The Mother and The Crone

The Maiden, Mother, Crone is a very common form of the triple goddess. The Maiden representing youth and puberty, the Mother representing motherhood and life, the Crone representing wisdom, old age, and death. In the majority of imagery, the Mother has a rounded stomach. This day in age, we know that physically giving birth to a child is not all that makes you a mother. There are plenty who adopt, who foster, and those who are content in mothering nieces, nephews, etc. There’s also the large population of young women choosing not to have children. The biggest question regarding the Triple Goddess, is when do we progress from the Maiden to the Mother, and from the Mother to the Crone?

The triple goddess is one of the oldest deities. Centuries ago it was expected that women become mothers. They started off as Maidens and became wives shortly after puberty. Motherhood was a blessing to women, many were frowned upon for not having children. Then in their old age they would turn to the Crone for guidance and comfort. But that’s not the case anymore. Many women aren’t having children, and at a much higher rate than ever before. I think that looking at her as the adulthood stage of life is better idea for our time. After all, we have our youth, our adult years, and our old age. Those three forms relate to every woman.

So if we aren’t using the obvious stage of literal childbirth to progress from the Maiden to the Mother, how else will we know? Puberty? Some girls begin menstruation while still in elementary school. I would argue that they are still children. How about when we legally become an adult? Or when we are financially independent from our parents? Maybe it’s not a set time meant for every girl, maybe it is the day the young girl in question no longer turns to the Maiden and instead turns to the Mother.

The other question is when do we start turning to the Crone instead of the Mother. In some of the Wicca books I have read they suggest that when women begin menopause, they have progressed into the last stage of life. But what about those that go through menopause early? I am thirty-two and a mother of a four year old, three year old, and two year old. I still feel strongly attached to the Mother, but am technically going through menopause. Even when a woman goes through menopause naturally, they don’t just stop being a mother.

I feel as though I have a long time before I will enter the Crone phase. Being a mother defines me right now. My children are young, and my husband and I feel as though our family is still beginning its journey. Maybe the puberty, motherhood, and menopause work perfectly for some as steps into the newest chapter of their lives, but for those of us who don’t fit in perfectly I think it comes down to a feeling. I feel connected to the Mother on a spiritual level. It is she who I pray to and ask for guidance from. Maybe the more I go through menopause the more I will find myself drawn to the Crone. It could be that steps are right, but our interpretation is wrong.

Only time will tell, as of this moment in time I find myself in the mother stage. Maybe menopause will change that and maybe it won’t. Maybe if I find myself a grandmother in the years to come I will find myself finally drawn to the Crone. Maybe there will simply be a day when I go to my altar and replace my red pillar candle with the black one. Then I will close my eyes and pray to the Crone, and know that no matter what steps brought me there, I have still made it and am comforted.

 

Sweetening Jars

Sweetening, or honey jars, come from Hoodoo practices. Hoodoo is a practice that was brought to southern USA during the transatlantic slave trade. Slaves were forced to abandon their beliefs for Christianity. Therefore, many Hoodoo practices have ties to Christianity. In Hoodoo, practitioners pray to saints or their ancestors.

Sweetening and honey jars have become widely popular recently and wiccans have begun to make their own versions of this spell. Those of you with African ancestors can pray over these jars as you make them. Others can pray to saints, or any other deity they choose. For the spell below, I am going to provide a Hoodoo honey jar, and a sweetening jar with Wicca attributes. Honey jars can take up to three months to work, but most good things in life take time. Enjoy, and remember that intent is everything!

Hoodoo Honey Jar

Ingredients

  • One mason jar
  • Honey
  • Parchment
  • Pencil and Pen
  • Herbs for your intentions
  • Candles for your intentions
  • Conjure Oils for your intentions

 

On the parchment, which should be the color of your target, and write their name three times in pencil. Turn the paper 90 degrees and write your name three times in pen. In a circle around the names, write out your wish, without lifting your pen, in a continuous circle. The circle must be complete and you must not lift your pen while writing the circle.

Place the paper in your jar. put in your herbs and fill with honey. Make sure the parchment is completely covered. Anoint your candle with the oil, and burn it on top of your jar. Allow the candle to burn all the way down. You can do this everyday, or once a week until the spell is done.

 

 

Wiccan Honey Jar

Ingredients

  • Mason Jar
  • Honey
  • Herbs for your intentions
  • Crystals for your intentions
  • Candles for your intentions
  • Pictures of your target, or items (must be sweet) that have to do with target. Examples: candy that they like, small toys, etc
  • Parchment
  • Pen and Pencil

On the parchment, write the name or event of your target in pencil three times. Turn the paper 90 degrees and write your name in pen three times. Place the parchment in the jar and add your other ingredients. Fill the jar with honey. On top of the jar, place the candle. As it burns, pray and bless the jar with your intentions. Allow the candle to burn all the way down. You can light a new candle each day for one month, up to three.

 

Egyptian Gods and Goddesses

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1) Nun – The Primeval God

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Every mythology tends to start with the primordial origins, and in Egyptian mythology, that scope is covered by the ancient Egyptian gods Nun and Naunet (the feminine form). In essence, the ancient Egyptians perceived Nun as the watery abyss that basically held the universe by which the sphere of life was borne. This watery mass was endowed with enigmatic characteristics by the Egyptians – with its depth epitomizing both nothingness and infinity, while also serving as the source of all aspects of divine and earthly existence.

So in many ways, Nun, like Tiamat – the Mesopotamian primordial goddess of the oceans, was associated, albeit neutrally, with the forces of chaos. And in terms of his physical attribute, Nun was often represented as a bearded man with blue or green skin (thus suggesting his connection with the watery mass of Nile and fertility). On occasions, he was also depicted as a frog or a frog-headed man (as part of the Ogdoad system practiced at Khmunu or Hermopolis) or even a hermaphrodite with discernable breasts.

2) Amun, Ra, and Amun-Ra – The Ancient Egyptian gods of Sun and Wind

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Often considered among one of the most important ancient Egyptian gods, Amun was the divine entity who represented the air and the sun. Sometimes portrayed as the king of gods, Amun was also the patron deity of Thebes, the royal capital during the impressive New Kingdom era of Egypt, circa 16th century BC to 11th century BC. In fact, in the earlier centuries, Amun was a minor god, and as such played second fiddle to ‘war gods’ like Montu. However, the New Kingdom period brought forth the ascendancy of the diety, who was venerated as the ‘Self-Created One’.

Ra, on the other hand, was considered as one of the powerful ancient Egyptian gods who was associated with the Pharoah – so much so, that by Fifth Dynasty, almost every ruler was symbolically hailed as the son of Ra. He was also associated with the earlier sun god Atum of Heliopolis. And over time, especially during the New Kingdom, the thriving Amun cult merged the two entities Amun and Ra into a composite god known as Amun-Ra, who was hailed as the “Lord of truth, father of the gods, maker of men, creator of all animals, Lord of things that are, creator of the staff of life.” According to many scholars, Amun-Ra sort of symbolized the combination of the invisible force (of wind) with the visible majesty (of the life-giving sun), thus establishing an all-encompassing deity who covered most aspects of creation.

3) Hathor – The Cow Goddess

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As for her name referring to the ‘Domain of Horus’, Hathor possibly comes from the Egyptian myth of Horus – one of the prominent Egyptian gods (discussed later in the article), and how he entered her mouth to rest and then again come back at dawn. Considering these aspects, suffice it to say, Hathorwas regarded as a protective and benevolent deity who often personified kindness. She was also closely associated with matters of womanly love and health, so much so that many women beheld her as the counterpart to Osiris in the afterlife.

And as for her physical attributes, Hathor was often depicted as a woman with the head of a cow or having an entire cow form. Later on, the bovine features were relegated in favor of a woman’s face (but still with cow’s ears or horns). She was also represented with the sistrum rattle-like musical instrument that was used to drive evil from the land – a facet that was later applied to the goddess Isis.

4) Bastet/Sekhmet – The Feline Goddess

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The ancient Egyptians certainly shared a proclivity for domesticating cats, and this cultural affinity was mirrored by the native Egyptian mythology and religion that popularized the worship of Bastet (or Bast), at least since the Second Dynasty period (post 29th century BC). A goddess of the home, love, fertility, joy, dance, women and secrets, Bastet with her cat-like head and woman’s body was considered as a benevolent deity.

Given such propensity for feline symbolization, cats were uniquely sacred in Egypt – so much so that the punishment for killing a cat was death by stabbing. According to Herodotus, Egyptians was so fond of their cats that they preferred to save their cats instead of themselves when trapped inside a burning building. Some cats were also known to be mummified in a ceremonious manner with jewelry – as was the case with many noble people.

Interestingly enough, according to a legend, the Persians took advantage of this seemingly unhealthy feline fascination of the Egyptians by positioning many such animals and Bastet images (painted on their shields) in the front-lines at the Battle of Pelusium in circa 525 BC. The adorable critters ranging from cats, dogs to even sheep, dissuaded the animal-loving Egyptians from firing their arrows – thus allowing the Persians to take the initiative and win the battle.

And with all the talk about battles, it should be noted that Egyptians also venerated Bastet in the form of her ‘alter-ego’ Sekhmet – the warrior lioness. She was often given the epithet of ‘Sekhmet the Powerful’ and represented as the fiercest hunter in all of Egypt whose very breath formed the desert (while her pedigree was also associated with the Solar deity). Given such regal characteristics, it doesn’t really come as a surprise that many Pharaohs regarded her as their protector in battles.

5) Maat – The Goddess of Order

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The ancient Egyptian goddess of truth, justice, and, the cosmic order (alluding to the Egyptian concept of ma’at), Maat (or ma-yet) was responsible for regulating both the stars and the seasons. Venerated as an important deity during the Old Kingdom period (circa 27th century – 22nd century BC), she was considered as the daughter of Atum (or Ra), and as such implied the superiority of order, justice, and even harmony.

Pertaining to these aspects, the ma’at was envisaged as a guideline for human behavior that would conform to the will of the gods, thus in the process establishing a universal order. This cosmic balance was also reflected in the studies of the ancient Egyptian astronomers who charted the Earth’s orbit with the celestial paths of the stars and other planets. Simply put, this ambit of balance was perceived as a principle that was to be adopted by Egyptians in their daily lives, which in turn established the virtues of truth, family life, and the belief system centered around the various deities.

And when it comes to her physical appearance, Maat was often depicted as a winged woman with an ostrich feather on her head. The latter apparel had symbolic significance since the feather of Maat was the instrumental object in the Weighing of the Heart ceremony in the afterlife. The Egyptians believed that after their death, the heart of their soul was to be weighed against the feather in a ‘scale of justice’, which would allow the sections of their spirits (or life force) to be ultimately released to Akh(the composite soul).

6) Ptah – The Creator God

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One of the Egyptian gods who formed the triad of Memphis (along with his spouse Sekhmet and daughter Nefertum), Ptah was the personification of creation. In essence, Ptah was perceived as the ultimate creator who not only fashioned the universe but also ‘breathed life’ into the entities populating the world. Suffice it to say, Ptah was a widely popular god in ancient Egypt – so much so that the very name Egypt derived from Greek Aigyptos, was originally borrowed from Amarna Hikuptah, corresponding to Egyptian Ha(t)-ka-ptah or ‘temple of the soul of Ptah’, the god’s religious sanctuary in Memphis. 

Ptah was also hailed as the ‘self-created one’, thus suggesting that his role in specific creation as opposed to the all-encompassing nature of the aforementioned Amun-Ra. To that end, Ptah was regarded as the patron deity of sculptors, painters, builders, and other artisans. This allusion to his ‘master architect’ status possibly also played a part in inspiring a few aspects of Christian theology and Masonic elements.

As for his physical nature, Ptah was often depicted as a mummified bearded man with green skin. His arms were kept free to hold a scepter, and his overall profile contained the three powerful symbols of ancient Egyptian religion:  the Was scepter, the sign of life, Ankh, and the Djed pillar. These motifs suggested the combined essence of his creative prowess, – the power, life-giving ability, and stability.

7) Isis – The Magic Goddess

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Probably the most famous of all Egyptian goddesses, Isis was initially associated with Hathor, thus being heralded as the personification of many of the ‘motherly’ qualities. However, she further rose in significance during the Old Kingdom period, as one of the prominent characters of the Osiris myth, in which she not only resurrects her murdered husband, the divine king Osiris but also successfully gives birth and protects his heir, Horus.

This narrative was symbolically mirrored in the affairs of the ancient Egyptian state, with the very name Isis being derived from Egyptian Eset, (‘the seat’), which refers to the throne. In essence, the Egyptian goddess was perceived as the divine mother of the kings, while Horus (discussed later in the article) was associated with the Pharaohs themselves. This analogy of the throne was also prevalent in the very depiction of Isis, with her original headdress carrying an empty throne that signified the seat of her slain husband.

Over time, Isis was given various epithets like Weret-Kekau (‘the Great Magic’) and even Mut-Netjer (‘the Mother of the Gods’). Judging by these titles, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Isis overtook all the previous Egyptian goddesses in popularity, so much so that later on some of them were relegated to mere aspects of Isis. Moreover, the adoration of the goddess also reached beyond the traditional boundaries of ancient Egypt, to account for a persistent cult that was spread across the later Greco-Roman world.

8) Osiris – The Dead God

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One of the major ancient Egyptian gods during and after the Old Kingdom period, Osiris – the husband of Isis, the father of Horus, and the brother of Set, was often perceived as the king of the underworld. A part of the later-formed Abydos Triad (comprising him, his wife, and his son), Osiris was possibly the only Egyptian deity who was directly referred to simply as a ‘god’, thus alluding to his immense prominence among the ancient Egyptian worshippers (many of whom considered Osiris as the first king of Egypt).

In addition to his role as the lord of the underworld – a title that was passed to him after his murder by his brother SetOsiris was also regarded as the god of transition (since a death in itself was not seen as an absolute condition) and even regeneration. Furthermore, Osiris also fulfilled his duty as the Judge of the Dead, as he was the central figure who decided the deceased’s fate after the aforementioned Weighing of the Heart ceremony (see the Maat entry). Interestingly enough, in such cases, we can comprehend the pragmatic nature of ancient Egyptian gods and religion – since as opposed to advocating puritan morality, the deceased was only expected to live a ‘balanced’ former life.

Finally, coming to the physical attributes of Osiris, the god was often depicted as a mummified bearded king with a green or black skin – to represent both death and resurrection. And as a living god, Osiriswas represented rather ostentatiously as a handsome man in the royal attire wearing the crown of Upper Egypt (a headdress known as the atef)while carrying the crook and flail, both symbols of kingship.

9) Horus – The Falcon God

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The most well-known of all ‘avian’ Egyptian gods, Horus was also possibly one of the first known national Egyptian gods, who was worshipped in various forms and aspects from the Predynastic period to the Roman Egypt epoch. However, there are at least six known Horus entities that are mentioned in Egyptian mythology – and we will only talk about the deity otherwise hailed as Horus the Younger, the son of Osiris and Isis, and the rival of Set, his father’s murderer.

Completing the Abydos Triad, Horus was regarded as a powerful sky god who was designated as the divine protector of the pharaohs. His legacy is also fueled by his epic mythical battle against the adversary Set, from which Horus emerged victorious, thereby uniting the two lands of Egypt, albeit after losing one of his eyes. In essence, the avenging Egyptian deity was also perceived as a god of war whose name was frequently invoked before actual battles by the rulers and commanders.

As for his physical attributes, Horus, especially when combined with the sun god Ra to form Ra-Harahkhte, was usually depicted as a falcon-headed man wearing the pschent, the symbol of kingship over unified Egypt. On the other hand, his restored eye, personified as the Eye of Horus, was the ancient Egyptian symbol for protection and sacrifice. Quite intriguingly, the Ptolemaic dynasty favored another form of Horus known as Harpocrates (or ‘Horus the Child’), who was depicted as a winged-child with a finger on his lips – suggesting the virtue of silence and keeping secrets.

10) Set – The Antagonist God

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In the Osiris myth, Set was portrayed as the antagonist among the Egyptian gods responsible for murdering his brother Osiris. However, if we consider the historical evidence, Set was the perceived as a divine entity since the Predynastic period (before 3rd millennium BC), with his center of worship possibly originating from the town of Nubt, which is one of the oldest settlements in Upper Egypt. And interestingly enough, Nubt served as the gateway to the eastern desert and its gold deposits, which possibly explains the association of Set with the deserts of Egypt.

In any case, Set was originally regarded as a more-or-less benevolent and esteemed entity who sometimes served as an ally of Ra, and was tasked with the protection of oases in the deserts. But over time, he was also associated with peculiar and frightening phenomena like eclipses, storms, and thunders – thus suggesting a dark side to his personification. Once again, reverting to history, some part of this scope possibly had to do with the foreign Hyksos, who adopted Set as one of their gods – which could have fueled a reactionary measure from the future native Egyptians who saw Set as an agent of evil. Other historians have hypothesized that the battle between Set and Horus, as opposed to a confrontation between good and evil, was rather a symbolic representation of the struggle to unite Egypt under one ruler.

Lastly, the ‘strange’ nature of Set as one of the dualistic ancient Egyptian gods is also manifested by his depictions. They often showcase a creature which is simply known as the Set animal, which could be a composite of an aardvark, a donkey, and a jackal (or a fennec fox). A few scholars have argued that the Set animal possibly represents a giraffe, though ancient Egyptians seem to have differentiated between giraffes and the enigmatic hybrid creature. And the Late Egyptian period (post 664 BC) artists tended to depict Set exclusively with a donkey head.

11) Anubis – The Jackal God

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Possibly of the most visually recognizable of the ancient Egyptian gods, Anubis (or rather Anpu or Inpuin Egyptian language) was represented as a jackal-headed entity associated with the rites of embalming the deceased and the related afterlife. And like many contemporary Egyptian gods, Anubisdid have other aspects, but his core attributes were seemingly always related to the matters of death. For example, even during the 1st Dynasty period (circa 3100 BC), Anubis was perceived as a protector of graves – possibly to endow a positive aspect to the propensity of jackals who tended to dig up shallow graves.

To that end, Anubis pertained to one of the rare ancient Egyptian gods, who in spite of his ancient legacy, was not venerated in dedicated precincts and temples (at least according to archaeological evidence or lack thereof). On the contrary, the tombs and mastabas of the dead were seen as his ‘places of worship’, including a particular shrine at Anubeion which contained the mummified remains of dogs and jackals. Suffice it to say, Anubis was often intrinsically related to the rites associated with death, and thus he played the role of the deity who ushered souls into the afterlife. Over time, he might have even overtaken Osiris as the main ‘judge’ in the Weighing of the Heart ceremony – as depicted in the scenes from the Book of the Dead.

Now in spite of his visually striking features and frequent ancient artistic depictions – that as we mentioned before, consisted of a black jackal’s head, Anubis played almost no part in the actual Egyptian mythology. And while the color black itself symbolized both desolation and rebirth, Anubiswas possibly also associated with the god Upuaut (or Wepwawet), another deity with canine (or dog) features but with grey fur.

12) Thoth – The Ibis God

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Another one of the ancient Egyptian gods who was worshipped from the Predynastic period to the Greco-Roman times, Thoth was an important deity of writing, magic, wisdom, and the moon. He was also closely associated with the principles of balance and equilibrium, which was often symbolized by his title ‘Lord of Ma’at’ – and as such, Thoth was also portrayed as the husband of the goddess Maat, the deity of truth, justice, and the cosmic order.

Quite interestingly, Thoth had many origin stories in the Egyptian mythology, with the older lore mentioning how Thoth was either born from the lip of Ra or was ‘self-born’, as an ibis, which lays the cosmic egg that holds all of the creation. Later origin myths established Thoth as one of the characters of the Osiris saga, wherein the deity was oddly born when Set accidentally swallowed Horus‘ seed. In any case, given his stature as one of the major Egyptian gods of balance, Thoth equally healed and aided both the parties Horus and Set in their epic battle.

As for his physical attributes, Thoth was often depicted as a man with the head of an ibis or sometimes even a seated baboon (in his A’an aspect). And considering his academic qualities, Thoth was widely perceived as the patron deity of scribes, astronomers, priests and some rulers (like Thutmose meaning ‘Born of Thoth’). He was also credited as the inventor of the alphabet, mathematics, surveying, geometry and even botany.

13) Taweret – The Hippo Goddess

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The ancient Egyptian goddess of childbirth, Taweret (meaning ‘she who is great’) was regarded as the divine protector of women and children. And interestingly enough, her veneration by the ancient Egyptians was possibly inspired by the ecological scope of the realm before the Early Dynastic Period (pre 3000 BC), when the locals observed how the female hippopotami staunchly defended their young offspring from harm.

Over time, Taweret was also worshipped as an apotropaic god who had the power to ward off evil influences. To that end, it is known that Egyptian mothers carried amulets that were carved with the symbols or images of Taweret to invoke her protection. By the time of the New Kingdom, her likeness was also designed on objects related to feminity, like cosmetic applicators, jewelry, headrests, and vessels.

With her veneration possibly stemming from the observance of hippopotamus behavior in Egypt, the physical attributes of Taweret also followed suit, with the Egyptian goddess often portrayed as a bipedal pregnant hippopotamus who carried the protective sa sign. However, her limbs were strikingly feline in nature, while her rear end resembled a Nile crocodile.

14) Aten – The ‘Controversial’ God

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Originally considered as an aspect of other ancient Egyptian gods, namely RaAten personified the disc of the sun as visible from the earth. And like other aspects following the likeness of the main deities, Aten was usually worshipped as a falcon-headed god, thus mirroring the image of Ra. On occasions, Aten was also hailed as the silver disc, thus suggesting its aspect of the moon.

However, during the reign of Pharaoh Amenhotep IV – who was later known as Akhenaten, the Pharaoh proclaimed that Aten was to venerated above the other Egyptian gods. In essence, Akhenaten declared a monotheistic (or possibly henotheistic) mode of religious affiliation across all of Egypt, with the worship centered around Aten. Such a radical promulgation had deep-reaching effects on the Egyptian society and culture.

Pertaining to the latter, the royal city of Amarna boasted revolutionary architecture centered around the worship of Aten. For example, most of the temples were constructed without any roofing, thus symbolically allowing the unobstructed passage of the effulgent rays of the solar deity on the worshipers inside. But such measures ultimately resulted in counter-implementations of the traditional pantheon system – with the legacy of Akhenaten and Aten being intentionally wiped out by his successors after the defiant pharaoh’s death. Even the city of Amarna was razed by the later ‘traditionalists’, though some structural segments did survive to provide a historical glimpse into the royal city (watch the reconstruction here).

15) Honorable Mention – Khepri, The Beetle God

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Intrinsically connected to the scarab beetle, Khepri was one of the rare Egyptian gods who was usually depicted as a man with a beetle head in Ancient Egyptian funerary papyri. There was a symbolic side to the whole affair of Khepri worship – with the entity epitomizing the forces that moved the sun across the vast expanse of the sky. This connection was derived from the action of scarab beetles when they rolled balls of dung across the rigorous desert surface – while the young beetles emerged from inside the dung, from the eggs laid by the parent. This is in fact related to the Egyptian word ‘kheper‘, which roughly translates to – to change, or to create.

In any case, Khepri was also considered as being subordinate to the more exalted sun god Ra, which on occasions also translated to Khepri being one of the aspects of Ra. For example, Khepri was perceived as the personification of the morning sun, while Ra was seen as the more effulgent midday sun. The people also regarded Khepri as one of the Egyptian gods of rebirth, possibly since the Egyptians believed beetles appeared out of nowhere and yet were able to procreate.

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Shamanism and Wicca

Shamanism is often referred to as the first “religion.” Shamans were considered wise, the healers of their people. Shamans discovered, through the use of herbs, hallucinogens, and eventually drums how to transcend our physical plane and venture out into the spiritual realm. They gained new knowledge there, discovered magic, nature, and creation. Planes and realms, new levels of existence gave the shamans insight into life. It allowed them to heal, interpret dreams, and develop an understanding of energies both in the physical and spiritual worlds. They shared some of their knowledge with their people, keeping select information for themselves.

This is how religion came to be. As the understanding of creation and nature was developed, so were the concepts of gods and deities. Of beings other than ourselves. Wicca, as many of you might know, is also nature based. Creation and the power of nature are highly respected, as was true with the shamans. And so is magic. Wicca embraces magic, most in the form of thought and prayer. The energies learned by the shaman of ancient times are what we are learning to use and influence in our magic.

To be Wicca is to understand and acknowledge magic, but you do not have to be Wicca to understand and acknowledge magic. Anyone can learn magic and witchcraft without being Wicca. But to be Wicca, a certain respect at the very least must be given to magic. Some Wicca practice magic in the form of prayer and thoughts, while others dive headlong into witchcraft. The beauty of Wicca is that everything is your choice. Don’t feel comfortable with spells and hexes, don’t go there. Want more than ceremonies and prayer, go for it. The range is endless and unique to every Wicca who walks this path.

As we delve into Wicca and the deities, it’s important to remember the practitioners that came before us; we would not know what we do now if it weren’t for them. They made the discoveries that we now have access to. The knowledge, and therefore power, has been passed down to us, regardless of our heritage. They are our ancestors in the sense that they have passed down knowledge to us, that we are united by nature and the beauty of creation. All who worship nature and creation are connected through nature and creation. We walk the spiritual paths they have made and pray to the Goddess and God they have found. We should honor them, and give respect where it is due.

Interpreting the Crone

Most of my days are spent running around, trying to make sure my three littles don’t hurt themselves or each other. It can be exciting and fun, or exhausting and frightening. I am a Mother. Every once in awhile I have a “self-aware” moment when I realize that these three little lives depend on me. Like, really depend on me. Their lives are my husband’s and my responsibility 24/7 365 days a year. That’s perhaps the most frightening aspect of parenthood. You know you’ll never be a perfect parent, so you worry endlessly over how each little action you take or word you say will affect your children for the rest of their lives. Or, maybe I’m just an anxious, over-dramatic worrywart. 

As a mother, I pray to the Mother aspect of the Goddess. I relate to her because she is THE Mother. If anyone in the universe can understand me absolutely, it’s her. I can also relate to the Maiden. I’ve only been a mother for four years. For twenty-six years I was a girl and young woman. The Crone however, is one I am not familiar with as of yet. With my identity tied so tightly to being a mother, it’s hard to consider what comes after that. Technically we’ll always be mothers, so where lies the line between the Mother and the Crone? A lot of texts suggest that when a woman enters menopause, she has entered the last life stage. If that’s the case, would a hysterectomy at any age take the place of menopause simply because it causes it?

I’ve spent a lot of time recently debating this in my mind. Health concerns have put a full hysterectomy in my very near future. Does that mean I’ll be entering a new stage of life? Am I ready for that? After sleepless nights, I’ve come to the conclusion that my image of the Crone has been wrong. I’ve imagined a haggard old lady in black, rocking in a chair by a fireplace. I picture her strong in her years, and wise beyond them. But picturing her as only  an old woman does her an injustice. She is still a woman, still remembers the days of  the Maiden. She is still a Mother.  She is not only an old woman, she is the image of all the stages a woman passes through in her life.

It is to her that we are brought when we die. She is the one who takes our souls and cycles them into their next life. And as a woman who has lost a child, it is with her that I imagine all the lost children. She rocks them, tells them stories, and “boops” them on the nose. The Crone is the Goddess in her entirety and cares for our souls as we move through life. If she can be all that, when should we feel honored enough to relate to her? Is menopause enough? Is it when those you have cared for start caring for others of their own?

I began looking into my wiccan books tonight because it is a New Moon, a phase that is associated to the Crone. After several minutes of writer’s block and two spotify playlists, it was my husband that suggested I discuss what the Crone means to me. So, for me the Crone represents not only old age, but of satisfaction with what you have done with your life. My children are small, so I have many years of worrying before I can see for myself if I raised them well. When the day comes that I look back over my life, and see my children successful and happy on their own terms, I will embrace the Crone. Until then, I will continue to see the Mother when I pray, and ask her for strength to raise my three strong little witches. But I won’t immediately think of death when the Crone is mentioned, she’s represents life far more than death.

 

The Low-Energy Wiccan

One of the beautiful things about Wicca is how you can tailor it to fit you like a glove. It’s all about intent. It’s a connection to whatever you feel connected to, be it a deity, deities, or even nature. I feel the connection. It’s much more than spells and crystals. Those are the fun bits. Throwing herbs together, mixing rhymes with candles in the hopes that maybe fate will give you a break. Who doesn’t love fun? How many others can say they have genuine FUN with their religion? I get to cackle as I light incense. I sleep with crystals under my pillow and, most likely, have placebo effect good dreams that night.

But it’s more than the fun. My connection is that there is a Goddess out there who knows my story. She knows my thoughts and feelings when I’m too low for the full moon ritual. She knows I think of her everytime I see the moon. That when I spot it in the early morning sunshine, I light up and know I’m going to have a good day. At the Autumn Equinox, I ate apple pie and drank hot cider. It wasn’t a formal ritual, which I would have liked to have done, but it was special to me because I shared it with my husband. It’s all I had the energy for.

I dream of one day owning a she-shed and dedicating the space to my craft. I envision candles and incense in every corner with a giant pentagram painted on the floor. But that day is far in the future. For now, I can use dollar store candles and close my eyes. I picture Her holding me. Listening to my stories. I thank Her for the great times with my daughters, for having a husband with unwavering love for me, and for my support system of friends and family that have never let me down. She’s there with me through the highs and the lows and the knowledge of that gives me more strength than I can describe.

Money Jar Spell

You’ll Need:

One glass jar with lid

Green Aventurine Stone

Two Cinnamon Sticks

Seven Small Coins

Bay Leaf

Allspice Powder

One Gold Tealight Candle

One Green Tealight Candle

Directions

In your jar, place all the ingredients except for the candles. As you place them in the jar chant:

Money, money in my hand,

Gaining riches is my plan

Once the ingredients are in, close the jar tightly. Take the gold candle and pop it out of it’s holder. Place the candle on top of the jar and light it. As you do so chant:

May money flow into my hand,

Maintaining riches is my plan

Repeat with the green candle. When the wax is dry, bury in a special place in your yard.

Sahasrara- “Crown” Chakra

The Seventh Chakra is where we tend to lose a lot of believers. It’s taking the personality and mind of someone, and then extending it to the unknown. The unknown scares people, but some of us feel comfort in it. We can sit down with graphs, lab results, and scans to try and figure out who we are. And while we would be capable of coming up with several answers, the biggest answer is that we just are. Yes, it’s cryptic, but we’re talking about the last and final chakra here. Physically it’s centered in the brain and gray matter, but it affects any and all of who we are. It’s our true self connecting with literally everything in our world and the next. It’s where our soul is housed. When we block this chakra it can lead to headaches, depression, spiritual crisis, or lack of inspiration. When this chakra is overloaded, we can start to obsess over the otherness and forget to take care of our physical selves.

For awakening and aligning our Crown Chakra, I’ve turned to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Chakras by Betsy Rippentrop and Eve Adamson:

AWAKENING THE CHAKRA

  1. Sit on the floor, legs crossed, seat firmly planted on the floor. Feel your pelvic bones and imagine roots anchoring those bones to the earth.
  2. Take several long, slow, deep breaths as you visualize your seventh chakra spinning slowly and glowing white, open and healthy in your mind.
  3. Imagine your chakra radiating an white circle of light that radiating in your head.
  4. Imagine the planet’s energy that ignites your seventh chakra, so that it glows gently as it spins.
  5. Imagine the warm, white light flowing through your body in cool waves.

ALIGNING THE CHAKRA

  1. Stand in Mountain pose with your feet hip-width apart and your arms at your sides.
  2. Imagine the chakra, in your mind, spinning and growing warm. Feel the top of your head warming.
  3. Picture a beam of white light glowing down from your crown, filling your upper body with light and healing energy. Then, picture the light going from your crown to your Root chakra, filling your lower body with the same light and healing energy.
  4. Lift your arms up and imagine the light glowing through you to the sky and the center of the earth.

HEALING THE BLOCKED CHAKRA

To heal a blocked chakra meditation is yet again the go-to. You can also try prayer, spiritual and self study, and therapy.

HEALING THE OVERLOADED CHAKRA

To heal an overloaded chakra you should take the time and ground your body and mind together. Balancing your other chakras will also help tremendously if you are have dissociation issues.