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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Beltane Cake Ritual

Here is a Beltane Ritual from the Scottish Highlands. A caudle, which is a thickened and sweetened alcoholic hot drink, somewhat like eggnog, was cooked on the bonfire. Some of the mixture was poured on the ground as a libation. Everyone present would then take a piece of oatmeal cake. A bit of the cake was offered to the spirits to protect their livestock (one bit to protect the horses, one bit to protect the sheep, and so forth) and a bit was offered to each of the animals that might harm their livestock (one to the fox, one to the eagle, and so forth). Afterwards, they would drink the caudle.

Today, the ritual might go like this:  The group gathers around the Beltane fire, where eggnog and cake have been prepared. A libation is poured, and the cake is passed round the circle with each person breaking off a piece and throwing it over their shoulder along with a simple spell of giving and preserving.

"I give this to thee (name the threat or the predator) 
Preserve my (name what or whoever you wish preserved)."

For example:

"I give this to thee grasshopper...
Preserve my garden."


"This I give to you Wizards of Wall Street... 
Preserve my financial stability."

Everyone then shares the remaining cake and drinks the remaining eggnog.

Note: This post was written for Gypsy Magic by Shirley Twofeathers using information found on Wikipedia. You may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.

Something Fun For Walpurgisnacht

This is a series of vintage postcards from Paris, printed in 1910 depicting a Witches Sabbat.

Here's one, the rest can be found on my new website, More Cool Pictures, here: Something Fun For Walpurgis Night

Friday, April 29, 2011

Gypsy Spell For A Windy Day

To stir up the wind to dry washing on a line, stand with your back to the breeze and exhale facing the washing.

To make it less windy...

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It's Kite Flying Day!

Themes: Wishes; Freedom; Playfulness; Air; Movement
Symbols: Wind; Sailing Ships
Presiding Goddess: Shina Tsu Hime

About Shina Tsu Hime:
This Japanese wind goddess disperses the morning fog. She also keeps away evil, distracting winds, winds that threaten to uproot or blur our spiritual focus. Because of this, Shina Tsu Hime has become the patroness of sailors and farmers, the latter of whom pray to her for fertile winds bearing seed and rain....

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Flowers for Your Astrology Sign

Every astrological sign has flowers associated with it. These might be, but are not necessarily the same as the flowers assigned to the specific months of the year, and some flowers are assigned to more than one astrological sign.

Here's the list:
  • Aries - (March 21 - April 20) - Honeysuckle
  • Taurus - (April 21- May 20) - Rose
  • Gemini - (May 20 -June 21) - Rose; Violet
  • Cancer - (June 21 -July 20) - Rhododendron...
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Flowers Of The Month

Each month has specific flowers associated with it. This list is similar to, but not the same as the flowers associated with specific astrological signs.

Here's the list:
This post has been moved to my new website, The Pagan Calendar, and can also be found here: Flowers of the Month 

Spell for Healthy Flowers and Plants

Gather together a green votive candle and a yellow votive and dress them with patchouli oil. Place the candles near the plant you wish to protect and grow vibrantly and say the following words as you light the candles...

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Ritual For Floralia

Color: Pink
Element: Earth
Daily Meal: Vegan. Beans. Salad with edible flowers in it. Flower jams.
Offerings: Give flowers to people. Allow a rabbit and a goat to run free in the house.

Altar: Upon a cloth of pink set a pitcher of water, pots of earth, flower seeds, incense of flowers, a bowl of beans, and many fresh flowers should be strewn around the room. The candles of Walpurgisnacht (if you have been observing it) should remain and be lit, and a sixth added to them, for Odhinn's journey continues even as we celebrate Floralia.

Floralia Invocation

Hail Flora, Lady of Beauty!
We must have not only our bread,
And our work, and our discipline...

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Floralia: The Roman May Day Celebration

The Romans had a celebration for just about everything. Certainly, any deity worth their salt got a holiday of their own, and Flora was no exception. She was the goddess of spring flowers and vegetation, and one of many fertility goddesses. In fact, she was so well respected as a fertility deity that she was often seen as a the patron deity of Roman prostitutes....

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Flora's Self Love Beauty Spell

Flora is the Roman spirit of flowering plants and, by extension, of fertility and the life-force. Her festival, the Floralia, once began April 27th and continued for six days of revelry, especially by women of all ages celebrating their own bodies and natural beauty. The festival was celebrated in the nude until the third century CE, when Roman authorities ordered that revelers be clothed. The festival held out in that form for one more century until all pagan festivals were banned...

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The Goddess Flora

Flora is the Roman Goddess of flowering plants, especially those that bear fruit. Spring, of course, is Her season, and She has elements of a Love-Goddess, with its attendant attributes of fertility, sex, and blossoming. She is quite ancient; the Sabines are said to have named a month for Her (which corresponds to our and the Roman April), and She was known among the Samnites as well as the Oscans, where She was called Flusia....

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Language of Flowers

The language of flowers, sometimes called florigraphy, was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. This language was most commonly communicated through Tussie-Mussies, an art which has a following today.

The nuances of the language are now mostly forgotten, but red roses still imply passionate, romantic love and pink roses a lesser affection; white roses suggest virtue and chastity and yellow roses still stand for friendship or devotion. Also commonly known meanings are sunflowers, which can indicate either haughtiness or respect – they were the favorite flower of St. Julie Billiart for this reason. Gerbera (daisy) means innocence or purity. The iris, being named for the messenger of the gods in Greek mythology, still represents the sending of a message. A pansy signifies thought, a daffodil regard, and a strand of ivy fidelity.

These language correspondences can be used when creating a spell, planting a magickal garden, to set an intention, or to send a message. You may notice some of the flowers (and plants) have meanings that seem incongruent or inconsistent. This is because language tends to change over time. Also, you may find that magickal correspondences to some of these flowers are in direct conflict - that is because the meanings were not derived from magickal sources. When in doubt, go with the meaning that resonates with your personal experience, and be clear with your intention. Pictures may be substituted for the actual flower or plant.

Here's the list:

  • Acacia - Secret love
  • Acanthus  - Art
  • Aconite - Misanthropy
  • Acorn - Nordic Symbol of Life and immortality
  • African Marigold - Vulgar minds.
  • Agrimony - Thankfulness
  • Allspice - Compassion
  • Aloe - Grief
  • Almond (Common) - Stupidity. Indiscretion.
  • Almond (Flowering) Hope  - Promise, Hope,
  •  Almond (Tree) - Giddiness; heedlessness Stupidity, thoughtlessness
  • Alyssum (Sweet) - Worth beyond beauty. 
  • Amaranth (Globe) - Immortal love
  • Amaryllis - Pride; Pastoral Poetry
  • Ambrosia - Your Love is Reciprocated
  • Anemone - Forsaken, sickness, unfading love
  • Apple Blossom - Preference, Fame speaks him great and good.
  • Apple (Thorn) - Deceitful charms.
  • Apricot Flower - Doubt, distrust
  • Arborvitae - Everlasting friendship
  • Arbutus - You're the only one I love
  • Arum - Ardor
  • Asparagus - Fascination
  • Aspen Tree - Sighing, Lamentation
  • Asphodel - My regrets follow you to the grave
  • Aster - Symbol of love, daintiness, talisman of love
  • Aster (China) - Fidelity, variety, I will think of you
  • Autumn Leaves - Melancholy
  • Azalea - Take Care, temperance, fragile, passion, Chinese symbols of womanhood

  • Baby's Breath - Innocence, pure of heart
  • Bachelor ButtonSingle blessedness, celibacy
  • BalmSocial intercourse or sympathy
  • BalsamArdent love
  • BalsamineImpatience
  • Bay (Leaf) - I change but in dying. No change till death.
  • Bay (Wreath)Glory
  • BegoniaBeware, a fanciful nature
  • Belladonna - Silence
  • BellflowerThinking of you
  • Bells of IrelandLuck
  • Bird's-foot TrefoilRevenge
  • Bittersweet - Truth 
  • Bluebell - Humility
  • Bouquet of withered flowers - Rejected Love
  • BoxConstancy
  • Branch of Currants - You please all.
  • BroomHumility  
  • Bumblebee Orchid  - Industry
  • ButtercupRiches, You are radiant with charms. I am dazzled by your charms.
  • Butterfly Weed - Let me go.

  • Cabbage - Profit
  • Cactus - Endurance
  • Camellia japonica - Unpretending excellence
  • Camellia (general) - Admiration; Perfection; Good Luck, Gift to a Man
  • Camellia (Pink) - Longing for You
  • Camellia (Red) - You're a Flame in My Heart
  • Camellia (White) - You're Adorable
  • Camomile - Energy in adversity. Energy in action.
  • Campanula - Gratitude
  • Candy Tuft - Indifference
  • Canterbury BellsGratitude
  • Carnation (general) - Fascination; distinction; love
  • Carnation (green) - secret symbol of the followers of Oscar Wilde
  • Carnation (mauve) - Dreams of fantasy
  • Carnation (pink) - I'll never forget you, Always on my mind, a woman's love, a mother's love
  • Carnation (purple) - Capriciousness, whimsical, changeable, unreliability
  • Carnation (red) - My heart aches for you, Alas! For my poor heart, deep romantic love, passion
  • Carnation (solid color) - Yes, Affirmative
  • Carnation (striped) - No, Sorry I can't be with you, refusal
  • Carnation (white) - Sweet and lovely, innocence, pure love, faithfulness
  • Carnation (yellow) -  You have disappointed me, rejection, disdain
  • Cattail - Peace; Prosperity
  • Cedar - Think of me. I live for thee. Strength
  • Celandine - Joys to come
  • Cherry Blossom - A good education, Transience of life (in Japan), Feminine beauty (in China)
  • Chestnut - Do me justice
  • China AsterLove of variety
  • Christmas Rose - Relieve my anxiety.
  • Chrysanthemum (red) - I love
  • Chrysanthemum (yellow) - Slighted love
  • Columbine (General) - Desertion, Folly
  • Columbine (Purple) - Resolved to win.
  • Columbine (Red) - Anxious and trembling. Great anxiety
  • Coreopsis - Always cheerful, Love at first sight.
  • Cowslip - Winning grace, Divine beauty. You are my divinity. 
  • Clover (red) - Industry
  • Clover (white) - I promise
  • Coriander - Lust
  • Crocus - Cheerfulness, Abuse not
  • Currants - You please me. Thy frown will kill me.
  • Cyclamen - Resignation and Good-bye 

  • Daffodil - Uncertainty, chivalry, respect or unrequited love
  • Dahlia - Elegance and dignity
  • Daisy (general) - Innocence, loyal love, purity, faith, cheer, simplicity
  • Daisy (garden) - I share your feelings
  • Daisy (wild) - I will think of it
  • Daisy (red) - Beauty unknown to possessor
  • Daisy (white) - Innocence
  • Dandelion - Coquetry, Faithfulness; Happiness, Rustic Oracle
  • Datura - Deceitful Charms
  • Dead Leaves - Sadness
  • Delphinium Pure love that is not forgotten, If you're not older and wiser
  • Dog's Bane - Deceit, Falsehood
  • Dianthus - Make Haste
  • Dragon's Wort - Horror, Astonishment

  • Eglantine (Sweet Briar Rose) - A wound to heal
  • Elderflower - Compassion
  • Elecampane - Tears 
  • Elm - Dignity and Grace
  • Enchanter's Nightshade - Witchcraft, sorcery
  • Evening Primrose - Inconstancy
  • Evergreen (trailing woodland plants that stay green all year) - Poverty and Worth
  • Evergreen Thorn - Solace in adversity
  • Everlasting (Graphalium) - I think of thee. Always remembered.
  • Everlasting Pea - Wilt thou go with me? Lasting pleasure. Go not away

  • Fennel - Strength
  • Fern - Magic; Fascination; Confidence and Shelter
  • Fern (Maidenhair) - Secret Bond of Love
  • Fig (fruit) - Argument Longevity, long-lived
  • Fig (Tree) - Prolific
  • Filbert - Reconciliation 
  • Fir - Time
  • Flax - I feel your kindness. I feel your benefits. Fate.
  • Fleur-de-lis - Flame. I burn.
  • Flowering Fern - Reverie
  • Flytrap - Deceit Artifice
  • Forget-me-not - True love
  • Forsythia - Anticipation
  • Fox Glove - I am ambitious only for you. Insincerity; Occupation. A wish
  • French Honeysuckle - Rustic beauty.
  • French Marigold - Jealousy
  • French Willow - Bravery and humanity.
  • Fritilaria (Guinea-hen Flower) - Persecution
  • Fuchsia - Humble love. The ambition of my love thus plagues itself. Taste; Frugality.
  • Fuchsia (Scarlet) - Taste

  • Garden Anemone - Forsaken
  • Garden Chervil - Sincerity
  • Garden Daisy - I partake your sentiments.
  • Garden Marigold - (Among the ancients it was sacred to Venus.) Sacred affection, Uneasiness
  • Garden Sage - Esteem
  • Gardenia - You're Lovely: Secret Love, Transport, ecstasy
  • Garlic - Courage; Strength
  • Geranium - Stupidity; Folly
  • Geranium (Apple) - Present preference, Facility
  • Geranium (Dark) - Melancholy
  • Geranium (Ivy) - Your hand for next dance. Bridal favour. 
  • Geranium (Lemon) - Unexpected meeting.
  • Geranium (Nutmeg) - I expect a meeting. Expected meeting. 
  • Geranium (Oak) - Lady, deign to smile. A melancholy mind.
  • Geranium (Oak-leaf) - True friendship.
  • Geranium (Pencilled) - Ingenuity
  • Geranium (Rose) - Preference, I prefer you.
  • Geranium (Scarlet) - Silliness Comforting. Stupidity.  
  • Geranium (Silver-leaf) - Recall
  • Geranium (Wild) - Steadfast piety
  • Gladiolus - Give Me a Break . . . I'm Really Sincere; Flower of the Gladiators
  • Gloxinia - Love at First Sight
  • Golden Rod - Encouragement, Precaution 
  • Gooseberry - Anticipation
  • Gorse - Love in all seasons
  • Gourd - Extend, Bulk. Bulkiness
  • Grape - Charity, Intemperance
  • Grape (Vine) - Intemperance
  • Grass - Submission
  • Greek Valerian - Rupture
  • Guelder Rose (Snowball-tree) - Winter. Age. Good news
  • Gum Cistus - I shall die to-morrow

  • Hand Flower Tree - Warning
  • Harebell - Grief. Submission. Retirement,
  • Hawthorn - Hope
  • Hazel - Reconciliation
  • Heath - Solitude
  • Heather (Lavender) - Admiration; Solitude
  • Heather (White) - Protection; Wishes will Come True
  • Heliotrope - Devotion, I adore you;
  • Hellebore - Calumny, scandal
  • Hemlock - You will be my death. 
  • Hibiscus  - Rare beauty, delicate beauty
  • Holly - Defense; Domestic Happiness
  • Hollyhock (General) - Ambition Fruitfulness Fecundity;
  • Hollyhock (White) - Female ambition 
  • Honesty (Lunaria) - Sincerity  Honesty. Fascination.
  • Honeysuckle (General) - Spirit vision, The bond of love. Fidelity, Generous and devoted affection.
  • Honeysuckle (Coral) - The color of my fate. 
  • Honeysuckle (French) - Rustic beauty. 
  • Honeysuckle (Sent Monthly) - I will not answer hastily. Domestic happiness
  • Honeysuckle (Wild) - Devoted love
  • Houseleek - Domestic economy
  • Horse-Chestnut - Luxury
  • Hyacinth (General) - Games and Sports; Rashness: Flower Dedicated to Apollo
  • Hyacinth (Blue) - Constancy
  • Hyacinth (Purple) - I Am Sorry; Please Forgive Me: Sorrow
  • Hyacinth (Red or Pink) - Play
  • Hyacinth (White) - Loveliness; I'll Pray for You
  • Hyacinth (Yellow) - Jealousy
  • Hydrangea - Thank You for Understanding; Frigidness, Vain-glory; Heartlessness. A boaster. 
  • Hyssop - Cleanliness

  • Iceland Moss - Health
  • Ice Plant - Your looks freeze me.
  • Iris (Fleur-de-Lis) - (Emblem of France) Your Friendship Means So Much to Me; Faith; Hope; Wisdom and Valour; My Compliments
  • Indian Cress (Nasturtium) - Resignation, Warlike trophy.
  • Indian Plum - Privation
  • Iris (Common Garden) - A message for thee.
  • Iris (German and Yellow) - Flame   
  • Ivy (Leaf )- Friendship
  • Ivy (Sprig of, with tendrils) - Anxious to Please; Affection,
  • Ivy (Vine) - Marriage
  • Ivy (General) - Dependence, Wedded Love; Fidelity; Friendship; Affection

  • Jacob's Ladder - Come down. 
  • Japan Rose - Beauty is your only attraction.
  • Jasmine (Cape) - Transport of joy. Transient joy
  • Jasmine (Carolina) - Separation
  • Jasmine (Indian) - I attach myself to you.
  • Jasmine (Spanish) - Sensuality
  • Jasmine (White) - Amiability
  • Jasmine (Yellow) Grace and elegance. 
  • Jonquil - Return my affection, Desire; Affection returned.
  • Judas-Tree  - Betrayed  Unbelief
  • Juniper - Perfect loveliness  Succour. Protection.

  • Laburnum - Pensive beauty. Forsaken.
  • Lady's Slipper - Win me and wear me. Capricious beauty
  • Lantana - Rigor 
  • Larch - Boldness Audacity
  • Larkspur (General) - Fickleness Lightness. Levity. hilarity
  • Larkspur (Pink) - Lightness; Fickleness
  • Larkspur (Purple) - Haughtiness
  • Laurel (American) - Words, though sweet, may deceive.
  • Laurel (Common, in flower) - Perfidy
  • Laurel (Ground) - Perseverance
  • Laurel (Mountain) - Glory; Victory; Ambition of a hero.
  • Laurel-leaved Magnolia - Dignity
  • Laurestine - A token, I die if neglected
  • Lavatera - Sweet disposition. 
  • Lavender - Devotion, distrust
  • Lemon - Zest
  • Lemon Blossom - Discretion Prudence; Fidelity in love.
  • Lettuce - Cold-hearted
  • Lichen - Solitude, Dejection.
  • Licorice (Wild) - I declare against you. 
  • Lilac (Field) - Humility
  • Lilac (Purple) - First emotion of love
  • Lilac (White) - Youth, Youthful Innocence. Candor, memories,
  • Lily (General) - Purity; modesty
  • Lily (Day) - Coquetry, Chinese Emblem for Mothers
  • Lily (Calla) - Beauty
  • Lily (Eucharis) - Maidenly Charms
  • Lily (Imperial) - Majesty
  • Lily (Tiger) - Wealth; Pride
  • Lily (White) - Sweetness. Purity, Virginity; Majesty; It's Heavenly to Be with You
  • Lily (Scarlet) - High-bred, high-souled aspirations 
  • Lily (Yellow) - I'm Walking on Air; Gaiety. Falsehood
  • Lily (Orange) - Desire, passion, Hatred
  • Lily (Water) - Eloquence
  • Lily of the Valey - Return of happiness; Trustworthy; Sweetness; Tears of the Virgin Mary; Humility; You've Made My Life Complete
  • Linden (Tree) - Conjugal love, Marriage
  • Linden (Leaf) - Matrimony, marriage
  • Linden (Sprig) - Conjugal love
  • Lime (Blossom) - Fornication
  • Lime (Tree) - Marriage. Conjugal love
  • Live Oak - Liberty 
  • Lobelia - Malevolence
  • Locust Tree - Elegance Affection beyond the grave
  • Loosestrife - Pretension
  • Lotus (General) - Purity, chastity, eloquence, Forgetful of the past.
  • Lotus (Flower) - Estranged love.
  • Lotus (Leaf) - Recantation
  • Love in a Mist  - You puzzle me. Perplexity
  • Love lies bleeding - Hopelessness
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria) - Thou art my life.
  • Lupine - Dejection, Imagination, Voraciousness.

  • Magnolia - Nobility, Love of nature
  • Magnolia (Grandiflora) - Peerless and proud
  • Magnolia (Swamp) - Perseverance
  • Maize - Riches
  • Mallow (General) - Good and kind. Sweetness Mildness
  • Mallow (Syrian) - Consumed by love,
  • Mallow (Marsh) - Beneficience
  • Mallow (Venetian) - Delicate beauty.
  • Mandrake - Horror, Rarity
  • Maple - Reserve
  • Marigold (General) - Pain and grief, Cruelty, Jealousy, trouble, Sacred affection, Prophetic Prediction
  • Marigold (African) - Vulgar minded
  • Marigold (French) - Jealousy 
  • Marigold (Garden) - Grief; Chagrin.
  • Marigold (Small Cape) - Omen, sign
  • Marjoram - Blushes
  • Marvel of Peru (Four o'clock) - Timidity
  • Mayflower - Welcome
  • Meadow Saffron - My best days gone. Growing old
  • Meadow Sweet - Usefulness,  Uselessness
  • Michaelmas Daisy - Afterthought
  • Mignonette - Your qualities surpass your charms. Worth and loveliness 
  • Milkweed - Hope in misery.
  • Mimosa - Sensitiveness
  • Mint - Suspicion
  • Mistletoe - Obstacles to be overcome. I surmount all difficulties. I surmount everything, Kiss me; Affection; Sacred Plant of India; Magic Plant of the Druids
  • Mock Orange (Syringia) - Counterfeit; Uncertainty. 
  • Monkshood - Beware; A Deadly Foe is Near
  • Moonwort - Forgetfulness
  • Moonflower - Dreaming of love
  • Morning gloryLove in vain
  • Moss - Maternal Love; Charity
  • Moss Rose - Voluptious love
  • Mountain Ash - I watch over you. Prudence
  • Mugwort - Good luck; Happiness.
  • Mulberry (Black) - I will not survive you.
  • Mulberry (White) - Wisdom 
  • MulleinGood-nature
  • Myrrh - Gladness, mirth 
  • Myrtle - Love in absence. Love; Hebrew Emblem of Marriage

  • Narcissus - Egotism; Formality; Stay as Sweet as You Are, Self-Love.
  • Nasturtium  - Conquest; Victory in Battle, Patriotism
  • Nettle - Cruelty; slander
  • Night Blooming Cereus - Transient beauty
  • Nightshade - Dark thoughts, Bitter truth; Sorcery. 
  • Nuts - Stupidity

  • Oak (White) - Independence
  • Oak (Tree) - Hospitality; Bravery.
  • Oak (Leaves) - Bravery and Humanity
  • Oak (Sprig) - Hospitality
  • Oats - The witching soul of music. Music.
  • Oleander - Caution, Beware
  • Olive - Peace
  • Orange (Tree) - Generosity
  • Orange (Blossoms) - Your purity equals your loveliness. Chastity, Bridal festivities. Innocence; Eternal Love; Marriage and Fruitfulness
  • OrchidRefined beauty, Love; Refinement; Beautiful Lady; Chinese Symbol for Many Children
  • Ox-Eye Daisy - A token, Patience

  • Palm Leaves - Victory and Success
  • Pansy (General) - You occupy my thoughts. Think of me. Thoughts
  • Pansy (Purple) - You occupy my thoughts. Heart's-ease
  • Pansy (Yellow) - Think of me, thought
  • Parsley - Entertainment Festivity; Banquet. lasting pleasures
  • Pasque Flower - Unpretentious  You have no claims.
  • Passion Flower - Religious fervor, Devotion;
  • Pea - An appointed meeting.
  • Pea (Sweet) - Departure
  • Peach - Your qualities, like your charms, are unequalled.
  • Peach Blossom - I am your captive. My heart is thine. Long-life, generosity, and bridal hope
  • Pear - Affection
  • Pear Tree - Affection  Comfort
  • Pear Blossom - Lasting friendship
  • Pennyroyal - Flee away.
  • Peony - Shame, bashfulness Prosperity, honor (in China) Masculinity, bravery (in Japan), Gay Life; Happy Marriage
  • Peppermint - Warmth of feeling. Cordiality, affability
  • Periwinkle (White) - Pleasures of memory. Pleasant recollections, Sweet memories 
  • Periwinkle (Blue) - Early friendship Early attachment
  • Persimmon - Bury me amid nature's beauties.
  • Petunia - Resentment; Anger; Your Presence Soothes me
  • Phlox - Our souls united. Our hearts are united. Unanimity
  • Pimpernel - Change Rendezvous; Assignation.
  • Pine (General) - Time Endurance; Daring. Pity
  • Pine (Tree) - Courage, daring
  • Pine (Black) - Pity
  • Pine (Pitch pine blossom) - Philosophy Time and faith
  • Pine (Spruce) - Farewell, Hope in adversity
  • Pine Apple - You are perfect. 
  • Plum (Blossom) - Beauty and longevity
  • Plum (Tree) - Keep your promises. Genius 
  • Plum (Indian) - Privation, suffering
  • Plum (Wild) - Independence 
  • Pomegranate (Fruit) - Foolishness Conceit 
  • Pomegranate (Flower) - Elegance, Mature elegance.
  • Poppy (general) - Eternal sleep, oblivion, imagination
  • Poppy (red) - Pleasure
  • Poppy (white) - Consolation, dreams, modern, peace, Sleep of the heart. Oblivion. My bane. My antidote. 
  • Poppy (yellow) - Wealth, success
  • Prickly Pear - Satire
  • Primrose - Eternal love, I Can't Live Without You, Early youth, Modest worth; Silent love.
  • Primose (Evening) - Inconstancy
  • Privet - Mildness, Prohibition

  • Quaking-Grass - Agitation
  • Queen of the Meadow - Uselessness
  • Queen's Rocket - You are the queen of coquettes. Fashion.
  • Quince - Temptation 

  • Ranunculus (Garden) - Radiant with charms. You are rich in attractions.I am dazzled by your charms 
  • Ranunculus (Wild) - Ingratitude
  • Raspberry - Remorse
  • Rhododendron - Agitation Danger. Beware.
  • Rhubarb - Advice
  • Rose (General) - Beauty Love
  • Rose (Austrian) - Thou art all that is lovely. Very lovely
  • Rose (Black) - Death, hatred, farewell, rejuvenation or rebirth
  • Rose (Blue) - Mystery, attaining the impossible, love at first sight
  • Rose (Bridal) - Happy love 
  • Rose (Burgundy) - Unconscious beauty 
  • Rose (Cabbage) - Love's ambassador, Ambassador of love
  • Rose (Campion) - Only deserve my love.
  • Rose (Carolina) - Love is dangerous. 
  • Rose (China) - Grace Beauty always new.
  • Rose (Christmas) - Tranquilize my anxiety.
  • Rose (Cinnamon) - Without pretension.
  • Rose (Coral or orange) - Desire, passion
  • Rose (Daily) - That smile I would aspire to. Thy smile I aspire to.
  • Rose (Damask) - Freshness Brilliant complexion.
  • Rose (Deep Red) - Bashful shame.
  • Rose (Dog) - Pleasure and pain 
  • Rose (Full-blown) -You are beautiful.
  • Rose (Full-blown, placed over two Buds) - Secrecy
  • Rose (Garland or wreath of) - Reward of virtue 
  • Rose (Guelder) - Winter. Age.
  • Rose (Hundred Leaf) - Pride The graces. 
  • Rose (Japan) - Beauty is your only attraction. 
  • Rose (Lavender or violet) - Love at first sight
  • Rose (Leaf) - I never trouble.
  • Rose (Maiden's Blush) - If you do love me you will find me out.
  • Rose (Moss) - Superior merit; Voluptuousness. 
  • Rose (Multiflora) - Grace
  • Rose (Mundi) - Variety
  • Rose (Musk) - Capricious beauty. 
  • Rose (Musk-cluster) - Charming
  • Rose (Pink) - Grace
  • Rose (Pink, dark ) - Gratitude
  • Rose (Pink, light) - Desire, passion, joy of life, youth, energy
  • Rose (Pompon) - Gentility
  • Rose (Red) - I love you.
  • Rose (Red Rosebud) - Confession of love. Young girl 
  • Rose (Red and yellow together) - Joy, happiness and excitement
  • Rose (Single) - Simplicity
  • Rose (Sweetbriar) - Sympathy
  • Rose (Tea) - Always lovely
  • Rose (Thornless) - Early attachment
  • Rose (Unique) - Call me not beautiful
  • Rose (White) - I am worthy of you. Silence I am worthy of you. Eternal love, silence or innocence, wistfulness, virtue, purity, secrecy, reverence and humility
  • Rose (White, withered) - Transient impression 
  • Rose (White and Red together) - Unity
  • Rose (Wild) - Simplicity
  • Rose (Yellow) - Decrease of love Infidelity; Jealousy. Friendship or apology, a broken heart, intense emotion, dying love, extreme betrayal
  • Rose (York) - Agreement; War, warfare
  • Rose (York and Lancaster) - War
  • Rosemary - Remembrance;Your presence revives me. 
  • Rue - Regret

  • Saffron (Saffron Flower) - Do not abuse. Excess is dangerous
  • Saffron (Crocus) - Do not abuse me. Mirth
  • Saffron (Meadow) - My best days are past. My happiest days are past.
  • Sage - Esteem Domestic Virtue; 
  • Saint John's Wort (Hypericum) - Superstition Animosity, You are a prophet
  • Sensitive Plant - Sensitivity
  • Shamrock - Light heartedness 
  • Shepherd's Purse - I offer you my all. 
  • Snapdragon - Presumption, No, never; Deception; Gracious Lady
  • Snowball - Thoughts of heaven. Goodness; 
  • Snowdrop - Consolation or hope
  • Spearmint - Warm feelings Warmth of sentiment.
  • Star of Bethlehem - Hope
  • Stock - Bonds of Affection; Promptness; You'll Always Be Beautiful to Me
  • Straw - United, Agreement;
  • Straw (Broken) - Quarrel, Rupture of a contract.
  • Sunflower - Pure and lofty thoughts
  • Sweet Basil - Good wishes. 
  • Sweetbrier - Simplicity
  • Sweet Flag  - Fitness
  • Sweet Pea - Good-bye; Departure; Blissful Pleasure; Thank You for a Lovely Time
  • Sweet William - Artifice Gallantry; Finesse; Dexterity. Will you smile?
  • Sycamore - Curiosity

  • Tamarisk - Crime
  • Tansy - I declare war against you
  • Teasel - Misanthropy
  • Tendrils of Climbing Plants - Ties
  • Thistle (Common) - Austerity Sternness  Nobility
  • Thistle (Fuller's) - Misanthropy
  • Thistle (Scotch) - Retaliation
  • Thorn-apple - Disguise, Deceitful charms 
  • Thorns (General) - Severity
  • Thorn (Black) - Difficulty
  • Thorn (Branch of) - Severity
  • Thyme - Thriftiness, Activity
  • Trumpet Flower - Separation Fame
  • Tuberose - Dangerous pleasures, Voluptuousness; Sweet voice.
  • Tulip-tree - Fame, Rural happiness
  • Tulip (General) - Perfect Lover; Fame; Flower Emblem of Holland
  • Tulip (Red) - Declaration of love. Believe Me; 
  • Tulip (Variegated) - Beautiful eyes 
  • Tulip (Yellow) - Hopeless love, There's Sunshine in Your Smile
  • Turnip - Charity  

  • Valerian (General) - Accommodating disposition, Facility
  • Valerian (Greek) - Rupture
  • Valerian (Red) - Readiness
  • Venus's Flytrap - Caught at last.
  • Verbena (General) - Sensibility, Sensitiveness.
  • Verbena (Pink) - Family union
  • Verbena (Purple) - I weep for you; Regret.
  • Verbena (White) - Pray for me. 
  • Vervain - Enchantment
  • Vine - Drunkenness Intoxicating Intoxication 
  • Violet (Sweet) - Modesty
  • Violet (Blue) - Faithfulness Love, Modesty, modest love  
  • Violet (Purple) - You occupy my thoughts
  • Violet (White) - Modesty,Purity; Candor; Innocence
  • Violet (Yellow) - Modest worth, Rural happiness.
  • Viscaria - Invitation to dance

  • Wall Flower - Fidelity in misfortune. Faithfulness in adversity
  • Walnut - Stratagem, Intellect.
  • Water Lily - Purity of heart.
  • Wheat - Prosperity, Wealth, Riches.
  • Willow (Common) - Forsaken
  • Willow (Creeping) - Love forsaken.
  • Willow (French) - Bravery and humanity.
  • Willow (Herb) - Pretension
  • Willow (Water) - Freedom
  • Willow (Weeping) - Mourning, Melancholy, Forsaken 
  • Windflower - Desertion, forsaken
  • Winged seeds (any kind) - Messengers
  • Witch-hazel - A magic spell, A spell. A spell is on me
  • Wormwood - Absence 

  • Zephyr Flower - Expectation
  • Zinnia (General) -  I mourn your absence. Thoughts of absent friends.
  • Zinnia (Mixed) - Thinking (or in Memory) of an Absent Friend
  • Zinnia (Magenta) - Lasting Affection
  • Zinnia (Scarlet) - Constancy
  • Zinnia (White) - Goodness
  • Zinnia (Yellow) - Daily Remembrance

Collected from various sources

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Key To Happiness

The Romanies believe that it is extremely lucky to find a key. It means that you will soon be opening a door to success in love, marriage, or work, or even something very specific, such as getting a new car. No matter the form, happiness is assured.

With a key at hand, light a white candle. Visualize the metaphorical door you wish to open with the key. On a piece of paper, draw a door that will open to your wish....

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Key Magicks

To find an old key is magical. It is said that the finder will experience spiritual mysteries and have prophetic dreams. They will become a channel of communication between heaven and earth. But to break a key is an unfortunate omen: it predicts a broken relationship.

Wearing an old-fashioned key will unlock spiritual doors...

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Monday - Dyngus Day

The spirit of Poland's Dyngus is captured in this description from the Poznan region during 1800s:

Poland's Dyngus, or Smigus, Day is said to hark back to the baptism of the founder of Polish Christianity, Prince Mieszko I (c. 935 - 992), and his entire court, on Easter Monday, 966. Dyngus is an ancient celebration which is still observed both in country villages and the big cities, with singing, pranks, visiting friends' houses, and the custom of dousing.

The custom of pouring water is an ancient spring rite of cleansing, purification, and fertility – at this time of year ...

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The Robigalia

The festival of the Robigalia is celebrated to appease the God Robigus (or perhaps the Goddess Robigo; the gender of this deity, who originated as one of the numinae, is uncertain), who is the deity of wheat-rust, mildew, and blight....

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Livestock Blessing Spell

This blessing spell for livestock is meant to be performed on St George's day - April 23.

Preserve a palm blessed on Palm Sunday (If this isn't available or appropriate you may substitute a sacred protective plant, such as wormwood or rosemary.)

Place this before a sacred image, together with two whole raw eggs and a pot filled with raw barley.

Light candles before the image. (Some versions of this spell specify a church candle.) Use the flame from a candle to light a torch....

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St George's Day Blessing Spell

In many communities, Saint George's Day (April 23 by the Julian calendar, or May 6 by Gregorian calendar) was the day animals were lead out into the field, thus protective, blessing rituals abound.

Here's one:

Lead all healthy animals three times around the perimeter of their field, barn or home, always in a sunwise direction....

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Cow Flower Protection Spell

Flowers from Good Friday church services may be used to protect cattle. Good Friday is indicated because of the connection to the resurrection. Because of cattle's intrinsic connection with human fertility, any sacred day with fertility overtones, such as Beltane or Midsummer's Eve, may be substituted, or a day with personal resonance for you if more appropriate....

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Ishtar's Better Business Spell

Obtain a handful of dirt from each of the following places: a bridge, a quay, a ferry, a four-way crossroads, Ishtar's temple, a bordello, the city gates, a gardener's home, a chef's home, and a successful innkeeper's home. Blend and reserve the dirt. There should be ten handfuls in all.

Construct a wicker altar for Ishtar. Make or purchase loaves of bread that are in the shape of women's breasts. Place these on or beneath the altar. Blend either three or seven distinct sources of spring water together. Place this water in a vessel beside the bread. Fumigate the area with Juniper incense. Offer Ishtar some top quality beer.

Consider exactly what sort of assistance you require. Turn your request into an incantation, repeating it exactly the same way seven times.

Moisten the reserved dirt with some of the water, blending it with your fingers until you achieve a clay-like texture. Repeat your incantation seven more times.

Use some of the water to wash the front entrance to your home or business. Use the moistened dirt to form the figure of a calf. This is not an art project- do the best you can. Paint the calf gold, if you like. Bury it in Earth on your property, together with Ishtar's beer and loaves of bread.

Found in: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

The Hand of Ishtar

According to ancient Mesopotamian belief, all-seeing, all-knowing, sprits punish a host of infractions, some of which you may not even have realized you had committed until you received the punishment. Mesopotamian deities typically communicate their displeasure by inflicting disease. Each possesses its own specific illness. Thus you will know by the disease, whose displeasure you have evoked. Ishtar, Divine Spirit of Love, Live, and Sexual Delights, punishes via sexual dysfunction. If impotence is a result of her anger, then the only way it can be resolved is through rituals to evoke her forgiveness.
However, a problem of ambiguity exists: impotence may also be the result of malevolent bewitchment cast by another person, or of a mangled Fidelity Spell cast by your wife to stop you from playing around on the side. (The notion of a purely physical cause may or may not have existed.)
The root cause of impotence affect the nature of its cure. This diagnostic spell seeks to determine whether lack of sexual ability stems from human hands or from the Hand of Ishtar. As with many healing rituals someone else performs the spell for the patient.
  • Form dough from emmer wheat and potter's clay.
  • Use it to create male and female figures.
  • Place on on top of the other, however you're inspired.
  • Place them near the afflicted man's head.
  • Recite an incantation seven times, blessing Ishtar and requesting that the needed information be clearly revealed.
  • Remove these figures and place them in the vicinity of a pig.

If the pig approaches the figures, this confirms that Ishtar is responsible for the ailment. A cure may be made through offerings and rituals of appeasement. If however the pig does not approach the figures, if they do not attract its attention, the man has been bewitched by a person. In order to undo the spell, he must find the charm and undo it or take other magical measures.
NOTE: I've left the ancient spell's original instructions as per materials on the off chance that "emmer wheat" has some magical qualities distinct from other wheat and that this ingredient may be possible for some to find. However, feel free to substitute a more convenient wheat if needs be.
Found in: Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

The Festival of Ishtar

Themes: Love; Fertility; Passion; Sexuality; Moon
Symbols: Star; Moon; Lion; Dove
Color: Gold
Incense: Eucalyptus

Sometimes known as the sacred prostitute of Babylon, is the Babylonian goddess of fertility, sexual love, and war, Ishtar encompasses the fullness of womanhood, including being a maternal nurturer, an independent companion, an inspired bed partner, and an insightful adviser in matters of the heart....

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Ishtar's Day

Color: Pottery red, terra cotta
Element: Earth
Offerings: Grains. Stars. Give food to those who need it.
Daily Meal: Wholegrain bread. Cooked grains. Milk and dairy products.

Altar: Set with a cloth of earthy red, and on it place a pitcher of milk and another of wine, bowls of wood and clay filled with grains, olives, figs, and dates, a star, and the figure of a lioness.

Ishtar Invocation

I beseech thee, Lady of Ladies,
Goddess of Goddesses,
Ishtar, queen of all cities,
Leader of all men...

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The Story of Ishtar

For those of you who are still interested in the story of Ishtar, here is the story of Ishtar that is written in a way that is much easier to read, and with a few minor alterations would be suitable for children too.

Ishtar was the Lady of the Gods, the Goddess of fertility. She had been unlucky in love. Her husband Tammuz, the great love of her youth, had died when he was still very young. She had fallen in love with Gilgamesh, that great king, but he had spurned her advances.

In Babylon, the dead were sent to the Underworld, a place of darkness ruled over by the Goddess Irkalla. It was said that in this place they lived on dust and mud. After being rejected by Gilgamesh, Ishtar became depressed and decided she would descend into the Underworld to be with Tammuz. So dressed in her finest garments, brilliant jewellery and her high crown, Ishtar entered the cave that leads into the Underworld. Irkalla’s realm was surrounded by seven walls, each with its own gate that had to be passed to get to the dark Place where the dead resided....

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The Descent of Ishtar

One of the most famous myths about Ishtar describes her descent to the underworld. In this myth, Ishtar approaches the gates of the underworld and demands that the gatekeeper open them:

If thou openest not the gate to let me enter,
I will break the door, I will wrench the lock,
I will smash the door-posts, I will force the doors.
I will bring up the dead to eat the living.
And the dead will outnumber the living.

The gatekeeper hurried to tell Ereshkigal, the Queen of the Underworld. Ereshkigal told the gatekeeper to let Ishtar enter, but "according to the ancient decree".

The gatekeeper lets Ishtar into the underworld, opening one gate at a time. At each gate, Ishtar has to shed one article of clothing. When she finally passes the seventh gate, she is naked. In rage, Ishtar throws herself at Ereshkigal, but Ereshkigal orders her servant Namtar to imprison Ishtar and unleash sixty diseases against her.

After Ishtar descends to the underworld, all sexual activity ceases on earth. The god Papsukal reports the situation to Ea, the king of the gods. Ea creates an intersex creature called Asu-shu-namir and sends him-her to Ereshkigal, telling him-her to invoke "the name of the great gods" against her and to ask for the bag containing the waters of life.

Ereshkigal is enraged when she hears Asu-shu-namir's demand, but she has to give him-her the water of life. Asu-shu-namir sprinkles Ishtar with this water, reviving her. Then Ishtar passes back through the seven gates, getting one article of clothing back at each gate, and is fully clothed as she exits the last gate.

Here there is a break in the text of the myth. The text resumes with the following lines:

If she (Ishtar) will not grant thee her release,
To Tammuz, the lover of her youth,
Pour out pure waters, pour out fine oil;
With a festival garment deck him that he may play on the flute of lapis lazuli,
That the votaries may cheer his liver. [his spirit]
Belili [sister of Tammuz] had gathered the treasure,
With precious stones filled her bosom.
When Belili heard the lament of her brother, she dropped her treasure,
She scattered the precious stones before her,
"Oh, my only brother, do not let me perish!
On the day when Tammuz plays for me on the flute of lapis lazuli,
playing it for me with the porphyry ring.
Together with him, play ye for me, ye weepers and lamenting women!
That the dead may rise up and inhale the incense."

Formerly, scholars believed that the myth of Ishtar's descent took place after the death of Ishtar's lover, Tammuz: they thought Ishtar had gone to the underworld to rescue Tammuz. However, the discovery of a corresponding myth about Inanna, the Sumerian counterpart of Ishtar, has thrown some light on the myth of Ishtar's descent, including its somewhat enigmatic ending lines.

According to the Inanna myth, Inanna can only return from the underworld if she sends someone back in her place. Demons go with her to make sure she sends someone back. However, each time Inanna runs into someone, she finds him to be a friend and lets him go free. When she finally reaches her home, she finds her husband Dumuzi (Babylonian Tammuz) seated on his throne, not mourning her at all. In anger, Inanna has the demons take Dumuzi back to the underworld as her replacement. Dumuzi's sister Geshtinanna is grief-stricken and volunteers to spend half the year in the underworld, during which time Dumuzi can go free.

The Ishtar myth presumably has a comparable ending, Belili being the Babylonian equivalent of Geshtinanna,

Found at: Wikipedia

Ishtar - The Original Myth

At their first encounter, Ishtar is said to have fallen in love with the shepherd boy Tammuz who in turn asks for her hand in marriage. The Holy Marriage of Ishtar and Tammuz takes place and Tammuz is elevated to the god of fertility. As a result, their marriage endows the earth with fertility, and the cyclical renewal of life is ensured.

But a terrible day was to come when Ishtar would lose her lover, and would have to travel to the ends of the earth, and endure much pain and suffering, in order to bring him back....

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Ishtar is the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex.  Her name is pronounced "Is Tar"...not "Ish Tar." Ishtar was the symbol of love (of nature and mankind). Her name means “Star of Heaven”. Ishtar, also known as Ashar or Astarte, was also the Great Mother goddess, in this case in Babylon and Assyria. She was worshipped from 2500 BCE to 200 AD. The Assyrians took Ishtar for their own goddess, both as a Goddess of War and as a wife for the god Asshur, the father of the Assyrians who named themselves after him. In Babylon, Ishtar’s consort was the vegetation god Tammuz.

During The Akitu festival, (which means building life on earth), the Assyrian king would initiate the union between Ishtar and Tamuz in temple ritual, signifying the coming together of two energies to give life. Quite naturally, the celebration of all this rebirth comes at the time when everything starts growing again - in the spring. The festival starts on Babylon's New Year's Day, named Zagmuk, which is the first New Moon after the spring equinox. All the Mesopotamian cities had an Akitu, but most celebrated it on different days (spread through winter and spring), however, some celebrated it a second time in the fall.

The Akitu ushered in the Ishtar Festival, celebrated by the Assyrians to signify fertility and fruitfulness, and the resurrection and renewal of nature.

During the Ishtar Festival, Assyrians would dye eggs in various colors and hang them on the temple walls to symbolize fertility and birth. They would also light candles in the temple and pray for a fruitful Assyrian nation. Assyrians would bake sweet breads in honor of Ishtar and to show the fruits of their harvest. They used barley and wheat to bake these sweet breads because those two plants ripened first.

Centuries later, the Celtic Hittites leaving Assyria and settling in Europe, took with them these traditions. They called the Spring goddess Estarte, and the fertility celebration as the Festival of Estarte. This festival spread to other European regions and the name of this festival became known as Easter.

She was often depicted as winged, wearing a starred rainbow necklace, with burning eyes (the symbol of the spiritual light) and a burning navel (the symbols for the fertility of the land and her people). Because of her descent to and return from the Underworld, she is linked with Demeter, and to further this connection, she is often shown with ears of corn (grain) sprouting from her shoulders. This associated her as the Mother Earth Goddess with the fertility of the land; it is from her that the world received nourishment. This goddess, as Sharrat Shame, the Queen of Heaven, ran the natural world; she was in charge of wool, the rain, meat and grain. In this aspect, her worshippers gave her offerings of Kamanu, sacrificial cakes.

Ishtar was also the divine mediator between deities and between deities and humans. Thus, it was usually she who possessed the Assyrian mediums. So the “overwhelming majority” of the prophets are associated in some way with Ishtar’s cult. When on occasion another deity wanted to contact a king through an oracle, s/he “used the channel” of a medium of Ishtar. Ishtar induced ecstasy in her devotees.
Cross-dressing was part of her cult, and she had the ability to alter a person’s sex, so that a man became a woman and vice versa. In Mesopotamian treaties, the curse on treaty breakers often included lines like the following, from an Assyrian vassal treaty: “… may Ishtar, the goddess of men, the lady of women, take away their `bow,’ [potency?] cause their steri[lity]…” 
Inanna and Ishtar are essentially two sides of the same coin. Inanna came first, the goddess of the Sumerians. Ishtar came after, the goddess of the Babylonians and Assyrians. Like Inanna, Ishtar also confused the lines that separated the sexes, the generations, the classes, and the species, human and animal.
Ishtar was goddess of love and war, as well as of the Venus star. Later, as often in earlier periods, Ishtar’s warlike qualities were definitely emphasized by warrior conquerors like the Assyrians. For their kings, Ishtar was not only “Lady of Battle” but often a personal deity. She fought beside them in battle and led them to victory. Ishtar of Arbela was an especially warlike figure. Hence it is surprising to encounter in the oracles the goddess’s nurturing character. Blood-thirsty goddess she might be, but she shows concern for her “calf” in the most motherly of ways. This adds a further dimension to her complex character.
That Ishtar, gender-bending source of ecstasy that she was, should have been served by many female as well as some transvestite and eunuch mediums is not surprising either. We can only speculate on what great influence these predominantly female prophets must have had in their temple and on the warlike Assyrian kings, when their powerful goddess spoke through them.

~Collected from a variety of sources.
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