Anubis The Jackal Headed God Of The Dead

Previously published at thegameofnerds.com. You can find the article here.

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Anubis is the Egyptian God of the dead and mummification. He is depicted either as a jackal or as a man with the head of a jackal. His parentage is a little complicated. His mother is the Goddess Nephthys and his father the God Osiris. Nephthys had to hide her son from the God Set who is her actual consort. She hid Anubis in the marshes of the Nile where Isis found him. Isis, being the mother Goddess she is, brought Anubis home with her where she and her consort Osiris. His child is Kebechet; Goddess of deification of embalming liquid and his consort is the Goddess Anput who is Kebechet’s mother. His symbols are the fetish and flail.

Like many of the Gods and Goddesses I have written about, Anubis also has enjoyed a resurgence of notoriety in modern times. He is a playable character in the video games Smite, War Gods and Pray for Death and was in the 2016 movie Gods of Egypt as well a character in Rick Riordan’s series Kane Chronicles.

After being raised by his father, Anubis followed Osiris out of Egypt when he left to spread his teachings. When Set, hungry for power kills Osiris he tears apart Osiris’s body and strews the body throughout the lands. Anubis assists the mourning, devastated Goddess Isis in finding her consort’s body to bring it home. Once all of Osiris is found, Anubis wrapped his body to keep all the parts together. Osiris became the first mummy at the hands of Anubis. Anubis refined funeral rites and showed humans embalming techniques. When working with the dead, priest wore masks of Anubis possibly to channel his guidance.

From there on Anubis was known as Lord of Mummification. He became the God of the Dead and embalming. His duties included guarding the door through which souls pass to enter the Halls of Judgment. He leads the souls to the field of celestial offering, presides over the weighing of the heart (a ceremony of judging the fate of the soul). It is Anubis who places the heart on the scale and then feels the soul to Ammit if the soul fails judgment. He oversees the embalming and mummification process to ensure the body is properly done according to ritual. He also supervises the ceremony of opening the mouth which ensures the reanimation of the soul. He also guards bodies to protect them from grave robbing.

Anubis favors certain people. He favors people who work with the dead and those who can speak with the dead and diviners. These people may ask his protection and his is inclined to give it. Anubis also is said to know the date of everyone’s death and that you may petition him to find out yours.

Though Osiris officially holds the title Lord of the Dead in Egyptian mythology, it is Anubis who does most of the work. It is Anubis who sees to the souls of the deceased and the care of their bodies. This is definitely a busy God as someone is always dying. Do you find him creepy or cool? I lean towards fascinating. Is there a God or Goddess you want to know about? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Till next week…

The Magick Of Breakfast

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Magick adds just the right spice to life. A little zest added to some wonderment with a whole lot of comfort stirred in. What better time for magick than the start of your day? Eating magickal ingredients for breakfast is a great start to a beautiful day.

Let’s look at some of the magickal qualities of common breakfast foods:

  • Eggs possess energies for fertility, new beginnings and life. They also lend magickal power to protection, lust and spirituality.
  • Bacon and sausage are both pork products but surprisingly have very different properties. This has something to do the different processes in the making of the meats as well as the different seasonings. Bacon aids forgiveness and increasing prosperity. Sausage is great for grounding and protection. It also enhances zest in life and variety of all of all sorts.
  • Potatoes are an excellent choice for grounding and compassion as they are grown within Mother Earth. When cooked with onions and seasoned with chives, dill, parsley and/or rosemary, it increases the effectiveness of these properties.
  • Oatmeal is useful for money and prosperity. Adding milk and fruit can add potency to this magickal breakfast.
  • Pancakes and waffles are lucky and great divination tools. Look for images in the pancakes and waffles both as they being poured and after they are done cooking to find what is coming. Both also touch on money, love, life and purification because of the ingredients that go into making them. Your pancakes or waffles smothered in real maple syrup increases the money and love vibe.
  • Fruits are chocked full of mystical properties. Weather eaten alone or as an enhancement to the likes of oatmeal or pancakes, they will bolster the magickal energies sent out. Bananas resonate with spirituality, love and money. Blueberries are protective and strawberries are loving. Both grapefruits and oranges are purifying.
  • Even coffee and milk have magickal roots. Milk is connected to mothers, spirituality and love. Coffee works well with the conscious mind, spirituality and physical energy.

While as you can see each food has magickal properties, you can also see some have more than one and some of them share similar traits. It is important to understand that some foods are better suited to specific goals. Say for instance you’re looking for a little extra cash. Oatmeal is an excellent choice. Add bananas to boost the money aspect and visualize the amount of money you need as you prepare the food and as you eat. However if you wanted a little extra love in your life or to find a new love, pancakes topped with maple syrup and strawberries is perfect. Be sure to look for images as you pour the pancakes and as they cook. You might find a clue where to look.

Magick is inside us and all around us. There are glimmers of it everywhere. In this case it can be absolutely yummy. So why not make your mundane morning a bit more magickal and fun in the most delicious way possible?

Addiction and the Modern Witch

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For a very long time drug and alcohol addiction was a dirty secret. It was something to be ashamed of. Witches suffering from addiction had little recourse to get help and support to halt and heal from their disease. It wasn’t until the end of the 1950’s that help for drug addicts was born. Today’s witches are aware of drug and alcohol addiction. It was put into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 2010 as a clinical disorder. Even today drug addicts are looked down upon because when people think of addicts they think of junkies under the bridge, but it is still recognized.

Drug or alcohol addiction, for some of us, brings a unique problem to spells, rituals and celebrations. For someone who is in recovery, this may cause them to skip a spell or ritual that may be of great use. Because many spells use wine or mead or some other kind of alcoholic beverage some witches choose to study and practice solo to avoid complications or embarrassment because of their recovery conflicting with other witches’ celebrations. I myself have had fear that I may be unable to fully participate because of alcohol or other mind-opening drug use.

Some of us are able to learn to use alcohol and drugs for ritual or celebration only. In fact Jim Sherwood, who has been a practicing witch for 21 years both in recovery and out of recovery, agrees with this line of thought. Mr. Sherwood says (personal communication, December 10, 2013). “There is a gray area. Just as in Catholicism and Communion or the Rastafarian ceremonies that there is ritual alcohol or drug consumption, so is there in many pagan traditions. Taking a sip of ale or wine for ritual purposes is acceptable, but know your limits. If you can’t simply take one sip without negative repercussions then use an alternative.” There are those of us who cannot because to do so would cause a relapse causing the whole destructive cycle of active addiction and thereby breaking the last line of the Wiccan Rede, “Do as ye will but harm none”. For me, there is no shame in being an addict. It is simply part of who I am. I find that it doesn’t matter if my choice of mood and mind altering substances is liquid, powder or plant; it’s up to me to take care of my recovery. There are ways around this and suitable substitutions that may be used by either the solitary witch such as me or a group of us.

Some substitutions are extremely simple. Since wine and grape juices are basically the same thing I have found no difference in effectiveness. The same herbs, spices and energies can be added as ones put in wine and it is fine to serve hot or cold. If a red wine is called for, use regular grape juice. If a white wine is more suitable to the purpose, use white grape juice. As for meads, many are alcoholic; thankfully, through research I have found there are non-alcoholic alternatives. There are many recipes for non-alcoholic mead. Usually it means that the fermentation process is not used. Since there is no fermentation process, the sugars do not break down as needed to produce alcohol. Another idea is coming up with unique beverages mixed with different herbs and spices or other liquids to make a totally new and fun drink that still stays within the purpose of the ritual or spell.

As I stated earlier there are many witches who use mood or mind altering herbs or drugs such as pot, mushrooms, peyote, etc. For someone like me, it isn’t an option. For me, I use a blend of chamomile and peppermint tea to relax, a mojo bag and scent of incense that is something that reminds me of safety. The next part is the hard part: meditation. The hardest part is stilling the mind without going to sleep. You could start trying by doing the dishes or vacuuming. These are both mindless tasks that will allow your brain to do something but clear it also. Keep practicing. It will happen. I can get that openness I am looking for. You will too. Mr. Sherwood has been using a sage and sweetgrass mixture during the meditation process and now just the scent of those herbs causes him to start relaxing for meditation. As I said, it takes practice to learn to meditate even with your mind programmed to certain stimuli. Keep at it. It’s the journey that counts, not the destination.

The first recipe I am sharing with you is an alteration from Scott Cunningham’s recipe book, Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen. It is a fine and tasty example of non-alcoholic mead.

Purification Mead

1 qt. water

1 c. honey (add more if you want sweeter mead)

1 lemon cut into slices

½ tsp. cinnamon

Juice of half a lemon

A pinch of salt

Put the first 4 ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Scum will rise. Use a wooden spoon to scrape it off until no more scum rises. Add the salt and lemon juice then strain through cheesecloth and cool. Drink warm or cold. I like mine cool. Bottle and store the rest.

This next punch is versatile and so very yummy. Since Midsummer is all about the God’s power at its apex and this is the longest day and shortest night of the year, the colors and flavors are all sunny and light. In my family, not only do we celebrate Midsummer but also celebrate the birth of my second daughter. This recipe is my own and a great example of a fun drink for celebration that children and adults can share no matter if you are recovering from addiction or not. It’s even easy to add flavored vodka to punch that is set aside for the adults that safely crave an extra kick.

A Midsummer Celebration Punch

1 qt. White grape juice

2 2lt Squirt soda

2 c. Cranberry juice

2 c. Pineapple juice

Slices of strawberries, oranges and limes

Pour the chilled beverages into a large punch bowl and stir. Let the fruit slices float in the punch for decoration and added flavor. Using fun, reusable ice cubes or decorative ice cubes made with the same fruits and juices in the punch will add to the celebration and the energy of the punch.

Kate West, author of “The Real Witches Kitchen” recommends making non-alcoholic fizzy cocktails colored with food coloring to make them extra special for Samhain parties that are mixed with adults and kids. One idea she gives a great mix for a scrumptious Demon’s Blood drink: ginger beer (ginger ale), apple and orange juice and color it with food coloring to a deadly dark green.

So many people in recovery stop cooking with wines, beers and ales. They give such a depth of flavor to food. I truly don’t recommend using spirits to cook with if you’re alcoholic as it may trigger you to drink. We don’t want that. If you do want to cook with alcohol though, heat cooks off the alcohol but leaves the flavor. I love using beer with cooking my bratwurst. Baking is hit or miss though. Extracts though, are high in alcohol content are just fine because you’re not using a large quantity. Rum cake is probably not a good idea though; I have heard way too many office party horror stories.

To fellow witches, shamans, pagans and even just my sisters and brothers in recovery or not, please celebrate the beauty of life. Don’t stand to the side because of worries or insecurities. You may find more kindred spirits than you expected. At the very least people who will support you and love you. Blessed Be.

10 Kinds of Pagan Paths

Hi. I’m Andie and I am going to tell you about different Pagan paths. Just like Christianity there many different takes on what it means to be a Pagan, Witch or any other type of non-Christian/Muslim/Jewish believer. Pagans are generally anyone who is not specifically Christian, Muslim or Jewish, in other words, it is often a spiritual path that has more than one God. Most of us believe in a God and a Goddess, in fact most accept many Gods and Goddesses. Often pagans believe that all of nature has a spirit or soul. We understand that the Wind whispers to us, animals guide us that the very Earth gave birth to and nurtures us. Most don’t believe in the Christian idea Heaven and Hell, angels and demons. We also by and large don’t believe in Satan. Any witch that tells you otherwise is woefully undereducated in the world of witchcraft. This list is by no means a complete list. It is just some of the ones I have looked into personally in my own quest to find where I fit. Also a note of clarification, in this list magic is spelled magick rather than magic to separate power from illusion.

First we are going to look at eclectic witches. An eclectic witch is someone who takes a little or a lot from different pantheons. Not all paths must be “pagan” to be used. Some use the wisdom of Buddha. Others use a little from Christianity (not many mind you). Still others use the Egyptian, Celtic or Native American ways. They may or may not follow the Wiccan Rede. Most often eclectics are much like a stew, a little of this, a dash of that with a heap of something else. Some eclectic witches cast spells while others do not. Often when preforming magick these witches used a mix between high ceremonial magick and whatever comes natural and easy. Many eclectic witches work with herbs, divination, charms and the list could go on for a while. With the eclectic witch the path is much broader than a more “traditional” path. An eclectic witch is also very often a solitary one.

A kitchen witch, also known as a cottage witch, is a very straight forward witch. Her domain is obviously in the kitchen. She weaves her magick right into everything she cooks and often is very selective in the ingredients she uses because there is a certain need to be met. Any type of magick can be done by the kitchen witch. Healing, beautifying, banishing, calling and even money magick can all be conjured by her among many others. Divination is something that can be come by with a kitchen witch. That is not to say that all kitchen witches read tea leaves, but it is not uncommon. She does a lot of work with herbs making foods, potions, oils and teas. Most have a gift for growing plants and often have an extensive herb garden if they have the space for it. Even if the witch doesn’t have the means for a garden she has a widespread of herbs of all different types, many overlapping in use for magick, culinary and healing.

A Wiccan is a practitioner of Wicca which is the Anglo Saxon word for “wise one”. Wicca was brought into being by Gerald Gardener in the 1950’s. He wrote the Wiccan Rede which states at the end “And these eight words do fulfill ‘An ye harm none, do as ye will’”. Wiccans strive to embody this tenant wholeheartedly. Therefore are very cautious in the magick they practice. They believe the Rule of Three, what you send out, bad or good, comes back to you times three with every fiber of their being. Wiccans want to avoid bad Karma. Of course that isn’t completely possible as we are human but they definitely try their very best. Magick of all types is virtually a given with them. Some Wiccans are very elaborate in their spells whereas others prefer simple spells. Wiccan beliefs seem to be heavy in Celtic traditions with some Norse and Druidism sewn in.

Asatru, these are the people that believe in Valhalla and the Valkyries, Odin and Thor. The word Asatru is combination of two words, ‘Asa’ meaning the Asa-Gods and ‘Tro’ meaning belief. They worship the high Gods of the Vanir and Aesir. Most Asatru prefer to be called Asatru or Pagan or Heathen rather than be associated with the whole Neopaganism movement. Asatru follow the nine noble virtues: courage, truth, honor, fidelity, discipline, hospitality, industriousness, self-reliance and perseverance. They are very family oriented. Asatru people are an example of ceremonial high magick. Not everyone who is Asatru uses magick however. It is left to those who have a calling or affinity for it. Joining the Asatru faith is usually done through the Kindred. You ceremoniously reject all other Gods and Goddesses other than the Vanir and the Aesir. These Gods and Goddesses are called living Gods because they wander among us and interact with humans rather than sit on high as many other deities are described in doing.

Green witches are also known as garden witches and are very Earth centered. They work with all parts of the Earth from the ground beneath our feet to the cosmos above and everything between and betwixt. They are very much tied to the cycles of the Earth and how the planets affect Her. Green witches are the original hippies. Peace loving and Earth healing people. They work heavily with herbs and have a deep connection with nature. They are not confined to forest areas. You can find them in the desert, the ocean or even the jungle. Some are even city dwellers. Green witches use the Elements (Earth, Air, Fire and Water) as well as Elemental spirits such as Elves, gnomes, dwarves or even dragons. They tend to be very adept gardeners and have a deft hand at making their own natural medicines as well as using said plants for their magickal properties. Often green witches do spells and rituals to help heal the damage done to Mother Earth because they are so in tune they can feel her pain. Green witches are very closely related to both a kitchen witch and a hedge witch.

Hedge witches are much more traditional witches with a bit of druidism and a lot of shamanism thrown in. In most cases a hedge witch is not part of a coven. While she may be part of a community she doesn’t partake in religious ceremonies. The words “Hedge witch” or the word “haegtessa” is a Saxon word for witch, which translates to “hedge-rider”. They are very often healers, midwives and wise women or wise men. They also walk the line between the living and dead to communicate with the departed and bring messages from the Otherside back with her. They don’t just have an affinity to touch the other side but also talking to other spirits too such as spirit guides, totems and other spiritual beings. However like green witches they are very connected to the Earth and the bountiful gifts She provides thus making her own medicines and herbal concoctions are within her norm. They often preform astral travel, spiritual healing and a mediator between spirits and people.

A solitary witch is a witch who practices on his own. He may be any kind of witch listed here or many other paths of pagan but works almost exclusively alone. For some this is a temporary thing. The reasons vary especially at the beginning, sometimes its initial learning, finding a coven or having to be in the broom closet. Some find that they are more comfortable working solo and others have to because there are no other witches to fellowship with. There are freedoms and drawbacks to being a solitary witch. Some of the benefits are being able to be eclectic. They are not bound by the rules or beliefs of a coven. The magick is much closer to the heart. Some of the drawbacks of being solitary are not having others to share with, learn from or raise extra energy for a spell. There is less of a balance. Being part of a coven isn’t always the right answer. How witchcraft is practiced is very personal.

Shamanism is most often attributed to Native American peoples. While shamans are definitely a part of those cultures, it is not exclusive to them. They have existed throughout human history in most societies. They have the ability to see visions, walk between worlds, heal the body, mind and spirit and even control elements and spirits. The word shaman is first used by the Siberian Tungus and translates to “he (or she) who knows”. They are also called medicine men (or women) or witch doctors. Most often men are shamans but it isn’t unheard of for women to be shamans. In fact in some cultures it is seen as unmanly to be a shaman and so it is left to the women. Very often the traditions of shamanism are handed down orally and are specific to that particular tribe. Their goals are very much the same though. They protect and serve.

Druidism is not limited to Merlin in the King Arthur lore. Druidism is a spiritual path as opposed to a religious one. Druidry focuses largely on ancestry and nature. There is no dogma and is open to any number of beliefs. Mind you there are still core values that seem to be common in most druids. As far as Gods go, some may be of the belief in one God or Goddess while others believe in many deities. Still others believe in no particular Higher Power or even if they do, strip them of any gender. They believe in the sanctity of all life and much like the other Pagan paths spoken of today they are a nature based in origin. There is the acceptance of reincarnation and use of magick. Because druids are so nature based they celebrate the turns of the seasons, the harvests and planting, even the cycles of the moon among other natural phenomena.

Santeria is also known as La Regla Lucumi and the Rule of Osha. Most of those who practice Santeria prefer these names. Santeria is a religion that grew from the slave trade in Cuba that originated in Benin and Nigeria. It is popular among the Latino community as well as African communities but is not strictly limited to those people. Santeria mixed African religions with Catholic beliefs and saints to a point. Their Higher Power is both a singular being as well as multiple beings. This is one of the few Pagan paths I know of that does practice blood sacrifices. Chickens are most commonly used for sacrifices. Sacrifices are done for forgiveness of sins, good luck, health and other reasons. While they don’t practice magick in the same way a witch does, they do practice divination, mediumship and healing much like druids and shamans. There are priests, priestesses and mediums at the head of any congregation of Santeria who help guide those who have an affinity for divination, mediumship or healing as well as devotees.

There are so many similarities between all the paths we’ve looked at today that I hope you were able to see. I also hope you were able to see some of the differences. Pagans aren’t what movies, TV and books make us out to be. Grant it today we see “good” witches as well as “bad”, but we still are not depicted accurately. As you can see we revere Nature and rather than supplicate to our Deities and hope that they will answer our prayers, we are aware of our own inner power and the Gods encourage us to use it. Not only do we want to use that power to help ourselves but we want to use it to help you. We believe in wonder and magick and majestic mystical beings and see the Divine in ourselves, others and in every living creature. I have included links to let you read up more on each path. That’s all I have for today folks. Thank you for letting me bring you on this little tour.

http://www.paganlore.com/paths.aspx

http://www.kitchenwiccan.com/pagan-wiccan/types-of-witches/

http://askanthony.weebly.com/different-types-of-witches.html

https://wicca.com/celtic/wicca/rede.htm

http://greenwitchery.tripod.com/

http://www.religioustolerance.org/asatru.htm

http://www.odinsvolk.ca/O.V.A.%20-%20ASATRU%20INTRO.html

http://www.gladsheim.org/whatis.html

http://www.witchpathforward.com/green-witchcraft.html

http://hedgewitchforest.com/

http://www.crystalinks.com/shamanism.html

http://www.druidry.org/druid-way/druid-beliefs

https://carm.org/druidism

http://www.aboutsanteria.com/what-is-santeria.html

http://www.religioustolerance.org/santeri3.htm

Tuatha De Danann: The Seelie and Unseelie Sidhe

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Previously publish on thegameofnerds.com.

I read so many books that have to do with myth and magick that I review for you guys that I thought it was time for me to let you in on who and what the realm of fairy is. Most especially the Merry Gentry books I review for you deal with the Seelie and Unseelie Sidhe. Come to think of it, Harry Dresden of The Dresden Files does too. He is the Winter Night of the Unseelie Sidhe. Admittedly, both Merry and Harry deal with Courts that are vastly different in look, make up in hierarchy and how they are run and even who the Queens are.

Furthermore, in many games and movies we see or play elves or fairies. There are all kinds of myths and magicks surrounding them. In all myths the Fae are youthful and beautiful. What is not clearly understood by many is that the Fae, the people of Fairy, encompasses more than just the tall, slender beautiful people. Brownies, sprites, goblins and more all comprise the Fae. The Tuatha De Danann (pronounced Thoo a Du-non) translates to the Children of the Goddess Danu. They are also called the Sidhe (pronounced SHEE). They are the Kings and Queens of Fairy. I will even go as far as to say Goddesses and Gods in their own right.

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The Tuatha De Danann Came to Ireland with fabulous wisdom and gifts from four cities where they learned from gifted wise men. Senias of Murias, Morias of Falias, Urias of Gorias and Arias of Finias were the cities and wise men. The treasures that were brought to Ireland were all beneficial to the land and it’s people. It is said that the Tuatha De Danann landed on the shore of Ireland in great boats out of clouds or mist as thick as clouds. They came from Achaia, which is accredited to Denmark, and lived in Lochlonn, Ireland. They visited other lands before settling in Ireland.

When the Tuatha De Danann first landed on the shores, the Firbolgs inhabited the land. They, the Firbolgs and the Children of Danu, fight for rulership of the land. They ended up sharing leadership with the Tuath, with the Tuath ruling the majority of the land. The next war was with the Fomorians but it was the Milesians that defeated the Tuatha De Danann. The Tuatha De Danann had intermingled with the Firbolgs and Fomorians and thus we have the different types of lesser Fae. Even though this was true, the Firbolgs and the Fomorians still hated the Tuatha De Danann. They helped the Milesians.

No one know why the Tuatha De Danann are no longer here for sure. Those of us who believe in myth and magick often choose to believe they withdrew from a world who no longer wanted/needed them. We hope they will return once again.

Needless to say that this is where we get beautiful, fierce elves and kolbolds and so many others through pen and paper games such as D&D, books like The Lord of the Ring Trilogy or even games like World of Warcraft. In all that the characters, or toons have traces back to the Sidhe be them from Ireland or one of the many lands they touched on their way to Ireland. There are more legends of the Fae out there. Would you like to know more? Let me know in the comments below.

Aphrodite The Goddess Of Love

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Previously published on thegameofnerds.com.

Aphrodite is one of twelve original Olympian Gods and Goddesses. She is a descendant of the Titans that first ruled. She was born fully grown from the ocean foam when Uranus’s genitals were thrown into said ocean. Aphrodite is the Goddess of love, beauty, pleasure (especially sexual pleasure) and procreation. She is a vain Goddess but can be kindhearted. She is married to Hephaestus the God of the forge, but cheated on him often. He is considered ugly and deformed. Aphrodite and Hephaestus were married to prevent a war on Olympus because of Aphrodite’s beauty and promiscuity as well as to appease Hephaestus when Zeus demanded Hera’s release from a magickal trap he built.

Aphrodite had affairs with a number of Gods such as Ares, Poseidon, Hermes, Dionysus, Adonis, and Anchises. She had affairs with mortals too. These dalliances produced children too, as she mothered twenty children. With Ares she has Harmonia, Eros (Cupid), Deimos, Pothos, Phobos, Anteros and Himeros. With Hermes she had Hermaphroditus. With Dionysus she had Peitho, The Graces (Aglaea, Euphrosyne and Thalia) and Priapus. With Poseidon she had Eryx and Rhodos. With Anchises she had Aeneas. With Adonis she had Beroe. With the mortal Ankhises she had Lyros. With another mortal, Phaethon, she had Astynoos.

Aphrodite’s Roman equivalent is Venus. She has a chariot that glides through the air pulled by swans. She loves thing to be beautiful and considers herself to be the most beautiful Goddess of all. She was even chosen by Prince Paris of Troy to be the most beautiful Goddess over Hera and Athena and awarded the golden apple. It is believed that because Prince Paris chose Aphrodite over the other Goddesses that she fought on the side of Paris during the Trojan War. Aphrodite went so far as to rescuing Prince Paris from King Menelaus by giving him clouds to cover his escape.

Aphrodite continues to be the Goddess of love and she and her son Cupid help people fall in lust and love. She may even still take mortal lovers and bear children. Could you be her child or the result of Aphrodite’s machinations with Eros? Maybe you have your heart set on a certain special someone for Valentine’s Day. Try calling on Aphrodite and see if she can help nudge your heart’s desire in your direction. Let me know how it goes in the comments below.

Artemis The Virgin Goddess Of The Greeks

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Previously published on thegameofnerds.com.

Artemis is the virgin Goddess of the hunt, the forests and hills, the moon and archery. Her Roman equivalent is Diana. Her symbols are bows and arrows, stags, hunting dogs and obviously the moon. Her father is Zeus king of the Olympian Gods and Goddesses and governs the sky, lightening and thunder, law, order and justice. Her mother is Leto the Titaness of womanly demure and motherhood.

Artemis has many siblings as her father is Zeus. Her siblings are her twin Appllo as well as Aeacus, Angelos Aphrodite, Ares, Athena, Dionysus, Eileithyia, Enyo, Eris, Ersa, Hebe, Helen of Troy, Hephaestus, Heracles, Hermes, Minos, Pandia, Persephone, Perseus, Rhadamanthus, The Graces, The Horae, The Litae, The Muses, Moirai

Artemis is another Goddess that has enjoyed a resurgence of notoriety in modern day. She is a playable character in the popular video game Smite. Also people have drawn comparission between Katniss Everdeen and Artemis. As well as being in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series.

She is a virgin first and foremost and then a huntress. She is the best hunter on the Greek Gods. She is strong and independent and hates people, especially men, encroaching on her area. Once when a fellow hunter spied Artemis bathing, she turned him into a stag and his own hunting dogs tore him apart. She even stranded Agamemnon in the water for killing one of her sacred stags until he agreed to sacrifice his own daughter Iphigenia to appease her. Do not piss off this Goddess or you may find yourself torn to bits.

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