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    Winter Protection from the Snow Faeries Snow Faeries, Frost Faeries, Ice faeries or Winter Faeries; by whichever name you know them, they are the personification of the Winter season.  Their element is Water.  In the physical world, they are found throughout Europe and Asia, particularly at nocturnal Winter woods and water, and are the most active from late Autumn through early Spring, usually at night.  In the Land of the Fay, Snow Faeries can be spotted in the realm of Winter. Depending on which culture you find them, the appearance of Snow Faeries can vary.  Because they are pure energy, they can take on any form that they wish.  Snow…

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    Domhnach Chrom Dubh (Chrom Dubh Sunday) Domhnach Chrom Dubh, which translates to “Chrom Dubh Sunday”, is the festival of the sacrificial Celtic or pre-Celtic god Crom Dubh, the Irish Underworld Corn God, even though this festival has been Christianized.  Because Crom Dubh, who was also known as Crom Cruach, was referred to as the Dark Croucher or the Old Bent One, he was easily demonized and transformed into the ‘Devil’ once Christianity took hold of the land. Every year, thousands of people make the pilgrimage to Ireland’s holy mountain where Saint Patrick supposedly fasted for forty days and nights before defeating a host of demons (but this mountain was considered…

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    Greetings!  This month’s article is inspired by a Greek feast day called the Anthesteria, the festival of flowers.  It fell on March 4th and was dedicated to Flora and Hecate. FLORA Flora is the eternally youthful Roman goddess of flowers, flowering plants, flower magic, grain, human sexuality, fertility of vegetation and is associated with the element of Earth. Flora was the consort of Zephyrus, the god of the South Winds who announced the arrival of Spring. She was mostly worshipped by young girls who gave her offerings of fruits and flowers.  Flora was one of the many ancient goddesses that were depicted carrying a flower garland which links her to…

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    Greetings!  Instead of a two-for-one special month, you get a three-for-one special! The theme for this month’s spells is centered on the Moon and the sacred days that fall in February for two Moon Goddesses.  Selene had two festivals set aside for her, February 7th through the 9th and February 27th.  Diana had a feast day this month as well, February 12th. February 7-9 and February 27th:  The Day of Selene (Day of Diana) Selene, the goddess of the Full Moon, is one of the original, and sadly a minor, Greek deity.  Selene was described as a beautiful silvery woman with wings and a golden or crescent crown.  Her name…

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    January 2nd: The Birth of the Goddess Inanna/Ishtar in Ancient Sumeria “Isis, Astarte, Deanna, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna…” Who is this Goddess? Inanna and Ishtar are essentially two sides of the same coin.  Inanna came first, the goddess of the Sumerians.  Ishtar came after, the goddess of the Babylonians and Assyrians.  She was found in either her original form or in another form around the world including in Arabia, Armenia, Canaan, Carthage, China, Cilesia, Crete, Egypt, Ephesia, Greece, India, Israel, Japan, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Phrygia, and Pontus. Some say that she was the daughter of Anu, the Mesopotamian creator god, similar to the Greek Zeus, while others claim that she was…

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    The Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) This time of year we either think of the Celtic holy day of Samhain or its American reinvention, Halloween.  For the purposes of this article, I strive to “spice things up” a bit, by sharing with you the Mexican Day of the Dead, or El Dia de los Muertos, the one day each year that Death takes off from work. Beginning on October 31st and ending on November  2nd, the Day of the Dead, or Los Dia de los Meurtos, or Days of the Dead, is when revelers dress in costumes, feast and honor Death and those that have departed…

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    This month you get two-for-one-special; two spells for the price of one.  That’s because there are two sacred days for the goddess Artemis/Diana; the Night of Nicnevin and Saint Cecilia’s Day.  Nicnevin and Cecilia are “versions” of the Goddess of the Hunt.  Most likely, these are aspects of the goddess that you have not heard of before, and that is why I am sharing them with you now. November 9th and 10th: Night of Nicnevin (Scotland) After the Greek huntress Artemis was adopted by the Romans and renamed Diana, Queen of the Faeries, she was taken with the Romans wherever the Romans went, including Scotland.  There she was renamed again,…

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    Mid-Summer Spiritual Purification with Vesta “Daughter of Saturn, venerable dame, Who dwell’st amid great fire’s eternal flame, In thee the gods have fix’d their dwelling place, Strong stable basis of the mortal race.” Taylor’s Orphic Hymns: Hymn to Vesta What’s in a name? Vesta’s name means “torch” and was sometimes called the “Shining One” or the “The One of Light” and conversely some called her the “Lady of the Night”.  She was the “Keeper of the Hearth”, the “Keeper of the Flame”, the “Lady of the Loving Light”, the “Goddess of Fire and Purity” and the “Guardian of the Hearth and Home”.  Even though she was the “The Virgin Goddess…

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    Diana’s May Day Holy Water The Roman goddess Diana (the Greek Artemis) was called “The Dewy One” by the ancient Romans because they considered dew to be sacred to her.  They believed that the dew was left by the Moon (a symbol of Diana) during the night.  Practitioners of Strega (Italian Witchcraft) would collect dew from various sacred plants to then use in Holy Water. The phrase “Holy Water” has an obvious Judeo-Christian feel to it, so if you are not comfortable with this verbiage, the phrase “Blessing Water” may resonate better with you.  Either way, Holy Water has many uses including evoking the Water Element during a Ritual Circle,…

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    A Pax on Both Their Houses Pax is a Roman goddess whose name means “peace” or “Spirit of Peace”.  The Romans “adopted” her from the Greek pantheon where she was called Eireen (pronounced eye-REEN).  As the Goddess of Peace, she was born to the god Zeus and the goddess Themis and she was the sister to Dike (meaning “justice”), Eunomia (meaning “law” or “order”) as well as the Horae (meaning “season” or “hours”, where we get our modern word for “hour”).  As the Greek Eireen, she helps us replace worrisome thoughts with a sense of faith that “this too shall pass”.  When she is called upon, a sense of peacefulness…