Seasons of the Witch – Legends and Lore, Ancient Holidays And Some Not So Ancient!

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Seasons of the Witch – Legends and Lore, Ancient Holidays And Some Not So Ancient!

 

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Consus, the God of the Grain-store, was celebrated annually on this date by the ancient Romans. Sacrifices were made in his honor, and all beasts of burden were embellished with wreaths of flowers and given a day of rest.

The Festival of Krishna is celebrated annually on this day in the country of India. It is also a sacred day dedicated to Devaki, the Mother-Goddess.

Procession of the Witches in Belgium. Sounds like fun! Gather your witchy friends and have a parade, even it it’s only in your backyard.

Egyptian; Procession of Bast; Birthday of Nut

Egypt/Kemet: Feast of the Nativity of Isis, the Goddess of 10,000 Names. She is an ancient Goddess who assisted her husband, Osiris, in civilizing the people of the Nile. She taught them how to grind corn, to spin flax, and to weave cloth. She is the guide of all wives, mothers, healers, advocates, and teachers; the patron of magic, learning, love, and motherhood; the power of the Pharaohs. She is usually portrayed wearing a throne on her head. She is Goddess of day while her sister Nephthys is Goddess of night. There are many stories of Isis, but the most well known is how she conceived a child with Osiris after he had been killed by Set. He had cut the body of Osiris into 14 pieces and cast them into the Nile. Isis, with the help of Nephthys, recovered all but one part. This was the phallus, which had been swallowed by a fish. Using her magic, she brought all of Osiris’s parts together and reformed him whole. He became the first mummy when she embalmed his body, with the help of Anubis, thus restoring him to eternal life. The child of their post-resurrection tryst was Horus.

India: Festival of Krishna – a celebration of the rebirth of Lord Vishnu to his incarnation as the God Krishna. It was Krishna who revealed the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna.

Rome: Volturnalia, the festival dedicated to Volturnus, ‘God of the Waters,’ God of fountains; a tribal river god who later was identified as God of the Tiber river. The Volturnus River, in southern Italy, is named for him. Volturnus was the father of the Goddess Juturna, who was first identified with a spring in Latium near the Numicus River and later with a pool near the temple of Vesta in the Forum of Rome. They were both honored on this day with feasting, wine-drinking and games by Romans.

GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred! )0( Live each Season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. ~Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

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Let’s Talk Witch – What Is a Spirit Guide?

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Let’s Talk Witch – What Is a Spirit Guide?

Benevolent Guides:

Many people believe they have spirit guides. Some refer to theirs as angels or guardians. Regardless, if you believe you have one, a spirit guide is there simply to guide, not as an entity that you need to give yourself over to. If a spirit guide has a negative influence on your behavior, then chances are good that it’s not a spirit guide at all, but something else entirely. These are some of the more commonly found types of spirit guides:

Ascended Masters:

These are guides often found by people who do energy work, such as . A ascended master who appears as a spirit guide is often a being that led a physical life and has moved on to a higher spiritual plane — for example, Buddha, Krishna, even Jesus. Ascended masters usually work with collective groups of souls — in other words, if you’ve got an ascended master hanging around you, you’re not the only one he or she is helping. Their primary focus is that of helping all of humanity. It’s not uncommon for an ascended master to have access to Akashic records. Also referred to as Master Teacher guides.

Ancestral Guides:

An ancestral guide is one who can claim  with you, such as your dear Aunt Tillie who died when you were ten. It may also appear in the form of a long-dead ancestor. In some schools of thought, these entities are seen as  guides, because they are the spirits of someone who loved us during their physical lifetime, or who had some sort of blood connection to our family. Some people, depending on their religious upbringing, may see these types of guides as guardian angels.

Common Spirit Guide, or Teacher Guide:

A typical spirit guide is archetypical, symbolic or representative of something else. For example, you may find your guide appears in the form of a warrior, a storyteller, or a wise woman, and they have appeared to you for a purpose. Typically, that purpose is to teach you and guide you along a particular path. They may also introduce you to other  along your journey, and help out with problem solving, based upon your needs. They are known to provide insight by way of dreams or meditation, and may only hang around as long as you need them, then move on.

Animal Guides:

Although many people claim to have animals as s, often these entities are more companions than anything else. It’s not uncommon for a deceased pet to linger around, keeping you company through the grieving process. In some spiritual traditions, such as various  or shamanic paths, a person may have an animal totem, which provides teaching and/or protection.

Source:

What Is a Spirit Guide?
By Patti Wigington, About.com

 

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Today’s Affirmation, Thought & Meditation for February 20th

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Today’s Affirmation

I am lighthouse rather than lifeboat. I do not rescue, but instead help others to find their own way to shore, guiding them by my example.

 

Today’s Thought

I have give you words of vision and wisdom more secret than hidden mysteries. Ponder them in the silence of your soul, and then in freedom do your will.

Bhagavad Gita (1st or 2nd Century)

 

Today’s Meditation

Dressage

This is a disciplined form of horse-riding in which the horse responds sensitively to the rider’s wishes. The object is to achieve harmony between horse and rider. Imagine yourself as a dressage rider:  focused and present, you engage n seamless communication with your horse. Translate this into your relations with yourself. Be at one with yourself, full aware and able to choose how you respond to the world in each moment.