Editress Ginger Strivelli This month we held our first Ladies LUCNH out....in years past we have held several Ladies night outs but it seems lunch is easier for many of our schedules right now. So we have for now changed those events to lunch-dates 'girls'day' out events for our APA ladies and other local Pagan sisters. It was well attended and enjoyed this month as we held it at Olive Garden in Asheville. We have planned the next one for the last Friday in March. FROM OUR BOOK OF SHADOWS:(This year we will be doing Pantheons from around the world each month in this section ...starting with our own from 'here.') The Cherokee Pantheon: (Alas the mostly forgotten Gods, Goddesses and spirits of these lands where we live, here in the Appalachian Mountains.) The 'great spirit' which was of course translated to be 'God' (as in Jesus' father)...of course that was not who the Cherokee meant when they originally addressed their great spirit father. Sadly most think it is the same as the modern Christian monotheist male god... even most modern Cherokee. Selu- The Corn Mother. There is actually a very magical Statue of Her in Cherokee now, thanks to the Harrah's Casino, sadly the tourist trade is keeping Her memory alive more than most of Her people are. Her Name is the Tsalagi (Cherokee language) word for corn. Kanati- The Happy Hunter. (Also sometimes called the 'lucky' hunter.) Selu's Husband. Invoked of course in hunting. The Thunder twins-the children of Selu and Kanati who are playing ball when you hear the thunder. (Cherokee stickball 'Anejodi.') The Nunnehi- or Yunwi Tsalagi are the 'wee folk'... the 'little people' the fairy/elves of the Cherokee. The Sun – Nvda and the Moon which was also called Nvda... were worshiped as divine beings not just objects in the sky. The 'long-man' or water/river was also invoked in prayer along with Fire. Plant and Animals often also were seen as spiritual beings Besides the obvious Selu-Corn there was Ginseng called 'little man' or “Mountain climber' and a being called Uktena, a horned serpent, similar to the Aztec's God; Quetzalcoatl and the Mayan's God; Kulkucan. Spider grandmother- “Kanene Ski Amai Yehi” is believed to have 'brought' the Sun/Fire to Earth. Also called, our grandmother; “Elisi.” Raven Mocker...is a spirit similar to a Celtic Banchee who take the dying.