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Crystal Balls

January, 2019

Crystal
ball are used for divination (scrying) and spirit summoning. It is a
well respected technique of divination and is used through the use of
reflective surfaces and taking advantage of the bioplasmic energy
(psychic power) in inanimate objects like crystals as it comes from
the cosmos itself. If you can tune into that force the crystal ball
will be very beneficial.

They
should usually be made from clear quartz and can be large or small.
Smoky quartz is beneficial if you mainly want to use it for summoning
spirits. Manmade crystals are spiritually dead, so use those only
for decoration. Natural crystals are what you want. Some people
think it is better to be given one as a gift, but personally I think
you should choose your own. It is a very personal object so you want
to choose it carefully. You should be drawn to it and feel its
energy.

The
crystal ball is a tool of Pisces and the modern clear round ball is
effective because it evokes the image of the moon. Now, some people
can’t afford a real crystal ball, but there are
other options. Even using something like a glass bottle of water, ink
or water in a pan, etc. will give you some results, but the power of
a cleansed crystal ball will be much more substantial.

A
new crystal ball must be cleansed by exposing it to the light of the
full moon at least once (13 times is ideal) before use. A crystal
ball covered in negative energy and spiritual debris will cause
disturbances and may not be accurate. Also, when you are not using
it, you should keep in covered in a dark cloth. A great way to clean
the crystal ball is with a blend of spring water and vinegar, charged
waters, mugwort hydrosol or a water-based herbal infusion with dried
mugwort and/or anise-seed.

Crystal-gazing
is a great way to get into clairvoyance. You should stand the
crystal ball on a black base or black cloth so that when you look
into it there are no distractions. You don’t
want anything to draw your attention away. The lighting should be
behind you and it’s best to be in a semi-darkened room. Close your
eyes and try to empty your mind and be open to the energies and aura
around you. Then open your eyes and gaze into the center of the
crystal. When you see a shadow or shape, clear your mind and follow
them. You may immediately see someone or something or you may see it
fill with smoke. The smoke will probably fill up the whole ball and
then start to dissipate and leave a scene. This is called clouding.

If
you don’t get anything, don’t worry. Keep
looking for about ten minutes, but not much more. You don’t want to
force anything or strain yourself in anyway. Just give up and try the
next day. You will develop your own way of working with the crystal
ball. Some see images right away, but sometimes you may need to try
for a few days and weeks. Do not strain to get results, just relax
and let it happen. At first you won’t have much control over what
you see, but as you progress you will adjust and you will improve at
clearing your mind and you will start to see what or whom you
mentally ask for. If you are constantly getting negative or scary
images or feelings you may want to try cleansing it again, cast a
protective circle or simply try a different type of divination.
Crystal balls just aren’t for everyone. Keep in mind when
attempting to communicate with spirits, you should always cast a
circle first.

MagickalArts

January, 2019

The
Wiccan Path

Happy
New Year Everyone! This year, 2019 is a number “3” year (add
2+0+1+9=12/ 1+2 =3); a year of change and creation. Three is the
number of trinity’s harmony. From the relationship and
collaboration of two a third is created; the totality of its sum of
parts. This may take the form of fulfilling and creating what you
desire most, creating a new passion fueled by a latent wish, putting
into action what you’ve been yearning to do as you create the
product of those efforts.

In
keeping with this creative approach I am revisiting and sharing the
online course I wrote in 2014, to serve as the stimulus for those
interested in Wicca and earth-centered practices and creating a path
of their own. Please enjoy this excerpt and many blessings for a
fabulous New “creational” Year!!

Excerpted
from
“A Year and A Day on the Wiccan Path”…..

The
Wiccan Path is one of initiatory experience. Each step taken upon
this path leads towards greater understanding of your own Divine
nature, which in turn brings a greater understanding of the natural
world and the Divinity that exists around you. By definition,
initiation is an act that sets in motion some course of events. In
the case of a spiritual pursuit, initiation opens the seeker to
embracing their spiritual nature as a support and foundation to their
mundane nature. The spiritual path of a Wiccan (Witch) is one filled
with the beauty of the natural world and the mystery of the world
within each of us. The path leads to the subtle realms of the astral
– the far reaches of the cosmos – and the shadows that lay hidden
and buried within each of us. We practice the Craft of the Wise,
which in ancient times was the gifts of the healers and the seers
whose ability to see far and wide and enter so completely into
alliance with the physical natural world was depended upon to ensure
viable crops, healthy livestock, fertility and a sustainable life for
those in whom the wise lived. In ancient times the knowledge was
carefully passed in the style of oral tradition, the mysteries given
ear to ear hand to hand. Although many of those traditions, rituals
and wise ways are lost to the modern practitioner of Wicca, many of
the core principles remain, having evolved just as we as a people
have evolved, become modernized and have at our fingertips ways of
communicating large volumes of information. The information provided
in this course of study barely scratches the surface of what is a
uniquely complex and diverse spiritual path and that to a large
degree can only superficially claim its heritage in the ancient
practices of which we truly know so little. Wicca is rooted in the
experiential, and is a way of life that is not limited by lack of
sacred space, tools or financial resources. From the Wiccan
perspective, all of the natural world is sacred space and the
greatest tool of working is our physical nature holding the pure
essence of each individual’s Divine spirit that is priceless in

Ritual
and Celebration

Wiccans
use ancient and modern ceremonies, rituals and shamanic practices to
attune themselves to the natural rhythms of nature, the world, and
the universe as a way to commune with this divine force. In
particular, the lives and daily activities of the ancient peoples
were very much dependent upon and intertwined with the position of
the sun and the agricultural cycles that were dependent upon movement
throughout the year. The Witch’s Wheel of the Year is a reflection
of those needs. The calling forth of the Light of the newly birthed
Sun at the time of the Winter Solstice ensured that there would be a
new cycle of planting, sowing and reaping the much needed harvest for
continued life.

The
Sabbats (Solar Celebrations) of the Wiccan year are eight in number.
Four correspond to the astronomical transitions of the equinoxes and
the solstices. These are the Vernal (Ostara) and Autumnal Equinoxes
(Mabon) and the Winter (Yule) and Summer (Litha) Solstices. The other
Four, or cross quarter days are those that mark the time between the
equinoxes and solstices. These were the dates of celebration of the
progression through the changing of the seasons and the preparations
for the times of transit from one season to the next. These are
Samhain (the Witch’s New Year) – Imbolc (February 1) – Beltaine
(May 1st) and Lammas (August 1st).

There
are many overlays that are associated with these Sabbats, the most
prominent being the cycle of the God and Goddess as they move through
the stages of birth- fertility- harvest and death. In this way, the
physical world and the Divine world were mirror reflections and the
offering of devotion and celebration of one ensured the continuation
of the other.

Deity

The
God, Lugh and The Goddess, Brighid

Depending
upon one’s point of view, Wicca can be considered a monotheistic,
duotheistic, polytheistic, henotheistic religion.


Wicca
is 
monotheistic (belief
in a single deity): Some Wiccans recognize a single supreme being,
sometimes called “The All” or “The One.” The Goddess and God
are viewed as the female and male aspects of this single deity.


Wicca is
 duotheistic (belief
in two deities; a.k.a. rarely as bitheistic): Wiccans often worship a
female Goddess and a male God, often called the Lady and Lord.


Wicca is 
polytheistic (belief
in many deities): Many Wiccans recognize the existence of many
ancient Gods and Goddesses, including but certainly not limited to:
Aphrodite, Artemis, Briget, Diana, Dionysius, Fergus, Hecate, Isis,
Pan, Thor, etc.


Wicca is 
henotheistic (belief
in a single main deity among many): Many Wiccans view the many
ancient deities as being aspects of the Lady and Lord, and view the
latter as the male and female aspects of “The One.”

(excerpted from: http://www.religioustolerance.org)

There
is no right or wrong to any of the beliefs above. The underlying
principle is that of polarity and the belief that there is both the
masculine and feminine Divine principle within all living beings.
This approach to deity supports the belief in the immanence of the
Divine. That the qualities of Deity exist within all of life, and
that through acknowledgement and embracing of this inherent
birthright, that Divinity may become transcendent in nature.

The
Natural World

WICCA
is considered a nature-based religion. The environment and those
things that comprise the manifest world including animals, plants,
minerals are considered sacred and part of the Divine web of
interconnectedness. Many Wiccans are involved in environmental
activities and feel it a natural part of their spiritual practice to
recycle and live lightly on Mother Earth. The use and knowledge of
herbs and their medicinal properties is often undertaken gladly as a
study of practice and it is not unusual to find many Wiccans
attracted to professions where healing modalities can be performed.
Animals are considered companions and treated with the same care,
love and respect

that
would be afforded another human. Human and animal rights,
environmental issues and preservation of our natural resources are
all a focus of those following a Wiccan Path of spirituality.

The
Cosmos

The
ancients were limited to what could be seen with the naked eye or
what mystical inferences could be gathered from what was overtly
presented and the myths that were created as result. Structures were
built in accord with the movement of the sun (Stonehenge and the
Great Pyramid) that aligned with specific seasonal events and
astrology had its beginnings in predicting certain outcomes and
points of focus based on what could be observed in the heavens.

The
scientific breakthroughs showing the similarities in or own physical
constitution and that of the geology of our planet, as well as the
stars and planets links us to our own stellar nature and the desire
for access to weaving that universal magick of that starseed into all
of our endeavors. According to scientist, Carl Sagan, the carbon,
nitrogen and oxygen atoms in our bodies, as well as atoms of all
other heavy elements, were created in previous generations of stars
over 4.5 billion years ago.

One
of the things that has not changed is that of the celebration and
worship of the Moon and her energies and attributions within a Wiccan
practice. The lunar tides are seen as the domain of the Goddess and
the feminine energies. The planets and the magick woven with their
energies extend the reach of practical magick into the realms of
space and time continuum. And, the increasing awareness of our place
within the vastness of the Cosmos provides a richly layered
perspective for those of the Craft.

***

About
the Author:

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

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

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

Follow
Robin
 on
Instagram & Facebook.

Book Review – The Modern Witchcraft Book of Natural Magick: Your Guide to Crafting Charms, Rituals & Spells from the Natural World by Judy Ann Nock

September, 2018

Book Review

The Modern Witchcraft Book of Natural Magick: Your Guide to Crafting Charms, Rituals & Spells from the Natural World”

by Judy Ann Nock

Published by Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

Copyright June 2018

Pages: 240

This book is not intended to be another Wicca 101 book; rather think of it more along the lines of Witchcraft 3.0,” Wiccan High Priestess Judy Ann Nock wrote in her introduction.

Each of Its eleven chapters delves into a realm of nature magick including seed, air, sun and fire, the moon, Gaia, time and the cosmos.

The Realm of Water covers Wells of Emotion, Rivers and Oceans. Its 15 pages offer an introduction to water, a meditation, instructions for a ritual bath, a blessing spell and a spell for prosperity, along with directions for making herbal tinctures and an aromatherapy spray. All involve water in some way.

In Magic Takes Root: The Woodland Realm, Nock writes about nature being a powerful healer and the importance of staying connected to it, saying, “A simple ritual of walking in the woods, meditating outside of a building, or taking part in the currently popular trend of ‘forest bathing’ can calm the mind and bring about a state of peace.”

She offers a centering meditation done sitting at the base of a tree, and a ritual for creating a personal tree oracle – not to tell fortunes, but as a tool to “communicate with the elements of natural magic.” The ritual, the lore and the charm all work with the sacredness of trees, with reminders of our connectedness to the seasons and rhythms of the Mother, and our responsibility to be stewards of the earth.

Readers will be inspired to draw on the powers found in nature when doing magick, thanks to the variety of meditations, rituals, spells and charms. There’s a recipe for consecrated crescent cakes to have for the ritual of calling down the moon, a solar charm for strength, and instructions for preparing a candle for magick.

Some tables are scattered throughout the book with such information as healing herbs, planetary correspondences and spirit animals.

As promised, this book can help deepen a connection to natural magick and offer inspiration beyond the basics. While it wouldn’t be in my top 10 list of favorite magic books, it would make a useful addition the collection of an intermediate practitioner.

Nock is the founder of a goddess spirituality group and the author of “A Witch’s Grimoire.” She lives in New York City.

The Modern Witchcraft Book of Natural Magick: Your Guide to Crafting Charms, Rituals, and Spells from the Natural World

 

***

About the Author:

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

 

Sacred Art Video

May, 2018

The Sacred Marriage in the Great Below

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Our soul’s craving for wholeness drives the unfoldment of all stories.

A profound mystery teaching is found at the heart of a collection of myths from ancient Sumeria, such The Descent of Inanna and the sacred marriage of Ereshkigal and Nergal.

The language may be archaic but the message is timeless: the sacred marriage between divine feminine and masculine principles is what animates and revitalizes the cosmos

This phenomenon needs to occur within our own psyche (on the level of soul and archetypes) as much as in the world around us.

I invite you to take a journey of initiation into these mysteries by means of this art video!

I also invite you to check out the following telesummit: The Lost Power of the Grail on which I am one of the speakers and we explore some of the themes from this art video:

https://www.sairasalmon.com/grail/

***

About the Author:

Imelda Almqvist is an international teacher of shamanism and sacred art. Her book Natural Born Shamans – A Spiritual Toolkit for Life: Using Shamanism Creatively with Young People of All Ages (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages) was published by Moon Books in 2016.  She is a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit  2017 as well as on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True. She divides her time between the UK, Sweden and the US. Her second book SACRED ART, A Hollow Bone for Spirit : Where Art Meets Shamanism will be published in December 2018.

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www.shaman-healer-painter.co.uk  (website)

https://imeldaalmqvist.wordpress.com/  (blog)

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=imelda+almqvist  

(Youtube channel: interviews, presentations and art videos)

The Three-Storeyed Universe

July, 2017

 

Notes on Our Cosmos 

 

I am collecting notes about our cosmos which seem suggestive and relevant.

The first thing to note is that our cosmos is local. A cosmos is an ordered habitation, and does not mean everything within reach of our telescopes. It is still under construction and goes through cycles of birth, growth, decay, dissolution and incubation. We shall understand what these cycles mean when we understand how life, evolution and intelligence fit into the dynamics of a cosmos.

The Sun is the principal deity and world of our local cosmos, while the Earth is its principal ‘field’ of nurture. The Moon, which is the same apparent size as the Sun, serves as a circuit breaker for solar energies and governs the cycles of reincarnation.

The Watchers are the Suns or principal deities of four other cosmoses who provide astral cross-fertilization to the Earth through the agency of elementals: sylphs, salamanders, undines and gnomes, from the stars Aldebaran, Regulus, Antares and Fomalhaut, respectively.

The astral Earth is a higher dimension of our physical world, where our root souls reside and gradually grow to maturity through many incarnations. The point of growth of our current incarnation is our everyday identity, where we look out through our eyes at the physical world and inward at the thoughts and feelings in our astral world. Ordinarily our awareness of the two alternates rapidly, but we can learn to look out and in at the same time, serving as the Threshold Guardian of our inner cosmos. When we succeed in learning to do this, sudden noises will not frighten us. This was noted by the heathen Ainu of Sakhalin, who warned their anthropologist that sudden fright opens one up to the ingress of malicious spirits.

Records from many ancient civilizations, such as the Hittite, Sumerian, Mongolian and proto-Voodoo (Vodun), indicate that the Sun is the Threshold Guardian of our local cosmos, or that the Threshold Guardian resides in the Sun.

The dissolution phase of our local cosmos does not necessarily involve the destruction of the physical globe itself, but initiates a general dying-off of life on the land and in the sea. The greatest extinction was in the Permian event, about 252 million years ago, which separated the late Palaeozoic from the Triassic /Mesozoic eras and destroyed about 95% of all species. Dinosaurs evolved during the latter period. The great ecological crisis we are currently in may well lead to another such extinction, as predicted in the Volva’s prophecy in the Elder Edda.

A dissolution phase may or may not affect the astral Earth dimension, but incarnation activity would cease until conditions favoring life are re-established.

When root souls in the astral Earth have matured sufficiently, they will undergo a transmutation and travel to the Sun to receive bodies of light, as taught by both Italian stregheria and the Hindu Prasna Upanishad. Thereafter the transmuted soul lives in the solar world, that is, the local starry world, and assists the Gods in their labors.

The Caucasian mystic Gurdjieff taught that in order to take account of everything that can be contained in a cosmos, three cosmoses must be considered together. This fits in with what has been said above about the structure of our local cosmos. Each of us contains an inner cosmos, with an inner cosmic pillar or tree by which our dream soul 1 can descend to the root soul and then reascend to the physical Earth. Each of us serves as the Sun of his / her inner cosmos and can become its effective Threshold Guardian by means of maintaining simultaneous awareness of outer perceptions and inner thoughts and feelings, as already mentioned above. This is the first cosmos.

By means of the sacred household and the offices of household spirits and demigods, including the house’s Threshold Guardian, we are put into contact with the local physical cosmos, and can receive energies from the Sun through the crown chakra, which is open at birth and can be re-opened through special exercises. This teaching is so widespread it is well-nigh universal. By connecting with the Sun and the root-soul and spirits and elementals in our physical world, we help to construct the second cosmos, or cosmic level.

Finally, by undergoing transmutation in the astral Earth (or more rarely, and formerly, on the physical Earth), we travel to the Sun and are there given a body of light. Thereafter we dwell in the solar or third level of our local cosmos.

The Gods, it would seem, are developing and building the local cosmos on three levels in imitation of a pattern established by higher Gods, perhaps in the galactic world. So they, too, have Gods.

1 The reincarnating bud-soul is dual in nature, with the dream-soul able to travel to the root-soul and back, while the bud-soul proper keeps watch over the body. Only the dream-soul rejoins the root-soul after death.