Whispering Winds

March 2005

"Though this realm we live is dark, I see the path, by Her Light"

Black Magic - White Magic

By Kihonua

There is a lot of confusion over the role of the ana ana or black magician in the Hawaiian culture. Typified in recent times as a truly dark character who dealt in the sending of death prayers it is well to remember that even in the late 1860's when Samuel Kamakua (Ka Poe Kahiko - The people of Old, Bishop Museum Press) was writing about the Hawaiian culture he remarked that if you were really ill you did not visit a kahuna lapa'au but you went instead to a kahuna ana ana as they were more adept at dealing with illness and disease. This hardly tallies with their dark reputation. In even earlier times the role of the ana ana was vitally important in the ho'oponopono process as a kahuna ana ana or "eater of filth" would be the one who if required exorcised any possessing spirits or who literally scavenged the thought forms within the family consciousness that had crystallised into separate entities. These entities would attach themselves to various family members and even move from one to another causing a great deal of emotional pain and distress. In the modern stories the ana ana is supposed to capture the spirits of the dead and then to send them to do his evil bidding and in olden times this was very much his role in part, the first part only that is! that of capturing any ghosts and helping them to return to Po. Thereby preventing them from harming the living.
In modern times Magick has been defined by the Aleister Crowley as "the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will. ANY required Change may be effected by the application of the proper kind and degree of force in the proper manner through the proper medium to the proper object". In this definition every intentional act is a Magical Act, by which criterion we are all magicians to one degree or another. The problem arises with the question "what is your will?" Many people are so consumed by their passions that they will stop at nothing to achieve them. They desire power, fame, money, sex etc and they will let nothing stand in their way even to the point at which other people are harmed (even killed) just so they can have their way. What few people understand is that even our simple desires if fulfilled by the intelligent application of will can have unwelcome consequences, perhaps not for us but for others. The dilemma in this is that it is our conscious will that guides us in our efforts to create the life we want and in magical terms to be most effective we must align our conscious will with our 'true will'.
Crowley said that "the most common cause of failure in life is ignorance of one's own True Will, or of the means by which to fulfil that Will. A man may fancy himself a painter, and waste his life trying to become one; or he may be really a painter, and yet fail to understand and to measure the difficulties peculiar to that career" and "A man who is doing this True Will has the inertia of the Universe to assist him". That is not to say that you cannot manifest your conscious will but that in exerting your power over conditions you may cause great harm to others which will be instantly painful to any good magical practitioner in that they will ''feel' that harm deeply and immediately. Can you still continue along that path? Of course! because you do have free will. To obtain an understanding of one's true will required to use Crowley's words once more "obtaining of the Knowledge and Conversation of your Holy Guardian Angel", for guardian angel please feel free to substitute any other term you wish e.g. Higher Self, Soul, Buddha Nature or Superconscious mind.
The kahuna ana ana of old Hawaii were the true master magicians and sorcerers, those who sought deep inner communion, who profoundly understood the laws of nature and who could converse with and capture, ghosts or less individuated thought forms and so forth. The curing of disease was no mystery to them. Did some fail in their attempts to discover their true will, yes! It is inevitable! Did they use their powers indiscriminately yes! Did they ultimately suffer great penalties, absolutely! that too is a law! Yet that was only a small minority of the black magicians of old Hawaii The rest sought a much higher calling. Pau!

(Reprinted with permission of the author)     http://www.masterworksinternational.com/huna/hunarchive/huna98jan.htm

Native American section - Origin of Fire

Long, long ago, animals and trees talked with each other, but there was no fire at that time.
Fox was most clever and he tried to think of a way to create fire for the world. One day, he decided to visit the Geese, te-tl, whose cry he wished to learn how to imitate. They promised to teach him if he would fly with them. So they contrived a way to attach wings to Fox, but cautioned him never to open his eyes while flying.
Whenever the Geese arose in flight, Fox also flew along with them to practice their cry. On one such adventure, darkness descended suddenly as they flew over the village of the fireflies, ko-na- tcic-a. In midflight, the glare from the flickering fireflies caused Fox to forget and he opened his eyes--instantly his wings collapsed! His fall was uncontrollable. He landed within the walled area of the firefly village, where a fire constantly burned in the centre.
Two kind fireflies came to see fallen Fox, who gave each one a necklace of juniper berries, katl-te-i-tse.
Fox hoped to persuade the two fireflies to tell him where he could find a way over the wall to the outside. They led him to a cedar tree, which they explained would bend down upon command and catapult him over the wall if he so desired.
That evening, Fox found the spring where fireflies obtained their water. There also, he discovered coloured earth, which when mixed with water made paint. He decided to give himself a coat of white. Upon returning to the village, Fox suggested to the fireflies, "Let's have a festival where we can dance and I will produce the music."
They all agreed that would be fun and helped to gather wood to build up a greater fire. Secretly, Fox tied a piece of cedar bark to his tail. Then he made a drum, probably the first one ever constructed, and beat it vigorously with a stick for the dancing fireflies. Gradually, he moved closer and closer to the fire.
Fox pretended to tire from beating the drum. He gave it to some fireflies who wanted to help make the music. Fox quickly thrust his tail into the fire, lighting the bark, and exclaimed, "It is too warm here for me, I must find a cooler place."
Straight to the cedar tree Fox ran, calling, "Bend down to me, my cedar tree, bend down!"
Down bent the cedar tree for Fox to catch hold, then up it carried him far over the wall. On and on he ran, with the fireflies in pursuit.
As Fox ran along, brush and wood on either side of his path were ignited from the sparks dropping from the burning bark tied to his tail.
Fox finally tired and gave the burning bark to Hawk, i-tsarl-tsu- i, who carried it to brown Crane, tsi-nes-tso-l. He flew far southward, scattering fire sparks everywhere. This is how fire first spread over the earth.
Fireflies continued chasing Fox all the way to his burrow and declared, "Forever after, Wily Fox, your punishment for stealing our fire will be that you can never make use of it for yourself."
For the Apache nation, this too was the beginning of fire for them. Soon they learned to use it for cooking their food and to keep themselves warm in cold weather.

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)


by Elizabeth Barrette

Early morning sunlight warms the air as you walk slowly along, relishing the feel of wind on your skin after the long winter, the twitter of birdsong, and the sweet scent of apple blossoms.  You smile, murmuring a litany or your favorite Maiden Goddesses.  New grass cushions your step, pleasantly springy underfoot.  You turn slightly to catch a rising breeze and...
Oh, no.  What's that?  A dandelion.  A great big ugly dandelion, its brazen yellow blossom mocking you from the middle of your gorgeous green lawn.  You groan, dreading the start of your annual attack.  The first dandelion leers up at you as you prepare to open season.  Grumbling under your breath, you reach for your trusty dandelion digger...
Stop.  Reconsider.  Have you ever paused to think about precisely why you attempt, always unsuccessfully, to eradicate your dandelion population?  Are dandelions violently poisonous?  No: parts of them are edible, in fact.  Are they prickly like thistles or dangerous like poison ivy?  Of course not.  Are they even unsightly?  Not really,
unless you just happen to hate flowers.
All too often, people simply take for granted that dandelions are a nuisance, without ever bothering to think about it.  We assume that since everyone knows how noisome dandelions are, it must be true.  Yet dandelions are one of the most amazing plants in the world, and they have a lot to teach us.
First, let's take a close look at that dandelion you were about to rip out by the roots.  Ah, yes, the roots; we all know about those!  Each taproot sinks a foot or more into the soil, allowing the plant to survive if the leafy crown is pulled away.  The narrow, deeply serrated leaves give the plant its most common name.  "Dandelion" comes from the
French "dent de lion," meaning "tooth of the lion."  These dark green leaves spread out in a flat rosette, and the flower stalks rise up from the center.  Tiny round buds open into beautiful buttery-yellow blossoms.  Dozens of miniature petals form the powder-puff head, surmounted by the pollen-wearing stamens that adorn your skin with gold dust as you inhale the sweet fragrance.  The flower opens in the morning and closes at night or if it rains.  After a few days, insects have pollinated the flower, and it stays closed for about a week while a wonderful metamorphosis takes place.  When the flower opens again, the familiar yellow petals are gone, replaced by a silvery orb of parachutes.  Under each parachute is a developing seed.  In a short time, the seeds turn dark, then float away on the wind to sprout wherever they land.
So, how did the dandelion get here?  Contrary to popular belief, dandelions are not native to North America.  Instead, colonists brought seeds over from Europe.  Much to their delight (and their descendants' disgust), the hardy plants thrived.  Dandelion greens formed an important part of the colonists' diet, providing much-needed vitamins and minerals. Later, dandelions fell out of fashion, and now they are considered worthless weeds.
The earliest written reference to the dandelion appears in the tenth- century records of Arabian physicians.  By the 16th century, it was known as a valuable drug, highly praised by British apothecaries.  In the 19th century, dandelion was a popular potherb in Europe and America. Today it is the best-known weed in North America.
In all this time, the dandelion has accumulated a number of names. The scientific name, Taraxacum officinale, originated either from the Persian 'tark hashgun' (wild endive) or from the Greek 'taraxos' (disorder) and 'akos' (remedy).  Most botanists favor the Greek derivation. Common names include Irish daisy, puffball, priest's crown,
and peasant's cloak.
Dandelions have a wide variety of applications; every part of the plant can be used for something. They appear in culinary, ritual, and cultural contexts.  People are always thinking of something new to do with dandelions.
In the spring, pick young tender leaves for a green salad. Older greens make an excellent substitute for spinach, rich in vitamins A and C. Blanch the leaves to reduce their bitterness, or wait until autumn when
the bitterness dissipates naturally.Very young leaves are milder and may be used fresh.
Various beverages come from dandelions as well. For instance, the flowers can be made into a light wine. The long taproots are gathered in the late fall, roasted, and ground.This yields a wonderful coffee
substitute or additive, often combined with chicory.  Some people add it to hot chocolate, mulled cider, or wassail recipes.
In addition to making wonderful wine, dandelion blossoms find other ways into the kitchen. Use the bright yellow petals as a natural food coloring: mince and add to butters, spreads, dips, etc. Entire flower heads make lovely garnishes, and lend color to herb vinegars and oils. If you enjoy all-flower or wild-green salads, brighten them up
with blossoms or petals.
Dandelions are also rich in symbolism.  For example, their ability to thrive under the most adverse conditions can teach us persistence and survival. Dandelions even burst through the cracks of city sidewalks, a bit of defiant green amidst the concrete jungle. The deep taproots remind us to ground ourselves thoroughly, making it difficult to dig us
out. The ability to regenerate from our roots is a gift we have all experienced.  The opening and closing of the flower, and its metamorphosis, lead us through our own changes as we first show ourselves off, then retreat, then return in a different form. The dozens of seeds released by each flower head represent fertility and abundance. The seeds' journey illustrates a time of letting go, of starting something new. There is a bit of dandelion magic in all of us.
Today dandelions are creeping into awareness again.  Several years ago I first noticed some folk and "filk" singers wearing colorful green-on- gold dandelion stickers. Then one craftsperson began making pewter pendants and pins with the same image, which have caught on very well.
Just a word on folk vs. "filk" music. Folk music covers everything from unofficial opinions on current events to ancient ballads from traditional cultures. "Filk" music is folk music with science fiction of fantasy themes.  Our own wonderful pagan repertoire, including ritual as well as recreational selections, falls somewhere in between. All of these styles of songs have a special, personal quality, a sense of wonder. Various people have at times tried to stamp them out. None of these efforts have been successful; this is the kind of music that seems to spring directly from our hearts, scattered too widely and rooted too deeply to eradicate. That's why I started thinking of it as "Dandelion Music."
Traditionally, dandelions have often appeared in pagan rituals.  The buttery blossoms and bright green leaves accent altars for spring and summer celebrations, especially the Vernal Equinox, Beltane, and Litha. They can be woven into garlands, wreaths, and ropes to be worn or draped across altars.  Dandelion wine is a common base for the sweet woodruff May Wine, and one of the recipes I use is specifically for Litha. Towards autumn, pluck the silvery orbs to adorn your altar for Lammas, Mabon, or Samhain.
Alternatively, you could design your own rituals to celebrate dandelions, or to take advantage of their many properties. I have found a wide assortment of quick spells involving dandelions.  Scott Cunningham offered the following suggestions:
Grow dandelions at the northwest corner of your house to bring favorable winds.
Drink tea made from the roasted roots to promote psychic flowers, or leave a steaming cup beside your bed to summon spirits.
In addition, lots of folk magic have variations on the theme of blowing on a seed ball and counting the remaining plumes to determine, for example, what time it is, how long you will live, when you will marry, how many children you will have, and so on.
One of my favorite dandelion spells is a message spell.  When you are separated from a friend or loved one, pick a puffball with all the seeds still attached.  To each plume attach a fond thought, then turn in the direction of your friend and blow the seeds off the stem.  If any remain, your friend is also thinking of you.
If you live in the city, you may rarely have the pleasure of working with fresh herbs or flowers.  Dandelions can be a delightful exception. Even in the heart of a busy urban center, a few dandelions usually poke through the pavement.  Parks are also a good place to look, and no one will miss a few "useless weeds."  You might have a small garden, a front yard, or other patch of green to call your own.  If not, simply grow your dandelions in a flowerpot or window box. Even the brownest thumb has a hard time killing dandelions!
Wherever you live, dandelions can become a part of your life. Look for the first sprout as a sign of spring, and the white puffballs as a herald of autumn. Learn to appreciate what they have to offer, instead
of dismissing them as a nuisance just because everyone else does. Soon the sign of a jaunty yellow blossom poking through a crack in the pavement will bring a smile to your face, a welcome touch of magic peeking into the mundane.

How to make Dandelion wine

16 c dandelion blossoms
1/2 t wine yeast
1/2 gallon water
2-1/2 lbs sugar
Juice from 2 lemons
1 used tea bag

Instructions:  For best results, pick blossoms on a sunny day, around mid-morning when the petals are fully open and the dew has dried.
Select only new, healthy heads with fresh petals and no signs of insect damage.  Carefully remove all green parts from the blossoms. 
Allow mixture to steep until completely cool.  Then strain the petals off--folded cheesecloth, the kind used in canning, works well--squeezing out as much liquid as possible.  Discard the flowers.
To the remaining liquid, add the lemon juice, tea bag, yeast, and half the sugar.  Let the liquid ferment at room temperature; cover with more cheesecloth and add one cup of sugar every three days until the sugar runs out.  Wait two weeks.  Then strain the wine into a gallon jug (ceramic works best, but glass will do) and cork with cheesecloth.
After 30 days, strain again into freshly scrubbed bottles. 
Cork and label. 
The wine will be ready to serve in a week, and will keep for about a year.

Variations: Some recipes call for boiling water, others only stipulate heated water.  To improve flavor, experiment with ginger, sliced lemon, orange rind, or other spices.

Irish Triad: Three things good as servants, bad as masters: water, fire, and wind.

Cu Chulainn's Shield (A Celtic Tale)

(The Ulster Cycle)

A law was made by the Ulstermen that they should make silver shields, and that the engraving on each shield should be different. At that time Cú Chulainn was at his training with Scáthach and Búanann. When he saw the kind of shields that were being made for him in that land, he went to the specialist shield-maker, Mac Endge.

'Make me a shield,' he said, 'and make sure no other Ulsterman's shield has the same engraving on it.'

I can't do that,' said Mac Endge, 'for I used up all my skill on the Ulstermen's shields.

I swear by my weapon,' said Cú Chulainn, 'I will kill you if you don't make it as I ask.

I am under Conchobor's protection against you,' said Mac Endge.

Go to Conchobor for protection,' said Cú Chulainn, 'and I'll still kill you.

Cú Chulainn headed home, and Mac Endge became very depressed. Just then he saw a man sitting in the skylight, a two-pronged fork in his hand.

This is terrible,' said the man.

You're telling me!' said Mac Endge. 'I'll be killed if I don't make Cú Chulainn his shield.

Clean your house,' said the man, 'and have ashes strewn on the floor, as deep as a man's feet.

1 Lúathrinde ('swift-point' or 'ash-point') is thought to be the name of a motif or style of engraving, or perhaps the instrument used to create such engraving. Given the "two-pronged fork" weilded by Mac Endge's mysterious visitor, it is probably a pair of compasses, such as would have been used to create the familar La Tène style of Celtic art.
It was done as he said, and he marked out one of the portions of the design in the ashes. Lúathrinde1 (a point brought swiftly, or a point brought from the ashes) was the name of the point, and, as Dubdetba said, 'If I were Mac Endge, this is how I would engrave, and further, this is how Dubdetba makes shields.
It was this Lúathrinde that was cut into Cú Chulainn's shield, and Dubán ("Blackie") was the name of the shield.

Tiessennau Mel (Welsh Honey Cakes)
4 oz Honey
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
4 oz Brown sugar
1/2 LB Flour
1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
4 oz Butter or margarine
Caster sugar
A little milk

Sieve together flour, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda. Cream butter and sugar. Separate the egg yolk from the white. Beat the yolk into sugar and butter, then add the honey, gradually. Stir in the flour with a little milk as required and mix all together lightly.

Whisk the egg white into a stiff froth and fold into mixture. Half fill small patty tins with the mixture; dredge the top of each with caster sugar. Bake in a hot oven (425 degrees)

                                                Herb Section - Dandelion

                                                      (Taraxacum officinale)

Dandelion benefits all functions of the liver. The leaves, which can be eaten in salads, are a powerful diuretic. The roots act as a "blood purifier" that helps both kidneys and the liver to remove impurities from the blood. This effects eems to be due to its potassium content. It also acts like a mild laxative and improves appetite and digestion. It clears obstructions (such as stones) and detoxifies poisons that gather in the liver, spleen, and gall bladder. It will also promote healthy circulation. Dandelion is used whenever there is liver involvement with heat and toxins in the blood. This includes jaundice, hepatitis, red and swollen eyes, as well as urinary tract infection, abscesses, or firm, hard sores in the breasts. It is also very effective to increase the production of mother's milk.  The juice from a broken leaf stem can be applied to warts and allowed to dry; used for 3 days or so it will dry up the warts. It is also used to treat premenstrual syndrome, as it is a diuretic. It has been shown to reduce cholesterol and uric acid.                                                                                                                                                    Dandelion also helps clear skin eruptions when used both internally and externally. Both dandelion leaf and root have been used for centuries to treat liver, gall bladder, and kidney ailments, weak digestion, and rheumatism. They are also considered mildly laxative. The fresh root or its preparations are thought to be more potent than the dried root. Lukewarm dandelion tea is recommended for dyspepsia with constipation, fever, insomnia, and hypochondria.

It is a sign of rain when the down from a ripened dandelion head falls without wind helping it to do so. To blow the seeds off a ripened head is to carry your thoughts to a loved one, near or far. The feathery seed balls of the dandelion were once used by young girls to determine if their true loves were really true. They would blow on the dandelion fuzzy ball 3 times; if at least one of the fuzzy seeds remained, it was taken as an omen that her sweetheart was thinking about her. To promote psychic powers make a tea of the root by drying, roasting and grind (like coffee). The tea, when steaming and placed beside the bed, will call spirits. Simple garden magic: pick a “puff ball’ on the night of a full moon, call in the sacred directions, and blow your wish to the winds.

                                                  Crystal Section - Bloodstone

Bloodstone derives its name from the Greek word "Heliotrope" meaning sun and turning. Bloodstone along with aquamarine are traditional birthstones of Pisces.

In ancient times, bloodstone was thought to be able to stop hemorrhages with the merest touch. Bloodstone relieves stomach and bowel pain. It strengthens blood purifying organs and improves blood circulation. Bloodstone is thought  to have a positive influence on the bladder. Bloodstone is said to soothe the mind, and aids in relieving depression.

Use Bloodstone in protection and prosperity spells. Bloodstone has been found to increase the effectiveness of spells. Bloodstone is used to help one become more knowledgeable in the ways of the world. Its element is Fire and its energy is projective. It is ruled by the planet Mars. Associated astrological signs are Aries, Pisces and Libra. Bloodstone vibrates to the numbers 4 and 6. It is used for centering and grounding the Heart chakra.

A thought to live by:

Reach high, for the stars lie hidden in your soul.

Annie Bonnick

Creamed Corn Vol o vents

Annie Bonnick
440g tin of creamed corn
4 shallots
1 cup of grated cheese
8 medium sized vol o vent cases ( about 6cm wide circles)

Finely chop the shallots, mix creamed corn with the shallots and cheese. Spoon the mixture into the cases. Place on an oven tray and bake in a moerately hot oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

I have made this many times and have found it to be a wonderful entree, it tastes yummy too.

Craft Section - Natural Egg Dyes

Green - Colts-foot, bracken, for a pale green: spinach leaves

Yellow green - Carrot tops, for a green-gold: yellow delicious apple peels

Yellow - Tumeric, for a light yellow: orange or lemon peels, carrot tops, celery seeds or ground cumin

Orange - Yellow onion skins

Rust - Onion skin

Red - Madder root for a pale red: fresh beets or cranberries, frozen raspberries

Pink - Madder root

Blue - Blueberries

Bright blue - Red cabbage leaves

Beige to brown - strong brewed coffee, for a reddish brown: limes, deep brown: pecan or walnut shells

To dye the perfect eggs the natural way, here's what to do:

1. Put eggs in a single layer in a pan. Pour water in pan until the eggs are covered.
2. Add about a teaspoon of vinegar.
3. Add the natural dye appropriate to the color you want your eggs to be. (The more eggs you are dying at a time, the more dye you will need to use.)
4. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
5. Remove the substance you used to color the eggs. Put eggs in a bowl. If you want your eggs to be a darker shade, cover them with the dye and let them stand overnight in the refrigerator.


Use small leaves from fresh or dried herbs like flat parsley, rue, thyme or fern. Press the leaves against the egg and wrap securely with a section of old nylon stocking. Do this before putting in the dyebath. After dyeing, rinse these eggs in clear water before unwrapping.The area under the leaves will have little or no dye if done properly.

Glue dried, pressed flowers, sequins, crepe paper, or similar flat decorations to the eggs. Use your imagination.

Create designs with markers, stickers, paints. NOTE: Drawing designs with crayons won't work here as the waxy crayons will melt off in the boiling process.

A Brief look at Ostara

Ostara, is one of the Lesser Sabbats, and is usually celebrated on the Vernal or Spring Equinox, which is right around March 21. This Sabbat is named for the Teutonic-lunar Goddess, "Eostre". Her symbols are the hare and the Cosmic Egg. A rabbit was said to have laid sacred eggs and having decorated them, presented these to the Goddess Eostre. In a show of pleasure, she bid the rabbit to distribute the eggs throughout the world. The eggs represent the gifts of life.
It is a time when Light and Dark are equal. A time to celebrate the arrival of Spring, in all Her glory. Atime when the forces of life are in balance.  It is a time to celebrate fertility and re-birth.
The equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator and enters the House of Aries.

Ostara ( Spring Equinox ) Ritual

Material needed:

Cauldron with red candle inside
Dish for burning
Paper and pen
Colored eggs
Spring flowers for decoration

Cast the Circle

Take up the wand, raise your arms in greetings, and say:

" Behold, Lord and Lady of life and the giver of life.
Without Her Lord, the Goddess is barren.
Without the Lady, the God has no life.
Each is needful of the other for completion and power, as Sun to Earth, the spear to the cauldron, spirit to flesh, man to woman. "

Light the candle in the cauldron. Rap the cauldron lightly with the wand and say:

"Great Goddess, be with me now in your aspect of Maiden, the fair one who brings joy and new life".

Ring the bell once and say:

" Great God of renewal, be with me now, in your aspect of the Lord of the Forests, the Horned God who brings warmth and love. "

Rap the cauldron once more with the wand and say:

" May the strength of the old enter into the new.
Great Lord and Lady, make all things strong and giving of new life.
Blessed Be. "

Put a little incense on the coals and then carry the burner deosil around the circle.

Put the burner on the altar , raise your arms and say:

" Awake! All Creatures in the realm of Earth, awake!
Greet the Maiden and her Lover, who herald the coming of Spring. "

Touch the parchment paper with the dagger and say:

" Now I cast behind me the darkness of Winter and the past.
I look to that which lies ahead.
This is the time for me to plant seeds in the physical, mental, and spiritual. "

Write on the paper your desires for the coming year.

Write only one on each piece of paper, fold them and hold them over the altar in offering to the Old Gods, and then say:

" This is a joyous time, a time for planting. With joy and trust, I place these requests in the hands of the Goddess and her Lord. "

Light the papers one by one from the candle in the cauldron and drop them on the dish for burning, and say:

" These thought-seeds I do willingly place into the hands of the Lady and her Lord, that these desires and dreams may manifest and become reality.
Blessed Be the Old Gods! "

Place the chalice of wine on the pentacle for a few seconds, lift it high, and say:

" Honor to the Old Gods!
Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again!

Simple feast

Leave a libation for the Fair Folk

Close the Circle.


                         Crick's Corner: Greetings Folks. why is it that we as a people are so self absorbed?

There are children around the world that are starving. And yet we will pay millions of dollars to an athelete, to play a game intended to amuse us. We spend billions of dollars (euros, pesos and so forth) on Dvds, and yet children are starving. We pay people millions to pretend to be something they are not (actors and actresses) and children are starving. We spend billions on computers, TVs, radios, gameboys and so forth and still, children are starving.
We as a people claim to follow a spiritual path (Witchcraft, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian and so forth) and yet we spend trillions on numerous ways to amuse ourselves and yet the children of the world go hungry.
The industry keeps getting richer, we stay amused and yet the children of this world die from starvation. If a visitor from another galaxy were to visit here, would this be the image and legacy that we would want to be associated with?
I ask you once again, why are we as a people so self absorbed?
And what can you as an individual do to help alleviate this gross "me,me,me" attitude that seems to define us as a people???

Until next time Cailleachs... Crick

Mar a's sine am boc is ann a's cruaidhe an adharc 

'The older the buck - the harder the horn!'

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