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I am sixth generation Native Blackfoot and Scottish Celt. My Grandmother was one of my mentors her being a shaman, and my other mentor was my Druid Celtic Aunt. I was raised pagan and my education started at the age
of seven and formally after my first moon lodge ritual at 12. I am also trained as a voodoo priestess
I have one son now coming into his native shaman training and 4 beautiful grandchildren.

BLESSED SOLSTICE EVE PAGANS!

THE OAK KING vs. THE HOLLY KING / Solstice Ritual

From the Celtic tradition, comes a pair of ancient pagan characters who fight twice a year, once on Midsummer (about June 21) and again on the Winter Solstice (about Dec 21). The spirits of the Holly King and the Oak King come from two of the Druids' most sacred trees: Holly and Oak. The Oak King is the lord of the waxing half of the year. He governs the Celtic earth from December to June. The Holly King is the lord of the waning half of the year. He governs the Celtic earth from June to December.

The battle between the two figures occurs on the winter solstice when the Oak King kills the Holly King at Yule and takes his place. The Oak King then reigns until Litha (midsummer) when the two battle again. The Holly King wins in June then reigns until Yule (winter solstice) in December.

The Holly King we all know as the present day Santa Claus. He wears red and bears holly leaves and berries in his hat. He drives a team of eight deer (or reindeer) because deer were highly sacred to the Celtic Gods. The number eight represents the eight sabbats of the solar calendar.

Many of us would recognize the Oak King as the modern-day "Baby New Year". He is the new, fresh and young child-god that beckons mother nature to re-new herself as he brings the warm rays of the sun back.

Mistletoe is sacred to the Oak King (and a symbol of love and procreation--hence the kissing under the mistletoe tradition). Mistletoe grows high in the branches of oak trees. The two plants, holly and mistletoe, are traditional to the Yule season and represent the battle that takes place between the two forces of nature. That mistletoe is common at this time of year also illustrates that although the Oak and Holly Kings are mortal enemies twice a year they are also two sides of a whole. One can't exist without the other and each respects the other despite their confrontational relationships.

Winter Solstice Ritual

Tools:
In addition to your usual m'jyk-l tools, you will need:
A Green Altar Cloth
A Cauldron w/Lid or Cover Plate
Holly Sprig Wreath
Mistletoe Sprig Wreath
12 Low Vibration Stones (flat oval river rock work well)
1 Black Votive Candle, 1 Green 12" Taper Candle, 1 White 12" Taper Candle, 1 Gold (12hr) Pillar Candle
Pine Incense
Bowl of Water w/ Pine Sprig in it
Plate of Sand
Athame
Other Personal Items of choice


Preparation:
This ritual showed be performed right after sunset. About an hour before, sweep area moving in a deosil manner. Yule symbols such as Poinsettias, Pine Cones, and even a decorated Yule Log nearby (if too big for altar) adds to the ambiance. Place the proper candles and symbols at the four cardinal directions. Place the gold God pillar candle at right top of altar. Place the white Goddess taper candle at the top left. Place your Pentacle (or a plate with a Pentagram drawn on it) in the center of the altar. Place your Cauldron to the right of the altar, with the black votive candle, Holly sprig wreath around it , inside. Cover cauldron with lid or cover plate. Place the green taper candle and mistletoe wreath where they will be behind you at the beginning of the ritual. Outline your circle perimeter with 11 of the low vibration stones (save 12th to close circle when you enter. Place the rest of your tools and props according to personal preference. Take a shower or bath for purity. Sit quietly for a period to ground and center. When ready put on some soothing music associated with the Sabbat and your ritual. Enter the standing stone circle and close with 12th stone.

Cast circle by envisioning flames of Yule colors red, green, and gold coming up between the stones. When all become a continuous line, step up to the altar and begin:


"From the darkness is born the light, From void, fulfillment emerges... The darkest night of the year's at the threshold, Open now the door, and honor the darkness."

Take the lid/plate off the cauldron and light the black votive candle inside. Step back from the cauldron and give silent honor to the Holly King, the ruler of the dark half of the year. Call quarters, start by lighting yellow candle in the East:

"Powers of Air, step forth from the darkness, Enter my circle , as dark gives 'way to light. Bring along with you the essence of pine trees, Remind me of Springtime As I face Solstice Night."


Light the pine incense and place on Pentacle/Center Plate. Light the red candle in the South:


"Powers of Fire, step forth from the darkness, Enter my circle, as dark gives 'way to light, Bring along with you the first glint of tomorrow, Remind me of Summer As I face Solstice Night."


Pick up the Athame and brandish it in the flame of the candle to reflect the light. Place on the Pentacle/Center Plate. Light the blue candle in the West:


"Powers of Water, step forth from the darkness, Enter my circle, as dark gives 'way to light, Bring along with you bittersweet memories Remind me of Autumn As I face Solstice Night."


Pick up the bowl of water, sprinkle water with pine sprig in Pentacle/Center Plate. Light brown candle in the North:


"Powers of Earth, step forth from the darkness, Enter my circle, as dark gives 'way to light, Bring along with you the land that now slumbers, Remind me of Winter And this cold Solstice Night."


Pick up the plate of sand, sprinkle sand in a line around the other symbols. Step back from the alter for a moment and contemplate the seasons of the past year, and how their lessons have brought you to where you are today. When ready, begin again:


"Dark my surroundings, and cold be this night But Thy labor, Blessed Mother Has reborn the Sacred Light... The Child Divine, The most honored Sun Shall return with the sunrise Again, Two will be One."


Remove the Holly wreath from around the black votive candle. With your right hand, present it to the four elements in a deosil manner. Finally, in a clockwise motion, place it behind you, to signify the death, "passing", of the Holly King. Turn back to the altar. Then with your left hand, reach behind you, and in a clockwise motion bring forward the Mistletoe wreath and the green candle. Present them to the elements, slide the wreath over the green candle and place the candle in its holder in the cauldron. Light the green candle with the black votive candle:


"Hark! Behold the Rebirth of the King of the Woodlands! Behold the Oak King, strong and vital he rises!" Snuff the black votive candle and with your right hand, place it behind you in a clockwise motion. Turn back to the cauldron, close your eyes, and silently honor the Oak King. Begin again: "Awake now Thy Mother, Thy Lover, Thy Lady - Awake now Thy Goddess of Life, Death, Rebirth."


Take the green candle out of the cauldron and light the white Goddess candle on the altar. Replace the green candle in the cauldron. Take the white Goddess candle with both hands and hold out at arm's length over the cauldron:


"Awaken, my Lady, look upon Thyne Divine Child, His rebirth while You slumbered Was subtle and silent. The Stag King, the Green Man, Lord of Fertility, He awaits Thy wakening Gentle and benevolent"


Place the white Goddess candle back in its holder at the left top of altar. Step back and assume the Goddess position. In a bold voice:


"All hail the Oak King, His rebirth; a promise All hail the Divine Child, Giver of Life All hail the Blessed Sun, reborn to the Mother For he retakes His throne at the end of Solstice Night!"


Now is the time for meditation and any spellworkings. Spellworkings associated with Yule include those for peace, harmony, love, and happiness. Next celebrate with the Cakes and Ale (Fruitcake* and Spiced Cider *) ceremony, saving some for the wee Folkes, outside. Thank the Goddess and snuff Her candle. Thank and release the elements:


"Carry sweet tidings, 'round the world and beyond, I charge thee as messengers Earth, Water, Fire, and Air Let all rejoice loudly in the Oak King's return Teach all that you meet, with the glad tidings you bear."


Snuff each Quarter candle in a widdershins manner. Step back and face the cauldron and the green candle still burning bright.


"Before my circle, tonight, I close Blessings I ask for this house and my kin Tomorrow at daybreak, when I arise A special flame I will carry, within... And a gold candle upon my altar I'll light Adding my will to the Sun King's intent To climb aloft in the vaulted skies And for strength back to me; three times, strength I've sent."


Snuff the green candle. Take the Mistletoe wreath and place it on the other symbols on the Pentacle/Center Plate. Release the circle. Clean up, leaving the gold God pillar candle in center front to light upon rising in the morning. You are done.

--Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys to share with all her friends and those of like mind--
Copyright © 1997-99 Akasha, Herne and The Celtic Connection wicca.com. All rights reserved.
 

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

~Elder Airwolf~

Humbly serving my Goddess )O(

Casting a Dragon Circle

Casting a Dragon Circle

The circle is cast with the Blade, the Cup and the Censor. The Priest starts with the Blade in the north and draws the boundry of the circle. As he does he recites "I tread this Path for the Elements, that which comprises all that we see."

The HPS takes to sprinkling the boundries with the Cup filled with salted water. She recites "I tread this Path for Self, a reflection of the Divine."

The HP then takes the censor and carries the smoketo the boundries of the circle in a deosil direction. He recites "I tread this Path for Spirit, that which unites all things."

The HP or HPS then state the charge of our Circle. It is as follows:

"Our Circle is a place where hearts and minds can meet and share in the wonder and empowerment of a living and loving Goddess. We are a coven of friends, but above all things we are Family. Our Love and our Magick binds us together and our Circle keeps us and nurtures us. We are blessed. Blessed Be!"

The Dragon Guardians are then invoked. 

EAST
Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the East. Your tongue is a sharp sword, cutting with the knowledge of the arcane. Your spirit flows as graceful as a swift in flight. Purify us with truth. Blessed Be.

SOUTH
Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the South, your breath is a flame with the fires of inspiration and passion. Your spirit is searing and fervent. Purify us with Love. Blessed Be. 

WEST
Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the West, your coils are the cleansing healing waves that nurture the soul. Your spirit lunges, leaps and splashes like a Talbot at play. Purify us with pulsing tides. Blessed Be.

NORTH
Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the North, your talons run like roots into the earth, giving you infinite strength. Your spirit is substantial, hard and pure like a clear crystal. Purify us with persistant wisdom. Blessed Be.

Each of these Dragons has a secret name that they are also invoked with. A suggestion is that anyone using these invocations meditate to find an appropriate name for each Guardian and use it along with or instead of the words "Mighty Dragon".

I find that the Circle charge sets the mood for the Circle and I change it to suit the situation. If anyone has ideas for a Circle charge, I'd like to hear them. I have a number of Circle charges that I use but fresh ones always are nice.
 

Dragon Spell to Add Power to an Object

Dragon Spell to Add Power to an Object 

*This is one of the first spells I wrote myself and although it was written
to be used by me, it should be easy to adapt for your use.* 

I have a gemstone bracelet on which I cast this spell. I find it works well
if performed on the night of the full moon. 

You will need: three or more white or silver candles, a red candle, incense
and holder, a small bowl of water, a small bowl of earth or salt, matches
and the item you want to empower. 

Place the item on your altar and place the candles in a circle around it.
Place the earth or salt to the north of the canMoon Dragon Protection Spell 

To be cast on the night of the full moon. 

For this spell I use nine white candles, normally tea-lights, a white dragon
statue, and some moon incense. 

Place the candles in a circle, either on your altar if you are inside, or on
the ground around you if you are outside. Place the dragon statue in front
of you and the incense slightly behind it. Both should be inside the ring of
candles. 

Light the candles one by one, say as you light each: 

"Léas, Lunar Dragon, moon beauty, hear me!" 

After lighting them, light the incense. Then sit either before or inside the
circle of candles and say: 

"Oh Great Léas, be with me 
Great Dragon of the lunar light, 
Dragon of the mystic night. 
Within this circle of candles bright, 
Protect me with your awesome might." 

Meditate, feeling the power of the lunar dragon entering your body and soul,
filling you with strength and knowing that you are protected by this lunar
power. dle circle, the incense to
the east, the red candle to the south and the water to the west. Light the
candles whilst saying: 

“Great Goddess J’kiri, dragon of infinite wisdom and love, I ask that you
bless this work and add your power to this (name of object).” 

Sit for a while and imagine you own personal power flowing into the object,
then the power of J’kiri should join it. After the flow slows down, continue


Light the incense and pass the object through the smoke whilst saying: 

“Great Sairys, ruler of the air, I ask that you bless this work and add your
power to this (name of object).” 

Light the red candle and, carefully, pass the object through or over the
flame, saying: 

“Great Fafnir, ruler of fire, I ask that you bless this work and add your
power to this (name of object).” 

Sprinkle a few drops of the water onto the object whilst saying: 

“Great Naelyon, ruler of water, I ask that you bless this work and add your
power to this (name of object).” 

Touch the object to the earth/salt and say: 

“Great Grael, ruler of earth, I ask that you bless this work and add your
power to this (name of object).” 

Sit for a while again and feel the elemental powers joining yours and
J’kiri’s in the object. If you are able to see magickal energy you should
see the rainbow of colours flowing around the object but don’t worry if you
can’t. 

Then to close the ritual, say: 

“I thank you great dragons, for coming this night, for aiding my ritual, for
sharing your powers with me. Go in peace, in light and love.” 

 

Quick Dragon Spell

A Quick Dragon Water Healing Spell 

This spell works best if you can find a nice private stream that you can
walk into naked. Make sure you are safe, watch out for deep patches and fast
flowing currents. Otherwise, if that is not possible, a shower and
visualisation can be used instead. 

Undress and enter the stream (if in the shower imagine the stream) and feel
the water flowing over you, taking with it any illness, negativity or
depression. When you feel ready, chant softly: 

“Naelyon, please take this illness out of me 
Let it flow to the river, flow to the sea.” 

Chant until you feel all trace of the illness leave your body. Leave the
water, dry, and thank Naelyon for her assistance. 

(Although I have used the name of Naelyon for this spell, personally I use
the name given to me by one of the other elemental water dragons. If you
have been granted a name then use this instead, the power of your personal
name is usually stronger.) 

Dragon Magickal Attributes

MAGICKAL ATTRIBUTES: Protection, instruction in the spiritual, Element
magick. Using the spiritual to transform life. Protection. Adding extra
power to magick. 
CHANT: Dragons strong and dragons bright, 
Dragons full of wisdom old, 
Teach me the spiritual light. 
Let me walk with knowledge bold. 
Dragon fire, lift me higher! 
(From Animal Magick by D.J.Conway) 



Dragon Magick and Draconic Language 

For some reason there seems to be a fascination with combining dragon magick
with one or more draconic languages, I'm not sure when or why this started
but there are a few major pitfalls involved which I wish to warn you about. 

Firstly, many of the dragons you may attract during magickal rituals are
local to Earth, by that I mean a lot of them live in the 'plane' that
connects Earth and the Astral realm, therefore they do usually have an
understanding of the languages of Earth. As strange as it may seem to some
of you, the best language to communicate with them is your native one, or at
least the language you can speak & understand best. 

There are a few reasons for this, you should feel more at ease speaking in
your usual language, you don't have to worry about mispronunciation or
saying completely the wrong thing, and do you have to worry about forgetting
your lines! Draconic companions or guides do often read a lot into how you
are feeling as much as what you are saying, if you feel uncomfortable they
may feel you are not ready for their companionship or guidance. 

Secondly, if you try speaking a language you don’t know well and you happen
to attract the attention of a dragon who does speak that language, what are
you going to do when they start chatting? Will you know what they are saying
to you? It is rather rude to greet or call someone in their native language
then be completely unable to continue a conversation. When humans learn
another language they normally learn how to apologise in that language when
they don't understand something, but could you do the same for a draconic
language you've picked up from somewhere online? I would not risk offending
or angering a dragon by claiming knowledge of a language you don't really
know. 

Finally, magick should be personal to you. You may think the English
language is boring and not very interesting to dragons but that is not true.
You can put more of your own feelings, thoughts, beliefs and emotions into a
language you can speak well, even if its 'just' English. They will
appreciate your honesty as well, rather than think you feel the need to
claim another language as your own. 


Humankind has always been fascinated with dragons. They feature in the myths
legends and history of nearly every country on earth. However, most humans
still think of dragons being only a myth or a fantasy, but dragons are very
real, although you wont see them walking down the road or eating young
maidens! Dragons left the earth to live in the astral realms but they still
keep a watchful eye over the human race. Some have even come back to earth
to co-exist with a human, to help them and make sure the ways of the dragon
are never forgotten. Some have been reborn as humans, not knowing their true
past until awakened. It is very hard to tell these people apart from the
rest of the population as they look and seem human, but trust me, they are
there. 
Dragon Magick is the practice of calling upon the dragons still in the
astral realms and asking them to become co-magickians and aiding you with
your magick. Dragons have control of much deeper elemental energies than
humans ever feel and can tap into vast amounts of power. If you take the
time to befriend a dragon you will find them to be wonderful friends,
excellent protectors and powerful fellow magickians. 
Dragon Magick does not belong to any religion and can be practiced on its
own or with other magickal workings. That said, Dragon Magick is not for
everyone. Those who wish to walk the path of the dragon must be
self-disciplined. They must realize the potential dangers of working with
such energy and power but also dare to communicate with and befriend the
great astral dragons. The dragon magickian has to be serious about and
understand the changes their life will make once on this path. 
Before starting, ask yourself, "Am I ready for this?" If the answer is "no"
don't worry about it. Continue to love and study dragons and in a year or
two ask yourself again. If the answer is "yes" then be prepared for a
demanding but rewarding life. 


Dragon Magick 
The dragon in one form or another was know to the majority of world cultures
in both the Old and New worlds. It was on of the early symbols of the Great
Mother Goddess of the matriarchies. Until the arrival of 
Patriarchal societies, the dragon was considered to be a sacred, benevolent
creature; its serpent body symbolized matter and life-giving water of
creation, its wing spirit and sacred breath of life. 
It was used as an emblem for divinity for divinity and royalty in Babylon,
Egypt, China, Japan, Greece, and Rome. The Chinese Manchu dynasty, the
Phoenicians, and the Saxons all showed it as enthroned, a symbol 
Of the power of the ruler. The Chinese dragon symbolizes the masculine yang
power, very high spiritual power, and the emperor himself. This connection
with imperial power carried over into England and Wales. 
The dragon was known as the King of Larger Serpents to medieval writers. 
Dragons and bulls in the Western world were fought by such Sun heroes as
Mithras, Siegfried, Hercules, Jason. Horus, and Apollo. 
In Hindu myth, Vitra, the Dragon of the Waters, was killed by Indra so the
waters could be released upon the Earth. The dragon was also the emblem of
Aruna and Soma. 
There were two major categories of physical appearances of dragon: those of
the East and those of the West. 
The Oriental or Chinese dragon looked terrible and fierce, but was a symbol
of prosperity, rain, wisdom, and hidden secrets. Oriental dragons did not
have wings, but were shaped more like huge serpents with four legs. The
early Chinese worshipped the dragon, and at one time had its image on nation
flags. Using the symbol of the five-toed imperial dragon was reserved for
emperors. The guardian of the mansions of the gods was the Chinese Celestial
Dragon, Ti's Lung; he also prevented the deities from falling out of their
heavenly realm. Oriental heroes did not hunt the dragon, as did Western
heroes. The Oriental dragons were said to leave their mountain caves or
watery homes in the Spring to bring the fertilizing rains. 
Both the Chinese and Japanese believe that dragons can turn themselves into
birds. The three-clawed dragon of Japan symbolized the Mikado, the imperial
and spiritual power. Most Japanese dragons were said to live in lakes and
springs. 
Ancient Western writers wrote all kinds of terrifying things about the
Western dragons. These creatures were built like enormous lizards with wings
their bodies were thicker that those of Oriental dragons. Their throats and
back legs were like those of an eagle, the grasping front legs like those of
a reptile, and a tail that ended in an arrow-point. Western dragons were
considered to be enemies of humans, and heroes were always hunting them down
and killing them. Under the circumstances, it's no wonder that Western
dragons stopped trying to get along with humans. They liked to live in dark
caves, a few of them in water. They breathed fire, and their breath was
supposed to spread plagues. 
The dragon in alchemy had a number of meanings. If several dragons were
shown fighting each other, it meant separating out the Elements, or psychic
disintegration. A dragon biting its tail symbolized cyclic processes and
time; this particular dragon was known to the Gnostics as Ouroboros. A
winged dragon represents a volatile Element, while the wingless dragon stood
for a fixed Element. 
In spiritual definitions, the dragon represents the supernatural, infinity
itself, and the spiritual powers of change and transformation. 
MAGICKAL ATTRIBUTES: Protection, instruction in the spiritual, Element
magick. Using the spiritual to transform life. Protection. Adding extra
power to magick. 
CHANT: Dragons strong and dragons bright, 
Dragons full of wisdom old, 
Teach me the spiritual light. 
Let me walk with knowledge bold. 
Dragon fire, lift me higher! 
(From Animal Magick by D.J.Conway) 



Dragon Magick and Draconic Language 

For some reason there seems to be a fascination with combining dragon magick
with one or more draconic languages, I'm not sure when or why this started
but there are a few major pitfalls involved which I wish to warn you about. 

Firstly, many of the dragons you may attract during magickal rituals are
local to Earth, by that I mean a lot of them live in the 'plane' that
connects Earth and the Astral realm, therefore they do usually have an
understanding of the languages of Earth. As strange as it may seem to some
of you, the best language to communicate with them is your native one, or at
least the language you can speak & understand best. 

There are a few reasons for this, you should feel more at ease speaking in
your usual language, you don't have to worry about mispronunciation or
saying completely the wrong thing, and do you have to worry about forgetting
your lines! Draconic companions or guides do often read a lot into how you
are feeling as much as what you are saying, if you feel uncomfortable they
may feel you are not ready for their companionship or guidance. 

Secondly, if you try speaking a language you don’t know well and you happen
to attract the attention of a dragon who does speak that language, what are
you going to do when they start chatting? Will you know what they are saying
to you? It is rather rude to greet or call someone in their native language
then be completely unable to continue a conversation. When humans learn
another language they normally learn how to apologise in that language when
they don't understand something, but could you do the same for a draconic
language you've picked up from somewhere online? I would not risk offending
or angering a dragon by claiming knowledge of a language you don't really
know. 

Finally, magick should be personal to you. You may think the English
language is boring and not very interesting to dragons but that is not true.
You can put more of your own feelings, thoughts, beliefs and emotions into a
language you can speak well, even if its 'just' English. They will
appreciate your honesty as well, rather than think you feel the need to
claim another language as your own. 

 

Introduction to Dragon Magick

An Introduction to Dragon Magick 

Humankind has always been fascinated with dragons. They feature in the myths
legends and history of nearly every country on earth. However, most humans
still think of dragons being only a myth or a fantasy, but dragons are very
real, although you wont see them walking down the road or eating young
maidens! Dragons left the earth to live in the astral realms but they still
keep a watchful eye over the human race. Some have even come back to earth
to co-exist with a human, to help them and make sure the ways of the dragon
are never forgotten. Some have been reborn as humans, not knowing their true
past until awakened. It is very hard to tell these people apart from the
rest of the population as they look and seem human, but trust me, they are
there. 
Dragon Magick is the practice of calling upon the dragons still in the
astral realms and asking them to become co-magickians and aiding you with
your magick. Dragons have control of much deeper elemental energies than
humans ever feel and can tap into vast amounts of power. If you take the
time to befriend a dragon you will find them to be wonderful friends,
excellent protectors and powerful fellow magickians. 
Dragon Magick does not belong to any religion and can be practiced on its
own or with other magickal workings. That said, Dragon Magick is not for
everyone. Those who wish to walk the path of the dragon must be
self-disciplined. They must realize the potential dangers of working with
such energy and power but also dare to communicate with and befriend the
great astral dragons. The dragon magickian has to be serious about and
understand the changes their life will make once on this path. 
Before starting, ask yourself, "Am I ready for this?" If the answer is "no"
don't worry about it. Continue to love and study dragons and in a year or
two ask yourself again. If the answer is "yes" then be prepared for a
demanding but rewarding life. 


Dragon Magick 
The dragon in one form or another was know to the majority of world cultures
in both the Old and New worlds. It was on of the early symbols of the Great
Mother Goddess of the matriarchies. Until the arrival of 
Patriarchal societies, the dragon was considered to be a sacred, benevolent
creature; its serpent body symbolized matter and life-giving water of
creation, its wing spirit and sacred breath of life. 
It was used as an emblem for divinity for divinity and royalty in Babylon,
Egypt, China, Japan, Greece, and Rome. The Chinese Manchu dynasty, the
Phoenicians, and the Saxons all showed it as enthroned, a symbol 
Of the power of the ruler. The Chinese dragon symbolizes the masculine yang
power, very high spiritual power, and the emperor himself. This connection
with imperial power carried over into England and Wales. 
The dragon was known as the King of Larger Serpents to medieval writers. 
Dragons and bulls in the Western world were fought by such Sun heroes as
Mithras, Siegfried, Hercules, Jason. Horus, and Apollo. 
In Hindu myth, Vitra, the Dragon of the Waters, was killed by Indra so the
waters could be released upon the Earth. The dragon was also the emblem of
Aruna and Soma. 
There were two major categories of physical appearances of dragon: those of
the East and those of the West. 
The Oriental or Chinese dragon looked terrible and fierce, but was a symbol
of prosperity, rain, wisdom, and hidden secrets. Oriental dragons did not
have wings, but were shaped more like huge serpents with four legs. The
early Chinese worshipped the dragon, and at one time had its image on nation
flags. Using the symbol of the five-toed imperial dragon was reserved for
emperors. The guardian of the mansions of the gods was the Chinese Celestial
Dragon, Ti's Lung; he also prevented the deities from falling out of their
heavenly realm. Oriental heroes did not hunt the dragon, as did Western
heroes. The Oriental dragons were said to leave their mountain caves or
watery homes in the Spring to bring the fertilizing rains. 
Both the Chinese and Japanese believe that dragons can turn themselves into
birds. The three-clawed dragon of Japan symbolized the Mikado, the imperial
and spiritual power. Most Japanese dragons were said to live in lakes and
springs. 
Ancient Western writers wrote all kinds of terrifying things about the
Western dragons. These creatures were built like enormous lizards with wings
their bodies were thicker that those of Oriental dragons. Their throats and
back legs were like those of an eagle, the grasping front legs like those of
a reptile, and a tail that ended in an arrow-point. Western dragons were
considered to be enemies of humans, and heroes were always hunting them down
and killing them. Under the circumstances, it's no wonder that Western
dragons stopped trying to get along with humans. They liked to live in dark
caves, a few of them in water. They breathed fire, and their breath was
supposed to spread plagues. 
The dragon in alchemy had a number of meanings. If several dragons were
shown fighting each other, it meant separating out the Elements, or psychic
disintegration. A dragon biting its tail symbolized cyclic processes and
time; this particular dragon was known to the Gnostics as Ouroboros. A
winged dragon represents a volatile Element, while the wingless dragon stood
for a fixed Element. 
In spiritual definitions, the dragon represents the supernatural, infinity
itself, and the spiritual powers of change and transformation. 

Daily Forecast for December 15th, 2013

Gibbous (waxing/135-180 degrees)

December 15, 2013 — Distractions from the outside begin pressing into your world. Analysis is favored, reevaluating all the various factors you are dealing with. It’s a time to process information and effectively integrate your aims with the people in your immediate environment. This is a good time for organizing things. This Moon phase is suited for synthesis: coming up with a practical plan for getting from point A to point B. Adjustment is required.

 

Sunday 15th December 2013

Moon 28° Taurus trines Venus 28° Capricorn

Moon enters Gemini 6:40am GMT - 7:40am Europe - 1:40am USA EST - 4:40pm Sydney Australia - 12:10pm India

Moon 2° Gemini squares Neptune 2° Pisces

Moon 3° Gemini trines Mars 3° Libra

Sunday 15th December 2013 - Moon enters Gemini
Magnetically Powerful and Inexplicably Strong "Moon"
I've always said that the Moon talks to each and everyone - even though you don't know exactly what the Moon is saying to you - your AURA does know exactly what the Moon is saying - and during Moon in Gemini - you're going to be surprised what you hear "it" say to you !
There's another true fact that you should know about the Moon in Gemini - that is - it WON'T MOAN and COMPLAIN.
In fact the Moon's energy never MOANS or COMPLAINS - because the Moon always talks and communicates positive energy through every star sign and through every aspect with every planet - a pleasant energy to everyone. The problem is with US - as we receive the positive energy from the Moon - we sense and hear things that "we" don't like to hear. But the truth is it's all GOOD and is always POSITIVE energy.
 
Unfortunately as the Moon in Gemini is about to become a Full Moon in Gemini - the Moon is going to bring out the BEST in many people - and the WORST in others. As the Moon OPENS everyone's mouth up to speak and communicate. Unfortunately, in this modern world - all "some" people say when they talk is MOAN and COMPLAIN.
If you ask a stranger / someone new "how are you?" - and they reply OK, good, fantastic and with a smile - you know they're a pleasant person - but if they reply "moaning and complaining" about the weather, about their lives, about x,y and z etc etc - you know they're "trouble" - and they'll make you sorry you ever asked them.
The Moon in Gemini is going to enable you to "tune in" and sense WHO is a moaner, complainer and negative and WHO is happy and positive. As star sign of Gemini has TWO sides to it. Make sure you're ALERT - because you're going to need your wits about you to AVOID the negative moaners - as there's nothing worse that can ruin a pleasant Sunday - than have a "moaning minnie" ear-bashing you with verbal diarrhea.
 
Moon enters Gemini 6:40am GMT - 7:40am Europe - 1:40am USA EST - 4:40pm Sydney Australia - 12:10pm India immediately MAGNIFIES and OPENS people up - to say what it is - that they want to say - there will be no stopping anyone saying anything - especially if they're emotionally UPSET by something and have been holding back saying it - on Sunday - you can expect them to say it NON-STOP.
 
Moon 2° Gemini squares Neptune 2° Pisces is a SHARP conflict of energies - it shows you WHO to avoid - as they reveal WHAT they are by WHAT they say to you. For most of you whom are spiritually sensitive - it's unpleasant to hear people complain - especially when they complain about the gift of life - for the truth is we should all be immensely grateful for every second of life in a warm home - for there are people in many parts of the world who are FREEZING cold - especially in the freezing snow amongst Syrian refugees - who are sleeping in tents outside in camps all night long freezing. Spare a compassionate thought for them - and realize HOW SO VERY LUCKY YOU ARE !
 
Moon 3° Gemini trines Mars 3° Libra - now this is the aspect that is going to create the MAJOR event on Sunday - for most of you on Sunday afternoon after the Moon rises at 2:30pm in your local time zone - and it will depend on whether you have KEPT closed to the moaning minnie - because this aspect on it's own is POSITIVELY POWERFUL - it will make you talk positive to someone - become positive as you talk to them - and if you've had a bad experience with a "moaning minnie" - then instinctively you will search for, NEED and WANT to talk to someone positive to become positively refreshed from that "negative" person.
The greatest gift as humans is TOGETHER - we can either create SOMETHING GOOD from NOTHING or we can create BADNESS from NOTHING too. That's why I always try my best and keep shtum - better to say nothing than say something negative.
Sunday's Moon 3° Gemini trines Mars 3° Libra wants to bring out the best in YOU - it wants you to talk to someone - but will inexplicably, magnetically make you attract someone just like you - who understands you and whom you create energy together - hopefully that energy will be POSITIVE, FUNNY and GOOD energy.

Aries Horoscope

 

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You might feel more optimistic about your future today, even if you can't shake all of your lingering problems. Your growing confidence is supported by coworkers and friends who are enthusiastic about your ideas. Although something still seems missing, try not to make any major changes to your previous plans. Holding your current course now is your best strategy in the long run.

Taurus Horoscope

 

(Apr 20 – May 20)

Paying attention to what's most significant is growing more complicated today even if you try to concentrate on just one issue. However, someone or something may come along now, distracting you into scattering your energy before you realize what happened. You might not be able to stop your mind from wandering, but your conscious intervention can pull you back to reality before you falter. Controlling your thoughts subsequently improves your chances for success.

Gemini Horoscope

 

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You have been anticipating a change in direction for a while, and now is the time to make your big move. It might seem as if a minor adjustment is all that's needed, but a twist on the road of life can turn out to be a significant one. Don't make choices based on a whim of the moment; consider your options carefully and then run with the one that will carry you the farthest.

Cancer Horoscope

 

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Your friends might get on your nerves today, especially if they seem to be unreasonably determined to have their own way. You can't comprehend how anyone could remain so completely blind while facing contradictory facts. Don't show others the errors of their ways now; everyone needs to learn their lessons on their own. Meanwhile, clean up your own yard before worrying about anything else. Lead by example instead of telling people what to do.

Leo Horoscope

 

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

It's fun to connect with your friends in a social situation today, enabling you to express your more playful side. However, you might be tempted to overdo the celebrating now. Rather than unconsciously wasting your physical energy on passing pleasures, pay attention to where your interactions with others take you. Make intelligent decisions based only on how you want your day to unfold. You will be happier with the results if you take charge of your destiny with a sense of purpose.

Virgo Horoscope

 

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your thoughts are focused on decisions you must make at work next week, but you still can clearly see two opposing solutions to your problem. It's tough to pick one path over another, for they both have distinct advantages and disadvantages. However, you will have to make a choice soon, so jot down the pros and cons of each option and then choose wisely. Fortunately, there are no wrong answers as long as you take the time to step through your analytical process.

Libra Horoscope

 

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You have plenty of interesting ideas today, but it's difficult to focus on any particular scenario at a time. You want to explore a variety of options to determine your future and don't want to be limited by just one choice. Fortunately, there's no reason to narrow your thinking at this time. Just enjoy playing with all the possibilities and leave the big questions for another day.

Scorpio Horoscope

 

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You are often ready to dig down to the center of complex circumstances to discover the buried truth. But now you might try to avoid any extra emotional intensity by tap dancing around the edges of a significant issue. Even if you feel isolated, you don't have to solve every single mystery today just to gain acceptance. Give yourself permission to go along with the currents long enough to see where they take you.

Sagittarius Horoscope

 

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Everyone might appear to be moving too fast for your liking today. You could even try to slow others down by engaging them in philosophical conversations, but your workmates are nearly as distracted as you are now. It may be easier to withdraw, instead of attempting to control what's happening around you. There's nothing wrong with taking some time to be alone for a while. Reconnecting with your own center revitalizes your energy so you can keep up with the busy pace of the season.

Capricorn Horoscope

 

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You might grow increasingly anxious today as you temporarily lose control of your schedule. Prioritizing your responsibilities is helpful because you need to acknowledge that you can't do everything that is being asked of you now. Leaving a job unfinished for a bit longer may be frustrating at first, but it's the best way to manage the current complexity. Be gentle with yourself; you are only human after all.

Aquarius Horoscope

 

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You're like the Energizer bunny today and your spirits lift as things begin to improve all around you. You're able to fully enjoy yourself while meeting your obligations now, but you're certainly busier than normal. It's tempting to bite off more than you can chew, but it's a wiser idea to practice a bit of self-control. If you don't go running around all over the place, you might just accomplish more than you expect.

Pisces Horoscope

 

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You may be surprised or even shocked by how much there is to do today, even when you're securely situated inside of your castle. The reflective Moon's current visit to your 4th House of Home and Family highlights your need to retreat from the fast pace of modern life. Practice enjoying the distractions instead of trying to shut them out. There will be more time to relax next week once your chores are done.

Today's Tarot: Strength
What has traditionally been known as the Strength card represents Nature which, however wild in its primal form, is tamed by our subtler, finer (feminine, interior) self. The will and passion of our instinctive nature does not need to be broken, but refined and brought to consciousness -- so that all levels of Creation, inner and outer, may come into harmony. 

The feminine soul-force contains a persuasive power that can nurture and induce cooperation from others, stilling disruptive energies by harmonizing differences in the spirit of collective good will.
 

Today's I Ching: #46 Pushing Upward
Wow  now this speaks to me today....
The forces of growth in springtime demonstrate advancement, as new life pushes upward through the earth's crust, and the sap is rising. The emphasis is on upward motion, from obscurity to influence, with growth fostered by adaptability and the absence of opposition. Constant, flexible growth is the key attribute of a plant pushing upwards. This reading suggests a period of new promotion and prosperity in your life. 

A wise person, in harmony with fate, is sensitive but determined. Make a sincere effort to apply resolute effort. Break through inertia, and good fortune will follow. By remaining flexible and tolerant, you will be able to retain the kind of conscious innocence that fuels growth and advancement. Will power and self-control are necessary to manage this growth skillfully, but the natural enthusiasm of the life force is behind everything.
Today's Rune: Gebo:

 (G: Gift.) Gifts, both in the sense of sacrifice and of generosity, indicating balance. All matters in relation to exchanges, including contracts, personal relationships and partnerships. Gebo Merkstave (Gebo cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Greed, loneliness, dependence, over-sacrifice. Obligation, toll, privation, bribery.

Today's Faery Oracle

The Fairy of Decisions

Don't put off until tomorrow that which you can do today!

Your Fairy Affirmation for today:
"I will be more decisive and feel better for doing so!" 

Today's Spirit Animal Oracle:

That Which is Behind You
  Sasquatch 
Is Big Foot real or a hoax? It doesn't really matter, because he has ambled into your reading to remind you of life's mysteries. Not everything can be explained, not everything can be touched—but that doesn't mean it don't exist. Suspend your logic for a bit, and be open to the mystery. 

 

Your Current Place
  Spider 
Spider represents a connection between past and future, to remind you that the web you weave today is the web you will inhabit tomorrow. Are you spinning a balanced future? Spider is also a creator, spinning stories just as easily as she does a web. Spider in your reading asks you to consider the future you are weaving—does it include your biggest dreams? 

 

That Which is before You
  Lizard 
Are you dreaming a dream that's big enough? If Lizard has appeared before you today, the gauntlet has been thrown down, the challenge made. Stop hiding your light beneath a rock—be willing to be bigger than life, to dream bigger than your imagination, to throw caution to the wind, and aim for the target you've spent a lifetime avoiding. 

~Elder Airwolf~

 

BLYSSFUL SUN'S DAY PAGANS

Good Morning Everybody!

Well with time and the turning of the wheel as the Winter Solstice is upon us changes are also inevitable. The House of Legion has now severed it's ties to the house of Pendragon and the Church of Pagan Freedons. I will not go into detail why The house of Legion had made this decision save one. We have grown in different directions and no longer follow the same paths. With that being said, if you are a member of the COPF's Legion of Pagans charter group it is being disbanned and I have pinned a post with instructions. If you wish to continue with the COPF groups they are easy to search, if you wish to be member in the Legion of Pagans of the Old Ways here is the link.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/228794080628554/

Within a day or so all members will be deleted from the COPF's Legion of Pagans charter group.

The Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry is large and strong housing many specific groups & pages on face book, as well as the ministries website housing groups, counseling, libraries, and educational classes as well as our own store. Links for the LOP list is below.

~*~House of Legion Links~*~Legion of Pagans Spirutual Ministry websitewww.legionofpagans.com

Ministry mail box:

legionofpagans12@gmail.com

Legion of Pagans Group Rooms & Page Links

 

Realm of the Dark Moon Witches-focus is on the dark arts and craft.https://www.facebook.com/groups/194841784021579/

 

The Coven of Clever Crones- gender and age specific locked secret. 40+ female crones. https://www.facebook.com/groups/airwolf6/

 

Fierce Pagan Women-gender specific, women's issueshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/145635395646915/

 

COPF Legion of Pagans-General information group, sister charter group of the Church of Pagan Freedoms. https://www.facebook.com/groups/194841784021579/

 

The Awakening-New to the craft. Basic new spells and information.https://www.facebook.com/groups/523052177752926/

 

Faery Friends of the Fae- All information and spells pertaining to faeries.https://www.facebook.com/groups/1401438800077068/

 

Native Heart-Native American information for the Shamans & Medicine people.https://www.facebook.com/groups/134898473312064/

 

Witches of the Woodlands-all nature and herb based info, and spells.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/584097441655854/

 

Shadows of the Dark Wolf-education and information to the dark wolf totem and shadow work of the wolves.https://www.facebook.com/groups/550415675039040/

 

Rock Your World-magickal mediphysical minerals

https://www.facebook.com/groups/268657296592396/

 

Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry facebook page-link to website main postings

https://www.facebook.com/LegionOfPagansSpiritualMinistry

Witch in the Kitcken-recipes

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1423527841209848/

Forum of Religious Views Page- political views, expression, and debates.

https://www.facebook.com/ForumReligiousViews

 

Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry website- homebase opperations for the Legion Empire, vast library, groups, and educational classes. (must use a fb or twitter account to apply) applicant must use pc to apply then can use cell device to access after accepted for membership.

www.legionofpagans.com

 

Clever Crones Cauldron of Antiquities-Legion store, herbs, tools, books.

www.clevercronecauldron.com 

The Legion of Pagans of the Old Ways

https://www.facebook.com/groups/228794080628554/

Male Pagans Of the World~all male group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/477320809052625/

Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry Links

Copyright ©2013 Elder Airwolf

Revised-12/06/2013

Dragons and their magick

Dragons and their magick

 

 

The Draconic Tradition has a Code of Honor that is followed by all of its practitioners. The Code is followed in magickal workings and in everyday life. There are times when we can’t follow the Codes to the exact word, but to completely ignore them would be foolish. Dragons will not work with a practitioner that ignores them. But one who follows the Codes to the best of their ability earns the respect of the Dragons and will have no problem working with them. 

 

In all that you do consider its benefit or harm to yourself, your family, and your Clan.
Your duty is always to yourself, your family, and your Clan.
Be honest with yourself and others and let them know you will not accept anything but honesty in return. You should always strive to be above reproach or criticism in the eyes of the world.
You should always strive to be kind to others; or, should kindness prove impossible, strive always to be just.
Give your bond only after great consideration as to how it may affect your duties to yourself, your family, and your Clan. And when you do give your bond it should carry the weight of a signed blood oath.
Pledge friendship and your assistance only to those who are worthy and honorable. Work to strengthen those of your family, friends, and your Clan, and they will strengthen you.
Do not pass on anything you have not personally witnessed or verified. Never give unproven hearsay the weight of truth.
What you have, hold. Let no one take from you, your family, or your Clan that which is rightfully and legally yours.
The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason for the protection of yourself, your family, and your Clan, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom.
Never reveal the secrets entrusted to you by your family, your Clan, or your friends without permission. Possession of a wagging tongue marks you as a fool. Exceptions to this are when keeping the secret would endanger an innocent, bring unjustified dishonor to another, bring shame or dishonor to your family, your Clan, or friends, allow a criminal to go unpunished, or seriously violate the laws of the land. In this matter let common sense prevail.
Never neglect your family, your Clan, or your friends. Have the fierceness of a Dragon in their defense and always be certain they are provided for before starting any endeavor.
Offer forgiveness only to those who are truly repentant of wrongs committed against you, your family, your Clan or your friends. And when you offer forgiveness, do so with honesty, for to do so grudgingly is not forgiveness but deceit.
Always remember that the fury and excitement of the moment can play havoc with the truth. To keep one’s head in any situation is a virtue.
Have respect and honor for all Dragons and the Dragons of the Land. For they will assist you in your endeavors if you do.
Dignity, a gracious manner and a good humor are to be admired and cultivated. They will aid you to bring honor to your family, and your Clan.
Try always to be prepared for whatever the future may bring. Life with all of its joys, sorrows, and secrets is to be embraced and experienced to the fullest, for this is how one gains wisdom.
Respect yourself as a child of the Dragons. Have pride, but not arrogance, in yourself, your appearance, and your position in the Clan. Do your best in all things. Be gracious with self-praise, without bragging, and self-forgiveness when warranted.
When you gain authority, use it carefully and with wisdom. Remember that authority will grow with experience, and as a Priest/Priestess of a Clan you should exercise it with care and dignity.
Power does not come with authority, but can be given. Be wary of how you use any power given to you, for power over something does not always give you the authority to control it.
When your time in this life is done, return to the Dragons, and stand before them with pride, not arrogance. For a life lived with dignity, respect, and honor is one to be prideful of.

 

 

Dragon trivia

 

The study of dragons is an immense subject, and could easily fill an encyclopedia. However, in the course of my research, I collected several bits of trivia which may interest dragon enthusiasts:For example, dragons provide significant words to our language, and tales to our folklore.Dragon terminologyA female dragon is a dragoness, a word used since the early 17th century.A small or young dragon is a dragonet.Anything pertaining to a dragon is dracontine.Garguiyle was originally the name of an 8th century dragon in Rouen, France who was killed by St. Romanus. The word gargoyle comes from the name of this dragon.At least one dragon was killed by a woman, Tarasque, the dragon of Isle. St. Marguerite. This dragon was conquered by St. Martha.A dragon’s environmentThere are few natural enemies of dragons. Some are the stork, stag, and ichneumon. The latter is a relative of the mongoose, which is known to destroy crocodile eggs in Egypt. According to legend, dragons are terrified of the ichneumon and will cover themselves in mud and try to close their nostrils to avoid attack by the weasel-like animal.Flora and faunaIn zoology, draco describes an animal’s characteristic of wing-like membranes on its flanks.Other sciencesIn alchemy, caput dragonis, or the “dragon’s head” is the term for the poisonous breath of the winged dragon.As late as the 16th century, draconite stone was believed to come from the head of a dragon.Draco, which is the Latin word for dragon, is also the name of a famous constellation, best seen in July. About 4000 years ago, Thuban, the fourth star from the end of the tail, used to be our North Star.More dragon loreThere are many astronomy terms which relate the moon to dragons. Likewise, in Western and Oriental lore, dragons are supposed to participate in eclipses.In mythology, Cadmus planted dragon’s teeth and from the ground, armed warriors sprouted.

 

CAULDRONS

Cauldrons

Using a cauldron, symbol of inspiration and rebirth, has brought new
dimensions to both group and solitary work. A cauldron decorates the center
of the Circle during Lesser Sabbats. An air cauldron at a spring rite
creates a misty, magical quality for the ceremony. In summer, the cauldron
will flash and spark. A blue flame burns mysteriously within the Water
cauldron during the autumn festival. Throughout Yule, the Earth cauldron
burns steadfast and constant. During moon rites, when magick is done, we
write the purpose of our working on flash papers and toss them into the
burning cauldron while chanting. 

A working cauldron should be of cast iron, with a tight-fitting lid,
three sturdy legs, and a strong handle. Season your cauldron before using it
for the first time. Pour in generous helping of salt and lighter fluid,
slosh it up to the rim and wipe dry. For indoor use it MUST have a fireproof
base or your workings will summon up yellow-coated salamander spirits from
the fire department. 

EARTH Cauldron 
Layer salt, wax shavings, three powdered or ground herbs, lighter fluid
and ivy leaves in the cauldron while focus and chanting. Use a candle to
light it. When the smoke starts to roll, extinguish the cauldron by putting
the lid on. 

AIR Cauldron 
Using tongs, put a chunk of dry ice is a small glass or ceramic bowl
and place the bowl on a cloth in the bottom of the cauldron. Allow the
cauldron to smoke as long as the ice lasts. The mists create excellent
images for scrying. 

FIRE Cauldron 
Cover the inside bottom with dirt or sand to dissipate heat. Light
incense charcoal and add either salt-peter for flame and spark or flash
powder for a different but spectacular effect. To assist in releasing or
firing off peak energy, try using flash "bombs". Make a small pocket in a
piece of flash paper, fill with flash powder and tie with thread. The "bomb"
should be about the size of your smallest fingernail. The results are
spectacularly bright, so use the powder sparingly. Don't look directly at
the flash as you drop the "bomb" in the cauldron. 

WATER Cauldron 
At least seven days before the ritual, place equal quantities of three
appropriate herbs in a pint glass jar. Fill the rest of the jar with
Everclear (200 proof alcohol), cap tightly, and shake gently while
concentrating on the purpose of the ritual. Add a chant if its feels right.
Let the jar rest in a dark, warm spot and shake twice daily, charging with
purpose. Before the ritual, place a fireproof ceramic or glass bowl in the
cauldron. Pour in the herb mixture, being careful none spills into the
cauldron. Light with a candle to produce a beautiful blue flame. 
The cauldron, as the fifth elemental spirit, symbolizes inspiration,
rebirth, illumination and rejuvenation. Use a Fire cauldron with salt-peter
to cast a Circle. Use the mists of an Air cauldron for an initiation. Burn
away hate, prejudice and negative self-images, with a Water cauldron. The
Earth cauldron is ideal for indoor Beltane rites. 
Remember to place a burning cauldron on a fireproof surface. Practice
safety when using any volatile materials and you will enjoy your cauldron
for many rites. 

Cauldron Fires 

In my lap the cauldron lays, 
Though scalding hot 
It harms me not 
Burns not in the usual way. 

Around me the dancing fire burns, 
By flesh it is fueled, 
By knowledge is ruled, 
Awakened, my spirit returns. 

Within the cauldron dwells a golden light 
As in is tossed, 
Unwanted dross, 
Which with the fire does fight. 

Around me then, the fires surge, 
As slag is burned, 
To gold is turned, 
From within does wisdom emerge! 

By AeisLugh SilverOak

The care and feeding of a broom

The care and feeding of a broom

Never step over a broom laying on the floor, if you do & are unmarried you will stay that way. When moving into a new home, a loaf of bread & a new broom should be sent in first for good luck. It is bad luck to take a broom across water. Never lean a broom against a bed. To keep a ghost out, lean a broom against the door jam. To drop a broom means company is coming. To give away a used broom is bad luck. A broom should never be used to sweep dust out of the front door, because it sweeps the luck out with it. Never sweep a house at night. It is an insult to the faeries & the spirits of the dead. A broom standing outside the front door says that the lady of the house is away & the men of the house are at liberty to entertain guests. A broom dropping in front of the door means company before the day is over. Always pick up, for luck, a broom that is lying on the floor or ground. Always sweep dirt out the back door or you will sweep away your best friend. Bad luck will befall you all year, if you sweep on New Year's Day. Burn up the rubbish when you sweep on New Year's Day and you will have money throughout the new year. Carry a broom under your arm for luck. Carrying a broom over your shoulder will give you bad luck. Do not sweep immediately after the departure of a guest or you will sweep him bad luck. Dropping a broom while sweeping is the sign of a new carpet. Hitting someone with a broom means that he will go to jail before a week has passed. If a broom falls as you are passing it, you will have bad luck.If a broom falls in front of you and you step over it before picking it up, you will have a "bed of sickness." If dirt is swept out a door before sunrise, you may expect bad luck. If dirt is swept out of the house on Friday, the house will burn. If someone comes in to see you and you pick up a broom and go to sweeping in front of them, that is the sign they are not wanted and you want them to go home. If you go to someone's house and have to step over a broom, it shows that the mistress of that household is an untidy housekeeper. If you hand a broom through a window to someone, you may expect bad luck. If you hit a person with a broom just before he starts "uptown," he will have trouble before returning. If you let a broom fall and do not step back over it immediately, someone dirtier than you will come. If you must borrow a broom, take it without the owner's knowledge, and you will not have bad luck. If you must sweep on New Year's Day, you can avert bad luck by not taking up the dirt and leaving it in a pile on the floor. If you must sweep your kitchen after sunset, you can avert bad luck by burning the dirt. If you step over a broom you will be arrested. If you sweep after dark/ You will bring sorrow to your heart. If you sweep after dark, you will sweep out the money made that day. If you sweep in front of someone, you are sweeping them off the earth. If you sweep under someone while he is sitting on a chair, you are giving him bad luck. It causes bad luck to sweep a porch after dark. It is a sign of good luck to have a broom drop in front of you. It is a sign of misfortune, to lay a broom on the bed. It is unlucky to borrow a broom. It is unlucky to sweep dirt out a door at any time. Pick up the dirt and carry it outdoors for luck. It is unlucky to sweep on Monday. It means bad luck when a broom falls across the derail It signifies bad luck, if you sweep under a bed on which someone is lying. Keep the corners of your broom square or even for luck. Lean a broom against a bed and you will be unlucky. Lending a broom will cause you bad luck. Let the broom rest with the straws up and you will be lucky. Letting the sweeping edge of a broom wear off at the two corners will bring you bad luck. Never burn up a broom; it will bring you bad luck. Never sweep dirt out the front door; it will bring you bad luck. Never sweep the kitchen after supper, whether daylight or dark, or you will sweep out all your money. Never sweep your kitchen early in the morning before sunrise, or you will be unlucky. Stand a broom on its handle and you will always be poor. Step over a broom and you will break your mother's back. Stepping over a broom is a sign of slovenliness. Stepping over a broom will bring sorrow to your heart.Stumbling over a brook handle will bring you good luck. Sweep after dark and you will never be rich. Sweep dirt out of the house on Friday and it will cause you bad luck. Sweep on the third day after Easter and you will have bugs in the house. Sweep the top of a bed and you will have bad luck. Sweep under a person's feet while he is sitting in a chair and he will not grow any more. Sweeping after dark means you will lose a friend. Sweeping dirt over a doorstep after six o'clock in the evening will bring bad luck. Sweeping on New Year's Day means that you will sweep out the money made during the coming year. Sweeping under chair upon which someone is sitting will make you unlucky. The child who steps over a broom will get a whipping. The one who is hit by a broom will soon be arrestedThe person under whose feet you sweep will always be poor. The person who is hit on the top of the head with a broom will be arrested. To avert bad luck after you have walked over a fallen broom, step backwards across the broom. To brush your boot with the broom while your are sweeping will give you bad luck for a week. To have good luck, place the broom on its handle in a corner. To set a broom in the corner with the brush up shows that you are an untidy housekeeper. To step over a broom will start a quarrel in the house. To sweep after dark will bring trouble to the house. To sweep dirt out the door is a sign of a slovenly housekeeper. Touching anyone with a broom while you are sweeping causes bad luck. Walking over a fallen broom will cause you bad luck. When a broom falls across the door, it indicates that you will walk on strange ground. When a small child takes a broom and begins to sweep, company is coming. When someone is hit with a broom, he should spit on the broom and take ten steps backwards so he will neither have bad luck or be arrested. When you sweep after dark, you sweep away your friends and let enemies in. You sweep away your best friend by sweeping after dark. You will be unlucky, if you do not pick up a fallen broom at once. Your luck will be swept away, if you sweep your kitchen after sunset.