Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Walking Through the Neighborhood

PAJ Pages- Realizations and Earth

I've gotten a little behind in my Pagan Art Journal. I finished the prompts of Realizations and Earth.
I find I need to think on these subjects awhile till I can pull my feelings together and distill all the emotions into clear words. Sometimes a sharp little memory will bubble up from my subconscious and it will be the thing that explains the feelings that I am dealing the story of Grandpa's bricks in the Earth prompt.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday- Freya, Frigga and Venus

Friday is named after the Norse goddesses of love, Freya and Frigga. In Latin, this day is known as Dies Veneris, "Venus's Day". In Greek, it's Hermera Aphrodites, which translates to the day of Aphrodite.
In Old English, this day is called Frige-daeg or Freya's day.
Both Freya and Frigga were Norse goddesses of love and were the Teutonic equivalent of the Greco-Roman Venus/Aphrodite.
Fridays classically are days for love, fertility, romance, and beauty magick as well as happiness, harmony in the home and friendship.

Flowers and Plants: Rose, Feverfew, Violet, Wild Strawberry, Apple Tree, Lady's Bedstraw
Metal: Copper
Colors: Pink and Aqua Green
Crystals and Stones: Rose Quartz, Amber, Coral, Emerald
Essential Oils; Apple, Freesia, Geranium, Hyacinth, Lilac, Rose Geranium, Vanilla, Violet Leaf, Ylang-ylang
Foods and Spices:
Apple, Strawberries, raspberries

Gaia, Earth Goddess- Earth Day-Abundance

Today being Earth Day I thought I'd share with you a book that was recommended to me by E. at Witch of Stitches. It is The Goddess Path, Myths, Invocations and Rituals by Patricia Monaghan. In it she shows you twenty different aspects of the goddess. You use the book to create meaningful rituals and to foster growth in neglected or blocked areas of your life.
The first Goddess she introduces you to is Gaia: Abundance. I found much food for thought and insight into some of my childhood upbringing. I've just gotten into the book and I can already tell I'm going to get a lot out of it.
If you haven't seen this book I recommend picking up a copy and checking it out.

Of her I sing, the All-Mother,
old and rock hard and beautiful.
Of her I sing, the nourisher,
she upon whom everything feeds.
Of Gaia I sing, Whoever you are,
wherever you are, she feeds you
from her sacred treasury of life.
Bountiful harvests, beautiful
children, the fullness of life:
these are her gifts. Praise her.

The wide blue sky wants to penetrate the earth.
The earth longs for utter union. Look: it comes!
Rain falls. Rain falls as sky meets earth.
Rain falls. Earth bubbles with life.
Life springs forth from the damp soil,
flocks of sheep like clouds, oceans of wheat.
All gifts for earth's children. And one more:
peace. Peace that blossoms in a rain of love.

Earth, holy mother, source of nature,
you feed us while we live, hold us when we die.
Everything comes from you, everything returns to you.
What else could we call you but Our Mother?
Even the gods call you that. Without you
there is nothing. Nothing can thrive, nothing can live
without your power. Queen and goddess, I invoke you:
you are all-powerful and my needs are so small.
Give me what I ask and in exchange, I will give you
my thanks, sincere and from my deepest heart.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thursday- Thor, Jupiter/Zeus and Juno/Hera

Thursday comes from the Latin ,Dies Iovis, which means Jove's day. Jove, or Jupiter as he was sometimes called was the supreme god and patron of the ancient Romans. Jupiter is associated with wealth, leadership, thunder and lightning. A lord of heaven, Jupiter was also a god of light and his sacred color is white.  In Greek mythologies, this deity was known as Zeus.                                                                             This fifth day of the week was called Thursdaeg or Thunresdaeg in Old English which translates to Thor's day.   Thor was  the popular Norse god of thunder.  Thursday has the planetary association of Jupiter.  This day is associated with prosperity, abundance, leadership and good health.
Juno was an ancient Roman great mother goddess. The mature powerful Queen of Olympus. Juno was a source of fertility, a goddess of marriage and childbirth, a guardian of women and children and a goddess of money.
She had many names, Juno Augusta, harvest mother; Juno Februata, the mother of Mars; Juno Lucina, the mother of light.
In this latter aspect she is usually pictured carrying a torch or scepter of light.
Juno is associated with the Lily, the cuckoo and the peacock. Her ties are to Thursday's themes of prosperity and abundance are due to another aspect of her personality and her name of Juno Moneta.

Flowers and Plants: Honeysuckle, Cinquefoil, Mints, Maple tree and Oak Tree
Metal: Tin
Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Green
Crystals and Stones: Sapphire, Amethyst, Turquoise
Essential oils: Clove, Honeysuckle, Nutmeg, Sage
Foods and Spices: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Wheat

As I was researching Juno, I came across the classic painting above. It shows Juno/Hera and Jupiter/ Zeus. Knowing what a philander Zeus was, doesn't it look like he's trying to sweet talk her?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wednesday- Mercury/Hermes, Odin/Wodin and Athena

Romans called this day Dies Mercurii, or Mercury's Day. Mercury was a popular god, he was the messenger and presided over commerce, trade and anything that required skill or dexterity.
The Celts also worshiped mercury and eventually equated him with the Norse god Odin ( there are various spellings on this god's name some include Wotan, Wodin, and Wodan.)
Odin too was associated with poetry and music.
Some mercurial traits are good communication skills, cleverness, intelligence, creativity, business sense, writing, artistic talent, trickiness and thievery.
Athene's contributions are  music, the arts, handmade crafts and writing.
Wednesdays afford excellent opportunities for seeking wisdom, changing your circumstances and improving your skills.

Flowers and Plants: Fern, Lavender, Lily of the Valley, Aspen tree
Metal: Quicksilver
Colors: Purple and Orange
Crystals and Stones: Opal, agate, aventurine
Essential Oils: Lily of the Valley, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Bergamot,Sweet pea, Dill
Foods, Herbs and Spices: Dill, Lavender, Olives
Being an artist I am particularly fond of Wednesdays.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday-Seize The Day !

Tuesday is the day associated with the planet Mars. Mars was the Roman god of war.  Tuesday is the Norse, Anglo-Sazon and Germanic version which they attributed to their god of battles and courage Tiw, Tyr or Tiu. After the Roman invasion and introduction of their gods, Mars being one, the germanic people eventually switched or substituted their older deities names for the Roman names. Thus the latin Dies Martis ( mars day) changed to  the old English Tiwesdaeg.
The Norse god Tiw was known for his sense of justice, discipline and integrity. The planetary influence of mars brings with it the aggresion, bravery and honor of soldiers as well as the passion and steength to fight for what you believe in.
Mars may have been originally a god of the fields and vegetation ; over time he became linked with Ares the Greek god of war.
Mars symbols include a shield or spear.
Flowers and Plants: Holly, Snapdragon, Thistle
Metal: Iron
Colors: Red, Black, Scarlet, Orange
Crystals and Stones: Bloodstone, Garnet, Ruby, Red Jasper
Essential Oils : Basil, Ginger, Pennyroyal, Pine
Foods, Herbs and Spices: Allspice, Peppers, Carrots, Garlic and Ginger

Their are more herbs listed in Scott Cunninham's Book , Magical Herbalism.
A lot of the above information comes from E. Dugan's book, Book of Witchery.
One truth that has come home to me is that one book doesn't contain all the information one needs.  The knowledge you seek is out there you must keep searching and it will come. Also I have found that what one finds listed in herbal recipes, potions  and philters can't always be obtained when one needs it either due to seasonal , regional or availability.
Therefore I read and adapt.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Monday is named after the moon. The Latin term for Monday is Dies Lunae( "moon's day").
Working with the different phases of the moon is an important skill that takes a bit of time for Witches to learn. How appropriate that we start acquiring knowledge today, Monday.
Magickally, Monday encourages the lunar energies of inspiration, illusion, prophetic dreams, emotions, psychic abilities, travel, woman's mysteries and fertility.
Typically when folks talk about the deities associated with the moon, the Goddess in her three aspects of Maiden, Mother and Crone comes to mind.
These different aspects of the Goddess correspond to the various Lunar stages.
The Maiden for the new to waxing moon. The Mother for the full moon. The Crone for the waning to the dark of the moon.
One of the best known trinities of goddesses is the Greek trio of Artemis the maiden, Selene the Mother and Hecate the Crone.

Flowers and Plants : Bluebell, jasmine, gardenia, white rose. white poppy, moonflower
Metal: Silver
Colors: White, Silver, pale Blue
Crystals and Stones: Moonstone, Pearl, Quartz Crystal, Sapphire
Essential Oils: Gardenia, Jasmine, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lily, Myrrh, Sandelwood, Stephanotis
Foods, Herbs, and Spices: Melons, Chamomile. Wintergreen, Coconut
This list is found in Ellen Dugan's book, Book of Witchery.
There are more herbs listed for the Moon in Scott Cunningham's Magical Herbs Book.
Go out tonight and welcome Selene in all her glory.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lucky Animal Symbols

In Silver Ravenwolf's book Hedgewitch, the Twelfth Night Rite deals with personal education and finding your lucky animal symbol. She states that various cultures over the centuries have associated good fortune and personal luck with animal symbols.
I meditated on this a while trying to figure what my lucky animal was.
 One thing she suggested was while you are working on this use your witchy eyes and be aware of your animal appearing in unusual places.
We have owls that live in the woods behind our house, I noticed them calling at dusk a lot and they began to sound closer to the house. Three times now at dusk they have appeared on the tree branches near our family room window. It was amazing! They are Great Horned Owls and in the dusk their eye feathers make them look like large cats sitting in the trees.
 Recently I was at my local grocery store and saw this large owl staring at me from the cover of a Birds and Blooms magazine.  Which I bought ,of course!
There is a new Natures store that has opened up at our local mall that sells recycled items re purposed into really cool stationary, purses and accessories and stuff. That is where I found the lovely mango wood box with the Owl motif that now sits on my altar.
I guess you know by now that the Owl is my lucky animal symbol.
While browsing at my local Barnes and Nobels bookstore I came across a table with an assortment of books on deep discount. In the bin was a large hardcovered book called The Secret Language of Birds, A Treasury of Myths, Folklore and Inspirational True Stories by Adele Nozedar. This book was in mint condition with a perfect flyleaf for $2.00.
As I flipped through the book I came a cross a chapter on Birds and Astrology.  There are birds associated with the Element of Water.  My birthday is Feb. 20th.  Turns out Pisces: 19th of Feb-20th of March is The Owl.
Is this syncronicity or what?!

The photo is of some of last years Samhain  Party decorations.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring is Here!

The weather has finally turned warmer here in my neck of the woods and Sunna, sweet Sunna, has shown up and decided to stay for a little while.
The small neighborhood that I live in was built on a couple of old homesteads. There are beautiful old fashioned roses that bloom along an old wire fence line in the Summer and in the Spring little clumps of daffodills appear in the natural common areas. I took a walk after supper with my camera and here's what I found.

Violets, ferns, lichen seats to sit upon  and a wee eggshell cup to drink from, yes, I think those of the Fey have been around.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Water Page from PAJ

For this prompt I wrote several thoughts and drew a few symbols. I don't feel as though I am finished with this element, Water.  So I am skipping a few pages ahead for the next prompt. That way I will have some room to write more on this subject.
I used a picture of this little apprehensive looking mermaid.   Being born in one of the signs of water-Pisces, I love the water.  When I was a small girl I dreamed of being a mermaid.  Living in a landlocked state and having only small creeks and streams nearby there weren't any places suitable for learning how to swim.   My mother was deathly afraid of water higher than her knees, so we weren't going anywhere deeper than that anyhow!
It wasn't until my little home town built a swimming pool that I was fortunate to attend and learn how to swim.
 At first I could only get around by swimming under water. Took me a while to master swimming on top with some grace.
But I actually prefered under water swimming. It was quiet  and muffled and a little dream like. I would practice holding my breath for long periods.
In my meditations , I have grown a beautiful aqua blue tail and swam to the city of Atlantis. It was enchanting!

Friday, April 1, 2011

April, Spring and Fertility

I've been reading and studing P. Monagham's book "The Goddess Path" and Marija Gimbutas's book "The Language of the Goddess".   I'm just getting into them and I find they are eye opening and thought provoking.

So to honor Gaia, Earth Mother on this 1st of April, here is a soft sculpture doll I have created.