Calendar of the Moon for August 6

Calendar of the Moon

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Ganesha’s Day

Color: Yellow and green
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon cloth of yellow and green place a figure of Ganesh, Indian incense, two yellow candles, and a small stuffed rat. Around the altar have many drums.
Offerings: Saffron rice.
Daily Meal: Indian food, including saffron rice.

Invocation to Ganesha

Call: Hail Ganesha, Remover of Obstacles!
Response: Shree Ganeshaaya Namaha!
Call: Hail Ganesha, writer of the Upanishads!
Response: Shree Ganeshaaya Namaha!
Call: Hail Ganesha, abundant one who sees that bellies are well-fed!
Response: Shree Ganeshaaya Namaha!
Call: Hail Ganesha, protector of your mother!
Response: Shree Ganeshaaya Namaha!
Call: Hail Ganesha, beheaded by a lost father!
Response: Shree Ganeshaaya Namaha!
Call: Hail Ganesha, lesson of the proud Shiva!
Response: Shree Ganeshaaya Namaha!
Call: Hail Ganesha, bringing Shiva to his knees in remorse!
Response: Shree Ganeshaaya Namaha!
Call: Hail Ganesha, you of the elephant head!
Response: Shree Ganeshaaya Namaha!
Call: Hail Ganesha, you who teach us to look beyond appearances!
Response: Shree Ganeshaaya Namaha!
Call: Hail Ganesha, rider of the rat!
Response: Shree Ganeshaaya Namaha!
Call: Hail Ganesha, winner of the race by common sense!
Response: Shree Ganeshaaya Namaha!
Call: Hail Ganesha, you who teach us to do no more than is necessary!
Response: Shree Ganeshaaya Namaha!
Call: Hail Ganesha, Remover of Obstacles;
May you clear our many paths for us!
Response: Shree Ganeshaaya Namaha!

(This ritual should end in a drum circle that lasts until Akte.)

 

[Pagan Book of Hours]

The Wicca Book of Days for Sept. 5 – The Hindu Pantheon

The Wicca Book of Days for Sept. 5

The Hindu Pantheon

The Hindu pantheon of the Indian Subcontinent is teeming with local divinities and divine patrons of particular areas of life, all of which are the subject of fervent worship and offerings, or puja. Certain deities transcend them all, however Chief among the male Gods is the trimurti, or trinity of Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver), and Shiva (the destroyer). The Goddess (Devi, or Mahadevi) may be represented by such ferocious female deities as Durga and Kali  (Shakti of Shiva); Goddesses of beauty and fertility like Lakshmi, Vishnu’s wife; and providers of knowledge and life giving waters, including Sarasvati, Brahma’s consort.

Genesh Chaturathi

Ganesh Chaturathi – the birthday of Ganesh/Ganesha, the elephant headed Hindu God of wisdom and new ventures – is celebrate in India around now. Pay your respects by placing a bowl of ilk in front of his image.

Fire

Fire

 

Direction: South

Time: Noon

Season: Summer

Colours: Red, orange, gold

Qualities: Fertility in all aspects of life, creativity, light-bringing power, passion, joy,  initiating, transformation, courage, mysticism, clairvoyance, prophecy.

Rule over: Ambition, achievement, illumination, inspiration, all creative and artistic ventures,  poetry, art, sculpture, writing, music, dance, religion and spirituality, psychic powers especially higher ones such as channeling, innovation, sexuality. It  is also potent for destruction of what is now no longer needed, for binding and banishing ritual and so for protection.

Animals: Dragonfly, firefly, fox, lion, lizrd, stag, tiger

Archangel: Michael, archangel of the sun and light and the warrior angel. Michael is the angel of  power and of illumination and brings in the summer season and fertility, growth and energy into our lives and to the land, to animals and the crops. He is  also potent, for reviving barren land despoiled by industrialization and for cleansing air pollution.

Visualize him resplendent in scarlet and gold with a huge sword, golden scales in his other hand and  often a dragon crushed beneath his feet.

Crystals: Amber bloodstone, bojo stones, carnelian, garnet, hematite, iron pyrites, lava, mookaite,  obsidian, red jasper, ruby sunstone, topaz.

Elemental creatures: Salamanders

Goddesses: Amaterasu Omigami, the Japanese sun goddess whose name means ‘great August spirit  shining in heaven’

Brighid, the Celtic triple goddess of fire and of the hearth, patroness of healers, poets and  smiths

Gabija, the Lithuanian goddess of the hearth fire, who was honored by throwing salt on the fire each  evening after the main meal

Pele, goddess of volcanoes, fire and magic, who is still revered in Hawaii by those who claim  descent from her and who still set up altars near lava streams.

Saule, Baltic queen of the heavens and earth, dressed and crowned with gold who drove her golden  chariot across the skies and danced with her daughter the planets on the festival of St. Lucia, the light maiden, just before the midwinter  solstice

Sekhmet, the Ancient Egyptian lion-headed solar goddess of fire and healing who is the patroness of  modern businesswomen

Vesta, the Roman goddess of sacred fire whose Virgins tended the sacred fire in  Rome

Gods: Agni, the Hindu god of fire, who is said to be manifest as the vital spark in mankind, birds,  animals, plants and life itself

Apollo, the Graeco-Roman sun god, who was twin brother of Artemis, the moon goddess, and was patron  of the arts, especially music, beauty and harmony.

Helios of the Greeks, known to the Romans as Sol, who was regarded as the sun himself. He ascended  the heavens in a chariot drawn by winged snow-white horses to give light, and in the evening descended into the ocean

Lugh (Llew in Wales) the ancient Irish god of light and the cycle of the year, born at the midwinter  solstice, made king at the summer solstice and willingly sacrificed at Lughnassadh at the beginning of August in order to maintain the fertility of the land  and ensure the success of the harvest.

Ra or Re, the Ancient Egyptian sun god who sailed the sun boat across the heavens during the  day

Herbs and incenses: Allspice, angelica, basil, bay, cactus, carnation, cedar wood, chamomile,  chrysanthemum, cinnamon, cloves, copal, dragon’s blood, frankincense, galangal. Garlic, juniper, lime marigold, nutmeg, olive, orange, pennyroyal,  rosemary, snapdragon, sunflower, tangerine, thistle holy, thistle milk, witch hazel

Place: Bonfires, all conflagrations, deserts, hearths, hilltop beacons, lightning, sacred festival  fires, solar eclipses, thunder, volcanoes, at the height of noon or a blazing sunrise or sunset, plains shimmering in the heart, any sunny place, sandy  shores on hot days, hear banks of yellow or golden flowers.

Sacred substances: Candle

Zodiacal signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Today We Honor The Goddess Kali

The Goddess Kali

Kālī, also known as Kālikā is the Hindu goddess associated with power, shakti. The name Kali comes from kāla, which means black, time, death, lord of death, Shiva. Kali means “the black one”. Since Shiva is called Kāla—the eternal time—Kālī, his consort, also means “Time” or “Death” (as in time has come). Hence, Kāli is considered the goddess of time and change. Although sometimes presented as dark and violent, her earliest incarnation as a figure of annihilation still has some influence. Various Shakta Hindu cosmologies, as well as Shākta Tantric beliefs, worship her as the ultimate reality or Brahman. She is also revered as Bhavatārini (literally “redeemer of the universe”). Comparatively recent devotional movements largely conceive Kāli as a benevolent mother goddess.

Kālī is represented as the consort of Lord Shiva, on whose body she is often seen standing. She is associated with many other Hindu goddesses like Durga, Bhadrakali, Sati, Rudrani, Parvati and Chamunda. She is the foremost among the Dasa Mahavidyas, ten fierce Tantric goddesses.

Kali is portrayed mostly in two forms: the popular four-armed form and the ten-armed Mahakali form. In both of her forms, she is described as being black in color but is most often depicted as blue in popular Indian art. Her eyes are described as red with intoxication, and in absolute rage, her hair is shown disheveled, small fangs sometimes protrude out of her mouth, and her tongue is lolling. She is often shown naked or just wearing a skirt made of human arms and a garland of human heads. She is also accompanied by serpents and a jackal while standing on a seemingly dead Shiva, usually right foot forward to symbolize the more popular Dakshinamarga or right-handed path, as opposed to the more infamous and transgressive Vamamarga or left-handed path.

In the ten-armed form of Mahakali she is depicted as shining like a blue stone. She has ten faces and ten feet and three eyes. She has ornaments decked on all her limbs. There is no association with Shiva.

The Kalika Purana describes Kali as possessing a soothing dark complexion, as perfectly beautiful, riding a lion, four-armed, holding a sword and blue lotuses, her hair unrestrained, body firm and youthful.

In spite of her seemingly terrible form, Kali Ma is often considered the kindest and most loving of all the Hindu goddesses, as she is regarded by her devotees as the Mother of the whole Universe. And, because of her terrible form she is also often seen as a great protector. When the Bengali saint Ramakrishna once asked a devotee why one would prefer to worship Mother over him, this devotee rhetorically replied, “Maharaj, when they are in trouble your devotees come running to you. But, where do you run when you are in trouble?”

According to Ramakrishna, darkness is the Ultimate Mother, or Kali:

My Mother is the principle of consciousness. She is Akhanda Satchidananda; indivisible Reality, Awareness, and Bliss. The night sky between the stars is perfectly black. The waters of the ocean depths are the same; The infinite is always mysteriously dark. This inebriating darkness is my beloved Kali.

-Sri Ramakrishna