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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 have one son now coming into his native shaman training and 4 beautiful grandchildren.

The Witches Pyramid


The Witch's Pyramid of Four Pillars


There are many tools used in Modern Witchcraft. According to some Wiccan systems, the first four are not physical, but rather are qualities which must be developed within the witch.

The "Four Pillars of the Witches Temple" are; 

To Know (nescere)
-corresponds to Air
-represents the witch's reason/intellect/intuition/wisdom and other more mystical understandings... 

Basically this has to do with the gaining of knowledge, whether it be from books, teachers, or from experience. This also includes anything having to do with organising said knowledge: remembering, analyzing, dissecting, logical reasoning, imagining, linking, and many more. This is shown in many kinds of knowledge needed to do ritual: from remembering the words to invocations, to knowing when to cast the circle, to knowing what incense to use, to remembering how it feels when one grounds correctly. 

In witchcraft knowledge is power. No knowledge is ever wasted, and you may find that your fifth grade Creative Writing class taught you things useable for creating invocations, or that your Aunt Jean's gardening tips are helping you with your herb growing, or your Tai Chi class helped get the idea of centering across. 

The admonitions "Know Thyself", "Know your Craft", "Learn" and "Apply you Learning" are all included in the pillar. 

To Will (velle)
-corresponds to Fire
-represents the witch's Will/Discipline/her skills in the arts of magic and life. 

This can be split into two categories: the mundane and the Magickal. The mundane is where a with tries to keep their life in good order, and to follow through on promises and commitments. The magickal version refers to the Will to see a spell or ritual to its completion, keeping the intent clear without letting onself get distracted. 
Concentration, Discipline and Drive are definitely a part of this, as well as Enthusiasm for doing ritual in the first place. 

Placing one's will in tandem with Divine Will is also incuded. 

"Keep you thoughts and deeds in good order" and "Breathe and Eat correctly" belong here (though really just the act of living up to all the Goals could be listed inder "To Will")

To Dare (audere)
-corresponds to Water
-represents the witch's Emotions/Heart since the word courage derives from a word that means "heart"

"To Dar" encompasses the acts of facing fears, especially with regards to doing magick. Dare to experiment with what one has learned to gain more experience, like trying out that new astral travel technique or trance working. Dare to meet the Gods and interacte with them. Dare to deal with inner darkness. 

This is not to say that one must never feel fear. Fear must be felt and examined before it can be dealt with. The more one tries to hide one's fear from one's self, the more power that fear will have over one's self. Facing the Shadow within can be more traumatic than facing the most awe-inspiring Deity. However, Starhawk mentions in her book The Spiral Dance, "Where there's fear, there's power." One's greatest fear can mask one's greatest strength. 

It must be stated that any emotion or personal attribute brought into a magickal circle will be increased and strengthened. This explains the admonition at the gateway "Better to fall upon this knife/Than enter here in fear, or strife". Give strength to your courage. 

To Keep [the] Silence (tacere)
-corresponds with Earth
"To Keep the Silence" is often interpreted as "To Keep Silent": that is, to keep secret knowledge of witchcraft, of membership and places of meetings etc., except in cases of voucher-for persons. "To Keep Silent" is probably a good general practice since it keeps the foolhardy from trying things that might be dangerous or from getting flack from less sympathetic neighbours. This is, however, not the whole story. 

"Silence" represents the 'still point'... the silence within... The correspondence with Earth here also gives another hint of this interpretation, since in order to begin to work magick, we generally "ground" and "center" ourselves. It is difficult to keep clear one's intent if other extraneous thoughts keep flitting by and being distracting. 

Listening to the Gods and Nature (and other people for that matter) is also intimated since one cannot hear unless there is silence first. 

Again, "Keeping your thoughts in good order" as well as "Meditate" come under this heading

To Go (ire)
-corresponds to Spirit

Some traditions use the fifth Element of Spirit as embodying the power "To Go": to go forth, to journey, to make manifest, to evolove. Most traditions assign Spirit to the Gods, making spirit a combination of the other four elements in perfect balance. 

Conclusion

If one sees each of these qualities written on a four-sided pyramid, "To Keep the Silence" would be on the base, with the other three (To Know, To Will, To Dare) rising from the base (ie. Earth, foundation) to meet at the top. All things begin and end in Silence. 

All of these qualities must be developed to gain proficiency in magick. (Remember "Achieve Balance")

What is the Crossroads?

Hecate's Wheel is a symbol used by some traditions of Wicca. It seems to be most popular among feminist traditions, and represents the three aspects of the Goddess -- Maiden, Mother and Crone. This labyrinth-like symbol has origins in Greek legend, where Hecate was known as a guardian of the crossroads before she evolved into a goddess of magic and sorcery.

According to fragmentary texts of the Chaldean Oracles, Hecate is connected to a maze which spiraled around like a serpent. This maze was known as the Stropholos of Hecate, or Hecate's Wheel, and refers to the power of knowledge and life. Traditionally, a Hecate-style labyrinth has a Y in the middle, rather than the typical X shape found at the center of most labyrinths. Images of Hecate and her wheel have been found on first-century c.e. curse tablets, although there seems to be some question about whether the wheel shape itself is actually Hecate's domain or that of Aphrodite - there was some occasional overlap of goddesses in the classical world.

Hecate is honored every November 30 at the festival of Hecate Trivia, which is a day that honors Hecate as a goddess of crossroads. The word trivia refers not to miniscule bits of information, but to the Latin term for a place where three roads meet (tri + via).

Paganism at the Crossroads

by Skytoucher

These are tricky and dangerous times. Paganism has grown in size to the point where we no longer enjoy the luxury of obscurity. We now face a choice that all initiatory paths face at some time in their development: Whether to remain a viable initiatory path, and if so under what circumstances; or to devolve into a mere religion.

I'd better backtrack--some readers may not understand what an initiatory path is, or how it differs from a religion. Others may think paganism is a religion already, and wonder what I mean by suggesting it is or could be something else.

A defense often used against fundamentalist Christians and others who attack paganism on a religious basis is to say, "We are not like you, only different in a few not-so-important ways. We are a religion, like you, another belief system, harmless, ordinary. We worship the Earth, the Goddess, the same way you worship your abstract God. You should extend tolerance to us for the same reason you extend it to Muslims or Buddhists or Catholics or Jews. When you single us as something weird, you are exhibiting hysterical paranoia." It's an effective defense, but somewhat disingenuous.

We are different. We aren't just a religion. We are at present, and in my view we should try to remain, a path of initiation. It may be inevitable that a religion grow up around us. It may even be desirable to employ such a religion as a cloak, or a doorway, to both. But a Pagan religion is also a threat to the Pagan path of initiation. We need to ensure that the growth, if it occurs, is that of a tree from a seed, not of a pearl from a grain of sand.

A tree produces more seeds. A pearl only hides the sand to save the oyster from discomfort.

What is an initiatory path? And what, then, is initiation? We touch here upon a word badly misunderstood by many Pagans. Initiation is one thing; an initiation ritual is another. A person is not an initiate, in the sense I mean here, just because he or she has passed through an initiation ritual. Initiation is a personal experience in which one becomes aware of mysteries--realities that were previously hidden, that cannot be communicated by one person to another in words or symbols, that must be experienced directly, firsthand. This last point is crucial. One finds "mysteries" communicated in coven initiations or even at festivals, but these are only hidden meanings of symbols and tools used in the Craft, or of stories told about the Gods. The fact that they can be communicated makes them not true mysteries, only secrets.

A body of teaching, practice and ritual that facilitates initiation is an initiatory path. Most religions start out as paths of initiation. Religion tends to be conservative. Initiation, however, is always revolutionary.

Initiation transforms a person's life, bringing inner peace, greater insight into the workings of fate, and awareness of the connections linking all things, as well as magical power. If it were a commonplace event, if people went through initiation as surely as they go through puberty, we would have a far different and better world.

Even if the circle of initiates included a significant minority of the population, the magical effect of such a number of altered minds on the world would be profound and positive. Of course, this very fact means that initiatory paths will be opposed by those interests, both human and non-human, that are opposed to positive change. The opposition is not really a conspiracy; it seems more than an automatic reaction, a law of nature.

Initiation is not an instantaneous event, but one that occurs through years of effort and devotion. It seems likely that there is no end to the process, and that the idea of there being a "fully enlightened being" is a peculiar Oriental fantasy. There are times, it is true, when revelation comes in a flash like lightning, but such moments are exclamation marks punctuating a story that unfolds chapter by chapter.

Many tools and methods for achieving initiation have evolved over the ages. Some are intellectual, aiming to expand consciousness through thought: Vedanta and the Qabala come to mind as among the most impressive. Others are ritual or devotional, such as Bhakti Yoga, chanting the names of the Gods, drawing down the Moon, the meditations of the monastics. Some are also physical: Hatha Yoga, Sufi dancing, some forms of the martial arts. Some aim at expanding consciousness directly by stretching it to its limits: meditation, Raja Yoga, guided visualization, vision quests. Then there is sex magic, drugs, drumming, austerities, the use of talismans, self-discipline, and so on. Most of these techniques evolved outside a pagan context, but they are amenable to incorporation in a pagan framework. Initiation rituals, of course, are another method, but they are seldom sufficient by themselves.

Initiates can be found in the context of any religion, including those least similar to Neopaganism. St. Francis of Assisi was an initiate, and many a Sufi and Qabalist, Buddhist and Yogi, Taoist and shaman. A modern Neopagan initiate has far more in common with them than with an illiterate, superstitious pagan of the Roman Empire, gobbling the flesh of sacrificed animals while contemplating how to backstab his competitors. All initiates of all paths have a common heart; it is religions that circle the periphery of the sacred that differ.

But, while Christian, Jewish, and Muslim initiates do exist, the established religions don't make it easy. For every illuminated Catholic saint, there are hundreds of burned heretics. Indeed, many post-Constantinian saints escaped burning themselves only by miracles greater than those for which they were canonized. Burning is passe nowadays, but condemnation for heresy is not, and thrives as well in most Protestant denominations. So bound about with the fetters of faith is the Christian that initiation is virtually impossible, except for their boldest and best minds.

This is no accident.

The tragedy of Christianity is that it began so well and decayed so quickly into such a parody of its beginnings. This is a recurring phenomenon. Again and again, the initiatory message has presented itself in some new form and met with some success, only to be hidden in a maze of illusion, crusted over with barriers and restrictions. There are always counterattacks from outside the new path, from established religions, but the truly effective counterattacks also come from within, so that what began as a bright new hope becomes a mere religion. The priests, the figures in authority, forge an instrument for the furtherance of their own authority, to which genuine initiation is a serious threat. The initiatory impulse is carefully bled into harmless channels, and all magic outside those channels is ruthlessly suppressed.

There is a great deal of magic in Christian monastic orders, and more still in Hindu and Buddhist ashrams, or wielded by wandering saddhus. But many of these illuminated souls, both Western and Eastern, are sworn to poverty, chastity and humility. Many do not reproduce, ensuring that, if there is a genetic component to magic, it will be weakened by removing its best practitioners from the gene pool. Too, in renouncing the world, they ensure that their spiritual insight will play a small role shaping events. In contrast, a few secret initiatory paths remain active and true to their original mission. These paths, which include Hermeticism, the Qabala, surviving shamanic traditions, and a few branches of Sufism, have made themselves nonthreatening in a different way. They continue to live in the world and to learn and teach practical as well as spiritual magic, but in such tiny numbers and in so furtive a fashion that they hold little promise of genuine large-scale transformation. There is not really anything wrong with this; such secret orders have acted over the centuries to preserve the Mysteries, not to spread them. Without them, efforts to break the chains on a large scale would be to no avail. But Paganism is different.

Neopaganism is unique--at this time, though not historically--in that it is a genuine initiatory path that has grown large. Moreover, in its diversity and flexibility, its protean and progressive nature, it promises to incorporate all the virtues of the other surviving paths. It may not be the most advanced, the most powerful, or the most aesthetically refined, but these characteristics can all be absorbed from the smaller paths that possess them, for Paganism is an all-gobbling magical amoeba, sucking up the myths, methods, and knowledge of every other path in existence. Once again, an initiatory path threatens to break out and make some changes in reality.

On schedule, opposition has begun to arise.

As always, some of the opposition is from the outside, but I don't think we need to be concerned about that. A strain of paranoia is built into our origin myths and traditions, and is always a greater danger than the persecution we fear. The external opposition has seldom been very effective against any path. Some right-wing Christians are beginning to engage in Witch-hunting of a relatively genteel sort, mostly involving propaganda. However, propaganda is legitimate (they have a right to express their opinions about what we do, as we have the right to speak in counterpoint). There may be more serious difficulties, even occasional violence, but the Burning Times are gone for good, barring a complete collapse of civilization. We have more important things to worry about within our own ranks.

The rapid increase in our numbers in the last few decades means there are many newcomers. Newcomers are ripe for exploitation, both monetarily and politically, and both have begun to occur. The first fills me with amusement and outrage. The second is more alarming.

There seems to be a growing desire in some quarters to commercialize Neopaganism and profit from it. That's only natural, but when crystal athames go for $1,400 and classes are taught in return for a pledge of a percentage of the students' income in perpetuity, somebody is getting fleeced. This is bad enough, but not nearly as bad as what might happen in reaction. Better a crowd of poorer and wiser novices, the hucksters filling the role of the Dweller on the Threshold, than a Paganism reduced from a path of initiation to a mere religion, its bright promise gone dull, as have so many others.

The seeds of this development lie chiefly in individuals we might call Pagan politicians, and in our response to them. They may not be high initiates or powerful magicians, but they are skillful at organizing; they like to strike poses in public, and they know how to work the media.

Sometimes they appear on television to say, "This is what Paganism is. This is what Witchcraft is ... ," self-appointed spokespersons for the entire Pagan community. Their power over the Craft may be small, but it could easily grow as the Craft grows, as they sink their hooks into more and more beginners.

An experienced initiate is unlikely to be moved by a picture on television, or a story in the newspaper. It is otherwise for a novice. When first appraising something, it is the surface one sees. And there are two dangers in this trend:

1. Insightful, intuitive, independent people--the kind who would make good Witches--may be turned off by the media spectacle. (Analogy: What is your reaction to the words, "new age"?)

2. Those who are not repelled may develop a kind of mundane "Neopaganism," a mere religion, based as other religions are on faith, dogma, and prescribed observances, conservative (in the sense of resisting progress, not of voting Republican) and anti-initiatory. There may be points in common between it and us (such as an environmental ethic or "worship" [how I despise that word!] of a Goddess), as a baboon might wear a tuxedo, but the heart and soul would be gone. Anyone who sought initiation would have to pass the gauntlet of this other paganism first and then unlearn this religion to approach the new path. Few could be expected to do so.

It is important to recognize these politicos for what they are. They are our would-be clergy who, like Christian priests, Muslim mullah and Jewish rabbis, would be religious leaders but, with rare exceptions, no initiates. Their authority would derive from knowledge of accepted doctrines and from political acumen, rather than spiritual awareness. Pagan pontiff pretenders are not necessarily malevolent, but they do not comprehend the purpose of initiation or the fundamental ways in which Paganism differs, not just from this or that religion, from all religions. Consequently, they do not understand that priests, ministers, rabbis, and so forth are not good role models for Pagan spiritual leaders, even if allowances are made for differing value systems. Paganism, as currently practiced, is not simply a different religion, but a different category of thing altogether.

The bishops who created the Catholic Church were not particularly evil men. But they were misguided, and the result of their labor was disastrous. Yet some movement on this road is inevitable. It is the fruit of growth, a sign that a path of initiation has matured into a serious threat to the status quo. It represents a counterattack by the forces of inertia.

Let's not be unduly alarmist. We are not in immediate danger, but the clouds can be seen on the horizon, and we need to prepare ourselves, and consider whether anything can be done to avoid the usual fate of an initiatory path at the crossroads. All our predecessors, on reaching this juncture, have taken the wrong turning. But we have advantages former initiatory paths lacked. That no one has succeeded up to now is not so imposing an an obstacle as it might seem.

One of our advantages is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and similar provisions, in fact and tradition if not law, guaranteeing religious liberty in all Western democracies. It is literally impossible for a Pagan Catholic Church, even if one comes into existence, to exile or execute dissident Pagans, as was done to dissident Christians after the council of Nicaea. It is unlikely that any pagan organization, or that of any other religion, could get a modern Western government to do its dirty work to any significant degree. Overt persecution is reduced from a terror to a nuisance. That's no small achievement.

Another advantage is modern information technology. Communication of ideas is now so easy, and suppression of them so difficult, that to contain, channel, or eliminate the initiatory message will be harder than ever before, and may be impossible. Of course, the downside of this development is the proliferation of blatant nonsense. But I think that is an acceptable price. Better the truth be heard whispering through shouted lies and bellowed folly than that it not be heard at all.

The third, most subtle, and possibly the greatest advantage we have over our predecessors is science. By science I do not mean any particular bit of knowledge that has been uncovered by scientists, although all that is useful as well. I mean the attitudes of science. I mean the methods of science. Above all, I mean the vision of science. Thanks to science, we no longer think of all knowledge as being handed down to us from the past. Thanks to science, we can consider magic not only in its sacred and spiritual and aesthetic dimensions--though these are certainly important--but in its technical dimensions as well, and seek the laws and principles that underpin magic, analogous to the laws of physics that underpin technology.

And best of all--thanks to science--we are not limited to what we know today. We understand that even our best picture of reality is only an approximation, that we will have a better picture tomorrow. This gift promises to upset the creeping authoritarianism that has ruined so many paths of initiation and created so many religions.

These are potent advantages. I believe they allow us the possibility of success. But not the certainty. As we approach the crossroads, there are a number of things that need doing. Some of these steps are simply a matter of keeping our attitudes in the right places. Others involve research, development, and artistic creation. Others still involve magical tasks.

We need to understand that modern Paganism, though built on the past, is not limited by it, that we are capable of improving on our ancestors' wisdom--even to the extent that we can make sure that their wisdom is not just a product of our own romantic imagination, which in large measure it is. We need to recognize, once and for all (and say so), that our myths of origin are just that--myths. Wicca is not a survival from the pre-Christian past, but an eclectic/creative construct meant to imitate what such a survival should ideally be. Its resemblance, and that of Neopaganism in general, to ancient paganism in any of its multitude of forms is slight and ultimately beside the point.

We need to make these changes of mindset because they will allow us to take the next step, which is to expand Paganism, as a path of initiation, to its potential. We cannot do that as long as we are locked into an old model--real or romanticized. The initiatory paths of the past have failed. Therefore, we need something better than what has gone before. We can take the essentials of Neopaganism, the broad strokes of its mythology and ritual, as a starting point, but we must go beyond that start.

First, we need to penetrate beneath the level of religious symbolism to what might be called the physics of magic, the nuts and bolts and laws of nature that account for what magic does and is. Next to the initiatory experience itself, which can never be communicated or replaced by anything--that point cannot be emphasized too much or too often--the physics of magic would be the deepest level of understanding, accounting for all forms of symbolic knowledge.

Secondly, we need to improve our tool chest of spiritual methods. Much of the work has already been done by initiates outside Paganism. All we have to do is translate it and incorporate it within our own framework. At the same time, an expanded and improved body of poetic ritual would be useful.

These things have already begun to happen, but the pace should be accelerated. A common recognition of both the possibility and the need would be a valid step. We must acknowledge that yoga can meditate us into a corner, that the Qabala theorizes rings around us, and that any good shamanic lineage works magic to put us to shame. We must also insist that Paganism has advantages over these that should not be surrendered, and work to incorporate what other paths can teach us into our own framework.

These accomplishments would serve to strengthen and fortify the initiatory path of Paganism. It will need all the strength it can get if it is to resist turning into a religion. But there are other things that need doing as well, on both the communicative and magical fronts.

Those of us with active pens can communicate the idea of an initiatory path that lies within the mythical and ritual structure of the Pagan religion. There is, at present, no established Pagan doctrine or dogma, no established Pagan clergy, and no established Pagan pantheon, and this also must be made clear.

The magical side of the battle may be the most important one. Here, the guiding principle should be a clear visualization of what we want Paganism to be. Should exoteric Pagan religions grow up around the initiatory core, then, ideally, we would want the priests or priestesses of this religion to be initiates. But this may not be practicable. First, many of us are unsuited for (or uninterested in) the role of ministering to those who are unready for initiation. Second, there may be too many newcomers to Paganism (by some estimates the fastest-growing religion in North America) and too few initiates.

I believe we could agree on two goals. A viable and visible initiatory tradition must be maintained within the religion, and no exoteric priesthood must be allowed to gain preeminence over the path. To those ends, then, the following magical workings are suggested.

Weave the Net: There is a tenuous telepathic link among all initiates. This can be invoked as part of the opening of any major magical work, which will strengthen both the work and the net. Some covens and individuals already do this. Reach out the heart's fiery hand and feel the love of one another, both within the coven and beyond it, setting aside the quarrels of the mind, poles of a tipi each supporting each, moving faster and faster circles made of love. In this way, a synergistic entity, a collective consciousness, may be generated, incorporating all our diversity--yet stronger than any of us alone. This consciousness can be invoked like any deity, and can be a guide and an empowerment. We can give it names; there will be private names known to individual covens or solitaries, but among us all the name is Love.

Shine like a Beacon: Another working, which I feel is appropriate to a Full Moon ritual, is one to avoid the light-under-a-bushel syndrome, to illuminate all minds equipped with eyes to see. The metaphor of a lighthouse beacon seems appropriate; we can visualize this light shining brightly, overpowering any attempt to hide it, so that truth cannot be hidden from those able to understand it, initiation cannot be denied to those capable of attaining it.

Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom: Or, divide and rule. Assume that a mundane Paganism must arise; above all we must not allow any one sect or denomination of the Pagan religion to achieve preeminence over the others. It doesn't matter how much we like or dislike what the leaders of this or that sect are saying. Any Pagan doctrine will always be wrong, even if it's right, because initiation cannot be conveyed in words or symbols. We can, through our magic, encourage diversity and creativity in the ranks of newcomers and non-initiate leaders, preferring chaos to conformity, and subtly bend the path of discourse so that it leads towards initiation rather than away from it. We must avoid the temptation to encourage a unified, strong Paganism, and that temptation will arise! A fractious, splintered, disorganized, and confusingly multi-headed Paganism may be somewhat embarrassing when it appears on network news or in Time magazine. But if the initiatory tradition is clearly visible within, we will be far better served by chaos than by an order that serves its own purposes and not ours.

I believe--certainly, I hope--that these steps can preserve the Neopagan path of initiation, prevent its burial under the mantle of religion, and permit what has never before happened: genuine, large-scale, beyond-the-point-of-no-return breakout of the Mysteries, leading to the transformation of human culture and this planet--assuming, of course, that civilization survives the crisis of the coming years.
 

Tarot Correspondence: Major Arcana

 

Major Arcana 
Attributes Herbs/Anointing Oils Crystal

The Fool 
Childlike, the eternal optimist, ready to lead in to anything cedar, rose geranium agate, aventurine

The Magician
Initiative, persuasion, ability to manifest, realizing potential carnation, rosemary, vanilla agate, sunstone

The High Priestess 
Feminine power, developing talents, trust in your intuition musk, verbain, acacia, anise, heliotrope, lemongrass, sandlawood moonstone, rosequartz

Empress
Abundance, nurturing, in harmony with the natural world daffodil, hazel, mistletoe, olive, sunflower peridot, turquoise
Emperor father figure, power of reason, assertive, dogmatic thinking carnation, ginger, mugwort, bay, thistle ruby, sapphire

Hierophant 
conforming, traditional rules and ceremony, fitting in with the status quo lemon, sweet pea, gardenia, lavender, violet jade, topaz

Lovers 
love, choice, committment; seeking wholeness, sexual harmony cat tail, dill, garlic, ginseng, patchouli, dragons blood agate, desert rose

The Chariot 
Diligent, willpower, honesty, control over feelings and thoughts St. Johns Wort, Iris, lily, dill, rosemary amber, flourite

Strength 
Courage, self awareness and compassion, being tolerant of others faults, facing reality angelica, basil, comfrey, fennel, goldenseal, pennyroyal, thyme, yarrow cat's eye, jasper

The Hermit 
Discretion, detachment and withdrawal, search for inner wisdom, self searching questions angelica, chamomile, sage bloodstone, peridot

The Wheel of Fortune 
Luck, timing, destiny, the only thing that is constant is change; seeing patterns and cycles repeating in life clover, daisy, fern, heather, iris, jasmine, lilac, peony, spearmint, violet amethyst, opal

Justice 
Fairness, harmony, cause and effect; accepting the truth, taking responsibility for your choices dill, garlic, honeysuckle, violet cat's eye, jet

The Hanged Man 
Transition, limbo, sacrifice may be necessary, relinquishing control grape, ivy, marigold aquamarine, tiger's eye

Death 
Change, new beginnings, transformation; the end of an old cycle, the beginning of a new one blackberry, bramble, periwinkle amber, bloodstone

Temperance 
self control, moderation, virtue; harmony and understanding, cooperation and healing energy agrimony, bergamot, catnip, clover, foxglove, hibiscus, lily of the valley, valerian amethyst, jasper, pyrite

The Devil 
Bondage, materialism, temptation, thirst for money or power, self imposed bondage, chained to addictive patterns bergamot, carnation, fern, mugwort, rosemary obsidian, apache tears

The Tower 
Unexpected events, revelation, breakdown of the old to accept the new, learn to adapt and adjust quickly, dramatic upheaval heather, honeysuckle, morning glory, yarrow lodestone, ruby

The Star 
Inspiration, truth revealed; seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, knowing you are going to be successful, visionary progress angelica, grape, jasmine, lily of the valley, rose, aster, bluebell, daisy, snapdragon, valerian quartz, turquoise

The Moon 
Intuition and illusion; blind to the truth, unrealistic dreams, losing touch with reality adders tongue, eucalyptus, sandalwood, lotus moonstone, selenite

The Sun 
Communication, positive energy, creative energy; positive accomplishment, shining under the spotlight broom, carnation, chamomile, fennel, geranium, lavender, marigold, rosemary citrine, tigers eye, sunstone

Judgement 
liberation, inner calling, transformation; accounting for past action, accepting things the way they are grape, ivy, marigold, violet hematite, malachite

The World 
Completion, fulfillment, freedom from fear; reward for hard work and effort, accomplishing what you sent out to achieve, feeling at one with yourself and the universe roses, carnations, ivy, laurel lapis lazuli, onyx

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[Blyssful Saturn's Day New Pagans~ Tarot Correspondence: Major Arcana Attributes Herbs/Anointing Oils Crystal The Fool Childlike, the eternal optimist, ready to lead in to anything cedar, rose geranium agate, aventurine The Magician Initiative, persuasion, ability to manifest, realizing potential carnation, rosemary, vanilla agate, sunstone The High Priestess Feminine power, developing talents, trust in your intuition musk, verbain, acacia, anise, heliotrope, lemongrass, sandlawood moonstone, rosequartz Empress Abundance, nurturing, in harmony with the natural world daffodil, hazel, mistletoe, olive, sunflower peridot, turquoise Emperor father figure, power of reason, assertive, dogmatic thinking carnation, ginger, mugwort, bay, thistle ruby, sapphire Hierophant conforming, traditional rules and ceremony, fitting in with the status quo lemon, sweet pea, gardenia, lavender, violet jade, topaz Lovers love, choice, committment; seeking wholeness, sexual harmony cat tail, dill, garlic, ginseng, patchouli, dragons blood agate, desert rose The Chariot Diligent, willpower, honesty, control over feelings and thoughts St. Johns Wort, Iris, lily, dill, rosemary amber, flourite Strength Courage, self awareness and compassion, being tolerant of others faults, facing reality angelica, basil, comfrey, fennel, goldenseal, pennyroyal, thyme, yarrow cat's eye, jasper The Hermit Discretion, detachment and withdrawal, search for inner wisdom, self searching questions angelica, chamomile, sage bloodstone, peridot The Wheel of Fortune Luck, timing, destiny, the only thing that is constant is change; seeing patterns and cycles repeating in life clover, daisy, fern, heather, iris, jasmine, lilac, peony, spearmint, violet amethyst, opal Justice Fairness, harmony, cause and effect; accepting the truth, taking responsibility for your choices dill, garlic, honeysuckle, violet cat's eye, jet The Hanged Man Transition, limbo, sacrifice may be necessary, relinquishing control grape, ivy, marigold aquamarine, tiger's eye Death Change, new beginnings, transformation; the end of an old cycle, the beginning of a new one blackberry, bramble, periwinkle amber, bloodstone Temperance self control, moderation, virtue; harmony and understanding, cooperation and healing energy agrimony, bergamot, catnip, clover, foxglove, hibiscus, lily of the valley, valerian amethyst, jasper, pyrite The Devil Bondage, materialism, temptation, thirst for money or power, self imposed bondage, chained to addictive patterns bergamot, carnation, fern, mugwort, rosemary obsidian, apache tears The Tower Unexpected events, revelation, breakdown of the old to accept the new, learn to adapt and adjust quickly, dramatic upheaval heather, honeysuckle, morning glory, yarrow lodestone, ruby The Star Inspiration, truth revealed; seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, knowing you are going to be successful, visionary progress angelica, grape, jasmine, lily of the valley, rose, aster, bluebell, daisy, snapdragon, valerian quartz, turquoise The Moon Intuition and illusion; blind to the truth, unrealistic dreams, losing touch with reality adders tongue, eucalyptus, sandalwood, lotus moonstone, selenite The Sun Communication, positive energy, creative energy; positive accomplishment, shining under the spotlight broom, carnation, chamomile, fennel, geranium, lavender, marigold, rosemary citrine, tigers eye, sunstone Judgement liberation, inner calling, transformation; accounting for past action, accepting things the way they are grape, ivy, marigold, violet hematite, malachite The World Completion, fulfillment, freedom from fear; reward for hard work and effort, accomplishing what you sent out to achieve, feeling at one with yourself and the universe roses, carnations, ivy, laurel lapis lazuli, onyx Print this page for your Book of Shadows]

Daily Forecast for August 2, 2014

Crescent (waxing/45-90 degrees)
August 2, 2014 — During this Moon phase, there is a slight slowing down of enthusiasm due to an emerging desire to produce tangible results from the energy being expended. The issue of values enters into the equation and an urge to tie together the data available so that you can utilize current opportunities. There is still plenty of forward motion, and this is a great time to continue initiating and progressing forward. This Moon phase favors gaining more information and the input of others to further your plans.

Saturday 
Moon 16° Libra opposes Uranus [in retrograde] 16° Aries
Moon 18° Libra squares Venus 18° Cancer

Moon in Libra
The Events aren't as important as the Transformative Results
It is very clear that Moon in Libra is going to CHANGE everyone's life - there will be something for everyone - but don't get obsessed by anything that happens - especially any idiots that annoy you - it is just a catalyst for change - and if you're the type that believes everything you hear and read on the "news" - then don't watch the news during Moon in Libra !
Likewise, don't believe anything you get in an email - do you honestly read the junk emails you get from dodgy African's offering you $100 million - if you send them your bank details. Indeed - we've all learnt quickly to IGNORE those spam emails. Likewise IGNORE everything that is NOT right for you - but is just an attempt to get your attention.
I call it the see-through miniskirt effect - of girls who are desperate to attract attention - you'd never want a loving relationship with a "Ho" like that - so IGNORE the energy and don't let yourself be attracted or distracted from your destiny.

Moon 16° Libra opposes Uranus [in retrograde] 16° Aries due to time zones both "Europe and USA" will feel this from Friday evening and into early hours of Saturday - and will keep you "thinking" about what you're inexplicably feeling. But as with ALL Uranus retrograde aspects - they are there to excite and stimulate you - they aren't there to remain forever in your life.
When I reassure readers that they will "find" love - I always remind them of how they met their last love - it just happened - because it was destined to happen - and like magic - you were attracted to find them. This applies to moving home, buying something BIG and all the truly important things in life - "they" just happen - like magic - and with such powerful energy - you "know" it's your destiny. That's how you're going to be feeling on Friday and Saturday - a "knowing" that it is your destiny.
Moon 18° Libra squares Venus 18° Cancer creates a minor bleep - as you're sensitivity will guide you AWAY from something by blocking ut and preventing it from happening - so you don't make any mistakes.

Thereafter and in fact all day Saturday - is defined by 100% Moon in Libra with the power of connections, relationships and communications with so many people - ensuring you change and transform.
As I've said so many times - Moon Astrology defines your own specific karmic destiny because it excites and enlivens your emotions to make YOU excited by something specific for YOU - and if not for the inexplicable way you FEEL - you would NOT do anything with your life.

Depending on "you" - will define what the Moon has to do - to wake-you-up to get you to DO something. If you're the type of person that does NOTHING until something negative happens - then during Moon in Libra - something negative will happen; and if you're the type of person that only does SOMETHING when something positively exciting happens - then Moon in Libra will create something positive.
Either way - anything that happens during Moon in Libra is NOT the end-result - it is merely the catalyst to stimulate, wake-you-up and most importantly FIRE-YOU-UP with excitement of the Sun, Mercury & Jupiter in Leo planetary energies of good fortune and exuberant happiness to make LIFE happen for you and move your life forward.

From 2nd August => Full Moon of 10th August 2014
The Inexplicable Happens because Karmic Emotions Define Events
Without your emotions you wouldn't do anything - therefore when you're given feelings to do something - make sure you do what you're feeling to do. Even if you don't do anything except complain - by the time the Full Moon arrives on 10th August 2014 - you will be fired-up and forced to do something - because doing nothing won't be an option.
Listen to your emotions because nothing is given to you for nothing - so when you feel the need to love someone - it makes you want to love - when you're given feelings to want to do something - you do it - and when you're given feelings to REFUSE to do something - you don't do it. Whatever your logical decision might define - it is your emotions that makes you DECIDE to do things or not. And like the Moon controls the tides of the seas as the sea comes-in and goes-out - the Moon will control your emotions to ensure you flow with your karmic destiny.

During the past 3 months - your karma has been defined - well the truth is since the day you were born your karma was defined - and now - during August 2014 - the Leo energies are bringing the BEST out in you - whilst it's also bringing the WORST out in others. That too is destined and karmic.
What and Who you are is "you" - and inexplicably your individuality will make you react to what your karmic destiny wants you to react to - whilst ensuring you avoid everything that has nothing to do with "you".

Between 2nd => 6th August: Very Strong Karmic Days because of Moon in Libra and Moon in Scorpio - that will ensure whatever your own specific karmic destiny wants to create for "you" - it will create for "you". It will bring out the BEST in you - and will ensure the right people are attracted to you. People that you really love and people who love you - because life is about loving relationships. You will begin to see the GOOD in people who "destiny" wants you to see - and you will see the BAD in people who "destiny" also wants you to see to ensure you KEEP AWAY from people with BAD karma.

The numerous triple conjunctions are sorting the truly important parts of your life out and it's in the process of doing it now - you'll "know" what it is by the way you get fired-up inside - what excites you and what disturbs you. Just please please remember "BE YOU" - be the real person "you" are - and let the world see the who you truthfully are. Don't copy others and don't pretend to be someone you're not - and then you'll see "life" will give you the blessings for "you".

[Crescent (waxing/45-90 degrees) August 2, 2014 — During this Moon phase, there is a slight slowing down of enthusiasm due to an emerging desire to produce tangible results from the energy being expended. The issue of values enters into the equation and an urge to tie together the data available so that you can utilize current opportunities. There is still plenty of forward motion, and this is a great time to continue initiating and progressing forward. This Moon phase favors gaining more information and the input of others to further your plans. Saturday Moon 16° Libra opposes Uranus [in retrograde] 16° Aries Moon 18° Libra squares Venus 18° Cancer Moon in Libra The Events aren't as important as the Transformative Results It is very clear that Moon in Libra is going to CHANGE everyone's life - there will be something for everyone - but don't get obsessed by anything that happens - especially any idiots that annoy you - it is just a catalyst for change - and if you're the type that believes everything you hear and read on the "news" - then don't watch the news during Moon in Libra ! Likewise, don't believe anything you get in an email - do you honestly read the junk emails you get from dodgy African's offering you $100 million - if you send them your bank details. Indeed - we've all learnt quickly to IGNORE those spam emails. Likewise IGNORE everything that is NOT right for you - but is just an attempt to get your attention. I call it the see-through miniskirt effect - of girls who are desperate to attract attention - you'd never want a loving relationship with a "Ho" like that - so IGNORE the energy and don't let yourself be attracted or distracted from your destiny. Moon 16° Libra opposes Uranus [in retrograde] 16° Aries due to time zones both "Europe and USA" will feel this from Friday evening and into early hours of Saturday - and will keep you "thinking" about what you're inexplicably feeling. But as with ALL Uranus retrograde aspects - they are there to excite and stimulate you - they aren't there to remain forever in your life. When I reassure readers that they will "find" love - I always remind them of how they met their last love - it just happened - because it was destined to happen - and like magic - you were attracted to find them. This applies to moving home, buying something BIG and all the truly important things in life - "they" just happen - like magic - and with such powerful energy - you "know" it's your destiny. That's how you're going to be feeling on Friday and Saturday - a "knowing" that it is your destiny. Moon 18° Libra squares Venus 18° Cancer creates a minor bleep - as you're sensitivity will guide you AWAY from something by blocking ut and preventing it from happening - so you don't make any mistakes. Thereafter and in fact all day Saturday - is defined by 100% Moon in Libra with the power of connections, relationships and communications with so many people - ensuring you change and transform. As I've said so many times - Moon Astrology defines your own specific karmic destiny because it excites and enlivens your emotions to make YOU excited by something specific for YOU - and if not for the inexplicable way you FEEL - you would NOT do anything with your life. Depending on "you" - will define what the Moon has to do - to wake-you-up to get you to DO something. If you're the type of person that does NOTHING until something negative happens - then during Moon in Libra - something negative will happen; and if you're the type of person that only does SOMETHING when something positively exciting happens - then Moon in Libra will create something positive. Either way - anything that happens during Moon in Libra is NOT the end-result - it is merely the catalyst to stimulate, wake-you-up and most importantly FIRE-YOU-UP with excitement of the Sun, Mercury & Jupiter in Leo planetary energies of good fortune and exuberant happiness to make LIFE happen for you and move your life forward. From 2nd August => Full Moon of 10th August 2014 The Inexplicable Happens because Karmic Emotions Define Events Without your emotions you wouldn't do anything - therefore when you're given feelings to do something - make sure you do what you're feeling to do. Even if you don't do anything except complain - by the time the Full Moon arrives on 10th August 2014 - you will be fired-up and forced to do something - because doing nothing won't be an option. Listen to your emotions because nothing is given to you for nothing - so when you feel the need to love someone - it makes you want to love - when you're given feelings to want to do something - you do it - and when you're given feelings to REFUSE to do something - you don't do it. Whatever your logical decision might define - it is your emotions that makes you DECIDE to do things or not. And like the Moon controls the tides of the seas as the sea comes-in and goes-out - the Moon will control your emotions to ensure you flow with your karmic destiny. During the past 3 months - your karma has been defined - well the truth is since the day you were born your karma was defined - and now - during August 2014 - the Leo energies are bringing the BEST out in you - whilst it's also bringing the WORST out in others. That too is destined and karmic. What and Who you are is "you" - and inexplicably your individuality will make you react to what your karmic destiny wants you to react to - whilst ensuring you avoid everything that has nothing to do with "you". Between 2nd => 6th August: Very Strong Karmic Days because of Moon in Libra and Moon in Scorpio - that will ensure whatever your own specific karmic destiny wants to create for "you" - it will create for "you". It will bring out the BEST in you - and will ensure the right people are attracted to you. People that you really love and people who love you - because life is about loving relationships. You will begin to see the GOOD in people who "destiny" wants you to see - and you will see the BAD in people who "destiny" also wants you to see to ensure you KEEP AWAY from people with BAD karma. The numerous triple conjunctions are sorting the truly important parts of your life out and it's in the process of doing it now - you'll "know" what it is by the way you get fired-up inside - what excites you and what disturbs you. Just please please remember "BE YOU" - be the real person "you" are - and let the world see the who you truthfully are. Don't copy others and don't pretend to be someone you're not - and then you'll see "life" will give you the blessings for "you".]

BLESSED LAMMAS LUGHNASADH

Lammas Sabbat

 

[Lammas Sabbat]

The Festival of Sacrifice

Lugnasadh (pronounced Loo'-na-sah) is the Celtic festival dedicated to the God Lugh, the Long Handed, who is associated with light and fire. he festival is also considered to be the first harvest, the harvest of the grain, and is linked to the God (or Spirit) of the Corn. Summer is at it height, but already the days are growing shorter and we know that autumn is on its way.

This is the season to think about our hopes and fears. We hope that we will be able to pick and eat all the things we worked so hard to grow - but a lot could still happen, storms, drought.
To harvest we must cut down the plants we have tended so carefully. We mourn and grieve for the spirit of the grain. We honor them because they give us life.

The Goddess at Lammas

This is the season that the Goddess becomes the Mother of the Harvest. She is strong, her face dark from the sun and wind. he carries a scythe and a basket of fruits, vegetables and ears of corn. She knows that in order to eat bread we must cut the grain. In fact, is we didn't cut it, it would die anyway, for that is the only way next year's grain can grow.

We can call on the Harvest Mother when we have difficult decisions to make or hard tasks to perform. We must face our fears of failing, of losing the harvest, or making mistakes. She gives us the strength to do what must be done, to tell the truth, even when it hurts, and to say no to things that are not right.

She loves us, her children, and her gifts are food, abundance, and plenty. Everything we need to live and grow.
She is hope as well as fear. When there is something special we hope for, we can ask her help. But, remember, she expects us to work for what we want! We honor the Harvest Mother whenever we don't take the easy way out, when we do what is right, when we face fear and continue on ahead, when we work hard and wait patiently for rewards.

The God at Lammas

The God of this season is Lugh (Loo). He is also called Samildanach - the Many Skilled. He is the God of all the arts and skills. At this time of year, when we can feel the sun begin to wane and the days grow shorter we say the God is already halfway into the Otherworld. He is in the realm where ideas are born, where dreams and inspiration come from Spirit and be brought into our world of day and night by our work, our skill and our art. In his honor, games in champions would test their skills and strength were held by the ancients.

Lugh is also a sun God. He is called Lugh of the Long Hand or Long Arm - the long rays of the sun as it sinks lower in the sky at this time of year. He is always reaching out to us with warmth and comfort. We can feel close to the God at this season by practicing our skills, making art, playing music.

The Altar

The Altar should have on it some of the first fruits, grains, and Vegetables that are now ripening. You can add things that represent your skills: a book, a drawing, even a hammer! Bread you have baked in the figure of the Sun or a man (to represent the God) could also be used for the Simple Feast during ritual. Corn Dollies, symbolic of the Goddess, are appropriate as well.

One section of the altar can represent your hopes. Look for pictures in magazines and make a hope card.
Another section of the altar can be for your fears. Draw pictures of them, fold them up, and, as part of your ritual, burn the pictures and release your fears.

Have you and/or your ancestors been part of a struggle for justice? What struggles going on in the world right now could use some help from Lugh's spear? Put something on the altar to represent those struggles.

The Colors of Lammas

Although we still see green, for the fields and trees have reached their full spectrum of foliage, the focus is in the yellows and golds of the corn, and the black of the Dark Mother. Bone and Tan accent this holiday nicely.

Incense, Herbs and Woods

Incenses for Lugnasadh include frankincense, sandalwood, copal and heather.
A wide variety of herbs are associates with this time of year including: Dill, Yarrow, Sunflowers, Rye, Oats, Corn and Wheat (of course!), Hazelnuts and Acorns (be careful! These are poisonous unless properly leached of their toxins. I would advise using them for decorative purposes, rather than ground in an incense)
Woods connected with this Sabbat include Grape Vine, Hazel and Oak.


Blessed Lammas Pagans,

~Elder Airwolf~

STUDENT ESSAY'S~PLEASE VOTE

The Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry Institution of Magick School is proud to present these graduating student essay's from the spring Herbology 101 class. Please vote and support your favorite one. The student with the most votes will receive a gift certificate of their choosing from the Legion's School or Shoppe.

STUDENT ESSAY'S 
HERBOLOGY 101-2014 SPRING SESSION


(ESSAY #1)
What does it mean to be a Green Witch to me is to use nature and what you have. You do not need to by a wand your wooden kitchen spoon could be that. You use the herbs that you have grown with the blessings of the earth, you talk to and sing to them. You us the Elements with everything you make to eat or use for your craft. Being a Witch does not mean you have a special room where you do rituals and spells, it is love of the craft and to give thanks to the Goddess for providing what you need.  It is using herbs for your family to enjoy or putting them with your spells. Loving the earth and all the nature around you. When you need to release your stress you can go sit under a tree and tell the tree everything knowing that it understands what you are saying. You learn to ground yourself with the roots of the earth.  You learn to use herbs for cooking, making crafts or doing spells. The most important part of being a green witch is to love and make sure you give thanks for what you have and the Goddess will provide. Know that the Lady and the Lord are with you when you call upon then and the elements are always with you, if it is the breeze coming from the trees, or the morning dew coming from your herbs that are planted within the earth and the heat of the sun that gives your herbs life and knowing that each element gives life and it can also take it away.  You must know what each herb is for and understand the power it has along with the magical uses that comes with it. You need to know what is safe to use together and what is safe for people to eat. Some are of medical purpose only and you need to know how to control it. Your hand can be the force that gives the power you have inside you to guide the herbs to the purpose you ask seeking. Magic can be learned, or you can have it already inside your body. Gaia the Goddess of the earth helps to guide me.  I  have used herbs in a magical tea to help me meditate, or to sleep. Magic is not all about casting spells, it about how to help others. It Is an herbal, practical, and self empowerment of the craft.  It is the connection between you and nature. A green witch in a natural witch who like me can be solitary.  The Green witch will have no fear of nature, and will have a sense of belonging to nature and to the world.  The Green Witch also must balance between light and dark.  A Green Witch may use their craft natural or spontaneous. But no matter what a Green Witch must respect the life force in them and the powers and spirits of nature. Then and only then can they be a Green Witch.
Shannon Parker
 
(ESSAY #2)

What Being a Green Witch Means to Me
While I was studying the Element of Earth, I received a message from Gaia that had the deepest resonance. As I watched in awe this large, motherly figure emerged and was formed from the ground up with the sticks, leaves, grasses, bits of fur, rocks, barks and saps and relayed this message to me, “Do not be afraid to use the plants around you for healing and not just for magickal work. Everything you need is around you and is meant to work in harmony with the bodies of animals and humans.”At that moment, I understood that I had been limiting my knowledge and usage of the natural world, a world that I have always felt profoundly connected to.
Being a Green Witch means many things to me. Not only does it entail that I’m a Steward to this planet, and responsible to help her remain pure and healthy, but it also means that I understand how to employ her plants to heal animals, insects, humans and other plants. As a Green Witch I am humbled by, in awe of and strive to be in harmony and balance with Nature. I am open to Her guidance and wisdom. I listen to the vibrations of the plant kingdom and am receptive to their messages as well as to the messages from the energies that work, protect, live and love Her such as each Elemental Kingdom and the Fae. In that aspect, I am also an Ambassador to these worlds and therefore know the responsibility I have to be the best representation of humanity and our potential in order to work and learn effectively from these beings.
As a Green Witch I am a respectful magickal practionner that honours the worlds around, within, above and below me as my thoughts, words and deeds have a ripple effect on those worlds and other dimensions. As I sit outside with my feet in the soil, my roots are like those of the trees and plants around me and my footprints are as sacred as those of the crawlers, furry, winged, finned and scaled ones. As a Green Witch I am able to explore the interconnectedness to all things and am able to translate that into healing, nurturing and spiritual guidance not only for myself but also to those around me. I have to live by example which means keeping myself healthy with good foods and exercise, expressing gratitude for what I have been provided with, recycling and composting, growing food, no pesticide or harsh chemical usage, even limiting detrimental human made pharmaceuticals as waste from these pollutes soil and water. I don’t consider myself fanatical by doing these things but aware and responsible for my environmental footprint however, in this century, it’s not always easy or practical to become totally “green” therefore balance is necessary.
A Green Witch, in my opinion, is a Witch who is unfraid to be her (or his) Truth. I believe Green Witchery is being aware of what is happening around you and using that information to heal and educate others. Plants, their energies and their physical selves, are used responsibly in spellwork in addition to creating incenses, brews, potions and poultices with the intention to “harm none”. All successful spells, rituals and recipes are kept in a Book of Shadows or Grimoire for future reference. As a Green Witch I also observe, respect and seek the guidance of those deities (mainly Celtic and Nordic) associated with the natural world. My personal intention as a Green Witch is to help others realize the beauty and sacredness of the world around them which will nurture more respect toward Her. The Earth Mother is a sentient being who cannot be overlooked and taken for granted. The Stone People, Plant People and animal kingdoms are invaluable teachers. Their histories and legends are available to us if we listen, love and respect them and most importantly ourselves. One is neither subservient to the other. The natural world has rhythms, vibrations, pulses, and energies that a Green Witch learns from. Nature is my proverbial church and school and the world is her (or his) library, and vice versa. Being connected to the Earth is a shared connection to the stars as “we are all stardust” as the saying goes. If we forget our connection to the Earth then we ignore and are arrogant about our own connections to extra-terrestrial worlds. Being a Green Witch isn’t simply a title or a boundary box to limit my being but it’s a part of what constitutes who I am as a spiritual being whether I am practicing solitary or within a group. Being a Green Witch is living everyday in harmony and respect for the Earth Mother and translating that love to others.
Blessed be!
RavenCat 
(Catherine Logan-Major)
  

(Essay #3)

“Being a Green Witch” 
When asked, what does being a green witch mean to me, a lot of thought went into my answer. First of all, being a witch at all is an amazing thing for me, knowing that I’m plugged into the cosmos, the Gods, spirit, and mother earth, well, all of that is humbling to say the least. I have a great love for this planet and all of the gifts bestowed on it and all of creation. It makes me sad, to have to witness all of the destruction done at the hand of man. So, this is where my answer to that question begins. Being a green witch gives me the power to give back, don’t get me wrong, I can’t undo all the wrongs that have been done, but I can correct a small bit, at my hand. Spirit has created us in the image of himself. That being said, let me explain. We are creative beings, history has proven that, I like to think that I am mostly of the gentle, loving side of spirit, but I can also be the wrath of the gods as well. Being able to learn and connect with nature and the elements, puts me in a unique place, I am a simple being, one who takes her queue from nature herself. I don’t like prescription drugs, household cleaners, or processed foods. All of those things were created by the destructive hands of man. Almost everything they have created, has negative side effects. Nature has her own set of rules, if you listen, the prescriptions she has set out for us are to help. The best medicines are found in nature, simple and loving. I love that I can now tap into the positive energies that have been given, everyone, but I feel I am one of the chosen few, given the virtues of the stones, plants, elements, and god blessed energies, to be able to live as life was intended, simple and lovingly. What the earth gives me, I am able to use and return the borrowed energies, thereby strengthening the earth’s energies. I live in a town, I feel is too big, progress to me, is a regress. The more progress is seen, the more damage to our precious planet is done, soon there will be only a shell of this planet, I won’t be sad. I feel it is justified, what you are given, if you can’t cherish the gifts you have, well, they should be taken from you. The earth is a very real, live entity, she should be respected and loved, not taken for granted and not destroyed. So many things are wrong with the way things are, if more people were to embrace their inner spirit, we may be able to stop and reverse the immense damage done. I don’t foresee that, it pains me, I can feel the tears of the earth as her heart is breaking. I can only hope what I have learned, and the practices I have implemented into my everyday life, will somehow help. I don’t know if this answered the question or not, but I can tell you, I love my connection, I hear the songs of the trees, plants, bugs, birds, everything now. It’s an awesome feeling, I used to feel alone, not anymore, spirit is everywhere and in everything I see, touch, and smell. Although I am in love with the energies around me, it hurts my heart, the pain I feel from it as well. Who knows, perhaps one day, the combined energy of all who love this earth, may be a way to save her. Blessings, love, and light

Angelyka Mendoza
Lokisfyreangel

 

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Daily Forecast for July 29th, 2014

Tuesday 29th July 2014
Moon enters Virgo 5am BST - 6am Europe - 9:30am India
3pm Sydney, Australia - 00:00 midnight USA EST
Moon 1° Virgo sextiles Mars 1° Scorpio
Moon 7° Virgo opposes Neptune [in retrograde] 7° Pisces
Moon 11° Virgo trines Pluto [in retrograde] 11° Capricorn

New Moon (waxing/0-45 degrees)
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.

Moon enters Virgo
Honest, Pragmatic, Real & "Introvert"
Sun in Leo [Fire Sign] and Jupiter in Leo [Fire Sign] - defined by the weekend's triple conjunction New Moon in Leo is working on you and everyone - personally I love it - as the energies can't LIE - whatever you're feeling and sensing is the TRUTH - because whatever is truly correct for YOU is exciting you from WITHIN - whilst things that are WRONG for you are either doing NOTHING for you OR they're annoying you. There's no middle road with a [Fire Sign]. You either FEEL it or not.

Moon in Virgo [Earth Sign] Pluto in Capricorn [Earth Sign]
Sun in Leo [Fire Sign] - Jupiter in Leo [Fire Sign] - Uranus in Aries [Fire Sign]
Mars in Scorpio [Water Sign] - Saturn in Scorpio [Water Sign]
Neptune in Pisces [Water Sign] - Mercury in Cancer [Water Sign] - Venus in Cancer [Water Sign]

Therefore when Moon enters Virgo 5am BST - 6am Europe - 9:30am India 3pm Sydney, Australia - 00:00 midnight USA EST - you're going to sense a SHIFT in the energies - it becomes clearer, more down-to-earth, realistic and straight forward - even so - you can see there's NO energy in any of the AIR signs - this is good - because - although you'll do lots of communicating, talking and listening to people - if anyone LIES to you - you will FEEL it.
Indeed, you might think that I define ALL "AIR signs - Libra, Gemini & Aquarius - as LIARS !?! Well you're right - because we all LIE - that's intrinsic in being "human" - but astrologically when there's no planets in AIR signs - this means that whatever anyone says you won't believe unless it is 100% truth.
Hence, during Moon in Virgo - you're going to be able to see things clearly and honestly. Test yourself - and ask yourself honestly about things and people in your life - if they're RIGHT or WRONG and you'll feel the TRUTH from within you. Although I've defined the Moon in Virgo as "introvert" - because the answers will all be WITHIN you - to be honest all the Leo energies will be far from making people "introvert" - but if you're looking for the TRUTH - you'll find it WITHIN.

Moon 1° Virgo sextiles Mars 1° Scorpio - I've explained on "Monthly Astrology" that Mars in Scorpio is at home - because in traditional astrological the ruler of Scorpio is Mars [as well as Pluto] - this aspect will indeed be the strongest aspect of the day - and will ensure you FIND the answers WITHIN you.

Moon 7° Virgo opposes Neptune [in retrograde] 7° Pisces - planet "Neptune" defines illusions and lies that are needed in order to make us do things we wouldn't logically do - and each month as you grow - "life" shows you a NEW truth - hence you discard something that's no longer "right" or "relevant" in your life. Moon opposition Neptune will ensure you see the TRUTH and let go of an illusion - something that's no longer right for you.

Moon 11° Virgo trines Pluto [in retrograde] 11° Capricorn - transformative and in SYNC with your destined karmic pathway - the Moon will give you strong feelings of what's right for you and with confidence you'll feel it and know it's right - thanks to the clarity you will feel from deep within you.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You may expend an excessive amount of mental energy these days thinking about relationships. But even if you acknowledge that burying your feelings isn’t healthy, it’s still tempting to slip into denial. Don’t worry about what might happen if you lose control; using logic to distance yourself from your emotions doesn’t help now. There’s nothing to be gained by attaching rational thoughts to irrational desires, so don’t complicate matters with unnecessary expectations. When it comes to matters of love, don’t second guess your heart.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)
Thankfully, your resistance to working with others settles into the background today, allowing you to be more comfortable in nearly any situation. Tackle a creative project now, even if it doesn’t have a specific purpose yet. The process of undertaking something for your own enjoyment might unlock other more practical possibilities to pursue. Following your bliss is especially awesome if you enjoy the journey along the way.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)
You’re searching for clarity about how to reach your long-term goals. Your emotions may seem erratic, yet standing on the edge of your future is the most exciting thing imaginable now. You’re re-evaluating your priorities and seeking ways to integrate your personal desires into the larger circumstances of your life. However, you have ruminated on everything long enough. It’s time to make your dreams come true; taking a risk isn’t as risky as you think.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Although everything may appear very still and quiet today, you instinctively know when a storm is on the way. You can feel it in every cell of your body. Something big is brewing now and you’re not fooled by the apparent calm. Stay cool and collected as you approach pockets of emotional turbulence. Thankfully, your uneasy anticipation will be alleviated once your needs and fears are addressed. Having a heart-to-heart talk with one of your close friends supplies you with all the support you need.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You might believe that it’s now-or-never as you sort through your options for the future. It feels as if you must do something quickly or the window of opportunity will begin to close. However, there’s no need to panic now that auspicious Jupiter is camping out in your sign for a whole year. Nevertheless, the months will race by quicker than you can imagine, so make up your mind and put your plan into action. Let your confidence, not your fear, lead the way.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You have work to finish today, and if you can stick to your current course you should be ready to react to a whole new set of circumstances. Find clarity within your own mind before trying to impose your position on the rest of the world. Narrowing your range of vision helps you to follow your agenda. Take plenty of time to figure out what matters most to your heart. When your priorities are in order, everything else will fall into place.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You have plenty to keep you busy, especially if you are facing a deadline. It doesn’t matter if it’s imposed by outside circumstances or by your own desire for completion; either way, it’s crucial to stay on track today. These past few months have been rather hectic, but now it’s time to focus your intentions and apply your talents to the work right in front of you. Don’t waste your energy worrying about the future; concentrating on the present moment gives you a better return on your investment.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Your long-term goals become more grounded now that the emotional Moon has shifted into earthy Virgo. Instinctively, you understand that your dreams co-create your future. This is very serious work, so don’t waste your time on unrealistic illusions that have no possibility of fulfillment. Even if you think you know your limits, don’t let them hold you back from having an extraordinary life.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Circumstances pull your thoughts and feelings back down to earth today. You are needed by others at work and at home, so your own personal agenda may have to be placed on the back burner for a while. Nevertheless, you still harbor deep feelings that are driving you to make your life more meaningful. There’s no reason to be satisfied with the status quo no matter what obligations you still have to fulfill. Dream big and reach for the stars.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Your brain is buzzing with exciting ideas today, making it nearly impossible to focus on your work. But don’t fall back into your safe patterns as the Moon shuffles her way through industrious Virgo. Instead of trying to limit your expression by settling into familiar routines, be experimental and try a radical new approach. Even if it takes longer to finish a task, it’s more interesting to travel the scenic route and explore alternative options along the way.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Even if you choose to work on a project on your own today, someone could play an important role in your day, nevertheless. Needless to say, this might be frustrating since you may be required to make compromises to earn the support of others. Although you dislike engaging in social games to gain favors, you can turn things around by simply changing your attitude. Instead of displaying your irritation, express your gratitude and see where it leads. Approaching the situation with an open mind makes all the difference in the world.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
You might believe that you’re falling down on the job when it comes to relationships, especially if others are overly critical of your behavior today. However, someone’s harsh judgment may reveal more about his or her insecurities than about your actions. Don’t view this as a personal attack; instead of reacting defensively, listen to what’s being said and use it as a catalyst for improving your performance. The best way to demonstrate your commitment is to take your game to a higher level.

~Elder Airwolf~

[Blyssful Tiu's Day Stargazers~ Tuesday 29th July 2014 Moon enters Virgo 5am BST - 6am Europe - 9:30am India 3pm Sydney, Australia - 00:00 midnight USA EST Moon 1° Virgo sextiles Mars 1° Scorpio Moon 7° Virgo opposes Neptune [in retrograde] 7° Pisces Moon 11° Virgo trines Pluto [in retrograde] 11° Capricorn New Moon (waxing/0-45 degrees) 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. Moon enters Virgo Honest, Pragmatic, Real & "Introvert" Sun in Leo [Fire Sign] and Jupiter in Leo [Fire Sign] - defined by the weekend's triple conjunction New Moon in Leo is working on you and everyone - personally I love it - as the energies can't LIE - whatever you're feeling and sensing is the TRUTH - because whatever is truly correct for YOU is exciting you from WITHIN - whilst things that are WRONG for you are either doing NOTHING for you OR they're annoying you. There's no middle road with a [Fire Sign]. You either FEEL it or not. Moon in Virgo [Earth Sign] Pluto in Capricorn [Earth Sign] Sun in Leo [Fire Sign] - Jupiter in Leo [Fire Sign] - Uranus in Aries [Fire Sign] Mars in Scorpio [Water Sign] - Saturn in Scorpio [Water Sign] Neptune in Pisces [Water Sign] - Mercury in Cancer [Water Sign] - Venus in Cancer [Water Sign] Therefore when Moon enters Virgo 5am BST - 6am Europe - 9:30am India 3pm Sydney, Australia - 00:00 midnight USA EST - you're going to sense a SHIFT in the energies - it becomes clearer, more down-to-earth, realistic and straight forward - even so - you can see there's NO energy in any of the AIR signs - this is good - because - although you'll do lots of communicating, talking and listening to people - if anyone LIES to you - you will FEEL it. Indeed, you might think that I define ALL "AIR signs - Libra, Gemini & Aquarius - as LIARS !?! Well you're right - because we all LIE - that's intrinsic in being "human" - but astrologically when there's no planets in AIR signs - this means that whatever anyone says you won't believe unless it is 100% truth. Hence, during Moon in Virgo - you're going to be able to see things clearly and honestly. Test yourself - and ask yourself honestly about things and people in your life - if they're RIGHT or WRONG and you'll feel the TRUTH from within you. Although I've defined the Moon in Virgo as "introvert" - because the answers will all be WITHIN you - to be honest all the Leo energies will be far from making people "introvert" - but if you're looking for the TRUTH - you'll find it WITHIN. Moon 1° Virgo sextiles Mars 1° Scorpio - I've explained on "Monthly Astrology" that Mars in Scorpio is at home - because in traditional astrological the ruler of Scorpio is Mars [as well as Pluto] - this aspect will indeed be the strongest aspect of the day - and will ensure you FIND the answers WITHIN you. Moon 7° Virgo opposes Neptune [in retrograde] 7° Pisces - planet "Neptune" defines illusions and lies that are needed in order to make us do things we wouldn't logically do - and each month as you grow - "life" shows you a NEW truth - hence you discard something that's no longer "right" or "relevant" in your life. Moon opposition Neptune will ensure you see the TRUTH and let go of an illusion - something that's no longer right for you. Moon 11° Virgo trines Pluto [in retrograde] 11° Capricorn - transformative and in SYNC with your destined karmic pathway - the Moon will give you strong feelings of what's right for you and with confidence you'll feel it and know it's right - thanks to the clarity you will feel from deep within you. Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19) You may expend an excessive amount of mental energy these days thinking about relationships. But even if you acknowledge that burying your feelings isn’t healthy, it’s still tempting to slip into denial. Don’t worry about what might happen if you lose control; using logic to distance yourself from your emotions doesn’t help now. There’s nothing to be gained by attaching rational thoughts to irrational desires, so don’t complicate matters with unnecessary expectations. When it comes to matters of love, don’t second guess your heart. Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20) Thankfully, your resistance to working with others settles into the background today, allowing you to be more comfortable in nearly any situation. Tackle a creative project now, even if it doesn’t have a specific purpose yet. The process of undertaking something for your own enjoyment might unlock other more practical possibilities to pursue. Following your bliss is especially awesome if you enjoy the journey along the way. Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20) You’re searching for clarity about how to reach your long-term goals. Your emotions may seem erratic, yet standing on the edge of your future is the most exciting thing imaginable now. You’re re-evaluating your priorities and seeking ways to integrate your personal desires into the larger circumstances of your life. However, you have ruminated on everything long enough. It’s time to make your dreams come true; taking a risk isn’t as risky as you think. Cancer Horoscope (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Although everything may appear very still and quiet today, you instinctively know when a storm is on the way. You can feel it in every cell of your body. Something big is brewing now and you’re not fooled by the apparent calm. Stay cool and collected as you approach pockets of emotional turbulence. Thankfully, your uneasy anticipation will be alleviated once your needs and fears are addressed. Having a heart-to-heart talk with one of your close friends supplies you with all the support you need. Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22) You might believe that it’s now-or-never as you sort through your options for the future. It feels as if you must do something quickly or the window of opportunity will begin to close. However, there’s no need to panic now that auspicious Jupiter is camping out in your sign for a whole year. Nevertheless, the months will race by quicker than you can imagine, so make up your mind and put your plan into action. Let your confidence, not your fear, lead the way. Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22) You have work to finish today, and if you can stick to your current course you should be ready to react to a whole new set of circumstances. Find clarity within your own mind before trying to impose your position on the rest of the world. Narrowing your range of vision helps you to follow your agenda. Take plenty of time to figure out what matters most to your heart. When your priorities are in order, everything else will fall into place. Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22) You have plenty to keep you busy, especially if you are facing a deadline. It doesn’t matter if it’s imposed by outside circumstances or by your own desire for completion; either way, it’s crucial to stay on track today. These past few months have been rather hectic, but now it’s time to focus your intentions and apply your talents to the work right in front of you. Don’t waste your energy worrying about the future; concentrating on the present moment gives you a better return on your investment. Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21) Your long-term goals become more grounded now that the emotional Moon has shifted into earthy Virgo. Instinctively, you understand that your dreams co-create your future. This is very serious work, so don’t waste your time on unrealistic illusions that have no possibility of fulfillment. Even if you think you know your limits, don’t let them hold you back from having an extraordinary life. Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21) Circumstances pull your thoughts and feelings back down to earth today. You are needed by others at work and at home, so your own personal agenda may have to be placed on the back burner for a while. Nevertheless, you still harbor deep feelings that are driving you to make your life more meaningful. There’s no reason to be satisfied with the status quo no matter what obligations you still have to fulfill. Dream big and reach for the stars. Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19) Your brain is buzzing with exciting ideas today, making it nearly impossible to focus on your work. But don’t fall back into your safe patterns as the Moon shuffles her way through industrious Virgo. Instead of trying to limit your expression by settling into familiar routines, be experimental and try a radical new approach. Even if it takes longer to finish a task, it’s more interesting to travel the scenic route and explore alternative options along the way. Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18) Even if you choose to work on a project on your own today, someone could play an important role in your day, nevertheless. Needless to say, this might be frustrating since you may be required to make compromises to earn the support of others. Although you dislike engaging in social games to gain favors, you can turn things around by simply changing your attitude. Instead of displaying your irritation, express your gratitude and see where it leads. Approaching the situation with an open mind makes all the difference in the world. Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20) You might believe that you’re falling down on the job when it comes to relationships, especially if others are overly critical of your behavior today. However, someone’s harsh judgment may reveal more about his or her insecurities than about your actions. Don’t view this as a personal attack; instead of reacting defensively, listen to what’s being said and use it as a catalyst for improving your performance. The best way to demonstrate your commitment is to take your game to a higher level.

~Elder Airwolf~]

Owls~The Magick

The word "cailleach" in the Scottish-Gaelic means old woman!, "coileach-oidhche" is the word for owl, believe it or not it means "night-cockerel"! These birds were most often associated with the Crone aspect of the Goddess. The owl is often a guide to and through the Underworld, a creature of keen sight in darkness, and a silent and swift hunter. It can help unmask those who would deceive you or take advantage of you.

Owls are believed to have played a more prominent role in early Celtic cults, and could perhaps have derived from a more broadly based deity of a common European descent. Predating the Greek cult of Athene, for whom the owl was an animal attribute, were images of these mysterious birds in Celtic lands.

Owls are believed to be a sacred animal to the famed Cult of the Head. They often appear with human heads and with bovines, such as rams and bulls, all of which have been determined by scholars to be objects of this strange cult. In modern Scottish and Welsh languages, the owl, by the etymology of the word alone carries negative connotations of death and darkness. Then, in later Gallo-Roman times the Owl lost its cult significance, but has been linked to a Celtic goddess associated with fertility.

The most famous myth dealing with the owl is in the story of Bloudeuwedd, contained in the Mabinogi. Lleu, one of the central characters of the story has a wife created for him by the magician Gwydion, because his mother forbade by her own word that he would never marry any ordinary woman. Bloudeuwedd is her name, and as the tale goes she tricks Lleu into divulging the secret to his own mortality, convincing him to even demonstrate how.

In the process, Bloudeuwedd then kills Lleu, who avenges his death by turning her in and owl, from which she receives her namesake in Gaelic.

A prime example of owl imagery are the handle fittings found with a famous cauldron found in Bra, Jutland that dates to the 3rd century B. C.. The cauldron was found in a bog in Bra, and was believed to have been a votive offering that was broken into pieces before it was deposited. When put together, the cauldron spanned over a meter in diameter and was adorned by several owls and bulls heads.

In the Celtic style, the fitting bears the face of an owl through an arrangement of shapes that terminate at the end of some columnar tendril designs. This owl is typical of La Tène work and is defined by the large eyes and sharp, curved beak that stand forth from background of intertwining designs.

In Ancient Greek mythology the Owl was a creature sacred to Athena, Goddess of the night who represented wisdom. Athena, the Greek Goddess of Wisdom had a companion Owl on her shoulder, which revealed unseen truths to her. Owl had the ability to light up Athena's blind side, enabling her to speak the whole truth, as opposed to only a half truth. The Ainu in Japan trust the Owl because it gives them notice of evil approaching. They revere the Owl, and believe it mediates between the Gods and men. The bird features prominently Celtic folklore where it is considered both to be sacred and to have magical powers, again because of its abilities in the dark. Zulus and other West African nations consider the bird a powerful influence in casting spells, and think that using parts of the owl gives great strength to a person involved with magical incantations.

To the Welsh, the Owl is a night predator -- the only bird capable of defeating the swift falcon and then only at dusk, its time of power. The Owl symbolizes death and renewal, wisdom, moon magick, and initiations. Their Goddess Arianrhod shapeshifts into a large Owl, and through the great Owl-eyes, sees even into the darkness of the human subconscious and soul. She is said to move with strength and purpose through the night, her wings of comfort and healing spread to give solace to those who seek her. A star and moon Goddess, Arianrhod was also called the Silver Wheel because the dead were carried on her Oar Wheel to Emania (the Moon-land or land of death), which belonged to her as a deity of reincarnation and karma. The Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess in Wales, her palace was Caer Arianrhod (Aurora Borealis), or the secret center of each initiate's spiritual being.

However, many cultures have focused on the dark side of the Owl's symbolism. People have always been suspicious of the Owl because of man's fear of the dark, or night, and those things that might dwell there. In general, the hooting of an Owl is considered a portent of death or bad luck, and it may even prophesize death, as the death of Dido was foretold. It is a medical fact that most people die at night, and for that reason also the Owl has been seen as the messenger of death.

In the Middle East, China, and Japan, the Owl is considered as both a bad omen and an evil spirit. For Christians the Owl traditionally signifies the Devil, powers of evil, bad news, and destruction. Similarly, in the Old Testament the Owl is an unclean creature that stands alone as a figure of desolation. In an Australian Aboriginal myth the Owl is the messenger of bad news. Yama, the Verdic God of death, sometimes sent out the Owl as his emissary.

Indigenous peoples of the Americas consider the Owl to be the Night Eagle because it is silent and deadly in flight, and is a solitary bird with all-seeing eyes. The Owl is generally regarded as a bird of sorcerers because of its association with--and abilities in--the dark. It symbolizes deception and silent observation because it flies noiselessly. The Owl is feared by peoples who believe that the death warning is in its hoot.

In the Navajo belief system, the Owl is the envoy of the supernatural world and earth-bound spirits. The Pawnee understand the Owl as the Chief of the Night and believe that it affords protection. The Cherokee honor the bird as sacred because of its night-time vision, and wish to draw that power to themselves to see in the dark.

Symbolism

Perception, Silent Observation, Wisdom, Deception

The Owl has a dual symbolism of wisdom and darkness, the latter meaning evil and death. They are symbolically associated with clairvoyance, astral projection and magick, and is oftentimes the medicine of sorcerers and witches, you are drawn to magickal practices. Those who have owl medicine will find that these night birds will tend to collect around you, even in daytime, because they recognise a kinship with you.

The two main symbolic characteristics of the Owl, its wisdom and its nocturnal activity-- have made it represent perception. Considering perception in a spiritual context, Owl medicine is related to psychism, occult matters, instincts, and clairvoyance-- the true ability to see what is happening around you.

The owl can see that which others cannot, which is the essence of true wisdom. Where others are deceived, Owl sees and knows what is there.

Use your power of keen, silent observation to intuit some life situation, Owl is befriending you and aiding you in seeing the whole truth. The Owl also brings its messages in the night through dreams or meditation. Pay attention to the signals and omens. The truth always brings further enlightenment.

The Owl, symbol of the Goddess, represents perfect wisdom. Owls have the ability to see in the dark and fly noiselessly through the skies. They bring messages through dreams. The Owl is the bird of mystical wisdom and ancient knowledge of the powers of the moon. With wide-open, all-seeing eyes, Owl looks upon reality without distortion and acknowledges it, yet is aware that with ancient magickal and spiritual knowledge, he or she can make changes.

Owl Medicine: the mystery of magic, omens, silent wisdom and vision in the night
Cycle of Power: nocturnal—year round

Owl is the symbol of the moon, the feminine and insight. Owl is believed to have great healing powers. Because of its association with the moon, it is also tied into fertility, seduction, illusion and mystery. Owl is a bird of magick,prophecy and darkness, of prophecy and wisdom. The Greeks associated the owl with Athena, and it was the symbol of higher wisdom and understanding. Hekate is also associated with Owl as Her messenger, and prophecy. Native Americans saw Owl as an omen.

Owl Medicine is often symbolically associated with clairvoyance, astral projection and magick. 

Owl can see and hear what might normally be hidden. Owl is the bird of the night and has long been the symbol of the darkness within—the place where humans hide their secrets. Owl can instantly adjust its sight to respond to even minute changes in light intensity, and are specially adapted to detect the most subtle movements. Its yellow eyes reflect the light of the Sun active within the Night; the Light penetrating the Darkness.

Those with Owl Medicine will be able see and hear what others may try to hide; they see what is not visible in the shadows, hear what is not said aloud, and read between the lines to see the truth of a situation. They will be able to pinpoint subtleties and discrepancies. This may make others uncomfortable when they are no longer able to deceive, and their hidden agendas are seen through. Owl people have the ability to see into the darkness of others’ souls and into their lives, which may also cause some tension or discomfort with others. These keen senses of sight and hearing have metaphysical links to the gifts of clairvoyance and clairaudience.

Meditate on the owl and things will be revealed.
Listen to its voice inside of you.

You will hear not what is being said by others, but what is hidden.  
You can detect subtleties of voice that others cannot.
People cannot deceive a person who has an owl totem.

Owl people can see into the darkness of others souls.
Most owl people are clairvoyant because of this ability.
It can be very scary at times.
Learn to trust your instincts about people.
Let your owl totem guide you.

Owls are a bird that features prominently in the myths and legends of a variety of cultures. These mysterious creatures are known far and wide as symbols of wisdom, omens of death, and bringers of prophecy. In some countries, they are seen as good and wise, in others they are a sign of evil and doom to come. There are numerous species of owls, and each seems to have its own legends and lore. Let's look at some of the best-known bits of owl folklore and mythology.

Athena was the Greek goddess of wisdom, and is often portrayed with an owl as companion. Homer relates a story in which Athena gets fed up with the crow, who is a total prankster. She banishes the crow as her sidekick, and instead seeks out a new companion. Impressed with the owl’s wisdom, and levels of seriousness, Athena chooses the owl to be her mascot instead. The specific owl that represented Athena was called the Little Owl, Athene noctua, and it was a species found in great numbers inside places like the Acropolis. Coins were minted with Athena’s face on one side, and an owl on the reverse.

There are a number of Native American stories about owls, most of which related to their association with prophecy and divination. The Hopi tribe held the Burrowing Owl as sacred, believing it to be a symbol of their god of the dead. As such, the Burrowing Owl, called Ko’ko, was a protector of the underworld, and things that grew in the earth, such as seeds and plants. This species of owl actually nests in the ground, and so was associated with the earth itself.

The Inuit people of Alaska have a legend about the Snowy Owl, in which Owl and Raven are making each other new clothes. Raven made Owl a pretty dress of black and white feathers. Owl decided to make Raven a lovely white dress to wear. However, when Owl asked Raven to allow her to fit the dress, Raven was so excited that she couldn’t hold still. In fact, she jumped around so much that Owl got fed up and threw a pot of lamp oil at Raven. The lamp oil soaked through the white dress, and so Raven has been black ever since.

In many African countries, the owl is associated with sorcery and baneful magic. A large owl hanging around a house is believed to indicate that a powerful shaman lives within. Many people also believe that the owl carries messages back and forth between the shaman andthe spirit world.

In some places, nailing an owl to the door of a house was considered a way to keep evil at bay. The tradition actually began in ancient Rome, after owls foretold the deaths of Julius Caesar and several other Emperors. The custom persisted in some areas, including Great Britain, up through the eighteenth century, where an owl nailed to a barn door protected the livestock within from fire or lightning.

The owl was known as a harbinger of bad tidings and doom throughout Europe, and put in appearances as a symbol of death and destruction in a number of popular plays and poems. For instance, Sir Walter Scott wrote:

Birds of omen dark and foul,
Night-crow, raven, bat, and owl,
Leave the sick man to his dream --
All night long he heard your scream.

Even before Scott, William Shakespeare wrote of the owl’s premonition of death in bothMacBeth and Julius Caesar.

Much of Appalachian tradition can be traced back to the Scottish Highlands (where the owl was associated with the cailleach) and English villages that were the original homes of mountain settlers. Because of this, there is still a good deal of superstition surrounding the owl in the Appalachian region, most of which are related to death. According to mountain legends, an owl hooting at midnight signifies death is coming. Likewise, if you see an owl circling during the day, it means bad news for someone nearby. In some areas, it is believed that owls flew down on Samhain night to eat the souls of the dead.

If you find an owl feather, it can be used for a variety of purposes. The Zuni tribe believed that an owl feather placed in a baby’s crib kept evil spirits away from the infant. Other tribes saw owls as bringers of healing, so a feather could be hung in the doorway of a home to keep illness out. Likewise, in the British Isles, owls were associated with death and negative energy, so feathers can be used to repel those same unpleasant influences.

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True Meaning of Sisterhood

 

The relationship between sisters.
the feeling of kinship with and closeness to a group of women or all women.
an association, society, or community of women linked by a common interest, religion, or trade.
Sisterhood

Female Spirit
Women's spirituality is one of the richest and most dynamic forces in modern Paganism. Women are respected in all Pagan traditions and have enriched Paganism with a powerful vision of the Goddess - the long-ignored feminine aspect of the Divine. In Paganism, women are Priestesses in their own right, strong and proud, with their own vision.
As well as working in the various traditions of Paganism, women have established their own traditions. These traditions have many forms and are often deeply entwined with the aspirations of the Women's Movement.
Drawing upon the inspiration of the image of the Goddess, women explore their own feminine mysteries. For some women, this involves a denial of all things seen as patriarchal; for others it is a spiritual calling to throw off the conditioning chains of society's stereotypes of women. These women see themselves as reclaiming or creating a new understanding of what it is to be female. They explore the mythologies of the world to discover the deeper meaning of what it is to be a woman. They seek to bring their discoveries to life in their own lives, sharing this new found knowledge by way of myth, song, dance and, where needed, political action.
One of the best known women's traditions is the Dianic movement, named in honour of the Goddess Diana. There are many expressions of this tradition. Two of the founding streams were developed by Z. Budapest and Morgan McFarland in the USA. Greatly inspired by the idea of matriarchy, many Dianic groups exclude men and see their tradition as a sisterhood, as wimin's religion. Others work with men, but see their role as less important than that of women.
Many Dianic groups worship only the Goddess and those that acknowledge the God see the male deity as a part of the mystery of the Goddess.
Women's traditions are often eclectic and loosely- structured. They tend to be highly creative with many spontaneous elements. Some women's traditions are modelled on Wiccan practice and use rituals and celebrate seasonal festivals in a similar way. Other groups are more Shamanic. Others have blended aspects of different traditions to create new unique pathways.
Women's traditions have an especially powerful vision of the Earth as the Goddess and are deeply involved with caring for the Earth and protecting her from the rape of modern civilization. They are concerned with the healing of the Earth and with the healing of the image of women.
'The Goddess awakens in infinite forms and a thousand disguises. 
She is found where She is least expected, appears out of nowhere
and everywhere to illumine the open heart.'
Starhawk, The Spiral Dance, Harper and Row, NY, 1989 edition.
"Don't walk in front of me and be my leader, don't walk behind me and be my follower, but walk beside me and be my Sister."
The true meaning of sisterhood is love, support, and the knowledge that there will always be someone around whom you can talk to or share your stories with, no matter what. There will be struggle we may face amongst each other and amongst others, but we need to forgive, forget, and stand by each other. That is where true sisterhood lies. Sisterhood is being there to encourage one another through good times and bad. Sisterhood is more than friendship; it is a bond that will last you an eternity.
Sisterhood is a bond between girls that is deeper than friendship. I know my sisters will always be there for me, even if we go months without talking because we have built a strong relationship through the good and bad times we have spent together in college. When we talk to each other, it's like nothing has changed.
-Tulsi Gajera, alum
Sisterhood is my security blanket.
-Narmeen Kapadia
Sisterhood to me is a sibling type of relationship where I know I could count on these girls for advice, moral support, and a shoulder to cry on. They'll always look out for you, and they'll always be a true friend.

The True Meaning Of Sisterhood
It’s tough to explain what a sorority/women’s fraternity truly means to us. In fact, sisterhood is so many things at once – one of the most heartfelt & beautiful things in the world!!
Sisterhood is being there to encourage one another through good times & when we’re having a bad day/going through tough times.
Sisterhood is a pat on the back, a friendly hug, a cheerful hello.
Sisterhood is about doing the little things to make our sisters smile: It’s everything that a good & lasting friendship is, but ten times better!!
Sisterhood is knowing that there will always be someone around whom you can talk to or share your stories with, no matter what.
Sisterhood is about sharing dreams & achieving goals together. In addition, it’s aspiring to reach greater heights & exceed expectations together.
Sisterhood is about counting on others & being counted on to make a difference.
Sisterhood is more than the letters which we wear on/around campus – it’s something much greater, something sacred & treasured.
Sisterhood is showing & telling others the good that we do; likewise, it’s showing & telling others the lasting impacts that we’re making for the better for our colleges/universities & communities.
Sisterhood is learning about people. It’s about learning about life. It’s about learning to give back to our campuses & communities selflessly.
Sisterhood is so many things at once. Simply said, it’s the ultimate experience of a lifetime – an experience unlike any other!!

Goddess 
Are the Goddess real? 
That depends on how you define reality. 
Do they live on Mount Olympus or Sinai ? Not likely. Just the same, they are as real as your Being right now as you read this. 
Let me explain.
In Wicca, and Paganism in general, each of the Goddess and Gods represents an ideal, a human quality, something we as people can relate to, something to engender our passions.
Above the individual Gods and Goddesses are the overall principles of male and female polarity. Nothing happens in the Universe without this flow of Energy between polarities.

Above even this personification is the Universal Power. It’s very difficult to focus on this Power, however, so we invoke human-like deities to summon. 
Know that in this way we are focusing on the Powers above all. 
So by all means, use the persona of the Gods and Goddesses to facilitate your workings but know in the back of your head that you are actually directing a much higher Power. What matters is how you relate to the God or Goddesses persona. How he or she works with you, metaphorically speaking.*
Nor does it really matter which Gods and Goddesses we pick; a true Pagan will always be able to understand their personal God or Goddesses in the Gods and Goddesses of other Pagan peoples. This is as true today as it was a thousand years ago.

Aphrodite Greek Goddess of love and passion: sexual rapture.
Born from the sea daughter of the severed member of Uranus
Her counterparts are: Venus; Roman; Ishtar: Mesopotamia and Ashtart
of the Middle East. She is also known as Cytherea Passion: Pysical Passion

Aradia: Strega; Queen of the Witches, daughter of the Roman Goddess Diana and Lucifer. Call on her when you need protection. Takes the form of a cat. Passion: Fear and Security
Arianrhod: Welsh: Goddess of the heavens and reincarnation. 
Call on her to contact the ancestors. Passion: Eternal Life
Artemis: Greek; Goddess of the Moon. She is also the Celtic Goddess Artio, the Bear Goddess.
Call on Artio to provide inspiration for artistic projects. Passion: Creativity
Astarte: Greek, Assyrian, Babylonian; Ancient Fertility Goddess Passion: Motherhood

Aurora: Roman Winged Goddess of the Dawn, Her lover, Tithonus, Prince of Troy was granted immortality but not eternal youth. When he aged terribly she changed him into a grasshopper Passion: Rebirth

Bast; Egyptian; Bast or Bastet is the Goddess of Protection, often taking the form of a cat. Passion: Beauty and Security

Brigid; Celtic; She is the often the Mother in the Triple Goddess. Passion: Sisterhood

Ceres: Roman; Harvest God
Here pictured with Bacchus.
She turned a a man into a newt for mocking Her. 
Perhaps for her tiny little head.
It's where the whole newt thing started.
Oops, shouldn't have said that.
She might turn me into a newtette! Passion: Security and Sustenance

Cerridwen: Welsh; Goddess of the Moon and Harvest. 
She is often seen as part of the Triple Goddess. Passion: Beauty and Sustenance
Demeter: The Greek Goddess Demeter represents fertility and motherhood. Shown here rescuing her daughter Persephone
from the underworld. Passion: Motherhood and Protection

Diana: Roman; 
Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt
She is the mistress of wild things
protector of the young and vulnerable Passion: Freedom and Autonomy

Dryads: Greek; Spirit of the Trees.
Celtic as Flidais; spirit of the woodlands
who commands the animals. Passion: Nature
Flora: Roman; Goddess of Spring, 
flowers and beauty and plenty on the earth Passion: Beauty and Sustenance


Epona: Celtic and Roman; the Horse Goddess
Riannon in Britain and Macha in Erie 
One of the only Celtic deity to have a 
place in the Roman pantheon. Passion: Strength and Beauty Epona is especially significant to young women.


Eos Goddess of Dawn: brother of Helios sister of Selene
mother of the Evening Star, Eosphorus. 
Eostra to the Celts and Aurora to the Romans,
She is the Goddess of Passion and Desire, as many
gods and mortals sought her love including:
Orion, Cephalus, Astaeus, Tithonus, who she turned
into a grasshopper when she lost her desire for him Passion: Lust

Fortuna: Roman; Goddess of Fate. 
If you need your luck changed she is the one to call upon. Passion: Destiny
Freya: Norse Moon Goddess and leader of the Valkyries. Passion: Sisterhood and Beauty

Hathor: Egyptian; Goddess of cunning and beauty. 
Protector of women.
The Mirror of Hathor is an important magyc tool Passion: Beauty and Security

Hecate: Greek; Moon Goddess of wisdom.
Often portrayed as the Crone in the Trinity Passion: Wisdom
Hera: Greek Protector of marriage and of wives wronged.
here pictured with Zeus Passion: Jealously and Justice
Hestia: Greek; Goddess of home and hearth. Passion: Security
Inanna: Sumerian; ancient fertility Goddess Passion: Motherhood
Isis: Egyptian; the collective form of the Egyptian Triple Goddesses. 
Mother Goddess and bringer of life Passion: Life and Procreation
Lilith: Hebrew; 
Adam’s first wife 
who is said to have turned into a demoness and flew away. Passion: Freedom
Lilith is the Goddess of divorce

Maat: Egyptian; Goddess of Justice and the Divine Order
pictured here with Isis Passion: Justice and Order

Morgan (Morrigan): Celtic; Goddess of War and Magyc. 
In some versions she is mated with the Merlin, 
others she is the Lady of the Lake, others the sister of Arthur
Collectively in the Triple Goddess as Morrigan or Morrigna with Badb and Macha Passion: Female Strength and Power

The Muses: Greek Goddesses of Inspiration. 
Summon the Muses for creative task such as music, poetry, painting, sculpting, etc. Passion: Creativity
Nephtys: Egyptian; Goddess of sisters and midwifes, 
and fond of surprises. Passion: Motherhood and Sisterhood

Norns: Celtic; the collective name of the three sisters of fate. 
Another excellent source of good fortune. Passion: Sisterhood

Nuit: Egyptian; the crown of the heavens, Sky Mother. 
Copulates with Geb to make the world turn. Passion: Order

Persephone: Greek; Goddess of Spring and Healing
Goddess of the Underworld her return to the earth
signifies the beginning of spring. In her underworld
role she advocates for the souls of the dead. Passion: Rebirth


Selene: Greek; Goddess of the Moon and logic. 
Call on her when you have a problem to solve. Passion: Truth and Beauty

Venus: Roman; Goddess of Love and passion Passion: Beauty and Love
Vesta: Roman; Goddess of Fire protector of home and hearth Passion: Security
will always succeed. But we have the right to seek our own satisfaction.

[True Meaning of Sisterhood The relationship between sisters. the feeling of kinship with and closeness to a group of women or all women. an association, society, or community of women linked by a common interest, religion, or trade. Sisterhood Female Spirit Women's spirituality is one of the richest and most dynamic forces in modern Paganism. Women are respected in all Pagan traditions and have enriched Paganism with a powerful vision of the Goddess - the long-ignored feminine aspect of the Divine. In Paganism, women are Priestesses in their own right, strong and proud, with their own vision. As well as working in the various traditions of Paganism, women have established their own traditions. These traditions have many forms and are often deeply entwined with the aspirations of the Women's Movement. Drawing upon the inspiration of the image of the Goddess, women explore their own feminine mysteries. For some women, this involves a denial of all things seen as patriarchal; for others it is a spiritual calling to throw off the conditioning chains of society's stereotypes of women. These women see themselves as reclaiming or creating a new understanding of what it is to be female. They explore the mythologies of the world to discover the deeper meaning of what it is to be a woman. They seek to bring their discoveries to life in their own lives, sharing this new found knowledge by way of myth, song, dance and, where needed, political action. One of the best known women's traditions is the Dianic movement, named in honour of the Goddess Diana. There are many expressions of this tradition. Two of the founding streams were developed by Z. Budapest and Morgan McFarland in the USA. Greatly inspired by the idea of matriarchy, many Dianic groups exclude men and see their tradition as a sisterhood, as wimin's religion. Others work with men, but see their role as less important than that of women. Many Dianic groups worship only the Goddess and those that acknowledge the God see the male deity as a part of the mystery of the Goddess. Women's traditions are often eclectic and loosely- structured. They tend to be highly creative with many spontaneous elements. Some women's traditions are modelled on Wiccan practice and use rituals and celebrate seasonal festivals in a similar way. Other groups are more Shamanic. Others have blended aspects of different traditions to create new unique pathways. Women's traditions have an especially powerful vision of the Earth as the Goddess and are deeply involved with caring for the Earth and protecting her from the rape of modern civilization. They are concerned with the healing of the Earth and with the healing of the image of women. 'The Goddess awakens in infinite forms and a thousand disguises. She is found where She is least expected, appears out of nowhere and everywhere to illumine the open heart.' Starhawk, The Spiral Dance, Harper and Row, NY, 1989 edition. "Don't walk in front of me and be my leader, don't walk behind me and be my follower, but walk beside me and be my Sister." The true meaning of sisterhood is love, support, and the knowledge that there will always be someone around whom you can talk to or share your stories with, no matter what. There will be struggle we may face amongst each other and amongst others, but we need to forgive, forget, and stand by each other. That is where true sisterhood lies. Sisterhood is being there to encourage one another through good times and bad. Sisterhood is more than friendship; it is a bond that will last you an eternity. Sisterhood is a bond between girls that is deeper than friendship. I know my sisters will always be there for me, even if we go months without talking because we have built a strong relationship through the good and bad times we have spent together in college. When we talk to each other, it's like nothing has changed. -Tulsi Gajera, alum Sisterhood is my security blanket. -Narmeen Kapadia Sisterhood to me is a sibling type of relationship where I know I could count on these girls for advice, moral support, and a shoulder to cry on. They'll always look out for you, and they'll always be a true friend. The True Meaning Of Sisterhood It’s tough to explain what a sorority/women’s fraternity truly means to us. In fact, sisterhood is so many things at once – one of the most heartfelt & beautiful things in the world!! Sisterhood is being there to encourage one another through good times & when we’re having a bad day/going through tough times. Sisterhood is a pat on the back, a friendly hug, a cheerful hello. Sisterhood is about doing the little things to make our sisters smile: It’s everything that a good & lasting friendship is, but ten times better!! Sisterhood is knowing that there will always be someone around whom you can talk to or share your stories with, no matter what. Sisterhood is about sharing dreams & achieving goals together. In addition, it’s aspiring to reach greater heights & exceed expectations together. Sisterhood is about counting on others & being counted on to make a difference. Sisterhood is more than the letters which we wear on/around campus – it’s something much greater, something sacred & treasured. Sisterhood is showing & telling others the good that we do; likewise, it’s showing & telling others the lasting impacts that we’re making for the better for our colleges/universities & communities. Sisterhood is learning about people. It’s about learning about life. It’s about learning to give back to our campuses & communities selflessly. Sisterhood is so many things at once. Simply said, it’s the ultimate experience of a lifetime – an experience unlike any other!! Goddess Are the Goddess real? That depends on how you define reality. Do they live on Mount Olympus or Sinai ? Not likely. Just the same, they are as real as your Being right now as you read this. Let me explain. In Wicca, and Paganism in general, each of the Goddess and Gods represents an ideal, a human quality, something we as people can relate to, something to engender our passions. Above the individual Gods and Goddesses are the overall principles of male and female polarity. Nothing happens in the Universe without this flow of Energy between polarities. Above even this personification is the Universal Power. It’s very difficult to focus on this Power, however, so we invoke human-like deities to summon. Know that in this way we are focusing on the Powers above all. So by all means, use the persona of the Gods and Goddesses to facilitate your workings but know in the back of your head that you are actually directing a much higher Power. What matters is how you relate to the God or Goddesses persona. How he or she works with you, metaphorically speaking.* Nor does it really matter which Gods and Goddesses we pick; a true Pagan will always be able to understand their personal God or Goddesses in the Gods and Goddesses of other Pagan peoples. This is as true today as it was a thousand years ago. Aphrodite Greek Goddess of love and passion: sexual rapture. Born from the sea daughter of the severed member of Uranus Her counterparts are: Venus; Roman; Ishtar: Mesopotamia and Ashtart of the Middle East. She is also known as Cytherea Passion: Pysical Passion Aradia: Strega; Queen of the Witches, daughter of the Roman Goddess Diana and Lucifer. Call on her when you need protection. Takes the form of a cat. Passion: Fear and Security Arianrhod: Welsh: Goddess of the heavens and reincarnation. Call on her to contact the ancestors. Passion: Eternal Life Artemis: Greek; Goddess of the Moon. She is also the Celtic Goddess Artio, the Bear Goddess. Call on Artio to provide inspiration for artistic projects. Passion: Creativity Astarte: Greek, Assyrian, Babylonian; Ancient Fertility Goddess Passion: Motherhood Aurora: Roman Winged Goddess of the Dawn, Her lover, Tithonus, Prince of Troy was granted immortality but not eternal youth. When he aged terribly she changed him into a grasshopper Passion: Rebirth Bast; Egyptian; Bast or Bastet is the Goddess of Protection, often taking the form of a cat. Passion: Beauty and Security Brigid; Celtic; She is the often the Mother in the Triple Goddess. Passion: Sisterhood Ceres: Roman; Harvest God Here pictured with Bacchus. She turned a a man into a newt for mocking Her. Perhaps for her tiny little head. It's where the whole newt thing started. Oops, shouldn't have said that. She might turn me into a newtette! Passion: Security and Sustenance Cerridwen: Welsh; Goddess of the Moon and Harvest. She is often seen as part of the Triple Goddess. Passion: Beauty and Sustenance Demeter: The Greek Goddess Demeter represents fertility and motherhood. Shown here rescuing her daughter Persephone from the underworld. Passion: Motherhood and Protection Diana: Roman; Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt She is the mistress of wild things protector of the young and vulnerable Passion: Freedom and Autonomy Dryads: Greek; Spirit of the Trees. Celtic as Flidais; spirit of the woodlands who commands the animals. Passion: Nature Flora: Roman; Goddess of Spring, flowers and beauty and plenty on the earth Passion: Beauty and Sustenance Epona: Celtic and Roman; the Horse Goddess Riannon in Britain and Macha in Erie One of the only Celtic deity to have a place in the Roman pantheon. Passion: Strength and Beauty Epona is especially significant to young women. Eos Goddess of Dawn: brother of Helios sister of Selene mother of the Evening Star, Eosphorus. Eostra to the Celts and Aurora to the Romans, She is the Goddess of Passion and Desire, as many gods and mortals sought her love including: Orion, Cephalus, Astaeus, Tithonus, who she turned into a grasshopper when she lost her desire for him Passion: Lust Fortuna: Roman; Goddess of Fate. If you need your luck changed she is the one to call upon. Passion: Destiny Freya: Norse Moon Goddess and leader of the Valkyries. Passion: Sisterhood and Beauty Hathor: Egyptian; Goddess of cunning and beauty. Protector of women. The Mirror of Hathor is an important magyc tool Passion: Beauty and Security Hecate: Greek; Moon Goddess of wisdom. Often portrayed as the Crone in the Trinity Passion: Wisdom Hera: Greek Protector of marriage and of wives wronged. here pictured with Zeus Passion: Jealously and Justice Hestia: Greek; Goddess of home and hearth. Passion: Security Inanna: Sumerian; ancient fertility Goddess Passion: Motherhood Isis: Egyptian; the collective form of the Egyptian Triple Goddesses. Mother Goddess and bringer of life Passion: Life and Procreation Lilith: Hebrew; Adam’s first wife who is said to have turned into a demoness and flew away. Passion: Freedom Lilith is the Goddess of divorce Maat: Egyptian; Goddess of Justice and the Divine Order pictured here with Isis Passion: Justice and Order Morgan (Morrigan): Celtic; Goddess of War and Magyc. In some versions she is mated with the Merlin, others she is the Lady of the Lake, others the sister of Arthur Collectively in the Triple Goddess as Morrigan or Morrigna with Badb and Macha Passion: Female Strength and Power The Muses: Greek Goddesses of Inspiration. Summon the Muses for creative task such as music, poetry, painting, sculpting, etc. Passion: Creativity Nephtys: Egyptian; Goddess of sisters and midwifes, and fond of surprises. Passion: Motherhood and Sisterhood Norns: Celtic; the collective name of the three sisters of fate. Another excellent source of good fortune. Passion: Sisterhood Nuit: Egyptian; the crown of the heavens, Sky Mother. Copulates with Geb to make the world turn. Passion: Order Persephone: Greek; Goddess of Spring and Healing Goddess of the Underworld her return to the earth signifies the beginning of spring. In her underworld role she advocates for the souls of the dead. Passion: Rebirth Selene: Greek; Goddess of the Moon and logic. Call on her when you have a problem to solve. Passion: Truth and Beauty Venus: Roman; Goddess of Love and passion Passion: Beauty and Love Vesta: Roman; Goddess of Fire protector of home and hearth Passion: Security will always succeed. But we have the right to seek our own satisfaction.]

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Besom Magick

Blyssful Sun's Day my Legionnaires~

One thing is to be said about this sacred tool across the sea of centuries and in all traditions both pagan and not is the besom. For each of us in some way in some period of time we have used one large or small to dust, clean, protect, for-warn, message, a lookout, a blessing and so on. So here today I provide you with some other perspectives and chants by the Hecate's Cauldron. I have to say this site comes highly recommended for anyone wishing to follow the Goddess Queen of Witches Hecate!

BESOM CHANTS

Most covens, start their rituals with a ritual sweep with their besom to begin the process of sweeping out negative energies and bringing in the good energies. This is part of creating sacred space. Many witches feel their besoms/brooms carry energies with it as well. I have several sacred besoms and feel they are full of energy from the many Circles they have been used to sweep with and simply by being in ritual with me. I have one particular besom hanging in my moon/sun room which I purchased in Salem, Massachusetts and when I pass it each day, I actually chat to it and touch it. It is very special to me and very magickal from the energies it picked up with its stay in Salem. We Witches are weird lots, I must say! I have another besom which has been with me during my days as a Handmaiden to my High Priestess in a Wiccan coven and through my degrees of elevation.

There are a lot of witches who feel that the besom is just as sacred or more sacred than some of their tools. After all, that is what we witches are known by. During rituals, we dance around with our brooms as if we were flying, as they are our partners. Our besoms are very sacred to us and are placed some place special when ritual is over with. We hang our besoms by the fire place on a nail so that the besom does not touch the ground. We name all our magickal tools but in truth to some witches their staff, wand and besom are most sacred to them.

Dating back as far as ancient Egypt, the besom (pronounced beh-sum) was once a wooden staff with a fan of feathers. Used for protection and purification purposes, a magick broom is made of straw or grass tied around with a leafy branch of pine, oak, fir, lavender or rosemary. It is used to clean your ritual circle of unwanted energies. Called the "Faery's Horse," your magick broom can be used for astral traveling. Different kinds of brooms are used for different things. For example, hawthorn besoms are best for handfasting. Oak besoms can be used as a powerful tools for personal protection and to draw in ancestral energies and knowledge. You can also put magickal herbs on and around your broom for the different kinds of magick. I have three different kinds of brooms in my cottage and each are very dear to me as mentioned above.

Below are some chants you can memorize to do your ritual sweep and let your besom fly~!

Witche’s broom swift in flight 
Cast out darkness, bring in light 
Earth be hallow, air be clear 
fire bright, as water heals 
A sacred bridge this site shall be 
~As my will, so mote it be~

Sweep out evil, sweep out ill, 
Where I do the Lady's will. 
Besom, besom, Lady's Broom 
Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom. 
~So Be It! Blessed Be~

This Circle I sweep with besom of Heather; 
All harmful and evil must vanish and scatter. 
This Circle I sweep with besom of Heather; 
~All peaceful and good are invited to enter~

Besom, besom long and lithe 
Made from ash and willow withe 
Tied with thongs of willow bark 
In running stream at moonset dark

As the ritual fire is lighted; 
Sweep ye circle, deosil, 
Sweep out evil, sweep out ill. 
Make the round of the ground 
Where we do the Lady’s will.

Besom, besom, Lady’s broom 
Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom 
Rid ye Lady’s hallowed ground 
Of demons, imps, and Hell’s red hound.

Then set ye down on Her green earth 
By running stream or Mistress’ hearth, 
Til called once more on Moon or Sabbat night 
~To cleanse once more the dancing site~

With each sweeping motion, imagine the area being washed energetically with a cobalt blue light, as you say any one of the chants.

©Permission must be given before any material is used from this website as well as providing a link back to Hecate's Cauldron.

http://hecatescauldron.org/Besom%20Chants.htm

[Blyssful Sun's Day my Legionnaires~ One thing is to be said about this sacred tool across the sea of centuries and in all traditions both pagan and not is the besom. For each of us in some way in some period of time we have used one large or small to dust, clean, protect, for-warn, message, a lookout, a blessing and so on. So here today I provide you with some other perspectives and chants by the Hecate's Cauldron. I have to say this site comes highly recommended for anyone wishing to follow the Goddess Queen of Witches Hecate! BESOM CHANTS Most covens, start their rituals with a ritual sweep with their besom to begin the process of sweeping out negative energies and bringing in the good energies. This is part of creating sacred space. Many witches feel their besoms/brooms carry energies with it as well. I have several sacred besoms and feel they are full of energy from the many Circles they have been used to sweep with and simply by being in ritual with me. I have one particular besom hanging in my moon/sun room which I purchased in Salem, Massachusetts and when I pass it each day, I actually chat to it and touch it. It is very special to me and very magickal from the energies it picked up with its stay in Salem. We Witches are weird lots, I must say! I have another besom which has been with me during my days as a Handmaiden to my High Priestess in a Wiccan coven and through my degrees of elevation. There are a lot of witches who feel that the besom is just as sacred or more sacred than some of their tools. After all, that is what we witches are known by. During rituals, we dance around with our brooms as if we were flying, as they are our partners. Our besoms are very sacred to us and are placed some place special when ritual is over with. We hang our besoms by the fire place on a nail so that the besom does not touch the ground. We name all our magickal tools but in truth to some witches their staff, wand and besom are most sacred to them. Dating back as far as ancient Egypt, the besom (pronounced beh-sum) was once a wooden staff with a fan of feathers. Used for protection and purification purposes, a magick broom is made of straw or grass tied around with a leafy branch of pine, oak, fir, lavender or rosemary. It is used to clean your ritual circle of unwanted energies. Called the "Faery's Horse," your magick broom can be used for astral traveling. Different kinds of brooms are used for different things. For example, hawthorn besoms are best for handfasting. Oak besoms can be used as a powerful tools for personal protection and to draw in ancestral energies and knowledge. You can also put magickal herbs on and around your broom for the different kinds of magick. I have three different kinds of brooms in my cottage and each are very dear to me as mentioned above. Below are some chants you can memorize to do your ritual sweep and let your besom fly~! Witche’s broom swift in flight Cast out darkness, bring in light Earth be hallow, air be clear fire bright, as water heals A sacred bridge this site shall be ~As my will, so mote it be~ Sweep out evil, sweep out ill, Where I do the Lady's will. Besom, besom, Lady's Broom Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom. ~So Be It! Blessed Be~ This Circle I sweep with besom of Heather; All harmful and evil must vanish and scatter. This Circle I sweep with besom of Heather; ~All peaceful and good are invited to enter~ Besom, besom long and lithe Made from ash and willow withe Tied with thongs of willow bark In running stream at moonset dark As the ritual fire is lighted; Sweep ye circle, deosil, Sweep out evil, sweep out ill. Make the round of the ground Where we do the Lady’s will. Besom, besom, Lady’s broom Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom Rid ye Lady’s hallowed ground Of demons, imps, and Hell’s red hound. Then set ye down on Her green earth By running stream or Mistress’ hearth, Til called once more on Moon or Sabbat night ~To cleanse once more the dancing site~ With each sweeping motion, imagine the area being washed energetically with a cobalt blue light, as you say any one of the chants. ©Permission must be given before any material is used from this website as well as providing a link back to Hecate's Cauldron. http://hecatescauldron.org/Besom%20Chants.htm]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Shots


How fun is this? When I saw the idea to make chocolate chip cookie shot glasses, I knew I'd be trying it. Serving these at my little sisters ultra decadent "Love is Sweet" bridal shower was absolutely perfect. These cookie cups are ultra rich, and so fun to eat. You can have your milk and cookies and eat it too! All at once! You'll need a popover pan  to make this recipe work. I actually bought one just so I could make these. Now, admittedly, these are larger than shot glasses, but the actual cup part where the milk goes is true to a shot size so the name sticks. You have to give these a try. Your kids, guests, or whoever will love them. I can't imagine someone not having fun with these treats!

Time To Make It: 30 minutes hands on + baking time + cooling time
Yield: About 6 or 9 "cups" (depending on how thick you make them)

Ingredients
1 cup all vegetable shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
2 cups semi-sweet mini chocolate chips, divided

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a nonstick popover pan.
2.  In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together shortening, brown sugar, and sugar until mixture is fluffy. 
3. Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and salt and mix until smooth.
4. Use a large spoon to stir in flour. Mixture will be really crumbly, but should hold together when pressed. Stir in 1 cup mini chocolate chips until combined.
5. Scoop mixture into popover pan and press to the bottom and sides, making sure to leave a hole in the middle for the milk to go later. You only need the sides and bottom to be about 1/4 inch thick. It's hard to get it much thinner.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes until cookies get a golden brown kiss.
7. Carefully remove the cookies from the popover pan. This can be done by placing a large cutting board or pan over the popover sheet and flipping it over. Gently tap the bottoms of the popover cups to loosen. Let cool completely.
8. Carefully melt the remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl by microwaving for 15 seconds at a time, removing and stirring, until chocolate is melted. 
9. Coat the holes in the cookie cups with the chocolate. Drizzle some in and swirl, or if your chocolate is on the thicker side just give it a good smearing. 
10. Refrigerate until chocolate is set. Serve by filling the "cups" with milk and enjoy! 



Recipe Adapted from Yumsugar
- See more at: http://www.thestayathomechef.com/2014/07/chocolate-chip-cookie-shots.html#_a5y_p=2033775
 

Hecate’s History and Origin

Hecate’s History and origin is a very complex one for even though Hecate is considered to be a powerful Goddess and a Goddess for the people; there is not much written information about Her as She does not have much involvement in mythology nor does She have much interaction with other Deities. Only a few deities are well documented in literature and Hecate is one of the many who are largely absent, especially before the fourth century.   Also....one has to bear in mind that there is only so much factual information out there from paintings, plates, the Hymns, etc., regarding the Goddess Hecate and the rest of the written material is merely speculation and should be taken as such.  For instance, the mention that Hecate had many children.  There is only one factual evidence in which Hecate may have had one child, Skylla, and it was not from Hermes but from Porkys.   I have read some sources state that Hecate had many children and some with Hermes which is mere speculation with no evidence.  In fact, the only association Hecate has with Hermes are their roles as chthonic Deities  and/or guardians of the common people.  For those reasons above, I am careful in what I believe to be information on Hecate or any other Deity for that matter and I tend to take more to heart on what scholars have to write than anything else..  Anyone can write a book but the difference is between whether it is factual or mere speculation on the author's  part. 

Hecate is an ancient Goddess from an earlier pre-Greek strata of myth. The Greeks found Her difficult to fit into their scheme of Gods. Some came to see Her as a daughter of the Titans, Perses and Asteria and thus cousin to Artemis. Others saw Her as an even more primal Goddess, making Her a daughter of Erebus and Nyx. What is so confusing here is if Hecate was seen as a daughter of minor parents such as Perses and Asteria, why would Zeus "give" Her so much power and ruler of Earth, Heaven and the Underworld, and He favored Her above all.

Two major works of the Archaic period, the Theogony of Hesiod and the Homeric Hymn to Demeter contain the most significant references to Hecate. There are two other known references to Hecate in Archaic literature. Both are unfortunately very brief such as Hecate having some connection with Iphigeneia, and is also the mother of Skylla by Porkys (a minor Sea God.)   With references to Iphigeneia, please see Hecate and Artemis which is discussed a little later.

Hesiod’s Theogony is probably the oldest, surviving major Greek work of literature.  It dates to the late eighth or early seventh century which is slightly earlier than the current dating of Homer’s work. In Hesiod’s poem, roughly in the midpoint of the poem, is material describing the birth, history, powers and spheres of influence of Hecate. This passage–"hymn" to Hecate–is the longest section in the entire poem pertaining to an individual deity other than Zeus. It also involves humans more than any other section. She as described as follows:

411: She is the child of Titans Asteria and Perses (and thus a cousin of Artemis and Apollo);

411-15: She is honoured by Zeus above all others, and has been granted shares by him in the Sky, Earth, and Sea (Underworld to Homer)....an honor to which Hecate already had!

416-18: she is invoked by humans in every sacrifice;

418-20: she grants (or withholds) much favor and success to humans who call upon Her;

421-28: she keeps the rights that she held among the Titans, as an only child and direct descendant of Gaia, Ouranos and Okeanos "(Earth," "Sky" and "Sea");

429-47: she blesses six specific groups of mortals: leaders, warriors, athletes, cavalrymen, fisherman.

448-49: she is honoured by all the deities although She is an only child;

450-52: she is kourotrophos ("nurse") to all living things.

What is strange about the description of Hecate here is there is no chthonic, lunar or, her magical practices, nor any mention of torches, or her favorite place such as the crossroads, as if it was intentionally "whitewashed" of what was assumed to be the true, unsavoury nature of Hecate, as if Hesiod wished to keep the darker side hidden.

In the Pre-Olympian Deities, in tales concerning the beginning of things, three great Goddesses play the part of Mother of the World: the Sea-Goddess Tethys, the Goddess Night ( whom Zeus stood in sacred awe of) and Mother Earth. They constitute a trinity. All through mythology, one comes across three Goddesses. What is more, they do not merely form accidental groups of three–usually a group of three sisters–but actually are real trinities, sometimes almost forming a single Threefold Goddess. It might be because in earlier times, the calendar year was by the Moon. The lunar month was divided into three parts, and our moon had three aspects: as the waxing, the full and waning sign of a divine presence in the sky.

Now, according to Hesiod, the Great Goddess Gaia gave birth to 12 Titans and Titanesses, three brothers took their own sisters to wife–Theia bore to her husband, Hyperion, Helois, the Sun, Selene, the Moon and Eos, Dawn. Phoebe (which is another name for Moon) bore to Koios two daughters: the Goddess Leto, (mother of Artemis and Apollo) , and Asteria, (star Goddess) who bore Hecate to Perses/Persios (the son of Eurybia "Goddess of wide force, " who some say was a daughter to Gaia. Eurybia is the sister to Phorkys who Hecate who later bears the female Sea-Monster Skylla). Rhea married Krones, to whom she bore three daughters and three sons, the Great Goddess Hestia, Demeter and Hera and the great Gods Hades, Poseidon and Zeus. So, according to Hesiod, Hecate is therefore the cousin of Apollo and Artemis. Hecate is mostly seen carrying two torches, which to some, the torches represent the Moon. Hecate was an only child. In this respect, Hecate resembles Persephone, the Goddess of the Underworld. For the rest, She was an almighty threefold Goddess. Zeus revered her above all others and let her have her share of the earth, the sea and the starry sky; or rather he did not deprive her of this threefold honor, which she previously enjoyed under the earlier Gods, the Titans. Tales are told of Hecate’s love affairs with the Gods of the sea, and most particularly with Triton. When Hecate was not walking on the highways, she dwelt in her cave which to many, consider that to represent the Underworld.

It has been speculated by one author that Hecate was not a Moon Goddess before the Roman period. He says that torches alone does not make Her a Moon Goddess. However, Hecate’s grandmother is Phoebe, the Moon. Hecate’s father, Peres, is an old Sun-God, and when there is a Sun God, there is always mention of a Moon Goddess, and so Hecate’s ancestry therefore reflects her heritage as an ancient Moon Goddess. Plus a few passages of Sophokles evokes a very clear picture of Hecate that Her torches seem to pair her specifically with Helios, the Sun God. Aristophanes speaks of Hecate’s torches showing the way at night: ("and you, oh daughter of Zeus, holding up two flaming torches...show the way...so that I may search for the thief"). (Many believe that Hecate is not the daughter of Zeus as Hecate is Pre-Greek.  Also there is a picture of Hecate holding the Sun God Zeus when he was a small child.)   But this could indicate a line between Her torches and moonlight. However, somewhat more substantial evidence is found by considering together two unrelated passages of Bacchylides. Fragment 1B reads ("Hecate, torch bearing holy daughter of great-bosomed Night...") The prooemium of Ode 7 is to an unnamed daughter of Nux (Night) as benefactor of footracers at the Olympaid of 452: this role recalls Hecate helping athletes in the Theogony. Now the four-year Olympic cycle was actually measured as one half of a "great year" of 100 months (i.e., 100 lunar cycles) and the final ceremonies were held at Full Moon. Furthermore the Greek word of 100 ishekaton, which bears a considerable resemblance to Hecate’s name. If Hecate is the unnamed Goddess referred to in the "ode", this timing might therefore reflect a very old lunar aspect of Her.

Hecate stood before the doors of most houses under the name of Prothyraia, the Goddess who helped women in childbed. Some authors felt to describe how and with what purposes Hecate was evoked by women would take people more  into the field of Witchcraft, and their main purpose of their research was  confined to Hecate’s origins as close as possible to Mythology and not Witchcraft and women's ways.  She had names such as "the strong, Threefold One, or the Distant One or Remote One. The wife of the sun God Helios was named Perse or Perseis, which is also one of the names of the Moon Goddess Hecate and doubtless represented the Underworld aspect of the "widely shining" Goddess. It is interesting, that the name of the Queen of the Underworld, Persephone, can be taken to be a longer, perhaps even a more ceremonious form of Perse, Perseis, Perses, Perseus and Persaios–all names of Hecate and her associates–and are probably used from pre-Greek times as a name of the Queen of the Underworld. Persephone is referred to Kore, the Maiden, when she returns to her Mother, Demeter, in the Spring and once again, she is known as Persephone when she returns to the Underworld. So, there are many aspects which connect Hecate to Persephone as there are many speculations if Persephone and Hecate are one and the same. Many speculate that the myth of Persephone journeying to the Underworld happened before the myth of the abduction by Hades but instead, Persephone journeyed to the land of the Underworld for teachings from Hecate or even that She then became Hecate.

It is also noted that at one time Hecate was seen as young and later she was a Mother. She was never portrayed as the Crone, and you have to wonder why. Most ancient drawings, whether they are on plates, bowls, jars, etc., one never sees an elderly lady portrayed. It is either Maiden or Mother or both but never an image of an old wrinkled woman.  But this might be because no one lived a very long life.  Or, perhaps, as in today’s society, the elderly was not respected and looked upon as if they were not there, as if they did not exist and that life belonged to the young and fertile. Perhaps during the Matriarchal times, the Crone was recognized for Her wisdom and She was respected until the warring Solar Gods with their sexual prowlness came and took the powers away from the Goddess, and the Crone was cast away to die in some hidden cave.

Homer’s Hymn to Demeter, the earliest account of the abduction of Persephone by Hades, dates to the late seventh or early sixth century. Although the roles of Hecate in the hymn are quite minor, the work presents a noteworthy relationship between Hecate, Demeter and Persephone. However, Hecate’s appearances are very brief and sudden. Some scholars feel once again, as in Hesoid’s Hymn, something is missing.   Perhaps Hecate’s role in the hymn was reduced from a more active one in which She was Persephone’s companion from the outset. Or, more emphasis was put on Demeter, thereby leaving Hecate as secondary, which contradicts what other scholars have said; i.e., that  "Hecate was secondary to none." Perhaps it was a desire to purge the Hymn of a figure that had acquired an undesirable reputation. It is even possible that the role in the Mysteries (Eleusis) are part of the arreton ("secret things") and thus unmentionable by initiates.

It is noteworthy to mention that in Homer’s Hymn to Demeter is the connection between Hecate and Helios. The two are paired in later literature through Medeia. The view, common in Roman times, that Hecate was a Moon-Goddess and thus logically paired with Helios, the Sun-God. In the Hymn, both begin as observers of the event: Hecate hears it (the Moon which has not yet risen), Helios the sun sees it. On the one hand, Hecate is shown as very supportive of the two Goddesses: She brings news to Demeter, accompanies her when she seeks more information from Helios and repeatedly embraces Persephone upon her return. Helios, on the other hand shows little compassion whatsoever. The connection between Hecate and Helios is odd, as their actions are contrasting reactions. If a significant link existed between the two at the time, based on their being Moon-Goddess and Sun-God, it plays no important role in the Hymn, yet their well known association with Medeia makes it unlikely that their pairing is coincidental.

A complicating factor in understanding Hecate’s relationship with Persephone is that the latter is not a simple figure. It has often been suggested that Persephone originated as two distinct figures: Persephone, a pre-Greek Queen of the Dead, and Kore, the Greek daughter of Demeter. When Hecate appears as a companion, it is with the innocent daughter of Demeter. However, when the chthonic Hecate is evoked, she is often named with, or even identified with, the Queen of the Dead. It is interesting to note that the first part of Persephone’s name resembles Perseis, a name sometimes associated with Hecate, as daughter of Perses. If Persephone and Kore were originally two separate deities, then perhaps their merging transformed whatever original relationship one or both had with Hecate.

Hecate often had the title Phosphoros which means light bringer.

Hecate and Artemis

Hecate has been associated many times with Artemis and Apollo, as She is their cousin. Her cousin Apollo had the title Hekatos, as early as Homer, and Artemis took Hekate as a title, at least by the end of the fifth century.

In Classical and later literature, Hecate is closely connected with Artemis. They share several titles, attributes and functions and appear to be considered identical in many instances.

A different sort of connection between Hecate and Artemis is revealed in a number of similar legends concerning girls or young women who die either by being sacrificed or by taking their own lives often in order to ensure the safety of their people. One legend, which is the earliest surviving case concerns Iphigeneia (sometimes called Iphianassa, Phimede, or Iphimedeia) and her stepfather, Agamemnon, the latter of which is counselled to sacrifice his stepdaughter to Artemis in order to ensure the safety of the Greek fleet when it sailed for Troy from Aulis in Boiotia. At the moment of death, Artemis replaces Iphigeneia with a deer (or a bear), taking her far away and transforming her into a Priestess or a divine attendant and calling her Hecate.  Another story, however, is that Artemis tranforms Iphimedia into an attendant named Artemis Enodia.     The titles Hekaerge (far-working) and Hekatebolos (far-shooting) which so clearly resemble Hekate’s name, are often added to Artemis’ name to indicate her belligerent and destructive roles.

Hecate’s functions may have changed as the result of political manipulation. You had mergers where treasury of the league was moved to the Acroipolis from Delos, where Artemis was prominent. For the most part, Hecate would seem to have been the loser in such a merger: she did not seem to acquire any functions normally reserved for Artemis, such as archery or governing wilderness, while Artemis’ name joined Hecate’s at Eleusis. Perhaps this dominance by Artemis is why Hecate’s chthonic role became so pronounced in the literature of Athens in the fifth and later centuries: She may have lost most of Her other functions to Artemis. However, Hecate preserved at least a moderate level of independence to the end of antiquity.

Hecate is connected with the feminine in independence from the masculine. While both Artemis and Hecate are evoked in childbirth, this is in the sense of helping with an exclusively feminine mystery, unlike the Goddess Hera, Zeus’ wife, who is guardian of the relationship of woman to man. Thus Hera is the jealous guardian of marital fidelity, the protectress of the marriage vows. She is the Goddess of childbirth, not as a feminine ritual but as the result of male-female connection as it relates to the preservation and integrity of the blood line and inheritance.

The Artemis-Hecate archetype was rather feared by the patriarchs of the Solar Gods, because if pursued by women, it could have led to their developing a sense of an independence from the masculine. Thus the cult of Hera, under the protection of Zeus, became very important in late classical times.

The Greek Artemis should not be confused with Artemis of Ephesus who was the Great Mother Goddess of the Ionian Greeks. The Greek soul was in later patriarchal times, unhappy with the independent Artemis who is the wild virgin of the hunt and only by remaining aloof from contact with the masculine can She retain Her independence. So the Greeks encouraged the grafting onto Her of the Artemis of the Ephesus-Mother facet.

Hecate’s connection with Apollo is the most interesting than She has with any other Gods. The most striking connection between Apollo and Hecate is through two of his common titles that resemble Her name: Hecatos and Hekatebolos. One way of interpreting this set of names is possibly that Hecate and Apollo were originally paired and that Artemis came to replace Hecate. Even though Homer and Hesiod have Artemis and Apollo as close siblings, there are many sites where they are worshipped by themselves. Apollo took on an equal status with Artemis on Delos only in the sixth century, while Artemis never joined him in Delphi which is strange.  ! However, Hekate’s early presence with Apollo at Miletos (and later at Didyma) could be interpreted as the last signs of a partnership that originated among Bronze Age people of Asia Minor. By this thought, Artemis presumably replaced Hekate as companion of Apollo Hekatos when She began to absorb other Asian Goddesses early in the millennium.

If it were not for Apollo’s title of Hekatos, his relationship with Hekate could probably be treated as being of limited significance. However, their sharing of names can hardly be a trivial coincidence, and Hecate’s origins and identity are somehow tied to those of Artemis and Apollo. There are several speculative but quite interesting pieces of evidence that point to Hekate and Apollo having common roots in Bronze Age Aisa Minor, perhaps as paired guardian deities. However, whatever the connection, by the sixth century, any close relationship between Apollo and Hecate are limited to a few Ionian sites such as Miletos and Didyma, wherein Gods such as Helios and Hermes were more commonly her male companions.....Helios the Sun Good and Hermes being  chthonic in nature. 

Hecate and the Son God, Helios

There are several references in literature that show an association between Hekate and Helios. Hecate and Helios are the only witnesses to Kore’s (Persephone) kidnapping, and they inform Demeter what has happened...first by Hecate and then by Helios. It has often been assumed that this relationship reflects their complementary nature as Moon Goddess and Sun God. In every version of the legend of Persephone, Hecate and Helois are either paired as observers or are both absent. This suggests that this pairing is not coincidental, though not necessarily vital to the story. It is relevant to note that there is a common pattern found in folklore in many parts of the world of the Sun and Moon being questioned concerning events occurring on Earth, as they are assumed to be able to observe everything. Helios is explicitly called skopos, meaning "watcher" and Hecate is able to hear clearly the abduction from Her cave. Probably she "hears" because it is during the daylight hours that Kore is taken and the Moon is not out shining.

Hecate and Hermes

Hecate’s association with Hermes is the least documented in early times of those considered so far. The earliest evidence supporting a true connection with Hecate is at the entrance to the Athenian Acropolis in the fifth century which bears the three images of Hecate connected. The role as chthonic deities of which both deities received sacrificial meals left at their statutes. They were called Enodia and Enodios, meaning "in/or the road." Hermes is the only deity, besides Persephone, with whom Hekate significantly shared chthonic functions. Evidence for their shared role dates only to the fifth century, but earlier evidence exists for both independently and perhaps their association came about because they shared this function.

Hecate and Her Roles in Early Greece

"Lord Helios and the sacred flame,

weapon of Hekate Enodia

which She bears when leading in Olympos

and in her haunts by the sacred three-ways on Earth,

crowning herself with oak leaves and twisting coils of wild serpent."

Hecate is a Goddess of entrances which generally serve one or more of three functions: to establish a boundary and to protect what is inside from the outer world, to help travellers setting out from or returning to the entranceway and to watch over the actual transition that the entrance entails. Protection from what is beyond a boundary is a role that is commonly assigned to Hecate but most importantly, she is involved with unseen, spiritual foes rather than physical defense of the city such as Athena Nike.

There is another attribute of Hecate indicating a gatekeeper role: the holding of a key. In the Orphic Hymn to Hekate, she is called kleidouchos ("key-holder"). By Hellenistic times, the bearing of a key often symbolized the ability to open and close the gates between Earth and other realms such as that of the Underworld.    Persephone was also shown with a key. In Hecate’s case, this could reflect her association by that time with spirits, especially those summoned by magicians, as She could let spirits in and out.

Hecate - Goddess of Women -

Hecate is considered a Goddess of Women. Birth, childbearing and death are matters of great importance to all human societies. Hecate is associated with all three. If Hecate can be considered a Goddess of Transitions, she was particularly a suitable goddess to evoke in all matters concerning birth and death. These matters are also traditionally considered the concern of women, if not their exclusive domain, so Hecate’s involvement in them may imply a particular focus upon women.

As early as Theogony, Hecate has the role of kourotrophos...child’s nurse. Hecate is the oldest known kourotrophos, as in the Theogony She is called Kourotrophos to all living things.

Ceremonies of death were largely the concern of women in ancient Greece. Women predominate in artistic and literary representations of mourning and the laying out of bodies; laws were passed governing their actions and influences of funerals. House sweepings and offerings were made to Hecate at crossroads at the Dark Moon after a 30-day mourning period.

It has also been suggested that Hecate had a role in marriage, another transitional stage of life of particular importance to women.

Scholars such as Wilamowitz and Nilsson feel justified in claiming that Hecate is a Women’s Goddess and one of the reasons for that belief is that women were more prone to be more superstitious then men and to practicing magick privately in association with Hecate. In deed, another Greek author said he wished to only provide the myths regarding Hecate, for anything which was practiced by Greek women would be considered Witchcraft!

Of the three most likely roles for Hecate when she is found at entranceways, the evidence best supports that of guardian against outside dangers. Particular emphasis may be on defending against supernatural forces, a function which may be directly tied to her frightening association with restless spirits.

Another of Hecate’s roles was Hecate Propolos which means guide and companion, and She was certainly that when accompanying Persephone to the Underworld and being her companion while there.

Most all drawings and pictures of Hecate depict her with two torches where other Goddess have only one torch. Hecate is known as Hecate Phosphoros which means Light Bringer.    Also, morning and evening stars (the planet Venus) were named Phosphoros (light bringer) and Hesperos (of the evening). So, perhaps her two torches were seen to represent Phosphoros and Hesperos. Her torches could also represent the light of the Moon, the fire representing childbirth.

Goddess of the Underworld

In the second half of the fifth century, there is in Greek literature a side of Hecate that is both frightening and new. She is associated with restless spirits and phantasms that attack by their own volition or under the command of spiteful foes with purification ceremonies involving the killing of dogs and with offers left at crossroads at every Dark Moon. In situations such as these Hecate is known as Hecate Chthonia.

In many parts of the world, they feel that the crossroads are supernatural places....places to work magick and to encounter spirits of all kinds. In later literature, Hecate is associated with crossroads and most particularly three-way intersections. Sacrificial meals are commonly left out at crossroads for Hecate, especially during the three days about  the Dark Moon. These are sometimes called Hekates deipna (Hecate’s banquets.) Offerings are to solicit Her aid in protection against the other spirits. Many felt that restless spirits walk the earth during the Dark of the Moon. Neglecting to make offerings to Hecate is therefore dangerous not because she might attack, but because She is the one who stands between you and the dangerous spirits. Because of Hecate’s association with crossroads, she is called Hecate Enodia (in the road.)

Hecate is also associated with dogs, and dogs, as well as Hecate, are credited with excellent night vision.

Chthonic deities, in their role of governing the dead were associated with snakes. Snakes appear with Hecate almost entirely in the context of her hair.

Hecate has a significant role in the nearly obsessive portrayal of Medeia in antiquity. Medeia’s primary role is usually that of an evil magician and herbalist. She is also a Priestess of Hecate and a descendant of Helios, the Sun God; Hecate, and to a lessor extent Helios, were Medeia's benefactors or teachers. This is probably Hecate’s most noted role in later literature, and as such, contributed much to her negative image.  Helios, on the other hand, has not suffered in the same way....naturally.....He being a male and Hecate being a female.   It goes to show that even back then Gods practicing magick were not Witches or anything evil. However, a Goddess who is associated with  magick and She gets a negative image!   Literature has it that Medeia evoked Hecate and performed magick regarding women's issues and this reflects Hecate’s role, once again, as the benefactor of this magick as evidence for Her being a Woman’s Goddess.   Many men would argue the point, but that still does not change that Hecate was not only a Goddess for the people but most particularly a Goddess for the women for Hecate assisted in the roles that women performed.  . 

The prominence of Hecate Chthonia in later literature is probably the most difficult to explain. One scholar suggests that Hecate’s chthonic side must have been present from her beginnings in Karia and was brought to the forefront in the fifth century when superstitious fears and magic practices became widespread among the common folk.  Hecate’s chthonic image became enhanced at the expense of her other functions in Athens to differentiate Her from Artemis as well as Her association with other Chthonic deities such as Persephone, Queen of the Dead who many feel are one and the same.

In summary, Hecate is a Goddess for the people and most particularly women and not the entire community and was most likely honored in private ceremonies on Her own. Due to Hecate’s "unsavory" character and the magickal practices of Hecate’s followers such as Medeia are not in keeping with "proper" Greek religion, She was not idealised in ancient Greek culture. In other words....Hecate did not fit into what man thought a Goddess should represent.  This is probably why She was never considered an Olympian Goddess.  The relatively sudden and widespread archeological evidence for Her worship in the sixth century indicates that Hecate came from some other outside location. The question of Hecate’s place of origin has been questioned on account of her negative reputation and a desire to keep the Greek religion clean. Nevertheless, it is a common conclusion that the worship of Hecate originated in Asia Minor, in particular Karia.

By the fifth century, when records became relatively abundant, Hecate is firmly in place in the Greek world and as a Greek Deity. That century also marks the point when the literary record begins to stress Hecate Chthonia and often in a dangerous form and unfortunately at the expense of her other functions. As mentioned earlier, the Greeks probably wanted more emphasis on Artemis and less on Hecate.   Hecate Chthonia seems to have little bearing on actual religious practices but more on supporting the magickal practices of Medeia and other female figures. The negative portrayal of powerful women such as Medeia and the Amazons who live outside of the bounds of society, is most common in Greek and Roman literature. When these women are associated with Deities, it is usually with Goddesses who honor their independent nature such as Artemis, or grant them unusual powers, such as Hecate. So...it is quite possible that through simple association with Medeia, the ghostly and dangerous side of Hecate was popularized.

Another important factor contributing to the stories involving Hecate may be that much of Her worship served individual needs–protecting one from harmful ghosts and guiding one through difficult transitions and the use of magick rather than those of the community. Apparently the Greeks thought that individuals acting on their own could be very threatening to society. What is interesting in nearly all of these stories is that they feature individual women performing rituals for their own purposes. Perhaps humble, day to day ritual practices by women with statutes of Hecate in their homes added to fuel the fears and imagination of others. But  the women who evoked Hecate, respected Her but did not fear Her. Hecate carried with Her independence and power.....things that Greek men did not want women to have. Many women turned to Hecate for protection, childbirth and childraising, as Hecate was called upon for many functions. Parents gave their children names that began with Hekat, sculptors were hired to construct statues of Her for all to see, and people were initiated into Her mysteries. The worship of several deities was restricted by official decree in the Roman period, but never that of the our Lady.......Lady Hecate, Queen of Heaven, Earth and the Underworld...a privileged with which She was given but what She already had before the Olympian Gods.

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“Hecate, The Goddess of the Witches”

 

“Hecate, The Goddess of the Witches”
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Hymn to Hekatê

Hekatê of the Path, I invoke Thee, Lovely Lady of the Triple Crossroads,
Celestial, Chthonian, and Marine One, Lady of the Saffron Robe.
Sepulchral One, celebrating the Bakchic Mysteries among the Souls of the Dead, Daughter of Persês, Lover of Solitude, rejoicing in deer.

Nocturnal One, Lady of the Dogs, invincible Queen.
She of the Cry of the Beast, Ungirt One, having an irresistible Form.
Bullherder, Keeper of the Keys of All the Universe, Mistress,
Guide, Bride, Nurturer of Youths, Mountain Wanderer.

I pray Thee, Maiden, to be present at our hallowed rites of initiation,
Always bestowing Thy graciousness upon the Boukolos.

—-Shrine of the Forgotten Goddesses

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Hecate ~ Goddess of the Witches
 

Hecate is a powerful goddess representing the aspects of the Triple Goddess: goddess of fertility and plenty; goddess of the moon; and goddess of the night and the underworld, which led to her evolving as the patroness of magic and Witchcraft. She mixed fertility with death to be used as earth power. She has been called supreme, both in heaven and hell. It is believed that even Zeus called on her whenever he wished to grant something to someone. Hecate is portrayed as the most powerful – who could give aplenty or destroy totally. She is said to have the power to bestow on or withhold from mortals any gifts she chose. All the secret powers of Nature were at her command. She had control over birth, life, and death. Because of her power in the three areas of nature, heaven and earth she was represented as a triple form.

She is most known as an underworld goddess; the Goddess of the Dark of the Moon, the nights that there is no moon and the world above is as dark as the world below. She was the overseer of the world of the dead. At night she traveled roaming the earth accompanied by her dogs, Hermes, and dead souls. Some say she sent demons from the lower world at night and that she causes nightmares and insanity, and was called “the Nameless One.”

 

Goddess of Fertility

Hecate was looked upon as a goddess of fertility, whose torch was carried over freshly sown fields to symbolize the fertilizing power of moonlight. In women’s agricultural mysteries her trinity took form as Kore the green corn, Persephone the ripe ear, and Hecate the harvested corn. She is closely associated as a Goddess of Midwives and pregnant women. Hecate is described by Hellenic as being in the houses of women in childbirth. Since she is a Goddess of the underworld which deals with life and death it little wonder that she was petitioned for help by women having difficulty in child bearing.

 

Goddess of the Underworld


Because of her connection to the underworld, Hecate is often portrayed as having similar traits as those of Persephone. Hecate assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone and after their reunion became Persephone’s minister and companion in Hades. And it was she who offered to make sure that Zeus’ ruling was obeyed when it was decided that Persephone’s time would be divided between her mother and Hades. Thus she was closely associated with Eleusinian Mysteries. Like Hades and Persephone, Hecate was never allowed to sit as a member on the council of Olympians. The Crossroads As Goddess of the Crossroads she is usually portrayed with three faces, thus she was Hecate Treyia, “Hecate of the Three Ways.” And it was at the crossways where three roads met where the Greeks left their monthly offerings. Offerings, particularly on nights of the full moon, were left at roadside shrines built in her honor, especially by those wishing this goddess of prophecy and magic to assist them on journeys. All those who embarked on a journey or a venture, war, adventure, harvest – anything, always offered their prayers to Hecate, for it was upon the crossroads that you would meet her.

 

Worship


Throughout the ages incarnations have been chanted to her, sacrifices were offered to her. Food offerings called “Hecate’s Supper” were left there late at night on the eve of the full Moon. The person leaving the food walked away without looking back, for they were afraid to confront the goddess face to face. This was a way of honoring the threefold goddess where on could look three ways at once. One petition for her patronage is recorded in the third century by Hippolytus in Philosphumena:

Come infernal, terrestrial, and heavenly Bombo (Hecate), goddess of the broad roadways, of the crossroad, thou who goest to and fro at night, torch in hand, enemy of the day. Friend and lover of darkness, thou who doest rejoice when the bitches are howling and warm blood is spilled, thou who art walking amid the phantom and the in place of the tombs, thou whose thirst is blood, thou who doest strike chill and fear in mortal hearts, Gorgo, Mormo, Moon of a thousand forms, cast a propitious eye on our sacrifice.

Aspects and Imagery


In vase paintings she holds two torches while in statuary she was frequently depicted as having three heads and three bodies. In later times Hecate took on the form of a pillar called Hecterion. One statue shows her with three heads and six arms, bearing three torches and three sacred emblems. A key, rope, and dagger. With the key to the underworld, Hecate unlocks the secrets of the occult mysteries and knowledge of afterlife. The rope symbolizes the umbilical cord of rebirth and renewal. The Dagger or Athame is a symbol of ritual power.

She is “The goddess that troubles the reason of men.”
The Greeks called her “The Hag of the Dead”
She is also called “the most lovely one” a title of the moon.
The owl is her messenger, and the willow is her tree.
Rides a chariot pulled by dragons.
Depicted wearing a gleaming headdress of stars.
She was connected to the goddess Artemis, Diana, and Persephone.
Closely associated with Eleusinian Mysteries.

History/Genealogy

It is believed that her powerful position was derived from the Egyptian mid-wife goddess Heqit, Heket, or Hekat, who in turn evolved from the heq or tribal matriarch of pre-dynastic Egypt, who was a wise-woman in command of all hekau or “mother’s Words of Power.” In her moon-goddess aspect she is often part of the trinity with Selene, and Diana/Artemis. In Greek mythology Hecate was the only child of the Titanes Perses (god of man-made destruction – he who lays waste) and Asteria (flaming one: goddess of fire. After the fall of the Titans she was pursued by Zeus. She cast herself into the sea as a flaming meteor from heaven and was transformed permanently into the island of Delos which later became a sanctuary for Leto to give birth.) . From her parents she inherited powers over the earth, sea and heavens. Hecate was the only Titan who retained her power after Zeus’ victory. During the Middle ages, Hecate became known as Queen of the Ghostworld, or Queen of Witches. She was particularlly demonized by Catholic authorities.

Festivals and Celebrations

On the Greek isle of Aegina a festival was held every year in her honor. Mystery rites were held in her behalf.
On August 13 in Greece at the House of Storms and Fertility. It was held to aid in keeping the harvest storms from destroying the harvest.
Hallowmas held on October 31 to honor Hecate at a time when the veil between the world was the thinnest.
In Italy by the lake of Avernus, there was a scared dark grove of Hecate. In private worship to her followers were offered Hecates suppers. The leftovers were placed outdoors as offerings to this goddess and her hounds.
Sacred to Hecate

Key, torch, cauldron, dogs, owls, wild animals

Attributes

Poppy, animals dog, willow, star

Misc

Medea was a priestess of Hecate. In some accounts she is actually Hecate’s daughter.
The appearance of black howling dogs at night meant that Hecate was near, and their barking announced her approach. “If the dogs are traveling at night, it means Hecate is about.”
She is only visible to dogs.
Her name was called at night at the cross-roads of cities.
She is said to live near the tombs of the victims of murder.

—–Article found on: Sibylline Order


CRONE

Untie a knot,
Tie a new knot
Bind it and set it free!
Take me in your twisted hands,old woman
With each wrinkle I am yours in the end
Twist the twine, weaver of time
Your destiny is mine.

I raise my eyes into my eyes
And there I see you beckoning
Conspirator, adventurer
Upon the spiral way.
Whose approach is creamed away in lies
You are not refused in me
Whose whisper now is deafening
I watch you weaving patiently

Holy Mother of the Web,
Weaver of the spider’s tread
Sister spinners, weavers all
Dance upon the Harpy’s claw
Fill the void with sacred rage
Rattle the bars, free the cage
Shatter silence with your cries
Sister flyers, pierce the skies!
Like the snake that sheds its skin,
Letting transformation take me
The golden chrysalis hands by a thread

As I look within
Where one leaves off and the next begins,
In your chaos will I bide
Shadow spinner, Moerae,
Guide me to the other side!
Untie a knot,
Tie a new knot
Bind it and set it free!

—–By: Ruth Barrett, The Temple of Hecate