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Blessed Be the Feet

What is the Five that is Eight?

So goes the old witches' riddle, the answer—of course—being, the Fivefold Kiss.

The Fivefold Kiss is a standard trope of Wiccan liturgy which I've always loved for its whole-hearted affirmation of the sanctity of the body, and for its ritual utility.

(Once, when I encountered a goddess in a field—but that's another story for another night—due to my familiarity with the rite, I was not caught at a loss, but knew the proper way in which to venerate her.)

It's worth mentioning that the witch's greeting "Blessed Be" alludes, elliptically, to this rite, as also to the story of the Lady's Descent to the Underworld.

I've long thought the Fivefold Kiss far too good a text to be confined to a single rite, so I've riffed on it here to produce a song or chant for more general use.

All we need now is a tune.

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    Blessed be the lore bearer, blessed be the tribe maker.

Posted by on in Studies Blogs

My jaw DROPPED when I saw the words to "Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda."  In no uncertain terms, these songs directly invoke Hindu deities from a Hindu scripture and implore them for help.

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Posted by on in SageWoman Blogs
Devoted to Love

I am devoted to love
I am a vessel of love
I carry love wherever I go
Hey, hey, hey

And in holding love
I love all
For we are One.

I am a being of love
I am a beacon of love
I am a Lover: Mind, Body and Soul
Hey, hey, hey

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Autumn Hymn to Freyr & some similarities between Slavic & Norse Myth

I wrote this hymn around the autumn equinox, for a ritual to Freyr at a far northern latitude where the leaves had already turned and the lake was skinning with ice, as farmers were pulling in the last harvests. It's meant to welcome the Norse God Freyr (Baltic & Slavic "Yarilo/Jarilo"; also called "St. John/Ian" and "Caloian") as the harvest Lord, and say farewell to him with the change in seasons.

Autumn Hymn to Freyr

Hail Freyr, golden King
Lord of green and growing things!

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