Category Archives: The God/Gods

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: December 8: Last Greek Goddess Standing, Egypt’s One Born of Light, one born of Darkness.

In Greek mythos, Zeus had a daughter with the Goddess Themis. Her name was Astraea. In the world of men (our world), Astraea, was the last to leave taking her place in the Heavens where all those who were like her, went.

While this reminds me of the Elves from Lord of the Rings, when they made their exit from, what was it? Middle Earth? Astraea wasn’t a work of fiction according the the Greeks. She was very real to them, the Goddess of Justice.  That’s why December 8th is an observance dedicated to her.

In Ancient Egypt, a religion time has somewhat forgot and buried beneath her golden sands, a festival for Neith would have been held today. Neith was one of the original Gods and Goddesses of this culture. She was said to have been the mother of Ra. She also gave birth or made his arch nemesis, Apep.

August 1st Lammas, Lughnassadh Sabbath Info, Recipes & Ritual

Those of the Ancient World and Present Day Pagans share an event known as, Lammas, or, Lughnassadh. It is a Sabbath on August 1st, when God enters the Earth, sacrificing his body to become the Grain or Corn. Please note, while I may use “Grain” below, it may also be interpreted as “Corn” for both were very important – then and now.

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It is the first Harvest when the God of the Sun marries the Goddess of the Earth, relinquishing his former existence and essence so that he may rule the Underworld as Lord of Shadow.

Mabon, (Autumn Equinox) will be your second harvest and Samhain, the third. All good things come in threes.

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This belief has survived throughout the Ages from one Culture and Religion to the next. Some, who blend Christianity with Paganism or recognizes the link from one to the other, may think of Christ, when he died upon the cross, giving up his flesh to become something more spiritual, passing from one life to his next. Christ was said to give his blood to wash away sin while the Pagan God gave his to offer life after death and to the grain, blessing a life-giving Harvest.

The grain is represented by the God and vise versa.  It represents the cycle of life – a reflection of us all.

The season has begun it’s coming to an end, as life eventually comes to an end. But while the grain dies in the field, is it lost to us forever?

No. The grain relinquishes it’s seed and when joined with that of Earth, holds a promise of rebirth—renewed life.

As the God dies and joins with the earth, entering her for their sacred marriage, he will one day be reborn from Mother Earth, anew.

So is the same for us all.

Our Ancestors used bread to commemorate this holiday. Present day Pagans, whether they are Practitioners of Rituals or not, may also use bread.

If you are one to use Rituals, I have one listed below. If you are not one for Rituals but want to do something to mark the occasion, then my suggestions is to either make or buy a bread that is made up of grains, cracked wheat – the healthier stuff. You can also use corn, corn bread, etc.

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If white is all you have, I am sure your Deity will be forgiving, but if at all possible, a more natural food would be best.

Incorporate it in a family meal or a supper of one. Simply bow your head asking that the God, Goddess (insert your deity) bless the bread and grain.

This is a time to say thanks for all the blessings in your life and for all the blessings to come.

It is a time to enjoy the fruits of your labors or a time to see your efforts pay off and come to form.

Rituals & Recipes

Dancing is often seen and done in the old world and new. Twirling, spinning, dancing around a fire represents the sun (fire) and the constant orbit we make around it. The sun passing through seasons, moving and changing.

A song or chant to do, whether round a fire or candle flame can be found in a book called, Grimoire for the Green Witch, by Ann Moura. This is just a shortened version…

Clap or ring a bell three times:

I celebrate the Day of the First Harvest, the Festival of Bread and the Marriage of the Sun and the Earth.

Then Sing or Chant while dancing in circles:

Dance, dance, wherever you may be;

When you dance with the Lord, He will dance with thee.

Turn, turn, a Circle then you form;

And the Lord of the Dance is the Lord of the Corn!

Raise arms, sing and chant:

Down, down, into the Earth He’ll go;

Giving life to the grain that in Spring we sow.

He rules the Shadowland till Yule;

When His Sun is reborn and He joins us anew!

My Own Personal Molasses Bread Recipe

 

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Ingredients

1 & 1/2 cups of boiling water

1 cup of rolled oats (If you can’t find “rolled oats” go ahead and use steel cut or rough cut oats. I wouldn’t do instant, though. They won’t hold their texture. )

1/3 cup vegetable shortening (If you have lard that you made, go for it.)

2 packs of active dry yeast (I used a fast yeast and it worked great for me.)

1/2 cup of warm water

1/2 cup of Molasses (The first time I did this, I used homemade Molasses. Was great. Second time, I used store bought. I wasn’t wild about it. You can, however, replace this with Raw Honey if you want.)

2 eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons of salt

Butter (Enough to brush the tops and the inside of your bread pans.)

6 & 1/2 cups of unbleached flour (I used 3 & 1/2 cups of whole wheat/ whole grain flour.)

Directions

+ Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Butter three 8 & 1/2 inch loaf pans.

+ In a large bowl, mix the boiling water, oats and shortening. Set this to the side and allow the shortening to melt.

+ While that’s going on, in a small bowl, mix together your warn water and yeast.

+ Now, go back to the Shortening – Oats- Boiling Water mixture and add your Molasses or honey. Stir in the eggs and salt.

+ Add the yeast mixture and 3 cups of your flour. Beat the batter until its all well blended and smooth.

+ Start adding the rest of the flour, slowly. You may not need all of the left over flour.  So add it little by little. Once it pulls from the sides, throw it onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until the dough becomes elastic and springs back when you poke it. Knead for about 8 or so minutes.

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+ Form it into a ball and put it in a greased bowl. Place plastic wrap and a towel on top and let the dough rise for an hour.

+Once it has risen twice it’s size, throw it back onto a floured surface and punch it down. Divide it into three pieces. Lightly knead and shape each one and place it into the bread pans. Put a towel over them and let them rise again for 45 minutes. When they have risen to the tops of the pans, bake in the oven for about 40 minutes until golden brown. Slide from the pans, brush the tops with butter and then let cool.

Tips:

For easy slicing, wrap the cooled bread loaves with plastic wrap and toss into the fridge. Once the bread is chilled, you can easily slice with a jagged edged knife without the bread bending or squishing.

Golden Sweet Cornbread

Recipe By: bluegirl

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray or lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 11: A Vegetarian Goddess, Cronus Rises & Falls & a New Goddess Month Begins

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Here’s a bit of interesting history for everyone, that I, myself, had absolutely no clue about. Apparently, Vegetarianism is not a new deal and was alive and well in the Ancient World. In fact, Vegetarians had their own Goddess, or so saith the Greeks, who called her by the name of, Theano.

Theano was the wife of, Pythagoras. This Goddess added to the wonderful world of Mathematics. She is credited with having discovered the concepts of the Golden mean, ratio, and rectangle. And while the Greeks are honoring her on this day in Ancient History, they would have also had a festival for their God Cronus and the Goddess Rhea.


Cronus was a Titan. A Ruling Titan, that is, who took his throne by whacking off the unmentionable of his Father, Uranus. I’m sure castrating ones father had some sort of Greek symbolic meaning to it or perhaps the act alone was just blunt enough.

Rhea was the wife of Cronus and their children became the first Olympians. However, being a bit paranoid that his own flesh and blood may do unto him as he did unto his own father, Cronus began to devour each of his children the moment they were born. Having enough of that, Rhea acted like any Mother would and devised a plan to stop her husband’s cannibalism. The moment she gave birth to Zeus, she saved the child by tricking Cronus into eating a rock instead.

Thus comes the story of Zeus eventually defeating his Father Cronus and all of the other awful Titans. Showing Cronus a kinder fate than what he offered his offspring, Zeus banished them to the Underworld. That was not the end of Cronus, of course. No, like any great and powerful force, he learned how to skip town and change his name a few times….furthering his reign and legend.


AND THE GODDESS MONTH OF KEREA BEGINS.




 

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: June22 : Gwl o Bardd ends and a bit about Pan

The Welsh festival of the Bards, Gwyl o Bardd, ends at Sundown.


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A Greek’s life was fairly simple or at least the things that made life worth living were. Good food, great company, conversations and, well, sex. Lots of it. They loved it so much, they revolved every God or Goddess that they could around it.

Pan might be one of the perfect examples of that. He was basically a Greek rockstar. All he did was party from meadow to forest and he defintly didn’t do it alone. Like any rockstar, Pan has his own legend of groupies, called the Nymphs. That meant, any party Pan was at, so were his sex-crazed Nymphs. And that meant a party with Pan was the best of all orgies.


Pan was half man and half goat completely driven by lust. In fact, his image aided the stereotypical image of the Devil etch it’s ways into the minds of many during the Dark Ages to come. And although Pan was beloved of all Greeks, there were a good many superstitions and safeguards surrounding him, which makes sense, since he was one of their oldest Gods.

The word “Panic” actually came from “Pan’s” name. It was a cry he made, creating “Panic” that his enemies felt, a spell, if you will, that drained them of all their power and strength. Some sources claim “Panic” was what women felt if they were walking in the woods alone being stalked by Pan.

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Also, even though Pan was a God of the Shepherds, they were weary too and made sure to respect him. Because Pan partied all night, that meant he slept all day. Every Greek Herdsman knew to be quiet when wandering about the woods during daylight. No one wanted to wake Pan before he was ready to wake on his own.

Sometimes Pan was compared to Dionysus, claiming they were one in the same. Their Legends were certainly simuliar and Pan did take credit to sleeping with every one of Dionysus’s Maenads.

And since today, the Greeks would have been honoring Pan, let me also point out that even the Ancient Egyptians showed favor in him having a place called, The City of Pan.

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: June 21: Summer Solstice, Midsummer, the Druid festival of Alban Hefin, the Seventh Station of the Year, and the Pagan festival, Litha.

balanced scalesToday has many names for those of the past and for those of the Present. Summer Solstice, Midsummer, the Druid festival of Alban Hefin, the Seventh Station of the Year, and the Pagan festival, Litha.

This is the longest day of the year when the sun shall be its brightest. Today, we celebrate the fullness of the year.

It is a time to bid good-bye to the Oak King as the Holly Kind will now reign for the next six months to come. In other words, God turns from Youth to Sage. It is the union or marriage of God and Goddess – Mother and Father. During this time, the Holly King will impregnate the Mother Goddess with the Oak King. It is a cycle of rebirth. Life never truly ends. We are made up of energy and energy can not be destroyed.

Alban Hefin means “light of the shore,”. Its symbolic of summer meeting winter.

For those who know this day as “Midsummer”, then this would be the day to leave offerings to the “Other People”, “Otherfolk”, “Otherside”, or “Otherkin”.

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: June 19th: A Controversial Hera

 

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Although today’s Calendar hasn’t a thing to do with Egypt, I’d like to point out something Egyptians started to do that we eventually see throughout every other culture throughout History.

Perhaps Normandi Ellis said it best in her book, Awakening Osiris, when she wrote…

"That which can be named must exist. That which is named can be written. That which is written shall be remembered. That which is remembered lives."

Her book has been one of my few favorites for too many years to count and even though today, this Pagan and her Pen are not even entering Egypt, I am still reminded of those words.

Egyptians took them to heart… anyone a Priest wanted to rid themselves of, they simply etched out their names removing them from anyone who may read them. If you can not read a name, you can not know it. If you can not know it then it must not exist.

Cultures to come would follow this example but they would also take it one step further…perhaps, they would leave the name but instead, rewrite their story. Reshape them into something less than what they were previously.

Hera is the perfect example.

At one time, Hera, mother of all, predated all gods that would eventually enter the Greek scene—even Zeus. Hera was respected and loved. She had the power to give others immortality in the form of a drink called, Ambrosia. Her name became titles linking her to previous cultures. Queens connected themselves to her using the words, "Holy One" which had significant meaning to all things Hera.

But at some point, Hellenic writers recreated things that were not in the Mother’s favor. They attempted to make Hera a lesser deity than, say, Zeus. She became the cause of all their quarrels, a jealous wife, who was out to destroy everything and anyone standing in her way. And let’s not forget, whether or not an unfaithful Zeus took a shine to them.

Despite Man’s crimes against the reputation and story of Hera, she still managed to survive well up into the Middle Ages, where women of the craft and Old ways, still whispered legends of Hera’s magical garden of the Apples of Immortality grew somewhere within’ Fairyland.

Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: June 18th: A Fertility God for Men

 

Usually in Ancient Civilizations, fertility and it’s God or Goddess, seems directed towards women. Not in Ancient Egypt, though and on this day, in their history, we find Min, the oldest of all fertility gods in their Pantheon. Min gave men the power to become fathers.

Now, if you dive into Egyptian History, you soon realize that most Gods and even Goddesses have human bodies but the heads of animals. Only a few do not. Min is actually one who doesnt, or , that is,most of the time, doesn’t.

He is mostly draw with an erection and his arm turned up and hand inside a flail shaped like a V.

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Sometimes, its believed he was another aspect of Horus. Given the way he was drawn, there does seem to be a connection– as Horus’s father was drawn in much the same colors when he past into the underworld.

And then, there are Hymms such as these…

"Min, Lord of the Processions, God of the High Plumes, Son of Osiris and Isis, Venerated in Ipu…"

Other writings claim Min is a sibling of Horus and Anubis.