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~ Diana/Artemis ~


 

Diana, whose name simply means "Goddess" is the  most popular of all the Goddesses. Diana is the Roman name for the Greek Goddess, Artemis. Diana has remained, throughout the centuries, as a symbol of classical antiquity. When paganism saw its first revival, both Diana and Artemis quickly came to the forefront as Goddesses of the wild and woodlands. Diana is usually depicted with a bow and arrow. Diana was the twin sister of Apollo, was a virgin and was called up by women who needed independence or protection from men.

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~ Hecate ~


 

Hecate, a divinity of the Underworld and companion of Persephone, is called the Queen of the night and the Goddess of the crossroads. Her three faces are turned towards as many directions, and her name was shrieked at night at the crossroads of cities. She is portrayed as bearing torches, and it is with them that she killed Clytius during the course of the Gigantomachy. Hecate is regarded as supreme both in Heaven as well as in the Underworld. It is said that Zeus calls upon her whenever any man on earth offers sacrifices and prays for a favour. Hecate was originally a Goddess in her maiden aspect, but over the years, throughout history, has taken on the feature of a crone.

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Isis


 

Isis was the supreme mother Goddess of ancient Egypt. She was married to her brother Osiris, and their child was the God Horus.  The 3 Deities together made up the holy trinity of the Egyptian pantheon. Isis spent time among mankind and taught many skills to the women, such as the  grinding of corn, spinning fibres and reading.

Isis was the most powerful Deity of the pantheon, even more so than the older sun God, Ra. She tricked Ra to get his secret name, by which she gained many of his powers as well as her own.

Isis was also the first to use Mummification. When her husband was murdered by his jealous brother Set, Isis found the pieces of his body, wrapped them in linen strips and breathed life back into him. This is the base for the well-known tradition among the ancient Egyptians to mummify their dead in preparation for the afterlife.

 

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Kali


 

Kali is the great Indian Goddess and although she is another loving mother figure although she is depicted with her tongue hanging out and wearing a necklace of skulls, which does not seem very "motherly".

Kali fought with Raktavija, the lord of the Asuras (Demons) and for every drop of his blood that touched the Earth, a thousand demons sprang up. Kali, in her Divine madness solved this by licking up every drop of this blood with her tongue, and won the day. Wild with joy, she continued tot dance her dance of destruction until the Gods begged her to stop but she would not listen. Finally, her husband Shiva came to implore her. Still crazed, she did not recognise him and instead threw him on the floor with the corpses and danced over him.

The destruction associated with Kali has been connected with the cycle of creation and rebirth.

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Inanna


 

Inanna, which means "Queen of Heaven", is the Sumerian Great Goddess and forerunner of the Babylonian Ishtar. Sumer was a culture located in what is now the southern half of Iraq.

Inanna is the first daughter of the Moon, and the Star of the morning and evening. Like Anat and Aphrodite she is linked to the plant Venus and is a love Goddess. Her wedding to the shepherd Dumuzi was celebrated on the first day of the new year as a sacred marriage rite, and her  legends show her to be a woman of powerful sexuality.

Inanna descended to the Underworld to learn of the wisdom of death and rebirth. To be released from death she must choose a substitute and offer up Dumuzi, who in her absence did not mourn her.

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Morgan


 

Morgan was also known as Morgana and Morgan Le Fay. She was the older half-sister of King Arthur. She is a fairy queen and sorceress and it is said she was a pupil of Merlin. Morgan is  very  much associated with the magical island of Avalon.

Morgan hated Arthur and the legends are full of her attempts to bring his downfall.

It is said that Morgan is a Goddess of the sea and of the Isle of Avalon. She was a healer and drinking water blessed by her provided  and instant cure for all ills.

The 'Fay' in her name means fate or fairy, which in itself means fate.

               
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Freyja:
Goddess of
Abundance and Fertility

Freya was the sister of the god Freyr, and was one of the Vanir, the Norse deities of earth and water that lived in Asgard.Venerated by women, heroes and rulers alike, she was the Scandinavian goddess of fertility and abundance. Freyja could be called upon for assistance in childbirth and conception, to aid with marital problems, or to bestow fruitfulness upon the land and sea.

In some traditions, she is known not only as Freyr's sister but his wife as well. Like Freyr, she is associated with material wealth. She was known to wear a magnificent necklace called Brisingamen, which represents the fire of the sun, and was said to weep tears of gold. In the Norse Eddas, Freyja is not only a goddess of fertility and wealth, but also of war and battle. She also has connections to magic and divination.

Freyja was similar to Frigg, the chief goddess of the Aesir, which was the Norse race of sky deities. Both were connected with childrearing, and could take on the aspect of a bird. Freyja owned a magical cloak of hawk's feathers, which allowed her to transform at will. This cloak is given to Frigg in some of the Eddas.

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Brigantia


 

Brigantia is the tribal goddess of the Brigantes tribe of northern England, whose name comes from the root brig and means "High One" or "Queen". She was associated with water and rivers (one inscription refers to her as the Nymph Brigantia), and the river Braint (in Anglesey) and river Brent (in Middlesex) were both probably named after her, and possibly the river Brechin in Scotland as well.

The Romans associated her with Victoria, goddess of victory, and Minerva, goddess of war and wisdom, as can be seen from inscriptions combining the names of these deities with Brigantia.

There are at least ten Roman inscriptions to Brigantia. One image shows her bearing a spear and a globe, with a gorgon pendant around her neck and a shield behind her, which are all strongly reminiscent of Minerva. The Irish goddess Brigit and Gallic goddess Brigindo have also been identified with Brigantia.

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Arianrhod


Arianrhod is a Welsh Goddess whose name means Silver Wheel. Some say she lives in the constellation called Corona Borealis. She is the mistress of the otherworldly tower of initiation, Caer Sidi, where poets learn starry wisdom and where the dead go between incarnations.

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Herne

Herne is the silent master of the Wild Hunt, a legend that is found in most Celtic lands. Herne is also one of a number of horned gods that are found in Celtic tales. Like the others he was a symbol of the life force.

Herne, like the Greek Pan, was a symbol for a wilder form of that force. Just as Pan's pipes drove people to pan-ic, Herne also had a highly effective horn. Only his did not drive one to panic but called all who heard it to joint he wild hunt and be filled with an uncontrollable lust to hunt down and rip to shreds what or whom ever was unlucky enough to become the object of this hunt. He was always aided in this by a number of large hounds.

 

 

 
 
 
 
The pentacle, a pentagram within a circle, is the most recognizable symbol of Wicca.

 The pentacle represents the integration of body and spirit, and the spiritual mastery of the four elements. The pentacle is used in a number of Wiccan rituals.

 The pentacle is often worn as a symbol of recognition amongst practitioners, especially those who practice a code of secrecy.
 
 
Its five points represent (starting at the top and moving clockwise) spirit, fire, water, earth, and air.  

 The fact that "spirit" is at the topmost point means that all of the earthly elements are subject to the power and influence of "otherworld;" the fact that there is a circle connecting all five means that they are interwoven, the natural elements with the spiritual.
 
 
 

 

 

 

   
                     
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

When people hear the words "Wiccan" or "Wicca" they tend to think of witches sat round a cauldron creating spells to cast evil upon others, flying around on broomsticks and generally "devil worshipping". But these are just myths and a true Wiccan would not do any harm to anyone, in fact, Wiccans are full of love for their fellow man and worship the earth we live in.

Wicca is a Neopagan religion that can be found in many English speaking countries and was originally founded by the British civil servant Gerald Gardner around the 1940, although it was first openly revealed in 1954.

In Old English, Wicca meant 'necromancer' or 'male witch'. Some believe that the term 'Wicca' is related to Old English 'witan', meaning wise man or counsellor, but this is widely rejected by language scholars as false etymology. Nonetheless,, Wicca is often called the "Craft of the wise" as a result of this misconception.  The word itself however, is untraceable beyond the Old English period and its derivation from the Indo-European roots 'wic' and 'weik' is incorrect by phonological understanding.

Although sometimes "Wicca" and "Witchcraft" are interchangeable, they are not the same thing.  The confusion comes because both practitioners of Wicca and practitioners of witchcraft are often called witches. But, even more confusing is the fact that not all Wiccans are witches and not all witches are Wiccan.
 

 

 

      

 

Although Wicca is not a religion, as such, it is often referred to as one. This can be a reference to both the initiatory tradition, where initiates are assigned a degree and generally work in covens, and to Solitary Wicca, where practitioners self-dedicate themselves to the tradition and generally practice on their own.

Both Initiates and Solitary Wiccans worship the Goddess, with most also choosing to worship the God, and both celebrate the Sabbats and Esbats.

Witchcraft, on the other hand, requires no belief in specific Gods or Goddesses and is not a specific spiritual path.

Wiccans DO NOT encourage the use of 'black magic', 'evil magic' or any other words used for the casting of evil spells.

Wicca is considered to be a learned skill, referring to the casting of spells and the practice of magic or magick. The use of the "k" is to distinguish the science of the Magi from all its counterfeits was coined as a spelling by Aleister Crowley. Aleister Crowley was originally Edward Alexander Crowley. He was an  English writer, mountaineer, and practiser of 'magick'  who liked to be known as 'The Beast' and 'The Wickedest Man Alive'. He lived at Boleskine House on the east side of Loch Ness early in the 20th century, where he dabbled in the occult. Some contemporary pop musicians claim they owe him a debt; his face is one of the many on the iconic sleeve of The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper album, and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin owned Boleskine in the 1970s.

  

The history of Wicca is a much debated topic. Gardner claimed that the religion was a survival of matriarchal religions or pre-historic Europe, taught to him by a woman named Dorothy Clutterbuck. Many believe he invented it himself, following the thesis of Dr. Margaret Murray and sources such as Aradia: Gospel of the Witches by Charles Godfrey Leland, and the practices of Freemasonry and ceremonial magic; and while Clutterbuck certainly existed, historian Ronald Hutton concluded that she is unlikely to have been involved in Gardener's Craft activities.

Whilst the ritual format of Wicca is undeniably styled after late Victorian era occultism, the spiritual content is inspired by older Pagan faiths, with Buddhist and Hindu influences. Whether any historical connection to Pagan religion exists, the aspiration to emulate Pagan religion (as it was understood at the time) certainly does.  Gardner probably had access to few, if any, traditional Pagan rites. The prevailing theory is that most of his rites were the result of his adapting the works of Aleister Crowley. There is very little in the Wiccan rites that cannot be shown to have come from earlier extant sources.

Philip Heselton, writing in "Wiccan Roots" and later in "Gerald Gardner and the Cauldron of Inspiration", argues that Gardner was not the author of the Wiccan rituals but received them in good faith from an unknown source.

He notes that all the Crowley material that is found in the Wiccan rituals can be found in a single book, The Equinox Vol 3 No. 1 or Blue Equinox. Gardner is not known to have owned or had access to a copy of this book.
 

 

What better way is there to find out what a true Wiccan's beliefs are than to hear it in the words of a Wiccan? This is a short summary of what Wiccan is as told to me by a real Wiccan:

 

"I have been Wiccan for 10 years and am initiated to third degree.

If we lived in the 17th century I would actually be burnt for being Wiccan.  Wicca started predominantly as paganism and 'Wicce' is the old English name for witch but Wicca and witch and paganism are all the same. What it actually is are people of the earth who worship the tides, the moon and the seasons, in essence...nature and essentially worship the land as opposed to a 'named' God.

The reason why a lot of Wiccan were burned as witches is because pagans are so attuned to the earth and themselves they can use their mind for divination and also to send messages out to the universe for things to happen and change.

Modern Wiccan was re-invented in the 1950s by a gentleman called Gerald Gardner. Some people may have heard of Aleister Crowley, not a nice fellow by any stretch of the imagination, Crowley was part of a group called the Golden Dawn, as was Gardner. The Golden Dawn were Freemasons who practiced Majick but Gardner broke off and reformed Wicca as we know it today, with a lady named Doreen Valiente. They re-wrote the text of old pagan times...the Esbats, the Sabbats etc.

Esbats are the 13 new moons always celebrated by pagans and Wiccans alike.

Esbats are rites held for the purpose of communing with the Moon's energies and are regarded as the time for most magickal workings.

Where Sabbats are fire or sun festivals, Esbats are dedicated to the Moon in her various phases. These are considered the 'working' celebrations, the time in which to attract, banish, invoke protection, or to perform any other magickal workings.

The Esbats are held in honour of the Goddess. The Lunar Year contains 13 Full Moons. These have all been called by various names in the past but the ones that seem to have become the most popular are:

MODERN ANCIENT CELTIC
January   Wolf Moon Fearn - Alder
February   Ice or Storm Moon Saille - Willow
March Chaste Moon Nuin - Ash
April    Seed or Growing Moon        Huathe - Hawthorn     
May Hare Moon Duiir - Oak
June Mead Moon Tinne - Holly
July Hay Moon Coll - Hazel
August Corn Moon Muin - Vine
September    Harvest Moon Gort - Ivy
October Blood Moon Ngetal - Reed
November Snow Moon Beth - Birch
December Oak or Cold Moon Luis - Rowan

They are only 12 moons, and that is because the 13th Moon is called the Blue Moon, this occurs when four full moons fall within the same season (as regular seasons only have 3 full moons, the fourth full moon between solstice and equinox, or vice versa, is the Blue Moon). The Blue Moon is considered the 'goal moon', at this time it is customary to set specific goals for yourself and to review your accomplishments and failures since the last one.
 

The other 12 Moons all have special meanings as well:
 
  • January is the time to conserve energy by working on personal problems that involve no one else. It is also a time for protection rites and reversing spells. During this month the energy flow is sluggish and below the surface.
     

  • February is the time for loving the self, accepting responsibility for past errors, forgiving yourself, and making future plans. At this time the energy flow is working toward the surface; good for purification, growth, and healing.

     

  • March is the time for new beginnings, breaking illusions, and seeing the truth in your life however much it may hurt. The energy flow breaks into the open, a good time for growing, prospering, and exploring. Light and Dark are in balance now.
     

  • April is the time for working on your temper, emotional flare-ups, and selfishness. The energy is flowing into creating and producing; a good time for change, self-confidence issues, taking advantage of opportunities, and realizing self-reliance.

     

  • May is the time for strengthening the connections with supernatural protectors and beings around you. The energy is in full flow making this a good time for intuition, propagating, and connecting with faeries and nature spirits.

     

  • June is the time for decision making, taking responsibility for present happenings, working on personal inconsistencies, and for strengthening and rewarding yourself for your positive traits. The energy is in full, but restive, flow, the Earth tides are turning making this a good time for protection, strengthening, and prevention spells.
     

  • July is the time for dream-work, divination, and meditation on spiritual goals and plans. The energy is slower and more relaxed, proper for success and prosperity spells. This month is the time to start preparing for the colder and darker months ahead.
     

  • August is the time for harvesting, gathering, and appreciating. The energy flow is slowing more and now is the time of vitality, health, and friendships.

     

  • September is the time for organizing and straightening up physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter. The energy flow is resting and Light and Dark are in balance.

     

  • October is the time for inner cleansing. Meditate on the laws of Karma and thoughts of reincarnation. This is the time of letting go, justice, balance, and inner harmony.

     

  • November is the month of transformation. It is time to prepare for the coming winter and a time to strengthen communication with the god or goddess closest to you. The energy flow is taking root and preparing to flow once more.
     

  • December is the time of Spiritual Paths. The Earth tides are turning and it is time to reach out to friends and family, the lonely, and the needy. This is the month of death and renewal. Spells should should be aimed at endurance and provision.

 

The Sabbats are 8 harvest festivals celebrated by pagans.
The Sabbats are major Wiccan festivals:

 

 

Imbolc

This festival is a fertility festival and here we celebrate the Goddess giving birth to the God and so this is essentially our New Year of fertility and new beginnings. This falls on 1st or 2nd February dependant on the sun.

Ostara

Ostara is the equivalent of the Christian Easter, so Ostara is our Spring Equinox.

Beltane

Beltane falls on April 30th, but again it depends on when the sun falls. This is the unity of the God and Goddesses when pagans celebrate 'oneness'. A lot of third degree initiations are performed during Beltane, but these days it is just symbolic.

Third degree Wicca in the old days was when the priest and priestess would join bodily functions in celebration of the God and Goddess but thankfully, nowadays it is only a symbolic ritual.

Third degree is like a priesthood for pagans and Wiccans which allows you to run a coven.

Litha Midsummer Equinox

The Midsummer Equinox is on June 21st. This is a very strong time of year as the sun is at its highest in the sky. This festival goes as far back as the original sun worshippers, the Aztecs.

Lughnasadh

The festival of Lughnasadh is in August and is basically the Harvest Festival children celebrate in schools. We perform rituals at this time for good crops and abundance.

 Mabon

Mabon is the time for preparation to prepare for the Gods and goddesses to pass over before Samhain, so it's basically a time of renewal. Mabon is in September. On a personal note, I have found it interesting that any major life changes I have experienced have always happened in September.
 

Samhain

Samhain is Halloween to Christians. This is October 31st and the night when we celebrate the lives of our passed friends and relatives. We lay a space for them at the table, cook a huge meal...drink and be merry...and send out thoughts to the universe for the new year. You will NEVER hear me say 'spell' as they are not 'spells'. They are prayers and wishes the same as in any religion. A TRUE Wiccan will NEVER say he/she uses spells.

Yule

Yule, the Winter Solstice,  is another Sabbat we celebrate on 20th/21st December, and this is the same as a Christian's Christmas but what is very interesting is that Christ was born in September. Tradition goes that they changed the day of Christmas to December to take away the focus of the pagan Yule festival.

Mistletoe is traditionally a pagan fertility herb and the Yule log was originally lighting candles in a log and dancing around them under the light of the Yule moon. Yule to us is the death of the Oak King, i.e. Autumn and the coming of the Holly King, i.e. Winter. So all our festivals are based on the changing of the seasons.

 

Whom do we worship? Well, we worship the earth and also the God and the Goddess. Basically we see male and female in everything and we have Gods and Goddesses but we don't see them as the Christians would see God.

(See the left hand column for a list of some of the Goddesses worshipped by Wiccans).
 

We don't believe in sin or right and wrong, but we believe in personal responsibility, so do what he will bur harm ye none, because if you do it will come back threefold...so, essentially, Karma, but we don't believe in a judgement day at the gates of Heaven and our Gods and goddesses we believe are part of ourselves. For instance, if I worshipped Isis, which I do, that would be the sun side of me, the great Mother. if I worshipped Hecate, that would be the crone side of me, perhaps not a pretty side, but very protective and fierce. If I worshipped Cerridwen, that would be the pretty maiden in me that flirts and acts naive.
 

Our Goddesses are elements or our personalities so when we pray to a Goddess, we are searching in ourselves for the element she represents".
 

Written by Michelle Woodhouse
(aka Silverlining, Obsidianor)

The above was written by Michelle...or Shelby as she likes
to be called. I would have had to go a long way to  find anyone
 more suitable to have written what is it is like to be Wiccan from
 a Wiccan's point of view. 
Not only is Shelby Wiccan but she is also a very spiritual person,
an excellent medium and one of the nicest people
I know and a true Angel on the earth plane.
Thank you Shelby for your contribution to this page.

Pebbles xxxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is a list of books which you may find interesting and beneficial to you. We hope you will enjoy them:

 

   *    The Wiccan Bible:
    The Definitive Guide
                   To
      Magic & The Craft
 


 
    by Anne-Marie Gallagher



  
*   Principles of Wicca
          
            


          
by Vivianne Crowley
             





 
 *             Wicca:
        A Guide For the
    Solitary Practitioner

        

   
   by
Scott Cunningham




  
*     Essential Wicca

       


              By Paul Tuitean
                        and
               Estelle Daniels


 

   *      Wiccan Beliefs
                   and
              Practices

            


        
      by
Gary Cantrell





  
*   When Someone You
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      by Carl McColman




 
 *        Living Wicca

          


     
   by Scott Cunningham



  

 
 

 

All Hollow's Meet
 


Oh, wild lonely places of
sweet dread delight
That call to my Children on Halloween night
In whispering wind wisps and whipporwill plight
Tickling the treetops where moonbeams alight.

Come hither, ye Witches,
on silver light fly!
Don't dawdle, don't saunter, don't idly stroll by!
Lift your skirts as seer
 gusts catch the leaves
dead and dry
Rise up with the wind
soaring hasty on high!

Ride ye thus to the hollow
in the wood dark and deep
Where all merry parted
shall now merry meet.
At the time 'twas appointed that time shall ye keep
To honour me, hail me
 in great Esbats fete.

When the moon sailing bright in the dark midnight blue
Casts her spell on the landscape, reversing
each hue,
And the scent of the night gives the magickal clue
To the circle make haste,
give Hecate her due!

Dance wild, draw the power and shape in a cone,
Till the power is thine and
 the will is thine own
Then hurl't to the wind that thy purpose be flown
And thy wish shall I grant on the Night of the Crone.

One and all then come
 hither and join the great feast
Where within all are welcome: Spirit, Human, and Beast.
Give hail and farewell to the souls since deceased
Then wend thy way home
 'fore the Sun tints the East.

But remember, my Children, remember quite clear
The sound of my voice ringing high in your ear.
'Tis my summoning call in
the owl's hoot you hear
To meet merry again on All Hallow's next year.


~ Liadan ~

 

Charge Of The Goddess
 

Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who of old
was called Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite,
Ceridwen, Diana, Arionrhod, Brigid, and by many other names:

"Whenever you have need of anything, once in the month,
and better it be when the
 moon is full, you shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit
 of Me who is Queen of all
the Wise.

You shall be free from
slavery, and as a sign that
 you be free you shall be naked in all your rites.
 Sing, feast, dance, make music and love, all in My
presence, for Mine is the ecstasy of the spirit and
Mine also is joy on earth.

For My law is love unto all beings. Mine is the secret
that opens upon the door
of youth, and Mine is the
cup of wine of life that is
the cauldron of Ceridwen,
 that is the holy grail of immortality.

 I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal and beyond
death I give peace and
freedom and reunion
with those that have gone before. Nor do I demand
aught of sacrifice,
for behold, I am the mother
of all things and My love is poured upon the earth."

Hear the words of the Star Goddess, the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, whose body encircles the universe:


"I who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the stars
and the mysteries of the waters, I call upon your soul
 to arise and come unto me.

 For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.
From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return. Let My worship be in the
 heart that rejoices, for
 behold - all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.

Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honour
and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
And you who seek to know Me, know that your
seeking and yearning will
avail you not, unless you
know the Mystery:
 for if that which you seek,
 you find not within yourself,
you will never find it without. For behold, I have been there with you from the beginning, and I am that which is
attained at the end of all desire."


~ Starhawk
~

 

Gather in Circles 

We should gather in
Circles at dawn,
spider webs still caught
on our faces,
dance our thanks,
turn up our palms,
 toward the sun.

Work our muscles carving wood,
make knives,
cut through ripe fruit,
split stones,

We should circle fires
 at dusk,
salty skin,
stamping our bones into dirt,
jump toward the moon,
entangle each others body,
sweaty from the dance,
full after spicy dishes,
and we know how
 love works.

 

Legend of the Goddess

 
In ancient times our Lord,
 the Horned One,
 was, as he still is,
the Consoler,
 the Comforter;
but men knew him as the Dread Lord of Shadows - lonely, stern and hard.

Now our Lady the Goddess had never loved,
but she would solve all mysteries,
even the mystery of Death - and so she journeyed to the Nether Lands.

The Guardian of the Portals challenged her,
"Strip off thy garments,
lay aside thy jewels for
 nought may ye bring with
 thee into this our land."

So she laid down her
 garments and her jewels
and was bound,
 as are all who enter the realms of Death the
Mighty One.

Such was her beauty
that Death himself knelt and laid his sword and crown at her feet and kissed them saying;
"Blessed be thy feet that
have brought thee in these ways. Abide with me,
 but let me place my cold
 hand on thy heart."
 and she replied,

"I love thee not.
Why dost thou cause all
things that I love and take delight in to fade and die?"

"Lady" replied Death,
"tis Age and Fate, against which I am helpless.
 Age causes all things to wither; but when men die at the end of time, I give them rest and peace and strength, so that they may return.
 But you - you are lovely; return not - abide with me."

But she replied,
"I love thee not."

Then said Death,
 "An you receive not my hand on your heart, you must receive Death's scourge."  

"It is fate, better so,"
she said, and she knelt.

And Death scourged her tenderly, and she cried,
"I feel the pangs of love."

And Death raised her,
and said, "Blessed be ."
and gave her the Fivefold Kiss,
 saying the Mysteries and gave her the necklace,
which is the Circle of
 Rebirth.

And they loved and were
one ; and he taught her
all the Magicks.

For there are three great events in the life of
mortals "love, death and resurrection in a new
body" and Magick
 controls them all.

To fulfil love you must return
at the same time and place
as the loved one, and you must remember and love
them again.

But to be reborn you must die and be ready for a new body; to die you must be born; without love you may not be born and these be all the Magicks

 

Forest Woman 

She runs through the night,
Watching and protecting,
A mysterious bird that
 semi-exists. 
She used to be a dreamer too,
until her dreams became real,
and she wrapped them
around her naked, aged body, and became younger again in the night. 
You can see her sometimes when she leaps from the edges of the forest. 
She holds her blanket out,
and she waves it to you,
as freeing air cools her
heated flesh. 
She calls to you, in her forest, in her darkness, in your  dreams. 
She calls with madness,
 and abandon,
and a tasting of the real.

 

 

 

 
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