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

 

Witches of The Craft and Coven Life Now Under 1 Owner

After 18 years and being a pioneer on the world wide web with her award-winning site Witches of The Craft Lady of the Abyss is retiring.

Lady Abyss and Lady Beltane talked on the phone earlier today after hashed out the finer points of everything it was decided that Lady Beltane will be taking it over with monthly payments to Lady A so WOTC does not go to a stranger.

WOTC format will be staying basically the same but the number of posts will be going down. If you want to check what Tarot cards and Ogham are pulled for the day and some of the other things WOTC is known for just go there to find them.

Coven Life will still be having open chats, Esbat and Sabbat gatherings in the CL chatroom. The online school for witchcraft for novice through priestess/priest level studies is not going to change at all.

If you have found that either website contains information you enjoy reading and/or using please consider making a donation to help Lady Beltane cover the cost of keeping these two websites up and running smoothlas as her only income is a SSI check. In advance thank you very much for your help and being part of the WOTC/CL online family

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.

For more information about Venus please use this link: https://www.bing.com/search?q=roman+goddess+venus&FORM=HDRSC1

For more information on the Greek goddess Aphrodite please use this link: https://www.bing.com/search?q=greek+goddess+Aphrodite&qs=n&form=QBRE&sp=-1&pq=greek+goddess+&sc=8-14&sk=&cvid=9BD2AD87E86F4F83A36DFB41ED11BA4A

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To see images of Aphrodite please use this link: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=greek+goddess+Aphrodite&FORM=HDRSC2

Sigil Magic: How to Create Symbols That Manifest Your Desires.

 

I have subscribed to the Luna and Sol website. I have found they bring a slightly less than traditional look at different aspects of The Craft.

 

Sigils. I am enchanted by the simplicity and power of these little magical symbols.

Sigils help you to achieve goals, co-create your reality, self-actualize your potential and fulfill your deepest dreams and desires.

If you’re at a place in your spiritual journey where you’re thinking, “I’ve done a LOT of inner work … but now what?” it’s time to step out of your inner world into the outer world.

Think for a moment:

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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.

For more information on They is please use this link: https://www.google.com/search?q=greek+goddess+thetis&oq=greek+goddess+thetis&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.15505j0j7&client=tablet-android-verizon&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8

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We Are All One!

8th April 2019

Written By Hypatia

For Coven Life

 

In Wisdom we Seek knowledge.

I often find it difficult in conversation, with like minded people, also following a spiritually enriched path, to explain what I seek. Yes…… I am a seeker of wisdom. It’s just not enough to have knowledge these days, Heck, it’s not even enough to just follow one path.  Knowledge is easily accessible over the internet. Anyone with some kind of basic computer skill, an interest and a thirst for the esoteric and occult can access this. Certificates, diplomas and doctorates are given out readily these days for just about anything. Does that make you knowledgeable? Possibly. Does that make you wise? Well, wisdom is not a piece of paper, it is a way of life.

All the ancients knew this well.

Who are you?

Are you Pagan, a Mystic, a Shaman, a Witch, a  Wicca, a Healer, a Druid, a Spiritualist, a Priestess/ Priest and the list goes on! There are sub categories for sub categories.

Well I am all of these and more.

I am also a wife, a sister, a friend, a lover, an employee, an artist, an avid reader, a philanthropist and at times a down right BITCH! Where do we stop with this obsession of Identity?

Firstly I would like to say that I don’t like to be identified or classified by what I believe or don’t believe for that matter, what I do and where I go, well, NOT ANY MORE. People feel that they need to classify themselves and others in order to understand each other. I spent a great deal of my youth trying to fit into other people’s expectations. Feeling the need to classify myself because they demanded clarification, and of course my need to fit in. It is with confidence that I can now say, I AM. I AM God, Goddess, you, me, and them. I AM everything just like you! WE ARE ALL ONE!

We are ALL made of the same stuff. The very stuff that created the entire Universe.

Delving into the origins of the Human soul from all different religions, cultures and time gives me a slight perspective of who I AM. I began to realize through my intensive studies in the search for wisdom, both formally and informally that this sacred knowledge is not dedicated to one source, one culture or one era. Everyone claims their source is the correct one and there is no other, spending their life trying to prove their belief and disproves others. It is not written in one book or spoken by one prophet or in one language. It is not housed in one temple, sacred land or constellation. I have come to understand it is an amalgamation of human consciousness that has evolved and continues to evolve throughout time. It is in the hearts of ALL living beings that includes animals, humans, trees, plants, mountains, insects, rivers, streams, all water ways. The Lakota peoples say “Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ” (All Are Related). When will we see this!

What does this all mean?

We are now, yet once again, entering an era of Global Consciousness and with that comes the awakening of the soul. This is not something new. Humanity experiences this every now and then.  A true Witch (Wise person) understands that magick is embedded in the Consciousness of every-thing. It is written in code in every cell, every breath, and every grain of sand. It is the same code that created the stars, the planets, our Universe and many other Universes. This is why in the essence of GRATITUDE, and what the Andean people call “AYNI” or RECIPROCITY we are merely the care takers of this Great Mother Earth. Each and every one of us are Earth Walkers. We do not own our lands, our partners, our children, our pets, these are not ours to own. We are merely guardians ensuring that through reciprocity everything remains in perfect balance. “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”. Powerful words that help us concentrate on bettering the future of this great Mother earth. Ensure that all you do is for the greater good of all future generations.

The ancients realized that we do not live in only 3 Dimensions. There are multiple dimensions constantly encircling all around us. Science NOW call this string theory. This is why humans have always had the ability to astro-travel, talk to spirits and see the future. Humans have always had the ability to move what the ancients call between the worlds. They travel to the upper, middle and lower worlds to, retrieve, to learn and to heal. They travel to the past and see what has been, they travel to the future and see what will become. This is how some of the greatest prophecies over time have come to fruition. It’s not just Oracles, Magi, Witches, Shamans, Prophets, Apostles, Sages, and Yogis that have this ability. This is the right of passage of every human being if they choose to see. This is what is called being illuminated, having the sight, the gift. Where the conscious mind fuses with the Global Consciousness. This is what Magic really is, this is what it always has been.

 

Cross Cultural Spirituality. What does that mean?

What it is NOT.

It is not a single religion or tradition, nor is there dogmas and theocratic conventions attached. Cross Cultural Spirituality is gaining momentum in all areas of spirituality including in some rather traditional religions. It is a span across time of the history of human consciousness that is now becoming Global Consciousness. The world is beginning to meld and blend in all areas of its existence. We are becoming one big melting pot culturally and spiritually.

 

In conclusion, we are all one, even though there are still some who attempt to segregate themselves from others. The world is changing and as an evolving species, we have no choice but to change with it. We either change and adapt to survive, or we become extinct and die. People are mixing and melding, blending religions, spirituality and culturally. We are slowly but surely becoming one big melting pot.

Blessed Be

 

 

 

 

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.

I picked the keywords Greek Goddess Themis Facts, there are other keys words you could use such as story or history or of justice or power.

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May Your Ostara or Mabon Sabbat be a Happy and Blessed Time

Well, I just learned something new about the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the fall equinox in the southern hemisphere. The spring equinox is at 4:58 PM CT on March 20th while the fall equinox is at 8:58 AM AEDT in the southern hemisphere. Which means we are experiencing the equinoxes at the exact same time just in different time zones and because of the international date line on a different date.

When I read this I felt it covered more than just a blessing for Ostara and Mabon. I felt it was a blessing to carry with us all through the year.

Northern Brothers and Sisters: May what you sow this spring come to a bountiful harvest in the fall.

Southern Brothers and SIsters: May what you sowed in the spring be bring you a bountiful harvest this fall.

Remember we can sow different things for our own reasons they do not have to be something we plant in the ground and watch grow, they can be something we change in our lifestyle or in our spiritual or magickal path. Then when we harvest them they become part of us and who we are.

The Myth Of Hades And Persephone

The myth of Hades and Persephone is one of the well known Greek myths.

Hades was the brother of Zeus and the god of the underworld.

Persephone was the daughter of Demeter, the Goddess of nature.

The myth of Hades and Persephone is one more myth of love and abduction in the Greek mythology.

Hades And Persephone: The Beginning Of The Myth

Hades fell in love with Persephone and decided to kidnap her. The myth says that in one of the rare times he left the Underworld, he traveled above ground to pursue her, while she was gathering flowers in a field.

One day Hades, God of the Underworld, saw Persephone and instantly fell in love with her.

To read the rest of this version and other mythology connected to Hades and Persephone please click on this link: 1 View on the Mythologies of Hades and Persephone

To read other interpretations of the tale please click on this link that will take you to a general search: More Views on Persephone and Hades Mythology

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