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
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
Uranus – 7 years
Neptune – 13.7 years
Pluto – 20.6 years
Eris – 46.5 years

Gospel of the Witches: Diana’s Speech to Aradia, Regarding Freedom from Oppressors

‘Tis true indeed that thou a spirit art,
But thou wert born but to become again
A mortal; thou must go to earth below
To be a teacher unto women and men
Who fain would study witchcraft in thy school

Yet like Cain’s daughter thou shalt never be,
Nor like the race who have become at last
Wicked and infamous from suffering,
As are the Jews and wandering Zingari,
Who are all thieves and knaves; like unto them
Ye shall not be….

And thou shalt be the first of witches known;
And thou shalt be the first of all i’ the world;
And thou shalt teach the art of poisoning,
Of poisoning those who are great lords of all;
Yea, thou shalt make them die in their palaces;
And thou shalt bind the oppressor’s soul (with power); 1
And when ye find a peasant who is rich,
Then ye shall teach the witch, your pupil, how
To ruin all his crops with tempests dire,
With lightning and with thunder (terrible),
And the hall and wind….

And when a priest shall do you injury
By his benedictions, ye shall do to him
Double the harm, and do it in the name
Of me, Diana, Queen of witches all!

And when the priests or the nobility
Shall say to you that you should put your faith
In the Father, Son, and Mary, then reply:
“Your God, the Father, and Maria are
Three devils….

“For the true God the Father is not yours;
For I have come to sweep away the bad,
The men of evil, all will I destroy!

“Ye who are poor suffer with hunger keen,
And toll in wretchedness, and suffer too
Full oft imprisonment; yet with it all
Ye have a soul, and for your sufferings
Ye shall be happy in the other world,
But ill the fate of all who do ye wrong!”

– Aradia, Gospel of the Witches: How Diana Gave Birth to Aradia (Herodius)

1976 Madrian Poem: The Thirteen Months

Columbina is the first,
The gentle Dove reborn from death,
And all the earth is wakened by
Her newly-quickened breath.

Maia is the second,
The year grows quickly from its birth
And our dear Lady wears the crown
Of Heaven and of earth.

Next follows noble Hera,
Bringer of warmth and joy and light.
The fields are filled with flowers
And all the world is bright.

Then glorious Rosea,
First daughter of the Summer sun,
The season of the Fiery Rose
In Whom all life is one.

Bright-garlanded Kerea,
Sweet prime of all the laughing year!
Your languid days and fragrant nights
Have always welcome here.

In Hesperis, the golden month,
The lingering end of Summer’s reign,
Sweet scents climb up through shimmering heat
Among the ripening grain.

The rich abundance of the earth
Bursts forth in Mala’s fruitfulness –
The bountaeous gifts of Life Divine
To nourish and to bless.

Brisk and crisp and smoky-scented
Are russet Hathor’s misty days;
A time of nuts and cyder-brew
And breath a chill white haze.

Samhain begins with blazing fires
For sister souls who have gone forth
And ends as icy Winter leaves
Her palace in the North.

Astraea brings the frost and snow
And also brings a Star –
Sign of our Lady’s love, to show
Her coming is not far.

In Hestia, the darkest month,
A tiny light is born –
Our Lady in Her Mother’s arms
Shines forth on the grey dawn.

In Brighde, Winter’s last chill month,
A thousand candles light the sky
Our Lady, robed in purest white,
Prepares Herself to die.

Moura is not of Winter,
Of Summer, Autumn, or of Spring,
She is a season of her own
Apart from everything.

The closing year is hushed and still,
The Dove is slain that we may live,
The dearest gift that we can take,
Or anyone can give.

1976 Madrian Month Names = 2009 Aristasian Month Names

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

The Exaltation of Inana:

1-12 Lady of all the divine powers, resplendent light, righteous woman clothed in radiance, beloved of An and Urac! Mistress of heaven, with the great pectoral jewels, who loves the good headdress befitting the office of en priestess, who has seized all seven of its divine powers! My lady, you are the guardian of the great divine powers! You have taken up the divine powers, you have hung the divine powers from your hand. You have gathered up the divine powers, you have clasped the divine powers to your breast. Like a dragon you have deposited venom on the foreign lands. When like Ickur you roar at the earth, no vegetation can stand up to you. As a flood descending upon those foreign lands, powerful one of heaven and earth, you are their Inana.

13-19 Raining blazing fire down upon the Land, endowed with divine powers by An, lady who rides upon a beast, whose words are spoken at the holy command of An! The great rites are yours: who can fathom them? Destroyer of the foreign lands, you confer strength on the storm. Beloved of Enlil, you have made awesome terror weigh upon the Land. You stand at the service of An’s commands.

20-33 At your battle-cry, my lady, the foreign lands bow low. When humanity comes before you in awed silence at the terrifying radiance and tempest, you grasp the most terrible of all the divine powers. Because of you, the threshold of tears is opened, and people walk along the path of the house of great lamentations. In the van of battle, all is struck down before you. With your strength, my lady, teeth can crush flint. You charge forward like a charging storm. You roar with the roaring storm, you continually thunder with Ickur. You spread exhaustion with the stormwinds, while your own feet remain tireless. With the lamenting balaj drum a lament is struck up.

34-41 My lady, the great Anuna gods fly from you to the ruin mounds like scudding bats. They dare not stand before your terrible gaze. They dare not confront your terrible countenance. Who can cool your raging heart? Your malevolent anger is too great to cool. Lady, can your mood be soothed? Lady, can your heart be gladdened? Eldest daughter of Suen, your rage cannot be cooled!

42-59 Lady supreme over the foreign lands, who can take anything from your province? Once you have extended your province over the hills (2 mss. have instead: If you frown at the mountains), vegetation there is ruined. Their great gateways (1 ms. has instead: palaces) are set afire. Blood is poured into their rivers because of you, and their people must drink it (2 mss. have instead: could not drink). They must lead their troops captive before you, all together. They must scatter their élite regiments for you, all together. They must stand their able-bodied young men at your service, all together. Tempests have filled the dancing-places of their cities. They drive their young men before you as prisoners. Your holy command has been spoken over the city which has not declared “The foreign lands are yours!”, wherever they have not declared “It is your own father’s!”; and it is brought back under your feet. Responsible care is removed from its sheepfolds. Its woman no longer speaks affectionately with her husband; at dead of night she no longer takes counsel with him, and she no longer reveals to him the pure thoughts of her heart. Impetuous wild cow, great daughter of Suen, lady greater than An, who can take anything from your province?

60-65 Great queen of queens, issue of a holy womb for righteous divine powers, greater than your own mother, wise and sage, lady of all the foreign lands, life-force of the teeming people: I will recite your holy song! True goddess fit for divine powers, your splendid utterances are magnificent. Deep-hearted, good woman with a radiant heart, I will enumerate your divine powers (2 mss. have instead: good divine powers) (1 ms. has instead: holy divine powers) for you!

66-73 I, En-hedu-ana the en priestess, entered my holy jipar in your service. I carried the ritual basket, and intoned the song of joy. But funeral offerings were (1 ms. has instead my ritual meal was) brought, as if I had never lived there. I approached the light, but the light was scorching hot to me. I approached that shade, but I was covered with a storm. My honeyed mouth became venomous. My ability to soothe moods vanished.

74-80 Suen, tell An about Lugal-ane and my fate! May An undo it for me! As soon as you tell An about it, An will release me. The woman will take the destiny away fromLugal-ane; foreign lands and flood lie at her feet. The woman too is exalted, and can make cities tremble. Step forward, so that she will cool her heart for me.

81-90 I, En-hedu-ana, will recite a prayer to you. To you, holy Inana, I shall give free vent to my tears like sweet beer! I shall say to her “Your decision!” (some mss. have instead: “Greetings!”) Do not be anxious about Acimbabbar. In connection with the purification rites of holy An, Lugal-ane has altered everything of his, and has stripped An of the E-ana. He has not stood in awe of the greatest deity. He has turned that temple, whose attractions were inexhaustible, whose beauty was endless, into a destroyed temple. While he entered before me as if he was a partner, really he approached out of envy.

91-108 My good divine wild cow, drive out the man, capture the man! In the place of divine encouragement, what is my standing now? May An extradite the land which is a malevolent rebel against your Nanna! May An smash that city! May Enlil curse it! May its plaintive child not be placated by his mother! Lady, with the laments begun, may your ship of lamentation be abandoned in hostile territory. Must I die because of my holy songs? My Nanna has paid no heed to me (1 ms. has instead: has not decided my case). He has destroyed me utterly in renegade territory. Acimbabbar has certainly not pronounced a verdict on me. What is it to me if he has pronounced it? What is it to me if he has not pronounced it? He stood there in triumph and drove me out of the temple. He made me fly like a swallow from the window; I have exhausted my life-strength. He made me walk through the thorn bushes of the mountains. He stripped me of the rightful crown (1 ms. has instead: garment) of the enpriestess. He gave me a knife and dagger, saying to me “These are appropriate ornaments for you”.

109-121 Most precious lady, beloved by An, your holy heart is great; may it be assuaged on my behalf! Beloved spouse of Ucumgal-ana, you are the great lady of the horizon and zenith of the heavens. The Anuna have submitted to you. From birth you were the junior queen: how supreme you are now over the Anuna, the great gods! The Anuna kiss the ground with their lips before you. But my own trial is not yet concluded, although a hostile verdict encloses me as if it were my own verdict. I did not reach out my hands to the (1 ms. has instead: my) flowered bed. I did not reveal the pronouncements of Ningal to anybody. My lady beloved of An, may your heart be calmed towards me, the brilliant en priestess of Nanna!

122-138 It must be known! It must be known! Nanna has not yet spoken out! He has said, “He is yours!” Be it known that you are lofty as the heavens! Be it known that you are broad as the earth! Be it known that you destroy the rebel lands! Be it known that you roar at the foreign lands! Be it known that you crush heads! Be it known that you devour corpses like a dog! Be it known that your gaze is terrible! Be it known that you lift your terrible gaze! Be it known that you have flashing eyes! Be it known that you are unshakeable and unyielding! Be it known that you always stand triumphant! That Nanna has not yet spoken out, and that he has said “He is yours!” has made you greater, my lady; you have become the greatest! My lady beloved by An, I shall tell of all your rages (1 ms. has instead: daises)! I have heaped up the coals in the censer, and prepared the purification rites. The Ecdam-kug shrine awaits you. Might your heart not be appeased towards me?

139-143 Since it was full, too full for me, great exalted lady, I have recited this song for you. May a singer repeat to you at noon that which was recited to you at dead of night: “Because of your captive spouse, because of your captive child, your rage is increased, your heart unassuaged.”

144-154 The powerful lady, respected in the gathering of rulers, has accepted her offerings from her. Inana’s holy heart has been assuaged. The light was sweet for her, delight extended over her, she was full of fairest beauty. Like the light of the rising moon, she exuded delight. Nanna came out to gaze at her properly, and her mother Ningal blessed her. The door posts greeted her. Everyone’s speech to the mistress is exalted. Praise be to the destroyer of foreign lands, endowed with divine powers by An, to my lady enveloped in beauty, to Inana!

The Exaltation of Inana

Extract from Devisukta

“I am the Queen, the gatherer-up of treasures, most thoughtful, first of those who merit worship.
Thus Gods have established me in many places with many homes to enter and abide in.
Through me alone all eat the food that feeds them, – each man who sees, breathes, hears the word outspoken.
They know it not, yet I reside in the essence of the Universe. Hear, one and all, the truth as I declare it.
I, verily, myself announce and utter the word that Gods and men alike shall welcome.
I make the man I love exceeding mighty, make him nourished, a sage, and one who knows Brahman.
I bend the bow for Rudra [Shiva], that his arrow may strike, and slay the hater of devotion.
I rouse and order battle for the people, I created Earth and Heaven and reside as their Inner Controller.
On the world’s summit I bring forth sky the Father: my home is in the waters, in the ocean as Mother.
Thence I pervade all existing creatures, as their Inner Supreme Self, and manifest them with my body.
I created all worlds at my will, without any higher being, and permeate and dwell within them.
The eternal and infinite consciousness is I, it is my greatness dwelling in everything.”

– Devisukta, Rigveda 10.125.3 – 10.125.8

Vow of the Womb Priestess

I give myself to the Great Remembering
I serve only Love and our evolution in Love
I vow to anchor the true Divine Feminine on Earth
I vow to anchor the true Divine Feminine in my Womb
I vow to leave no shadow unloved, no wound without balm
I walk the Path of Love, I commit to our Return to Innocence
I strip away all my armor and leave my heart undefended
I embrace all my feelings; nothing is forbidden or left out
My strength is my surrender to the Divine Feminine flow
I honor my pristine sexuality as a Gift of Life, wild and free
I long to merge with the Ecstatic Innocence of Love in All
Sacred Relationship is my sacrament, the Womb my temple
I vow to return my Womb to her Immaculate Sensuality
To embody the sacred powers of Conscious Conception
My life is part of a greater tapestry, I offer all to this weaving
Holding the 42 corners of the Pure Land from whence we came
Beloved Divine Mother, bear witness to my vow.

– Taken from the book “Womb Awakening: Initiatory Wisdom from the Creatrix of All Life” by Azra Bertrand and Seren Bertrand

Praying the Triple Goddess Rosary (Simplified Version)

The Charge of the Goddess

Great Goddess, Lady of Life,
Whose garment is the shining heavens
You are the white Moon among the stars
And the beauty of the green Earth
You are the Oneness of all things
And the completion of the spirit
You are the mystery of that which we seek,
If we find not within,
We will never find it without
For You have been here since the beginning,
And You are that which is attained at the end of desire
Blessed Be

Maiden

Maiden of freedom,
You are the eternal virgin,
The Holy Bride of nature,
And the revealing light within the shadows.
Through You, all that is good comes to birth

Mother

Mother of compassion,
Forever fertile,
Lady of the forge,
You are the creating force of love
And the strength which nourishes all that lives.
Through you the cause of life is served

Crone

Crone of Wisdom,
Ancient One,
Keeper of the Cauldron,
You stand at the gates between the worlds
And carry the shining sickle of death.
Without You nothing can be transformed

Praying the Triple Goddess Rosary

The Oath of Maimonides (Amended)

The eternal providence has appointed me to watch over the life and health of Your creatures. May the love for my art actuate me at all time; may neither avarice nor miserliness, nor thirst for glory or for a great reputation engage my mind; for the enemies of truth and philanthropy could easily deceive me and make me forgetful of my lofty aim of doing good to Your children.

May I never see in the patient anything but a fellow creature in pain.

Grant me the strength, time and opportunity always to correct what I have acquired, always to extend its domain; for knowledge is immense and the spirit of maid can extend indefinitely to enrich itself daily with new requirements.

Today she can discover her errors of yesterday and tomorrow she can obtain a new light on what she thinks herself sure of today. Oh, Goddess, You have appointed me to watch over the life and death of Your creatures; here am I ready for my vocation and now I turn unto my calling.

The Hippocratic Oath and others (Amended feminine version)