Goddess Bast  

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THE EGYPTIAN GODDESS "BAST", SOMETIMES SPELLED "BASTET", IS BEST KNOWN IN HER ROLE AS THE CAT GODDESS. THERE WAS A GOOD REASON FOR THE EGYPTIANS TO REVERE CATS, BECAUSE THEY KEPT DOWN VERMIN DURING TIMES OF FAMINE, BUT BAST WAS NOT ALWAYS A DOMESTICATED GODDESS. WHEN A CAT CURLS UP WITH ITS HEAD TOUCHING ITS TAIL, IT FORMS A CIRCLE...THE SYMBOL OF ETERNITY... THE SYMBOL OF THE GODDESS IN WHATEVER FORM SHE HAS CHOSEN. BAST BEGAN HER LIFE AS APROTECTOR GODDESS OF LOWER EGYPT. SHE WAS AS A FIERCE LIONESS; HER NAME IS GIVEN TO MEAN "DEVOURER". SHE IS USUALLY SHOWN IN ART AS A CAT-HEADED WOMAN CARRYING A BASKET OR AS A WHOLE CAT. QUITE OFTEN THOUGH, THEY ARE KITTENS AT HER FEET IN THE PICTURES. A WOMAN WHO WANTED CHILDREN SOMETIMES WORE AN AMULET SHOWING THE GODDESS WITH KITTENS, THE NUMBER OF WHICH INDICATED HER OWN DESIRED NUMBER OF CHILDREN.

"BAST" IS THE PROTECTOR OF CATS, WOMEN AND CHILDREN. THERE ARE MANY LEGENDS CONNECTED HER AS AN ANCIENT SUN AND WAR GODDESS... ONE SAYING THAT SHE ACCOMPANIED THE SUN GOD", RA'S", BOAT OF A MILLION YEARS ON ITS DAILY JOURNEY THROUGH THE SKY, AND AT NIGHT, SHE FOUGHT HIS WITH ENEMY, THE SERPENT APEP. AS A PROTECTOR, SHE WAS SEEN AS A DEFENDER OF THE PHARAOH.

HER NAME TRANSLATES AS "FEMALE OF THE OINTMENT JAR"; HENCE SHE WOULD GRADUALLY BECOME THE GODDESS OF PERFUMES AND OILS. IN CONNECTION WITH THIS, WHEN "ANUBIS" BECAME THE GOD OF EMBALMING, "BAST", AS GODDESS OF OINTMENT, CAME TO BE REGARDED AS HIS WIFE.

BAST WAS A HAPPY AND BENIGN DEITY WHO BROUGHT GOOD FORTUNE, MUSIC, DANCE AND JOY TO ALL. STATUES OF CATS ARE COMMONLY PASSED OFF AS FACSIMILES OF "BAST", BUT THIS IS INCORRECT. THE CAT WAS INDEED HER SACRED ANIMAL AND THE PEOPLE OF THE TIME TENDED TO SEE THE GODDESS IN EVERY CAT THAT WALKED PAST, BUT HER ORIGINAL DEPICTION WAS AS A ROYAL LADY OR A PRIESTESS WITH A CAT'S HEAD. THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS CELEBRATED HER FEAST DAY ON OCTOBER 31ST WITH LOTS OF MERRY MAKING, MUSIC, DANCING IN THE STREETS AND DRINKING WITH FRIENDS. SADLY, IN MODERN TIMES, "BAST" AND HER FEAST DAY ARE OVERLOOKED, BUT YOU COULD PERHAPS SAY THAT "HALLOWEEN" WAS ORIGINALLY CELEBRATED AS THE "FEAST OF BAST."

She also has the gift, like all cats, of looking deep into your soul."T"AKE A MOMENT TODAY TO HONOR THIS ANCIENT EGYPTIAN GODDESS. LIGHT A GREEN CANDLE, HER SACRED COLOR, AND BE AFFECTIONATE TO A CAT, HER CHERISHED ANIMAL. WHEN YOU ADDRESS A CAT, REMEMBER YOU ARE SPEAKING TO A LITTLE DIVINITY, AND A CREATURE BELOVED OF BAST."

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Goddess Feng Po Po  

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FENG PO-PO is the Chinese Goddess of the wind. She is usually depicted as a crone, riding through the clouds on the back of a tiger. She carries a bag of winds, which she releases as needed. Feng Po-po's name, which means "madam wind," is also seen as FENG P'O-P'O.

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Goddess Gendenwitha  

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GENDENWITHA is the Iroquois Goddess of the morning star. She was loved by a hunter named Sesondowah. Sesondowah had once chased an elk who turned out to be a spirit. It led him to heaven, where he was captured by the Goddess Dawn. He was forced to stand at her door every day as her guard. One day, Sesondowah looked down to the earth and saw a beautiful girl, Gendenwitha. He transformed himself into a bird and went down to court her. When he carried her back up to heaven, Dawn found out and was very jealous. She turned Gendenwitha into a star and placed her above her doorway. Sesondowah she tied to the doorpost, so that he would always be able to see Gendenwitha, but she would always be out of his reach.

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Goddess Lur  

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LUR is the Basque Goddess of the earth. She is married to Ortzi, the God of the sky, and is the mother of twin girls--Eguzki, Goddess of the sun, and Ilazki, Goddess of the moon. Lur is the source of the power that flows through all living things, and she is the protector of all plants and animals. Her name, which means "earth," is also seen as AMA LUR, LURBIRA, or LURRA.

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Goddess Of The Dark Moon Inanna  

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SUGGESTED MANTRA: RENEWAL

Goddess of the dark moon, brave and unwavering, Inanna ventures into the underworld. She teaches us to stand firm, eyes focuses on the end true goal, ultimately leading us to a state of wisdom.

SUGGESTED AFFIRMATIONS:

~ I am revitalized
~ I have overcome negative influences
~ My new life path reveals itself to me
~ I say goodbye to destructive influences
~ My insecurity is replaced with wisdom
~ At my center there is a incandescent fire ~ I release myself from harmful judgments

Related essences: Vanilla, almond, oriental lily, bergamot

Related gemstones: Carnelian, coral, agate, brown jaspar (orange stones)

Inanna is the Sumerian goddess, honored at the dark moon, as it is she who fixes destinies at each new moon. Inanna's journey into the underworld and subsequent revitalization represents the soul's evolution through hardship into glorious renewal.

In her quest for clarity and knowledge, Inanna Queen of Heaven and Earth descended to Earth to rule her people, where (so that her people would not know hunger) she made a sacred marriage to ensure the fertility of the lands. She thirsted to understand first-hand though, the true sufferings of her followers, so she descended again, this time to the realm of the underworld, the domain of her sister Ereshkigal.

Ereshkigalonly allowed Inanna entry on the condition that she shed her earthly attachments at each of seven gates to the underworld. So, at each gate, Inanna surrendered some part of what she thought made up herself: wealth, power, tributes. By the time she relinquished her final garment, she was no longer the commanding Queen, and, exposed and vulnerable, she was ready to die.

However, it was only when she was near death and at her most vulnerable did she discover new life and increased powers. She finally learned first-hand to accept her vulnerability, as well as the understanding of the necessity of sacrifice and death for the cycles of life to continue.

These revelations increased her power, beauty and wisdom. If you are repeating old habits, ask Inanna to help you shed your layers that keep you trapped. Open yourself to a journey to the underworld where you can let go of old conditioning, release inhibitions, let alter-egos die, shed the burdens you carry... all to create anew - it is only by becoming aware of our vulnerabilities that we can rise up with strength gained from knowledge and understanding.

Undress slowly in front of a mirror and with every bit of clothing you shed, call it by the name of a negative element in your life. Say good-bye to that negative element as you drop (or throw!) the clothing to the floor until you are standing naked. Do it to music that will help keep you in the "now" - do not let yourself get distracted as you focus on what the elements are that you are shedding. Can you see your next steps, where you need to go, what you need to do? Give yourself a hug, and get ready for the journey back to strength and renewal - Inanna is with you to help you stay focused and unwavering on your goal.

(Tip, do not get dressed again in the clothes you just shed - put them in the washing machine on "super wash"! And, try not to wear them again in the same combination).

Further reading (free e-books):

Howard Phillips Lovecraft - Out Of The Aeons
Anonymous - Bealtaine Circle Of The Dark Moon

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Lammas A Feast Of Bread  

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In early Ireland, it was a bad idea to harvest your grain any time before Lammas -- it meant that the previous year's harvest had run out early, and that was a serious failing in agricultural communities. However, on August 1, the first sheafs of grain were cut by the farmer, and by nightfall his wife had made the first loaves of bread of the season.

The word Lammas derives from the Old English phrase"-"which translates to loaf mass. In early Christian times, the first loaves of the season were blessed by the Church.

Bread is the ultimate symbol of the Lammas season. After all, once the grain is harvested, it is milled and baked into bread, which is then consumed. It is the cycle of the harvest come full circle. The spirit of the grain god lives on through us in the eating of the bread. In many traditions, a loaf of special bread is baked in the shape of a man, to symbolize the god of the harvest.

You can easily make a loaf of Lammas bread by using a pre-made loaf of bread dough, found in the frozen food section in your grocery store. Certainly, you can make your own dough, but if you're not much of a baker, this is an easy alternative.

If you'd like to make your own, here's a recipe:



INGREDIENTS:


* 2 cups whole wheat flour
* 2 cups bread flour, plus more if needed
* 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
* 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
* 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 2 cups milk, scalded
* 3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
* 3 tablespoons honey

HOW TO MAKE IT:


Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the peanut butter and the honey to the hot milk and stir to combine. Cool milk mix until it reaches 115oF. Stir milk mix into flour mix.

Knead for 15 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to make a smooth, elastic dough. Oil the dough's surface, then cover with plastic or a damp towel.

Let it rise in a warm spot until double. Punch down, then shape into 2 rectangle loaves, one large wreath, or "man" shape.

Let rise again until doubled. Bake at 375oF until golden; it should make a hollow sound when tapped. Yield: 1 large or 2 regular-sized loaves

Source: The Fairy Party Book



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Pales  

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Pales was a deity of shepherds, flocks and livestock. Regarded as a male by some sources and a female by others, and even possibly as a pair of deities (as Pales could be either singular or plural in Latin). Pales' festival, called the Parilia, was celebrated on April 21. Cattle were driven through bonfires on this day. Another festival to Pales, apparently dedicated "to the two Pales" (Palibus duobus) was held on July 7. Marcus Atilius Regulus built a temple to Pales in Rome following his victory over the Salentini in 267 BC. It is generally thought to have been located on the Palatine Hill, but, being a victory monument, it may have been located on the route of the triumphal procession, either on the Campus Martius or the Aventine Hill.

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Sopdu  

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Sopdu (also rendered Septu or Sopedu) was originally the scorching heat of the summer sun. The effects of the scorching of the sun lead many ancient cultures to see it as war-like, and the Egyptians were no different in this respect, with Sopdu consequently being seen as a war god.

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Hindu Goddess Tara  

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THE GODDESS, TARA, HAS BEEN ADORED FOR MILLENIA AND IS PROBABLY THE OLDEST GODDESS WHO IS STILL WORSHIPPED EXTENSIVELY IN MODERN TIMES. SHE IS ESPECIALLY POPULAR IN TIBET, MONGOLIA, AND NEPAL. HER NAME MEANS "STAR" AND SHE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN BORN FROM THE WATER; SHE IS ALSO CALLED "SHE WHO BRINGS FORTH LIFE". SHE WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE STARTED AS HINDU GODDESS, A MOTHER GODDESS, BUT ARCHEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT SHE IS MUCH MORE ANCIENT THAN THAT. SHE IS THE FEMININE ARCHETYPE OF IN HINDU MYTHOLOGY. HER ANIMALS ARE THE SOW, MARE, OWL, AND RAVEN. TARA IS MANIFEST IN MANY FORMS, BUT THE MOST WIDELY KNOWN ARE: WHITE TARA, WHO IS A BUDDHIST BODHISATTVA OF COMPASSION; AND GREEN TARA, WHO HELPS HUMANITY FROM THE OCEAN OF ILLUSION.

WHITE TARA IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE MOTHER OF THE BUDDHAS AND REPRESENTS THE MOTHERLY ASPECT OF COMPASSION. SHE REPRESENTS VIRTOUSNESS AND ENLIGHTENED ACTIVITY. SHE IS DISTINGUISHED BY HER BODY WHICH IS WHITE, CLEAR AS A CRYSTAL GEM. HER WHITE COLOR SIGNIFIES PURITY, WISDOM AND TRUTH. IN HER MANIFESTATION AS WHITE TARA, SHE GUIDES HUMANITY THROUGH THE STAGES OF LIFE AND THROUGH THE WONDERS OF THE AFTERLIFE. SHE TEACHES THE MYSTERIES OF EXISTENCE. SHE LEADS CIVILIZATION TO UNDERSTANDING AND TOLERANCE, AS WELL AS HEALING THE SPIRIT OR THE BODY AS NEEDED. WHITE TARA IS PICTURED AS SUBLIME WOMANHOOD, ENTHRONED ON HER LOTUS SEAT.

GREEN TARA IS ONE OF THE MOST REVERED BUDDHIST DEITIES; SHE REPRESENTS VIRTUOUS AND ENLIGHTENED ACTIVITY. SHE IS THE MOTHER OF COMPASSION AND GUARDS AGAINST NATURAL DISASTERS. THE FOLLOWERS OF GREEN TARA BELIEVE THAT HER SPECIAL POWERS WILL HELP OVERCOME DANGERS, FEARS, AND ANXIETIES. SHE IS USUALLY PICTURED AS A DARK, GREEN-SKINNED MAIDEN. SHE SPIRITUALLY NOURISHES HUMANITY, RELIEVING SUFFERING AND MISERY IN RELATION TO WORLDLY AFFAIRS. THE GREEN TARA TEACHES SELF-MASTERY THROUGH MEDITATION AND DILLGENT WORK. SHE IS A GODDESS OF ACTIVITY, A FIERCER FORM OF TARA, BUT STILL A SAVIOR GODDESS OF COMPASSION. SHE CAN BE FRIGHTENING, BUT SHE CAN ALSO BE INVOKED TO HELP WITH SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE DIFFICULTIES.



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Bunzi The Rainbow Goddess  

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"BUNZI "IS A RAIN AND FERTILITY GODDESS OF ZAIRE WHO IS DEPICTED AS A RAINBOW COLORED SNAKE. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF KUITIKUITI, THE WAVING ONE, AND HIS WIFE, MBOZE, THE FERTILE ONE. THEY LIVED IN HARMONY BENEATH THE RAPIDS OF THE CONGO RIVER WITH THEIR SON, MAKANGA...BRINGING LIFE TO THE PEOPLE AND WATCHING OVER THEM. THEN, KUITIKUITI NOTICED THAT HIS WIFE WAS WITH CHILD, SWELLING WITH LIFE, BUT WHEN MBOZE WAS ABOUT TO GIVE BIRTH TO A MULTI-HUED SERPENT, KUITIKUITI KNEW THAT HIS WIFE HAD COMMITTED INCEST WITH THEIR SON. KUITIKUITI GRABBED HOLD OF A CLUB AND BEAT HIS WIFE TO DEATH, BUT, DYING, SHE GAVE BIRTH TO A SERPENT DAUGHTER, BUNZI.

THE SERPENT, BUNZI, THE COSMIC SERPENT, FLOURISHED AND GREW AND CAME TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO ACCOMPLISH A TASK THAT HAD ONCE BEEN HER MOTHER'S...BRINGING RAIN; THUS, SHE TOOK OVER HER MOTHER'S DUTIES AS RAIN GODDESS.

AND SO IT WAS THAT THE RAINS CAME AND THE FOOD PLANTS GREW TO NURTURE THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD LOOK FOR BUNZI IN THE SKY. AND FROM TIME TO TIME, SHE WOULD APPEAR TO THEM AS A MULTICOLORED ARC, A RAINBOW, AND AT OTHER TIMES, JUST AS THE SUN BEGAN ITS DESCENT INTO THE NIGHT, SHE COULD BE SEEN IN THE RIPPLES OF THE WATER, GLEAMING, PREGNANT WITH THE LIFE-GIVING WATER, THE RAIN.

INVOKE BUNZI FOR PLENTIFUL RAINS AND HARVESTS. AND AS YOU PLANT YOUR SEEDS THIS SPRINGTIME, MAKE SURE TO MAKE AN OFFERING IN THE SPIRIT OF BUNZI AND MBOZE.

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Ngenechen  

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Ngenechen (also known as Ngunechen, Nguenechen, Guenechen, Guinechen) is one of the most important Ngen spirits within traditional mapuche religion; and is the most important deity in the present beliefs of the Mapuche people. Ngenechen originally was only the Ngen spirit "governor of the Mapuche people" and not creator god; but product of syncretism with the Catholicism, now also is the "Supreme Being" in Mapuche Religious, and synonym for God of Abrahamic religions.

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Goddess Deborah  

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DEBORAH is the Mycenaean Queen Bee Goddess, worshipped in ancient Crete. The bee represented the soul and rebirth for the Mycenaeans, as well as being a symbol of feminine power. Bee society is organized around a central Queen, with the female worker bees as builders of the hive. The power of the Goddess Deborah was carried forward into the character of Deborah in the biblical Book of Judges. She is referred to as the "mother of Israel", and inspired her people to a victory over their captors, the Canaanites. "The Song of Deborah" is one of the oldest parts of the bible (dating from the 8th century B.C.), and is said to be her victory song.

Awake, awake, Deborah:



awake, awake, utter a song.

Judges 5:12.



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Celtic Goddess Fenta  

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The young female Pan of the Celts. With neck torc and bracelets gilded, and birch bark cloak.

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Goddess Felicitas  

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FELICITAS is the Roman Goddess of success. She was particularly venerated by the Roman Emperors, who put her picture on coins to associate themselves with her good luck and prosperity. Depictions usually show her holding a caduceus, symbol of health, and a cornucopia, symbol of wealth. Temples to her were built in both the Velabrum and the Roman Forum, but neither lasted beyond the Empire. Her name means "luck" and is also seen as FAUSTA FELICITAS (Auspicious Good Fortune), FELICITAS AUGUSTA (Sacred Luck), FELICITAS DEORUM (Luck of the Gods), FELICITAS PERPETUA (Everlasting Happiness), FELICITAS REPUBLICAE (Success of the State), FELICITAS ROMANORUM (Success of the Romans), FELICITAS SAECULI (Happiness of the Age), or FELICITAS TEMPORUM (Luck of the Times).

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Brigit Of The Celts  

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Brigit was one of the great Triple Goddesses of the Celtic people. She appeared as Brigit to the Irish, Brigantia in Northern England, Bride in Scotland, and Brigandu in Brittany. Many legends are told about Brigit. Some say that there are three Brigits : one sister in charge of poetry and inspiration who invented the Ogham alphabet, one in charge of healing and midwifery, and the third in charge of the hearth fire, smithies and other crafts. This catually indicates the seperate aspects of her Threefold nature and is a neat division of labor for a hard-working goddess.

Brigit was probably originally a Sun Goddess, and a charming story of her birth is that she was born at sunrise and a tower of flame burst from the forehead of the new born Goddess that reached from Earth to Heaven. It was likely She who inspired the line in the famous Song of Amergin: "I am a fire in the head." Her penchant for smithcraft led to her association by the Romans with Minerva/
Athena. As a warrior Goddess, She favored the use of the spear or the arrow.
Indeed, various interpetations of her name exist including, "Bright Arrow," "The Bright One," "the Powerful One" and "The High One," depending upon the region and the dialect.

As a Goddess of herbalism, midwifery and healing She was in charge of Water as well as Fire. I don't believe that anyone has ever counted all the vast number of sacred wells and springs named after or dedicated to this Goddess. A story is told of how two lepers came to one of her sacred springs for healing and She instructed one Leper to wash the other. The skin of the freshly bathed man was cleansed of the disease and Brigit told the man who was healed to wash the man who had bathed him so that both men would be whole. The man who was healed was now too disgusted to touch the other Leper and would have left him, but Brigit herself washed the leper and struck down the other arrogant fellow with leprosy once more before he could leave. Offerings to the watery Brigit were cast into the well in the form of coins or, even more ancient, brass or gold rings. Other sacrifices were offered where three streams came together. Her cauldron of Inspiration connected her watery healing aspect with her fiery poetic aspect.
Brigit is clearly the best example of the survival of a Goddess into Christian times. She was canonized by the Catholic church as St. Brigit and various origins are given to this saint. The most popular folktale is that She was midwife to the Virgin Mary, and thus was always invoked by women in labor. The more official story was that She was a Druid's daughter who predicted the coming of Christianity and then was baptized by St. Patrick. She became a nun and later an abbess who founded the Abbey at Kildare. The Christian Brigit was said to have had the power to appoint the bishops of her area, a strange role for an abbess, made stranger by her requirement that her bishops also be practicing goldsmiths.

Actually, the Goddess Brigit had always kept a shrine at Kildare, Ireland, with a perpetual flame tended by nineteen virgin priestesses called Daughters of the Flame. No male was ever allowed to come near it; nor did those women ever consort with men. Even their food and other supplies were brought to them by women of the nearby village. When Catholicism took over in Ireland, the shrine became a convent and the priestesses became nuns but the same traditions were held and the eternal flame was kept burning. Their tradition was that each day a different priestess/nun was in charge of the sacred fire and on the 20th day of each cycle, teh fire was miraculously tended by Brigit Herself. There into the
18th century, the ancient song was sung to her : "Brigit, excellent woman, sudden flame, may the bright fiery sun take us to the lasting kingdom."

For over a thousand years, the sacred flame was tended by nuns, and no one knows how long before that it had been tended by the priestesses. In 1220 CE, a Bishop became angered by the no-males policy of the Abbey of St. Brigit of Kildare. He insisted that nuns were subordinate to priests and therefore must open their abbey and submit themselves to inspection by a priest. When they refused and asked for another Abbess or other female official to perform any inspections, the Bishop was incensed. He admonished them to obedience and then decreed that the keeping of the eternal flame was a Pagan custom and
6rdered the sacred flame to be extinguished. Even then, She remained the most popular Irish saint along with Patrick. In the 1960's, under Vatican II modernization, it was declared that there was insufficient proof of Brigit's sanctity or even of her historical existence, and so the Church's gradual pogrom against Brigit was successful at last and She was thus decanonized. It is very difficult to obtain images or even holy cards of ST. Brigit outside of Ireland anymore.

Her festival is held on February 1st or 2nd. It corresponds to the ancient Celtic fire festival of Imbolc or Oimelc which celebrated the birthing and freshening of sheep and goats (it really is a Feast of Milk). This festival was Christianized as Candlemas or Lady Day and Her Feast day, La Feill Bhride, was attended by tremendous local celebration and elaborate rituals. Her festival is also called Brigit. Brigit (the Goddess and the Festival) represents the stirring of life again after the dead months of the winter, and her special blessings are called forth at this time. Since She was booted out of the Church for being Pagan, it is incumbent upon us Pagans to restore Her worship to its former glory especially those of us of Celtic ancestry. Here is an ancient rite to invite Brigit into your home at the time of her Holiday:

Clean your hearth thoroughly in the morning and lay a fire without kindling it, then make yourself a "Bed for Brigid" and place it near the hearth. The bed can be a small basket with covers and tiny pillow added as plain or fancy as you like. If you have no hearth, you can use the stove and put the bed behind it. Then at sundown light a candle rubbed with rosemary oil and invite Brigit into your home and into her bed; use the candle to kindle your hearthfire if possible. Make your own poem to invite Her or use the ancient song mentioned earlier. Let the candle burn at least all night in a safe place. You might even want to begin the custom of keeping the eternal flame; it is a popular custom in some magickal and Wiccan traditions. After all, it's up to us now to keep the spirit of Brigit alive and well for the next thousand years at least!

Brigid is not really a Celtic Mother Goddess. She is generally considered a Goddess of fire/smithcraft, of poetry and of healing. One of her roles is as midwife, but although she has a son, she is not usually seen as a mother.

I don't know any books that deal specifically with Brighidh, but please look for a book called "Celtic Mythology" by Proinsias MacCana and for "Gods and Heroes of the Celts" by Marie Lousie Sjoestadt for more information about Celtic deities.
They are both VERY good sources.

Brighidh is a Goddess of healing, smithcraft and poetry, brewer of mead and ale, a lawgiver, a midwife, supposedly daughter of the Daghda, mother of the poet Cairbre, and of the Gods Brian, Iuchar and Iucharba. She was transformed into a Christian Saint and became the foster mother of Christ. Some sources say that the healer/smith/poet were embodied in one Goddess, other sources claim that she was three sisters, all named Brighidh.

Her holy day falls (on our calendar) on February 2nd (I wonder if She likes groundhogs...) called Imbolc, Oimelc or Lady Day. Candles are blessed that day in the Catholic churches.

By: Ido
To: Teakan
Re: Somethnig about Brighid:


Brigit/Brigid/Bride was the daughter of Dagda. She was the protector of the poets, the forge and the healing persons. Her son Ruadan, which she had with Bres, was killed by Goibnui. For her died son she sounds the first kenning of Eireland. She also was put into the cult and the person of Brigit from Kildare, which made the first female parish after Christianity falls into Eireland. The convent of Kildare has had a neverending fire, which was protected by the sisters of the parish. The saint Brigit is the second patron saint of Eireland. within the scottish tradition Brigit belongs together with the time of the year
"Season of the lambs" and the comming of spring. Brigit overcomes the control of the Cailleach Bheur.

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Goddess Berehynia  

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BEREHYNIA is the Ukranian Goddess of protection. While some argue that she is a recent invention, made up to personify the new independence of Ukranian women, her symbols have been used for centuries in "pysanky" (egg-decorating) and "rushnyky" (embroidery of ritual cloth). Her form, a woman with her arms raised, has been modified through the centuries but has remained a symbol of protection.

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The Story Of Goddess Brighid  

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THE STORY OF BRIGHID IS A LINK BETWEEN THE PAGAN WORLD AND THE CHRISTIAN WORLD.

IN PRE-CHRISTIAN TIMES, "BRIGHID "WAS A POWERFUL GODDESS WHO REPRESENTED THE MANY ASPECTS OF THE CELTIC SPIRITUAL TRADITION. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF THE ONE THEY CALLED THE GOOD GOD, THE "DAGDA" OF THE "TUATHA DE DANANN"; HER NAME MEANS "'THE EXALTED ONE'". ORIGINALLY A SUN AND FIRE GODDESS, SHE WAS THE IRISH GODDESS OF THE SACRED FLAME, A THREEFOLD GODDESS WHO RULED OVER POETRY, HEALING, AND SMITH CRAFT. SHE WAS THE GUARDIAN MOTHER OF NEW LIFE, THE KEEPER OF THE WELLS, AND THE PROTECTOR OF THE LAND. FARM ANIMALS AND MILK WERE ESPECIALLY SACRED TO HER.

SHE WAS SO BELOVED IN HER NATIVE IRELAND THAT THE PEOPLE WOULD NOT GIVE HER UP SO THE CHRISTIANS, UNABLE TO OBLITERATE THE GODDESS, TURNED HER INTO "ST. BRIGIT OF KILDARE" RATHER THAN TO TRY TO OUTLAW HER WORSHIP ALTOGETHER. THE SAINT THEN TOOK ON MANY OF THE POWERS OF THE GODDESS, PARTICULARLY HER FERTILITY SYMBOLISM. AS A SAINT, SHE HAD THE POWER TO APPOINT BISHOPS, AND THEY HAD TO BE GOLDSMITHS. SHE WAS ASSOCIATED WITH MIRACLES AND FERTILITY. THUS, THE TWO ARE SO INTERWOVEN THAT IT IS HARD TO SEPARATE THEM. IN SOME OF HER MANY LEGENDS, SHE WAS REGARDED AS THE "'FOSTER MOTHER'" OF CHRIST OR THAT SHE WAS A MIDWIFE AT HIS BIRTH. SHE WAS SHE IS DEFINITELY A SURVIVOR.

SHE HAD AN EXTENSIVE FEMALE PRIESTHOOD AT KILDARE, A FORMER PAGAN SHRINE WHERE A SACRED FIRE WAS KEPT PERPETUALLY BURNING. IT IS SAID THAT IN THE SACRED WORSHIP OF "BRIGHID", THE VESTALS THAT ATTENDED HER WERE 19 IN NUMBER, THUS REPRESENTING THE 19 YEAR CYCLE OF THE CELTIC GREAT YEAR. THEY GUARDED HER SHRINE, HOWEVER, IN A CYCLE OF TWENTY NIGHTS,AND IT WAS THEIR TASK TO SEE THAT HER SACRED FIRE WAS NEVER SUFFERED TO DIE AWAY. WHEN IT CAME TO THE EVENING OF THE TWENTIETH NIGHT,THE NINETEENTH VIRGIN PILED WOOD UPON THE FIRE, DECLARING BRAVELY TO THE GODDESS: " BRIGHID, NOW TAKE YOU CARE OF YOUR OWN FIRE; FOR SURELY THIS NIGHT'S CHARGE IS AT YOU."

FOR OVER A THOUSAND YEARS, THE SACRED FLAME WAS TENDED BY NUNS, AND NO ONE KNOWS HOW LONG BEFORE THAT IT HAD BEEN TENDED BY THE PRIESTESSES UNTIL 1220 CE WHEN A BISHOP BECAME ANGERED BY THE NO-MALES POLICY OF THE ABBEY OF "ST. BRIGIT;" HE INSISTED THAT THE NUNS WERE SUBORDINATE TO THE PRIESTS, AND, THUS, THEY MUST OPEN THEIR ABBEY AND SUBMIT THEMSELVES TO INSPECTION BY A PRIEST. WHEN THEY REFUSED AND ASKED FOR ANOTHER ABBESS OR OTHER FEMALE OFFICIAL TO PERFORM ANY INSPECTIONS, THE BISHOP BECAME SO ANGRY WITH THEM THAT HE DECREED THAT THE KEEPING OF THE ETERNAL FLAME WAS A PAGAN CUSTOM AND ORDERED THE SACRED FLAME TO BE EXTINGUISHED.

YET, DESPITE ALL THE ATTEMPTS TO DENY "BRIGIT'S" SAINTHOOD, SHE ALWAYS REMAINED CLOSE TO THE PEOPLE'S HEARTS. THEN DURING THE 1960'S, UNDER VATICAN II MODERNIZATION, IT WAS DECLARED THAT THERE WAS INSUFFICIENT PROOF OF "BRIGIT'S" SANCTITY OR EVEN OF HER HISTORICAL EXISTENCE; HENCE, THE CHURCH'S GRADUAL PROGRAM AGAINST BRIGIT WAS SUCCESSFUL AT LAST AND SHE WAS THUS CANONIZED. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IMAGES OR EVEN HOLY CARDS OF "ST. BRIGIT" OUTSIDE OF IRELAND ANYMORE. A VIRTUAL SHRINE TO "BRIGIT" CAN BE FOUND HERE...CELTIC HERITAGE

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Goddess Sao Ching Niang Niang  

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SAO CH'ING NIANG NIANG is the Chinese Goddess of good weather. Also known as the BROOM LADY, she lives on the Broom Star, Sao Chou, and sweeps the clouds. She sweeps them in when rain is needed and out when it is not. Farmers often hang pictures of brooms on their fences when in need of Sao Ch'ing's services. Her name, which literally means "broom Goddess," is also seen as SAO CH'ING NIANG, SAOQING NIANG, SAOQUING NIANG, and SAO-TS'ING NIANG.

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Viruhaka  

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Viruhaka is one of the Four Heavenly Kings and an important figure in Buddhist mythology. He is part of the Buddhist Pantheon of Esoteric Buddhism. His name means "He who enlarges" or "Patron of Growth", and he his the guardian of the South.

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Goddess Mafdet  

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MAFDET is the Egyptian Goddess of execution, worshipped as a destroyer of snakes and scorpions. She is depicted as either a mongoose or a feline, usually either a cat or a panther. She protects the king and the sun God Re from dangers with her knife-like claws and teeth. Mafdet was also seen as an instrument of punishment; she appears in scenes of the final judgment in the capacity of punisher or executioner, and is sometimes portrayed as a cat running up an executioner's staff. Her name, which means "she who runs swiftly," is also seen as MAFTET, and her epithets include LADY OF THE HOUSE OF LIFE, SLAYER OF SERPENTS, and the GREAT CAT.

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Greek Goddess Iris  

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IRIS is the Greek Goddess of the rainbow. She is the daughter of the Titan Thaumas, a sea God, and a cloud nymph named Elektra, and sister of the Harpies. Just as a rainbow links heaven to earth, Iris links the Gods to humans--she is their messenger. She is usually shown with wings and a staff, and she carries a pitcher which contains water from the River Styx. With a sea God for a father and a cloud nymph for a mother, Iris connects the sea to the sky, and it was said that the waters in her pitcher replenished the clouds.

Iris is married to Zephyros, God of the west wind, and with him is mother of Pothos, the God of sexual longing and desire. She figures in many myths in her role as messenger of the Gods, mostly carrying messages for Hera and Zeus. Epithets associated with Iris include KHRYSOPTERON (golden-winged), AELLOPUS (swift-footed), and THAUMANTIAS (daughter of Thaumas).

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Kapo The Goddess Of The Hula  

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"KAPO" IS THE GUARDIAN OF THE NIGHT. SHE IS THE SISTER OF "PELE", THE GODDESS OF VOLCANOES, AND WAS BORN FROM THE EYES OF "HAUMEA" ; IT IS SAID THAT SHE GUIDES THE EARTH'S CHILDREN AND KEEPS THEM SAFE IN THE DARKNESS. SHE IS ALSO A GODDESS OF FERTILITY, SORCERY AND DARK POWERS WHO CAN ASSUME ANY SHAPE THAT SHE WILLS, BUT SHE IS S MOSTLY ASSOCIATED WITH EELS, BIRDS, AND THE ALMOST GONE "HALA PEPE" TREE WAS SACRED TO HER. SHE CAN BE TERRIFYING, BEAUTIFUL, OR BOTH. AND, BECAUSE SHE HAS MORE ANIMAL ASSOCIATIONS THAN THE OTHER GODDESSES, SHE REPRESENTS THE ELEMENT OF THE ANIMALS.

INDEED, "KAPO" SEEMS TO HAVE LIVED A DOUBLE LIFE WHOSE AIMS WERE AT CROSS PURPOSES WITH ONE ANOTHER--AT ONE MOMENT SHE WAS VIEWED AS AN ANGEL OF GRACE AND BEAUTY, AND IN THE OTHER, A DEMON OF DARKNESS AND LUST. HER FULL NAME IS "KAPO-ULA-KINA-U" WHICH MEANS THE "SACRED NIGHT STREAKED WITH THE DARK," AND BECAUSE SHE HAD AN EVIL NAME, AT TIMES SHE WAS LED TO COMMIT ACTIONS DEEMED WORTHY ONLY OF A DEMON OF LEWDNESS. SHE IS MOST FAMOUS FOR HER FOR BEING ABLE TO DETACH HER VAGINA. IN FACT, IN ONE" PELE "STORY, IT WAS "KAPO" WHO SAVED "PELE" FROM FORCIBLE RAPE BY SENDING HER VAGINA ACROSS THE SEA SO THAT THE PIG GOD WOULD CHASE AFTER IT AND FORGET ALL ABOUT PELE.

AT TIMES SHE IS PORTRAYED AS A SYLVAN DEITY; THAT IS, A SPIRIT OF THE FOREST, AND IT IS IN THIS ROLE THAT SHE WAS WORSHIPPED BY THE HULA FOLK AS ONE OF THE PREEMINENT SPIRITS OF HULA DANCING WHOSE ROOTS LIKE IN SACRED RITUAL. SOME LEGENDS CREDIT HER AS THE HULA'S INVENTOR. SHE IS ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH REPRODUCTIVE ENERGY, HERBAL MEDICINE, AND WHAT TODAY IS CALLED CHANNELING.



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Goddess Ur  

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URd is the Norse Goddess of past fate. She is the oldest of the three Norns, Goddesses of destiny. The Norns are in charge of the World Tree, Yggdrasil. Every day, they take water from the Well of Fate (also called the Well of Urd), mix it with clay, and pour it over the tree's branches. This stops it from decaying.

Urd, as the oldest of the Norns, rules over the past. Her name means "that which has been", and is the root of the English words earth and weird-the Norns were the original Wyrd Sisters. Urd spins out the thread of life, which is then wound by the middle sister, Verdandi, and cut by the youngest of the Norns, Skuld. As the Norn of the past, Urd is depicted looking backwards in comparison to her sisters. Her name is also seen as URDA, URTH, URDR, and URTHR.

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Goddess Teteoinan  

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IN MEXICA CULTURE, "TETEOINAN" IS THE GODDESS OF THE EARTH; HER NAME MEANS "HEART OF THE EARTH." SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF COLHUACAN AND THE MOTHER OF THE GODS. SHE WAS ALSO CALLED "SOCI, 'OUR MOTHER",' AND ALSO BY ANOTHER NAME WHICH SIGNIFIED "'THE HEART OF THE EARTH.'" THIS LAST NAME WAS GIVEN TO HER BECAUSE SHE WAS BELIEVED TO BE THE CAUSE OF EARTHQUAKES. SHE PRESIDED OVER THE VEGETABLE AND ANIMAL WORLD

SHE WAS THE GODDESS OF HEALING AND PROPHET OF THE FUTURE, aND HER CHIEF TEMPLE AT TEPEYACAC WAS ONE OF THE MOST RENOWNED IN ANCIENT MEXICO. IN FACT, HER CHIEF TEMPLE WAS ON THE SPOT SELECTED BY THE EARLY MISSIONARIES FOR THE" 'LADY OF GUADALOUPE'" TO MAKE HER APPEARANCE, AND THE NATIVE SHRINE WAS RAZED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE TEMPLE OF THE IMPORTED CULT OF CHRISTIANITY.

AT THE FESTIVAL OF "TETEOINAN", THE WOMAN WHO REPRESENTED THIS GODDESS WAS BEHEADED ON THE SHOULDERS OF ANOTHER WOMAN. AT THE FESTIVAL OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE GODS, THEY PUT THE VICTIM TO DEATH BY FIRE.

" HAIL TO OUR MOTHER WHO MAKES THE YELLOW FLOWERS TO BLOOM--WHO SCATTERS THE SEEDS OF THE MAGUEY AS SHE COMES FROM THE LAND DIVINE!"
" HAIL TO OUR MOTHER WHO CASTS FORTH WHITE FLOWERS IN ABUNDANCE!"
" HAIL TO OUR MOTHER WHO SHINES IN THE THORN BUSH AS A BRIGHT BUTTER-FLY!"
" HO! SHE IS OUR MOTHER--THE WOMAN GOD OF THE EARTH. IN THE DESERT SHE FEEDS THE WILD BEASTS, AND GIVES THEM TO LIVE."
" THUS--THUS YOU SEE HER EVER ABUNDANT IN GIFTS TO ALL FLESH."
" AND AS YOU SEE THE GODDESS OF EARTH GIVE TO THE BEASTS, SO ALSO SHE IS GIVING TO THE GREEN HERBS AND THE FISHES."
" HAIL TO OUR MOTHER WHO CASTS FORTH YELLOW FLOWERS TO THE SUN FROM THE LAND DIVINE!"

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Goddess Uma  

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UMA is the Hindu Goddess of light and beauty. She is another avatar of the Goddess Parvati, wife of Shiva. One myth of her origin tells of her being born to Himavat, God of the Himalayan mountains, and Mena, an asparas or nymph. She had two sisters, Ekaparna and Ekapatala. All three sisters lived very austere lives, mastering their physical needs in order to enrich their spiritual powers. Ekaparna lived on a single leaf of the Parna tree. Ekapatala lived on a single leaf of the Patala tree. The third sister, who was the reincarnation of Shiva's wife Sati, sought to outdo her two sisters by living on nothing, not even a single leaf. Her mother was so alarmed that she cried out "U! Ma!", meaning "Oh! Don't!", and the third sister became known as Uma.

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