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Associations of Bast/Bastet

Associations of Bast/Bastet

Stones

Rose Quartz: Beauty, Love, Joy, Emotions
Sunstone: Healing
Moonstone: Emotions, Womens’ Health, the Goddess
Bloodstone: Healing, Mental Blocks, Protection of Pregnant Women
Aventurine: Good Luck, Prosperity.
Malachite: Magical Power, Protection, Love, Depression
Diamond: Spirituality, Sexual Dysfunction, Courage, Strength, Protection, Healing
Emerald: Love, Money, Mental Powers, Psychism
Carnelian: Eloquence, Healing, Sexual Energy

Herbs

Basil: Love, Protection, Happiness
Bay: Wisdom, Psychic Powers
Catnip: Sacred to Bastet
Cedar: Healing
Bergamot: Peace, Happiness
Calendula: Health
Cinnamon: Physical Energy, Psychic Awareness, Prosperity
Clove: Healing, Courage, Protection
Coriander: Love, Healing
Frankincense: Spirituality, Meditation
Geranium: Happiness
Ginger: Sex, Love, Magical Energy, Physical Energy, Money
Juniper: Healing, Purification
Lemon: Healing, Physical Energy
Lime: Same as Lemon
Neroli Oil: Joy,Sex
Orange: Joy, Physical and Magical Energy
Rose: Love, Peace, Sex, Beauty
Saffron: Magical Energy, Concious Mind
Sage: Purification
Sandlewood: Sex, Healing, Spirituality
Vanilla: Sex, Love, Energy
Ylang Ylang: Peace, Sex, Love

Candle Colors

RED: Passionate and sexual love, strength, health, vigor, lust, danger.
ORANGE: Encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, plenty, kindness.
YELLOW: Knowledge, learning, concentration, persuasion, charm, confidence, jealousy, joy, comfort.
GREEN: Finances, fertility, luck, success energy, charity, growth rejuvenation, ambition, counteract greed and jealousy, plants kingdom, including herbal healing.
BLUE: Tranquility, understanding, patience, health, truth, devotion, sincerity, honor, loyalty, peace, wisdom, protection during sleep, astral projection.
VIOLET/PURPLE: Power, piety, sanctity, sentimentality, tension, sadness amplification of other energies, wisdom, high ideals, spiritual protection and healing, psychic ability, protective energy.
BLACK: Negation without reflecting, unlocking when stuck, banishing evil or negativity.
WHITE: Purity, consecration, meditation, divination, exorcism, the full moon, healing, peace, spiritual strength.
GRAY: Balance, neutrality, used in erasing, canceling, neutralizing, and return to the universe without repercussion destructive energies.
PINK: Healing, familial or emotional love (rather than sexual), friendship, affections, unselfish emotions, spiritual healing, banishing hatred.
BROWN: The Earth, grounding, trees, concentration, telepathy, spells to locate lost objects, healing and protection of the familiars, pets, and animals.
SILVER: Purity, the moon, treasure, values, female energy, the unconscious mind.
GOLD: The sun, male energy, wealth, financial wisdom, conscious mind, attracting happiness, activity, intelligence.
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What Makes Us What We Are

What Makes Us What We Are

Author: Miakoda 

For eight years now, I have been joyfully and devotedly practicing and studying the path of witchcraft and pagan spirituality. I have sipped from the cauldron of wisdom, and from that moment forward decided that I wanted more. If nothing else, I wanted to taste more of that magick, freedom, and absolute spiritual awareness. I studied path after path after path, and read from book after book. I sought mentoring from those much wiser than I, and turned to the rawest teacher, nature, for the lessons no other human could teach. I approached Gods and Goddesses of many cultures, faces, and names. Each of them with a purpose and personality of their own. Some came and went from my life quickly, never really “clicking” as the others did. Those who have stayed all this long while have become deep rooted in my life.

A day never goes by anymore when I do not think on my deities, and am not grateful and loving from their presence in my life. In each breeze that weaves its airy fingers through my hair, I feel the loving caress of my matron Goddess. In each gentle twinkle of starlight or flitter of a butterfly’s wings before my eyes, I see my father God’s adoring face. When I am weak, my sisters and brothers pick me up and strengthen me. When I am wavering, the elements give me courage. I relish in the mysteries of the divine feminine, and I am empowered by the support of the divine masculine.

Yet for all this love and devotion I feel for my spirituality, I hesitate to call it a religion. You see, religion has rules. It has, at the very least, guidelines that all practitioners are expected to follow. Paganism, however (and yes I say paganism because I do not and never will consider myself a Wiccan. I will get to that later) , has only one major guideline: the path must be nature-based.

Now, I hardly see THAT broad and vague requirement as substantial enough to call it the basis of a religion. It is, instead, the perfect start to a blossoming spiritual life and path. And you know what? That is good! Great even. Because the spirit has no fences. It has no limitations.
Take away the rules, the set beliefs, the traditions…leave yourself with the freedom to decide for yourself, each person to themselves, what they believe and wish to practice for what makes sense to them, and no two people will tell you the exact same thing twice. And isn’t that the beauty of paganism? Of spirituality? There are no true rules or words set in stone. We have the freedom to CHOOSE!

Believe in reincarnation or not. You are still a pagan. Believe in literal Gods or metaphorical Masculine and Feminine energies. Still a pagan. Wear a pentacle or a moon or a goddess or an Om or nothing! Still a pagan. You are if you believe you are.

Myself, for example. Firstly, why do I not consider myself Wiccan? Simple: I do not follow the Wiccan Rede. Nor do I believe in the Neo-Pagan take on ancient traditions. I certainly disagree with much of what Gerald Gardner put out as Wicca, and I do not fit into any of the Wiccan branches’ moulds. Am I Eclectic Witch then? Again, I’d just say no. I believe that the singing of a song, the enjoyment of the earth, and the moment taken to smile up at the moon and sun is a moment spent in adoration and worship of the God and Goddess.

I believe that you are a King or a Queen if you allow yourself to be, and that you are your own greatest limitation if you ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE! I believe that Faeries steal my belongings and that Lavender is the greatest sleeping medicine I’ve ever used. I believe that the Goddess and God love and watch out for me, and that I came into this life to serve them and their children. I believe that I will never be done learning. I believe we make our own magick, and are made up of magick. I believe what I believe, and I go with it.

Isn’t that brilliant? Say it with me now!

I believe….what I believe.

Isn’t that enough? I set up my altars, I light my candles, and I set my magick to do what I need it to. I sing and dance and talk with my Goddess, and she seems to have no problems with how I show my love. My magick is no less effective than others. My God is just as pleased with me if I walk clockwise or counterclockwise. It just doesn’t matter. And THAT, my brothers and sisters, is what makes me a Witch, I think. I can throw away all the words and creeds and books and still have my emotion. My heart. My soul. I don’t want the rules. You can keep them. I don’t want the restrictions. They have no place in a heart of freedom. I don’t want the labels. I am what I am.

Every day my students, friends, and kindred come to me and tell me of their insecurities. They feel incompetent as pagans. They feel weak as witches. They feel lost as young adults and children. They have no confidence! If I did not remember my earlier years as a Witch, I would be utterly baffled, for I am long past wavering, usuries, and meekness. This path, whatever it pleases you to call it, is supposed to teach our young freedom of spirit and ecstasy in all life. And yet here they are feeling that they are not good enough to meet the standards of the community because they do not measure up to some bar that does not even really exist!

There is no expectation or obligation to a witch, but that they be free and confident in themselves. But these children do not feel as if they follow the path correctly. “Correctly”, as if there is a yellow brick road to skip down. What have we done? That we allow our new and our young to feel shame in not fitting into a mould? What hypocrisy is it? I cannot count how many times I have had to tell my students to raise their chins and ease their minds. That the path is THEIR’S to forge.

So I ask you to ask yourselves: What makes me a Witch? What makes me a pagan/wiccan/druid/shaman/heathen/etc.? And I believe that once you find the answer to that, you will realize that your spirituality goes beyond your “religion”, and that only you, not those teachings, make you who and what you are.

Always Blessed be,
-Miakoda

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Fragrance Oils Correspondences

Fragrance Oils Correspondences

 

Amber – Success, Good Fortune

Anise – Peaceful Sleep, Youthfulness

Bergamot – Money, Success

Cinnamon – Attraction, Speed

Coconut – Purification, Peace, Intuition

Frankincense – Purification, Luck

Frank & Myrrh – Protection, Purification, Spirituality

Gardenia – Love, Peace

Heliotrope – Healing, Wealth

Honeysuckle – Money, Psychic Powers

Jasmine – Spiritual Love

Lavender – Healing, Peace, Love

Lily – Protection

Lilac- Protection

Lotus -Protection, Healing, Spirituality

Magnolia – Fidelity

Patchouli – Love, Money, Fertility

Peach -Love, Fertility

Peppermint – Healing, Luck

Rose – Love, Healing, Beauty

Sage – Wisdom, Purification

Ylang Ylang – Opportunity, Peace

Vanilla – Love, Lust

Violet- Love, Healing, Peace

Wisteria – Mental Powers

Sandalwood – Protection, Purification, Spirituality

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What Makes Us What We Are

What Makes Us What We Are

Author: Miakoda 

For eight years now, I have been joyfully and devotedly practicing and studying the path of witchcraft and pagan spirituality. I have sipped from the cauldron of wisdom, and from that moment forward decided that I wanted more. If nothing else, I wanted to taste more of that magick, freedom, and absolute spiritual awareness. I studied path after path after path, and read from book after book. I sought mentoring from those much wiser than I, and turned to the rawest teacher, nature, for the lessons no other human could teach. I approached Gods and Goddesses of many cultures, faces, and names. Each of them with a purpose and personality of their own. Some came and went from my life quickly, never really “clicking” as the others did. Those who have stayed all this long while have become deep rooted in my life.

A day never goes by anymore when I do not think on my deities, and am not grateful and loving from their presence in my life. In each breeze that weaves its airy fingers through my hair, I feel the loving caress of my matron Goddess. In each gentle twinkle of starlight or flitter of a butterfly’s wings before my eyes, I see my father God’s adoring face. When I am weak, my sisters and brothers pick me up and strengthen me. When I am wavering, the elements give me courage. I relish in the mysteries of the divine feminine, and I am empowered by the support of the divine masculine.

Yet for all this love and devotion I feel for my spirituality, I hesitate to call it a religion. You see, religion has rules. It has, at the very least, guidelines that all practitioners are expected to follow. Paganism, however (and yes I say paganism because I do not and never will consider myself a Wiccan. I will get to that later) , has only one major guideline: the path must be nature-based.

Now, I hardly see THAT broad and vague requirement as substantial enough to call it the basis of a religion. It is, instead, the perfect start to a blossoming spiritual life and path. And you know what? That is good! Great even. Because the spirit has no fences. It has no limitations.
Take away the rules, the set beliefs, the traditions…leave yourself with the freedom to decide for yourself, each person to themselves, what they believe and wish to practice for what makes sense to them, and no two people will tell you the exact same thing twice. And isn’t that the beauty of paganism? Of spirituality? There are no true rules or words set in stone. We have the freedom to CHOOSE!

Believe in reincarnation or not. You are still a pagan. Believe in literal Gods or metaphorical Masculine and Feminine energies. Still a pagan. Wear a pentacle or a moon or a goddess or an Om or nothing! Still a pagan. You are if you believe you are.

Myself, for example. Firstly, why do I not consider myself Wiccan? Simple: I do not follow the Wiccan Rede. Nor do I believe in the Neo-Pagan take on ancient traditions. I certainly disagree with much of what Gerald Gardner put out as Wicca, and I do not fit into any of the Wiccan branches’ moulds. Am I Eclectic Witch then? Again, I’d just say no. I believe that the singing of a song, the enjoyment of the earth, and the moment taken to smile up at the moon and sun is a moment spent in adoration and worship of the God and Goddess.

I believe that you are a King or a Queen if you allow yourself to be, and that you are your own greatest limitation if you ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE! I believe that Faeries steal my belongings and that Lavender is the greatest sleeping medicine I’ve ever used. I believe that the Goddess and God love and watch out for me, and that I came into this life to serve them and their children. I believe that I will never be done learning. I believe we make our own magick, and are made up of magick. I believe what I believe, and I go with it.

Isn’t that brilliant? Say it with me now!

I believe….what I believe.

Isn’t that enough? I set up my altars, I light my candles, and I set my magick to do what I need it to. I sing and dance and talk with my Goddess, and she seems to have no problems with how I show my love. My magick is no less effective than others. My God is just as pleased with me if I walk clockwise or counterclockwise. It just doesn’t matter. And THAT, my brothers and sisters, is what makes me a Witch, I think. I can throw away all the words and creeds and books and still have my emotion. My heart. My soul. I don’t want the rules. You can keep them. I don’t want the restrictions. They have no place in a heart of freedom. I don’t want the labels. I am what I am.

Every day my students, friends, and kindred come to me and tell me of their insecurities. They feel incompetent as pagans. They feel weak as witches. They feel lost as young adults and children. They have no confidence! If I did not remember my earlier years as a Witch, I would be utterly baffled, for I am long past wavering, usuries, and meekness. This path, whatever it pleases you to call it, is supposed to teach our young freedom of spirit and ecstasy in all life. And yet here they are feeling that they are not good enough to meet the standards of the community because they do not measure up to some bar that does not even really exist!

There is no expectation or obligation to a witch, but that they be free and confident in themselves. But these children do not feel as if they follow the path correctly. “Correctly”, as if there is a yellow brick road to skip down. What have we done? That we allow our new and our young to feel shame in not fitting into a mould? What hypocrisy is it? I cannot count how many times I have had to tell my students to raise their chins and ease their minds. That the path is THEIR’S to forge.

So I ask you to ask yourselves: What makes me a Witch? What makes me a pagan/wiccan/druid/shaman/heathen/etc.? And I believe that once you find the answer to that, you will realize that your spirituality goes beyond your “religion”, and that only you, not those teachings, make you who and what you are.

Always Blessed be,
-Miakoda

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Celebrating Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Sacred Well Day/Well Dressing

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Celebrating Spirituality 365 Days A Year

Sacred Well Day/Well Dressing

May 26 is well-dressing day in dozens of European villages. Celebrations may vary from town to town, but the actual dressing of wells remains consistent with tradition.

A large shallow wooden tray, up to 12 feet, long is packed with smooth soft clay. Elaborate pictures of patterns are made by pressing thousands of flower petals into the clay, plus other natural items, including moss, stones and shells. The trays are then mounted on scaffolding behind, around or across the well. In addition to the panel, the wells are decorated with ribbons and fresh flower garlands, they will continue to bless the water with healing properties.

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I’m a Witch, Not a Wiccan: A Brief Summary of Broad Pagan Designations

I’m a Witch, Not a Wiccan: A Brief Summary of Broad Pagan Designations

Author: Treasach   

I have commented before on the usefulness of designations in the neopagan community. Though we are generally self-directed with many being solitary and “eclectic”, it is darn helpful to be able to declare certain predispositions, especially if one is interested in working with others. In joining an on-line group or planning a ritual, the use of categories can help determine if a great deal of negotiation, or only a little, is required to make your collaborations most satisfying.

One question often asked is the difference between designations in the neopagan community. Of course, there are a vast variety of answers, and as a very dynamic and vibrant community, these answers may be quite altered in a decade. However, there are some trends that seem to have settled out for the moment…

Earth Religions or Earth-Centred Spirituality is currently the designation for all those traditions that are outside most of the major religions, i.e. Abrahamics, Buddhists, etc., but that also follow an Earth based path. It usually encompasses folk traditions, like European peasant beliefs and practices, as well as native aboriginal spirituality. However, not all followers of those traditions would choose to call themselves pagan, especially if they also practice some form of Abrahamic religion as well. So it’s best to not to assume, which is why Paganism is a subset of Earth Religions.

Paganism, or Neopaganism, is the modern catch-all phrase for many organized and non-organized Earth based religions and spirituality. Often seen as based on European Aboriginal practices and beliefs, it can also be used to describe traditional African, Asian, and North American spirituality, though less so, largely due to its primarily English usage. By declaring oneself “pagan”, it specifically implies resurgence in traditional Earth Based beliefs, sometimes in defiance of Abrahamics, depending on the area, and a reconstruction of traditional wisdom, knowledge, and connection with Nature as a completion of self and humanity. It can be Deity based, supernatural, or atheistic.

Witchcraft is a subset of Paganism. Because of the etymology and use of the word itself, witchcraft usually means pre-Christian folk beliefs of Western and sometimes Eastern Europe. As a modern practice, it has two main elements, either one of which may be included. It is both tribal and a religious choice. For most, it involves the preference of using magic as meditation, prayer, ritual and empowerment. For a smaller group, they are born into families that are known for the “Gift”, “Second Sight”, or the “Eye” if you are less popular… In the past in most places, children born into these families or who showed potential would often have been trained and dedicated to help their communities. A few of these families that survived the Abrahamic purgings retained the gifts and occasionally the training and traditions that went along with them, though most rejected them, usually out of real fear and concern for their safety if they weren’t outright converted.

Like many reClaimed traditions, such as native spirituality, modern witchcraft is a combination of contemporary writings and current analysis of past traditions, as well as past and extant examples of country and folk rituals, and to a much smaller extent, of witch families and their practices. Due to recent advances in cultural archaeology, it is also undergoing the greatest updates and flux. Though most are not from family traditions, modern witches can follow the folk beliefs of the aboriginal Europeans, or practice magic, or both. They can also refer to themselves as witches if they come from a witch family or have the traditional innate abilities, without practising a folk religion or spellcraft. Or any combinations of the above, including practising witchcraft in other traditions, like Abrahamics. (Jewitches. Heh.) It’s a pretty broad category, but my usual test is – anything that can get you burnt as a witch by fundies usually qualifies you to self-identify as a witch. Spellcraft, Goddess worship, foretelling, healing… But not that heretic stuff. That’s totally different.

Due to its heavy reliance on magic and its European structure, Wicca is almost entirely a subset of Witchcraft, though there are a few practitioners who could be considered outside of it, such as high magicians. Wicca is a relatively new tradition, with its origins largely in the middle part of last century, with some of the structure extending back into the Victorian era. Drawing on what was known at the time of folk history and tradition, it is a conglomeration of primarily European beliefs, but also reflects turn of the century Orientalism with elements of ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Asian references. Though slow to start, in the last few decades it has had hundreds of writers popularizing it, and has seen an explosion in individual sects. Because of its very modern feel and adaptations while retaining an aura of Romanticism, Wicca is one of the largest and best known segments of Witchcraft and neopaganism, and one of the fastest growing religions in the world.

Wiccans are almost always witches, but witches aren’t always Wiccan. Wiccan is not the ‘politically correct’ term for witch. It’s a sect of witchcraft, like Protestantism is for Christians. They have certain specific beliefs and rituals that identify them as a group. You wouldn’t call all Christians Protestants, would you? (*Hence, the Venn diagram.) I hope that clears things up, especially for the well meaning but less knowledgeable.

Heathenism is a collective category of paganism who follow the Old Religion and who will sometimes consider themselves Wiccan if they practice magic but usually don’t identify as witches at all. Primarily men, they can be of a more structured faith, like Druids, or more folk based, like Odinists. They often identify with warrior culture and value traditional knowledge, self-reliance, personal strength and honour.

This is a very brief sketch, of course, and some in the community will dispute these categories. There are lots of others as well. Wizards, or High Magic practitioners, for example, deal with the Other World and its denizens in a rigid, formalized manner, and so can be from nearly any religion, including Abrahamics. From what our current literature refers to, these are the general starting points and what most persons will intend to convey when they use these terms at the moment. As neopaganism is one of the fastest growing religions on the planet, however, I have little doubt that these terms will alter considerably in the next decade or so.

 

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Footnotes:
*Venn diagram is here:
http://gifts-of-nature.blogspot.ca/2012/10/im-witch-not-wiccan-brief-summary-of.html

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Herbs To Use When Making Herbal Candles

Below is list of some of the many possible herbs and their magickal qualities.

 

BASIL – Removes negativity from the home or workplace.

BAY LAUREL – Protection against evil influences, stops interference.

CATNIP -Courage, love and happiness, joy.

CHAMOMILE – Luck in gambling, luck in getting proposal of marriage.

CLOVE – Banishes evil, friendship, grants desires.

DANDELION – Helps to improve clairvoyance, purifies.

DRAGON’S BLOOD – Brings good luck, protection, money, love.

FRANKINCENSE – protection, purification, spirituality.

GINGER – Love, money, success, power.

JASMINE – Love, money, strengthens psychic abilities.

JUNIPER – Protection against theft, attracts love, aids in psychic development.

LAVENDER – Love, money, attracts help.

LEMON VERBENA – Guards against evil, repels those you do not love.

MARIGOLD – Gives clairvoyant dreams.

MARJORAM – Protection.

MUGWORT – Protection, strengthens psychic abilities, aides in divination.

MYRRH – Purification, protection, spirituality.

NUTMEG – Luck, love, prosperity, fertility.

ORRIS ROOT – Aids in divination, attracts love.

PATCHOULI – Breaks spells placed on you, attracts money, defeats enemies.

PEPPERMINT – Purification, love, increases psychic ability.

PINE – Purification.

ROSE PETALS – Love, happiness in the home.

ROSEMARY – Healing for headaches, keeps a lover faithful.

RUE – Defense against spells and dark magick, repels negativity.

SAGE – Purification, protection, wisdom.

ST. JOHN’S WORT – Happiness, healing, courage, love, protection, divination.

SANDALWOOD, RED – Healing, protection, spirituality, wishes come true.

SANDALWOOD, YELLOW – Protection, spirituality

THYME – Cures nightmares.

VERVAIN – Repels psychic attack, purification, gaining love or wealth.

WORMWOOD – Repels negative magick.

YARROW – Divination, love spells, keeps couple happily married.

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Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Rain Festival

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Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Rain Festival

 

April 17th

Rain Festival

Held in Nepal, this annual religious festival of the Chariot of the Rain God pays homage to Machendrana, the powerful Indian God of Rain. The festival lasts for eight weeks during which prayers and offerings ensure the God’s protection for the region–and especially the temples.

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