The metaphysical properties of Red Jasper
yes please. <3
This week’s Etsy shop is Chischilly Pottery!
This mother and son team specialize in some incredible viking and celtic inspired drinking ware; they have steins, shot glasses, mugs and tumblers for sale!
And hey, don’t wait to make a purchase, it looks like they’re going through some tough times and the bank is threatening to foreclose on their home and studio. Spread the word and buy a mug if you can, it might be your only chance!
Drinking horns are great and all, but you should drink your coffee like a badass too.
I am 100% certain that I would drink everything—tea, mead, cider, hot coco, EVERYTHING—out of those pilsner mugs they have.
First fun purchase with monies from my first real job? I think so.
It really is quite interesting.
It also kind of frustrates me that I do not have a godspouse and their respective god on hand to barrage with questions.
The Kelpie is a treacherous water devil and a supernatural shape-shifting horse of Celtic folklore, believed to haunt the lochs and rivers of Scotland and Ireland. It appears to travelers as a beautiful horse (though, this is not it’s true form) beside a body of water. When the traveler attempts to ride it, the kelpie plunges them both into the water to drown and eat the traveler.
The Morrígan (“phantom queen”) or Mórrígan (“great queen”), also written as Morrígu or in the plural as Morrígna, and spelt Morríghan or Mór-ríoghain in Modern Irish, is a figure from Irish mythology who appears to have once been a goddess, although she is not explicitly referred to as such in the texts.
The Morrigan is a goddess of battle, strife, and fertility. She sometimes appears in the form of a crow, flying above the warriors, and in the Ulster cycle she also takes the form of an eel, a wolf and a cow. She is generally considered a war deity comparable with the Germanic Valkyries, although her association with cattle also suggests a role connected with fertility, wealth, and the land.
Apparently lots of people make their own lists for these kinds of things. I might eventually, but for now here are some starting points if you want to search for/learn more about Celtic deities. PLEASE NOTE that Welsh =/= Irish =/= British =/= Gaulish =/= Scottish. These are websites that I have found to get the majority of their information right, but I have not spent enough time on all of them to be sure of all of the information. As we say in my pagan group, go with your gut; if it feels wrong, it probably is.
A wonderful, humorous starting point to all the pantheons. Don’t take it too seriously, but a nice starting point or refresher. There’s a handy-dandy “entire database” button that you should take advantage of if you aren’t looking for a specific deity.
This website is an excellent resource in general. I highly recommend it.
I don’t always/usually agree with the comparisons and/or “equivalents” across the Celtic pantheons, but there’s still good content.
Unfortunately rather hard to read, but I like the cross-referencing. Mostly accurate so far as I can tell.
Mostly good information, but take the stories with a grain of salt. A good site to click around, but don’t take it as the be-all end-all authority.
Since most (read: all) of the knowledge we have about the Celtic deities comes from the mythology, it’s probably a good idea to look at the stories themselves to get to know the deities better. This is a nice online (free!) database of “primary sources,” as it were.
Those are my favorite online sources. Feel free to add/comment!
For future reference.
Hail Laufey’s son, child of giants!
Be with us as the flame that warms.
Hail consort of Angrboða, Father of Monsters, Wolf’s-Sire!
Be with us as the keen-eyed hunter.
Hail burden of Sigyn’s arms, sharp-witted, shape-strong, wily Sky-treader!
Be with us as the guardian of victory.
Hail blood-brother of Óðinn, Mother of Sleipnir, Bringer of Gifts!
Be with us as the giver of blessings.
Hail Scar-lip, fleet-footed Thief and Trickster!
Be with us as the boundary-crosser.
Hail Lie-smith, Father of Strife, Breaker of Worlds!
Be with us as the call to arms.
Hail to Hveðrungr!
We call You, Flame-hair, be with us.
Hail to Loptr!
We call You, Flame-hair, be with us.
Hail to Loki!
We call You, Flame-hair, be with us.
By Elizabeth Vongvisith (source)
Elizabeth writes some truly stunning devotional poetry for Loki and his kin, but this piece will always be my favourite.
I feel like I re-blog Loki things far too much, so I /may/ be cutting back a tad.
On the other hand, I may just have a warped view and I’m actually not re-blogging a lot of Loki things.
This was unnecessary commentary.
Baba Yaga, or Baba Roga, is a witch-like hag in Slavic folklore. She flies around on a giant mortar using the pestle as a rudder, kidnapping small children (presumably to eat) and sweeping away her tracks with a broom made of silver birch. She lives in either a log cabin that moves around on dancing chicken’s legs or within a palisade with a skull on each pole, or both. The keyhole to her front door is a mouth full of sharp teeth, and her fence is made of human bones with skulls on top, often with one pole lacking a skull to leave room for the hero of the story. In some legends, the hut doesn’t reveal its door until it is told a magical phrase; “Hut, O Hut, turn your back to the woods, your front to me”. According to some tales, the hut is connected with three riders; one in white, riding a white horse with a white harness, who is Day; a red rider, who is the Sun; and one in black, who is the Night. Baba Yaga is served by invisible servants inside the hut. She explains the riders if asked, but may kill a visitor who asks about the servants. Baba Yaga is now a stock character used in modern Russian folktales, in varying incarnations.
Baba Yaga is the Wise Woman of Fire. Some Romani families portray her as a phuri dai, the words for “grandmother” or “wise woman”. She represents the element of fire and harmonizes with the other three; the mortar symbolizing herbs (earth), bird legs on the cabin (air), and a creek flowing between the legs of the hut (water).
Baba Yaga is sometimes shown as an antagonist, and sometimes as a source of guidance; there are stories in which she helps people with their quests, and stories in which she kidnaps children and threatens to eat them. Seeking out her aid is usually portrayed as a dangerous act. An emphasis is placed on the need for proper preparation and purity of spirit, as well as basic politeness. It is said she ages one year every time she is asked a question, which may explain her reluctance to help. This effect, however, can be reversed with a special blend of tea made with blue roses.
In the tale “Vasilissa the Beautiful”, the young girl is given three impossible tasks that she solves using a magic doll given to her by her mother. In the Christianized version of the story, Vasilissa is sent to visit Baba Yaga on an errand and is enslaved by her, but the hags servants- a cat, a dog, a gate, and a tree- help Vasilissa to escape because she is kind to them. In the end, Baba Yaga is turned into a crow. Similarly, Prince Ivan in “The Death of Koschei the Deathless” is aided against her by animals whom he has spared.
Baba Yaga, flying on a broom and wearing the black and red striped costume of the Świętokrzyskie Mountains is an unofficial symbol of the Kielce region, connected with the legendary witches’ Sabbaths on Łysa Góra Mountain. In some legends, Baba Yaga is awarded the title Костяная Нога, “the Bone Leg”, and is considered a guardian between the real world and the land of the dead. The title later became an idiom, often used as a taunt.
In most folktales, she is an antagonist. However, some characters in other stories have been known to seek her out for her wisdom, and she has been known to, on rare occasions, offer guidance to lost souls. According to Vladimir Propp, a Soviet scholar known for analyzing the plot components of Russian folktales, the Baba Yaga fulfills the function of a Donor, in that her role is to supply the hero of the story with something necessary to complete his quest.
The name Baba Yaga is composed of two elements; “baba”, meaning “old woman” or “grandmother” in most Slavic languages (it derives from baby talk and has come to have derogatory connotations in modern Slavic languages), and “yaga” from Proto-Slavic “ęga” or “jędza”. It is possibly related to Lithuanian “ingis” (meaning “lazybones” or “sluggard”), Old Norse “ekki” (“pain”), and Old English “inca” (“question, scruple, doubt, grievance, quarrel”). The name differs within the various Slavic languages. It is spelled Baba Jaga in Czech, Slovak, and Polish (the Czech and Slovak also use Ježibaba). In Slovene, the words are reversed to Jaga Baba. In Russian, Bulgarian, Ukranian, and Belarusian, it is Баба Яга́, transliterated as Baba Yaga (also Baba Yaha or Baba Jaha in Ukrainian and Belarusian, respectively). In South Slavic languages and traditions, there is a similar old witch known as Baba Roga (Баба Рога) in Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and Macedonian, which translates to “horned old woman/grandmother”. In Romanian, the name is Baba Cloanţa, roughly translated as “old hag with broken teeth”.
Baba Yaga has, in addition to folklore and fairy tales, appeared in many books and films, such as Isaac Bashevis Singer’s children’s story Joseph and Koza, cartoons such as Vasilissa the Beautiful, Shrek Forever After, and Spirited Away, and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic series.
Goddess of: the ocean, motherhood and protection of children
Name means: “Mother whose children are like fish”
Also Known as: Mama Watta (Mother of Water), Mother of Pearls, Mother Ocean, Stella Maris (Star of the Sea)
Representations: change and consistency, the ocean, the moon, motherly love,
Yemaya was a river goddess in Nigeria, and when her people were taken aboard slave ships and sent to America, she went with them- it was then that she became the Goddess of the Ocean. She is considered the mother to all things, and as such was able to cure women of infertility.
After leaving Africa, she became known and worshiped in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, Central America, South America and North America- so great was the love for Yemaya.
you have no idea how happy you’ve made me that you’ve given sources. *.*
I got a book on Norse Mythology from the library and saw an excerpt that describes Farbauti:
Farbauti (Cruel Striker) A giant, or JOTUN, the father of the trickster god, LOKI. Loki’s mother was the giantess LAUFEY.
and I was like okay gotta check this out for sure so I looked it up and wikipedia has this to say:
Also this online Encyclopedia has both the norse definition and comic definition of Laufey.
I found about three websites (other than wikipedia) that support this, and only one that doesn’t.
Majority rules? I know I have some Lokeans following me…I’m leaning towards trusting this information.