The Garden of Hesperides

The Garden of Hesperides is a mythical place from Greek legend, inhabited by nymphs and apple trees. It’s supposed location varies, although I did find one reference that placed it as possibly being in Spain. The Garden of Hesperides is one of those Utopian places, full of beauty and delight. The magical apples are akin to the apples treasured by the Norse Gods, and featured in Eden. Youth, beauty and good health are the gift of apples, as well as whatever intellectual insight they may bring.

Some years ago, I was invited to contribute to a series about nymphs, and sent off to Wikipedia to pick my nymph from a list. I picked the Daughters of Evening associated with this garden. Having recently seen ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ and having been profoundly affected by Laurie Lee’s ‘A moment of war’ – also set in the Spansh civil war, I took that as my setting and placed the garden there, only lost, in hiding, and waiting to be reborn.

Pagan perceptions of the land as Goddess also influenced me. I’m a polytheist, I don’t do the one god, one goddess notion. For me, there are many gods, some of them very localised, and the differences between spirits and deities isn’t all that important. With this in mind, I placed the garden, initially, on the body of a woman. The story features a lot of sex magic, as the garden is revived with fresh seed.

Days passed and Colum began to feel he might be out of danger. They never seemed short of food, and Erythria’s enthusiasm for his body continued. By the third day, he could clearly see the many tiny images on her skin. She had him start work on her back, and there the images were very different. Scales and talons began to show, as the single picture of a huge, monstrous creature came to life, running from shoulder blades to buttocks. Her skin became firmer and finer with every encounter. It unnerved him, but increased his desire for her. Whenever he asked about her body and the images manifesting on it, she evaded his questions. Most of the time he tried to ignore what was happening, focusing instead on the practical issues. Where would they sleep? Where would the next meal come from? Were they safe?

It’s a wholly different notion of gardens from the kind we might make at home – magical, dangerous, and beyond human experience.

Pagan Holidays for May 11, 2010


Today’s Ancient goodies are all about Roman Larvae, Typos, & Scandalous Puritan Banning!

In Ancient times, today would have been day two of the popular Roman festival known as Lemuria, which was all about getting rid of the Larvae. Now, in a Pagan Holiday post I did a couple of days ago, I received a few emails asking if I had made a big old Typo.  Nope lol. I did not. I meant to type Larvae, and no, it does not have anything to do with insects.  (See the last bit of this article for another source, other than my mouth, stating a few facts about the Larvae.)


Now, kicking Rome to the side for just a moment, did you know that on this day in 1659, those strict Puritans who were cluttering up the Bay Colony if Massachusetts actually BANNED the celebrating of Christmas?????? (Makes you wonder who pitched a fit because they didn’t get the shiny new ho (gardening, my darklings) that year and got all spiteful with it? They claimed, and this was of course according to them, that it was a Pagan Festival and a great dishonoring of their mighty God.

Well you were sort of right Puritans….Christmas did spring up from Pagan corners from many directions of the Ancient world, but alas, I think your God digs it too and why not? It’s all about giving. getting, goodwill , blah, blah, blah.

So chill, be real, and thank goodness people woke the hell up from that era. *rolls eyes* Or did they? *winks*


Drawing your attention to some information online that I found for all my wonderful emailers:

Another Interpretation of the Lemures – Haunting Spirits:

Instead of being evil spirits, lemures (larvae) may have been souls that could find no rest because they met with a violent or premature death and were unhappy. They wandered among the living haunting people and driving them to madness.

Lemuria – Festivals to Placate the Lemures:

No sane Roman wanted to be haunted, so they had ceremonies to satisfy the spirits. The lemures (larvae) were propitiated during the nine-day Lemuria festival in May. At the Parentalia or Feralia on the 18th and 21st of February, the living descendants shared a meal with the benevolent spirits of their ancestors (manes or di parentes).

Ovid (43 B.C. – A.D. 17) on the Lemures and Manes:

In Ovid‘s Fasti 5.422, the Manes and Lemures are synonymous and both hostile, in need of exorcism via the Lemuria. Ovid incorrectly derives the Lemuria from Remuria, saying it was to placate Remus, the brother of Romulus.

Larvae and Lemures:

Usually considered the same, not all ancient authors considered them as such. In the Apocolocyntosis 9.3 and Pliny’s Natural History, Larvae are tormentors of the dead.

To read more CLICK HERE for original Source.

See, it wasn’t a typo and had nothing to do with bugs.I wouldn’t  lie to ya!


Tuesday belongs to Mars, Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (named after), Tuisco & Tyr

As Tuesday belongs not only to the God Mars, but also to the Planet of Mars, we can toss the Element of Fire into the mix ,and have the makings of a very heated and passionate day!

So if you don’t have anyone to vent those wild emotions out on, don’t fret because you can point them into the direction of matters or magical rituals and spells concerning:

Anything having to do with marriage, money or wealth, loyalty, enemies, protection, confidence for yourself or another, and of course, courage!



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