Light is Everlasting ~ A Poem

Yule of 2017, my sister, who we’ll tentatively call Rainbow Skylark, made a poem for Apollo. She presented this poem to him during a Yule ritual we did together. She wrote this when she was 12 years old. I think this poem is so beautiful and really wanted to share it with you all.

Light is Everlasting

You’re my Light

You spread your heat to keep me toasty

Heat, circles through my body

 

Humans, you give us warmth

Around the Earth you orbit

Sprinkles of light shine everywhere

 

Your touch in the sky

It gives me power to keep going

You are all that passes through me

 

I see the break of day

It connects us

Your heart facing mine

 

Together we bring courage

Separate at a time now put together as a full

Light, is everlasting

 

That is all for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed. I am thinking about making a section for poems and maybe even art dedications on the blog if anyone has any poems or art they want to email me at wiccans_arent_wicked@hotmail.com. Credit will obviously be given for any submissions. My sister reads my blog so if you have any comments (only pleasant ones please) about her poem or any other thoughts or questions leave them down in the comments below. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter to get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be!

Aphrodite

Aphrodite is one of the main goddesses in my life. She represents a huge part of myself and she was a big part of my reiki journey when I was learning my placements. Since Valentine’s day is tomorrow I figured I would dedicate this post to her. Today we are going to talk about some of her associations, her birth story, a ritual you could do to honor her, and a love spell that you can ask her to help you with (that is Wiccan rede kosher).

Aphrodite’s Associations

Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, sensuality, and procreation.

A conch shell is her symbol.

Her sacred animals are the dove and the goose.

Her sacred plants are myrtle and rose.

The myth about Aphrodite’s birth

It is said that Ouranos went to Gaia looking to find intimacy. When Ouranos exposed himself, his son, Kronos, ambushed him and cut off his fathers genitals. Kronos then threw his father’s genitals into the sea. As soon as Ouranos genitals touched the sea they were enveloped by the waves and a white foam spread around it. From that sea foam grew a maiden. This maiden was Aphrodite.

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A Ritual for Aphrodite

You will need:

  1. A candle placed in the center of your kitchen table
  2. Incense (pref frankincense)
  3. A meal offering or symbolic offering – Olive oil, Salt, bread, wine

Decorate the altar (i.e. The kitchen table) with symbols of Aphrodite: Images of Her, flowers, images of doves, swans, sparrows or their feathers and seashells.

Begin by washing your hands with soap and water or with a salt or sugar scrub.

Light the incense. Cleanse the area and yourself (you may opt to create a sacred circle). Set the incense back on the altar and let it continue to burn.

Light the second candle:
“Aphrodite, I come before you on this day in joy and thankfulness.”

Recite a prayer to Aphrodite. You could come up with something from your heart (pre-written or on the fly), or you could recite either Orphic Hymn to Aphrodite or the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.

List the blessings you have received from Aphrodite in the past year and talk about the challenges in the coming year. Present offerings.

Libations:

“Aphrodite, in thanks for your many gifts, as I have just related, I pour out this libation to you.”

Drink the rest saying: “By the will of the Gods, I have this wine/juice that I need not know thirst.”

Feast:
Take the bread and dip it in olive oil and sprinkle it with salt. Place a bit in the libation bowl or offering dish and eat the rest.
“By the will of the Gods, I have food to fill my belly that I need not know hunger.”

Closing:

“Aphrodite, I thank you for hearing my prayer.” Snuff out the candle.

Put out the incense and take the water, the libation and the offering outside.

A Feast for Aphrodite

Aphrodite is the Goddess of love, sensuality and all great passions. She is appropriately invited to any feast celebrating these things and food is, of course, an appropriate offering to her.

Aphrodite says, love what you eat, eat what you love and bring all your senses to the table! She is a very appropriate tutelary Goddess for the sensual Kitchen Witch.

Aphrodite is especially associated with apples due to the story of the golden apple: Eris tossed an apple into the crowd of Goddesses with a note that said “for the fairest”. Paris was selected to choose which Goddess got the apple, and he chose Aphrodite (really he was choosing the instrument of his doom… ) and as a reward he won the love of the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen, Queen of Sparta who was already married to a warlord, or rather the brother of a warlord, thus the Trojan war began.
Some modern scholars insist that the golden apple was in fact a quince.

One food to avoid when honoring Aphrodite is pork, as it was a wild boar that killed her beloved Adonis.

Some foods associated with Aphrodite:

(You may also wish to honor Aphrodite with foods associated with Her planet, Venus)

Menu for Aphrodite’s Feast

Appetizer
toast points or Crackers with rose hip jelly, brie and strawberries or goose liver pate.

Soup
Creamy Seafood Bisque

Salad
Arugula and Fruit Salad with Almonds

Main course
Grilled Oysters or steamed mussels and grilled tomatoes
over Herb Butter Pasta
Fava beans with thyme
Asparagus bundles

Dessert
Wine-steeped pears garnished with candied violets
served with chai

This ritual was adapted from this post http://sacredhearth.com/dev:ritual-in-honor-of-aphrodite

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Love Spell to Attract your Soulmate

You’ll need:

  1. Four red spell candles
  2. Two white spell candles
  3. Candle holders
  4. A lighter or match

When you speak, do so with strength and authority. You needn’t shout, but use a powerful, commanding tone of voice.

Now, you want to find a space that you can make your circle in. Sit or stand in the middle. Place one red candle about two feet in front of you. Place the other red candles about two feet to your right, to your left, and behind you. If possible, orient yourself to the North. Now, sit/stand in the middle and close your eyes. Breathe deeply for a moment, feeling relaxing energy flowing in with every in-breath and out with every out-breath. When you feel relaxed and focused, open your eyes. Say:

I call upon thee, Spirit of Earth, to support me with your grounding and strength. Light the candle in front of you.

Turn ninety degrees to your right. Say:

I call upon thee, Spirit of Fire, to strengthen my passion and emotion this night (or day). Light the candle you are facing. Turn ninety degrees to your right. Say:

I call upon thee, Spirit of the Wind, to free the path between me and my goal. Light the candle you are facing. Turn ninety degrees to your right. Say:

I call upon thee, Spirit of the Water, to consume my intent to create. Light the candle you are facing. Turn ninety degrees to your right. You should be facing the direction where you began. Say:

Within the balance of nature, I stand! Light one of the white candles and place it in front of you and slightly to the left. Say:

I am one with the power of nature. I am blessed to announce this night, that my intent is to draw my soulmate to me. Light the second white candle and place it in front of you and slightly to the right of the first white candle. Say:

As I will it, I bring into my life the soulmate that I crave, the love that I deserve. I am a powerful creator, and as I will, shall be. Reach out and pick up the two white candles, one in each hand, and raise them in front of you to eye-level. Say:

Two lights in an endless world, united at last by love and by passion. Tilt the two candles to combine their flames into one. Say:

As we come together as one, I bring my wish to pass. So mote it be! Blow out the combined flame of the white candles. Say:

I release this intent into the universe. My creation has begun, and I eagerly await my love. Turn ninety degrees to your left. Say:

Water I command thee! Carry my intent to the ends of the earth! Blow out the candle in front of you. Turn ninety degrees to the left. Say:

Wind I command thee! Carry my intent to the ends of the universe! Blow out the candle in front of you. Turn ninety degrees to the left. Say:

Fire I command thee! Empower my intent and bring haste to the process! Blow out the candle in front of you. Turn ninety degrees to the left. Say:

Earth I command thee! Bring my love to me! Blow out the candle in front of you.

Note: if you don’t feel comfortable commanding the elements you can say for example “Fire I ask of thee!”

Sit/Stand back in the center of your circle. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply for a moment, feeling the energy that you have generated coarsing through your being. Slowly, let the feeling fade back out. When you feel grounded and relaxed once more, open your eyes. Give thanks to the spirits who assist you, and resume your daily life.

I got this spell from https://wiccanspells.info/powerful-soulmate-spell/

Thank you so much for reading today’s post. Do you honour Aphrodite? Let me know along with any Valentine plans, thoughts, or questions you have in the comments below. Also, make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Happy Valentine’s Day and Blessed Be.

 

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!

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.