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

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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

General Google Search for Caledonii Craft Tradition

One of our members is interested in the Calendonii tradition formerly known as the Hecatine Tradition, of The Craft. When I did a search for an article on it many came up so instead of me picking out ones I thought were interesting I decided to leave it up to you to read whatever articles you want to.

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

The

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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Dragons from Animal Magick The Art of Recognizing and Working with Familiar

The Dragon in one form or another was known to the majority of the world cultures in both the Old and New Worlds. It was one of the early symbols of the Great Mother Goddess of the matriarchies. Until the arrival of patriarchal societies, the dragon was considered to be a sacred, benevolent creature; its serpent body symbolized matter and life-giving water of creation, its wings spirit and the breath of life.

It was used as an emblem for divinity and royalty in Babylon, Egypt, China, Japan, Greece, and Rome. The Chinese Manchu dynasty, the Phoenicians, and the Saxons all showed it as enthroned, a symbol of the power of the ruler. The Chinese dragon symbolized the masculine yang power, very high spiritual power, and the emperor himself. This connection with imperial power carried over to England and Wales.

The dragon was known as the Ling of Larger Serpents to medieval writers. Dragons and bulls in the Western world were fought by such Sun-heroes as Mithras, Sigfried, Hercules, Jason, Hours, and Apollo.

In Hindu myth, Vitra, the Dragon of Waters, was killed by Indra so that the waters could be released upon the Earth. The dragon was also the emblem of Aruna and Soma.

There are two major categories of physical appearance of dragons: those of the East and those of the West.

The Oriental or Chinese dragon looked terrible and fierce, but was a symbol of prosperity, rain, wisdom, and hidden secrets. Oriental dragons did not have wings, but were shaped more like huge serpents with four legs. The early Chinese worshiped the dragon, and at one time had its image on national flags. Using the symbol of the five-toed imperial dragon was reserved for emperors. The guardian of the mansions of the gods was the Chinese Celestial Dragon, T’ien Lung; he also prevented the deities from falling out of their heavenly realm. Oriental heroes did not hunt dragons, as Western heroes. The Oriental dragons were said to leave their mountain caves or watery homes in the spring to bring fertilizing rains.

Both Chinese and Japanese believe that dragons can turn themselves into birds. The three-clawed dragon of Japan symbolized the Mikado, the imperial and spiritual power. Most Japanese dragons were said to live in lakes and springs.

Ancient Western writers wrote all kinds of terrifying things about the Western dragon. These creatures were built like enormous lizards with wings, their bodies were thicker than those of the Oriental dragons. Their throats and back legs were like those of an eagle, the grasping front legs like those of a reptile, and a tail that ended in an arrow-point. Western dragons were considered to be enemies of the humans, and heroes were always hunting them down and killing them. Under the circumstances, its no wonder that Western dragons stopped trying to get along with humans. They liked to live in dark caves, a few of them in water. They breathed fire, and their breath was supposed to spread plagues.

The dragon in alchemy had a number of meanings. If several dragons were shown fighting each other, it meant separating out the Elements, or psychic disintegration. A dragon biting its tail symbolized cyclic processes and time; this particular dragon was known to the Gnostics as Ouroboros. A winged dragon represented a volatile Element, while the wingless dragon stood for a fixed Element.

In spiritual definitions, the dragon represents the supernatural, infinity itself, and the spiritual powers of change and transformation.

Magickal Attributes: Protection, instruction in the spiritual, Element magick. Using the spiritual to transform life. Protection. Adding extra power to magick.

Chant

         Dragons strong and dragons bright,

Dragons full of wisdom old,

        Teach to me the spiritual light,

         Let me walk in knowledge bold,

         Dragon fire, lift me higher!

Animal Magick Copyright D. J. Conway 1995 Pages 242-243

 

 

Beltane/Samhain gathering ritual

 Our Beltane/Samhain gathering was written by Two Feathers and Hypatia. They  will also be lead this gathering. Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 6:45 PM CT Circle starts at 7:15 PM CT SHARP. Please do not enter the chat room once the circle has started. Thank you! WHERE:I Coven Life’s Chatroom
Items you need : one white candle, candle holder, matches; plant in a pot; plate with these things on it : a small cup of milk, a little bit of bee honey or a piece of sweet or bonbon as a gift; a bell
small piece of paper and a pen

Ritual

Two Feathers: I call You Great Circle of Crystal Light to Be our vehicle in time untime. Take us where Dragons fly and connect us with the Fae Realm. This Circle is sealed with harm to none. This is so.

Hypatia :

To the winds of the east, great Eagle, Condor, come to us form the place of the rising sun, keep us under your wing, show us the mountains we only dare to dream of. Teach us to fly wind to wings with Great Spirit.

 To the winds of the West, the land of the great waters, I call upon the Great Mother Jaguar, the protector of our medicine space. Teach us peace both without and within, teach us to live impeccably and show us the way beyond death.


To the winds of the North, the land of the Great Mother, I call upon the ancient ones, our ancestors, our grandmothers, grandfathers and Hummingbird. We listen to the whispers in the wind and honour you who have come before us and those who will come after us, our children’s children.

 

To the winds of the south, great Serpent, wrap your coils of light around us teach us to shed the past the way you shed your skin, to walk softly on the earth, teach us the way of beauty.

Two Feathers : Everyone, please type your name and the country/state you are now located.

Two Feathers: / everyone who are at the Northern hemisphere / light the candle and say the following, 
, when ready , ring the bell and type “Done”:

Welcome Fairies and Beings , come to us and work with us, help us  to fulfill our dreams , help us live in Light and Peace.

Hypatia : /everyone who are in the Southern hemisphere, send fairies to safe rest until the spring comes / light the candle and  say the following,
, when ready , ring the bell and type “Done” :

To the wee folk so fair, shy as swallow and swift as air and bid you well rest during the winter the days, for all you spirits, elementals and little sweet fae.

 

Two Feathers : now everyone write your desire on the paper, fold it 3 times towards you if you want to draw something in your life and outwards from you if you want to get rid of something , then bury the paper in the dirt under the plant, when ready type : done

Hypatia

To the winds of the south, the land of the great serpent, thank you allowing us to see how to shed our past and walk the beauty way. I dismiss you with the greatest of gratitude.

 To the winds of the North, the land of the Great Mother and Hummingbird, thank you and to all the ancient ones that have come before us and will come after us for the wisdom to act as Earth keepers. I dismiss you with the greatest of gratitude.

 To the winds of the West, the great waters and the Great Mother Jaguar, thank you for offering protection of our medicine space and teaching us the way beyond death. I dismiss you with the greatest of gratitude.

 To the winds of the East, the land of the great Condor and eagle, thank you for showing us our power to be able to live our dream. I dismiss you with the greatest of gratitude.


Two Feathers : I take us back to time on Earth. Thank You to all of the Dragons that helped us connect with the Fae realm. Thank You to all of the Fairies , Spirits and Beings that work with us and joined us in the circle . Go now in Peace and Harmony to where you belong. The crystal circle is now open but unbroken, with harm to none. This is So.

After the circle you can put the plate with the gifts/milk and honey or sweet/ next to the plant and leave it there to stay during the night.

Fairies From all Around the World

Written by Hypatia

For Coven Life

28th April 2018

Over time I have come to understand that we each connect to these beings in such different ways. They are born from the world around us at the time, and connect us to the ethereal.  Some are anthropomorphic, meaning they take human form, some in animal form, some as angels, others take their element form and yet others are all one and the same.

Throughout our childhood they are our spirit guardians and help us see through the veil that has been hung by our modern day adults.

As children we naturally accept what is around us as fact, therefore we engage in play, conversation and even moments of soothing with these beings. In some cultures with ancient origins such beings are encouraged by adults as they sever as protectors for their children. The children then take these guardians into their adult life that protect them till their final days.

As adults in modern day wester cultures we are encouraged to live in what is perceived as “reality”.  A reality that earns money, keeps house, has a family and a solid social network of other people who are also living a reality, that help us keep our reality in check. When someone says to you “Have you done a Reality check lately”? All their trying to say is: are you comparing your life to someone else’s? If it is not on someone else’s track then you better start changing.

This reality which we willingly accept throughout adulthood is what keeps us confined, keeps us chained, keeps us enslaved to this perception of how we need to be, what we need to do and how we need to act.

As soon as an adult experiences moments of visions relating to these beings, modern western society deals with it through medication.  Suppressing their imagination and calling it delusion. In cultures that still hold on to their ancient roots, a child or young adult with such “delusions” would be sent to the local medicine man not to be treated for his illness but to be trained as a Shaman for his gift!

Fairies come into our lives as adults for many reasons. One of the main ones I believe is that they allow us to question what belongs to us and what belongs to someone else. A “Reality Check on the reality check”

In other words are you living your own reality or the reality of everyone else around you?

Fairies encourage you to release your true inner being, your own elemental.

They are your true self as they are made of your very own DNA.

You cannot hide anything from them, lie to them or cheat them because you are doing all that to you. If you do, it manifests as disease, illness of the soul and the mind.

These beings are beloved, feared and revered throughout history and all over the world.

Down here the Indigenous Australians of the North have their fairy beings called Mimi and are displayed in cave paintings from more than 40- 60 thousand years ago!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimi_(folklore)

Below is a link referencing fairies from all around the world, all four corners and from new world to ancient.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_beings_referred_to_as_fairies

 

In Ireland they have my old time favourite the Pooka. This however is not exactly on the cute sweet scale. There is no fairy more feared in Ireland than the Pooka. People’s interpretation of spiritual beings can be varied. Some have the Pooka as a beneficent spirit, one that plays tricks. Take for instance the old classic movie with Jimmy Stewart called “Harvey” in 1950. He befriends with this beneficent spirit that helps him see the true nature of human beings. Meanwhile while Jimmy is very different from the norm, in this movie he is portrayed as crazy because he takes the time to talk to his Pooka. Therefore the Pooka or Pukka is considered to bring both good and bad fortune. It is whatever we perceive it to be. No one can tell us what is real and what isn’t, this is up to us to decide.

In ancient Greece these spirit fairies came as Nymphs. Usually women, very beautiful and ready to draw in any man to them. In fact this is where the word Nymphomaniac came from.

http://www.theoi.com/Nymphe/Nymphai.html

These were elemental beings that were in the water, forest, trees, air, and even fire.

When connecting to your fairy, try connecting to it through a mediation first, indoors, in a forest, in your backyard, anywhere outdoors, with and without music, with dance, instruments, whatever it takes. When you are confident with its presence then begin to research it. In other words allow your inner being to call your Fay in rather than tarnishing your perception of what your fairy is supposed to look like, do and act. Remember they are an extension of you!

Fairies are nothing new, they have been with man since the dawn of time and hold the secrets to the beginning of the universe. Each and every fairy is unique in the most ethereal manner, why because they are part of the universal code, they are a reflection of our very self. We give them the power to appear to us and in return they share the secrets of the universe.

 

 

 

 

Runes of Odin ( 13. Eihwaz)

 

Meaning :Defence, Magic, Protection, Weapon, Deformation, Bow, Yew tree

Translation : Yew Tree

Stone : Topaz

Month : May

Energy : Male

Elements : Earth, Air, Fire, Water

God : Ullr

Zodiac sign : Scorpio

Plant : Lilac

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

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

This rune provides defence. When the things get messy,  it can help you to put them in order. If there is something that is not right in magic yet, this thing affects all things. In such a situation Eihwaz can be used in combination with other runes to keep the magic as a whole in certain boundaries.

Eihwaz symbolises the Yew Tree. It is a tree that was used for making bows and arrows. Eihwaz is a powerful rune for  exorcism and defence. It increases the force. It removes the obstacles. This rune leads into the wisdom of the World Tree or Multiverse and helps one to realise the mysteries of death and life. Getting free from the fear of death. Developing of spiritual endurance and strong will. Developing of a soul creativity. Protection from evil forces.  General increase of the personal power. Communication between the different levels of being.  Memories from past lives.

Eihwaz can be used for completing  situations and solving problems. It brings wisdom when you are in trouble.

Interpretation : You have powers of defence, powers to put off and head off the unwanted forces. It means defence, patience, caution against a sudden attack. This rune is under the number 13 that is the source of the superstition about  the fatal number 13. Yew trees used to be planted to keep unwanted animals away, to make the best bows. You should not fear from this rune because it means endurance and continuity. Eihwas includes defence magic and in general it represents safety against attacks. It is a wonderful defence weapon.

Divination : It is time for transformation , time to leave the old and enter the new one; new life, new dreams, new beginnings. The only constant thing is the change.

The fast advancement requires from you not to oppose but to accept the changes. You should not fear. The changes may be scary but you should keep on walking your path and remain true to yourself. Soon you will reach your goal.

Eihwaz does not have reverse meaning. You should express your passive defence potentials. You can easily overcome what  seems dangerous to you, you should do this with concentrated effort and patience. This rune advices you to be flexible and to use your imagination to make  each situation beneficial to you.

Eihwaz in combination with ansuz and Jera may indicate that long neglected problems will find their solution.

Eihwaz is also the rune of the Ash staff. That means defence. The type of defence depends on the way you draw this rune. If you draw it from top to base,  it is pure defence. If you draw it from base to top, it is aggressive defence. This rune can stumble people. You can place it on a certain place on the ground to stop someone who enters there. You can draw it directly against someone to stop this one. This rune will not affect them unless they step towards you and your property. Eihwaz is not that aggressive rune as Tyr . Eihwas can be carved onto a tree or placed  on a few  places in a certain territory, it stumbles the intruders  until they are  in and finally forces them to leave that place.

Fr protection of property Eihwaz can be used in combination with Algiz and Tyr.

The rune is drawn with the index and middle fingers together.

You can use Eihwaz to evoke the tree of Life Yggdrassil and its mysteries of life and death. This tree that gives Life had buried its roots deep into the Underworld of Hel and the realms of death.  Thus Eihwas represents the communication between the worlds. It gives defence and increases the personal power.

More about Eihwaz :

  • Divinity : Ull
  • Letter : Y as in yew
  • Symbol : The yew (Taxus baccata), the tree of life and death
  • Element : Earth, Air, Fire and Water
  • Tree : If ( Taxus baccata )
  • Plant : The Mandrake ( Mandragora officinarum )
  • Stone : Topaz, crystal and fossil wood
  • Color : Magenta
  • Animal : The Snake (symbol of death and awakening of Consciousness)

Eihwaz, the thirteenth rune of Elder Futhark, pronounce « Eye – warz » Eihwaz, the thirteenth rune of Elder Futhark, pronounce « Eye – warz » is one of the most powerful runes called for protection by the masters of runes. It represents the yew (Taxus baccata), the tree of the life and the death. le hook geometrical shape symbolizes the union of the two worlds.

Read the original article here

http://tirage-rune-magie.net/us/rune/meaning/eihwaz-eoh.htm

https://www.ifate.com/rune-meanings/what-does-the-eihwaz-rune-mean.html

The Eihwaz rune is also associated with the spinal column, the core self, and the eternal part of the soul.  The rune is linked to the yew bow through the Old Icelandic rune poem, the weapon of choice for the God Ullr and the giantess Skadi who ‘becomes’ a goddess through her marriage to the benevolent sea God Njord.  Despite the benefits of this match with Njord, Skadi cannot bear the warm, sloshy sea and eventually returns to her hall within the cold, grey mountains where she is said to spend her time with her lover Ullr, speeding joyfully across the glittering snow on swift skis, enjoying the hunt together.  Skadi’s strength of personality left the Gods themselves quaking in their boots (hence the marriage to Njord which was designed to appease her), she represents the core self which must find expression, no matter what the cost.

Read the rest of this article here

http://www.maginrose.com/runes/exploring-the-runes/eihwaz/

Blessed be

Mistressof the Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

The Witches library

 

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Witch medicine is wild medicine. It does more than make one healthy, it creates lust and knowledge, ecstasy and mythological insight. In Witchcraft Medicine the authors take the reader on a journey that examines the women who mix the potions and become the healers; the legacy of Hecate; the demonization of nature’s healing powers and sensuousness; the sorceress as shaman; and the plants associated with witches and devils. They explore important seasonal festivals and the plants associated with them, such as wolf’s claw and calendula as herbs of the solstice and alder as an herb of the time of the dead–Samhain or Halloween. They also look at the history of forbidden medicine from the Inquisition to current drug laws, with an eye toward how the sacred plants of our forebears can be used once again.

Really loved this book and would recommend it anyone, from novice to long time established practitioners. Happy reading and blessings.

Willow ~ a tree witch

Willow

Willows which by water stand
Ease us to the Summerland.

 

Salix alba

Tree of Enchantment, Tree of Witcheries

Fifth month of the Celtic Tree calendar, 

April 15th – May 12th

 

Fifth consonant of the Ogham alphabet – Saille


Saille Ogham

Planet: Moon

Element: Water

Symbolism: Resonance and Harmony

Stone: Moonstone

Birds: Hawk, Snowy Owl

Color: Silver

Deity: Persephone, Hecate, Cerridwen, 

Artemis, Selene, Luna, Diana, Brigit

Sabbat: Beltane

Folk names: Osier, Pussy Willow, Saille, Salicyn Willow, Saugh Tree, White Willow, 

Witches Aspirin, Withe, Withy

 

Medicinal properties

Willow bark contains salicin, or Salicylic acid, used to make aspirin. 

Infusions from the bark have long been used as a remedy for cholls, rheumatism, and fevers. 

Willow sap applied to the skin can remedy acne, and a strong decoction of boiling 

the bark and leaves in water can be rubbed into the scalp for dandruff.

 

Magickal properties

New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing.

 

Also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to 

re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground.

 

A wand made from Willow wood has many uses: 

sleep with it and have more vivid dreams, use it to draw down the moon, 

protection for underworld journeying

 

Magickal Brooms, witch’s brooms are traditionally bound with a willow’s branch.

 

 

There once was a Willow, and he was very old,

And all his leaves fell off from him, and left him in the cold;

But ere the rude winter could buffet him with snow,

There grew upon his hoary head a crop of mistletoe.

All wrinkled and furrowed was this old Willow’s skin,

His taper finger trembled, and his arms were very thin;

Two round eyes and hollow, that stared but did not see;

And sprawling feet that never walked, had this most ancient tree.

~Julianna Horatia Ewing, “The Willow Man” ”

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http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Willow.htm