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The Primordial Veiled One, Nerthus

Today’s Goddess Spotlight is on the Great Primordial Veiled One, Nerthus. The last known recorded source gave us a “female” Goddess who was pulled along the countryside on a wagon drawn by cows. Shrouded in mystery, a veil covered the deity’s face, and this in itself gave many clues to the prior knowledge of Nerthus before much of this knowledge was destroyed. There is much mystery put upon Nerthus surrounding the deity’s gender, like many others, I prefer to call Nerthus Goddexx. As an elder goddexx, of the Earth, keeping the secrets of the world. Some sources say she is the Mother of Freyja and Frey. Some sources suggest that Nerthus begot them by herself. Originally a sexless deity, able to be the seed and carry life by the self. Similar to the plant life of this Earth in relation to the Earth’s soil. Sometimes said to be Njörd, the male god of the sea or his “nameless” wife, prior to this Nerthus was documented as both genders (a hermaphroditic deity) until the Christianization of Scandinavia. Whether the goddexx was hermaphroditic, changed over time by religion, or Nonbinary; it is clear that the primordial energies are older than gender roles. The animal consorts of Nerthus are the red fox and the wood frog. The true crystal of Nerthus is blue lace agate. Now considered in many circles a Nonbinary Goddexx and the keeper of the secrets of the Earth and our true origins. 

Please see the introductory of The Goddess Collection blog for info about the contributors of this project and their credits. This necklace will be available for a limited time. Many Bright Blessings and Happy Week’s End! 

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Guan Yin, Bodhisattva of Mercy

Guan Yin has been a constant presence in my life since the beginning. Friends from my childhood know that my cousin’s family had a large 4-foot statue of Guan Yin in their yard. In addition, my Grandmother had a 2-feet high statue of Guan Yin in her yard alongside other stone deities. In my youth, we made frequent visits to the Nelson-Atkins Museum to visit their massive 8-foot Guan Yin they have owned since the 30s. (Go visit the Nelson when you can if you haven’t yet.) 

When I asked my dear friend and cousin Candice Wang what deity she wanted to see in the Goddess Collection, she said “Guan Yin of the Southern Sea.” I already knew what she was going to say and I smiled before she even spoke. I gave the project over to Candice and Karen to design. See the blog on the website to learn more about the charity Candice and Karen picked to benefit from this collaboration. Her image was a design by the contributors to this project. Both contributors were inspired by the Guan Yin Bodhisattva Statue of the South China Sea in Sanya, Hainan. Their design takes my breath away. Thank you, ladies, it has been an honor. 

Guan Yin is the Bodhisattva of mercy, peace, wisdom, and luck. She is associated with compassion and known as “The Goddess of Mercy.” Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have decided to hold off transcending in order to help others attain enlightenment. The name of the Goddess literally means “observing sound” or cries. The one who perceives the sounds of the world. Those who are in need. Her hand is of great mercy and comfort. Guan Yin is described as a Bodhisattva that can take on any form. “She can transform into a male, female, adult, child, elder, human, or non-human, in order to teach the Dharma.” Guan Yin has 33 different manifestations according to the Threefold Lotus Sutra. By the 12th century the Bodhisattva was represented mostly as female, but do not forget the transformation abilities possessed by the One Who Perceives Sound. Guan Yin is considered to be the embodiment of kindness, compassion, and nurturing. The “patroness” of mothers, those in need, and sailors. To me, this is just the beginning verse to the song of Guan Yin. 

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The Morrígan

The Morrígan, known to many as the Phantom Queen, is not only a complex Goddess; she is one of the most misinterpreted and least understood of the Goddesses in my opinion. When speaking with several priestesses of her cult, I noticed a common experience. Most often a devotee or priestess would tell me they thought they knew her, and then they got to know her. All of her past and current followers know and feel this. When a deity gets trendy, many transformations are added and subtracted, until the core is almost unrecognizable. There is that generic Morrigan we all see from time to time and then there is The Morrígan. The Queen Phantom Queen. 

This kind of thing always reminds me of The Wizard of Oz. The black and white wasteland you experience as you await those pops of color and then BOOM! Technicolor! The gods have entered the scene, stage left. 

She is the Goddess of Shapeshifting, and that means more than just what shapeshifting was and is in this day and age. It is the ability to protect yourself like camouflage. When danger rises, she gives the ability to fall into the backdrop, blending in safe. 

She governs precognitive dreaming and the ability to see far ahead. The Ancient Celts’ power of dreaming prophecy all falls behind the eyelids of The Morrígan. She is the giver of precognitive dreaming and finding your animal guide through The Morrígan was an ancient Celt practice. (In-depth subject but the first animal you dreamed about on your road to adulthood was your guide in tribal Celt tradition before the Christianization of Britannia.) 

She shows us the shadow self and this is released through the example of all of the gods. Facing down our darkest thoughts gives us an opportunity to purge cancer within. Think back to a time when you were wronged, the shredded need for vengeance that may have taken hold, we must face those feelings. The Morrígan faces things down and takes control. The casting of raining blood and sorcery at The First Battle of Moytura is an example. She rained down blood long before Slayer, but gods bless those souls for the reminder of what revenge served up as spell casting truly is in the eyes of the elder gods. We must face our deepest descent into darkness.

The Goddess of war, vegetation, death, magic, and more. She is the coming together of all. The…THE. 

People often ask why “The” is at the beginning of her name. This is because it is a part of her name. “The” is important because this is the title of her multiplicity. In true Celt fashion, she is The. The Morrígan is a grouping of Goddesses coming together as one sovereign power. The split of each piece, making a picture when the pieces are finally put together. What do we see? 


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Oh My Goddess

I am asked several questions during the rolling of each week, and I am honored that anyone would ask me anything at all. This post is for a question I am asked rather often. My first reply to the question at hand… Call this what you like. I don’t think I am any authority, nor is anyone that will try to cast discord on your words. Some stand differently and ask because they want to know the proper wording, so here it is. Again, your way of wording is your own. 

I usually answer several questions or commit to writing requests via the website blog & Patreon. Instagram doesn’t have the caption space I need for any proper write-up, so these things are rarely done there anymore. I have written about this on Patreon but wanted to add a shorter version to the blog and social media. The reason is, this question is asked often. Many of you already know the answer, but this is for friends that asked and aren’t sure. 

Again, no person should be scolded for not knowing a proper word to use or anything related to grammar. We learn by asking and no one should be made to feel like they are less if they do not know something. If someone does know the answer, they should not make others feel as they should know something they don’t. Let us all be kind and offer ladders, not walls. We all need a ladder from time to time, no one needs a wall. 

The question I get asked a lot is this… “Is my dedicated God my Patron and my dedicated Goddess my Matron?” As I said before, some of you already know the answer, but I always ask that we as a community of friends be kind to people who are just learning. All humans are on different sections of their path. 

A patron is a person, energy, or support system. The deity you give devotion to is the deity that supports you. So, let’s say you are down with Odin. Then your patron god would be Odin. I often see people write that their goddess is their “matron,” and many people have asked me if this is correct or is she still just their patron. The definition of matron does not fit this description. The correct term is Patroness. For example, one of my Patroness Goddesses is Freyja. Sometimes people get this whole thing confused with Matres or Matronae. That is a whole other topic completely and isn’t linked to your personal Patrons. All that aside, if one chooses to just use Patronx so they do not have to use gender forms, I have seen this done too. I recommend doing what makes you feel the happiest in your place on the path and remember to be kind and respectful to others. 

I hope this helps clear up some confusion that anyone may have. Remember, if you have questions about things & you try looking them up to find the info is contradictory or confusing, you are not alone. The internet has become a cesspool of misinformation. It is ok to ask questions, but remember, when you ask fellow humans, be kind. All people are a new kind of busy in this day and age. If I didn’t reply, I most likely didn’t see it. That doesn’t mean I do not care about your question. Happy Moon Day!

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Witch of Aeaea Ceremonial Necklace

A new Necklace from the Ceremonial Collection is up today. This piece is extremely limited and will not last long. Many may not know about the ceremonial collection, so let me explain this first. 

Ceremonial Pieces post about once a year. This year I will have two arrive on the website. They are pieces inspired by pieces from antiquity. I have also released two replicas from antiquity into this collection that had slight variations but were meant to be replicas. Most of them are found in old graves from the B.C. period. None of the collection is a new design, just a new twist on something very old and meaningful. I have always been so full of amazement when a new temple or grave is found. Links to the past. Artwork in likes the world has never seen. Sure there are many companies that only make replicas of old designs, I love many of them, but I like slightly changing them and making them unique but still tied to the past. I will only make two more years’ worth of these ceremonial pieces and there are always very few that are made. I want them to be sought and not soaked. 

For this new release, a mix of old, new, and this piece crosses many cultures dating back to 600 B.C. The shape of this piece was inspired by a piece found in the Birka grave in Birka Sweden and a necklace from a Danish Bog. Both dating from around 600 B.C. This shape and style of necklace has been found all over Northern Europe, through Russia, Asia, to Turkey, and the Middle East. The connection between this style has never been fully understood but it is known that these cultures not only traded… but were linked in some way besides trade. The necklace style seemed to come up independently from each culture and no one knows what the first source is. The interesting thing that ties them is that these necklaces are related to your life being long and full of your heart’s desire. The center. 

Both versions that inspired me, from Birka Sweden and the Danish Bog piece, had many more charms. One had up to twenty, but these necklaces have been found without charms all the way to dozens of charms. The center vision is always very different on each. Some believe that perhaps it was up to the wearer. I only used two charms that went more with what I was trying to convey with the energy of this design. The charms were chosen for three reasons. 

1. I had in-depth academic, historical, and occult knowledge of the charm. 

2. The aid of three of my friends helped me with the process: Candice Wang, Zara Hadid, and Mia Andersson. All are involved in different depths of cultural anthropology and culture relations. I am so thankful for these ladies in my life. 

3. The charms had to relate and collaborate energetically with the center’s vision. 

The center’s vision is inspired by the Greek Goddess Circe, hanging out by the sea and casting spells with her lions. The crystal tassels are inspired by vintage “pools of light” jewelry. The centers are not glass like the standard tradition, they are genuine untreated Sunstone and genuine untreated Crystal Quartz. The metal frame holding the crystal orbs is not the traditional Chinoiserie style from the Pools Of Light classics, they are highly inspired by the traditional Nordic orb frames seen in Nordic jewelry since the B.C. era. 

They were worked on only during the New Moon cycle with white willow bark, cypress, frankincense, myrrh, storax, cedar, orange peel, and quartz granules. New Moon water was used in their making during the polishing process. Their numerology correspondence is 3,6, and 9. 

A great deal of preparation, study, and anthropologist help was put into these pieces. These beauties took over 18 months to put them all together. They will be the only ones and will not be made again. 

Thank you so much for all of your love and support. Many Bright Blessings. 

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The Goddess Hekate

I do not think it is possible to talk about Hekate without talking about my Grandmother. Hekate and Electryone (Alectrona) were my Grandmother’s Patroness Goddesses. They were her absolute favorite, and she incorporated them into everything she did. All three of her Doberman’s were named after the same Goddess; she was adamant that the family dog honored her deity. Growing up around an always dressed Hekatesion, scooped right into the wall by the doorway, gives one a familiar feeling to the image and energy. Many see Hekate as a Moon Goddess of the darkness, but her torches paint a different story. She is the one of the dark that shines light. Giving way to self-discovery and the Queen of personal shadow-work, one could say she governs both light and dark. She is the keeper of all that is hidden, the key holder to locked doors, and the light bearer of every path. As the Goddess of the Crossroads, she will meet you at every crossing. Her black dogs stand guard as ghosts gather under the oldest trees to consort with her. Hekate represents feminine strength and protection. She is the Darkwater that assists your shedding of old skin. She is the death of all the things that do not aid in your becoming. 

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The Great Orisha Oya

It was such an honor to get to collaborate on this project with Akanni, LaToya, and one of my dearest friends Trina on this project. Oya is one of the most powerful Orishas; of thunder, lightning and storms. She oversees female leadership, transformation and is the “Queen of the Marketplace.” A patroness of female business owners. She is the Queen of the River Niger and can help you unearth family secrets that were lost with those who have passed on. Oya has always brought a sense of power and strength when I have thought of her in my own mind. The fact that she combines power and ancestry together is so beautiful and empowering. For this project, I sat back and let these three ladies advise, design and conjure. So much was put into this objective and I credit the contributors as being the superstars of this project. It was also very important to me that a Yoruba Priestess, Akanni, have all the final say before completion. I am beyond taken aback at how beautiful this pendant turned out and have shed tears over the undertaking of it all. The net proceeds will go to an organization called Solar Sister, a beautiful establishment in Africa that helps train women entrepreneurs with clean energy businesses. They literally put the power in the hands of women. It is such a beautiful metaphor, Oya reflected. Please consider donating directly if you can. 

Oya’s image is drawn after the likeness of one of my dearest friends Trina Thompson. We go way back to working for corporate jewelry stores together. I wanted to remind her, no matter her struggles, to see herself in the divine. Rise like the storm my dear friend and flash your light for all of the worlds to see.

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The Goddess Circe

Have you ever been underestimated, harshly judged, or completely disregarded? This is the story of Circe. Cast aside at birth as nothing special, thought to only have the power of immortality granted by her parentage, but nothing more. Her voice was thin and her eyes were yellow, so she was given the name Circe, meaning Hawk in Greek. Not as a badge of beauty, but mockery. Made to feel powerless and small, the outcast of her family and an outsider of her kind. No one understood what she was capable of, not even herself. Her becoming soon was realized. In her exile, she grew into her powers and her true nature, discovering that she could ‘know’ the secret spells of plants and herbs. The first to ever hone this power and speak the language of plant life. The green of the Earth knew her and she knew it. The first Hedgewitch, plant magician, and first to hear the voices of plants, i.e. plant speak. As her power grew, her confidence blossomed. Rising like a phoenix from the ash, the elder gods stopped in her tracks, realizing she was overlooked. She is a testament to the fact that no one decides your destiny but you. Underestimated, misjudged, or overlooked… other people do not write your story. Only you can do that. Your becoming awaits. 

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The Great Goddess of the North, Freyja

I am more than honored to put a spotlight on the great goddess of the north, Freyja. There are many reasons for this that I do not have space for in this caption, but there will be a post about it on Patreon for anyone that would like to read further into this deep dive. I have also signed on to construct a devotional and timeline account of this Goddess with seven other amazing women. More on that will come in the next year. For now, this little write-up will do. As one of my own personal patronesses, I am honored to be able to do so and grateful to anyone who reads this little insert. 

My first encounter with Freyja was in 1992, the nineties were an interesting time for us humans and this planet in general. There was a recognization in my chart that was quite lamentable. It shadowed my entire life span in this incarnation. That kind of sign is never just inked in yellow. It reverberates. It was of great worry. So it was changed. Freyja is the only known Goddess that has the energy line to open a change of path. Fate and circumstances can be changed before the path is stepped upon. You just have to be willing to pay for both karmatic lessons in one rite, but when the lesson is learned, there is no need to reread the book. You can change your path, do not let anyone tell you otherwise. 

Freyja is a shining example of a woman destroyed upon but continuing the fight. The warrior, the shapeshifter who can shift to new situations and survive this world. Rising above and soaring over the ever truths. She possesses the energy lines to break family curses, family cycles, and mend family breakdowns. A reconciliation with ancestry ties and seeing the lessons learned by a family’s past. Love and hate, peace and war; they are different degrees of the same things. The line is thin, and the scale slides in different directions. She processes these things in her hands. This same silhouette casts itself on every aspect of her. She is the Goddess of both pans on every scale and will meet you at every end of every beginning. 

She is a goddess of so many layers and so many energies, so I am touching on just one area of her greatness. She is glory; she is gold. The changer of paths. 

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The Goddess Inanna

Inanna, Queen of Heaven, is the oldest known Goddess in recorded history. She is the morning star and the evening star. The depiction of Venus, the second planet that orbits the sun, the first of the morning and the first of the night. Also known as the Star of Venus. Inanna was a meek youth that grew in power and became so glorious, she can be seen directly with the sun. 

In my elementary grade youth, I remember hearing her mythology and envisioning it vividly in my childlike mind. The story of her scaling a mountain with her Lapis Lazuli poles, the repetitive part in the story of her running up a mountain, her feet flinging rocks behind her. Flinging them everywhere without a care. Nothing ever stopped her. Muscle bound heroes to elder gods may have found themselves in jealously of her power, but never dared to judge her. Inanna was venerated for who she was. Her actual self so celebrated. In a world where a person, and most definitely women, are judged for breathing… Inanna was all of it. She said whatever she wanted, whatever was on her mind pertaining to the self and the world about her. Speaking crud truths that women weren’t supposed to speak about, just smile and say nothing, but not Inanna. She was strong and could best a challenge with the flick of her wrist. She did not apologize for not being “ladylike” and ruled the way she wanted. She didn’t care what anyone thought about her and lived her way. 

Remember, although the world has an opinion about you and will try to hold you to standards, preconceived notions, or even past mistakes… you are growing, learning, and becoming. May you scale those mountains like Inanna. May you be celebrated for who you are.