Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A to Z Challenge -- G -- ENERGY, BOOK, AND DEITIES



GRIMOIRE --  A grimoire is a book containing rituals, formulae, preparation of equipment, and a host of other things.  It is sometimes interchangeable with book of shadows, but others prefer that they remain separate.  They have been around for centuries.


GROUNDING --  When raising power for ritual, many times there it can leave excess energy.  To ground oneself is to release and disperse said power after the completion of it back to the Earth, in some other object (plant or stone) or in some other manner.  


The symbol for the Triple Goddess
GODDESS --  The Goddess is many, one, or both.  It all depends on the person.  There is no set way to worship Her.  She can be the Triple Goddess, Isis, Hera, or any one or combination.  The Goddess is who She is needed to be.  She is life.

To name the Goddess is completely up to the practitioner.  

Symbol for the Horned God
GOD -- The God can be one or many, or all.  He can be the Horned God, Zeus, Odin, or whichever god is preferred.  There is no set way to worship.  He represents the masculine energy.  His power coincides with the Wheel of the Year. waxing in summer and waning in winter.  He symbolizes the death and rebirth.


GREEN MAN -- He is the spirit of the forest. He is symbolized by a human face through foliage. He is known by many names like Jack-in-the-Green or Green Jack.

In, modern day, he's usually part of the spring rites like Beltane or May Day along with the May Queen.

He is the archetypal representation masculine energy in nature.  One theory is that he was a fertility god before becoming the newer Green Man.

The Green Man has been traced back to ancient Rome, but there are cultures with little Roman influence that have a similar figure, including Nepal, Iraq, India, and Istanbul.  In Rome, He may have connections to Dionysus before his image morphed into the hedonistic party animal.  He was a god of agriculture and fertility of nature.

He is found in many churches in Britain in the architecture.  These early churches most likely had pre-Christian believers carving the stonework.  So the pagan tradition survived as the church took over.



Disclaimer: None of these pictures belong to me.  I found them on Google.

13 comments:

  1. Great finds. I have heard of the Green man and seen many images of him.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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    1. he is pretty universal. It's almost as if he's part of our psyche as a primal force.

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  2. I wonder if the Greenman is the Wildman that I often see in German literature and art

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    1. could be. I didn't come across the wild man in my research.

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  3. Fascinating theme! I just read thru all your posts so far, really interesting.
    Lisa
    ...Slow & Steady
    Tales from the Love Shaque

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  4. Such an interesting post. Are the Goddess and God connected to the cycles of the moon, because their symbols definitely evoke a crescent and a full moon.

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    1. those that follow the triple goddess ways its true, but those that follow a different path don't use the same belief system.

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  5. I love the definition for the Goddess "She is who She is needed to be." Beautiful. And I love the Green Man! He inspired my story for "G".

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    1. thank you! I loved reading that one.

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  6. I would love to have a book of shadows... a grimoire I mean.

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    1. it's as easy as writing down your first spell or rite or as simple as even if it's just a recipe for chamomile tea.

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  7. Green man seems kind of scary to me. Reminds me of those "tree faces" people buy and put on trees in their yards.

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    1. Aw, he's not scary. Wouldn't want to run into him by myself, but it would be interesting all the same.

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