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    Gems of the Goddess

    Sekhmet Sekhmet is a powerful Egyptian Goddess.  There are some variations to the spelling of her name – Sachmet, Sakhet, Sekmet, Sakhmet, Sekhet and Nesert.  She is also known as Sacmis, which is a Greek name.   She was the sister and wife of Ptah.  Some places have her linked with the Goddess Hathor. Sekhmet is a Warrior Goddess and her name means “The Mighty One”.  She was also known as (One) Before Whom Evil Trembles, the Mistress of Dread, the Lady of Slaughter and the Lady of the Flame.  Her head is depicted with a lioness’ head. She was known as a Solar Goddess and you will see many of…

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    Sunflower Sunflower (Helianthus Annus) is also known as Corona Solis, Marigold of Peru and Solo Indianus.    Sunflowers are very common as happy gifts and there are in many gardens but Sunflowers have some wonderful magickal uses.  The Sunflower energy can be used by anyone who is trying to channel the energy of the Sun and to get in touch with any fire or sun deities. Sunflower was sacred to the Aztecs.  They considered it a religious herb and to honor the Sun God, they would carry and adorn themselves with sunflowers.  In Peru, the temples were decorated and honored with sunflowers. Some of the lore around sunflowers is interesting.  If…

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    Basil Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is also known as Albahaca, American Dittany, St. Joseph’s Work, Witches Herb, Our Herb, Feslien, Balanoi, Njilika and Sweet Basil.  It has many different varieties depending on how it is used.  For example, in Italian cooking, sweet basil is used.  In Asian cuisine, lemon basil, Thai basil and holy basil are used.  It is native to Iran and India and is also known in Asia, where it has been grown for over 5,000 years.   The word Basil derives from the Green “Basieus”, or King.  It was thought to be found growing where St. Constantine and Helen discovered the Holy Cross.  It has long been associated with…

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    Hel – Norse Goddess of the Underworld As we transition to Spring, let us look at one of the biggest transformational Goddesses in Norse Mythology – Hel.  Hel is the Norse ruler and Goddess of the Underworld. The top half of her body is a woman, the bottom half of her body is only skeleton.  She is the daughter of trickster Loki and the frost giantess Angrboda.  Odin found her to be hideous and because of her appearance and the fact she was daughter of Loki, he banished her to the underworld of Hel (same as her name), also known as Helheim.  (This should not be confused with the Christian…

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    Violet Violet (Viola odorata) is also known as Blue Violet, Sweet Violet, English Violet, Common Violet or Garden Violet.   Its origins are Europe and Asia but can also be found in North America and Australasia.   In India, it is known as Banafsa and is used to help with tonsillitis and sore or tender throats. Violet originated from Io, one of Zeus’s many romantic interests.  Zeus’s wife Hera found out about Zeus and Io and, in a jealous rage, changed her into a heifer.  Zeus, having pity on her, changed her into the beautiful violet.  Violet is known to bring wonderful results when used in rituals with just women. It is…

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    Ishtar – Goddess of Love and Sex Today we are going to discuss Ishtar, the Babylonian Goddess of Fertility, Love, War and Sex. She was likened to Venus, Aphrodite and Inanna.   Ishtar and her cult are associated with sexuality including sacred sex and prostitution.  Her symbol is the eight pointed star. Ishtar was known to have many lovers, however, she treated them cruelly.  Her love was known to tame wild animals and could be trouble for even the gods she consorted with in her travels.   Ishtar is known to be cruel and a punisher, not caring who she destroyed in her path to get what she wanted. One of…

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    Sage Sage (Salvia officinalis) is also known as Healer of all Ills, Garden Sage, Red Sage and Sawge.  It was a perennial shrub with soft, finely-toothed leaves that have many different uses.    It was first discovered to grow in Mediterranean areas because it likes to grow in the full sun.   It has traveled all over since then and can be found all over the world.  There are 500 different varieties of Sage now.  Sage is used in many different ways and this article will explore some of those ways. Sage was considered to be sacred to the Romans.  They would offer the plant wine and then harvest it without any…

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    Hera Hera was the Greek Goddess of Love and Marriage (also known as “Juno” in the Roman pantheon).  She was the wife of Zeus and the Queen of the Olympians.  She was also considered the Goddess of the Sky and the Starry Heavens. Hera was usually depicted with a crown on her head and holding a staff with a lotus tip.  She is also seen holding a hawk or a cuckoo bird. She is considered to embody the Triple Goddess – Maiden, Mother and Crone. Hera as Maiden was unmarried and virginal.  She then was married to Zeus, after being raped by him when he tricked her by posing as…

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    Marjoram Marjoram (Origanum majorana or O. Vulgare ) is also known as Joy of the Mountain, Knotted Marjoram, Marjorlaine, Mountain Mint, Pot Marjoram, Sweet Marjoram and Wintersweet.   It is indigenous to the Mediterranean and can also be found in the United States.   It is considered a cold-sensitive perennial herb.  Marjoram is sometimes mistaken for Oregano. The Greek and Romans considered this herb as a source of happiness.  Today, people who are depressed use it to lift their spirits and bring happiness.   Marjoram can be burned to help with life changes. Marjoram is used in love spells and to bring love to you.  It is also placed in food to strengthen…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    Gaia, Greek Goddess of the Earth Today, we are going to discuss Gaia (also called Gaea or Ge), the Greek Goddess of the Earth. Gaia is considered as the “Great Goddess”, “Mother Earth” and “Mother Nature”.   Her equivalent in Roman mythology is Terra Matter.  She is usually pictured as a woman with some sort of green around her. Most pictures have shown her pregnant with the world in her belly. There are others with Gaia sitting in the leaves, blowing them around off her hand and finally others of her sitting on a throne with cornucopia surrounding her. The Root Chakra, femininity, nature, fertility and spirit are associated with Gaia.…