Sunday, October 28, 2007
1-(positive) strong leadership skills, inventive, determined, brave, individuality (negative) dominating, agressive, egotistic, impulsive
2-(positive) adaptable, cooperative, considerate, empathetic, spirtual, modest, sincere (negative) shy, timid, fearfull, self-conscious, depressed
3-(positive) self-expressive, inspired, imaginative, artistic, insightful, optimistic, fun-loving (negative) unfinished projects, scattered, moody, self-centered
4-(positive) strong values, scientific mind, attention to details, organized, good managing skills (negative) lacks imagination, caught up in details, slow to act
5-(positive) visionary, quick thinker, versatile, curious, action-oriented, resourceful
(negative) restless, discontent, hasty, edgy,tempermental, impatient
6-(positive) responsible, aristic, nurtuting, community oriented, balanced, sympathetic, unselfish ,domestic
(negative) self-righteous, stubborn, dominating, meddling, egotistical
7-(positive) scientific, inventive, studious, charming, peaceful, perfectionist, analyist
(negative0 suspicious, overly reserved, sarcastic, overly upset by distraction, inflexible
8-(positive) political skills, handles power well, good judgement, decisive, take charge ability
(negative) overly ambitious, workaholic, impatient, repressive of subordinates, stressed out, materialistic
9-(positive) friendly, humanitarian, giving, creative, art & writing talent
(negative) self-adulation, scattered intrests, possesiveness, careless with finances, overly intrested in peer attention
Ok guys...I'll finish this up tomorrow...have a great night :)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
OK...so I missed last night..again...sorry..but I did put up some videos...hope you like them. As of tonight I'm back on track. For this blog, I'd like to introduce the Pagan Wheel of the Year, which is basically a calendar of the earth's seasons and the sabbats that correspond to them. It's divides into 8 parts, which are spread out in even intervals for the year. The circular shape represents the fact that time is continuous...it constantly cycles through the seasons paralleling the cycle of the stages of life, decline, death, and rebirth. Four of thesabats fall n the solstices and the equinox, and the other four occur midway between them.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Dark Mother take us in
Let us be reborn
In Honor of Most Lovely One, Goddess Hecate
Quiet is the night
Dark is the Moon
I ask Hecate, the Crone
To take Her throne.
Sleep, sister, sleep
Be not alarmed,
For the Great Goddess
Keeps you from harm.
Quiet is the night
Dark is the Moon
I ask Hecate, the Crone
To take Her throne.
Sleep, brother sleep,
Be not alarmed,
For the Great Goddess
Holds you in her arms.
Quiet is the night
Dark is the Moon.
We honor Hecate the Crone
Who has taken Her throne.
| The Blood of the Ancients |
|It's the blood of the Ancients|
That runs in our veins
And the forms pass
But the circle of life remains
Monday, October 15, 2007
In last night's blog I briefly mentioned forms of divination that require you to look outside yourself for answers. One famous form of this is the reading of tarot cards. A deck of tarot cards contains 78 cards; 22 major arcana, such as the fool, the devil, temperance, and the hanged man and 66 minor arcana which includes the lords, ladies, knights, and knaves. These cards are divided into four suits cups (for emotion and water), wands (intellect and air), coins (money duh lol and earth), and swords (justice and fire). There are numerous different decks. The one that is the most popular and most suitable for beginners is the Rider-Waite deck (see picture above on the left). Some more famous ones include the Allister Crowley deck and the Mason deck, but there are uncountable others. There are decks with fairy pictures, decks with dolphins, decks with wolves....you get the picture. The reader shuffles the cards he or she has chosen to use then draws a set number of cards and lays them out in a certain pattern, both of these things depend on the type of layout you are using. The types of layouts available are almost as numerous as the types of decks. Two of the more popular ones are the Celtic Cross spread and the Eliphas Levi Wheel spread. Once you have mastered the cards you can even begin to design your own layouts. Interpretation of the cards is based not only on the symbols found on the card's face, but also on the cards position in referance to the rest of the layout. Using the cards you can predict someone's overall future or you can focus on answering a specific question. More forms of divination to come tomorrow....see ya then :)
Sunday, October 14, 2007
October is an excellent month for divination. One of the more difficult forms of seeing the future is known as scrying. In scyring it is possible to perceive events and obtain answers by way of the subconscious. This can be tough to master because it demands a deep understanding of the subconscious symbolism and an ability to understand these symbols. Unlike many other forms of divination which require you to look outside of yourself for answers, you have to look within while scyring. The most famous method of scrying is probably crystal gazing, where one seeks answers in a crystal ball. However, fire, mirrors, and water can also be used.
It's best to scry at night because this type of divination is linked to the moon. If you shoose to scry indoors, the only source of light should be candles. Music can be conductive to scrying, however it is not necessary. If you want to use music just make sure that it does not contain lyrics that will influence your visions. Seat yourself in a quiet comfortable place free from distractions. Either hold your scrying tool or have it set up in front of you. Begin with a short session of meditation to relax yourself and clear your mind. Once you begin scrying look into, not at your tool. Keep your eyes focused on one spot, but it's ok to blink :) It's very important that you do not let your mind wander. Often at the beginning of a scrying session you will get swirls of colors. This is normal, just relax and focus. If you can't get past the colors don't get frustrated, the colors themselves can have meaning and you can use traditional color symbolism to understand them. Put a time limit on your sessions (fifteen minutes is a good time to start out with. Keep in mind that scrying is not limited to sight, all five senses can receive info from this technique. Start a scrying journal and have it near you whenever you scry. Date each entry and write down your perceptions at the end of each session. Take another look at them the next day so you can work on interpreting them. If you are familiar with other types of divination you can use them to help interpret the info you got from scrying.
Friday, October 12, 2007
by Liadan, © 1997
Oh, wild lonely places of sweet dread delight
That call to my Children on Halloween night
In whispering wind wisps and whipporwill plight
Tickling the treetops where moonbeams alight.
Come hither, ye Witches, on silver light fly!
Don't dawdle, don't saunter, don't idly stroll by!
Lift your skirts as seer gusts catch the leaves dead and dry
Rise up with the wind soaring hasty on high!
Ride ye thus to the hollow in the wood dark and deep
Where all merry parted shall now merry meet.
At the time 'twas appointed that time shall ye keep
To honor me, hail me in great esbat fete.
When the moon sailing bright in the dark midnight blue
Casts her spell on the landscape, reversing each hue,
And the scent of the night gives the magickal clue
To the circle make haste, give Hecate her due!
Dance wild, draw the power and shape in a cone,
Till the power is thine and the will is thine own
Then hurl't to the wind that thy purpose be flown
And thy wish shall I grant on the Night of the Crone.
One and all then come hither and join the great feast
Where within all are welcome: Spirit, Human, and Beast.
Give hail and farewell to the souls since deceased
Then wend thy way home 'fore the Sun tints the East.
But remember, my Children, remember quite clear
The sound of my voice ringing high in your ear.
'Tis my summoning call in the owl's hoot you hear
To meet merry again on All Hallow's next year.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Since I covered a Goddess that corresponds with Samhain, I figured I might as well treat the guys equally and devote a blog to a God associated with this time. Hades, the Lord of the Underworld is one of several that is linked to this season. He, along with his brothers Zeus and Poseidon, were the original Gods, born to the titans Rhea and Cronos. As the brothers grew up, they overthrew their father. In order to determine which God, would rule where, thy drew sticks and it was determined that Poseidon would be in charge of the water, Zeus the Earth, and Hades the Underworld. As I said earlier in my blog bout Hecate, Hades ends up forcing Persephone to be his bride. I left out a few details that poin out Hades' manipulative nature. For one thing, he did not happen to randomly see Pesephone and kidnap her. Instead, he went to Zeus and asked for one of his daughters to be his bride. Zeus offered Persephone to him (which is really messed up at least in my opinion because who allows their daughter to be taken as a sex slave by her own uncle????) and together they devise a plan to kidnap her.
In addition, after he agreed to let Persephone return to the surface, he forces her to eat a pomegranit, ensuring that she had to return to him for half the year whether she wanted to or not. Besides ruling the Underworld, Hades is also the god of wealth and precious metals. He is symbolized byu a forked staff which he uses to drive unwilling spirts into his dark regions. He is also known for his three headed dog Cerebus (who is also frequently pictured with Hecatae), which gaurds the Underworld.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
On a quick note, today, browsing the internet, I came across an article claiming the Pentagram was the sign of Satan. Now I've always known that people have this misconception, but everytime I come across it I still feel shocked at how many actually accept this idea. Though some Satanic cults have taken the pentagram and perversed its meaning, it is in fact paganism's oldest symbol. It does not stand for death destuction, anarchy etc, but instead represents the power of the Spirit and the Deity over matter. Each of it's five points symbolizes one of the elements; eart, air, fire, water, and spirit (see above graphic).
The pentacle, another symbol commonly linked to Devil worship (which is ridiculous in my opinion because most Wiccans do not even believe in a supremely evil being or devil) is merely a pentagram within a circle. It sands for all the things the pentagram does. In addition, the circle around it symbolizes infinity and the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Ok, just felt I had to clear that up for everyone :) Have a great night!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Hows everyone doing? As I mentioned before, the aspect of the triple goddess we focus on during this time of year is the crone. One of the more well-known crone goddesses, and one that has a particularly special link with Samhain is Hecate. She is the Greek goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night moon, ghosts, and necromancy. Her powers lie in her wisdom, her dreams , and her divining abilities. Hecate is known as the Queen of the Night and she's the only Goddess who can grant any and all wishes of mortals. One of the more famous and significant myths concerning Hecate is the story of Persephone's abduction. In this story Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, was so beautiful that everyone loved and desired her, including Hades, the lord of the underworld. One day as she was picking flowers, he rose up and kidnapped her, taking her back to his kingdom. Hecate had seen everything and she rushed back to inform Demeter. Demeter was so upset by this that she withdrew into herself and the earth ceased to be fertile (winter was born). Later on Hecate became a trusted friend of Pesephone and helped the young maiden adjust to life in the underworld. In addition she helped Demeter and Hades come to an agreement; for half the year (spring and summer) Persephone would be above ground with her mother and the earth would be fertile, the other half half (winter and fall) she would return to her husband, Hades, during this time Demeter would again go into mourning and the earth would become infertile. Hades was so grateful to Hecate for aiding in these arrangements that he invited Hecate into his kingdom and allowed her the freedom to come and go as she pleased. Though in the story, Hecate, Demeter, and Persephone interact with each other as three seperate characters, they are in fact thought of as one being. On their own they form a triad, kind of like the Triple Goddess on a smaller more individual level, with Persephone being the maiden, Demeter the mother, and Hecate the crone. By being part of a triad Hecate has the ability to see past, present, and future. Indeed, Hecate is often depicted as having three heads or with the three-headed hound of the underworld.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Place an altar cover of either brown, deep red, or orange on a surface. Have a God and/or Goddess symbol(s) and objects that represent earth (salt, pentegram,dirt...),air (feather,incense...),water (water obviously^_^), and fire (match, rock made of lava, red candle...). Decorate with Autumn leaves, fall flowers, apples, pumpkins, gourdes, corn, dollies, and stalks of grin.Altars are set up to pay respects to departed loved ones including pets so place photos of the deceased upon the altar as well. It can be set up on a bookcase, fireplace mantle, small wooden table, large flat rok, etc. As you pray at the altar, you can do more than pay respect to the dead, this is a perfect time to focus upon giving up bad habits and relationships. It is also a a time for scrying, protection spells.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
So, in between the million other things I was doing today, I found myself sweeping my kitchen floor. As I was doing this basic, slightly boring chore I started to think about how closely Wicca winds its way around my life. Even the simplest things canhave meaning. The brrom for instance. A normal, ordinary broom. Brooms are quite possibly the oldest magical tool. Though I have yet to gain the ability to fly on one, they do have other uses. Ofen they are used to cleanse areas of negative energy...you sweep out the bad. Early Americans that practiced magic used brooms to communicate with eachother. The positining of a broom in front of your house told neighbors and friends where you were. A broom leaning against a closed door with the bristles up meant "not home," bristles down meant "I'm home," a broom lying down meant "busy come back later," and bristles up over a window meant "ne nack soon come in and wait." The broom has 3 parts handle, brush, and binding which are symbolic of the three aspects of the Triple Goddess. Brooms can be store bought or hand made. Well, thats all for tonight...be back tomorrow :)
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
PUMPKIN PIE (makes one 9" pie)
1 1/2 cups cooked pumpin (canned is ok )
5/8 cups evaporated milk
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 well beaten eggs
preheat oven to 375 degrees farenheit, mix all ingredients and pour into unbaked pie shell, bake for about 50 minutes