fertility deity

Name: Tzitzimitl (roughly pronounced Zee Zee Meel)
Area of Origin: Central Mexico; The Aztecs

In Aztec Mythology, A Tzitzimitl (plural: Tzitzimimeh) is a female deity associated with the stars. They were usually depicted as skeletal figures, often wearing skirts and decorative headdresses. In the most famous depictions, adorning their bodies are severed hands, and cut-out hearts, and appear to have pointed claws on both their hands and feet. Another odd detail is that they seem to have eyeballs growing out of different joints, such as the ankles, knees, wrists and elbows, though this differs between the different portrayals. They’ve been decribed as demons, though this doesn’t necessarily reflect their function in the Aztec belief system. Because the Tzitzimimeh were female, they were also related to fertility, and as such associated with other female deities such as Tlaltecuhtli and Coatlicue. They were worshipped by midwives and women in labor. Their leader was the goddess, Itzpapalotl who ruled over Tamoanchan, the paradise where these deities resided. Being associated with the stars, when stars would not be seen in the sky during solar eclipses, this was intepreted as Tzitzimimeh attacking the sun. This caused a belief that during an eclipse, they would descend down to earth to devour humans. They were seen as both protectors of the feminine and progenitors of mankind, and as such, were powerful and dangerous, especially in periods of cosmic instability.

the signs as mythical creatures

Aries: Dragon / easily angered, they inspire fear and awe. if provoked, they’re a fearsome enemy. behind all that raw power, they’re still also sharp as a tack. they’re naturally born powerful and fierce. 

Taurus: Elf / very respected creatures, often bound to the earth, they have been thought of as a group of beings with magical powers and supernatural beauty, ambivalent towards everyday people and capable of either helping or hindering them.

Gemini: Fairy / quirky, playful, and unpredictable. fairies are immortal. they are, by nature, young and free spirits. their energy and their beauty will be forever young.

Cancer: Nymph / eternal beauty and grace, strongly connected to the fertility deities. they have a cheerful, generous behavior. however, they can also feel jealousy, and great sadness; even dying of a broken heart.

Leo: Mermaid / sometimes perceived as vain, idle and arrogant, they can still be kind and compassionate and capable of falling in love. they’re often gorgeous creatures, bound to be forever graceful. 

Virgo: Alkonost / with a bewitching voice, it makes those who hear it’s sounds forget everything they know and want nothing more ever again. as a unique creature, it lives in paradise, but it often comes into our world to send messages.

Libra: Unicorn / pure heart, eternal optimism, always seeing the best in people. they’re protective of those close to them, but avoid conflict at all costs. when they trust someone, they trust them entirely.

Scorpio: Vampire / with dark-cold hearts, some of them can be deeply emotional or completely merciless, no in between. if they chose to feel, their emotions can crash them. they’re possessive, seductive and sexual creatures. 

Sagittarius: Satyr / strong headed, adventurous, they have the reputation of being care-free. they are also known for their playful nature, enjoying jokes and pranks and most anything that will get a laugh out of themselves or those around them.

Capricorn: Centaur / a creature of two worlds. they know how to put themselves on the winning side of any situation, and have no problem with subtly manipulating situations to their advantage, which makes them a powerful ally.

Aquarius: Sphinx / a wise and benevolent creature with ferocious strength, is a guardian often flanking the entrances to temples, usually with a riddle for those who comes across her. 

Pisces: Angel / kind, pure, generous and protective servants always willing to help others. their beautiful wings along with their utterly stunning appearance bring peace to others and they’re always a sign of good things to come. 

frigga · goddess of marriage, childbirth, motherhood and wisdom

Frigg was the Norse Goddess of marriage, childbirth, motherhood, wisdom, household management and weaving and spinning. She was the Queen of Aesir and the only one permitted to sit on the high seat other than her husband Odin.This Goddess’s home was Fensalir (Marsh hall) in Asgard. All marshy and boggy ground was sacred to this Goddess.As Goddess of weaving she was associated with weaving clouds and the threads of fate, known as Wyrd in the Nordic tradition. Despite this and the gift of prophecy she is unable to save her own son from his fate. The Goddess made him invincible to everything other than mistletoe but unfortunately Loki disguised himself and tricked her in to revealing this weakness.She has more than ten handmaidens who assist her, the most well known of these are Hlin (Goddess of Protection), Gna (a messenger Goddess) and Fulla (a fertility Deity). Some academics have suggested that the attendants represent different faces of this particular Deity.Barren women would invoke this Goddess and ask her to bless them with children.

  Dionysus, god complicated and fascinating. Dionysus as a chtonic deity is very close to mother earth, that is Demeter and her dark daughter Persephone, in some myths Dionysus appears as consecutive lover of these two deities, in some other ancient narrations he’s the son of Demeter or Persephone. Truth is that Dionysus is the closest deity to Zeus himself, sometimes they are one and the same. In some very ancient variations of the myth Dionysus is Hades himself. Primordial totem animals of both Dionysus and Zeus are the bull and the snake, both animals present in mediterrenean life. Another name of Dionysus is Bacchus or else Iacchus, signifying the strong connection of the god with vegetation, he’s the seed that keeps on being regenerated, he’s also the pomegranate seeds that Hades gives to Persephone to eat so she’ll return to the underworld, so she stays there one third of the time of each year.

Dionysus with his alter ago, the holy child Iacchus, 5th century B.C.

The Kalash people as an ancient cultural continuum between South Asia and Europe

The Kalash people practice an ancient form of Indo-European [polytheism] in an unbroken tradition having survived against all odds in a remote mountain region of northern Pakistan. The isolated Chitral Valley is home to Dardic people who speak an ancient Indo-European language called Nuristani. This is what remained when the Indo-Iranian and Indo-Aryan subgroups cleaved off after their invasion of the Indian subcontinent. Their religion descends from the Rigvedic period and they have close genetic ties to modern Europeans.

Some of their religious customs echo pre-christian Slavic ones – a cosmic dualism pitting a thunder god against a chthonic rival, a polymorphic fertility deity, animal sacrifice, use of wooden idols and a corpus of nature spirits. Their pantheon even includes a female deity of death named Mara. The women’s clothing bare remarkable resemblance to Slavic folk costume, especially the Ukrainian type. 

Whats more, the Kalash have a winter solstice ritual that may yield precious clues to the meaning behind Slavic yule log (Bozic/Badnjak/Budnik) tradition. Here a young boy assumes the role of the polymorphic solar fertility hero by taking to the hills during summer. He returns to his community and completes the rite of passage during the night of the winter solstice. Per Wikipedia,“This includes the Festival of the Budulak (buḍáḷak, the ‘shepherd king’). In this festival, a strong prepubescent boy is sent up into the mountains to live with the goats for the summer. He is supposed to get fat and strong from the goat milk. When the festival comes he is allowed for a 24-hour period only to have sexual intercourse with any woman he wants, including even the wife of another man, or a young virgin. Any child born of this 24-hour period is considered to be blessed. “

Cord Color Meanings

Yellow: Elemental air, knowledge magick progress communication, learning, knowledge


Blue: Elemental water, Peace, tranquility, calmness, truth, wisdom, justice, understanding, patience, loyalty and honor, sincerity, devotion, healing, femininity


Red: Elemental fire, deities of love, passion, sexuality Courage, will-power, determination, assertively, sexual attraction and potency, love and passion, fertility.


Black: Elemental earth, deities of the Underworld. Repel and banish evil and negativity, protection, breaking free from bad habits and addictions, deep meditation, opens up deep unconscious levels. 


Green: Elemental Earth Nature and fertility deities, Mother goddesses growth, healing, prosperity, balance, peace, home, children


Pink: Love-goddesses, softness and tenderness, romance, caring, nurturing, youth, peace, friendship, femininity, emotional love, emotional healing.


Gold: solar and masculine energy, Abundant self confidence, creativity, perfection, financial riches, magickal power, overcoming bad habits and addictions.


Orange: good luck and good fortune. encouragement, stimulation, optimism, success, prosperity, success in legal matters. 


Brown: Elemental earth, stability, grounding, protection of household, family and pets, to make relationships solid, to attract help in financial crisis.


Silver: Female energy, cycles, rebirth, reincarnation, healing of hormonal imbalances, emotional stability, intuition, dreams, psychic abilities 

White: Elemental spirits, Angels, God, divination and prophecy. Purification, purity, innocence, wholeness, completion. truth seeking, consecration, spiritual enlightenment, protection against negativity, divination, inspiration, and clairvoyance. White can be a replacement for any color and should be at least one color in your cord to represent your higher power.

Lavender/ Purple: Psychic abilities, divination, counter-acting negativity, reversing bad luck, psychic healing, psychic power, inspiration, meditation, spirituality, spiritual power, imagination and spirituality. 

The gendered natures of mythological representations of the sun and moon is really interesting. In my knowledge of sun and moon deities, the moon is most often - though not always - represented as a woman, whereas the sun is always represented as a man. Mostly, why is the sun not more frequently represented as a woman? The moon = female connection is obvious due to the relation of menstrual and lunar cycles, so I can see where that comes from. Symbolically it makes sense. However, women are often also seen as symbols of fertility in mythology, hence why so many fertility deities are women, especially mothers. The sun also makes sense as a fertility symbol since plants require it to grow and people’s schedules revolve around when the sun is and is not up. Plus there’s so much in mythology about the sun/dawn/day/light as a symbol of hope and life. You would think that the sun would be represented as a woman more because of the connection between the sun and fertility. But I can’t think of a single example in a mythological canon where the sun is female. I suppose it’s because of the antiquated binary structure of male penis + female vagina = life baby, and since the sun and moon are the only two major cosmological bodies the human eye can perceive as anything besides a star, it makes sense that one would be equated with a woman (the moon because of menstruation) and one with a man (the sun since the moon is a woman). But still. It’s just kind of strange to me that I can’t think of a woman as the sun in cosmological mythology canons. 

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The temple of Aphaia, Aegina:

The sanctuary of Aphaia in Aegina lies above the headland of Ayia Marina on a hill offering a panoramic view over the sea. Worship on the site of the sanctuary goes back to prehistoric times, around 1300 B.C, when  it was associated with a female fertility deity, as is clear from finds brought to light by archaeological excavations.


It was originally thought that the temple of Aphaia was built in honour of Athena, whose figure dominated the two pediments of the temple. During excavations by German archaeologists in 1901, however, an inscription was found referring to the name of the local goddess Apha (Aphaia), making it clear that the temple was dedicated to Aphaia and not Athena.

According to myth, Aphaia, who is identified with Britomartis, daughter of Zeus and Karme, was loved by Minos and to escape his attention, jumped into the sea and emerged in Aegina, where she became “invisible” (άφαντη/αφαία, unseen) in a grove. She hid in a cave, probably the one on the north-east corner of the Archaic enclosure, in which many terracotta figurines and other votive objects dating from the Mycenaean period have been found.

In historical times, three temples were built in different periods on the same site near the area associated with the prehistoric cult. Of the first temple, which is dated to the early 6th century BC, only traces of the foundations survive. The second temple was larger, with an altar in the front of the east side. The surviving temple is the third, which was built in about 500 B.C.
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The pediments of the temple of Aphaia, which are dated to 490/480 BC, were adorned with scenes from battles fought inTroy and watched by Athena, whose figure was the predominant one at the center of both pediments. The east pediment depicted the campaign of Herakles against king Laomedon, and the west the Greek expedition under Agamemnon against Priam’s Troy. Part of the east pediment was destroyed during the Persian Wars, possibly from a thunderbolt.

The statues that survived were set up in the sanctuary enclosure and those that were destroyed were buried according to the ancient custom (in general old votive offerings and other objects of worship that had been weathered down, were not discarded, they were either buried, stored, or even “built in” the foundations of the temples).

The old composition  was replaced by a new one with a battle scene featuring Athena at the center. The pedimental sculptures were excavated in 1811 by Baron von Hallerstein and the architect C.R. Cockerell. They were put up in auction in Italy and purchased in 1813* by Ludwig I, king of Bavaria and father of Otto, first king of Greece. They were raken to the Glyptothek in Munich, where they have been on display ever since. Parts of the destroyed east pediment were found furing Furtwangler’s excavation and are now displayed in the National Archaeological Museum, in Athens.

Texts by L. Katsa

Part of the “reasons” listed by foreign museums that forbid the return of artifacts belonging to monuments, is that they have been owned by them for two centuries more or less. However, the greek state still paid off loans plus interest that were taken during the greek war of independence- that is before the existence of the official greek state- well into the 20th century*. Because of these loans greek lands had been mortgaged to foreing banks, and it was impossible for these lands to be redistributed to farmers. And what’s even more is that despite that Greece had loaned a certain amount, it actually received roughly a little over 50% of these money. The state still paid off however the whole amount plus interest on the 100%. So personally, I don’t see how we can both owe and pay off money we never received two centuries ago, but parts of monuments that belonged to Greece for over 2 milleniums can’t be owed to us.

So whenever you hear about the greek debt just replace everything with Greece was the best client of foreign banks for two centuries, and circa 2010 when there was a chance we wouldn’t owe as much we had to have an artificial crisis so we can owe money for two centuries to come. And whenever you hear about greek artifacts belonging more to foreign museums than Greeks just replace everything with Non-Greeks that don’t live in Greece believe that Greeks in Greece are not greek enough to have greek stuff from Greece.

*I was born in the 20th century, for all you youngsters.

Lavenderwhisp’s Witch Types Master Post

Witch: magical practitioner

Elemental Witch: Witches who work around the 5 elements: Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Spirit.

Earth Witch: Witches who specifically work with their magic around the element of Earth, through grounding exercises, rock/soil collecting, crystal magic, and Green Witchery.

Types of Earth Witches:

Green Witch: use plants/herbs/flowers in herbal and natural magic, such as using them in spells and creating remedies with them.

Garden Witch: A version of a Green Witch, they enjoy working with the earth through gardening and using their herbs and plants to help and care for their families and loved ones.

Flora Witch: Similar to the above witches, they work with flowers in their practice. Their Book of Shadows would likely be full of Green Witchery, such as than herbs and herbal recipes, and flower classifications and associations.

Marijuana Witch: A type of Green Witch, Marijuana has been used for spiritual and medicinal purposes throughout history. These witches use marijuana for magical purposes and use herbal recipes with marijuana. 

Rock Witch: Witches who work with all rocks, including stones and crystals. They enjoy geology and their Book of Shadows is full of geology and crystal healing. They are most likely involved in a scientific field, such as geography or archaeology where they can be close to the Earth.

Crystal Witch: Witches who work with stones and crystals, such as through crystal healing. Their Book of Shadows will most likely have information about the stones, chakra balance, and crystal meditation.

Forest Witch: A witch who enjoys the company of trees and live amongst them. The seclusion is perfect for cottage magic and tree magic. They also enjoy the company of fey and woodland animals, and use local plants.

Swamp Witch: Witches who live within the swamps, use swamp plants, and enjoy the company of swamp animals.

Desert Witch: A witch who lives in the desert, enjoys the natural desert scenery, uses desert plants, bones, sand in their practice, collects desert rocks, and befriend desert animals such as snakes, lizards, and scorpions. They also tend to use the elements of Wind and Fire as well as Earth in their practice. They normally worship desert deities and study desert lore in their area.

Sand Witch: Sand witches live where a lot of sand is in the local earth, such as the desert of the beach. Their home is filled with different types of sand and rocks.

Water Witch: Witches who work with the element of Water. Water magic includes water scrying, collecting water, swimming and other water-related actives.

Types of Water Witches:

Sea Witch: They work with magic and deities around the ocean and oceanic world. The practice sea magic using seashells and bones, sea weed, beach sand, driftwood, ocean water, etc. They also may worship sea deities and enjoy the imagery of sea creatures.

Ice/Arctic Witch: A witch who lives amongst snow covered land for most of the year or have a deep appreciation for the cold and snow. They worship ice deities, use snow water, and enjoy the cold. 

River/stream/spring witch: Witches who work with running water, worship river deities, and study local river lore.

Lake witch: Witches who live around a lake. They fish, befriend frogs, observe wildlife, canoe or kayak in their spar time, and swim to feel grounded. They may worship water/lake deities and study local lake lore.

Bath Witch: Another type of water witch, but much more domestic. These witches enjoy the calming effect of bathing, make bath salts, and enjoy bath magic.

Air/Wind Witch: Witches who center around the element of Air. They work with wind, using tools, symbols, and deities associated with Air. 

Fire Witch: Witches who focus on the element of Fire and fire magic, such as candle magic, and may worship deities associated with fire.

Other Natural Witch types: 

Seasonal Witch: Witches who draw magic during a specific time of the year. They are known as Winter, Fall, Spring and Summer witches who have a deep connection to the season they love. A seasonal witch gains most of their power during and from the season they identify with. For example, a person who loves the heat and sunshine of summer will soak up the rays and become very magical during the summer. They practice magic throughout they year, but they have that favorite season, like we all do. They would incorporate seasonal specific plants, symbols, colors, deities, and so on. Their work could also be affected depending on where they live, such as one season occurs for a longer period of time more than any others instead of the distinct 4 seasons.

North Witch: North witches identify with the direction of North and the symbolism it represents, such as infinite possibilities, earth, creativity, and home.

East Witch: East witches worship the East Cardinal Direction and the associations East represents, such as the future, air, communication, and trust.

West Witch: West witches identify with the direction of West and its associations of the past, confidence, water, emotion, and the psyche.

South Witch: South witches enjoy the direction of South and its representation of the present, fire, energy, physical strength, and health.Sun Witch: A witch who enjoys sunshine, works with spell work involving the sun during the daytime, and sun deities.

Lunar/Moon Witch: A witch who draws magic from the moon. They are nocturnal witches and closely follow the phases of the moon, and do magic according to the lunar calendar. They also tend to worship deities associated with the moon.

Astronomical/Space Witch: Witches who focus on the planets and stars. Their Book of Shadows will have information about each planet, the zodiac and astrology, and the enjoy nocturnal magic based on astronomical charts and the alignment of the planets.

Nocturnal Witch: A witch who works with nocturnal deities and magical work at night. They find solace in darkness, the darker side of life, and normally wear dark colors. There is a great book by Konstantinos called Nocturnal Witchcraft.

Storm/Weather Witch: Witches who combine one’s energy with the energy of the weather and storms. They collect rain water, utilize the energy of a lightning storm, and so on.

Animal Witch: Witches who have a deep appreciation for all animals and use animal materials, draw on their energy, and most of the time worship animal deities.

Wolf Witch: Someone who identifies on a spiritual level with wolves, and enjoys nature, and being in the woods, nocturnal magic, worship wolf deities.

Cat Witch: Cats and witches have always had a close spiritual relationship. Cat Witches have cats as familiars and worship cat deities. They enjoy magic involving cats and cat imagery.

Fox Witch: These witches enjoy foxes, fox imagery, and fox lore. They most likely enjoy the forest and their Book of Shadows is full of fox types and information.

Bird Witch: Witches who love birds, bird imagery, bird related magic, bird lore, and may worship bird related deities. They may also love to fly in planes or be pilots, enjoy sky diving, and wish to have wings.

Bug Witch: Bug witches are fascinated with insects and probably have a collection of bug friend. They may have butterfly feeders or a bee farm around their home, worship bug related deities, and may work in a field related to insects, science, and nature.

Butterfly Witch: These witches love butterflies, butterfly imagery, and the symbolism behind butterflies. 

Death Witch: Witches who specialize in working with the dead. They work with bones and graveyard dirt, and some commune with spirits. They tend to worship Gods and Goddesses related to death and the afterlife.

Sex witch: Witches who manifest most of their magic from sex and sex magic, and worship sex related deities.

Fertility Witch: Fertility witches worship fertility related deities and derive power from their own fertility.

Empath Witch: An empath is a form of psychic who can feel other peoples feelings. It’s a knowing that goes way beyond intuition or gut feelings, even though that is how many would describe the knowing.

Gray witch: Also known as a neutral witch, practices magic that does not harm nor benefit others. They will mostly benefit and harm at the same time, creating a neutral or balanced effect. They believe a witch who cannot curse, cannot heal, Also, to them nature is not completely positive, nor completely negative, it is neutral and balanced.

Special Witch types:

Energy Witch: Witches who harness their own energy and use it to manifest change.

Divination Witch: Witches who work with practices of divination, such as tarot readings, palmistry, tea leaf reading, and so on.

Hedge Witch: Also known as shamans. They use a type of magic that is oriented around the spiritual world. Astral travel/projection, lucid dreaming, spirit-work, healing, and out-of-body experiences are some of the magic they do.

Fairie/Faery/Fey Witch: Witches who communicate and work with the fey, such as calling on them and leaving them offerings regularly to thank them for their assistance. They study fairy and elemental spirit lore, especially in regards to their local area.

Draconian Witch: Witches who call upon dragons, use dragon imagery in their practice, and worship dragon deities.

Mermaid witch: Witches who call upon mermaids specifically. They use mermaid imagery and mermaid deities.

Modern and Domestic Witch types:

Kitchen Witch: Witches who enjoy working in the kitchen and put their magic into herbal mixtures, brewing, baking, and cooking.

Cottage Witch: A lot like a kitchen witch, they enjoy being in their home and doing things for their loved ones.

Country Witch: Witches who enjoy living in the country. Some may have a large ranch with livestock, while others enjoy the seclusion for their practice. Most likely they will enjoy the company of horses, worship animal/agriculture/nature related deities, and practice domestic and green magic.

Urban Witch: Witches who live in a urban environment and use more modern practices of magic. They may substitute traditional ingredients with modern ones, use traditional tools but in a new way, such as wearing sigils on their clothing or as a tattoo, use electronic sources, and have their Book of Shadows on their computer. Urban witchery is all about combining the old with the new.

Technological Witch: Witches who work with technology. They practice modern witchcraft through phone apps, online blogs, online divination and spells, and most likely have a digital Book of Shadows.

Science witch: Witches who love science, most likely work in a science related field, and get their magical energy from their science experiments.

Athletic Witch: Witches who enjoy pushing themselves physically. This could be through yoga, running, or a sport. Their practice includes keeping themselves healthy and motivated physically, and using their healthy energy to help others through physical challenges.

Music Witch: Witches who enjoy music. They use magic in their singing, chanting, and playing instruments. Music is in their lives everyday and is how they create magic in other people’s lives. They may worship music related deities, enjoy the music of their ancestors, and enjoy music history.

Artist/Craft Witch: Witches who put their magic into art, such as drawing, sculpting, painting, and creating. Magic is in everything they work hard physically and mentally to produce. They may worship artistic and creative deities. After all witchcraft would only be “witch” without the craft.

Literary Witch: Witches who enjoy books and literature. They enjoy reading, writing, poetry, creating catchy spells, and studying witchcraft, lore, and magical practices of every culture. They are very studious witches who are bound to have a library of witchcraft sources. Literary witches I see as being absorbed in books, making their own spells, and really being able to turn a phrase.

Cosmetic Witch: Witches who enjoy making or buying makeup, lotions, soaps, and other things that can change and benefit their appearance and body. These witches enjoy the art of makeup and possibly work as a makeup artist or for a beauty product company.

Fashion/fabric witches: Witches who thrive on making, design, or buying clothes. These can be domestic knitters and sewers, to stylists and fashion designers. They enjoy making things for others and the art of fabric and fashion.

Party Witch: These witches are social butterflies and extroverts. They get energy from being around others, dancing, and having fun, and making sure others have fun.

Religious Witch: Witches who practice their religious beliefs in cohesion with their craft.

Common Types of Religious Witches:

Pagan Witch: A Pagan formally means a person who worships more than one deity. Paganism is also normally an umbrella term for any religion other than the Abrahamic religions.

Wiccan: Wicca is a modern Pagan religion. Wiccans worship nature and normally use magic for positive unharmful change, but not all Wiccans do. Wiccans also follow the Wiccan Rede, which simply states that you will not use magic to harm others or yourself.

 Thelemic Witches: The Thelema philosophy is a precursor to Wicca created in the early 1900s, and has similar tenants to Wicca, such as “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will.” Modern Thelemics may practice more than one religion and worship other deities than the 3 main Egyptian deities in their texts, Nuit, Hadit and Ra-Hoor-Khuit. Witchcraft is also part of the Thelemic religion.

Satanic Witch: Satanism includes symbolic association with, or admiration for, Satan, whom Satanists see as an inspiring and liberating figure. Satanic witches don’t always worship Satan, but rather follow the beliefs preached in Satanism.

Christian Witch: Christian witches follow the teachings of Christ and worship God and Jesus through witchcraft.

Buddhist Witch: Buddhists who also practice witchcraft. These witches follow Buddhist philosophy, believe in Karma, practice yoga, as well as practice nature based witchcraft.

Regionally Specific Witchery: most were originally tribal based and feature many similarities, such as Paganism and similar craft practices

Europe

Norse: Norse witches worship Norse deities. Witchcraft was very important in ancient Viking culture and a normal part of their everyday life. Warrior shamanism, runes, and sacrifices to the Gods were just some of their important practices. Heathen Witch: Heathenry is Norse/Anglo-Saxon/any Germanic Paganism, also called Asatrú: Ásatrú is a polytheistic faith based on pre-Christian Northern European Pagan beliefs. Emphasis on historical accuracy and the heroic tales as recorded in texts and personal honor, truth and integrity are considered to be some of the highest virtues.

Druid: Druidry means following a spiritual path rooted in the green Earth and hails from the United Kingdom. It means participating in Celtic wisdom teachings, but embracing the contributions of many peoples and times. Druids worship Celtic deities and practice earth based magic.

Hellenic Witch: Witches who are Hellenic or Greek Pagans (Hellenists, Hellenes, Hellenism) are generally polytheists who worship the ancient Greek Olympian gods. Offerings to the Gods are an extremely important element of ritual practice. Hellenismos consider hospitality of great important and place great value on the study and use of classical Greek philosophical texts.

Roman Witch: Roman Pagan witches practice Religio Romana, the pre-Christian religion of Rome. The modern religion reconstructs the ancient faith of Rome and its gods, goddesses and rituals as closely as possible. Every attempt is based on historical accuracy and archaeological evidence. Like their friends the Hellenic Witches focus on the original classical texts, writers and language of their ancestors.

Italian Witch: Strega (Stregheria, La Vecchia Religione, "The Old Religion”), Italian witches practice a form of Witchcraft that encompasses elements of the pre-Christian European magical teachings and ancient Etruscan and Tuscan religions. Many modern Italian Witches today, especially those who still reside in Italy, are Christians who also practice their Old Religion.

Africa

Egyptian Witch: Kemetist witches practice a modern religion based upon the ancient Egyptian family of gods/goddesses and ancient Egyptian ritual practice. While many gods and goddesses are revered or acknowledged, the Kemetic religion is not primarily polytheistic. In many sects of Kemetism, the concept is better described as one god representing many distinct personalities and divinities. Rituals and offerings are often elaborate, and both ancient texts and modern archeological discoveries are very important to modern Egyptian witches.

African Witch: African witchcraft varies region to region of the African continent and can be tribally specific. African witchcraft normally delves in spirit work and shamanism. The most well known type of African witchcraft is Voodoo (Vodou). Voodoo is an ancient West African religion based on spirit work. Voodoo is a religion of spirits. Voodooists believe that the world of humans is shared by the world of the spirits. When a person dies, his spirit passed to the world of the unseen but is still able to see the human world. Spirits, it is believed, in some cases can even impact the world of the living. They also seen as witch doctors in their communities who can heal, work with divination, and give their customers charms and amulets to bring them luck, love, harm to others, and so on.

The Americas

Native American Witch: Each region and tribe of Native Americans have its own unique kind of witchcraft. Each tribe has their own rituals, performed ceremonies, and costumes. They each have their own tools, carvings, and totem poles. In spite of all their differences, Native Americans share a sense of oneness with their land, practice herbology, and hunt, use, and honor animals of Native America. A common magical practice known to have roots in Native American magic is the practice of smudging.

Louisiana Voodoo: A sect of African Voodoo, knowledge of herbs, poisons, the ritual creation of charms and amulets, and the intension to protect oneself or harm others are key elements of Louisiana Voodoo. Voodoo queens have great power in their communities, are ritual leaders, and draw crowds to buy their magical products, such as “gris gris” amulets and spells that will grant the customers desire. There also Voodoo kings, their male equivalent. 

American Hoodoo: A sect of Louisiana Voodoo that is ever evolving. Hoodoo practitioners use gris-gris items, such as amulets and charms, to cure their customers ailments, bring them luck and love, and whatever they desire. Some work closely with the Bible, and have said to see Moses as magical figure. 

Bruja/Brujo Witches: Witches who practice witchcraft, brujeria, who have Hispanic heritage and/or live in Spanish speaking South America.

Brazilian Shamanism: Like other tribal or local shaman, they work with the spirit world, work with divination, and are seen as healers. Shamanism is often hereditary in Brazil and they work with a specific animals spirit to derive power from, such as the jaguar. Brazilian witches also incorporate catholic saints with the beliefs of the Brazilian Indians and the worship of their local indigenous gods.

Kahunas of Hawaii: Like other shamans, they invoke spiritual help, conduct rituals, and have Pagan local gods who are given offerings. They also have various crafts of Kahunas, such as a high priest, dream interpreter, and reader of the skies. To the Kahunas, and many witches today and in the past, the subconscious is your greatest ally or greatest foe for achieving health, wealth, and happiness.

Asia

Japanese Witch: The Pagan Japanese religion of Shinto is shamanistic. Witch is a very positive term in Japan. Japanese witchcraft is commonly separate into two types: those who familiar snakes and those who familiar foxes.

Korean Shamans( Muism or Sinism): Sinism is Pagan shamanism pre-dating Buddhism and Confucianism. The Mu, also known as magician, medicine man, mystic or poet, have the ability to will people into a trance state and astral project. The Mu provides physical, psychological, and spiritual healing. These shamans emphasize holistic living. There are different types of Mu and they are link to the mother goddess associated with a mountain. Each region has a different mountain association, thus a different goddess associated with that region. They make sacrifices to the gods, worship ancestors, sing songs, and meditate.

Chinese Wuism: Chinese shamanism, also called Wuism, was first recorded in the Shang dynasty. These men and women are seen to meditate with the powers to generate things, worship ancestors, and can communicate with the spirits. Gods of nature are prominent in Wuism.

Filipino Witch: Kulam is a form of folk magic from the Phiippines. It emphasizes personal power and the secret knowledge of Magica Baja. Like other witches they practice candle magic, scrying, spell work, and a mangkukulam, a version of the Voodoo doll. They also are witch doctors like other folk magic practitioners who uses divination to diagnose a victim and try to cure them.

Eclectic Witch: Most modern witches follow many practices, traditions, may be religious or secular, and go by many titles. 

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btw, point of interest: the “Black Goat of the Woods” is a concept intermittently borrowed from horror writer HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Although it may be a separate entity, it’s often associated with Shub-Niggurath, a dark fertility deity that appears in incantations throughout several of his stories, summoning her forth with her “thousands of young”.

She is only ever once described as an “evil, cloud-like mass” by Lovecraft himself in a letter, but throughout the years has gained the popular image of many long tentacles writhing from a single pulsing mass of muscle, with dripping mouths and rolling eyes. 

Actually reminds me much more of Noro, but it seems that Ishida might’ve brought the Black Goat in not only as a well-known symbol of Pan and/or Satan, but as a Lovecraft concept that Eto– like many real horror novelists– would borrow as Takatsuki Sen with The Black Goat’s Egg

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Anahit

Anahit was the goddess of wisdom, healing, fertility and water in the ancient Armenian mythology. In the early periods she was also the goddess of war. By the 5th century BC she was the main deity being worshipped in Armenia.

According to the website of the British Museum, the fragments (head
and hand) of Anahit’s bronze statue were accidently discovered in 1872 by a farmer digging the land in Satagh, south-eastern Turkey. The head made its way via Constantinople (modern Istanbul) and Italy to the dealer Alessandro Castellani, who eventually sold it to the British Museum. The hand was presented to the Museum a few years later.


In Armenia, Anahit-worship was established in Erez, Armavir, Artashat and Ashtishat. A mountain in Sophene district was known as Anahit’s throne (Athor Anahta)

According to Plutarch, the temple of Erez was the wealthiest and the noblest in Armenia. During the expedition of Mark Antony in Armenia, the statue was broken to pieces by the Roman soldiers. Pliny the Elder gives us the following story about it: The Emperor Augustus, being invited to dinner by one of his generals, asked him if it were true that the wreckers of Anahit’s statue had been punished by the wrathful goddess. No! answered the general, on the contrary, I have to‑day the good fortune of treating you with one part of the hip of that gold statue. The Armenians erected a new golden statue of Anahit in Erez, which was worshiped before the time of St. Gregory Illuminator.

The sick went to the temples of Anahit in pilgrimage, asking for recovery. The symbol of ancient Armenian medicine was the head of the bronze gilded statue of the goddess Anahit. She is also a very powerful female symbol.

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New episode!!!
Newest, sixth episode, from our series “Path of the Slavic heritage” is out.
In this episode we discuss about the Slavic fertility deity - Yarilo.

Subtitles in English language are available
for those who do not understand Serbian.

Enjoy,
Slava!


Deities: Beltane

There are many Gods/Goddesses/Deities here are a few that represent the Sabbat Beltane.

Artemis (Greek)


Bes (Egyptian) 


Bacchus (Roman)


Hera (Greek)


Kokopelli (Hopi)


Pan (Greek)


Xochiquetzal (Aztec)



Most of the Gods/Goddesses/Deities that are associated with Beltane are associated with fertility, love, harvest and whatnot. There are Gods/Goddesses/Deities such as the Celtic Goddess Sheela-na-Gig or the Greek God Priapus that can also be honored/worshiped around this time as well. 


Blessed Be!

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Of the Esbats
  • the Cold Moon - The January full moon, this is a time for purification rituals and to cast spells to protect children. The Cold Moon falls under the Celtic calendar month of the Birch.
  • the Quickening Moon - The February full moon, this is a time for healing rituals and spells to gain empowerment. This is also a good time to practice astral projection and traveling, or perhaps for preforming a ritual asking Deity for successful astral journeys throughout the remainder of the year. The Quickening Moon falls under the Celtic calendar month of the Rowan.
  • the Storm Moon - The March full moon, this is a time for healing and prosperity rituals and for casting general protection spells. Sow the mental and spiritual seeds now that you wish to have grow throughout the year. The Storm Moon falls under the Celtic calendar month of the Ash.
  • the Wind Moon - The April full moon, this is a time for spiritual awareness and for rituals to feel complete or to ask for guidance, and to cast spells to increase fertility. The Wind Moon falls under the Celtic calendar month of the Alder.
  • the Flower Moon - The May full moon, this is a time for rituals for fertility or to ask Deity for guidance in meditations, and to cast spells for love, healing, and protection. The Flower Moon falls under the Celtic calendar month of the Willow.
  • the Strong Sun Moon - The June full moon, this is a time for fertility rituals and prosperity spells. The Strong Sun Moon falls under the Celtic calendar month of the Hawthorn.
  • the Blessing Moon - The July full moon, this is a joyous time of positive energies and benign spirits. The Blessing Moon falls under the Celtic calendar month of the Oak.
  • the Corn Moon - The August full moon, this is a time to cast protection spells, to ask Deity for guidance in prophecy and divination, and to conduct magic pertaining to animals. This is also an auspicious time to gain a new pet or ask Deity for a familiar. The Corn Moon falls under the Celtic calendar month of the Holly.
  • the Harvest Moon - The September full moon, this is a time of manifestation and for protection or fertility rituals. Also a time for spiritual initiation, it is under this moon that you might christen a child or formally devote yourself to your spiritual path before the spirits and Deity. The Harvest Moon falls under the Celtic calendar month of the Hazel.
  • the Blood Moon - The October full moon, this is a time for healing and prosperity rituals, to cast spells pertaining to courage and protection, and to ask Deity for inspiration. The veil between worlds is thin at this time of the year, making this a good time to do spirit work, but remember to use proper shielding protection and make sure your circles are stable. The Blood Moon falls under the Celtic calendar month of the Vine.
  • the Mourning Moon - The November full moon, this is a time to cast healing and cooperation spells, and to have protection rituals. Due to the thinness of the veil within the last month, beware of pesky or unwanted spirits that might have gotten through and taken up residence around you. The Mourning Moon falls under the Celtic calendar month of the Ivy.
  • the Long Night’s Moon - The December full moon, this is a time to preform exorcisms and banishings, but also to cast spells for healing and prosperity. The Long Night’s Moon falls under the Celtic calendar month of the Elder.
  • the Blue Moon - A Blue Moon occurs when two full moons appear within the same calendar month. This is a time for special spells and rituals, ones that require preparation and planning.

Working on my Pagan Calendar page.

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Rock Art Ranch Petroglyphs: Anthropic forms.

Please click any photo in the set for enlarged views.

I was very pleased to find my first Kokopelli glyph (second row, photo at right), etched high up on the canyon wall at Rock Art Ranch. Kokopelli is the Ancestral Puebloan fertility deity - a hunchbacked flute player with a reputation for trickery. He is also sometimes depicted with a comically large phallus, though not on this panel. 

At bottom is a glyph depicting a creation story, showing a woman giving birth. This image is significant for its size - almost a full meter in height - and for the relative scarcity of images of a female form. Note also the figure’s squash-blossom coiffure. Until the 20th Century young Hopi women wore their hair in similar coils to indicate their eligibility for marriage, though the hairstyle is worn now only for certain ceremonies. I find it fascinating that the practice has endured in Hopi culture for so many years. 

Dan Cruickshank is a super historian tbh and I love what he did in his book on sex work in Georgian London but like, he’s very….expressive? about female nudes in art. He’s all “This is very handsome young lady who’s actually an ancient goddess and fertility deity, hence the enlarged breasts and lovely hips” and I’m like “NO”

Raid the Pantry Bath Witchcraft

Budget-Friendly Bath Magick requested by @galvin33g

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Baking Soda: Cleansing/Purification (Don’t use with Salt or Lemon; you’ll cause a chemical reaction)

Coffee: Motivation (Put a couple spoonfuls in a filter and tie with string or rubber band to steep, or mix with a bit of olive oil for a body scrub)

Honey: Cleansing, Nurturing, Love

Lemon: Cleansing, Mental Clarity (Purchase one of those little lemon shaped bottles of concentrated juice. Only need a small squirt, and it keeps well in the fridge. Avoid sun exposure for 6 hours after having a lemon juice bath)

Oatmeal: Calm, Prosperity (Tie a handful into a facecloth and let it steep in your bath. It will make the water milky soft, plus you can wash yourself with the sachet– excellent for soothing raw, dry skin)

Olive Oil: Protection, Good Luck, Healing, Fertility, Deity Offering (Use only a couple drops, or a splash to make a body scrub. Rinse off well. Be careful– it will cause a slippery tub!)

Rosemary: Mental Clarity, Cleansing/Purification, Remembrance (Use dried rosemary. Works just as well and not costly, as a little jar keeps well. Matches lemon, so use together if desired. Rosemary steeped in warm water also makes a good hair rinse)

Salt: Cleansing/Purification

Sugar: Love, “Sweeten Up” a situation (Do NOT add directly to bath, it can cause UTIs and yeast infections. Don’t subject yourself to that. Instead, use it as the base for a body scrub, and do not use said scrub to clean around intimate areas. Witch Wisely)

(These baths are for self-care, and are not a replacement for medical treatment)

anonymous asked:

I got one for you, if you don't mind. Might be a bit fun. If the characters of HTTYD were gods in a pantheon, what do you think their chosen aspects, or realms would be? How about their symbols? Thank you!

Hey, this could be fun! Let’s have a go at it!

Lots of gods in a pantheon have multiple aspects - Athena is a goddess of war and wisdom and a host of other things. While I’ll try to limit the number of aspects that each of these characters symbolize, I feel it’d be authentic to give a multi-aspect assignment as well. 

PS: while fertility deities are very common, I’m going to forego giving anyone this assignment.

PPS: I’m not going to explain the rationalization behind the elements I’ve assigned to each deity - just give a description of who they are. If you’re curious as to why I assigned them a certain way, don’t hesitate to ask. XD

Hiccup: God of Peace, Diplomacy, Invention, Innovation, Inspiration

Hiccup’s realm is the sky, a god who exists in the night but also can be found in the day. Some say he rides the night itself. He is a king of the gods, son of a god who once ruled over the pantheon until his death. Hiccup oversees the deities, seeks peace and diplomacy between them, but will also lead them into war when the time is right. Hiccup is a god who desires peace, prosperity, and growth. He is an inventor, a creator, and is the patron god of innovators who seek to revolutionize society. He is seen holding a flaming sword like the sun over the sky. His capital is full of wonders seen nowhere else in the spiritual realm.

Fishlegs: God of Scholarship, Knowledge, Poetry

Fishlegs is a god of stone and earth - earth, from which all living things come forth. He makes his residence high in the mountains within a cave. He is a scholar, peaceful, and loves all living things - human, plant, animal. Fishlegs is a god who bestows his love on all lovers of knowledge, and also cares for the musicians and the poets. But when he is angered and that which he loves is in danger, he comes forth mightily with an enormous hammer in hand.

Heather: Goddess of Justice, Revenge

Heather is the goddess of the afterlife. She holds a whip in her right hand and a double-bladed axe in her left. She signifies both justice and revenge and will pursue wrongdoers without feeling or mercy. She decides when it is time for others to leave the mortal realm - sometimes at the displeasure from the other gods. Sometimes cold, sometimes distraught, she often keeps to herself. Heather is a goddess known to lie and deceive. This is not to say that she is without warmth, love, and care, though - some she take to the afterlife with gentle care, and provide them a better existence here with her than when they were among the living.

Astrid: Goddess of War, Protection, Love

Astrid is the goddess of the storm. She is dangerous, deadly, crackling full of lightning - but she simultaneously brings water, life, fertility, existence, sustenance. Astrid is a great warrior and a fierce protector. She is the goddess of love - of all kinds of love, platonic, familial, romantic - and it is because of this love she is so protective. Astrid provides protection to those in battle and determination to the valiant in times of trouble. She holds in her hand a mighty axe, with which she can channel lightning.

Tuffnut: God of Mischief, Chaos, Destruction, Deceit, Frivolity

Tuffnut is a god of the party, of good times and carefree merry-making. He is a god of fun but of no order. Chaos surrounds Tuffnut, and with the chaos can sometimes come destruction. He is a trickster god and no one can be certain what choices he will next make. 

Ruffnut: Goddess of Mischief, Deceit, Craftiness

Ruffnut is a trickster goddess, of cleverness and mischief. She is craftiness. She is deceit. She can turn herself invisible or change her physical form. Like water - the element she symbolizes - she can flow and shift her form at will. 

She and her twin share many attributes in common, and are often worshiped in tandem.

Snotlout: God of Strength, Wealth, Prosperity

Snotlout is the god of fire, emblazoned in great glory. He is a god of splendor, wealth, gold, affluence, and earthly pleasures and status. Snotlout signifies power and strength.

Elder Futhark - Rune Meanings

The Elder Futhark is the older form of the runic alphabets. It was used by Germanic tribes and its inscriptions are found on artifacts like amulets, tools, weapons, from the 2nd to 8th centuries.

It consists of 24 runes divided into three groups of eight, known as an ætt (singular of ættir), which are said to be ruled over by both a god and goddess. The first ætt is ruled over by Frey and Freyja, the deities of fertility. The second ætt is ruled over by Heimdall and the third and final ætt is ruled over by Tyr.

A Merkstave is when a rune appears to be ‘upside down’ or facing down. In some cases, like Gebo and Isaz, the rune is symmetrical, so it’s normally considered a merkstave when the rune lands facing down.

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