Apr 06

Glastonbury Goddess Conference 2014

Procession of Goddess devotees

Goddess Conference 2013

In keeping with my role as Champion of the Goddess I point you in the direction of the:

Glastonbury Goddess Conference

This is the nineteenth annual Glastonbury Goddess Conference and takes place over 6 days from Tuesday 29th July to Sunday 3rd August 2014. There are also fringe events starting from Saturday 26th July.

The theme this year is Celebrating the Crone Goddess:

The third aspect of the Triple Goddess, she  is the wise one, the magician, the waning moon and winter. She represents spirituality, death and endings, transformation and regeneration.

You can book for the whole Conference or individual days, talks or workshops.

For more information go to the  Glastonbury Goddess Conference website.

Mar 17

My Religious Beliefs

I will take this opportunity to explain my own religious beliefs, give some idea of what the Category “Religion, Myths and Legends” will contain and introduce you to a recent facebook friend.

Intellectually I am an atheist, but with an interest in comparative religion.

In my heart a pagan.

Actually I use the word “heart” for convenience sake. People will understand the word in this context, but I shall be exploring in the future what constitutes the heart or soul. And I do mean exploring, I have some ideas but a lot of it will be uncharted territory for me.

I was originally going to have “Religion” and “Myths and Legends” as separate categories,but, as most myths were somebody’s religion once, I have decided to combine the two and have sub-categories, which I think will work much better.

Jann has been a facebook friend for about a year but we hadn’t chatted much in that time. I knew she was into health and fitness as her status reports often were about the runs she had been on.

But, just recently, she had asked for a couple of followers on her new Twitter account so she could get a bit of practice in how to use it.

It was then I saw she had a website and, being curious, decide to visit it.

I found out she actually runs  a health and wellness centre in North Yorkshire.

To my surprise,  the name is one of the themes I was thinking of developing – It is an amazing universe ( how nobody else had got to  the URL first was amazing in itself). And then I saw she ran something called Divinely Feminine Circles. Now if that doesn’t fit into my theme of Moonlit Knight being the Champion of the Goddess nothing does.

Coincidently, this started on  March 5th., my second day out of hospital and first post since I decided that I could actually make a go of this site.

So, without further ado, I give you:

Amazing Universe

You may well owe me a drink for this Jann. Which I will collect later this year – I’m thinking here about all those lovely Yorkshire Bitters, oh, and also I have some cousins in that area that I haven’t seen for years.

 

Aug 02

Hymn To Ratri Goddess Of Night

starry sky

Hymn to Ratri

The goddess Night has looked abroad with her eyes, everywhere drawing near. She has put all her glories on.

The immortal goddess now has filled wide space, its depths and heights. Her radiance drives out the dark.

Approaching, the goddess has expelled her sister Dawn. Now darkness also disappears.

And so you have drawn near to us, who at your coming have come home, as birds to their nest upon the tree.

The clans have now gone home to rest, home the beasts and home the birds, home even the hawks who lust for prey.

Guard us from the she-wolf and the wolf, and guard us from the thief, O Night, and so be good for us to pass.

For darkness, blotting out, has come near me, black and palpable. O Dawn, dispel it like my debts.

I have offered my hymn as a cow is offered, Daughter of Heaven. O Night, accept it, as a victors praise.

Ratri, Goddess of Night, is a Hindu deity and although this is the only hymn to her in the Rig Veda (Book 10, hymn 127), she also has four hymns in the Atharva Veda (Book XIX, Hymns 47-50).

Ratri was perceived, not as the dark, but as the bright starlit night. Adorned with all her splendour she drives away the darkness and protects her worshippers from harm.

By now, largely forgotten, she has been subsumed as Kalaratr, one of the The Nine Forms of the Goddess Durga.

She appears again as a goddess in her own right in the science fiction novel Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny, where he uses a couple of the stanzas from the hymn.

Jul 28

Fragarach – A Sword Worthy Of The Moonlit Knight

Every legendary hero should have a named sword. Just think of Arthur and Excalibur, Roland and Durendal, Chrysaor sword of Sir Artegal  etc. And, now, thanks to  the page Celtic Mythology that I have only recently subscribed to on Facebook, the Moonlit Knight has found his.

The sword FragarachFRAGARACH the ‘Answerer’ or ‘Retaliator’ was the sword of Manannan mac Lir and later, Lugh Lamfada. Forged by the gods, Manannan wielded it as his weapon before passing it on to Lugh, his foster son. It was given to Cúchulainn by Lugh, and later to Conn of the Hundred Battles. It was said that no one could tell a lie with Fragarach at his or her throat, thus the name ‘Answerer’. It was also said to place the wind at the user’s command and could cut through any shield or wall, and had a piercing wound from which no man could recover.

Artwork by Chris Down

What better weapon for a seeker of truth and may he also prove worthy of bearing it.