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Dear Friends,

Since we discussed the Triple Goddess in the last message, I thought it was best that we pay due to her consort, the Horned God. The Pentacle which we wear and use so proudly in Wicca is a representation of their Union’the three upper most points are the three aspects of the Triple Goddess, and the two lower points represent the Horned God.

The Horned God is a symbol of male energy in the form of the divine. He reigns over the woodlands, the hunt and animals. He provides strength and is the Lord of Life, Death and the Underworld. He provides the Sun to the Goddess? moon. He alternates with her in ruling over the fertility cycle of birth, death and rebirth. He is reborn every Winter Solstice, unites with the Goddess in marriage and Beltane and dies in the Autumn in order to bring fertility to the land.

The Horned God is a Wiccan Deity, but does not belong soley to Wicca. He has appeared throughout mythologies all over the world. He is:

- Cernunnos, The Celtic God of fertility, animals and the underworld.

- Herne The Hunter, a specter of Britain.
- Pan the Greek god of the woodlands,
- Janus the Roman god of good beings.
- Tammuz and Damuzi, the son, lover and consorts to Ishtar and Inanna.

- Osiris, the Egyptian Lord of the underworld.
- Dionysus, the Greek god of vegetation and vine.
- The Green Man, the lord of vegetation and the woodlands.
No matter what form he takes in your Wiccan practice, he is as equally important as the Goddess. He contributes the male part of the male-female polarity. During rites in a coven, the High Priest personifies him. In fact, the use of an antlered headdress or a horned helmet by High Priests is what may have contributed to the misconception that Witches were cavorting with Satan.

The concept of Satan is a perversion of what the Horned God represents. The horns on his head represent the domain over the woodlands and his association with the bull and the ram. The two horns also symbolize the cycle of birth and death, creation and destruction, separation and return. Just like nature, the Horned God contains both powers within him. He is both the God of Life and the God of Death. Nature requires balance and the Horned God shows that balance.

He is sometimes depicted as half man and half animal, such as the Horned God seen as Pan or Cernunnous. This represents the natural union between man and nature, something our modern world has sadly forgotten.

Some may fear the Horned God, because he is the primal and active force within all things. We humans try to deny our primal aspects, and origins from the wild. He is a God who is unfettered by civilization. He is driven by his primal instincts and calls us to either do the same, or at least acknowledge that we have them. He is both the hunter and the hunted, with his death he is slain so others can live. He starts the natural cycle and allows the harvest to take place.

Honoring the Horned God is as simple as acknowledging our connection with nature. We also honor him when we learn that life is full of balance. He is brought into our lives through our courage, our passion and our will. Adding a small picture or figure of his visage to your altar is always a good complement to a representation of the Goddess. Remember that in magick, just as in nature, balance is the key.

Love And Light,

Rose Ariadne, Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”


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Dear Friends,

I had an embarrassing question at one of my Wicca classes last week. It wasn’t embarrassing for the student; it was embarrassing for me because I realized that I hadn’t yet explained to this poor young lady who and what the Triple Goddess is. If you’ve been wondering that yourself, hopefully today’s message will enlighten you.

The Triple Goddess is a conception of the Great Goddess that helps us to understand her in all of her forms. She is split into three aspects – Maiden, Mother and Crone. These aspects relate directly to the phases of the moon. The Maiden represents the Waxing Moon’slim and full of promise. The Mother is the Full Moon, bursting with new life. The Crone is the Waning Moon’regal as she fades into darkness. The Moon, of course, has another phase’the dark moon, which some identify with a Dark or Unseen Goddess. Personally, I see this phase of the moon as the extension of the Crone into the Afterlife.

The Gardnerian witches most definitely focused on a Moon Goddess, and spread the concept of the Triple Goddess that permeates Wicca today. However, this does not mean that every Goddess is a Triple Goddess. The Triple Goddess example can be used a template for our understanding of the Deity and ourselves. The Goddess reminds us that despite our differences, we are part of a whole. We are connected, just as the different phases of Goddess are part of the same Deity.

The three aspects of the Triple Goddess have separate correspondences. The Maiden Goddess is associated with childhood, adolescence, purity, virginity, new beginnings, independence and courage.

The Mother Goddess is motherhood (obviously), fertility, growth, protection and sexuality. Many of us do not associate our mothers with sexuality, but how do you think mothers become mothers in the first place?

The Crone represents old age, wisdom, change, transformation, death, rebirth and banishing.

There is one thing I want to clear up that I have heard countless well meaning but misinformed intermediate Wiccans repeat over and over again. I know a lot of people see the three parts of the Goddess and make the connection between that and the Trinity used in Christianity. This then leads to some kind of convoluted logic that eventually results in a declaration that this is yet another things that the Christians ‘stole’ from Paganism. And then that leads to a rant about the burning times, religious persecution and the like.

While I’ve had my fair share of heated debates with Christians, I’ve also had my fair share of debates with Pagans regarding the previously mentioned assumption. In actuality, the Celts viewed many (that’s right, many) of the Goddesses (and Gods too!) in a triple form. However, they weren’t divided into maiden, mother and crone. For example (I knew you’d want one!), The Morrigan was a Triple Goddess whose parts were Badb, Macha and Nemain – which were all goddesses of war and death.

For the record, there are over 400 Celtic deities on record. To suggest that the Celts were a monotheistic religion, worshipping a Triple Moon Goddess which the Christians ripped off is fallacy.

The Triple Goddess that is present in Wiccan theology is a completely Wiccan concept. Pagan cultures didn’t divide their goddesses into the categories of Maiden, Mother and Crone. There are female trios in mythologies from around the world, but they aren’t necessarily triple goddesses. For example, the Three Fates of Greek Mythology are a trio, but not aspects of one goddess. They were three closely related Goddesses nonetheless. For Wiccans, however, our Goddess follows the Moon through the phases. We see her in her three aspects just as we view the Moon in the sky. Each month pay vigil to the transformation that the Goddess makes and think about the transformations you go through as well.

Brightest Blessing,

Rose Ariadne, Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”


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Dear Friends,

Dedicating yourself to this path is something that should not be taken lightly. I recommend that you give yourself at least six months, if not a year, to explore what it means to be Pagan and to find out if Wicca and witchcraft are truly for you.

After that point, you can make a dedication to yourself and to growing spiritually in this path. If you are part of a coven, there will normally be some sort of formal dedication. However, if you are choosing solitary path, you’ll need to create your own dedication. The following words can be used as part of your ritual. It is a spell of sorts, one that binds you to your purpose for discovering more about the world around you, yourself and your own magickal energy.

This dedication is appropriate to complete on a Full Moon night. To prepare your altar, place objects that speak to you and represent the four elements. If you’ve selected a specific God and Goddess to focus your practice on you’ll also want to have representations of them on your altar. Finally, you need a white candle and an astral candle representing yourself.

Begin the ritual like you normally would by grounding and centering, inviting the elements and Deities and lighting your white candle. Lastly, light the astral candle, and repeat the following: I am a Pagan and I dedicate Myself to channeling the Spiritual Energy of my Inner Self to help and to heal myself and others . ” I know that I am a part of the Whole of Nature. May I grow in understanding of the Unity of all Nature. May I always walk in balance.

” May I always be mindful of the diversity of Nature as well as its Unity and may I always be tolerant of those whose race, appearance, sex, sexual preference, culture, and other ways differ from my own.

” May I use the Force (psychic power) wisely and never use it for aggression nor for malevolent purposes. May I never direct it to curtail the free will of another.

” May I always be mindful that I create my own reality and that I have the power within me to create positive energy in my life.

” May I always act in honorable ways: being honest with myself and others, keeping my word whenever I have given it, fulfilling all responsibilities and commitments I have taken on to the best of my ability.

” May I always remember that whatever is sent out always returns magnified to the sender. May the Forces of Karma move swiftly to remind me of these spiritual commitments when I have begin to falter from them, and may I use this Karmic feedback to help myself grow and be more attuned to my Inner Pagan Spirit.

” May I always remain strong and committed to my Spiritual ideals in the face of adversity and negative energy. May the Force of my Inner Spirit ground out all malevolence directed my way and transform it into positivity. May my Inner Light shine so strongly that malevolent forces cannot even approach my sphere of existence.

” May I always grow in Inner Wisdom & Understanding. May I see every problem that I face as an opportunity to develop myself spiritually in solving it.

” May I always act out of Love to all other beings on this Planet — to other humans, to plants, to animals, to minerals, to elementals, to spirits, and to other entities.

” May I always be mindful that the Goddess and God in all their forms dwell within me and that this divinity is reflected through my own Inner Self, my Pagan Spirit.

” May I always channel Brightest Blessing from my being. May my Inner Spirit, rather than my ego self, guide all my thoughts, feelings, and actions.

So Mote It Be

At the end of these words, you can enter a meditative state and invite the Deities to meet you on the astral plane. Often times they will give you special messages and guidance on this night of your dedication. Blessed Be and Welcome to this path!

Love And Light,

Rose Ariadne, Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”


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Dear Friends,

The Green Man is what a lot of Pagans use to associate with the Great God. Maybe you’ve seen his face displayed in garden decorations, or in artwork. He is generally portrayed with a human face, surrounded by leaves or grapes. He sometimes has the ears of a goat, much like Pan. Who is this mysterious face in the foliage?

The Green Man is the personification of the spirit of nature in vegetation form. He is the living heartbeat in every cell of a plant, shrub or tree. He is the divine essence of all seasons. The Green man is the great nature God, a Pan or Cernunnos of the vegetation. He is the essence of the trees and flowers that surround us. He is the health that we gain from eating natural foods, like plants and fruit. He represents the ongoing cycle of the year, which emulates the infinite wheel of life. The Druids, who were focus on vegetation and nature, received prophetic messages and inspiration from the Green Man.

He is worshipped throughout regions covered with trees and wooded areas, such as England, Holland, Germany, France and Italy. He is also known in India and Malaysia. In fact, in England his image appears in the Exeter cathedral. The oak-woods that surround the cathedral seem the perfect setting for this God of the Trees.

The Green Man, as I mentioned, is a form of Pan – the Horned God. The main difference is the lack of animal sexuality in the Green Man (Pan was quite the ladies’ man, er, goat). The Green Man does, however, represent fertility, regeneration and different seasonal phases (just like those that are reflected in nature). His leafy God-form was embraced by Christianity, and is displayed in many churches, but Pan was proclaimed to be the Devil himself. The forces of nature always find a way to come to the surface. Even though Pan was buried by religious misunderstanding, his masculine energy was channeled through the Green Man.

His image also represents a great solar God, he rises in the spring, blooms in the summer, fades during the fall and dies in wintertime. He is reborn each spring. The Green Man in the great fertilizing force of his female counterpart, Mother Earth. Their union results in a lush landscape of color flowers, rich foliage and abundant crops. He is long-lasting youthfulness and bears much fruit.

As more men today turn to naturally divine concepts of Deity, the Green Man and all that he represents is becoming more and more important. They accept him as a figurehead for masculinity that is both powerful and in balance in nature. Male, outward energy does not have to be destructive energy. The Green Man shows us this through his strength, boldness and independence. Men can draw power from this archetype.

Nature is vital to us, and as such the Green Man is vital and important. Science has proven that without Nature, we cannot be completely human. Evidence shows that when we are deprived from natural surroundings (like while in a submarine for an extended period of time) we get highly stressed and it may drive us crazy. It is essential for us to have natural minerals in our environment surrounding us. Nature is a life force, and the Green Man’s face in the leaves reminds us that we belong within it. Honor the Green Man by keeping natural objects in your home. Use plants, flowers and wooden items to remind you of your deep connection with Nature and with this Deity. Perform a special ceremony in the Spring to him and fill your altar with green, with leaves and with grapes. Thank him for Nature’s bounty and welcome him back to this plane.

Love And Light,

Rose Ariadne, Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”


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Dear Friends,

I’ve discussed the elements previously in these messages, but the elementals are a different manner. Elementals are mystical creatures that live within the spirit realm of the elements. They are related to nature spirits, the spirits that govern all nature. These spirits are the forces of life that can be summoned upon to assist in the working of magick. Its important to understand who they are and what they represent.

After your circle is cast and the elements are invited in, you can ask specific elementals to enter to help with your rite or ritual. They can be invited to participate based on their appropriateness for your spell. Special care must be taken when calling upon elementals, believe me! They are not always as helpful as they should be and tend toward the mischievous.

Gnomes are the beings associated with the element of Earth. Gnomes possess a vibratory rate that makes them invisible to us humans, however the gnomes are still vibrationally close enough for us to interact with them. Their actions are present in the mineral deposits, erosion or rocks and the formation of crystals.

In legend, Gnomes were the protectors of secret treasures that were concealed in vast caverns beneath the earth. They are not naturally inclined to help humans, but if a person wins their confidence they can be powerful allies. It is dangerous to deceive the gnomes or misuse their aid. Gnomes can bestow confidence, steadfastness and endurance. They can also bring about gloom and despair.

Gnomes are the most substantial of all of the elementals because they live in the earth. They dwell in holes, mines and caverns. They are close to humans in personality, with all of our good and bad points reflected in their behavior. Its best to call upon gnomes to help with money issues, stability and growth.

The Sylphs are the Air elementals. Evidence of them can be seen in the gathering clouds, the formation of delicate snowflakes and the growth of all plants. They are spirits of the wind, and appear in many of the Greek myths. Sylphs are the highest vibration of all of the elementals and pass very easily between the dimensions.

Traditionally, Sylphs reside on mountaintops. They are associated with the activity of the mind. Their influence can inspire humans, and it is said that they often gather around artistic types to give knowledge and guidance. They appear to us as fairies and are clever and intelligent. Sylphs are also aloof and detached. They look at us with distanced admiration.

Undines are associated with the element of Water. In ancient legends, they appeared as water nymphs and mermaids. Their domain is in springs, streams and wells, as well as any body of water. Undines have a powerful effect over our emotional well being. The Undines play an important part in the vitality of all liquids’they influence plant growth, animal life and humans as well.

Undines are sensual and graceful in their movements and have very strong emotions. Of all of the elementals, Undines are the most secretive and seductive. They are most helpful in dealing with emotional issues, particularly those involved with love, friendship and desire.

Finally, we come to the Fire elemental’the salamander. Salamanders were the first elementals to befriend humans and they taught our ancestors how to make fire. They move about most freely at night, and appear as balls of light drifting over the water.

Salamanders are linked to the activity of our bodies, and help to regulate our body temperatures. They also influence our temperament, and result in a person being called “hot-headed.” Most often they appear to us as small lizard-like flames.

They are quick in movement, explosive and very bright. They are also unstable emotionally, and more concerned with will and passion than subjective feelings. As a result, they can be forceful and highly opinionated. Salamanders are helpful in situations that require the exercise of willpower, conflicts and courage. Keep in mind that you should use salamanders at your own risk!

Brightest Blessing,

Rose Ariadne, Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”


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