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The Goddess Cavern is a place of learning for both men and women, Pagan, Polytheists, Wiccans, Spiritualists alike. It doesn’t matter what path you follow or how far down it you have wandered.

This page is to be a place for discussion, of ideas, where I share with you lessons and ways I have connected to the Gods and Goddesses as well as many other subjects to do with spirituality and philosophy.

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I am Freya Rose, a dreamer, writer, witch, wife, believer. I spend my time doing things I enjoy or trying to further my path.

The Gods/Goddesses I am particularly drawn to and follow are Hecate, Freya, Aphrodite, Ares, Thoth, Dionysus, Morpheus and Apollo

I have a passion for writing fantasy and a passion for reading, this may include magic, spirituality, history, philosophy and fiction of all genres.

I am a hopeless romantic and have a love for nature and crafts.

I am a loving companion of 6 cats and 2 dogs.

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I hope this blog inspires you, interests you, makes you happy, as much as it has me creating it.

To you, Blessed be.

Freya Rose

The Goddess Cavern

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I also have a blogspot for articles of a similar nature.

http://thegoddesscave.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Full Wolf Moon Ritual

Wolf Moon- Full Moon Ritual

Also known as: Chase Moon, Moon of Little Winter, Cold Moon, Snow Moon, Quiet Moon

Today is the full moon of January, 2017. It is known as the Wolf moon in Native American tradition as this moon would appear in a time of winter and scarcity and the wolves could be heard howling outside of Native American Settlements. There is plenty of associations of wolves and the more in folklore and mythology, most notable the lore of the werewolf turning man into wolf.

A January moon speaks of new beginnings, protection, new intentions, manifesting your new goals. Now is the time to act for change. This is a good time to meditate, visualise whom you want to become and what change you wish to see in your life or in the world.

Now is a significant time to make change for the Moon is in Cancer, a water sign (like the moon), governed by the moon, making the timing more significant, which governs emotions and healing and meditation making this a great time for learning lessons, healing wounds, transmuting your emotions, and manifesting new beginnings as in numerology 2017 is a time of a big shift, a new transition, a new beginning for many so the time for change, for manifestation is definitely now so fix your intentions and manifest change!

The day of this moon is Thursday, Thors-day, governed by Jupiter it is a time of goal setting, prosperity, achieving your intentions and action so use this active, achieving energy to increase the power of your spell.

Full  moon magic is great for spiritual magic, enhancing psychic abilities, dream walking or achieving lessons in dreams, meditations, divination and a great time to direct energy into those things which are priority like careers, or healing. The moon in cancer makes great nurturing energy so healing will be in abundance.

For my full moon ritual I placed corresponding icons on my altar including Thor, for the day of the week, and the Goddesses linked to the moon, Artemis and Isis, which I felt would assist me in my healing and in manifesting my aspirations. I put a statue of the wolf on my altar paying homage to the totem animal and its energies along with white candles to manifest the healing energies of the moon. I had a vessel of moon water, water which I had blessed and left outside to soak in some moonlight, for anointing, cleansing and as an offering to Lady Moon, Selene, Isis.

I included a prayer to wolf, and a reading of the love between wolf and moon to fit with the Native American Lore and to get in the spirit of the “wolf moon”, I also included an incantation of the Lunar Queen from one of my favourite oracle decks the Isis Oracle deck by Alana Fairchild.

Incantation of The Lunar Queen by Alana Fairchild

The Lunar Queen Lady Isis, Goddess of Night,

Help me now to follow the neutral Light,

Of the Shining Moon in all her flow

I release force and fear, help me let go

Guided by the Full Moon Now I am open to receive great boon

**(please note the incantation actually says Crescent moon but I have adapted it for this incantation)**

 

To close the ceremony I made my offering to the earth and the moon and then (as funny as it is ^_^) howled at the moon in the spirit of the wolf.

Here is a little list of Wolf Moon correspondence and some information on the wolf totem:

Correspondences

Animals: Fox, Coyote, Wolf

Colours: Black, blue-violet, brilliant white

Deities: Chang-O, Freyja, Hera, Inanna, Sarasvati, Artemis, Selene, Isis, Nature Spirits

Flowers: Crocus, Snowdrop, Thistle, Nuts, Willow

Stones: Selenite, Moonstone, Opal, Garnet, Jet, Onyx

“To understand totem wolf symbols, one must first understand the heart of the Wolf. This takes time because the Wolf has had to endure many false stereotypes, misconceptions and misunderstandings.

Not at all the picture of ferocity or terror, the Wolf is a creature with a high sense of loyalty and strength. Another misconception is that of the “lone wolf.” To the contrary, the Wolf is actually a social creature, friendly, and gregarious with its counterparts.

The Wolf is an incredible communicator. By using touch, body movements, eye contact as well as many complex vocal expressions – the wolf makes his point understood. Those with totem wolf symbols are of the same inclination – they are expressive both vocally and physically. Those who have the wolf as their totem animal are naturally eloquent in speech, and also have knack for creative writing” Sourced from: http://www.whats-your-sign.com/totem-wolf-symbols.html

Full moon blessings!

Freyja Rose )O(

Journeying with the Scarlet Goddess

The Lantern Light Down a Winding Road

 

What follows is a series of images I received whilst gazing at a chalice of water, perhaps it is simply a meditation, perhaps it was water scrying, perhaps I just have a vivid imagination but the images were so striking, colourful and vibrant they have imprinted on my mind’s eye, and there they shall remain. I have been inspired to share these with you and hope you shall enjoy.

The way the light refracts into seven rays, red, orange, yellow, blue, green, indigo and violet, around the rim of the glass is the first thing to catch my attention and then I am drawn to the small stream of bubbles, rising in dancing glee, and popping at the surface. It’s a calming sight, and one that adds a merry persona to the spirit of water sprites.

Through a bubble I see a gold light distort and suddenly it is as if I am gazing at the sun and so the vision begins. The sun becomes partially obscured as if a bird has flew in front and then I am focused on a swan in flight, a beautiful, graceful bird of pure white. The sky starts to darken and the sun turns into a moon in the background and the swan becomes a deep scarlet red. My eyes blur as the wings continue to move in rhythmic motion and then the swan disperses into mist, becoming red bubbles itself. I watch as these bubbles drift on the wind across the starry sky lit by silver moonlight and slowly fall merrily towards earth. They float across a dark forest, the tips of the spiky trees glowing like silver cones, and my gaze focuses on a winding forest road breaking through the trees and a warm fiery light comes into view. The bubbles gather together around the fire light and form a woman cloaked in a red robe walking towards me holding her lantern outright.

Her eyes are dark and piercing and her hair a deep red. She has a presence, the earth kisses her feet as she walks and the animals and stars stare in adoration, she has seen a thousand suns and is upon the breath of every spoken and unspoken word. She is beauty, grace and strength. Wild and majestic but graceful and regal. She is the blood of the moon and our cycles and the soul at the center of rubies. She has a twinkle in her eye and a smile teases across her lips as she holds her finger to her mouth as we stare at each other motioning for me to still, shush and pay attention.

She holds the lantern to me and the lantern explodes into the image of a phoenix, the phoenix calls, rises and creates an ouroborus around us, binding me to her before the flames engulf one another and a ring of ash settles upon the floor. The woman stays alight, the fires of enlightenment burning within her and casting a golden glow.

Before my eyes I see the burning rune Kenaz, the rune of “torch”, enlightenment. As it clears and I try to focus on her suddenly her head splits into twelve lions, staring off into different directions and from her cloak three black wolves step out, one directly in front of, and one either side of her and a snake coils from her feet and winds around her, circling her, hissing as the lions roar. The wolves howl, their calls reaching the moon and I feel it reverberate into my bones, they chorus an ancient song, one I do not know the words of, as the Goddess’ face returns and her fingers dip into the soil, they emerge soaked in blood and she reaches forward, drawing a ring upon, in the center of my forehead, as if I am being anointed, reborn, initiated into her mysteries. Her body ripples as I am suddenly staring at her reflection upon the black waters of a river. The wind carries ashes around me and they descend upon the waters as in the reflection the goddess turns and departs through a set of heavy doors, down into the underworld.

The vision ends.

I am sure there are many layers and interpretations to this vision, spiritual, historical, folklore and I know I have not learned or know them all yet but I do know this vision teaches me to step into my self worth and my own divinity, I have been gifted with time upon this earth and whilst I am here it is my duty to look after her for she is sacred. I know it reminds me the Goddess was worshiped in many ancient cultures and she is still active in this world today. It teaches me to not fear, but explore the darkness, both externally, and in my subconscious as that is where the true mysteries lie. It teaches me that cycles and mankind are sacred and that we should all live in harmony with nature. And furthermore she invites me to delve deeper, develop a more personal connection with her and continue to meditate, to learn the ways of the old.

Ode to Venus

Ode To Venus

Venus, Queen of love, beauty, sexuality, fertility,
Born from sea foam, you come into this world
erotic, entrancing, a great siren.
When we think of you we feel the gentle slopes of waist line, breasts
full of milk and the curve of your figure,
like the great emarald valleys of earth.
Your radiance outshining the night sky, to you we look to in the morning.
Your celestial body shines so bright,
you guide great men, heroes, kings
whom entomb themselves in your light to be reborn.
You are the feminine guiding light, brilliant like the sun and moon.
Great wife in a cosmic dance to Almighty Mars.
 You enchanted and tamed the fires of this volcanic Emperor,
encapsulating him with in your mound,
to his strong, magnificent, fiery kingship,
You are the mystical, beautiful, nurturing, voluptuous Queen.
You, ruler of Friday, we offer ourselves.
                For to you, Great Mother, We all Return.         

For an Ode to the Moon on my other blog I also published today, visit: https://goddesscavern.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/ode-to-the-moon/

Freya Rose
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The Calling of the Dark Goddess

Descent to the Stars Within: The Song of Hecate . Based on personal meditations.

She calls you in the dead of night, the rhythmic drumming of her words penetrate deep into the rivers of your veins. She flows within you, is behind your every thought, is the power behind your very breath and you cannot escape her. She lies within the dark of your cells, the blankets of your thoughts, within the very current which keeps your body living. She can be found in the darkest bowels of the earth, Gaia’s womb, and her hands reach up from its chambers and yearn to hold you, to take you to her, to claim you, she beckons you within, to journey down the river Styx.

You fear her call, try to ignore her voice, you don’t want to listen to her. You fear the unknown, the darkness, what may lie within, the absence of light, of knowing, of being, you are safe and secure in your ignorance, you don’t want to listen because you know she is change. She will call you to see your truths, you know acknowledging her will bring a change that cannot be stopped, cannot be ignored, is in fact inevitable. This change involves standing up and facing your true self, looking upon the person you are meant to be, meant to become, shredding self hate and embracing your true self, loving it, hugging it, for this self is a gift granted to you by the Goddess, she has made you that way, sculpted you that way and anything less is not authentic, anything else is shunning that birth right you hold within your hands. She makes you face up to excuses and your denial, she will show you reality, the life you are meant to lead, the courage you should carry in your footsteps and just how far you are falling short.

She will present you with courage, with knowledge, with the power to stand astride the earth and she will want you to embrace it! She wants you to be wild and free, to run with wolves, with the heartbeat of ocean waves and the sound of thunder in your steps. She wants you to turn your back on former knowledge, on people’s opinions, on old paradigms, and reign with majesty like the royalty you are! You know the darkness beckons because within their is the power you are yet to grasp, the light of knowledge, of divinity. Within your heart is the sun and within your womb the moon and the Goddess is the gravity that guides your cosmic dance, for every person is a star, and you child need to shine!

You will arise with blood on your hands and gold within your womb, you will arise with eyes so dark from gazing upon the blackest night, you will arise with wings and horns, the majesty of dark and light. You will arise divine, fit to walk side by side, hand in hand with She Who Is the Universe. A fine representative of the Goddess, like Kings and Queens of Old.

Follow the curls of the ivy, the grain of the stone, the winding root of the yew, follow the bubbles of the meandering stream, follow the hum into the damp cavern, follow the hornet into its nest, follow the wolf into its den. Follow your heart into the Goddess.

A Capricorn Ritual

A Ritual Honoring Capricorn

Stars have been a guide for centuries to mankind, people have studied them, stood in awe of them, as they shine marvelously above us, they guided the Egyptian souls of the dead, the three wise men to the stable of Bethlehem, inspired men such as Nostradamus and John Dee on their magical endeavors and influence our daily lives, we are even said to be made of star dust.

A few weeks ago I posted my Sagittarius ritual, now that we are in the sign of Capricorn, and will soon be transitioning into Aquarius in a few weeks, I will share some ideas on a ritual to honour Capricorn, based on a little of what I did.

Capricorn is an earth deity so spell works involving prosperity, wealth, stability, security, banishing, protection, grounding, fertilitiy, employment, healing or working with earth elementals are all strengthened when the sun is in this constellation. If you plant herbs, now would be a good time to bless those that are planted at this time of the year.

When it comes to Zodiac work, I advocate going outdoors and soaking up some star magic, it will help balance and cleanse your energies and root you to the earth whilst your mind expands into the celestial. If you can set your altar up out there and perform the whole ritual outdoors that is great! If not just include the journey outdoors or back inside ceremonially, make it part of the ritual or dedication.

I placed nature Gods on my altar, namely Cernunnos and Dionysus, and the Goddess Artemis and Persephone, Persephone was special as we had just reached Yuletide, the changing from one season to another as the blessed sun returns, and were also headed towards a new year. Stones I included were black garnet, snowflake obsidian, onyx, jet, tourmaline. Black stones, dark, introspective, grounding and earthly like the energy of Capricorn.

Capricorn is a dark and introspective being, it teaches us the benefits of meditation when it comes to inner knowing, it teaches us that the mastery of the self is hard work, takes dedication, persistent, that we must overcome trials in order to achieve completion. That nothing is gained without effort. It teaches us to start new projects and to commit wholly to them, to look after Mother earth and our home space, to live in synchronicity with nature.

For my spell I asked for the strength to break old habits, I wrote these down on paper, I also asked to heal my body, I asked for direction as I am lacking and for my hard work to finally pay off as well as some security for the new year. I thanked the Gods and Goddesses for the gifts I have received this year and how much I have achieved, I asked for healings for my friends and family.

For a dedication I used an Orphic hymn to Dionysus, one that teaches us to value the Gods and pay them our respects, where Dionysus turns some pirates into dolphins for not recognizing him, and paying him the respect due of a God. I found this hymn appropriate for Capricorn to wishes us to respect the earth and our place upon it, to recognize where we stand that we must respect the spirits of the land and the stars for they gift us our circumstances. I also found the reference to dolphins and the sea fitting in a ritual for the sea-goat Capricorn.

When I was outside meditating under the constellation for the ritual, thinking of the creature, part sea like and part land, I thought about the stability and depth of the earth and the strength and vastness of the sea, and how that is mirrored in the heavens above us. I then proceeded to plant my intentions which I had written on paper in the northern most pat of the garden, corresponding to the element of earth and therefore of Capricorn.

At the end of the spell I closed the circle and drew a pentacle across myself, not only is it protective, it is also compared to a goat head, whom I can rightly associate with Capricorn for this spell.

This is partial extracts of what I did, meant only as a guide or to inspire some ideas on how you too could do a spell or ritual to Capricorn. Hope it has helped!

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Freyja Rose

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Zodiac Magic: Capricorn

Capricorn: Magic, Meaning, Correspondence

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Capricorn  by Noomxbass, http://noomxbass.deviantart.com/art/Capricorn-176450431

Capricorn: The Sea Goat

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Capricorn is the tenth sign in the zodiac, the constellation it originates from is Capricornus. It corresponds to the celestial longitute at 270-300 degrees. The symbol is based on the primal religion of Sumerian, specifically their God Enki, with the upper part of the body portrayed as a goat and the tail of a fish. It became known as Ea later in Babylonian and Akkadian religion. Enki was the God of intelligence, creation, crafts, magic, waters and water sources.

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Dates: December 21- January 19

Degree: 270- 300

Element:: Earth

Ruling planet: Saturn

Quality: Cardinal

Feminine

Tarot Card: The Devil

Day of the week: Saturday

Metal: Lead

Colours: Black, indigo, Grey, Dark brown and green

Stones: Jet, Onyx, Hematite, Tourmaline, Obsidian, Black garnet, Turquoise

Plants: Pansy, ivy, red and black poppy, hellsbane, willow, pine, elm, yew, aspen, poplar, cypress, spruce, thistle, pine, root of all plants, hyacinth, onion

Incense: Musk, opium, frankincense, carnation, comfrey, thistle

Animals: Dog, goat, donkey, pigs, cloven foot animals

Deities: Set, Pan, Hermes, Vesta, Bacchus, Dionysus, Cernunnos, Baphomet, Persephone, Demeter, Diana

Altar Decorations: Antlers, wooden animals, black altar cloth, pentacles/pentagrams, stags, gems, black or dark purple or dark green candles, eath, soil, roots

Capricorn is the goat of stability, aspiration and introspection, being ruled by saturn, Capricorn magic will be about grounding oneself, setting goals and intentions, banishing negativity and bad habits to find security and stability. It is a dark feminine sign so introspection will be increased to transform oneself, meditate and practice one’s own magical abilities.

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Freya Rose

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A Sagittarius Ritual

A Sagittarius Ritual

I have decided for now to post all my articles on both blogs so although this is delayed for wordpress, it is on here at least for next year.

I am a witch who pays particular attention to the movement of the stars and the celestial energies and dieties attributed with them. As witches we are interested in the organic mother earth around us, and we aim to live in tune with her rhythms, however I also believe by aligning ourselves to the movements of the stars and planets we are aligning ourselves with both the earthly and celestial movements. We can embody the maxim “As Above So Below”, and live between here and the veil beyond. So with each passing of the Zodiac I like to do a little ceremony to the cheif of that astrological energy. Currently we are in the constellation of Sagittarius, the Centaur, a healing, focused, direct and purifying energy. Its ruling planet Jupiter and its element fire, Sagittarius is an active energy which can purge away the old and bring in the new, the sign that heralds the coming of Yule, the rebirth of the Oak King, the beginning of a new year, new opportunities, new chances, a chance to change and do away with what no longer serves us! Especially after the dark introspective summoning of the Scorpio passing.

This post is a brief breakdown of a Sagittarius ritual, in case somebody else needs any ideas. For some info on correspondence use or altar ideas visit: https://goddesscavern.wordpress.com/2016/12/03/sagittarius/ 

 

 Sagittarius by  Blackbehemot, http://blackbehemot.deviantart.com/art/Sagittarius-519527203

The Ritual

After preparing my altar I would protect my sacred space. For example use white sage to smudge, especially considering sage is a corresponding plant of sagittarius. If you prefer blogger, my blog is here: http://thegoddesscave.blogspot.co.uk/

I would then open the circle and invite positive energies, these can be anything, Gods/Goddesses,  angels, nature spirits, and for this ritual the energies of the starsign Sagittarius to come and bless the sacred space and participate in the magic.

I would set my intentions, I decided to do a bit of healing, I also needed to set some goals and invoke more will power to stay focused, and ask for some mental clearing. (Sagittarius is also a sign of spirit and higher learning). So I set my goals down on a piece of paper. The list was in order of priority and then performed a little mantra:

Like a swift, blazing arrow,

I release my goals from its bow,

I will manifest the change I need to be.

Succeeding in the next year, so mote it be!

It’s small and not really good, but it doesnt have to be! I then burnt the paper over a candle and placed in an offering bowl along with some cinnamon.

I then went out and stood under the stars, pictured the centaur galloping in the sky, carrying my intentions with him before placing my offering into the soil of my garden and going back inside.

I read out a dedicated poem, an ode to the centaur/Sagittarius.

I closed the ritual by thanking the energies involved, the Gods/Goddesses I had also called upon to witness the ritual and help manifest the change I am willing. Then finally cast my circle closed.

This is brief and there are my own personal flourishes I do within the ritual but these are personal to me, this is just meant as a skeleton to give you some ideas on how to perform your own.

The Zodiac, Sagittarius by KAGAYA, http://kagayastudio.narod.ru/the_zodiac/

Freya Rose

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