Midnight (Later Actually) Mabon

 

Even though I had a busy day, I swore I’d at least celebrate a small Mabon even if I had to do it very late. I came home from work around 4 am, and what did I do? I set up my altar and celebrated and small Mabon. Not elaborate at all. Just thanking The Mother Goddess and Harvest God and asking for their blessing and protection, while offering what I had at home.

Still, I’m pleased and even though I had a hurried Mabon it was still very spiritual and I feel at peace.

How did you celebrate Mabon?

A Pagan Dream

So I had a dream a couple of nights ago, and it was clearly of pagan character. The night before I had smudged the bed and hanged up my dreamcatcher.

The details are fuzzy now, but there was a cave lined with red roses, that I only could access in the company of the Tuatha dé Danann. Cernunnos was there, and there were some romantic (not sexual) moments. I put a lock of my hair by the cave so he could find me when I was away. Then there were some running and some deer and some golden lights sent by Cernunnos to me.

The cave could be the entrance to the underground to where the Tuatha dé Danann were banished, but symbolically I’m not so sure. It’s hard to figure out your own dreams. I’m good with others but not with my own.

Someone who has any ideas about my dream?

Symbols in my dream:

  • Cernunnos
  • Cave
  • Roses
  • Lock of hair
  • deer
  • golden lights

Goddess of the “Week”

Hecate, goddess of magic, crossroads and also necromancy. She’s also associated with childbirth, doorways, dogs and lunar lore. she’s a triple goddess, either as three personalities or with three faces. She’s often called and prayed to as a crone goddess, although she’s often depicted as a beautiful woman and in antique days she was most often known as a virgin. The crone-association could be because of her alignment to the more dark and mystical which is associated with the crone.

She lives in the underworld and her typical symbols are paired torches, dogs and keys. She’s the only child of the titans Asteria, titan goddess of  prophetic dreams, astrology and necromancy and Perses, titan god of destruction. She is said wo also have her own children, Circe, Medea, Chalciope and Aegialeus.  Although they are only mentioned in certain texts.

Days of Witchery: 6. A Favourite God.

The Horned One

(c) Sandra Santara

Days of Witchery; 5. A Favourite Goddess.

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Gaia: Mother Earth

“Mother of all,
Queen of the Earth.
Here I am, one of your children.

Help me to be the best
I can be so that people
will know the wonder of you.”

(c) The Magick Garden

Goddess of the Week: Brighid

 

Lady Brighid

Lady Brighid of the Bards 
Blessed Fire of Inspiration 
Spark the flames within our hearts
Lead our creative exploration
Lady Brighid hear our song
As we give offerings of praise 
Let your blessings make us strong
that we may serve you all our days

Brighid’s name means Bright Arrow, and She is the Goddess of goddess of fire (the forge and the hearth), poetry, healing, childbirth, and unity. The Sabbat Imbolc coincides with Brighid’s Day, and she is therefore the most celebrated goddess during this sabbat.

Brighid is the daughter of the Dagda, and she was later turned to a christian saint, St. Brigid, by the church. She had two sisters, also named Brighid, and so is a Triple Goddess.

For more information about this wonderful Goddess that I find myself coming back to, look at this british website dedicated to Her;

Brighid

Blessed Be

Goddess of the Week; Inanna

Inanna

Inanna is the sumerian goddess of sexual love, fertility and warfare, strangely enough. She is also known as Ishtar and her name is believed to derive from the earlier Nin-ana, the Lady of the Sky. That feels very appropriate according to me! Inanna is also known to be the most prominent female deity in ancient Mesopotamia.

She had a lot of shrines and temples alon the two rivers Tigris and Euphrates that were dedicated to her. On example is the temple of Eanna, the House of Heaven, in Uruk. This was the largest and greatest of her temples, and here the priestesses practiced sacred prostitution. According to some sources,  people with hermaphroditic or asexual bodies, as well as feminine men were important in worshiping Inanna and rituals involving her.

Going back to the sacred prostitution, the high priestess of Inanna would once a year choose a young man to be in her bed. This is to represent Inanna and Dumuzid the Sheperd, her consort in a sacred marriage during the Akitu ceremony, at the spring Equinox. Some say kings made sure of their legitimacy to the throne by spending a night in the temple with the high priestess.

Her symbol is an eight-pointed star and she’s associated with lions, often as standing on the backs of two lionesses. She’s also associated with owls.


Hadad – Storm God

Sorry for the late updating, I’ve been really tired of late, so no updating. But now I am! And since I’ve been gone, there’s been a huuuge thunderstorm here on Gotland, the whole island was without power for a night. So why not blog about the thunder god Hadad? *big smile*

Hadad, also known as Ba’al, is a semitic thunder and rain God. The name Ba’al was not Hadads alone, but was also used by other Gods, as the name means Lord. His symbolic animal was the bull and was often shown with a club and a thunderbolt in each hand. He also had a beard and wore a bullhorned headdress.

In religious texts, Ba‘al/Hadad is the lord of the sky who governs the rain and thus the germination of plants with the power of his desire that they be fertile. He is the protector of life and growth to the agricultural people of the region. The absence of Ba‘al causes dry spells, starvation, death, and chaos. Also refers to the mountain of the west wind. The Biblical reference occurs at a time when Yahweh has provided a strong east wind to carry the sons of Israel across the Red or Erythrian Sea to Elat.

So when the great thunderstorm came and blew the fuse in our house, I said a little prayer, to Hadad, that went, Please Mr. Thundergod, don’t fry me and my house.. *laughs*

Blessed Be

Gudom – Ganesha

Har på senaste tiden varit väldigt intresserad av den hinduiska Guden Ganesha, eller Ganesh som han också kallas för.
Det började med att jag köpte ett linne i en affär med en stor bild av Ganesha på, sedan visade min pojkvän mig en bild på en elefantunge och inatt, då det var strömavbrott och vi låg i sängen i mörkret, så såg vi att skuggan från crosstrainern liknande en elefant. Blev väldigt mycket elefanter i mitt liv på så kort tid så jag tänkte att jag skulle ta och kolla upp vem Ganesha egentligen var.

Ganesha är en hinduisk gudom som är son till Shiva och Parvati. Det finns flera myter om hur det kom sig att han har ett elefanthuvud, men de avslutas oftast med att Shiva av någon anledning hugger av sin sons huvud, och när han insett vad han gjort, så springer han iväg och hugger huvudet av en elefant och väcker Ganesha till liv igen genom att ge honom huvudet. Som ännu ett tecken på sin ånger, gör Shiva Ganesha till en av de större gudarna och man måste tillbe honom innan man tillber någon annan, även Shiva själv.

Ganesha är Kunskapens, Lyckans och Välgångarna Gud. Han hjälper människor att överkomma svårigheter.

Blessed Be