Week 14 – Goddess Knowledge – Persephone

(This week I went through the deck to find this Goddess’ card because she is very important to why we have the warmer weather and a time when plants, flowers, trees, etc have time to grow into abundance for our food and herbs for magickal and medicinal needs. She is also important to why we have colder months when nothing will grow outdoors. This goddess is part of an ancient Greek tale that includes her mother, Demeter, and the god of the Underworld Hades. I will write posts with more information on Demeter and Hades which will follow after what the “Goddess Knowledge Card” has to say about Persephone.)

PERSEPHONE

Although Persephone is best known as Demeter’s daughter, the maiden who was abducted by Hades, lord of the underworld, the Greek version of her reflects the usurpation of female mysteries by a patriarchal mythology. In this version Persephone personifies the kore, the maiden aspect of the goddess. Her myth exemplifies the cycles of nature, for when Persephone is underground, plants do not bloom, and when she returns to earth, spring ensues.

Persephone is the goddess of the soul, for it is in the darkness of the underworld (analogous to the unconscious) that the soul is formed. In the Orphic mysteries, Persephone granted wisdom to the initiate, for she is the goddess of a dark, uncomfortable wisdom, a goddess of dark and frightening power. Persephone represents the ability to rule over the aspects of ourselves that are terrifying in the extreme.

More Information About Persephone

Images of Persephone

Week 13 Goddess Knowledge – Spider Woman

Spider Woman is an important goddess among many south-western Native American tribes. Though occasionally destructive, she is nearly always portrayed as a beneficent, The Keresan Spider Woman created everything there is by thinking, dreaming, or naming; she taught the people how to plant seeds. Cherokee Grandmother spider brought people the sun and fire; she taught them pottery, weaving,m and how to make ceremonial blessings. Spider Woman is responsible for bringing fire among the Pueblo, Tewa, and Kiwa tribes. A spider woman named Bliku, found in the Indian subcontinent, also brought fire and light. For the Hopi, Spider Woman is a creator who helped people during their emergence, created the moon, has the power to give and take life, and is connected to hunting and agriculture.

SPider WOman is a reminder that good comes from everywhere. Even the lowly spider, sometimes dismissed as irrelevant, has the power to create and teach

 

More Information About Goddess Spider Woman

Images of the Goddess Spider Woman

Some Beautiful, Relaxing Music

Our brother, White Wolf sent me an amazing shorten derision of thisarticle song by Ajeet Kaur. I have used it just to unwind from a fast paced day and also for meditation music. I suggest if using this video for meditation you either sit or lay down so you cannot see your computer screen, light a couple of candles that have been placed on spots that are safety (you can use battery operated candles also), have the incense burning that helps you to relax. Make sure to have a glass of water within hand’s reach to drink when you are done with your meditation. Thank you White Wolf for sharing this with us!

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WEEK 12 – Goddess Knowledge – The Bird Goddess/Valkyrie

The Bird Goddess is one of the most ancient goddesses, both a living-giving creator and goddess of death and regeneration. The Valkyrie, a northern European goddess, is a representation of this goddess as death wielder, The bird guise of the Valkyrie is that of a raven, long associated with death and magic. The name Valkyrie means “chooser of the slain”; the face and form of the Valkyrie are the last thing a person sees before death, Valkyries are the psychopomps who lead the soul to the afterworld. For ancient people death was part of a cyclical process leading again to rebirth; black was a positive color, a symbol of fertility and abundance, The Valkyrie represents that part of us that is unafraid of dark places; she can lead into and through them. She reminds us that seeds germinate in the darkness, that sometimes we need darkness in order to grow.

More Information on The Bird Goddess

Images of The Bird Goddess

Moon Ritual Cakes

1 cup/128 grams shortening or 1/2 cup/113 grams shortening and 1/2 cup/113 grams of butter

1/3 cup/43 grams sugar

2/3 cup/86 grams ground blanched almonds

1 2/3/ 214 grams flour

1/4 teaspoon salt/1.25 ml salt

1 cup/128 grams confectioner’s sugar

1 teaspoon/5 ml cinnamon

Mix together shortening, sugar, and almonds. Soft together flour, salt, and then stir into almond mixture until a soft dough forms. Chill dough for at least one hour. Preheat oven to 325F/165C. Break off pieces of chilled dough and roll pencil thin. Cut rolled dough in 2 1/2/6.5 cm lengths and form each into a verdant shape with your fingers. Bake in an increased cookie sheet until set, but not brown, about 14-16 minutes. Mix together confectioners sugar and cinnamon. Cool cookies on pan, and while they are slightly warm dip each in cinnamon mixture. Makes approximately five dozen crescent Moons. For vegan guests, use a natural sugar substitute in place of refined sugar.

Copyright by Kirin Lee Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 1999 Page 49

Can There Be Witches That Are Also Christians?

This is a subject that has been hotly debated since Christianity first became an accepted religion and the debate I feel that will never have a definite answer.

Some people believe they can at least partially combine Christianity and Paganism usually by still thinking of Jesus as a  god or because many Christians already worship a triple god “the father, son, holy ghost or spirit” and saints to help them with certain things so jumping to a belief in a Triple Goddess and other goddesses isn’t that big of a jump. Many never call upon other gods than those they already believe in. Mostly the Christians that combine The Craft and Christianity are just bring the feminine divine back into their lives.

I have found over the years that the two were combined very early in the ancient history of religions. For example “In a way, Gnosticism is the best example of Hellenic Syncretism” ( see links below for more information). Another example of Christianity and Paganism crossing over is with two major holidays Easter and Ostara also Christmas and Yule. The early Christians trying to convert pagans purposely put the resurrection of Jesus close to Yule the Pagans celebration of the birth of Odin/the Oak King and the coming of the Maiden or spring time of year. So by putting Jesus birth in the wrong season, the Christians could use it to say something like . “See the son of our God is born now also.”

Let me interject here that it has been scientifically proven that the man known for the last 2056 years, give or take a year or two, as Jesus Christ or Jesus of Nazareth or by other names as well was born not born in the winter. There is a debate ongoing in the scientific community over which season and what exact year he was born. (Click the link below for more information) These are not the only holidays that Christians purposely used to convert pagans almost any Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year has a Christian holy day of some sort close to it or even on the same date. (Click on the link below for more information)

I have included a link for YouTube that presents the views of people who say they are Christian WItches.

Now my personal view is how can a person believe that there is a son of God that will cleanse them of all the wrongs they have done to others and/or themselves also believe in the Wicce Rede of “Do as ye will, lest it harm none.” and if you do harm someone with words and/or actions you need to take responsibility for the wrong and apologize or whatever to make what happened a thing of this past and most importantly forgive yourself. We as pagans do not ask a god or goddess to take away our wrongdoings to be free of them we free ourselves of the wrongs we have done. How can a person practice a religion that does not believe in a heaven or hell or satan when that is part of the core of Christianity? Part of the Christian dogma is the 10 commandments of which the first one is “Thou shall have no other God before me.” So does this mean a Christian Witch is breaking one of the main rules of Christianity if they use a different god and/or goddess for a spell and/or ritual? And if they do break the commandment do they ask the son, Jesus, of their one God to forgive them for doing so? Christians are also not supposed to worship idols (which if you go into some of the different denominations of the Christian churches you could see Jesus hanging dead from a cross and other statues of saints. Are they not all ready worshiping idols when they pray to them asking for their help with interceding with God to bring about something in their life? In my personal opinion and also from trying to meld Christianity and Paganism some may be able to justify what they are doing but I could not keep denying the feminine part of the dual nature of the Devine.

I have included in this post a link to a general search on how witches are talked about in all the Christian Bibles. Not one of them is a positive statement toward witchcraft. In fact, all of the passages condemn witchcraft in one way or another. So how can a Christian not follow the book that is supposed to be a guide in how they should live their lives? How can they practice Witchcraft when it is expressly forbidden by the commandments and other passages of the book their faith has been built on?

Some Information About Gnosticism

Some Views on When Jesus was Born

Pagan Holidays Used by Christian for Easier Convergence

Different views on Christians Witches

YouTube Videos on Christian Witches

Biblical View on Witches

I have tried to give you enough information to form your own opinion on whether or not a Christian can also be a Witch that practices Witchcraft. So I would like your viewpoint on whether a person can mix Christianity with Witchcraft/Paganism?

The Moon in the Signs – Part 3 of 3

The Moon moves through the twelve signs of the zodiac each month, spending about two and a half days in each sign and taking on the sign’s characteristics while there. Moon sign astrology is an ancient tradition and holds a significant place in folklore and magic. In addition to using the waxing and waning phases of the Moon in daily life, it is important to know which Moon signs can be helpful to the job at hand and which will work against you. Here is a description of how the Moon behaves in each of the twelve signs.

CAPRICORN

Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign dominated by the lesser master, Saturn. This is good planting and graphing time, but when the Moon is here everybody wants to be the boss, so hold back on the autocratic orders. This sign is a gateway to the land of magic and very powerful in obtaining what you need. In this Moon, you will find the crone and profound wisdom, so don’t let negativity and depression get you down, However, the Moon is not happy here and tends to be ruthless with other’s feelings. Try bending at the knee for a little humility.

AQUARIUS

Aquarius is a fixed air sign ruled by traditional Saturn and transpersonal Uranus. This Moon is happy working for the common good of all, so use this time for coven matters or working magic for others. Selfish independence is a problem with this imperial Moon, as personal magic can boomerang with scattered thinking. Garden chores should be limited to weeding and clean up. It’s ok now to dress a little weirdly and express your off-the-wall thoughts. Stay out of your in-line skates if you have weak ankles.

PISCES

Pisces is a feminine mutable water sign traditionally ruled by Jupiter and by the modern Neptune. Another very fertile sign, it is good planting all seeds. This is the Moon that rules magic itself, so it is very powerful for prophecy, dreams, and deep psychic work. Use it to explore past lives and all secrets; you can find things you’ve lost or mix potent ritual elixirs and perfumes. You don’t need to polish off the cooking sherry to make music and dance or find your spiritual roots. Avoid getting lost in the fantasy; keep your feet on the ground.

 

Copyright by K. D. Spitzer in Llewellyn’s 1999 Witches’ Datebook Pages 14-17

The Moon in the Signs – Part 2 of 3

The Moon moves through the twelve signs of the zodiac each month, spending about two and a half days in each sign and taking on the sign’s characteristics while there. Moon sign astrology is an ancient tradition and holds a significant place in folklore and magic. In addition to using the waxing and waning phases of the Moon in daily life, it is important to know which Moon signs can be helpful to the job at hand and which will work against you. Here is a description of how the Moon behaves in each of the twelve signs.

LEO

Leo is a fixed fire sign, and King Lion is ruled by the SUn. It is the most barren sign and the only garden job it is good for is weeding. Leo loves to be appreciated and looked up to. Use this Moon to work with your stocks and bonds, creative arts, pets, hobbies, and romance, Throw a dinner party with a drama flair – make barbecue or serve flaming brochettes, in honor of the Sun. Be generous and kind; don’t behave like a sulky child.

VIRGO

Virgo is a mutable earth sign, and it too is ruled by Mercury, which lends abstract thought and a keen critical intellect to the Virgin. Pay attention to details and all matters concerning health and healing, nutrition, herbs, crafts, ethics, service to others, volunteering, and communication needs. Use this Moon’s energy to thoroughly clean house.

LIBRA

Libra is a cardinal air sign and also ruled by Venus. When the Moon is here it is time for partnership matters, legal affairs, socializing, and planting flowers. Balance and harmony are the Venusian theme to this Moon time, so use it to accomplish things with another person. MAgic can be done with a partner, and it’s definitely time for romance, sprinkle rose petals in the incense burner, but don’t overimbibe; your kidneys will give you a headache.

SAGITTARIUS

Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign, under the domain of Jupiter. Go with your current mood of warmhearted friendliness and take your mother-in-law to lunch and a lecture at the museum. Schedule a trip to Malta or Avebury Plain for an independent journey. Be Philosophical about your restlessness and mail your manuscript to the publishers. Use intuitive gifts to work some divination magic. Harvest fruits and vegetables. Be careful not to injure your hip when you fall over the pattern in the linoleum. (I think the last line was put here just for me since I can trip over my own feet…lol)

Copyright by K. D. Spitzer in Llewellyn’s 1999 Witches’ Datebook Pages 14-17

Quick Rituals to Start Your Day With

I’m taking the day off due to some family stuff but I wants to bed you something new. I will be back tomorrow with The Moon Signs – Part 2. Have a beautiful Friday and remember magick is all around us and inside ourselves all w have to do is believe in it and we see it.

Blessed be dear ones.

The Moon in the Signs – Part 1 of 3

The Moon moves through the twelve signs of the zodiac each month, spending about two and a half days in each sign and taking on the sign’s characteristics while there. Moon sign astrology is an ancient tradition and holds a significant place in folklore and magic. In addition to using the waxing and waning phases of the Moon in daily life, it is important to know which Moon signs can be helpful to the job at hand and which will work against you. Here is a description of how the Moon behaves in each of the twelve signs.

Aries

Aries is a cardinal fire sign that is ruled by the planet Mars. When the Moon is here, it is time for starting new ventures, particularly financial or medical. Don’t plant seeds for your garden, though. This Moon is about the self and the ego and anything ruled by Mars – knives, sharp things, strength, daring, courage, and lust. Use this moon for quick results, not for things that will drag out. People will be enthusiastic during this time, and also headstrong and rash. If you fall, you’ll land on your head.

Taurus

Taurus is a fixed earth sign that is ruled by Venus. The Moon exalted in Taurus which means that it is very happy here and can be used for anything associated with love the arts. Taurus is about values, possessions, money, fertility, and Mother Earth. This is a good time for gardening and anything requiring hard work and steady progress. People be cautious and protective of what they have. You’ll think your voice sounds especially lyrical in the shower now.

Gemini

Gemini is a mutable air sign ruled by the Mercury; it is also a dual sign, which means you can do two things at once, or perhaps not be able to make up your mind. You may feel restless and changeable, but it is also a good time to write, study, or communicate with your family. Be careful of what you say or ask for; you may mean it for only as long as it takes you to say it. Practice your sleight of hand or juggling, as your fingers are very nibble now.

Cancer

Cancer is a cardinal water sign and the home of the Moon herself. When the Moon is here, she is at her most powerful, so use her for working important magic and divination. This is the most fertile of signs, good for planting any seeds. The Moon rules the home, children, the emotions, cooking, eating, and all nurturing. Prepare your favorite comfort food, but don’t overeat! Do kitchen magic and be careful not to hurt anyone’s feelings.

Tomorrow we will cover Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio

Copyright by K. D. Spitzer in Llewelly’s Witches’ Datebook 1999 Pages 14 – 17