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16
Nov

Full Snow Moon Ritual

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2013 – Full Snow Moon

9
Nov

The Sun of the Gods is the Christian Devil

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Well, not really but it makes for an interesting catch line.

The magic square of the Sun’s six rows and columns add up to 111 producing a sum of 666. The Sun therefore resonates with the number 666 or taking the Cartesian product of 6662 or 443,556. Using Kabalistic reduction 443556 becomes 4 + 4 + 3 + 5 + 5 + 6 = 27 = 2 + 7 = 9.

Sun-Magic Square

Nine is the number of leadership (well, the sun is the head of solar system—probably why they call it the solar system) and humanitarianism. Nine is also the number of completion just as all nine in the pip cards of the Tarot symbolize the ending of a cycle and reaping the rewards of your efforts. The ninth card of the Tarot is the hermit.

 

The hermit has withdrawn from the mundane to search for the truth of the universe, but like the sun, he doesn’t hide his lamp rather he shines it from a prominence just as the sun shines from above illuminating everything below. It could further be stated that without the life-giving rays from above no manifestation of life below on Earth would be possible: as above, so below.

 

The ninth rune is Hagalaz. Hagalaz signals a major shift of energies as the Elder Futhark begins its second row of aetts. Hagalaz is the rune of objective confrontation with past patterns. It will uncover the vast flow of energies around and through human energy systems. Its nature is completely impersonal and it represents power generally beyond human ability to harness. In some ways this rune is much like The World or Wheel of Fortune tarot cards as those cards also indicate powerful forces at work but largely forces which may not be influenced by human behavior.

 

Some numerical coincidences of the number 666; and I don’t believe in coincidences are that the Tropic of Cancer is 66.6 degrees from the North pole, the Tropic of Capricorn is 66.6 degrees from the South Pole, the Equator is 66.6 degrees from the Arctic and Antarctic circles, and the Earth’s average orbital speed is 66,666 miles per hour (99.9%).

 

To complete the reduction, we can take the square root of nine (remember 666 was squared to give 443556.) That of course leaves us with 3. The Empress (the Empress is the third card in the tarot deck) rules threes in the tarot. The Empress is the supernal mother and thus nurtures new beginnings just as the threes in each of the tarot suits suggest a new beginning begun and initial first steps made.

 

To round out the discussion, the third rune, Thurisaz, tells us that we’ve made the right choices and taken the correct steps to put ourselves in the right place and the right time but now the best action is to take no action at all. Typically you might draw this rune after a magickal working, a tarot reading, or something as mundane as ajob interview. You’ve done all you can so now relax and trust in yourself and the universe.

 

The Magic square of the Sun is from Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa’s book, “De Occulta Philosophia

These repetitions of sixes are reminiscent of how the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem is 666 nautical miles from the Kaaba in Mecca.

 

15
Oct

Choosing A Magickal Name

   Posted by: Scrivener

I’ve included some text from one of our lessons. The lesson today just happened to be on choosing your magickal name.

 

 

…As you surf the web and get aquatinted with Wicca and Paganism, you may have noticed some of the names by which many of us go by. These are called magickal names. Those who enter the Craft prefer to choose a new name—one that separates their mundane from their magickal selves.

 

Many Wiccans and pagans choose a secret name for themselves that it is used only during rituals. The use of a magickal name helps you to separate your mind from the everyday world and prepares you for the supernatural work.

 

Sometimes a magickal name can be everything to a pagan. It means the difference between coming out of the broom closet or remaining there. Some pagans choose to go by their given names. Yet these are few. They are lucky to be able to be open about their religion without worrying how it will affect their families, relations with other people, and jobs.

 

Many witches have two names; one for correspondence and writing, and another for their private rituals. If you are thinking of acquiring a magickal name, I suggest you start using one name first. You need time to get to know your “new” you. Once you feel comfortable with yourself as a pagan, then you might want another one. There may be a time when you may feel that you have “outgrown” your magickal name and it is time to change it.

 

Who Chooses Your Magickal Name

 

The answer to this question depends greatly upon the situation the witch or pagan is in. Solitary witches, like me, choose their own magickal names by themselves. By this, I mean that there is no other person involved in the process (except the Goddess if the witch does a ritual for a name. The solitary witch uses one or several methods to choose his/her magickal name. They might change their magickal names accordingly to their needs as they grow in the Craft.

 

In coven environment, it varies by coven and tradition. In many covens the initiate acquires a magickal name through a vision quest. Yet it will change as he/she raises within the ranks of the coven. There are covens in which your magickal name is given by your mentor/teacher; or sometimes your mentor/teacher adds another part to the magickal name you have already chosen. Some covens allow you to have two names; a ceremonial one used within the coven, and another known only to the Goddess/God, your mentor/teacher, and you.

 

How to Choose Your Magickal Name

 

Choosing your magickal name won’t be easy. You will want something individual and something special that is unique to only you; something by which only you will be known. This is a difficult task because so many people share the world with us. Some people claim more than one name as a way to safeguard their individuality. Variations of your name can make it special; a different pronunciation or different spelling can change the ordinary to the extraordinary.

 

You name will paint a picture of how you see yourself. Look through the eyes of Deity and take a long look at the real you. Let the beauty within yourself give you inspiration .Your name might already be chosen in the back of your mind. Just set it free.

 

Some Native Americans believe a vision quest is helpful when choosing a new name. In the vision quest you take yourself away from your natural habitat and wait for a sign. A person on a vision quest might suddenly see an animal or a bird, such as a crow, and decide to adopt the name “Crow” with a unique addition such as “Standing Crow” which describes the action of the bird when they noticed it. If one were to translate this name into another language than a unique name would be the result.

 

Many of us feel a connection to a single animal; some even feel connected to more than one. Do try meditating with a focus on one of the Spirits for guidance.

 

Here is a list of some basic ideas that I hope will help and guide you when choosing your name. How you choose your name is own decision (of course!), these are only ideas I’ve noticed have been helpful to some.

 

  • Don’t choose a name that belongs to someone in your family, or the name of a friend. Remember individuality! You want something that belongs only to you, something you give yourself as a special gift. If you decide that you would like to incorporate a name of a dear relative or friend into your special name, perhaps you should consider putting a slightly different twist on whatever their title was. For example, if your Grandmother’s name was Violet , choosing a name like Viola might give you the individual edge you need while still keeping up with the old.
  • Choose a name that you are comfortable with. If you are someone who enjoys correcting people’s pronunciation every time they call your name, then a name like “Gwyddion” might not work for you. If you prefer something simple, but not too traditional, Don or Deon could work quite well.
  • Research the names you find interesting carefully. Examine cultural references to study their original meanings. Your name should holds significance with you. Make sure you’re happy with it, do not compromise! Another suggestion is finding names in different languages to express the same concept. For instance, you could name yourself after the foxglove. Foxglove is a flower but in Gaelic the name might look like this … Marian na mna sithe.. and translates as: “thimble of the faerie woman” So Miaran is thimble… Original yes?
  • Make a list of all your possible names and their meanings, and as you narrow your choices, cross out each name that is not selected. Once you have about four or five names, ask a close friend for their opinion. Consider consulting your family for their opinion as well. Never forget that the name should represent you. You have the final say in whatever you choose.
  • When you finally select your name, use it proudly. Whether you use it in ritual, as a private reference to yourself or even if you only use it on the internet, remember it always and cherish it as a special gift.
  • Last but not least, do not add the title Lady or Lord to your name.  This title is just that and is reserved for those who have achieved the level of second degree or higher. It is considered an affront to those who have worked hard to achieve the title to have it used by those who have not earned it.

 

Spell Your Magickal Name

 

Okay, you may have chosen a magickal name already. Now, you have noticed that many magickal names are spelled as one word. Examples:  SilverHawk, CrystalWater, NightOwl, FreeEagle. But, is this really necessary? No, one word or two, as long as you are comfortable with the name that is all that counts.

 

Be careful about odd spellings. Others may not be able to understand how your name is spelled or sounds and your magical name will often be misspelled and or mispronounced….

 

In addition to the above methods for determining a magickal name you can use the Kabalistic reduction method (numerology). Pick a correspondence such as your birthdate, nickname, or given name or some magickal or mundane aspect which is important to or in some way defines yourself.

 

First, you assign numbers to letters as described in the below list.

 

1= A,J,S
2= B,K,T
3= C,L,U
4= D,M,V
5= E,N,W
6= F,O,X
7= G,P,Y
8= H,Q,Z
9= I,R

 

Next, pick your correspondence. Let’s use my name and birthdate for instance:

 

11/23/1958 becomes 1 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 1 + 9 + 5 + 8 = 30.

 

Since for purposes of numerological reduction we generally (11, 21, and 33 are exceptions but can be treated like other multi-digit numerals for this exercise) can’t have multi-digit numbers, 30 becomes

3 + 0 = 3.

 

Now let’s look at the numbers associated with the letters in my name:

 

D  U  I R     G W A L C H M A I

4+3+ 9+9  + 7+ 5+ 1+ 3+3+8+4+ 1+9 =  66 = 6 + 6 = 12 = 1 + 2 = 3

 

My chosen magickal name and birthdate are numerologically balanced.

 

I’ve attached a program which I wrote that handles the math and even suggests what to do should your chosen name not balance numerologically with your chosen correspondence. Let’s say you chose Autumn Wind as your magical name (the name of one of my students) and it doesn’t work with your birthdate or whatever correspondence you’ve chosen, you could always try an alternate spelling such as Autumn Wynd , Autumn Wynde, etc.

2013 Litha Summer Solstice

22
Jun

The Elder Futhark Runes

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ElderFuthark

You will need these items:

  • The usual tools, candles, paraphernalia for ritual

 

Items needed specific to working:

  • pouch
  • herbs for protection: cedar, bay leaf, catnip (even if you have a dog), comfrey, dried garlic and thyme.
  • measure of your pet such as clipping of fur or stray feather

 

Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs, your heart is very big.

–Erica Jong

 

Horned God and AnimalsAll of us have pets in our life that brings us great joy.  Blessing a pet creates a ritual that binds a pet and a family together, celebrating the bond between human and animal.  Blessing a pet is also our way of asking the Gods to protect and keep our pets so that our time with them will be a long and happy journey.

HPS:            Tonight we are make a charm bag for the protection of our pets.  In your pouch add a bit of each of the herbs. Once you are home you can add a bit of your pet’s fur or feather to the pouch to reinforce the blessing.

 

All:               O Great Horned God, father of the woodland,

and loving lord of all creatures that walk, crawl, swim and fly.

A threefold blessing I humbly ask of thee on the Full Wolf Moon night:

May (pet’s name) life be a long, happy and healthy one.

May (s)he always receive your divine protection.

Watch over him/her with every step (s)he take.

Help me protect him/her and strengthen the connection of love between us.

Let this charm be blessed, to hold the energy of protection.

And when our incarnations in this world cease to be,

may we forever be reunited in the great Wiccan otherworld

known as the Summerland.  Blessed be!

27
May

Elemental Breath Control Meditation

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Untitled-2A variation to simply counting your breaths when meditating is to recite the five elements while practicing breath control. For instance, while breathing in say to yourself and visualize the elements as they appear on the points of a pentagram. Breathe in, “Water, Fire, Earth, Air, Spirit.” Hold that breath, “Water, Fire, Earth, Air, Spirit.” Exhale slowly, “Water, Fire, Earth, Air, Spirit.” Hold that breath at the bottom and recite, “Water, Fire, Earth, Air, Spirit.” Repeat five times—one time for each element. When you are finished, you may want to reach above your head and feel the energy as you pull it down into yourself. You may visualize this energy coming from the moon, sun, stars, or just the Earth in general. Once you’ve drawn this energy to yourself, spread your arms to either side and drop a circle about yourself. You are now ready to begin the main part of your meditation where you may contact your spirit guides, contemplate some aspect of the occult, or seek Divine help.

25
Apr

Full Awakening Moon Ritual

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2013 – Full Awakening Moon

wiccan-raven-magic-pentagramRegistration is open for first, second, third , adpetus minor, and adeptus master courses at the the Circle of the Dark Moon School of Wicca, Wytchcrafte, and Magick (CotDM) for those seeking initiation as a witch in the Circle of the Dark Moon Coven. Classes are taught in a lecture format. For some classes there is a suggested list of books to buy. Sometimes there are full printed lessons, at other times the instructor lectures with only an outline for a lesson plan. The classes are informal but sometimes there are homework assignments (usually these consist of research assignments to be discussed the next time as at this time the staff want to minimize demands upon adults’ sometimes busy schedules.) Classes are about one hour in length and usually consist of a question and answer period at the beginning, a lesson, and another question and answer discussion at the end of class. For more information, contact us at our website (https://circleofthedarkmoon.org), FaceBook page (circle.of.the.dark.moon), Twitter (darkmooncoven), or email (info @ circleofthedarkmoon . org). Additionally you should you should contact the organizers via Skype (circleofthedarkmoon) and request to be added to our Skype contacts. There is no prohibition against student belonging to both the online and in-person study groups.

 

2
Feb

Happy Groundhog Day

   Posted by: Scrivener

If Imbolc Day is bright and clear,
There’ll be two winters in the year.

If Imbolc be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Imbolc brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.

This year, Imbolc dawned bright and clear,
According to Phil, Fae and Flowers will soon be here.

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