The Hymns of Orpheus

Written for Coven Life

By Hypatia

12/06/2019

The Hymn to Stars (Asteria)

(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.

 

Who was Asteria (The Starry One)?

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.

A New Egyptian Sphinx is Found

Surprise Discovery of 4,000-Year-Old Egyptian Sphinx with Human Head and Lion Body

Local authorities in Egypt have announced the discovery of an ancient sphinx statue between two of the best known ancient temples in the country – Karnak and Luxor. The discovery was made by chance, during a restoration project, and stunned the construction workers who found it. There have been very few sphinxes discovered in modern times and the find will add to our knowledge of Egyptian sculpture and art. The sphinx will also raise questions as to what else may be found in the area and which Pharaoh the statue represents.

Sphinx Mythology

Sphinxes are common in many mythologies, including Ancient Greece. They are usually portrayed as having human heads, with the bodies of a lion and are sometimes depicted as winged. In Egyptian mythology, they are often portrayed as benevolent and strong and they are usually associated with royalty. The best-known Sphinx in Egypt is, of course, the colossal one at Giza, adjacent to the Great Pyramids.

The Temples of Karnak and Luxor

The temples of Karnak and Luxor are located within the ancient city of Thebes and date back to the second millennium BC. They are not just temples but large religious sites and today they are open-air museums, hugely popular with tourists. The Theban complexes are among the largest in the world and played an important role in the religion of Ancient Egypt.  It is believed that the recently discovered sphinx is the first unearthed in Thebes and one of the most significant finds in the city since the discovery of a tomb in 2014.

New Egypitian Sphinx

Merry Meet and Merry Greet my Dear Sisters and Brothers

I want to thnk Priestess Hypatia of Alexandria for the fantastic job she has been doing here on Coven Life while I have been trying to figure out how to do the posts on Witches of The Craft. A little secret between us I prefer postings and spending here more than WOTC. I have missed you all. I finally have WOTC posting down fairly good and you will see me posting more on here again.

To let you all know Lady Abyss is recovering from the water moccasin bite and complications well. But we still need to light healing candles for her because of some of her other medical problems having an open wound is not good as it could get infected again which would probably lead to complications again and she could lose part of her leg or foot if that happens. So please keep her in your prayers that she heals quickly. Thank you!!

Except for the stress, which I mostly put on myself, from taking over WOTC I have been feeling fairly good now that the temperature here has decided to even out to the warmer side and every day and/or night thunderstorms have stopped. One other thing went upside down the deck of Goddess Knowledge cards fell out of the box all over the flooring mixing the ones I have already posted with those I haven’t I think I have the separated right again but need to double check so that will not be one going up until next Monday, sorry.

So please let me know what is new with you and how you are doing.

Until we meet again dear ones blessed be.

Herbs: A – Z List (The Medicinal, Spiritual and Magical Uses of…)

Herbs

The following information is for reference only. Herb-lore is an art which must be respected, and several herbs can be as equally dangerous as beneficial if not used correctly.

  • Aloes:

General: Aloes are indigenous to East and South Africa, but have been introduced into the West Indies (where they are extensively cultivated) and into tropical countries, and will even flourish in the countries bordering on the Mediterranean. The drug Aloes consists of the liquid exuded from the transversely-cut bases of the leaves.

Medicinal Use: The drug Aloes is one of the safest and best warm and stimulating purgatives to persons of sedentary habits and phlegmatic constitutions. An ordinary small dose takes from 15 to 18 hours to produce an effect. Its action is exerted mainly on the large intestine, for which reason, also it is useful as a vermifuge. Its use, however, is said to induce Piles. From the Chemist and Druggist (July 22, 1922):

‘Aloes, strychnine and belladonna in pill form was criticized by Dr. Bernard Fautus in a paper read before the Chicago branch of the American Pharmaceutical Society. He pointed out that when given at the same time they cannot possibly act together because of the different speed and duration of the three agents. Aloin is slow in action, requiring from 10 to 12 hours. Strychnine and Atropine, on the other hand, are rapidly absorbed, and have but a brief duration of action.’

Aloes was employed by the ancients and was known to the Greeks as a production of the island of Socotra as early as the fourth century B.C. The drug was used by Dioscorides, Celsus and Pliny, as well as by the later Greek and Arabian physicians, though it is not mentioned either by Hippocrates or Theophrastus.

Spiritual Use: The word Aloes, in Latin Lignum Aloes, is used in the Bible and in many ancient writings to designate a substance totally distinct from the modern Aloes, namely the resinous wood of Aquilaria agallocha, a large tree growing in the Malayan Peninsula. Its wood constituted a drug which was, down to the beginning of the present century, generally valued for use as incense, but now is esteemed only in the East. The Mahometans, especially those in Egypt, regard the Aloe as a religious symbol, and the Mussulman who has made a pilgrimage to the shrine of the Prophet is entitled to hang the Aloe over his doorway. The Mahometans also believe that this holy symbol protects a householder from any malign influence. In Cairo, the Jews also adopt the practice of hanging up the Aloe. In the neighbourhood of Mecca, at the extremity of every grave, on a spot facing the epitaph, Burckhardt found planted a low shrubby species of Aloe whose Arabic name, saber, signifies patience. This plant is evergreen and requires very little water. Its name refers to the waiting-time between the burial and the resurrection morning.

  • Arnica:

Please click the link HERBS above for the rest of the list.

I Need and Want Honest Feedback From All Who Read This

As many of you know I am now the proud owner of Lady of the Abyss’ website Witches of The Craft. I put up a few questions and asked the people who follow WOTC to answer them so I could get a feel for what they want to gain from reading posts on that website. Well, I didn’t get much feedback and figure that the answers I did get back are what I would use as a base for putting posts on there. Definitely, my thinking was very wrong as a phone call from Lady Abyss last night asking if I could run 2 sites,  what I had done to her graphics, did I know we were losing followers, and dropping lower on Goggle’s sear engine plus she to me had gotten emails from readers that I was messing up the website. Lady A was not telling or asking me these things to hurt me she is my true sister would kick me in the backside when I need it and I did need it. So today I want to ask you a few questions about the content on Coven Life. I really, really need your input so Coven Life is a website that you enjoy and want to return to whether you are a student or not. Just put the question number and then your answer to it in the comments below, please.

  1. Do you want to see daily horoscopes, Moon phase, and planet positions posted on Coven Life or just a link to go to WOTC where they are posted daily?
  2. What topics do you want to see covered more? Please list as many as you want to in your answer,
  3. Are there topics we have not posted about that you would like us too? If yes what are the topics?
  4. Are the 2 Open Chats at a good day and times for you to make it to at least 1 per month if you are a student? If you are not a student but would like to hang out with us are the days and times good for you? The days and times are the 2nd Saturday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 PM CT and the fourth Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM CT
  5. How do you think and feel about the way we post on Coven Life now?
  6. Do the Esbat and Sabbat gatherings start at a convenient time for you? Socializing starts at 6:00 PM CT with the circle being cast at 7:00 PM CT on whatever day either the new or full Moon is on and the same for the eight Sabbats.
  7. Do you think Lady Beltane should close the witchcraft school (allowing those already taking a course to finish it), and/or online coven gatherings and/or shut down the Coven Life website completely
  8. Do you think Lady Beltane is doing a good job running Coven Life or should she  turn Coven Life over to someone else who might run it better?

 

Thank you very much for taking the time to give me answers to this short survey!!

The Wonderous Moon

(Even though the month of  January is mention in this short article the spell at the end I feel can be done on any Full Moon throughout the year.)

Once upon a time there was…

the Moon! A traditional means of teaching lessons and revealing truths, fairy and folk tales are peopled with heroes and heroines, sometimes in the form of the Moon who appears as both a character and catalyst. In her face we see our own, in her shadows, the depths of our personal darkness. Over the course of the year, celebrate Luna’s full phase with the wisdom of legend. What does she see as she changes from moment to moment? Hans Christian Anderson might have been pondering this when he penned “What the Moon Saw” in 1840. From her perch in the heavens, the Moon watches over the world and all the people in it. Night after night she reports on the beauty of nature that she sees and revels in the mundane details of people’s everyday lives. Her message? There is magic and wonder in all things.

At January’s FUll Moon, ask Luna to help you see and appreciate the wonders of the world around you, great and small:

Luna, show me what you see,

That I, like you, may blessed be.

Copyright by Natalie Zaman 2019 in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2019

 

A Special Warm or Cold Weather Treat for our Beloved Familiars and/or Pets

Let me start by saying I am a certified veterinarian assistant and took extra courses to specialize in canine health and nutrition. I have worked with most breeds of dogs some my first in at age 14 to apprentice as a groomer and obedience training. After being a trainer for over 40 years I have found most humans needing training more than their companion….lol Check with your veterinarian before using the suggestions below to make sure it is ok to give to your familiar/pet. Lady Beltane and Coven Life are not responsible for any adverse effects these suggestions might have on your familiar/pet.

Now that the Northern Hemisphere is warming up any mammal you have as a pet and/or is your familiar just like us they need more water. But getting them to drink it is not easy. So years ago I came up with Pupciles. Now before I get comments and emails from vegetarian and vegan let me say to have a healthy canine or feline they have to have real meat in their diet without the nutrients near gives their body they will become sick. Felines and canines are carnivores not herbivores.

So if you do not eat meat or poultry ask someone you who eats meat to save you the juices in the pan after the meat has cooked, unless it was fried. You can buy ready made Chicken Broth but make absolutely certain it is Low Sodium. Never use any type of bullion or soup base mix as they are all extremely high in sodium. To much sodium for a feline or canine can cause kidney failure.

How to make Pupciles

For Warm Weather – For each 1 ounce/29.6 ml of the meat or poultry juice use 2 ounces/59 no of water. Stir well then put into an ice cube tray or a small containers that hold approximately 1/2  ounce/15 ml. Then place them into your freezer. Once they are fully frozen take them out of the ice cube tray or other container and store them in a zip lock freezer bag or other contains durable for the freezer. Then use your own judgement to give them a Pupcile. If you live in a hot climate or anytime I see your dog or cat panting in the heat give them one. The size measurements are for small dogs under about 20 pounds/600 grams. Do not adjust the ratio of 1 part meat juice to 2 parts of water. Felines and canines only sweat through their tongue by panting. In the warm weather you need to watch for signs of them over heating and economy dehydrated. The most common signs are heavy panting, being lathgic, If I up their top lip if the gums are light pink to white this means your pet/familiar is getting dehydrated which means their entire body is over heating. Just like humans any  mammal can get heat exhaustion or have a heat stroke. If you think this is happening within fur baby call you veterinarian immediately. Also move the animal to a cooler  place, place a towel that is wet will room temperature water, and offer them cool not icy cold water. Upon reaching your vet explain in detail what is going on with you fur baby and what steps you have taken to help cool it.

 

For Cold Weather – Make the Pickles as above. When I come in from a walk or your familiar has been outside playing just put one or two Pupciles in the microwave for about 20 seconds or until the melted as time will vary because of Pupcile size and/or microwave strength. For those who prefer not to use a microwave I suggest you take 2 servings of Pupcile out of the freezer place them in a bowl to melt and then warm them to approximately 99 degrees F/ 37 degrees C. Make sure to check theirs eats and the pads of the feet for any discoloration as it cold be the start of frost bite. If you see this call your vet immediately explain in detail how long your fur baby was outside, the location where the discoloration is, the color and size of it. What to can do until you talk to your vet is wrap your fur baby in a warm blanket and off it something warm to drink such as melted Pupciles. Take one or two of the premade ice cubes out, place them in a microwave-safe bowl most microwaves can be set between 20 and 30 seconds for the ice cubes to melt. Make sure the liquid will not burn your beloved familiar’s mouth and then give it to them to drink.