Friday, July 20, 2007
Tarot Card: The World (Gaia) Meaning: experiencing connections from the Universe (from the Goddess Tarot)
Today's Rune: Thursaiz Meaning: new possibilities
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Your dominant hues are red and green, so you're definately not afraid to get in and stir things up. You have no time for most people's concerns, you'd rather analyze with your head than be held back by some random "gut feeling".
Your saturation level is very high - you are all about getting things done. The world may think you work too hard but you have a lot to show for it, and it keeps you going. You shouldn't be afraid to lead people, because if you're doing it, it'll be done right.
Your outlook on life can be bright or dark, depending on the situation. You are flexible and see things objectively.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Tarot Card: The Hanged Man Meaning: wisdom, trials, divination, prophecy (from the Rider Tarot)
Today's Rune: Berkana Meaning: Growth
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
The following is taken from an online article titled "What Would the Druids Do at the Summer Solstice?" (http://www.adf.org/rituals/celtic/midsummer/wwtdd-summer-solstice.html) which I found very enlightening:
Many readily will point out that the Sun has not been considered male by all religions around the world and, even in the Western Branch of the Indo-European, we find examples such as the Norse at times addressing the Sun as a Goddess, "Sunna", the very word from which we get our word "Sun."
The Sun DESERVES our love and worship and we deserve to love and worship the Sun, without guilt. The Sun is without a doubt at least one half of our reason for existence on this beautiful planet, the other of course is the great system of Life on the Earth's surface we call Nature. It may seem natural for us to see them as a grand dyad: Mother Nature and Father Sun; but it's not altogether necessary. The choice is up to you... must we then muddy it up with "mortal" gender and familial issues?
At one point in our past, most of us, in a moment of rebellious insight threw-off the chains of our cultural conditioning and embraced things "witchy", "magical" and "Druidic" and found ourselves doing-so because of the beauty and truth and power we found in them. The resistance we broke-through in that moment was the web of falsehoods and negativity that society had spun around them. There is a similar agenda holding us back within our own subculture, a largely unspoken but ever-present agenda which would turn our face away from the sunrise...
So the sun, and therefore Sunna, should be embraced and loved and worshiped. I plan to do just that!
Thank You for the sunshine. Thank You for its warmth. Thank You for the rays which embrace me and that help the crops to grow. Thank You for You love.
I found it interesting, also, that she was instrumental in the creation of Blodeuwedd and tricked into a relationship with Llew (naming him and giving him arms). I don't particularly care for her, but plan to ask her assistance with moon rituals. I do a lot of knitting and crocheting, though, and believe that she could help with those endeavors (as the Goddess of weaving).
The best tribute I found to Arianrhod was at http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474976744373. You should read it! It's amazing!
Goddess Arianrhod, bless this yarn I am to use.
Help me weave the ends just right.
Your blessing I do not wish to loose,
As I keep the goal in sight.
This is my wish, so mote it be.
One thing that really strikes me is that Cerridwen encompasses all three aspects of the Goddess: Maiden, Mother, and Crone. You see her grow through her story. I like that. Women today don't stay stagnet. We grow as well.
Her cauldron holds the key to Wisdom, Inspiration, Rebirth and Transformation (http://www.cs.rochester.edu/~schubert/290/cerridwen.html). She has divine knowledge and is known for her creativity (http://www.lunaea.com/goddess/magic/cerridwen.html). I know that I like the creative aspect of her because of my aspiration to be a fiction writer.
Light a black candleCreativity is what I desire.
As I dedicate to you this fire.
Open my mind that I may hear,
and recieve from you without fear.
What kind of witch are you?
You are an Earth Witch! The Material Element of Earth is at your command. You feel out of your skin when confined to the indoors but instantly feel better once your bare feet are touching the Earth you love so much. You nurture all things you feel need nurturing and don't care what people think of you for it. Blunt to the point of having no tact, you don't like to beat around the bush, no pun intended. It takes a lot to get you riled up, but Goddess help the poor soul who gets to you. They'll probably end up 6 feet under... or deeper.Common Powers:Geokinesis- the ability to move rock and metal with one's mindFlorakinesis- the ability to control trees, plants, and flowers with one's mindHealing touch- the ability to heal another person with their touchShapeshifting- the ability to take on the form and abilities of another
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Friday, July 6, 2007
I believe in God and that He sent His son to save us from our sins. Was Jesus the ONLY son of God? I don't know. I tend to think not. By the way, I don't really believe God (The Divine Source of All) is male or female, but a bunch of guys wrote the Bible, and they used "He," so what the heck.
I also believe there is only one "Divine Source of All." Does that Divine Source (again, I'll use the word God) have any helpers? Yep! Other gods and goddesses, angels, saints, fairies, the holy spirit, really awesome people put in our path ---- whatever you wish to call them ---- they are all part of the same Universe, working for the Divine.
The Divine created all things. I can honor that creation by worshiping alone in nature (meditating), or praying to a saint (goddess) just as easily as I can on Sunday in a church service. Finding the balance is important, though. You can go too far in either direction.
Most people would never claim an old woman in the Appalachian mountains, who treats her neighbors with herbs and passes on folk wisdom while making dinner for the pastor is a "witch." Move that woman closer to society and make her 30 years younger, though, and they have issues! I guess that's what I do. I combine the old ways, the ways that honored the land and the spirits who are always around, and my belief in Jesus as God's son and that's what I get.
To honor God, we have to live by His commandments, love our neighbors as ourselves, harm none, and find peace in our lives.
Many people believe Christianity is a faith that considers itself complete unto itself. I think I know what they mean, but there are so MANY types of Christianity, too. Catholics are different than Presbyterians are different than Baptists are different than... you get my drift. I don't think any of them is completely "right" and I know that none of them are totally right for ME and my family. I know. I tried most of them. I also don't think Wicca is totally right for us. I read Tarot cards and Runes (which you know since you checked out my blog!), but I also read the Bible. They're both tools for my life.
I was greatful for the background in Judaism. And the two documents I found most enlightening were "The Laws of the Basic Principles of the Torah" and "First Centurty Judaism." My how things have changed.....
Even after reading these documents, I'm more convinced this is the right path for me. I thank God that I was able to find a way to combine my interests and beliefs to honor Him.
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Your soul is painted the color purple, which embodies the characteristics of sensuality, spirituality, creativity, wealth, royalty, nobility, mystery, enlightenment, arrogance, gaudiness, mourning, confusion, pride, delicacy, power, meditation, religion, and ambition. Purple falls under the element of Earth, and was once a European symbol of royalty; today it symbolizes the divine.
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Tarot Card: Six of Flames Meaning: delay of projects, complications overcome (from the Witchy Tarot)
Today's Rune: Gebo Meaning: Love, partnership, good fortune
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Tarot Card: The Eight of Swords Meaning: Self-confidence, self-defense, refusal of new ideas, difficulty to learn (from the China Tarot)
Today's Rune: Gebo Meaning: Partnership, blessings, gifts of the Goddess
Sunday, July 1, 2007
I look at the first part of the phrase ("An it harm none") and wonder. What won't harm someone? All of our actions have repercussions. We may not see them or know them for a very long time. I'm reminded of those stories where one persons actions (helping a boy with his books, or writing a list of what you like about your classmates) has major effects on the life of another (not committing suicide or making the kids feel they're worth something to others). Isn't that called the "Butterfly Effect?"
Our actions, however small and insignificant they may be to US, have the potential to help or harm many others. So, while the Wiccan tenet is to do whatever as long as it harms none, I believe that by following Jesus's teachings also, we have a better understanding of what *exactly* will harm none.
Just my 2 cents!