Week 15 – Glossary of Terms

August 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm (Glossary of Terms)

Allegory – Use of symbols to convey a more complex, abstract information

Superstitions – Practices based upon fear of consequences which in reality do not come about. “Step on a crack, break your mother’s back.”

Devotee – Person who is particularly attached or devoted to a particular thing – spirit, temple, location, etc.

Tarot Cards – System of divination based upon a series of allegorical images on cards

Tea Leaves –  Interpreted the residue and placement of tea leaves at the bottom of the cup. Can also be done with coffee grounds.

Rune Stones – Based upon a series of stones inscribed with the letters of the ancient Germanic Futhark (Norse) alphabet. Magical symbols that are used to communicate ideas or messages. Refers specifically to a simple line symbol which are/were letters of the alphabet. Theban Runes (Witch’s Runes) is the witch’s alphabet.

Sigils – Magickal symbol representing a deity, spirit, or concept in picture form, abstract and easy to draw. Widely used in high magic. High magic is hermetic and comes from the Kaballah.

Intent – Do magick by consciously focusing energy that we intentionally set. Intent is the goal or purpose.

Sympathetic Magick – Use of items that have similar qualities that are used to magically affect one another. Growing plants are green; thus, green equals growth, and burning a green candle can be used for growth. Fire equals change and transformation; thus, burning a charm can represent change and transformation.

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Week 15 – Symbols & Divination

August 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm (Uncategorized)

Symbols
Use of an easily recognizable animal or object to represent a more abstract or elevated concept.

  • A serpent (symbol) used for a connection to the divine power (abstract concept). A feather may represent truth, purity, or element of air.
  • A chalice may represent the womb.
  • Casting of the circle and calling of the quarters represents the creation of the universe and the four elements of the universe.
  • The conjoining of the chalice and athame represents the joining of God/Goddess, spirit/matter, and life/death.
  • Plants, animals, and abstract motifs can be used to convey deeper meaning with the use of decorations.
  • An athame with a stag represents the wisdom of the elder god, while an athame with white oak leaves represents the young god.

Allegory uses story or symbolic action to convey many meanings. Simpler symbols used to make the abstract and complex more understandable. Permeates both the conscious and subconscious minds. Make an emotional connection to information, which might otherwise be hard to understand.

Omens are symbolic messages from Goddess or Spirit, which come in many forms or at any time. A black cat might seen as a warning to avoid excessive risks and to be careful. Superstitious view would be “unlucky.” Omens are not superstitions because they are messages from Goddess or Spirit. They are not rooted in fear. Since the spirit of the Goddess is in all things, all things can be omens or messages from her. Attend to what the omens mean to you. Different messages can be present depending on the individual who it’s intended for. As you get more in touch with your higher self, you will get more and more omens. Familiarize yourself with a wide variety of symbols, but know that you are not locked to one interpretation. You can ask for an omen in response to a question – divination.

Make a journal with a list of omens and what they mean to you.

Divination
A system of symbols used to converse with deity. When you ask for a symbol, that is divination. Give a pro and a con for the question that you’re asking. For example, ask for a penny heads up if you should do whatever your asking about, and make sure you have the converse (finding a penny on the ground in a tails-up position) as part of the request.
Different systems: tarot cards, tea leaves, and runes. As you become proficient in a system, deity will speak to you through that.

Using a Pendulum
Most pendulums need to be charged with your energy before using them. To do so, place the pendulum in your left hand for a few minutes so that it can collect some of your energy. Then, ground and center yourself. Place the pendulum in your dominant hand and dangle it by holding the top of the chain. Ask either your spirit guide or your animal totem to come into the pendulum. Call her/him by name if you know it. The reason for asking the spirit to come into the pendulum is because you want the spirit to be guiding the pendulum, not you having the influence over the movement of the pendulum. Once you feel that the spirit is in the pendulum (it’s probably more that the spirit is using it’s energy to influence the pendulum more than it is that the spirit is actually residing in the pendulum). Ask the spirit to show you what “yes” looks like. Thank the spirit. The pendulum might stop moving on its own, or you might have to stop it with your free hand. Thank the spirit. Always thank the spirit after each time. Then, ask the spirit to show you what “no” looks like. The pendulum should move in two distinctly different ways. Ask the spirit a “trick” question, in other words, ask a question that you know the answer to, and you should get the correct response. You should feel like you’re “out of the way” and the spirit should be the only thing influencing the pendulum. You might also need to take time to let the spirit influence the swing of the pendulum in ways that s/he is trying to do so. Be patient with the process, and don’t rush to interpret the answer. If you need to, ask the spirit a couple of times or more just so that you’re sure that you’re getting her/his answer and not your influence over the pendulum. When you ask the spirit questions that you don’t have an answer to, know also that the spirit may not want to give you an answer because a yes/no response may not be the best way to answer that questions, or the spirit feels that you need to experience that on your own. There is usually a good reason if the spirits are not giving you an answer. Lastly, know that it’s important to really get a good connection between your spirit guide and your pendulum, not just for accuracy, but also because other “trickster” spirits that are around might want to influence it and can do so if you don’t call with confidence your spirit guide to the pendulum.

Of course, there’s no one way to do this. Here’s another:

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Week 14

August 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm (Uncategorized)

Coming soon!

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Week 13 – Deity

August 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm (Uncategorized)

Invocation – Prayer addressing Deity, asking for help and Deity’s presence. Can be directed to Universal, Personal, or Patron Deity. Envision the Deity strongly in your third eye, even standing before you.

Universal Deity – Conceived as being everywhere in everything. Divine consciousness that gives life and energy to all that exists. Above and beyond all manifestations. Creator, sustainer, and essence of all things. Neither masculine or feminine in character, and is so far beyond our understanding that we can only imagine its full nature. Often refer to Universal Deity as Mother/Father God showing that all aspects are present. Christians call this God, but personify it as masculine. One force, one power in the universe. “All that is.” Without form of any kind. Any attempt to define or depict Universal Deity will limit our understandings.

Universal Deity is like a diamond that can be cut and seen as many new facets (personal deity)

Personal Deity – An aspect of Universal Deity with which we can make a personal connection.  Through the many individual aspects of personal deity, we can learn many aspects of Universal Deity that we wouldn’t be able to do abstractly. Interpreted through the mythology of personal deity. Translated by us so that we can understand them. All the myriad and mythology surrounding Deity.

Seven great powers are the seven archetypes of Deity.

Seven Archetypes of the Deity
Goddess – Maiden, Mother, Crone
God – Hero, Lover, King, Sorcerer

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Week 13 – Glossary of Terms

August 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm (Glossary of Terms)

Sacred Space – Space that is used for magickal work or worship. Purpose is to change the vibration of energy. Not the physical place that becomes sacred, but rather the special nature of energy raised by cleansing that creates the sacred space.

Negative Energy – “Negative” energy is energy that detracts from the work that you’re doing or the quality of energy. This is not the same as “evil.” This is unfocused energy. Undirected or polluted with various emotional charges that tend to hamper the free flow of consciously directed energy. Cleanse the area of negative energy for the area in which you’ll be practicing or in your home. Cleanse an area or home with white sage. Cleanse weekly.

Circle Dance – Ancient form of spiritual expression. Joining hands in a circle to raise and transfer energy. Christians called this “caroling.” An unbroken circuit to build energy.  The leader of the dance then throws their hands up to indicate that it’s time to focus the energy into the cone of power and release it.

Ceremonial Magick – Tradition followed by Pagans and Judeo-Christians derived from Hermeticism and Alchemical thought. Precise and dogmatic with a strong emphasis on specific words, actions, and tools. We do not follow this dogma or precision because we create our own practices. Deals with groups of creatures that the magician controls. Wizardry is a form of ceremonial magick.

Androgynous – Characteristics of both sexes. Spirit and matter represent both energies of male and female. Many deities are androgynous including Ishtar. The Goddess before breaking off a piece of her to make the God was androgynous.

Universal Deity – The One Power which encompasses all regional aspects (personal) of deity. The infinite power is Universal Deity.

Personal Deity – Individual aspects of deity portrayed in human terms.

Seven Great Powers – Seven basic archetypes that personal deities tend to correspond.

Pantheon – Grouping of deity associated with specific time or culture. Examples: Egyptian, Roman, Greek, etc.

Patron Deity – Particular goddess/god that one feels at home with. Oftentimes people have more than one, but one will often dominate.

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Happy Lughnasadh!

August 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm (Uncategorized)

Cross quarter day and Greater Sabbat.  Lammas is a contraction of “loaf” and “mass” honoring the first loaf of bread. The god sacrifices himself and dies willingly for his rebirth at Yule. His willingness to die makes his death sacred and makes an offering to life and rebirth. He is dying as a form of exchange of energies. This is not a sacrificial death because we are to be saved as is honored in Christianity. It is more appropriate to liken this to a harvest or an orgasm because there is a release of life continuing seed and receiving an immediate pleasure for his sacrifice. This is not a tragedy because of the cycle of life. We are taking his spirit into our selves when we take in the ritual bread. This is a sabbat of games, song, and fun. Lugh is the Celtic Sun God and established all of the games and songs in honor of his mother. The death of the God represents the cycle of life that sustains us. His death is symbolic of the all that dies and his reborn. He is reborn with the reseeding. He is why we are immortal through his cycles. The Goddess never dies, so it is the God who perpetuates the earthly cycles. His death is so that the cycles continue on the Earth.

Goddess participates in experiencing death by experiencing Lugh’s (Grain God) death.

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