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Living in the Fifth World Prophecy

May 1st, 2019

(art by Kat Kissick)

Religion is following the messenger, spirituality is following the message.”
-Priya Velichala

There
is no doubt that we are living in extreme times where lack of decorum
and openly hateful behaviour are being encouraged by folks in
leadership positions. This trend is not exclusive to the United
States: It is being experienced in Canada where I live, in the United
Kingdom, and around the world. I’ve talked to a lot of people
recently who are feeling hopeless, which leads to folks descending
into depression, addiction, illness, and disease. We humans seem to
be losing our inner equilibrium as wars rage on, injustices go
unchecked, white supremacy increases, the world is warming, oceans
are rising and natural disasters pop up regularly on the news. On the
surface, it seems like the world is going to hell in a handbasket,
and I hope to present an alternative view to the one mainstream media
is feeding us. My intent is to shed some spiritual light on our
situation that can help us navigate these trying times with more ease
and grace.

In
the last one hundred and fifty years or so, we’ve lived through a
time of unprecedented change due to scientific findings and
technological inventions that altered every aspect of our lives. For
example, we went from living relatively close to the Earth and her
cycles to not knowing how to grow or hunt our own food, relying
instead on grocery stores to provide for us. English chef Jamie
Oliver has noted in interviews that many inner-city children in his
food education programs don’t even know the names of common
vegetables or what they look like in their full plant form. The
traditional culinary arts that used to be passed on through
generations are being lost due to our busy lifestyles and reliance on
fast, processed foods. This disconnection from vital survival
knowledge would have been unthinkable about fifty years ago! We have
forgotten that we rely on the health of the Earth and her systems for
our very survival as a species. What we do to her, we ultimately do
to ourselves.

On
December 21, 2012 our species crossed a spiritual threshold into the
Fifth World as indicated in Maya prophecy. Some folks believed that
this date on the Mayan Long Count Calendar meant a literal end to the
world, however, I believe this was never intended to be a doomsday
message: The Maya meant that we are currently being propelled into a
new state of consciousness as a species where the same ol’ same ol’
mentality no longer works. In short, it was the end of what the Maya
call the Fourth World, a cycle of five thousand years where we humans
got to play out our illusion that we had dominion over nature. We are
currently in the beginning of the new cycle the Maya called the Fifth
World where we are being asked to raise our consciousness and step
into a new kind of balance with the cosmos and the Earth. In
studying the Mesoamerican and Hopi prophecies about the transition
into the Fifth World, it makes sense to me that we are experiencing
tension between humans caught in belief systems contributing to the
desecration of our planet and others working to “wake up” our
species to the ways of Mother Earth. We simply cannot keep ignoring
what we know about how all the systems, sentient and non-sentient
beings are related and work together to keep life going on our planet
if we expect to survive as a species.

If
fellow humans are struggling to find some perspective on this, I
highly recommend watching the National Geographic series “One
Strange Rock,” now available on Netflix. Ten astronauts who have
spent time in space are featured in this show and speak of what is
now called “the overview effect”: After experiencing Earth from
space, they came back to our planet forever changed and rocked by a
major paradigm shift inside themselves. From space, it is clear to
them that Earth is a living being with the ability to heal herself.
And that we humans are all earthlings, specially adapted to live on
this planet alone. Interestingly, the astronauts don’t come back
feeling defeated but rather with a sense of inner peace and awe that
is palpable to viewers. They use spiritual language that indicates to
me as a shamanic practitioner that they were able to grok in a new
way the importance of how everything is connected in the cosmos. And
the vastness of all we do not know as humans about the mystery of how
it all works.

In
light of all this information, what can each of us do to maintain our
own inner balance? The simple answer I have is three-fold:

  1. Commit
    to living your personal inner truth and heal the inner patterns that
    are not congruent with that through ritual, conversation,
    contemplative practices, and energy healing. In short, whatever
    spiritual tools you have need to be dusted off and put to use!
  2. Connect
    with the Earth regularly. Intuit what she needs to help her heal and
    offer what you can (i.e. prayers, tobacco, resources, inventions,
    ocean clean ups, ceremony, etc.).
  3. Align
    with the Sacred Dream of Life and with Spirit. However you connect
    with the cosmos and the intelligence of the universe, do it daily.
    Ask for direction from the “as above” and take action on the
    messages you receive. Work with your spirit animals and guides in
    daily meditation and dreams to support you.

As
we humans return to a state of inner balance, the outer world will
reflect that. As we re-orient ourselves to the natural cycles of
life, it will become clear to us how to move forward in a good way.

The
light we see in the mirror of the heart of [the Wiccan Wheel of the
Year] guides our evolution towards greater consciousness.
Collectively, this opens the portal for our human evolution into the
human luminous (a.k.a. homo luminous) of Mayan prophecy. As a
butterfly emerging from its chrysalis is transformed, showing no
trace of its previous caterpillar DNA, we can change human identity
by transforming ourselves, one [human] at a time.”

-Susa
Silvermarie excerpt from
We’Moon
2019: Fanning the Flame

I suppose this is why I
practice shamanism. It keeps me on an even keel in the midst of all
the chaos. I am glad there are folks out there pushing back against
ignorance. All we need to do is what we are being called to in our
hearts as individuals. The world desperately needs us to take up
space and stand in what we know to be true. Folks will be called to
support in loads of different ways as activists, environmental
lawyers, farmers, teachers, scientists, and policy-makers–to name a
few. Spirit’s called me to help the humans heal; I endeavour to stay
in my lane and let others do what they are good at in their “lanes.”
This keeps my energy focused and increases my effectiveness. I do
that via shamanic tools and practices. I figure that if humans heal,
the environment will return to balance too. Shamanism keeps me
connected to the earth-based practices of our ancestors, who guide me
on my journey. I am not alone. Indeed, none of us are. I don’t know
if all of this will be enough to save our species in the end,
however, I do know the Earth will heal herself with or without us.
And I am committed to my spiritual growth and to supporting others on
their spiritual journey while I am here on this beautiful and
abundant planet. I’ve chosen to focus on what I can control as an
individual because anything else is futile. I leave you with some
questions to ponder: How will you take up space in a good way? What
strengths do you bring to offer the collective? I send healing heart
prayers to each of you and wish you well on your Earth walk.

Recommended Resources:

article: The Prophecy of the Fifth World

article: Dancing Awake the Fifth World: The Fifth World Defined

article: How the End of the Mayan Calendar Predicts a New Healing Myth for the World

One Strange Rock:

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About the Author:

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

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

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

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

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

For more information go to: www.spiraldanceshamanics.com

Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’S Shamanic Journey into Healing on Amazon

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Cover art: Large Brown Fairy Garden decor Door Set with Accessories. Hand cast and painted by Jassmond Masters-Bell of the Etsy shop Fairy Behind the Door, featured in an interview this month with her.

About the door: This Fairy door belongs to Mrs Odina. She owns a Nights Fairy dormitory where she allows the traveling fairy to stop by and sleepover before they continue on their journey. She runs a tight tree house, her fees are fair but you have to bring your own berries and goats milk for breakfast. It says on the Door “Fairies Sleeping” so be quiet when you pass by.

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This month we have visitors! The Fae have come out for the Month of July to join us and our Readers at PaganPagesOrg. So pull up a Toadstool, Make a nice Cuppa, and Have a Great Read because we have brought you a Packed Issue to enjoy filled with Excellent Features Likes…

 

An interview with Jassmond Masters-Bell, owner of the Etsy Shop Fairy Behind the Door. Where all types of magickal items can be found created by this wonderful molding artisan.

 

When you see a tremendous wrong in the world do you just sit by and let it happen? Though Jennifer Engrácio , and PaganPagesOrg, usually stay out of political stances, human rights are being violated and she has something to say and we stand behind her! Please read Children and the Seven Generations. See where you stand.

 

A few new columns we will be adding in PaganPagesOrg are updates and features monthly on our favorite Podcasts. These are the ones we listen to and find to be the most informative and really top notch. We started, already, by bringing back broadcasts of Going Shamanic Radio. Now, we are proud to announce we will be featuring 3 Pagans and a Cat. Personally, I think you will love them from the first episode. How they make you feel secure on your path. The rounded knowledge. No fear in saying I don’t know. The learning, the sharing, the laughing. The correctness in information. This podcast is the complete package. A must listen.

 

An Interview with Astrid Brown. Astrid Brown is a medium, a psychic, and an incredibly prolific author. Her most recent offering, A Psychic Affair, blends the mysteries of psychic development with the romance genre, exploring how long-distance relationships can develop not only through the words and messages we send, but through a true, psychic connection.

 

This month starts a new column: Mojo Bag of the Month, beginning with a bag that will help to raise your vibration! With the many shifts and changes that are coming, we need to raise our vibration to ride out the wave. Have a read to see what you need for this month’s bag.

 

This month Robin Fennelly reviews the book Moon Magic: Your Complete Guide to Harnessing the Mystical Energy of the Moon by author Diane Ahlquist. Robin breaks down this book for us explaining all this volume has to offer and if it’s worth adding to our libraries.

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What’s in Your Toolbox?

Back when I lived in Lowell, Massachusetts – several years ago – I had Comcast cable and one of the stations I received was called Decades. I guess you can receive it on Spectrum cable too but it’s on some wicked expensive package. It’s a cool station – everyday, they feature the events of that day – whoever’s birthday it is or whatever noteworthy happened on that day – so the programming changes accordingly. Anyway, every day at 8 in the morning, I would watch an old episode of the Dick Cavett show. Back in the 1970’s, Dick Cavett had a talk show that was as cutting-edge as Johnny Carson’s – maybe more so. One day, I saw an interview with Dick Van Dyke. Dick Van Dyke was one of the first major celebrities to come out as a recovering alcoholic – I remember this vividly as a young kid. This was part of the interview. Dick Cavett asked Dick Van Dyke if he was a “member” of AA. I remember Dick Van Dyke answering that “AA was an important tool” in his “toolbox” but “it wasn’t the only tool”. That made a big impression on me.

I found the interview on YouTube and the link is here, It’s REALLY good.


Lots of AA-ers will tell you that all you need is AA and more AA to stay sober. Maybe for some people this is true. But not for me. As happy as I am with my new home group, it doesn’t begin to fulfill all my sober or spiritual needs. I am always looking for other groups to attend – both AA and otherwise – and I am always searching for new sober skills to add to my toolbox.

I created a file called – duh – “Toolbox” – and I filled it with everything I have found to add me on my road to recovery. There’s every version of the twelve steps – or thirteen – or sixteen – that I have discovered – Wiccan versions and Pagan versions and Buddhist versions. There’s a Goddess calendar so everyday I can dedicate the day to the Goddess whose day it is. There’s things I myself have written, like this:

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING OF ALL

Do not take that first drink. Without the first drink, there is no second drink & there is no third drink & there is no drunk.

With no drunk, there is no running out of money & having to hustle drinks & then getting into questionable sexual situations.

With no drunk, there is no going to questionable places to get other drugs to get higher than the drunk you already have because drinking doesn’t do it anymore & you have to get more wasted. & than spending money that you were supposed to save for other things. & then wanting to die all night long as you go through withdrawals.

With no drunk, there is no hangover. No migraine, no diarrhea, no bleeding hemorrhoids. With no drunk, you wake up in the morning & feel fabulous.

DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, TAKE THAT FIRST DRINK. IT ALL GOES DOWNHILL FROM THERE.

I also have links to ezines like thefix.com and Just For Today Meditation. I also have non-drinking support aids, like “Directives on the Healing Road” from Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road by Neil Peart. Sometimes you find sober support in places where you least expect it.

The point is – what’s in your toolbox is up to you. Create a toolbox and fill it with all the tools you can find. And then use those tools! A toolbox filled with tools is no good if it’s never opened and tools are never put to good use!

Until next month – Brightest Blessings! And stay sober – one day at a time! Hugs!

Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road

References

Peart, Neil. Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road. Toronto: ECW Press, 2002.

The Fix: Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Recovery News. http://www.thefix.com

Just For Today Meditation. http://jftna.org/jft/

The Dick Cavett Show on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUKV_q-J0Ds

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About the Author:

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

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

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

October is quickly coming to an end, and I have never been more thankful. October brought sickness and trials. It was a difficult month to say the least.

But with October coming to a close, Samhain is fast approaching.

Samhain (or Halloween as Little Bear calls it) has always been one of my favorite holidays. Even when it was banned from my childhood home life.

The veil is thinning, the days grow darker, and the nights become almost black.

Living in the Midwest means the weather is unpredictable at the end of October. It could be sunny and hot, or rainy and wet. As a child, “Halloween” meant snow. I can remember more snowy Halloweens than not.

Little Bear and I will make the best of it regardless of the weather. He has his costume picked out. He is going as a zombie SWAT guy. He’s talked me into being a zombie also. He’s a bit obsessed with The Walking Dead right now.

This year, I let Little Bear go wild and decorate the whole house. We put up window clings, black garland, laid out fake spiders, decorated foam pumpkins, and hung up door covers.

Yesterday, we visited the local pumpkin field/corn maze. They have so many activities and it’s a must every year. They have goats, chickens, rabbits, long horn cattle, corn boxes, corn mazes, pumpkin guns, tug a war ropes, inflatables, wooden trains, etc. It is a full day.

Tonight, is pumpkin carving time. I’m sure that my excitement is at a way higher level than Little Bear’s because of the pumpkin seeds. I have dug out some recipes from Pinterest and plan on trying at least three. I have to do normal salt pumpkin seeds. But I’m going to try a sweet version with cinnamon and brown sugar. The other one I haven’t decided on because there is so many variations that can be done. However, I’m leaning towards a savory that uses sea salt and white vinegar. Not sure how it’ll turn out, but we shall see!

One of my favorite traditions for Samhain is the dinner. Eating dinner at the table is something that rarely happens in our home because of scheduling. But when Samhain rolls around, I take the day off. I plan a meal as if it were Thanksgiving and I set the table. I always set a spot for my sister who we lost back in 2015. It helps to bring her close. Little Bear gets excited and will start talking to her spot as if she never left.

Little Bear started asking questions again about “God” last week. This is a conversation that we have quite frequently as he has a hard time understanding something that he cannot see. So, I go into the explanation again. We have talked about the many different religions of the world. Although I am raising him in a Pagan home, I understand that the Pagan path may not be for him.

I found a wonderful series that touches on the spiritual side without focusing on one certain religion. It’s the The Giggles and Joy series. A three-part series that focuses on positive poems. It’s a neat series that I recommend. You can check out my review on them in this same issue!

 

3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast

Three Paths, One Journey, No Cat

In this highly informative & entertaining podcast, three family members embroiled in wildly divergent traditions gather in one room to discuss, debate, and flat-out argue about their magical, mythical, and mundane lives, all for our education and pleasure.

 

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Each Month… we will share the previous month’s episodes with you from their site to help keep you up-to-date with their impressive podcast. While there, don’t forget to listen to this month’s as well, we wouldn’t want you to miss a thing!

 

November 2018 Podcasts

Episode 24: Embracing Dissonance: Car, Gwyn, and Ode discuss the damage they’re still trying to cast off from Christianity, some basic criteria for exploring your pagan options, and how to do the research that brings it all together.

 

 

This Month’s Podcast Share from their Backlog

Episode 5: Building Your Book – Overview: Car, Gwyn, and Ode launch the Building Your Book series by talking about some historical grimoires, discussing their own magical books, and covering the general principles and contents of a Book of Shadows.

 

Where Else to Find 3 Pagans and a Cat…

Their Website: http://www.3pagansandacat.com

Their Twitter: https://twitter.com/3_Pagans

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Their YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ0GJacu9SUzuumXJNNUZwQ

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About the Author:

Jennifer Wright is a witch on a path of change that is always winding. She founded PaganPagesOrg in the hopes of giving those a platform to share and learn without judgment. There are too many important things to her and not enough room to mention them. You are one of them.

Happy New Year!!!

In This Issue, We’d Like to Help You Plan Out Your New Year With Helpful Features. Check Out Our Review of Coloring Book of Shadows Planner for A Magickal 2019 by Ami Cesari.

Wreathing the Wheel Teaches Tarot Journaling for the New Year.

We Review Two New Beautiful Calendars.

And Why Not Start the Year Off Right With a New Column – Book of Shadows: As the Wheel Turns. To Help on Planning Your BOS!

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