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.

Matrons and Patrons

Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about Matrons and Patrons and what that’s all about. I remember when I first started my Wiccan journey I was very obsessed with figuring out my Matron. Having come from Christianity originally and wanting nothing to do with it, I wasn’t as interested in finding my patron because I had just come from a masculine dominated religion. All this talk of Matrons and Patrons and I still haven’t explained what they are though. So firstly, you can have more than just one each. A matron though is the main goddess(es) in your life (whether it be your whole life or just a portion of your life). A patron is the main god(s) in your life. And like the matron that god can be around for your whole life or for just a portion of your life. Also typically your matron and patron come from the same pantheon.

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There a couple of methods to finding your matron and patron. A lot of the time your matron and patron find you. Some say signs from the god and goddess show up calling you to them. It could be symbols associated with them or animals. Some have dreams or visions about them. If you find that your matron or patron are not coming to you don’t feel bad about it. I didn’t feel like I was getting any signs either. Sometimes that means you just aren’t ready to work with deity or you could just be missing the signs. For those of us who are not as fortunate to see the signs there are other methods. You can try meditation. If you’re experienced with meditation you can do it on your own, if you aren’t (like myself) there are guided meditations for finding your matron and patron on youtube. I personally am garbage at meditation, guided or not, so this method didn’t work for me. You can study pantheons and see what you connect with. This will make your search a little easier. I have been deeply connected to greek mythology since I was in middle school so I always knew greek was my pantheon. What worked for me was doing a tarot spread. If you click this link this will bring you to the tarot spread I used matron/patron tarot spread.

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My journey to finding my deities was a bit interesting and it was kinda what started me on my Wicca path as a whole. I was really searching for the religion that fit best with me. I had found Wicca and although the beliefs clicked with me I was hesitant to commit myself to it because of it being so taboo. One day the name Hecate came into my head. Just out of nowhere. I couldn’t get her name out of my head. I was meditating and envisioned a woman with black hair. This to me was some sort of proof to my logical brain. I couldn’t stop thinking about the goddess of Magick and mystic and there she is walking around in my mind. This must be it. And once all of that clicked, Hecate was out of my brain. I truly believe her sole purpose in my journey was to scream at me and say “hey you, this is legit, this is your path, now get to it”. But after Hecate did her job there really wasn’t any other gods or goddesses that stuck out to me. I wasn’t really seeing any signs…. And that wasn’t cutting it for me. I decided if they weren’t going to come to me I would come to them. So I did the spread from the link above and it gave me some direction. But now that I’m typing this I feel a calling to do this spread again. When I originally did this I was inexperienced, firstly in tarot and secondly with my spirituality. This spread did help me find Gaia who I work with very closely now. But other than that I find I don’t really experience any other deities that I pulled. So if you guys would be interested in seeing the results from that spread you should let me know in the comments and I’ll make a post about it. As of right now my Matron is 100% Gaia. I work with her in everything I do and I feel her presence all the time. As for my patron I don’t feel any strong ties to any deity. I do feel more of a pull to Pan than any other but even so that pull isn’t very strong currently.

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Once you find your matron and/or patron it can be nice to set up an altar specifically for them or to incorporate them on your regular altar. It is also nice to do rituals for them. Something I really like about my relationship with Gaia is I can just take my pendulum out and she will have conversations with me and help me figure stuff out. I find her to be very nurturing and social. Whenever I see a squirrel or bird linger a little longer I know it’s her saying hi. I’m very thankful to have her in my life.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to see the results from my matron/patron spread let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading. Merry Meet and Blessed Be!