"Whispers in the wind, a rustle in the grass, look for the answers by heeding the magickal path."
Slavic Faeries and such
Many beliefs throughout the world have entities such as faeries, sprites, dwarfs and such that are not very pleasant to humans. The Slavic people have such an interesting and divergent group of entities. According to Slav folk lore, after Satan was disposed from heaven, some of his hordes were converted to various faeries and sprites and such.
For instance there is the "Ljeschi" which is the Slavic version of the satyr and the faun. He is said to have the upper body of a man and the lower body of a goat. He is said to be able to alter his size to conform to his surrounding. The Ljeschi has been know to kidnap human babies and to replace them with one of his own children who grow up to be lugs. These changelings are called "Premien". The Ljeschi is the protector of the forest and its denizens. A female Ljeschi is known as a "Lesovikha".
And then there is the "Rusalka". They were known to lure young men into the water only to be drowned by these water nymphs. The Rusalka is thought to be the soul of a young woman who died a violent death near a pond or lake.
In addition there is the"Vodyanoy", a male water spirit who thrives on drowning those who swim after sunset.
Moving on we encounter the cantankerous household spirits. They are the "Domovoy" who is said to live behind the stove while his wife, the "Domawiczka" lives in the cellar. Keep your home clean or they can get right nasty. They prefer to come out at night. Also there is the "Dvoroi" who are the yard spirits and are sid to be attracted to shiny objects and who are also very malicious. And the "Ovinnik", a barn spirit that wanders around in the form of a huge black cat. As well as the "Vazily" or stable spirits who have been known to torment livestock.
Taking a trip to the bathhouse? Then beware of the "Bannik", a bathhouse spirit whom, when not appeased, can be quite unruly towards humans.
When walking through the forests, try and avoid the "Leshy" a dangerous woodland spirit. Should you be unlucky and encounter the Leshy, take off your clothes and put them back on backwards and inside out. Or you can try to get this woodland sprite to laugh which will encourage him to let you pass un-bothered.
Also present in the forest is the "Baba Yaga", an ogress who is known to capture and eat little children. And along with these two are the "Vili" who are female dryads or tree spirits with very nasty tempers.
And yet another sprite is the "Vila" or windstorm spirits. They are known to ride and direct fierce storms towards human habitats. In some areas they are said to be the souls of deceased girls.
In addition to these and many more entities, the Slav's have a colorful pantheon of Gods and Goddess's. And as is my way, I encourage you to do the research into yet another chapter of our pagan heritage. For knowledge gained is knowledge earned...
Why the Flowers Grow
One day little Josephine went with her Aunt Selee to look at her grandmother's flower garden. Josephine thought her aunt would like some of the flowers so she started picking some.
When her aunt saw Josephine, she called, "Sutapa, sutapa! (You hurt; quit)." Then she began to cry.
Josephine was distressed and puzzled. She ran into the house to her grandmother. "Grandmother," she said, almost in tears, "why is Aunt Selee crying? I did not touch her but she called to me, "You hurt, quit!"
"I understand," replied her grandmother as she saw the flowers in Josephine's hand.
"Would you like to have these flowers, Grandmother?" Josephine asked when she saw her looking at them. "I broke them for Aunt Selee but I don't think she would want them now."
"No, Josephine, she wouldn't. The Indians love the wild and the garden flowers but they never pick them."
"But, Grandmother, they are so pretty!"
"You do not understand, child. Let's sit here and I'll tell you why." Long ago when the world was young, there was in the heavens a constellation where shone the brightest star in all the sky. This beautiful star, Bright Eyes, was happy because earth people loved her beauty. After many years a star that made Bright Eyes dim came into the sky. This made her sad because people could not see her face. She called to her sisters, "Come, sisters, let us go down to earth where we can live with the earth people and make them happy. The new star has hidden my light and the sky does not need us any longer."
"On their way to earth, Bright Eyes and her sisters stopped on Mount Joy where lived Uncta, the great bronze spider, spinner of finest webs. "We must learn to spin if Uncta will teach us," said Bright Eyes. He was proud of his spinning and weaving and was glad to teach the maidens. He set them to work and soon they were able to spin beautiful threads and weave them into fine cloth. "You and your sisters have done well," Uncta told Bright Eyes."
"How did they get to earth?" asked Josephine.
"Bright Eyes said to Uncta one day, "Will you help us get to earth? We want to teach the people how to spin and weave." He wove a basket and fastened it to a strong thread to lower them to earth.
"When they touched the earth, they became the Little Folk. They loved the forests; and there they lived, working, dancing and playing. Earth people learned quickly to spin and weave. Then the Little Folk taught them how to make bright colors and use them in weaving their rugs and blankets. Earth people, Indians, loved these Little Folk who helped them and Bright Eyes was happy again.
"Bright Eyes and her sisters assisted the Indians when they were sick. They went into the forests to pray to Great Spirit to protect the Indians. They told the people to pray to Great Spirit too.
"All of the prayers went up to Sandlephone who sat on a great ladder high in the sky. As soon as the prayers had come into his hands, they were changed into lovely flowers. He closed the blossoms and dropped the seeds upon the earth while the perfume was carried on into the heavens where Great Spirit was.
"The Little Folk cared for the seeds as they fell and from them sprang the wild flowers. They watched and tended the flowers. The Indians loved them but never hurt them. They called the flowers "Tokens of Love from Great Spirit."
"Oh," said Josephine, "after this I shall not break them."
"Force without wisdom falls of its own weight."
Horace (65 BC - 8 BC)
Full Moon Salute by, Lady Soul Weaver
I am one with the night,
palest silk in soft moonlight,
dancing to an ageless tune
under the eyes of our Mother the Moon
Luna, Luna, Mother of all
the protectress who comes when Her children call
I will defend you always and at all cost
for without Your Light I'd surely be lost
I come this night to give thanks to Thee
Mother of Mothers, Mother of me
A Sign of the Times
You have chosen a path into Wicca...Paganism, but you want a sign to wear to profess your beliefs. You choose the Pentagram or Pentacle as some may call it. Yet, you don't know the meaning of this symbol. How it is revered by some, but detested and hated by others as evil.
Do not choose this sign if you are just trying to intimidate others for the history of it goes back thousands of years and at one point it was considered a holy symbol and at another point in time it represented the Christian faith.
For those of you who profess a "Christian" faith, but who are eclectic and choose to intermingle your pagan beliefs, there is a cross for you. I have one that has the pentacle on it, at the cross bar of the cross and there is also a Celtic cross with the pentacle, but let us go to the history.
The Pentagram goes back at least to 3500 BC from what I have read. It was also used by the early Israelites to symbolize the first five books of Moses, the "Pentateuch". Then in later years it was used by the early Christians to symbolize the five wounds of Christ. Does that sound "Evil" to you???
Onward to the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the round table. Sir Gawain had the pentagram on his shield to profess the virtues of generosity, courtesy, chastity, chivalry and piety.
As history progressed though, the pentagram disappeared, sort of went underground due to persecurtions. The reason being that during the period of the Inquisition, when many accusations and lies were made, the Pentagram was seen to symbolize a goat’s head, or the Devil as Baphomet, whom the Knights Templar were accused of worshipping. In this purge of witches, the Pentagram first came to be seen as evil.
In my deeper studies though I have only found that the Templars worshipped a head and not the Pentagram. No name was given to it and the Pentagram was not mentioned. One source stated that the Templars may have been in possession of the shroud of Turin and it was Christ's head.
Now as far as the representation for Baphomet, I do not believe so. Baphomet to my knowledge was ceated by Eliphas Levy. I have a copy of the statue and on the forehead is an upright pentagram symbol. The symbol was reversed later, with the point down to represent Satanism. You can find pentagrams/pentacles with the Baphomet head inserted and the point down.
"Leonardo da Vinci called it "the Divine Proportion." We can juxtapose Man on a Pentagram with head and four limbs at the points and the genitalia exactly central. This symbolizes our place in the Macrocosm, or Universe, and the Hermetic/Tantric philosophy of associativity: "As above, so below." This was copied from a source.
Now it was Gerald Gardner in the 1940"s who introduced the Pentagram with two points up as a sign of a second degree Wiccan.
When Anton LaVay established the Church of Satan, the inverted Pentagram was adopted. Remember, as I said, I have a copy of the statue and the pentagram on the forehead is with the point up. The Christian Church reacted to this by condemning as "evil" everyone that took the Pentagram as a symbol, and condemning the symbol itself.
I would also like to add a personal note on my use of the Pentagram and also the Baphomet Pentagram. I have a jeans jacket which I have sewn over the left breast pocket an embroidered patch in red, gold and black of the upright pentagram about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and over the right breast pocket is an embroidered silver and black Baphomet pentagram 2 inches in diameter. It's sort of like something you could not miss seeing. I have worn this jacket shopping in a major store that sells groceries, clothing, etc. and not one word was said to me. So, in this day of acceptance, when even the United States Military has information in the Chaplains Handbook for dealing with Wicca, possibly the Pentagram (or you could say "Pentagon") has "come out of the closet".
Just remember that this is "information" for you. Search the sites available on the Internet for more information and you will indeed find more in depth relations of the History of this symbol we wear.
(recipes brought to you by Triana)
Ostara Egg Custard
(Overnight prep is required)
any quanity of whole eggs (up to 12)
2/3 cup of milk per egg
1TBSP sugar per egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract per egg
12oz. glass jars with top
pots large enough to hold jars
Combine all ingredients. Mix until thick and frothy. Pour mixture into glass jars, evenly dividing the mixture between the jars. Skim off the foam and screw on the tops firmly. Start boiling water in pot. There should be enough water so that when the jars are in the pot the water is level with the egg mixture. After it's boiled turn off the heat and gently place the jars into the pot and cover. Let rest undisturbed overnight or for 8 hours. The custard will form and you can eat it directly from the jar with a spoon.
Chocolate Worms - A spring garden treat!
1 cup water
2TBSP butter cut into pieces
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup eggs, well beaten (about 4 large)
4oz. semi-sweet chocolates
Follow the directions exactly; the efforts are well worth it!
Heat the water, butter, salt, and sugar to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add all the flour at once. Using a sturdy wire whisk and a wooden spoon, stir the mixture in a back and forth motion until the batter forms a soft ball. Let it cool slightly, add the eggs a lttle at a time, until they are all incorporated. The batter should be the consistensity of a thick custard, smooth and shiny. Smooth the batter into a pastry bag fitted with 1/4 inch plain tip. Pipe the batter on to a greased cookie sheet in squiggly worm shapes, each no longer than six inches. Bake in a pre-heated over at 425 for about 12 minutes unti lthe edges are tinged with gold. After taking them out of the oven, pierce each worm gently with a knife or toothpick to allow steam to escape. Cool completely. Melt chocolate. Cool to room tempurature. Dip a small spoon into the chocolate and drizzle the topping onto each worm's back. Leave the worms in a cool place for the chocolate to set. Eat and enjoy!
"There are three things which lay waste the world: a king without counsel, a judge without conscience, and a son without reverence."
Protection Against Psychic attack
Submitted by Crick
1 large Red votive candle
10 small white votive candles, placed in a circle around the Red candle
Cast the circle and call the guardians
Light the incense
Invoke a God of protection and light the Red candle
As you invoke each guardian, light a white candle
Begin the spell by saying:
"God of thunder, God of night
Bathe me in your protective light
For you are Alpha and Omega
What is and what was
I call upon the guardians that stand before you
By the will of my soul and the protection there of
I call out to thee: (Light a white candle after invoking each name)
El, Elohim, Elohe, Zebaoth, Elion, Efserchie, Adonay, Jah, Tertagrammaton, Saday.
With your mighty strength and power combined
Send back to its source this bane
Which has called out to me, so much pain
Afflict those that would do this deed
For this desire I have great need
Protect me with your power and might
Surround my spirit with white light
From whence it came, so shall it go
Strike my enemy a mighty blow
Behind your shield I shall stand
My enemy scattered about the land
Repeat this spell 3 times, each time forcefully projecting your will into the spell.
(Let the white candles burn all the way down, then snuff the red candle). Bury the white candles outside near an Oak tree.
Please be aware that this is a spell that is not to be done in haste or very often. Look beyond the moment and decide with a clear mind before using this or any other spell. What goes out returns Threefold. So please be responsible for your decisions when doing energy work.
Witches Pyramid: To Know, To Will, To Stay Silent
Book, Bell, and Candle (A Catholic ritual)
A phrase from the Roman Catholic Church's ex-communication ritual. It is used to denote heretics and witches. The one being ex-communicated is denied the Sacraments, fellowship and protection of the Church.
During this ritual a priest reads the following lines; "We exclude him from the bosom of our Holy Mother the Church, and we judge him condemned to eternal fire with Satan and his angels and all the reprobate, so long as he will not burst the fetters of the demon, do penance and satisfy the Church."
The priest then closes the book; rings a bell, which symbolizes a toll of death; and then extinguishes the candle and throws it down to symbolize the removal of the person's soul from the sight of God.
Featured Herb: Skullcap: Hoodwort, Madweed
Skullcap is a food for the nerves. Skullcap has a special affinity for the nervous system. Skullcap relaxes states of nervous tension while at the same time renewing and revivifying the central nervous system.
Convulsions, hysteria, headache, and insomnia are treated with this plant. It is reputed to be a cure for rabies and has been used in epilepsy.
Skullcap is a useful brain tonic, especially when combined with lady’s slipper, valerian, and passionflower. It is used to help in alcohol and drug withdrawal and strengthens meditation. It supports and strengthens as well as giving immediate relief from all chronic and acute diseases that affect the nerves. It is used to regulate sexual desires, and is very useful in remedies for feminine cramps and menstrual troubles. It can be used with complete safety in the easing of pre-menstrual tension. It reduces fevers and aids in easing restlessness. It is also used to lessen the affects of epilepsy. While the whole plant was used by the ancients as a cathartic, the spores were used as a diuretic in edema, a drastic (a forceful agent of cure) in diarrhea and dysentery, a nervine for rabies and spasms, a mild laxative in cases of gout and scurvy, and a corroborant (strengthening agent) for rheumatism. The dose is ten to sixty grains of the spores.
The spores also make a dusting powder for skin diseases and diaper rash. The herb, L. selago, is emetic (induces vomiting) and cathartic (induces defecation) in small doses. It is probably better to use only the spores, which are nontoxic.
The whole plant can be used externally, however, as a counter-irritant, made into a poultice, it will keep blisters open and kill lice. Native Americans used the spores of Lycopodium to stop nosebleeds and to stop the bleeding of wounds. The spores were also used to absorb fluids from various injuries. It combines well with Valerian, Passion Flower, and Black Cohosh.
Selago can be an active narcotic poison when overused.
The magickal uses of skullcap include its use in spells that bring about peace, tranquility, and relaxation. It is added to the chalice as a strengthener of vows. It is given to one’s spouse to wear as protection from the charms of the opposite sex. The spores of selago are highly flammable. Magicians once used them to create “lightning flashes” and other pyrotechnics as needed. These effects were originally intended as a form of sympathetic magic—of evocation by emulation—not simply (or deceptively) as stage effects. Druids respect the plant to such a degree that it is gathered only under strict ritual guidelines. One of the Ovates will dress in white, bathe both feet in free-running water and offer a sacrifice of bread and spirits, and then with white robe wrapped around the right hand, using a brass hook (or if a high rank, a gold-covered brass sickle), would dig up the plant by the roots. A white cloth immediately covers the herb. When properly gathered, the herb becomes a charm of power and protection. Wear it, add it to incense, and use it to commune with the Gods and Goddesses.
In shamanic practice, smoking Skullcap will produce a marijuana like effect for relaxation.
Featured Crystal: Kunzite (spodumene)
The name "spodumene" was derived from the Greek spodumenos which meant burnt to ashes in reference to spodumene's commonly occuring light gray color. Kunzite was named for the author and gemologist George F. Kunz. Kunzite is a birthstone for the month of september.
Kunzite is said to help one to understand and interact better with others, to help heal "broken hearts", to relieve stress and anger, and to bring love, peace and harmony. Kunzite is said to help strengthen the circulatory system, and to be helpful in the treatment of lung disorders.
The astrological signs of kunzite are Scorpio, Taurus and Leo. Traditionally, the wearing of kunzite is thought to bring good luck. It is also a stone that removes obstacles.
Kunzite is associated with the heart chakra and assists with emotional balance, confidence and oneness.
Greetings folks, you know we keep hearing of how Lord Bush wants to export "democracy" around the world. And as most folks know Lord Bush is but a puppet whose strings are pulled by the "Right wing Christians."Last year, Lord Bush was on record as having given 2 Billion dollars of tax payer money (money payed by all regardless of spiritual path) to his puppet handlers. Not one cent of this money (our hard earned money) went to any other faith. Lord Bush who has lied about his own military service, has gleefully engaged the youth of this country into an illegal war in Iraq. A unilateral war that was based on now evident lies about weapons of mass destruction and of course his declared intent of spreading democracy. And our children come home in body bags. One question Lord Bush, when is one of your family members going to join the military?
As a citizen of this country and as a Vietnam Era vet, I used to know what democracy "was".
Yet under Lord Bush, who knows what it means anymore. Private citizens can be kidnapped by by Lord Bush and his cronies and taken to foreign lands where they are tortured. Private citizens can be held by this government without charges and without access to due process as guaranteed by the Constitution. Heck under Lord Bush and his Right wing handlers, the Constitution means little or nothing. Lord Bush has repeatedly violated the principles of the Constitution a number of times. His proposal for faith based initiatives violates the seperation of State and Religion. His recent involvement in the Schiavo case down in his brothers state of Florida violates the seperation of the Executive branch and the Judicial branch. And he did this with the arrogant and very open request of his Right wing Christian cronies. A violation of the Constitutional seperation of Religion and Government?
And his Patriot Act violates the rights of every citizen of the US. Heck his security forces (the CIA) has a computer called "Carnivore" that intercepts the e-mail of every citizen in this country and probably abroad as well that clearly violates our right to privacy.
The Constitution is like a dam, once it gets a crack in it, the crack gets wider and wider.
Lord Bush and his Right wing Christian handlers now control how we raise our children (don't you dare give that child a smack on the hand) and now they want to control our senior citizens by altering Social Security.
And yet Lord Bush wants to export his brand of democracy to the entire world.
What a scary thought.
Until next time Cailleachs...
Is fear rith maith ná drochsheasamh.
"A good run is better than a bad stand."
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