February, 2012

Merry Meet!!

February, 2012

Hello Readers!!!

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This issue is packed full of wonderful information on Imbolc, as well as, your favorite columnists.  Have a happy and safe holiday!

Be sure to leave us your thoughts, ideas, and impressions.  Happy Reading!

Hally’s Hints

February, 2012

Raising the Vibration

There has been such an increase into awareness and insight of Spiritualism as well as the shift into Spiritualism that I wrote an Ebook on it… mostly because it is all about the energetic vibration and why this is so crucial right now.

The awareness of the collective is becoming more apparent and it is this that is being affected by incorrect information or those that want to take advantage for the gain of ego, not the collective.

To understand what this all means we need to take a step back…

Simply what does all of this mean?

Some believe we are in the Piscean Age, where as others know that we are actually in the Aquarius Age and have been for some time now.

Some believe that DNA can influence our energetic vibration, when in reality it is our energetic vibration that can influence our DNA.

Then there are those that believe that Spiritualism is purely physical, when the truth is that Spiritualism is connected to the physical however, completely separate to the physical.

Who is to be believed. They are all sound viable. Is the easy answer the right one or is the right answer simply the one that doesn’t need the wow factor of fabrication because it simply is; it exists, it is, without judgment, ego or belief.

As mentioned in my article last month there are two prominent vibrations occurring – the negative and the positive. The two will always exist; the two must exist for there to be balance. However, if the collective choose to go with the negative vibration this will cause a lowering of the vibration for all energetic beings and ultimately the planets and universe. Imagine what the impact of this will be…

If the vibration is positive and raised this will allow the fundamental of all life and existence – evolution and fulfillment of purpose.

The collective is driven by the majority which is determined by the individual that ironically is driven by the minority. It is said that ninety to ninety-five percent of the population are classified the ‘majority’ and then the minority are classified as the ‘esoteric’. It is the esoteric that create the change; the evolutionary shifts that cause the majority to move where they need to. It is done so obviously, so blatantly that it is never noticed. It is like breathing – it is done in every second of every day and yet no thought is given to this extremely necessary function.

The ironcy is that to raise your vibration it is as simple as listening to a song that inspires you. You know what I mean – that song where each note can be felt in your being right down to your toes and all the way through to your heart. It is that song where you can’t help but forget your surroundings and feel your body responding. This simple example is how natural and fundamental raising our energetic vibration is.

Some believe that to raise the vibration it is about being positive all of the time. It is so much simpler than that – it is aligning to yourself because being yourself is being in natural state; the easiest state to be in.

Aim not to follow what the fad is or an incredible movement into fabricated untruths; simply align to you, your core values and all aspects of yourself. It is here that your vibration will increase, it is here that your purpose will be found and fulfilled. It is here that you will become aware of your connection to the collective and what this means for you.

In other words, going back to what we started on… believe the truth within to find the answers to those questions that only you will ever know.

(For anyone that is curious or interested in my latest release “7 Common Mistakes in Spiritualism” go here: http://www.creativebalance.com.au/7-common-mistakes-in-spiritualism/

Perthro’s Pronouncements

February, 2012

Today’s article finds me with questions. Questions about the god’s involvement in our lives. Do they merely observe, and guide, and not interfere, or are they actively changing circumstances in our lives to teach us lessons, or to provide for certain experiences?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what is really going on in our lives. Is it all random, with no discernable path, or is there someone pulling the strings? Do the gods and goddesses watch us, and see where we are going, without taking an active role in what happens? If they do, they how do we explain how certain events seem to correlate, or as the term is used, are “synchronous”, whether in a good way or a bad way? We’ve all had that feeling, when one thing goes wrong, it seems others follow, and then there are times when a seemingly minor fortuitous event happens just before it’s needed, such as finding a 50 dollar bill on the road, just when an unexpected bill comes in to the amount of exactly 50 dollars. Is that the gods? I’d like to think so. Some things that happen are just too synchronous to be thought of as coincidence. Think about the people in your life right now too. Everyone you interact with on a daily basis, if you think about it, is probably there for a specific reason. My life is full of instances when I can say I learned a certain concept from a certain individual, and if that person had not been there at that exact time and place, and it had been sooner, or later, the outcome would not have been the same. So there is definitely an argument for the gods, or fate, or whatever you want to call it, having an influence in our lives.

But what if it’s all set up ahead of time, by US even (see some of my previous articles if you want to check out my opinion on that), and then all the gods have to do is sit back and watch how it all plays out? They may have even chosen to make themselves available as guides, or just to make their presence known, but to adopt a strict posture of non-interference. This is also a likely scenario, because while to our perceptions they can do amazing things, in actuality, most of the encounters I’ve heard about with deities involve them not changing a person’s life or course, but rather showing the path, and allowing the person to choose to take it.

There is also the possibility that it could be a little bit of both. They could be actively making things happen, while guiding us along our paths. I know in my own life, and the situations I’ve encountered, it’s a good bet they’re watching while poking and prodding too. I’m only human though, and have no idea about the truth of it all. I can only live my life and hope that it’s a good one, and rest easy knowing the gods are out there, one way or the other, taking an interest in what we are, and where we’re going.

It’s good to know we’re not alone.

Imbolc Correspondences

February, 2012

February 1, 2

Other Names: Imbolg (im-molc)(em-bowl’g) (Celtic), Candlemas (Christian), Brigantia (Caledonii), Oimelc, Festival of Light, Brigid’s (Brid, Bride) Day, La Fheill, An Fheille Bride, Candelaria (Mexico), Chinese New Year, Disting-tid (Feb 14th, Teutonic), DisaBlot, Anagantios, Lupercalia/Lupercus (Strega), Groundhog Day, Valentines Day.

Animals & Mythical Beings: Firebird, dragon, groundhog, deer, burrowing animals, ewes, robin, sheep, lamb, other creatures waking from hibernation.

Gemstones: Amethyst, garnet, onyx, turquoise.
Incense/Oil: Jasmine, rosemary, frankincense, cinnamon, neroli, musk, olive, sweet pea, basil, myrrh, and wisteria, apricot, carnation.
Colors/Candles: Brown, pink, red, orange, white, lavender, pale yellow, silver.
Tools,Symbols, & Decorations: White flowers, marigolds, plum blossoms, daffodils, Brigid wheel, Brigid’s cross, candles, grain/seed for blessing, red candle in a cauldron full of earth, doll, Bride’s Bed; the Bride, broom, milk, birchwood, snowflakes, snow in a crystal container,evergreens, homemade besom of dried broom, orange candle annointed in oil (see above)can be used to sybolize the renewing energy of the Sun’s rebirth.
Goddesses: Virgin Goddess, Venus, Diana, Februa, Maiden, Child Goddess, Aradia, Athena, Inanna, Vesta, Gaia, Brigid, Selene(Greek), Branwen(Manx-Welsh).
Gods: Young Sun Gods, Pan, Cupid/Eros(Greco-Roman), Dumuzi(Sumerian).
Essence: Conception, initiation, insight, inspiration, creativity, mirth, renewal, dedication, breath of life, life-path, wise counsel, plan, prepare.
Meaning: First stirring of Mother Earth, lambing, growth of the Sun God, the middle of winter.
Purpose: Honoring the Virgin Goddess, festival of the Maiden/Light.
Rituals & Magicks: Cleansing; purification, renewal, creative inspiration, purification, initiation, candle work, house & temple blessings, welcoming Brigid, feast of milk & bread.
Customs: Lighting candles, seeking omens of Spring, storytelling, cleaning house, bonfires, indoor planting, stone collecting, candle kept burning dusk till dawn; hearth re-lighting.
Foods: Dairy, spicy foods, raisins, pumpkin, sesame & sunflower seeds, poppyseed bread/cake, honey cake, pancakes, waffles, herbal tea.
Herbs: Angelica, basil, bay, benzoin, celandine, clover, heather, myrrh, all yellow flowers, willow.
Element: Earth
Gender: Female
Threshold: Midnight

InterWeavings

February, 2012

The twelve months of Virtues continues.

Our second month on our journey is centered on the word love. There is a lot of power in that four letter word. We use it without thinking about it most of the time and for me it usually involves ice cream or shoes. Many times the word love is spoken to convey a deep connection with another person. There is cynicism at times as well.

In January we looked at Simplicity as the foundational building block for the year of virtues. The power inherent in love gives depth and meaning to all we pursue, in our interactions with each other and in our personal interactions with the deities in which we draw strength. For of all the possible intent we may have, the teaching of Harm None is another way of saying Love All. Good, bad and ugly.

In the Christian New Testament, the power of love is front and center.  The Jesus story is all about love walking among humanity and being an example. In literature through out the ages the lessons of love are explored. Shakespeare was the master at showing the consequences of love forsaken as well as embraced.  These are just two examples. There are as many more as there are people on this planet.

So, where does that leave us as Pagans? How does Love fit in with our view of the world? There has been a lot of hate hurled toward us throughout the ages. For me, the Burning Times brings up all kinds of negative thoughts with Love nowhere to be found.  But I do believe that the power of intent is real and all comes back to me magnified. I work at releasing my own sense of hate in order to walk my talk and bring blessings to me and mine.

My walk with the Goddess has allowed me to fully sense the meaning of love in a very organic way. The quiet I feel during meditations opens my whole being to a sense of unconditional peace and love; An acceptance for who I am at my core – every molecule – past, present and future.  In the quiet of that moment, I hold all that is dear to me in love. Surrounded by pink light and released to the higher good of all concerned. Love at it’s most basic. The Simplicity of love.

As February unfolds, and commercials and card companies are everywhere extolling the virtue of love, let it remind us to turn within and find the power and depth of that word. Love.

Aramid’s Cauldron

February, 2012

While everyone is busy working to use more holistic recipes into their family’s diets, a lot of times we forget about our four legged friends. Here is just one of the recipes I personally feed my dogs, and their vet says it has really done wonders for them.

Turkey Special Recipe

Ingredients

•1 lb. ground turkey

> •6 c. water
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>  •2 c. brown rice
>
>  •1/2 c. of frozen broccoli, carrots and cauliflowers.

•1 t. dried rosemary

Place the water, ground turkey, rice, and rosemary into a large saucepan. Stir until the turkey is broken up and evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce heat to low. Let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes, before adding the frozen vegetables and cooking for an additional 5 minutes.

Plastic Paths: The Astral Travel Chronicles

February, 2012

The Ethics of Astral Travel

As moderator of an online Out of Body group, many of the new members have the same questions, but every once in awhile we get a new question. A few years back, a man introduced himself, explained that his first experience had been unintentional; he woke up walking around his bedroom while seeing his sleeping body on the bed. He then explained that his current goal was to astral travel around someone else’s house to prove that he could and did leave his body. His question was, what was the best way of going about doing this?

I absolutely understand. Astral traveling is amazing, awe-inspiring, breath taking. Unworldly. Really stop to consider the heaviness of that word—unworldly—and what it takes to accomplish something that qualifies for that label. To want to share this phenomenon is natural, to want to prove to others that one has accomplished consciously leaving their body is expected. However…

However, is exploring another person’s home without their consent or knowing, to prove to them that you were there (in any state of being) really ethical? I don’t believe so, and I told this member as much, but that opened up a new question: what are our ethical duties in the astral plane?

In a quick informal poll in the group, I was fascinated to discover that the men who responded all felt that there shouldn’t be ethics in the astral at all, rather that ethics were for the physical plane only. The woman felt the opposite, that we should continue to treat others as we want to be treated.

Would you be happy to learn that someone was walking around your house without your consent? There are plenty of volunteers who welcome astral travelers into their home (myself included) so is canvasing the home of someone who doesn’t know you might show up morally correct? There are times when travelers cannot control where they show up, and there are travelers who ask to see a friend or loved one and arrive at their house. An OBE’er can’t exactly call ahead for permission, which is why there is no easy answer to the question of what is, and isn’t, ethical astral traveling.

Another topic that often surfaces is astral sex. Is it wrong to participate in astral sex if one is in a monogamous partnership in the physical world? Is it wrong to participate for any reason?

Many travelers find themselves in the act without any effort or initiation from themselves, and many more find that while in an out of body state, being intimate with others feel exactly right. No guilt, no drama, just a perfectly natural means of interacting with other souls.

I discussed it with my spouse and neither of us considers it wrong for our marriage, while I’ve spoken with others who do feel that astral sex is a form of infidelity.

Obviously different people will have different opinions on all of this and the other topics regarding the moral “right’s” and “wrong’s” of life outside the body. Let’s talk about it and open ourselves to such discussions with love and respect for each other. I recommend asking yourself first what is acceptable when traveling by starting with the Golden Rule, “Do onto others as you would have done unto you.” Would you want someone walking around your house without your consent? Is affection without a body something you want your partner engaging in?

Rayne’s Ritual Way

February, 2012

Imbolc

Festival of Lights

Lore:

Brigid is the Celtic Goddess of Inspiration, light, and the hearth. It is said the infant Goddess was born at the exact second of day break and rose into the sky with the sun as flames licked around her head. Her symbols include fire, cows, milk, candles, and light. Brigid is the spark of creation in all of us. She fills the empty vessel with light so that we may bring forth fruition.

Purpose:

Imbolc celebrates the initial stirrings of spring, and the return of the warmth and light to the world. It’s a perfect time for cleansing and purification! Basically time to come out of hibernation and greet the sun. As the wheel of the year turns at Imbolc the Goddess is a young mother, and the God is growing from an infant at Yule to a vigorous child.

Colors:

White (probably due to the ties to milk)

Yellow (the sun)

Tools:

Several white taper or tea light candles

Chalice filled with milk

Quarter candles

Seeds of some sort (herbs to transplant on Ostara work wonderfully)

A small pot with soil in it

Goddess and God candle

Sage Wand

Athame

Small Thing of water

Ritual:

Begin the ritual by placing the white taper or tea light candles throughout the house, and one on the altar. Once all the candles are placed turn out all the lights in the house. Pour your seeds into a bowl. Then light the sage wand and cleanse yourself, and your space. Once the space is cleansed walk deosil around the circle with your finger or athame. You can cast the circle silently or with the chant I have:

“I cast the circle round and round,

From earth to sky, and sky to ground;

Outside time, and outside space,

The circle is cast I reside between the worlds.”1

Visualize the inside of the circle growing with white light.

Invoke the four quarters by standing at each coordinate point, light the candle after you have said the quarter invocation.

East (Air Candle): I open my mind to the East – Powers of Air, and the steady gale. Blow clean the negativity of the darkness passed. Moving breath of the Goddess may you bring fourth creativity and inspiration. Light the candle.

South (Fire Candle): I open my mind to the South – Powers of Fire, and the eternal flame. Ignite my inner passion. Sacred touch of the Goddess may you bring fourth my never ceasing inner will, and irrevocable change. Light the candle.

West (Water Candle): I open my intuition to the West – Powers of Water, and the flowing stream. Move within me. Sacred blood of the Goddess may you bring fourth my higher will, and the divine will of the Goddess. Light the candle.

North (Earth Candle): I open my Spirit to the North – Powers of Earth, and the gentle unfolding of Spring. Move around me.  Sacred womb of the Goddess may you bring fourth reverence, and compassion. Light the candle.

Once the quarters have been called proceed to the Goddess Invocation. “I dedicate myself and my ritual to Brigid Goddess of inspiration, creativity, and light. I welcome you into my circle, may your light fill me, and may it bring me replenishment in abundance. Blessed Be. Light the candle. Next close your eyes and visualize the silence and coldness of winter. Feel it all around. Open your eyes and light the taper candle on the altar. Visualize the light pulsating from the candle into your body. See your body aglow. Create a doorway in the circle and walk through your house lighting all the candles one by one. Once you get back to the center of your house or wherever your ritual is taking place close the circle, and say. “Goddess Brigid bringer of light may your divine energy spark the creativity within me, and birth inspiration to cultivate my dreams.” Take your potted plant and seeds. Pour your intentions into the seeds; see them representing your goals, your wishes, and your dreams. Once you’ve charged the seeds plant them into the pot, put your fingers into the soil. Feel it warm just as the sun warms the earth for the stirrings of spring. You too are warming the earth with your energy. Once this is complete pour a small amount of water unto the soil, and place it in a window seal after the ritual is complete.

Proceed to the cakes and ale portion of the ritual. On Imbolc I like to walk outside and pour a small amount of milk on the ground as offering to the Goddess Brigid, and thank her for once again stirring the Earth back to life from the coldness of winter. Thank and bid farewell to the quarters. At each candle say “Stay if you will go if you must in perfect love and perfect trust, So mote it be.” And extinguish the candle.

I hope everyone has a great Imbolc!

Blessed Be!

Meditation Moment

February, 2012

Imbolc meditation 2012

Imbolc is a celebration of the coming of Spring, and with Spring comes inspiration, creativity, and growth.  Imbolc is the traditional time of Spring Cleaning, both of our physical world, as well as our inner world.  We need to clean out old patterns of thinking and behaving that no longer serve us, so we don’t get stuck in a loop, chasing our proverbial tails and wondering why we aren’t getting anywhere.

For this meditation, you should have handy something to write on and something to write with.  Make sure you will be undisturbed for at least 20 minutes.  Consider recording your own voice reading this meditation so you can really get into it, or having a friend record it for you if hearing your own voice distracts you.

Make your body comfortable, and tell the nagging voices in your mind to shush.

Breath deeply, and pay exquisite attention to each breath.  How does breathing feel?  What do you smell and taste in the air?

How does the air feel as it enters your throat and passes into your lungs?

How do your lungs feel as they expand and deflate?

Relax with each breath.  Relax every inch of your body.  Relax your mind, and allow yourself to drift into that trance-like state just before sleep.

You are in a safe place, a sacred place, YOUR sacred place.  How does it look to you?

Take your time looking at your sacred space, and making changes to it with your will until it feels perfect for you in this moment.

When you are ready, find a door.  Know that when you open this door, you will find a wooded path, a path that will lead you to a cave.  No harm will come to you on this path.  You are safe, protected, and loved.

When you are ready, open the door.

Follow the path to an inviting, cozy cave, lit  from within by a hearth against the back wall.  The floor of the cave is soft dirt, and the walls are decorated with metal armor and weapons, beautifully detailed metal-work.

There are stacks of books by the entrance, and you know that they are full of poetry and prose, words that express and call to mind all the beauty and wonder of the universe and the experiences of life.

In the center of the cave, there is an anvil between the flames of the hearth and a simple well in the middle of the floor.  By the well stands a girl with long wild hair that shines with all the shades ever seen in  flame, and large swirling eyes that reveal every shade of water, from the healing tropical seas to the preserving arctic glaciers.  You know She is the maiden form of the Celtic Goddess Brighid, and you kneel before Her so that you and She are face to face.

Brighid the Child takes your face into Her hands and gazes into your eyes.  Her gaze fills you with unconditional love, the love a baby feels for her mother, and a mother feels for her child.  This pure love fills you, healing all the scars in your chakras and your aura, and fills every cell of your being, illuminating you from within.

When you feel like you can’t possibly take in anymore love, Brighid the Child opens Her arms for a hug.  You embrace Her, holding Her to your chest, resting your head against Her soft hair.

As you settle into the hug, you notice a warm sensation where your chest meets Hers.  The warmth gets hotter and hotter until you are sure there will be a scorch mark on your breast.  Though it doesn’t hurt, you are afraid that it will.

“You are safe,” Brighid the Child whispers.  “Let me kindle your heart with mine.  Let your passions awaken, and let your creativity flow.  Trust Me, and trust yourself.”

You whisper, “I trust You.  I trust myself,” and a spark ignites in your heart.

Your heart-flames burn away old frustration and anger, leaving only the fierce love of the Goddess and the will to create with Her.

Tears run down your cheeks, washing away stagnant emotions, the sadness, fears, and doubts that once blocked you.

Brighid the Child holds you and strokes your hair until you are balanced and calm, cleansed and filled with joy and gratitude.

As you dry your eyes, She offers you a drink of water from Her well, which you accept with thanks.  As you drink, savor the sweet flavor.  Know that the tears you cried left an empty space inside you, and that this water is filling that space with nourishment, confidence, and sacred knowledge.

You thank Brighid for Her gracious gifts, and ask Her what you can do to call this feeling back to you at will.

Listen for Her answer.  What does She say?

What does She show you?

When you are ready, give the Goddess a gift from your heart.  Then bid Her farewell, and leave the cave.

Follow the path through the woods, back to your sacred doorway.

Enter your sacred space, and breath deeply into your being.

Feel the air expand your lungs, and feel them deflate as you exhale.

Feel your diaphragm stretch and contract with every breath.

Feel your heart beat in the rhythm of life, your rhythm.

What can you feel with your skin?

What can you taste on your tongue?

What do you smell with your nose?

What can you hear with your ears?

What do you see with your eyes?

How does it feel to be back in your body?

Welcome home.

Now write down any ideas that have come to you before they turn to ash or wash away!

Stones Corner

February, 2012

Dravite

Brown Tourmaline.  Strongly associated with healing and cleaning in the will chakra.  Excellent for the legs, as well.


Eilat

Excels in healing emotional and physical aspects of heart/lungs and throat.  Flushes out/heals hurt, fear, stress, loss.  Antidepressant.  Sinuses.  Mouth.  Bone and tissue regeneration.  On Solar Plexus, aligns the subtle bodies, harmonizes heart, mind and body.  Self-expression, creativity.  Balances yin/yang.  Draws out pain, inflammation, fever.

Elestial

Special form of clear/smokey quartz.  Changes confusion/illusions to clarity, seeing truth, overview.  Psychicness, openness to higher self/God/spirituality.  Stimulates crown chakra to rise above situations , emotions.  May initially intensify lower thoughts (ego, denial, self-judging…) to release these blocks to open heart/mind.  Healing brain cells from drug/alcohol use.  Use as a bridge stone to enhance energy flow between chakras.

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