Archive for February, 2012


Dreams

 Continue to chase the enigma of The Dream. Scientists can not clearly explain them. Mystics can not agree of their purpose. What is this strange alchemy of dreams? Blend the elements of subconscious and conscious, environment and experience, planets and signs. The outcome is never the same. The Aboriginal peoples attribute all to their dreams, for the creation to the present geography. History and legend tells of great prophecies, dreamed and fulfilled, decisions made that have changed the current of mankind. 

 Where are these places you take me? I dream of my mundane experiences. I long for the dreams of my ancestors. Their mundane experiences were the trees, the animals and the night sky. I’m lost to their messages, the voices silenced to me under the noise of technology. I dream of the fantastic. I live a day in a matter of minutes and build dream houses. I add to them room by room until they become an infinite labyrinth of memory. The night mare storms in, black and terrible. I ride, in spite of myself, often galloping the horror into the waking world. Is it a warning to heed or a torment undeserved? 

 For benefit or harm, I will continue to journey to these places until the end of my days. I will seek more their council, through symbols and guides. I can ascend to new heights and bring gifts as I descend into wakefulness.

 

Blessed Be.

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Doubt

Doubt can be described as an emotion and a thought process. It can easily get filed away under negative feelings. But we should not make it the opposite of assurance, the black to it’s white. Doubt can change your vision, suddenly everything looks distorted. Maybe the colors are no longer so bright. perhaps you have moved through the veil? You are seeing something from the other side.

Great philosophers and theologians have written about doubt for centuries. Eastern thought eschews it, but also encourages to let go and just be. Western thought writes of doubt as if it were a great love, unexpectedly wandered into their life. Something that can’t be lived with or without. Without doubt, belief has no real substance.

To give someone the benefit of the doubt is a conundrum. You are neither presuming the guilt or innocence of the person. Yet, someone has benefited from doubt. Without doubt, there is no possibilty. Can you see the things that are keeping you from doing the things you don’t even know you can do? Doubt is transformed into a strength. Doubt forces you to reach out, like plant leaves seeking the sun. Suddenly you are taller and stronger. To deny doubt would be to deny your humanity.

Blessed Be.

Chokmah

Illuminating Intelligence. To know you, I could no longer be in this form . I imagine you a fountain of fire, not a force of  destruction, but creation.  “Look upon the heavens and the earth. God made them not with dust and water. Look upon the fire and behold therein how they were created”.  Bursting forth from the top of The Pillar of Mercy, you dance with the tides of your Partner Eternal, Binah. I cannot grasp your creations, anymore that I could tell your how the stars are made.

You are honored, Abba, in all the ways you are manifested to us. You are painted, molded and sculpted into what our what our wisdom limits us too. Your rites are honored, ecstatically and silently.

I will devote myself. To everything. What  I devote myself to in turn creates something.

“Everything is Dual; 
everything has poles; 
everything has its pair of opposites
like and unlike are the same; 
opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; 
extremes meet; 
all truths are but half-truths; 
all paradoxes may be reconciled.”

Blessed Be.

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Imbolc

It was suggested that when we write about Imbolc, that we write about our first Imbolc ritual. Coincidently, this was the first group ritual I wrote and performed. We honored the Goddess Brigid. In this ritual,  participants brought lit candles to a lovely little garden well, built by one of our community members. The participants placed their candles there and were given a drink from the well. A sunny yellow lemon pound cake was offered and Celtic style music was played. I made the lemon cake, as well as many of the candles used in the ritual. It’s important for me to make  as many of the items used in the ritual as I can. They are crafted with the intent of the ritual in mind and honor the Gods and Goddess by showing I am offering  my best.

It is of course easy to see how closely Imbolc and Candlemas are related. Brigid and Mary are honored with candle and flame. I usually do make candles at this time. My favorite to make are votive candles. I make them for each element, to have on the quarter altars in my rituals.

Easy votive candles:

Items needed:

candle making wax or save damaged or mostly used up candles.

color blocks made for coloring candles

scented oils made for candle making

Pre cut wicks with metal bases

3 oz  ‘dixie’ cups

sauce pan

a 15 0z or large soup or vegetable can

Directions:

Place the soup can inside the sauce pan with a cup of water. Add the wax or old candles to the soup can. Add the desired colors and scents according to the package directions. Simmer gently until blended. Prepare the wicks and dixie cups. Light a candle and drop a small amount of wax on the bottom of the dixie cup and affix the metal base of your wick to it. Allow to harden. This will keep the wick stationary while you pour the hot wax in. Using an oven mitt, pick up the soup can and carefully pour the melted wax into the dixie cup. Allow to cool and harden overnight and in the morning simply tear and peel away the cup.

Happy Crafting!