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December, 2012

Merry Meet

December, 2012

Welcome to the Yule Issue of PaganPages

 

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Welcome to the Yule Issue of PaganPages

 

This issue is brought to you by:

Kat’s Herbs and Knitting has graciously given our readers only a coupon for the month of December.  Be sure to check them out!  PPORG10  — coupon code that they can use at checkout for 10% off total order

 

Gems of the Goddess

December, 2012

Frigga, the All-Mother


In the Norse pantheon, the goddess Frigga, whose name means “beloved one”,  rules over hearth and home, love, birth, renewal, motherhood, and wisdom. So important in status was she, it is her name that was given to our modern Friday.

She is the wife of the All-Father Odin, by which she has two sons; Baldr, the god of light and poetry, and Hod, the blind god of darkness and winter. As the Queen All-Mother, she is the only other deity, aside from Odin himself, who is permitted to sit upon the great high seat, Hlidskjalf, which looks out onto the vast universe.

As she is a sky goddess, Frigga often weaves the clouds to display her moods: dark and stormy, or clear and light. Though she has the ability to see into the future, she has no control over it. Rather, she sits at her spindle weaving destiny as it is given by the Norns, only sharing what she sees with her closest confidante, Fulla, who is one of her four attendants.

She is the cosmic weaver, associated with the New year, which is the great twelve day celebration of Yule, beginning December 20th. It is said that on the longest, darkest night, Frigga labored to birth Baldr, whose own light represents the resurrection of the golden sun.  Hence, the first night of feasts is known as “Mother’s Night.”

She is often called upon to assist in childbirths, which is still done in modern times by burning a white candle during the winter solstice, and requesting the blessings of her gentle touch and guiding wisdom. Frigga can also be sought to include any new venture you may seek for a safe and successful transition.

A goddess of both life and death gives her the paradoxical ability to assist in fertility spells, as well as aiding a soul to ease into the afterlife.

Frigga reminds us of the power of femininity coupled with the resilience of courage and that pain and darkness, when endured, bring forth fullness and light.

correspondences –
Color – blue, white, aqua
Phase – waxing moon
Animal – cat, goose
Birds – Ravens, hawks and falcons
Herbs – Mistletoe, Lady’s Mantle, Shepherd’s Purse, Thyme, Flax
Tree – Birch
Aspects – hearth and home, love, birth, renewal, motherhood, wisdom
Wheel of the Year – Yule

Ask Your Mama

December, 2012

Are you cyclically confused? In a ceremonial quandary? Completely clueless? Wonder no more.

 

                                *Ask Your Mama                         

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Spirituality and Didn’t Know Who to Ask™

 

by

©Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman

 

 

A Question of Happiness

 

Dear Mama Donna,

 

If someone put a curse on me for me to never be happy. How can I change that and make him forget me?

 

Unhappy in Utah

 

Dear Wanting to Be Happy,

 

You can change that by being happy! I know that sounds simplistic, but it is true. You and only you are responsible for your own happiness. If you are not contented in your soul, no one else can make you happy. Conversely, if you are happy in your heart of hearts no one and no situation can rob you of that inner joy.

 

We can’t control so much in our lives. We are enormously affected by the weather, the economy, the political climate, the vagaries of global relations, and the actions of others. The impact is enormous, but none of it is personal. It is not about us.

 

The one thing that we can control is our own attitude and our own perceptions. You see, you can decide to be happy. No matter what.

This is your choice. You can choose to maintain your balance, your spirit, your soul center, in tact no matter what circumstance you may face.

 

Or you can give it away and let someone else steal your happiness. It is not a matter of getting him to forget you. It is a matter of your forgetting him and taking back your power to create your own happiness.

 

Vicktor Frankl, a survivor of the German death camps, wrote about the seeming impossibility and necessity of keeping your inner equilibrium, no matter what. He said that the Nazis — that anyone — could take your possessions, take your liberty, even take your life. But no one can take your spirit or steal your humanity. It was this attitude that helped him to withstand the unthinkable.

 

I never would have made it if I could not have laughed. It lifted me momentarily out of this horrible situation, just enough to make it livable. — Viktor Frankl

 

So take heart, my dear. Allow yourself to feel pleasure and joy and humor and lightness of being. Make your inner joy a sacrament to share with everyone you meet. The happiness you share will be returned many fold.

 

Make up your mind to be happy and I guarantee you that you will be.

 

xxMama Donna

 

*Are you cyclically confused? In a ceremonial quandary? Completely clueless? Wonder no more. Send your questions about seasons, cycles, and celebrations to Mama Donna at [email protected],com.

 

 

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Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, ritual expert, award-winning author, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. She has published four books, a CD, an acclaimed Ezine and writes for The Huffington Post and UPI Religion and Spirituality Forum. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.

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I AM !

December, 2012

I am the darkness,
I am the night
I am the daytime,
I am the light.
I am the laughter,
I am the tears,
I am the dreams,
I am the fears.
I am the many,
I am the one,
I am the moon,
I am the sun.
I am the start,
I am the end,
I am the enemy,
I am the friend.
I am the water,
I am the land,
I am the finger,
I am the hand.
I am the wind,
I am the rain,
I am always changing,
I am never the same.

Lavender’s Corner

December, 2012

Ginger essential oil

[Zingiber officinale]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Used as a domestic spice in the East for decades. For issues like malaria, toothache and bacterial dysentery, but used as a digestive aid in the West. Used as a spice to warm up the stomach, and stimulate the circulatory system.  Fresh ginger can be used in cookery, baking and in warm drinks. It is popular today in hot chocolate drinks. Experimenting with fresh ginger can bring great joy, plus it comes in very handy in colder weather.

 

 

correspondences of ginger;

Planet~ mars

Element~ fire

Colour~ pale yellow/ amber or a green looking liquid.

Other uses~ arthritis, fatigue, muscular aches and pains, poor circulation, rheumatism, sprains, strains, catarrh, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, sore throats, diarrhoea, colic, cramp, flatulence, indigestion, loss of appetite, nausea, travel sickness, chills, colds, flu, fever, infectious disease, debility, nervous exhaustion.

Rituals~ magical energy, physical energy, sex, love, money + courage.

Blends with~ citrus oils, sandalwood, vertiver, patchouli, frankincense, rosewood, cedar wood, coriander, rose, neroli, lime, and orange.

Parts used~ steam distillation.

Any Precautions? Slightly phototoxic, non-irritant.

 

 

 

This month’s blends [extra things to do with ginger]

 

 

Ginger hot chocolate

Get a bag/tin of hot chocolate add 2 teaspoons to it and stir it together. You can bag this up for gift giving in personalised or ready to paint mugs.

 

 

Ginger success incantation;

“Fire, flame; within the cold,

I will not have my fortune sold!

I make my way, I move towards,

I raise the heat; head these words.

 

Warm my life, wake me again,

Changed, not who I was back then,

As the leaves wonder and fall,

I rise to destiny’s call!”

 

 

The spicy sex and fertility oil blend

Olive oil x10 ml

Grapeseed oil x10 ml

Ginger essential oil x5 drops

Rose essential oil x3 drops

 

Place a few drops across the lower abdomen, place a few drops on the centre of your upper stomach area and place your right hand; and your partner’s right hand in this spot for a while; feel the warmth there, the love, the energy, the connection of power. Then enjoy the rest of your night. If you’d like you can place the oil in an oil burner; DO THIS ESPECIALLY IF: you might be pregnant already, it’s the safest way to use oils in pregnancy, and as always check the safety of any oils before you use them!

 

 

Money oil

Sunflower oil [helps when calling sun deities] x10 ml

Ginger essential oil x5 drops

 

Blend together. Place upon your wrists and draw a money drawing symbol on your forehead before opening your circle. This symbol could be a sun symbol, a sigil, an ogham sign or a rune. Be careful the oil avoids your eyes as you place it upon your forehead; not much is needed.

 

 

Empowering ginger tea

Grate fresh ginger into a mug, pour over hot water. You can add honey or sugar. You can try this with fruit juices, depending on what you like best. You may like to add a regular tea bag or try a herbal tea bag that you have in the kitchen cupboard.

 

Thanks for reading,

Blessed be.

 

Red Pixie’s Elements of a Magical Life

December, 2012

Solstice Traditions

Winter solstice observances were held by virtually every culture in the world. Solstice rites were practiced among such diverse groups as Native South Americans, Celts, Persians, Orientals, and Africans. Solstice was known as Sacaea to the Mesopotamians, as the Festival of Kronos to the ancient Greeks, and as Saturnalia to the Romans. According to Norse traditions, the Valkyrie looked for souls to bring to Valhalla during Yule. Norwegians abstained from hunting or fishing for the twelve days during Yule as a way of letting the weary world rest and to hasten the revived sun’s appearance. In old Russia it was traditional to toss grain upon the doorways where carollers visited as a way of keeping the house from want throughout the rest of the winter. Ashes from the Yule log were mixed with cows’ feed in France and Germany to promote the animals’ health and help them calve. In Baltic regions today, corn is scattered near the door of the house for sustenance and ashes of the Yule log are given to fruit trees to increase their yield. Romanians bless the trees of the orchard on Yule with sweetened dough to bring good harvests. Serbs toss wheat on the burning Yule log to increase livestock bounty.

The most significant Yule tradition to persist over the centuries is the Christmas tree. Although the origin of the Christmas tree is generally ascribed to Martin Luther, its beginnings actually go back to pre-Christian times. Christmas trees are thought to have evolved from the rite of symbolically selecting and harvesting a “sacred tree,” a practice found in many ancient cultures. Evergreens and firs were sacred to early peoples, including the ancient Greeks, Celts, and Germans. The first Yule trees were born when pagans went into the forests during the winter solstice to give offerings to evergreens. Pines and firs remained green while other vegetation lost their leaves and appeared lifeless during the bitter winter cold. Their mysterious survival and vigor seemed to signify a life force within which carried with it the hope of renewed life.

The pinea silva or sacred pine groves that were attached to pagan Roman temples also pre-figured the Christmas tree. On the night before a holy day, Roman priests called “tree-bearers” cut one of the sacred pines, decorated it, and carried it into the temple. In fact, the German word for Christmas tree is not Kristenbaum, or Christmas tree, but Tannenbaum, or sacred tree.

Church leaders from the early centuries of the Church all the way through Puritan society in 17th century Massachusetts condemned the custom of bringing decorated evergreens into the home at Yule time. The custom was so beloved and persistent, however, that repeated attempts to eradicate ‘heathen’ practices ultimately failed-and now these pagan traditions, which largely celebrate nature, are among the most treasured elements of the season.

Decorating the tree with objects resembling fruits, nuts, berries, and even flowers is thought to be a symbolic act designed to bring about the return of summer’s bounty. In this way early cultures hoped to hurry the return of spring, and ensure survival through the rest of the harsh winter months.

Christmas wreaths are also ancient, and were traditionally made of evergreens, holly, and ivy. The wreath’s circle symbolizes the wheel of the year and the completion of another cycle. Holly represents the female element; ivy represents the male. Like evergreens, holly was believed to contain a mysterious life force because it bore berries in the middle of winter. Both holly and ivy were thought to have magical properties, and were used as protection against negative elements.

Kissing under the mistletoe is an old Druid tradition. Mistletoe was considered highly sacred by this culture because, as a parasitic kind of vegetation, it never touched the earth (growing instead on oaks and other trees), and also because it bore berries in winter when everything else appeared dead. Druids gathered the leaves and berries from special oaks with sickles made of gold. They called mistletoe “all-heal” because they felt it had the power of protection against illness and bad events, and also because they believed mistletoe spread goodwill. Legend has it that enemies meeting under the mistletoe cast their weapons aside, greeted each other amicably, and honored a temporary truce. White linen clothes were spread beneath the mistletoe as it was being gathered so none of it would touch the ground, lest its power be accidentally released back to the earth. Mistletoe berries were considered to be a powerful fertility substance. A kiss under the mistletoe meant love and the promise of marriage.

Burning the Yule log is perhaps the oldest of all Yule traditions, possibly dating back eons. Since the winter solstice was a solar holiday, fire in different forms was closely associated with it. Fires and candles were lit during Yule to give the waning sun renewed power and vigor-and also surely to provide sources of cheery heat and light during the darkest part of the northern winter. Even the burning brandy on plum pudding symbolized the sun’s rebirth. Traditionally the Yule log was made of oak; in northern European countries, the log was massive enough to burn for the entire twelve days of Yule. It was selected early in the year and set aside, then at winter solstice decorated with sprays of fir, evergreen, holly, ivy, or yew. A piece of the previous year’s Yule log was used to light the new Yule log. Once the ashes were cold they were gathered into powerful amulets, or scattered throughout the garden and fields to ensure fertility and bounty in the coming year.

Spirituality of Solstice

The spiritual ramifications of yule are profound for both neo-pagans and Christians. For Christians, the birth of Christ means a turning point between eternal death and eternal life. Devout Christians celebrate Christmas as the beginning of a new spiritual age of eternal life.

For neo-pagans, Yule is also a time of spiritual beginnings. Jul, or Yule, is an old Anglo-Saxon word meaning “wheel.” The winter solstice is the turning point in the natural cycle of the year; this darkest night in all the year is followed by a day that will dawn just a little bit earlier.

Because Yule signifies the completion of the wheel of the year, the period around the winter solstice is considered to be a good time for spiritual work. Some neo-pagans believe the dark nights of winter are when the veil between the spirit world and the living world is the thinnest. It is therefore an appropriate time for self-examination and meditation on hidden energies-both the energies lying dormant within the earth, and also those within ourselves. Yule traditions celebrate nature’s renewal, and help affirm our connection to the energy and power of the earth and the cosmos.

Nature’s Enduring Cycle

The winter solstice demonstrates the enduring cycle of the heavens by an event that has been directly observable, year in and year out, century after century, for millions of years. The new year begins with the turning point of the winter solstice, as it has down through eons-an unending cycle of dark and light, waning and waxing, ultimately representing nature’s birth, death, and rebirth. The winter solstice is a time to affirm our spiritual ties to nature through celebrations and traditions that are thousands of years old.

 

Whether celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or Yule, we can all delight in the season as a time to renew family ties, take joy in our natural environment, reflect on the events of the old year, and look forward in anticipation to the new. As the winter solstice demonstrates to us, every ending is a new beginning.

How do you celebrate Winter Solstice, leave me a message and let me know how you celebrate and what traditions you have.

Across the Great Divide

December, 2012

 “The Gray Lady”

Most people mistakenly combine all apparitions under the blanket “ghost” moniker, or laughingly think of the pop culture image of the ghost of librarian Eleanor Twitty, the very first entity the Ghostbusters were spooked by before hightailing it out of a New York library; but there are actually very distinct differences in the appearance and behavior regarding these phenomena.

In proper parapsychological terms an apparition is defined as the projection or manifestation of a quasi-physical entity, the rarest being a full-body apparition.

A specific type of apparition includes the gray lady, often in folklore described as a female ghost who awaits the appearance or return of her long lost lover, child, or other person.

The Liberty Hall Mansion in Kentucky, for instance, is home to the ghost of Margaret Varick, who died of a heart attack in one of Liberty Hall’s upstairs bedrooms and started appearing a few years after her death when the graves of her and several other interred family were all moved. Seen by family members, visitors, and staff, she is described as a kind, calm entity with a small frame and dressed in a gray house dress. She has been known to do some chores and her appearances never frighten or upset anyone on purpose- although on occasion she has annoyed when going about her business in the middle of the night, opening and slamming doors. While she has appeared suddenly in every room of the mansion, her favorite places seem to be her old bedroom and the staircase.

Haunted roads make for fascinating stories but are the most difficult to investigate due to so many contaminating factors, least of which are other cars- something that also makes these locations dangerous.

Here, at home in Macomb County, Michigan, there exists a road infamous for its gray lady.

Morrow Road in Algonac, Michigan, is so popular a story that a movie was filmed about the legend.  Interestingly, and perhaps an indication of the validity of the legend, there are widely-differing versions of the story.

In one version, a woman walking along Morrow Road was attacked and raped sometime in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s.  She became pregnant and left the baby by the bridge where she had been assaulted.  A severe snow storm started and she couldn’t stop hearing the cries of the baby and when she went back out to retrieve the baby it was buried in snow and the mother died from exposure.

In another version, the child in later years wandered away from home one night during a snow storm.  The mother ran out in search of the child and both never returned, dying from exposure to extreme conditions. Their bodies were never found and now the mother spends her afterlife in search of her lost child.

Whatever version you hear, both tell of the ghostly mother appearing to the random passerby looking for her lost child.  She’ll ask people, “Where is my baby?!”

People have claimed to have seen her, been chased in their car by her, and have heard the sounds of a baby crying.  Proponents of the story claim that if you park on the road by where the bridge used to be and wait with the car off, a light will appear down the road and if you speed off towards it the light will follow and then mysteriously disappear.

These apparitions appear in all locations and at various times in countless places around the world. That man who smiled at you as you passed by on the street, the woman walking alone at dusk- these may not be of flesh and blood, but in fact images flickering through from across the great divide desperately searching in death for the very same things we all do in life- lost opportunities.

 

**Author’s Note: Here we are at the end of another year. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing this column since 2009, but what a fun ride it’s been so far. I thank each and every one of you for following along each month as I explore the various aspects of paranormal research. I wish you all a very blessed season and good tidings in the year to come.

 

© 2012 R. Wolf Baldassarro/Deep Forest Productions

NATURE ALCHEMY ~ Journey through Spirit in the Natural World

December, 2012

REGAL EAGLE

~ Gift of Vision ~

“If you go as far as you can see, you will then see enough to go even farther.” ~ John Wooden, American basketball coach who won ten NCAA National Championships within a 12-year period, an unprecedented feat.

 

In transcendent flight, Regal Eagle sails on the wings of a lone wolf song rising in the heavens, echoing through the valley of the mountain. Soaring in splendor, Eagle majestically glides through the sky, communing with Spirit in a miraculous sight of true nobility.

Eagle’s keen vision is one of the sharpest of any animal in the world, and up to 3.6 times more powerful than humans. Three of the primary reasons for his superior eyesight are: extremely large pupils which ensure minimal diffraction of light, an excelled field of vision because of the comparative large pupil size in relationship to his head, and the ability to rotate his head almost full-circle. While we have 200,000 light-sensitive cells per square millimeter of retina, he possesses 5 times more – about one million! Thus, Regal Eagle is the master of vision and King of the Skies, surveying his kingdom with a razor-sharp sense of panoramic perception.

Reigning in the heavens as one of the most powerful birds of prey, Eagle’s supreme stature and prowess also leaves her undefeated in the animal kingdom. Weighing as much as 20 pounds, with a wingspan of up to eight feet across, she boldly soars above the earth, displaying stunning acrobatics. She can take wing up to altitudes of 10,000 feet, and achieve speeds of 75+ mph in descending glides. Humanity has always regarded Regal Eagle with fascination and inspiration high among the towering trees, viewing her fantastic sublime flight as one of nature’s wonders, aspiring to the freedom of the Soul within.

Eagle has been revered by mankind since the beginning of time, depicted as early as the Stone Age, and represented as an enduring emblem of valor and supremacy in countless cultures. We have adopted him as a personal image in myth, religion, art, government, and commercial venues. Thus, the role of Eagle has become an ultimate living symbol, and universal depiction, of omnipotence among the human civilization. It is no wonder that we have looked to him throughout history as a prevailing symbol of strength, pride, and independence, instilling these very qualities within our hearts.

 

~ EAGLE POWER MESSAGE ~

As you see Me fly high in the sky

You can touch My Spirit.

It is here, where Freedom of the Soul soars –

Where the True Vision of life enfolds.

It is an ever-changing landscape.

This is where your freedom lies:

In the knowing of Change.

Perception is the key

To find your place with Me.

 

~ EAGLE ELEMENTS AND SYMBOLOGY ~

Through the physical and spiritual realms of the Five Kingdoms in Nature:

Celestial, Elemental, Fauna, Flora, and Mineral

Mayan Blue Eagle – an ancient Mayan symbol of the Higher Self. In the highly evolved Mayan spiritual culture, Blue Eagle represented an avatar soul soaring majestically within the heavens of higher consciousness beyond the realm of earth, seeing with far vision above the mind of man, touching the face of God. Totem Blue Eagle is the great Thunderbird above the shifting clouds, perceiving through the changing mists with spiritual clarity and compassion, that all things come to pass in the highest united movement towards the undeniable connection to One within the subtle inner workings of the kingdom of Divine Love. Eagle’s keen vision comprehends beyond the false illusions of matter, observing the authentic panoramic landscape of grace and unity dwelling within the heart of all things. This is the sacred flow of Cosmic Consciousness. “The harmonic wisdom of Blue Eagle is flow, representing smooth, uninterrupted movement. Blue Eagle is the flow of planetary consciousness”. So translates authors Ariel Spilsbury and Michael Bryner about insightful ancient healing energy symbols, regarded as the language of light, in their book, The Mayan Oracle: Return Path to the Stars. Wisdom is the perception of pure vision – when we soar and see with true clarity from the unobstructed realm of spiritual heights, knowing that the embracing Realm of Love works through all life in unity and perfection. And so, like the great Blue Eagle, our greatest gift to ourselves and others, is to simply strive to be our conscious elevated self, living by the grace of love.

Sun Fire – the elemental physical and spiritual life-force of our world. From the great Sun Star of fire, all earthly beings survive and thrive. Sovereign Sun is the blessed, pulsing essence of life’s energetic chi, in benevolent devotion to all. Warmly embracing us in its kingdom, it anoints us with physical and divine nourishment in a benediction to life. The dynamic sphere of Regal Eagle, airborne in the Kingdom of the Cosmic Sun, is full of sacred light. Sun is the element of fire, burning away false illusions of matter, thus allowing space for expansion and enhancement of new growth and awareness. As we learn to open and raise our vista of vast perception through this pervading spiritual light, we can witness the absolute flawless manifestation of all things through the Sun’s glorious radiance, shining through the sacred source of One. This is the Gift of Vision from Regal Eagle. She intimately knows the mystical secrets of the Divine, where all life unfolds in the perfection of Love. “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides,” gleans David Viscott, American psychiatrist, self-help author and Pulitzer Prize nominee. This shares the vision of Eagle, soaring through the altitude of grace within the realm of universal harmony, as our life-giving Sun blesses and shines on all.

Raptor – the classification of six birds-of-prey families who hunt primarily via flight using their keen sense of vision. One of these, the avian family Accipitridae, consists of eagles, hawks, buzzards, harriers, kites, and vultures. Eagle is the second largest in this family with 59 species, and most tend to be great in size with long expansive wings and massive feet. Visually, everything about Eagle’s superior physical appearance is sharply refined – he is stately figured, sleek and chiseled. By his very presence, he demands attention of life, fearlessly flying through the skies, soaring above all else in spectacular aerial display, higher and closer to heaven. As Victorian author Jane Austen clearly perceived, “Everything nourishes what is already strong.” The vast vista of life’s simple, intimate truths open before those who are spiritually strong. This is the living mantra of Regal Eagle. Looking with far-vision, his thoughts are honed to Truth – to the wider, optimistic perspective encompassing the art of true being. Surveying all we see in this light can reveal insight of who we really are: Infinite Beings of the highest caliber. We can learn to fly on the sublime wings of our spiritual Eagle within, rising up to the lofty heights, honing positive thoughts about ourselves and life. As the traditional Thunderbird of the Native American culture, Eagle totem speaks to us of higher thought as a path to mental liberation. As King of the Spirit Birds, his message is about taking flight through clarity of mind – not allowing the illusions of limited perception to ground us in our passage to freedom of the self. Flying with Eagle can prompt our deeper self to contemplate life’s wider landscape before us, enabling us to make consistent, life-affirming choices. This is the Gift of Vision from Regal Eagle, a sacred seer and messenger of Spirit, connecting us to our True Selves. His message is clear: Courage – courage to fly above the mundane, above fear, journeying into the heart of love – into the universal realm of all life.

Treetops – the rising structure of trees, ever growing heavenward towards the almighty sun. Eagles characteristically choose “super-canopy” trees, rising above the rest, with sturdy branches and a superior viewpoint of the surrounding terrain in remote isolation. Typical eagles’ nests are built 50-125 feet high in sheltered seclusion, and are around five feet in diameter. Often using and rebuilding the same nest year after year, over time they can become enormous, measuring as much as nine feet wide and weighing two tons! Eagles don’t mess around – they are no-nonsense beings! High above the ground with a majestic birds-eye view from the vantage point of towering Treetops, Regal Eagle surveys her world. “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau, which resonates precisely with Eagle’s Gift of Vision. From her transcendent stance among the Treetops, she can stare at the sun squarely with her eyes. Possessing two eyelids, the inner one being transparent, she is able to observe Sun Fire, and the sun itself is reflected in her all-seeing bright yellow orbs. The celestial Mayan Eagle is the solar animal connected with the dawning sun, and her yellow eyes are borne of the sun, with surges of power and electrifying vision. From the stately Treetops, she springs forth in magical flight towards Sun Star, the life-giver, and shares her heightened, finely tuned power with us. As we look into the keen eyes of our Regal Eagle within, we can feel the mirrored sun brilliantly shine energy and clarity upon the dawning of our own awareness. Eagle’s eyes can alight our own visions when we allow them to illuminate us from the inside out. This kind of powerful spiritual connection can help liberate us on many levels to “fly higher”.

Hawk’s Eye – a gleaming blue/grey/green stone reflecting light in wavering bands. Although it is called Hawk’s Eye, it refers to the species of Raptor and all its family, including the Regal Eagle. Hawk’s Eye is called the “all-seeing” stone, gently attuning the Third Eye Chakra to enhance psychic higher vision. “A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” Quoted by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a Harvard Professor acclaimed in 2010 as one of the top women who have changed our world on social issues, this directly relates to Regal Eagle’s quest for higher spiritual insight and fortitude, as he sets his sights forever on the panoramic picture of life, strong and sure. Considered to be the highest flying bird, Eagle boldly sweeps heavenward, unflinchingly facing the intensity of the sun, exposing his true spirit to receive its blessing of pure vision and illumination. Associated with the air element, Hawk’s Eye can help us aim higher on our path through life’s travels, expanding the overview of our horizon to reveal true, inner awareness and understanding. With eagle-eye clarity, we can perceive with the sharp focus of an elevated perspective, and move towards a stronger, clearer intent through life’s path.

 

~ CELEBRATION THROUGH SACRED CEREMONY ~

Moving through the spiritual energy of our own totem Regal Eagle within, we can be blessed with the precious Gift of Vision in conscious awareness to all life. Here, within the realm of Divine Clarity, our True Self eternally dwells.

A personal ceremony can be performed to enhance the manifestation and integration with Eagle’s all-embracing gift. This can be a private celebration between yourself and Eagle Spirit, or you can invite others to join. It can be as ritualized as you desire, or naturally free-flowing, and include anything you want to say or any object(s) that intuitively feels in harmony with the act of thanksgiving for Eagle’s blessing.

A powerful place to hold the celebration would be outside in a naturally wild area among towering trees under a wide, encompassing sky, but location is not of prime importance. If you do not have access to this environment, any contact outside facing Eagle’s auric presence would be helpful. If the celebration is held indoors, being in room with a window is encouraged to enhance the presence of natural elements, but if this is not possible, symbolically facing a natural area would be beneficial. Even if this locality is hidden or at a great distance, emanations from Regal Eagle’s spiritual source are not obscured, as they flow freely throughout the Universe.

As a sample list, any of the following ideas below could be included in your celebration, and verbalized during a Blessings of Intention for Vision affirmation ceremony (see below). Also, any of these offerings may be created and integrated into your ritual either physically and/or symbolically in Spirit.

  1. Begin with a personal intention of Vision to enhance any general or specific aspect of your life.
  2. A blue candle to embody the vast celestial vision of your Higher Self symbolized by the Mayan Blue Eagle soaring through the heavens.
  3. Visualizing the illuminating spiritual Sun Fire, purifying your perception with the truth of love and perfection in all things.
  4. Honoring Raptor, the sure, strong force within, who can guide you to heights of clarity and purpose.
  5. Viewing and blessing the noble Treetops, where Regal Eagle resides and unwaveringly stares at the radiating sun, receiving power and enlightenment from on high.
  6. The gemstone Hawk’s Eye, or any other stone resonating Spirit Eagle’s visionary powers of observation and/or flight. Other gemstones associated with the Third Eye Chakra which can enhance crystal-clear spiritual vision include Amazonite, Iolite, Sodalite, Azurite, and Blue Quartz.
  7. Intentional blessings for the Gift of Vision. A simple statement in the form of a heart-felt declaration can attract and summon the heights of magick and power through the fundamental, positive act of intention. By the sincere act of a clear and pure desire, a personalized blessing can call upon the spiritual forces of unity within life – the source of your Infinite Self. You can use any of the following Blessings of Intention affirmations as a guideline to be included into your own personal declaration towards inner harmony and integration with the energies of Heaven and Earth. Written as non-denominational statements, these intentional blessings can be practiced by any single person, or unstructured or organized group, as their own personal form of prayer, charm, chant, invocation, or medicine, etc.
  8. A devotional affirmation of praise, honor, and thanksgiving, as suggested in Dream Song to Regal Eagle (see below). This act of appreciation is enhanced with the powerful personal statement “I Am”, and especially when said aloud, can invoke the creative energies of manifestation radiating throughout the Universe, calling upon Eagle’s Great Spirit to be infused into your life.  All or part of the Dream Song passages can be included in this holy prayer of purpose and gratitude, and they summon and embrace a wide range of natural spiritual influences, ancient mythology, and alchemical life-force energies from Native American, Deity, Celtic, Shaman, Indigenous, Pagan, and Wiccan cultures.

 

~ BLESSINGS OF INTENTION FOR VISION ~

  1. With this illuminating candle, blessed by Eagle Spirit, I light the eternal presence of Mayan Blue Eagle, soaring through the heavens of Higher Consciousness, alighting my heart and soul.

 

  1. With the brilliance of Sun Fire, blessed by Eagle Spirit, I take flight and burn away false illusions, transcending to observe the Truth of Love working throughout all life, radiating within my heart and soul.

 

  1. With the regal sovereignty of fearless Raptor, blessed by Eagle Spirit, I ascend to the heights of clarity with far vision, ever strong, flying higher with the freedom of self-liberation rising in my heart and soul.

 

  1. With the strength and power of noble Treetops reaching up to the sun, blessed by Eagle Spirit, I behold my own Spiritual Sun within, feeling the courage to face the luminous vista of dawning vision enlightening my heart and soul.

 

  1. With gleaming Hawk’s Eye, or other visionary gemstone, blessed by Eagle Spirit, I see the eternal horizon of spiritual insight softly shimmering before me, ever manifesting strong and sure, sparkling within my heart and soul.

 

~ DREAM SONG TO REGAL EAGLE ~

O Regal Eagle, you fly into me!

Through my heart and into my head,

Your Spirit soars.

And I am One with you.

We fly into the sky,

Into the sunlit horizon

Of clear vision.

Life before me is seen through your eyes,

Within the sphere of all possibilities on high,

Where all is working within the Realm of Love.

And here I am…forever flying, with you.

Thank You, O Regal Eagle, for your Gift of Vision

 

 

 

References:

http://www.astrodreamadvisor.com

http://www.learner.org

http://www.pbs.org

http://www.baldeagleinfo.com

http://www.inhf.org

http://www.whats-your-sign.com

http://www.crystal-cure.com

http://www.spiritjourneys.com

http://en.wikipedia.org

The Mayan Oracle: Return Path to the Stars, by Ariel Spilsbury and Michael Bryner

The Illustrated Directory of Healing Crystals, by Cassandra Eason

 

 

 

 

From Heaven Sweet Nature Springs

 

BRIGHT BLESSINGS!

Stones Corner

December, 2012

Goldstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reported to be a man-made form of sunstone originally created when alchemists were working towards creating gold.  Gently uplifting, mildly helpful to solar plexus.  Reduces stomach tension.  Protects center of body.

 

Granite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Has the same properties of clear quartz in a more dispersed pattern, much like quartz clusters.  There fore, it is a good foundation stone in building structures to generally uplift the energies of a place.  Acts on the 7th Chakra

 

Green Phase

As the name implies, this is a phase-tone rock.  This means that the rock is something like a cusp in astrology; it falls between two types of rock, primarily schist and jasper and is an amalgam of both but having the entire qualities of both, so it is unique.  Green Phase is an excellent “in-bath” or “in-water” stone to balance discordant frequencies.  It is an excellent healer’s stone for this reason.  The healer can place the Green Phase at the solar plexus or heart chakra and obtain information regarding what is imbalancing the patient.  Green Phase is excellent to place near to newborns while they recover from the trauma of moving between extreme life phases and this applies to dying individuals, as well.  The qualities of this mineral enable “presence of mind” to be experienced as a generalized or localized body knowledge so that the energy nuances of life (existence) can be read more accurately over a larger mass of tissue than the brain center.

Simple Spells and Rituals for all Occassions

December, 2012

Yule rituals and traditions

 

I love Yule, I don’t know if it’s because I’m a Winter person and it is the beginning of that season or maybe it’s because it coincides with seeing the magic of Christmas through the eyes of children.  And I love the pagan traditions that this time of year brings.

I start looking for the “perfect” Yule log weeks ahead of time, and then I take to the woods near my home to retrieve holly, acorns, pine cones anything that I think would add to the beauty of my seasonal “masterpiece”.  It is a truly joyful experience because I never know what wonders I might encounter while I’m looking for my “treasures”.

Finally it’s time to put it all together, and you would think I was creating something that is supposed to last forever instead of being burned in a ceremony.  To me though, the care, thought, beauty and time I put into my Yule log is what makes it special.  All the love and joy I put into that log is spread through the universe on the smoke when it burns.  Sometimes I incorporate Magick in with it by writing a spell, rolling it up like a scroll, and tying it to the log with gold ribbon. I always salvage a piece of my log from the ashes and use it to light the log for the next year.

Another Yule tradition is the burning of a Bayberry candle.  I’m sure there are multiple stories regarding the start of the bayberry candle tradition but the most prevalent one seems to go back to the time of the early settlers.  Candles were an essential part of life and they were usually made from tallow.  The problem with that however was that they produced a lot of smoke, had an unpleasant odor, and would turn rancid which really made them unbearable.  In the quest for something better the settlers turned to bayberry, which was abundant.  They soon discovered that if you removed all the leaves and stems, and boiled just the bayberries it produced a waxy residue which could then be collected, saved and made into candles which burned longer, cleaner and had a pleasant smell.  The down side to this was that it took a lot of bayberries to produce these much loved candles, so it became a tradition to use them only for special occasions like Christmas, or Yule.  It is not known how the poem, and the tradition of burning bayberry candles for prosperity and good luck on Yule began but it has been a common ritual for many years.  There are 2 versions of the poem or incantation, if you receive the candle as a gift :  This bayberry candle comes from a friend, so on Christmas Eve (Yule) burn it down to the end, for a bayberry candle burned to the socket, will bring joy to the heart and gold to the pocket.  In my family we always used, Bayberry candle when burned to the socket, will bring luck to the home, and gold to the pocket.  The bayberry candle has been a tradition of mine for as long as I can remember, and it was just recently that I learned the history of it.  Worth mentioning here, bayberry candles are a little hard to find in stores, however they are widely available on line.  In a pinch you can dress a candle with bayberry oil.

And the last Yule tradition I want to share with you is a calendar burning ritual.  Do not use a wall calendar because the chemicals they use on the paper produce a heavy, foul smelling black smoke, which would undoubtedly be dangerous to inhale.  I use either the small calendar you can find in a phone book or a checkbook register.  Cut out the entire year that’s coming to an end.  Once you have gotten a suitable calendar to use place it in your cauldron, or right in the coals from your Yule log and say these words:  Burn, burn, you day book burn, Let last years troubles not return, I then will cast your ashes to the element of air, replacing all that’s stale and old, with whats new, and fresh, and fair.  I ask the sacred wind to blow in increased prosperity, and to achieve positive change, with thanks so mote it be.  I don’t know where this ritual came from or who wrote it, but it has been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember.  You can also do this calendar ritual at midnight on New Years Eve, or anytime New Years day.

So however you and yours celebrate Yule it is my wish that you have a joyous a blessed one!

 

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