The Wicca Book of Days for Friday, November 6th – Day of the Dragoness

Wiccan

November 6th

Day of the Dragoness

 

The birth of Tiamat is celebrated today. She was the war-like, powerful Mesopotamian creator Goddess of the seas, of the primordial waters from which all life emanated. She was depicted in the form of a dragon and revered as the mother of all the Gods. Dragons have long symbolized fertility, especially in Eastern lands, because of their association with life-giving water. Wiccans honor this aspect of the Great Dragoness, who deploys her mighty strength in the form of protection and creativity.

 

Waterworks

Invoke the power of the Dragoness today to enhance healing, fertility or creativity by pouring water in a cup and striking a metal bell or cymbal above it. Chant your desired outcome while the resonant note can still be heard. The element of water is linked with the unconscious mind, the moon, female intuition, conception and birth.

 

 

The Wicca Book of days
Observances, Traditions, and Lore for Every Day of the Year

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Your Three Dragon MahJong Reading for November 4th

Your Three Dragon MahJong Reading for Today

In Chinese Culture the Dragon is generally considered a sign of great luck and power. However the Red, Green and White Dragons in Mahjong represent three distinct influences that can affect your life. The Dragon Reading creates a relationship between sets of tiles to each Dragon to explore how the Three Dragons will influence you now and in the near future.

 

The White Dragon is indeed a wily fellow. His domain is the great unknown, and the tile set under him suggests an area or areas that could affect your life in unexpected ways.

 

 

 

Bamboo 6
Symbol: Water

The Water tile denotes a need for communication. A trip may be necessary to communicate properly. You may be called upon to present proof of ownership or that an event actually took place.

 

 

South Wind
Symbol: Fire

The South Wind tile is considered to be a very good sign in a reading. It almost ensures a satisfactory end to any problem.

 

 

Bamboo 3
Symbol: Toad

The Toad tile indicates some troubling moments along your life’s path, but these aches will heal. It also suggests your ambition may be greater than your reach.

Your Three Dragon Reading for October 20th

The Three Dragons Reading

The Dragon Reading creates a relationship between sets of tiles to each Dragon to explore how the Three Dragons will influence you now and in the near future.

 

 

The Red Dragon represents success, achievement and fulfillment. The three tiles under the Red Dragon tile will influence the power your Red Dragon currently has in your life

 

 

 

The Green Dragon indicates beginnings. The Green Dragon’s tile set will suggest places where you should consider putting your energy.

 

 

 

The White Dragon is indeed a wily fellow. His domain is the great unknown, and the tile set under him suggests an area or areas that could affect your life in unexpected ways.

 

Your Three Dragons Reading for Thursday, September 17th

Your Three Dragons Reading for Today

The Dragon Reading creates a relationship between sets of tiles to each Dragon to explore how the Three Dragons will influence you now and in the near future.

 

 

The Red Dragon represents success, achievement and fulfillment. The three tiles under the Red Dragon tile will influence the power your Red Dragon currently has in your life

 

 

 

 

The Green Dragon indicates beginnings. The Green Dragon’s tile set will suggest places where you should consider putting your energy.

 

 

 

 

The White Dragon is indeed a wily fellow. His domain is the great unknown, and the tile set under him suggests an area or areas that could affect your life in unexpected ways.

 

Your Three Dragon MahJong Reading for August 25th

Your Three Dragon MahJong Reading for Today

In Chinese Culture the Dragon is generally considered a sign of great luck and power. However the Red, Green and White Dragons in Mahjong represent three distinct influences that can affect your life. The Dragon Reading creates a relationship between sets of tiles to each Dragon to explore how the Three Dragons will influence you now and in the near future.

 

The White Dragon is indeed a wily fellow. His domain is the great unknown, and the tile set under him suggests an area or areas that could affect your life in unexpected ways.

 

 

 

Bamboo 6
Symbol: Water

The Water tile denotes a need for communication. A trip may be necessary to communicate properly. You may be called upon to present proof of ownership or that an event actually took place.

 

 

South Wind
Symbol: Fire

The South Wind tile is considered to be a very good sign in a reading. It almost ensures a satisfactory end to any problem.

 

 

Bamboo 3
Symbol: Toad

The Toad tile indicates some troubling moments along your life’s path, but these aches will heal. It also suggests your ambition may be greater than your reach.

Whispering Woods Basic Dragon Lore Course – Dragon Lore Final Exam

Whispering Woods Basic Dragon Lore Course

Dragon Lore Final Exam

1. It is believed that Dragon Lore originated during the ___________ era.
2. Cecrops was half ________ and half dragon.
3. The Fire Dragon is the most extroverted and __________ Dragon.
4. Sea dragons are _______ to Hung Sheng, the Holy One.
5. There are ______ major types of Chinese dragons.
6. Licorice herb/incense represents the Element of _______.
7. Japan’s dragon lore comes predominantly from ______.
8. _______   _______  is Arabic for dragon.    9. The Babylonian Dragon is found in the Epic of _________.
10. the Chinese calendar uses the _____ – _______ system to count the day, month and year.
11. In Germanic legend, Tatzlwyrm was a winged, _____ – _______  dragon monster.
12. The Hindu Dragon Goddess that sleeps in the lotus at the base of the spine is __________ the Coiled.
13. A ten-foot dragon found lying on the banks of China’s Yangtze River, was different from most because of its long, thick ________.
14. The Japanese dragon has ______  toes.
15. The ________  is probably the most well known western Dragon.
16. In early ______, images of the Dragon were in some ways similar to the Egyptian ones.
17. _____   represents Ladon, the hundred-headed dragon that guarded the golden apples of the Hesperides.
18. In the basic dragon ritual, Hold the Chalice high and say:  _______, _______, _______.
19. The Dragon has a harmonious relationship with _____.
20. Wales is symbolized by a ____  dragon.
21. Philosophic Mercury is sometimes represented by a serpent or _______   _______.   22. The mortal enemy of the dragon is the _________.
23. During the time that Draco’s star _______ was the pole star, it would have appeared to ancient sky watchers that the Earth revolved around Draco.
24. A few dragons begin life as ______.
25. Naga Padoha is a Malayan dragon who rules the _______ – _____.
26. The Banishing Pentagram begins at the top point of the pentagram; True or False.
27. The Green dragon is a ______ symbol.
28. Glass was once believed to be _________ dragon breath.
29. Tiamat created all sorts of Dragons, including the _______ Dragon.
30. By the 9th century CE, the Chinese had incorporated the dragon into _______ thought.
31. According to the Chinese elements, Earth is ruled by _______.
32. Guivre was both legless and _________.
33. White dragons symbolize the ______.
34. Imperial Dragons have _____ claws.
35. In both Chinese and Japanese mythology, the dragon is one of   ______ legendary creatures guarding the cosmic directions.
36. ______ is Ruler of the Dragons of the South.
37. The Ethiopian dragon ate _________ plants to make their bite and their scratches deadlier.
38. The Wood Dragon is not as _____-______ as other Dragons.
39. A Babylonian creation story tells of ______, who turned herself into a dragon but was later defeated and split into two parts.
40. There are dragons carved on the tops of ____ and _____, because of the beast’s habit of calling loudly when attacked.
41. The Chinese Dragon is often seen as the symbol of divine _________ and vigilance.
42. The spiritual dragons (shen-long) were the _______ makers.
43. The Dragon’s Eye symbol stands for the balance of love, power and ________.
44. Never express anger or _______ feelings towards a dragon.
45. Children born during Dragon Years, enjoy health, wealth, and _____   _____.
46. In early Hindu worship, Draco is given the form of an ________  known as Shi-shumara.
47. Grael is the Ruler of the Dragons of the ______.
48. Japanese Dragons are closely associated with the beginning of life and _________.
49. Yellow Dragons are the most _______ of the dragons.
50. The Greeks held the idea of the Dragon as a ________ Serpent.

 

 

Author & Researcher: Crick

Website: The Whispering Woods

 

Whispering Woods Basic Dragon Lore Course – Dragon Related Rituals

Whispering Woods Basic Dragon Lore Course

Dragon Related Rituals

It is well known that Dragons can be quite deceptive and at times capricious. When connecting with a Dragon it is strongly suggested that you show a great deal of patience and understanding. Always approach Dragons with the most absolute respect. They have been around for many a millennium and are quite wise and they are very aware of this.  Dragons have a mind of their own and will often react in unexpected ways. Don’t lose hope, learning from such ancient creatures can be very perplexing and yet very rewarding at the same time. Never express anger or negative feelings towards a Dragon. They can be quite sensitive and quick to react in a vindictive way. Dragons generally have a rather large ego that needs to be dealt with in a very careful way. In fact the best ritual for connecting with a Dragon is one that you, yourself have written. Dragons are very individual and will more rapidly respond to a personalized ritual with your energy interspersed throughout. But here are a couple of rituals to get you started.

Finding a Dragon Teacher
Find a quiet place in the woods or a secluded meadow. Meditate on the type of Dragon that you hope to encounter. Send these thoughts outwards so that they can be intercepted by an interested Dragon.  After spending some time meditating, draw a pentagram on the ground. In the middle of the pentagram draw a picture of a dragon (it can be a crude drawing).

Depending on what type of elemental dragon you are calling, place a stick of incense at each of the five points of the Dragon Pentagram. Light the incense. Place a candle of the same color as that of the type of Dragon that you seek, at each of the Elemental points(North, South, East, West). Light the candles and while concentrating on the flames, withdraw back into your Third Eye and clear your mind of any lingering thoughts. Visualize a fog or mist in your mind that is the same color as your desired Dragon. Make it known that you are seeking a teacher and that you would be a devoted student. Send out lots of love and positive energy. Watch this fog/mist and see if a Dragon starts to take shape out of it. If it does (this may take several attempts) then express your joy and love towards the Dragon that is forming from the mist. Once it is fully formed, venture to ask by what name it would like to be known as. Again express your love and desire to learn. Listen closely within your Third eye to see if any messages are forthcoming. Out of respect for the Dragon, keep this session rather short. Then each time that you do this ritual, expand your questions and listening each time. The next time that you connect with your Dragon, visualize the colored fog, but call it forth by name. This will build familiarity with your Dragon mentor and will allow it to respond more quickly. Always project feelings of love and respect when connecting with your Dragon, as they thrive on such feelings. If at first no Dragon comes forth out of the mists then wait for a day or so and try again…

Basic Dragon Ritual
Begin the ritual by going to the East, with Athame or sword in your power hand. Draw a Magickal circle on the floor around your ritual area. This is done by pointing the Athame/sword at the floor and visualizing a Blue flame emitting from the tip of your Athame/Sword. Move Deosil (clockwise) around the circle with this flame ending in the East. While drawing the circle, say:

“By Dragon Power, This Circle is Sealed”

Return to the altar. Point the Athame/Sword at the Dragon Pentacle and say:

“Dragons of  Spirit, Loftiest and most powerful of Dragons, Bless this altar with your Sacred Fire. Let us be as One in Magick, O Dragons Great and Wise”

Set the Water Chalice on the pentacle. With the wand in your power hand, encircle the chalice three times Deosil with the wand and say:

“Air, Fire, Earth, Water Bring your Power forth. Water of Land and Sea, Purified Be”

Hold the Chalice high and say:

“Draconis! Draconis! Draconis!”

Going Deosil, sprinkle the water lightly around the Sacred Circle beginning and ending in the  East. Set the dish of salt on the Pentacle. Circle it three times deosil with the wand and say:

“Water, Air, Fire, Earth, Hear my Inner most Desire. Salt of Earth and Sea, Purified Be”

Sprinkle a few grains of salt to each corner of the altar. Circle the incense burner three times with the wand and say:

Fire of Dragons, Fire of Earth, You Are Purified. Bring Power Forth.

Circle the Incense and Herbs three times deosil with the wand, say:

Incense Magickal, Incense Bold, Awake The Dragons, As Of Old. I call you forth Purified.

Put a small amount of incense onto the burning coals. Lift the burner by the chains and touch it lightly to the Pentacle. Lift it high over the altar, say:

Draconis! Draconis! Draconis!

Then carry it deosil around the circle, beginning and ending in the East.  Return the burner to the Altar. Take up the Athame/ Sword in both hands and kneel before the Altar. Mentally dedicate yourself to the study of Dragon Magick. Project your interest and love for the Dragons as strongly as possible. Continue doing so for several
minutes, then rise and point the Athame/Sword at the Dragon Pentacle and say with power and confidence:

Behold, All Dragons and Rulers of Dragons, I am (magickal name), a student who seeks Dragon Magick. With (name of Athame/Sword) in my hand, I freely enter the Realm of the  Dragons. Not for physical Battle, But for Knowledge and Wisdom. I Greet You, O Dragons Ancient and Wise, and await your Blessing and Guidance.

Continue holding the Athame/Sword outstretched until you feel the blessing of the Dragons enter your body. It is for this reason that a light Athame/sword is best used in ritual. When the flowing power, of the Dragons Blessing, has begun to lessen, lower the Athame/sword. Still holding the Athame/sword in your Power hand, take up the Dragon Pentacle in the other hand and go to the East. Point the Athame/sword at the Eastern direction and hold the Pentacle facing outward. Draw a Invoking Pentagram with the Athame/Sword, and say:

“From Sairys (sair’-iss), Ruler of the Eastern Dragons Fair, comes now the wondrous Power of Air
Invoking Pentagram

Feel the power of Air entering body with atahame/sword outstretched. When the flow stops, go to the South. Hold up the Dragon Pentacle again; draw an invoking Pentagram with the Athame/Sword, and say:

“From Fafnir (faf’-near), Ruler of Dragons of the South, comes Cleansing Fire from Dragon Mouth”

Feel the power of Fire entering your body and when it stops go to the next direction. Repeat the process of Holding up the Dragon Pentacle and drawing a invoking pentagram for each of the directions. Go to the West, say:

“From Naelyan (nail’-yon) Ruler of Dragons of the West, comes the Power of Water”

Draw into the body the power of Water. Go to the North and say:

“From Grael (grail), Ruler of Dragons of the North, the Power of Earth does now come forth”

Draw into oneself the power of Earth. When it stops return to the Altar, lay aside the Athame/Sword and Dragon Pentacle. Add the appropriate herbal incense to the incense burner according to the ritual you are performing.

At this point insert the appropriate chants and workings for the particular spell working or meditation to be performed.

If there is a problem that is unsolvable by physical means or by magic then now is also the time to ask the Dragons for advice on how to solve it. The Dragons are able to give new insight into ways of solving it. Continue to feel their power and direction as their directions are written down. When finished with the spell working, tap your staff three times and chant:

“I thank you, Dragons Old and Wise, of Earth and Fire, Water, and Skies, for sharing Wisdom here with Me. As I Will, So Shall It Be”

Always approach the Dragons as Equals not as a force to be ordered or conquered.  Set the Wine Chalice on the Pentacle. Circle it three times with the wand, and say:

Cup of Power, Cup of Might, Dragon Magick, Be here this Night

Drink the Wine (apple cider or grape juice may be substituted), saving back some to be poured outside on the ground later as an offering to the Dragons. If it is not possible to pour the offering outside then leave it on the Altar for about an hour, after closing your ritual.  Now is the excellent time to chant and use free-form dancing and invite the Dragons to share in the raised energy and joy of being a Student. Talk to them about hopes and dreams, listen to see if they have suggestions or words of encouragement.  This is an opportunity for close friendships to be forged.

Closing the Ritual
To close the ritual, take the Athame/sword and go to each of the directions draw a banishing pentagram and say the appropriate words for that direction

Banishing Pentagram

To the East, say:

“Go In Peace, Dragons of the East, And return again in the Ritual Hour

To the South, say:

“Go in peace, Dragons of the South, And return again in the Ritual Hour”

To the West, say:

“Go in Peace, Dragons of the West, And return again in the Ritual Hour”

To the North, say

“Go in peace, Dragons of the North, And return again in the Ritual Hour”

Return to the Altar. Raise both arms, say:

“Farewell to you, O Dragons Fair, Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. Together we make Magick well by power Deep and Dragon Spell. In peace, go now. Return once more to teach me Magick and Ancient Lore.
Draconis! Draconis! Draconis!”

Cut the circle with a backward sweep of the Athame/Sword across the boundary line. Extinguish the candles. Clear the Altar of all tools except any offerings to the Dragons if unable to pour outside.
Quiz:
1. Dragon rituals begin in the ________.
2. Fafnir is ruler of the ________.
3. In the middle of the pentagram draw a picture of a ________.
4. Ginger belongs to the _____ sign.
5. When calling a dragon send out lots of _____ and positive energy.
6. Draw your magickal circle using a Athame or ________.
7. The stone for Taurus is _______.

Author & Researcher: Crick
Website: The Whispering Woods

 

Whispering Woods Dragon Lore Course – Lesson Seven – A History of European Dragons

Whispering Woods Dragon Lore Course

Lesson Seven
A History of European Dragons

In the mythology of the western world, dragons were thought to abduct maidens, wreak havoc on the populace, steal gold and destroy villages. Unlike its counterpart in the East, Western dragons were seen as symbols of destruction and evil. This could be related to the un-due influence that the Christian invasion has had on the Western mind set where everything is seen as good versus evil.

Heraldic: The Heraldic is probably the most well known western Dragon. The Heraldic has dangerous fangs, four legs complete with claws, and a ridge of sharp spines that run from its head to its tail tip.

Guivre: The Guivre was both legless and wingless, and appeared somewhat serpent-like in appearance. Its head had horns and its jaw was bearded. It favored any location near water.

European: These types of dragons are found in the pages of early Greek, Roman, Norse, and medieval legends. They had wings, two or four legs, and depending on the type color can vary. They were believed to breathe fire. Sadly, many Europeans considered the dragon to be evil and malevolent, however, the Greeks held the idea of the Dragon as a Guardian Serpent.

Some examples of these dragons are:
Fafnir: A Norse dragon who was guardian of the treasure later known as the Nibelung hoard.

Hydra: Some argue that Hyrda was a dragon, others argue not. Hydra had several heads, the center one was said to be immortal. (When one of the hydra’s heads was cut off two grew in its place) It was said to haunt the marshes of Lerna near Argos. The destruction of the hydra was one of the twelve labors of Hercules.

Wyvern: The Wyvern was a feared Dragon of Britain, for the Europeans believed it to be evil and vicious. It had a coiling trunk that had a pair of birds-type legs which were tucked beneath its wings.

Tatzlwyrm: A winged, fire-breathing dragon.

Apocalyptic beast – (Biblical, Most likely Middle East). This is a creature mentioned in the Book of Revelation in the Bible. It has two horns, speaks like a dragon, and bears the mystical number of the devil.

Cecrops ~ {Greek} the mythical founder of Athens; first king of Attica; represented as half human, half dragon; credited with inventing writing and establishing marriage and burial customs. .

Draco (Greek). Draco is a constellation in the north containing the star of the north pole of the ecliptic. Legend states this constellation was named after the Athenian statesman and lawgiver Draco or Dracon.

Fafnir (Norse mythology) a dragon and guardian of the treasure later known as the Nibelung hoard.

Hydra (Greek mythology) A gigantic monster resembling a dragon with several heads (usually nine, though the number varies), the center one of which is immortal. It is said to haunt the marshes of Lerna near Argos.

The destruction of the hydra was one of the 12 labors of Hercules. When one of the hydra’s heads was cut off two grew in its place.

Leviathan (Bible, Job ix, 13 and Isa. xxvii, 1) A Hebrew name for a sea monster. It was also a dragon of turmoil which contested against God.

Tatzlwyrm (Germanic legend) it was said to be a winged, fire-breathing dragon monster.

Wyvern (U.K.) A winged, two-legged dragon with a barbed tail. The wyvern often appears on heraldic shields and symbolizes guardianship.

Jormungand (Norse Legend) The world serpent that dwelled at the bottom of the sea,and that encircled the whole world.

It was to rise against the gods at Ragnarok, helping the Fenris Wolf and Surt,and the other enemies of the gods, to destroy both Asgard and Midgard.

Dragon Symbols:
Wales is symbolized by a red dragon. In the Mabinogion the tale of Lludd and Llewelys speaks of the struggle between this red dragon and the white dragon.

It was long ago in the days of the Saxon invasions that this story takes place and it is no wonder that the white dragon is the invader, the Saxons, come to battle the red. As the symbolic struggle comes to a close, the two opposing dragons become drunk with mead.

It is in this drunken state that they are both buried in a large stone coffin and placed to rest in the center of the island of Britain.

The story goes that so long as the pair remains buried beneath Oxford the island will be protected from invasion.

Saint George is known as a Martyr and the Patron Saint of England. He was originally a Roman Calvary officer who was known for his courage in war. He was a mighty site on his white war-horse.

He eventually converted to Christianity, and to show the people that Christians did not have to be meek, he sought out to fight a dragon that was destroying the area around Cappadocia.
The people of the town tried to calm the beast with sacrifices of their best sheep. This worked for a while, but then the dragon attacked again. The poor people had to give up what they thought would rid the animal of their town: a virgin princess. George killed the dragon with the lance he had in his hand while charging with his huge steed.

Because of this heroic deed, other Christian Knights sought out to save damsels in distress from dragons, and this is how dragons eventually got slaughtered into being just a myth.

Quiz:
1. Leviathan is a _________ name for winged, fire-breathing dragon monster.
2. Wales is symbolized by a ____   _______.
3. Fafnir is a _______ dragon.
4. Wyvern is a winged, ___ – ______ dragon with a barbed tail.
5. Many Europeans considered the dragon to be ____ and ________.
6. Jormungand is the _____   _______.   7. Hydra is said to haunt the marshes of ______ near Argos.

Author & Researcher: Crick
Website: The Whispering Woods