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

Daily Forecast for August 12, 2014

Tuesday 12th August 2014
Moon 9° Pisces trines Mars 9° Scorpio
Moon 11° Pisces sextiles Pluto [in retrograde] 11° Capricorn
Moon 17° Pisces trines Saturn 17° Scorpio

Full Moon (waning/180-135 degrees)
A veil of self-absorption is lifted and suddenly you gain access to an unbiased view of others. This is a rare moment when you can see yourself objectively and become aware of whether or not what you want in your heart is actually beginning to manifest in your life. Traditionally, the Full Moon phase stirs emotion, and this is because when you "see" what is happening, you may become upset if you’re experiencing the "same ol', same ol'" -- rather than the things you would like. If the Full Moon phase is a disappointment, on the next New Moon it's time to take creative action in the direction of your dreams.

Moon in Pisces
Karmic Peace, Harmony and Compassionate Quietness
Monday night will be spectacular - especially just after sunset in your local time zone - as you feel an inner PEACE - this peace is a karmic gift for not everyone will be finding peace - as they will be negatively fired-up and disturbed by events of the Full Moon that Moon in Pisces will be sending them into a state of numbness and silent shock.
In fact Moon in Pisces will define an inate QUIET silence for everyone - but what people feel inside during the silence is defined by their own karma - some will burn-up and cry inside with pain whilst others will find happiness, peace and stability. For all of YOU - I expect you to find the inner happiness - as you will realize that life is changing and your life is now on-the-move to the future.

Depending on the planets - the Moon's transit on either side of the Full Moon - and as this month was Full Moon in Aquarius - I refer to both star signs on either side Moon in Capricorn & Moon in Pisces - it will feel powerfully good - and yet the direct OPPOSITION to planets in Leo will not be present - so it's like feeling the BEST parts of a Full Moon without the BIG oppositions.
Due to the fact of triple conjunctions in Leo - Sun, Mercury & Jupiter - the Full Moon was very powerful and created a lot of energy - thankfully Moon in Pisces is powerful but in a SOFT and peaceful way - and resonates with [Water Signs] of Mars in Scorpio & Saturn in Scorpio so you can expect a very special day.

Moon 9° Pisces trines Mars 9° Scorpio creates DEPTH of emotions to make you FEEL inner strength - not everyone will feel the same strength - but everyone will feel something from WITHIN. This strength will enable you to make good decisions - by eliminating things, habits and people who are not good for you - and whom destabilize you. It is the protection destiny is giving you to disconnect with things that aren't right for you.
Moon 11° Pisces sextiles Pluto [in retrograde] 11° Capricorn defines karmic stability - something you knew you should have done a long time ago - will be reminded to you - and today it will be obviously clear that NOW is the time to do it.
Moon 17° Pisces trines Saturn 17° Scorpio creates a deep sense that your on the right destined pathway - but not just a "feeling" - in fact something manifests and happens in REAL life to prove to you that you're on the right pathway. With this event you will realize that you are so LUCKY - how "Life" is looking after you - and protecting you - you will become "quiet" and "humbled" - because deep inside you - you're realizing your prayers are finally being answered.

From Tuesday and throughout Tuesday night into Wednesday morning - 100% Moon in Pisces with no aspects - hence the peace, tranquility and calmness will resonate from DEEP within you to give you inner stability. Even so - because some of you will be spiritually intune with the "future" during Moon in Pisces - you will sense something BIG, NEW and exciting is going to happen when you wake-up on Wednesday ...

Footnote of Advice for Tuesday & Wednesday
Did you find out a Truth and are you having an oh-shit moment ??!!??
After the Full Moon - it showed you a TRUTH - not just because it was a Full Moon but because the current planets in star sign of Leo CAN'T LIE - Sun in Leo, Jupiter in Leo, Mercury in Leo, Venus in Leo - and the Full Moon defined revealed of the whole truth. YES - I know the TRUTH hurts - it really does hurt - especially if you've been deceived for many years.
The reason I've added this paragraph is to reassure readers that YOU WILL SURVIVE - it's not the END of the world. It is the END of a BAD relationship and something that's been very BAD for you. And your good karma has finally SAVED you from BAD people by showing you a TRUTH. Even though it hurts - you'll soon see - that it will turn out to be good.
So have your "oh shit" moment - get it out of your system - send me an email if it helps - we've had quite a lot in the past few days. We do understand you. Life can be "shit" - especially when you realize a TRUTH - but that's life - we've all been there and done it. So don't worry OK ?

[Tuesday 12th August 2014 Moon 9° Pisces trines Mars 9° Scorpio Moon 11° Pisces sextiles Pluto [in retrograde] 11° Capricorn Moon 17° Pisces trines Saturn 17° Scorpio Full Moon (waning/180-135 degrees) A veil of self-absorption is lifted and suddenly you gain access to an unbiased view of others. This is a rare moment when you can see yourself objectively and become aware of whether or not what you want in your heart is actually beginning to manifest in your life. Traditionally, the Full Moon phase stirs emotion, and this is because when you "see" what is happening, you may become upset if you’re experiencing the "same ol', same ol'" -- rather than the things you would like. If the Full Moon phase is a disappointment, on the next New Moon it's time to take creative action in the direction of your dreams. Moon in Pisces Karmic Peace, Harmony and Compassionate Quietness Monday night will be spectacular - especially just after sunset in your local time zone - as you feel an inner PEACE - this peace is a karmic gift for not everyone will be finding peace - as they will be negatively fired-up and disturbed by events of the Full Moon that Moon in Pisces will be sending them into a state of numbness and silent shock. In fact Moon in Pisces will define an inate QUIET silence for everyone - but what people feel inside during the silence is defined by their own karma - some will burn-up and cry inside with pain whilst others will find happiness, peace and stability. For all of YOU - I expect you to find the inner happiness - as you will realize that life is changing and your life is now on-the-move to the future. Depending on the planets - the Moon's transit on either side of the Full Moon - and as this month was Full Moon in Aquarius - I refer to both star signs on either side Moon in Capricorn & Moon in Pisces - it will feel powerfully good - and yet the direct OPPOSITION to planets in Leo will not be present - so it's like feeling the BEST parts of a Full Moon without the BIG oppositions. Due to the fact of triple conjunctions in Leo - Sun, Mercury & Jupiter - the Full Moon was very powerful and created a lot of energy - thankfully Moon in Pisces is powerful but in a SOFT and peaceful way - and resonates with [Water Signs] of Mars in Scorpio & Saturn in Scorpio so you can expect a very special day. Moon 9° Pisces trines Mars 9° Scorpio creates DEPTH of emotions to make you FEEL inner strength - not everyone will feel the same strength - but everyone will feel something from WITHIN. This strength will enable you to make good decisions - by eliminating things, habits and people who are not good for you - and whom destabilize you. It is the protection destiny is giving you to disconnect with things that aren't right for you. Moon 11° Pisces sextiles Pluto [in retrograde] 11° Capricorn defines karmic stability - something you knew you should have done a long time ago - will be reminded to you - and today it will be obviously clear that NOW is the time to do it. Moon 17° Pisces trines Saturn 17° Scorpio creates a deep sense that your on the right destined pathway - but not just a "feeling" - in fact something manifests and happens in REAL life to prove to you that you're on the right pathway. With this event you will realize that you are so LUCKY - how "Life" is looking after you - and protecting you - you will become "quiet" and "humbled" - because deep inside you - you're realizing your prayers are finally being answered. From Tuesday and throughout Tuesday night into Wednesday morning - 100% Moon in Pisces with no aspects - hence the peace, tranquility and calmness will resonate from DEEP within you to give you inner stability. Even so - because some of you will be spiritually intune with the "future" during Moon in Pisces - you will sense something BIG, NEW and exciting is going to happen when you wake-up on Wednesday ... Footnote of Advice for Tuesday & Wednesday Did you find out a Truth and are you having an oh-shit moment ??!!?? After the Full Moon - it showed you a TRUTH - not just because it was a Full Moon but because the current planets in star sign of Leo CAN'T LIE - Sun in Leo, Jupiter in Leo, Mercury in Leo, Venus in Leo - and the Full Moon defined revealed of the whole truth. YES - I know the TRUTH hurts - it really does hurt - especially if you've been deceived for many years. The reason I've added this paragraph is to reassure readers that YOU WILL SURVIVE - it's not the END of the world. It is the END of a BAD relationship and something that's been very BAD for you. And your good karma has finally SAVED you from BAD people by showing you a TRUTH. Even though it hurts - you'll soon see - that it will turn out to be good. So have your "oh shit" moment - get it out of your system - send me an email if it helps - we've had quite a lot in the past few days. We do understand you. Life can be "shit" - especially when you realize a TRUTH - but that's life - we've all been there and done it. So don't worry OK ?]

The Wise Woman

 

By: Aelwyn

We equate wisdom with age—experience. There is something slippery about this. A woman’s wisdom can arise at any age. We slip into and out of it in moments of grace—listening to a deeper, Sovereign voice within us.

We all, men, women, children of all ages, have the ability to be wise.  Who has not held a newborn and seen the wisdom of a knowing soul reflected back to them?  I like the definition of “wise” as a verb: to be alert or aware of something. This, I think, is the key to being wise. I often marvel at the wisdom of my young daughter. She is alert to her own boundaries, needs, cares. She is wise about herself. Can I raise her with a continued honoring of that awareness? Can I protect her as a young woman from a world that would like to crush that wisdom? And if I don’t or can’t, can she at least use those experiences to grow more wise?

The Elder, the true wise woman with some years under her belt has discerned a few things. She has gathered the days and months of her life like flowers and herbs in her garden basket. She has handled and treasured each one so that she knows those moments in all their details and she knows what medicine they bring. Not only does the woman savor and hold that medicine, but she knows just when to share it with others, so that they are strengthened or challenged to draw out their own wisdom.

Which leads me to ask: For whom do we grow wise? Is it just the flowering of our soul through life? A part of our journey? I don’t think it is only this. We do it for others, for a purpose beyond ourselves. We seek our wisdom as a way to protect and guide those around us. This is what makes the wise woman a healer. She drops wisdom into the teary cups of her friends and family—her loved ones, her tribe. She guides them gently through their own experiences and lovingly nurtures those around her. She is a treasure to them, if they are on their own path of seeking wisdom. And so, the cycle continues…

Calling the Barge–Poetic Reflection

 

by Laura Violet Rimola

(translated from Italian by Alessandro Zabini)

A tinkle rustles through the gloaming mists and comes to the farthest shores,

calling the Barge of the deep Journey.

Silently comes the Barge, gliding over the waters, coming close to the shingle, calling us aboard it, and we sit down inside it… It’s empty.

No one can row in our stead.

Our Journey proceeds from us alone, and sitting down aboard the barge is not enough to begin to voyage, because we can’t let ourselves be led without leading our walk.

If you don’t act, nothing can happen, and you keep still.

Two oars are inside the barge, and we know it is up to us to ship the oars and to begin the Walk through the Waters, the magic Immram.

The Barge moves away from the shore, gliding slowly away, and so the Journey begins.

It is a Journey which takes up the whole of life and it has already started a long time ago, before the birth in this life, though we do not Remember.

However it is taken up again each time,

and if we do not remember the Journeys of yore, the lore dwells inside us, though often we are not aware of it and only when it arises by itself we realize it has taken root inside us, when we are in need of it.

So, if we never did row in this life, and we think we do not know how to row, we have only to ship the oars and try to row, to find out we are quite able to do it from forgetful time.

And along the Way it is up to us to Remember, Remember, Remember…

At every stroke of oars we must Remember, and at every stroke of oars we must pursue what has already begun, to Find and Find Again ourselves at every instant, Remembering that the purpose of this life, as of all other lives, is to reach the thin and intangible Destination, divine and bright.

And the Journey takes place inside ourselves, not elsewhere.

«Towards the Source… the Center… the Goddess…»

Each one of us has her way to row, her times to row, and her Secret Way traced over waters, a Way which will stay engraved in the Memory of the Water, as the bright wake of the Barge…

There will be many hindrances,

and often you will stay entangled in seaweeds and dry branches, roots and rocks, and so you will be prevented from carry on the Journey… Then you will be able to choose to fight and free yourself as soon as possible, or to wait to be slowly freed from the hindrances by the changing of the flow… You will be able to choose to Act or Not to Act, to fight or to wait for the right Time.

And every hindrance has its way to be overcome… Sometime you will need to Act, sometime you will need only to Wait.

There will be many illusions by which we shall believe to have reached our Destination… The Barge will touch the shores of many an Island, and so we shall believe to have reached our journey’s end, in vain.

And yet each Island will have something to show us, some teaching to bestow us, and if what we really Look For will not be shown to us, then what we do Not Look For, and what we do not desire, will be shown to us… And enriched, we shall go away.

There will be at last many bright Traces, which under the dark surface of the waters will shed silver gleams, and if these Traces will be Gathered and Kept, they will point to the right Way to carry on the Journey, they will bestow Memories and new Lore, and they will dissolve Fear.

The Journey will last a long time,

so much time that again we shall forget and again we shall need to Remember.

However we shall never cease to row

and we shall never cease to learn what we have not yet known.

And there will come the day in which all the veils of Mist will be lifted, the day in which the Spirit of the Mist will have ceased to test us… And then, in a Vision of Light, all will be Unveiled and Revealed.

And Recalled in silence.

***

Laura Violet follows an Avalonian path, inspired especially by the Pre-Christian female religions of North Italy. She writes articles, short essays, fairytales and poems about the sacred feminine and its mysteries and is the founder of a non-profit Italian Avalonian circle – I Meli di Avalon (The Avalon’s Apple Orchard) – since 2005.

Bel Esprit Perfume Collection~The best

Bel Esprit Perfume Collection

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Feel the hope and promise of the New Year in January’s Bonne Année (Happy New Year). Celebrate the delicate signs of spring in the complex notes of May’s Ballet de Fleurs (Ballet of the Flowers).

You are invited to experience Bel Esprit without risk or obligation.

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Your no-risk order will bring you one perfume each month. You may return any fragrance you don’t love, and you may cancel at any time. 

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FALL CLASS LINE-UP


Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry Institution of Magickal Education
www.legionofpagans.com
on-line classes 

I will re-post in September

Fall Class lineup:
Basic Witch Class: Registration September 2-28th. 
Orientation starts Monday October 29.
Classes Conclude on : Friday, December 19 finals week.
Instructor: Diana Schoenberg

Intermediate Witch Class: Registration September 2-28th.
Orientation Starts Monday October 29.
Classes Conclude on Friday December 12th.
Instructor: Elder Airwolf

Mini Candle Magic Class: Registration November 3-Dec 14th.
Class Starts Monday December 15th.
Class Concludes January 9th, 2015.
Instructor: open~pending

Mini Faery Magick Mini Class: Will be posted around Imbolc 2015
All Herbology Class Registrations will be posted around Beltane 2015

~Elder Airwolf~
 

BLYSSFUL MOON'S DAY PAGANS!

Student essay winner is Ravencat....Congratulations!

 

(ESSAY #2)

What Being a Green Witch Means to Me
While I was studying the Element of Earth, I received a message from Gaia that had the deepest resonance. As I watched in awe this large, motherly figure emerged and was formed from the ground up with the sticks, leaves, grasses, bits of fur, rocks, barks and saps and relayed this message to me, “Do not be afraid to use the plants around you for healing and not just for magickal work. Everything you need is around you and is meant to work in harmony with the bodies of animals and humans.”At that moment, I understood that I had been limiting my knowledge and usage of the natural world, a world that I have always felt profoundly connected to.
Being a Green Witch means many things to me. Not only does it entail that I’m a Steward to this planet, and responsible to help her remain pure and healthy, but it also means that I understand how to employ her plants to heal animals, insects, humans and other plants. As a Green Witch I am humbled by, in awe of and strive to be in harmony and balance with Nature. I am open to Her guidance and wisdom. I listen to the vibrations of the plant kingdom and am receptive to their messages as well as to the messages from the energies that work, protect, live and love Her such as each Elemental Kingdom and the Fae. In that aspect, I am also an Ambassador to these worlds and therefore know the responsibility I have to be the best representation of humanity and our potential in order to work and learn effectively from these beings.
As a Green Witch I am a respectful magickal practionner that honours the worlds around, within, above and below me as my thoughts, words and deeds have a ripple effect on those worlds and other dimensions. As I sit outside with my feet in the soil, my roots are like those of the trees and plants around me and my footprints are as sacred as those of the crawlers, furry, winged, finned and scaled ones. As a Green Witch I am able to explore the interconnectedness to all things and am able to translate that into healing, nurturing and spiritual guidance not only for myself but also to those around me. I have to live by example which means keeping myself healthy with good foods and exercise, expressing gratitude for what I have been provided with, recycling and composting, growing food, no pesticide or harsh chemical usage, even limiting detrimental human made pharmaceuticals as waste from these pollutes soil and water. I don’t consider myself fanatical by doing these things but aware and responsible for my environmental footprint however, in this century, it’s not always easy or practical to become totally “green” therefore balance is necessary.
A Green Witch, in my opinion, is a Witch who is unfraid to be her (or his) Truth. I believe Green Witchery is being aware of what is happening around you and using that information to heal and educate others. Plants, their energies and their physical selves, are used responsibly in spellwork in addition to creating incenses, brews, potions and poultices with the intention to “harm none”. All successful spells, rituals and recipes are kept in a Book of Shadows or Grimoire for future reference. As a Green Witch I also observe, respect and seek the guidance of those deities (mainly Celtic and Nordic) associated with the natural world. My personal intention as a Green Witch is to help others realize the beauty and sacredness of the world around them which will nurture more respect toward Her. The Earth Mother is a sentient being who cannot be overlooked and taken for granted. The Stone People, Plant People and animal kingdoms are invaluable teachers. Their histories and legends are available to us if we listen, love and respect them and most importantly ourselves. One is neither subservient to the other. The natural world has rhythms, vibrations, pulses, and energies that a Green Witch learns from. Nature is my proverbial church and school and the world is her (or his) library, and vice versa. Being connected to the Earth is a shared connection to the stars as “we are all stardust” as the saying goes. If we forget our connection to the Earth then we ignore and are arrogant about our own connections to extra-terrestrial worlds. Being a Green Witch isn’t simply a title or a boundary box to limit my being but it’s a part of what constitutes who I am as a spiritual being whether I am practicing solitary or within a group. Being a Green Witch is living everyday in harmony and respect for the Earth Mother and translating that love to others.
Blessed be!
RavenCat 
(Catherine Logan-Major)

 

Well done Cat!

~Elder Airwolf~

Corn Moon Lesson & Craft


The Corn Moon
  
In late August, we celebrate the  Corn Moon. This moon phase is also known as the Barley Moon, and carries on the associations of grain and rebirth that we saw back at Lammastide. August was originally known as Sextilis by the ancient Romans, but was later renamed for Augustus Octavian Caesar.
  This moon represents the harvesting of the grain fields and this symbolizes so much to a Witch. grain represents the mysteries and the cycles of life, death, and rebirth.  Each and every single grain is the product of the first grain ever grown.  Through this renewal it renews to lend it's energy and nourish our bodies.
  In celebrating the Corn Moon...remember that we have much in common with the grains.  All of us are descended from the very first pair of humans and their blood still runs through our veins.  Blood like grain sustains and nourishs us, energizes us, gives us life.  We must remember that all of us are products of this endless fertile life force. We are all related and are all parts of the Chain of Life!

Correspondences:

Colors: Yellow, red, orange 
Gemstones: Tigers eye, carnelian, garnet, red agate 
Trees: Cedar and hazel 
Gods: Vulcan, Mars, Nemesis, Hecate, Hathor, Thoth 
Herbs: Rosemary, basil, rue, chamomile 
Element: Fire 

Harness some of the Corn Moon's fiery energy for your ritual and spell work. Focus on your spiritual and physical health. It's the time to harvest what you can now to put aside for later use. What sacrifices can you make today that will benefit you further down the road?

Corn Moon Ideas
Dress in shades of yellow-gold,tan and warm brown to honor the grain harvest

Use yellow or gold candles

Decorate the altar with photos of ancestors, sheaves of wheat, grains

Serve oatmeal cookies for the libation

Write a Thank-you to an ancestor and burn it in the incense and let spririt deliver the message

Meditate on the Chain of Life and your connections in it.  This is important especially if there are people in your life whom you dio not like right now. If you need help to do this ask the goddess to help!

Make a Corn Husk Herb Sachet

During the late summer, particularly around the Lammas season, corn is in abundance. It’s everywhere, and if you’ve ever picked fresh corn straight from the fields, you know how delicious it tastes! When you pick your own corn - or even if you buy it from your local farmer’s market - you typically have to figure out what to do with all those leftover husks. You can use them to make a corn dolly or a husk chain if you like. Another great way to use them is by making corn husk herb sachets.

You’ll need:

Several corn husks
Dried herbs of your choice
A hot glue gun
Herbs: Rosemary, basil, rue, chamomile
Trim the ends off the husks, and cut them into strips - I find that about 1/2” - 3/4” in width is the most manageable size. Weave several strips together as shown in the photo (I used five going in each direction, for a total of ten). Once you’ve created a square, use your hot glue gun to anchor the stray edges into place, so you have a nice even edge.

Fold the square in half and glue the short sides together, creating a small pocket. Fill the pouch with herbs of your choice, and then hot glue the long open edge closed.

To give your sachet some magical mojo, select herbs based upon purpose and intent:

Healing: Apple blossom, lavender, fennel, chamomile, sandalwood, wintergreen, peppermint
Money/prosperity: Bay leaf, basil, chamomile, Buckeye, myrtle, apple, sunflower, pennyroyal
Love: Allspice, apple blossom, catnip, lavender, clove, yarrow, marjoram, basil.
Strength: Oak, acorns, bay leaf, thistle, yarrow.

Once your glue has dried you can place these sachets around your house or in your drawers. The corn husks will dry naturally, and you’ll be left with scented woven packets. If you like, decorate them with a pretty ribbon, some berries, or other seasonal items.

 

 

I Walk This Path Alone

I become awake and aware at the dawn of my life's day. A path stretches out before me, far away into the distance, disappearing into the future's horizon. What should I do? Should I follow this path? I'm not prepared. I'm all alone, with no one to keep me company, or to tell me what I must do.

I set out along the path. I meet a beautiful giant woman, who seems to radiate sunshine with her smile at me. In her company is a big strong giant man. He looks at me with pride gleaming in his eyes. I don't know why. And they both walk beside me for a while. The woman draws me close to her chest, feeds me, nurtures me. The man brings me food to eat, and he throws a ball with me. When I stumble on my new feet and fall, one of them seems always there to pick me back up and set me on my feet again. They teach me things which they say will help me find my way up this path. As I grow, my steps become larger and faster, and soon the man and woman can't seem to keep up. They start to fall farther and farther behind me.

I walk this path alone.

I come across a group of people in the afternoon, and they seem to be about like me, in age and size. They tell tales and share their life's stories with me. I laugh with them and I cry for them. Many miles, I travel this path alone, seemingly a path with no end. It grows wearying at times, but one of these people always seems to be there to lend their arm to steady me, or their shoulders to support me. They say that I'm special to them. They help to guide me up the path. It's such a shame, how lonely and uncared for I am, as I walk the path alone.

The sun shines upon my upturned face. The wind gently ruffles my hair and cools the afternoon, making it pleasant and bearable. The water I drink is so refreshing and cool, tasty to my mouth. Birds serenade me from the trees, the brook to my side burble and bubbles happily. A dog barks, wagging its tail and happy to see me, adding it's own chord to the melody which seems to be playing around me.

I travel on, sad and weary, for I walk this path alone.

Evening comes, and the light of day starts to fade. I grow cold and I start to grow fearful of the dark. I have been walking this path alone all this day of my life, and now it seems that darkness may hide this path from me. I feel that it's time to lay down and rest, to let the darkness take this path from me, but I can't. I have traveled too long and too far. I must find the end of the path, the place it leads to. But it grows so dark, I can't see where to place my feet. Will I now be forced to stop my trek? To stand here alone in the dark after walking this path alone for so long?

A candle appears to my left, a lantern to my right. They are held by a man and a woman, much like those who I came across earlier this day. They each take one of my arms with their free hands, and steer me around the final bend, to the end of this path I have walked alone. Before me stretched out yet another path. How could this be? I'd walked my path, and walked it alone. Would this be all that is in store for me? I stopped dead in my tracks, and the man and woman stopped as well. I took a step back so that I could face them both, and I asked them then, if this were to be my fate. To continually walk along paths, all sad and alone. The woman smiled at me, then held me close and comforted me. The man laid a strong hand upon my shoulder, and just by his touch, I felt reassured.

"My son" he said, "you have never been alone. We have always been with you, and many others have come into your life as you walked your path. Yes, it is your path to walk. Only you can make the journey, but those others you will meet along the way will travel by your side for a time, helping you along as you help them, and keeping you company".

I thought back over the long day of my walk, realizing only then that I hadn't always been alone as I thought. I smiled at the man and the woman, thanked them for their comfort and company, and raised my foot to set out along this new path.

The new day dawned, and I could clearly see the path laid out ahead of me. I started the new day of my life along the path with a jaunty step. I came upon a couple, a giant woman and a giant man. As my mother draws me close to her chest, the sun seems to shine from her smile. My father looks down at me with pride gleaming in his eyes. We set out upon the path, these people to help get me started and pointed in the right way, and others to meet later, to help me on my way.
DreamDancer
March 2002

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Super Corn Moon Ritual for Kids


In late August, we celebrate the beginning of the Corn Moon. This moon phase is also known as the Barley Moon, and carries on the associations of grain and rebirth that we saw back at Lammastide. August was originally known as Sextilis by the ancient Romans, but was later renamed for Augustus (Octavian) Caesar.

Correspondences:

Colors: Yellow, red, orange
Gemstones: Tigers eye, carnelian, garnet, red agate
Trees: Cedar and hazel
Gods: Vulcan, Mars,Nemesis, Hecate, Hathor, Thoth
Herbs: Rosemary, basil, rue, chamomile
Element: Fire

Harness some of the Corn Moon's fiery energy for your ritual and spell work. This is a good time to focus on your spiritual and physical health. It's the time to harvest what you can now to put aside for later use. What sacrifices can you make today that will benefit you further down the road?

Also Known As: Barley Moon

So what exactly is meant by the term 'super' moon?

On its elliptical orbit, the moon reaches perigee [the point when it passes closest to the earth]. When this close approach coincides with the whole illumination of the full moon... blam! SUPERMOON! Though, don't try to discuss this term with a full-blown astronomer. They don't recognize it. To them it just happens to be that perigee and the full moon share a day and because of it, the moon will be noticeably larger than it is when it is full at apogee (the point in its orbit farthest from Earth).

Good thing the Witching World knows there's more to our moon than just science! The moon, in all of its phases -- from dark to waxing crescent and full to waning Crone -- embodies the Goddess aspect of our divinity. She is a symbol of the ever-changing, ever-flowing energies around and within each of us. There are many in our Faith who draw her down and soak in her light and who follow her through her cycle -- taking on new goals and projects as she grows; discarding negativity and completing what lies pending and in wait as she descends into darkness once again.

In honor of Saturday's extreme Supermoon, I humbly share with you the ritual prayer that I wrote for my children to recite on the esbats. For those of you with Pagan children of your own, I hope that you find its innocence touching -- [to hear my grand daughter's voices as they repeat it is nothing shy of angelic].

To our Esbat Blessing we like to add Moon Cookies [recipe provided] and a selection of incenses and essential oils under the moon's rule [camphor, jasmine, lemon, lily, melon, night-blooming cereus, sandalwood, stephanotis and water lily -- thank you to Scott Cunningham's "Magical Aromatherapy" for those particular correspondences].


Moon Cookie

MOON COOKIES
1C butter, softened
1/2C brown sugar
3/4C white sugar
2 eggs [cage-free please!]
2 3/4C flour
2TSP baking soda
1TSP vanilla

Oven: 375

Cream butter. Add sugars. Beat one minute. Add eggs one at a time. Beat well between eggs. Slowly add flour and baking soda. Then vanilla. Beat well for three minutes. Refrigerate ten minutes. Roll out between parchment paper [with flour if needed]. Use a clean aluminum can [or circle-shaped cookie cutter] to cut 'full moons' from the dough. Re-refrigerate to make the transfer to the cookie sheet easier. 

Bake 8 - 10 minutes.

We like to add two crescent moons to either side of the cookie in a light blue frosting to get the full effect of the triple goddess. We also make them during crescent moon phases [any excuse for a cookie, right?!] and frost accordingly. 

~Making Blessed Water~

*You can use rain or natural spring water preferably but well water is acceptable as long as there is not a lot of sulfur or iron in it. Never use tap or bottled water . You want the water it be as natural and untainted as possible.
*You'll need a bowl or your own sacred bowl or jar. Its best to use a clear glass bowl or container that has a resealable lid for storage.
*Fill the bowl or jar with pure water and place a crystal shard in the water.
*You can add fresh rose or your favorite flower peddles in a organza bag to the water but caution adding them for a prolong time will spoil. I prefer to use natural oils to my water and that way you can create the magickal scent and will last for a month if stored in a dark cool place. Never keep your blessed water more than one full moon cycle to the next full moon cycle.
*You will need 3 white chime candles or tea candles and a mirror to set your clear jar or bowl on. Place your candles in a triangle around the mirror with the container of water. This is all prep before the moon is full during the day. 
~*~
During the full moon's light chant*
Goddess/God (or the name of you deity) 
I call unto you to reach down with your love and bless this water
in peace, prosperity, truth, and light
for all of those that need your love on this full moon's night
Blessed Be, So mote it be!

Use your blessed water for charging and clearing your magickal tools and ceremonies.

Copyright © 01011983
Airwolf
)O(

***A CHILDREN'S FULL MOON RITUAL

Begin by casting your circle -- to make it fun for a child, hold hands and move in a circle as you call upon the elements and invoke the gods. 

PRAYER
"Mother Moon, so bright,
so full and round,
do you know my voice
within the sound --
of life on earth,
of all the noise,
of cars, of tools,
of games and toys?
For though I’m small,
I am here,
the only Me
that you will hear.
Bless my dreams.
Keep them true.
And when fears I face,
please see me through–
from dark to light,
from night to day.
By you, I live
to laugh and play."
Reach your arms toward the moon and recite the following as you pull your hands toward the center of your chest, welcoming the energy being offered:
"I draw you down,
a light so whole
and keep you
in my very soul."

At the close of our prayer we blow our goddess a kiss as we proclaim, "Bless-ed Be". And, of course, we end our night reading "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown.

Good night moon. Good night cow jumping over the moon.
Good night stars. Good night air. Good night noises....
everywhere.
[Photo: Super Corn Moon Ritual for Kids brought to you by ~*~ Elder Airwolf LoP Ministry Founder/Owner~*~ on 09 August 2014 at 17:17 In late August, we celebrate the beginning of the Corn Moon. This moon phase is also known as the Barley Moon, and carries on the associations of grain and rebirth that we saw back at Lammastide. August was originally known as Sextilis by the ancient Romans, but was later renamed for Augustus (Octavian) Caesar. Correspondences: Colors: Yellow, red, orange Gemstones: Tigers eye, carnelian, garnet, red agate Trees: Cedar and hazel Gods: Vulcan, Mars,Nemesis, Hecate, Hathor, Thoth Herbs: Rosemary, basil, rue, chamomile Element: Fire Harness some of the Corn Moon's fiery energy for your ritual and spell work. This is a good time to focus on your spiritual and physical health. It's the time to harvest what you can now to put aside for later use. What sacrifices can you make today that will benefit you further down the road? Also Known As: Barley Moon So what exactly is meant by the term 'super' moon? On its elliptical orbit, the moon reaches perigee [the point when it passes closest to the earth]. When this close approach coincides with the whole illumination of the full moon... blam! SUPERMOON! Though, don't try to discuss this term with a full-blown astronomer. They don't recognize it. To them it just happens to be that perigee and the full moon share a day and because of it, the moon will be noticeably larger than it is when it is full at apogee (the point in its orbit farthest from Earth). Good thing the Witching World knows there's more to our moon than just science! The moon, in all of its phases -- from dark to waxing crescent and full to waning Crone -- embodies the Goddess aspect of our divinity. She is a symbol of the ever-changing, ever-flowing energies around and within each of us. There are many in our Faith who draw her down and soak in her light and who follow her through her cycle -- taking on new goals and projects as she grows; discarding negativity and completing what lies pending and in wait as she descends into darkness once again. In honor of Saturday's extreme Supermoon, I humbly share with you the ritual prayer that I wrote for my children to recite on the esbats. For those of you with Pagan children of your own, I hope that you find its innocence touching -- [to hear my grand daughter's voices as they repeat it is nothing shy of angelic]. To our Esbat Blessing we like to add Moon Cookies [recipe provided] and a selection of incenses and essential oils under the moon's rule [camphor, jasmine, lemon, lily, melon, night-blooming cereus, sandalwood, stephanotis and water lily -- thank you to Scott Cunningham's "Magical Aromatherapy" for those particular correspondences]. Moon Cookie MOON COOKIES 1C butter, softened 1/2C brown sugar 3/4C white sugar 2 eggs [cage-free please!] 2 3/4C flour 2TSP baking soda 1TSP vanilla Oven: 375 Cream butter. Add sugars. Beat one minute. Add eggs one at a time. Beat well between eggs. Slowly add flour and baking soda. Then vanilla. Beat well for three minutes. Refrigerate ten minutes. Roll out between parchment paper [with flour if needed]. Use a clean aluminum can [or circle-shaped cookie cutter] to cut 'full moons' from the dough. Re-refrigerate to make the transfer to the cookie sheet easier. Bake 8 - 10 minutes. We like to add two crescent moons to either side of the cookie in a light blue frosting to get the full effect of the triple goddess. We also make them during crescent moon phases [any excuse for a cookie, right?!] and frost accordingly. ~Making Blessed Water~ *You can use rain or natural spring water preferably but well water is acceptable as long as there is not a lot of sulfur or iron in it. Never use tap or bottled water . You want the water it be as natural and untainted as possible. *You'll need a bowl or your own sacred bowl or jar. Its best to use a clear glass bowl or container that has a resealable lid for storage. *Fill the bowl or jar with pure water and place a crystal shard in the water. *You can add fresh rose or your favorite flower peddles in a organza bag to the water but caution adding them for a prolong time will spoil. I prefer to use natural oils to my water and that way you can create the magickal scent and will last for a month if stored in a dark cool place. Never keep your blessed water more than one full moon cycle to the next full moon cycle. *You will need 3 white chime candles or tea candles and a mirror to set your clear jar or bowl on. Place your candles in a triangle around the mirror with the container of water. This is all prep before the moon is full during the day. ~*~ During the full moon's light chant* Goddess/God (or the name of you deity) I call unto you to reach down with your love and bless this water in peace, prosperity, truth, and light for all of those that need your love on this full moon's night Blessed Be, So mote it be! Use your blessed water for charging and clearing your magickal tools and ceremonies. Copyright © 01011983 Airwolf )O( ***A CHILDREN'S FULL MOON RITUAL Begin by casting your circle -- to make it fun for a child, hold hands and move in a circle as you call upon the elements and invoke the gods. PRAYER "Mother Moon, so bright, so full and round, do you know my voice within the sound -- of life on earth, of all the noise, of cars, of tools, of games and toys? For though I’m small, I am here, the only Me that you will hear. Bless my dreams. Keep them true. And when fears I face, please see me through– from dark to light, from night to day. By you, I live to laugh and play." Reach your arms toward the moon and recite the following as you pull your hands toward the center of your chest, welcoming the energy being offered: "I draw you down, a light so whole and keep you in my very soul." At the close of our prayer we blow our goddess a kiss as we proclaim, "Bless-ed Be". And, of course, we end our night reading "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown. Good night moon. Good night cow jumping over the moon. Good night stars. Good night air. Good night noises.... everywhere.]
 

Raising Children of the Gods

Raising Children of the Gods

Author: Jessica Marie Baumgartner [a WitchVox Sponsor] 
Posted: July 10th. 2011 
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This is the best time to be a Pagan. There are laws to protect freedom of religion and expression, and a lot of people are more open-minded than those of previous generations. But there is still some bias out there. And Pagan parents have a tough time trying to balance teaching their beliefs to their children and breaking misconceptions that other people may have. 

As if parenting isn’t hard enough!

Before my daughter was born, my husband and I were contemplating how we would teach our religion. Neither of us was born into Pagan families, so tradition is hard to find. Luckily, there is a world of information with the Internet, books, and other Pagans.

After much research, along with a bit of trial and error, I have found that there are five helpful steps to raising young Pagans. First and foremost know your faith, and then decide how you want to pass it on. Next be open and honest in your teaching, followed by praising our religious differences. Lastly it is very important to be active in your community. As a Wiccan mother, these practices have been very helpful for my family.

So let’s dig a little deeper, you have to know what you believe before you can pass those teachings onto your children. When I found my path nearly ten years ago, I read as many books on Paganism that I could find. Nowadays there is a lot of information online, and the Pagan community has grown immensely. 

There are so many different branches of Paganism that it is impertinent to know the differences. Children question everything and as a parent you can’t have all the answers, but whether Shaman, Wiccan, Druid, or any of the hundreds of other Pagan faiths, knowing as much about your beliefs will be so helpful.

Whatever your path, how you teach those beliefs is also of great importance! Parents are their children’s most important teachers. So it’s good to have a rough idea of how you want your customs and practices conveyed to your children. Some Pagans want to keep their religion to themselves, whereas others like me enjoy expressing my beliefs to others who are interested. 

Passing your beliefs onto your children is very uplifting. It is another way in which the bonds of the family are tied. My husband and I have included our daughter in our rituals since her birth. Some parents are reluctant to do so because of the negative misconceptions that many people still have against Pagans.

No matter the approach, having an open and honest relationship with your children will also give them a better understanding of their heritage. Encouraging your child’s curiosity and helping to answer their questions will help them feel comfortable. I also recommend gaining some knowledge of other religions. This will allow your children to explore our differences and similarities with others.

It can be challenging at times, being that some religions preach that their belief system is the only truth. But there is a lesson in that as well. Teaching that everybody has their own path to walk will give your children the confidence and freedom to ask questions. And it will help you have a better relationship with your children if they find that their beliefs are not the same as your own.

Sometimes pointing out the mistakes that some other religions have made throughout history can be useful as well. But this must be done carefully by praising our differences while exploring the fact that people of all faiths make mistakes. These lessons will give your children a more positive outlook on religion in general. 

My husband and I own books about many different religions so that we can educate our daughter to find her own path. In doing so we believe that Paganism will be more appealing to her if its teachings speak to them above all others. Of course it’s only natural for a parent to want their children to share their beliefs. But we as parents must give our children the tools that they need to make their own decisions. 

And lastly, the best way to raise a happy well-adjusted Pagan is to get out into your community to meet your neighbors. As people get to know you they’ll start to understand that Pagans aren’t that different from everybody else. I proudly wear a pentacle necklace. And instead of being discriminated against all of the time, I have met some very accepting people as well as some other Pagans. 

Mind you there are always those few bad apples that have to try and spoil the bunch. But it is how you handle the naysayers that also shape how society perceives the Pagan religions. Having the courage to correct anyone who has preconceived notions that Pagans are evil or harmful can lead to an unexpected friendship.

Luckily my experiences with people like that are few and far between. And I’m finding 
The Pagan population is larger than we think. In my hometown of St. Louis Missouri we have an annual pagan picnic, a private school that has some pagan elements, and quite a few pagan friendly vendors at the Renaissance festival. These events would not be possible without the courage and care of other Pagans. 

The days of having to hide who we are to protect ourselves are slowly falling behind us.
Change doesn’t come easy, but how we raise our children affects the future of our belief system. And respecting other religions plays a big part in that as well. The golden rule still applies.

Common misconceptions can be changed, starting with how we raise our children and interact within our communities. But raising children of the gods is a true gift. Knowing your faith and how you want to teach it, being open and honest in your teachings, while praising our differences and getting involved in your community will help you and your family walk you path with ease.




 

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Pagan Parenting

Many of us have children and not sure or do not have the resources to rear our pagan children. I will be providing articles from other trusted pagan parents and/or authors on such subjects this next week as we come into another super moon followed up by my personal teaching article on pagan parenting. Remember parenting is not just for the bio parents, but integrated, step, foster, other realities, grandparent(s), legal guardians, foster, ect. We all play a role in this.
~Elder Airwolf~

Pagan Parenting

It's the Magic...

Author: Runes By Melody [a WitchVox Sponsor] 
Posted: July 6th. 2014 
Times Viewed: 1,404 

When I was a little girl, I would often ask my mother how she knew I was making mischief without her even seeing me. She would tell me she had eyes in the back of her head. That could not be possible. None of my friends’ moms had eyes in the back of their heads. Or did they? I would climb up on the chair with her as I picked through her light brown hair on the back of her head, looking for “those eyes.” 

When I protested, told me “They're closed because they are sleeping.”

I would ask how she got them and why I didn't have them. I had so many questions for her. The answer was always the same with Mom so much that I believed her.

“Magic.”

It was because of magic that we didn't run out of cold water, 
that the snow didn't hurt, it was only cold. 
that cats meowed and dogs barked, 
grass was green 
there were cherry trees, 
It was what made the ocean move, 
And the moon so big.
It was magic that caused the sun to rise, 
the birds to sing, 
the fire to crack, 
the smoke to be a ring, 
snowflakes that are different, 
it makes the rainbow shine, 
It kept the train on the tracks
Why, it was the answer to everything!

Magic. 
Magic. 
Magic!

Mom once had me convinced that if I told fibs, that Pele the Hawaiian Fire Goddess, would come into my room and burn my toes. I truly believed her and would put lava stones in toy pails of water to make Pele happy. I would like to think it worked. Madame Pele never did torch my toes, but we have had some interesting moments since then.

I grew up believing in menehunes, fairies, wizards, smurfs and little elves that could reside in mushrooms. Nature was a temple all it’s own and there was magic lurking behind every tree and under every rock. My parent's didn't instill that in me and rather the words “Go play outside, ” was the golden ticket. Outside, I could be anything and anyone. Adults didn't exist until the streetlights came on. Make believe was just as real as the rain on a hot summer day. When I would tell my mother about my adventures outside, she would listen with rapt attention. 

Around the TV, my dad would predict the end to the movies we would watch before the opening credits. This of course would infuriate my mother, brother and I. Of course Dad would give us the answer to our “How did you do that?” 

“Magic.” 

Then he would wave at us in a most tricky way with a slightly smug look on his face.

My mother would respond with some profanity, which would make us laugh harder. (He did this once with the movie The Crying Game and my mother completely lost it.) 

Growing up. I was very susceptible to fevers. Living my formative years in the tropics, and then moving to the East Coast had left me vulnerable to asthma, allergies and plenty of ear and sinus infections. The unique side effect of fevers for me, were “hallucinations.” 

I was in my parents’ room watching the black and white TV getting rest when the “vision” occurred.
The face of a man appeared at the foot of my bed. I was comfortable with his presence, as if I had known him before. He sang the song “High Hopes” (the one about the ant and the rubber tree plant) to comfort me and I sang it along with him. He began to spell the word abracadabra and asked me to spell it with him. Each time we spelled the word, a letter was dropped, until we finished with the letter A. I then fell asleep and slept well. During my sleep, the fever broke.

Years passed when I told this story to my father. . He went a bit pale as I shared with him. His eyes went inward. 

“That was my father, ” he said, his voice a bit haunted.

“Abracadabra was something our people used to lower a fever.” 

He was surprised I had not mentioned it to him sooner. I pondered that maybe we were so used to magical things and ideas growing up that I thought they happened to everybody. Didn't everybody believe in magic?

If we feel as if we lost the magic in our lives, perhaps it is best to see things through the eyes of our children. If one has no children, then watch from afar the children playing outside. Perhaps a niece or nephew is precisely the one who can awaken the childlike wonderment sleeping within. 

The magic that all children possess is the ability to be fully aware in the present moment. Children do not care about yesterday. They do not care about tomorrow. Right now is where all childlike magic lies. I find that learning something new or trying something for the first time gives me a glimpse if only briefly, of those days where everything was exciting and new. The first time I went snorkeling, I felt like I was six years old and it was such a wonderful feeling.

As I write this, I am watching Noah play on the floor with his toys. He is finding wonderment in every toy, in the grass between his toes, and the water in his little swimming pool. It's exciting to know that we can play this “game” all over again (But is it really a game?) . The day will come when he will be looking for the eyes in the back of my head. 

I will use abracadabra to help lower his fever, along with conventional medicinals.

I am looking forward to the days when he asks me why he can't see the eyes in the back of my head.

I will tell him it is because they're closed.

“Why?” 

“How?”

“Where?”

“Magic.” 



Copyright: 2014 Melody Bishop


 

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Wicca for Beginners

This "Wicca for Beginners" page is a central index for the various Wiccan pages on the site. I figured that even though you don't need to be Wiccan in order to practice witchcraft, this is still a topic that most people are going to be interested in.

First of all, what does it mean to be Wiccan? Unfortunately, the term has been misused so many times in recent history that it has lost a lot of its real meaning. People seem to think that whatever path of Pagan belief they are following can be called "Wicca". That is not the case. Your personal path is just as valid as anyone elses but if you are not following the basic tenets of Wicca, then you are not Wiccan.

Basically, Wicca is a Neo-Pagan religion that was either founded or discovered (depending on who you ask) by Gerald Gardner in the mid 1950s. Most people feel that the religion in it's modern state can only be traced back to this point, regardless of how much Gardner based his practices on older traditions. So do not treat Wicca as a thousand-year old ancient religion. It's not.

Wicca has a male and female deity (not a whole pantheon), and it focuses strongly on natural cycles for its 8 sacred Sabbat days of the year. Originally, Wicca was an initiation-based religion that required coven membership. That was mainly because learned from established members was the only way to learn. Today, there is enough information out there on Wicca that it is possible and generally accepted to be a solitary Wiccan if you choose. Some people do not agree and will only consider people to be truly Wiccan if they are in a coven.

You might also consider taking a Wiccan name when you start learning on this path. As you grow into being Wiccan, more formal rituals such as theWiccan handfasting may become important.

Some Wiccan's choose to follow the Wiccan Rede but that is not "officially" part of the Wiccan religion. Some will follow a general rule of "Harm None", but again that is not part of everyone's belief system. A Wiccan altar is another common aspect of this religion.

Understanding the various Wiccan Gods and Goddesses is another whole part of Wicca as well. Dealing with more than one Deity can be a little hard to grasp at first.

There are several different Wiccan traditions (similar to the denominations in Christianity). The original and most authentic is Gardnerian, as it is passed down directly from Gerald Garner himself. Alexandrian Wicca is similar and has a similar history to it, coming from the same time period. Many others have sprung up in more recent years, such as Georgian, Corellian and Dianic.

This is just a brief introduction to Wicca for beginners, but it should give you a place to start. 

Types of Witchcraft

There are many different types of witchcraft, usually based on the culture where that form of magick originated. The fundamentals are the same but the style of spells and history of the practice will change from one type to the next.

African witchcraft
Scottish witchcraft
Italian witchcraft
Egyptian witchcraft
British witchcraft
American witchcraft                                                                                                                                                                                             Native American witchcraft                                                                                                                                                                                      

African Witchcraft

African witchcraft is not easy to define when you consider there are more than 50 different nations currently making up the diverse population of the continent. Not to mention the thousands of years of history on top of that. Basically, its not really one single topic.

Many traditional African belief systems included different types of witchcraft and shamanism, but the influx of Christian missionaries have wiped out countless indigenous religions. Admittedly, some traditional beliefs considered witches to be evil in the first place but the addition of Christianity has added more negative associations even where there were none originally.

People are still burned for practicing witchcraft in some countries, not because of official law but rather by cultural practice. Aside from these issues, there are two forms of magickal practice that people associate with African witchcraft: Santeria and Vodou.

Santeria

Most people associate Santeria with the Caribbean, which is accurate but it does also have deep roots in Western Africa. It is a blending of the original Yoruba religion from Africa, with many aspects of Roman Catholicism. This combination of beliefs arose from the slave trade, where Africans were taken to the various Caribbean islands to work. They adapted many Catholic beliefs, particularly the host of saints and created a unique religion that is still practiced there today.

In Santeria, there is a great Creator Deity but it is the Orishas that are directly worshiped. The Orishas are comparable to the Catholic saints, and they often have similar traits and characteristics. For example, Elegba and St. Anthony are closely connected as patrons over roads, transportation and gateways.

Though the saints are similar, the practices are very different from Catholicism. Santeria rituals often involve animal sacrifice along with vibrant dancing and drums. Offerings of food and alcohol are commonly associated with most Orisha.

Vodou

Though many people call it Voodoo, the more accurate name is Vodun or Vodou. It's a religion similar to Santeria as a mixture of Christian and African beliefs but it has gotten a lot more negative exposure from TV and movies. Vodou came from African with slaves and is primarily practiced in Haiti as well as some African nations.

There is one unknowable Deity figure, Olorun and the lesser spirits who are worshiped and prayed to are called the Loa (or the Lwa). Again, they are similar to many saints but the connection is not as strong as in Santeria.

Rituals in Vodou involve dancing and drumming and there is also sometimes animal sacrifice. Symbols called veves, drawn in various powders are used to call the Loa to the ritual.

These are both examples of African witchcraft, though they do not resemble the Wiccan form of witchcraft very much.

Scottish Witchcraft

Scottish witchcraft refers to the practice of magick in Scotland, which is the northern part of the United Kingdom. At least it is today. The region we currently identify as Scotland has had various peoples and cultures arise there over the centuries. In particular, the area saw the Druids, the Celts and the Picts (among others). These are the groups of most interest to anyone looking into Scottish witchcraft.

The Druids were actually a priestly class of Celts, so both cultures existed in the area at the same time. Information on the Druids is sketchy at best because they didn't keep written records. What we know today is mainly based on other writings about them. The Picts lived in the region later in history after the Druids and the Celts.

Though many have resurrected the Druid path (usually called neo-Druidry), most people are referring to the Celtic culture when talking about Scottish witchcraft. At least, that's the approach I am going to take for this article. Just remember that the Celts didn't live only in Scotland, so some things that are attributed to their culture could also be considered Irish.

Like with many ancient cultures, not that much accurate information has been passed down with regards to witchcraft. Many people have tried to tie modern Wiccan practices to Celtic origins, but that is a little questionable. Do not confuse true Celtic paganism with Celtic Wicca, which is a variation of Wicca that has adopted some Celtic leanings.

People who attempt to follow a true Celtic Pagan path would be Celtic Reconstructionists, who really represent a truer form of Scottish witchcraft though they include a complete religious path along with any magickal practices. They did not practice witchcraft as we consider it today, but had a very nature-based form of shamanism as a magickal practice.

Celtic Gods and Goddesses

The various people who lived in the Scotland area had their own pantheon's of Gods and Goddesses that they worshiped. Here are some of the better known Deities in the Celtic pantheon.

Danu - the great Earth mother of fertility, prosperity and cattle
Dagda - Father god who ruled over life and death, who was particularly worshiped by warriors
Morrigan - a triple crone Goddess who embodies battle, death and magick
Lugh - a Sun god of courage, youth and all craftspeople. His son was the great Irish folk hero Cuchulainn
Cerridwen - a fertility Goddess who also represented knowledge and wisdom.

Italian Witchcraft

Italian witchcraft is often called stregheria, and has its roots in old folk traditions of Italy. Like many other kinds of witchcraft that are tied to old cultures, much information has been lost over the years. This is the case with many forms of Scottish witchcraft as well.

Not to mention that most forms of Italian witchcraft were a personal family tradition, and passed on within a family line rather than practiced widely by many people.

Much of the information known today about Italian witchcraft comes from a book published in 1890 titled "Aradia: Gospel of the Witches [Italian witchcraft] " written by Charles Leland.

Traditional Italian beliefs are duo-theistic, meaning there is primarily one Goddess and one God rather than a whole pantheon. The Goddess is Diana and the God is Lucifer. Now don't be alarmed at the Lucifer mention. There is no relation to the Satanic version from Christianity. In this context, Lucifer is a sun God similar in characteristics to Apollo. And speaking of Greek Gods, Diana is the counterpart to Greek Artemis.

Diana and Lucifer had a child, and her name was Aradia. She came to earth to teach humans the art of witchcraft at her mother's request.

Since authentic Italian spirituality was handed down through families, there is not much known to outsiders. Their beliefs and practices were heavily influenced by their connections to their ancestor's spirits as well as to the natural world around them.

Egyptian Witchcraft

Like the witch craft of any other region, the Egyptian witch craft is based upon the country’s tradition, myth, legend, rituals, drama, poetry, song, dance, worship,  magic and living in harmony with the earth.

The practitioners of Egyptian witch craft honor the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses including the Triple goddess of the waxing, full and waning moon and the horned god of the sun, death and animal life.

Since moon has an important place in Egyptian witch craft, therefore both men and women in city apartments, suburban backyards and country glades meet on full moons and on festival occasions to raise their energy levels and harmonize themselves with the natural forces.

Congregations in Egyptian witch craft are called temples and covens where the seekers are initiated into learning the witch craft. The repeated patterns of changing seasons have great importance in the Egyptian witch craft. Ritual and festivals evolved to celebrate these seasonal cycles more especially during the sowing and harvesting seasons.

Egyptian witch craft, therefore, has an image of the ‘Wheel of the Year’ with its eight spokes which symbolize the four agricultural and pastoral festivals and the four solar festivals commemorating seasonal solstices and equinoxes. Like the ancient Pagans and witches, Egyptian witches consider the day as beginning at sundown and ending at sundown the following day.

Egyptian witches hone their divinatory skills in the increasing starlight and moon light and as winter begins, they work with the positive aspects of the dark tides.  Therefore October 31-November eve is the most auspicious period for the Egyptian witches as this, according to them, is the time when the veil that separates our world from the next is the thinnest. This period allows the dead to return to the world of living when their kith and kin welcome and feast them. [Egyptian Zodiac Wheel]

Egyptian witches perform magic at gatherings called Moon Celebrations or Esbats which coincide with the phases of the moon. Witches practice healing magic, protection, retaliation and channeling of energy to develop themselves spiritually. They create circles to work magic. The primary tool that they use to work magic is a ritual knife called aSacred Blade or Athame. The sacred blade gets charged with energy of the owner and is used to define space such as drawing a sacred circle where the owner’s will and energy work. A bowl of water is used to symbolize the element of water and its properties: cleansing, regeneration, and emotion.

Other important tools denote the elements earth, air, fire, and water. A pentacle (a pentagram traced upon a disk, like a small dish) is often used to symbolize earth and its properties, stability, material wealth and practical affairs. Alternatively, a small dish of salt or soil can be used to symbolize the earth element.

Scarab and Witchcraft

Witchcraft is based upon personal faith and beliefs, worship of pagan gods and nature. This belief system coincides with the deification of Scarab and its identification with Ra or Atum by Egyptians.

Ancient Egypt provides us a treasure trove of religious, social, engineering and health related literature unsurpassed anywhere in the world. The Grand Old Library of Alexandria was one big facility that was the largest source of literary information and scholarly works during the middle Egyptian era. A detailed study of ancient Egyptian religious literature provides us tons and loads of useful information on the topic of witchcraft and divine powers. Magic, sorceries and spells also formed an inalienable part of ancient Egyptian society.  Firm belief in magical spells, recitations and various other occult procedures made people to produce supernatural results and heavenly effects.

An average Egyptian always believed in the power of magic to solve many of the most common problems relating to health, marriage, children, ghosts and evil spirits. The mysterious way and intensive care with which experts performed innumerable magic and occult ceremonies were amazing! As early as in the first phase of great Egyptian kingdoms, the art of practicing magic and spells was common among the royalty and ordinary citizens. There was a general belief that the earth has a very close relation with the ugly underworld, the sky and air with a countless numbers of visible and invisible beings, all of them either friendly and hospitable or enemy and inhospitable, depending on the conditions that were again favorable or unfavorable to men.

In the ancient Egypt, witchcraft was completely scientific and orderly. Though, it was heavily sprinkled with religious flavor, its practice was very precise, systematic, artistic and highly organized. Ancient mythologies religious texts, magic manual and occult sheets provided us an invaluable clue on the importance of occult science as a day-to-day activity. Egyptian witchcraft and occult practices also depend on various other subjects like alchemy, astrology, astronomy, herbal medicines and animal concoctions. The person who was a consistent practitioner was an expert, and he or she could proudly announce that there was the cream of the society.

Old world magic in Egypt did enforce a sort of profound fear among the ordinary people, who made it a point to purchase amulets, herbs, magic potions and other similar things from magicians and sorcerers; most of these things were purely for protecting the life, home, farm and other personal goods from those invincible ghosts and spirits. Magical procedures and practices insisted on “speaking right”, meaning that one needed to repeat the magic formula and utterances in the right manner and the same way, even to the tenor of the voice!


The much celebrated Book of the Dead states that the main gates to distant, other world will never open to you, until you know your secret name or when you utter it an incorrect manner.

Egyptians were the first people to maintain and chronicle a number of superb books containing innumerable formulae, incantations, recitations, verses, poems, spells, charms and magical utterances for daily use and for special purposes. People found them very useful in the daily lives. One such tool was amulets that were very important for a number of purposes; amulets worn by the living people gave protection from ghosts and spirits, while when put on the dead souls, they saved them from bad influences. Amulets are those intuitive pieces of instruments made by using any materials and some of them carved with magical formulae. Amulets also came in a number of shapes and sizes like scarab and heart. Amulets also came in different forms just to protect different parts of the body.


The Book of Dead contains a number of spells and utterances that teach dead ones how to transform into many animal forms like birds, crocodiles, serpents, bats and eagles.

Egyptian history is also a big book of magic and occult, as it the science of magic appears in details even during the era of Great Moses and his brother Aaron. Exodus provides a graphical detail of the intense duel between these two brothers; just remember the famous incident of stick turning into a snake. Moses’ influence also included such things as pest infestation, plagues, and darkness during the day and torrential rains in the entire Egyptian territories. Incidentally, the appearance of plague through out the country is a manifestation of God’s fury and punishment.

King Solomon was a magician indeed, as mentioned in the book, The Wisdom of Solomon. This book provides details on how God gave him special powers including the capability to perform magic and occult. King Solomon had a great power to control even the most powerful demons. King Solomon is also a known expert in exorcising ghosts from human bodies.

Egyptian witchcraft and pharoanic magic had a profound influence on ordinary people, as they relied on such powers to provide them solutions to even the most difficult problems. Egyptian witchcraft also relied on a set of rigid and sound principles that controlled both mortal and immortal world. In essence, Egyptian witchcraft mainly aimed at creating:

Transfer of power heavenly, supernatural and surreal being to mortal men

Thus, the principles of Egyptian Pharoanic witchcraft enabled humans to get superhuman and supernatural strength and capacity, to become a mighty, powerful, original possessor of the supernatural powers.

Fact: The main goal of Egyptian witchcraft was to empower men with means and methods of making or compelling both demonic and friendly powers to do or perform what they wanted or wished, whether such forces wanted it or not!

Religion in Early Egypt had a profound and deep influence on the pharoanic magic practices and in fact, both existed side by side in a peaceful coexistence for many thousands of years. In reality, the magical powers exclusively belonged to men of religion and the one who was skilled in the art, science of magic was invincible, and his or her capacity was almost boundless and eternal. The domain of Egyptian witchcraft and occult was divine and surreal; a person who was an expert in the field was an immortal both by the deeds and by life.

Men of magic in Ancient Egypt used to utter or recite some important words in a systematic manner and deep intonation to heal sick people, by curing the incurable diseases, spell off the ghost residing in the body and restore the dead soul back into the physical body. They could even converse with the dead souls to provide them power to get rid of their guilt and sins to become saner bodies!

An ancient Egyptian magician or a sorcerer was proficient in many things like:
Enabling mortal humans to assume various others forms and their souls into weird animals and creatures,
Converting non living things and images to become living and making them act as per magician’s wishes,
To make powers of natures like wind, the rain, storms, hurricanes, rivers, sea, volcanoes, dangerous diseases and ultimate death, to work on behalf of a magician, and to make them wreak havoc and cause considerable trouble to all enemies,
Uttering the most powerful word of the day “thoth”, to which everyone gave respect including godly things,
To invoke most powerful gods to help them achieve things those are beyond normal people’s comprehension.

Ancient Egyptian religion was a wonderful mix of amazing gods, holy rituals and a fair amount of pure magic! It was surprising to see that Egyptians never differentiated between religion and magic! It id true as that well-known Egyptian writer, Clement, proudly said, “Egypt was the mother of magicians”! Ancient Egyptians also believed that the extreme power that lay behind magic and occult was heka. Old Egyptians also believed in one God who as eternal and omnipresent was unfathomable to human beings.


Neter was the name given to the unknown divine power and Netermeans “god”, “divine”, “supreme”, “great”,  “strength” and “renewal”

Magic used quite a bit of things from the religion like utterances, holy chants and prayers. The polytheism of Egyptian religion meant that Neter himself manifested in those local and lesser deities.

Fact: The great Goddess Isis was solely responsible for the creative force of Neter, while the God Thoth was Neter’s intellectual repository and the God Horus was Neter’s strength!
Did you know? That another name for magician was a theurgist or "god-worker?"

All old-world Egyptian magicians worked and performed magical rituals by identifying themselves with a particular deity or lesser god. In other words, a magician assumed the god form by attaching himself or herself with the god.

British witchcraft

As the cinema queues form again for our seasonal dose of hobbits, wizards, and strangely aggressive dwarves, there seems to be a big question hanging in the air — larger even than whether the intrepid hairballs will reach the next unpronounceable town.

It is this. What does our fascination with watching them yomp to-and-fro across Middle-earth tell us about Britain’s beliefs today? More precisely, what does it reveal about our attitude to magic and the supernatural?

To put the question in context, in 1937 J R R Tolkien published his neo-medieval epic, The Hobbit or There and Back Again.

Its magic-fuelled adventure was an instant hit.

Yet in 1944, only seven years later, juries at London’s austere Old Bailey were still gamely convicting women under the ancient Witchcraft Act 1735.

Moving ahead six years, in 1950 Tolkien’s friend and fellow don C S Lewis enchanted the public with his witchy goings on in Narnia. Hot on its heels, in 1954 Tolkein unleashed the great Lord of the Rings trilogy, which was instantly acclaimed by a loyal and expectant readership.

Wartime Britons feared witchcraft but loved The Lord of the Rings

So how did the same public coo with delight at Gandalf’s nonchalant command of the magical realm, yet look on with equanimity as Helen Duncan and 72-year-old Jane Yorke were subjected to full criminal trials for talking to spirits? The same readers of Tolkein and Lewis watched as both women were convicted by jury, fined in the case of Yorke, and carted off to Holloway Prison in the case of Duncan.

Fortunately, the offence was no longer capital, and there was never any question of hanging — although it would be another 11 years before the gallows trap was finally shut in Britain. The honour of being the last witch to be burned in the British Isles went to Janet Horne in Scotland, who was sent to the stake in 1727 for riding her daughter to the Devil, where he shod her. At least, as far as the presiding sheriff was concerned, this seemed the only explanation for her unfortunate daughter’s deformed hands and feet.

So how, in Blitz-scarred London, were two women found guilty under witchcraft legislation at a time when Tolkien and Lewis were stamping out wizards and witches by the kilo?

Whoever reads the (refreshingly) short Witchcraft Act 1735 quickly finds that it is tragically misnamed. It should really be called the Abolition of the Idea of Witchcraft Act.

The previous Witchcraft Acts had been built on the unshakable certainty that witches — who wantonly consorted with foul demons and undermined upstanding members of society — needed to be put to death.

King Henry VIII (1542), Queen Elizabeth I (1562), and King James I (1604) all passed Witchcraft Acts to reinforce this view. In fact, James I was so dippy about the subject, he took up his pen in 1597 and sweated over a small treatise he called Daemonologie. It begins:

The fearefull aboundinge at this time in this countrie, of these detestable slaues of the Deuill, the Witches or enchaunters, hath moved me (beloued reader) to dispatch in post, this following treatise of mine, not in any wise (as I protest) to serue for a shew of my learning & ingine, but onely (mooued of conscience) to preasse thereby, so farre as I can, to resolue the doubting harts of many.

Not long after, of course, he commissioned the King James Bible, which remains, for many, the gold standard of Bible translation, despite its strong grounding in the politics and beliefs of the day.

But it was all to change just over a century later under the Germanic influence of King George II. His Witchcraft Act of 1735 put an end to all the previous broomstick mumbo-jumbo. It rejected completely the idea that witches existed, and instead targeted fraudulent witches.

Therefore, what Helen Duncan and Jane Yorke were actually convicted of in 1944 was fraud. The Act put it like this:

IV. … if any Person shall … pretend to exercise or use any kind of Witchcraft, Sorcery, Inchantment, or Conjuration, or undertake to tell Fortunes, or pretend, from his or her Skill or Knowledge in any occult or crafty Science, to discover where or in what manner any Goods or Chattels, supposed to have been stolen or lost, may be found, every Person, so offending, being thereof lawfully convicted on Indictment or Information … shall, for every such Offence, suffer Imprisonment by the Space of one whole Year without Bail or Mainprize, and once in every Quarter of the said Year, in some Market Town of the proper County, upon the Market Day, there stand openly on the Pillory by the Space of One Hour.

Still, the subtle legal distinction was probably lost on the two women. In the grey newspapers of war-tired London, Helen Duncan and Jane Yorke went down in sensationalist legend as Britain’s last two witches — a notoriety that still dogs them.

Duncan was, it was claimed, manifestly a fraud, repeatedly shown to be regurgitating cheesecloth, egg white, rubber gloves, and all manner of other fabricated ‘ectoplasm’. Yorke’s séances were less dramatic, but there was a suspicion that she, like Duncan, might be preying on the war bereaved.

In Duncan’s case, there was additionally a whiff of intrigue. She revealed in a séance that a missing sailor had gone down on HMS Barham. This caused something of a stir, as knowledge of Barham’s sinking in November 1941 was tightly restricted to Whitehall and the families of the bereaved. With the D-Day Normandy landings only three months away, it has been suggested that some in government believed it was safer to confine Duncan to Holloway until after the summer offensive.

So why were the two women indicted under the Witchcraft Act? Both could as easily have been charged with deception, or offences under Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 which covered fraudulent fortune telling, astrology, and spiritualism.

Churchill, prime minister at the time, was troubled by the use of the witchcraft charges, which he called "obsolete tomfoolery" in a letter he fired off to the Home Secretary immediately after Duncan’s conviction.

But the fact the trial was specifically sensationalised by the government’s law officers through linking it to the ancient witchcraft laws hints at something much deeper in the British psyche.

The answer lies, at least in part, in the same fascination that keeps us returning for our annual silver-screen wizard fixes.

We are, as a nation, fascinated by the magical.

Of course, ever since George II’s Witchcraft Act of 1735, we do not believe in magic any more. We tone it down wherever possible. Even the institution at the historical heart of our cities and villages that was built on a belief in magic is a bit shuffly on the subject. Their special word for magic, “miracles” — which exists only to distinguish Christian magic from other less classy sorts — is pretty far down the agenda these days.

But still the British take to their sleeping bags to lie outside barricaded bookshops until opening time to get the latest book redolent of wise ones in pointy hats.

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The fact is that our fascination seems to be longstanding. Although we can rightly celebrate the British learning behind the World Wide Web, the Higgs Boson, and a host of other national achievements, our scientific prowess seems unable to shake our collective fascination with the manifestly irrational and supernatural — the idea there is a little magic somewhere, if we only know where to look for it.

And we do not just indulge this fetish on the screen.

On the 31  October each year, the nation gets routinely pagan.

Regardless of the modern commercialisation of Halloween, the country is carrying on the rites of the pre-Christian people of these Islands — tipping fancy dress moon-studded hats to the age-old winter festivals of the living and the dead.

And only five days later, on 5 November, we gaze deeply into the wintry fires of our forebears, in a rite that has everything to do with Celtic and Anglo-Saxon traditions and not a lot — let's be honest — with the baffling gunpowder politics of Stuart England.

Yet it's not just in winter that we acknowledge our magical past.

Local Mayday traditions abound, as spring returns and nature reawakens. Take Maypole dancing. Despite centuries of stern disapproval — starting with the Commonwealth of the mid-1600s, which castigated the revelry as idolatrous — it remains firmly anchored in many villages, towns, and cities. Every spring, poles are still strung with ribbons, and the zesty dance around them in honour of long-forgotten seasonal rites.

Once you start thinking of Britain as steeped in millennia of the magical and supernatural, you start to see it everywhere.

For example, there are the legions of bizarre Green Men festooning our medieval churches and cathedrals, emerging from, spewing out, or interbred with billowing foliage. Their magical oneness with nature has no basis in Christianity, but would have fitted into Tolkein’s imaginary world without a ripple.

If that all sounds too genteel and you like your magic to have more teeth, then consider Britain's place as the home of modern magical practices. And I do not mean Paul Daniels or Derren Brown. According to the world expert Professor Ronald Hutton, modern pagan witchcraft (or Wicca) is the only world religion made in England.

It is worth realizing that Wicca (from the Anglo-Saxon wicca, witch) was only taken public by the former civil servant Gerald Gardner once the coast was well and truly clear following the repeal of the Witchcraft Act in 1951.

Yeats belonged to the Order of the Golden Dawn (sacred writings above_

In fact, there is a vast amount in this area that is uniquely British. Modern druidry, the Golden Dawn (above), and even Aleister Crowley's Thelema, are all successful British magical exports. They may sound fringe now, but in their heyday they attracted adherents like the Nobel Prize winning poet W B Yeats and Constance, Oscar Wilde’s wife, who all dressed up and performed high society ancient magical rituals.

Among other notable Victorian supernatural organizations, the most famous is perhaps The Ghost Club, founded by fellows from Cambridge University to investigate the paranormal. Over the years, its elite membership has included Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (a keen spiritualist), and Siegfried Sassoon.

So. Back to Bilbo, Harry, Dumbledore, Aslan, Hagrid, Gandalf, Hermione, Galadriel, and the great roll call of the rest, who have now been assimilated into British winter as readily as Stollen and Christmas markets.

Even though the 2011 census shows a drop in organized religion and a rise in more flexible alternatives, it seems we are far from embracing a systematic secularism. Instead, we are, in our droves, transfixed by mythical figures who straddle the large space in our minds for wonder and the irrational.

The final question is: why Britain? What makes Britain so rich in writers and audiences who flock to these themes?

This time, the answer is as clear as looking out of the window at the British landscape, while remembering that the word ‘pagan’ comes frompagani, meaning people from the countryside.

The inescapable reality is that these islands battle with elemental weather, giving us a visceral awareness of the drama of the changing seasons. Coupled with the long dark nights of winter and the euphoria of summer light, the British have always had an innate awareness of the proximity of the natural world, and its power to make or break us in any year.

The result is an understandable fascination with the behaviour of nature. It is therefore no wonder that we have always been transfixed by figures who command the forces that the rest of us can only watch.

And there is nothing new in that. Canute the Great — all powerful king of England and much of Scandinavia — can have been thinking of little else when he pitched his chair on the shore to show his toady courtiers that even he, for all his magnificence, could not command the tide.

At least his fun was not spoiled by any Witchcraft Acts.

Witchcraft was not made a capital offence in Britain until 1563 although it was deemed heresy and was denounced as such by Pope Innocent VIII in 1484. From 1484 until around 1750 some 200,000 witches were tortured, burnt or hanged in Western Europe.

Most supposed witches were usually old women, and invariably poor. Any who were unfortunate enough to be 'crone-like', snaggle-toothed, sunken cheeked and having a hairy lip were assumed to possess the 'Evil Eye' ! If they also had a cat this was taken a proof, as witches always had a 'familiar', the cat being the most common.

Many unfortunate women were condemned on this sort of evidence and hanged after undergoing appalling torture. The 'pilnie-winks' (thumb screws) and iron 'caspie-claws' (a form of leg irons heated over a brazier) usually got a confession from the supposed witch.

Witch fever gripped East Anglia for 14 terrible months between 1645 - 1646. The people of these eastern counties were solidly Puritan and rabid anti-Catholics and easily swayed by bigoted preachers whose mission was to seek out the slightest whiff of heresy. A man called Matthew Hopkins, an unsuccessful lawyer, came to help (!) He became known as the 'Witchfinder General' . He had 68 people put to death in Bury St. Edmunds alone, and 19 hanged at Chelmsford in a single day. After Chelmsford he set off for Norfolk and Suffolk. Aldeburgh paid him £6 for clearing the town of witches, Kings Lynn £15 and a grateful Stowmarket £23. This was at a time when the daily wage was 2.5p.

A heart carved on a wall in the market place at Kings Lynn is supposed to mark the spot where the heart of Margaret Read, a condemned witch who was being burnt at the stake, leapt from the flames and struck the wall.

Much of Matthew Hopkins theories of deduction were based on Devils Marks. A wart or mole or even a flea-bite he took to be a Devils Mark and he used his 'jabbing needle' to see if these marks were insensitive to pain. His 'needle' was a 3 inch long spike which retracted into the spring-loaded handle so the unfortunate woman never felt any pain.

Matthew Hopkins, Witch Finder General. From a broadside published by Hopkins before 1650

There were other tests for witches. Mary Sutton of Bedford was put to the swimming test. With her thumbs tied to opposite big toes she was flung into the river. If she floated she was guilty, if she sank, innocent. Poor Mary floated!

A last reminder of Hopkins' reign of terror was discovered in St. Osyth in 1921. Two female skeletons were found in a garden, pinned into unmarked graves and with iron rivets driven through their joints. This was to make sure a witch could not return from the grave. Hopkins was responsible for over 300 executions.

Mother Shipton is remembered still in Knaresborough, Yorkshire. Although called a witch, she is more famous for her predictions about the future. She apparently foresaw cars, trains, planes and the telegraph. Her cave and the Dripping Well , where objects hung under the dripping water become like stone, are a popular site to visit today in Knaresborough.

In August 1612, the Pendle Witches, three generations of one family, were marched through the crowded streets of Lancaster and hanged.

Though many of the Acts against witchcraft were repealed in 1736, witch hunting still went on. In 1863, an alleged male witch was drowned in a pond in Headingham, Essex and in 1945 the body of an elderly farm labourer was found near the village of Meon Hill in Warwickshire. His throat had been cut and his corpse was pinned to the earth with a pitchfork. The murder remains unsolved, however the man was reputed, locally, to be a wizard.

It seems that belief in witchcraft has not entirely died out.

 

American witchcraft

American Witchcraft

The subject of Witchcraft in America is a confusing one, primarily as a result of the infamous “Salem Witch Trials” that took place in 1692. This atrocity began when a group of young, apparently bored and seeking attention, accused three local women of being witches.  The hysteria escalated when certain individuals realized that they could take possession of the land and property of the accused, (and executed) victims of this persecution. When word of the executions reached Massachusetts Colonial Governor William Phipps in Boston he quickly realized what was happening and put an end to the trials. Though this travesty of justice was all a sham and there were no true witches involved the good people of Salem, Massachusetts, being the type of people to let a good marketing gimmick slip away, have continued to foster the image (and the business) of the city as  “The Witch City”.  The true story of Witchcraft in America is also a muddled one because of a basic misunderstanding of what Traditional Witchcraft is, and what it is not. 

Witchcraft is the name that was adopted by the early Christian Church as a way to label and condemn the practitioners of the ancient pagan religions as godless heretics and worshipers of Satan. These pagan religions were in actuality merely the continuation of the native spiritual and cultural beliefs of ancient peoples that were practiced prior to the advent of Christianity. Simply put, “witchcraft” became a buzz word for demonizing anyone who practiced a polytheistic or nature based religion as the Church saw these religions as obstacles to its being able to subjugate the people to its monotheistic dogma.

As in most areas of the world where the native peoples were colonized by European Christians  the concept of witchcraft, as we think we understand it today, had not existed prior to the arrival of their arrival. Even when the label of “witch” was used; it was more often applied to the European religious dissenters and not the native people themselves. The native people that practiced their old pagan religions were usually referred to as “heathens” and their religious leaders incorrectly as medicine men and medicine women  or as "shamans".   

The word "shaman" actually originated in Siberia and it describes a specialized type of holy person who practices not only with prayer and rituals, but also through direct ecstatic communication  with the spirits themselves. Because these ecstatic trances were so important to the Native American people as a means of getting in touch with spiritual forces, the title “Pow-Wow”, ( from the Algonquin word “pauwau”; meaning  “one who has visions"), was accorded to those who fulfilled this role within the tribe. The word, whose spelling was eventually settled in English as “pow-wow”, was also used as the name for ceremonies and councils, because of the important role played by the pauwau in both. Though at council meetings, especially those dealing with pacts and treaties with outsiders, the pauwau was present not as an actual vision seeker, but more to sense the truthfulness of the parties involved.

All pagan religions are localized nature religions, meaning that although the basic principles are universal, the local myths and customs of each individual culture are embodied in the local tribal rituals as a common allegorical reference.

The ancient peoples believed that the Gods they venerated inhabited the land itself. When these early Pagans wished to honor their Gods, they created a connection between their homeland, where their Gods resided, and the land where they stood. In this way, the new land became an extension of the homeland and when a Witch is within the homeland, they evoke or invoke the land itself as the connection to spirit world. "The Homeland" is therefore quite possibly the most important aspect of Traditional Witchcraft. The homeland is the home of the Gods, and in many beliefs the two are synonymous. It was therefore quite natural for European settlers of traditional pagan beliefs, who immigrated to America, to adopt the local myths and customs and into their own beliefs and rituals.  

 

The Pow-Wow Tradition is a classic example of this melding of “The Old Ways” of the Europeans and local Native American beliefs. Though some claim that the Pow-Wow Tradition is German in its origin, it is more an adoption of local traditions of theAlgonquin peoples by the early German and Dutch immigrants of pagan heritage who settled in the Pennsylvania region of the United States.

Observing the Algonquin's powwows, the pagan immigrants discovered that like themselves, the Natives used charms and incantations for healing. Impressed with their methods of driving out evil spirits, they adopted the term “powwowing” to refer to their own magickal healings. As their practice of magick was also centered on herbs and healing, they learned from the local people about the native roots and herbs for use in charms and healing.

As stated earlier, the term Pow-Wow comes from the Algonquin word ‘pauwau’”, meaning ‘vision seeker’ and the Pow-Wow Witches encompass shamanic like rituals of healing through visions and the application of traditional medicines, which are often accompanied by prayers, incantations, songs, and dances. The Pow-Wow Tradition places great significance on the vision seeker as the nexus of tribal activities and rituals.

 

Perhaps the most fascinating of the European/American merging of pagan ritual and practices is the Appalachian Granny Magic Tradition. Dating back to the first settlers of the Appalachian Mountains who came to the United States from Scotland and Ireland in the 1700's and who brought with them their "Old World" magical traditions. Those traditions were then blended with the local traditions of the Cherokee into a combination of folk remedies, faith healing, storytelling and magick.

The 'Granny' Witches call themselves 'Doctor Witches' or 'Water Witches' depending upon whether they are more gifted in healing and midwifery, or if they are more in tune with dowsing for water, lay lines and energy vortexes. This tradition is termed 'Granny' from the prominent role played by older women in the mountain communities. This calls to mind the image of  “Doctor Granny” from “The Beverly Hillbillies” who, though a comic parody, was a fairly realistic representation of an actual Appalachian “Granny Witch”.

In conclusion, the traditions of American Witchcraft are not a “new witchcraft”. They are not Wiccan, nor neo-pagan. They are simply the ways that pagan immigrants have found to bring the native spirits of their new homeland into harmony with their traditional beliefs and practices in order to find their way around the new neighborhood..

Native American Witchcraft

Native American witchcraft was basically allied with the religious beliefs of the natives of the region. In fact religion and witchcraft were alike in many ways. Both the witchcraft and the religious beliefs held the nature sacred. Many of their symbols and ideas came from nature. Old religion was closer to the spirit of the Native American traditions and witchcraft.

Each region of Native America had its unique kind of witchcraft which used different kinds of amulets and charms. They had their own rituals and masks. The practitioners of witchcraft wore costumes specific to the region. They had their own carvings, totem poles and performed ceremonies according to the area where they lived. In spite of all these regional differences they all shared a sense of awareness and oneness with their land, plants and creatures of Native America.

They looked to their land for providing them the raw material for their magic and witchcraft. The material included herbs, stones, feathers and bones besides articles for preparing the medicines, tools and other instruments such as charms, costumes and masks. The witches had deep faith in the power of nature and tried to maintain a sense of unity with its invisible forces.

The witches and medicine men used several methods and tools to diagnose the ailments of the patients such as crystal rocks and  using their trembling hands in a state of trance. Some times they chanted some sacred hymns while diagnosing the diseases.

The shamans, usually women, served the community by performing ceremonies to cure several diseases and ward off evil influences over the weather and the harvest. Herbs used to be an important medium of curing the sick persons.

There is also a reference to a sacred pipe which was very important symbol of witchcraft. Sacred pipe symbolized the medicine wheel and all the four directions in the same space. Pinches of tobacco along with some grains were placed in the pipe which was also used for lamenting.

Owl had a very important place in the witch craft of those days. Owl was considered a symbol of bad luck. An owl sent by a witch could not be killed.

 

 

How to see and READ the AURA:

 

 

There is nothing “paranormal” in the Universe, except our limited understanding of Nature. What we think we “know” on Earth now is just a tiny drop in the Ocean of Knowledge.

 

In the distant past, people admired things they could not explain and called them “miracles”. Long ago, people were able to see Auras. Advanced spiritual people such as Buddha, Christ and their immediate students were painted with golden haloes around their heads, because some artists could actually see Auras. In Australia remote West Kimberleys you can find prehistoric cave paintings (bottom left), many thousands of years old, depicting people with golden haloes. (photo courtesy G.L.Walsh) Nature gave us ALL we need to see Auras. All is required is the knowledge how to use your senses together with your conscious effort. If you decide not to try, you will NEVER see the Aura. On the other hand, when you SEE something for yourself, no longer will you need to rely on believing someone. You will KNOW. And you can use your knowledge to learn more.

 

Many great people in the past complained that "we have eyes and we do not see". Further in this document you will discover what they meant.

 

ANYONE can see auras to some degree. Rather than create an aura of mystery around my newly acquired skill, my approach is to show everyone what their eyes are capable of. When nearly everyone (including children) sees a similar thing, I consider this a part of our Nature and I say that it deserves our attention.

 

This page summarizes the content of regular lecture-workshops on seeing and Reading Auras held by Dr. Tom J. Chalko. It was written to be BRIEF. For best results you need to refer to it from time to time. If you want to arrange workshop and have a group of people ready, please contact the author. You can also buy Dr Tom J. Chalko workshop notes (an expanded version of this document). 

What is the Aura ?Everything in the Universe seems to be just a vibration. Every atom, every part of an atom, every electron, every elementary “particle”, even our thoughts and consciousness are just vibrations. Hence, we may define the Aura as a electro-photonic vibration response of an object to some external excitation (such as an ambient light for example). This definition is sufficient for the purpose of reading Auras, providing that we can train ourselves to see the Aura vibration.

 

The most important property of the Aura seems to be the fact that it containsINFORMATION about the object.

 

Aura around living (conscious) objects (people, plants ...) changes with time, sometimes very quickly. Aura around non-living object (stones, crystals, water...) is essentially fixed, but can be changed by our conscious intent. Above facts have been observed by scientists in Russia, who have been using Kirlian effect to study Auras for the last 50 years.

 

The Aura around humans is partly composed from EM (electromagnetic) radiation, spanning from microwave, infrared (IR) to UV light. The low frequency microwave and infrared part of the spectrum (body heat) seems to be related to the low levels of the functioning of our body (DNA structure, metabolism, circulation etc.) whereas high frequency (UV part) is more related to our conscious activity such as thinking, creativity, intentions, sense of humor and emotions. Russian scientists, who seem to be about 3 decades ahead of everyone else in Aura research, make experiments suggesting that our DNA can be altered, by influencing its microwave Aura. The high frequency UV part is very important and most interesting but largely unexplored. And this part can be seen with naked eyes.

 

Why do we need to see auras ?Colors and intensity of the aura, especially around and above the head have VERY special meanings. Watching someone's aura you can actually see the other person's thoughts before you hear them expressed verbally. If they do not agree with what this person is saying, you effectively see a lie every time. No one can lie in front of you undetected. We cannot fake the Aura. It shows our True Nature and intentions for everyone to see.

 

Also, aura is our spiritual signature. When you see a person with a bright, clean aura, you can be SURE that such person is good and spiritually advanced, even if he/she is modest and not aware of it. When you see a person with a gray or dark aura, you may be almost SURE, that such person has unclear intentions, regardless how impressive, eloquent, educated, "good looking" or "well dressed" he/she seems to appear.

 

It is ESPECIALLY important to check the aura of any religious leader, "spiritual teacher", "master" or a "guru". Such a person should have a clearly defined yellow-golden halo around the head. If he/she does not have it, you are MUCH better on your own.

 

Joining a sect or a religion that is led by incompetent people without good Auras is very dangerous for your consciousness. Where is the danger ? When the time comes to really use the information stored in your consciousness from this lifetime, there may be almost nothing useful there, if you focus your life on following rituals and the flock of other people. In such case it is necessary to re-learn everything from the beginning. Most sect, religion and political leaders have only two things in mind: money and power to control people. And you can SEE it in their Aura for yourself. Imagine changes on Earth if many people can see Auras of their leaders and start choosing them on the basis of their Auras.

 

By reading Aura it seems possible to diagnose malfunctions in the body (diseases) long before physical symptoms become evident. By consciously controlling your Aura you can actually heal yourself.

 

However, healing of the physical body is nothing in comparison to what seeing and reading auras can do for our consciousness, spiritual development and our awareness of Nature.

 

Everyone has an Aura. But most people on Earth have VERY WEAK and dull Auras. This seems to be a direct consequence of their life long materialistic attitude negating and suppressing the development of consciousness, cultivating fear, envy, jealousy and other similar emotions. Such attitude suppresses their True Nature, and their Auras seem to become suppressed too.

 

When you learn to see Auras, be prepared for a REALLY HARD question: “Can you tell me what my Aura is ?” and the situation when you don't see any Aura or you see something you don't want to talk about. One of the best answers I found is “why don't you learn to see it for yourself ? “. And this is one of the main reasons why I teach people to see auras.

 

When people realize that their Aura is on display and many people are able to see it, they will watch what they think. And they will try to see and improve their own Aura. In the process they will become better and wiser, being able to recognize intentions of other people. Surely, the entire world will become much better if all people can see and read Auras.

 

Children and the Aura:Very young children (up to 5 years of age) see auras naturally. Infants frequently look ABOVE a person in front of them. When they don't like the color of the aura above the head, or if this color is much different from their parent's aura, they cry, no matter how much smiling the person does.

 

Children have much cleaner and stronger auras than most of adults, who are usually completely enslaved by the materialistic world and suppress their Nature by following superficial examples. When I taught my 12 year old son to see his own Aura, he told me that when he was little he was able to see Auras most of the time. But no one paid any attention, so he thought that it was not important and maybe there was something wrong with his eyesight. This is a typical scenario. In my opinion children should learn to see and read Auras in a primary school, so they never lose this natural ability.

ur EyesWith our eyes we can sense (perceive) a very narrow range of vibration frequencies of ElectroMagnetic (EM) vibration corresponding to wavelengths from 0.3 to 0.7 micrometers - from purple to red. A mix of the vibration frequencies in the above range we perceive with our eyes as color. We can measure this mix precisely by recording a spectrum of light, but only using special instruments, called spectrophotometers.

 

Colors perceived by our eyes are only our partial perception of MUCH more complex reality : complex vibration of light (and other vibrations as well). To explain the above statement, we would need to define the spectrum and explain how we perceive colorwith our eyes. 

 

How to see Aura: developing auric sight

 In an effort to see the Aura we need to:

 

 Increase the sensitivity of our eyes AND
 Extend the range of perceived vibration beyond the visible light.
It seems that we can accomplish the above by:

 

 Using and training our peripheral vision
 Increasing exposure
 Enhance visual sensation processing in the brain - enhance the communication between left and right hemispheres of the brain

Peripheral visionWhy should we use our peripheral vision? Our retina (the focal plane of the eye containing photosensitive cells) is less damaged there than in the central part. The central part of retina is constantly in use, and over the years suffers accumulated damage from excessive and/or artificial illumination (TV, computers, artificial light etc...). Also we have trained the central vision to be used in certain ways over the years.

 

Young children see auras much easier, because their central vision is not yet damaged. Once they go to school they are told to use their vision in a certain way, and gradually they lose their natural auric sight.

Increasing exposureWhen we want to do a photo of a dark scene, we need to increase the time of exposure of the film. We can accomplish this for our eyes by concentrating exactly on ONE spot for a while (30-60 seconds).

When our eyes are moving, or a scene moves in front of our eyes, images are averaged by our eye. (25 TV frames per second seems a fluent motion). When we concentrate on one spot, we increase our sensitivity because we average the incoming light, cumulating its effect.

Our photosensitive cells (Red Green and Blue) operate as vibration sensors, much like 3 radio receivers tuned to 3 "colors" RGB. When you need to achieve a large vibration of , say, a swing - you can accomplish it using a very weak excitation force, but persist with it. Concentrating with your eyes on one spot you achieve a very similar effect: with a very small stimulation you can gradually swing your photo sensitive cells into large vibration, and this results in a visual sensation perceived by the brain. 

 

Concentration exercise 1Place the picture in Fig 1 about 1.5 m in front of you. Look exactly at the black spot for 30 seconds or so and observe colored dots with your peripheral vision. Resist temptation to look anywhere else but the black spot.

Fig 1. Image for concentration exercise

 

Note that colored areas seem to be surrounded by the “Aura” of a different color. When peripheral sensors are stimulated for some time, we have color sensations, much different than when we use the central vision. The longer you concentrate, the brighter is the “Aura” around colored areas, because your sensitivity increases. Yesterday you could look at this picture for hours and never see anything. Concentration at ONE spot for long enough is the key. Rather than the true Aura, this exercise demonstrates the principle of how to look to see human Auras by making you aware of certain specific capabilities of your eyesight and your perception.

 

Concentration exercise 2This exercise aims to stimulate the communication between both hemispheres of the brain, thereby increasing the "processing power" needed to see Auras. Place the picture in Fig 2 about 1 meter in front of you. Stretch your hand forward so that one of your fingers is between and underneath circles.

 

Change focus on the tip of your finger and overlook the circles. You should see 4 circles. Then aim to overlap the middle two to see ONE CIRCLE WITH A WHITE CROSS on top of your finger, in the middle between the two. Seeing the cross is the evidence, that the left hemisphere of the brain (connected to the right eye) is communicating with the right hemisphere (connected to the left eye).

 

 

This exercise turns out to be extremely beneficial: 5 minutes of it seems to double the size of the electro-photonic aura as recorded by bioelectrography.

 

The cross will initially float and seem unstable. Experiment with the distance from your finger to your eyes to achieve a perfect cross. You gain a significant benefit after 3-5 minutes of maintaining a perfectly balanced cross, preferably without blinking, but a magic duration seems to be 45 minutes of concentration at the time, which is said to make a REAL difference to your mental and auric abilities.

 

In my experience it is best to start with a minute or two and gradually increase the time every week. Short and intensive concentration seems to be better than a longer one, interrupted by the lack of skill.

 

Gradually, with practice you should be able to achieve and maintain the cross without the finger. While maintaining the cross try to become aware of the other 2 circles as well as everything around using your peripheral vision. You should see Auric colors around the colored circles above with your peripheral vision. When you can analyze surroundings using your peripheral vision, without loosing the cross (and the concentration), you are ready to see and read auras.

 

Advanced levels of concentration :One diameter in the cross seems usually "in front" of the other. This means, that one of your brain hemispheres seems to dominate the other. Males usually see the horizontal diameter above (left hemisphere dominates) females usually see the vertical diameter above (right hemisphere dominates).

 

Try to get the "hidden" diameter in front as much as possible, by concentrating, on demand. The final level of concentration is to achieve and maintain a perfectly balanced cross with all four arms of similar intensity, thereby achieving a perfect balance both hemispheres. Many people experience amazing effects here. Firstly, concentration gets much deeper. Secondly, after 2-3 minutes you seem like loosing sight, with bright background becoming dark purple or pink. Your sensitivity and awareness greatly increase.

 

Several people reported that wearing the Chakra Shirt significantly enhances such concentration, and my personal experience confirms this. 

 

Colors and Auric Pairs

 

In concentration exercises 1 and 2 we noticed that real colors are surrounded with Auras of different colors. These auric colors are not random. Following is a list of Auric Pairs of colors for all clean colors of the rainbow (monochromatic colors).

 

red gives turquoise aura, turquoise gives red aura orange gives blue aura, blue gives orange aura yellow gives violet aura, violet gives yellow aura green gives pink aura, pink gives green aura

 

The above table applies also to intermediate colors, for example yellow-green color gives a pink-violet aura. Note, that above Auric pairs are DIFFERENT than complementary color pairs, "color wheels" and "color spaces" promoted by the science and art on Earth. Every child can confirm that auric pairs listed above are true.

 

A good look around will prove that the Nature is very fond of Auric Pairs. Take any red colored bird and you can be sure, that this bird will have turquoise body parts too. The same applies to blue-orange, yellow-violet and pink-green combinations, not only in birds, but in fish, butterflies, flowers etc.. - anything which is vividly coloured by Nature. Occasionally you will see “the next best” color instead of a perfect auric match. Have you noticed that MOST of flowers on Earth that grow on trees and are surrounded by GREEN leaves are either violet, pink(purple) or red? Auric Pairs in Nature are very stimulating, and frequently induce an overwhelming feeling of beauty and happiness.

 

You need to memorize and know well the above Auric Pairs. Why? Because if you see a pink Aura around someone in a bright green dress, there is a strong possibility that you see the "Aura" of a dress, not of a person.

 

Seeing the Aura

 

This exercise is designed to see Aura for the first time and/or practice seeing Auras. Choosing good conditions is important: not only you see the Aura better, but also to gain a confidence about what you see.

Situate the person in front of a very softly illuminated PLAIN WHITE background. A color background will change Aura colors, so you need additional knowledge about combining colors. Some combinations of background and Aura colors may cause misinterpretation problems.
Choose ONE SPOT to look at. The middle of the forehead is VERY GOOD. This is a location of so called Brow Chakra or the Third Eye. In some cultures (India) they put a mark on a forehead. Such a mark in ancient times could mean the invitation to look and see the Aura.
Look at this spot for 30 to 60 seconds or longer
After 30 seconds analyze surroundings with your peripheral vision, while still looking at the same spot. Continuing the concentration is most important. Resist temptation to look around. You should see that the background nearby the person is brighter and has a DIFFERENT color than the background further away. This is your own perception of the Aura. The longer you concentrate, the better you will see it. Remember, concentration on one spot increases your sensitivity by accumulating the effect of the Aura vibration reaching your eyes.

Taking a SNAPSHOT of an Aura.

 

After concentrating long enough to see the aura, close your eyes. For a second or two you will see the Aura ONLY. Be prepared. You have only one second or two until your photosensitive cells will stop vibrating and sending visual sensations to the brain. And if you miss is, you have to start concentrating again. Try to experiment how fast or slow you should close your eyes.

 

Observing auras of other peopleThe best is to look directly at someone's brow chakra (third eye or wisdom eye, which is located @1.5 cm above the nose, between eyes) and aim to achieve the state of mind similar to the concentration technique described above for at least 30-60 seconds. I have tried also looking at throat and heart chakras with similar results. However, if you concentrate on someone's chest it looks so unusual that the person concerned is usually very uneasy about it. When you look into someone's brow chakra you can actually continue conversation.

 

Again, VERY softly illuminated background, with no shadows is best. With practice, any uniformly illuminated background (such as a blue sky for example) will suffice.

 

How to see your own Aura

 

Stand about 1.5 m in front of a good size mirror. In the beginning it is best if the background behind you is plain white and there are no shadows. Illumination should be VERY soft and uniform not bright. Follow instructions above for seeing Auras.

 

PRACTICE for at least 10-15 minutes each day to increase your sensitivity and develop Auric sight. Remember that practice is required to develop Auric sight.

 

Auric sight and after-images 

 

One of the most frequently asked questions during my workshops is: "Tom, are my eyes playing tricks on me ?" The answer is no, you have just learnt to pay attention to what your eyes are capable of. Light sensors in our eyes (Red Green and Blue) are vibration sensors which are highly non-linear and they have memory. The consequence of memory is that they can oscillate for up to several seconds after the visual stimulation has been discontinued.

 

This memory of visual stimulation is frequently perceived as afterimage. Afterimages have a precisely the same shape as original images. Afterimage of an object surrounded by its Aura is larger than the original image. The increase in such afterimage is due to the vibration of an Aura and actually represents a "snapshot" of an Aura. It is therefore essential to focus at one spot when watching the Aura and resist temptation to change the point of focus, otherwise an image of the Aura may become confused with the afterimage of an object.

 

Meaning of Aura and its colors

 

The Aura is a reflection of our True Nature at any given moment. At this point it is perhaps necessary to explain what do I mean by "True Nature" and why some effort is necessary to "discover" it. Our society seems to emphasize symbols, stereotypes, habits, manners, superficial behavior, pretending, following others and submitting free will to some "leaders". Our "education" seems to be based on views and expectations of people who try to control the flock.

 

Our True Nature is what is left when we recognize and discard all our habits, stereotypes, manners, and pretending, superficial behavior and become fully conscious, truly natural and spontaneous. Note that some people are so attached to their manners and habits that it is very hard, if not impossible, to discover who they really are. The only way to get an instant insight into their personality seems to be by watching their Aura, because the Aura shows their True Nature, behind any facade of superficial behavior.

 

In general, the more colorful, cleaner and brighter the Aura, the better and more spiritually advanced is the person. Also, the more uniform the energy distribution in the Aura, the healthier and more balanced the person is.

 

Distribution of the energy in the Aura seems to have the potential of a powerful medical diagnostic tool, but usually requires using a complex equipment. The scope of this article is to concentrate on what we can easily see with our eyes.

 

Our Aura surrounds the entire body, but the interpretation of colors below relates to the Aura around the head only. Meaning of colors around the head presented below suggested in the literature has been confirmed by the author. When you learn to see Aura well, you can verify it for yourself, by concentrating on certain thoughts while watching your Aura, or telling people what their thoughts are when you see their Auras.

 

Usually, people have one or two dominating colors (strong points) in their Aura. These colors (or their Auric pairs) will be most likely their favorite colors.

 

In addition to dominant colors, the Aura reflects thoughts, feelings and desires, which appear like "flashes", "clouds" or "flames", usually further away from the head. For example a flash of orange in the Aura indicates a thought or desire to exercise power and control. Orange as a dominant color is a sign of power and general ability to control people. Quickly changing "flashes" indicate quickly changing thoughts.

 

Meaning of Clean Colors of the Aura (colors of the rainbow, bright, shiny, monochromatic colors):

 

Purple: indicates spiritual thoughts. Purple is never a strong point in the Aura. It appears only as temporary "clouds" and "flames", indicating truly spiritual thoughts.

 

Blue: Balanced existence, sustaining life, eased nerve system, transmitting forces and energy. People with blue strong point in their Aura are relaxed, balanced and feel ready to live in a cave and survive. They are born survivors. Blue thought is a thought about relaxing the nerve system to achieve the balance of the mind or a thought about surviving. Electric blue can override any other color in the Aura, when the person is receiving and/or transmitting information in a telepathic communication. For example Michel Desmarquet, author of "Thiaoouba Prophecy", frequently glows with the electric blue during his lectures, especially when he answers questions from the public.

 

Turquoise: indicates dynamic quality of being, highly energized personality, capable of projection, influencing other people. People with turquoise strong point in their Aura can do many things simultaneously and are good organizers. They feel bored when forced to concentrate on one thing. People love bosses with turquoise Auras, because such bosses explain their goals and influence their team rather than demand executing their commands. Turquoise thought is a thought about organizing and influencing others.

 

Green: restful, modifying energy, natural healing ability. All natural healers should have it. People with a green strong point in their Auras are natural healers. The stronger the green Aura, the better the healer. They also love gardening and usually have a "green hand" - anything grows for them. Being in a presence of a person with a strong and green Aura is a very peaceful and restful experience. Green thought indicates a restful state and healing.

 

Yellow: joy, freedom, non-attachment, freeing or releasing vital forces. People who glow yellow are full of inner joy, very generous and not attached to anything. Yellow halo around the head: high spiritual development. A signature of a spiritual teacher. Do not accept spiritual teachings from anyone who does not have such a yellow halo. Buddha and Christ had yellow halos extending to their arms. Today it is rare on Earth to find a person with a halo larger than 1 inch. Yellow halo appears as a result of a highly active brow chakra (which can be seen glowing with violet by many people at my workshops). Highly spiritual people stimulate the brow chakra continuously for many years, because they always have intensive spiritual thoughts in their minds. When this chakra is observed when highly active, a yellow (Auric pair) halo appears around it, surrounding the entire head. Yellow thought indicates a moment of joy and contentment.

 

Orange: uplifting and absorbing. Inspiring. A sign of power. Ability and/or desire to control people. When orange becomes a strong point, it usually contributes to a yellow halo, which then becomes gold, indicating not only a spiritual teacher, but a powerful spiritual teacher, someone capable of demonstrating his/her unique abilities. Orange thought is a thought about exercising power or a desire to control people.

 

Red: materialistic thoughts, thoughts about the physical body. Predominantly red Aura indicates materialistically oriented person.

 

Pink (=purple+red): love (in a spiritual sense). To obtain a clean pink, you need to mix the purple (the highest frequency we perceive) with red (the lowest frequency). Pink Aura indicates that the person achieved a perfect balance between spiritual awareness and the material existence. The most advanced people have not only a yellow halo around the head (a permanent strong point in the Aura) but also a large pink Aura extending further away. The pink color in the Aura is quite rare on Earth and appears only as a temporary thought, never as a strong point in the Aura.

Meaning of Dirty colors: (colors appearing darker than background more like a smoke than a glow)

 

Brown: unsettling, distracting, materialistic, negating spirituality.

 

Gray: dark thoughts, depressing thoughts, unclear intentions, presence of a dark side of personality.

 

Sulfur (color of a mustard): pain or lack of ease, anger

 

White: serious disease, artificial stimulation (drugs). Why does the white color in the Aura indicate problems? White color is like a noise, rather than a set of harmonious tones (monochromatic colors). It is impossible to "tune" the noise to an orchestra playing harmonious music, hence the white Aura indicates a lack of harmony in the body and mind. Nature, which we are a part of, is harmonious. This harmony comes in discrete vibration "tones" or harmonics, partially described by the modern quantum physics. Several hours before the death, the Aura becomes white, and greatly increases in intensity. For this reason in most cultures "death" is depicted in WHITE (not black), because in the past, people could actually see a white Aura before death. It seems that our ancestors knew much more than we are prepared to admit.

 

Amplifying your Aura vibration and bio-energy

 

Things which can greatly amplify your aura are:

Meditation (purifying your mind from any thoughts)
Concentration exercise with the cross
Matching your aura with the environment

 

Matching your aura with environment

 

When we match vibrational frequencies (spectra) of what we wear with these emitted naturally by our body and mind we seem to create conditions to experience a state of harmony which is quite unique. The effect can be compared to “tuning” of a musical instrument. Without tuning, all you can make with the instrument is noise, rather than a harmonious music. Essentially there are 3 techniques for matching you Aura with surroundings:

Matching your strong point. When we learn what are "strong points" (dominant colors) in our own Aura we can attempt to match our surroundings or clothes with our Aura. Re-decorating our home to achieve a better match will result in a positive stimulation of our psyche and will help to promote our well being in many aspects. According to what Nature does to stimulate us, we should use Auric color pairs aiming for such a match. For example if your Aura is predominantly green, you should use green as well as a light pink in your decorations or apparels.
Match our surroundings to the frequencies of thoughts. Frequencies of thoughts were described in the Section dealing with meaning of colors in the Aura. For example, if you think about relaxing your mind (a blue thought) blue surroundings will amplify your thought. Note, that when you come out of the house in the morning and the sky is perfectly blue - you feel relaxed before you have the time to think about anything else. This is because any thought in the direction of relaxing the mind is assisted by blue vibration of the sky. When the sky is gray, you have depressing thoughts before you notice it. Note that blue jeans fashion is very popular, because it assists us in achieving a relaxed mind. Trying to promote brown jeans may prove quite useless.
Match the frequency distribution along the body. This seems to be the Ultimate Natural stimulation, but requires specially designed clothes such as theChakra Shirt. Results seem to be quite similar to the action of the acupuncture, but instead of needles a set of 16 key colors is used. Some spectacular improvementsin people's bio-energy field (Aura) have been observed within minutes of putting it on. 

 

In any case, use of clean, near monochromatic (rainbow) colors seems essential. They can be subtle and delicate, but they should contain a distinctly clean "rainbow" harmonics of vibration.

 

Left: Improvement to human bioenergy field after a few minutes of bioresonant color stimulation. Composite reconstruction of human bioenergy field using the method of Korotkov. 

 

 

Suppressing the Aura

 

Things which seem to reduce, muffle or distort your bio-energy (Aura) are:

FEAR, stress, anxiety, hatred, envy, jealousy or any other negative thought or feeling
Physical crisis in your body - disease, artificial stimulation (drugs) etc.. These can show a temporary increase in the aura size - this effect is similar to the effect of your body raising the temperature during sickness. You need to learn to READ the Aura to diagnose such a crisis. Most likely such increased Aura will be white.
Clothes and the environment clashing with your Aura. Dull colored clothes absorb your bio-energy rather than harmoniously enhancing it. It is interesting to note that males on Earth die much earlier than females, regardless of their cultural and ethnic background, diet etc. In my opinion it is related to the fact that males dress in black or gray colors for the most of their lives and rarely use colors. Females use much more colors in their garments and change them frequently. Interestingly, many male birds in Nature are much brighter colored than females. And THEY live longer. Nature always gives us a hint. All we need to do is observe it and adopt ideas from it. An immediate effect of wearing gray, black or brown clothes seems that that they make you tired quicker. Have you noticed that young people today look MUCH OLDER than they should?

Isn't it logical that we should avoid all of the above if possible? “Cultivating” any of the above for prolonged time can have a permanent effect on your psyche and your Aura.

 

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Astral Body

 

Frequently, the astral body is mistaken for the aura. Astral body is THE most important, eternal part of us, because our consciousness is embedded in it. Vibration of the aura stop when our physical body dies. The astral body is eternal: its life span is about 10e22 years, which approaches the lifetime of the Universe (it is quite a while). The astral body is an electronic mass containing about 4e21 (4,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) electrons. (seeThe Book).

 

Our physicists are yet to discover, that electrons in our astral body have tremendous memory capacity, and they in fact contain information and intelligence that controls all functions of our mind and body, including all healing processes. This astral body is actually true "us". Using a computer jargon, our physical body is the hardware, equipped with sensors, transmitters, receivers and actuators, and the electronic astral body contains the software, memory, data storage as well as the consciousness and the free will of the operator, deciding what to do.

 

It is possible that our physical bodies are imperfect, or get sick, simply because we have not yet developed our consciousness to build and control them any better. The ultimate goal is to be able to consciously control activity of every cell in our body and in particular to regenerate (rejuvenate) them at will. If we can accomplish this, we will be forever young and it will be up to us when and how we want to change our physical bodies. Also we will have a complete freedom to be either in the physical body (needed as a tool if you want to help others) or join the Source of consciousness, staying in your astral body. Imagine the joy and the fun we can have then. This is not a dream. This is reality.

 

There are only 2 things that can damage the information stored in our astral body and hurt us for many lifetimes to come: drugs and a loud noise .

 

Experiment to see your own astral body : Make both your index fingers nearly touching each other, preferably in font of a dark, matt background. Black background is OK. Look between fingers and around them and note, that the background close to your fingers is brighter. A bluish transparent and slightly shining glow responsible for this is actually a part of your astral electronic body. By joining your hands you close an electronic circuit, making the astral body more visible. The shape of your electronic astral body follows closely your physical body. Some people have their astral body quite strong and shiny, extending 10 mm or more beyond their physical body. Typically, 2-4 mm is considered average for a healthy person on Earth.