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    Gems of the Goddess

    Epona:  Goddess of Horses, Fertility and Abundance If you’re looking for a goddess that represents strength, femininity and fertility, look no further than Epona.  Epona is the Celtic Goddess of horses, donkey and mules and was called upon often to protect Calvary in Rome.   Born of a man and mare, she can take equine or human form. She is known as the protector of horses, horse owners and stables.   There is evidence that Epona was painted on the side of barns and stables as protection to the horses and their riders.  She was most represented in Gaul but her influence is known across Europe, included being adapted by the Romans…

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    The Witch’s Cupboard

    Agrimony Agrimony (“Agrimonia eupatoria”) is also known as Church Steeples, cocklebur, stickwort, sticklewort.  Agrimony is a perennial.  The leaves grow from a tough root and it usually grows in a tall column of flowers, which is where it got its name “Church Steeples”.  It is soft to the touch but not tasty so it does not belong in the kitchen. Agrimony is known for helping with sleep.  If you struggle to sleep at night, you can make a dream bag with agrimony and mugwort in it to promote sleep and dreams.  Ancient lore says not to sleep with Agrimony under the pillow because it will make the person sleep so…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    Blodeuwedd – Owl Goddess, Flower Woman When you think about a goddess that can help you take responsibility for your actions and to be assertive, you may want to work with the Welsh Goddess Blodeuwedd.  Here is her story. Blodeuwedd was created by the family of Lleu Llaw Gyffes because Lleu was put under a curse by his mother Arianrhod to never have a human wife.  This was because of Arianrhod’s  shame of having her not being a virgin exposed by Math in the myth Mabinogi of Math fab Mathonwy. Math needed to place his feet in the lap of virgin when he was not at war.  The fact that…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    Hecate:  The Great Mother Hecate (also known as Hekate) is the Greek Goddess of the Crossroads.  Her name means the “The Distant One”.  She guards the household; she is the protector of everything newly born and the Goddess of Witchcraft.   Hecate completes the Triple Goddess of Maiden (Persephone), Mother (Demeter) and Crone (Hecate).   Some of her titles are “Goddess of the Dark Moon”, “Goddess of the Witches”, “Mistress of Magic” and “Great Mother”.   She is a very powerful and active goddess so if you invoke her, be ready for a lifetime of service to her.  Hecate helps us to understand the darkness of the night and life so we can…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    Isis:  Healer, Mother, Egyptian Goddess Isis was a goddess in Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, whose worship was adopted by other20ancient cultures such as Rome.  She was the wife and sister of Osiris, daughter of Seb and Nut and mother of Horus. Worshiped as the ideal mother and wife, patron of nature, magic and sailors; friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, the downtrodden, as well as listening to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats and rulers.   Isis was known to be compassionate to all, no matter what their social class.  Isis also is known as the goddess of simplicity, from whom all beginnings arose, and was the ruler of bread, of…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    As we move into the springtime, the leaves turn green, the weather turns warmer and life is breathed back into Nature.  People’s attitudes shift into happiness, playfulness and they spend more time outside, enjoying nature.     If you’ve ever wondered if the Goddess influenced this, wonder no more. Persephone and Demeter, mother and daughter, speak to the change in the seasons.  Grief turns someone cold, as represented by Demeter turning the earth cold because of missing her daughter. Persephone is the Greek Goddess of the Underworld.  She is the daughter of Demeter and Zeus and the wife of Hades.  She was also known as “Kore”.  In some myths, the name Persephone…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    Today we’re going to look at the Gems of the Goddess Hestia.  Hestia can teach us very important lessons about bringing our fire and our warmth into the world. Hestia is the Greek Goddess of the Hearth Fire, which means she ruled over all domestic issues.  Her name means “the essence”.  She’s the Goddess of Architecture, Hospitality and Ordinary People.  She managed to stay about the fray of quarreling and politics and gave all “unconditional love”. One of the ways you can work with Hestia is to be able to see into the heart and soul of someone to provide unconditional love and caring.  You can be generous and kind…

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    The Gems of the Goddess

    Athena:  Master Communicator, Crafter and Civilization Progressor If you are looking for a powerful goddess to connect with, Athena may be a great choice.  Let’s take a look at what Athena represents and her attributes. Athena is the Greek Goddess of wisdom, war, the arts, industry, justice and skill.   She was the favorite child of Zeus.  She was born from Zeus’s head after Zeus swallowed Metis when she was pregnant with Athena. Athena’s symbols are the Owl, signifying watchfulness and wisdom; the aegis (small shield) showing the snaky head of Medusa. She protects heroes and was known as the Goddess of Heroic endeavors.  She was a master negotiator and could…

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    Rhiannon: Smiling in the Face of Despair

    Today, we look at Rhiannon, the Celtic goddess of Inspiration and of the Moon, hailing from Wales.  She is known as the “Divine Queen of the Fairies.”  Her story is one of triumph and tragedy and we can learn how to bear an injustice while still keeping our joy.  Here is Rhiannon’s story. Rhiannon (her name is either “Maid of Annwn” or a variant of Rigatona, “Great Queen”), is a version of the horse-goddess Epona and of sovereignty.  One day, Pwyll saw her riding her horse – a beautiful woman wearing gold.  He sent his fastest horseman after her but she outruns them.  On the third day of this, she…