Chess is a war game.
“Despite the documented evidence of chess historian H.J.R. Murray, I have always thought that chess was invented by a goddess.” George Koltanowski, from Women in Chess, Players of the Modern Game
And what is the object held in the left hand? Could it be a Viking drinking horn? Filled with mead or something stronger?
And that horn – in ancient societies a horn was a sign of power, a sign of authority.
One source suggests that their attitude evokes the piety of the Virgin Mary, surveying the carnage on both the battlefield and the chessboard.
‘The Archaeology and Prehistoric Annals of Scotland‘ (D Wilson, 1851) claims that a high tide uncovered a small stone chamber that contained the relics, which were found by a local inhabitant who was so spooked by their faces that he turned and fled, thinking that he had uncovered some ‘pigmy sprites of Celtic folk-lore’. It was his wife who persuaded him to return and collect them.
If you bend down and look at their faces, they seem to come alive.
The Calanais Standing Stones on the Isle Of Lewis are an extraordinary cross-shaped setting of stones erected 5,000 years ago. They predate England’s famous Stonehenge monument, and were an important place for ritual activity for at least 2,000 years.
According to one tradition, the Callanish Stones were petrified giants who would not convert to Christianity. In the 17th century the people of Lewis were calling the stones fir bhrèige (“false men”). Another legend is that early on midsummer an entity known as the “Shining One” walks the length of the avenue, his coming heralded by the call of the cuckoo.
Magic Of Queens
A Queen is someone who doesn’t conform to what others think of her but takes advisement from others because she knows that she does not know all. A Queen is someone who’s always looking out for the greater good of others. A Queen is also a warrior fighting for justice.
Laurie Cabot is known for her use of the gaming board as a majickal tool, a tradition unique to the Cabot witchcraft. While today we think of the gaming board in terms of the game of chess, our ancestors related it to the game of life… the Cabots use it as the centerpiece for their altars and place symbolic objects on it. The game board can be used for both spell craft and divination.
Some practitioner’s keep separate boards for each intention and place chess pieces, symbols, roots, talismans, and stones on the board as part of casting spells.
More detail on this can be found in Laurie’s wonderful books. She calls this ‘The Gameboard of Life’.
You can use a child’s checker- or chessboard or you can make your own.Envision yourself on the Game Board of Life. See the squares as different phases in your own life. The white squares stand for things you would like to send away. These can be wishes you hope to come true or obstacles you would like to move out of your way. The black squares represent things you would like to draw in, characteristics in your personality or nature you want to encourage, or things you hope to bring inside you or near you.
You can use chess pieces to represent different aspects of your life (for example, the castle can represent home or stability; the knight or horseman, strength and agility; the pawn, protection).The center four squares in the middle of the board are where your spirit resides. Around this four-square area, using the white and black squares as your guide to either draw in energy or send it away, place the objects on the chessboard anywhere you like. Each square might represent a month or a year. The entire exercise is in your hands.
We make the Magick.