“Magic is a funny term,’ she’d say…”

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“Magic is a funny term,’ she’d say. ‘There is nothing supernatural about the earth. As long as you know what does what.”

by Suzanne Palmieri, ‘The Witch of Little Italy’ 

Moro

Art title: ‘Madam Witch’ by artist: Aerythe @ http://aerythes.deviantart.com/art/Madam-Witch-3746479

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‘Clan of the Dragon’s Code of Honor’

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‘Clan of the Dragon’s Code of Honor’

J’Karrah EbonDragon 1994, Revised 2003

from: http://ebon-dragon.com/cotd/Honor.html

*Adapted in part from traditional sources*

 

1) In all that you do be honest and fair. Always consider how your actions will affect your family, your Clan, and your standing among those Dragons who call you friend. If what you are doing will not bring honor or justice, or improve the world around you by even the smallest measure don’t do it. It is your duty always to ensure that no dishonor or shame comes to those dependent upon you because of your words or actions.

2) Take credit for, and accept the consequences of, all of your own actions, be it for good or ill. Everyone makes mistakes. Shame only comes in not owning up to them. And when you do make an honest mistake, forgive yourself as you would forgive others.

3) Accept no blame for that which you did not do without a very good reason such as saving an innocent from harm. Accepting undue blame to save the “honor” of another is not a good reason, for if they *had* any honor worth saving they would accept the consequences of their own actions rather than trying to pass it on to you.

4) Give your word only after great consideration as to how it may affect your duty to your Gods, your family and Clan. And when you do give your word you are honor bound to keep it. Should you knowingly or deliberately fail to do so, your honor is diminished until you make amends.

5) Do not engage in idle gossip or speculation about the affairs or actions of others. Never reveal the secrets entrusted to you by family, Clan, or friend lightly. To do otherwise shows you to be an untrustworthy person and seriously lacking in honor. The old adage “Loose lips sink ships” applies in all areas of life. The spreading of unsubstantiated rumor brings dishonor upon you and shame to your family, your Clan, and your Dragon friends.

The only exception to keeping a secret is when doing so would endanger an innocent, bring unjustified dishonor to another, bring shame to family or Clan, allow a criminal to go unpunished, or seriously violate the laws of the land. In this matter let common sense prevail.

6) What is yours is yours. Let no one take from you by force or con you out of that which is legally and rightfully yours. But also respect the property of others. Take nothing you are not entitled to or which has been given to you freely and with an open heart.

7) If someone who has wronged you, your family, or Clan comes before you in genuine repentance forgive them with out reservation. However, you have no obligation to forgive those who have wronged you yet made no attempt at restitution. Remember, while holding stubbornly to old, useless anger does you no good, neither does forgiving those who have not earned it. Forgiveness is a gift freely given yet still must be earned. It is not something that can be demanded of you, nor an “obligation” you must submit to in order to “move on.”

If you cannot honestly forgive then don’t… But also don’t let old angers fester in your heart. Instead release them to the Universe that they may be cleansed and dissipated. This does not mean you forgive the offender, it simply means that you to choose no longer let them have any power over you in any form.

8) Never neglect your family or Clan. Have the fierceness of a Dragon in their defense if and when necessary, and always be certain they are provided for before starting any new endeavor or taking any risk.

9) Always remember that having a cool head and calm mind is a virtue. The ability to keep your head when all around you are losing theirs is a benefit that will serve you well in all aspects of life.

10) Remember that you are a representative of your family, your Clan and your Dragon friends. You physical appearance and demeanor should reflect that. Show pride in yourself, your appearance, and your position in the Clan without being arrogant. Always strive to do your best everything you do. Be generous with self-praise (without bragging) and self-forgiveness when warranted.

11) When you gain power or authority, use it carefully and with wisdom. Remember that both power and authority grow with experience, and as a member of the Draconic Tradition you should exercise both with care, dignity and humility. No matter how wise you think you are, or how powerful, if you abuse what has given you there will come a time when the universe may decide to take it back.

12) Do not give your friendship or your allegiance frivolously or without careful consideration. Not all those who seek to be friends with you are worthy of that honor. A false friend can be more dangerous than the most bitter enemy. Make sure those whom you call “friend” are trustworthy and honorable.

13) Unless the lives and safety of your family or Clan are in jeopardy always obey the “laws of the land.” To do otherwise without true justification brings dishonor to you, your family, and your Clan and shames you before your gods.

14) Remember that dignity, a gracious manner and a good sense of humor are traits to be admired and cultivated.

15) Always be prepared for whatever the Future may bring. Life with all of its joys, sorrows and secrets is to be embraced and experienced to the fullest, for this is how one gains wisdom, knowledge and experience. When your time in this Life is done, return to your Gods with joy. Stand before Them with pride for a life lived with honor, and wait with a glad heart until your time of rebirth comes once again.”

 

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“Witch”

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Beautiful and sad…

 

Beautiful and sad as those that can hear but refuse to listen. Beautiful and sad as the life of a flower in the wilderness that can cure the aching soul but no one cares that it is there.

“Witch”

“She sees faeries

And talks to her herb garden.
And everyone laughs.

She feels colors,
And says there is magic in the moon.
And everyone laughs.

She never hurts anyone
And loves her oak tree like a child.
And everyone laughs.

She always helps a stranger
And the neighborhood strays adore her
And everyone laughs.

She sits and cries
And mumbles to the shadows,
And no one cares.

Once her hair was long and bright,
Now it is a matted mess
And no one cares.

She used to dance among the trees,
Now she can’t find them
And no one cares.

Dreams of magic fill her days;
Magic she can almost touch.
And no one cares.

The day she died her herbs did, too.
And her oak tree bowed its limbs.
A single candle burned in her window
With naught there but the cats.
And no one understands…”

by- Morgan Stardancer

http://blessedbe.sugarbane.com/poetry.htm

 

Moro

This fantastic artwork is titled ‘ Sleeping Beauty’ by artist:  kimsol @ http://kimsol.deviantart.com/art/Sleeping-Beauty-385074952

 

Circle Casting » Asiya http://ow.ly/x6YW

Circle Casting » Asiya http://ow.ly/x6YWN

Circle Casting

An example of how to cast a circle before performing a Wiccan magick spell or ritual.
This circle casting makes use of invoking pentagrams.
Check out the accompanying circle closing.

On your altar, you will need a bell, an athame, a red candle, a chalice, a pentacle, a small bowl or jar of salt, a small bowl of water, and symbols for the God and Goddess (statues/candles/items from nature, etc).

Light the red candle and incense. Ring the bell three times, and then say:
“Let it be known the circle is about to be cast.”

Beginning in the east, walking deosil, draw a circle around your available work space with the athame, saying:
“Here is the boundary of the circle of power
A protection that shall contain the power raised herein
Naught but love shall enter in
Naught but love shall emerge from within.”

Lower the tip of the athame into the water, saying:
“As water is life’s beginning
So salt is its end.”

Scoop three pinches salt into the water with the athame and stir deosil, saying:
“Combined, they bring forth new life.”

Draw a circle with the Holy Water, tracing the same circle you drew before with the athame. Then draw the circle with the incense, then the red candle.

Anoint yourself with Holy Water at the third eye, lips, throat, heart, and feet, saying:
“I consecrate myself, [magical name], in the names of the God and the Goddess.”

…..see this wonderful resource and website for the rest of this ritual and so much more!

Table of Elements http://ow.ly/x6Xtl Dir

Table of Elements http://ow.ly/x6Xtl

Direction East

Table of Elements
Air
Fire
Water
Earth
Direction East South West North
Color Pale blue, pale yellow, white, silver red, orange, gold green, deep blue, purple dark green, brown, black
Energy Intellect Will Emotion Memory
Tools Athame, incense, bells, feathers Wand, candles Chalice, cauldron, water/wine/milk/juice Salt, pentacle, stones, food
Body System Respiratory system and lung problems Muscular system and energy problems Reproductive systems and blood problems Digestive systems and nervous problems
Power To know To dare To be silent To will
Magickal Use Mind; communication; travel; beginnings Courage; passion; overcoming obstacles Love; emotion; intuition; inner or hidden knowledge Material, financial; self-esteem; grounding
Types of Magick Chanting; breathing; visualization; astral travel Candle magick; fire scrying; incense purification Energy healing; water scrying; magickal baths Grounding; knot magick; ritual tattoo/piercing
Sacred Places Mountains, places of high elevation; tundra Volcanoes; deserts Lakes, rivers, pools, the ocean; tropics Forests, caves; valleys
Season Spring Summer Autumn Winter
Time of Day Dawn Noon Dusk Midnight
Elemental Creature Sylph Salamander Undine Gnome

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THE GREEK, INDIAN, & CHINESE ELEMENTS —

THE GREEK, INDIAN, & CHINESE ELEMENTS — SEVEN ELEMENT THEORY http://ow.ly/x6UXB

 

This fantastic blog article is packed, I mean packed with tons of information, cross references, charts, the works…. simply fantastic! I highly recommend this for all and anyone!

 

The following is just the very beginning from a very reliable and academic source… the others are just subjects titles that she shares. You will thank yourself when you see all the research, work she’s done and all the information and resources she has brought together for all of us to enjoy and use in our personal live for various reasons…

 

THE GREEK ELEMENTS

 

The four classical elements were independently proposed by early Presocratic philosophers: water (Thales), air (Anaximenes), earth (Xenophanes), and fire (Heraclitus). Empedocles proposed that they all existed together in fixed quantities from the beginning, mixed and unmixed by Love and Hate. This allowed him to agree with Parmenides that Being never really changed.

Plato later conceived of them as consisting of atoms with the geometrical shapes of four of the five regular geometrical solids that had been discovered by the Pythagoreans but described by Plato (in theTimaeus). We now call these the Platonic Solids. Their surfaces consist entirely of regular triangles (3, the tetrahedron; 8, the octahedron; and 20, the icosahedron), squares (6, the cube), and pentagons (12, the dodecahedron). These are, of course, not the true shapes of atoms; but it turns out that they are some of the true shapes of packed atoms and molecules, namely crystals: The mineral salt(halite, NaCl) occurs in cubic crystals; fluorite (calcium floride, CaF2) in octahedrons; and pyrite (“Fool’s Gold,” iron sulfide, FeS2) in dodecahedrons [note]; etc. Aristotle lost Plato’s mathematical interest, discarded the geometrical treatment, and saw the elements as combinations of two sets of opposite qualities, hot & cold, wet & dry. Aristotle’s view was ultimately the accepted one all through the Middle Ages. [Note:  the white text on black background appears as a link. Do not click on it unless you wish to make the text black, for the purpose of printing out the page.]

THE INDIAN AND BUDDHIST ELEMENTS, AND THE GUN.AS

THE CHINESE ELEMENTS
AND ASSOCIATIONS

 

Fantasy Seven
Element Theory

 

The Seven Lucky Gods of Japan

 

Fantasy Seven Element Theory, Note 1,
The Last Airbender, 2010

 

Fantasy Seven Element Theory, Note 2

 

Fantasy Elemental Dragons

 

 

“Make your own Bible…”

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“Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Many of those that walk an alternative path know one version that carries two different names. For others, make it your own “Bible”, “Book of the Sacred”, “Holy Book”, or whatever you want to call it, Those of us with a history, again in an alternative path of paganism and witchcraft, we often call it a Grimoire or “Book of Shadows” but for me, personally, it can also be a book about your life and personal spiritual journey. This can include life lesson, knowledge, what you feel your life’s purpose is, ethics, personal responsibility (ies), ethics from personal experience, everyday experiences, things for reflection, meditation (s), poetry, personal fiction, quotes, inspiration, your spiritual journey, self improvement, teaching and as many forms of wisdom in your life that you create and also find inspirational…. what ever you want. It’s your book. Its your “Bible”. ❤

 

What will you call yours?  What will you put in yours?

 

Who was Ralph Waldo Emerson? 

 

“Ralph Waldo Emerson Biography
Philosopher, Poet, Journalist (1803–1882)

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American Transcendentalist poet, philosopher and essayist during the 19th century. One of his best-known essays is “Self-Reliance.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on May 25, 1803, in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1821, he took over as director of his brother’s school for girls. In 1823, he wrote the poem “Good-Bye.” In 1832, he became a Transcendentalist, leading to the later essays “Self-Reliance” and “The American Scholar.” Emerson continued to write and lecture into the late 1870s. He died on April 27, 1882, in Concord, Massachusetts.” (1)

 

*(1) http://www.biography.com/people/ralph-waldo-emerson-9287153#awesm=~oEMvku9VE5K1Dc

 

Moro

 

Art title: ‘Run Book’ by artist: Fleurine-Retore- Le Monde de Fleurine @ http://www.deviantart.com/#/art/Run-Book-212964829?hf=1