(The Witches Familiar)
Spirit and Medicine:
Patricia Jean Martin
The Lion ~
regal, majestic, powerful and strong, yet nurturing, devoted, playful and calm.
The King of the jungle is respected by all, and when Lion Totem comes, it’s
nearly impossible to ignore his call! A native of the continent of Africa and
one who roams the lush savannas in that part of the world, the lion is master of
his domain. For those who find Lion as their totem, the various types of cats
should be looked at and studied for the benefit of seeking greater communion and
guidance from this king of the felines, (or mighty queen of the felines, if you
happen to be working with the female lioness).
is this king of the cats, that, out of respect, many cultures still refrain from
calling them by name. The word “Lord” is often substituted by local tribes
who share their habitat with the lions. As your totem, you will find yourself
commanding this same respect from those around you, but not for no reason –
you will have earned it, as Lion teaches leadership amidst cooperation. Just as
lions live in groups called prides, so you may find yourself placed in uncommon
situations of leadership or at the very least as an integral part of a group
lesson with Lion that you can count on receiving is one of cooperation and how
best to work with others. Within the pride, it is the female who does most of
the hunting. But by hunting alone she would not do quite as well, and so she
relies on her mate to do his part. He sits and roars, scaring the prey toward
her. She then takes the lead and brings down dinner.
Antelope is their main choice of fare and it is recommended that those with Lion Totem study the qualities of Antelope as well. In the above, Lion shows that cooperation and group endeavors can be very fruitful, but that each member must do his or her share if things are to run smoothly. Between the two, the lioness does most of the work. She is the huntress, the caretaker and nurturer of her cubs, the teacher of survival to her family, and the temptress to her mate whose main job is to protect his family.
ask you to also examine your own participation and usefulness to the world
around you. He will also ask you to honor and respect the feminine, for the Sun
has not always been seen as masculine and attached to male deity. It helps bring
forth new life with its warm nurturing rays. This suggests that the balance of
yin and yang is ever-present. The Sun and the Moon are lovers, and we should not
forget to honor the role of the nurturing Goddess during this Sabbat. Lunar
energies are also very much present within the teachings of Lion.
Lion is a
strong spirit, and one of the most influential of all animal totems. Even the
physical symbols associated with the lion suggest this is true, and they are;
the Sun, the precious metal Gold, the god Mithras, and a king’s throne to name
a very few. With the Sun, and especially the rising sun which implies hope,
promise, and the dawning of greater things to come, Lion Totem yields the
secrets to propelling oneself higher in community stature, increasing one’s
self-esteem, and energizing the physical body. Lion medicine teaches you how to
advance and maintain, and how to balance what may need to be balanced in one’s
life. It is no coincidence that the lion in his astrological aspect of Leo rules
over a prime summer position in the northern hemisphere from c. July 24 to
August 23, the hottest span of days in the solar year. I find it interesting,
the lion, so mighty is he, that he even holds a place in the starry night sky.
But then again, the stars are our glorious mini suns. Royal power, regal
strength, along with noble courage and fearlessness are just some of what Lion
medicine will bring to your table, day or night.
though fiercely independent, can be extremely jealous and protective of their
mates, and those with Lion Totem may find themselves exhibiting this same trait.
If a predator enters their territory, the lion will fearlessly protect the
pride. In all other situations, though, he cannot be bothered with confrontation
and will leave the scene with a slow regal gate and royal air, for Lion never
fights just for the sake of fighting that is beneath him, and as it should be.
Lion will lend you the power to know when to fight and when to walk away. And
though he practically demands you stick up for what is rightfully yours, he asks
you never to lash out without good cause. A lion will never hunt for the mere
pleasure of it, and in this is the teaching that they are not only noble
creatures, but do not waste energy and time on things that do not suit them. It
is wise for us to do the same.
well-known for their large manes and mighty roar, but Lion Spirit is not totally
all about pomp and power. There is a marked softer and gentler side to this
totem. Playfulness and the understanding that there should be a balance between
a time for work and a time for rest is another totem message from Lion. In fact,
lions revel in a very calm, almost lazy life, basking and preening and
frolicking for many hours in the shade of the vast lands they inhabit. As cubs
they pretty much lead a carefree life under the protective eyes of their patient
parents, and affection roams free. With Lion Totem you can expect to also
experience a certain measure of this carefree sense of freedom. As a parent, you
may find yourself spending more time nurturing and protecting your own children.
And overall, you will find yourself more playful and affectionate. Lion can
teach you how to distress and relax.
graceful, charismatic and passionate are all adjectives that also aptly describe
Lion. With Lion as your teacher, these characteristics will be enhanced within
your own persona and you will learn how to use them well and often to your
advantage. Your own personal magnetism will increase, and romance and passion
are likely to enter your realm.
stealthy creatures, able to blend into their surroundings in order to take stock
of any threat or opportunity. Their greatest success lies in their knowledge of
knowing when to roar and when to stay silent. Your own greatest success will
come when you learn this valuable leonine lesson. Like a lion, you will need to
stay patient and watchful, learn how to take better control of your emotions,
and pay added attention to timing in order to learn how to recognize just when
is the proper moment to pounce on the opportunities that present themselves. And
there will be opportunities! Just as a lion will prey on animals large enough to
feed them for several days at a time, you will be taught how to go after the big
tasks...the things you desire most...with stealth and focus. Lion medicine
brings good fortune in that it teaches you how to create your own. Ancient
Egyptians saw the lion as a symbol of power and wealth, and they were right on
the money in their musings. To Buddhists, both lions and tigers are greatly
honored and respected, and according to Buddhist belief, these two magnanimous
creatures rule the direction South, the land of fire, action, passion, and
Spirit begins to make his presence known in your life (and you WILL know when he
arrives), a new and brighter you will leap to the surface. Will-power, new
strength, and a flurry of optimism will begin to flow. Intuition, creativity,
and devotion will grow. You will begin to feel safe and secure in your own
majestic powers, and opportunities will abound and be as self-evident as a
bright sunbeam lighting your path. With Lion as your Totem, all of these things
will help bring sunshine and bounty to your life!
Sekhmet! Tefnut! Matit! Men’et!
Merui! Apedemak! and Pekhet!
to the Sun Lord,
me know your lion heart.
King of the Wild and Lord of the Free,
you guide the golden chariot of Cybele,
guide me in all your ancient wisdom.
to me your strength and courage,
devotion, protection and good fortune,
I have harkened to your mighty call.
Patricia J. Martin - June 13, 2008
by Ted Andrews
Pari lives on the East Coast, USA and is a Shamanic Witch. She has been a member of EW since 2003
Best wishes and Blessed Be
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Sabbats and Rituals:
Sabbats in History and Mythology / Samhain (October 31st) / Yule (December 21st) / Imbolc (February 2nd) / Ostara (March 21st) / Beltane (April 30th) / Litha (June 21st) / Lughnasadh (August 1st) / Mabon (September 21st)
Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar) / Antelope / Bats / Crow / Fox / Frog and Toads / Goat / Honeybee / Kangaroo / Lion / Owl / Phoenix / Rabbits and Hares / Raven / Robin Redbreast / Sheep / Spider / Squirrel / Swans / Wild Boar / Wolf / Serpent / Pig / Stag / Horse / Mouse / Cat
In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar. For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following: Birch / Rowan / Ash / Alder / Willow / Hawthorn / Oak / Holly / Hazel / Vine / Ivy / Reed / Elder. Also see: The Willow Tree (Folk Music)
Rocks and Stones:
Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin: / Apophyllite / Amber / Amethyst / Aquamarine / Aragonite / Aventurine / Black Tourmaline / Bloodstone / Calcite / Carnelian / Celestite / Citrine / Chrysanthemum Stone / Diamond / Emerald / Fluorite / Garnet / Hematite / Herkimer Diamond / Labradorite / Lapis Lazuli / Malachite / Moonstone / Obsidian / Opal / Pyrite / Quartz (Rock Crystal) / Rose Quartz / Ruby / Selenite / Seraphinite / Silver and Gold / Smoky Quartz / Sodalite / Sunstone / Thunderegg / Tree Agate / Zebra Marble
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murder by Witchcraft / The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch / The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) / Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife / The Story of Jack-O-Lantern / The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost / Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) / The Two Brothers - Light and Dark
Old Masters of Academia:
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Abramelin the Mage / Agrippa / Aidan A. Kelly / Albertus Magnus “Albert the Great” / Aleister Crowley “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders "the King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Amber K / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Biddy Early / Bridget Cleary / Carl Llewellyn Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christina Oakley Harrington / Damh the Bard (Dave Smith) / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Dorothy Morrison / Doreen Valiente / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake and the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry / Fiona Horne / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gerald B. Gardner / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Herman Slater "Horrible Herman" / Israel Regardie / James "Cunning" Murrell / Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone / Jessie Wicker Bell “Lady Sheba” / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave (the White Fox) / John Michael Greer / John Score / Johannes Junius the Burgomaster of Bamberg / Karl von Eckartshausen / Laurie Cabot "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Marie Laveau the " Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Matthew Hopkins “The Witch-Finder General” / Max Ehrmann and the Desiderata / Monique Wilson the “Queen of the Witches” / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellers / Mrs. Grieve "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon and Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Paracelsus / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Philip Emmons Isaac Bonewits / Philip Heselton / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and "The White Goddess" /Rudolf Steiner / Rosaleen Norton “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Ross Nichols and The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids / Sabrina - The Ink Witch / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Starhawk / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather, Cotton Mather / Thomas Ady / Vera Chapman / Victor Henry Anderson / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest
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