Prejudice against Religon

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Written by my 7th grade daughter Shaelyn for her Liberty and Justice project in school!

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Though articles from newspapers are reliable, firsthand accounts of being persecuted for things such as your beliefs are more touching. One such firsthand account is told by Lorna Tedder, a wiccan woman who was discriminated against in the Federal workplace. Firsthand account of discrimination  I choose this website because reading articles written by someone who witnessed this or researched this doesn’t compare to reading an article written by somebody who experienced such injustice.

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Initiation into the Craft

Pagan, Wiccan

One hears a lot about about initiations and degrees when it comes to the Craft so I would like to clarify a few things. One may ask..is this all about getting certificates and getting so many lessons under one’s belt? No. For some people tradition is very important and I would be the last one to deny anyone their personal form of worship and ancestral connection. And in some traditions where lineage is important, certificates create authenticity of such. But from a spiritual point of view, Initiation (or as our coven often refers to it…”Allignment”) is a TRANSFORMATION. It is a metamorphosis by which an individual shucks off the garbage forced upon it by others and society as truth and reaches inward and upward to attain personal and cosmic revelation. In many traditions (including Spiral Sojourn’s) the individual passes through each direction/Element while learning lessons, completing assignments/challenges at each and finally arriving in Spirit. If done properly, the High Priestess and/or High Priest is your guide…not the person controlling the outcomes. The gods themselves intervene…literally.
If you feel yourself being called to initiation..you will know and feel the hunger to evolve. Self Initiation is like teaching yourself to read…not impossible but very challenging. The coven/spiritual family provides wisdom and a safe place to grow…but again, it is not for everyone and that is ok.
Becoming a priestess/priest is not the end goal…it is but another beginning. Blessed be to your all on your paths!

~Lady Embersprite

What is a Witch?

Magick, Pagan, Spiritual, Wiccan

What is a Witch?

The word witch is derrived from the Old English word “wicca” which means “to bend/change.” It also means “wise one.” But what IS a Witch?

A witch is a person, female or male, who walks the Path of Spirit and seeks connection with their Soul and the Divine. A witch recognizes that this world is but one of many levels and dimensions of existence. She/he understands there are many spirits and entities that exist-humans, totems, elementals, angels, divas, gods and goddesses, etc. A witch is an energy artist..altering reality with her/his will while keeping in mind the law of karma and accepting personal responsibility for all actions. A witch seeks wisdom with true self love and humility…not accepting humiliation and not becoming arrogant. A witch is a guardian of the ancient mysteries, a healer, a medium, a prophet, a teacher and a student. She/he respects Nature and all creatures and elements on Gaia are treated as sacred.

A witch is a bridge between this world and the others…a keeper of the Balance. A witch need not summon the dead…the souls seek her/him for assistance then are on their way. A witch has the eyes to see the hidden reality…the magick that exists…and she/he embraces it and mixes it with her/his own.

What is a Witch NOT?

A witch does not worship Satan or the devil of the Christian religion. She/he is not evil or perfectly good..but human and makes mistakes while trying her/his best to live ethically. A witch does not need to “put on a show” to gain respect or power…the “powers that be” know a true witch by her/his energy signature when they see one. A witch does not need loud theatrics, gossip, or manipulation to prove her/his worth because the quiet actions and soft spoken words of a genuine wise one ring loudly with Truth. Tools, books, certificates, and knick-knacks make not a witch…a witch is an enlightened Spirit who harmonizes with this world and its creatures/deities to create necessary change. A witch doesn’t “use” magick…a witch IS magick.

~L. Embersprite

P.S. To avoid confusion…a witch walks the way of Spirit and not “religion.”  One need not call oneself “Wiccan” to be a witch 😉

New Moon Spell Book

Magick, Moon, Pagan, Wiccan

New Moon Spell Book

New Moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle when the moon is completely in line with the sun and the earth. It is the perfect time for us to become aligned as well as we reflect this in our own life: Sun (mind), Moon (spirit) and Earth (body). The New Moon is three days after the new face and includes the day of the new face of the moon. It is a perfect time for spells involving new beginnings, personal improvement, health, new employment and projects, etc. One way I find to manifest this energy is a New Moon Spell Book.

The book itself is an ongoing spell and can be used in conjunction with other spells as well. Find or make a small book the size of a diary-choose color and design/images that appeal to your Spirit. Cleanse the book to dedicate it as you see fit (smudge, salt, energy sweep, crystals, etc.) On the first page inside the book, Write the title page which will be the “charge.” The most powerful spells are often simple and from the heart (rhyming helps as well.) Despite a lot of New Moon spells being called “wish” spells, refrain from using the word “wish” in your charge. “Wish” has the connotation of “hoping” something is going to happen…you are not “hoping” you are actually manifesting and “making” it happen. If writing your own spells does not appeal to you, a simple charge such as the following will work:

“Maiden Moon bless this book of Tree

Manifest these words for me.

By Water, Earth, Air and Fire,

I create the reality that I desire.”

On each New Moon ( a new page for each month) write the date and sun/moon signs as the top of the page. List all the things you want to manifest in your life. These can you major long term goals as well as short and simple ones. It is better to include a mixture of physical/realistic needs and idealistic wants and dreams. Nothing is too small or too large to include. Be as detailed and specific in what you actually want to manifest-the more specific the better. If you are manifesting something for someone else, I suggest adding “for their highest good” at the end of the sentence. If you are doing more spell work regarding a listed item you can jot that down as well.

Each month on the New Moon, before adding the new page, go back and read the previous pages. Check off (and date if you wish) the items that have successfully manifested in your life since last New Moon. Give a prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving. It is important for a witch to “see” her/his magick working positive change. In this regard, the New Moon Spell Book also gives confidence and comfort. Keep the book on your altar or in a safe place- it is a sacred tool.

(Addendum: You can write in your book with magickal ink if you are feeling creative. Ink can be created from several wonderful blends of herbs and essences. I personally use a concoction of pokeberry and rum.)

~L. Embersprite )O(

Undines’ H20 Magick

Healing, Magick, Pagan, Wiccan
Water is the element of the the Feminine Unconsciousness…the realm of emotions, healing, memory, dreams, purification, the Womb of potential and the mirror of our soul.  It correlates to the direction of the West and our physical body is mostly fashioned of it.  It is ever-changing like the tides…growing and shifting.  It is Yin…passive…receptive…deep and for many frightening.  Mermaids sound cutesy and loving because they can be…but their dark-side as the seductive sirens leading men down to the their watery graves is also just as valid.  EVERYTHING has duality…including ourselves.  During your personal initiation into the mysteries you encounter what you NEED to see…for some its lovely and others disturbing…it all depends on the lessons one needs to learn this time around.
*Purification Spell*
Materials needed: Yourself and a shower, bath, stream, pond, ocean
1. Get naked (if possible- swimsuit if necessary). If in bathroom taking shower or bath, a white candle burning and nice oils/salts in tub, and/or favorite incense burning. But all you NEED is yourself and WATER.
2. Call on the undines…the elementals of water to assist you. Believe and relax and know this WILL work. Ask them to cleanse whatever needs to be cleansed…your body from illness, your heart, your mind, your aura or whatever you feel you need.
3. Chant or sing (they love song) “Creatures of the Sea, Cleanse My _______ ( fill in blank with Body, Heart, Mind, etc.) So Mote it Be.”  Keep repeating at least three times.
3. Step in and feel the caress of the water…breath in the humid air…stop and focus on how the water FEELS.  It moves around you and is animated…changes form just as your are changing and healing from its touch.  Close your eyes and imagine the water glowing white, blue or purple and the light flowing into you..into the top of your head…your limbs…iinto all your chakra centers and out again.  As the light of the water flows out it is carrying anything harmful in you away…sickness, doubt, fear, hurt and replacing it with peace, love, contentment, and comfort.  Do this until you feel “lighter” and clean…truly clean of the garbage that clung to you and let it flow down the drain and out to the fishes in the wild…let it go. If you cry, urinate, throw up its all right…LET IT GO.
Quickie Purification Spell
Take a glass of clean water and say chant above envisualizing the water glowing with white light. When it seems to be “pulsing”,  drink it and feel it cleansing you.  When you urinate next time imagine all the impurities flowing out of your body-they are no more.
Magick doesn’t always have to be complicated…you invoke the powers without, evoke the powers within and envisualize…KNOW it is working.

CONNECTION

Pagan, Shamanism, Spiritual, Wiccan

The true meaning of life is Connection. Humans are so busy trying to control the planet rather than simply be a part of it. Completion and fulfillment is simply found in connection. Nothing is an island unto itself…not even an island.

Depression and mental illness is at an all-time high due to lack of connection between people and within individuals. We need connection to thrive, learn and evolve. We need connection with the Divine and Spirit the way a plant needs sunlight and water to grow. We need connection with other living beings the way a plant needs soil to be grounded and nourished. On a cellular to macrocosmic level-the Universe is all about CONNECTION.

And how can we reconnect you may ask? First, reach out and be kind to others in a selfless way. A kind word, unexpected call, smile, hug, act of charity, etc. all provide quick and easy ways to reconnect with other human beings and open up spiritual receivers for divine communication and blessing. Acts of kindness are spiritual red flags to the Universe that you are ready to bless others and be blessed yourself. Secondly, let go of the garbage. Jealousy, resentment, fear, hatred are all self-imposed blocks. Righteous anger is not a block unless it becomes one of the previous mentioned and a focal point. Forgiveness of self and others is key in ascending and connecting to the Great Spirit within and without. And finally, feed your Soul. Create, meditate, listen to music, immerse yourself in nature and beauty, and be grateful in the present without grasping at the past or obsessing about the future.

Be thankful and blessed!

~Lady E

Faerie Magick

Faerie, Magick, Pagan, Spiritual, Wiccan

The Faerie Realm

The Faerie Realm is a dimension very closely linked to our own…it is an etheric and physical realm. It reminds us of the joy and creativity to be found in our world. The Faerie Realm is the heart and soul of our natural world that we could easily see when we had the eyes of a child. As children we lay on the grass and looked into a micro-cosmic forest of insects and faeries but to our adult eyes we view our back yard simply as a drudgery to be mowed then ignored. But when we were children, we were right! Each blade of grass, rock, and bug are a part of something more! The spirits of faerie often hide themselves from humans…and for good reason.

The Universe is multidimensional…shamans are well aware of dimensions and realms that run parallel to our own. Humans are multidimensional beings…we possess a finite human body and an infinite soul. Our Soul, when unencumbered from fear and hate, can communicate with, enter, and perceive these other realms. “Faeries” is the label we have given to the beings that inhabit the realm between us and the angels…they are spirits but like ourselves connected to this plane. But instead of being connected to a body as we are, they are connected to the living things (plants, trees, flowers, animals) and elements in the environment. Humans who engage in becoming caretakers of the environment are already on the path of communication with the Fae.

So who inhabits this Faerie Realm? The faeries and elves for sure but here is a list of “man made” titles of who/what you may encounter: Elementals, Elves, Dwarves, Brownies, Trolls, Kobolds, Sprites, Nymphs, Flower Faeries, Dryads, Faerie Godmothers, Mythical Creatures, and animals (the Fae care for them as well as shape-shift into them.) Intelligence and personality varies depending on the element and nature of the “Fae” (just like humans.) Most are helpful but some can be tricksters and troublesome (again…just like humans.) But for the most part, in my experience, most are gracious and benevolent.

I will attempt to offer a brief description of things to expect from the Fae in each element however this is a guide ONLY. When you meet them, it is “personal.” No matter what books say or other people experience, this is YOUR experience. Ted Andrews, in his book Enchantment of the Faerie Realm, comments on how Fire elementals are a bit aloof with humans and not as forthcoming with communication. I highly recommend his book as it is a wonderful resource on this subject. However, I disagree with his statement on fire elementals. Why? Because in my personal experience they are intelligent, loyal, willful, courageous and more than willing to help humans who are respectful and pure of heart.

Do NOT get discouraged if you don’t see faeries or hear them as others do. For example: why do I have a fire elemental friend and can talk to a dryad while you might not hear a thing but feel water spirits whenever you are near water or see the Fae as balls of light? The same reason you and I don’t have the same talents or friends/family in the mundane world. Each person vibrates differently and attracts people and beings to themselves differently. As time passes and you are more aware your communication will increase.

This is a brief summary to describe elementals…very brief:

Air- “Sylphs” are spirits of intellect and the MIND. They inspire creativity, thought, freedom, and curiosity. Their realm is that of breezes, gales, whirlwinds, breath, sound, music, speech and poetry.

Fire- “Salamanders” are spirits of WILL. They personify courage, strength, sexual energy, kundalini, fertility, passion, change, initiation, regeneration, mysticism, and spiritual perception. Their realm is that of volcanoes, solar heat, light, explosions, bonfires, candles, smoke, deserts, fireplaces, electricity, lightning, and body heat.

Water- “Undines” are spirits of EMOTION. They bless us with deeper feelings, empathy, healing, purification, divination, intuition, sensuality, love, clairvoyance, compassion, dreams, and maternal instinct. Theirs is the realm of the vast ocean and sea, lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, rain, puddles, wishing wells, mirrors, and the highest percentage of material making up the human body

Earth- “Gnomes” are spirits of the physical BODY. They rule over health, wealth, prosperity, hidden treasure, wisdom, generosity, humility, mystery, success, craftsmanship, grounding and silence. Theirs is the realm of flesh and bone, mountains, caves, rocks, crystals, forests, trees, plants, and gardens.

There are echelons in Faerie and the Angelic realms but I do not personally find much need in sharing that information. I like and appreciate my blue collared” faerie friends as much as the “white collared ones.” We all have lessons to teach and learn…we are all important and so are they. Try to keep your mind open and push beyond the “Tinker Bell” image of faeries. Flower faeries are the “Tinker Bell” diminutive types. But then there are the “Oberon” and “Titania” type spirits that are more like lesser gods controlling weather and raw elemental power than wee sprites. Keep an open mind and be respectful.

Finally, how can we increase our chances of encounters and relationships with inhabitants of the Faerie Realm? First, be humble and generous. By being “humble” I do not mean being a door mat or chanting “mea culpa”…true humility. Fae can smell “phony” even faster than children and animals…do not mistake their innocence for stupidity. They enjoy teaching arrogant humans lessons (which are not always pleasant although usually quite entertaining!)

Air faeries are often drawn to children, laughter, music, singing, bells, stringed instruments, and story telling. Fire faeries are attracted to man made fires, music with intense rhythm, creativity, passion, sexual act, and generation of any fire physical or spiritual. Water faeries love plants, flowers,sometimes humans, healing practices, singing and emotional experiences grab their attention. Earth faeries are wherever there are rocks, trees and vegetation but also occasionally inhabit human homes and structures that are tidy, loving, and/or focused on craftsmanship. Reading Fairy Tales is a simple way to open yourself up to the simple truths of the Faerie Realm. An even better way is to go find a quiet spot in nature and just relax and LISTEN (cellphone turned off.)

Faeries enjoy presents. Offerings left in love will go along way in gaining their trust in friendshp. They like shiny things, bells, shells, stones, ribbons, feathers, hand-crafted items, honey, sweet cakes, etc. They also like it when you leave goodies for their woodland friends as well (ie. Bird feeders, etc.) I personally leave a piece of my hair as a “thank you” because it is actually a part of me…plucking it out shows my sincerity and other than my time this body is the only thing I truly possess. I had a Dryad keep a piece of my hair on her bark for a YEAR despite a year of weather, wind, animals/birls etc. There was no logical reasons why that long blonde hair (just laid gainst the vertical side of the tree) was still there a year later except for the fact that the Dryad liked and kept my gift.

Try to not take yourself too seriously and keep an open mind and heart. Faeries like to enjoy themselves and live in the present. They are grateful, fun loving, wise and could care less wheither a human calls them a sprite, nymph, faerie, spirit etc. because they simply exist and are free of such silliness. There is a lot we can learn from them!

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(Can you see the Dryad in the pic above?)

Blessed Be!

Lady E

Spiral Sojourn’s Meaning

Pagan, Spiritual, Wiccan

The Spiral is the symbol of the Eternal Goddess…always changing and moving forward. A sphere/circle is the most perfect form found in nature…it is eternal with no beginning and no end.
We see homage being paid to the spiral mark of the Goddess throughout nature…the rings made by a pebble dropped into a pond, the spiral of an animal’s horn, the swirl found within a nautilus shell, the design on a sunflower’s face, the rings of growth in a tree, the whorls of our own fingerprints, the helix of our DNA, whirlpools, tornadoes, and the very galaxies.
Energy moves in spirals. The study of physics shows us how sound, light, and radiation all moves in waves (spirals viewed from a flat plane.) Everything in our physical, mental, and spiritual realms of existence functions in the spiral of waxing and waning energy: the moon cycles, the seasons, menstrual cycles, the power of nations, the economy, our personal energy levels, and our lives/deaths in the cycle of reincarnation.
We are all on a journey of the Soul, a shamanic quest of Spirit. Each birth is a death of the old patterns, and each death a portal to new opportunity. We cannot always be active…it is in being quiet and not speaking…that act of passivity which enables us to “listen”, learn, and grow. As fellow travelers, shamans, witches, medicine women, seekers, teachers, and priestesses we have chosen this time and place within the spiral of our evolution to “sojourn” with each other in the sanctuary of this sacred space and group. A sojourn is a temporary stay or visit. It often has the connotation of a brief yet refreshing stop along a journey.
Each incarnation is a sojourn of the soul…a learning experience sending us further up the spiral of awakening. This group, this circle, this coven is but a rest stop along the way. Many will stop by and be refreshed then move on to share what they have gained as a few remain to ensure that the “Spiral Sojourn” remains a sanctuary for future generations. So let it be written, so let it be done.

~Lady E