Mabon 2011 – Late Post

So here is some late pictures of my celebration of Mabon. This is my first ever celebration of a pagan holiday so it was very special. The copyright of the pictures belong to me and to Solkristallen.

Preparing the Altar

Where we prayed and sacrificed to the  Goddess/Crone/Grandmother Earth

Our Sacrifices

The Altar

Our little magical family having a feast

Hope you enjoyed the pictures, and soon it will be Samhain!

How will you be celebrating Samhain?

Days of Witchery: 34. Rune of Your Choice.

My Favorite Rune, Thurisaz

Thurs/Thurisaz stands for chaos, transformation, a necessary destructive force, from the fire turned to ashes the phoenix rises from. Like an active volcano, covering the landscape with glowing lava and ash, Thurs burns anything that gets in its way.

There is something very sexual in this Thurs-energy, which certainly does not manifest in romantic love, but rather – if you want to exaggerate the  symbolism – the experimental group sex orgies with S/M-elements and bondage. Pleasure and pain coexist.

The corresponding energies in other systems of thought could be one of the gods Shiva or Kali, the zodiacal sign of Scorpio and the planet Pluto, which represents both the birth and death, sexuality and power, violence and rebellion.

Thurs arouses fear because it reveals our darkest, most dangerous and destructive aspects within us. But fear is a good servant, and a bad master. We need to tear down the old to make way for the new.

Thurs represents in its worst form of evil – but just as often the purification, catharsis, from which new strength and insight can be born. Much power can be gained from this rune, but you must be willing to sacrifice something. Odin sacrificed one of his eyes in Mimir’s well to be all-seeing, and Tyr sacrificed his right hand in  the mouth of the Fenriswolf, but was invincible in battle.

The road to wisdom and inner wealth, shaman way, is a painful way, and all awakenings contains both suffering and clarity. But on this way Thurs is an indispensable resource.

(Text translated from Grimners Runes)

Days of Witchery: 33. Faerie Of Your Choice.

I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing or noticing the presence of a faerie, well perhaps once I think I had a Salamander or fire faerie in my lantern. So I did a little list of a list I found. I took the text of those faeries (although most are beings of the fae/faerie-family) I liked and put them here:

Asparas – Usually female, also known as sky-dancers. They bless humans at important stages in their lives, and are often seen at weddings. They live in fig trees and sometimes appear to scholars or scientists, seduce and exhaust them, making sure they don’t venture into areas that the spirit world deems unfit.

Dinnshenchas – Dwarf faeries in the service of the Irish Goddess Aine, who is both a cattle Goddess and a Goddess who protects women. They have been said to shape shift into any form to help average women harmed by men. They also guard cattle.

Dryads – Tree-dwelling, playful, female creatures. They seem open to human contact, but are very capricious, and it would be hard to tell if one was in the mood to help, play, or just tease. Dryads prefer to live in willow trees, and are seen as not more than enchanting wisps of pure light, sometimes gently colored.

Fays – The word Fay is similar to the Latin word fautum , which means “fate”, a word from which many Romance languages take their generic names for faeries. Other such names are Fee, Fada, Fae, Fata, and Fas. They’re tiny, winged seasonal faeries who are born teasers and have very capricious natures, but are never malicious.

Geancanach – Pronounced “Gan-cahn-ock”. They’re pixie-like in appearance, with huge eyes that curve upward on the ends and pointed ears. They are the guardians of home hearths, and they crave the warmth of the fireside and are quite harmless to have around, although they do have a tendency to play pranks.

Moss People – Are both male and female and have large butterfly wings attached to lithe bodies that look mostly human. They’re very beautiful creatures, though hard to detect in the wild, where they tend to hide in moss and other dark wood foliage. They’re shy of people and very capricious. Moss People are good luck to have around. Keep their environment clean and natural if you wish to continue to have them.

So, there you have them, my favorite “faeries”. See anyone you liked or did I get anything wrong? Which is your favorite?

Blessed Be

Days of Witchery: 32. A Pagan/Witchy Artwork.

Days of Witchery: 31. A Favorite Pagan/Witchy Movie.

Mists of Avalon, no doubt at all. If you haven’t seen this movie, do it now. It’s beautiful!

Blessed Be, Vaettr

Days of Witchery: 30. Witchy Tools: Wand.

Since I don’t have a wand of my own yet, I can only show you a pretty picture of a wand.

Some questions to my dear readers:

Do you have a wand and what is it made of?

Did you buy it or make it?

What do you use your wand for?

Blessed Be, Vaettr

Days of Witchery: 29. Water Element.

I’m a Scorpio, and that means that Water is my element. However, I’ve always believed your element is a personal preference, instead of an astrological one. Still, Water is my element. I love long showers, where I can just sit down on the floor to think or even doze off for a bit. When I was a child I was the first and last into the water during the summerdays.

People with the water element are said to be emotional and attuned to others emotions as well, which is very true for me. Some keywords for how a person assigned the water element is;

intuitive, emotional, imaginative, nurturing, secretive, dreamy

Blessed Be, Vaettr

Days of Witchery: 28. A Witchy I-Want-It-Now!

A Green Spirit from Solkristallen

There’s so much more I want, like a wand, an athame, a pendulum and many more things. But this green spirit is so beautiful I want to take her home… ^^

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Thank you and Blessed Be!

Best Post of the Week

October Blood Moon

Today I read this post about October, and the Blood Moon. It spoke about winter coming and what to “cull” from our lives. It was a great post that I really liked and took to my heart. I need to look at what I need and what I don’t in my life. Throw out the unnecessary and keep what I really need and is good for me.

There are tough choices, but I think it will all work out in the end.

Read the post by Moon and Shadow, the link above takes you directly to that post.

Cheers and Blessed Be!

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