Whispering Winds

January 2005

"The secret to being a Witch is to know thyself."

Giants; Norse Mythology

This month I would like to take a look at Giants from the Nordic pantheon. According to the Norse sagas, the universe originally consisted of a realm of Fire known as “Muspelheim” on one side. As well as a realm of Ice known as “Niflheim” to the other side. And there between them, was a void known as “Ginnungagap”.  When these two realms of Ice and Fire met across the void, the heat from one melted the ice from the other. From this action came the first Frost Giant known as “Ymir”. As he slept, he fell into a sweat. From under his left arm there grew a man and a woman. And his legs joined and begot a son (Thrudgelmir) with six heads. This was the beginning of the Frost Giants.
From the melting of the ice, there also appeared a giant cow known as “Audhumbla”. From her udder flowed Four rivers of milk flowed from the udders of Audhumbla, on which the Frost Giant, Ymir fed. Audhumbla herself got nourishment by licking the salt from the ice. And from the licking of the ice, the first human was created. He was known as Buri. Buri had a son named Bor. Who married Bestla daughter of the frost giant Bolthorn.
They produced three sons, Odin, Vili, and Vé. It can be said that Bestla, along with Bor, gave birth to the whole Norse pantheon. These gods became known as the “Aesir”.
In time it appeared as if giants were over-running the place. And so Odin and his two brothers, Vili and Vé revolted against the giants which resulted in the death of Ymir.
The blood which poured from the body of Ymir, created a flood which killed all of the frost giants with the exception of Bergelmir (the grandson of Ymir) and his wife. Just before the end they climbed into a hollow tree trunk and thus survived. When things settled down, they became the progenitors of a new, younger race of frost giants. This second generation became known as "Jotun’s".
Odin and his brothers then dragged the body of Ymir into the middle of the huge void known as Ginnungagap. Ymir’s blood then became the sea, his flesh the land. His knuckles were formed into cliffs and peaks. His teeth and splinters of bone became stones and boulders. His hair was turned into trees and grass. Small worms crawled out of Ymir's corpse to become the very first dwarfs.
The Aesir then used Ymir’s skull to form the sky. To hold it up they chose four dwarfs named East, South, West and North and placed them at the four corners of the world.
Also from Ymir's body grew a huge Ash tree named Yggdrasil. The branches of this tree formed the new world and supported the universe. Ygdrasil was divided into three levels that contained nine realms. Yggdrasil had three roots going to each of the three levels of the world. Three springs supplied it with water. One root went into Asgard, the home of the gods, another flowed into the land of the giants, “Jotunheim”, and a third went to that primeval world of ice, darkness, and the dead, known as “Niflheim”.
Jotunheim is situated in the Middle level. This is the same level that holds the realms of men, elves and dwarves. The capital of Jotunheim was Utgard. And it was this realm that the race of giants was re-created by the survivors of the “Great Flood”. Because of the situation between Ymir and the Aesir, there was a great deal of animosity between the race of giants and the Aesir.
One example of this is the tale of Geirrod ((The one who bloods the spear)), a Frost Giant and blacksmith, he is the father of Gjalp and Greip. He was known for kidnapping Loki (the Norse God of Mischief and Lies) and using him to try and ambush Thor, the God of War. This attempt resulted in the death of Geirrod.
It is interesting to note that though both of Loki's parents come from the race of giants, he was considered by most as an Aesir god. His father was “Farbanti” and his mother was “Laufey.” His mate is the Giantess, “Angrboda” (herald of sorrow). Between them they spawned the gigantic wolf Fenrir, the Midgard Serpent Jormungand, and the Goddess of Death, “Hel”. Loki is destined to become the leader of the frost giants at the time of Ragnarok. In Norse mythology, the final epic battle between the Frost Giants and the Gods is known as Ragnarok. This battle will consequently bring about the death of the gods and the end of the world.    
There are of course many other giants besides Frost Giants. For instance there is “Rym” (Old and Powerless) the Storm Giant who controls the rudder on Naglfar, the ship that Hel, the Death Goddess, built using dead people's nails. There is “Surt” a Fire Giant who lives with the People of Muspel in Muspelheim, the realm of Fire to the south. There he stands ever alert, brandishing his great, fiery sword which shines brighter than the sun. In Ragnarok, he is the one who sets the world on fire and burns it down. His wife is Sinmore. 
There is also “Suttung” the giant who stole the Mead of Inspiration from the Dwarfs in payment for a family feud. He is the brother of Gunnlod. And we have the Mountain Giant Gymir, who is Aurboda's husband. Together they have the son Beli and the daughter Gerd, a beautiful Giantess who married the God, Freyr. His dwelling was called "Winter Winds". And let us not overlook “Mistblindi” (Fog Blind) he is the father of the ocean Giant, "Aegir" and the fire Giant, "Logi".
There are many other giants that are noteworthy as well. But at this point I leave it to you the reader to explore the fascinating world of Nordic mythology. There are many tales interwoven with this short article that will lead you down many roads of exploration. Enjoy

Dine (Navajo), The Creation of the People

Late in the autumn the people heard the distant sound of a great voice calling from the east. They listened and waited, and soon heard the voice nearer and louder than before. Once more they listened and heard it louder still, very near. A moment later four mysterious beings appeared. These were White Body, Blue Body, Yellow Body and Black Body.
The gods told the people that they would come back in twelve days. On the morning of the Twelfth Day the people washed themselves well. Then the women dried their skin with yellow cornmeal, the men with white cornmeal. Soon they heard the distant call, shouted four times, of the approaching gods. When the gods appeared, Blue Body and Black Body each carried sacred buckskin. White Body carried two ears of corn, one yellow and one white.
The gods laid one buckskin on the ground with the head to the west, and on this they placed the two ears of corn with their tips to the east. Over the corn they spread the other buckskin with its head to the east. Under the white ear they put the feather of a white eagle; under the yellow ear the feather of a yellow eagle. Then they told the people to stand back and allow the wind to enter. Between the skins the white wind blew from the east and the yellow wind from the west. While the wind was blowing, eight gods called the Mirage People came and walked around the objects on the ground four times. As they walked, the eagle feathers, whose tips stuck out from the buckskins, were seen to move. When the Mirage People finished their walk, the upper buckskin was lifted. The ears of corn had disappeared; a man and a woman lay in their place.
The white ear of corn had become the man, the yellow ear had become a woman: First Man and First Woman. It was the wind that gave them life, and it is the wind that comes out of our mouths now that gives us life. When this ceases to blow, we die.

The Four Directions In a Navajo's Life:

East: This is the direction of the dawn and it is our thinking direction. We should first think before we do anything. When the sun comes up, we look to the

South: This is our planning direction where we plan what we are going to do. The sun sets in the

West: This is our life, and is where we do our living. Here is where we act out our plan and our thoughts of the east and south directions of our lives. The sun goes down in the

North: This is the evaluation portion of our lives. This is where we get our satisfaction and we evaluate the outcome of what we first started in the east. Here is where we determine to change things to make it better, or to see we are on the right path and should continue the cycle.

Introduction to Buddha

Courtesy of the Buddhism Depot


Siddhartha (Buddha) was born around 563 B.C.E. in the town of Kapilavastu (located in today's Nepal). Siddhartha's parents were King Shuddhodana and Queen Maya, who ruled the Sakyas. His history is a miraculous one... One night, Queen Maya dreamed that an elephant with six tusks, carrying a lotus flower in its trunk, touched her right side. At that moment her son was conceived. Brahmins (learned men) came and interpreted the dream. The child would be either the greatest king in the world or the greatest ascetic (a holy man who practices self-denial). The future child would be named Siddhartha, which means "he whose aim is accomplished."
Later when Queen Maya was going to her father's home to prepare for the birth, she stepped off her chariot in the Lumbini Gardens and held the branch of a sal tree to rest. In that instant, Siddhartha emerged from her right side without any help. The infant walked seven steps each in four directions of the compass, and lotus flowers sprouted from where his foot touched the earth. Then the infant said, "No further births have I to endure, for this is my last body. Now shall I destroy and pluck out by the roots the sorrow that is caused by birth and death." Seven days later Queen Maya died. Mahaprajapati, Maya's sister, looked after Siddhartha. King Shuddhodana shielded Siddhartha from all kinds of suffering and hardship. When Siddhartha was about 20, he married Yasodhara, daughter of one of the King's ministers, and one year later they had a child named Rahula (meaning "fetter" or "impediment").
At age 29, Siddhartha asked his charioteer, Channa, to take him out of the city two times without the consent of the king. During these two trips, Siddhartha saw "Four Sights" that changed his life. On the first trip, he saw old age, sickness, and death. The second trip, he saw a wandering holy man, an ascetic, with no possessions. Siddhartha started questioning the holy man, who had a shaved head, wore only a ragged yellow robe, and carried a walking-staff. The man said, "I am... terrified by birth and death and therefore have adopted a homeless life to win salvation... I search for the most blessed state in which suffering, old age, and death are unknown." That night, Siddhartha silently kissed his sleeping wife and son, and ordered Channa to drive him out to the forest. At the edge of the forest, Siddhartha took off his jeweled sword, and cut off his hair and beard. He then took off all his princely garments and put on a yellow robe of a holy man. He then ordered Channa to take his possessions back to his father.
Siddhartha then wandered through northeastern India, sought out holy men, and learned about Samsara (reincarnation), Karma, and Moksha. Attracted to the ideas of Moksha, Siddhartha settled on the bank of Nairanjana River, and adopted a life of extreme self-denial and penances, meditating constantly. After six years of eating and drinking only enough to stay alive, his body was emaciated, and he was very weak. Five other holy men joined him, hoping to learn from his example.
One day, Siddhartha realized that his years of penance only weakened his body, and he could not continue to meditate properly. When he stepped into the river to bathe, he was too weak to get out, and the trees lowered their branches to help him. In that instant, a milk-maid named Nandabala came and offered a bowl of milk and rice, which Siddhartha accepted. The five holy men left Siddhartha after witnessing this. Refreshed by the meal, Siddhartha sat down under a fig tree (often refered to as the Bo tree, or Tree of Enlightenment) and resolved to find out an answer to life and suffering. While meditating, Mara (an evil god) sent his three sons and daughters to tempt Siddhartha with thirst, lust, discontent, and distractions of pleasure. Siddhartha, unswayed, entered a deep meditation, and recalled all his previous rebirths, gained knowledge of the cycle of births and deaths, and with certainty, cast off the ignorance and passion of his ego which bound him to the world. Thereupon, Siddhartha had attained enlightenment and became the Buddha (enlightened one). His own desire and suffering were over and, as the Buddha, he experienced Nirvana... "There is a sphere which is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor air...which is neither this world nor the other world, neither sun nor moon. I deny that it is coming or going, enduring, death or birth. It is only the end of suffering." Instead of casting off his body and his existence, however, Buddha made a great act of self-sacrifice. He turned back, determined to share his enlightement with others so that all living souls could end the cycles of their own rebirth and suffering.
Buddha went to the city of Sarnath and found the previous five holy men that deserted him earlier at a deer park. When they saw Buddha this time, they realized that he had risen to a higher state of holiness. The Buddha began teaching them what he had learned. He drew a circle in the ground with rice grains, representing the wheel of life that went on for existence after existence. This preaching was called his Deer Park Sermon, or "Setting in Motion the Wheel of Doctrine." Siddhartha revealed that he had become the Buddha, and described the pleasure that he had first known as a prince, and the life of severe asceticism that he had practiced. Neither of these was the true path to Nirvana. The true path was the Middle Way, which keeps aloof from both extremes.
"To satisfy the necessities of life is not evil," the Buddha said. "To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom and keep our mind strong and clear." Buddha then taught them the Dharma, which consisted of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. The five holy men and others soon joined Buddha, accompanying him everywhere. As more joined, Buddha organized the Sangha, a community of bhikkus (dedicated monks and later nuns). The Sangha preserved the Dharma, and allowed bhikkus to concentrate on the goal of Nirvana. On raining seasons they would settle in Viharas (resting places in cave dwellings). Upasaka, followers who believed in Buddha's teachings, but could not follow the strict rule of the Sangha, were taught to follow the Five Precepts. Buddha returned to his birthplace in Kapilavastu, and his father was mortified to see his son begging for food. Buddha kissed his father's foot and said, "You belong to a noble line of kings. But I belong to the lineage of buddhas, and thousands of those have lived on alms." King Shuddhadana then remembered the Brahmin's prophesy and reconciled with his son. Buddha's wife, son, and cousin (Ananda) later joined the Sangha.
When Buddha was about eighty, a blacksmith named Cuanda gave him a meal that caused him to become ill. Buddha forced himself to travel to Kushinagara, and laid down on his right side to rest in a grove of shala trees. As a crowd of followers gathered, the trees sprouted blossoms and showered them on Buddha. Buddha told Ananda, "I am old and my journey is near its end. My body is like a worn-out cart held together only by the help of leather straps." Three times, Buddha asked the people if they had any questions, but they all remained silent. Finally Buddha said, "Everything that has been created is subject to decay and death. Everything is transitory. Work out your own salvation with diligence. After passing through several states of meditation, the Buddha died, reaching Parinirvana (the cessation of perception and sensation).

"We can never obtain peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and don't make peace with ourselves"


The Gorgons

Submitted by Crick

When we look at Greek mythology, one of the better known entities are the Gorgons. Often when we think of the Gorgons, we think of Medusa. In this article I would like to look at her whole family, however brief that may be. According to Greek mythology, in the beginning there were "primordial beings who became known as "Chaos, Gaia, Tartaros, Eros and so forth." From these entities came the Giants and the Titans. And from the Titans came the Greek/Olympian pantheon.
Two of these pre-Titan entities; "Phorcys", who was a primeval Sea God and who was also the son of Pontus (Sea) and Gaea (Earth). And his wife/sister "Ceto" (Goddess of Trouble at Sea) bore many children. These included the Hesperides (nymphs of the evening), the Graeae (Sisters and guardians of the Gorgons). They were born gray-haired  and had only one eye and one tooth, which they shared among them. They are Enyo "horror", Deino "dread" and Pemphredo "alarm", Scylla (a sea monster who lived underneath a rock at one side of the Strait of Messia, opposite the whirlpool Charybdis) and Charybdis (A nymph-daughter of Poseidon and Gaia, Zeus turned her into a monster and had her suck the ocean water, in and out, three times an day), and of course the Gorgons.
The Gorgons consisted of three sisters whose hair was a mass of serpents and whose looks which were so hideous, they could turn unwary victims to stone. The first two sisters; Stheno (forceful) and Euryale (far-roaming), were considered immortal. But the third sister, "Medusa" (guardian), was in fact born a mortal.
One Greek story has Medusa as a beautiful women with golden locks of hair. Her beauty caught the attention of the Greek God, "Neptune". He seduced Medusa within the Temple of Athena (Goddess of Wisdom). Upon learning of this act of contempt for her temple, Athena changed Medusa into the ugly snake-headed woman that she is now known as.
And of course there is the story of her death at the hands of Perseus. Perseus was the result of an affair between Zeus and a mortal woman. The mortal woman's husband; Polydectes, king of Seriphos, felt compelled to get rid of his step-son. And so he sent Perseus to slay the Gorgon known as Medusa. In preparation for this feat, Perseus prayed to the gods for help. Hearing his plea, Athena gave him a mirrored shield so that he would not have to look directly at Medusa as he slayed her. He was also given a pair of winged sandals by Hermes, in order to make his escape from the wrath of Medusa's sisters.
The story goes that when he beheaded Medusa, that two drops of blood splattered on the ground. And from these drops sprang forth the winged horse known as Pegasus (named from the springs "pegai" of Okeanos), and the boy - giant known as "Khrysaor" (golden sword).
There are many mentions of this story within the Greek classic, the Illiad. But as is my way, I leave it to you the reader to do further research on this fascinating subject.

Irish Triad: "There are three things which those who do ill will gain: poverty, bad report, and a bad conscience."

Craft Corner: Paper Lamb, suggested book: Borreguita and the Coyote by Verna Aardema 

(Courtesy of GingerBread Grandma)

1 Construction paper background (any color)
1 black ear
1 lamb body (black) for each child
About 20 small cotton balls for each child
White glue or glue sticks

Older children can make this entire project themselves if provided with the pattern, but preschoolers will need to have the lamb bodies cut for them in advance.

Provide a background sheet and one lamb body for each child.

Demonstrate how to use the glue or gluesticks. (Not too much if using white glue or it makes the paper crinkle.) Have the children glue the lamb to the center of the background.

Glue cotton balls to the lamb body. Do not glue cotton to the nose. or legs. Glue the ear to the cotton about 1/4" back of the nose.

Use the crayons to illustrate one of the scenes from the story (field of clover, cliff face, etc.)




Featured Recipe: Tart de Brymlent

                                                                      Courtesy of RecipeSource.com

dough for 9 inch pie crust
1-1/2 lb. salmon, cod, haddock or a mixture
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter
2 ea pears, peeled, cored & thinly sliced
2 ea apples, peeled, cored & thinly sliced
1 cup white wine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
5 ea cubebs:*, thinly crushed
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
10 ea prunes, pitted & minced
6 ea dates, minced
6 ea figs, dried, minced
3 tablespoon red currant jelly or Damson

"The cubeb, is an aromatic pepper commonly used in medieval times, can still be bought in many spice shops.--may be omitted"

Preheat the oven to 425F and bake the pie crust for 10 minutes.
Let cool.
Cut the fish into 1-1/2" chunks, salt lightly ands sprinkle with 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Set aside.
Melt the butter in a large, heavy skillet and toss the pear and apple slices in it until they are lightly coated.
Combine the wine, lemon juice, brown sugar, spices and dried fruits, and add to the mixture in the skillet.
Cover and simmer about 15 minutes or until the fruit is soft but still firm.
Check the flavoring, and drain off excess liquid. Paint jelly on the pie crust.
Combine fish chunks with fruit and place the mixture in the crust.
Bake at 375F for 15-25 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily.

An Irish Toast: May the enemies of Ireland never eat bread nor drink whisky, but be tormented with itching without benefit of scratching.

                       Herb Section: Hawthorn

                   (Crataegus oxycantha) Berries, leaves and flowers

Dedicated to Hymen, the god of marriage, the hawthorn was used as a symbol of hope at weddings in Greece; bridal attendants wore its blossoms while the bride carried an entire bough. Also, in both Greece and Rome, torches carried in wedding processions were made of hawthorn. The Romans put hawthorn leaves in the cradles of newborn babies to ward off evil spirits.                                                                                                                             

Hawthorn is effective for curing insomnia. Hawthorn is used to prevent miscarriage and for treating nervousness. Hawthorn has been used for centuries in treating heart disease, as regular use strengthens the heart muscles, and to prevent arteriosclerosis, angina, and poor heart action. Hawthorn normalizes blood pressure by regulating heart action; extended use will usually lower blood pressure. It is good for heart muscle weakened by age, for inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis), for softening the arteries in arteriosclerosis, helps strengthen blood vessels, cures giddiness, reduces palpitations, angina pectoris, weak heart, vascular insufficiency, blood clots (embolism, phlebitis), and for nervous heart problems. People under stress and strain from pressures of the job can benefit from hawthorn tea, aids in digestion. The tea is also a good remedy for other nervous conditions, particularly insomnia. Dilates coronary vessels, to restore the heart muscle wall, and to lower cholesterol levels. Used to treat skin sores. Relieves abdominal distention and diarrhea, food stagnation, abdominal tumors, and is good for dropsy, drives out splinters and thorns.

The leaves are used to make protection sachets. They are also carried to ensure good fishing. In Europe, Hawthorn was used to repel witchcraft spells. Bringing branches of it into the home is supposed to portend death. It is incorporated into spells and rituals for fertility. It will protect the home from damaging storms. Hawthorn branches carried at weddings ensure fertility. Place the leaves under a mattress or around the bedroom to ensure chastity.  Place in a bassinette to protect a baby from evil.  Druid sacred tree and Fairy tree. Wands of the wood have power. Used in marriage rituals to promote fertility. Hawthorn is the seat of Wild Magic and decorated May Poles.

                                         Crystal Section: Aventurine

Aventurine is the anniversary gemstone for the 8th year of marriage.
The name aventurine derives from the Italian "a ventura," meaning "by chance."
Green aventurine quartz is an alternate birthstone for the month of August.
Aventurine is often referred to as the all-purpose healer. It is used for grounding emotionally. Aventurine to heal afflictions of the heart and lungs and adrenal system.
Aventurine is used in shielding the heart. Also used in good luck spells. Astrological sign of Aries. Vibrates to the number 3.
Place Aventurine on the heart center during chakra balancing. Aventurine is related to and found to heal and align ailments of the Heart chakra.

An ancient Irish Healing Charm:

"Bone to bone
Vein to vein
Balm to Balm

Sap to Sap
Skin to skin
Tissue to tissue

Blood to blood
Flesh to flesh
Sinew to sinew

Marrow to marrow
Pith to pith
Fat to fat

Membrane to membrane
Fibre to fibre
Moisture to moisture"

The above charm was recited during healing rituals

Spring Equinox

Relax and take a few long, deep breaths. Let your breathing become deep, even and relaxing. In your mind's eye, see the trees as they are at the end of winter. Think now of a particular tree -- a deciduous tree -- perhaps in your yard or near where you live, or in a park or a place you pass every day. See that tree clearly, its bare limbs bending in the wind. And as you see that tree in your mind's eye, enter into that tree, become that tree at the end of winter. And as you continue to breathe deeply and gently, feel that your limbs are bare, but your roots go deep.
Breathe in deeply, and then, as you exhale, follow your breath down to your roots as they go deep, deep into the earth.
Inhale now and draw up nourishment from the earth.
Exhale, consciously breathing out any toxin, any poison, any illness of body or mind or society that you want to get rid of. Name it in your mind as you forcefully blow it out now.


Now let your breathing become easy again; and inhale, from deep in your roots, from deep in your ancestral past-- before patriarchy, before nourishment from Our Great Mother was forbidden -- and bring Her nourishment up through your roots, through your trunk, inhaling -- let it fill you. And as this nourishment -- this healing -- fills you, feel the energy rising through your body until it pulsesthrough your limbs and you feel the sprouts of first leaves, the blossoms of flowers, as they emerge from your branches.


And now our limbs are growing, reaching out to one another. They touch, intertwine, forming a circle of life, as our breaths interweave, as our lives interweave, we are woven in Her, energized in Her -- we blossom in Her, we bloom together.


Now take another few gentle breaths and recognize that the tree's limbs are once again your limbs, your arms; the tree's trunk, your body. But as you come back to this time and place, you keep the knowledge of how to reach Her nourishment, and you keep the feeling of our interwoven branches, our interwoven being, our interwoven lives.

From She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother, 10th Anniversary Edition, by Judith Laura. Copyright 1999. All rights reserved, but permission given to use in rituals and meditative work.        http://www.judithlaura.com/index.html

Submitted by Crick and used with permission from the author.

Imbolc Recipe: Bride's Brunch

2 [9-inch] pie shells
3 tbs. green onions/chives, finely chopped
1/2 pound Canadian style bacon/ thin sliced ham 1/2 tsp. salt
8 eggs
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tbs. milk

Line a quiche dish with 1 pie shell. Arrange 1/2 of bacon or ham in bottom of shell. Break 7 eggs into the dish. Pierce the egg yolks with a fork, but do not mix the egg yolks with the egg whites. Add the green onions/chives, salt, and pepper. Arrange the remaining bacon or ham on top. Cover with remaining pie shell. Mix the remaining egg with the milk and lightly brush the top crust with the mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Serve hot or cold. Makes 6 servings.

A Brief Look at Inanna

Inanna is the Goddess of the Morning and Evening Star. She was honored by the Semitites as "Ishtar". Her story of dying and then returning from the Underworld three days later is considered to be the forerunner to the Christian Jesus doing the same feat thousands of years later.
In ancient times, sacred marriage rites were performed at New Year and the blessings of Inanna were sought to insure fertility.
Enheduanna, daughter of Sargon the Great was a High Priestess of Inanna and the first in history to record writings in the first person.
Ishtar was the ancient Babylonian goddess of love and fertility who is associated with Inanna. She is often described as the daughter of Anu. In most of the myths involving her, she is described as an evil, heartless, women who destroys her mates and lovers, much like a female Black widow spider.
In the great epic of Gilgamesh, she tried to make Gilgamesh her husband, but he refused her and reminded her of her former lovers, whom she mercilessly killed or left injured. She reported this to her father, Anu, and he gave her the mystical bull of heaven to avenge herself. Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu stopped and killed the mighty creature and threw its headless body at her feet. They also insulted her, and she responded by sending disease to kill Gilgamesh's best friend Enkidu. To view the epic of Gilgamesh please go to http://whisperingwood.homestead.com/Sumeriansection.html

Praise to Ishtar

She is clothed with pleasure and love.

She is laden with vitality, charm, and voluptuousness.

Ishtar is clothed with pleasure and love.

She is laden with vitality, charm, and voluptuousness.

In lips she is sweet, life is in her mouth.

At her appearance rejoicing becomes full.

She is glorious, veils are thrown over her head.

Her figure is beautiful, her eyes are brilliant.

The goddess - with her there is counsel.

The fate of everything she holds in her hand.

At her glance there is created joy, power, magnificence, the protecting deity and guardian spirit.

She dwells in, she pays heed to compassion and friendliness.

Besides, agreeableness, she truly possesses.

Be it slave, unattached girl, or mother, she preserves (her).

One calls on her, among women one names her name.

Who - to her greatness, who can be equal?

Strong, exalted, splendid are her decrees.

She is sought after among the gods, extraordinary is her station.

Respected is her word, it is supreme over them.

Ishtar among the gods, extraordinary is her station.

Respected is her word, it is supreme over them.

Dá fheabhas é an t-ól is é an tart a dheireadh

"Good as drink is, it ends in thirst."

                      Crick's Corner: Greetings folks, I would like to talk about the magick of money (dollars, pesos, euros, and so forth). This talisman which is generally made of paper or some common metal has a huge hold over human beings. Over the centuries it has made us prostitute our self values and has hampered our spiritual growth in many instances. If anyone has ever wanted to invent a device that would give one power over a populace, than creating money was the perfect invention. Over the years we have treated others with less respect than we ourselves would like to be treated with. In many instances it was because of the power of money.
Over the years we as a populace around the world have engaged in every conceivable act of inhumanity (war, prostitution, murder, robbery, theft, con games and so on and so on) all in the pursuit of money (wealth). And yet the one thing that matters the up most; our spiritual growth, gets pushed back to the sidelines.
And this occurs even though each and everyone of us know; that when we pass the only thing we take from this realm is our spirit. All of the toys that we accumulate through our lives get dropped off at the "crossing over" door.
This is not to say that accumulating money/wealth is a terrible thing.
Rather it is how you allow it to affect you as a person that matters. If you are an employer, do you treat your employees with disdain? If you are "well off" do you treat the person living on the street with dis-regard? There are many ways that we can allow the magick of money to affect us. But that is a decision that each and everyone of us as individual folks, must make.
Each of us is responsible for our personal spiritual growth. And this is but one more way that we can ensure that we are stepping up the ladder and not back down the rungs of the ladder of Life.

Until next time Callieachs...

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