Rituals, Festivals and Ceremonies
The Bouphonia and Dipoieia
Two days later, on 14 Skirophorion, the very ancient festival of the Bouphonia was celebrated where a plowing ox (one which ate of the offerings on the altar to Zeus) was killed and the knife was ritually brought to trial as the slayer of the ox as the person who killed the ox could not be found. The hide of the ox was stuffed and it was attached to a plow. This killing of a single plowing ox that worked in partnership with man was a crime and the single sacrifice symbolized the importance of plowing oxenand plowing to come and entailed a blessing for oxen in honor of Zeus of the City (see Robert Parker Polytheism and Society at Athens, Oxford 2005, pages 187-188, for Theophrastus’ account preserved by Porphyry. The Dipolieia, a festival of Zeus Polieus (Zeus of the City), was held at that time.
SONS of ODIN
Midyear / June 21 Midsummer: (Summer Solstice) is the religious celebration held at the summer solstice. This feast usually falls around June 20-21. Midsummer-related holidays, traditions and celebrations are found in all the Germanic countries of Northern Europe. Midsummer's eve is considered the second greatest festival of the Germanic holy year, comparable only to the 12 days of Yule. The Summer Solstice is an astronomical term regarding the position of the Sun in relation to the celestial equator. The Summer Solstice is the date with the longest day and hence with the shortest night. This date usually falls near June 21. At the time of this solstice, the Earth is in that point of its orbit at which the hemisphere in question is most tilted towards the sun, causing the sun to appear at its farthest above the celestial equator when viewed from earth. Certain celebrations take place on the evening of the summer solstice. Great roaring Bonfires, speeches, songs and dancing are most traditional. Folk traditions include the making of wreaths, the kindling of fires, the burning of corn dollies (human figure made out of straw), and the adornment of fields, barns, and houses with greenery. Midsummer as particularly a time to make blessings to Baldur. Model Viking ships are also sometimes made out of thin wood, filled with small flammable offerings, and burned at this time. Midsummer is the high point of the year, the time when deeds are brightest and the heart is most daring. This is the time when our Viking forebears, having their crops safely planted, sailed off to do battle in other lands. It is a time for action and risk, for reaching fearlessly outward. Other traditional events include raising and dancing around a huge phallic maypole. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover, to "may", the entire pole. Raising and dancing around a maypole to traditional music is primarily a fertility ritual. The holiday is considered the time of the death of the Fair God of sunshine, Baldur and thus the turning point at which summer reaches its height and the Sun shines longest, but at the same time it is when the days will soon begin to shorten and the Earth is beginning its slow descent into winter again. It is important to note that midsummer is not the middle of summer. Indeed, summer may be defined to begin with the summer solstice.
Basic Psychic Protection
Basic psychic protection acts as an energy that wraps around us. The purpose of this energy is ultimately to block out all intrusive or malicious vibrations that come from other sources. As one begins to practice magic or any psychic art, their awareness of the world's energies increases greatly. With this newfound sensitivity comes exposure to a new realm of distractions. Astral entities may be attracted to your increased energy or activities. Other practitioners may notice you as well. Not all of these personalities may wish you harm, but it is best to be prepared with psychic protection, just in case.
The most basic technique for protecting oneself magically is to simply imagine yourself inside a ball of white light that turns away any energy before it can touch you. When you visualize this ball of light around you, you want to make sure it appears opaque and solid in your mind's eye. This bubble should extend about a foot above your head and at least 6 inches below your feet. It doesn't have to be a perfect sphere; just make it fit around your body in whatever shape seems most comfortable or appropriate. You want to enforce the energy in the areas above and below to be just as strong as the areas in front and behind you. Rest assured that even after you come out of your concentrated state, this bubble will move with you without hindrance. Any vibrations that touch it will simply pass over and around your shield like the wind moving around a mountain. In the rare circumstance that your shield comes up against someone else's, it will bend to compensate, but not break, much like two balloons pressing together. You need to hold the image of an impenetrable force field in your mind for at least a good solid minute or two, before returning to your everyday life.
The visualizing of specific shapes forming around your body piece by piece adds focus and resolve to your psychic protection, and this is the basis of the mummy technique. Begin by creating the image of a ball of white light glowing just above your head where the crown chakra or higher-self psychic center is located. Focus on the energy here, willing its intensity to increase. Visualize white light sweeping down from this powerful sphere in the shape of a wide ribbon that begins to wrap around your head. You may want to leave some space between the energy ribbons and your physical body, perhaps 3-4 inches. Have the ribbon continue to wrap around your head, overlapping itself and creating a solid sheet that surrounds your head in protective energy. Don't stop at the head though. Let the ribbon continue to spin around your shoulders, torso, hips, legs all the way down to the feet, making sure to cover every spot so that you are entirely and safely wrapped. Once you've worked your way down to your feet, have it wrap underneath them, completing the blanket surrounding you. When you are completely wrapped, hold the image of what you just did in your mind for a few moments before opening your eyes. This exercise is a great way to improve your skills with energy manipulation while benefiting yourself.
The Burning Flame is best used in situations that may be dangerous or that you require a great amount of psychic protection over a short period of time. If you are entering a place/meeting/situation with a terrible amount of negativity you can perform this technique. Some people visualize their shields as a fire surrounding them at all times which is fine, although the method presented here is geared toward an emergency situation or on a temporary basis since it uses high amounts of energy.
Stand perfectly upright with your legs together and your arms flat against your side. Go deep inside yourself to the center of your being. Approach all of this with a confident intensity, your mind focused on your need for protection. Find your center and know that in your center is an intense source of energy, the very energy that all your magical abilities come from. With your consciousness in this core of your being, create an eruption of energy within yourself. Like a volcano building up pressure, cause your energy to rise and expand from your center out. As the energy reaches the outside of your body have it burst into a blue flame that surrounds your body. The curved base of the flame should be at your feet and the tip of the flame above your head. The intense energy flame will burn any outside vibrations before they can reach you. This flame won't harm you physically since it's a spiritual flame, but it will stop any other spirit or energy from touching you. Once the flames surround you, try to keep part of your mind focused on it as you proceed through the situation you felt required extra psychic protection. Imagine more energy fanning the flames stronger and higher as you exhale.
As with any of these techniques, practicing first in a safe place is highly recommended.
Chakra Spin Protection
This powerful technique unites the chakras to create a shield fully embedded with all aspect of your will and energy. Begin by visualizing performing the Psychic Center Visualization as detailed in the Energy Techniques document. A quick rehash: Charge the crown chakra, and draw a line down to the 3rd eye chakra. Charge the 3rd eye before drawing a line to the throat. Charge and continue to the heart, charge this chakra and draw a line of white light to the solar plexus chakra. After charging the solar plexus you move to the sex chakra, charge it and then onto the root chakra. As mentioned before, this is an adaptation of the traditional chakra system to have a center between the two feet so draw one more line to the ground center and charge this area. Create two lines of light from this center that swoop to each side of you in an upward curve before connecting with the crown chakra above your head. Begin cycling your energy through the lines timed with your breathing.
Instead of stopping at this point, continue cycling but move your focus to the curved lines at your side. We want to move these two lines simultaneously clockwise so that they being to spin around the body. Let them put out energy as they continue to move faster and faster until their light forms a solid wall of energy that surrounds you. Spin this wall of energy around you for a few moments. When you feel ready, let the image of the chakras fade from your mind, and let the spinning motion end, but hold onto the image of all the energy the chakras surrounded you with.
How often and how long?
You should practice psychic protection techniques at least once a day until your body picks up the habit and begins to naturally reinforce your shields with energy. After a month or two you should be proficient enough that you only need to revisualize your shields once a week. If you find yourself in a particularly nasty situation where you need an extra amount of protection, feel free to shield yourself again even if you had done so earlier in the day. As you become more comfortable and skilled at these techniques you will find it possible to reinforce your shield with little concentration and even while you body is in motion or otherwise distracted.
Colors in Protection
Everyone likes to add a little color to his or her magic. For example, think of holidays like how Valentine's Day is associated with pink, red and white and Christmas photo cards are almost always done in the traditional Yule colors of green and red–color is a language. When you give your energy it's own color, you are personalizing it and making it easier for you to relate to. Some people are very firm in the belief that white energy is the purest and therefore is most powerful. Generally white and blue are the most commonly used colors for psychic protection. There may be something to this, but it is always best to listen to your gut. If you feel an urge to have a green shield, then go with it. You can always experiment by changing your shield's color every week. If you find one shade or tone to be more effective than others, then stick with it. There are some generally accepted associations with each color that I'll post on the Temple of Manannan at a later date.
Complex combinations of color can be used to create very strong protection. For example you could make a shield that starts as red at the top of your head and then slowly graduates to orange, yellow, green, blue and then purple when it finally reached your feet. Visualizing such a shield takes strong focus, and holding it this image in your mind's eye as the day goes by can be challenging. Since the appearance of this shield requires much more effort, it is more strongly empowered by your will. Unusual patterns in shields can also aid you in psychic self-defense. Integrating a religious design or an occult symbol that represents protection can add extra strength and power.
Another Baby Baphomet
Obviously a Pagan version of Bette Midler's From A Distance. I wish I knew who created this poem, I found it on Pinterest and the only source given was facebook.com. GAH! That's not a source
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New Jersey Pagans
Five Points of the Pentagram Protection Spell . Get drawing paper, and draw a large pentagram on it, without drawing a circle around it. Take five votive candles, and place them at each corner of the star. Get your broom, and light each candle saying this: With each corner that I light, this star of all stars so bright will show my way and my path to protect loved ones from anger and wrath. Let this path be one of ease, as we walk through the trees with this fire I command tonight, blessings upon those who walk it right. So mote it be. Face outward, and sweep your broom one full circle counterclockwise around your pentagram. Finish your pentagram by drawing a circle around it. So mote it be! ~Susan Sheppard
- Next Full Moon Date: Monday, June 24, 2013
Names Given to the Moon by Other Cul…Next Full Moon Date: Monday, June 24, 2013
Names Given to the Moon by Other Cultures:
Colonial American: Rose Moon
Chinese: Lotus Moon
American Indian (Cherokee): Green Corn Moon
American Indian (Choctaw): Windy Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux): Moon When June Berries Are Ripe
Celtic: Moon of Horses
English Medieval: Dyan Moon
Neo Pagan: Planting Moon
Full Strawberry Moon (June)
The Algonquin tribes knew this Moon as a time to gather ripening strawberries. It is also known as the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon.
This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!
Oh I SO did!!!
I found this Image by Risa Chantag particularly appropriate considering the diverse nations our audience is made from
For us here in the Southern Hemisphere celebrating Winter Solstice I give Yule blessings of quiet time for reflection and family
For those in the North celebrating Litha -Summer Soltice
warmth, good cheer and celebration
Do what thou will – Cherie
Drawing down the sun | Cyber Cauldron
The often forgot about wiccan ritual of drawing down the sun from the witches bible. the drawing down the sun is comparable with the drawing down of the moon
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- Good morning and brightest solstice blessings to each of you and yours.
May you…Good morning and brightest solstice blessings to each of you and yours.
May you know peace, joy, love
May you experience wonder and magic even in the simplest things
May you delight in your life and all its intricacies
May laughter be the balm that heals all wounds
May that which is shadowed- your pain and deep sorrows-
And brought into the Light
May you experience an alchemy of the Spirit
May you ever be open to the Sacred, to the Divine, to the Mystery-
May there be poetry and song
May you share YOUR story around the table, the hall, the holy fire
For this is your greatest Gift-
Your own humanity
Brightest Blessings Draco )o(/|\
(source of blessing unknown well I did know but copied it and forgot source)
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