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.
When Christianity came on board the Roman Empire, those who practiced the old ways came to be called pagans. Then, when Theodosius I
banned the practice of the old religions in favor of Christianity, he obviously banned the ancient (pagan) practices, but new forms of paganism crept in via the barbarians, according to the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
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.
The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019
Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Age: 28.49 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 405,258.17 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 148,393,525.23 km
Use this link to find out more information about the phase of the Moon in your time zone: Today’s Moon Phase
Follow this ritual and make your kitchen a place of joy and harmony. The Kitchen has always been a traditional source of magic in many countries, and remains the focal room in many homes. Creating a balanced atmosphere in your kitchen will not provide a welcoming and relaxing place, it will also make an ideal location for preparation of magic. Qi (pronounced “chee”) is a positive energy force that sustains all living things; it sometimes becomes blocked and creates the wrong atmosphere. This ritual will help restore the positive flow of Qi in your kitchen.
INGREDIENTS (List of what you need)
Pendulum or Key
Length of Cord
election of Chinese Spies – Here is a link for different types of “Chinese” spices Chinese Spices and Herbs
Shiny Metal Bowl
Boiling Water (I suggest doing this spell if you have children when they are a school or taking a nap, also no pets in the kitchen at the time of doing this ritual because of safety with the boiling water)
To check if your kitchen has a negative flow of Qi, thread the Pendulum or Key on to your Cord and hold it in front of you; it will swing regularly as you walk. Starting from the center of the room, walk outward in a clockwise direction (in a spiral), covering the whole area. If the pendulum stops swing or pulls in an erratic manner, there is an energy blockage. Note where this happens (I suggest taping a small piece of paper to the floor at this point). To restore harmony start by placing spices (number of Chinese spices to use is not mentioned. I suggest using 3 or 6 or 9 different ones to keep the number of times to repeat a spell in The Craft for it to work as you envisioned it) in the metal bowl in the center of the space (You might want to put a trivet, potholder, towel, basically anything to keep the heat of the boiling water from leaving a ring on your wooden floor) Then pour boiling water over them so the aromatic steam rises up out of the bowl. Place a mirror on the wall that is opposite the problem area to reverse the flow of negative energy. Arrange as many plants as you can in the space. You will notice the difference as negative energy is transformed to positive, and blocked energy is released.
CAPTIONS UNDER PICTURES – 1. Make sure that the key hangs vertically on the cord, with about 40cc drop beneath it. 2. At first the aroma will be quite pungent as you pour boiling water over the spices, but the odor will soon fade to a pleasing scent.
(All things in slanting font are suggestions or links added by Lady Beltane to help clarify the ritual a little bit more)
Spells and Charms – 52 Charms and Spells to Help You Get the Best Out of Life Pages 62 – 63
By – Nocola De Pullford Copyright 1999
The Bird Goddess is one of the most ancient goddesses, both a living-giving creator and goddess of death and regeneration. The Valkyrie, a northern European goddess, is a representation of this goddess as death wielder, The bird guise of the Valkyrie is that of a raven, long associated with death and magic. The name Valkyrie means “chooser of the slain”; the face and form of the Valkyrie are the last thing a person sees before death, Valkyries are the psychopomps who lead the soul to the afterworld. For ancient people death was part of a cyclical process leading again to rebirth; black was a positive color, a symbol of fertility and abundance, The Valkyrie represents that part of us that is unafraid of dark places; she can lead into and through them. She reminds us that seeds germinate in the darkness, that sometimes we need darkness in order to grow.
More Information on The Bird Goddess
Images of The Bird Goddess
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1 cup/128 grams shortening or 1/2 cup/113 grams shortening and 1/2 cup/113 grams of butter
1/3 cup/43 grams sugar
2/3 cup/86 grams ground blanched almonds
1 2/3/ 214 grams flour
1/4 teaspoon salt/1.25 ml salt
1 cup/128 grams confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon/5 ml cinnamon
Mix together shortening, sugar, and almonds. Soft together flour, salt, and then stir into almond mixture until a soft dough forms. Chill dough for at least one hour. Preheat oven to 325F/165C. Break off pieces of chilled dough and roll pencil thin. Cut rolled dough in 2 1/2/6.5 cm lengths and form each into a verdant shape with your fingers. Bake in an increased cookie sheet until set, but not brown, about 14-16 minutes. Mix together confectioners sugar and cinnamon. Cool cookies on pan, and while they are slightly warm dip each in cinnamon mixture. Makes approximately five dozen crescent Moons. For vegan guests, use a natural sugar substitute in place of refined sugar.
Copyright by Kirin Lee Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 1999 Page 49
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