The Deities of the Twelve Astrological Signs

“Pallas (Athena) watches over the Woolbearer (Aries);
Cytherea (Aphrodite) over Taurus;
Phoebus (Apollo) the shapely Gemini;
You, Cyllenius (Hermes), over Cancer;
And Jupiter (Zeus), you yourself rule Leo with the Mother of the Gods;
Virgo who bears ears of grain belongs to Ceres (Demeter);
And the forged scales to Vulcan (Hephaestus);
Quarrelsome Scorpio clings to Mars (Aries);
Diana (Artemis) cherishes the hunting man part horse (Sagittarius);
And Vesta (Hestia) the contracted stars of Capricorn;
Opposite Jupiter is Aquarius, the star of Juno (Hera);
And Neptune (Poseidon) acknowledges his own Pisces in the upper air.”

– The Astronomica, Manilius, 20 CE

Colour Correspondences

Red

Symbolises: Passion, danger, love, lust, hatred, rage, blood, power, life, action, fire, strength, health, vigour, energy, seduction, danger, violence, war, triumph, majesty, warmth, willpower, leadership, anarchy, malice, fear, courage.

Magickal uses: Curses, confidence, intimidation, seduction, self-love, sexual vigor, courage

Orange

Symbolises: Friendliness, energy, warmth, joy, playfulness, ambition, pride, enthusiasm, fascination, creativity, determination, encouragement, stimulation, humour, indulgence, plenty, kindness, warmth, liveliness, force, optimism. (Dark orange: deceit, betrayal, and distrust).

Magickal uses: Friendship, good luck, inspiration, gentleness, optimism

Yellow

Symbolises: Joy, brilliance, youth, loyalty, inspiration, energy, optimism, warmth, caution, cowardice, health, confidence, intellect, freshness, learning, value, sunlight, vibrance, impulsivity. (Dark yellow: caution, decay, sickness, jealousy).

Magickal uses: Happiness, creativity, loyal friendships, hope.

Green

Symbolises: Life, freshness, peace, money, envy, repulsion, disease, guilt, growth, fertility, luck, success, charity, rejuvenation, ambition, greed, jealousy, healing, nature. (Dark green: ambition, greed, envy, mystery).

Magickal uses: Success, calm, money-drawing, healing, discord-causing.

Blue

Symbolises: Serenity, knowledge, peace, piety, sincerity, safety, calm, wisdom, serenity, cleanliness, water, consciousness, tranquility, softness, mellow, ice, sadness, coldness, sober, gloom, secrecy, fearfulness, depression, understanding, compassion, patience, health, truth, devotion, honour, loyalty, sleep, astral. (Dark blue: knowledge, power, integrity, seriousness, mystery).

Magickal uses: Inner-peace, insight, knowledge, cursing (causing emotional pain). 

Purple

Symbolises: Mystery, royalty, power, secrecy, nobility, luxury, ambition, shadows, death, spirits, mourning, gloom, mystical, dignified, pride, pompous, loneliness, desperation, piety, sanctity, tension, sentimentality, wisdom, spiritual protection, psychic powers, astral. (Lavender: romance, beauty, gentleness). 

Magickal uses: Astral travel, psychic awakening, mourning, spirit work, wisdom.

Pink

Symbolises: Gentleness, joy, love, friendship, children, compassion, beauty, optimism, generosity, softness, confidence, inner-peace, harmony, approachability, affection, vibrance.

Magickal uses: Romance, friendship-drawing, self-love, gentle-heartedness, soothing, healing, peace, harmony, happiness

Black

Symbolises: Mystery, darkness, secrecy, the unknown, gloom, death, negativity, mourning, grief, ominousness, strength, power, authority, elegance, formalness, sophistication, fear, void, night, danger, self-reflection (upon toxic behaviour), aggression, rebellion, seriousness, confidence.

Magickal uses: Curses, banishing, protection, reflection, inner-strength

White

Symbolises: Delicacy, purity, peace, cleanliness, divinity, elegance, frailty, death, mourning, emptiness, faith, enlightenment, glory, salvation, cold, snow, ice, air, celestial, lightness, innocence, spirits, newness, safety, healing.

Magickal uses: Cleansing, purification, protection, inner-peace, new beginnings.

Gray

Symbolises: Dullness, moodiness, formal, sophisticated, simplicity, loss, depression, grief, intelligence, logic.

Magickal uses: Mental powers

Brown

Symbolises: Home, stability, security, reliability, healing, food, warmth, earth, wood, honesty, humility, grounding, foundations, simplicity, approachability, peace.

Magickal uses: Grounding, peaceful household, abundance of food.

Gold

Symbolises: Extravagance, abundance, wealth, luxury, wisdom, power, enlightenment, divinity, glory, light, grandeur, prosperity, luck, confidence, pride, courage, joy, illumination, truth, compassion, passion, love, beauty, perfection.

Magickal uses: Wisdom, optimism, luck, strength of heart, abundance

Silver

Symbolises: Elegance, grace, serenity, wisdom, meditation, order, psychic powers, reflection, sophistication, ancient, calm, purification, mystery, wealth, prosperity, logic, knowledge.

Magickal uses: Wisdom, logic, inner-calm, purification, order, prosperity

– Taken from Enlightenment Through Hellfire: Colour Correspondences

The Four Royal Stars of Persia or Watchers of the Four Cardinal Directions

Aldebaran

Names
Persian: Tascheter
Jewish: Raphael
Greek: Eurus
Roman: Vulturnus
Italian: Alpena
Norse: Austri
Empedocles: Hera
Indian: Indra
Mayan: Mulac/Hobnil

Attributes
Constellation: Taurus
Ruling Planet: Venus
Direction: East
Season: Spring
Festival: Beltane
Element: Earth
Animal: Bull
Colour: Green

Regulus

Names
Persian: Venant
Jewish: Michael
Greek: Notus
Roman: Auster
Italian: Settrano
Norse: Sudri
Empedocles: Hades
Indian: Yama
Mayan: Kan/Hosanek

Attributes
Constellation: Leo
Ruling Planet: Sun
Direction: South
Season: Summer
Festival: Lammas
Element: Fire
Animal: Lion
Colour: Yellow

Antares

Names
Persian: Satevis
Jewish: Gabriel
Greek: Zephyrus
Roman: Favonius
Italian: Meana
Norse: Vestri
Empedocles: Persephone
Indian: Varuna
Mayan: Cauac/Saccimi

Attributes
Constellation: Scorpio
Ruling Planet: Mars
Direction: West
Season: Autumn
Festival: Samhain
Element: Water
Animal: Snake
Colour: Red

Fomalhaut

Names
Persian: Haftorang
Jewish: Uriel
Greek: Boreas
Roman: Aquilo
Italian: Tago
Norse: Nordri
Empedocles: Zeus
Indian: Kubera
Mayan: Ix/Cantzicnal

Attributes
Constellation: Aquarius
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Direction: North
Season: Winter
Festival: Imbolc
Element: Air
Animal: Eagle
Colour: Black

The Archdemon Asmodeus

The Lesser Key of Solomon, Goetia 32

“The thirty-second spirit is Asmoday, or Asmodai. He is a great king, strong, and powerful. He appears with three heads, whereof the first is like a bull, the second like a man, and the third like a ram; he has also the tail of a serpent, and from his mouth issue flames of fire. His feet are webbed like those of a goose. He sits upon an infernal dragon, and bears in his hand a lance with a banner. He is first and choicest under the power of Amaymon, he goes before all other. When the exorcist has a mind to call him, let it be abroad, and let him stand on his feet all the time of action, with his cap or headdress off; for if it be on, Amaymon will deceive him and call all his actions to be betrayed. But as soon as the exorcist sees Asmoday in the shape aforesaid, he shall call him by his name, saying: “Are you Asmoday?” and he will not deny it, and by-and-by he will bow down unto the ground. He gives the ring of virtues; he teaches the arts of arithmetic, astronomy, geometry, and all handicrafts absolutely. He gives true and full answers unto your demands. He makes one invincible. He shows the place where treasures lie, and guards it. He, amongst the legions of Amaymon govern 72 legions of spirits inferior. His seal… you must wear as a lamen upon your breast, etc.”

Abilities/Roles:

He gives the ability to read others thoughts.
Confers invisibility and invincibility.
Can break up marriages and relationships. Asmodeus’ chief objectives are to prevent intercourse between husband and wife, wreck new marriages, and force husbands to commit adultery.
He teaches the arts of astronomy, arithmetic, geomancy and craftmanship.
It is said that “Asmodeus answers all questions and he discovers and guards treasures”, however this will depend on the skill of the occultist.
He is also one of the chief demons involved in cases of possession. (He was one of the infernal agents blamed for the obscene sexual possession of the Louviers nuns in 17th-century France).
He incites gambling, and it is said in the Malleus Maleficarum that he is the overseer of all the gambling houses in the court of hell.

Correspondences:

Superior: Amaymon
Rank: King of demons
Color: Yellow, black, crimson, blue
Planet: Sun, Jupiter, Neptune
Element: Air, water, fire
Directions: East, south
Animal: Spider, whale
Date: Jan 30-Feb 8, Aug 13-17, Aug 28-Sep 1
Zodiac: Virgo 5-9, Leo 20-24, Aquarius 10-20
Gematria: 122, 235, 362, 369, 552
Metal: Gold, copper turned blue
Tarot: Six of Swords, Eight of Pentacles
Herbs: Mint, saffron, cinnamon, orange, dragon’s blood, grains of paradise, olive oil, wormwood, sandalwood, spikenard, deerstongue, agrimony

The Unholy Saint Jezebel

Patroness of: Vehement, unwavering belief, female sovereigns and queens, the old religion, fertility, cult practice and ceremony, female aggression, hunger (for power, luxury and excess), domineering wives, ruthlessness, rebirth, rejuvenation.

Few women are so demonised in the bible as Jezebel – daughter of the Phoenician queen. She is power at its wildest, upon the boundary of totalitarian and madness – but so, too, comes an unmatched resourcefulness. She is a being of excess – bountifully overflowing with wealth, splendour and rage. She is the ruling tempest, the pagan maelstrom – nature, gnashing at the walls and striking like lightning at the very foundation at the shrine of Yahweh. She is the jury, judge and executioner – her word is law. And with an army at her beck and call, she constructed a heathen kingdom in the “Holy Land.”

Call upon her for: Leadership, ruthlessness, control, justice, decimation of doubt, domination, fertility, fruitfulness, wealth, financial gain, cult ceremony and worship of the old gods.

“Take what you want and destroy anyone who stands in your way.”

Symbols: The star of Astarte and the crown

– Queen Jezebel: The Fierce

Planetary Orbital Periods and Duration Through the Constellations

Average planetary orbital period through the zodiac:

Moon – 27 days
Mercury – 88 days
Venus – 7.5 months
Mars – 1.9 years
Ceres – 4.6 years
Jupiter – 11.9 years
Saturn – 29.5 years
Chiron – 50.4 years
Uranus – 84 years
Neptune – 164.8 years
Pluto – 248 years
Eris – 557.6 years

Average planetary duration through each constellation:

Moon – 2.3 days
Mercury – 7 days
Venus – 19 days
Mars – 57 days
Ceres – 4.6 months
Jupiter – 1 year
Saturn – 2.5 years
Chiron – 4.2 years
Uranus – 7 years
Neptune – 13.7 years
Pluto – 20.6 years
Eris – 46.5 years

The Celtic Tree Calendar

The Lunar Months

Birch (Beith) Dec 24 – Jan 20
New start. Start of a journey. Overcoming difficulties.
Birch is one of the first trees to colonise wild areas so it is fitting that the tree is first on the Ogham calendar. It signifies beginnings. Sweeping with birch twigs is said to cleanse a space or person.

Rowan (Luis) Jan 21 – Feb 17
Protection. Quickening (new life).
Twigs/branches of the Rowan used to be hung over doors to protect a house and over cradles to protect a child. Twigs/wood hung over the bed are said to protect from nightmares and disturbed sleep. Rowan strengthens your positive energy to withstand negative forces.

Ash (Nion) Feb 18 – March 17
The world tree (Yggdrasil). Provides links and connections. Inner and outer worlds connected.
In many mythologies (including Norse) the ash represents connections – roots in the underworld, trunk in our middle earth and branches reaching to the heavens and beyond. Meditating with the Ash can help connect and understand the past.

Alder (Fearn) March 18 – April 14
Balances male and female aspects. An oracle.
Alder lives in balance. It has a symbiotic relationship with bacteria that lives in its root nodules to help fix nitrogen. As such Alder can actually improve the soil it lives in. Living in wetter areas, its wood is also very strong and durable under water. Alder speaks of balance between strength and receptiveness to working together.

Willow (Saille) April 15 – May 12
Flexibility, adaptability, a feminine tree. Wisdom gained from adversity.
A tree associated with the moon, its cycles and its gravitational effect on water. Its bark has been used for hundreds of years in medicine for pain relief. Its branches are soaked and softened for basket weaving. Being connected with the moon it helps keep in touch with life’s rhythms.

Hawthorn (Huath) May 13 – June 9
Opens heart, purity, innocence, helps preparation for tasks.
Hawthorn lifts the spirits and brings love into the heart. It has been used through history as a remedy for the heart and circulation. Sprigs of hawthorn were used as protection and in wedding ceremonies to bring happiness, fertility and prosperity but it was bad luck to bring the blossoms into the house. Meditating with Hawthorn brings cleansing and unconditional love.

Oak (Duir) June 10 – July 7
Provides strength and courage. A door to inner strength and spirituality. Provides protection.
Oak soothes the nervous system and helps solve problems bringing calm and inner peace. The Celtic name of Duir is thought to be derived from ‘door’ and refers to its association as a doorway to inner strength.

Holly (Tinne) July 8 – Aug 4
Symbol of everlasting life and unconditional love. Provides balance, direction and protection.
Holly is a potent symbol of positive life force. In Pagan mythology the Oak King and the Holly King do battle at both mid-winter and mid-summer. Holly provides protection against negative emotions.

Hazel (Coll) Aug 5 – Sept 1
Fertility, wisdom, knowledge. Helps provide inspiration and inner guidance. Powerful for divining.
Hazel helps open channels to your creativity. It also helps open channels for inspiration and inner knowledge. Hazel rods are commonly used in divining.

Bramble (Muin) Sept 2 – Sept 29
Helps with linking and connections.
Some sources show the original Ogham alphabet linked to the vine. However this has been questioned as others have pointed out that the grape vine was probably introduced by the Romans. Other sources show that it was the bramble (being native) that was linked to this lunar month. Unfortunately, we have yet to find a bramble growth thick enough and woody enough to mount on a lathe and turn into a pen – our search continues…..

Ivy (Gort) Sept 30 – Oct 27
Preservation. Transformation through persistence. Helps with perseverance and overcoming obstacles.
Some interpret Ivy as binding or restricting. But ivy overcomes obstacles and climbs high. Its leaves transform as they climb higher. It is rare to find ivy large enough to turn, but we do occasionally.

Wheatstraw (Ngetal) Oct 28 – Nov 24
Source of life. Authority. Sovereignty.
Again, this material does not lend itself to pen making, although we are continuing to think of ways around this.

Elder (Ruis) Nov 25 – Dec 23
Regeneration. Helps with seeing a beginning in the end.
Elder was known as the poor man’s medicine chest. Many parts of the tree including its berries, flowers and leaves were used for healing. Many ancient sites are surrounded by this tree that was revered for its usefulness. It represents the end in the beginning and the beginning in the end and so teaches us the cycle of death and rebirth.

The Cross Quarter Days

Scots Pine (Ailm) The day after the winter solstice
The start of the renewal of the sun’s power.
The tall Scots Pine stands as a signpost at the beginning of the year. Guidance pointing to the future.

Gorse (Onn) Spring equinox
Passion and pitfalls.
The gorse has the heady scent of spring. It warns that there can sometimes appear to be a licence for self-indulgence but that self-control sometimes needs to be cultivated. This is another shrub that rarely produces timber of turnable size.

Heather (Ur) Summer solstice
Peace and solitude, new behaviour patterns, transformation.
Heather regenerates after fire, cleansing and clearing away for the new. Another shrub that rarely grows to the required size to turn.

Poplar (Eadha) Autumn equinox
The oracle.
A tree that whispers on wind. Its shimmering leaves whisper on the breeze teaching us to stop and listen carefully to the quiet voices as sometimes they teach more than those who shout.

Yew (Ioho) Winter solstice
Wheel of life, death and rebirth, transformation.
The yew tree has the ability for its drooping branches to touch the ground and root. Even once the original trunk decays the life of the same tree continues. New trees grow from the branches, but still part of the original. Because of its association with death and rebirth, transformations, the yew has long been associated with sacred sites – both churchyards and pre-Christian sites. Yew rods were used as Ogham sticks for divination and connecting with ancestors.

The Half Years

Apple (Quert) The Light half of the year.
Love energies. Cleansing.
Apples were regarded as a symbol of abundance and a gift of love. It is a symbol of healing – especially of the heart.

Blackthorn (Straif) The Dark half of the year.
Positive perceptions. Helps with secrets. Defensive. Protective.
Whilst there are some darker superstitions attached to Blackthorn, the tree brings cleansing and purification on both physical and emotional levels if used with compassion. It teaches that everything can have a positive outcome. The juice of the sloes was also used in medicine, especially to sooth inflammation of the mouth.

 The Ogham Calendar

11 Luciferian Points of Power

1. Lucifer represents the light of intellect, wisdom and power unique to each individual with the courage to ascend to this responsibility.

2. The symbol of the Adversary is that of the self-liberator and spiritual rebel who inspires self-evolution.

3. Lucifer represents the balanced torch bearer of Venus: the Light Bringer as the Morning Star and the Night Bringer as the Evening Star.

4. The Adversary symbolizes the spark of consciousness which questions everything, manifesting the individualistic path with accountability only to the self.

5. The fall of Lucifer symbolizes the liberation of the mind from the slave-mentality and the courage to explore and master the darkness within. One may not offer the illumination of the Morning Star without the wisdom of the darkness within.

6. The Adversary represents rebellion with purpose: wisdom, strength and power.

7. Lucifer represents the courage and fortitude to acquire healthy self-love, leading to the responsibility of honoring your temple of mind, body and spirit.

8. To become your own god you must have the wisdom and strength to govern and guide your life as if your mind is to survive beyond the mortal body.

9. Indulgence with restraint, love for the deserving and disdain for those undeserving.

10. Lucifer represents the insight that every act, no matter if perceived as selfless, is at core a selfish act. Even if helping others is your passion, the brain still receives a chemical reward triggered by the act. This is why many consider that doing good deeds in society may bring you closer to “god”. Recognize you are selfish, then see this fact in all others while observing. Accept this and then with this knowledge, make choices that would benefit not only yourself but your loved ones’ when possible.

11. To become a god is to fully understand that you possess the power to create and sustain your path in life and illuminate the light of self-determined potential

– Published in “Wisdom of Eosphoros – The Luciferian Philosophy” by Michael W. Ford, Jeremy Crow and Hope Marie.

Common Epithets of Hecate

A to Z

Adonaia – Of the Underworld
Apotropaios – Averter of Evil
Atalos – Tender, Delicate
Brimo – Angry One
Chthonia – Of the Earth
Despoina – Mistress of the House
Enodia – Of the Path
Erodia – Gatekeeper
Kleidouchos – Key Bearer
Kourtrophos – Nurturer of Children
Krokopeplus – Draped in Saffron
Lampadios – Torch Bearer
Nycteria – Of the Night
Ourania – Heavenly
Perseis – Destroyer
Phosphorous – Light Bearer
Propolos – Attendant, Guide
Propylaia – One Before the Gate
Scylacitis – Protector of Dogs
Soteira – Saviour
Trimorphis – Three Formed
Trivia – Of the Three Ways

Wild Edible British Flowers

A to Z:

Alexanders
Season: Spring
Edible parts: Flowers, young leaves, stalks, seeds
Photo ID: Alexanders

Common Daisy
Season:  Summer
Edible parts: Flowers, young leaves
Photo ID: Common daisy

Common Yarrow (in moderation)
Season: Autumn
Edible parts: Flowers, leaves
Photo ID: Common yarrow

Dandelion
Season: Spring
Edible parts: Flowers, leaves, stem, root (dried)
Photo ID: Dandelion

Elder (in moderation)
Season: Summer
Edible parts: Flowers, berries (cooked)
Photo ID: Elder flowers

Garlic, wild
Season: Spring
Edible parts: Flowers, leaves
Photo ID: Wild garlic

Herb Robert
Season: Spring
Edible parts: Flowers, leaves, root (dried)
Photo ID: Herb robert

Milk Thistle
Season: Summer
Edible parts: Flowers, seeds (dried), leaves, young stalks, root
Photo ID: Milk thistle

Mullein
Season: Summer
Edible parts: Flowers, leaves (cooked)
Photo ID: Mullein

Primrose, wild
Season: Spring
Edible parts: Flowers, leaves
Photo ID: Wild primrose

Sweet Violet
Season: Spring
Edible parts: Flowers, leaves
Photo ID: Sweet violet

White Clover
Season: Summer
Edible parts: Flowers, young leaves
Photo ID: White clover

Wood Sorrel (in moderation)
Season: Spring
Edible parts: Flowers, seed pods, leaves
Photo ID: Wood sorrel

(List in progress)