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.

 

The Hindu Pantheon

Hi everyone! Last month we missed our usual pantheon post so I thought I would post it just a little earlier this month. Today we are going to talk about the Hindu pantheon. As I always say, this pantheon is not one I have previous knowledge on so, if I skip a god or goddess from this pantheon that you think I should include, I encourage you to let me know in the comments. Now lets get started.

Gods

Ganesha: When picturing this god think of a 4 armed elephant man with the physique of Buddha. He is the god of success, knowledge, and wealth. He could be considered one of the most important Hindu deities because all sectors of the faith worship him. He is often shown riding a mouse.

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Shiva: This God is also depicted as having 4 arms and he often has blue skin. He is the God of death, dissolution, dance, and regeneration. Shiva destroys the worlds so that Brahama can recreate them.

Krishna: This god is depicted as having 2 arms and blue skin. He is often thought of as the most beloved Hindu god. He is the god of love and compassion. He is often shown with a flute which he uses for seduction.

Rama: This god is depicted as a blue man. He is the god of virtue and truth. He is thought of as the perfect embodiment of humankind (mentally, physically, spiritually). Rama is thought to actually be a historical figure whose feats form the great Hindu epic “Ramayana”. He is often celebrated during Diwali.

Hanuman: This god is depicted as a man with a monkey face and tail. He is the god of physical strength, perseverance, service, and scholarly devotion. Out of all the gods his name is most chanted amongst Hindu’s in times of trouble.

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Vishnu: This god is depicted as having 8 arms. He is the god of peace, righteousness, truth, and order. He preserves and sustains life here on earth. In times of disorder it is thought that he will emerge and restore order and peace.

Goddesses:

Lakshmi: This goddess is depicted as a 4 armed woman with gold skin. She is the goddess of wealth, prosperity (in both a physical and spiritual sense), beauty, purity, and domesticity.

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Durga: This goddess is often depicted with 8 arms and riding a lions back, while carrying many weapons. She is the mother goddess. She represents the fiery powers of the divine. She protects the righteous and destroys the evil.

Kali: This goddess is often depicted as either blue or black and she has 4 arms. She is often shown bloodsoaked, her tongue hanging out, standing on top of her husband. She is the dark goddess and is the goddess of death. She represents the unavoidable doomsday.

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Saraswati: This goddess is depicted as a woman with 4 arms. She is the goddess of knowledge, art, and music. She endows humans with the powers of speech and wisdom.

Do you follow the Hindu pantheon? If so, who do you worship? 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 so you get notifications on when I make posts and upload videos to my youtube channel. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

 

 

The Norse Pantheon

It’s that time of the month again. Time to learn about another Pantheon! I’m pretty excited to do this one because I think Norse culture in itself is pretty cool, so I’m looking forward to learning it’s mythologies. As always, if you think I missed an important god or goddess and would like me to add them to the list always feel free to let me know.

Goddesses

Frigg: Frigg is the queen the Gods and Goddess and she is also the Goddess of the sky. She is the wife of Odin so she is also the goddess of fertility, household, motherhood, marriage, and domestic matters.

Hel: Hel is the goddess of the netherworld. She was decide the fate of all the souls who entered her realm. When she is in her own realm she is thought to be more powerful than Odin himself.

Freya: She is thought to be the goddess of love, fertility, beauty, and fine material possessions. She is the archetype of volva, a practitioner of seidr (the most organized form of norse magic). She is also the ruler of the afterlife realm folkvang.

Gods

Odin: He is the king of the Gods and the husband of Frigg. He is the god of wisdom, healing, sorcery, frenzy, and royalty to death. Thought to be one of the most revered Gods.

Thor: He was the loyal defender of Asgard and was considered to be the protector of the ordered cosmos. He was the god of agriculture, fertility, sky, rain, and hallowing.

Loki: He is the trickster of the Norse gods who could change his shape and sex. He is considered to be the god of fire. He had a huge part in Balder’s death and was bound to a rock as punishment.

Balder: He is the god of light and purity. He was thought to be extremely handsome. He was killed when Loki gave Balder’s twin brother (who was blind) a dart made of mistletoe. Balder’s brother threw the dart at him (apparently they used to do that as joke) and hit Balder in the heart with it (mistletoe was deadly to Balder).

Do you follow the Norse Pantheon? If so, who do you worship? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you may have. Also, make sure you follow me here and on twitter to get notifications when I post. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

The Egyptian Pantheon

Well I suppose we are due for another post about a pantheon and I thought it would be fun if we did Egyptian. As I’ve said before though, the Egyptian pantheon isn’t the one I follow so I am less knowledgeable about it, therefore if you think I missed an important God or Goddess please let me know and I can certainly add it!

Goddesses

Isis: the mother goddess of Egypt. She is thought of as the mother of nature and all things magical.  She carries an ankh in her hand and is said to also be the Goddess of children and ritual.

Ma’at: the goddess is thought of as the ruler and aid of justice and truth. She brings balance and order in both spiritual and mundane realms. She determines whether a soul is worthy to go to an afterlife.

Sekhmet: the goddess of divine retribution, vengeance, conquest, and war. She is pictured as a lion and thought to be the fiercest hunter known to the Egyptians. Something interesting I learned about her is even though she is a goddess, which is often associated with the moon, she is a solar deity. After a battle was won they would hold festivals to her so the destruction would end.

Bast: She is thought of as a cat goddess. She is often shown holding the ankh (representing the breath of life) or the papyrus wand (representing Lower Egypt). She occasionally bears a was-scepter (signifying strength) and is often accompanied by a litter of kittens. Cats are sacred to her and one that does harm to a cat is considered to have done a crime against her and will be unlucky. She is the goddess of protection and evidently, cats.

Gods

Anubis: guardian and protector of the dead. God of the underworld (originally), embalming process, and funeral rites. He led the innocent to a heavenly existence and the guilty to Ammit. Later on Osiris was the King of the Underworld in the Ennead and he was more popular (and powerful) than Anubis. So Anubis was relegated to a god of mummification. He became the patron of lost souls, including orphans, and the patron of the funeral rites. Anubis was credited with a high level of anatomical knowledge as a result of embalming, and so he was the patron of anaesthesiology and his priests were apparently skilled herbal healers.

Horus: He was considered to be a celestial falcon. He is a god of war and a sky god. He was the protector and patron of the pharaoh. The Pharaoh was often considered to be the embodiment of Horus while alive (and Osiris once he was deceased). Horus was the embodiment of order and represented the daytime sky. Horus was also the patron of young men and was often described as the perfect example of the dutiful son who grows up to become a just man.

Ra: He is the sun god of Egypt. He is the king of the Gods and thus the patron of the pharaoh and one of the central gods of the Egyptian pantheon. He is also thought to be the creator of everything.

Thoth: As the power of his cult grew, the myth was rewritten to make Thoth the creator god. According to this variant, Thoth (in the form of an ibis, one of his sacred animals) laid an egg from which Ra (Atum, Nefertum, or khepri) was born. Thoth was also thought to have invented writing, medicine, magic, and the Egyptian´s civil and religious practices. He was even credited with the invention of music. Thoth was the patron of scribes and of the written word. He was scribe of the underworld who recorded the verdict on the deceased in the hall of Ma´at and was given the epithets. He was given the grand title, the “Author of Every Work on Every Branch of Knowledge, Both Human and Divine”. As Thoth was associated with writing and with the moon it is perhaps unsurprising that he was also linked to the creation of the calendar. As his association with the moon waned, he developed into a god of wisdom, magic and the measurement of time.

Do you follow the Egyptian Pantheon, if so, who do you worship? Let me know along with any other thoughts or questions in the comments below. Also, make sure to follow me here and on on twitter so you get notification when I post. Thanks for reading and until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

The Roman Pantheon

So this week I thought it would be good to back to talking about Pantheons. So we are going to talk about the Roman Pantheon. It is similar to the greek pantheon and many ways which should hopefully help me in creating this post. I find these pantheon posts (other than greek) are the hardest to write about as I start out not knowing a lot about them.

The Gods

Jupiter: King of the gods. Brother to Neptune and Pluto. Son of Saturn. He is the God of the sky and thunder. He is the patron of Rome.

Neptune: Brother of Jupiter and Pluto. He is the God of the sea, earthquakes, hurricanes and horses. He is often seen with his trident.

Mars: He is the son of Juno. He is the god of war, guardian of agriculture, and embodiment of virility and aggression. He is the father of Romulus, the founder of Rome.

Apollo: He is the son of Jupiter and Latona. His twin is Diana. He is the god of music, healing, light, and truth.

Vulcan: God of fire, volcanoes, metal work, and forging. He makes weapons for the Gods.

Mercury: Son of Maia and Jupiter. He is the god of profit, trade, eloquence, communication, travel, trickery and thieves; guide of dead souls to the underworld

Pluto: Brother of Jupiter and Neptune. He is the god of the underworld. His symbols are the cap of invisibility, pomegranates, key, and sceptre.

The Goddesses

Juno: She is the queen of the Gods and the wife of Jupiter. She is the protector of Rome’s women. She is Rome’s matron.

Minerva: She was born from the head of Jupiter after he impregnated Metis and ripped their daughter (Minerva) out of her womb and ate her. She is the goddess of wisdom, arts, trade, and strategy.

Venus: She is the mother of the Roman people. She is the Goddess of love, fertility, sex, desire, and prosperity. She is the matron of wine.

Diana: She is the daughter of Jupiter and Latona. She is the twin sister of Apollo. She is the goddess of the hunt, the moon, and birth.

Vesta: The sacred fire of the Vestal Virgins (all female and Rome’s only full-time priesthood). Goddess of the hearth, home, and family.

Ceres: She is the eternal mother.  She is the goddess of agriculture, grain, women, motherhood, and marriage. She is the lawgiver.

If you’d like any statues of the roman deities here are some links! Minerva statue, Mercury statue, and Venus statue. I hope you enjoyed todays post. If you have a roman god or goddess that I didn’t post about tell me about them in the comments and leave any other thoughts or questions there as well. Make sure you subscribe to my blog and my twitter to get notifications on when I post. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

The Celtic Pantheon

So today I thought it would be good to continue our talk about pantheons. A couple weeks ago I talked about greek which you can read here: The Greek Pantheon. This week I am going to talk about the Celtic pantheon. I did some research to find the “top” worshipped gods and goddesses so if you worship someone from this pantheon that I didn’t mention please put them in the comments and what they’re all about and I can add it my post!

Gods

Aengus – God of love and youth. Animals are cat, dove, sparrow, deer. The swan was his symbol.

Dagda – “The Good God” The father god. He is the god of the arts, knowledge, magic, music, prophecy, prosperity, and regeneration. His symbols were a club, bottomless cauldron of plenty, and the harp.

Cernunnus – “the horned one” He is the god of  hunting, animals, fertility, and nature in general. Animals that were sacred to him: bull, ran, stag, and horned serpents.

Arawn – God of the underworld, terror, revenge, and war. His animals are the stag and dogs. His symbol is the cauldron.

Goddesses

Morrigan – goddess of war and death. Morrigan’s main animal is the crow or raven. She is a triple goddess. Morrigan is Anand (or Anu), a goddess of fertility, Badb, a war goddess who transforms into a crow, and Macha, the death crone.

Danu – Matriarch of Power. She is the mother goddess. Symbolizes rivers, water, wells, prosperity, magick, and wisdom.

Brigit – she is the goddess of art, blooming of the spring season, healing, high dimensions, livestock, poetry, smithing, and springs. She is a a triple goddess. One is in charge of poetry and inspiration; one is in charge of midwifery and healing, and the last is in charge of crafts and smiths.

So these are just a few celtic gods and goddess. Here are some links to some celtic deity statues Danu statue, Morrigan statue, and Cernunnos statue. I hope you enjoyed todays post. If you have a celtic god or goddess that I didn’t post about tell me about them in the comments and leave any other thoughts or questions there as well. Make sure you subscribe to my blog and my twitter to get notifications on when I post. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be.