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