I have a deck of Goddess Knowledge cards that I just found again while looking for something else on a bookcase self that I Blessed as a sacred space because I have no “Witch’s Cabinet.# The text is by Michael Babcock. There are beautiful paintings done by Susan Seddon Boiler on the front but I have not found a good way to capture them by taking a picture. If I do I will add them to the posts. This is not a divination deck or will I be going by the Goddess of the day, for this see Lady Abyss’ post on witchefofthecraft.com. I will be posting one card per week and add another post with more information on the Goddess of the week to give you more information on her. These cards cover many different patheons from different cultures. I hope you enjoy them.
As my name implies, I am dedicated to the Vanic Goddess Freya and consider myself Her daughter. My spiritual path has always been guided by a desire for a direct, personal relationship with deity (not unlike that of the Christian or Sufi mystics), so my relationship with Freya is as close as, if not closer than, my relationships with my family members and my partner.
However, my relationship with Her is also closer than my relationship with Her brother Freyr, to whom I’m also dedicated. My relationship with Him is much newer and less intense, and fills a different role in my spiritual life. There are a wide range of levels of devotion and types of devotion among devotional polytheists. (I would argue that this kind of relationship, by default, has to be one of our most idiosyncratic of practices.) Just like relationships between humans, relationships between humans and deities–even devotional or dedicated relationships–can vary greatly. Just as you can be involved in a many different friendships for a variety of reasons, so can people be devoted with the Gods in many different ways. The experiences and opinions I share here are really only reflective of me and my relationship with Freya, who has been my primary Goddess.
When I first started working for her, I was full of zeal and love for Her and I couldn’t really figure out why everyone did not want to honor Her and devote themselves to Her. (Laine deLaney of The Lady’s Quill wrote a lovely description of Her here.) ….
To read this rest of this article please click on this link: Happily Heathen: The Positives and Negatives of Dedicating to a Deity
I read this article and thought, “Wow I wish I could convey what is says so eloquently.” Please read the whole article it is well worth your time. Lady Beltane
You’ve found your god or goddess, but now what?
Paganism and the Gods
You’re new to paganism, and maybe you just recently discovered your god or goddess. Maybe both. While there are many forms of paganism and having a god or goddess in your religious practice isn’t required, for many it is something that comforts and helps them through troubling times. It also gives them a sense of peace and hope knowing their god and goddess are in their corner. Protecting them. Healing them. Working favors for them.
Having a god or goddess in your life is the same as a Christian having Jesus or God in their lives; however, you don’t have to “worship” your pagan deities. More often than not, pagans say they “work with” their gods and goddesses. Your relationship with your god or goddess will be more like a friendship or a working relationship, but can also feel like they are your father or mother too. The point is that the old gods and goddesses don’t need us to worship them. They have everything they need and don’t need people bowing down before them. They’d rather have you smiling at them as a friend would instead.
So you’ve found your god and goddess, but now you’re left wondering what’s next? How do I start this relationship with my god and goddess? Everyone’s relationship with their gods will be different and special in their own ways. Don’t feel like you have to follow a strict set of rules to work with your god or goddess. Do what you feel is right and true to you.
1. Research and Study Your God and Goddess…
To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Paganism and Gods
When setting up an altar it is nice but not necessary to have a lot of magickal tools.
A basic altar can be set up using different colored tea lights or candles to represent the five elements, Spirit, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. To make the candle burn a little longer and drip less keep them in your freezer until you are ready to use them. You can put your personal candle back into your freezer after it has cooled down for at one hour after use. Place your elemental candle in the shape of a pentagram. You can use a piece of chalk to draw the outline of a pentagram wherever you are setting up your altar. When you are done with the circle and have removed all things off wherever your atar was set up just use a wet paper towel to wipe off the chalk. It may take more than one depending on how hard use pressed with the chalk when drawing the pentagram. When I to this I either bury the paper towel in one of my gardens or burn it in my outdoor fireplace as a sign of respect for the remains of the pentagram it holds.
A few other ideas to use for the elements are:
SPIRIT: A statue or picture of an angel or a picture of ancestor
AIR: A feather or incense stick or cone or windchimes
FIRE: A book of matches or lighter or wooden matches
WATER: A seashell or any type of aquatic wildlife statue or picture or a small container of water
EARTH: A stick or some rocks or a small container of dirt or salt (not sea salt but regular table salt)
The Goddess and God you wish to have present can also be done by using a candle or tea light. Some other objects you could use are:
GODDESS: Eggshell or birds nest or a statute of a woman of any size or a picture of a Goddess
GODS: A pine cone or small tree branch with leaves or a statute of a man any size or a picture of a God
You can take a glass r cup and a small plate of some kind from your kitchen that you rarely use to consecrate for use as your chalice and offering dish.
Your personal candle you will want to use a bigger candle so you do not have to dedicate and personalize one every time you use it in a circle. I have a 12-inch (30.48 cm) taper candle works very well for my personal candle and lasts about 2 to 4 months depending on how often I make a circle.
As for your Book of Shadows being on your altar or not is up to you. I keep a couple of pieces of paper and a pen on my altar when doing a circle, especially if it is a circle meditation, just in case something happens during the circle I want to remember. My BOS is a three-ring binder with lots of empty pages in it so I do not have to cleanse them before using them on my altar or placing them back into my BOS.
WAND: Your do not absolutely have to have a wand to do a basic altar. But if you live near a park, forest or have trees in your yard look on the ground for a fallen branch. Ask the tree if you can have it for your personal use as a wand and leave a small token of appreciation such as a little water, a small stone or whatever else you feel might be appropriate.
SIDE NOTE: Left handed people sometimes put their Personal Candle on the left and BOS on the right.
Copyright 2017 Lady Beltane.
Spring is a time of great celebration in many cultures. It’s the time of year when the planting begins, people begin to once more enjoy the fresh air, and we can reconnect with the earth again after the long, cold winter. A number of different gods and goddesses from different pantheons are connected with the themes of Spring and Ostara. Lets take a look at some of the many deities associated with spring, rebirth, and new life each year.
For the rest of this article by Patty Wigington please click on the following link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/ostaracustomstraditions/ss/Deities-of-the-Spring-Equinox.htm#step1
Now, this question has been with me for a while; what do the Gods consider offerings??? What do I do with them afterwards? Do not panic! All is perfectly well, you are safe. The Gods will not smite you because you have not offered them lavish riches or a tasty treat; they love you far too much.
What Do The Gods Consider Offerings
A number of things! You can give them food, you can burn incense, you can play music for them if you worship a God of music, put fresh water for those who preside over water, a beautiful and lovely scented candle, practically anything. EXCEPT FLESH! DO NOT SACRIFICE! DO NOT OFFER ANYTHING WITH FLESH AND A SOUL AS AN OFFERING! I…
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These are goddesses of love, beauty (or attraction), promiscuity, fecundity, magic, and an association with death. Personifying abstract powers, gods and goddesses are held responsible for many of the mysteries of life. One of the most important mysteries to humanity is that of birth. Fertility and sexual attraction are key elements in the survival of a family or race. The very complex feeling we shorthand as love makes humans bond with each other. Ancient societies revered the goddesses held responsible for these gifts. Some of these love goddesses seem the same across national borders — with just a name change.
To read the rest of this fastening article by By N.S. Gill Ancient/Classical History Expert click on this link: http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/godsmyth/tp/LoveGoddesses.htm
Enclosed are the plot summaries of love tales from ancient and modern cultures. After a unit on Classical mythology you may want to have your students compare the Greek and Roman stories to tales from cultures around the world. Students will be interested to find many parallels such as transformations, trips to the Underworld, impossible tasks, and magic charms. This booklet contains only brief samples, so there is plenty of room for further research as well as creative projects to portray similarities and differences in myths. Students can also do further research on the culture in order to relate the elements of the myth to their cultural context.
This is a very interesting article that I learned new things from. To read the rest of the article click on this link: http://www.dl.ket.org/latin1/things/holidays/valentine/love.htm
While the lists I give here are sure to name many of the Gods and Goddesses from around the world, I figure some must be missing from them.
List of Gods and Goddesses by Culture
Norse 101, Part 7
Happy Freyja’s Day again, everybody! Time for this week’s Norse 101 post! Many of my previous posts have been somewhat God-heavy, so this week, I decided to give some of the Goddesses a little air time. Today, I’ll introduce you to three: Frigga, Sif, and Sigyn.
Frigga (sometimes spelled Frigg) is the wife of Odin. She is the All-Mother, and an Aesir Goddess of maternal and marital love, divination, managing the household, and spinning or weaving. Her name translates to “Beloved” and She is known to be tender and nurturing. She is a powerful seer, able to know the future. She once had a vision about her son Baldr’s death, and took every precaution to ensure that no harm would come to Him. She asked every being, every plant, every rock, every weapon to do Him no harm. The only plant She didn’t ask was the mistletoe. Ultimately it was a dart made of mistletoe that killed Him, but I’ll talk about that more when I introduce Baldr. Some scholars conclude that Frigga and Freyja are different aspects or versions of the same Goddess. I can see how that might make some sense, since Freyja is a Goddess of love and beauty, and Frigg is a Goddess of marriage, motherhood, and the home. I see Them as two separate and distinct Goddesses, though.
Sif is an Aesir Goddess that’s barely mentioned in mythology. She’s a wife of Thor and a Goddess of grain, the harvest, and the fertility of the Earth. Last week I wrote about how Thor has a role in crop abundance. Well, His marriage to Sif reflects that as well. The sky married the Earth and together They bring fertility to the land. Sif is known to have the most beautiful golden hair, and one story in the mythology tells us about how She lost it, but gained something even better. Her hair was famously gorgeous, but one day, Loki cut it all off while She was sleeping. Thor was enraged and demanded that Loki fix it. So, Loki set out to find something to “fix it.” His solution was to have Dwarves create new hair for Her out of spun gold. The new hair was just as beautiful as Her original hair, and as a consolation, Loki also presented Thor with His hammer, Mjolnir.
Sigyn is a wife of Loki. Not much is written about Her, although She is considered to be one of the Aesir. Together, She and Loki have two sons, but Their story takes a tragic turn. As punishment for His role in Baldr’s death, Loki is bound in a cave with a snake hanging over His head. (The chain used to restrain Him is made from the entrails of one of His and Sigyn’s sons. The other son was transformed into a wolf, who then killed his brother to create that entrail-chain.) The snake drips poison onto Loki’s face, which is incredibly painful. Sigyn stayed by His side, holding a bowl above His head to catch the dripping venom. She isn’t officially assigned as a Goddess of compassion and loyalty, but She certainly is seen as one. She stayed by Her husband’s side and kept Him as comfortable as She could, despite Her own grief. If that doesn’t show love and loyalty for family, I don’t what would.
That’s it for today, lovelies. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask. And if you’d like for me to write about a God or Goddess in particular, and I haven’t yet, let me know. Yes, I take requests! See you next week!