oak mother

  • baby: a...ah...ah
  • mother: honey quick she's saying her first word!
  • baby: ah...aFTER THE WAR I WENT BACK TO NEW YORK! A-AFTER THE WAR I WENT BACK TO NEW YORK! I FINISHED UP MY STUDIES AND I PRACTICED LAW. I PRACTICED LAW BURR WORKED NEXT DOOR.
  • mother: ...evEN THOUGH WE STARTED AT THE VERY SAME TIME-
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~Sonnet of Summer~

Come, sweet scent of summer love
And fill me to the brim with warmth
Strip away my melancholy
As the earth is now reborn

Chase away my emptiness
Of winter blues and autumn greys
Send your chorus through the meadows
Saturate my hollow days

With thy emerald pearls of wisdom
Whisper to the earth your songs
Banish every ounce of darkness
Grow my days from short to long

Clouds so white they look like feathers
Fields so green they mesmerise
As the child of Imbolc wanders
Beltane’s king and queen arrive

Set alight the fires of May Day
Bang the drums and fill the skies
Drench the year with celebration
Let no tears adorn thine eyes

Strip our souls of painful sorrows
Fill our hearts with happiness
As the earth is full of living
Make this year our very best

~ © 2016 Amelia Dashwood, All rights reserved.

Basic Wicca: An Introduction to Aspects

One topic that often confuses Wicca newbies is what aspects of the deities actually are, and what the term means. 

An Aspect is, in simple terms, a specific part of a deity that reflects certain elements of that deity within itself. Traditionally, Wicca has two deities (the Triple Goddess and the Horned God), who have three and two aspects respectively. 

The Triple Goddess

The Goddess (also known as the Lady), is often known as the triple goddess as a reflection of her aspects, and what they represent. The Goddess is a deity of moon and night, and her aspects are representative of that nature because the represent the phases of the moon. 

As the moon waxes from new to gibbous, the Goddess is in her Maiden aspect. This is also the aspect of late winter and spring. The Maiden represents childhood, innocence, young love, rebirth (especially after death), new fertility, the prospect of growth, and hope for the future. The things of springtime are the things of the Maiden, such as early-blooming flowers like daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses; eggs and milk; new leaves and buds; yearling meat from lambs and calves. 

From gibbous to gibbous, across the full moon, the Goddess is in her Mother aspect. This is also the aspect of summer and early autumn. The Mother represents maternal love, adulthood and growth, childbirth and childcaring, investments realised, care for others, and life flourishing. The things of summertime are the things of the Mother, such as harvested crops; fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers in bloom, fish and meat, leafy green branches, and other things of growth and summer.

As the moon wanes from gibbous to new, the Goddess is in her Crone Aspect until the cycle repeats. This is also the aspect of late autumn and winter. The Crone represents aging and the closing of one’s life, but also represents the past and contemplation, wisdom and knowledge, loss and death, and the chance of rebirth once more come the spring. The things of autumn are the things of the Crone, such as berries and nuts, late-ripening vegetables such as squash and pumpkins, fat and preserved foods, bulbs of flowers, garlic and the like.

Of course, the solar year cycle isn’t exact, and is dependent on what the life is doing at that time too. The Goddess is a deity of life and growth, and so if the summer hangs on late then so will the Mother, for example.


The Horned God

The God is traditionally depicted with two aspects that revolve around the solar cycle. They fight for dominance every 6 months, and create their respective seasons as they rule over the land. These are the Holly and Oaks Kings, who represent winter and summer respectively.

At the autumnal equinox, the Oak king has been banished underground to rejuvenate for his fight next year. The Holly king takes his throne, and rules over a land of cold and dying back for 3 whole months unchallenged. At Yule, the winter solstice, the Oak king’s power begins to wax as the Holly king’s power begins to wane, and by the vernal equinox the Oak king has risen from the ground, fought the Holly king, and banished him to lick his wounds for another 3 months underground. The Oak king rules for 3 months unchallenged, over a land of heat and growth, and at Litha his own power starts to fade. The two fight once more at Mabon, and the cycle starts over again.

The symbols of the Oak king are, of course, oaken branches laden with green leaves, often woven into a crown, but also all the trappings of summertime. The Oak king is sometimes equated with the Green Man of the Forest, with Lugh, and with Herne the Hunter (often thought to be a pagan deity who was “Christianised” into a ghost of Windsor Forest). 

The symbols of the Holly king are branches of fresh holly, often bearing red berries on green leaves, sometimes woven into a crown of their own. He is also represented by evergreen bows, commonly woven into a Yuletide wreath such as the ones we now associate with Christmas. He is sometimes equated to winter figures such as Jack Frost, Morozko, Old Man Winter, and the old Norse god Odin. He is also associated due to similar times with Father Christmas (Santa Claus).

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Deity of the Day!

Loki

Okay, the last couple days Loki has popped up in my mind and while I haven’t worked with him before, I feel like now is a good time to share some information about the Norse god. I’m learning as I go on this one, so bear with me! If you have worked with Loki before, please add your experience. 

Origin and Family: Loki is a contradictory spirit and possibly the ultimate trickster. He is the son of Odin, created when lighting (his father) struck an Oak tree (his mother), which may make him a primordial fire spirit. Loki lives among the Aeisr spirits, who he constantly leads into danger but then swoops in and saves. He is the traveling companion of his blood brother Thor. His loyalties are unclear…although likely friends with his brother, he also conspires against him and is responsible for the death of Baldur. Despite his reputation (that has also probably been smeared a bit by Christianity) as Baldur was sometimes identified as Christ when Norse mythology was put to paper by Christian commentators and Loki identified as Judas or even Satan- Loki is also a bearer of wisdom. He has been instrumental in obtaining tools for the Aesir. Loki is the mother of Odin’s eight-legged horse, Sleipnir. Loki is  skilled inventor and craftsman who has a cruel streak and sometimes mean sense of humor. Loki’s children include the goddess of Death and the wolf of doom.

Favored People: The patron of spies, troublemakers, tricksters…maybe not the most reliable patron.

Manifestation: A master shapeshifter whose forms are complete as opposed to superficial. When Loki appeared as brilliant white mare, S/He (they?) gave birth the Sleipnir. Allegedly very handsome and charming, Loki is said to have had sexual relations with many of the Norse goddesses.

Consort:Angerboda is Loki’s sister (possibly twin) and alter ego. It is unclear whether some myths are referencing Angerboda or Loki in disguise as the giantess who refuses to weep for Baldur. Loki’s second wife is Sigyn, who shares Loki’s exile following the death of Baldur.

Sacred Animals: Wolves, snakes, possibly spiders.

Star: Sirius, known as Lokabrenna (Loki’s Brand or Loki’s Torch) in tradtional Norse astrology.

Related Deities: Aegir, Aesir, Andvari, Angerboda, Balder, Hel,Thor, Idunn, Jotun, Odin, Skadi

Information from the wonderful Encyclopedia of Spirits byt Judika Illes (pgs, 646-647). 

Moon Mother of Oak

The Oak tree is considered the most powerful and most sacred of the trees to the Celtic peoples. It holds the true alignment of balance, purpose and strength. In the cycle of the year, the Moon of Oak also poses the essence of power and balance. In truth, She is androgynous. Being integrated, this moon essence provides the greatest alignment for manifesting our goal.

Oak Mother’s Celtic name is Duir. It means door and is derived from the word Druid or Druidess, the Celtic person who has mastered memory, intuition, healing, knowing and magic. The Oak Mother provides the essence of assuredness, love, and care for her offspring. She is pro-nurturing and calls you to understand how you use this energy at the time when you have given birth to your potential. Like the mother who has just delivered her child to the world, you are called to watch the growth, care for the needs of your child, and love the child no matter what course s/he has to walk to develop, mature, and express in whole-ness. Let this be so as you nurture your goal in the world.

My mother always use to tell me “be strong as an oak”
“Always be strong as an oak”
But mother, if I am an oak I am sick from the inside
If I am wood I am rotting away by the hour
Mother, I can not be an oak.
Because If I am like the great oak out back at great grandmothers, then I too need to be cut down to save others