The Hymns of Orpheus

Written for Coven Life

By Hypatia

12/06/2019

The Hymn to Stars (Asteria)

(Fumigation with Aromatics)

WITH holy voice I call the stars on high,
Pure sacred lights and genii of the sky.
Celestial stars, the progeny of Night,
In whirling circles beaming far your light,
Refulgent rays around the heav’ns ye throw,
Eternal fires, the source of all below.
With flames significant of Fate ye shine,
And aptly rule for men a path divine.
In seven bright zones ye run with wand’ring flames,
And heaven and earth compose your lucid frames:
With course unwearied, pure and fiery bright
Forever shining thro’ the veil of Night.
Hail twinkling, joyful, ever wakeful fires!
Propitious shine on all my just desires;

These sacred rites regard with conscious rays, 1
And end our works devoted to your praise.

 

Who was Asteria (The Starry One)?

Stars- the Goddess Asteria was the Titan Goddess of falling stars and nocturnal oracles that divined with Oneiromancy. She is the Goddess of prophetic dreams.

The sister of Leto (the mother of Apollo) and the daughter of Phoebe and Coeus (both her parents born from Chaos). One of her daughters she had with Perses was the Great Goddess Hecate.

One legend has it that in order to escape the lustful grips of Zeus, she plunged into the Aegean Sea as a Quail and became the beautiful Island of Delos located in the Mediterranean archipelago.

In this beautiful Hymn to the Great Goddess you can see the appearance of 2 other Goddesses with Asteria and that is the Goddess Night and her mother Fate. All 3 Asteria, Night and Fate were Lunar Goddesses.

It speaks of 7 bright zones. This is such a scared number that could be pointing to the 7 celestial spheres of the entire cosmos or the 7 wanderers which are the 7 classical planets. It is most probably however that it is pointing to the Seven Sisters (Pleiades) of the sky.

In the Orphic and Pythagorean opinion the stars are inhabited indeed and therefore in this poem mentioned as Earthly. Legends of similar belief are all over the world connecting the inhabitants to the stars, such as the Star seeds, or Star nations and of course the Pleiades who were Star Nymph  a type of celestial Faerie.

Take this time to honor Asteria, make a wish upon a star. It may even have originated from this very belief.

A New Egyptian Sphinx is Found

Surprise Discovery of 4,000-Year-Old Egyptian Sphinx with Human Head and Lion Body

Local authorities in Egypt have announced the discovery of an ancient sphinx statue between two of the best known ancient temples in the country – Karnak and Luxor. The discovery was made by chance, during a restoration project, and stunned the construction workers who found it. There have been very few sphinxes discovered in modern times and the find will add to our knowledge of Egyptian sculpture and art. The sphinx will also raise questions as to what else may be found in the area and which Pharaoh the statue represents.

Sphinx Mythology

Sphinxes are common in many mythologies, including Ancient Greece. They are usually portrayed as having human heads, with the bodies of a lion and are sometimes depicted as winged. In Egyptian mythology, they are often portrayed as benevolent and strong and they are usually associated with royalty. The best-known Sphinx in Egypt is, of course, the colossal one at Giza, adjacent to the Great Pyramids.

The Temples of Karnak and Luxor

The temples of Karnak and Luxor are located within the ancient city of Thebes and date back to the second millennium BC. They are not just temples but large religious sites and today they are open-air museums, hugely popular with tourists. The Theban complexes are among the largest in the world and played an important role in the religion of Ancient Egypt.  It is believed that the recently discovered sphinx is the first unearthed in Thebes and one of the most significant finds in the city since the discovery of a tomb in 2014.

New Egypitian Sphinx

Merry Meet and Merry Greet my Dear Sisters and Brothers

I want to thnk Priestess Hypatia of Alexandria for the fantastic job she has been doing here on Coven Life while I have been trying to figure out how to do the posts on Witches of The Craft. A little secret between us I prefer postings and spending here more than WOTC. I have missed you all. I finally have WOTC posting down fairly good and you will see me posting more on here again.

To let you all know Lady Abyss is recovering from the water moccasin bite and complications well. But we still need to light healing candles for her because of some of her other medical problems having an open wound is not good as it could get infected again which would probably lead to complications again and she could lose part of her leg or foot if that happens. So please keep her in your prayers that she heals quickly. Thank you!!

Except for the stress, which I mostly put on myself, from taking over WOTC I have been feeling fairly good now that the temperature here has decided to even out to the warmer side and every day and/or night thunderstorms have stopped. One other thing went upside down the deck of Goddess Knowledge cards fell out of the box all over the flooring mixing the ones I have already posted with those I haven’t I think I have the separated right again but need to double check so that will not be one going up until next Monday, sorry.

So please let me know what is new with you and how you are doing.

Until we meet again dear ones blessed be.

COLORS AND THE ZODIAC

Esbat- June Full Moon 2019

If you are unable to access the link on the ‘Esbat Full Moon 2019’  post, I have decided to re-post it separately. Hope it helps. This also makes a wonderful reference.

FIRE

ARIES

 

 

 

Relaxation: Sand
Creativity: Crimson red
Vitality: Violet
Romance: Flame orange
Socializing: Sunshine yellow
Productivity: Terra-Cotta
Well-being/health/healing: Leaf green
LEO

 

Relaxation: Jungle green
Creativity: Sunflower yellow
Vitality: Electric tangerine
Romance: Royal purple
Socializing: Lime
Productivity: Gold
Well-being/health/healing: Mahogany
SAGITTARIUS

 

relaxation: Pale peach
Creativity: Vibrant violet
Vitality: Lime green
Romance: Neon pink
Socializing: Melon
Productivity: Turquoise blue
Well-being/health/healing: Olive green

 

EARTH

TAURUS Relaxation: Teak wood
Creativity: Emerald green
Vitality: Cinnamon
Romance: Merlot
Socializing: Gold
Productivity: Sage green
Well-being/health/healing: Cream
VIRGO Relaxation: Buttercream yellow
Creativity: Cornflower blue
Vitality: Spring green
Romance: Peony pink
Socializing: Fuchsia
Productivity: Gunmetal grey
Well-being/health/healing: Porcelain white
CAPRICORN

 

Relaxation: Mushroom
Creativity: Eggplant
Vitality: Bone
Romance: Pumpkin orange
Socializing: Bronze
Productivity: Charcoal grey
Well-being/health/healing: Forest green

 

AIR

GEMINI Relaxation: Onyx
Creativity: Shibori blue
Vitality: Pale amethyst
Romance: Vibrant violet
Socializing: Tangerine
Productivity: Coffee bean
Well-being/health/healing: Honeydew
LIBRA

 

Relaxation: Chocolate brown
Creativity: Teal
Vitality: Fire orange
Romance: Petal pink
Socializing: Merlot
Productivity: Rose gold
Well-being/health/healing: Nude
AQUARIUS Relaxation: Gunmetal gray
Creativity: Cobalt blue
Vitality: Amethyst
Romance: Neon yellow
Socializing: Mint green
Productivity: Tangerine
Well-being/health/healing: Pale pink

 

WATER

CANCER Relaxation: Silver
Creativity: Coral
Vitality: Caribbean aquamarine
Romance: Pearl white
Socializing: Tea-rose pink
Productivity: Dark teal
Well-being/health/healing: Light sky
SCORPIO Relaxation: Midnight blue
Creativity: Hot pink
Vitality: Blush
Romance: Smoke
Socializing: Ruby red
Productivity: Ebony
Well-being/health/healing: Pearl white
PISCES Relaxation: Lavender
Creativity: Silver
Vitality: Dark amethyst
Romance: Ballet-slipper pink
Socializing: Sky blue
Productivity: Steel gray
Well-being/health/healing: Sea green