Friday, November 30, 2012
an old witches charm for a bride
Mother Goose rides through the air on a very fine gander. Today, Mother Goose is limited to the nursery, her rhymes intended to entertain only the youngest, least sophisticated children, yet Mother Goose's namesake bird links her to a host of powerful spirits: Aphrodite, too, rides through the air on a goose. The
bird is sacred to Egyptian Hathor and Roman Juno, both valiant protectors and advocates of women.
In the Middle Ages, the once sacred goose became associated with witchcraft and disreputable women. Attempts to discredit Lillith and the Queen of Sheba depict them as dangerously beautiful, seductive women, with one goose's foot peeping from beneath a skirt.
Mother Goose's famous marital recommendations echoes an old witch charm:
"Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a sixpence in her shoe!"
Follow Mother Goose's directions in order to provide the bride with spiritual protection and promote romance in the marriage.
~ The Element Encyclopedia Of 5000 Spells by Judika Illes ~