Re-Attuning with the Goddess

Hey guys!  As you know it has been a long time since I’ve blogged.  Life has gotten the better of me it seems.  So much has happened!  First of all, I have graduated college! I now have a Bachelor’s of Herbal Sciences degree and am an official Herbalist.  Secondly, I now work full time as a nanny, which is why I have so little time now.  But I have felt the call of the Goddess and I know I need to get back to my spiritual path.

For Yule, my wonderful man bought me this gorgeous leather journal.  I plan on using it for my study of The Morrigan, which I plan on continuing and finishing by the end of this year.  I planning on devoting myself to her and the goddess Brighid.  I am so excited! I feel this deep need to re-attune myself to Wicca, the Goddess, and my path.  I feel that I have not put as much attention as I should on it, and honestly feel the repercussions of that.  I was feeling very lost and uneasy for awhile.  I have taken this winter, the dark time of the year, to really think about what I want from this life, and I know putting in more effort to “witch” will benefit and help me attain the things I want.  Because for a while there I was calling myself a Witch and not doing anything!  How can you be a Witch when you don’t actually do anything remotely witchy at all? I felt like a fraud.  My crystals and altar have been gathering dust.  It’s time to shake them and myself off.

I feel a change coming. A positive change.  And I am so excited to find out what it is! I have had other people tell me that they feel this change as well.  Last year was a tough one for a lot of people for some reason.  It was such an “off” year, full of chaotic and confusing, muddled energy.  This year feels much clearer, even though I have a mountain of debt I am afraid to look at in the eye and deal with.  But I feel that it will all be handled this year.

My goals for this year are to get a handle on my debt, build my business, devote myself to the Morrigan, celebrate every Sabbat, and do at least one moon ritual a month (full or dark moon, etc.). Wish me luck!

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Blessed Imbolc!

As winter slowly (very slowly here in the Pacific North West) dissolves, we now focus on the coming of Spring.  A time of rebirth and renewal.  I time of healing, bringing in new light, and a time of fresh starts.  And we look to the goddess Brighid for guidance, as today is also known as St. Brigid’s Day.

Imbolc marks the middle of winter-it sits between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.  It is thought that during this time, the Cailleach gathers her firewood for the rest of winter. Legend states that if she intends to make winter last longer, the weather on Imbolc is bright an sunny so that she has time to gather plenty of wood for the coming months.  Therefore many hope to see foul weather on this day.  Here in Washington the weather is very bright and sunny-guess that means a few more months of winter!  Energetically this day also marks the transition of the Goddess from Crone to Maiden.

To celebrate this day, I plan on cleaning my home (a pre-spring cleaning) and lighting as many candles as possible and turning on every light in my home to invite the new light of Spring! Imbolc for me is somewhat bitter-sweet.  I enjoy winter, and the fact that it is half over already makes me somewhat sad.  But I do love the freshness of Spring and the feeling of renewal and purification. I feel, too, that the Fae are stirring and will be much more active soon, which is always exciting!  Today I will also be honoring Brighid, as she is a goddess of the hearth and patron of healers and magicians.  I do not have a specific ritual planned (I almost never get it together enough at any holiday to have a planned ritual-most of the time I wing it!) but I do want to at least spend time on a candle meditation and do a reading for the coming season.

I hope everyone has a lovely, light-filled day, and I will talk to you soon!  Feel free to comment about any of your Imbolc traditions, I’d love to hear about them!

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Finding myself

I haven’t posted in awhile, I know. I’ve had so much going on. Financial issues, school issues…I almost feel like I’m losing myself. I know I will come out stronger in the end, but I worry.  I’m trying to be a strong woman and hold my own, but honestly…I’m exhausted. I have almost no time for myself or my spirituality. I didn’t even do anything for Samhain. I haven’t held an Esbat ritual in months. The oracle cards I always keep in my purse, my constant companions? I haven’t touched them. I still feel the Goddess is always with me, but I haven’t had the time to really connect with her. And right now I’m going through a bit of a personal situation. For the past three years, I have had a very thick wall around my heart, and it was icy cold. Now that wall has crumbled and I feel vulnerable. I feel so many emotions and energies that I had blocked for so long that it’s overwhelming. I’m emotional, I cry a lot, I’m just a mess. My heart feels like it’s bleeding. It’s like I’m trying to find myself again.  And I’m trying to put this wall back together and stand up tall and really say what I want and need but I feel unheard. I feel like I’ve been giving to everyone else; give and give and give until I have nothing left. But…and it’s not like I need to receive anything…but it’s not always reciprocated. I’m unheard. I’m ignored. And I’m tired. I have nothing left to give.

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Thank You!

   This is just a quick welcome and thank you to my new followers! After my post on The Morrigan yesterday there was a flood of new followers, comments, and reblogs, and I’m so honored!  Thank you so much for taking the time to read my ramblings, I greatly appreciate it.  

 

Oh if you want to see me ramble on video I am now on youtube! My channel is called Faewolfe.  I’m new to making videos so sorry they’re kind of rambly and random at the moment.  Enjoy and blessed be!

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The Morrigan Series: Who is The Morrigan?

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The Morrigan is a Celtic triple goddess made up of three separate goddesses or aspects: Macha, Babd, and Anu.  Many believe her to be only a fierce goddess of war, battle and death, but in reality she is so much more than that. Much of what is known about this goddess comes from the Lebor Gabala Erenn, or the Book Of Invasions, which chronicles the arrival of the Tuatha de Danann in Ireland and their battle with the Fir Bolgs, the indigenous gods of the area.  She is also mentioned in the Tain Bo Cuailnge or The Cattle Raid of Cooley, where she gives aid to the hero of the story as well as acts as his enemy.  Because these stories were not written down by the Irish pagans themselves (they held the Druid belief that the spoken word held immense power that diminished once the words were confined to paper), but by the Christian Irish, this may lead to the confusion that surrounds this mysterious goddess.

The Morrigan’s name has a great many translations.  The last part of her name,  rigan, can be translated as “queen,” and there are currently no other translations.  The trouble is with the first part of her name, mor, which has been attributed to several different meanings.  In some texts, it appears with an accent mark or mark of length over the 0 and in some it does not.  This is significant, as the accent mark gives different meanings.  With the accent, mor translates to “great” giving the meaning of her name “great queen.”  This would make her more of a tutelary goddess than a goddess of war. Without the accent mark, it is thought that it relates to the old Irish word muir meaning water, making The Morrigan a sea queen or sea goddess.  This translation is debatable, but she was known as a river goddess and was associated with bodies of water in Celtic myth.  It also connects to Morgan le Fey, who is also missing the accent mark in her name.  In addition, mor can be connected to the Old English word maere, which orignially referred to a phantom women who bothered cattle and horses at night, making The Morrigan a “phantom queen.”  This translation can be connected to the fact that The Morrigan is soemtimes equated with the Irish banshee. One final translation can be found from the Indo-European word mor meaning death, making her a goddess of death.  This translation makes sense as The Morrigan is thought to be a ferrier who brought the souls of fallen Celtic warriors to the Underworld.

Although there are many translations of her name, the most predominant one, ‘great queen’ does show that she was definitely much more than just a goddess of war and death.

Associations:

Colours: red, black, white

Elements: earth, water

Herbs: vervain, coltsfoot, juniper, holly, oats, mugwort, apples

Stones/gems: garnet, onyx, jet, clear quartz, moonstone, emerald

Animals: crow, wolf, cattle, raven, horse

 

Sources: Celtic Lore and Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess: Invoking the Morrigan by Stephanie Woodfield

 

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Crystal Sale!

  Sorry it’s been a while, guys!  At the moment I have four jobs (because I’m crazy like that) and we just had finals week so it’s been a little hectic.  Anyways, a very blessed Ostara/Vernal Equinox to you all!  I hope you have a wonderful, magickal day.  In honor of the first day of Spring, I am selling a few crystals and tools from my personal collection.  

 

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Sorry about the crappy picture quality.  Anyways, to purchase one of these lovely items, go to my facebook page The Tangled Forest and comment on the post I wrote.  The prices are:

 

Smokey quartz palm stone (which is HUGE)  $35

Tree agate palm stone  $15

Shiva scrying eye  $25

Amethyst palm stone $35

Genuine amber $25

Flourite palm stone  $35

Cast-iron cauldron $10

Mini cat tarot deck $12

 

That’s it! Have a great day and blessed be )O(

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Long Time No See!

               Hey everyone!  Jeez it’s been a while. I apologize. I had the class from hell last quarter and if I wasn’t spending time trying to get through it I felt guilty, like I shouldn’t be doing anything else. Then when that was over I had other things to deal with, like buying a car (my old clunker was on its last leg sadly), trying to come up with money for all of my bills, rent, and then the car deposit, and then planning for Yule and Christmas.  I originally wasn’t going to go home for the holidays (being broke and all) but I did a really big working on my birthday (which also happened to be a full moon!) and my sister’s friend called me the Friday before Christmas saying she would pay my way down to California.  Well I of course said yes and was able to get my three shifts at work covered that same night! So I went down and surprised my whole family and stayed for the week, then took my sister home with me and she stayed with me for a week. We had an amazing time! Well right after that school started up again.  So as you can see, my life has been going, going, going.

                  Right now I am currently taking two classes (which is a lovely break, really. I’ve never taken that few classes before).  I am also going to start Flora Peterson’s Certified Ethical Intuitive class and I am sooooo excited.  She teaches you how to increase your intuition as well as give ethical card readings for clients.  I’ve been wanting to do readings for a long time now so I really can’t wait for this class!  I feel it would be a really great skill to have.  

                   I’ve also set quite a few goals for this new year.  One includes blogging more because I really haven’t been keeping up with it.  Also, I’ve started making YouTube videos! Ok, so one video.  I will be making more, though. So if you’re interested feel free to look me up and subscribe, I’m TangledForestWolf on there.  I’ll be talking about different aspects of Wicca. my personal path, some how-to videos, etc.  I’m also going to try to revamp my business, maybe even create my own website rather than have an etsy shop.  But I’m not sure yet.  I’;m deciding whether I want to be known as an Herbalist, a Witch, or both?  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Anyways, that’s all for now.  My next post is going to be about my new work with The Morrigan and how she came to be apart of my path recently, so keep an eye out!

 

Blessed be!

            

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