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

A Nature Ritual Journey into Nature.

Journey into Self.

Journey into Divine Interconnectedness.

 

Find a place in Nature that feels special to you -- in the woods, in a meadow, by a lakeshore, by a bubbling brook, by the ocean, on a mountain, on a hilltop, in a rock shelter. Find a place where you can be with plants, animals, and the Elements, yet away from human company. Journey there to commune with Nature. Journey there to shift your focus from being human centric to being Nature aware. Journey there to remind yourself that you are part of the whole of Nature. Journey there to nurture your inner Spirit and to strengthen your relationships with other lifeforms and the biosphere. Arrive at the chosen place and then be still. Be seated. Relax in the place. Take deep slow breaths to aid in your relaxation. Then become aware of yourself resting on this place on the planet. Experience the planet as Mother Earth holding you lovingly to Her. Feel the Sky caressing you. Feel the Earth and Sky energizing each other. Express appreciation for the Planet and the Cosmos for nurturing you and other life forms. Drink of Nature's life energy that surrounds you and let it bring into greater awareness Nature's life energy that is within you. This is Divine Communion. Become aware of the plants around you and their aliveness. Focus your awareness on a particular tree or herb near you. Do not just look at it -- instead, merge with it, touch it, become it. Imagine you are that plant. Imagine experiencing the world as it experiences the world. Then, as you focus on yourself being in your human form again, give thanks to the plant you have worked with as a friend, a teacher, a relative. Reflect for a time on your experience. Now, breathe deeply and shift your awareness from the specific plant to the general perception of the environment in which you now are. Experience yourself as being part of this tapestry of Nature. You are one of many forms on this Nature scene tapestry. Increase your awareness of this tapestry. Pay attention to Sound. Listen to the Wind, to the Birds, to other sounds of Nature. Pay attention to Sights. See the Beauty of Nature in the shapes, colors, and patterns of the life forms around you. Feel Nature's rhythms. Smell, Taste, Touch Nature. As you expand your awareness of your physical senses, allow yourself to experience this place with your sixth sense, your intuition, where there is neither space nor time, only Being. Open your mouth and let a sacred sound vibration flow through you. Let the sound be borne from deep within your being, not only from your throat, but also from your diaphragm, your heart, and your whole body. Flow with your sound. Become the sound, and then move with it. Rise up and dance ecstatically with Nature. As you move, celebrate. Celebrate Nature. Celebrate Living. Celebrate the spiraling Circle of Change and Transformation -- Release and Rebirth. Then be quiet and still again. Take the time you sense you need to reflect upon and assimilate your experience. Then, before departing, give thanks to this place and to the Divine that flows through you and all of Nature. In doing this rite, you connect with Wisdom -- the Wisdom that is within you and around you in all of Nature. You connect with Spirit that is part of Self and more than Self. You connect with Nature Spirituality. 1994, Selena Fox, Circle Sanctuary, Box 219, Mt. Horeb, WI 53572 USA. Developed from earlier versions published in previous editions of the Circle Guide to Pagan Groups (1979, 1992).

 

BLYSSFUL EARTH DAY 2014 PAGANS!

Earth Day Ritual

The Celebration of Earth Day is of great importance to the Pagan community. It is after all Mothers Day.


You will need;

White or Yellow candle (Air)
Red candle (Fire)
Blue candle (Water)
Green candle (Earth)
Goddess candle

3' green cord


Set up your altar, with the colored candles at the four cardinal points. Purify with salt water or sage incense. 
Light your Goddess candle and cast your circle. 

Directions and Deities
We will now call the directions for protection, strength, and support.

We call upon the powers of the East and welcome the winds of awareness to this circle.
May the winds continue to shape the land around us,
All the while providing us with the vision for change.
Let us see the beauty of the Earth through the eyes of the wind;
Let us see the rustling of the leaves, the soft bending of blades of grass.
Let us see the Earth as it is and as it can be.

We call upon the powers of the South and welcome the fires of change to this circle.
May the fires be tamed and provide only the destruction that is needed for rebirth,
All the while teaching us of the importance of transformation.
Let us see the beauty of the Earth through the eyes of the fire.
Let us see the cycles of life and death, the brilliant green that rises from the ash.
Let us see the Earth as it is reborn.

Chant the names of the Earth Goddess, beginning with your personal favorites, then naming as many as you can think of. Take a piece of green string. Begin to tie knots in it, while chanting: Tying the Cord, Renewing the Earth; We are Her Children, bringing Rebirth. (The knots may be simple or elaborate, but leave enough string to tie together at the end.) As you chant, see the world as a network of connected systems. Breathe the air that comes from the jungles of South America. Feel the living fire of an ocelot's power. Taste the rain on the leaves at the tops of the trees. Feel the delicate structure of the soil at the forest floor.) Tie the cord together in a loop; hold it up, strung around your two hands, and begin chanting: We are the Flow and we are the Ebb; We are the Weavers, we are the Web. As you chant, see yourself standing guard over the borders of the rainforest. See yourself with others, protecting rainforest as you would protect yourself, because that's what you're doing. Bury the cord in a container of earth. Earth the power; thank the Deities and elements; open the circle. Later bury the cord in the forest if possible. (If circumstances make the above impossible): Sit quietly and see: the network of ecosystems that make up the world; the rainforests thriving; plants and animals breeding; the Earth, green and filled with life; yourself, standing guard. Breathe, and know that the air comes from the sea and the jungles of Brazil. Drink and know that the water has been around the world, and circulates through you as it does through the air, land, and sea. Stand up and stretch; the strength of your body is the Earth's strength.



Feel the Earth under you, draw up power, raise it up fully, feel it streaming out of your hands and your third eye. Hurl the power over your head to close the hole in the ozone layer; to shower down and bring understanding to those who do not know our Mother; to heal and to bring peace. 

“Pagan Prayer” 

May my heart be gentle; 
My mind still and open; 
My spirit unshackled; 
My awareness keen; 
My conscience clear; 
My nature giving. 
May I be a healing energy; 
May I be of benefit to all; 
May my life enrich others; 
May I know what matters; 
And live in harmony with Nature.

Close the Circle and thank the Mother

Bury the knotted cord in the earth

So Mote it Be!

PLANT SOMETHING TODAY

RECYCLE SOMETHING TODAY

PICK UP SOME GARBAGE

HUG A TREE

SMELL A FLOWER

~Elder Airwolf~

Blessed Earth Day )O(

Spirit & Practice of the Wise Woman Tradition

 

Spirit & Practice of the Wise Woman Tradition
an article by Susun S. Weed

As we enter the twenty-second century, herbal medicine is being integrated into mainstream medicine in the United States. Or is it the other way around? Are we in danger of adopting the limited, linear scientific view of a practice that is also considered an art? Are we abandoning the sense of delight that drew us to herbal medicine? Are we vulnerable to needing to be validated from outside because we don't value ourselves highly enough?

In order to answer these questions, we will use the model of the Three Traditions of Healing - Scientific, Heroic, and Wise Woman. Knowing the differences between these three views allows us to become informed consumers of health care, to repossess the power of our health/wholeness/holiness in a new and uniquely functional manner, and to maintain our dignity as herbalists in a world dominated by scientists.

I want to focus on the Wise Woman Tradition, its spirit and practice, because I believe it offers us a way to look at what we have as herbalists, and what society seems to be offering us, and to make a better-informed choice as to the path ahead.

WHAT ARE THE THREE TRADITIONS OF HEALING?

The three traditions are ways of thinking, not ways of acting. Any technique, any substance can be used in any tradition. There are scientific and heroic midwives as well as wise woman midwives; there are MDs who are heroic and those who act as wise women, as well as scientific ones. There are scientific herbalists, heroic herbalists, and wise woman herbalists. There are preferred ways of working in each tradition, granted, but surgery is not restricted to the scientific realm, nor is a shamanic trance strictly relegated to the realm of the wise woman. To determine the tradition of the practitioner, we must look at the thoughts that lie behind their use of any form of healing.

Each one of us contains some aspects of each tradition. And these different aspects may want different things - at different times - or at the same time. The scientific aspect wants facts, the heroic aspect wants to be told what to do, and the wise woman aspect smiles and offers you a bowl of soup and some bread and cheese she made herself. As I define the characteristics of each tradition, identify the part of yourself that thinks that way.

The Scientific Tradition defines truth as measurable and repeatable. The whole is the same as its most active part. Herbs are reduced to standardized extracts; only the active ingredient is important. Healing is fixing. Linear thought, linear time. Good and bad, health and sickness always at war.

Nature is mechanized. Bodies are machines. Anything that deviates from normal needs to be fixed. Measurements determine deviation; drugs ensure normalcy. Plants are potential drugs, safe only in the hands of licensed experts.

The legalized use of herbs in Germany follows the scientific model. Herbs are available by prescription and paid for by National Insurance because they are viewed and treated as drugs. Herbs are available only to those with a prescription written by an MD, who has received little or no training in the use of herbs, so the overall effect is to severely limit the use of herbal medicine and its availability.

Ready access to a wide variety of manufactured herbal medicines is a freedom that many American herbalists seem to take for granted. It is due, in part, to the strength of the Heroic tradition.

The Heroic Tradition is not one unified tradition, but many similar ones collectively known as the Heroic tradition. Predating the scientific tradition, the heroic view sees that the whole is a circle made up of all its parts - body, mind, and spirit.

Sickness is caused by pollution of the body, mind, or spirit. Healing is the removal of the corruption, the detoxification. Puking, purging and bleeding. Removing curses. Cleansing the colon and the aura. Making everything light.

We are all filthy sinners. We have to pay for our fun. No pain, no gain. If it tastes bitter it is good for you. Food is the first addiction, learned at the mothers' breast. Control yourself. Control your thoughts. Control your appetites. Control you desires. If you want to get to heaven, follow the rules.

If you are sick, it is your own fault. You were negative. You were bad. You ate the wrong food, thought the wrong thought, sinned. You stepped outside the charmed circle. You need a savior, purification and punishment. The Heroic healer saves the day thanks to rare substances, exotic herbs, and complicated formulae. Powerful, drug like herbs (such as cayenne and golden seal) and vitamin and mineral pills are favored remedies in this tradition. Most books on herbal medicine, and many on nutrition, are written by men of the Heroic tradition.

Wise Woman Tradition is the world's oldest healing tradition. Its symbol is the spiral. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Life is a spiraling, ever changing completeness. Disease and injury are doorways of transformation. Each one of us is inherently whole, yet seeking greater wholeness; perfect, yet desiring greater perfection. Whole/healthy/holy. Substance, thought, feeling, and spirit inseparably intertwined.

Good health may be freedom from disease, but it is also openness to change, flexibility, and compassionate embodiment, even when dancing with cancer or healing from a serious accident. Uniqueness rather than normalcy. Not a cure, but an integration; not the elimination of the bad, but a nourishing of wholeness/health/holiness.

Nourishment of wholeness/health/holiness is invisible, simple, grounded, holographic, both/and, ever-changing, woman-centered, and compassionate.

NOURISHMENT IS INVISIBLE

Invisible as a bowl of soup. The World Health Organization says ninety percent of the health care provided in the world is given by women in their own homes. Invisibly. With a smile. A hug. A word of praise. In small daily increments, the wise woman builds the health of herself, her family, her community, her country, her world. She does it in the Tao, so she is invisible.

NOURISHMENT IS SIMPLE

Simple as the weeds in the garden. Simple as in one thing at a time. Simple as in easy. Simple, common, single, unique. Open to subtlety, simply. The wise woman uses what is local and common, allying herself with one plant at a time, matching the uniqueness of the plant with the uniqueness of the person.

NOURISHMENT IS GROUNDED

Grounded as the earth, flowing with the seasons, ever changing, ever the same. Seeking to increase the power of the patient. Power flowing from responsibility. Planting the patient in the ground, to become rooted, to delve deep, to gain a foundation to grow up from. Praising the gift of the body, the ground of our being. Eating from the ground, locally, organically.

HOLOGRAPHIC NOURISHMENT

Holographic images contain the whole in every part. The more parts there are, the clearer the image. The wise woman nourishes all the parts of the unique individual so they become clearer, more filled with life. The wise woman herbalist gathers holographic plants, not active ingredients, not flower essences, but the amazing, complex, vital hologram of healing that her green ally gives away. A hologram that nourishes all parts, integrates all the parts, both/and.

BOTH/AND UNIVERSE

The both/and universe embraces all possibilities. Allows distinction, sees beyond opposition. Yin and yang cooperate, reach consensus. Walking in beauty along the rainbow path of peace. We are all alive and dead, whole and piecemeal, healthy and sick, good and bad.

NO DISEASES, NO CURES, NO HEALERS

Woman-centered, heart centered, the Wise Woman tradition has no rules, no texts, no rites. It is constantly changing, constantly being re invented, open to the ever-changing perfection of the eternal moment. The focus is on the person, not the problem, nourishing not curing, self-healing not healing another. A give away dance of exploration and experience, with no answer to the question "why?" No blame, no shame, no guilt, no reason, no answer ever to "why?"

THE SIX STEPS OF HEALING *

The Wise Woman tradition offers self healing options as diverse as the human imagination and as complex as the human psyche. How confusing! We need a way to cut through the confusion and decide which option to use when. I call it the Six Steps of Healing, a hierarchy based on the concept: "First do no harm."

Step 0 - Do Nothing 
Step 1 - Collect Information 
Step 2 - Engage the Energy 
Step 3 - Nourish and Tonify 
Step 4 - Stimulate & Sedate 
Step 5 - Use Drugs 
Step 6 - Break & Enter

I see the wise woman. From her shoulders, a mantle of power flows. I see the wise woman at her loom. Every thread is different, each perfect and splendid, alive with sound and color. I see the wise woman.  She is old and black and walks with the aid of a beautifully carved stick. She speaks in song, in story, in dance. She lives in every herb. I see the wise woman.  And she sees me. She winks at me and spreads her arms.

"These are the ways of our grandmothers, the ancient ones. Every pain, every plant, every problem is cherished. Night is loved for darkness, day for light. Uniqueness is our treasure, not normalcy.

"These are the ways of our grandmothers, the ancient ones. Receive abundance with compassion, knowing you will be food for others. Know that dying is a portal just as birth is. Celebrate all comings and goings, they are the turnings of the spiral.

"These are the ways of our grandmothers, the ancient ones. The joy of life is the give away. You are the center of your universe. You are the axis, life's matrix, the still point in the ever moving. The designs of the universe radiate through you. You are god/dess, unique and whole."

I see the wise woman. And she sees me. She smiles from shrines in thousands of places. She is buried in the ground of every country. She flows in every river and pulses in the oceans. The wise woman's robe flows down your back, centering you in the ever-changing, ever-spiraling mystery.

Everywhere I look, the wise woman looks back. And she smiles.

 

Headaches & Migraines


by Gillie Whitewolf

Headaches come in many forms - from the sudden axe-like attack to the slow and seemingly endless, throbbing kind; the groggy fuzzy kind to a searing full on Migraine, with flashing lights and nausea. They also have a variety of causes - stress, nervous tension, digestive upsets, sinus or catarrh infection, food additives, alcohol... and so the list goes on. Headaches which are centered behind the eyes can suggest a digestive disturbance, whilst those which start at the back of the neck and creep forward and generally tension related. Pain or sensitivity around the eyes or nose can be a sinus problem. When it comes to treating a headache, finding the root of the problem is going to be the most valuable piece of research you can do. Then you can go about curing the problem most effectively.

My first choice for treating a headache does tend to be Lavender oil massaged into the temples - or even better, Lavender and Peppermint oil in ice cold water in which a cloth has been soaked, wrung out and applied as a cooling compress to the forehead and nape of neck [see compress section below]. The Lavender is a sedative whilst the Peppermint is a stimulant. In your average headache pill you will usually notice caffeine amongst the ingredients, in this more natural alternative the Peppermint is acting as the stimulant, but with less of the side effects caffeine can cause. There are many other types of remedies, from inhaling essential oils to soaking in a herbal bath; applying a compress to relaxing with a footbath - and there are a number of delicious herbal teas which can step in to handle most types of headaches.

Herbal Teas 
Headaches linked with digestive upsets can be eased by a cup of Chamomile, Lavender, Limeflower, or Peppermint tea - even sipping plain ol' warm water may help.
Nervous tension headaches may benefit from calming Lemon Balm, Limeflower or Marjoram tea.
If you've over indulged on the alcohol the night before an infusion of Lavender flowers makes an ideal cuppa for calming the throbbing pain of a hangover. It also soothes the digestive system and assists the liver. 
Thyme tea will ease both the headache and the queasy stomach associated with hangovers.
Rosemary tea can be used to great effect in the morning when you wake up with a stuffy head - you could also try a brisk walk and get some fresh air into your system [preferably in the countryside, but not everyone has that luxury!], or splashing your face, head and nape of neck with cool water. [Rosemary tea should not be drunk too often and is not suitable for epileptics. Do not use during pregnancy].
Wood Betony has long been prized as a herb which cures all pains and aches of the head, partiularly as a preventative tea for those disposed to nervous headaches.

Herbal Baths
Soaking in a warm bath with the addition of essential oils or a strong herbal infusion will allow you to take a bit of quality time out for yourself. If stress or anxiety has caused your headache then some relaxation will do you the world of good. If you have herbs to hand, make up a strong infusion [just like you would for a pot of tea], strain and add the infusion to your bath water - Lavender and Rosemary are both good choices - the Rosemary will help refresh your mind and throw off a groggy headache, and Lavender is one of the best relaxation herbs - particularly if you're having a bed-time bath, try blending it with Marjoram. Any of the herbs mentioned in the Herbal Tea section above will be suitable for a herbal bath. 
If you prefer essential oils, be sure to dilute them first in a base / carrier oil [almond, jojoba, vegetable oil etc...] or some milk. About 6 drops of essential oil will be sufficient for an adult bath [no more than 3 -4 drops for chidren]. If the headache is a result of stress or anxiety you may find Patchouli suitable, if your anxiety is linked to the weather [S.A.D] try Grapefruit to lift your mood. If your headache is part of a cold or infection try antiseptic oils such as Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary or Eucalyptus - which will help to relieve headaches, clear congestion and fight the infection. Bergamot is another useful oil for relieving headaches, as well as lifting the mood.

Steam Inhalation
To shift headaches caused by colds, catarrh or sinus infections try adding Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary or Eucalyptus oils to a bowl of very hot water. Place a towel over the back of your head to keep the steam in, lean over the bowl and breath in the steam. If you find the heat too much, you can add a drop or two of essential oil to a tissue and inhale as and when you feel the need. Chamomile is another useful oil for soothing inflammations and sinus problems. 
The use of an oil burner with any of the previously mentioned oils can be used effectively if a steam inhalation is not practical, or desired.

Compress
My favourite headache remedy is an ice cold compress placed on my forehead or nape of neck [or better still, alternated between the two]. Fill a bowl with ice cold water, add a few drops of Lavender or Peppermint oil, or both [like the Gaia's Garden 'ice' headache remedy], soak a cloth, wring it out and place directly onto forehad or nape of neck. Resoak the cloth as it warms up. 
An ice cold compress of witch hazel is another alternative, or try an infusion of Chamomile flowers [or a few Chamomile teabags], soaking a cloth in the infusion and applying as above. 
Raw cucumber slices placed on the brow can ease a headache caused by too much sun, with the added benefit of soothing over-exposed skin.
Some headaches, and migraines, are a result of not enough blood reaching the head. If you suffer from these kinds, try a warm compress with Marjoram, which wll cause the blood bessels to expand slightly. If your headache is the type caused by too much blood to the head try one of the cold compress' or a hot footbath :

Footbath
A strong infusion of Lavender, Rosemary, Limeflower, Peppermint or fresh Ginger can be added to a hot footbath to dissipate heat and help draw the blood from the head.

Massage
Massaging a little Lavender oil on and around your temples can help relieve a headache - you may wish to dilute it in a suitable carrier oil, but for emergencies Lavender can be used neat, in small amounts. 
Headaches caused by tension, stress, or over-work can respond well to a head, neck and back massage - if you have a willing partner ask them to try and relax your muscles with a massage using oils such as Lavender,Marjoram, Chamomile - or if you have a favourite oil try that one. [Be careful of Ylang-Ylang, too much of this oil can actually trigger a headache].

Migraines
About 10 years ago or so Feverfew hit the market as a Migraine break-through and is readily available in pill form in healthfood shops. Fresh Feverfew leaves have been recommended slapped between two slices of bread, but the fresh leaves can cause mouth ulcers, and the herb shouldn't be used as a tea / infusion. If you want to try Feverfew, the capsules and pills found in healthfood shops are probably the wisest choice, 

However you choose to treat your headache, the best method is a preventative. Ensure you have a good nights sleep and allow yourself to rest [this doesn't mean being lazy, sitting around all day doing nothing can lead to headaches too]; drink water; avoid too much caffeine and junk foods filled with additives, colourings and preservatives; take regular exercise - yes, a brisk daily walk counts as exercise; find some time to relax - try Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, or just some time off for yourself to chill out; and try to avoid being stuck inside in a stuffy room which has little or no fresh air circulating - your body needs oxygen! Computer screens can lead to headaches too so remember to take regular breaks! [note to self...]
With Migraines the culprit is quite often a trigger food - dairy products, food additives, red wine, chocolate, wheat, sugar - keep a food diary and see if a pattern emerges. [Red wine and red peppers are my trigger foods - thankfully not chocolate!]. Once you've found the culprit cut it out from your diet and see how the situation improves. 

If you suffer from persistant headaches or migraines, or they are a result from a fall or blow to the head, be sure to tell your doctor or healthcare professional immediately. All to often headaches are dismissed - remember to listen to your body, and treat it well. 

To Get Rid of a Troubling Neighbor or Ex-Lover

 

If you have broken up with your ex but they just won’t let you go, if they keep calling you even when to tell them to stop, if they harass you or are stalking you, then try this doll spell to get rid of them. This spells can be adapted to get rid of anyone who is meddlin' in your affairs that you want to go away. For this spell you will need:


A wide mouth jar
A black doll baby that can fit inside the jar.
Personal effect of your ex
Brown paper bag
Dragon’s blood ink
Black pin
Photo
Black Witch’s salt
Red pepper
Graveyard dirt
Lost and Away Powder

Attach a personal effect from your ex to the doll with a black pin. Write down their name and date of birth on a piece of brown paper bag with Dragon’s Blood ink and attach it to the doll as well. If you have a photo of this person, attach it to the doll. Stick the doll into the jar and add some black Witch’s salt, red pepper, graveyard dirt, and add some Lost and Away powder. Seal the jar shut and throw into a running river. If it is carried away from you, you can expect the person to leave you alone within 9 days. If it sinks to the bottom or is carried towards you, then you must repeat the spell, this time burning a black candle on top of the jar for 9 days. You should inscribe the person’s name on the candle and roll the candle with Lost and Away powder before burning. After burning the candle for nine days, take it to the river again and throw it in. If you still do not have any luck getting rid of the person and the person is stalking or otherwise harassing you, take out a restraining order and repeat the spell during a waning moon.

Formula for Lost and Away Powder

Dirt from a Graveyard
Mistletoe
Powdered sulfur
Powdered Orris
Sage


Grind the dried herbs with a mortar and pestle until a fine powder. Then mix with the graveyard dirt and powdered sulphur.

 

WGN's Salem Review

Did Anybody have a chance to watch the premier of WGN's Salem last night. I did and thought on who's perspective this was really written for. It was not really pro-pagan, or pro-puritan, so I found it to be pro-syfy enthusiast as the target for this program. I drew my conclusion as way overboard fiction and less facts in this entertaining mini production when Mary kept a toad in her puritan husband's stomach only to push it out through his mouth to feed it from her tit on her inner thigh only to shove it back down his throat to keep the toad warm and safe and his silent as she continues to plot her revenge pitting puritans against puritans until they have killed each other off. And she was just angry because John left her and she had to have an abortion by Tituba or end up wearing a scarlet letter on her chest till the end of her days. 
So if you are into more fiction than fact tune in for it holds a certain interest of the extremes and can't wait to see more of the possessed girl crawl through the 17th century village on all fours dressed to the T's in the Hannibal Lecter mask and chains snarling and screeching as she sniffs out the village witches.
Here is a link of the premier.
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/katie-yoder/2014/04/21/wgn-s-salem-features-forced-abortion-devil-easter-premiere

BLYSSFUL MOON'S DAY PAGANS!

 Tomorrow is Earth Day so I though I would share some ways to celebrate.

When was the last time you held a ritual that simply honored the space you were in, without focusing on any of your personal needs? Whether you’re out in your own back yard, or sitting in a shady glade in the middle of the woods, take some time to celebrate the land itself. In many societies, there were specific spirits of place to be honored, from deities associated with lakes and streams to beings who lived within the rocks and trees outside a village. Get to know the land around you, figure out what specifically makes it sacred to you, and hold a ritual to celebrate that aspect of your world.

If you feel a need to make offerings to these land spirits, go for it – just make sure that you don’t leave anything behind that is damaging. A good guideline for offerings outdoors is to stick to things that will decompose rapidly, or be consumed by local wildlife in a short period. Items like bread, birdseed, fruits and vegetables are all perfect for land-based offerings.

Enjoy the silence. Listen to the birds singing in the trees, the bubbling of a stream, the crash of the waves, or the sounds of squirrels scurrying through the underbrush. Get hands-on, and stop to touch the trees and the dirt. Pick things up off the ground and hold them – whether it’s a feather, a stick, an interesting rock or shell, or a drifting leaf. Feel the connection that we all have to them. While you’re out walking around, be sure to take some time to just stop moving for a few moments. Whether you’re leaned up against an old oak, or lying flat in the grass, it’s good for the soul and spirit to let your body absorb the energies of the earth.

The first Earth Day celebration was held in 1970, and sponsored by the Earth Day Network. This annual celebration is a time when people worldwide honor our planet and (hopefully) take a few minutes to try to make a difference in the world.

Some things you can do to make a difference in your own space? Try one of the following:

Turn off the lights you're not using
Pick up some garbage that isn't yours
Ride a bike to work instead of driving
Plant a tree
Use cloth grocery bags instead of paper or plastic
Recycle your stuff
Plant a garden of your own, or buy from local growers
Build a birdhouse
Adopt a stream
Shut off appliances that don't have to be on all the time

Regardless of how you observe this day, even if it's just for a few minutes, take the time to thank the earth for her gifts, and take a moment to be glad we're part of it.

The Celebration of Earth Day is of great importance to the Pagan community. It is after all Mothers Day.
Although this was written as a group meditation ritual it can easily be modified for a solitary ritual as well.

You will need;

White or Yellow candle (Air)
Red candle (Fire)
Blue candle (Water)
Green candle (Earth)

Goddess candle

Set up your altar, with the colored candles at the four cardinal points. Purify with salt water or sage incense. 
Light your Goddess candle and cast your circle. 
Light the other four candles. Take a moment, stand peacefully until their flames burn slowly and steadily. 
Sit or lie down so you are relaxed, with a pillow under your knees if that helps your back to be straight and comfortable. Look at the five candle flames.


Breathe slowly and deeply, not straining. With every breath in, take in relaxation and calm. With every breath out, release tension and worry

Feel gravity gently pressing against your body, pressing you to the ground, to the earth, and then slowly, feel yourself sink into the earth. Slowly, slowly sink slowly into the earth. Send your consciousness down through the grass, down through the soil and down, deep down, into the earth. Be aware of the mass of rock that lies beneath the soil- shale, quartz, sandstone, granite; the black, white, and red-shot through with bands of minerals, darkly glittering; crystals that shine like stars within the stones ....Let your consciousness become one with the earth: You are a mountain as old as the planet itself, once part of the seabed, thrown up by unspeakable forces now stilled, silent, enormously, timelessly rooted in the earth, your head in the stars.........or perhaps a minute grain of sand, one among trillions and trillions, endlessly shifting, sifting, with the ocean tides ... Forever a part of the earth ….

Now shift your consciousness and become aware of the plant kingdom: algae and seaweeds, forests of kelp, grasses blowing gently in a savanna wind, yellow and orange lichens on a rock in a woodland, prickly pears, an ancient oak wood, a rain forest blooming with delicate orchids, vines hanging heavy with fruit ... You are the earth, the soft green moss on a rock by a stream, a mountain strawberry, a wild rose...........do you feel the wind blow your petals ever so softly ….... 

Again alter your consciousness to become aware of the animal kingdom.... listen to the voices of the wild: the roar of the tiger, the belling of the stag, perhaps the howl of the wolf; the cries of owls and the tap, tap, tapping, of woodpeckers, the whirring of a birds´ wings as it passes over head, the padding of soft paws.........become one now with the animal kingdom, with the salmon leaping upstream, the fox gliding silently through the night, or the snake shedding its skin...feel what your new body is like and what it feels like to creep, or walk, climb, run or fly in free motion.... 

And now once again alter your consciousness and become aware of the human kingdom ...mankind, human, you are standing on two feet ...notice how different that feels: you can stand like a stone, grow like a plant, move like an animal, but you can now create with your mind and your hands and you can sing and you can dance and you can dream in your heart and make that dream real upon the earth ...for you are a Goddess/God on this earth. You are a part of the Mother. 

Now when you are ready, slowly open your eyes . 


Ritual Chant 

Mother Earth, We have seen your rocks and layers 
We have been the dust storm, the ancient volcano’s lava; 
We have Swum in your oceans, and flowed in your streams. 
Run with the wild brothers and sisters, And howled at the Moon. 
We have spun amongst the comets and asteroids, 
Burned with creation’s fire, frozen in ice in the void. 
We have been music, the song of the spheres, the frequency of the stars. 
We have been a human being and feel our connection 
Our connection to every other thing that lives; for everything has life. 
Mother Earth we pray to love You and protect You. 
So Mote it Be 


Feel the Earth under you, draw up power, raise it up fully, feel it streaming out of your hands and your third eye. Hurl the power over your head to close the hole in the ozone layer; to shower down and bring understanding to those who do not know our Mother; to heal and to bring peace. 
“Pagan Prayer” 

May my heart be gentle; 
My mind still and open; 
My spirit unshackled; 
My awareness keen; 
My conscience clear; 
My nature giving. 
May I be a healing energy; 
May I be of benefit to all; 
May my life enrich others; 
May I know what matters; 
And live in harmony with Nature.

Close the Circle and thank the Mother

The Kitchen's Tomato Soup

Serves 8-10 [Earth Day Food]

1 1/3 sticks butter
1 large yellow onion, sliced
Sea salt
3 16-ounce cans good-quality whole peeled organic tomatoes, undrained
1/3 cup heavy cream
Extra-virgin olive oil

In a large pan, melt butter over low heat. Add onion and a fine pinch of salt. Reduce heat to very low, cover and cook onions for about 30min or until clear and soft (not browned). Add tomatoes with their juices. Increase heat to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes. Working in batches, mix tomato-onion blend in a food processor or blender, adding up cream as blending.Taste and alter seasoning. Serve hot, drizzled with a slight olive oil.

Earth Day Food Nutritional in turn per serving:

7 g fat
9 g carb.
2 g pro.
192 cal.
3 g fiber
48 mg chol

Braised Chickpeas with Tomato and Cumin

Serves 4 [Earth Day Food]

1/2 pound dry chickpeas, soaked in water overnight
1 onion halved
1 carrot
1 celery stick
2 bay leaves
1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds, lightly crushed
1 large onion, finely diced
1 16-ounce can best-quality tomatoes
1 glove of garlic slices
A pinch of chile flakes
1/4 cup olive oil

Place the saturated chickpeas in a big pan and cover them with water. Add the carrot, celery, onion and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer. This must take about 1hr to cook. When they're prepared, remove from heat.You can store up the chickpeas in the water for up to a week in the fridge. You can throw away the veggies, but they can also be mashed into the blend. Heat a large fry pan and add the chile flakes, cumin, onion, garlic and oil. Saute until golden brown. Add the strained chickpeas, fry up for a 2min and add the tomatoes. Reduce the heat to a simmer and leave for 30 minutes or until the tomatoes have condensed by half. Check for seasoning and serve. Stirring someclean cilantro in at the end is a good brightness lift to the dish.

Earth Day Food Nutritional information per serving:

379 cal.
17 g fat (2 g sat.)
0 chol.
46 g carb.
13 g pro.
8 g fiber
198 mg sodium

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Serves 8-10 [Earth Day Food]

12 dates
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 ounce espresso or strong coffee
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces boiling water
3 ounces butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
A pinch of salt

Earth Day Food Caramel sauce:

2 ounces pecans
2 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 sticks butter
6 ounces cream

Let butter humid to room temperature. Meanwhile, de-seed and cut the dates. Set dates in a food processor among the espresso, baking soda and vanilla. Pulse until somewhat blended, then gradually add the boiling water and keep pulsing until completely blended. Cream the softened butter in an electric mixer with the sugar for at least 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, and blend until combined. Put the blend in a bowl and crease in the sifted self-rising flour a little at a time, with a pinch of salt. Fold the date blend into the flour-butter combination. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Portion mixture into greased 4-ounce muffin cups and bake for about 15 minutes.

Caramel sauce: In a high-sided pan, dissolve the butter, and then mix in brown sugar until blended in a high sided pan. Bring to a boil. Let boil for 5 min; once sugar is dissolved, cautiously add heavy cream (it will bubble up) and mix in nuts. Serve the pulp warm over the pudding, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Nutritional information per serving:

764 cal. [Earth Day Food]
46 g fat (26 g sat.)
167 mg chol.
86 g carb
5 g pro.
2 g fiber
616 mg sodium
Earth Day Dirt Cups
Makes 8 servings

Earth Day Food Ingredients:

2 cups of cold milk
1 package 4-serving instant chocolate pudding
3-1/2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (16-ounce) package chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
Gummy worms or insects

Earth Day Food Directions: 

Whisk together milk with pudding mix until fully unified.Let blend rest for a few minutes then softly fold in whipped topping and 1/2 of the compressed cookies. Spoon 1 tablespoon of remaining cookie crumbs in the underside ofindividual cupcake liners set in a cupcake tin, or a large thin serving bowl.Fill dishes or bowl with pudding blend and top with the rest of the cookie crumbs.

Put gummy worms and insects around to garnish. Freeze until ready to serve.

Angel Hair Pasta with Asparagus

Makes 4 servings  [Earth Day Food]

Earth Day Food Ingredients:

8 ounces angel hair pasta, cooked, kept warm
1 tablespoon olive oil
1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Earth Day Food Directions:

Heat oil in huge hot pan more than medium-high temperature. Saute asparagus until crisp-tender, concerning 3 min. Merge in broth and mushrooms and cook an additional 3 minutes. Mix pasta with asparagus mushroom sauce and chuck. Top with red pepper as well as cheese.

Fresh Fruit and Nut Coleslaw

Makes 6 servings  [Earth Day Food]
Earth Day Food Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained, reserve 2 tablespoons juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 banana, peeled, sliced
3 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup diagonally sliced celery
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
1 (8-ounce) container orange flavored yogurt
1/2 teaspoon salt

Earth Day Food Directions:

Place sliced pineapple in a big bowl and set sideways. Merge saved pineapple juice with lemon juice. Combine in banana and combine with kept pineapple. Mix up in celery, walnuts, mandarin oranges, raisins and cabbage. Mix yogurt with salt and flip with fruit mixture.

~Elder Airwolf~

The Witch's Pyramid of Four Pillars


There are many tools used in Modern Witchcraft. According to some Wiccan systems, the first four are not physical, but rather are qualities which must be developed within the witch.


The "Four Pillars of the Witches Temple" are; 

To Know (nescere)
-corresponds to Air
-represents the witch's reason/intellect/intuition/wisdom and other more mystical understandings... 

Basically this has to do with the gaining of knowledge, whether it be from books, teachers, or from experience. This also includes anything having to do with organising said knowledge: remembering, analyzing, dissecting, logical reasoning, imagining, linking, and many more. This is shown in many kinds of knowledge needed to do ritual: from remembering the words to invocations, to knowing when to cast the circle, to knowing what incense to use, to remembering how it feels when one grounds correctly. 

In witchcraft knowledge is power. No knowledge is ever wasted, and you may find that your fifth grade Creative Writing class taught you things useable for creating invocations, or that your Aunt Jean's gardening tips are helping you with your herb growing, or your Tai Chi class helped get the idea of centering across. 

The admonitions "Know Thyself", "Know your Craft", "Learn" and "Apply you Learning" are all included in the pillar. 

To Will (velle)
-corresponds to Fire
-represents the witch's Will/Discipline/her skills in the arts of magic and life. 

This can be split into two categories: the mundane and the Magickal. The mundane is where a with tries to keep their life in good order, and to follow through on promises and commitments. The magickal version refers to the Will to see a spell or ritual to its completion, keeping the intent clear without letting onself get distracted. 
Concentration, Discipline and Drive are definitely a part of this, as well as Enthusiasm for doing ritual in the first place. 

Placing one's will in tandem with Divine Will is also incuded. 

"Keep you thoughts and deeds in good order" and "Breathe and Eat correctly" belong here (though really just the act of living up to all the Goals could be listed inder "To Will")

To Dare (audere)
-corresponds to Water
-represents the witch's Emotions/Heart since the word courage derives from a word that means "heart"

"To Dar" encompasses the acts of facing fears, especially with regards to doing magick. Dare to experiment with what one has learned to gain more experience, like trying out that new astral travel technique or trance working. Dare to meet the Gods and interacte with them. Dare to deal with inner darkness. 

This is not to say that one must never feel fear. Fear must be felt and examined before it can be dealt with. The more one tries to hide one's fear from one's self, the more power that fear will have over one's self. Facing the Shadow within can be more traumatic than facing the most awe-inspiring Deity. However, Starhawk mentions in her book The Spiral Dance, "Where there's fear, there's power." One's greatest fear can mask one's greatest strength. 

It must be stated that any emotion or personal attribute brought into a magickal circle will be increased and strengthened. This explains the admonition at the gateway "Better to fall upon this knife/Than enter here in fear, or strife". Give strength to your courage. 

To Keep [the] Silence (tacere)
-corresponds with Earth
"To Keep the Silence" is often interpreted as "To Keep Silent": that is, to keep secret knowledge of witchcraft, of membership and places of meetings etc., except in cases of voucher-for persons. "To Keep Silent" is probably a good general practice since it keeps the foolhardy from trying things that might be dangerous or from getting flack from less sympathetic neighbours. This is, however, not the whole story. 

"Silence" represents the 'still point'... the silence within... The correspondence with Earth here also gives another hint of this interpretation, since in order to begin to work magick, we generally "ground" and "center" ourselves. It is difficult to keep clear one's intent if other extraneous thoughts keep flitting by and being distracting. 

Listening to the Gods and Nature (and other people for that matter) is also intimated since one cannot hear unless there is silence first. 

Again, "Keeping your thoughts in good order" as well as "Meditate" come under this heading

To Go (ire)
-corresponds to Spirit

Some traditions use the fifth Element of Spirit as embodying the power "To Go": to go forth, to journey, to make manifest, to evolove. Most traditions assign Spirit to the Gods, making spirit a combination of the other four elements in perfect balance. 

Conclusion

If one sees each of these qualities written on a four-sided pyramid, "To Keep the Silence" would be on the base, with the other three (To Know, To Will, To Dare) rising from the base (ie. Earth, foundation) to meet at the top. All things begin and end in Silence. 

All of these qualities must be developed to gain proficiency in magick. (Remember "Achieve Balance")

Sources: 
The Way of the Goddess by Ly Warren-Clarke
Dalukah's Notes
The Spiral Dance by Starhawk

 

The Sun of the Gods is the Christian Devil

 

Well, not really but it makes for an interesting catch line.
The magic square of the Sun’s six rows and columns add up to 111 producing a sum of 666. The Sun therefore resonates with the number 666 or taking the Cartesian product of 6662 or 443,556. Using Kabalistic reduction 443556 becomes 4 + 4 + 3 + 5 + 5 + 6 = 27 = 2 + 7 = 9.

Nine is the number of leadership (well, the sun is the head of solar system—probably why they call it the solar system) and humanitarianism. Nine is also the number of completion just as all nine in the pip cards of the Tarot symbolize the ending of a cycle and reaping the rewards of your efforts. The ninth card of the Tarot is the hermit.

The hermit has withdrawn from the mundane to search for the truth of the universe, but like the sun, he doesn’t hide his lamp rather he shines it from a prominence just as the sun shines from above illuminating everything below. It could further be stated that without the life-giving rays from above no manifestation of life below on Earth would be possible: as above, so below.

The ninth rune is Hagalaz. Hagalaz signals a major shift of energies as the Elder Futhark begins its second row of aetts. Hagalaz is the rune of objective confrontation with past patterns. It will uncover the vast flow of energies around and through human energy systems. Its nature is completely impersonal and it represents power generally beyond human ability to harness. In some ways this rune is much like The World or Wheel of Fortune tarot cards as those cards also indicate powerful forces at work but largely forces which may not be influenced by human behavior.

Some numerical coincidences of the number 666; and I don’t believe in coincidences are that the Tropic of Cancer is 66.6 degrees from the North pole, the Tropic of Capricorn is 66.6 degrees from the South Pole, the Equator is 66.6 degrees from the Arctic and Antarctic circles, and the Earth’s average orbital speed is 66,666 miles per hour (99.9%).

To complete the reduction, we can take the square root of nine (remember 666 was squared to give 443556.) That of course leaves us with 3. The Empress (the Empress is the third card in the tarot deck) rules threes in the tarot. The Empress is the supernal mother and thus nurtures new beginnings just as the threes in each of the tarot suits suggest a new beginning begun and initial first steps made.

To round out the discussion, the third rune, Thurisaz, tells us that we’ve made the right choices and taken the correct steps to put ourselves in the right place and the right time but now the best action is to take no action at all. Typically you might draw this rune after a magickal working, a tarot reading, or something as mundane as ajob interview. You’ve done all you can so now relax and trust in yourself and the universe.

The Magic square of the Sun is from Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa’s book, “De Occulta Philosophia”
These repetitions of sixes are reminiscent of how the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem is 666 nautical miles from the Kaaba in Mecca.