ABCs of Norse Mythology – Baldur

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“Of all the twelve round Odin’s throne,

Balder, the beautiful, alone,

The sun-God, good, and pure, and bright,

was loved by all, as all love light.”

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Norse God of joy, light, beauty, innocence, purity and reconciliation. Son of Odin and Frigg, he was loved by both gods and men and was considered to be the best of the gods. He had a good character, was friendly, wise and eloquent, although he had little power. His wife was Nanna, daughter of Nep and goddess of joy, and their son was Forseti, the god of justice. Balder’s hall was Breidablik (“broad splendor”).

Most of the stories about Balder concern his death. He had been dreaming about his death, so Frigg extracted an oath from every creature, object and force in nature (snakes, metals, diseases, poisons, fire, etc.) that they would never harm Balder. All agreed that none of their kind would ever hurt or assist in hurting Balder. Thinking him invincible, the gods enjoyed themselves thereafter by using Balder as a target for knife-throwing and archery.

The malicious trickster, Loki, was jealous of Balder. He changed his appearance and asked Frigg if there was absolutely nothing that could harm the god of light. Frigg, suspecting nothing, answered that there was just one thing: a small tree in the west that was called mistletoe. She had thought it was too small to ask for an oath. Loki immediately left for the west and returned with the mistletoe. He tricked Balder’s blind twin brother Hod on Midsummer into throwing a mistletoe fig (dart) at Balder. Not knowing what he did, Hod threw the fig, guided by Loki’s aim. Pierced through the heart, Balder fell dead.

While the gods were lamenting Balder’s death, Odin sent his other son Hermod to Hel, the goddess of death, to plead for Balder’s return. Hel agreed to send Balder back to the land of the living on one condition: everything in the world, dead or alive, must weep for him. And everything wept, except for Loki, who had disguised himself as the witch Thokk. And so Balder had to remain in the underworld.

The others took the dead god, dressed him in crimson cloth, and placed him on a funeral pyre aboard his ship Ringhorn, which passed for the largest in the world. Beside him they lay the body of his wife Nanna, who had died of a broken heart. Balder’s horse and his treasures were also placed on the ship. The pyre was set on fire and the ship was sent to sea by the giantess Hyrrokin.

Loki did not escape punishment for his crime and Hod was put to death by Vali, son of Odin and Rind. Vali had been born for just that purpose. After the final conflict (Ragnarok), when a new world arises from its ashes, both Balder and Hod will be reborn.

 

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Wonderful Bakery Review

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I had an amazing experience a couple of weeks ago when I visited the Sweetie-licious Bakery Café in Dewitt, Michigan and I wanted to share it here. Normally, I keep my posts to businesses that are associated with witchy-ness, but I was so moved by this bakery, more specifically by the owner, Linda Hundt, that I wanted to tell you about the lovely time I had.

A friend of mine found out about the bakery through work, when a vendor brought cookies in as a treat for her and her co-workers. The delicacies were so good that my friend decided she had to find out where they came from and then asked me, as she often does, if I wanted to go on an adventure to find them.

Of course, I said yes! Let the adventure begin!

 

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Guys, we walked into a literal ocean of pink and delightful 1950s reminiscent décor. I felt like I’d been transported back in time and was beyond thrilled! We were greeted by smiling faces that only belong to people who truly love their work and they treated us like life-long costumes, even though it was our first visit. I love places like this!!!

And the owner was right there, elbows deep in making pies for the day and happily sharing why she started the business and the family stories behind her products. She was a ray of sunshine on an otherwise snowy mid-Michigan day. I was entranced, and I found myself asking if I could take pictures and share the beautiful place on my blog. She said of course, and I was compelled to tell her that my blog was centered around Wiccan content and I wanted her to be okay with that.

Next thing I knew, she was pulling me toward a back area of the bakery where she was working on finishing the next pie and asking me about my Path. It was so easy to talk to her and share my beliefs. She is Christian, although I never caught what denomination, and clearly a woman of deep faith, but I never felt judged by her at all. In fact, we found common ground on love and how to treat your neighbors. It was really such a touching and beautiful encounter.

 

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My friend and I made our purchases (yes, the FOUR boxes pictured at the top of this post was our haul) and as we were leaving a trio of young Mormon girls who were clearly on their mission’s trip came in. Linda greeted them warmly with hugs and it was obvious that at least two of them had been in before. Her vibe was just the best!!!

 

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So, what did I buy, you might ask… well, let me tell you!!!! A group of friends were getting together for Game Night, so I got a Cherry Berry Berry (raspberry and blackberry) Pie that was ridiculously delightful, and a number of cookies for the Roomie and I to try. They were all delicious, but I especially liked the Lovely Lemon Ginger Clove one!

 

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Okay, so let’s talk brooms, that’s what you’re all waiting for, right? Of course, I’m giving this place 5 out of 5! It was incredible! I wish it was in my town, so I could go every day. Wait, maybe it’s a good idea that it’s not. LOL There are two locations, the one in Dewitt that I visited and the other is in Grand Rapids. Here’s a link to their webpage if you want more information:

http://www.sweetie-licious.com/

 

And don’t worry, there’s sandwiches available as well. I didn’t try any this visit, but that means I’ll be back!

 

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ABCs of Norse Mythology – Aegir

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Aegir

Aegir was the primary Norse God of the sea, seashore and ocean. He is one of three sea divinities, the other two being Njord and Mimir.  The meaning of his name is associated with water and he is also called Hler and Gymir [the Blinder]. Aegir was one of the Vanir and a giant. His father is Mistarblindi [Mist-Blind], and his brothers, Logi [Fire], and Kari [Air]. Aegir’s wife (and sister) is Ran and they lived under the sea by the island Hlesey. Ran and Aegir had nine daughters who are the waves — all of their names are poetic names for waves. Aegir was crowned with seaweed and always surrounded by nixies and mermaids while in his hall.

Like the sea gods of other cultures, Aegir has sway over whatever goes on in the ocean. Sailors, who the god saw as intruders, feared Aegir and thought he would surface to destroy their ships and early Saxons made human sacrifices to a god of the sea, possibly to Aegir himself. The god causes storms with his anger and the Skalds said a ship went into “Aegir’s wide jaws” when it was lost at sea. He is known as “The Concealer” because the ships he claims are hidden forever in “Aegir’s Brewing Vat”.

Aegir brews ale for the gods after Thor brought him a big enough kettle. Every winter the gods drink beer at Aegir’s home. He is, therefore, famed for his hospitality. Instead of having a fire, gold is put onto the floor of the hall to provide light. Gold is therefore called Aegir’s fire. The cups in Aegir’s hall are always full, magically refilling themselves. Aegir had two servants in his hall, Fimafeng [Handy] and Eldir [Fire-Kindler].

After the death of Balder, the gods gathered for a feast in Aegir’s hall. Loki showed up and insulted everyone. The gods couldn’t do Loki harm in the hall since it is a sanctuary where no violence could be committed.

In Egil’s Saga, after the death by drowning of Egil’s second son Bothvar, Egil composed the poem Sonatorrek which mentions Aegir:

Sure, if sword could venge

Such cruel wrong,

Evil times would wait

Aegir, ocean-god.

That wind-giant’s brother

Were I strong to slay,

‘Gainst him and his sea-brood

Battling would I go.

 

But I in no wise

Boast, as I ween

Strength that may strive

With the stout ships’ bane.

 

 

 

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Great Article for Energetic Oil Use

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You’ve heard me talk a great deal about Jacki Smith and her company, Coventry Creations. I just read an article she posted on her blog about her energetic oils how to use them. Thought I’d share!

Follow the link below or the picture at the top of this post…

https://www.coventrycreations.com/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=1023&utm_source=newsletter_224&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=coventry-creations-jacki-s-tips-on-using-energetic-oils

 

 

 

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Reducing Ideas – Reusable Drinking Bottles

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Thanks to the inspiration of my coven sister, I’m once again thinking about how I can continue to become a more Conscientious Consumer. In recent years, I’ve made some immense life altering changes in how I live… recycling, cruelty free, vegetarian… and it’s all been about not only making my life better but making the world better. I feel that as a citizen of planet Earth, I have a responsibility to do all that I can to leave her in better condition than my generation received her. As I witch, this is part of my dedication to my Path.

So, my thoughts have turned toward reducing. Recycling is a great step, a great beginning in this journey. Making sure that the waste my household produces is properly disposed of and hopefully remade into other products, that can make a huge impact, but what comes next? I like the idea of reducing. Reducing waste. Reducing what I buy. Using what waste that is produced for other useful purposes. These are the kinds of new philosophies that my coven sister has brought to my attention, so I thought I’d share some of them. Some are things that I’ve been doing, while others are ones that I’m thinking about implementing. I’ve been doing a ton of research and talking to people, getting ideas. Its eye opening, scary and some make me wonder if this whole thing is even possible, but I’m committed. I have to do what I can.

I thought it would be fun to share and hopefully discuss what I’m learning. This is the perfect forum to talk about my opinions and get some feedback from you. I’m hoping for a lively, productive discussion on what kind of positive change we can make happen, one thing at a time.

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Let’s start off with an easy idea, switching to reusable drinking bottles. Above is a picture with three bottles/cups that I use just about every day. When I go shopping or have plans to spend time away from home, I always have at least one of these bottles filled with water with me. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t buy bottled water unless I finish what I’ve brought with me and can’t find a drinking fountain to refill at. When it comes to bottle type, I like to look for reusable bottles that have a lock, so I can throw it in my bag or purse and not have to worry about spillage.

A couple of years ago, my brother gifted me with a four pack of the Contigo brand of insulated cups and they are really good for keeping coffee and tea hot for a long time. I believe the brand is widely available and comes if a variety of sizes. Here is a link to an Amazon search if you want to know more about them:

https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=contigo+coffee+mugs&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=241928249516&hvpos=1t1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13938819388578590533&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9017095&hvtargid=kwd-301721071854&ref=pd_sl_8ed7pepep0_e_p37

The Roomie and I decided to liquidate most of our plastic storage some time ago, switching to glass instead. I love my two Zulu glass bottles, one for water and the other for my protein shakes (it comes with a handy mixing ball). They come with a protective rubber sleeve, which is good because I’m kind of a klutz, and the sleeves are available in lots of colors. You can find them in Target and Meijer stores, or online. Again, here is a link to Amazon to see more:

https://www.amazon.com/Zulu-Atlas-Glass-Water-Bottle/dp/B00HYO4YL6/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1518105237&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=zulu+water+bottle&psc=1

There are countless other companies out there that produce these kinds of glass bottles and if you decide to look at plastic ones, I would urge you only look at ones that are BPA free, so you don’t have chemicals seeping into your drinks. The benefits of switching to reusable bottles is obvious. We end up reducing the number of plastic bottles and cups that mostly end up in landfills and at the end of the day, isn’t that the point of reducing?

 

So, do you use reusable bottles? If so, do you have a favorite? Do you use plastic or glass? I’d love to hear back from you with opinions and thoughts. I’m going to be sharing more ideas like this one, so I hope you check back here. Thanks for watching the Path for a little while with me and until next time… Blessed Be!

 

 

 

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ABCs of Angel Mythology – Zadkiel

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Archangel Zadkiel is known for helping students remember facts and figures for tests; healing painful memories; remembering your Divine spiritual origin and missions; and choosing forgiveness.

In Jewish rabbinic writings, Zadkiel is described as the archangel who inspires forgiveness and compassion in people. In the Kabbalah, Zadkiel presides over the fourth, or Chesed, Sephirah on the Tree of Life. The Chesed sphere relates to practicing unconditional kindness and love as a manifestation of God upon Earth.

Zadkiel is one of the seven archangels in the Gnostic tradition, as well as in the Pseudo-Dionysius writings. Under his alternative name Zachariel, he was identified as one of the seven archangels by Pope Saint Gregory. Zadkiel has long been regarded as the “angel of memory,” who can support students and those who need to remember facts and figures.

Archangel Zadkiel’s dual focus upon forgiveness and memory can help you heal emotional pain from your past. The archangel can work with you on releasing old anger or feelings of victimhood so that you can remember and live your Divine life purpose. As you ask Zadkiel for emotional healing, he’ll shift your focus away from painful memories and toward the recollection of the beautiful moments of your life.

Archangel Zadkiel is a great healer of the mind, who gently leads you by the hand to take responsibility for your own happiness.

 

 

 

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ABCs of Angel Mythology – Vehuel

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Vehuel Angel of Elevation is the 49th name of God. The Bible scripture according to the name is: “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised and his greatness is unsearchable”. Firstly, the name Vehuel means The Great and Exalted God (Deus Magnus et Excelsius). Also, he is one of the Elohims (Jewish) and Principalities (Christian).

Vehuel is the angel of elevation to greatness, wisdom and grandeur. He serves, exalts and glorifies God. Vehuel Angel of Elevation can help you reach the state of enlightenment and detachment from the material world. He elaborates the seed of the human thought. When you are guided by Vehuel Angel of Elevation, you will gain a sensitive and generous mentality. He can allow you inspiration. Vehuel can fill you with altruism and diplomacy. In his presence you are going to have the feeling of fraternity, humanitarianism and devotion to others.

Vehuel Angel of Elevation is the one you have to pray to when you meet people who are slaves of the material world. He can cure bad behaviors like egoism, hypocrisy and absence of principles. Vehuel can remedy those who have negative influences. Pray for his protection and guidance when you feel enable to elevate spiritually. Also ask for his help when you feel passion, hatred and fear of matter.

Vehuel Angel of Elevation is the guardian angel of those who were born between November 23 and November 27. In conclusion, those who were born in this period will have a great generosity. Which is visible even on their aura. They will respect and execute the noble causes and inspire others to do the same thing. They love and respect the Divine Will and will always defend God. Those who were born under the influence of Vehuel Angel of Elevation are innovative, fair and intelligent. Their point of becoming stable is after getting married. Their family will be full of harmony. They are mature souls full of nobility.

 

 

 

 

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Oops! I Forgot Something!

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I didn’t include the Geek Zodiac in last week’s post. Sorry about that. I added it to the original post and I’m making this one as well.

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Top 10 Zodiac Systems

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Over on the YouTube channel, I just posted a Top 10 that Cathy and I filmed a while ago. Here’s a link:

 

In the video, I said that I would make a post about the different graphics I found when putting this Top 10 together. They aren’t all great and I didn’t find one for all, but I put together the best that I could. Here we go!

 

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Hebrew Zodiac

 

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Chinese Zodiac

 

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Native American Zodiac

 

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Celtic Zodiac

 

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Greek Zodiac

 

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Kemetic Zodiac

 

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Runic Zodiac

 

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One of Many Mayan Zodiac References

 

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Geek Zodiac

 

 

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ABCs of Angel Mythology – Uriel

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Uriel

In the Book of Enoch, Uriel is one of the archangels who protected humankind from the Watchers (a group of fallen angels), including guiding the prophet Enoch, who later ascended into the archangel realm as Metatron.

Uriel illuminates our minds with information, ideas, epiphanies, and insights. He reminds me of a wise old uncle in this way. He’s wonderful to call upon whenever you need a solution, such as at business meetings, when writing, while studying, or when taking a test. He’ll whisper correct and appropriate answers into your ear, which you’ll receive as words or thoughts that are suddenly “downloaded” into your mind.

You can call upon Uriel to guide your intellectual pursuits. He works in tandem with the archangel Zadkiel to help students excel on tests and in school.

 

 

 

 

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