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The Dance at Alder Cove
Customs of the Ancestor
Brigantia Tutelary goddess of the Brigantes Federation; inscriptions to her (or variant names) are found in Northern Britain. Brigantī describes the goddess’s function as a trans-funcitonal deity—she is identified with Minerva goddess of war, wisdom, and crafts; identified with Victory; and called “celestial”—all signs that she may have been a goddess uniting the three social classes into one tribe, the Brigantii, and thus was “sublime” or transcendent.
source: The Keltoi
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Ganesha - The Lord of Success Ganesha — the elephant-deity riding a mouse — has become one of the most common mnemonics for anything associated with Hinduism. This suggests the importance of Ganesha, as well as his popularity. Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati. Possessed of an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and large ears, Ganesha has the pot-bellied body of a human. Ganesha’s head symbolizes the Atman or the soul, which is the ultimate supreme reality of human existence, and his human body signifies Maya or the earthly existence of human beings. The elephant head denotes wisdom and its trunk represents Om, the sound symbol of cosmic reality. In his upper right hand Ganesha holds a goad, which helps him propel mankind forward on the eternal path and remove obstacles from the way. The noose in Ganesha’s left hand is a gentle implement to capture all difficulties. The broken tusk that Ganesha holds like a pen in his lower right hand is a symbol of sacrifice, which he broke for writing the Mahabharata. The rosary in his other hand suggests that the pursuit of knowledge should be continuous. The laddoo (sweet) he holds in his trunk indicates that one must discover the sweetness of the Atman. His fan-like ears convey that he is all ears to our petition. The snake that runs round his waist represents energy in all forms. And he is humble enough to ride the lowest of creatures, a mouse. Ganesha is the lord of success, destroyer of evil and remover of obstacles. He is also worshiped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. In fact, Ganesha is one of the five prime Hindu deities - Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four - whose idolatry is glorified as the panchayatana puja.
source: The Smart Witch
The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you all your life, whom you have ignored for another, who knows you by heart. Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life. -Derek Walcott
(image:Mirror Mirror by Pat Breman)
A Woman’s Weapons From the grave of a woman in Finland, dated 10th century
☮ (aka Willow Wind)
source: The Pagan Musings
CELTIC GODS AND GODDESSES The myths of the Celtic Goddesses span a large area of Western and Central Europe. It was in these places that the Iron age Celtic speaking tribes settled. After numerous conflicts the Celtic people were mainly confined to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany, their influence here was reduced even further by the Romans and Christianization.
source: The Elder’s Grove
Elemental Magic: Water Earth, Air, Fire and Water. These Elements correspond to the four directions of our physical world, the four quarters of the universe, the four winds, and most importantly the four quarters of the magical circle. This post concerns the Element of Water. Water is the symbol of our emotions. Water imbues all life forms, and in us we flow with the “tide” of our feelings. Water involves intuition, insight, conception and pregnancy, fertility, the womb, health, beauty and divination. A high water person may seem as though at the slightest touch the well is opened and can be over emotional and over dramatic in all areas of life. A low water person may appear as a cold calculating one, one who is indifferent and unresponsive. A good balance of water here is needed to keep the flow running smoothly. Its feelings are cold moisture, its season is Fall. Its direction is West/Emotion and its colors are Blue, Light Grays, Sea Greens and Whites. The symbols are the cup or chalice. The Moon phase is the Full Moon and its time is Dusk. Some Water Magic can involve the use of the beach and its sand, shells, animals and seawater. This is especially good for love spells and when you need to “get a grip” or clarify your own emotions. Shells are widely used in the practice. These can hold appropriate herbs or be used as a symbol of Water Magic. One old tradition is using that of well water. Gems and stones are exposed to this for a period of time and used at night, during the full moon or the waxing phases, for Water Magic. Be careful though to know your stones, as some do not react well in water for long periods of time. This type of magic can give you insights to how others think of you, what others are doing and how well they are. Water Magic can help you to find the truth within yourself. Be careful when using this type of magic, though, for if there is an intent of maliciousness or control of another, all you will get is a reflection back unto yourself. Water spells can involve the use of a Scrying bowl. This is a bowl of clear or colored water in which you are able to “see” the future and future events or get a clear direction on decisions. Scrying bowls are widely used in certain meditations and visualizations.
[Pictured: Fantasy Through the Element of Water]
Elemental Magic: Fire Earth, Air, Fire and Water. These Elements correspond to the four directions of our physical world, the four quarters of the universe, the four winds, and most importantly the four quarters of the magical circle. This post concerns the Element of Fire. Fire represents passion, enthusiasm, desire and courage. It is force, lust, fertility and virility, initiative and rejuvenation. Fire represents both light and heat. The light of intelligence and the courage to follow it. A high fire person is bold, dramatic and passionate in all areas within himself or herself, however this person must be careful as fire can destroy everything in its path. A low fire person is usually cold, slow to act, without enthusiasm for life or himself or herself. Fire magic can bring on the new, bring on courage and passion and destroy the old. It’s feelings are hot and dry, it’s season is Summer and direction is South/Energy. Its symbol is the Athame/Sword, Candle and the Burner. Its colors are Reds, Oranges and Golds. The moon phase is the second quarter and it’s time is high Noon. The different types of Fire Magic are Bonfire Magic, which usually involves burning something such as an herb or flower, or a piece of paper or petition on which you have written your desire. It is used for banishing, ridding or destroying negative influences in your life. Another is Candle Magic, a simple, easy and useful method in bringing about your desires. A color for the candle is chosen and can also include the correct scent in relation to your desire and lit sometimes for up to seven days. This type of Fire Magic is usually for any type of desire. Another is Sun Magic. Using the Sun in your desires is a beautiful way in which to enhance new beginnings in love, health, work and home, awaken subtle powers and aid in attraction desires.