Lunar Pearl Pagan Newsletter Issue 1

Lunar Pearl Pagan Newsletter -- May 2002

A Publication in conjunction with the Lunar Pearl Pagan Website http://ravensilverwing.tripod.com

In this Issue:

[00] Letter from the Editors [01] Pagan News [02] Next Sabbat: Beltane [03] Sabbat Ritual: Beltane [04] Article: What the Maypole Symbolizes [05] Article: More about the Maypole [06] Ritual: An Attraction Spell [07] Something to ponder [08] Craft: Goddess Prayer Beads [10] Your questions [11] Answers to your questions [12] This months HOT links [13] Newsletter and Forum Info (Including How To Subscribe/Unsubscribe)

*Submission Deadline for next issue: May 27, 2002

[00] A letter from your Editors

Greetings and welcome to the first issue of the Lunar Pearl Pagan Newsletter. We hope this newsletter is a great service to the Pagan community. We hope to have lots of features that most other newsletters don't. It will be packed full of useful information, insightful articles, and thought provaking items. You may contact us at any time thru e-mail or by replying to this e-mail. Only the moderators will be able to see what you send as this is a moderated group not a discussion thing. Happy reading and please send us feedback about this and every issue!

[01] Pagan News

From the L.A. Times

Pagans' Presence Tests Tolerance in High Desert Lancaster: Deputies fail to act after Christians disrupt ritual. Some see it as a black eye for the area. By RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER

On the shivery evening of the spring equinox, 50 hooded pagans formed a circle in the parking lot behind the Witches Grove gift store in downtown Lancaster. After praying to their gods, they prepared a ritual sacrifice: a white chocolate bunny destined for a fondue pot.

A desert wind killed the Sterno cans, and the tongue-in-cheek offering was spared. By then, about 20 Christians had gathered nearby to pray for the pagans' souls, and two were walking around the circle reading Bible verses. The tone of the evening suddenly shifted.

Words were exchanged. A praying man, who turned out to be a sheriff's chaplain, was blaring Christian pop tunes through his SUV speakers. "Forgive them, Lord," he said. "They don't know what they're doing." The pagans said they felt intimidated and called the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Although the Lancaster station is three blocks away, it took deputies 4 1/2 hours to respond. By the time they arrived, everyone was gone.

The events of the evening of March 16--since dubbed "Wiccagate" by the local media--have ignited an intense debate among local residents over 1st Amendment rights, hate legislation and the limits of tolerance in the high desert, a bastion of Christian conservatism that is grappling with growing racial and religious diversity.

Authorities Say No Crime Was Committed

Many of the pagans call the interruption of their services a hate crime. But Lancaster Sheriff's Capt. Tom Pigott said no one was assaulted, no property was damaged and no laws were broken.

Nevertheless, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich has asked the Sheriff's Department to explain why deputies took so long to respond, and the Antelope Valley Interfaith Council has scheduled a day of prayer May 19 in response to the events.

"What technically happened was not a crime, but a great deal of hatred motivated the action," said council President Bishop Bernard Price, whose Church of St. Thomas is part of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch. "The Christians accused [the pagans] of being Satanists, and [the pagans] don't believe in that. It's only the religious right that believes in Satan."

Many of the Christians who were in the parking lot that night are unrepentant and are worried that the 2-year-old shop in the heart of downtown Lancaster is an outpost of satanic activity. Yet for many residents, the incident is an embarrassing public relations gaffe for the Antelope Valley.

In recent years, valley leaders have founded a number of politically correct institutions to combat the area's reputation for narrow-mindedness, including a hate crimes hotline, a human relations task force and an anger management course for teens drawn to bigotry. This year, thousands of local students created a giant human peace symbol for the third annual "Increase the Peace" day, in which speakers took up themes of harmony and tolerance.

Pastor Tom Pickens, president of the Antelope Valley Christian Ministers Assn., said events such as interfaith prayer services held after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks better reflect the valley's religious attitudes.

"I think it's somewhat unfortunate that this incident has been blown out of proportion," Pickens said.

Cyndia Riker--the owner of the Lancaster store catering to witches and warlocks--disagrees. The mother of three calls her religion, paganism, an earth-centered form of worship with a history that predates Christianity. Paganism and a popular subset of the religion, Wicca, have nothing to do with Satanism, she said.

Delayed Response Called Deliberate

Riker, who has owned the shop since September, believes the delayed response by authorities was the result of a close relationship between the department and some of the protesters. She noted that Pastor Billy Pricer was among the Christians in the parking lot that night.

Pricer, a former sheriff's deputy, is head chaplain at the station and works closely with local deputies through UCAN, his counseling program for at-risk youth. The man blaring his stereo was Pricer's son-in-law, John Canavello, then associate chaplain at the Lancaster sheriff's station, authorities said.

Some of the pagans say Canavello flashed his sheriff's identification card that night and told the pagans their calls to the station would be ignored. Canavello denies the allegations, but said his ID was on his dashboard.

Capt. Pigott denies any conspiracy. He said his deputies did not know Pricer and Canavello were at the ceremony and they were overburdened that night.

Lancaster dispatchers received a call about a religious observance being disturbed about 4 p.m., but deputies recognized the address as a business and logged it as a loud music complaint, he said. With 76 other calls that night, deputies had to prioritize and could not get to the shopping center until 8 p.m., well after the incident was over.

The incident was reviewed by hate crimes specialists from the Sheriff's Department and the district and city attorney's offices. They all determined that no laws were broken, said Sgt. Katherine Voyer, who heads the sheriff's hate crimes task force.

They also declined to categorize it as a "hate incident," because no derogatory words were used, Voyer said.

But Riker and other pagans said they are dismayed by what they see as weaknesses in anti-hate laws that let the Christians off the hook.

Riker said her group will begin lobbying officials to change the laws.

While Canavello has been suspended as a sheriff's chaplain for his involvement in the incident, Riker said she also would like theSheriff's Department to cut its ties to Pricer.

[02]Next Sabbat: Beltane www.witchesweb.com.

The Sabbat of Beltane is celebrated on this date by Witches worldwide. Beltane is also known as Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain), May Day, Walpurgisnacht, and Rood Day. Roodmas, the medieval Church's name for the holiday, came from Church Fathers who were hoping to shift the common people's allegiance from the Maypole, Pagan symbol of life, to the Holy Rood - the Cross - Roman instrument of death. Beltane ushers in the fifth month of the modern calendar year, the month of May. This month is named in honor of the goddess Maia, originally a Greek mountain nymph, later identified as the most beautiful of the Seven Sisters, the Pleiades. By Zeus, she is also the mother of Hermes, god of magic. Maia's parents were Atlas and Pleione, a sea nymph.

Beltane is the old Celtic name for this holiday (in its most popular Anglicized form), and is derived from the Irish Gaelic "Bealtaine" or the Scottish Gaelic "Bealtuinn.," each meaning "Bel-fire." Bel-Fire is the term for the fire of the Celtic god of light (Bel, Beli or Belinus). In turn, He may be traced to the Middle Eastern god Baal.

Although some traditions have taken to this, there is no historical justification for calling May 1st "Lady Day". For many centuries, that title was proper to the Vernal or Spring Equinox (approx. March 21st), due mainly to that date's associations with the fertility Goddesses Eostre and Ostara. The non-traditional use of "Lady Day" for May 1st is quite recent (within the last 20 years), and seems to be mainly confined to America, where it has gained widespread acceptance among certain segments of the Craft population. A glance at a dictionary ("Webster's 3rd" or Oxford English Dictionary), encyclopedia ("Benet's"), or standard mythology reference (Funk and Wagnalls' Standard Dictionary of Folklore & Mythology") confirms the correct date for Lady Day as the Vernal Equinox.

Beltane was originally a Celtic or Druidic festival of fire, celebrating the union of the Goddess and the Horned God, and the fertility in all things. In ancient days, cattle were driven through the Beltane fires for purification and fertility. In Wales,

Creiddylad was connected with this festival and often called the May Queen. The Maypole (originally a phallic symbol) and it's dance are remnants of these old festivals. Although for Pagans of old, this was a 'floating' holiday, it is May 1 that Neo-Pagans consider the great holiday of flowers, Maypoles, and greenwood frivolity.

Other May Day customs include: processions of chimney-sweepsand milk maids, archery tournaments, morris dances, sword dances, feasting, music, drinking, and maidens bathing their faces in the dew of May morning to retain their youthful beauty.

One of the most beautiful customs associated with this festival was "bringing in the May." The young people of the villages and towns would go out into the fields and forests at Midnight on April 30th and gather flowers with which to bedeck themselves, their families, and their homes. They would process back into the villages, stopping at each home to leave flowers, and to receive the best of food and drink that the home had to offer. This custom is somewhat similar to "trick or treat" at Samhain and was very significant to the ancients. These revelers would bless the fields and flocks of those who were generous and wish ill harvests on those who withheld their bounty.

Writers Janet and Stewart Farrar indicate that the Beltane celebration was principly a time of "...unashamed human sexuality and fertility." Such associations include the obvious phallic symbolism of the Maypole and riding the hobby horse. Even a seemingly innocent children's nursery rhyme, "Ride a cock horse to Banburry Cross..." retain such memories. And the next line "...to see a fine Lady on a white horse" is a reference to the annual ride of "Lady Godiva" though Coventry. Every year for nearly three centuries, a sky-clad village maiden (elected Queen of the May) enacted this Pagan rite, until the Puritans put an end to the custom.

The Puritans, in fact, reacted with pious horror to most of the May Day rites, even making Maypoles illegal in 1644. They especially attempted to suppress the "greenwood marriages" of young men and women who spent the entire night in the forest, staying out to greet the May sunrise, and bringing back boughs of flowers and garlands to decorate the village the next morning. One angry Puritan wrote that men "doe use commonly to runne into woodes in the night time, amongst maidens, to set bowes, in so much, as I have hearde of tenne maidens whiche went to set May, and nine of them came home with childe." And another Puritan complained that, of the girls who go into the woods, "not the least one of them comes home again a virgin."

Long after the Christian form of marriage (with its insistence on sexual monogamy) had replaced the older Pagan handfasting, the rules of strict fidelity were always relaxed for the May Eve rites. Names such as Robin Hood, Maid Marion, and Little John played an important part in May Day folklore, often used as titles for the dramatis personae of the celebrations. And modern surnames such as Robinson, Hodson, Johnson, and Godkin may attest to some distant May Eve spent in the woods.

It is certainly no accident that Queen Guinevere's "abduction" by Meliagrance occurs on May 1st when she and the court have gone a-Maying, or that the usually efficient Queen's guard, on this occasion, rode unarmed.

Some of these customs seem virtually identical to the old Roman feast of flowers, the Floriala, three days of unrestrained sexuality which began at sundown April 28th and reached a crescendo on May 1st.

Modern day pagan observances of Beltane include the maypole dances, bringing in the May, and jumping the cauldron for fertility. Many couples wishing to conceive children will jump the cauldron together at this time. Fertility of imagination and other varieties of fertility are invoked along with sexual fertility. In Wiccan and other Pagan circles, this is a joyous day, full of laughter and good times. It is still versed and sung about to this day. As recently as 1977, Ian Anderson included the following lyrics in his May Day song on the Jethro Tull album "Songs from the Wood" which contains many references to Pagan customs):

"For the May Day is the great day, Sung along the old straight track. And those who ancient lines did ley Will heed this song that calls them back."

[03]Sabbat ritual: Beltane -Cast the Circle

-Call the Watchtowers as follows: East: Soft Spring Breeze blow now forth. Greetings unto thee. In the name of the Spring Maiden, I call your presance, Blessed Be! South: Fiery Beltane fires come forth. Greetings unto thee. In the name of the Spring Maiden, I call your presance, Blessed Be! West: Cool waters of stream, lake and sea , Greetings to you. In the name of the Maiden of Spring, I call your presance, Blessed Be! North: earth of green and flowers wild. Greetings unto you. in the name of the Spring Maiden I call your presance, Blessed Be!

-Return to the altar. Replace the athame. Light your chosen incense. the the Goddess candle and invoke Her: Lovely Maiden, Mother, Wise one, Threefold Goddess be A flame within my hearts tonight That grows in energy. Thy priestess/preist seeks thee. Fill me now, will all thy magick light. Come, my Queen, to the Beltane rite Come share my joy tonight.

-Light the God candle. Invoke Him: Young Sun King, Horned One, Stag, Spirit wild and free Come dance with the Maiden of Spring. Come forth we welcome thee! Thy priestess/priest waits for thee! Fill me now, with all thy magickal light. Come Young King, to our Beltane rite Come share my joy this night.

-Milk juice, or spring water should be placed in a goblet. Pour some in an offering bowl or on the ground ( if out doors). Take a sip and say: The Goddess of Spring walks through the land with the God of the forest and the dark time of winter is behind Them.

-Ring the bell 7 times or tap the altar 7 times with your athame and say: The animals breed and the plants pollinate as the May Queen and Greenman bestow their blessings upon the Earth's creatures. I (or we), who am (are) their child(ren) rejoice with them and ask that their happy union become the example for all humanity to live in love and harmony.

-Place a dark green camdle in your cauldron or middle of the altar. Light it and say: The dark days are cleared away that the May day can now begin.

Symbolic Great Rite/Ceremony of Cakes and Wine

-Ring the bell 3 times or tap the altar 3 times with the athame. Spread your feet and raise your arms to the sky. Say: I acknowledge my needs and offer my appreciation to that which sustains me! May I ever remember the blessings of my Lord and Lady.

-Place your feet together now. Take up the 2nd goblet filled with chosen liquid in your left hand and your athame in your right hand. Slowly lower the point into the goblet and say: As male joins female for the benefit of both, let fruits of their union promote life. Let the Earth be fruitful and let Her wealth be spread throughout the lands.

-Lay down the athame and drink from the goblet. Replace the goblet and pick up the athame. Touch it to the chosen food and say: This food is the blessings of the Lord and Lady given freely to me. As freely as I have received, may I also give food for the body, mind and spirit to those who seek such from me. Eat the food and finish the drink in the goblet and say: As I enjoy these gifts of the God and Goddess, may I remember that without them I have nothing. So mote it be!

-Close the circle.

=============== Beltane Incense ===============

3 Parts Frankincense 2 Parts Sandalwood 1 Part Woodruff 1 Part Rose petals a few drops Jasmine oil a few drops rose Oil

Burn during rituals on Beltane or May Day for fortune, favors and to attune with the changing of the seasons

[04] Article: What the Maypole Symbolizes The traditional & x-rated origin (those offended by sexual subjects should skip the next two paragraphs) In time for celebration the crown was placed on top of the pole attached to a small branch stub or peg. The ribbons were tied to the top, alternating in colors, to stretch far beyond the base. Once the pole is ready, the men take the pole and insert it into the shaft dug into the earth. Traditionally of course, the pole represented the phallus of the God (in India this is referred to as "the lingam") and the shaft in the ground represents the vagina (India: "the Yoni"). The crown and ribbons also represent the Yoni. The ribbons are weaved together in a dual-direction dance by men and women. Dancers alternate male, female, male, female. Men will dance one direction women the other. In some traditions men go clockwise (sunwise), and women counter-clockwise. The men dance with their ribbon over on the outside of the first woman they pass, then under the ribbon and towards the inside of the next woman they pass. (Men only pass women, women only men). This rhythmic dance creates a tight weave around the pole that traditionally is to mimic the sexual act in order to teach the crops what to do - copulate and become fertile. Produce.. When the ribbons weave tightly around the pole, the wreath (represents the Yoni) slowly comes down over the pole. Until it hits the ground to represent complete union. It was a fertility rite or spell in its origins - a form of sex magic. Today, you see it practiced all over without that meaning prescribed to it.

Also in this practice, a Queen and King of the May was elected by the tribe or village to lead the dance and festival. They represent the God of the May (in Irish: Angus Mac Og, Roman: Hermes; Celtic: Robin Hood) and the Goddess of the May (Irish: Aine or Erin, Roman: Floralia; Celtic: Maid Marion). A bonfire was lit (balefire or Balder's Fires) and sacrifices were made into it. Couple would jump over the fire holding hands to assure their bond would last. Sealed by the fire's flame. Then after the dance, the tribespeople or villagepeople would go out into the fields and copulate, to show the crops how to be fertile and how to produce. This was where the ancient orgies of Paganism took place and it was acceptable at this time only to be able to make love with anyone who was willing.

http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/3787/art/mayday2.html

[05] Article: More Info. ABout the Maypole

The concept of the Maypole has been around for centuries. Possibly dating back to the 7th or 8th century when the people of Northern Europe introduced the Maypole to England.

Our ancestors viewed the Beltane Maypole celebration as a time for welcoming the spring as winter passes. To them the maypole was not just a representation of spring. It was also a focal point for Midsummer and Mabon. The Midsummer pole celebrated the ideas of continuity and community, whereas the Mabon pole represented a way to give thanks for the bountiful harvest and to signal the onset of winter. No research is available to authenticate what I am about to say, but I could see the pole being burned at Samhain to acknowledge the death of vegetation and the end of the year.

I have read in many sources that the Maypole was often constructed from the family Yule tree. The dance of the Maypole was not only a community affair but also a celebration by families as their Yule trees were stripped of their branches, decorated with flower wreaths and streamers and planted in the yard. Each family held its own celebration as a way to welcome in the May.

In Germany, on May Eve, single young men of the village would go out into the woods and cut down a fir tree; removing all branches except for the upper ones. Ribbons and flowers were placed upon the tree. It was then erected in the village square and guarded all night until the May Day celebration. They believed that the maypole represented the World tree. Its roots symbolized the underworld and its branches reached to the upper realms. Around Munich, the "maibaum", the community maypole, displayed the history of the village carved into the tree trunk. It remained standing for years.

The first Maypole in America was brought by the Anglican colony of Mount Merry, a group of the Plymouth Bay Colony Pilgrims. In 1628 they erected an eighty foot Maypole; danced, sang, and drank beer (or now a day beverage of your choice). Does this sound slightly familiar to anyone? Most information found on the Maypole focuses around the 16th century. During the time of Henry VIII, May Day celebrations included dramatic characters that took part in elaborate plays. The events of the day always concluded with the Morris Maypole Dance done to the tune of "Selliger's Round". A.C. Crowley described the Maypole dances of England in his book "The Maypole Dance" (London: Curwen 1891). In 1910, Walter Shaw wrote "Maypole Dances with Instructions, Songs, and Accompaniments" (London: Curwen 1910).

The merriment of the Maypole and its celebration met its demise in the middle 1600's. In 1644 an English Puritan, Phillip Stubbes, influenced the Parliament to outlaw the celebration because of its lavish behavior calling it a "stynkyng ydol". Even the Maypole constructed by the Pilgrims met its fate in 1628 when William Bradford sent out a military party to cut down the pole and punish its offenders. The 17th century wasn't all bad. In 1660 the Maypole was restored with the largest being erected on May 1, 1661 in London's Strand. It stood a whopping one hundred thirty four feet, and stood untouched until 1710.

Traditionally, the Maypole was a way to bring people together, whether family, community, or both. Our ancestors began their Maypole celebration by going door to door distributing springtime flowers and branches, and receiving tokens from residents. Reminds me of a springtime trick-or-treat. Then they would gather in the village square and dance around the erected pole as they welcomed in the May.

To erect your own Maypole, begin with whatever you are going to use for the pole. Make sure it is about longer than the desired height so that it may be well planted into the ground. An average pole is about 9 feet. Before erecting your pole, decorate the top with flowers or any greenery you may choose. Attach ribbons in multiples of four. They should be one and a half times the height of the pole in length. Traditionally the ribbons were red and white. Red represented the Sun God or the Mother, and white represented the Virgin Goddess or the Maiden. Brightly colored ribbons are commonly used for their magickal attributes as dancers choose a color to correspond with something they would like to weave into their life. A floral wreath of entwined flowers may be constructed to fit around the pole and placed over the ribbons. If you choose to do this make sure the ribbons are securely attached to the pole and that the wreath is not much larger than the pole or too heavy. As the dancers stretch out their ribbons the wreath is raised to the top of the pole and is lowered as the ribbons become entwined, symbolizing the union of the God and Goddess. The dance of the Maypole is quite elegant when preformed correctly, however it is not as easy as it sounds and may take a little practice to get it right. It is wonderful if you can alternate men and women, however as we all know this is sometimes very difficult to do. The important thing to remember is to have an even number of people. Two circles are created ; an inner and an outer circle. The inner circles faces deosil while the outer circle faces widdershins. This way the dancers face each other. Now the fun begins as dancers move their ribbons over the first person they meet and under the next. Continue dancing and interweaving the ribbons until the pole is clothed in a colorful array and the ribbons are too short to dance with anymore. If you have chosen to use a wreath be sure to keep the ribbons taunt to support the wreath until it has ridden down to the base of the Maypole.

As we dance the Maypole, we connect the energy of the Earth below and the Sky above. We welcome the rebirth of the plants that grow in spring. We bind wishes for our planet, and ourselves and we celebrate with the Lady and the Lord. So plant a Maypole and join in an age-old rite of Spring. Copy Writed by the Minnesota Pagan Press/Beltane 1999

[06]Ritual: AN Attraction Spell You will need: 1) A mirror,most any kind, other than compact 2) 2 candles, of any color---pink is a good choice, as it brings friendship and romance 3) yourself :)

in a place that is comfortable for sitting a while, and fire safe, place the mirror with a candle on each side. Light the candles...turn down, or off, any artificial light. Now, sit down in front of the mirror, gaze at your reflection. Sit comfortably, and relaxed. Notice all your good qualities...focus on them...then say aloud how wonderful this feature (eyes, for ex.) are..notice their shape, and color, speak of them aloud...do this with all your best features..smile at yourself :) Tell yourself, how wonderful you are...state all the positive aspects of your personality, (your humor, your willingness to help others, etc) name all the beautiful traits, that make you special...speak of them aloud, and with confidence...(It may not be as easy as it sounds!) Now comes the really hard part....hopefully, with practice, and by doing the above things, this will be easier to do! ~~~Say these words~~ (or whatever suits YOU!) :)

I am beautiful (or handsome) on the outside I am wonderful within I am special unto myself, So let the love come in!

Negative thoughts, they vanish I now toss them out Negative feelings, be banished, To let my love shine out!

Repeat this, at least 5 times per sitting. And do at least, once a day--you may reuse the candles, but PLEASE DO NOT blow them out! (It is an insult, to the air to fire elements) Use a snuffer, or..wet your fingers, and pinch them out.

As you get more used to doing this spell, you may repeat these words, or any words that YOU chose (spells are great, when made personal...maybe, in time, and with practice, you will want to change them, or maybe you'll want to do that right away..or, not at all..whatever YOU prefer) :) Also--to make an attraction charm, to wear, simply, find a chain, with a pendant that suits you, and drape over the mirror while doing your spell...or wear it, so it is in sight, as you do your spell. The charm gains strength, as you continue to work the spell.

This spell works! In time---you will see a noticable difference, in the number of people who approach you. I like to do this spell, before I go out, anywhere! (Much like putting on makeup in the morning...or, for you guys....showering and shaving!)

[07] Something to ponder!

What is life?

Life isn't about keeping score. It's not about how many friends you have or how accepted you are.Not about if you have plans this weekend or if you're alone. It isn't about who you're dating, who you used to date, how many people you've dated, or if you haven't been with anyone at all. It isn't about who you have kissed, It isn't about who your family is or how much money they have or what kind of car you drive. Or where you are sent to school.

It's not about how beautiful or ugly you are. Or what clothes you wear, what shoes you have on, Or what kind of music you listen to. It's not about if your hair is blonde, red, black, or brown, Or if your skin is too light or too dark.

Not about what grades you get how smart you are, how smart everybody else thinks you are, or how smart standardized tests say you are. It's not about what clubs you're in or how good you are at "your" sport. It's not about representing your whole being on a piece of paper and seeing who will "accept the written you." Life just isn't. Life is about who you love and who you hurt.

It's about who you make happy or unhappy purposely. It's about keeping or betraying trust. It's about friendship, used as a sanctity or as a weapon. It's about what you say and mean, maybe hurtful, maybe heartening. It's about starting rumors and contributing to petty gossip.

It's about what judgments you pass and why. And who your judgments are spread to. It's about who you've ignored with full control and intention. It's about jealousy, fear, ignorance, and revenge. It's about carrying inner hate and love, letting it grow and spreading it.

But most of all, it's about using your life to touch or poison other people's hearts in such a way that could have never occurred alone.Only you choose the way those hearts are affected, and those choices are what life's all about.

--Author unknown

[08] Craft: Goddess Prayer Beads

If these beads sound familiar, it is because they have been borrowed from the Christian Rosary. And why not? Christians have always borrowed from Pagans when it comes to spirituality, so why not borrow back? Remember, all the Gods are One God.

The Rosary was invented in the Middle Ages as a devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Although the Church is quick to define Mary as simply "first among the saints," it is clear the common people from the first century CE onwards saw Mary as the continuation of the Queen of Heaven: Astarte in Palestine, or Isis in Egypt. It is fitting, then, to adapt a Marian devotion for honor to the Goddess, the Queen of Heaven. These beads honor the Goddess in her three-fold, or triple, nature as Maiden, Mother, and Crone.

It is best to string your own beads. You will need: 13 white 8mm beads for the Maiden 13 red 8mm beads for the Mother 13 black mm beads for the Crone 1 silver 10mm bead representing the Full Moon 52 silver spacer beads (class "E" 6/0) representing the Moonlight. Nylon thread: white or ecru, or color of choice You may begin and end stringing anywhere in the loop, but the tie-off is less visible in the midst of the black beads. The silver Moon bead is separated from the White Maiden beads by four (4) silver spacer beads. Each white Maiden bead is followed by one silver spacer bead, but the thirteenth bead is followed by four (4) spacer beads. Then come the red Mother beads, each followed by one silver spacer, but the 13th bead is followed by four (4) spacers. Then come the black Crone beads, each followed by one silver bead, but the 13th is followed by four (4) spacers. And so we are back at the silver Moon bead. In other words, beads of the same color are separated by one spacer. The three sets of beads and the larger Moon bead are separated by four spacers. Thirteen (13) beads are used in each set to signify the thirteen months of the lunar year. The silver spacers represent moonlight issuing from the Full Moon bead throughout the life cycle of Maiden, Mother, Crone. Prayers are said on each bead, while meditating on the mysteries of the Triple Goddess, and the experience of the human life cycle. Men may wish to make a devotion to the Horned God, and honor the life cycle of Youth, Father, and Sage.

PRAYERS FOR YOUR GODDESS BEADS

On the silver Moon Bead say: Blessed Mother, come to me, and cast your lovely, silver light. Uncloud your face that I may see unveiled, its shining in the night. Triple Goddess, Blessed Be, and Merry Meet, my soul's delight! On the space say: I bind unto my self today the Fertility of the Maiden.

Meditate of the Presence of the Maiden On each Maiden Bead say: Maiden daughter, sister, lover, White-light, Night-light, love's embrace; Seeking love, we find each other By the radiance of your face.

On the space say: I bind unto myself today the Power of the Mother.

Meditate on the Presence of the Mother On each Mother Bead say: Mother of all, radiant, beaming, Full and heavy womb with expectation bright; Be present here, full moonlight gleaming, And bless your child with truth and light.

On the space say: I bind unto myself today the Wisdom of the Crone.

Meditate on the Presence of the Crone On each Crone Bead say: Crone now stands in moonlight gleaming, Starlit night and silver hair; Peace and wisdom from you streaming, Goddess, keeper of our care. On the space say:

I bind unto myself today the Fertility, Power, and Wisdom of the Goddess.

On the silver Moon Bead conclude: Blessed Mother, stay by me, and cast your lovely, silver light. Uncloud your face that I may see unveiled, its shining in the night. Triple Goddess, Blessed Be, and Merry Meet, my soul's delight! So Mote it be!

taken with permission from Oakwyse's Druid Page

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[12] This Month's *HOT* links! If you know of a site that everyone HAS to see, send us the link!

Temple of Hecate http://www.sacredcircle.com

PaganMother.com http://members.tripod.com/Mistymoons/paganmotherindex.htm

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