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Honor the Goddess-Your Mother


Mother's Day
One day out of the Calendar year to honour your Mother.  We are all born of women, issue from the Feminine body, everyone has a Mother.
We all come from the Goddess.
All of humanity has this one single fact in common, regardless of race, religion or creed.
Mother is the Prime Force, the Source, the womb, a Mother's heartbeat, birth, nourishment, survival, love.
All six billion and counting of us humans have one common Mother -The EArth Herself.

Words & music by Paul Simon

No I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and child reu-nion
Is only a motion away, oh, little darling of mine.
I can't for the life of me
Remember a sadder day
I know they say let it be
But it just don't work out that way
And the course of a lifetime runs
Over and over again

No I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and child reu-nion
Is only a motion away, oh, little darling of mine.

I just can't believe it's so,
and though it seems strange to say
I never been laid so low
In such a mysterious way
And the course of a lifetime runs
Over and over again

But I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
When the mother and child reu-nion
Is only a motion away,
Oh, oh the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away
Oh the mother and child reu-nion
Is only a moment away

The Goddess Remembered

The Goddess Remembered a National Film Board of Canada documentary 1988.

May Day Magic, Beltane, Faeries and FERTILITY FESTIVAL

by Margaret Tarrant

May Day Magic, Beltane, Faeries and FERTILITY FESTIVAL

Beltane means "fire of Bel" or "bright fire" - the "bale-fire". (English - bale; Anglo-Saxon bael; Lithuanian baltas (white)) Bel (Bel, Bile, Beli, Belinus, Belenos) is the known as the bright and shinning one, a Celtic Sun God. Beli is the father, protector, and the husband of the Mother Goddess. So this is a traditional Fertility and Sacred Marriage Festival of the Sun to the Earth. The Bel fire is a sacred fire with healing and purifying powers. The fires further celebrate the return of life, fruitfulness to the earth and the burning away of winter. The ashes of the Beltane fires were smudged on faces and scattered in the fields. Household fires would be extinguished and re-lit with fresh fire from the Bel Fires.

As Beltane marks this handfasting (wedding) of the Goddess and God, it too marks the reawakening of the earth's fertility in its fullest. This is the union between the Great Mother and her Young Consort, this coupling brings new life on earth. It is on a Spiritual level, the unifying of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine to bring forth the third, consciousness. On the physical, it is the union of the Earth and Sun to bring about the fruitfulness of the growing season.


This Festival is one of the 8 Wiccan Nature festival celebrations in the Great Round of the Year. It is the 3rd of the Fertility festivals in ancient celebrations the first of these being Imbolc  Feb 2nd,  the 2nd the Spring Equinox.  This is the mid-point between Spring and Summer. Mother nature shows Herself alive again, flowers are blooming, new life is sprouting, birds are mating and busy building nests, bees are buzzing.  This is a celebration for the upcoming apex of Light and Life to come at Midsummer’s Eve, the Summer Solstice. Every stage along the way of the unfolding of the Year it’s birth, growth, harvest, death and renewal in the Year is celebrated by pagans, Native Americans and indigenous peoples all over the world since the beginning of time. Beltane was a very auspicious time in Celtic lore.

Beltane is marked in the Heavens as the rising of  the Pleiades star cluster just before sunrise on the morning horizon, whereas winter (Samhain/Halloween) begins when the Pleiades rises at sunset. The Pleiades is a cluster of seven closely placed stars, the seven sisters, in the constellation of Taurus, near his shoulder. The Pleiades looks like a tiny dipper-shaped pattern of six moderately bright stars (the seventh can be seen on very dark nights) in the constellation of Taurus. It stands very low in the east-northeast sky for just a few minutes before sunrise. The Pleiades were very important to many ancient cultures. Some Native American tribes say that their Ancestors were Star Beings who came from the Pleiades. In Japan, the modern car Subaru means Pleiades and 6 of the stars are shown on it’s symbol. {We’ve always driven Subaru’s partly for this reason.}


The Ancients believed that the Wheel of Time would not turn without human intervention, People did everything in their power to honour and call and beckon the Sun and His light, for the earth would not produce life without the Sun’s warmth, his Love. We usually don’t think of the Sun as a Loving God anymore. It is important to honour these Nature Festivals, or turning of the Wheel of the Year, our ancestors did so for thousands of years. Not so long ago when we lived off the land, grew our own food, harvested our own food we needed to be directly in touch with the earth and Mother Nature herself. It was and is She who birthed us, our ancestors, gives us the gift of Life and nourishment, and Honouring and respecting her power was and is of great importance. If we’re not in Right Relationship with other Nature then woe be to those who feel her wrath- and we have- Hurricane Katrina, the Great Tsunami in Indonesia, earthquakes, mudslides, drought, flooding etc.  There was an old margarine commercial “It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature?” As we’ve been trying to fool Mother Nature for many years now and continue to do so in the Industrialized world, balance can be attained by participating in these kind of Ancient Festivals. Neo-tribalism is a necessity now. Nature abhors a vacuum. It’s up to each one of us to fill the vacuum of industrialized chemicals, farming, GMO, disregard for Nature, the Feminine the Goddess. This is definitely a “walk tour talk” side, an extension of  Earth Day.



Beltane and Halloween divide the year into two primary seasons winter and summer. In the Celtic and Native American Traditions winter and summer began earlier than in our modern calendar. This is the Festival of Life and Halloween the Festival of Death.Beltane, like Halloween is a time when the veil between the Faery Worlds and the human world is thinnest. It is a magical “no time” At this day the Faeries come out carefree and full of mischief. In Ancient times people would place rowan tree branches on their doors and windows as protection.


May Day is a magical day so be aware of  incidents that may occur. The Queen of the Faeries is said to ride out on her white hose and trying to entice people away to Faeryland. Legend says that if you sit beneath a  tree on Beltane night, you may see the Faery Queen in all Her Glory or hear the sound of Her horses’s belles as She rides throughout the night. The Scottish ballad, Thomas the Rhymer, describes how Thomas chooses to go the Faeryland with the Queen and has not been seen since.



Young men and women wandered into the woods before daybreak of May Day morning with garlands of flowers and/or branches of trees. They would make love in the woods, and dance around the Maypole. Pre-Christian society's thoughts about human sexuality and fertility were not based on guilt or any such concept as original sin, but seen as a joyous natural expression of human passions. Life was seen as a joyful dance, rich in all beauty to be celebrated not defined ordered, made lawful.

The Maypole is an important element to Beltane festivities, a tall pole decorated with long brightly colored ribbons, leaves, flowers and wreaths. Young maidens and lads each hold the end of a ribbon, and create a revolving dance around the base of the pole, interweaving the ribbons. The circle dancers should begin, as far out from the pole as the length of ribbon allows, so the ribbons are taut. There should be an even number of boys & girls. Boys should be facing clockwise and girls counterclockwise. They each move in the direction that they are facing, weaving with the next, around to braid the ribbons over-and-under around the pole. Those passing on the inside will have to duck, those passing on the outside raise their ribbons to slide over. As the dances revolve around the pole the ribbons will weave creating a pattern, it is said that the pattern will indicate the abundance of harvest year.



The Maypole dance as an important aspect of encouraging the return of fertility to the earth. Traditionally the Maypole is hung with flowers and fruits, breads cookies hung from trees and bushes.  The pole itself is not only phallic in symbolism but also is the connector of the three worlds. Dancing the Maypole during Beltane is magical experience as it is a conduit of energy, connecting all three worlds at a time when these gateways are more easily penetrable. As people gaily dance around and around the pole holding the brightly colored ribbons, the energy it raises is sent down into the earth's womb, bringing about Her full awakening and fruitfulness.

Flowers, flower wreaths and garlands are typical decorations for this holiday, as well as ribbons and streamers. Flowers are a crucial symbol of Beltane, they signal the victory of Summer over Winter and the blossoming of sensuality in all of nature and the bounty it will bring.


On Beltane eve the Celts would build two large fires, Bel Fires, lit from the nine sacred woods. The Bel Fire is an invocation to Bel (Sun God) to bring His blessings and protection to the tribe. The herds were ritually driven between two needfires (fein cigin), built on a knoll. The herds were driven through to purify, bring luck and protect them as well as to insure their fertility before they were taken to summer grazing lands.


The Bonfires are lit in the South. Participants, in an act of purification and for luck jump over the fire calling out loudly what it is they wish each time they jump. Lovers jump the fires together, holding hands to cleanse their relationships of petty disharmonies. Whatever it is you wish to cleanse from your life-claim it and so it shall be.


Water is another important association of Beltane, water is refreshing and rejuvenating, it is also imperative to life. It is said that if you bathe in the dew gathered before dawn on Beltane morn, your beauty will flourish throughout the year. Those who are sprinkled with May dew are insured of health and happiness. There are other folk customs such as drinking from the well before sunrise on Beltane Morn to insure good health and fortune.



If you can’t manage a bonfire, simply lighting a small fire will do. Intention is everything, so light a small fire in your home safely, write down what it is you want to dispel from your life and burn it in the flames. Or you could do a Jack be nimble Jack be quick and jump over a candle on the floor, very carefully for luck. If you are in a partnership cleanse it of disharmony, rekindle your vows. Drink water empowered with Love by focusing on sending love to even a glass of water or a pitcher of water, as Dr, Emoto has shown sending love to water changes its’ crystalline structure. Empower the water with love and pour it on yourself your plants, your garden your threshold, your loved ones. Festoon your doorknobs with flowers, or hang flowers outside your home.


Dancing around a Maypole may not be easily done these days, so simply imagine the May Pole the ancient boys and girls with the colored ribbons in their hands interweaving in and out to form the spiral pattern around the pole. Enjoy, celebrate, send prayers to the Sun and the Mother Earth. Dance with the Faeries, invite them into your home and your heart.  Right on cue the Planet Venus, Goddess of love and beauty just entered her home sign of Taurus yesterday. The lovely planet is at her best in Taurus. Make love, be sensual, romantic, soak in a lovely flower strewn bath, this is Taurus energy. Participating with the thousands of neo-pagans, witches and all other indigenous peoples at this time helps boost the energy, Honoring the Sacred Marriage of the Earth and the Sun without honors the Sacred Marriage within. This is the entire goal of Alchemy, of turning lead into Gold. When we each do our parts to come into balance within ourselves in our local environment the Earth and the Sun, balance is restored throughout the Universe.



St. Brigid's Day Candlemas Imbolc
Groundhog Day

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Feb. 1st –2nd Traditional Irish and Pagan Holiday Celebrations

Traditionally what we know as Groundhog Day was and is, on Feb 1st or 2nd is celebrated in the Modern Irish Calendar as Saint Brigid’s Day,or Bride’s Day, both a Catholic and Pagan Celebration of an ancient Goddess tradition, also called Imbolc, still celebrated by Wiccans/Pagan based Earth honouring religions. Christians overlaid the Ancient Goddess worshipers’ holiday renaming it Candlemas or the fest of the Purification of the Virgin. This celebration also relates to the midpoint between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.

It is a “cross-quarter” day in the 8 rounds of the Wheel of Time in the Solar based year. Since the Celtic Year was based on both lunar and solar cycles, it is most likely the holiday would be celebrated on the Full Moon nearest those 2 midpoints, when early spring flowers would begin to rise up through the snow, and snakes would come out of the ground. This is the precursor of the Groundhog, which the Romans replaced with a Hedgehog, which we... On Feb. 2nd this year there is a Full Moon in Leo at 12:45 am EST.
That Ancient peoples of Ireland kept this day as very sacred. At the Megalithic and Neolithic sites, such as the Loughcrew burial mounds and the Mound of the Hostages in Tara, Ireland, the inner chambers of the passage tombs are perfectly aligned with the rising sun of both Imbolc and Samhain attesting to the value placed on this day.

Triple Goddess/Saint Brigid/Bride

She is according to Robert Graves, the most Ancient Triple Goddess worshipped since time out of mind. The Goddess rules over scholars and poets. She is the Goddess of fire and inspirations in Ireland, the Goddess of poetry, creativity, smithcraft and healing. She also rules healing with water, and divination. She is said to rule over people who work with cows and chickens, brewers, fugitives, midwives, infants, printers, sailors, travelers, New Zealand, & Irish nuns. This day symbolizes a time of transitions, initiations, new beginnings, of planting seeds that will sprout later. Brigid/Birgita represents the light half of the year,Her power brings the people out of the dark season of winter into spring, so, it is a very important time of the year.

She is the Goddess of Augury

In the Druidic tradition, poetry and augury were associated. She is patron of prophets and seers.

Celtic seers divined by looking into deep water and into flames. This is a great time to do divination.

Triple Goddess

She has two sisters with the same name. One aspect of her carries a blacksmith tongs and a sword, because she is also patroness of war; another aspect holds 2 healing snakes, from which the modern Doctor’s symbol is derived, the caduceus, the third aspect carries a wand with a crescent moon and a tablet.


Brigid rules the Waters. Many healing springs are dedicated to Brigid. Natural bodies of water also signify Her presence, particularly where three streams joined together. She also rules Fire, so it is customary to make candles for the coming year and bless them on this day.

Protecting Goddess

In her aspect as Brigantia, she carries a spear, an orb of victory, and wears a war crown. She symbolizes protection of the country from invaders and slavery.


As Patroness of Midwives, she was invoked at the door of the home where the woman was giving birth, by the midwife. Who speke:

Bride, Bride, come in! Thy welcome is truly made, Give thou relief to the woman, And give thou the conception to the Trinity.

Brigid is the guardian of every newborn, their cradles protected with a woven Brigit’s Cross, an equal armed cross. Upon a safe delivery, the infant was blessed or “sained” by the midwife, with 3 drops of water on the child’s forehead, dedicating the Child to the Triple Goddess. The “Holy Trinity” in its modernized Christian aspect, was just an overlay of the Goddess Triple Aspect since time out of memory. A candle was carried ‘round the bed sun wise three times. As Brigid is a Solar Goddess. We think of the Sun as masculine but originally all aspects of the Universe were considered Feminine.

Brigid Ruler of the Hearth

Especially in Gaelic Scotland, Brigid’s dolls are placed near the hearth on her Feast Day. The doll is usually dressed in white, decorated. A white wand is placed in her bed as a fertility charm. As she is patroness of agriculture, pastures, livestock, and abundance. An offering is made to her of dairy products. The Brigid doll is kept throughout the year near the hearth hung on a wall, or by a door, as a talisman of protection, then burnt the next year.

Light a Candle and Invoke the Goddess at this time-

I kindle this candle in the name of Brighid, Goddess of Smiths,

I sain this house in the name of Brighid, Goddess of Healers,

I smoor this candle in the name of Brighid, Goddess of Poets.

One folk tradition still continues in both Christian and Pagan homes on St. Brigid’s Day is that of St. Brigid’s Bed. Girls and young unmarried women create corn dollies to represent Brigid, these are adorned with ribbons, baubles shells or stones. A bed is made for the doll to lie in. On St. Brigid’s Eve Jan 31, the girls gather together in one house and stay up all night with the doll, are are later visited by all the young men, who ask permission to enter the home, and then treat the young maidens and the dolly with respect. The next day the girls carry the doll through the neighbourhood from house to house, where she is welcomed with great honour. Adult women stay home to welcome the Brigid procession and offer snacks and coins to the young girls and maidens.

Brigid is said to walk the earth on Imbolc eve. Feb 1st. Before going to bed, each member of the household may leave a piece of clothing or strip of fabric outside for Brigid to bless. The cloth are brought inside the next morning, believed to now have the powers of healing and protection.

BRIGID is alive and well.

The name “Britain” is a derivation of Brigit’s name. Britain was named for an ancient Celtic tribe, the Brigantes, who were the largest Celtic tribe in the country in pre-Roman times who worshipped Her as their Deity. The tribe originated from an area now called Bregenz in Austria near Lake Constance. The word “brigand” comes from this tribe of fierce warriors. Her symbol is a flaming spear. Her worship spread, leaving behind places named in Her honour-Brittany in France, Brechin in Scotland, the name Brent, in England, any name containing Bride. Britain’s symbol, the Goddess Brigantia, still found on their 50 cent coin is Brigid in her aspect as Goddess of the Land. In Old German/Yiddish the word “Fabrent” meaning burnt honours this Ancient Goddess. Of course Britany Spears is carrying the modern archetype of Brigid, and strangely enough one of Brigid’s symbols is a flaming spear!

A Sample of prayers used at St. Bridgid’s Day

Light 1 candle-

We gather together in this time of darkness. We look to the return of the light.

We look to the first light of Spring.

(Light two more candles.)

Goddess Midwife: Healer, Nurturer, and Herbalist.

Goddess Poetess: Bringer of Wisdom, Guidance and Prophesy.

Goddess Smithcraft: Keeper of Fire, Craftswomen, and Transformation.

Maiden, Mother, and Crone – A Triple Goddess.

Her symbols are Brigid’s cross, the flaming arrow, Brigid’s bed.

It was customary to write wishes upon scraps of cloth

and tie them to the bushes near her sacred wells.

This is Her Time of Year, a very special moment.

Her day is the Second of February,

A day upon which to seek wisdom from inside the Earth.

In the time before Patrick, serpents were sent

because they dwell in both worlds, above ground and below.

In Christian Times, the serpent became a Groundhog.

Our lady is a goddess of many aspects: Crone, Matron,

but she is pictured most often as the maiden.

Chant: Welcome Brigid, Welcome Brigid (the burning arrow of the power – Bridgette)

(Candles are lit. Maiden Goddess appears.)

Brigid: Blessings of the season upon you, my People.

I am She, that is the natural mother of all things,

Mistress and governess of all the elements,

The initial progeny of worlds,

Chief of the powers divine,

Queen of all that are in the other world,

the principal of them that dwell above,

Manifested alone and under one form

Of all the Gods and Goddesses.

St. Patrick’s Day, the Luck ‘O the Irish and the pagans

by Tara Greene

Astrology Psychic  & More Copyright 2011- eternity & beyond.


St. Patrick, Catholic Irish Saint, is known for driving the snakes out of Ireland. That story  is actually a cultural re-visioning. St. Patrick, identified with the shamrock, was no Saint and not lucky at all for the pagans who worshipped the Goddess. Ireland since time out of mind was a pagan, Wiccan, Druid, Nature, Goddess worshipping land. These people were demonized and ripped off by St. Paddy.


St. Paddy is NOT Irish. Born in Scotland  to Roman parents around 387 AD.  Taken prisoner at 14, he was sent to Ireland as a slave. He studied the language and learned the customs of the people, original Nature loving, pantheistic earth worshippers.


As the story goes, Patrick prayed to God. He had a dream he was to leave Ireland but the Irish people were calling him back. He studied to be a priest. He became a Bishop and was sent back to Ireland to teach the Gospel. He arrived at Slane on March 25, 433.

Patrick converted many thousands of people including Irish Kings who were moved {or threatened} upon hearing Patrick’s message. He himself had many disciples who were all later canonized. He preached for over 40 years, apparently worked many miracles, and wrote of his love for God in his confessions. He lived in poverty, travelled and endured much suffering and died March 17, 461 AD. at Saul, where he had built his first church. It’s 1,550 years since he died.



Patrick used the shamrock, as the symbol of the holy Trinity. The SHAMrock or clover {note the sham pun in shamrock, puns are always give a ways} is originally an ancient PAGAN SYMBOL of the GODDESS, the original Holy TRINITY, the TRIPLE GODDESS, whose phases we see as the Moon waxing and waning.


The Triple Goddess, like the Roman God Janus, who was also an overlay of the original Goddess worshipping religions, represents the past present and future. Christianity like Hinduism, Judaism, Islam always incorporated former religions but then skews the original meaning, usually inferring the opposite.


St. Patrick was famous for driving the snakes out of Ireland, meaning he drove the pagans out/converted them. The snake is a euphemism; the snakes symbolize the Goddess, rebirth, sexuality, eternity, and wisdom. Snakes were always her honoured symbol. In the re-writing of the Goddess history, the propaganda popularly known as the Bible, tells how in Genesis, the snake was turned into evil and Eve made to be seen as wicked, the original sinner, forever dooming women to hardship in birth, and never able to repent.

It is the worst most wicked, horrible, most ridiculous LIE,  filled with self-hatred, hatred of life, divorced from nature. It  was of course built on the foundations of Judaism and the old testament which was the historical very violent story of the crushing of the Goddess religion, the defamation of the Feminine.

Everything the Goddess stood for, love of Nature, the Feminine relating principles, honouring life, children, sexuality etc. was made bad, indecent, devil worship by the Catholic Church and the Bible.


Christians thank him the conversion of the ancient Irish pagans. But in the name of Christ who tolerated all peoples, honoured women and preached love of thy neighbour, pagans especially women,who were labelled witches and -worshippers,were tortured to convert, and had their properties and rank stolen from them.


To some Pagans, wiccans, druids, Goddess worshippers St. Patrick is a despised person who drove the Irish people from their original faith.  Some Wiccans may actually enjoy the celebration because of its "hidden" Pagan meaning, and smile when they see devout Christians wearing the shamrock, the Goddess’symbol proudly.


As in the Mists of Avalon, the re-telling of the Arthurian and Grail legends from the original Pagan Goddess worshipping aspect, the Goddess in any name is still Her energy. Goddess worship is earth honouring, egalitarian, matriarchal.


Just as the white people carry a collective karmic debt and shame for destroying Indigenous peoples earth worshipping religion and cultures. In Canada,there is now a token giving back, as in the Queen Charlotte Island being renamed in their indigenous tongue and land treaties give native people back the lands and bones or historical relics taken in colonialized plunder, as in Egypt and China that were stolen from them.


Perhaps we should rethink St. Patrick when we’re out in the pub drinking green beer, wearing shamrocks, and singing When Irish Eyes Are Smilin’ and Oh Danny Boy and at least toast THE GODDESS. Because as She says: “All acts of love and beauty are my worship.”


And speaking of Ireland. The name Tara, popularly connected to the Hills of Tara, and the Kings of Tara is originally a Goddess name. Tara, whose ancient worship continues today,She is still worshipped daily in India and Tibet.

Green Tara whose name is originally SITARA, means the Stars. Therefore she is just like the Egyptian Goddess of the sky, where all life originated, the goddess Nut, or Nuit, aka the Milky Way Galaxy. Hey we don’t call it a Guyaxy.


Sitara, her name means the Galaxy, all that is, She is the original creatress, Mother Nature. The Sitar is her heavenly music, the music of the cosmos. Her worship is so ancient and widespread it ran from India all the way to Ireland.

In English Tara =Terra in Latin meaning The EARTH. Eartha or Artha in Sanskrit means the Earth. All the names have an etymological root from Sanskrit considered to be a holy language. So in India and Tibet the mantra, the prayers for Tara invoke her vibration, as chanting OHM is considered to be the original word of God. Tara actually has 21 different manifestations, colours and dances representing her powers.  Green Tara is Mother Nature.


Chanting her mantra or saying these words brings protection.

Om Tara Tu Tara Tura Swoha. The Tura is pronounced Tooray.









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Halloween Samhain The Witches New Year

These days Halloween has become another day in the year in which to sell lots of scary rubber and plastic paraphernalia, fake blood, creaky coffin lid opening soundtracks, the Monster Mash, etc etc. another commercial holiday. Children dressed in costumes go door to door with their pillowcases {environmentally friendly} asking Trick or Treat! The kiddies are given way too much sugar, and carefully pre-packaged non interfered with goods. Adults these days get into the Halloween theme by dressing up- straight guys love to be able to go out in drag on Halloween and generally party, funkily “spook-up” their environments and drink a lot. Lots of scary movies get shown.

But let’s not forget the origins of Halloween. It is Hallowed Evening. A Holy Evening, the Ancient Pagan/Wiccan New Year during the month when the Sun is in Scorpio, sign of Birth Death and Transformation. It is close to the mid-point between Autumn and Winter Solstice. Death is Rebirth. Wiccans honour this eve as the night when the veil between the two worlds is thinnest and much scrying, gazing into crystal balls and connecting with the spirits of the dead goes on as this night offers easiest access.

The Wheel of the Year Turns and this is a Sabbat or Sabbath Night, covens gather to do Ceremony. This is a Sacred not a Scared Night.

I wish in the midst of your pumpkin carving and revelry that you take time out to honour this day as it was originally intended. Remember in the midst of all the superficial trappings of Halloween, the hundreds of thousands, some say up to 9,000,000 mainly women, children and men who were accused of being witches by the Catholic Church who were tortured and burned at the stake. Old women, crones, medicine women, herbalists, midwives, pagans,their families, the poor, all innocent people who lived in harmony with Nature, who Loved their Mother the Earth, who knew the Wise Women Ways, the ancient ways to heal, to tend the sick, the dying, the mothers giving birth. It was a mysogynist Nazi Christian tyranny that went on for over 300 years in Europe and to the New World where the last woman was burned at the stake at Salem. Remember this Holocaust because it wasn’t so long ago. You didn’t have to be Jewish or Muslim you mainly just had to be a woman and therefore evil in the sainted eyes of the Holy Christian Church.

Witch Burning

I remember my own burning, the Inquisitors {one of whom turned out to be in this present life, my first husband, and a couple of Real Estate Agents, one Jewish, one Black} I relived this memory of my past life during a Holotropic Breathwork session. Many other women also relived the same experiences. It was horrible, my own two children were forced to stand and watch as their mother was tied to the stake and the fire lit. Of course I wasn’t meek or mild, I screamed and cursed them all for their inhumanity and ignorance, for their sadism and cruelty.

Those 100,000-200,000 to 9 million innocent souls who were terribly tortured and burned are back now on this earth.

Deep in the cells of your being in your cellular consciousness be you male or female at this time, you remember the Burning Times when you lived in total fear, when you hid you pagan religion, your ability to help, to heal, when tyranny was all around and anyone could accuse you of being a witch thereby ensuring your almost certain death. Watch The Burning Times a Canada Film Board movie which chronicles in detail this stain upon humanity.

Light a candle for those hundreds of thousands of souls who were innocent and remember what it was like. Given 6 degrees of separation you or someone you love, your children or your dog or cat, a friend or even your landlord was surely enough one of those people.

It’s time to acknowledge the deep pain in the shadows of our unconscious. The only way to heal it is to acknowledge that shadow, let the tears flow, the grief, the agony. This brings it out of unconsciousness otherwise that shadow control our actions unconsciously and allows us to keep inflicting pain on others and self, believing that we are not worthy, not lovable, deceitful, sinners,powerless. There is a collective shadow of women being afraid to hold their power and beauty.

As this is a New Year in the Ancient Count of Days Light a Candle of Illumination and Enlightenment and go beyond the rage, the anger into Love and Forgiveness. For the only way out is to forgive the accusers for their ignorance. This takes great strength and courage, for as you Forgive them you also forgive yourself and allow yourself to be free of the past.

They will have gotten their karmic comeupance.

HALLOWEEN is SAMHAIN is the Pagan New year!

We totally out of synch with solar/lunar natural cycle Westerners who denigrate the earth, the Feminine, the Goddess, and ourselves celebrate New Year's on  a totally artifical Gregorian calendar date 2 months later.  Why not get in synch now?

 The commercialised version of Halloween which has been handed down to us, does partake of some of the original mystery of this night filled with ghosts and spirits walking amongst the living.

October 31 is the night when the veil which divides the worlds of the living and the dead is the thinnest. Covens of pagans, who are ancient nature worshippers, labeled witches and persucuted by the Catholic Church for centuries, would gather to celebrate this sacred Night, the direction of the North West on the great round of the wheel of Life.

Plates of cakes and wine with candles lit are offered to your beloved ancestors, without whom your consciousness and body would not be here. Recalling your departed relatives with reverence is part of the scaredness of this day.

An alter is decorated with autumn leaves, the oranges and golds, the pumpkin, a fall vegetable, one of the last of the season, symbolizes the full round, ripe with abundant seeds of Life.  The harvest has been gathered, the fields are fallow. The King of the Waning Year has sailed over the sunless sea of the womb of the Mother, and alights on the Shining Isle, the luminous wolrd egg, becoming the seed of his own rebirth. The gates of life and death are opened! the new Sun child is conceived, the dead arise and walk, and to the living is revealed the Mystery, that there is no death, that life is everlasting, all endings are but new beginnings. We meet in time out of time, everywhere and nowhere, here and there, atonce, to greet the Lord of Death, who is Lord of Life and the Triple Goddess who is the circle of Rebirth. - referenced to Starhawk.

IT is the best night to scry gazing into crystals or water.

The popular childrens Halloween game of bobbing for apples, comes down to us from the original ancient ceremonial use of the apple at the Halloween Sabbat ceremony. An apple is the Goddess sacred fruit of Life- remember the Garden of Eden? It is cut by a ritual sword or athame splitting it open to reveal it as the fruit of death as well. The 2 in One.  All apples are Goddess symbols, the shape of the fruits' seeds is the 5 sided pentagram ,the five fold star of rebirth, as Venus actually cyles in the pentagram shape over time. Upright pentagrams are symbols of Venus herself. The downturned ones are inverted used for black magic and negative.

Apples and eaten wine is drunk. Celebrations of rebirth, renewal, everlasting life is what Halloween is all about. At Midnight Nov 1st becomes the day of the Dead celebrated thoughout Mexico, it is coincidentally also part of that ancient Halloween celebration. The spirits of the dead are able to intermingle with the living. Meals are shared with the departed ancestors and friends. In Mexico great fmaily picinics occur in cemetaries. The dead are consdered to be helpers and protectors of the living from the beyond always with us but closer this night.

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Year of the Golden Fire Pig 2007




The White Snake of The Goddess

Her Sacred Animals
The Serpent
Two white snakes that spirals upon her wand. This is the symbol adopted by all physicians and healers to this day. Look for the caduceus at any Doctor or Pharmacist. On this day in the early morning the serpents come out. "The serpent will come from the hole
On the brown Day of Bride,
Though there should be three feet of snow
On the flat surface of the ground."

The Raven, keeper of Magic

The Raven

This Sacred bird is associated with Brigid, Raven is the bringer of Sacred Law and Magic, as it is in the Native American Traditions.

Her Sacred Numbers
Her sacred number is 19. Which is the symbol of the Tarot Trump of the Sun. Nineteen Vestal Virgins kept her perpetual flame in Kildare Ireland. Prayer beads for Brigid have 19 milk white stones, Spells invoking Brigid take 19 days of prayers and supplications to complete.

#19 Tarot Trump The SUN

Three is also her Sacred Number. Three also being the Symbol of the Great Goddess Mother or Empress in the Tarot.

The Goddess/The Empress # 3 Major Trump

Our modern tradition of the Groundhog coming out of the ground looking for it’s shadow is the most interesting significance of this overlay to the Ancient Festival. Meditation, Ceremonial Advice & Prayers of Invocation- Wear white, light 3 white candles. Have a pot of earth nearby to ground your prayers into and some seeds for planting afterwards. Invoke Brigid, the Ancient Goddess of Healing, of Poetry of Magic, Fertility and Abundance at this time of transition of seeding new life of the Ascent of the Light over Darkness to help heal the shadow, your own shadows, may they be seen clearly by the light of consciouness, that your shadow side be healed, that the Light of the Purifying Flame of Brigid’s spear transform those shadows into New Light, new growth, love,which will transform the Collective Shadows of the World.
As Brigid is the Patroness of War and Smithcraft,visualize that all weapons are transformed into Ravens, Snakes, into White Swans-a gift of Grace,or willow or birch wands. Visualize that all weapons of Destruction be turned in to the Healing Cadeusis wand symbolized by her two intertwining snakes. Visualize the transformation of War into Healing at this time.
Use earth to ground your prayers. At the end of your ceremony plant seeds in the earth which will grow as the Light waxes every day. We are headed towards Spring with new Hope, Life will renew and continue, with the Goddess’s Blessings.

Shivaratri Feb 16,2007

Feb. 16th is an auspicious Hindu Celebration SHIVARATRI

The Great Night of Shiva celebrates the Hindu God’s marriage to Parvati. It is always celebrated on a dark fortnight in the month of Phalguna.
According to Hindu Mythology Shivarati “Shiva’s Great Night” symbolizes the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Many believe it is the night when Lord Shiva performed the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction. Devotees give a ritual bath to the Lingam {phallic symbol} with a special concoction of milk, sour milk, urine, butter and dung. Devotees of Lord Shiva chant verses and hymns of praise to their Lord on this night. It is especially important to women, they pray to the Goddess Parvati to send them good husbands, marital bliss and a long and prosperous married life.


Valentine’s Day

The Wheels of Love doth squeak loudly this Valentine's Day. This V Day is highly affected by the recent fleet footed back step by Mercury, the winged messenger to the Gods & Goddesses who turned tail yesterday Feb. 13th @ 11:38 pm EST. This dance step, called a Mercury Retrograde period, occurs because the planet of communications, thinking and analyzing appears to move backwards in the Heavens, causing havoc amongst those linear minded straight thinking types.

The New York Times wrote an article in reference to this often-gnarly time period called “Don’t shoot the Messenger.”

Mercury’s backwards stage affects everyone and also things- objects related to communicating-computers, plans, etc. It is a necessary time out, time to re-do, re-think, reflect, rest. It’s like looking through your rear view mirror in order to realign your positioning, which creates balance.

The Astrological symbol for this Retrograde is Rx-a prescription to just “sleep on it” in order to get re-adjusted and make whatever creative changes are in order to move forwards later in a more wholesome way. For the Mercury Retro. neophyte-

Mercury does this Rx. thing 3 times a year, for about 6 weeks each time which perfectly mirrors the amount of time that we humans {in case there are any other entities reading this} spend sleeping, 1/3 of our lives.


Merc. will Retrograde from 10 degrees+ of Pisces, enter Aquarius again on Feb. 26th, turn Direct on March 7th at 25 degrees of Aquarius, when everything begins to flow ahead again, but won’t recover past ground until March 29th when we can actually go straight ahead. So that’s quite a long time in which to sharpen our pencils. So be extra careful in all plans, back up your computers, double-check all meetings, and review, review, review. Mercury won’t enter Aries until April 10th. Our thinking will have to be tuned into rehashing Aquarian higher mind, and Pisces compassion, finishing up the Celestial

round until that time.

Valentines’ Day Feb 14- sextiles, double quincunx’s!

Besides the above mentioned, there are also other very squeaky sexy and kinky sounding Sacred Geometric aspects which are actually cogs in the wheels that make the heart go round and round this year. This one’s called a quincunx- what does that word bring to mind to you? -weird fetish sex acts amongst 5? Well whatever, a quincunx is actually when a planet is 150 degrees away from another one and the two are in incompatible elements, like fire and earth, or water and fire.

Today we get a double helping. There is a double quincunx- sounds twice as kinky forming. Created when two planets are 60 degrees apart, {called a sextile, an easy aspect} in this case from Mars in Capricorn- the men, all business, to Venus in Pisces –the women, all spiritual and fuzzy wuzzy- but both planets are quincunxing Saturn in Leo, the Reality Maestro Supreme, cosmic cop, Grim Reaper, Father Time! Don’t sound too romantic to me. This concoction {a sexy metaphor if there ever was one} don’t taste too great.

The FINGER of God/Dess-

The plot thickens-when, 2 planets, Mars and Venus in this case, both quincunx another one, Saturn in this case, they form something called THE FINGER OF GOD or “Oy Vay!” aspect-officially known as a Yod in Astro speake. Sounds like Fire and Brimstone! Saturn says: Get real! Be mature, have the Martial chutzpah and Leonine courage to open your heart, reveal your true business which is that we’re all hear to learn about and give and create and make love and receive love in the end {Venus in Pisces}. So re think sending bouquets of flowers, and buying extravagant gifts this year, tokens of affection. Why not get right down to the nitty-gritty. It may be better-or at least more real- to just wear your tattered and torn heart on your sleeve.

Saturn in Leo is also about Big Ego’s, the old Patriarchal hard-liners, Power, and Saturn is presently in opposition to Neptune, ruler of Pisces, who gently wafts us off to misty pastel pink and violet coloured divine lovers ground. Ahhwww. So you can see the oppositional dichotomy that what we’re dealing with here. Swallow your wounded pride, Saturn also Rx. in Leo, allows us to

maturely take responsibility for our own wounds, and turn misunderstandings into reflective moments engendering sharing and a deepening intimacy.

Those of you born Aug. 12-17th have the “Finger of God/dess” pointing straight at you. For the Baby Boomers born Oct 1950-June 1954 you have your Natal Pluto hovering around the degree where Saturn is now and this points to larger issues about your responsibility to the collective whole. Saturn’s got a big pocket watch called the Wheel of Time…hear it ticking in unison with your every heartbeat. On second thought, buy yourself a gift, you may need lots of chocolate to get you through this Valentines Day.

Robert Crumb's History of America
where'd all the trees go?

Time to change history. With Earth Day upon us, and awareness of Global Warming right under our noses, Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth waking up the general populace plus some Governments in the World to the need for clean air, water, food,and the need for us to green up and conserve, recycle, waste less, and for all of us to think in this way-

“In our every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”a quote from the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy:

Here's a super easy way for YOU and everyone you know to contribute to the next seven generation by planting TREES in New Orleans for Earth Day, using a revolutionary hi-tech method which everyone has accessible-your cell phone or land line and a computer! It is sponsored by Seventh Generation, the Vermont eco-friendly products company which 20 years ago named its company based on the Iroquois's Great Law as a mark of total integrity.


Earth Day April 222, 2007


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