A mysterious divinity, Hecate was the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy. She also represents the dark side of the moon, or the Harvest Moon, and is associated with many things including childbirth, nurturing the young, gates, walls, doorways, and sometimes even change.
10 Wicked Creatures From Native American Folklore.
Every culture has its fair share of mythological creatures. From ghost stories whispered around a campfire to cautionary tales told to keep children in check, people have been creating myths for centuries.
We all know about beings such as dragons, the Minotaur, and even kappas, but not much is known of the creatures that originate from Native Americans. Even more interesting are the tales that can be traced back to each individual tribe, creating a collection of creatures from all kinds of cultures from America. Some creatures are kind and passive while others are more ferocious in nature.
The first design is based on my Selkie illustration. — “Male selkies are described as being very handsome in their human form, and having great seductive powers over humans. They typically seek those who are dissatisfied with their lives. If a someone wishes to make contact with a selkie male, they must shed seven tears into the sea."💧
The second design is based on my Hufflepuff Badger illustration. As a Hufflepuff myself, I’ll definitely be wearing mine to show some Hufflepuff Pride but I also love the folklore surrounding the badger — "In folklore, the badger is regarded as the keeper of stories in the animal kingdom and was revered for its wisdom, strength, courage and persistence. In the past, the badger was also thought to have magical powers as it was nocturnal." 🌿I’m over the moon with how they turned out.
They’re listed in my Etsy shop already so if you fancy picking one (or both) up, you can HERE
Remember that witchcraft has no defined style. It can look like anything. It can look like elegant altars to gods and goddesses. It can be a messy kitchen full of drying herbs and fresh vegetables. It can be shelves brimming with books and journals. Or witchcraft can be small windowsills with crystals and plants. It can sigils hidden under furniture. It can be pockets overflowing with shells and stones. Witchcraft is personal and beautiful. Don’t let anyone or anything belittle your craft.
The signs as various myths and legends surrounding the origin/creation of certain flowers (not the flowers directly associated with each zodiac sign).
ARIES // Amaryllis(Greek) – A love struck maiden longed
for the handsome Alteo, but he was cold to her. In a desperate gesture, she
pierced her heart with a golden arrow and walked to visit him every day. On the
thirteenth day, beautiful scarlet flowers bloomed along the path from every
drop of her blood. Alteo fell in love with her, and her heart was healed.
TAURUS // Rose(Greek) – Chloris, the goddess of
flowers, found one of her beautiful nymphs dead in the woods. She cried, and
turned body into a flower. She asked her husband Zephyr, the wind, to blow the
clouds away so Apollo could shower her in sunlight. Dionysus added nectar for
fragrance, and Aphrodite added pure beauty, then named it for her son, Eros,
and hailed her the “Queen of Flowers”.
GEMINI // Foxglove(Celtic) – Foxgloves from “Folks
Glove”, as in fairy folk. Fairies would hide in the bell blossoms and wear
them as petticoats, caps and gloves. If you pluck the foxglove, it angered them
and they may play tricks in revenge! Fairies would give the flowers to foxes so
they wouldn’t get caught raiding chicken coupes. With the magic gloves on, they
could steal eggs without making a sound.
CANCER // Pārijāta(Hindu) – Pārijāta was a princess who fell in love with the sun god, Surya. However, he
left her for another. When he deserted her, the princess became hopeless and
committed suicide. From her ashes grew a tree. Unable to stand the sight of the
lover who broke her heart, the flowers only bloom at night under the eyes of the moon, and
she sheds them like tear-drops before the sun rises.
LEO // Sunflower (Greek) – The nymph Clythia was in love with the God of the Sun, Apollo, but he shunned
her and courted a princess. Jealous Clythia told the king who, furious
at the princess, buried her alive. Saddened, Apollo went back to heavens
without a word. She lay on the ground distraught for nine days, watching him,
hoping for a single glance. Clythia wasted away and became a flower, whose petals still
follow his chariot across the sky each day, waiting for forgiveness.
VIRGO // Aster(Greek) – When
the god Jupiter decided to flood the earth to destroy the men constantly at war,
the goddess Astraea was so upset she asked to be turned into a star. Her wish
was granted, but when the flood waters receded she wept for the loss of lives.
As her tears turned to stardust and fell to earth, the beautiful aster flower
sprung wherever they landed.
LIBRA // Anemone(Greek) –
Chloris, the goddess of flowers, was married to Zephyr, the god of the west
wind. Zephyr fell in love with a beautiful nymph that served Chloris named
Anemone. Jealous and angry, the goddess banished her to keep them apart, and
Anemone died of a broken heart. Zephyr resurrected her as a flower. She withers
every winter but returns every spring to greet Zephyr with open petals.
SCORPIO // Peony(Chinese)
– Queen Wu was disheartened to see only winter jasmine in her garden. She
wrote a poem to the goddess of flowers asking her to make everything bloom that
night instead of waiting for spring. The next morning, all flowers flourished
except the peony, which refused to bloom out of season. She was offended and
banished it. Once gone, it bloomed beautifully. Furious, she ordered it to be
burned – however the next year, the burnt peony grew back. With black petals.
SAGITTARIUS // Pa'u-o-Hi'iaka(Hawaiian) – When Hi'iaka, the goddess of island nature, was a baby her
older sister, the Volcano goddess Pele, left her on the beach while she went
fishing. Due to a storm, Pele was gone for a very long time. When she returned,
she found flowering vines had grown over the baby to shield her from the sun.
Hi'iaka now wears them as a skirt to protect her on adventures and in the
CAPRICORN // Aconite(Greek) – As one of his twelve labors, the hero Hercules was sent to fetch the
three-headed dog Cerberus from the underworld. With the help of Persephone, he
was successful. The spittle of the beast dripped upon the rocky earth, and from
it sprang the first aconite plant. The purple wolfsbane flowers are elegant, but
it’s leaves and roots are deathly poisonous.
AQUARIUS // Iris(Greek) –
The goddess Iris would bring messages to the gods across the sky, appearing to
mortals as a rainbow. She acted as the link between the heavens and earth,
where she left irises of many colors, the three upright petals symbolizing
hope, valor, and wisdom. If purple Irises were planted over the graves of
women, it would summon the Goddess, who would guide the dead in their journey.
PISCES // Water Lily(Brazilian) – When the moon goddess,
Jaci, hid behind the mountains, she’d take beautiful girls with her and turn
them into stars. Naiá, a girl who loved the goddess, dreamt of
becoming a star, so she roamed the mountains every night. While resting by the
lake, she saw the moon’s reflection, dove into the water and drowned. To reward
Naiá for her sacrifice, Jaci turned her into a star different from all the
others – the star of the waters.
Concept: teenage mermaid struggles to convince her parents that she’s not, in fact, hanging out near the surface all the time because she’s involved in a forbidden romance with a human; it’s just that her smartphone is only waterproof to a depth of two metres.
The reaction of most people to the presence of The Morrigan is fear because her presence is said to bring with it the aura of death. When she is near, the doorway of death is visible. The portal is composed of silver branches creating a doorway against the darkness. Beyond the door lay the worlds of incarnation.
a female demon somewhat similar to vampire in Slavic folklore. People who were born with two hearts and two souls and two sets of teeth were believed to be strzygas. according to belief, only one of their two souls would pass to the afterlife; the other soul was believed to cause the deceased strzyga to come back to life and prey upon other living beings. These undead strzyga were believed to fly at night in a form of an owl and attack night-time travelers and people who had wandered off into the woods at night, sucking out their blood and eating their insides.
So I was just talking about the differences between how ninjas are portrayed in Japanese folklore versus how they’re portrayed in popular culture, and one of the topics that came up was so-called “ninja magic”.
Basically, while popular culture depicts ninjas performing supernatural feats of stealth and swordsmanship, the folkloric version is rather different. Basically, ninjas in folklore are reputed to be able to evoke magical effects from specially prepared potions and powders through the use of complicated hand-signs and invocations. The effects of these formulas can range from controlling fire, to turning invisible, to paralysing enemies at a distance, and even stranger feats.
Then it hit me: ninjas go unarmoured, wield staves and daggers, and cast formulaic spells that must be prepared in advance and have verbal, somatic and material components. This leads to one of two possible conclusions:
Jos mun tuttuni tulisi- Finnish folk poem (Kanteletar, Elias Lönnrot, 1840)
I’m a bit late but still: Happy National Poetry Day!
This poem is one of my absolute favorites. I like the imagery and the meaning. It’s a poem from the point of view of a woman and it depicts the anxiety love brings since passion could lead to sex, an unwanted pregnancy and therefor shame. According to Satu Apo’s book “Naisen Väki” wolf, snake and blood symbolise man’s masculinity and the threat the passion for him poses to a young woman.