Working With Pagan Gods and Goddesses By Patti Wigington (Part 2)

Appropriate Worship – Honoring the Gods the Right Way

One issue that comes up often for people learning about modern Pagan spirituality is the concept of appropriate worship. There tends to be some question about what, exactly, is the right offering to make to the gods or goddesses of one’s tradition — and how we should honor them when making those offerings.

NOT ALL GODS ARE THE SAME

Let’s imagine that you have two friends. First, we have Jill. She likes French cuisine, Meg Ryan movies, soft music and expensive wine.

She’s someone who lets you cry on her shoulder when you’re feeling blue, and she offers some wise and thoughtful insight when you can’t solve a problem on your own. One of her best qualities is her ability to listen.

You also have a friend named Steve. He’s a lot of fun, and sometimes shows up at your house at midnight toting a six-pack. Steve likes watching movies with lots of explosions, took you to your first Metallica concert, and can rebuild a Harley with his eyes closed. He eats mostly bratwurst and Funyuns, enjoys picking up strippers at bars, and is the guy you call when you want to have a good time.

When Jill comes over, are you going to have a nice quiet dinner with a glass of wine and Josh Groban playing in the background, or are you going to hand her a cheeseburger and a beer, pull out the Wii for a round of God of War, and stay up until 3 am seeing who can burp and fart the loudest?

Likewise, if Steve shows up, are you going to do things that he enjoys, or are you going to say, “Hey, Steve, let’s watch Steel Magnolias and talk about our feelings?

WHAT DO YOUR GODS WANT?

((remember this is only one person’s suggestions if you feel another way is apropreite then do it that way) To read the rest of this article please click on this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/appropriate-worship-honoring-the-gods-2561946?utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20170321&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

Working With Pagan Gods and Goddesses by Patti Wigington (Part 1)

While some traditions of Wicca and Paganism honor an all-encompassing “The God” or “The Goddess,” others worship specific deities. Let’s look at some of the gods and goddesses found in contemporary traditions, and how you can work with them in your daily practice.

Offerings to the Gods

What’s an Acceptable Gift?

In many Pagan and Wiccan traditions, it’s not uncommon to make some sort of offering or sacrifice to the gods. Bear in mind that despite the reciprocal nature of our relationship with the divine, it’s not a matter of “I’m offering you this stuff so you’ll grant my wish.” It’s more along the lines of “I honor you and respect you, so I’m giving you this stuff to show you how much I appreciate your intervention on my behalf.

So the question arises, then, of what to offer them? Different types of deities seem to respond best to different kinds of offerings. For example, you wouldn’t offer flowers to a war god, would you? When making an offering, it’s important to think about what the god represents.

The Roman Cato described an offering for agricultural prosperity: Make offerings to keep your oxen in good health. Make the following sacrifices to Mars… three pounds of wheat, four-and-a-half of lard, four-and-a-half of meat and three pints of wine. While it’s probably not necessary to go that far and offer up enough food to feed a small army to your god, the passage does illustrate the fact that our ancestors thought enough of their gods to take their offerings very seriously.

More importantly than thinking about what the gods represent to you personally, though, is to pay attention to what they have demanded of others in the past.

 

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The Magic of Beltane

Beltane is a season of fertility and fire, and we often find this reflected in the magic of the season. Let’s look at some of that spring magic, from ritual sex to fertility magic, along with the magic found in gardens and nature.

Ritual Sex and the Great Rite: Beltane is a time of passion and fertility, so for many people, it’s a time for ritual sex. Here’s what you need to know.
Fertility Magic and Customs: There’s a lot of folklore surrounding fertility. Let’s look at some beliefs from around the world.
Chocolate and Sex: Chocolate as an aphrodisiac? You bet! In fact, it’s scientifically proven.
Make Magic in Your Garden
Sacred Plants of the Beltane Season: Let’s look at some of the plants that are considered sacred to the Beltane season.
Plant a Magical Moon Garden: If you’re a night owl, consider planting a moon garden, full of fragrant plants that open and bloom at night.
Magical Spring Flowers
Spring Garden Folklore
Forsythia Magic and Legends
Lilac Magic & Folklore
The Magic of Dandelions: Dandelions are everywhere in the spring, so let’s look at some of the magic and folklore behind them.
Magical Herbal Correspondences
Magical Prosperity Soap
Horse Magic, Folkore and Legends
Butterfly Myth and Magic
Graveyard Dirt: Do you use graveyard dirt in magic? You can – here’s how

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All About Samhain – Celebrating the Witches’ New Year in the Southern Hemisphere Part 4

CRAFTS AND CREATIONS

As Samhain approaches, decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with these fun and simple ideas that honor the final harvest, and the cycle of life and death.

FEASTING AND FOOD

No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it.

At Samhain, celebrate with foods that celebrate the final harvest, and the death of the fields.

By Patti Wigington

Colors of Candles: What Do Different Candle Colors Mean

Colors play an important role in our lives and even when we do creative work or meditate, we can lend distinctive vibrations and focus our intentions better through the burning of different colored candles. Indeed; candle “magick” is an important and much studied science and art (which many feel, wrongly, is associated with black magic or witchcraft).

In this guide, we will only refer to the use of candle colors and their meanings for linking to individual energies as based on different colored Chakras. We hope that the candle colors and their meanings given below will work positively on specific forces of the Universe in order to strengthen your affirmations. This, in turn, can help you direct the Universal energy towards particular (positive) conclusions.

This article on Color_means.com has a lot of information about how colors can work in magic and our daily lives. Please click on the following link to read this rest of this information: http://www.color-meanings.com/colors-of-candles-what-do-different-candle-colors-mean/

For Southern Hemisphere Readers: Ostara Crafts & Cooking

f you’d like to jazz up your altar, walls, or the entire house with decorations for Ostara, here’s where you’ll find several fun and easy craft projects. There’s more to this time of year than colored eggs, so be sure to check out these ideas!

Make a Miniature Greenhouse for Ostara
Make a Spring Weather Station
Spring Snake Wreath
Naturally Colored Ostara Eggs
Tie Dyed Ostara Eggs
Make Magic Crystal Ostara Eggs
Make an Ostara Tree for your altar
Seed Packet Greeting Cards
5 Easy Decorations for Ostara
7 of the Best Ostara Crafts on Pinterest

Feasting and Food

No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it. For Ostara, celebrate with foods that honor the the coming of spring — eggs, early spring greens, shoots and sprouts, and of course, the all-important marshmallow Peep.

Surprise Lemon Bread
Spring Sprout Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing
Marshmellow Peep Ambrosia
Deviled Eggs
Mint Chutney
Roasted Lamb
Hot Cross Buns

 

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Mabon Cooking & Craft Projects

As Mabon, the autumnal equinox, approaches, decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with these fun and simple ideas. Bring the season indoors with harvest potpourri and magical pokeberry ink, or celebrate the season of abundance with prosperity candles and cleansing wash!

It’s also a perfect opportunity to get into the kitchen. Start thinking about seasonal comfort foods that honor the hearth and harvest — breads and grains, autumn veggies like squash and onions, fruits, and wine. It’s a great time of year to take advantage of the bounty of the season!

Mabon Food & Feasting  
Mabon is a holiday dedicated to family, feasting and friends. Try some of our favorite fall-themed recipes to celebrate the autumn equinox!

Baked Apples with Salted Caramel Sauce
5 Easy Recipes for Baked Apple Chips
Harvest Herbal Butter Blends
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Apple Butter
Stuffed Grape Leaves
Renaissance Faire Turkey Leg
Buckeye Candy
Pomegranate Sorbet
Dark Mother Bread
Cranberry Pumpkin Bread
Autumn Beef Stew

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Pagan Craft Projects for Mabon, the Autumn Equinox  
Autumn is a wonderful time to get crafty, thanks to the bright colors of the season. Make your own harvest candles, celebratory incense, and autumn God’s Eyes to decorate your home for the coming Sabbat.

Five Quick Decorating Ideas for Mabon
Make a God’s Eye for Mabon
Mabon Harvest Potpourri
Prosperity Candles
Mabon Cleansing Wash
Mabon Harvest Incense
Make Your Own Ink

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Witches Bottles

With this Full Moon coming up I got to thinking: what kinds of witchy things would I like to do?  The Cosmic Cookie Trail steps in and starts drawing my attention to Witches Bottles!  At Yule a few years ago I made one with some friends but haven’t done so since.  Time to look over my inventory of herbs and start planning.  You can read the article The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to at the following link:

http://www.earthwitchery.com/witch-bottle.html

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Top 4 Crystals to Work with Moon Energy

Hibiscus Moon has a blog post about which crystals to use to work with Moon energy.

Here is part of what she has to say”

“Intention

I feel that when you’re working with different phases of the moon, it’s not so much about the specific crystals that you choose to work with, because there are several different ones, but more about your intention of working with that particular moon phase.

There are several crystals that have vibrational frequencies that align with the moon in general, no matter what phase the moon is in at that particular time. Which is great b/c it makes uncomplicated work of it.

Again, it doesn’t matter whether it’s full moon or new moon, what I feel is most important is that you be very clear on what your intentions are & that you align them with that particular phase of the moon.

Here’s a very general summary of those energies…”

You can read the rest of the article at the following link:

 

http://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/top-4-crystals-to-work-with-moon-energy/

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