Leaves shudder, And Blush at your Passing lord, Remembering the days of summer, When you , green and pollen bright. Dancing in the warm, caressing winds Proud and vital as the Up thrusting Oak. But now the sword – edge of frost, Looms from the mist. Balancing night and day, A blade poised at your throat, You shudder. And the leafs shudder with you, You grip your hand to the branch, Savouring that one last touch, Then you leap spiralling through the crisp air, As you dive upon the frost blade. Dying the leafs, Red with your willing sacrifice, You rise, your lips, Pale as the blade buried within you, And make your way to the darkest shore At your feet, the leafs rustle and sigh, And shudder And blush at your passing Related articles by Zemanta Practice Of Invocation (dragonintuitive.com) Group Invocation (dragonintuitive.com)
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When I first started in the craft I was gifted with two spirit guides, one of these guides was a wonderful wolf who for the purpose of this peace we will just call “wolf”. Now wolfs are very powerful totems they act as great teachers teaching much about magicks, and healing. The wolf also represents a journey in many paths. Now I would spend a lot of time with wolf I felt his presence in my daily life he would warn me of oncoming danger, taught me how to transform into a mouse so I could ride on is back so we could travel long distances at speed. He helped me find my true pagan path and eventually lead me to the goddess who had been calling me to her service for so many years. My relationship with wolf was one of mutual respect and I would show honour to wolf with pictures of wolfs on my clothes and on my walls almost everywhere I went I left a trail of wolf icons. Wolf came to me when I was just a child and stayed my friend, confident and my teacher for over 20 years. I would visit wolf in a sacred place marked with two trees most times wolf would be their at the gateway waiting for me other time he would be waiting in the grove, I learned that if he was in the grove he had left a lesson I was to learn along the path so I would have to seek
Paganism is really an umbrella term, which covers many paths and traditions and often used in historical context, referring to Greco-Roman polytheism as well as the polytheistic traditions of Europe before Christianisation. The term neopaganism is used to describe pagan paths, which have a strong link to magick, which seemed to emerge during the later part of the 1800’s and the early 1900’s with the most famous of these being Wicca. But historical data shows that neopaganism was beginning to form as early as the renaissance (Florence 14th to the 17th century) were the interest in science and magick was at its highest point. With the rise in scientific developments and understanding which was feared by the church and more times or not would cause scientist to face charges of heresy and recant their findings. During this time of scientific discovery and religious upheaval new spiritual ideas formed some using ancient pagan influences, others based on their understanding of science and how the universe worked to form understandings of the divine others giving up on the God, and purely relying on the self as a moral compass such as Humanism. During the Renaissance, and the reintroduction of Classicism, which gave rise to an interest in Greco-Roman polytheism and Greco-Roman magick, which was practiced along side Renaissance magick helped to revive the philosophy of the pagan. It is when we reach the Romantics (18th Century) that they re-discovery of Old Gaelic and Old Norse literature and poetry, which helped provide more about the pagan past of
Spiritual ethics are basically a set of rules which help you connect spiritually to the god(s) / dess(s) the higher self , the creative intelligent, ancestor spirits, elements, higher begins etc which for this section will be referred to as “Spirit” Now from a formal standpoint spiritual relates to the “spirit!” Now how you personally see “Spirit” will depend upon your path or religious up bringing. For some spirit will mean the “soul” others the “divine” and for others it could be a mix between the two or something in between. So when we look at spiritual ethics we are not looking at the “spirit” or trying to define what “spirit” is as the definition of “spirit” is a personal one. We are looking at the way we interact and relate to “spirit”. Again our path and upbringing will influence how we interact with “spirit” for some it may be in silence others in loud parties and dance two extremes, which archives the same goal, a connection with “spirit”. Now a group that connects through silence will never be able understand the techniques required to connect using loud parties and vice versa as each group with have a different viewpoint. Now as a person you have a set of ethics when it comes to connecting with “spirit” these ethics are handed down from “a spiritual leader” i.e. Jesus, Buddha, Gardener etc who have instructed you how to connect with “spirit”. Now as eclectic witches we often have a mix of spiritual ideals from many spiritual
The Wheel of the year is basically a calendar of the 8 festivals called Sabbats celebrated by Wiccan’s and some other pagan paths. The wheel looks like a cartwheel with 8 spokes marking the sections of the year. The wheel is in 2 sections the first is the Quarters know as “the lesser Sabbats” or “quarter days”, these quarters mark the movement of the sun through the year with the vertical spokes marking the solstices and the horizontal spokes marking the equinoxes The second section represents the cross quarters “cross-quarter days,” “fire festivals,” or “Greater Sabbats”, these are a mix of Gaelic and Germanic festival but basically or from my understanding the cross quarters are the cycles of life and death. The truth be told the Wiccan Wheel of the Year as been made up and in fact at the very starting of Wicca only the Cross quarters where celebrated online pharmacy without prescription it was the Bricket Wood Coven that added the quarter days basically because the wanted more meeting They did this while Gerald Gardner was away although he did not object to the additions as this brought Wicca closer to Gardner’s Long time friend Ross Nichols’s Neo druidism groups the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. Although this Wheel has no historical value in terms of reclaiming the Craft it is a valued addition to Wicca and in other pagan paths. For me the wheel is a great source of meditation, understanding of life and death, a reminder of the cycles in
In lesson three we are going to cover the Goddess. If we can all agree on one basic statement during this section it will help in our understanding of the Goddess. Statement:- The Goddess is the female aspect, energy of the “Divine” in manifest or archetypal form in which we find understanding. The goddess is equal to the male aspect whether as opponent, reflection or opposite and no matter how we envisage the goddess “She” does exist. During this lesson I am not looking to change your view it’s designed to give you a broader view of the goddess. Throughout history the role of the Goddess has changed from the Great mother to a consult, betrayer and even demon. She has been portrayed in single form, triple form and part of pantheons. She has been given roles from creator to the great destroyer. The Goddess has many archetypal forms and just as many names. Now certain paths and religions either pay more attention to the goddess reducing the god aspect or pay more attention to the god aspect reducing the goddess role. Christianity (old and new testaments) has reduced the goddess in its belief structure to the lowest form of woman the betrayer, the slut, the murder, the demon with the highest accolades be the virgin mother (a title reduced from the original God barer which was thought to be wrong as this would make a woman the creator of gods) or a Saint Martyred for her beliefs. Wicca on the other hand has place
Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust. Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give. For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out. To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme. Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much. Honor the Old Ones in deed and name, let love and light be our guides again. Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune. Widdershins go when the moon doth wane, and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane. When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two. When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart’s desire seek. Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail. When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast. When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth. When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest. Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow. Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows. Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God‘s insight. Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower. Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland. Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie
The quarters or watchtowers are called to attend and protect Wiccan and some other pagan paths, rituals and circles. Each of the quarters represents an element Earth, Air, Fire and water. These elements are often assigned to a compass point the most common version is Earth – North, Air – East, Fire – South and Water – West. Although the most common version of the quarters is used in most Wiccan groups there are slight variations there can be wider variations for the solitary practitioner as they attune themselves to a location and not a group, example if a witch can see the see the sea from his or her north facing window, mountains in the west it would be very logical for the witch to place the Water quarter in the north and the earth in the west leaving air and fire where they are. Wherever you place the quarters or watch towers you will need to invoke in the correct way. or the way I was taught, was to visualise the guardian of the watchtower or quarter coming in to form and substance as you chant the an incantation which is used to invite the guardian to stand guard and protect the circle as well as adding the energy to the ritual. The Guardian is then held in place with the corresponding invoking pentagram (see below). Once the ritual is complete the elements and Guardians are released with the banishing pentagram with a thank you for attending. In Wicca, the invocation of
A Pagan dies, and to his great surprise finds himself standing before some pearly gates. The guy in charge looks him over before asking, “Can I help you?” “Where am I?” asks the Pagan. “Beg your pardon?” the other guy asks. “You’re in Heaven, of course.” “B-but I don’t believe…” “Hmmm” (squinting his eyes) “are you one of them Pagan folk?” the gatekeeper asks, his mouth curling in mild distaste. “Yes, I am… I believe I’m in the wrong place, which way is the Summerland?” our Pagan friend asks. “It’s been ‘temporarily’ shut down for repairs,” the gatekeeper said with an ironic chuckle, “ever since we took over…err…I mean… since the people found their way to the true path.” “Whatever,” says the Pagan, “What do I do now?” “I’m sorry sir, but you must go to Hell. No Pagans allowed here.” “WHAT? Hell? But I don’t believe in Hell!” “Sorry, those are the rules, just follow the downward path to the left.” So our Pagan friend walks down to Hell, only to find the doors open. He warily goes in and looks around to see beautiful meadows, and animals happily roaming the surrounding woods. “Hmm, so far so good.” A voice behind him made him all but jump out of his skin. “Can I help you?” “SHEESH! Give a guy a heart attack, why don’t you?” “Ahem… a little too late for that, isn’t it?” the guy said with a smile.
New Age Spirituality is a new movement that at times encompasses satanic and other evil cults. It is possible to reach spiritual enlightenment through New Age Spirituality through the different beliefs the different followers of New Age Spirituality we believe in.