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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays : November 24th: Reuniting Isis and Osiris, Offerings to Sekhmet, A Celtic Tree Month Ends

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The Feast of Burning Lamps will be held in Ancient Egypt today. This is an observance of Isis and Osiris.  Today, they are reunited again after Osiris’s death and Isis’s long journey in search of his body and securing Egypt an heir.

 

Also in Egypt today, if you have offerings for Sekhmet, then this is the day to drop it off. Remember, she feeds the dead in the Underworld, so making an offering of wine and cake to her today is more than respectful.

 

The Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal Ends today

Recapping, and throwing another well maintained and informative site into the spotlight:

Ngetal – Reed
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises

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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays : November 23rd: A Norse & Saxon Observance

On this day, November 23rd, our Norse and Saxon ancestors celebrated an Observance for Völund

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1st Day of Winter

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Völund, also known as Wayland  or Weyland the Smith, was quite an interesting legend of the Norse and Saxons. He was a mystical blacksmith & armor-maker. Perhaps you have heard of him since he appeared in the original writings of Beowulf , as well as many other written material. In fact, Völund was the one who created the sword called Balmung—the very weapon used by Beowulf to destroy Grendel.

 Völund had two brothers named Egil & Slagfidur. With his brothers, he lived with 3 Valkyries named Olrun, Alvit, and Svanhvit.

Legend says that after living together for nine years, one day the Valkyries just vanished—basically up and took off without a word or a good-bye—except for a ring left by Olrun for Völund.

Völund and his brothers went on with their lives until years later, King Nidud captured and imprisoned Völund on his island named Saeverstod. The ring that Olrun gave to Völund was stolen away, along with his sword, by Nidud. The ring was given to Nidud’s daughter, Bodvild, while the King kept the sword for himself.

After being held a prisoner for far too long and having two things Völund cherished ripped from him, eventually he did have his revenge. Völund escaped from his prison and killed Nidud’s sons. Not only did he kill them, he made goblets out of their skulls, and jewelry from their teeth and eyes!

Now some warriors would have been done after that, but not Völund. No, he was determined to make Nidud regret for all eternity for making him a prisoner and for taking his things.

So that’s why he went on to send the goblets to King Nidud and the jewelry to his Queen. (Can you imagine unwrapping a present made from the corpses of your sons?) And then he made sure to seduce their daughter Bodvild just for spite. (Bet you he got his ring back.)

Once Völund had his fill, being the creative soul that he was, he built wings for himself and escaped the island and King that would never forget his name.

And neither would England where a number of places sport his name as Wayland. One example: Wayland’s Smithy in Oxfordshire.

 

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Magical Moon: June 27th, 2016

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On June 27th, 2016, the night shall bring forth the Last Quarter Moon, otherwise known as the Waning Moon.

This, again, is another Crone Moon, which can be used for any magic of decrease.  (Remember, that the New or Waning Moon is used for magics of increase.)

While the New Moon moves from Dark to Full, the Last Quarter moves from Full to Dark.

This is a good time to banish things you no longer need or want in your life. This is also a great time to reverse anything you may need to rework or to end things that need put to an end, like friendships, projects, relationships with those who are toxic or for lovers that are no longer needed in one’s life.

This is a time of retribution and a time to thank the Mother for all that she has given us—gardens, blessings and gifts.

Pagan Holiday for November 16th, 2009

 

Pagan Days for Monday, November 16th, 2009

Monday (moon day) is the day of the Moon Goddess, Selene, Luna, & Mani.

 

Mondays are an awesome day to take care of matters or magical rituals and spells concerning:

Traveling, memory, one’s instinct, sharpening or increasing Psychic abilities, dreams, healing, home, ancestors and of course, family.

 

Monday belongs to the Moon and the Element of Water

The moon phase for the 16th is:

A Full Moon

 

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On this Pagan Day our Ancestors would…

The Greeks would honor Hecate, Hekate

The Egyptians would have a Festival for Bastet

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How lucky is it that on a night dedicated to Hekate (eh-ka-tay) there would be a full moon? I hope Witches and other types of Pagans in our time take full advantage of that.

Hekate, happens to be the Goddess of Night. So Greeks won’t truly honor her until the sun sets and the moon rises.

Now remember, Hekate is a three fold Goddess. It is on this night that we respect and honor the ‘Crone’ of Hekate.

It is said that the Crone is the power behind the ‘Queen Mother’ aspect of Hekate. The Queen Mother—interpreted by some Witches to mean ‘their Queen’.

Queen of the Witches – Goddess of Crossroads

I am Hecate, Queen of The Witches–Sorceress, Psychic, Crone, Hag.
I ride through the night sky, bathing the landscape in supernatural light.
Guardian of the Unconscious; Mistress of the Night; Holder of the Key.
I am Hecate; I command Earth, Sea and Sky;
I control the lunar cycles; I control your menstrual cycles; Goddess of Life and Birth
I am Hecate the ultimate Feminine.

 

The Egyptian Goddess Bastet

 

Today is the Festival of Bastet. She is a very interesting Goddess as she is considered to be the untamed and untamable daughter of Ra. Now don’t let that steer you away…Bastet is known to be very generous to those who are deserving, but yes, she can be absolutely wicked and vindictive to those who are cruel. What could really tick Bastet off? Harming a cat was one thing. If you harm a cat in ancient Egypt, well look out. Bastet’s wrath was nothing to purr at.

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More about the Moon

 

As I said above, tonight is a Full Moon.

 

* Full Moon Magic *

From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. Prime time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healing for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams.

 

Elemental Magic

* WATER *
spells should be performed when the moon is in one of the astrological signs governed by that element: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.

 

 

Well that’s it for today folks!

See you tomorrow for another Pagan Day!

C.H. Scarlett

 

 

For further reading…

Magic of the Moon

Hekate —Awesome page. I give the web master an A+

Moon Magic

Blue Moon

The moon is magic. From the very earliest pagan beliefs and rituals the moon has always played a dominant role. For the most part it is considered auspicious, feminine, part of the goddess, though as the moon waxes and wanes both male and females are affected by it’s pull. From the earliest civilizations people have looked to the moon both spiritually and scientifically.

The moon affects us daily and in ways that most people don’t contemplate these days, but to those living with earthly pagan beliefs it is easy to see where the magic of the moon originates. The moon affects the tides, thus the fishing and sailing arrivals and departures of times gone by. Monthly it affects crops, it’s a well known fact that if you plant crops by certain phases of the moon the plants flourish even more than usual.

As people, the moon surely pulls at us in the same way it pulls at the tides and the earth. Humans after all are made up of 65% water, it must have some affect. Monthly we may find our emotions being swayed by the moons phases. One reason the moon is considered as a feminen deity is because of the cycles women face that may co-incide with the moons cycle.

The moon certainly has a huge influence on our lives, even now in the modern era when we don’t seem as in tune with the cycles of nature as our forebears were. In the time-line of humanity and therefore spirituality, the moon has been shown to have an affect on human emotions. The very word, lunatic was founded from the Latin “luna” meaning moon, as it was believed people were “lunatics” at the phase of the full moon.

All this got me thinking, what happens in the places where the moons phases are thrown out of whack? For example, the northern and southern poles where there can be months of daylight or mostly darkness. Surely this must have an affect on the people who reside in such extremes.

Lycanthropes are legendary shapeshifters who are said to be in tune with the phases of the moon. An example is were-wolves changing at the full moon. In my new up and coming  novel “Dark Moon” I have explored this theory with lycanthropes living in Alaska where they have one full 24 hours when the moon reigns supreme and it is a massive feast for all the lycanthropes. Of course there are good guys who hunt the shape-shifters and try to stop them from devouring the humans.

But the moon is a spectacular place to find inspiration for not only writing and reading, but also for spirituality and even a little bit of peace. Tonight, go out and gaze at the moon, no matter what phase it happens to be in. Moon magic has been around for eons and is there, available for all of us to soak up in abundance.

Thanks for reading,

Cheers

Connie