Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Meaning of the Spiral's Direction

The Meaning of the Spiral's Direction
The spiral is the symbol of the 5th Element of the Pentacle, Spirit, also referred to as "Akasha" meaning "coming into being". Using the spiral in ritual or spell works has been used for centuries, but what most people don't know is that the direction the spiral turns has meaning, whether the energy is from "Above" or from "Below".

The left-circling spiral represents the Divine's influence, spirituality, descending from Above. "Spirit into Man".

The right-circling spiral represents the Human's striving for re-birth from Below. "Man into Spirit".

The next time you're doing a Pendulum divination, try first twirling the Pendulum in a counter-clockwise motion, the direction of Spirit into Man. In essence you are then asking the Divine to bring you the true answers to the questions you are about to ask.

You could also twirl the Pendulum counter-clockwise over your Tarot deck or other oracle device pryor to a reading.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

New Workshops Schedule & Now a 5-Day Workshop Available

New Workshops Schedule & Now a 5-Day Workshop Available
I've updated the schedule for the workshops and have also added a 5-Day Workshop as well which will occur twice a year. The difference between the two will be the depth of information provided and the level of rituals and works being done.

The 2-Day Workshop is $300, and the 5-Day Workshop is $750. All materials are provided, including the 2-volume set of books, A Witch's Craft ~ Dictionary for a Witch's Grimoire & A Witch's Book of Correspondences

So check the Workshops page to see what the Syllabus has scheduled!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Have a GREAT Summer!

Have a GREAT Summer!

Litha: June 21st (approximately)
This festival is celebrated on or about June 21st on the longest night of the year. This is the sixth Sabbat of the year and celebrates the Summer Solstice when the Sun (the God) is symbolically at its peak time of power and the Earth will soon be ripe for harvest. The Goddess is pregnant with the God who is to be reborn at Yule. It is an excellent night for Magick rituals. Some Wicca traditions incorrectly give the name ‘Beltane’ to this holiday, even though ‘Beltane’ is a Gaelic word for May.

Anise, Basil, Betony, Carnation, Chamomile, Cinquefoil, Copal, Daisy, Elder, Fennel, Fern, Frankincense, Galangal, Heather, Heliotrope, Hemp, Honeysuckle, Ivy, Larkspur, Lavender, Laurel, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lily, Marigold, Mugwort, Mullein, Nettle, Oak, Orange, Orchid, Orpins, Pine, Plantain, Rose, Rue, Saffron, Sandalwood, St. John’s Wort, Thyme, Verbena, Vervain, Wild Thyme, Wisteria, Yarrow, Ylang-Ylang
Cinnamon, Frankincense, Heliotrope, Lavender, Lemon, Lily of the Valley, Mint, Musk, Myrrh, Orange, Orange Pine, Pine, Rose, Saffron, Sandalwood, Wisteria
Blue, Gold, Green, Orange, Red, Tan, Yellow
Agates, Alexandrite, Aventurine, Carnelian, Cat’s Eye, Citrine, Diamond, Emerald, Fluorite, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Pearl, Tiger Eye, Topaz
Ale, Bread, Cheese, Edible flowers, Garden fresh fruits and vegetables are made into a variety of dishes are perfect for celebrating this day, Lemons, Mead & Wine, Milk, Oranges, Pumpernickel bread, Summer squash & other vegetables
Besom, Fairies, God’s Eye’s, Seashells, Sun symbols
Family reunions, Handfastings, Herb gathering, Rededication to the God & Goddess, Summer activities with family and friends
Fire magick, Water magick
Goddesses - Aine, Anahita, Bona Dea, Cerde, Dag, Dana, Eiru, Faery Folk, Fenne, Grania, Gwydion, Kupala, Mabd, Pregnant Goddesses, Sekhmet, Sul, Sun Goddesses, War Goddesses

Gods - Apollo, Baal, Bel, Dagda, Donnus, El, Helios, Huon, Llew, Math, Maui, Oak/Holly King, Ogmios, Sun Gods, War Gods, Zeus
Other Names:
Alban Heruin, Midsummer,
Summer Solstice,
Whit Sunday
Related Festivals:
Feast of John the Baptist - A Christian day that marks as the birth of John the Baptist.

Vestalia - An ancient Roman festival celebrated at the beginning of June rather than on the solstice that honors the Goddess Vesta, the Goddess of the hearth and home. Vesta’s temple was usually attended by virgins, but during this festival married women were permitted in as well.
Midsummer Night’s Eve - special holiday of the Faerie faith.
Old Litha (June 25th) - some Covens use this date instead

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!
To all y'all Dads out there... :)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

An Article Review on One's View of Heaven (and Hell)

An Article Review on One's View of Heaven (and Hell)
I read an article this morning about a Christian philosopher's view on the movie "Heaven is for Real". The man's name is Dr. William Lane Craig. The article was entitled "Philosopher Warns of Danger in Believing Stories About People Nearly Dying and Going to Heaven".

Either read the article first and return here, or read this and then read the article. Regardless of the order, DO read the article I'm referring to, this way you can have an accurate view of your own and not just mine. And honestly, I would love to have some feedback on this one.

Dr. Craig "is concerned that stories of supposed heavenly encounters during near-death experiences could lead Christians to stray from biblical teachings about the afterlife." While he "believes that some accounts of children and adults experiencing the divine during life-threatening health scares could be true, he has some reservations."

I'll reiterate that last part, "he has some reservations". "HE"?? I'm sorry, but who the fuck is "HE" to determine what someone else has or has not experienced??

He then goes on to say, "...there are elements of some of them that make me think that they often involve a kind of filtering through a person’s own frame of thought." Uh, duh. And isn't his own view of heaven based on the same personal reference, i.e. "frame of thought"?

He apparently has a "fear" that some Christians "might begin basing their views on the afterlife more on popular books and movies, like Heave Is Real, than on the Bible." Wow, worried much that the sheeple might find their own pasture to graze in that isn't so overflowing with manure that they feel it's time to spread out a bit, see what else there is over the hill? Can't have anyone in the fold wandering too far, we might have a mass exodus on our hands. And those leaving just might actually find their own cleaner, greener pastures elsewhere. When the shit gets thick it's time to get out of the muck or you'll be mired in it forever.

His next statement kills me, "For the Christian believer, he has in the Bible an authoritative guide to the afterlife that should determine his thinking about this,” OMFG! Are you serious?? Those two words, "authoritative" and "determine", tell me everything I need to know about this man and his method of teaching and preaching. And I want no part of it! The Bible is a guide from which to base your morals, ethics, and style of living. Its words have power and beauty. But it is not a "dictator" on how to live or believe. Each person must, for themselves, find God, the Divine, the Creator, or whatever name you and It have agreed upon. Knowing God is extremely personal, and no one may dictate how you must believe in It.

Then he states, "He didn’t dismiss the story behind “Heaven Is for Real,” a book and film based on Colton Burpo’s claim that he met dead relatives and Jesus during an emergency appendectomy in 2003. That said, Craig cautioned Christians not to shut off their critical thinking faculties simply because a story feels good and seems plausible." (my emphasis) 

"Shut off their critical thinking faculties"...LMAO Wow, the pot calling the kettle black. That is exactly what he is doing. Thankfully, I do have those skills and that is the reason I am writing this. Because his arrogance pissed me off so much.

This next sentence kills me, "Craig said that in his interpretation of the Bible’s teachings about death, a person’s soul is separated from their body when they die, leaving them as a spiritual, not physical, being." BINGO! We have a winner! Quote, "IN HIS INTERPRETATION..." I now refer you back to the previous paragraph about "critical thinking". If you were to follow statement number 2 ("his interpretation"), then statement number 1 ("critical thinking faculties") becomes an oxymoron. Wow. He's not the brightest bulb in the box is he? At the least, he's an unwitting hypocrite.

"Craig said that in his view, heaven and hell haven’t necessarily occurred yet, and won’t until the “end times” conclude..." Ok, from his and other Christian's viewpoints, I concur (to a point) on this one. The problem with the statement though is it being "in his view". Exactly! HIS view.

The article goes on, "He posited that Burpo and others might have experienced a God-given mental projection, but that they are not actually experiencing heaven as a literal place, nor are they seeing embodied spirits." And who exactly is he to determine who or what these people are seeing?? Was he there, inside their experience? Did he see and experience what they did, as they did? No. He's "positing" from his view, which is full of personal prejudices honed over years of his experiences that are only based upon having never experienced a "near-death experience". Which means his views are null and void.

"Instead, he believes that (they) are seeing disembodied spirits who are in a waiting place called “paradise.” There it is again, "he believes". Ugh. Really? Wow, you know what I believe? I believe this is a blowhard who wants his 15 minutes in the limelight, but like most others like him, he can't hold up his end of the argument.

"Paradise and its oppositional locality — hades — precede heaven and hell and are the spiritual realms where believers reside until they are reunited with their bodies at the end of times, he said." Ooookaaaaay! Wow. Whatever. I really can't find words to express my awe of the stupidity of that statement.

" the end of the world, on judgement day, God would raise the bodies of the dead and the souls would be reunited with …supernatural bodies.

From there it goes on to say, "That in mind, the philosopher said that Burpo and others might have actually seen projections of the spirits — images that God was allowing. What we cannot say as Christians is that [Burpo] was literally seeing his grandfather in a physical sense, because his [deceased] grandfather doesn’t have his body,” he continued. “You don’t go to heaven when you die. That sounds jarring … you don’t go to heaven or hell until after the resurrection.”

Ok, let me get this straight. God is only "allowing" people to see their dead relatives as "projections", but they're not really there because God hasn't given them their "spiritual body" yet. OMG WTF does he think that "projection" is, if not their "spiritual body"? What a bunch of convoluted twisted nonsense. He needs to take a course in critical thinking, because he has none.

This next statement is really good! "...he’s hoping to advance a positive and sympathetic look at stories like Burpos to help people realize that some digging and clarifying needs to be done to bring the stories in compliance with Christian teaching." Wow, there's that dictatorial bullshit again, "in compliance"? Seriously?? Holy shit. I mean, really? Un-fucking-believable.

"The title of the book, for instance — “Heaven Is for Real” — Craig called a “contradiction,” as he clearly believes heaven hasn’t yet come to fruition." Again, he believes. HIS beliefs on the subject.

Here is another article, by Dr. Craig himself, on the subject. Much of what is in the article I read and am referencing here, comes from this article by Dr. Craig. I won't bother breaking it down. This one was more than enough to piss me off for one day, thank you.

I really have a hard time with those who are supposed to be spiritual leaders in their faith. But rather than guiding, they take the term "leader" to heart and begin to dictate that which others are supposed to believe.

Why can't they just teach the words, in context, and let those who read them learn from them as they interpret them? What you may take from a verse or phrase is different from what I or someone else will get from it.

You can't tell me how to see God. I have to see God in my own way. I have to come to meet with the Creator in my time and in my own manner. It may be through the wind in the trees as they talk to me. It may be that tingly feeling you get when you feel the Divine is near and thus you know God is listening.

I don't know about you, but I do not need someone else telling (yes, dictating to) me how to experience anything spiritual. My beliefs will determine what I see on the Otherside. Yours will determine what you see and experience.

Years ago, I saw a show on cable (long before there were all these hundreds of cable channels), a show about death, dying, and experiences of those who had come back to tell their stories. There was a Christian man who had experienced dreams his whole life of being a Jewish concentration camp victim who was killed in the gas chamber. He even dreamt of his dying and just-after-death moments. Upon his death he saw a blue light which transported him toward it. But even in his dream state he wondered by he saw a blue light. Wasn't it supposed to be a white light?

He decided to do some research regarding the man he saw himself to be in his dreams, and the Jewish faith's beliefs on the subject of dying and passing over. He spoke with a Rabbi, telling him of his experiences in these dreams, and the blue light. As a Christian he couldn't understand why the light was blue and not white. The Rabbi told him that in the Jewish faith, the light is indeed blue!

This then becomes apropos regarding Dr. Craig's statement "....they often involve a kind of filtering through a person’s own frame of thought." Exactly. Each person's "own frame of thought". As a Christian he would've seen a white light. But as the Jewish believer he was experiencing in his dream state, he saw a blue light. If he'd dreamt of a Viking, it's then fair to say that he would've seen the Valkyries and the Halls of Valhalla. Or if he'd dreamt of a Pagan he would've seen the Summerland.

Isn't it time to stop dictating how we should believe in the Divine, and only be glad that we do?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June's Full Lover's Moon Falls on Friday the 13th!

June's Full Lover's Moon Falls on Friday the 13th!

I don't know about you, but WOW! We will not see a Full Moon on Friday the 13th again, until 2049! For many of us, we won't be around to see it. As I would be 89, that makes the possibility of me not seeing it, a bit high. So I intend to do a Full Moon Ritual, for sure!

So what are June's Full Moon Correspondences? Find out below:

Aerra Litha, Brachmanoth, Honey Moon, Lovers’ Moon, Mead Moon, Moon of Horses, Moon of Making Fat, Rose Moon, Strawberry Moon, Strong Sun Moon
Aine of Knockaine, Bendis, Cerridwen, Green Man, Ishtar, Isis, Neith, Persephone
Nature Spirits:
Sylphs, Zephyrs
Dog Grass, Meadowsweet, Mosses, Mugwort, Parsley, Skullcap, Tansy, Vervain
Maple, Oak
Lavender, Orchid, yarrow
Lavender, Lily of the Valley
Agate, Alexandrite, Fluorite, Topaz
Gold, Golden-Green, Orange, Yellow
Butterfly, Frog, Monkey, Toad
Peacock, Wren
Balance, Change of residence, Communication, Decision making, Education, Family relations, Full but restful energy, Positive transformation, Prevention, Protection, Public relationships, Responsibility, Strengthen, Tides turning, Time of light, Travel, Writing

And the Full Moon Correspondences are:

Divinations, Fertility, Fulfillment, Illumination, Invocations, Power, Prophecy, Sexuality, Transformation
14 - 17 ½ days after New Moon

Friday the 13th for those in the mundane world, it is considered a "bad luck" day. For most Pagans it is a "good luck" day. Personally, I think it's all in how you view it, and it's always been a good day for me. :)

If you want to look at it from the Numerological point of view, then we have:

Friday = 6 + 9 + 9 + 4 + 1 + 7 = 36 = 3 + 6 = 9 : 
Positive Attributes: Achievement, Action, Completion, Concern for others, Conclusions, Creativity, Emotions, Fortune, Foundations, Fulfillment, Generosity, Giving, Humanitarian, Idealism, Independence, Inspiration, Lunar magick, Lunar wisdom, Love, Magnetism, Open, Optimistic, Release, Sacred magick, Spirituality, Trusting, Unity, Wisdom

Negative Attributes: Indecisive, Lack of planning, Self-sacrificing, Unfocused

13 = 1 + 3 = 4 : 
Positive Attributes: Building, Careful, Common sense, Concentration, Economical, Efficient, Formation, Fortune, Foundation, Hidden feelings, Limitations, Love, Loyalty, Manifestation, Opposition, Organization, Planning, Practical application, Practicality, Pragmatic, Results, Sexuality, Stability, Thorough, Unity

Negative Attributes: Blocked in, Impediments, Inhibited insight, Limitations, Makes lessons harder than they need to be

9 + 4 = 13! 

We could reduce the 13 down to the 4 again, but I would leave it as 13 only because it confirms how special the day is - especially for Pagans. Thirteen being one of our "power numbers", others of which include 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 21, as well as the Master Numbers (11, 22, 33, etc.). Some may or may not consider each of these as special or power numbers, but many do, myself being one of them.

So with all of this bit of information, you can now decide on which kind of ritual you would like to do for  tihs very auspicious event!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

JuJu Dolls for a Clients Protection and to Get Pregnant

JuJu Dolls for a Clients Protection and to Get Pregnant
A friend of mine that I recently re-connected with on Facebook, and what is so interesting is that I've been trying for years to find her and her family, but couldn't. And apparently they've been trying to find us as well! During our first conversation she mentioned that she and her husband had gone to a psychic who told them that he had a curse on him and that to remove it, and for them to get pregnant, she would cleanse the house and consecrate a Cross for them. For $2,800! WTF?? Scamming bitch.

They had already paid $800 and were due to finally (after months & months of saving) going to make the $2000 payment that Friday. We found each other on Wednesday...yeah, tell me that's not the Divine stepping in! I'll tell you you're full of shit too. ;)

She had finally married the man she was with and they're trying to get pregnant - been trying for 2 years now. She already has 3 boys, 20, 18, and 16, so she's been a bit hesitant and it has, of course affected her body's allowing her to get pregnant. I told her I'd love to help, with both the cleansing and the pregnancy.

They had to cleanse the house first, because apparently his ex-wife had cursed him years ago. My friend's youngest son is the one that found it hidden in the attic. He was about 11 or 12 at the time. Not knowing what it was, he picked it up and handled it. Luckily, it did no harm to him, but it has done harm to it's Intended Victim, which I've since removed.

She wanted to know how much I would charge them, but being my friend, I told her that while my fees are WAAAAAAAYYYYYY less than what that scammer was charging, and that I would do hers for nothing because 1) they'd already paid waaaaay too much, and 2) I would really love to help clear the way so they can have a baby. So I told her how to cleanse the house of the negative energies that may still be there and then purify it to bring in the positive energies (they're in TX, I'm in KS, so I couldn't do it personally, other than a ritual from here as well). And then I told her about the dolls I make, which she jumped at and requested a couple of the JuJu Dolls immediately. One for Home Protection & Blessings (to hang above the front door), and the other for Love & Fertility (to be hung above the bedroom door or above the bed).

So we did a couple of works and I made her Dolls specifically for those intents, as well as little poppets to place between the mattress, one for her and one for him (the curse on him really did a number psychologically and he's having a hard time getting over it). 

 This is the Love & Fertility Doll - she is filled will a number of love herbs and several for pregnancy & birth.
I had told her that the baby would be a girl, and when I was making this doll's 'hair', I made 5 strands of green and 2 strands of pink. There are 5 people in the family now, her, her husband, and her 3 boys. It will be interesting to see if she has 2 girls over time, or 2 twin girls, which was what I saw first. The twin girls was also what I'd told her years ago when I did a reading for her....should be interesting to see what happens!

This is the Protection & Blessings Doll - she also is filled with a number of appropriate herbs for her intent. For some reason she was a lot of fun to make. :)

So, if anyone is interested in having a special JuJu Doll made for what ever purpose you need, contact me!