A little spark of magic

Sorry I haven’t written much but due to illness I haven’t been up to posting but here I am. A lot of modern witches or new aged folk love their crystals. Whether they be tiny grains of amethyst or a crystal ball of clear quartz they all have their own energies and uses.

Crystals can be used for healing, balance, talismans, oracles, jewelry for ritual purposes and so on. Each kind of crystal has its own make up some are formed  through water or by fire so these elements are added to that crystal.
Geodes; These are stones that have crystals on the inside and look like mini caves. To the witch they can represent the Great Mothers womb. I have a number of these which I use for healing spells of female problems in particular the amethystes. Other types of geodes can be used to carry as small talisman.

I carry a small quartz wand in my pocket and occasionally add another crystal. Clear quartz is the best to use for everything so if you need a particular crystal for a particular use but don’t have one then use the quartz. In conjunction with other crystals it amplifies the energies.

In Egypt they used lapel laziel, common stone of the Tutakammons death mask is covered with this beautiful blue and silver gem. It is one of my favourites and not too expensive to get hold of.

Many people will use a crystal or two to align their chakras. These are seven centre points in the human body. Each one is in balance with each other but when one is out of sink it affects the body. The head is known as a the crown chakra and a crystal can be placed here to relieve headaches and so on. Its not a subject that I known very well.

Using a pendulum crystal in magic is another use. I use one to determine what crystal my body needs most. To do this I hang the pendulum over my laid out crystals and let it swing. When it stops over one or two I will take the stone/s and place in my pocket and thats it. After a week I will repeat this and if the pendulum doesn’t stop over any of my crystals, or a different one I will use it again in my pocket, then I no longer need that particular crystal.

When you buy your crystals they must be cleansed and charged. Depending on tbe type of crystal determines what method of cleansing is done. The safest is to place them all on a large piece of amethyst, a geode form is by far the best. You might place them in water with a little salt or just salt, bury them in earth, a flowerpot of earth will do. As for charging again there are two methods that I use and they are both celestial.

My crystals are in a large chalice which stands in front of my work desk on the window sill. Here they can absorb the sun and moon energies. If you have your own garden and feel it is safe to place your crystals out on the earth or upon a table. Leave overnight to soak in the moonlight or during the day. You might check what particular phase the moon is and place crystals out to become in tune with the moons phases.

I hope some of this helps you. If you are interested there are plenty of books available and the internet has loads of sites for you to explore. The best book I have ever used is the

This gives a description of each crystal and how rare they are. It also tells of how it can be used for what ailments. I am not an expert but over time I have gathered titbits and I’m sure you will too. Have a sparkling time.

Time for magic

As the sun descends to the otherworld and the darkness encroaches. I watch the silence of the world as she unfolds her gifts of night. Tonight is a night of magic. I am alone with just my dog and familiar, the telly is showing yet another Harry Potter film so it must be time for a personal rite. My altar is set. All I need to do is lit the candle and incense as i open the circle that’s always there.

Each element in its place and so to lit the candle and some rose incense. My mind is blank to the unwanted mortal sounds and listen to the animals as they start to descend to their daily rest. The birds are silent for once and I can hear the windy lord approach. The rain father has been and now his nightly brethren start their work. Tonight I shall ask the goddess to bless all within this household and for good health for the coming winter. It is polite to have some form of offering for Her and I shall offer both white summer fruits wine with a piece of white cbesse.
I call upon the element of tbe North so all is protected by your presence.

Hail and welcome

I call upon the element of the East so all is protected by your presence

Hail and welcome

I call upon the element of the South so all is protected by your presence

Hail and welcome

I call upon the element of the West so all is protected by your presence

Hail and welcome

I request that the Lady Nox and the Lord Sommnus be with me tonight

As night falls the Lady Nox gathers her cloak of darkest purple around us here in the Northern Hemisphere. Her son Sommnus brings his attendants to show us the messages in dreams of good and bad. The Lady Nox will spend the night hours with us until Eos decides its time for the Sun lord to shine once more. Now let me sleep with peace in my heart, my wand at the ready and staff to defend that which is unwanted.

Now I give the offerings to the Lady and her son so that they have substance while She watches over me. I take a sip myself and a nibble of these offerings.

I take this food and wine so I shall never thirst or go hungry.

These offerings will be thrown out the window so that the animals and birds may have something to eat and the wine will aid the tree that stands so tall and beautiful in front of my desk.

Saying: I give these gifts from you so great to your children of the realms. Blessed Be

Now I can close my circle. I basically will thank the Lady and her son for their attendance followed by the elements

I thank you Lady Nox and Lord Summuns for your attendance.

Hail and farewell.

I thank you element of the West for your attendance

Hail and farewell

I thank you element of the South for your attendance

Hail and farewell

I thank you element of the East for your attendance

Hail and farewell

I thank you element of the North for your attendance

Hail and farewell.

This circle is undone in this world but not in the spirit world. To the mundane world I return.

This is only a simple ceremony and is similar to the ones that my order do. You may like to perform it yourself or do something similar but thats up to you.

 

Weather it be good or bad

Good morning to you all. It is a chilly midnight here as I write. My incense is burning and my brain is trying to work out what to say. After last night’s thunder storm I thought I would tell you about weather magic. In this country there is little evidence that any such magic took place but in countries like Africa and even America that such magic was performed. The people of both regions are known to rain dance. This was a form of calling the rain and would be done if there had been no rain to help with crops.

However there are numerous deities who are involved with the weather. The most well known, at present, is the Nordic Thor lord of thunder. In classical traditions this would have been Zeus and Jupiter but there are many others who attend to the earths weather and this whom I shall tell you about.

Ambisagrus – This is originally a Gaelic god whose Celtic identity was lost during the Roman invasion. He became assimilated into that of Jupiter (Roman) so he appears to be a weather god who controlled the rain, winds, hail and fog. Because of his association with Jupiter he is considered to be a god of heaven. In general he is a god of thunder and lightning.

Aplu – The Etruscan equivalent of Apollo (Greek) whose considered to be a weather god of light. He is mainly identified as a weather god who rules over thunder and lightning. He is depicted as partly cloaked and wearing a laurel leaf and a twig but otherwise sky clad but holding a staff.

Batsaum-Pasha – An obscure Turkish spirit who was invoked to produce good weather or rain.

Burash (Kassite) Burias/ Buriash/ Ishkur/ Iskur – This is a Mesopotamian storm weather god whose father was either Enlil or Sin. His rains were fierce & sudden since they were part of his lightning storm shows. The people didn’t worship him to request his anger but more to banish it for his rains did nothing for the land. He could be included among the destroyer gods, as he tended to destroy the crops than help them. He could be equated with Aeolus, as their functions were the same.

Dagoda/Dogoda – This is a Slavic god of the west winds. He is seen as the most gentle divinity that personified a wind. He is called a god of good weather and soft winds. Even the Polish assoicate him with love and gentleness. He is depicted as a blond smiling youth who wore silver blue clothing with gem wings.

Dagwanoeient/ Dagwanoenyent gowa/Dagwanoenyeut(Whirlwind) Dagwun’nojaent Daqqanoenyent/ Kanontsistonties/ Konearaunehneh/ Ko-nea-rau-neh-neh/ Kunenhrayenhnenh/ Kwennenhrayenhnenh/ Ro-nea-rau-yeh-ne/ Unenhrayennent – In Iroquois mythology this is the name of the daughter of the wind. She takes the form of the whirlwind. She might be the bringer of rain. She is considered to be a monster with a giant disembodied head that was usually created during a particularly violent murder, for example cannibalism. Its believed that there are more than one of these heads and they are known as Flying Head or Whirlwind or Big Head and seem to have fiery eyes and long tangles hair. They fly through the air chasing humans to eat them.

Eacus – This weather god was honoured in Iberian. He is joined with Jupiter.

Eate – This is a Basque fire and storm god. Its is said that he gives warnings of storms and fires. This might be the thunder which is usually heard before a storm occurs.

Negagfok – This is an Inuit being of cold weather. Nothing further has been revealed to us about this divinity.

Orvandil – This is a Nordic divinity of wind and weather. He is the husband of Groa and Sif, thus father of Hadding and Svipdag by his first wife and possible Uller by his second.

Qos – This is an Arabian weather god of rainbows.The Edomites call him a warrior and fertility god. He is known to be the deification of an outcrop of black basalt found on the north side of the Wadi Hesa (near Kirbet Tannud). He is usually depicted as being seated on a throne that is flanked by bulls. His attributes include a branched thunderbolt which is held in his left hand. Among the remains of the area where he was worshipped is a depiction of a worshipper offering him an eagle. Although some equate him with Quzah.

Quabso (wind rider) – This is the Tanzania goddess of the weather, health, fertility and rain but nothing more is known at this time.

Quzah – This is an Arabic mountain god of the weather, storms, thunder, hailstones and mountains.. Some students equate him with Qos.

Raitaro (Thunder child) – The Shintos of Japan call this deity a thunder god who seemed to be the son of Raiden. He appeared, originally, as a human baby who was fostered by a poor farmer, Bimbo and his wife. For many years he resided with his foster parents but when Raitaro reached manhood he turned into a white dragon and returned to his true home in the sky. He can be associated with nature, weather and agriculture. He is helpful to those who require his help

Raja Angin – This is an obscure Malayan sun and wind god. He is called king of the wind in particular.

Santiago – This is an Incan weather god who replaced Katovilla. He is also considered to a later version of Ilyapa, who became the Spanish St James.

Tethra – This was once an Irish death god who was, at one time, seen as the king of the Fomorii but only once they became banished into the sea. He rules over the sea and any water magick as well as weather magick. He once owned a talking sword known as Orna but after being killed by Ogma he lost it to his defeater. Tethra now rules from Mag Mell. Even the bard Amergin called the waves of the sea the cattle of Tethra which only he can call forth. Another source says that he rules over the creatures of the sea that is the herds of the sea.So these are some of the deities who govern our weather. I can recall my mother saying that

the gods are moving their furniture again

I believed her then but I also imagine that the gods play ball or are sometime angry with us. What do you think? How do you see the gods in relationship to the weather?

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Blue sky at night shepherds delight. Blue sky at morning shepherds warning.

Grandmother, Hag or Crone

Good day to you all from a rather blustery but warm England. As the day draws to its end so does human life, this is the time of the Crone. The Crone is both a Grandmother and a Hag but not like many would picture. She is not a bent over, nasty, wart covered woman no indeed not. She is the one with wisdom of a thousand years. In your family you might have two grandmothers but if your family live long enough you might have great grandmothers. In the ancient world your grandmother was always respected and listened to. It is said that they would teach their daughters and granddaughter about sex in the Chinese culture but in America the Native American Indians would call some of their spirits grandmother. It is these grandmothers that I am going to share with you. The most popular known one is Cailleach of Celtic lore. Rachel Patterson, a kitchen witch, has recently written about this goddess and her daughter did the main cover drawing. It is well worth the read.

https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/pagan-portals—the-cailleach_rachel-patterson/11600762/#isbn=1785353225

The ones I have listed are again minor or less well known crone goddesses but they are still important to their own cultures as they still are today.

Boi/ Naas – This is the wife of Lugh Lamhfada, who died at the Irish site of Naas which, as you can see, still bears her name County Kildare. She was said to renew her youth from old age, which could be perceived as two of the goddess’s aspects in general. So she could be seen as a maiden as well as the crone.

Chlaus Haistic – This is an ancient crone goddess of Ireland. We don’t know what her role was but she was said to have descended down to earth as a powerful witch. From this bit of knowledge we could say she rules over magick and druids.

Elli – This is the Nordic goddess of old age. In her giant crone form she appears as an old woman of King Utgardsloki court and she is said to have defeated Thor in a wrestling match, when the gods journeyed to Jotunheim (giants home). Again this idea of an elderly crone being the personification of old age is told by the Finish writer Snorri Sturluson. Elli is an aged crone whom Utgardaloki names as his wet nurse or his foster mother and the increasingly humiliated Thor is incited to wrestle. Since Thor couldn’t throw her off the contest is called off by Utgardaloki or when she brought him to his knees. It is after Thor and his comrades depart the illusionary house of Utgardaloki that Ellis true identity is revealed.

Elphane/Elphane (Scottland) Elphland – This Celtic goddess of death and disease is equated in some ways to Hecate as a crone divinity. As this image began to die due to Christianity she became a goddess of witches and of evil.

Giltine – This death goddess is seen as an old woman who is considered a crone among the Baltic Wicca. She is believed to enter the home of a dying person dressed in a white gown ready to suffocate them. This is why the Lithuanians call her a psychopomp.

Ilargi/ Ilazki/ Ile – This is a lunar goddess as the Basque (northern west Spain and south western France) for moon. She is said to be the daughter of Mother Earth and that she always returns to her mother. To me this indicates that she is part of the cycle of the moon; maiden, mother and crone so it is possible that she is one of a trio of female deities that completed the cycle of the moon.

Dolya (fate) – This is one of the Slavic goddess of happiness and luck. She can be found behind the family stove and spreads fortune depending on what mood she is in. If she is happy and healthy she appears as a young maiden whom ensures good luck. However if she isn’t well she becomes known as Nedolya a spindly old hag who spreads bad luck.  She is also responsible for delivering overall destinies to newborns.

Nedolya (unfated- Slavic) – This Slavic goddess rules over sadness, dissatisfaction and surprisingly birth. She is seen as a frail old hag who lives in secret corners of the house. She might be an avatar of Dolya and like her, dwells in secret corners of the house. Its thought that Nedolya was Dolya in a bad mood whose the shabbily dressed old hag of bad fortune.

White Lady – This is a goddess who was worshipped in all Celtic regions. She is a goddess of death and destruction. She was also called the dryad of death and queen of the dead. Dryads are a Roman term for tree nymphs or tree goddesses. She is perceived as the crone aspect of the goddess figure, the one who is at the end of life but also the one who has a lot of wisdom and knowledge. However in France this is the name used for a wayside spirit who accosted travelers in ravine or near bridges or rivers. Alternatively this was another name for Bertha (whom see). A further alternative is Dame Banche who was said to be fond of horses.

I have given you the different names the goddess comes under as a triple goddess of femininity but there are still more trio goddesses of whom I will tell you about at a later date.

Blessings to you my sisters and brothers and may your future be good.

 

 

Mother goddesses

Well here I am again. Last night I was thinking to myself how many things I did and said like my own mother and then it occurred to me that the Great Mother was working through my mortal mother. My own mother is not witchy or a scatty woman. She lives her life as a hard working women of 80. I normally don’t think that much of her as we are chalk and cheese. Many a time I nave returned from a few nights with her exhausted and in tears. She might not be my birth mother but she is still a mother. She has no idea of the pain of birth but she knows that trouble of bringing  children up. Unlike her I haven’t had to do any child rearing but I have given birth and that was one of the most painful yet joyous occasions I have ever experience.

Now Tbe Great Mother feels our pain and our love. She is in all women and all women are in her. She, like the maiden, has many forms. She can be the jealous Hera, the angry Demeter, the spiteful Kail and so on but there are more mothers on this earth in mortal form and goddess form.

I am going to share with you some of the lesser known goddesses who help us every day.

Acna/Akna (mother) – This is an obscure goddess of the Mayan who roles over motherhood, birthing and childbirth but in Inuit mythology she becomes a goddess of fertility and childbirth. She was a mother goddess associated with the moon. She is associated with the moon and with the Bacabs (the four canopic gods who stand at the four corners of the world, supporting the heavens). Acna is also a mother goddess associated with the moon. It is the Lacandon of the Chiapas rain forest who worshipped Acna not only as a patron of medicine, childbirth and divination but also of disease although she is not the only Mexican deity with this function.

Aja/ Aya – She is considered to be a mother goddess of the Akkadians, who make her the consort of Shamash, which developed from the Sumerian Sherida the consort of Utu. She was associated with the rising sun and with the pleasures of love and youth. Shamasha and Aya were associated with a practise known as Hasadu (sacred marriage). A room would be set aside with a bed and on certain occasions the tow deities statues would be brought together and laid on the bed to ceremonially renew their vows.

Aka – This is an ancient Turkish mother goddess or a Babylonian moon god.

Allpamama/Mama Allpa – This is an obscure Andean/Inca earth goddess of the fertility of the harvest, who was depicted as having many breasts. These numerous breasts indicate her powers of nourishment and motherhood. Her name translates from Quechua as “earth mother” or “world womb.”

Ancamna/Ancomna – This was a Romanised Gaulish water goddess who is only known from epigraphic dedications. She seems to have been a deity whose mainly honoured at Trier in the French Moselle Valley, associated with the healing god Mars Lenus, hence becoming his divine partner. But at another shrine she is associated with Mars Smertrius although here she is depicted as mother goddess. This is backed up by the clay figurines of a mother goddess found at this particular shrine.

Anki-Pugos/Kaltes/Kaltesh/Kaltesh-Anki/Katlash – This is a fertility goddess whose consort is sometimes considered to be Num in mythology. She can appear either as a goose or a hare so its no surprise that the latter animal is sacred to this Siberian deity. She is the Khanty (Russian) version of Gaia – mother earth being. Some Khanty believe that she is the wife of Numi-Turum, yet others call her his daughter, and was thrown down to earth by him because of her liaison with another deity. It is thought that once the first humans were formed she gave them their souls. Her main role was to record the length of mortals lives.

Anput/Inpewt/Input/Yireput – In Egypt this was the female counterpart of Anubis whom has associations with funeral traditions. She is also called the personification of the seventeenth Nome in Upper Egypt. She is thought to be the mother of Kebeechet. Anput is depicted as a female clothed in a standard topped by a jackal, a large black dog/jackal. Her name in hieroglyphics becomes Input.  She is known by many epithets -Lady of heaven,The dark mother, Lady of magick, Lady of the circle, Lady of the holy land, Lady of the light and the dark, Lady of truth, Queen of the starry heavens,She is the mother of light, She who is crowned with stars and She who protects.

Apet – This is an Egyptian mother goddess. She is called a nursing mother.

Asa-ase Yaa (West African) Asa-ase/Asase Efua/Asase Ya(a)/ Ashanti Asase Yaa/ Dahoney Saghata/ Fanti Asase Efua/ Gross Mama (South America) Obalwwaye (Yoruba) Sagbata/ – A mother goddess who represented earth in Africa as the womb of the earth she represents the goddess of the dead and of the truth. She gave birth to humanity and reclaims her children at death. It is said that at planting time the Ashanti farmers prayed to his ancestors as well as Asase Yaa who taught the rights of cultivation to the living. A farmer would sacrifice a cockerel to her yearly to ensure  a good harvest, sprinkling its blood on the ground. She is the wife of Nyame, also the mother of four deities of waters and trees. She is also seen as a fertility goddess of death within Akan myths. In some accounts this is also the name for earth. Thursday, which is a day that was sacred to her, man wasn’t allowed to perform any form of work hence her name of Earth Thursday.

Asherah – This is the name of a great goddess, the divine harlot, lady of heaven, the queen of the gods, lady who traverses the sea (also called Anat). The sacred cow is hers alone. She is symbolized by a stylized multi branched tree. She is considered to be an Ugaritic and Canaanite mother goddess. She is also thought to be a sea goddess. She was the force of life, experienced as being a benevolent and enduring goddess. She could be found in flocks of cattle and groves of trees. She could be invoked during childbirth and planting time. She sometimes appeared as a naked, curly haired goddess riding a sacred lion and holding lilies and serpents in upraised hands. Some accounts distinguished her as the mother and wife of Baal.

Atargatis –This Syrian goddess is a mother deity as well as one of vegetation. She was born in the form of an egg which a fish had pushed ashore however another story tells how she fell into the sea and became a fish whereas her daughter became a dove. So its no surprise that both the fish and dove are sacred to this deity. As Atargatis Derketo, she was a fish goddess, half fish and half woman. She could be equated to Anat.

Atugan – An earth mother goddess of the Mongols. She is non violent and the rainbow is her tracks as she goes to the skies. She resides on earth although she never returns to the skies to be with the high god.

Aveta/ Dea Nutrix (nursing goddess) – This is a Celtic goddess who was worshipped at a shrine at Trier, Moselle (France). She is a goddess of fertility, childbirth and midwives, also linked to fresh water. Pilgrims would offer the goddess many small figurines of a mother goddess, which is how she is perceived, would visit this sanctuary. These varied images depict her as holding baskets or fruits or lapdogs while others were of swaddled children as if all these symbols indicate the attributes of fertility and prosperity. The dog might be associated with her as a healer or a goddess of renewal and rebirth. She usually sits, often in a high back wicker chair, suckling one or two children. She is also placed on tombs to comfort the dead and brings promises of renewal and rebirth in the afterlife.

Bebinn – This is an early Irish divinity who served as the goddess of birth. Her name was invoked under numerous spellings. She is the sister of Boand & the wife of either Aed Ahainn, a unknown god or Idath. She is thought to be the mother of Fraech.

Bendis – This is one of Greece’s fertility  and moon goddesses who was associated with Artemis as the mother of the chase. As a Thracian goddess she is depicted as a booted huntress and is sometimes described as twin-speared. This name could also be an epithet of Artemis. Her attributes include boots, a torch and a pointed cap. She is also equated with Hecate and Persephone and rules over heaven and earth.

Campestres – This is the Roman mother goddess of the parade grounds who protects the area where both ceremonial and religious parades took place. Others saw this as the title of the guardian spirit of military affairs. She’s believed to be originally a lost goddess who ruled over fertility and the harvest of the Gauls before the Roman invasion. She is known from inscriptions on altars found in both Britain and Germany. Most of the dedications were made by cavalrymen or by soldiers connected with the cavalry possible because of their need for a guardian during dangerous cavalry training.

Chaabyn – This is Semitic virgin and earth mother of the Middle East. She is the mother of Dusura but nothing further is known at this time.

Chomo-Lung-Ma – This is the Indian name of Mount Everest and one of the oldest deities. It is no surprise that she is a mother of the universe because she possible resides on Mount Everest where the world can be seen in its entirety.

Chun T’i (China)Marichi/Maritchi (Buddhist)Mo-li-chi (China) T’ien Hou (China)Tou Mu (China) – The Buddhists consider her a sakti of Vairocan. She was originally a mortal whom became a mother goddess. She was conned into marrying an immortal so she committed suicide and so became divine. She burnt her husband into ashes. She is sometimes pictured with three heads, one being a pig. She also possesses eight or more arms which hold the moon and the sun and various weapons. She also rides a chariot which is drawn by seven pigs. I am unsure why the pig is sacred to her.

Cole Cab/Colel Cab – This is a Mayan mother earth goddess. She is thought to have invented weaving and helps regulate the cycles and seasons by painting her earthly tapestries with foliage, plants and flowers with her paintbrush. As an earth goddess she cares especially for the bees. She is still invoked by modern-day Maya Daykeepers in chants to ward off attacks on nests, remedy nest problems, and aid hive keepers with their bees

Deae Matres/Mamau (Wales)Matres/Matronea/The Mothers – This goddess is not to be confused with Matrona, for she is part of a triple motherhood and fertility goddesses among the Celts, although to the Romanised Gaels she was a single mother goddess so she became a household deity, possible one of the Lars. The Romans brought over the idea of mother goddesses to Celtic Britain so she’s not necessarily Celtic but more a Roman idea that was emulated by the natives. Its possible that this was also the name of the goddess who protects the river Seine (France).

Divine Mother/Matrona/ Modron(Wales) – This is a Celtic goddess of the river Marne near its source is where she had a sanctuary. While here she appears singly, triads of mother of divinities like Matronae appear in eastern Gaul (today’s Rhineland, Germany). She is the divine mother, a regional goddess. She rules over water magick and is possible the mother of Mabon (translates as son of Modron). In some accounts she is equated with Morgan le Fay. Quick note here yes Mabon is also the name of one the sabbats.

Edda – This is the great grandmother or Nordic earth mother goddess. Her name is also Nordic for sacred poetry, which were inspired by her. These Icelandic sagas or Eddas usually opened with an invocation to Edda, similar to the Muses. She was married to Ai and became the mother of Thrall, the ancestor of the peasant race of man, by the god Heimdall when he visited earth as Rig.

Erce (Anglo-Celtic) – This is an earth mother and harvest goddess. She is symbolised by a womb or by an overflowing cornucopia. She is thought to be Basque in her origin.

Fimmilena – This being is one of the Alaisiagae mother goddesses. They are Frisian war goddesses similar to the Valkyries (Norse), who were worshipped at Housestead near Hadrian’s Wall on the Scottish and English border.

Friagabis (giver of freedom) – This is one of the Alaisiagae mother goddesses. There are Frisian war goddesses who are worshipped at Housestead on Hadrian’s Wall on the Scottish and English boarder.

Gula(Sumerian) Nin-Karrak /Ninkarrak/Ninkarraka – This is the Sumerian underworld goddess of healing and death although she is considered to be the patron of medicine or of childbirth. She assumed the role of Bau as the breather of life into mankind after the great flood (not the Christian one) had destroyed many mortals. Gula is sometimes considered to be the Babylonian great goddess, the lady of birth and mother of dogs, a goddess of fate, the great female doctor who could cure or cause sickness. Worshippers would dedicate small statues of dogs to her in order to avoid or to recover from any illness. She could also be perceived as an earth goddess or a creative one.She is considered to be the consort of Ninurta. And is the daughter of Anu. Gula often appears as a woman with stars and her dog.

Hudigamma – This is one of the Hindu mother goddesses. Eunuch priests dressed in women’s attire to serve her but nothing further is recorded about her.

Ilargi/ Ilazki/ Ile – This is a lunar goddess as the Basque (northern west Spain and south western France) for moon. She is said to be the daughter of Mother Earth and that she always returns to her mother. To me this indicates that she is part of the cycle of the moon; maiden, mother and crone so its possible that she is one of a trio of female deities that completed the cycle of the moon. The name Ile is also a West African name for a mother goddess of the earth.

Modir (mother) – This is one of the original mother goddesses of Nordic mythology. It was said that the god Heimdall came down to earth and visited 3 different homes, one was a rich one where Fadir (father) and Modir cared for him with red meat and wine. Heimdall remained for 3 nights sharing their bed. 9 months later Modir gave birth to a son, Jarl. He grew up highly talented and from him came nobility; some say he was the forefather of warriors which could possible be as it was the warriors who came from rich families as they could afford to train them. So one could say that Modir is a goddess of warriors.

Ninkurra (Lady Pasture) – This is a Babylonian artisan god alternatively a minor Mesopotamian mother goddess. In the latter case she was linked briefly as the consort to her grandfather, Enlil, by whom after nine days of gestation she gave birth to the goddess Uttu. Alternatively she was the mother of Nin-imma as the defecation of female sex organs. She is the daughter of Enki and Ninsar.

Ninsebargunnu/Nunbarsegunu/Nurbarshegum – This is a Babylonian mother goddess, a divinity of barley. She is possible the consort of Haia which makes her the mother of Ninlil.

Phul Mata (Hindu) – This is a mother goddess who is seen as a being of evil intent for she inflicts sickness on children under seven years old.

Pinikirz – This is an obscure ancient Iranian mother goddess.

Puranai (fullness) – This is an obscure Tamil mother goddess.

Ragno – This North American mother goddess is honoured by both the Hopi and Pomo Indians. The Pomo Indians believed she rescued the world from the attempts of two brothers, Ruksu and Marumda, to destroy it. However in Hopi lore she is linked to two sisters in their creation legend.

Raudri – This is a Hindu mother goddess. She could be an aspect of Parvati and one of the navasaktis.

Rohita (red) – This is an obscure Hindu mother goddess. In some accounts it’s believed that Brahma, as a stag, joined with Rohita, as a doe, to produce all creatures.

Rudracarcika – This is one of the mother goddesses of Hindu belief. She is one of the Astamataras. In some versions she is a form of Durga.

Saning Sari – This mother goddess is from Sumatra and is closely identified with rice that her name is used for the food. Rituals dedicated to her are performed at planting time and harvesting time. She is represented by parts of the rice plant hence being called the mother of rice. At planting time the finest grains are picked out and sown in the nursery bed as a form of the goddess, after which the rest of the crop is harvested. At transplanting these special shoots make up the ‘rice mother’ and are given similar special treatment as a particular place to grow in the paddy fields. At harvest time they are ‘found’ and brought home for the following years planting.

Thoeris –This is an Egyptian mother goddess. She rules over strong protection.

Vaishnavi/ Vaisnavi – This Hindu mother goddess, or sakti of Vishnu is a form of Lakshmi or a navasaktis. As one of the eight Matrikas she becomes a guardian of mortality and so an enemy of a demon which lured men from the path of duty. She was in opposed to the demon Lobha, who is considered to be the evil aspect of Vaishnavi. She travels on a hybrid beast known as Garudu. Her attributes are a child, a club, a conch, the lotus flower and the prayer wheel.

Varahi – This is a Hindu mother goddess, one of the eight Matrikas. She was opposed by the demon Asuyu, who is considered to be the evil aspect of Varahi. She sits upon either a boar or a buffalo or an elephant. Her attributes include a boar’s head, the bow, a club, a cup, a knife, the noose, the plough, a sword and a trident.

Vari Ma Te Takere (the very beginning) Varima Te Takere – This is the mother goddess of the Hervey Islands (Pacific Islands). She is said to have curled up in the lowest part of the world coconut or in an egg on the edge of the primordial ocean.  She lives in Te-Enua-Te-Ki (mute land) in eternal silence, with her knees touching her chin. She had six children of whom half were born from her right side and the others from the left side. These children were Avatea, Tinirau, Tango, Tumuteanaoa, Raka and Tu-Metua so she could be called the mother of gods in this culture.

Oh my I never thought I would get through that list of mother goddesses.
If you discover that I have missed one just let me know in the comments box. The ones who are well known like Demeter have not been included as there is so much information on the internet.

Have a blessed evening \morning\afternoon and don’t forget to thank the goddess for your blessings and gifts. Silver Willow.

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Mother Moon shine your light upon me this night.

Maiden goddesses

Here is a list of goddesses who are known to be maidens. Their names aren’t recognizable to many since they are not popular or well known but they are still important to the culture they belong to.

Blanchflor (White flower) – This is a Celtic lily maid who represented the maiden aspect of the triple goddess. She is possible a French Italian combined goddess in origin going by her name.

Boi/ Naas – This is the wife of Lugh Lamhfada, who died at the Irish site of Naas which, as you can see, still bears her name in County Kildare (Ireland). She was said to renew her youth from old age, which could be perceived as two of the goddess’s aspects in general. So she could be seen as a maiden as well as the crone. It is because of her that we celebrate the festival of Lughnasa. Her husband is sometimes called her step son and because of the hard work she did in the fields Lugh wanted to remember her thus this sabbat.

Devana (Czech) Diiwica (Serbian) Dilwica (Serbian) Dziewanna/ Dziewona (Polish) – This is a goddess of the hunt who roamed the Carpathian forests in what is now called the Ukraine. She is their equal of the goddess Diana (Roman), whose name is said to have appeared late in Slavic history. However all her names are derived from the Slavic meaning the maiden. The name Dzieanna has her as an east European goddess of spring and agriculture who was honoured mainly by farmers. As Dziewona she was seen as a Slavic virgin goddess.

Dolya (fate) – This is one of the Slavic goddess of happiness and luck. She can be found behind the family stove and spreads fortune depending on what mood she is in. If she is happy and healthy she appears as a young maiden whom ensures good luck. However if she isn’t well she becomes known as Nedolya a spindly old hag who spreads bad luck. She is also responsible for delivering overall destinies to newborns.

Orihime (weaver princess)Ori-hime/Waka-hime – This is a Japanese Shinto goddess of the dawn also called a deity of the sun. She is said to be the sister of Uzume, or Amaterasus’ sister but this is debatable. She is said to weave the clothes worn by the Shinto gods. Some Japanese recognised her as a weaving goddess. Her youth was said to have been spent weaving clothes for her father and when she eventual married she neglected her craft. This resulted in her father sending her back and so the cycle begins once more. I guess she is possible two aspects of the goddess – maiden and hag.

Rafu-sen/Rafusne (Buoyant subtlety) – This is a Japanese Shinto goddess of plum blossoms. It is also the name of a Japanese fae who would scatter perfume among the plum tree blossom. It might be that she was demoted from goddess to fae. The goddess resided on top of a mountain. She is said to be the spirit of the plum tree so if you require plum wood or leaves or plums then both thank her and praise her for her bounty. She represents the renewal of springtime so she is usually seen as a beautiful young maiden. Rafu-Sen stands for the plum blossom, the symbol of spring and bravery, for plum trees can bloom while the winters snow is still on the ground.

Zaria/Zoria – This is an obscure Slavic goddess of love and sexuality. She is known to be the heavenly bride, the goddess of beauty and morning. At dawn her worshippers greeted her as “the brightest maiden, pure, sublime, honorable.” This implies that she is actually a dawn goddess.

As you can see the maiden goddess can also be the grandmother, crone goddess. Some are known to go through the three phases of maiden, mother and grandmother just as the moon does and they are usually moon goddesses.
May the blessings of the great mother be with you as we slowly enter into the time of coldness and dark. This is now a time to gather in our crops and chattels to last the winter months and see the rebirth of the Son (sun).

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This is possible the Butterfly maiden goddess. She is beloved by all since she opens us up to what we are. She shows us that there is beauty everywhere even in what might appear to be the ugliest of creatures -caterpillar -cocoon -butterfly.

Grounding

Okay I think I have mentioned Grounding but if I haven’t what is it. Grounding is where you reconnect yourself and balancing yourself with the universe. Everywhere in life there is good and bad, female and male, black and white and so on. We as humans are either one or the other but when youve brought yourself into balance and become grounded you’ll know about it.

I have several things to keep myself in union with the universe. I live in a smokey horrible city where grass is not always real let alone alive. So I started walking over what grass there was and imaging that my legs were wading through soil alongside the roots of trees and flowers . my upper half feels the breeze that blows over me taking my bad energies with it. If its rain even better as it makes me feel as if I was being washed clean of that which I did need. After doing this I would feel much better with myself and what I was doing.

Most people would say that to earth yourself you need to be still and imagine your feet becoming part of the earth while your arms upstretched to the skies where you unite with the sky thus the universe. Afterwards you can go and sit down and have something to eat and drink. This is why in ritual we have bread and mead.

I hope this is some help to you budding druids, witches, shaman and so on. May the blessings of your deities be with you this evening.

 

 

Maiden, Mother and Crone

Sorry guys this ones a little sexist but I will try and add some masculine references. The title as you can see is the female part of us women but also the goddess -her triple forms. She is all three in one in some cultures yet in others there is more of a family link. She can be the maiden like Persephone, Core, Astraea even Blodwen, the mother as is Demeter, Ceres, Mah and Nertha and finally the crone, hag sometimes called grandmother – Allatu, Baba Yaga, Befane and Cerridwen.

Some of these names you will reconsie but others you wont. The maiden in mere mortal is pure and innocent just as Persephone and Core were. These two young goddesses became part of the cycle of the seasons along with their mothers -Demeter and Ceres. They were spring and winter.
The maiden becomes a mother when she reaches that time of life where her body is able to create life this is the start of motherhood (fatherhood in the male side of things). The mother can be gentle and loving but she can also be protective and defence like the female lioness. Female animals will always protect their offspring this is part of their defensive side but towards her children she is loving. She is the beginning of life and can be the end of it. In Hindu mythology the goddess Kali is born from the gods but she in turn is mother to everyone else. She was brought in to being to cause havoc and destroy mankind just as Sekhmet of Egyptian myth. Both were the destroyers and the creators of a new world.

Now the crone or grandmother, as the Native American Indian will tell you is the last of a mortal womans time but with the goddess she will later on become the maiden once more.  This stage of life is when their childbearing years are over, she is wise in knowledge and can teach the maiden what she needs to know.

It was the other night as I was laying in bed that the Great Mother revealed to me that the pain I have suffered as a woman, yep those women problems, the goddess sufferers with me. Through her great knowledge she has taught each of us how to survive in this world and the next.

In the male world the gods are divided into Son, Father and Spirit or Grandfather. Okay so this trinity is best known by the Christians but their have been over time other male trinities. In Egypt the great father was Ra through Ra we get Shu (father earth) and Nut (mother sky) then we have the four great deities Osiris (father) Isis (mother) ,Nephthys and Set. From Osiris and Isis we get Horus the son. It’s been noted that the painting known as the ‘black madonna’ could have been Isis with Horus not Mary and Jesus.

How people once saw themselves in the ancient world is totally different to how we see not just ourselves but how we see the deities as us. The Greeks and Romans were good at showing that a woman, once married,  can be like the goddesses Hera and Juno hence now women are seen as the mortal forms of the goddess.
Yes I know I’m rambling but I think you get the idea. This is how I see divinities but not necessarily how you see them thats if you do. May the blessings of both your Goddess and God be with you.

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Spell work

Sometimes it’s necessary to do a quick spell. Ones which there’s no time or space to make a protective circle. In these cases it’s easier to protect oneself by creating an invisible bubble around yourself.

First where ever you are take your hands with palm to palm. Start rotating them together and slowly expand your hands to a distance of six inches. Once you’ve done this open the hands so your palms are facing your face. Imagine you throwing water around you this is your protective bubble.

Now you can do any spell you need to do. I usually do good journey spells or financial spells this way. I even invite a divinity in before I create the bubble. 
The general rule of spell casting is to do it in a protective sacred space, to harm none although sometimes a spell will harm someone if needs be also intent and focus.

Writing a spell seems easy but occasionally it isn’t. For me certain spells can be easy to do but again it depends on the intent. Using candle magick and colour corresponding for candles, paper, ink, gemstones and so on. Even the colour of your clothes can make a difference.

As the daughter of an artist colour matters to me so I coordinate my clothes with my need. Following is a list of colours and their use in magick.

Blue healing of any kind. Wearing blue helps heal oneself. Blue represents the sky and so it can be used in weather magick or air magick. Even the blue jay feathers can be used to represent the sky. I love using this colour for calling one of the divinities again depending on my intent.

Green fertility and finance. Green is the colour that represents fertility of the earth – grass and some trees. In the past English pound notes were green as in many other countries hence the link with money. I use a green jade Buddha when at bingo. 

Silver moon magick , the Goddess and bones in Egyptian magick. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like silver. It can be used when representing the Goddess as a silver candle placed on your altar instead of a statuette of Her. The moon for many thousands of years has been seen as silver although She is white depending on the time of the year and type of moon. In ancient Egypt the people believed that the skin of the gods was gold and their bones were silver. I have as yet to work out why. It may be that as silver can be mined from the earth it was seen as being part of the Earth Mother’s structure – bones. Many shamans use bones for divination.

Gold sun magick, the God and skin in Egyptian mDr. This colour is usually used in healing magick for the heat of the sun can close wounds just as a surgeon would. As the sun is a form of solar fire a candle would represent it or pictures of the sun. We need fire for nourishment so the kitchen witch would use her stove or oven for some of her spell work. 

Black negative and dark magick. I personally love wearing black. It is a colour that should be paired with white so there is balance. It’s a colour for a winter altar or when calling a dark entity. Use for banishing spells. 

Red passion spells. This is usually passion of love so many love spells use this colour in candles, foods, drink – red wine, incenses like cherry or strawberry or raspberry. Your altar cloth could be red too. I use this colour for blood spells and passion of a project or something I love like animals and mother nature’s gifts.

Pink love spells. Traditionally this is a female colour but it is so much more. You might use it to summon a particular divinity usually Aphrodite, Venus, Ishtar even Freja