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She Who Is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

January, 2019

Aa

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Credit: freedom for humanity2016.wordpress.com)

She
to whom January 1st is dedicated and to whom is honored on this day
is the Babylonian Goddess, Aa.

She is also known as:

Great
Mother

Mother
of All Things

Goddess
of the Dawn

Goddess
of the Light

While
She is known as Aa in Babylonia, She is also known as Serida in
Sumeria, and in Akkadian as Aya, which means “dawn” in
Akkadian.

She
is “the Beginning” and “The Mother of All Wisdom”
and is associated with the eastern mountains which bring the sun into
the sky.

(Image
Credit: earthandstarryheaven.com)

Her
symbol is an 8-rayed sphere representing the symbol of light. As the
consort of Shamash, the god of the sun, She was also called Bride of
the Sun. Her sacred marriage to Shamash brought all thing to grow
and prosper.

Aa
brings the energy from the dawning of the sun on a new day.

(Image
Credit: historymaniac.megan.com)

Other
Goddesses who have their feast days in January include:

January
2 – Inanna’s Day (Sumerian)

January
5 – Kore’s Day (Greek)

January
8 – Justicia’s Day (Roman)

January
11 – Carmentalia (Roman)

January correspondences:

Gem/Birthstone:
Garnet

Full
Moon – Cold Moon

Herb
– Thyme

Color
– White

Tree
– Birch

***

About
the Author:

Susan
Morgaine
 is
a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher,
Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist
with PaganPages.org Her
writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever
Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed
and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises,
Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also
been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She
is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She
is the author of “My
Name is Isis
”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………”
children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A
Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long
been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes
and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She
is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation,
being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research
Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the
Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found
at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and
her email is [email protected]

My Name is Isis on Amazon

Beating the January Blues: Excerpts from Every Day Magic Edited by Lucya Starza

January, 2019

January
blues refers to that unsettled and unhappy feeling after the holidays
are over. The joy and excitement have come and gone, and now there is
nothing to look forward to. Of course, Imbolc isn’t so far away, so
as a Pagan it’s probably a bit easier to cope with! But winter
depression and SAD can affect anyone, so it’s important to keep an
eye on your mood at this time of year and try and do something
positive if you feel yourself becoming anxious or feeling low.

Here
are some excerpts from a book I contributed to which has magical
tasks for every day of the year. Every
Day Magic: A Pagan Book of Days
is a collection of 366 ways to
observe the cycle of the year. These ideas can help make a grey and
dismal January as magical as you need it to be.

Click Here or Book Cover for Amazon Info

January
the First: New Year’s Resolutions

Resolve
to enrich your spirit each and every day in many and varied ways. Aim
to watch the way the seasons change; meditate a little; whisper
prayers; light candles for peace, hope, joy, love and good health;
dance and sing; learn about the Gods and Goddesses of the ancient
world and celebrate the forces of nature, the Earth, the Sun, the
Moon and the stars. Breathe in love and breathe out love. Be open to
inspiration. Be blessed. Lucya StarzaI

January
the Fourth: Janus

January
is named after the Roman God of beginnings and endings, Janus. At the
start of the year, cakes made of spelt flour and salt were
traditionally burnt on his altar as an offering. Bake spelt bread
(there are many traditional recipes online), then make an offering of
a little to Janus. Tell him all the things you want to change and ask
for his help. Light a candle in his honour. Ravenwings

January
the Fifth: Focus and Control Pouch

Braided
string, 6 inches in black, blue and yellow

Almond

Cedar

Bay
leaf

Nutmeg

Carnelian

Cinnamon
oil

Pouch

Purple
candle

Before
preparing the pouch, apply cinnamon oil to the candle. Light it to
aid focus and meditation. Leaving the oil on your hands, continue the
work. Affirmation: ‘I am strong. I will focus. I remain
calm, and use wisdom.’ Repeat this as you place the rest of the
items into the pouch. Tie it with braided string. Laeynarrie
Auvresti

January
the Sixth

Twelfth
Night Wassail

Recite
this to an apple tree and offer it cider and toast:

Wassail

Old
Apple tree, old apple tree,

We
have come to wassail thee.

Thirteen
fires we bring to thee,

Ancient
Mother apple tree.

Here’s
cider-toast to break thy fast,

Now
winter lessens here at last.

We
wake the spirits with the gun,

Then
sing and dance, have lots of fun.

Oh
apple tree, oh apple tree,

Do
blossom well we beg o’ thee.

To
bear and to bow apples enow.

Hats
full! Caps full! Three bushel bags full!

Barn
floors full,

And
a little heap under the stairs. Elen Sentier

What
do you do to keep yourself joyful in January? However you spend this
first month of the Gregorian year, may you be warm and merry in some
small and special way.

***

About
the Author:

Mabh
Savage
 is
a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She
is the author of 
A
Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors

and Pagan
Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways
.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors Click Here for Amazon Info

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways Click Here for Amazon Info

Interweavings

January, 2011

January is Hot Tea Month

Tea time is a good way to draw back in your energy after the rush of the day. The simple act of sipping a hot drink forces us to pay attention to what we are doing in the moment. (Basically, trying not to burn ourselves!) You can chug down a soda while walking from one place to another, but you won’t find it easy with a hot cup in your hand!

There are many wonderful books on the subject of medicinal/magical herbs and teas. Even Peter Rabbit’s mother knew a bit of chamomile tea was in order after Peter’s encounter in Mr. McGreggor’s garden. All sorts of teas are available in your local grocery store as well as health food stores.

One of the nicest things about drinking tea is the choice of mugs or cups and saucers available. Flea markets or garage sales are great places to pick up a single cup and saucer. You can collect a mixed set of teacups or look for just a favorite color. I have a collection of mugs in different colors that I use for different moods. There is a blue mug with chamomile for a calming moment; an orange mug with lemon tea for a pick-me-up and a green mug with peppermint tea for an under the weather tummy. I admit that I have one for every color of the Chakra system! I’ll list what I use in case it has slipped your mind.

Red                       Root

Orange                 Hara

Yellow                  Center

January is Hot Tea Month

Tea time is a good way to draw back in your energy after the rush of the day. The simple act of sipping a hot drink forces us to pay attention to what we are doing in the moment. (Basically, trying not to burn ourselves!) You can chug down a soda while walking from one place to another, but you won’t find it easy with a hot cup in your hand!

There are many wonderful books on the subject of medicinal/magical herbs and teas. Even Peter Rabbit’s mother knew a bit of chamomile tea was in order after Peter’s encounter in Mr. McGreggor’s garden. All sorts of teas are available in your local grocery store as well as health food stores.

One of the nicest things about drinking tea is the choice of mugs or cups and saucers available. Flea markets or garage sales are great places to pick up a single cup and saucer. You can collect a mixed set of teacups or look for just a favorite color. I have a collection of mugs in different colors that I use for different moods. There is a blue mug with chamomile for a calming moment; an orange mug with lemon tea for a pick-me-up and a green mug with peppermint tea for an under the weather tummy. I admit that I have one for every color of the Chakra system! I’ll list what I use in case it has slipped your mind.

Red                       Root

Orange                 Hara

Yellow                  Center

January Correspondences

January, 2011

Herbs: marjoram, holy thistle, nuts and cones

Colors: brilliant white, blue-violet, black

Flowers: carnation, crocus, snow drop

Scents: musk, mimosa

Stones: garnet, onyx, jet, chrysoprase

Trees: birch

Animals: fox, coyote

Birds: pheasant, blue jay

Spirits:  gnomes & brownies

Deities: Freya (Norse); Innana, Sin and Antu (Sumeria); Saravati (Hindu); Hera and Irene (Greece); Ch’ang-O (China); Felicitas; Janus, Pax and Venus (Rome)

Power Areas: Sluggish, below the surface, beginning and conceiving, protection, reversing spells, Conserve energy by working on your own personal problems that involve no one else.
Time to work on new goals.

January correspondences

January, 2010

Herbs: marjoram, holy thistle, nuts and cones

Colors: brilliant white, blue-violet, black

Flowers: carnation, crocus, snow drop

Scents: musk, mimosa

Stones: garnet, onyx, jet, chrysoprase

Trees: birch

Animals: fox, coyote

Birds: pheasant, blue jay

Spirits:  gnomes & brownies

Deities: Freya (Norse); Innana, Sin and Antu (Sumeria); Saravati (Hindu); Hera and Irene (Greece); Ch’ang-O (China); Felicitas; Janus, Pax and Venus (Rome)

Power Areas: Sluggish, below the surface, beginning and conceiving, protection, reversing spells, Conserve energy by working on your own personal problems that involve no one else.
Time to work on new goals.

January correspondences

January, 2009

Herbs: marjoram, holy thistle, nuts and cones

Colors: brilliant white, blue-violet, black

Flowers: carnation, crocus, snow drop

Scents: musk, mimosa

Stones: garnet, onyx, jet, chrysoprase

Trees: birch

Animals: fox, coyote

Birds: pheasant, blue jay

Spirits:  gnomes & brownies

Deities: Freya (Norse); Innana, Sin and Antu (Sumeria); Saravati (Hindu); Hera and Irene (Greece); Ch’ang-O (China); Felicitas; Janus, Pax and Venus (Rome)

Power Areas: Sluggish, below the surface, beginning and conceiving, protection, reversing spells, Conserve energy by working on your own personal problems that involve no one else.
Time to work on new goals.