February 15, 2011

Pagan Jewelry

Posted in Jewelry, Witchy Things tagged , , , at 4:26 am by Babs

Since not all of us are out and proud there still is a fear about projecting too much of your belief system into your daily life.  For me, it is a personal matter for displaying jewelry of a religious nature in the work place.  I deal with clients who may be more conservative or just not that understanding.  With the idea of paganism often lumped into cults and worse I do not feel that it is my job in the workplace to straighten everyone out. 

In times of stress as well as times of celebration I often feel drawn to wearing a small goddess charm or other personal symbol of my faith.  Sometimes it is nice to have a piece that is hidden in plain sight.  This is the reason I purchased this locket.  On the outside there is the Celtic Knotwork that I am so fond of.  Open it up and a beautiful pentacle is revealed.  The pentacle is a beautiful symbol of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit.  One for each star point.  The interwoven detail of the pentacle along with the circle in which it resides speaks of all nature as interrelated, united.  An additional advantage to this locket is that there is enough room to stick a bit of herb or small stone within as a sort of talisman.

Whatever path you take, whatever god or goddess is your light, it is important to remember that this country was founded on religious freedom for all, pagans included.  Blessed Be.

February 12, 2011

Goddess Danu

Posted in Decorations, Goddess Things, Statues, Witchy Things tagged , at 4:28 am by Babs

How I came upon this goddess is about as unique as she is.  She came to me in a dream, not her human form but with the presence of a fish and flowing water.  A bit of modern plumbing was involved but the dream stayed with me quite clearly for days.  After searching for water goddesses… I focused on Danu and my interest never wavered.  Since my family origins are from the Danube River region it was a given that I would do a little research.   

Pronounced DA-noo this goddess has widespread history.  She is an Indo-European Goddess and an ancient one at that.  It is believed that the celts originated in the Danube River Valley region and migrated throughout Europe.  Her followers are referred to as the “Tuatha of Danaan” or the Tribes of Goddess Danu.   

Her arrival in Ireland is where her history becomes well documented.  Her children must fight against darkness and disorder as they are the children of light and order.  Due to her origins in the Danube River region she is closely associated with moving water.  In Ireland this took on the meaning of waters of heaven. 

Another ancient Vedic creation myth from Indian tradition states that all creation came from the primordial waters (Danu) giving rise to her popularity as a mother goddess and water goddess.  In Bali she is still worshipped and praised so the water will be in plentiful supply.

Correspondences:

  • Powers: Known for bestowing luck, good wishes and finding treasure.
  • Colors: Blue, Green, Silver and Black.
  • Stones: Any river stone.
  • Chakra: 2nd/ Womb
  • Animals: Snake and Fish
  • Symbol: Black cauldron filled with water.
  • Ritual Energies: Matriarchal Strength, Transformation, Manifestation, Compassion, Spiritual Guidance.

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