Sacred Circle, Sacred Sphere: Mapping Consciousness with Seven Directions

by Selena Fox

Honoring the directions of the Sacred Circle is a widespread spiritual practice in ancient and contemporary Nature wisdom traditions. For many practitioners, honoring the directions is an essential component of all rituals. It is a way to create and to connect with sacred space. It also is a way of communing with Nature. Furthermore, it can be a way of mapping consciousness and viewing life.

The Sacred Circle with its directions is called by some, the “Magic Circle,” and by others, the “Medicine Wheel.” Some traditions emphasize the four compass directions of the Circle. Others work with the four compass points plus a central point representing unity. Some also include two additional directions in the center, up and down, to create a Sacred Sphere as well as the Sacred Circle. Qualities, images, colors, and other symbolic associations with the directions vary from path to path, but the idea of Sacred Circle as a place of balancing, healing, and wholeness extends across traditions.

I work with seven directions in my personal spiritual practice, in doing healing and counseling0…

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Imbolc in the Southern Hemisphere

by Jenwytch

POSTED ON JULY 20, 2010 BY JENWYTCH AT THE OTHER SIDE. THIS ARTICLE IS ALSO IN THE JULY 2010 EDITION OF THE “AXIS MUNDI”.

Imbolc is a cross-quarter day midway between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara) and is the celebration of the banishing of winter, the imminent arrival of Spring and the stirring of new life in the earth. Imbolc recognizes the maiden aspect of the triple goddess – the fresh, the young, the naïve, the new – and is strongly connected with the Goddess Brigid. It is associated with and also known as the festivals of Oimelc, Imbolg, Imbolic (Irish), Candlemas (British), Feast of Torches, Lupercalia (Italian/Latin), Brigid’s Day, and Brigantia (Scottish).

Here in the southern hemisphere, in 21st century Australia, we are far removed from the climate and rural lifestyles of the people of ancient Europe where this festival, and others that make up the Wheel Of The Year, originated.

Due to the 6 month offset of the seasons between the northern and southern hemispheres …

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Wiccan Holidays in the Southern Hemisphere

What is the Wheel of the Year, or Wiccan holidays, for those in the Southern Hemisphere?

It gets a little tricky, since Wicca was created in the Northern Hemisphere. Since it’s a nature religion, an Earth religion, this makes a big difference.

After all, a Midsummer ritual in the North happens in June.

In the South, though, this is midwinter!

So what does a Southern Witch do?

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Southern Hemisphere Sabbat Dates

Traditional Dates ‘Exact’ Times & Dates **
Lughnasadh/Lammas February 2 February 4, 2017 1:27AM
Mabon (Autumnal Equinox) March 21 March 20, 2017 8:29PM
Samhain April 30/May 1 May 5, 2017 5:28PM
Yule (Winter Solstice) June 21 June 21, 2017 2:24PM
Imbolc August 1 August 7, 2017 5:40PM
Ostara (Vernal/Spring Equinox) September 21 September 23, 2017 6:02AM
Beltaine October 31 November 7, 2017 3:25PM
Litha (Summer Solstice) December 21 December 22, 2017 2:28AM
** Exact dates and times are from http://www.archaeoastronomy.com/2017.html – Equinox and Solstice data from the U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington DC. Cross-Quarter moments are interpolated as the midway points between the Solstices and Equinoxes measured in degrees along the ecliptic. Former NASA scientist Rollin Gillespie uses this spatial method rather than simply splitting in half the time interval between a Solstice and an Equinox.)

The Wheel of the Year…

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Imbolc in the Southern Hemisphere

Imbolc will soon be here in the southern hemisphere. I put this first article together for the latest edition of the Axis Mundi and have also included a second Imbolc article from the August 2008 edition of the AM.

Imbolc ~ 1st August

by Jenwytch

Imbolc is a cross-quarter day midway between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara) and is the celebration of the banishing of winter, the imminent arrival of Spring and the stirring of new life in the earth. Imbolc recognizes the maiden aspect of the triple goddess – the fresh, the young, the naïve, the new – and is strongly connected with the Goddess Brigid. It is associated with and also known as the festivals of Oimelc, Imbolg, Imbolic (Irish), Candlemas (British), Feast of Torches, Lupercalia (Italian/Latin), Brigid’s Day, and Brigantia (Scottish).

Here in the southern hemisphere, in 21st century Australia, we are far removed from the climate and rural lifestyles of the people of ancient Europe where this festival, and others that make up the Wheel Of The Year, originated. (See my article [below] in an earlier edition of Axis Mundi for more about the history and origins of Imbolc.)

Due to the 6 month offset of the seasons between the northern and southern hemispheres many Australian Pagans prefer to celebrate Imbolc when it is seasonally appropriate here, on August 1st or 2nd, instead of on the traditional northern hemisphere date of February 2nd. Although the majority of modern day Aussie Pagans live in cities or the suburbs we can still look to our backyard gardens, public suburban parks or the National Parks and bushland reserves scattered all around us to see evidence of the cycle of the seasons relevant to this time of year.

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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

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Celebrating Lammas

The year is 1100. The date is August 1. The monks in the abbey at Gloucester are celebrating the holy-day of St. Peter in Chains. One of the monks wakes from a strange dream in which God promises to strike down the wicked King who has abused the Holy Church. His superior, Abbot Serlo, on hearing of the dreams sends a warning to the King, William the Red, who has oppressed all of England with taxes and disgusted many with his licentiousness and blasphemy. Red, as he is called, receives the message the following day while preparing to indulge in one of his favorite sports, hunting, in the New Forest. Although there are no longer any people dwelling in the New Forest — they were all cleared out by Red’s father, William the Conqueror — there are rumors that it’s a hotbed of pagan activity. And August 2 is an important pagan holy-day. The Saxons call it Lammas, the Loaf-Mass. William the Red laughs at the warning from the monks and goes out hunting. A short time later, he is dead, struck in the chest by a stray arrow, and his brother, Henry, who was in the hunting party is riding hot-foot for Winchester and the crown.

Now some people say that William the Red was a Lammas sacrifice, …

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Today is the Feast of Mary Magdalene

Now I know some of you reading this are wondering why I would announce a Catholic saint’s feast day on a pagan website. Wel for me and many others Mary Magdalene is not just a Catholic saint she is also the embodiment of a mother Goddess of love and acceptance that was incarnated many centuries ago and lives on along with all the other Mother Goddesses. SHe is right there with Isis, Mother Earth, Bridgit, and many others. I just got through attending a four-day online summit with some very knowledgeable women giving their insights to this wonderful lady. This is the last day of the summit but I believe you can still register to get access to all the material until next July. Here id=s the link for the summit: Mary Magdalene SUmmit

May love and peace be with you today and always my dear ones. Blessed be

What direction is your harmonic compass facing?

Whenever I immerse myself in a thought about the meaning of life, my harmonic compass always points in that one direction, “CREATION”

Being a student of history and a perpetual student of life I am on a constant search. A search for the meaning of life. A search for the code of creation, a search for the code of being. This is not unique to me and maybe you, this is encoded in every human, it’s called our DNA. A search, that has been undertaken, and will continue to be for the eternity of our existence on earth. We are curious creatures, often not content with what is in front of us, we begin to search by questioning the system that has been imposed on us, one that we have been bought up with. Then often than not we are not content with some of the answers that we have been presented with, so off we go on a spiritual self-discovering journey. One that has us searching high and low. We research different cultural systems, different religious systems, searching inside and out, go on spiritual and vision quests, or walk about, experiment with being involved in different religions, in different cultures until we resonate with the ONE. In ancient Greece they called it the MONAD. So what is the Monad?

By William Q. Judge, the term “Monad” is used quite simply and applies to the conjunction of the two highest “Principles” of the inner, spiritual constitution of the human being, namely Atma and Buddhi, which are usually termed the seventh and sixth Principles of man.

The above quote from a Theosophist touches on the meaning of our spiritual existence or the surface of it anyway.

Understanding that you are a spiritual being living a human experience is what separates you for what the Buddhists call the Maya “illusion or unreality”.

The modern day Witch is a seeker. They do not want to fall into the cycle of a conformed religion where they are told what and who to worship. They question their reality, their creation, their roots, their being. These are the people that are coming out of the Maya and into the Monad of spirituality. Take it upon yourself to research further especially in the wisdom of the ancients. Their code is written in the stars, their foot prints in our hearts and their wisdom in the perfection of the Earth Mother. This is why we are following this path. This is real magic!

Since the beginning of time man/woman has looked to the skies and in Mother Nature’s perfection for the code. The very code that has created our existence. A foot print left by the ancestors. One that is embedded in our DNA. The same DNA that has created the very universe and our Earth Mother.

The ancients discovered that the code of creation is everywhere, and that in order to understand it they needed to keep with its rhythm. The Mayans, the Mesopotamian s, the Minoans, Indigenous peoples of  North Americas,  the Egyptians, the Australian aborigines, the Greeks, the Siberians, the Indians- Vedic scriptures ,etc.. All followed and recognized the same code of creation through, calendars, the elements, the meridian points on the body and the earth, plant medicine, bio dynamic planting, meditation, the frequency in sound. Everything pointed in moving with the earth’s rhythm. They questioned, they searched, and they too went on spiritual journeys. In more modern times these spiritual journeys took the form of physical objects such as the Holy Grail or the philosopher’s stone. People would spend an entire life time searching for these physical objects only to find they only exist within. As within so without, as without so within.

Unless one understand the creation, the code, the very code that created existence it is difficult for them to understand the true meaning of MAGICK. Magic is something that everyone has an ability to do. This is part of our DNA. Every single person, animal, plant, rock, is made of the same elements. The very elements that created our Earth Mother, they created US. Indigenous North American peoples always say “Our relations” and that includes the Trees, the rocks, the fish, creepy crawlies, furred, winged and feathered ones, clearly they have a better understanding of the creation code!

The Earths rhythm is the very same rhythm that created us. The earth’s surface resonates at 8Hz (Schuman’s Resonance), the same frequency that the human brain resonates when in a state of deep meditation, lucid dreaming a state where you switch your external space to your internal space. This is the state that the ancients used to experience, a state of contact with the internal, the God and Goddess, the code, the creator. 8Hz is the heart beat of the Earth.

8Hz resonates with 432Hz

Music was used with its frequency of 432 Hz in ancient Greece to reach that state of bliss through their instruments. It was used in the Dionysian and Eleusinian mysteries along with the aid of other hypnotic substances. So what is so important about 432Hz? Well this is the same frequency that nature is in, from the sound of a frog, to a running stream, the song of a bird and the resonance of color! This is why we find nature so soothing. Another wonderful example of 432Hz in is the Ayahuasca songs of the Peruvian Shaman’s. Even the Tibetan bowl is tunes to 432Hz. This is natures healing frequency, this is her gift to us.

And how did the ancients know what resonance to tune their instruments? Again, this is the code that everyone has the capacity to learn because it is embedded in our DNA. This is the tune of the Universe. Being in tune with the universe is understanding the code, in actuality it’s not even understanding it, It’s being it! Such frequency’s allows one to develop intuition, and we all know how potent a witch’s intuition can be. When one is in harmony with the universe, with creation, with the earth, they intuitively develop skills that tap into other dimensions. They hear sounds that others don’t, they see things that others don’t, and they sense things that others don’t. This allows them to enter another world, or what the modern day Shamans call the “Non ordinary state of reality”. This is the Shamans door way to the multi verses where they converse with the dead, with other spirits here and beyond. Entering portals that allow them to heal themselves, nature and others. These are ancient practices that have been part of us since the beginning of mankind. Practices that resonate throughout all cultures, throughout all times, throughout all peoples. I once wrote an article on Coven life called the search for “The true Witch, Healer and Shaman”. It doesn’t take much to recognize that all 3 are one and the same. All 3 are tuned to the earth’s heartbeat and natures healing frequency. All 3 practice in the same way to achieve the same result. Labelling is purely placing a dividing line through humanity. Human kind has been imprinted with the same harmonic compass of the universe and The Earth Mother for a reason.

Magick is in all and everything!

Like Roald Dahl once said “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it”.

Blessings to you dear brothers and sisters

Hypatia of Alexandrea.

Summer Solstice Traditions – HISTORY LISTS™

or many bygone civilizations, the summer solstice—the longest day of the year—was endowed with great significance. People celebrated this special day, which falls in June in the northern hemisphere and is also known as midsummer, with festivals, celebrations and other observances, some of which still survive or have experienced a revival in modern times.

Ancient Greeks
According to certain iterations of the Greek calendar—they varied widely by region and era—the summer solstice was the first day of the year. Several festivals were held around this time, including Kronia, which celebrated the agriculture god Cronus. The strict social code was temporarily turned on its head during Kronia, with slaves participating in the merriment as equals or even being served by their masters. The summer solstice also marked the one-month countdown to the opening of the Olympic games.

Ancient Romans…

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