Order of the White Moon Presents


Photo of Iris taken by Lady Zephyr [J. Wall statue courtesy of Mystic Amazon]


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Iris, in Greek mythology, was known as a lesser Goddess, a beloved messenger of other gods and the personification of the Rainbow. She was the daughter of Titan Thaumas and Electra, the ocean nymph. Sister to the Harpies and wife of Zephyrus, the God of the west wind, bearing two sons, Eros( said to be son of Aphrodite) and Pothos(passion and an attendant of Aphrodite).

Iris was also portrayed as a beautiful maiden, with golden wings, robes of bright colors and a halo of light around her head.She was the ambassador of Zeus and his wife Hera, the King and Queen of Gods. It was said that Iris leaves Mount Olympus only to deliver messages to mankind who look to her as an
advisor and guide, linking her between the worlds of the gods and humanity.

Such was her speed, she travels fast as the wind from one corner of the earth to the other, from the depths of the ocean to the underground world. Apart from carrying messages Goddess Iris had many other tasks to perform. One was to deliver a jug of water from the river Styx so to put whoever lies to sleep. Zeus would make the gods swear by the water of the Styx and any god swearing falsely would lie breathless for a year and then barred for nine years from the gods meetings and feasts.

Among her other attributes are the caduceus and the vase of water. The caduceus is a symbol of healing and divine communication through which the Kundalini rises. It consists of a central staff entwined by the twin serpents. The Kundalini is described as a serpent-like energy. Both the caduceus and the Kundalini are associated with healing. The vase is a symbol of the Kundalini itself.

Traveling through all dimensions, Iris uses her gifts to prevent unnecessary suffering by severing the silver cord that binds them to Mother Earth bringing relief from a slow death. Though she was sometimes called upon to deliver bad news, Iris was known as a sweet tempered Goddess with no enemies. This gave her an access to the universe and welcome in all corners of the earth and beyond. Along with the severing of the silver cord, Iris would lead the souls of the dead women to the Elysian Fields. To honor her, the Greeks would plant purple iris flowers on the graves of the dead. To this day, the Greeks plant irises on women's graves so that Goddess Iris will guide them to their resting places.

Iris not being a mere follower and deliverer of others' messages, her other qualities are gentle strength and communication skills born out of the art of balance. Iris mediates between the poles of good and evil creating balance amid strife. She arrests action and creates harmony. Iris is a bringer of hope and justice through temperance rather than force. It has been said that all the colors of the rainbow blended together create the color white, essence of the Spirit.


Prayer to Goddess Iris

Goddess Iris,messenger of the Gods and Goddesses, hear my prayer.
Grant me peace and harmony helping me cope with all that comes my way.
Give me patience and temperance in all things I do.
Blessed Be

Lady Zephyr  1/23/09


Photo courtesy of Moonwater

Goddess Iris Chant:


Goddess Iris hear my plea
Across the air
And through the sea.
I am in need of your sweet blessings,
Energies and healings bring to me.
Goddess Iris I give thanks to thee.
As I will it so it be.

Lady Zephyr 1/23/09





Long before I knew you
You knew me.
When I was a child
Living in disharmony and strife,
You were there,
Goddess Iris, in my maiden life.

Many a tear were shed
Through pain and sorrow.
You were there
Holding my hand
Sending me a message
To have patience and faith.
There would come a better day.

When I was Mother and wife,
Still living in disharmony and strife,
I did not know your name.
You were there just the same,
Protecting me and sending me
Sweet gentle love.

Once again tears were shed
Through pain and sorrow.
You did not leave me
Even when I believed
I was all alone.
Although I did not see you,
You were there.

Now I am Crone,
Knowing you have been with me all along.
I know you were there in my tears and fears.
I have learned your Blessed name.
Goddess Iris with your gentle soul,
Your Blessings I can call upon
When I have the need.

I see you everywhere I look.
Under the arc of your beautiful rainbow,
Happiness and joy has come to me.
For I am Walking in the Sunshine
At last.

Brightest Blessings
Lady Zephyr  1/23/09

Photo courtesy of Moonwater



Rainbow Oil

Essential oils needed:

Lilac- 1/3
Peach-2-3 drops

Mix equal amounts of the above one at
a time in a small cleansed bottle. The above
amounts are stated as 1/3 instead of drams,
etc. So when mixing place 1/3 of each to make
a whole, depending on size bottle you are using.
You may want to use a dropper. Label name
and all essential oils used and tape or paste it
to the bottle. Keep bottle out of direct sunlight.
This oil is for joy, resurrection and healing. It can give wealth, success and add sparkle to your life.

Recipe from The Enchanted  Formulary (by Lady
Rhea with Eve LeFey).





Call upon Goddess Iris:

For Harmony, balance, peace, happiness
Glad tidings, to bring color into your life
To carry your hopes and dreams to the heavens.

She represents hope, vitality and the power
of colorful communication with the Divine.



Image Courtesty of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow




To Invite Iris into your life:

Catch her in rainbows
Place a rainbow crystal in your window
Bring more color into your home
Wear colorful clothing


Create a message board:
Buy a bulletin board or a rainbow poster
On multicolored notepaper, index cards,postems
Write brief prayers,goals, hopeful thoughts
and tack or stick them on the board
Consider them memos for Goddess Iris
Look at it for a few moments every day







Tarot of a Moon Garden(Karen Marie Sweikhardt)

Tarot cards Representing Iris:

Reflects harmony and inner peace. Life is in balance. May have high amounts of energy running through you healing and renewing.


Page of Swords(Air):
self-confident, able to spring into action in any situation suggests a time of activity and starting new projects may be over eager, but this card represents intelligence and swiftness of thought.

Tarot of a Moon Garden(Karen Marie Sweikhardt)




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Take a cleansing shower before ritual

Need: 8 Candles

1 White Goddess Candle

7 (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) one
for each of the rainbow colors) candles

1 multifaceted Austrian crystal

Incense: sage (for purification)

Oil: lavender for healing

Chalice (filled with spring water)

Tarot Cards: Temperance and Page of Swords

Music: cd of soft music or soft drums

Prepare Altar:

Anoint rainbow candles with lavender oil

Place White Goddess Candle in back

Place crystal in front of the 7 Rainbow colors (to
catch the light rays)

Light Candles

Light Incense and Purify Altar

Cast and Close Circle.

Invoke Goddess Iris:

Goddess Iris come to me
Flying across the sky so swift and free
Leaving a trail of wondrous colors.
Goddess Iris I am calling Thee
To enter within my Circle
Blessing and Healing Me.

Ask for Goddess Iris' Healing and Balance

Sit or lie down

Meditate and envision taking in each color of her rainbow into the corresponding Chakra:

Root, Womb, Belly, Heart, Throat,Third Eye and Crown,

Let her vibrant rainbow colors soar into and through your own, feeling the balance,
healing and calmness she brings to each.

Let the Brilliant White Light flow through from the Crown  to the Third Eye spiraling down the
spine to each Chakra,balancing and replenishing your energy in every extremity of your body.

Thank Goddess Iris for bringing her healing colors.


Drink the spring water from the Chalice.

The Circle is open but not broken.

So Mote It Be!

© Copyright 1/17/09
Pat Swanberg
(Lady Zephyr)

Place crystal in a kitchen window or one that catches the sun to cast an array of rainbow-tinted lights and spots in your house to bring Goddess Iris into your house.


Iris Staff
photo by Lady Zephyr[ Iris staff courtesy of Mystic Amazon]



A Goddess is a Girl's Best Friend(Laurie Sue Brockway)
Invoke The Goddess(Kala Trobe)
The Enchanted Formulary(Lady Rhea with Eve LeFey)
Tarot of a Moon Garden(Karen Marie Sweikhardt)

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