Whispering Woods Dragon Lore Course – Lesson Seven – A History of European Dragons

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Whispering Woods Dragon Lore Course

Lesson Seven
A History of European Dragons

In the mythology of the western world, dragons were thought to abduct maidens, wreak havoc on the populace, steal gold and destroy villages. Unlike its counterpart in the East, Western dragons were seen as symbols of destruction and evil. This could be related to the un-due influence that the Christian invasion has had on the Western mind set where everything is seen as good versus evil.

Heraldic: The Heraldic is probably the most well known western Dragon. The Heraldic has dangerous fangs, four legs complete with claws, and a ridge of sharp spines that run from its head to its tail tip.

Guivre: The Guivre was both legless and wingless, and appeared somewhat serpent-like in appearance. Its head had horns and its jaw was bearded. It favored any location near water.

European: These types of dragons are found…

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How to Plan a Ritual

By Patti Wigington
Updated March 07, 2017
There are dozens of rituals available here at About Paganism & Wicca, and thousands more available across the vast expanse of the Internet. There are hundreds to be found in books on the subject of Wicca, NeoWicca, Paganism, and witchcraft in general. These rituals make a great template — and certainly, if you’ve never held a ritual on your own, it’s nice to have one already written for you. For many people, an important aspect of the spiritual growth process lies in planning one’s own ritual.

You may find that in planning your own rituals, it helps to follow the same format each time. After all, part of ritual is the concept of repetition. That doesn’t mean you have to speak the same words each time, but if you follow the same general order of things, it will help you become more in tune with the ritual process. Something else to keep in mind is that ritual should be celebratory. That means that it should celebrate something — a Sabbat holiday, a phase of the moon, the change of the seasons, a phase in one’s life. Know what you’re celebrating, and then you’ll know what your focus should be for the rite.

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Pagan Portals – Fairy Witchcraft A Neopagan’s Guide to the Celtic Fairy Faith

Many neopagans today are drawn to honor the fairies but find that the modern-day path to Fairy is hidden in mist and shadow. Yet the path is still there, waiting for those who are ready to seek it out. This is a guidebook for those seeking a path that combines modern neopagan witchcraft with the older Celtic Fairy Faith. Topics include basic beliefs and practices, holidays, tools, altar set up, and theology, with the intent of giving the seeker a solid grounding in the basics of modern Fairy Witchcraft.

REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

Can you recognize a fairy cat? Morgan Daimler has interacted with Fairies since she was a small child. She views them three-dimensionally, not as the limited New Age/media-interpreted versions that many of us are familiar with. She sees them as they are with their full range of emotions and motivations. Telling it like it is, she recounts her system of Fairy Witchcraft, based on decades of personal experience. She goes back to the roots of Celtic pagan wisdom to put it all into perspective, but it’s clear that the information she conveys is not from “book learning”. It comes from contact with the Fey Folk themselves. This very personal recollection has a special air of enchantment about it. As one reads, it becomes clear that Daimler not only has personal experience with the Wee Folk, she has been completely charmed by them. She has not, however, been deluded by “pixie-led glamour”. She just likes these…

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FAIRIES

The term fairy can be used to describe many types of magical creatures. Most people relate the word fairy to the more ethereal image, the classic fairy with wings and flowing hair. Fairies are human in appearance and they have magical powers, the origin of fairies is the point of much contention as no one can actually say where they originated from.

Fairies are capable of making themselves invisible sometimes, fairies actually fly on the back of birds and they are very in tune with the creatures of the sky. Fairies are very intelligent creatures and their fragility is deceptive, they are actually powerful magicians and very strong mentally and physically.

Children who have imaginary friends are actually talking to fairies, as fairies feel most comfortable with…

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Magickal tools and your spiritual journey

Written for Coven Life

On: 9/04/2018

By: Hypatia Of Alexandrea

Scrying

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Lesson 3

Lessons 1 and 2 in the previous posts covered making tools with sacred wood that included wands and runes. It often takes time to prepare such tools in order for one to imbue their magical energies though the object. At times the object will change as the practitioner progresses through their spiritual journey. Remember that nothing is static, where there is energy there is movement, vibration and frequency, this includes all inanimate objects as well.

Lesson 3 will introduce one of the many methods of scrying, divining.

Scrying tools are used to develop ones clairvoyance skills. It assists one to see the past in order to understand the present and give some kind of direction for mastering the future.

Scrying requires concentration and of course an object to focus your mind.

Before you prepare your tool for scrying you may like to make your own scrying incense. Setting the mood by stimulating your senses that also includes your olfactory is important. This all helps to stimulate the penal gland or 3rd eye in order to reach a state of focus, trance or meditation call it what you will.

 

Scrying incense:

1 part Mugwort

1 part Wormwood

 

You may even wish to make your own bowl and decorate the bowl with motifs and symbols that correlate to your own belief system. Let your creativity run wild. Just remember that every step of creating whether it is the bowl the incense or the scrying liquid to imbued your own personal energy in it. Take your time in choosing and making your item and allow yourself to connect what it is that you are creating!!

 

In the next step we will be making the divining liquid.

This should be made during the full moon to give time for the liquid to infuse sufficiently to be used in the 1st quarter.

Please use the reference of the ephemeris of the moon as a guide.

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Moon phases for all magical use is important. Please take the time to learn the energies that she gives. A simple and wonderful book to have on hand is “Mansions of the Moon for the Green Witch”. I’ll write a little book review of this at a later stage.

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During the Full Moon-

You will need:

Dried herbs that include rose petals, jasmine and hyssop.

Sea salt

A medium clear bottle or jar

Water

Small bowl (not scrying bowl)

 

Method:

In the small bowl mix the herbs

Add 1 part herb mix to 4 parts water

Stir 3 table spoons of sea salt

Pour the mixture into a jar, cover, in a sunny spot.

 

Leave it as undisturbed as both the moon and the sunrays energy are hitting it until the last quarter.

During the Last quarter-

During the time of the last quarter, strain the herbs and store the liquid in a jar until ready for use in the 1st quarter.

Effectively just remember the most powerful time to divine is Seven Days after the New Moon which is the first quarter!!!!!

 

During the First Quarter-

This is the time you use the liquid. It is seven days after the new moon which falls on the first quarter of the moon. I know it doesn’t give you much window to divine, however this is just a guide that has been used by the oracle in ancient times.

Create your mood, place your mind in a space of divining. Use your imagination, wear your favorite gown, jewellery, anoint yourself with your favorite essential oil, jasmine is mine. Divining is a scared time, don’t just use it Willie Nillie.

NOTE:

Who or what is assisting you with allowing you to see and giving you the messages.

Accessing beyond the veil needs preparation, such as placing protection around you, ensuring your mind and surroundings are cleared of clutter and most importantly just like anything become familiar what energy it is that you are drawing this from! Are you calling in the elements, the Gods and Goddesses, other earth spirits, Totems, ancestors, spirits beyond this earth or simply Mother Earth her self?

 

Remember that the energy around you is something that you allow in, nothing comes if it is not called or conjured! If you are not familiar with personal protection, please do a quick Coven Life or general web search on such methods and choose what you resonate with.

Yes, this does all sound time consuming, however everything has a time and place. Learning timing and patience is part of understanding your magical practice. Revering the seasons and following the earth’s rhythms is essential for any spiritual practice and finally learning to protect yourself even if it is just using divination.

Once again use your intuition and allow yourself to connect as you please. There is no right or wrong. You choose as you please and what makes you most comfortable!

The timing of this suggested method of scrying was taken from an academic extract called “Portrait of a Priestess” by Connelly, that described actual events and practices of the ancient priests and priestess in antiquity namely in the temple of Delphi used by the Pythia.  A wonderful academic read, well researched and accredited throughout the epistemological arena it offers an insight of how humans throughout history have moved with the earth’s rhythms.

Entrench yourself in the energy and see what you yourself discover. You may even find a better method that suits you. Just remember to be in the flow of that energy around you. Learn how to navigate the sky, read the seasons and feel the pulse of the earth and her energy meridians. This is how humanity has always done and will continue to do it. Why? BECAUSE IT WORKS!

 

Golden Iron Ryrite for Sunday

This stone resembles gold and carries Solar energies. It is a powerful grounding stone. Golden Iron pyrite works with the Solar Plexus chakra and serves as a booser of energy. In combination with other stones it can raise their powers to the extreme. It is a good stone to use when we want to manifest our desire into the physical or to prevent nightmares. I will describe it with a few words : Power, Manifestation, Sun, Success.

Here is more about this amazing stone, photo and information  thanks to

https://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/iron-pyrite.html

For Energy Strength And Vitality

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Iron Pyrite is a strong stone to promote positive thinking and manifestation.

 

This is a stone to encourage you overcome feelings of inadequacy and live your life to its full potential. It will boost self worth of the individual and allow you to have the energy to take action, where needed.

 

 

This golden stone primarily helps the chakra that boosts personal power, known as the solar plexus.

It has a strong solar energy, and its golden color is part of this vibration.

This stone also has a strong spiritual grounding action, and this makes it a stone to use within both the base or root chakra and the earth star chakra.

It is beneficial for the lungs, and helps asthma and bronchitis, and will increase your stamina. It will confer a speedy increase in strength and vigor.

The solar energy within these stones enhances your efficiency at manifesting your strongest desires. Soon after you begin using it, you will feel a growth in your level of energy.

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A man who spent twelve months and a day with the Fairies

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A story in its main features similar to that recorded in the “Cambrian Magazine” was related to me by my friend, the Rev. R. Jones, Rector of Llanycil.  I do not think Mr. Jones gave me the locality where the occurrence is said to have taken place; at least, if he did so, I took no note of it.  The story is as follows:–

A young man, a farm labourer, and his sweetheart were sauntering along one evening in an unfrequented part of the mountain, when there appeared suddenly before them two Fairies, who proceeded to make a circle.  This being done, a large company of Fairies accompanied by musicians appeared, and commenced dancing over the ring; their motions and music were entrancing, and the man, an expert dancer, by some irresistible power was obliged to throw himself into the midst of the dancers and join them…

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Black Onyx for Saturday

Merry Meet

 

Saturday is under the influence of the planet Saturn. Saturday is a day to work for  justice, defence, breaking curses , unhealthy relationships and reversals.

The energy of Black Onyx can help you bring protection into your life. Colour black prevents from energy leaking and makes you invisible for unwanted energies. This stone will build strong will within you if you are a person that finds it difficult to be strong enough to say NO when neccessary. This stone needs to be worn for a long time to start working with you, but once this is achieved you will become  a kind of leader for others/ or just a leader of your own life, that is a rather good option in all cases/ and you will develop strong will. This is what I know for Black Onyx. I will put it into some words : Strength, Protection, Defence, Invisibility, Success.

Blessed Be

Mistress of the Mountains

Here is a good information and photo of the black onyx:

More about Black Onyx thanks to

https://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/onyx/

Onyx is a chalcedony, which is a variety of the microcrystalline quartz. It is formed when silica is deposited in lava gas cavities.

This results in the unique bands or stripes that Onyx stones usually exhibit.

Onyx is often a black stone, but there are also Onyx stones that are brown, pink, red, and green. There are also colorless Onyx stones.

 

With Onyx, you will feel invincible and you will feel like you can achieve anything!

Onyx is also an excellent stone to get rid of negative perceptions. It will help you in letting the world see a different side of you.

It will give you emotional healing, and it will infuse you with feelings of hope and positivity.

Onyx will fill you with energies of confidence that will improve your ability to face people, to speak in front of a large crowd, and to express what you feel convincingly.

This will greatly improve how you relate to people and how you leave your mark on them.

Onyx will bring you restful and pure energies. It will soothe your worries, remove your fears, and ease your tensions.

During really busy and crazy days, the warmth that you will feel from this stone will reassure you that everything will be okay.

No matter how demanding the days become, you will always enjoy a quiet and easy moment.

Onyx will bring you increased vigor, stamina, and strength. It will strengthen your discipline and self-control.

This stone will also give you strong support when you’re experiencing difficulties in your personal or professional life.

It’s a strong and protective stone that will help you when you’re facing your adversaries in any kind of conflict.

It will act as a defensive stone that can deflect any threat or negative energy aimed at you.

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Emerald is good for Friday

This powerful green stone carries the vibrations of Love and the Blessings of the Goddess. It is strongly connected with Nature and growth and has a connection with fairy realms and magic.

Here is more about this enchanting stone and a photo I share with you thanks to

https://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/emerald-stones.html

Emit the Green Ray Of Nature Itself

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 This heart chakra based energy makes them known as a stone of successful and abundant love.

By helping you to let go of negativity, natural Emerald crystals will create positive actions and outcomes, and give you the strength to overcome any problems in your life.

Within all of nature, in the plants and the grass and the trees you can see this clear green color, and the energy of the green ray.

The energy of nature itself is embodied within stones that carry the green ray, like Emerald stones. These beautiful crystals emit the green ray, a vibration that will open the heart chakra and draw love into your life.

This lovely stone has many excellent qualities, which is why it was chosen to be a May birthstone and is commonly used in engagement rings, as it has a strong loving vibration.

They are stones of manifestation, and although today’s society seems to concentrate on the attributes of manifesting things, including money, this stone brings through much more.

If you desire to use this stone to help you to manifest loving attributes, good health and a peaceful, loving and harmonious existence, or to learn how to stay happy, you might like to have this stone in your life.

Of course it will manifest abundance as well as money, and you all know that of course money is necessary in life.

The green ray is embodied within these lovely stones, and it encourages you to have respect for all life and all of creation.

As you feel this respect within you, it may prompt you to live life in a more loving way.

You may find that your love and emotions begin to resonate with Divine Love.

This is the purest and highest form of love in existence, and you begin living your life from a spiritual, heart based perspective.

Feelings such as compassion, hope, loyalty, encouragement, reassurance, gentleness, kindness, goodness and of course unconditional love, are connected with these emotions, and with all the blessings that are in your life.

 I love emerald gemstones and wear one in my engagement ring every day, but for their metaphysical attributes to benefit you don’t need an expensive stone.

All Emerald stones, including rough or natural pieces like the ones shown here, emit this energy and have an effect on the emotions that are within you.

It will still give you the powerful metaphysical properties that are embodied in this stone but at a lower cost.

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Lapis Lazuli is good for Thursday

Thursday is connected with the energies of Jupiter, energies of Abundance , Royality, Grace , Legal actions and Truth. Dark Blue colour is the colour of the noble Jupiter that is considered a King, A Priest King.

Deities for Thursday are : Thor/ The Thunder God, Old Norse/, Njord / God of the oceans and winds, Old Norse/, Poseidon/ Ruler of the oceans,  Ancient Greek/,  Zeus / the Thunderer, the King of Gods, Ancient Greek/, Athena / Ancient Greek Goddess of War and Legal Actions/, Maat /Ancient Egyptian/, Amon RA /Ancient Egyptian/

Like the skills of these Gods that are skills connected with  Fire and Water, this stone combines the blue colour of the deep ocean or the night sky with the golden particles of fiery little shining stars into the stone structure.

It was sacred for the Ancient Egyptians . It represents Nut, the Goddess of the night and mysteries. Pharaohs sailed West after death into the night sky on their boat that takes them to Nut. Nut is the eternal mystery, the feminine energy that is both end and beginning, the sacred womb that swallows the Sun and brings the Sun back to life for the New Day.

Here below is part of the article and a photo thank to

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Mistress of the Mountains

For Enlightenment, Truth and Developing Psychic Gifts

Lapis Lazuli Stones resonate with the vibration of truth and enlightenment.

They are powerful intense blue stones for opening the third eye and stimulating the pineal gland.

The more blue in the stone, the more valued it has always been.

These stones have been prized since antiquity, as they are one of the most beautiful blue crystals sold.

Lapis Lazuli is a useful stone to wear as it is said to relieve anger and negative thoughts, as well as easing frustrations causing the anger.

They resonate with the energy of the inner king or queen, and are historically stones of royalty, and this crystal also helps to balance the male and female aspects of your personality.

The energy of these blue crystals may intensify the growth of intuition, channeling and psychic abilities, and may aid you to contact your guardian angels.

The capacity of this crystals energy to stimulate the development of psychic gifts, makes it a stone that is in demand.

Lapis Lazuli stones makes beautiful jewelry, that will both balance your inner self with your external self, and help to harmonize the male-female facets of your personality, as well as helping to relax you.

Lapis Lazuli Stone PendantVery large Lapis Lazuli Gemstone Pendant.

 

It is on the birthstone list by month, and is usually sold in many stores as birthstone rings or pendants. It is a September birthstone as well as the October and December birth stone.

 

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