Tuesday, 26 December 2006
"The old spells of the countryside talk of love, health, money and happiness, and were practised by ordinary people, especially women, everywhere. These have been lost from the everyday world, and the Wiccan movement, with its formal practice of witchcraft, has ironically taken the magic away from the lives of the majority, by its emphasis on obscure gods and strange rituals."
"The repealing of the Witchcraft Act in 1951 led to the establishment of Wicca, the formal practice of witchcraft. However, this is a mixed blessing, for although Wicca is a form of nature worship with many ecological strengths, it divorces natural magic from everydaylife. Most women do not wish to practise formal rites in secret, again handing superior power to high priestesses and priests, and learning rituals created by others that are not the magic of the hearth, the home and the bed."
Wednesday, 13 December 2006
Monday, 11 December 2006
- Herne the Hunter / Pan (linked via Thoth to Egypt, Tunisia and my bad back - weird, but there's a story there!). Anyway, I sensed the horned one abroad outside, and so did the dog, who started growling the second my thoughts turned in that direction.
- For the Wounded King, I thought of gays and men generally, struggling to find out they fit in the world today.
- N. America and native indian culture, somehow linked to Scotland and Ireland i.e. Celtic culture. I could hear the tribes dancing and celebrating, but the man's voice was clear that he did not want to get married.
- Then I heard jazz music and wandered off to New Orleans and a little vodoo culture.
- A thought for those guys getting ready to volunteer for CRISIS at Christmas (a little plug here for everyone who works so hard for such a great cause www.crisis.org.uk). Especially for the "Green Badges" - you know who you are!!
- I then went off to "Faery Glen" - actually, the visualisation was of the beautiful, candle-lit and crystal adorned grotto, created by the Lost Horizons tribe at Eartheart, Bridport, England, September 2003 - what a week that was!
- Then there were reminders about using my Bach Remedies - Walnut is a very useful one, but I have not tried Aspen before.
- "Pour the Waters" is a reference to the "The Healing Book of Waters" and the Goddess Nut standing by the Tree of Life and pouring water into the mouth and hands of another figure.
Sunday, 10 December 2006
The theme is a stylised me (plenty of artistic licence here!), surrounded by my 9 totem animals. They are in the 4 cardinal directions plus within, above, below, left and right. I had this idea of Wolf howling at the moon; night sky becoming day, merging into water with Dolphin and Beaver, the stream running down below the roots of the tree and opening to another world below, wherein Elk resides. I've seen many paintings that successfully combine day and night, this world and the Otherworld etc. that inspire me, but I need some help to get this to work.
Saturday, 9 December 2006
Sometimes I feel very far from my beloved homeland, Cornwall. Never more than 15 miles from the sea anywhere in the county; now I am quite land-locked in central Portugal. Luckily, Cornwall is taken care off by some very special, loving people, including my best friends.
I want to talk about one of them; the most special person and a beacon of light and love. Julie: CONGRATULATIONS!
Julie has just been awarded "Highly Commended" for her business enterprise, Business English in Cornwall, in a Green Tourism competition. Her business was described as 'Eco-linguistics meets bio-diversity ... '. She's worked hard for this and at last she has recognition. She offers a lovely place to stay while visiting Cornwall, and what better place to study English. Check her out at http://www.businessenglishincornwall.com/.
Irresistible quote from Sandy Stevenson' "The Awakener":
"Perhaps you have also noticed that you can't seem to get as much done in a day, as you used to. The reason for this is that time is accelerating as the planetary vibration speeds up. although the clocks may appear to look the same, we have currently lost 6 hours, 25 minutes and 3 seconds (as at 12 August 1999) in twenty-four hour period. That leaves us with a 17 hours, 35 minute day. This pattern of 'losing time' has been occurring now for several years and the momentum is quickening. This will continue until there is 'no time' left as we move into the eternal 'now' of the fifth dimension."
So that's why !!!!
Friday, 8 December 2006
I thought the contents looked rather lovely when I opened the lid, so I took this picture.
What you can see on the top is the lovely bag I bought at the Boom Festival 2004; the wand I made from English Oak, decorated with Little Owl feathers; a Marafona doll, made locally in Monsanto (it gives protection from thunderstorms and also is a traditional gift for a marriage bed because she has no eyes to see or ears to hear!); a Stork feather; a Durga postcard; my aromatherapy box; my I-Ching box.
Wednesday, 6 December 2006
I had to look this one up:
- Indicating the presence of a divinity
I came across it in a review of the Goddess Tarot at Aeclectic Tarot:http://www.aeclectic.net/goddess/review.shtml.
Sim, my husband, surprised me today by picking out this tarot pack as an unexpected present for me. I will have to wait before I get my hands on it though - until he decides the time is right. I'm hoping that will be Winter Solstice which we will be celebrating somewhere in England.
I have to add that today has been totally "awe-inspiring" in it's deepest sense. Loads of synchronicity - a feeling of things coming together, balance, and revelation. I am very, very happy right now.
Monday, 4 December 2006
The Healing Energies of Water by Charlie Ryrie. A Gaia book. I love this publisher - everything they produce is so beautifully put together. This was a 50p bargain at a library sale on my last trip to the UK.
The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats by the Editors of Prevention Pets Books. Also a bargain book; this time from a charity shop. I have no idea why there are no charity shops where I live in central Portugal. They are something I really miss from England.
The Awakener by Sandy Stevenson. This was recommended to me by an amazing traveller from East Timor, whom I met at this year's Boom Festival. I tried hard to seek it out on my last UK trip, trawling every shop in Glastonbury to no avail. Then, amazingly, the book nearly fell off the shelf at me in Waterstones at Fareham - the last place I expected to find such a way out book. I've finished reading it now, but am still referring to it. I had many "uh-huh" moments as I read it; there was plenty of resonance for me, but it also presents some very strange concepts.
The Spiral Dance by Starhawk. This is a classic Wiccan tome. I am not a Wiccan, nor do I belong to a coven, but this book is still very interesting reading, with plenty of sensible advice.
The Gentle Arts of Aquarian Magic by Marian Green. I've got to chapter 5, entitled The Magic of Air. Then I realised that I haven't really been assimilating what I've read. I haven't done the exercises either, so at some point I'm going to have to re-read this or I won't make much progress.
A Witch Alone by Marian Green. This is the book that inspired the title for this blog. I really am grabbed by the concept of workbooks generally (my favourite book is a workbook too). As with the previous title, I haven't been putting in the effort required to advance. My main stumbling blocks are lack of application to one task, and difficulty with meditation and mental stillness.
Pixel Juice by Jeff Noon. This is my purely recreational reading at the moment. The Times review of this title, printed on the front cover, says "Noon is the Lewis Carroll of Manchester's housing estates ... the cocktail of alienation, narcotics and gadgetry fizzes with energy." This is a book of short stories and so is ideal for a quick read before lights out.
Violet Flame by Elizabeth Clare Prophet. One of those little books you can read in one sitting, or dip into. I found it comforting and helpful leading up to my Mum's recent death. I am really trying to work on those purple flame visualisations, and the feelings I get remind me of sending and receiving Reiki.
Finally, I also have the September / October edition of Resurgence magazine. This has plenty of intelligent articles from respected writers such as Deepak Chopra, James Lovelock and Anita Roddick.
Sunday, 3 December 2006
I found the stone at Totland Bay, Isle of Wight. In fact I found several at the same place, but have given away all the others decorated with runes.
This one has survived in my little bag of tricks - my Durga bag. Only recently have I found its' true use.
It looks so like a skull, with the eye holes in the correct position - you can look right through from one side to the other. I was able to find comfort in wearing it (hence the silver spiral around it) during the recent period leading up to my Mother's death last month. So it helped me literally to face Death head on.
It's other use, and the reason "hag" stones got their name, is for clear-sight - a vision into the other world. When in the right frame of mental focus, I can look through the "eye sockets", into other dimensions.
It's a powerful tool, that I respect greatly. I am yet to discover it's name though - something suitably demonic, given it's current guise in the photograph.
Saturday, 2 December 2006
Robin Trower - Bridge Of Sighs (entire album)
Beatles - Revolver (entire album)
Beatles - Revolution
Poison Girls - Mandy Is Having A Baby
Poison Girls - Old Tart
Current 93 - Beausoleil
Current 93, Nurse With Wound & feat. Tiny Tim - Just What Do You Mean By Antichrist
Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Swampsnake
Then a few hours of indulgent BBC Radio 3 (thank you "Listen Again"):
Mixing It (in our favourite, Late Junction's timeslot):http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/mixingit/pip/6kloi/
followed by Jazz On 3:http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/jazzon3/pip/g038q/
Moon leaving Aries and moving into Taurus
My mind racing across many dimensions, like looking up inside a multi-faceted, crystal dome. Putting a peg on my speeding thoughts, I quickly sketch them on a journal page. Now I am drawing tarot cards from memory - I rarely use my pack.
In the past I have not been able to recapture the magical feelings I experienced at the time of making my journal entries. Now, with my first ever Blog post and a photograph, I can work out the links I was making at the time - like a 3-D mind map.