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    The God
    The God of The Craft is the horned man of the forest, but why does he wear horns and who is he? He wears the horns because of his right to reign over the animal kingdom; he is the benevolent master of the forest who cares for all within. His animal nature keeps him the tethered to the wild places but his gaze is that of wisdom because he has seen all things. He is the most miss understood image in our culture because of the persecution of his image which even to this day stays still weighs heavy in the western mind. The old god of the forest was turned into the devil, this was done to quell his supporters and instill into the midstream of generations a figure of fear that in the past had only ever been benign. His earliest images can be seen in the caves of our hunter-gatherer societies, people dressed in animal skins dancing for the good of the tribe. But where is he today and how relevant is he in our modern world. He is more valid now than ever been because he is the keeper of the wild places, those parts of nature that are still untouched by the destructive hand of man. By aligning ourselves with him we join his retinue of campaigners against all the atrocities of the earth, we march for freedom and by flying his banner high we become caretakers of our beautiful world. The old God ignites in us a passion to stand up for what’s right and say NO to the devastation of the natural world, he is within the mind of all who uphold these values and to know him means you take on his nurturing qualities for all life.
    He never was the devil that was a ridiculous notion devised by the same forces that to this day still try to separate us from nature. We have never been separated from nature other than by a thought in our head. When we come back to the source of our true self we awaken to the realization that we have never wandered from the wild wood. This beautiful world still abides in our hearts and we must protect it now more than ever before. Greed is the main cause of all the problems we see and to fully be able to help activate a new word of being where we nurture the planet instead of exploiting it, we much change some fundamental values of our current systems and this can only begin in our own backyards. To do this we must call on the old god, he is there willing to help all who embrace him, he sits waiting and once called he will come in an instance and abide within your heart instilling you with an inner confidence to walk your truth with courage and dignity.
    He has two seasonal faces that are represented by the two halves of the year, winter and summer. In spring he is the young god of nature who is free to wander the wild wood. He has no responsibilities as he embraces the first flush of summer. As the year progresses he has to give up his reign to his other face, that of the mature god and this is often symbolized as a fight on the summer solstice. What he is actually fighting is his own inner self; to give up youth and to take on responsibilities is always a battle as we move from adolescence into a world that can seem at times overwhelming and difficult.
    The battle is always won and this can be seen as an inner transformation from child to adult. Unfortunately in our modern cultures we have no rites of passage to mark these times and elders from other indigenous spiritual traditions think that this is the reason why we suffer so much in the west with our cultures of youth and our obsession with it. What happens is we never actually grow up unless we enter into a spiritual path and embrace the teachings set forth there. Myths are important because they speak to our inner consciousness and by entering into these myths through ritual we partake of their essence and they in turn transform us. When we actually engage with the path, myths become very powerful theatre stages that are set with the fundamental archetypes of our being, and to be able to play upon these ritual stages can have some very cathartic experiences indeed. It’s all designed so that we can integrate separate parts of ourselves into the whole, to find a place within that is happy and fulfilled. When we talk about rituals in this way we are talking about methods to experience the wisdoms, as it’s only through direct experience of something that we can ever come to know its essence.
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    Hereditary Witchcraft

    The Hereditary Witchcraft Tradition strictly applies to those who can trace the Craft through their family tree and who have been taught the Old Ways by a living relative.

    Regardless of how many people claim to be Hereditary Witches, they are actually quite rare. Hereditary Witchcraft should not be confused with Family Traditional Witchcraft, which is more common.

    In Hereditary Witchcraft, we see the transfer from an elder or ancestor, of practices, magic, ritual, belief systems and culture from one family member to another.

    The magic and practices found within Hereditary Witchcraft are more akin to folk magic and ancient shamanism than to today’s Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft practices. The transfer of power and lore to a family member is an old shamanic practice of cultures worldwide that believed living or even deceased family members would teach one of the newer generations the old lore and pass on their familiar spirits to the ‘student’ family member as well.

    “The calling of a shaman was generally hereditary in his family, the order being usually from maternal uncle to nephew. Before he died he revealed his spirit to his successor, who might start with a comparatively feeble spirit and acquire stronger and stronger ones.”
    – from "Shamanism and Witchcraft" by John R. Swanton

    Hereditary Witchcraft is mainly associated with specific traditional witchcraft and cultural traditions, ranging from the cunning folk and fairy doctors of Celtic countries to the Benedicaria and Stegoneria of Italy — all of which are among many other family-based folk traditions found throughout the world.

    There are also some traditional witchcraft covens (in some cases hereditary ones) that will not accept members from outside of their cultural heritage. For example, a coven in Wales will not accept members who are not Welsh. This can be seen as another definition of Hereditary Witchcraft, where a person practices only a cultural witchcraft tradition from their heritage. In this day of mass immigration where people may come from two to six different cultural backgrounds, it is difficult to practice a heritage-specific tradition.

    There are few resources on Hereditary Witchcraft, as the families still in existence keep to themselves and many in the witchcraft community doesn’t even believe hereditary witchcraft exists. Here are some cultural resources if you'd like to learn more:

    "Appalachian Folkways" by John B. Rehder
    "Balkan Traditional Witchcraft" by Radormir Ristic
    "Etruscan Roman Remains" by Charles G. Leland
    "Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling" by Charles G. Leland
    "Ozark Magic & Folklore" by Vance Randolph
    "Pow Wow Book" by A. Monroe Aurand and John George Hohman
    "Songs of the Russian People" by W.R.S. Ralston
    "Traditional Witchcraft: A Cornish Book of Ways" by Gemma Gary

    http://www.thesmartwitch.com/

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    Shamanism 'Shamans are healers, seers, and visionaries. .. they are in communication with the world of gods and spirits. Their bodies can be left behind while they fly to unearthly realms. They are poets and singers. They dance and create works of art. .. they are familiar with cosmic as well as physical geography; the ways of plants, animals, and the elements are known to them. They are psychologists, entertainers, and food finders. Above all, however, shamans are technicians of the sacred and masters of ecstasy.' Joan Halifax, Shamanic Voices , E P Dutton, NY, 1979. The Pagan Federation, BM Box 7097, London WC1N 3XX, England © 2000-2012 Pagan Federation. All rights reserved Would love to see the Community input on this… Are there any who are Shamans here? What does it mean to you and what would you like to share about your Path.. )O(haylei ( The internet can provide information on so many things but it lacks any personal touch or insights so I think instead I shall have a series of posts requesting members to post about their particular Path…the answers will be edited down to the best written and reposted in the notes section with of course credit given to those who have input.)

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    Today (August 13), beginning at sundown, will coincide with the seventh day of the month of Metageitnion

    Artemis is held to have been born a day before the birth of Apollon. Thus, on the seventh day of every month Apollon is honoured on his sacred day

    "Celebrating the seventh day as the birthday of Apollo: therefore the Athenians honor this day as Apollonian, carrying branches of laurel, crowning the basket (kanoun) and singing hymns to the God."
    Schol. Erga 769-771

    "So, because of the harmonious relationship, he (Hesiod) adapted the seven to the birth of Apollo and, for the fact that it (the seven) has no mother and is inconvenient for women, he has said that it is sacred to Athena."
    Schol. Erga 769-771

    "…the fourth, and the seventh — on which Leto bare Apollo with the blade of gold – each is a holy day"
    ~ excerpt from Hesiod, Works and Days

    The seventh day is also a time to honour Hermaphroditos

    "On the fourth and seventh days of each month, he directs mulled wine to be prepared, and going himself to purchase myrtle-wreaths, frankincense and convolvuluses; he returns to spend the day worshiping the statue of Hermaphroditus."
    ~ excerpt from Theophrastus, Characters

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    Types of Psychic Abilities

    There are different kinds of psychic abilities. Some people are able to divine the future. Others receive messages from the spirit world. A few may be able to read the thoughts of others, or see "auras" that tell them how the person is feeling.
    • Precognition is the ability to know the future. For some people, it's very definite messages, like "You're going to go to a café and meet a dark-haired man." For others, it may be more vague, such as, "Someone close to you is about to experience a major change."
    • Intuition, or intuitiveness, is the ability to just “know” things without being told. Many intuitives make excellent Tarot card readers, as this skill gives them an advantage when reading cards for a client. This is sometimes referred to as clairsentience.
    • Clairvoyance is the ability to see things that are hidden. Sometimes used in remote viewing, clairvoyance has occasionally been credited for people finding missing children and locating lost objects.
    • Empathy is the ability to sense the feelings and emotions of another person. Someone who is an empath often needs to learn to shield themselves from the energies of others, or they may find themselves feeling drained and exhausted.
    • A medium is someone who gets messages from the spirit world. This can take many forms — some mediums can see and hear actual spirits; others receive messages via dreams or visions. Some can even "channel" the spirit, who may then write or speak through the medium.

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    Spot for the general pagan funny haha's :). ALERT! None of the photos posted are mine (unless otherwise stated). I claim no ownership of any of the photos posted. If you know the owner of any of these pictures please tell me so that I may apply credit :). Blessed be )O(
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    Good morning everyone and welcome to Tuesday may your day be filled with peace and quite may the children on school holidays find the joys of nature and be inspired may the gods hold and keep you Brightest Blessings Draco )o(/|\
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    7th Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Scepter, Compass.
    Characteristics: Day is connected with deeper use of prayers, mantras, verbal magic, and work with spirits and elements of nature. Day when prayers have the magic power of faith. Everything we say, and wish to ourselves and others, has potential to become reality.

    Recommendations: Today the surrounding us nature is very receptive to what we say, even unintentionally, and we have to work with our verbal skills. Sincere prayers and good wishes will come true. Day is great for practicing yogic asanas (physical exercise), and doing work with our hands.

    Precautions: Provocative day, be very careful what you say and wish. Important to avoid lying, it's better to keep silence, than to speak lies. Speak less, avoid idle chatter, empty promises, use of meaningless and repetitive words. Protect your lungs and be careful not to catch cold.

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    Moon Day 7
    On the whole, an auspicious day. It is a good day for starting a journey, and for everything to do with transport and vehicles. It is also good for surgery and medical treatment, for physical exercise and for everything which can be finished quickly. However, beware of telling others something you didn't really mean to tell them on this day.
  • Tuesday — Tiu's day
    Middle English tiwesday or tewesday
    Old English tiwesdæg "T…

    Tuesday — Tiu's day
    Middle English tiwesday or tewesday
    Old English tiwesdæg "Tiw's (Tiu's) day"
    Latin dies Martis "day of Mars"
    Ancient Greek hemera Areos "day of Ares"

    Tiu (Twia) is the English/Germanic god of war and the sky. He is identified with the Norse god Tyr.

    Mars is the Roman god of war.

    Ares is the Greek god of war.

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    Sunrise: 5:51 AM BST
    Sunset: 8:34 PM BST
    Length of Day: 14h 42m
    Tomorrow will be 3m 30s shorter.
    Moon Rise: 1:24 PM BST
    Moon Set: 11:03 PM BST
    Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent 37% Illuminated
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    Are you familiar with Snotra?

    It might seem a random question to ask, especially to begin the week with, but I'd like to introduce you to her and then I'll explain why.

    SNOTRA (Pronounced Snurt-ra) is an Æsir goddess and one of Frigga's attendents. Though her name may sound unfortunate, she holds charge over: virtue, self-discipline, domestic issues, just causes, and is a wise goddess who wants others to gain wisdom as well.

    Her name actually means "wise" or "noble" – either way she envelops the traits (and virtues) that so many of us try to live by. Even though she is only mentioned twice in the Prose Edda, we know that just because a deity isn't mentioned often doesn't mean that they didn't have great significance.

    Which is why I mention her today, at the beginning of the week. Each Monday, I try to focus on a specific Virtue and today is Self-Discipline.

    It takes wisdom to gain the self-discipline to know what our inner strengths and weaknesses are. Inner reflection is not an easy journey and it requires a great deal of truth and objectiveness when looking at our own reflection. In fact, one of my kindred members suggested using a bracelet, or even handcuffs, on the altar because the bands / cuffs signify restraint – which is necessary to become self-disciplined.

    Snotra can be called upon to help us take a wise, and honest, look at ourselves and help us in gaining the wisdom that we're looking for – both within ourselves and in our daily endeavors.

    Daily exercise: (you don't have to leave the answers in a comment if you would like to keep your thoughts private)

    In which areas of your personal life do you feel need more restraint and self-discipline?

    What is your current plan for addressing those areas?

    Do you approach the gods with concerns that affect your ability to live by the Nine Noble Virtues, or to live an honest or noble life?

    In which areas are you adept at having self-discipline? Do you lead by example in those areas?

    Side note:

    I've heard a few people say that the gods and goddesses need a more modern update in order to be more approachable. I disagree. There doesn't need to be a huge overhaul of our gods, or Asatru for that matter, to be able to apply their attributes to our lives. We can find their wisdom, and celebrate them, just as they are. The virtues they hold charge over, what the gods bring to the table, are just as relevant today as they were then.

    Artwork: Mythologie Nordique as posted to sissisblog.blogspot.com

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    The story of Wicca, from Dorset nudist colonies to witches casting spells to ward off Hitler, tabloid hysteria and appearances on Panorama
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    Today (August 12), beginning at sundown, is the sixth day of the month of Metageitnion

    It is held that Artemis was born on a sixth day, a day before her brother Apollon. And so the sixth day of every month is held as a holy time, sacred to Her

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    Eithne – Mother of Lugh

    In Irish mythology, Ethniu (Old Irish pronunciation: [ˈeθʲnʲu]) or Eithne (Irish pronunciation: [ˈehnʲə]); also Ethliu, Ethlinn, and a variety of other spellings – see below) is the daughter of the Fomorian leader Balor, and the mother of Lugh.

    Her union with Lugh's father, Cian of the Tuatha Dé Danann, is presented in early texts as a simple dynastic marriage, but later folklore preserves a more involved tale, similar to the birth of Perseus in Greek mythology. A folktale recorded John O'Donovan in 1835 tells how Balor, in an attempt to avoid a druid's prophesy that he will be killed by his own grandson, imprisons Ethniu in a tower on Tory Island away from all contact with men. But a man called Mac Cinnfhaelaidh, whose magical cow Balor stole, gains access to Ethniu's tower, with the magical help of the leanan sídhe Biróg and seduces her. Ethniu gives birth to triplets, but Balor gathers them up in a sheet and sends a messenger to drown them in a whirlpool. The messenger drowns two of the babies, but unwittingly drops one in the harbour, where he is rescued by Biróg. She takes the child back to his father, who gives him to his brother, Gavida the smith, in fosterage. The boy grows up to kill Balor. By comparison with texts like Cath Maige Tuired and the Lebor Gabála Érenn, the unnamed boy is evidently Lugh, and his father, Mac Cinnfhaelaidh, is a stand-in for Cian. The Banshenchus states that her real name was Feada- "Feada was the real name of noble Ethne who was wife of strong stout Cain, and mother of Lug the impetuous superman, and daughter of swift smiting Balor son of Dod son of mighty Net a greater man than pleasant Hector. From him is famed the cairn at Ath Feindead because he fought a duel."

    In some traditions she is the daughter of Delbáeth, the mother of the Dagda and Ogma, and the wife of Nuada Airgetlám. In a variant version of the birth of Aengus, she is the wife of Elcmar who is seduced by the Dagda: as such she may be a double of Boann, who plays that role in the best-known version of the tale. Although in most texts she is a female figure, there are some in which Ethniu is a male name. In the ancient text Baile in Scáil ("The Phantom's Ecstatic Vision"), Lugh is said to the son of "Ethliu son of Tigernmas", or the son of "Ethniu son of Smretha son of Tigernmas". James Bonwick identifies Tigernmas, the king who introduced the worship of Crom Cruach, with Balor. R. A. Stewart Macalister also suggests that Cethlenn is originally a variant of Ethlenn arising from the frequent identification of Lugh as Lugh Mac Ethlenn (thus Mac Ethlenn → Mac Cethlenn).

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    Art: "Ethne, Mother of Lugh" by Jim Fitzpatrick
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    Incense
    A way to connect with the air element is to make your own natural incense from flowers, barks, roots and resins of the land. Incense has been used since ancient times to connect with the sacred and carry on the air wishes and prayers of healing intent. It has been made from expensive oils and gums gathered from all over the landscape and brought together and mixed to create the sweetest scents.
    I like to keep things simple, it’s easy to go out and buy incense these days but it’s more rewarding making your own with a few things you have at home or in the garden. Incense can be used for all manner of things such as cleansing the home, offering prayers up to the sacred, blessing and cleansing the body as in smudging. If you are using it to cleanse the space in your house this can be done at each of the changing seasons of the year. Spring is a good way of using the smoke to clear away all the stale air of winter and if used in autumn it can be used to prepare the home for the gathering in of the cold days ahead. Smudging is when incense is used to cleanse the energy body of a person and can be done at home very simply.
    Smudging/ also called Smoking
    The items you will need to smudge are as follows
    A heatproof bowl
    Smudge Mix – (see below)
    A large feather
    Charcoal discs

    Gather the items together and put the charcoal disc in the heatproof bowl, I prefer to use a clay pot but be free to use whatever feels appropriate. Next light the disc and wait until it glows red and then when there’s enough heat sprinkle on some of the smudge mixture and say

    May blessings of the plants be upon me
    May I be blessed by air
    May I be blessed by fire
    May I be blessed by water
    May I be blessed by earth
    May I be blessed by the sun and moon
    May this sacred smoke cleanse and restore me

    Now pass the smoke around the body of the person you are smudging and with the feather make gestures of clearing as the smoke infuses the aura of the body. If you are just doing this for yourself I simply sit on the floor and place the bowl in front of me and when it’s smoking with the smudge mixture I symbolically wash my hands in the smoke. When I have finished doing that I then with my hands waft the smoke around me washing my head and face and finally I lift up the bowl and pass it three times around my body clockwise and three times counterclockwise. At the same time it’s a good idea to say a little prayer of thanks for the gratitude of the healing smoke, this can be as simple as follows

    I thank the earth for giving us the gifts of healing
    May I walk towards a path of light
    And may all my wishes for both others and myself be fulfilled

    It’s really as simple as that; you can do this once a month on the new or full moons or whenever you feel the need. I use this simple act of cleansing everyday when I do my morning prayers and rituals for the day ahead. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, its all about connecting that’s all to the simple power of the healing land. A simple healing incense to make at home can be made from dried Rosemary, Pine needles and lavender.

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