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Just reading celtic mythology right now I hope to post something soon this is a fantastic thread

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Frau Holda/Holle is the German Goddess of spinning, children, home and domestic animals. It was said she offered a man gold or seeds. Since he chose the seeds she went back and showed him how to make linen from the flax. She is not one for laziness and all spinning for the year must be done before Yule starts or she will damage your work and wheel. It's said children who die as infants are taken in by her and cared for. She is also associated with water/wells and snow. It is also said she turns the lazy to cats and has a wagon drawn by cats. Holda is associated with winter and after Christianity, witches and the Wild Hunt.

Grimm has a tale about Holda in his Children's and Household Tales. She is views as a young women in white or a crone.

I wasn't drawn to the Norse goddesses at all but Holda seemed to grab hold of me. Apples and flax are good offerings. I don't like wands but the one I have is a part from an antique spinning wheel I got to represent her on my altar.

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Does anyone have a link where I could about them all - thanks.

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Wow, thanks for sharing. Very interesting about Bastet. I love it when I learn something new.



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From the third millennium B.C., when Bastet begins to appear in our record, she is depicted as either a fierce lioness or a woman with the head of a lion.[3] Images of Bast were created from a local stone, named alabaster today.[citation needed]

Originally she was viewed as the protector goddess of Lower Egypt. As protector, she was seen as defender of the pharaoh, and consequently of the later chief male deity, Ra, who was also a solar deity, gaining her the titles Lady of Flame and Eye of Ra.

Her role in the pantheon became diminished as Sekhmet, a similar lioness war deity, became more dominant in the unified culture of Lower and Upper Egypt.[citation needed]

In the first millennium BC, when domesticated cats were popularly kept as pets, Bastet began to be represented as a woman with the head of a cat and ultimately emerged as the Egyptian cat-goddess per excellence.[3] In the Middle Kingdom, the domestic cat appeared as Bastet’s sacred animal and after the New Kingdom she was depicted as a woman with the head of a cat or a lioness, carrying a sacred rattle and a box or basket.[4]



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The goddess Bast was sometimes depicted holding a ceremonial sistrum in one hand and an aegis in the other – the aegis usually resembling a collar or gorget embellished with a lioness head.

Bast was a goddess of the sun throughout most of Ancient Egyptian history, but later when she was changed into a cat goddess rather than a lioness, she was changed to a goddess of the moon by Greeks occupying Ancient Egypt toward the end of its civilization. In Greek mythology, Bast also is known as Ailuros.


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Does anyone have any information on Bast? I am trying to compile info right now.

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10/27/09 10:13 P

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I think some of my best rituals started with one I found in a book or on the internet and then adapted it to what felt comfortable to me and fit my needs. Cranbyrre I love what you describe.



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ok. well I have several copied off the internet with a lot of detail and (boring) info about her, but who really does those? the one we ACTUALLY do is one we made up and revised over the years:
--and mind you, this is geared for kids..
1. first welcome her by creating colorful symmetrical (or not) patterns on your doorstep with chalk, sand, flour, or the traditional is rice flour. (traditionally these have a lotus flower in the center but with kids, any design is good)
2. Light many candles and lights to honor her, we gather them up all over our altar and table. They line their walks and porches but to me its too dangerous. Place an offering of flowers on the altar and some coins to draw money. (leave the coins there all year and add to them!)
3. have a shadow box reenactment: you cut out the back of a shoe box and cover it with white cloth, like a pillow case (try good will, they're cheap!), cut the puppets from cardboard covered with black paper, stapled to a straw. Shine a flashlight from the back, the silhouettes will show through.The kids can make up a play or use a myth, like Laksmi emerging from the ocean of milk when the gods churned the sea in order to produce divine nectar. Have them work on it the day before, when you are making the barfi and shadow box and finding your sidewalk chalk...
4. after the shadow box show eat Barfi, traditional Hindu treat, although not healthy or low fat (if someone can revise this and have it still taste pretty much the same, I'd be so HAPPY!):
1/2 qt milk, 32 oz powdered milk, 1/2 cup chopped nuts, 32 oz powdered sugar, 1 cup dried coconut, 2 T butter
Heat the milk and sugar until it boils. Add the butter and stir until melted. Add coconut and nuts. Turn off the heat. Stir in the milk powder. Spread onto a lightly greased baking tray. Leave the candy to cool then cut into squares.

We do this ceremony on the first New Moon of November, easy, fun and a great chance to share wicca and mythology with young kids. =)


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Cranbyrre, you are welcome to share it here if you want.



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hey DBRCHANCEY, I have a fun ritual for honoring lakshmi, my kids and me kind of adapted this celebration from hindu practices to honor her, if you are interested in it I'd be happy to share. ...although maybe my reply should be in a different topic....?

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Trish thank for that information I find it very interesting.



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Ra (R', Re) - King of The Neteru. The first one to rise out of Nun and masturbate the world into existence. The sun. Portrayed as a falcon-headed man. Center of worship in Yunu(On of the Bible,Heliopolois to the Greeks). born in the morning,ages through the day, dies in the evening. Rides the solar barque.

In the light of darkness I'll find my way
I've shed my sorrow, at least for today
I have never felt so strong
Life is rushing through my veins
With my heart and mind aligned
I can stand the test of time
I have never felt so proud
Of what I feel and who I am
When life brings me to my knees
Nothing will ever get me down
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7/14/09 10:38 A

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An ~ a sky god, and Ninhursag were probably the progenitors of the other gods in the Sumerian pantheon. An's wife may have been Nammu. He is sometimes shown as a jackal. An was the oldest of the Sumerian gods and is called Anu by the Akkadians. He is first in the trinity of gods, Anu, Bel and Ea.



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YOur very welcome! We like to learn and share.

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Thank your daughter for the wonderful information that provided us. Brightest blessings and warm hugs.



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My 15yo daughter is very into "knowing" the goddesses. So here is what she has shared for all of us.

KUAN YIN

HISTORY:
She is a bodhisattua (Buddhahood). Originally from India but is now very popular in China. She swore an oath not to leave this planet until every soul was enlightened.

What She Does:
KuanYin shows us forgiveness, compassion, and enlightenment. She shows souls how to forgive themselves and other so that they may heal and reach Nirvana. This is also how she helps everyone who reaches out to her.

What She Represents:
KuanYin represents the willingness to let go. She is the protector of women and children. She brings everyone a sense that all is well and all will be well.

How To Call Upon Her:
Close your eyes and start a conversation with her. Call her to you. You may feel silly but that is alright. Stop and listen to your message. Take several slow deep breaths and invite her to share her message with you. Imagine her taking your pain away. Imagine her guiding you closer to Nirvana. You may feel yourself making up a conversation but do not get distracted. Just slowly breath and listen. When you feel your message is there but cannot really hear it ask that she whisper it to you in a dream or a vision as you sleep.
When you are done take 3 slow deep breaths and come back to the now.

Prayers:
KuanYin - goddess of love, mercy and compassion, help me forgive myself and other so that I may heal. Show me my path so that I may find enlightenment. Please guide me until I am whole again.

Affirmations:
The Goddess heals my pain.
I no longer grieve as I find happiness in All I see and All I do.




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Lakshmi is the goddess of light and beauty, good fortune and wealth. Being the consort of Vishnu, the preserving principle, Lakshmi also signifies love and grace. Lakshmi often expresses her devotion to Vishnu by messaging his feet as he lies on the coils of the snake Shesha. While Lakshmi is generally worshipped to achieve success, she does not reside long with anyone who is lazy or desires her only as wealth.

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Thank you all for sharing. I am only just beginning to learn about the Gods in Goddesses in many ways that I have not before. It used to be only for my pleasure of finding unique names; I enjoy that there is so much more to them.

I can't say that I follow any as of yet. I live in a fantasy world to some but really believe that fey exist. I also believe that dark faeries actually help with my creativity and yet I do not know how, what or who to call them. Any enlightenment in this area would be most appreciated.





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Watcher thank you for sharing. I should have Anubis help me make it through the summer when things seem the darkest. It is nice to know the gods have a lighter side. Brightest blessings and warm hugs.



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Anubis is the Greek name of the Egyptian god Anpu. He was, in far ancient times, the god of the dead, but when the stories of Osiris' death and 'rebirth' became popular, he graciously bowed out and became a funerary deity. He is the Lord of the Mummy Wrappings, Foremost of the Westerners, Lord of the Nine Bows, and the Opener of the Ways (along with Wepwawet).

In my experience, Anubis is a pretty fun guy. As a psychopomp deity, he wanders the grey lands between life and death, and as such runs the gamut from dark and serious to fun and light-hearted. He seems to like sweets, so I recommend honey as an offering, should you wish to speak with him. To me, he is the Guide, and he is one who will light your path and walk with you through the darkness.

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Babi is known since the Old Kingdom. His name means 'bull of the baboons', by which is to say that he is the most dominant of the males. This is a dangerous, blood thirsty and virile baboon deity, who controls the darkness and who lives on human entrails and can murder on sight. There are spells for protection against this dangerous deity, but his powers were also used for the opposite purpose (which was most often the case in the ancient days), that of protection against other dangers in the Underworld, like snakes and turbulent waters. Often in the 'Book of Going Forth by Day', the deceased uses spells to 'become Babi' in order to aquire his powers.

His virility shows in that his phallus is the latch of the doors of heaven, which he opens up for the king. Likewise a deceased identified his own phallus with the one of Babi to ensure successful intercourse in the Afterlife. Other spells are neccessary for protection from Babi in the Hall of Double Truth during the Weighing of the Heart, when he was considered as most dangerous.




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very nice, i've learned quite a bit already!

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It doesn't matter if in alphabetical order. I just thought it would give everyone a chance to share and learn.



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I think it's a really kool topic/thread! Am always up for sharing and learning info-!!
Alphabetical?
Brigit
Brigit is the Celtic goddess of fire, healing, fertility, poetry, cattle, and patroness of smiths. Brigit is also known as Brighid or Brigantia and in Christianity is known as St. Brigit or Brigid. She is compared with the Roman goddesses Minerva and Vesta.

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I just thought this would be a great way for all of us to discover the different Ancients that have influence upon the paths we take. And to earn something about each others beliefs.



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Thank you for starting this thread, Jewitch, and for sharing Aker. I'd never heard of him before.

As I mentioned in my recent introduction, I am a priestess of Ereshkigal, the Sumerian goddess of the Underworld. She is best known for her role in "The Descent of Inanna." After Inanna descended through the seven gates of the underworld, stripped of a piece of her regalia at each door, she entered Ereshkigal's throne room "naked and bowed low." Ereshkigal "fixed her with the eye of death," killed her, and then hung her body on a peg.

In a lesser-known myth, "The Marriage of Nergal and Ereshkigal," she demands that a god who insulted her be sent down to make amends. They end up in bed together, but he leaves in the night before she's finished with him. She demands his return, and he comes back ready to do violence, but they end up marrying and ruling together.

I like to think of Ereshkigal as a "crucible" goddess. She's one of those who will stand with you as you go through the most difficult times of your life, the times that strip away much -- or all -- of what you've held dear, and then helps you transform into something new. She's a "tough love" goddess who helps us learn the hard lessons that teach strength and courage.

She's also a goddess who will help you deal with your garbage. Confined to the underworld, she helps us face and own our shadow selves, the parts of ourselves that we hide, deny, and suppress. Sometimes these are things we are ashamed of, but sometimes it's own brilliance and power that we fear. She helps us release what we need to let go of and have the courage to express our scary strengths.

She's a goddess of maintaining boundaries -- in contrast with Inanna who violates them. Ereshkigal teaches righteous anger, saying "no", and drawing lines in the sand. She teaches self respect.



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I thought it would fun and informative if we play a game of listing Ancients that we follow and list some attributes about them. Brightest blessings on every one and warm hugs. ~ Jewitch

I will start with Aker, an ancient earth-god, signifying the horizon, the point where night turns to day, where day turns to night, and therefore depicted as two lions seated back to back, facing away from each other. They are also called 'Yesterday' and Tomorrow', as one lion faces towards the east where the sun rises and begins the new day, the other lion faces west where the sun sets and descends into the Underworld. Aker also guards the gate to the Underworld and opens it for the King to pass through.

The area between the lionsī backs often shows the circle of the sun as if rising between two hills. This also signifies the sunīs journey across the sky during the day, as well as it being safely carried on the back of Aker during itīs dangerous night journey in the Underworld each night.

Aker was not worshipped in temples like a Netjer, He was more connected perhaps to the primeval concepts and earth powers.





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