Should We Mess With Free Will?

Today’s topic of harm none has been brought up on this website in different ways a few times. The reason I return to it so often is to remind all of us who have dedicated ourselves to The Old Ways or as it is usually now called The Craft. Today we are using the Reds and Threefold Law to pose a question about free will not only your but other people you may think to do a spell on actually do it with or without their permission.

Most witches that walk a path in the light follow the Witch’s Reds which can be summed up in 8 words “Do as he will, lest it harm none” and what is know as either the Threefold Law or the Rule of Three.

Today on WOTC our affiliated website I put up a link for many different kinds of love spells. Than I choose one of the spells to post with the link paragraph. The free spells cover everything from a spell to attract a specific person to fall in love with you to baking a loaf of bread to give to the couple. This is how to bless he bread:

“LOVE SPELL TO BLESS A NEW RELATIONSHIP

Bake a fresh loaf of bread. Hold it up to the moon and ask the lady to bless the bread as well as the relationship. Break off a piece of the bread for your partner, as well as one for yourself as well. As you share time together, share the bread as well. Do not cut the bread with a knife or any other cutting tool. Just break off the pieces with your hands. Adding butter or jam might be a good idea to help sweeten things up a bit.”

I ask you does the above spell  infringe on any of the people’s free will?

Here is another spell from the same website:

(sorry for the font color but this is how it copied)

“SPELL TO OBTAIN LOVE FROM A SPECIFIC PERSON

At night time light a small fire in a cauldron or what ever you have available to contain the fire. Cut out a piece of paper that is 3 inches by 3 inches. Draw a heart on it and color it in with red. Write the name of the name of the person that you desire on the heart. While doing all this be thinking of this person being attracted to you and not being able to resist you! Think of his or her heart burning with desire for you just like the flames of the fire. Then kiss the name on the heart 3 times. Place the paper in the fire while saying these words 3 times. Do so with utmost sincerity. “Fire come from below, bring me love that I do know, make my heart blaze and shine, to bring the love that will be mine!” Soon my love will come a day, three times strong and here to stay!” “SO MOTE IT BE!” Stay and meditate on the spell you just did, seeing it come true! After you are finished concentrating for a few minutes, extinguish the fire. Soon your love will come to you!”

Once again I ask does this spell manipulate a persons fire will.

Looking forward to reading your opinon on what is free will and as witch to what are responsibility in regards to bending it or not.

 

Celtic Symbols to Use on Candles, Yourself, or Wherever You Want

One very important thing to remember when using any type of Cleric symbols is to draw them exactly how you see them this goes especially the Celtic/Druid Ogham alphabet. The reason for this is the Celtics and Druids used more the alphabet than symbols either vertically or horizontally but never mixed the two directions in the same “sentence or page” or scroll or stone cravings or anywhere else as the drawing of the “letter” can mean one “letter” vertically but a totally different one horizontally. The same for the symbols if you draw one say upside down it will have the exact opposite meaning than drawn the correct way. For examples let us look at the symbols for the Elements used in working spells, rituals, etc.

pentagram

As you can see Water which is usually thought of as the feminine and he element that guide our emotions that the triangle is largest at the top this symbol also represents a female mammals womb opened to receive a male to continue the sources. Now we get to Fire where the largest opening of the triangle is at the bottom this is because Fire is considered a male energy big passion and tame but chaotic energy it also is a representation of a man stand with his legs apart offering a better view to a female of his genital area with or without it being covered. You may also notice the Element of Earth is a feminine element because of where the triangle opens. The Element of Earth usually means nurturing, keep us grounded as not to daydream every day, all day. The Element of Air is a masculine Element that is said to rule of intelligence and help start new beginnings.

Now please keep all of this in mind if ok chose to use any of the symbols below for any reason. (SIDE NOTE I will use a pen if I plan on removing the letter, word, symbol the same day and place it on the inside of my wrist. If I want it for up to a week I will use a preeminent marker either on the inside of my forearm, back of my neck or knee. If I want it for a few weeks I will use hens usually on my shoulder or thigh. My placement depends on what the symbol, word, or letter are for, how intricate I want the design to be [I will combine symbols or words if the temporary tattoo has more than one purpose. Example combining health and protection]) Where you want to use symbols or any alphabet practice drawing it on paper uning a pencil – so it’s easy to erase to make changes or fix a mistake- over and over until you feel confident enough to put it wherever you planned on. I still do it this way even after using Celtic/Druid symbols and the Ogham alphabet for over 30 years. There are other posts on Coven Life and WithesofTheCraft.com that show other alphabets and/or symbols. On either website type in either the word “Alphabet” or the word “Symbols or Magick Symbols” in the search box.

Here is the long awaited page of symbols I found that started me on this long post. Any questions please put them in the comment section as other people may find the question and answer helpful. Thank you!

These symbols are said to be Celtic in origin.

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BASE CHAKRA – A CONNECTOR TO THE PHYSICAL

The base chakra is the first of the seven main chakras that are of a physical nature.

This chakra can go by several different names:

  • Base Chakra
  • Root Chakra
  • Earth Chakra
  • Foundation Chakra
  • Muladhara (Sanscrit word meaning – root or support)

This ‘red’ chakra is found at the base of the spine, the perineum.

The base chakra is often dismissed by individuals studying the chakras, as many are drawn to the mysteries of the spiritual chakras.  However, the base chakra is by far the most important chakra.  Everything starts here.

To find out more about the base chakra use this link: https://blog.thewellnessuniverse.com/base-chakra-a-connector-to-the-physical/

The Etymology of the Word Pagan

The term pagan is used, today, to signify people who do not believe in the monotheistic god of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. It is used much like “heathen.” It also refers to pantheists and neo-pagans.

Origins of the Word Pagan

Pagan comes from a Latin word paganus, meaning villager, rustic, civilian, and itself comes from a pāgus which refers to a small unit of land in a rural district. It was a demeaning Latin term (like the word hick), that originally lacked a religious significance.


Etymology Online
 says pagan comes from a PIE base *pag- ‘to fix’ and related to the word “pact”. It adds that the usage to refer to nature worshipers and pantheists dates from 1908.

Blessed Be Used in Some Initations

Blessed Be 

 

“Blessed be” is a traditional salutation in many contemporary magical traditions. Use of the phrase indicates that you wish good things upon the one to whom you are speaking. The phrase appears in some Pagan paths, but it’s most likely to be used in a Neo-Wiccan context. 

 

The phrase is part of a longer ritual, which is included in some initiation ceremonies. During that particular rite, the High Priestess or High Priest delivers what is known as the Five Fold Kiss, and recites: 

 

Blessed be thy feet,  

which have brought thee in these ways, 

Blessed be thy knees,  

that shall kneel at the sacred altar, 

Blessed be thy womb,  

without which we would not be, 

Blessed be thy breasts,  

formed in beauty, 

Blessed be thy lips,  

that shall utter the Sacred Names of the gods. 

 

http://www.thesmartwitch.com

Blessed Be 

 

“Blessed be” is a traditional salutation in many contemporary magical traditions. Use of the phrase indicates that you wish good things upon the one to whom you are speaking. The phrase appears in some Pagan paths, but it’s most likely to be used in a Neo-Wiccan context. 

 

The phrase is part of a longer ritual, which is included in some initiation ceremonies. During that particular rite, the High Priestess or High Priest delivers what is known as the Five Fold Kiss, and recites: 

 

Blessed be thy feet,  

which have brought thee in these ways, 

Blessed be thy knees,  

that shall kneel at the sacred altar, 

Blessed be thy womb,  

without which we would not be, 

Blessed be thy breasts,  

formed in beauty, 

Blessed be thy lips,  

that shall utter the Sacred Names of the gods. 

 

http://www.thesmartwitch.com

The Wiccan Three-Fold Law

“Ever mind the rule of three,
What ye send out comes back to thee.”

The Three-Fold Law is not only a Wiccan law. And it’s not dependent on an All-Knowing God watching and meting out punishment.Far worse than that! It is one of the essential threads of the universe … the very fabric of which life is made.So no matter what you do, you can’t sidestep it.Best to really understand it, then, so you can use it to your advantage and get the Universe working for you. After all, don’t you want to be on the Divine’s good side? Be aware of the Three-Fold Law and you can get — and keep — the Universe on your team!

Religious Rule or Universal Law?

The Three-Fold Law is one of the basics of Wiccan belief.Despite the name, the Three-Fold Law isn’t a Wiccan law, exactly, but rather a universal spiritual principle. We call it a law, I think, because in our respect-deficient culture we associate laws with punishment, and ….

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Three Fold Law

 

How to Perform a Blessing Ceremony for Any Woman’s 6 Most Important Rites of Passages

Before sharing this article with you I thought it would be nice to share my Croning  Ritualor to some because it was when I turn 50 years old it might be a Wise Woman Ritual. Which ever way you want to think of it be my guest, to me it was a Croning.

My eldest daughter lived in a rural area of Indiana at the time and had a beautiful yard filled with many types of flowers, flowering plants, green plants, bird feeders, etc besides her son’s little pool, swing set/jungle gym and sandbox. So a cool mixture of both generations. As my birthday is on Beltane we had planned on doing a simple ritual that afternoon with planting a few flowers and explaining to her boys what Beltane was all about. We did this and it was great fun. Then in the evening my daughter and I had picked out a special plant for my Croning ritual. I did not jump a broom as many pagans do to mark going from one stage of life into another, instead together we planted the ? plant (sorry I do not remember the name of it) just outside her kitchen window in an area set aside with a small manmade pond, bird feeders, and other plants and flowers. As we planted our plant I told her stories of my childhood through her birth. After we had tapped down the last bit of soil around the plant she presented me with a smooth flattish stone that was egg shaped and told me it was for all my eggs that had been born and for those that now were forever silent as I entered into my life as not only a mother with all grown children but as a grandmother to help raise the next generation.

When my own mother crossed into the Summerlands almost two years ago, this same daughter came up to me at the cemetery and handed me 13 small stones. She said the represented my legacy of children and grandchildren and to remember to keep them close as I was now the matriarch of our family. I think that brought as many tears to my eyes as the crossing of my mom did. I have the stones put away in a special pouch but take them out to look at when I feel the need to. Although my Croning ritual and becoming family matriarch were seven years apart, I do not think I would have handled my mom’s crossing at all if I had not already taken my place as an elder and crone in our family.

Remember the ideas in the following article are suggestions for Blessingways. If you feel called to do a Blessingway differently then follow your heart and spirit as there is no wrong way to welcome in another phase of your life or someone else’s.

Now for the article…..

As I prepare to give birth to my second daughter, I am more conscious than ever about the importance of the six main rites of passages that women go through.

I want both of my daughters to love being a girl and celebrate becoming a woman. I want them to know in every cell of their bodies that it is an honor to be born a female. To not think of their period as dirty and gross, to not think that giving birth is a horrible thing, to not think that their lives are over with once they stop bleeding.

I want every little girl to grow up proud of her changing body and honoring the transitions she goes through throughout her life. To see each change as a rebirth process, accepting that death is a part of life and only helps us to find more meaning in our lives.

And I believe that the way to create this new culture of celebrating what it means to be a woman is through Blessing Ceremonies, also know as Blessingways, to honor a rite of passage.

 

What is a Blessingway

To finish reading this article please click on this link: Blessingways

A WITCHES MANIFESTO

Adapted from The Wiccan Bardo by Paul Beyerl)

 

I DEMAND THESE THINGS OF MYSELF AS A WITCH:

 

I must pursue my highest ideals

I must aspire to the highest of ethics

I must demand integrity of myself

I must always keep my word

 

I must cultivate self-discipline

I must LIVE the Hermetic Principle

I must seriously contemplate the ramifications of Reincarnation & Karma

 

I must respect the astral realms

I must approach ritual with reverence and care

I must respect ritual work as an act of love and beauty.

 

I must take sole responsibility for all the events and circumstances in my life, in the knowledge that I have created them all for my own development.

I must strive to cultivate a sense of humour and of humility.

I must avoid all negativity, firstly in my thinking and as a consequence, in my life.

  

I must live in harmony with the Earth Goddess – Gaia.

I must cultivate a global perspective.

I must serve my community, both locally and globally, being of help to all people.

 

I must be willing to defend my religion.

I must provide for the safe future of my ritual tools, should I be taken by death

From Witches of The Craft https://witchesofthecraft.com/a-witches-manifesto/

Magic and Witchcraft In History and Folklore (Part 2)

The Magic of Alchemy

During the medieval period, alchemy became a popular practice in Europe. Although it had been around for a long time, the fifteenth century saw a boom in alchemical methods, in which practitioners attempted to turn lead and other base metals into gold.

The Early Days of Alchemy

Alchemical practices have been documented as far back as ancient Egypt and China, and interestingly enough, it evolved around the same time in both places, independently of each other.

According to the Lloyd Library, “In Egypt, alchemy is tied in with the fertility of the Nile River basin, fertility being referred to as Khem. By at least the 4th century BCE, there was a basic practice of alchemy in place, probably related to mummification procedures and connected strongly with ideas of life after death… Alchemy in China was the brainchild of Taoist monks, and as such is wrapped up in Taoist beliefs and practice.

The founder of Chinese alchemy is considered to be Wei Po-Yang. In its earliest practice the Chinese aim was always to discover the elixir of life, not to transmute base metals into gold. Therefore, there was always a closer connection to medicine in China.”

Around the ninth century, Muslim scholars like Jabir ibn Hayyan began to experiment with alchemy, in the hopes of creating gold, the perfect metal. Known in the West as Geber, ibn Hayyan looked alchemy in the context of natural science and medicine. Although he never did manage to turn any base metals into gold, Geber was able to discover some pretty impressive methods of refining metals by extracting their impurities. His work led to developments in the creation of gold ink for illuminated manuscripts, and the creation of new glassmaking techniques.

While he wasn’t a terribly successful alchemist, Geber was very gifted as a chemist.

To read more of Patti Wiggins post on this fascinating subject please click on this link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccanpaganhistory/fl/The-Magic-of-Alchemy.htm?utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20170221&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_term=list_paganwiccan