Shopping list for the Beginner Witch/Wiccan

Hi everyone! A couple weeks ago my boyfriend gave me the great idea to do this post and I thought it sounded so much fun. However before we start, you must remember that this is a generalized list. Obviously some people aren’t going to need all of these things for their path and some will need things I didn’t mention. This list is solely going to be based around what I would want in a beginners shopping list. Also keep in mind you don’t need any of these things to call yourself a witch or wiccan. When I first started my journey all I had to work with were the yankee style candles I already owned, the spices and herbs already in my kitchen, and I went to the dollarstore and bought a tin pot to act as a cauldron.

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Shopping List for the Beginner Witch/Wiccan

Altar tools

  1. Cauldron (also water association)
  2. An athame
  3. A Chalice (also a water association)
  4. Candle holders
  5. Visual representations of deity
  6. Pentacle (also an earth association)

Herbs/Spices (Earth Associations)

  1. Sage
  2. Salt
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Bay Leaf
  5. Peppermint
  6. Lavender
  7. Ginger
  8. Rosemary

Crystals (Earth Associations)

  1. Rose Quartz
  2. Black Tourmaline
  3. Citrine
  4. Amethyst
  5. Green Adventurine

Associations of air

  1. Incense
  2. Essential oil diffuser
  3. Essential oil
    1. Peppermint
    2. Lemon
    3. Sage
    4. Lavender

Associations of fire

  1. Candles
    1. Green
    2. Red
    3. White
    4. Pink
  2. Matches/lighter

Associations of Water

  1. Abalone Shell

Divination

  1. Tarot deck
  2. Oracle deck
  3. Pendulum

Miscellaneous

  1. String/yarn of various colours
  2. A journal/binder to create a book of shadows
  3. Books
    1. Scott Cunningham books
    2. The Complete Idiots Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft
    3. Wicca by Harmony Nice (A book I have yet to get unfortunately but I watch her youtube videos about Wicca and love them)

Things to Scavenge

  1. Feathers
  2. Acorns
  3. Pinecones
  4. Rocks
  5. Twigs
  6. Flowers

Things that I didn’t include would be a besom and a wand as these are things that I think are better created than bought.

I hope you all enjoyed and that this gave you some ideas on things that you could use in your practice. Did I miss something that you think should be part of the list? Let me know and I just might add it! Also make sure you leave any other thoughts or questions in the comments below. Don’t forget I am taking questions for a Q&A video on youtube. Lastly, don’t forget to follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be!

 

Freyja

A few weeks ago I made a post about Aphrodite which triggered a post request from a subscriber. She follows the Norse Pantheon and asked if I would do a post on Freyja. Since it is still the month of love I figured I would make this for her.

Freyja’s Associations

Freyja is the goddess of love, sex, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr, war, and death.

Her symbol is the Northern Lights

Her sacred animals are cats and wild pigs

Her sacred plants are cowslip, primrose, and daisies

Freyja Mythology

Freya was the Norse Goddess of beauty that no man could resist when she wore her enchanting necklace known as the Brisingamen. This necklace was made for her my four dwarves. They demanded that as repayment she spent a night with each of them in turn.

Although she had many affairs she loved her husband deeply and when he went missing she cried tears of gold. She set out to find him by transforming herself into a bird with her magical cloak.

When she found he had become an ugly sea monster. Freya remained by his side and became enraged when he was murdered, threatening to kill the other Gods. To placate her Od was offered a place in Valhalla despite not dying as a hero on the battlefield.

Gotten from https://www.goddess-guide.com/freya.html

Ritual for Freyja

Greeting Freyja

It will be helpful to have:

A couple of candles

A space to set the candles and make a simple ve or shrine for Freyja

An offering to pour for Her (Mead is good, so is any sweet or strong drink.  Lacking those, use sweet teas or fruit juices.  Lacking those, use water.)  The Lady is going to be your guest, so at least provide Her with the kind of drink you would offer to a mortal guest.  There are many other gifts and offerings that are appropriate for Her; some are listed here.

Cleansing

First we do a cleansing.  Most traditions have some sort of cleansing rite, to prepare you and the space for the presence of and interaction with the divinity that you are calling.  Flames have been used to bless property in some places in Northern Europe, where a torch or light is carried to all parts of the property and the shadows chased out.  Some Heathens call on Thor in the Hammer Rite, but as I don’t have a regular practice involving him and She is perfectly capable of helping with this work I call to Her for it.

Take a candle and light it.  Say, “Sacred flame, in Freyja’s name, cleanse and bless this space.  Banish from it all baleful wights and wills and make it whole and holy.  In Freyja’s name, oh sacred flame, so be it.  Hail Blotgydja!”  Pass it in front of and around your body.  Walk with it around the space, making sure to shine the light in corners and dark spaces especially.  Set the candle down in the space you want to use.

Invocation

Set up a space for Freyja.  Include statuary images, or things that are important to Her, especially amber if you have any.  Face your shrine and call to Her.  You can say Her names, write out a wordy invocation (I like doing that, but that’s me) or sing to Her.  Here is a sample invocation that you may use if you like:

Hail to Freyja, cat-chariot riding,

Hail to Freyja in passion abiding,

Hail to Freyja in red-gold lust screaming,

Hail to Freyja in deep seidh-trance dreaming,

Hail to Freyja on falcon wings flying,

Hail to Freyja in dwarven bed sighing,

Hail to Mardoll in brightness and beauty,

Hail Blotgydja in your sacred duty,

Hail to Freyja in passion and power,

Hail to Freyja, bright Vanaheim’s  flower!

Hail, Freyja, Vanadis!  Be welcome in your shrine, be welcome my home, be welcome in my life.

Make Offerings

Now is the time to present Her with any offerings.  It’s good to come with gifts when meeting friends, whether new and prospective friends or long term ones.

Light a candle for Her, and say something like, “I light this candle in your honor.  May its warmth and brightness and sweet scent please you and bring you joy.  Hail Freyja!”

Pour the drink for Her, and say something nice about it.  “For you, Freyja, I pour this mead, the essence of honey transformed.  May its gold be like your gold, its warmth suffuse you, its flavor please you, its honey give you health and power.  Drink deep of it and may you find within it all that you want and all that you need.  Freyja, accept my offering!”  You can take a drink as well, sharing with Her if you like, just don’t do it from the portion offered.

If you have any other gifts for Her, talk them up and present them nicely to Her.  It’s not inappropriate to sing to Her.  She likes to have Her names sung and is known for a fondness for romantic and bawdy music.

Once you’ve given Her gifts, tell Her why you’ve called Her, even if it’s as simple as curiosity.

Then be silent.  Spend some time being quiet internally and externally, eyes closed or focused on an image that brings Her to mind.  You may feel Her presence as feelings of warmth and love.  You may see or hear Her in your mind.

Or you may feel nothing.  Sometimes it takes some time to recognize the presence of a deity and sometimes they just don’t seem to respond.  The Lady tends to be responsive to people, and She’s been growing more and more present over the last few years.

After you’re done thank Her and leave the space to end the rite.

gotten from https://www.patheos.com/blogs/theladysquill/2016/12/greeting-freya-a-simple-rite/

Spell to do with Freyja

you may burn a pink candle for Friday or an amber-colored candle to honor the goddess Freya. It’s completely up to you. Light the candle and repeat the charm:

Freya’s day is Friday, and the thirteenth is today,
Let’s work with these energies in a magical way.
Freya, mistress of magic, bless us with your wisdom,
As the candle burns away, the good luck spell begins.
This good luck candle spell is spun from the heart,
Worked for the good of all, with a Witch’s art.

gotten from https://www.llewellyn.com/spell.php?spell_id=3644

Thank you so much for reading today’s blog! I hope you enjoyed. Do you worship Freyja? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you have. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. 

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.

 

Working for a Christian Family

Hello everyone! I thought today it would be interesting to give my take on what it is like working for a Christian family. Now I am lucky in saying that the family I have been working for are pretty open-minded, in the sense that they don’t care what I believe, even if they think what I believe is a load of crap. However, it has still presented me with some interesting situations.

I have been working for this family for about 4 months. I am a nanny for their elementary aged daughter. The first month and a half I spent with them we were actually travelling all over northern USA. It was actually a lot of fun. Even at the first week my lack of Christian faith brought up some challenges. At this time their daughter was very religious and was shocked that I did not share her belief in God. She kept asking me about church. I would always say that I think it is great that she enjoys going but that it wasn’t my cup of tea. One time when it was just me and her, God came up again. I proceeded to say that I wasn’t Christian but that I thought it was super cool she was and that everyone should be able to believe in what they want. She essentially told me I had to believe in God because if not I would go to hell. I know she wasn’t trying to be rude or anything. She simply didn’t want me to go to hell, but this conversation happened a number of times. It was very uncomfortable.

Later on the trip it was naturally brought up that I am Wiccan. The family was actually rather interested to hear what that meant. I explained it to them (however I did leave out the magick aspect of the religion). They thought that a lot of our beliefs were actually quite similar despite the different religions and then it wasn’t really brought up again.

After we got home I started watching this child about 2 times during the work week and then most weekends (plus or minus some days depending on the week). So I had a few holidays (Mabon and Samhain) that happened while watching her. Due to this I would celebrate the holidays with her. Mind you, I didn’t do any rituals or anything with her. I only went on sabbat walks or had big meals, stuff like that. I was trying to really make sure I didn’t overstep and make her family feel like I was trying to convert her. At one point I was bringing my tarot cards over to her house so when she was in bed I could do a reading for this blog. She asked me what they were and I answered her. She told her parents and was told she wasn’t allowed to use them. So ever since then I have been hesitant to bring them over, hence why the Sunday readings haven’t been happening.

As for the latest development in this story, this is where the majority of the issues have arisen. This child is very curious and she has lots of questions. She asks me a lot of questions about various things that I believe in. Some examples are: who we worship, what I think of angels, spirit guides, magick, fairies (and other creatures from other realms). This weekend she told me that she didn’t like Christianity and that she was really interested in exploring Wicca. Now if my child told me they wanted to explore other religions I would be totally fine with it. I think all people, regardless of age, should be able to decide for themselves what they believe. However, I know this family has quite a different mindset and would be very mad if they found out otherwise. Luckily, last weekend was my last time working for that family and I can only hope that for her sake (and mine as I am friends with this family) that she forgets about Wicca, at least for now, and continues her Christian faith until she is a bit older.

That’s it for this week. Thank you for reading! Has your religion every effected you professionally? Tell me about it in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you have. Also, let me know if you’d like to see Sunday tarot readings come back, now that I am done working Sunday’s in a Christian environment. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Merry Meet 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!

 

 

Car Protection Spell

Hello everyone! On the last full moon I decided that I wanted to create a spell bag for my car. I get really bad road anxiety and thought maybe this will help calm my nerves. So below is the spell I made. *disclaimer* I didn’t make up the words however. I found them on pinterest.

Ingredients:

  1. A little cloth or mesh bag
  2. Cinnamon for protection
  3. Ginger to make the spell more powerful
  4. Sage for protection
  5. Salt for protection
  6. Black tourmaline for protection
  7. Clear quartz to boost the spell
  8. Rose Quartz because it is my favourite and brings me peace (sub with your favourite or ignore)
  9. Reiki symbol for protection (if you aren’t trained in reiki feel free to skip this one or put in another sigil)

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7. Sigil sewn to outside of bag for protection

 

 

 

Steps:

  1. Create a sacred circle using your preferred method (I use sage and my athame)
  2. Call upon your desired gods and goddesses to help you (I called on Hercules and Gaia), air (for safe travels), and fire (to power the spell)
  3. Sew on the sigil
  4. As you fill the bag with your ingredients chant:

On this night, I invoke the powers of fire and air (add names of gods and goddesses if you like) to protect me from all that would harm me, whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually.

5. Now you are done creating the bag. Bring the bag to your car and tie it to your rearview window with three knots. (You could also just tie the knots and then put the bag in the glove compartment) As you tie the knots say:

With each knot, I bind this spell

Safety, protection, all is well

Sheltered and shielded, this vehicle shall be

Three times three, SO MOTE IT BE!

I hope you get some use out of my spell. Let me know what you think of it in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post. Don’t forget about my youtube either! I upload a video every Thursday. Until next time Merry Meet and 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: Mabon

Hello everyone! Happy Mabon! Mabon is on the fall equinox which is on September 23rd this year. I like to think of it as the equivalent of thanksgiving. This is one of the major sabbats. On this day, light (day) and darkness (night) are equal are everything is gradually becoming more and more dark.

Mabon is symbolic of everything slowly dying. The leaves are turning colour and falling, the harvests are slowly coming to an end, the flowers are going, the bugs and animals are slowly making their way to hibernation. Not only are all these physical changes happening but the god is slowly dying too. He will be gone on Samhain. And the Goddess is changing from the mother aspect to the crone.

To celebrate you can make wine, gathering dried herbs, you can make offerings (ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer), and you can decorate burial sites of loved ones with acorns, leaves, and pine cones. Now is also the time to have a big family feast with potatoes, carrots, stuffing/dressing, all that good stuff. As always you can go for a nature walk to see what changes are happening around you. It is also encouraged to hold a ritual to honour the deities of this season. You can always do some spellwork and divination at this time too.

Gods that are celebrated during this time are: Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man.

Goddesses that are celebrated during this time are: Modron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Pamona and the Muses

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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!

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.

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