Tattoo Time!

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So first off, this is not me. Secondly, I love this idea. Only I would change the Eiffel Tower to something else, like Stonehenge or something witchy. But I am in love with this idea. Like seriously. I don’t know about the placement though…

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Fyre

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Its Goddess Time!

Morrigan

Who is she?

Morrìgan is a Celtic triple female deity, She has a number of names, such as: Great Queen, Specter Queen, Supreme War Goddess and Queen of Phantoms or Demons. Great Mother, Moon Goddess, Great White Goddess, Queen of the Fairie, Patroness of Priestesses and Witches, Queen of the Witches and Goddess of Magick.

It seems that The Morrìgan was looked at as an evil goddess, according to this quote:

crowIn her dark site, she is the Goddess of War, Fate and Death. As a War Goddess, she reigned over the battlefield, helping with her magick, but did not join in battles. The “Washer at the Ford” (seem washing bloody laundry prior to battle by those destined to die). With her, others like Fea (Hateful), Nemon (Venomous), Badb (Fury) and Macha (Battle) encouraged fighters to battle-madness. Marries the Dagdha at Samhain. Daughter of Ernmas, and sometimes a collective name for all three of her daughters. Her symbol was the raven or crow. Like many Goddesses, She was a shapechanger. She often turned into a raven or hooded crow. The carrion crow is her favorite disguise.
(source: Barbara Walker, The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets.)

Well how about that, not really a nice girl, wouldn’t you say? But not everyone seems to think that The Morrìgan was all evil:

The Morrìgan is a goddess of battle, strife and fertility. She could also appear as a beautiful Maiden. Tradition says she has nine loosed tresses on her head, a sign of her connection with the Ninefold Goddess of the Cauldron. Goddess of rivers, lakes, and fresh water. The origins of the Morrìgan seem to reach directly back to the megalithic cult of the Mothers. The Mothers usually appeared as triple goddesses and their cult was expressed through both battle ecstasy and regenerative ecstasy. It’s also interesting to note that later Celtic goddesses of sovereignity (such as the trio of Eriu, Banba, and Fotla) also appear as a trio of female deities who use magic in warfare.

Now, that’s a different aproach….

“Influence in the sphere of warfare, but by means of magic and incantation rather than through physical strength, is common to these beings.” (source: Ross 205)

There is certainly evidence that the concept of a raven goddess of battle wasn’t limited to the Irish Celts. An inscription found in France which reads Cathubodva, ‘Battle Raven’, shows that a similar concept was at work among the Gaulish Celts.

Cu Chulainn

History always seems to have a story for us. So does Morrìgan. She fell in love….
She appeared to the hero Cu Chulainn (son of the god Lugh) and offered her love to him.
Cu however failed to recognize her and rejected her. She appeared to him on four occasions and he failed to recognize her again and again.

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– When she appeared to him and declared her love for him.
– After he had wounded her, she appeared to him as an old hag and he offered his blessings to her, which caused her to be healed.
– On his way to his final battle, he saw the Washer at the Ford, who declared that she was washing the clothes and arms of Cu Chulainn, who would soon be dead.
– When he was forced by three hags (the Morrìgan in Her triple aspect) to break a taboo of eating dogflesh.

She told him that she would hinder him when he was in battle. When Cu Chulainn was eventually killed, she sit on his shoulder as a crow. Cu’s misfortune was that he never recognized the feminine power of sovereignity that she offered to him.

Blessed Be

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Fyre

Shadows in Books and places

First it’s important to know that there is no one and only Book of Shadows.  This concept is a fictional plot device to explain why magick is not effective without THE Book of Shadows.  The idea is that if you just have the right book all your magick will be effective.  This usually sets up a dynamic between the characters where each tries to possess THE book.

Actually, the name simply refers to any book or digital folder that contains a witch’s personal spells, potions, references and records.  The truth is that any given magycal rite or spell is effective only if it’s effective for you.  Another witch’s Book of Shadows is likely to be useless for you.

To that end, you will want to gather any and all information that works best for you.   Places to look are books, online, from other witches, and even your own dreams.

How can you tell if something will work for you?  Try it.

Of course, there is so much information out there no one can try everything.   What I do is examine a new piece of information and notice how it feels to me, how it fits with what else I’ve learned.  If I am invoking a deity, I ask myself how do I relate to this Being in the context of my workings.  If I am looking for correspondences (how one aspect relates to another) I ask myself if the whole package seems to fit together nicely.  For instance, I might choose to work a love spell on a Friday night because that is the traditional time for working love spells, under a waxing moon.  I might choose to evoke the Goddess Diana.  I may then choose to write a spell using metaphors of the hunt “hunting for love”.   I might then choose to burn red rose petals in a fire made with red oak wood.  To me, everything on the list fits together, each item reinforcing every other item.  What I gather for a particular working may not work so well for everyone.  In fact, I’d be surprised if it did.

So don’t let anyone tell you that you HAVE to have a certain book. Use what feels right. I use a journal that I got many years ago. It looks really girly but I like it.

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Fyre

Dinner

So as an early birthday present, Harluin and I went out to my favorite Chinese buffet. This place is so good. Seriously.

Anyways, I ask what they did for birthdays because I’m thinking like a discount or free drink or something. Nope.

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I get this adorable little fruit cake. I couldn’t eat most of it because I’m allergic to the coconut things in the middle. I also got Happy Birthday played very loudly over the loud speaker. I know I turned like a million shades of red. It was nice, embarrassing but nice.

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Fyre