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    Thor, the god of Thunder

    The Mighty Thor, who was known primarily as the thunder god was also the Norse god of war and agriculture. he was among the great gods of the Aesir, second only to Odin, his father. His mother was Fiörgyn the beautiful giantess, and Loki, his half-brother, was a frequent companion on his adventures. His name is the Teutonic word for thunder, outside the Teutonic areas, he has close affinities with Jupiter or Zeus. He was worshipped as Thunor, or Thonar in ancient England.

    His hammer, also created by the dwarfs, was aptly called Mjölnir (crusher ) was as destructive as the thunderbolts of Zeus in punishing wrongdoers. It was the most potent weapon against the Frost Giants, Fire Trolls and other enemies. When Thor hurled it, it returned to his hand after hitting it's target. When Thor put on his magic belt his already enormous strength was doubled. The creators of these marvels, the Dwarfs were a class of clever supernatural beings not unlike elves and fairies, noted for skill at metalworking and serving the gods.

    Thor, is for whom Thursday or Thor's day was originally named. He was apparently more widely worshipped than any other god by the ancient Norsemen. The evolution of the popular Thor Mythology continues to this day in comic books, video games, and motion pictures.

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    Odin, The All-Father

    Odin, the supreme Norse god, was the son of Borr and Bestla and gave one of his eyes for wisdom. He was king of the Aesir (Æsir, Asynur pl. pronounced "eye-seer") and lord of Asgard. He was also the god of war, wisdom, magic, poetry, prophecy, victory and the hunt. Odin was called by more than 200 different names revealing his many roles. Among others, he was known as Yggr (terror), Sigfodr (father of Victory) and Alfodr (All Father). When he went out to battle he rode an eight legged horse named Sleipnir. His weapon of choice was a magical spear called Gungnir, fashioned by the dwarfs that returns when thrown and always hits its target. His Old High German name was "Wôtan", in Old English "Wōden", and Old Anglo Saxon"Wôdan" Wednesday (Woden's day) was named for him. In the Völuspá, a völva chronicles the creation of the first human beings Ask and Embla by Odin and his brothers Hœnir and Lóðurr. His sons were Thor, Loki , Tyr by Erda and Baldur by Frigg among others. He was called "The wanderer" because he loved to travel the nine worlds disguised as an ordinary man but was also known for shape shifting into animal forms. He was often accompanied by two wolves Geri and Freki (Old Norse: "the ravenous" and "greedy one") These Wolf-warriors, were not mere animals but mythical beings: as Odin's loyal allies they bodied forth his might. He had two ravens, thought and memory fly to and fro in the Earth and report the activities of men to him in his Gladshiem, the grandest of Aesir palaces. The Æsir Gods were strong, beautiful and big compared to ordinary people. They lived longer than the humans, but were not immortal.

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    A Prayer to Cernunnos ''Green Man'':

    God of the green,
    Lord of the forest,
    I offer you my sacrifice.
    I ask you for your blessing.

    You are the man in the trees,
    the green man of the woods,

    who brings life to the dawning spring.
    You are the deer in rut,
    mighty Horned One,
    who roams the autumn woods,
    the hunter circling round the oak,
    the antlers of the wild stag,
    and the lifeblood that spills upon
    the ground each season.

    God of the green,
    Lord of the forest,
    I offer you my sacrifice.
    I ask you for your blessing.

  • A LITTLE LESS MISUNDERSTANDING

    (What Christia…

    A LITTLE LESS MISUNDERSTANDING

    (What Christians Don't Understand about Neopaganism)

    by J. Brad Hicks

    Q: Are you a witch?

    A: That's actually a tricky question to answer, so let me go about it in a round-about way. What I am is a Neopagan. Neopaganism is a beautiful, complex religion that is not in opposition to Christianity in any way – just different. However, some of the people that the Catholic church burned as "witches" were people who practiced the same things that I do. In identification with them and the suffering that they went through, some of us (Neopagans) call ourselves witches. One expert, P.E.I. Bonewits, says that there are actually several kinds of groups who call themselves "witches." Some are people whose ancestors were the village healers, herbalists, midwives, and such, many of whom had (or were ascribed to have) mental, psychic, or magical powers, which were passed down through the family in the form of oral tradition, and Bonewits calls them "Traditional Witches." Some are people who have deliberately used the term to oppose themselves to Christianity, are practicing "Satanists," and practice (deliberately) most of the practices invented by the Inquisitors. Bonewits calls them "Gothic" or "Neo-Gothic Witches." Of a different kind are some radical feminist groups, who call themselves witches because they believe that the original Inquisition was primarily anti-female; some of these also practice magic, many of them do not – Bonewits calls them "Feminist Witches." But the vast majority of modern witches are harmless people who worship God in many forms, including the Lord of the Dance, the Lady, and the Mother Earth. These are the people that Bonewits (and I) call"Neopagan Witches" – and this is what I am. I hope that this helps more than it confuses.

    Q: Are you a devil worshipper?

    A: I'm tempted to just say, "No!" and leave it at that, but that probably isn't enough. Devil worship (including Satanism) is really a Christian heresy. (If you don't believe me, ask an expert – say, any well-read pastor or theology professor.) In order to worship Satan, you have to believe in him – and there are no references to Satan outside of the Christian Bible. So to be a Satanist or a devil worshipper, you have to believe in the accuracy of the Christian Bible, then identify yourself with God's Enemy, proclaim that you are "evil," and then try to "fight against Jesus" or similar nonsense. Neopagans do not accept the Christian Bible as a source of truth. As a source of some beautiful poetry, sometimes, or as a source of myth, but not as a source of truth. Emphatically, we do not believe that God has an Opposite, an evil being trying to destroy God, the world, man, or whatever. So it is non-sensical to say that Neopagans worship Satan. Of course, many people insist that any god other than JHVH/Jesus (and his other Biblical names) is a demon or an illusion created by Satan. Well, you're welcome to believe that if you like – but over half of the world's population is going to be unhappy at you. Jews and followers of Islam are just as confident that they worship the True God as you are, and resent being called devil worshippers. So do I.

    Q: What do Neopagans believe about God?

    A: Neopaganism is a new religion with very, very old roots. It harks back to the first religions that man ever practiced (based on the physical evidence). Neopagans worship a variety of symbols from the Old Religions – the practices of the ancient Celts, the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Romans – and differ with each other over what those symbols really represent. What I (and many others) believe is that they are all aspects of God (or maybe, the Gods) – some kind of beautiful, powerful, and loving being or force that ties all of life together and is the origin of all miracles – including miracles such as written language, poetry, music, art …

    Q: Do Neopagans have a Bible?

    A: Not most of us. The closest analogue would be a witch's Book of Shadows, which is a sort of notebook of legends, poetry, history, and magic ritual which is copied by every newly-initiated witch, then added to. But on the whole, even a Book of Shadows isn't what Christians think of as a Bible. It's not infallible (couldn't be, they've been brought to us via hastily-copied texts under trying circumstances), it doesn't prescribe a specific code of morality (except for a few general guidelines), and it doesn't claim to be dictated by God – except for a few, debatable parts. Those of us who aren't witches don't even have that much. Neopaganism is a religious system that relies more on the individual than on the Book or the Priest. One of the principal beliefs of Neopaganism is that no one, not Pope nor Priest nor Elder, has the right to interfere with your relationship to God. Learn from whomever you want, and pray to whatever name means the most to you.

    Q: Did you say magic? Do Neopagans believe in the occult?

    A: Cringe. What a badly worded question – but I hear it all the time. Neopagans as a rule don't "believe in the occult" – we practice magic. Magic is simply a way to focus the mental abilities that you were born with, and use them to change the world in positive ways. Magic can also be mixed with worship; in which case it differs very little from Christian prayer.
    Q: But I thought that you said that you weren't a demon-worshipper?

    A: That's right. Magic and demonology are two different things. Magic you also know as "psychic powers" or "mentallics" or even as "the power of positive thinking" – in essence, the magical world view holds that "reality" is mostly a construct of the human mind, and as such, can be altered by the human mind. That's all there is to it.

    Q: How do you become a Neopagan?

    A: In a very real sense, nobody every "becomes" a Neopagan. There are no converts, as no conversion is necessary. Neopaganism is an attitude towards worship, and either you have it or you don't. My case is not a typical. All of my life, I have been fascinated by the old mythologies. I have always found descriptions of the Greek Gods fascinating. If I had any religious beliefs as a child, it was that somewhere, there was a God, and many people worship Him, but I had no idea what His name was. I set out to find Him, and through an odd combination of circumstances, I because convinced that his Name was Jesus. But seven years later, I had to admit to myself that Whoever God is, he answers non-Christians' prayers as well as those in the name of Jesus. In either case, true miracles are rare. In both cases, the one praying has a devout experience with God. After searching my soul, I admitted that I could not tell that I was better off than when I believed in the Old Gods. And in the mean time, I had found out that other people also loved the Old Gods – and that they call themselves Neopagans. When I realized that what I believed was little or no different that what they believed, I called myself a Neopagan, too. The common element for nearly all of us is that nearly all of us already believed these things, before we found out that anyone else did. "Becoming" a pagan is never a conversion. It's usually a home-coming. No one ever "brainwashed" me. I finally relaxed, and stopped struggling against my own self.

    Q: I've heard about witches holding orgies and such. Do you?

    A: No, that sort of thing doesn't appeal to me. Most of the crap that you've heard about "witch orgies" is nonsense made up by the National Enquirer to sell magazines. But I shouldn't be flippant about this, because it underlies a serious question – what kind of morality do Neopagans hold to?

    "Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
    An it harm none, do what thou will!"
    from an old Book of Shadows

    That about sums it all up. Neopaganism teaches that it is harmful to yourself (and dangerous) to harm others. It also teaches that trying to impose your moral standards on somebody else's behavior is (at least) foolish – and probably dangerous, as you run some serious chance of hurting that person. Perhaps in a sense Neopagans don't have morality, for as R. A. Wilson said, "There are no commandments because there is no Commander anywhere," but Neopagans do have ethics – standards for behavior based on honor and mutual benefit.

    Q: I saw on the news that Neopagans use a star in a circle as their emblem. Isn't that a Satanic symbol?

    A: A pentacle (that's what it's called) is a Satanic symbol in precisely same sense that the cross is a Nazi symbol. The German National Socialist Party used an equal-armed cross with four flags attached to it as their emblem. (Yes, I know – that's a swastika. Well, before the Nazis made the word common knowledge, people just called it a "bent cross" – it's an old heraldic symbol, and it means the same thing that a normal cross does). That doesn't make the Nazis good Christians, and it doesn't make Christians into Nazis. In the same sense, Satanists (and some rock groups) use a type of pentacle as their emblem. That doesn't make them Neopagans, nor does it mean that Neopagans are Satanists (or even rock-and-rollers).

    Q: Are Neopagans opposed to Christianity?

    A: Some Neopagans are ex-Christians, and I'm not going to deny that some of them have a grudge against the Church because of what they perceived as attempts to control their minds. Further, many Neopagans are suspicious of the Church, because it was in the name of Jesus Christ that nine million of our kind were murdered. Neopagans are opposed to anyone who uses force to control the minds of others. Does that include you? If not, then it means that Neopagans as such are not opposed to you. Do you work for the benefit of mankind, are you respectful to the Earth? Then it makes us allies, whether or not either of us wants to admit it.

    – – – – – – – – – –

    There are many other misconceptions in the popularmind about the Neopagan religion. Unless you've studied it, read about it from sympathetic sources, then you really don't know anything about Neopagan history, beliefs, practices, customs, art, science, culture, or magic. But it would take several entire books to teach you, and I already fear that I will be accused of trying to win converts (despite what I've said above). If you are curious and willing to learn, try some of the following books:

    Margot Adler, _Drawing Down the Moon_
    Starhawk, _The Spiral Dance_
    P.E.I. Bonewits, _Real Magic_
    Stewart Farrar, _What Witches Do_.

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    The Mantra Web is a very simple and effective technique for usi…

    Weaving Webs

    The Mantra Web is a very simple and effective technique for using sonics in a group. Choose a mantra with a number of syllables corresponding to the numbers of operators, eg. IAO for 3 people. The operators should link hands, left palm up and right palm down, and slowly start to circle clockwise, each vibrating their syllable. As this is done the operators should each project a thread of light from their Solar Plexus (Manipura chakra) to a central focal point.

    The color(s) of the threads of light should be determined before the operation according to its purpose and the current beliefs of the operators. As the speed and resonance of the mantra is built up over a period of time, so the web is empowered, until a climax is reached and the web energy directed by a pre-specified operator to its purpose. This is just a sketchy outline of the technique, which obviously can be used for much more than this. Some of the more common uses for this technique include healing (with the individual in the center at the focus, crystals would also boost the energy levels); sexual magick (with operator(s) in the center and, if possible, the climax timed accordingly); empowering sigils, and so on.

    If the operators vibrate their syllable alternately instead of together, the mantra will spin around the circle and have a positively disorienting effect on the operators.

    It is important that the operators visualize their thread of light continuously, and not just when vibrating their mantra syllable. I particularly recommend this technique for outdoor use, especially at suitably aspected power sites. However, if you are using a stone circle or any other site of magick, please do think about what aspects the site has, and preferably visit beforehand to achieve some rapport with the site.

    by David Rankine

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  • Good morning everyone the weekend is over and time to return back to work So a w…
    Good morning everyone the weekend is over and time to return back to work So a we look forward to the week ahead may the Gods grant us the strength to deal effectively with all those things that cause stress, and the ability to laugh at our own mistakes. Brightest Blessings Draco )o(/|\
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    The Human Energy Field or Aura is an energetic, multi-dimensional field that surrounds, penetrates, and essentially IS the human body. It has rivers of energy called meridians that nourish every organ and cell in our bodies. These rivers are supplied by seven cone shaped, spinning vortexes of energy called chakras.

    The state of each chakra reflects the health of a particular area of your body. It also reflects your psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being. Every thought and experience you've ever had in your life gets filtered through these chakra databases. Each event is recorded into your cells. In other words, "your biography becomes your biology."

    Meditation music that matches the vibrational frequency in Hertz (sound waves) with the vibrational frequency of the colour of the chakra in TeraHertz (light waves). In other words, the sound and tones of the colour of the chakra is played to stimulate that energy system during meditation to promote spiritual and physical health. Samples available to listen here: http://www.islandjourneycd.com/Island_Journey/Spirit_Science_%26_Metaphysics.html

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    Thought I'd share this with you all from my own Book of Shadows. If you would like me to post more just comment I have quite a varied assortment of knowledge I'm am willing to share Blessed Be ¥~Willow-Moon~¥
  • 2nd Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Horn of Plenty, Abundance.
    Characteristics: Day whe…

    2nd Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Horn of Plenty, Abundance.
    Characteristics: Day when we have to practice generosity. Good for starting a new exercise routine, or a big informational cycle.

    Recommendations: Be generous to others, and yourself, everything will come back multiplied. Good for beginning a learning process, reading, studying. Good for conceiving a child. Dieting is recommended.

    Precautions: Anger and greed should be carefully avoided. It's still early to begin new and important actions or business, this time is for thinking, planning and gathering strength.

  • Monday — Moon's day
    Middle English monday or mone(n)day
    Old English mon(an)dæg…

    Monday — Moon's day
    Middle English monday or mone(n)day
    Old English mon(an)dƦg "day of the moon"
    Latin dies lunae "day of the moon"
    Ancient Greek hemera selenes "day of the moon"
  • Sunrise: 4:53 AM BST
    Sunset: 9:23 PM BST
    Length of Day: 16h 30m
    Tomorrow will be…

    Sunrise: 4:53 AM BST
    Sunset: 9:23 PM BST
    Length of Day: 16h 30m
    Tomorrow will be 1m 1s longer.
    Moon Rise: 6:38 AM BST
    Moon Set: 10:28 PM BST
    Moon Phase: New Moon 2% Illuminated

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