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Goddess Envy:  Goddess Envy has been a shared conceptual dream of Amethyst and Dragon’s for many years even before they met.   It took the two souls finding each other to make it a reality.  Both people have thrown much of themselves and their beliefs into it.  Our number one goal is to educate.  So many pagans still feel the persecution of their beilefs.  In a world where equal rights is on the forefront of many political and social topics religion should be included. We hope to bring nature back to the suburbs with a brick and mortar store in Aurora within a few years.    
Amethyst:  I came into the pagan path as a sophomore in high school.  I have since delved deeply into my own spiritual path and education.  I completed most of a year and a day program with Colorado’s Collage of Wicca and Old Lore.  I realized that I needed more solitary teachings and broke away before finishing.  I have lived a magical life for many years now as a solitary practitioner.  Growing up in Aurora, CO I -like many of my fellow practiononers - have had to travel into the heart of Denver to find the supplies and knowledge that I needed.  The thought of a store closer to home has been a dream for a long time.  I have felt a calling for Goddess Envy for a number of years and through the aid of my husband have finally been able to make it a reality.  
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Goddess Envy:  Goddess Envy has been a shared conceptual dream of Amethyst and Dragon’s for many years even before they met.   It took the two souls finding each other to make it a reality.  Both people have thrown much of themselves and their beliefs into it.  Our number one goal is to educate.  So many pagans still feel the persecution of their beilefs.  In a world where equal rights is on the forefront of many political and social topics religion should be included. We hope to bring nature back to the suburbs with a brick and mortar store in Aurora within a few years.    
Amethyst:  I came into the pagan path as a sophomore in high school.  I have since delved deeply into my own spiritual path and education.  I completed most of a year and a day program with Colorado’s Collage of Wicca and Old Lore.  I realized that I needed more solitary teachings and broke away before finishing.  I have lived a magical life for many years now as a solitary practitioner.  Growing up in Aurora, CO I -like many of my fellow practiononers - have had to travel into the heart of Denver to find the supplies and knowledge that I needed.  The thought of a store closer to home has been a dream for a long time.  I have felt a calling for Goddess Envy for a number of years and through the aid of my husband have finally been able to make it a reality.  
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The Snow Moon

The full moon has an effect on all of us.   Scientifically we have an understanding of the moon phases and why they change.  This scientific phenomenon is responsible for the shift in tides and weather.  Metaphysically we can often feel a shift in power levels; be they personal, emotional, or spiritual.  The full moon is a time when you may reserve spells that need a little extra “oomph”. 

The phases of the moon are different based on the position of the moon compared to the position of the sun relative to the earth.  If the earth is between sun and moon we see a Full Moon as the light has a direct path to reflect off the moon.  If the earth happens to pass between the two, we on earth experience a solar eclipse.  When the moon and the sun on are the same side of the earth we will see a New Moon.  This is because the moon’s reflecting side is facing the sun.  A true New Moon is actually an eclipse.  Many consider the New Moon as the sliver that we see just as the moon moves enough to give us a touch of light. 

The Full Moon can have strong effects on personal power, energies and spells.  Energies related to love and relationships are at their height during the full moon.  Overall – all energies are more powerful under the full moon.  Work spells that need and extra boost during the full moon, or work on the full moon should be focused on releasing energies you no longer need.  You can also use the power of the full moon to cleanse tools and jewelry.  The energy of the full moon is at its peak three days before and three days after the actual date of the full moon. 

In February the full Moon falls at the peak of winter.  It is often called the Snow Moon, The Hunger Moon (since foraging in winter is scarce), or The Storm Moon.  This is the Moon to focus on goals for the year.  Whether it is a new job, new house, kicking a habit, etc. you will want to work towards those goals during the Snow Moon.  As it happens 2016’s Snow Moon will happen while in Virgo.  Virgo Moons are a time to focus on financial goals.  Virgo lends her power to spells that involve planning, and building solid foundations.  She also supports the building of new relationships and networking.  Virgo is detail oriented.  She will help with all the proofreading and editing as well as the detailed paperwork that needs to be done all month. 

This year the February New moon occurs on Feb 8th and the Snow Moon will appear on the 22nd.  Make this year’s Moon about change. Write a spell about employment, a raise, or financial planning.  Ask for help with strengthening a relationship, or developing a new one!     


12/16

Yuletide- The reason for the Season! 

The winter solstice is celebrated in many cultures in many ways.  It marks the longest night of the year and the first day of winter.  It is generally celebrated as a return or birth of Deity or light and is a recognition that spring and summer are coming back. 

As the earth travels around the sun it does so tilted on an axis, not directly up and down as we are used to seeing in pictures.  Because of this axis or tilt it causes the Northern hemisphere to be “closer” or “farther away” from the sun at different times per year.  During the equinox’s the northern and southern hemispheres are both equal distances from the earth as the sun is directly over head (this happens at Spring and Autumn). At the summer solstice the Northern hemisphere of the earth is “closer” to the sun and we have longer warmer daylight.  At the winter solstice the sun is the “farthest” from the northern hemisphere so we have shorter, colder daylight.  The terms closer and farther away are a great description to make the point, yet not as accurate as the concept of “solar noon” pertaining to the earth’s position relative to the sun.  For ease of explanation we will stick with “closer and farther away” for now. 

All the science aside the annual season changes have been celebrated long before we even had an idea that there was space.  We have recognized the fact that in late December (between the 20- 23) there is a night that is longer than all the others and that after this night the days become longer.  Even though we are headed into some of the coldest parts of winter, we know that the sun is returning and we just have to hold out for spring.

Many different cultures and religions celebrate the birth of the sun after a long time without.  Generally it is recognized that in winter the sun is born or brought to people but he must grow and mature before he takes full power in spring.  Think about Christmas being the birth of Christ and then his return in spring to bring life to the earth.  The Celts celebrate a great battle that takes place at the winter solstice between the Oak king (young and healthy) and the Holly King (a wise old man).  The two battle and trade power at the Summer Solstice as well.  Romans have long celebrated Saturnalia around December 18th.  This is a weeklong celebration full of festivities and merriment. Twice in history it has been attempted to stop Saturnalia celebrations or at least shorten them, but the popularity with the general public has never allowed it.  As “Pagans” we recognize the Goddess in all three of her aspects (The Crone, stirring the pot after the death of her husband; The Mother giving birth to the new God/Sun, and The Maiden, a young girl to grow and eventually marry the new God).  As the God is reborn at Yule we will watch him grow into a man and bed his bride at spring and midsummer. 

Common traditions and symbols for the winter holiday season have many origins. As Christianity was sweeping the planet attempts to convert people made it necessary to adopt common folk traditions into the Christian faith to make it easier to transition into a new dogma. The Evergreen tree has long been a symbol of immortality and the pine cones with the seeds a symbol for the Lord and his ability to bring forth life. The stag or reindeer is a symbol for the Lord or God and his masculinity.  Even Santa drives a sleigh pulled by 8 reindeer (8 for the 8 sabbats in the wheel of the year).  Even the act of gift giving stems from pagan traditions when children would deliver gifts of oranges and dried apples to friends and neighbors as blessings.  Then it became tradition to give out the crafts and handmade gifts you had been working on to keep busy during the long winter.  Even the colors red and green represent Goddess (red) and her son the new God (green).  Holly plants are a perfect example with the green leaves and red berries.  Poinsettias always have 5 petals for the 5 pointed star.  Red and white are symbolic of the Lady while Silver and Gold are symbolic of both Lord and Lady. 

The Yule log is also a tradition with pagan origins.  It began with the Celts and the Norse who celebrate the existence of the World Tree or Tree of Life called Ygdrasil.  This sacred tree never dies and links all the worlds together.  At Yuletide we use a piece of the Yule tree to represent the World tree and burn it, releasing its blessings.  We save a piece to light next year’s Yule fire.  Some traditions will save the ashes to put in the garden or farm as a blessing to the land. 

The only thing missing is a short discussion on Santa.  Believe it or not, Santa does not have the same pagan origins but became mildly paganized through people’s wonderment of faith.  St. Nicholas was a “Turkish” monk who lived sometime around 280 A.D.   He became the patron Saint of Children, sailors and unwed girls (after he gave three girls dowry money to marry thus avoiding being sold into slavery by their father).  He was said to travel and bring gifts to children and help the sick and poor.  Upon his death he was given a National day (December 6).  On this day he was celebrated and children would await gifts to be delivered into their sox/stockings hung by the fireplace to dry.  The tradition of honoring him was brought to the U.S in the early 19th century by Dutch settlers.  His day was later associated with Christmas through the magic and drive of retail.  A story written about him by Washington Irving (yup of Sleepy Hollow) in which he depicts St. Nicholas as an old man with a beard (tending toward the Germanic images) dressed in red and white furs.  This St. Nicholas traveled in a flying wagon filled with toys pulled my one reindeer.  It wasn’t until later in “A visit with St. Nicholas“ (otherwise known by its first line “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”) that Santa gained 7 more reindeer and a sleigh to travel in.  This poem also brought Santa into the metaphysical.  It was here that he is described as a jolly elf driving this magical sleigh. 

There are other gift givers at Yuletide we should touch on as well.  There is Christkind or Kris Kringle who was said to bring gifts to well behaved Swiss or German children.  Jultomten from Scandinavia delivered gifts from a sleigh drawn by goats.  Pere Noel is responsible for filling the shoes of French children.  In Russia, Babouschka is a woman who led the three Wisemen astray and thus delivered gifts to children in hopes to find the infant Jesus and gain forgiveness.   Finally, in Italy, La Befana is a kindly witch who rides a broomstick down the chimneys of homes to deliver toys. 

There are many suggested origins for the word “Yule”.  Anywhere from Icelandic “jol” to Anglo-Saxon “Iol” or even the Old English “geola”.  All terms essentially refer to either the winter solstice or to the Wheel of the time turning.  Through the years it has been changed to “Yule” and has been used even to describe the Christian celebration as well.    

As a side note, you will notice that we have not talked about Hanukkah or Kwanza here.  It is not because we do not appreciate the importance of these special days.  It is because they are some of the few that do not celebrate the solstice or birth or rebirth or return of light, or a God.  Hanukkah is an 8 day celebration of the return of Jews to Jerusalem.  It is an acknowledgment and rededication to the Jewish faith.  Kwanza was “created” circa 1960 by Dr. Maulana Karenga to give other African Americans a way to reconnect with their African heritage. 

We at Goddess Envy Wish you the most Blessed of Holiday seasons – whatever path you follow and hope to see you all well and prosperous in the New Calendar Year. 

1/1/15 Year of the Sheep 

  The Chinese determine the year via the Heavenly Stem and the Earthly Branch counting system.  Originally this was a system to designate the day.  It has been altered to indicate month and then year.  There are 10 Stems and 12 Branches.  Each branch corresponds to an animal (mouse, cow, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, chicken, dog , pig).   When naming the year the Branch is preceded by the combined Stem designation indicating one of the 5 elements (wood, fire, earth, water metal).  The two together will help to decide the year’s fortune.  This year is not just the year of the sheep (or goat) but it is the year of the Wood (or Green) Sheep.  The annual cycle ends on February 18th

Taking a closer look at the year’s designation we can determine some characteristics expected this year.  Wood is the element associated with all living things.  It represents the birth and rebirth process.  This is a year to renew, grow and flourish.  Sheep on the other hand are animals of peace.  They are gentle, kind and sympathetic.  Sheep are creative and elegant.  Being the 8th sign, sheep are also particularly lucky.   This year you can look forward to renewal of peace and a strengthening of relationships previously torn by strife.  This could be a very interesting year politically and religiously, considering the discord we have faced with the year of the Dragon and the year of the Horse. 

People born in the year of the sheep are often seen as rather passive.  They are sympathetic and harmonious.  Kind, creative and loyal, empathy comes naturally to those born under the Sheep.  They tend to avoid confrontation and are rarely born leaders.  Though these may seem gracious personality traits, many view sheep as herd animals bred for slaughter.   It is even said that many children born under the sheep will suffer failed marriages and be unlucky in business.  They will often live in the middle class and have a hard fight to find true happiness.  Because of their nature parents are often hard pressed to have children born under the sign of Horse or Monkey as opposed to Sheep.  Some ambitious parents will even go as far as to schedule Cesarean section births before the end of the Chinese calendar year (Feb 18th) to avoid having a sheep baby.  As Deity ever strives for balance, it is the children of Sheep that will bring balance to ambitious discord brought by other signs. 


8/2/14  Lughnasadh- a harvest festival

Lughnasadh or Lammas is the first of two (or three depending on your source) harvest festivals on the wheel of the year.  It is a time when crops are bountiful, trees heavy with ripe fruit and bushes full of berries, and nuts.  The first sheaf of wheat, barley and hay are being bundled are prepared.  As the harvest begins it is a time to gather either in business or in festivity.  At Lughnasadh we honor many gods and goddesses all representing the cycle of life, grain or harvest, or the sun. 

Lughnasadh gets its name from the Celtic deity, Lugh.  Lugh was the son of Fomorian goddess, Eithne and Tuatha god Cian.  He was fostered and raised by the warrior goddess Tailtiu.  After the Fomorian defeat by the Tuatha De, Tailtiu was ordered to clear the forest to make room for crops.   Tailtiu died having exhausted herself clearing a field and teaching her people agriculture.  Thus on her death day Lugh declared a holiday of dance, games and merriment.   The myth eventually changed and Lugh is now honored as a sun god, sacrificing himself as a sheaf of grain to feed the people.  His sacrifice will be honored through the harvest and he will be reborn at the winter solstice. 

Other deities honored at this time are Adonis (Assyrian), Attis (Phrygian), Ceres (Roman), Dagon (Semitic), Demeter (Greek), Mercury (Roman), Neper (Egyptian), Parvati (Hindu), Pomona (Roman) and Tammuz (Sumerian).  Each deity having something to do with the cycle of life, honoring a harvest or grain, changing of seasons or sun worship. 

Grain and Barley are two crops that have become most important to many cultures.  A bountiful grain harvest means a family will be able to sustain for the harsh winter.  There are many traditions that “stem” from the grain harvest.  In some traditions it is considered unlucky to be the one to cut the last sheaf.  When Christianity took over, grain was still revered and the first loaf of bread was blessed on the altar at mass.  The song/poem of Johnny Barleycorn is a representation of the life cycle of the barleycorn grain.  . In France the first fruits of the harvest were blessed. Farmers who had orchards brought baskets of their produce to church as a tithe, and a priest consecrated the offering. The apples, cherries, peaches and more were distributed then among the congregation. In parts of Ireland, it is custom to climb the local hills and mountains to pick berries. If lots of bilberries were gathered, it meant that the rest of the year's harvest would be a bountiful one. Afterwards, the best berries were eaten at a big fair, complete with singing, dancing, and general merrymaking. In South American countries, some tribes took the largest portion of the crops -- typically maize -- and dressed it in clothing as an effigy.  In Peru, people honored different spirits of the crops. The Maize Mother was the Zara mama, the spirit of quinoa was known as quinoa mama, and everything from the cocoa tree to the lowly potato had a life essence.  In North America, the native tribes grew corn, or maize, as a staple part of their diet. Some groups have stories of rebirth and regeneration, and a few have folktales that parallel the story of Demeter and Persephone. 

Lughnasadh is often referred to as Lammas.  Lammas comes from the terms “half-masse” or “loaf mass”.  This was the first harvest mass where the bread was blessed and shared, or stored or placed as blessing and protection.  Grain is also honored in many other societies and cultures.  People celebrated by making corn dolls, which represented the spirit of the grain. Sometimes these dolls were full-sized, made of the last stalks of corn to be harvested, and decorated with ribbons, streamers and even articles of clothing

Lughnasadh is a common time (late July and early August) for community gatherings.  Fairs and festivals are not common only due to the warm weather.  They serve a purpose to bring people together to buy, sell and trade their harvest goods.  Often time contracts for new employment were bartered at harvest fairs.  They often coincide with warrior games or athletic tournaments. 

Harvest festivals have been an important part of many cultures throughout time.  Each society recognizes the importance of a bountiful harvest and thus the reason to celebrate.  

6/1/14

Planning and planting a magical garden

With May finally here, we as a community are getting ready for our spring planting.  Studies have shown that people who garden – even in pots- are happier and more at ease with themselves than those who don’t.  Gardening has been proven to reduce stress and bring a heightened sense of connection with earth and Deity.   But how does one get started?  There are countless books on gardening available in stores or online.   Here are some basic steps and ideas as well as correspondences for you to consider, as you get ready to garden.  

Ask yourself where are you going to put your garden?  How much space do you have to work with?  What kind of light does this space get every day?  What is the main focus for your garden? (Food, herb, flowers, spell components, quarter honors, etc)? Are your pets or kids going to get into it if left unattended?  

Just like planning a spell you will start with what is your purpose. Planting for food is very different than planting for herbs or flowers.  From here you will layer your garden components much like you will your spells.   You know what you’re planning to do with your garden, now where do you put it?  How much space do you need verses how much space you have can be a difficult challenge.  If you live in an apartment – chances are you have a lot less space to work with than someone with a two-acre back yard.  You may have a decent spot in your yard dedicated to however much you want to plant or you may have just a few pots or troughs for planting on your third floor balcony.  Your amount of space will limit the amount you can plant.  Another limiting factor in what you plant can be the amount of sun provided to the area you have chosen.  Usually houses with yards will have an area of the yard that gets decent sun all day, where apartments are limited to the side of the building you are on and what blocks your space from the sun. 

Once you have made all these decisions – it’s time to prepare your space and gather your supplies.  Are you growing from seeds, or are you purchasing seedlings to plant?  Growing from seeds starts a lot earlier than planting small plants.  When planting – make sure to pay close attention to weather patterns in your area and when it is best to plant anything on your list.  If you are planting outside in a plot, you will want to make sure the ground is level, and protected from dogs and kids.  Depending on your area you may need to pay attention to natural wildlife –I have a squirrel that lives near me that steals my tomatoes and berries if I leave them on the front porch! Rabbits, moles and deer can also be a problem. You may need to do some digging and earth moving, or your may need to build fences or gates.  If you are box gardening you will need to prepare your containers and get your soil.   You will also want to test your soil and make sure it is healthy enough to support plants.  Just because weeds and grass grows there- doesn’t always mean it can support vegetables or herbs.  Your local garden center can help with this and give you advice on what is best for what you are growing. 

Finally you are ready to plant.  Go for it- get down and dirty!  Pay close attention to how far apart you are planting and where you are placing things in your garden.  Before you place your first plant or after you have finished planting you may chose to do a small ritual or just speak a few words to Deity.  Ask for a bountiful harvest and aid in maintaining your garden.  Bless the earth and your plants alike.  Make sure to provide adequate water and nutrition (fertilize or compost) regularly and remove weeds that will over take your garden. 

Correspondences to consider (these are just a few- there are many more plants to investigate):

Air (in the East): Anise, Bean, Caraway, Dandelion, Goldenrod, Lavender, Lily of the Valley, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Mint, Parsley, Sage,

Fire (in the South):  Allspice, Bay, Basil, Clove, Chrysanthemum, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Carrot, Celery, Garlic, Leek, Marigold, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Sunflower, Snapdragon, Pennyroyal, Peppermint,

Water (in the West): African violet, Aloe, Blackberry, Chamomile, Cucumber, Daffodil, Daisy, Foxglove, Gardenia, Heather, Jasmine, Lettuce, Rose, Sandalwood, Strawberry, Thyme, Vanilla, Yarrow.

Earth (in the North): Alfalfa, Cypress, Fern, Honeysuckle, Mugwort, Oleander, Pea, Potato, Primrose, Tulip, Vervain, Vetiver,

Divination: Dandelion, Goldenrod, Hibiscus, Orris,

Fertility: Carrot, Cucumber, Daffodil, Geranium, Mandrake, Myrtle, Olive, Sunflower, Pomegranate

Maintain Health: Caraway, Coriander, Fern, Geranium, Mandrake, Marjoram, Nutmeg, St. Johns Wart, Tansy, Thyme,

Prosperity: Alfalfa, Ash, Banana, Benzoin, Nuts, Tomato, Tulip,

Purification: Anise, Bay, Benzoin, Chamomile, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Shallot, Valerian, Vervain, Yucca.

5/1/14

Beltane

Celebrated at sundown on April 30th through May the 1st, Beltane is one of the 4 great fire festivals that marked the Celtic Year.   It sits directly across from Samhain and between the Spring Equinox and Summer solstice on the wheel of the year.  Beltane means “Bel fires” Bel or Belios was a Celtic Sun God.  At this time we celebrate the coming of summer when at long last, we get to come outside and enjoy the warm weather.  Winter has finally wrapped up and has made way for clearer and warmer days. 

At Beltane we celebrate the Sun God reaching manhood.  He has grown powerful and is ready to wed his bride the Maiden Goddess.  Together they will explore love and sexuality and create life.   At Beltane we honor the great right – a union of God and Goddess.  We do so with much symbolism.  The May pole is perhaps the greatest symbol of all.  Its hard length representing the phallus is wrapped in ribbons the color of spring to represent the womb.  Many traditions amplify the realism of the right as women dig the hole where the pole will stand.  They pour milk and honey – both representations of the Goddess- into the hole.  The men enter circle carrying the pole taking two steps forward and one back, in an act of union.  As the pole is planted they group rejoices.  Then each member takes a ribbon that is affixed to the top of the pole and winds in and out with other members, weaving the ribbons around the pole.  Beltane is a time of merriment; a time to celebrate the union of Lord and Lady.  Often men and women would announce their engagement on Beltane, or even get handfasted.  This is a time of love and commitment.   

Other customs at Beltane recognized fire as the cleansing agent that it is.  Many villages would light bonfires that would burn all night.  They would pass their live stock, over or between the fires – cleansing them and blessing them for the coming seasons.  Patrons and celebration attendees would often jump over the flames in blessing to themselves hoping for luck and prosperity for the harvest.     

At Beltane we honor fertility and prosperity.  This is the big event before we start the planting for the season.  We have rested and become lazy over winter.  Now it is time to get out, stretch and prepare for a summer of hard labor.   

Beltane is also a time for Fairies.  We see that the wee folk have been hard at work as flowers and plants begin to bloom.  We thank them at Beltane for their efforts with food and whiskey left out for them.  Take a care though, as Fairies are often mischievous.  Have children wear bells at Beltane to keep the Fairies form leading them astray.  

Beltane is one of the most revered holidays in many Pagan traditions.  Even more so than Ostara, Beltane is anxiously awaited.  It means the return of the sun to his full power, it means a healthy and bountiful harvest and it means love and leisure.  Finally breaking out of the cold and dark of winter, Beltane sets our passions to flame.  

3/1/14

St Patrick ’s Day:

    Over the next several weeks, we will start to see a lot of green creep into our stores.  Many pagans tend to roll their eyes at any holiday that starts with “Saint”.  Truth be told, St. Patrick’s Day may have a lot more to do with Pagan history than we thought.  How much do you know about the man and his little leprechaun friends? 

  Patrick was born in England to a prominent family.  He had land, slaves and wealth.  His father and grandfather were both members of the Christian clergy.  In his young years Patrick actually showed little interest in Christianity. 

When he was 16, Irish raiders came to England and kidnapped the young man.  He was forced into slavery in Ireland for 6-10 years (depending on your source).  During this time, he heard God’s voice speaking to him.  God’s voice told him he should escape and go back to England.  Weather this was truly God or the voice of reason that nags at any slave- only God knows.  But as Pagans – we know that nothing is impossible. 

Patrick was reunited with his family.  With his new found interest in Christianity he became ordained by a bishop.   God spoke to him again and told him to return to Ireland.  Patrick was not one to argue with God and thus found his way back to the Emerald Isle.  There, he spent the rest of his days converting Celtic Pagans to Christians.  Patrick was buried in a small Irish cemetery as tradition guided, and was forgotten over time.  It wasn’t until much later that he was made the Patron Saint of Ireland. 

Patrick would use the three-leafed clover to explain the concept of the Wholly Trinity to Celtic Pagans.  Each leaf represents one third of the Father, Son and Wholly Spirit.  Ultimately all he needed to see was that Celtic Pagans had a Wholly Trinity of their own- Maiden, Mother and Crone.  The cloverleaf became associated as a symbol for St. Patrick.  On his feast day (March 17th, the day of his death) it was common to show your Christian pride in Ireland by wearing a clover pinned to your cloths.  This tradition grew and changed into wearing green on March 17th

What about the whole snake thing?  Well it is true that St. Patrick drove the “snakes” out of Ireland- if you follow the Christian belief that snakes represent evil and pagans are evil.  Otherwise that’s about as close as you will ever come to the truth on that one.  Ireland is surrounded by Ocean water that is way too cold for snakes to migrate through.  This means there never were snakes in Ireland.  The snakes that the myth is referring to is just what we said- a representation of Celtic Pagans.

After the Potato Famine wiped out half of Irelands population, the United States found large pockets of the Irish amongst its immigrants.  It was a group of Irish soldiers that found themselves “parading” around town in full Irish Pride on St. Patrick’s Day that spurned the first SPD parade.  Since then it has become the biggest parade of the year, especially in New York.  Wearing green on this day has transformed into not just a showing of Christian pride but- after a very hard time getting settled in the US – it has become a way to show Irish pride.

How does this involve Leprechauns?   Well- it doesn’t.  Leprechauns are Irish faeries.  There is a difference in opinion on the origin of the term “Leprechaun”.  One states that they were water sprites that eventually merged with mischievous household fairies that haunt cellars and drink heavily.   Other research has their name meaning “shoemaker”.  They are small, humble shoemakers or cobblers.  Their tap – tap- tapping of the hammer on shoe nail announces they’re near by.  Leprechauns are small old men, loners.  Notice you don’t see female Leprechauns.  This would fit with cultural standards that Cobbling was predominately a male profession. 

Leprechauns are good enough at what they do, that each one has his own pot of gold that he keeps at the end of a rainbow.   Irish legend says that if you capture a leprechaun you can bargain his freedom for his treasure.  Be careful though – these little fairies have a reputation for little restrain when angered and have been blamed for gruesome and mysterious deaths. 

As with all refugee movements, the Irish migration to escape the famine brought traditions, stories and even mythos.  This is why during the biggest “Irish Pride” day of the year it is common to see other Irish symbols like:  Clover, Leprechauns, Guinness, and Corned Beef.    So if you want to show a little Irish and pagan pride at the same time- it is perfectly fine to get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.  Wear a little green and honor your Irish heritage. Leave some gold out near your shoes for your Leprechaun friends.  Celebrate, and feast- you can even wear the wholly trinity symbol and know that for you and your Celtic Brethren, it can mean a different Trinity.  

2/15/14

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Goddess Envy is proud to announce that we are now Independent Consultants of doTerra essential Oils.  It is our goal to bring you the best products we can to our customers.  It was this goal that pushed us in the direction of doTerra oils.

 Essential oils are aromatic compounds recovered directly from the leaves, roots, seeds or bark of a plant.  Most oils are used as aromatic components for aroma therapy.  Essential oils also absorb readily through the skin and into tissues.  This means they can also be used topically and taken internally (best if diluted).  Many oils have effects on the body and mind that contemporary medicines cost many times as much to get.      

doTerra Oils are extracted through steam distillation. Then they are cross tested with mass spectrometry and gas chromatography for quality control.  What does that mean?  Well it means that doTerra has the highest quality of essential oil on the market.  They produce Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils – meaning they are safe to use internally, topically or aromatically.  The FDA does not “approve” the use of dietary supplements and thus does not regulate the nutriseutical market.  Because of this many companies claim that their product is pure essential oil, when in fact their product has many impurities that take away from the efficacy of the oil.  doTerra has chosen to follow a specific standard in producing oils through their Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade quality control process to ensure their oils are top quality and completely pure. 

What does this mean for Goddess Envy?  Well it means that although doTerra’s main focus is for Therapeutic use, we are able to offer a clean, safe and pure item to our magical family.  Many of the same oils you would use in your ritual oils, baths, and incense can now be purchased with the knowledge that they are pure and safe to use in many different ways.  The purity of these oils will help to strengthen the bond with the Earth and will give undiluted qualities of the plant in use.  We hope in the future to be able to post information on the use of these oils.  Also when we are in an actual storefront we hope to host several classes on the use of oils in ritual, magic and in your everyday life.