Yemaya, Mother of All Living Things
Yemaya is an Ocean Goddess, the Mother of All Living Things and protector of women from the Yoruba and Santeria traditions. She is also a fertility goddess and protector of fisherman. Without water there is no life and she is revered as the feminine principal of creation.
I became acquainted with Yemaya several years ago during a visit to a very small island in the Caribbean. The island was practically deserted and I had a gorgeous beach all to myself. A perfect place for meditation as I had brought several worries from home on the trip with me. I could not sit still and as I waded into the crystal clear water it suddenly felt like time stood still. There was nothing but the beautiful ocean, sunshine and blue sky. I was enveloped by a warm and welcoming presence. I had a vision of Yemaya and she was telling me I could achieve calm and peace, to slow down and put my mind at ease. I performed a healing ritual and felt very free. I tried several times in the ensuing years to create an image of her. But it wasn’t until two years ago that I was able to do so. Her calming presence has helped me many times.
Druid Tree Lore – Celtic Lunar Astrology
18th February to 17th March
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About Druid Tree Lore and Celtic Lunar Astrology
People have been marking the passage of time by the phases of the moon for millennia. Although it is impossible to say for certain because the lore and traditions were not written, many historians believe that both the Celts and Druids used a 13 month lunar calendar. The months and symbols differ from the solar calendar with which most of us are familiar. Druidic horoscopes are often mentioned in legends.
Trees have long been a source of sacred folklore with each chosen to represent the months and having its own magickal properties. The Ogham symbols may have been devised by ancient Druids. As several of the symbols refer to trees, the ogham alphabet is often called the Tree Alphabet. These symbols are included next to the tree names which are shown in both English and Old Irish. The animal symbols are my interpretation based on various sources. The ruling planets of each sign are also noted. The information provided here is an introduction to the wealth of knowledge concerning Druid teachings and Celtic lore.
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Here are my answers to Cee’s Share Your World 2017 13th February Week 7
Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
Depends on the season. In winter, the sheet covering my feet is tucked in and the sides are not. In summer, not tucked in anywhere.
Have you stolen a street sign before?
No, because the sign said not to 😉
Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
Usually the coupons are for junk food so I don’t bother with those. It seems that when I cut ones I think I will use, I forget they are in my wallet.
Do you have freckles?
Yes, a few.
Here are my answers to Cee’s Share Your World 2017, 6th Feburary edition
Regarding your fridge, is it organized or a mess inside?
My fridge is not that big so I try to keep everything in the same place. Nothing worse than finding a container hosting a science experiment in there when looking for something.
Earlier today I heard a muffled commotion from the kitchen. It seems when Henri saw the photo of the cat in the fridge, he decided he could do the same. Unfortunately he got stuck inside and caught red-handed with purloined chocolate.
Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?
Definitely separate! I do not understand those towers of food that are so popular. I prefer to taste each item by itself. And nothing turns me off faster than warm salad greens. Or items that are supposed to be crispy and end up soggy from an overabundance of gravy.
Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?
I prefer fiction as reality is highly overrated.
Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you?
My posterior is telling me back away from the computer and go do some exercise!
The Winter Faerie
Once upon a Winter’s night
Underneath a full moon bright
The Winter Faerie did appear
Followed by her snow white deer
She scattered snowflakes with her hand
All across the sleeping land
From underneath an ice-covered tree
A curious rabbit woke up to see
A snow globe world of magick light
Underneath a full moon bright.
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Fire Goddess Brighid
Brighid (or Brid) represents the supreme Mother. She is the Celtic Sun Goddess of fertility, fire, creative inspiration, healing and protector of children. She is honoured at Imbolc, 2nd of February. Her symbols include blackberries, natural wells dedicated to her and the heart, an ancient symbol of feminine power. She holds a cauldron of fire as the sun rises in a lush green valley.
Imbolc celebrates the Goddess in her incarnation as the Bride of the returning Sun God. On the celebration of Imbolc, many candles are lit to symbolise the return of light and heat represented by the Sun God. Grain dollies made from the sheaves of the last harvest represent the Bride. The Goddess and God await the return of Spring and their sacred marriage at Beltaine.