Today’s Goddess: ASHERAH

Today’s Goddess: ASHERAH

Ta’Anith Esther (Israel)

Themes: Kindness; Love; Divination; Foresight

Symbols: Lion; Lilies; a Tree or Pole

About Asherah: Asherah, a Canaanite Goddess of moral strength, offers to lend support and insight when we are faced with inequality or overwhelming odds. In art, she is often depicted simply as an upright post supporting the temple. This is a fitting representation, since her name means “straight.” Traditionally, Asherah is a mother figure often invoked at planting time, embodying a kind of benevolent, fertile energy that can reinforce just efforts and good intentions. Beyond this she is also an oracular goddess, specifically for predicting the future.

To Do Today: In Israel, this festival commemorates Esther’s strength and compassion in pleading with King Ahasuerus to save her people held captive in Persia. It is a time of prayer when one looks to the divine to instill similar positive attributes within us. For help in this quest, we turn to Asherah with this simple prayer:

Lady, make me an instrument of kindness and mercy; let my words be gentle and true, my actions motivated by insight and fairness. Where there is prejudice, let me be the bearer of tolerance. Where there is uncertainty, let me share your vision. Where there is disharmony, let me sow love. Amen.

Plant a tree today to remember Asherah, and tend it often. As you do, you tend her attributes in your heart.

By Patricia Telesco

Deity of the Day – BAAL

Deity of the Day – BAAL

He is the Canaanite Ruler God (like Marduk). Baal and Yam-Nahar origonally competed for kingship of the gods. The matter was brought before El, who decided in favour of Yam. Yam then proceeded with a reign of tyranny over the gods, and none of them felt they had the power to defeat Yam. So, they sent Asherah to entreat him to lossen his grip. Asherah even offered herself to Yam. Upon hearing this, Baal was enraged, and decided to defeat Yam. Yam got wind of Baal’s plan and sent messengers to El with the demand that Baal be delivered to him. El, afraid, agreed. Baal then taunted the gods for their cowardice and went to face Yam. He had two weapons made, Yagrush (chaser) and Aymur (driver). He struck Yam on the chest with Yagrush to no avail. Then he struck him on the forehead with Aymur and fell Yam to the earth. After Yam’s defeat, Baal had a palace built for himself; closely resembeling the story of Marduk. It also resembles Marduk’s story in that the Primeval Waters threatened the gods, and the High God and others were afraid to face them, with the exception of the soon-to-be Ruler God. The Baal epic then continues to describe his fight against Mavet. Baal is also a Storm God like Marduk, and a fertility god like Tammuz. Dagon is his father. Baal is the Canaanite God-force (the goddess force seems to be split between Anath and Asherah). Baal’s proper name is Hadad, relating to his storm-god aspect. Baal is really a title, meaning “Lord”.

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Couple’s Candle Spell to Conceive

Couple’s Candle Spell to Conceive 

One week prior to ovulation, Mom-to-be should increase her consumption of citus/acidic foods (tomatoes, oranges, lemons, etc), nuts and leafy greens like kale or spinach. Avoid greasy or oily meats (sausages, pepperoni, pork). If you aren’t already, consider taking a folic acid supplement.

The day before your most fertile day, the actual day, and the day after place 3 new candles of equal size (1 blue, 1 pink, 1 white) near the bed. As you (Dad-to-be) light the blue candle, repeat the following:

Divine Father, We call thee El, Priapus, Ing, Min and Cernunnos

You whose sheltering arms shield and comfort your young

Whose power is seen in the mighty river, the nourishing Sun

Bless this union of man and mate

As you (Mom-to-be) light the pink candle, repeat the following:

“Divine Mother, We call thee Inanna, Asherah, Freya, Vesta and Hathor

You who bears, nurtures and defends your young against all dangers

Whose power is seen in the fertile fields, the moonlit breezes

Bless this union of woman and mate

Together, you both should light the third candle and both repeat the following.

“Lord and Lady. Mother and Father. Life Divine.

As two are made one, we seek your sacred blessing

Gift us with a healthy child

One who embodies the best of us both.

Imagine a warm light filling the room as you make love. Let the candles burn until they go out on their own. Repeat with new candles for each of the remaining nights.