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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 have one son now coming into his native shaman training and 4 beautiful grandchildren.

Female Wine Blessing


Lynna Landstreet

The Goddess calls originate from an all-female version I wrote of the Dedication ritual of the Odyssian tradition. The original was written by Richard and Tamarra James. This version follows the structure of the original fairly closely, and maintains some of the original lines, so if you like it, credit is due to Richard and Tamarra at least as much as to me.

Ditto for the Wine Blessing, as it is a modified version of the Odyssian standard WB.

One priestess represents the Moon Goddess (the conventionally feminine role), and the other the Sun Goddess (the conventionally masculine role). We half-jokingly called this the butch-femme wine blessing...

Goddess Calls

SG:

I am She who shone forth from the Dark of Night,
When time was begun.
Lady of the Sea, join Me,
And let all things be formed of Our union.
Thou who art called Artemis, Hecate, Cerridwen, Isis.
Giver of love, protection, and the joy of life,
Goddess of the Earth, Moon and Sea,
Ruler of the Night,
Mistress of Magic, Keeper of the Mysteries.
Ascend to Me on bright and silvered wing.
For lo, I receive these gifts of Thee:
Life, and love, and gifts from the Sea.
I am the Sun, the Sun that calleth Thee.
I am the arching Sky that covers Thee.
Come unto Me, my Lady, come unto Me,
And be welcome.
Hail, and blessed be.

MG:

I am She who rose from the depths of the Sea,
When time was begun.
Lady of the Bright Sky, join Me,
And let all things be formed of Our union.
Thou who art called Athena, Bast, Sekhmet, Amaterasu.
Giver of strength, guidance, and the will of life,
Goddess of the Sun, Sky, and Winds,
Ruler of the Day,
Bringer of Justice and Voice of Truth.
Descend to Me on bright and golden wing.
For lo, I receive these gifts of Thee:
Life, and strength, and fullest ecstasy.
I am the Sea, the Sea that calleth Thee.
I am the waiting Earth that welcomes Thee.
Come unto Me, my Lady, come unto Me,
And be welcome.
Hail, and blessed be.

Wine Blessing

MG anoints SG and hands her the athame.

MG

Bright Lady, thou art the Sun.
Thy heat is radiant.
Warrior Maiden, Giver of the Law,
Here is the athame,
The Air and Fire are contained within it,
As are their powers.

SG anoints MG and hands her the chalice.

SG

Dark Lady, thou art the Moon,
Giver of dreams and visions.
Wise One, Teacher of the Mysteries,
Here is the chalice,
The Earth and the Sea are contained within it,
As are their powers.

SG

I am the spark of life,
The well of flame wherein dwells all power and potential.

MG

And I am the primal matter,
The core of earth that gives shape and form to that power.

Both

Neither one can work without the other.
One without the other is incomplete.

SG

Mine are wisdom and knowledge, passion and pride.

MG

And mine are love and dreams, silence and mystery.

Both

To learn you must suffer,
To live you must be born,
To be born you must die.
The beginning, continuation and the end,
Over and over.

SG

The Sun brings forth light,

MG

And the Moon holds it in darkness.

SG

As above,

MG

So below.

SG

(Raises athame) And as the athame is one half of our divine nature,

MG

So the chalice is the other.

Both:

(Athame into chalice) And conjoined they be one in truth,
For it is in the Dance that Life is born,
In the balance that truth is found,
And there is no greater power in all the world
Than that of Love.

 

On the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram

brought to you 

By Donna Morgan on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 3:55pm

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBR) is one of the chief rituals of Western Magick. It has been with us at least since the Golden Dawn of the nineteenth century, and it has penetrated into all the many Golden Dawn spinoffs, including Neo-Paganism. Yet there is still no widely available, clear instruction. The directions of the magical orders are mere mnemonics for those who are assumed to have personal instructors. To formulate my personal approach to the ritual, to aid any others who may be considering practicing the LBR, and to satisfy the idle curiosity of any gawking onlookers, I have put together this short discussion of the ritual and its symbolism and performance.

A. Intent of the Ritual

Ritual is a form of moving meditation and the LBR is a tool to facilitiate meditation. The real action of a magick ritual takes place in the mind, in my view, but not all ritualists would agree. Many would say that the effect of the LBR is to create a fortified and cleansed area on the astral plane, which they think is as real as Hoboken, if not more so. It doesn't really matter in practice as the only effect we know is the one in our perceptions.

The experience of a proper LBR is pleasurable and soothing, yet energizing and empowering. One is made at home in the mystical realm, protected from lurkers and phantasms by strongly imagined wards. This solace from mundane experience is a precondition for more serious works of meditation or ritual, but it can also form a healthy part of the life of the mind by itself.

B. The Ritual

I'll just reprint the description of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram from Liber O, a publication of the occult order A.·. A.·.

i. Touching the forehead say Ateh (Unto Thee), ii. Touching the breast say Malkuth (The Kingdom), iii. Touching the right shoulder, say ve-Geburah (and the Power), iv. Touching the left shoulder, say ve-Gedulah (and the Glory), v. Clasping the hands upon the breast, say le-Olahm, Amen (To the Ages, Amen). vi. Turning to the East, make a pentagram (that of Earth) with the proper weapon (usually the Wand). Say (i.e. vibrate) IHVH. vii. Turning to the South, the same, but say ADNI. viii. Turning to the West, the same, but say AHIH. ix. Turning to the North, the same, but say AGLA. [Pronounce: Ye-ho-wau, Adonai, Eheieh, Agla.] x. Extending the arms in the form of a cross say, xi. Before me Raphael; xii. Behind me Gabriel; xiii. On my right hand Michael; xiv. On my left hand Auriel; xv. For about me flames the Pentagram, xvi. And in the Column stands the six-rayed Star. xvii-xxi. Repeat (i) to (v), the "Qabalistic Cross."

C. Preliminary Acts

There are a number of necessary preconditions in any cleansing ritual. Not the least important are the physical conditions.

It's not a good idea to just launch into this thing from a standing start. You should start by evacuating any bodily wastes. Heavy food in the digestive tract is bound to interfere, so don't pig out right before practice. If your nose is clogged, clear it. (There are some gross yogic techniques for doing this if necessary.) Remove any serious muscle tensions; I do this in two ways, by stretching and by sitting quietly for a few minutes. If you do hatha yoga, this would be a good time to sit in a pose like vajrasana or lotus.

It's best to bathe or shower first, and put on special clothes worn only during ritual, but those are optional considerations.

It's very useful to have a room in your home that is either set aside for ritual, or can be transformed into a suitable room readily. In 1984, I shared my ritual room with my lover, who uses it for typing. This was a fortunate arrangement, since we both want the room to be simple, uncluttered, and non-distracting, and all I had to do is hide the typewriter and throw a cloth over the desk. If you can't arrange something like that, make sure you at least have enough free floor space in the center of the room you're using for freedom of movement.

D. Ritual Gestures

You should refer to the ritual above while reading this section.

The "Qabalistic Cross"

The "Qabalistic Cross" (steps i-v) is a self-consecration. The magician becomes a sanctified instrument for the execution of the rest of the ritual. This can't be an empty exercise; linger on each phrase for as long as it takes to form some strong, albeit brief concentration on the meaning.

Think of the short prayer of the Qabalistic Cross as a baptism, using light rather than water. Imagine that your body has "centers" which you are bringing to life by anointing them with your hand. There are five such "centers". At the end of the Cross, remain for a moment in that posture, upright, hands clasped, feeling the Cross within yourself, yourself as the Cross. This should bring on a purified perception of the body.

The Cross addresses a second person, a "thee". Who is this mysterious person? "Thee" is your own "higher self", by some readings. If you prefer monotheistic symbolism, read "God[dess]" for "thee". Even for monotheists, the consecration is of yourself, although "by the power of God". The two symbolisms can be mapped easily onto each other; it's an issue of God within or God without.

The "vanilla" version of the Cross is not what most Thelemites use. Instead, go "Atoh" (touch brow), "Aiwass" (touch breast), "Malkuth" (touch genitals), and then the arms as normal. "Aiwass who?" That's a name Crowley's Holy Guardian Angel called itself by. If you attain to the Knowledge and Conversation of your Holy Guardian Angel (as it is so quaintly called), use its name instead of Aiwass. Don't expect this attainment to happen tomorrow or next week; inthe Golden Dawn and Thelema, it's a major attainment, the center of the path. But then, you're the only real judge of it.

The Banishing Pentagram of Earth

This pentagram is a five pointed star, point up. To draw it, start from the lower left-hand corner (your left), go up to the top point, and continue from there. The index finger is a common tool for drawing the stars; it's a very natural way of writing symbols in the air. A good wand can be hard to find.

Note that you do not draw the stars at the end of your finger, but project them outwards as if your finger was a laser, with the stars being drawn by the beam onto an outlying vertical plane - perhaps a few inches short of the wall, or on the wall, or just in a convenient expanse of air. Over time I've come to draw them at the outermost reaches of space, at the thrones of the Guardians of the Watchtowers at the four quarters of the earth, in the flat-earth Christian cosmology employed by the Renaissance magicians Dee and Kelley. This approach sanctifies the entire earth rather than just the room.

Drawing the pentagram will be easy or hard for you, depending on whether you are good at visualization. I'm not, so it's hard. (I'm getting better with practice, though.) Ideally, the stars should be of flame, drawn in the air, but early on a faint outline is no cause to complain. It's not a good idea to use drugs to increase your visualization abilities on a routine basis. If you are experienced with drugs, it may be useful to employ them for an LBR every once in a while just to show you what it could be like.

The pentagram can be a potent symbol. Recall Leonardo's image of the microcosm, i.e., the individual human. The central pentagon represents the torso, the top point the head, the other four points the limbs.

For a religious humanist, the individually named pentagrams are essentially aspects of the higher self, given life/breath by the vibrations of the god-names. For a theist, the pentagrams are anthropomorphic manifestations of deity, summoned by the vibration of god-names.

The Vibration of God-Names

In the LBR, the vibration of the god-names "charges" or "enlivens" the pentagrams in the air. This is difficult to describe, but easy to recognize. There is a feeling of presence in one of these charged warding images - though not necessarily a feeling of true externality or separate intelligence.

We are told to "vibrate" the names. The description and illustration of the "vibration" given in Liber O have been known to mislead people into hilarious postures. What the picture most resembles is the skulking monster from the movie The Mummy. To the modern eye, it is remarkable how truly unclear a photograph can be.

I didn't learn how to vibrate a god-name until I signed up with yet another occult order and was taught it in person. I wouldn't wish membership in an occult fraternity on anyone, so here is a description which I hope will be adequate in print.

Vibration phase i - The Sign of the Enterer (1-4)

1. Stand upright. Blow all the air out of your lungs. Hold your arms straight out at your sides.

2a. Close your eyes and inhale nasally, imagining that the breath is the name. The exact nature of this imagination differs from person to person. Thus, you imagine yourself inhaling the name into your lungs.

2b. As you inhale, sweep your forearms smoothly and deliberately up so that your fists rest on your temples.

3. Imagine the breath moving down through your torso slowly, and through your pelvis, your legs, and finally to the soles of your feet. (Don't do this so slowly that you are hurting for air when the name reaches your feet!)

4a. The instant the inhaled vibrational name hits the soles of your feet, imagine it rushing back up and out.

4b. Simultaneously, throw yourself forward, thrusting your left foot forward about twelve inches (or thirty centimeters) and catching yourself on it. Your hands shoot forward, together, like a diver or like Superman taking flight. You bend forward at the waist so that your torso winds up parallel to the floor.

4c. The air in your lungs should be blown out through your nose at the same time, but imagine the name shooting out straight ahead.

Steps 3-4 are known as the Sign of the Enterer, or of Horus. This symbolizes powerful active energy. The Enterer should be something of a "rush". The vibrational name is projected outwards into more tangible manifestation - in this case, in the pentagrams of the LBR, which are charged by the force of the projected god-names.

Vibration phase ii - The Sign of Silence (5)

5. Finally, withdraw into a standing position, left arm hanging at your side, right forefinger on lips, left foot pointing ninety degrees out from the body.

Step 5 is called the Sign of Silence, or of Harpocrates. This Egyptian god was mistakenly believed (at the turn of the century) to pertain to silence, because his finger or thumb was touching his lips. This gesture is now believed to be a symbol of childhood; this correction appears in the World card of Crowley's Book of Thoth Tarot deck. Harpocrates was the god of the Sun at dawn, and so symbolizes wonder, beauty, potential, growth. So, step 5 may be done in this academically corrected light instead.

However, the "hush" gesture of the Golden Dawn Sign of Silence is adequate for the modern occultist, even if deprived of A Divine Identification. It is a common gesture, at least in European/American culture, meaning silence. Silence balances the ultra-active Sign of the Enterer better than does the more scholarly positive/active "Sign of Harpocrates the Rising Sun", and silence is surely no alien concept to mystics.

You'll note that "Ye-ho-wau" is given as the pronunciation of YHWH. Modern scholarship has a different take on the pronunciation of the Big Guy's name. I use "Yahweh" rather than the "Ye-ho-wau" of Liber O because that's what the Catholic priests of my youth taught me to say, and I've never been able to shake it off. Use whatever pronunciation you prefer, or a different name altogether.

The Invocation

The pentagrams are given form by the drawing, life by the vibration, identity by the four-part prayer of steps (x) to (xiv). Some people do very elaborate visualizations of angelic guardians on each of (xi) to (xiv). Because of my tragic personal deficiencies, I am content with strong feelings of presence, identity, and divinity in each of the four directions.

A horizontal cross is built up step by step as you say, "Before me Raphael", etc, with you at the center; and the position of your arms forms a vertical cross, a renewal of the Qabalistic Cross from the start of the ritual. You may feel a peculiar rising and expansion when both of these crosses are formulated. One has become the center of the geometry of the space, and it is like a world in itself, cut adrift from the mundane currents of everyday experience.

Steps (xv) and (xvi) are when the real banishing takes place, during "For about me flames the pentagram, and in the column stands the six-rayed star." A great pulse of force is emitted during these steps, imposing the personal will on the space and clearing it of all hostile influences.

After this is done, the invoked "archangels" maintain the banishing effect, guarding in all four directions. Of course this talk of angels is nonsense - the importance lies in the psychological effect. Whether there "really is" an archangel standing there keeping out inimical spirits is not important. The "feeling of cleanliness" is what matters.

Concluding Cross

The final Qabalistic Cross is an affirmation of the completeness and symmetry of the ritual, and also a new self-consecration. This is more efficacious than the previous Cross because it is done in a banished environment.

E. Comments on the Ritual

With practice, you will no doubt come up with your own style of performance, and your own different symbolism for ritual acts. Different people do rituals as differently as actors play parts, even though the lines and motions may be fundamentally the same. (The alternative is an authoritarian, dogmatic horror which is alien to the deep occult understanding of religion, but is still common in magical groups.) Slavish imitation will get you nowhere in Magick - except, perhaps, to a high spiritual degree in some parochial in-group!

The Christianity - or at least angelic monotheism - of the ritual symbolism may give pause to some. Many of us involved in occultism have negative feelings about Christianity. These may be somewhat justified, but there are a few saving graces here.

First, as with any ritual, you should feel free to make it yours, to mess around with it. If you don't start to at least play with the styles of a ritual after a while, you are probably not doing it very well. It is perfectly legitimate to substitute cognate symbols at any time. However, the saying in the martial arts is that one first learns another's style, and after mastering it, moves on to create one's own. For a beginner, it will be easiest simply to use an existing ritual form in order to explore the meaning of a banishing ritual.

Given experience with the ritual, which transcends any mere set of symbols, one may devise a form more in keeping with the emergence of one's personal style. For instance, Neo-Pagans use various highly reified forms of the same basic ritual in many of their traditions, but with non-Christian deities, spirits, and heroes at the quarters. Aleister Crowley wrote a new version, the Star Ruby, which used the names of deities and officers from his "Thelemic" system rather than monotheist gods and angels.

In any case, of those people who abhor Christianity, how many have looked at some of the practices of historical pagans in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas? No religion should ever be "accepted" by an occultist. When using any religion's symbolism, the adept should cut to its sacred poetical core, and discard the political dross. By this standard, Christianity looks hardly better or worse than any other religion. Without this selection process, and by factoring in historical excesses and power plays, almost all known religions look as bad as Christianity. In other words, those who happily use Norse gods, Arthurian heroes, Taoist immortals, Voudoun loas, or what have you in rituals, but never touch a Christian angel, are guilty of the same narrowness they impart to the Christians.

Having performed the banishing ritual, one is now ready to do a formal invocation, an evocation, a meditation, or whatever the overall spiritual purpose may be. The LBR is a preliminary ceremony, although it has a beneficial effect in itself. It can profitably be done as a stand-alone ritual, but you should move on. Its mastery is a first step to adepthood.

 

Tim Maroney (1984)

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Control Spell

13 small black candles
Matches
Pencil
Something personal from the person you want to cast the control spell upon (a lock of hair, a picture, a piece of clothing, their name written on a piece) The item must be preferably small.
1 chicken heart
Needle or Knife
Sheet of Parchment Paper
Twine

Put the sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface (such as a table) in front of you.
Write the following in the center of the parchment paper using the pencil:
"You do as I tell you, You think what I command, You feel what I want you to feel"
Surround the Parchment Paper with the 13 candles
Light the candles using matches
Stand over the parchment paper/candles and place the personal item from the person you want to cast the control spell upon on top of the words you have previously written on it.
Using each of the 13 candles drop 13 drops of wax on the item saying the following when you pick up each candle:
"Sabete Latepo"
While you are dropping the wax focus intensely on your wish and the person you are casting the control spell upon.
Cut yourself with the knife or needle. You will need 3 drops of your own blood (from your hand) and drop it on top of the wax.
Add the chicken heart
Wrap the parchment paper and make a package containing all the items. Use the twine to hold the package together.
Blow off each candle saying:
"Sabetto Lepati"
Bury the package under a tree
On the night of the following full moon light the 13 candles and let them burn out.

 

Solar Birth Totems

Shamanistic Astrology
Solar Birth Totems

  There are many astrological systems around the world. The most common in the west is the European Astrological system, if you're born in late May you fall under the sign of Gemini. But there are other system that people find interesting as well. The Chinese have their own form of astrology which strongly relates to the year of your birth. If you were born in 1961 you fall under the sign of the Ox.
 
There is also a Shamanistic Astrological system which is similar to the European system in that it defines characteristics by your birth month. These totems are also referred to as Solar totems, because many of them share similarities with the solar system and correspond to seasonal changes.
 
Just like any other form of Astrology, your Solar Birth Totems can tell you many things about your personality, your attitudes, your abilities and your short comings. These totems are often referred to as Solar totems because they encompass many aspects of the "solar" system. From seasonal relationships to animal instincts and the clans within nature that you are closely linked with.
 
But a birth totem is not the same thing as a spiritual totem or having a particular animal as a spirit guide. Those relationships are based on Metaphysical principles based on your individual soul and it's mission in this embodiment. In this form, the animal acts as a teacher along your path specifically for spiritual understanding and growth. That's different than an astrological correspondence.
 
  Shamanistic Astrology
The Shamanistic Astrological system is based on the Medicine Wheel and cycle of seasons. It begins at summers end when the Sun begins to wane for the long winter months. The system connects each month to Mother Earth and it's ever evolving changes and influences.
 
The birth totems are general aspects of the "birthing sign" and are much more than just cosmic symbolism set along the road to help us understand a certain situation in our life. These aspects tell us about who we are, why we probably look at things in a certain way and react to situations or people using particular responses. These totems may explain why you feel connected to a certain moon phase, element or precious stone. The more you understand about your connections, the easier it is to utilize those compatibilities upon your spiritual path as supports for learning and experiencing life. Additionally, the more in tune with the characteristics of these aspects, almost as if we mirror of those traits and qualities. We can therefore use their strengths to help us over come our weaknesses.
 
The following is a brief listing of the Shamanistic Astrological Solar Birth Totems.

 October 23 - November 21
Totem: Snake

Birth Totem Summary:

Birth and animal totem: Snake
Moon: Cold Winds Moon
Season Aspect: The Frosting Time
Wind Relation: West Winds
Directional Relation: West
Element Relation: Water
Elemental clan: Frog Clan
Plant totem: Mums
Mineral totem: Amethyst
Polarity with: Beaver
Color Aspect: Lavender
Musical vibration: B natural

Personality: Impulsive, ambitious
Spiritual energy: Masculine energy
Emotions: Hidden, keeping things inside
Positive traits: Discerning and imaginative
Negative traits: Stubborn, mistrustful, often stubborn
Compatibilities: Woodpeckers and wolves
Conscious Desire: Acceptance
Subconscious desire: Spiritual balance
Spiritual Path: Expressing inner intuition
Strengths: Creativity, ability to change and sensitive to others
Weakness: Egotistical, often aloof and distant

 November 22 - December 21
Totem: Elk

Birth Totem Summary

Birth and animal totem: Elk
Moon: Snowy Moon
Season Aspect: Starry Night Moon
Wind Relation: West winds
Directional Relation: North-west
Element Relation: Fire
Elemental clan: Hawk Clan
Plant totem: Poinsettia
Mineral totem: Obsidian
Polarity with: Deer
Color Aspect: Gold
Musical vibration: C sharp

Personality: Laugh-hearty, loving and independent
Spiritual energy: Feminine energy
Emotions: Caring
Positive traits: Adaptable, trustworthy
Negative traits: Restless and loud
Compatibilities: Falcons and Salmon
Conscious Desire: To understand the spirit and the human nature
Subconscious desire: Applying the spiritual to the physical to bring about healing
Spiritual Path: Spiritual evolution
Strengths: Optimistic, happy and focused
Weakness: Often exaggerates, and is concerned with "status"

   December 22 - January 19
Totem: Snow Goose

Birth Totem Summary

Birth and animal totem: Snow Goose
Moon: New Moon
Season Aspect: The Renewal Time
Wind Relation: North wind
Directional Relation: North-north-west
Element Relation: Earth
Elemental clan: Turtle Clan
Plant totem: Bramble
Mineral totem: Peridot
Polarity with: Woodpecker
Color Aspect: White
Musical vibration: D sharp

Personality: Reliable, high standards of self
Spiritual energy: Masculine energy
Emotions: Self concerned
Positive traits: Ambitious, never gives up
Negative traits: Rigid, driven, often too focused on succeeding
Compatibilities: Beavers, Bears and Crows
Conscious Desire: To succeed
Subconscious desire: To rest and rejuvenate
Spiritual Path: To learn patience and the flow of life
Strengths: Sociable, well spoken
Weakness: Self-doubt, can't see the forest for the trees.

 January 20 - February 18
Totem: Otter

Birth Totem Summary

Birth and animal totem: Otter
Moon: Cleansing Moon
Season Aspect: The Cleansing Time
Wind Relation: North Winds
Directional Relation: North
Element Relation: Air
Elemental clan: Butterfly clan
Plant totem: Fern
Mineral totem: Turquoise
Polarity with: Salmon
Color Aspect: Silver
Musical vibration: E natural

Personality: Sociable, talkative and independent
Spiritual energy: Masculine energy
Emotions: Creative, unconventional
Positive traits: Inventive, soothing and very perceptive
Negative traits: Nosy, unpredictable, often times too blunt
Compatibilities: Crows, Falcons and Deer
Conscious Desire: To gain knowledge
Subconscious desire: To attain wisdom
Spiritual Path: Applying spiritual knowledge to daily life
Strengths: Tolerance, courage, is often an original thinker
Weakness: Considered to be rebellious, and often times eccentric.

 February 19 - March 20
Totem: Wolf

Birth Totem Summary

Birth and animal totem: Wolf
Moon: Worm Awakening Moon
Season Aspect: In-between time (Not Winter, not Spring)
Earth influence: The Blustery Winds Time
Wind Relation: The North Winds
Directional Relation: North-north-east
Element Relation: Water with Air
Elemental clan: Frog (Water) clan.
Plant totem: Plantain
Mineral totem: Jade
Polarity with: Brown Bear
Color Aspect: Blue/Green
Musical vibration: F sharp

Personality: Compassionate, Benevolent, Generous, Artistic and Gentle.
Spiritual energy: Yin predominates.
Emotions: Deep
Positive traits: Sympathetic, Adaptable, Impressionable and Sensitive.
Negative traits: Impractical, vague, timid, indecisive.
Compatibilities: Woodpeckers, Brown Bears and snakes.
Conscious aim: Freedom
Subconscious desire: Identity
Spiritual Path: Love
Strengths: Intuition, Creativity and Understanding.
Weakness: Timidity, Indolence and Impracticality.

 March 21 - April 19
Totem: Red Hawk

Birth Totem Summary

Birth and animal totem: Red Hawk
Moon: Budding Trees Moon
Season Aspect: The Awakening Time
Wind Relation: East Winds
Directional Relation: North-East
Element Relation: Fire
Elemental clan: Hawk Clan
Plant totem: Dandelion
Mineral totem: Opal
Polarity with: Falcon
Color Aspect: Yellow/Green
Musical vibration: C Sharp

Personality: Active.
Spiritual energy ¹: Feminine energies
Emotions: Quickly aroused
Positive traits: Pioneering spirit
Negative traits: Impatient, selfish and often times egotistical.
Compatibilities: Salmon and Owls
Conscious Desire: To lead, manage head the adventure.
Subconscious desire: Learning through experience.
Spiritual Path: Expanding the individual through discernment
Strengths: Persistence and patience with others
Weakness: Conceit and intolerance.

 April 20 - May 20
Totem: Beaver

Birth Totem Summary

Birth and animal totem: Beaver
Moon: Frogs Return Moon
Season Aspect: The Growing Time
Wind Relation: East Winds
Directional Relation: East
Element Relation: Earth with Fire
Elemental clan: Turtle Clan
Plant totem: Wild clover
Mineral totem: Bloodstone
Polarity with: Snake
Color Aspect: Yellow
Musical vibration: D Sharp

Personality: Resourceful and methodical
Spiritual energy: Masculine energies
Emotions: High strung
Positive traits: Persistent and often strong-willed.
Negative traits: Inflexible, possessive and often times self involved
Compatibilities: Woodpeckers, Brown Bears and Geese
Conscious Desire: Security through abundance
Subconscious desire: Freedom from attachments
Spiritual Path: To discover that which has lasting value
Strengths: Accepting change, compassion, inner security and confidence
Weakness: Possessiveness and inflexibility

 May 21 - June 20
Totem: Deer

Birth Totem Summary

Birth and animal totem: Deer
Moon: Corn Planting Moon
Season Aspect: The Flowering Time
Wind Relation: East Winds
Directional Relation: South-east
Element Relation: Air with fire
Elemental clan: Butterfly Clan
Plant totem: Lily of the Valley
Mineral totem: Agate
Polarity with: Owl
Color Aspect: Green
Musical vibration: E natural

Personality: Talkative, congenial, moody.
Spiritual energy: Feminine energies
Emotions: Sensitive
Positive traits: Friendly, intellectual and quick witted
Negative traits: Restless, yet insecure
Compatibilities: Crows and otters
Conscious Desire: Bridging gaps
Subconscious desire: Mastery of the mind
Spiritual Path: Sharing what one has learned or experienced for growth
Strengths: Persistence and concentration
Weakness: Moodiness, "day dreaming"

 June 21 - July 21
Totem: Woodpecker

Birth Totem Summary

Birth and animal totem: Woodpecker {Flicker}
Moon: Strong Sun Moon
Season Aspect: Long Days Time
Wind Relation: South winds
Directional Relation: South-south-east
Element Relation: Water
Elemental clan: Frog Clan
Plant totem: Wild rose
Mineral totem: Rose quartz
Polarity with: Goose
Color Aspect: Rose
Musical vibration: F natural

Personality: Emotional, vulnerable but protective
Spiritual energy: Masculine energy
Emotions: Protective, wanting to protect
Positive traits: Tender and sympathetic.
Negative traits: Moody, often unforgiving
Compatibilities: Snakes, Wolves, Beavers
Conscious Desire: Emotional stability
Subconscious desire: Accomplishment
Spiritual Path: Fitting in with the greater good
Strengths: Resourcefulness, self acceptance and forgiveness.
Weakness: Self-pity, Envy and relying to heavily on others.

 July 22 - August 21
Totem: Salmon

Birth Totem Summary

Birth and animal totem: Salmon
Moon: Ripe Berries Moon
Season Aspect: The Ripening Time
Wind Relation: South winds
Directional Relation: South
Element Relation: Water
Elemental clan: Fish Clan
Plant totem: Raspberry
Mineral totem: Carnelian
Polarity with: Otter
Color Aspect: Blue
Musical vibration: F sharp

Personality: Confident and energetic
Spiritual energy: Feminine energies
Emotions: Passionate & intense
Positive traits: Generous and Creative
Negative traits: Controlling, often arrogant and intolerant
Compatibilities: Owl and Falcon
Conscious Desire: To rule
Subconscious desire: Emotional balance
Spiritual Path: To find the underlying purpose of life
Strengths: Tolerance, humbleness and letting go
Weakness: Egotistical behavior and Controlling nature

 August 22 - September 21
Totem: Brown Bear

Birth Totem Summary

Birth and animal totem: Bear {Brown Bear}
Moon: Harvest Moon
Season Aspect: Harvesting Time
Wind Relation: South winds
Directional Relation: South-south-west
Element Relation: Earth
Elemental clan: Turtle Clan
Plant totem: Violets
Mineral totem: Topaz
Polarity with: Wolf
Color Aspect: Brown
Musical vibration: G natural

Personality: Practical and industrious
Spiritual energy: Masculine energies
Emotions: Warm and thought out
Positive traits: Detailed, humble, trustworthy
Negative traits: Finicky, judgmental and often times hypocritical
Compatibilities: Geese and Beavers
Conscious Desire: Reaching forth, aiming high
Subconscious desire: Attaining pure wisdom and truth
Spiritual Path: Understanding it all
Strengths: Optimism, tolerance and self acceptance
Weakness: Fault finding, pessimism and putting things off

 September 22 - October 22
Totem: Raven / Crow

Birth Totem Summary

Birth and animal totem: Raven {Crow}
Moon: Ducks Flying Moon
Season Aspect: Falling Leaves Time
Wind Relation: West winds
Directional Relation: South-west
Element Relation: Air
Elemental clan: Butterfly Clan
Plant totem: Ivy
Mineral totem: Azurite
Polarity with: Falcon
Color Aspect: Blue
Musical vibration: A natural

Personality: Tolerant and friendly
Spiritual energy: Feminine energies
Emotions: Sensitive
Positive traits: Diplomatic, often romantic and overly optimistic
Negative traits: Gullible, indecisive and often holds a grudge
Compatibilities: Otter and Deer
Conscious Desire: Partnership
Subconscious desire: Balance and harmony
Spiritual Path: Peace and balance
Strengths: Caution, making decisions and letting go
Weakness: Taking sides, indecision and trusting to much

¹  Spiritual energy relates to a persons dominate energy pattern. Having feminine energy does not mean being female, it means one possesses the gifts or talents of the feminine vibration. 
In the simplest of terms, feminine energy is the thinking side of nature, masculine energy is the "do" or physical side of nature. 
Example: Psychic gifts are predominately a feminine energy, but spiritual healing gifts are predominately masculine.

copyright Springwolf 1991-2014

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Preservation Of The Old Ways

It is one of our Laws, within the Aridian Tradition, that nothing may ever be deleted from any ritual or oral teaching. Material may be added to a ritual, or an oral teaching may be expanded, but nothing of the original may ever be removed. Because situations change with time, the Laws do allow us to add and adapt, as needs be. When looking over the material, it is easy to see the different Time Periods, and needs of the people, reflected in the rituals and Teachings.

 

Therefore, when you look at the Aridian Material, you will see things which reflect the days of hunting, and the days of planting & harvesting. Everything from Hunting Magic, to blessing seeds and fields, still exist in our ritual material. This current Era we live in, will leave information regarding Aids and other concerns of our People, imprinted upon our rituals, down to the Generations which will follow us. Each addition is marked with a symbol, so that it is clear what was added, so that a History of the adaptations may be discerned.

 

Because we believe in a living connection with our ancestors, we still perform those aspects of the rituals, which may seem out of place to us. Many of us no longer Hunt or plow fields for planting, or copulate in the fresh furrows to encourage an abundant crop. But these rites are still preserved, and we adapt them to our modern needs. For despite our so-called progress as a Race, our basic needs are still the same: Food, Shelter, Safety, Sex, Family, Love, and Purpose.

 

So, the ritual for an abundant crop is performed for the abundance which our own labors may bring. Fertility rites are performed for our own Family needs, and to return the Essence of Fertility back into a dying World. Because our World is so overcrowded, many Systems feel that Fertility Rites are obsolete. What they do not understand is that it was part of the ancient rites to help "empower" the soil and the plant & animal Life with the condensed energy of Fertility raised within a Circle of Magic. The personal fertility of the Clan, was secondary. Unfortunately, many modern groups have removed all of the sexual energy producing aspects from the rituals, and replaced them with symbolic gestures. While this may appeal to the intellect, and ease personal sexual inhibitions, it does not serve Nature. Because of Judaic-Christian condemnations, many modern groups have abandoned the old Ways of the Nature Religion, and profess a non-sexuality regarding this ancient Fertility Cult. In the Aridian Tradition we do not apologize for preserving our Heritage, and we are proud of the differences between us and Judaic-Christian groups. We have adapted the sexual aspects, to our modern society (and modern concerns regarding sexual issues) but they are still quite plainly visible within the ritual material.

 

It is a challenge to preserve the old Traditions, and yet to adapt to modern circumstances, without compromising the integrity of either.

 

Sea Spells

Sea Spells

Witches have long used the powers and forces within the sea, for the purpose of magic. The Sea is so deeply connected to the cycles of the Moon, that the aspect of Sea Magic cannot be overlooked. Janarric witches, in the central coastal region of Italy, long ago devised a system of symbols which they used in the casting of spells. These symbols were placed upon sea shells, in a circular manner around the edge of the shell. The shell was then set near the water, at the appropriate Tide (lunar phase), so that the Sea Powers would receive the spell, and grant it success.

Many times, offerings were left upon the shore, for the deities, to invoke Their favor. These offerings included white flowers, pearls, white pebbles, etc. I cannot reproduce the old symbols here, but any symbolic symbol which reflects your wish should work:

The Spell of the Shell

To perform this spell, you must find a suitable shell in shallow water. Take the shell and dry it thoroughly. Next, place a symbol of your desire upon the surface of the shell. The symbol must be made with a substance which will easily wash off in water. Then, place the shell upon the shore, so that the Tide will bring waves across the shell. Take care to note the phase of the Moon (waxing moon for the gain of something, waning for the dissolving of something). When the shell is in place, draw a triangle in the sand, enclosing the shell completely. The symbol upon the shell must be facing upwards (toward the Moon). Meaningful words, or phrases, may be placed upon the shell also, or simply written in the sand (inside the triangle).

Finally, give the words of enchantment: (toward the moon)
"Goddess of Moon, Earth, and the Sea,
each wish in Thy name must come to be.
Powers and Forces which Tides do make,
now summon Thy waves, my spell to take "

Leave the area now, and the spell is set. Once the waves come, then your wish will be taken out to the Old Ones. It will usually take about 7 days for a Lunar spell to begin to manifest, but can take as long as 28 days.

This type of magic is what we call "little works", and belongs to the folk-magic level of Witchcraft. There are, of course, much more involved spells, and such. But, I do love the simplistic beauty of a spell like this.

The Watchers

The Watchers

In the early stellar cults, there were four "royal" stars (known as lords) which were called the Watchers. Each one of these stars "ruled" over one of the four cardinal points. The star Aldebaran, when it marked the Vernal Equinox, held the position of Watcher of the East. Regulus, marking the Summer Solstice, was Watcher of the south. Antares, marking the Autumn Equinox, was the Watcher of the west. Fomalhaut, marking the Winter Solstice, was Watcher of the north. Towers were constructed, bearing the symbols of these Watchers, for the purpose of evocation. During the "rites of calling" symbolic gestures were given and the names of the Watchers were called out. In the stellar mythos, the Watchers themselves were deities who guard the Heavens and the Earth. Their nature (and "rank") was altered by the successive Lunar and Solar cults, which replaced the Stellar Cults. Eventually the Greeks reduced them to Gods of the four winds, and the Christians made them principalities of the air. Their connection with the stars was vaguely preserved among the populace, in the concept of Angels.

In the Italian system, these ancient Beings are called the Grigori. They are the Guardians of the "doorways" between the physical plane and that which is beyond. In Italian witchlore, the stars were thought to be the campfires of the legions of the Watchers (there were other stellar associations as well). In the 16th Century, the French theologian Sinistrari spoke of Beings existing between "men and angels". He called them demons, and associated them with the Elemental natures of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. This, however, was not a new concept, but was taught by certain Gnostic sects in the early days of Christianity. In the Old Testament (Daniel 4: 13-17) there is reference to the Irin, or Watcher, which appear to be an order of angels. In his book DICTIONARY OF ANGELS, Gustav Davidson lists the Watchers as a high order of angels, known also as the Grigori. In Rabbinic lore, the "good" Watchers dwell in the 5th Heaven, and the "evil" Watchers dwell in the 3rd.

In Aridian lore, the Watchers guard our circle and watch over us. They assist us in our spiritual growth, and "escort" us to the next realm, when we cross from physical life. We acknowledge them as Guardians of the entrances and exists, to and from the worlds which connect with the physical plane. We also know them as the Keepers of the Ancient Wisdom, and guardians of the Art. They are Clan Guardian spirits, known as The Old Ones. They are also pre-Christian and pre-Gardnerian.

The Walnut Witches

The Walnut Witches

In Italy, there is a legend of Witch gatherings in the town of Benevento, at the site of an old walnut tree. Manuscripts from old witch trials in Italy, speak of this tree which (it was said) had always been there, and was in leaf all year long. The nuts of this tree, were said to have been of pyramid-like form. Many of these walnuts were sold as talismans and amulets. The tree was so huge, and its branches so thick with leaves, that its shade was said to be like night itself. It was considered sacred to Proserpine, Nox, Diana, and all Cthonic deities. The walnut witches were said to have been a very powerful society of witches. It was through their dedication that the Old Religion survived intact, during the Inquisition (and afterwards). In 662 AD Romuald, Duke of Benevento, lived in Benevento and was said to have joined in these celebrations at the walnut tree. In Benevento there also lived a man named Barbato. He was a Christian, and later became a Bishop (eventually he was even sainted). Hard times befell Benevento, and the army of the Byzantine Emperor Constans II, was threatening to invade. Barbato went about the town blaming all the troubles of Benevento, on the witches and their religion. After corresponding with Constans, Barbato approached Romuald, and said that he (Barbato) would perform a miracle and save Benevento, if given authority to "cleanse" the town of its "heathen sins". In desperation, Romuald agreed, and sure enough Benevento was not conquered (but it was attacked).

Barbato had the Walnut tree cut down, and converted Romuald to Christianity. One story is told that Barbato had a church built upon the site of the old tree, and another that the tree was seeded in a different place, and still another that the tree grew again in the same spot.

Whatever the case, my mother says that a walnut tree still stands in Benevento, in the Stretto di Barba, near the river. Witches still gather there today in secret. Benevento has long been associated with Witchcraft, and was once the sanctuary of the followers of Aradia, in the 14th Century. In Charles Leland's book ETRUSCAN MAGIC & OCCULT REMEDIES there are several exaggerated (but fun) stories of the good witches of Benevento. Leland also states that the witches of Benevento were very well known for their healing, and for dispensing coins to the poor.

A last note of interest, Strega Liquor is made in Benevento (and has been for quite awhile). If you can find a bottle, check out the label. You'll find a picture of witches and satyrs dancing beneath a tree (walnut I assume <G>).

The Old Ways: The Spirit Flame

The Old Ways: The Spirit Flame

I would like to share some of the Old Hereditary Ways here, and invite others to post their techniques for Ritual or Magic, etc. I know many of you choose to believe that we Hereditary Witches do not exist, but that's O.K., you may still find this info of use (or at least of some interest). This first post is about what we call The Spirit Flame. In the Aridian Tradition, it is the focal point of the altar. A bowl is placed upon the center of the altar, and is filled with a special liquid, which will burn a blue flame. The appearance of the blue flame represents the presence of Divinity, within the ritual setting. The use of fire as a sacred symbol is one of the most ancient of practices.

If you wish to experience the Spirit Flame, you can perform the following, using any high quality perfume, or cologne. Strega Liquore is excellent, and contains all but one of the original ingredients (it is quite expensive, however). Place the bowl in the center of your altar (the bowl must be able to hold fire). Fill the bowl about half full. Set two altar candles, forward of the bowl, off to each side (you are forming a triangle; the bowl is the bottom point of an inverted triangle). Light the candles, and extinguish any other source of light. With a ritual tool such as a wand or blade, trace a crescent over the liquid, and say:

"In the name(s) of ____________
and by this sacred sign
be this the Essence of the Divine"

Then take a lit match and touch it, gently, to the surface of the liquid (do not use any liquid other than perfume or Liquor/ liquore). As you light the bowl say :

"I call upon Thee ___________________
be Thou present at this sacred place "

A beautiful blue flame will appear, and gently dance upon the surface of the liquid. We consider the flame to be sacred, and we use it to bless objects, empower tools, and create our ritual circles/sacred space. Feel free to experiment with it, but please treat it with respect. Allow the flame to go out by itself.

I have altered the wording, and omitted some of the gestures and invocations. You may insert the names of your own deities in the blank space. Even though altered, the technique here is sound, and should enrich whatever you may choose to do with the Spirit Flame.

This ritual has been preserved among the Hereditary Clans, and is still an aspect of all ritual gatherings. It is the oldest of our "laws" that nothing may be removed from the Teachings, so we still keep the Old Ways alive (we can add to our material, but we cannot remove anything). In Italy, Strega Liquore has been used as the Spirit Flame liquid, since it was first distilled in 1873. Originally the recipe was sold to the Alberti family, by some Strega (Italian for witch), with the exception of one certain ingredient. Before this, a liquid made from a mixture of distilled grape wine, and distilled grain, was the basis for the Spirit Flame liquid. It was quite similar to Brandy, which was first distilled around 100 AD

Scenes showing fermentation appear on pottery made in Mesopotamia as early as 4200 BC The earliest forms of Spirit Flame Liquid would have been a fermented substance, followed later by ones which were distilled. I am not at liberty to go into the individual ingredients, unfortunately. However, Strega Liquore is about as close as one can get without being initiated.

If the Spirit Flame was used outside of Italy, I am unaware of it. But I would be happy to know that others had this Tradition as well.

Don't laugh too hard at the following

Raven...I experimented with lighting the Strega in my bowl, in my case a cast-iron chili pot cum cauldron. It does WHOOSH, doesn't it?! (No, I didn't set myself on fire). And the blue is lovely...But everything got so hot that the Strega went into a rolling boil and essentially doused itself. IS this supposed to happen? I think I hear you laughing...SeraLuna

Dear SeraLuna, You can always pick out an Aridian, as they have no eyebrows, eyelashes, or hair!! <VBG> Seriously though, no it isn't supposed to do that. I suspect that you used too much Strega Liquore, and that the pot was too big. A Chili pot full of Strega would...well, it would do exactly what you described! I am glad that you're OK. Next time use only a small bowl, no larger than a cereal bowl, and only use about 2 or 3 oz. of liquid.

The Witches' Rede of Chivalry

The Witches' Rede of Chivalry

 

"Chivalry is a high code of honor which is of most ancient Pagan origin, and must be lived by all who follow the Old Ways."

"This above all...to thine own self be true."

A Witch's word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed oath.  Thus, give thy word sparingly, but adhere to it like iron.

Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of the matter may be known.

Pass not unverified words about another, for heresay is, in a large part, a thing of falsehoods.

Be thou honest with others, and have them known that honesty is likewise expected of them.

The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to keep one's head is a virtue.

Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others. Strive not to harm.

Diverse covens may well have diverse news on love between members and with others. When a coven, clan, or grove is visited or joined, one should discern quietly their practices, and abide thereby.

Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humor are much to be admired.

As a Witch, thou hast power, and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom increases. Therefore, exercise discretion in the use thereof.

Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.

Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant. Strengthen others of the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee.

Thou shall not reveal secrets of another Witch or another coven. Others have labored long and hard for them and cherish them as treasures.

Though there may be differences between those of the Old Ways, those who are once-born must see nothing and must hear nothing.

Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the world.

The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom.

Have pride in thyself, and seek perfection in body and in mind. For the Lady has said, "How can thou honor another unless thou give honor to thyself first?"

Those who seek the mysteries should consider themselves as select of the Gods, for it is they who lead the race of humans to the highest of thrones and beyond the very stars. 

 

 

Snake Dream Spell

"Snake Dream Diagnosis" 

It's no accident that the caduceus, the staff entwined with double serpents, is the modern symbol of the medical profession. Snakes are the primary animals of healing and have been so since ancient days. Once maintained in the temples of healing that were the first hospitals, their venom both heals and harms. Their old skin fades and grows dull, only to be shed painlessly as the snake emerges vivid and youthful once again, revived and refreshed. Because they lack limbs, snakes are always in contact with Earth. They burrow in Earth's crevices, live in the sea and in trees; they are privy to all Earth's secrets. Snakes are the guardians and sometimes sharers of Earth's wisdom, the guardians of her treasures, including secrets of healing. 

This magical diagnostic technique is especially suited for conditions that defy conventional identification or treatment. An image of a snake is required. It may be a photograph, a stone fetish, or other artistic rendering, however, it must fit comfortably under your pillow and not disturb your sleep.

 

BLYSSFUL SUN'S DAY LEGIONNAIRES!

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We have two new admins to work the facebook groups, yay!. Please welcome Sam & Tina for they have graciously offered their services. The facebook groups are growing leaps & bounds daily and hard to keep up with the demand. Although the facebook groups are not connected to this website it is our marketing for new members & students for the Legion so they do play an important role.

Rember we are having our second dark moon this month on the 30th so prepare to do your magick as the energies are extra strong for clearing and banishing unwanted energies and or anyother unwanted nasties.

So pagans remember to make it true, make it real, and always make it magickal everyday!

~Elder Airwolf~

Humbly serving my Goddess with pagan pride )O(