god and goddess

Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology.

Norse Cosmology contains ‘Nine Homeworlds’ (Níu Heimar in Old Norse) in which all beings reside. These worlds are centered on the World Tree, Yggdrasil, which lies at the centre of the Cosmos. Each of these Nine Worlds is the homeland of various classes of beings that are part of Norse and Germanic mythology. Travel between the worlds are described in myths, where gods and other beings sometimes interact directly with humans.

Upper level
Asgard / Ásgarðr / Aesir – Land of the Aesir Gods and Goddesses
Vanaheim / Vanaheimr / Vanir – Land of the Vanir Gods and Goddesses
Alfheim / Álfheimr / Álfar – Land of the Light Elves
Middle Level / Middle Earth
Midgard / Miðgarðr / Menn – Land of Humanity
Jotunheim / Jötunheimr / Jötnar – Land of the Giants
Svartalfheim / Svartálfaheimr / Dvergar – Land of the Dark Elves
(Nidavellir – Land of the Dwarves)
Lower Level
Muspelheim / Muspellsheimr – Primordial Land of Fire
Niflheim / Niflheimr – Primordial place of Ice and Fog, Land of the Dead
(Hel / Helheimr / Náir – Land of the Dead, Home of the Goddess Hel)

Asgard / Ásgarðr / Aesir – Land of the Aesir Gods and Goddesses
High in the sky lies Asgard, home to the Aesir, the sky gods. Asgard was also the home of Odin’s Valhalla and Freya’s Fólkvangr, where brave Viking warriors would go after death. Home of Urdarbrunnr, the Well of Fate, guarded by the Norns.
Vanaheim / Vanaheimr / Vanir – Land of the Vanir Gods and Goddesses
A mysterious place, home of the Vanir Earth Gods.  Home of Njord, Freya and Freyr, who came to live in Asgard after the Aesir-Vanir war.
Alfheim / Álfheimr / Álfar – Land of the Light Elves
Next to Asgard in the heavens was Alfheim, home to beautiful Elves, the Gods of nature and fertility. Alfheim was ruled by Freyr.
Midgard / Miðgarðr / Menn – Land of Humanity
Home of mankind, also known as ‘Middle Earth’. Midgard was connected to Asgard by Bifrost, the Rainbow Bridge.
Jotunheim / Jötunheimr / Jötnar – Land of the Giants
Home of the Jotuns (giants), enemies of the Aesir. Jotunheim was mostly rocks, wilderness and dense forests. Loki came from Jotunheim, later to live in Asgard. Home of Mímisbrunnr, the Well of Wisdom, guarded by Mimir.
Svartalfheim / Svartálfaheimr / Dvergar – Land of the Dark Elves
Deep in the underground lived the hideous dark Elves, known to cause trouble to humans such as causing nightmares. They could not be touched by the Sun, otherwise they would turn to stone.
Nidavellir – Land of the Dwarves
Similar to Svartalfheim was Nidavellir, where dwarves lived in caves underground. Ruled by Hreidmar, the dwarves were masters of craftsmanship and gave presents to the Aesir, such as Thor’s hammer and Odin’s spear. 
Muspelheim / Muspellsheimr – Primordial Land of Fire
Muspelheim was a burning hot place created in the far south. It was home to the fire giants, fire demons, and the giant Surt, enemy to the Aesir.
Niflheim / Niflheimr – Primordial place of Ice and Fog, Land of the Dead
The lowest of the Nine Worlds, this land of ice and mist was located in the northern region of Ginnungagap. The oldest of three wells, Hvergelmir (‘Roaring Kettle’), was located here, which was the source of all cold rivers and the origin of all living things.
Hel / Helheimr / Náir – Land of the Dead, Home of the Goddess Hel
Home of the Goddess Hel, daughter of Loki. When humans were not accepted to Valhalla or Fólkvangr, they came to Hel’s hall Elivdnir.

Choosing A Deity/ Being Chosen By The Divine

Short version in bold.

There are several methods for discerning which Deity you choose to follow. It can hard for beginning Pagans/Wiccans/etc to know if they are worshiping the “right” Deity. Hopefully this short guide can help clear this up a bit for beginners.

I’ll start by saying there is no “right” or “permanent” Deity for you to follow if you are an eclectic witch. There are some branches of Wicca (and I’m sure other religions too) that focus on only one of two deities exclusively. Know that if you officially join one of these branches people will expect you to be following the Deity(es) of that specific branch.

I say there is no “right” Deity because we are all different and we all have different needs that we would like met by the divine. We all come from different backgrounds. For example someone who has a rough relationship with their mother may have trouble connecting with Goddesses like the triple goddess, Hera, or Isis. I say there is no “permanent” deity because the universe is always changing, as are we. This is another thing that depends on individual person and Deity. Some people like to have one permanent Deity that they are devoted to for their entire life, and that is perfectly ok! I’m just stating that you shouldn’t feel guilty if you start to feel like a new deity is calling to you. As we change the Deities that seek us out will change also. Someone starting to go through an identity crisis may no longer like to worship deities that represent what they used to be (be it gender, sexuality, morality, life goals, etc).

So when it comes time in your life to choose a Deity, or if you feel that one is choosing you, where do you start? How do you identify what new being is trying to enter your life?

1. Choose based on your ancestors. Some people like to go back to their roots when choosing a Deity. They feel that worshiping the same Deities their ancestors worshiped bring a closer connection with both their past lives and the Deity.

2. Choose a Deity that has some of the same qualities you already have. Find a Deity that you identify well with. One that you feel like you share a craft/hobby/way of life with. If you are athletic chose a Deity of sport or hunting. Artsy? Worship a muse or a Deity of art! Love plants/nature? Music? Math? Romance? Meddling in other people’s affairs? There is a Deity associated with almost anything. If you feel you and the Deity are alike in some ways it will make it easier to communicate.

3. Choose a Deity based on qualities you want brought into your life. There are a lot of people who worship based on what they want brought into their life. The same way that farmers use to worship Deities who brought good harvests to their fields. Do you want protection? Bravery? Courage? Strength? Love? Intelligence? There are many Deities that if you follow them devoutly can bestow these gifts upon you.

4. Use divination to contact any Deities trying to connect with you. You have to be careful with this one. Any time you open up for spiritual contact you have to be very specific in what you’re looking for and adequately protected, or anything could show up. Using divination can give you clear and direct results which is nice. This is a good method if you want to see which Deities are seeking you out instead of you choosing yourself. This can be beneficial because if the Deity is choosing you they must want you as a follower and you know they will be present in your rituals.

5. Meditation. Meditation is another good tool for connecting to spirit. Here again please be careful and know what you are calling out to. There are endless guided meditations on YouTube that you can use to help you connect with any Divine beings that what to make contact with you. Again this is helpful if you want to know that the Deity you are following is definitely listening.

You should choose whichever method feels right to you! Everyone follows a slightly different path. I wish you all the best.

Good luck!

Blessed Be

Created by: @becomingwiccan

Τετρὰς Ἱσταμένου, IV day
From today’s sunset: fourth day of Anthesterion.

The fourth is always sacred to Aphrodite Pandemos, to Hermes and to Herakles, as the symbolic day of Their birthday.

Honors are paid to Eros and Hermaphroditos.

Banquet of the Tetradistai.
“So it is no wonder that the ancient cooks were au fait in sacrificial rites; they presided, for instance, at weddings and festivals. Hence Menander, in his Flatterer, makes the cook on duty at the fourth-day club-feast (Tetradistai) or the day of Aphrodite Pandemos, speaks as follow: ‘Libation! Round with the tripe! Mind what you do. Come Sosias, boy, libation! Good for you! And now pour out. To all above we will pray both Gods and Goddesses (take the tongue), and may Life, Health, and many a blessing come of this, and those we’ve got Heaven grant we never miss!”
Athenaios 14. 659D, describing a private celebration of the Tetradistai in Aphrodite’s honor.

“But take care to avoid troubles which eat out the heart on the fourth of the beginning and ending of the month; it is a sacred day: especially during these sacred days it is convenient to get rid of all the activities that make you suffer, which, if at other times you need to choose them as necessary, in these days you should not.“

The fourth day is also a suitable day for marriage.

(Terracotta statuette of Aphrodite seated on a rock. From Taranto, 3rd century BCE, now at the Metropolitan Museum…)

anonymous asked:

I am interested in learning the craft, but I'm torn because I do not believe in God/goddesses. I've read that you need to believe in at least something to label yourself a witch or practicer of witchcraft. I've always been an atheist, but I'm reading that I wouldn't be an atheist if I practiced the craft. Which to me, doesn't make a lot of sense. Atheism is essentially not believing in a god or gods. Thanks for your help!!

NOT AT ALL! You can most definitely be a secular or atheist witch. Wiccans and other religious witches are definitely out there, and there is a lot of literature that focuses on religious witchcraft. However, witchcraft is simply the act and belief in magic. Witchcraft is not religious or involves deities unless YOU want it to be. You don’t have to worship a deity whatsoever to practice the craft. I would search anything by the tags of atheist witchcraft or secular witchcraft, or even traditional witchcraft is also another name. 

Tagged by @fuzzysparrow ❤️ I’ve never seen this tag before and I really love it!

If I were a month I’d be January
If I were a day of the week I’d be Thursday
If I were a god or goddess I’d be Hera
If I were a verb I’d be worry
If I were a sea animal I’d be a humpback whale
If I were an object in the living room I’d be a bookcase
If I were a gemstone I’d be an amethyst
If I were a flower I’d be a daisy
If I were a kind of weather I’d be a foggy rain
If I were a color I would be gray
If I were an adjective I’d be reluctant
If I were a fruit I’d be a gala Apple
If I were a sound I’d be white noise
If I were a Hogwarts house Id be idk
If I were an element I’d be water
If I were a word I’d be stress
If I were a taste I’d be warm cinnamon oatmeal
If I were a scent I’d be vanilla
If I were an object I’d be my soft bed
If I were a body part I’d be the heart
If I were a song I’d be Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots

I tag @scatteredwandering @undeniableemotions @oatmealsam @the-surrounding-hullabaloo @atalebetween

princess-from-district-seven asked:

Hi, I'm a baby Celtic witch. I was guided to this path of the Celtic ways, but I am stumped at which God/Goddess I should worship. I don't want to go into this blind, any tips you can give me? Thanks! Many blessings!

I don’t worship any deities since I’m Wiccan. I think you should find a God/Goddess that is representative of something that is important in your life, or you really enjoy. For Example: hunting, water, summer, motherhood, strength.

For the people who I know are going to reblog/send me a message or ask and say “Wiccans can worship other deities, check your facts before you preach.”: I know Wiccans can have deities to represent the God and Goddess, but I prefer to keep it simple with just The God and Goddess. 

If I Were..

hello friends i have now reached page 280 of my 5 day backlogged dash and i see @pyrewitch has tagged me in something. here we go!

If I were a month, I’d be May. 
If I were a day of the week, I’d be Thursday. 
If I were a god or a goddess, I’d be Frey. 
If I were a verb, I’d be Seal. 
If I were a sea animal, I’d be an Oyster . 
If I were an object in a living room, I’d be the Art Book. 
If I were a gemstone, I’d be Hematite. 
If I were a flower, I’d be Lilies of the Valley. 
If I were a kind of weather, I’d be a False Spring. 
If I were a colour, I’d be Cerulean. 
If I were an adjective, I’d be Prismatic. 
If I were a fruit, I’d be a Lychee. 
If I were a sound, I’d be a Battle Cry. 
If I were an element, I’d be Water. 
If I were a word, I’d be Empyral. 
If I were a place, I’d be the Lake Akane. 
If I were a taste, I’d be M&S Chocolate Digestives. 
If I were a scent, I’d be Citrus and Seawater. 
If I were an object, I’d be a Stuffed Toy. 
If I were a body part, I’d be The Ribcage. 
If I were a song, I’d be 冬のエピローグ.

for this, i nominate @cheerycheesecake, @intheicyairofnight, @gruzinkerlady, @faslaidir, @whiteraven93, @the-strangest-sea, @sushidoucheydudes, @anglemeister, @beingevil, @kalr-five, and @shelby-melissa!

“which greek god/goddess are you” 

first question asks what my worst attribute is and theres like 13 choices or something and i can only pick one 

omg bye