Whispering Winds

August 2005

"Let your Spirit shine bright, for that is the beacon that connects you to Deity"

The Hermetic Tradition

The Hermetic tradition was named for Hermes Trismigestus, the Greek name for the Egyptian God Tehuti (Thoth). He was alleged to be the author of hundreds of mystical tractates. The Hermetic tradition is an eclectic spiritual tradition that is the forerunner of medieval alchemy, magical/mystical orders, and many other aspects of the western mystic tradition.
The well known Hermetic axiom, “As above, so below” is derived directly from the Emerald Tablet, which may be the oldest Hermetic text known, predating both the Corpus Hermeticum as well as the Christian religion.
Hermes Trismegistus was believed to have been the first great initiate and to have brought knowledge of the divine powers down to the earth. The body of ideas flowing from his teachings is known as Hermeticism and is one of the schools of thought that has greatly influenced Western thinking.
The basic philosophy of Hermetics is that man was made in the image of his maker. However, man,  desiring the power to act like God, flaunted his arrogance and ignorance of Gods will. For this mankind was punished, the souls of humans being sent to earth and there imprisoned in the form of the earthly shell we call human.
Thus humans, whose souls had previously lived as discarnate spirits in an abode above the stars, were condemned to die and be reborn in a continuous cycle of reincarnation. Whilst alive in the flesh they would be blind to their true origins, eating the flesh of animals and imprisoned on Mother earth. However in each and every human there was the possibility of waking up, of achieving knowledge or gnosis of the divine. If this "waking up" occurred and man remembered who he really was, he could come into contact once more with the Divine and receive Manna from God. Then his "subtle-bodies" would grow within him so that on death his soul would not be naked and he would be able to ascend through the astral spheres surrounding the earth and once more take up his place in heaven at the side of God.
The central texts of the tradition, the Corpus Hermeticum were lost to the West in classical times. Their rediscovery and translation during the late-fifteenth century by the Renaissance court of Cosimo de Medici, proved to be a guiding force in the development of Renaissance thought and culture. The complete Corpus Hermeticum is comprised of 18 tracts. The Corpus Hermeticum are the core documents of the Hermetic tradition.  Because of this, they were allowed to survive and were seen as an early precursor to what was to be Christianity. The fifteen tractates of the Corpus Hermeticum, along with the Perfect Sermon or Asclepius, are the foundation documents of the Hermetic tradition. Written by unknown authors in Egypt sometime before the end of the third century C.E., they were part of a once substantial literature attributed to the mythical figure of Hermes Trismegistus, a Hellenistic fusion of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth
The treatises divide up into several groups. The first (Chapter 1), the "Poemandres", is the account of a revelation given to Hermes Trismegistus by the being Poemandres or "Man-Shepherd", an expression of the universal Mind. The next eight (Chapter 2 through 9), the "General Sermons", are short dialogues or lectures discussing various basic points of Hermetic philosophy. There follows the "Key" (Chapter 10), a summary of the General Sermons, and after this a set of four tractates, "Mind unto Hermes", "About the Common Mind", "The Secret Sermon on the Mountain", and the "Letter of Hermes to Asclepius." These are followed by (Chapters 11 through 14) which touch on the more mystical aspects of Hermeticism. The collection is rounded off by the "Definitions of Asclepius unto King Ammon" (Chapter 15).
As always there is much more to this fascinating path. And I encourage you to follow your curiosity and do the research. Deep Blessings...

Creation of the Red and White Races

Among the people of long, long ago, Old Man Coyote was the symbol of good. Mountain Sheep was the symbol of evil.
Old-Man-in-the-Sky created the world. Then he drained all the water off the earth and crowded it into the big salt holes now called the oceans. The land became dry except for the lakes and rivers.
Old Man Coyote often became lonely and went up to the Sky World just to talk. One time he was so unhappy that he was crying. Old- Man-in-the-Sky questioned him.
"Why are you so unhappy that you are crying? Have I not made much land for you to run around on? Are not Chief Beaver, Chief Otter, Chief Bear, and Chief Buffalo on the land to keep you company?
"Why do you not like Mountain Sheep? I placed him up in the hilly parts so that you two need not fight. Why do you come up here so often?"
Old Man Coyote sat down and cried more tears. Old-Man-in-the-Sky became cross and began to scold him.
"Foolish Old Man Coyote, you must not drop so much water down upon the land. Have I not worked many days to dry it? Soon you will have it all covered with water again. What is the trouble with you? What more do you want to make you happy?"
"I am very lonely because I have no one to talk to," he replied. "Chief Beaver, Chief Otter, Chief Bear, and Chief Buffalo are busy with their families. They do not have time to visit with me. I want people of my own, so that I may watch over them."
"Then stop this shedding of water," said Old-Man-in-the-Sky. "If you will stop annoying me with your visits, I will make people for you. Take this parfleche. It is a bag made of rawhide. Take it some place in the mountain where there is red earth. Fill it and bring it back up to me."
Old Man Coyote took the bag made of the skin of an animal and travelled many days and nights. At last he came to a mountain where there was much red soil. He was very weary after such a long journey but he managed to fill the parfleche. Then he was sleepy.
"I will lie down to sleep for a while. When I waken, I will run swiftly back to Old-Man-in-the-Sky."
He slept very soundly.
After a while, Mountain Sheep came along. He saw the bag and looked to see what was in it.
"The poor fool has come a long distance to get such a big load of red soil," he said to himself. "I do not know what he wants it for, but I will have fun with him."
Mountain Sheep dumped all of the red soil out upon the mountain. He filled the lower part of the parfleche with white solid, and the upper part with red soil. Then laughing heartily, he ran to his hiding place.
Soon Old Man Coyote woke up. He tied the top of the bag and hurried with it to Old-Man-in-the-Sky. When he arrived with it, the sun was going to sleep. It was so dark that the two of them could hardly see the soil in the parfleche.
Old-Man-in-the-Sky took the dirt and said, "I will make this soil into the forms of two men and two women."
He did not see that half of the soil was red and the other half white. Then he said to Old Man Coyote, "Take these to the dry land below. They are your people. You can talk with them. So do not come up here to trouble me."
Then he finished shaping the two men and two women--in the darkness.
Old Man Coyote put them in the parfleche and carried them down to dry land. In the morning he took them out and put breath into them. He was surprised to see that one pair was red and the other was white.
"Now I know that Mountain Sheep came while I was asleep. I cannot keep these two colors together."
He thought a while. Then he carried the white ones to the land by the big salt hole. The red ones he kept in his own land so that he could visit with them. That is how Indians and white people came to the earth.

You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950),

Kuan Yin

(Submitted by Nicole)

Kuan Yin is the Goddess of Compassion. She is  considered a Chinese Bodhisattva, which is a Buddhist deity, or enlightened one. In the past she was also known as a male bodhisattva named Avalokiteshvara. Both the male and female names mean “One Who Hears the Cries of the World."
She is said to help women who want to become pregnant and also to help them during child birth. She is also the patron Goddess of mothers and Seamen.
Many legends say that she was a human who had reached enlightenment. One legend says that her father forced her  two older sisters to marry cruel men. She begged her father to let her enter a temple instead of getting married.  He agreed to let her go,  but he made the people at the temple give her the hardest jobs. Animals came from all around to help her with her work. Her father found out and got so angry that he set fire to the temple. Kuan Yin put out the fire with her bare hands. Her father finally ordered her to be killed. After her death, she was about to enter Nirvana, when she heard a cry come from earth. It was then that she vowed to remain in the earthly realms to help those in need, until every living being reached enlightenment, ending the painful cycle of life,  death and rebirth.
KuanYin is depicted in many different ways. The one thing that remains the same. She/ he is always shown as a kind and compassionate being, who loves all living things unconditionally.

Canon Episcopi

This text is considered to be one of the oldest Christian documents about Witchcraft. It was first published by Reginoof Prum, a Benedictine Abbot of Treves, in his "De Ecclesiastica Disciplinis" in 906 CE. The document itself is presumed to be even older then that. Some suggest that it was written between 350 CE and 550 CE. It was published as part of the Canon Law of the church. For many centuries, this was the official teaching of the Christian Church about Witchcraft.
According to the Canon Episcopi, witches were seen as deluded folks, who worshipped "Diana, Goddess of the pagans" and not, as the Church would later claim, the Devil or Satan.
In later editions of the Canon Episcopi the name of Herodias is given as well as that of Diana. Herodias is evidently linked to the Moon Goddess, Diana and is possibly the same as the Goddess Aradia or the Goddess Lillith.

Excerpt from De Ecclesiastica Disciplinis:

"Bishops and their officials must labor with all their strength to uproot thoroughly from their parishes the pernicious art of sorcery and malefic invented by the Devil, and if they find a man or woman follower of this wickedness to eject them foully disgraced from the parishes. For the Apostle says, "A man that is a heretic after the first and second admonition avoid." Those are held captive by the Devil who, leaving their creator, seek the aid of the Devil. And so
Holy Church must be cleansed of this pest. It is also not to be omitted that some wicked women, perverted by the Devil, seduced by illusions and phantasms of demons, believe and profess themselves in the hours of the night, to ride upon certain beasts with Diana, the goddess of pagans, and an innumerable multitude of women, and in the silence of the dead of the night to traverse great spaces of earth, and to obey her commands as of their mistress, and to be
summoned to her service on certain nights. But I wish it were they alone who perished in their faithlessness and did not draw many with them into the destruction of infidelity. For an innumerable multitude, deceived by this false opinion, believe this to be true, and so believing, wander from the right faith and are involved in the error of the pagans when they think that there is anything of divinity or power except the one God.
Wherefore the priests throughout their churches should preach with all insistence to the people that they may know this to be in every way false and that such phantasms are imposed on the minds of infidels and not by the divine but by the malignant spirit."

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction."

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662 CE)

Triana's Kitchen 

Irish Almond Tartlets

1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup ground almonds
Fresh fruit
Recipe Instructions

Beat the butter, sugar and almonds together into a cream
Put 1 tsp of the mixture into sixteen small muffin pans
Bake at 350 degrees for about ten minutes or until golden brown
Cool in pans but do not allow to set hard before removing to a wire rack
Fresh fruits such as raspberries, peaches or blackberries should be placed on these just before decorating with whipped cream

Bacon and Egg Pie

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 level tsp. salt
1/3 cup lard
3-4 tbsps. cold water
rashers bacon (thick sliced bacon-if you cant get Irish sliced bacon use 12-15 slices of Canadian style bacon.)
6 eggs

Recipe Instructions

Sift flour and salt into a bowl.
Cut up fats and rub them into the flour
Gradually add the water mixing it in with a knife until the mixture forms a ball and leaves the bowl clean
Lightly shape on a floured board and cut in two pieces
Grease a 10 inch pie plate, roll out half the pastry and line the plate with this. Place the rashers like the spokes of a wheel and break an egg into each space.
Roll out the other half of the pastry and carefully cover the filling with this.
Crimp the edges all around, lightly mark segments with a knife so that each person gets a rasher and an egg
Brush the top with milk
Place in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes

Stop the Wind Spell

Gather four feathers ( white, blue, yellow, black ). Tie them together with a thick cord. Place them in the bottom of a bowl and cover it with rock salt. This will bind Earth and Wind together. The wind should soon abate.

Divination Section:

Arachnomancy: Divination by interpreting the appearance and behavior of spiders. A form of Augury.

In China it was customary at one time for the ladies of the Court, on the seventh day of the seventh month, to catch spiders and put them in incense-boxes for purposes of divination. On the morning of the eighth day the box was opened, and if the spiders had spun a thick web during the night the omen was good, but if the spiders had remained idle the omen was bad.

                         Herb Section: Henbane (Hyosycamus niger)

          The leaves and flowering tops and occasionally the fruits are used.

Henbane stops pain, and lessens perspiration. A poultice of leaves is used briefly to remove pain from wounds. It is used extensively as a sedative and pain killer and is specifically used for pain affecting the urinary tract, especially when due to kidney stones. Its sedative and antispasmodic effect makes it a valuable treatment for the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, relieving tremor and rigidity during the early stages of the disease.                      Hyosycamus niger is the form generally considered best for external use, whilst the white henbane (H. albus) is considered the most appropriate for internal use. The plant is used internally in the treatment of asthma, whooping cough, motion sickness, Meniere's syndrome, tremor in senility or paralysis and as a pre-operative medication. Henbane reduces mucous secretions, as well as saliva and other digestive juices.                                    Externally, it is used as an oil to relieve painful conditions such as neuralgia, dental and rheumatic pains.The leaves should be harvested when the plant is in full flower and they can then be dried for later use.
The properties of Henbane are antispasmodic, anodyne, sedative, mydriatic,  anthelmintic; antitumor; diuretic; febrifuge; hallucinogenic; hypnotic and narcotic.

Henbane is very toxic, so it should not be used by pregnant women or the weak or children, and if used at all; only in extremely small amounts for external use only, and not on a regular basis.

It is not our policy to recommend the use of herbs by anyone as we feel that this is an individual decision. The information here and within all copies of the Whispering Winds is for research and education purposes only.

For energy workings; Henbane is sometimes thrown into the water to bring rain. It is known as a love-bringing herb when worn. In olden times, it had many more uses, but is seldom used today due to its poisonous nature. Ruled by the planet Saturn, this feminine herb is associated with the element of Water.

Invocation of the Elements

Air, Fire, Water, Earth

Elements of Astral birth

I call you now, attend to me!

In the circle nightly cast

Safe from psychic curse or blast

I call you now, attend to me!

From cave and desert, sea and hill

By wand, cup, blade or pentacle

I call you now, attend to me!

This is my will

"So Mote It Be"

                      Crick's Corner:

Greetings folks: Have you ever done a mind meld? This is a state of one-ness with the creature that you are observing. This can be a quietly grazing deer, a hawk high above, or a domestic cat sitting on your window sill. Am I insane? Perhaps, but there are those who have been there that are nodding their heads and quietly smiling. The Craft is a real and quite unusual experience. There are places one may go that would boggle a non-pagan's mind and maybe a few pagan minds as well. But like anything it takes practice and more practice. Most folks coming onto the pagan path today, generally are folks that have become disillusioned with their former path. Unfortunatley they generally have years of layers of doubt and disbelief built up on their mind and souls. This psychic bebris must first be cleared away before one can experience the full wonders of the Craft.

Until next time Cailleachs...

Cha tèid nì sam bith san dòrn dùinte.

Nothing can get into a closed fist.

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