Pan, a God of fertility, was a follower of Dionysus who revel in mischief. He was a lord belonging to the Satyr, a tribe of creatures inhabiting the forest and mountains.
In most myths Pan is portrayed as a merry man who was famous for the deals involving amorous affairs. He enticed other female satyrs as well as young nymphs to release their inhibitions for ecstasy which would be fleeting.
Pan, at a young age, experienced rejection from his mother, the woman who was to love him unconditionally. Because of the parting he carried hidden resentment toward females. He treated each as objects for his lustful affections and no more.
When Pan was born his mother could not bear the sight of the child. In her arms she held to her a deformed baby. His head and torso were human with a slight slant upward in his eyes. Sharp pointed ears grew outward through strands of dark curly hair. Horns designed in the shape of a mountain goat grew from his head. To his mother's disgust, her son's legs were as hairy as a wild boar and feet matching the blue print of a horse. She declared the boy appalling and in the dead of night she deserted Pan deep in the heart of the woods.
The deciding vote of the Goddess and God themselves spared his life.
While growing he roamed finding the perfect environment designed for him to prosper. He took advantage of all the world had to offer with sheer abandonment. In Arcadia amongst the Grecian hills Pan sat high in the shady cypress tree as a watchman that spent his days and nights guarding lonely shepherds and their lambs.
During the festival celebrations he charmed with boyish enthusiasm seducing and bedding maiden satyrs and young nymphs. Pan left behind many broken hearts. He abandoned all his conquests with an empty memory and single mothers to raise his unwanted children. He had a reputation for rushing into the lives of several demure nymphs who guarded the woods, flowers, trees and water. In each situation Pan brought newness, an enthusiastic urgency to declare the union in oneness.
The mountain nymph Sytrinx attracted Pan with her innocence, her shy and demure nature. While in hot pursuit the young nymph swiftly flew around the trees and bushes. She darted over the jagged rocks gliding down the riverbank till she disappeared forming herself into one of the tall swaying reeds. Pan searched then became bored. He cut several of the hollow stems in different lengths and then bound them together with twine. A sweet sound was released as he blew air above the open holes. Some say the song was a tender as the nymph herself.
A Musical INSTRUMENT by Elizabeth Barret Browning
What was he doing, the great god, Pan Down in the reeds by the river?
Spreading ruin and cattering ban,
Splashing and paddling with hoofs of a goat,
And breaking the golden lilies afloat With the dragon-fly on the river.
He tore out a reed, the great god, Pan.
From the deep cool bed of the river.
The limpid water turbidy ran, And the broken Lilies a-dying lay,
And the daragon-fly had fled away,
Ere he brought it out of the river.
High on the shore sat the great god, Pan,
While turbidly flowed the river;
And hacked and hewed as a great god can,
With his hard bleek steel at the patient reed,
Till there was not a sign of loaf indeed
To prove it fresh from the river.
He cut it short, did the great god, Pan,
(How tall it stood in the river!)
"The only way, since gods began To make sweet music, they could succeed."
Then, dropping his mouth to a hole in the reed,
He blew in power by the river.
Sweet, sweet, sweet, O Pan!
Piercing sweet by the river;
Blinding sweet, O great god Pan!
The sun on the hill forgot to die, And the lilies revied, and the dragon-fly
Came back to dream by the river.
Yet half a beast is the great god, Pan.
To laugh as he sits by the river,
Making a poet out of man:
The true gods sign for the cost of pain-
For the reed which grows nevermore again
As a reed with the reeds in the river.
Witches roots are planted in Paganism practise - to connect with nature and develop a relationship with Spirit.
Witchcraft is one of the oldest Nature faiths on our planet. The priest-god-magician of the primitive animal cults is probably the original ancestor of the horn god of the witches.
The Motherhood of Avalon became 'The Witches' of classical fame - always there, possessing of great wisdom and always held in awe and fear.
In the ancient Greece, and the region Thessaly was notorious for its witches. The Greek witch did not belong to a cult and is probably not the ancestress of the witch of late Middle Ages.
In Greek and Roman literature portrayed witches as sorceress or enchantress brewing potions and melting wax to cause and cure impotency, fertility and love.
A SORCERESS - MAY YOUR BLOOD BOIL WITH PASSION
A WITCH - MAY YOUR SOUL BRIM WITH SPIRITUALITY
There are many traditions within Paganism practise - uniting oneself with the Spirit or other unifying principle of life - Alexandrian, British, Celtic, Dianic, Electric, Guardian, Heredity, Kitchen, Seax-Wica are only a few paths taken. The important elements are in the traditions and of the similarities and difference among them.
The main tradition and belief is Earth related and the natural; nature ritual and reincarnation philosophy; herbal medicine and ruled based on Sun/Moon worship and the belief in immortality of Soul.
Witches have always sought to understand their place in nature and have a kinship with other living things. This is reflected in our practise to invoke Spirits, preform spells and incantations. Witches with their inner energy skillfully blends with nature's forces to produce positive, visible change. Witches direct their energies toward a good purpose, not harm. There is a strong commitment to the Goddess and God knowing they are equal and exist together and everything in and on this earth.
The distinguishing character of witches is they apply their abilities to influence in favorable ways. All around the world witches gather at the exact same time New and Full Moon, for the same purpose to attract peace, contentment and a brighter future for them- selves and others.
Witchcraft is both a belief and behavior to improve the quality of life. Witchcraft is a way of life. No matter what the tradition followed its just what witches do.
Footnote - Anthropology Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.
The Columbia Viking Desk Encyclopedia, Viking Press, New York
Father's day is a time to honor the male parent, the older male protective figure who holds title of respect.
Some Fathers are unknown to their kin. They know very little about him at all.
People often disappoint. It is one of life's most cruel realities. Parents are people with their own thoughts, emotions, dreams and problems. When the realities of parenthood is actually placed on them, the male, female, or both may become overwhelmed by the responsibilities and run.
The great wizard, Merlin, was born out of wedlock. He, too, never knew his father. Legend states Merlin's maiden mother never shared her bed with a mortal man. There is a story that surrounds the consummation.
On the eve of a night when reality was suspended Merlin was conceived. Merlin is the son of a daughter of the King of England and a fallen angel known as an Incubus. At the time of Merlin's conception his mother claimed a spirit, more handsome and gentle than a mere mortal man, had come to her while she slept, and the seed of Merlin had been impregnated.
In the Middle Ages many of the children born out of wedlock declared an Incubus as the excuse for their condition. Incubus saw mortal females as beings of exquisite beauty. If it desired, the Incubus would take a woman as his lover while she slept. The demon-like creatures had a great deal of power to achieve their aim. It could easily adopt a friendly and charming disguise then astral project to take part in sexual pleasures with the unsuspecting woman.
Even though Merlin had no guidance from a father figure he grew in greatness to mentor. He had power in his hands and voice to harness the wind, rain, sun and storms. He could conjure spells and illusions which could fool the wisest. The energy from his palms had the ability to cure disease of the human and animal body.
It was Merlin who taught and guided the legendary King Arthur to his rightful throne.
Arthur is a fifth century historic figure: the Celtic Dux Bellorum, war lord and Count of Briton.
Merlin who was in reality a poet and bard whose name is mentioned in fifth century text - in a time frame concurrent with the historical Arthur.
Merlin offered Arthur friendship from a non-judgemental mind and heart. Arthur's mystical powers were nurtured in the Druid system of apprenticeship. The wise man reared the boy to be aware that individual truth varies from person to person and listen to his own inner voice and weigh the opinions of others. Arthur became aware of nature's cycles; death, re-birth, the season rotation, the movement of the sun, moon and stars, the constellations, the flow of the oceans and the tides as well as the ways of birds and beast.
Merlin showed Arthur how to live life in a noble way to mature. Merlin mentored Arthur as the boy grew into manhood. Arthur brought 20 years of peace to the land and the people before he died 516 AD Battle of CAM(LANN), fought on the banks of River Cam.
(c)2009 to presentAngie Skelhorn
Footnote-historical facts: Devils and Demons-A dictionary of demonology.
Arthur: J. Tondriau and R. Villeneuve Publisher-A Pyramid Special Enchanted World- Wizards and Witches Arthur: Brendan Lehane and Editors of Time-Life
Books The 21 Lessons of Merlin Arthur: Douglas Monroe Llewellyn Publications
Witches are part of a secret sisterhood. Witches always know one another.
They pass on the lane without a glance or a word or a nod, but as they pass each gives a soft little giggle.
Witchcraft is a belief and behavior. It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.
Witchcraft teaches the power of rhythmical spells for desire, incarnation to achieve goals, and, to read the signs in nature to predict.
To push the mind pass time and space, to connect with spirits, archetypes to the past, live for today and dream for tomorrow.
Two main types of magic practiced by withches around the world:
Imitative Magic which attempts to determine the outcome of events by imitating the desired result.
Contagious magic attempts to bring about results by manipulating objects that have been in contact with the person who is to be affected.
Magic may be turned either good or evil purpose.
There is no good or evil magic, magic depends on the intent of the witch.
Magic is uasally intended to release divine power rather than to cause harm.
A witch never tries to control or have power over others because the repercussions would be on the sender.
Wave your magic wand over this world, and make everything softer and more beautiful. Draw a circle, not a heart around the one you love because a heart can break but a circle goes on forever!!!
Morrighan, in Irish mythology, was one of the three war goddessess who symbolized the death aspect of the Triple Goddess. She possess the ability to appear as one or three beings and could shape-shift into raven form.
Ravens are birds of omen - the distinctive harsh voice of a raven prophesied the future and the outcome of battles.
Morrighan fell in love with Cu Chulain, the son of Lug, and he rejected her. Legends state Morrighan continued to harass Cu Chulain on the battlefield in anger but it is also written she tried in vain to save his life.
Cu Chulain slept in the open wilderness after a long battle. He abruptly awoke to a high-pitched raven cry. He eyed a woman dressed in a rich, ruby cape and hood. Her fiery hair blew wild with the wind. Morrighan stood in a chariot drawn by a red colored steed, holding a long wooden spear in her grip. She portrayed herself as a lustful being and offered him a liason. Cu Chulain insulted her, choosing unkind words to refuse her request. In an overbearing tone, he told her he would rather nap than be bothered with the likes of her.
Morrighan possessed many magical skills she tried to share with him on how to win his next battle. He refused to give consideration to her heart felt advice. She became motivated by her anger. The friendship she had once offered was no more. Morrighan changed her form, swiftly shape-shifted into a raven, then flew away.
A short time passed when, still shaped as a raven, viewed Cu Chulain mortally wounded and bound to a standing stone. She witnessed his enemies behead him, and the passing from earth his spirit. ******
The two individuals could not communicate on an equal level of respect or allow the failure of the romantic expectation that brought disappointment be, so they could become stable friends.
Excerpt taken from my book, "In Our Oneness...Know Thy Self.