Orpheus

Written by Hypatia

For Coven Life

23/05/2019

Who was Orpheus?

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.

The Hymns

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.

TO NYX

(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.”

So who was the Goddess NYX?

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.

Blessed Be

 

Week 19 – Goddess Knowledge – Mary

Mary is most closely allied to the Middle Eastern moon goddess; like them, she is a creator goddess. Associated with both the heaven and sea or other waters, she is worshiped by Catholics as the Moon of the Church and as “Stella Maris,” the Star of the Sea. The moment of annunciation is when she confronts the truth of her own grate creativity , symbolized by Gabriel, the angel of truth, made from fire. This is the moment at which she accepts the imperative to creat, the need to bring forth life from the very center of her being. Mary is the goddess as womb, as a source of all life and of regeneration. She is the mother of mercy and infinite compassion, the one we turn to in times of need. She is a reminder that compassion toward oneself fosters creativity; she reminds us to be gentle with ourselves.

This goddess brings about much debate between Christians ,especially Catholics, and pagans. The question that is at the center of this debatewas Mary really a pagan goddess reinvented to be the Christian’s mother of Jesus. The other side relying on the men who wrote the stories in the bible and than other men who decided what stories went into their bible of Mary being just a human picked to be impregnated by their God without actual intercourse with her and thus delivering the savior of man, woman, and child by praying for forgiveness and getting it for any wrong deeds or words.

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History of Witches

This just one of many views concerning the history of witches and witchcraft. As much of the BCE knowledge was lost because it was past down as oral history only. Also, much of the CE knowledge that was written.down is lost to us because of the beginning of Christianity and even more during the Burning Times. A lot of what passes for the history of Witches comes from Christian invaders as they sought to convert every man, woman, and child to their “one true” religion, so as you read this or any other article on the history of witches and/or the history of The Old Ways and/or the history of The Craft keep in mind a lot of it is conjecture of the author from whatever sources the had access too.

Images of witches have appeared in various forms throughout history—from evil, wart-nosed women huddling over a cauldron of boiling liquid to hag-faced, cackling beings riding through the sky on brooms wearing pointy hats. In pop culture, witches have been a benevolent, nose-twitching, suburban housewife, an awkward teenager learning to control her powers and a trio of charmed sisters battling the forces of evil. The real history of witches, however, is dark and, often for the witches, deadly.

The Origin of Witches

Early witches were people who practiced witchcraft—they used magic spells and called upon spirits for help or to bring about change. Most witches were thought to be pagans doing the Devil’s work. Many, however, were simply natural healers or so-called “wise women” whose choice of profession was misunderstood.

It’s unclear exactly when witches came on the historical scene, but one of the earliest records of a witch is in the Bible in the book of 1 Samuel, thought be written between 931 B.C. and 721 B.C. It tells the story of when King Saul sought the Witch of Endor to summon the dead prophet Samuel’s spirit to help him defeat the Philistine army.

The witch roused Samuel, who then prophesied the death of Saul and his sons. The next day, according to the Bible, Saul’s sons died in battle, and Saul committed suicide.

Other Old Testament verses condemn witches, such as the oft-cited Exodus 22:18, which says, “thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Additional Biblical passages caution against divination, chanting or using witches to contact the dead.

To finish reading this article on History.com please click on this link: One View of Witch’s History

Week 19 – Goddess Knowledge – Venus

Venus is the Roman goddess of grace and love, called Aphrodite by the Greeks. She ever from an early Italian nature goddess, a bringer of spring blooms and vines, a goddess of growth and a beauty of nature. The goddess of desire, Venus was the irresistible personification of both physical and spiritual love. She gave her name to the second planet of dawn and dusk, as did her sister goddess, Inanna (Surmeria) and IsBear (Babylonia).

The story of Venus’s birth tells how she arosed, naked, from the sea, the source of all life (primarily creation) and a symbol of both the collective unconscious and eternity. It is a wonderful image for the emergence of a young woman into her full femininity. Venus is a striking affirmation of the Love of beauty and the pleasure of the senses. Risen from the sea, she is a guide through both the stormy and calm waters of it physical desires and emotions.

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Week 18 – Goddess Knowledge – White Shell Woman

White Shell (or White Bead) woman, also called Turquoise Woman or Alone Woman, is so said to be a younger version of Changing Woman. White is the color of dawn and of the east. Whit Shell Woman, th creator and sustained of life, created re Navajo people and sent them their home. As gift, she gave them shells, which became corn and other food baring plants; she gave them the animals; she gave them gifts of rain and beautiful flowers. With the sun, she is the mother of Killer-of-Enemies and Child-of-the-Water, the dual protectors of the people from their enemies.

A Navajo chat says “All things around me are restored in beauty.” It is because of White Shell Woman that this is so, and because of her teachings that we can experience the exquisite harmony that comes from being alive on this beautiful earth.

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Week 17 – Goddess Knowledge – Tlazolteotl

Tlazolteotl is a Toltec earth mother, the goddess of carnal love and desire. Like Kali in India, she is portrayed as a horrible, devouring figure yet is also honored as a moving, creative principle. She is sometimes pictured as four sisters (the four ages of women) who are present at the crossroads of one’s life. Tlazolteotl is best known as the Eater of Impurities. Once in a lifetime, a person confessed her worst deeds and sins to Tlazolteotl, holding back nothing. In return the confessor received absolution: no impurity or defilement was to great to be forgiven. Tlazolteotl is that deep part of ourselves that we fear because it is so powerful and unfamiliar. Yet when we touch her through her fearsome countenance, we find absolute mercy.

She is proffered that anything that can overwhelm and destroy us also has the power to heal and grant forgiveness.

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Pythia at Delphi

Written by Hypatia

For Coven Life

13/01/2019

 

Whenever I make a trip to my parent’s homeland I always endeavor to visit as many sacred Temple sites as I can.

One of the Temple sites that I will be revisiting sometime this year is located at Delphi, in upper central Greece on Mt Parnassus.

This is the site of the Oracle and the sanctuary of the Great God Apollo. It truly must have been a sight to behold in its days of glory.

Ancient peoples from all across the land came to consult this High Priestess called the Pythia. Thousands of people congregated on the foot of the temple waiting their turn.

The Pythia dates back to 600 BC, that is nearly 2,620 years ago.

Specific Oracular Timing

You see, the Pythia was active for only 9 months of the year as the winter made it impossible to travel to this location. At these times she gave prophecies on the seventh day after each new moon, so you could imagine the great queue’s outside the Temple site to see the oracle for only 9 times of the year. It was considered inauspicious to give out prophecies on days that were not designated by law.

Was the Pythia Really on a High?

In short, absolutely yes, she was high on fumes and trance.

The Temple would have as many as three Pythia’s working on shift to accommodate and serve the masses, each one taking their turn. With a limited schedule of consultation the Pythia would trance through the God Apollo. With the assistance of the active fissures that exuded noxious fumes the Pythia would reach her mantic state of trance advising some of the most important heads of state by theomancy. Yes the Pythia was high on fumes that caused a psychedelic chemical reaction inducing visions. Wars were started and ended on her advice.

At the sessions during trance there would be Priests next to the Pythia frantically translating what the Priestess would be spitting out. At times the fumes would be so intoxicating emesis would be experienced by the Priestess. Clearly the path of the Priestess was not for the fainthearted.

Spake in Rhyme

It is said that the first Pythia was called Phemonoe. She was the ‘Thinker of Oracular Speech”, very similar when we ‘Rhyme our Spake’ during spell work.

Positioning was Everything

The temple was carefully positioned above the geological formation that created the fumes arising from the fissures where the inner sanctum was located. There the Pythia sat on a tripod next to the Omphalos that translates as belly button. It was said to be the center of the Universe.

Prophecies from Pythia that Changed the World

https://pythiaofdelphi.weebly.com/pythia-prophecies.html

 

 

 

 

Week 16 – Goddess Knowledge – Thetis

They is is a Greek sea goddess who represents fertility. She is a creator goddess, for all life begins in the sea, and she is usually portrayed as a Nereid (sea nymph): a beautiful, young semidivine goddess fond of dancing and singing. She helped raise the artisan God Heparstus and once provided sanctuary for Dionysus. Theroux is particularly known as a shape-shictrr: when Peleus desired to marry her, she transformed herself into fire, water, lion, and a serpent in order to escape him. As the personification of calm waters, They is is responsible for providing a peaceful sea. She is that center of peace and calm that is always available, even in the most of changing forms. She is a goddess who enjoys life’s pleasures.

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Week 15 – Goddess Knowledge Card – Themis

Themis is one of the oldest and most revered of the Greek goddesses. The daughter of Gaia, the earth goddess, Themis is the mother of the three Fates, who determine the destiny of all mortals and gods. Shown here as the giver of dreams, she once was consulted at Delphi as the bestowed of Oracle’s. Themis is prophecy incarnate: her Oracle’s derive from hervehicle sense of order and connection to nature. In later Greek mythology, transferred to Mount Olympus, she personified the social order of law and custom, a reminder that social order is ultimately dependent on the natural order of the earth. Themis is a grounded, earthly goddess who is also comfortable moving through the shifting, romantic world of dreams. She is deep wisdom familiar with both the depths of earth and the heights of sky: a guide into soul.

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