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Gems of the Goddess

June, 2011

LILLITH THE TEMPTRESS


Some may think of her as a daemon, and even a fallen angel, but Lilith is far beyond what she is perceived as.  Legend says that Lilith was the first women created, not Eve.  Lilith and Adam were put on earth to reproduce, and when Adam started to take the dominant position during intercourse by being on top, Lilith just wouldn’t have it.  She asked him why he insisted this, and he replied by saying that she was a women.  Lilith became enraged, and argued that since they were created by the same creator, that they were both equals.  When Adam still refused Lilith left the Garden Of Eden, and God created Eve; the perfect submissive wife.  During the time when Adam and Eve created children, Lilith fled to the Red Sea where she met fallen angel Samael.  Together they created rather barbaric children known as “Lilin”, who were seen as demonic figures.  Lilith was also known to seduce men in their sleep to create more children, as God was killing most of them off in punishment for her not returning to the Garden Of Eden.

Another legend says that she was the serpent who tempted Eve to eat the apple, along with the belief that she is the first witch, teaching all of her children small ways of magic.

There is a lot of death and destruction associated with Lilith’s name, but she is also known as the goddess of re-birth and birth itself.  She is seen as more of a darker goddess, because she is very bold and acts upon whatever urges she has, not matter what they are.  But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have helpful urges.  Modern day Lilith helps during childbirth as well as abortions.  She can help with any frightening aspect of ones life, if they are ready for an abrupt and to the point outcome.  She doesn’t hesitate in her decisions, and has a very palpable presence.

Overall, this goddess should not be feared or seen as a hateful being.  She is now able to be seen in a different light.  Many myths and stories are associated with Lilith, that can even become a bit controversial.  One thing for sure is that she is a goddess of extraordinary power and impact on history and the world today.  She certainly lingers in the places no one dares to go, ready to unlock the beauty hidden within, and help us face the tragedy in our lives.

CONNECTING WITH LILITH

Lilith would encourage you to do what makes you happy.  Try doing something for yourself, or get something done your way for a change.  Most of the people who are highly successful in endeavors, didn’t get there by being sweet all the time.  If you have inner nudging’s, act upon them.

Another way to connect with Lilith is to evoke her spirit into one of your dark moon rituals.  Again, Lilith is very to the point in whatever you ask her help with, so be ready, and don’t fear her.  Maybe she’s not all smiles all the time, but she is wisdom at its finest hour.  If you were to call on her, she is sure to be there.

SYMBOLS AND THINGS TO PUT ON YOUR ALTER

Owls, dark moon, serpent, tree, wormwood, cinnamon, dark colored candles, lilies

Gems of the Goddess

May, 2011

Roman Huntress Diana

She is the protector of all things wild; trees, animals, flowers, and most of all women.  Her name itself means “Goddess”, a very blunt meaning, but one that fits her well in all the very literal things she did and still continues to do.  She brought the ancient Romans the gift of magic and eternal motherly love.  She taught them the importance of nature, and that the streams that run through the forest are the veins within her body.

She is also associated with the goddess emis and is said to have ties with Hecate as well.

In any form she came in the Romans loved their Goddess, so in her honor they built her a temple, that was greatly attended by slaves, and people of all natures, especially women.  Diana is greatly known as the guardian of women, as she protects their every move.  Being so close with women and nature, naturally she would be closely associated with the moon, and witchcraft.  So if needed, she could help you with anything regarding your craft.

She is a goddess of many things, and many mysteries.  Within these mysteries lies her connection with beasts and demons as well, and even Lucifer himself, since she is a lover of all things.  Unfortunately, this fact got blown out of proportion and she became greatly feared by later generations, although Diana isn’t the only goddess who this happened too.  The Goddess religion became known as devil worship overtime, and is still a touchy subject today.  Even though all this goddess-fearing behavior exists, Diana still resides in the crevasses of our hearts.  She is the wind in our hair, and the rain on our face.  She is the call of birds and nature itself.  She urges us all to climb a mountain or just be outside enjoying her gift to us.  She will forever  roam the forests with her bow and arrow in hand ready to take on what ever is thrown in her path, or anyone else’s.

CONNECTING WITH DIANA

Hopefully the weather is nice wherever you are because the obvious way to connect with Diana is to just go outside.  Plant flowers in her name, preform moon magic outside, or feed the animals.  Write a wish on a leaf and set it free in a stream.

To evoke her protection you can simply empower one of her symbols in her name and set it in the moonlight overnight.  She will gladly stand by your side when need be.  Most importantly she resides within your heart, all you need to do is ask.  She already loves you.

SYMBOLS AND THINGS TO PUT ON YOUR ALTER

Bow and arrows, honeysuckle, hazel, jasmine, lemon verbena, aloe, moonstone, pearl, silver, turquoise, diamonds, blue skies, the moon, and anything involving the outdoors.

Gems of the Goddess

April, 2011

Rhiannon The Welsh Queen

Her name was sung by the honey voiced Stevie Nicks in the song Rhiannon, back in the 1970’s, gaining her the attention she very much deserves.  Rhiannon is defiantly a warrior goddess in her own right, as well as a soft whimsical soul.  Her name means “divine queen” of the fairies, and she was often seen riding her horses in the flower fields among her fairy kingdom.  She sang to the birds, and anyone else who would happen to walk by.  The goddess had many gifts, with which she shared with many people.

Her life wasn’t all roses and fairy dust.  Her family arranged for her to marry an older man, a man of her “own kind.”  But Rhiannon being the individual she is, defied their wishes and fell for Pwyll, a mortal prince.  She proceeded to woo him outside his castle one day, and he instantly fell for her alluring glow.  She was a stunning sight to see; long hair, fair skin, and an infectious loving personality, galloping towards him on a white horse.  She could entice anyone, and she was aware of this, but never took it for granted.  She is a dazzling person, and Pwyll could not believe she was his, a women from another land.

The two met up again a year later as Rhiannon took Pwyll and his men through the winding forest to her home where they would be wedded, and she would be apart of the mortal world.

They rode and rode, amazed at Rhiannon’s speed and gracefulness.  The trees behind them began to close and soon they entered a clearing.  Within the clearing was a beautiful structure made of crystal that spiraled up into the sky.  This was the place Rhiannon called home.  Birds flitted and danced about Rhiannon singing to her.  It was a fairy tale moment in time.

After the wedding a great festival was held, with much happiness and joy.  Both families were accepting groups welcoming each other with open arms.  The group danced around the fairy kingdom celebrating the newly wed couple.  Unfortunately, the older man Rhiannon was set up to marry showed up and started creating havoc.  This would not be tolerated by her, so Rhiannon set out for him quietly as she could.  Using a bit of magic of course, she turned him into a badger, tied him up in a bag, and threw him into a river to drown.  As gracious as she may be, Rhiannon was not to messed with. Little did she know he escaped from the bag, and would cause future drama in her life later on.

In the mean time Rhiannon and her husband lived on in the Pwyll’s palace.  Soon his family started to question the couple about having an heir to the thrown, and began to question Rhiannon’s ability to be within the royal family.  Rhiannon quickly took notice and produced a beautiful baby boy.  Being exhausted from child birth, Rhiannon was assigned 7 maids to help her with her new child.  They were to take shifts caring for the infant.  One night they all fell asleep on the job, and awoke to find the crib empty.  Immediately alarmed and afraid of getting in trouble, they decided to put the blame on Rhiannon, killing an animal and scattering its blood and bones around the sleeping beauty.

The next morning the maids rang the alarm and spoke a hideous lie saying that Rhiannon ate her own child.  The whole town was a wreck, and even Pwyll did not defend his wife.  Blinded by anger, he sentenced her to be a greeter outside the castle gate and carry the visitors up the hill for as long as she lives.

She agreed to her punishment, enduring it for many years.  Eventually her integrity and acceptance began to grow on the visitors, and people started to show kindness towards her once again.

In the fall, a man, his wife, and a young boy showed up at the gate.  Rhiannon told them she was there to carry them up the hill, but the family refused.  The boy leaned down and handed her a piece of an infants clothing.  Shocked and overwhelmed Rhiannon realized that the cloth had been woven by her.  She looked into the boys eyes and saw Pwyll’s gaze within them.  This boy was her son.    The family had taken him in when they found him abandoned years ago.  Once the news about Rhiannon reached them they knew that this boy must have something to do with her terrible fate.  So they set out to find her, and reunite Rhiannon with her son.

Soon the whole kingdom was made aware of what happened, and Rhiannon was accepted back into the royal family once more.

Her endless ability to forgive is a lesson we could all take note of.  Forgiveness is not only an important task to employ within yourself, but also with others.  It can unlock the door to everlasting peace, for you and all of the people that come and go in your life.  She also teaches us to endure life’s throw-backs with grace, and an open heart, learning what you can along the way.  Everything works out in the end, so in the mean time, take some time to sing and enjoy the flowers!  Be that inner maiden and approach things with a care-free attitude like Rhiannon did.

CONNECTING WITH RHIANNON

Practice the role of forgiveness in an area of your life.  May it be with yourself or with another person.  And remember if its with another person, your not saying that what they did was right, but your saying that your moving on, and are not dwelling on the matter anymore.  Baby steps are fine, either way some weight will be lifted off your shoulders.  Rhiannon is there to help!  Since its almost spring, go outside and connect with her for the help you need.  Give the fairies a donation, or do whatever you feel is right.  Make spring a fresh new start.

SYMBOLS AND THINGS TO PUT ON YOUR ALTER

birds, horses, wind, the moon, gates, bayberry, sage, rosemary, gold, amethyst, dark green, brown, lavender, horseshoe, (the song Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac)

Journey of a Witch

March, 2011

Ostara-Goddess of Light

“In the light
Everybody needs the light.”
Led Zeppelin

The radiant dawn.

Who is the Goddess Ostara?
Does she hail from Germanic lands or elsewhere?
In some Pagan and Wiccan circles, March is associated with the Spring Equinox and the Goddess Ostara.

Controversies surround the validity of Ostara and her associations.

Bede the Venerable wrote about a Spring Goddess called Eostre who was honored with feasts during April.
There are some who that believe Bede the Venerable simply made her up in his writings.
Bede was an English monk who lived in the 8th century.
He was responsible for writings of historical, theological, and other works, and is regarded as a historian today.
Still, other historians think she was the reconstructed dawn goddess from various prehistoric cultures.

While I am certainly no historical scholar it is fascinating to read about human history.
Writings based upon older writings, based upon even older writings, based upon oral tradition seem to be the flow.
Meanings can get lost in language translations, the bias of the writer, and in time itself.
And let’s not forget that history is written from the perspective of the conqueror.
I do think people can get caught up in the past and forget what is going on in the present.
Regardless of the origins of Ostara, we have the seasons happening right now, whether that is a snowflake, raindrop, or sunshine.

Absence of validity is only important in those looking for validity in themselves.

The essence of Ostara is in the blooms and the gentle winds that surround you.
She remains within our memory and lives in the trees and grass.
In every heart today and in the past.

Though spring may not have been celebrated as it is today in modern pagan rites, it was a very important time for agricultural societies to plant crops after the last frost.
These people of old most likely did not perform elaborate rituals for the seasons, there was no time!  Living off the land they were already a part of the cycle of the seasons and a part of Nature that we are very much removed from in our modern cities.

Spring was relief from the bitter cold, a time when food became plentiful, and the dullness of days inside were sweetened by the taste of spring outside.

Spring is also the time when animals are busy making baby animals.
That baby bunny may look cute in the pet store but that baby bunny grows up.
It can be surprising as to how big a cute tiny bunny can get and how long they can live.
If you are looking for a bunny or any animal it is very important to research that animal, its care, housing, and life expectancy.
Be sure you are ready for a financial and life commitment.

Shine on.

Spring can teach us to honor our own light by reaching out to others whose light has dimmed.
Like the Dawn Goddess bringing light to the day, you can bring light for someone in need.
Whether that light shines on a person, creature, or Earth you will be sending Love and Light.
Plant a garden, even if just a sprig of Rosemary in your window sill. It will reward you with with seasonings and reminders that nature exists even in crowded cities.
Send a care package to a soldier (http://anysoldier.com/).
Read to an elderly person or take them a meal. Donate blankets to an animal shelter.
There are many things one can do to shine light on a dim day.

This is not only a good time for that spring cleaning but also a time for spiritual cleansing.
Let go of the harboring you cradled in winter. Release them into the wind to transform into droplets of dew or mist.

Everybody needs the light.

In the first warmth of the sun on the Spring Equinox greet Ostara or just the light you feel and release your pain to the warmth.
Light and Love can transform pain into joy. Share your day with loved ones with a meal held in honor of Ostara or Light and Love if you wish. Light gold or peach colored candles to bring in the day and let light bring its warmth. Meditate on the light and plant those seeds of patience, love and kindness within yourself to help you on your spiritual journey.

Radiate your light and shine on.

Gems of the Goddess

March, 2011

BAST


Do you ever find yourself thinking about how you would rather be lounging around somewhere else, engaging in something luxurious?  Bast would always and forever encourage you to do so.  She is the Egyptian cat Goddess of passion, pleasure,and the sun to name just a few.  She loves to dance, and remembers to never take things too seriously.  Who wouldn’t want her around?  Especially if she can help you with love issues as well as self doubt obstacles.  She has that special nocturnal cat vision, that allows her all seeing eyes to see through the darkness in physical circumstances and emotional ones, so we can become our true selves.  Bast herself is one strong and loving personality, which attracted her many followers.  She was worshiped around 3,000 B.C.E, and was known for her protectiveness of households and of women.  Her worshipers of Ancient Egypt  attended her shrine in Baubastis, that was made of pink granite and was considered to be one of the most beautiful temples in the world.  The temple grounds also held Bast’s cat followers who were mummified within the cemetery in her honor.

When she wasn’t being worshiped for the exquisite goddess she is, she would ride with her father Ra, the sun god, in his chariot to pull the sun across the sky.  She lived a life of ease and luxury, but always made sure to help her fellow Egyptians by giving them fertile crops to plant, and water to fill the rivers.  So in this case she is also a fertility goddess.

With all these attributes, also came her addiction to love.  This wasn’t a negative addiction, mind you, but Bast had a way with both men and women.  She had many lovers and affairs, all involving her special ingredient of seductive passion.

A very playful goddess, but also very motherly and on her guard about those whom she loved.  This intense warrior side came in handy when she found her father in danger of the god Apep, who was his largest enemy.  Ra’s followers tried everything they could to protect him, but in the end it was his daughter Bast who killed Apep within the darkest hour of the night with her all-seeing cat eyes, that shone as brightly as the moon itself.


CONNECTING WITH BAST

Do what Bas would want you to do and party it up!  Stop the stress, and know that your true essence is perfect.  So, turn up your music, spray on your perfume, and wear the prettiest thing in your closet (preferably red if you have it).  You can also burn some of Bast’s herbs in her honor, and don’t forget to ask her to dance with you.  Don’t be afraid to add luxury to your life in whatever form you want.  You deserve it.  Always remember that if you feel you need a “you” day, be sure to take advantage of it.  Those days are vital to you and those around you, as well as part of the road to enlightenment.  Sometimes you need to spend some time with yourself to get a better hold on whats going on in your life.  Bast would urge this, and would be willing to protect you if a moment of crisis strikes.


SYMBOLS AND THINGS TO PUT ON YOUR ALTER

Cats, perfume, clay pots, music, dancing, red, gold, cypress, barley, catnip, mint, yew, cinnamon, frankincense, lavender, cat’s eye, sunstone

Gems of the Goddess

February, 2011

FREYA


Love is in the air.  Yes, a very cliche saying, but one that Freya would agree with always.  She is the Norse goddess of love, and enjoys getting arrangements of flowers and dancing to music.  Along with the prettiness she was also a warrior goddess of the Valkyries.  On her missions as the leader,  she would ride on her chariot of two blue cats across the sky, creating what is now called “the northern lights.”  When she got to the war battle field, she would claim the souls of the bravest warriors who died, and bring them back with her to rest in perfect peace.  A very kind women, she would also ask their wives to come with her as well.

With her sparkling personality and charming toughness, the strawberry-blonde defiantly attracted the attention of many men.  One in particular named Od, who was the other leader in the Valkyries.  Freya fell hard for him, and the two were soon married.  Until one day Od disappeared, a mystery to everyone.  Freya was outraged and upset, so she cloaked herself in rave’s feathers and flew off to find him.  When she did she found him as a horrible sea monster, but she loved him so much nothing could get in her way.

Soon after she found him, he was suddenly killed, giving Freya no time to stop the incident.  Freya was blinded by anger and wanted to kill whoever murdered such a noble God.  Before that could happen Od was sent to Valhalla, where he could have occasional visits from Freya so the two would be together for eternity.

CONNECTING WITH FREYA

On a Friday (the day named after Freya herself) take a rose quartz crystal and recite an evocation to Freya of your choice, to be with you as you charge it, for love and luck throughout the year.  Carry the stone with you in a safe place and make sure to charge it every once and while.  Freya is very compassionate so always know she is never far from your heart.  Another note, she is also helpful if you are experiencing relationship problems.

SYMBOLS AND THINGS TO PUT ON YOUR ALTER

Roses, moonstone, cats, sandalwood, emerald, mint, valerian, swords, mistletoe, green, silver, viking hats, flowers, romantic music

Diana

January, 2011

Take me to the highest mountains
To all things wild and free
In the sacred wood
Ready your bow
Steady your gaze

In the winds
of the Wild Hunt
Hunter becomes the hunted
Haunting and haunted
As the winter gale

Tears the leaves
Moss Maidens
Frightened in the trees
Look after me in 1-2-3
To the Light and

To the darkness
You’ll find me
In the woodlands
And in the groves
I sing to Diana

Let the light unfold

Gems of the Goddess

January, 2011

CAILLEACH

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Winter has come.  Bringing along its snowflakes, whistling winds, and darker nights. Causing all living things to feel the need to hibernate against this bitter cold, only to return again in the spring refreshed and new.  Cailleach governs all of this. She is a Celtic winter goddess, as well as creation and transformation deity.  She is in the rocky mountain tops and hills. Her blanket of snow rests quietly over all that lives beneath its preserving grasp.

She is a death goddess, who lets die out what is no longer needed (in nature and within ourselves) but she also plants the seeds for new life to grow.

A very, very ancient goddess, previously worshiped in Scotland, Cailleach was so well respected she was said to have created the earth, with her hammer.  Banging out mountains and carving out streams.

Cailleach was a unique beauty.  She was depicted as an old women, with blue skin, bears teeth, matted hair, and piercing eyes.

On top of all that fierceness, she could also give kings the power to rule their land.

Cailleach reminds us what winter is all about.  A time for renewal.  A time for hibernation, even if its just a mental hibernation.  Those moments alone, digging deeper into your very core, are highly important to ones mental health.  With Cailleach there to guide you into the spring, as a refreshed individual, she can teach us all vast lessons about creation.  Strengthening us even more for the coming seasons.

CONNECTING WITH CAILLEACH

Meditate upon this wise women.  What things in your life need refreshment or change?  Let her guide you within the realms of her snowy earth.

Also make sure to give the animals some food to hibernate with.  Like nuts or berries.

SYMBOLS AND THINGS TO PUT ON YOUR ALTER

Hammers, rocks, snow, hills, wands, blue, deer, mountains, earth

Gems of the Goddess

December, 2010

CERRIDWEN

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Welsh Goddess of Wisdom

Her long dark hair spiraling down towards her cauldron of knowledge.  She stirs up a potion of transformation for her son Afagddu, who has become ugly and one who is greatly feared.  So Cerridwen set off creating the perfect potion to make her son glorious and loveable.

For one year and a day Cerridwen added herbs at all the correct astrological times to her potion.  She chanted and sang the right songs, as the servant boy who tended the fire watched her carefully.  Then on the very last day as she set out to get the last bit of herbs, she heard an enormous crash.  Cerridwen went running to see what had happened, and came to find her potion completely gone as well as the servant boy who tended the fire.  Outraged, Cerridwen set out after him, murder on her mind.  The two ran and ran, shape shifting from a dog perusing a rabbit, an otter chasing a salmon, and a hawk flying after a bird.  Until finally the servant boy transformed into a single grain that fell to the ground, just as Cerridwen transformed into a black hen and swallowed that grain whole.

Nine months later she gave birth to Taliesen, a great Welsh Poet.

Cerridwen is the Crone aspect of the Goddess, and was worshiped by the people of Wales during pre-Christian times.  Even today she teaches us all the power of feminine knowledge, and how inspiration can lead to beautiful transformation in our lives.

So when you feel called to do so, call upon Cerridwen for inspiration, and ask her to share with you some of her wisdom.  All you have to do is ask politely, and take a peak into that big black cauldron!

CONNECTING WITH CERRIDWEN

Engage in your own cauldron festivities.  With the holidays coming up, I’m sure that won’t be a problem.  Cook and brew what feels right, and dedicate it to Cerridwen.

SYMBOLS AND THINGS TO PUT ON YOUR ALTER:

White sow, cauldrons, astrology, herbs, nuts, corn, the moon, water, and dark colors

Gems of the Goddess

November, 2010

HECATE

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work by Katlyn Breene

Daughter of Titanes Perses and Asteria

Since ancient times Hecate has been there within us all. All thanks to Zeus, who granted her this power, she forever -stands at the crossroads with her torch, governing who comes and goes within the spiritual realm.  Like the Greek and mysterious women she is, she’s also the goddess of witchcraft, and is sometimes seen as an old hag stirring a cauldron.  I don’t think hag is a very nice word, so lets just say older lovely lady.

Lover of the sky and moon, she is the queen of night who was never afraid to see the unseen within the dark, and the underworld.  This made her play an important role in Persephone’s life when she needed someone to talk to.  Hecate was always there, for she always knew what others did not.  With that fierce intuitive knowledge, and dark demeanor came her will to forever be independent.  Deciding to never rely on the power of a man to make her happy, she remained a virgin goddess.  She enjoyed being alone, lurking in cemeteries and hiding within the shadows.

But just because she likes to be alone and in charge, doesn’t mean she wouldn’t offer help.  Known for helping sailors at sea, she can also help anyone who asks her with respect.  One would not want to toy with her emotions, but she can play a huge part in our self-discovery path.  Hecate is one to urge you to look deeper into things (including yourself) to realize truths, even if they are scary. She can bring about swift change within our lives, be it bad or good.  Which ever creates lasting growth within us.  She sits deep within our souls waiting to be called upon for natural wisdom.  So don’t hesitate!

HALLOWEEN WITH HECATE

Since its almost Samhain, day of the dead, naturally Hecate would be most tangible, as the veil of seen and unseen becomes thinnest.  To connect with Hecate, go outside when the only light in the sky is that of the moon and stars, and call upon her.  Sit quietly and listen to what the night has to say to you.  Watch the moon as it stares lovingly at down in your direction.  Record any thoughts or experiences.

SYMBOLS AND THINGS TO PUT ON YOUR ALTER:

Torch, keys, dogs, cinnamon, mugwort, lime, raisins, candles, masks, moonstone, gold, owls, pumpkins, and dark colors

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