Spirit of White Buffalo

 

Native American myths and culture have always been my inspiration. The first approach to the mysteries of Shamanism in my life was through the  Native American ways of spiritual work. Then I learned about the Scandinavian Shamanism and I discovered the many common things in both paths. My studies and research led me to the knowledge that in its essence the pagan ways are quite alike in the different parts of the world as are the Old religions,too. They all seem to have one origin that is very old and points towards the beginning of human history on Earth.

Here is a wonderful article I found online about the White Buffalo Spirit . This is the Spirit who walks between the worlds and connects the Red Road/ the path of incarnation and physical life / and the Blue Road / the path of the Spirit /.

When you think of Celtic tradition these are Dragons who walk between the worlds and open new realms, in Native American traditions it is White Buffalo Spirit  who connects the worlds.

Read about this here

http://www.crystalwind.ca/animal-totems/spirit-of-white-buffalo

and a powerful meditation with Native American Flute sound

 

 

 

 

 

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The Earth is Our Mother Chant

This is a beautiful chant I found a cpouple of years ago. I recommend doing it outside. If you have a regular drum join in drumming. You can also use a plastic bowl turned upside down and a wooden spoon for drumming. Think of positive energy  flowing into Mother Earth for her healing while doing the chant. Chant as long as you feel the wanr to. I than sit and meditate for a while on all the wounderful things she gives us and all the beings and creatures that live on and in her. I hope you enjoy this chant as much as I do.

Chant

Native American calling/prayer

Four Directions Prayer

Creator, it is I. Thank you for today’s sunrise, for the breath and life within me, and for all of your creations. Creator, hear my prayer, and honor my prayer.

As the day begins with the rising sun, I ask, Spirit keeper of the East, Brother Eagle, Be with me. …

Spirit keeper of the South, Wolf, Be with me. Help me to remember to love and feel compassion for all mankind. …

Spirit Keeper of the West, Brown Bear, Be with me. Bring healing to the people I love and to myself. ….

Spirit Keeper of the North, White Buffalo, Be with me….

Mother Earth, Thank you for your beauty, And for all you have given me. Remind me never to take from you more then I need, and remind me to always give back more than I take.

Read the original article here

http://aktalakota.stjo.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8582

The Runes of Odin (14. Perth)

 

Element : Water

Planet : Saturn

Tree : aspen

Plant : wolf`s bane or sweet william

Meaning : mystery, well, womb, gambling, science, cave , cup

Goddess : Frigg

Stone : aquamarine

Day : Friday

Colour : red, female energy

Month : May

Galdr : http://www.sunnyway.com/runes/galdr.html

Pathwalking with the Rune : http://www.northernshamanism.org/pathwalking-with-runes.html

This rune can open or provide a barrier for the dark forces, the realms of the death too. It makes us face our weakness, our failures and our sorrows. It makes us ask ourselves about what would we do if our death is near now. This is a good rune for trials and attack. This is a rune of time and change. It rules the secrets and the hidden things and it is also connected with the karmic energies. It is evolution of the magical ideas. The rune Perth can be used when you make investments or merchandising and also when you try to find something that you have lost.

In its meaning “fate, destiny” Perth directs the runic forses into cause – consequence. Perth helps you to receive intuitive guidance about financial operations. This is a rune of mystery, chance, merchandise, science and technologies.

Divination : Unknown result, mystery, gambling, weird things. To succeed you must use what is modern. Perth leads to spiritual revelation of a secret. This rune is connected with pregnancy and giving birth. It is also connected  with the average and sensual sexual gelight.

To interpret Perth you should enguage the mystic and the providence.

Interpretation : there is always choice for you about everything. Noone and nothing can upset you unless you choose so. You should not allow your truth to be compromised if you want to do what you choose to do. Clearly state your right to choose. The biggest danger for you is not to make the choice and to let the things be. Do shape your future.

Reversed meaning : a possible failure. What seems clear hides deeper aspects and meanings. Do not hurry, do not give up. Believe only your loved ones. Do not take anything for granted. There may be a hidden depth in others` statements.

The development of the situation will not be what you expect or want to. You should temporarily give up your experiments with the occult forces.

This rune has a connection with Phoenix bird and with Mimir`s well,  too. It is possible a deep secret of yours to come up to the surface and you may be disappointed or surprised by a person you trusted in.

Unexpected gain or surprise. In combination with Gebo or Hagalaz or Thurisaz it means financial gain. If you receive a gift , do ask yourself if there are hidden motives for it. Emotionally speaking, this is a sign for amazing sexual compatibility. In combination with Kano or Uruz Perth is a sign for a relationship based on sex only.

When Perth is surrounded by negative runes this can mean a rare, unknown and difficult to cure illness.

The rune Perth can be used to help finding Mimir`s well and to connect with the Norns.  According to the Norse myths Mimmir is a giant who keeps the well of knowledge and wisdom and drinks of it and  drinking the water from this well he has all wisdom. Odin went into the land of the giants to  meet Mimir. At the shore of the lake they met and  Odin asked Mimir for  permission to take one sip from this well. Mimir agreed but asked for one of Odin`s eyes in return. With his knife Odin took off one of his eyes and the eye fell into the well, then Odin drank of the water and gained wisdom. The eye stayed into the well…seeing …nothing and…seeing everything.

Later Mimir`s head was cut by the Aesir gods and Mimir died. Mimir knew many secrets and was the wisest one. Odin decided to give the life back to Mimir`s head. Odin took the head of the giant, wrapped it with herbs and cast spells on it. Soon the head was alive again and could speak.

The rune is drawn with the middle and index finger together starting from top to base.

There is a large portion of our unmanifest future that rests on an element of chance. This awareness must be incorporated into the lore of Perthro and divination is a way to discern the parameters of that element of chance. Divination through casting of lots using dice or runes provides conscious indicators of unconscious ‘lay’ or pattern of cause and effect as it pertains to any specific future happening.

Of all the runes, this one is the most mysterious, perhaps next to Eihwaz before it, because Perthro deals with the mysteries within the runes themselves and the birth of the universe. On one hand this allows you to intuit original knowledge about the runes that may have been suppressed, destroyed or incompletely passed on over the centuries. On the other hand, the ‘how to’ techniques are less defined than with other runes, for we are dealing with fundamental mysteries of the universe. Orlog plays out as the consequences of the cosmic and primal laws themselves unfold from beginning of the universe until the end. All patterns are interdependent and interwoven, throughout all existence…

Read more at

 

http://runesecrets.com/rune-meanings/perthro

 

Until we merry meet again

Blessed Be

Mistress of the mountains

 

 

Prayers for the Two School Shootings the Week

Dear Brothers and Sisters of The Craft,

Again this week we have children taking the lives of others. Earlier this week there was a shooting in Dixion, Illinois where last reported one student died and several people were injured. Than today in Santa Fe, Texas there was another shooting. The last I heard on the news there were right people dead and numerous injured.

If I still had children of school age I would be seriously considering home schooling them.

Let us join in mind and prayer for those grieving their loss not just for these two shooting but all of the ones that have happened so far in 2018. Let us also ask for all those that have been injured physically and mentally by these horrific crimes. Last but not least for protection of all students, teachers, and Scholl support staff to be safe from anymore senseless shootings. Sorry one more thing include the parents and families of the shooters as they shunned by their extended families, friends, neighbors, and the town’s they live in. They have lost a loved one also and most if not all do not understand why their child would become so imbalanced as to do these horrific crimes.

Thank you. Blessed be.

All Paths lead to Spirit

By Hypatia

Written for Coven Life

16/ 5/2018

 

I was recently reading an article about the diversity and modern thought of more people embracing a nameless path. This could elude to the dynamics of modern progression because of the shift of global consciousness in the true meaning of spirituality.

Not choosing a label for your path in any direction can even place confusion among others. Well, what does that mean? In the order of community we all feel that we need a label, mum, dad, brother, sister grandfather, grandmother etc.…… In the structure of employment we take labels such as CEO, supervisor, manager, co-worker etc.…. In the essence of spirituality we use many labels within labels, such as Christian- Anglican, Protestant, Born Again, Orthodox, Catholic, or the many paths of Wicca, such as Alexandrian, Gardnerian, Dianic, Celtic, Georgian are just to name a few. Then there is Reconstructionist, Eclectic, Folkloric, occult, Syncretic etc. Or how about gender- Male, female, asexual, androgen, bigender, Hijra, Pangender etc.….  Now on sexuality- homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, asexual, Pansexual etc.…. All too much? All too confusing? I can see why so many people reject labels in this big wide world.  An over stimulation of information perhaps?

These labels are placed on us or we even place on ourselves in order to define our position among other human beings.  What is it that we need to prove to ourselves and to others? Is it our authenticity? Is it our existence? If not then what? So many questions…… Ones that we need to be asking ourselves and ones that have been asked throughout millennia. However this discussion is beyond the scope of this article so let’s swing our train of thought back on its tracks.

For now it is best to start by defining the true meaning of what spirituality means to you. Meditate, drum, walk, take time out from society, do what it takes to go within, as this is where the true answer lies. Whatever you choose be sure that you pick a path with a heart!

This is your path, your life, your destiny. Effectively this is how religious movements and thought processes have evolved in the past. Who and what is to say we are not progressing into yet another spiritual revolution! Take the time to define where your spirituality is inspired from?  How it makes you feel? What is it that attracts you to the essence of your Spirit? And why do you feel that you are changing, evolving and progressing in a particular direction.

The true essence of your spirituality is only labelled by what you choose to bring into your life. Is yours a path of bliss, a path of suffering, a path of loss or one of wisdom? Whatever path you choose make sure it is one that you pick from the heart, not one that has a label or one that is trending!

Sometimes it’s recognizing the invitation to answer your call by taking a big, bold step and leave the beaten track. Have confidence that spirit is conspiring on your behalf to support you in this move. Take the plunge and sail into those uncharted waters. This will guide you both to your path through this earth, as well as your journey through the stars.

Happy travels Spirit Seekers

Many Blessings Hypatia

Types Of Wicca

Edited by Crimsonwolf
Types Of Wicca

 

 

Alexandrian Wicca

Founded in England during the 1960s, Alex Sanders referred to himself as the “King” of his Witches. The rituals are said to be modified Gardenarian.

 

British Wicca

A mix of Celtic and Gardenarian beliefs. Most famous organization at this time is the International Red Garters. British Traditionals move mostly from within the Farrar studies (the famous Witch husband and wife from England.) They too are fairly structured in their beliefs, and train through the degree process. Their covens are also co-ed.

 

Celtic Wicca

The use of a Celtic/Druidic pantheon mixed with a little ritual Gardnerian, and heavily stressing the elements, nature and the Ancient Ones. They had a vast knowledge of and respect for the healing and magickal qualities of plants and stones, flowers, trees, elemental spirits, the little people, gnomes and fairies.

 

Caledonii….

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Types of WIcca

The magickal use of thistle

Magickal Uses of Blessed Thistle

Zodiac: Aries

Gender: Male

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Deities: Pan

Basic Powers: Protection

Magickal Uses: An herb of protection and vitality. A bowlful placed in a room strengthens the spirits and renews vitality. One may be carried for added strength and energy. They offer protection when grown in the garden or carried in the pocket. Throwing them into a fire will deflect lightning away from your home. Wearing a garment made from thistle will break any spell. Poppets are also stuffed with thistle to break spells.

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Magickal Uses of Milk Thistle

Gender: Maculine

Planet: Mars (in Aries)

Deities: Thor, Minerva

Powers: Strenth, Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Hex Breaking

Folklore: Milk-thistle is a strikingly beautiful member of its family – with its sharply serrated, white veined leaves they cannot be overlooked. The name ‘Milk-thistle’ refers to a legend according to which 3 drops of holy milk from the Virgin’s breast is said to have dropped on to the leaf, forever marking it as an herb of our Lady (formerly known as the Great Goddess).

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Magic in Ancient Greece: Necromancy, Curses, Love Spells, and Oracles

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magical traditions of ancient Greece encompassed spells, curse tablets, drugs, potions, poisons, amulets, and talismans. For many cultures of the past, there was a very fine line between magic, superstition, religion, and science. The ancient magicians were seen as symbols of wisdom, keepers of secrets, and masters of the arts, mathematics and science, particularly chemistry. Because magicians were believed to be individuals with access to supernatural powers, they were both feared and respected.

Spells and incantations had been used by the Egyptians for thousands of years and the Greeks carried this tradition forward, as evidenced by surviving Greek papyri containing magic records that date back to the 4th and 3rd century BC.

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Altar and Magickal Tools

I have always been of the firm belief that to create one’s own tools of the craft is to imbibe them with one’s own personal “magick”.It all begins with the seeking process and ends with an item that will be treasured always.I myself have found that holding the intent that one wishes to do this is always the best place to start…and often what you are seeking will FIND you first!By sending out our request to the universe we are setting in motion the magick that will make this happen.Thus…I did just this to find my own tools throughout the 30 years[on and off]that I have been practicing my craft and have acquired quite a collection now.Those that are pictured are only some of the many…and are perhaps the ones I use the most.The very first tool I ever created was a Willow Wand, which unfortunately I no longer have..for reasons I can’t quite remember,but since then I have made several others.

The Wand pictured is crafted from Apple wood and has an Amethyst crystal point in the tip.Living in the suburbs[at that time],I had no access to an apple tree, so I decided to call up an apple orchard farmer and told him I was in need of an apple branch, for a “craft” project[I wasn’t lying!]He was very obliging and so I traveled the one and a half hour drive to seek my wand out.I found it in a pile of off-cuts he had and I knew there and then it was the “one”.Of course,I had previously put out the call that I was searching for one…and just “Knew”, when I had found it !I had intended initially to use this wand for Faery Witchcraft,but over time it became my favorite and therefore,multi-purpose.The crafting process entailed firstly sanding all the bark from it and then varnishing it.During this whole project,I held it’s purpose firmly in my mind, thereby giving it a reason for it’s beingness.Next,I glued green felt around the handle part and then dug a hole in the tip,in order to insert and glue in place, the Amethyst point.I mixed a little of my own blood with some red paint and daubed it around the tip first.Lastly, I decorated it to my desire-I wrote my craft name in Ogham[using a permanent marker] and a sigil that I had devised and then it was all  ready for cleansing and consecrating!

My Athame was constructed from a bought Kitchen knife that was initially single bladed and I had to file the other other side down , in order to make it double-bladed.I wrapped the handle with black leather  and inserted a Quartz point[which I entwined the leather around]I had to use a little bit of glue in this process, but tried to keep it as minimal as possible[as I didn’t want anything coming between the crystal and the wooden handle]and  decorated it to my desire.My Goddess and God statues were made from craft clay.I could never find a statue that I really liked, that I could afford!The best ones are always costly…and so I decided to make my own.It took some moulding and shaping, but eventually I achieved the look that I desired.My Goddess represents Danu[in her guise as Moon mother] and Cernunnos[in the guise of green- man] and the hours I spent forming them were instilled with much energy…of which I am sure they would have been proud!I painted them with regular acrylic paint and decorated them as was fitting.I initially had my “Green-man” naked, but my husband suggested putting an oak leaf over his privates and I thought this was a fabulous idea…so I did!My Danu wears a plastic crescent moon head-piece [care of the craft store] and until I find a silver one…it will suffice.They are not the most beautiful Godform statues, but they are my time and energy[ and love] and hence…they serve me well!I have a store-bought pentacle [in the picture]which I use mostly, at present, but I possess several others that I have also crafted myself.I have a pentacle to suit all purposes and needs-one for Moon rites, one for solar rites, one for Green witchcraft and also one crafted from clay.The Faery star is a substitute “pentacle”, that I use for Faery witchcraft.For this, I used a 10 inch wooden disc, which I bought from the craft store.I found a suitable Faery Star on pinterest, which I then printed, cut out and glued on to the wooden disc.It was originally uncolored…so I painted it with acrylic paint and made it my own.Again, the time and energy put into this act made it uniquely mine and utterly con-joined to my energy….thereby making it more powerful[and I know the Faeries like it!].Lastly, my Book of Shadows….ofcourse I HAD to make this my own…and thus, it is crafted from a plain and simple ring binder, which I covered with black leather and glued in place.The Triple Goddess sigil is also from leather[white] and has a wooden pentacle in the circle[Full Moon]and amethyst crystals surrounding it[which are glued in to place.I then used some silver paint to add the border touches and finally, I made a BOS Protection pouch bookmark[my own idea][.I stitched a length of black satin ribbon on to a black velvet pouch that I had made and filled the pouch with protective herbs and crystals, and a lock of my hair.I also stitched a silver bell on the outside of the pouch[to add more protective qualities] and lastly,I anointed it with a drop of my blood.I then  charged the end product with my intent and  it was done!My offering bowl, and salt and water bowls are store bought,but I intend constructing my own of versions of  these one day also…perhaps from earthen clay or such like….it is in the cards.The  satisfaction from knowing that you have made it yourself [in my mind] far outweighs the bought items and I believe that …not only do your own creations retain a substantial amount of your own energy…but they also develop an energy of their very own, that increases with time and use.When I created each and every one of my tools, I infact gave them “life”, and just as a mother to her child…I gave them birth.

By Susan member of Coven Life’s Coven