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by: Sweet Dark Angel & Andrew
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Correspondence for the Month of June By: Sweet Dark Angel & Andrew Litha 6/19-6/22
(Summer Solstice,Midsummer,Alban Hefin,Sun Blessing,Gathering day,Feill-Sheathain,Whit Sunday,Whitsuntide,Vestalia,Thing-Tide,St. John's Day)
Correspondence of Litha :
The Plants and Herbs of :
Anise, mugwort, chamomile, rose, wild rose, oak blossoms, lily, cinquefoil, lavender, fennel, elder, mistletoe, hemp, thyme, larkspur, nettle, wisteria, vervain ( verbena), St. John’s wort, heartsease, rue, fern, wormwood, pine,heather, yarrow, oak & holly trees
Blue, green, gold, yellow, white and red
Stones and metals associated with :
Topaz, agate, alexandrite, flourite, moonstone, pearl, emerald, jade, lapis lazuli, diamond, tiger’s eye,
Incense and oils:
Heliotrope, saffron, orange, frankincense & myrrh, wisteria, cinnamon, mint, rose, lemon, lavender, sandalwood, pine
Animals and mythical :
Wren, robin, peacock, frog, butterfly, horses, cattle, satyrs, faeries, firebird, dragon, thunderbird
Gods and Goddess Associated with :
Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Venus, Aphrodite, Yemaya, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, all Goddesses of love, passion, beauty and the Sea, and Pregnant, lusty Goddesses, Green Forest Mother; Great One of the Stars, Goddess of the Wells Father Sun/Sky, Oak King, Holly King, Arthur, Gods at peak power and strength, sun, fire and fertility gods. Apollo (Greek), Baal (Phoenician), Baldur (Scandinavian), El (Semitic), Hadad (Babylonian), Helios (Greek), Hephaestus (Greek), Jupiter (Roman), Lugh (Irish), Osiris (Egyptian), Prometheus (Greek), Ra (Egyptian), Sol (Roman), Zeus (Greek)
Symbols for :
The sun, oak, birch & fir branches, sun flowers, lilies, red/maize/yellow or gold flower, love amulets, seashells, summer fruits & flowers, feather/flower door wreath, sun wheel, fire, circles of stone, sun dials and swords/blades, bird feathers, Witches’ ladder
Foods of :
Honey, fresh vegetables, lemons, oranges, summer fruits, summer squash, pumpernickel bread, ale, carrot drinks, mead.
Activities of :
Picnics, leave out food for faeries, jumping bonfires, gathering herbs.
Spell Work of:
Healing, love magick, protection, purification, energy, faery
Nature Spirits Herbs Colours Flowers Scents Stones Trees Animals Birds Deities Power Flow: Sylphs & Zephyrs Dog Grass; Meadowsweet; Mosses; Parsley; Skullcap; Tansey & Vervain Orange & Golden-Green Lavender; Orchid & Yarrow Lily of the Valley & Lavender Topaz; Agate; Alexandrite & Flourite Oak Monkey; Butterfly; Frog & Toad Wren & Peacock Aine of Knockaine; Bendis; Cerridwen; Green Man; Ishtar; Isis & Neith Decision Making; Prevent; Protect; Reward; Strengthen; Taking Responsibility; Time of Light
The Angel of June The Angel of June - Muriel Helps us flourish and grow strong. Summer is upon us and Muriel teaches us to involve yourself with nature and to also continue with our plans and ambitions we first contemplated during February and March. Be out in the sunshine, feel the grass under your bare feet, the soft rain on your face and the scents of the summer flowers. Let these actions rejuvenate your body and soul.
Archangel Anael - Angelic & Planetary Correspondences
Name of Planet under rulership Planet Name in Hebrew Hebrew Meaning Teaching Angel Also Know As Correct Pronunciation Celestial Title Tradition - Angel identified in Hebrew Name Hebrew Letter Egyptian Name Venus (The Morning and Evening Star, Star of Love) NVGH From the verb to shine or be bright (fem) Anael Anani, Ariel, Hamiel, Hanael, Hananel, Haniel, Khananel, Onoel An-A-EL The Rose Angel Jewish and Christian Tradition Hugah Daleth Osiris and Isis
Station: Ruler of Guardian Angel of Planet Greek/Roman God of Planet Metal Day Hours of Day (Friday) Ruled - See Note Below* Month Ruled
Archangel, Planetary and Teaching Angel The Second Heaven - Shehaqim Tarsishim Aphrodite, Venus, Cupid Copper or Brass Friday 1st and 8th hours of the day. 3rd and 10th hours of the night June. (Some traditions state December - Which we think is incorrect) 28 Days 6 Months Algol, Menkar, Caput Med and Pleiades Arcturus, Spica and Gienah/Algorab. Saturday. ( Cassiel and Uriel) Emerald, Turquoise, Rose Quartz or Lapis Lazuli Dark Green Dark Green or Royal Blue Yellow Red Dark Green Red and Yellow
Cycle of Results Orbit Fixed Stars (Taurus) Fixed Stars (Libra) Days to Avoid working with Archangel Anael Gems Ritual Candle Colour Planetary Colour Harran / Hermetics Colour Complimentary Colour Colour of the Pentacles of Venus Astral Colour - Taurus
Astral Colour - Libra Symbol Tarot Card Planetary Number Talisman Size/Sides Numbers of Venus Magical Note Direction Ruled Degree Angelic Thoughtform Fruit
Brown and Black Seven Pointed Star Empress III 6 7 7, 49, 175, 1225 A North 1:2 Apple Apples, Blackberry, Black Cherry, Coconut, Cucumber, Fig, Gooseberry, Pomegranate, Strawberry and Tomato Apple, Elder, Eucalyptus or Quince Carnation, Delphiniums, Damiana, Fennel, Groundsel, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Maidenhair, Monkshood, Rose, Tansy, Vervain, Verbena or Willow Herb Caterpillars and Butterflys Rabbit, Dove, Love Birds and Sparrows Heart, Genitals, Kidneys, Urinary system, Facial skin, Bladder, Uterus, Ovaries, Testes, Prostate and Tongue
Insects Animals Anatomy Governed
River Ruled Letter Composition Taurus Letter Composition Libra Magical Script Planetary Spirit Planetary Intelligence Olympic Spirit Demon of the Day
Eastern and Northern Rivers Blue Ink - White Paper Red Ink - Pink Paper Passing the Rivers Kedemel Hagiel Hagith Bechard
Incense, Oils, Perfumes and Inks
General Incense: Incense 1: Gum Benzoin, Red Sandalwood, Nutmeg, Daminia, Myrtle, Clover, Marshmellow Herb, Mint, Ambergris, Coral, Musk, Myrtle, Red Sandalwood, Aloes Wood, Benzoin, Storax, Red or Pink Rose. Incense 2: Ambergris, Red Sandalwood, Musk, Benzoin, Pink Rose, and Myrtle. Incense 3: Saffron, Verbena, Sandalwood and Myrtle
Incense 4: Saffron and Verbena.
Talismanic Incense: Musk, Rose, Violet, Red Sandalwood and Olive Wood.
Magical Oils: Annointing Oil: Base Oil: Olive Oil - Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose and Yarrow. Essential Oil: Rose, Herbs of Venus Oil. Magical Ink: Lampblack (soot), Waters (Spring), Ambergris and Gum Arabic.
Perfume: African Violet, Apple Blossom, Almond, Ambergris, Apricot Benzoin, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Lilac, Myrtle, Musk, Red Sandalwood, Rose, Strawberry, Vanilla, Violet, , Ambergris, or Ligmum Aloes.
Related Astrological Correspondences: Taurus Astrological Table Astrological Dates Element Mode Astrological Plants/Herbs Taurus April 20th - May 21st Earth Fixed. Burdock, Colsfoot, Elder, Mallow, Vervain, Clover, Jimsonweed (Datura), Violet, Wild Roses and Coltsfoot Almond, Ash, Cherry and Mrytle Copper Sapphire and Tourquoise Emerald, Topaz, Jade or Opal Red, Orange, Brown, Indigo 6 Friday Spring The Hierophant (V) Rabbit Robin and Magpie Ram, Owl and Bull Head and Neck Cerebral, Sholders and Arms Rose, Jasmin, Carnation, Honeysuckle, Strawberry or Vervain Not identified
Tree Metal Power Gems Gem Colour Number Day Season Tarot Card Animal Bird Symbolic Creature Anatomy Governed Body System Scent/Oils Harmonious Signs
Geomantic Number Geomantic Ruler God/Godess Age Governed
5 Kedemel Osiris, Apis, Asar, Hera and Venus 14 to 21 years of age
When the Moon is in the sign of Taurus rituals involving property, housing, and material aquistions may be performed. Health issue such as involving the throat, neck and ears may be addressed.
Taurus the Earthly bull may seem an odd sign for a holy man, but it makes
sense if you understand that the Hierophant's purpose is to bring the spiritual down to Earth. Where the High Priestess between her two pillars deals with realms beyond this Earth, the Hierophant (or High Priest) deals with worldly problems. He is well suited to do this because, like all Taureans, he strives to create harmony and peace in the midst of a crisis. The Hierophant's only problem is that, like the Bull, he can be stubborn and hidebound. At his best, he is wise and soothing, at his worst, he is an unbending traditionalist.
Libra Astrological Table Astrological Dates Element Mode Astrological Plants/Herbs Tree Metal Power Gem Gems Colour Number Day Tarot Card Animal Libra September 23rd - October 22nd Air Cardinal Violet, White Rose, Love in a Mist and Yarrow Almond, Wallnut and Plum Copper Lapis lazuli Beryl, Chrysolite, Jade, Opal or Emerald Emerald Green, Roal Blue and Black 6 Friday Justice (VIII) Hare
Bird Symbolic Creature Anatomy Governed Body System Scent/Oils Incense Harmonious Signs Geomantic Number Geomantic Ruler God/Godesses Age Governed
Dove, Sparrow and Swan Elephant and Tortoise Lower Back and Kidneys Renal (Liver) Aloe, Calendula, Burdock, Galbanum, Rose or Violet Galbanum Not identified 6 Kedemel Maat, Ma, Themis, Yama and Vulcan 14 to 21 years of age
Matter of magic can be performed when the Moon is in Libra are those that involve artistic works, court cases, justice and partnerships. Health matters that can be addressed during this period are those ailments which affect the lower back and kidneys.
With Libra as its ruling sign, Justice is about cold, objective balance through reason or natural force. This is the card that tells the Querent that they can't keep smoking and drinking without consequences to their health. It is the card that advises cutting out waste and insists that the Querent make adjustments, do whatever is necessary to bring things back into balance, physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually. In a more mundane sense, this card may signal a court case, legal documents, adjustments in a marriage or partnership. The outcome of all of these may not be exactly what the Querent wants, but it will be a scrupulously fair outcome. If the card is reversed, it can indicate bias, obstruction of the law, or legal complications.
Related Elemental Correspondences: Air
Element Ruled by Air Guardian Angel Air Angel Libra Archangel Raphael. (Some traditions indicate as: Michael) Chassan
Air Ruler Air King Direction Time Ruled Zodiac Wind Sense Qualities Hour of Day Governed Season Governed Alchemical Symbol Magical Phrase Magical Tool Tattvic Symbol Tattvic Tide Symbolic Creatures Elemental Symbol Elemental Spirit Elemental Colour Gem Animal Tree Elemental Plants
Aral Paralda East Dawn Aquarius, Gemini and Libra Eurus Smell Hot, Moist, Light and Active Dawn Spring See Above Noscere, to know Dagger Blue Circle. (Vayu) June 21st to September 23rd Eagle, Human Sword of David Sylphs Crimson, Yellow and Blue-White Topaz Incense: Galbanum Birds Aspen Mistletoe
Elemental Tarot - Major Arcana Fool (0)
Elemental Tarot - Minor Arcana Talismanic Elemental Angel Geomantic Number Sefira Number Body System Ruled Positive Aspects Negative Aspects Astrological Personalities
Swords Zaltzel 6 8 Chest, Lung and Throat Communicative, Joyful, Intuitive and Intelligent Boastful, Untruthful, Selfish and Inattentive People born under the signs of Libra, Gemini and Aquarius are thought to have dominant air personalities. Air personalities tend to be cool like the wind
Earth Element Ruled by Earth Guardian Angel Earth Angel Earth Ruler Earth King Direction Time Ruled Zodiac Winds Taurus Archangel Uriel. ( Some traditions indicate as: Gabriel) Phorlakh Kerub Ghob North. (in some traditions East). Midnight Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo Boreas and Ophion
Sense Qualities Hour of Day Governed Season Governed Alchemical Symbol Magical Phrase Magical Tool Tattivic Symbol Tattivic Season Symbolic Creatures Elemental Symbol Elemental Spirits Elemental Colour Gem Incense Animal Tree Elemental Plants Elemental Tarot - Major Arcana Elemental Tarot - Minor Arcana Talismanic Elemental Angel Geomantic Number Sefira Number Body System Ruled Positive Aspects
Touch Cold, Moist, Passive and Heavy Midnight Winter See Above Tacere, to keep silent Pentacle and Crystals Yellow Square (Prithivi) December 23rd to March 21st Sphinx and Bull Shekel of Gold Gnomes Brown, Black and Green Rock Crystal and Salt Storax Cow, Bull or Stag Oak Red Poopy and Thrift Universe (XXI) Pentacles Vioel 10 3 Sex Organs and Bones. Reliable, Stable, Punctual and Persevering
Negative Aspects Astrological Personalities
Materialistic, Greedy, Unprogressive and Sensualist People born under the signs of Taurus, Capricorn and Virgo are thought to have dominant earth personalities. Earth personalities tend to be calm, practical, pragmatic, responsible and cautious; however, they can also be stubborn, intolerable and inflexible
Related Kabbalistic Correspondences: Angelic Order Order of Angels Chief of Angels Archangel Biblical Name of God Personal Dedication Spiritual Experience Sefirothic Form Sefira/Sephira Sephira Meaning Pronunciation Sub Creature Element Elohim Gods Anael. (Grace of God) Anael. - Haniel. The Angel of Love and Harmony Jehovah Tzabaoth Not identified. Vision of beauty triumphant Beautiful Nude Lady Sephira 7 Netsah, Netzach Victory Nezak Lynx Water
Planet Colour Number Symbol Briatic Correspondence Illusion Obligation Virtue Vice Spiritual Experience Tarot Animals Plants Gems Perfumes Weapons
Nogah (Venus.) Green 7 Rose Nurture Projection Responsibility Unselfishness Selfishness Vision of Beauty Triumphant The four sevens Cat and Raven Rose and Laurel Enerald and Amber Rose, Benzoin and Red Sandlewood Lam and Girdle
Related Deities: Akka, Aphrodite, Cupid, Erzulie, Estsamatlehi, Freya, Frigg, Ishtar, Isis, Lalita, Sukra, Mother Godess and Nerthus. Miscellaneous Information: Anael Hebrew: "Joy of God" or "Grace of God", also known as Aniel.He is an Angel in Jewish lore and Angelology, and is often included in lists as being one of the seven archangels. The name Haniel probably derives from Hebrew hana'ah, "joy", "pleasure" His family seal is a crescent moon with a small dove
beneath it. From Hebrew hana'ah means"delight," "enjoyment" plus el "God." Haniel (Anael) means "the Grace of God" . He is listed in as one of the 7 Archangels. From a Kabbalistic perspective it is thought that this Angel escorted Enoch (Angel Metatron). There is conflicting descriptions of the Archangel Anael some believe that the Archangel is Anael is 5'2" tall with straight light blond hair and one pair of large cream wings., others an androgynous figure long black hair and with large gray wings approximately 6' 0" tall. Some also say that the angel appears as Dressed in emerald green tunic and carrying a lantern. He holds a wand tipped with a pine cone and decorated with multi-coloured ribbons. Archangel Anael is reputed to be the daughter of the Archangel Michael. As hshe is also one of the Angels of creation, this is unlikely as God made all the cration Angels. One of the Angels of Creation, which includes: Anael, Orifel, Zachariel, Samael, Raphael, Gabriel & Michael. Chief of the Order of Principalities and Virtues. Ruler of the Second Heaven and in charge of prayers ascending from the 1st Heaven. The Second Heaven serves as the home of the Garden of Eden. It is also believed that both Paradise and Hell are contained in the second heaven on the "Northern Side" Prince of the Archangels and ruler of the Friday Angels. Venus, the jewel of the sky, was once know by ancient astronomers as the morning star and evening star. Early astronomers once thought Venus to be two separate bodies. Venus, which is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, is veiled by thick swirling cloud cover. Astronomers refer to Venus as Earth's sister planet. Both are similar in size, mass, density and volume. Both formed about the same time and condensed out of the same nebula. The astronomical symbol for Venus isa Circle above an equal armed cross. The Venus symbol has therefore been adopted to represents femininity, and in Western alchemy stood for the metal copper. Polished copper was used by the ancients to make mirrors, and thus the symbol for Venus has been interpreted to stand for the mirror of the goddess. The Patron Angel of Students, Teachers & Learning.
Signs & Symbols Related - Archangel Anael and Venus:
Artist Unknown Anael Hebrew: "Joy of God" or "Grace of God", also known as Aniel.He is an Angel in Jewish lore and Angelology, and is often included in lists as being one of the seven archangels. The name Haniel probably derives from Hebrew hana'ah, "joy", "pleasure" His family seal is a crescent moon with a small dove beneath it. The Angel is said to appear as androgynous figure long black hair and with large gray wings approximately 6' 0" tall. Dressed in emerald green tunic and carrying a lantern. He holds a wand tipped with a pine cone and decorated with multi-coloured ribbons. (The Pillars of Tubal-Cain p256. Nigel Jackson & Michael Howard, Capall Bann Publishing. UK. 2003) This is the only image of the Archangel Anael that could be found. However, the image does not match the physical description indicated above. Remember Angels are personal to you and tend to correspond to your mental image of them.
The Tarot Card related to the Archangel Anael and the Planet Venus is the Empress (III) and the Lovers (XI): The Empress signifies the female principle and embodies both the higher and lower aspects of Venus. For the Lovers this card is often mistakenly regarded as being concerned only with love affairs, mainly due to its title, yet it is not a card of love except on the superficial love. .... Putting this symbolism (in the card) together from its mystic aspect, we find that it offers a pictorial clue to an ancient magical system which involves the rites and ceremonies of the angel Metatron who is strongly associated with this card. (The Prediction Book of The Tarot. - pages 74 and 84 - Madeline Montalban. Javelin Books UK. 1986.) Illustrations of the Marseilles® Deck are public domain
Anael's family seal consists of a crescent moon with a small dove beneath it. The sign of the planet Venus.
The Kabbalistic sign of the Archangel Anael.
Taken from the Grimoire of Honorius the Great.
The Olympic Spirt: Hagith, his Character or Sigil. His powers: Love beauty, transmutation and familiars. Taken from the Grimoire of Honorius the Great.
The Planetary Spirit of Venus is HAGIEL Planetary Intelligence of venus NAKHIEL
The Planetary Demon KEDEMEL
The Character or Seal of Venus.
Venus and therefore the Archangel Annael is associated with the morning and evening star. This is in fact the planet Venus which lights our morning and early evening skys. Here are some ancient symbols for the morning star. Geomantic Symbol (Taurus).
The Kabbalistic sign for the planet Venus has had a number of variations. To the left are some of the alternative symbols used for the planet in the past.
Geomantic Symbol (Libra).
The sign of Taurus - The Bull.
The sign of Libra - The Scales.
Hebrew Letter - "Daleth"
The Alchemical Sign for Copper, metal of the planet Venus.
Magical Intentions: Love affairs, friendships and marriage. All artistic matters, drama, the arts and beauty. Venus's energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts and music work well on his day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day (Friday), use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the Heart. Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship, Strangers and Partnerships. Rulership: Love, courtship, marriage, business and personal partnerships, beauty, friendship, harmony, luxury, music, pleasure, scent, sensuality, social affairs, contracts, visual arts, leisure, female sexuality, garden magic, and individual income. Negative aspects: Coldness, isolation and lechery. Note: According to Peter de Abano, “…. that the first hour of the day, of every Country,and in every season whatsoever, is to be assigned to the Sun-rising, when he first appeareth arising in the horizon: and the first hour of the night is to be the thirteenth hour, from the first hour of the day ....” According to occult law a day starts at daybreak, not at midnight.
Table of Venus (KAMEA) Finger Correspondence: The ring finger represents love and is aligned to the planet Venus.
Correspondences of the Moon
Also known as: Moon of Horses, Lovers' Moon, Strong Sun Moon, Honey Moon, Aerra Litha (Before Lithia), Brachmanoth (Break Month), Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, Moon of Making Fat, Mead Moon Correspondences: Colors: orange, golden-green
Nature Spirits: sylphs, zephyrs
Flowers: lavender, orchid, yarrow
Scents: lily of the valley, lavender
Stones: topaz, agate, alexandrite, fluorite
Animals: monkey, butterfly, frog, toad
Birds: wren, peacock
Gods: Aine of Knockaine, Isis, Neith, Green Man, Cerridwen, Bendis, Ishtar
Herbs: skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley, mosses
Power Flow: full but restful energy; protect, strengthen, and prevent. A time of Light; Earth tides are turning. Decision-making, taking responsibility for present happenings. Work on personal inconsistencies. Strengthen and reward yourself for your positive traits.
Farmers Almanac for June
Farmers Almanac-June 2012
Skywatch: A skimpy partial lunar eclipse,visible from western North America,occurs just before dawn on the 4th.The year's celestial highlight,visible in the afternoon in the United States and Canada,is the transit of Venus across the Sun on the 5th.This rare event will not recur until 2117.Observing this transit requires eye protection but no other equipment.Meanwhile,Mercury is low evening star,at it's brightest and most easily seen from the 12th to the 20th.Mars crosses into Virgo and hovers above the Moon on the 25th.Saturn,high in the south at nightfall,sits to the left of the Moon on the 27th.The solstice brings summer at 7:09 p.m. onm the 20th.
Weather rhyme. Much too damp for Gramps:We're under sunlamps! Cooler and wetter,then much better. Memorize your Alma Mater;sing it loud! It's getting hotter,almost frying:Send those motorboards a-flying!
Moon phases. Full Strawberry,4th.Rises at 9:13 p.m.Sets at 5:20 a.m. Last quarter,11th.Rises at 12:51 a.m.Sets at 1:21 p.m. New moon,19th.Rises at 5:19 a.m.Sets at 8:54 p.m. First quarter,26th.Rises at 12:51 p.m.Sets at 12:01 a.m.
June 3-4:Partial eclipse of the Moon. In North America,this will be fully visible only from western Alaska;Hawaiians will also have a view.The Moon will enter the penumbra at 10:47 p.m.HAST on June 3.Reach maximum at 1:03 a.m.on June 4,and then leave the penumbra at 3:20 a.m.The eclipse will be partially visible from most of central and western parts of North America;observers will be able to see both a penumbra and umbral eclipse.The Moon will enter the penumbra at 1:47 a.m.PDT on June 4 and then enter the umbra at 2;59 a.m.PDT.However,the Moon will set before completion of the eclipse.Only a penumbral eclipse will be visible from the Northeast,starting at 4:47 a.m.EDT on June 4,before the Moon sets.
Isis, also known as Aset or Auset, is the Egyptian Goddess of Fertility and Motherhood, which in reality makes her the Goddess of Creation itself. She is also the Goddess of Marital Devotion, the Goddess of Medicine and Magick, and the Goddess of Funeral Rites. In her role as the Divine Mother, Isis is joined by the Cat-Headed Goddess Bast, her twin sister Nephyths and the Cow-Headed Goddess Hathor (Het-Hert), to become the four protector Goddesses of Egypt, and when Isis and Nephthys are pictured together, their combined power takes on the role of the Divine Mourner of the Dead. Since Isis is powerful enough to have control over every stage of life, from birth through death, it can easily be seen why she is looked upon as a
Goddess of the Cycle. Isis is the daughter of Geb, the God of the Earth and Nut, the Goddess of the Sky. She is also the sister and wife of Osiris, the Ruler of the Netherworld and Judge of the Dead, and the mother of the falcon-headed God Horus, the God of Day. Isis has always been considered an extremely powerful magician, and there are some who believe that she learned her magickal skills from Thoth. Others, however, do not share that view, instead believing that Isis acquired them when she learned the true secret name of Ra. Since Isis possesses such great and powerful magick, it can be easily seen why the High Priestess Card of the Tarot is believed to represent her. Isis has frequently been thought of or looked upon as if she was a throne, or as if she was wearing a throne upon her head. It really matters little which way you happen to look at her, because Isis symbolizes the strong foundation of life, which has been built upon truth, authority and wisdom. Indeed, it is through that strong foundation, that women everywhere have been able to discover that same wisdom and strength within themselves. Since Isis' name quite literally means throne, and since she was the Mother of Horus, the Divine Ruler and Living God of the United Kingdoms of Upper and Lower Egypt, it is quite understandable why Isis became the symbolic mother and protectress of all the Pharaohs to come. During the 4th Century B.C.E., the worship of Isis reached great heights. Her worship took place in a magnificent temple upon the island of Philae, on the Nile River, which was constructed during the 30th Dynasty. Other sanctuaries in Egypt that were dedicated to Isis included one at Giza and another at Behbeit El-Hagar, both in the Nile delta. The worship of Isis eventually became so great, that by the end of the 4th Century B.C.E., it had spread from Alexandria to all the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea; encompassing most of the Hellenistic world.
Sanctuaries were also built to honor her in Greece, in both Delos and Pompei. In Greece, Isis was frequently depicted in a triad with her son Horus and with Serapis, the Greek name for Osiris, as the Ruler of the Netherworld. Herodatus, the Greek historian, believed that Isis was an aspect of Demeter, the Greek Goddess of the Earth, Agriculture and Fertility, or of Ceres, Demeter's Roman counterpart. In approximately 86 B.C.E., the Triple God-Goddess cult of Horus, Isis and Osiris spread to Rome, where it was an immediate success. In fact, it actually became one of the three most popular religions in Rome, joining the Cult of Cybele and Attis and the Cult of Mithra, the Roman religion of soldiers. Some time later, however, due to the sexual nature of many of its religious rites, the Cult of Isis was suppressed, and by the middle of the 6th Century C.E., when Christianity gained much strength and power in Rome, the few remaining Egyptian Temples that were dedicated to Isis were forced to close their doors forever. Isis has always been thought of as a fairly ancient Goddess, although in no way as ancient as the Cow-headed Goddess Hathor, and while her worship may have originally begun in Egypt it spread quickly and widely, not only throughout Asia Minor, but throughout Europe and the British Isles as well. It was during that period that Isis and Serapis were worshipped as a mystery cult, within which a variety of Triple Goddess formations existed. Although little information remains regarding this cult, it is believed that it included mystical experiences, which its worshippers believed would grant them eternal life. As time passed, Isis began to assume many of the characteristics that had originally belonged to several other Great Goddesses, and even those belonging to a few of the lesser-known Goddesses as well. Those characteristics included many of the amazing powers which had originally belonged to the Goddess Hathor, which made Isis the Goddess of Magick and
Creativity. Since Isis embodies so many different and unique characteristics and qualities, it is understandable why she became known as a Universal Goddess with all-encompassing powers. Being a Universal Goddess makes it extremely clear to the world exactly what Isis is, which is the embodiment of the Divine Feminine itself. Because her attributes were so numerous, and because she possessed the qualities of being a woman, as well as the qualities of being the Goddess of so many unique and different things, combined with being Osiris' wife and the Queen of the Netherworld, Isis actually became the culmination of all the Egyptians Goddesses combined into one. Like the Greek Goddesses Artemis and Hera, Isis has also been known as a Patron of Women. Women have been known to invoke Isis, whenever they need help or guidance, or whenever they happen to be going through difficult periods in their lives. They frequently find themselves drawn to Isis, because she encompasses the most important qualities of women everywhere, such as compassion, tenderness and love. It is for that reason that Isis represents the pure essence of positive feminine energy. This is only one of the many reasons why Isis is considered to beone of the greatest Mother Goddesses of all time, standing tall in the company of such other Mother Goddesses as Demeter and Kwan Yin. Isis has frequently been depicted with her young son Horus sitting upon her lap. More importantly, however, she has also been depicted breast-feeding him. That one image of a Goddess breast-feeding her child just like any other mother, is an extremely important and powerful one, because it tends to remind us that all life and power come from the source, which is the Mother. When the Christian Church first rose to power, it portrayed another, very different image of a mother and her child. That mother was Mary, and that child was the baby Jesus. When the Church began to convert Pagans to Christianity, it depicted Jesus’ mother Mary as a virgin, who gave birth to
Jesus through immaculate conception. While the Church continued to praise the virginal qualities of Mary, it just as continuously degraded the sacred sexual union that was an integral part of the Pagans’ worship of the Goddess, going so far as to call it an act of heresy, and what the Church referred to as a cardinal sin. Isis has also been known as a magickal and powerful physician, with the ability to cure on all three planes: the body, the spirit and the mind. In fact, all of Isis’ priestesses were well versed in the healing arts, much like the priests of the lion-headed Goddess Sekhmet. It was for this reason that Isis became known as a powerful healer, which is why she is so frequently pictured holding an ankh, a symbol of eternal life. Women frequently find themselves drawn to Isis, because through her they are able to become at one with the Great Mother Goddess. It is through Isis as well, that women have discovered the Divine Feminine within themselves. Once they discover the Divine Feminine, they begin to realize that they are able to use its abilities to heal others, as well as themselves, in times of need. They finally realize as well, that they have always had the ability to stand on their own as independent women, rather then just “existing,” in a patriarchal world. Isis is one of the most amazing Goddesses of all time, and there is no way that she will ever be forgotten. Whether it is because of her innate ability to give women strength; or her total devotion to her beloved Osiris, in one of the most beautiful love stories ever told; for her devotion to her son Horus; for her tenacity in overcoming insurmountable odds; for her ingenuity in learning the secret name of Ra, and for one thousand other reasons, she will never, ever be forgotten. Instead, she will remain as she always has throughout history, one of the most magnificent Goddesses the world has ever known. Say her name out loud just once. Now, you will never forget it. As you say it feel the joy. Her name is Isis.
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A wind of instability will blow on you, making you to behave like a weathercock. You'll change projects or interests, without being conscious of the gravity of your decisions or of the disarray of your entourage. But your chance of salvation will reside in the affection which your beloved one has for you, or in the encounter that you could make. In order to calm your nerves, eat dried vegetables and dried fruits, which are very rich in magnesium. You'll be more expansive, more imaginative also. Don't renounce a project of travel with your mate.
Go out, meet people: you'll perhaps make encounters which will prove interesting in many respects.
Anyway, this won't do you any harm and will agreeably change your ideas.
You'll have to indulge in serious introspection so as to know what you want exactly, with whom you accept to spend your life, without letting yourself be influenced by too superficial considerations or by reasons of material benefits.
In your family life, you'll do your utmost to find tranquillity, harmony, and you'll succeed in creating a very warm ambience.
You'll have to beware of fabulous proposals which may lead you to nothing; also, certain apparently charming persons will prove to be worthless; all this should remind you that all that glitters is not gold.
Stay away from temptations, curb your passions.
The astral influxes will incline you to moderation in love matters.
On the financial plane, you should not lose sight of the drawbacks of your sign, which are impulsiveness and superficiality; these drawbacks will be intensified this time within the known framework.
This lunar climate may bring about money concerns, problems in your business.
There'll also be tensions in your professional relationships.
The planets will give you a homebound mood and make you love domestic joys; it will be quite difficult to drag you out of your cozy cocoon and your slippers! Your relations with your mate won't be devoid of turmoil; the discussions will be stormy, and neither you nor he/she will want to lose the privilege to have the last word.
Be the more intelligent of the two by speaking less and by listening more.
Efficient, realistic, active, you'll obtain excellent results in your job.
Your material situation will also be on the way to an improvement.
But with the persons whom you love, you'll lack tenderness and even attentiveness.
Very happy hazards will help you make up effortlessly for serious delays.
You'll have tremendous energy, and your problem will be to succeed in canalizing it well so that it doesn't transform itself into devastating aggressiveness; indulge in action.
If you've family concerns, you must show much patience; you can't discuss with your near ones now with a view to finding a solution, for each one will firmly stick to his position.
Conjugal relationships will evolve under the sign of tenderness and gentleness.
Only male singles must refrain from displaying too much self-assurance.
Your relationships with your children will be generally good even though these may reproach you for not understanding them sufficiently.
Problems without great importance may absorb all your energy.
For certain natives of the sign, friendship will take precedence over all the rest this time.
But it won't be impossible that a friend becomes a lover.
For that matter, it's quite normal and widespread and desirable, no? Someone will try to sell you junk; someone else will attempt to make you pay an exorbitant price for a breakdown service at your home; be therefore vigilant so as not to fatten crooks at your expense! Your notorious sense of reality may be lacking this time; as a result, you may indulge in an incredible adventure with dangerous thoughtlessness.
No great health problems in view.
Beware anyway of possible intestinal troubles.
In order to digest well, take aniseed tea after each meal.
Those whose hearts are tired must be watched over more closely.
If you work in association, show much patience, otherwise there'll be clashes and your words may exceed your thoughts.
Vigilance on roads so as to avoid minor accidents, vigilance in the street so as to avoid a robbery, vigilance in your home so as to avoid domestic accidents.
f you haven't met your soul mate, this will very probably be done this time.
Frequent a milieu where you feel at ease, show yourself under the most favorable light.
How it's difficult to follow the diet which you've decided to adopt! You'll be very much tempted to let you go! Restraint and moderation should be your mottoes this time: you'll tend to react violently to minor events and spend much energy uselessly.
Beware of making much noise for nothing.
This astral ambience will doubtlessly bring you important changes; but for once, you'll be delighted by this hubbub.
On one side, you'll be happy to live and well at ease.
Your financial interests will be well supported, and your business must know an activity superior to the average.
But this should not be a reason to give in to your hunger for spendings! You'll float on your small rose cloud without, however, losing contact with reality for as much.
Your career situation will be good on the whole; you'll be quite favored despite some small clouds here and there: you'll have original ideas, and you'll be supported and helped by your entourage.
Too rich a diet will prove more harmful to you than ever; avoid the foods that may perturb your balance and have negative effects on your blood circulation.
You must devote yourself this time to those whom you love.
Everything will depend on the way you'll live with your near ones; if harmony prevails, if aggressivity is banned from your relationships, then things will go all well.
You could rely blindly on your flair: you'll quite understand those whom you'll meet and will sense their true intentions.
In fact, it'll be very difficult to deceive you, or even to conceal something from you.
Beware of overwork as of bubonic plague! This will be the principal pitfall to avoid if you want to remain in good health and in full possession of your capacities.
There'll be a few hiccups for those who pursue a professional activity, for this astral climate can provoke frictions and tensions in their work.
Circumstances will enable you to be under the floodlights. It will be possible for you to use your personal relationships to succeed with a substantial advantage in your work or career. Think of eating a copious breakfast every day in order to be in possession of all your means. Manage your budget with seriousness. The family atmosphere will be electric; it should be said that the reasons for dispute with your spouse will be numerous; in fact, you'll agree on nothing; watch out, don't let the situation deteriorate!
You'll lead a very active professional and social life, even at the risk of dropping your beloved one.
Risks of muscular problems: it'll be necessary to be very careful in the practice of a sport and to avoid making too abrupt movements.
It'll be up to you to advance toward others if you want to make new and faithful friends.
You'll be well inspired to limit important financial transactions to the maximum; be wary of hazardous stock-exchange operations, moderate your taste for danger.
Beware of excessive nervousness! Live at a slower pace and eat foods rich in vitamin B1.
Your love life will be fraught with strife; watch out, everything could as a result go down the drain! Read your mail and your contracts again carefully before signing them: negligence could prove to be fatal this time.
In family, all will go well, mainly thanks to your goodwill; you'll communicate your optimism and your vitality to your close relatives; take care not to impose your own ideas on them.
Frictions with some of your neighbors or certain people of your family; don't let things grow acrimonious.
You'll control your impulsiveness with difficulty, and this could harm your work.
You'll be subjected to rather painful questionings which, however, will improve your mind and your heart.
In the field of finances, your past assessments will prove to be inaccurate; review each entry and make a more severe estimate; you'll see that it's necessary to take drastic measures.
To succeed in your professional or personal projects, restrict yourself to the essential and show perseverance.
If you have difficulty finding a soul mate, it's because your standards are too high.
Good general resistance, good nervous balance, good digestion too; possible dental or respiratory troubles.
You'll withdraw into yourself at the slightest clash with your entourage; it will then be necessary to display boundless patience to get a word from you; but you'll be the first one to suffer from this situation!
Everything you complain about at this moment happens to everybody! Render service to others, that will allow you to bypass your small personal problems.
Be wary of running into too big debts! It's possible that some sly allergy is at the origin of your current respiratory troubles.
A month of lessened nervous resistance.
Certain difficulties in your love life will be solved; you'll live unforgettable moments of harmony and bloom; no cloud will come to darken your sky.
Let yourself be relax with your beloved one, and you'll be cuddled more than ever.
Be on your guard: not anything that glitters is gold and any proposal will have to be examined with the greatest care.
Beware of high blood pressure! Try to behave with calm and optimism.
Don't neglect your old parents.
At work, you'll have to prove your efficiency: if you succeed in this, the outcome will then be excellent; don't be afraid to take initiatives, to put your original ideas into practice.
The understanding within your couple may be jeopardized by too much stubbornness on your side.
In your profession, you'll be able to neutralize the difficulties and obstacles that have obstructed you until now.
If you ask for a pay raise, it will be granted to you.
Risks of neuralgias, giddiness and tremors; take large doses of magnesium.
You finances will be protected, and your material situation will be improving if you agree to recognize your past errors; don't be hooked on foggy projects in the hope to recover your initial investments.
Be on your guard, jealousy will reappear and could cause damages! Accept all invitations in order to change your ideas and to widen your horizons.
Shellfish, delicatessen or alcohol could give you blotches in your face.
With the assistance of your close relatives, you'll manage to conclude everything nicely.
The family ambiance is likely to be oppressive; don't close your eyes on the problems, or they won't take a long time to worsen; supervise your children closely, especially if they are teenagers.
In this month, avoid carrying out real-estate transactions or seeking to solve a litigious matter.
Beware of your awkward movements, especially in domestic life! If the daily routine weighs you down, make your imagination work.
It would be time for you to get rid of your smugness so as to be more efficient.
Eternal triangle: this situation would not displease certain natives of the sign in the current astral situation; they will even find that it would add spice to the sauce of their lives.
A favorable month to renew contact with people whom you've lost sight of for a long time.
At work, changes will prove to be inevitable, but you'll be able to adapt yourself to them with skill.
Great satisfactions concerning your family.
You should be free from big health problems; the usual allergies will be in clear regression.
Your love life will be in the first place of your concerns; you could very well succumb to love at first sight; for established couples, there'll again be passion in the air.
A favorable month to look after the cultural side of your existence.
To maintain a dazzling form, do sport in a constant and regular way.
If you have an investment to make, turn yourself this time rather to real estate.
You'll have problems dissipating certain misunderstandings between you and your close ones.
Write to an old friend.
Quiet love life, without clashes but also without passions; you'll want to break this monotony and to experience moments of ecstasy and volcanic jolts; will your partner be able to act in response to your wishes?
Joie de Vivre tarot by Paulina Cassidy (Opportunities & Obstacles)
Cards 1,2,&3 are Past influences on the querent's question. Present influences on the querent's question. Future influences on the querent's question.
Card 1: Ace of Coins Position: inverted Meaning: Fear in beginning a new project, misused wealth, & a false scene of security.
Card 2: Page of Cups Position: Divine Meaning: The beginning of a creative adventure, ushers in the dawning of a new perspective. The creative flow knows no limits and the power of imagination brings ideas into being. Never stop listening to your intuition while embracing you child like magick within.
Card 3:Chariot Position: inverted Meaning: Indecision lose of control & delays.
Cards 4,5 Energies working in the querent's favor. Opportunities.
Card 4: 6 of Coins Position: Divine Meaning: Giving & receiving create balance & harmony. Giving something of value isn't limited to finances. Spiritual support & time are always highly valued. That which give you get back in abundance.
Card 5: The Lover's Position: Divine Meaning: Celebrate the loving spirit & passion in your self & you'll be in touch with universal power of love. Mutual rust & communication in a relationship bring the confidence needed to overcome any obstacle. Your soul knows when it has found something it requires, have assurance in your heart & core values to help guide you to the right path. Stay true to yourself.
Cards 6,7 Energies working against the querent. Obstacles.
Card 6: Devil Position: Divine Meaning: You posses your own inner power, to live a life that is healthy & productive. Be aware of your impulses & learn how to control them. By facing your fears you'll find freedom & the power to chose your own pathway with no strings attached.
Card 7: 9 of Cup's Position: Divine Meaning: The manifestation of true happiness begins with the mind. Resonating as one with the universe leads to the fulfilling knowingness that your life is a blessing. Savor the little things of the here & now & experience the infinite beauty around you.
Also known as: Alban Heruin (Druid), Alban Hefin (Caledonii), Summer Solstice, Midsummer, Midsummer Night, Midsummer Night's Eve, Gathering Day, and Feil-Sheathain (Pecti-Wita ~ July 5) Date: Summer Solstice, usually around June 21
Symbols: Solar Disk, Mistletoe, Feathers, Blades Colors: Green, Gold, Yellow Herbs: chamomile, cinquefoil, elder flower, fennel, lavender, mugwort, thyme, and vervain may be burned; hemp, larkspur, pine, rose, St John's Wort, and wisteria may be decorations. *Midsummer is the time when the sun reaches the peak of its power, the earth is green and holds the promise of a bountiful harvest. The Mother Goddess is viewed as heavily pregnant, and the God is at the apex of his manhood and is honored in his guise as the supreme sun. But don't overlook the Celtic Sun Goddesses in your celebration. The Celts are one of several cultures known to also have female deities to reperesent the power of the sun. The Celtic languages are some of thevery few in which the names for the "sun" are feminine nouns, which attests to the one-time prominence of these Goddesses. A number of the myths surrounding these ladies of light have been preserved. Among the most well-known are Sul (Anglo-Celtic), Dia Griene (Scottish), the Princess of the Sun (Breton), and Grian and Brid (Irish). Just as the Holly and Oak Kings battles for supremacy at Yule, this ever-repeating fight is reenacted at Midsummer, this time with the Holly King, as king of the waning year, victorious.
*from "Celtic Myth and Magick" by Edain McCoy
The following are some suggestions for Litha activities, some of which you may want to incorporate into the Sabbat, while others would be more suitable during the day.
Tie a sprig of rowan, a sprig of rue, and three flowers of St. John's Wort with red thread and hang over the door.
Make amulets (simple charms) of protection out of herbs such as rue and rowan. If you make new amulets each year you can dispose of the old in the midsummer fire.
Create a pouch for psychic dreams (mugwort and bay leaves in a cloth of lavender, blue, or yellow and sewn with red thread) and place under your pillow.
Make a Solar Wheel as a terrific family project - everyone can make one for their bedroom. Wind palm or grape vine into a circle, twisting as you go. Cut two short lengths of stem to be just a bit larger than the diameter of the circle and place one across the back horizontally and the other vertically crossing in back on the horizontal one and coming forward to the front of the circle to secure both, then adorn with symbols of the elementals (stone, feathers, ashes in a pouch, or a small candle, and a shell) and festoon with green and yellow ribbons. Hang in a tree outside or indoors at a reminder of the God's protection.
Make a Witch's Ladder (another fun family project) using three colored yarns (red, black, and white for the Triple Goddess) braided together to be three feet long. Add nine feathers all the same color for a specific charm (such as green for money) or various colors for a more diverse charm, tie ends and hang up. Colors are red for vitality, blue for peace and protection, yellow for alertness and cheer, green for prosperity, brown for stability, black for wisdom, black and white for balance, patterned for clairvoyance, and iridescent for insight.
You can burn the old Yule wreath in the Litha fire.
Make a rue protection pouch out of white cotton. Add two or three sprigs of rue, bits of whole grain wheat bread, a pinch of salt, and two star anise seeds and hang indoors (can do one for each bedroom).
Tie vervain, rosemary, and hyssop with white thread and dip the tips into a bowl of spring water (you can buy bottled spring water in grocery stores) and sprinkle the water about the house to chase out negativity, or sprinkle your tools to cleanse and purify.
Gather herbs like St. John's Wort, vervain, and yarrow.
Soak thyme in olive oil, then lightly anoint your eyelids to see faery folk at night.
Tie a bunch of fennel with red ribbons and hang over the door for long life and protection of the home.
Look for the faery folk under an elder tree, but don't eat their food or you'll have to remain with them for seven years! (Which could be a lot of fun, but will seriously wreck any plans you may have made!)
Flag Day June 14,2012
In the United States Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though on June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday, beginning in the town of Rennerdale. Title 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, CHAPTER 1, § 110 is the official statute on Flag Day; however, it is at the President's discretion to officially proclaim the observance. One of the longest-running Flag Day parades is held annually in Quincy, Massachusetts, which began in 1952, celebrating its 59th year in 2010. The 59th Annual Appleton Wisconsin 2009 Flag Day Parade featured the U.S. Navy. The largest Flag Day parade is held annually in Troy, New York, which bases its parade on the Quincy parade and typically draws 50,000 spectators.
Perhaps the oldest continuing Flag Day parade is at Fairfield, Washington.Beginning in 1909 or 1910, Fairfield has held a parade every year since, with the possible exception of 1918, and celebrated the "Centennial" parade in 2010, along with some other commemorative events.
Father's Day June 17,2012
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Make a Litha Blessing Broom
Posted by Christine *Admin* Litha is the time of the summer solstice, and it's a season of great solar energy. A great project to put together is a blessing besom. Sweeping is, after all, one of the best ways of making a space sacred and clean. Make a blessing besom, and you can use it to physically cleanse your home, and then hang it up to keep positive energy flowing around you. To make a blessing besom, you'll need the following:
A broom -- either make your own, or purchase one at a craft store
Ivy or vines
Flowers and herbs from Ribbons your garden Small bells Wrap the ribbons and ivy around the handle of the broom. Don't wrap them too tight, though, because you'll want to be able to tuck sprigs of herbs and flowers into the ribbons. Once you've added all of these things, tie a few small bells onto the broom, so that it will jingle as you sweep. In many cultures, bells are used as noisemakers to frighten away evil spirits and negative energies. If you like, you can consecrate your blessing besom as you would any other magical tool. Use it to sweep around your home, starting near a window or a door, and working in a deosil (clockwise) direction. As you do so, you may wish to chant something like this: Sweeping, sweeping, 'round the room, Blessings from this cleansing broom. From floor to ceiling, and all between, May this space be fresh and clean. Sweeping good energy here to me, As I will, so it shall be.
~ Make Your Own Smudge Stick ~
Posted by Christine *Admin* Smudging is a great way to cleanse a sacred space, and most people use smudge sticks made of sweetgrass or sage for this purpose. Although they are available commercially -- and are fairly inexpensive -- it's easy to make your own if you've got herbs growing in your garden, or if there's a place nearby where you can go wildcrafting. You'll need: • Scissors or garden clippers • Cotton string • Plants such as sage, mugwort, rosemary, lavender, or juniper Cut off pieces of the plants in lengths about 6 - 10 inches long. For more leafy plants, you can make the pieces shorter, but you may want to use a longer piece for a plant that has fewer leaves. Cut a length of string about five feet long. Put several branches together so that the cut ends are all together, and the leafy ends are all together. Wind the string tightly around the stems of the bundle, leaving two inches of loose string where you began. Wrap the remaining length of string around the base of the branches several times to secure it. Then, gradually, work your way along the length of branches until you reach the leafy end. Return the string back up to the stems, creating a bit of a criss-cross pattern. You'll want to wind the string tightly enough that nothing gets loose, but not so tight that it cuts off pieces of the plants. When you get back to the stems, tie the remainder of the string to the 2" loose piece you left at the beginning. Trim off any excess pieces so that the ends of
your smudge stick are even. Place the bundle outside or hang it up for drying. Depending on what type of herb you used, and how humid your weather is, it may take a couple of days or as much as a week to dry out. When your sticks are dry, you can burn them in ritual for smudging by lighting one end. Safety tip: Some plants may have toxic fumes. Do not burn a plant unless you know it is safe to do so
Special Notes: Rededication to the Great Goddess and Great God. The time when the Sun casts three rays to light the world. Altar Supplies: incense; burner; chalice of water; salt; pentacle; dagger or sword; 4 Element candles; chalice of wine; wand. A red candle (set to the right of the cauldron); a cup of fresh water set in the cauldron with a green or blue candle on the left.
With casting the circle as your basic starting point, perform the same ritual illustrated in the Sample Ritual, inserting the following steps where the sample states "proceed with your planned spellwork or ceremony". Light the green candle to the left of the cauldron, say: Green forests Mother, bless this water, I do ask. Great One of the stars, spinner of fates, I give honor to you, and call upon you in Your ancient names, known and unknown. Light the red candle to the right of the cauldron, say: Mighty Sun God, god of fertility and plenty, Be here with me now, I do ask. I give honor To you, and call upon you in your ancient names, Known and unknown. Raise your arms over the cauldron, say: This is the sacred cauldron of the Triple Goddess. The touch of its consecrated water blesses and renews, Even as the rays of the Sun nourish and bless all life. Pass your hands and arms between the two candles, making wishes as you do so. Or set the candles on the floor and carefully, slowly walk between them. Dip the forefinger of your power hand into the cauldron water and trace a pentagram on your forehead. Kneel before the altar to rededicate your life to the Old Gods. Say:
I will serve the Great Goddess and give reverence to the Great God. I am a pagan, a stone of the ancient circle, standing firmly balanced upon the earth, yet open to the winds of the heavens, and enduring through time. May the Old Gods witness my words! Place the wine chalice on the pentacle for a few moments then lift it high, saying: Honor to the Old Gods! Merry meet and merry part And merry meet again! Drink the wine, saving some to be put outside for the little people.
THE ENOCHIAN PENTAGRAM BANISHING RITUAL: &THE ENOCHIAN HEXAGRAM BANISHING RITUAL
1. Stand facing North. Use either the Fire Wand, Air Dagger or thumb wand of the right hand, to trace the lineal figure of the Pentagram. 2. Touch the forehead and intone NONCF KHYS (NOH-NOO-KEE-FEH
KAH-HEES; You are) 3. Touch the phallus and intone ADOHY (AH-DOH-HEE; Kingdom) 4. Touch the right shoulder and intone LONSA (LOH-NOO-SAH; Power) 5. Touch the left shoulder and intone BUSDYR (BOOS-DEE-RAY; Glory) 6. Touch the breast and intone YOYAD (EE-OH-EE-OH-DAH; Him that liveth forever) 7. Facing North, extend right hand with weapon or thumb wand, and trace a banishing Pentagram, then do the Sign of the Enterer and intone: YAYDON (EE-AH-EE-DOH-NOO, All-Powerful) come back into the Sign of Silence, then assume the God-Sign for Puella, right hand open across the breast and the left hand open covering the phallus, looking downward. Stab the Pentagram in the center and turn to the East. 8. Repeat, but intone: GE-YAD (GAY EE-AH-DAH, Our Lord and Master) come back into the Sign of Silence, then assume the God-Sign of Vir, hands closed with the thumbs pointed outward and placed on the temples with head tilted forward and down. Stab the Pentagram in the center and face South. 9. Repeat, but intone:
ENAY (AY-NAH-EE, the Lord) come back into the Sign of Silence, then assume the God-Sign of Puer, right hand bent upward at the elbow left hand closed with thumb extended over the phallus. Stab the pentagram in the center and face West. 10. Repeat, but intone: MONASKY (MOH-NAH-ESS-KEE, the Great Name) come back into the Sign of Silence, then assume the God-Sign of Mulier, arms outstretched with palms open and head arched back looking upward. Stab the Pentagram in the center and face North. 11. Facing North in the center of the circle, assume the God-Sign of Osiris Slain, with arms outstretched, and intone: LUKAL Y YKZHHKAL (LOO-KAH-LAH EE EE-KEH-ZAH-HEH-KEH-AH-LAH) BABAGE Y EDLPRNAA (BAH-BAH-GAY EE EH-DAH-LAH-PAH-AHR-NAH-AH) RA-AS Y BATAYVAH (RAH AH-ESS EE BAH-AH-TAH-AH-EE-VAH-HEH) OD SOBOLN Y RAAGYSOL (OH-DAH SOH-BOH-LOH-NAH EE RAH-AH-GAH-EE-OH-ESS-LAH) MYKMA VNAL YALPOR OYVEAE (MEE-KAH-MAH VAH-NAH-LAH
EE-AH-EL-POH-RAY OH-EE-VAY-AH-AY) DS BYAH ASPS O NOKO (DAH-ESS BEE-AH AH-ESS-PAY OH NOH-KOH) 12. Repeat 1 through 6.
THE ENOCHIAN HEXAGRAM BANISHING RITUAL:
1. Stand facing North with feet together, left hand at your side and right arm extended and centered with Fire Wand, thumd wand or crystal* upright in front of you. 2. Face the East. Trace a banishing Air Hexagram (yellow), and intone: BUSD DE YAD (BOOS-DEH DAY EE-AH-DAH; The Glory of God) vibrating one syllable of this name with each angle of the Air Hexagram. Then assume the God-Sign of Osiris Slain and intone: MYKMAH A-YAL PRG DE VAOAN, AR QUASB TYBYBF, DOALYM OD TELOKH (MEE-KAH-MAH AH-EE-AH-EL PAY-RAY-GEE-DAY VAY-OH-AH-NOO, AH-RAY KOO-AH-ESS-BAY, TEE-BEE-BAY-EFF OH-DAH TAY-LOH-KAH-HAY)
3. Face South. Trace a banishing Fire Hexagram (red), and repeat intonation, vibrating one syllable of the name for each angle of Fire Hexagram. Then assume the God-Sign of Mulier and intone: MIKMAH, VLS DE AGEOBOFAL Y DLUGA TOGLO PUGO A TALHO (MEE-KAH-MAH, VAH-LAH-ESS DAY AH-GAY-OH-BAH-FAH-LAH EE DAH-LOO-GAH TOH-GEE-LOH POO-GOH AH TAH-LEH-HOH) 4. Face West.Trace a banishing Water Hexagram (blue), repeating intonation, vibrating one syllable of the name for each angle of Water Hexagram. Then assume God-Sign of Osiris Risen.
5. Face the North. Trace the banishing Earth Hexagram (black), repeating the intonation. Then assume God-Sign of Vir. 6. Facing North in the center of the circle, assume the God-Sign of Osiris Slain, with arms outstretched, and intone; LUKAL Y YKZHHKAL (LOO-KAH-LAH EE EE-KEH-ZAH-HEH-KEH-AH-LAH) BABAGE Y EDLPRNAA (BAH-BAH-GAY EE EH-DAH-LAH-PAH-AHR-NAH-AH) RA-AS Y BATAYVAH (RAH AH-ESS EE BAH-AH-TAH-AH-EE-VAH-HEH) OD SOBOLN Y RAAGYSOL (OH-DAH SOH-BOH-LOH-NAH EE RAH-AH-GAH-EE-OH-ESS-LAH)
MYKMA VNAL YALPOR OYVEAE (MEE-KAH-MAH VAH-NAH-LAH EE-AH-EL-POH-RAY OH-EE-VAY-AH-AY) DS BYAH ASPS O NOKO (DAH-ESS BEE-AH AH-ESS-PAY OH NOH-KOH)
The ritual does not give any intonations, and I suspect that none are required, since the first two deal with the Elemental Fire and Water, out of their ordinary quarters. Here is a quick and dirty translate of the two that are used. I feel they refer to the male and female participants: EAST: MYKMAH A-YAL PRG DE VAOAN, AR QUASB TYBYBF, DOALYM OD TELOKH Behold, the fire of first glory of truth, that destroy sorrow, sin and death. SOUTH: MIKMAH, VLS DE AGEOBOFAL Y DLUGA TOGLO PUGO A TALHO Behold, end of -------- is given all unto the cup.
Thelema is a spiritual philosophy (referred to by some as a religion) that was developed by the early 20th century British writer and ceremonial magician, Aleister Crowley. He came to believe himself to be the prophet of a new age, the Æon of Horus, based upon a spiritual experience that he and his wife, Rose Edith, had in Egypt in 1904. By his account, a possibly non-corporeal or "praeterhuman" being that called itself Aiwass contacted him and dictated a text known as The Book of the Law or Liber AL vel Legis, which outlined the principles of Thelema. The Thelemic pantheon includes a number of deities, focusing primarily on a
trinity of deities adapted from ancient Egyptian religion, who are the three speakers of The Book of the Law: Nuit, Hadit and Ra-Hoor-Khuit. The religion is founded upon the idea that the 20th century marked the beginning of the Aeon of Horus, in which a new ethical code would be followed; "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law". This statement indicates that adherents, who are known as Thelemites, should seek out and follow their own true path in life, known as their True Will rather than their egoic desires. The philosophy also emphasizes the ritual practice of Magick. The word "Thelema" itself is the English transliteration of the Koine Greek noun ······: "will", from the verb ····: to will, wish, purpose. In the New Testament as well as the works of Plato, Thelema includes the ideas of will, choice, inclination, desire, including sexual desire, and pleasure. As Crowley developed the religion he wrote widely on the topic, producing what are collectively termed the Holy Books of Thelema. He also included ideas from occultism, Yoga and both Eastern and Western mysticism, especially the Qabalah.
Historical antecedents The word ······ (thelema) is rare in classical Greek, where it "signifies the appetitive will: desire, sometimes even sexual", but it is frequent in the Septuagint. Early Christian writings occasionally use the word to refer to the human will, and even the will of God's opponent, the Devil, but it usually refers to the will of God. One well-known example is in the "Lord's Prayer" (Matthew 6:10), “Your kingdom come. Your will (······) be done, On earth as it is in heaven.” It is used later in the same gospel (26:42), "He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, "My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done." In his 5th century Sermon on 1 John 7-8, Augustine of Hippo gave a similar instruction: "Love, and do what you will" (Dilige et quod vis fac). In the Renaissance, a character named "Thelemia" represents will or desire in
the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili of the Dominican monk Francesco Colonna. The protagonist, Poliphilo has two allegorical guides, Logistica (reason) and Thelemia (will or desire). When forced to choose, he chooses fulfillment of his sexual will over logic. Colonna's work was a great influence on the Franciscan monk François Rabelais, who in the 16th century, used Thélème, the French form of the word, as the name of a fictional Abbey in his novels, Gargantua and Pantagruel. The only rule of this Abbey was "fay çe que vouldras" ("Fais ce que tu veux," or, "Do what thou wilt"). In the mid-18th century, Sir Francis Dashwood inscribed the adage on a doorway of his abbey at Medmenham, where it served as the motto of The Hellfire Club. Rabelais' Abbey of Thelema has been referred to by later writers Sir Walter Besant and James Rice, in their novel The Monks of Thelema (1878), and C.R. Ashbee in his utopian romance The Building of Thelema (1910). François Rabelais Main article: François Rabelais
François Rabelais François Rabelais was a Franciscan and later a Benedictine monk of the 16th century. Eventually he left the monastery to study medicine, and moved to the French city of Lyon in 1532. It was there that he wrote Gargantua and
Pantagruel, a connected series of books. They tell the story of two giants—a father (Gargantua) and his son (Pantagruel) and their adventures—written in an amusing, extravagant, and satirical vein. Most critics today agree that Rabelais wrote from a Christian humanist perspective, as Crowley biographer Lawrence Sutin says when he contrasts the French author's beliefs with the Thelema of Aleister Crowley. In the previously mentioned story of Thélème, which critics analyze as referring in part to the suffering of loyal Christian reformists or "evangelicals" within the French Church, the reference to the Greek word ······ "declares that the will of God rules in this abbey". Sutin writes that Rabelais was no precursor of Thelema, with his beliefs containing elements of Stoicism and Christian kindness. It is in the first book (ch. 52-57) that Rabelais writes of this Abbey of Thélème, built by the giant Gargantua. It is a classical utopia presented in order to critique and assess the state of the society of Rabelais' day, as opposed to a modern utopian text which seeks to create the scenario in practice. It is a utopia where people's desires are more fulfilled. However, as well as being satirical, it also epitomises the ideals considered in Rabelais' fiction. The inhabitants of the abbey were governed only by their own free will and pleasure, the only rule being "Do What Thou Wilt." Rabelais believed that men that are free, well born and bred have honour, which intrinsically leads to virtuous actions. When constrained, their noble natures turn instead to remove their servitude, because men desire what they are denied. Some modern Thelemites consider Crowley's work to build upon Rabelais' summary of the instinctively honourable nature of the Thelemite. Rabelais has been variously credited with the creation of the philosophy of Thelema, as one of the earliest people to refer to it, or with being "the first Thelemite." However, the current National Grand Master General of the U.S. Ordo Templi Orientis Grand Lodge has stated: Saint Rabelais never intended his satirical, fictional device to serve as a practical blueprint for a real human society... Our Thelema is that of The Book
of the Law and the writings of Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley himself wrote in The Antecedents of Thelema, (1926) an incomplete work not published in his day, that Rabelais not only set forth the law of Thelema in a way similar to how Crowley understood it, but predicted and described in code Crowley's life and the holy text that he claimed to have received, The Book of the Law. However, Crowley said the work he had received was deeper, showing in more detail the technique people should practice, revealing scientific mysteries, and that Rabelais confines himself to portraying an ideal, rather than addressing questions of political economy and similar subjects, which must be solved in order to realize the Law. Rabelais is included among the Saints of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica along with others such as Virgil, Catullus, Algernon Charles Swinburne, and William Blake. Francis Dashwood and the Hellfire Club
Portrait of Francis Dashwood, 15th Baron le Despencer, by William Hogarth from the late 1750s. Sir Francis Dashwood adopted some of the ideas of Rabelais and invoked the same rule in French, when he founded a group called the Monks of Medmenham (better known as The Hellfire Club). An abbey was established at Medmenham, in a property which incorporated the ruins of a Cistercian abbey founded in 1201. The group were known as the Franciscans, not after Saint Francis of Assisi, but after its founder, Francis Dashwood, 15th Baron le Despencer. John Wilkes, George Dodington and other politicians were members. We have little direct evidence of what
Dashwood's Hellfire Club did or believed. The one direct testimonial comes from John Wilkes, a member who never got into the chapter-room of the inner circle. He describes them as hedonists who met to "celebrate woman in wine," and added ideas from the ancients just to make the experience more decadent. In the opinion of Lt. Col. Towers, the group derived more from Rabelais than the inscription over the door. He believes that they used caves as a Dionysian oracular temple, based upon Dashwood’s reading of the relevant chapters of Rabelais." Sir Nathaniel Wraxall in his Historical Memoires (1815) accused the Monks of performing Satanic rituals, but these claims have been dismissed as hearsay. Gerald Gardner and others such as Mike Howard say the Monks worshipped "the Goddess." Daniel Willens argued that the group likely practiced Freemasonry, but also suggests Dashwood may have held secret Roman Catholic sacraments. He asks if Wilkes would have recognized a genuine Catholic Mass, even if he saw it himself and even if the underground version followed its public model precisely. Aleister Crowley Main article: Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley (1875–1947) was an English occultist and writer. In 1904, Crowley claimed to have received The Book of the Law from an entity named Aiwass, which was to serve as the foundation of the religious and philosophical system he called Thelema. The Book of the Law Main article: The Book of the Law Crowley's system of Thelema begins with The Book of the Law, which bears the official name Liber AL vel Legis. It was written in Cairo, Egypt during his honeymoon with his new wife Rose Crowley (née Kelly). This small book contains three chapters, each of which he claimed to have written in exactly
one hour, beginning at noon, on April 8, April 9, and April 10, 1904. Crowley claims that he took dictation from an entity named Aiwass, whom he later identified as his own Holy Guardian Angel. Disciple, author, and onetime Crowley secretary Israel Regardie prefers to attribute this voice to the subconscious, but opinions among Thelemites differ widely. Besides the reference to Rabelais, an analysis by Dave Evans shows similarities to The Beloved of Hathor and Shrine of the Golden Hawk, a play by Florence Farr. Evans says this may result from the fact that "both Farr and Crowley were thoroughly steeped in Golden Dawn imagery and teachings," and that Crowley probably knew the ancient materials that inspired some of Farr's motifs. Sutin also finds similarities between Thelema and the work of W. B. Yeats, attributing this to "shared insight" and perhaps to the older man's knowledge of Crowley. Crowley wrote several commentaries on The Book of the Law, the last of which he wrote in 1925. This brief statement called simply "The Comment" warns against discussing the Book's contents, and states that all "questions of the Law are to be decided only by appeal to my writings" and is signed Ankh-af-na-khonsu. True Will Main article: True Will According to Crowley, every individual has a True Will, to be distinguished from the ordinary wants and desires of the ego. The True Will is essentially one's "calling" or "purpose" in life. Some later magicians have taken this to include the goal of attaining self-realization by one's own efforts, without the aid of God or other divine authority. This brings them close to the position that Crowley held just prior to 1904. Others follow later works such as Liber II, saying that one's own will in pure form is nothing other than the divine will. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law for Crowley refers not to hedonism, fulfilling everyday desires, but to acting in response to that calling. The Thelemite is a mystic. According to Lon Milo Duquette, a Thelemite is
anyone who bases their actions on striving to discover and accomplish their true will, when a person does their True Will, it is like an orbit, their niche in the universal order, and the universe assists them. In order for the individual to be able to follow their True Will, the everyday self's socially-instilled inhibitions may have to be overcome via deconditioning. Crowley believed that in order to discover the True Will, one had to free the desires of the subconscious mind from the control of the conscious mind, especially the restrictions placed on sexual expression, which he associated with the power of divine creation. He identified the True Will of each individual with the Holy Guardian Angel, a daimon unique to each individual. The spiritual quest to find what you are meant to do and do it is also known in Thelema as the Great Work.
The Stèle of Revealing, depicting Nuit, Hadit as the winged globe, Ra-Hoor-Khuit seated on his throne, and the creator of the Stèle, the scribe Ankh-af-na-khonsu Cosmology Thelema draws its principal gods and goddesses from Ancient Egyptian religion. The highest deity in the cosmology of Thelema is the goddess Nuit. She is the night sky arched over the Earth symbolized in the form of a naked woman. She is conceived as the Great Mother, the ultimate source of all things. The second principal deity of Thelema is the god Hadit, conceived as the infinitely small point, complement and consort of Nuit. Hadit symbolizes manifestation, motion, and time. He is also described in Liber AL vel Legis as "the flame that burns in every heart of man, and in the core of every star." The third deity in the cosmology of Thelema is Ra-Hoor-Khuit, a manifestation of Horus. He is symbolized as a throned man
with the head of a hawk who carries a wand. He is associated with the Sun and the active energies of Thelemic magick. Other deities within the cosmology of Thelema are Hoor-paar-kraat (or Harpocrates), god of silence and inner strength, the brother of Ra-Hoor-Khuit, Babalon, the goddess of all pleasure, known as the Virgin Whore. and Therion, the beast that Babalon rides, who represents the wild animal within man, a force of nature. Magick and ritual Main articles: Magick (Aleister Crowley) and Thelemic mysticism Thelemic magick is a system of physical, mental, and spiritual exercises which practitioners believe are of benefit. Crowley defined magick as "the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will," and spelled it with a 'k' to distinguish it from stage magic. He recommended magick as a means for discovering the True Will. Generally, magical practices in Thelema are designed to assist in finding and manifesting the True Will, although some include celebratory aspects as well. Crowley was a prolific writer, integrating Eastern practices with Western magical practices from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. He recommended a number of these practices to his followers, including basic yoga; (asana and pranayama); rituals of his own devising or based on those of the Golden Dawn, such as the Lesser ritual of the pentagram, for banishing and invocation; Liber Samekh, a ritual for the invocation of the Holy Guardian Angel; eucharistic rituals such as The Gnostic Mass and The Mass of the Phoenix; and Liber Resh, consisting of four daily adorations to the sun. Much of his work is readily available in print and online. He also discussed sex magick and sexual gnosis in various forms including masturbatory, heterosexual, and homosexual practices, and these form part of his suggestions for the work of those in the higher degrees of the Ordo Templi Orientis. Crowley believed that after discovering the True Will, the magician must also remove any elements of himself that stand in the way of its success.
The qabalistic tree of life, important in the magical order A·A· as the degrees of advancement in are related to it. The emphasis of Thelemic magick is not directly on material results, and while many Thelemites do practice magick for goals such as wealth or love, it is not required. Those in a Thelemic magical Order, such as the A·A·, or Ordo Templi Orientis, work through a series of degrees or grades via a process of initiation. Thelemites who work on their own or in an independent group try to achieve this ascent or the purpose thereof using the Holy Books of Thelema and/or Crowley's more secular works as a guide, along with their own intuition. Books and papers detailing the rituals of Ordo Templi Orientis of the past do appear or come up for sale second-hand, but the modern organisation seeks to prevent them being sold, using the successful legal argument that such works violate their copyright. The papers they seek to protect include those containing instructions detailing the sexual rituals of the later degrees. One goal in the study of Thelema within the magical Order of the A·A· is for
the magician to obtain the knowledge and conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel: conscious communication with their own personal daimon, thus gaining knowledge of their True Will. The chief task for one who has achieved this goes by the name of "crossing the abyss"; completely relinquishing the ego. If the aspirant is unprepared, he will cling to the ego instead, becoming a Black Brother. Rather than becoming one with God, the Black Brother considers his ego to be god. According to Crowley, the Black Brother slowly disintegrates, while preying on others for his own self-aggrandisement. Crowley taught skeptical examination of all results obtained through meditation or magick, at least for the student. He tied this to the necessity of keeping a magical record or diary, that attempts to list all conditions of the event. Remarking on the similarity of statements made by spiritually advanced people of their experiences, he said that fifty years from his time they would have a scientific name based on "an understanding of the phenomenon" to replace such terms as "spiritual" or "supernatural". Crowley stated that his work and that of his followers used "the method of science; the aim of religion," and that the genuine powers of the magician could in some way be objectively tested. This idea has been taken on by later practitioners of Thelema, chaos magic and magick in general. They may consider that they are testing hypotheses with each magical experiment. The difficulty lies in the broadness of their definition of success, in which they may see as evidence of success things which a non-magician would not define as such, leading to confirmation bias. Crowley believed he could demonstrate, by his own example, the effectiveness of magick in producing certain subjective experiences that do not ordinarily result from taking hashish, enjoying oneself in Paris, or walking through the Sahara desert. It is not strictly necessary to practice ritual techniques to be a Thelemite, as due to the focus of Thelemic magick on the True Will, Crowley stated "every intentional act is a magickal act." Ethics
There are no "standards of Right". Ethics is balderdash. Each Star must go on its own orbit. To hell with "moral principle"; there is no such thing. —Aleister Crowley Liber AL vel Legis does make clear some standards of individual conduct. The most primary of these is "Do what thou wilt" which is presented as the whole of the law, and also as a right. Some interpreters of Thelema believe that this right includes an obligation to allow others to do their own wills without interference, but Liber AL makes no clear statement on the matter. Crowley himself wrote that there was no need to detail the ethics of Thelema, for everything springs from "Do what thou Wilt." Crowley wrote several additional documents presenting his personal beliefs regarding individual conduct in light of the Law of Thelema, some of which do address the topic interference with others: Liber OZ, Duty, and Liber II. Liber Oz enumerates some of the rights of the individual implied by the one overarching right, "Do what thou wilt." For each person, these include the right to: live by one's own law; live in the way that one wills to do; work, play, and rest as one will; die when and how one will; eat and drink what one will; live where one will; move about the earth as one will; think, speak, write, draw, paint, carve, etch, mould, build, and dress as one will; love when, where and with whom one will; and kill those who would thwart these rights. Duty is described as "A note on the chief rules of practical conduct to be observed by those who accept the Law of Thelema." It is not a numbered "Liber" as are all the documents which Crowley intended for A·A·, but rather listed as a document intended specifically for Ordo Templi Orientis. There are four sections: • A. Your Duty to Self: describes the self as the center of the universe, with a call to learn about one's inner nature. Admonishes the reader to develop every faculty in a balanced way, establish one's autonomy, and to devote oneself to the service of one's own True Will. • B. Your Duty to Others: An admonishment to eliminate the illusion of
separateness between oneself and all others, to fight when necessary, to avoid interfering with the Wills of others, to enlighten others when needed, and to worship the divine nature of all other beings. • C. Your Duty to Mankind: States that the Law of Thelema should be the sole basis of conduct. That the laws of the land should have the aim of securing the greatest liberty for all individuals. Crime is described as being a violation of one's True Will. • D. Your Duty to All Other Beings and Things: States that the Law of Thelema should be applied to all problems and used to decide every ethical question. It is a violation of the Law of Thelema to use any animal or object for a purpose for which it is unfit, or to ruin things so that they are useless for their purpose. Natural resources can be used by man, but this should not be done wantonly, or the breach of the law will be avenged. For instance, deforestation can cause soil erosion. In Liber II: The Message of the Master Therion, the Law of Thelema is summarized succinctly as "Do what thou wilt—then do nothing else." Crowley describes the pursuit of Will as not only with detachment from possible results, but with tireless energy. It is Nirvana but in a dynamic rather than static form. The True Will is described as the individual's orbit, and if they seek to do anything else, they will encounter obstacles, as doing anything other than the will is a hindrance to it. Contemporary Thelema Diversity of Thelemic thought The core of Thelemic thought is "Do what thou wilt." However, beyond this, there exists a very wide range of interpretation of Thelema. Modern Thelema is a syncretic philosophy and religion, and many Thelemites try to avoid strongly dogmatic or fundamentalist thinking. Crowley himself put strong emphasis on the unique nature of Will inherent in each individual, not following him, saying he did not wish to found a flock of sheep. Thus,
contemporary Thelemites may practice more than one religion, including Discordianism, Wicca, Gnosticism, Satanism, Setianism and Luciferianism. Many adherents of Thelema, none more so than Crowley, recognize correlations between Thelemic and other systems of spiritual thought; most borrow freely from the methods and practices of other traditions, including alchemy, astrology, qabalah, tantra, tarot divination and yoga. For example, Nu and Had are thought to correspond with the Tao and Teh of Taoism, Shakti and Shiva of the Hindu Tantras, Shunyata and Bodhicitta of Buddhism, Ain Soph and Kether in the Qabalah. There are some Thelemites who do accept The Book of the Law in some way but don't accept the rest of Crowley's "inspired" writings or teachings. Others take only specific aspects of his overall system, such as his magical techniques, ethics, mysticism, or religious ideas, while ignoring the rest. Other individuals who consider themselves Thelemites regard what is commonly presented as Crowley's system to be only one possible manifestation of Thelema, creating original systems, such as those of Nema and Kenneth Grant. Thelemic Holidays The Book of the Law gives several holy days to be observed by Thelemites. There are no established or dogmatic ways to celebrate these days, so as a result Thelemites will often take to their own devices or celebrate in groups, especially within Ordo Templi Orientis. These holy days are usually observed on the following dates: • March 20. The Feast of the Supreme Ritual, which celebrates the Invocation of Horus, the ritual performed by Crowley on this date in 1904 that inaugurated the New Aeon. • March 20/March 21 The Equinox of the Gods, which is commonly referred to as the Thelemic New Year (although some celebrate the New Year on April 8). Although the Equinox and the Invocation of Horus often fall on the same day, they are often treated as two different events. This date is the Autumnal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.
• June 20/June 21 The Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. • April 8 through April 10. The Feast of the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law. These three days are commemorative of the three days in the year 1904 during which Aleister Crowley wrote the Book of the Law. One chapter was written each day, the first being written on April 8, the second on April 9, and the third on April 10. Although there is no official way of celebrating any Thelemic holiday, this particular feast day is usually celebrated by reading the corresponding chapter on each of the three days, usually at noon. • August 12. The Feast of the Prophet and His Bride. This holiday commemorates the marriage of Aleister Crowley and his first wife Rose Edith Crowley. Rose was a key figure in the writing of the Book of the Law. • September 21/September 22. The Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the Vernal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. • December 20/December 21. The Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. • The Feast for Life, celebrated at the birth of a Thelemite and on birthdays. • The Feast for Fire/The Feast for Water. These feast days are usually taken as being when a child hits puberty and steps unto the path of adulthood. The Feast for Fire is celebrated for a male, and the Feast for Water for a female. • The Feast for Death, celebrated on the death of a Thelemite and on the anniversary of their death. Contemporary Thelemic literature Aleister Crowley was highly prolific and wrote on the subject of Thelema for over 35 years, and many of his books remain in print. During his time, there were several who wrote on the subject, including U.S. O.T.O. Grand Master
Charles Stansfeld Jones, whose works on Qabalah are still in print, and Major-General J.F.C. Fuller. Jack Parsons was a scientist researching the use of various fuels for rockets at the California Institute of Technology, and one of Crowley's first American students, for a time leading the Agape Lodge of the Ordo Templi Orientis for Crowley in America. He wrote several short works during his lifetime, some later collected as Freedom is a Two-edged Sword. He died in 1952 as a result of an explosion, and while not a prolific writer himself, has been the subject of two biographies; Sex and Rockets by John Carter, and Strange Angel by George Pendle.
The Lamen and trademark of the Ordo Templi Orientis, a Thelemic organization Since Crowley's death in 1947, there have been other Thelemic writers. These include Israel Regardie, who not only edited many of Crowley's works, but wrote a biography of him, The Eye in the Triangle, and penned many books on ritual and Qabalah, such as the Garden of Pomegranates, Golden Dawn, Middle Pillar, and The Tree of Life. Kenneth Grant has written several books on Thelema and the occult, such as The Magical Revival, Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God, Outside the Circles of Time, and Hecate's Fountain. Lon Milo DuQuette's books are mostly dedicated to analyzing and exploring Crowley's system, including such books as Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot, The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford, The Magick of Aleister Crowley, and The Key to Solomon's Key.
Other notable contemporary writers who address Thelema include Allen H. Greenfield, J. Daniel Gunther, Christopher Hyatt, Richard Kaczynski, Marcelo Ramos Motta, Jason Augustus Newcomb, Rodney Orpheus, Phyllis Seckler, James Wasserman, Sam Webster, and Robert Anton Wilson. There are also numerous journals which print original Thelemic writing. Thelemic organizations Several modern organizations of various sizes claim to follow the tenets of Thelema. The two most prominent are both organizations that Crowley headed during his lifetime: the A·A·, an Order founded by Crowley, based on the grades of the Golden Dawn system; and Ordo Templi Orientis, an order which initially developed from the Rite of Memphis and Mizraim in the early part of the 20th century, and which includes Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica as its religious arm. Since Crowley's death in 1947, other organizations have formed to carry on his initial work, for example, the College of Thelema, the Temple of Thelema, the College of Thelema of Northern California, the Temple of the Silver Star, the Typhonian Order of Kenneth Grant, the Order of Thelemic Knights, and The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn. Other groups of widely varying character exist which have drawn inspiration or methods from Thelema, such as the Illuminates of Thanateros and the Temple of Set. Some groups accept the Law of Thelema, but omit certain aspects of Crowley's system while incorporating the works of other mystics, philosophers, and religious systems. The Fraternitas Saturni (Brotherhood of Saturn), founded in 1928 in Germany, accepts the Law of Thelema, but extends it with the phrase "Mitleidlose Liebe!" ("Compassionless love!"). The Thelema Society, also located in Germany, accepts Liber Legis and much of Crowley's work on magick, while incorporating the ideas of other thinkers, such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Charles S. Peirce, Martin Heidegger and Niklas Luhmann. Horus-Maat Lodge combines the ideas of the occultist Nema with those of Crowley. Thelemites can also be found in other organizations. The president of the Church of All Worlds, LaSara Firefox, identifies as a Thelemite. A significant
minority of other CAW members also identify as Thelemites. Thelema and the British justice system In May 2009 Thelema was recognised by Her Majesty's Court Service in the United Kingdom as a religion, as it has both a "Holy Book" (The Book of the Law) and deity (primarily for the purposes of the oath, Nuit) as required in law. John Mitchell of Seaford, East Sussex was on Jury Service at Lewes Crown Court and after providing information to Mr Justice Richard Brown, the Senior Recorder for East Sussex – mainly Liber AL and the article "Your Duty to Mankind" was able to have Thelema recognised as a valid religion. In the article "Your Duty to Mankind" it states that: Crime being a direct spiritual violation of the Law of Thelema, it should not be tolerated in the community. Those who possess the instinct should be segregated in a settlement to build up a state of their own, so to learn the necessity of themselves imposing and maintaining rules of justice. All artificial crimes should be abolished. When fantastic restrictions disappear, the greater freedom of the individual will itself teach him to avoid acts, which really restrict natural rights. Thus real crime will diminish automatically. Mitchell was able to prove that Thelema was a religion and created an oath which could be used instead of the affirmation: "I swear upon Nuit and by my own True Will, that I will faithfully try the defendant and give a true verdict according to the evidence" The swearing of the oath was first used after the sitting Judge, Mr Justice Tain ruled it was acceptable; after some confusion due to the regular court ushers being on holiday, word had not got to the judge before the case started causing a delay in proceedings while the legal technicalities were sorted out. Luckily, the stand-in court officer had a copy of the letter from Mr Justice Brown, saying Mitchell could use the oath and swear on Liber AL. Mr Justice Tain ruled that if this is the case, HMCS should be notified so this sort of thing does not happen again to avoid any further embarrassment for Thelemites who are called up to jury service.
Colors and Stones
by Polivic Fairie *Co-Creator*
There are 7 major Chakras running from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, each chakra being responsible for distributing energy to different organs, nerves and muscles. Each Chakra is said to spin at a different frequency. When each Chakra spins at it's perfect frequency the body radiates perfect health; emotions are centred and balanced and we enjoy a deep sense of peace.
However, if we lead an unhealthy lifestyle our chakras can fall out of frequency or worse still, become blocked. This causes a disruption to our bodies energy flow and we either fall prey to illnesses, feel under par, or we lose our emotional equilibrium. Crystals and other sources of vibration can be used to activate, energise and rebalance our chakra centres.
The First Chakra: Base/Root Chakra. Location: Behind the pubic bone. Function: Our grounding energy centre, keeping our feet firmly on the ground and our mind focused on physical & creative matters. Physically: It governs our reproductive organs and our sexual vitality. Symptoms of a blocked 1st Chakra might include problems in the hips, legs, lower back and sexual organs. ASSOCIATED COLOURS: Red, Brown & Black ELEMENT: Earth.
The Second Chakra: Spleen. Location: About one inch below the navel and about one inch inward towards the diaphram. Function: Emotions, sexuality and desires. It controls our relationships and social interactions with others. Physically: Works on our lower intestines and digestive system. Symptoms of a blocked 2nd Chakra might be Kidney weakness, stiff lower back, constipation and muscle spasms. ASSOCIATED COLOUR: Orange ELEMENT: Water.
The Third Chakra: Solar Plexus. Location: Central cavity of the lungs, just below the breastbone. Function: Root of our emotional balance, personal power and metabolic energy. When we feel upset, angry or hurt we often feel this chakra. It's primal essence is that of the Will. Physically: Works on the stomach and liver area. Symptoms of a blocked 3rd Chakra may include Digestive difficulties, Liver problems, Diabetes, Nervous exhaustion and Food Allergies. ASSOCIATED COLOUR: Yellow ELEMENT: Fire.
Fourth Chakra: Heart. Location: 2-3 inches above the solar plexus in the centre of the chest. Function: Love centre, it controls our unconditional feeloing and thoughts, associations, relations and Compassion. Physically: It is responsible for the Heart, Circulatory and Respiratory systems. Symptons of a blocked 4th chakra might include a heart attack, high blood pressure, insomnia and difficulty in breathing. ASSOCIATED COLOUR: Green & Pink ELEMENT: Air.
Fifth Chakra: Throat. Location: Midway point between the skull and the lower neck cavity. Function: As the name suggests this chakra works on our throat encouraging communication and creativity. Physically: Works on our thymus and thyroid glands. Symptoms of a blocked 5th chakra might include Hyperthyroid, skin irritations, ear infections, sore throat, inflammations and back pain. ASSOCIATED COLOUR: Blue ELEMENT: Sound.
Sixth Chakra: Third Eye/Brow. Location: Central cavity of the brain, centered above the eyebrows. Function: Known as the psychic energy cnetre, this chakra is highly active in mediums. It's basis is the intuition faculty and governs our senses. It is the link from which we perceive the higher zones and higher planes. It's essence is within the astral and dreaming worlds. Symptons of a blocked 6th chakra might include Headaches, Blurred Vison, Blindness and Eyestrain. ASSOCIATED COLOUR: Indigo ELEMENT: Light.
Seventh Chakra: Crown. Location: Top of the head. Function: Knowledge, information, understanding. This chakra is our spiritual gateway and higher self. It's essence is that of blissfulness. Physically: Responsible for our head and nervous system. Symptoms of a blocked 7th chakra might include Migraine, Headaches & Depression. ASSOCIATED COLOURS: Violet, White & Clear ELEMENT: Thought.
Meditation In Everyday Life.....Mindful Meditation....
Posted by Dr. SohiniBen Shukla on March 16, 2012 at 6:27am in Meditation,LightGrid.com Meditation in Everyday Life by Christopher Lloyd Clarke A lesson from a stressed-out masseur I recently treated myself to a relaxing massage. I’ve had plenty of massages before, but this one took me down a path that I did not expect. There I am, lying face down on the massage table. The candles are lit, gentle music is playing and everything seems just as it should be, until the masseur
entered the room. Suddenly, and inexplicably, I felt strangely on edge. The masseur (we’ll call her Carol) somehow seemed "off". I decided to put it out of my mind and I did my best to relax and just enjoy the massage. Carol and I got to chatting and at some point along the way I mentioned that I meditate. Suddenly Carol paused and a strange silence filled the room. You could almost hear the gears in her mind clicking away. When she finally spoke, I could literally hear the tears welling up in her eyes... She spoke quietly, but nervously... "I’m so stressed. I wish I could meditate". She didn’t stop there... "I can’t sleep at night. I wake up five or six times. It takes me ages to get to sleep. I just can’t stop my mind from planning everything that I have to do". I admit that at first I was a little uncomfortable about this situation. Carol was a massage therapist and her job is to help people relax and heal. I suddenly found myself in the position of being the unexpected confidant of someone who was anything but relaxed – the last thing I expected from my massage session. But I quickly realized that Carol needed help, so I asked her the most straightforward question I could think of, "Have you ever tried meditation"? Carol replied with the most common response known to man, "Oh I just don't have time", and she explained in great detail just how busy she was. There was no denying that her life was packed full, and that for her, finding the time to meditate was going to be a big challenge. Carol needed a technique that she could use without taking up any more of her day.
"Have you heard of mindfulness meditation?" I asked. She had not. "Mindfulness meditation is something you can do almost anywhere, anytime. It’s all about bringing your attention right here into the present moment so that you can free yourself from getting lost in the barrage of thoughts that are flying through your mind." Carol didn’t say much, so I went on. "Just listen to that music for a few seconds. Really listen to it." A few seconds went by. "Were you thinking while you were listening?" I asked. "Not really", she replied. "I was listening pretty intensely so there wasn’t much room for anything else. But I don’t think I could keep that up for very long". I was starting to get on a roll here, and I could tell by Carol’s tone of voice that she was paying close attention to what I was saying. "If you can do it for 10 seconds then you can learn to do it for 30 seconds, then a minute, then ten minutes. It will just take some practice." Carol responded quickly, "But I don’t have time to practice!" For a brief moment I felt stuck. We were back to the "I don’t have time" argument. How was I going to get Carol past this? Then it struck me. A solution so simple and obvious that I couldn’t believe that I didn’t come up with it earlier. I was so excited about this idea that I spoke quite forcefully. "Carol, you are going to meditate on your hands while you do massage." "What do you mean exactly?" She asked.
"I mean that while you do massage you will focus all your attention on the sensations in your hands. Feel them move. Feel your muscles stretching. Pay absolute attention to what you are touching and how that feels. Just like you did with the music, bring your attention into this present moment by concentrating on something “here and now”. And every time you catch your mind wandering off you will just bring your attention back to your hands." Carol was quiet for a moment. "Do you really think that’s going to work?" She asked. "Absolutely. It makes so much sense. You do massage for a living, so you already spend loads of time in a quiet, candle-lit room, and I’ll bet that half of your clients don’t speak to you at all." "Yep – half of them just fall asleep", she said. "So you have the perfect opportunity to practice mindfulness meditation every day without it taking a single second away from your busy schedule. You should be able to become an accomplished meditator quite quickly, considering how much time you actually spend doing massage." Carol was not just out of excuses, by this time she was genuinely excited about the idea of mindfulness meditation. I had one final tip for her – something that would help put an end to her insomnia. "There’s one other thing you can do that will help you sleep at night. By meditating on your hands each day, you’re going to build up a subconscious connection between the feeling of your hands rubbing, and the feeling of having a clear, calm mind. So when you go to bed at night, just rub your fingers together gently. You’ll trigger that subconscious association and you’ll find yourself relaxing very quickly." My time with Carol reminded me of just how useful mindfulness meditation
can be during everyday life. Most of us perform some simple task that can be transformed into a totally enriching, totally relaxing experience through mindfulness. Your morning walk to the train station – be mindful of your feet as they strike the pavement. Your afternoon coffee – be completely mindful of the taste, the texture of the liquid, the aroma. Folding your washing, preparing a meal, listening to music, watching traffic. There is stillness and peace to be found in every moment of your life. Mindfulness is the key.
World Illumination Meditation
Posted by ArcturianStar on August 5, 2011 at 5:49am in MEDITATION & PRAYER
The World Illumination Meditation may be performed by everyone around the World and is not exclusive to a particular group or location; this meditation may be used by a small or large group, and by Light Workers everywhere. While this meditation practice is for personal upliftment and soul unfoldment, it is also of genuine spiritual service as the implementation of this practice works for the benefit of the Greater Light Worker Community
and the whole of the World Community. When we perform the World Illumination Meditation, we join with other Light Workers and the Host of the many Heavenly Realms who work for the Benefit of All, in raising the consciousness of ourselves and of All the People of the Earth. And just as performing Communion or any other Sacred Spiritual Ritual repeatedly, creates a positive pattern of upliftment for the Earth, so does this meditation practice. Definitions of Terms Used in this Meditation: The Christ: In some Ancient Wisdom teachings, the term Christ, identifies the second aspect of God: the known creation, material and spiritual, both visible and invisible. The Christ is the Light, Life and Love present at all times in the Creation; the Christ is the power, force, and energy of God, that which gives Life to and generates the whole of Creation. Allegorically, the Christ may be perceived as the Soul of God, the part of God that is known to us — within Whom we live, move and have Our Being. The Christ Light: The tangible essence of the Christ, is Light. The intangible characteristics of the Christ Light are Love, Life, Wisdom, and Compassion. Spiritually these attributes underlay and permeate everything; the Christ Aspect of God is the perfect form of All of the Known Creation, spiritually and physically. The Host: The Host is composed of All Beings on all levels of Creation who have attained the Christ Consciousness; sometimes, these beings are called Avatars. Examples of Avatars include, Mary, Jesus, Buddha, and Vishnu. An Avatar, is a higher being who has at one time or another taken embodiment in an
earthly incarnation for the sake of other sentient beings. Others of the Host include the many Angels and Saints. The Steps Step 1. To begin the World Illumination Meditation Practice, adopt your usual meditation pose, close your eyes, and envelope yourself in a sphere of Pure White Christ Light. See and know that the purity of the White Christ Light is driving out all disharmony, and cleansing all levels of your being, within your physical body, your spiritual body, and your aura as well. Know that the White Christ Light is cleansing any negative thinking patterns that might interfere in this meditation or affect the focus of others joining in this meditation. Step 2. Now, see this White Christ Light shining from you to all other Light Workers in your immediate group, then see the White Christ Light forming a large sphere over All, and know that All are becoming at one with each other. Sense this White Christ Light and Oneness as absorbed by All as much as possible and continue to so for the next few minutes until you sense All are unified in mind and spirit. 3. Now, project this Light further to extend to All Light Workers around the World; include everyone of All Spiritual Traditions who work for the Good of All. 4. Next, let this expanding envelope of White Christ Light extend to the Heavenly Host who assist us in service to the world; imagine all Light Workers of the World unified with the Brothers and Sisters above and everywhere to strengthen the process of cleansing the mind of Earth. Know that the Heavenly Host is definitely present and here working with us in raising the vibration of All the People of the Earth. Let this field of Light also
reach to others of the Host above; angels, archangels, all celestial beings, etc. Include the Master Jesus Christ and Mother Mary, Buddha, and any other Light Beings with whom you engage on a spiritual level; know their power and compassion greatly benefits this whole process as it continues to unfold. Knowing you are now linked with All in the Celestial Realms, and that you have formed a very real Light network, established in the Light, Power and Energy of the Christ Light, allow yourself to sense how this Holy Christ Light harmonizes and uplifts All, sense how this Light extends more freely to All Beings. 5. Now, see this expanding field of White Christ Light reaching and enveloping All the People of the World. While doing this, know you are bringing increasingly more of the Light of Christ to dissolve all negative or destructive patterns in the mass mind of the Earth, whether there are tendencies or concepts of disunity and separation, selfishness and greed, hatred and vengeance, war and disease, etc. In this know you are accepting that the Will of God, in God's Great Love, Wisdom and Compassion, be done and carried out. Keep in mind the prayer, "Not My Will, but Thy Will Be Done." Remember that we are all a part of One People and that All the People of the Earth are Children of God. As this White Christ Light penetrates into the Greater Consciousness of All People, know that positive energies are being planted like seeds; seeds of Peace, Love, Forgiveness, and Harmony knowing that the Pure Christ Light that you have now entered acts as the catalyst to raise up the vibration of everyone's consciousness toward Healing and Illumination. Know that the Christ Light and Consciousness are more powerful than anyone or anything, and that it can, does and will dissolve any negative patterns in the mass mind, though it may be a gradual process. Know that basically, in performing this exercise we are stimulating the breaking up of old patterns to be replaced by harmonious patterns. In our state of Illumination and Realization, and in our living our Vows to God, as we perform this regenerating process for All Beings, know that we are pulling out the weeds
and planting new seeds to uplift the All of the People of the World, and that we are opening a door for further Illumination on a Worldwide Scale. This is our goal, for this is the purpose of what is called the Greater Work. As we perform this World Illumination Mediation Practice know that we bring more Light, Love, Wisdom and Compassion into the World. In performing this practice, know we are being agents of God's Grace to All. Know that as we focus ourselves, we are becoming more Christ like; we are living and radiating more Christ Light, Love, Wisdom and Compassion, on a daily basis, and that the Christ Light, Love, Wisdom and Compassion we send out, sometimes brings others to the realization that the Christ Light is within All; know that those who are receptive and ready for the Christ Light to be made manifest in their lives will truly experience the Light and be uplifted. 6. For the final phase, the last step of this practice, visualize the whole of the planet of Earth surrounded by the Pure White Light of the Christ. See the Christ Light on the inside and on the surface as well. See the Christ Light become more and more brilliant until there is nothing but Light. Know that the Light, Love, Wisdom and Compassion of the Great Christ is now changing and uplifting the spiritual vibration of the Earth. Know that transformation is actually taking place, that it is real, and not just our imaginations at work. Know that the entire body of the Heavenly Host, and the Master Jesus and Mother Mary and All Others of the Host are also working through this form to increase the spiritual upliftment of the World and its People. 7. As you see the whole planet of Earth and its People completely encompassed and filled with the Light of Christ, breathe in deeply until your lungs are filled with Light, then hold your breath for a moment with this image in mind, knowing that transformation is manifesting right now. Then as you breathe out chant the AUM. As you make this sound allow it to begin in your solar plexus and raise as you voice the sound out through the top of your head.
AAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUMMMMMMM. While doing this exercise, remember these elements: A. Know that the Christ is Love, Wisdom and Compassion and that it shines forth through us, driving out all disharmony and negativity, in ourselves and in All Beings. B. Know that this process strengthens us individually and unifies us and that it also reaffirms our link with the Heavenly Hosts and the spiritual dimensions of Pure Light. C. Know that we are Children of Light and are one with All of the Earthly and Heavenly organizations and associations that seek and work for the Light and Love of God to Be established fully on Earth. D. Know that the Christ Light is more powerful than anyone or anything, and that we humbly and sincerely initiate the Power, Love and Light of Christ through our endeavors in order to dispel all negativity in this world, for the Greater Good of Humanity, and the upliftment of our consciousness into Greater Illumination and Greater Love, Wisdom and Compassion. E. Know that this exercise is an excellent vehicle for expressing and living any Vows to God we have taken, especially Service, as well as Humility, Obedience, Purity, and Poverty (Detachment from unhealthy desires) for these are the means by which we are good examples of "Being Christ unto others." Also See: The Auric Egg Exercise Note: This meditation has been adapted from The World Illumination Exercise
of The Holy Order of MANS circa 1972. Copyrights are asserted for The Gnostic Order of Christ, 2007 infinitum.
Who is Baphomet? Part2
In Secret Societies Although Levi’s 1861 depiction of Baphomet is the most famous one, the name of this idol has been circulating for over a thousand years, through secret societies and occult circles. The first recorded mention of Baphomet as a part of an occult ritual appeared during the era of the Knights Templar. The Knights Templar
Baphomet presiding over a Templar ritual by Leo Taxil. It is widely accepted by occult researchers that the figure of Baphomet was of a great importance in the rituals of the Knights Templar. The first occurrence of the name Baphomet appeared in a 1098 letter by crusader Anselm of Ribemont stating: “As the next day dawned they called loudly upon Baphometh while we prayed silently in our hearts to God; then we attacked and forced all of them outside the city walls.” 7 During the Templar trials of 1307, where Knight Templars were tortured and interrogated by request of King Philip IV of France, the name of Baphomet was mentioned several times. While some Templars denied the existence of Baphomet, others described it as being either a severed head, a cat, or a head with three faces. While books aimed for mass consumption often deny any link between the Knights Templar and Baphomet, claiming it to be an invention of the Church to demonize them, almost all reputed authors on occultism (who wrote books intended for initiates) acknowledge that the link. In fact, the idol is often referred to as “the Baphomet of the Templars”. “Did the Templars really adore Baphomet? Did they offer a shameful
salutation to the buttocks of the goat of Mendes? What was actually this secret and potent association which imperilled Church and State, and was thus destroyed unheard? Judge nothing lightly; they are guilty of a great crime; they have exposed to profane eyes the sanctuary of antique initiation. They have gathered again and have shared the fruits of the tree of knowledge, so that they might become masters of the world. The judgement pronounced against them is higher and far older than the tribunal of pope or king: “On the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die,” said God Himself, as we read in the Book of Genesis. (…) Yes, in our profound conviction, the Grand Masters of the Order of the Templars worshipped the Baphomet, and caused it to be worshipped by their initiates; yes, there existed in the past, and there may be still in the present, assemblies which are presided over by this figure, seated on a throne and having a flaming torch between the horns. But the adorers of this sign do not consider, as do we, that it is a representation of the devil: on the contrary, for them it is that of the god Pan, the god of our modern schools of philosophy, the god of the Alexandrian theurgic school and of our own mystical Neo-platonists, the god of Lamartine and Victor Cousin, the god of Spinoza and Plato, the god of the primitive Gnostic schools; the Christ also of the dissident priesthood. This last qualification, ascribed to the goat of Black Magic, will not astonish students of religious antiquities who are acquainted with the phases of symbolism and doctrine in their various transformations, whether in India, Egypt or Judea.” 8 Freemasonry Shortly after the release of Levi’s illustration, the french writer and journalist Léo Taxil released a series of pamphlets and books denouncing Freemasonry, charging lodges with worshipping the devil. At the center of his accusations was Baphomet, which was described as the Mason’s object of worship.
“Les mystères de la franc-maçonnerie” (Mysteries of Freemasonry) accused Freemasons of satanism and worshipping Baphomet. Taxil’s works raised the ire of Catholics.
The Book cover of “Les mystères de la franc-maçonnerie” depicting a Masonic ritual presided by Baphomet, who is literally being worshipped.
Anti-Masonic image by publicist Abel Clarin de la Rive, 1894. In 1897, after causing quite a stir due to his revelations on French
Freemasonry, Léo Taxil called a press conference where he announced that many of his revelations were fabrications 9. Since then, this series of events has been dubbed the “Léo Taxil Hoax”. However, some would argue the probability that Taxil’s confession may have been coerced in order to quell the controversy involving Freemasonry. Whatever the case may be, the most likely connection between Freemasonry and Baphomet is through symbolism, where the idol becomes an allegory for profound esoteric concepts. The Masonic author Albert Pike argues that, in Freemasonry, Baphomet is not an object of worship, but a symbol, the true meaning of which is only revealed to high-level initiates. “It is absurd to suppose that men of intellect adored a monstrous idol called Baphomet, or recognized Mahomet as an inspired prophet. Their symbolism, invented ages before, to conceal what it was dangerous to avow, was of course misunderstood by those who were not adepts, and to their enemies seemed to be pantheistic. The calf of gold, made by Aaron for the Israelites, was but one of the oxen under the layer of bronze, and the Karobim on the Propitiatory, misunderstood. The symbols of the wise always become the idols of the ignorant multitude. What the Chiefs of the Order really believed and taught, is indicated to the Adepts by the hints contained in the high Degrees of Free-Masonry, and by the symbols which only the Adepts understand.” 10 Aleister Crowley The British occultist Aleister Crowley was born about six months after the death of Eliphas Levi, causing him to believe that he was Levi’s reincarnation. Partly for this reason, Crowley was known within the O.T.O., the secret society he popularized, as “Baphomet”.
A signed picture of Crowley as Baphomet. Here’s Crowley’s explanation of the etymology of the name Baphomet, taken from his 1929 book The Confessions of Aleister Crowley: “I had taken the name Baphomet as my motto in the O.T.O. For six years and more I had tried to discover the proper way to spell this name. I knew that it must have eight letters, and also that the numerical and literal correspondences must be such as to express the meaning of the name in such a ways as to confirm what scholarship had found out about it, and also to clear up those problems which archaeologists had so far failed to solve…. One theory of the name is that it represents the words ???? ??????, the baptism of wisdom; another, that it is a corruption of a title meaning “Father Mithras”. Needless to say, the suffix R supported the latter theory. I added up the word as spelt by the Wizard. It totalled 729. This number had never appeared in my
Cabbalistic working and therefore meant nothing to me. It however justified itself as being the cube of nine. The word ?????, the mystic title given by Christ to Peter as the cornerstone of the Church, has this same value. So far, the Wizard had shown great qualities! He had cleared up the etymological problem and shown why the Templars should have given the name Baphomet to their so-called idol. Baphomet was Father Mithras, the cubical stone which was the corner of the Temple.” Baphomet is an important figure in the Thelema, the mystical system he established at the beginning of the 20th century. In one of his most important works, Magick, Liber ABA, Book 4, Crowley describes Baphomet as a divine androgyne: “The Devil does not exist. It is a false name invented by the Black Brothers to imply a Unity in their ignorant muddle of dispersions. A devil who had unity would be a God … ‘The Devil’ is, historically, the God of any people that one personally dislikes … This serpent, SATAN, is not the enemy of Man, but He who made Gods of our race, knowing Good and Evil; He bade ‘Know Thyself!’ and taught Initiation. He is ‘The Devil’ of the Book of Thoth, and His emblem is Baphomet, the Androgyne who is the hieroglyph of arcane perfection … He is therefore Life, and Love. But moreover his letter is ayin, the Eye, so that he is Light; and his Zodiacal image is Capricornus, that leaping goat whose attribute is Liberty.” The Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, the ecclesiastical arm of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), recites during its Gnostic Mass “And I believe in the Serpent and the Lion, Mystery of Mystery, in His name BAPHOMET.” Baphomet is considered to be the union of Chaos and Babalon, masculine and feminine energy, the phallus and the womb. The Church of Satan Although not technically a secret society, Anton Lavey’s Church of Satan remains an influential occult order. Founded in 1966, the organization adopted the “Sigil of Baphomet” as its official insignium.
The Sigil of Baphomet, the official symbol of the Church of Satan features the Goat of Mendes inside an inverted pentagram. The Sigil of Baphomet was probably heavily inspired by this illustration from Stanislas de Guaita’s La Clef de la Magie Noire (The Key to Black Magic).
Illustrations from La Clef de la Magie Noire (1897) According to Anton Lavey, the Templars worshipped Baphomet as a symbol of Satan. Baphomet is prominently present during in Church of Satan rituals as the symbol is placed above the ritualistic altar. In The Satanic Bible, Lavey describes the symbol of Baphomet: “The symbol of Baphomet was used by the Knights Templar to represent Satan. Through the ages this symbol has been called by many different names. Among these are: The Goat of Mendes, The Goat of a Thousand Young, The Black Goat, The Judas Goat, and perhaps the most appropriately, The Scapegoat. Baphomet represents the Powers of Darkness combined with the generative fertility of the goat. In its “pure” form the pentagram is shown encompassing the figure of a man in the five points of the star – three points up, two pointing down – symbolizing man’s spiritual nature. In Satanism the pentagram is also used, but since Satanism represents the carnal instincts of man, or the opposite of spiritual nature, the pentagram is inverted to perfectly accommodate the head of the goat – its horns, representing duality, thrust upwards in defiance; the other three points inverted, or the trinity denied. The Hebraic figures around the outer circle of the symbol which stem from the magical teachings of the Kabala, spell out “Leviathan”, the serpent of the watery abyss, and identified with Satan. These figures correspond to the five points of the inverted star.” In Popular Culture Mostly due to the influence of Aleister Crowley and Anton Lavey on popular culture, references to Baphomet can be found throughout popular culture. In some cases, such as with heavy metal bands, the references are rather clear and unequivocal – these bands in no way conceal the influence of these schools of occultism on their imagery. Here are some examples:
Death Metal Band Behemoth – Cover of Zos Kia Cultus
Death metal band The Black Dalia Murder – Album cover of Ritual.
Marilyn Manson – Anti-Christ Superstar album cover
Rammstein’s Pussy refers to the androgyny of Baphomet. The second guy from the right also does the “As Above So Below” hand sign. In mainstream (“corporate”) pop culture the references are a lot more vague and concealed. Aimed at a younger crowd, the references are existent but, probably not recognized and understood consciously by most of the audience.
Here are some examples.
Pop singer Kerli.
Screen shot from the popular online game Ragnarok.
Album cover of “Baphomet” by Kiichi Many more obscure references can be found by those “who have eyes to see”. In Conclusion Baphomet is a composite creation symbolic of alchemical realization through the union of opposite forces. Occultists believe that, through the mastery of life force, one is able to produce magick and spiritual enlightenment. Eliphas Levi’s depiction of Baphomet included several symbols alluding to the raising of the kundalini – serpentine power – which ultimately leads to the activation of the pineal gland, also known as the “third eye”. So, from an esoteric point of view, Baphomet represents this occult process. However, over time the symbol has come to signify much more than its esoteric meaning. Through controversies, Baphomet became, depending of the point of view, a representation of everything that is good in occultism or everything that is evil in occultism. It is, in fact, the ultimate “scapegoat”, the face of witchcraft, black magick and Satanism. The fact that the symbol is rather monstrous and grotesque has probably helped propel the symbol to its level of infamy as it never fails to shock organized religions while attracting those who rebel against them.
Since gaining widespread recognition in popular culture, the image of Baphomet is now used as a symbol of anything regarding occultism and ritualism. In corporate-owned mass media, which has ties with secret societies, the figure of Baphomet appears in the oddest places, often to audiences too young to understand the occult reference (Secret Arcana’s sister site Vigilant Citizen documents the occurrences of Baphomet and other occult symbols in music videos, movies and fashion). Is Baphomet used in pop culture as a symbol of the power of the occult elite over the ignorant masses? After centuries of myths, hoaxes, propaganda and disinformation on both sides of the spectrum, can we truly answer the the original question posed by this article: “Who is Baphomet?”. Is it a symbol of Satan or of spiritual enlightenment? Is it a symbol of good or evil? The answer lies within the symbol itself: It is both. In Egyptian mythology, Toth Hermes was a mediating power between good and evil, making sure neither had a decisive victory over the other. Baphomet represents the accomplishment on this cosmic task on a very small scale, within oneself. Once perfect equilibrium is attained on a personal level, the occult initiate can point one hand towards the heavens and one hand towards the earth and pronounce this hermetic axiom which reverberated through millenniums: “As Above, So Below”. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Eliphas Levi, Dogmes et Rituels de la Haute Magie · Arkon Daraul, A History of Secret Societies · Eliphas Levi, Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie · Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma · English translation of the Emerald Tablet · Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages · Malcom Barber and Keith Bate, Letters from the East: Crusaders, Pilgrims and Settlers in the 12th-13th Centuries · 8. Op. Cit. Levi · 9. The Confessions of Léo Taxil, April 25 1897 ·
10.Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma · 11.Aleister Crowley, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley · 12.Aleister Crowley, Magick, Liber ABA, Book 4 · 13.Helena and Tau Apiron, “The Invisible Basilica: The Creed of the Gnostic Catholic Church: An Examination” · 14.Anton Lavey, The Satanic Bible ·
Angel's and Demon's in magick
Let me start off with a (WARNING) this may be a bit controversial for many people with some of the ideas and philosophies I will be using and from my own personal experiences when working with Angel's and Demon's, so I ask that everyone just keep an open mind. As we are taught we are taught to have a good relationship with both angel's and demon's, but we are also taught to be more commanding and authoritative when dealing with demons, and to be more humble and respectful with the angel's. I find this practice to be one that is questionable and more of a thin line when dealing with both, because in truth we are dealing with angels, for the demons we work with are nothing but Fallen angel's. My personal opinion is for a beginner the way we are taught is the safest but not right either.
This month I would like to cover just some of the examples of similarities and difference between the two and in the months to follow delve deeper into each and what mysteries we can unlock when using them.
Lets us start with the angel's which are perceived to the force of good and should always be trusted , and never questioned. One should not command them but show respect to them always. Let us first remember that we have dominion over everything on earth and in heaven and that they are subject to our will's not the other way around! When dealing with angel's one needs to know their station's which generally is what makes up there qualities and attitudes, and one would do well to remember that Angel's see us as lesser beings and are very quick to point out our flaws and short comings in life. When first working with them this is going to happen regularly and they will test these limits fully and try to come off as superior and dominating. There are a few that don't and it also depends on the relationship you have with them and how much you have worked with them. Do Angels Lie and deceive? This is an on going debate and much can be said and shown to prove the case either way. The best lesson and argument to this is the Case of Dee & Kelly and their working with the angels and working with enochian magick where we do see a duality of them, and also the realization that within the enochian system there is an opposite to every angel and they are not classed as fallen Angels. Through the documentation that is available we can see how the Angel's used them and in many cases mislead them and that the Angel's were trying to bring about something entirely diffrent from what Kelly & Dee thought, even Kelly questioned some of their motives. In my own personal experiences I have had a few try to mislead and deceive for there own agendas
which depending on the Angel, might not be in anyone's best interest. That is why one should always question what it is being taught and said, if it goes against what you feel is right, for they do have their own motives. In conclusion Angels can be very helpful and beneficial to our magical workings, they are a powerful force, but in many ways they are not much different from the demon's, just more colorful and crafty at how they do things, treat them with respect but never forget that you are in control and they are subject to you and have to obey.
Now a bit about Demons or better put Fallen Angels the so called forces of evil. Here one will ask; "why should I have a good relationship with demons?" the answer to that is actually simple, the better the relationship, the less aggravation you will have and believe it or not the more helpful they become. For after all they are not much different from the angels, because in the end it is this relationship that reflects the attitude they will have with you and how helpful they will be or how much they will test you in every aspect and push the boundaries, which could become life threatening. But this is not what I want to touch upon we all know the bad qualities and the dangers, what I want to touch on is something I have not ever heard anyone question or talk about. Will the Fallen Angels one day regain there previous stations in the hierarchy of angels? In my working with them I have come across this and it is in writing in many of the older text, and most of them will say and believe that one day they will regain their lost stations amongst the angels before their fall, if they are right then there is a very big flaw in the christian theory of salvation and eternal damnation, and even the way we have perceived them ourselves, which brings us back to the duality of things, are we so much dealing with a separate being or are we dealing with let's say Michael and his opposite
persona Sameal being one in the same? Let me also state that not all demons believe this nor wish to have their stations back amongst the other Angel's but would rather bring death and destruction but then again don't we have angels who have the same job title? Another misconstrued view and belief is that demons only do evil and bad deeds, this is not the case and very untrue, they are much like the angels in this department and even easier to get them to do so, and as you build the relationship with them you will see this more. Let me state this and be very clear, without that relationship they are very malevolent and one better know what they are doing because they will harm you in ways that you don't want to even think about, as with the angels they have their own agenda and will test you in every way and push you to see how far they can get, but don't treat them with disrespect as so many do, but with respect and understanding you will find this to be more rewarding when dealing with both, because in the end of it all it is our intent and will that make them do what we want, and always be specific in your wordings, leave no question for error or doubt and that is where many fall victim to there own demise. This is why it is so important to know what their stations are and what they do. Another way to look at Angels and Demons is to look at it as if you were dealing with an ego, it will help you along the way with seeing past their lies and misguided truths and help you also see why they feel they are superior to us and that we have no right to order or command them. Treat them as you yourself would want to be treated but be in control when it is needed! Next month I will get into a bit of their stations and how we can use them in our magick work and to continue to touch a bit more on the similarities and difference between the two....
When and How to Harvest Herbs From the Garden
Posted by Christine *Admin* EMC By the Poppy Swap community All parts of a plant can be used for medicinal preparations, but roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds all have different periods of maturation. So you can’t go picking flowers and assume that you can just grab the root and stem at the same time and get what you are looking for! Not only may the quality of the other parts be poorly formed but the content level of the effective properties you need for a plant’s medicine may vary at different phases of growth. So, collecting the individual parts at the proper time will have a very important impact on the therapeutic results. Here is brief overview of when to harvest herbs:
1. Tree and Root Barks Collect tree barks in the late spring or early summer when the plants contain luxurious and ample sap. Barks collected at this time contain more nutrients and can be easily peeled off from the woody parts. If you are going for the bark below ground or the bark on the root of a plant, the best time for collection is autumn. 2. Flowers Flowers are at their peak when they are in buds or are just beginning to bloom. You will avoid any loss of fragrance or loss of petals if you catch them in this moment of their glory! It’s always best to collect the flowers in the early afternoon on a wind-free and bright day. They will be less damaged and can be dried in the sun or by air-drying when you get them home. 3. Fruits You might think that all fruits should be collected when they are ripe. But if a fruit (or its seed) is being used for its medicinal properties, it may be collected before it is ripe. An example of this is when tangerines are gathered when they are still green. When they are immature, their peels can be used as a potent digestive tonic. The fruit of the Luffae plant is even harvested after it has gotten old and yellow on the vine! Juicy fruits, like berries, which rot easily, should be collected in due time and dried or frozen quickly. 4. Seeds and Kernels Seeds and kernels are collected when they are completely mature and aged. Fruits that would crack and lose their seeds are collected on sunny days as soon as they are ripe but have not yet cracked. 5. Stems, Branches and Leaves Most are collected when branches and leaves are in full bloom. This means leaves are generally collected in autumn and winter. For perennial plants, the aerial parts are cut and collected, for plants with weak and tender stems and
branches, sometimes the whole rhizome is dug up. 6. Roots It is advisable to collect medicinal roots in early spring before the plants put forth buds or sprout, or in late autumn when the aerial part of the plants begin to wither and die back. This is because during these two periods the plants are dormant and their nutrients are mostly stored in the roots. You will get the full power of the plant’s energy if you plan carefully. ALWAYS remember to gather your plants with respect for the ecosystem. Make sure you only gather herbs and plants that have a resilient population and ONLY take the amount that you need! You may even want to visit with a plant in its natural habitat a few times before you decide to remove it so that you can better understand what kind of impact you will have and appreciate its life. You never know how you may be inspired by nature.
The Perfect Lavender
Posted by Christine *Admin* EMC By Geraldine Adamich Laufer Atlanta, Georgia—In my quest for long-lasting herbal fragrances, I have found sweet lavender to be one of the best. When I first moved to Atlanta in the late 1970s, I harvested and dried flowers, then quilted them into flat mats to place between my sheets in the linen closet. These mats are still in use, and their lavender aroma is still notable. Lavender’s soothing quality has long been recommended for nervous headache and insomnia. Our ancestors appreciated lavender tea for its soothing qualities, as well as its delightful scent. The easiest lavender for me to grow in Atlanta is Lavandula stoechas, often
called Spanish lavender. This one has short, light-green leaves and compressed, square spikes of flowers with bunny ears in a tuft at the top. These actually are sterile bracts, and bract shapes on different cultivars have been carefully noted by taxonomists. I like its strong fragrance, its ever-gray quality and its ability to thrive in heavy Georgia red clay. I make a lavender sugar by alternating layers of sugar and dried flowers and sealing it up in canning jars for use with Earl Grey tea. Several years ago, I set out more than two dozen types of lavender on a hillside that gets about a half day of sun. I prepared the soil with lots of compost and pulverized the dolomite lime recommended to make our acid soils more neutral. After a term of intense comparison and investigation, I subjected them to benign neglect through drought and freeze. My stoechas is the only one still thriving, so what’s not to love? The short leaves have a strong aroma, and the shrub grows low (18 inches) and sturdy. Often it blooms twice, particularly when rains break a summer drought at the end of August or in September, priming it to bloom about six weeks later, in October. All winter long, the short, spiky leaves give up fragrance when stroked by garden visitors, and it is always fresh when needed for a quick tussie mussie or a floral arrangement. Other than harvesting what I need, I don’t prune back my Spanish lavender; I just let it grow. It is best to take greenwood cuttings in June, when the stems are at the stage that they break crisply when bent. Taking 6-inch cuttings, I strip the leaves off of the bottom half and root them in my favorite mix of 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 perlite and 1/3 milled sphagnum moss. The flower spikes can be dried whole, or the lavender blossoms rolled off, dried and added to potpourri. I make a lavender sugar by alternating layers of sugar and dried flowers and sealing it up in canning jars for use with Earl Grey tea. My friend Cynthia Hizer of Hazelbrand Farm (www.hazelbrand.com) mixes the blossoms into her goat’s milk lavender soap. Whether you dry it and put it to use, or leave it in the garden, take time to enjoy sweet lavender in the coming season.
What say Thee
Oh why oh why are some people so blind, How many times must one cry, How many times does the soul have to die, Why oh why is love so cruel, Why can't I find the words that speak so true, Or is just the madness within, Spinning within our minds with such insanity, Redefining what is humanity, As society suffocates from want-a-be so called prophets & messiahs, As they are lead with brain washed minds, what ever happened to the days of old, Have we really grown so cold,
Or have we just become the blind following the truly blind, C cryptic words with cryptic lessons, Politicians spewing lies, Oh why oh why has freedom become so vile, How many times will religion be used as a vice, Or is it just the ideal of self that has been lost, What does this future truly hold, More broken promises and half told truths, I must say I have heard & seen it all And I will not conform to these frantic ideals and beliefs, I will love, I will grow, I will be all that I can be for those I love, I am only humble when it pleases my love, And only to her will I bow down, So in this so called cruel world that we find ourselves in, Who is truly the blind, It is not I, For I am free no matter what restrains me, For my soul & mind will always be free, What say thee?
What most I do to prove my love
What most I do to prove my love, Crawl upon my hands and knees, And pour my heart for all to see, I’d give you my all, Heart and soul, Even my very last breath, Just to know that I am only yours, Must I bring heaven to its knees, For you I would do this or die trying, I’d give you the world, The stars and moon, If I could, But all I can truly do is give you my love unconditional And true, I will do this and so much more for you, I would raise you up and place you on high, I’d stand by your side for all of time, As a lover and a friend, I’d give my life without thought or worry, For that is how much I love you!!!
When I look a pawn you I see what true beauty is, You are perfect in every way, Your heart is so pure, That one weeps tears of joy, Your voice is that of an angel, That brings the hardest of souls to there knees, For your soft spoken words fills them with harmony, And gives there souls new life, Your inner beauty is an endless sea of splendor, Full of fiery passion, That knows no limit, Given so freely to those you love, The sun moon and stars are just a glimmer of light, For your soul shines with such brilliance, Filling are hearts with light, And guiding our way. You are the true state of perfection, For no other can compare, Such beauty and love, For you are my true angel! And one that is truly Divine!
Norse Stories Retold from the Eddas chapters V & VI
by Hamilton Wright Mabie
THE WOOING OF GERD V
FREY was busy enough in summer, when the sunlight was to fall warm and fruitful along the mountain ridges and deep into the valleys, and the gentle showers were to be gathered far out at sea and driven by the winds across the heavens, weaving soft draperies of mist about the hills, or folding the landscape in with blinding curtains of rain as they passed; for the sowing and the harvesting and the ripening of the fruit were his to watch over and care
for. But when winter came, Frey was idle day in and day out, and so it happened, in this long dull  season, that he was wandering restlessly one morning about Asgard, when he saw that Odin's throne was empty. To sit upon it and look out over the world was the thought that flashed into Frey's mind and out again, leaving him more idle and restless than before. Neither man nor god, save Odin, had dared to sit in that awful seat, from which nothing was hidden; but when one has nothing to do, it is easy to do wrong. Frey wandered about a little longer, and then boldly mounted the steps and sat down on the throne of the world. What a wonderful view it was! There lay Asgard beautiful in the morning light; there were the rolling clouds like great waves in the clear heaven; there was the world with its steep mountains and tossing  seas; and there was Jotunheim, the home of the giants, gloomy and forbidding,—great black cliffs standing along the coast like grim sentinels. Frey looked long and earnestly at this dreary place where the enemies of the gods lived, hating the sunshine and the summer, and always plotting to bring back winter and barrenness to the earth; and as he looked he saw a massive house standing alone amid the hills. Dark shadows lay across the gloomy landscape, cold winds swept over the stony valleys, and not one bright or beautiful thing was visible in all the country round. In a moment, however, a figure moved out of the shadows, and a maiden walked slowly to the desolate house, mounted the steps, paused a moment at the door, and then raised her arms to loosen  the latch. Straightway a wonderful warmth and light stole over the hills. As she stood with uplifted arms she was so beautiful that earth and air were flooded with her loveliness, and even the heavens were radiant. When she opened the door and closed it behind her the shadows deepened among the hills, and Frey's heart was fast bound among the rocks of Jotunheim. He had been punished for sitting in the seat of Odin.
For days Frey neither ate, slept, nor spoke. He wandered about, silent and gloomy as a cloud, and no one dared ask him why he was so sorrowful. Njord, Frey's father, waited until he could wait no longer, and then with a heavy heart sent for Skirner, whom Frey loved as his own brother, and begged him to find  the cause of all this sadness. Skirner came upon Frey walking about with folded arms and eyes cast gloomily upon the ground. "Why do you stay here all day alone?" he asked. "Where are the light and joy that have always been yours?" "The sun shines every day, but not for me," answered Frey. "We were children together," said Skirner, laying his hand on Frey's arm; "we trust each other's truth; tell me your sorrow." And Frey told him how he climbed into the seat of Odin and looked upon Jotunheim and had seen the beautiful maiden like a sunbeam among shadows, like a sudden coming of summer when snows are deep, and that he could never be happy again until he had won her for himself.  "If that is all, it is easily managed," said Skirner when he had heard the story. "Give me your swiftest horse that can ride through fire and flame, and the sword which swings itself when giants are opposed, and I will go to Jotunheim." Frey was too glad to get the desire of his heart to delay about giving up the horse and the sword, and Skirner was soon mounted and riding like the wind on his dreary journey. Night came on, the black shadows of the mountains lay across the fjords as he passed, and one by one the endless procession of the stars moved along the summits of the hills as if they would bear him company. All night the hard hoofs rang on the stony way, scattering showers of sparks at every step. Faster and faster the daring rider drove the faithful horse until  his flight was like the flash and roar of the thunderbolt.
"Rush on, brave horse," shouted Skirner; "we shall return with the prize or the mighty giant will keep us both." At last the long journey was over and the gloomy house reached. It was the home of the frost-giant Gymer, and the beautiful maiden who stood at the door when Frey was on Odin's throne was Gerd, the giant's daughter. Fierce dogs were chained about the gate and rushed savagely upon Skirner, barking furiously as if they would tear him limb from limb. So he turned aside and rode up to a shepherd sitting on a mound near by. "Shepherd, how shall I quiet these dogs and speak with Gymer's daughter?" he asked.  The shepherd looked at him with wonder in his eyes. "Who are you," he answered, "and whence do you come? Are you doomed to die, or are you a ghost already? Whoever you are, you will never get speech with Gymer's daughter." "I am not afraid," said Skirner proudly; fate has already fixed the day of my death, and it cannot be changed." Skirner's voice rang clear and strong above the howling of the dogs, and Gerd in her chamber heard the brave words. "What noise is that?" she called to her maidens. "The very earth shakes and the foundations tremble." One of the maidens looked out and saw Skirner. "A warrior stands without the  wall," she answered; "and while he waits, his horse eats the grass before the gates." "Bid him enter at once and quaff the pleasant mead, for I fear the slayer of my brother has come." Skirner needed no second invitation, and, quickly springing to the ground,
walked through the stony halls and stood before the beautiful Gerd. She looked keenly at him for a moment and knew from his brightness and beauty that he was from Asgard. "Are you god, or elf?" she asked; "and why have you come through night and flame to visit Gymer's halls?" "I am neither elf nor god," said Skirner; "and yet I have come to your home through night and flame. Frey, beautiful among the gods and loved  of all the earth, has seen your beauty and can never be happy again until he has won you for himself. I bring you eleven beautiful apples if you will go back with me." "I will not go," was Gerd's quick answer. "This wonderful ring, which every ninth night drops eight other rings as rich as itself, shall be yours," said Skirner, holding Draupner in his hand and gently urging her. Gerd frowned angrily. "I will not take your wondrous ring. I have gold enough in my father's house." "Then," said Skirner, casting aside his gentleness, "look at this flashing sword! If you will not return I will strike your fair head from your body." Gerd drew herself up to her full height and answered, with flashing eyes, "I will never be won by force.  As for your threats, my father will meet you sword for sword." "I will quickly slay him," said Skirner angrily. But Gerd only smiled scornfully; she was too cold to be won by gifts and too proud to be moved by threats. Skirner's face suddenly changed. He drew out a magic wand, and with eyes fixed upon her and in a solemn voice, as he waved it over her, he chanted an
awful mystic curse. There was breathless silence in the room while Skirner with slow movements of the wand wove about Gerd dread enchantments and breathed over her the direful incantation:— "If you refuse, may you sit in everlasting darkness on some dreary mountain top; may terrors crowd round you in awful shapes and tears never cease to fall from your  eyes; hated of gods and men, may you pass your life in solitude and desolation! " 'T is done! I wind the mystic charm; Thus, thus I trace the giant form; And three fell characters below, Fury, and Lust, and Restless Woe. E'en as I wound, I straight unwind This fatal spell, if you are kind." Skirner stopped, and an awful stillness followed. Gerd, trembling under the terrible curse, stood quivering with bowed head and clasped hands. Her pride could not yield, but something told her that to live with a god was better than to stay in the home of a frost-giant. A gentle warmth seemed to steal through and melt her icy coldness. She raised her face, and it was so softened that they hardly knew her.  "I greet you," she said, "with this brimming cup of mead, but I did not think that I should ever love a god." When Skirner pressed her to go back with him, she promised to meet Frey nine days hence and become his bride in the groves of Bar-isle. Skirner was soon mounted and riding homeward as fast as his horse could carry him. He was so happy in the thought of Frey's happiness that the distance seemed short, and as he drew near he saw Frey standing before his father's halls, looking anxiously for his coming.
"She is yours!" he shouted, urging his horse into swifter flight. "When?" said Frey eagerly. "Nine days hence, in the groves of Bar-isle," joyfully replied Skirner, who expected to be loaded with  thanks. Frey, however, was so eager that he forgot what night and flame his friend had ridden through for love of him. "One day is long; long, indeed, are two. How shall I wait for three?" was all the thanks Skirner got. The days that followed were long enough for Frey; but even the longest day comes to an end, and at last the ninth day came. Never sun shone so brightly or south wind blew so musically as on the morning when at Bar-isle, under the branches of the great trees, Frey found the beautiful Gerd waiting for his coming, far lovelier than when she stood before her father's door. And the whole earth was happy in them, for while they stood with clasped hands the skies grew soft, the trees put on  a tender green, the flowers blossomed along the mountain side, the ripening grain swayed in the fields, and summer lay warm and fragrant over the land.
THE MAKING OF THE HAMMER VI
ONE day as Sif, Thor's beautiful wife, was sitting in the palace Bilskirner in Thrudvang, or thunder-world, she fell asleep, with her long hair falling about
her shoulders like a shower of gold. She made a very pretty picture as she sat there in the sunlight; at least Loke thought so as he passed by and saw her motionless, like the statue of a goddess in a great temple, instead of a living goddess in her own palace. Loke never saw anything beautiful without the wish that somehow he might spoil it; and when he noticed that Sif was asleep he thought it was a good time to carry off her golden hair, and so  rob her of that of which Thor was most proud. As noiselessly as he could, and more like a thief than a god, he stole into the palace, cut off the golden locks and carried them away, without leaving one behind as a trace of his evil deed. When Sif awoke and found her beautiful hair gone, she went and hid herself, lest Thor coming home should miss the beauty which had always been like a light to his eyes. And presently Thor came; but no Sif was there to meet him, making him forget with one proud look from her tender eyes the dangers and labours of his life. She never failed to greet him at the threshold before; and the strong god's heart, which had never beat a second quicker at sight of the greatest giant in the world, grew faint  with fear that in his absence some mishap had befallen her. He ran quickly from room to room in the palace, and at last he came upon Sif, hidden behind a pillar, her shorn head in her hands, weeping bitterly. In a few broken words she told Thor what had happened, and as she went on, Thor's wrath grew hotter and hotter until he was terrible to behold. Lightnings flashed out of his deep-set eyes, the palace trembled under his angry strides, and it seemed as if his fury would burst forth like some awful tempest uprooting and destroying everything in its path. "I know who did it," he shouted, when Sif had ended her story. "It was that rascally Loke, and I'll break every bone in his thievish body;" and without as much as saying good-  by to his sobbing wife, he strode off like a thunder-cloud to Asgard, and there, coming suddenly upon Loke, he seized him by the neck and would have killed him on the spot had not Loke
confessed his deed and promised to restore the golden hair. "I'll get the swarthy elves to make a crown of golden hair for Sif more beautiful than she used to wear," gasped Loke, in the iron grasp of the angry Thor; and Thor, who cared more for Sif's beauty than for Loke's punishment, let the thief go, having bound him by solemn pledges to fulfil his promise without delay. Loke lost no time, but went far underground to the gloomy smithy of the dwarfs, who were called Ivald's sons, and who were wonderful workers in gold and brass.  "Make me a crown of golden hair," said Loke, "that will grow like any other hair, and I will give you whatever you want for your work." The bargain was quickly made, and the busy little dwarfs were soon at their task, and in a little time they had done all that Loke asked, and more too; for in addition to the shining hair they gave Loke the spear Gungner and the famous ship Skidbladner. With these treasures in his arms Loke came into Asgard and began boasting of the wonderful things he had brought from the smithy of Ivald's sons. "Nobody like the sons of Ivald to work in metal!" he said. "The other dwarfs are all stupid little knaves compared with them."  Now it happened that the dwarf Brok was standing by and heard Loke's boasting; his brother Sindre was so cunning a workman that most of the dwarfs thought him by far the best in the world. It made Brok angry, therefore, to hear the sons of Ivald called the best workmen, and he spoke up and said, "My brother Sindre can make more wonderful things of gold and iron and brass than ever the sons of Ivald thought of." "Your brother Sindre," repeated Luke scornfully. "Who is your brother
Sindre?" "The best workman in the world," answered Brok. Loke laughed loud and long. "Go to your wonderful brother Sindre," said he, "and tell him if he can make three such precious  things as the spear, the ship, and the golden hair, he shall have my head for his trouble." And Loke laughed longer and louder than before. Brok was off to the underworld before the laugh died out of his ears, determined to have Loke's head if magic and hard work could do it. He went straight to Sindre and told him of the wager he had laid with Loke, and in a little while Sindre was hard at work in his smithy. It was a queer place for such wonderful work as was done in it, for it was nothing but a great cavern underground, with tools piled up in little heaps around its sides, and thick darkness everywhere when the furnace fire was not sending its glow out into the blackness. If you had looked in now, you would have seen a broad glare of light streaming out  from the furnace, for Brok was blowing the bellows with all his might, and the coals were fairly blazing with heat. When all was ready Sindre took a swine-skin, put it into the furnace, and telling Brok to blow the bellows until his return, went out of the smithy. Brok kept steadily at work, although a gad-fly flew in, buzzed noisily about, and finally settling on his hand, stung him so that he could hardly bear it. After a while Sindre came back and took out of the furnace a wonderful boar with bristles of pure gold. Then Sindre took some gold, and placing it in the furnace bade Brok blow as if his life depended on it, and went out a second time. Brok had no sooner begun blowing than the troublesome gad-fly came  back, and fastening upon his neck stung him so fiercely that he could hardly keep his hands away from his neck; but Brok was a faithful dwarf, who meant to do his work thoroughly if he died for it, and so he blew away as if it were the easiest thing in the world, until Sindre came back and took a shining ring from the fire.
The third time Sindre put iron into the fire, and bidding Brok blow without ceasing, went out again. No sooner had he gone than the gad-fly flew in, and settling between Brok's eyes stung him so sharply that drops of blood ran down into eyes, and he could not see what he was doing. He blew away as bravely as he could for some time, but the pain was so keen, and he was so blind, that at last he raised his hand quickly to brush the fly  away. That very instant Sindre returned. "You have almost spoiled it," he said, as he took out of the glowing furnace the wonderful hammer Mjolner. "See how short you have made the handle! But you can't lengthen it now. So carry the gifts to Asgard, and bring me Loke's head." Brok started off with the golden boar, the shining ring, and the terrible hammer. When he came through the great gate of Asgard the gods were very anxious to see the end of this strange contest, and taking their seats on their shining thrones they appointed Odin, Thor, and Frey to judge between Loke and Brok, as to which had the most wonderful things. Then Loke brought out the spear Gungner, which never misses its  mark, and gave it to Odin; and the golden hair he gave to Thor, who placed it on Sif's head, and straightway it began to grow like any other hair, and Sif was as beautiful as on the day when Loke saw her in Thor's palace, and robbed her of her tresses; and to Frey he gave the marvellous ship Skidbladner, which always found a breeze to drive it wherever its master would go, no matter how the sea was running, nor from what quarter the wind was blowing, and which could be folded up and carried in one's pocket. Then Loke laughed scornfully. "Bring out the trinkets which that wonderful brother of yours has made," he said.
Brok came forward, and stood before the wondering gods with his treasures.  "This ring," said he, handing it to Odin, "will cast off, every ninth night, eight other rings as pure and heavy as itself. This boar," giving it to Frey, "will run more swiftly in the air, and on the sea, by night or by day, than the swiftest horse, and no night will be so dark, no world so gloomy, that the shining of these bristles shall not make it light as noon-day. And this hammer," placing Mjolner in Thor's strong hands, "shall never fail, no matter how big nor how hard that which it smites may be; no matter how far it is thrown, it will always return to your hand; you may make it so small that it can be hidden in your bosom, and its only fault is the shortness of its handle." Thor swung it round his head, and lightning flashed and flamed through  Asgard, deep peals of thunder rolled through the sky, and mighty masses of cloud piled quickly up about him. The gods gathered around, and passed the hammer from one to the other, saying that it would be their greatest protection against their enemies, the frost-giants, who were always trying to force their way into Asgard, and they declared that Brok had won the wager. Brok's swarthy little face was as bright as his brother's furnace fire, so delighted was he to have beaten the boastful Loke. But how was he to get his wager, now he had won it? It was no easy matter to take the head off a god's shoulders. Brok thought a moment. "I will take Loke's head," he said finally, thinking some of the other gods might help him. "I will give you whatever you  want in place of my head," growled Loke, angry that he was beaten, and having no idea of paying his wager by losing his head. "I will have your head or I will have nothing," answered the plucky little dwarf, determined not to be cheated out of his victory. "Well, then, take it," shouted Loke; but by the time Brok reached the place where he had been standing, Loke was far away, for he wore shoes with which
he could run through the air or over the water. Then Brok asked Thor to find Loke and bring him back, which Thor did promptly, for the gods always saw to it that people kept their promises. When Loke was brought back Brok wanted to cut his head off at once. You may cut off my head, but you have no right to touch my neck,"  said Loke, who was cunning, as well as wicked. That was true, and of course the head could not be taken off without touching the neck, so Brok had to give it up. But he determined to do something to make Loke feel that he had won his wager, so he took an awl and a thong and sewed his lips together so tightly that he could make no more boastings.
Rising upward in broad easy
So Odin brought the mead to heaven, where it remains to this day, and only those whom the gods love are permitted to drink of it.
The Threshold 2206 Home World
by Christopher Stewart We would like to share and recognise one of our very talented writer's, for us being able to share our members works is important and supporting them. It is through this support that new artist emerge seeing their work being posted and shared opens them up to write, draw, paint ect.... and know that they will be supported. SDA and I have always supported our artists no matter what and will continue to do so in this magazine and on our site.
Christopher Stewarts book Threshold is very unique which comes out weekly with a new chapter, it has been an awesome read thus far and each week I anticipate the next chapter release, which the way things have been for me these last few months reading a whole book as been quit impossible, but each week I get to read a new chapter from this inspiring book and always find myself longing for the next chapter. Every book speaks to us differently but one can not deny a good book when they find one and this is just that. Christopher may have just found a new way that books will be written and done. Chistopher Stewart is a fiction and non fiction writer with unique views and expression's to his writing, I do highly recommend any of his books, for they are thought provoking and inspiring. You can check out this book and his others by clicking this link:
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There has been a lot in the news this past month from severe weather to the continuous series of earthquakes, even maybe the first recorded event of Zombie's or was that the new rabies chemical weapon that they have been working on??? Nonetheless, zombie's, now I have heard it all! We are just reaching the mid point of the year, but that is not what I want to touch on. It's what we haven't heard about in the last couple of months which is scheduled to go infront of the supreme court this month. That's right Obama Care. About 3 months ago I covered this back when it was getting a lot of attention. I just feel the need to once more bring it back up since our own media here in our so called politically correct country seems too scared to talk about! I can see why the rich want this passed for they get everything they want and the best care, after all this is based on social class where it will dictate what care you can receive or be denied if some council feels you are no longer deemed fit to be a productive member of society, but don't worry that doesn't effect the rich. They will be able to live out their days and enjoy old age and full
medical coverage. You know the worst part of this is so many people have listened to other's and the media but have not took the time to read the full document and see for themselves how unconstitutional this really is, I would expect to see a law like this in a communist country but not here, I mean have we slipped back in time to WWII were we had death camps and death panels? For this is what this is, just one more way to control the citizens and take all their rights away. If you are not rich than you don't deserve to have the best medical coverage or be able to get a life saving treatment, because it is based solely on your social class and if you are deemed still useful to be a service. Oh did I mention that isn't decided by you or you loved one's but by some panel of who know's who. One more thing what gives you the right to fine me for not having insurance because I don't have a job or I work part time or at a low paying job and can't afford to pay because I can barely put food on the table as it is to support my family. Then on top of the fine I can't get insurance till the fine is paid off and will continued to be fined till I get insurance or even put in jail. Now you wonder why so many states found Obama Care to be unconstitutional and for real I haven't even touched on what is all wrong with this bill. I am not against health care at all, we do need a better health care but this isn't it. It is Unconstitutional and strips your right's away!!! You want to fix health care then go to the root of the problem and that is the corporate sector, start fixing it so all prices are the same not at the discretion of the hospital or doctor. Fix it so that each treatment is the same price for the average person not the rich, and same with the pharmaceutical companies. For insurance isn't the root or the cause of the problem it's the hospital, doctor's and pharmaceutical companies that can charge whatever they feel like at any given time. If you fix that you will see a decrease in the social security debt and other debt's. It's up to us to take a stand and make our voice's heard, don't let them pass a law that steels your rights and freedom's away, and your children's future as well.....
What strikes an instant chord with The Vanguard writer/director Matthew Hope's The Veteran are real-life newspaper reports of servicemen and women returning from tours of duty and finding a lack of support for civilian life. Then there are the proposed defence cuts in a time when conflicts aboard seem to be escalating. It’s hard not to get emotional or political. But Hope manages to avoid banging the politics drum by concentrating on the ‘survival’ tactics of one lone soldier throughout. Think Harry Brown with bite: The Veteran follows paratrooper Miller (played by Toby Kebbell) who returns from Afghanistan to his crime-riddled London
estate, where he must deal with his own nightmares and adjust to life back home on his own. Through a lack of work and possessing a particular, attractive skill set to a minority, he stumbles into a conspiracy involving his comrade-in-arms, the intelligent services and a gang of local drug dealers, and finds himself fighting an altogether different kind of war. On the whole, Hope has produced a thought-provoking and truly distressing film about one lost soul’s relentless existence without any apparent hope of fitting back into ‘normal’ life. Sadly, Miller is yet another example of a faceless pawn in the defence game regardless of what his former bravery and actions achieved in a far-away land. However, there are some fanciful scenarios that simply fan the inner-city gang-culture bravado, as well as sillier ones when Miller meets corrupt agents in darkened car parks or derelict buildings. But once you get past the film’s brutal and extreme violence that some will question as controversial – one such fight with a baddie on a boat does shock but serves to portray Miller’s hand-to-hand combat experience, The Veteran does attempt to depict parallels between the worlds-apart war zones of Afghanistan and London. The former we never see, but are suggested by a brief but defining orange sunset scene, where Miller looks out over London’s skyline as a haunting battle soundtrack plays. There’s also a lengthy, energetic video-gaming-styled end shootout that’s quite alarming and makes you question – as in Harry Brown – where the hell the law is while all this is kicking off? At the heart of The Veteran is the human story of an ex-para shut down to his feelings – a real victim of war. It sees Kebbell in an unfamiliar, deadpan stance, but with that distant glint of madness in the eye that we were first exposed to in RocknRolla. It’s undoubtedly a great performance from Kebbell who defines an exciting and serious character-acting chapter in this stage of his career, and shows why he was a 2009 BAFTA Rising Star nominee. However, even though the actor is making waves in Hollywood with Prince of Persia and The Sorcerer's Apprentice, this probably still won’t grab studios’
attention, not because of its Brit slant on the subject matter as this has global resonance, but because parts of the story do not match up to Kebbell’s performance and feel like a made-for-Brit-TV feature-length drama, rather than a feature film. Even though Hope wrote this with ex-SAS soldier Robert Henry Craft in an attempt to raise awareness of the effects of PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), this is not so clear, paling into lesser significance to the more ‘exciting’ terrorism aspects. This is a shame as it’s the domestic, post-combat angle that’s the most compelling – we never really get that sense of inner conflict, however well acted by Kebbell. The film does tackle how the war on terror is fractured, ever evolving, and more closer to home, but trying to deal with too many issues at once, and giving too many tangent sub-plots detracts from the film-makers’ initial purpose. Overall, there is a market for The Veteran in today’s events, and Hope’s effort will not go unnoticed, what with the commendable appearance of Adulthood's Ashley Bashy Thomas as head gangster, Tyrone Jones, performing opposite Kebbell, and demonstrating some more of the best of Brit talent. The Veteranmakes an accurate point about the links between home-grown and wider-scale conflicts, but it does appear to miss out on the film-makers’ psychological intention, in favour of whipping up the fear of terrorism, espionage, and going all gun-ho. In so doing, it’s lost its key message of helping us understand how ex-vets need to re-acclimatise, which is a great shame.
A Very Popular BBQ Sauce
Ingredients • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar • 1 1/2 cups ketchup • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar • 1/2 cup water
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce • 2 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard • 2 teaspoons paprika • 2 teaspoons salt • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper • 2 dashes hot pepper sauce
Directions 1. In a blender, combine brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, water and Worcestershire sauce. Season with mustard, paprika, salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce. Blend until smooth. Footnotes • This will fill a 32 ounce ketchup bottle exactly. Cut back on the brown sugar to make it less sweet, or add more Worcestershire for more 'steak sauce' appeal. Nutritional Information A Very Popular BBQ Sauce Servings Per Recipe: 32 Amount Per Serving Calories: 43 Total Fat: 0.3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 278mg Total Carbs: 10.2g Dietary Fiber: 0.1g
The Best Steak Marinade
Ingredients • 1/4 cup olive oil • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce • 1/4 cup soy sauce • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard • 2 teaspoons minced garlic • salt and pepper to taste Directions 1. Mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, and garlic in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Footnotes • Cook's Note • Marinate steaks for at least 2 hours for best flavor. Nutritional Information The Best Steak Marinade Servings Per Recipe: 4 Amount Per Serving Calories: 156 Total Fat: 13.5g Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 1232mg Total Carbs: 7.8g Dietary Fiber: 0.2g Protein: 1.2g
BBQ NY Strip
Ingredients • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce • 1/4 cup minced garlic • 1/4 cup steak seasoning • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning • 4 (1/2 pound) New York strip steaks Directions 1. In a bowl, mix the olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, steak seasoning, red wine vinegar, basil, and Italian seasoning. Pour into a large resealable plastic bag. Pierce steaks on all sides with a fork, and place in the bag. Gently shake to coat. Seal bag and marinate steaks a minimum of 2 hours in the refrigerator.
2. Preheat grill for high heat. 3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Discard marinade. Place steaks on the grill, and cook 7 minutes on each side, or to desired doneness. Footnotes • The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary. Nutritional Information BBQ NY Strip Servings Per Recipe: 4 Amount Per Serving Calories: 586 Total Fat: 41g Cholesterol: 102mg Sodium: 3179mg Total Carbs: 12.9g Dietary Fiber: 0.6g Protein: 39.4g
I love someone with autism- ( living with autism from a moms point of view)
by ··Dark Fyre··
This is my story... When my son was diagnosed with adhd and also aspergers ....I went into a downward spiral of many mixed emotions .. At first I were in denial...how could my child have this? no way... they are so wrong ..... I was a little furious that they even mentioned he seems to have a problem, ( the usual parents go through, ) Until one day, They asked me to come in and just sit and watch him in
school....So I went to school to observe how he behaves at school... and I couldn't believe it! I was seeing something I never seen at home ...The way he walked....how he behaved around the others......his emotions...fears... he would not talk to any one at all........and I'm not talking your typical shy child .He just would not communicate ! No emotion what so ever..Its as if he had lost himself somewhere.... Then a second later he would be screaming and throwing a tantrum etc... I was in shock... why did I not see this? why is he different here then home? Then again home is home.. there are no others here , for him to have to deal with ...just us..... ...many questions filled my head ..until I finally broke down and cried ....I felt defeated I felt I had done something wrong ....i struggled with all of my memories of his earliest childhood years, trying to figure out where did it all go wrong? Had he become this way because of something I had done wrong...... why I asked myself ..he couldn't be like the other children....how will his life turn out now? How will this effect him ..... I just want him to be happy and have a good life... can he? will he? Will other children bully him , laugh at and tease him ,hurt him, because he's different? I was in total devastation... This was my first child and before this I had never had any experience with children what so ever...when I were younger holding a baby even felt awkward - so imagine the emotions there.. After the all pity parties I held for myself ...and after all the fear and hurt I felt for my child - within those ....I knew I had to pick myself up... and be strong for him..... learn everything I need to learn about this....... and do everything in my power as a mom to make his life what he deserves it to be.......
I spent countless hours reading ...everything about autism ,adhd, children's learning disabilities...I mean everything! I would be up until the crack of dawn...... studying up..learning all I can .. to arm myself .. prepare myself for this battle... As the years slowly slipped by...one major problem I had was with some of the teachers....They were very intolerant to his behaviors and would in meetings ask me why I cant control my child.. why doesn't he pay attention in class,, why doesn't he participate? ( knowing he is on the autism spectrum) But still putting a lot of blame on him and me....telling me I'm his mom ...and
I need to learn to control him ( these are teachers with some education on children's disabilities) they were taught to know how to deal with these children - they are taught to understand about the behaviors -I have no fuckin degree! I'm doing the best I can! My child is on the spectrum - his behaviors are a part of his condition! they know this! so WTF! I started becoming angry...People think sometimes that the behaviors can be controlled easily, but they are not! hell we still have yet to understand why and learn about them what is in the mind of autism and children with autism ....Some people looked at an autistic child as nothing but a spoiled brat which was far from the truth ....You would get constantly blamed for these behaviors and called a bad mother...... So the teachers and doctors decided .... The best way to deal with this all was to drug my child...... This was the tool of choice....made their lives a hella better ! right?! Now they can go on and teach in peace.... whilst my child looses himself in the ever so wonderful world of being drugged up...... (( of course at first I didn't feel this way I thought that , it will be a good thing for him and the only way to help him))) stupid I was....I'm not putting down the pharmaceutical world here..( not a fan of it either) .. some people really need a little drug therapy.... when there is nothing left to do and it helps keep them from hurting their self or others right? no?
Anywho...so we tried this approach.... for a while Oh the teachers loved it...it kept them sane for a while there! they had their peace! Me I wasn't so sure about it..I started to notice changes....Yes during the day in school he was more settled....Quiet....... But at home at night he couldn't sleep! he could not eat! he behavior started to become a little on the violent side... (( I'll never forget the heart wrenching day , when he came home and asked me mom why cant i be like all the rest of the kids why am I so different? why do I have to take medicine?? that day his words to this day still haunt me today....How do you answer this to a child ....))) He was fighting with his little brother a lot....he would bite , pinch kick punch ...I had a lot of bruises those days..soon after teachers started to complain
again to me .... that he's falling asleep in class not eating he looks lethargic.. etc....Well hello?! he's on drugs !? maybe this is the reason why? the drugs was actually more so for his adhd ...concerta - if I spelled that correctly.... They were once again all up my arse.....They wanted to up his doses of drugs!!! So I decided to do something else this time.. it was a little risk I took but it had to be done...... I went against his teachers doctors and neurologist/psychologist ...and I slowly eased him off the med and then ceased to give it to him.... Not letting them know this of course , not yet anyway...as the days went by I got less complaints..then I even got a compliment that he was doing real good paying attention and all....so this is when i decided to make an appointment with his neuro- psychologist.... To talk about what I had done, and the changes is had made....He told me then so be it ..if it works then he don't need any drugs...and the hell with teachers .... he said they are all just looking to better their days by throwing the kids on drugs makes life easier for them.....tell them to go $%$## yeah he did... .. ( : haha
We then decided a little group therapy with kids like him at the children's hospital would be good for him... social skills classes....To learn to interact and
so on.....learn about feelings emotions empathy etc....So the yrs slip by again.... At first they went well...he was making friends having fun,, but as the yrs went by and he kept going to these things he grew weary and also started to developed anxiety until the last day we went...( yes once again I acted on my own. and took him off these courses) he just had a total anxiety /panic attack whilst we were their waiting in the waiting room for the therapists to take the children up.. so I told them that' day I were taking him home and never went back to the children's hospital...after that- I asked him later why? why d id it bother him so much....He told me..because it were the same thing over and over again each year....their not progressing into anything new ..... So this is when I began my journey- my own way in handling his condition..I taught him everything, about people emotions .... style....situations and how people handle them....but more importantly I took on a diff approach I did not baby him.. I was very blunt and honest ...about autism , him , people etc..........and most of all I allowed him to be him.... I taught him to love himself regardless of any differences .. we would talk all the time about everything ... he's told me many things about his thoughts.....his visions.... the world and people...... things I never thought of or seen....I started to realize there is something different here....
also which I never mentioned he was so... so.... so........ very in tuned with my inner feelings thoughts and emotions..... he knew I was going to be sad or angry before I was ...... he just knew things no one else would ever know .......
he told me about the universe....at times.... and mankind as he would put it in his words... ( : I can go on but I wont.... ( : which brings me to the end of this blog I was inspired to share this with you all because if a posting I read today by Karen cottle ( autism ramblings about life)... on another site ...it most def touched me it resonated with me so much .. there is definitely something there too think about.....Thank you Karen ....
SPIRIT GUIDES DO YOU HAVE ONE
by ··Dark Fyre··
Over the years, Ive just learned to accept that ever so and then I will be having these hauntings For me It goes beyond the spirit world also , But that's another story ;-) i wont get into right now lol·It was until recently ,after meeting up online with many like minded individuals..... that i learned about spirit guides ...( still yet learning ) .. But I've been told that they do stay with us through out life and contact us when we need them .Or when they feel we need them ...Its still not easy for me to explain to you I'm still in the process of learning this ...so i have provided info from the web.... If you wish to read ( :·Darkfyre~··
http://spiritguides.com/ Benevolent Guides: Many people believe they have spirit guides. Some refer to theirs as angels or guardians. Regardless, if you believe you have one, a spirit guide is there simply·to guide, not as an entity that you need to give yourself over to. If a spirit guide has a negative influence on your behavior, then chances are good that it's not a spirit guide at all, but something else entirely. These are some of the more commonly found types of spirit guides:· Ascended Masters: These are guides often found by people who do energy work, such as Reiki. A ascended master who appears as a spirit guide is often a being that led a physical life and has moved on to a higher spiritual plane -- for example, Buddha, Krishna, even Jesus. Ascended masters usually work with collective groups of souls -- in other words, if you've got an ascended master hanging around you, you're not the only one he or she is helping. Their primary focus is that of helping all of humanity. It's not uncommon for an ascended master to have access to Akashic records. Also referred to as Master Teacher guides.· Ancestral Guides: An ancestral guide is one who can claim some sort of kinship with you, such as your dear Aunt Tillie who died when you were ten. It may also appear in the form of a long-dead ancestor. In some schools of thought, these entities are seen as reincarnated guides, because they are the spirits of someone who
loved us during their physical lifetime, or who had some sort of blood connection to our family. Some people, depending on their religious upbringing, may see these types of guides as guardian angels.·
Common Spirit Guide, or Teacher Guide: A typical spirit guide is archetypical, symbolic or representative of something else. For example, you may find your guide appears in the form of a warrior, a storyteller, or a wise woman, and they have appeared to you for a purpose. Typically, that purpose is to teach you and guide you along a particular path. They may also introduce you to other archetypes along your journey, and help out with problem solving, based upon your needs. They are known to provide insight by way of dreams or meditation, and may only hang around as long as you need them, then move on.·
Animal Guides: Although many people claim to have animals as spirit guides, often these entities are more companions than anything else. It's not uncommon for a deceased pet to linger around, keeping you company through the grieving process. In some spiritual traditions, such as various Native American or shamanic paths, a person may have an animal totem, which provides teaching and/or protection.· http://www.squidoo.com/spiritguide·http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/divin ation/p/Spirit_Guides.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_guide how many of you have a spirit guide? know your spirit guide ..
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Featured Articles Heathenry Is Not For Racists
Posted by Persephone
"Loddfafnir, listen to my counsel: You will fare well if you follow it, It will help you much if you heed it. If aware that another is wicked, say so: Make no truce or treaty with foes." - Hávamál, 127
Heathenry Is Not For Racists It is important to the Asatru, Heathen, and Pagan communities that we and the general public alike, understand that racism, nazism, white-supremacy, and the propagation of hate have nothing to do with Asatru, Othinism, or any of the pre-Christian religions in practice today(or during the "golden-era" when our pre-Christian ancestors walked the lands of Europe.) There are certain neo-nazi groups and white supremacists who call themselves "Heathens," namely the Hammer Skins and their ilk. These groups have appropriated and misused our sacred symbols and the names of our Gods in order to promote their "religio-political" views of hatred, racism, and fascism by distorting the fact that Asatru, Heathenry, or Othinism (Odinism), is the ancestrally ethnic religion of the peoples descended from Europe. The truth is that while Heathenism is a modern revival of the religion of our European ancestors, it has never,in any way, promoted nor encouraged hatred toward other ethnic or religious groups. Absolutely none of our sacred lore contains a mandate from our Gods to promote hatred toward other cultures, ethnic groups, or religions.
Heathen Symbols & Gods: Not For Other Religions It should be said that in general, Heathens are also in opposition to the misrepresentation of our Gods by other religious groups. These names are
specifically tied to our lore, thereby creating ownership by those who use the lore as a reference for their daily life or spiritual practice. Since these names are only found in our lore and cultural tradition of the land in which our Gods were so named, it is only logical to associate these Gods with the corresponding lore and religion for which they are worshiped. If we were Christians, the use of the name Jesus in a way that misrepresents him, based on Christian lore, is entirely inappropriate. This is not a game, nor a fantasy. We Heathens are devout in the belief in our Gods, based in our lore and tradition; both of which are a document, or documented to exist within a specific paradigm pertaining to Asatru or other names by which our faith is called. (Examples: The Mjolnir, The Sun Wheel, The Runes, The Swastika)
Racists Claiming To Be Heathens: Read The Lore! It is unfortunate, but not surprising, that a lot of these groups that say they are Heathens, but promote hatred and racism, are very vocal. It takes a lot of work to maintain the false message that these groups spew. Othin says in the Hávamál that,
"The ignorant booby had best be silent When he moves among other men, No one will know what a nit-wit he is Until he begins to talk; No one knows less what a nit-wit he is Than the man who talks too much." - Hávamál, 27
"To ask well, to answer rightly, Are the marks of a wise man: Men must speak of men's deeds, What happens may not be hidden." - Hávamál, 28
It is important that we Heathens know our lore so that we can combat these "nit-wits" who have to talk loudly and often about their hateful ideologies and methodologies. Alas, it is evident that most of these groups have never read our sacred lore, nor are they interested in learning what real Asatru is, as it would destroy their imposed justification they use to promote hatred and racism. While there isn't a specific text like the Christian Bible, there are many texts (The Eddas, Sagas, Tales, Legends, Mythologies, etc) that Asatruar can use to deepen their knowledge of our traditions. None of our traditions encourage hatred, racsism, bigotry, homophobia, or sexism.
Inter-Religious Hate Must Stop! Hatred toward Heathens, Asatruar, Othinists, or other forms of Paganism is also wide-spread. Like other groups that promote hate, religion-based hatred is also rooted in fear and lack of knowledge. It is important that we as Heathens take it upon ourselves to respectfully discuss what we do, our goals, our history, and most of all, our devout respect for each other as members of the greater human race (and of course, the greater natural world.) We must honor true diversity in the world. If all else fails, we should simply listen to another passage from the Hávamál where Othin says,
"The wise guest has his way of dealing With those who taunt him at table: He smiles through the meal, not seeming to hear The twaddle talked by his foes." - Hávamál, 31
From The Original Heathens Against Hate Web Site "As devoted Heathens we oppose hatred and prejudice based on religious differences, and promote religious freedom, tolerance, respect, and open communication. We strive, through education and by living example, to restore our ancient Old Religion to its rightful place among the world's faiths, and to reveal and refute, whenever possible, misrepresentations and propaganda against our beliefs and our Gods." - Óðindís, Woden's Harrow 2003 We should add to this, that we Heathens openly oppose hatred and prejudice based on the color of a person's skin, their sexual orientation, marital status, creed, or nationality.
Help Promote Heathen Values! In an effort to promote healthy, educated, lore-based Heathenry, and to combat the barrage of bad press generated by groups purporting to be Heathens; Heathens Against Hate is dedicated to enabling YOU to help educate the general public and Heathens alike, that Heathenry, Asatru, Othinism (Odinism), and Paganism do not equal hatred and racism. We invite you go to the HAH CafePress site to purchase official HAH buttons, bumper stickers,
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Posted by Couriousmind
Overestimating, or exaggerating is something a lot of people do. They say they can astrial project, or they say they can take on five men at once in a fight. They make claims they can do these things when in reality they can't. When you overestimate your abilities, thats when you usually fail. There are people who make false claims to seem more important, and I can't exactly blame them, we all like to be important, but it shouldn't be through false means, earn your praise, don't fake it. When you do something, don't make yourself bigger than you actually are. Sure there are some people out there that brag and flaunt their skills in others faces, but not because they are exaggerating per se, but because they KNOW, that they are that good. While arragont, they probably worked hard to get where they are. Eventually something will come along and knock them off
their high horse, not because they deserve it, not because of karma, but because it happens to everyone eventually, its not a punishment, it just is. Know what you can do, and work with it, and slowly get better. Be confident in what you do, but it doesn't mean that you can just automatically do something because you put your mind to it. Most things take time to do, so start out with what you can do and work forward. Be humble in your limitations, if you can't do something, admit it. Its like with lifting weights, don't go in thinking you can pick up 200 pounds and bench press it like a boss. You lift what you can, even if you can only lift five pounds, you are still there working. And you must continue to work if you are to get anywhere. Eventually you will see improvement. Don't overestimate yourself, it usually never ends well. Know yourself and what you can do, and be humble in what you can't.
Arizona Flame 1. I love people. The first thing I do, is check to see who is here. I will say hello and look for a chat. However, I am spending much time studying. I will sign-in here and into my blog. I will take a break from my blog, pop in here and study for a while. I am starting to find my niche, which gives me so much comfort. 2. I have been fighting cancer which forces me to think of my mortality. For this reason, I eventually found you. Primarily I could not except the Christian concept because of my own "sinful
ways". Parts of my own personality, I have kept hidden from the world and myself. I guess I thought they would go away if I prayed and ignore it. I now understand these are gifts and it is something that has been passed down within my family. I have both a Cherokee and a Celtic background. This is on my father's side of the family. However, my maternal grandmother who was "Christian", I now believe was a witch of some sort. She did call herself a "Well Witch". She would dowse for water, using a stick. Her faith was "Old Regular Baptist". This is a very old branch of Christianity which is considered taboo to most other Christian religions. They speak in tongues, they do not believe in musical instruments so they do not play hymns and sing. However, they do chant. When the spirit moves them, they speak in tongues, chant and dance while drumming with sticks of wood. They are also very superstitious and take folklore and "old wives tales" very seriously. Grandma was a midwife and would create what she called "potions" for any ailment imaginable. She was also the "healer" others would seek. She lived in a holler in the mountains of Kentucky. Medical Doctors were scarce and nobody could afford one. I learned some of my traits from grandma and some I inherited. Since I finally made the choice to seek Paganism, I finally feel like myself. I continue to study and I think I will be at home somewhere with the Chakras so I continue the practice my grandmother passed on to me. 3. I love frogs. Thanks to my grandma. She kept frogs and would tell me about them. She would chant to the frog when creating certain healing potions. There is an expression I use often. A very old quote of great wisdom. "I am as fine as hair on a frog split 3 ways". 4. Discovering the Chakras and finally knowing what this "thing" I have with
color is! That truly excited me as it is a definite marker in my path. 5. I hope you will continue to remember me and light candles. I seek a healing from the Beast. His name is Cancer. He has taken over my entire life. My sense of self, my identity, he tries to consume. The Beast needs cast out.
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Featured Member Articles IS THE DARK SIDE INCREASING? By Lee Carroll
Posted by Galina *Head Admin*
Within the last six months, we have seen many changes. One of the most profound of them comes in two parts. (1) The increase in personal difficulties which seem like the dark side is powering up for a battle, and (2) A very obvious choice of many who used to be on-board with New Age ideas, but lately have almost self-destructed, removing their own light. Let's look at these two areas briefly, and how they relate to what's happening today.
(1) You may disagree, but one of the pillars of the Kryon teaching is that "there is no dark side." Let me explain: Kryon tells us that there is no group of entities or one big entity (horns or not) who is out to get you and pull you down. That all sounds fine, but it sure doesn't seem that way to many. In addition, it goes against ancient spiritual history, and I can personally testify that there is a whole lot of darkness going on! So what's really happening? If there is no actual dark side, then where are these challenges coming from, and why does it seem like we are being assaulted? Okay... next step. Lets define what we are actually feeling. If it isn't the dark side, then what is it? It feels dark and ugly, and it's thick with purpose against us. It creates fear. Some folks prefer to call it negativity, so that we won't be confused with the guy with horns and his supposed entourage of demons. But to some, especially those who hear the voices and feel attacked by negative feelings, there is nothing I can say that will dissuaded them from feeling that it's an army of evil forces. First, do you remember what Kryon told us of these times? Over 12 years ago we were told that this would be the time when the new grid would begin to settle, and that much change would be seen and felt. Weather would change and anxiety would increase. Disease and war would claim millions (Kryon book 1). Change would unseat much that had been seen as permanent in the world, and many would question their sanity. However, we would have no Armageddon. Instead, we would have Apocalypse (a Greek derived word which means, "lifting the veil.") Personally, I think we are right on schedule. When I tell you what this dark energy is, some are going to holler, "impossible!" Kryon has been telling us for over a decade that we are powerful. We have the ability to change matter around us, and even our "aura at rest" has influence. By the way, for the first time in the history of my work, I have now been able to show scientific proof that this seemingly eye-rolling premise is indeed factual. This whole year (2002), in our seminars, we featured the work of Masaru Emoto, a scientist in Japan, and his experiments with water. Positively and empirically, it showed that Human consciousness is not only measurable, but it changes matter... we've got the pictures! So here we are
being shown that we have far more power over mater and reality than we ever thought. John Wheeler, 90 year-old physicist, and colleague of Albert Einstein, gives us the most unusual premise of all: This researcher asks, "Does matter exist if the Human isn't looking?" He is one of the first to postulate that Human consciousness might be a huge energy player in physics (and it's about time). All this is to say that you and I are far more than blobs of accidental walking biology. We might actually have interdimensional power that postures what happens in what we call reality... the earth, the solar system, and our own personal paths. This then, starts to circle the wagons around the word intent. So what does this have to do with negative force? We also have been told that we have a duality. Duality is a balance between light and dark within our own consciousness that drives us to seek Spirit, or not, depending on our own free will. Could it be that our "dark parts" are just as potent as our light parts? Kryon says yes, but that light is active and dark is passive, so although light will always eliminate the dark, if a person wishes to turn off the light, the dark will prevail, real and scary. Any Human who wants to, can also increase this dark energy within their own lives... even project it. As humanity moves the balance of dark and light on earth, it actually changes the "middle point" of where the average balance is of everything. This changes not only us (you and I), but earth, and even our spiritual history. Kryon told us that all the old prophesies and channelling of the past that described the potentials of who we are and what would happen, now belong to another humanity, not ours. We changed tracks. Can the past change when we take action in the present? Yes. Hey, is this one of those weird metaphysical concepts? It used to be, but not any more. Just ask John Wheeler. His entire physics postulate is based around reality shifting and the ability of the Human Being to change the past by altering the present! (Discover Magazine, June 2002) Kryon tells us this: As you change the balance of dark and light on the planet through your intent for ascension and interdimensional awareness, you are leaving a part of the old "you" behind. Due to the direction of the shift, there is
an actual part of the "dark" you (in duality) which is about to be severed forever. This piece of "dark you" is fighting for its life! It's YOU fighting YOU, but personally it might seem like the demons of hell have ganged up. What proof of this is there? Let me ask you this: Who knows you better than you? The attacks seem very personal, don't they? The "voices" know exactly what you are afraid of, don't they? And there is a very profound attempt from that piece which has been part of you, lifetime after lifetime, to resist and fight for survival. Remember Kryon Book Five, "The Journey Home"? Years ago, Kryon channelled about this fight, which the book's character, Michael Thomas had with "IT." Many asked, "What was IT in the book? Now we know: IT is the dark part that each of us has, appropriately, that keeps us guessing, and that makes this test of enlightenment all the more challenging, and in all fairness, worth it. Even after you "slay" this dark part, there is still a balance of duality to contend with. This dual balance stays with us and asks us every day if we are doing the right thing or not. But the piece that is fighting to stay with you is one that knows you so well that is can impersonate anything. It's the monster under the bed, the devil, the ones who came to earth to get you... and (of course) the evil ETs and their helpers. It's all the conspiracies lumped into one, with your name as the target. But it's NOT. It's fake. Instead, it's the part of you, which is being sent into obscurity - a part that won't give up until you say "enough." You want proof? Okay. If it's a vast conspiracy of millions from the dark side, then how come they retreat so fast when you order them to? Why would such a powerful adversary be so afraid of little-old you? It's time to start "connecting the dots" as we are now saying. Think! Sometimes the intellect is very valuable at a time like this, in full cooperation with your emotions. What to do? Laugh in the face of this energy. Then have a ceremony around it. Honor that it was part of your life for so long, and dismiss it in love. Embrace the fact that it's you, and then send it on its way. What are the steps? They are the ones you make up! Have your own ceremony, oh powerful one. Do you really need some guru to give proceedure to you? Make it a good ceremony. Burn something old... use symbolism if you wish, then move on!
(2) Kryon told us over and over that there would be an "end to the fence-sitting." Perhaps you thought that this would mean that thousands all over earth would "see the light" and join in an effort to change the balance of earth, and bring it into more light? Think again. It was a statement that meant that in these days you would really know where people stood. There would be a battle, not an earth war, but a battle. Take a look at the world right now. It's about choosing the very consciousness of civilization, isn't it? All in the name of God (just like always), consciousness if being tested. Light or dark? People are taking sides. It's not all about foreign cultures either. Many in our own camp have decided that you and I are "blinding humanity with light." They have retreated to the old books about civilization being polarized with ET's and conspiratorial plots against humanity. They frighten you by questioning if the person walking next to you is even Human. (Do this for awhile and watch how unbalanced, fearful and paranoid you become. Agenda anyone?) They have decided to embrace a dark place that is very comfortable for them, before all this light arrived in 1987. I have lost friends who now see Kryon as the "great liar." They want you to think it's a big conspiracy to lull you into submission with love, so that the evil ones can take you away. These also have their books and their channellings to "prove it" within their own circles. The darkness within each of them has won. There is no judgment here, just a fact. They are following their truth just like you are, so don't judge them or even feel sorry. It's all in the balance of free choice. I obviously don't agree, but I actually respect those who have taken a stand. I feel it's appropriate for us all to do this, and we are going to have to, in order to change this planet. What should you believe? Which is correct? Why don't you examine both sides? Listen to everyone. Feel the energy of both camps and discern for yourselves which one is for you. Go to a spiritual place that you trust within yourselves and say, "God, please tell me what I should know." Then look around and decide. I believe that humanity has thrown away the old prophesies, and the old conspiratorial texts. I believe that historians will point to this time some day,
calling it a renaissance of sorts. I think those who wish to continue to embrace the dark will slowly be sucked into a place where eventually they will wallow in disappointment and fear, having separated themselves willingly from the love of God. As for me, I am bathed in the love of Spirit and the knowledge that all of us arrived here at a time that Kryon is calling a "new dispensation." It allows us to decide our own spiritual fate, and it gives us tools of discernment if we wish to find them. I celebrate this time! http://kryon.com/inspiritmag/hot_topic/index.html
All About Curses
Posted by Christine *Admin*
A curse (also called execration) is any manner of adversity thought to be inflicted by any supernatural power, such as a spell, a prayer, an imprecation, an execration, magic, witchcraft, a god, a natural force, or a spirit. The study of the forms of curses comprise a significant proportion of the study of both folk religion and folklore. The deliberate attempt to levy curses is often part of the practice of magic. In Hindu culture the Fakir is believed to have the power to bless and curse.
Special names for specific types of curses can be found in various cultures: African American voodoo presents us with the jinx/haitians and crossed conditions, as well as a form of foot track magic, whereby cursed objects are laid in the paths of victims and activated when walked over. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean culture is the source of the belief in the evil eye, which may be the result of envy but, more rarely, is said to be the result of a deliberate curse. In order to be protected from the evil eye, a protection item is made from dark blue circular glass, with a circle of white around the black dot it the middle, which is reminding a human eye. The size of the protective eye item may vary. German people, including the Pennsylvania Dutch speak in terms of hexing (from the German word for witchcraft), and a common hex in days past was that laid by a stable-witch who caused milk cows to go dry and horses to go lame. Indian people use the word Shaap in Hindi and Marathi; Sabam in Tamil. Greek and Roman curses were somewhat formal and official. Called katadesmoi by the Greeks and tabulae defixiones by the Romans, they were written on lead tablets or other materials, generally invoked the aid of a spirit (a deity, a demon, or one of the dead) to accomplish their aim, and were placed in a location considered effective for their activation, such as in a tomb, cemetery, or sacred spring or well. In the text of katadesmoi and defixiones, the petitioner uttered a prayer or formula that the enemy would suffer injury in some specific way, such as theft or loss of respect, along with the reason for the curse. The Romans, Etruscans, and Greeks in Italy all practiced this custom. They buried the curses so well that today we have a body of curse inscriptions to tell us how they did it. In the Celtic world there were also many different forms of curses. Some of the most well known from Ireland are Curse stones, Egg curses, New Year curses and Milk curses. Curse stones generally involved particle stones with
the power to curse. One example involved turning a stone three times and saying the name of the person you wanted to curse. Egg curses are a fertility curse. If you buried/hid eggs on someone else's land it was believed you could steal their land's fertility and therefore their luck. There are also some well documented methods believed to break these curses. New year curses are like egg curses. If you took something from someone on the new year you took their luck for the year. People used to not clean their house or throw out water for this reason. In Munster you can see a similar form in the may bush and the stealing of may bushes. Stealing back the item or bush is believed to return the luck. Milk curses were curses put on a household where the milk from others cows went to yours. The first curse in the Bible is put on the serpent by God, "You are cursed more than all cattle", (Genesis 3:14). As a result of Adam and Eve disobeying God, the ground is also cursed: "Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life." (3:17). Cain is cursed from the earth, "So now you are cursed from the earth", (4:11). In the New Testament Paul sees curses as central to the meaning of Jesus's crucifixion. In Galatians 3:13 he says: "Christ redeems us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us...". He refers to Deuteronomy: " anyone who is hung on a tree is under God's curse." (21:23 RAEDM) Some passages in the Tanakh treat curses as being effective techniques; they see a curse as an objective reality with real power. However, most sections of the Bible conceive a curse to be merely a wish, to be fulfilled by God only when just and deserved. According to the Book of Proverbs, an undeserved curse has no effect (Proverbs 26:2), but may fall back upon the head of him who utters it (Genesis 12:3; Sirach 21:27), or may be turned by God into a blessing, as in the case of Balaam (Deuteronomy 23:5). The declaration of punishments (Gen. 3:14, 17; 4:11), the utterance of threats (Jeremiah 11:3, 17:5; Malachi i. 14), and the proclamation of laws (Deut. 11:26-28, 27:15 et seq.) received added solemnity and force when conditioned by a curse.
In the Bible, cursing is generally characteristic of the godless (Ps. 10:7), but may serve as a weapon in the mouth of the wronged, the oppressed, and those who are zealous for God and righteousness (Judges 9:57; Prov. 11:26, 30:10). A righteous curse, especially when uttered by persons in authority, was believed to be unfailing in its effect (Gen. 9:25, 27:12; II Kings 2:24; Ecclus. Sirach 3:11). One who had received exemplary punishment at the hands of God was frequently held up, in cursing, as a terrifying object-lesson (Jer. 23: 22), and such a person was said to be, or to have become, a curse (II Kings 22:19; Jer. 24:9, 25: 18; Zechariah 8:13). An elaborate trial by ordeal for a woman suspected by her husband of adultery is set forth in Numbers 5:11-30; this involved drinking a "bitter water that brings a curse"; if the woman were guilty, she would suffer miscarriage and infertility. It is especially forbidden to curse God (Exodus 22:28), parents (Ex. 21:17; Leviticus 20:9; Prov. 20:20, 30: 11), the authorities (Ex. 22:28; Eccl. 10:20), and the helpless deaf (Lev. 19:14). Rabbinic Literature A number of sections of the Talmud show a belief in the power of curses (Berachot 19a, 56a.) In some cases, a curse is described as related to the nature of a prayer (Ta'an. 23b); an undeserved curse is described as ineffective (Makkot 11a) and falls back upon the head of him who utters it (Sanhedrin 49a). Not only is a curse uttered by a scholar unfailing in its effect, even if undeserved (Mak. 11a), but one should not regard lightly even the curse uttered by an ignorant man (Meg. 15a). The Biblical prohibitions of cursing are legally elaborated, and extended to self-cursing (Shebu. 35a). A woman that curses her husband's parents in his presence is divorced and loses her dowry (Ket. 72a). Cursing may be permissible when prompted by religious motives. For instance, a curse is uttered against those who mislead the people by calculating, on the basis of Biblical passages, when the Messiah will come (Sanhedrin 97b). Cursed are those who are guilty of actions which, though not forbidden, are considered reprehensible. According to legend, some rabbinic scholars cursed sometimes not only with their mouths, but also with an angry, fixed look. The consequence of such a look was either immediate death or
poverty (Sotah 46b, and parallel passages). Curses Places Certain landmarks or locales are said to be cursed. Various lakes, rivers and mountains have been called cursed, as has the Sargasso Sea. However even when there is a tradition of a place "taking someone" every number of years it is not always considered cursed. For example, someone is said to drown in Lough Gur in Limerick, Ireland every seven years but the lake is not considered "cursed" by the locals. The alleged Bermuda Triangle effect is believed by some to be some form of curse (and by others to be some unexplained natural phenomena). Babinda's Boulders, Babinda township, near Cairns, Queensland on Australia's mid-north coast, is a place known for the Devil's Pool, a group of waterholes known to be dangerous to young male travellers, but never claiming the lives of locals or females. There is some dispute about the dangers, that the geography of the place is naturally risky with the rocks and fast moving currents &em; yet an Aboriginal legend exists giving it the context of a historic curse. Curse of the United States Presidency Tecumseh's curse was reputed to cause the deaths in office of Presidents of the United States elected in years divisible by 20, beginning in 1840. This alleged curse appears to have fallen dormant, since Ronald Reagan, (elected in 1980) survived an assassination attempt. The Curse of 27 is the belief that 27 is an unlucky number due to the number of famous musicians and entertainers who have died at the age. Robert Johnson, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Janis Joplin, Jonathan Brandis and Kurt Cobain are all believed to have been affected by the curse of 27. This is also known as the 27 Club. Cursed objects are generally supposed to have been stolen from their rightful owners or looted from a sanctuary. The Hope Diamond is supposed to bear
such a curse, and bring misfortune to its owner. The stories behind why these items are cursed vary, but they usually are said to bring bad luck or to manifest unusual phenomena related to their presence. The television show Friday the 13th: The Series dealt with a hoard of cursed antiques sold by an evil man that gave their owners various powers in return for killing. Once cursed, the objects were indestructible and had to be stored in a special vault. Curses and Metaphysics Throughout history curses have been part of the program to instill the Fear Factor into the human experience. Curses often about relationships and the polar opposite of Fear - Love. If you allow yourself to believe in a curse, you can manifest that energy. Fear can manifest all sorts of lower frequency emtions. In this timeline, we move into the positive light and all curses are broken by our intent to erase them. Did you ever believe that someone has cast a spell/curse on you? In this life time? Do you refer to this as a psychic attack? Do you believe the energies can be reversed? Energies can be reversed and destroyed. As with illness - you must examine the reason this is happening to you, more to the point, why you are allowing it to happen to you. Are you sure you are not enjoying this dysfunctional aspect of the game to experience negative emotions linked to fear? This experience is mostly likely part of your DNA genetic blueprint, culturally linked, perhaps. This is all about dysfunctional people, places and events. Look internally, then externally, then spiritually, working with energies. Use
candles if you feel guided/ignited. Place yourself in balance. Surround yourself in white light and turn the energies away. If they cannot penetrate or line up with your grid matrix, they will not affect you. It's that simple, but you must clear the emotional connection with you and what you believe is the curse or psychic attack. Most of all, don't believe everything these people tell you. Power is higher consciousness, therefore it is internal thought and can be aquired. Praying to god for help is still about something external. It probably won't work. When you pray, if you shift you grid, by the power of attraction will get what you are meant to experience - what you attract into your life. The people who come for readings and discuss psychic attacks with me are general from island cultures. They have mostly been women and the reason for the curse has been about the love of a man they cannot have or have lost. After they lose the man - who is generally a player to begin with - they feel that the next woman he meets or a member of his family who hates her - is creating the negative energies to keep them apart. Ya know what...this is all too negative and no man is worth it. Let it go. Let him go. Why do people cling to love that is lost?! Move away from those people. A functional person would run like hell! I have been asked if I can erase curses. That is not my function here. You must do it yourself. Curses are part of old programs - old world thinking and paradigms that date back to the beginning of the program. That's all all changing. Move away from the old. Disconnect. Reality is bringing you many opportunities for change. Seize the moment. Get help. Stop playing the wounded soul!
All curses, once created, are meant to be broken by the strong, those who have personal power, while the weak wallow in self-doubt and self-pity and give their power over to negativity and dysfunctional people.
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Do fantasy creatures really exist?
As we grow up, most of us stop believing in the strange and wonderful creatures of our bed-time stories. Like Santa and the Easter Bunny, our passions for fairies, dragons, unicorns, and sea serpents fade as we acquire more and more cognitive ability. But maybe our disbelief is misplaced; as "grown-ups", we all know that both Santa and the Bunny who once frequented Spring festivals in the European countryside both were real things, once upon a time. It is said that all legends grow from a grain of truth. Do we pass judgment too hastily on the other miraculous critters of mystery? Historically, faeries (or fairies, if you prefer) are cut from the same cloth as the more-oft believed-in corporeal spirits, angels and demons. Their tale
pre-dates every modern religion, yet at least one of these groups of supernatural beings seems to be an integral part of almost every faith. According to Christian legend, when Lucifer led his rebellion against God, the angels took sides. Those that remained loyal to God remain with Him in Heaven; those that followed the Morning Star were cast down, and became demons. But, there was also a third group of immortals, one that did not take a side. These few, who remained neutral, were punished for failing to support their creator, but not so severely as those who raised their hands against Him. Instead of being cast into the fire, they were exiled to Earth, and they are called the Fey - Faeries. Most other legends of the fair folk run along the same lines: angels are good spirits, demons are evil, and the Fey are somewhere in between. Remember, Christianity does not have an exclusive on believing in heavenly winged supernatural beings; angels have captivated the faithful all across the world long before Abraham ever dreamed of moving out of his ancestral homeland to serve his Lord. Faeries are among the oldest of mythical beings, yet more people believe in them today than in the possibility of space aliens (whether or not said aliens have visited Earth). Part of the reason for that faith may be due to a handful of actual fairy photos that were taken around the turn of the 20th Century. As a young girl, Elise Wright was given one of the earliest 'point and shoot' cameras, and she put it to good use. She and her sister returned to their father five photographs that, when developed, showed the girls cavorting with none other than the fey folk! The photos were of such high quality that scientists and photographic experts in the Wrights' homeland of England and around the world verified their authenticity again and again. Even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the man behind
the greatest rational mind of all time, Sherlock Holmes, vouched for them. In fact, no one was ever able to discredit the photos for a certainty until 1982, when Elise herself fessed up to how they were made. To today's discerning viewer, with eyes capable of picking out ultra-realistic CGI from the most modern movies, the photos seem obvious fakes. Yet, such a long-standing item of wonder as a real photo of a fairy holds some of the old magic still; and people believe. Perhaps their faith is not unfounded. But unlike old fabricated photos, the evidence for some mythical creatures is a bit more concrete. We've all heard the news reports in recent years of real Krakens being found in the Asian Pacific. Essentially giant squids, Krakens are the age-old terrors of the deep, the only creature more feared than the sea-serpents of the days of the first explorers. As recent movies have depicted, a Kraken is capable of smashing vessels, snaring crew, and even pulling a full-size warship down to the depths. While it remains uncertain whether the real giant squids have ever decided to snack on human passersby, the creatures are, in fact, real. Japanese scientists have verified a corpse found adrift in the ocean as a humongous, but real, squid. More recently, submarine explorers have captured video of living squids, grown to gigantic size. And, speaking of giants, they're real too. For over a hundred years, carnival side shows have claimed to have "the tallest man in the world", but, at one point, marketing marvel P.T. Barnum really did. As cataloged in Ripley's Museum in Atlantic City (and elsewhere), a number of humans have lived who literally towered over us 'common folk', and the Guinness Book of World Records chronicles to this day the tallest living people on Earth. Tall people might be easier for us to believe in than 'little folk', but even more fantastic creatures remain to be seen. Of all the myriad monsters in ancient
mythology, there is no beast that captures our collective sense of wonder so much as the Unicorn. And, as you might guess, this creature is also more than mere myth. In fact, this one is more than misinterpreted bones or gigantic variants of known species - this curious creature is actually real, as-is. In June, 2008, the front page of nearly every newspaper in the United States featured a photograph of the fantastic beast found in Italy. Long presumed to be a relative of the horse, it turns out that real unicorns are more closely related to the common deer. Described in legend as a cloven-hoofed steed with a single horn in the center of its brow, the deer unicorn is a perfect match. Historically, unicorns were not white; the monochromatic element wasn't added to the story until the "steed" part because synonymous with "horse", and the spiritual aspect of legend sanctified the presumed coloration (because there are white horses). In olden times, however, humans were much shorter and lighter than they are today. In the days of old, long before the age of the great empires, people actually did ride deer. And, it may well have come to pass, that some domesticated and trained deer were ridden into battle, just as horses were prior to the advent of mechanized warfare. Should one of those steeds happened to have had the same kind of miraculous malformity seen in newspapers, then the superstitious folk of the age would very likely have taken the genetic anomaly for an omen - and so a legend was born. Even the Chimera, a monstrous mix of various animals, has been found in the modern age. The television show "20/20" recently did a feature piece about human chimeras, people who have tissues with different DNA in their cells. One story was about a woman who lost custody of her kids because she failed a DNA test: while in the womb, she had absorbed her half-sister, and, as a result, her ovaries carried a different genetic code than the cells in her mouth. It was those other genes that were passed on to her own children. Other people depicted in the broadcast showed more obvious signs of their
chimeric nature, including multiple racial skin colorations, with clear lines of division between them. Others even displayed the sex characteristics of both genders. Humans aren't the only known chimeras either. There are all manner of creatures that seem to be the combination of other creatures, such as the flying fish, or even the penguin. And there is the duck-billed platypus, which looks like the aftermath of a transmuted person from an ancient Greek fable who really annoyed the gods. Recent evidence continues to emerge of other strange and mysterious creatures. From the return of the "extinct" celicant, to the puzzling pictures of a supposed "chupakabra", there seems no end to the possible reality behind the creatures of legend. Fossils have been uncovered of Zaratan, giant sea turtles so big that sailors confused them with small islands. If these oddities, which supposedly lived for millennia, are rare enough, they may still live today. Ever hear of those "drifting" islands in the Bermuda Triangle? Leprechauns, giants, fairies, dragons, unicorns, leviathans, and even the Aztec winged snakes all have some form of possible analog that exists, or once did exist, in the real world. And no one can deny that dwarfs are real. So, before you break the sad news to your children that the curious creatures of fable and fantasy are nothing more than fiction, think long and hard about what you've learned here. If so many of these monsters may once have lived, and some of them really do carry on to this day, then one must seriously wonder about the other possibilities. Most of all, you might want to have faith for your own safety. If you don't, then the Paradoxadon (a monster that only exists for people who don't believe in it) might get you.
Compass (field expedient)
LOST? CRAFT A COMPASS
If you’re ever lost, you’ll find a compass is a crucial tool. When markers or trails are nonexistent, a compass can keep you pointed in the right direction to get you back to a line of reference. A compass indicates Earth’s magnetic north and south poles. This project describes three ways of making one with things around you. For each method, you will need: • Needle (or twist-tie, staple, steel baling wire or paper clip)
• Small bowl, cup or other non-magnetic container • Water • Leaf or blade of grass METHOD 1: MAGNET MAN What You’ll Need: • Small magnet from a radio or car stereo speaker What You’ll Do:
Take the needle and stroke it in one direction with the small magnet, at least 50 times. This will magnetize the needle so it will be attracted to Earth’s north
and south magnetic poles. Fill a bowl or cup with water. Place a small blade of grass or any small article that floats on the surface of the water. Place the needle on the blade of grass and watch it eventually turn in one direction. Mark one end of the needle so that magnetic north is determined.
METHOD 2: SILKY SMOOTH What Else You’ll Need: • Silk or synthetic fabric from a neckerchief, tie, scarf or other garment
What You’ll Do: Stroke the needle in one direction with the silk material. This will create a static charge in the metal, but it will take many more strokes to magnetize it. Stroke at least 300 times. Once floated on a leaf in the bowl as in Method 1, the needle should be magnetized enough to be attracted to Earth’s north and south magnetic poles. You may have to remagnetize the sneaky compass needle occasionally. is not insulated, wrap the staple with paper or a leaf and then wrap the wire around it. When you connect the wire to the battery in this manner, you are creating a short circuit—an electrical circuit with no current—draining load on it. This will cause the wire to heat quickly, so connect the wire ends to the battery only for short four-second intervals. Do this 15 times. Place the staple on a fl oating item in a bowl of water, and it will eventually turn in one direction. Mark one end of the staple to determine magnetic north. METHOD 3: BATTERY POWER What You’ll Need: • Battery What You’ll Do: When electricity flows through a wire, it creates a magnetic field. If a small piece of metal, like a staple, is placed in a coil of wire, it will become magnetized. Wrap a small length of wire around a staple or paper clip and connect its ends to a flashlight battery. If the wire is not insulated, wrap the staple with paper or a leaf and then wrap the wire around it. When you connect the wire to the battery in this manner, you are creating a short circuit—an electrical circuit with no current—draining load on it. This will cause the wire to heat quickly, so connect the wire ends to the battery only for short four-second intervals. Do this 15
Place the staple on a floating item in a bowl of water, and it will eventually turn in one direction. Mark one end of the staple to determine magnetic north. In a bad situation this will help,and can be modified.Dig a hole in the dirt,put some water in it,add leaf and needle.Remember to keep soures of metal away from your compass,it will throw it off.
Banishing disease with three 9-volt Batteries,Homemade Colloidal Silver
by SteamPunkRebel "We now know what 'wealth' is. Wealth is the ability to re-generate forward life. How many people can you take care of for how many days?" Buckminster Fuller You can purchase a Colloidal Silver kit by calling Mark Metcalf at 213-462-5453. Reprinted by permission from Perception Magazine. Imagine having your own hospital. Not just any hospital either. After all, the mortality rate generally drops when hospitals go on strike.(1,2,3,4) Death due to toxic drugs, unnecessary treatment, rampant ignorance and a sea of antibiotic-resistant bacteria make most hospitals the Devil's own playground. No, I'm talking about a hospital that makes people well again. Now, imagine that your new hospital is essentially cost free, works anywhere and is the size of a transistor radio, neatly fitting in your shirt pocket. Impossible? Not at all. The only thing unbelievable about it is that any American is without one. The "hospital" I am talking about is a Colloidal Silver generator. Silver is a powerful, natural prophylactic/antibiotic, used for thousands of years. Ancient Greeks lined their eating and drinking vessels with silver, as did many other cultures throughout the world.(5) Pioneers of the American West would put a silver dollar in a jug of milk to keep it fresh without refrigeration.(6) Did you ever wonder why silverware was made from silver? One of the properties of silver is that it kills bacteria on contact in six minutes or less.(7) It may be that gold and silver were first used as valued currency because of their medical properties. Dr. Robert O. Becker, author of The Body Electric, recognized a correlation between low silver levels and sickness. He said silver deficiency is responsible for the improper functioning of the immune system. Dr. Becker's experiments
conclude that silver works on the full spectrum of pathogens without any side effects or damage to the body. He also states that silver does more than kill disease-causing organisms; it also causes major growth stimulation of injured tissues. Burn patients and even elderly patients notice more rapid healing with silver application. According to Dr. Becker, all strains of pathogens resistant to other antibiotics are killed by the element. He even discovered that silver can change cancer cells back to normal! What is Colloidal Silver? Colloidal Silver is the result of an electro-magnetic process that pulls microscopic particles from a larger piece of silver into a liquid, such as water.(8) As tiny particles, the silver can more easily penetrate and travel throughout the body. Colloidal Silver works as a catalyst, disabling the enzyme that all one-celled bacteria, fungi and viruses use for their oxygen metabolism. In short, it suffocates the bad guys. Unlike with antibiotics, resistant strains have never been known to develop. In fact, antibiotics are only effective against perhaps a dozen forms of bacteria and fungi, but never viruses. Because no known disease-causing organism can live in the presence of even minute traces of the chemical element of metallic silver, Colloidal Silver is effective against more than 650 different disease-causing pathogens.(9) Since there is not enough room to list all the diseases against which Colloidal Silver has been used successfully, here is a tiny sample: acne, allergies, appendicitis, arthritis, blood parasites, bubonic plague, burns (colloidal silver is one of the few treatments that can keep severe burn patients alive), cancer,(10) cholera, conjunctivitis, diabetes, gonorrhea, hay fever, herpes, leprosy, leukemia, lupus, lymphangitis, Lyme disease, malaria, meningitis, parasitic infections both viral and fungal, pneumonia, rheumatism, ringworm, scarlet fever, septic conditions of the eyes, ears, mouth and throat, shingles, skin cancer, staph infections, strep infections, syphilis, toxemia, trenchfoot, all forms of viruses, warts and stomach ulcer. In addition it also has veterinary
uses, such as for canine parvo virus. You'll also find Colloidal Silver very handy in the garden since it can be used against bacterial, fungal and viral attacks on plants. Simply spray diluted Colloidal Silver on the leaves, and add to soil water. It would appear highly unlikely that even germ warfare agents could survive an encounter with Colloidal Silver, since viruses like E Bola and Hanta, or even the dreaded "flesh-eating bacteria" are, in the end, merely hapless viruses and bacteria. To top it off, Colloidal Silver is non-toxic, making it safe for both children and adults, as well as pets.(11,12) In short, anything bigger than a one-cell animal seems to like it. Nor does one have to worry about that old FDA (Food and Drug Administration) fox being put in charge of this home remedy hen house. Colloidal Silver is a pre-1938 healing modality, making it exempt from FDA jurisdiction under the grandfather clause.(13) So why haven't you heard of it? I suspect the user friendly economics of Colloidal Silver may have something to do with its low profile in the media. Colloidal Silver can't help but shine a spotlight on the expensive and deadly nature of our pharmaceutical industries, who are bigger than the Pentagon economically. For example, the pharmaceutical cartel's relentless promotion of dangerous vaccines for humans and animals through government programs have now been linked to everything from increasing crib deaths in infants (who in many documented cases scream for hours before dying), to the increasingly common disease, feline leukemia, in house cats.(14) Colloidal Silver, on the other hand, is a safe and reliable alternative to expensive pharmaceuticals. It is possible that consuming large amounts over long periods of time may kill some friendly bacteria in your intestines. If taking large amounts, you should supplement your diet with yogurt or acidophilus, or compensate for possible bacteria loss in some other way. This is not, however, a serious problem, and
unlike antibiotics, Colloidal Silver does not weaken the body's immune system. In fact, it is said to give the body a second immune system, creating a shield against disease of all kinds. As it is currently marketed through local health food stores, colloidal silver contains anywhere from 1 to 5 parts per million (ppm) and sells for as much as $21.95 for two ounces. An average adult dose might be anywhere from a tablespoon per day to a sixteen ounce tumbler, or more, since no toxic dose is known. Thanks to one physicist's(14) brilliantly simple design outlined below, you can now construct your own generator and produce unlimited amounts of high-quality colloidal silver concentrate for the price of water! How to make your own Silver Colloid Generator. While it has been discovered that 30 volts is the ideal for Silver Colloid production, 27 volts is very effective and happens to be the convenient result of wiring three 9-volt batteries together. Therefore, you'll need three 9-volt transistor radio batteries, three battery snap-on lead connectors, 2 insulated alligator clips, 1 24 volt 40 mA sub miniature incandescent bulb (28 volt 40 mA will also do fine), a foot of 3/32" heat shrink insulation tubing, a foot of 2-conductor stranded insulated zipper wire for clip-leads, a small box to put it all in, and 10" of pure silver wire (.999 fine). This should cost under $30.00 for everything. Assuming some skill with a soldering iron, you should spend about thirty minutes constructing the generator. Solder your three snap-on battery clips in series (red to black) to provide 27 volts. Connect a 24V incandescent lamp in series with either positive or negative output lead. Solder the red insulated alligator clip to the positive (anode) and the black insulated clip to the negative (cathode) 2 conductor lead wires. Insulation is shrunk over soldered connections using a heat gun or hair dryer. Cut your 10" of silver wire in half. Bend top ends of your two 5" silver
electrode wires so they can clip over the top rim of a plastic or glass cup (not metal). About 4" of each wire should be submerged. WARNING! Use ONLY pure silver (.999 fine) electrodes. #14 gauge is the preferred thickness. Pure silver is sometimes available at electroplating supply companies. Or, inquire at a jewelry store specializing in silver about who their wholesale supplier is. Do not confuse sterling silver (.9275) with pure silver since sterling also contains other metals. With this in mind, you may want to have a chemical analysis (assay) of your purchased silver in addition to the written word of your supplier. If the Silver Colloid is to be ingested or injected, be sure to use distilled water. Tap water is fine for other uses, such as for a topical spray or for plants. Also, before beginning to make your Colloidal Silver you will need to make a saline solution for enhancing conductivity. If you are using filtered spring water, no saline solution will be needed as spring water already has a natural saline content. If the saline content of the water is too high, black flakes will begin to appear on the surface of the water. Saline solution can be made by mixing approximately four ounces of distilled water with half a tea-spoon of sea salt in a separate container. Do not use common table salt as table salt has chemical additives. After stirring the salt solution for a minute, pour some of the water into an eye dropper bottle. Now you're ready to make Colloidal Silver. Pour eight ounces of distilled water into your glass. Add 1 or 2 drops of saline solution (3 drops at the most; if you use too much salt, you'll be making silver chloride instead!)(15) to water and stir with a plastic/non-conductive utensil. Insert silver electrode wires. Placement of wires is not critical, but they must not be touching each other or the process will stop. (You cannot shock yourself in this process so do not be concerned.) Attach alligator clips to the ends of the silver electrode wires coming over the outside rim of the glass and
you will see a grey mist inside the glass start to peel away from the positive polarity wire while bubbles of hydrogen rise from the other. Laboratory tests show that this method creates a silver colloid of approximately 1 ppm per minute of activation time. Since you are only taking microscopic particles from the silver wire, your silver wire may very well last for years. The brightness of the light bulb is related to the conductivity of the water. It is not necessarily a problem if the bulb is very dim or even remains dark as long as the process itself is occurring. Of course, when batteries are old, the light will also become dimmer, signaling it's time for a change. Touch the two alligator clips together to test the brightness of the bulb as a battery check. A fresh set of batteries should last a year or more. When finished, detach alligator clips. Clean silver electrode wire after each use to remove dark oxide on the anode. Use a small piece of 1/4" thick nylon kitchen scouring pad to polish dried silver, then wipe with paper napkin to make ready for next use. Store your Colloidal Silver in dark, non-conductive (and if plastic, non-reactive) containers, like empty hydrogen peroxide bottles. Keep away from light as even room light will degrade colloids rapidly by turning solution grey or black just as exposure to light darkens the silver in camera film. Stir thoroughly or shake each time before using. Keep cool, but do not refrigerate. Also, put a few drops of Silver Colloid in the saline solution to prevent fungus growth. In using your own home-made silver colloid generator it will become apparent that you now have the power to safely protect yourself, your family, your pets and plants, your community, and (through the dissemination of this information), our nation, from over 650 pathogens, viruses, microbes, fungi and parasites. Upon creating your first batch of Colloidal Silver, you will find it tastes the same as untreated water. And it won't sting, even in a baby's eyes. Congratulations and bon appetit! c1995 Mark Metcalf, All rights reserved. Originally published by Perceptions
Magazine. References "Medical malpractice alone kills an estimated 45,000 people annually (in the U.S.), making it the leading cause of accidental injury and death." -- Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD As many as 14,000 people die in Australian hospitals every year through preventable mistakes, ranging from misdiagnosis to being given the wrong drugs. This makes hospitals the third-largest killer in Australia after heart disease and cancer. For those who survive, between 25,000 and 30,000 patients are left with a serious and permanent disability as a result of such mistakes. -- The Sydney Morning Herald, 6/2/95 and the New Scientist, 6/10/95. Using statistics from the 1984 Harvard study, the National Safety Council and other sources, the Campaign to Protect Consumer Rights says that more people die in the U.S. from medical negligence than any other accidental cause. If these statistics are valid, medical errors kill more people each year than automobiles, falls, drowning, fires, choking, guns and poisons combined. "Only 10 to 20 percent of all medical procedures currently used in medical practice have been shown to be efficacious by controlled trial. -- U.S. Office of Technology Assessment Encyclopedia Britanica, 1910 Health Consciousness Magazine, vol. 15, no. 4 Colloidal Silver is proven particularly effective in cases of intestinal troubles. Dr. Henry Crooks found that Silver in the colloidal state is highly germicidal, quite harmless to humans and absolutely nontoxic. Rather than in a chemical compound, the Silver, in the colloidal state, may be applied in a much more concentrated form, with correspondingly better results. All fungus, virus, bacterium, strep-tococcus, strphylococcus, and other pathogenic organisms
are killed in three or four minutes; in fact, there is no microbe known that is not killed by Colloidal Silver is six minutes or less, a dilution of as little as five parts per million, though there are no side effects whatsoever from high concentrations. -- "Use of Colloids in Health and Disease," quoted it "Report: Colloidal Silver," Health Consciousness, Vol.15, No.4. "(Colloidal Silver) is not a chemical compound containing Silver, but pure metallic silver of submicroscopic clusters of just a few atoms, held in suspension in pure water, by the tiny electric charge on each atom." -- Health Consciousness, Vol. 15, No.4 As an antibiotic, Silver kills over 650 disease causing organisms; resistant strains fail to develop. Silver is absolutely nontoxic. Silver is the best all-around germ fighter we have. Doctors are reporting that, taken internally, it works against syphilis, cholera, and malaria, diabetes and severe burns. -Bio/Tech News, 1995 Dr. Bjorn Nordstrom, of the Karolinska Institute (Sweden's equivalent of our National Institutes of Health), has used Silver in his cancer cure method for many years. He says the whole thing is quite simple. This brought rapid remission in patients given up by other doctors. -- "Silver, Our Mightiest Germ Fighter" Science Digest, March, 1978. Metallic Silver (Colloid) is non-toxic, however, silver nitrate and other compounds of silver are and should not be ingested. -- Dr. Bob Beck Environmental Protection Agency's Poison Control Center reports no toxicity listing for Colloidal Silver, considering it harmless in any concentration. The FDA has stated that because Colloidal Silver is (by fifty years) a pre-1938 drug, it may continue to be marketed. Sept. 13, 1991, letter received from consumer safety officer Harold Davis, U.S., Food and Drug Administration. Moreover, the FDA has no jurisdiction regarding a pure, mineral element. The following significant adverse events have occurred following administration of DTP vaccines: inconsolable crying for more than 3 hours (1/100 doses), high-pitched, unusual crying (1/1000 doses), fever higher than 105 degrees Fahrenheit (1/330 doses), transient shock-like (hypotonic, hypo
responsive) episode (1/1750 doses), convulsions (1/1,750 doses), sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). (Interestingly, no percentage of SIDS is given-author.) Encephalopathy occurring within 7 days following vaccination. This is defined as an acute, severe central-nervous-system disorder occurring with 7 days following vaccination, and generally consisting of major alterations in consciousness, unresponsiveness, generalized or focal seizures that persist more than a few hours, with failure to recover within 24 hours. Studies have indicated that a personal or family history of seizures is associated with increased frequency of seizures following pertussis immunization. The ACIP and AAP do not consider a family history of seizures to be a contraindication to pertussis vaccine despite the increased risk of seizures in these individuals. As reported with Haemophilus b polysaccharide vaccine, cases of Haemophilus type b disease may occur... -- Excerpts from Lederle-Praxis Biologicals' own DPT Vaccine package insert. Lederle-Praxis Biologicals is a division of American Cyanamid, which is itself a division of I.G. Farbin, the former Nazi chemical combine who manufactured Zyclon-B. Zyclon-B was the nerve gas used for exterminating millions of human beings in concentration camps. "Concentration" stands for mass "concentrations" of civilian population. In other words, a complete cross section, including infants, children, senior citizens, etc. 15. If you are making silver chloride you will see black flakes appearing at the top of the water along with salt crystals forming at the bottom of the glass. Silver chloride production normally requires one drop of saline solution (or more) per ounce of water.
Banishing disease with three 9-volt Batteries Part Two: Homemade Colloidal Silver Vindicated From Perceptions Magazine, May/June 1996 Issue
by Mark Metcalf "We used to think, and some still do, that life came from a chemical soup. Now we know that unless there is an electrical charge there is no life. Life, then, is electrical. And when electrical systems go, although the chemistry is still there, the life does not exist." ---Dr. Valerie Hunt, Prof. Emeritus, Dept. of Physiological Sciences, UCLA In an earlier issue [Nov/Dec 1995] I wrote of a "hospital" that was safer than and in many ways superior to all others in its ability to promote wellness. It was essentially cost-free to operate and portable as a deck of cards: a colloidal silver generator. With it you can make virtually unlimited amounts of the highest quality colloidal silver for the price of water. Currently, we the people of the United States are spending $3,700 per person per year to treat our diseases-the highest amount in the world. Ironically, our health problems are getting worse. Absurd as it sounds, the third leading cause of disease and death in the United States is now infectious disease. These deaths are completely preventable. With the simple act of wiring together three 9-volt batteries, something very profound begins to happen: Ordinary people are able not only to heal themselves, but find themselves endowed with the power to heal others and to protect the health of entire communities. These everyday people's newfound power encompasses even the ability to heal animals, plants and trees. They are also able to grow more nutritious food and to store it for longer periods. Losing their dependent patients, the multi-billion-dollar, managed-care-of-"incurable"-diseases industry and the deadly, mutagenic vaccine industry begin to crumble. So does the cold-and-flu industry which buys all those prime-time TV ads. Don't expect these cartels to take their losses lying down. They will do their best to frighten people away from making it themselves, sometimes buying off colloidal-silver manufacturers to act as their agents. You can also expect these
drug companies to aggressively market their own substitute products, lust as they pushed antibiotics in the 1940s when colloidal silver was first suppressed. One of the most effective flimflam ploys involves trotting out an "expert" who confirms that the product he or she is selling is absolutely essential for your well-being. This spokesperson will stress that his/her studies of the competition revealed that Brand X will very likely harm you. Actually, the expert is used as a shill to usurp your freedom of choice and dictate what you should regard as "health" and health-promoting practices. Similar ploys have been used by colloidal-silver manufacturers, resulting in confusion and fear among those most interested in using it. We can best avoid manipulation by gaining a deeper understanding about different types of colloidal silver, production methods, issues of safety and usefulness. First some basics. A colloid consists of minute particles that float within a liquid despite the pull of gravity. To stay in suspension, these particles must be smaller than 1 micron (1/1000 of an inch). When fresh produce is processed through a juicer, a colloid results in the form of a glass of juice. Drinking fresh juices makes it possible to consume far more nutrients than by eating. Because juice is the equivalent of a predigested food, the body can process large amounts with minimal effort and correspondingly better health results. As a colloid sits, the larger particles begin to fall out of suspension and settle to the bottom of the container. To redistribute the contents, one usually shakes a bottle of juice before drinking. Similarly, with colloidal silver, particles are pulled off a pure silver wire immersed in water by applying a low-voltage electric current which gives each particle an electric charge. Although this charge is long lasting, it is not permanent; daylight, magnetic fields and time will cause a silver colloid to lose its charge. This is referred to as "falling out" or "plating out."1
Note, while colloidal silver is light sensitive, it is not as light sensitive as camera film. Taken to the beach under the midday California summer sun, it will oxidize in about 10 minutes. Indoors, under ambient and artificial light, this would take about three days. However, that only means that colloidal silver should be stored in tinted or opaque containers. Many colloidal-silver manufacturers claim that if the silver particles are "too large," the resulting brew will be injurious, but the truth can be found in many science textbooks. When current is applied to silver in solution, the particles that break off will always be the same size: 1.26 angstroms (.00001 microns).2 This particle is so small that the next stop on the road to smallness is the atom itself! Colloids are by nature the smallest particles matter can be divided into while retaining individual characteristics. Reducing a piece of metallic silver to a cloud of microscopic particles greatly extends its total surface area-and its healing properties-while deepening penetration into the body. Because the silver particles are charged, they strive to combine with other elements. Trace elements exist even in distilled water, and when the charged silver particles combine with a specific trace element, the solution can turn one of a number of colors, like gray, yellow, green or brown. The element the silver chooses is largely irrelevant: Once in the body, the silver releases its bond in search of stronger attachments in order to stabilize its charge. Therefore, as the silver colloid enters the body, the original silver particles (about the size of 15 atoms) quickly pass through the stomach lining and into the blood stream where they circulate for about a week before elimination. Yellow Colloidal Silver Yellow colloidal silver is favored by most manufacturers, not because it is more effective than other types, but because it has a longer shelf life. This stability in solution does not automatically translate into smaller combined-particle size of the silver ion and the trace element. Some trace elements are simply more water soluble than others. Either way, particle size
is a moot point: Freshness and density (parts per million, or ppm), not color, determine effectiveness.3 A disadvantage of the yellow colloidal silver is its bitter taste-unlike the silver-colored one. Also, the yellow solution is more difficult to make. When using a 27-volt generator, it is helpful to reduce the water volume to shorten the much-longer activation time the yellow solution requires. I could find no medical evidence that a yellow colloid is more effective than a silver one. Of course, you can create both for yourself and compare their effects. To make the yellow solution, use a tall, narrow glass with 6 to 8 ounces of distilled water. Use no saline solution. The water will not gain conductivity, as it does when a saline solution is added, so the process will take about 45 minutes. It will produce a concentration of approximately 10 ppm. Keep an eye on the color of your solution, or it will eventually turn murky brown and then black. If this happens, just throw it out and start over. How To Make High-concentration Solutions High-concentration solutions cannot be made by simply extending the process time. As more silver ions travel through the water, the conductivity increases which begins to alter the process. The result is a time limit of about 15 minutes when using distilled water plus saline solution at room temperature. To create high concentrations of silver, simply heat the water. For every 10 degrees that the water rises above room temperature (72 degrees), the ppm figure doubles: If 5 ppm resulted after seven minutes of activation with 16 ounces of water at 72 degrees, 82 degrees would yield 10 ppm, 92 degrees would deliver 20 ppm, etc. You should not boil the water, but you will find plenty of leeway between 72 and 212 degrees (boiling). Also, do not use a teapot because of its calcified residue. A cleaner pot, like a stainless steel, ceramic or glass one used for
cooking, will work fine.4 Then pour the warm/hot water into a glass. Zero Toxicity The body's ability to process the tiny atoms of colloidal silver makes silver build-up in the body impossible. The Environmental Protection Agency's Poison Control Center reports a "No Toxicity" listing for colloidal silver. In fact, it appears that harmlessness is one of the attributes of the colloidal state, regardless of content. For example, examining a bottle of colloidal minerals from a local health food store, I noticed arsenic, nickel and lead among the 65 trace minerals on the ingredients list: If the particles are small enough, you can even drink arsenic!5 Since the body has a vital need for silver-to maintain the immune system and to produce new, healthy cells-and since our blood is also a colloid, the harmonious way in which colloids enter the body may well make colloidal silver the safest medicine on earth. Just to prove a point to myself, I made a 16-ounce solution of well over 250 ppm and drank it. I repeated this procedure four days in a row, daily ingesting at least the equivalent of 50 16-ounce glasses of a 5-ppm, solution! I did not eat yogurt or acidophilus or compensate for friendly bacteria loss in any way. The only side effect was that I seemed to feel better! According to pharmacist Ron Barnes, R.Ph. (Capitol Drugs, Los Angeles), this makes sense because: Many strains of pathogenic microbes-viruses, fungi, bacteria or any other single-celled pathogen-resistant to other antibiotics are killed on contact by colloidal silver and are unable to mutate. However, it does not harm tissue-cell enzymes or friendly bacteria. A Rejuvenating Elixir My next experiment was a little different. I cut two flowers in the back yard
and left one on a shelf without water for 24 hours. When I picked it up the next day it was completely limp. I made a fresh cut at the bottom of the stem and placed it in a glass of high-concentrate colloidal silver. Each day it got better. By the third day, the stem had become firm again, as if it had just been cut. Not a single petal was lost. I had placed the second flower into ordinary water immediately. By the third day, many of its petals had fallen; though it had been in water from the start it was already dying. It seems that something in silver is tied to the very core of the life process itself. Dr. Robert 0. Becker, MD, agrees. Writing about his experience with older patients, the noted biomedical researcher from Syracuse University and author of The Body Electric and Cross Currents said: Silver did more than kill disease-causing organisms. It promoted major growth of bone and accelerated the healing of injured tissues by over 50 percent. He also discovered that silver "profoundly stimulates healing in skin and other soft tissues in a way unlike any known natural process..." and that it promotes a new kind of cell growth which looks like the cells of children! These cells grew fast, producing a diverse and surprising assortment of primitive cell forms able to multiply at a great rate, then differentiate into the specific cells of an organ or tissue that had been injured, even in patients over 50 years old. A Broad-spectrum Remedy The healing properties of silver are so wide ranging that we see researchers expressing amazement time and time again. Alfred Searle, founder of the pharmaceutical conglomerate, wrote in 1919: Applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful results. For internal administration.
orally or hypodermically, it has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to parasites without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable. It protects rabbits from ten times the lethal dose tetanus or diphtheria toxin. I received a call from a man with a Ph.D. in computer science who had read my original article, made some colloidal silver and applied it with a dropper chronic eye infection. He said the infection went away almost immediately. In passing he mentioned that the solution also got rid of the plaque on his teeth. I had been wondering what happened to the plaque on my own teeth but had not put the two together. The power of silver still reigns worldwide in many modern-day applications: Physicians use silver compounds in 70 percent of all the burn centers in the United States, while British Airways, Swissair, Scandinavian Airlines, Lufthansa, Olympic, Air France, Canadian Pacific Airlines, Alitalia, KLM, Japan Airlines and Pan Am all rely on silver-process water filters to curtail waterborne diseases. NASA uses a silver water-purification system on the space shuttle as do the Soviets. Japanese firms even remove cyanide and nitric oxide from the air with silver. So, how do you frighten people away from the safest medicine on earth? You tell them that the bogeyman will get them. If they're too sophisticated for that, tell them they will get a strange, archaic disease like argyria. Actually, there is no record of anyone ever contracting argyria from colloidal silver made by the electrolytic method. (Argyria is a harmless and infrequent cosmetic condition in which some body parts take on a slight bluish cast due to the presence of chemical compounds of which silver is only a component. It did not seem to bother the royal, "blue-blood" families of Europe, who stayed healthy through the plagues of the Middle Ages by ingesting large amounts of silver.) Surviving With Colloidal Silver Were I to end up in the midst of a calamity, I would need only water to have
one of the most powerful medical resources in the world at my disposal. (Technically, colloidal silver can be made in a variety of common liquids, including beer and soup, but I'm not recommending anyone do this in the normal course of events.) In a remarkable clinical trial with 14 elderly patients, Dr. Becker inserted a pair of silver electrode wires directly into each wound, using the body's own juices as the liquid solution and applying current to the external ends. (The voltage one uses is so low it produces no sensation.) With this technique, he was able to heal infections inside broken bones--one of the hardest types to control-and to mend previously unhealing fractures and breaks. In some cases he left the silver surgically implanted in the body. In others, he sewed the wound up around the protruding electrode. Once the wound had healed, "The implanted silver wire was easily withdrawn from the wound manually without the need for surgery or anesthesia." Regarding the ability of metallic silver to control infection, he said, "All of the organisms that we tested were sensitive to the electrically generated silver ion, including some that were resistant to all known antibiotics." Concerning the safety of inserting it into the body, he added: "In no case were any undesirable side effects of the silver treatment apparent. Under emergency conditions it would be good to remember that U.S. silver coins from 1964 and earlier contain 90 percent silver, nine percent copper and one percent zinc, all of which are known to have beneficial properties if used in a colloidal state. Just scour the coins until they are clean and shiny (I mention this purely as an intellectual consideration and not to recommend that anyone undertake such an action under normal conditions. Silver wire is much easier to use.) What Doesn't Colloidal Silver Do? It does not interact with any other medications or upset the stomach; in fact,
it is a digestive aid. It does not sting the eyes. Medical-journal reports and documented studies spanning the past hundred years indicate no known side effects whatsoever from oral or intravenous administration of colloidal silver in animal or human testing. It has been used with good results under the most demanding health care circumstances. Without overstating the case, it may be time to recognize colloidal silver as not only the safest medicine on Earth, but also the most powerful!
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Bikers Against Child Abuse International Breaking The Chains Of Abuse
MISSION BACA Mission Statement Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. We exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization. We work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and our physical presence. We stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse. We do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner, however, if circumstances arise such that we are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to be that obstacle. How BACA Works Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (BACA) is organized with a central contact person to receive calls from referring agencies and individuals. A recognized, authorized agency with which the child has had contact determines that the child is still frightened by his or her environment. The agency representative contacts BACA, or refers the individual to contact BACA and the name and address of the child is given to our BACA/Child
Liaison. The Liaison determines that the case is legitimate, meaning that the authorities have been contacted, and the case in being processed within the system. The Liaison contacts the family and an initial ride is organized to meet the child at their home or in some other location. The entire BACA chapter rides to meet the child and he/she is given a vest with a BACA patch sewn on the back. The child is free to wear the vest or not, and we support their decision. The child is also given bumper stickers, and other gifts that are generally donated by the public. These initial visits generally last about a half an hour. Following this initial contact, the child is given the name and number of two BACA members residing geographically closest to them, who then become the child's primary contact person(s). Prior to becoming the primary contacts for the child, the bikers are cleared for participation by clearing an extensive background check, have ridden with the Chapter for at least a year, and have received special instructions from the Licensed Mental Health Professional. Anytime the child feels scared and feels the need for the presence of his new BACA family, the child may call upon these bikers to go to the child's house and provide the necessary reassurance to feel safe and protected. BACA members and supporters also support the children by: providing escorts for them if they feel scared in their neighborhoods; riding by their homes on a regular basis; supporting the children at court and parole hearings; attending their interviews, and; staying with the children if they are alone and frightened. The BACA members never go to the child's house alone and never without the knowledge or permission of the parents. Our mission is not to be permanently engaged as the child's power. Our mission is to help the children and their families learn how powerful they can be. Our presence will be available as long as the child needs us. BACA also holds other functions for the children such as Bar-B-Ques, and parties. Level 1 Intervention Will consist of the organization deploying a ride, uniting as many BACA members as are able to attend. We will ride as a group to the child’s house where the parent(s) / Guardians will be present to assist us in
presenting the child with a patch, stickers, and a photograph of the child with his/her new biker family. If the child is afraid, it is our hope the child will use the photograph as a comfort to convey the message “I am not alone, and you don’t want to mess with my family.” Level 2 Intervention If Level one is not sufficient to deter further abuse or harassment, several BACA members will be sent for further exposure. This group of BACA members will create a presence at the home of the child, being visible at times when the family might be the most vulnerable. The purpose of BACA’s presence is to deter further abuse and to protect the children and the family, if necessary. Level 3 Intervention If the physical presence of our BACA members at the residence of the child’s home does not deter the abuser, a formal letter will be drafted by the Chapter President or Vice-President in the area in which the abuser lives. This letter will be written on BACA letterhead. The substance of the letter will be to explain to the perpetrator that we are prepared to take whatever steps are necessary to become the obstacle to further abuse. Level 4 Intervention While it is against the purpose of BACA to purposely engage a perpetrator, we will ask for the general geographical location of the offender, and conduct a “Neighborhood Awareness Ride” in which we will ride to the general location given to us and go door to door letting people know who we are, hand out stickers to kids, and distribute our literature regarding our mission and how we function. If the location or address of the perpetrator becomes known to any BACA Member, we will immediately withdraw our physical presence to avoid any contact. BACA does not condone, support or participate in the use of aggression, violence or physical force in any manner. If, however, ANY person should seek to inflict harm on one of our BACA Members, we will respond with commitment and loyalty to protect our Member.
Our Court Appearances We also attend court with our wounded friends. The sole purpose for our physical presence is to assist the child in being less intimidated and frightened, and subsequently give an accurate testimony regarding his/her abuse. If the child requests our presence in the courtroom, the parent or guardian for the child must petition the child’s attorney, who then will intercede on behalf of the child to the presiding Judge. Absolutely no physical confrontation of the perpetrator will be tolerated by BACA, and anyone acting in such a manner will be acting outside of the scope of BACA and will be held completely and solely accountable for his/her actions. When possible, the two bikers assigned to the child as his/her primary contacts should be in attendance. Given that it is not always possible for the primary contact bikers to be in attendance, a petition may be made to the general membership for their attendance and support. A listing of the court dates and times will be kept and updated on the BACA hotline at all times. BACA Creed I am a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse. The die has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I wont look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past has prepared me, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by the faith in my works, and lean on the strength of my brothers and sisters. I love with patience, live by prayer, and labor with power. My fate is set, my gait is fast, my goal is the ultimate safety of children. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are tried and true, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought,
compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I wont give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and showed up for all wounded children. I must go until I drop, ride until I give out, and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me, for He will see my BACA backpatch and know that I am one of His. I am a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse, and this is my creed. Chapters
Select a state (states in gray do not yet have a BACA chapter): • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connectic ut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachus etts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
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Alternative Gothic People
The Gothic community has also created a growing organization called The Gothic Liberation Front. It presently primarily exists through myspace, but has grown from one main site to dozens of myspace GLF sites from around the world showing their support and offering a place to talk about both positive and negative experiences. It pleases me that awareness is spreading and that perhaps, those within alternative subcultures will begin to be understood and be left alone. However, in my research of Sophie's death and the stories that surround it, it was disturbing to find how many have suffered at the hands of prejudice and even more unnerving to hear from those so violently set against those within
the Gothic community. I came across a page written by a man who frankly, gives Christians a bad name. He preaches about Gothics being evil, vampire and devil worshiping, bad people who prey upon the innocent. He states that Gothics "like to defy their feminine nature [specified to women] and behave in extremely aggressive ways, where [as] good Christian women know their place and live as good homemakers in the nest" (BC 2). He says that Gothics are all about power. An interview of a young man is included who claims much of the same things and who says that to stop Gothics from thriving: the color black should be banned from schools, to create more Christian education schools, that no cliques should be allowed in schools (yet, he says that 'Jocks' provide a wonderful role model for children and that kids should be encouraged to be like them), to ban long hair (as long hair is "not Christian"), and the list goes on. None of what he stated had any truth in it about the gothic subculture, and for those who are Christian, God encourages forgiveness and love, not hatred and vengeance. No belief should not be forced upon anyone, including Gothic people, and the fact remains that this man comes off as very uneducated in the ways of their lifestyle. It scares me to think of a man such as him reigning over our country. And it is men like this one who become leaders or create blood bathes from the innocent and force conversion upon others (such as what happened to the Native Americans). And if someone can simply talk like that about the Gothic community, what are they capable and willing to do if ever given the chance. It is because of this and more that it remains of utmost important that education and respect of the alternative gothic subculture continue to grow and thrive around the world.
Gothic People Prejudice
Prejudice is widespread and occurs everywhere. I had no doubt that Gothic people had been at the receiving end of such atrocious behavior, but it wasn't until recently that I learned just how bad it really is or what the dark gothic subculture is really about. On August 11, 2007 (BBC 1) Sophie Lancaster was beat to the edge of death after trying to protect her gothic boyfriend Robert Maltby who had been knocked unconscious by a group of teenage boys in a park located in Lancashire, UK. The two primary boys, ages 15 and 16, later admitted to having only the motive that the couple looked different and were Gothic (Habteslasie 1). Both fell into a coma and while Robert managed to pull through, Sophie died two weeks later in the hospital at only twenty years of age. Sophie's death and its cause shocked me beyond belief. I first heard about it from Laureli Slaughter on youtube, who has various sites and spends much of her spare time making others aware of alternative gothic subcultures and the hardships they face. It didn't take long to discover what an impact her death has had on the Gothic community. Within days of her attack, www.myspace.com/inmemoryofsophie was set up by a family friend. Thousands of gothic people from around the world sent messages of their sympathy and shared their own life experiences of being at the receiving end of abuse because of their gothic appearance or subculture. It appears that attacks on those ages 13 and up are quite common everywhere. With new awareness of existing abuse, "more than 4,000 people signed an online Downing Street Petition urging the Government to widen the definition of hate crime to include offenses committed because of a person's appearance or subculture interests" (Land 2). Unfortunately, I've heard that
the Government is refusing to do so. A memorial fund was also arranged by family and friends to raise money to educate the youth of today about alternative cultures, equality, and respect. Sophie's name represents this campaign as: Stamp Out Prejudice Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere. "When asked why these assaults take place, Ms Lancaster said: "When I was younger it was mods and rockers who fought it out between themselves. Now there are alternative subcultures and there are so called chavs. The Gothic people are seen as easy pickings as most of them are not going to fight back as they are a non-violent community. Making it a hate crime would change things as the attacks and abuse suffered would be taken more seriously" (Land 2-3).
Welcome my kinky friends! And another packed month of fetish fun to keep yourselves more than amused ;)
On a personal note if anyone goes to any of these events please oh please let me know and maybe send me a pic or a little write up on it so I can let others know what's hot and what's not! Happy Playing my beloved friends Drew
Women's International LeatherFest Dallas, Texas, USA womensinternationalleatherfest.net
Women in Leather International proudly presents Women’s International Leather Fest 2 in Dallas, Texas
June 1st to June 3rd 2012 Cost 75.00 for members and 95.00 for non members. You can join online at http://wil-international.org Brunch, $20.00 includes Keynote - By Slave Jody and Intergenerational Panel Saturday Night Women's International Leather Legacy Contest. Dallas Eagle Party directly following the contest Sunday Brunch and Keynote starts at 10:00am till 12:00pm Intergenerational Panel12:30pm
For the Men in Your Lives
Saturday Schedule 11:00am to 4:00pm Demo’s at the Dallas Eagle open to all Males Saturday Night Women's International Leather Legacy Contest. Dallas Eagle Party directly following the contest Sunday Sunday Brunch, Keynote and intergenerational Panel tickets available on line or at the event. All panels and meet and greet are open to the men.
Power eXchange Summit
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Schedule "We wanted an event that was more than just classes or entertainment or social space - we wanted everything!"
This is just a sample of what is coming! Dom-Pamporium Ever wanted to simply partake of the joy of service? Well now is your chance to receive and to give. Dominants will be given the opportunity to relax, converse, and be pampered. A time for learning, serving and pampering those D types. The Pamporium will consist of objectification, mini-massages, serving and belly dancing. Those wishing to volunteer will be given instruction as statue models, serving slave positions and mini-massages. The Dom-Pamporium is open to everyone. Presented by: Rickskitten & slave jazelle Hospitality Suite Time/Date - Friday, 930 PM to 1130 PM Room - Hospitality Suite 2 Food and beverages; entertainment! Beyond the Classes Keynote speeches and presentations are a great way to hear an educator express things. But our Beyond the Classes event is your chance to turn the tables and ask them the questions and get to know these people who are teaching classes or standing on stage The Big Debate Join two nationally known personalities and they square off and debate a hot topic in Point/Counter Point fashion!
And get involved as well with your questions for them (or just by cheering on your view!) Get Your Black On "Get Your Black On" is an organization founded by bootblacks for bootblacks, with the purpose of helping new bootblacks get started, as well as re-energizing disillusioned elders with new supplies. Through financial donations or donations of gently used or new leather care goods, our goal is to provide supplies as needed. A basic kit will be awarded to a rookie bootblack on a quarterly basis and experienced bootblacks who have fallen on hard times will be awarded supplies based on need and circumstance. As bootblacks, we are family and are here to help each other. Your Project Administrator is Jackie and Great Lakes Region Representative is rick's kitten www.getyourblackon.org Ice Cream Social Theme - Enjoy ice cream Time/Date - Friday, Midnight to 1 AM Morning Start Quiet morning start Time/Date - Sunday, 730 AM to 9 AM Room - Hospitality Suite 1 Gourmet coffee, newspapers and quiet music to get you moving at your own pace Sunday All Faith Service All faiths and spiritual paths are welcome to attend the Sunday Morning open
service. We welcome worshippers (and deities) of all stripes.
Kinky Karnival Witcha, Kansas, USA www.kinkykarnivalks.com
Presenters, Vendors, and Fun WE are having MORE classes than last year so keep
your eyes open.
is open ! Another great year is here and we are excited to have new and exciting things. Join us for three days of FUN and LEARNING! __ classes with __ presenters, venders, food, entertainment and two nights of dungeon parties, plus much more!
We are humbled by the many offers from noted presenters who ask to be part of Kinky Karnival. Our thanks and gratitude go to each one and we are pleased to have with us some returning presenters and a few new names to this area. We know you will welcome them to Wichita and benefit from their knowledge.
Your favorites from past Karnival's and some new arrivals to please and tease your toy bag and clothing needs. Our vendors are coming from far and wide this year.
You will find a variety of classes with a wide range of topics. Something for everyone from beginner to veteran. Don't miss this
opportunity to enhance your dynamic or learn a new technique.
Kinky Kash is a way to get toys for almost FREE yes we said almost FREE....How it works….. For ever dollar you spend at
Kinky Karnival you receive Kinky Kash. They will add up quite fast....Then you will get the chance to bid and buy Donated Items for your use..
We started this program 3 years ago I now see others using a varity of this program.
Please check back for updates and new information YOU MUST BE ON THE LIST TO ATTEND THIS EVENT.... NO NAME ON LIST, NO ADMITTANCE, IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. Special arrangements can be made for payment. You can do this in the comment box on the form.
Twisted Tryst Midwest, USA www.twistedtryst.com
Twisted Tryst South - June 7-10
Thanks for taking a moment to explore what will become your must-attend vacation. Twisted Tryst South is an ever-evolving event that brings swingers, kinksters, and free spirits together to love, play and commune with one another. We invite you to let your clothes and inhibitions fall away at Twisted Tryst. Held at a private campground in Indiana in June, we strive for immersion and total acceptance in an arena that allows for the most imaginative of play! Your experience begins as soon as you’ve registered, when you gain access to the Attendees Only Area. This online environment is a place to create a personal/play profile and to explore the profiles of other campers. You can
communicate with folks privately or on message boards. This is also the place to see announcements about parties big and small, suggested packing lists, and the playful and titillating banter of campers counting the days until Twisted Tryst. Your Twisted Tryst begins with a warm welcome at registration as you roll through the gate. We’ll help you get a bit settled, and then your adventure is yours. With ample sheltered play space, acres and acres of outdoor playground, and dedicated space geared to sexuality, you are sure to find somewhere exciting. You may wander the campground in your birthday suit best, your favorite fetish gear, or your most comfy khaki shorts. There are over 20 seminars scheduled throughout the weekend, providing plenty of opportunities to learn, in three educational tracks: kink, sexuality, and spirituality. There are two themed nights, and many camper-led socials and parties over the weekend, and most certainly room for you to plan your own. Twisted Tryst strives to offer education in a broad scope of human sexuality and to then provide the freedom and venue to practice the things you’ve learned. We are open to all walks of life: singles, couples, triads, leather families, swingers, gay, lesbian, transfolk etc. This list is endless! If you have an open mind and a desire to explore your sexuality, we are the place for you. Come discover yourself at Twisted Tryst!
DESIRE Palm Springs California, USA www.desireleatherwomen.com
DESIRE is a unique weekend event for leather and kinky women. DESIRE provides the opportunity for women to celebrate their sexuality and kink freely DESIRE provides excellent education and empowering opportunities. DESIRE provides the opportunity to make new friends and become part of a growing community of kinky women. DESIRE invites and encourages participants to fulfill their wildest fantasies. DESIRE is limited to 120 participants to enhance the feeling of community and intimacy. It is a great weekend experience for all whether you are single, partnered, or poly. Do join us in 2012! DESIRE takes place in a beautiful resort in Palm Springs California. The private setting and wonderful weather allows for optional clothing and unrestricted play. We transform the resort into our weekend paradise and dungeon. Play equipment is outside under trees and tarps, around the pool, and in intimate corners. Part of the pool is shaded for your comfort. Imagine floating in the pool watching the play around you. Imagine playing outside at night bathed in a pool of moonlight. DESIRE is a player’s weekend – it is a place where you can do almost anything you want to do. DESIRE is an educational weekend committed to providing outstanding learning opportunities and experiences for all — from novices to advanced players. DESIRE is an ideal retreat for novices — where you can learn a wide
variety of skills in a single weekend in a safe environment. It’s a great opportunity for experienced players to improve their skills and learn more advanced ways of playing. DESIRE gathers a wonderful group of presenters who are eager to share their expertise with you. Presenters actively participate in all DESIRE activities and are an integral part of the weekend. There will be many workshops and presentations offered during the weekend. One of the unique features of DESIRE is that participants have the opportunity to have a one-on-one mentoring session or participate in a small group with one of the presenters. Both participants and presenters enjoy these sessions. Read more about these mentoring sessions in the one-on-one section. DESIRE is a great opportunity to socialize and connect with others. There are activities planned to bring everyone together and have fun. The intimate environment and planned activities facilitate connections. Even though participants can play anytime, there are 3 “official” evening play parties where everyone gathers to play. However if the mood strikes you to strike your submissive over morning coffee or practice your flogging skills before the next workshop, feel free! If there’s an available sling, use it anytime! You can play anytime you want to — and some women do! Join us in Palm Springs in 2012! We look forward to meeting you and sharing the experience with you.
Leather Pride Night NYC The Annual fundraiser by the NYC Leather/BDSM/Fetish community for various charities
Leather Pride Weekend & Folsom Street East New York City, New York, USA www.leatherpridenight.org
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SAVE THE DATE: the 29th annual Leather Pride Night will be held Saturday, June 16, 2012! XL Nightclub, 510 West 42nd Street, NYC Doors open at 6:00 Auction begins at 7:00
Dark Odyssey North Baltimore, Maryland, USA www.darkodyssey.com
Sex + Kink + Spirit Dark Odyssey's big Summer festival returns June 20 – 25. DO: Fusion brings together kinksters, queers, swingers, spiritualists, the adventurous & the perverted for an intense weekend that fuses Sex, Kink, & Spirit. Join nearly a thousand fellow erotic explorers to achieve ecstatic states of passion, desire, and transformation. All happening at the same magical retreat in Northern Maryland that has served as Dark Odyssey's Summer home for years. • • • • • • • • 200+ Acre Private Facility 40 Cabins with 400 Beds Meal Plan (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner) Famous Midnight Snack for Everyone 3 Amazing Dungeons – Filled with the best BDSM equipment The Sex-O-Rama Erogenous Zone Fusion Educational Tracks - Sex + Kink + Spirit Special Events including: º Dirty Pig Leather Bar º With Grace - A Celebration of Service
º Spelunking: The Dark Odyssey Fist – A – Thon º Jimmy Hat Circus - Performing Arts Camp º Strangers in the Dark - Cruising º Latex World º Combustion – An Experience of Fire Arts º Taken! - Fantasy Kidnappings º Chain Reaction - Dance Party º Rituals of Love, Sex, and Desire º Rev. Decay Hook Suspensions Join us in an atmosphere of sexual energy and experimentation that will add excitement and passion to your relationships and create deeper levels of connection between you and your partners.
June 29 - July 1
TES Fest Piscataway, New Jersey, USA www.tesfest.org
The following is a preliminary list of classes for TES Fest 2012. Please note: There may be changes and additions prior to the event.
The Art of Ritual Ed Moore Ritual to make Rite, ritual has many different expressions to many different people. This class with cover different areas like collarings, cleansing, weddings, and more. Come learn the art of doing things in a deeper more meaningful way.
Ballbusting for Everyone Helga & Mistress Trish Description Coming Soon
Belts & Welts Master Valentine In this class Master V will discuss and demonstrate different types of corporal punishment, using mind, hands, belts, canes, and other various toys to discipline naughty girls and boys. We will discuss the line between discipline and abuse. We are only limited by the law and our imagination.
Buttslinger Suspension Harnesses RoughMercies The Buttslinger is a new type of hip harness that concentrates much of the
load in the bottom’s upper thighs and pelvic region. This intermediate, hands-on class will introduce two versions of the harness and demonstrate various applications, including suspension. (Note: tying this harness requires superficial but somewhat intimate contact with the bottom’s anal and genital regions.) CBT: How to Tie a Package – A Hand’s On Class
Helga If you are new to CBT, this class is for you! While the “package” doesn’t cover much acreage, it’s a playground for pleasure, pain, predicament and control. I’ll present my basic knot, then demo some variations on how you can us it!! We’ll cover basic anatomy and safety. THIS IS A HAND’S ON CLASS, so bring some thin rope and a partner. I’ll ask for volunteers from the audience. If you don’t have a partner, I’ll try to match you up. Cock-Sucking and Deep Throating even the BIG Ones!
Danielle dv8 From the 101 basics to the tips and techniques that will help you take a super-sized member to the hilt, we will cover (pun intended) the skillful and loving handling of a cock from tip to tate. Tantric edging, face fucking, D/s interaction and more. This class is gender bent, so no matter how you identify your cock, you are included. Coffee, Tea, or Me?: Formal Coffee, Tea, and Wine Service
Mistress Jenn In this class you will learn about hosting, organizing, and serving as an independent formal service or a compliment to a dinner or brunch. Dominants, will learn how to organize, experience and uphold the standards of these special services. In service, these skills can be put to use while bringing pride and pleasure either alone or while entertaining guests. Imagine having guests being served as if they were having beverage service with the Queen. Seeing a submissive serve a bottle of wine with grace and skill, is some kind of sexy. By the end of the class Mistress Jenn will have Coffee, Tea and Wine service become as basic to you as serving from the left and clearing from the right. Then when You ask “Coffee, Tea or Me?” – the choice will definitely be you. Crazy Glue Invisible Bondage and Infibulation
Yoga for BDSM Danielle dv8 Warm up and prepare the body for a successful night in the dungeon! No matter what your kink, there is yoga for you. Please come prepared to share with us what you would like to improve. Shoulders sore from too much flogging? Having knee trouble from being on them so much? Do i even need to mention your feet from walking in those heels? This yoga practice will teach you how to prepare for the adventures ahead, improve your flexibility, stamina, strength and focus, and specifically address the concerns of those in attendance.
Yoga for Kinksters Bendyogagirl An all-levels class for kinksters of all shapes and sizes. Bendy will guide you through focus, breathwork and simple things you can do with your body to prepare for and/or recover from play. All participants need to have in order to take this class is a spine and breath.
Ok guys this is only half of the list sugest you go to the site to see the rest and also down load the event schedual.....
Water Play (Aquaphilia)
By: Andrew There is many ways that this scene can be played out, and there are many dangers that can also come into play, especially for those that wish to take it farther and take it to the full extremes’ of edge play. For me this done right can be one of the most pleasurable experiences for the Dom and Sub, from the combination of breath play to the sensation that the water brings while have sex as you hold the Sub under water, as it also stimulates the sub along with the sensation of drowning and the not knowing how long the Dom will keeper her under and what will be when he brings her up, will he give her enough time to breath or will he let her take a few breaths and force her back under. Another way is to have the sub suspended over the tank or tub and lower her in, in the scene we can now add even more to the element, but at this point the Dom needs to be fully aware of his sub and how she reacts to excitement and how long she can hold her breath including how
long she can while in the midst of orgasm’s. Once all that is established one can then really have fun, from temperature play by having to tanks to when u bring the sub up the use of electric play to the use of various toys, to keep the sub from knowing when she will be once more submerge. With temperature play I recommend blindfold & be ready for a long time of aftercare especially if you are using ice water & hot water because after play you will have to bring the sub’s body temperature up gradually to room temp as well work the subs muscle’s to keep them from painfully aching from the change of temps and the fact that you have put the sub into shock repeatedly I would recommend the use of oils heated and close body contact till the sub’s temp is at the right temp, and many encouraging words you may have to spend several days with aftercare from this type of play, but it is one that you will both enjoy. There are many danger’s in this type of play and both the Dom & Sub should know them and know each other fully because in this scene there is absolutely no room for error. From all types of water play there will be the danger of drowning, it only takes an eye drop to drown someone. Then there is a risk of hypothermia The Dom must always know the temperature of the water and how long his/her’s sub can take before they enter shock, and keep in mind the sub will be in subspace and there reactions will not be of wanting to stop nor will they recognize the effects of hypothermia or shock. With that said water play done right can be the most enjoyable forms of play that you will do, for it can cover so much and be used in almost every type of scene, it is up to you how far you will take it. Me being one that enjoys edge play & mind fuck will leave my sub always guessing when it will come into play or if I am using temp play between the two tanks if I will cut the ropes and let her fall into the tank instead of lowering her into it and which tank it will be. So be creative and make sure you know all the risks and have fun….
My Pristine Angel
By: Andrew An angelic pose, with eyes of blue, So pristine that the heavens weep, An erotic beauty that is waiting to be tamed, With flame and brand, I will make you scream, With vibrant waves of joy and pain,
As I place you upon the wrack, With ball and gag, I quell your cry’s, As I work the flogger over every inch of your body, Every so slowly, Every so gently, I run the feather across your body, With an intricate mix of pleasure and pain, I take you to the edge of rapture, Only to deny you that release, As I walk you to the cross, And place you upon high, As I start to drip hot wax across you body, Followed by cold wetness of ice, As your body starts to shutter, From the mix of hot & cold, I see the pleading in your angelic blue eye’s, To be taken upon this cross, In time my love, In time, As I lay the feathers out before you, With needles sharp, I start to pierce your soft vibrant skin, Now the heavens truly weep, For you have received your wings. As I look into your deep blue eye’s, And Kiss your moist lips, And take you upon the cross, Taking you to heavens pearly white gates….
(Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender community)
Michelle Obama Says Marriage Equality a Matter of Fairness
First lady Michelle Obama supports marriage equality because it is consistent with “the values of fairness and equality” she and President Obama have tried to instill in their daughters, she says in a new video. In the video, posted online by the White House Thursday night, the first lady answered questions submitted via Twitter. One said, “Please tell us about your family discussions about marriage equality and thank President Obama for his support.”
Michelle Obama responded, “For Barack and me, it really comes down to the values of fairness and equality that we want to pass down to our girls. I mean, these are basic values that kids learn at a very young age and that we encourage them to apply in all areas of their lives. And in a country where we teach our children that everyone is equal under the law, discriminating against same-sex couples just isn’t right. So it’s as simple as that. … We’re proud to have your support.” First lady Michelle Obama supports marriage equality because it is consistent with “the values of fairness and equality” she and President Obama have tried to instill in their daughters, she says in a new video. In the video, posted online by the White House Thursday night, the first lady answered questions submitted via Twitter. One said, “Please tell us about your family discussions about marriage equality and thank President Obama for his support.” Michelle Obama responded, “For Barack and me, it really comes down to the values of fairness and equality that we want to pass down to our girls. I mean, these are basic values that kids learn at a very young age and that we encourage them to apply in all areas of their lives. And in a country where we teach our children that everyone is equal under the law, discriminating against same-sex couples just isn’t right. So it’s as simple as that. … We’re proud to have your support.” The president also mentioned the couple’s daughters when he came out for marriage equality recently, noting that the Sasha and Malia have friends whose parents are gay couples and “it wouldn’t dawn on [the girls] that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently.” In the video, the first lady also discussed voter registration efforts, assistance to veterans and their families, and women in politics. She said she expects to
see a woman president in the near future and that more women should become involved in the political process.
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