Week 20 – Mabon

September 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm (Uncategorized)

 

Power of Three Times Three
Three = magickal
9 = unfolding into infinite, furthest extent of creation before returning to the creator

“By the power of three times three” means the highest power of magick

By the power of three times three
As I do will
So mote it be

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Week 19 – Stones, Crystals, Talisman, and Amulets

September 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm (Uncategorized)

Stones & Crystals
Have their own auras and energies which can affect your own aura. They can also assist in magic, spell casting. Each stone has its own characteristic energy fields. The best way to find the stone you need is to lay the stones out, and slow run your hand just over the stones, or will take one stone in your hand at a time and feel its energy (sensing the stone).

Talismans and Amulets
Magickal items used to bring about changes, carried on the person, on a chain, on a desk, etc. Used for stimulating creativity, prosperity, communication, psychic receptivity, strengthening magical ability, success to something specific, or overcoming specific problems.

Talisman – Natural object, such as a stone, used in its natural state or with minor augmentation. Found stones, four leaf clover (one of the oldest), found penny, gemstones. Stone carried in a pouch is a talisman.

Amulet – Specially created object just for one purpose. Something we make. Stone set as ring is an amulet. Can be made of anything. Egyptian onc drawn on a paper.

How it feels to the user is the most important aspect. Be empowered to create the amulets in the way that you want to.

Charging an Amulet or Talisman
Hold in your hands, visualize white light, focus on the purpose of the item, imbue the item with that energy.

Lay the item on the consecrated pentacle. Use your dominant hand, counterclockwise, three times, “I exorcise all negative energy.” Blow on your hand to cleanse it. Use the same hand, clockwise movement, say “I infuse this amulet with Universal energies for the purpose of ____.” Let it remain on the pentacle for a minimum of 24 hours at least, 7 days will allow for the power to grow 100 fold.

Crystalline stones (translucent only) will charge in the direct moonlight (phase doesn’t matter) for an hour. Do not put them in salt or the earth, even though there are books that say to do that. Regular stones will charge in the sunlight for an hour.

Diffusing the Power of the Amulet and Talisman
Diffuse of the power of the amulet or talisman when it is no longer needed. Burn it (for paper), crystalline stones can cleanse in sunlight in one hour, amulets in the form of jewelry need to be exposed to all four elements for 24 hours. Give the energy back to the earth so that another person is not being affected by that energy.

Cleansing metals is done by freezing it for 24 hours.

Metals
Gold is sacred to the sun especially in the form as lover or consort to the Goddess. Used for physical success, fame, and personal achievement.

Silver is sacred to the moon or the Goddess, especially in her Great Mother form. Used for clairvoyence, magickal workings, and psychic abilities.

Mercury is sacred to Mercury, God in his form as sorcerer. Connected to communication, speed, movement, but not used total because of its toxicity

Copper is sacred to Venus and connects to her form as Maiden. Connected to prosperity, fertility, and growth. It is also the metal most conducive to psychic energy, used in the construction of magickal tools.

Iron is sacred to Mars and God in his Hero form. Connected to strength, protection, and endurance.

Tin is sacred to Jupiter and God in his form as the King. Connected to expansion, joviality, and openness.

Lead is sacred to Saturn and Goddess in her form as Crone. Connected to grounding, shielding, and protection especially from outside influences.

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Week 19 – Glossary of Terms

September 23, 2010 at 2:29 pm (Glossary of Terms)

Vortex – Nexus point occurring naturally in the earth’s energy, or specially created through magickal means.

Stone’s Spirit – All things are a manifestation of the Goddess/Deity which has taken shape through seven planes of existence. Stone’s higher self is a clearer expression of its soul and of its ultimate expression of Spirit. Remember to connect to its higher self when connecting with stones.

Talisman – When a natural object is used in its natural state or with minor augmentation with the intention of producing a metaphysical effect for the user.

Amulet – Magickal charm made for a specific purpose, generally not in its natural form.

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Week 18 – Spellcasting with Plants, Animals, and Spirits, and Elemental Magick

September 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm (Uncategorized)

Spell Casting with Animals
Connect with the energy on the animal. No animal parts included now, but people were responsible for killing their own animals for food, and no part was wasted. Some parts were used in magick. Out of context, this might seem cruel. Animal sacrifice has no place for animal sacrifice.

In charms, you can consecrate charms with animal energies.

Burn a dove shaped candle to connect with Aphrodite and call in love.

Musk from deer.
Heart of a hawk means heart of wormwood.
Tongue of lion means “tongue” of turnip.
Semen of Hercules means arugula.
Doctor’s bone means sandstone.

Old spells were often written in code in order to encrypt and protect their meanings from those who are unknowing.

Spell Casting with Plants
Plants are dominant in spells and present in all varieties of spells.

Gardens can be used to create ongoing spells. Spells are kept alive by attending to the gardening and removing plants with conflicting energies.

Spell gardens are extremely powerful. They are symbiotic in that they provide energy for you and complementary animals. You care for them, they care for you.

Spiritual or magickal alignment with plants. Living plants are more powerful than harvested plants. Dried plants have magickal powers, but lack intelligence. Communicate with and nurture your plants. They become partners in magick or in healing. There is a lot of stress for plants right now. They need support.

Dry botanicals, oils
Rituals and spells are incorporated in their harvesting to maximize their powers. Removing live plants from the earth is done through rituals to ask permission from the earth, and spirits. You can either gain tremendous energy from the plants or offend the earth and spirits. It is not appropriate to take the plants out of the ground without addressing the plant’s presiding spirit. You must give a gift such as water, tobacco, honey, wine, or a burning of fragrant incense. Use your hand or a dedicated tool like a boline or a pair of pruning scissors.

Cleansing and Consecrating a Tool Ritual
Place the item on the paton (pentacle) on the altar.
3 times counterclockwise with power hand.
“I remove all negative energy from this item.”
3 times clockwise with power hand.
“I consecrate this item.”
Leave it on the pentacle for as long as you can to gather energy.

Casting Spells with Dry Botanicals
Dried plants and oil are the most popular items.
Drying plants is good especially for using them during times of the year when they are not available.
Roots are powerful, but indistinguishable once turned in powder.
Drying a plant:
Hang it upside down in a well ventilated area out of the sun.

Infusions:
One medium or power is encouraged to empower each other.
Tea is the most popular example.
Water based infusions (1 tsp of dried herb or 1.5 tsp of fresh herb for every cup of boiling water). Multiple herbs still mean that the total measurement of herbs doesn’t change (½ tsp each for two herbs).
Boil for 10-15 minutes with the herb.
Remove herb for floorwash, keep herb for magickal baths

Oil based infusions:
1 cup of oil with 1 oz of fresh herb or ½ oz of dried herb
Place herb in stainless steal bowl, cover with oil. Gently heat with a double boiler method. Stir and heat for 30 minutes. Keep covered.
Substitute with crock pot is okay.
Allow oil to cool.
Strain herbs through multiple layers of cheesecloth to prevent from turning rancid.
Add essential oils or flowers after oil is strained and cooled.
Store in airtight container.

Essential Oils
Most powerful. Come from steamed process. Never take internally without supervision. Essential oils are usually the last ingredient added because of their volatility. They are not appropriate during pregnancy. Usually diluted with carrier oils before using. Evaporate completely into the air. Do not grow rancid.

True (Fixed, Carrier, or Base) Oils
Have their own magick and power. Castor oil has protective, commanding properties. Sweet almond oil used for romantic and erotic spells. Mineral oil (baby oil) is a petroleum based oil used for hexes or malevolent spells. Do not evaporate and will become rancid. Extracted from the seeds or a fruit of a plant.
Fragrance Oils
Synthetics are substituted because of price to extract. No such thing as cherry or apple essential oil. No essential oil of rain. Fragrance oils are synthetic, and complete true complete magickal power.

Flower Essence Remedies
Morning dew was collected by witches and alchemists to collect the flower essences. They contain the perfect balance of the four elements. These are consumed, usually 4 drops per day as a dose. Topical administration is also effective.

BOTANICAL COMES IN MANY FORMS.
THEY ARE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE; NO SUBSTITUTIONS.

Elements in Magick
Elements in symbolism are the four elements and are all that exist physical and spiritual.
Defined during the Renaissance.

Earth
Closest to home. Does not necessarily represent just the earth. It represents the foundation, prosperity, and wealth. It is the foundation of all spells involving business, money, employment, prosperity in all its forms, stability, and fertility.

Ritual could be as simple as burying it in the virgin ground and drawing images in the earth.

Earth is a feminine element, moist, fruitful. Envision the earth as a great mother goddess such as Gaia.

Earth rules the northern point because it is a place of great darkness and winter.

Color is green.

Governs stones, trees, and knot magick.

Air
Intellect, first step towards creation. Air is clear, uncluttered, pure visualization which is a powerful tool for change. It is also movement which sends the energy out for manifestation.

Rules spells involving travel, instruction, freedom, attaining knowledge, discovering lost objects, uncovering lies, and can be used to develop the psychic faculties.

Usually include placing an object in the air, dropping it off a cliff, and generally being in contact with air.

Air is masculine, being dry, expansive, and active. It is the element that excels in places of learning and is at work when we theorize or think.

Air rules the east because this is the direction of the creates light, light of wisdom and consciousness.
Color is yellow, color of the sun and sky at dawn. It’s season is spring.

Air governs the magick of the four winds, most divinations, concentration, and visualization magick.

Fire
Element of change, will, and passion. It is contained in all forms of magick since it is a a form of change.

Fire magick can be frightening. The results are manifested quickly, is the most primal, and is used for these reasons.

Realm of sexuality and passion. Spark of divinity that shines within us and all living things. Most physical and spiritual of the elements. Magickal rituals involve authority, sex, healing, destruction of negative habits or disease, purification or evolution.

A ritual of fire usually involves the burning or smoldering of an image or object, or the use of candles for small fires.

Usually practiced near the hearth. Can be by a lit candle, as well.

Masculine.

Rules the South, place of great heat.

Color is red. Season is summer.

Water
Element of purification, subconscious mind, love and emotions. Water is the element of absorption and germination. Always moving like the seas that never rest. Water magick involves pleasure, friendship, marriage, fertility, happiness, healing, sleep, dreaming, psychic acts, and purification.

Ritual involves tossing an object into a body of water.

Water is feminine. Color is blue of the deep water. Rules the West and Autumn when rain showers wash the earth.

Magick of water is created with mirrors, the sea, fog, rain.

Air Magick
Four types based on the four types of winds (north, east, south, west). Refers to the direction from where it’s coming, not where it’s going.

North Wind
Wind of death or the elimination of negativity. North wind is cold, blowing from the direction of winter. Dry or barren, paving way for destruction. If you are depressed, angry, jealous, and the wind is blowing from the north, face the wind so that it can free you of these things. If you wish to banish anything, do it during the north wind. It is also the wind of the element earth and shares some of its qualities. Wind being dry, not favorable for fertility or prosperity magick. Spells involving healing can greatly aid with the north wind. The north wind is black and rules night.

East Wind
Freshness, renewed life, strength, power, and intellect. Warm bracing wind that blows from the point where the sun moon and stars make their appearance. Involved with beginnings, new phenomenon which arises from the north wind, heat from the sun, spark of creation. Spells concerning dramatic improvements, changes in behavior, involving the mind, and the air. Love spells focus on an intellectual love. Color is white and symbolically rules dawn.

South Wind
Hot and fiery. Symbolically rules noon when the sun is highest in the sky and the time of the greatest light and heat. Related to fire, its magick is the same. The south wind can be used for any type of magick when it’s blowing since it is hot and strong. Spells will have an extra jolt of power. Be warned, though. Even the fire of the south wind diluted can be potent and intense. Color is yellow of the sun at noon time.

West Wind
Blow cool and moist. Fertile loving force which is gentle and persuasive. Rules twilight when all is at a standstill, day an night merge into a magickal landscape. Sunset is an excellent time to perform magick. Water magick for love, healing, and fertility is excellent to perform with the West Wind, especially for cleansing and purely religious rituals. Color is the blue of the sky just before light fades.

Death Spells
Spells and rituals learned for the purpose of using them after death. Tibetan and Egyptian books of the dead for these purposes. Prepared for afterlife examinations.

Types of spells:
Prepare the dead so that they will not bother the dead. This includes funeral rites and rituals. Incorrect rites could produce ghosts, vampires, etc. Leaves the soul vulnerable to a sorcerer who could capture it, make it evil, or enslaved to the sorcerer.
Permit the living to avail themselves of the dead’s special powers with or without the dead’s permission.
If the dead’s soul cannot transition to the next life, then they hang around for a very long time.

Death spirits – attitude shared with the ancients. Two categories: spirits who serve to ease the transition from this life to the next and those who preside over the death process (cemeteries). Many spirit guardians of death’s doors remain unnamed because people are afraid that they will show up with we use their name. “Hades” means the unseen one. Pluton means wealth because he owns everything. They can be very welcomed and needed at the right moment. Using them in spells is done, such as Hella, Persephone, Cali, Shiva, and Osiris. Appeal to them to protect the souls of the dead and maintain control over them. Petition them for access to spirits of the dead.

Psychopomps – conductor of souls (Greek). Specific type of spirit entrusted with a specific function of leading souls to the land of the living and the dead. They sponsor and guide shamans who journey back and forth between the realms. They carry specific emblems like a key, a cutting implement, and/or a torch. Cluso carries scissors to cut ties to the living and a torch to lighten path to a new life. Angels like Gabriel, Azriel, and the Angel of Death all from the Jewish tradition. Anubus, Hathor, and Wepwawat all from the Eastern tradition. Norse has Valkyries and Fraia. Greek have Hecatate and Hermes. Animals can serve, too, such as dogs or jackals or wolf, butterflies, snakes, ravens, crows, hornbills, and frigates. Blessed if any of these animals shows up at a funeral service indicating that a escort has arrived.

Homework:
Write an attraction spell for prosperity (money, emotional, etc.).  Use rhyme and beats (iambic pentameter), up to ten or twelve lines with a minimum of four.

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Week 17 – Chakras, Magick & Spells

September 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm (Uncategorized)

Chakras (Plexi)
Energy centers connected by meridians. When several meridians intersect, they form a chakra. You may use any chakra, but use of the seven major chakras is most common. Circuits are the ways in which the energy flows.

Solar circuit is based in solar chakra and keeps the body’s basic functions going. Fueled by the inexhaustible energy of the soul. Runs automatically just like breathing. Don’t need to do anything to keep it running, but we can give it energy by through the heart chakra.

Lunar circuit is based in the root chakra, studied by the Hindu systems, and often called the Kundalini. It is not automatic. Can be engaged through study and training. Used to perform high level magick. Capable of incredible results. Can also be very dangerous and hard to handle, must use with great care. Must be deliberately started and stopped. Runs only for short periods of time.

Stellar circuit is primarily used to receive energy into the body especially for communication (channeled messages and clairvoyance), based in the crown chakra. Good for working with ancestors and spirit guides. It must be started and stopped, does not run automatically. Most often used for healing.

One of these three circuits will be used for healing, but it generally goes where it’s needed.

Aura is an energy envelope that surrounds the body, and can be several feet radiating away from the body. Beginners feel levels closest to the body. Can locate blockages in the chakra system through the aura. Fill the aura with light for healing. Color and quality of the light determines the nature of the healing. Used for shielding, strengthening, healing, cleansing, etc.

Magick and Spells
Active part of pagan beliefs. Cannot be magickal without being pagan knowingly or unknowingly. Magick is a manipulation of energy and ritual to bring about a desired result.

Three types of magick:
White Magick – Pure with goodness and light. Healing, prosperity, ridding oneself of bad habits, universal love, all good things.
Grey Magick – Magick of necessity which may involve the manipulation of another’s will or action. Bindings, banishings, love from an individual, healing against another’s wishes. Carry with them karmic fallout if you perform them; there is always a price to pay with a severity based on the action taken.
Black Magick – Magick that hurts another. Death spells, magick which takes something from another, and any spells that focus harm. High karmic payment. Also encompasses different types of High Magick which enlists the aids of Christian angels and demons for the will and desire of humans.

Kabala – From the original Jewish faith is High Magick developed by King Solomon. Alastair Crowley used this and used “Do as you will” as your only guide.

Magick must also be worded properly to attain your desired end. Written in rhyme and follow a specific pentameter. Must know what you want to say and say it in the proper order. There is a time for the spell to manifest, ingredients required, and order in which the spell is performed.

Example:
From the hour of 12, count 24
That’s how long the spell is for
From now until it’s now again
At which time the spell will end
(Provides a start and stop time for the spell)

These words will chase the clouds from me
So only blue is what I see
(Gives purpose and result)

Keep the spell as short as possible.
Witch’s Ladder – Specific knots tied with specific intentions

Goddesses and Gods called on for specific spells and attend to the culture and representation of them. Works the same as adding oils, herbs, or minerals to your spell. Calling in goddesses and gods is not necessary, though.

The power of the spell comes primarily for you and your emotions. The stronger you feel about something, the more powerful the spell will be. Anger can be used as an emotion to create banishing. Draw on a time when there was upheaval to include that energy if needed.

Visualization is a necessary tool. If you can’t see it, you can’t manifest it. Visualization meditation work is very helpful for this.

Belief in your magick is a must. Doubting your magick will kill the spell before it even leaves your lips.
Thought is a very powerful tool. If you think it won’t work, it won’t work. A prosperity spell can be as easy as lighting a green candle. You don’t need to say anything or invoke anyone.

Depending on your spells purpose, it can manifest in 24 hours or six months. You must word spells with a specific time frame. If it does not manifest itself in a period of time, then it may not be meant to be.

Spell Casting
When casting a spell, always write down the entire spell with the items needed to cast it. Then, review it and the reasons you’re casting the spell. Be thorough. Meditate on your intent long and hard. If you’re sure you want to cast it, then you should divine and answer from the goddess or god to determine if the spell should be done. When you are sure of the answer, then proceed. You can seek three definite yeses from divination (or two yeses and no no’s). Source of energy needs to be determined:
Personal
Ancestoral – from our ancestors, not necessarily blood related.
Elemental
Divine (Deity) – Always remember to be respectful, loving, and humble in your approach. Always leave an offer for energy and sustenance like water and cake.

“To know, to dare, to will, to keep silent”
To know – Know exactly what it is that you want to achieve and that you have the knowledge how to cast the spell.
To dare – Having considered all possible outcomes, you’re still willing to take the risks. Magick is not an exact science, so it cannot be fully controlled. It will always take the path of least resistance to achieve it’s goal.
To will – Go for it whole-heartedly and with no reservations.
To keep silent – Letting go. In bowling you have to release and let the ball go knowing that you have no control once it’s gone. You must let the spell go completely. If you hold on to it, you’re likely to talk about it which ties the spell to you and doesn’t allow for it to go into the astral level. This will disempower your spell, inviting someone to negate it or redirect it. Wait until after you feel that it either worked or didn’t work. This is the hardest thing to do. After doing the spell, do something else immediately so that it is out of your mind.

The average time span of the spell is the full cycle of the moon (28 days).

Cleaning up after the spell dispels sacred space, and clears things that are magickally charged. Water should be returned to the earth. Candles should be buried on your property if it is an attraction spell, and off your property for a banishing spell. Do not blow out a candle. Let them burn out all the way and no burying needed. Candles are used once per spell. God, goddess, and spirit candles are not used for spells.

Amulets or charm must be disempowered when they are not used any more. It could fall into the hands of someone else and change the meaning and intent of the magick. If it is paper, burn it. If it is solid, leave it exposed to the elements for a full lunar cycle placed where it will not be disturbed in contact with the earth, sun, wind, and rain can reclaim that energy. This can be done with a simple ceremony asking the elements to take back the energy.

Never give charged items away that have not been disempowered unless it is intended for that person.

Homework:
Explore seeing and feeling the auras on trees, animals and people.

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Week 17 – Glossary of Terms

September 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm (Glossary of Terms)

Channeling – Messages are information are imparted to a person via energy transfer from spirit guides, ancestors, or deity.

Energy Transfer – Transfer of energy from one person or thing to another. Energy can be transfered between any two things because energy makes up everything.

Plexus (Plexi) – Latin term used in Hindu for chakra.

Meridian – Pathways that energy follows as it flows between chakras.

Circuit – Pathways that energy travels in the body. Follows the circuit moving along the meridians between chakras.

Solar Circuit – Based in the solar chakra, energy system keeps the energy systems of the body going. Inexhaustible, automatic, and the energy of the soul.

Lunar Circuit – Based in the root chakra, used to perform high level magick, only developed through training and practice.

Stellar Circuit – Used to receive energy into the body, based in the crown chakra

Kundalini – Energy used in the lunar circuit.

Aura – Halo of energy which surrounds the body. Part of the soul’s energy.

Transmuting – Change from one state (raise the energy of vibration to a purer form) to another.

Wheel of Fate – Fate or Karma portrayed as wheel, rota fortuna, or Wheel of Fortune. Represents the eternal cycle of existence.

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Week 16 – God/Goddess Aspects, Wanding

September 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm (Uncategorized)

Aspects of the God
Animism is the earliest form of the beliefs in the spirits that inhabit natural objects and phenomenon, and the belief in the system of the an immaterial force animates the universe. Spirits exist in lightning, trees, rocks, and all natural phenomenon. The total of living things

Men tend to larger and stronger than women, so they have the role as the hunter, provider, and protector. The gods assume the same roles. Men who hunted presumably prayed to a male deity. This is evident in archeology and history. He was associated with the animals and men who died during the hunt. He became the lord of life and of death. The lord was associated with the role of death in the hunt and then in war and in warrior. 169,000-148,000 BCE humanity was born. 78000 BCE left Africa. Through 6000 BCE humans spread over the planet. We changed from a people who lived off nature to a people who negotiated with nature, and also from a people who would move to avoid conflict to a people who would defend land. This was the impetus for the creation of the gods of war. There were some goddesses of war, but the focus was on male deity. War was used for both the survival and defense of people. Robigalia, a holiday on Aprilis 25, honored the deity of rust, and people prayed for the rusting of weapons rather than the rusting of crops.

All natural things have a beginning, middle, and end. These are honored as master, father, and sage, as well as maiden, mother, and crone.

Master (son)
Lover (husband, father)
Sage (grandfather)

God as Master (Son)
Playful energy in everyone that we don’t forget, innocent that lashes out because of limitations of communication, that part that we tend to forget with age (must make a special effort to embrace). Youthful stage is suppressed in our society. Time of fire in love and anger. World tells us to listen to our emotions and be more sensible.
Hippomenes – Greek youth who used wit and intelligence to win at love. He fell in love with Atalanta. She said that she would never marry someone who wasn’t athletic. They had a foot race.
Kama – Hindu god of love, winged child with bow and arrow (similar to Cupid and Eros)
Laran – Truskin god of war, child in a helmet only.
Maponos – Celtic god of youth
Oengus MacOc – Irish god of love and youth, name means love and youth
Pan – Greek god, name means everything or all inclusive, son of Hermes, skilled at rock climbing and chasing nymphs
Dionysus
Faunus

Love and war were attached to the wilds of the untamed heart. The line between master and father is sometimes difficult to define.

God as Love (Father)
Monogamy is a practice of having a single sexual partner during a period of time. Deity that has been with many lovers or wives or been with partners of the same sex does not mean that they were not monogamous. Defined by the momentary state.

Love has three parts (all Latin):
Eros – Erotic carnal love, also the name of a Greek God (God of Sexual Desire)
Philia – Love of kith and kin
Agope – Divine love, love a devotee has for his/her deity

List of Gods with Same Sex Partners
Dionysus – Feminine wearing women’s clothes, Adonis and Hermaphodite as lovers
Hyacinthus – Loved by Apollo and Zephyrs, the flower Hyacinth is from the death of Hya
Orpheus – Greatest of Greek musicians, songs could move inanimate objects to dance, Eurydice as a lover, after Eurydice dies Orpheus goes to Hades to retrieve her. Without perfect trust, there can be no perfect love.
Pyramus – Babylonian, lover Thesbe, probably inspired Romeo and Juliet
Oengus – depicted with four birds flying over his head, which are his inspirational kiss and could fly off to potential lovers

Father Aspect
Our creator is Lady and Lord, Goddess and God. Father God and Mother Earth.
Examples of the union
Odin (Norse) and Alfdir – Sky God, father of all gods in Norse tradition, wife Jord, fathered Thor, wife Freed, more

God as Sage (Grandfather)
Akba-Atatdia – Native American, “He who has made everything”
Chronos – Grandfather of Time, existed before Zeus or any of the elder gods, Cronus, Kronus, Cronos are different gods
Elli – Beat Thor in a race.

Goddess as Maiden, Mother, and Crone
Lover
Mother
Grandmother
Goddess has specific names faces and characteristics that correlate with aspects of our lives. Balance between the Goddess and God is important to honor. Intimate and inescapable part of being human. When we see this dance, we will reconnect with the ancient power

Goddess as Maiden (daughter)
Youthful divine.

Karmentia – Roman goddess of childbirth with two sisters Antavorta (looking forward), Postvorta (looking back, wisdom)
Maiden appears in art just coming into her sexuality, clad in a white robe. Depicting purity, but not chastity. Lovely and alluring.

Artemis (Diana) is probably the most famous imagery with her bow, arrows and dog. Artemis images bear many breasts even though she is chaste. She was more than just maiden, as mother, or crone. Associated with Selene, goddess of the moon. Also an Olympian and virginal goddess. Main vocation was roaming forests with nymphs hunting for lions and stags. Helped in protecting the forest creatures well-being, safety and reproduction. Bow and arrows fashioned by Hephaestus and Cyclops. Born the day before Apollo, helping in his birth. Guardian of children and protectress of childbirth.

Kore (Persephone) – Kore means maiden, mother Demeter gifted mankind with farming and building a civilization. Kore loved picking flowers. Met some spirits who seemed to need someone to tend them. Followed them to the Underworld. Tricked her into eating pomegranate, the fruit of the dead. When she was underground, nothing grew giving us Winter, and upon her return gave us Spring. This is one of the negatives of maiden energy. Too much can result in naivete, unwittingly, and innocent. The woman in the maiden begins to stir at Spring.

Maiden energy focuses on herself and can help protect the well of self. Loves receiving and teaches us how to do that gracefully. Seeds of Genesis comes from this. Crescent moon is a sign of beginnings. Initiator of new things. Reclaim your sacred self. Dark side of the maiden is connected to feminine power lost to patriarchal dominance. Maiden can help young girls prepare for womanhood. Customs of magick were hidden for protection. Embrace our magick, celebrate our spirit. Seek her out when path has been long and challenging. Sacred symbols are flowers and animals specific to each goddess. Waxing crescent moon, dawn to noon, plants are meadowsweet, narcicil, lightweight clothing, being naked.

Goddess as Mother

Mystery of new life must have been awe inspiring for our ancestors. Fertility and drive to sustain humankind. Began calling the Earth mother because it sustains and nourishes. All life originates from her. Maternal lady who watches of children and elders, given birth to the universe itself.

Venus of Willendorf is a popular depiction (statue) from 25000 BCE with large breasts and hips, imagery as the mother.

Gaia – Nothing but darkness. Nyx was all that existed (bird with black wings). She laid a golden egg. Eros, God of Love, born from that egg. Egg’s remnants became earth, sky and called her Gaia. Their passion gave love to all humankind. Love is a creative force and important in the mother archetype.

Mother is represented by summer (sun is high in sky, life is teeming). Mother remains pregnant until winter soltice giving birth to the sun.

Sybele – oldest image on Smyna coins, mother earth and protectress of the city, represented by a simple black meteorite implying her raw energy, Romans called her Magma Mater Deun Idea “Great Mother of the Gods”. Magma refers to the womb of the earth. Spew bodily fluids of the mother.

Goddess as Crone
Aged are honored as being wise and a precious resource. Represents power and wisdom, but in a physical sense. Rely on adeptness, wisdom, and cunning. Have the infinite knowledge of the ages to draw upon. Sebaceous, witty. Ultimate form of recycling energy. Builds the bridge between now and not now, temporal and eternal.
Waning moon, darkness, death, wisdom, gentleness of age. Dependable, can teach us to open our psychic self, use money, energy and resources wisely. Also teaches us that all work and no play starves the spirit. All that you wish to do cannot be done when your well is dry.

Wanding
Application of knowledge, present for thousands of years. Catholic bishops carry a staff, pharaohs have a scepter. Symbols of other worldly power.
Put aside thoughts that you are not worthy. It is your birthright. The wand is a focal point, a visualization tool. Manifestation of spiritual energy. The wand for a spirit is a ringing telephone. Clear focused priority. Link to realms of light and power and truth. Starts with simple, unadorned wood, which symbolizes the choice we made when were still in spirit that it is in us.

From Fitchel.com

5 parts:
Bulbus – earth, named kell
Handle – water, named fondel
Shaft – fire, steck
Tip – air, lants, scratched bare to allow the free flow of energy in and out of the wand

Still common to introduce a human element (hair)

Needs to be consecrated and named. The listener (maker)
Harnessing creative power towards results you want in your own life. Calling forth energy and communicating more effectively with the spirit world. Distill and directs potency. Ceremonial process whereby lay claim to the spiritual and physical treasures of the universe. Must possess the confidence and authority through knowledge. Creates a symbiotic relationship through which the body nourishes the cell. The universe exists to give us things and supply without restriction. You may take what you want, no need to grovel. A single imperative claim is need at that moment. Abundance is your birthright. There is no right or wrong way to gather them.

Creating a Wanding Space

Altar is good. Must be private and quiet. A familiar consistent comfortable place is ideal.
Smudging indoors is a necessity. Wanding works in the NOW. State the requests in unambiguous terms. The universe does not read between the lines. There is no tomorrow or yesterday. All happens now and only now. Do not speak in negatives. Speak in present tense; avoid the word “will”
“My mother will not be ill.” – The universe does not hear the word “not” and the word “will” implies a nebulous future, or denotes a continuation. The universe will perpetuate the illness.
“My mother is healthy now.” – Emphasize the word “now.” I am wealthy now. I am working now.

Using a Wand
Basics:
Hold gently in the power hand between the pads of your fingers
Fill your heart with acceptance and love
Call forth the spirit into the wood using the name. Call the spirit in each wood.
Merlin into the world
Merlin into the wood
Merlin into the wand
Use it for drawing symbols while saying clearly and with conviction your need. Symbols are needed to give the action.
Say the phrase three times while drawing the symbol.
“I thank thee for wandering a piece with me.”
Always cleanse first, don’t need to cast a circle, though. No cleansing outdoors because Mother Earth does that herself.

Creating a Wand
3 sections of wood taken from three different trees (mind, body, spirit or maiden, mother, crone, etc.) Creation requires one month to complete. Begin construction and end at the full moon. Consecrated, named, and smudged. The wanding welcome ceremony. Reunion with the spirit of the wood. Ceremony needs to take place outdoors in the light of the moon or with candles if the moon is not out. Signifies the agreement you made in the pre-life. Spirit of the wand is someone dear to you and will assist you in the good works you do in the mortality. The naming comes from meditation. The sounds will come to you in meditation. Write down the name. Ask your spirits if that is the name.

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