Aeracura, Aericura, Heracura. Name for a Celto-Germanic goddess seen as a cult partner of Dis Pater in a stone statue found at Oberseeback, Switzerland. Aeracura may have been an earth goddess displaced by Dis Pater. Hername may be related to Hecate, the Greek goddess of the underworld. A male couterpart, Aericurus, is recorded in Northumberland.
Aeracura is typically pictured carring a horn of plenty and a basket of fruit. She is a celtic earth mother and earth diety. According to some, Aeracura is a goddess devoted to blossoming, and should be welcomed into the garden for beauty to unfold from your flowers and her help.
Message from Aeracura:
In many ways you are like a flower bud who is ripe and ready to open and grow. Don’t try to rush this process, as it’s part of your beautiful path. Enjoy learning new knowledge and skills. Take your time to gather new ideas. Nurture your body with plenty of fresh air, sunshine, water and healthful food. Soon enough you’ll get the unmistakable signal that it’s time for you to put your learning into action. Spend time among flowers, or work with flower essences and oils to support your growth process.
Aercrua is a Celtic and Germanic goddess who multitasks as an Earth Mother Deity, a fairy queen, and also as a bridge between earthly life and the hereafter. She is especially fond of assisting artists and inventors.
She governs over manifestations and appears takes special interest in artists and inventers. She’ll appear to them intrigued with their works and will offer her guidence and support in their craft. If someone has a dire need Aeracura is the one to call upon for that emergency providance. She is resider over abundance, change, craft, death, earth, fairies, art, and rebirth. Using her symbols of flowers and tools of a trade are some good ways to intive her into your life.
Go outside to call upon Aeracura by taking off your shoes and connect to mother earth in your bare feet. She is very kind hearted and if she hears your calls you will be well taken care of, but don’t forget to thank her!
I personally enjoy dancing with her our in my own little make-shift garden every evening when the world starts to settle down and the air cools. Since welcoming Aeracura into my garden it has exploded and have so many blooms and buds most of which are way early. I’m so thankful to her. Hoping to celebrate her presence by planint an orchid or lillies to honor her.
Hope you enjoyed this little ….thingy. ^_^ It was fun to write. Will be adding more dieties I personally follow. Blessed be to you all and Merry Part.
Celtic Animal Signs
This page on Celtic animal signs is an extension of the Celtic tree astrology section. I’ve selected each Celtic sign according to their prominence and affiliation with the full moon within each segment of the Celtic (lunar) year.
The Celts honored the rhythms of Nature, and observed different flavors of their environment according to the season. Like our Native American kin, the full moon in each month held a special personality. I cannot say the ancient Celts designated zodiac totem animals according to the time and day of a kinsman/kinswoman’s birth. However, I can attest the Celts were undeniably bound to the animal world.
There seems to be no separation between Celtic-kind and animal-kind.
Cast your mind back to the time of the Celts, and observe: Their breath united with the breathing forests. Their eyes blink with the flittering feathers from their bird kin. Their hearts beat in rhythm with the wild beasts of the wood.
Indeed, no distinction between man and nature is made in Celtic ideology. Just as all prime people know, there is no delineation. There is only one.
In that energetic spirit of oneness, I invite you connect with your own lunar Celtic animal sign. Explore the possibilities your lunar totems have for you. Further, explore all the animal personalities in the Celtic year. Doing this might expand your awareness about the people around you, the animals we resonate with, and the glory of our universe.
December 24 – January 20
The stag Celtic animal sign has high ideals and aspirations. If you want to start a new project, get a Stag sign to help you. They will not be deterred from their vision. They are thorough, patient and their persistence insures their triumphs. When others have long given up, Stags buck their way past boundaries. They are proud, and rightfully so – they hold themselves in a regal way. They are naturally noble, like they came from royalty. This is not to say Stags feel entitled. Far from it. They believe in righteous hard work, and their integrity is their trademark.
January 21 – February 17
Quick minded, and even quicker wit, the cat of the Celtic year packs a pounce in the realm of intellect. This Celtic animal sign has impeccable reasoning abilities, but moreover they have a knack for seeing the underside of things, a “sixth mental sense” if you will. They have unorthodox vision, and should be called upon when fresh new perspectives are needed in a project. They also have a kind, humanitarian quality that makes them lovable. Although sometimes they can appear aloof because they like to be on the fringe, always observing. Nevertheless, they have the best intentions at heart. Cats are also very creative, and need an artistic outlet to express themselves.
February 18 – March 17
The Celtic animal sign of the snake has a cool exterior but are infinitely lively. They are curious and are always full of questions about how the world works, and how the people around them work (even if they aren’t openly asking, you can bet they’re figuring out the answers in their own mind). Snakes are natural communicators, and they can be hugely persuasive. If they are passionate about a cause they can round up the whole neighborhood with their zeal and enthusiasm for their purpose. Snakes can be spontaneous and unpredictable too. And although they’re pretty flexible, they like things to go their way (who doesn’t?), and will prove to be uncooperative if pushed in a corner.
March 18 – April 14
The fox sign is amazingly cunning and knows how to work a room with sly, sexy humor. Full of guile, vigor and bright intelligence the fox is an untamable force. This Celtic animal sign is the one to take with you on exotic vacations, they will wind your ways into amazing adventures. They have a knack for story telling, and every experience is fodder for their tales. They are tender-hearted, although they don’t show that soft side too often because they’re too busy playing and cracking jokes. However, they aren’t shy about showing their loyalty; if you are the friend of the fox, you have a friend for life. Highly energetic and courageous, the fox has an indomitable spirit.
April 15 – May 12
Strong, loving, stable and sure are the watchwords for the bulls of the Celtic lunar year. Cows/bulls are the ones you turn to when you need a shoulder to cry on, honest opinions and solid advice (particularly in relationships). These Celtic animal signs have bullseye intuition and can spot a liar from a mile away. Because they’re highly intuitive, they can be misunderstood as moody or over emotional. They also come by stubborness honestly. They have excellent taste, and have a flair for classy elegance in fashion and home décor. These signs are as trustworthy as the day is long, and know how to keep a secret.
May 13 – June 9
The Celtic animal sign of seahorse is vastly flexible and resourceful. The seahorse is the person you want managing your finances or handling your legal matters because these people are infinitely clever (if there’s a loophole, they’ve either found it or invented it). They also have amazing memory retention. They are sometimes hard to follow because they’re minds are so sharp. They can also be changeable, but they always come back around to a level of high charisma. These people are astoundingly versatile and adapt remarkably well in any environment. Seahorses are so loveable too. Even better, they love being adored, and easily reciprocate affection.
June 10 – July 7
The wren Celtic animal sign is associated with freshness, and opening to new insights, and sunnier dispositions. They are natural care givers and will sign sweet melodies to cheer their friends and family. They remain calm in the midst of stormy weather. You want to have these people with you if you find yourself in a crisis; they are resourceful and stay cool under pressure. Wrens are self-motivated (they know how to get what they want) and work best in solo situations. They are also have a high sense of responsibility and moral integrity. They seek balance in their lives by being leaders at work on in the community, but secretly they would rather be traveling abroad living a life of a gypsy (this however, is often against their better judgment).
July 8 – August 4
Exuberant, expansive and powerful, the Celtic animal sign of the horse will give you a run for your money. Naturally competitive, and rightfully so. The horse has loads of talent, and enough confidence to go ‘round, particularly in business matters. They have a sixth sense when it comes to strategy and navigation (these signs have an uncanny internal compass). They are gregarious, and openly charming (even flirty). They make grand appearances, and know how to carry themselves with style and authority. They do well in leadership positions, but they are just as happy to be the helpers of the clan (as long as they are given adequate recognition for their talents and contributions). Potentially headstrong, they are also valiant in times of adversity.
August 5 – September 1
Salmon signs dive deep in their inner waters for inspiration, bright visions and dreamy perspective. They are naturally intuitive but they don’t make a big deal out of it. These people have a unique view of the world which makes them some of the community’s best artists, poets and visionaries. Some times they dive way too deep for the rest of us, and some just can’t follow where they swim. But that’s okay, the fish sign needs that kind of depth, isolation and introspection because when they come back up for air, the world is awed by their brilliance and insight.
September 2 – September 29
Spiritually evolved, and eloquent in expressing themselves, the swan swims in a class of their own. They have high standards, infinitely discriminating tastes and they have a keen eye for beauty (even when others cannot see it). Very refined and noble, sometimes the swan is mistaken as detached. This however, is not the case. The swan is a lover, and can prove to be quite passionate in relationships. That “coolness” comes from the swan’s understanding of composure. They’re natural aristocrats. They can be exacting in details, and have specific ideas about how things should be done. If you want someone who is perceptive, organized and extremely tasteful, get a swan’s perspective.
September 30 – October 27
This Celtic animal sign lives up to the adage “social butterfly.” Flitting from friend to friend in parties, and always in contact with loved ones (they’re the ones always on the phone, or texting). They can’t help it. Butterflies are gentle souls who can’t be tied down for very long. They love to dream, express new ideas and talk about high- falutin plans with all their friends. These are the people who brighten up any dark day with their cheer and magnetically bright personalities. They are naturally empathetic, and would never intentionally harm anyone. Rather, they make easy friends, and like to see others uplifted. Butterflies bring a sense of wonder and youth to our world. Keep these people around you to remind you of how truly good life can be.
October 28 – November 24
Wolves have a strong sense of purpose, and will go to great lengths to see their point is made, and fully understood. This Celtic animal sign is fearless, brave and they rarely compromise. These are the hero’s you want by your side in the heat of battle. They will not back down, and they will take no quarter. Others marvel at their inner fortitude. Where do they find the energy and wherewithal to keep going? They thrive on challenge, that’s what gives them their stamina. They have impeccable character, and “honor” is their middle name. They are strong willed, and sometimes live up to the “lone wolf” label. Nevertheless, you always know where you stand with them, and they will unite with you as long as you share their cause.
November 25 – December 23
Seldom do we see more focus in the Celtic animal signs than that of the hawk. When these signs see something they want, they go after it with a force that is remarkable. If, however, they aren’t interested in a project, they will fly off to other more interesting prospects. They care deeply for wisdom, and often focus on sharing that knowledge with others. They can be very philanthropic and generous. Hawks have a keen sense of balance, and they navigate through life with an internal “true north” that creates an uncanny integrity within them. They are open minded and philosophical. Although they entertain all manner of hypotheses, they are strongly opinionated (that inner “true north” thing). That is not to say they cannot be persuaded.
The origin of this holiday can be traced thousands of years back before the days of Roman Catholic Christianity, to the ancient Celts and their priests, the Druids. The Druids believed that people needed to be cleansed after they died. The souls of the departed were transferred by magic to the bodies of animals. “During the night of October 31, the enchanted souls were freed by the Druid god, Samhain [the god of the dead], and taken together into the Druid heaven. This festival was always accompanied by animal and sometimes human sacrifices and linked with all kinds of magic”. “In spite of the coming of the Roman Catholic empire, this Pagan festival continued to be observed until the sixth century. Gregory the Great (AD 540-604) advised the Archbishop of Canterbury to retain the hitherto Druid sacrifices and celebrate them in honor of the Catholic saints”. “Roman Catholic holidays were deliberately set at times that had been sacred since the earliest Pagan days. The Catholics knew the power Paganism had over the people, and usually, renamed rather than reinvented holidays”.
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Ever have that overwhelming sense of peace and nothing else mattered at all, and all your problems, after a stressful day, seem unimportant? You probably had contact with an “Elemental”. Elementals are “Nature’s Angels” (according to some) and they are referred to by various names including Fairies, Elves, Devas, Brownies, Leprechauns, Gnomes, Sprites, Pixies, Banshees, Goblins, Dryads, Mermaids, Trolls, Dragons, Griffins, and numerous others. They are ruled or governed over by higher spirits such as devas or archangels (which in modern witchcraft are called Lords of the Watchtowers, the Guardians, or the Mighty Ones). Generally elementals are looked upon as benevolent creatures that maintain natural harmony.
But won’t be getting into angels as of yet. That’ll be for another post. However, like Angels, Elementals have a recognizable appearance consistently depicted by the archetypal language of art and literature. For example, it is easy to determine if a drawing is an Angel or a winged elemental. Angels have feathered bird-like wings and the winged Elementals have wings that look like a butterfly or other non-bird-like wings.
An Elemental is a spirit embodying one of the five elements: Earth (solid), Water (liquid), Wind (gas), Fire (heat), Aether (quintessence/ spirit/Akasha.) Elemental spirits possess supernatural powers and are usually invisible to humans, living among the trees, rivers, plants, bogs, mountains, and minerals. They attach themselves to practically every natural thing. Earthly Elementals are the metaphysical (beyond the physics) cause of earthquakes, floods, gales, thunderstorms, and wild-fires. More importantly, Earthly Elementals are responsible for creating, sustaining, and renewing life on Earth.
Elementals are of a lower type of nature spirit. They are believed to exist as the life force in all living things. They are said to even exist in the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water; the planets, stars, and the signs of the zodiac; and the hours of the day and night.
Long before Angels, there were Elementals who inhabited all things. Elementals do appear to clairvoyants and are easily recognizable. Many are claimed to wear clothes and jewelry. Gnomes are dwarfish living in caves and mountains. Sylphs appear as butterflies, undines as waves, and salamanders as lizard-like creatures that frolic in flames.
If they choose to show themselves to you, they may choose a form that you will recognize and be comfortable with or will associate with the element they represent. A fire elemental may appear as a spark, a face in a candle flame or bonfire, or simply a sudden warm spot. A water elemental may be a cold spot. An air elemental could be a sudden breeze or tiny whirlwind in the dust. A smell, taste, or an unexplained pebble in your shoe could be evidence of the earth elementals at play.
Elementals are very mischievous and like to play, but their play may also appear to us as disasters rather than play, such as thunderstorms, blizzards, raging seas. When Elementals decide to enjoy themselves, it’s best for us humans to take cover and hope they tire soon. Contrary to how it seems, Elementals activities are not always destructive, even though it may seem that way to humans at times. The elementals have their own agenda and they have a definite purpose, which we may not understand, but may be for the good of the planet as a whole.
Also included among elementals are elves who live in woods and along seashores, and household spirits such as goblins, brownies, bogles, and kobolds. Sometimes fairies are included within the elemental category, and also mannikins which are male fairies having the attributes of elves, gnomes, and brownies.
In the folklore among many Native North American tribes, water babies, that are small in human form, inhabit lakes, streams, springs, and other bodies of water. They are not malicious, but do at times play tricks on humans, and are feared.
Other types of “little people” as they are called do inhabit forests and mountains. Some are said to possess powerful medicine which they frequently bestow on humans in times of need.
Thus far elementals, except the water babies, seem like nice, friendly little creatures of nature. But, others share a different viewpoint. Although the elementals are classed as nature spirits, they are thought by some to be entities of the astral plane.
Many believe Elementals are from a different realm, coming and going between our realm and theirs at their leisure. According to Quantum Physics, there are parallel universes much like our own, but in some of them animals who are extinct here, still exist there. Wars have had different outcomes. Unicorns run and graze freely. Ideas that are accepted there, but aren’t believed here. Elementals live in the realms where they are accepted and they can live freely and they easily travel between the universes where there is an overlap of the two universes. You can say, like a portal.
The origin of the belief in their existence seems to be similar to the one previously mentioned; the belief in elementals was at its height when everything in nature was thought to possess life, and these spirits were thought to live in every tree, stream, hill, cloud, and boulder.
Some writers describe them as evil, others as evil or just mischievous, others say they are both good and bad. The latter description is derived from the Greek term “daimone.” They also have been classed somewhere between angels and men, and can materialize in animal or human form.
Out of the conjunction of folklore and demonology comes the succubi (an incubus being the male counterpart). In rabbinical writings the first of all succubi was Lilith who was the personification of feminine lust, and mated with Adam before Eve. Some say she seduced Adam. Others claim she conceived from his nocturnal emissions spilt during his sleep. Either way, elementals, such as the satyr, elves, and the like which inhabit the secret parts of the earth invisible to normal man, resulted from Lilith’s conception. Some occultists still hold creation of these invisible creatures still continues.
Most occultists and Neo-pagan witches believe these spirits possess supernatural powers and are usually invisible to humans, living among the trees, rivers, plants, bogs, mountains, and minerals. They attach themselves to practically every natural thing.
Animism, which is oldest known human spiritual practice, is the belief Elementals inhabit all things. The belief in Elementals goes back to before the beginning of religion. This is evident in anthropoligical records of indigenous beliefs and practices throughout the world, including Australian Aboriginies who have the oldest continuous culture. In China, for example, they watch over the rice, silk, roads, gateways, and other things. In the Shinto religion of Japan there is worship of nature, nature forces, and nature spirits.
Nature spirit worship was also practiced by the Greeks and Romans who believed spirits inhabited every glen, pool, and even the air. As can be seen there are many incidences of the universality of nature spirit worship. Animism, which is believed to be the original religion of humankind, believed that Elementals inhabit all things.
The origin of the belief in their existence seems to be similar to the one previously mentioned; the belief in elementals was at its height when everything in nature was thought to possess life, and these spirits were thought to live in every tree, stream, hill, cloud, and boulder.
There was a time when most people freely believed in Elementals, until the church convinced them they didn’t exist. Now, because people can’t see them, they don’t believe they exist. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there. There has been so much research done on what people see, in plain sight. One such experiment was done by Daniel J. Simons & Christopher F. Chabris from the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Briefly, in this study, people were asked to watch a video of a basketball game and to keep track of the team with the ball. The people were so intent on the teams, half of them never noticed a woman in a gorilla suit walking across the middle of the screen during the game. Because some of the people didn’t see the gorilla, does that mean she didn’t exist?
Despite his outstanding contributions to medical science, Paracelsus, physician, alchemist mystic and medical critic, was a believer in supernatural things, intuition and the invisible causes of illness. His major work was in reconciling the art of healing with Christian and Pagan religion, studying the philosophy of spiritual substance, warning his contemporaries that to divide therapy from religion was a grave error in judgment. He believed the advancement of practical therapy depended upon a continuous exploration of the invisible side of nature, a search for causes and the realization that man was not simply a physical creature, but a living soul whose internal attitudes could profoundly affect his health. Concerning Elementals, Paracelsus said:
“The Elementals are not properly spirits, because they have flesh, blood and bones; they live and propagate offspring; they eat and talk, act and sleep. They are beings occupying a space between men and spirits, resembling men and women in their organization and form and resembling spirits in the rapidity of their locomotion.” Paracelsus
Some believe elementals lack souls and seek sexual union with humans in order to acquire one. They are capable of copulating and bearing children. Folklore contains many tales of such prodigies such as Hercules, Achilies, Plato, Alexander the Great, and Julius Caesar. Many are known to have existed in the royal and ducal houses of France and England. Among them are the Merovingian and Carlovingian kings (the latter included Charlemagne) to name a few, although there were others. Folklore seems to have a fascination for human-elemental unions.
Some elementals are said to be deceitful and hateful toward human beings and enjoy causing accidents and tragedies. Frequently these entities are associated with ritual magic and sent on psychic attacks by magicians. The practitioners of such magic say when elementals are summoned they attach themselves to the human aura. Unless they are dispatched when their mission is accomplished they unnecessarily drain energy from the aura.
Also, along with this category of elementals may fall confused spirits which are attached to the aura of their victims. If these spirits are not properly detached from their victims through deposition they can be extremely troublesome.
Artificially created elementals are commonly called thought-forms. They are generally considered non-physical entities existing in the mental or astral plane. They do affect the human aura, which can be seen by clairvoyants, and sensed by others on an intuitive level. Thought-forms radiate out and attack sympathetic essences.
There are many people who study and practice rituals to invoke Elementals. These include Wiccans and followers of nature based religions, as well as Freemasons studying the esoteric knowledge and the practices of alchemy and witchcraft. The belief of animism still exists among many people who believe that all things possess life, which is especially true among most occultists and Neo-pagan witches.
Activating Elementals is performed by the conscious act of the practitioner personifying an object of focus and animating the spirit. The practice involves ceremony and ritual with clearly defined positions and a fastidiousness to order which invoke the spirit through charms, incantations and signs. The practice has a high degree of caution. Given the powerful and the important role of Elementals, participants must ask themselves why they are interceding into the Elemental realm. The thoughts and feelings of the participant are in equilibrium with the Elemental. In other words, the way the participant affects the Elemental is equal to the way the Elemental will affect the participant. Impure practitioners who transfer any negative affects onto another person by changing positions achieve short term gain. However, it returns to the initiating participant with long term consequences.
Usually Elemental ceremonies involve communion with the spirits to reconcile and cleanse negative acts on the natural world, to ask for blessings and gifts of nature to continue, and to thank the elemental spirits for their life giving purpose.
An early modern reference of elementals appears in the 16th century alchemical works of Paracelsus. His works grouped the Elementals into four of the five elements:
- Gnome, Earth Elemental.
- Undines (also known as Nymph), Water Elemental.
- Sylph, Air Elemental (also know as Wind Elemental).
- Salamander, Fire Elemental.
The Neoplatonic Greeks (ca. third century AD) grouped the elementals according to the four elements of life. The elementals of the earth are the gnomes, ruled by the angel Ariel; the ones of the air are the sylphs, ruled by Cherub; the ones of the water are the undines, ruled by Tharsis; and there are five elementals that are salamanders, ruled by Seraph. Porclus, in the fifth century, added a fifth group which dwells beneath the ground; and in the eleventh century Psellus included a sixth group, the ‘lucifugum’ which means “fly-the-light.”
There is a group of Elementals for each of the elements – Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Below is a brief description of some, but not all, creatures of the four elements.
“The type of gnome most frequently seen is the brownie, or elf, a mischievous and grotesque little creature from twelve to eighteen inches high, usually dressed in green or russet brown. Most of them appear as very aged, often with long white beards, and their figures are inclined to rotundity. They can be seen scampering out of holes in the stumps of trees and sometimes they vanish by actually dissolving into the tree itself.” Paracelsus
More commonly known as dwarves or goblins, they are concerned with the products and treasures of the earth. Being of the earth, Gnomes usually live in the soil, rocks, beneath the ground, and under the tree roots. Gnomes will only help humans if they have been considerate of nature and treat it well. They are very helpful of those who have established a connection with them through prior acts of kindness. When working with humans, Gnomes are most helpful with healing the bones.
The subgroups of the Earth Gnomes consist of Brownies, Dryads, Durdalis, Earth Spirits, Elves, Hamadryads, Pans, Pygmies, Sylvestres, and Satyrs.
The sylphs are the air spirits. Their element has the highest vibratory rate. They are said to live on the tops of mountains. The leader of the sylphs is a being called Queen Paralda who is said to dwell on the highest mountain of Earth.
They often assume human form but only for short periods of time and they are said to be the most beautiful of all the elementals. They are usually seen with wings, looking like cherubs or fairies. They are said to leave beautiful green rings in meadows and fields caused by bending the dewy grass caused by their dancing in circles. Because of their connection to air, which is associated with the mental aspect, one of their functions is to help humans receive inspiration. The sylphs are drawn to those who use their minds, particularly those on creative arts.
Sylphs are usually sympathetic of human endeavors and for the most part their actions towards them are kindly and thoughtful. The Sylphs can have a profound and powerful influence on the human mental body and thought, and, they are responsible for being the primary impetus behind both inspirational art and inventions
The water spirits are called Undines. This name was first used by Swiss metaphysician Paracelsus in the early 16th century. They closely resemble humans in appearance and size, except for those inhabiting smaller streams and ponds. They are beautiful, emotional, and graceful Nature Spirits who dress themselves in greenish, sea colored garb that has both a shimmering consistency and a watery texture. Their ruler is known as Necksa who they love, serve, and honor unceasingly.
Since their purpose is to direct the flow and course of the waters of the planet, they live in coral caves, fountains, lakes, marshlands, rivers, seas, waterfalls, and underneath lily pads. Besides caring for plants both above and below the surface of the water, the Undines are concerned with the movements of water and how they relate to human emotions and soul responses.
The Undines and their subgroups are friendly, approachable, and are very willing to work with people and to help them. Etheric in nature, they exist within the water itself and this is why they can’t be seen with the normal physical vision.
The subgroups of the Water Undines consist of Limoniades, Mermaids, Naiads, Oceanid, Oreads, Potamides, Sea Maids.
“Salamanders have been seen in the shape of fiery balls, or tongues of fire, running over the fields, or peering in houses.” Paracelsus
The salamanders are the spirit of fire. They keep us warm and work through the liver, bloodstream and emotions. Without these beings, fire cannot exist. You cannot light a match without a salamander’s being present. They are considered the strongest and most powerful of all the elementals.
Their ruler is a magnificent flaming being called Djin. On the spiritual level, they also help to awaken kundalini. Salamanders will always help people who are friendly towards them and keep their heart fires burning. They also have special influence over those with fiery tempers.
The basic concept of an Elemental refers to the ancient idea of the elements Earth, Water, Wind, Fire, and Aether as the fundamental building blocks of nature. This system prevailed in the Classical world. This paradigm was highly influential in Medieval natural philosophy, and Paracelsus drew a range of mythological beings into this paradigm by identifying them as belonging to one of the four elemental types.
Interest in the elementals increased during the Middle Ages and Renaissance when practitioners experimenting with alchemy and magic sought to acquire nature’s secrets so to be able to control their forces. The five elements earth, water, wind, fire, and aether are analogous to the five states of nature modelled in contempory physics (ie. solid, liquid, gas, plasma, and Bose–Einstein condensate.) From a metaphysical point of view, the ancient elements do not contradict modern physics tabling 92 natural occuring elements ranging from hydrogen (lightest) to Uranium (heaviest). In industry the four Elements of Earth, Water, Wind , and Fire are powers used to charm and temper the natural order of elements like iron into steel through heat (plasma), molten iron (liquid), and iron, carbon & chrome (solids). Turning lead into gold, either in a physical or metaphysical sense, is one of the enduring legacies of Elemental folklore.
Symbolic Rabbit Meanings
Symbolic Rabbit Meanings
Symbolic rabbit meanings deal primarily with abundance, comfort, and vulnerability. Traditionally, rabbits are associated with fertility, sentiment, desire, and procreation. Rabbit meanings are also closely linked to the seasons, the changes of Mother Earth, and specifically Springtime. Have you ever heard the term “madder than a March hare?” I have (my mom says it). It has to do with rabbits going bonkers around this time of year. They feel the call of spring just as strongly as everyone and everything else – perhaps moreso. Creatures of all kinds feel the tremors of springtime’s return and respond to it in wild courtship. It’s a celebration of life, and bunnies bounce right back into the swing of spring.
All of us know the power of population the rabbit has – they are legendary for their ability to reproduce fast and furiously. For that same reason, the rabbit is a perfect symbol for this spring which is fertile with themes like: New life, New beginnings and the undeniable current of growth. The rabbit is also a symbol of Ostara (see “Rabbit Meanings Around the World” below), an ancient fertility goddess whose symbols are rabbits, various flowers and eggs (more life/growth/fertility themes!).
A mother rabbit can have forty or more babies a year. That’s symbolic of the cycle of life, and they way life carries on generation after generation. This could hearken to our ideals of ancestry. Indeed in many cultures (Asian, for example) the rabbit is a symbol of longevity and a long family line. Rabbits’ renowned ability to have large litters of babies is also symbolic of creativity/creation.
Some general symbolic rabbit meanings include:
- Esoteric Knowledge
Symbolic Rabbit Meanings via Physical/Behavioral Associations
Rabbits love to chew, and their teeth never stop growing. Symbolically, chewing implies repetition, contemplation, and breaking concepts down into component parts. Their diet is light and green, which implies symbolism of health and prosperity.
Rabbits are burrowers and their deep, maze-like tunnels symbolize connections with primal energy as well as Mother Earth energies. The rabbit encourages us to retreat within, get warm, and collect ourselves.
They also prompt us to connect with the Mother in deeper ways. Rabbits prefer to be on the ground; they are true earth element animals. We cannot help but be reminded of groundedness in their presence.
Rabbits and hares are nocturnal and share the same lunar symbolism. The moon is often depicted as a rabbit in many cultures, thus lending associations of deep intuition and emotionality. For sure, the rabbit symbolizes reflection.
Symbolic Rabbit Meanings Around the World
In Buddhist culture, it is said that the Buddha, disguised as a hare, threw himself in a fire as sacrifice to the god Indra. His reward was to live an eternal life as the moon.
The ancient Mayans thought the moon’s change of phase resembled the motion of a jumping rabbit. See more Mayan symbols here.
In Mesopotamian myths, the rabbit was associated with feminine power because of their ability to procreate quickly and easily. They were also aligned with the triple goddess within their pantheon because of the rabbit’s triangular teeth, and commonly having litters of three.
Rabbits are historically tied to the celebration of Easter and its’ implications of sacrifice, redemption, and resurrection. Rabbits represent the freshness of spring and the promise of wonderful things to come.
The rabbit is sacred to Ostara (or Eostre), a Germanic fertility maiden Goddess. She is the epitome of celebrating new life. She is the expectant one – and her vision only sees potential. In every nuance of experience, Ostara sees indwelling life, and keeps her attention honed there. She’s the reason spring unleashes its vitality – because Ostara has kept her light bright, her vigil of life strong and her focus of promise remained stoic even in the leanest months of winter. Trace your history and you will find this nurturing goddess at the prime root of the festival of Easter, and her sacred rabbit has been morphed into the Easter bunny over the centuries because she had the head of a hare, and the body of a goddess. Ostara is also connected with the vernal equinox (by the same name) which occurs March 20-21st.
In Native American folklore, Manabozho is the Great Hare, a trickster god. He is a shape-shifter and by his tricks, helps to spawn creation. The rabbit is a powerful and well-respected animal totem for these cultures. See more Native American symbols here.
The rabbit is the fourth animal in the Chinese astrological chart. Those born under the sign of the rabbit are conservative, friendly, and deeply compassionate. They are creative and active and avoid conflict. View Chinese zodiac symbols here.
Rabbit Meanings as Totems/Animal Guides
Rabbits are highly social animals, displaying genuine feelings of happiness and affection. Vice versa, they can display aggression, jealousy, and hostility in their social environment. These kind of behaviors are common in every family and community and as such, the rabbit is a symbol of working out social differences and getting along with our fellow society members.
These animals are about body and soul. Consider the amazing perceptive abilities of the rabbit. Radar-like hearing and near 360 degree vision speak of sensitivity. The rabbit reminds us to examine and utilize the tools we have within ourselves. Although our instincts are innate, they also need nurturing and development.
If you’ve held a rabbit, you know their hearts beat very fast and hence they are often associated with people who have highly sensitive, extremely alert, and very cautious personalities.
Rabbits are all about hopping and jumping, in fact, they are known to leap over nine feet high! As children, we appreciate and embrace these playful movements. As adults, we should herald the frivolity and enjoyment of such a relaxed and uplifted spirit.
Rabbits are magical and mysterious and those relating with this animal totem are full of life and possess a deep connection with the sacred, eternal spirit of the earth. See more Earth symbols here.
I had recieved an email from one of my yahoo group members that I had been asking when I too first started to practice. Feeling that this would help those of you reading my blog answer some of these questions if not get you to ponder it yourself. It read:
MM everybody! I have a question I’ve been curious about for sometime. The more I read about other Wiccans the more I come to be aware that our personal beliefs are not only not the same, they are often vastly different from each others. Having been a solitary all my life I just assumed that all Wiccan beliefs are pretty much the same with minute differences. Now I’m finding out that just isn’t so. How and what I’ve been taught is apparently very different from other witches experiences. But we are all witches capable of commanding power to do our will. So whatever our individual beliefs are they work for us. Okay I’ll get to the point.
Do you believe in the actual existence of gods or deities? If you do, why? If you don’t, why? I know what my own beliefs are and why but I’m really curious to know what everyone else thinks. What experiences have you had when calling on deities? Did you feel/see/think anything? What do you attribute those things to? If you’ll humor me in this I think it will make an interesting discussion for all of us. It could also provide a lot of insight we might all find useful.
My answer to this was drawn from personal belief and experiences so take from it what you will, and make up your own mind.
Do you believe in the actual existence of gods or deities? If you do, why? If you don’t, why?
As a fellow solitary I’ve noticed that too, but Im self taught and have been aware of the dieties and even of all the different creatures out there. What I’m trying to say is that, personally, I believe that all religions to be true, and infact the dieties harbor multiple names. The evidence was made apparent to me when I was studying all the different dieties and such. Nations that are seperated by vast oceans and had never even phathomed that there was a whole other continent out there; had the very same dieties but under different names. Dragons can be found across the world, angels (winged beings), as well as many other types of spirits. So to me it’s all very much real, I have met some of them face to face ,so to speak, and had communed with them. It’s just that most people are ignorant to the possibility that, Hey, maybe your God and Goddess, are the same as my God and Goddess, just different names.
What experiences have you had when calling on deities? Did you feel/see/think anything? What do you attribute those things to?
I had always been kind of hesitant when evoking cause I was raised in a hard nosed evangelical christian home. (turned out pretty good if i do say so myself ^_^ ) Being ingrained that bad things will happen or you’ll even be killed if you call something to you, good or bad, didn’t make a difference. Once I got the courage enough to start I did, but I started off small and worked my way on up from there. At first it didn’t seem like anything had happened.. all I had to go on was this heavy warm feeling, very much like feeling a strong potent aura, was occupying the designated circle (was more of a triangle with a bunch of scribbles). It spoke directly to my heart when I started talking. To tell you the truth it spooked me. The room seemed empty but I was far from alone. I didn’t really have any questions for it, nor a purpose, I just wanted to practice. It really does work, but some of them that can be summoned have a very sour additude and can be very unpleasant. With enough practice and training, my vision of them will improve till I’m able to fully view with my actual eyes. I know I sound hoaky, but you never know unless you try. It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Once you’ve stood in the actual presence of a diety, or even a simple spirit; you’re entire out look and understanding of them is completely altered. You’ll see the world differently, and I’ve actually been able to feel them walk with me. I can constatnly feel them around me. It’s absolutely awe inspiring ^_^.
Hope I was able to answer your question miss mame ^_^
With much love Blessed Be all,
I hope this helps to get the gears turning and inspire you to seek your own truth. It’s by far more satisfying when you discover it for yourself rather than someone just telling you what is what.
^_^ Blessed Be my friends!