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Special message from Crick: Greetings folks, when I started this newsletter back on October 2002, it was with the intention that the community would have a place to share their craft with others. With each issue I ask for submissions and for other writers to participate. This newsletter goes out to 9 different countries and over 300 subscribers. And yet since the start of this newsletter, I have not recieved a single un-solicited submission. And I am still compiling this newsletter each month solely on my own. Folks, I am starting to wonder if the community wants this newsletter to be available. Without your help, I will eventually burn-out. As the High Priest of Whispering Woods coven, my time is very limited due to my commitment to the coven. And so I need your help. If you would like to see this newsletter continue, then I need your input in the form of articles, poems, recipes, rituals, thoughts and so forth. Please, your input is very valuable to the continuance of the Whispering Winds. Thank you...
The Vedas – Hindu scripture
Many of the world’s spiritual paths have book/s that contains sacred information in relation to each specific path. There is the Book of Shadows, Bible, Koran and so forth. To the Hindu faith these books are known as the “Vedas”. The Vedas are the primary spiritual texts of Hinduism.
The Vedas contain hymns, incantations, and rituals from ancient India. The Vedas are thought to be the eternal truths revealed by Brahma to the ancient Rishis of India. The word “Rishi” means a Seer, from “dris”, to see. These ancient Rishi were known as the Mantra-Drashta, or Seer of Mantra. Therefore the Vedas are of divine inspiration and not of human authors.
The term Veda comes from the root “Vid”, to know. The word Veda means knowledge. When it is applied to scripture, it signifies a book of knowledge. There are four Vedas, the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda.
These Vedas are then divided into further sections. For instance the Rig Veda which is the oldest of the four (composed circa 1500 B.C.E) is divided into 21 sections, the Sama-Veda into one thousand sections (The Yajur-Veda is also divided into two sub-parts, the Sukla and the Krishna), the Yajur-Veda into one hundred and nine sections, and the Atharva-Veda into fifty sections. In all, the Veda is divided into one thousand one hundred and eighty sections.
Each Veda consists of four parts: the Mantra-Samhitas or hymns, the Brahmanas or explanations of Mantras or rituals, the Aranyakas, and the Upanishads. The division of the Vedas into four parts is to represent the four stages in a man's life.
The Mantra-Samhitas are hymns in praise of the Vedic God for attaining material prosperity here and spiritual happiness hereafter.
The Brahmanas are prose explanations of the method of using the Mantras in the “Yajna” or sacrifice. There are two Brahmanas to the Rig-Veda, they are the Aitareya and the Sankhayana. The Rig-Veda by the way is considered to be the most ancient book in the world. The Tandya or Panchavimsa, Shadvimsa, Chhandogya, Adbhuta, Arsheya and the Upanishad Brahmanas are in the Sama-Veda.
The Yajur-Veda has the Taittiriya and the Maitrayana Brahmanas. And the Atharva-Veda contains the Gopatha Brahmana. In addition each of the Brahmanas has got an “Aranyaka” or forest book, these are the mystical sylvan texts which give philosophical interpretations of the rituals.
The Aranyakas are intended for the “Vanaprasthas” (Dweller in the Jungle). These are devotees who prepare themselves for taking Sannyasa.
The Upanishads contain the essence or the knowledge portion of the Vedas. They reveal the most subtle and deep spiritual truths.
Each Veda has its own class of priests. For the Rig-Veda its priest is called the “Hotri”. The Sama-Veda priest is an “Udgatri”, The Yajur-Veda is known as “Adhvaryu” and The Atharva-Veda are the “Brahma”.
Overall the the subject matter of the complete Veda is divided into Karma- Kanda, Upasana-Kanda and Jnana-Kanda.
The Karma-Kanda is the ritualistic section which deals with various sacrifices and rituals.
The Upasana-Kanda covers the worship section and deals with various types of worship and meditation. And finally the Jnana-Kanda which is the Knowledge section deals with the highest knowledge of Nirguna Brahman.
One thing that I personally found interesting while reading the Rig-Veda is that in Hindu belief, the universe was created when “Prajapati” the primordial Hindu God impregnated himself. The parts of his body became the various Gods and humans. And just as in many pagan beliefs of today, the Hindus believe that all of the Gods and Goddess’s are but aspects of the one Supreme Being. Well folks as usual I have only touched the surface of this fascinating subject. I hope as always that your curiosity was aroused enough to research this subject, yet further. Until next month…
Unktomi and the Arrowheads
There were once upon a time two young men who were very great friends, and were constantly together. One was a very thoughtful young man, the other very impulsive, who never stopped to think before he committed an act.
One day these two friends were walking along, telling each other of their experiences in love making. They ascended a high hill, and on reaching the top, heard a ticking noise as if small stones or pebbles were being struck together.
Looking around they discovered a large spider sitting in the midst of a great many flint arrowheads. The spider was busily engaged making the flint rocks into arrow heads. They looked at the spider, but he never moved, but continued hammering away on a piece of flint which he had nearly completed into another arrowhead.
"Let's hit him," said the thoughtless one. "No," said the other, "he is not harming any one; in fact, he is doing a great good, as he is making the flint arrowheads which we use to point our arrows."
"Oh, you are afraid," said the first young man. "He can't harm you. just watch me hit him." So saying, he picked up an arrowhead and throwing it at "Unktomi," hit him on the side. As Unktomi rolled over on his side, got up and stood looking at them, the young man laughed and said:
"Well, let us be going, as your grandfather, "Unktomi," doesn't seem to like our company." They started down the hill, when suddenly the one who had hit Unktomi took a severe fit of coughing. He coughed and coughed, and finally small particles of blood came from his mouth. The blood kept coming thicker and in great gushes. Finally it came so thick and fast that the man could not get his breath and fell upon the ground dead.
The thoughtful young man, seeing that his friend was no more, hurried to the village and reported what had happened. The relatives and friends hurried to the hill, and sure enough, there lay the thoughtless young man still and cold in death. They held a council and sent for the chief of the Unktomi tribe. When he heard what had happened, he told the council that he could do nothing to his Unktomi, as it had only defended itself.
Said he: "My friends, seeing that your tribe was running short of arrowheads, I set a great many of my tribe to work making flint arrowheads for you. When my men are thus engaged they do not wish to be disturbed, and your young man not only disturbed my man, but grossly insulted him by striking him with one of the arrowheads which he had worked so hard to make. My man could not sit and take this insult, so as the young man walked away the Unktomi shot him with a very tiny arrowhead.
This produced a hemorrhage, which caused his death. So now, my friends, if you will fill and pass the peace pipe, we will part good friends and my tribe shall always furnish you with plenty of flint arrowheads." So saying, Unktomi Tanka finished his peace smoke and returned to his tribe.
Ever after that, when the Indians heard a ticking in the grass, they would go out of their way to get around the sound, saying, Unktomi is making arrowheads; we must not disturb him.
Thus it was that Unktomi Tanka (Big Spider) had the respect of this tribe, and was never after disturbed in his work of making arrowheads.
"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
Oak Wand associations
The Oak is known as the King of trees. A wand made from this tree is known as a Priapic or Phallic wand. So named for the Roman God of procreation, " Priapus ". The end of the wand is generally tipped with an acorn or pinecone. The Ogham ( oy-yam ) letter is D ( Duir ). The Irish surname " MacDara " means son of oak. The Oak is associated with the Celtic God " Daghda ". As well as with magick and male fertility. In the Witches Rede "Oak in the forest tower with might, in the fire it brings the God's insight". Ancient druids revered the oak above all other trees, especially if it had mistletoe growing on it. The white berries of the mistletoe were thought to represent the male seed of the gods, and so the oak became associated with male fertility. It is thought that the wizard "Merlin" obtained his oak wand from the bough of the highest oak tree in his area. According to Celtic lore, “St Bridget” founded Ireland's first nunnery for holy women at Kildare, called the “Cell of Oak”.
Two twigs of oak tied together with red thread to form an equal armed cross is an talisman that can be worn or hung up in the home for protection, strength and a sense of security. Acorns placed on window-ledges will guard against lightening strikes. Also an acorn placed under the pillow will assist in fertility. Before going on a long journey, soak your feet in an infusion of oak bark and leaves. This will relieve weary feet, and also guide you on your journey and ensure your safe return home. Carrying a small piece of oak on your person will bring protection from harm. Carrying an acorn is thought to guard against illness and pain
Three chief attributes of a person likely to do wrong: an angry countenance, an arrogant spirit, and an insatiable covetousness.
Candle Colors and their meanings
Candles play a huge part in our rituals and spells ect. This is a list of some of the Colors and their meanings. This list is not meant to be conclusive but only to serve as a guide or Ardayne.
Black - Transformation, induces meditative states, used to banish evil or negativity, releasing energy, cleansing, represents mystery and secrets, attracts Saturn energy.
Blue - Harmony, psychic ability, Goddess energy, wisdom, peace, tranquility, truth, meditation, harmony, helps insomnia, relieves stress
Brown - Represents Earth, thrift, concentration, plantings, material increase, telepathy, locates objects that have been lost, success in business, stability, control, fertility
Dark green - Jealousy, ambition, greed
Emerald green - Fertility, attracts love, used in Venusian rituals
Gold - Solar energy rituals, happiness, success, wealth, attracts cosmic influences, wishes
Gray - Neutral color, negates negative influences, used to end bad luck
Green - Money spells, promotes prosperity, good luck spells, fertility, success, employment, creative ideas, healing spells, rejuvenation
Indigo - Used for a deep meditative state, Saturn energy
Light Blue - Peace, spirituality, tranquility, inspirational meditation
Magenta - Spiritual healing, energy
Orange - Mental clarity, confidence, healing, success, happiness, attracts money, love, adds zest
Pink - Romance, success, friendships, forgiveness, honor, understanding, draws compassion, spiritual love, self love, charm
Purple - Power, psychic manifestations, respect, success, concentration, independence, wealth, repels negativity, work success
Red - Power, passion, energy, strength, sexual energy, love, fertility, healing, courage, will power
Silver - Psychic ability, stability, secrets, Goddess influence, meditation, lunar energy, feminine health issues
Yellow - Creativity, success, powers of concentration, memory, activity, communicating, solar energy, healing
White - Balance, spirituality, cleansing, truth, purity, lunar energy, cleansing, clairvoyance
"The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man. "
Euripides (484 BCE - 406 BCE)
Featured recipe: Anglesey Eggs
1 pound potatoes, peeled
3 ounces grated Caerphilly cheese
2 ounces butter
2 ounces all-purpose flour
4 hard-cooked eggs, shelled and cut in half
1 pint milk
salt & pepper
Wash and chop leeks. Boil the potatoes until fork tender. Boil the leeks for about 10 minutes.
Drain the leeks and potatoes. Combine the leeks and potatoes.
Add salt and pepper and mash mixture.
Melt the butter. Stir in the flour mixing until smooth. Slowly stir in the milk. Slowly stir and bring to a boil.
Boil about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 of the cheese.
Arrange eggs in a casserole dish.Arrange the potatoes/leek mixture around outside.
Pour the sauce over all.
Sprinkle the remainder of the cheese.
Brown swiftly under the broiler.
Herb Section - Sage
It was first used in Crete in 1600 CE to clear throat inflammation, one of its most popular uses today. Sage is used to relieve excess mucous buildup. It is beneficial to the mind by easing mental exhaustion and by strengthening the concentrating abilities. In a lotion or salve, it is useful for treating sores and skin eruptions, and for stopping bleeding in all cuts. Sage is a drying agent for the body.
The tea of the leaf will dry up night sweats. breast milk, and mucus congestion. Two cups of sage tea a day for a week will dry up mother’s milk. It benefits the nerves and the menstrual cycle as well. Being astringent, it helps with diarrhea. Use it as a sore throat gargle and as a poultice for sores and stings. Use two teaspoons of the herb per cup of water, steep for twenty minutes and take a quarter cup four times a day. Tincture fifteen to forty drops, up to four times a day. Chewing the fresh leaves soothes mouth sores and sore throats, as will sage tea. As a gargle for throat conditions it combines well with Tormentil and Balm of Gilead. In dyspepsia it can be combined with Meadowsweet and Chamomile. It is good for all stomach troubles, diarrhea, gas, flu and colds.
As a hair rinse, it removes dandruff. Sage combined with peppermint, rosemary, and wood betony provides an excellent headache remedy. It aids in treating hot flashes, and is used as a deodorant.
Crystal Section - Halite
Halite is used to treat disorders of the colon. It is also used as a diuretic.
Halite is utilized for purification energy during rituals. It is also used to purify magickal tools as well as the Sacred Circle. It is used to increase psychic energy during meditation, Its astrological signs are Cancer and Pisces and it vibrates to the number 1.
Halite can be used to clear blockages of the Heart chakra.
The following meditation is said to be the meditation taught by Gautama Buddha about 2500 years ago. The primary focus is your breathing. However, the primary goal is maintaining a calm, non-judging awareness, allowing thoughts, feelings, and sensations to come and go without getting enmeshed in them. This calm, accepting, spacious awareness is your Core Self... your Essence.
Steps of Mindfulness Meditation
1.Sit comfortably, with your eyes closed, your spine reasonably straight.
2.Let your attention rest on your breathing.
3.When thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, or external sounds arise, simply acknowledge and accept them, allowing them to pass through without judging or getting involved with them.
4.When you notice your attention has gotten engaged in thoughts, emotions, or sensations, bring it back to your breathing and continue.
Faery Section: Pixies - These Scottish faeries are very tiny with wings on their backs. They have pointed ears and their wings are transcluent. They are known to love flowers. They are amiable towards humans.
Irish Jig Dessert
2 tablespoons whiskey
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon confectioner's sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup coconut macaroons
Crush the macaroons and set aside. Be sure the whipping cream is thoroughly chilled, as well as the bowl and beater attachments.
Mix all ingredients except the macaroons. Beat until stiff peaks form.
Fold in 3/4 cup crushed macaroons. Spoon into 6-8 dessert glasses.
Sprinkle with additional macaroons. Serve immediately.
Craft Section: Bubble Prints
1 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Liquid Detergent
1/4 Cup Liquid Starch
Paper for printing
In a 6" - 8" bowl, mix together water, drops of food coloring, liquid detergent, and liquid starch. Using a straw, blow bubbles into the mixture, until the bubbles form a structure above the rim of the bowl. Make a print by laying a sheet of white paper across the bowl rim, allowing the bubbles to pop against the paper. If the bubbles pop too quickly, add a few tablespoons of sugar to the water. This paper would be nice for stationery or envelopes.
Horehound Cough Syrup
Make an old-time cough remedy by mixing horehound tea with honey. Make an infusion by steeping 1 ounce of fresh or dried horehound leaves in a pint of boiling water. Allow it to steep only 10 minutes.
Strain off the leaves, then measure the quantity of liquid remaining.
Add twice as much honey as liquid, mix well, and bottle.
To soothe a cough, take 1 teaspoon at a time, about 4 times a day
A Brief Look at Imbolc:
In Scotland, Ibbolc fell in the middle of the period known as "Faoilleach", the Wolf-month due to the harsh weather. Imbolc (Oimelc, Imbolg, Imbolc, Lady Day, Candlemas) is known as the month of the Celtic Goddess "Brighid (Breed). She is the Celtic Goddess of healing, smithcraft, and poetry. She is also the patron Goddess of Midwives. Imbolc is a festival of waxing light and purification, heralding the potential of spring.
Unable to eradicate Her from the minds of the people, the Christians eventually decided to transform her into one of their saints.
St. Brigid resided at a monastery at Kildare as an abbess. She had a sacred flame which was never allowed to go out. It was tended strictly by women, nor could not be breathed upon (it had to be tended with a bellows). For nineteen days it was tended by the maidens, but on the twentieth day it was tended by the Saint herself. This flame, lit in the sixth century C.E., was only extinguished once in the thirteenth century before the banishment of the monasteries by Henry VIII which eliminated the flame for good.
In Ireland, Imbolc is known as "Lá Feabhra" (first day of Spring) for this holiday was originally celebrated on the 1st. of February.
An Fhéill Bhride (The Feast of Brighid) generally involves lighting a candle in each window in honor of the return of the Sun.
The word Imbolc literally means "In milk" for this is the time when livestock are giving birth. It is observed as a Cross Quarter day, falling between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.
Cricks Corner: Greetings folks, when applied to the Craft, what does the word "power" mean to you?
Does it mean that you have control (magickal and/or otherwise) over others?
Does it mean that you joyfully show off your abilities to others for whatever reason? Think about it, what does power mean to you personally?
To me power is wisdom that comes from acquiring knowledge. And with wisdom comes personal responsibility. And so responsible power is the ability to manipulate the energy that is all about us. That which some call "Mannuz". It is also the ability to refrain from using this gift except when absolutely necessary.
I strongly believe in the Witches Pyramid; to know, to will, to stay silent. Such power comes only with constant practice and with learning spiritual lessons that we call the Great Mysteries. It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to reach out and acquire true power. And in balance, acquiring power also requires us to hold ourselves to a higher level of responsibility. For using magickal power is something that we must clearly think through before implementing. For the consequences of our actions are truly ours to bear.
"An té a bhíonn amuigh, fuarann a chuid"
While a person is out, his food goes cold (nothing does well, if neglected).
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