The Stolen Moon

Along time ago, three men stole the Moon from the sky and hung it in a tree like a lantern. All agreed that the Moon was theris and that each man would take his share with him to his grave. Eventually, the men and the pieces of the Moon were reunited in the underworld. The bright light of the now-always-full Moon caused chaos among the spirits, and demons who were use to living in darkness. Hearing the ruckus in the great below, St. Peter came down from heaven and put the Moon back in the sky, restoring order to the world.

The Moon belongs to all of us and gazes down without judgement or favoritism. Not a thing to be tamed or captured, she is a perfect example by which to live, always changing, adapting, and thus maintaining balance. At November’s full Moon, meditate on the many things we share as human beings, similarities to be celebrated as much as our diversity:

The Moon is Yours, The Moon is mine.

In her changing face we find the divine.

(SIDE NOTE – This can be done on any full Moon.)

Copyright by Natalie Zaman in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2019 Page 141

 

Week 37- Goddess Knowledge – Hina

Hina is said by some to be the greatest of Polynesian goddesses. In certain tellings she is the original creator of the world, the goddesses and gods, and human beings. One story tells of her love affair with an eel, whi is killed; she buries his head, and several days later the first coconut tree springs forth from the grave. HIna is perhaps best know as the woman who lives in the moon. There she creates beautiful tapa cloth from the bark of the mulberry tree, which we see as clouds surrounding the moon.

Hina represents that part of ourselves that creatively brings forth nourishment even in the mist of what appears to be death and decay.

For more information on the Goddess Hina

To see images of the Goddess Hina

Week 36 Goddess Knowledge – Ishtar

Ishtar is the multilayered Babylonian creator goddess, the source of all life and embodiment of the power of nature. She is the giver of plenty, the lawgiver, a judge, the goddess of tie as well as the goddess of both love and war. Her name means “giver of light” and derives from her role as queen of heaven. She is the planet Venus as both the morning and evening star, and her girdle is the zodiacal belt. Ishtar descends to the underworld and restores the vegetation god, Tammuz, to life and thus restores fertility to earth. As she descends she removes a veil at each gate. While she is underground life on earth is depressed and nothing comes to life. Ishtar is multifaceted, powerful symbol of a forthright mode of being that is unafraid to venture into the depths of the underworld. She represents the creative feminine, active and strong.

To read more about the Babylonian Goddess Ishtar

To read more about the Babylonian God Tammuz

To see images of the Babylonian Goddess Ishtar

To see images of the Babylonia God Tammuz

 

 

Printables For Children

If your child is older then preschool and you would like us to post some age appropriate please leave a comment below with the age of your child and some idea of what kind of printables you would like to see. I cannot guarantee we can find exactly what you are looking for but we will try to.

A Suggestion for parents: Get a folder or something your child can put the printables and other writing on what you are teach them and help them to bless it as their first Book of Shadows. Even a 3-ring binder would work if you have a hole punch.

These will be bigger once you print them out.

Pagan kids A

Pagan Kids B

A Full Moon Esbat Ritual

I am sorry with everything that has happened in my life so far this month that I completely forgot about the full Moon Esbat. We will be having a new Moon Esbat on Saturday, November 23rd with a party hour will start at 6:00 PM CST with the Circle being cast at 7:00 PM CST. If you are not and student and/or member of Coven Life’s Coven please leave a comment if you would like to attend as this is an invitation only Esbat event to imitate our Elders and new coven members.

Now back to our wonderful November full Moon to celebrate we are going to do another drum along with a song. All you need is one white candle any size will do, the larger it is the more times you can use it to honor the Moon Goddess name you chose make sure to inscribe the name into your white candle. Below is a link containing some of the Moon Goddess’ name. Pick the one the “calls” to you”, in other words the one name you think,”That’s it!”

id you know there are also Gods or male names used for the Moon? It has been so long since I used one of them I had forgotten that some Gods are all associated with the Moon. So as many pagan traditions use duality and balance as part of their traditions I thought it would be a good idea to include some of the God names in case anyone wants to use one or more while celebrating tonight’s Full Moon. For this you will need a separate white candle again the size is your choice, the larger it is the more times you can light it to honor the Moon you have chosen, be sure to inscribe his name into the white candle for him. Same as with the Moon Goddess you will find different names for the Moon God. Again pick the one that calls to you.

You should decide for yourself if you are more comfortable working and dancing with a Goddess, God, or both and even if you want 2 or more of each. The most important thing for you to do in any solitary ritual is to do what feels right for you.

You will need something to use as a drum or clapping your hands or however you feel you should keep with the rhythm of the song. The song I picked for this full Moon is The Earth is Our Mother (Ancient Chant)

Play the song from YouTube on whatever you want to. I suggest casting a circle before you begin listening to the music and drumming even possibly singing along with the chat. As the song is about Mother Earth you should consider grounding all the energy raised as you listen, drum, and maybe sing to Mother Earth for her to use however she needs to.

Always remember to thank whatever Goddess or God you call upon to enter your circle. Open/Close your circle. Than write about in your Book of Shadows the ritual what God or Goddess or both that you called upon, then name of the song, what you used to keep rhythm with to the song, whether you dance or sang or both and how you felt during after the ritual, how you cast you circle and open/closed it. This way you can look back at it if you want to do something like this again. I suggest you write in your Book of Shadows about any magikcal workings you do whether it is alone or a lesson for which ever level course you are on or with the coven. If you choose to share how your ritual went please write about in the comment section for the post. Thank you.

 

Week 35 – Goddess Knowledge – Rhiannon

Rhiannon is the Great Goddess as worshiped by the Welsh.  without regeneration. She is an embodiment of life, death, and rebirth, for in her realm there is no death without regeneration. Her name derives from Rigantona, which means great “queen.” A shape-shiftier, can assume any form she want; she often appears as a white horse. She is a muse goddess and is accompanied by three sweetly singing birds who can revive the dead or put the living to sleep.The source of the King’s power derived from Rhiannon, the queen, and a candidate for knighthood met Rhiannon dressed as a stag a regal figure symbolic of rejuvenation, beauty, strength, and instinctual masculine energy. In alter myth she a or as Vivien, the Lady of the Lake. Rhiannon is a beautiful queen of the night, a reminder of the close balance between death and rebirth. She demands that we honor our instinctual and animal selves as a source of creativity, abundance, and order.

For more information on the Goddess Rhiannon

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