Among the various symbols of Beltane frivolity, the Maypole is probably the most well known, even to non-Pagans.
On the surface, the tall Maypole is simply a phallic symbol to reflect the fertility of the season. But it originates with the ancient Irish story of the Bile Pole. The Bile Pole was a sacred tree of life that grew up through the Earth to join the Heavens above and the Otherworld beneath. A similar story to the Norse tree, Yggdrasil.
Even if you can’t pronounce it, you have likely heard of the great World Tree called Yggdrasil. It’s part of Norse mythology, and is literally the central part as this ash tree is believed to grow up through of all the various worlds, connecting them.
I’ve always envisioned this tree with its roots in the underworld (Niflheim) and its highest branches in the realm of the Gods (Asgard). Well, that’s not really how it’s laid out after all. There are 3 roots to Yggdrasil, and under each of the roots is one of the mythological worlds: Asgard, Niflheim (or Hel), and Jotenheim. The trunk of the tree runs through the realm of man, Midgard.
Not all incense comes in the form of processed sticks or cones. If you want a more natural way to scent your sacred space, you might want to try using resins. Resins are hardened and waxy pieces of tree sap or gum, with the varieties coming from different plants.
When a person thinks about divination, or fortune-telling, they usually think of Tarot cards. Though reading the Tarot is one of the more popular forms of divination, it’s certainly not the only one. For anyone thinking of trying divination, the Tarot may seem a little intimidating. There are 78 cards to learn, not to mention the various ways of spreading them out.
The term reconstructionism (or simply recon) can be applied to several different Pagan religions, though it is most often seen with Celtic, Norse or Greek paths.
Wicca is not a recon religion, because of it’s relatively modern origins and the fact that it was created from a combination of other practices. As I just mentioned, the most common recon paths are Celtic Reconstructionism, Hellenismos (Greek), Asatru (Nordic) and Kemetic Faith (Egyptian). Now, keep in mind that just because you worship Norse or Egyptian Gods doesn’t mean you can say you are following their faith. A reconstructionist approach involves much more about the original culture, not just the Deities. Continue reading “What is Reconstructionism”
The Akashic records are a repository of information that exists in the astral realm. It is a complete and thorough record of everything that has ever occured, including the thoughts and feelings of every individual, all through time. Curious?
Wicca is a new religion, but people have been following Pagan ways for much longer. Archaeology has shown that the female image was formed into idols, figures and statues for many thousands of years. The true purpose of these figures is speculated to be spiritual in nature and connect the fertility of women with the Earth, but in fact we can never know what the artist was thinking when he/she created them. Continue reading “Goddess Figures from Ancient History”
Tinctures are suitable for extracting plant and herb essences that do not infuse well through water and heat. Roots and woody parts are commonly used in tincture format. Tinctures are highly concentrated , so making up a batch should last you a long time. Continue reading “How to Make Tinctures”
Everyone has heard of the triple Goddess, in her forms of Maiden, Mother and Crone. The concept can be interpreted in different ways. It can be thought of as the phases the Goddess passes through, and can be seen through the Wheel of the Year or the phases of the moon. This point of view comes about when one sees Deity as a single Goddess, rather than a pantheon of separate and unique Goddesses. Continue reading “Maiden, Mother, Crone”