Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Friday, May 2, 2014
Three times in my recent life I have been brought to the edge of my mortality. Each time I dangled on the edge to look in the void beyond and wonder, "What?"
What is next? I truly do not know. I don't have any divine insight and I wouldn't want to. I do want to live my life how ever it may be with my partner and enjoy and experience what ever the Gods decide to set to our paths.
I know I am blessed. The reasons are not important. I will continue to walk my path regardless of the direction or obstacles.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
I am Pagan. I am Witch. Where do I go from here? I have not done anything relating to my spirituality for some time. Where do I go from here?
I watch Facebook, I belong to many groups. I offer my advice from my past experiences. I have ideas on content, yet my pages are blank. Where do I go from here?
This is not a crisis of faith.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
I found this information on another site I found and thought it was be great to share.
There are many first qualities that a witch must learn to develop. The best one that I can recommend is the “Witches Pyramid” or the “Four Pillars of the Witches Temple.” This four Laws are very important and if you use them as your base, you cannot go wrong. Abide by them always and you can go wrong. They are Ancient by they still apply to today’s Witch.
The Four Pillars of Witches Temple
To Know (nescere)
-corresponds to Air
-represents the witch’s reason/intellect/intuition/wisdom and other more mystical understandings…
Basically this has to do with the gaining of knowledge, whether it be from books, teachers, or from experience. This also includes anything having to do with organizing said knowledge: remembering, analyzing, dissecting, logical reasoning, imagining, linking, and many more. This is shown in many kinds of knowledge needed to do ritual: from remembering the words to invocations, to knowing when to cast the circle, to knowing what incense to use, to remembering how it feels when one grounds correctly.
In witchcraft knowledge is power. No knowledge is ever wasted, and you may find that your fifth grade Creative Writing class taught you things useable for creating invocations, or that your Aunt Jean’s gardening tips are helping you with your herb growing, or your Tai Chi class helped get the idea of centering across.
The admonitions “Know Thyself”, “Know your Craft”, “Learn” and “Apply you Learning” are all included in the pillar.
To Will (velle)
-corresponds to Fire
-represents the witch’s Will/Discipline/her skills in the arts of magic and life.
This can be split into two categories: the mundane and the Magickal. The mundane is where a with tries to keep their life in good order, and to follow through on promises and commitments. The magickal version refers to the Will to see a spell or ritual to its completion, keeping the intent clear without letting oneself get distracted.
Concentration, Discipline and Drive are definitely a part of this, as well as Enthusiasm for doing ritual in the first place.
Placing one’s will in tandem with Divine Will is also included.
“Keep you thoughts and deeds in good order” and “Breathe and Eat correctly” belong here (though really just the act of living up to all the Goals could be listed inder0 “To Will”)
To Dare (audere)
-corresponds to Water
-represents the witch’s Emotions/Heart since the word courage derives from a word that means “heart”
“To Dar” encompasses the acts of facing fears, especially with regards to doing magick. Dare to experiment with what one has learned to gain more experience, like trying out that new astral travel technique or trance working. Dare to meet the Gods and interact with them. Dare to deal with inner darkness.
This is not to say that one must never feel fear. Fear must be felt and examined before it can be dealt with. The more one tries to hide one’s fear from one’s self, the more power that fear will have over one’s self. Facing the Shadow within can be more traumatic than facing the most awe-inspiring Deity. However, Starhawk mentions in her book The Spiral Dance, “Where there’s fear, there’s power.” One’s greatest fear can mask one’s greatest strength.
It must be stated that any emotion or personal attribute brought into a magickal circle will be increased and strengthened. This explains the admonition at the gateway “Better to fall upon this knife/Than enter here in fear, or strife”. Give strength to your courage.
To Keep [the] Silence (tacere)
-corresponds with Earth
“To Keep the Silence” is often interpreted as “To Keep Silent”: that is, to keep secret knowledge of witchcraft, of membership and places of meetings etc., except in cases of voucher-for persons. “To Keep Silent” is probably a good general practice since it keeps the foolhardy from trying things that might be dangerous or from getting flack from less sympathetic neighbors. This is, however, not the whole story.
“Silence” represents the ‘still point’… the silence within… The correspondence with Earth here also gives another hint of this interpretation, since in order to begin to work magick, we generally “ground” and “center” ourselves. It is difficult to keep clear one’s intent if other extraneous thoughts keep flitting by and being distracting.
Listening to the Gods and Nature (and other people for that matter) is also intimated since one cannot hear unless there is silence first.
Again, “Keeping your thoughts in good order” as well as “Meditate” come under this heading
To Go (ire)
-corresponds to Spirit
Some traditions use the fifth Element of Spirit as embodying the power “To Go”: to go forth, to journey, to make manifest, to evolve. Most traditions assign Spirit to the Gods, making spirit a combination of the other four elements in perfect balance.
If one sees each of these qualities written on a four-sided pyramid, “To Keep the Silence” would be on the base, with the other three (To Know, To Will, To Dare) rising from the base (ie. Earth, foundation) to meet at the top. All things begin and end in Silence.
All of these qualities must be developed to gain proficiency in magick.
The Way of the Goddess by Ly Warren-Clarke
The Spiral Dance by Starhawk
Credit also give to Witches of the Craft for this content
Saturday, August 3, 2013
I took a new position at work and that slowly took my time and energies away and made it difficult to post as I wanted. I found myself with idea for post topics but no time to get them done. Now they have disappeared in to the ether. I can only hope they will return in time.
I miss Google's Reader as I have lost many of the blogs I loved to follow but I am working on creating a new list on Facebook's Network Blog App and on WordPress.com where I have a mirror of this blog in some posts.
I am grateful to all my follower who have stuck around.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Botanical Name: Sanguinaria Candensis
“Emetic cathartic expectorant and emmenagogue, and of great value in atonic dyspepsia, asthma, bronchitis and croup. (The taste is so nauseating, that it may cause expectorant action.) Of value in pulmonary consumption, nervous irritation and helpful in lowering high pulse, and in heart disease and weakness and palpitation of heart of great use. For ringworm apply the fluid extract. Also good for torpid liver, scrofula, dysentery. It is applied to fungoid growths, ulcers fleshy excrescences, cancerous affections and as an escharotic. Sanguinaria root is chiefly used as an expectorant for chronic bronchitis and as a local application in chronic eczema, specially when secondary to varicose ulcers. In toxic doses, it causes burning in the stomach, intense thirst, vomiting, faintness vertigo, intense prostration with dimness of eyesight.”