A Thought for Today

The Don’t Quit Poem

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

– Author unknown –

We as witches and/or pagans have to fight societies stereotyping of those such as us. Just keep in mind you have many brothers ands sisters who are or who have gone through the same thing. You are never alone. It may be hard to come out of the broom closet but if you do you are helping to show society that we are good contributing members of the same society the naysayers live in. In many cases, we are better friends, family members, and citizens then some others of recognized mainstream religions because we hold ourselves accountable for all we say and/or do. They only way we can be forgiven for something hurtful we may say or do to another is by asking that person to forgive our wrong and then to forgive our self for it. Remember the Wicce Rede “Do as ye will, though it harm none.”

The main point of this poem to me is no matter how hard I may think my Witch/Pagan road is I have to keep trying to walk the road my spirit guides lead me on and how much harder it was for those that have walked their road before I did.

Blessed be

TRiple Goddess symbol

Cleansing Your Spirit Native American Style

by Cherokee Billie

Video on Youtube: https://youtu.be/c5Zzi254KUE

In today’s modern world there never seems to be enough time.  We rush from the time we get up until the time we go to bed.  We battle traffic, work, deadlines, e-mail, family matters, and love life.  Everything we have to get done in 24 hours!  There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day.  People used to work a 40 hour week, now the work hours go into your private life and many people have to spend time on the computer or phone continuing work at home.

People often come to me for psychic/spiritual advice, and they are totally burnt out.  They cannot understand why they cannot stop crying, yelling at people, being angry, and feel totally confused.  The fact that they know something is wrong is the first step to turning their lives around.

In our high tech modern world, we need an antidote. It is time to turn back to the ancient teachings of Native Americans, which offers common sense, an uncomplicated approach to life, and a way to appreciate our existence.

Frequently people ask me about cleansing their spirit, and I give many different ways to do it. Here are two of my favorite methods.

Releasing The Past

One of the most effective and simplest ways to cleanse your spirit is by releasing the emotional baggage that you are carrying on you.

You can do this by writing down the situation or the name of a person on a piece of paper; also you must have a heat-proof container and matches. Place the paper in the container and light it on fire. As you watch the smoke go up, picture what you have written about going up into Spirit and releasing it from your life. Native Americans have always used smoke in sacred ceremonies because of the belief that smoke is going up to the Great Spirit.

You can do this as many times as it takes until you feel you have released the burdens you have been caring. You will find yourself feeling much lighter each time you do this.

What is Smudging?

Smudging is the name given to the Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing. For thousands of years this ceremony has been practiced by Native Americans.  This is a powerful cleansing technique. It is a ritual to remove negative energies and have them go in smoke to the Great Spirit.

Smudging can be used to cleanse your spirit, mind, and body. It can also be used to cleanse a house, building, vehicle, work place, or another person.

Most Common Herbs Used For Smudging

Sage
For removing negativity and for healing, White Sage is preferred.

Sweetgrass
Sweetgrass is used for blessing after sage has been used. It is used to attract positive energy.

The Art of Smudging           smudge kit

The first thing to do is to make sure that the area is well ventilated and open up windows so that the negative energies have an easy means of exiting.

Get a shell or any flat heat-proof container. It is good to have a feather to move the smoke away from the person or object that is being cleansed.

Light the smudge stick and when you see a flame, put the flame out using the shell or container and the stick will continue to smolder.

Move the smoking stick around your body starting at the feet and use the figure eight motion as you move the stick up your body. Continue this until you get to the top of your head. At this point the energies have been released into spirit, and you can then proceed to cleanse another person, object, or space. You can do chanting or prayers as you use the smudge stick. Make it a sacred ceremony for yourself.

As the stick burns, put the ash in the shell.

When smudging an area like a room, house, or car, it is beneficial to acknowledge the main directions, which are: north, south, east, west, up, and down. Continue to use the figure eight motion and use the feather to move the smoke away and out through any windows.

It is recommended to smudge all closets, attics, and basements in a house as negative energies often store in those areas.

When you have finished Smudging, extinguish the stick by dampening it with water, crushing it against the shell, or placing it in sand. Keep your smudge stick, feather, and shell in a special area, medicine bag, or on an altar.

Start doing this and watch the changes that occur in your life. You will be amazed at what starts changing!

If you would like personal instruction on this sacred art, contact me, Cherokee Billie, and I will be glad to teach you personally.

“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.”
Native American Saying

™®©2008-2015 Cherokee Billie

FROM: http://cherokeebillie.com/cleansing-your-spirit-native-american-style-.html

Basic Circle Casting From The Gypsy Path

This Ritual is a Circle Casting which calls upon the Gypsy Spirits to make a powerful circle!

  • Wand-Air
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  • Athame-Fire
    ?
  • Cup-Water
    ?
  • Rock-Earth
    ?
  • Angel Status-Spirit
    ?
  • Black Candle- Nyx
    ?
  • Dark Blue Candle-Erebus

Hold up wand and Chant:

I call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the East. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Air to my Ancient Circle, May it be cast

Hold up Athame and Chant:

?call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the South. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Fire to my Ancient Circle. May it be cast.

Hold up cup and Chant:
I call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the West. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Water to my Ancient Circle. May it be cast.

Hold up Rock and Chant:

I call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the North. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Earth to my Ancient Circle. May it be cast

Hold up Angel Statue and Chant:
I call the Gypsy Element which is in every living
thing. In the name of Nyx and Erebus, I call spirit
to my Ancient Circle, May it be cast.

Hold your hand over black candle and chant:
I call the great Gypsy Goddess of my Chose,
The Mother of the Night, and The one which
stands with the Father, I call Nyx to my Circle,
May it be Cast

Light the Black candle, Then Place your hand over the Dark Blue Candle, and Chant:
I call the great Gypsy God of my Chose,
The Father of the Darkness, and The one which
stands with the Father, I call Erebus to my Ancient
circle, May it be Cast.

The Shuvani then proclaims loudly: Hail Nyx and Erebus, Blessed Be

This article was contributed by Gypsy Witchcraft.

FROM: http://www.spellsofmagic.com/coven_ritual.html?ritual=1826&coven=246