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 on: May 02, 2016, 08:04:10 PM 
Started by TheGreenWizard - Last post by TheGreenWizard
Been while folks - all I can say is teaching full time and grad school at night sucks out my soul at times. Moving on to my experiences.

About two weeks ago, I had a vivid dream where I saw a bunch of snakes - different colors, but mostly corn and milk snakes (interesting to me because the milk snakes will eat the corns) - in an area, and one of them was either eating/regurgitating another snake as I was looking around. Vivid dream and I can't get it out of my head. Thoughts welcomed.

Last week, I had free time, and decided to try to do a guided meditation from Penczak's Gay Witchcraft, however, I had the intent of going in to find my deity. I went through the motions - relax the muscles, feel the waves of relaxation, count down from 12 to one to get to my meditative state and visualize the stairs and go to my power room. However, something peculiar happened. As I walked down the stairs, I encountered a humanoid figure - the image was blurred, but I think it was female and had sky blue cloth on her - and I could not go past her. In fact, when I tried, she actually repelled me and pointed me to turn around.

Defeated, I did and returned back to my body. However, I've reflected back on the experience and my life in general and realize I'm way too busy to do my pagan studies for deities and try to pledge to one. I'm pretty sure that it's the deity's way of keeping an eye out for my sanity (thanks!). Thoughts welcomed as well.

Just thought I'd share my experiences and ask this to others: Have you ever tried to do a deity meditation, only to have the deity/ies tell you NO or refuse you?

 72 
 on: May 01, 2016, 04:21:48 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by Earthbound Spirit
Blessings to everyone for Beltane.  I hope you all enjoy your festivities.

 73 
 on: May 01, 2016, 02:06:20 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by marisol
Planting a few flowers for Beltane this year. I love to garden, of course they will be in pots. I miss my garden I had at mom and dads house. It would be beautiful by now, but is probably overgrown. Just have to start again.



 74 
 on: April 30, 2016, 02:43:32 PM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by Valerie
We have a spot in the garden where we could grow a few veggies..must make an effort, we have a lovely herb patch, tho that really doesn't take much work X

 75 
 on: April 23, 2016, 09:16:23 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by oldghost
It's sad to see how far the human species has lost it's from the land . I shop at the local produce and local farmers market . I remember having diner over a friend's last summer and how flavorless was the corn   and tomatoes  that they got from the mega food store . I,m glad still fish , just looking at the food in stores it just doesn't look right , looks like plastic and taste like cardboard . So sad .😭
 

 76 
 on: April 19, 2016, 10:22:02 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by marisol
A lovely message J.  Thank-you.

 77 
 on: April 18, 2016, 05:52:10 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by Mystik Witch
I'll take a special journey this Beltaine . It's been to long since I gave thanks for what I have and a long time since I spoke to the Horned One . A balefire to sit by and talk of all that has gone by .Give thanks for having friends seen and unseen . Have let to many of my old ways fade . It's time to get back on the path that I rambled away from . The call of the true ways gets stronger day by day , time to go home where I belong .

Time to shake off the dust and polish the Armor ,gather what was put away and bring it again into the light .

The old ways are still the best .

Blessed Beltaine to all and remember what is important in your life's.

Blessed Be  Friends


Oldghost.

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Thank you very much for the wonderful reminder you have given to us all. It is true I must get back to what is true to me. In the last several months I have found the ways I have been living are not fun or good for me. So, I too, am going to go back along the path to my roots and there I am sure I will find even more roots then I could have ever imagined.

Thank you again for your wisdom and your knowledge. Be well my friend and be happy! Happy Beltaine and Blessed Be! MW

 78 
 on: April 17, 2016, 05:45:15 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by oldghost
I'll take a special journey this Beltaine . It's been to long since I gave thanks for what I have and a long time since I spoke to the Horned One . A balefire to sit by and talk of all that has gone by .Give thanks for having friends seen and unseen . Have let to many of my old ways fade . It's time to get back on the path that I rambled away from . The call of the true ways gets stronger day by day , time to go home where I belong .

Time to shake off the dust and polish the Armor ,gather what was put away and bring it again into the light .

The old ways are still the best .

Blessed Beltaine to all and remember what is important in your life's.

Blessed Be  Friends


Oldghost.

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 on: April 10, 2016, 12:25:52 AM 
Started by Blackmoons Owl - Last post by oldghost
The last few years I have been getting more into the archeological research into early European records and that of the early aspect of old world magic and it's relationship to those of the practices and there interrelationship to that of the so called new world . It's almost like going back to college again but at my own study pace . Have to start writing up a paper

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 on: April 06, 2016, 12:52:18 AM 
Started by Blackmoons Owl - Last post by Alchymist
There are a great many books on Wicca and Witchcraft, and it's unfortunately true that many authors simply read each other's books and repeat what they've read - even, occasionally, repeating each other's mistakes - so there tends to be a depressing sameness about so many of them ..... this isn't to say they're not worth reading, though. Most of them have some useful information to impart, something that you perhaps won't find anywhere else. But when you've moved ahead a bit beyond the basics, much can also be found in books that are not directly about Wicca or Witchcraft.

I've recently been reading a book called "Yoga and the Quest for the True Self," by Stephen Cope (Bantam, New York, 1999); it is a more or less autobiographical account of the author's (supposedly) four month sabbatical at the Kripalu yoga centre in New England which turned into a ten-year stay. At the end of his time there the centre imploded when it was discovered that the Guru, who insisted on celibacy for his students, was having affairs with female staff and students ...... There is, however, much wisdom between the book's covers, wisdom that can be applied to areas other than yoga - and, I think, to our own area.

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It is of the utmost importance that teachers not be deified. Nothing undermines the potential of an environment to be truly transformational more than a teacher who is seen to be perfect, all-knowing, or "the ultimate authority". In the best transformational spaces, even brilliant, charismatic or truly enlightened teachers are understood to be explorers and guides, not gods ... even these powerful guides are understood to be transitional. They must, finally, set us free to be ourselves.

The best transformational environments avoid telling us who we are. Rather, they  support us in finding out who we are for ourselves.
                                                       (Pages 30-31; bolding added)
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"Liberation, in the Tantric traditions, is gained not through renunciation, but through entering fully into the play ... of energy and consciousness.

The candidate for wisdom does not seek a detour by which to circumvent the sphere of the passions - crushing them within himself and shutting his eyes to their manifestations without, until, made clean as an angel, he may safely open his eyes again to regard the cycle of samsara [i.e., the normal cycle of birth, life and death] with the untroubled gaze of a disembodied apparition. Quite the contrary: the Tantric hero ... goes directly through the sphere of greatest danger"

                              [Quoting Heinrich Zimmer, "Philosophies of India," Princeton 1951]
                                                      (Page 56; bolding added)

This last part, I feel, could just as easily apply to the aspiring Witch as to the "Tantric hero"; ideally, the Witch seeks to interact directly with the world around him or her, rather than trying to seek some kind of Nirvana-like detachment.

Blessed Be everyone - witches and Tantrics alike,

Alchymist.



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