Posts Tagged ‘pagan’
One of the quaintest concepts, that seemed to captivate imaginations around the turn of the 18th century, were the elements and their embodiments in the form of Elemental Spirits. These beings were the personification of the Classical elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire.
In the Middle Ages, great attention was given to these four elements in terms of diagnosis, such as the Choleric being linked to the Earth, which would be thus be linked to Taurus. The Phlegmatic was linked to the water element, or Pisces, which often would diagnose lung disorders, thus the word origin for phlegm. Read the rest of this entry »
There are many stories about the Sun and the Moon that have been passed down through the generations. A lot of them are instructional, passed from mother to daughter, and father to son, in order to teach the young about the pitfalls and lessons of life. Some African tribes tell a tale explaining why you never see the bat and the Sun in the sky at the same time.
In the beginning of time, Creator sent his messengers to gather all creatures, great and small, to receive their purpose. The messengers were given a specific time to arrive so they would all be there before him.
The messenger assigned to bring Sun was Bat. He wasn’t very diligent and was easily distracted along the way. So, when all the other creatures had been given their assigned roles in the world, and Bat had not yet returned with Sun, Creator sent Dove. Dove was one of Creator’s most trusted messengers and was sure to complete Bat’s task and bring Sun to him. Read the rest of this entry »
We all take for granted the sun’s diurnal and seasonal activity and its life-giving energy, but to many civilizations it was also its passage that marked the agricultural and seasonal alterations that were essential for survival and migration. For the ancients the Sun marked the passage of time, as it went through the twelve Celestial Houses of the Zodiac.
It is interesting to note that the Sun itself is one of the orbs that acquires the characteristics of every astrological house, or the personality of each zodiac sign it passes through. When we look deeper into the astrological methods used to divine the planets, we know, in part, the sun is not a planet, by a technical margin. It has a third path of travel known as the precession of the equinoxes, in which it retrogrades around the Zodiac through the twelve signs at the rate of one degree every 72 years. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s August Full Moon is traditionally known by many names in different cultures. The Native Americans call it the Sturgeon Moon or Green Corn Moon, and some tribes also know it as the Red Moon.
In the Northern Hemisphere the August moon signifies that Earth’s bounty is fully matured and ready for harvest. Wiccans and Neo-Pagans therefore often refer to it as the Wort Moon. Wort is an old-fashioned term for “plant” or “herb.”
My favorite Moon legend is the story “Moon Waters” which originates from Colombia.
Many, many years ago there lived a man named Bochica who was highly honored among his people. Bochica was a very wise man and taught his people how to build sturdy homes to protect them from harsh weather, and how to plant fields and nurture them, so they would be able to reap the crops to sustain them until the next harvest. Read the rest of this entry »
The modern stereotype of a witch is that she is an ugly, old woman with a hooked nose and pointed hat, riding a broomstick or stirring up a witches brew in a huge pot. In truth a witch is someone who practices magic as part of their religion or spiritual belief system, such as Wicca or Neo-paganism.
Witches worship nature and love the Earth; they do not worship Satan. That is a myth, just as much as the idea that witches are ugly and scary. Witches are beautiful and do no harm. They believe in the rule of three, understanding that everything we do comes back to us threefold.
The more we destroy the Earth, the more we destroy ourselves. A witch’s purpose is to save the Earth. Witches relish their wild nature and align themselves with the cycles of the earth and the phases of the Moon and the stars. Read the rest of this entry »
Are you interested in using crystals and gemstones in your magical workings? There are hundreds of stones to choose from, but which ones you choose will ultimately depend on your intent. Always select crystals and gemstones for use based upon their attributes, and you won’t go wrong.
I love to use amethyst. It is my birthstone and is also the 6th anniversary stone. Amethyst is a form of quartz crystal, and appears in a wide range of purple and violet colors. My favorite color is the deep purple variety.
Amethyst is associated with the element of water, and it is also connected to the water signs of Pisces and Aquarius. One can use amethyst in healing rituals related to treating depression or anxiety, mood disorders, and to relieve stress. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s Full Moon has many names. It is known as the Lenten Moon, Chaste Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon, The Big Famine Moon, and Worm Moon, among many other names originating from various cultures and belief systems.
March 20th was the Spring Equinox, the first day of spring. It is traditionally the day many Pagans celebrate the rebirth of the Earth. Earth is thawing and loosening itself from the cold grip of winter. New life will soon emerge and the land will grow green and fertile. What will develop into the ripened fruits of summer and autumn is still young and fresh. In March we see the fleeting virtue of innocence, the potential of the growth to come, while honoring the fleeting virtue of innocence.
Lent is a major religious observance of many Christian denominations. It begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Day. Its tradition is not much different from other traditions and cultures, which also view this very early spring moon as a time for repentance, giving alms to the poor, atonement and self-denial. Read the rest of this entry »
In Medieval times February’s full moon was known as the Storm Moon. During this month storms, rain, snow, and ice raged across the Northern Hemisphere and the Earth was still in the firm grip of winter. Ships were tossed on the sea as if they were feathers in the wind, and travel was limited.
In one Greek myth, Scylla, a sea monster, along with the whirlpool Charybdis, each guarded a side of the Strait of Messina which divides Italy and Sicily. Travelling sailors navigating the strait would have to choose risking their lives with either the monster, or the whirlpool. Greek mythology states that Scylla had six heads, each with three rows of sharp teeth, held on six very long necks. Her body was made out of several growling dogs held up by twelve paws. Her heads would reach out to passing ships to grab sailors and crush them against the rocks before devouring them. Read the rest of this entry »