Dec 242011
 

Holda Holda the Yuletide Goddess

Holda

As with many ancient goddesses, Holda is complex. Also called Hulde and Frau  Holle, she goes by a variety of names and takes different forms, depending on  locale and culture. In her form as a beneficent and noble White Lady, Holda is  beautiful and stately, with long, flowing golden hair, which shines with  sunlight as she combs it. She wears a white gown covered with a magical white  goose down cape. At Yuletide, she travels the world in a carriage and bestows  good health, good fortune, and other gifts to humans that honor  her. She not only is connected with Winter Solstice itself, but also with the holiday season that continues many of its customs, the 12 days of  Christmas–from December 25 through January 6.

Wishing everyone a safe, joyful, healthy and blissful holiday blessings, Lady Rose

 

Related Posts:  13 Gods Associated with December 25

Dec 082011
 

Thurs13 Yule 13 Gods Associated With December 25

Wishing every one a happy, healthy, joyous holiday season (regardless of one’s religion or non-religious choices).  This Thursday 13 I thought it would interesting to explore the origins of the holiday.

Here is a list of some of the of Pagan gods that had “birthdays”  or are associated with December 25th:

  1. Apollo
  2. Attis
  3. Bacchus
  4. Dionysus the son of Zeus
  5. Helios
  6. Hercules
  7. Horus
  8. Jupiter
  9. Mithras
  10. Nimrod (who eventually came to be worshipped as Baal) – According to ancient Babylonian tradition, Semiramis (later known as the goddess Astarte/Asherah/Ashtoreth/Isis/Ishtar/Easter in other pagan religions) claimed that after the untimely death of her son/husband Nimrod, a full grown evergreen tree sprang up overnight from a dead tree stump. Semiramis claimed that Nimrod would visit that evergreen tree and leave gifts each year on the anniversary of his birth, which just happened to be on December 25th.  This is the true origin of the Christmas tree.
  11. Perseus
  12. Sol Invictus (The “Unconquered Sun”)
  13. Tammuz

 “By the time the Roman Empire legalized Christianity in the 4th century, most of the other religions in the empire were celebrating the birth of their gods on December 25th.  Leading up to December 25th in ancient Rome, a festival known as Saturnalia was one of the biggest celebrations of the year.  Saturnalia was a festival during which the Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of their god Saturn. This holiday began on the 17th of December and it would last for an entire week until the 23rd of December.  Saturnalia was typically characterized by gift-giving, feasting, singing and lots and lots of debauchery.  The priests of Saturn would carry wreaths of evergreen boughs in procession throughout the pagan Roman temples. Later on, the Romans also started holding a festival on December 25th called Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, which means ‘the birthday of the unconquered sun.’  Basically it was a way for the empire to consolidate all of the December 25th ‘sun god’ birthdays throughout the empire into one holiday.”

List is from Mysteries of the World article: The Mystery Of The Pagan Origin Of Christmas: Jesus Was Not Born On December 25th But A Whole Bunch Of Pagan Gods Were.

Wishing everyone blessings and good cheer this holiday season, Lady Rose

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FYI:  I respect ALL religions and positive spiritual paths, and I respest all who decide to not follow any religion or spiritual path.  That being said I also enjoy learning about history and the origins of religions and traditions.  The above list is for information and enjoyment purposes only – it is not an attack on Christmas or any other holiday.

Related Posts You Might Enjoy:
13 Holidays to Celebrate in December and 13 Holiday Greetings.

Sep 282011
 

Sm Goddess Charge of the Goddess

Charge of the Goddess (3 Versisons)

Charge of the Goddess  by Doreen Valiente 1922-1999 (High Priestess of Gerald Gardner in the 1950’s)
Believed to be the final work by Gardner and Valiente, derived from various sources, one being a book by Charles Godfrey Leyland, Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches.

Now listen to the words of the Great Mother, who was of old also called among men Artemis, Astarte, Athene, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arianrhod, Isis, Bride, and by many other names. At her altars, the youth of Lacedaemon in Sparta made due sacrifice. Whenever ye have need of anything, once in a month and better it be when the moon is full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place, and adore the spirit of me, I who am Queen of all Witches.

There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets; to these will I teach all things that are as yet unknown.

And ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye be truly free, you shall be naked in your rites; and yea shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in my praise. For mine is the ecstasy of spirit, and mine also is joy on earth; for my law is love unto all beings.

Keep pure your highest ideals; strive ever toward them, let nothing stop you or turn you aside. For mine is the secret door which opens upon the Land of Youth, and mine is the cup of wine of life, and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Vessel of Immortality. I am the gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man.

Upon earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, I give peace, and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before.

Nor do I demand sacrifice; for behold, I am the mother of all living, and my love is poured out upon the earth.
Hear the words of the Star Goddess, the dust of Whose feet are the hosts of heaven, Whose body encircles the universe.

I who am the beauty of the green earth, and the white moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters and the desire of the heart of man. Call unto thy soul to arise and come unto me. For I am the soul of Nature, who gives life to the Universe.  From me all things proceed and unto me all things must return; and before my face, beloved of gods and of men, let thine innermost divine self be enfolded, in the rapture of the infinite.

Let my worship be within the heart that rejoices for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. Therefore, let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you. And thou who thinketh to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou knoweth the mystery; for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.

For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

Copyrpight: John Belham-Payne and the Centre for Pagan Stiudies (Doreen Valiente Official Site).

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Charge of the Goddess as adapted by Starhawk

Listen to the words of the Great Mother, Who of old was called Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arionrhod, Brigid, and by many other names.
Whenever you have need of anything, once a month, and better it be when the moon is full, you shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of Me Who is Queen of all the Wise.
You shall be free from slavery, and as a sign that you be free you shall be naked in your rites.
Sing, feast, dance, make music and love, all in My Presence, for Mine is the ecstasy of the spirit and Mine also is joy on earth.
For My law is love is unto all beings. Mine is the secret that opens the door of youth, and Mine is the cup of wine of life that is the cauldron of Cerridwen, that is the holy grail of immortality.
I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal, and beyond death I give peace and freedom and reunion with those that have gone before.
Nor do I demand aught of sacrifice, for behold, I am the Mother of all things and My love is poured out upon the earth.
Hear the words of the Star Goddess, the dust of Whose feet are the hosts of Heaven, whose body encircles the universe:
I Who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the stars and the mysteries of the waters,
I call upon your soul to arise and come unto me.
For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.
From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return.
Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
And you who seek to know Me, know that the seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.
For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am That which is attained at the end of desire.

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Charge of the Star Goddess, by Starhawk (from The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 20th Anniversary Edition Charge of the Goddess)

I who am the beauty of the green earth
And the white moon among the stars
And the mysteries of the waters,
I call upon your soul to arise and come unto me.
For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.
From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return.
Let my worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold-
All acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion,
Honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
And you who seek to know Me, know that your
Seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless
You know the Mystery:
For if that which you seek, you find not within yourself,
You will never find it without.
For behold, I have been with you from the beginning,
And I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

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