Isidorus: Hymn 1 to Isis

O wealth-giver, Queen of the gods, Hermouthis, Lady
Omnipotent Agathē Tychē, greatly renowned Isis,
Dēo, highest Discoverer of all life,
Manifold miracles were Your care that you might bring
Livelihood to mankind and morality to all;
You taught customs that justice might in some measure prevail;
You gave skills that men’s life might be comfortable,
And You discovered the blossoms that produce edible vegetation.
Because of You heaven and the whole earth have their being;
And the gusts of the winds and the sun with its sweet light.
By Your power the channels of Nile are filled, every one,
At the harvest season and its most turbulent water is poured
On the whole land that produce may be unfailing.
All mortals who live on the boundless earth,
Thracians, Greeks and Barbarians,
Express Your fair Name, a Name greatly honoured among all, but
Each speaks in his own language, in his own land.
The Syrians call You: Astarte, Artemis, Nanaia;
The Lycian tribes call You: Leto, the Lady;
The Thracians also name You as Mother of the Gods;
And the Greeks call You Hera of the Great Throne, Aphrodite,
Hestia the goodly, Rheia and Demeter.
But the Egyptians call You ‘Thiouis’ because they know that You, being One, are all
Other goddesses invoked by the races of men.
Mighty One, I shall not cease to sing of Your great Power,
Deathless Saviour, many-named, mightiest Isis,
Saving from war, cities and all their citizens:
Men, their wives, possessions, and children.
As many as are bound fast in prison, in the power of death,
As many as are in pain through long, anguished, sleepless nights,
All who are wanderers in a foreign land,
And as many as sail on the Great Sea in winter
When men may be destroyed and their ships wrecked and sunk,
All these are saved if they pray that You be present to help.
Hear my prayers, O One whose Name has great Power;
Prove Yourself merciful to me and free me from all distress.

Isidorus wrote it.

The Shield of Brigid

Every day, every night
that I praise the goddess,
I know I shall be safe:
I shall not be chased,
I shall not be caught,
I shall not be harmed.
Fire, sun, and moon
cannot burn me. Not
lake nor stream nor sea
can drown me. Fairy
arrow cannot pierce me.
I am safe, safe, safe,
singing her praise.

– The Shield of Brigid, Irish prayer

Prayer to Venus

Genial Venus, generous and kind,
Who gives laws to heaven, earth and sea,
Who captures every creature with your charm,
Who liberates man from savagery,
And breeds elegance, peace and beauty.
Goddess of love, most bountiful,
Delight of men and Gods,
We pray that you bless this household,
And that this offering find favour with you.

– Taken from Prayer to Venus

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)

The Dianic Wheel of the Year

Hallowmas (Samhain) – 31st of October
The Deepening: The Goddess descends into Herself entering the in the spirit world of the dreams time.

Winter Solstice (Yule) – 21st of December
The Conception: The Goddess is not physically giving birth to a new human being, but as Crone begins to leave the physical world in order to conceive Herself as daughter of light, so the new life-cycle can start again.

Imbolc (Candlemas) – 1st February
The Awakening: The Goddess, after conceiving Herself, evolves into the Maiden form. This is also the time for initiations into The Dianic Tradition.

Spring Equinox (Ostara) – 21st of March
The Emergence: The Spring Maiden, reborn from the earth, emerges from the winter, exploding into an epiphany of flowers and green hills, symbol of life in all its glory.

May Eve (Maiden Fire) – 1st of May
The Menarche, The Flowering: The Maiden is initiated into women’s mysteries through the menarche, her first blood. The passion awakes and the girl becomes a young woman.

Summer Solstice (Litha) – 21st of June
The Union: The Goddess, as young woman, after having experienced the joy of the union with the creative self, sexual and sensual, becomes pregnant of Her own creations. This season marks the transition from the Virgin to the Mother, creatrix and giver of life.

First Harvest (Lammas) – 1st of August
The Ripening: The Great Mother is honored as supporter of life and giver of nutriment for Her daughters and their sons.

Fall Equinox (Modron) – 21st of September
The Descent: The Great Mother has completed Her creative process and now she stops bleeding, beginning her physical transition to the Crone and preparing herself to descent into the spirit world.

– Taken from The Dianic Wheel of the Year (Sabbats)

The Thirteen Goals of The Witch

1. Know yourself
2. Know your Craft
3. Learn
4. Apply knowledge with wisdom
5. Achieve balance
6. Keep your words in good order
7. Keep your thoughts in good order
8. Celebrate life
9. Attune with the cycles of the Earth
10. Breathe and eat correctly
11. Exercise the body
12. Meditate
13. Honour the Goddess and God

– Taken from Scott Cunningham Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner

The Prayer of Exaltia

Our Lady is exalted among the daughters of Heaven
Shining Inanna, Star of the Sea
Robed in celestial light
She abases the cruel and the proud
And hearkens to the plea of the lowly
The rich who deny Her godhead find not contentment
But blessed is the humblest of Her servants
She delivers the captive into Her care
And takes the hand of the fallen
May the whole world praise You, beloved Inanna
May your glory be told of in all the earth
Let then exalt Your dominion
And Your valiant courage
And glorify Your holy Name
Have mercy on Your servant who gives You blessing
And take her hand in need and suffering
In illness and distress give her the gift of life
May she go forever in joy and delight
To magnify Your holy Name
Before all the peoples of the world.

Taken from the book The Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians

O Bright, Wondrous Goddess

O Bright, Wondrous Goddess
How I adore You
How my soul aches for Your completion

In Your Glorious Mantle of Love and protection
In the Warmth of Your Cosmic Womb, O Mother
I am wrapped as a babe

My reverence for You runs higher than the mountains
As high as the Heavens of Your own Creation
From whence I came forth

And to Your Light of Life I shall return
One with Your Heart
Beloved again forevermore.

– Self-composed