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  • Self-defense and Banes
    Judy Harrow…

    Self-defense and Banes
    Judy Harrow

    I surely agree that we have every right to protect ourselves and our
    "own folk" from attack. But I do believe that shield and mirror
    workings are more efficient, effective and elegant at accomplishing the
    goal of self-protection. Consider this – a mirror working is perfect
    justice. If I am mistaken, either that psychic attack is being done at
    all or about the perpetrator, a bane will jeopardies me karmically and
    (if psychic attack truly is being done by somebody other than the one I
    suspect) fail to protect me. A mirror sits there passively, ignores any
    mistaken paranoia that I may occasionally get, does nothing at all
    until and unless an attack happens, and then sends the bad energy
    directly back to the exactly deserving person or group in exactly the
    proper amount and kind. A mirror is perfect justice.

    A grounding shield is perfect mercy, taking bad energy and
    dissipating it harmlessly. I think I already said this but I recently
    talked one of my students into using a grounding shield where she would
    have been perfectly entitled to use a mirror. The situation is an
    ongoing battle between my student's lover and his former wife. While
    the ex-wife did an entirely unjustifiable attack, and would fully
    deserve to have it returned full force, all this would really
    accomplish would be to perpetuate the craziness, hostility and tension
    in the situation – and both the couple's innocent children and my
    student are being hurt. Better for all concerned to ignore justice and
    drain as much of the tension as possible, to make room for the healing
    that all of them need. A grounding shield is perfect mercy.

    But banes and bindings, while they may give short term protection,
    risk your own karma, are susceptible to mistake, and may, if
    misdirected, even fail of their well-intended purpose. Sure you're
    entitled to self-protection. This is just a lousy way to go about it. I
    guess my kind of Warrior is Athena, the wise defender.
    warmly / Judy

    From: Hugh Read
    You have a gentle way. For myself, I love Minerva who I feel is a
    Being unto Herself. The concept of the Grounding Shield is clear to
    me…would you care to share the practice with me. Justice has little
    interest for me. That takes care of itself in the process of time. We
    are all amply repayed for our varies deeds simply by wearing this body
    of ours. Healing is far more to the point. The word Justice makes me
    cringe a bit, though long ago I came to peace with Justice. One of my
    more angry prayers is May he/she have perfect Justice, NOW! Instant
    karma, NOW…and I always add, and so may it be with me.
    I remember telling this to a New Age teacher a few years ago. He
    turned pale and promised me auto accidents, fire, theft and robbery if
    I did that. Well, I am still bopping along with my share in the
    chancier aspects of life affirming perfect Justice for my self and
    every now and then in those very rare (!) moments of anger instant
    Karma for me and whoever. I love the idea of a shield that will ground
    and disperse any nasties send grovelling in my direction. Let Healing
    Be the Way!!! Tender bliss and explosive ecstacy be yours as the days
    pass softly!


    From: Judy Harrow
    It's visualization either way. For the grounding shield, it is
    velvety, absorptive black (Oops, I should say that MINE is – you may
    alter this to whatever will convince your Younger Self). Every so often
    along it's length, for me every 2-3 yards, there is a post somewhat
    like a fence post that extends deep into the ground and is conductive
    like a lightening rod. Trust mother Earth to filter any kind of energy
    back into simple, pure, undifferentiated energy and recycle it to
    wherever it is most needed. So the shield catches incoming energy and
    channels it down through the purifying rocks. I don't know exactly how
    to describe physically how the shield can be
    semi-permeable, allowing in the well-wishes of your friends, but, as
    semi permeable membranes exist in Nature, helping each cell maintain
    its water/salt balance, so can this shield. Can you conceive of a
    substance both velvet and mesh? That's how it is with me.

    On the justice end of the spectrum, my own Younger Self is a bit of
    a literalist. A flat mirror will not work for me, since the angle of
    incidence is complementary to the angle of reflection, which means that
    bad energy is actually diverted from the sender and bounced onto
    innocent parties. My mirror looks like a waffle, and is optically
    designed to send stuff back exactly where it came from. It's also
    semi-permeable, and that is even harder to explain. I guess Younger
    Self is not altogether consistent.

    On the issue of choosing between the two modes. Justice is a
    tautology. It will do no better – and no worse – than getting you back
    to where you began. It protects and maintains, but does not allow for
    growth. Perhaps you've read Diana Paxon's wonderful book "Red Mare,
    White Stallion." At the beginning, the women of the tribe have a ritual
    opportunity to make a wish for the coming year. But the heroine does
    something even better. When her turn comes, she tells the Goddess
    "Mother, You choose." Had she chosen, she could not possibly have
    received anything more than she was capable of imagining. Taking the
    risk of not choosing was opening herself to surprise and

    Reading that was a mind-blow for me. Since then, I have tried to
    take Diana's dare as much as possible, and not limit myself to
    tautology. I don't do it all the time, but I stretch toward it. The
    mirror/shield question resonates with that for me.

    Minerva/Athena wears a shield and helmet, and carries a spear. My
    Sister is a Warrior, but always in defense of the community and always
    for justice. Never for greed or domination. It is worthy to protect
    what you have, and worthy to reach beyond.
    warmly / Judy

  • The Pictorial Key to the Tarot
    By Arthur Edward Waite
    Illustrations By Pamela Co…

    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot
    By Arthur Edward Waite
    Illustrations By Pamela Colman Smith.
    Although there were many Tarot decks prior to the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, and many after, none has gripped the popular imagination as much as this set. Waite covers the significance and deeper implications of each card, and gives practical instructions as to how to conduct a reading. The symbolism of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck is based on profound occult studies by Waite, and his exposition in this book of its use and meaning is unexcelled. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the Tarot.–J. B. Hare

    For quality Tarot cards visit http://cybercauldron.co.uk/shop/tarot-oracle-cards-c-203/

    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot Index
    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite, ill. by Pamela Colman Smith, [1911], full text etext at sacred-texts.com

  • This is a short collection of articles by a WWII-era US author who appears to ha…
    This is a short collection of articles by a WWII-era US author who appears to have been influenced by New Thought, and to a lesser extent, Theosophy. He offers plain answers, without any metaphysical jargon, to the 'big' questions, including "Where do animals go when they die?". So far not much seems to available online about Frank L. Hammer, particularly biographical: perhaps a reader can supply some information. All of his books have been out of print for years, although there seem to be plenty of used copies available. Hammer wrote another book, An Eternal Career, [1947] also available online at this site.

    Life and Its Mysteries Index
    Life and Its Mysteries, by Frank L. Hammer [1945], full text etext at sacred-texts.com

  • Good morning everyone hope you all had a great Beltane / Samhain and today you’r…
    Good morning everyone hope you all had a great Beltane / Samhain and today you’re filled with light and love. Have a wonderful day Brightest Blessings Draco )o(/|\

  • Timeline Photos
    On May 10th there will be an annular solar Eclipse, that will look like a ring of fire in the sky.

    Like a total solar eclipse, an annular eclipse happens when the moon lines up between Earth and the sun. But in this case, This is also the time of the New Moon. The dark moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the visible disk of the sun, leaving a ring of fiery light around the edges.

    Click the link for the best place to see the eclipse. http://astro.ukho.gov.uk/eclipse/0232013/

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    This meditation is designed to help you get in touch with the oneness of nature and to assist you in finding personal stability, harmony, and balance. You will be guided to metaphorically feel the experience of being a strong and majestic tree.

    You may like to read the meditation onto a recording device or have someone read it to you, being sure to allow plenty of time to be fully immersed in the experience. Repeat this meditation as often as you wish. Find a beautiful place in nature to sit, resting against the trunk of a tree or in your meditation sanctuary or meditation group.

    Close your eyes and take three deep, relaxing breaths right into the core of your belly and exhale them gently through the cells of your entire body.

    Watch your belly expand as you breathe in and your body open and relax as you breathe out.

    Breathe in.Breathe out.Notice the sounds of nature around you.Peaceful.Inviting.Visualise a magnificent tree before you.

    Hear it whisper something to you as you approach it. Feel the texture and smell the fragrance of the tree.

    Now with one deep relaxing breath, allow yourself to merge into the centre of the majestic tree,

    and in your imagination, rise to enable your body to gracefully fill the trunk of the tree.

    Feel your feet, legs and the base of your spine sinking deep, deep, deep into Mother Earth down,

    down into the moist, dark ground to become one strong and stable taproot.

    Watch as your feet and legs branch out to create a far-reaching labyrinth of finer roots.

    Your head stretches and expands to occupy a dynamic space amongst the foliage,

    and you feel a whole new level of perfect clarity and acute perception.

    Your hands and arms rise as they transform into many strong and intricate branches.

    Watch as vibrant leaves sprout on your network of branches and twigs reaching into the sky.

    Sublime cosmic forces and information enter your being.

    Become aware that you are a conduit of light, absorbing sunlight and starlight.

    As you anchor this light into the ground, know that you are literally anchoring heaven on earth.

    Stretch your entire being luxuriously and fully inhabit your new identity as a dignified tree.

    Feel your perfect balance, stability, and harmony.

    Be flexible like the tree in the wind.

    Observe how it feels to stand strong yet supple like the tree.

    Now experience the life within and around you.

    Notice what is occurring throughout your entire system.

    Begin at the tips of your roots and work up to your trunk and then into your branches, twigs, and leaves.

    Feel your essence and presence.

    Tune in to the interplay of all your aspects and to your connectedness within yourself and the world around you.

    Become aware of other trees and how you communicate with them.

    You are a reservoir of wisdom and have many lessons to teach and stories to tell.

    Each tree ring is a year’s storehouse of growth with every full cycle of the sun.

    Tap into the knowledge archived in each of your rings.

    What do you teach of the changing of the seasons, of the gifts of abundance, of giving and receiving,

    sheltering, patience, beauty, freedom, mystery, and generosity to visitors over the years of your life?

    Observe all the life forms that you shelter and nourish—birds, bugs, bees, butterflies and other insects and wildlife.

    Listen to the harmonious sounds of life within and around you.

    Soften your inner sight to become aware of those who dwell in your subtle places and spaces

    transparent elemental beings like devas, fairies, gnomes, pixies, and elves.

    Feel the spirit of your tree.Tune into tree consciousness. Identify the feeling.How long has your tree resided here? What is it capable of?

    What does it know?

    Listen deeply within.

    There is profound ancient wisdom in this tree.

    It has a personal message for you.

    What does it want you to know?

    Take some time to fully absorb this message.

    Now thank the tree for all its gifts.

    When you are ready, slowly withdraw your consciousness back from every part of the tree.

    Draw yourself out of the roots.

    Come back up from the ground, and back from the branches, leaves, and trunk.

    Allow the tree to send you safely back into your body—back home to yourself.

    Return fully and totally into your body.

    Breathe naturally and begin to move.

    Notice the sounds around you and become aware of your breathing. Recall your personal message from the tree and reflect upon it.

    Open your eyes and gently complete your meditation.


  • Timeline Photos
    For our listeners and fans in the Southern Hemi.

  • Timeline Photos
    I suppose Spring can be a buzz-kill for some people. LOL

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    The moon is waxing three-quarter

    The moon is waxing three-quarter
    (age=244.8951189002397, phase=0.7121383003235251)

    Current Universal Time is May 2, 2013 6:25:52.878
    Local time is 7:25:53am, Thu May 2, 2013

    Current Phase of the Moon
    The 'age' is the distance in degrees (from 0 to 360) that the moon has traversed in its orbit since it was new. The phase is percentage of the moons' face which is currently lit, (i.e., it is 100% at full and 0% at new). If the phase is currently increasing the moon is said to be waxing and if it is…

  • Thursday — Thor's day
    Middle English thur(e)sday
    Old English thursdæg
    Old Norse…

    Thursday — Thor's day
    Middle English thur(e)sday
    Old English thursdæg
    Old Norse thorsdagr "Thor's day"
    Old English thunresdæg "thunder's day"
    Latin dies Jovis "day of Jupiter"
    Ancient Greek hemera Dios "day of Zeus".
    Thor is the Norse god of thunder. He is represented as riding a chariot drawn by goats and wielding the hammer Miölnir. He is the defender of the Aesir, destined to kill and be killed by the Midgard Serpent.

    Jupiter (Jove) is the supreme Roman god and patron of the Roman state. He is noted for creating thunder and lightning.

    Zeus is Greek god of the heavens and the supreme Greek god.

  • 22nd Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Ganesha, Wisdom.
    Characteristics: Day of education…

    22nd Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Ganesha, Wisdom.
    Characteristics: Day of education, knowledge and wisdom. Day of books, archives, information. Day of symbols, magic, secret knowledge, as well as new ideas and original new solutions.

    Recommendations: Great day for gathering and sharing knowledge, reading, learning, studying old sacred books, mantras and prayers, old customs, traditions, finding roots, as well as using new sources of information. Recommended intellectual generosity, knowledge dissemination, experience and wisdom sharing. Solve your problems and achieve your goals using knowledge.

    Precautions: Avoid rushing with negotiations, fast moves (literally), and words. Avoid being conservative. Pay attention to offers you receive today, they require time and contemplation. Fasting is not recommended, but vegetarian food is preferable.

  • Moon Day 22
    Different traditions completely disagree on how to treat this day. T…

    Moon Day 22
    Different traditions completely disagree on how to treat this day. The European tradition takes it as particularly inauspicious, but suggests that those who were born on this day have the potential to become good people. The Vedic tradition considers it auspicious for trips and transport, whilst Globa recommends it as a day to study sciences, and master a specific subject.
  • Sunrise: 5:39 AM BST
    Sunset: 8:33 PM BST
    Length of Day: 14h 54m
    Tomorrow will be…

    Sunrise: 5:39 AM BST
    Sunset: 8:33 PM BST
    Length of Day: 14h 54m
    Tomorrow will be 3m 26s longer.
    Moon Rise: 2:09 AM BST
    Moon Set: 12:16 PM BST
    Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous 52% Illuminated

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  • Basil Essential Oil

    Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum

    Common Method of Extr…

    Basil Essential Oil

    Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum

    Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

    Color: Clear

    Consistency: Thin

    Perfumery Note: Top

    Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium

    Basil Essential Oil is amongst the oils that I immediately think of when I want an oil that can help stimulate my mind and allow me to focus on the task at hand. Basil Oil is an energizing oil and is best used during the morning and daytime hours.

    Basil Essential Oil tends to be one of the first oils that I select when I have a cold. It is considered anti-bacterial/anti-viral, it acts as an expectorant and it also helps keep me alert. Basil Oil is also said to help with headaches, though it's not one I commonly use for that purpose.

    The chemical composition of Basil Essential Oil can vary greatly between varities, batches and suppliers. Ideally, look for Basil Essential Oil that has a a significant percentage of Linalool and that is weak in Methyl Chavicol (Estragole), a suspected carcinogen. Basil Oils that are higher in Linalool tend to have a more appealing aroma. Additionally, Linalool is said to act as an insect repellent.

    Though I love Basil, I rarely use it alone. Instead I typically enjoy the most benefit from it as a part of a synergistic blend. But beware… Basil can easily dominate a blend. Go easy on the ratio of Basil Oil that you add to blends until you are more familiar with working with it, and be sure to heed all safety precautions.

    Aromatic Description: Sweet, herbaceous, licorice-like, slightly campherous.


    Basil Oil Uses: Bronchitis, colds, coughs, exhaustion, flatulence, flu, gout, insect bites, insect repellent, muscle aches, rheumatism, sinusitis. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 58-67.]

    Constituents: Linalool, Fenchol, Eugenol, Methyl chavicol, Beta-caryophyllene [Shirley Price, The Aromatherapy Workbook (Hammersmith, London: Thorsons, 1993), 54-5.]

    Safety Information: Use Basil Oil sparingly and with caution. High doses may be carcinogenic especially for those basils that contain a significant amount of methyl chavicol. Avoid in cases of liver problems. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 120.]

    Avoid Basil Oil during pregnancy. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 186.]

    Important Note: The essential oil information provided within the Essential Oil Properties &amp Profiles area is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.

    General Safety Information: Do not take any essential oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use essential oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using essential oils with children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an essential oil that you've never used before. Instructions on conducting a skin patch test and more safety information can be found by visiting the Essential Oil Safety Information page. For very in-depth information on essential oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Tony Balacs.

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    Basil For Prosperity Essential Oil – 10ml
    Basil (Ocimum Basillicum) Essential Oil – 10ml Basil is used in spell work for bringing prosperity and money as well as for protection. Annoint candles with a drop of Basil oil or use with a carrier oil for massage. A few drops can be added to water in an oil burner for meditation

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