Good Morning WOTC! I can’t believe it, it is still actually morning. I have been up since 5:30 this morning I should have already gotten this done. I was listening to the weather forecast and they were telling how hot it was going to get today. At 6:00, it is 70 degrees I kept thinking, “oh, that is so hot!” Good grief, I know I have lost my mind 70 degrees use to be cool to me. So after I talked myself out of a heat stroke, I got up and got busy doing some chores before it did get hot.Oh, one more thing, I did go back and actually check the poll. Most of the time I put them on and forget to go back and even look at the results. I know I am telling on myself, lol! Anyway, it is fine with the majority that we continue our “moment of silence.” There are something I occasionally like to touch base with you on. There are some many different Paths & Traditions here, I don’t want to step on anyone toes. Besides I done told you this is your site, I am just the zookeeper. On that note I am gone…..Have a great day, my sweets!Love ya,Lady A
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‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Others don’t seem to be interested in our excuses – they merely want performances. Alibis for lack of service, for lack of ability to give a full measure of trust make a bad servant. And we are all servants, serving each other in one way or another.
It is an unhappy one who is not depended upon for something. There is great satisfaction in being needed, even to the point of doing more than one is capable of doing.
English divine Sidney Smith once wrote, “Try to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment.”
We cannot move a step upon this earth without finding someone to serve. And as we serve each day, we never stop to consider how many we’ve made happy; but it should be very vivid in our minds how many we’ve made unhappy.
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day August 20
“…remember and think about the closeness of Wanka-Tanka. If they live in this wisdom, it will give them endless strength and hope.”
–Fools Crow, LAKOTA
The value of staying close to the Creator is the immediate help we have available to us whenever we need it. I can listen to the whisper of my heart for this is the place He communicates with me. Staying close helps me remember that we are here to serve Him and to help other people. The Grandfathers are my direct access to wisdom. He who has wisdom has everything. If we have wisdom, then we will see our lives become more effective in the areas of jobs, relationships, family, friends and finances.
My Creator, today grant me the wisdom to seek Your wisdom. Help me to Walk of the Red Road.
August 20 – Daily Feast
We have taken many paths we would not have chosen, and we have done many jobs we did not want to do. We have carried burdens we did not want to carry and dealt with impossible people we did not like. It is strange that the road we did not want to take is the one that brought us more quickly to the place we wanted to be. At times, the way was hostile, but when we needed a hand there was one. When we needed courage, it was there. What we call problems and unjust circumstances have a way of teaching us integrity and how to be peaceful. It makes us wonder how many other rewards we have missed because we resisted something that looked like too much responsibility.
~ I was going around the world with the clouds when God spoke to my thoughts and told me to…..be at peace with all. ~
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Positive path forward
Acting with arrogance toward others does not add any positive value to your life. Being spiteful does not bring you any lasting sense of fulfillment.
It is completely understandable to be frustrated and angered by the words and actions of others. Yet the answer is not to add to the existing negativity with more negativity of your own.
Imagine taking the high road. Imagine putting your energy into positive pursuits instead of into negative reactions.
Your life is too precious to spend even a few moments of it consumed with hatred or arrogance or other kinds of negativity. For the sake of your own well being, turn your attention toward the good and beneficial things you can think and do.
Take the time to consider what adds value to your life and your world, and what takes that value away. Then commit yourself to living in such a way that adds more value.
Each moment is filled with countless possibilities, so choose the very best ones. Instead of getting mired in negativity, lift yourself higher by taking the most positive path forward.
— Ralph Marston
The Daily Motivator
The Benefits of Singing
Harmonizing with the Universe
The act of singing is one of the easiest ways of raising the vibration of your body as you harmonize with the universe.
Singing is an act of vibration. It takes music from the realm of the unformed– whether that is in your mind or from that magical space of inspiration–and moves it from within to without. From the first breath singing moves the energy in a circular way inside your body. As the breath fills your lungs, it brushes against the second and third chakras—the centers of creation and honoring self and others. Instead of merely exhaling, pushing the air past the fourth and fifth chakras where heart chakra and the center of will and intention reside, singing engages both the heart and mind. Sound vibrations from vocal chords resonate in the sinus cavities, filling the head with motion and sound while the brain lights up with the processing of the mathematics of music. This marriage of activities brings the third eye into play and opens the door for inspiration from the crown chakra before sending the sound out into the world.
Once the vibration begins, it is sustained with each note, moving throughout your body and the space around you. This can help you to harmonize your frequency with the world and with the divine. The use of the voice can bring about catharsis, a cleansing from the expression of emotion, which is why we feel better after singing certain types of songs. All of this occurs even if we are not conscious of what we are singing, but when we really connect with an intention, the power of the voice and music together are powerful tools in creation.
Even if you are not a singer by nature or talent, you are not left out. If you have a voice, it is your birthright to celebrate life with song. It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel you have a nice voice. Chanting or humming, singing solo or with others, your voice is yours to enjoy. Whether you sing along to the radio or use vocalization as part of your meditation time, singing and harmonizing are healing activities that bring your body’s vibrations into alignment with the universe.
The Daily OM
Breaking the Law of Return
Author: Hallowed Order of Witches Liberated
There are two concepts in common pagan tongue that refer to similar ideas: Karma and the Three-Fold Law. As is the case anywhere in physical science, the attempt has been made to connect a similar theory to mental and spiritual science: The law of cause and effect. For an action there will be a reaction. In some cases, this is an equal and opposite reaction. For the sake of my argument here, it may or may not be an equal and opposite reaction.
I would like to submit an idea that may rattle a couple branches. I propose that, very simply, human beings probably cannot ascertain whether or not their specific actions are garnering specific reactions, results or returns, when speaking of the collective conscious, the spiritual realm or the collective god-self depending on one’s given viewpoint.
Here are some questions many of us have pondered and attempted to offer answers through religious reasoning: Why do good things happen to bad people? Why do bad things happen to good people? Does a tree that falls in the woods, with no one around to perceive it, make a sound or not? What are good laws? What are bad laws? If I do good most of the time, will I end up living a fulfilling and rewarding life?
There is not an iota of scientific evidence to suggest that a person who does “good” all of his or her life will get a rewarding and fulfilled life experience, a place in a heaven of sorts, or some other pleasing result. An undiscovered rapist could win millions of dollars tomorrow. A child abuser could be an extremely successful businessperson. A mass-polluter could feel the joy of a rewarding lifestyle in a number of ways.
So how does karma work? How does the law of return work? Without going into great detail, most theories suggest that good begets good and bad begets bad. They suggest that a certain cause can be tinged to provide or sway a certain effect. However, aren’t “good” and “bad” essentially human perspectives? I suggest that “good” and “bad” are, in fact, human perspectives. Take pollution, for example. We all agree that pollution is bad. Why? A drop of radioactive material in the ocean is simply a drop of radioactive material in the ocean. It is not good or bad in and of itself. Our human notion that it will at some point cause us, the Earth or other organisms harm is what causes this to be labeled as good or bad.
So let us take this a step further. If I as a human being take it upon myself to do things that are humanly thought of as beneficial to others, like donating clothes to charity, providing transportation to those who have none, volunteering time to clean parks and streams, how am I providing a setup for a “good” wave of positivity in return? The fact of the matter is, I am not. As a human it is pleasing to think that I am, but I could be run over by a bus tomorrow.
This is why I respect systems of belief that honor the law of return, but do not accept them myself.
Yes, there is a lot of collective benefit to be had by “good” deeds done by people everywhere that benefit others, the masses, our planet, the collective mind, etc. However, none of that is guarantees a “good” return and ALL of it is based on our viewpoints of the actions performed as human beings. If I punch my neighbor in the face is that good or bad? It is neither. It is my neighbor’s perspective of my action that makes the action good or bad. Is it likely that such an action would produce an undesirable result? Certainly. However, what about a CEO who authorizes a company move that will cause pollution that could affect mankind for generations? The CEO who authorized that move also saved several hundreds of decent paying jobs that will affect mankind for generations. Where are we drawing lines and how do we pretend which is universally “good” or “bad” as humans?
Also, how do we pretend to know which is going to result in the greater “good” and is that “good” again, not a matter of our own perspective? It is. My theory is that we cannot make those determinations, for the most part, as human beings. Only progress of life / time will tell whether or not specific actions, thoughts and so forth are “good” or “bad.”
I do not feel that we are developed enough to see beyond our own perceptive capabilities. I can provide a shirt to a person in need who then gets a job using that shirt in an interview who is then able to provide decent food and shelter to his or her family who then goes on to raise children one of whom grows into teen years and comes and robs my house for drug money. Yes, my action will have an effect, but I cannot possibly determine where, what or how it will play out. And the scenario I mention doesn’t begin with my donation of the shirt, nor does it stop with the teenager robbing my house. It is a continuous cycle of action and reaction and the effects are viewed by humans and labeled as good or bad based on how we feel about them.
As a witch, I like to think that I, and others like me, are on the forefront of taking humanity to the next level. Human spiritual perception, first arising through our ancestors, has been progressing all through the ages, through different dominant religions (sometimes taking steps backwards) and through different philosophies. But at the same time, how do we account for progress in other states of existence? Is a murder among a group of chimpanzees good or bad? Are we even able to make that judgment on behalf of other animals? Are we able to judge at all? We surely do, but are we universally correct?
Whatever the Truth is, be sure to be careful of at least one thing: If you are going to submit to a set of religious ideals, pagan or otherwise, do not do so blindly. Please be a thinking, active, and reasonable participant.
Mike of the Hallowed Order of Witches Liberated
To Know, to Will, to Dare…
Author: Nicky Woodsprite LeBlanc
To Know…to Will…to Dare…to be Silent. These four actions comprise The Witches’ Pyramid, also known as The Four Pillars of the Witch’s Temple. It is the capacity to embrace these four actions and use them wisely that makes any act of Magick possible. Until very recently, this was just a statement I had memorized and could issue forth if asked, “What is The Witches’ Pyramid?”
“Oh! To Know, to Will, to Dare, and to be Silent. That is The Witches’ Pyramid!” I’d heard it mentioned in a class or two, but I never gave it much thought. I also didn’t give the matter of being a Witch much thought! I was a member of a Wiccan coven. Mostly, I honored the God and Goddess and celebrated the cycle of seasons. I didn’t do much of that stuff called “spellwork”…money spells, love spells, spells to get a job or a new car, spells to keep the nosy neighbor away. Since I had done a few things, so I thought I was probably a Witch. It didn’t seem like a very big deal.
In my tradition, we follow an initiatory system by which a member might work toward attaining as many as five degrees. With each degree comes a new title, and when one attains the First Degree, one earns the title of Witch. I have learned, more than a year after my First Degree initiation, that the initiate steps through a sort-of gateway onto a higher level of practice… a level upon which s/he will become a witch. The day one is first hailed as Witch only marks the first entry into this stage of becoming. Now I realize that I was not a witch before my initiation, even though I occasionally did spellwork that was sometimes effective. I also was not a witch on the day of my first initiation, nor the month after that, nor the month after that. In fact, I did not see the change happening. But just a few days ago I really saw it for the first time! I AM A WITCH. Sometimes when we are very busy becoming, we are too busy to see when we become!
So what is it that makes a witch a Witch? It is a mindset. We can think we are a witch, give it so much thought that we convince ourselves, and talk about it so much that we convince other people too. But early in our practice, while we are thinking we are witches, we usually fall into one of three categories. We might have doubts about how good we actually are. We don’t offer to do spells or readings of any kind for people very often, because we really don’t think we do those things very well. And we hesitate to do spells about any things that are very important, because even though we believe that SOME people can do that, we don’t really believe that WE can.
Or we might think we are totally awesome and know everything there is to know about magick! And we might constantly speak up, offering our “expertise” to just about everyone: both those who aren’t experienced enough to know whether or not we know very much, and those who actually do know a lot, and can quickly tell that we do not! (If we are in one of the latter group, of course, we see a lot of winking and nudging going on, but always assume it’s not about us!)
Then, of course, we might not give the whole matter of being a witch very much thought. Witch…Wiccan…Who cares? We are just happy as clams to be one or the other, or something akin to them! We are busy practicing the new stuff that we learn, and every last bit of it makes us all agog. We are having fun and we feel excited! Changes are happening, and we realize this, but we don’t really try to define it. I was in the first group and the third. I was happy and excited. I didn’t really believe I could do magick, though by coincidence some of my spells worked. But I was enjoying so many other things along my path that this didn’t bother me.
Within the past week, a friend wanted my help in doing magick to procure some things she absolutely needed to have, in order to continue her education. I was quickly able to think my way to the core of her dilemma, to discern the very fundamental need, the one that, if she could get it, would make everything else fall into place. I knew what items we could use in our ritual, and once we began the work, the right words just poured forth and the energy flowed. I could almost see transformation occurring. The next day, she went to a meeting with the provost of the college she wants to attend, and sure enough, everything fell into place. My friend often encounters struggle with things she needs to attain, but there was no struggle that day. My first thought was, “We are two kick-ass Witches!”
This thought became coupled with the fact that I had recently agreed to write the elemental quarter calls for an upcoming ritual in which we will invoke the Sun God Helios into The Temple of The Sun, which will be raised atop The Witches’ Pyramid. Since I’ll need to make my casting and calling fit the ritual, I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking about The Witches’ Pyramid. To Know… to Will… to Dare… and to be Silent. What does it mean, exactly?
When we speak of “to Know, ” what we mean is that we have developed the capacity to differentiate what we DO know from what we DON’T know. We are no longer the novices who think we’re very good at everything, causing others to wink and nudge. On the other hand, we have been learning and practicing for a long time, and we do know many things. We become a Witch when we no longer hold back from acting or doing because we’re really not sure of our ability or our knowledge. We become a Witch when WE KNOW WHAT WE KNOW… when we truly, with no doubt whatsoever, from our hearts, BELIEVE that we have the wherewithal to manifest change!
When we speak of “to Will, ” we’re referring to the way we have come to live our lives. We have matured well beyond the point where we might have once chased after every whim, having no clue as to what would bring us lasting fulfillment and joy. As novices, we did not fully know ourselves. We become Witches once we are able to whittle away everything that is “beside the point, ” and can at last see “THE POINT” very clearly. The rising flame of our True Will burns all that is secondary to the point away. With goals clearly in sight, and our path to them unimpeded, we are able to go out and accomplish anything!
“To Dare” refers to emotions, to the mastery of our fears. We can know what we know, and know what we will, but until we will it so much that no fear or reluctance of any kind holds us back from taking action, we are not Witches. A Witch is wise, a Witch is strong, and a Witch is bold!
Lastly, “to be Silent” has to do with the wisdom of patience and discretion. We become Witches when that youthful need to show off all the tricks we know is gone. We become Witches when we understand the time when it is important to speak out…but also when it is far better not to. Sometimes action must be taken, but other times we need to ride the tide and let things unfold, as they will. “To be silent” is about knowing when to act, and when to quietly stand by. Some things are our business; some things are not; some things are simply unnecessary distractions best ignored! There are secrets that are absolutely meant to be kept. Have you ever noticed how, sometimes, those who know the most, talk the least, and those who know the least, talk the most? A Witch-to-be can usually tell those who know from those who don’t. A Witch has no need to make a big show of her skills and knowledge! We also know that there is still much to learn, which we can best learn when we are not doing the talking!
I am proud to be a Pagan, a Wiccan, and a Witch! My progress on this path, both on my own and with my covenmates, enhances and enriches my life. What I WILL, is to give forth as knowledge to others, the things that following this path has helped me to learn! Blessed Be!