Karma, Wishes and Letting Go.


If you want to ask something of Karma, there is a specific way to go about it, but I’ve never found the right words to explain it, until now (I think…). First of all, I should mention that this only works for something you really need, the basics, and is not a formula to win the lottery.

It helps enormously to show heartfelt gratitude beforehand, as if the wish had already been granted! Next you send up your wish up to Karma and then follows the difficult part. You have to let go of it, of the desire for it and of the need for it. Let me explain. You have your inner, completely subjective and private universe, where something is missing. But the thought or the desire for it is there in place of the ‘real’ thing. Therefore you have to make room for the real thing to be able to manifest itself, or in other words to be able to bring the thing in question from the multiverse into your own private universe, by completely banishing the idea of it from your mind.

I found a little trick to do just that. We all have certain pet problems or existential questions that we like to ponder over. Save one of those for just such an occasion. After the wishing, you concentrate completely on any given problem and once you’re immersed in this, the wanted thing should fall in your lap. If it takes a while, do not despair! Trust in Karma.

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Painting “Samhain Celebration”:


Samhain Celebrations

( Work in progress! )

My goal is to attune the canvas to my spirit by creating a tension between the colors, a chemistry between light and dark and by using the force of the composition itself.

Painting one’s feelings or one’s sense of self is never easy, but it is the only way I know to try to communicate with kindred spirits. I’m striving to let the colors sing the tune to which my soul moves and convey my passion for the beauty of living.

In this composition I’ve used the stones of the henge to portray the womb of Mother Earth in which primordial woman is dancing, surrounded by her kin.

She breathes to the rhythm of the living rock, the rock that is conscious of eternity and amused at the ephemeral grace of those magical beings twisting to the music of the rapidly changing tides.

The old man, after finally having spent his tiresome ego, is awed by the perpetual creative power of her femininity which only gains in beauty with each progressive phase and is astounded by the simplicity of it all, of living for the sake of loving.

The Seven Gifts Of Druidry?


From Celestial Elf:

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It is often said – usually by those who have not studied the subject – that the world-view and philosophy of the old Druids is lost beyond recall… [but] it is by no means impossible to regain in the present age the spirit of original Druid philosophy. It is essential indeed to do so; for a revival of the old Druidic way of thought, acknowledging the sanctity of the living earth and all its creatures, seems the only alternative to planetary dissolution.
John Michell Stonehenge

Today our biggest problem is that we have separated ourselves from Nature – so much that there is a risk we may not survive as a species. We need philosophies, spiritualities, ideas, that can help us get back in touch with Nature again – our spirituality must become ecological. Prince Philip, in a speech to a Washington conference on religion and ecology controversially pointed to the direction in which we should look, when he said: “It is now apparent that the ecological pragmatism of the so-called pagan religions…was a great deal more realistic in terms of conservation ethics than the more intellectual monotheistic philosophies of the revealed religions.”

It now seems that the Old Ways, reinterpreted for our times, can offer us the kind of spirituality that we need to heal the separation that has occurred between ourselves and our environment. Druidry is one such Way, and although at first sight it might appear to be just an old curiosity, a quaint memory from the distant past, if we take the time to look at it more closely, we will discover a treasure-chest just waiting to be opened. And in this chest we can find at least seven gifts that Druidry brings to our modern world:

The first gift is a Philosophy: which emphasizes the sacredness of all life, and our part in the great web of creation. It cares passionately about the preservation and protection of the environment, and offers a worldview, which is ecological, geocentric, pragmatic, idealistic, spiritual and romantic. It does not separate Spirit and Matter – it offers a sensuous spirituality that celebrates physical life.

The second gift puts us back in touch with Nature: with a set of practices that help us feel at one again with Nature, our ancestors, our own bodies, and our sense of Spirit, by working with plants, trees, animals, stones, and ancestral stories. Eight seasonal celebrations help us attune to the natural cycle, and help us to structure our lives through the year, and to develop a sense of community with all living beings.

The third gift brings Healing: with practices that promote healing and rejuvenation, using spiritual and physical methods in a holistic way to promote health and longevity.

The fourth gift affirms our life as a Journey: with rites of passage: for the blessing and naming of children, for marriage, for death, and for other times of initiation, when it is helpful to ritually and symbolically mark our passage from one state to another.

The fifth gift opens us to other Realities: with techniques for exploring other states of consciousness, other realities, the Otherworld. Some of these are also used by other spiritual traditions, and include meditation, visualization, shamanic journeying, and the use of ceremony, music, chanting and sweathouses, but they are all grounded in specifically Celtic and Druidic imagery and tradition.

The sixth gift develops our Potential: Druidry as it is practiced today offers a path of self-development that encourages our creative potential, our psychic and intuitive abilities, and fosters our intellectual and spiritual growth.

The seventh gift of Druidry is the gift of Magic: it teaches the art of how we can open to the magic of being alive, the art of how we can bring ideas into manifestation, and the art of journeying in quest of wisdom, healing and inspiration.

Grateful thanks to The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids for this account from their website (http://tinyurl.com/n8vjm56 )

A Hermit on Sitting Still…


Image: rhysgriffiths.deviantart.com

Image: rhysgriffiths.deviantart.com

Unto himself the hermit muttered:

“Why I sit here unmoving,they ask!
When all the while within my being,
galaxies are born or made extinct.

I sit, swirling, on a body that spins
on its axis, hurtling through space
around its Sun, which in turn rotates
around the center of the Milky Way.

My inner core is connected to all life,
everywhere. I’s pushed and pulled at,
from all sides, on all levels. Nothing,
or nobody, ever truly sits still!”

Tell me: are you not moved by that?

Be Like the San!


From Afritorial:

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The San of Southern Africa are the world’s oldest people … they live in one of the world’s most unforgiving environments yet they’re the happiest and most content people on the planet.

They have a great communion with the earth. They’ve learnt to revere it. They don’t fight. They respect it.

They share all their belongings – they’ve no need to keep up with the Joneses’, they don’t work hard to impress, nor need or seek the approval of others. They live in close harmony and community with one another. There’s a endearing innocence in them – while easily corrupted, it’s also highly aspirational.

They simply rest in a quiet knowledge that “there is a dream dreaming us”.

If only we could all live, love and rest in contentment like they do.

Black Moon Today!


From Sharon Sassen:

TODAY’S SPECIAL BLACK MOON ……
GOOD TIME FOR WISHING RITUALS 22:00
WRITE DOWN YOUR WISH, SIGN IT AND BURN IN THE FIRE
AND LET THE SMOKE GO OUT TO THE UNIVERSE
MY OWN RITUAL that I have been doing for years and THAT I SHARE WITH YOU HERE; 
Write it in red on white paper.
Incantation: “This simple wish is mine to cast a magic spell to make it last i close my eyes a little shiver please now deliver!”

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Astrology of the Rare Double Black Moons of 2014


From

Sky Maiden Musings:

Two rare Black Moons promise to lend an extra special note of mystery and magic to the early months of 2014. Most of us know something of the legends of a Blue Moon, which is the second Full Moon in a single month. Once in a Blue Moon is a phrase which suggests serendipity and delight. The popular songBlue Moon hints at this. A Black Moon is even more mystical. It is seldom understood and is frequently mentioned only in a whisper. Usually occurring every two and a half to three years or so, the Black Moon comes when a month has two New Moons (instead of the usual single New Moon). The double lunation is associated with higher consciousness, hidden wisdom, the deepening of communication with the angelic, fairy and spiritual realms. Light a black or silver candle and meditate on the magic of other dimensions.

2014 is unique in that there are two Black Moons, one on January 30 at 4:38 PM EST and the other on March 30 at 2:45 pm EDT. The month of February has no New Moon at all. Carefully and thoughtfully write a wish list on the day of the Black Moon just after the lunation occurs and watch your wishes come true.

The Black Moon is a mystical, not an astronomical term. Some sources refer to the time shortly before each New Moon as the dark of the Moon or Black Moon too. Is the Black Moon a myth or a magical reality? Does it have special energies and open a state of higher awareness? 2014 is the perfect time to explore the idea and decide for yourself.

To read more click the link at the top!

Forest Bathing.


From Art of Dharma:

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Forest bathing
“The Japanese term Shinrin-yoku may literally mean “forest bathing,” but it doesn’t involve soaking in a tub among the trees. Rather it refers to spending time in the woods for its therapeutic (or bathing) effect. Most of us have felt tension slip away in the midst of trees and nature’s beauty. But science now confirms its healing influence on the body. When you spend a few hours on a woodland hike or camping by a lake you breathe in phytoncides, active substances released by plants to protect them against insects and from rotting, which appear to lower blood pressure and stress and boost your immune system.”

~Mother Nature Network

Elephant painting an elephant.


From Sheikh Nasr on YouTube:

This is Suda, a 4-year-old elephant from Thailand. Elephants are one of the few species on this planet that are sentient (can perceive feeling; feel emotions), self-aware (conscious of themselves as individuals, i.e. they recognise themselves in a mirror, rather than thinking their reflection is another elephant), and significantly intelligent. These are the three main traits we as humans posses, and they lead us to believe that we are separate from animals; better; more advanced. In reality, we are really not that different from them. It’s such a shame that these beautiful animals are subjected to such cruelty and suffering at the hands of trophy hunters and circus masters, when they are so similar to us.

* Anybody doing harm to an elephant should be drawn and quartered!!! *

Mountain Women.


From my Gran, Sheila Ross-Kuhn:

Image: SodaHead.com

Image: SodaHead.com

How could I be anything but a witch living in these Mother Mountains?  Within these forested hills and deep, dark hollers are women who have never called themselves “witches,” who have never entered the incense scented new age shoppe in town.  They have never worn a pentagram around their necks, or attended a Pagan drumming circle or a danced within the sacred circle on a full moon esbat, and yet, they know their folk medicine well, they are intimately familiar with the native herbs and roots, they know the moon phases, they know their folk magick,  they know when to plant, and they know when to harvest.  

Season after season, their bare feet have walked upon the earnest warm earth, the freshly tilled soil seeping between their grateful toes. Within the knowing hearts of these mountain women lives the sweet lullaby of The Great Mother,  they are grateful, they are wise and they are blessed.  They are witches without the Hollywood aspects of the word. They are simply, the wise women. Women who can bend but who will never break.

West Virginia is a sage mother.   What rural child has not ceased their folly to rest their warm, damp backs against a cool mossy bank on a summer afternoon, or fell asleep on a flat shady spot  beneath a Red Maple or a Knotty pine tree when the excitement of a hillbilly Summer day has left them limp with exhaustion and merriment?   What Appalachian child has not plucked a fat purple grape from the arbor and savored it’s roundness as a gift from the dear Mother? 

There are places where the lights shine brighter and the world moves at faster pace. Me, I love these ancient hills, I love the spritely red birds and the black crows perched on the fence posts. I love learning the secrets of the woodlands, the wetlands and the wild flowers. I love the lonely hills and the jeweled green mountains. I love hearing the cricket songs on a summer evening,  or walking through the early morning mist and listening for my friends, the hoot owls, that are wishing me a good and merry morn.

 

About Valentine’s Day.


From my beautiful Gran, Sheila, whose alias on Facebook is Bob Whiley:

Sheila and her wonderful husband Kenny.

Sheila and her wonderful husband Kenny.

Valentines Day. As a woman of some years and experience, I think the best flowers are sun blessed field daisies picked by hand, or dewy roses from the yard, definitely not chilled florist roses bought because it’s the thing to do. I think getting boxed chocolate is nice but that can be done any day of the year. I think diamonds are no more valuable than any other rock, they are just shiny rocks, a…ll rocks are nice, but one isn’t necessarily holier than the other just because it’s set in silver and flashing on my hand. I think that if a man is kind and thoughtful to a woman ONE day a year, he’s not too swift anyway. The real value of romantic love is sacrifice and continuity, the boring stuff like working everyday to provide a home, helping get the childrens’ homework and helping with their baths, loving you, just for you, fat and thin, pretty and ugly, young and old, in good times and in horrible times. I have received cardboard Valentines that have made me weep, Valentines that shine on in my heart today brighter than any diamond ever could. Women, if your man disappoints you this Valentine’s Day, if he forgets or there is no money in the budget because of groceries and bills, just remember that real love cannot be commercialized, it is about being a decent man who works hard, the kind of man that makes his wife feel beautiful happy and safe by the way that he cares for her and his family every day of the year. Just be grateful for the bigger picture.