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El-Sharra ELSWheRe

Work of a pagan artist, writer and photographer from Kitchener, Ontario. See more of my work at WhiteRaven Creations

Posts tagged wicca

May 19 '13

Litha

Sun stands still like a forge blazing in the heavens
The colours of fields and flowers woven out of its light
Where sea meets sky a heat haze hangs on the horizon
Teasing with glimpses of faeries flying just out of sight.

The sun rises strong, but knows its strengths fading
The Horned One accepts His own death with His crown
For from now on till rebirth, the Sun God is waning
To the life of the land the life of the God has been bound

So jump the bonfire and burn away evil
Carry a torch in procession and bless land and home
Gather the garlands and deck all with flowers
Celebrate beauty for its sake alone

Sing of Midsummer’s wonder in play and in pageant
Sing of the eternally conquering light
But never forget that the longest day’s laughter
Always lead us back into the dark of the night

 

Jul 4 '12
We all come from the Goddess

We all come from the Goddess

Mar 29 '12
And I only had to drink 4 bottles of vodka to make them.
(Edit - Bought bottle # 5 today, will eventually do the rainbow)

And I only had to drink 4 bottles of vodka to make them.

(Edit - Bought bottle # 5 today, will eventually do the rainbow)

Mar 17 '12
Greenman Horned Lord and Greenlady Moon Goddess
Made with Crayola Model Magic

Greenman Horned Lord and Greenlady Moon Goddess

Made with Crayola Model Magic

Oct 31 '11
Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

Oct 27 '11
Oct 26 '11
The Oak King and the Holly King
Sculpted from Crayola Model Magic

The Oak King and the Holly King

Sculpted from Crayola Model Magic

Sep 28 '11
0 Fool 
Hermes, the Olympian god of boundaries, travel and luck represents the Fool: new beginnings and endless possibilities, the spark that sets things to motion, the Divine breath, the force that inspires towards fulfillment. The Fool begins the vital first steps, he is the cause behind effect; he does what is comfortable for himself and has total faith in himself (well placed or not). The classic picture of the Fool shows him about to step off a cliff, here Hermes is about to step off the proverbial cliff to tell Apollon he did not (!) steal his sacred cattle! He’s just a new-born, how could Apollon think such a thing…. (Those sacrificed cows over there? Just ignore them).  Hermes is the god of choices and chance of travel and of boundaries (and especially the breaking of them), he personifies the concept of the Fool as the willing wanderer who walks into a situation with full confidence of their ability to master it (whether the confidence is warranted or not is another matter).  Hermes is the god who says “yeah, sure, what the hell!”

0 Fool

Hermes, the Olympian god of boundaries, travel and luck represents the Fool: new beginnings and endless possibilities, the spark that sets things to motion, the Divine breath, the force that inspires towards fulfillment. The Fool begins the vital first steps, he is the cause behind effect; he does what is comfortable for himself and has total faith in himself (well placed or not). The classic picture of the Fool shows him about to step off a cliff, here Hermes is about to step off the proverbial cliff to tell Apollon he did not (!) steal his sacred cattle! He’s just a new-born, how could Apollon think such a thing…. (Those sacrificed cows over there? Just ignore them).  Hermes is the god of choices and chance of travel and of boundaries (and especially the breaking of them), he personifies the concept of the Fool as the willing wanderer who walks into a situation with full confidence of their ability to master it (whether the confidence is warranted or not is another matter).  Hermes is the god who says “yeah, sure, what the hell!”

Sep 28 '11
The Back of Cards
On the back of the cards are Ananke and Khronos; older than that which is the oldest of all things; as far beyond the gods as the gods are mortals. They are Time and Necessity (or, in a more scientific sense, Spacetime), bound together eternally, they are the very essence of existence.   Beings such as Gaia and Ouranos are Protogenoi: Gaia is the earth itself, the very mater of being, Ouranos is the sky; Ananke and Khronos are the DNA of reality.  In one early creation myth it was the writhing and twisting of their serpentine bodies that crushed the World Egg and let free, in one big Bang, all that is the universe

The Back of Cards

On the back of the cards are Ananke and Khronos; older than that which is the oldest of all things; as far beyond the gods as the gods are mortals. They are Time and Necessity (or, in a more scientific sense, Spacetime), bound together eternally, they are the very essence of existence.   Beings such as Gaia and Ouranos are Protogenoi: Gaia is the earth itself, the very mater of being, Ouranos is the sky; Ananke and Khronos are the DNA of reality.  In one early creation myth it was the writhing and twisting of their serpentine bodies that crushed the World Egg and let free, in one big Bang, all that is the universe

Sep 28 '11
1 Magician 
Hephaistos, the Olympian god of the forge, metalwork, smithcraft and artisans serves as the Magician, the card which symbolizes creation, will power and revelation.  The Magician is a creator, he is a highly skilled, powerful and dynamic being who builds the reality around him that he wishes (consciously or unconsciously) to exist through the mastery of the four elements that symbolically make up reality. The magician is the harnessing of power to change events according to our Will… even if that is not necessarily in our best interest. Among the ancient peoples the blacksmith was often viewed as a powerful magician of sorts, an outsider who held great knowledge and power necessary to the survival of the people - they created the tools by which civilization was created, maintained and defended. Among the realm of Olympos, Hephaistos was a magician who brightened beauty and gilded perfection in the heaven of the gods. The card shows the Smith-God at his forge; his deformed bulk being harnessed by his keen mind to create the most magnificent expressions of beauty and physical creation.  The symbols of the magician, the symbols of the suits of the Minor Arcana and thus the symbol of the four elements of the universe adorn his workshop, symbols of his knowledge of their use. 

1 Magician

Hephaistos, the Olympian god of the forge, metalwork, smithcraft and artisans serves as the Magician, the card which symbolizes creation, will power and revelation.  The Magician is a creator, he is a highly skilled, powerful and dynamic being who builds the reality around him that he wishes (consciously or unconsciously) to exist through the mastery of the four elements that symbolically make up reality. The magician is the harnessing of power to change events according to our Will… even if that is not necessarily in our best interest. Among the ancient peoples the blacksmith was often viewed as a powerful magician of sorts, an outsider who held great knowledge and power necessary to the survival of the people - they created the tools by which civilization was created, maintained and defended. Among the realm of Olympos, Hephaistos was a magician who brightened beauty and gilded perfection in the heaven of the gods. The card shows the Smith-God at his forge; his deformed bulk being harnessed by his keen mind to create the most magnificent expressions of beauty and physical creation.  The symbols of the magician, the symbols of the suits of the Minor Arcana and thus the symbol of the four elements of the universe adorn his workshop, symbols of his knowledge of their use. 

Sep 28 '11
2 High Priestess 
The Musoi, or Nine Muses are the daemon-goddesses of inspiration and the arts, here serving as the High Priestess, the card of knowledge, mystery and the unconscious. The High Priestess represents the taking of the raw skills and abilities of the Fool and adding insight and focus.  She is the complimentary partner of The Magician working more subtly and subconsciously within reality. The High Priestess allows us to explore the deeper secrets of existence; she is the bridge between our subconscious and consciousness. She represents our dreams and our most inner desires. The Musoi are spirits of inspiration, they poke and prod (and poke and poke and poke and poke and poke) the subconscious and drive the artist to create. They take the raw skill of the Magician and instill a never-ending drive to make, make, make; to discover the depths of human existence and find ways to express those discoveries in ways that maybe, just maybe, another person will look at and grasp and thus share that experience with you. In this card Kalliope, leader and eldest of the Musoi, sits in the traditional position of the High Priestess, flanked by two pillars – black and white. These pillars are here her sisters, the spirits of insight who whisper into the subconscious minds of mortals and gods alike; the moon, symbol of the subconscious floats high over head.

2 High Priestess

The Musoi, or Nine Muses are the daemon-goddesses of inspiration and the arts, here serving as the High Priestess, the card of knowledge, mystery and the unconscious. The High Priestess represents the taking of the raw skills and abilities of the Fool and adding insight and focus.  She is the complimentary partner of The Magician working more subtly and subconsciously within reality. The High Priestess allows us to explore the deeper secrets of existence; she is the bridge between our subconscious and consciousness. She represents our dreams and our most inner desires. The Musoi are spirits of inspiration, they poke and prod (and poke and poke and poke and poke and poke) the subconscious and drive the artist to create. They take the raw skill of the Magician and instill a never-ending drive to make, make, make; to discover the depths of human existence and find ways to express those discoveries in ways that maybe, just maybe, another person will look at and grasp and thus share that experience with you. In this card Kalliope, leader and eldest of the Musoi, sits in the traditional position of the High Priestess, flanked by two pillars – black and white. These pillars are here her sisters, the spirits of insight who whisper into the subconscious minds of mortals and gods alike; the moon, symbol of the subconscious floats high over head.

Sep 28 '11
3 Empress
Demeter, the Olympian goddess of the fertility of the earth and all growing things is the Empress, card of creation, of making real the insubstantial and of abundance.  The Empress represents half of a perfect balance, the receptive aspect of nature which perfectly reflects the equal but different active aspect of nature personified by the Emperor.  The Empress is the power of nature - nurturing, unquenchable and generous.  She is the symbol of fertility and growth of purity and of unconditional love.
Demeter is the Earth Mother; she is the force behind the growth and survival of all growing things, in her grief all things wither and die in winter’s harsh chill, and with her joy life blooms and bursts forth again. Here Demeter’s gentle nature shelters and protects a field of new grain, one of the primary tools that lead to civilization, and watches over it so that it may grow and nurture the lives of all creatures. 

3 Empress

Demeter, the Olympian goddess of the fertility of the earth and all growing things is the Empress, card of creation, of making real the insubstantial and of abundance.  The Empress represents half of a perfect balance, the receptive aspect of nature which perfectly reflects the equal but different active aspect of nature personified by the Emperor.  The Empress is the power of nature - nurturing, unquenchable and generous.  She is the symbol of fertility and growth of purity and of unconditional love.

Demeter is the Earth Mother; she is the force behind the growth and survival of all growing things, in her grief all things wither and die in winter’s harsh chill, and with her joy life blooms and bursts forth again. Here Demeter’s gentle nature shelters and protects a field of new grain, one of the primary tools that lead to civilization, and watches over it so that it may grow and nurture the lives of all creatures. 

Sep 28 '11
4 Emperor 
Zeus, Olympian ruler of the gods, father of mankind, and king of sky and of storms sits enthroned atop Mount Olympos, the heavenly abode of the immortals. He is the Emperor, a card representing energy, enthusiasm, authority and structure.  The Emperor is a man who is Worthy, he is born to rule and has proven himself capable of doing just that; he is the universal Father: Protector and Provider.  He is the fertile, active force of nature balancing the receptivity of the Empress.  Zeus was the last born of Kronos and Rhea, the Titan rulers of the cosmos.  Kronos, frightened of succession devoured his children upon their birth, or else Rhea hid them scattered around the earth. Only Zeus was able to defeat his father and in doing was raised as ruler over all things; patriarch over all existence.

4 Emperor

Zeus, Olympian ruler of the gods, father of mankind, and king of sky and of storms sits enthroned atop Mount Olympos, the heavenly abode of the immortals. He is the Emperor, a card representing energy, enthusiasm, authority and structure.  The Emperor is a man who is Worthy, he is born to rule and has proven himself capable of doing just that; he is the universal Father: Protector and Provider.  He is the fertile, active force of nature balancing the receptivity of the Empress.  Zeus was the last born of Kronos and Rhea, the Titan rulers of the cosmos.  Kronos, frightened of succession devoured his children upon their birth, or else Rhea hid them scattered around the earth. Only Zeus was able to defeat his father and in doing was raised as ruler over all things; patriarch over all existence.