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What are some of the problems or controversies in the craft?
According to historians, what is the name of the oldest religion practiced? How many years dated back? And what was the core of the religion?
Name the 13 components of ritual magic?
Name the items on the Goddesses alters?
How does this domination of authority affect the wiccan and pagan communities?
For what purpose is the “Festival Twelfth Night” celebrated for, and how often?
What are the two special things a witch in green practice needs to know about her base tea and why?
What are Green Sabbats? What are the names and purpose for celebrating them?
What is the wiccan viewpoint of the Grandmother Heritage differ from the Green Level and why?
Why are color relationships important in using herbs?
What did Ann say were some of the reasons why some prefer not to do their own readings?
According to Ann, is it proper to incorporate the use of the Native American spiritual ritual tradition to yours and why?
Name all the Sabbats and what they represent?
What are some of the “Other Green Codes?”
What herbs are used in a new or crescent moon?
What is the significance of having names? What are the types of names? What is the purpose of each name?
What are the accompanying symbols meanings?
What are some of the precautions to remember in spell work?
What is Ann Moura's tradition?
What are the four rules of conduct?
How does the Core Traditions affect the Green Level?
What types of magic are there?
How are you suppose to work with the elements and how do your respect them?
How should we care for our Crystal Ball step by step?
How many herbs are in a versatile witches garden?
How many permanent alters does Ann have set up in her home and what is each one dedicated to?
What did Ann say are the reason why a reader does not want to do self readings?
What was the problem in the doctrine “The Charge of the Goddess and why?
What is the key to Green?
When is it time to do a Dedication Ritual according to Ann Moura?
What are some of the divination's Ann mentions in this capture?
What is the differences between the five & sevenfold blessings?
List the items on the Gods alter?
How do Wiccan traditions differ from the Green in festivals?
In the green element, is timing important and why?
What is Green Witchcraft?
What are the seven verbal blessings of the green witch?
According to Ann Moura, what are “Alternative Rituals?”
What is a Symbolic Union? Is a sexual union for the Great Rite the norm in today's practices and are they still used?
How many Runic Tables are there?
What is the magical purpose for using oils for, and for what reasons?
Why is it important to know your herbs and their qualities?
What was the real reason for the Witch Burnings?
Why do we follow Divination’s and what type of Divination's?
According to Colin Wilson, How many women are natural witches? Why and when did that statistic become an issue?
List the items on both alters? (Ann's)
What motivates Ann Moura to teach?
Is Green elements of the craft solitary or communal and why?
What three books does a green witch use and what for?
What are the original names of the Ancient Ones?
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In our society the stigma attached to believing in demons is quite strong. Anyone who admits to believing in demons is considered crazy or stupid, or perhaps evil, and is no longer taken seriously. However, our society’s view of this issue is incorrect. Becoming a magician requires facing up to this truth and dealing with it, not sweeping it under the rug. Magicians have to deal with how things really are and not worry about what other people might think or say about them. To our society, any discussion of demons is absurd. To a magician, the problem of demons is the most pressing issue facing the human race; and our addressing, or failing to address, this issue will decide our future, or lack of future, as a species.*
The trouble with all of the false stereotypes of black magic and demons in the popular media, particularly that these things don’t exist, is that they prevent us from understanding what is really going on. As many fundamentalist Christians rightly believe, demons are everywhere. In fact, they run the whole shebang.
When we talk about demons, we’re not talking about Transylvania. We’re talking about trouble right here in River City. Demons are pretty much all over the place, and they run our society. The government, corporations, media, academia, churches (especially the churches!) – indeed, all of our precious institutions – are of the demons, by the demons, and for the demons. The movie The Matrix is actually a pretty good picture of what our society is really like, but with demons rather than machines behind the scenes pulling the strings. Like germs, demons are everywhere. Therefore, they are not something to be frightened of or worried about. In fact, the people who are the most freaked out by demons, such as Inquisitors and witch hunters, are usually the most demon-possessed themselves. Likewise, the people who are the most uptight about black magic are usually the ones who are doing the most black magic themselves. Most demon-possessed people, like most black magicians, consider themselves to be upstanding, righteous, pious citizens.
Demons are blandishing everybody – even those not specifically possessed – all the time. Most of your thoughts of how marvelous and wonderful you are; and how misunderstood you are; and how the people who don’t appreciate you will be sorry some day; as well as most of your sexual and glory fantasies – not to mention angry and fearful thoughts – are just demons directing your thinking. Those kinds of thoughts aren’t “your” thoughts at all. They are just thoughts which demons implant in your mind. It’s when you start paying attention to where “your” thoughts and feelings are really coming from that you begin to understand the meaning of the Magical Almanac Statement of Purpose: that all you really are is a clearinghouse for a myriad of angels, demons, miscellaneous spirits, thought forms, and importance coverings clamoring for “your” moment-to-moment attention.
However many, if not most, of the people in our society – including practically all of our leaders in all areas – are out-and-out demon-possessed. That’s how they got to be so successful. Indeed, it’s quite possible that you may be demon-possessed. I was possessed for the first 40 years of my life, until my spirit guides pointed that fact out to me and explained to me how to cast them out. It’s no big deal, really, either to be possessed or to cast demons out. This will be explained later.
Here’s a fictional example which illustrates how people unconsciously call demons in to possess them in moments of great self-pity, taken from John O’Hara’s novel Appointment in Samarra. Notice how Julian English’s wife calls in a demon of her own in response to Julian’s demon:
“He did. What’s the use of trying to fool myself? I know he did. I know he did and no matter what excuses I make or how much I try to tell myself that he didn’t, I’ll only come back to the same thing: He did. I know he did. And what for? For a dirty little thrill with a woman who – oh, I thought he’d got all that out of his system. Didn’t he have enough of that before he married me? … Ah, Julian, you stupid, hateful, mean, low, contemptible little son of a bitch that I hate! You do this to me, and know that you do this to me! Know it! Did it on purpose! … You big charmer, you. You irresistible great big boy, turning on the charm like the water in the tub; turning on the charm like the water in the tub; turning on the charm turning on the charr-arm, turning on the charm like the water in the tub. I hope you die.
“I hope you die because you have killed something fine in me, suh. Ah hope you die. Yes-suh, Ah hope you die. You have killed something mighty fine in me, English, old boy, old kid, old boy. What Ah mean is, did you kill something fine in me or did you kill something fine.” This example is a good illustration of the way in which people call in demons to possess them when they feel especially vulnerable and in need of drastic protection. In most cases the appeal to demons is unconscious. Once demons are called in, whether consciously or not, they don’t leave unless they are deliberately exorcised.
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What are demons like? They’re like us humans, but are far more intelligent and cunning, and also slimier. If you’ve ever met a psychopath face-to-face, then you know the type; but more so. Totally self-centered and sleazy. Demons are also really touchy, uptight, and self-important. They hate being ignored, and absolutely freak out at being laughed at. The demons which I have met face-to-face, in dreaming, appeared like normal people, but there was something very slimy about them. That is how I knew who they were.
Most of my encounters with demons were oblique. I could feel their presence because I would start getting angry for no reason. This is because I’m an angry person: a fearful person they would make fearful, a lustful person they would make lustful, and so on. Demons survive by generating and feeding off of our self-pity. Demons are basically everywhere.
For example, when we are driving and another driver cuts in right ahead of us and we beep the horn in anger, that’s in fact an exchange between that guy’s demons and our own. Some psychopaths such as Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, and Ted Bundy, got their dazzling, hypnotizing charm from the demons, which possessed them. Other psychopaths like Joseph Stalin and Saddam Hussein were bestial thugs. What demons often give their hosts is an extraordinary cunning and a feel for the jugular. They sense precisely how far they can go and what they can get away with; and they have no scruples whatsoever about destroying anyone or anything that gets in their way.
Not all demon-possessed people become world leaders, of course (although many, if not most, world leaders are demon-possessed … else they wouldn’t have succeeded in our demonic society); and not all are psychopathic. Many people who are depressed, repressed, angry and irritable all the time, constantly ill, addicted to drugs. or sex or whatever, self-destructive generally, are possessed by demons.
You can stand in a supermarket and watch the demon-possessed people go by: the harried mother pulling her kid in tow as she shops, yelling at the kid and yanking his arm out of its socket to drag him away from the things which normal curiosity leads him to explore; the old geezer with a perpetual scowl, pushing his shopping cart aggressively with an “out of my way, buddy!” expression on his face; the care-worn, overburdened, downtrodden people dragging themselves up and down the aisles.
It’s not too hard to tell if people are demon-possessed when they get old. When they are still young, there’s usually enough of the original person left there so that you can’t see the demons as readily (except in certain revealing moments now and then). As the people get older, however, the demons eat up more and more of their souls and their joy. If, as people age, they get lighter and more joyous, then they’re not demon-possessed. On the other hand if they get more uptight, nastier, depressed, or more self-pitying as they age, then they probably are demon-possessed. This is why it’s so hard to deal with those old people – you’re not dealing with the person anymore, just with a demon that subsists by sucking other people’s energy (having burned out most of its host’s energy).
Demons are not evil. They’re doing what they have to do in order to eat, just like the rest of us. There is no evil per se in the universe. If you want to call the necessity of killing and devouring other beings in order to survive evil, then the one you’ve got to blame for this is the One who made that rule in the first place. That was not Satan. Demons have to eat just like everybody else. What demons eat is what we call feelings, especially uptight feelings. Demons survive by generating and feeding off of our self-pity. To demons, we humans are self-pity machines programmed by them to produce the most delectable demon delicacies with our constant moaning and groaning; and our thinking we’re so great.
What makes being a demon, or messing around with demons, evil is that there’s no real joy or happiness in it. The way they feed themselves, and the way we feed ourselves under their influence, is uptight and ugly. It’s a big rush of self-importance, and then lots of pain. Then another big rush of self-importance, and then lots of pain. It’s a spiral of self-importance and pain. It’s not very peaceful or pleasant. But it can’t properly be characterized as evil per se. It’s an extremely popular lifestyle for humans as well as demons.
It’s called society.
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Prior to the invention of agriculture after the last ice age, about 12, 000 years ago, humans were more or less like any other apes. They were more intelligent than most other animals, but not particularly smart. My guides have told me that if we could meet one of our ancestors from that period, we would consider it an animal. There’s no level upon which we modern humans would consider those ancestors to be human beings.
It was an alliance that the human race forged with the race of demons during the Late Upper Paleolithic – early Mesolithic era that made us modern humans the thinking, rational animals we are today. It was at that time that trapping, fishing, and hunting with dogs were invented – ensnaring game instead of hunting it directly. Then agriculture was invented – raising animals and plants instead of gathering them directly. Demons channeled new technologies to the human race through individuals who were inventors and innovators.
They still do.
These indirect techniques for getting food necessitated a greater sense of planning for the future than direct hunting / gathering had required. The new social order demanded a new type of consciousness: perception and cognition tied to linear time. Planning for the future is what creates the future. Until the demons taught us about the future, all human beings had to work with was the now moment.
Linear time is the matrix of our separated, lower self. Our human ancestors, like infants, didn’t have anywhere near as much sense of separatedness as we do. They were not as individuated as we are today. They lived in a more timeless, dream-like frame of mind; a sense of belonging to the universe. Their mental process wasn’t a matter of constant thinking, but rather of direct knowing what their ancestors, spirits, and the earth were telling them. They felt themselves to be part of an ongoing, natural process in the same way that we feel ourselves to be part of our society. Because they were not as separated as we are today, they felt less Angst than we do, because they had no future to worry about.
If the future didn’t exist, would we care about it? It’s precisely our caring and worrying about the future that conjures up its existence. We care about the future, it’s important to us, because we believe there’s glory for us somewhere in our future. We fantasize that someday we will win the lottery, or find our true soul-mate, or become famous, or go to heaven when we die. These sorts of expectations are what trap us into striving towards a future, which never arrives. The other side of that coin is our past, the things that we are ashamed of and are trying to forget about (and would never reveal to another person). We all are taught to hate ourselves and then to hide that self-hatred away. This striving towards a future and slinking away from a past is what creates the illusion that there is such a thing as a future and a past. When striving ends, so too does linear time.
Another way of saying this is: our sense of linear time is the product of our linear thinking. If we stop thinking so much about the future and past and return our attention to the now moment, like ancient humans and infants did, then the past and future lose much of their meaning. They are just not as important, so they are not as there; things are too now.
Our higher selves are timeless. Higher self – what William Butler Yeats termed “Mask” – is eternal: it is our touch with the Spirit. Higher self has to be squelched down into the straitjacket of linear time in order to create our uptight, niggling little lower self – what Yeats termed “Will. We learned how to create a sense of linear time – a separated, lower self that is caught in a loop of constant self-reflection, of seeking glory and hiding shame – from our demon masters. Over the past millennia the demons have taught us everything that we modern humans consider human. That is to say, our civilization – all of our thinking – is demonic in origin. The qualities that we modern humans believe elevate us above the realm of animals are essentially demonic qualities.
Demons taught us humans how to think because thinking requires concentrated effort. This effort, or being uptight – hiding shame from the past and seeking glory in the future – allows demons to suck human energy.
This is why adults are usually more uptight than little children, who aren’t yet in a mode of constant thinking. We adults are completely accustomed to thinking every second all day long. We don’t realize how much we have to squelch ourselves and our true feelings down in order to maintain this inner dialogue. This constant thinking, particularly when it’s worried, or angry, or jealous thinking, provides fodder for the demons who surround us.
In other words, the invention of agriculture wasn’t so much a matter of humans beginning to farm plants and animals for food as it was demons beginning to farm humans for food. Now, after millennia of inbreeding us, the demons have us right where they want us. Earlier generations of humans were hardy, robust, and self-reliant, which is hard fare for demons to digest. We moderns with our undisciplined, self-indulgent, decadent lifestyles have become a toothsome delight for the demons who suck us. We are fat and complacent, with no minds or wills of our own. We readily believe all the lies our government, church, media, and “science” tell us. This makes us easy to herd around and lead to the slaughter.
Our demon masters, who were overjoyed when humans invented agriculture and became a semblance of them, are presently ecstatic that humans have adopted an urban society wholly disconnected from nature. We are turning the green, loving earth into a hell world. At least, when most humans were doing agriculture, they were still attached to the earth’s love and the rhythms of the universe. Now, urban society has cut humans off completely from the earth’s love. When does anyone even look at a tree anymore except through a speeding windshield or a television screen? And the food – the Soylent Green – which people today eat from supermarkets, … Welcome to hell, folks! You don’t have to wait until you die. Hell is right here, right now. The worst part of it is that most people have been trained to call this heaven. And the demons are eating it up. Eating us up.
There was nothing wrong with us humans having associated ourselves with demons for the past few millennia. We learned a lot from them. We learned how to think, for starters. Now it’s time we humans went our own way and followed our own star, because continuing to serve our demon masters will just lead to our own destruction as a species.
When humans allied themselves with demons they made some sort of very unpleasant denouement inevitable; and it is our generation, which will have to pay the piper, and see what we can salvage from the rubble. A magician must remain undaunted even when single-handedly confronting all of the demons in the universe.
Because you are.
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I’ve cast demons out of people and also out of buildings they were inhabiting. I don’t like doing this, though, because it scares me. When the demons are cut loose they dive into the nearest host they can grab onto. The time I cast demons out of a building where black magicians had lived previously, I followed my spirits’ advice and lit a censer with copal incense. Then I circled the building repeating an appeal to the demons to leave: “You are not wanted here any more, you’ll be a lot happier in another place where you are more appreciated. In the name of the nine Mayan gods (my patron spirits) I cast you out!” I tried to muster confidence, which I didn’t actually feel for the “I cast you out!” part. Then at each corner of the building I set off a chain of firecrackers, since demons have highly refined sensibilities and dislike clamor. After the firecrackers went off at the first corner I could sense something coming loose. By the last corner I sensed they were completely loose.
I then left, but as I walked away I started talking nervously to my assistant about the ritual we had just performed, “Hey, that really worked, didn’t it?” At that instant I sensed something diving into me, which really freaked me out. I started jumping up and down to shake whatever it was out of me, and at the same time I forced myself to think about something else, to blank my mind. Ever since then I try to avoid casting out demons. When it is absolutely unavoidable I do it in a place where I am protected, a nearby cave that is a Mayan holy place. I certainly don’t advise casting demons out of other people unless you’ve got spirit helpers in whom you have the utmost faith, such as Jesus, Krishna, or Buddha, backing you up.
I’m of the opinion that people should cast out their own demons. They called them in, and they should take the responsibility for casting them out themselves. The exception to this would be in the cases of children or people who are too crazy to do it for themselves.
Sometimes people ask me, “I think my parent (or spouse or loved one) might be demon-possessed. Is there anything I can do to cast it out?” My usual answer is negative. Demons won’t leave if the host doesn’t want them to leave, or they’ll immediately return if cast out. In our society most people don’t even believe in the existence of demons, much less seriously entertain the possibility that they themselves could be possessed. Moreover, most people, especially old people, have become comfortable with their demons. They’re afraid to have to start living their own lives and making their own decisions again. It’s easier just to be uptight and miserable and wallow in self-pity. Bit-by-bit they surrender all their joy to their demons, until in the end the demons are all that’s left, except for the pain.
I once counseled a friend of mine who was in an extremely dysfunctional marriage, “I think you’re demon-possessed. Even though I know you don’t believe in demons, just for the hell of it why don’t you go to the holy Mayan cave, light a candle, and ask the spirit of the place ‘If, on the off chance, I am indeed possessed by demons, please cast them out.’” She did this and reported later that the moment she said those words her candle flickered even though there was no wind, and a pain – like an ice pick – shot through her head. What happened next in her life was that she split up with her husband.
My interpretation of this is that without the demon’s protection she was too vulnerable to handle the Punch and Judy show she was involved in, so she terminated the relationship. In other words, just casting out demons that may possess you doesn’t automatically make you any happier. It just makes it possible for you to become happier. But there’s no way to get even to square one until you clear the demons out of the way.
Luckily it’s pretty easy to cast demons out of yourself. All that’s required is the desire to do so, and the firm decision to get rid of them. If you are suffering from a chronic or incurable disease, ** or are battling against some form of addiction, then casting out demons is the first step in self-healing. It’s the first step in self-healing for most of us, since so many of us are demon-possessed. Until you get rid of any demons that may be possessing you and reassert control over your own intent, all your spiritual endeavors are just whistling in the wind.
To cast out demons, go to whatever place you are accustomed to pray at. Power spots or power trees are good places to do this, especially if you have faith in the power of the place or tree to brace your spirit. Light a candle and ask the deity to whom you usually pray that, if there happens to be a maleficent influence in your life, to please cast it out! You must make this prayer in a true spirit of decisiveness and determination. If you pray in a spirit of doubt or hesitation, the demon will use your vacillation to defeat your prayer. Mars planetary hours are good hours to take decisive, irrevocable action; to stand up for yourself; but this is merely a help, not a necessity.
Demons are always trying to convince you that you are doing everything possible to make yourself happy. All the while they undermine your efforts. A wishy-washy prayer to cast out a demon may make you believe that you’ve accomplished something, but the demon will weasel past it. Demons have to be cast out in a mood of unbending intent and decision. That’s all that’s required – unbending intent to cast the demon out. Jumping up and down and shaking your body vigorously is another way to cast them out. This is also a good way to get rid of bad moods or the bad vibes other people lay on you as well. Some people defecate or vomit demons out.
How will you know whether your exorcism worked? Successful exorcisms are often accompanied by sensations of something that was inside you leaving. There may be some kind of whoosh of something flying out of you and away. But this isn’t always true. One way you’ll know is that in the next few days you’ll feel lighter, more hopeful and optimistic. Your friends will notice the difference too: they’ll remark on how much better you look or feel.
If there’s any doubt, though, you can always repeat the exorcism. Just make sure to do it in a mood of decisiveness and determination. That’s all, it’s not difficult. And don’t worry too much about this whole demon thing: if your heart is pure, they won’t bother you any.
Communicating with Plants
Submitted by Bob Makransky
Plants’ experience of being in the world is very different from the experience of us animals. Because plants cannot move about, they exist in a state of profound acceptance and peace within themselves.
Emotions such as fear, hate, jealousy, possessiveness, etc. are wholly unknown to plants and would serve no useful purpose. On the other hand, plants are capable of experiencing a wide range of higher emotions the like of which we animals could scarcely conceive.
At the same time, there are feelings which plants share with us animals, such as love, pain, joy, thirst, etc. It is the feelings we share with plants that provide the basis of our ability to communicate with them.
Feeling with plants is not so different from feeling with people. For example, when we are about to have sex with someone who really turns us on, we feel a palpable surge of sexual energy connecting us to that person. Similarly, when we walk into a room to face someone who is madder than hell at us, we feel connected to that person by a palpable wave of anger and fear.
When a baby smiles at us, we feel a rush of joy that has us automatically smile back. However, most of our interactions with other people do not have this feeling of connectedness and emotional immediacy. Most of the time we don’t even look the people we are addressing in the eye, let alone feel with them.
Because of our social training, we tend to regard sharing feelings with other people as threatening. We are taught to close up and defend ourselves, and to keep our interactions as sterile and devoid of feeling as possible.
In order to communicate with plants (or people), you have to be able to regard them as your equals. If you are afraid (ashamed) to talk with homeless people, beggars, crazy people, etc. then you’ll also find it difficult to talk with plants. However, it’s actually easier to communicate with plants than it is to communicate with people because plants don’t have defenses and self-importance agendas in place, which engage our own defenses, and self-importance agendas.
To feel with plants (or people) doesn’t mean to gush all over them; all it means is to recognize them as beings whose feelings are as important to them as your feelings are to you.
When first learning to communicate with plants, it helps to be in contact with the same individual plants on a daily basis. Ideally you should go out, preferably alone, to the same tree or meadow for at least a few minutes every day. If you can’t do this, cultivating garden or houseplants will work just as well, although it’s easiest to communicate with large trees.
This is because from a feeling (light fiber) point of view, humans and trees are very much alike – the light fiber (auric glow) configurations of both humans and trees are quite similar, whereas that of insects, for example, is very different from either. It is easier for humans and trees to communicate with each other than it is for either to communicate with insects.
Now even the least psychic person, going up to a large tree, should be able to pick up something of the personality (mood) of that tree. How does the tree make you feel – happy, sad, loving, jolly, heavy? Can you pick up its sex: sense a male or female presence – or its age: young and vigorous or old and mellow?
This isn’t all that hard to do – you can call upon your senses to buttress your feelings, as in the exercise of seeing pictures in the clouds, except that you do it by feeling rather than thinking – by relaxing into the process rather than controlling it. It’s exactly what a rationalist would term “anthropomorphism.”
For example, spiky trees (like palmettos and Joshua trees) have a sassy, masculine energy. Cedar trees tend to be clowns or wise guys. Banana trees are joyous and loving.
Weeping trees really do have a doleful air about them. Tall, erect trees have proud and regal personalities. Trees that seem to be reaching longingly for the heavens are reaching longingly for the heavens.
A good time to learn to connect emotionally with trees is when they’re dying. The next time you see a tree being felled, pause and quiet down your thoughts and watch it attentively. You should easily be able to feel the tree’s agony just before it falls, since trees (and all beings) are filled with power at the moment of their deaths and profoundly affect the beings around them.
Loggers triumphantly yell “Timber!” when a tree falls to cover their sense of shame and disconnectedness – to block communication with the tree at the moment of its death.
Another good time to pick up on plants’ feelings is when they are in motion. Plants are happiest when they are moving – blown by the wind and the rain. Wave back to them when they wave at you (it’s only polite). Watch how they dance in the breeze. See how the trees, which overhang roads and walkways, cast down blessings on all who pass beneath them.
See how the young growing tips are more alert, vigorous, and naively impetuous than the older and mellower lower leaves. Be aware of the awareness of plants: when you walk through a wood or meadow, feel as though you were walking through a crowd of people, all of whom are watching you.
Some people pick up on the feelings of plants by seeing faces in the bark or foliage. They impose that thought form (of a face with a giggly, dour, saucy, etc. expression) over the feeling of the tree, since that’s how most people are conditioned to interpret feelings – by associating them with facial expressions.
What we’re tying to get at are feelings, which can be apprehended directly, without any need for sensory cues. However, the senses can provide a useful point of reference and serve as a bridge between imagination and pure feeling, which is how they function in dreams.
When you see with your feelings rather than your mind, your visual attention isn’t focused on any one thing, but rather everything within your field of vision strikes your attention with equal impact (vividness), as it does in dreams. To see this way you have to have your mind quiet, and you have to be in a joyous and abandoned mood. If you’re bummed out or grumpy, you won’t be able to see what plants are feeling any more than you’d be able to see a baby smile at you.
Much of our social training entails learning to stifle our senses – to not see what is right before our eyes, to not listen to what our ears are hearing, to be offended by smells, discomfited by touch. Cutting off our senses leaves us feeling apathetic and disconnected from our world. Therefore, if we want to renew our feeling of connectedness which we had as infants, we have to start plugging our senses into our feelings again. And because they are so non-threatening, feeling with plants is a good place to start.
Not only do different species of plants have different feelings associated with them, but also there is considerable individual variation in personalities between different plants of the same species, between different branches on the same plant, and even between different leaves on the same branch.
By lightly holding a leaf for a moment between your thumb and forefinger, you can feel which leaves want to be picked for medicine or food purposes and which ones want to be left alone. The leaves that want to be picked have a high, vibrant feel to them, whereas leaves that don’t want to be picked feel dead in your hand.
Even if you can’t seem to tune in to the feelings of plants, you can still telepathically “talk” with them. Plants can talk to you in thoughts, and these (at first) seem indistinguishable from your own thoughts. That is, it will seem to you that you are the one who is thinking these thoughts, when in fact it is the plants that are sending you messages. That’s why it’s important to have your own mind as quiet as possible – to be in a relaxed mood – if you expect plants to talk to you; if your own mind is buzzing, there’s no way the plants can get a word in edgewise. Any thoughts or feelings you have while sitting under a tree or working with plants are probably messages from the plants.
So how do you know if you are actually communicating with a plant, and not just imagining it? The answer is: you don’t. You just go with your intuition rather than going with your concepts, what you’ve been taught.
Instead of hypnotizing yourself into believing that the world of concepts is reality, you hypnotize yourself into believing that the world of feelings – of magic – is reality. The only difference between these two equally valid points of view is that from one of them plants talk to you, and from the other they don’t.
If you feel self-conscious talking to plants, just remember that what you have been programmed to call the “real” world is merely a figment of your imagination also.
And if you start calling something else the real world, then that something else becomes the real world; it becomes as real as this one.
If you’re dubious, just ask the plant over and over, “Is this you, Mr. or Ms. Plant talking to me, or am I just imagining it?” And if you keep getting the same answer over and over, “It’s me, the plant! It’s me, the plant!” – then just assume that it is indeed the plant talking to you, and listen to what it has to say.
You can ask questions and get answers, both questions and answers coming as though you were holding a conversation in your own mind.
It’s easy to learn to talk with house and garden plants, since these are particularly eager to discuss matters such as fertilization, watering, shade, grafting and transplanting techniques, etc. But in addition to such mundane affairs, plants (particularly large trees) can give you helpful advice on all sorts of matters. Take them your problems; ask them what they think you should do.
Some of my best friends and most trusted advisers are trees.
Whether you are consciously aware of it or not, you are already communicating with plants all the time. The soothing, healing, tranquilizing feeling that comes when you are gardening or are out in nature is in fact your psychic attunement to the joyous vibrations of the plants around you. To follow this feeling one step further – to its source – is to put yourself into direct communication with the plants.
It’s as easy as smiling at a baby.
(excerpted from Magical Living, http://smashwords.com/b/22860)
Mockingbird, Power Animal, Symbol of Overcoming Fear
By Ina Woolcott
Mockingbird’s gifts include finding your sacred song, recognizing your innate abilities, using knowledge gained on the outside to heal the inside, learning through experience, curiosity, attitude, territoriality, overcoming fear, intelligence, power of song, confidence, master imitator.
The Northern mockingbird is around 10 inches long with a long tail that twitches vigorously when excited. Their long legs are perfect for looking through dead leaves and undergrowth for insects. Their dull grey colour certainly doesn’t grab ones attention, however, their various calls definitely do! The mockingbird is well known for its ability to copy the calls of other birds - and even cats and dogs - they are master imitators. The mockingbirds song is a combination of the calls of many other birds. Usually they repeat an imitation a few times before going onto other songs in quick succession. They have up to 30 songs in their repertory. Mockingbird is Latin for ‘many tongued mimic’. This is one of the few birds who sing whilst flying.
Mockingbird teaches many things - the power of song and voice is one. It can assist in learning new languages easily and to speak them fluently. People with this power animal often make excellent spokespersons and interpreters. They also help you find your ’sacred song’, your life’s purpose and inner talents. You will be given the strength to act on these fearlessly. Never forget that your inner song is always there, it cant be lost. If you miss one opportunity, another will always appear and that is just how it is meant to be or it wouldn’t have happened! You should ask for assistance in connecting with your personal sound frequency, for then healing will take place on all levels.
Mockingbird people are more known for their talents than how they look. Appearances are not important to people with this power animal. They are heard before they are seen - if they are seen at all. The mockingbird helps you to leave people and events that hurt you behind by seeing who and what they REALLY are. Everything in life is a lesson to help you grow, and even if you were hurt, this is but another lesson to learn and grow. Everything that happened to us in the past builds our character and who we are today. You will hear the true song of others and will follow your own path. Take what you can from a situation but always in a respectful and un-spiteful way. What goes around comes around. We are all here to learn form each other. Apply your creative imagination and intuition to all you do and you will live a life of harmony. On a subtle level, mockingbird shows us how to imitate ourselves, what we imitate reflects back to us and helps us see who we truly are. This can be a powerful transformational experience.
The fearless mockingbird defend their nests and territory, diving at and attacking predators and those who come too close. They teach us to develop self-confidence, to speak our truth and stand up for what is ours by right.
Are you sick and tired of some humans using their fear, jeliously and the inability to explain the unexplainable on Illuminati.
The Secret Order of the Illuminati
The Illuminati is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically the name refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on May 1, 1776 to oppose superstition, prejudice, religious influence over public life, abuses of state power, and to support women's education and gender equality. The Illuminati—along with other secret societies—were outlawed by the Bavarian ruler, Charles Theodore, with the encouragement of the Roman Catholic Church, and permanently disbanded in 1785. In the several years following, the group was vilified by conservative and religious critics who claimed they had regrouped and were responsible for the French Revolution.
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Date founded: May 1, 1776
Founder: Adam Weishaupt
Many countries including the USA was founded on this and now its all wrong.....seriously.
First I would like to give you stats on our following to date which is 29,044 Legionnaires strong. The Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry was born in 2006 but was not brought to the internet until 2010. From there the Goddess guided its process and strength as her following continues to grow branching out into online educational classes, store fronts for supplies, online and private counseling for individuals and families as well as teaching and social groups and pages. Yes indeed she is strong and becomes stronger everyday as we continue to nurture and guide our members and their needs as they travel and grow on their individual paths in their wonderful magickal traditions.
Homecoven had to close its physical site due to an unavoidable relocation and is soon re-opening in a new location of the Coeur d Alene area of Idaho. If all goes according to plan we shall have a grand re-opening ritual for the May Day Beltane festivities. The homecoven is a membership coven based on old pagan beliefs will be taking memberships when I post. It it a teaching coven offering online classes and hands on service work for credits towards class academics training. Store will be onsite as well as accessible online. I am in the process of assigning officers for the coven's needs. Monthly meetings will be held on the full moon esbats with ritual. This will be the time that elder officers of the coven will be planning events for sabbats, handfastings, and mini craft and herb courses. For more information please email your inquiries to:
www.legionofpagans.com (membership required site)
We are still open for our Herbology 101 class online...hurry and sign up today!
So pagans remember to make it true, make it real, and always make it magickal everyday.
The Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry is a large pagan community that is here to assist other pagans on their path being of personal growth through tribulations, need for education or direction, or simply a leg up in exposure of their business.
I have set up all my groups, pages, and websites to address those needs in their specific areas of assistance and support, so in saying that I also have guidelines to be followed as it applies to our following members.
We ask that you please review them and ask for your material to be review before posting personal links. Remember what makes a community work is simple ethical consideration. I personally review you links and suggest the best place to advertise for your optimum benefit to you and to the audience your can reach. Not all personal business links are appropriate in certain areas and can cause disruption to a group or class flow. We all want positive results; therefore if you have requested to post info and/or link in a group, page, or website and was requested to not post there and be redirected or reminded to be considerate and ask first this is not a reflection of denial....get over it! The staff decision is in the best interest of it members, so the next time you want to file a formal complaint to face book because your post was not accepted for what reason explained privately I will hunt you down and post the same inconsiderate link on your group, page, or website without permission either.
So Mote if Be!
Last Quarter (waning/90-45 degrees)
February 22, 2014 — The time of reaping is at hand. There is a feeling of completion infused into the atmosphere during the Last Quarter Moon. The opportunity opens to recognize how far you’ve come in various parts of your life. This is not a good time for new beginnings, but rather a reflective period suited to evaluating how you have been using your time and what has been accomplished. Issues of authority may arise. This Moon phase supports taking responsibility for actively tying up the loose ends of projects that are already underway.
Moon enters Sagittarius - 10am GMT
Moon 5° Sagittarius squares Neptune 5° Pisces
Saturday 22nd February 2014 - Moon enters Sagittarius
Incoming "yin" energies - Final 1/4 of Lunar Month
It might feel like "Moon Astrology" will take a "Holiday" until the Pisces New Moon of 1st March 2014 - but it isn't - in fact the Moon will be working harder that usual - as you will soon sense and see - for during this final 1/4 of the lunar month - all the generated lunar activity will be incoming "yin" energies.
Yes - you all know what means YANG - every FULL MOON you feel it - and at every lunar square / opposition you feel it too - YANG energies STIRS an emotional energy inside you - and BRINGS OUT energy that is DEEP within you. YANG causes you to REACT - because it disturbs your inner emotions - YANG forces you to use energy within you - and exert it on the outside world
YIN is refined and calming - YIN ensures your aura is protected and you find peace from within. Even though - during YIN phases you don't feel and see the same consequences to YANG phases - I assure you that the energy is equal in strength by the law of balancing of all energies. Therefore, if any of you have been through a rough emotional time - you're going to be HEALED during the next 8 days - as thisYIN phase will be incoming, allowing you to receive energy, strengthen from within and keep it contained within you. It is a time of receiving energy to heal - in order to make you wholesome by the Pisces New Moon. No matter what star sign you are - this final lunar phase will be good for you - and if you're the type that needs and enjoys "peace and quiet" in your life - then you'll really enjoy soaking-up the lunar energy. And for those of you who have worked-out which Moon star signs are good for you - that don't be confused as Moon in Sagittarius turns out to be GOOD for everyone.
The overwhelming peaceful and tranquil energy on Saturday and Sunday - will in fact be due to the annual Sun 5° Pisces conjunct Neptune 5° Pisces - and it's affects have been felt since 19th February and will probably be felt by most you - until 1st March - if not longer. The affect will be to create an aura of lazy and yet spiritual calmness - and the laziness won't make you feel bad either - because whilst you seem to be doing nothing - you sense your mind, body and soul is being recharged and healed.
Hence when Moon enters Sagittarius - 10am GMT - 11am Europe - 3:30pm India - 8pm Sydney Australia - 5am USA EST although usually it makes you "extrovert" in nature - you will feel good - but not the usual "extrovert" - as normally "Sagittarius" being "open" and "extrovert" means you WASTE energy - and this weekend - you won't waste any energy at all. You'll sense and know WHO to connect with and exactly what to say to them.
Moon 3° Sagittarius squares Sun 3° Pisces usually this square - would disturb you - but not today - it will be like a "signpost" showing you the right way - and it even be telling you - "take it easy" - and stop worrying.
Moon 5° Sagittarius squares Neptune 5° Pisces it makes you see something in a different way - something that normally annoys you - you will comprehend WHAT and WHY you get annoyed - and instead of being negative about it - you will laugh at it - realizing there was never any real reason for getting so upset in the past - and hopefully you'll become enlightened to realize that there's never anything worth getting upset about in the future either.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Your idealism may sow the seeds of conflict as you pull away from others to do your own thing today. But even if tension is brewing, it could escape your notice because you're likely too wrapped up in thinking about the exciting possibilities ahead. There's no reason to lower the volume of your dreams as long as you also remain aware of those around you. A little sensitivity goes a long way to foster a peaceful and harmonious environment.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You might believe that everyone knows how you are feeling today; however, your actions could prove quite misleading. Take plenty of time to collect your thoughts so you can be especially clear when expressing your emotions. Unfortunately, the one minor detail that slips through the cracks could turn into a major problem. The best solution is prevention, so be aware of how your words may be interpreted before you speak. Knowing your audience sets you up for success.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You aren't quite as sharp as you want to be today, especially if others are relying on you for the facts. You're motivated more by compassion and beauty now than by logic and details. This current penchant for fantasy can make for a lovely escape, especially if you share your visions with a friend. However, something as straightforward as giving someone driving directions might be a chore unless you consciously concentrate on each step of the task at hand. Let your imagination take you on a magical mystery tour instead.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Your current optimism could leave others dissatisfied if you can't deliver on your promises. Nevertheless, don't seek guidance from anyone else now because friends and family will probably just encourage you to take on even more work. Instead of saying yes, reassess how much effort must go into every little job you consider doing. Making a more realistic decision is less stressful on everyone involved. Simplify your strategy for the best results.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You might be able to float through the day as if a dream from the previous night continues after you get out of bed. Unfortunately, you're likely to discover that your imagination can land you in a heap of trouble if you don't separate fact from fiction. Maintaining a positive attitude is usually a smart tactic, but avoiding the harsher side of reality early in the day may elicit an unpleasant wake-up call later. Acknowledge things as they are and not as you wish them to be.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You may entertain unconventional ideas about your health these days, encouraging you to examine alternative possibilities outside the mainstream. Your imagination is especially strong now, making you highly susceptible to suggestion. If you believe an unusual remedy is effective, it probably will work. Whether you are attracted to acupuncture, flower remedies or yoga, don't expect fast results. However, the power of positive thought might just pull you through when you need it most.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You may be struck with wanderlust today as you dream of going somewhere special -- but heading to the other side of town isn't enough to satisfy your appetite. You want to go the distance now, perhaps a romantic getaway to an exotic tropical island or a spiritual journey to a foreign land. Still, you're not likely to go as far as your mind can take you. In fact, it doesn't even matter if you never leave the house since you can find plenty of joy traveling within the vast realms of your imagination.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Finding new ways to express your independence can become an obsession today but, paradoxically, you might not want to stray too far from your home base. Circumstances are nowhere near normal these days, and your desire for adventure may simply be a reaction to emotional pressures or family responsibilities. Either way, taking care of personal business should come before staging any quick escapes. Nothing is gained by acting like a rebel without a cause.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Behaving in an overly emotional manner isn't your usual style, but expressing your feelings clearly today just might help you get what you want. You could be worried that an opportunity is passing too quickly and that you won't be able to make the most of it. Don't worry; a seed has been planted, even if nothing appears to be growing yet. Water your plans with your dreams and fertilize them with positive vibrations and hard work.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Postpone important financial decisions if you can today because your normally conservative thinking may be hampered by unrealistic dreams. A great moneymaking scheme that looks lucrative on the surface will probably turn out less practical than it seems now. Rather than attempting to be fiscally responsible, give yourself permission to temporarily postpone the inevitable. Be patient with yourself, for your clarity will return after the weekend.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Although you might place high expectations on yourself today, it's really an ideal time for a bit of good, old-fashioned fun. Plan a little escape, even if it's only a trip to the movies. Any sort of retreat from your daily routine is productive in the long run, since you desperately need to recharge your batteries. It's not about how much you accomplish now; it's about replenishing your soul.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
If you have a musical instrument stashed away, it may be time to dig it out and give it a whirl. Or, maybe you need to pick up the camera that's been sitting on your shelf and snap a few pictures. Try anything that puts you in touch with your creative muse. However, don't bother to explain your behavior to anyone else today. This cosmic energy is about making inner connections and not about outer rationalizations.
Today's Tarot: The Hanged Man
Traditionally, the card known as the Hanged Man usually indicates a lack of ability to help oneself through independent action. This energy is arrested and awaiting judgment. With this card, there is no avenue for the will to regain control until the situation has passed.
This represents a good time to be philosophical, to study and meditate upon the position you find yourself in, and form resolutions for the moment you become free again. Only those who possess wisdom, patience and optimism will be able to see through limitations, including possible humiliation, to grasp the inspiring lesson one can gain from such an experience.
Sowilo: (S: The sun.) Success, goals achieved, honor. The life-force, health. A time when power will be available to you for positive changes in your life, victory, health, and success. Contact between the higher self and the unconscious. Wholeness, power, elemental force, sword of flame, cleansing fire. Sowilo Merkstave (Sowilo cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): False goals, bad counsel, false success, gullibility, loss of goals. Destruction, retribution, justice, casting down of vanity. Wrath of god.
Today's Faery Oracle: Death
I've been thinking about death a lot lately.
I've been going through the 5 stages of death -
denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
I've been thinking about when someone we love dies -
a part of us dies, too.
Especially at first.
You are thrown into disbelief.
You can't believe this has happened.
It happens on TV, in the movies, to other people.
But this just happened to me?
This is real?
You plummet into darkness.
You cry. You scream. You throw up.
You yell some more. Maybe throw some things.
And then you collapse on the floor.
You will never be the same again.
You stop living for a bit.
You scramble to figure out how to live again.
You scramble to figure out how to live
without that person in your life.
Eventually, you start to re-build - begin anew.
You have changed.
Your life will never be the same.
It's hard to wrap your head around not calling them,
not seeing them,
not receiving a birthday card with a loving message
just for you.
But we have to face that death is part of life.
I have realized I am not scared of dying.
No, not at all.
I'm scared of my loved ones dying.
We are all going to go at some point.
I have to make peace with that.
My mom says, "All we can do is just love each other."
She is right.