The Goddess: In my belief the divine being is the force of life and the center of everything. It is the reason for existence and the power of life. It is everything and it consumes everything. It is not tangible but is completely real. Our minds cannot begin to comprehend what the divine really is so we give it a character, something to help us understand it. The divine is made up of two parts: the God and the Goddess. Two halves of a whole. Both halves are equally important but each have their own traits and correspondences.
The Goddess is the feminine half of the divine force. She is Beauty, compassion, humility, and mirth. She is the creator of the universe and her every aspect can be seen in it. The beauty of the world exists because she gave her own beauty to create it. Her love and compassion can be seen around you in every leaf, wave, and blade of grass. She is part of every being and every particle of matter. Her presence is always felt. She is Mother Nature. The goddess is the one who looks out for the world. She loves the Earth and everything in it and will do everything to take care of her child. She is a mother to the land, animals, and people and wants us to love the world just as she does. It is our home and the source of live, and she its keeper.
The moon is her symbol. Just as the moon controls the tides, so does the goddess. Not only the tides of the seas, but the tides of our emotions as well. The moon has different phases which can also be related to the goddess’ characteristics. The waning moon, the waxing moon, the full moon, and the new moon, each are symbols of the goddess’ power and each have a significant meaning. Just as the goddess, the moon is a light in the dark to give the stars radiance, and without her our world could not exist.
The goddess can be seen in three different aspects: Maiden, mother and crone. Just as every woman goes through these stages in life the goddess is always one stage at a time depending on the season usually. These aspects can be seen in the course of the moon, at each sabbat, at every magical working, and she is constantly changing. Each aspect has its own character, symbols, and meaning.
The maiden goddess represents life and the joy of living. She is pure and beautiful and care-free. She spends her time loving nature and spreading mirth throughout the world. The maiden is represented by the new moon. She is newness, purity, youth and a new beginning. The new moon is the beginning of the moons cycle, it is new, fresh, pure, and like the maiden goddess, innocent. Magical working that would require maiden goddess and new moon energy could consist of: getting a new job, moving to a new house, or just a new fresh start in life. The maiden goddess’ energy is everlasting and strong.
The mother goddess represents fertility, growth, and sexuality. She is the mother of the universe and her power is used to care for and nurture her children. The mother is represented by the full moon. The exact point where the moon shines with all of its full potential and power. It is the time when magic is most productive and a time when the world is abundant. The mother goddess is nurturing, caring, loving and full of life giving force.
The crone goddess represents the final stage in life. She is the embodiment of wisdom, experience, change, transformation, and death. The waning moon is her symbol. Just as the moon decreases from its power so does the mother goddess. She reminds us that growing old and death are not bad things. Where one life ends another begins, just as the cycle of the moon ends, another begins.
To me the goddess represents life. We are born, we grow, we live, and we die. The experiences that we face in life are supported by the goddess. We can call on her in the darkest times and find light and clarity, or we can call on her during the happiest of times and celebrate. She is the wind that cleanses the air that we breathe and the water we drink to replenish our thirst. There is no greater force in this universe than the divine, and no greater feeling than knowing that she lives and thrives within me and is all around me. She is the strength when I’m struggling, the wisdom behind all my decisions, and the love that is deep within my heart.
First, I must apologize for being away so long. I hope you all did not give up on me. I have simply been too busy to sit down and write. Between two full-time jobs, a new relationship, and moving into a new home; I have barely had any time to sleep. Now that my schedule is adjusted, I have adapted to my new sleeping habits, my budget is on track, and I have moved almost completely into my new home, I have a little extra time to tend to my recreational activities.
I must admit, through all these changes it has been very difficult to stay in a spiritual routine. There were nights after working 16 hour days I did not want to do anything at all besides hit the pillow. But I made sure to commit some of my time to reading, writing, or simply just mediating on a daily basis, rest assured, my spirituality is still very much intact. I feel I would not have made it through the last couple of months without the guidance, love, and protection from my Lord and Lady, and I thank them every single day.
I was researching house blessings trying to decide which kind of ritual I wanted to perform for my new home and came across some very interesting things. Every culture, religion, and race in the world has a different tradition for blessing a new home. Here are some examples I found interesting:
In China, before moving into a home the Chinese shine a flashlight into the top and the bottom corners of every wall in every room and wardrobe of the home, because they believe that the light will show the spirits where to go.
A Jewish tradition says to give salt, bread, and a broom for a new home. Salt to season your life, bread in hopes you will never be hungry, and a broom to sweep your sadness away.
In Russia, people always let a cat into the home first before they move in.
There are many more traditions, but one specifically stands out in almost any culture, that is smudging the house with incense or smoke of some kind. The most popular is with sage. Sage is an amazing herb. I grow it and dry it and use it in just about everything magical that I do. I buy a sage smudge stick every time I come across one and my box of magical goodies is about 3/4 full of nothing but sage. Explaining why would entail an entirely separate blog post…I’ll get right on that!
Smudging a new home is very important, the smoke from your smudge stick carries away all the previous energy left in the house by whom ever resided there before you, or whom ever treaded on the property before you, etc. I can mostly “feel” the energy a place has when I walk into it because my mood will change. Over time this could become a burden, you don’t want to walk around your new home constantly pounded by someone’s left over negativity, so smudge it away. All you need to do is light some sort of incense (or smudge stick) and walk around your property. While you do visualize the smoke catching all the energy and carrying it away. You will be left with a clean fresh start.
It is important that when you get rid of anything in magic that you replace it with something else. So after I smudge my space, I leave my sage stick burning and light some candles. Think of what you want to feel when you come home. do you want to feel happy? Protected? Loved? Take these feelings and think of what represents them to you and place a few objects around the home that make you feel that way. For example; flowers make me feel happy, so I placed some fresh flowers around my house. My pentacle makes me feel protected so I placed it on the wall, and my mother’s quilt makes me feel loved so I placed that on the floor. Sit for a few minutes before doing anything else and concentrate on feeling those things you want to feel at home and this will become your homes “new” energy.
With the warmest wishes,
The Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer, or Litha; happens around June 21st When the sun enters Cancer. It is the day that the sun has reached its maximum power and is the longest day of the year. The sun has worked the entirety of Winter and spring to reach its full potential. On this day it will shine powerful and as long as it can before setting into its decline of power. It is as if the sun accepts its own decline but is still proud, as if that very moment is all that matters.
Summer is generally a time for celebration and fun. This Sabbat is no exception. It is a time to celebrate and remember and honor the sun. In the old religion bonfires were built, brooms were set ablaze and were taken about the crops so the smoke and ash would promote good growth and draw out sickness and disease. The broom handles were saved to be stuck in the earth by the gardens to ward off evil spirits.
The sun represents fire, passion, warmth, and masculinity. It is the source of all life, for without it we would simply not exist. We should remember it as the provider, the light, and the god, and we should honor it on the Solstice just as we do the moon when she is full. Take the time on this day to watch either the sunrise or the sunset. Think about what the sun means to you. What does it do for you, how does it make you feel? Take the time to give thanks for what the sun does for you and the rest of the world. Meditate on what you could do to give back or contribute to the energy of the sun.
As always, have a blessed Sabbat,
Photo courtesy of: Derek Byerly of DB Photography
Open your heart and let her in, she is one with the earth, the Goddess within.
He can quiet your mind and ease your pain, His light is so bright you will never be the same.
She will only come to you when you seek her truth, Otherwise she will wait until you have used all your youth.
He will work in your heart and heal all your pain, show you how it feels to be happy again.
Her magic is potent, her power is love; So when you are ready call her down from above.
Simply ask him one question and answer you he will, his light will consume you with the power to heal.
And when her power has left you listen for her voice, she will tell you secrets and what you do with them is your choice.
But sit no more and ponder the past, for the Lord and Lady have healed you and you are free at last!
Love and lunar light,
Image courtesy of Salena Rogers
“Oh do not tell the priests of our rites
for they would call it a sin
But we’ll be out in the woods all night
a-conjurin’ summer in.”
The wheel of the year can be roughly divided into two parts; winter months and summer months. Just as Samhain marks the beginning of the winter months, Beltane marks the beginning of the summer months. This is one of Wicca’s greater Sabbats, it is a joyous and open-hearted celebration of love, and for that reason, Beltane is my favorite Sabbat of the year.
Sensuality-getting in touch with your senses- is important to Beltane’s theme. Without our senses we would not be able to experience the world. If the divine is in everything, then all that you see, touch, taste, smell, and hear is a manifestation of the God and Goddess, therefore, should be sacred. We take advantage of our senses because they are things we become used to, Beltane is a day to get in touch with your senses and experience all of them to their fullest ability.
Another major part of Beltane’s focus is centered on sexual union. This union symbolizes many things; the joining of nature with the divine, to the union of male and female to ensure the fertility of the earth, and most importantly, an individual becoming one with the divine or the all. Sexual union carries a very deep and spiritual message: universal divine love, and the love of life itself. The unconditional love of the divine dwells within us and flows through us with the love that is expressed at Beltane. One should enjoy it, never shy away from it.
Whatever you decide to do to celebrate Beltane should be fun, carefree, sensual, and full of love. This is a time to celebrate and really get in touch with your spirit. Let go of your inhibitions and insecurities and experience life as it was meant to be lived. Love as purely and as whole-heartedly as you can, and get in touch with the divine that lies within you.
May the Divine love that flows through all of us on Beltane be so great and pure, that the world feels its joy.
Wishing you all a happy and spiritual Sabbat,
image source: miamitantragoddess.com
I am truth, the spark of life
I am the beginning of life and the end of pure love
The one who sings with serpents and bathes in the fruit of the Tree Of Life.
Feared by those who are blind.
I am she who was first, real, un-broken and made whole
The one man denies
Power of creation and humanity dwell within me
In my womb lies knowledge and in my heart lies pure love.
I live in the trees, the land, the water, the wind and deep in the heart of all women.
Man sent me away, unwanted
All my love to give and knowledge to share was feared
I am the threat.
Outside his caged garden I dwell
Only to be embraced by those who seek the truth.
Loneliness is often found, for not many call my name
Though I thirst for love, I need no rib to be whole.
Cast out, my beauty and wisdom reign in a world only few have privilege to see
Embrace me! And I shall open your soul to all that is Divine!
Image: Lilith by Michelangelo
I hope that you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Mercury goes into retrograde on March 30th and will stay there until April 23rd. A planet enters retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards in the zodiac. The planet Mercury rules thinking and perception, communication, creativity, commerce, education, and transportation. It generally affects people who work in these areas; writers, sales people, teachers, artists, telephone operators, commentators, critics, etc.
Communication can be difficult and can lead to misunderstandings, Travel and your day-to-day commute can be effected, you may witness a change in mood in the people you see daily, glitches and breakdowns of electronic equipment is common, and the world-wide web is also effected during this time. All of this usually happens because one piece of important or crucial information has gone astray or awry.
Some say you should not make important decisions during this time since the thinking behind them will be clouded by poor communication and careless thinking. Because Mercury represents the power of the mind, when in retrograde these characteristics are less accurate. It might pay to be a little more attentive in any situation at this time!
Some people thrive when Mercury is in retrograde, I guess it just depends on how we each “roll with the punches.” The key to not losing your mind and your temper during this time would be to focus.