𝑷𝑰𝑪𝑲 𝑨 𝑪𝑨𝑹𝑫: Pantheon & deities that been calling you to work with (and that I think you could be a nice team)
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Instructions: Focus on the energy of asking for guidance and choose the pile that calls to you intuitively! If it's more than one, then read them!.
My style: I used tarot, and oracle cards (mostly the star dragon oracle) but this was almost 90% intuition and what I felt they were trying to communicate to me!. I work with Hermes, he's my patron so I did this with his help uvu.
Disclaimer: First of all deity work is super personal, so keep what resonates with you! and my advice is to learn about the deity before contacting always! I did this because a lot of my friends ask me this question a lot because they don't know how to start or who is a nice match to them, so I figure out it will be nice to help someone else that has the same doubts.
I got the Norse pantheon for this pile, I got the energy of Odin and Sigyn specifically. Odin is the head god in Norse mythology, he's the god of wisdom, healing, royalty, knowledge, battle, magic and so much more, Sigyn is the goddess of fidelity, loyalty, divine victory. I believe the reason they want to work with you is that you just recently passed for a huge transformation, you healed some parts of you and kinda reparented yourself, now they want to give you guidance and help in your next steps as a more confident person, they want to teach you the things you need to accomplish your higher purpose. Sigyn wants to be the key in your new way of mothering yourself after this dark period, in your new light while Odin wants to give you the wisdom and the strategy to the next goal.
Greek Pantheon here, when I tell you that Hermes jumped haha, well He wants to help you, also Lady Demeter. There's huge energy of focusing on your goals, they want to help you achieve a dream that you planted when you were a child, it's time to make that flower bloom! you have to speak out about what you want openly because you have kept this a secret for too long. They want to help you move to another place too, I feel the energy of holding hands with you and traveling to your higher destination, this could be a new job, home or another country. They want to water your seed and help you grow into the beautiful sunflower they know you can be!
Haniel and Cassiel here, they're archangels of the biblical pantheon. Cassiel is usually an angel that just observes and watches what happens here on Earth without interfering so working with him is very rare from what I know, He's also believed to be in charge of past life experiences and reincarnation, Haniel for the other side is the archangel of joy, she's associated with magic and psychic gifts, the reason I think they're here, is because you're a lightworker of some sorts, and they want to help you remember your gifts and guide you through the awakening your potential as a spiritual person (witch, priest, sorcerer, medium, whatever you feel called to do). They're definitely a great duet because one will teach you, while the other will protect you and help you with your shadow work!.
So I got two pairs here, one is from the Egyptian pantheon and the other from the Nordic, you could work with both of them or with just one!, First we have Hathor and Horus, they want to help you be more independent and have peace with that, to put your beliefs and your goals before what anyone else told you what they think you should be, they're talking about carving your own path and realizing that by choosing yourself you'll have the harmonious peace you desire so much, they want you to know that everything you want will come with divine timing but first you need to be open and brave about being true to yourself. On the other hand, we have Lady Frigg and Hel, they want to help you heal and grief the part of yourself that died. Recently you've been grieving about your childhood, about the little kid that's not here anymore, they want you to accept the loss and understand that even if they are not here anymore you can heal, they want to help you give love to that wound, they're saying that even tho you're having a dark time, you
have to make a conscious choice to continue, learn and believe of yourself as much as you used to when you were a child.
Here we have the goetic, specifically King Paimon and the Marquis Gamigin, They are here because first of all there is so much anger inside your soul, anger that came from so much rooted hurt, they want to help release all of that so you can cherish the day. They know you're super artistic, probably drawing, painting, or/ and music, so they want to teach you how to express all your feelings in that. They want to give you the resources and knowledge so you can instead of destroying everything with these huge emotions canalize it into something beautiful that will give you pride and would make a huge difference in your life and the ones you care about.
Lugh and Arianrhod from the Celtic pantheon, their energy is super chill and joyful, to be honest, is really warm and bright, they're here for a simple reason. they want to help you manifest all your dreams, to reinvent yourself in this dream persona you have, they want you to break the chains of limitations and give you the resources you need to achieve all that you can imagine. I got this image of inviting them to do a mood board with you, like a party with friends with some wine and music, and just chill planning your life.
That's all, I hope it helps you a little bit!, if you have any questions don't doubt ask us! Soon the Spanish version of this will be up!
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Tam Lin (The Faery Host) by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
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Goddess of fire, healing, smithcraft; of baby animals and life itself. One of the longest running goddesses to survive and adapt to the evolving spirituality of Ireland.
give my Etsy a follow to be notified when I put up limited, hand-signed prints of this piece up for sale!
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Calming Celtic Instrumentals Spotify Playlist
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The Black Phooka
The black Phooka is a shape-shifting creature from old Celtic mythology. It is a benign but mischievous creature. Their normal appearance is similar to that of a cat (its tail will twitch when its angry much like a cat), but this creature can take the form of horses, goats, cats, dogs, hares and even humans. No matter what shape they take, their fur is always dark.
They mostly prefer to take the form of a pony and will try to entice humans to take a ride on their back. If a someone does get on, they will give the rider a wild and terrifying journey before dropping the unlucky person back at the place they were taken from.
While they’re mostly mischievous creatures, they’re also known to be benevolent and will help farmers with their harvest and field work. Due to this, they are associated with Samhain, a Goidelic harvest festival.
The character Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is based off of this creature.
SOURCE for pic on right
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i learned of the Emery Celtic Cross - in the early 2000s, a Forester in Ireland planted two different species of trees to create a 125 metre tall Celtic cross design within a forest. The design was first discovered in 2016 by an airplane passenger, 6 years after the Forester, Liam Emery, had died (x)
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Samhain magic 🍂
Samhain rings in the dark half of the year. While it marks the transition from summer to winter, Samhain itself is "without time", a liminal space not only in between the realms of living and dead but also in between the seasons. Like all Celtic feasts, Samhain begins at nightfall taking place from the evening of October 31 to nightfall on November 1. Although, this most important Celtic festival used to last three days and three nights, and failure to take part in the celebrations was believed to result in divine punishment (sickness or even death).
During the Samhain celebrations, hearth fires were left to burn out while the last of the harvest was brought in. Druids would light huge sacred bonfires from the remnants of which the fires in the homes were re-lit to ensure protection and warmth during the winter months. Another tradition was to sacrifice animals and toss their bones in to the flames of the sacred fires leading also to them being called bonfire ("bone fire"). Offerings for the fae were left outside the village, fortunes were told, debts were repaid, business matters settled and trials held.
In the Middle Ages, the tradition of sacred bonfires changed. Now it was mostly families lighting smaller bonfires, so called Samghnagans . It was also during this time that the tradition of carving jack-o'-lanterns emerged, first using turnips and later pumpkins.
Some ideas to celebrate
🔮 On Samhain night the veil between the worlds is thin. Therefore it is the perfect time for spirit work and divination. Some say, that if you walk three times around the graves of a grave yard (sunwise) at midnight you might be able to get a glimpse of the future. If you'd rather not walk around a grave yard on Samhain night, you can use any other form of divination such as pendulums, tarot and scrying.
👻 One form of spirit work popular on Samhain are dumb suppers. During this medieval tradition, you set up an extra plate on your dinner table for (a) dead loved one(s) or ancestor(s) to invite them to join you that night. The dinner is held in silence and gives the participants to interact with the deceased guests. To guide the spirits through the night you can leave a candle burning in front of the window. (Make sure nothing can catch fire.) Burn a black candle or leave a jack-o'-lantern in front of your house to ward of negative energies and malevolent spirits.
🎃 One of my Samhain traditions is to make pumpkin soup, so here is my recipe... I used to make pumpkin soup with Hokkaido pumpkin, potatoes and cream which tastes great, but recently I got some kabocha squash and improvised with an amazing result.
For approximately four people you will need a small kabocha squash, two to four potatoes and one or two apples, a piece of ginger, as well as water, vegetable broth, some oil (olive oil or alternatively sunflower or rapeseed), salt, nutmeg and mugwort.
Begin by peeling and chopping your ginger into tiny pieces. Peel the squash, potatoes and apple(s) (you can eat the rind/peel of all of them but the colour of the soup will be nicer if you peel them) and cut them into pieces.
Heat some oil in a pot and briefly fry the ginger, then add the squash, apple and potato. Pour enough water into the pot to cover them and add one cube of vegetable broth per 500ml of water. After a while add a few leaves of mugwort. You can also add them in the end, however, if you add them now they will be better integrated into the soup and you won't have fairly large bits of it floating in your soup.
Once the squash and potato have become soft, take the pot off the heat and blend your soup until it has become a smooth, thick liquid.
Put the pot back on the hob and let the soup boil up again seasoning it with salt and nutmeg. Serve with a sprinkle of pumpkin seed oil and/or pumpkin seeds.
I find that this soup, like most others, tastes best prepared in advance and then re-heated. Here, nutmeg and mugwort serve two purposes: their taste and their properties which I list below along with the (Samhain-relevant) properties and magical uses of the other ingredients.
apple: (love) divination, the Otherworld
pumpkin/ squash: granting wishes, protection
ginger: increases magical powers, break hexes
potato: protection, connection to the Earth
mugwort: protection, divination (psychic vision and prophetic dreams)
nutmeg: luck in legal matters and for travelling, clairvoyance, encouraging visions
salt: protection, purification
🔥 As Samhain marks the end of summer and the beginning of the cold and dark time of the year, it presents an opportunity to be thankful for what summer and the harvest have brought you and let go of what no longer serves you. You can write a list of what you are grateful for, or spend times with your loved ones. Finish any long-overdue projects, resolve any unresolved issues, write down what you want to banish and burn the paper. (Again, make sure nothing else can catch fire.)
📖 The dark half of the year is not only a time of reflection and recovery but also one of stories. So, how could it start better than with a good story in front of a fire - be it a bonfire or a simple candle? The Second Battle of Mag Tuired and The Adventures of Nera are two Celtic tales ideal for Samhain. Personally, I love to dig out my collection of Edgar Allan Poe's stories and poems to read for instance The Tell-Tale Heart, Ligeia and The Raven.
Blessed Samhain! 🍂
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photography by underjordiske
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The Green Knight (2021) dir. David Lowery
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Tavern of Chalmeris Spotify Playlist
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10 easy & subtle ways to celebrate Mabon
For my little closeted witches and pagans out there
1. SUN WATER!!! Charge it! Hoard it!! Mabon is the celebration of the sun, take advantage of that and use it to its fullest! (how to make sun water right here: X)
2. Try to cook something! People usually start baking autumn foods around Mabon like pie, poultry, bread or fluffy desserts. Anything you know will get you cozy and full
3. Take some time to reflect on the gifts nature grants us, give words to your gratefulness!
3. Keep the first acorn you see as a good luck charm! I’ve been doing it for years, it’s just a fun little habit to pick up
4. Doodle some pentacles everywhere: they’re a pretty popular symbol of Mabon! They’re easy to draw and they don’t have to be big or easy to spot.
5. Try a little apple spell like this one X
6. Make a bonfire! Invite some friends or family over and share some good ol wine. Spend time outside before the air gets too chilly!
7. Buy a new type of tea, something that’s adapted to the changing season! I recommend lemongrass, ginger, chamomile or chai tea.
8. If you can’t decorate, collect a few fallen leaves! Get a little bit of nature inside your house.
9. The veil is thinning! Light a candle for a loved one who passed/a spirit and spare a thought for them.
10: Self-heal: take a good bath, dress thick and warm, maybe pour yourself a mug of chocolate or a cup of cider, whatever your comfort drink is. Anything to let you completely disconnect with your daily stress. No matter what goes on in your life, the Earth is still spinning. The seasons still follow one another as they always have. Nature is a constant on which we can rely on, just like the sun and the moon. Mabon is all about finding balance so before pondering the balance of the universe, try to find the balance in yourself.
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Site of St. Trillo's Celtic Monk's Cell, Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales.
St. Trillo was a 6th century CE celtic monk who established a hermit's cell on this site. His original cell is long gone, likely constructed from wattle, daub and a wall of stones. The site was probably chosen as it is the source of a natural spring (under the altar in the current six person chapel). The current chapel is of an unknown age and has been repaired many times over centuries. It is likely that St. Trillo kept livestock in the marshes that once occupied the land which is now currently the town centre. Rhos-on-Sea gets its name from this site. The current chapel is thought to be the smallest in the UK.
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You know why I hate seeing the UK in Eurovision? It's always about England. Theres hardly EVER Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish singers representing the "United" Kingdom. Roll on the day when us 3 Celtic countries become independant, possibly even join Europe again, and slay Eurovision with our thousand harps, blaring bagpipes, over the top dancing and screaming out our Celtic languages! Now THAT would be something I'd be proud to see.
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More Hobbit inspired digital art practice :D now the Elvenking of the Mirkwood, in celtic style!
After long time I used scanned textures... it looks kind of weird but it was fun to create :D
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Two Roman marble figures of Celtic hounds
Circa 2nd Century A.D.
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