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Medusa the Gorgon

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"She wears strength and darkness
equally well,
the girl has always been half Goddess,
half hell." --Nikita Gill

Have you ever listened to a story where some heroic man must face the inevitable and embark on an unsurvivable quest in hopes to save his true love and defeat all evil, only.... somehow the villains in the story don't seem that bad? That's how I felt when I read about Perseus and Medusa. Of course, being so young when I was introduced to Clash of the Titans, the 'popular' story of how Medusa came to be a villainous, snake-haired gorgon was omitted, for obvious reasons. Here, I won't bother to retell the story of Medusa, Poseidon, and Athena's punishments. Instead, I will focus on another retelling of Medusa's origins and her symbolization.

Medusa was the third gorgon child to be born to two sea deities: Ceto, the Goddess of sea monsters and chaos among sea, and Phorkys, God of the depths of the ocean. Medusa has two elder sisters: Stheno and Euryale, both whom were born ageless, while Medusa was born mortal.

Their origins aren't exactly known, but one common theory is that they inhabited Libya for a time. Medusa specifically was considered to represent one-third of the triple moon Goddess in North African mythology, serving as a serpent goddess for female wisdom.
How the Gorgon sisters are viewed varies from culture to culture. Some say Medusa's sisters were the only ones with hideous faces and snakes for hair. In other tales, all three of the gorgons were beautiful and were lustfully desired by many across the seas. Ultimately, they are a symbol for female strength and power. Part of this stems from the stigma surrounding menstruation in women. In Medieval times, it was believed that a single glance at a menstruating or menopausal woman had the power to kill. In other folk beliefs, when a woman reached her first year of menstruation, she was described as being 'bitten by the snake.' The Encyclopedia for Spirits by Judika Illes tells of a German folk belief that burying a menstruating woman’s hair in the earth would turn into a snake overtime. Menstrual blood in witchcraft is believed to be the single most spiritually and magically powerful substance on Earth. Because of Greek mythology's dark history of the patriarchy constantly abusing and silencing women, it can then be argued that Medusa was demonized as well for her mysterious secrets of death, sex, and the menstruating feminine.

Medusa the gorgon is the epitome of female empowerment. Statues and symbols of her are used to guard temples and serve as talismans for travelers. Ceramic pots illustrating her head of snakes were placed in mausoleums and other burial grounds to protect the deceased and ensure their safety to the Underworld. Her image was also used to protect pregnant women and newborn babies. In modern witchcraft and Wiccan practices, she can be conjured as a Goddess to share her wisdoms of sex, magic, and undying strength.

Because Medusa is a sea spirit at her core, I decided to craft these candles with bases of sea green and dark blue. You may burn them as an offering to her or leave them on your altar near pictures or statues of the gorgon.

Medusa was also believed to share guidance in divination. Simply ask your question like you would with a pendulum or tarot deck, then light your candle, sit back, and watch. Do you see any figures in the wax? Does the wick hiss or pop? Do the flames grow tall or split into two?

ɪᴛᴇᴍ ᴅᴇsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ: Two 6 inch pillar candles rolled in locally sourced herbs. These taper candles have been ritually rolled in herbs associated with Medusa such as mugwort, wormwood, witch hazel, thyme, and garden sage.

𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐓: These candles are best used for decoration on your altar or best burned OUTDOORS. Should you plan to burn them indoors, be wary of the flame. The more herbs, the BIGGER and taller the flame with be. Always supervise your candles while burning. These candles have very burnable botanicals.

Always burn in a reliable candle holder or in a fireproof dish. Please watch the video attached to this listing to see how they burn.