May 062015
 
Bast, Bastet

Bast the Egyptian goddess of Sun, Protection and Joy

In Ancient Egyptian history. Bast the Egyptian goddess was a fierce lioness goddess protector of the pharaoh and her father Ra, the sun god against their enemy.  Apep the serpent god of darkness, chaos and destruction.  As Ra’s daughter she also held the title eye of Ra, lady of the flame

Later on in life Bast was known as Bastet, and depicted with a domestic cat head. This aspect of her was nurturing and gentle. And when the Greeks occupied Ancient Egypt, they associated Bastet as the Greek Goddess of the Moon Artemis -the roman goddess Diana.

Early on in life, Bast was a fierce lion headed goddess, protecting the pharaoh and her father sun god Ra. Legend has it, As the sun rose each day, Bast would ride  with her father the powerful Sun god Ra through the sky. His boat pulling the Sun across the river Nile. And by Night, she fought his enemy Apep the serpent god.

As Ra’s daughter she was also known as the all Seeing Eye that thwarts evil. This title represents her warrior protector qualities and divine royal power, she is the female aspect of the powerful force linked to the fierce heat of the sun. She ensured the warmth of the sun continued to bless the fertile land with good crops and became known as the goddess of fertility.

As Bastet  she became associated with childbirth, as mother cats give birth to many litters and lovingly care and fiercely defend their kittens. Women who wanted to become pregnant would wear amulets of Bast surrounded by her litter in the hope of becoming fertile.

Bastet is the Egyptian goddess of Health and healing warding off disease and evil spirits. Her name means “She of the ointment jar” which ties her in with healing and protective ointments. This also connects her to perfumes. Her son Nefertum, was an alchemist of beauty and perfumes.

Bastet always carried a rattle called a sistrum. These rattles were used to celebrate her festivals, usually celebrated in April and May. Bastet became linked to music, joy and dance.

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Apr 302015
 
Colors of the rainbow

Beltane Colors — Colors of the Rainbow

Beltane and May Day celebrate the reawakening and reemergence of life in all its forms.  At its essence, Beltane is about the earthy joy and delight in being alive.  This celebration of life is reflected in the colors of Beltane:   all the colors of the rainbow.  Decorate your own maypole whether is a simple wooden dowel planted in house plant or an actual tree trunk with a cascading riot of colors celebrating life in all its myriad of hues.

Red and white commemorate the Goddess and God, who celebrate their coupling at Beltane.
Red is also the color of physical strength, passionate love and lust.  Orange symbolizes beauty, sexuality and sex.  Orange also conveys joy, optimism, enthusiasm and extroversion and uninhibited action.   Yellow is for joy, cheerfulness, enthusiasm and openness as well as fun, movement and energy.  Green means abundance, prosperity, good luck, fertility, new growth and hope.  Blue symbolizes peace, harmony, devotion, loyalty and wisdom.  Indigo conveys intuition and perception as well as inner awareness and new insights.  Violet is the color of body-and-spirit union, higher psychic awareness, spirituality, and imagination and inspiration.

Celebrate Beltane with a joyful expression of color as you make this sabbat your own.  Decorate your altar with a colorful altar cloth, add a red and white candle to signify the power and presence of the Goddess and God in your magic, add some fresh spring flowers or perhaps a potted ivy to signify the Green Man and renew your connection to nature and all its bounty.

When not writing for Ravenhawks, Kamberlyn works with clients seeking a more spiritually centered life.  In her work, she helps people realize the relationship, career and finances that belongs to their soul.  She can be found on KEEN at Kamberlyn Divine Love or through her website, LadyKamberlyn.com.

Apr 292015
 
fresh-cut flowers

Beltane decorating is about flowers, garlands, ribbons and baskets it is a colorful, playful Sabbat.  This Beltane consider bringing spring indoors by decorating with fresh-cut flowers in every room. Look to the video and links below for ideas of how to use fresh-cut flowers through out your home.

Here is my favorite simple flower decoration for this time of year it allows me to add the colors of Beltane to my fresh-cut flowers and buds the easy way:Use a box of food coloring to add playful punch to an array of bud vases.

Fill assorted vases or recycled jars and bottles with water tinted to match a variety of flowers. You can also use white blooms (such as affordable supermarket daisies or carnations), but remember what you learned in elementary science class: Those thirsty petals will take on the hue of your water!

Graceful, lively or dramatic, fresh flowers make rooms of every shape, size and style that much lovelier

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Houzz Contributor. I cover topics ranging from decorating ideas, product picks, Houzz tours, and interviews with designers and architects, to the monthly home maintenance checklist. My favorite pieces to write tend to center around the emotional aspects of home and savoring life’s simple pleasures. Learn more, and follow my adventures in creating a warm and cozy home at http://www.lolalina.com/.

The weather  may be fickle, but we can certainly cheer up our homes with a bit of sunshine in the form of fresh-cut flowers. Let’s celebrate the arrival of spring with these inspiring ideas for displaying flowers in every room of the house.

These days, many flowers are available year-round, but because out-of-season flowers must be grown in a hothouse or shipped from afar, the price can be quite steep. For the freshest blooms on a budget, try these spring picks:

  • Daffodil
  • Crocus
  • Tulip
  • Hyacinth
  • Lilac
  • Freesia
  • Iris
  • Allium
  • Peony
  • Rose
Apr 282015
 
Giants

Mythological being of Beltane — Giants

In nearly all mythologies, Giants are featured as primeval creatures associated with chaos and the wild nature.  Frequently in conflict with the Gods, be they Olympian, Celtic, Hindu or Norse, Navajo,  the Giants are considered a race marked by excess —  excessive violence, excessive pride, short tempers and incredible strength.  Attributed with super human height and strength, Giants are one of the mythological beings associated with Beltane.  Goliath of biblical fame is credited with being over 9 feet tall, while Ajax of Greco-Roman ancestry logged in at nearly 14 feet tall.

Giants are prominent in Norse mythology, and the Gods and Goddesses were related to them through marriage.  Although often opposed to the Gods, several giants  including Ægir, Mímir, and Skaði had equal status as the Norse pantheon.  Odin is the great-grand son of the Giant Ymir, whose flesh also created the entire world.   Norse mythology has a variety of giants, including frost giants (hrímþursar), fire giants (eldjötnar), and mountain giants (bergrisar).
Giants are found in an astonishing number of cultures spanning Welsh, English, Scottish,  Celtic, Norse, Persian, Greek, Hebrew, Navajo, Iroquois, Cherokee, Aztec, Mayan, German, French, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Belgian, Spanish, Turkish, Basque, Estonian, Belarussian, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Micronesia stories and folklore.

Said to be the offspring of Gaia and Uranus (the sky), Giants were a race of great strength, size and aggression. The Greek chronicler Apollodorus describes Gaia as “vexed on account of the Titans, brought forth the Giants.” In later traditions, the Giants were often confused with other opponents of the Olympians, particularly the Titans which were an earlier generation of large and powerful children of Gaia and Uranus.

According to Native American Paiute oral history “beautiful giants” once lived between the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains. After giving birth to a disfigured child, the giants treated the child so poorly that the Great Spirit responded by making the land hot and desolate and allowing enemies to conquer the giants. Only two giants survived: Paiute and his wife, both of whose skin became brown from eternally living in the hot desert.

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When not writing for Ravenhawks, Kamberlyn works with clients seeking a more spiritually centered life.  In her work, she helps people realize the relationship, career and finances that belongs to their soul.  She can be found on KEEN at Kamberlyn Divine Love or through her website, LadyKamberlyn.com.

Apr 262015
 
leopards

Leopards are a distinct family of large cat found in Africa, not to be confused with their cousin the jaguar found in South America.  In myth, art and legend Goddesses & Gods, Queens & Kings have been depicted with leopards.  With an air of power, mystery, and supremacy leopards are a natural companion for a ruler.    Leopard symbolism includes mystery and secrets, physical strength and sensuality.  A fearsome and powerful hunter, the leopard is one of animals associated with the Greek Goddess, Diana, Mistress of the Hunt.

Leopards a powerful and highly desired totem animal.  A skilled and awe inspiring hunter, those with a leopard totem are easily able to seek, find and attain what they desire, whether physical reward or spiritual insight and information from a higher plane.  People with a leopard totem are able to develop strong six sense abilities — clairaudient, clairvoyant, clairsentient.  If you have a leopard totem trust your instincts have confidence in your intuitive sense of a situation, person or circumstances.  Leopards also embody cunning and stealth in pursuit of a goal.  The large cat embodies fire and earth magic.  Their stealth signifies the ability to move in the shadows and communicate with the spiritual plane, as well communication with the plant kingdom.

As a symbol, the leopard is a valiant and hardy warrior. Leopard skins were worn by priests of ancient Egypt to ward off evil spirits. Leopards, like cougars and jaguars, are also considered to be familiars for shamans. In African lore, the leopard is stealthy, shrewd, solitary and loyal only to its own cubs. A Tanzanian proverb reads: “He who dines with the leopard is liable to be eaten.” The leopard is the smallest of the big cats. The other three are tigers, lions and jaguars. The leopard will consume almost any animal it can hunt down and can run at speeds of up to 36 miles per hour.

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When not writing for Ravenhawks, Kamberlyn works with clients seeking a more spiritually centered life.  In her work, she helps people realize the relationship, career and finances that belongs to their soul.  She can be found on KEEN at Kamberlyn Divine Love or through her website, LadyKamberlyn.com.

Apr 252015
 
almond

The almond tree belongs to the rose family. It can grow to as tall as fifteen feet and loves the sunshine. It flowers in the spring and the nuts are ready by the autumn.

Perhaps you’re familiar with almond oil as a carrier oil for adding essential oils and in massage. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is non-allergenic so is an excellent oil to use on the skin and for massage. It is very good for dry skin and indeed it is believed to reduce wrinkles and prevent premature ageing. It is rich in vitamins E and F and can assist with skin problems. Almonds are also used to help alleviate asthma, insomnia, anxiety and nervousness and have been used to help overcome addictions. They are understood to lower cholesterol and to alleviate diabetes. They have a high magnesium content and so are good for the heart, the muscles and the kidneys and are used to treat cardiovascular issues, anemia, kidney stones, gallstones and constipation. Almonds can boost the immune system and help reduce inflammation.

You can eat almond nuts raw or you can get powdered almonds which are also used in cooking and also almond milk to drink.

Almonds are used in magick mainly for spells to attract prosperity or love and wisdom. You could carry an almond nut in your purse to encourage money to flow to you or create a pot pourri from the leaves. It is believed that carrying an almond will lead you to treasure – probably because the nut is hidden deep inside the shell. You could also use almond oil in your magick to anoint your candles and use almond as an incense. Almond is associated with Mercury and air and is masculine. Wands are made from almond wood.

About the Author

Jill Graham is a professional psychic tarot reader, energy healer and life & soul coach assisting you to move you past blocks and obstacles to creating and living the life you truly desire. Available wherever you are in the world via skype, email, or phone. www.healinglieswithin.com (10% introductory discount for Ravenhawks readers)

Apr 252015
 
Mint

Mint is a lovely plant for the spring and summer. It is a hardy perennial that thrives in most soils and is fine with both sun and shade. It flowers between July and September and is great for attracting bees and insects. It can grow to around two foot high. It’s an easy shrub to grow either in your garden or yard or in pots.

Mint is ideal for the kitchen witch as it’s very versatile and can be added to many dishes such as soup, stews, salads, potatoes as well as desserts and drinks. There’s nothing like a cool refreshing mint tea in the hot summer. In magick, mint is used for protection, both for the person and the home and also as protection when travelling. It can be sprinkled around the house or you could add to a  potpourri or perhaps put some in a sachet and tie around the bath taps for a refreshing bath. You could also grow some near the door of your home or in the boundaries to protect your property. Mint is also used for prosperity and success and so you could carry some mint leaves in your wallet or purse. Mint is also believed to encourage clarity so could be added to magick spells for learning and exam success or even for business projects. Other uses for mint include improving communication in any area of life, as well as love spells. It is associated with Mercury and Venus and the element of air and has masculine properties.

Mint is a handy herb to grow to assist with maintaining your health and well-being. If you pick it in the summer and then keep sealed in a dry, dark place so you can use it the rest of the year too. It is good for anything to do with digestion so this includes both acting as an appetite stimulant and helping alleviate stomach aches, indigestion, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and even hiccups! It is also believed that mint can help with respiratory tract disorders such as bronchitis, coughs and sore throats. You can add mint to make a gargle or an infusion for a drink. If you don’t have your own mint there are many mint teas readily available in the shops. Mint can also assist with bad breath – it is often used to flavor chewing gum or mints are given after meals in restaurants. Mint is also a mild sedative so could assist with insomnia as well as being used to assist with allergies and asthma. Externally, mint leaves and flowers are used to make poultices for helping to relieve aching or painful joints or for insect bites or eczema. It has bactericidal properties and is sometimes used to help relieve ear problems. Whilst mint isn’t toxic if you’re intending to use medicinally or using essential oils then it’s wise to consult a professional over correct use.

About the Author

Jill Graham is a professional psychic tarot reader, energy healer and life & soul coach assisting you to move you past blocks and obstacles to creating and living the life you truly desire. Available wherever you are in the world via skype, email, or phone. www.healinglieswithin.com (10% introductory discount for Ravenhawks readers)

Apr 242015
 
Malachite

General Properties of Malachite: Grounding, protection, love, peace, business success

Color: Pastel green to medium and bright green to dark green with lighter and darker bands and swirls

Element: earth

Chakra: Heart (4th)

Planetary: Venus

Astrological: Capricorn, Scorpio

Energy: Feminine, receptive

Goddess: Hathor, Venus, Freya

Geology: Malachite is a soft stone rating 3.5-4 on Mohs Scale of Hardness. It is a green copper carbonate hydroxide mineral formed at shallow depths within the earth. It was one of the first ores used to produce copper metal. Malachite is found around the world. Most of the mineral is mined today from Democratic Republic of Congo, Australia, Arizona and France.

Physical Uses: A softer stone, malachite is easily ground to a powder and has been used historically as a coloring agent. Ancient Egyptians used malachite to ward off plagues and diseases, after noting that slaves working in malachite-copper mines were rarely affected by plagues of cholera. This stone is used to protect from lightning and physical danger. It is said that the stone breaks apart as a warning of danger. Wear the stone to strengthen the heart, circulatory system, pineal and pituitary glands. Malachite helps to purify the body and aids in tissue regeneration. It has been used to treat insomnia, poor vision, irregular menstruation, colic, cholera, rheumatism, asthma and depression.

Spiritual Uses: Wear a malachite necklace or use malachite in love magic to attract true love. Malachite can be used to attract business success, customers and increased revenue in magic rituals. Worn during business meetings or trade shows it increases good deals and sales. Long known for its protective powers, malachite helps to ward off negative and evil energies. Malachite strengthens intuition, the power of transformation and raises the vibration of the body. Malachite will help you get to the heart of the matter by bringing awareness to those things that have been hidden. Meditate with malachite and hear the wisdom of your spirit. The energy of malachite is deep, grounding and powerful. It is a good stone to use to aid in understanding the process of creating through magical manifestation.

Mental Uses: Brings peace of mind. Use the stone to dispel negative thought patterns and untruths.

Emotional Uses: Brings emotional balance and helps to lift depression.

Sources:

Conway, D.J. Crystal Enchantments: A Complete Guide to Stones and Their Magical Properties

Cunningham, S. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic

http://geology.com/minerals/malachite.shtml

Hall, J. 101 Power Crystals

Lembo, M. A. The Essential Guide Crystals, Minerals, and Stones

About the Author

Juniper Wyndfyre is a shaman/healer, Reiki Master, intuitive reader, soul guidance coach, laughter yoga leader and teacher living in New Mexico. She enjoys helping people heal, laugh and live the life of their dreams. All services are available long distance via phone or computer. To reach Juniper call 505-862-9343, email juniper@juniperhealingarts.net or visit her website www.juniperhealingarts.net

Apr 242015
 
Beltane Activity 2015

Beltane Activity 2015 — Making Garlands and Walking the Property Line

Two activities to celebrate Beltane include making garlands and walking your property line.
Garlands of flowers and wreaths of flowers were popular adornment for young men and women adorning themselves to dance around the maypole.  Beltane is a day for fertility rites, light-hearted celebration and sexual revelry.  The Goddess and God join together and consummate their union among revelry and in uninhibited delight.   Flowers, flower wreaths and garlands are typical decorations for this holiday, as well as ribbons and streamers. Flowers are a crucial symbol of Beltane, signifying the victory of Summer over Winter and the blossoming of sensuality in all of nature and the bounty it will bring.   Most May Day customs and celebrations revolve around flowers and green branches.  May Birching or Boughing for example involves  flowers woven into wreaths, hung on doors, placed in baskets or exchanged between those whom have a love interest in one another.

Another Beltane tradition is to walk your boundary or property line to invoke protection.  Entire
villages would perform this warding ritual, walking clockwise around the boundary, invoking help from the Goddesses and Gods to protect themselves, families, animals and property.
If you live in house, walk your property line, leaving a trail of salt to act as a barrier.  If you live in apartment, you can walk the interior of your home, again leaving a salt barrier.  Just a few grains is sufficient, though outside you will want to leave a larger salt line.  See the barrier reaching far into the sky and into the earth.  You can ring a bell, beat a drum or simply chant a protection.   Add shields around your house as well as your property, shielding the exterior, then inside the outside layers, then the exterir and interior walls, windows, doors, roof and floor.  When you are done you will have five layers of protection around your home.  Remember to reinforce your shields at least weekly for maximum effectiveness.

About the Author

When not writing for Ravenhawks, Kamberlyn works with clients seeking a more spiritually centered life.  In her work, she helps people realize the relationship, career and finances that belongs to their soul.  She can be found on KEEN at Kamberlyn Divine Love or through her website, LadyKamberlyn.com.

Mar 202015
 
equilateral cross

Symbol of Ostara —Equilateral Cross
The conceptual meaning of the equilateral cross is a unification of the spiritual and material.  The logo of this magazine shows a pentagram and a equilateral cross within a circle, flanked by a triple moon and a raven and hawk.  The pentagram and cross within a circle encompasses many forces.  The pentagram indicated the four elements and directions, north-earth, east-air, south-fire, west-water, and the top point indicates spirit, meaning that spirit or the divine is placed above the material.  The equal arm cross is a symbol for the totality of life and the eternity of life:  balance between male and female, sun and moon, light and darkness, death and rebirth.    Placing the pentagram and cross within a circle encloses these forces within the circle of life, and another meaning of the circle:  immortality.   The equilateral cross also embodies  the human desire to know & experience the unfolding mystery of life.  It was common for this symbol to be worn at the level of the heart, demonstrating acceptance and awareness of the four-fold concept of the cross:  self, nature, knowledge and the Divine.  As an aside, an upside down pentagram is not a symbol for Satan worshipers, but rather a  placement of material forces over spiritual wisdom and the guidance of soul. 

The vertical arm of the cross (upward and downward facing) incorporates the knowledge that “as above so below.”  The equilateral cross can be found in across ancient civilizations.  In Babylon the equilateral cross was the symbol of Anu, God of the Heavens.  In ancient Assyria, the equilateral cross can be found on relics dating back nearly 5000 years, and belonged to the All Creator, Assur.  In Ancient Greece, the equilateral cross was used on the staff of Apollo whose chariot pulled the sun across the sky.  The equilateral cross can also be found in Mayan, Aztec, Native American and Celtic artwork and reliquaries.   To the Druids, the cross represented the meeting of Divine energies at the cross section.  To the Ancient Greeks, it was an emblem of the four elements.  The cross was also shown in the staff of Apollo, whose chariot pulled the rising sun across the skies.  As a Native American symbol the cross has several connotations according to tribe.  To the Hopi it is referred to as the ”cosmic cross” with the four bars representing north, south, east & west correspond to the outermost points on the horizon where the sun passes through the year.  In the ancient Middle East, the symbol also represents the four directions (north, south, east, west) and the four winds.  The equilateral cross is a basic element of many alchemist symbols.


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When not writing for Ravenhawks, Kamberlyn works with clients to bring about the relationship, health, finances & career that their soul desires for them.  She can be found on KEEN at kamberlyn divine love or through her website, LadyKamberlyn.com.

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