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The Road to Runes

December, 2018

The Road to Runes: The Right Headspace

 

 

Reading runes is a form of divination. All forms of divination require an open mind ready to receive messages and interpret symbols. A stressed and worried mindset will lead to false interpretations, or prevent messages coming through at all. Even the strongest connection between diviner and tools can be blocked by a worried mind or troubled soul.

Of course, we often look for answers from the runes because we are troubled and worried. So how can we stop these worries affecting our divination?

Relax

As an anxious person, believe me, I know this is easier said than done. Relaxation becomes even trickier when you have lots of questions on your mind. However there are several techniques you can use to relax your body, which will normally also help relax your mind.

Listening to music is an old standard for me. Very familiar songs allow me to blank out everything else in my mind, and I often find that belting out a good tune can release a lot of pent-up tension. Classical music can also be very relaxing, but if you’re someone who finds classical music boring, don’t go down this route! Spend some time figuring out which music relaxes you. Are you more relaxed after shouting along to something upbeat? Or by closing your eyes and letting some panpipes wash over you? Services like Spotify are great as they allow you to search for relaxation music and sounds, if you can’t think of anything from your own collection.

The pendulum method, or progressive muscular relaxation (PMR) is also a method I use to help me relax. It also works for sleeplessness. It consists of deliberately tensing groups of muscles, then allowing them to relax. The idea is that for the pendulum to swing the most one way, you first have to pull it all the way in the other direction. So muscles will relax better, or feel more relaxed, after being tense. You may start with your hands, work up to the shoulders, then down to the feet, all the way back up the body leaving neck and face until last. I tend to start with the feet and really take my time. I will talk to myself mentally as I do this: “I’m tensing my toes; I’m relaxing my toes. I’m tensing my feet; I’m relaxing my feet,” and so forth. The combination of muscular relaxation with focusing on the task will leave body and mind loose and ready for anything.

Meditate

Rune meditation is a specific type of meditation designed for understanding the runes better. However, any form of meditation before divination can help make the mind more receptive to messages and more skilled at interpretation. Meditation helps move our mind onto a different level of operating, and allows us to let go of thoughts and feelings which may be bothering us unduly.

Breathing is the key to meditation. A very skilled meditation master advised me that breath is the only tool we ever need. Philosophical, but also accurate. Find yourself a comfortable position. There’s no rule that says you have to sit cross legged, or sit at all. Laying down is perfectly acceptable, although there is the risk of falling asleep! I have joint issues which means it’s very painful for me to sit cross-legged, so I normally sit on a chair or on my sofa, supported by cushions in order to have a straight back whilst remaining relaxed. Once you are comfortable, start to focus on your breath. Breathe naturally, but make a note of it flowing in and out of your body. Notice the breath coming in, then feel it leaving you. In, then out. Imagine yourself breathing in fresh, cooling air, and imagine any stress or tension leaving you with every out breath. Inhale refreshment, exhale stress and worry. Inhale light, expel confusion. Inhale relaxation, exhale aggravation.

If you struggle to breathe normally whilst focusing on your breath, try counting as you breathe. Breathe in through your nose for a slow count of four, then breathe out for a slow count of five. There are lots of different breathing techniques to allow you to enter a meditative state. Once you find your mind starting to relax, you can start to let go of troublesome thoughts. Notice them appear, then just let them drift away. Don’t try to quiet your mind; this is impossible and can make you feel more stressed when you fail. Let the thoughts rumble through your mind but treat them as though you are watching traffic, or the birds flying by. You don’t need to be involved with them right now. Observe them, then let them pass. Stay in this state for as long as is comfortable or until you feel relaxed and comfortable. Always come back to yourself slowly, and gently. Drink some water. Thank yourself for the gift of relaxation. Now you are ready to read your runes.

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About the Author:

Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors and Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

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Finding Your Own Way

November, 2018

Chapter 7

Meditating With A Spirit Drum

One of the easiest and most effective ways to meditate is by using a ‘spirit’ drum.

Having been a part of many workshops and drumming circles, I can personally attest to the simplicity and effectiveness of using ‘spirit’ drums for healing and journeying.

If you have a few interested friends and somewhere to go to practice, – you will find that it is an amazing and uplifting experience.

Should you wish to form a circle, you will find that spirit drums vary greatly in price.

A lot of people use ‘bodhrans’ instead, as they are cheaper and can be bought from most music shops. They are hand drums used in traditional Irish and Celtic music.

If you look online, there are many useful videos to get you started. Compact discs are also widely available with shamanistic drumming and Spirit music. I would recommend Native American drumming tracks, but that is just a matter of personal taste, – there are drumming tracks available from many cultures.

If you decide to drum in a group, the biggest obstacle to success will be your own self-consciousness. Having just a small group of two or three close friends will help.

The rewards of overcoming your initial feelings of reserve are well worth the effort.

In a drumming circle, the energy of the drums take over, and the rhythm takes on a collective life of its own.

It is always a good idea to set out your intentions before drumming. Whether you wish to feel uplifted, journey, or send healing to someone, – make your intentions clear before beginning the drumming session. Imagine yourself working within a golden circle of love and protection.

Upload a few tracks online until you find a beat that appeals to you and practice it quietly in private until you feel confident with it. There is no great art or skill required. The most powerful beat is a simple steady rhythm of single beats on the drum. This is called a shamanistic beat.

Spirit Drum Meditation

To begin, choose a quiet area where you will be undisturbed.

Take several deep breaths and tell yourself to relax.

Take a little time to read the poem below and to absorb the images from the artwork

You may play a drumming track quietly in the background if you wish, but it is not essential.

Imagine a golden sphere of protection around you as you work.

Begin with the third eye meditation.

As you breathe out through your third eye, visualise a shining path ahead of you.

Allow yourself to be drawn onto this path.

You can see a fire ahead of you, in the distance, and you walk slowly towards it.

If you see any creatures nearby, take note, as they may be important to you later on in your journeys.

You will see a group of figures around the fire. Some may be drumming. Some may be dancing. How they appear to you will depend on what it is you need to learn on your path.

Spend some time by the fire and take note of whatever you experience there.

Stay near the fire until you are ready to return.

Turn back and walk down the path and you will find yourself back where you started the meditation. Breathe slowly and easily and open your eyes when you are ready.

If you feel uncomfortable at any stage of the exercise, simply open your eyes and you will return to your room, safe within the circle of light.

Finish the meditation by thanking your subconscious mind for its cooperation. Also, thank any Deities and helpers. Then draw the golden circle back to you and close the session.

What you experience and where you go on this journey will vary greatly according to your personal needs. It is always helpful to spend a few moments in setting the boundaries for your journey before you begin. What is it that you wish to achieve? What type of journey are you expecting? Is there some challenge or personal goal that you wish to focus on?

This meditation is particularly powerful when done in a drumming circle.

Be sure to have a drink and a snack before travelling home or handling any machinery.

Write down anything you saw, heard or felt. Especially, note any creatures that you encountered.

Drumbeats

The drums are beating softly in the distance,

Like a peaceful heart. they draw me to them,

leaving life’s conundrums far behind.

Like poetry, with inspirations, much too large for words,

The rhythm opens up my soul and fills my mind.

As I sit and write, the rhythm of the drums still beats within my heart.

In the forest of my mind, I see the shamans dance and whirl.

Orange flames that go so high, they almost reach the moonlit sky.

Somewhere in the Once, or in the Now, they beat their drums for me.

And now the healing magic of their chants is reaching out to me.

Wolves with emerald eyes are in the shadows.

I can hear the eagles piercing cry.

Brother Bear is everywhere, and I can also see.

All the spirits of the native forest watching over me.

Lending me their powers, so I can live the life I never thought could be.

There is poetry in every beat, and magic in the rhythm of the drums.

Through the cadence of his chants, I find the link, the shaman comes.

Healing for the body, for the spirit and the mind,

As I leave this world of consternation far behind,

and find again, the wisdom and the beauty that was meant for all mankind.

This is another meditation for the spirit drum which came to me a few years ago.

It is almost impossible to meditate without finding a great connectedness with the wider universe and the earth around us. This poem is a warning about the way we are treating the earth.

We are all interdependent, – if a single species dies, then we are all so much poorer and so is the legacy that we leave to our children. If the earth dies, – then we die with her.

Whether we have one life or many, we have a duty of care for the planet and those around us.

As we develop through meditation we will feel this much more keenly.

Reaching out to the world and the people, plants and animals around us will bring us much joy.

However, our increased sensitivity brings with it a need to learn to protect ourselves, and a tendency to avoid certain people and situations. Unexpected changes will begin to happen in our lives, as we move into areas of activity that were once difficult to even imagine.

Be prepared too, for resistance from family and friends as you move away from old habits and develop new areas of activity. Much of it will be in a misguided spirit of over-protection, so be patient in your dealings with those who fear the changes in your life will begin to balance out as you forge a new agreement with your subconscious mind. You will be forging a new path in life which is based on your own needs and not the expectations of others.

A Warriors Tears

What will we make of the world when the last rose has died?

When all alone we stand upon the naked earth where once the weeping willow cried.

Where once the sparrow chirped upon the leafy bough,

And now, across the barren wastes, the wind blows soft and low

And when our world has gone,

Where will we go?

Where vast majestic rivers flowed, now runs a ragged little stream.

No fish still swim within its dark and murky flow.

No dragonflies above the bare, baked clay that guides its weary way.

No butterflies delight our eyes with a colourful display.

And when our world has gone,

Where will we go?

Take the seeds of mother earth and scatter them wherever you may go.

We can plant ten trees for every tree that dies.

Cut the fences, chop the posts and let the buffalo run free.

Take the earth back from the greedy; let us share it as we did in days of old.

For when our Mother dies,

Where will we go?

I channeled this in a couple of minutes. The first two verses came in an instant. I added the last verse after a moment’s reflection as a reminder that there is always hope.

For those who drum, it chants well to a basic shamanistic beat or, “drums across the water” (such as you might hear in an old cowboy movie)

My wife, Tina, told me to sing it, and I grabbed my drum.

To my amazement, it just flowed through me. It was a very powerful experience.

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About the Author:

Patrick W Kavanagh, Featuring the inspirational art of Bill Oliver

Writer, poet, Patrick W Kavanagh was born in Dublin and now lives and works in Lincolnshire in a small rural town. Patrick became fascinated by the strange abilities of the human mind from watching his mother give psychic readings using tea-leaves and playing cards. With a lifelong interest in metaphysics and parapsychology, he has given tarot and spirit readings for over 40 years. He travels to many events with his wife Tina, exploring the power of shamanic drumming to heal, and induce therapeutic trance states. They also hold a regular drumming circle in the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds.

By Patrick W Kavanagh available at most retailers:

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Seeing the Signs

November, 2018

Madame Pamita: Her Book, Websites, Music, and Vast Storehouse of Tarot Wisdom

I received a copy of Madame Pamita’s Magical Tarot: Using the Cards to Make Your Dreams Come True this past Ostara, and in the past eight months, this wonderful book has become one of my favorite tarot books. Published by Weiser , earlier this year, it’s a powerhouse of information and magic. I wanted to write a review of this fabulous book months ago but personal events in my own life got in the way. However, this only gave me more time to become acquainted with Madame Pamita via her website and monthly emails. I was really sad that I wasn’t able to get down to New York City to meet her in person earlier this month – I would have asked her to autograph my copy of her book! – but maybe sometime in the next year, she’ll be somewhere in my vicinity. She seems to travel quite a bit!

 

As soon as you open the book, there are two pages of recommendations for Madame Pamita’s Magical Tarot – and from some of my favorite Tarot scholars, like Rachel Pollack and Mary K. Greer. As far as I’m concerned, that’s like getting the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” as they used to say back in the day. Just reading what these eminent Tarot authorities have to say about Madame Pamita and her “complete manual”, as Elhoim Leafar puts it, is an affirmation of the book’s positive value.

In the very first chapter, Madame Pamita talks about the Law of Attraction – how “like attracts like” and that “our thoughts and beliefs will attract the thing we focus on.” (Palmita, 1) She quite logically reasons that when we are focused on loss, afraid of the future, and other depressing outcomes, then that is what we are going to be attracting to our lives. Therefore, we need magic – the “ritual that focuses your attention on the things that you want to influence.” (Pamita, 1). She refers to the Tarot as a “map that shows you what steps to take, what to avoid, and what changes are necessary to manifest all those good things you want.” (Pamita, 1). By laying out the cards, you can see where you need to go – quite literally, or should I say visually – in Madame Pamita’s words, the Tarot shows the questioner:

…where they should be positively focusing their intention, what action they should take to support this aim, and even what ritual

would be most helpful for supporting their objective. Tarot is the key to making your wish come true. (Pamita, 2)

She presents the simplest of all Tarot spreads, the Three-Card Reading. Card One is the Past – Card Two is the Present – Card Three is the Future. Acknowledging that “we can go to amazing depths in a reading” by starting with the questing and then adding “the meaning of each of the cards that we turn up” and then adding “another layer of meaning with the position of the cards in the layout” and the final layer of meaning – “listening to what our own intuition has to say in the matter.” (Palmita, 3). She doesn’t say what to do when the cards don’t seem to make any sense at all but she does admit that learning all this may be “intimidating” but that this is going to be an “exciting adventure” and a “wonderful journey”. (Palmita, 4).

Before she gets into the nuts and bolts of reading the Tarot, card by card, Madame Pamita discusses the history of the Tarot, divination and the occult. It’s a very short chapter – only two pages long. It ends with her recommendation of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck as the best deck for beginners. I have to say that I do agree with her on that assessment. While it may not have been the original Tarot deck ever used, it has become the “basic text” for the Tarot and the one most identifiable. It’s the deck that is used in the illustrations of Madame Pamita’s book.

In the chapter titled, “Your Mystic Training Begins”, Madame Pamita once again refers to learning the Tarot as a “journey” (Pamita, 7). She says that the “key” is spending time with them – as the saying goes, “practice, practice, practice!” She also stresses “the beauty in being that beginner” (Pamita, 7). She writes:

There is joy in the journey toward gaining knowledge. I look at it as an amazing exploration.

I know that going down the road is going to bring me such profound experiences and that

eventually, if I take the time to really learn and absorb and apply myself, I can get to the

place where I become master of that skill. (Pamita, 7)

The next few pages are dedicated to starting a Tarot journal and how you should keep it. She recommends picking a card a day and spending time with it and writing about it – every aspect of it – from the people in the card to the symbols depicted to the colors used. She says to step “into the scene in the card” and imagine what would happen or “put yourself into the role of one of the characters in the card” and then write about your feelings. She also says to pay attention to the “energy” of the card. She says you should pull a card every morning, meditate upon it, write about it, and then review what you wrote in the evening. (Pamita, 8-9) Quite honestly, if you do this, not only will you learn important lessons about the Tarot, but you will also learn important lessons about yourself. Years later, you can open your Tarot journal and read your progress as a Tarot adapt as well as an enlightened human being.

The next chapter is another two-page shorty that is nonetheless packed with power. Entitled “Magic Words”, it covers affirmations, “one of the most powerful spiritual disciplines that you can incorporate into your life” (Pamita, 11). As Madame Pamita insists,

Affirmations are positive power words that we can say to ourselves to rewire our brains,

making us magical receptors for good things…Words create magic. Magic is the act

of shifting reality through our will. Therefore, magic spells are words that create our

reality. (Pamita, 11).

Two paragraphs down, she again insists, “Your thoughts create your beliefs and your beliefs are infinitely powerful.” (Pamita, 11).

She includes affirmations with each description of every Tarot card – she calls them “Magic Words”. Like the diary journal, Madame Pamita outlines how to use these “Magic Words” and Tarot affirmations on a daily basis. I like the idea of taking a photo of the card of the day with your phone and making it your phone’s background so you have it with you all day long. I also like the suggestion of recording the day’s affirmation as an alarm on your phone so that you hear it at various times during the day. The thing with affirmations and rewiring the negative thoughts in your brain is that you really do have to repeat the chosen affirmation over and over again or else it doesn’t work. I find Madame Pamita’s instructions to be founded in logic and common sense.

The next chapter – which is the last chapter before she delves into the mystery of the Minor Arcana – is about “Making Magic with the Tarot”. Again, Madame Pamita has one good suggestion after another! I have often used various Tarot cards on my altar or in meditation but I have never put a Tarot card in my shoe! (Pamita, 13). That’s a new one on me! I am not at all sure that would even be comfortable. I think placing the card of the day in the pocket of my coat or in the front pocket of my hoodie might be a better idea.

Before she gets into the Minor Arcana per se, she covers Roman Numerals. She even provides a chart so that the beginner knows how to read the letters as numbers. I guess I’m showing my age – I remember learning Roman Numerals in second or third grade – back in the 1960’s. We even had to do sums using Roman Numerals! However, I do realize that this is something that is no longer taught in school – perhaps hasn’t been taught since my own childhood. I know my own son – who is now twenty-five years old – was never taught Roman Numerals in school – I taught him myself. This chart is a handy guide to those of us who may not have been taught this simple way of reckoning numbers or may have perhaps forgotten it.

For what it’s worth, in some Roman Numeral systems, 4 is written as IIII and not as IV, and 9 is written as VIIII, and not as IX, and 14 as XIIII, and so on. But generally, her chart is correct.

The first suit she covers is the suit of Swords – “The Airy-Fairy Swords”, she calls them. (Pamita, 20). She tells us to “think about the qualities of air” whenever one of these cards show up in a reading. Air is the lightest of all the elements. Winds “whip around quickly” and an opened window “to let in a breeze can freshen up a room.” (Pamita, 20). She also points out that,

Air is breath and the word “inspiration” literally means to breath in. The element of air and the

suit of Swords represent all these qualities. How did Swords end up representing air? Well, you

can imagine the sword waving cleanly and precisely through the air as it’s being wielded by a

skilled fencer. It’s sharp; it’s fast; it’s defined. (Pamita, 20).

Madame Pamita writes that in the world of magic and making your dreams come true, thoughts are the beginning. “Everything that has ever been created was first a thought.” (Pamita, 20). So it makes sense to start the Minor Arcana with the suit of thinking and the intellect. But as she reminds us, the suit of Swords not only represents our thoughts and what happens in our brains but all forms of communication – verbal, written and electronic. The suit of Swords is an important suit when we are doing spell work or considering any kind of magic.

After she covers the Swords, Madame Pamita moves onto the “Fun and Fiery Wands”. She writes, “While the Swords are meant to define and cut with the precision of clear thought and ideas, the Wands are the realm of action, passion and will.” Therefore, the Swords are the first step of manifesting magic and the Wands are the second step. She directs us to think about “the essence of fire: it can be the warmth of a fireside, the light shed by a candle, or the raging destruction of a forest fire.” (Pamita, 50). She says that mastering the control of fire was an “evolutionary shift” for humans and that mastering the suit of Wands will be a similar spiritual shift for the Tarot initiate.

The third step is the Cups – what Madame Pamita terms “The Watery Depths of the Cups” (Pamita, 80). She writes that after the inspiration of the Swords and the passion of the Wands, the Cups is where we put our “heart and soul” into our magic. She writes,

It’s easy to see where Cups correspond to the element of water. Water itself flows to fill in

whatever space surrounds it, so that the Cups is what holds water together. Water represents

those parts of us that seem to some from that inner vessel: spirituality, intuition, and psychic

awareness. The Cup is the center of the heart. (Pamita, 80).

Madame Pamita also points out the differences between the suits of Wands and Cups. They can say the same thing but in different ways – for instance, happiness for a Wands is jumping for joy and shouting aloud while with Cups, it’s a secret smile and a romantic sigh. Wands are sexual passion whereas Cups are romantic love. It’s good to know the difference between the two – in the Tarot and in life.

After the Cups, we come to “The Grounded Earthiness of the Pentacles”, which according to Madame Pamita, represents “the end result” of the cycle of magical manifestation. (Pamita, 109). Although Pentacles are earth, they are also,

…gold discs, reminiscent of gold coins, which can often refer to issues regarding money, financial

stability, jobs, or other means of income. They also have another meaning. That five-pointed star

represents the human body with a head and arms and legs outstretched. So, Pentacles also represent

physical issues of the body and its health. However, that star is also something even more magical.

Beyond being just a physical body, we are made up of stardust. (Pamita, 109).

Another thing she wants us to remember is that Pentacles are “slow-moving and long-lasting”. Unlike the suits of Swords and Wands, which have the quality of quickness about them, Pentacles make a person think of “might and strength” and “roots” and “protectiveness” – all qualities of stability and longevity. (Pamita, 110).

She splits the Court Cards from the rest of the Suits, addressing each of the four members of each Suit as a “family” and giving their characteristics as those belonging to that particular family – for instance, the Swords family “are the intellectuals, thinkers, and communicators” (Pamita, 142) while the Cups family are “the dreamers, the psychics, the creators of the imaginative and introspective art, and the spiritually connected, metaphysical ones” (Pamita, 164) and so on. She suggests taking the court cards out of the deck and “playing” with them to get to know them better. Some of the ideas she has are: choosing a card that you most closely identify with; choosing cards that show the different roles that you play in your life; choosing cards to represent people close to you; choosing a card that “embody the qualities of something going on in your life”, such as your work situation, your love life or your health. (Pamita, 188). It is all too easy to look at a court card and think that it represents an actual person in our life, when it would just as easily represent a situation or an emotion. Working with the cards in the way that Madame Pamita suggests will help break the urge to look at the images on the cards in a literal fashion and be able to truly read them as fully as possible.

After fully examining the Minor Arcana, Madame Pamita moves onto the Major Arcana – “the big leagues” – she calls them. She says that they are sometimes called “trumps” from when the Tarot was a card game – the original name of the cards were actually “Triumphs”. (Pamita, 189). The images on these cards are “allegorical archetypes meant to teach us how to navigate life in the best way possible.” (Pamita, 189). About the Major Arcana, she writes,

The Major Arcana starts at zero and ends at twenty-one. While the Minor Arcana pips represent

circumstances in our life that are more mundane, and the court cards represent people or personalities,

the twenty-two Majors represent big, powerful, and even more esoteric themes. When they show up

in a reading, you can expect them to have a stronger influence and impact on the situation. They may

be the underlying energy that permeates the cards that surround them or offers an irresistible pull in

a certain direction. (Pamita, 189).

Then she examines each card.

I did not write about her examination of each of the Minor Arcana cards or the Court Cards, because she uses the same format as her exploration of the Major Arcana cards. It seemed superfluous to talk about the specifics of her approach to learning each card, when it was the same for every card. So this is why I waited until this point to discuss how she talks about the cards. I have to say that I love her approach! It’s consistent with her theme of the Tarot being a “journey” and a “roadmap” to “adventure”. Indeed, she titles each card as “Your Adventure with …” whatever card it is. If you’re picking a card to work with on a daily basis, thinking about the card as an “adventure” is a heady way to deal with the concepts embedded within the card! And while some cards might be more adventurous than others, each and every card in each and every Tarot deck is an adventure of its own. All you have to do is pick a card and begin!

She describes each card thoroughly. She writes about each card as if we are sitting in the scene of the card, whether we are in the fertile sundrenched field of the Empress or sitting in the busy workshop of the industrious VII of Pentacles or hanging out with the bored youth under the tree in the IV of Cups. Reading her descriptions of each card puts you firmly in that card. No matter what the card is, she presents it as an adventure and a lesson. Every word is a gem. I can’t stress this enough. I am on my third close reading of this book – as opposed to opening it up for regular use – and the more I study Madame Pamita’s use of language, the more I admire her. It’s not just her depictions of the cards – it’s her lush, poetic voice that I love.

After the description of the card, Madame Pamita includes four short sections which I think are most helpful for the beginner but also for anyone who is interested in the finer points of the Rider-Waite-Smith system of divination. The first section is called “The Keys to the Treasure Chest – Key Symbols”, where she lists every symbol of the card she is describing. The second section is called “The Wizard’s Words of Wisdom”, which is her take on what the card means in a reading. The third one is journal questions, which she calls, “Behind the Mysterious Door”. And the fourth and last one is “Magic Words” – Affirmations for that particular card. I scanned the page for the X of Pentacles to give an example of this. The card shown is out of my own collection.

The last chapter in the book is called “Where Do I Take My Adventure From Here?” Madame Pamita exclaims, “You did it! You have had seventy-eight adventures – one with each other of the tarot cards…Where do you go from here?” (Pamita, 251)

I find it interesting that she does not include any spreads in her book. In fact, she advocates using a One-Card reading when you first start reading for your friends and family and then, when “you’ve mastered one card readings, you can move on to larger, more complex spreads, such as past/present/future three cards readings or even a ten card Celtic Cross reading.” (Pamita, 251). How refreshing! Most tarot books present the Celtic Cross as the default spread – it’s like trying to learn a Chopin Mazurka on the piano without ever learning your scales or proper finger training. She writes that it’s most important just to “enjoy spending time” with the cards. Again, I cannot agree more! If you are not taking the cards out on a daily basis and shuffling them and laying them out, then you are never going to learn their language.

I have to say that I can not recommend Madame Pamita’s Magical Tarot: Using the Cards to Make Your Dreams Come True more highly. Whether you are a beginner with Tarot cards or have been studying them for over thirty years like I have, this book is a GEM.

So who is Madame Pamita? This is Madame Pamita! This is a picture from one of her emails.

She is from Los Angeles, and has a spiritualist’s shop there. I went to Google and found her website. Click here to find out more: https://madamepamita.com/ There’s a lot there, so plan to spend some time! I was pleasantly surprised to find out that she is a musician as well as a spiritualist! If you click on the “ian” side of the website, it’ll take you to some really cool links – her music, her photos, press releases – she is really doing some very cool work! Listen to “Madame Pamita’s Theme Song” – it sounds like something out another time – like a voice from one hundred years ago. I could barely hear it – I think that’s by design – but still, her voice spoke to me in a most appealing way. I’m telling you all, if she comes anywhere in my vicinity, I am definitely checking out her show – whether it’s spiritual or music – because everything I have read or heard about Madame Pamita is totally and completely intriguing. I mean – I would stay up past my bedtime to see her. For an old woman like me, that’s really saying something!

I also joined her mailing list. She sends out monthly emails with information on where she is appearing that month, information on how you can study with her online, a spell for that month, and where to follow her on social media – yes, she in on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter, if you wish to friend or follow her! Isn’t the modern world fabulous? So many ways to connect!

Anyway – between her book, her presence on social media and the world-wide-web, and her live appearances across the United States, Madame Pamita is moving beyond her LA occult shop – and I for one, am happy about that! I hope someday to meet her in the flesh but until then, I will content myself with her books, her website, her music, and her vast Tarot wisdom. I hope that you do the same!

Until next month, Brightest Blessings!

Madame Pamita’s Magical Tarot: Using the Cards to Make Your Dreams Come True

References

Madame Pamita. Madame Pamita’s Magical Tarot: Using the Cards to Make Your Dreams Come True. Newburyport, MA: Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, 2018.

https://madamepamita.com/

https://www.parlourofwonders.com/

https://madamepamita.com/music

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About the Author:

Polly MacDavid lives in Buffalo, New York at the moment but that could easily change, since she is a gypsy at heart. Like a gypsy, she is attracted to the divinatory arts, as well as camp fires and dancing barefoot. She has three cats who all help her with her magic.

Her philosophy about religion and magic is that it must be thoroughly based in science and logic. She is Dianic Wiccan and she is solitary.

She blogs at silverapplequeen.wordpress.com. She writes about general life, politics and poetry. She is writing a novel about sex, drugs and recovery.

GoodGod!

June, 2018

Meet the Gods: Bes

 

 

Merry meet.

Bes was an Egyptian god who brought comfort and protection to mothers and children. The somewhat comical, somewhat sinister-looking bearded dwarf looks human but is often also portrayed as part animal – generally a lion with a mane and tail, or with wings. He has a plump body, bow legs, prominent genitals and is sticking out his tongue. He is always shown facing forwards, unlike most Egyptian Gods who are shown in profile. On occasion, Bes is wearing a plumed headdress or a crown, and carrying a rattle, drum, tambourine or knife.

 

 

Also known as Bisu and Aha, he was a deity and a demonic fighter. A god of war, “he was also a patron of childbirth and the home, and was associated with sexuality, humour, music and dancing,” according to ancientegyptonline.co.uk. “Although he began as a protector of the pharaoh, he became very popular with every day Egyptian people because he protected women and children above all others. He had no temples and there were no priests ordained in his name. However, he was one of the most popular gods of ancient Egypt and was often depicted on household items such as furniture, mirrors and cosmetics containers and applicators as well as magical wands and knives.”

Apparently, he got the name Aha, meaning fighter, because he could kill lions, bears and snakes with his hands. Although labeled a demon, there he was not considered evil, but rather, drove evil spirits away.

Laboring mothers would call on Bes for help. It is said he would stay on after birth to protect and entertain the child, and that when a baby smiled for no apparent reason, it was because Bes was making funny faces for them.

 

 

Using dance and music, he would also chase away bad spirits during sex and sleep. That’s why he could be found carved into the legs of beds – to protect people during the night when they were most vulnerable.

Egyptians would put a statue of him near the door to protect their home from evil spirits wanting to cause harm. He appeared on the walls of temples and homes, and was on thousands of amulets and charms, protecting people from the dangers of everyday life such as menacing animals and food going bad.

 

 

Bes is the first subject to be identified in early Egyptian tattoos, according to “Tattoo: Symbol and Meanings,” by Jack Watkins.

Performers often had tattoos of Bes because of his association with dancing and music. It is also thought that sacred prostitutes may have had a tattoo of Bes placed near their pubic area in order to prevent venereal diseases, but it is also possible that the tattoos related to fertility,” Watkins wrote.

Bes’ wife, Beset, was the female version of himself. Images of them naked were painted on walls.

Merry part. And merry meet again

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

 

Dance as Catharsis

May, 2018

(Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash)

 

Do you know what I’ve learned? That although ecstasy is the ability to stand outside yourself, dance is a way of rising up into space, of discovering new dimensions while still remaining in touch with your body.  When you dance, the spiritual world and the [physical] world manage to coexist quite happily.”

-From “The Witch of Portabello” by Paulo Coelho

 

I was fortunate to grow up in a culture that valued dance. Every weekend, the whole extended family would get together at a relative’s house, eat together, socialize, and dance. After everyone had had time to chat and digest their food, we’d all pitch in to help move the furniture to the outskirts of the room, thereby creating a dance floor. The record player belted out Top 40 hits, world music, dance music, and all sorts of other eclectic beats and sounds; we’d easily go from Michael Jackson to Julio Iglesias in an evening! Although I confess, I was never much of a Julio fan, the adults in the group certainly loved him. And that leads me to the other brilliant thing about these evenings: they were multi-generational. The kids danced with the adults, teens, and elders. Everyone was included.

This went on until I was about twelve years old. I knew that something was wrong in my extended family when people stopped gathering as often. But I knew that something deep was at work when my family stopped dancing altogether. Internal family conflicts divided people and they simply did not know how to utilize the dance for anything other than celebration and personal expression. They didn’t know that dance was therapy and that they could dance through anything and come out the other side of it more balanced than before. I often wonder what might have been different and if communication would have improved if they had had this knowledge at the time.

It took me about sixteen years to recover my love of dance after that. I found myself attracted to non-choreographed dance modalities such as belly dance, rave, and trance dance. I’ve been dancing 5Rhythms (www.5rhythms.com) for almost two decades now and it is a practice that has supported and moved me through some serious transitions in my life. I’ve danced through tremendous grief, exhaustion, fear, sadness, joy, rocky love relationships, moving away from my family, and healing an addiction. I dance because my body doesn’t lie to me like my mind does. It is utterly honest. When I come to dance an issue in my life, my body tells me exactly what is going on as I move the way it wants me to. My body tells the story of what is out of balance and gives me clues for what I need to do to regain my centre. It does not use words so I’ve learned to uncover the messages of the somatic language of feeling throughout years of practice.

Going to class isn’t a “So You Think You Can Dance” sort of atmosphere. It is the polar opposite of competition, showing off my steps, or learning rigid dance moves. It is a spiritual experience where my body literally moves and heals me. All I have to do is follow my feet and my instincts. Often, I can feel burdens lifting off my shoulders and emotions leaving the hidden caves they’ve been trapped in- sometimes for years. I never know what is going to happen and that unpredictability is a part of the attraction for me. The unknown is where we heal, learn, and grow. They body knows how to move us in that direction if we surrender to its non-linear intelligence.

Dance, rhythm, and music have been used since the beginning of time by shamanic cultures throughout the world for healing and celebratory purposes.  These elements were and are often entwined in ceremony and guided by the culture’s medicine person.  Shamanic cultures the world over weave these three practices into their daily lives because they know of the increased health and well-being they bring into the lives of the people.  These creative modalities give the body and the psyche expression without words. In short, they take the ego mind out of the equation so we have a chance to experience our true selves.

It is fair to say that most people in the Western world are disconnected from these readily available healing tools.  One need not have extensive formal training in any of these modalities to receive healing benefit from practice.  This is intended as an invitation into a spiritual experience that has no dogma and is not affiliated with any religion.  Everyone can practice it.  It is through the experience of it that healing naturally occurs and since no two people are exactly alike, each person will have a different experience.

When in the midst of dance, we can heal without words by learning to tap into the body and spirit wisdom that is lying dormant inside of us.  Along with patterns that don’t serve us any longer, we have a chance to witness those that do.  The beauty is that it is never too late to heal pain or celebrate victories from the past.  Indeed, engaging in this ceremony takes courage and willingness to show your true self; that is a huge victory in and of itself! Dancing within a ceremonial context is very different than a class; however, practicing in dancing meditation classes is a good way to connect with our bodies if this is a foreign concept!

These days, I lead Soul Vine Dancing Ceremonies, which are done in a spiritual container of safety with a very specific alchemy. Folks come and dance at their own pace in a way that works for them, their bodies, their hearts, and their psyches.  Most of all, I encourage folks to be gentle and to forgive themselves through the practice.  They can allow what’s there to be there: joy, grief, sorrow, anger, boredom, exhaustion, resistance, or sadness.  This includes negative inner dialogue.  We can keep moving through all these; they are indicators that something is shifting!  We can talk to our High Selves while we dance for guidance.  It’s safe to let go of the past and move that healing right through our beings.  We dance for and with ourselves because we are all worth it.

*Part of this article originally appeared on the author’s blog in August 2014 (https://jenniferengracio.wordpress.com/). The author has added content to the original for PaganPagesOrg Magazine.

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About the Author:

Jennifer Engrácio has been a student of shamanism since 2005. Jennifer is a certified teacher who has worked with children in many different education settings since 2001. She is a certified shamanic coach, reiki master, and lomilomi practitioner; in addition, she runs Spiral Dance Shamanics. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she now lives in Calgary, Canada with her life partner.

Engrácio participated in self-publishing three books that are now available:

The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within”

Women’s Power Stories: Honouring the Feminine Principle of Life

Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing

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For more information go to: www.spiraldanceshamanics.com

 

MagickalArts

May, 2018

(en)LIV(en)ING with the Muses:The Hymns of Polyhymnia

 

(Image: Sculpture from the State Hermitage Museum)

This is the Sixth posting of the (en)LIV(en)ING with the Muses Series

Each time I have lost myself in the beauty of music, Polyhymnia has been whispering in my ear. Her name is derived from the Greek, “poly” meaning “many” and “hymnos” which means “praise. Her name is alternately spelled Polymnia. She is attributed with many gifts and depending on the territory of Greece that she oversaw, her garb and visage was adapted. Her primary creativity flowed through music, song and dance and in the more traditional sense she became the muse specifically of religious hymn and praise.

Unlike her sisters, Polyhymnia was depicted as more pensive in her demeanor and of an almost meditative and spiritually charged seriousness.

She was a daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the Titan Goddess of memory and remembrance as well as attributed as the inventress of language and words. What more beautiful expression of her mother’s gifts than to be the child that brings adeptness and creativity to the sacred words of devotion and hymn.

Polyhymnia was consort of Oeagrus, the King of Thrace. In some myths he and Calliope or Clio were the parents of Orpheus. In others, Polyhymnia is appointed as the mother of Orpheus. This gives testament to the cross over and threads of community that the Muses held. All having many of the same gifts, but their expression and who they were attached to in the mortal realms meant that as mothers or aunts, the shared the parenting of many of the offspring attributed to one muse or another.

In other myths she is identified as the mother of Triptolemus, the first priest of Demeter and inventor of agriculture and working the lands. This birth was by her union with Cheimarrhus, the son of the Greek God Ares.

(Greco-Roman mosaic from Vichten C3rd A.D.. National Museum of History and )

The Greek Historian, Diodorus Siculus writes…

“Polyhymnia, because by her great (polle) praises (humnesis) she brings distinction to writers whose works have won for them immortal fame…” 1.

Not much has been written of Polyhymnia, in contrast to her sisters. Nonetheless, she remains a muse whose essence continues to flourish with each writing and composition of any work of devotion. So the next time you are inspired by song or feel the rising of your Soul’s desire in response to music’s harmonious flow, offered up gratitude to Polyhymnia as she whispers gently in your ear.

The next post will focus on the Muse, Urania and her Gifts of Astronomy

References:

1. Diodorus Siculus, Library of History books III-VIII (trans. Oldfather) (Greek historian C1st B.C.).

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About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of:

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. One

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the spheres

Qabalah

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths

Qabalah

 

A Year With Gaia

The Eternal Cord

 

Temple of the Sun and Moon

Luminous Devotions

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The Magickal Pen, Volume One

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

 

The Elemental Year

Aligning the Parts of SELF

 

The Enchanted Gate

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

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Sleeping with the Goddess

Nights of Devotion

 

A Weekly Reflection

Musings for the Year

 

Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 

 

Follow Robin on Instagram & Facebook.

MagickalArts

April, 2018

(en)LIV(en)ING with the Muses – Terpsichore

 

(Image: Carnegie Museum of : Terpsichore by Antonio Canova (1821))

This is the Fifth posting of the (en)LIV(en)ING with the Muses Series

Terpsichore has been with me longer than I can remember. I was born to dance and the pure joy and thrill of moving through space, weaving energetic patterns and being so completely absorbed by the music are all of her gifts as you open to her magickal inspiration.

Her name means “delighting in dance” and is derived from the Greek word “Terpo” which means to be amused. She is often depicted as wearing laurels on her head and holding a harp or Lyre as she dances. As one of the Nine Muses, her joy in movement is contagious as we see depicted in all the Muses forming lines of flowing grace, regardless of their primary attributes. Her name has come to be synonymous with “dancer” in its English use. As a daughter of Mnemosyne (memory) and Zeus (authoritative power), she is also called upon to assist with the creative effort of choreography and labanotation (the scribing of choreography using symbols that indicate movement and tempo).

This reference calls forth the need to remember in order to re-create the steps given and the ability to command the audience’s attention. Just as her sister Muses have multiple attributes, so too, Terpsichore is also considered the Muse of Choral and education, as a lessor inspiration. The Greek historian, Diodorus Siculus writes…..

“Hesiod even gives their names [the Muses’] when he writes: ‘Kleio, Euterpe, and Thaleia, Melpomene, Terpsikhore and Erato, and Polymnia, Ourania, Kalliope too, of them all the most comely.’ To each of the Mousai (Muses) men assign her special aptitude for one of the branches of the liberal arts, such as poetry, song, pantomimic dancing, the round dance with music, the study of the stars, and the other liberal arts… For the name of each Mousa (Muse), they say, men have found a reason appropriate to her… Terpsikhore (Terpsichore), because she delights (terpein) her disciples with the good things which come from education.” 1.

The Greek lyric poet, Pindar writes of Terpsichore’s sweet song in the Isthmian Ode 2 (In memory of the victories of Xenocrates of Acragas Chariot Race 470 B. C.)….

“Then the Mousa (Muse) [i.e. the poet] had not yet bowed to love of gain, or made herself a hireling journeyman; nor in the market clad in masks of silver did honey-tongues Terpsikhore (Terpsichore) barter her gentle-voiced and sweetly sun refrains. But now she bids us pander to that word the Argive spoke, to sadly near to truth: Money, money makes man.” 2.

In some accounts Terpsichore is attributed as the mother of the Sirens (sea nymphs who lured sailors to their death), fathered by the sea God Akheloos and a son, Linos, fathered by the God, Apollon (the Solar God of prophecy and oracles). She is referenced again by Pindar in his Dirges as singing the lament over her dead son, Linus, who was struck with his lyre by Heracles….

“But in another song did three goddesses [Mousai, Muses] lull to rest the bodies of their sons. The first of these [Terpsikhore] sang a dirge over the clear-voiced Linos [personification of the lamentation song].” 3.

In the epic poem, Dionysiaca by the Greek Poet, Nonnus, the River God of Aitolia, Akheloos is credited as fathering the sirens with Terpsichore….

“The Seirenes (Sirens), whom rosy Terpsikhore (Terpsichore) brought forth by the stormy embraces of her bull-horned husband Akheloos (Achelous).” 4.

Terpsichore’s gift of song is gifted to her children and the stories of these sirens songs have long held legend of fateful death on calm seas. The Greek epic poet, Apollonius Rhodius, speaks of the seductive songs of the sirens in the Argonautica….

“The clear-voiced Seirenes (Sirens), Akheloos’ (Achelous’) daughters, used to bewitch with their seductive melodies whatever sailors anchored there. Lovely Terpsikhore (Terpsichore), one of the Mousai (Muses), has borne them to Akheloos, and at one time they had been handmaids to Demeter’s gallant Daughter [Persephone], before she was married, and sung to her in chorus.” 5.

 

(Painting: Terpsichore, Muse of Dance by Jean Marc Nattier.1939)

Terpsichore’s gift of music is depicted in the traditional fashion of her holding the Lyre in the painting above by Jean Marc Nattier. I particularly like this painting. The artist gave the feeling that she can barely contain herself in rest and at any moment will break free and dance away. Other representations of Terpsichore show her playing the Flute.  

Terpsichore’s influence is perhaps the most wide spread of all of the Muses. In terms of artistic expression, she is the quintessential master. , song, dance and education all held within her powers of inspiration. And, if we consider the effect of these art forms on society as a whole, she is the bringer of cultural delights. Dance is infectious and every culture throughout time has incorporated dance as art of their social and often spiritual traditions. Her image graces dance studio Logos, titles of choreographic wonders and educational materials, all singing praise to her inspired movement and flow.

The statue below is found in the Bavarian Gardens at Beyruth Court. Her image graces the gardens as inspiration to the joys and pleasures to be found in the dance of nature. 

Join me as we enter the world of dance and take center stage as Terpsichore in the Ballet – “Apollon Musagete”choreographed in 1928 by Serge Diaghilev. This ballet was later re-choreographed by George Balanchine of the New York City Ballet, and re-named simply as “Apollo”, where it has become a classic staple of the company.

The ballet features Apollo, god of the arts and the sun. The ballet begins with Apollo playing the Lute and dancing alone. Three of the Muses, Calliope – Polyhymnia and Terpsichore enter the scene. The three dance with Apollo, each in turn, as they weave moving across the stage in sheer delight. Apollo then gives each of the Muses a gift and asks that they dance for him. To Calliope he gives a scroll of parchment; to Polyhymnia a mask. And, to Terpsichore, a lyre. She dances joyously, filling the space with her passion for movement and the love of the music. Apollo judges her dance to be the most perfect of the three and she and the God, dance a beautiful and slow pas de deux (duet); both “delighting in the dance”.

(Come Dance with Me)

Terpsichore has been with me for longer than I can remember and her transformative grace holds me forever in her embrace…

My first magickal experience occurred as a dancer performing at the age of 10 or so. I did not, at the time, realize I was setting up the gateway and intent for magick to move through me. My only intent was to connect so fully and deeply that I would become the persona of the role I was portraying and lose my human nature in the process. The desire was to transcend human form and become something more. The intent was powerful enough and the music and rhythm acted as the keys that opened the gates to the other realms through movement and motion. I became the swan flying high above the earth. I was the beautiful being that was shot through the heart and gracefully fell to earth, wounded and in the throes of death.  A final arch and curve of beautiful elongated neck, gentle flutter of white feathery wing and the final lifting upwards towards eternal ascending flight as death welcomed me into its soft sleep.  The music stopped and I once again returned to the land of human and living; applause awaking me from this deep connection forged as the gates of magickal working closed until called forth again.  

The next post will focus on the Muse, Polymnia and her Gifts of Sacred Hymns and

References:

1. Diodorus Siculus, Library of History 4. 7. 1 (trans. Oldfather) (Greek historian C1st B.C.).

2. Pindar, Isthmian Ode 2. 6 ff (trans. Conway) (Greek lyric C5th B.C.).

3. Pindar, Dirges Fragment 139 (trans. Sandys) (Greek lyric C5th B.C.).

4. Nonnus, Dionysiaca 13. 313 ff (trans. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D). 

5. Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 4. 892 ff (trans. Rieu) (Greek epic C3rd B.C.).

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About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of:

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. One

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the spheres

Qabalah

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths

Qabalah

 

A Year With Gaia

The Eternal Cord

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Temple of the Sun and Moon

Luminous Devotions

 

The Magickal Pen, Volume One

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

 

The Elemental Year

Aligning the Parts of SELF

 

The Enchanted Gate

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

Click Image for Amazon Information

 

Sleeping with the Goddess

Nights of Devotion

 

A Weekly Reflection

Musings for the Year

 

Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 

 

Follow Robin on Instagram & Facebook.

Music Review – Trismegistia

September, 2017

Trismegistia: From Healing to Hounds

 

On Spotify, the tag ‘Come and feel the power!’ pops up as soon as you click on the name Trismegistia. Well OK then, let’s feel it! New music has a power all of its own; a new experience is always something to take time over, so I take my time listening to the two tracks currently available from this Pagan group.

 

The first track I listen to is Hounds of Hekate. I watch the video on YouTube, and am impressed by the imagery; three ladies dance wildly, representing the three faces of Hekate, and the triple crossroads. There is a sense of frenzy in the video, echoed by the gasping breaths that emphasize the percussion.

 

ally, this track has a sense of mystery, of wandering lost, yet with purpose. Perhaps we are running from something, or towards something. The sudden surge of strings plucked wildly gives ways to the heartbeat-breaths of the percussion over and over, not making for easy listening, but lending an air of wonder, and curiosity, even a slight darkness emphasised by the voice of the woman, and the barking of her dogs.

 

In contrast, the other track, Nunnos’ Healing Song, is about as light and airy as you can get. Cello (synthesised) and something akin to a djembe set a gentle mood. Pan pipes announce the arrival of a familiar figure, who tells us, in the short film Nunnos which accompanies the song, that he has many names. Nunnos though is short for ‘Cernunnos’, Celtic lord of the forest, who appears in this guise as a hairy man wearing only ivy, the symbol of the everlasting woods.

 

This ‘song’ is more like a musically accompanied guided meditation, or waking up from a dream. ‘Can you hear me? Can you see me?’ The fog of memory loss is soothed by the voice of the God. Nunnos helps and heals the protagonist, which may be a third person in the song, or maybe it’s us, the listener, being healed every time we listen to Nunnos’ soothing voice. The track ends with Nunnos assuring us we can call him, any moment.

 

The contrast between these two tracks is remarkable, yet both are introspective, calling for inner reflection and a peaceful moment in your day. I would say this is not music to listen to on the go, or while cleaning the house, but whilst taking time for yourself, or to aid in meditation or visualization. I’m certainly intrigued to hear more of this unique musical project.
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About the Author:

 

Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors and Pagan Portals: Celtic Witchcraft.

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The Making of the Video for ElectraChic’s Song Erde/Terre

September, 2017

 

ElectraChic is a German based band who released their debut album, ImPassionnément, in November of 2016. They find their influences & themes in Shamanism and through the Sacred Feminine.

 

 

When it was time for ElectraChic to set out to make a video for the first song, Erde/Terre, off their new album, ImPassionnément, they did not have very far to look. Singer Annick Moerman & ian Rike Casper turned to Annick’s son, 25 year old Thomas Govaerts, a recent graduate of the School of Media.

 

We asked Thomas to share his thoughts with us on the making of the video for Erde/Terre and here is what he had to share:

 

For a couple of years I’ve also been passionate about spirituality and esotericism. During my studies I had the chance to try a shamanic journey with drums. I looked for many other practices since then (paganism, mediation, or yoga for example).

About one year ago, my mother (Annick Moerman) made this album, ImPassionnément, with Rike Casper. She asked me if I could do a music video for her. I could choose any music off the album and I immediately chose Erde (“Earth” in German) because of its shamanic sounds.

In my job or during my studies I worked on great projects, but none of them had a spiritual meaning or aesthetic. I’ve always had a wish to insert spiritual contents in a pure visual form, almost abstract and without using words in videos.

So, for me shamanism is the perfect subject. During a shamanic experience (not necessarily using drugs, but only drum or dancing) someone can get information, not in a literal form but through images or sensations. Maybe that’s the reason why there are many symbols in old mythologies.

This is the kind of feeling I wanted to put in a video, I wanted to use visuals to deliver a spiritual feeling. 

For this reason I did a lot of research on pagan symbols: Icelandic magical staves, Viking runes, Aztec symbols, Rongorongo alphabet. The sami drums was also a major inspiration (more info:  http://old.no/samidrum/)

In this video there is a mix  of old and existing symbols and symbols of my creation.

Even if those symbols come from very different times and places, I find them very similar. They are very simple and naïve but they have the power to connect you to something very old and ancestral. They don’t interact with your intellect, but they go deeper. It’s as if they could activate an unconscious force.

I also wanted to represent the sacred feminine and its connection to nature and earth. I think that the dance is a visual form that can perfectly express this. The dance  allowed me to do a fluid and dynamic video, and not only to show static symbols. I tried to create a unity between the symbols, the music, the dancing and nature, to make a very alive and organic video. In the same way, during a shamanic experience, things are connected but always changing: what is usually hidden to the eyes becomes manifest. At the end of the music video the dancer completely merges into this unity. 

So I hope that the video works on the viewer’s unconscious and that, in some way, it connects him to the invisible aspect of nature.

I don’t know if I succeeded in this task, I’m still a young filmmaker and this is one my first works. I see that there are still a lot of mistakes in the video. However, I hope that in the future I’ll make other better videos. I would like to make videos that have a real impact on the viewer, as if they were spells. A little bit like Lynch’s or Jodorowsky’s movies.

The shooting of the video was made in the forest near Brussels. For the equipment we used a Canon 5D. The cinematography is made by Quentin Govaerts. The dancer is Charlotte Bossu. I did the directing, editing and the visuals effects.”

 

We’d like to thank Thomas for taking the time to let us in his head to experience what he did while making this video.

 

We now present the video for ElectraChic’s Erde/Terre, Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

You can find ElectraChic’s Album for purchase on their site:

https://electrachic.bandcamp.com/releases

 

They also have an ElectraChic Facebook Page at:

https://www.facebook.com/electraChic/

 

 

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About the Author:

Jennifer Sacasa-Wright is an Eclectic Witch who runs PaganPagesOrg eMagazine. She has many opinions, thoughts, & suggestions, and, at times, has problems holding her tongue. She loves hearing your opinions and thoughts on the magazine and welcomes comments.

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

August, 2016

A Ritual In Song

music is the strongest form of magic.” –Marilyn Manson

Merry meet.

In my practice, I accept that everything has a vibration, be it an object such as a besom, or a sound such as a bell. Our own voices put out vibrations that are like no other. Your voice is your unique signature.

As was explained on the Wicca Spirituality website, When you sing magical chants and songs, you bind your intention to the vibrations of your voice, vibrations which you send out into the ever-vibrating world.

Its reflected in the word enchantment, as your magical intention is wrapped into a chant or a song and released to the Universe.

I like to chant and sing during ritual, and have been toying with the idea of doing a ritual completely with songs. It helps that I dont mind using electronics in sacred space, because an iPod is perfect for this.

Below, I share with you a playlist that takes you from grounding and centering to opening the circle all using songs. A link is provided for each. Please forgive any ads that appear. Alternatives are noted and lyrics are given after the playlist in the same order songs appear.

I hope this inspires you to share your suggestions and experiences.

Merry part.

And merry meet again.

PLAYLIST

Cleansing and consecrating the area

Make Sacred Spaceby Shawna Carol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZKu0y_pYtY

Casting the circle (one or both of these, in whatever order you prefer)

Circle Within a Circleby Rowand Whitewolf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhu7KQ59F5U

There Is No Timeby Kellianna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_LmbRFD0_w

Invoking the elements & deities

Air:This New Dayby Kellianna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bShN7bFS-h8

Fire:Spirit of Fire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S0gqI6koJw

Water:Born of Waterby Lindie Lila

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZaN8C8wklE

Earth:The Earth Is My Mother (Ancient Chant)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_S93xMn_uo&list=RDY_S93xMn_uo

another version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xQd_dv5W_Q

Center:Spiraling Into The Centerby Flight of the Hawk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq5NwdesHf8

Goddess: (pick one)

Freya, Shaktiby Emerald Roase

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=freya+shakti&&view=detail&mid=308428A1DFB3B9D3DAC6308428A1DFB3B9D3DAC6&FORM=VRDGAR

Witches Chantby Inkubus Sukkubus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nZsdH85x1U

I Am the Goddessby Lisa Thiel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8Mz0UteSmA

To save, use one of these to call everything at once:

Circle Casting Songby Reclaiming

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0-QGeiNmbM

Direction Songby Kellianna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxYMFWrUnE0

Earth, Air, Fire, Waterby Lila

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRPPx_7M0k8

Elementalby Hecates Wheel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQMfiXdOpXw

Innvocation

I Hear You Callingby Chalice & Blade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tseP170J_5E

or Charge of the Star Goddessby Shawna Carol.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mvbYSF_IAY&index=19&list=PLq9dJm8_bbDFyS9cKAaQ4-X7o9hFRfsty

The purpose / work / magic of the ritual (some possibilities are below)

Dedication or rededication to your path

I Walk With The Goddessby Kellianna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8Ac0hHAhf8&list=RDh8Ac0hHAhf8

Also, Magic of the Goddessby Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z-5sQPoMxk

For a releasing or healing ritual

Stonehengeby Kellianna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1k16Xv6BIw

To honor the moon

Lady of the Moonby Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r9wKUYxkD4

Honoring Inanna at Mabon or Samhain

Inannaby Second Chants

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giyv9tE8VCA

Meditation

Be Stillby Shawna Carol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKlQr8UVYh0

Cakes and Ale

Cakes and Ale (Winter) by Marie Bruce

http://tidido.com/a35184374348226/al55f16e97a5f39075738becfc/t55f16e99a5f39075738bed71

Opening the circle

May the Circle Be Openby Alice DeMicele

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-rWiFyAUnE

LYRICS

Make Sacred Space

by Shawna Carol

Make sacred space

and be reminded

of who you are

Make sacred space

Make sacred space

and be reminded

of who you are

You are

spirt in body

spirit in body

spirt in body

sacred space

Make sacred space

Circle Within a Circle

We are a circle
Within a circle
With no beginning
And never ending

There Is No Time

by Veronica Appalonia ©2006

Vocal arrangement: Kellianna

There is no time but now

There is no place but here

In the sacred we do stand

In a circle hand in hand

This New Day

by Kellianna

From the darkness day is dawning

In my darkest hour I seek the light

All my pain and all my sorrow

May it ease with this new day

May my tears remain uncounted

And I bid the Goddess be my guide

For where you lead you know I’ll follow

At the dawning of this new day

At this crossroad the way seems clouded

And I bid the Goddess be my guide

Grant me grace and grant me vision

At the dawning of this new day

May my strength and may my power

lift me up and light my way

I seek faith and I seek wisdom

At the dawning of this new day

Spirit of Fire / The Fire Chant

Spirits of fire come to us
we will kindle the fire
Spirits of fire come to us
we will kindle the fire
We will kindle the fire
dance the magic circle ’round
We will kindle the fire
we will kindle the fire

Born of Water

Born of water,

Cleansing, powerful

Healing, changing

I am.

Born of water,

Cleansing, powerful

Healing, changing

I am.

The Earth is Our Mother

The Earth is our mother, we must take care of her

The Earth is our mother, we must take care of her

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan

Her sacred ground we walk upon, with every step we take

Her sacred ground we walk upon, with every step we take

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan

The Earth is our mother, she will take care of us

The Earth is our mother, she will take care of us

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan

The Earth is our Mother (alternative version)

The Earth is our mother, we must take care of her

The Earth is our mother, we must take care of her

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

The sky is our father, we must take care of him

The sky is our father, we must take care of him

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

The rivers are our sisters, we must take care of them

The rivers are our sisters, we must take care of them

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

The trees are our brothers, we must take care of them

The trees are our brothers, we must take care of them

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

The earth is our mother, she will take care of us

The earth is our mother, she will take care of us

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Spiraling Into the Center

Spiraling into the center

The center of the shield

Spiraling into the center

The center of the shield

I am the weaver, I am the woven one

I am the dreamer, I am the dream

I am the weaver, I am the woven one

I am the dreamer, I am the dream

Freya, Shakti

Freya, Shakti, Hathor, Rhiannon,

Rhea, Maat, the Morrigan

Freya, Shakti, Hathor, Rhiannon,

Rhea, Maat, the Morrigan

Chorus:

High, raising up the Goddess

Oh, fill my soul

High, raising up the spirit

Oh, make me whole

She is a woman crowned with a crescent

She is the mother of all that lives

She is the Earth that is spinning in starlight

She is the Goddess of all that is

(chorus)

I know a woman stirring a cauldron

She is the source of the heart’s deep core

I love a maiden dancing in moonlight

She is the key to the ancient lore

(chorus)

Freya, Shakti, Hathor, Rhiannon…

Witches Chant

by Inkubus Sukkubus

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hectate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna

Note: various God versions exist, including Apollo, Cernunnos, Vishnu, Pan, Horus, Herne, Odin, Green Manand Pan, Herne, Osiris, Priapus, Baal, Dionysis, Apollo, Lugh”

I Am the Goddess

I am the Goddess, Mother of Life,

I am the Goddess, Bearer of Life

Chorus:

I am, I am, the Goddess Divine

I am, I am the Goddess Divine

Isis, Venus, Ishtar, Kali,

Minerva, Shakti, Kwan Yin, Lakshmi,

I am, I am the Goddess Divine,

I am, I am the Goddess Divine

I am the Goddess, ever living,

I am the Goddess, ever loving

(Chorus)

I am the Goddess, creatress of life,

I am the Goddess, who nourishes life

(Chorus)

I am the Goddess, Mother of Life,

I am the Goddess, Bearer of Life

I am, I am, the Goddess Divine

I am, I am the Goddess Divine

Circle Casting Song

by Susan Falkenrath Wolf

Eastern morning, first breath of the soul
World view forming, sacred and whole
Wind of knowledge, simple and wise
Bringer of the lightning, that strikes in our minds
Come to us be here now.

Southern fire, white rays of the sun
Source of will, that always is done
Heat of passion, longing and need
You who pushed the Green One out of the seed
Come to us be here now.

Western river, devotee of the moon,
Gentle sculptor, of babes in the womb,
Spring of jubilation, courage and tears
Giver of the sweet love, that soothes all our fears
Come to us be here now.

Northern mountain, body of the earth,
Finite treasure, of infinite worth,
Cave of transformation, childbirth and death,
Suckler of the wild ones, who curl upon your breast
Come to us be here now.

The Direction Song

by Terri Rivera

Vocal and Frame Drum: Kellianna

Facing East I send my prayers away, away

East sky enlighten me I pray, I pray

East a place for peace

Life, light anew you rise up

Spotted eagle I welcome you

And give thanks for visions of peace, of peace

Facing South I send my prayers away, away

South sky for innocence I pray, I pray

South the peak of life

Gifts of new horizons

Golden eagle I welcome you

And give thanks to work in peace, in peace

Facing West I send my prayers away, away

West sky to strengthen me I pray, I pray

West the place sun goes down

Sacred and of ancient

Now bald eagle I welcome you

And give thanks for journeys in peace, in peace

Facing North I send my prayers away, away

North sky for purity I pray, I pray

North the place of courage

Wisdom and of knowing

Oh white eagle I welcome you

And give thanks for healers in peace, in peace

Mother Earth I send you my prayers

Father Sky I send you my prayers

Oh Great Mystery I feel your breath in my mouth

Oh Great Mystery I welcome you

And give thanks for you in me in peace, in peace , in peace

Earth, Air, Fire, Water

The Earth, the Air, the Fire, the Water

Return, return, return, return

The Earth, the Air, the Fire, the Water

Return, return, return, return

Heya, heya, heya, heya

Aio, aio, aio, aio

Elemental

by Amy Otero 

I am the wind in the trees

I am the truth that you must breathe

And I am here to free you

I am the spark that lights the fire

I am the flame that takes you higher

And I am here to inspire you

I am the rain, I am the river

I am the flow that makes you quiver

And I am here to deliver you

I am the forest, I am the field

I am the Mother to whom you yield

And I am here to shield you

I am the Spirit, I am divine

I am with you and you are mine

And I am here to guide you

I Hear You Calling

by Chalice & Blade

Once in a month, when the moon is full some secret place shall ye gather. Adore the spirit of me who is Queen of all of the wise.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

Sing and dance; feast and make love all in my name

For mine is the spirit in ecstasy; Mine is joy on Earth

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

Mine is the secret that opens the door unto the land of youth.

Mine is the cup of wine, of life, Cauldron of Cerridwen.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

I give freedom and I give peace, reunion with those gone before.

I am the mother of all that lives. My love is poured on the Earth.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

I am the beauty of the green Earth, white moon among the stars.

I am the mystery of the waters. Desire in the hearts of man.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

I call to Soul, Arise, come to me. For I am the heart of nature.

And I give life to the universe. For I am She.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

From me all things do proceed. To me they must return.

May your divine, innermost infinite soul enrapture be embraced.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

Let my worship be in your heart and rejoice. All acts of love are mine.

Let there be beauty, strength and pleasure all are my rites.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

And you who think to seek for me, know that it avails ye not.

Unless you know the mystery, look deep within.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

For the hunt, I have been with thee since the beginning of time.

And I am that which ye shall attain, the end of desire.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling. (repeat 2x)

Charge of the Star Goddess

I who am the beauty of the green Earth,

and the white moon among the stars,

and the mystery of the waters,

I call upon your soul to arise and come unto Me.

For I am the soul of nature, which gives life to the universe.

From Me all things proceed, and unto Me they must return.

Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices,

For behold, all acts of love and pleasure

all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.

Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion,

Honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And you who seek to know Me,

Know that your seeking and yearning will avail you not,

Unless you know the Mystery

A mystery, a mystery

Were that what you seek you find not within yourself,

You will never find it without.

For behold, I have been with you from the beginning,

I have been with you from the beginning,

And I am that which is attained at the end of desire,

attained at the end of desire,

attained at the end of desire.

I Walk With The Goddess

Lyrics by Kellianna and Leanda Walker

I walk with the Goddess

The Goddess she walks with me

She is the clouds up in the clear blue sky

She is the ground beneath my feet

She is the oceans and the falling rain

She is the spark that lights my way

Magic of the Goddess

Lyrics by Kathi Wahls and Brian Morse

I go walking through my life

with my heart wide open

and the Goddess shines Her love through me.

Chorus:

Through you, through me

the magic of the Goddess is rising

It goes through you, through me

The magic of the Goddess is rising

I go walking through my life

with my eyes wide open

and the Goddess works Her magic through me.

(Chorus)

I go walking through my life

with my mind wide open

and the Goddess shows my destiny to me

(Chorus)

Stonehenge

Mother help me

Mother heal me

Please release me

From all things worldly

That do not serve me

Mother love me

Within these stones

I feel the power

I am reborn

As I break these chains that bind

And now I’m floating

light as a feather

As I break these chains that bind

I’m gonna break these chains that bind

I’m gonna break these chains that bind

I’m gonna break these chains that bind

Yes I will break these chains that bind

Oh Blessed Mother

you empower me

yes You have shown me

just how to set myself free

And now I’m soaring

up in the clear blue sky

As I break these chains that bind

Yes I have broken these chains that bind

Yes I have broken these chains that bind

Yes I have broken these chains that bind

Yes I did break these chains that bind

Lady Of The Moon

by Vicki Scotti

Lady of the Moon, Lady of the Moon

Shine Your light on me, Shine Your light on me

Lady of the Moon, Lady of the Moon

Shine Your love on me, Shine Your love on me

Lady of the Moon, Lady of the Moon

Come and dwell in me, Come and dwell in me

Lady of the Moon, Lady of the Moon

Set my spirit free, Set my spirit free

Lady of the Moon, Lady of the Moon

Hail, farewell, Blessed Be, Hail, farewell, Blessed Be

Hail, farewell, Blessed Be.

Inanna
by Susan Sterling

We go down as She goes down

We follow Her underground.

Hail to Inanna who dies to become whole

And deep calls to deep, deep calls to deep

And deep calls to deep, deep calls to deep
The veils drop by on our way

As we pass through the gates

With Inanna as our guide

We find truth in deepest night

And deep calls to deep, deep calls to deep,

And deep calls to deep, deep calls to deep

Be Still

Be still and listen

Know that I am

You are Goddess

Be still and listen

Know that I am

You are Goddess

Cakes and Ale (Winter)

With cakes and ale we end our spell

May the gifts of the Goddess nourish thee well

Merry meet marry part as we go our way

Til me meet again on a sacred day

So with cakes and ale we end our spell

May the gifts of the Goddess nourish thee well

Merry meet, marry part though the circle remains

Til me meet again in the Ladys name

May the Circle Be Open

May the circle be open, but unbroken

May the love of the Goddess be ever in your heart

Merry meet, and merry part, and merry meet again

Note: alternative lines include

May the Lord and the Lady be ever in your heart

May the peace of the Goddess be always in your heart

May the love of the Lady be ever in your heart

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