The Infinity Network presents a small grimore of applications. Applications in this context are anything applied in magic practice; be it philosophy, theory, associations and exercises or examples of tools or rituals used. With collaboration such as this we have the opportunity to present to each other, and the world examples of applications that work in our individual members paradigms. Some of the applications presented are ³path specific´ others are more idiosyncratic. All illustrate the power of belief as the ultimate tool. We highly recommend taking from this what you can and altering to make it your own. We hope from the sharing of actual practical applications that creativity, debate and creation will foster under the premise of evolution. We are all on different personal paths of evolution and all in different stages or platforms of realization. We seek the ultimate realization of infinite potential. Come here to expand your mind, to ascertain your desires, to enhance and widen your perspective.
The Sky is Full of Fire Tonight: Commentary on the Rise of Khaos Culture St. Everblaze the Badikal -4° :: Self Proclaimed Ipsissimus I have gazed upon the society in which I have been raised, and I see masses of youthful idealists yearning for a connection with something intangible that wraps its sticky tendrils around the universe. "Tuned In" as the now dead Timmy Leary would have said. My generation lacks an identity, yet in this, we are blossoming into something beautiful. There is not a single bad seed in the bunch, and even the most conservative teenager has had their eyes torn open and is engaging in what one might call 'free thought'. This is happening in the face of perhaps the most prevalent time of corporate mind control, the frying pan of the meme war. Popular culture has all but raised their Louis Vuitton printed white flag. "They" are submitting to the counter culture, and as Douglas Rushkioff puts it, they are trying to throw money at US: They want the danger of subversion, even if it is in safe packages. We simply need to declare victory. What is to blame for this great shift? How is the so called "ironic" slacker generation different from their parents or grandparents? For this, we must look back. The hippies, perhaps, resemble Gen Y the best: popular culture was rising from the dark times of the beat poets and despite dark clothes and coffee stained teeth; the new dreamers had no identity. They were clinging onto scraps of whatever they could find, trying to stay afloat in a dark time. Assaulted by growing hyper-memetic advertising and the terrifying drums of war, they appeared to be lost. Yet, along came a new technology for consciousness expansion: LSD. This gave rise to the most terrifying displays of individualism that the western world had seen for some time. My generation has been brought up using a much more powerful drug than LSD, a drug that expands the mind further and offers a near infinite number of doors to walk through: TCP, USB, IDE, LCD, IP, WiFi, DSL: The Internet. There is a reason that there is a vested interest in destroying this network, or at least subverting it into something that can make money, friends. There are no arcane secrets anymoreWe've grokked the wiki articles, we've googled the youtube videos: There are no masters anymore. We are our own idols, and we are blossoming into our own gods. The average person's spirituality is no longer in the hands of the preacher, the pastor, the zen master. I admire the Christian who has chosen their path, as I admire anyone who chooses their own path. The next step is to smash the society created paradigms that bind us. Show me a hipster, and I show you an adept chaos magician. Concepts, memes, fashions and trends are now our own to create. We have seen the rise of hyper culture; paradigms are now built and smashed in the same night. Every aspect of culture is growing at a startling rate. I fear, however, that much like the hippies, this drug has the ability to be our downfall. Too content we are to absorb information and never leave the comfort of our air conditioned rooms.
Black is the new tie dye. TCP is the new LSD. Khaos is the new Zen
Kemetic Astrology for October through Mid-November By: Nefret Nubti With the 'month' of Geb - we entered into the season of Akhet, the inundation. This was a time where Hapi will flood causing the black silt/soil to overflow on the land. Hapi is one of the Four sons of Horus in ancient Egyptian religion. During the season of Akhet, people would be measuring the soil deposits and deciding where which crops would be planted and so forth. This was also one of the 'idle' times for the farmers and others of lower class, in which case they would be conscripted to help with the building of national monuments, doing repair and brush up work in the city and so forth. At the tail end of August (tropical zodiac) or mid September is when we enter the month of Geb. Many non Christian traditions have a 'mother' earth; however, the Kemetic Tradition does not. Geb is the Father of Kemetic civilization, the father of the Eniad : earth, separated from his siter Nut. It was Geb who brought food to the Kemites, he is harvest. As he is 'earth' everything that comes from earth is a part of Geb, providing us with all we need to survive. Geb is generally depicted with green paint. His animal is the goose. His incense is patchouli, stone is amber, metal is bronze and his tree is ished. His major Temple was in Heliopolis. There is a modern myth, that since the benu bird (greeks called it pheonix) was hatched from an egg of Geb on the ished, that the Heliopolis will rise over the modern city of Cairo and expose itself once again. When I think about Geb his association is how the divine manifests on our physical reality. He is CREATION enacted into substance. I am reminded of one of the ancient myths - The parents of Geb and Nut are Tefnut and Shu. We start with Amun who ejaculated and thus BIG BANG the universe is created. Tefnut and Shu are the beginnings of our earthy creation. Shu did not want Geb and Nut to be together so he separated them Nut being the night sky. However Djehuti brought them sometime together through betting and they were able to have children: Wsr, Set, Auset, Heru Ur (Heru the elder) and NebtHet. (Greek names: Osirus, Seth, Isis, Horus, Nephthys respectively) There is another myth, from the tales of the dispute of Heru and Set (Heru the younger) in this myth he was the arbitrator. It is these things I like to meditate on, as Geb is not so cut and dry. Because he is EARTH - he influences stability and grounding, because of being the arbitrator, he brings forth balance. Because he is earth he creates harvest, and through his influence we receive for our efforts and as a creator, art is born. When celebrating the beginning of the season of Geb, I try to look through and find translated text that sing exalted praises to him, while using the fixed ritual type. I don¶t always use the same words in the same places. When looking through the translations you can find good ideas for meditations and if you like doing spells, there is that as well to inspire. You can bring forth, create what you are 'sowing' on this physical plane through your own art of craft or spell working. Also along with 'ritual' things, a type of 'offering' ceremony is good here. It is always good to give back to the earth what you take from it.
Mid September or mid October (depending on if you go by tropical zodiac or sidereal zodiac) is the month of Auset - Autumn Equinox Auset embodies the cunning nature, one could even say manipulative. These words may carry a negative connotation and I¶m sure I could say something like; she is able to overcome the impossible odds, overcome any obstacle thought her wit and tenacity. She can be deceitful, the way she was able to gain the secret name of RA, calculating as when she was helping her son thwart the schemes of Set. Auset is also THE mother figure, a woman who protects, guards and guides children. She is a woman of birth, a physical manifestation of the creative aspect. In the guise of the Black Isis (or more commonly known as the Black Madonna) she is guardian of mysteries. She learned the sacred spells from Djehuti, he who gave us medu netr (language). It is common to find many spells for protection of initiates, to remember the spells, even to heal. Her sacred stone is carnelian and is thought to protect against any type of negative energy or magic. Her metal is electrum: a mixture of gold, silver and copper. Jasmine is sacred to her and cedar is thought to protect against decay and destruction, usually of a magical nature. The swallow is her animal as that was the form she took to search for her husband. One other thing that I have noticed that goes overlooked is that she is the patron of fidelity. Her major temple was at Philae - where she rested while on her search.
One thing about medu netr is that it is a privilege to learn them because they are sacred in nature. As one vocalizes, once creates divine resonance / vibration that affect one's environment. Djed means 'power of speech' Ur Hekau - great of magick. Auset is the patron of those priests. One of the titles of the Queen was she who¶s every wish is done. One of the many ways to show respect to her is to go over the Lamentations of Isis. Late Oct or Early Nov Anpu (greek name Anubis) Anpu governs transformation, whether in the spiritual sense or in a literal sense. He is the one who guides the deceased through the hall of judgment, as he guides the initiate through the duat. He is the ntr of alchemy, shows us the process of decay and how it can be used to sustain life. He is also known by the name of Ap Uat - opener of the way. He was the patron of mummification. He is also the ntr of divination. He assists us in using our other perceptions and brings other energies towards influencing this plane. Because he shows us how to transform our lives, or even our energy or sight this goes towards whatever situations we may encounter. Turning negative into positive for example, or for discerning hidden meanings or motives. He is also protective in nature. He is our companion and our guide. As the son of Set he has immense destructive influences that can be used in a myriad of ways including healing. His temple center was Lycopolis. His color is black. His stone is serpentine, his incense camphor, metal is brass and his tree is the palm tree. As part of the celebratory right I will usually use special divination modes or utilize his energies to remove negative influences from my life, or turn uncomfortable situations more toward my benefit.
Kabbalah: An Introduction By Wyverrn Kabbalah is a system of Judaic mystical teachings. Reputedly communicated to Moses from god when he received the Ten Commandments, Kabbalah was originally an oral tradition that was passed down to only certain students. The word Kabbalah means ³to receive´, due to its being passed down orally. The actual name of the teaching given to Moses is unknown (if there even was one). It is primarily a path to greater understanding of the divine universe and in a way, seems to be a good companion to the Commandments. If we view the Ten Commandments as a sort of shortcut, i.e., Simple rules for the common person to live by, then the Kabbalah could be considered the ³advanced´ course, teaching the student the why of it, as well as the techniques that allow them to grow closer to the divine. Kabbalah is divided into 3 main approaches, or paths: Theoretical or theosophical Kabbalah (learning) This path seeks to understand intellectually the divine universe, and is primarily the path that occult scholars, theologians and teachers use. It is defining the metaphysical universe for study and interpretation. This is often the approach used by beginners and students since a base understanding of the universe is necessary for the more active paths. Ecstatic Kabbalah (Elevation) This path seeks to use the teaching to grow closer to the divine, and seeks to gain holiness and enlightenment through meditation and prayer. A follower of this path seeks to pass through the gateways of the 10 Sephiroth (the 10 realms on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life), and eventually merge with the divine. Theurgistic Kabbalah (Power) This path seeks to use the teachings to influence the divine to affect events and reality. This is also known as Kabbalistic Magic. This path requires some knowledge of both Theoretical and Ecstatic Kabbalah. It uses rituals and invocations using mystical entities, the Tree of Life, and the Hebrew alphabet to affect change in accordance with the theurgists will. There are many variations and combination of the above approaches of course (Such as Chassidism), as well as merging the base idea¶s into entirely different systems (like Golden Dawn).
Foundations of Kabbalah There are several key concepts in Kabbalah, actually many more than are listed below, but the main foundations are what are the most important.
The Judeo-Christian Spiritual Framework Much of Kabbalah is based on the familiar concepts of a monotheistic god, angels, demons and other familiar Christian spiritual concepts. This makes it easier to visualize for those that have been raised in a culture is Christian based (western). The Hebrew Alphabet The 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet are considered sacred, and indeed, along with the 10 Septhiroths of the Tree of Life, are the foundations of creation. The Kabbalah teaches that these are what god used in the creation of everything, and still hold that power to those that know the secrets of their use. The Tree of Life This may be the most important concept in Kabbalah. It is certainly the concept most borrowed and used by other systems. It is a very elegant and symbolic structure, holding the 10 Septhiroths, and the 22 paths to the Sephiroths (each named with Hebrew letter). There are also the three pillars supporting the Sephiorh. The tree of life has such a wealth of symbolism that almost anyone can find some part of it that resonates within them. The Five Worlds Another key concept is that the universe (including each Sephiroth) is divided into 5 levels, or worlds. Adam Kadmon ± The primordial world. The other four formed from this world Atsilut ± the world of emanation and no existence. Beriah ± the world of creation and the dwelling place of souls. Yetsirah ± the world of formation and the home of the Angels. µAsiah ± the world of action and the home of the physical universe. There are many more concepts and constructs as well, and just the few mentioned above could fill many volumes each. Future articles may explore some of these concepts in detail.
Using Kabbalah The teachings of Kabbalah for the practical (magic) user allow for infinite uses. A Kabbalah Adept can reputedly command the heavenly hosts, and wield any of the abilities of the Christian divine, including creation itself. The practice of Kabbalah however, is very ritualistic and specific. So, while one can theoretically manipulate and direct any force, whether it exists or not, the knowledge to do so can be hard to obtain. Often the only source of such information is directly from divine beings, and while it is occasionally possible to get such knowledge from those who have already acquired it, it is seldom of use.
My theory on that is that the information given is quite specific to the individual, and even if they do share it, it will not work as well (if at all) for another person. In other systems though, the Tree of Life itself can be very useful. The symbolism is so powerful that almost any ritualistic system can utilize it to some effect.
Further information The Web is a huge source on Kabbalah information, although to study Kabbalah itself, I recommend only Judaic sources: My Personal Rabbi - This is an excellent series of lectures on the Kabbalah by Rabbi Dubrov. His style is not dry, but interesting and even humorous at times, although it is 19 hours of lectures. Kabbalah 101 ± A series of article (23 so far) By Rabbi Lieberman on the kabbalah Or just Google kabbalah, with its recent surge in popularity there are thousands of resources, books, and even teachers all waiting for you.
Autonomous Action and the µHerd Mentality´ By Nylus The mind of a normal man is as tumultuous as the sea. Most individuals are guided by their thoughts and emotions like a dog on a lease. They do not act; they react to the situations of everyday life in a set and preconditioned way. I¶ve seen this alot in the area I¶ve grown up in. Detroit can be harsh, but I¶ve had the luck of growing up in a stable home environment with little negative activity. I¶ve still come across situations where people feel they need to react in a certain manner though. A gang banger for instance, can¶t allow anyone to disrespect him on the basis that the entire hood would think him weak, and prey on him. To retaliate against ANY form of disrespect was the norm, a preconditioned must that had consequences when overlooked. This state of mind left few other options to be considered; there were only two; retaliate or be preyed upon. Such is life in the jungle. But even in the jungle, certain names and faces stand above the rest. Individuals who¶ve had the courage to see beyond their present situation, and calculate strategies that gave others pause. To this think outside the box in this fashion, men had to think outside the general consensus of what¶s µacceptable¶, and what¶s µfoolish¶. The herd mentality that 80% of individuals follow (any current trends, cultural meme¶s, etc) constricts the personal freedom of the individual and tries to force him/her to act in accordance to the societal norm. Differences are frowned upon, as the herd must be the same, with as little variation as possible across the board. Therefore, the first step in living a life of freedom (if you feel that you¶re free now, you¶re probably deepest in the Cage) is forcing yourself beyond the social restrictions of society in thought and action. Obviously, criminal behavior of any kind is encouraged or condoned but µautonomous action¶ (action with or without care to social norms of µgood¶ or µevil¶) is stressed as a necessity to the work of Selfcreation. In order to practice autonomous action, it is imperative that you don¶t think of things in terms of good and evil, or practical or impractical. In some instances you¶ll have to force your mind into submission, fighting guilt, fear, and irrational scenarios that will not cease to stop popping up. However long and arduous the Work, do NOT cease the work of deconstructing yourself, and reconstructing yourself in your own image. Here are some things to help get you started and help clarify what I mean. 1. Keep a journal-Write down EVERYTHING. Every impulse, impression, and dislike, like, and preconceived notion. What do you assume? What comes naturally? What seems impossible? Where are your insecurities? All these questions need to be answered or else you¶re wasting your time. 2. Action-If you feel you are of timid disposition, then start small, start speaking up for yourself more despite the fear, seek to directly break down your preconceived notions of things (written in your journal) one step at a time. You will falter but you must persist. Do something that is considered by the general consensus to be morally µwrong¶ and then something that is considered morally µright¶. How do you feel? Passively watch you emotion but don¶t feed into the mental chatter-if you find yourself doing so, pull yourself back to your center. Gradually escalade the µgood¶ and µevil¶ acts alternating according to your disposition.
Now do something considered outrageous (Make random noises, act OCD for a week). Preferably something you will be laughed at by friends or enemies. Engage in this act wholeheartedly in front of them without any prior hints. How does this make you feel? Write this down. 3. Thought-Our minds are our own worst enemies but it can be made into a close friend. Every defeatist thought should be recognized for what it is; something to keep you in your place, mired in self-pity. Every thought of ³I can¶t´ or ³I¶m not good enough´ should be forcibly squashed in place of a positive. Repeat it until you believe it. You can make yourself believe anything with enough repetition. These exercises in Autonomy is meant to shatter the current conception of your world. Despite its simplicity, these exercises are meant to be practiced diligently until you completely break down any preconceived notions about your life and how it is lived. After you break down your current worldview, you can begin to move outside the herd mind and create yourself in your own image. Recommended Reading The Psychopaths Bible Christopher Hyatt Ardetha: The Made Vampire-Frater Nylarthotep Thought Manipulation-Sapir Handleman The Prince-Niccolo Machiavelli
A Greek Ritual By Peggy Androes There are many different rituals for the Greek Deities. These deities, however, like precision and discipline. One of my favorite rituals is one to Artemis. Her favorite day is Saturday, especially one with a full moon, as her Roman counterpart is Diana, the moon goddess. (Saturday was named for Saturn, also known as Zeus, Artemis¶ father) The best place to work a ritual to Artemis is in woods, outdoors. Artemis is a nature goddess, being the goddess of the hunt and all woodland creatures. DO NOT kill one of her animals, as it will anger her deeply, and would be counterproductive if you are paying her homage. Make sure you clean your body before working a ritual to ANY deity of this pantheon. Then sprinkle salt around your workplace to ward off any negativity that may enter the area. Build a small pit to burn pinecones; you will only need 2 or 3 to burn. (Make sure it is inside the circle of salt) If you feel comfortable, you may open a circle, but it is not ultimately important. Concentrate on Artemis as you are doing everything, since this is a ritual to her. Build power with the energies around you. Chant the following invocation: Great and powerful Artemis Bringer of love Bringer of peace Bringer of Harmony Sister of Apollo Daughter of Zeus Come to me this moon filled night Great Artemis Goddess of Woodland Creatures Goddess of the Hunt I come to you in love I come to you in peace I honor you this day I honor you this hour I honor you this minute Come to me Artemis, Come to me Artemis, Come to me Artemis Burn your pinecones, and meditate to the Goddess. If you need a favor from her, now is the time to ask. I like to leave an offering for her in the grove or sacred space where I have performed this ritual; typical traditional offerings are wine or fruit. Partake one bite or sip, then either spill it into the ground, or lay the fruit on the ground. Make sure you bid her to stay with you, or go if she must. Do not be surprised if you see one of her creatures, such as a deer. Just try not to frighten it away. Your ritual is done. Stay as long as you like in the grove, allow yourself to feel her, allow her energies to wash over you.
Remembering and Interpreting Your Dreams Applications: The Dream Journal and the Dream Dictionary By: Tesseract Ouroboros The two tools presented in this article can assist you in both remembering and interpreting your dreams. The materials are inexpensive, and the result of such efforts can be very rewarding. Dream Journal - Remember your dreams! If you don't remember many dreams at first, don't worry! Thinking about remembering your dreams will help you remember more of them in the future. A dream journal helps in remembering dreams, and can serve as an excellent tool for sorting out your personal dream symbolism. Creating and using a dream journal is very simple. All you need is something to write on, something to write with, and sometime soon after you wake up, and before the memory fades. When you wake up, write in the journal what you dreamed about. Take note of colors, sensations, emotions, locations, people/animals, numbers, and/or any other details that have meaning to you. The dream journal has many uses: If you are trying to remember your dreams more often, it can serve as a useful tool to help you remember.
As all the expressions of the dreams are parts of your own psyche, you can use the journal as a way to figure out what things in the dream actually mean to you (books or other sources that tell you what they mean, are often very inaccurate). If you are trying to increase how lucid you are in your dreams, you can write down any triggers you notice that allow you to become lucid/more lucid/less lucid, keep track of what you have done while lucid/what has happened while lucid, as well as anything that happens in your dreams that may let you know you are dreaming. If you have nightmares, you may also want to write in an alternate ending to the nightmare, or how you would change it if you were conscious enough to be lucid for the dream. You can keep track of any cycles or trends in your dreams, such as nightmares, bizarre or disturbing dreams, and premonitional or magical dreams, and what can trigger them to occur. You can write positive affirmations in your dream journal to help you when you are dreaming, such as "I will become aware that I am dreaming when..." You can use the dream symbolism presented to explore your own emotions and psychological state. The subconscious mind is very active during dreams, and dreaming has been thought of as a direct link to our subconscious minds. Sometimes it can be discouraging when you cannot remember your dreams, but be patient and keep at it, and you will get results in some form or another! Dream Dictionary - Interpret your dreams! Ever play the word association game, where one person says a word, and another says the word that they immediately think of when the first word is spoken? Dreams are built of the same associations, built individually from your life and life experiences. Our deepest thoughts, emotions, and conflicts express themselves through free association from the imagery of our lives. Books and others interpreting your
dreams are very rarely accurate. Seldom-to-never does a book or other person understand the depth of the symbols and metaphors that appear in our dreams? To unravel your dreams, you can build a personal dream dictionary. You may already have the beginnings of one if you keep a dream journal. All you need for a dream dictionary is a place to keep it that you can find things in quickly. A text file on your computer is excellent for this, as you can alphabetize it, and add things to entries as you gain more knowledge of a particular symbol. To keep a dream dictionary, analyze particular components of your dreams (you may want to reference your dream journal), and what they mean to you, and in what context they were used in your dream. A particular association may have many expressions within your dreams based upon context. Try to be as specific as possible. If you think you have an idea of what a particular symbol means, keep track of that, and see if in future dreams it makes sense. Symbols in our dreams are present everywhere: the color of the sky, the people that appear locations that are visited, and activities that occur. Everything in your dreams is a symbol of something else, and if figured out, can give us a greater understanding of ourselves, and what moves us in our daily lives. After some time, you will have quite a decent sized dream dictionary that is completely yours. You may find with your dictionary that you come to understand yourself in ways you did not perceive before, and through that understanding, transform yourself.
Overview of Kemetic Ritual Basics and Tool Correspondence By Nefret Nubti Ancient Egyptian Tradition - (I practice the Neturian and the Temple Horakhte aspects- I¶m not so organized when I create my rituals that I separate where I get everything) When doing any type of ritual to us is a religious celebration, in general we do not perform 'magic' without the religious aspect. Every morning a priest wakes there is always something to be done, especially if you are a uab (purifier) as they read the negative confession. The purification process starts three days before ritual; a priest my not eat anything that walks or crawls upon the land, swim in the waters or flies in the air. One must also abstain from sex. A priest begins with an anointing bath there are two versions short and long. There are certain correspondences. In the long version we start with the hands, washing and anointing them. This process is then applied to several parts of the body as listed below. We then declare that we are the soul of said Ntr (closest translation is ³God´ or deity) and that we are restored. Here are the correspondences (this can be found in Sacred Magic of Ancient Egypt - Rosemary Clark) Hands - Atum Feet - Nut Calves - Ma'at Knees - Set Thighs - Sekhmet Bast Pubis - Anpu (green name is anubis) Plexus - Auset (Greek name is Isis) Stomach - Geb Hert - Heru (greek name is horus) Throte - Nebt -Het (greek name is Nepthys) Mouth - Djehuti (greek name is thoth or hermese) Brow - Het-Heru (greek name is Hathor) Crown - Wsr (greek name Osirus) Nape of the Neck - The Son's of Heru Qebsenuf, Daumutef, Happi, Imset In the short version - one simply anoints oneself and says I am pure, I am restored Nuk ba uab Nuk ba hetepu (Neteruians never ever use anything other than the kemetic names - in Temple Horakhte we are encouraged to use medu netr as well. Medu netr means hieroglyphics or sacred words) Now that you are clean and pure - you don¶t want to put impure clothing on! Generally one is supposed to wear white linen, but sometimes I will dress according to the color that best sums up what I¶m doing or that the Ntr is fond of. I have never translated the medu netr, so how to purify one's garment is in English.
Autm, Shu, Tefnut, Get, Nut, Asar, Auset, Set, Neb-Het, Horakhty, Her-Heru, Khepri, Mont, the Lord of Thebes, Amun, the Lord of the thrones of the two lands, the great Ennead, the lesser Ennead, the Neteru who are in the primordial water, Sobek of Crocodilopolis, Sobek in all his many names, in every place of his where his soul desires to be; the southern gods and the northern gods, those who are in the sky and those who are on earth: may you give this pure garment to the worthy spirit of [insert name here] may you grand that it be beneficial to him/her, may you removed the evil which is on him/her. As for this pure garment for [insert name here] may it be allotted to him/her forever and ever and may you remove the evil which is on him/her. Now that we are Pure, we have to have space to practice. Neturians don't draw temporary circles; we have a stable sacred space. We literally convert a room or our entire house into a temple. First one must find the magnetic center of the room, home or whatnot. All ritual starts and ends here. Next we set everything in place - whether it¶s an actual Idol or a picture or the µname in medu netr¶. The directional correspondences are a bit different than a lot of western associations, for example we start with the east for fire. For each direction, including quintessence one calls to one of the sons of Heru and welcomes them as they place the effigy in each corner - for quintessence we are calling 'spirit' Next is the placement of pillars or the mound of the primordial. This is how you consecrate the four corners. These things are never taken down so to speak and it is advisable to place small offerings frequently in each corner. Your center, or spirit, is going to be in the magnetic center. Now that we have established the µsupport¶ of our temple next we µmake¶ it µfunctional¶. For this I use the opening of the mouth ceremony. I have come across quite a few works containing this that can be obtained through the occult.bz. Finally we get to who the temple is dedicated to. In each ritual there is always going to be a break where you have food and drink to consume, which is good because some of these rituals can run for a long time. In the ceremony there is going to be the hymn, the litany, invocation, meditation, offering, the blessing of the offering, the revision of the offering (this is where you get to eat it) after this you can stick in the dedication of the temple. If you don¶t do a dedication you will do a 'pronouncement' of the ntr. It¶s at this point where you put in a festival action, magical working, or both. The festival usually has a drama in it or some poetry, songs if one wishes them. A reenactment of some sort, it really depends on the ntr you are dedicating your temple too. There is time during the festival or the drama where you again, stop and eat and drink. When all that is over you will perform the closing ceremony. With each ritual you will have certain tools to use even if it¶s just simple thread. Each ritual has specifics as to what instrument will be used. In both traditions I have learned from there is a stress on making the tools yourself. Of course that is unrealistic when it comes to the opening of the mouth ceremony since you need a 'something like a shoe horn- piece of metal. Though I have noticed, when you do the general once a month ritual, you don¶t especially need any tools at all, so I have a tendency to not use any.
In general, there are scepters and amulets that can be used that are specific to the action. However they don¶t have to be physical, as the most powerful form of 'creation' or 'magick' (hekau) is medu netr. So if a ritual calls for an amulet you don't have or canoptic jars you can write the medu neter on a piece of paper and use that as an effigy. I usually burn it as an offering when I am done. Everything in the kemetic system is symbolic; tying one shadow world to the next, there was never any separation so using the medu netr on paper is the same as having the actual object. There are certain things that a priest will carry. One is called a situal - this is like a thermos to carry liquid or incense for offerings. It is mostly associated with Auset and Het-Her as it represents a womb. People are most familiar with the sistrum which is a scepter specific to Het-her. It¶s symbolic nature coincides with the creation of harmony in the divine. It is rather used like bells or chingas as warding away of negative spirits and can be rung throughout a ceremony. The Nekheka is a flail, but with loose streamers unlike a whip which would have leather strips. It is to be held in the right hand and represents the creative manifestation as it was originally a farming tool used to separate grain from chaff. This is representative of justice and well being. The Ankh - probably the most viewed symbol of kemet. This is LIFE. When used in ceremony it will represent the life force of said deity who is thought to possess it. It is held in the right hand. It infuses the ntr's vitality upon the person who is holding it or touching someone with it. The Djeset - made out of flint - knife- a symbol of the fire of purification. This of course is a tell tale that it is sacred to Sekhmet, the Red Goddess. Though it seems like most modern practices have forgotten, the Temples of Sekhmet were dedicated towards healing where surgeries are performed, as her priests were the only ones allowed to shed blood. Heka - this is the crook. Usually you see the per aah /nesubity (pharoah) holding it, crook and flail together. The crook is representative of the shepherds staff and represents the concept of Ma'at. As he who is justified always walks with Ma'at. This is carried in the left hand and shows the manifestation of wisdom awakened in the carrier. Uas - it is one of those long walking sticks you see and is only carried by sekhmet and male ntr in their left hand. It represents the powers of Ptah. In general you are always going to want to have an offering tray, a bowl and fresh water.
Personal Meditation Practice and Herbal Anchors By: Cerridwen ³Meditation is the practice of quieting stresses to the mind by use of sitting and breathing techniques.´-Wikipedia
To be truthful, I don¶t believe you can learn everything there is to learn about the occult just by reading about it. You have to experience it. So, just because you read about positive thinking from a book, or hear it on tape, or watch a video on it, doesn¶t mean your life is going to instantly be more positive. Neither will it happen if you simply say a phrase, or wave your hand. You have to invest more of yourself in what you want out of life than that. Now I¶m not saying it¶s all that hard to do, but nothing in this world is for free. When you watch, read or hear these lessons on positive thinking (or whatever else you may be trying to learn, I will use positive thinking as an example), it means you have given yourself the knowledge to make changes in your life, to make it more positive. Now, you can be that positive influence in your life! But nothing comes without a price-- faith and hard work! So how does one become positive? You have to be able to push aside all the troubles, worries, anger, guilt or regrets you are feeling. You have to bring yourself into focus, so you can know for certain what it is you want to accomplish in your life. One way to make this happen is by meditation. It is a great way to focus your energy, and to clear your mind of anything but what you want, by removing the mental walls and other obstacles from the equation. I try to keep my rituals as simple as I try to keep my life. I don¶t believe that preparing for or performing rituals needs to be complicated to be effective, but I do believe that sometimes routines can help you bring about the mindset you want to be in to perform certain rituals successfully.
Meditation is one of those routines. This may take anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours for some people. Don¶t worry; there really is no one over your shoulder to tell you you¶re doing it wrong. This is a routine that is able to be tailored to the person performing it. I work with herbs a lot in my practice; this is reflected in my personal meditation routine I will share with you. The associations of certain scents help to bring me to a meditative state. I start my entire journey off with a hot, cleansing shower (or bath, whichever you prefer!). I try to use something with a clean, uplifting scent such as mint, or maybe lavender. Fruit scents are heavy, and distracting, and the scents change over the course of a couple hours. Clean herbal scents change less; they tend to simply fade a little, so that you notice it less and less. You don¶t want anything that is too distracting, but you will want something that stimulates your senses, and will clear away any other smells you may have stored from your day (or night). While you are physically cleaning your body, picture yourself cleaning your spirit self as well. Imagine that you are washing away anger, guilt, regrets and any sadness you may be feeling. Feel it all just wash away with the soap and water. Take deep, cleansing breaths, while trying to blank your mind of any extra emotions. After you are done, find a blanket or rug you can sit or lie back on comfortably. There is no specific place you have to pick for meditation, but it is in my opinion better to be outside, away from all electronic
distractions, and closer to the balance of nature. You can, but don¶t have to, use music as an aide. Cd's, mp3's/mp4's...... you may find them in stores, but I have had better luck finding soundtracks on the internet. There are all sorts of tracks specifically for meditating. It is not recommended that you start off with normal music, as lyrics are pure distractions. When you are more comfortable with your techniques, you may find it easy to integrate your music styles into the routine, but to start with, you will want something that will not pose any great distraction. Next, I will purify the area I have chosen, to dissolve any negative energy, and to prepare for my circle. I use a smudge stick for this, made of lavender or sage, or a combination of the two, to your liking. Walk widdershins, or counterclockwise, nine times, requesting the aide of the powers of the four corners, while drawing a pentagram in the air with your smudge stick at each corner. Now you may light a stick of incense, or not, if you choose. Try to place it away from your chosen place, so as to not pose a burn hazard or other sort of nuisance. I recommend that you place it to the rear of your seat, so as to not be in your face. When you have everything ready, sit with your legs crossed, in your circle. If you have trouble sitting for extended periods, feel free to relax in a more prone position. What matters is that you find a comfortable position, so you may focus on relaxing your body. Close your eyes. Starting with your toes, slowly relax the muscles in your feet, one group at a time. When you feel that each muscle has fully relaxed, move up to the next muscle group. This may take a while for some people; we often stay tense all the time. As you slowly work your way up your body, pay attention to your breathing. After you have done this for a while, you may find that you may not need to pay such close attention to how you breathe. It can become like a muscle memory, and you will automatically start to do these things naturally, without thinking them. But for now, pay close attention. With each deep inhale, feel yourself connect with the world around you, connecting to the energy emanating from the earth, the energy that keeps everything in balance. With each inhale, breathe in the calm, breathe in the peaceful quiet. Take in with each breath the completely neutral yet lively energy that surrounds us, even when we don¶t notice it. And with each slow exhale, push out all of the thoughts and worries or troubles. These negative and draining energies need to be pushed out with each breath into the ground. Let the earth be a conduit for your energy. As above, so below. You send energy out, the earth also sends energy, and all it¶s waiting on is for you to take it in. After you have been breathing for a while, start picturing a flame- a single, small flame, one that you will see on a short white taper candle. Focus on nothing but your breathing, and the flame. Wipe any words and thoughts from your mind, but don¶t lose the flame or breathing technique. Don¶t focus on the thought of wiping words, it will only aggravate you. That is why you must focus on the flame so much that you begin to feel a part of the flame itself, doing this will help to clear your mind. I know that this is the hardest part for anyone I¶ve ever spoken with about meditation. Don¶t worry if you don¶t get it all the way your first try- after all, the monks in Tibet have been meditating all their lives to achieve the correct state of consciousness. When you have been doing all of this for a while, you should start to feel calm and collected. You should feel yourself in balance with your surroundings. When you have reached that state of calm, that you feel sure of yourself and your purpose, you may do one of two things- you may end your meditation, put out your incense, dismiss the corners and break your circle. Or you may want to follow with a ritual or spell, if you have all your ingredients prepared beforehand.
I am a green witch, and do not follow any one particular path. Only what feels right to me. My meditation techniques are ideal for the way I live my life, but this is not a set practice, and you may find that you may want to adjust this to fit your lifestyle more. Or you may want to find a different way of meditation all together. In the end, there is no wrong path; they all lead you to the same place. To anyone that finds themselves reading this, thank you for your time. I wish you every bit of luck you deserve, and blessings to you on your journey through life. I have included 100 benefits of meditation and also an herbal concordance of traditionally associated scents for you to customize this part of the meditation should you decide to include scent as to help induce a meditative state.
Benefits of Meditation Physiological benefits: 1- It lowers oxygen consumption. 2- It decreases respiratory rate. 3- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate. 4- Increases exercise tolerance. 5- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation. 6- Good for people with high blood pressure. 7- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate. 8- Decreases muscle tension 9- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc. 10- Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms. 11- Helps in post-operative healing. 12- Enhances the immune system. 13- Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress 14- Enhances energy, strength and vigor. 15- Helps with weight loss 16- Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage 17- Higher skin resistance 18- Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease. 19- Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing. 20- Decreases the aging process. 21- Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone) 22- Prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases 23- Makes you sweat less 24- Cure headaches & migraines 25- Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning 26- Reduced Need for Medical Care 27- Less energy wasted 28- More inclined to sports, activities 29- Significant relief from asthma 30- Improved performance in athletic events 31- Normalizes to your ideal weight 32- Harmonizes our endocrine system 33- Relaxes our nervous system 34- Produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity 35- Can help cure some forms of infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).
Psychological benefits: 36- Builds self-confidence. 37- Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behavior. 38- Resolve phobias & fears 39- Helps control own thoughts 40- Helps with focus & concentration 41- Increase creativity 42- Increased brain wave coherence. 43- Improved learning ability and memory. 44- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation. 45- Increased emotional stability. 46- Improved relationships 47- Mind ages at slower rate 48- Easier to remove bad habits 49- Develops intuition 50- Increased Productivity 51- Improved relations at home & at work 52- Able to see the larger picture in a given situation 53- Helps ignore petty issues 54- Increased ability to solve complex problems 55- Purifies your character 56- Develop will power 57- Greater communication between the two brain hemispheres 58- React more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event. 59- Increases one¶s perceptual ability and motor performance 60- Higher intelligence growth rate 61- Increased job satisfaction 62- Increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones 63- Decrease in potential mental illness 64- Better, more sociable behavior 65- Less aggressiveness 66- Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction 67- Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals 68- Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation 69- Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia 70- Increases sense of responsibility 71- Reduces road rage 72- Decrease in restless thinking 73- Decreased tendency to worry 74- Increases listening skills and empathy 75- Helps make more accurate judgments 76- Greater tolerance 77- Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways 78- Grows a stable, more balanced personality 79- Develops emotional maturity Spiritual benefits: 80- Helps keep things in perspective 81- Provides peace of mind, happiness 82- Helps you discover your purpose
83- Increased self-actualization. 84- Increased compassion 85- Growing wisdom 86- Deeper understanding of yourself and others 87- Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony 88- Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation 89- Increased acceptance of oneself 90- Helps learn forgiveness 91- Changes attitude toward life 92- Creates a deeper relationship with your God, collective consciousness, or higher self. 93- Attain enlightenment 94- Greater inner-directedness 95- Helps living in the present moment 96- Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love 97- Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego 98- Experience an inner sense of ³Assurance or Knowingness´ 99- Experience a sense of ³Oneness´ 100- Increases the synchronicity in your life
Herbal Scent Associations Pinon Resin Primarily fire element though can also be used as for four-element general purposes. Has a pleasant and meditative fragrance. Is cleansing, strengthening, warming, and used by Native American cultures for its spiritual and healing properties. Produces a thick stream of smoke, and is excellent for refreshing the senses and reviving a tired soul. Copal Gold Resin Primarily fire and water elements though can also be used as for four-element general purposes. When burned, the scent is sweet, resinous, slightly woody, mildly earthy and spicy. Was holy incense used by the peoples of Mesoamerica. Traditionally used as incense in divinatory and cleansing ceremonies. The resin contains aromatic chemicals called terpenes, which make it volatile and flammable. Used by Mayan shamans prior to ingesting mushrooms. Myrrh Resin Primarily earth element though can also be used as for four-element general purposes. Produces a lot of smoke when burned, very earthy, piney scent. Gathered from an almost leafless Middle Eastern shrub called the Commiphora Molmol. It was used by the ancient Egyptians in rituals of Healing and Passing. It is one of the ingredients used by the Egyptians to embalm bodies. Useful for spirituality, meditation, happiness, release, transformation, strength, confidence and stability. Frankincense Resin Primarily fire element though can also be used as for four-element general purposes. Is the resin of an African tree and produces a rich, dense smoke when burned. Used extensively in meditation and healing. In numerous religious traditions, frankincense's spiritual scent was believed to confer divine blessing. Pliny the Elder mentioned it as an antidote to hemlock poisoning. Desert Sage Primarily air element though can also be used as for four-element general purposes. Has a somewhat sharp, light and refreshing scent. One of the most sacred herbs among Native Americans. Used to purify
the mind, body and spirit before prayer, meditation, ritual or ceremony. Also used to purify sacred items such as pipes, magical tools, tarot decks and eagle feathers. Can be used for area, house and personal cleansings. Some people carry a small amount of Sage in a pocket or medicine pouch to insure personal and spiritual safety. Juniper Primarily fire element though can also be used as for four-element general purposes. Has a sharp, piney scent. Excellent to stimulate and revive when tired in body, mind or Spirit. Used in ancient times for ritual purification of temples. Smoke believed to aid clairvoyance. Also useful for purification and to stimulate contact with other worlds. Burned during the Plague to resist disease. Lavender Primarily air element. Has a light, aromatic and refreshing scent. Useful for attracting peace, happiness and restful sleep. Also reduces depression, grief and sorrow. Aids in meditation and divination, and often said to aid in manifestation. Known as Elf Leaf, Nard, Nardus, Spike and Lavender. Traditionally associated with fairies and elves. White Broadleaf Sage Primarily air element though can also be used as for four-element general purposes. This is a broad leaf sage is highly prized for its strong aromatic properties (strongest of the different types of sage). Considered the king if all sages. Excellent for meditation, divination, smudging, cleansing and purification. Yerba Santa Leaves Traditionally used for enhancing psychic abilities, magical protection, healing and spiritual strength. Excellent for meditation and divination. Said to be ruled by the moon. One Native American tribe rolled the leaves into balls, dried it in the sun and chewed it for a natural mouthwash. Hibiscus Flowers Primarily fire and water elements. Produces a sharp, invigorating scent that lasts for a long time after burning. Often used in divination and psychic communication. Excellent for rejuvenating the senses and restoring life force. Rose Flowers and Petals Primarily water element. Produces a heavy, warm, aromatic scent with just a hint of sharpness and scent lasts a long time after burning. Excellent for meditation, divination, increasing psychic abilities, contacting powers and beings in other dimensions and psychic communication. Also traditionally associated with attracting love, conferring peace, stimulating sexual appetites and enhancing beauty. Sweetgrass Primarily air element. As its name suggests, sweetgrass produces a sweet and light fragrance that does not last for long. Excellent for cleansing sacred space. Sweetgrass is a rare grass which is found growing wild in very few places. Traditionally, sweetgrass is believed to invite the good spirits.
The Finding of a Temple and The Void By: Rev. Billy F. Sasquatch,KSC
It sits high in a plateau that is only 5-10 feet wider than the temple it¶s self. It is not a long walk up the spiral stairs that have been carved into the rock side, just long enough to help strengthen the mind as it starts to wander away, the stairs are recessed enough into the rock that there is a sort of natural wall a little over waist height to protect the traveler from falling due to the winds; I run my right hand over the smooth stone during my accent. Looking to the right; away from the smooth rock I looked out to see over forested area, the dark sky calm and semi cloudy with a hint of purple to it. Eventually I make it to the top, to stop and stare dumbstruck with awe at the marble masterpiece before me. I move the cowl of the soft onyx black robe a little away from my eyes to fully take in what is before me; my staff in my left hand starts to hum internally. The temple is round and of Greek design, and yet right where the stairs level off I remember quite clearly a Victorian style black iron fence around seven feet high set right on the edge of the drop off; it had spikes on topping it, and the gate opened and closed right at the top of the stairs« but after closing it behind me it vanishes. I stand with the perimeter of the now gone fence a foot behind me, the temple steps still 6 or 7 feet in front of me. I hold my staff in both hands and pull from it to strengthen myself from slipping back into my body on the couch before walking up to the door. I notice the pillars have minutely detailed geometric cravings lightly etched into them; the double wooden door has them also, but strangely no handles of any type. I push the right one open and step inside, out of the wind; pushing a locking bar down over the doors behind me. The interior I couldn¶t say how big it was, but it is a round temple, and the curvature of the wall makes me guess at around 50 feet wide. The floor is set into the ground a little; two steps separate the stone from smooth white marble flooring. I leave the sandals by the door and enjoy the cool touch of stone on my bare feet. In the center of the room is a pedestal, and on top it sits a large round black ball, most likely made of glass. Around it sits four cushioned pray seats like the type my grandma¶s church had to better let people sit on their knees to get communion in the front of the church, there red and are at angle so one can walk up and simply kneel. In a circle 5 feet out is a channel made of black stone, my feeling is that this is to hold salt and is a boundary marker for circle casting. At 10 feet out there is a circle of pillar candles set in recesses with enough space to walk through without catching the flame on a robe. I go to the pillar and kneel, placing my hands on the smooth and shiny ball. At once I feel surging energy in this ball and immediately understand why this is at the very center of the temple, it brings everything around me into focus, my shields burst into bright healthy flames, and I feel the sensation of my energy coming out of my fingertips in tendrils into the orb. I lose conscious connection to myself back on the couch; I am fully ³in´ the temple.
My staff found itself a hole built into the floor to the left of the pedestal, and I stand to explore my surroundings. Against the wall are tables and book shelves, ready to hold anything I might need, and only one bookshelf has books on it, and running my hands over the leather bindings I get the feeling that if I was to open them they would be blank. I pull a small black one out and realize it is my BOS before putting it back. The smell of incense is in the air, looking up the ceiling above me is glass. I continue to walk and look down to see Brother Coyote walking beside me and my heart shines with happiness as I greet him for the first time in awhile. He calls me by my older name. I tell him that I have a new name and he replies with a simple ³so?´ I grin as he tells me he¶s been with me the whole time, just hiding, and ask me why in the hell I couldn¶t realize that. I ask him about AnAyah and why I haven¶t heard from her in weeks and he replies ³well, look to your right and ask her yourself´ I look over and she is walking a little behind me, then I am treated to the sound of both of them laughing; I join in, realizing just how blind I can truly be at times. We come to three dark red leather chairs that are in front of a small coffee table. I take the middle seat, AnAyah the seat to my left, and Brother Coyote hops up into the one to my right. She is wearing a simple black dress that borders on indigo, the cowl of my robe blocking her face from my view. I look to the center of the room, my eyes drawn to the orb and ask her why I haven¶t seen her face. Instead of her telling me he same thing she did the first time I asked awhile ago, which was that she could have many faces as she chose fit, she leans forward and kisses my cheek, saying ³ if you want to see my face then look .´ I lower the cowl and look over to see nothing; she has no face, just an empty hole where it would have been. I stand up and so does she, ³this is the face of the void´ she says. I place both hands on the side of her face, and stare into the depths as one might stare into a scrying mirror, her hands reach up and cover mine, the temple starts to fade away and I realize I am about to enter the void. She simply says ³yes´ to my unspoken question of entrance and suddenly I am falling into nothingness.
The Void and Communing with AnAyah ³I am who will take you from this place in the end, I will hold your hand as you descend into oblivion. And while nothing lasts forever; even though your energy will eventually be woven back into the fold as something new, µyou¶ will cease to exist as you exist now, and when you do go my embrace will be your final experience. Long after everything has forgotten you, you will be mine. We will dance together in my memory, everlasting«So gaze again; it WILL hurt, longer than you will ever know, and in ways you will never fully understand. You are not meant to enjoy me. And it saddens me that you try.´ -AnAyah, Face of the Faceless, Patron Saint of the Void. It¶s big and dark and full of completely fucking crazy shit. Where you expecting something more? Well allow me to pop that bubble right here and now. It¶s the VOID, and it¶s full of things that only make sense when you¶re lost in it. You bring something back here it becomes something entirely different and blows your goddess-damned hand off
The Void is a faceless, alien thing, one that will twist your shit all up and then break it the fuck off. As best as I can figure, it is a place that old energy goes to die and be remade for the next showing; our reality was most likely cobbled together there from what was left over after the last one imploded (or whatever realities do) I would suggest that you just avoid it (har har har), but I was told the same thing, and I still drank the soda that makes you float. (Insert enlightened shrug here) So if it still interests you to explore a place we are probably not meant to understand or cope with as humans, try invoking and communing with AnAyah, embodiment of infinite nothing. However, it can be said that she is a trickster, and I would suggest not taking anything that comes from her at face value, she is not your friend, she owes you nothing, and serves only herself. Her sigil is (below), and after that all you need is a dark room, space to cast a circle, and a sharp knife (yep you¶re going to have to give up some blood for this one)
AnAyah, faceless one of many masks, Dark lady of the Void, Black seductress of Death, Antithesis of my soul, I break salt for you, so that you might have a space to fill, I spill blood for you, so that I may empower your travel, Come forth so that I might be enlightened by your paradox Araunus Sixus Nyrith I call Araunus Sixus Nyrith
Wall of Smoke By: Just There are moments when the thoughts of tomorrow consume me with the waking now. And in this trap of forward thinking I easily lose today. All that is, is what is right now and forever a million times over. The future holds us no promise of existence. We are only who we are in this moment. So who are you or who am I in this eternal fraction of eternity? Who do we see and who do we project? What do we command and what do we fear? The conceptual consideration of the almost unfathomable enigma of true infinite possibility could in fact, with conscious application, drive a person into insanity, power or both. The blinding lights swirl within the shadows of my fingertips, almost there to be realized almost there to be touched, yet like a moment, fades away in the blink of an eye. My mind cannot comprehend my feeble heart and hates it so, my heart is disgusted with the coldness of my mind. And in the middle, in the balance, hangs simple paradox of what is me. I feel like I¶ve been shattered into a million tiny shards of reflection, each one a different facet of self that I can pick up individually and examine, get to know and place back inside the vessel that confines me in a manner I so choose. There is no more being the me I was yesterday or even a minute ago. Though I can¶t seem to find any true connection to anyone at the same time I am connected to all and this comforts the dying and growing child in me. The thought of all inevitably brings me back to myself. And once again the journey can be begun. All thoughts we have are true, all emotions and reactions we have are the reflections of our understanding of self. When we rationalize these reactions, thoughts and emotions we are once again not in the waking now. The intensity of being is lost and often we will try to justify or negate our primal reactions. ³I shouldn¶t feel this way because´ or ³I¶m overreacting´. To me this is an injustice against not only yourself but the entire world with which you interact. Rather than argue with the reactive, primal, nonyielding aspect of that which you are, my suggestion is get to know him or her. There have been many books and writings on meeting your darker half. This is not one of them. I suggest ALL reactions be examined with no predisposed notion of good or bad. Feel the current of your surroundings and see the pattern in your response to that current. When you identify a recurring theme, perhaps it is a good time to say hello. Do you react with anger? How is this good or bad? Can you see that anger can consume but also fuel? Do you react with patience or love? Can you see that patience and love can nurture others but sometimes destroy parts of you? There is no polarity in reaction and response, simply the raw cause and effect. Understanding the facets of your raw nature, their potential to power and drain, at least for me is liberating. No explanation is needed, I am justified as I am Just, simply, me. The viewing of facets and understanding of effect is not simply for knowledge. To me it is a form of ultimate power, for now you can work to truly shape your reactions, which are in essence the projection of you onto the world. Shape this projection, not based upon the imposed righteousness of outside ideologies, but rather with examination of your own ever-changing, self imposed morals and ideology. Malleable as you progress through experience, rewritable as need be or seen fit, no apologies required or valid. Take your shards of reflection and put you together in the image of your own god, yourself.
The Wall of Smoke Mediation Sitting in a dark room activates the imagination, when I was younger I remember seeing clothes on chair turn to a person, or shadows on the wall would tell me stories. It¶s almost as if the lack of light allows you to free parts of your psyche that stays hidden under harsh judging light. Maybe not, but that¶s my take on it. So only seems right to start this mediation in a dark room. Sit someplace comfortable in front of a mirror, I find a full length mirror works best as once you enter the state of greeting your raw nature, there may be body language changes and gestures that you can gleam more meaning from. However if this is not possible as long as you can see your entire face you will have good results. I have not tried this standing in a bathroom mirror, although I suppose if you can relax and induce a trance state easily while standing then it would probably work. I should actually try that, not using the chair as a crutch, but I find it easier to reach the greeting in a seated position. Whilst sitting light at your feet an incense of your choice. If you have one you like to use for meditation or invocation using that would probably be a good choice as you already associate it with magical workings. I personally typically burn lavender, white willow and white sage on a charcoal tablet. It creates a good amount of smoke and I like the smell. At one time I chose these for traditionally associated properties, but honestly I forget and think it matters little at this point. This combo smells like magic to me now. Once you have your wall of smoke forming between the mirror self and physical self light a candle next to the incense to cast a minimal light. I typically use two tea lights as it seems to be light enough to see my face but not too much to illuminate the room. Plus I like the synchronicity, two me¶s two lights. Now bathe the room in darkness and begin to relax your body into a trance like state. There are multiple methods of doing this, I personally start with slow deep breathing and purposeful muscle tensioning and relaxation; Tensing all my muscles at once on the intake of breath and relaxing slowly with the breathing out. Once I get to a point where tensing seems difficult I simply allow myself melt physically and I know I¶m almost there. Keep eye contact with your reflection throughout this. Now the fun begins, once you reach your magical state focus on the quality or raw reaction you want to meet. This is typically amplified by use of a mantra or for me incoherent whispers in a non sequential language. I am speaking the language of the all, where the words do not convey the meaning but the pitch and sound and pace do. I have on occasion written a mantra or invocation of self, it really depends how I feel. But you knows you, so long as your mind is intent on the greeting of you, the words matter not. Break through the wall of smoke and greet yourself. This will start with random thoughts or perspectives and as the connection and intensity grows you will see the you in the mirror start to respond. I talk to her, she will argue and conversate with me. I tell her, ³but I do this because I love this person´, she will tell me ³Fool, do you not see how love has corrupted your ideals?´ and we will go back and forth. We are both right. No one will win. I end the greeting by thanking me for talking to me straight. I kill the candles and sit in silence and darkness processing what I¶ve learned. I decide there, now that I have met the raw side of me, how I want to be. I have seen the truth in my strength and weakness, now I can begin work to break down what I am right now to evolve truly from trapped to realized.
Projected Insanity By: Suzanne Dome People say that first meetings tell you a lot about a person, often those people later wonder why they misread a person¶s intentions. Take my ex for example. My first impression of him was that he paid his bills, stayed employed and accepted responsibility. This couldn¶t be further from the truth. Absolutely fabulous, darling Something I commonly hear discussed by witches and other and serious practitioners is the glamour. ³An air of compelling charm, romance, and excitement, especially when delusively alluring. Archaic: A magic spell; enchantment.´ This is the description in American Heritage Dictionary. ³Glamour´ in the realistic sense is a purposeful deception by a charming and attractive individual. In magick it is pretty much the same thing²one puts on an air of sophistication or sex appeal to produce the desired social result. It is commonly regarded as magick, but can be readily explained psychologically and biologically. We all know that we feel different when we put on that one pair of heels, or that expensive cologne, or drive that hot car. I know I feel sexier driving the Pontiac than I ever did driving the Buick. The object or mental identity changes your smile, changes the way you express yourself, the vocabulary you use, the clothes you choose, and this in turn creates a different perspective of you as seen by your peers. Your internal endorphin levels determine how relaxed and happy you are perceived to be, and most people don¶t even realize they are reading these little chemical and body-language signs. It¶s well understood that thought sometimes needs help in the forms of clothes, makeup, demeanor, etc, as glamour¶s are pretty much external expressions of an internal idea. Have fun one day and dress differently than normal, and see the perceptions change. Shields with Attitude One of the first things I learned from the initial Wicca group with whom I attended circles was how to shield myself from other¶s cruel intentions. They taught me to visualize something around me that would prevent things I didn¶t want, such as sickness or jealousy, from getting in. I like the bubble idea. I like the idea of a bug-zapper effect even more. Instead of simply blocking an entity from bothering me, I zapped it with a dose of my own attitude. In college, I would alter this visual again, and see myself carrying a bubble with sharp three foot spines«and watch passing students go out of their way to avoid coming within ten feet of me. Using this visual I projected the idea or the little triggers that made other people subconsciously steer clear. Wearing a knife helps with this sort of shield, it seems to reinforce the sense of spiny protection. My current shield says: bring it on; I disallow you to bother me. Some people don¶t realize that they can stop a lot of entities from causing them harm by simply disallowing them to have power in their own minds. It drives me nuts when someone comes whining to me about the spirit attached to them that won¶t leave them alone. In many cases, these people aren¶t assertive enough to think that ³it can only bother me
if I let it.´ Kind-of like mosquitoes²they won¶t bother you if you wear thirty percent DEET bug spray like the hunters do, or use citrus oil and long sleeves. You have to want it to go away. Manifest Destiny? What? Short and sweet, I have observed that there are so many people pushing their ideas on the circuit that they collide with each other in horrible nasty wrecks, and what one thought they wanted to happen, ends up going a totally different direction. There are so many people all putting their subconscious thoughts and desires out there, that I think that creating your own pre-determined destiny is a ridiculous dream. When it comes down to it, the only thing you can really control is your own thoughts²sure, you can influence others for a while, but eventually they wake up and break free. I think that Hitler really did think he would control the world, and enough people fought his mental control by going to physical war with him; in the end, current written history says he destroyed himself when he realized he had lost the battle. That is NOT the direction he wanted to go in, or projected. It¶s the direction he took as a result of conflicting world projections. So the collective consciousness, if it exists, becomes clogged with conflicting wants, feelings and projected desires. I wanted to leave, and my desire to leave overpowered the ex¶s desire for me to stay with him²which sent him in a direction completely out of his field of internal vision, and sent me much closer to what I wanted for myself. Does the pretzel logic of destiny make sense yet? Hand Signals When I studied with the Wiccans I was also studying Chakras for the benefit of my health. One of the things one learns is that in everyone¶s hands are minor chakras, not of the main seven but important for magickal activities. It is often written, and I have seen this in several books so I will not quote one in particular, that the right hand projects and the left receives. The Wiccan High-priestess actually said the same thing and various people supported that information. Now, in further study of related fields, such as biology, ayerveda, psychology and auras, it could and should be assumed that your dominant side is the side that projects, and your other side is the one that is receptive. So, when performing a ritual that asks for a projection of energy with the visual of healing, I would use my right hand to push the energy toward the intended target. Should I be trying to remove something, I should use my left, but I often do not. I often use my dominant hand for everything I should use the left hand for, such as feeling, seeing, etc, and sometimes for really strong pushing of energy. Many times, I use the left for healing. Psychologically, it is all in our heads, so it doesn¶t really matter. Telling someone one side is receptive while the other is projective is akin to telling boys to be tough and girls to be sensitive²it¶s all social training. People need to feel they mutually understand each other, which is one reason organized religion is so ridiculously popular. WE make it up as we go. Sometimes we feel with both hands, heal with both, and push with both. What does it matter, as long as you accomplish what you set out to do?
To be or not to be We all know what we want and what we get are two different things, most of the time. We also know that if we are caught not telling the truth about why we are doing something, there is typically a riot, large or small²i.e. Clinton¶s hiring of Monica, or my ex¶s spending habits. Using projected ideas to manipulate tends to backfire eventually, and it goes back to what I said about the collective consciousness superhighway accident rate. ³Karma is a bigger bitch than I¶ll ever be.´ I sometimes see on bumper stickers, and have employed that idea often myself. Our intent inside is a bigger measure of the success of the projection than our external presentation of the intent. Can we be honest with ourselves and admit that we are only buying the significant other that watch because we want nookie later, and not because we care about their birthday? Can we be honest and say we hired him/her for their pleasing appearance and not because of their customer service skills? Can we be honest and admit that we did that truth or justice spell to hurt someone instead of reveal what is actually happening? Can we simply be honest?
Yoga Posture By: Athenas Echo Warrior Two Pose (Virabhadrasana, named after the famous Indian warrior Virabhadra. Virabhadra , an incarnation of Shiva, described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet, wielding a thousand clubs, and wearing a tiger's skin.This is an excellent pose used to stretch and lengthen the body. It also helps build stamina.
1. Start off the pose by standing in Mountain Pose. This is basically standing straight with your feet and knees together and arms at your side. Inhale deeply while in this pose. 2. Exhaling, step your feet 3 1/2 to 4 feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them actively out to the sides, shoulder blades wide, palms down. 3. Inhaling, turn your right foot in slightly to the right and your left foot out to the left 90 degrees. Align the left heel with the right heel. Tighten your thighs and turn your left thigh outward so that the center of the left knee cap is in line with the center of the left ankle. 4. Exhale and bend your left knee over the left ankle, so that the shin is perpendicular to the floor. Bring the left thigh parallel to the floor. Anchor this movement of the left knee by strengthening the right leg and pressing the outer right heel firmly to the floor. 5. Inhaling, stretch the arms away from the space between the shoulder blades, parallel to the floor. Don't lean the torso over the left thigh: Keep the sides of the torso equally long and the shoulders directly over the pelvis. Tighten your tummy and press the tailbone slightly inward. Turn your head to the left and look out over your left hand intently. 6. Let your shoulder blades slip down your back, releasing your neck to grow long. Take the crown of your head to the sky, yet keep grounded through your feet and your base chakra. Your arms are long and sending energy out through your finger tips. 7. Hold this pose for 30 to 60 seconds. Then straighten your left knee and flip the direction of your feet and repeat the above steps on your right. Benefits: Strengthens and stretches the legs and ankles Stretches the groins, chest and lungs, shoulders Stimulates abdominal organs Increases stamina Relieves backaches, especially through second trimester of pregnancy Contraindications: Neck problems: Don't turn your head to look over the front hand; continue to look straight ahead with both sides of the neck lengthened evenly.
He speaks in all tongues at the same time, he has no voice His center is an eye that eats the mouth that tastes the world His rings move like a coin dropped, in different directions, they are made of metal tongues that extend and feed on the thoughts Outer ring, the thoughts of the world, the tongues taste and feed these to middle ring, which tastes the thoughts that you know which feed the center ring which taste the thoughts you have but cannot capture. They all feed the eye that eats the mouth that tastes the world. The mouth has many teeth in many rows and tongues; they extend to find the most promising of thoughts to feed his processes of creation. He eats not to consume but to digest. His 4 arms pulsate with the energy of thought, projecting it onto the world. He makes the intangible tangible.
Goal, Desire, Purpose: To collect and organize fleeting thoughts and turn them to action. To create something out of nothing Desired Results: Inspiration and compulsion to act, profit Statement of Intention: Thought into creation. Energy source / Feeding: Self sustained on collective consciousness and users thought processes; conscious and subconscious. Lifespan / Ending time: Infinite Method of Banishment and Destruct Command: None, but may be paused for reprieve. Invoke and order reprieve for a determined period of time. Colors: Black and Green Associated Numbers: Zero - Limitless, Unknowable, No-thing, Boundless, Truth, Purity, Love, All, Alpha and Omega, Possibility, First Cause, Unmanifest, Breath of God, Unified Field, Source, Space, Consciousness, Cosmic Egg, God. Three - Trinity, Union of Divine plus Human, Manifestation, Positive, Negative and Neutral, Expression, Subconscious Mind/Imagination, Creativity, Optimism, Enthusiasm, Expressivness, Charm, Humor, Fun, Attraction, Friendly. Eight - Achievement, abundance, executive stature, strength, self-discipline, power, success, authority, psychology, entrepreneurialism, intensity, industry, grandeur, material manifestation. Associated Elements: Earth, Air, Fire Invocation of Tevatron Tevatron son of mind, father of creation processes I call him to me tonight To share his being, influence and power. Something out of nothing, matter out of energy. Feed and digest into my mind. Tevatron son of my mind , father of creation processes I call you to me tonight. Affect my being, influence and power with inspired creation processes Something out of nothing, matter out of energy. Feed and digest into my mind. Tevatron son of the mind, father of creation processes Here with me tonight I will feed and digest into your mind. Something out of nothing, matter out of energy. Feel my being, influence and power. Think! Realize! Discover! Destroy! Digest! Pirate! Create!
The Looking Glass Tarot Layout Developed By Laureth and Amy The Looking Glass layout was developed based on a traditional three card layout, including a draw for past, present and future aspects of a situation. This is a linked layout developed specifically for two separate readers to do in unison, each reader taking a different perspective of the reading. One reader will read for the ³Action´ side of the question; action representing outside forces, environment, and manifestation of will, both the querents and opposing influences. The other reader draws on the emotional side of the situation. Reflecting the inner state of the querent that lead to the correlative action, the emotional crescendos reached in the past, present and future of the layout. Although based on a three card layout reading, four cards are drawn. The past and present are both single card draws, the outcome however, is a two card draw. In the sequence the third card is the cause for outcome, or the catalyst that leads to the predicted answer. This serves as a guide to what state, being it internal or external, can change the current present of the situation. The future is not set it is fluid and changeable. Having the cause of outcome is a useful tool as it can be a marker as to how to bring forth or change the predicted future. Linking between readers is an important part of this reading, through the looking glass of sight the link is made so the emotional aspects will reflect the action aspects and visa-versa. The synchronicity of the reading is shown in these reflections. Good linking methods to employ are things like direct energy linking, synchronized music listened to by both parties, beginning shuffling the cards at the same time, focus on the issue at hand. When doing tarot I first get myself in a state of gnosis and visualize activating the chakras with focus on the throat charka for communication, the third eye for sight and the crown for infinite divine intelligence. You can play with different linking methods to strengthen the link between readers, but we have found that simply focusing on the issue and small tangible synchronizations are effective such as music etc. This layout can be used by any two tarot readers. If you can tap into the divination current, then you are good to go, both readers focusing on the situation will be a link all on its own.
Past Card. Emotional and Action will correlate to paint a picture of the Past Present Card. Emotional and Action will correlate to illustrate the Present Emotional and Action cause of outcome & outcome will correlate to show the states both within & without that lead to the predicted future.
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