Daily Archives: August 11, 2011

Lady A’s Spell of the Day for 8/11: Artemis Goddess Powerful Protection Spell

Artemis Goddess Powerful Protection Spell.

Too keep all evil away from you , protects you from hexes , evil demons , spirits, bad and negative energies ,and all evil forces,etc. suppose too protected you for life.

The following ingredients are needed:

2 packs of Frankincense
1 pack of basil
1 pack of sage
1 cauldron
1 silver candle
1 white candle
Cast a circle before doing this spell and when finish this spell close circle.

Cast a circle first before doing this spell, circle will aid you in spell.

Burn the white candle untill it is used completely ,burn the candle throughout the whole 1st week. while burning the white candle throughout the whole week chant every day. Chant: I invoke you Artemis asking you for powerful protection ,and hoping you would guide me even through my darkness days, I Invoke you Artemis Goddess of light, asking for protection and insight,I ask that you protected me and send all evil too a dark place, I Invoke you Artemis and ask for protection from all the sources necessary, of your grace and power too protected me and send the evil towards the darkness,a place where can never return, and hurt, touch, or grab a hold of me,So shall this be.

Burn the silver candle until it is used completely, burn out through the 2nd week of the spell. The 2 week, burn the basil and sage in a large cauldron burn up too a week. while burning the silver candle chant everyday the second part of the spell for 1 week. Then Chant: I need your help Artemis I Invoke thee I ask that you swiftly remove all evil from me and around me, I ask Artemis that you shine ever so brightly ,so that my enemies may see you , I invoke you Artemis,asking you not just for your individual help,in this matter but for everlasting protection for myself , so mote it be .

After spell is completed burn frankincense 3 sticks per day . when frankincense is finished spell is completed and then close circle that you casted earlier on in the spell.

by: modelavery

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Saint of the Day for August 11th is St. Mary Magdelene

St. Mary Magdelene
“The Penitent”

She is called “the Penitent”. St. Mary was given the name ‘Magdalen’ because, though a Jewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile. St. Luke records that she was a notorious sinner, and had seven devils removed from her. She was present at Our Lords’ Crucifixion, and with Joanna and Mary, the mother of James and Salome, at Jesus’ empty tomb. Fourteen years after Our Lord’s death, St. Mary was put in a boat by the Jews without sails or oars – along with Sts. Lazarus and Martha, St. Maximin (who baptized her), St. Sidonius (“the man born blind”), her maid Sera, and the body of St. Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin. They were sent drifting out to sea and landed on the shores of Southern France, where St. Mary spent the rest of her life as a contemplative in a cave known as Sainte-Baume. She was given the Holy Eucharist daily by angels as her only food, and died when she was 72. St. Mary was transported miraculously, just before she died, to the chapel of St. Maximin, where she received the last sacraments.

More about this saint: St. Mary Magdalen (Feast day – July 22) Mary Magdalen was well known as a sinner when she first saw Our Lord. She was very beautiful and very proud, but after she met Jesus, she felt great sorrow for her evil life. When Jesus went to supper at the home of a rich man named Simon, Mary came to weep at His feet. Then with her long beautiful hair, she wiped His feet dry and anointed them with expensive perfume. Some people were surprised that Jesus let such a sinner touch Him, but Our Lord could see into Mary’s heart, and He said: “Many sins are forgiven her, because she has loved very much.” Then to Mary He said kindly, “Your faith has made you safe; go in peace.” From then on, with the other holy women, Mary humbly served Jesus and His Apostles. When Our Lord was crucified, she was there at the foot of His cross, unafraid for herself, and thinking only of His sufferings. No wonder Jesus said of her: “She has loved much.” After Jesus’ body had been placed in the tomb, Mary went to anoint it with spices early Easter Sunday morning. Not finding the Sacred Body, she began to weep, and seeing someone whom she thought was the gardener, she asked him if he knew where the Body of her beloved Master had been taken. But then the person spoke in a voice she knew so well: “Mary!” It was Jesus, risen from the dead! He had chosen to show Himself first to Mary Magdalen, the repentent sinner.

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Deity of the Day for August 11th is IO

IO

Beautiful daughter of INACHUS and yet another object of ZEUS’s affections.

HERA had her suspicions when she saw this white heifer on a hill with a white cloud hovering over it whenever ZEUS went missing…

“ZEUS dear, I haven’t had a pressie from you for yonks,” she wheedled at the breakfast table.

“Anything you desire, dearest,” he smirked, “It’s yours.”

“Well now, there’s a lovely white heifer over on a yonder hill that would go so well with my prize herd…”

She saw ZEUS grow pale and his eyes cloud over. “I.. er, I er… Oh, yes of course darling.”

HERA employed ARGUS, her heavy, to act as a minder while ZEUS just had time to advise IO not to panic. “Hold on,” he whispered, “Somehow I’ll rescue you. I’ll get HERMES to do a little rustling.”

They nearly got away with it, but before ZEUS could get IO’s halter off, HERA sent a gadfly to sting the poor young cow to the point of madness. Bellowing with pain, she ran off with the fly in never-ending pursuit.

IO ran in every which direction to dodge her tormentor — over the hills and far away, up and down, in and over. She even passed PROMETHEUS chained to his rock on Mount Caucasus, who managed to shout as much encouragement as he could in the circumstances.

There came a time when she reached Egypt. As she and the gadfly paused for breath, ZEUS managed to return her to her original comely form, and she discovered she was pregnant.

She decided enough was enough. Egypt seemed a good place to settle. So she gave birth to EPAPHUS, yet another of ZEUS’s love children, and went on to become identified with ISIS and later LUNA.

We have no idea what happened to the gadfly.

Godchecker.com

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Herb of the Day for August 11th is Coriander

Folk Names: Chinese Parsley, Cilantro, Cilentro, Culantro, Uan-Suy, Stinkdillsamen, Hu-Sui

Gender:  Masculine

Planet:  Mars

Element: Fire

Powers:  Love, Health, Healing

Magickal Uses:  Coriander has long been used in love sachets and spells. Add the powdered seeds to warm wine to make an effective lust potion.

The seeds are used for healing, especially easing headaches, and are worn for this purpose. If pregnant women eat coriander, their future children will be ingenious.

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs

by Scott Cunningham

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Crystal of the Day for August 11th – Jasper

Jasper ia a type of quartz coloured by a variety of impurities. Haematite makes jaspers red, limonite makes them brown or yellow and chlorite makes them green.

Jasper has a long history, having been used to make amulets and ornaments for many centuries. Its modern name is thought to derive from the ancient Assyrian word for the stone, ashpu. Not only was it often red, the revered colour of life, but the endless variety of tone and pattern, and the fact that jasper forms in massive, carvable blocks, made it a valuable commodity.

Identification and care

  • Red jasper is very common. When broken and recrystallized with more quartz solution it resembles a mosaic.

  • Many varieties of jasper have been given their own names – for example, there is bloodstone or heliotrope, which is green with red spots, and there is orbicular jasper or “ocean jasper”, which features green, blue and yellow concentric patterns.

Magick

  • Traditionally was believed to protect from the effects of snake bites and other poisons

  • Provides unique solutions to practical problems

Healing functions

  • Gently grounds (especially the red and brown varieties)

  • Helps to focus on the practicalities of life

  • Encourages enthusiasm and drive

  • Acts as a steadying anchor when psychic work is undertaken

  • Nurtures any damaged areas of the body, aiding recovery and repair.

Practical ideas

  • To experience the healing qualities of jasper: place on yellow jasper at the center of the forehead, one yellow jasper between the heart and throat; one red jasper by each ear; one red jasper at the heart; and one green jasper in each hand.

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The Daily Motivator for Aug. 11th – The effort of fulfillment

The effort of fulfillment

The rich abundance of life surrounds you. It is a magnificent blessing and a profound responsibility.

You have access to a continuing stream of value that is life and its countless possibilities. It is up to you to make meaningful use of that value.

No person, no possession, no position can give you fulfillment. That will come only from the way you choose to live.

Life owes you nothing because life already gives you everything. You, through your focus, your priorities and your efforts, are the only one who can transform that abundance into fulfillment.

To hope that someone will do it all for you is to deny yourself the true magnificence of being you. You are absolutely worth the effort of fulfillment, so find joy in making that effort.

The challenges are many, and yet the positive possibilities are endless. Make the commitment, make the effort, and live life at its highest, most fulfilling level.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator

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The DailyZen Journal for Aug. 11th – Wake-up Sermon

 

On The Way

 

 

Wake-up Sermon

 

Part I

Bodhidharma

 

 

The essence of the Way is detachment. And the goal of those who practice is freedom from appearances. The sutras say, “Detachment is enlightenment because it negates appearances.” Buddhahood means awareness. Mortals whose minds are aware reach the Way of Enlightenment and are therefore called buddhas. The sutras say, “Those who free themselves from all appearances are called buddhas.” The appearance of appearance as no appearance can’t be seen visually but can only be known by means of wisdom. Whoever hears and believes this teaching embarks on the Great Vehicle and leaves the three realms.

 

The three realms are greed, anger, and delusion. To leave the three realms means to go from greed, anger and delusion back to morality, meditation and wisdom. Greed, anger, and delusion have no nature of their own. They depend on mortals. And anyone capable of reflection is bound to see that the nature of greed, anger, and delusion is the buddha-nature. Beyond greed, anger, and delusion there is no other buddha-nature. The sutras say, “Buddhas have only become buddhas while living with the three poisons and nourishing themselves on the pure Dharma.” The three poisons are greed, anger, and delusion.

 

The Great Vehicle is the greatest of all vehicles. It’s the conveyance of bodhisattvas, who use everything without using anything, and who travel all day without traveling. Such is the vehicle of buddhas. The sutras say, “No vehicle is the vehicle of buddhas.”

 

Whoever realizes that the six senses aren’t real, that the five aggregates are fictions, that no such things can be located anywhere in the body understands the language of buddhas. The sutras say, “The cave of five aggregates is the hall of zen. The opening of the inner eye is the door of the Great Vehicle.” What could be clearer?

 

Not thinking about anything is zen. Once you know this, walking, standing, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is zen. To know that the mind is empty is to see the buddha. The buddhas of the ten directions have no mind. To see no mind is to see the buddha.

 

To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity. To transcend motion and stillness is the highest meditation. Mortals keep moving, while arhats stay still. But the highest meditation surpasses that of both mortals and arhats. People who reach such understanding free themselves from all appearances without effort and cure all illnesses without treatment. Such is the power of great zen.

 

Using the mind to look for reality is delusion. Not using the mind to look for reality is awareness. Freeing oneself from words is liberation. Remaining unblemished by the dust of sensation is guarding the Dharma. Transcending life and death is leaving home. Not suffering another existence is reaching the Way. Not creating delusions is enlightenment. Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom. No affliction is nirvana. And no appearance of the mind is the other shore.

 

When you’re deluded, this shore exists. When you wake up, it doesn’t exist. Mortals stay on this shore. Those who discover the greatest of all vehicles stay on neither this shore nor the other shore. They’re able to leave both shores. Those who see the other shore as different from this shore don’t understand zen.

Delusion means mortality. And awareness means buddhahood. They’re not the same. And they’re not different. It’s just that people distinguish delusion from awareness. When we’re deluded, there’s a world to escape. When we’re aware, there’s nothing to escape.

 

In the light of the impartial Dharma, mortals look no different from sages. The sutras say that the impartial Dharma is something that mortals can’t penetrate and sages can’t practice. The impartial Dharma is only practiced by great bodhisattvas and buddhas. To look on life as different from death or on motion as different from stillness is to be partial. To be impartial means to look on suffering as no different from nirvana because the nature of both is emptiness. By imagining they’re putting an end to suffering and entering nirvana, arhats end up trapped by nirvana.

 

But bodhisattvas know that suffering is essentially empty. And by remaining in emptiness, they remain in nirvana. Nirvana means no birth and no death. It’s beyond birth and death and beyond nirvana. When the mind stops moving, it enters nirvana. Nirvana is an empty mind. Where delusions don’t exist, buddhas reach nirvana. Where afflictions don’t exist, bodhisattvas enter the place of enlightenment.

 

An uninhabited place is one without greed, anger, or delusion. Greed is the realm of desire, anger the realm of form, and delusion the formless realm. When a thought begins, you enter the three realms. When a thought ends, you leave the three realms. The beginning or end of the three realms, the existence or non-existence of anything depends on the mind. This applies to everything, even to such inanimate objects as rocks and sticks.

 

Whoever knows that the mind is fiction and devoid of anything real knows that his own mind neither exists nor doesn’t exist. Mortals keep creating the mind, claiming it exists. And arhats keep negating the mind, claiming it doesn’t exist. But bodhisattvas and buddhas neither create nor negate the mind. This is what’s meant by the mind that neither exists nor doesn’t exist. The mind that neither exists nor doesn’t exist is called the Middle Way.

 

If you use your mind to study reality, you won’t understand either your mind or reality. If you study reality without using your mind, you’ll understand both. Those who don’t understand, don’t understand understanding. People capable of true vision know that the mind is empty. They transcend both understanding and not understanding. The absence of both understanding and not understanding is true understanding.

 

Bodhidharma (d 528)

 

Excerpted from The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma translated by Red Pine 1987

 

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Listening to this sermon of Bodhidharma’s is similar to swallowing the ocean in one gulp, overwhelming in some places. As with floating on the water, rather than struggling to stay up, it’s best here just to relax and let the teachings flow under, over, and through us. There is much about Buddhism that really does seem easy to understand in principle and theory. However when put to the test of true understanding, much still eludes us.

 

Of course, “the goal of those who practice is freedom from appearances.” How easy that is to agree with; how many years of living will it take to realize it in our marrow? Then there is the slippery slope of awarding ourselves a kind of understanding that is indeed quite shallow:

 

“Not thinking about anything is zen. Once you know this, walking, standing, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is zen. To know that the mind is empty is to see the buddha.”

 

Many stop training once they “realize” that and settle for a very tenuous realization of Zen.

 

“Using the mind to look for reality is delusion. Not using the mind to look for reality is awareness.” Written like a koan, what is IT we use to look?

 

And perhaps the most challenging, “…bodhisattvas know that suffering is essentially empty.” Perhaps that is also why he wrote, “The impartial Dharma is only practiced by great bodhisattvas and buddhas.”

 

May we stay true to pure intent!

May we stay awake in this field of illusion,

 

Elana

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Daily Zen Meditation for August 11th

The Mountains’ Friend

The broad arms of this dusty world
Hold few true friends.
One feels the pangs of loneliness, and see
How cold the autumn air becomes!
But no, behold your search is ended here,
For countless mountains,
Blue afar, and green ones near,
Remain your friends eternally.

- Jakushitsu Genko Zenji (1290–1368)

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