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The Power of Isis

A great article about Aset/Isis!

Isiopolis

In my own work with Isis over the years, I have come to settle on four qualities that seem to me to capture much of Her “flavor” for me. They are power, wisdom, love, and magic.

When we first come to Isis, we often immediately perceive Her love, flowing out to us, enfolding us in Her sheltering wings. We are warmed in Her love. We rest in Her wings.

Her power reveals itself later.

I very much like this Powerful Isis by artist Dahlia Khodur. Here’s a link to her FB page.

First, there is Her metaphysical power. This is the power that blows my hair back, makes we want to “kiss the ground before Your beautiful face,” as the ancient texts put it. This power makes me gasp, thrills my body and makes me shiver. Before this power, I can say only, “yes, Goddess.” And rejoice. Sometimes there’s a…

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Happy Brigantia/Imbolc!

Brighid by Brigid Ashwood and manufactured by Pacific Trading.

Happy Brigantia!  Happy Imbolc!  Here is one poem for the Goddess Brigantia from my book Divine Words, Divine Praise: Poetry for the Divine Powers.

 

Brigantia–Her name may mean “Exalted” or “Queenly”.  She is the tutelary deity of the Brigantes and is a Romano-British deity who has similarities to Athena/Minerva and Brighid.  Her only titles were left in Roman inscriptions on altars.  Her titles are Goddess, Heavenly, Nymph-Goddess, and Imperial Guardian.  Her symbols were the crown, spear, helmet and shield; a globe, wings of victory and the head of a Gorgon on her brooch.  She is a goddess of nature especially water and trees; a protective war deity; a goddess of artisans and their crafts, a lady of sovereignty, a goddess of knowledge, a healing goddess and a heavenly Queen.  She may have been a goddess associated with oracles.  Like Brighid, she is the goddess of the hearth and home.

Offerings to Her include milk, honey, wine, beer, mead and fruit.

Brigantia of Nothern England.

Celtic/Roman and English Epithets

Caelestis (Heavenly)

Dea (Goddess)

Nymph-Goddess (Goddess of nature associated with waters, trees; healing and oracles)

Tutela Augusta (Imperial Protector/Guardian)

Victoria (Victory)

Sources

MacGrath, Sheena.  Brigantia: Goddess of the North. Lulu, 2015.

The Lady Brigantia

by JewelofAset

Lady of Wales

Ffraid is Her Name

Lady of the Distaff

and the Spindle;

Weaving is Her trade.

In Ireland, Brighid is Her name

Lady of Hearths and Wells,

Lady of the Hearth-fire, Temples

and Sacred Writing;

These are Her spells.

Brigantia is the Lady of Great Britain

Queen of Heaven,

Lady of the Distaff

Lady of Victory and the Royal Guardian

These are My names.

And this is Who I am.

Hearth and Home

Distaff and Spindle;

These are the implements

when I am Goddess of the Home and Domestic Duties;

This is Who I am.

Warrior Queen, Bearing Arms

when I wear the helmet

and hold the spear and shield.

Lady who dons the Gorgon Head

as a brooch,

when I am Lady of War.

And this is Who I am.

This is Who I am.

For all those who ask for Me.

This is who I am.

I am like Athena, yes.

And Minerva too.

She has a cognate in My name

which is shared with Brighid of Ireland and Wales.

Brig is Exalted.

Brig is Lady.

Brig is Queenly.

And this is Who I am as

the Queen of My People.

The Brigantes.

The People of Great Britain, Wales and Ireland.

And any people who call upon Me today.

This is Who I am.

Lady of the Distaff and Spindle

Lady of the Hearth and Home

Queen of Heaven

Lady of Victory in War

Lady of Victory in Life

Lady of Sovereignty and Sovereign Lady

Lady of Artisans and Crafts

Lady of Knowledge and Power.

And I am Lady of Poetry and Bards.

And I was called Nymph and Goddess

by the Romans.

and Heavenly Queen.

And I am the Sovereign Lady

of all natural forces;

including sacred springs and rivers

and healing wells.

Over trees that are sacred to Me.

I am a Goddess of oracles, yes,

but more of divination than of Divine command.

Sovereign Lady

This is Who I am

For all Who call upon Me.

And I will come to all those who call,

for I answer the prayers of all of My people.

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The Magic of Tidying Up: Connecting With and Honoring House Spirits

Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Netflix series has had a positive impact on my life. Here is a wonderful essay about Marie Kondo’s method and polytheism.

MystikNomad

“Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” is on Netflix right now and we’re at the time of year when a bunch of folks commit to reorganizing their homes. Put those together and people are once again talking about Kondo’s 2014 best-selling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up“.

Organizational expert Marie Kondo and the cover of her best-selling book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up". Organizational expert Marie Kondo and the cover of her best-selling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.

Most Westerners think of this book, and the KonMari method it introduces, as just another approach to organizing the home. However, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” is one of the most prized books on my spirituality shelf.

I thought it might be helpful to explain why.

The Sacred Home

Household deities are common fixtures in polytheistic practice. For instance, like many folks I maintain a shrine for the Goddess of the Hearth. She is the flame at the heart of the home and…

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The Path of Sacred Magic & the Goddess

Great article by M. Isidora Forrest, Priestess of Isis in the Fellowship of Isis.

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This is my essay published in the recent Awaken the Feminineanthology. Many of the authors are sharing their essays freely on their blogs. And so am I. Feel free to share it as you wish, too. Click the book title above to go to the Amazon.com site to see the list of authors and even to buy a copy for yourself. All authors donated their work to this book. Oh, and since this essay was written for a general, if Goddessy, audience, so some of you will probably already be familiar with some of these ideas.

What if I told you that magic was real?

Would it call to mind a popular card game? Or perhaps Harry Potter and the Hogwarts gang? Would you imagine an illusionist making elephants disappear from the Las Vegas stage? Or would you have visions of witches with poppets and pins and poisons…

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