Never Recycle These 11 Things

From “Alternative Daily” written by Hilary Lebow August 22, 2019

Many people would be shocked to learn that sometimes their entire load of curbside recycling is thrown straight into a landfill.

While recycling programs vary in different areas, most curbside programs follow a similar system; the recycling is picked up and taken to a sorting facility where materials are separated, then those materials are sold to various companies that make products out of recycled materials.

When people place non-recyclable items into their recycling bins, it keeps this system from being as efficient as it can be. Non-recyclable items can contaminate other recyclables, slow down the process and even damage machines. In order to keep the system running efficiently, sorting facilities may deem entire bins of recycling as trash if there are non-recyclables in with them.

This means that all of the plastic, glass and paper you assumed was going to be used to make recycled products is really just sitting in a landfill, releasing toxic chemicals into the ecosystem and finding its way into the digestive systems of birds and other wildlife.

In order to make it easier to avoid this, we’ve put together a list of 11 items you should never recycle.

Witches’ Familiars: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

We’ve all seen the images of witches with their loyal cat or toad by their side. These witches’ familiars help them cast spells, or in the case of Harry Potter, deliver the mail.

But what are familiars and why are they so important to ideas around witchcraft? And what unusual familiars can we find in history, beyond the stereotypical black cat?

We’re going to look at exactly that, so grab your nearest pet for company, get comfy, and come with me into the world of witches’ familiars…

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Fabulous Folklore with Icy – Witches Familiar

Witch Familiars, Spirit Guardians and Demons

The folklore of the wicked witch and her diabolical animal familiar is a well-known and often repeated tale. When the seasons change and the nights get long it’s not uncommon to see images and symbols of a dark-cloaked witch with an evil black cat or toad at her side. This is a fantastic archetype of magic users wielding control over nature and animals, but it’s a far cry from the beliefs that started it all.

The concept of magical spirit creatures has resonated throughout history in creation myths, tribal traditions and religions, but it’s only relatively recently that magical animal and familiars became re-imagined as evil or dangerous companions. Historically, familiars or spirits were often seen as a type of guardian angel rather than an evil demon.

The Witch’s Familiar

Most people conjure up thoughts of the witch with cat or toad when speaking of familiars. In the days of widespread persecution of witches in Europe and North America during the Medieval and Early Modern periods, women accused of magic use and witchcraft were assumed to have a familiar, most often in the form of cats, dogs, owls, mice, newts or toads. These servants to witches were considered low-ranking demons, or even fairies. Legends of the time, British and Scottish contribution to the lore, said familiars fed on the blood of the women. The witches in turn used the animals for spell casting. The familiar could shape-shift, and spy on others. Many completely innocent pet lovers were persecuted for this ‘unnatural’ pairing, and the blame was placed on them for any kind of bad luck, such as milk spoiling or crops withering.

“During the Salem witch trials, there is little account of the practice of animal familiars, although one man was charged with encouraging a dog to attack by way of magical means. The dog, interestingly enough, was tried, convicted, and hanged.”  Patti Wigington reveals in  About Religion .

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Week 32 – Goddess Knowledge – Changing Woman

Changing Woman is perhaps the most revered of deities among Native Americans of the Southwestern United States. She is wholly benevolent figure, For it is Changing Woman who gives people their abundance and who provides the teachings that allow them to live in harmony with all things. In the initiation ceremony of Navajo women, the initiate takes in the power of Changing Woman so she might learn the values of love, hospitality, and generosity and know she herself is a source of food and harmony.  Changing Woman received her name because she can change at will from baby to a girl to a young woman to an old woman and then back again. Very much alive today, she is tremendously nourishing goddess who teaches wisdom of nature and the cycles of birth and death.

More Information on Navajo Changing Woman

More Information on Apache Changing Woman

Images of Changing Woman

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.

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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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A Thought for Today

I pulled this from an older post because it fits with my post of yesterday.

We can help the most by showing society we are peaceful, loving people just like everyone should be.

We can help be leading by example living in harmony with Mother Earth and doing all we can to help her heal. Such as recycling anything we use that has that option, pick up others track including cigarette butts when out for a walk or hiking. Use earth friendly laundry soap, liquid fabric softener, dish soap, body soap (bar or gel), shampoo, paper products made at least in part with recycled paper.

We can help by saying hi or just smiling at people We walk pass or inter act with.

Please share your thoughts or things you already do to live in better harmony with all living things. Especially the talking humans who can really get under your skin.

Sirona – Goddess of Healing Springs

{This is a Goddess I have work with and had her work through me for many years now. She has always come when I have called to her to help with healing myself and many other people.}

Goddess worshipped by the Treveri in the Moselle Valley. A healing deity, she was associated with healing springs; her attributes were snakes and eggs. Many of her temples and shrines were constructed around thermal springs or wells.

She was associated with the sky, her name means “star” and she is a goddess of healing, astronomy, and fertility. She was often depicted with a snake drapped over her arm for the sign of rebirth, carrying 3 eggs, and wearing a crown or diadem of stars and sometimes she is depicted with a dog in her lap.

To read more information from this source please click on this link: Sirona

Ogham – Old Irish

The Ogham script recorded the earliest Old Irish texts dating between the 3rd and the 6th century CE. Ogham inscriptions are found exclusively in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Mostly they are genealogical inscriptions in the form of “X son of Y” on corners of large stone slabs. After the 6th century CE, Old Irish was written with the Roman alphabet, and Ogham disappeared from general but the knowledge must have been preserved in some form because our knowledge of Ogham comes from the chapter Auraicept na n-Éces in the 15th-century work The Book of Ballymote (Leabhar Bhaile an Mhóta), which also contains geneologies, mythologies, and histories of Ireland.

Various opinions exist on the exact origin of ogham. Some claim that it stemmed from a cryptic way of writing runes, some say that it was inspired from the Roman alphabet, and yet others hold that it was independently invented.

The Ogham letters are divided into four groups, each containing five letters. This yields a total of 20 Ogham letters.

When inscribed on stones, Ogham is written vertically from bottom to top. The following chart lists all Ogham letters in their vertical forms, along with their Old Irish names and meanings.

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Ogham – Old Irish

A Short Introduction to Celtic/Druid Ogham or Ogma Alphabet and How to Use it For Divination

The Celtic’s used a writing system called Ogham or sometimes spelled Ogma which dates hundreds of years BCE (Before the Current Era). Most of the time the credit for the alphabets origins are given to the Druid Priests. As only they could read the meanings of the “Ogham Staves” when they were thrown. The Ogham alphabet consists of 25 different symbols which in turn are associated with specific trees or shrubs.

The alphabet can either be written vertically or horizontally but the actual marking for the symbol or letter always appears on the same side and location on the straight line that all the symbols/letter stem off of.

The Ogham Staves are used as a form of divination. You can use them the same as you would Runes or Tarot cards. To make Ogham Staves they should be craved into a piece of the tree or shrub they are associated with, all 25 pieces of wood should be the exact same length and when possible diameter.

How to use the staves is simple you hold them together in both hands, and roll them on your palms while you ask your question of them (be sure to keep your question clear and concise). When you feel it is time and with the question firmly fixed in your mind you let the staves drop from about 4 to 6 inches off the ground. Those closest to you are the future, the middle ones are for the present, and those furthest away are read for the past which led up to the present which will lead into the future.

Here is a picture of the alphabet writing, name of symbol/letter, and which tree or shrub is associated to it:

Other examples of the alphabet:

Here is are the symbols/letters on the tree or shrub they are associated with:

This is the first in a series of posts on the use and meanings of the Ogham alphabet and staves. I will also be posting an Ogham Symbol for the day starting Monday, August 13th both on here and on WOTC.

If you have questions about this topic please write to LAdy Beltane at covenlifescoven@gmail.com Please put Ogham Question in the “Subject line”