Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
"Starting in February, with Brighid's celebration of Imbolc, I'm starting 52 weeks of pagan art journaling project. So join me if you like as I post weekly prompts to get you thinking about what your path means to you, in words and art!"Doesn't that sound like fun? Click here to whiz on over to Aradia's Cauldron to get more information. Why not sign up while you're there? It's going to be fun . . . and there's no pressure! Whew! Diana De Baun . The picture just doesn't do it justice. The colors are amazing and it has an awesome energy. I can't wait to share it with the Goddess!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Brigit is one of the great goddesses (along with Isis, Ishtar, Hera and Freya) who has been with us for hundreds of thousands of years. Her legends were handed down through the generations in an oral tradition that was eroded and then assimilated into the new faith of Christianity. Despite the fact that she was a diety so high and sacred, hardly any of her mythology was recorded.
As a healer, Brigit taught leechcraft and the properties of healing herbs, and was patroness of dozens of sacred springs and wells said to have healing properties. Many of these springs and wells are still visited today. Sunlight and water were considered to be especially effective in curing ailments of the eyes, which was one of the goddess' specialities. Along with her mantle, any fabric blessed by her was said to have healing effects. She was the first goddess to master the art of weaving, and into the cloth she placed healing threads that still exercise their healing powers centuries later.
Red and white are the colors most commonly used for this holiday. White representing the snow of the departing winter and red for the hearthfire or Brigit's eternal flame. White also represents the Maiden goddess and red symbolizes the Mother. You might like to use white tablecloths for your altar with red candles, or like I have done, use a red tablecloth with candles in both red and white.
Bride's Bed RitualOn Imbolc eve set the Bride's bed on the fireplace hearth or on your altar. Set incense in front and a white taper candle at either end of the bed. Have the wand nearby. Light the incense and the candles and say:
"Welcome the Bride turned from Mother to Maiden;
to rest and prepare for the time of the seed.
Cleansed and refreshed from the labors behind her;
with the promise of spring she lays before me."
"How soon comes the Lord; how quickly he grows!
The season will turn; before we know."
Keep your hope alive . . . spring is just around the corner!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Zinnia is an atheist and he talks about issues that are uncomfortable for most of us. In one of the videos he goes out to a protest being run by a church. He was interviewing one of the protesters and as I watched I became bewildered. How do these people call themselves Christian? They come from a place of hatred and contempt for, what it seems to me, almost anyone and everyone. They hate Jews, they hate homosexuals, they hate, they hate, they hate. How is that Christian? Did Jesus not teach compassion, love and understanding? It makes me wonder what it is they're preaching in that church of theirs . . .
I am appalled by the woman in this video . . . she is so full of hate.
Now I realize that not all Christians are this extreme. I know some pretty decent ones. All I'm saying is . . . please, for the love of the God/dess, THINK for yourselves. Don't become something just because it's the thing to do or because you were raised a certain way. Look inside yourself and follow your own path. 'An it harm NONE, do what you will.'
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I chose to have my beads represent the Maiden (white), Mother (red) and Crone (black), although at times I do incorporate the Lord's Prayer to add balance and acknowledge the God (which I normally view as Lugh, the Sun God).
This first set I purchased from the lovely lady at Infinitely Spiritual. She makes the most divine rosaries of all kinds and when I contacted her to make a custom set for me, she didn't hesitate. She made my rosary and shipped it to me within a week. I highly recommend her.
My Rosary Beads. It has a prayer ball at the end of it into which I can slip a short prayer or request. 'My Rosary Beads' is a terrific site where you can find more information on rosary beads and they ship very quickly as well.
"I call upon the goddess of perfect love,
who purifies the seas in which worlds are born.
Behold her image, crowned with the deepest glory of the sunset,
silver, and crystal, robed in the deepest black.
I call upon the goddess who sets the stars in motion
upon the endless mirror of night; Maiden, Mother, Crone."
The Goddess RosaryThe prayer below can be said while fingering the big beads on the Rosary. You can alternate and say the regular Lord's prayer every other time for balance if you wish. Use the Glory Be (shown further below) for the wire/string before the large beads, and then finger the large bead and say:
Our Lady who is the Essence of the Earth,
We have called you by many names.*
Return now unto Your people,
Speak Your will, and it shall be done,
As Above, so Below.
Please give us each moment our life, light and love.
If we have let you down,
Please forgive us and cleanse us,
According to our own willingness to forgive others.
Lead us away from Lures,
And deliver us from Evil,
For You are Goddess, Queen of the Universe.
Yours is the Power, the Grace, the Wisdom, and the Beauty,
Age unto Ages,
The Glory Be
Glory Be to the Father, to the Mother,
And to the Sacred Son,
And to the Lady Holy Spirit,
They are the Four-in-One.
As it was in the beginning,
Is now and ever shall be,
World without end,
Age to Ages,
Here is another way to pray the Goddess Rosary.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I found an image on the internet yesterday that I liked and used it for making my own herb labels. I think they turned out rather well . . .
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
"We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war
but the positive affirmation of peace".
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~
Friday, January 14, 2011
Picasso eating his favorite cookies . . . dipped in water of course.I get up, I let the dogs out, I feed the dogs. I uncover the birds, letting them out of their cages and I say good morning to each of them. Then I stand in the sunroom with Bijou for awhile, preening her feathers and greeting the morning sun (when it's out that is). When she's ready, I gather up the food dishes and we head into the kitchen, where Bijou's tea is waiting.
Bijou drinking tea from her favorite cup her daddy bought for her.
Bijou rearranging the tupperware cupboard.
This lid doesn't belong here!
Picasso rearranging the floor design.It's in mornings like this that I appreciate the fact that I don't have to work - that I can stay home, take care of our fur and feather babies, take care of our home and pretty much manage my day in any way that suites me. I am truly blessed and grateful for this mundane life and the magick in the morning ritual.