A painting of the goddess Nut that I’ve been working on for a little while now and finally managed to finish. I’m very pleased with the result (especially her hair!) Please don’t repost the painting or remove this caption.
Goddesses with upraised hands and the “Poppy Goddess”
The large figurines crowned with birds on their diadem were found in Karphi along with three more figurines, and are the largest found to date in Crete. The objects were derived from various parts of the settlement, indicating that cult activities took place throughout the site. 1200-1100 B.C
The poppy goddess is the largest figure found in Gazi. It also is the only figure crowned with models of the opium poppy fruit (papaver somniferum). The symbol of opium, a hallucinogen known for its sedative and healing properties conveys the message that the goddess relieves pain and heals worshippers. (1300-1200 BC)
When people ask me if I’m a Wiccan, I say no. I am just a Witch.
Well, what’s the difference? From my years of research and discovery (I didn’t just wake up one day and decide to become one, it took years of contemplation and theology and religious research, as well as historical connections)
I found that the difference between a Witch who practices Witchcraft and a Wiccan who practices Wiccan is this: one is a way of life, and the other is a religion. The main difference between Wicca and Witchcraft comes with the differences in intent. The purpose of Wicca is to honor the deities, Witchcraft, on the other hand, does not have to involve deities. Instead, it is concerned with the use of spells and herbs and energies to achieve a desired end–healing, love, protection, etc.
Wicca is a neo-pagan religion, founded in the 1950s, meaning it is a modern interpretation of the old ways, with adjustments from other types of paganism, like Druids, Norse, Buddhism, etc. While, being a Witch, derives from Earth worship and the ancient ways of alchemy and herbal/bodily practice. Call me a traditionalist but I prefer to know the ways of the Ancient Witches, and to perform the craft as it has been for hundreds of years, when the world was new and full of spirits.
While I recognise certain deities to aid in my craft, I do not rely on them. I am the vessel and nature is merely my centred focus.
She is the cosmos itself, the womb of starry seas,
for She contains all things and bears all things.
Inspiring and expiring, She breathes,
dancing on the golden solar wind,
broadcasting her star stuff–
She is the black hole and the kitchen pantry.
She is the heartbeat of labor and love.
She is the space between stars and atoms.
She simply is,
She is whatever is
She is What She Is,
And I am a part of Her.
from “A Ritual to Celebrate the Goddess of the Cosmos” by Barbara Ardinger, found in Practicing the Presence of the Goddess: Everyday Rituals to Transform Your World
Aranyani is a Hindu Goddess of Forests and the Animals that dwell within them. Aranyani is described as being elusive, fond of quiet glades in the jungle, and fearless of remote places. She wears anklets with bells, and though seldom seen, She can be heard by the tinkling of Her anklets. She is also described as a dancer. Her worship has declined in modern day Hinduism, and it is rare to find a temple dedicated to Aranyani now.