Wheel of the Year: Yule

Hi everyone! Today we are going to talk about Yule since it is coming on Friday! So Yule is on the winter solstice which is December 21st. Some people celebrate it over a few days (Dec.21-Dec.23). It is the most North point on the wheel of the year. It is the darkest day of the year and represents the brightening of the days to come. Today we are celebrating the goddess giving birth to the sun god again.

On this day there are lots of ways to celebrate. A lot of these celebrations are very similar to those of Christmas. If you want to know why I suggest you check out my blog post about the history of yule. So some things you can do is burn the yule log to increase the light of the season; put up mistletoe; have holly and evergreen decorations to symbolize the promise of the return of life and springtime; and put up a yule tree with silver and white decorations to represent the goddess and god, or red and gold to symbolize the sun god specifically. You can also do gift giving and other traditional holiday fun.

Don’t forget, along with all these seasonal activities you can still go for a nature walk to see what is happening in the world, do a ritual for the deities around yule and winter, do some divination, or do some magick.

Some gods you can celebrate on Yule are: Baldur (Norse), Dionysus (Greek), Hodr (Norse), Holly king (Celtic), Horus (Egyptian), Mithras (Roman), Odin (Norse), Saturn (Roman), and Apollo (Greek).

Some goddesses you can celebrate on Yule are: Alcyone (Greek), Ameratasu (Japanese), Bona Dea (Roman), Cailleach Bheur (Celtic), Demeter (Greek), Frau Holle (Norse), Frigga (Norse), La Betana (Italian), and Spider Woman (Hopi).

I hope you all have a very blessed Yule! What are your plans for the sabbat? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you have. Also, make sure to follow me here and on twitter to get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be!

Wheel of the Year: Samhain

Hi everyone! Happy Samhain, or Halloween if you will. Samhain is the minor sabbat that occurs between Mabon (fall equinox) and Yule (winter solstice). It falls on October 31st every year. Even though this sabbat is considered to be a minor one it is actually one of the most celebrated sabbats. We are half way to reaching the darkest day of the year since it was last balanced.

Samhain marks the day that the sun god passes on and goes to the underworld. This causes the veil to the spiritual world to be at it’s thinnest. Due to it being so thin spirits can easily travel to and from their realm and ours. This means we can communicate with them much easier. The goddess also transforms to her crone form on this day and spends the next couple months grieving the loss of her partner.

Since the veil is so thin this is a time we use to reconnect with our ancestors. We invite our ancestors to our home by leaving candles (or pictures of these loved ones) in our windows. We also sometimes have a feast of the dead. This is essentially when we set up an extra place at our table and leave a meal for our ancestors. Ways we may contact our loved ones is through divination (tarot cards, pendulums, scrying, etc) or through a Ouija board (not sure if I recommend this one though, at least not for beginners in necromancy).

After Samhain we look forward to Yule which is when the God is born again and spring is on the horizon.

To celebrate this day you can carve pumpkins (used to protect your home from any extra negative energies lurking around), go trick or treating/dress up (Christian’s used to dress up to disguise themselves from demons and monsters), divination (since the veil is thin messages will come through your cards easier and clearer), witchcraft (since the veil in thin there will be an abundance of energy to do you magick with), go for a walk to see how the seasons are changing, and as always do a ritual to honour your deities.

Some gods you can celebrate during this time are: Anubis (Egyptian), Osiris (Egyptian), Yama (Hindu), and Hades (Greek)

Some goddesses you can celebrate during this time are: Morrigan (Celtic), Hel (Norse), Freya (Norse), Demeter (Greek), Hecate (Greek)

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a great Samhain. If you’d like to hear about Samhain instead of reading about it make sure you check my youtube channel  tomorrow! Also, make sure you follow me on here and on twitter to make sure you get notifications when I post. Until next time Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

Wheel of the Year: Lammas

Happy Lammas everyone! As you now know Lammas (also known as Lughnasadh is on August 1st. It is the holiday between the summer solstice and the Fall equinox. It is considered to be a minor sabbat.

During this holiday it is said that the sun god takes all his power and puts it into the grain as it ripens. He is sacrificed when the grain is harvested. Then on Yule he is reborn. So a God who self sacrifices and is reborn… sounds a bit familiar eh? During this time we celebrate the first fruits of harvest, the fruits of our labours, and the results from the rituals earlier in the year.

To celebrate you can make bread, make corn dollies, and decorate your altar with seasonal decorations. As always you can go for a walk to see what is happening in nature. Don’t forget to do a ritual for the gods and goddesses around this time as well. You can do magick and/or divination at this time too.

Gods that are celebrated around this time are: Cronus, Lugh, Saturn, Sobek, and Pan.

Goddesses that are celebrated around this time are: Ceres, Demeter, Danu,  Hestia, Renenutet, Tailtiu, and Vesta.

Thanks for reading! What are you going to do to celebrate this Lammas? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you may have. Also don’t forget to follow me here and on twitter to get notifications when I post! I hope you have a lovely Lammas! Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

 

The Greek Pantheon

I figured it’s about time we started talking about pantheons since your pantheon is usually one of the first things you think about when starting the Wiccan path. A pantheon is the origin of the gods and goddesses you worship. There’s Greek, Roman, Norse, Celtic, Egyptian, and many many more. Today I thought it would be good to start with Greek as it is my pantheon and so it is what I am most familiar with. I obviously will not be able to account for all gods and goddess but I will include the main ones and any other I deem important in my craft.

Gods

Zeus: So this is the ruler of Olympus. He is the God of the sky, thunder/lightning. He is the wife of Hera. His symbol is the thunderbolt. His sacred animals are the eagle, wolf, and woodpecker. He is the father of many other deities as he was very adulterous.

Poseidon: He is Zeus’ brother and is the ruler of the sea. He was the god of the sea, earthquakes, storms, and horses. His symbol is the trident and his sacred animals are fish, dolphin, horse, and bull. He was often worshipped at a fertility God.

Hades: This is Zeus’ and Poseidon’s brother. He is the ruler of the underworld. His symbols are cerberus, drinking horn, and Cypress. He is known for abducting Persephone and making her his wife.

Ares: He is the son of Zeus and Hera. He is the God of war. His symbols are the spear, helmet, chariot, and flaming torch. His sacred animals are the dog, vulture, and Boar. He was known for being the lover of Aphrodite. He was the father of the Amazons.

Apollo: He is the son of Zeus and Leto. He is the twin brother of Artemis. He is the God of  music, poetry, art, oracles, archery, plague, medicine, sun, light, and knowledge. His symbols are the lyre, laurel wreath, bow, and arrows. His scared animals are the python, raven, wolf, swan, and dolphin.

Dionysus: He is the son of Zeus and Semele. He is the God of grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness, religious ecstasy and theatre. His symbols are thyrsus, grapevine, and leopard skin. His sacred animals were the panther and the cheetah. He was considered one of the supreme rulers of the earth.

Hermes: He is the son of Zeus and Maia. He is the God of trade, thieves, travellers, sports, athletes, shepherds, land travel, and literature, and border crossings. His symbols are talaria, caduceus, and the lyre. His sacred animals are the tortoise and he rooster. He was the messenger of the Gods. He was considered the patron of poetry and brought the souls to the underworld. He was the only one other than Hades and Persephone that was allowed to come and go from the underworld without consequence.

Pan: He is the nature, wooded areas, pasturelands, and agriculture. He is a satyr. His symbols is reeds, and the pan flute. I consider him to be my patron.

Goddesses

Hera: She is the Queen of the Gods. She is the goddess of marriage, women, birth, and the Heavens. She is married to Zeus. Her symbols are diadem, scepter, and pomegranate. Her sacred animals are the peacock and cow.

Athena: She is the daughter of Zeus. She is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Her symbols are olive trees, aegis, armor, helmets, spears, gorgoneion. Her sacred animals are owls and snakes. She is said to have been born from Zeus’s head full grown and in armor.

Aphrodite: She is thought to be born from the foam in the waters of paphos due to Cronus throwing his slewn father’s (Uranus) genitals into the sea. She is the goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. She is also the wife of Hephaestus. Her symbols are the rose, scallop shell, girdle, and mirror. Her sacred animals are dolphins, myrtle, dove, sparrow, and swan.

Artemis: She is the daughter of Zeus and Leto. She is the twin sister of Apollo. She is the goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, forests and hills, the moon, archery, and virginity. She is also the protector of women and children. Her symbols are the bow and arrow, and the moon. Her sacred animals are stags, hunting dogs, bears, and deer.

Demeter: She is the goddess of agriculture, fertility, sacred law, and the harvest. Her symbols are the cornucopia, wheat, the torch, and bread. Demeter is the mother of Persephone. When Persephone was found to be tethered to the underworld after her abduction Persephone was granted to ability to be up on earth with her month 4 months of the year. You can see this in the seasons. In the spring demeter is looking forward to seeing her daughter, in the summer her daughter is there, in the fall and winter Demeter is missing her daughter more and more.

Gaia: She is the primordial earth, the mother goddess. She is the goddess of the earth, mother earth if you will. She is the mother of the titans. She is my matron.

Hecate: She is the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts, and necromancy. Her symbols are torches, keys, and crossroads. Her sacred animals are black dogs and polecats.

I’ve always felt deeply connected with the greek pantheon. I remember reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians and wishing I could believe in the gods and goddess the book talked about and now here I am.

I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post. If you have any thoughts or questions please feel free to leave them in the comments. What pantheon should I talk about next? Also make sure to subscribe so you get notifications when I post. Thanks for reading and until next time Merry Meet and Blessed Be.