November 16 – Thracian Hekate Night – Greek Goddess of Magic and Crossroads (Hekate Online Course)
November 20, 2019 – Mercury Stations Direct in Scorpio (Shadow ends 12/7)
November 20 – Day of Sekhmet and the Purifying Flame (Sekhmet Online Course)
November 22, 2019 – Sun enters Sagittarius
November 22 – Feast Day of St. Cecelia who syncretizes to the Orisha Goddess Oshun
November 24 – Day of Offerings to Sekhmet
November 25 – Feast Day of St. Catherine of Sienna who syncretizes to the Orisha Goddess Obba
November 25 – Celtic Tree Month of Ruis (Elder) begins
November 26, 2019 – New Moon in Sagittarius at 10:06am (eastern time)
November 27, 2019 – Neptune stations Direct in Scorpio
November 27 – Day of Hindu Goddess Parvati (I cannot find a source for this but it is always good to celebrate!)
November 28, 2019 – USA Thanksgiving Day
November 28 – Start of Runic Half Month of ISA (meaning: ice)
November 28 – Day of Egyptian Goddesses Hathor and Sekhmet
November 30 – Day of Mawu – African Creatrix Goddess
November 30 – Day of Norse Goddess Skad
Beltane blessings from WOTC
AUG. 29 – SEPT. 11: Return of Isis & Osiris (star Sirius, rising Nile waters)
SEP. 2: Grape Vine Festival honoring Ariadne & Dionysus
SEP. 9 – 11: Feast of Mother Earth (Greek, etc)
SEP. 9 – 18: Greater Eleusinian Mysteries (Greek): rites of Demeter/Persephone/Hades done every five years. (prepare on the 2nd, initiates on the 11th, purifying sea bath or sea salt bath on the 12th, offerings of barley and grain on the 13th, ‘holy basket of Demeter’/Persephone’s adduction by Hades on the 14th, torch procession for Demeter’s search on the 15th, Holy Night/Initiations/Dedications show mystery/promise of renewed life on the 16th, games/sports/Feast of Divine Life dedicated to Triple Goddess of Kore-Demeter-Persephone on the 18th, return with earthen jars representing the womb of Demeter on the 19th).
SEP. 13: Egyptian Lighting the Fire Ceremony for all departed souls —honoring with candlelight the spirits of the dead.
SEP. 19: Feast of Thoth, Egyptian scribe god
SEP. 21 – 23: MABON SABBAT: Autumn Equinox; Second Harvest—Vine Harvest; Harvest Home/Thanksgiving Feast/Winter-finding for the Norse. The Fall Equinox always begins the forty day
– Birthday of Athena, Greek Goddess of Wisdom also known as Sophia
– Babylonian Ishtar’s Day: Great Goddess
Sep or sometimes Oct (day varies) Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, always followed ten days later by
SEP. 26 – Oct 5: Navaratri, Hindu Festival of the Great Goddess – Huge holiday in India when Goddess destroys evil and restores cosmic order
Mesopotamian Day of the Sheepfolds: sacrifice to Goat God Azazel.
SEP. 27: Mesopotamian Day of the Willows: Festival of Astarte/Asherah
SEP. 29: Greek Festival Of Nemesis: Goddess of Fate
For Pagan Calendar
This week we are going to find out more about the Goddess Gaia. Which is also another name given to Mother Earth by Neo-Pagans.
Gaia existed before everything; she existed before time. Gaia, the eternal, prehistoric earth mother goddess,, is fertility incarnate, moist, mysterious, strong. She is life energy itself; everything that lives, breathing or not, overflows with her life. She is the earth and all powers of the earth. Gaia is not always a consoling goddess: standing for life and generation without thought of consequence, she has energy and a power that must be approached carefully. All bodies eventually return to her, into the black, fertile earth, to be devoured and to receive her life to live again. As goddess of the soul, Gaia reminds us that the soul develops in dark places and that ultimately soul must be rooted in the body, in earth. She is a reminder that we must ground ourselves into the reality of nature and incorporate all sides of ourselves, be the pleasant or unpleasant, light or dark.
For more information about Gaia click on this general search link: Information about Gaia
Gaia is also known as Mother Earth here is a link for more information on this name for the same Goddess: Information about Mother Earth
Link for a general search for images of Gaia:Images of Gaia
The general search for images of Mother Earth is basically the same as for Gaia.
(This week I went through the deck to find this Goddess’ card because she is very important to why we have the warmer weather and a time when plants, flowers, trees, etc have time to grow into abundance for our food and herbs for magickal and medicinal needs. She is also important to why we have colder months when nothing will grow outdoors. This goddess is part of an ancient Greek tale that includes her mother, Demeter, and the god of the Underworld Hades. I will write posts with more information on Demeter and Hades which will follow after what the “Goddess Knowledge Card” has to say about Persephone.)
Although Persephone is best known as Demeter’s daughter, the maiden who was abducted by Hades, lord of the underworld, the Greek version of her reflects the usurpation of female mysteries by a patriarchal mythology. In this version Persephone personifies the kore, the maiden aspect of the goddess. Her myth exemplifies the cycles of nature, for when Persephone is underground, plants do not bloom, and when she returns to earth, spring ensues.
Persephone is the goddess of the soul, for it is in the darkness of the underworld (analogous to the unconscious) that the soul is formed. In the Orphic mysteries, Persephone granted wisdom to the initiate, for she is the goddess of a dark, uncomfortable wisdom, a goddess of dark and frightening power. Persephone represents the ability to rule over the aspects of ourselves that are terrifying in the extreme.
Bast (or Bastet, or Pasht) was the Egyptian goddess who appeared in cat form, The Egyptians highly revered cats; the word for cat, mau, also denotes light and was cognate with the word for mother. The cat is a lunar animal and also a solar animal representing the power of the sun as reflected in nature. Since the cat is an earth animal, BAst is also an earth mother goddess, a giver of life and abundance. In touch with her wild, instinctual nature, she is also a protector of women during childbirth. Like a cat, she is fiercely independent and belongs to no one but herself. Bast is one of the more joyful goddesses; her elaborate festivals in the town of Babustis were renowned for their joyful dancing. Embodying a cat’s gentler aspects, Bast is a personification of life and fruitfulness. The quintessential life-affirming mother, she reminds us to be playful and relaxed like a cat and to find occasions to celebrate life.
Before I share what is on the Goddess Knowledge Card I wanted to share my favorite image of the Triple Goddess. In most witchcraft traditions there is some representation of this goddess.
The Triple Goddess, the original trinity, symbolizes the three faces of the Great Goddess and its earliest representation of her division into multiplicity. The goddess with three faces is a universal motif, found worldwide.The Triple Goddess is intimately associated with changing phases of the moon; just as the moon transforms from one phase to another, the Great Goddess moves among her many rolls. Her three faces usually virgin, mother, and crone: virgin representing the strong, well-defined goddess; mother representing the nurturing goddess as source of all nourishment; and crone representing the goddess of death and transformation. This symbolism embraces the roll of the goddess in all phases of existence from birth through death to rebirth. The Triple Goddess reminds us of our sacredness regardless of our age or function in life. She reminds us that despite her many forms there is one goddess, always present and always sacred.
The high priestess is the direct representative of the goddess on earth. She has direct responsibility for functions that ensure fertility and ongoing creation. Priestess often were responsible for ensuring rain, for the goddess was the giver of few and of rain. They often tended a sacred flame, the embodiment of the creative spark of life.
The High Priestess is the Great Goddess herself, a universal figure founder in such diverse guides as Isis in Egypt, Juan Yin throughout all of Asia, Athens in Greece, and Rhiannon among the Celtics. This goddess is all-knowing and all-wise; she creates life out of herself and bestows life-giving waters. At the proper time she takes life away so that the divine spark in each person may be freed to continue on its journey. The High Priestess is a reminder of the innate wisdom in each of us. She demands that we connect to the divine within and manifest it in the world.
I did not purposely pull this week’s card. It was on top after I shuffled the unposted Goddess Knowledge Cards. I personally do not look at myself as “the direct representative of the goddess on earth.” The reason being is my dearest sister has pointed out to me something I let go to the way side which is the Goddess lives in all who ask. This goes for he God Consort also.
|Ever notice how many cars you see today, bearing the Christian fish symbol on their trunk? Feel left out? Want to compete and brag about your religious affiliations? Well, we did, and you can, too, quite easily at that!
The “fish” symbol is the oldest of Christianity’s symbology. Unlike most of the other symbologies which have their roots in Paganism, the fish was a sort of “secret sign” to identify the members of the heretical Jewish sect of followers of the man from Nazareth. The secrecy was because of persecution (sound familiar?) and I believe the symbolism had to do with several things – the disciples occupation as fishermen, and the hidden meaning in the letters which spelled “fish” in Greek.
Want to identify yourself, although somewhat obscurely? Go out and buy one of those fish emblems – the plain ones, without the letters inside the oval. Better if the package contains two such molded plastic stick-on emblems, if you are into the duality of Goddess/God. If you are only into Goddess, one will do.
First, we will make one into one of the oldest known Goddess symbols – the yoni! With a very sharp knife or fine toothed hacksaw or hobby saw (a razor saw used by railroad modelers is what I used), cut off both “tail fins” of the fish at point “X” on the diagram. Save the pieces – we’ll use them later. (Dianics may discard the pieces now.
You may also melt them off with a hot tool or knife if you are working on plastic fish, and clean it up with a nail file or emery board. Turn this pointy-ended oval on end (points up and down), and VOILA! A YONI! The very first goddess figure devised in ancient times. Stick it upright on your trunk (or the trunk of your car, if it interferes with your clothing) and get the second “fish” to work on next.
To represent the Horned God, all you really have to do is up-end the remaining uncut “fish”, fins up, and stick it alongside the Goddess yonic figure – it looks like the classic horned circle, though it is a bit pointed at the ends. If you’d like to emphasize the “fish fin” horns a bit, glue the pieces you cut off the other one, onto the ends of these, thereby lengthening them. Now stick this emblem right alongside the other one, and you have Goddess and God, side-by-each where all can see, and probably confuse a lot of those folks who are still displaying them as fish.
Don’t pass up this chance to steal a symbol or two from them- they stole quite a few of ours. A little friendly competition is good to ease tensions. Perhaps we can start a new rage in auto kitsch. The Aquarian Tabernacle’s church bus, the Blessed Bee, sports a large size, gold colored plastic Goddess and God right there (you guessed it) on the left hand side of the rear of the vehicle, for all to see and ponder!
Just another helpful household hint from Habondia.