Celebrating Lammas

The year is 1100. The date is August 1. The monks in the abbey at Gloucester are celebrating the holy-day of St. Peter in Chains. One of the monks wakes from a strange dream in which God promises to strike down the wicked King who has abused the Holy Church. His superior, Abbot Serlo, on hearing of the dreams sends a warning to the King, William the Red, who has oppressed all of England with taxes and disgusted many with his licentiousness and blasphemy. Red, as he is called, receives the message the following day while preparing to indulge in one of his favorite sports, hunting, in the New Forest. Although there are no longer any people dwelling in the New Forest — they were all cleared out by Red’s father, William the Conqueror — there are rumors that it’s a hotbed of pagan activity. And August 2 is an important pagan holy-day. The Saxons call it Lammas, the Loaf-Mass. William the Red laughs at the warning from the monks and goes out hunting. A short time later, he is dead, struck in the chest by a stray arrow, and his brother, Henry, who was in the hunting party is riding hot-foot for Winchester and the crown.

Now some people say that William the Red was a Lammas sacrifice, …

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Today is the Feast of Mary Magdalene

Now I know some of you reading this are wondering why I would announce a Catholic saint’s feast day on a pagan website. Wel for me and many others Mary Magdalene is not just a Catholic saint she is also the embodiment of a mother Goddess of love and acceptance that was incarnated many centuries ago and lives on along with all the other Mother Goddesses. SHe is right there with Isis, Mother Earth, Bridgit, and many others. I just got through attending a four-day online summit with some very knowledgeable women giving their insights to this wonderful lady. This is the last day of the summit but I believe you can still register to get access to all the material until next July. Here id=s the link for the summit: Mary Magdalene SUmmit

May love and peace be with you today and always my dear ones. Blessed be

What direction is your harmonic compass facing?

Whenever I immerse myself in a thought about the meaning of life, my harmonic compass always points in that one direction, “CREATION”

Being a student of history and a perpetual student of life I am on a constant search. A search for the meaning of life. A search for the code of creation, a search for the code of being. This is not unique to me and maybe you, this is encoded in every human, it’s called our DNA. A search, that has been undertaken, and will continue to be for the eternity of our existence on earth. We are curious creatures, often not content with what is in front of us, we begin to search by questioning the system that has been imposed on us, one that we have been bought up with. Then often than not we are not content with some of the answers that we have been presented with, so off we go on a spiritual self-discovering journey. One that has us searching high and low. We research different cultural systems, different religious systems, searching inside and out, go on spiritual and vision quests, or walk about, experiment with being involved in different religions, in different cultures until we resonate with the ONE. In ancient Greece they called it the MONAD. So what is the Monad?

By William Q. Judge, the term “Monad” is used quite simply and applies to the conjunction of the two highest “Principles” of the inner, spiritual constitution of the human being, namely Atma and Buddhi, which are usually termed the seventh and sixth Principles of man.

The above quote from a Theosophist touches on the meaning of our spiritual existence or the surface of it anyway.

Understanding that you are a spiritual being living a human experience is what separates you for what the Buddhists call the Maya “illusion or unreality”.

The modern day Witch is a seeker. They do not want to fall into the cycle of a conformed religion where they are told what and who to worship. They question their reality, their creation, their roots, their being. These are the people that are coming out of the Maya and into the Monad of spirituality. Take it upon yourself to research further especially in the wisdom of the ancients. Their code is written in the stars, their foot prints in our hearts and their wisdom in the perfection of the Earth Mother. This is why we are following this path. This is real magic!

Since the beginning of time man/woman has looked to the skies and in Mother Nature’s perfection for the code. The very code that has created our existence. A foot print left by the ancestors. One that is embedded in our DNA. The same DNA that has created the very universe and our Earth Mother.

The ancients discovered that the code of creation is everywhere, and that in order to understand it they needed to keep with its rhythm. The Mayans, the Mesopotamian s, the Minoans, Indigenous peoples of  North Americas,  the Egyptians, the Australian aborigines, the Greeks, the Siberians, the Indians- Vedic scriptures ,etc.. All followed and recognized the same code of creation through, calendars, the elements, the meridian points on the body and the earth, plant medicine, bio dynamic planting, meditation, the frequency in sound. Everything pointed in moving with the earth’s rhythm. They questioned, they searched, and they too went on spiritual journeys. In more modern times these spiritual journeys took the form of physical objects such as the Holy Grail or the philosopher’s stone. People would spend an entire life time searching for these physical objects only to find they only exist within. As within so without, as without so within.

Unless one understand the creation, the code, the very code that created existence it is difficult for them to understand the true meaning of MAGICK. Magic is something that everyone has an ability to do. This is part of our DNA. Every single person, animal, plant, rock, is made of the same elements. The very elements that created our Earth Mother, they created US. Indigenous North American peoples always say “Our relations” and that includes the Trees, the rocks, the fish, creepy crawlies, furred, winged and feathered ones, clearly they have a better understanding of the creation code!

The Earths rhythm is the very same rhythm that created us. The earth’s surface resonates at 8Hz (Schuman’s Resonance), the same frequency that the human brain resonates when in a state of deep meditation, lucid dreaming a state where you switch your external space to your internal space. This is the state that the ancients used to experience, a state of contact with the internal, the God and Goddess, the code, the creator. 8Hz is the heart beat of the Earth.

8Hz resonates with 432Hz

Music was used with its frequency of 432 Hz in ancient Greece to reach that state of bliss through their instruments. It was used in the Dionysian and Eleusinian mysteries along with the aid of other hypnotic substances. So what is so important about 432Hz? Well this is the same frequency that nature is in, from the sound of a frog, to a running stream, the song of a bird and the resonance of color! This is why we find nature so soothing. Another wonderful example of 432Hz in is the Ayahuasca songs of the Peruvian Shaman’s. Even the Tibetan bowl is tunes to 432Hz. This is natures healing frequency, this is her gift to us.

And how did the ancients know what resonance to tune their instruments? Again, this is the code that everyone has the capacity to learn because it is embedded in our DNA. This is the tune of the Universe. Being in tune with the universe is understanding the code, in actuality it’s not even understanding it, It’s being it! Such frequency’s allows one to develop intuition, and we all know how potent a witch’s intuition can be. When one is in harmony with the universe, with creation, with the earth, they intuitively develop skills that tap into other dimensions. They hear sounds that others don’t, they see things that others don’t, and they sense things that others don’t. This allows them to enter another world, or what the modern day Shamans call the “Non ordinary state of reality”. This is the Shamans door way to the multi verses where they converse with the dead, with other spirits here and beyond. Entering portals that allow them to heal themselves, nature and others. These are ancient practices that have been part of us since the beginning of mankind. Practices that resonate throughout all cultures, throughout all times, throughout all peoples. I once wrote an article on Coven life called the search for “The true Witch, Healer and Shaman”. It doesn’t take much to recognize that all 3 are one and the same. All 3 are tuned to the earth’s heartbeat and natures healing frequency. All 3 practice in the same way to achieve the same result. Labelling is purely placing a dividing line through humanity. Human kind has been imprinted with the same harmonic compass of the universe and The Earth Mother for a reason.

Magick is in all and everything!

Like Roald Dahl once said “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it”.

Blessings to you dear brothers and sisters

Hypatia of Alexandrea.

Summer Solstice Traditions – HISTORY LISTS™

or many bygone civilizations, the summer solstice—the longest day of the year—was endowed with great significance. People celebrated this special day, which falls in June in the northern hemisphere and is also known as midsummer, with festivals, celebrations and other observances, some of which still survive or have experienced a revival in modern times.

Ancient Greeks
According to certain iterations of the Greek calendar—they varied widely by region and era—the summer solstice was the first day of the year. Several festivals were held around this time, including Kronia, which celebrated the agriculture god Cronus. The strict social code was temporarily turned on its head during Kronia, with slaves participating in the merriment as equals or even being served by their masters. The summer solstice also marked the one-month countdown to the opening of the Olympic games.

Ancient Romans…

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/summer-solstice-traditions

Solitary New Moon Ritual

Special tools:

  • cedar or sage smudging wand
  • white candle

Cast the circle

Use the smudging wand to purify the space as you move around the circle.

Invocation to the Goddess

(ring bell with arms in Goddess position, arms in a V above your head)

Great Hecate
Queen of the Underworld
Protectress of all Wicca
It is my will on this night of the new moon
to overcome my shadows
and bring about change
I invite you to my circle to assist and protect me in my rite.

FOr the rest of this ritual please click on this link: http://www.paganlibrary.com/rituals_spells/solitary_new_moon_ritual.php

HEKATE (or Hecate)

HEKATE (Hecate) was the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy. She was the only child of the Titanes Perses and Asteria from whom she received her power over heaven, earth, and sea.

Hekate assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone, guiding her through the night with flaming torches. After the mother-daughter reunion became she Persephone’s minister and companion in Haides.

Three metamorphosis myths describe the origins of her animal familiars: the black she-dog and the polecat (a mustelid house pet kept by the ancients to hunt vermin). The dog was the Trojan Queen Hekabe (Hecuba) who leapt into the sea after the fall of Troy and was transformed by the goddess. The polecat was either the witch Gale, turned as punishment for her incontinence, or Galinthias, midwife of Alkmene (Alcmena), who was transformed by the enraged goddess Eileithyia but adopted by the sympathetic Hekate.

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: http://www.theoi.com/Khthonios/Hekate.html

The Great Horned God

The Great Horned GodThe consort of the Goddess and symbol of male energy in the form of the divine, The Horned God reigns. He is the lord of the woodlands, the hunt and animals. He provides for the tribe through the hunt and is honored or rewarded for his deed by being permitted to copulate with the Goddess through the Great Rite. The Horned God is is the lord of life, death and the underworld. And is the Sun to the Goddess’ Moon. He alternates with the Goddess in ruling over the fertility cycle of birth, death and rebirth. He is born at the winter solstice, unites with the Goddess in marriage at Bealtaine, and dies at the summer solstice to bring fertility to the land as the Sacred King. He is not just a Celtic representation of the God, nor does he solely belong to Wicca, as he has been associated with many deities throughout the world.

  • Cernunnos, The Celtic God of fertility, animals and the underworld.
  • Herne The Hunter, a specter of Britain.
  • Pan the Greek god of the woodlands,
  • Janus the Roman god of good beings.
  • Tammuz and Damuzi, the son, lover and consorts to Ishtar and Inanna.
  • Osiris, the Egyptian Lord of the underworld.
  • Dionysus, the Greek god of vegetation and vine.
  • The Green Man, the lord of vegetation and the woodlands.

The History Of The Horned One…

To read the rest of this please click on this link: https://www.paganspath.com/magik/hornedgod.htm

 

Who Are the Wiccan Horned God and Triple Goddess?

By Mackenzie Sage Wright – A Wiccan of 25 years, Sage likes to put her background as a writer and teacher to use by helping people learn about this NeoPagan path

The Horned God and Triple Goddess are generally the deities you’ll hear people associate with Wicca, but these very same concepts generate a lot of confusion. You’ll read a lot of books that will tell you the Horned God is like this, or the Triple Goddess is like that. There are a lot of oversimplifications and generalizations going on with these descriptions. Many Wiccan sources also refer to the Lord and Lady as well, or “The” God, and “The” Goddess (the article “the” implying they’re specific deities). This leaves people to wonder— to whom, exactly, are we referring when we use these terms?

Wicca, being a 20th century religion, is fairly unique in one way: we don’t actually have our own deities. That is, our religion wasn’t built around veneration of any specific deities of our own—we worship Pagan Gods and Goddesses of other ancient cultures in a new and modern world. We do not have our own unique pantheon, nor do we believe our religion was revealed to us by deities.

To read the rest of this article please click on this link or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Wicca-for-Beginners-Who-Is-the-Horned-God-and-the-Triple-Goddess

Welcome to Mother Root May!

(Part of this is outdated as I only received permission today from MotherHouse of the Goddess’ founder and Priestess Kimberly to share this with you.)

We are on the eve of astrological Beltane (5/5 this year), the cross-quarter Sabbat that is the midpoint between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice. Here in the northeast, the weather is ranging from Summer (80’s last week!) to late Spring (mid 60’s) and can I just tell you about the flowering trees? Cherry blossoms, peach blossoms, dogwoods, azaleas, wisteria, I am swooning every single day and racing to stand under the cascades of petals as often as possible.

Goddess is ripe and Her fertility sweeps the land, stirring the fires, and calling us to rise up and dance with HER! She is irresistible, alluring, confident, intoxicating. Not only does She embody the land, but Her sovereignty is the source of all those who would represent the land.

Earth Day just passed but everyday is Earth Day at MotherHouse and we honor Goddess as the embodiment of the land, the earth, and the season. Embrace the season and our forward movement to almost summer in the Northern hemisphere! How are you celebrating?

MotherRoot is back on a monthly schedule now and will be released within the first week of every month. The MotherHouse and Mystery School sites both have a new look thanks to a beneficial almost disaster during Mercury Retrograde. Pop over and let me know what you think!

Blessings for the month of May!
Kimberly
Priestess and Founder of MotherHouse and Mystery School of the Goddess

If you are interested in the rest of the email I got from MotherHouse of The Goddess which includes some great links please email me or go to this link to sign up to get Motherhouse of the Goddes email directly into your own inbox: http://themotherhouseofthegoddess.com/seeking-the-goddess-free-online-anthology-for-goddess-spirituality-from-motherhouse-of-the-goddess/

A Welcome, and Advice for the New Witch

Merry meet everyone,

I am new to posting on this site and I have sat and thought about what to say many many nights and I think I have finally come to a conclusion on what it should be.

When I was first starting out on my path I had no where to turn to. I had no idea what I was doing really, and I was COMPLETELY confused as to where I should start. After a while of doing things on my own I searched and searched for some kind of online classes so that I would have some kind of structure in my studies but everything was way to expensive. And then I found Lady Beltane here on her page.

My long, yet short, journey to this page has led me to wanting to help new and budding witches find things they are looking for. To help them like I wished someone would have helped me when I was first starting out. I know that a lot of the people who visit this site are already training with Lady Beltane in some form or fashion but I was a newbie once that stumbled upon this page so I know there will be others. And I do apologize if this post is very long and/or redundant for some of you.

For those of you who have stumbled upon this site who want to train with Lady Beltane, or who is just looking for more information for your solitary path; please know that you are not alone. I know it can feel very overwhelming, and it can make you want to turn away from the path because it can be confusing. Honestly, you will be confused a LOT. But remember that it will all fall in to place the more you read up on things and the more you do things. Wicca and Paganism is full of wonderful mysteries, and they are meant to be confusing until they reveal themselves to you when you are ready. So for those who are new, who have NO idea where to start, I leave you with this. There will be a plethora of books out there for you to read on the basics of Paganism and Wicca. One of MY personal favorites is Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham: I found it the most helpful and resourceful. It covered almost everything I could have needed to know at the onset of my path.

I am part of a group on facebook for new witches and I see a lot of questions about things that I wouldn’t have been comfortable with as a budding witch. Don’t be too worried about your Book of Shadows just yet, its something you can put together once you get further into your studies and actually understand what it is. I have seen a lot of people stress about this and they have no idea what Wicca or Paganism really is or if it really is for them. And spells, they are complicated to try and understand at that level, and its not recommended for you to even try one until you know what you are doing for too many reasons to count. Tools, don’t feel rushed to get them. Take your time, learn about them, understand what they are and what they are used for because I can tell you now, you won’t even use most of them. This is the time for you to gather up all the information you can; the history, the basic understanding of what Wicca and Paganism is, about the culture, about the beliefs, the different aspects and pantheons; its a time for you to morph your own truths and beliefs about everything, you are finding out who you are in this new world. There is a wealth of knowledge out there for you to find! Don’t stress, don’t put a time table on things, and do not put expectations on anything. And never EVER forget that there are a lot more out there like you who are more than willing to help you out and answer your questions.