April, 2012

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April, 2012

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Musings From the Mossy Trail

April, 2012

Freyr, Vanic Tribal God

In days of Nordic yore, two great races of gods, the Vanir (associated with fertility, wisdom and the ability to see the future) and the Aesir (associated with power and warriors) battled between themselves until it was apparent the neither could conquer the other. A truce was called in order to unify the pantheon and two Vanic gods, Njord and his son Freyr, were sent to live among the Aesir in exchange for Hoenir and Mimir, who were sent to live among the Vanir.

Freyr, Chief of the Vanir, is a great fertility god, a god of peace and a noble warrior.  He bestows growth, abundance, wealth and luck among all who seek him and was known to bring blessings to crops, livestock, and creative endeavors, as well as govern horses and boars. It is said that he sired a line of kings and is seen as a tribal god, and can be called upon as guarantor of prosperity for the entire community.

Immediately loved by all, when he cut his first tooth, the Aesir gifted him with Alfheim, land of the light-elves. He rides a golden boar named Gullinbursti, which was given him by the Dwarves and sails upon the ship Skidbladnir, which can be folded and carried in a pouch when not in use.

Freyr bestows sensual love and is reputed as gentle, kind, and never mistreats a woman. His most famous myth is the tale of his giantess bride and the sacrfifice he made to earn her love.

High above the lands of elves and men, dwarfs, and the world of the dead, Freyr climbed the steps of Hlidskjalf, the sacred watchtower. Though this act was forbidden, for not even Thor nor Loki were permitted upon the All Father’s throne, he only wished to see his sister Freya once again, as she wandered in sorrowful search of her missing husband.

He placed himself upon Odin’s seat and peered into the worlds below, beginning with Midgard, the world of men, through the other eight worlds and settled on  the Realm of the Giants, Jötunheim, with its dark snow and ice covered mountains, frost and bitter cold. He scanned the barren land slowly until his gaze landed upon a beautiful giant maiden, who stepped out of her dwelling, paused for only a moment, and returned to the comfort of the indoors.

He sat transfixed upon the throne, star struck with her beauty and unable to move for a very long time. That night he was not able to sleep, and woke in the morning with pangs of loneliness and longing for the woman who stole his heart and the distance which separated them. He went to his father, who warned that his affections had fallen upon Gerda, the daughter of the giant Gymer, and the only way for him to win her, would be to give up that which he held most valuable, his magic sword.

Without hesitation, Freyr released his sword from his side, though his father begged him to reconsider, for without his sword, he would be left defenseless in times of war. Heedleesly,  Freyr turned on his heel and made arrangements to woo her love, for no sacrifice was too great, not even his death, for the beautiful Gerda.

With some coaxing, gifts and a touch of magic, the giantess Gerda reluctantly agreed to meet with Freyr. But seeing him stand noble and virtuous, handsome and strong, her heart quickly warmed to his affections. Rings of gold were exchanged and it was agreed that the couple would share their lives within the halls of Asgard.

During this beautiful spring season, while the sun shines upon the fields, flowers bud over land and trees, and the rivers and creeks flow joyously, send a word of devotion to Freyr, he who nurtures the earth and sky, land spirits and all of humanity with gifts of happiness and pleasure. Blessings to all.

WiseWoman Traditions

April, 2012

Be Your Own herbal Expert

Part 8

herbal medicine is the medicine of the people. It is simple, safe, effective, and free. Our ancestors used – and our neighbors around the world still use – plant medicines for healing and health maintenance. It’s easy. You can do it too, and you don’t need a degree or any special training.

Ancient memories arise in you when you begin to use herbal medicine. These lessons are designed to nourish and activate those memories and your inner herbalist so you can be your own herbal expert.

In our first lesson, we learned how to “listen” to the plants by focusing on how they taste. In lesson two, we explored simples and water-based herbal remedies. In the third lesson, we learned how to tell safe (nourishing and tonifying) herbs from more dangerous (stimulating and sedating) herbs. Our fourth lesson dealt with poisons; we learned how to make a tincture and we put together our herbal Medicine Chest. The fifth lesson found us making herbal vinegars, and the sixth, making herbal oils.

In our last lesson together, we looked at our thoughts about healing; we discussed the Scientific goal of fixing the broken machine, the Heroic intention to cleanse the toxins from our polluted bodies, and the Wise Woman desire to nourish the wholeness of the unique individual.

In this, the eighth lesson, we return to the herbal pharmacy, to make healing sweets: herbal honeys, syrups, and cough drops.

In our next lesson, the ninth and last of this series, we will continue our exploration of the ideas behind healing with a tour of the Seven Medicines.

HONEY

Honey has been regarded as a healing substance for thousands of years. Greek healers relied on honey water, vinegar water, and honey/vinegar water as their primary cures. An Egyptian medical text dated to about 2600 BCE mentions honey 500 times in 900 remedies. What makes honey so special?

First, honey is antibacterial. It counters infections on the skin, in the intestines, in the respiratory system, or throughout the body.

Second, honey is hydroscopic, a long word meaning “water loving”. Honey holds moisture in the place where it is put; it can even draw moisture out of the air. A honey facial leaves skin smooth and deliciously moist. These two qualities – anti-infective and hydroscopic – make honey an ideal healer of wounds of all kinds, including burns, bruises and decubita (skin ulcers), an amazing soother for sore throats, a powerful ally against bacterial diarrhea, and a counter to asthma.

Third, honey may be as high as 35 percent protein. This, along with the readily-available carbohydrate (sugar) content, provides a substantial surge of energy and a counter to depression. Some sources claim that honey is equal, or superior, to ginseng in restoring vitality. Honey’s proteins also promote healing, both internally and externally.

And honey is a source of vitamins B, C, D and E, as well as some minerals. It appears to strengthen the immune system and help prevent (some authors claim to cure) cancer.

Honey is gathered from flowers, and individual honeys from specific flowers may be more beneficial than a blended honey. Tupelo honey, from tupelo tree blossoms, is high in levulose, which slows the digestion of the honey making it more appropriate for diabetics. Manuka honey, from New Zealand, is certified as antibacterial. My “house brand” is a rich, black, locally-produced autumn honey gathered by the bees from golden rod, buckwheat, chicory, and other wild flowers.

Raw honey also contains pollen and propolis, bee and flower products that have special healing powers.

Bee pollen, like honey, is a concentrated source of protein and vitamins; unlike honey, it is a good source of minerals, hormonal precursors, and fatty acids. Bee pollen has a reputation for relieving, and with consistent use, curing allergies and asthma. The pollens that cause allergic reactions are from plants that are wind-pollinated, not bee-pollinated, so any bee pollen, or any honey containing pollen, ought to be helpful. One researcher found an 84 percent reduction in symptoms among allergy sufferers who consumed a spoonful of honey a day during the spring, summer, and fall plus three times a week in the winter.

Propolis is made by the bees from resinous tree saps and is a powerful antimicrobial substance. Propolis can be tinctured in pure grain alcohol (resins do not dissolve well in 100 proof vodka, my first choice for tinctures) and used to counter infections such as bronchitis, sinusitis, colds, flus, gum disease, and tooth decay.

WARNING: All honey, but especially raw honey, contains the spores of botulinus. While this is not a problem for adults, children under the age of one year may not have enough stomach acid to prevent these spores from developing into botulism, a deadly poison.

hERBAL HONEYS

herbal honeys are made by pouring honey over fresh herbs and allowing them to merge over a period of several days to several months. When herbs are infused into honey, the water-loving honey absorbs all the water-soluble components of the herb, and all the volatile oils too, most of which are anti-infective. herbal honeys are medicinal and they taste great. When I look at my shelf of herbal honeys I feel like the richest person in the world.

Using Your herbal Honeys

Place a tablespoonful of your herbal honey (include herb as well as honey) into a mug; add boiling water; stir and drink. Or, eat herbal honeys by the spoonful right from the jar to soothe and heal sore, infected throats and tonsils. Smear the honey (no herb please) onto wounds and burns.

Make an herbal Honey

{  Coarsely chop the fresh herb of your choice (leave garlic whole).

{  Put chopped herb into a wide-mouthed jar, filling almost to the top.

{  Pour honey into the jar, working it into the herb with a chopstick if needed.

{  Add a little more honey to fill the jar to the very top.

{  Cover tightly. Label.

Your herbal honey is ready to use in as little as a day or two, but will be more medicinal if allowed to sit for six weeks.

herbal honeys made from aromatic herbs make wonderful gifts.

Make a Russian Cold Remedy

{  Fill a small jar with unpeeled cloves of garlic.

{  If desired, add one very small onion, cut in quarters, but not peeled.

{  Fill the jar with honey.

{  Label and cover.

This remedy is ready to use the next day. It is taken by the spoonful to ward off both colds and flus. It is sovereign against sore throats, too. And it tastes yummy!

(Garlic may also carry botulinus spores, but no adult has ever gotten botulism from this remedy. A local restaurant poisoned patrons by keeping garlic in olive oil near a hot stove for months before using it, though.)

Make an Egyptian Wound Salve

I thought at first this would be dreadful stuff to put on an open wound . . . Instead, the bacteria in the fat disappeared and when pathogenic bacteria were added . . . they were killed just as fast,” commented scientists who tested this formula found in the ancient Smith Papyrus.

{  Mix one tablespoonful of honey with two tablespoonsful of organic animal fat.

{  Put in a small jar and label.

Increase the wound-healing ability of this salve by using an herbally-infused fat.

Make a Remedy to Counter Diarrhea

{  Fill one glass with eight ounces of orange juice.

{  Add a pinch of salt and a teaspoonful of honey.

{  Fill another glass with eight ounces of distilled water.

{  Add ¼ teaspoonful of baking soda.

{  Drink alternately from both glasses until empty.

Make Dr. Christopher’s Burn Healer

He recommends this for burns covering large areas. Keep the burn constantly wet with this healer for best results.

{  Place chopped fresh comfrey leaves in a blender.

{  Add aloe vera gel to half cover.

{  Add honey to cover.

{  Blend and apply.

Best to make only as much as you can use in a day; store extra in refrigerator.

Fresh Plants That I Use to Make herbal Honeys

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Comfrey leaf (Symphytum off.)

Cronewort/mugwort (emisia vulgaris)

Fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare)

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Ginger root (Zingiber officinalis)

Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)

Lavender (Lavendula off.)

Lemon Balm (Melissa off.)

Lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla)

Marjoram (Origanum majorana)

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Osha root (Ligusticum porterii)

Peppermint (Mentha pipperata)

Rose petals (Rosa canina and others)

Rose hips (Rosa)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus off.)

Sage (Salvia off.)

Shiso (Perilla frutescens)

Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

Thyme (Thymus species)

Yarrow blossoms (Achillea millefolium)

hERBAL SYRUPS

herbal syrups are sweetened, condensed herbal infusions. Cough drops are concentrated syrups. Alcohol is frequently added to syrups to help prevent fermentation and stabilize the remedy. Cough drops and lozenges, having less water, keep well without the addition of alcohol.

Bitter herbs, especially when effective in a fairly small dose, are often made into syrups: horehound, yellow dock, dandelion, chicory, and motherwort spring to mind in this regard.

Herbs that are especially effective in relieving throat infections and breathing problems are also frequently made into syrups, especially when honey is used as the sweetener: coltsfoot flowers (not leaves), comfrey leaves (not roots), horehound, elder berries, mullein, osha root, pine, sage, and wild cherry bark are favorites for “cough” syrups.

Using herbal Syrups

A dose of most herbal syrup is 1-3 teaspoonfuls, taken as needed. Take a spoonful of bitter syrup just before meals for best results. Take cough syrups as often as every hour.

Make an herbal Syrup

To make an herbal syrup you will need the following supplies:

{  One ounce of dried herb (weight, not volume)

{  A clean dry quart/liter jar with a tight lid

{  Boiling water

{  Measuring cup

{  A heavy-bottomed medium-sized saucepan

{  2 cups sugar or 1½ cups honey

{  A sterilized jar with a small neck and a good lid (a cork stopper is ideal)

{  A little vodka (optional)

{  A label and pen

Place the full ounce of dried herb into the quart jar and fill it to the top with boiling water. Cap tightly. After 4-10 hours, decant your infusion, saving the liquid and squeezing the herb to get the last of the goodness out of it.

Measure the amount of liquid you have (usually about 3½ cups). Pour this into the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat until the infusion is just barely simmering. Continue to simmer until the liquid is reduced by half (pour it out of the pan and into the measuring cup now and then to check). This step can take several hours; the decoction is not spoiled if it is reduced to less than half, but it is ruined if it boils hard or if it burns. Keep a close eye on it.

When you have reduced the infusion to less then two cups, add the sugar or honey (or sweetener of your choice) and bring to a rolling boil. Pour, boiling hot, into your jar. (Sterilize the jar by boiling it in plain water for a few minutes just before filling it.) If desired, add some vodka to preserve the syrup.

Allow the bottle of syrup to come to room temperature. Label it. Store it in the refrigerator or keep it in a cool place.

Make herbal Cough Drops

You must make a syrup with sugar, not honey to make cough drops, but you can use raw sugar or brown sugar instead of white sugar and it will work just as well.

Instead of pouring your boiling hot syrup into a bottle, keep boiling it. Every minute or so, drop a bit into cold water. When it forms a hard ball in the cold water, immediately turn off the fire. Pour your very thick syrup into a buttered flat dish. Cool, then cut into small squares.

A dusting of powdered sugar will keep them from sticking. Store airtight in a cool place.

Make Throat-Soothing Lozenges

{  Put an ounce of marshmallow root powder or slippery elm bark powder in a bowl.

{  Slowly add honey, stirring constantly, until you have a thick paste

{  Roll your slippery elm paste into small balls

{  Roll the balls in more slippery elm powder

Store in a tightly-closed tin. These will keep for up to ten years.

Plants That I Use to Make herbal Syrups

Comfrey leaves (Symphytum uplandica x)

Chicory roots (Cichorium intybus)

Dandelion flowers or roots (Taraxacum off.)

Elder berries (Sambucus canadensis)

Horehound leaves and stems (Marrubium vulgare)

Motherwort leaves (Leonurus cardiaca) pick before flowering

Plantain leaves or roots (Plantago majus)

Osha root (Ligusticum porterii)

Pine needles or inner bark (Pinus)

Sage (Salvia off.)

Wild cherry bark (Prunus serotina)

Yellow dock roots (Rumex crispus)

Coming up

In our last lesson of this series, we will examine the Seven Medicines: Serenity Medicine, Story Medicine, Energy Medicine, LifeStyle Medicine,herbal and Alternative Medicine, Pharmaceutical Medicine, and Hi-Tech Medicine.

Experiment Number One

Make a simple syrup, using only one plant. Make it once with honey, once with white sugar, and once with a sweetener of your choice, such as barley malt, agave syrup, molasses, sorghum syrup, or maple syrup. (See list for suggestions of plants to use.)

Experiment Number Two

Make a syrup with three or more plants. Choose plants that are local to your area, or ones that you can most easily buy.

Experiment Number Three

Make three or more simple herbal honeys using different parts of plants, such as flowers, leaves, roots, or seeds. (See list for suggestions of plants to use.)

Experiment Number Four

Make an herbal honey with a plant rich in essential oils (such as sage, rosemary, lavender, or mint). Try it as a wound treatment. Try it on minor burns. Try it as a facial masque. Record your observations.

Experiment Number Five

Make one or more of the recipes in this lesson.

Further study

  1. Make a yellow dock iron tonic syrup following the recipe in my book Wise Woman herbal for  the Childbearing Year.

  1. Make “Peel Power” following the recipe in my book New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way.


Advanced work

Compare the effects of honey from the supermarket, organic honey, raw honey, and herbal honey by using each one to treat the same problems and carefully recording your observations.

Plastic Paths: The Astral Travel Chronicles

April, 2012

The Attic Laboratory

The walls are wood and old; the varnish is wearing off in many places. There is no electricity but the room is never too dark to see. A rectangle shape that is perhaps four foot by ten foot, and most recently, a window opposite the always closed door. This is my attic laboratory, rustic, aged, perfect.

Many teachers guide their students to build an astral lab. These are generally created for problem solving, searching for solutions, and manifesting. Often, the teacher will help their student create their lab by using guided imagery, and students are often encouraged to add personal touches whenever and however they can, so that the mental lab is truly personal. This brings me to one of my few standing rules: if it works for you, keep it, if not, toss it. Or, change it, turn it, tweak it, so that it does work for you.

Stress was an incredible helper when it came to building my lab (thanks, stress!). One night while I was trying to sleep, the burning, churning sensation in my stomach was competing with the rolling thoughts in my head to see which could break me first–or at least keep me awake the longest. It was a tie until, at the peak of desperation, I began to imagine pulling the stressful situation out of my head, making it a tangible cloud of anger, fear, and betrayal, and putting it in a Mason jar. I screwed the lid on tight, and while I knew that matters from this situation would have to be dealt with, I told the rumbling cloud in a jar, “not now. I’ll come back for you later, but not now. I need to sleep.”

A wooden shelf appeared in front of me so that’s where the jar was placed. A room had appeared around me, with no effort from myself. It was the room described above. I recognized it immediately even though I don’t recall ever seeing it before. I knew it was in an attic of sorts, though how I knew this was never made clear.

Amazingly, the physical symptoms of stress were all gone and I was able to sleep soundly. The next day, my perspective of the situation was different, clearer, and I didn’t worry about the outcome any more, I felt confident that all would work out just fine. No grudges wanted to be held, no bitterness fought to stay. I knew that I had to go back to that feeling cloud in the jar so that it wasn’t just sitting on a mental shelf, waiting to break up and surprise me one day with an ambush, so every night, in a meditative pre-sleep slumber, I visited the jar and imagined the cloud being injected with lavender light for understanding, peace, and love to all involved. As I did this, the cloud got smaller and smaller, and when the cloud was more lavender than any other color, I opened the jar and sent the cloud of the newly formed window in my attic laboratory. The universe took the cloud and dissolved it, making the cloud gone forever.

Notice how a window appeared when it was needed? Your room should change like that, but more about that later.

Recently, there was an issue at work. During my initial interview I mentioned that I was scheduled to go to a convention a few months later, which would cut into my time at the job, but all tickets were non-refundable. The HR person across the table assured me this would not be a problem, but when I got the job, I was informed that new employees cannot take time off during their first 20 weeks. I pled my case and waited as a new stress ball formed in my stomach and at the back of my head, waited as my new manager stayed silent about her decision to let me go to the convention without consequence, or let me go from the new job entirely when I refused to eat the $500 of non-refundable tickets by not attending the convention.

That is when I took my troubles to the attic, where I pulled a glass baking dish from the ether with soil. I visualized the problem was a lump of energy, and planted it in the soil, then planted love, and watered the whole thing was a loving resolution. I then imagined my manager holding the bowl with me. We were both smiling, happy, and laughing. Then I placed the dish on the shelf and went to sleep.

The very next day, that same manager pulled me aside, smiled warmly, and told me to have fun at the convention. The time away wasn’t a big deal, she said.

Similarly, during a money crisis, I found a filled a glass dish with soil and planted money seeds, sprinkled it all with love and abundance, and told the seeds to grow big and fat. Immediately, the first seed planted grew large; I plucked it, thanked it, and set it next to the pan. The very next day, a check for $500 arrived in the mail from a friend who had inherited another friend’s estate. The note accompanying the check read, “I just wanted to share.”

In my experience the knack to getting the most out of these astral laboratories is being in a meditative state and striking a balance between surrender and control: control over visualization and surrendering to what happens during the process. For example, I chose to plant a money seed, but watched as the first seed grew without any effort from me.

One must also surrender to astral instinct (if ‘instinct’ is the right word). Planting situations or items in soil wasn’t my conscious decision, rather as I stood in my lab and thought about what I needed and what my purpose was for being there, I just…did it. The actions and props were all right for the time and so the part of me in control went along with what was happening. Make sense? Find that place between decisions of the mind and actions of the soul. The combined wisdom of our awake self, astral self, and higher self is powerful, strong, and astronomically amazing.

However, this is not so easy, at least not for me, and I find that there are times of great struggle when I try to maintain that balance. Just as when one is trying to leave one’s body and must keep the conscious mind silent yet focused. For me, the ideal time appears to be in the middle of a long sleep pattern. I generally sleep between 4-6 hours a night, and if I wake up in the middle of this time I can balance between asleep and awake. This is when I get the best results.

If you already have an astral laboratory then I encourage you to explore it further and experiment a little more inside the marvelous dwelling. If you don’t have one yet, create your own problem-solving lair is worthwhile. Get into that deep state, far enough away from the awake world that you can surrender completely, but not so far that you have no choice but to let go entirely. Don’t get discouraged if this takes a little practice because you’re already a master, you might just need a little practice to find your way back.

Allow your astral world to contribute to the decorating and know that nothing in this lab is permanent—all things will change as they need to and as you allow it, and it is always in your benefit to allow changes. There is a powerful and loving flow moving through every part of you, but we often block it with ego. In this lab, there is no ego allowed! Keep the flow and watch in amazement how much the universe wants things to work out right for you!

One must trust that what happens in this lab can be trusted completely. If you’re working and a glass baking dish, for example, appears, you need to know that it is exactly what is in your best interest. Or if a person appears, you need to know that this person is there exactly when they will do the most good for you, so if complete trust is not something that comes naturally in your astral lab, then please do a ritual (or prayer, or whatever works best for you). Perhaps put up a barrier so that only love may enter, only love may leave. But really, use the words and do the actions that create a safe environment just for you.

Another key point to success with these labs is that once your time inside is done, you must release the situation entirely, trusting that what you’ve done in the lab will carry over into the waking world. Let it go. This seems to be the biggest point: releasing. I think I understand why—have we actually stopped the processes of our lab work if we are still going over what has or could happen in our minds? Can the energies get to work if we are still trying to control what we have sent them to alter? Maybe, but not with the same power if we handed over the item completely. Can you wash a dish while someone is still eating off it? Yeah, but not with the same results.

Also, don’t resist. Easier said than done, I know, but resistance is a sign that you’re going against the flow, and that flow is trying to get you where you need to be. Perhaps, like so many of us, you’ve experienced moments when you really, really wanted something that in hindsight you realize was actually wrong for you. Here we are brought back to the point of surrender: if you are focused on something that appears to be working against you in your lab, then maybe, just maybe, it would be in your best interest to go in a different direction. Think of resistance as a guide: hit it and know you’re heading in the wrong direction.

Ok, so to summarize: build your lab, work in your lab, and do whatever it takes to allow an environment in which perfect trust is possible, and then surrender. Surrender to the knowledge that all the various forms of “you” and the universe want you to win, want you to be happy and want you to be well.

Do the work, set your sights, and let the moment of energy flow inside your very own laboratory. The results are worth the work!

Rayne’s Ritual Way

April, 2012

Aspecting

Aspecting is a ritual you can perform to attune yourself with the energies of a particular deity.  For a period of time you invite the deity to reside within you, and as they test you and present you with lessons you in turn ask that they share a particular gift with you.

What you need:

A candle (preferably in a color that corresponds to your deity)

An offering

Something that represents your deity

What you do:

First: RESEARCH!!! I can’t stress this part enough! You really want to have a connection with your deity, be it there myths, or their attributes. You need something that really resonates with you. Psychologically when we search for partners be that friends, or lovers we usually seek out people who complement our personalities. For instance if you are usually a disorganized person perhaps you find someone who is very structured attractive because you admire their sense of organization; the same can be true with Aspecting.  Seek a deity that resonates with you, one who you respect or admire, and one who you could learn from. Next allot a certain amount of time to work with your deity. Be it a month, a lunar cycle, etc. I’m going to show you my Aspecting ritual so you can have a good idea of what you want to say. Basically you want to ask the deity to reside within you, share with you lessons, and bless you with their gifts. It really helps to talk to the deity like there really there with you. Every time you work with your deity even if it’s just to invoke their essence light the candle and ruminate in what you’ve asked of the deity. At the end of the time I your candle isn’t burned completely out, you can continue burning it or bury it. Whichever fits your fancy.

Rayne’s Ritual Aspecting with Oya

This is my personal Aspecting ritual.

Oya is a Yoruban Orisha, she rides with the wind, what she destroys you no longer need. I asked her to grant me her gift of strong will, and determination. Her color is burgundy, her number is nine, and she likes copper, so I incorporated all of these elements into the ritual. On the night of the full moon I took nine copper coins, and my burgundy candle outside. I laid the coins around the candle, ground and centered myself, and then said something like this:

“Blessed Oya, Orisha of change of the gentle breeze and fierce hurricane I invite you here. By lighting this candle I enter an agreement that I will take to heart any lessons you present me with, and I ask that in return you, Oya, stay with me as the moon wanes and goes to new, and rises and becomes full. I vow to have an open heart, to receive your knowledge, to receive your gift of unmovable determination and you never ceasing will. Help me accept change and be as fluid and steadfast as the wind. For what you destroy I no longer need. Blessed Be.” Light the candle, I then left the candles outside as an offering to The Orisha of change.

**This is a VERY personal experience people will experience their deity in many ways, keep your eyes, mind, and heart open for your deity, and they will manifest in your life. When it comes to the end of your allotted time and if you feel like you haven’t learned anything again tell your deity that you wish them to show you themselves to you. Continue researching your deity, and make a connection! Blessed Be all!**

Paranormal Path

April, 2012

Just Add Water


Water has long been described as so many things; it has been a symbol of cleansing and purification, a source needed to sustain life, and a home to many forms of plants and animals.  However many bodies of water are also home to spirits as well.

Many have heard of the Flying Dutchman.  In 1680 a ship captained by a man named Hendrick Vanderdecken, set sail from Amsterdam to Batavia.  A terrible storm was approaching as they came to the Cape of Good Hope and the crew believed it to be a sign from God.  The captain ignored all warnings and continued on.  The storm claimed the ship and its passengers.  Now, there is the belief that Vanderdecken and his crew are forced to roam the waters near the cape for eternity as punishment.

There have been many sightings of The Flying Dutchman; the first recorded sighting was in 1835 by a British ship.  The crew saw the phantom ship approaching during a storm, it came so close the crew feared they would collide but the ship disappeared.  The last recorded sighting was in 1942 by four witnesses off the coast of Cape Town.  They reported seeing the ship sail into Table Bay and vanish.

So now that we have covered a well known ghost ship, how about the story of a ship that many believed to be cursed?  Christened in 1861, the Amazon seemed to be the epitome of “bad luck”.  Just 48 hours after taking command of the ship, its captain died suddenly.  When she finally had her maiden voyage, the ship struck a fence leaving a large gash in the hull.  While this damage was being repaired, a fire broke out on board.  Soon the ship was operational again but during only the third time crossing the Atlantic, The Amazon collided with another ship.  In 1867 the ship was wrecked and abandoned off the coast of Newfoundland.  Someone decided to put faith back into her because it was raised and restored by an American company who sailed south to sell the ship.  In 1872 Captain Benjamin Briggs purchased the Amazon and renamed her Mary Celeste.  Captain Briggs raised the sails and with his family headed toward the Mediterranean.  The story doesn’t end there.  In December of 1872 the crew of the Dei Gratia found the Mary Celeste floating, completely unattended, about 600 miles off the coast of Portugal.  Nothing appeared to be wrong, the ship was in perfect condition, the sails were set and the cargo had not been touched.  The crew’s belongings were still on board and a breakfast sat as if someone had started but never finished it.  There was no sign of a storm or a struggle and the last entry to the log was made On November 24th.  The entry did not describe any trouble or hardship.  If the ship was abandoned shortly after the last entry it would have been drifting for a week and a half but according to the crew of the Dei Gratia this was not possible due to the way the ships sails were set and its position.  The ship was guided for several days after the last entry, yet Captain Briggs, his family and crew were never found.

Phantom ships, cursed ships, all part of the mysterious seas, but what about the water itself being haunted?  In 1924 Crew members of the S.S Watertown, James Courtney and Michael Meehan were cleaning a cargo tank when both were killed by the gas fumes.  The custom at the time was to bury the sailors at sea.  For several days after their burial, the two men’s faces were seen in the water following the ship.  The Captain reported the strange occurrence to his employees and it was suggested he try to photograph the images.  He did just that and the photo is quite eerie.  Two ghostly faces can be seen as if they are rising from the water itself.  However the photo’s authenticity has been debated for decades.

There is no denying; tales of the haunted seas have been very popular for centuries.  They bring about images of pirates, hidden treasures, and glorious ships.  There are still things we have yet to discover lurking in the deep waters, and there are still things shrouded in aquatic mystery that have yet to discover us.

Sources
http://paranormal.about.com/library/weekly/aa011700a.htm
http://www.angelsghosts.com/ss_watertown_famous_ghost_picture.html

Witches’ Paradigms, Part Two: Following the Moon

April, 2012

Witches’ Paradigms, Part Two: Following the Moon

Following the Moon:

While reverencing the Sun and the Earth, polytheistic witches identify the Moon as the special Goddess of witchcraft, a view borne out by that classic of the modern Craft, Aradia, Gospel of the Witches, recorded by Charles G. Leland and published in 1890.  Additionally, the witch Goddess (called the Lady and regarded by Wiccans as the personification of all Goddesses combined) has three visible aspects, corresponding to the waxing, full and waning phases of the Moon, known also as the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone.  She also has a hidden fourth phase, the Dark of the Moon, which corresponds to her monthly renewal from Chaos, the dark sea of awareness or spirit.  The Moon’s waning phase is often identified with Hekate, the classical witch-Goddess.    That the Moon herself in all her phases had witchcraft as her province can be seen in the second Idyll of Theocritos, often called “The Sorceress” (this can be read in the Viking Greek Reader).

The current phase of the Moon should be noted in every entry of one’s witchcraft journal, for the work one does will depend on the phase one is in.

The waxing phase, associated in antiquity with the Greek Goddess emis, begins with the New Moon.  When the Moon is a mere sliver in the sky, curving to the right and therefore facing left, the Maiden appears, and Her energy blesses all new enterprises.  It was traditional to kiss one’s hand to the New Moon for luck, a practice condemned in the book of Job in the bible, which as we know also condemns witchcraft.  It was also traditionally considered very unlucky to first catch sight of the New Moon through glass; in other words, witches and pagans in general went outside around the time of the New Moon to honor Her first appearance and the beginning of a new monthly cycle.

The Carmina Gadelica, a compendium of old spells and prayers, some from Druidic times, refers to the New Moon as “the Moon of guidance.”  This is the time for a witch to practice divination, in an effort to gain insight into the character of the lunar month just ahead.  Whether you deal the Tarot or cast rune-stones or coins for the I Ching, whatever your method of divination, this is the most important time to do it, preferably right after going out in the fields to catch your first glimpse of the New Moon and kiss your hand to Her.

When you have divined the shape and chances of this lunar month, it is time to plan your spellwork.  Spells of increase are effectively cast during the waxing phase of the Moon, especially as She grows round in the sky.  So begin any new enterprises at the New Moon, and from the 2nd quarter onward cast your spells of increase.  As the Moon begins to grow round, it is a good time to pray to Her for the recovery of lost things.  As Patricia Crowther writes:

Pray to the Moon when She is round,

Luck with you will then abound.

What you seek for shall be found,

In sea or sky or solid ground !

The witch’s prayer, of course, is little different from a spell.  Unlike a christian prayer, it is not a humble supplication with “thy will be done” tacked onto the end of it (a sure guarantee of failure).  The witch prays to the Gods in a friendly, cajoling way, much as a child will charm a parent into giving it a treat or present.  When you pray to the Lady or the Lad (the Oak or Holly King) or any other God or Goddess, do so in a friendly fashion, showing both respect and self-respect.  That is what They like.  Remember that there is no original sin in witchcraft, and unless we have broken our oaths or offended the Gods in some other way, we can approach Them with a clean slate.

In India, which follows lunar astrology, the eleventh day of every lunar cycle is traditionally a day for fasting, called ‘Ekadashi’.   This is the entrance into the week of the Full Moon, which includes the three days before and after the day of the Full Moon, and is sacred to the Mother, called Selene in classical times.   Fasting is a method of purification, and witches seek to purify themselves at the start of any new cycle so as not to carry over old energies or ‘miasma’ which could block the new energies that fuel the ‘magic of the beginning’.  In the same way, it is wise to purify oneself before a natural process reaches its height, as at the Full Moon or at Midsummer (Litha).

The Full Moon itself is the time when witches gather for Esbat, a word which has been said to derive from an old French word meaning “frolic.”  The main convocations of the witches are the Esbats and the Sabbats, the latter meaning “rests” or “restful recreations.”  From this we can conclude that the purpose of witchcraft is to have fun.  A Hindu sorceress once described life as a process of “playful growth.”  The play involved, however, is like the play of children, which is both frolicsome and serious at the same time.  When children play, they are practicing to be grown up, and throw themselves completely into what they are doing.  They laugh a lot but also get angry or weep at times.  Witches regard themselves as children of the Gods, and Esbats are the times for us to come together and play as children do, practicing and honing our skills in preparation for that distant day when we become daimones (that is, demigods) and can at last really help the Gods themselves.

As the Full Moon assumes Her radiant nightly reign, the psychically sensitive witch will seek to soak up Her light and subtle influences as much as possible.  So even if you celebrate Esbat indoors, you should go outdoors at some point and walk in the moonlight for a while.  This light has the quality of changing our consciousness from beta to alpha rhythms, and in time inducing religious ecstasy.  Anti-pagan teachings have added the word “lunacy” to our vocabulary, warning against the trance that moonlight can induce.  We can learn a lot from these old churchy fables about Pagan religious practice.  For instance, people were warned not to lie out at night under the Moon, as the crone in the Moon would rake their faces with her claws.  From this we can infer that it was a practice to lie out under the Moon, soaking up Her light and subtle influences and perhaps having a visionary dream of flying to the true Sabbat.  So if you have a patio or fenced backyard and the full Moon is out, you might give this a try some night.

Classically-minded Pagans might like to chant the Greek poetess Sappho’s Paean to the Full Moon at this time:

Lo, the stars around the lovely Moon

Hide away their bright forms

Whenever she shines most fully

Over the whole Earth.

On the fifteenth night, that is, the night after the Full Moon, just as the Sun is about to set, the Moon will appear in the daytime sky for a while opposite the Sun, often with Her face tilted to one side, as though reclining in bed after love-making.  This is an excellent time for spells of balance.  Pauline Campanelli, in Ancient Ways (p. 6), writes:

“This is a powerful time for any magick that involves balance, power, a uniting of opposites, or the charging of a charm or amulet with energies of both the Sun and the Moon.”

The fourth day after the Full Moon begins Her waning phase, associated with Hekate, the Greek Goddess most closely associated with witchcraft. The waning phase is for curses and apotropaic spells, that is, spells to fend things off or get rid of things, called in traditional witchcraft ‘wanions’.  Following the Law of Threefold Return, which states that whatever energy we send out returns to us threefold, we modern witches do not engage in cursing people.  But there is nothing wrong with protecting ourselves and the fruits of our spells of gain from the ill regard of others.  That the thoughts of others can impact our minds and energy can be seen from the practices of Buddhist monks, who traditionally meditate in the early hours of the morning, when most people are asleep.  One reason witchcraft is called “the Hidden Path” is that a witch will seek to live in such a way as to be as free as possible from the restricting regard of others.  For this reason the witch cultivates the fourth power of the magus, keeping silent.  The less others know about the things you do, the freer you will be, psychically speaking, to do them.  This applies even to other coven members.

Hekate had power at the trivia, the places where three roads meet, in antiquity where witches gathered at midnight for their conjurations.  As the guardian of the trivia, Hekate was represented by a stake or column in the center of the intersection, upon which three wooden masks were hung, looking out along the three roads.  In the mid-fifth century BCE, she began to be represented by three sculpted female figures ranged around a column.   These figures were in Roman times identified with the three visible phases of the Moon, associated with emis as the Maiden, Selene as the Mother, and Persephone as the Crone, but Hekate came to be identified with all three phases, and the dark phase as well.  Her column is the world pillar or tree which links the three worlds of heaven, middle-earth and the underworld, and through which spirits and the ancestors travel as in a great cosmic elevator.  Hekate is the spirit of the pillar who grants Her worshippers access to the three worlds and is thus the Goddess who empowers witchcraft.

Of the three figures ranged around the pillar or hekataion, the first bears a torch, standing for the torch Hekate bore when she searched for Kore or Persephone when the latter was abducted by Hades.  As we saw above, the New Moon is a finder and a guide, which is why witches divine at the New Moon to seek Her guidance throughout the month.   The second figure holds a libation bowl and ewer, and stands for Selene facilitating prayer at sacrifices, which are most effective at the time of the Full Moon.  Finally, the third figure holds fruit, standing for the fruits of the Earth enjoyed at the harvests of the waning year, the fruits of wisdom gleaned in old age, and the fruits of the spells of increase cast during the waxing Moon and enjoyed during the waning time.

The waning phase, then, should be a time for enjoying the fruition of those short-range spells cast during the waxing phase, and the protective spells cast at this time serve to enhance the witch’s enjoyment by securing his or her fences against ill-wishers.  This is a time especially for cultivating inner silence, purifying the body and sweeping clean the mind from the miasma of past grievances and sorrows.  For the time of the dark phase is coming, when the witch will descend, in deep meditation, into that sea of chaos from which the Gods have their birth and rebirth, and out of which They fashion the worlds.  During the dark phase, the Lady Herself sinks into that dark sea of awareness and renews Her own energies.  And just as children imitate their parents, so witches imitate Her example and descend into their own inner darkness. This is especially fortuitous to do on the day after Yule, called The Nameless Day, on which see below.

The 25th day of the lunar month, three days before the dark Moon, corresponds to Ekadashi and is a good time to repeat the cleansing fast held earlier.  From then till the first appearance in the sky of the sliver of the New Moon is a time for resting, going within and practicing meditation after one’s ways.  One way is to go backward in memory, tracing one’s life back to the earliest times, and trying to recall the sense of oneself one had at different periods of one’s life.  Who were you when you were small?  Then try to go back before that, and get a sense of yourself before you were this person.  In Zen Buddhism this is called “one’s original face.”  Deep within, you are still this unknown person.   Try to face the world as it first appeared to you, as a fresh, unknown thing.  Then face yourself as unknown.  This is one way to descend into the sea of chaos, that fruitful place from which all things are born and to which they eventually return.

Additional Notes:

The inner aim of witchcraft is to enter an altered consciousness in order to be closer to the Otherworld of spirit.  This is balanced by the outer aim of practicing the Craft in the everyday world.  Witches must keep their outer lives in order so as to have the time and energy available for pursuing their inner aim.

Witches work within the lunar cycle, and seek closeness to the Lady as the Moon.  While this involves knowing the Lady, it is even more important to let the Lady know you.  As with the other gods, Lady Moon must become a personality in the witch’s life.  This is done, first of all, through greeting her when she is New or Full.  Treat her as you would any other important person in your life.  Do not stare at her overmuch, as this is rude to do to anyone.  When you are walking along and she is out in the sky and seen to the side, she will appear to be accompanying you in your walk.  When I mentioned in childhood that the Moon was following us home, my cousins told me it was an illusion.  There followed many years in which I lost my awareness of her companionship while walking.  When I was carrying my infant son home late one afternoon, he noticed her and I regained that perception.  I noticed that when I looked directly at the Moon, I remembered my cousins’ correction and a faint echo of my boyhood embarrassment.  But when I gazed at her to the side of my line of vision, I regained the childhood perception that she was walking alongside.

When the Moon is new, witches will go outside to see her without looking through glass, traditionally regarded as unlucky.  This means that deliberately seeking her company, and honoring her presence, when she first appears in the sky as a thin sliver is magically potent.  Other important times for seeking her company are after the first quarter; at the full moon; the day after the full moon when she regards the Sun, and vice versa, from across the sky; and just before she disappears at the dark phase.

Scientific studies of moonlight have proven that it induces alpha rhythms in the brain.  Ordinarily we operate with beta waves, and of course these studies were conducted by people in a state of beta consciousness.  (How reliable would a study of beta waves be if conducted within alpha rhythms?) The same thing is true of candlelight.  The emphasis on the Moon and candles in witchcraft underlines the importance to witches of achieving an alpha state whenever this is desirable.

The Bible condemns witchcraft, and provides important information about it in the process.  In Job we read a condemnation of Moon worship when he says that if he were to look on the Moon and be ‘secretly transported’ within, he would offend against ‘the most High,’ i.e., Yahweh.  “Secretly” means in private experience.  “Transported” means a feeling of religious ecstasy from a sense of contact with the divine person in the Moon.  If the Lady is indeed in the Moon, she is looking back at us when we look at her.  The face in the Moon is a reminder of this.  If we look on the Moon as we would a human face in our presence, we may come to feel she is looking back after a while.

Several other clues in folklore and language are obviously remnants of the Church’s anti-pagan teaching.  The word ‘lunacy’ is a warning that if we cultivate the presence of the Moon, we shall lose our minds.  Accepting the pagan practice involves a willingness to explore this state of consciousness.  Similarly, tales of the Crone in the Moon raking the faces of young people sleeping out under the Moon overnight are meant to discourage the act of falling to sleep in moonlight as a way of encouraging lucid dreaming, the prelude to a spirit journey.  This suggests that the last stage of attending the witches’ Sabbat after midnight was accomplished in altered awareness.  It further indicates that this practice was also carried on in the waning phase.

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Gods and goddesses exist on different levels, and each level is a cycle.  This provides an easy answer to the question, how can the Lady be old or young as she wishes and yet appear as the Maiden in the spring, the Mother in the summer, and the Crone in the autumn?  One answer lies in the lunar cycle.  She is the Maiden in the waxing phase, even while she appears as the Crone in the autumn.  In the cycle of the seasons she is the Earth goddess, in the lunar cycle she is the Moon goddess.

We also go through shorter and longer cycles.  In the course of a single lifetime we know we can die and be reborn, in a psychological sense, many times.

Where the character of the Wheel of the Year matches that of the lunar cycle, the effect of actions taken at that time is heightened.  Thus, the New Moon phase is most potent in the springtime, heightening the effect of divination undertaken then; the Full corresponds to summer, especially Litha; the Waning phase is most potent at Samhain; and the Dark phase, from the Moon’s last appearance through her disappearance, is linked with the Nameless Day after Yule, which lies outside the lunar year altogether.

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The Moon goddess is concerned with our current incarnation.  She it is who gives birth to souls waiting to reincarnate, and she does it when she is at the full, as the Mother (Semele in Greek).  So to be known by her is to let her look in on how we are living our current life.  She will not pry.  She only concerns herself with those who invite her regard.  Following the lunar phases invites that regard.

7 Common Mistakes in Spiritualism New Ebook

April, 2012

7 Common Mistakes in Spiritualism

by Hally Rhiannon-Nammu


The Inspiration of the EBook:

“The inspiration is through being connected to the collective and through fulfilling my purpose on this path that this book has come to light.”

2012 is providing an avenue to increase the energetic vibration individually and collectively. However, due to its popularity the start of 2012 has brought about many mistakes, fallacies and falsities that are leading many into the darkness of a lowered vibration, not an increased vibration. The truth must be revealed to ensure that the collective vibration increases not decreases and for this to occur certain secrets must be told.

As a Spiritual Expert it is my duty to share how it really is and this is one step into ensuring that the connection of pure intent is shared and maintained. I have been provided with this gift to help, heal and educate. This EBook will help many gain their vibrational increase to enable their alignment and ascension. It is only with pure intent that it will continue to evolve.

About the EBook – 7 Common Mistakes in Spiritualism:

This is a beautiful book with 50 Pages, seven unique sections delivering answers and explanations behind the common mistakes and fallacies in Spiritualism.

This is such a huge topic with multiple layers and this EBook will provide the stepping stone insight into the simple truth that exists.

Hally utilised her connection to Source and her Spirit Guides to gain specific information and answers to information many have never been privy to.

Some of this includes:

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  2. Spiritualism and Health Aren’t Related – what you need to know
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Hally’s Hints

April, 2012

The Winds of Change…

There are pivotal times where change seems more evident than at other times. There is no doubt that this time of year the winds are blowing strongly. Some may believe this is conducsive with 2012 however, upon reflection it is evident that it is that time of year.

Many fear change, believing that these winds will bring bad fortune however, if already plagued with unhappiness, financial worry and limitations around moving forward, can change be such a negative?

When talking about change from an energetic perspective it is similar to the change of the day to day. The only difference is that it affects all of those with a lifeforce. That includes plants, animals, insects, planets and the list goes on. In the shortened version – the collective.

Consider the affects of change on the butterfly affect. For some it is minor and almost no more than a ripple in the water; for others it is as though the storms are raging through every part of their being.

There was once a saying that experiencing change was almost as good as taking a holiday. Whilst logically the two are removed, consider what change can provide an opportunity to reflect, relax and rekindle relationships that may have suffered because of the day to day.

The winds of change are here. The weather is blatantly expressing that we can choose to ignore it, go with it or even fight it, but it is definitely here.

The shifts of now are intense and for some that means extreme leaps in their energetic transformation. For others it means that those friends that once were aligned are now no longer connected to you.

This is neither good nor bad; it simply is. The choice is always yours. Do you step up and engage in the energetic shift to allow yourself to evolve into the next level and enjoy the increased awareness? Or do you try to hold on to yesterday hoping that it will always be that way, knowing full well before even completing that thought process that things have already started changing.

If there was ever a time to align to your spiritual aspect, connecting to your higher-self and listening to what the universe has to share with you, then now is that time.

Soon the rain will come and wash away the debris of this change. For some there will be specks of dirt and for others there will be a mountain. When the rain comes feel the tears of yesterday wash away and feel renewed as eventually the plants respond, as will you.

For now change is here and when engaging in this energetic whirlwind; this incredible pull through the air, through our veins, within every living soul, it is mesmerizing and intoxicating. When the change passes, moving into the next stage of shifts and evolution what is left is the electrical magnetism to connect to all in the most simple and fundamental way, by being you.

If you haven’t taken advantage of what this year has to offer then as these winds make their presence known allow yourself to ride along and bask in the glory of energetic transformation into you; the natural, pure you.

Beltaine Correspondences

April, 2012

Also known as: May Day, Bealtaine, Beltane, Bhealtainn, Bealtinne, Festival of Tana (Strega), Giamonios, Rudemass, and Walburga (Teutonic), Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),Fairy Day ,Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)

Date: May 1

Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard

Deities: Flower Goddesses, Divine Couples, Deities of the Hunt, Aphrodite,

artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility.Tools: broom, May Pole, cauldronStones/Gems: emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian, sapphire, rose quartzColors: green, soft pink, blue, yellow, red, brown

Herbs and Flowers: almond tree/shrub, ash, broom, cinquefoil, clover, Dittany of Crete, elder, foxglove, frankincense, honeysuckle, rowan, sorrel, hawthorn, ivy, lily of the valley, marigold, meadowsweet, mint, mugwort, thyme, woodruff may be burned; angelica, bluebells, daisy, hawthorn, ivy, lilac, primrose, and rose may be decorations, st. john’s wort, yarrow, basically all flowers.

Incense: frankincense, lilac, rose.

Symbols and Decorations: maypole, strings of beads or flowers, ribbons, spring flowers, fires, fertility, growing things, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers, butterchurn, baskets, eggs

Food: dairy, bread, cereals, oatmeal cakes, cherries, strawberries, wine, green salads.

Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting

Wiccan mythology: sexual union and/or marriage of the Goddess and God

It’s association with fire also makes Beltaine a holiday of purification.

Wiccan weddings are frequently held on or around Beltaine

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