Non-Ordinary Reality is No Nonsense

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By Hypatia Of Alexandrea

Written for Coven Life

11/02/2018

Walking between the 2 worlds is never an easy task with one foot in each. What does that mean? Every single person whether magical or not experiences this to some extent. Some experience this in their dreams whether sleeping, lucid or just day dreaming. Others call it “Déjà vu”.

For those of you who are familiar with Castaneda’s books on Shamanism back in the 70’s, he draws from his experience of living with Shamans in the Amazons and their traditions that have been practiced for thousands of years. He delves into the world of Non- Ordinary Reality ( N.O.R)  as experienced by many spiritual practitioners before them throughout different cultures and throughout time.

N.O.R is not exclusive to one form of spiritual belief but a universal wisdom practiced for eons throughout humanity.

Ordinary reality

So let’s begin with explaining Ordinary…

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The Magick of Food 5

Basil

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Written By Priestess Hypatia

For Coven Life

24/12/2019

 

Basil is the king of herbs. Here we enter the land of royalty in herb law. The word origins come from the Greek word meaning king or emperor.

A member of the mint family, basil is native and spread throughout the tropical regions from Central Africa to South East Asia. Its texture is tender with a pungent intoxicating aroma that is used in cuisines worldwide.

The Many Beliefs of Basil

The many beliefs about the herb ranged and ranges from, the ancient Greeks placing it in the hands of the dead to ensure a safe passage to the underworld. In India it is dedicated to the Gods Vishnu and Krishna. In ancient Egypt they would embalm their dead. In Mexico it is carried around for prosperity and wealth. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that it was a symbol of malice and lunacy. Pliny a Roman scholar believed that it was an aphrodisiac, it was not only given to animals for successful reproduction but also used as an herb to welcome love among couples. Basil is also gifted to new homeowners and new business owners as it attracts prosperity.

Grow

Very easy to grow basil can be grown indoors on a sunny windowsill or outdoors in a sheltered sunny position.

Eat With

Tomatoes, goats cheese, Mozzarella cheese, lemon, eggs, mint, shellfish, lamb, chicken, raspberries, strawberries, figs.

Try

A few torn basil leaves over fresh raspberries is absolutely delicious. Add a handful of basil leaves when making strawberry ice-cream. Poach white peaches in sugar syrup and add a handful of basil leaves then serve with extra shredded basil. Make bruschetta- one of my absolute favorite as a snack with a beautiful glass of vino!

Try this recipe by clicking on the link below:

https://www.recipetineats.com/real-tomato-basil-bruschetta/

or

A beautiful basil Pesto Humus

https://food.ndtv.com/recipe-basil-pesto-hummus-846290

 

Heal

The volatile oils present in the herb has many healing properties. Used in a variety of culinary preparations some of the benefits of basil include:

  • Good for digestion– It fortifies the nervous and digestive system and can be good for headaches and insomnia. Assisting with the body’s acid balance it restores the bodies PH balance. Our digestive system is a very important part of our immune system.
  • Anti-inflammatory- Eugenol, citronellol and linalool are the powerful essential oils that can help lower inflammation through their enzyme inhibiting properties. Consumption of basil could also soothe fever, headache, sore throat, cold, cough, flu. Its anti-inflammatory properties may help lower risk of heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions. Wonderful as a digestive.
  • Skin benefits– applying as a facial mask by making into a paste with olive oil, or make your own basil oil, using a base oil of almond or olive, a bunch of leaves in a jar, top with base oil, seal, infuse for a few weeks, strain, ready to use.
  • Mood disorders– Known as a hormone regulator. Drink as a tea.
  • Liver support– assist with liver detoxification, awesome cleansing ability. Drinkbas a tonic. Tonic made by infusing dried basil leaves in a jar with spirits.

Magick

As if the above is not magick enough. Here I will be briefly mentioning some of its metaphysical properties. According to Paul Beyerl, Basil is associated strongly with Dragon-like Basilisk and its contemporary association with the salamanders and dragons. It is used to invoke astral and mythological creatures. One can burn basil to invoke these creatures to assist in advice, inspiration and protection.

Basil has been planted upon graves and used as incense in the ritual of the dead. I suppose this goes back to the above mentioned ancient Greeks sending off their dead with basil in their hands. I love using this herb as incense during Samhain.

One can use basil in a fertility spell work, to enhance psychic vision and used in a mojo bag for protection.

Crystals for the Beginner Witch

Witches I thought it would be a great idea to post today on what crystals that is good to use for the beginner witch. When I started out on my journey in witchcraft I started looking at what crystals I could you and I found it hard to find the information therefore that is why I choose to post this today to help my fellow witches.

List of crystals that every witch should have in their witch toolbox…

Hematite: this is good to use for grounding, protection, and scrying

Rose Quartz: this is good for promoting love and helps fight anxiety and depression.

Clear Quartz: this is good for protection, healing, and clarity.

Selenite: Prevents bad dreams and great for clarity.

Amethyst: Used for protection and helps to rebut effects you don’t want.

These stones will help every witch out there in everyday life and for use during rituals or really anything and everything in your life.

The Cosmic Witch Part 8

Written for Coven life

By Priestess Hypatia

23/12/2019

Saturn

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“A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.” ~ Buddha

 

Continuing from the previous post of aligning with Universal Powers for effective magickal practices…….

In this post I will be discussing the 6th of the Sacred Seven (in no particular order) that I have been mentioning in the previous posts. Here I will be talking about the planet that is connected to your 6th chakra and spiritual evolution. Saturn is the highest planet in the hierarchy of planets (of those known to the ancients) and thus the closest to the Gods and thus associated with immortality and longevity.

Saturn is associated with time and is timeless.

So what does this mean?

In Mythology:

In Greek antiquity Cronus was the counterpart of the Roman Saturn. Cronus was the titan son of Uranus (heaven) and Gaia (earth). The word Cronus in Greek actually describes time therefore he was the personification of time itself and ruled the cosmos during the Golden Age. Later the Romans adopted him into their religion and renamed him Saturn.

Saturn helps us realize that we are beyond time, that we are one with the universe, originating from the very energy that created us. We are all STARDUST. This energy was created during chaos, and yes the Greeks also had a God by this name that personified the chaotic birth of the Universe.

3rd Eye

This planet assists in unlocking our sacred place in the universe and by meditating on your 6th Chakra you can learn to melt away the complicated world around you. The 6th Chakra is connected to what they call your 3rd eye. This is the place where the human body meets the celestial spirit, it is the Anja (in Hindu).

The 3rd eye is actually our Penal Gland in in our anatomical structure, so once again the ancients knew what they were talking about. Shaped as a pine cone- hence its name derivative, this gland is responsible for secreting melatonin which plays a role in the body’s internal clock or what medical science calls the circadian rhythm, one that regulates our relaxation and sleep.

This chakra is also called the brow chakra as it is located between your brows on your forehead and is considered to be the ‘seat of your soul’.

In Ancient Egypt

The eye of Ra or Horus is actually a representation of the penal gland, not only in a spiritual sense but also in a pictorial depiction.

Below is a picture comparing the 2 with rather uncanny similarities.

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http://www.ourwonderlife.com/de-calcify-the-pineal-gland-our-eye-of-horus/

 

The penal gland is where we perceive or see all things as energy around us. This is a place where you gain your multi-dimensional vision.

Meditation

The colour of this Chakra is Indigo. Each Chakra also has a sound, this is the sound of the universe- the sound of OM, the symbol is.

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Below is a short meditation on YouTube that you can try to assist you in connecting to this Chakra.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab9LTtBZjeM

You can meditate on the above- sounding the OM loud or within and using the colour for visualization.

Saturn correspondences

Ruling planet of Capricorn and Aquarius

Astrologically Saturn is associated with the principles of limitation, restrictions, boundaries, practicality and reality, crystallizing and structures.

Governs ambition, career, authority and hierarchy, and conforming social structures.

Peoples sense of duty, discipline and responsibility, and their physical and emotional endurance during hardships.

Day- Saturday

Herbs- Bindweed, Bistort, Bluebell, Comfrey, Enchanter’s Nightshade, Foxglove, Hellebore, Holly, Indigo, Juniper, Mandrake, Monkshood, Mullein, Pine, Rue, Solomon’s Seal, Witch Hazel, Wolfsbane, Yew.

Minerals- Jet, Obsidian, Onyx, Sapphire, Smoky Quartz, Tourmaline,

Color- Black
Number- 3
Elements- Water and earth
Incense- Myrrh
Animals- Goat, crocodile
Angel- Tzaphqiel

The Magick of Food 4

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Written By Priestess Hypatia

For Coven Life

21/12/2019

Celery

 

A Poem

By Ogden Nash

Celery, raw
Develops the jaw,
But celery, stewed,
Is more quietly chewed.

 

The above poem is an understated description of the true talents of celery.

It’s an herbaceous plant from the parsley family that actually has a parsley like aroma with a pleasingly bitter taste.

Grow

Home grow celery is crispy, juicy and absolutely delicious!

You can grow celery from seed in soil that has a high level of moisture therefore you need to water frequently. This plant grows throughout winter and summer.

Eat

It is wonderful and juicy when fresh. You can have with chicken, pork, lamb, blue cheese, apples, nuts, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, potatoes and even rice, its just one of those great all-rounders.

Try

Add chopped celery leaf to potatoes or bean salads. Mix with tuna and mayonnaise for a sandwich filling. Cook celery leaf in tomato sauce to serve with pasta. Stir finely chopped celery into celeriac remoulade.

Heal

It can assist in reducing blood pressure as it contains phthalides which can lower stress hormones in the blood and reduce arthritis symptoms. It is known for its cholesterol reducing properties.

It also contains apigenin and has been praised for its properties as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacteria, antiviral and antioxidant in Chinese medicine. It can be helpful for kidney problems cystitis and assist in neurogenesis (development of nerve cells).

Magick

The seed of the celery plant can be used to enhance visions. Drinking it as a divination tea to open up the mind and allow for better concentration. I love drinking this tea just before a tarot reading. Drink before bedtime to enhance prophetic dreams, this is one of the main ingredients in Psychic Vision Oil one used in traditional Conjure. You can make your own oil by infusing the seeds in a base oil such as almond oil. Mojo bags made with the celery seed are another way to carry the psychic vision with you, you can place these in your bag, in your pocket or under your pillow.

It is under the rulership of the Mercury, a planet that represents the mind, intellect and all forms of communication.

Happy and Blessed be as You Celebrate Litha/Summer Solstice Sisters and Brothers in the Southern Hemisphere

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A very short explanation of the Holly or Oak Kings Ruling as the Goddess Consort’

For More Information on the Oak King

For More Information on Litha

Scroll Down For More Information on the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere

I hope these links help you learn more about the different topics.

The Oak has will be born at Sunrise on the Summer Solstice after…

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Here the young Oak King fights the tired out Holly King to rule from the Litha until Yule until…

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The Holly King is reborn. Now the Oak King is an old man but still fights the Holly king.

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The Holly King wins and grows to maturity from the Yule until Litha when the cycle of the battle between the young and older Kings battles repeat themselves for the honor to rule as the Goddesses Consort. The Oak Kings is also in some traditions is known…

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A Yule Drink and Litha Cake Combined Them for Brunch Solstice Feast – Flashback to 2012

I know I have been doing separate posts for Yule and Litha things but when I came across these two recipes, in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2012, one for each season of the year the two hemispheres are going into, they sounded yummy to me to have together. I apologize in advance for not calculating from American measurements to other parts of Mother Earth. I just found this website https://www.europeancuisines.com/ while it says European Cuisines it covers other countries as well.

(SIDE NOTE if you do not have a Sun shaped disc to pour the batter in use cookie cutters for whatever shapes remind you of the Sun or use a knife to cut out a shape. Even a young maybe 3 or older this totally up to the child’s caregivers can cut out a design. Than either eat the scraps from the cut outs or put them outside for the wildlife in your area to celebrate the Solstice with your family. This is a good day to have breakfast for dinner/supper/tea or use as treated after your families Solstice ritual)

“Sun God Supreme

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 Tablespoons of melted butter or oil

1 egg

3/4 cup yogurt

Garnish with 3 cups cubed fruit, all colors

Sift dry ingredients together. Then separately whisk wet ingredients together. Combined wet and dry ingredients, mixing for no more then 20 strokes, one for each day in June (or December) until the Solstice. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes     while you prepare the fruit, set the table, and heat the frying pan lightly coated with oil or butter on a medium heat. (SIDE NOTE AGAIN Depending on the ages of the people attending your celebration feast designated cutting the fruit, setting and clearing the table, and doing dishes along with wiping the table and kitchen surfaces. If you allow a child of 3 to cut up their pancake with a plastic knife this can also be used to slice bananas or other soft fruit. This is a family celebration so let the family help with the work and as your homes Priestess you can relax and enjoy the feast and time together with a lot less stress) 

Pour batter into sun-shaped discs (or pour batter from a measuring cup with a lip to get lovely round pancakes.) cook until bubbles that have formed in the batter burst and make little dry craters. Flip one and briefly cook the other side. Serve on brighly colored plates surrounded by fruit of all colors, which represent the abundant growth and glory of the Earth Goddess. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup and enjoy.

Pancakes combine the traditional foods of Litha — butter, milk, cakes, and honey — represent the Sun God at the height of his reign.

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Magical Mulled Cider

(SIDE NOTE This cider contains no alcohol so the whole family can enjoy it. If you want to spike it for the adults I have used dark rum measured to the adult who is drinking it taste. It is also good cooled to room temperature but I did not like the taste will chilled in the refrigerator)

1 quart (or 1 liter) apple cider

6 orange, sliced to look like the sun

12 whole cloves

1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 cinnamon sticks

Honey to taste

Toast the return of the Sun God, and the holy rebirth, with this warming drink when you gather with friends and family on the longest night of the year, Best made over an open fire, but easily concocted on a stove indoors will warm the hearth, heart, and home. Sip this and know anything is possible.

In a large pot combine apple cider which represents the Sun God, cloves, nutmeg, and ground cinnamon. Simmer for at least half an hour to make your house smell wonderfully festive, or longer for a stronger mulled taste. This simmering symbolically brings the God and Goddess together. and adds a little “spice” to the mix. Pour into a mug, carefully an orange slice into each cup. Add cinnamon stick and serve. Makes 6 servings.

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Who were the Maenads?

Written By Priestess Hypatia

For Coven Life

19/12/2019

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Priestess of Bacchus, John Collier (taken from Wikimedia commons), 1886

In Thebes the birth place of Dionysus, the God of wine, the Maenads were born. They were known as the Priestesses who were part of the Dionysus cult and performed ecstatic dance. Roaming the mountains of Thebes, trancing and dancing in fawn skin dresses and panther throws, snake crowns and barefoot. Snakes in ancient times were used as healers.

The list of Maenads is long in history, these women that maintained the Dionysian cult with ecstatic ceremonies were distinct to the Hellenic world. A religious cult unlike no other, the women maintained a frenzied state of ecstasy. Extended periods of dancing (usually to the point of absolute and utter exhaustion) and drinking wine, the Maenads participated in orgiastic celebrations dancing naked through the forests of Thrace.

Dedicated to the God of debauch and fertility the Dionysian followers such as the Maenads experienced states of sexual drunken pleasure that allowed them to become closer to their God.

As members of a respected cult in Hellenic society the Maenads were actually celebrated for their sexual promiscuity, a welcoming change from the ever virtuous virgin Goddesses. Their sexuality gave them power and position more so than many other women in the Hellenic world.

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Dancing Maenad. Detail from an ancient Greek Paestum red figure skyphos, made by Python, ca. 330-320 BC. British Museum, London.