Week 16 – God/Goddess Aspects, Wanding

September 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm (Uncategorized)

Aspects of the God
Animism is the earliest form of the beliefs in the spirits that inhabit natural objects and phenomenon, and the belief in the system of the an immaterial force animates the universe. Spirits exist in lightning, trees, rocks, and all natural phenomenon. The total of living things

Men tend to larger and stronger than women, so they have the role as the hunter, provider, and protector. The gods assume the same roles. Men who hunted presumably prayed to a male deity. This is evident in archeology and history. He was associated with the animals and men who died during the hunt. He became the lord of life and of death. The lord was associated with the role of death in the hunt and then in war and in warrior. 169,000-148,000 BCE humanity was born. 78000 BCE left Africa. Through 6000 BCE humans spread over the planet. We changed from a people who lived off nature to a people who negotiated with nature, and also from a people who would move to avoid conflict to a people who would defend land. This was the impetus for the creation of the gods of war. There were some goddesses of war, but the focus was on male deity. War was used for both the survival and defense of people. Robigalia, a holiday on Aprilis 25, honored the deity of rust, and people prayed for the rusting of weapons rather than the rusting of crops.

All natural things have a beginning, middle, and end. These are honored as master, father, and sage, as well as maiden, mother, and crone.

Master (son)
Lover (husband, father)
Sage (grandfather)

God as Master (Son)
Playful energy in everyone that we don’t forget, innocent that lashes out because of limitations of communication, that part that we tend to forget with age (must make a special effort to embrace). Youthful stage is suppressed in our society. Time of fire in love and anger. World tells us to listen to our emotions and be more sensible.
Hippomenes – Greek youth who used wit and intelligence to win at love. He fell in love with Atalanta. She said that she would never marry someone who wasn’t athletic. They had a foot race.
Kama – Hindu god of love, winged child with bow and arrow (similar to Cupid and Eros)
Laran – Truskin god of war, child in a helmet only.
Maponos – Celtic god of youth
Oengus MacOc – Irish god of love and youth, name means love and youth
Pan – Greek god, name means everything or all inclusive, son of Hermes, skilled at rock climbing and chasing nymphs
Dionysus
Faunus

Love and war were attached to the wilds of the untamed heart. The line between master and father is sometimes difficult to define.

God as Love (Father)
Monogamy is a practice of having a single sexual partner during a period of time. Deity that has been with many lovers or wives or been with partners of the same sex does not mean that they were not monogamous. Defined by the momentary state.

Love has three parts (all Latin):
Eros – Erotic carnal love, also the name of a Greek God (God of Sexual Desire)
Philia – Love of kith and kin
Agope – Divine love, love a devotee has for his/her deity

List of Gods with Same Sex Partners
Dionysus – Feminine wearing women’s clothes, Adonis and Hermaphodite as lovers
Hyacinthus – Loved by Apollo and Zephyrs, the flower Hyacinth is from the death of Hya
Orpheus – Greatest of Greek musicians, songs could move inanimate objects to dance, Eurydice as a lover, after Eurydice dies Orpheus goes to Hades to retrieve her. Without perfect trust, there can be no perfect love.
Pyramus – Babylonian, lover Thesbe, probably inspired Romeo and Juliet
Oengus – depicted with four birds flying over his head, which are his inspirational kiss and could fly off to potential lovers

Father Aspect
Our creator is Lady and Lord, Goddess and God. Father God and Mother Earth.
Examples of the union
Odin (Norse) and Alfdir – Sky God, father of all gods in Norse tradition, wife Jord, fathered Thor, wife Freed, more

God as Sage (Grandfather)
Akba-Atatdia – Native American, “He who has made everything”
Chronos – Grandfather of Time, existed before Zeus or any of the elder gods, Cronus, Kronus, Cronos are different gods
Elli – Beat Thor in a race.

Goddess as Maiden, Mother, and Crone
Lover
Mother
Grandmother
Goddess has specific names faces and characteristics that correlate with aspects of our lives. Balance between the Goddess and God is important to honor. Intimate and inescapable part of being human. When we see this dance, we will reconnect with the ancient power

Goddess as Maiden (daughter)
Youthful divine.

Karmentia – Roman goddess of childbirth with two sisters Antavorta (looking forward), Postvorta (looking back, wisdom)
Maiden appears in art just coming into her sexuality, clad in a white robe. Depicting purity, but not chastity. Lovely and alluring.

Artemis (Diana) is probably the most famous imagery with her bow, arrows and dog. Artemis images bear many breasts even though she is chaste. She was more than just maiden, as mother, or crone. Associated with Selene, goddess of the moon. Also an Olympian and virginal goddess. Main vocation was roaming forests with nymphs hunting for lions and stags. Helped in protecting the forest creatures well-being, safety and reproduction. Bow and arrows fashioned by Hephaestus and Cyclops. Born the day before Apollo, helping in his birth. Guardian of children and protectress of childbirth.

Kore (Persephone) – Kore means maiden, mother Demeter gifted mankind with farming and building a civilization. Kore loved picking flowers. Met some spirits who seemed to need someone to tend them. Followed them to the Underworld. Tricked her into eating pomegranate, the fruit of the dead. When she was underground, nothing grew giving us Winter, and upon her return gave us Spring. This is one of the negatives of maiden energy. Too much can result in naivete, unwittingly, and innocent. The woman in the maiden begins to stir at Spring.

Maiden energy focuses on herself and can help protect the well of self. Loves receiving and teaches us how to do that gracefully. Seeds of Genesis comes from this. Crescent moon is a sign of beginnings. Initiator of new things. Reclaim your sacred self. Dark side of the maiden is connected to feminine power lost to patriarchal dominance. Maiden can help young girls prepare for womanhood. Customs of magick were hidden for protection. Embrace our magick, celebrate our spirit. Seek her out when path has been long and challenging. Sacred symbols are flowers and animals specific to each goddess. Waxing crescent moon, dawn to noon, plants are meadowsweet, narcicil, lightweight clothing, being naked.

Goddess as Mother

Mystery of new life must have been awe inspiring for our ancestors. Fertility and drive to sustain humankind. Began calling the Earth mother because it sustains and nourishes. All life originates from her. Maternal lady who watches of children and elders, given birth to the universe itself.

Venus of Willendorf is a popular depiction (statue) from 25000 BCE with large breasts and hips, imagery as the mother.

Gaia – Nothing but darkness. Nyx was all that existed (bird with black wings). She laid a golden egg. Eros, God of Love, born from that egg. Egg’s remnants became earth, sky and called her Gaia. Their passion gave love to all humankind. Love is a creative force and important in the mother archetype.

Mother is represented by summer (sun is high in sky, life is teeming). Mother remains pregnant until winter soltice giving birth to the sun.

Sybele – oldest image on Smyna coins, mother earth and protectress of the city, represented by a simple black meteorite implying her raw energy, Romans called her Magma Mater Deun Idea “Great Mother of the Gods”. Magma refers to the womb of the earth. Spew bodily fluids of the mother.

Goddess as Crone
Aged are honored as being wise and a precious resource. Represents power and wisdom, but in a physical sense. Rely on adeptness, wisdom, and cunning. Have the infinite knowledge of the ages to draw upon. Sebaceous, witty. Ultimate form of recycling energy. Builds the bridge between now and not now, temporal and eternal.
Waning moon, darkness, death, wisdom, gentleness of age. Dependable, can teach us to open our psychic self, use money, energy and resources wisely. Also teaches us that all work and no play starves the spirit. All that you wish to do cannot be done when your well is dry.

Wanding
Application of knowledge, present for thousands of years. Catholic bishops carry a staff, pharaohs have a scepter. Symbols of other worldly power.
Put aside thoughts that you are not worthy. It is your birthright. The wand is a focal point, a visualization tool. Manifestation of spiritual energy. The wand for a spirit is a ringing telephone. Clear focused priority. Link to realms of light and power and truth. Starts with simple, unadorned wood, which symbolizes the choice we made when were still in spirit that it is in us.

From Fitchel.com

5 parts:
Bulbus – earth, named kell
Handle – water, named fondel
Shaft – fire, steck
Tip – air, lants, scratched bare to allow the free flow of energy in and out of the wand

Still common to introduce a human element (hair)

Needs to be consecrated and named. The listener (maker)
Harnessing creative power towards results you want in your own life. Calling forth energy and communicating more effectively with the spirit world. Distill and directs potency. Ceremonial process whereby lay claim to the spiritual and physical treasures of the universe. Must possess the confidence and authority through knowledge. Creates a symbiotic relationship through which the body nourishes the cell. The universe exists to give us things and supply without restriction. You may take what you want, no need to grovel. A single imperative claim is need at that moment. Abundance is your birthright. There is no right or wrong way to gather them.

Creating a Wanding Space

Altar is good. Must be private and quiet. A familiar consistent comfortable place is ideal.
Smudging indoors is a necessity. Wanding works in the NOW. State the requests in unambiguous terms. The universe does not read between the lines. There is no tomorrow or yesterday. All happens now and only now. Do not speak in negatives. Speak in present tense; avoid the word “will”
“My mother will not be ill.” – The universe does not hear the word “not” and the word “will” implies a nebulous future, or denotes a continuation. The universe will perpetuate the illness.
“My mother is healthy now.” – Emphasize the word “now.” I am wealthy now. I am working now.

Using a Wand
Basics:
Hold gently in the power hand between the pads of your fingers
Fill your heart with acceptance and love
Call forth the spirit into the wood using the name. Call the spirit in each wood.
Merlin into the world
Merlin into the wood
Merlin into the wand
Use it for drawing symbols while saying clearly and with conviction your need. Symbols are needed to give the action.
Say the phrase three times while drawing the symbol.
“I thank thee for wandering a piece with me.”
Always cleanse first, don’t need to cast a circle, though. No cleansing outdoors because Mother Earth does that herself.

Creating a Wand
3 sections of wood taken from three different trees (mind, body, spirit or maiden, mother, crone, etc.) Creation requires one month to complete. Begin construction and end at the full moon. Consecrated, named, and smudged. The wanding welcome ceremony. Reunion with the spirit of the wood. Ceremony needs to take place outdoors in the light of the moon or with candles if the moon is not out. Signifies the agreement you made in the pre-life. Spirit of the wand is someone dear to you and will assist you in the good works you do in the mortality. The naming comes from meditation. The sounds will come to you in meditation. Write down the name. Ask your spirits if that is the name.

http://www.Fitchel.com  makes wands

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