Merry Meet dear Brothers and Sisters of the Craft
Today is Friday and I wanted to share the Norse myth about how do the Norse Gods look young although they are immortal and supposed to look like old ones.
Friday is named after Freya, the Goddess of Vanir Gods, who became Odin
s wife. Freya is the Goddess of Love and Magick, close connected with Elven realms and Plants, herbs, she is also a Master of transformation , she can put on her feather mantle and fly like a bird. But the Goddess who keeps everyone look Yong is called Idun who carries with her a wooden chest full of Golden apples. When she notices that a God looks old, a single apple from Iduns box is enough to make this God look young again. But Idun had an incident once and was taken from Asgard…
Anyone lucky enough to go to Asgard, where the Norse gods live, would see at once that all of them, with the exception of Odin, are young, beautiful and handsome. Odin is the exception as he does have such a long beard, and he would look much younger if he shaved it off. But no-one shaves in Asgard, and now I am thinking about it, this may be because the other male gods look too young to grow a beard… How do they manage this? You might well ask, given that they’ve been up in Asgard for quite a while. The answer lies in Idun, and her Golden Apples.
Read the myth here and enjoy
Irish myths and legends are often so romanticised that, by the time many of us read them, the original stories are unrecognisably altered. In some cases, the reinterpretations are excellent, offering a fresh take on old tales. In other cases, the original myths have been sprinkled so liberally with good-natured stage-Irishness that they’re more confusing than anything else. Sadly, many rewrites end up glossing over some of the most interesting and engaging elements of those Celtic stories altogether.
For those of us who grew up in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day is an excellent way to see quite what the rest of the world makes of Irish culture, and particularly in places with large Irish populations, like Canada and the US. The result can often can be a disappointingly one-dimensional take on Celtic myth and legend. With that in mind, we’ve put together a collection of some of the stories that we’ve read over the years that we felt should be considered essential reading for anyone trying to get a handle on the history of Irish mythology.
Ireland’s long history is riddled with ancient mythology and folklore. Ireland’s ancient societies, the Druids and the Celtics, believed in the power of magic and many of these beliefs spread to modern day legends told again and again across the country. Stories of warriors with all the knowledge of the world, fairies playing pranks on farm owners and leprechauns hiding their gold at the end of a rainbow add to the mysterious appeal of Ireland.
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Aradia was a Moon Goddess from Tuscany, honored by the witches of that region but not well known outside of Italy until in 1899, when the American folklorist Charles Leland published Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches Leyland claimed the book was the religious text belonging to a group of Tuscan witches who venerated Diana as the Queen of the Witches. Leyland was both a hero and a learned scholar educated in Germany and America. He had a knack of being accepted by secret societies and was embraced by the Tuscan witches. Leyland was given material for his books from a hereditary witch named Maddalena including the Vangelo or Gospel of the Witches.
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There may be no other text more debated or controversial than Aradia, or Gospel of the Witches by Charles Leland, purported to be given to him by an Italian Witch named Maddalena. However, there may be no other text that has been as influential on modern witchcraft and particularly Wicca than Aradia, or Gospel of the Witches.
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