Third Eye opening Spell
A Spell to open the Third Eye also known as the Brow Chakra
Fill a small purple bag (or a piece of cloth that you can wrap herbs in and tie up) with as many of the following herbs as you can:
Gather the edges of the cloth and tie a string around it if you are using a cloth, or if you used a small purple bag, tie it shut. (Drawstring bags work best) Using a dark violet marker, draw an eye on the front of the bag. Rub the bag on the Third Eye Chakra (between the Brow) whenever performing Divination or needing Psychic Sight, and sleep with it under your pillow every night.
Open, Sesame Third Eye Spell
This is a joyful spell, so if you feel moved to dance, chant, whirl or sing while casting it, by all means please do so. If you are new to magick, new to psychic work, or find that your psychic abilities aren't as sharp as they once were, this is a good spell for you. Your third eye is the center of your psychic self. Your sixth chakra, it rules every aspect of your sixth sense: intuition, insight, clairvoyance, precognition, telepathy, psychometry, and all other psychic abilities. Your third eye helps you to see the unseen, and to perceive more than is possible with your ordinary senses. Opening your third eye (or activating your sixth chakra, if you prefer that term) is an important prelude to psychic work. This includes everything from meditation, divination, visualization, scrying, crystallomancy and fire-gazing to remote healing, past life work, far-sensing, dream work, remote viewing, distance healing, astral projection, and so on. This spell may be cast at any time, but it is best cast on a moonlit night.
You will need:
1 Purple Candle
Some traditions consider the third eye to be located between the eyebrows, while others consider it located in the middle of the forehead. We are all different, so only you can determine the location of your third eye. If you aren't sure, get a small crystal and place it between your eyebrows. Does it tingle, in a psychic way? If not, place the crystal in the center of your forehead. How does that feel? It may take repeated tries if you are new to all of this, but you will eventually find a spot on your forehead that responds to the presence of the crystal. When you do, that is the location of your third eye. Dress the candle with the sesame oil, by using the forefinger of your projective hand to rub the candle with it. Wash your hands.
Open the jar of Tiger Balm and put it on on your altar or other working surface with the candle and the incense. Get into a magickal mood and create sacred space. Darken the room. Light the candle, then light the incense from the candle. Anoint your third eye with the Tiger Balm, again using the forefinger of your projective hand. Raise power. Focus on the way that your third eye is responding to the Tiger Balm, and to the warmth of the candle. Concentrate on opening your third eye. Do this by visualizing it unfolding as a flower does when it blooms. Gaze at the candle until you feel ready, then say:
By the Moon, on Arabian nights
By the silence of ancient sites
By the secrets of arcane rites
By the flicker of candle lights
Open my third eye, open my mind's eye
Release my sixth sense
Help me to see the unseen
Let me Be as I have never been
Let me See as I have never seen.
Open my third eye, open my mind's eye
Open my Self to understanding
By the power of moonlight
By the power of clear sight
Concentrate on your third eye, now wide open. Envision stars pouring from the chakra, or light pouring into it, or whatever image feels right to you. If you have been blocked for a long time, or if you raised a lot of power for this spell, a tremendous amount of energy may be released. Don't be frightened if this causes a physical manifestation, such as the candle flame suddenly leaping up. Don't be concerned if your body begins to vibrate, or if the energy affects you in some other physical way. Dance, if this happens and you feel that you need to work the energy off. Gaze into the flame of the candle. Concentrate on how you feel, and on the possibilities that the spell has released. Do this until you feel your body adjust itself to the now open chakra, then begin to ground the power that you raised. Monitor the candle until it has burned down entirely. You should feel calm, grounded, and centered by then. Ground any residual power, and clean up. Have something to eat and drink, if you have trouble returning to ordinary consciousness.
You will be changed after you cast this spell. It will affect different people differently. You may find that you are more imaginative, that your perception is keener, your meditations deeper, or your insight sharper. You might find visualization easier, or begin to get more accurate answers from your runes, pendulum, tarot cards, or whatever divination tool you regularly use. Opening your third eye can also affect your body. You may find yourself sleeping better, feeling less anxious, less confused, or less fearful. You might begin to experience fewer or less severe headaches. You could also feel less tension in your neck, or have eye, hormone, or skin problems finally clear up. However this spell affects you, it will be a positive change. Some will cast it once, and have their third eye forever opened. Others will find it helpful to cast the spell periodically, in order to keep their third eye open.
herbs to enhance psychic abilities
There are many herbs that you can easily use to enhance your own natural psychic Ability. I believe that we all have these special psychic powers, but because we Are usually so busy in the outer world, with all of it's distractions and Demands, it is difficult for some people to tap into their natural psychic Power. So the trick is to learn how to quickly and simply change gears. When we learn How to "turn on" our psychic abilities, then it becomes much easier for us to Interpret and divine information from the "inner world". One way to cause that shift is by using certain herbs. An easy way to do this is To make some herbal blends and then burn them. The incense mixture that is Created can be burned and the smoke and fumes that are let off can be breathed In to facilitate getting into a psychic state. One way this works is to use herbs that "cleanse" the aura, which enables our Light Body to get rid of the everyday energies that have us distracted or Blocked.
Another method is to use herbs that are specifically designed to open our Natural psychic center, also known as the Third Eye, and allow us to get into That visionary state. I really think that it is a good idea to use these in combination. First, cleanse your aura. Then use an herbal mixture for enhanced psychic Ability. Some cleansing herbs are: sage, cedar, and sandalwood. Some visionary herbs are: mug-wort, patchouli, sandalwood, laurel and Frankincense. Make your own special mixtures by allowing yourself to mix and match any or all Of the appropriate herbs together in whatever proportion you feel is right. You really cannot make a mistake. To empower your herbal mixture state your Intention over and over while putting the mixture together. You can do this Silently. Prayer and visualization of the appropriate outcome will amplify the Mixture and it's intended purpose significantly. Then burn your special mixture in an astray or a special container that you Designate just for that purpose. A potpourri burner makes a fine vessel for such Use.
Use the herbs in this way prior to doing any divination work or before a Meditation.
HERB LIST (there are others) Anise: Raises vibrations to the highest possible psychic level. Good for Bringing about changes in attitude (re-focusing) , for astral travel, dreams,Crystal gazing and meditation. In a pillow, it is said to keep away nightmares. For any type of clairvoyance or divination or mental exercises. Anisette (liquor) is used during Voodoo initiations to anoint the head. Bay: powerfully protective - even when used alone. Also a power and commanding Herb. Used for banishing. In some traditions, used for hexing. Combined with Other herbs for love and money rituals. Burned to induce visions. The leaves Are put under a pillow for inspiration and prophetic dreams. Cedar: psychic and protective. Has a way of keeping psychic channels open While protecting the operator. Use to anoint the 3rd eye. Cinnamon - aids in Improving your psychic ability by increasing your vibrational frequency. An incense stick or essential oil may be lit or burned before or during a Psychic activity of practice. Psychic herbs in incense or oil form may also be enjoyed when you simply want To add some fragrance to a room you are in. This way, the herbs' energies get Infused with yours, and you get the same effect. They work well in this manner Too when you meditate. A friendly reminder - confirm with your doctor if the herbs you intend to use Will agree with your body. Don't worry, there are lots of various herbs and Flowers out there which can also be used for boosting your psychic ability. These are just some examples of what you can begin with. You can add to your
Choices of herbs and flavors as you go along. Buchu leaves: used for psychic Development
Celery - boosts your psychic ability by helping you concentrate and focus more
Eyebright: used for clairvoyance and to see fairies.
Honeysuckle: attracts friends, business and instills confidence. Used for Money, prosperity and clairvoyance.
Lemon Grass: used to aid psychic powers.
Lilac: good for inducing "far memory" and recalling past lives. Also good for Clairvoyance in general.
Lotus: a common additive to psychic incenses. Said to reach the highest realms Of mystical insight.
Mint: excellent for psychic matters and studying
Mimosa: a commanding herb which also inspires courtesy in others. Use to Anoint purple candles. Used tobring prophetic dreams and in healing.
Mugwort: clairvoyance, summoning spirits, manifestations, dreams and for Consecrating any items used in this manner
Poppy Seeds: for dreams, visions clairvoyance
Rosemary used in pillows for dreams and visions.
Sandalwood: used to heighten spiritual vibrations, to cleanse, heal and Protect. Often used to stimulate clairvoyance.
Solomons leaf Brings hunches, intuition and dreams.
Psychic Dream Powder An effective way to induce psychic dreams.
1. Grind into a fine powder equal parts of: Basil, Vetiver Root, Mugwort,Orris Root 2. Blend the herbs together with your fingers 3. Sprinkle the powder around your bed before you go to sleep
If you have pets - keep them out of the room until you have cleaned thepowder up the next day. If they lick up the powder they could get seriously ill.
*******Oil for Dreaming True Combine olive oil, anise, cinnamon and nutmeg oils. Heat till warm and apply to the forehead and temples.
*******For Psychic Dreaming: On the first night of the full moon, combine Mugwort, Patchouli, Cedar shavings, Oak Moss, ground Cardamom and Lavender. Lace them with oil of Patchouli, Wisteria, Lemon Grass and Sandalwood.
Pour the mixture in a glass jar or bowl along with a small cleansed crystal and cover it. The jar should be set outside where it can catch the moon's rays. Be sure to bring it in again before the sun comes up. Do this for 3 nights in a row. Use the mixture (crystal included) to stuff a small pillow case made of muslin. This can then be inserted into a cover made of black, deep blue or purple velvet. Trim the pillow with fringe or tassels and, if you wish, embroider a pentagram, crescent moon, small stars or runes on it. This Magick Pillow may be placed by your regular one on a night when you wish to have a Psychic dream. Be sure to keep a journal and pen next to your bed along with a candle or oil lamp to record the visions that will come.
Effective Psychic Herbs
Herbs possess marked qualities that render them ideal for many psychic endeavors and supernatural exercises. Coming out from the soil and nurtured with water and sun, they are wealthy in raw energies which provide significant aid in meditation and other practices. Herbs are very useful for many things, one of which is the enrichment of your psychic ability.
As you work on developing your psychic ability, it will help you a lot if you make use of some psychic herbs. Some herbs may effectively work when taken as tea, while some are more effectively used as herbal incense, lit and burned in a fireproof dish.
The following are just some examples of psychic herbs which can aid in building up your psychic ability.
Before consuming any of these herbal teas, consult with your doctor. Each person has a different medical background, so it's better to make sure that your system will have a good reaction to any specific herb.
When you have confirmed that you can drink any or all of the herbs in tea form, you may serve a warm pot of tea for yourself. Choose from any of the selections below. These are just a few of the herbs which may be taken in tea form to increase psychic ability.
Cinnamon - aids in improving your psychic ability by increasing your vibrational frequency
Mugwort - adds to your psychic ability by increasing your psychic awareness
Lemongrass - advances your psychic potential
Peppermint - promotes psychic ability by increasing the sensitivity of your mind to your environment
Star Anise - helps clear your mind and makes you more open to psychic visions
Celery - boosts your psychic ability by helping you concentrate and focus more
These psychic herbal teas are most effective when taken leisurely in an isolated and quiet place. As you pour yourself a cup, keep your mind focused on the psychic herb's effect.
On your first sip, close your eyes and focus on the warmth spreading through your body. Think of this as the herb's energies empowering you. Slowly open your eyes after a while. As you continue to drink and enjoy your tea, think only of its effects flowing through you.
Herbal Psychic Incense
Another use for psychic herbs is to enjoy their fragrance - the herbs may be in the form of incense sticks or essential oils infused with some water. You may choose to light an incense stick on a safe, fireproof dish. You may also place a few drops of oil in an oil burner dish, with some water to soften the fragrance.
The following is a list of some herbs which can help in the development of your psychic ability:
Mugwort - dried mugwort helps in taking you to altered states of consciousness
Cinnamon - increases your awareness of spirits and higher beings around you
Citronella - enhances your psychic ability
Honeysuckle - amplifies your psychic alertness
Rose - enhances your psychic ability
An incense stick or essential oil may be lit or burned before or during a psychic activity of practice. Psychic herbs in incense or oil form may also be enjoyed when you simply want to add some fragrance to a room you are in. This way, the herbs' energies get infused with yours, and you get the same effect. They work well in this manner too when you meditate.
A friendly reminder - confirm with your doctor if the herbs you intend to use will agree with your body. Don't worry, there are lots of various herbs and flowers out there which can also be used for boosting your psychic ability. These are just some examples of what you can begin with. You can add to your choices of herbs and flavors as you go along.
Sweet Grass and Sweet Grass Braids
Sweet Grass (Hierochloe odorata L.) is a native plant found mostly in meadows from Nova Scotia to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa and South Dakota. Often called Seneca Grass or Vanilla Grass. Because of it’s uses in basket making for tourists it has become hard to find in my area of New England: I can’t speak for other areas. Please, even if this plant grows in abundance near you do not harvest it unless necessary. Better yet: grow your own. Why do I say that even if it's in abundance near you? One of my soap box issues ... If it's getting rare elsewhere it does no one any good to start over harvesting where it's in abundance. Then both places will become rare. There are so many species of plants that this is happening to I can't begin to list it. Let's just take the historical lesson from Ginseng and Goldenseal. (*steps off her soap box*)
I love braiding Sweet Grass as much as I love rolling Smudge Sticks. Take your basket of grass, sit in the shade and braid away....
If you like to weave baskets look into growing and using Sweetgrass.
Medicinally according to Peterson’s Field Guide for Medicinal Plants it is reputed to be used in tea for coughs and sore throats. For chafing, venereal infections and to stop vaginal bleeding and to help expel after birth. It also warns the roots contain a coumarin, sometimes considered carcinogenic.
Metaphysically it is mostly used to attract positive, harmonious energies. Often used after Smudging anything or anyone, to replace negative energy with positive. Also one of the herbs often used in Sweat Lodges.
If you are just harvesting the grass for loose incense you can just cut the leaf stalks, dry it on screens and then use it that way. You will want to crumble it up a bit when you light it and perhaps also use a piece of charcoal to burn it on.
Harvesting and Growing
Take a hold of a bunch of sweet grass blades and cut with scissors or knife, leaving at least three inches of the blades on the plant. Do not cut it to the ground you can kill the plant. Do not pull up the roots. If the blades aren't long enough to braid then wait until they grow long enough; it won't take long. Place them neatly in a basket: I find a long flat one works best.
Take only what you need as well as how much is available. In any wild crafting or even in The Garden I never take more than 1/4 to 1/3 of an herb plant; and less than that of an entire stand, particularly in the wild; no matter what my personal need, (though I have never had a problem finding less than I really need; Nature always provides) thus ensuring a future crop as well as keeping Harmony with Nature. Give Thanks in whatever form is comfortable for you...
As I said above, I highly recommend growing it in your garden rather than wild harvest it, thus saving the wild stands. It is very easy and prolific: though I warn you it can be too prolific so beware where you plant it. If you don't have a lot or room or don't like intrusive plants then you may want to grow it in a container. Plants can be purchased from various places; online you can go to Richter's (see link below).
While Sweetgrass can grow from seed it is said that her seeds are very low in germination and most of the growth and spreading come from root divisions. This is why it is recommended to cut blades rather than pull the blades with the root during harvest.
Making a Sweet Grass Braid:
The technique I am going to teach you was passed on to me by Khat O’Brien as I mentioned in the article on Smudge Stick Rolling. The hard part is going to be verbally explaining how to braid. Your best bet is to go to the library or book store and get a book on hair braiding.. it is the same three braid technique: or if you know someone who knows how to braid, ask them to show you.
Take the bunch of grass stalks about the size of the space in a circle made between you thumb and "pointer" finger.
Tie one end off with a single stalk or thin string or thread. I find the thread works best for me.
Divide this into 3 equal bunches.
Hold the 3 bunches together in one hand: but still keep them separate with your fingers.
Cross the right bunch over the center bunch.
The center then is pushed to the right: the right is now the center bunch.
The left bunch is now brought over the center, the left is now the center.
Repeat over and over, eventually one hand will hold the top while the other will do the braiding. You want to keep the braiding tight but not too tight. Remember it will shrink some when it dries. With practice you will learn just how tight to make the braids.
When you get to the end, take a length of grass and wrap it around and tie with another single stalk, string or thread.
It takes practice. Be patient.
As far as I can tell the following is the number sequence you could follow..... being 1 bunch, 2 bunch 3 bunch.
1 2 3
1 3 2
3 1 2
When your done, dry the braids on a screen or flat basket out of direct sun.
Good luck and have fun.
© Copyright: 1994, 2012 S. Tephyr Burgess
Meb, Meth, Mave, Morganna, Morgan, Morrigan
As a shapechanger, Mab can assume any guise, however, although she will mostly remain silent and hidden from vision, when appearing to her subjects (something that she prefers to do through their dreams), her form is usually that of a pretty female of little more than 20 years. At 5' 7" she is deliberately not tall or short. Although mostly always covered by a dark, hooded cloak, she is neither heavily built nor slender. Her hair is long, dark and often, partly, braided with beads, feathers and ribbons. Her eyes are blue and she possess porcelain doll-like features of high cheekbones and pale skin.
In whatever guise Mab chooses to appear, she will always, visibly, feature her symbol (that of an eight pointed leaf – See Mab's Mark below). In her usual form, this symbol is embroidered onto her cloak but, in other forms, it may appear as a tattoo upon her forehead or upon jewellery; such as a broach or necklace etc.
Queen Mab has taken an eight pointed leaf as her symbol. The leaf is intended to represent the embodiment of nature and the eight points represent the annual cycle of the Wheel of the Year.
Via a little research (Literacy TN 12) using the mythology books available in Waterstones (x), or via a Lore (Celtic Mythology / Folklore) TN 12, the following information can be gained of Queen Mab's origins. If your players are keen to explore further, you can use the below text as a source for them to begin their own personal “real life” research and assume that it is study undertaken by their characters. You are free to allow/disallow any material discovered as is likely available to their character circumstance.
Perhaps best known for her part in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Queen Mab appears as a small, winged, fairy creature. She is also a prevalent character in the Poem “Queen Mab” by Percy Bysshe Shelly where she provides visions to the sleeper and is an advocate of social reform. More recently, she is played by Miranda Richardson and portrayed as an advocate of “the old ways” in the 1998 television mini series “Merlin” (Hallmark Entertainment).
However, such inspirations may actually derive from the legendary Queen Medb of Connacht where she is associated with the Tuatha De Danaan (a god-like race from across the sea and conquerors of the Fomori). The Tuatha De Dannon eventually departed to the underground realm of hollow hills or Sidhe. In Britain, this Otherworld is referred to as the land of the Faery or Fey (a catch all term for the magical creatures that dwell there). Queen Medb may have, therefore, become known as Queen Mab of the Faery (easily confused with the modern day depiction of the fairy).
Queen Mab is also sometimes linked, through Celtic mythology, with the washer woman and war goddess Morrigan. It does not, therefore, take a great leap to see the inspirations for the name association with Morgan la Fey of Arthurian literature. The Pagan festival of Mabon, celebrated each year at the Autumnal Equinox, may also have connections with her name.
Mab is not interested in getting into a philosophical debate nor explaining why magic has returned and humanity has been toppled. Mab is interested in building a relationship based on respect. She is desperate for Reverence and desires that the characters regard her with awe and high esteem.
If directly asked where she has come from, Queen Mab will simply reply that “she has neither beginning nor end”. If the line of questioning is pursued, she will turn it back to the questioner and ask where they came from, continuing with the line, “and where did your parents come from?” And so on and so forth until the character is finally submitted to tracing his origins back to god, creation or the big bang etc. At this point, she will then answer saying that “she has existed before all of this and will continue to exist long after it is all gone. She will not be drawn on the origins of the universe or questions of physics and the cosmos and will say that “mortal minds cannot comprehend this information and to reveal such to them would require a long journey of understanding, a journey which she can set them on if it is truly what they desire”. In this statement, she is referring to the energy of magic and will happily point the questioner toward such Arcane sources that can be found within Waterstones (x).
Queen Mab is the awakened personification of the figure from British/Celtic folklore. By the characters (and game) standards, Queen Mab is incredibly powerful and, through Transcendental methods is easily capable of creating Greater magical effects. However, Queen Mab is, by no means, omnipotent nor omnipresent and, although she can be considered as a deity, she should not be thought of in a modern, traditional, sense of an all powerful, all knowing and all seeing creator type of deity. To best portray her, consider her for what she is, a heroic figure of ancestral legend. She is fallible, prone to human emotion (particularly anger - but also sadness, love and kindness) and needs the attention of humans (probably more than they need her).
Mab is determined, self assured and confident. Her preference is for peace and unity and she is willing to extend the hand of friendship to any that would take it. However, she also has a haughty arrogance and, as a result, is rather set in her ways and does not take kindly to conflicting opinions. In this, she is quick to lose patience with those whom she does not see eye to eye and, in such situations is, often, unforgiving, vengeful and, when the situation requires, can be cunning, manipulative and ferocious.
Mab is a strong willed protector to her followers. Whilst, in her ways and methods, she is often as mysterious as the dreams she likes to evoke, she is a sharer of knowledge and a great teacher who believes in the journey of self discovery. However, she does not suffer fools and, oblivious to the needs of those who do not accept or understand her wisdom, she is quick to temper and can become a malicious opponent.
Mab sternly believes in the notion of society. But only in a society that abides to her way of thinking. Not sharing her views of nature and the cycle of life places a person outside of her love and care and will therefore mean that they forfeit the right to her protection from natural or unnatural forces.
Mab requires Reverence in order to gain strength of being. That is, she does not want worship nor does she desire to impose fear. She needs mortal creatures to recognise her existence, hold her power in awe, trust her like a mentor and adore her as a close relative. However, she is often mysterious and clandestine in her approach to gaining this situation and, rather than coming forth and directly requesting such, she considers that this trust and bond will be stronger if steadily built and earned. As such, she is mostly cryptic and enigmatic in her dealings with mortals and will likely only reveal herself to them in dreams until she is convinced of their personal attachment.
Mab cares deeply for those she calls Kin (i.e. those who provide her with Reverence). She wishes to help them in their fight for survival but is, somewhat, like a parent in her approach. Whilst she does not wish to see them suffering, she realises that she cannot restrain their inquisitive nature and basic human desires for freedom of choice. With this regard, although she may manipulate circumstances to their advantage (or sometimes their disadvantage), Mab tries her best not to interfere directly with their day to day living and will only assist when it is personally requested. Even then, as a parent wishing for its child to learn, she does not always grant such requests and is mostly of the opinion that her kin would be best served by the lesson of learning.
Mab's favour, however, does not come without its conditions and, for those that would shun, disrespect or threaten her reverence she will make life very difficult. Unfortunately, Mab is actually quite short of patience and, when it comes to those that stand in her way, she is not fond of second chances. That being said, whilst Mab is quite capable of eliminating such opposition, she would rather see them provide her reverence and will manipulate, cajole and even demand services of her kin that will serve this end. To her enemies, she will seem evil, manipulative and vindictive. However, Mab has a holistic view of mortality and considers that their spirit is all part of a greater whole – to this end, at her discretion, she will let individuals suffer and die in order that others survive or learn by their mistake.
Queen Mab is an advocate for the natural places of the world; particularly the wild forests, marsh and the heathland of natural Britain. She is not one to push for cultivation (although she does not actively council against it). Instead, she seeks for her followers to unlock the secrets and treasures of that which is already there and thereby dissuade them from its harm. A sorceress of heathen qualities, she is protector to all that is natural (some might say wild). In this, Mab is a mentor to her followers, fond of Telluric magic and Formulaic ritual. She taught the druids the principles of respect for nature and gave them dominion over some of its energy that it may be used to spread her faith. As such, it can be said that Mab is a goddess of nature but more so of the esoteric wisdom that it holds.
Followers of Mab are expected to respect nature and observe the eight festivals of the annual cycle Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer, Lughnasadh, and Mabon. In addition, they generally honour her with small token gifts of natural beauty; ferns, flowers, feathers, leaves and even uncut gemstones etc.
Certainly, at the start of her domain, in return for her kindness, Mab will, seemingly, want nothing and, within Scenes from the Mall, these practices will be largely unknown. But, as Mab will be striving to re-attain her status, it is her intention to leave a series of seductive clues to assist with unravelling her mystery and, ultimately revealing her as their protector.
Mab and Christianity
Unfortunately, the arrival of Father Miller will upset Mab's plans to allow the group time to nurture and develop themselves as her kin. Mab will find that many of her ideologies are at odds with the general concept of what she, derogatorily, refers to as "the nailed god". For example, among many other disparities, recognising a pantheon of deities and spirit creatures, each with their right to be and their own strengths and weaknesses, Mab rejects the idea that the Christian god created the heavens and the earth (and man-kind, in the likeness of his image, somehow venerating them with special purpose). Also, contrary to the teachings of Christianity, the principles of Mab's knowledge, suggest that it is the strong and self-determined that will survive and prosper whilst the meek will simply become the ones in need of help. In addition, as a goddess, Mab enjoys sexual promiscuity and does not believe that two people should be tied together to the detriment of other desires.
GMing Mab's Dream visions (side note)
In order to keep the players guessing, any visions or dream messages are best played out in private with the relevant player. Obviously, what the players then choose to discuss as their characters is up to them and, as they do so, they will slowly be able to piece together Mab's intentions and decide whether being her kin is to their advantage and whether they should actively give thanks.
During the visions, the characters are no more in control of their actions than they are of a character within a movie. Unless Mab decides otherwise, the characters cannot zone in on specific elements, speak or hear anything other than that which Mab wants them to hear. However, their mind remains their own and she will hear their thoughts and feel their emotions. Which means that, should a player wish for his character to perform a specific action or ask a particular question, Mab may allow them to do so. In so doing, the act or question would be incorporated into the dream/vision sequence and it should be stressed to the player that they will not remember having the thought they will only remember the particular action or conversation taking place as part of the dream.
Mab will remain in control of the dream at all times but she may allow a character to “wake” from the vision prematurely, should they wish to do so. Having been insulted though, she will never again appear to this character or call them Kin; at least not without some great act by way of apology. However, it is important to note that Mab will not be hostile toward that character she will simply not favour him.
Mab will never enter direct combat herself. Nor does she wish for harm to come to those that could be called kin. If ever directly attacked, Mab will transform herself into a murder of crows that immediately fly off in different directions.
Any character that is hostile toward Mab can expect to be at the butt of her torment. Although she would not personally take the life of that character, she may request that such an execution be carried out by another of her kin. However, in such situations, far more likely is that Mab will influence certain events so that fortune does not shine upon them. In such cases, you can assume that this particular character will be the one more likely to be selected in a line up. For example, when making a random roll to see which character will be attacked or which character has been exposed to biting insects (and possible disease), or upon which character the glass falls from the ceiling etc. assume that the shunned character has a greater chance of being selected by, for example, allocating them with a greater percentage on a random dice roll than that of those around him.
Only if it becomes an absolute certainty that every person present within the mall will not be part of her kin will she act to physically end their lives. In this, she will appear to the group in physical form and, by outstretching her arms and raising them slowly above her head, she will unlock and open every door and raise every security shutter within the mall – thereby allowing the undead hordes to flood in (such action is detailed on page x).
No statistics are required for Mab as, in whatever guise, if directly attacked (even via surprise), she will always be able to turn herself into a murder of crows before struck.
Throughout a long period of history, Queen Mab has appeared in a numerous selection of differing guises, names and manifestations.
She has been known as Mab, Mabh, Medb, (meev) Medhbh, Maeve (maive or mayv) and sometimes linked with the Morrigan, mainly through Celtic Mythology and Legend.
She is also associated with the Tuatha De Danaan, who were described as being ‘a godlike race’ that came into Erin from the northern islands of Greece around 4000 years ago.
The Warrior Queen Medb of Connaught appears in the Ulster Cycles which date from around 2000 years ago, and although these stories may tend to appear somewhat fanciful, it is also considered by many eminent scholars that the characters in the legends were in fact, real people.
The Tuatha De Danaan (the people of the god whose mother is Dana) were also recorded to possess great gifts of magic and druidism and after being defeated by the Milesians were forced to establish an underground kingdom known as Otherworld or Sidh’e, meaning Hollow Hills and became known as The Lords of the Sidh’e (pronounced ‘Shee’) and maybe it is from this that the stories of Faerie Folk originated. (Fairy being a derivative of fey, relating especially to fate)
The transcendant intellect of the Sidh’e later became known amongst Druids as the, “Web of the Wise or Web of Wyrd.”
Mab appears as the Queen of the Fairies, Titania in Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and Titania stems from the Greek pre-Olympian god race of the Titans and is also associated with Diana the Moon Goddess.
It is also worthwhile to note that around the time Shakespeare wrote this play, Queen Elizabeth 1′s Court Poetry and Magic Syndicate (which included Francis Bacon and the enigmatic seer and occultist John Dee) was founded by Edward de Vere, the Lord Chancellor of England and Queen Elizabeth 1 herself was very much a part of this particular ‘underground stream of knowledge’, which is considered to have Rosicrucian origins and she underwent a mystical ceremony conducted in the depths of Windsor Forest to be crowned as Queen of the Greenwood.
Queen Mab known also in Celtic folklore as ‘Queen Wolf; whose name means, “mead,” is widely considered to relate to the Mother aspect of The Triple Goddess expressing love, protection, physical sexuality and fertility but also including the more darker sides such as fierceness, revenge and war against her enemies.
I consider that Percy Shelley’s epic political poem ‘Queen Mab’ (which he wrote when he was just eighteen !) which includes Mab’s lengthy and fierce tirades against the injustices and cruelties inflicted upon the masses by many of those in positions of power, is indeed a true reflection of her persona and attitude and I firmly tend to believe that she inspired him to write it.
If she didn’t inspire him, then for what reason did he choose her, to express these very anarchic sentiments ? - as she is also Queen of Poets…..
Tonight's New 'Giraffes' Meteor Shower Could Be A Great One
An all-new meteor shower makes its debut tonight, and astronomers say it could put on a show starting as early as 10:30 p.m. ET Friday and peaking early Saturday. Called the Camelopardalids, the shower is named after the giraffe constellation. It's expected to be visible in nearly all of the U.S., if skies are clear.
"No one has seen it before," NASA says, "but the shower could put on a show that would rival the prolific Perseid meteor shower in August."
The shower is new to earthlings because its parent, Comet 209P/LINEAR, was only discovered 10 years ago. It passes through Earth's orbit of the sun once every five years or so, leaving a trail of debris behind it.
"North America is well placed for observing the May Camelopardalids," NASA says, adding that "observations are best from the northwestern United States and southern Canada."
[A map from NASA predicts the peak viewing areas and times for the Camelopardalids meteor shower Friday night and early Saturday.] i
A map from NASA predicts the peak viewing areas and times for the Camelopardalids meteor shower Friday night and early Saturday.
The space agency posted a map highlighting when different areas will have the best chance to see the shower (we'll note that 06:00 UTC translates to 2 a.m. ET). But you'll need clear skies to see it — and the folks at Accuweather.com have posted their own viewing map, based on tonight's weather predictions.
Astronomers say the Camelopardalids will peak between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. ET, with a radiant point near Polaris, the North Star.
But as NASA notes, "You don't need to look in any particular direction, just straight up. Meteors can appear all over the sky."
While astronomers are hoping the shower will give viewers a spectacle, they can't be certain that'll happen. It all depends on how much dust the comet threw off hundreds of years ago, in the 1700s and 1800s.
"If Comet 209P/LINEAR was a poor producer of debris, we'll see nothing," NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke tells The Washington Post. "But if the comet was more active 200 or 300 years ago, we'll see a decent show. What happens this Saturday morning was determined a few hundred years ago."
NASA says that "a rate of 200 meteors per hour during the peak may be possible." And because the Camelopardalids travel at much slower speeds than other annual meteors, the effect could be "majestic," Joe Rao of Space.com says. "Instead of swift streaks that blaze into incandescence within a heartbeat and are gone just a second or two later, tonight's meteors might move across the sky in a relatively slow, almost majestic manner."
NASA's Cooke will be hosting a live Web chat about the meteor shower tonight, on a page that will also include streaming video of the skies over the space agency's Huntsville, Ala., facility.
Comet 209P/LINEAR is still active, ranging between the sun and Jupiter. It'll pass within about 3.7 million miles of Earth on May 29, according to NASA's estimates.
To help you talk about the meteor shower, here's how the AP says to pronounce the name: CA-mull-oh-PAR-duh-lids.
One final note: If you're planning to watch the Camelopardalids and you like beer — and you live in Pennsylvania — you're in luck. This meteor shower already has its own beer — or at least, there's one named for its namesake constellation.
The Camelopardalis is a Belgian IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing in Easton, Pa., that recently came out in a limited release. A review on Beer Advocate says it has an aroma "of citrus, honey, hoppy floral, and apple cider," with "a drying, spicy finish."
Check you local listings for times.
SMUDGING AND THE FOUR SACRED MEDICINES
Many things have been placed on the earth for our use. One of the major tools given to us are the plant medicines.
Certain plants give up their lives so that we can use their smoke for prayers and cleansing, and the aroma produced by these plants help us place ourselves in a different state of mind thus bringing us into a deeper part of ourselves. Then, as we concentrate on what is happening, the scent may inspire memories, awaken the soul and give a sense of direction.
Many cultures and religions use sacred smoke made from the plant medicines. This is called smudging in Native America.
Often incense is burned during rituals, both for purification and to symbolize the prayers of the worshipper, which are then carried to the Creator along the smoke.
While much is written on the use of smudging to cleanse negative energy, one of its main purposes is to bring vision, aided by the sense of smell.
In ancient Greece, smudging formed part of the rituals to contact the dead, following long periods of fasting and silence. Their sacred smoke was born out of sulphur and minerals in lieu of herbs to part the veil between the worlds of the living and form a bridge to the other world.
Besides producing visions, smudging is used to purify tools and people before an important spiritual ceremony. It is also used to clear sacred space and open the soul before calling upon the Spirits and their healing powers.
The Elders say that the Spirits like the aroma produced when we burn sacred medicines.
It is always recommended to smudge a room or oneself after heavy healing work or a bad argument. This is to remove any negative energy that may persist just like disinfecting a place full of germs.
Healing powers of plants and herbs is universal and across all continents, the only difference is that not all plants grow in one region. People usually utilize the plant or the herb that is abundant in their region
There are Four major medicine plants; tobacco, sweet grass, sage and cedar that we natives use frequently in ceremonies.
Sacred tobacco is used to make smoke, is one of the most sacred of plants for Native people. It is said to be the main activator of all plants. It was given to us so that we can communicate with the Spirit world and when you use it, all things begin to happen. Tobacco is always offered before picking medicines. When you offer tobacco to a plant and explain your reasons for being there, the plant will let all the plants in the area know your intentions and why you are picking them, tobacco is used first as an offering for everything and in every ceremony. Going to ceremonies you would offer tobacco to the Elder leading those ceremonies along with an honoring gift. This announces your intention and the Elders may ask you of your intentions with this offering.
SWEET GRASS (WEENGUSH)
Sweet grass is the sacred hair of Mother Earth; its sweet aroma reminds people of the gentleness, love and kindness she has for the people; this is why Native people pick it and braid it in 3 strands representing love, kindness and honesty. Sweet grass is used for smudging and purification of the spirit; when Sweet grass is used in a healing or talking circle it has a calming effect. It is said that it attracts the good Spirit, so use it to call in the Spirit.
Sweet grass was strewn before church doors on Saints' days in northern Europe, presumably because of the sweet smell that arose when it was trodden on. It was used in France to flavour candy, tobacco, soft drinks, and perfumes. Widely used in neo-pagan practice (syncretized from North American indigenous practice). In Europe, the species H. alpina is frequently substituted or used interchangeably. In Russia, it was used to flavour tea
Sage is used in many different ways, it helps the people prepare for ceremonies and teachings. Because it is more medicinal and stronger than Sweet grass, it tends to be used more often in ceremonies, it also has physical healing properties, you can boil sage and drink it as a tea. Sage is for releasing what is troubling the mind and for removing negative energy, it is used for cleansing homes and sacred items. There is male and female sage.
Ceremonial use of Cedar (Keezhik)
Like Sage and Sweet grass, cedar is used to purify the home, it also has many restorative medicinal use. When mixed with sage for a tea, it cleans the body of all infections, cedar baths are also very healing. When cedar mixed with tobacco is put in the fire it crackles, this is said to call the attention of the Spirits to the offering that is being made. Cedar is used in sweat lodge and fasting ceremonies for protection, cedar branches cover the floor of many sweat lodges and some people make a circle of cedar when they are fasting. It is a guardian spirit and chases away the bad spirits.
Since it is believe, in many cultures, that the plants we use to burn and purify ourselves provides us with access to their soul and power, it is essential that we ask their permission before gathering these plants. Take only what we need without damaging the plant and give thanks for what we took. If you did not pick these plants yourself, know that someone else did that for you and that you could still give thanks for the life of those plants and the people who did pick them.
The format of the smudging in today's rituals varies from culture to culture and so does the plants and herbs used for such sacred ceremony. In the Dancing To Eagle Spirit Society's rituals we utilize mostly sage (all kinds), cedar, juniper, sweet grass, lavender, wild tobacco, Native American Tobacco.
FOUR SACRED MEDICINES - Dancing to Eagle Spirit Society
Despite its bad reputation as being bad for your health, tobacco leaf does have a few positive qualities. Externally, tobacco leaf can be used as an antiseptic. It was once used in enema form to eliminate muscle spasms, but later fell out of favor. In A Modern Herbal, Maud Grieve recommends a wet tobacco leaf be applied to piles (hemorrhoids), or rolled into a suppository for a strangulated hernia. For understandable reasons, this was not a popular treatment.
Tobacco was introduced into England in the late 1500s by Sir Walter Raleigh, with the outrageous suggestion that people smoke it in pipes. This idea was lambasted by pretty much everyone, from the King to the Pope, all of whom said it was an awful plan. However, that didn't stop Raleigh from making a small fortune with tobacco, because Englishmen were willing to buy it. By the seventeen hundreds, it was a staple ingredient in every British pharmacist's dispensary.
Because of the nature of human migration patterns, tobacco use became prevalent in the mountain regions of the eastern United States, and is found in a number of traditional folk remedies. Tobacco leaves were often applied to stop bleeding, and in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, tobacco is well-known as relief for the pain of jellyfish stings.
In South America, the Indian tribes use tobacco smoke to allow them communicate with spirits. It can also be used to appease river gods when going on a trip by boat or canoe. In modern magic, tobacco is sometimes used as an offering to deity, or burned as a purifyingincense. In many magical traditions, tobacco is an acceptable substitute for other herbs.
Use tobacco in place of incense for rituals that involve communication with the spirit world, or bundle it up in a sachet and carry it while on a trip for a safe journey. Sprinkle dried tobacco leaf outside your doorways and windows to keep negative energies out of the house.
Planetary Connection: Mars
Although in theory you could plant and grow your own tobacco, it's a fairly lengthy process, and tobacco plants take up a lot of space. If you opt to simply purchase tobacco for magical use, it's best to have a tin of it that you use *only* for magical reasons. Try not to smoke the same tobacco you're using in ritual, unless you find yourself in a pinch and have no other options.
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