Deities Associated with Thursday – Zeus, Ruler of Olympus

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Deities Associated with Thursday – Zeus, Ruler of Olympus

Zeus was the youngest son of Cronos and Rhea, and became the supreme ruler of all the gods of the ancient Greeks. Citizens from all of the Greek city-states honored him, particularly at the Temple of Olympus, which became the site of a major festival every four years – that religious festival eventually became known as the Olympic Games. A colossal golden statue of Zeus was the site of many rites and rituals involving the athletes of the Olympics.

Early History and Worship
Although Zeus was venerated in many areas of Greece, there doesn’t seem to be much consistency about the methodology of this worship, and his temples (and titles) took a variety of forms. A number of different “cults of Zeus” popped up throughout history. One common form of honoring him appears to be the sacrificing of a white animal — sheep, bull, pig, etc. — over an elevated altar.

In addition to being the head honcho of Olympus, Zeus is the god of thunder and lightning. He is often represented by a lightning bolt, and is sometimes depicted with an eagle, bull, or oak tree.

Because Zeus was also considered a weather god – after all, he was the one who threw thunderbolts down from the sky – he was often worshiped on high mountaintops, including but not limited to Mount Olympus.

Eventually, the cult of Zeus expanded beyond the borders of Greece, and into nearby empires, including Persia. Herodotus wrote a lengthy description of a temple to Zeus Belus in Babylon. He described “a square of four hundred and forty yards each way, with gates of bronze.

In the center of this enclosure a solid tower has been built, two hundred and twenty yards long and broad; a second tower rises from this and from it yet another, until at last there are eight. The way up them mounts spirally outside the height of the towers; about halfway up is a resting place, with seats for repose, where those who ascend sit down and rest. In the last tower there is a great shrine; and in it stands a great and well-covered couch, and a golden table nearby.”

Zeus Gets Around
Zeus was known as quite the philanderer. Although he was married to his sister Hera, goddess of marriage, he strayed from her bed fairly regularly.

Zeus hooked up with numerous other goddesses, mortal humans, the occasional nymph, and even a few animals. Hera jealously put up with his wandering ways, and often took revenge upon Zeus’ women by going after their children. Zeus sired many of the Greek heroes and demi-gods during his amorous adventures. His extramarital activities weren’t limited to women, either. Zeus’ cup-bearer, the handsome Ganymede, earned Hera’s wrath when she discovered that the young man was also her husband’s lover.

Modern Worship of Zeus
As the supreme ruler of Mt. Olympus, Zeus was in charge of justice, morals and law. His word was to be obeyed by both men and gods alike. Today, many Hellenic Pagans continue to honor Zeus and the other gods of the ancient Greeks. Some are members of a group called the Return of the Hellenes, and consider today’s Greece to be under Christian occupation. A 2013 BBC article quotes Exsekias Trivoulides, who says, “People want to identify with something in the past – where they came from – so as to know where they are going… If you don’t know your past, you don’t have a future.”

 

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Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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Lunabar Sun Almanack for Wednesday, 20 May, 2015

Sun+WallpapersLunabar Sun Almanack for Wednesday, 20 May, 2015

Sunrise: 5:51 morn. Sunset: 8:17 eve.
Length of Day: 14h. 26m.
Dawn: 5:21 morn. Dusk: 8:47 eve.
Length of Twilight: 0h. 30m.
Sun in 29th degree of the Sign Taurus, the Bull;
also in 7th degree of the Constellation Taurus, the Bull;
Solar Lore
The weary sun hath made a golden set,
And by the bright track of his fiery car
Gives token of a goodly day to-morrow.
~ Shakespeare, “Richard III.”
• • • •
Aspects of Taurus: Yin, Feminine, Lunar, Negative, Nocturnal, Earthy, Fixed, Semi-fruitful, Horary Southern, Vernal, Boreal,
Commanding, Feral, Bestial, Animal, Four-footed, Dry, Cold.
Sun moves into Gemini” Sign of the Twins, influenced by Mercury. Especially favorable time for learning and studies of all kinds.
(Why final exams are always held at this time!)

 

Courtesy of GrannyMoonsMorningFeast

Lunabar Moon Almanack for Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

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Lunabar Moon Almanack for Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

 
First Quarter Moon, at 11h. 59m. evening.
Ascending Node is at 13° Libra.
Moon in 17th degree of the Sign Taurus, the Bull;
also in 19th deg. of the Constellation Aries, the Ram.
Moonset: 12:45 morn.  Moonrise: 11:39 morn.  Souths: 6:38 eve.
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Spells and rituals involving the Air element should be performed when the Moon is in the Air sign: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius.

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Aspects of Taurus, the Bull:
Yin, Feminine, Lunar, Negative, Nocturnal, Earthy, Fixed, Semi-fruitful, Horary Southern, Vernal, Boreal, Commanding, Feral, Bestial, Animal, Four-footed, Dry, Cold
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•           •           •           •.
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent Moon

Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days)

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona

Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiriation, Energy, Vitality, Freedom. Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.) Make phone calls. Write letters. Dance. Act now. Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravidity (heavy with child – both philosophical and literal).

Perform Magic on Waxing Moons to attract a new quality or behavior, to increase the light within, to attain personal and spiritual growth and greater awareness. The quarter moon suggests a period of overcoming obstacles and continuing on the path to growth.
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Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. Commit to your goal.
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Moon Moon, Mother Moon
Lunar Lore
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Instead of chatting with them in the dusk,
he wandered about the woods, whispering to the moon.
– “The Red Fairy Book” (1890)
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Ah, Moon of my Delight who know’st no wane
The Moon of Heav’n is rising once again:
How oft hereafter rising shall she look;
Through this same Garden after me – in vain!
– Edward Fitzgerald, “The Rubà’iyàt of Omar Khayyàm”
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When the Moon is in Libra or Scorpio,
dress your Garden, and prune small Trees and Shrubs.
~Leonard Meager, “The English Gardner”, 1699.
Lo, while we are gazing, in swifter haste
Stream down the snows, till the air is white,
As, myriads by myriads madly chased,
They fling themselves from their shadowy height.
~William Cullen Bryant’s “The Snow-Shower.”
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Instead of chatting with them in the dusk,
he wandered about the woods, whispering to the moon.
~”The Red Fairy Book” (1890)
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Ah, Moon of my Delight who know’st no wane
The Moon of Heav’n is rising once again:
How oft hereafter rising shall she look;
Through this same Garden after me – in vain!
~Edward Fitzgerald, “The Rubà’iyàt of Omar Khayyàm”
•           •           •           •.
The Lunar Mansion
•           •           •           •.
Albutain, The Belly,
also known as
Venter Arietis, The Belly of the Ram.
Marked by the fix’d Star: Botein, in Aries
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The Ram having pass’d the Sea serenely shines,
And leads the Year, the Prince of all the Signs.
~Manilius, “Poeticon Astronomicon.”

 

 

Courtesy of GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

Lunabar Moon Almanack for Monday, 26 January, 2015

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Lunabar Moon Almanack for Monday, 26 January, 2015

 
Waxing, Crescent Moon          Age: 6 ½ days.
Ascending Node is at 13° Libra.
Moon in 5th degree of the Sign Taurus, the Bull;
also in 7th deg. of the Constellation Aries, the Ram.
Moonrise: 10:59 morn.  Souths: 5:47 eve.
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Spells and rituals involving the Air element should be performed when the Moon is in the Air sign: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius.

•           •           •           •.

Aspects of Taurus, the Bull:
Yin, Feminine, Lunar, Negative, Nocturnal, Earthy, Fixed, Semi-fruitful, Horary Southern, Vernal, Boreal, Commanding, Feral, Bestial, Animal, Four-footed, Dry, Cold
.
•           •           •           •.

Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent Moon

Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days)

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona

Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiriation, Energy, Vitality, Freedom. Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.) Make phone calls. Write letters. Dance. Act now. Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravidity (heavy with child – both philosophical and literal).

Perform magic on Waxing Moons to attract a new quality or behavior, to increase the light within, to attain personal and spiritual growth and greater awareness. The quarter moon suggests a period of overcoming obstacles and continuing on the path to growth

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Moon Moon, Mother Moon
Lunar Lore
•           •           •           •.
When the moon is at the full,
Mushrooms you may freely pull ;
But when the moon is on the wane,
Wait ere you think to pluck again.
~ Essex, in T.F. Thiselton Dyer, “English Folk-Lore”.
•           •           •           •.
The moving moon went up the sky,
And nowhere did abide;
Softly she was going up
And a star or two beside.
– Coleridge, “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.”
•           •           •           •.
Let not my Heart-soul be driven away from me;
and grant me a sight of the Disk of the Sun
and the beholding of the Moon for ever and ever.
– Egyptian Book of the Dead
The Lunar Mansion
•           •           •           •.
Alsharatan, The Two Signs,
also known as Cornua Arietis, The Horns of the Ram.
Marked by the fix’d Stars: Sharatan & Mesarthim, in Aries.
•           •           •           •.
The Ram having pass’d the Sea serenely shines,
And leads the Year, the Prince of all the Signs.
~ Manilius, “Poeticon Astronomicon.”
•           •           •           •.

 
Courtesy of GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

The Witches Almanac for Monday, October 21st

The Witches Almanac for Monday, October 21st

Monday (Moon): Peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friends, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility.

Feast of the Black Christ

Waning Moon

The Waning Moon is a time for study, meditation and little magickal work (except magick designed to banish harmful energies).

Moon Phase: Third Quarter

Moon Sign: Taurus

Taurus: Things begun now last the longest, tend to increase in value, and become hard to alter. Bring out appreciation for beauty and sensory experience.

Moon enters Gemini 12:14 pm

Gemini: Things begun now are easily changed by outside influence. Time for shortcuts, communication, games and fun.

Incense: Lily

Color: Lavender

October 21st is Best for….

Mow to retard growth, dig post holes, jar jams/jellies, paint, advertise to sell, ask for loan.

Gardening Calendar

October 20th – October 22nd

Good days for planting beets, carrots, onions, turnips and other hardy root crops where climate is suitable. Good day for transplanting.

Fishing Calendar

October 21st    Fishing Forecasted Good in the Evening.

Moon Phase and Its Correspondence With the Body

October 21st          Taurus   “Bull”     Sign in the Neck

Wishing You A Wonderful & Blessed Wednesday, Dear Friends!

Today’s Affirmation for September 12

I take into my heart the gentle rhythms of nature performing its perennial dance of time.

Thought of the Day for September 12

‘Healthy feet can hear the very heart of the Holy Earth.”

Chief Sitting Bull

(1831 – 90)

Today’s Meditation for September 12

Reconnect with Nature

Time spent in nature is healing. It grounds us in our bodies and reaffirms our felt connection with the world around us. Spend time in green spaces as often as you can, whether in gardens, parks or open countryside. Engage each of your senses in the experience of being at one with nature. Notice the shapes and hues of the flowers, hear the singing of the birds, smell the earthy scents of the ground and the fragrance of flowers.

We can also reconnect to nature using the imagination. Close your eyes and visualize a meadow on a sunny afternoon. Notice different species of plants, birds, animals and insects. Watch the interactions between these species, and then focus on individual organisms, sensing the pace and rhythm of their lives. Finish by watching the grass grow, allowing your consciousness to resonate at the same pace.

 

 

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day June 12

“Behold, my bothers, the spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of that love!”

–Sitting Bull, SIOUX

Spring is the season of love. Spring is the season of new life, new relationships. It is the springtime that really reacts to the new position of Father Sun. New life forms all over the planet. Life is abundant. New cycles are created. Mother Earth changes colors, the flowers are abundant. It is the time for humans to observe nature and let nature create within us the feeling of Spring. We should let ourselves renew. We should let go of the feeling of Winter. We should be joyful and energetic.

My Maker, let me, today, feel the feelings of Spring.

 

Elder’s Meditation of the Day June 11

“Behold, my bothers, the spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of that love!”
–Sitting Bull, SIOUX
Spring is the season of love. Spring is the season of new life, new relationships. It is the springtime that really reacts to the new position of Father Sun. New life forms all over the planet. Life is abundant. New cycles are created. Mother Earth changes colors, the flowers are abundant. It is the time for humans to observe nature and let nature create within us the feeling of Spring. We should let ourselves renew. We should let go of the feeling of Winter. We should be joyful and energetic.
My Maker, let me, today, feel the feelings of Spring.
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