Irish-American Witchcraft: The Good and the Bad of Fairy Work

Paganism and witchcraft, like most subcultures, tends to go through trends – periods where different things become popular for a period of time. I’ve seen this repeatedly over the years, rather like the tide, things become a prime topic of interest than fade a bit as something else comes into focus. There’s nothing wrong with this pattern of course it’s a natural flow. Right now it seems like fairies are a hot topic de jour, as they have been a few times before, and I’m seeing an uptick in fairy-themed books and conversations. As someone whose main practice has centered on fairy work – that is the active practice of trucking with fairies – for most of my life this naturally gets my attention.

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Coven Life’s Coven Gathering on Sunday, August 26, 2018

This months circle was written by and will be led by our new Priestess Maia.
WHEN:
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Socialization starts at 3:00 PM CT
Circle will be cast at 4:00 PM CT
Please DO NOT enter chat room once the circle has been cast because this causes the circle to be broken and it then has to be recast. The ONLY exception is if you are already in the chat room and somehow get kicked out of it than you may re-enter it again.
WHERE:
What you will need:

A chalice or a special glass filled with a cup of cold water
1 white candle
1 yellow or gold candle
Lighter or matches

Think of a question you may have that you would like answered. Maybe a direction you should take, the outcome of a situation, whatever you need. Choose a God or Goddess you feel comfortable asking your question to and fill in the blanks with their names as required in the ritual.

The full moon in August is known by a variety of names by different cultures all over the world. You may choose to call each full moon by the names given by a particular culture you feel connected to. The Wiccan tradition of the Corn Moon is a celebration of the early harvest. We give thanks for what we have received and anticipate a bountiful fall harvest. You may use gold or yellow on your altar. Decorate with fresh flowers, crystals, or stones.

We will be using the energy of this powerful moon to help us as we come together to accept spiritual guidance about a specific question you may have.

I will now call the watchtowers.

I call upon the watchtower of the north to protect those inside and outside of our circle this night.

I call upon the watchtower of the east to protect those inside and outside of our circle this night.

I call upon the watchtower of the south to protect those inside and outside of our circle this night.

I call upon the watchtower of the west to protect those inside and outside of our circle this night.

I cast this circle three times three with the assistance of the Goddess/God _____________ and ask her/him  to bless us and lend us her/his power and energy. Light the yellow or gold candle.

I call upon Spirit to join us in perfect love and perfect trust. May no harm come to anyone inside or outside this circle. May we come together as one and raise our energy for the benefit of all. Light the white candle.

Raise your chalice to the moon and let the rays shine on the water. Say:
“Goddess/God  _______________ please lend me your energy so that I may have spiritual guidance.” Drink deeply from the chalice and savour the cool water as it flows down into your body.
Type “done” when you are finished.

Now meditate for 3 minutes. You may ask your question and listen for any answers that may come. It may be a feeling, a sound, a smell, or just a thought that pops into your head.

We will now continue with the ritual.

Thank you Goddess/God ____________________for guiding me this night. Thank you for your energy and power. Please return from where you came from with our gratitude. Extinguish the yellow or gold candle.

Thank you Spirit for your love and blessings. Go with our thanks for being with us this night. Extinguish the white candle.

I dismiss the watchtower of the north with our gratitude for your protection inside and outside this circle.

I dismiss the watchtower of the east with our gratitude for your protection inside and outside this circle.

I dismiss the watchtower of the south with our gratitude for your protection inside and outside this circle.

I dismiss the watchtower of the west with our gratitude for your protection inside and outside this circle.

The circle is open but not broken. Go in perfect love and perfect trust. May the energy of this full moon wash over you with spiritual guidance. You may continue to meditate on this topic whenever you want. Sometimes our answers take a little time to reach us.

Until Merry we meet again,
Maia

Wishing You & Yours A Very Blessed & Joyous Wednesday Morn’! May The Goddess Bless You Today & Always!

Witches Of The Craft®

DIOSAS WICCA
By the light of the shining moon,
Open my dreams and allow them to bloom.
Fishes and leek to appease the soul
While wine and honey fill the bowl.
Garlic bulbs around my feet,
All laid on the ground where the three roads meet.
Open the gate, and show the way,
Raise our voices
Hecate, Hecate, Hecate.

Offerings delivered, her presence revealed.
Walk the path of the magical seal.
Return the lost to me and protect what is mine.
Allow this moon to serve as a sign.
Welcome the blessings and honor her way.
Chanting under the moon
Hecate, Hecate, Hecate.

Sosanna, Author
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Religion in Ancient Egypt: The Gods and Goddesses

(For the rest of this week we will be doing posts about the Ancient Egyptian Pantheon. If there is a particular pantheon you would like to read more about please leave the name of it in the comment section below. We will do our best to bring you more information about the gods and goddesses in the pantheons you are interested in.)

There were an incredible number of Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Egypt, one for almost every situation and place. Many of the Gods began as local deities and were later organised and merged with others to form either a Triad or an Ennead (nine). There were several large schools of theological thought in Egypt, and each proclaimed its superiority over the others. A ruling dynasty would often promote their chief local god to the chief national god. For example, Amun (associated with Thebes) did not become a major deity until the shift of power to Thebes in the Middle Kingdom.

Many of Ancient Egypt’s Gods and Goddesses share characteristics and epithets at different times in history. For example, Sekhmet (the lion Goddess of Memphis), MutTefnut and Hathor are all given the title “the Eye of Ra” and given the task of protecting the sun god. There is often confusion about the different gods known as Horus. For example, Horus the elder was often thought to be the consort of Hathor, while Horus the younger was the son of Isis and Osiris. This is unsurprising given that the Egyptian civilisation survived for over three thousand years, and the religious system was constantly evolving.

To read the rest of this overview about the ancient Egyptian pantheon please click on this link: Ancient Egyptian Pantheon

Goddess Isis

“In seafoam, in swirlings and imaginings I am fish, tadpole, crocodile. I am an urge, an idea, a portent of impossible dreams. I lie between heaven and earth, between innocence and evil, patience and explosion. I am innocent and rosy as dawn. I sleep with my finger in my mouth, the cord of life curled beside my ear. Like a child in its mother’s belly, I am with you but not among you. I know no ending for I have no beginnings. I have always been here, a child in the silence of things, ready to wake at any moment.  I am possibility.”

 

From: Awakening Osiris by Normandi Ellis

 Isis is the Goddess of many names and forms.  She is the beautiful young princess and the grieving poverty stricken widow dressed in rags.  She is the most powerful sorceress on Earth and She is the poor, frightened single mother forced to beg for herself and Her son.   As the Mistress of Magick, She knows all and can do all.  She can restore the dead, bestow the gift of fertility, heal the sick and protect sea farers. There is no miracle that She can’t perform. She taught women to grind corn, bake bread, spin flax, weave cloth, and, perhaps most importantly, she taught them to tame the men so the women could live with them!

  Isis was introduced to Rome in 86 BCE, where She became very popular because Her cult was open to all, including women and slaves. She was so beloved by the people, that even after Paganism was abolished, Her last official temple on the Egyptian Island of Philae survived until 537 CE.  It was finally ordered shut, votive statues of Isis, Osiris and Min were confiscated, and sent to Constantinople.  Temple clergy were imprisoned, and the temple was converted to a Christian Church.

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Isis in Modern Times

Ancient Egypt Online – Isis

Isis was one of the oldest gods or goddesses of ancient Egypt but her origins are unclear. She is sometimes thought to have originated in the Sinai but is is also likely that she was first worshipped as a fetish in the Delta area of Lower Egypt around Busiris, the location of the oldest known cult center to Osiris. However, her cult was not limited to one area, but worshipped in every temple in the land. In fact, the first shrine dedicated specifically to her was built by Nectanebo II in Dynasty Thirty!

The cult of Isis, the Egyptian goddess, was very popular throughout Egypt, and beyond and she became a goddess of almost limitless attributes. Isis was her Greek name, but she was known to the ancient Egyptians as Aset (or Ast, Iset, Uset), which is usually translated as “(female) of throne” or “Queen of the throne”. Her original headdress was an empty throne and as the personification of the throne she was an important source of the Pharaoh’s power (as descent was to some degree matrilineal). However, the exact ….

To read the rest of this article about Isis please clink on this link: Isis

Isis | The Goddess of Fertility

Isis was the ancient Egyptian goddess of marriage, fertility, motherhood, magic and medicine. Many myths and legends exist about Isis in Egypt and Egyptian literature uses several names and titles for this goddess. Worship of Isis, her temples and her cult spread through Egypt and parts of Europe.

Names, Titles & Roles

Isis is the “Goddess with Ten Thousand Names”

Although this statement is an exaggeration, she does have many names Some of these are Aset, Aust, Eenohebis, Eset, Esu, Hesat, Iahu, Unt, Urethekau, and Werethekau. Isis was also associated with the other Egyptian goddesses, Sekhmet and Hathor. The Greeks worshiped Isis and they associated her with their goddesses; Persephone, Tethys and Athena.

To read the rest of this article about Isis please click on this link: Overview of Isis