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Merry Meet Legionnaires~
I am sixth generation Native Blackfoot and Scottish Celt. My Grandmother was one of my mentors her being a shaman, and my other mentor was my Druid Celtic Aunt. I was raised pagan and my education started at the age
of seven and formally after my first moon lodge ritual at 12. I am also trained as a voodoo priestess.
I am a retired MSW, Psychotherapist/Hypnotherapist, and a Dr of Ministries. I provide individual and family counseling.

In the Stars~Nov 22, 2014

Blyssful Dark Moon Day Stargazers~

New Moon (waxing/0-45 degrees)
November 22, 2014 — The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.

Saturday 22nd November 2014 - Journey from "Death" to "Life"
You can't compare the energies of Scorpio with Sagittarius - the contrast is so great - that the mystery of why these two star signs are next to each other will become a puzzle - and yet the answer is simple - the contrast of positive to negative - from dark to light - from night to day - from sadness to happiness - from yin and to yang - is necessary in the cycle of life on Earth.
 
Today you will experience the biggest shifts of negative to positive - from yin to yang - that you've had in a long time. Everything you gave-up on - everything you said "no" or "never" - everything you believed impossible will now become a possibility - because the optimistic strength of star sign of Sagittarius will ensure everything that's been "dark" becomes "light" - and your life will become full of the words "Yes - Please" - fantastic - unbelievable - "THANK YOU GODDESS" - and "thank you Sagittarius".
 
During the past few weeks - the deep profound Scorpio energies have made many feel "dead" inside - and therefore I need to say something for readers who aren't feeling anything yet - you're not dead - you're just being in SYNC with the astrological energies. And in the same way you've felt "dead" inside - soon - very soon you're going to feel ALIVE again after Saturday's Sagittarian New Moon.
New Moon in Sagittarius
Unbelievable, unexpected and yet 100% destined to happen ...
You were born to live - You were born to enjoy life - You are supposed to be enjoying the gift of life!
 
Understanding "astrology" - understanding the New Moon - means understanding "nature" and living in sync with life. During the past few days - at the end of the lunar cycle was a great time to contemplate - meditate and listen in the peace, quiet and stillness of life. Now with Sun and New Moon in Sagittarius at the cusp of Sagittarius - means like a "spark" and "candle" - your life will become BRIGHT and ALIVE.
The sudden transition from death to life - will surprise you - even though it's destined to happen - so let it surprise you - let it do what it needs to do - in order to kick-start your life. Let yourself become excited by "life" - allow the energies change you - and see where it takes you. Due to the fact that there's NOTHING blocking anything - lots of things will be opening up and happening very quickly.
 
The only danger is that some people won't awaken as quickly as you - and you'll get frustrated with them - the truth is THEY are not going to be part of your future - because they're slow and incapable of being as quick and as sensitive as you. So instead of getting frustrated by lazy people who aren't in tune with the energies you're in tune with - means that you're all at the same train station - except your train is leaving before their train - and you're both going in different directions.
So if and when people don't want to move as quickly as you - or don't want to do what you want to do - don't get angry with them - simply accept - you've been fired-up and awakened because your journey has already begun.
 
The "almost" triple conjunction New Moon - defined by - Moon - Sun - Venus in Sagittarius - is important - because Venus in Sagittarius has been waiting for this New Moon for it to be unlocked into action. Therefore immediately after the New Moon - you can expect shocks, surprises and unexpected changes - whatever and whoever fires you into action - is your Sagittarian energy.
 
Saturday 22nd November 2014 - realizing the purpose of life on Earth
Sun enters Sagittarius 9:40am UK - 10:40am Europe - 3:10pm India
2:40am USA EST - 9:40pm Sydney, Australia
 
Moon enters Sagittarius 12:20pm UK - 1:20pm Europe - 5:50pm India
7:20am USA EST - 11:20pm Sydney, Australia
 
New Moon in Sagittarius 12:33pm UK - 1:33pm Europe - 6:03pm India
7:33am USA EST - 11:33pm Sydney, Australia
 
Moon 0° Sagittarius conjunct Sun 0° Sagittarius - New Moon
Moon 4° Sagittarius squares Neptune 4° Pisces
 
Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd & Monday 24th November 2014
Moon in Sagittarius - You can't deceive yourself ....
Moon in Sagittarius means you're going to be fired-up by someone / something - you won't know who or what it is until you get the experience - it could be a positive exciting experience that makes you immensely happy OR it could be a sudden unexpected event that forces you to do something / change your plans - and even fires you up with anger - but whatever it is - is just the "starter-motor" - the ignition key - to get you moving forward. It is NOT the thing you're going to be stuck with.
If, however the positive facet - that ignites you and energizes you - is so strong - that it is the TRUTH that that is the facet - your destiny wants you to pursue - because the triple conjunction New Moon - is ensuring you see "it" clearly - the positive facet, person or thing that excites you so much is your destiny - and is now the focus of your life. Go - get it - because it's yours.
 
I'd like to say something - just in case some of you have been fired-up by something annoying - indeed, one of the reasons - we've seen how evil some humans can be is because of racism - intolerance and hate towards anyone who doesn't look like them - believe like them and act like them. The world was created full of different kinds of people - everyone is different - and in order for people to be wholesome and happy in this world - you need to ACCEPT everyone.
Even so, there are bad people who annoy each of us - we can't help it - "they" create anger and annoyance - because of what they say and do to us. What I'm saying is they too - are GOOD for us - because through their evil racist intolerance - they fire us up - to stand-up for the values we believe in - and ensure we never ever become like "them".
 
During Moon in Sagittarius on Saturday, Sunday and Monday - you're going to be fired-up - and depending on your star sign - it could be a positive trigger or a positive trigger hidden in something negative - but it's just the trigger - so once it's awakened you - let-it-go if it's negative and disruptive. All you need to do is ACCEPT the "sign" - as a specific need to change something in your life - and thereafter allow yourself to be awakened and changed.
 
The best aspect will come as a BIG surprise to each and everyone of you - of WHAT and WHO - positively excites you - and yes - like I've said on Monthly Astrology - Sagittarius is superficial - so it might be a new gadget - a new phone - new car - new home - new job - new lover - new clothes - or even something materialistic that excites you - but so what - let it excite you - let it stimulate you - to become enchanted by life - most importantly - let it fire you up - awaken - and make you feel alive - because what's the point of being alive - if you don't feel alive.
 
Therefore, even things that you accepted in the past few weeks during Sun in Scorpio - will suddenly become annoying to you - don't be surprised - let it annoy you - and let it be a "sign" that something needs changing. This could apply to the clothes you wear, the job you have or even the home you live in - as Sagittarius will be demanding positive changes. All the negative stuff has to go. This applies to everyone - hence you're going to see a lot of changes both in your life and in other people's lives in the next few weeks - as they eliminate things that are bad for them - they will then be free and wanting for "you".
 
So you can expect that everything and everyone "negative" in your life - will begin to annoy you - in order to get you to delete it - and conversely - everything and everyone "positive" in your life - will excite you so much that you will desire, want and need it in your life.
 
Additionally and due to the fact that Saturn is making it's final move out of Scorpio into Sagittarius too - it will ensure the BIG things that destiny needs to create in your life - will begin now at the Sagittarian New Moon in order to get you to make the positive destined changes it needs you to make by 21st December 2014.
 
The journey of this Sagittarian New Moon to the Gemini Full Moon - will reach and powerful phase - between 1st => 6th December 2014 - when inexplicably - each and everyone will be powerfully energized by something you want and need so much. It will be something / someone that creates so much positive energy for you - that you realize you must have it - and provided it is achievable and not a delusional fantasy - you will be pushed to get it - all you have to do is WANT it. The specific WANT is because you sense the emotional truth within you because it gives you so much energy - it's the an inexplicable karmic energy that makes you want to live life - because you'll know it's so right for you.
 

THE ALCHEMIST NEW MOON MANIFEST YOUR GOALS RITUAL

Every new moon that comes around I use as a checkpoint for my life. The new moon is about starting with an empty clean slate, it is the conception of an idea to become birthed into life with the coming full moon. I do this just like thousands of others have for literally hundreds of thousands of years to move, ebb and flow with the energy that is within all of the universe including us.

For example farmers knew this, so they started to plan their harvests and seeding around the moon cycles. These farmers noticed through time passing that the seeds that took the best were seeded during the new moon. The new moon is also a time of seeding ideas and intentions. Theses seeded ideas will then sprout with the coming full moon just as the seed ly waiting in darkness to break forth into the light to bring fruit, so should you allow the gestation and creation of such idea to bring about physical results.

This is a time I set my target for my deepest heartfelt desires and I am going to tell you how you can do this too.

Moon Manifestation for Birthing Your Desires

I always begin by setting aside some time most of the time it is by myself at night but you can also do this in a group.  Keep in mind that our words and thoughts are vibrations so any intentions stated or written down carry power, so take care to really manifest exactly what you would like by feeling that vibration. The saying “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.” rings true here. The moon has her phases and so do we, that is why it is always good to think it through to become clear about what you want but on a lighter note you always have next months to release and set new intentions should these ones not ring true the way you would like.

Supplies you May Need:

Check a moon phase calendar for the next upcoming new moon.

Supply suggestions:

notebooks

pen and colored markers

scissors

scotch tape

candle

matches

incense

smudge sticks

meditation music

Prepare yourself a sacred space where you will perform the ceremony when the new moon arrives.

Setting your New Moon Intentions in Motion

Cleanse your sacred area with an opening prayer, a sage smudging, and/or by burning some incense.

Light one or more candles, maybe create a crystal grid and/or alter with objects you find sacred or embody physically the goals you would like to achieve.

Center your being and calm yourself in whatever way is appropriate for you. Take some deep cleansing breaths, turn on your meditation music to listen to, and/or leisurely sip on a cup of relaxing herbal tea.

Open your notebook, and date the first page. Begin writing down your desires. Your list may consist of a single item or you may have several pages listing multiple items. Try not to limit yourself. If having many things in your life helps to fulfill you then don’t deny yourself wanting these things.

Now close your eyes and try to imagine what it would feel like to attain your desires and goals. Make sure to not come from the place of feeling the “wanting” part but really feel as if you have already achieved those moments and goals, picture what that feels like.

In this notebook you can also use it as a manifestation scrapbook where you can paste in pictures or catalog clippings of items that you are wanting to manifest. Creating manifesting scrapbooks or vision boards is a fun project to undertake, enjoy yourself! You will soon be amazed how these things begin to find their way into your life once you start this process.

Through out the rest of the month feel free to do the following as extra to help you seeded thoughts grow to fruition!

You can flip through your notebook and repeat the visualization process of receiving your goal.

During the month when an item on your new moon list comes to you, feel free to cross it off!

Side Notes to the Manifestation Process

I have found it helpful to add smaller goals on your manifestation list as well, things that you think will manifest quickly. You may think the “smaller” goals are trivial but the items that manifest with less effort tend to set into motion the largest goals. These smaller manifestations create movement, allowing for the snowball of feel good vibration that will start to physically show up in your life to give you the know how and faith to embody your larger goals to make them visibly attainable to your minds eye. So if you are just starting out make sure to start with what feels good to you the easiest, the rest will come by virtue of attraction to that vibration.

Be Blessed,

~Elder Airwolf~

Hasselback Potatoes with Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Hasselback Potatoes with Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Makes: 8 servings Serving Size: 
1 potato Yields: 8 potatoes 
Prep: 30 mins 
Bake: 55 mins to 1 hr 375° 
Broil: 2 mins to 3 mins

Hasselback Potatoes with Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Ingredients
8 medium russet potatoes (6 to 8 ounces each)
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
1 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Fill a large bowl with water. Place potatoes in water bowl. Gather two 1/2-inch-thick chopsticks or two 1/2-inch-thick wooden spoons; set aside.
For potatoes, slice a thin slice, lengthwise from the bottom of each potato, so they can stand without rolling on the cutting board. Arrange chopsticks or wooden spoons lengthwise on opposite sides of one potato on the cutting board. Slice potato crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices, stopping the knife when it reaches the chopsticks or the wooden spoons to prevent slicing all the way through. Return sliced potato to water bowl. Repeat with remaining potatoes.
Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil; grease foil. Drain potatoes well and pat dry. Arrange potatoes in the prepared baking pan. Brush evenly with 2 tablespoons of the melted butter and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes more or until tender. Remove from oven. Turn oven to broil.
Preheat broiler. In a small bowl stir together bread crumbs, cheese, chives, thyme, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle potatoes evenly with crumb mixture. Slowly and carefully spoon on remaining 3 tablespoons melted butter, being sure to cover all of the crumb mixture.
Broil potatoes 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until topping is golden. Serve immediately.
From the Test Kitchen

To Make Ahead:
Prepare potatoes as directed through Step 2. Cover bowl and store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Drain potatoes well.
Nutrition Facts (Hasselback Potatoes with Seasoned Breadcrumbs)
Per serving: 178 kcal cal., 8 g fat (5 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 2 g monounsatured fat), 20 mg chol., 418 mg sodium, 24 g carb., 3 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 4 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Santa Bread for Yule!

Golden Delicious Santa Bread!

Ingredients:
4 to 4-1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 eggs
2 raisins
2 egg yolks
2 to 3 drops red food coloring

**Quick Tip: Instead of stirring up homemade dough, start with 2 loaves of purchased frozen bread dough and turn them onto a lightly floured surface. Take a small portion of one loaf and add it to the other loaf, making it slightly larger. Then begin shaping the Santa with the dough following the previous instructions.**

Instructions:
You will need a large bowl. 

Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. 
Heat the milk, water and butter to 120°-130° in a small saucepan. 
Add to dry ingredients. You need to beat just until moistened. 
Beat in the eggs until smooth. 
Stir the remaining flour in to form a stiff dough.
Turn onto a floured surface. 
Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. 
Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. 
Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface. 
Divide into two portions, one slightly larger than the other.
Shape the larger portion into an elongated triangle with rounded corners for Santa’s head and hat.
Divide the smaller portion in two halves. 
Shape and flatten one half into a beard. 
Using scissors or a pizza cutter, cut into strips to within 1 in. of top. 
Position on Santa’s face. Now twist and curl strips if desired.
Use the remaining dough for the mustache, nose, hat pom-pom and brim. Shape a portion of dough into a mustache. 
Flatten and cut the ends into small strips with scissors. 
Place above beard. 
Place a small ball above mustache for nose. 
Fold the tip of hat over and add another ball for pom-pom. 
Roll out a narrow piece of dough to create a hat brim; position it under the hat.
With a scissors, cut two slits for the eyes and after that insert raisins into the slits. 
In separate small bowls, beat each egg yolk. 
Add red food coloring to one yolk; carefully brush over the hat, the nose and the cheeks. 
Brush the plain yolk over the remaining dough.
Cover loosely with foil. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. 
Uncover; bake 10-12 minutes longer or until golden brown.

Witches Affirmation

A witch is…

One who has power over her/his own life
One who makes his/her own rules, but can abide by the rules of Nature
One who refuses to submit to self-denial
One who recognizes no authority with greater esteem than her/his own, who is loyal to self
One who is untamed and tamed
One who transforms energy for the good of all
One who can be passionate about her/his ideals and values as they are changing
One who is explosive, whose intensity is like volcanoes, floods, winds, and fire
One who is disorderly and orderly
One who is ecstatic
One who alters reality
One who says, “I am a witch” aloud three times

“I am a witch”
“I am a witch”
“I am a witch”

Blessing for a Witches Gathering


Bless this gathering of Witches
Brought together this day
In the name of the Goddess and God
To dedicate themselves to each other
And to the old ways that led them here.
 
 
Bless this gathering of Witches
That we may work together in harmony
Learning and growing together
As we follow the wheel of the year
And bask in the light of the full moon
 
 
May the earth grant us strength
May the air grant us wisdom
May the fire grant us passion
May the water grant us flexibility
So we might work together for the good of all
 
 
Bless this gathering of Witches
Brought together this day
In the name of the Goddess and the God
To dedicate ourselves to each other and
The Ways of Old.
 

So Mote It Be

Realms~Thresholds of Power

 

The door has long captured the imagination of poets, mystics and magicians. It is symbolic, often appearing in dreams and nightmares. What lies behind the door? What strange creatures, fabulous wonderlands, hidden dangers?

While more pedestrian, windows have their magical properties and lore as well. If they are the eyes of a home, the door is its mouth. Both possess special powers, and both are generally blessed to prevent the entrance of unfriendly energies into the home.

A door isn’t much-a flat piece of wood, two knobs, three hinges, some hardware. But doors are entrances into other dimensions. In form, they echo the trilithons of Stonehenge and other European megalithic structures: two upright stones with a third resting on top, creating a threshold of power.

Doors are entrances to buildings as well as exits from them; therefore, they are often seen as gateways to other worlds. They also serve as protective devices that bar the dangerous from entering. Because of this, the door and all its parts (lintel, posts, threshold, keys) have assumed magical, almost sacral qualities.

Many of the rites associated with doors are protective in nature. Hanging a gourd on both sides of the outside of a door will ward off unwanted negativity, as will a piece of bamboo or a wreath of leaves and thorns placed over it. A circle chalked on the door bars ghosts from entering; garlic or dill suspended over the front door repels those who are ill-disposed or envious of you from gaining entrance; and a bag of salt or bells hung from the knob will set demons to flight.

Other spells favored to guard the home from the entrance of evil include: placing two crossed needles

under the doormat; painting the door blue, a sacred color; sprinkling mustard seeds or ground dragon’s blood on the doorsill; and hammering three nails in the shape of a triangle (one point up) on the outside of the front door.

Specific herbs are grown on the porch to further protect the home. Ferns, lilies, marigolds and juniper are grown there in pots. An old sock filled with salt, sage, mullein, tansy and any other protective herbs can be buried beneath the front porch to keep ghosts from the home. A box of holed stones or a knife beneath the porch are similarly potent magical protectants.

The door also functions as an ideal place for inviting certain energies or attributes into your home. Five shiny pennies placed beneath the porch will bring the household money and love, for instance, and a bit of food buried there ensures that you won’t know hunger.

If you wish to see a ghost, the doorway is an ideal place to practice, according to ancient tradition. At dusk or midnight, stand at any door in the dark, looking into another room. With the door half-opened, lay your cheek against it and peer just past its edge. If you persevere, you may see spirits and strange shapes. Why? Because the door is an entrance to other worlds.

If you wish to be rid of ghosts, they can be exorcised simply by slamming a door several times in succession. The ghosts get caught between the door and the frame and will soon have enough of the torture and leave. If you enjoy ghosts, however, don’t slam doors!

Daily Fortune for Nov 21st, 2014

Aries Horoscope
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You could be needlessly concerned about a nagging issue today that ultimately isn't very important at all. Consider the consequences of your words before your anger provokes you to say something that is hurtful. Fortunately, your actions speak louder than words with your key planet Mars marching through your 10th House of Status. You might find it challenging to keep your rapid reactions under control, but it is surely worth the effort. Worrying about the wrong things is a waste of your precious time.

Taurus Horoscope
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You might not be able to establish a sustainable work pace at first, but your persistence should pay off today. You may resist an associate’s advice because you want to quickly fulfill your obligations, only to realize that you must do something again if it isn’t exactly right. Don’t be obstinate if you discover you’re wrong. Relationships will improve if you are flexible enough to listen to reason instead of fearfully holding onto a perspective that doesn’t stand up to the truth. A change will do you good.

Gemini Horoscope
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Your nerves are on edge today as your key planet Mercury aligns with combative Mars and ruthless Pluto. Your legendary wit may be too sarcastic now, turning clever words into verbal punches. However, your coworkers won’t likely stand for any misplaced aggression. Even a casual conversation might quickly escalate into open conflict unless you restrain your own reactions. If the subject of a disagreement isn’t urgent, keep the peace by backing down as gracefully as possible. Choose your battles carefully; knowing when to walk away can save the day.

Cancer Horoscope
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
It’s nearly impossible to dramatically alter your routines now, even if you understand how much it could help to make some basic improvements in your lifestyle. Unfortunately, knowing the truth isn’t always enough because your behavior doesn’t automatically conform to your thinking. Nevertheless, you’re still ultimately responsible for whatever you do, so don’t just take the path of least resistance. Intention is your not-so-secret weapon; use it wisely.

Leo Horoscope
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You could convince yourself that you are on such an important mission today that nothing can possibly get in your way. Ironically, your own self-doubt might be a roadblock to your success. It’s prudent to dig deeper in search of the truth, but questioning your abilities is a serious waste of time and energy now. Although you may not be able to make your fears disappear overnight, you don’t have to sit idly by and let them control your destiny. Channel your inner Lion and roar.

Virgo Horoscope
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
No matter how much you want to follow your prearranged schedule, unseen forces prevent you from executing your plan. You could let stress get the best of you today if you are too inflexible. You might even lose your temper and say something to a loved one without stopping to comprehend the negative impact of your words until it’s too late. If tension is mounting, remind yourself to take a deep breath and remain adaptable. Whether you like it or not, going along with the flow is smarter now than fighting it.

Libra Horoscope
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Your infamous indecision is not a problem today; in fact, you may be making up for lost time as you swiftly respond to current circumstances with definitive answers. You could be quite stubborn if someone suggests you are being uncooperative now, since you don’t believe for a moment that you’re the one who is stirring up trouble. Luckily, your day takes an unexpected turn for the better when you relax the reins of control just enough to give others some ownership in the unfolding situation.

Scorpio Horoscope
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Your thoughts are so loud today that you might believe everyone can actually hear what you’re thinking. Red-hot Mars fires up cerebral Mercury in passionate Scorpio, coercing you to speak your mind before considering the consequences. Your honesty is admirable but not if you hit below the belt. Luckily, you have the power to transmute fear into love, enabling you to choose the most creative path in each of your interactions. Think with your heart for the best results.

Sagittarius Horoscope
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Your current action plan could be flawed with irrational logic or incorrect assumptions, even if you believe that you’re traveling on the path to success. Thankfully, you can overcome poor reasoning by trusting your intuition now. Don’t fret about the details; just play it by ear as you move through the day. Save further analysis for a later date; explore your imagination to find the truth without trying to justify what you learn.

Capricorn Horoscope
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You’re a tough opponent in a public debate today, but stop to evaluate the price you may need to pay for your victory. Ruthless intentions could be unleashed now if you take a position contrary to your friends or associates. Ultimately, you’re the only person who can decide whether or not it’s worth it. There are no right or wrong choices as long as you think about the ramifications in advance, and not after creating needless antagonism. Listening to your heart might reveal a compromise based on kindness and not on conflict.

Aquarius Horoscope
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You may feel insecure today about your success at work, but you should be able to transcend your fears through spiritual practice. For some, prayer is the best method for handling the current stress, but your personal journey might also include dance, meditation, or an artistic pursuit. As long as you can step outside of your mundane concerns now, it doesn't really matter which tools you use to awaken your cosmic connection.

Pisces Horoscope
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
It certainly seems like everything is requiring more time than it should as far as you are concerned. It’s as if your efforts to move into the next exciting phase of your life are blocked by unknown forces. Oddly enough, the more you think about overcoming the obstacles, the larger they become. You need to relax and reclaim your objectivity before forging ahead. Reexamining your priorities and readjusting your plans sets you up for success.

Tarot~The Emperor

In the most practical terms, what has traditionally been called the Emperor card represents the highest leadership, a head of state or the most exemplary and powerful person in the realm. This archetypal ruler is responsible for the positive working out of affairs of a society or community, which are directly proportional to his well being and happiness.
The more enlightenment and cosmic perspective this energy brings, the better life is for all. The Emperor archetype masters the world of matter and physical manifestation. When you apply this card to your situation, acknowledge your potentials for mastery. Reinforce a sense of sovereignty within yourself, despite any self-limiting beliefs, habits or appearances to the contrary.

Witch Rune~The Crossed Spears

Meaning: The presence of the spear signifies arguments, negative events, and all manner of strife of an upsetting nature. However similar to the ‘Tower’ tarot card if next to a positive rune it could mean the end of an argument or quarrel. If with the rings it means the healing or renewal of a relationship. If there are military connections it could mean promotion. If illness is within the equation it means a speedy and successful recovery.

 Viking Rune~Laguz

Laguz is the feminine Rune. It denotes a deep sexuality and fertility. Laguz also represents that which is ever changing and renewal. You may be in a tremendous spiritual growth period.
laguz : water
Phonetic equivalent: l

DIVINATORY MEANINGS:
emotions, fears, unconscious mind, things hidden, revelation, intuition, counselling
MAGICAL USES:
enhancing psychic abilities, confronting fears, stabilizing mental or emotional disorders, uncovering hidden things
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Njord, Midgard Serpent
ANALYSIS:
When most people think of water, they generally think of its more pleasant associations – peacefulness, love, compassion, intuition, and the emotions in general. However, we must remember that, to the Norse, water most often meant the sea, and the sea was a terrifying, unpredictable place, home of the Midgard serpent and the grave of many sailors. Laguz, then, should be thought of in terms of the lighter and the darker sides of the element of water. It speaks to our primal fears of the dark, the cold, and all those terrifying things hidden deep within our subconscious minds.Like eihwaz, which forced the journeyer to confront his or her mortality, laguz makes us examine the underlying roots of our personality and behavior, and allows us to modify those aspects which are hindering our spiritual development. The understanding and wisdom gained through eihwaz and the runes which followed have prepared the journeyer to face this darker side (represented by laguz) and accept it as an integral part of their selves. Laguz also prepares the person to take on the task of helping others through this self-examination process, allowing them to empathize more strongly and share their own experiences, making it (among other things) the rune of the spiritual counselor.

Daily Forecast for November 2st, 2014

Blyssful Freya's Day Stargazers~

Current Moon Phase for November 21 – Waning Crescent
Crescent Moon
(waning /4% of illumination)
This is a time to rest, reevaluate and reflect, pulling back into yourself to reconnect with inner sources of strength. Now is not a time to initiate anything new. It’s a phase suited to spending time with friends and getting in touch with the “big picture.” A window of opportunity exists for seeing your life objectively and becoming aware of what is important to you. At this point, what are your dreams and aspirations? What larger goals can you aspire to that will bring vitality and excitement into your life? This is a time for resting and gaining inner strength to prepare for a new cycle.

Friday~
Moon 19° Scorpio conjunct Mercury 19° Scorpio
Moon 19° Scorpio sextiles Mars 19° Capricorn
Moon 22° Scorpio squares Jupiter 22° Leo
Moon 25° Scorpio conjunct Saturn 25° Scorpio

~PLANET TRACKER~

Moon in Scorpio
Moon in Scorpio
Nov 19, 2014 to Nov 22, 2014
Sun in Scorpio
Sun in Scorpio
Oct 22, 2014 to Nov 22, 2014
Mercury in Scorpio
Mercury in Scorpio
Nov 8, 2014 to Nov 27, 2014
Venus in Sagittarius
Venus in Sagittarius
Nov 16, 2014 to Dec 10, 2014
Mars in Capricorn
Mars in Capricorn
Oct 25, 2014 to Dec 4, 2014
Jupiter in Leo
Jupiter in Leo
Jul 15, 2014 to Aug 11, 2015
Saturn in Scorpio
Saturn in Scorpio
Oct 5, 2012 to Dec 23, 2014
Uranus in Aries
Uranus in Aries
Mar 11, 2011 to May 15, 2018
Neptune in Pisces
Neptune in Pisces
Feb 3, 2012 to Mar 30, 2025
Pluto in Capricorn
Pluto in Capricorn
Nov 26, 2008 to Mar 23, 2023

New Moon in Sagittarius Horoscopes
Hopes are high during November's New Moon

A New Moon to Remember!
New Moons are full of promise, especially when they occur in optimistic fire signs like Leo. The next one occurs on Friday, August 17, to inspire fresh waves of personal expression and creativity. Leo is the sign of self-consciousness, and the conjunction of the emotional Moon and willful Sun there inspires confidence. Transforming these admirable instincts into productive activity, though, is another story.

Every New Moon has a quality of naiveté that starts its cycle with innocence and hope. This wide-eyed image of the future is particularly strong in Leo, where the idea of being the creator of one's reality holds sway. Sure, there's a potential for arrogance when we imagine ourselves to be the hub of the universe. This behavior, though, is not an expression of confidence, because bullies and egocentric individuals usually suffer a secret sense of inferiority. Those who are truly noble and strong express the generous side of this sign.

Still, the highest creative aspirations associated with a Leo New Moon can fade when it's time to put in the effort needed to turn them into reality. Whether it's insecurity masked as laziness or simply an immature ability to patiently work toward achieving a goal, the way from promise to productivity isn't always easy to find. The August 17 New Moon, however, is gifted with other planetary resources that are likely to lead to desirable results.

The source of this support first appears with the conjunction of Mars and Saturn on August 15. This union of the planets of action and order occurs in cooperative Libra, where alliances tend to grow stronger. Assertive Mars is normally hot with impatience and can be frustrated by slow-moving and restrictive Saturn. Yet the warrior planet is cooled with reason in airy Libra, a sign in which Saturn's needs for control are tempered with a sense of fair play. When the muscle of Mars and the administrative savvy of Saturn are operating well together positive results are bound to follow.

One of the primary ways to assess the nature of any New or Full Moon is to note the aspects (significant angles) of other planets to the Sun and Moon at the time of the event. On August 17, Mars and Saturn form supportive 60-degree sextiles to the New Moon. These favorable alignments mean that the energy and discipline of the Mars-Saturn conjunction is readily applied to the creative forces of this New Moon.

The Lion is not lazy with feisty Mars on its side, nor careless or arrogant with strict Saturn on the scene. Any chance for imperiousness is chilled with this no nonsense pair enforcing cooperation in equitable Libra. This New Moon is a special event, an uncommon occasion when the best of individual creativity, courage and even love is joined with the patience and patience and passion to make it last.

In the Stars~Nov 21st, 2014

Sky Bear comes to Earth on November evenings

Tonight … a constellation you might or might not see, depending on your latitude. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Big Dipper is probably the sky’s best known asterism. In other words, it’s a recognizable pattern of stars – not an official constellation. The Big Dipper is part of the constellation Ursa Major, otherwise known as the Great Bear.

Every year, the Big Dipper (Great Bear) descends to its lowest point in the sky on November evenings. In fact, people in the southern part of the United States can’t see the Big Dipper in the evening right now, because it swings beneath their northern horizon. And, of course, it can’t be seen in the evening from Southern Hemisphere latitudes now either.

Even in the northern states, the Big Bear is hard to spot. The Big Dipper skims along the northern horizon in the evening, ducking behind any obstructions – such as trees and mountains.

To the Micmac Indians living in southeast Canada, a Celestial Bear – our same familiar Big Dipper pattern – coming down to Earth signaled the start of hibernation season. This is when earthly bears return to their dens, and when the sap of trees returns to the warm womb of the underworld. Weary creation tucks in, waiting for winter’s deep slumber.

The Micmacs saw the Big Dipper handle stars as hunters forever chasing Celestial Bear. In their sky lore, hunters catch Celestial Bear each year in the fall, and it’s the dripping blood from the Bear that colors the autumn landscape.

The painting above is another portrayal of the Big Dipper in November. It’s Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhone, painted in September 1888 at Arles. Click here to see an expanded image of the painting. Had you noticed the Big Dipper in this painting? Can you see it tonight?

Bottom line: The Big Dipper is difficult, or impossible, to see on November evenings. If you’re in the southern U.S. or a similar latitude around the world, the Dipper is below your northern horizon in the evening now. If you’re in the northern U.S. or a similar latitude, the Big Dipper may be above your horizon in the evening, but it will be low in the northern sky. To the Micmac Indians living in southeast Canada, a Celestial Bear – our same familiar Big Dipper pattern – coming down to Earth signaled the start of hibernation season.

BLYSSFUL THOR'S DAY LEGIONNAIRES & PAGANS

Blyssful Thor's Day my Legionnaires~

As the winter solstice approaches, I’d like to spend some time writing about one intimately connected to this season, The Horned God, by whatever name you choose to call him (Cernunnos, Herne, etc) as viewed by a contemporary Pagan (i.e. me) . As part of my effort to spend more time focusing on my Druidry, I’ve been trying to better know this enigmatic figure in my own personal practice. For me it has not been easy, but I feel the rewards are worth the effort. I feel that there are two ways to get to know a deity, through their historical body of lore and through the UPG and experiences of their current worshipers. Unfortunately both seem to be lacking where Cernunnos is concerned. Originally either Tracian or Gaulish, almost all historical lore on him has been lost beyond the name, and try as I might I can find almost no one sharing their experiences with him on the net. For the longest time I just considered him to be the “generic horned god ” and I could not relate to such an impersonal figure. That is one of the main reasons I am a polytheist (as opposed to a monotheist or a duotheist). I seek a personal connection to the Divine that I just cannot begin to touch with either of those other systems of belief. For the longest time I came to the conclusion that he just wasn’t real enough or relevant to my spiritual practice. It turns out I just had to dig a little deeper to learn of his mysteries. I will split this post into two parts, Lore and my experiences:

Lore of the Horned God

As I mentioned above his lore is sparse. The deity that modern pagans call Cernunnos is most likely a collection of antlered and horned Gods based around local cult centers across Europe that all seem to have gotten collected under one umbrella. The only reason we know of the name is because it is because of inscriptions found in France and Germany. The name literally means Horned God. This name was then attributed to many carvings of an antlered god found on relics all across Europe. One of the most famous of these is the Gunderstrup Cauldron. These depictions all share similar elements, namely an antlered, sometimes ithyphallic man sitting cross legged. He holds two items, a torc and a ram-horned serpent, and is surrounded by various animals such as wolves, stags, bulls, dogs, rats, etc. Sometimes he is holding a bag of money. His worship seems to stretch back into the Iron Age and he is also often associated with a famous cave painting found in France termed The Sorcerer showing just how far back his worship goes.

From these clues we can interpret that he is a God of Wild things. The animals seem to surround him as if being called to his presence. They almost seem to be basking in his proximity, regenerated by him. The Torc and bag of money would also seem to suggest that he is a god of prosperity as well. The horned serpent is a bit more of a mystery but seems to suggest he is also a god of the underworld and change. These are all associations that have followed him into the modern era, among others.

In moderns times Cernunnos has also been associated with Herne the Hunter. Herne is a myth that seems to be confined to the local region around Windsor Forrest, where he serves as a guardian spirit and leader of the Wild Hunt. The legend of of Herne is a sorrowful tale that I shall not recount here (check the link above for a really great article on him). Originally thought of as two separate entities, sometime in the last century Cernunnos and Herne have become somewhat synonymous. This is where the modern Cernunnos seems to have gained his association with the Wild Hunt and taken his place as the leader of it at Yule time.

Cernunnos also has often times been associated with The Greenman. This is an architectural element found throughout cathedrals and buildings, a face of a man made up of twigs and leaves. Thus in addition to being associated as a wild God of animals, through this association he also has gained dominion over the plant realms as well.

This really only begins to touch the surface. I have not even touched upon his associations with Gwynn Ap Nudd, Pashupti, and the recent creation of Hu Gadarn. Some people consider these all separate deities (myself included), others believe they are all guises of Cernunnos. That goes beyond the scope of this article. I’ll leave the reader to follow these paths on their own if they so choose.

So in my interpretation the deity that we call either Cernunnos or Herne, is a very old divinity that dates back to the pre-dawn of human consciousness. Throughout the years he has evolved (as many deities do), been merged with other gods, gained attributes, and seems to be composed of wholly synchretic elements to emerge as the primal figure we associate with the modern vision of the Horned God today.

The journey to him and how I view him

*UPG Alert* Everything from here on is my own experience, Conjecture, and UPG. Take it for what it’s worth, that being simply my own opinion.

My own journey with Cernunnos has been one of many starts and stops. I’ve been hearing his call to the hunt for a long while now. Even though I identify as a Druid I have always had problems relating to Celtic deities. In some ways I feel as if I’ve been putting my fingers in my ears and saying “Lalala I don’t do Celtic Gods, I don’t hear you, Lalala”. When I have tried to connect with him I’ve had mixed results.

For one, I wasn’t sure what to expect. He seemed to large and impersonal, composed of too many elements for me to get a good grasp on. I could find no one else talking about him beyond being the male principle and consort to the Goddess in duotheisitic worldviews. It almost seemed like he was defined solely on being “That other one who is not the Goddess”. Since I consider myself a hard polytheist and not a duotheist, that did me no good. Who exactly is is Cernunnos/Herne? I wanted to get to know the real God, not the archetype.

To learn more of him I had to go to the Source. This past summer I spent a lot of my time in the woodlands trying to commune with him. Interestingly enough I could only feel him slightly here, a faint pulse letting me know he was there but no big fireworks or theatrics came. One would think that since this was his domain, I would find him in every leaf and glimpse of deer, yet I felt nothing. I went deep into the woods, to the very heart of them and prayed to him, cried out his name… and felt still nothing.
I also spent time at my altar trying to connect with him. I found the best way to do this was to put on some drumming music, light some incense (I found that real Sandalwood or Dragonsblood resin worked best. Not the fake stuff), pray, and meditate on his presence. I could feel him then presence dark and looming. I could feel the offering of sacred smoke being received but still it was as if there was a barrier between us like smoked glass. Thus I repeatedly gave up, thinking there is nothing to learn here time to move. Then the quiet call would begin again and I would find him poking at me. Try again, try again. Why do you give up so quickly impatient one? Am I not worth it? Sure enough, I found that with repeated practice this barrier became less and less.

The real breakthrough came as the seasons changed. Once the leaves began to fall and snow was on the ground he was with me in full force. This leads me to believe he is a seasonal deity and the Dark Time of the year is his time. His association with the underworld would certainly seem to support this. Or it could just be that he is so multi-faceted that he appears to each person in a different way depending on what aspect of him they are most sensitive too. Perhaps another person would feel him most fully in that summer glade I tried in vain to find him in, and not at all in the winter. Now that I have a better connection to him perhaps I will too this coming summer. It will be interesting to see.

There is an old cemetery on the road nearby that is overgrown with trees. Driving past that early in the winter morning when the morning fog still swirls, I can feel him most profoundly. I can almost feel his presence haunting that cemetery in his role as guardian of the underworld. How do I feel him? How does he appear to me?

To me, his presence is very primal and ancient. He is totally unconcerned with social niceties. Political correctness would be totally lost on him. He is of few words yet gets his point across with a sharp directness. He is ultimately concerned with survival and death. Wherever he is the scent of blood follows. He is aware that life is hard and unfair. He makes you face this fact without sympathy. To him there is only survival or death. Paradoxically, I have also found him strangely compassionate. He is not totally void of feeling. Indeed I would say that he loves fiercely even. He’s not going to coddle you or show grand outbursts of emotion but it is there rippling beneath the surface. It is clear that he does care about humanity, strongly even. However, to him man is an animal just like any other and he helps us realize and revel in that animal nature. He is guardian and guide to those who seek and are open to this primal experience.

He is also in my experience, pure masculinity, virility, strength, and sexuality. The deer in rut, the musk of sex, the heat of passion. All these are his, and he radiates life force. This includes the pain of love as well as it’s sweetness. All aspects of sexuality both the positive and negative are within his domain. He is a god of prosperity. The lush forests and fertile Earth are his home and he bestows their riches upon us, but they must be earned and are not given freely. He IS nature, and there is no free lunch in his domain. He is also renewing. I go to him wounded and broken and like the animals that seem to surround him and regenerate, I am made whole again. He is fierce yet there is something entirely comforting and reassuring in his presence.

The Horned One in my Own Spiritual Practice

The fact that it has taken time to get to know him has only sweetened the experience. At this point I feel that it’s safe to say that he has a permanent place at my shrine. In all my work with him I have not yet been given a Name for him. Sometimes I call him Cernunnos, othertimes Herne. He answers to both of these yet I still feel that they are only titles he accepts by us moderns, and they do not fully encompass his true nature. As a Druid I feel that he is there to guide me in that area of my spirituality, as if he is my link and guide to the tradition that I have chosen.

His presence in my life is almost a quiet one. He is full of power and majesty, yet there have been no grand revealings, no epiphanies or ecstatic experiences with him. Any link that I have to him has come through hard work, and I am positive that if I were to neglect maintaining that link he would slip away just as quickly and quietly.

One interesting thing I have noticed (and I know this will be heresy of the highest order to some) is that the closer I get to Hekate, the closer she seems to drive me to Cernunnos. I’ve noticed this on many occasions. For some reason they seem to work very well together! I guess this makes sense when you think about it considering that they share many aspects and overlap in areas of influence. Both are Chthonic deities, guardians and guides in the underworld. Both concerned with nature (you could take this even further by including Hekates almost synonymous associations with Artemis the Huntress in the PMG and other sources. That hurts my brain too much to think about though.)

Also interesting is that while primarily adopted by two different cultures (Greek and Celtic respectively) both are rumored to have ancient origins in Thrace. Perhaps there is some link there that is lost to history. That is only my speculation however. I do know that since Hekate has come into my life, my bond with Cernunnos has only strengthened. I could go even further with my heresy and speculate on Cernunnos’s links to Dionysos and Zagreaus, but I’ll stop here (horned serpent anyone?).

Do you have stories of the Horned God you wish to share?

Submit it to the Cernunnos Devotional Anthology. The deadline is October 31st, 2010. I am looking for submission from individuals on all paths.

Resources

I leave you with some resources that I found useful in my own search for The Horned One.

Visions of Vanaheim: While primarily about the Vanir, this book does have an excellent chapter on Herne including some well written essays by those who include him in their worship of the Vanir Gods. It also contains some heartbreakingly beautiful prayers to him that I’ve taken to using in my own worship. Really why don’t you own this already? Highly recommended!

Horns of Power: This book by Sortia d’Este has a wealth of knowledge about various horned deities. While not devoted entirely to Cernunnos it does have a hearty amount of both historical lore and personal UPG from worshippers that is hard to find elsewhere.

The Horned God: an unofficial biography: I finally leave you with this prose by Damh the Bard. I personally found it moving in the extreme and it very well illustrates the evolution that I spoke of earlier. He reads it aloud in one of the OBOD podcasts. It does not get much better than this.

Cernunnos: Looking a Different Way: A great scholarly article by Ceisiwr Serith. Lots of great resources and ideas here. A must read.

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World Press

Gods of the Celts

 

Wondering about some of the major deities of the ancient Celtic world? Although the Celts consisted of societies all over the British Isles and parts of Europe, some of their gods and goddesses have become a part of modern Pagan practice. Here are some of the deities honored by the ancient Celtic peoples

•Brighid, Hearth Goddess of Ireland

A daughter of the Dagda, Brighid is one of the classic triple goddesses of the Celtic pantheon. Many Pagans honor her today as a goddess of the hearth and home, and of divination and prophecy.

•Cailleach, Ruler of Winter

Cailleach is known in parts of the Celtic world as the hag, the bringer of storms, the Dark Mother of the winter months. However, she features prominently in mythology and is also a creator goddess.

•Cernunnos, Wild God of the Forest

Cernunnos is the horned god found in many traditions of modern Paganism and Wicca. He is an archetype found predominantly in Celtic regions, and symbolizes fertility and masculine energy.

•Cerridwen, Keeper of the Cauldron

Cerridwen is known in Welsh mythology as the keeper of the Cauldron of the Underworld in which knowledge and inspiration are brewed. She is considered a goddess of prophetic powers, and because her symbol is the Cauldron, she is an honored goddess in many Wiccan and Pagan traditions.

•The Dagda, Father God of Ireland

The Dagda was a father god of the Celtic pantheon, and plays an important role in the stories of the Irish invasions. Learn about the Dagda, and how he ended up making himself lose his own power.

•Herne, God of the Wild Hunt

In British lore, Herne the Hunter is a god of vegetation, vine, and the wild hunt. Similar in many aspects to Cernunnos, Herne is celebrated in the autumn months, when the deer go into rut. He is seen as a god of the common folk, and is typically recognized only around the Windsor Forest area of Berkshire, England.

•Lugh, Master of Skills

Lugh is the Celtic god honored for his skills and gifts as a craftsman. He is the god of blacksmiths, metal-workers and artisans. In his aspect as a harvest god, he is honored on August 1, on the festival known as Lughnasadh or Lammas.

•The Morrighan, Goddess of War and Sovereignty

The Morrighan is known as a Celtic war goddess, but there’s a lot more to her than that. Learn about this ancient patron of Celtic warriors, and why some Pagans still pay her tribute today.

•Rhiannon, Horse Goddess of Wales

In the Welsh mythological cycle, the Mabinogion, Rhiannon is known as a goddess of the horse. However, she also plays a crucial role in the kingship of Wales.

•Taliesin, Chief of the Bards

Although Taliesin is a documented historical figure in Welsh history, he has managed to become elevated to the status of a minor god. Learn why this patron of bards and poets is so important in Welsh myth cycles.

•Sheela-na-Gig

Although not an official goddess in Celtic myth and legend, this mysterious carving is found in many forms all over the United Kingdom and Ireland, and some scholars suspect a connection to fertility rituals. Who is the Sheela?

Deities of Ancient Egypt

 

The gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt were a complex group of beings and ideas. As the culture evolved, so did many of the deities and what they represented. Here are some of the best-known gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt.

•Anubis, God of Funerals and Embalming

Anubis is known as being a jackal-headed god of the dead, but he plays a significant role in the tale of Isis and Osiris. Find out why Anubis was important to the ancient Egyptians.

•Bast, the Cat Goddess

In ancient Egypt, cats were often worshipped as deities, Bast was one of the most highly honored feline gods. Also called Bastet, she was a goddess of sex and fertility. Originally, she was portrayed as a lioness, but was sometimes portrayed with kittens beside her, as an homage to her role as a goddess of fertility.

•Geb, God of Earth

In the ancient Egyptian religion, Geb is known as the god of the earth and is the first king of Egypt. He is often portrayed lying beneath the sky goddess, Nut. In his role as a god of earth, he is a fertility deity. Plants grow within his body, the dead are imprisoned inside him, and earthquakes are his laughter. He is more than a god of the surface of the earth – in fact, he is a god of everything contained within the earth.

•Hathor, Patron of Women

In Egyptian religion, Hathor was a predynastic goddess who embodied femininity, love and the joy of motherhood. In addition to being a symbol of fertility, she was known as a goddess of the underworld, in that she welcomed the newly departed to the West

•Isis, Mother Goddess

Originally a funerary goddess, Isis was the lover of Osiris. After his death, she used her magic to resurrect him. Isis is honored for her role as the mother of Horus, one of Egypt’s most powerful gods. She was also the divine mother of every pharoah of Egypt, and ultimately of Egypt itself.

•Ma’at, Goddess of Truth and Balance

Maat is the Egyptian goddess of truth and justice. She is married to Thoth, and is the daughter of Ra, the sun god. In addition to truth, she embodies harmony, balance and divine order. In Egyptian legends, it is Maat who steps in after the universe is created, and brings harmony amidst the chaos and disorder.

•Osiris, King of Egyptian Gods

Osiris was the son of earth and sky, and beloved of Isis. He is known as the god who taught mankind the secrets of civilization. Today, he is honored by some Pagans as a god of the underworld and of the harvest.

•Ra, the Sun God

Ra was the ruler of the heavens. He was the god of the sun, the bringer of light, and patron to the pharaohs. According to legend, the sun travels the skies as Ra drives his chariot through the heavens. Although he originally was associated only with the midday sun, as time went by, Ra became connected to the sun’s presence all day long.

•Taweret, Guardian of Fertility

Taweret was an Egyptian goddess of childbirth and fertility – but for a while, she was considered a demon. Associated with the hippopotomus, Taweret is a goddess who watches over and protects women in labor and their new babies.

•Thoth, God of Magic and Wisdom

Thoth was an Egyptian god who spoke as the tongue of Ra. Find out what’s special about this ibis-headed deity of ancient Egypt, and how he factors in to the story of Isis and Osiris.

Gods of Ancient Greeks

The ancient Greeks honored a wide variety of gods, and many are still worshiped today by Hellenic Pagans. For the Greeks, much like many other ancient cultures, the deities were a part of daily life, not merely something to be chatted with in times of need. Here are some of the best-known gods and goddesses of the Greek pantheon.

•Aphrodite, Goddess of Love

Aphrodite was a goddess of love and romance. She was honored by the ancient Greeks, and is still celebrated by many modern Pagans. According to legend, she was born fully formed from the white sea form that arose when the god Uranus was castrated. She came ashore on the island of Cyprus, and later was married off by Zeus to Hephaistos, the deformed craftsman of Olympus. A festival was held regularly to honor Aphrodite, appropriately called the Aphrodisiac. At her temple in Corinth, revelers often paid tribute to Aphrodite by having rambunctious sex with her priestesses.

•Ares, God of War

Ares was a Greek god of war, and son of Zeus by his wife Hera. He was known not only for his own exploits in battle, but also for getting involved in disputes between others. Furthermore, he often served as an agent of justice.

•Artemis, the Huntress

Artemis was a Greek goddess of the hunt, and like her twin brother Apollo possessed a wide variety of attributes. Some Pagans still honor her today because of her connection to times of female transition. Artemis was the Greek goddess of both hunting and childbirth. She protected women in labor, but also brought them death and sickness. Numerous cults dedicated to Artemis sprouted up around the Greek world, most of which were connected to women’s mysteries, such as childbirth, puberty, and motherhood.

•Athena, the Warrior Goddess

As a goddess of war, Athena often shows up in Greek legend to assist various heroes — Heracles, Odysseus and Jason all got a helping hand from Athena. In classical myth, Athena never took any lovers, and was often revered as Athena the Virgin, or Athena Parthenos. Although technically, Athena is a warrior goddess, she is not the same sort of war god that Ares is. While Ares goes to war with frenzy and chaos, Athena is the goddess who helps warriors make wise choices that will eventually lead to victory.

•Demeter, Dark Mother of the Harvest

Perhaps the best known of all the harvest mythologies is the story of Demeter and Persephone. Demeter was a goddess of grain and of the harvest in ancient Greece. Her daughter, Persephone, caught the eye of Hades, god of the underworld.By the time she finally recovered her daughter, Persephone had eaten six pomegranate seeds, and so was doomed to spend six months of the year in the underworld.

•Eros, God of Passion and Lust

Ever wonder where the word “erotic” comes from? Well, it has a lot to do with Eros, the Greek god of and lust. Often described as a son of Aphrodite by her lover Ares, the god of war, Eros was a Greek god of lust and primal sexual desire. In fact, the word erotic comes from his name. He is personified in all kinds of love and lust — heterosexual and homosexual — and was worshipped at the center of a fertility cult that honored both Eros and Aphrodite together.

•Gaia, the Earth Mother

Gaia was known as the life force from which all other beings sprang, including the earth, the sea and the mountains. A prominent figure in Greek mythology, Gaia is also honored by many Wiccans and Pagans today. Gaia herself caused life to spring forth from the earth, and is also the name given to the magical energy that makes certain locations sacred.

•Hades, Ruler of the Underworld

Hades was the Greek god of the underworld. Because he’s unable to get out much, and doesn’t get to spend a lot of time with those who are still living, Hades focuses on increasing the underworld’s population levels whenever he can. Let’s look at some of his legends and mythology, and see why this ancient god is still important today.

•Hecate, Goddess of Magic and Sorcery

Hecate has a long history as a goddess, from her days in pre-Olympian times to the present. As a goddess of childbirth, she was often invoked for rites of puberty, and in some cases watched over maidens who were beginning to menstruate. Eventually, Hecate evolved to become a goddess of magic and sorcery. She was venerated as a mother goddess, and during the Ptolemaic period in Alexandria was elevated to her position as goddess of ghosts and the spirit world.

•Hera, Goddess of Marriage

Hera is known as the first of Greek goddesses. As wife of Zeus, she’s the leading lady of all the Olympians. Despite her husband’s philandering ways — or perhaps because of them — she is the guardian of marriage and the sanctity of the home. She was known to fly into jealous tirades, and wasn’t above using her husband’s illegitimate offspring as weapons against their own mothers. Hera also played a crucial role in the story of the Trojan War.

•Hestia, Guardian of Hearth and Home

Many cultures have a goddess of hearth and domesticity, and the Greeks were no exception. Hestia was the deity who watched over the home fires, and offered sanctuary and protection to strangers. She was honored with the first offering at any sacrifice made in the home. On a public level, Hestia’s flame was never allowed to burn out. The local town hall served as a shrine for her — and any time a new settlement was formed, settlers would take a flame from their old village to the new one.

•Nemesis, Goddess of Retribution

Nemesis was a Greek goddess of revenge and retribution. In particular, she was invoked against those whose hubris and arrogance got the better of them, and served as a force of divine reckoning. Originally, she was a deity who simply doled out what people had coming to them, whether good or bad.

•Pan, the Goat-Legged Fertility God

In Greek legend and mythology, Pan is known as a rustic and wild god of the forest. He is associated with the animals that live in the woods, as well as with the sheep and goats in the fields.

•Priapus, God of Lust and Fertility

Priapus is best known for his huge and constantly erect phallus, but he was also considered a god of protection. According to legend, before his birth, Hera cursed Priapus with impotence as payback for Aphrodite’s involvement in the whole Helen of Troy fiasco. Doomed to spend his life ugly and unloved, Priapus was tossed down to earth when the other gods refused to let him live on Mount Olympus. He was seen as a protector deity in rural areas. In fact, statues of Priapus were often adorned with warnings, threatening trespassers, male and female alike, with acts of sexual violence as punishment.

•Zeus, Ruler of Olympus

Zeus is the ruler of all the gods in the Greek pantheon, as well as the distributor of justice and law. He was honored every four years with a great celebration at Mt. Olympus. Although he is married to Here, Zeus is well known for his philandering ways. Today, many Hellenic Pagans still honor him as ruler of Olympus.