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    "Be constantly vigilant to resent, and on the alert to resist, with unvanquishable ardour and vehemence of passion unquenchable, every attempt of any other Being to influence you otherwise than by contributing new facts to your experience of the Universe, or by assisting you to reach a higher synthesis of Truth by the mode of passionate fusion."

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    Duty
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    “… thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that, and no other shall say nay. For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.” [AL I:42–44]

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    Pagan Pride Festival 2013
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    The Pagan Pride UK Parade and FREE festival takes place on Sunday 4th August in Central Nottingham. With over 1,200 Pagans attending last year, expectations for this year’s event suggest that more …
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    Personal Cleansing

    Choose candles according to your personal and daily preferences, I have found that any will work. Run a bath with as hot of water as you can stand. If you prefer, this ritual can be done in the shower. Use whatever bath oils work for you. Visualize all the day's negative energies surrounding you as you get into the water. Then, visualize all that negativity being removed from your Self by the water. Focus on your candle flames, meditate on cleansing your Self. When the water has cooled to the point of being uncomfortable, pull the stopper, and say these words: "Drain away these pains and troubles, As does this water pure and free. Take with it all this day's distress. As I will, so mote it be!" Dry yourself off and rub your preferred cream onto your body to protect you from negativity over the night. Prepare to sleep well!

    This spell has worked wonders not only for me, but for other Wiccans that I have passed it to. I would be honored if you would choose to place this simple spell into your online Book of Shadows.

    Blessed be… Naddya

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    Amaunet is an ancient Egyptian Goddess of Air or Wind, Whose name means "She Who is Hidden", "The Invisible One" or "That Which is Concealed". She is one of eight primaeval Deities Who existed before the beginning of the world, and Who together made up the primordial ocean. There are several creation myths in ancient Egypt, depending on the place; many regions had a story of the beginning of the world that featured their local God. The myth in which Amaunet finds Herself is from the area of Thebes, specifically the town called Khmun, which is better known by its Greek name Hermopolis ("City of Hermes", the God the Greeks associated with the actual Egyptian patron God of the town, Djehuty, who is also better known by His Greek name of Thoth). The Hermopolitan Ogdoad was of such importance that the name "Khmun" simply means "Eight Town", and even today the modern name, el-Ashmunein, is derived from a Coptic word meaning "eight". As the number four was symbolic of totality to the ancient Egyptians so eight was even more complete, as doubling it served to intensify its meaning.

    In the creation myth of Khmun, the primeval flood or ocean was made up of four elements, personified as balanced pairs of male and female Deities: Infinity (or Formlessness), represented by the God Heh and the Goddess Hauhet; Darkness, by the God Kek and the Goddess Kauket; Water, by the God Nun and the Goddess Naunet; and Air or Hidden Power, personified by the God Amun and the Goddess Amaunet. These eight Deities swirled in and among the primordial floodwaters until they came together in a burst of flame to create the first mound of earth, called the Isle of Fire. The Scribe-God of Wisdom and the Moon, Djehuty (Thoth) then landed on the island in the form of an ibis and laid an egg from which the Sun hatched, and Time began. Seven of the eight Deities then left to live in the Underworld, but Amun stayed behind in the land of the living. According to the people of Khmun, their version of the creation myth was supposed to be the oldest one, and Khmun was said to be the very location of the ancient Isle of Fire.

    This primaeval ocean, which is an archetypal version of the annual flood produced by the Nile River, possessed in itself all the elements needed to make the world, and through its eight Deities found a totality of material and energies within its chaos.

    Amaunet's name is the feminine version of Amun's, but She seems to be at least as old as He: The first mention of either Deity is as a pair, in a Pyramid Text dating to around 2350-2345 BCE, during the Egyptian Old Kingdom's Fifth Dynasty. The "Pyramid Texts" is the name given to a series of spells carved on the walls of the burial chamber of pyramids (natch) which were believed to protect the dead King and help him make his way through the afterlife. The texts (and the Gods mentioned) are quite likely even older than the Fifth Dynasty, for the spells appear as it were fully formed, and include language that was archaic for the time. Amaunet (and Amun) in these spells were regarded as protective Deities: They are adressed as "Amun and Amaunet, You Who protect the Gods, and Who guard the Gods with Your shadows". Though Nun and Naunet are described in a similar manner, it seems especially appropriate for Amun and Amaunet, Who both represent the mysterious and invisible hidden forces of nature, to give protection through their shadows; implicit in the idea of a shadow is that things can be hidden there.

    When Amaunet was depicted with the other Deities of the Ogdoad, She, like the other Goddesses, was depicted as a woman with a snake's head; sometimes the Goddesses' feet were replaced with the heads of jackals. The Gods of the Ogdoad were shown with frogs' heads: both the snake and frog are associated with the Underworld, water, and transformation; and jackals additionally are linked with the dead or Underworld. These eight Deities were sometimes shown in baboon-form, much like Djehuty sometimes was. Amaunet could also be depicted in human form, however, and in this guise She was shown wearing the Red Crown of Upper Egypt (meaning the southern, or upstream, part of Egypt); She sometimes holds a papyrus staff, which can symbolize both the primeval waters as well as thriving new life, as the image of the papyrus-plant was used in hieroglyphs to write the verb "to flourish".

    Though Amun was syncretized to the Sun-God Re as Amon-Re and became one of the most important of all Egypt's Gods, Amaunet seems to have primarily been a local Goddess of the area around Thebes. Amaunet was apparently superceded by the Vulture-Goddess Mut as Amun's consort (though it is sometimes said that Mut is not actually His wife), especially in Thebes itself. However Amaunet was never fully replaced, and continued to be worshipped Herself, especially in Karnak, which was Her main cult-center. In the great temple of Amun there was a colossal statue of Amaunet, and She had Her own priests there.

    Amaunet is depicted in a small temple to Amun at Djamet (the modern Medinet Habu), just across the Nile from Luxor, dating from the 18th Dynasty which was begun by the Pharoah-Queen Hapshepsut in the mid-15th century BCE and continued by her successor/predecessor/co-regent (depending on when in the reign we're talking) Thutmoses III. The decoration of this temple nicely illustrates the war between Thutmoses and the memory of Hatshepsut; many of the reliefs have been altered or defaced, and the names changed in an attempt to erase Hatshepsut's legacy (though we can still read them—nice try, Thutmoses III!). On one of the pillars from this temple, Amaunet is shown with Thutmoses III, offering him life by placing an ankh to his mouth. She is depicted wholly in human form, and dressed in the archaic sheath-dress common to Goddesses, with the Red Crown of Upper Egypt on Her head. She clasps the upper arm of the King, who is wearing a headdress typical of Amun, thereby identifying him as Amaunet's husband. This same temple was built on and added to through Ptolemaic times, a millenium and a half later, where a door-lintel from that period is carved with Amun and Amaunet, showing that She was worshipped right up till the latest times of ancient Egypt. All told, Her worship spanned (at the least) a good 2300 years.

    Amaunet was worshipped as a protective mother Goddess, Who, with Her roots in the beginnings of time and creation, was believed to play a fundamental role in keeping the natural forces of the universe going. Amaunet was invoked in some of the rituals of the King, including the sed-festival, the royal jubilee that renewed the King's youth and vigor, enabling him to continue his reign in strength and prosperity. In Her protective role She was considered a Mother Goddess—some sources call Her the Mother of Re, which with the linking of Amon and Re made Her both wife and mother of Her husband. As is not uncommon among Egyptian Serpent-Goddesses, Amaunet was sometimes shown suckling the King or future King to grant him health and protection. And from Her home in the Underworld, She and the other seven primordial Deities were responsible for making sure the sun rose each morning.

    In Karnak She was sometimes associated with Neith.

    Alternate spelling: Amunet, Amonit

    Epithets: the Hermopolitan Ogdoad are referred to collectively as the "Eight Chaos Gods" and "Keepers of the Chambers of the Sky"

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  • Sunday 4th August – Pagan Pride. Pagan Pride Parade and the BIGGEST FREE Pagan f…
    Sunday 4th August – Pagan Pride. Pagan Pride Parade and the BIGGEST FREE Pagan festival. We all talk about accurate representation and being active, positive and involved. Together on Sunday 4th August – hashtag #paganprideuk #pagan lets raise the awareness and lets see Pagan Pride trend

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    Sunday 4th August – Pagan Pride. Pagan Pride Parade and the BIGGEST FREE Pagan festival. We all talk about accurate representation and being active, positive and involved. Together on Sunday 4th August – hashtag #paganprideuk #pagan lets raise the awareness and lets see Pagan Pride trend
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    Daily Devotions of the Goddess

    Goddess Mother Blessed be,
    As we thank you for all we see.
    We bless thy creatures and thy land,
    We bless all bounty from your hands.
    And in your light together impart,
    Love and peace to every heart.

    Blessed be.
    Lady Abigail
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    Dark Inspiration
    Being a Witch opens you up to see new worlds..
    The things that were once lost, and only exist in our dreams
    We heal the body and soul, We listen to the Earth's voice..
    No matter the fear, we are strength.
    We are Witches.
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    The Wild Hunt

    Ed LeBouthillier

    The Wild Hunt is a story common around Yule time. It is the story of Odin leading a wild entourage through the winter night sky complete with howling dogs, riding his eight-legged Sleipnir and followed by a host of other Einherjar and hangers-on. Of the lore about Odin, it is perhaps the most interesting and survives in some surprising forms to this day.

    In its basic form, any of the nights between Yule and twelfth-night are probable times for this wild procession. It is told that on those cold, snowy, winter nights, what starts as a small breeze turns into a sudden hurricane as the storm of the hunt passes by. Occasionally, it may take the souls of those who don’t give it due respect.

    The leader of the wild hunt may be Odin himself, Ullr, Frigga or a host of others. The purpose of the hunt is often unknown but it is known that sometimes it is precedes attendance of The Thing, at other times to capture other souls to join in the procession, a wild boar, or to capture lithe fairy maidens, or even the careless night traveler. The true purpose of the hunt is not often known.

    When Odin, with his dark cloak and wide-brimmed hat, takes flight on Sleipnir, the sound rumbles like a growing thunder storm with wild winds until it reaches a deafening roar. The hoof beats of the rides of the others involved in the hunt, as well as the baying of their dogs also rises to a deafening pitch.

    Children would often anticipate this event each Yule by placing their boots or stockings by the fireplace with offerings of carrots or hay for Sleipnir. In return, Odin would leave them candy presents.

    Sometimes the story was told that after the wild hunt, a small black dog would be found cowering by the fireplace. It was then the duty of the finders to care for and tend to this dog throughout the year. Failure to care properly for the dog would bring grave consequences.

    Not all benefited from the Wild Hunt though. Wretches, liars and those without honor might fare poorly when the Wild Hunt passed. They might have faced death, in fact. There are numerous stories of those whose lives are taken by the wild hunt, their souls traveling as part of the hunt for years to come. It is for this reason that it was common to leave a treat during Yule time in case one might meet an undesirable fate.

    So at its heart, modern stories of Santa hearken back to these ancient tales of the Wild Hunt. The modern impression of Santa springs largely from one poem, “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore. This poem originated the famous “…right jolly old elf” impression. Before his rendition, Jolfothr more often appeared as an Odin-like elf.

    So each cold Yule evening, when the wind picks up to a howl, remember that Jolnir, Odin himself, could be passing by at that moment. When you see the modern renditions of Santa arriving by sleigh, remember that at its core, we are seeing a non-Heathen representation of Odin bringing blessings on his Wild Hunt.

    Source: http://www.socalasatru.org

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    Art: "The Wild Hunt" by Arbo (1872)

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    This was from a cheese commercial over here!! It was good! (cheese was pretty nice too!!) ~ QC
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    Cause apparently some ppl cannot comprehend the concept of a metaphor. It`s okay though I bet it`s really hard too when one still holds on to the world view decided for them by a bunch of religious freaks centuries ago.
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    Good morning everyone, well its hump day and with mercury in retrograde and with high heats in the UK added to the mix, may the Gods grant you a day without conflict or stress, may the elements bring balance and may you find yourself Calm Clear minded and filled with Joy Brightest Blessings Draco )o(/|\
  • 3rd Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Tiger, Leopard.
    Characteristics: Day of aggression…

    3rd Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Tiger, Leopard.
    Characteristics: Day of aggression and active struggle, fight for beliefs and interests. Day of beginning of realization of plans, when nothing can stop us, and we have enough energy to overcome any obstacle.

    Recommendations: It is necessary to concentrate, and use astral energy for self-defense, and work with all bio-energies. Physical activity, big, intensive training routine is recommended. Best day for practicing martial arts. Sauna or bath is recommended.

    Precautions: Passivity should be avoided, and is dangerous. Time to act, but it is not going to be without difficulties. Successful will be something you truly believe in.

  • Wednesday — Woden's day
    Middle English wodnesday, wednesday, or wednesdai
    Old E…

    Wednesday — Woden's day
    Middle English wodnesday, wednesday, or wednesdai
    Old English wodnesdæg "Woden's day"
    Latin dies Mercurii "day of Mercury"
    Ancient Greek hemera Hermu "day of Hermes"

    Woden is the chief Anglo-Saxon/Teutonic god. Woden is the leader of the Wild Hunt. Woden is from wod "violently insane" + -en "headship". He is identified with the Norse Odin.

    Mercury is the Roman god of commerce, travel, theivery, eloquence and science. He is the messenger of the other gods.

    Hermes is the Greek god of commerce, invention, cunning, and theft. He is the messenger and herald of the other gods. He serves as patron of travelers and rogues, and as the conductor of the dead to Hades.

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    Sunset: 9:23 PM BST
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    Tomorrow will be…

    Sunrise: 5:04 AM BST
    Sunset: 9:23 PM BST
    Length of Day: 16h 18m
    Tomorrow will be 1m 50s shorter.
    Moon Rise: 7:33 AM BST
    Moon Set: 10:00 PM BST
    Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent 3% Illuminated
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    The rune Tiwaz represents authority and leadership, and is often referred to as "Tyr's rune".

    Today we look at the positions in our lives that we can take a more active role in.

    What characteristics make us personally a good leader?

    It may be time to challenge, or replace, the aspect in our lives that control us in unhealthy ways.

    Do we encourage others to grow, learn and be competitive with themselves?

    We examine the Noble Virtue of "Courage" in finding the strength, confidence and willingness to take a bigger role in the areas we find important.

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    Infusions-

    Medicinal infusions are generally brewed for maximum benefit from the herbs and hence are much more potent than teas. Susun Weed's method of brewing infusions involves a long steeping time to extract the most from the herbs used and results in a preparation with a great deal of plant matter.

    To make an infusion in general it is best to use a sterile canning jar – quart or pint size is fine. To sterilize there are 2 methods I know of.
    One is to boil water, pour it into the cleaned jar and allow to sit at least 15 minutes. The other method is to put the glass jars in an oven and put the oven on at 250 degrees. Allow jars to be heat sterilized in the oven which takes about one hour. Please note that you MUST use heat tempered glass as a canning jar would be. Do not attempt to use regular glass from cosmetics and such because as soon as you attempt to sterilize it – it will break. Canning, jelly and SOME apothecary jars are heat tempered and therefore appropriate. Susun points out that canning jars are easy carry around, hold the brew well and easy to store.

    Many parts of the plant can be used in an infusion. Please KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING when attempting to work with herbal matter. In some cases, the leaves of a plant may be generally safe to use- but the root may not be (comfrey could be an example of this) and vice versa. ALWAYS consult a qualified practitioner or doctor when in doubt. You are ultimately responsible for what you put in or on your body so please take the time to be informed. (see disclaimer) That being said, there are slightly different methods for infusing depending on the part of the plant you are using as follows:

    Leaves:
    Use about 1 oz. (30 grams) of DRIED leaves per quart/liter jar. Fill jar to top with boiling water, cover with lid and let steep for 4 hours at room temp. Since leaves contain most of the chlorophyll of the plant, long steeping facilitates extraction of this beneficial property as well as essential vitamins and minerals. Covering in the steeping process keeps the valuable benefits IN the jar so they do not escape with the steam.

    Flowers:
    Proportions for flowers are same as leaves given above. However, because the flower of the plant is more volatile and delicate- steep for only 2 hours. When flowers are a component of a blend of herbal parts like roots, leaves etc….brew the whole thing for 4 hours then to get the most you can from the total blend.

    Seeds:
    Use 1 oz. (30 grams) of dried seeds, berries, hips or haws per pint (500ml) jar. Fill jar to top with boiling water, cover and let steep no more than 30 minutes. Seeds are designed naturally to open on contact with water and over brewing extracts bitter esters and oils into your infusion. There are some exception to this though like rosehips and hawthorn berries which may be steeped up to 4 hours.

    Roots:
    When using roots for infusion apply 1 oz. (30 grams) per pint (500ml) jar. Fill to top with boiling water and let infuse for 8 hours. Roots are the most dense and potent aspect of the plant (generally). Their medicinal virtues are found in their alkaloids and minerals which dissolve quite slowly in water. Some herbalists boil roots and other heavier parts of the plant. If success is found for you with this method then it is also acceptable. However, Susun recommends the longer brew time without the application of external heat which, without
    careful watching and temperature, can easily and quickly cook most of the best properties of the plant right out of your brew with you being none the wiser. So if time is not a factor- you will get the most potent result with the room temp. method and extra time.

    Bark:
    Bark proportions for infusion is the same as that of roots given above. Again, because of the tougher nature of this part of the plant, a longer brewing is necessary to get the nourishing qualities into the brew.

    About Combinations:
    When preparing combination infusions of several herb parts it is best to brew them separately and THEN combine them to get the best benefit. In the Wise Woman Tradition, the use of "simples", that is, single herbs are encouraged and when combinations are used, they rarely exceed three herbs to get the best feedback on the affects of each herb used.

    About Dosage:
    Weight 125-150 pounds: 2 cups per day.
    Weight 65-75 pounds: 1 cup per day.
    Weight 30-40 pounds: 1/2 cup per day.
    Note: in treating any infant or child consult a qualified
    practitioner or your doctor.

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