These incense sticks are handcrafted and not mass produced, and are scented with the Witch blends that I personally feel are 'signature' to my energies and creations.Whilst incense sticks are available worldwide, I wanted to bring that Starry uniqueness to the product; infusing them with essential oils and energy that bring the magick and power to these incense sticks.
Each pack contains 10 sticks
★★ Working with Medusa as a Spirit or Archetype, Snake Spirit, For Empowerment, overcoming severe difficulties, transition, transformation, turning rage into power, reclaiming your body & overcoming the poison of shame. ★★
★Scent - A deep amber with violets & peaches, with an apple bite against a deep earthy base
"... A Gorgon unleashed
They spoke to me of submission
To wrap golden curls in binding
And bequeath my liberated self to another...
To turn my face from such a fate
Apparently merited venom, and violence
To be beloved of one God, is to be hated by another,
And I was gifted the power
By my Serpentine mistress..."
- Invocation of Medusa, by Joey Morris
Shame is the conflict within the snake medicine of personal transformation and personal (often sexual) liberation; for shame is akin to a nail that hammers down the process of shedding ones outmoded skin. Personal evolution begins with a sense of self-worth; that we can be deserving of the process.
Nowhere is this more painfully obvious than within the Greek mythology centred around Athena and her priestess, Medusa.
The very name Medusa hints at the nature of the truth behind this myth which has been perverted by that same repressive agenda that has dogged history:
Medusa is from the Greek ‘Medousa’ literally “Guardian.” Fem. Present participle of the verb ‘medein’ to “protect, rule over.”
– Etymology dictionary online
Additionally Medusa was depicted as physically beautiful (which in the patriarchal Greek mythology traditionally ends badly for mortals encountering Gods,):
Medusa once had charms; to gain her Love
A rival crowd of envious lovers strove.
They, who have seen her, own, they ne’er did trace
More moving features in a sweeter face.
Yet above all, her length of hair, they own,
In golden ringlets wav’d, and graceful shone.”
– Ovid ‘Metamorphoses’
Ovid also describes how Medusa had dedicated herself as a Virgin Priestess to the Goddess Athena, and was subsequently raped by Poseidon, defiling her and the temple.
This account then attributes Athena as wrathful, further ‘punishing’ Medusa for this ‘offence’, and transforming her once golden curls into venomous snakes, and Medusa became a scaled serpentine monster.
There are many interpretations of this mythology but the shadow energy of shame and the symbolism of snakes is unmistakable.
The presentation of the myth suggests that Athena felt shamed by the defilement of her priestess and temple, and further shamed the victim of the attack as a result.
However, it is my personal feeling that this does not seem in keeping with a few key points of Athenas mythos; Athena is referred to as ‘La Serpentine’ in some of the Orphic poetry, one of her most dedicated followers was associated with snakes and she wore the Gorgon head on her shield – a key line of personal defense when in battle.
Working with the Medusa is a powerful exercise in reclaimation of your body, your sense of self, your power and beauty, and personal transformation.
★ Apple in Witchcraft - Apple is a traditional Witch fruit with a pentagram at the centre if you slice into it; the energy behind it is varied, with magical properties of Love magick, Beauty, Wisdom and Knowledge, as well as divination and ancestral work. For the Medusa matrix, it is finding beauty in your strength.
★ Amber in Witchcraft - Amber has long been prized for its sacred nature, it connects us deeply to the vibration of Earth; deep rooted into our bodies and honouring them as connection points for all experiences.
★ Violet in Witchcraft - is associated with Venus and is commonly used in Love spells and Glamour work, they are also used to help show you what you truly desire.
★ Peach in Witchcraft - are associated with protection, wearing a carved peach stone around the neck is thought to protect ones life, and the wood is carved into seals or gate guard doors and openings. It also has magic of Love, should the need arise.
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