photo of the mineral selenite in sticks

Selenite is a stone of mental and energetic clarity that is associated with the wind, as well as the third eye, crown, and etheric chakras. It is said to cleanse all negative energies and removes blockages from both physical and etheric bodies. 

Selenite is a form of gypsum and much softer than other healing stones you might have in your collection; because of this, it can easily be scratched and should be kept dry.

 

The Story Behind Selenite

 

illustration of Greek moon goddess SeleneSelenite got its name because of its connection with the Moon Goddess, Selene, of Greek Mythology. It was associated with her and powers similar to hers due to its white glow and moon-like nature. 

Selene is an extremely beautiful woman with long hair who wears a crown with a crescent moon on it. She drives her moon chariot across the heavens. Selene has the power to induce sleep and to give light to the night. She also controls time, and like the moon itself, she is ever-changing.

 

Emotional Cleansing & Clarity

 

Selenite’s ability to be a cleanse in all areas of one’s life is spectacular. This crystal should be in every home and workplace.

Use this healing stone when life throws you mixed messages; when you don’t know what step to take next in your work or home life; it starts its healing slowly, first unburdening us by helping us think crystal-clear thoughts.

Selenite helps to dispel confusion, purifies auric fields, eliminates unwanted forces from the home, and promotes a calm mind during meditation. It is thought that Selenite assists us in communication with whatever higher power we seek. It is also used to assist communication with spirit guides. For some, this spiritual communication means deep introspection during times of decision-making and lends itself to help you gain clarity.

It’s a stone that invites you to be open and honest with yourself. Selenite helps us feel liberated by bringing forgiveness to situations that are no longer serving us. Selenite helps us do the emotional work of letting go so that we are able to rise up and embrace our fullest power.

 

Healing With Selenite

 

Selenite stone healing properties are connected with our spine, skin, and even our nails. It is said that it can help to realign our vertebrae, help with nail growth and strengthening, as well as keep our skin healthy, hydrated, and clear.

Since it is connected with the moon, and the moon governs the sign of Cancer, it’s only natural that it is a great help for matters of the heart. Its healing properties are strong when it comes to matters of emotions, and it works to help relieve all kinds of emotional stress, strain, and anxiety.

Selenite works especially well when we wear it on our person or when we keep it close at all times, especially when we go to sleep. It is said that people who suffer from insomnia, night terrors, sleep paralysis, and nightmares have slept better and easier when they have a Selenite beneath their pillow.

 

Cleansing & Charging Selenite

 

A variety of options exist for Selenite cleansing and charging, but there is one caveat:

 

Selenite should never be placed in water unless it is your intention to dissolve it.

 

Selenite does not hold any negative energies and never needs to be charged. You can use this stone to keep the rest of your stone collection charged and free of congested energy. There are bowls, plates, knives, slabs, and wands.

Selenite does not need to be cleansed, but because of its association with the Moon’s energy, many like to give it a boost in the light of a full moon.

Keep a wand of Selenite, along with a stick of Palo Santo near your tarot/oracle/Lenormand cards, especially if you are reading for the public. Clients and others touch the cards and leave residual energies, however, you can keep your cards cleansed and protected just by having these two cleansing pieces on your deck(s) in between readings and when not in use.

Selenite is a universal cleanser. Simply placing your crystals, jewelry, or any objects that need cleansing on a slab will do the trick.

 

Imbolc Wheel of the Year

A minor Pagan holiday, Imbolc falls halfway between the Winter Solstice (Yule) and the Spring Equinox (Ostara).

 

After months of turning inward, of hibernation & of rest, life is beginning to stir again. Imbolc marks that moment we say goodbye to the harshest days of winter and welcome the light and warmth to come. Daylight is increasing and spring is in the air. While too early for planting gardens, Imbolc was a time to start thinking about what you wanted to plant and harvest in the coming year. Traditionally, Imbolc begins at sundown on February 1st & continues through February 2nd.

In modern-day living, Imbolc is a great time to reflect and think about where you want to go in the coming months.

 

Imbolc History and Meaning

 

Imbolc means “in the belly” and celebrates the pagan Celtic goddess Brigid, who is the goddess of inspiration and creativity, healing, smithcraft, and poetry.

In ancient times, it was celebrated as a time to reaffirm life and start thinking about the coming season.

As Christianity spread from Rome to Northern Europe and the British Isles, Imbolc was adopted as Candlemass and is still celebrated on February 2.

 

 

Imbolc Symbols

 

Deities: Brigid, Aphrodite, Eros, and Hestia

Symbols: candles, cauldron, chalice, cow, sheep, and swan

Colors: White, Red, Pink, and Black

Stones: Amethyst, bloodstone, garnet, onyx, ruby, and turquoise

Foods: Baked goods, winter vegetables, seeds, dried fruit, butter, milk, cheese, lamb, and mutton

Flowers & Plants: Snowdrops, angelica, basil, bay laurel, and celandine

 

imbolc celebrations wheel of the year

Ways to Celebrate

 

If you’re waiting patiently for winter to be over so you can get out into nature again and feel the warm sun on your face, Imbolc marks that moment we say goodbye to the harshest days of winter and welcome the light and warmth to come. Since Imbolc occurs during the post-holiday season, it is a great time to embrace simple celebrations.

  • Host a candlelight dinner for a few of your favorite people
  • Decorate your favorite room with candles in the evening
  • Meditate and journal about the things you want to accomplish in the coming year
  • Invoke Brigid for creative inspiration
  • Craft a Brigid’s Cross
  • Burn some red candles
  • Start planting seedlings indoors for your garden 
  • Take some time to go outside and enjoy the lengthening days and increased sunlight

 

Brightest Imbolc blessings to you!

We at Goddess Elite hope all your plans and dreams come to life and that this year takes you to exciting, powerful places. We have all the tools you need to help you manifest your best life, let us know how we can assist you. 

 

La Befana Italian Epiphany witch

La Befana, known as the ‘Good Witch of Christmas’, is Italy’s most well-known and interesting Christmas character.

 

Who is La Befana?

 

La BefanaIn Italian folklore, La Befana is the old lady who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy. Her name may have come from the festival of Epiphany or even from the Roman goddess, Strina, who presided over the New Year’s gifts.

Another popular fairytale version, the story says that the three Wise Men stopped to get directions and invited the old woman, who resembled a Strega, (a witchy woman), to join them on their journey to bring gifts to Baby Jesus. She initially refused, due to being too busy with housework, but then tried to follow them. Unable to find Jesus, the kind-hearted Befana gave the toys to other children.

Other stories suggest that this folktale may actually date back to the Roman Pagan Festival of Saturnalia, the multiple week festival starting just before the Winter Solstice. At the end of Saturnalia, Romans would go to the Temple of Juno on the Capitoline Hill to have their fortunes read by an old crone. This story most likely evolved into the tale of La Befana.

 

 

La Befana and The Feast of Epiphany

 

The Feast of the Epiphany, an important post-Christmas date on the Christian calendar, is celebrated on January 6 as a national holiday in Italy.

The tradition of La Befana, who arrives on the night before Epiphany, plays a big part in this celebration.

This holiday also marks the end of Christmas festivities in Italy, after which the children go back to school, the adults go back to work, and the Christmas decorations all come down.

The Feast of the Epiphany commemorates the twelfth day of Christmas when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Baby Jesus.

 

But for Italian children, it’s the day when they finally get their holiday presents!

 

La Befana arrives on her broomstick during the night of January 5 with toys and sweets for the good children and lumps of coal (usually a sweet candy, like black licorice) for the bad children. 

Children are not allowed to see La Befana because the parents need the children in bed while they put out the gifts, sweep the floors, and drink the wine on the eve of the Feast of Epiphany. 

Normally there are many local festivals throughout Italy celebrating La Befana – however, with Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns currently in effect throughout Italy, there will be none this year. 

 

 

hekates night goddess of witches

Night of Hekate

 

Hekate (also spelled ‘Hecate’) is the Greek Goddess associated with magic, witchcraft, necromancy, the underworld, and childbirth.

 

Hekate's night November 16She is the goddess of the three paths, goddess of the crossroads, both physical and spiritual. As a Triple Goddess, Hekate rules the realms of Earth, Sea, and Sky, the conjunction of past, present, and future, as well as the Moon, Earth, and Underworld.

Hekate is considered by many as the protectress of the oppressed, the marginalized, and witches. As the Goddess of the in-between, the liminal spaces, the boundaries, and the transitional times of life including birth and death, she carries a torch for illumination. This illumination is not just of the dark, but of our personal pathways, especially our shadow side, guiding us through our choices at the crossroads and the path we eventually choose.

Hekate’s time is that of the Dark Moon, the time of release and renewal.

She is also honored on the 30th of each month, at the Dark Moon, and at the beginning of sunset on November 16th (and until sunset the next day) each year, known as The Night of Hekate.

 

Hekate’s Night Ritual

 

Hekate’s ancient devotees held dinners in her honor known as Hekate Suppers.

On Hekate’s Night, food offerings consisting of any of the following that Hekate (and her dogs) love are served:

  • wine
  • honey
  • crescent-shaped bread and pastries
  • eggs
  • garlic
  • fish
  • mushrooms

 

These offerings of food are both consumed by those celebrating and left out by the front door (the “crossroad” between indoors and outdoors, between one’s private space and public spaces) or at a crossroad, on a (perishable) plate or flat stone, as an offering to Hekate as she roamed the Earth by night with her sacred dogs, and to invite her blessings for those who dwell inside.

Make your invocation and petition, this is a good time to ask for her assistance to release something from your life, and then walk away without looking back. Encountering or hearing a dog is an indication that your petition has been heard by Hekate and her sacred dogs.

On this night, it is good to acknowledge Hekate’s strength. Recognize her as the ultimate protector of all realms of existence.

 

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