Goddess Knowledge – Psyche

The story of Psyche tells of a mortal woman taken to a mysterious castle to be married to a fierce dragon. Her husband comes to her in the middle of the night, and she falls in love with him. Told she must never look upon his face, she disobeys this injunction and finds that her husband is really Eros, the god of love; when he awakes, he flies away, leaving her forever.

Psyche roams far and wide trying to find Eros. She goes to his mother, Aphrodite, who gives her four tasks to complete, each seeming impossible. The final task requires her to descend into Hades and retrieve a box of beauty.

Through the process of meeting the challenges of her tasks and integrating her experiences Psyche grows from an innocent young girl into a mature goddess. Psyche is a rich reminder of our imperative to grow;  she reminds us that the process of life takes us into dark places as well as light, just as the butterfly emerges from the dark chrysalis into the light.

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How to spot a witch: Believers’ methods from the 15th to 18th century ByRachael Bletchly

Along with skeleton, zombie and vampire costumes, many of tonight’s Halloween revellers will hit the town in pointy hats, black gowns and fake warty noses while carrying broomsticks and stuffed black cats.

It’s a look copied mostly from the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film of The Wizard of Oz.

But in the past witches were thought to be real – and believers found them everywhere. From the 15th to 18th century more than 200,000 – usually innocent victims of mass paranoia – were tortured, burned or hanged all over Europe.

But how, exactly, did accusers spot their targets? Here are the most bizarre and terrifying examples of how to identify your witch…

Do they look like a witch?

Most accused witches were old, poor and “crone-like”. During an English witch frenzy of the 1640s, the Rev John Gaule insisted that “every old woman with a wrinkled face, a furr’d brow, a hairy lip, a gobber tooth, a squint eye, a squeaking voice, or a scolding tongue is not only suspected, but pronounced for a witch.”

Dunking

This was the most common way to catch a crone. The suspect was sprinkled with holy water, stripped to her undergarments then trussed up with her right thumb tied to her left big toe and vice versa.

With a rope around her waist she was tossed into a pond or river. If she floated, she was a witch, if she sank she could be hauled out and saved… if she hadn’t drowned.

The theory was that witches reject the sacrament of baptism so water rejects their bodies. Ducking stools were later invented to make things easier for the hunters.

An old woman is dragged to the ducking stool at Ipswich
Unlucky dip: The ducking stool (Image: Getty)

 

Devil’s marks & witches’ teats

Hunters would strip suspects naked, shave their bodies then publicly examine them for Satan’s brands from when they made their “pacts with the devil”. Or they they might find an extra nipple used to suckle their animal helpers (familiars).

Moles, pimples and birthmarks could all condemn the innocent so folk would cut or burn them off… but the scars were also proof.

Pricks & scratches

Even the faintest freckles were pricked with a needle or blade. If it didn’t bleed or hurt, the subject was definitely a witch. Professional “prickers” were well paid, and tunscrupulous ones used knives with retractable blades that did nothing. The accused might also be scratched by the victims they had “bewitched” and if any symptoms eased as they drew blood… guilty!

witch holding an apple in the woods
Game of crones: Wrinkles and warts? Has to be guilty

 

Bible weighing

The suspect was weighed against a heavy Bible or a stack of them

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/how-spot-witch-believers-methods-4539456

THE MAGIC OF AUTUMN. LITERALLY. RITUALS INCLUDED By Sarah Jenks

THE MAGIC OF AUTUMN. LITERALLY. RITUALS INCLUDED.

Autumn is the number one reason we moved to Massachusetts.  When temperatures dropped in July in San Francisco to the high 60s and the sunny afternoon was cut off by a blanket of cold fog every day, I felt so depressed.  But when the temperature climbed back up to 85 in September and left my beloved flannel shirts hanging in the closet, I felt like dying.  The kids would get sun burnt apple picking, there wasn’t a red leaf in sight and hot cider was the last thing I ever wanted to drink.

It’s also my birthday next week, so I have an even deeper connection to this incredible season.

You see, Mother Earth has an intelligence, and every physical shift and change is a message on how to be in the flow, to embrace our natural power and be more ALIVE.

Fall starts with the harvest, a time when farmers pull food from the ground, harvest the wheat and the corn and get busy prepping and storing it for the winter.  The animals are following suit gathering acorns and building winter proof homes.  It’s a time of great activity, business, and organization.  No wonder we’ve naturally chosen this time to go back to school.

We’ve been in the sign of Virgo for almost a month now which carries that same energy of business and organization.  My Annabelle is a Virgo and I see her organizing her toys, crayons, spoons, and clothing all the time, totally naturally in her free time.  She carries a part of this fall energy with her everywhere.  Virgo is also the sign of the Great Mother.  In early September, I felt myself wanting to shirk my motherhood responsibilities after a whole summer of being with the kids.  But Marshall was having the hardest time adjusting to his new school (probably because he could feel my exhaustion and pulling away).  So I had to sink into the natural rhythm of the season and recommit to how I wanted to mother him through this transition, while also honoring the natural energy of my own work, it was a lot to hold!  When I was in the middle of unraveling this dance between wanting to go into my red tent and create and being fully present for Marshall, a Mother Deer and her Baby walked through my backyard. Message received.

The 23rd is Mabon or the Fall Equinox, the day that measures equal hours of light and dark; night and the day are the same length – balance. It is also when we move into the sign of Libra, whose symbol is the scales – again, balance. Traditionally in the Northern Hemisphere, it is a time to have a great Harvest Festival, to really celebrate all of the hard work of the year and rest after a month of the hard work of harvesting.  

I define Magic as aligning with the natural power of what’s happening around us.  The Goddess/God/Divine (doesn’t matter what you call it) has created a world that moves in a certain pattern (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) which also corresponds with the moon phases (Waxing, Full Moon, Waning, New Moon), which also corresponds with our menstrual cycle (Follicular, Ovulation, Luteal, Bleeding).  This is the rhythm.  We can’t stop it, we can only ignore it.  But when we align our own energy and intentions with that of the seasons or moon cycle or menstrual (or all of them) we have double the power backing us up.  It’s like getting on the moving sidewalk in the airport, if you get on the one going the right direction, you get to where you’re going twice as fast.

This time in autumn is telling us to celebrate, to be grateful of what we have created in our life and to contemplate balance.  The magic of this is that when we are grateful for the abundance in our life, it multiplies and puts us in a high energetic vibration open to receiving more.  And in a few weeks, we are going to start seeing the leaves fall off the trees and have more darkness than light – a message to release, simplify and start to go in.

In my own life, I have found that just by paying attention to the messages of the season and doing very simple rituals to root into the lessons and align myself, crazy shit happens.

Here are two rituals you can do this week to connect with the Magic of Autumn:

Divine Dinner Party

Consider gathering a few friends on Mabon (Autumn Equinox) or a night near to it for dinner at your home.  Create a centerpiece with seasonal fruits and vegetables (lots of orange and red) and some orange and red candles (or any candle you have laying around, don’t over complicate it).  Ask your friends to bring a dish (we are celebrating balance after all).

Set sacred space around your table.  This can look like

READ MORE HERE: https://sarahjenks.com/blog/autumn-magic/

Take that damn mask off! By The Silver Sage Witch

Hello lovely people.  Do you put on a mask sometimes, like everything in your life is going great, but in reality, your soul is crying because the darkness is closing in around you and you’re lonely?  A lot of people are like this, and they refuse to admit it.

Most of the time we put on that brave, smiling face that we show the world and refuse to show our real feelings for fear of being hurt…that’s understandable.  But what can we do when it gets too bad?

Here are a few tips:

  1.  Take off that damn mask!  You certainly don’t need to wear it 24/7.  It’s not necessary to be everyone’s rock, everyone’s savior.
  2. You are allowed to be YOURSELF! It’s a bad idea to try and be someone that everyone wants you to be.  Trust me, it may work for a while, but in the long run, you are the one who will come out the worst for wear in this situation.
  3. Try and make wherever you are living as cozy and comfy as possible. Now, this should go without saying, but a lot of people kind of forget that they can and should do this.  They get so used to how their surroundings look and don’t realize that they can change things to make it more appealing to their liking.  I’m not saying that you need to buy a lot of things to achieve this change, but I am saying that you can move your furniture around or perhaps paint a wall or two.  Get a plant that you love or paint a few pictures (abstract painting works well if you don’t think you are a good painter), and hang them on the walls.
  4. Take up reading, if you haven’t already.  When I lived in America, I used to love to go to the library, check out a pile of books that moved my soul, and read till my hearts’ content.
  5. Meet up with friends for something nice to eat or drink together.
  6. Cook a meal, using a new recipe.
  7. Take a hot shower (or a long hot bubble bath, if you’re lucky enough to have a bathtub).  Afterward, take the time to spoil yourself by rubbing on some deliciously scented oil or lotion.
  8. Go for a walk….doesn’t matter where.  Just get yourself out of the house and go for a walk to clear your mind.  Trust me, you will feel better afterward.
  9. Meditate. It’s really not such a bad thing ya know. It will raise your vibration, which there, in turn, will make you feel better.  Meditation isn’t always just sitting in the lotus position with nothing in your head. There are all different types of ways to meditate.  Try some of them…you might figure out that you really like meditation. 🙂
  10. Make a list of all the things, people, and situations that you’re thankful for.  Be sure to make it as detailed as possible.  Really get into your mind and think about the little things that you have, or have happened to /for you and write them down.  I find that it’s always a good thing to have some kind of a journal so you can do this every day…or as often as you possibly can.

Please note that YOU DO NOT NEED TO WEAR A MASK ALL THE TIME.  It’s important to remember this because sometimes we forget.

You are human, and we all have feelings.  Remember this and above all,

be true to yourself.

Blessed Be