Samhain blessings from Coven Life
Until we merry meet again Blessed be dear Sisters, Brothers, and Honored Guests.
I have been told there is a word in the American Indiana languages that has the same meaning and is similar to when a Witch or Pagan says Blessed Be.
This word is A’ Ho
pronounced with a short A such as in apple
and Ho such as in hoe.
So today dear Sisters, Brothers, and Guests A’ Ho
This will be the only post for today.
World Trade Center Before and After
I could not pick just one photograph for the memorials in different countries to those that died here is a link to look at The Memorials
The United States of America Pentagon Military Building
The red circle in the first photo is where the plane crashed into the Pentagon.
Images from Flight 93 Crashed near Shanksville, PA
“On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defined the presidency of George W. Bush.”
To read this lead story on History.com and may others about what happened on this day 18 years ago just click here Nations Around the World Mourn Yes I could quote articles from many different sources about this day but I could only handle reading some of the articles from this source before I started feeling the pain, confusion, and mourning of this day 18 years ago. If you wish to read other sources here is the general search link I used Google General Search for 9/11/2001
Do you remember where you were when American Airlines Flight # 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center better know as the Twin Towers at 8:46 AM ET ? Then came United Flight # 175 flying into the South Tower at 9:03 AM ET. Do you remember where you were than? Next was American Airlines Flight number 77 that flew into the Pentagon at 9:45 AM ET. DO you remember what you were thinking about when this third plane tried to take out the USA’s center of all military operations? The last plane to crash that surreal day was in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:10 AM ET the brave men and women after hearing about the other planes tried to take back control of Flight 93. The misled devotees of Osama bin Laden crashed the plane into a field just to keep control of this plane that investigators that was headed for the USA capitol in Washington D. C. or Camp David, a presidential retreat, in Maryland. This was the only flight where the only casualties were the brave people aboard the plane. Do you remember what you were doing or thinking than? I light 1 white taper candle at the time that each of the airplanes were use as a weapon to attack the USA by a terrorist organization.
For those of us in the USA the air was quite when then President George W. Bush grounded of all flights into and out of the USA until further notice, Most of us were in shock not only from the attack but the fact that we could look up and not see any type of plane or helicopter in the air for the first time in the history of airplanes taking passengers all over the world. I remember thinking, “This is how peaceful the air was for birds before the first plane ever flew.” Which may seem like a strange thought but waiting to find out if relatives of mine had made it out of the South Tower or not I had to turn my mind towards nature just to allow myself to think at all without screaming.
Thank the gods and goddesses my family did not lose the life of a loved one that day but to this day they are different people than who they were before the attack suffering from PTSD and survivors guilt one took their own life on the 10 year remembrance day of the attack that took so many of their friends. I refuse to call all the September 11ths after the horrific one in 2001 an anniversary because anniversaries are suppose to recall a day that something happy happened such as a wedding or your first kiss, etc. If anyone reading this lost someone to death or mental illness or physical disability on September 11, 2001 or as a direct result from this date if you feel you can please share your friend or love ones name in the comment section. If you want to add anything else about the person please do I for one would like to know more about the person behind the name who was needlessly sacrificed by the terrorist either here or in the military. Also remember the animals that have given their lives searching the World Trade Center Towers and in foreign lands. Many gave their lives so their human could be safe.
I ask each and everyone of reading this post to please take time out of your busy day to remember those that perished on this day and the families and friends left behind also all the military personal and their family and friends who died fighting in a foreign land hopefully keep our country safe from another terrorist attack on our soil. All these people deserve the honor of us remembering them and the sacrifices made on September 11, 2001. The Ancient Egyptians believed that as long as a persons name was not forgotten and spoke out loud they were still alive in the underworld. Following is the list of names for all of those who were sacrificed on that surreal, horrible day 18 years ago. Please randomly pick out names from the almost 3,000 and say them out loud during the time you take today to remember the honored dead along with their families and friends. Keep in mind that these people came from my nationalities, religions, and cultures. Some I am sure were our pagan brothers and sisters. Also, try to remember as hard as it maybe that the families who did not know their child was a terrorist have to live with the shame of what their child did to other peoples children. I ask you to please say a prayer for the innocent family members of the 19 terrorist that came to our country to try and destroy much more then just our way of life these innocent people need comfort also.
To read other sources information about the names of those who died please use this link Names of the Victims the Died on 9/11/2001
Last evening I became the grandmother to my 6th grandson bring my grand total of grandchildren to 9!! I was allowed to do his Wiccaning with in minutes of his birth so his ancestors are already watching over him along with my son and daughter-in-law also our large extended family.
I asked for prayers for my daughter-in-law (D-I-L) as she had to have an emergency c-section due do preeclampsia (women in the later stages of their pregnancy can all of a sudden develop high blood pressure that can be life threatening to mother and the child she is carrying) and gestational diabetes. As she was adopted she has none of her medical history background but I am not to worried about my grandson as my D-I-L has been healthy but a little overweight her whole life.
Please do not share this post with anywhere else due to a request from my son. Thank you.
Found out why I’ve been feeling so yucky. I have the adult version on mononucleosis which is called Epstein-Barr virus. So I guess at 61 years wide I’m a teenager again, gives a little body shake at that thought. I was a rebel until about 16 then got married the first time and had my oldest child about a year later. Sorry about that my mind tends to go on tangents when I don’t feel well. If you have the time and want to I would appreciate maybe a healing candle kit or to be remembered in your prayers for a speedy recovery.
Through research on the Epstein-Barr virus I found out that between 90 and 95% of adults carry this virus but it hardly ever activates and if it does it is only one time. I got news for those researchers they need to do another study because this is the second time I’ve had it.
For the next week or so I will try to post on Coven Life. I’ll ask your forgiveness in advance if a post makes no sense because I did it when I was half asleep..lol
I wish you all a beautiful day. Know that I have missed posting on here. I
I thank the Lord and Lady every day for Priestess Hypatia and all the help and support she gives me. I now and say, “Namaste dear sister Hypatia. May you be blessed with nothing but positive things for all you do for me, our students, and other readers of Coven Life.”
Written for Coven Life
(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.
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.
Written for Coven Life
(Fumigation from Manna)
O Much-desir’d, prolific, gen’ral queen,
Hear me, life-bearing, Health, of beauteous mien,
Mother of all; by thee diseases dire,
Of bliss destructive, from our life retire;
And ev’ry house is flourishing and fair,
If with rejoicing aspect thou art there:
Each dædal art, thy vig’rous force inspires,
And all the world thy helping hand desires;
Pluto life’s bane alone resists thy will,
And ever hates thy all-preserving skill.
O fertile queen, from thee forever flows
To mortal life from agony repose;
And men without thy all-sustaining ease,
Find nothing useful, nothing form’d to please;
Without thy aid, not Plutus’ self can thrive,
Nor man to much afflicted age arrive;
For thou alone of countenance serene,
Dost govern all things, universal queen.
Assist thy mystics with propitious mind,
And far avert disease of ev’ry kind.
Pluto– refers to the God Hades, He was the God of the underworld. This is where those who died from ill health went to sent by Hygeia herself .
Manna– is a type of resin, the sap from a tree. Various sources describe it in the bible and in the Torah as a food sent from the ‘God’ that was given to the Israelite’s. In this instance it is the resin from an Ash tree. You can also use Frankincense from the Boswellia tree.
This hymn is dedicated to the Goddess of Health, in Greek called Hygeia.
It’s where the word hygiene derived from in the English language.
Her father was the great God of health Asclepius holding a staff with the serpent wrapped around it. Till this day his staff is still used as a medical symbol all over the world.
The symbol of Goddess Hygeia is reserved for pharmaceuticals. It is the chalice with the snake wrapped around it.
The Caduceus that is mistaken as a medical symbol is actually the symbol of the God Hermes. This trend began in the US in the 19th and 20th century.
Hermes was the God of commerce, travel and messages. He was especially popular in the underworld, heralding messages back and forth from the underworld, to the middle world and the upper worlds.
The serpent as the healer has been used throughout time in various cultures and religions across the globe. It was believed that the poison from the serpent in certain doses could be used as medicine.
In fact these ancients were not too far from the truth. Modern science is discovering that venom from snakes and spiders can treat anything from cancer, nervous disorders to blood pressure.
Now I’m sure I don’t need to mention that PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Science has devised a way of extracting and converting this venom to be conducive to our health, otherwise it is toxic and lethal.
But what you can try is this beautiful prayer to the Goddess of health Hygeia Herself imploring her powers and assistance to support you and your loved ones in times of need.
May the Goddess Hygeia Bless You.
After many millennia the Greeks still mention her name, before and after a meal, at leaving and arriving. Στην υγειά μας! (Stin igia mas!) -Translating to our Health- or Our Goddess of Health.
Written by Hypatia
For Coven Life
In the ancient world of Hellenism, Orpheus was a legendary musician, poet, psycho pomp, dream Iatromantis (shaman) and prophet who was later associated with the Orphic Mysteries .
His Oracular abilities were translated through his music and poetry, mesmerizing all animate and inanimate beings on this planet and beyond. People, animals, plants, water bodies, rocks, mountains all succumbed to his lullabies produced through his poetry and music. Some of the most beautiful hymns ever created and still used to this day during various Pagan Ceremonies dedicated to the God’s were written by Orpheus. These hymns were also later used in the Eleusinian Mysteries.
There are many versions translated of the Orphic Hymns. As I have been reading Hymns of Orpheus by Thomas Taylor I will include this version.
This hymn is dedicated to the Goddess Nyx (Night).
Each Hymn is performed with a specific fumigation. In other words the burning of. In this case it is the burning of torches. Other Hymns may request the burning or certain resins, spices, herbs, all in the honor and dedication to the Gods.
(The Fumigation with Torches- We can also use candles)
“NIGHT, parent goddess, source of sweet repose,
From whom at first both Gods and men arose,
Hear, blessed Venus, deck’d with starry light,
In sleep’s deep silence dwelling Ebon night!
Dreams and soft case attend thy dusky train,
Pleas’d with the length’ned gloom and feaftful strain.
Dissolving anxious care, the friend of Mirth,
With darkling coursers riding round the earth.
Goddess of phantoms and of shadowy play,
Whose drowsy pow’r divides the nat’ral day:
By Fate’s decree you constant send the light
To deepest hell, remote from mortal sight
For dire Necessity which nought withstands,
Invests the world with adamantine bands.
Be present, Goddess, to thy suppliant’s pray’r,
Desir’d by all, whom all alike revere,
Blessed, benevolent, with friendly aid
Dispell the fears of Twilight’s dreadful shade.”
She was the Greek primordial Goddess of the Night.
Nyx is the wife of Chaos and is known by many names, Grandmother Spider, Dawn, Kuan Yin, Earth Mother, Gaia…….
Hers sons where Oneiros (dream), Hypnos (sleep) and Thanatos (death). They are siblings for a reason as they are all one and the same.
It is said that every night we sleep we fall into an ethereal death. This is the land of the ‘Dream Shaman’ a place where the Iatromantis goes to heal and be healed and to commune with the spirit world. This was practiced thought the Orphic and the Eleusinian mysteries.
I have explained the significance of dreaming further in a recent post I did about ‘The dream world of a Witch’.
In the Hymn above, Orpheus compares Venus with Nyx. Venus therefore in the sensible world is the same as Nyx (Night) in the intelligible.
Orpheus also mentions the ‘Fates’ known as Moirai. These are 3 and are known as Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. They were the weaving Goddesses that assigned individual destinies to mortals at birth.
Another Goddess he mentions is Necessity that was known as Ananke
Ananke or Necessity was responsible for splitting the Primordial Egg to create the order of the Universe. This is known as the Orphic Egg
I will try and do further posts of various Orphic Hymns and explain a little bit about each.
I encourage you to use these Hymns during your dedications, they truly are a wonderful way to honor the energies of the Gods.