Yule 2013: 21 December
Winter Solstice 2013: 21 December - 17:11 (5:11 pm)
- 5 eggs, separated into yolks and whites
- 1 cup sugar, divided into two 1/2 cup amounts
- 1/2 cup cake flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 4 egg whites
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 1/4 cup baking cocoa (powdered cocoa)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
The Ibis - Symbolism
The Egyptians regarded the Ibis as a sacred bird. The lunar God Thoth, patron of scribes and lord of occult knowledge is depicted as an Ibis, as well as a baboon. It has been suggested that the bird’s habit of inquisitive watchful waiting followed by the sudden stab that catches unseen fish conributed to the symbolism. The sickle-shaped beak led to lunar associations. Although the scribe’s stylus was not curved, it was as sharply pointed as the Ibis’ beak. The Crested Ibis (Ibis comata) served as the model for the hieroglyphic meaning “to be radiant”, a metaphor for transifuration, especially the transfigured dead. The Ibis appears in tomb paintings, on papyri, and was often mummified and placed in tombs to provide instruction and protection during the last journey. It’s reputed refusal to drink unhealthy or poisoned water, along with fact that it killed poisonous reptiles made it a symbol of purity and a wise, sensible and orderly danger to inimical forces
Let the obsessive research begin!
- The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage
- The Magus
- The Book of Ceremonial Magic
- Sixth Book of Moses
- Seventh Book of Moses
- The Key of Solomon The King
- The Lesser Key of Solomon
- Abratel of Magick
- Grimoire of Armadel
- Grimoire of Honorius
- Grimoirium Imperium
- Grimoirum Verum
- Libellus Magicus
- The Secret Grimoire of Turiel
The Horned Goddess is an archetype not very frequently seen in neopagan traditions, even though she is becoming more and more prominent in popular art and alternative culture. Why is this so? And why is she so appealing? Or, why is she seen as ‘alternative’ in the first place?
There are many riffs on the theme of horned deities, but amusingly when the Horned God, the popular male God often used in neopagan traditions, is depicted with antlers he is not horned at all- for antlers aren’t really horns, horns being a permanent growth on the skull whereas antlers are shed and regrown. The Horned God is the consort of the Triple Goddess and symbolises the wild, the hunt, verility, and the fusion of the wild and the human. Cernunnos, Herne, Pan and Baphomet are all variations of this Horned God archetype. His manifestation and use in common practice today is, in my opinion, thanks to the adaptation of modern witches into their practices beyond generic reconstructionism. Perhaps because of this, the idea of a Horned Goddess is now seen as something that is slightly subversive or perhaps representational of transgender identities. You don’t have to scratch very hard to see that there is much more.
Horns are seen as symbols of fertility and verility- probably stemming from associations with the cornucopia, or the horn of plenty. Fertility of crops was imperitive for ancient cultures and many neo-pagan traditions are often criticised for being fertility cults that are over-focused on the gender binary. What is often overlooked is that the original cornucopia is said to actually be a broken off horn from the Goddess Amalthea in her goat form. In some variations of the myth, Zeus skinned Amalthea and wore her goat skin or used it as a shield in battle- a symbol of the transfer of one deity’s power to another (just as she was his milk-mother) and that many animals that have horns in both the male and female variation of the species. Sometimes, in the case of sheep and cattle, the animals have been chosen and bred to discourage female horns for safety reasons, and often young female cows have their horns removed in what is a painful, cruel and stressful practice, so it is often done as early in the young cow’s life as possible.We associate ‘locking horns’ as an aggresive show displayed by male animals fighting over mates or territory, but horns are commonly used as protection against predators by many species in the wild, male and otherwise.
Kappa (river imp)
Jorōgumo (lit. “whore spider”)
Kubire-oni (strangler demon)
Rokurokubi (long-necked woman)
Onmoraki (bird demon)
Nekomata (cat monster)
Tengu (bird-like demon)
Tenjō-sagari (ceiling dweller)
Enma Dai-Ō (King of Hell)
Kyūbi no kitsune (nine-tailed fox)
Baku (dream-eating chimera)
Yamasei (mountain sprite)
Rashōmon no oni (ogre of Rashōmon Gate)
Waira (mountain-dwelling chimera)
Nure-onna (snake woman)
Nature Essence: Rock Spring Water
This is one of the rare essences that is not related to plants. You must use pure spring water which feeds the animals and plants that surround it and give it a lot more life. Is a wonderful environment and it has powerful curing powers. It is believed it can turn what is perfect into realization, however, this is rare. It must be found in a river that has not been touched or over manipulated by a human being, is a sacred place that needs no contamination and it’s pure. Because it also promotes fertilization and rebirth.
Administration-This is mainly for the individual that have become obsessed with their discipline because of morals or too many ideals. This essence will make the spirit and mind more free to be flexible about this behavior. This is believed to have it’s physical benefits as well like relieving the muscles, rheumatism and stiffness in the spine.
SPRING WATER TEMPERAMENT
You quickly define what is right or wrong do to strict opinions that you have placed within yourself and are well defined by ethics. There is no change of plans once they are made and life together with the decisions you take are carefully structured and morally followed. You would even go to the point of boundaries and limitations if something were to go wrong with those rules you follow. You do it all to be safe both mentally and physically, however, your still unhappy and feel chained. Trying to be perfect makes you frustrated and this leads you to even be away from the daily social life.
This is mostly involving the emotional side. You must pay good attention to how you feel without involving those moral codes. Let the happiness naturally flow through you and enjoy every little piece of it. Imply activities without involving those rules that you placed within yourself and face the challenge with a positive attitude and specially be flexible on making decisions. Be calm and let the emotional side of you overwhelm you and take over to feel more free.
This is also beneficial for children for who exhaust themselves by a demand of something they try to learn and constantly persist until it is developed. Those parents who force their ambitions into them and demand more of them cause this in any re-creative activity.
Symptoms of mental blockage
• Exaggerated self-discipline
• Remorse for not reaching goals to perfection
• Obsession with being better
• Trying to reach a path to be praised for eternity
• Rules or theory you cling on to
• Emotional blockage
• Enjoyment of the little happy things in life
• Open to more ideas
• Freedom from moral bounds
• Adapt to new ideals
• Happiness composed of confidence and inner strength
• Spiritual and mental flexibility
• Flexibility over ideas, decisions and new experiences in life
• You see your life and take opportunities with enthusiasm
• Letting things flow
• Have free time for new things and enjoy this
One more Detail-This is for the willing to enjoy life to it’s fullest. I deeply recommend it if you feel no excitement in your life. Going back to nature and being in a river is an excellent feeling and lets go of many ways of heavy burdens. Let life flow and what presents itself with carefulness still you either take it or leave it. Nature can calm mind, body and soul…so go back in it and get away from the hustle of everyday modern society…it helps A LOT!
lt;p>)0( The Key to Happiness )0(
~Spell~~<p>With a key at hand , light a white candle. Visualize the metaphorical door you wish to open with the key. ~On a piece of paper draw a door that will open to your wish.
<p> Pour some candle wax on the drawing of the door and place the key in the wax, to weld the two together.
~Let the wax cool.
~Fold the paper around the key to form a neat envelope or parcel. ~General seal all the edges with wax from the candle.
~Blow out the candle.
~ At night , toss the parcel into a fire, imagining as vividly as possible the door you are passing through. Pour your passion into the flames and send your desires upward. ~The spell has been cast do not dwell on your wish, because such thoughts drag it back to earth and sap it of its energy.
~Have faith in your desire becoming fulfilled. :)
~Happy casting ! :D
~The Witch Darkest of Lights
Nepeta faassenii (cat-mint)
The violet tubular flowers “cat-mint” usually have scented leaves when they bloom in spring. It has traditionally been used as a remedy for cold and flus. Common symptoms if ingested are stomach pains and diarrhoea. If ingested by cats, it will have the same affect as to what humans have with cannabis.
Grýla by Þrándur Þórarinsson
Grýla, is in Icelandic mythology, a horrifying monster and a giantess living in the mountains of Iceland. She is said to come from the mountains at Christmas in search of naughty children.
The Grýla legend has been frightening to the people of Iceland for many centuries - her name is even mentioned in Snorri Sturluson's thirteenth century Edda. Most of the stories told about Gryla were to frighten children – her favourite dish was a stew of naughty kids and she had an insatiable appetite. Grýla was not directly linked to Christmas until in the 17th century. By that time she had become the mother of the Yule Lads. A public decree was issued in 1746 prohibiting the use of Grýla and the Yule Lads to terrify children.
According to folklore Grýla has been married three times. Her third husband Leppalúði is said to be living with her in their cave in the Dimmuborgir lava fields, with the big black Yule Cat and their sons. As Christmas approaches, Grýla sets off looking for naughty boys and girls. The Grýla legend has appeared in many stories, poems, songs and plays in Iceland and sometimes Grýla dies in the end of the story.
HOW TO FIND YOUR ANIMAL TOTEM
An Animal Totem is an important symbolic object used by a person to get in touch with specific qualities found within an animal which the person needs, connects with, or feels a deep affinity toward.
You can have several animal guides through out your life. Sometimes an animal guide will come into your life for a short period of time, and then be replaced by another depending on the journey or direction you are headed toward. Your guide will instruct and protect you as you learn how to navigate through your spiritual and physical life. When you find an animal that speaks strongly to you or feel you must draw more deeply into your life, you might fill your environment with images of the animal to let the animal know it’s welcome in your space. Animal guides can help you get back to your Earthly roots, and reconnect with nature by reminding you that we are all interconnected. To first do this you need to know what your Animal Totem is.
If You Don’t Know
If you don’t know what your Animal Totem is there are several questions you can ask yourself. All of the questions below are designed to get you thinking about a prominent animal in your life. There are no right or wrong answers. Only you can truly know which Animal Totem(s) are right for your journey.
Since we are drawn to that which resonates with us, what animal, bird, or insect are you drawn to?
When you go to the park, forest, or zoo what animal are you most interested in seeing?
What animal do you most frequently see when you’re out in nature or in the city?
What animals are you currently interested in learning about?
Which animal do you find most frightening or intriguing?
Have you ever been bitten or attacked by an animal?
Is there a recurring animal in your dreams or do you have one you have never forgotten?
If you are still uncertain which animal is your totem, here a few exercises you can do to come closer to the answer. You must not try to force the animal to come, it can pick up on that energy and be put off. Being patient and doing the following exercises will draw your animal totem to you.
Ask yourself what animal has played a meaningful part in your world? If you’re unsure, make a list of animals that have drawn your interest or have left a deep impression on you from paintings, photographs, stories, movies, carvings, etc.
Which animal shows up in your life most frequently? Keep a journal of the animals present in your dreams or that you encounter through the day for the next month. How did the animal behave? Did you interact with the animal?
Find a place where you can be alone to meditate. Sit quietly and ask your animal to make it’s nature known to you. Feel free to use tools such as incense, smudge, and candles to help you.
Don’t give up, sometimes your animal totem is nearby watching to see if you’re serious about connecting with it. Keep doing the above exercises until your animal totem makes itself known to you.
Photo Source: http://totemtalk.ning.com/group/totemdreamsandjourneys
Hyoscyamus niger (black henbane)
The “black henbane” can be found all over Europe and Asia and is extremely poisonous, even breathing in the scent can cause giddiness. From the 11th to the 16th Century, it was a tradition to be used as a flavouring for beer. The common symptoms include dry mouth, hallucinations, flushed skin, urinary retention, slurred speech and vomiting.