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~*~ Elder Airwolf LoP Ministry Founder/Owner~*~

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Merry Meet Legionnaires~
I am sixth generation Native Blackfoot and Scottish Celt. My Grandmother was one of my mentors her being a shaman, and my other mentor was my Druid Celtic Aunt. I was raised pagan and my education started at the age
of seven and formally after my first moon lodge ritual at 12. I am also trained as a voodoo priestess.
I am a retired MSW, Psychotherapist/Hypnotherapist, and a Dr of Ministries. I provide individual and family counseling.

Revised Legion Stats 09/01/2014

Current Memberships Revised 08/11/2014

By Donna Morgan on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 4:20pm

(website)

LOP.com               =1,552

 

(fb groups)

World school         =2,836

LOP OLD               =6,407

Craft                     =3,088

Kitchen                 =4,086

Awaken                 =3,929

Rock                     =1,332

Woodlands            =3,156

Heart                    =436

Faery                    =1,434

Fierce                   =2,512

Realm                   =1,666

Crone                   =322

Shadow               =926

Male                    =120

Stars                    =432                                             

(total)                  =34,234

 

(fb pages)

LOP                     =15,087

Forum                  =319        

 

 

 

Totals       51,640= members and following.........................good job everyone!

09/01/2014

Protection & Information on the Evil Eye

The Evil Eye - a belief exists that some people possess the "evil eye", that is that they are able to curse or negatively effect someone just by looking at them. It is believed that this person doesn't even have to be aware that they have the evil eye. Many cultures such as the Egyptian, Assyrians, Babylonians and Sumerians accepted the existence of the evil eye. It was also believed that this is just a natural phenomenon which is manifested in the form of negative energy emitted through the eye. The main suspects were usually people with different eyes; dark-eyed people in a surrounding where light-eyes were dominant, people with one lazy eye, those who had a cataract or any other sort of anomaly. Since this was common with old people, they were often the first victims (in the Middle Ages, they were burned at the stake). Since people developed a fear of the evil eye, talismans and gestures were designed to protect them; with the Romans it was the mano pantea, for the Italians the mano cornuta, in other cultures the mano in fica, shamrock, garlic, barley, red ribbons, small bells, vivid blue pearls (and sometimes crystals such as the agate eye), charms like the blue eye, etc. Spitting was also though to protect one from the evil eye (in Greece, Rome and even today among Gypsies). Of course, witches don't possess the evil eye and harming anyone in any way goes completely against their moral principles.
13 facts about evil eye and how to protect against it:
1.
No one can give you the evil eye unless the seed is already planted in you.
2.
The seed is usually manifested as some fear of you have concerning the issue under the evil eye. For example, in order for someone to be able to cause you a financial crisis, you must have beforehand a serious existential fear or some other type of strong fear pertaining to the loss of money.
3.
As opposed to a common opinion, your vulnerability to the evil eye has very little dependency, if any, on whether you believe or not in the paranormal in general and in the evil eye in particular.
4.
People hardly ever give you the evil eye consciously. The conscious mind of a common person is not strong enough to alter reality to such an extent. Evil eye is a result of underlying painful emotions people carry within of which you happen to play some role of opposite and therefor happen to function as an object of jealousy or hatred or both.
5.
Therefore, one who gives you the evil eye cannot be categorized as a bad person but rather as a suffering person.
6.
Still, there are certain witchcraft techniques that enable the giving of an evil eye consciously. The most famous one is Voodoo.
7.
Getting involved with these techniques is of a great risk and must be avoided at all costs despite the temptation, curiosity and desire for power.
8.
There are people with stronger energetic ability to give the evil eye.
9.
The strength of ability of an individual to give the evil eye is in direct proportion to his/her vulnerability to be affected by the evil eye given by others. It's a 2-way street, a bi-directional energetic channel.
10.
The most efficient way to protect yourself against the evil eye is to locate the relevant seeds of fear within you and process them. As indicated above, no one can give you an evil eye unless the seed is already planted in you.
11.
The way to process a seed of fear is not by resisting it or fighting it but by simply observing and accepting the fear and then letting it go.
12.
Also beneficial is to ask your guarding angels to protect you. Usually, they do so without you needing to ask for it.
13.
In addition, make sure to inspect the cases in which you unconsciously give the evil eye to others. As stated above, the more you happen to give the evil eye to others, the more you are exposed to the evil eye given to you by others. By bringing to awareness the cases in which you tend to give others the evil eye, you will disable the underlying bi-directional energetic channel and thus protect yourself.
~Elder Airwolf~

September LOP Newsletter 2014

Legion of Pagans September Newsletter for  2014

Month Features
Mabon Lore

Monthly Correspondence
Lore on the Tree of the Month
All about the
Mabon Ritual
MabonFoods & Crafts
Monthly Spell
Other Notable Days in September


Moon Names for September

For many the Full Moon in September is considered to be the Full Harvest Moon as it is the full moon which is in closest proximity to the Autumnal Equinox - or Mabon. One reason cited for this is that this is the time that farmers are able to work long into the night, harvesting their crops by the light of the moon. Although the moon during this time of year rises close to an hour later each night, during the Harvest Moon it seems to rise about or at the same time each night during the few nights closest to the full moon. 
 
Moon names - by origin
 
Colonial American - Harvest Moon
Chinese - Chrysanthemum Moon
Celtic - Singing Moon
English Medieval - Barley Moon
Neo Pagan - Harvest Moon
Native American - Nut Moon (Cherokee); Mulberry Moon (Choctaw; Dakota Sioux - Moon When The Calves Grow Hair
 
Moon Phases - 
First Quarter - September 2
Full Moon - September 8
Third Quarter - September 15
New Moon - September 24
 

ELEMENTS for The Month of September

Zodiac: Virgo, Gemini
Planet: Mercury
Element: Earth
Animals: wolf, dog, cow, owl
In the Sky: Pluto Direct, Sun in Libra and Fall Equinox
Metal: aluminum or mercury
Colors:  Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold
Symbols: Wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines like ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty
Herbs: Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon's seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables. 
Incense: Autumn Blend-benzoin, myrrh, and sage
Tree: Apple
Flower: marigold, passionflower, rose, honeysuckle
Stones: Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates
Rune: Jera
Tarot Card: The Hermit
Influences: Good fortune, gratitude, gain, memory, understanding, divination, dreams. Selfishness, poverty, forgetfulness.
Mythical Creatures: Gnome & Sphinx
Gods & Goddesses: Goddesses: Modron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Hekate, Pamona and the Muses. Gods: Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man." - Mabon from Danu's Daughter
Realm of Influence: Good fortune, gratitude, gain, memory, understanding, divination, dreams. Selfishness, poverty, forgetfulness.
Spell of the Month: Balance & gratitude
Mabon Vegetable Blessing
New News & Events
 

Mabon Sabbat

 

 

Mabon, the Fall Equinox, is our harvest celebration. As during the Spring Equinox is is a time of balance between dark and light. But now, we are moving from light to darkness, from warmth to cold. We gather the harvest of summer and prepare for the winter ahead.

The Goddess at Mabon

At Mabon, The Mother of the Harvest becomes the Old One, the wise grandmother who teaches us to rest after our labors.

In ancient Greece, the Goddess of the season was both Demeter, who can be generous with her gifts, or hold them back as she mourns for her daughter, and Persephone, who goes into the underworld to return again.

In the British Isles, the ancient name for the Goddess of this time was Modron, which simply means "Mother". Sometimes she was pictured as a trio of women, each seated on a throne. Together, they were called the Mothers. They were responsible for abundance and sustaining the life of the people In the Celtic myths, is is Modron's son who is stolen away into the Underworld.

Whenever we feed the hungry, we honor the Mothers.

The God at Mabon

This Holiday takes its name from the God Mabon. He was called "Mabon, son of Modron," which means "Son, Son of the Mother." He is such an ancient God that most of the stories about him have been lost. All we know is that he was stolen away from his mother when he was only three nights old and imprisoned until he was rescued by King Arthur's companions.

Because Mabon knows what it is like to be imprisoned, he is also the God of freedom. He frees animals from their cages and loosens the bonds of all those unjustly imprisoned. He protects all things wild and free.
His totem animals are the owl, blackbird, stag, eagle and salmon.

We honor Mabon when we protect the wild things, animals and when we work for freedom for all people.

The Altar

The Mabon altar is simple. Make an arrangement of some of the things harvested that will keep for a few weeks: winter squash, dried corn, herbs, pumpkins. If you haven't harvested anything yourself, this is a good time to go to a farmers' market or a pick-your-own farm and choose what you want on the altar.
Autumn leaves, a bouquet of late-blooming flowers, picture or figurines of animals are good additions, as well.

If you know any stories of people who have been imprisoned for their beliefs, their religion or race, you can put their pictures on the altar.

The Colors of Mabon

The colors of Mabon are vivid and brilliant. Just look at the burst of color in the forests with autumn leaves in red, bronze, orange, yellow and rust! Even the night sky glows a deep indigo and the stars shine clear thru the colder sky.

Incense, Herbs and Woods

Nutmeg, cloves, SPICE are the scents of Mabon, along with Sandalwood and myrrh. Heather, pine and cedar also make good choices.
Herbs commonly associated with Mabon are: mace, cinnamon, cloves, cypress, juniper, oakmoss, marigold, ivy and sage.
Build your fires with pine, apple, and oak. Make your wands from hazel at this time of year.


 

 

Intermediate Witch Information

by ~*~ Elder Airwolf LoP Ministry Founder/Owner~*~

on 28 March 2013 at 19:07

 

This class is a progressive from level one of the Basic Witch and students registering for this class must have had previous training. IT INVOLVES "ROOT WORK" and if you have personal issues on the fore front please attend to those needs before taking this class. You will be doing a lot of personal introspection and you will need to be fully focused.

If you have not taken the first class with the LoP your will be asked for documentation from prior training and an apititude test to gaing entry.

In this class the greenwitch will be learning about the Sacred Connection to Nature, Balancing Light & Shadow as well as some more on progressive.magic spells and casting arts of the craft.

Registration -September 2-28, 2014

Orientation week -ALL STUDENTS MUST CHECK INTO CLASS ON THAT DAY!

The cost for the class is $100.00

Books are available through Amazon.com or ABE.com

Registration will follow the submission of your donations reciept tolegionofpagans12@gmail.com

Donations for the class can be made through the LoP site atwww.legionofpagans.com

From there you can fine the pay pal donations tab under the Neighborhood Needs & Ministry Funds tab in the menu toolbar on the current events page.

Bright Blessings and see you in class!

Copyright © 01012013

Elder Airwolf Founder/Owner

~~~ THE BASIC WITCH CLASS~~~

DISCRIPTION & OUTLINE


This class will be following the teachings of the old Celtic Aoumiel Witch.
We will be studying each chapter of Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft.

 

The course will take 8 weeks but can stretch out depending on what the mini test scores are per-week. We want to make sure that you have an understanding of what you are practicing. THIS CLASS INVOLVES "ROOT WORK" and if you have personal issues on the forefront please attend to those needs before taking this class. You will be doing a lot of personal introspection and you will need to be fully focused.

 

There is a fee for the course of $75.00

Also make sure when you sign up that your class is pre-paid and you have a correct email address.
The email and address can be sent addressed to me at
www.legionofpagans12@gmail.com

~~~ REGISTRATION~~~

Registration will begin on:
September 2nd-September 28th, 2014

Class orientations begins (FALL SESSION DATE PENDING POST)- ALL STUDENT MUST CHECK INTO CLASS ON THAT DAY!

All students attended the spring class must have completed their registration, pre-paid for the class with your book orders if you chose that option. I need current email to complete registration.

All students can pay for their course and supplies by clicking on our “Neighborhood Needs and Ministry Funds” tab in the green toolbar and select donations and your payment method.

Remember this must be completed before classes begin to complete enrollment this class. Your personal information will be kept by me in the class folder at:
www.legionofpagans12@gmail.com

Copyright © 03292013

~Elder Airwolf~

Owner & Founder

Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry

Educational Institution of Magick

 

Mabon Vegetable Blessing

 

Mabon Vegetable Blessing

 
Any root vegetables you wish to have with Mabon dinner (potatoes, carrots, parsnip, turnip, onion, etc.).
Wrap the vegetables in foil, then take them outside. Rake up all the dried leaves and branches into a pile then bury the vegetables in the pile before setting it on fire. As the leaves burn and the vegetables bake thank the Mother for Her bounty by saying something like this:
 
We thank you Mother for all that you give
This bounty that strengthens, allows us to live
Buried deep in your womb till they grew
These fruits of your labour sustain life anew
Now in the fire they cook golden brown
Then filling our bellies your blessings abound
eggs, hardboiled (as many eggs as you have traits to add)
white wax candle or white crayon

MABON:
Spellwork for protection, wealth and prosperity, security and spells to bring a feeling of self-confidence are appropriate for Mabon. Since this is a time for balance - you might include spells that will bring into balance and harmony the energies either in a room, home, or situation. Ritual actions might include the praising or honoring of fruit as proof of the love of the Goddess and God, and a ritual sprinkling of Autumn leaves.

 

 

 

On the day of balance between heat and cold, between light and darkness, we can find a proper balance for a Mabon Sabbat blessing. Since Mabon is a day of balance, do not ask for blessings only for yourself, but wish blessings for everyone equally.

This pagan spell is performed so that you could feel the balanced energies, to protect yourself in your home, to call for wealth and prosperity. The ritual also gives a reason to decorate your home for the pagan holiday.

You can perform this spell during Mabon, or at least as close as possible to the dates of this equinox.

 

 
2 candles, black and white
 
Fruits, vegetables, grain, leaves for house decoration

 

Take both candles and place them next to each other but no too close. They represent a balance between light and darkness. Light the candles. Start to decorate your room or your whole house with leaves and fruits while slowly saying the following:

“I protect what surrounds me and my house,
I bless with the power of nature,
This day of balance has come
Harvest and prosperity it brings home.

 

We are reaping the harvests of our efforts,
We call for hope and joy.
Working hard to preserve the harvest,
To live wealthy in the winter.

Blessed be my house,
And all those who dwell in it,
With the force of nature, that decorates forests,
With the power of earth, that sends wealth.

I embrace the fading light,
I am ready for winter, I accept the night
Let me be comfortable in winter,
Protection of the Goddess is always with me.

The magic of autumn is dancing around,
Nature grants the equinox,
Blessed be for wealth,
So be it!”

When you finish decorating, leave the candles to burn out in a safe place. Have a happy and blessed  Mabon!


"Now is the time of balance, when night and day face each other as equals, Yet at this season the night is waxing and the day is waning; For nothing remains without change In the tides of earth and sky. Whatsoever rises must also set, Whatsoever sets must also rise. Celebrating, I will dance the dance of going and returning. Farewell, O Sun, Ever-Returning Light, The Hidden God, Who ever yet remains. He now departs to the Land of Youth Through the Gates of Death To dwell enthroned, The Judge of Gods and Men, The Horned Leader of the Hosts of Air. Yet, as He stands unseen without the Circle, So dwelleth He within the Secret Seed, The seed of newly repeated grain, the Seed of Flesh; Hidden in the Earth, the Marvelous Seed of the Stars. In Him is Life, and Life is the Light of Man, That which was never born, and never dies. Therefore, the Wise Ones weep not, but rejoice." - Solitary Rituals    "Symbolism: Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance. Symbols: Wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines like ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty. Herbs: Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon's seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables. Foods: Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions. Incense: Autumn Blend-benzoin, myrrh, and sage. Colors: Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold. Stones: Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates. Activities: Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over. Spellworkings: Protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance. Goddesses: Modron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Hekate, Pamona and the Muses. Gods: Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man." - Mabon from Danu's Daughter

At the Autumnal Equinox, the daylight hours are equal to the nighttime hours.  Light and darkness are balanced.  The end of summer has arrived, harvesting is nearing completion, and the cooler days and longer nights and rains of autumn are anticipated. 

In Red Bluff, California, enjoying a Mediterranean climate, all our crops are irrigated.  The reservoirs, the lakes, the rivers, the streams, the dams, the ponds, the aqueducts, the wells, the pipes, and the irrigation ditches all keep all the plants, crops, animals, and mankind alive.  In our home sacred circle, Mabon is associated with due West, facing the great Pacific Ocean, symbolized by the blue pole/stile and the blue cauldron and well pot.  Water is precious to us, to All.  Without the wells we could not survive.        

We now know that the end of the long period of summer sunshine and heat, with little or no rain, is coming to an end.  The cooler days ahead will bring rain again soon.  The old dry half of the year is nearly done, and the wet half will begin soon.  We have two seasons: the cool wet season of November through April, and the hot dry season from May through October.  The end of the Dry Year is celebrated on the Autumnal Equinox, Mabon (late September); and, the beginning of the Wet Year is Samhain (Halloween), on October 31st.  Samhain is both the end and beginning, at the edge of the many worlds, past and present, a borderline time, a doorway into the Other Realms.  In our home sacred circle, the opening to the inner grove is between the East pole (Mabon, Alban Elfed) and the North-East pole (Sahmain, Halloween). 

The Salmon fishing season runs from early August through late October in our area.   The salmon come in from the Pacific Ocean and return north via the Sacramento River to the northern creeks and streams of their birth, to lay eggs and sperm, and then die.  Dying and rebirth - the theme of the high holiday.  Creeks like Battle Creek in our area are filled with salmon running and leaping up river to their place of birth.   

Grapes are harvested in the great valleys of Northern California during the period of August and September depending upon the varieties of grapes and purposes of use in wine making.  Wine drinking is part of the Mabon celebration.  This is also the harvest season for apples, peaches, figs and prune plums. 

The Greenman is sacrificed at Mabon.  The Horned God of Wicca is sacrificed at Mabon.  The God goes into the underworld at Mabon.  We begin to plow under what remains of the past harvest, return something to Mother Earth, composting the past, leaving the stalks and fruitless plants to rot and replenish the earth. 

In Welsh legends, Mabon, Child of Light, son of the Mother Earth Goddess, Modron, is stolen as a infant and hidden behind the stone wall at Caer Loyw.  Later Kilwich, and his band of companions, overcome many obstacles and complete many tasks, and free Mabon from his captivity at Caer Loyw.  The Child of Light is freed from the darkness of Winter and released in the coming Spring.  For his reward, Kilwich gains the hand in marriage of the beautiful Olwen.   

In the Greek religion, Persephone (daughter of Demeter) now returns to the underworld to be with Hades for six months.  Demeter, still angry about this choice of Persephone, and trickery by Hades, causes the world to grow cold, plants to die, and darkness (Winter) to descend on the earth. 

"Lady,
In swirling cloak of crimson,
of burnt orange and saffron,
You ride the winds of morning.
The scent of burning leaves fills the air;
the Second Harvest draws near.
Solitary once again You embody balance - 
You are an archetype of the Self - 
consummate, remote.
I long to follow as You seek the
formless wilderness
with never a thought to the cost.
You are the bright flame of morning,
impelling and unrestrained.
Bless me with Your passion."
-  Galen Gillotte, Mabon Morning Prayer  

"Mea'n Fo'mhair honors The Green Man, God of the Forest, by offerings of wines, ciders and herbs. The Goddess is commemorated as she passes from Mother to Crone. Mabon is an occasion of the Mysteries and to honor deities and the spirit world.   Finery is worn in shades of red, maroon, violet, orange, gold, brown, yellow, russet and indigo. Jewelry is made with yellow topaz and agate, carnelian, sapphire, amethyst and sapphire, crystals. The feast includes breads, nuts, acorns, grains, corn, beans, squash, root vegetables, some seasoned with sage, dried fruits, pomegranates, grapes and apples spiced with cinnamon and cloves, ale, wine and cider. It’s a gathering of family as people ready for Samhain and a time to finish old business for a phase of reflection, rest and relaxation.   Activities include scattering offerings in harvested fields, making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and pods, walking in the woods and adorning graves with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have gone on. Spellwork is for protection, harmony, prosperity, balance, security, and self-confidence.   The animals of Mabon are dogs, wolves, stags, salmon, goats and raptors, especially eagles and owls, and black birds."
-   Mabon, Pagan Fire Festival by Jill Stefko 

"This is the second harvest festival of the year, that of fruits and vegetables. Mabon is the Welsh God of  all things wild and free. He is also associated with the Sun God whose  power dies on this  day.  We also give thanks to the spirit of vegetation for the sacrifice made  so that we can live through the winter. The Goddess at
this Sabbat is the grandmotherly crone, warm and wise. Here are some ideas to get your  family started in celebrating this season:  Have a potluck feast with a group of friends and loved ones to  celebrate the abundance of the season.  Feel the warmth of being part of a community.   Adopt someone in a nursing home. As a family, take our special person  baked goodies and colored pictures. Read them books or tell  them stories.   Walk around your neighborhood picking up garbage. Do what you can to  improve your home and prepare for winter.   Pick a subject that interests the whole family.  Go to the library or find other resources and study that subject. Together, share what you've  learned.   Look at old family photo albums or scrapbooks. Try to tell stories about each person in the pictures.   Leave an apple on the grave of an ancestor. Cut an apple in half to show your children the star inside. This is a reminder that all life is  renewed in some way.   Bake cored apples filled with butter and cinnamon as a special treat.   Create decorations for your front door out of colored leaves, pinecones, nuts, acorns and Indian Corn bundles.   Take a walk in a wild place. Gather seedpods and dried plants.  Sing songs and talk about all the things you've done over the summer. Make plans for the winter.   Honor the birds and small animals in the wilderness or by your home by making a birdfeeder or mandala filled with seeds and grain.   Make rattles out of empty gourds and sunflower seeds or seeds collected from nature walks. Use the rattles to make music or scare away bad dreams.   Look at your family habits and figure out what you can do to improve your conservation habits. Can you use less water or recycle more of your  garbage?   Make a Vine God (stick-type male figure with a hollow body) filled with foil-wrapped cornbread and sacrifice him on the campfire (or barbeque!).  Give thanks to the god for his sacrifice and enjoy the cornbread!"

Preparations

Gather one colorful leaf each from rowan, birch, hazel, sassafras, hawthorn, willow, ash, and oak trees (or as many of those trees as you can find) and wax them prior to the ritual.  Store the collection in a white cloth until you’re ready to use them.

You will also need a yellow colored candle to represent the sun and a cup of grape juice or wine.  If holding this ritual inside, have a bowl into which you can pour the juice or wine during the rite.

The Altar

Cover the altar with a red or orange (or any color you associate with the harvest) cloth.  Decorate the altar with fall fruits and grains, gourds, and bunches of grapes.  Add a horn of plenty with coins inside, to the collection.

Place the sun candles at the center of your altar and light it.  Keep the goblet of wine just in front of the candle, and put the waxed leaves wrapped to the right or left of center.

Invocations

Since Autumn Equinox marks a change in power from the sun to the moon, begin this invocation in the West.  This is the seat of water, traditionally associated with the lunar sphere.  It is also the region of the setting sun.

The quarter markers for this invocation could be gourds hand painted in traditional colors, or those decorated with elemental emblems.  For example, use the image of a purple water droplet for the west, a red tongue of flame for the south, a yellow feather for the east, and a brown seed for the north.

In the Greek and Roman traditions, this festival honors Bacchus or Dionysus because of the grape harvest.  Consequently I have chosen to call on this deity for the center point of the circle.  Feel free to substitute any other god of the harvest with whom you’re more familiar.

West

Water Maiden, come and celebrate! 
Taste the wine and the fruit filled with your drops.
Wash gently on the shores of my soul 
with the sustaining waters of creation, 
for I am your servant.
Earth Mother, come and celebrate!
Taste the wine and the fruit of your womb.
Grow gently in the soils of my soul 
the seeds of Nature's lessons, 
for I am your servant.
Wind Brother, come and celebrate! 
Taste the wine and fruit of your breath 
Blow gently into my soul 
with the wind of insight and motivation
For I am your servant.
Fire Father, come and celebrate! 
Taste the wine and the fruit you warmed to maturity; 
Burn gently in my heart and soul 
with the empowering embers of magic, 
for I am your servant.
Dionysus and Demeter, come and celebrate!
Taste the wine and the fruit of Earth’s bounty. 
Fill gently my heart and soul 
with the wines of wisdom and wonderment, 
for I am your servant.

Mediation and Visualization

At your altar, take the leaf divination kit in hand.Raise it toward the sky, saying: Powers of Light, grant me sight beyond sight.As day gives way to dark, grant me foresight’s inner spark. Sit down and hold the tool in hand.  Close your eyes and center your attention on the energy each leaf brings to the bundle.  Feel its inherent symbolism in color and form.  If any of the leaves seem to have a different meaning to you than those given below, make note of it.  Your instincts are important to the divination process; heed their council above anything found in a book. Now, think about the next three months.  Ask Nature’s tool what the future holds for you.  Keeping your eyes closed, randomly draw out two leaves for each month, placing the first one to your left and the second to your right.  The left-hand leaf’s symbolism is determined by the one on the right.  For example, if you drew maple followed by birch for the month of October, this indicates that your path to inner peace during that time frame lies in activating your feminine attributes.  A willow leaf followed by a hawthorn for November indicates that you can achieve your goals then, if you learn to be flexible. Here are the basic correspondences for the leaves: 
Rowan – Safety; the need for protection Hazel – Wisdom; the use of discernment Birch – Highlights or augments feminine attributes (nurturing, intuition, gentility, and so on) Maple – Peace, truce; reconciliations Sassafras – Physical, spiritual, or emotional well being Hawthorn – Wishes; goals; desires; achievements Willow – The capacity to bend and change with circumstances Ash – Vitality; energy; power Oak – Highlights or augments masculine attributes (leadership, strength, and so on)

The Ritual

Stand before the center of the altar.  Hold your ritual goblet toward the sky with both hands, saying: 

Lord of the Harvest, Lady of Crops, 
I thank you for your gifts freely given, 
and now return wine from this bounty 
to the soil with a grateful heart. 

Pour out the wine into the soil or the secondary container.  If you’re using the latter, you must take this outside after the ritual and pour it into the earth. 

Accept my offering as a gift to you and Earth.  
Let this libation nourish and sustain the land 
as the Wheel moves on. 

Put down the cup, and take up the cornucopia with both hands while reciting: 

Providence, while my table is rich with the harvest, 
soon the crops fall to the snows.  
Let each silver piece be used kindly to help others, 
then return thrice-fold in times of need. 
Bless these coins that I, 
and all within my home, might not want for food, 
nor comfort, while the land lies fallow.  
By your power, let it be so. 

Return the coins to the altar.  After the ritual keep them in an accessible place and use them for random acts of kindness, such as putting a quarter into an expired parking meter.  Your gifts to others, as the prayer says, will return to you three times over to meet your needs. 

The Wheel has turned.  
The sun no longer reigns. 

Blow out the sun candle. 

It is a time of increasing darkness…
a time to look within at shadows of my soul 
and face them bravely.  
May the Powers be with me in this Underworld journey, 
that like the sun I will return from my meditations
with the brightness of enlightenment as a guide. 

Linger before the altar and consider any negatives in your life.  Be honest with yourself here.  Choose one on which to work for the remainder of the winter so that by Imbolc, it will be banished with growing light.

Closing the Circle

South
Fire Father,
may your cooling embers heal heated emotions.  
I bid you farewell, with thanks.

Air Brother, 
may your winter winds grant me freshness of mind.  
I bid you farewell, with thanks.

Earth Mother, 
may your providence continue through barrenness.  
I bid you farewell, with thanks.

Water Sister, 
may your rains fall freely on parched spirits.  
I bid you farewell, with thanks.Spirits of the Vine, of corn and grain, 
from You I am born, and shall return again.  
I bid you farewell, with thanks.

Post Ritual Foods

In keeping with the theme of prudence and conservation, serve long lasting foods such as apples, potatoes, squash, nuts, oats, and onions, or leftovers. Cider and goose are also traditional Autumn Equinox foods. 

Airwolf-humbly serving my Goddess )O(

 

Dark Mother Bread - Mabon Honey Wheat Bread

At Mabon, we celebrate the goddess in her aspect as the crone, or the Dark Mother. She is Demeter, she is Hecate, she is the wise old woman wielding a scythe rather than a basket of blooming flowers. This honey wheat blend is a delicious way to celebrate the end of the harvest and say farewell to the fertile months of summer. Serve warm with herbed oils for dipping, or with a big scoop of Apple Butter.

Make this either in your bread machine, or by kneading it by hand.

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
 Ingredients:

2 C. warm water

1 Tbs. active dry yeast

1/3 C. honey

3 C. whole wheat flour

1 tsp. salt

1/4 C. vegetable oil

2 Tbs. butter

4 C. all purpose baking flour

 Preparation:

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add honey and mix well.

Stir in the whole wheat flour, salt, vegetable oil, and butter and mix until a stiff dough has formed. Gradually work the all-purpose flour into the mix, one cup at a time.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured countertop, and knead for about fifteen minutes. When it reaches the point where it's sort of elastic, shape it into a ball and place it into an oiled bowl. Cover with a warm, damp cloth, and allow to sit and rise until it's doubled in size -- usually about 45 minutes.

Punch the dough down and cut in half, so you can make two loaves of bread. Place each half in a greased loaf pan, and allow to rise. Once the dough has risen an inch or two above the top of the loaf pan, pop them in the oven. Bake at 375 for half an hour, or until golden brown at the top.

When you remove the loaves from the oven, allow to cool for about fifteen minutes before removing from the pan. If you like, brush some melted butter over the top of the hot loaves, to add a pretty golden glaze to them.

Note - If you're doing this in a bread machine, remember, the recipes makes two loaves. Halve everything if you're allowing the machine to do the mixing. If you hand mix it, you can still drop the single-loaf balls of dough into the machine to bake.

 

Apple

White are the flowers of apple tree, That brings us fruits of fertility.

Pyrus Malus
Fruit of Love
Tenth month of the Celtic Tree calendar, September 2nd - September 29
Tenth consonant of the Ogham alphabet - Quert

 

Planet: Venus

Element: Water

Symbolism: Love & Trust, Health, Garden Magick

Stone: Emerald, Rose Quartz

Birds: Grosbeak

Color: Yellow-Green, Pink

Deity: Demeter, Hera, Pomona, Frigga, Freya

Folk Names: Fruit of the Gods, Fruit of the Underworld, 

Silver Branch, The Silver Bough, Tree of Love

 

Medicinal properties: Eat peeled and grated unripe apples only for one or two days to help relieve illnesses involving diarrhea.  Eat some apples whole for a laxative. Apple wine was an ancient cure-all second century A.D. and make sure the wine is at least two years old. Apples are an excellent source of potassium, iron, vitamins A and E, which are found more abundant in the peel than in the flesh of the apple. They help the body detox, they are beneficial to the brain, liver, and bowls. They are used to treat headaches, gout, rheumatism, high blood pressure. Apple with honey has been a remedy for heart problems since ancient times.

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away"

When baked they can be applied as a warm poultice to sore throats and skin inflammations.

 

Magickal properties: Apple is a great wood for a magickal wand. It is a favorite witch tree. The fruit is used at Mabon and Samhain, and for love spells. Eating an apple opens the gateway into other realms, most often faeryland. It provides illumination and the gaining of knowledge.  Dreaming of apples symbolizes prosperity and the good life. At Samhain, winning the game of bobbing for apples meant that you would be blessed by the Goddess for a year. Since apples were symbols of Avalon, capturing one from the water represented crossing to the holy isle. The apple is also considered one of the foods of the dead, so they are often piled high on Samhain altars, for Samhain is sometimes known as the "Feast of Apples."

 

In 19th Century Lower-Saxon Germany, the first bath water used by a newborn baby was poured over the roots of an apple tree to ensure that the child would have red cheeks, and if it was a girl, large breasts!

LESSON OF Apple

from The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford

 

The apple teaches the lesson of love and faith, generosity and gratitude. Love not just between man and woman but as the driving force behind our existence and the relationships that we share with others; faith both in ourselves and in others; and generosity and trust in the understanding that a heart that is open to give and receive is both the gateway to personal happiness and fulfillment and the key that unlocks the secrets of the Otherworld. The generous apple satisfies body, mind, and spirit, and warns against miserliness, for like attracts like. What we give will be the measure of all we receive.

 

Tree Magick

by Gillian Kemp

 

Do not look for love because love will find you, just as Adam and Eve found love under the Apple tree in the Garden of Eden. Someone you are about to meet, and perhaps already know, will have a great influence in your life if you cultivate him or her. You have done a great deal of good by helping others to find their own good fortune, and prosperity. Whether the fruits of love and indulgence of your desires bring utter despair or heartfelt happiness depends upon your view. Your thirst for knowledge nourishes your earthly desires that increase your pure spirituality. For this, your  sweet nature will be rewarded. Like an apple that is round, events are cyclic.

This is such a wonderful time of year. Nature is on display in all it's abundance. The colors of fall surround us with their beauty. If you are crafty - nature provides some beautiful things to work with - at little to no cost. All that is needed is a little creativity. Below are some suggestions that the whole family can enjoy.
 

Make a wreath - using the vines from plants that have shed their leaves (or of course you can purchase one) - wrap the vine and secure with some twine or jute. Decorate it with whatever suits your fancy - leaves, acorns, seed pods, feathers, pine cones, gourds, all are available and are easily attached with hot glue. Wreaths are great for doors, surrounding candles, and even for a center piece on the holiday table. 
Make some pine cone bird feeders - collect pine cones on your nature walks. When winter is upon us simply coat the pine cones with peanut butter and roll or dip in wild bird seed. Attach with twine or wire and attach to the trees to feed our bird friends throughout the winter. I use old empty cat litter containers to hold them in and store in the garage. The coolness of the weather keeps them in good shape and ready when one has been picked clean by our feathered friends.
Make placemats - take two sheets of waxed paper and tear to the size you like for a place setting. Shave down crayons (the old broken ones work well) onto the one side of the wax paper. Add leaves and/or other flat items. Cover with second sheet. Place a dishtowel on top and with a warm iron, iron to melt the crayons. Personalize them with cut out letters of the persons name. Add a little glitter for sparkle - be creative.
Collect items to make a family altar while on a family outing. Everyone can contribute - again, things like pine cones, gourds, straw flowers, nuts, feathers, Indian corn, can be added to the altar to bring a little of the season indoors.
Have family story time - share stories about the Goddess & God and the transformations they make through this time of year.
Make a pagan wheel of the year - using paper cut into a circle, a plate, whatever you like. Have the family help contributing to making this.
Get the family together to do some Mabon baking - breads, pumpkin muffins, zuchinni bread, whatever you like - giving thanks for the grains that are plentiful this time of year.
Collect flowers and press them - try different ones and see how they turn out. I like to use acid free paper for this. A flower press can be made at home with 2 boards and 4 bolts & wing nuts.
Make candles - this takes a little more work and needs to be closely supervised if children are helping. Again use those old broken crayons for coloring them the color you want.
Make a simmering potpourri - to bring some of the delicious smells of the season indoors.
Make apple Dolls - using dried apples - (google how to create an apple doll).
and last, but not least- collect seed pods from dandelions or milkweed and put in small decorative containers and label fairy wishes - to bring joy to a small children and others that enjoy magick.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Happy Crafting & Blessed Mabon

There are 3 stones listed for the correspondence in the month of September. They are Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates. This month we will look at the properties of the lapis lazuli.

 

Lapis Lazuli

 

Color: Royal Blue with gold flecks of pyrite

Zodiac: Aquarius, Taurus (Ancient)

Planet: Saturn, Venus

Birthstone: Sep, Dec (Ancient)

Energies: Love, Protection, Power, Healing

Chakra: Fifth Chakra - Throat

 

Lapis Lazuli gemstone meaning

Lapis lazuli is an ancient gem, and as such, has a storied history. Egyptian cultures made a practice of burying a lapis lazuli scarab with their dead, and believed it to offer protection. The very earliest cultures valued lapis lazuli more highly than gold. Greeks spoke of an ancient sapphire which was included with gold, and this was unmistakenly lapis. Some believed that dreaming of lapis would foretell love that would be forever faithful.

When working or meditating with Lapis Lazuli, it can bring matters more clearly to the mind. It is one of the most powerful stones and should be used with care. Wearing a Lapis Lazuli ring can help you to become a channel. The ancient Egyptians used Lapis Lazuli as a symbol of Truth.

 

Healing properties of Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is used with other stones when parts of the body need to be purified and cleansed and should be only used by a healer. Lapis Lazuli has high intensity and can open many of the chakra centers. This must be done only with love in the heart and comprehension in the mind and wisdom in soul.

Sources of Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli can be found in Chile, the Soviet Union, the United States, but most significantly from the mountains of Afghanistan.

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Calling All Spirits

You cannot actually summon a ghost just to come visit, once you summon it, the spirit will become attached to you, since it will believe you want to communicate with it.
Even if you do summon it outside, the chance of it following you back into your house is very high...
To summon it though, here's what you do. This is a safer way and its not summoning it, something you can try without having any spirits harm or follow you.

In a room in your house, or a friends house, set up some white candles (white represents peace, and will attract spirits, making communication chances increase)
light them, the lights can be on or off, doesn't matter :]

Next, set up a tape recorder, or a vid. camera and set it in the room, somewhere where it can catch almost the full room. On a high shelf, dresser, etc. these places work well, even on a table will be good.

Then, simply sit near the candles or in the room somewhere and start talking. Ask simple questions though, like "Make a noise" or ask if there is anyone with you. See, ghosts tend to lurk around everywhere but many people are unaware of it, you may have some type of spirit in your house, or your friends house, without even knowing about it :3 
Its probably a nice, peaceful spirit of a family member or something, no worrys.

Ok, then after you ask some question, leave the camera on and leave the room. Try to be as quiet as possible, it will be easier for the camera to catch any noise or voices it may pick up. Watch the candles too, if the flame starts fluttering alot, then that is a sign of a presence, however it will move do to the air in the room, but if the flame goes out, the spirit does not want to communicate :P

You can do this outdoors too, but the wind may effect your results. Try it and see what you get, maybe something paranormal will be caught on camera :)
Good luck!!

1.     Gather together the people who will participate. Some say the number of participants must be divisible by three, however, this is not an absolute rule. No fewer than three people should attempt a séance, since one will be the medium.


2. Choose a medium. He/she could be from among the participants, or a “professional” psychic. The person should have had experience with séances, or is someone who tends to have psychic abilities.


3. Use a round or oval table. This helps create the symbolic circle believed necessary for the ritual, and is, generally, more comfortable when people are close together and holding hands.


4. Set the table. In the center of the table, place some kind of simple, natural aromatic food, such as bread or soup. This is believed to help attract the spirits who still seek physical nourishment.


5. Light candles. Also, in the center of the table, place no fewer than three (or a number divisible by three) lit candles. Spirits still seek warmth and light. This will also be helpful to anyone who can scry by fire.


6. Create some atmosphere. Dim the lights and eliminate any distractions, such as music and television, and noisy appliances should be turned off.


7. Join hands. Seated around the table, the participants must all join hands in a circle.


8. If summoning a particular spirit, the participants must speak these words together: "Our beloved [name of spirit], we bring you gifts from life into death. Commune with us, (name of spirit), and move among us." Otherwise, if no particular spirit is being called upon, say, “We call upon the spirits among us who wish to communicate. Please come fort and make yourself known to us.”


9. Wait for a response. If none comes, repeat the chant until a spirit responds.


10. Communicate. If and when the spirit responds, either by rapping or some other means, or through the medium; ask your questions. Do not shout out questions haphazardly; decide before hand who will ask the questions, whether it is the medium, or another participant. If the spirit seems to be focused on a particular person, let that person ask the questions.


11. Begin simply. Ask yes and no questions at first, use the method of: one rap for no, two raps for yes.


12. Communicate directly. If a spirit chooses to speak through the medium, you may ask any kind of question.


13. Maintain control. If the séance seems to be getting out of hand, end the séance by breaking the circle of hands, extinguishing the candles and turning on the lights.


14. End the séance. When you're done with your questioning, thank the spirit for joining you and tell them to go in peace. Break the circle of hands and extinguish the candles. 

Words of caution:

Don't allow participants who you don't think could handle a séance psychologically. Children, for example, must never participate.

Conjuring of Spirits

Timing:

Waxing Moon or Full Moon

Waning or New Moon

 

Items You Will Need:

Two tall purple candles

Two tall green candles

A purple Amethyst

Green Jade or Agate – in center of altar

Sandalwood & Lavender Incense

Sandalwood & Willow Bark Incense

Spirit Candle 
  
 Instructions:

Cast a triple circle. Conjuring of Spirits is always done in hours of darkness, not necessary to be midnight, but preferred.

After you have performed your primary ritual, cast the incense into your burner, Place the Spirit Candle into the center of the altar and say: 

“Spirit of good will, I bid thee enter

The Outer Circle.

The Second Circle.

The Inner Circle. 

I am protected by this Pentacle upon my breast.

Which bears the name of (your Spirit Guide)

I bid thee, Spirit, Reveal thy Earthly name! 
 

(turn slowly deosil as you speak) 

Repeat this conjuration three times. 

Perform a nine card Tarot Divination for the Spirit’s name, unless the Spirit replies in some other manner. 

Ask: Have you a message for me?

Perform ATarot Divination or use the Witches’ Bowl to ask questions. 

Spirit, is it true that….? 

Deal gently with the friendly Spirits and they will lead you to the Greater Mysteries. 

During your questioning, observe the Spirit Candle. If it wavers or rises and falls, or flickers unevenly, use the Tarot to see if the Spirit has a message. 

You may ask 3 questions, after that you must ask: 

May I seek further guidance? 

Ask only 3 more questions. 

Bid the Spirit depart, saying: 

(Name), Good Spirit,

Thou hast diligently answered my questions and I do thank thee. I hereby give thee license to depart. Depart, thrice – blessed Spirit, and be thou willing to return when next I conjure thee. By the sound of this bell(Use your Witche’s Bell), do I bie thee leave. Depart, Depart. Depart!

A séance is an event that can either be fantastic, or a real mess. Which one it is will depend on how much preparation goes into it. With a little bit of planning and thought ahead of time, you can pave the way for your séance to go smoothly. Certainly, it's a good idea to expect the unexpected -- after all, the dead are hardly predictable -- but by setting yourself a few guidelines in advance, you can make sure that everyone has the best experience possible.

Here's How:

Plan your guest list:Figure out how many people you're going to have -- and make sure the space you're using will allow them all. If your living room only seats eight people comfortably, don't invite fifteen! Also, be sure that everyone attending is open-minded to the spirit world. People who are adamantly "non-believers" bring a certain amount of negative energy, and this can be disruptive. You may also find that it adversely effects your communication with the spirits during your séance.

Create a Spirit-Friendly Atmosphere: Most people like to conduct a séance at a round or oval table, but if neither is available, don't worry. Drape the table with fabric or sheets -- some people prefer light colors to attract "friendly" spirits, but it's a matter or personal preference. If you use incense, be sure that no one in your group is allergic to it. Place incense somewhere away from the table, rather than on the table itself. Candles are a nice addition as well -- not only do they provide some visibility, but there's a school of thought that believes spirits are attracted to heat and light sources.

Common Sense: Help everyone get comfortable by offering refreshments before you begin. Make sure that guests will be respectful of the spirits, and of other guests. Turn off all cell phones. If anyone needs to go to the bathroom or have a smoke, do so before you begin. Set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature -- remember that spirit activity can cause some fluctuation in levels of cold or heat. Once everyone is seated, you can help everyone relax by doing a short guided mediation, offering a prayer, or casting a protective circle, if your tradition requires you to do so.

During the Seance: Although many people like to do this, you don't have to hold hands to raise energy. In fact, if a séance goes on too long, it can get downright uncomfortable. Whoever is acting as the leader of the séance -- the medium -- should ask the spirits to join the group. If there is a specific spirit you are trying to contact, ask for them by name. For example, now would be the time to say, "Dear Auntie Gertrude, we respectfully ask that you honor us with your presence this evening." In some séances, spirits are summoned by chanting -- this will be up to your medium to decide on.

As long as the spirits seem willing to reply, you can carry on a question and answer session with them. Bear in mind that spirits respond in many different ways. Sometimes there will be a tangible reaction -- a tap, a thump, a soft breeze. Other times -- particularly if you have a room full of very psychically gifted people -- the spirit may choose to respond through another person. This may be the medium, or any other guest. The individual may simply "get a message" to pass along, which they would then share, such as, "Your Auntie Gertrude wants you to know she isn't in pain any more."

Party Time: Sometimes, particularly if you have a group of psychically gifted individuals as guests, you may get several spirits arriving all at once, chattering away. This is not cause for alarm, but it does take some managing, because they've all got something to say. Treat it like you would any other conversation with a large group of people -- let each spirit get their turn to deliver the message they came with, and then move on to the next one. Also, bear in mind that not all spirits are from departed humans -- deceased pets may also have a message to pass along.

Unwanted Entities: Just like at any other party, sometimes a séance will bring an uninvited guest. In this case, when you have a spirit that seems malevolent or mischievous, someone needs to let them know they're unwelcome. Typically, this will be the medium who is leading the séance, who will usually say something like, "You are not wanted here, but we thank you for your presence. Now it is time for you to move on."

If an entity arrives that seems angry or hostile and will not leave, no matter what you do, end the séance. It's possible that it's been attracted to someone in your group who may have underlying issues.

Closing the Door: When you're done with the séance, it's important that guests thank the spirits for coming to visit. After all, you would do so if you had living guests drop in!

If one of your attendees seems to have slipped into a trance or a sleep-like state during the séance, allow them to return gradually, on their own. Do NOT shake them awake. Chances are they'll have a message for someone once they're back among the group.

Close the séance by telling the spirits farewell, thanking them, and asking them to move along. You may want to offer a small blessing or prayer as a way of ending the formal séance, but bear in mind that some spirits like to hang around after the séance has officially finished. If they do, it's okay. They're probably just curious, and they may return to visit you later in the evening during a dream sequence.

Tips:

Before you begin your seance, smudge the area with sage or sweetgrass for ritual cleansing.

Make sure you've eliminated potential distractions, such as children or ringing telephones. Interestingly, many pets seem to come and go through spirit activity without causing any disruption. Cats in particular tend to be very curious about what's going on, and have been known to make themselves right at home in the middle of spirit work.

Your guests may wish to bring an object that belonged to a deceased person, as a way of strengthening the connection. Photographs are also good links to the dead.

 

A Guide To Contacting The Dead

Safe Summoning Spells: A Guide To Contacting The Dead

By 
Gordon
. Published on April 11, 2010
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Summoning and evocation are two of the cornerstones of any magical path.

So it pays to get them right. Unfortunately, summoning isn’t like riding a bicycle. You can lose your knack if this isn’t something you do regularly. (Or, at least, this has been my personal experience.)

But it’s no biggie. Safe summoning practice is easy, fun and enlightening.

I keep my eye in by regularly dabbling in a little necromancy so that’s what this article is going to focus on.

If you’re new to magic then that’s no problem. Using the steps outlined below to contact the dead is simple. It requires no prior experience. You can technically contact the dead with little (or no) equipment whatsoever; simply making the things you need when they are required. But it is somuch easier if you have a few things on hand:

Ouija Board. Just buy one. They’re cheap on Amazon. (But don’t get a used one!)
Candles. Any kind. I’m not a candle snob. I’ll explain later.
Incense. I’ll explain this later, as well. You can get what you need from your local supermarket. Don’t fret.

Below is a guide specifically designed for summoning the dead. If you’re planning on summoning non-human entities then I would still suggest you give this a try. Think of it like weight training before boxing. There is a big crossover in the muscle groups that you will go on to use. Besides, this process can be easily adapted to suit a bunch of non-human entities.

1. Make Yourself Scared

Before you even begin this is an exercise you should perform at least once.  If you’re new to summoning, you’re probably feeling a little anxious about communicating with the spirit world.

That’s fine.

When you think about it afterward, you’ll realise it iskinda creepy.

But then, I find long life milk kinda creepy. (Because it is! Refrigerate it, already!)

Anyway, this is why we need to take the wind out of those fear sails beforehand.

Perform these steps on any night prior to the summoning. Not on the same night.

Pick a night when you can be alone in the house. Or go somewhere where you can be alone.
Turn off all the lights and sit in the dark. You can light a couple of candles for mood if you like.
Picture people you can’t see. Some guy lurking outside the window, an invisible person standing right behind you. Imagine scary ghosts from movies you have seen. Really go to town on this.
Listen to the sounds around you. Floor boards creaking, trees swaying in the wind, the heating kicking in, whatever. What was that??
Listen while scared. You will realise that ‘quiet’ in a domestic setting is actually really quite loud.
Just sit scared for a while; listening and imagining.

Does Step 1 sound like a horrible thing to do? Why are you even doing this, you ask? Well, this is what is known as a ‘standard control component’ in placebo-controlled clinical trials.

It’s important for you to understand that random, unexplained sounds are normal all the time… It’s just that we don’t usually notice them unless we’re anxious. Why this is important is because, in an abnormal setting, your mind can play tricks on you.

You really have to be okay with this, because during evocation it will be you playing tricks on your mind. Determining this difference is the key to long term successful results.

2. Play With Yourself

I’m not above making a low-brow masturbation joke.

Before we move onto external entities, you’re going to practice on yourself. (And that would be another one.)

Now, it might sound strange that the first being you ‘summon’ will be yourself but chances are, you aren’t scared of yourself. You probably aren’t scared of your spirit guides, either. So they’re a good place to start.

Wipe down the ouija board and planchette with a damp cloth rinsed in warm salty water. (Do this every time you use it.)
Go someplace where you won’t be disturbed, light some candles and set up the board.
Pray or invoke as you see fit. The simplest way of doing this is to visualise yourself bathed in white light from above. Then picture this light being absorbed into your body until you can see yourself glowing so brightly it is almost too difficult for your mind’s eye to focus on it. Then feel this light expand out from you to the four walls, floor and ceiling where they ‘lock’; leaving you in a safe, sanctified space.
Say:

“In this sacred space I call upon my Higher Self, I call upon my spirit guides. Be with me here and speak to me through this medium. Indicate your presence here by moving the planchette to ‘yes’.”

And now you wait until the planchette moves to ‘yes’. Sometimes it may move somewhere else first. I’ve had spirits that needed to do a lap of the board to get their bearings. Whatever. You’ll know when it happens. Go with it.
During the ritual, once the planchette stops on each letter be sure to speak that letter aloud. It seems to be the universal sign for ‘understood and onto the next one’.
Classically, you’re supposed to have someone else playing scribe who can write down all the letters. This really isn’t necessary at this stage. But it’s useful when communicating with the dead.

Oh my God, its moving and I’m totally not doing it! Well, yes you are, as a matter of fact. It’s called the ideomotor effect. You are moving the planchette yourself but you aren’t conscious that you’re doing it. It’s how the planchette moves. Doesn’t mean it’s not “working”. You’re communicating with your unconscious, after all. You shouldn’t be conscious of the movements. If you are, then you’re not doing it right.

What, you thought a ‘ghost’ was doing it?

First of all, you didn’t summon one. And second of all, if it were that easy for ghosts to move shit around they’d probably do it more often, don’t you think?

Being familiar with the ideomotor effect, alongside general ‘scary background noises’ is extremely important. These are the baseline conditions you need to be aware of so that if/when something else happens (curtains moving in a room with no draft, books falling off shelves, etc) you can safely say “well my brain was moving the planchette and the tree was making the sounds but I don’t know what moved that book.”

Now you’re ready for some dead visitors.

3. Scrub The Decks

Just like it sounds.

Wash the board and planchette as described above.
Use your fingers to sprinkle some of the warm salt water around the summoning space.
Light some fresh candles. (Always use fresh candles for each summoning.)
Light some incense. Sandalwood is good at lifting the vibrations of a space without influencing the results in an undue manner.
Perform the white light exercise listed above.

4. Pick Someone Nice

The key to a good, broad summoning is to clear the space and make sure whoever wants to show up is actually nice and helpful. Think of a broad, untargeted summoning like Chatroulette. You could get Ben Folds playing an impromptu gig, or you could get an old Romanian man masturbating at you. If you want to aim for the former rather than the latter, then here is how you do it:

Open the gate. Invoke some aspect of the great cosmic Gatekeeper. St Peter would work at a pinch but I get the best results from Hermanubis:

“Hermanubis, Keeper of The Gate, Lord of Hidden Road Between Life and Death, I call on you. Hermanubis, I summon you. A follower of the Old Ways calls out to you. Open the gate between the Realm of the Living and the Realm of the Dead for I would traffick with the Peaceful Departed.”

Now get yourself some spirits:

“I call upon the Peaceful Dead. If there are any among you who would speak to us this night then be with us now in this sacred space. Indicate your presence and readiness by moving the planchette to ‘yes’.”

Relax and enjoy the flight.
A few tips: If you can’t understand something that is communicated then say so. Also, you will usually get the spirit saying ‘goodbye’ when it wants to but if you want to wind it up then thank them for their time and bid them peaceably depart.

Which bring me to my last point. What if they don’t leave?

5. Have A Fire Blanket Handy

Best laid plans and all that, huh? It’s important to know what to do in the event something goes wrong or in the event something wrong doesn’t leave.

Note that this has never happened to me when I have followed the above outline (although it has in other instances) but that doesn’t mean I don’t prepare for every eventuality.

As mentioned elsewhere, I am all about using readily obtainable ingredients. There’s something about a magical practitioner gloating over silly obscure components (which were purchased online, anyway) that seems lonely and sad. Like they’re collecting stamps or something. It’s great if you’re the proud owner of a fully-stocked sorcerer’s chest. But having a giant collection of teensy little packets of freeze dried ingredients doesn’t make you some awesome swamp witch. It just means you have a hobby. Good for you.

Me? I go for fresh and multipurpose. Like stocking a cocktail bar:

Crush equal parts star anise and cloves in a mortar and pestle. This is a really good, cheap exorcism incense that will do the trick but won’t completely blow out the energies of your house or temple. Of course, you will also need a charcoal briquette. (If you need a nuclear option, go with dragon’s blood. But be prepared to rebuild the energies of the space you use it in afterwards.)
Should you have need of it, light the briquette and drop some exorcism incense on it. Say:

“I banish you from this space and this realm. Return from whence you came and trouble the Living no more.”

Just keep repeating this until the space is cleared. Then open a window. The exorcism incense will make your neighbours think you are opening a combination Thai restaurant/meth lab.

Conclusion

Rinse and repeat.

This article is pitched broadly enough to be helpful to the absolute beginner but I like to think there is something in it for the advanced user, as well.

Let me finish by extending the muscle group analogy. Olympic Gold Medallists still do push ups. Learning how to clear, summon and banish is all about practice, all about getting your hours up. Hopefully, you will also be privy to some spirit-based learning as a pleasant and exciting side effect.

Definitely can’t say that about push ups.



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BLYSSFUL SUN'S DAY PAGANS!

Well that time has rolled around once again!

 

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We will be studying each chapter of Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft.

 

The course will take 8 weeks but can stretch out depending on what the mini test scores are per-week. We want to make sure that you have an understanding of what you are practicing. THIS CLASS INVOLVES "ROOT WORK" and if you have personal issues on the forefront please attend to those needs before taking this class. You will be doing a lot of personal introspection and you will need to be fully focused.

 

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Today's Gem is:

Goshenite General Gemstone Details
ˈgoh-shuh-nīt
 GosheniteStone of Grounded Truth
Goshenite is the clear, colorless transparent pure Beryl that was first discovered in Goshen, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA.  Dr. John Sinkankas tells us that originally the designation included pink and other pale colored beryls (Morganite, Aquamarine, Heliodor), but no trace elements are present in the chemical makeup of Goshenite to impart any color to it at all.

Goshenite is known to promote practical wisdom, intellectual curiosity as well as thoughtful, and carefully considered decisions. It will help one see a situation from all sides, breaking down stubbornness and rigidity. It will assist those who have difficulty with the decision making process see a clear path to the right answer.

Goshenite is a stone of truthfulness that encourages truth in all actions and particularly in giving one’s word. Goshenite brings self-control, creativity, and originality. It makes communication easier and can stabilize many types of  relationships.

Goshenite will help restore a healthy energy flow throughout one’s body, healing both emotional and physical pain or injury. It allows one to have ease of communication, encourages truth, helps to maintain self-control, and promotes fidelity within relationships.

Goshenite has been used to treat disorders and injuries with regard to the legs, specifically the leg muscles. It is also quite helpful in assisting to remedy dust allergies as well as hay fever.

Magical Properties of Goshenite

[Goshenite]

Energy: Receptive
Element: Water
Planet: Moon
Deities: Neptune & Tiamat
Powers: Psychic & Relationships
Candle Color: White

Beryl has been worn to prevent fascination, or what would today be called deliberate psychic manipulation, such as practiced by evangelists, crooked salespersons and politicians. This is also called being tagged or corded, when an individual attaches an astral line to your astral body, generally through the solar plexus (3rd) chakra. Through this cord they may be able to drain your energy and even manipulate your actions if they possess enough strength.

If this happens, tape a small piece of tumbled beryl over the navel and leave in place for as long as it takes to break the cording, generally a full 24 hours.

Zodiac Stone of: Gemini

Associations: Moon

Birthstone: Not a birthstone for any month

Goshenite uses the chakras to expand it’s own energy throughout one’s physical body. As a result, all chakras are cleared, aligned, and expanded.  This will enhance one’s own ability to take more of the corresponding color rays of the chakras into oneself.

With this increased flow of energy from higher planes, the being is purified on many levels, introducing a higher vibration throughout, increasing the capacities of sustaining additional light. The more light one is able to retain, the closer one functions as the pure essence of being that we are meant to.

In doing so, the Kundalini Energy is also activated!

And this month the LOP is featuring the totem animal Jaguar, Power Animal, Symbol of Solitary Path, Reclaiming Power, Shape shifting, Psychic Vision 

The Jaguar's medicine includes seeing the roads within chaos and understanding the patterns of chaos, moving without fear in the darkness, moving in unknown places, shape shifting, psychic vision, facilitating soul work, empowering oneself, reclaiming power. 

The Black Jaguar's medicine includes the same as jaguar but in addition keeper of the circular time continuum, gatekeeper to the unknowable. 

The South American name for jaguar, 'jaguara' is translated as 'carnivore that overcomes prey with a single bound.' there is an Indian legend that says the jaguar came by its beautiful spotted coat by dabbing mud on its body with its paws. These spots easily hold the jaguar apart from other big cats. What also holds them apart from other big cats is the fact that they are unrivalled. There are no other predators that can compete with this powerful cat. Those with this power animal generally make brilliant leaders and diplomats. 

According to Mayan beliefs, the journey of the sun across the sky and the darkness of night represented the infinite journey of human consciousness and its transformations. The midday sun's position was compared to the Eagle, flying high in the sky, to then plunge below the horizon, just as we plunge into the dark to face our spiritual challenges and to be transformed. The hidden sun was said to be Jaguar, whose spotted skin represents the stars glittering/shining in the night sky. Hence it was called the "Jaguar Sun." Jaguar is the earth father, holding the authority over the sacred power of and in the earth, and the animals who live upon it. The force that lives within the mountains, giving them their volcanic and transformative power, is the same underworld source of energy and power contained within the Jaguar Sun. The Mayan word for Jaguar is IX and it is pronounced 'eesh'. 

Similarly to the tiger, this solitary hunter stalks silently and patiently, to then strike with lightning speed. This symbolises the importance of knowing when it's best to take the solitary path in stalking one's own dreams. For the native people of the rainforests, everything contains the essence of the Jaguar. 

Jaguar, Leopards and Panthers are very ancient and powerful power animals/totems. They embody aggressiveness and power, but without the influence of solar energy. Black Panther's power is lunar (moon). People with a Jaguar, Panther or Leopard medicine have the ability to multi-task. They tend to be loners and are very comfortable with themselves. Often they are drawn to other solitary people. 

If this is your power animal, you must learn to pace your work - in all aspects of your life - and not push too hard. Women who have Jaguar, Panther or Leopard totems often bring their children up alone, whether it be through divorce or just circumstances in their lives. 

Either sex holding this power animal have the potential to develop clairaudience, the ability to hear communications from other forms of life or dimensions and should trust their thoughts and inner visions as they are based in reality. 

Jaguars have huge paws and a broad head with mighty strong jaws. They often kill their victim by piercing the skull with one rapid bite. The jaguar growls, snarls and makes deep grunts - it does not roar like a lion. People with this power animal generally possess a good command of language, although their words can have a tendency to cut, tear and shred others apart. Learning correct communication skills is of foremost importance for these people. 

The jaguar's powerful body is capable of taking them hundreds of miles in the search for food. They are agile climbers. They teach us how to fulfil goals/dreams through pliability and steadfastness. 

Jaguars are at home in the dark with their excellent night vision. They move fearlessly, whether night or day, teaching us how to trust our personal instincts. Latent psychic sight may be stirred in those with this power animal. 

The jaguars preferred habitat is usually swamp and wooded regions, although they are also able to live in scrublands and deserts. Jaguars live in caves and canyons close to fresh water. In mythology caves are linked with retreat and isolation, a place to go to aid soul work. Water is linked with the emotional body of humans. When the jaguar bounds into your reality it is asking you to go within, to release your fears, to heal your emotions and to awaken your inner sight. When you come out of retreat the jaguar will be there awaiting you. If you choose to follow his lead, he will guide you into the underworld where the secrets of life and creation are to be found. 

~Elder Airwolf~

 

 

How To Make A Crystal Or Gemstone Elixir

For people who are serious about making quality gemstone elixirs, the book “Gemstone Elixirs and Vibrational Healing, Vol 1” by Gurudas is the best guide you can own, but for those people who would like to make a quality and effective gem elixir without wading through a comprehensive (and somewhat “over-baked" instructional), here is a “basic” method.

The method explained here is my version of “The Full Moon Method”. There are other methods.

This tutorial begins with a warning. Some gemstones and minerals are toxic, such as Galena or Malachite, others are soft and water soluble such as Halite or Selenite and could be damaged in an attempt to make an elixir by this method. It is up to YOU to do due diligence on this before placing any crystals or minerals into water that is intended to be ingested.

Although this is intended to be a basic method, making an effective gem elixir requires some work and attention to detail. The more attention paid to detail, the greater your success will be.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

A “right” attitude. Do not make an elixir on a day that you are battling negative emotions, also avoid doing it if you are under the influence of alcohol or are hung-over.

Clear glass bowls without any markings, numbers, patterns, tinting, or words printed on their surface.

Distilled or spring water, if you are using spring water do not rely on bottled water from a supermarket. I am talking about water you get from a natural spring; the less contaminated by other minerals or chemicals the better.

Un-cut, unpolished crystals/minerals. (Do your own research on the metaphysical properties of them as applicable to your needs when selecting them) bear in mind the quality of the specimen used can have an influence on the outcome. Size is not necessarily an issue, save the mineral being too large to fit in your bowl or vessel.

A quality bottle of brandy for preserving the elixir AKA “fixing”

An un-marked glass bottle with a secure lid (non metal) for storing the “Mother” elixir.

Some eye dropper bottles (available at a Chemist/pharmacy shop) to make dose bottles.

A funnel, preferably glass but plastic will do.

METHOD

There is a saying: “cleanliness is next to Godliness” and cleanliness is A BIG KEY to success in making a gem elixir. Bear in mind that as well as being a remedy, a gem elixir can also be regarded as a FOOD PRODUCT because it is intended to be put in the body through the mouth. (Elixirs can also be dripped onto chakra points etc) Keep everything you use to make elixirs clean!

All crystals and minerals must be washed and cleansed prior to immersion in the distilled/spring water. There are a number of different ways of cleansing crystals and I will explain my favored method here now. I take my crystals to the sea and wash them in the tide (well away from out-pipes and storm water drains) followed by a THOROUGH wash with fresh water to remove as much salt from the crystal as possible.

If you do not live near the sea then any “clean” water outlet that you can wash the crystal in, such as an “un-polluted” stream or flowing tap water will do.

The glass bowls that you will make the elixirs in must be thoroughly cleaned and sterilised. An effective way of cleaning them is to use a CLEAN cloth and a paste of water and bicarbonate of soda and rub the paste on the entire inside and outside surfaces of the bowl. The bowl must then be THOROUGHLY rinsed with fresh water to remove all traces of the bicarbonate of soda.

The bowl must then be sterilized in hot water for around 10 minutes. Sterilising should be done in a big pot; a metal pot can be used provided it is not made of aluminum. Place the bowl in boiling water for whatever time you feel is appropriate.

When I make my gem elixirs I strongly prefer to be out of the city in a rural area far from any radio or cell phone transmitters and overhead power lines. The ideal place is in a valley far from the “line of sight” of any of these. I have had great success making elixirs in such places and have been less successful in an urban environment where there is “electro smog” and radiation from various sources. There are methods of countering these things and I have had some level of success attempting to do this, but that won’t be discussed here.

To prepare an elixir by this full moon method, you place your gemstone or crystal into your glass bowl and pour over your distilled or spring water to completely cover the stone on the day of the full moon, first thing in the morning (preferably at sunrise).

Set the bowl on the ground and leave it all day in the sunshine and all night in the light of the full moon.

It is wise but not essential to cover the bowl with a small sheet of clear glass to keep bugs, leaves and dust from landing in your elixir.
The elixir is made after the water and crystal have spent all day in sunlight and all night under the full moon. At this point the water has become highly structured and is imprinted with the holographic vibrational frequencies of the stone used.

You now need to pour your mother elixir into a sterilised bottle and mix it 50/50 with the brandy to “fix it”. The brandy and water should be shaken about 100 times (according to homeopathic process) to finish the mother elixir. You will make your dose bottles from the mother elixir by filling your dropper bottles ¾ full with distilled water and placing about 7 drops of the mother elixir into it. Again shake very thoroughly to complete the “expansion” process. This is similar to how homeopathic remedies and flower essences are made.

I like to use a plastic spoon to drop about a teaspoonful of the mother elixir into a glass of water, give it a quick stir and then drink. If your elixir has been a success you may notice the water has an incredibly soft texture in your mouth and sometimes it feels like the water has absorbed into your body before it even makes it down to your stomach.

7 drops of the elixir from a dropper bottle placed into a glass of pure water is claimed to be ideal for taking the elixir medicinally, or if you need or want to take the elixir several times a day you can drop it directly under the tongue from the dropper.

You can use a quartz crystal elixir to energise water to give to your houseplants or spray onto your garden. Watch the magic that follows.

STORAGE
Crystal elixirs must be stored well away from RF and microwave radiation sources such as mobile phones, televisions, computers and especially microwave ovens. It is best to store them away from sunlight and fluorescent light sources such as a cool dark cupboard or drawer.

This is intended as a guide only and I encourage you to find out what works best for you, and to experiment with the method to see what results you might come up with. My golden rule is BREAK THE RULES! Use your head and tap into the infinite source of knowledge available to you within yourself!

I hope you all have a go at this, it is magic that you can go and do easily and there is reward and benefit for those who do.

 

Blyssful Saturn's Day Pagans~


Once again I bring to all you pagan parents some words of wisdom from:

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You don’t have to be an optimist to understand that kids crave happiness. All people do. But children have the amazing ability to find joy in the simplest pleasures of life. Add magick and the Gods into this mix and any parent can find the home transformed into its own little world.

The atmosphere that my husband and I work to create for our children is very different from that of other places our daughters visit and they are becoming more aware of that as they grow. A big part of this is our faith. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wiccans make up one 1% of the American population. That may not sound like a lot but when you realize that the U.S has about 365 million inhabitants, it makes for a lot of witches, and that is only the self-declared Wiccans. When you add in Pagans of all kinds the numbers grow, not enough to give us any majority but enough that we don’t have to feel alone.

I myself am an optimist; I can’t help it. Not only am I a minority due to my religion, but I am also a homeschooling stay-at-home mom, which makes me a minority of a minority of a minority. All parents have to work hard no matter what kind of work they do, mine is just at home. If I were a pessimist, I don’t think I’d have the strength to get out of bed, much less take care of my children and our dog, keep my house clean, balance the budget, work on lesson plans, properly educate my daughters, grocery shop, prepare and cook meals, work in the garden, have any time with my husband, meditate, write, and take time to honor the Gods. Somewhere in there, I try to exercise and have time for myself too but I consider that a luxury.

So, here we are a family of four in a neighborhood of mostly Christians, and instead of having problems with my neighbors or worrying about what we don’t have, we do our best to enjoy life. That’s what following a nature-based faith is all about, right? Getting out and taking a walk in the woods and passing your knowledge of the world onto your children. Of course, I don’t have all the answers, I have very few to tell the truth, but I always feel more connected with others when hearing of similar shared experiences. 

One of my main goals is to always help my children look at the world and its different types of people with a good attitude. Sometimes a positive outlook is all that you need to succeed and I want success for my girls. Who doesn’t want that for their kids, right? After writing about Pagan parenting, I started getting some amazing feedback from readers. It seems that a lot of us struggle with the “My family is different” talk in addition to all of the other issues that every family has to face.

Many Pagan families have little or no hereditary guidance. I was raised Catholic by my mom and dad was a Lutheran whose philosophy was, “I don’t bother God and he don’t bother me”. My husband’s family is Catholic and he found his path in Taoism, so we definitely have had to learn how to take charge and pave our own way. 

Luckily, I married the most patient understanding man I’ve ever met. It was even his idea that our daughters should be raised of my faith because he gets it. And because I get him, I naturally want our children to be educated in the teachings of his beliefs as well as others. Throughout the past four plus years that I have been a mother, I have answered innumerable questions about life, death, and everything in between.

When my mother-in-law passed away, my eldest was very understanding because she is being raised to accept death as a part of life and she embraced the concept that Grandma just moved on in spirit. It was a very poignant moment when I witnessed her leaning over the open casket with two of her cousins explaining that Grandma isn’t in her body anymore, her spirit lives on somewhere else. As sad as we were to see my husband’s mom go, I was able to smile and even find some humor in the matter of fact way that my daughter knowingly told the other kids, “She’s really, really dead” with a smile on her face.

Everything that we deal with, as a people and parents, is about how you handle it. This thought kept simmering in my mind as I was finishing my college degree program; nothing prestigious, just a simple Associate of the Arts through St. Louis Community College. On the day that I went to pick up my diploma, my mind burst with creativity and the entire drive home was spent mentally laying out a simple children’s book, something for young minds that would put a positive spin on the talk about how being Pagan may not be the norm but all families are different in their own ways. 

When I got home, I dove for paper and pen and poured out my ideas. The actual physical process didn’t take very long, but seemed to ooze from my fingertips. And I know a very talented artist, Laura Winship Fanaei, who made my words come to life with her enchanting images. 

Thus “My Family is Different ” was born. 

We shopped it around and signed a contract with THG Stardragon Publishing, a Pagan publisher that I found listed right here on “The Witches' Voice”. The book will be released in the coming months and I not only do I feel thankful that this publisher decided to take a chance on our unsolicited material, but that this story will be told. It is something we can all relate to and share with our children in order to give them a healthy positive image of what it truly means to honor the Gods. 

If anyone finds this work to be helpful to their family, I will consider this endeavor a success. It’s not always easy to create a positive atmosphere when you don’t have the support of others in your family or neighborhood, but we, as Pagans, can support each other.

Footnotes: 
The U.S. Census Bureau
THG Stardragon Publishing

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Location: St. Louis, Missouri

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Native Medicine Wheel

Many members have expressed their confusion about the Medicine Wheel feeling very complicated to them. I felt it might help to give a very fundamental overview so those new to this topic will have a point of reference. 

 

Looking at a full Medicine Wheel one is often overwhelmed by the meaning of the stones and their placements. Each stone represents various aspects of life, nature, and specific lessons. That's a lot to take in at first so let me point out the main areas to focus when getting started. Hopefully this will give a foundation that can be built upon because these first aspects of the Wheel are what set all the others into place. 

 

The Structure of the Wheel To begin with we have a center stone, this represents Spirit/Creator and all other stones in the wheel directly relate to it. Everything goes out from and returns to Spirit. The beginning and the end. 

 

Surrounding the center stone is a small circle of seven stones that represent: Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, Mother Earth, and the four Clans: Turtle, Frog, Thunderbird, and Butterfly. These 'Clans' are the elemental aspects Turtle: Earth; Frog: Water; Thunderbird: Fire; and Butterfly: Air. Each 'Clan' (as we will see shortly) contains the seasonal Moons relative to that element's seasonal influence. 

 

From the center stone there are four paths consisting of 3 stones each. These stones represent a series of lessons found upon that path…lessons from the spiritual into daily life, and the reverse effect of daily life that leads us back to Spirit. Depending on which way the path is walked, the order of those lessons is determined as the perspective of the journey. The path leads out from the center into one of four elemental forces/Clans: Air, Fire, Water and Earth. 

 

Taking the path from center to the Butterfly Clan of Air the three stones represent: Illumination, Wisdom, Clarity. 

 

The path from center to the Thunderbird Clan of Fire represents: Love, Trust, Growth. 

 

The path from the center to the Frog Clan of Water represents: Strength, Introspection, Experience. 

 

The path from the center to the Turtle Clan of Earth represents: Purity, Renewal, Cleansing. 

 

At the end of each 'path' there is another stone. It represents the SpiritKeeper (akin to an Archetype or Archangel) that oversees that particular elemental force. Air is Eagle, Fire is Mouse, Water is Bear, Earth is Buffalo. (Different Native traditions may vary these somewhat but they are the ones I was trained to work with.) 

 

Now between these stones in the outer rim of the Wheel are placed 3 more stones in each quadrant. These three stones represent the three Moons of that season and their teachings. 

 

Air represents spring, the three Moons being governed by: Otter, Deer and Raven which govern those teachings respectively. 

 

Fire represents summer, the three Moons ruling are: Red-Tailed Hawk, Sturgeon, and Elk with their teachings. 

 

Water represents autumn, the three Moons overseeing are: Cougar, Flicker/Woodpecker, and Snake with their teachings. 

 

Earth represents winter, the three Moons here are: Snow Goose, Beaver, and Brown Bear along with their lessons. 

 

(*The teachings of these creatures are going to be found in this library as well as the Totem Library for your future reference.) 

 

The Full Medicine Wheel A full Medicine Wheel is comprised of 36 stones…36 courses of study that have different levels to them. Often you will hear me speak of the Seven Sacred Directions. These directions consist of the four elemental forces, again: Air, Fire, Water, and Earth as well as the Three Worlds: Below/the Past, Middle/the Present, and Above/the Future. (Please see the articles on the Seven Sacred Directions for further detailed information on these.) 

 

In essence Spirit/Creator is the center of All. Therefore the axis is in the center and it is upon that axis that all is balanced. This axis runs through the three worlds and so each lesson we receive will have an aspect relative to the three worlds. Each lesson we receive will pass through the perceptions of the Seven Sacred Directions before it is fully understood. 

 

The Pattern Air teaches us the concept and fuels desire to explore it further. Fire takes us into experiencing it and learning to trust it. Water takes us into the relationship with it through introspection and assimilation, and Earth takes us into receiving it's blessings and sharing them. The Below World teaches the history, the Middle World the application, and the Above World brings us to see future applications and expansion. Each lesson cycles this way and as we learn we expand our experiences based on that lesson and so the growing continues to expand ever outward and ever inward on these levels taking things deeper and deeper each time we begin anew. Sort of like going from college courses 101 to 201, 301 etc. You need the prerequisites to get to the deeper stuff and comprehend it. 

 

There are many other articles in this library, the Main Library and the Totem Library along the lines of the elemental forces, Spirit Keepers, Clans, etc. Do check the libraries for topical material that will help you further understand these teachings. Hopefully this article will serve as an outline for those coming to the Medicine Wheel teachings and assist the new seekers in understanding the mysteries further.

Dolls, Dolls, & More Dolls~What do they all mean?


Voodoo Dolls

 

 

When people hear about voodoo dolls, the first association that comes to mind is a scary shaman that puts needles inside the body of the doll and causes horrible pain to the victim. Others consider it as black magic that is summoned to do harm to others. In reality, these perceptions are far from the truth.

Although there are some practitioners that work with dark spells and magic around the world, and they use dolls in their rituals which have quite some features in common with voodoo dolls used by Haitian voodoo priests. However, the original and primary use of voodoo dolls is precisely the opposite: getting rid of negative energy, search for love, invocation of good luck, improve wellbeing, healing serious diseases and so on.

In essence, voodoo dolls can be considered a form of gris-gris (the so-called charms that protect the owner from evil spirits and bring luck, often in the form of bags filled with dried herbs, stones and other objects). Amulets in the form of small, brightly colored dolls were hung above the wall, as it was believed that they held unwanted energies away from the home. Talismans in the form of a black cat (voodoo practitioners used the image of a cat quite often) were believed to bring good luck in sports and gambling (especially lottery and card games).

Often times voodoo dolls were passed by heritage and became family heirlooms. Naturally, these dolls kept all the energy of past generations inside of them. A lot of modern families keep voodoo dolls in their houses, that served the first immigrants from Africa in the beginning of the 18th century.

Fertility dolls were especially often passed by heritage, as they contribute to the continuation of the family. Dolls were used for protection against enemies and rivals.

It is accustomed to gift two voodoo dolls with needles inside of them in weddings in Louisiana. Before the dolls go to their newly wed owners, they go through the hands of all guests present at the wedding. Each guest sticks a specifically colored needle inside the doll. If the guest wishes long and strong love between the couple, he will stick a red needle in the heart area of the doll. Should a guest wish for many children, he will stick a needle in the groin area. A needle in the bride’s heel symbolizes the unbreakable marriage. The dolls then go to the possession of the couple. When coming home, the couple must place the dolls in the most visible location.

Differently colored needles, each with its own symbolic meanings, are used in rituals with voodoo dolls. As opposed to the doll’s clothes, the needles come in only seven main colors. Yellow symbolizes success, red is power, purple is spirituality, blue is love, green is wellbeing. White color brings positive energy, while black color gets rid of negative energy.

It is important to remember that with the creation of a voodoo doll comes personal responsibility. If you practice 

the arts of voodoo and learn how to create dolls – never use your knowledge and experience to cause harm to others.

 


Voodoo Dolls

 

 

When people hear about voodoo dolls, the first association that comes to mind is a scary shaman that puts needles inside the body of the doll and causes horrible pain to the victim. Others consider it as black magic that is summoned to do harm to others. In reality, these perceptions are far from the truth.

Although there are some practitioners that work with dark spells and magic around the world, and they use dolls in their rituals which have quite some features in common with voodoo dolls used by Haitian voodoo priests. However, the original and primary use of voodoo dolls is precisely the opposite: getting rid of negative energy, search for love, invocation of good luck, improve wellbeing, healing serious diseases and so on.

In essence, voodoo dolls can be considered a form of gris-gris (the so-called charms that protect the owner from evil spirits and bring luck, often in the form of bags filled with dried herbs, stones and other objects). Amulets in the form of small, brightly colored dolls were hung above the wall, as it was believed that they held unwanted energies away from the home. Talismans in the form of a black cat (voodoo practitioners used the image of a cat quite often) were believed to bring good luck in sports and gambling (especially lottery and card games).

Often times voodoo dolls were passed by heritage and became family heirlooms. Naturally, these dolls kept all the energy of past generations inside of them. A lot of modern families keep voodoo dolls in their houses, that served the first immigrants from Africa in the beginning of the 18th century.

Fertility dolls were especially often passed by heritage, as they contribute to the continuation of the family. Dolls were used for protection against enemies and rivals.

It is accustomed to gift two voodoo dolls with needles inside of them in weddings in Louisiana. Before the dolls go to their newly wed owners, they go through the hands of all guests present at the wedding. Each guest sticks a specifically colored needle inside the doll. If the guest wishes long and strong love between the couple, he will stick a red needle in the heart area of the doll. Should a guest wish for many children, he will stick a needle in the groin area. A needle in the bride’s heel symbolizes the unbreakable marriage. The dolls then go to the possession of the couple. When coming home, the couple must place the dolls in the most visible location.

Differently colored needles, each with its own symbolic meanings, are used in rituals with voodoo dolls. As opposed to the doll’s clothes, the needles come in only seven main colors. Yellow symbolizes success, red is power, purple is spirituality, blue is love, green is wellbeing. White color brings positive energy, while black color gets rid of negative energy.

It is important to remember that with the creation of a voodoo doll comes personal responsibility. If you practice 

the arts of voodoo and learn how to create dolls – never use your knowledge and experience to cause harm to others.

 

 

 

 

Purification Ritual

 Purification Ritual

The purification ceremony is conducted as a preparation for a ritual. In this ceremony, you need to clean the future Voodoo doll components, ingredients and tools before crafting the doll. This will remove or neutralize unwanted energies within the materials and objects. After performing a spell, you can recharge the doll for future use. This is a crucial and important step as a preparation for the ritual, without it your actions may become meaningless or even dangerous.

In order to create a Voodoo doll, many different materials are required, some of which are not taken directly from nature such as beads, buttons, fabric, thread, glue, paint etc. Think about the number of people who touched these materials from the manufacturing stage onwards. This is why it is important to purify and cleanse everything before starting a ritual.

This doesn’t apply to items received from your spiritual guide or from the church are not needed to be purified. You only need to add your energy to these items.

The purification ceremony can be performed in various ways:

This can be done by cleaning your dolls with water, with dissolved sea salt or raw stone salt.

Burn the incense while the Voodoo doll is placed on top of the smoke in order to absorb it.

The Voodoo dolls is buried in the ground in order for it to receive the energies of Mother Earth.

[Blyssful Freya's Day my Dark Witches~ Voodoo Purification Ceremony The purification ceremony is conducted as a preparation for a ritual. In this ceremony, you need to clean the future Voodoo doll components, ingredients and tools before crafting the doll. This will remove or neutralize unwanted energies within the materials and objects. After performing a spell, you can recharge the doll for future use. This is a crucial and important step as a preparation for the ritual, without it your actions may become meaningless or even dangerous. In order to create a Voodoo doll, many different materials are required, some of which are not taken directly from nature such as beads, buttons, fabric, thread, glue, paint etc. Think about the number of people who touched these materials from the manufacturing stage onwards. This is why it is important to purify and cleanse everything before starting a ritual. This doesn’t apply to items received from your spiritual guide or from the church are not needed to be purified. You only need to add your energy to these items. The purification ceremony can be performed in various ways: This can be done by cleaning your dolls with water, with dissolved sea salt or raw stone salt. Burn the incense while the Voodoo doll is placed on top of the smoke in order to absorb it. The Voodoo dolls is buried in the ground in order for it to receive the energies of Mother Earth.

BLYSSFUL FREYA'S DAY PAGANS!

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Earth Magick
I always have a magickal feature tied in with whatever Sabbat we are having or even what season it maybe. This time I chose Earth Magick. To me, Earth Magick and Lammas go hand in hand with each other. When you stop to think about it, our Mother Earth is indeed an amazing being. We have abused Her, soiled Her, stripped Her of all Her natural resources and yet, she still provides for us.

We start in early March planting our seeds for Harvest. We put those seeds in the ground. Mother Earth takes those seeds and protects them, She guards them and watch over them. After a few months, those seeds have turned into plants. Plants that Gaia has watched over and ensured our continuous survival. Without these plants our dear Earthly Mother has nurtured, grown and cared for, we would not exist. But even though, Gaia provides for us, gives us food and resources that are absolutely essential for our survival, we still abuse Her.

We are just now coming to the realization without our blessed Gaia, we could not exist. We would not exist. We are trying to rectify the damage that we have done to our Mother Earth but is it too late? There is an old saying around here, “you never know what you had till it is gone.” Let us hope and pray that it is not to late to save our beloved Mother Earth.

As Witches, I do not have to tell you our part that we play in this role. We all know it too well. It is one of our Laws, “to protect and preserve our Planet in and all ways possible. To aid and assistance mankind in anyway possible.” I did paraphrase the Law but we all know it by heart. The Goddess gave us our powers for many reasons. I believe strongly that one reason was for us to prevent the destruction of this beautiful world she has given us. It is time to stop the destruction of Mother Earth and try, if we can, to heal the wrongs that have been done to Her. I only hope and pray we are not too late.

Earth is our only home. It is that from which methodologically we sprang, and in its moist soil we bury our deceased. From its surface we pull verdant vegetables and healing plants. Animals graze atop it, and within it lie riches of gold and silver, precious stones and oil. Until recently, no living thing— save birds—left its surface for more than a few moments.

The ancient goddesses of the earth have survived to this day in the guise of Mother Nature, a deity being reclaimed by nature-conscious souls in the dawning of the twenty -first century. The earth was once worshiped for its own sake, and today it is newly revered as our home and our sustenance; without it we would perish.

Ecological movements have sprung up to fill the need of protecting our planet. Spaceship Earth, as it came to be called once we had succeeded in leaving its atmosphere and gazed at its bluish mass from space, is Gaia: our Mother, our home, our all. It always has been.

As such, it has entered into religious and magical thought and practice for thousands of years . Some of the spells and techniques presented in this chapter are as ageless as the thrust of a mountain. In these earthy spells lie the roots of all magic, for if all forms of magic are not of this element, they are certainly performed upon the earth.

Think of a freshly dug handful of earth. Smell the richness of the fertile soil. See the striking color, from whitest clay to volcanic red to blackest black. This is the fertilizing nature, the storehouse of vitamins and minerals essential to life. This is also an excellent arena in which (or with which) to practice magic. Here is some of that magic.

 
TO HEAL
Healing with the earth works through the process of transference. The wound or disease is transferred magically to another substance, usually an organic one, which is then buried. As it rots, it releases the wound or disease.

To remove a disease or heal a wound, rub the afflicted part with an apple or potato . Then, as quickly as possible, dig a hole in the ground , put it in, and cover it over with earth. It is done.

One note here might be wise. Healing magic should always be used in addition to conventional medicine and never as a replacement. Doctors are the only people qualified to help your body heal itself.

By all means perform healing magic for yourself or friends, but not in place of qualified medical attention. The medicine of today was the magic of yesterday.

THE EARTH BED

If you are sick, find a spot where the earth is bare, uncovered by concrete, plants, and leaves— pure fresh soil.

Sit or lie down on the earth. Mentally see your wound or disease sinking into the earth. Feel the pain and anguish, the physical and emotional effects of the problem running down into the ground beneath you.

Sense the rhythm of the earth —feel the steady beat of nature pounding away. It should pulsate in tune with your heart, pounding until you feel your whole body undulating with energy.

Then feel it coming— cool, deep, soft energy rising from the ground up into you.

Rise, dust yourself off, and check to see if you feel different.

If you are bedridden or otherwise cannot do this, have a dish or pot of fresh soil in your sickroom. Earth gives off healing vibrations and its presence will aid your recovery.

A simple method would be to place a potted plant in your sickroom. Not only will the plant lend its own healing energies (ivy is great and will cause no strange looks) but the soil in which it is placed will aid you as well.

TO LOSE YOUR TROUBLES

Take a handful of earth and gaze into it; pour into it all your problems . Outline, in minute detail, all of those problems plaguing you.

When you are finished, throw the dirt behind you and walk away from it, not turning back.

 
AN EARTH CHARM

Tie up in a small green square of cloth some fresh, rich soil.

Firmly tie this so no earth can escape.

Carry this with you if you have troubles with stability, security, and self-control. If you are apt to let your emotions rule your life or if you are constantly angry or nervous, this amulet of earth will help.

 
EARTH SCRYING

Fill a small flat vessel at least seven inches in diameter with earth. Sit relaxed and gaze not only at, but into the soil. You will eventually begin to notice symbols staring up from the earth.

 
AN EARTH PROTECTION BOTTLE

Into a long, small bottle pour fresh, clean soil. Fill it to the top and cap it. Place this bottle near the entrance , preferably in a window, to guard against evil entering into your home.

In past ages earth was thought to confound evil spirits and demons, who had to count every grain of earth in the bottle before entering the dwelling.

Today, evil spirits are seen as negativity that floats around the earth in large quantities. This negativity can enter your home. This earth protection bottle can, therefore, be useful in blocking negativity from entering your house.

 
TO PROTECT CHILDREN

To protect them while you are away, throw a handful of earth or sand after them as they leave, without their knowledge. This will ensure their safety.

 
A LONG-TERM EARTH SPELL

This spell is ideal if you are a good gardener, and if you have a need that you don’t mind waiting several months before it manifests.

Take a seed from a plant that is symbolically related to your need. Over a pot of soil or a special plot of land, hold the seed in your power hand and visualize your need strongly.

Speak to the seed. Tell it why you need its help to make your need come to fruition.

Then plant the seed, giving it loving encouragement and water.

Tend to the seedling when it appears and be sure that the plant doesn't die due to your own neglect or carelessness . If this happens, your need won’t manifest. At least not until you do another spell.

If the plant grows up healthy and happy, expect your need to arrive. Once it has, take very good care of your magical plant, for it not only represents your need, but it also is now a growing, living thing, which you brought to life in order to fulfill your need.

You are responsible for the plant. Take care of it and it will sing to you alone all the secrets of earth magic.

Faery Etiquette!

A Hitchhiker's Guide to Faerie! • Always have your honey •Here is a rule list of things you should and should not do if you so happen to cross the threshold.. Some of these guidelines are based off lore and the rest are based off personal experience.…and seriously, bring honey.☆--:*:--☆:*:--☆--:*:--☆--:*:--☆--:*:--☆:*:--☆--:*:--☆--:*:--☆--:*:--☆:*:--☆--:*:--☆--:*:--☆--:*:--☆:*:--☆--:*:--☆:*:--☆--:*:--☆--:*:--☆

 

 

Politeness and respect goes a long way, and it could save your ass. It is really a universal skill to have.If a faery starts talking to you, be sure to be polite. It will not do you any harm. Woe if you're rude or pompous, you may find yourself in a heap of trouble. Do not purposely insult the Fae. Apologize and truly mean it, of course. Even then– they might not forgive you. (Humans are the same way…)Please do not assume that all Fae know one another, or like one another. Faery food is fine it is from someone your personally trust and what have you, then you do need not to be weary about what you are eating. Do offer the fae folk sweet, shiny, natural gifts. We like the shiny. Honey. Recognize your environmental/carbon footprint. Plenty of fae dedicate time and effort in helping protect the planet. You should too! According to lore, try not to walk into circles of mushrooms, in Faerie they are spellbound more times than not–– on Earth? Not very magical.  Circles of dark green grass, too. If you choose to befriend a faery, don't carry cold iron on you. (However, iron that's been shaped into other things, such as steel and Wrought iron is not as lethal) and they will take it offensively. There are a couple of theories that I will explain as to why iron is so lethal towards fae.Faerie time is different from Earthly time. Try to not say thank you. The fae find it disrespectful as it dilutes their act of kindness or whatever they have done for you. Say, you are most kind or I appreciate your help/act of kindness/fellowship, etc. as a means of gratitude. Not over or under, but in-between, is where you'll find the blessed and unblessed unseen. Nothing in Faerie is black or white, but a rainbow of various gray shades.Keeping the rule of number 13 in mind, do not say I'm sorry. Say, my apologies, pardon me, or I express regret. When the fae speak they mean everything they say, the tongue holds power, so be careful what you say and listen closely to them, because they may be saying more than they let on. If you are so super awesome that you can get the fae to promise something they will stick to that promise even if it means them death. The phrases "a faery's promise" and You have my word is also said and just as strong. Either of these sayings mean business. Fae are masters of manipulation, they will twist your words and generally make you regret what you asked for. Do understand that manipulation is a survival skill~ and it honestly isn't narrowed down to just Fae culture. You can actually contract a fae, like a bond between you and them where both parties have to do something for one another. Be careful though, faeries are very good at finding loopholes. Ex: You say they can't cause you any injury and then they bite you, explaining the fact that they simply chose to take injury as meaning "verbal insult" instead of "bodily harm"... sly. The fae are able use glamour to confuse you or mislead you if that is their goal. If you are going for walks in wooded areas if you get an overwhelming feeling of not being welcome, then leave immediately. Because the Fae probably feel threatened by your arrival, and do not want you there. Or, it could be something else entirely not fae. Some areas are more prone to fae activity than others may they be urban or wild.  


 

 

God Thoth

Thoth and The Book of Thoth - The Myths behind the Legend

True, without falsehood, certain and most true, that which is above is the same as that which is below, and that which is below is the same as that which is above, for the performance of miracles of the One Thing.

Thoth -The Emerald Tablets of Thoth

The Myth & Legend of Thoth and The Book of Thoth

Thoth is one of the most complex Egyptian deities. According to classical belief it was Thoth who brought the idea of creation into existence by uttering the thoughts of the creator; Ptah then put those spoken words into effect. The ancient Egyptians considered Thoth to be the mind behind cosmic order, the architect of the universe. Thoth was the principal deity of the city of Hermopolis (the City of Hermes) or Khemnu as the Egyptians called it. According to Egyptian legend, the temple of Hermopolis housed fragments of the cosmic egg that Thoth himself as the divine Ibis, had hatched on the Island of creation, from the egg the first sun had risen.

Thoth’s association with the creation myth also extends to the divine birth of the pharaohs themselves. Thoth was said to lead Amun the king of gods to the bedchamber of the waiting queen.

Thoth was not only associated with the creation of the physical world, as the originator of the written word in the form of hieroglyphs, he is also credited with the authorship of The Book of the Dead (The Book of am Tuat). The Book of the dead is a book of spells, prayers and rituals that would assist the dead on their journey to the afterlife. According to Egyptian understanding the deceased person would be judged by a panel of 42 assessors of the dead, which corresponded with the 42 administrative areas that Egypt was divided into. From this originates the legend of the 42 Books of Thoth.

Hieroglyphs, the language of the gods.

Thoth’s most recognisable association is that of the god of writing, as such he is often depicted as a man with the head of an Ibis, holding a writing stylus and an ankh. Ra was said to have appointed Thoth ‘scribe of the Ennead’ before he retreated from the Earth knowing that Thoth’s wisdom would allow him to serve as humanities teacher and guardian. It was Thoth who was appointed to keep the affairs of humanity in order. The written word was an essential tool for organising and administering the government of Egypt bringing order and structure to a vast country. It has been estimated that contrary to popular belief, only around one percent of the Egyptian population was literate, most of these being priests, members of the ruling classes and scribes. Scribes, (sesh) were known as followers of Thoth and held a unique and respected position because of their skills and the connection with the words of the gods that those skills provided.

Hieroglyphs were known as ‘medu neter’, which translates as ‘words of the gods’. When temple priests carried out services in the temples and read from the temples texts they were thought to be reading and speaking the magical and divine words of the Gods themselves.

Whether in spoken or written form the words contained in these texts were considered so sacred and so powerful that as a precaution, certain hieroglyphs were actually inscribed in two separate halves to diminish their power, which was considered highly potent and capable of causing havoc if activated by mistake. Priests also conducted magical rituals to activate the divine power that their texts contained.

The influence of the mythology enshrined in the written word was such that over time developed into the legend of The Book of Thoth. According to both esoteric and occult legend, the book of Thoth was said to be the repository for the greater Egyptian mysteries. This was said to be a book of magic that was so powerful that one single spell that it contained it would give the person that spoke it access to all knowledge beyond book learned knowledge and to wisdom of Thoth himself. Legend has it that the Book of Thoth was hidden in an ancient tomb in Sakkara, in Northern Egypt.

    

Thoth and the Tarot

Because many occultists believe the Tarot to be an esoteric remnant of the legendary Book of Thoth, the tarot as a system, regardless of the deck origin, is often given the generic name of The Book of Thoth. Drawing on the origins of the Egyptian mystery school tradition, occultist Aleister Crowley took this association one step further by naming his tarot deck the THOTH deck. According to some the tarot was intended as a tool that would guide the initiate on a journey of enlightenment and discovery that would lead to both inner and outer knowledge and wisdom which parallels the Egyptian understanding of the significance of hieroglyphs themselves. Another thing that makes Crowley's Thoth deck stand out from other decks is the fact that the deck actually has three magus cards which represent the three forms of Thoth. The full title of this card is The Magus of Power. The path of the Magus card on the Tree of Life is the 12th which runs from Kether the 'Primum mobile' or first swirlings to Binah or 'understanding'. This again emphasises Thoths position as a conduit for the will of the creator to be conveyed to humanity. Crowleys three magus cards (see above) represent the three in one Thoth - Hermes - Mercury aspect of him as a deity.

The many facets of Thoth

Besides being the god who introduced writing to the world, Thoth has multiple other associations and is depicted in a variety of ways sometimes he is shown as an ibis other times, a baboon or as a dog headed ape wearing the combined lunar disc and crescent above his head.

Thoth's many roles include being the Egyptian God of the moon, calendars, chronology, the spoken word, writing, magick and knowledge and measurer of time (the latter being due to the fact that he rode with Ra in the solar boat). Thoth also goes by several aliases including Thot, Tehuti, and Djehuti. He is also known as Hermes Trismegistus or ‘Thrice Great’ the Trismegistus title seems to originate from the fact that the Egyptians knew him as Thoth, the Greeks called him Hermes and finally the Romans named him Mercury. The Thrice great association also links in to the fact that there are three pyramids on the Giza plateau and certain esoteric texts such as the Alchemy of the Soul refer to three temples of knowledge.

The Roman version of Thoth, Mercury, the god of thought was somewhat androgynous in nature. A symbol of magic and intelligence Mercury was associated with quick silver, the element mercury and the planet closest to the sun. Mercury is one of the three principals of alchemy.

The magickal association of Thoth extends into his title of Hermes Trismegistos, in fact the term Hermeticism (the magical, astrological and alchemical doctrines derived from Egyptian and Hebrew sources) originates from this association. As Hermes Trismegistos he was the legendary author of various treatises including the Emerald tablets and originator of the Hermetic axiom ‘As above so below’. Hermes Trismegistos was said to be the first alchemist.

Thoth and the Moon

Thoth's association with the moon originates from the myth that recounts how he enabled Nut to give birth to her five children (Isis, Osiris, Set, Horus the elder and Nephreys) by using his cunning to win a game of draughts with the moon. By winning a seventy second part of the moons light, he managed to create five extra days (the Epagomenal days), which allowed Nut to give birth to her five children without breaking Ra’s decree that her children could not be born on any existing calendar day. This myth more than any other is responsible for Thoth’s role as a lunar deity.

Further evidence of Thoth's role as a lunar deity can be seen through Thoth’s connection with the eye of Horus. In mythology the eyes of Horus were said to represent the sun and moon. The left eye, which was damaged in battle was said to explain why the moon was dimmer than the sun. The eye of Horus was also a powerful magical talisman and contained within it a complex system of measurement, which again links back to Thoth in his capacity of measurer of the earth

It was Thoth who restored the head of Isis another lunar deity and magician, when an enraged Horus had decapitated his mother. It was also Thoth who helped Isis when her beloved Osiris had been murdered by their jealous brother, Set, enabling her to resurrect her dismembered husband and impregnate herself, thus ensuring he had an heir. Osiris then became Lord of the underworld.

According to some versions of Egyptian mythology, after the final battle between Horus and Set over Osiris’s throne, it was Thoth who wrote to Osiris then Lord of the Underworld and asked him to intervene in the final judgment of the Ennead (the eight founding gods) and find in favour of Horus’ claim to the throne of Egypt.

The Mythology and many roles of Thoth

One of Thoth’s numerous roles was to record the outcome for the deceased person who had entered the Hall of Judgement. Anubis would check the weight of the dead persons heart on the scales against the weight of the feather of Maat to see if they balanced each other. And it was Thoth who declared the deceased to be ‘true of voice’ or vindicated if they did. As the god of magick, Thoth taught Isis the craft of magick to Isis enabling her to bring Osiris back to life and saving the life of Horus when a scorpion had stung him and he faced immanent death.

Thoth's female counterpart and according to mythology, his wife was Seshat, (although alternate myths state that Maat was Thoth's wife). Seshat, the female scribe, is depicted as wearing a panther skin dress and has a seven pointed star above her head. Like Thoth she was also associated with measurement – temple reliefs from the middle kingdom show her recording gains made from foreign battles. She is often referred to as ‘she who is foremost in the house of books’ and ‘lady of the builders’ which again suggests her role as consort to Thoth.

Emerald TabetsAs Thoth the Atlantean, Thoth was said to be an Atlantean priest that left Atlantis prior to its destruction and moved to Khem (Egypt) where he founded a new civilisation based on the higher knowledge of the Atlantean society. As a priest who had knowledge of the gift of immortality he was said to have created the three pyramids at Giza to instruct initiates in the art of transforming the physical and spiritual body using the Merkabah, which is symbolised by the star tetrahedron we see Thoth holding in his palm in the picture above. According to Flower of Life teachings the Pharoah Akenaten and his wife Nefertitti where instrumental in trying to steer Egypt to unlock the key to mankinds existance found in the Egyptian mystery school network that Thoth himself had founded.

When you look at the variety and depth of the mythology concerning Thoth, it comes as no surprise that he should be credited with authorship of The Book of Thoth and the Emerald Tablets of Thoth (an artists impression of which can be seen on the left). Whether these legends are based on fact of myth has become a disputed subject over the last decade or so. Certainly, Pythagoras, himself a mystery school initiate, is said to have written that Thoth had taken him by the hand, led him under the great pyramid and taught him about the sacred nature of geometry and the true nature of reality. Certainly there are many people who claim to have had direct communication with Thoth as a god form, which leads us to the starting possibility that Thoth is more of an interdimensional being than a myth.