Flying On A Broom

Author: Beweaver
Now mind you, I’ve been asked to do magic for folks over the years. But none have ever followed through. They think it sounds good but for one reason or the other they bail. Don’t know if it’s because they become afraid or can’t get their act together enough or what. So it’s never happened. I’ve always been nervous at the thought. Those days are gone. And it came to me as naturally as snapping my fingers.

Some of you might remember the difficult wounding of a tender, fairly new friendship back in December. It kind of blew up and kind of healed. But we have not met outside of a meeting nor talked on the phone nor walked around the lake since that day. I have missed her terribly. Missed her and her daughter. But I did make a pact with myself, because of all the challenges I was having regarding all friendships, that I would seek out those who seek me. That it was time I stopped pursuing people who, when left to their own devices, did not pursue me.

I wanted her to have the time she needed, I didn’t want to push myself on her. I had told her I loved her and that I wanted her in my life. I hoped that something might happen, not holding my breath, detachment has been mine, and last week it happened.

She contacted me to ask if paying her psychic $500 to cleanse her house was a reasonable thing given what I know about magic. That the psychic said someone was trying to take her house away, that they were watching her house. Now I don’t know if this was truth or if the person was trying to scare her into spending a bundle on “magical” remedies. I told her my truth. That no witch I know would charge anyone $500 for any magic of any kind. That I would be very happy to come and do some work on her house for her but I would prefer it if she helped. For no charge, that witches in my tradition don’t charge for their services although they were allowed to accept gifts of thanks.

I suggested that her 13-year-old daughter would be very welcome but only if my friend, as her mother, approved. I felt that she needed this cleansing as much as her mother did. And to spend $500 on a new front door if she felt she needed to spend it. Tongue in cheek of course.

She said, oh yes please. I wrote up a ritual, sent her a shopping list, worked out the best day, and called my High Priestess for direction. Like my friend my high priestess is Jewish. She suggested that instead of pentagrams we use the Mogen David. The Shield of David. Yes, that six-pointed star, like our pentagram, is a shield. A shield used by God to protect his people. Perfect. I am not a squeamish witch; I embrace all the good, spiritual tools available to me. To be able to help them with symbols and a language that spoke to them was such an honor.

My friend said that she barely got it all out when her daughter excitedly said, “YES! I want to do this with you.” Awesome.

I actually got a little lost on my way there. When I got my new phone and they transferred the sim card info, I lost all addresses but hadn’t realized until I got lost that I needed theirs. When I finally found it I realized that I had driven right past it twice. I didn’t recognize the place. My friend had already begun to renew her home and her life. The lights from the windows, the colors of the walls radiating out, was so welcoming, quite beautiful. The inside had changed even more. She was half way there instinctively, intuitively. Moving furniture out, moving it about, changing the flow of energy, those are powerful tools. New locks on doors and windows.

So three women and a dog talked about what we would be doing, toured the house, and explained grounding and some of the tools we would be using. I gently suggested that she remove her ex-husband’s things from the house as soon as she could. That is was time. He is still around but he is severely disabled due to an allergic reaction to a medication and has no interest or use for what is left. That she buys herself and her daughter new sheets and physically cleanses their rooms to remove the sadness and depression that they had experienced in their beds for the past 3 years. That the house had always felt sad to me and that it wasn’t just their sadness, that it felt older to me. She said the neighbors had told her that a woman like Throw Mama From A Train had lived there with her children. Neglect, pain, sadness. I was so glad she was doing this.

I explained grounding and we began. We tried to start from a standing position, forming a triangle with our bodies to represent the female half of the Mogen David but the dog thought we wanted to dance and kept jumping up and licking faces. We had to sit. I walked them through a guided meditation for grounding and I felt them both ground. When the daughter opened her eyes we could both tell that something had really happened for her. She is thirteen but her ability to articulate what that felt like and what she experienced was truly beautiful. I wish we could all keep a part of that wise girl who’s just become a woman, who’s still experiencing the world and it’s wonders with a state of grace, inside us.

She was so excited to do this. Her energy was so bouncy, so pure, so joyful. Her bat mitzvah was only a few weeks ago and she was so excited to learn about the Kabbalistic Cross and to seal her doors and windows with something magical that was from her own faith.

We swept that house; we asperged that house; we cleansed that house. We sealed the doors and windows with Mogen David’s; we chanted the heck out of that house and sent the negative energy and spirits packing. We charged some stones to ward the perimeter of the property and necklaces for them to wear. We laughed, we hugged, we marveled, we sighed. It was so good, so wonderful.

She and her daughter honored and blessed me with their need and their request. And their gratitude. While I was packing up to leave they went down to the basement to turn off lights and lock up. What they came back with was something that I had seen in the basement. A black leather motorcycle jacket with studs on the collar, belt, and shoulders. It had belonged to her ex-husband, the father of her daughter.

I had said that if she was selling it in the yard sale they were planning that I would definitely be interested. She told me that this coat had seen the punk music scene in New York. That it knew Lou Reed, The Ramones, poets, playwrights, was even in a photo shoot for a Japanese magazine. That it had a real history, the man who wore it had lived the life with those I had admired back in the day. I was in awe of that jacket. And they gave it to me in gratitude for coming over to bless their house.

We laughed and talked and hugged some more. I drove home high as a kite, floating on air. It was hours before I was able to fall asleep. I had hung the coat up but kept it out of my closet. While that coat, one just like it, has been on my wish list for my entire adult life, I’ve never wanted to spend the money or didn’t find one I liked or that fit, I felt uneasy. I had planted my wish in her mind and I felt that in a way I had asked for payment. I wasn’t sure what to do.

When I woke the next morning I thought I should call her, see how she’s doing. “No, she’s out buying new sheets, ” sounded in my head. I set about cleaning my own room. 90% of what I brought with me to my parents house is in one room with me. 11 x 11. I’m certain I’m being generous to the size. Clutter builds up very quickly. I’ve got The Razor’s Edge on the laptop playing and I’m clearing and sorting out my underwear drawer (I believe MOST of magic is about making mundane acts magical) when the phone rang.

It was my friend. She was so excited, words bubbling out of her so fast, she’s so emotionally charged. She starts telling me that knowing that I have that coat has done so much good. That the man who was her daughter’s father was a man she had loved, who had been a very good man, that she had really loved him and knowing that the coat went to someone who really wanted it and who knew him and her and their story, someone who would honor it and give it a new loving life made her heart overflow.

Tears? Falling like a fountain, we’re both just sobbing. She tells me she’s been crying all morning but it’s been bittersweet, a cleansing. And she was putting the new purple sheets on her daughter’s bed as we talked. And that after I left, her daughter, with eyes as big as saucers, said, “She’s the real thing Mom. She’s a REAL witch.” Now that is a compliment indeed and I’m humbled and all kinds of grateful.

So much healing was done Saturday night. The night of Saturn, waning moon in Sagittarius. A banishing protective night. But this is the best part of magic. Things happen that you don’t expect and hardly dare to hope. Things happen that are counter intuitive. Good things, things like healings and blessings and love happen when it isn’t a full moon. New things begin; joy is embraced. All in black our bond was cast. The three of us, three women. And a dog. Three women who will always have Saturday, February 6th, in their hearts for the rest of their lives and beyond. Wealth beyond compare.

Be careful what you witch for. You just might get it. *wink*

The Magick is in the Witch…Not the Bitch

Author: Phoenix Forestsong

I recently placed myself in a position where I had to “explain myself” to a non-magickal person. Surprisingly, this situation planted a very interesting seed into the fertile soil of my mind. Ultimately that seed has culminated in this essay, minus the offensive title. Without getting into irrelevant details, the conversation essentially boiled down to “I don’t care what you say, Magick doesn’t work because I refuse to believe in it.”

Yup. That statement is one hundred percent factually true. Magick only works if you open yourself to it first, even if you don’t believe but still accept the possibility, then Magick can move in your life. A non-magickal person or, to upset those witches that take themselves way too seriously, a Muggle who “does not believe”, but “refuses to believe” will not be knowingly influenced by Magick. The key here is in the word knowingly. Magick is life and Magick is energy, thus all that lives is filled with the energy of Life; whether it knows, believes, or denies the possibility of Magick, the human spirit is still affected by Magick.

The problem that most non-magickal people have with Magick, aside from centuries of brainwashing by Christianity, is the concept of a binary world. The concept of a binary world is anathema to traditional stratified religions where there is Earth, Heaven, Hell, and only The Creator and The Destroyer can manipulate “Magick” to make things happen. Even then, it is only good and “Holy” when that power comes from God or Jesus, and “evil”, “unnatural”, or “Satanic” when it comes from any other source, for as we all know, that which is not exclusively from the domain of God, comes from the Devil’s own hand.

To Wiccans and pagans there are two worlds that make up our lives. There is the physical and material world that simultaneously and conterminously coexists with the spiritual world, which is the world of energy, the world of magick. When we see the forest, we see the physical world with trees, rocks, leaves, streams, and forest creatures; however, we also see the energies that these seemingly simple physical things are made of. It is natural to see this world and to live in this world; in fact, from the moment of birth we are completely opened up to the True World. As we gradually learn more about the “Real World”, the exclusive world of the physical, we do so ignorant of the natural abilities that we were born with. Thus, the situation creates a disconnect within us where “something” is missing, but we’re not quite sure what.

The Witch

The Witch, The Wise, A Wise One, or whatever name we are known by, changes neither the responsibilities nor dedication that it takes to become a Witch. When you first began to follow your path, there was a tremendous amount of information that had to be learned, a lot of books to read, and a ton of thinking, meditating, and writing that needed to be completed before you really had even the slightest clue of just what you were doing. However, setting aside your confusion you pressed on, slowly coming to master the basic talents required by the Craft. You can now raise power, know your correspondences for candles, herbs, and gemstones. More than likely you have delved into divination with the Tarot, a pendulum, or Runes.

In any event, you are a Witch and it took a lot of thought and effort to, not only learn and master your skills, but to acquire the right philosophy and spirit to actually put them to use. It is the same as a computer technician who spends long hours in class working for a Bachelor’s degree. Though some of what will be learned may seem pointless at the time, overall it has taken at least four years to learn enough of the basics of Computer Science to be proficient at your chosen field. While you may not be an expert in every area of computer technology, you are pretty damn good when it comes to identifying, troubleshooting, and repairing a computer whenever it fails…it’s all fundamentals to you now.

For the IT Professional, the medium that is best used to faithfully execute their duties is the Internet. Obviously I use this profession for the example because, well, write what you know. I have the B.S. Degree, I’ve had several technical positions, including a management position and a consulting business, and so I have witnessed and experienced the IT field from several different angles. I would regularly run into computer programs that I’ve never even heard about prior to accepting the client. So I would research.

I would hit the Internet, learn more about this new technology, and I would test it out prior to taking any drastic action. I taught myself how to operate that computer program, usually better than the employees who had to use it on a daily basis. The point is that I didn’t know it before, I recognized the fact, did the research, got the hands on experience, and incorporated new, albeit somewhat situational, knowledge into my life. I had to make an effort to grow, to learn, to develop something within myself in order to learn this new skill.

How does this have any relationship to Wicca? Imagine that your sister is in a relationship with one real bad dude. When you do see her, which rarely ever happens, she always wears clothing and makeup that conceal the abuse. When you say something about it she gets worried, not angry, and begs you to stay out of her life. Just this past Thanksgiving she missed the traditional family meal, so you decided to stop by her house and check everything out. She answers the door in tears, blood streaming from her broken nose. She tells you, panic blazing from her eyes that she broke her nose falling down the stairs and that everything is all right. Don’t worry; just go home she’ll be fine.

Sure. What do you do? Right off the top of your head the best solution is to call the police. If they can’t (or won’t) do anything, then call the YWCA, even a local church with a women’s outreach group, someone who is trained to handle domestic violence. So, once you’ve called the cops, and no one presses charges, and the beatings continue, and you see your sister less and less often, in greater agony at each and every meeting. What do you do?

You are a Witch, you know the basics inside and out, you have the Rede, and you have a very desperate need. Using the Rede as your guide, you begin to peruse the Internet and your own Magickal library to research how to safely and permanently get rid of this guy. You find the best way is through a spell of binding placed on him (‘An it harm none…’An he IS harming someone) so that he will be unable to harm your sister in any way followed by a spell of protection placed on your sister. The research completed, you hit up your local craft shop or Wally World and get what you need for the ritual. You create the necessary components required for your ritual, prepare the ritual, work the ritual, raise power, empower the spell with your most desperate need, and fire it off into the Aether, knowing with all certainty that it has already worked.

When a computer guy fixes a computer, he or she knows that it is fixed because there is a very noticeable and measurable change in the machine. Mainly, that change is that the computer now works, however, in more complicated computers, such as Internet Servers, the change may not be drastically noticeable as the computer is not running just one or two applications like your PC, it is executing thousands at a time. An adjustment here and a tweak there will create noticeable results; however, it takes patience and experience to notice those changes.

When a Witch fixes a situation, he or she knows that it is fixed because there is a very noticeable, yet subtle change in the situation. As our “Fundamentals” are not well-documented scientific skills but rather are naturally-born abilities that, once trained, unlock greater levels of perception in the Witch, we notice the change in energy before the event actually moves in that direction. Two very important rules to remember are: “Magick always follows the path of least resistance” and “Energy always occurs before motion.”

Energy occurs before motion is an accepted scientific law. Simply look to the famous Sir Isaac Newton and his three marvelous and Magickal laws of motion. The First Law of Motion, which is the only one we’re interested in, states that an object in motion will stay in constant uniform motion and an object at rest will remain at rest unless acted upon by some external force, with force being kinetic energy.

To simplify even further, things tend to do what they were already doing unless some outside force influences it. Thus, the ball just sits there and does nothing until you kick it, which is the application of kinetic energy. Thus the bastard will remain abusive (an A-hole in motion) until some outside force (emotion, Magick, POLICE) pushes him (and his energy) onto another constant, uniform course, which hopefully leads straight to a jail cell and a karmic reward.

Now, I know all you eggheads out there are just drooling about the big flaw in my argument. I can hear it right now, it goes something like this…Dude, that only applies to an object with constant mass, not to something that can grow or shrink, thus changing its mass and, potentially, its momentum and direction! That is what is so cool about the flaw; the first law only ALWAYS works on things, static things, things that don’t change and people their situations are dynamic.

In the world of spirit, we’re not simply bundles of energy floating around without thought, without direction. Hell no! People are driven, motivated, self-directed, and above all else, highly intelligent and sentient individuals. We steer ourselves through life; our Spirit hops into the driver’s seat, takes the wheel, puts the pedal to the metal, slams on the break, grinds the transmission, and tries to go where it wants to go. Magick, like a sudden gust of wind upon the interstate or two tons of rolling steel smacking fatally into you, still affects your motion. The difference between a gust of wind pushing your car and the horror of a traffic fatality is force, which is energy.

In Magick, it is a disciplined and focused Will that sets the direction of the spell, and it emotion and desire that give our spells force, “kinetic energy”, the kick. Correspondences naturally add additional power to the magick, thus increasing the force of the spell. The energy is raised, the desire for change churns at the heart of the spell, waiting to be let loose, the spell is directed, it’s energy changing to comply with the Will of the Witch, transforming into what it needs to become to do its job. The spell is let loose, it’s aim is true and the force behind the spell is mind-shatteringly intense. You ground, center, thank your Deities, and close out your circle, cleaning up along the way. You listen for the phone.

An hour passes, you near nothing. Two hours pass, still nothing. After four hours you have to sleep, the ritual was too much of a draining process to keep sleep over the horizon for much longer. One day goes by, nothing, two, three, five, still nothing. You stop by her house but she won’t open the door, she keeps the chain latched and hides her face in the safety of shadows. You know. You’re not upset; you’re pissed. “’An it harm none…” as your first thought is to personally explain Newton’s Laws of Motion using the example of his face as the object with your fist as the application of kinetic energy, which would technically violate that whole “harm none” thing. As Plan A won’t really work out, you fall back to Plan B and call the Police who rush out to arrest the guy who, surprisingly, actually gets charged, convicted, and sees the inside of the Pokey for a while.

The Bitch

Oh! I see. You spent all that time worrying and worshiping the Devil, and all you had to do was call the Cops. See! Magick doesn’t work! Tee-hee! Tee-hee! Sure, the Police were called and it was the Police who dragged the human filth out of the house and into a cruiser, but they had already been called before without any result. Now, there is a noticeable result. Notice that the spell took time to work; it could have taken months even! Why?

The Jerk is self-motivated, self-directed, and self-centered, thus instead of a ball of rock floating idly in space, he is a jerk behind the wheel of car and he’s going wherever he wants to God Dammed go! Your Sister, for her own reasons, was attracted to him which drew her closer to him, the distance between them lessened and he began to influence her. The proximity of their paths and the momentum of his desire and his will to be abusive does not simply stop and cease to be because one wishes for it too. It stops because some outside force, some outside energy, slammed full-force into him and pushed him in another direction. The spell of protection cast upon your sister, it too slammed into her life, pushing her away from his abuse.

Now, neither the Jerk nor your Sister were ever aware of your spell, so to their knowledge nothing abnormal ever occurred. However, Magick always follows the path of least resistance. The Jerk, being a physical guy, liked his drink and he liked women, but when he got drunk he would get violent. It was his nature and he followed his nature. Your sister, after having a half-remembered dream about watching some show on TV last week about fidelity and abuse, was growing more resentful and angry the more she thought about things. It took a few days but when you stopped by the house the tension that had been mounting over the past few days, the stress fractures of two lives being pushed away from each other, were the trigger.

Directly, did you Physically do anything to anyone in that scenario? No. What did you do? You gave a situation, two lives, a necessary push and nature took care of the rest, because Magick follows the path of least resistance. This is a completely fictional story, but one designed to show the mechanics of Magick. While situations for your spells will be different, never doubt its power. Even science has proven that Energy comes before Motion, therefore the mechanics of Magick, the First Law of Magical Motion, is a logical and “provable” concept.

In Land of the Blind…

I walk down the street at noon, a gentle breeze ruffles my hair, trees shimmy and shake their leaves, making a cacophony of sound like hundreds of sheets of paper being torn to shreds. The bright golden sun assaults my eyes as it glares angrily from dingy storefront windows and the hot windshields of boiling parked cars. A sea of people flows around me, or I flow amongst them, I don’t really know and It doesn’t really matter, I’m a part of something.

I come abruptly upon the strangest sight, a plaza full of men, women, and children with blindfolds painfully tight upon their heads, dirty thick padding covers their ears, a cloth gag obstructs their mouths, while filthy rags consist of their clothing. Each and every soul in the plaza sits in silence, suffering etched deep into their faces while one lone man cries loudly above the noise of the city. You strain to hear him over the sounds of construction, but eventually his message is heard.

“Fear! Fear my God! For he has declared this world to be an illusion and all upon to be evil and ill. Repent of your sins, surrender your body, mind, and soul unto me, blind yourself unto the evil illusion of this world and you will be rewarded in your next life.”

Out of a morbid sense of curiosity I wandered into the plaza; I had to know what was going on. Ignoring the absolute stench of the place, I located the preaching man and moved swiftly to him. His blind eyes passed me over, seeing nothing. Questions flooded my mind, yet I remained in control and simply spoke to the man. “What are you doing Sir?” I ask him, “What are all of you doing here?” His answer surprised me, shocking me into an absolute funk.

“My God, My God, My most powerful and omnipotent Lord. He has told me that this world is nothing more than a great illusion, a false reality, and the evil of this place is too great and My God demands judgment. Fire and Death shall rein down from the heavens, the earth will crack and the seas shall heave. The blood of the unsaved shall run like a river of crimson Justice! Join me and blind your eyes, deafen your ears, silence your tongue, and feel the full suffering of the flesh. For only through suffering can we purify our souls in order to gain Paradise! Give your Illusionary life to me and My God, and you will receive wealth and wisdom beyond measure after death.”

It just sounded too good to be true! Blind my eyes, block my ears, silence my tongue, suffer in the flesh, but at least I wouldn’t be dead from fire, death, cracking, or heaving. I was confused.

“Sir, how do you know this to be true? Have you any proof?” His grimy hands rummaged through a tattered burlap sack, quickly withdrawing a badly damaged cassette tape player. “God himself recorded his message for me on this holy artifact. Unfortunately even the most enlightened individuals cannot bear to hear the true voice of God without its perfection causing immediate and violent death. For the mysteries of God are Deadly to the wicked and can only be revealed through suffering in darkness and silence. Join Me! Else you will be punished for your lack of faith for all eternity, for my God is a wrathful God!”

…The One-Eyed Man Will Be King

After that exciting excursion into the world of Sir Isaac Newton and his wonderful First Law of Motion, and a quick escapade to an obviously allegorical plaza filled with walk-ons left over from the filming of Tommy, what was the whole point? There is a morbidly humorous saying: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man will be king. When we are born, all of us, are born with two eyes, we see both worlds, the world of the physical and the world of energy.

As our world really is a binary world, we are literally being asked to blind one eye in order to become a part of society. Our society is one that is based upon science and Judeo-Christian values. Magick, and any other current scientifically improvable concept, is not “real” because it cannot be measured and it goes against those long-standing values that are so important to our national identity. Although, just because something is not scientifically proven beyond a shadow of a doubt does not mean that it is wrong.

I work magick, you work magick, and millions of people the world over work some kind of Magick. We believe in it because we can feel it, it may not be quantifiable, yet it exists. We believe in Magick because it works, and it works every time we try it. The situation may not be completely resolved, but it will begin to move, slowly at first, but soon it will be defused in no time at all because you gave it a little nudge to knock it out of the way.

The sun still shines its light of love and heat of hope upon the Earth oblivious to the fact that Jim in Accounting absolutely refuses to believe in the Sun’s existence. It still doesn’t change the fact that the Sun is a star and that Jim in Accounting probably could use a long vacation somewhere with sun, sand, and surf. Of course Jim won’t burn on his vacation because he doesn’t believe in the Sun.

When Jim finally returns from his long vacation, he is as red as a steamed lobster. He begins to explain to you how he contracted this strange skin disease at the beach and how it was strange to be at the beach without the Sun. As a Witch, and since Jim is nuttier than a fruitcake by now, you promise to work some magick on his…rare condition. Jim doesn’t believe in Magick and is violently opposed to it. You decide to work a spell on him to alleviate the pain from his sunburn without telling him. He feels better the next day after discovering an exotic cure for his illness…aloe.

Show Me Da Magick!

This essay has been a bit juvenile in its examples, yet the point was not to provide the very best example of a situation, it was to provide the best example of the mechanics of Magick. If you begin to study your own spellcraft, watch where the energy that you send out ends up by feeling for it. You will begin to learn and eventually understand just how Magick, and Life, flows and brings change where it’s needed most. The one fatal mistake that any Witch can make is to give away their power in the face of a challenge. The idea that “I can’t help with that! It’s too tough!” Well, you’re right; you can’t do anything because you have decided that you do not have the power to…so now you don’t.

But, just like the blind man who ignored the visible world, and the overzealous Christian who demands suffering and pain as a sign of submission, their refusal to accept the real world around them doesn’t change the nature of the world around them. It only changes their reactions to that outside stimulus that they detest. A closed-minded individual who refuses to believe in magick can still be swayed by magick, just as the boy who believes himself to invincible can be knocked over by powerful wave. Their refusal to accept does not change the fact that Magick exists, has always existed, and will always exist. The blindness in their eyes does not change the fact that there are Two Worlds, not one, two. Just because a person refuses to see a painting does not mean that it was never painted, it exists in all its intricate beauty, that person simply refuses to appreciate it.

As Witches we walk the world with all our senses developed and alert, this allows us a greater depth of understanding and perception concerning people and situations. We do not walk our Path with our eyes blinded, nor do we walk our Path with one eye closed. We walk our paths with both eyes open; both worlds, the physical and the spiritual are real and readily available to us, each just as real as the other. We have to remember that WE hold the power to create change in the world, it is not something that can ever be delegated to another, it is our power, our will, and our destiny to develop into the individual who we want to be.

Magick, a natural part of life, will always be an influence even on skeptics, for just as matter moves, so does energy. Regardless of denials, misunderstandings, and flat-out lies, one can no more banish Magick than one could Banish the oceans, it is a natural part Life, just like the rising and setting of the sun and the migration of birds in the Winter. It’s natural, it exists, and nothing and no one can ever change that.

Blessed Be,
-Phoenix Forestsong

You, Your God, and Your Future

Author: Frost
I have been with the Pagan community for nearly a decade, notably unguided. I have been fortunate to find friends who are Pagan or open to pagan thought. In that time, I have become a mentor to many of them.

Our Coven recently went through an ideological split during a time when we were trying to restructure. This split made some things better and some things worse.

Throughout the split and in the time since, many of the members have been struggling with their faith. I had been doing the best I could to regain some manner of order, to prevent the crisis of faith that would allow such a split to happen; but I ultimately failed. As such, I was stuck with many practitioners looking for something to do and a declining faith to do it with.

As a result, I sent out the following, and after realizing that others in the community may need to hear these words, I have chosen to also post it here:

I feel compelled to say something as many have made it known they are feeling low. There is but one thing that has remained true for me these past nine years, the nine years which I have followed my path. That one thing is this: my life, however meaningless, mundane, boring, and painful it is now, will come to mean something in the end.

What I mean to say is this: You have been placed upon this earth for a reason. That reason is known to someone but will be kept from you until the time of your death. I believe that at this point, you will reflect upon that life and come to the same understanding that so many before have. That understanding will be unique to you and your own experience, but will go something like this:

I made a difference. I changed a life, and so, I changed the world.

How have you changed someone today? Have you yet or will it be later in the day? Did you teach them a skill, or help them with a task? Did you learn something that will later save lives?

When it all seems so pointless to you, think about the bigger picture.

I once found myself asking my God for just one thing: There are very few things that we do in life that we set out to do. In the end, it’s the little things that gain us the profound legacy that we all yearn for. The one thing that we all manage is the one that we may never see. That achievement is the difference that we make in another human being.

If in your life, you make a difference in one person’s life, then you may die with a legacy. If we teach a skill we leave a larger legacy. If we listen to a problem, we have created a solution. It’s the little difference that we make that lend a hand to large means.

If there were one thing that I could ask my lord for, one thing above all else, it would be to make a difference, if only one person at a time. I would die having been fulfilled in life. The difference is my wish, my dream, and my will.

In a bit more specific request, I will leave you with this: I was born and baptized Lutheran, and still hold some beliefs of that faith. Jehovah and I still chat about my problems, but Odin has taken me in and taught me.

The relationship you have with your god is personal, on which is never to be questioned by another. But we are complex individuals, and just as we have a handful of doctors for each special problem, we too have a hand full of gods waiting to grant us powers. So long as we believe in them then the depth of the relationship is irrelevant. The links exist.

Faith, and in turn religion, exist in a part of us that is neither logical nor understandable. Our Gods make it logical and understandable. They help to fill the void we feel, the feeling of security, feelings of safety. Next time you are alone and afraid, feel the presence of your God all around you and experience a new feeling of safety.

It is safety and security that we all yearn for. The millionaire behind the multi million dollar security system has the same security that I have with my God. Odin has my back, so to speak. That’s not to say that he will never let me get hurt, never let me feel sorrow. He will not save me from the grasp of all things evil. He will keep me safe though, when it counts.

That narrow miss by the car on the road, running five minutes late and avoiding a wreck. He will keep me safe when it counts.

One thing we must all remember is that the love that our hearts have for our Gods must not be perfect, but it must be forgiving. Our Gods have Their purpose for us and They will get us there however best They can. We just need to have faith in the end and the means will fall in to place.

For those of you clutching at straws, examine what you have done, and what you can be doing.

For those of you clutching at faith, keep with it and it will keep with you.

From one troubled person to another, blessed be on this night.

This message was just what my practitioners need to pick up the pieces and get back together. I felt it was important to share this with the rest of you and maybe I can help some one else.

Our future lies with in our Gods and us.

My legacy is still to be writ as is all of ours. Let us then be together in our community of faith. I hope this allows someone to make the decision they had been putting off.

‘Till I find deem it necessary to write again,

Blessed Be

The Covenant
Order of the Gual
Temple of Odin

Taking It To the Pentagram

Author: Kestryl Angell

When learning to break the cycle of pervasive human pessimism without becoming what others will consider a “hopeless optimist” in the process, one simply has to remember two very important things. Balance is what is being sought, overall. And also remember, ALL things are connected.

This means if you know you have a tendency toward fatalistic thinking (i.e. if you stub your toe and the entire world begins to fall apart around you with you being at the center of all blame for all horrific things on earth… you are a fatalistic thinker. This is only one example.), then you are one that has, for whatever reason, learned to expect the worst from the world’s possible outcomes on matters of probability.

We must, before breaking the cycle we have, learn to understand the roots of the cycle we have in place when we begin. If that thinking tends toward the somber, depressive or “shadow” world and when your intentions seem ignored by the world when things go wrong, that is the first time to start thinking about what it is you’re supposed to be learning from the process.

When taking patterns apart, you can learn to understand them better if you learn to associate proper correspondences between the thought patterns that take you there to their impulses within your mind and emotions they trigger. So, being pagans, one of the best ways to both take things apart and learn to put them back together again in a more organized fashion can be done with an exercise called “taking it to the Pentagram.”

We all learn in the beginning of pagan studies that the points of the Pentagram are associated with the elements of life. Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Ether or Spirit are these elements in their more common and base natures.

Thought and Breathing are the impulses and activities that associate to Air. Likewise, Willpower associates to Fire, Emotional well-being and impulses and personal “flow” associate to Water, Manifestation and Physicality associate to Earth and our dreams, inspirations and Divine Guidance comes from the Ether or Spiritual connection within us.

When fatalistic or pessimistic thinking is so common, even habitual for us, we have to come to understand how our own personal elements became “muddied” and how to clear them again. Each bears out its own natural cleansing process and when we are trying to break ANY negative pattern, even including addictions, we must first break down how the issue at hand affects each part of us in its turn. In this way, we begin to see how the cascade effect within us takes its downhill tumble and eventually learn to stop that tumble before it happens.

When an issue comes up that upsets your balance deeply, the first step in stopping the process is to do just that. Stop. Don’t run, don’t back peddle or make excuses, just Stop.

Stop what you are doing and first and foremost, breathe!

When we are knocked off balance and especially when we are frightened, the first thing we do is start breathing more shallowly, which can eventually lead to hyperventilation and anxiety attacks. Further, if you are a smoker, the stress impulse is to smoke more heavily, further depriving your brain and blood of precious oxygen than can help to lower blood pressure and lessen the sense of anxiety involved with high stress moments. What the brain needs to function best and to help return balance is oxygen. Air.

So, first… remember Air. Breathe! Make yourself count to at least 11. No, that isn’t a typo. 11 is a number of mastery and if you are trying to master your own emotional response, then it is important to break a learned cycle with something designed to do just that little bit more that makes that “wish” into a “reality.” So, rather than stopping at the “count to 10” rule to just calm down… go that little extra number toward mastery of yourself. Breathe to 11 and then THINK about what is happening to your self on every level both as individual responses and as a collective overall action or inaction. Meditate on grounding your excess energy brought on by fear responses and clear your thoughts. Use your reason to begin restoring balance.

The next element to take our issue past is Fire, the element of Will. Fire can help or hinder a situation, depending on how the issue at hand is affecting us. If it is something that drives us to passion of a negative nature, our nature may be to flame a person or situation and thus, make things worse. Burning our bridges isn’t always a useful skill. Sometimes it can be self-defeating. Other times, a cleansing by fire may be exactly what is called for. But the Will MUST be tempered by Air (Clear Thinking) and Water (Clear Emotional output and flow).

So before we let the Will take over and flame a situation, we must temper ourselves by moving on past the immediate response of “But I wanted THAT!” and take ourselves to the next step. Harness that Willpower toward yourself, first. Bend that Willpower to seeing through clarity and flow to where it will best need to be applied later in the process of manifestation. Recognize the perceived “affront” to your immediate Will’s wish and prepare it for focused use further down the road.

Water, the element of emotion and flow is next. For some, especially for water signs, emoting may actually be the first response. In human beings, our feelings are so very strong that we often are carried away by their tides before we even realize we’ve been carried there. Females, as well, being the more mercurial of the sexes of the species, have more of a tendency to emote first and think and clarify themselves second—which is why men, who think first and emote second usually find they simply “don’t understand the female process.” It is because we are on opposing sides of the process at any given moment that breaks down our communications between genders most commonly in high stress situations.

There is nothing wrong with this watery response as long as all elements are responded to in their turn and applied with balanced perspective to the situation. Recognizing the power of our emotions to fuel our dreams and manifestations in life is a very important self-awareness step. But learning to guide those forces is an even more arduous and rewarding exercise.

Water is a very powerful element, as it not only assists to temper others, but often shows us the way past or through difficult circumstances that appear, at first glance, to be impossible to traverse. But when we realize that water can permeate even stone (the bones of Mother Earth Herself) , even the most difficult blocks in our lives seem less daunting if we can only figure out how to create that flow again. So if we have applied clarity of thought (air), clarity of will (fire) and then clarity of emotion (water) by recognizing our own fear, anger and need for a positive outcome, we can then move on to the next step…manifestation.

Earth, the element of physicality and manifestation, is not the last step on the Pentagram Path, but is the one at which most stop their own personal process of growing and understanding. We humans think that once we have a “reality” in the palm of our hands, the journey is over. Our requirement is fulfilled. This is an incorrect assumption. It is merely a step that holds great satisfaction for we body bound human beingsWhen we see a dream or inspiration manifest into a physical reality, we have a strong tendency to see our work as finished. Yet, more often than not, manifestation is only where a journey’s first layer ends and the next begins. It IS an important thing to celebrate, but should never be seen as the “be all and end all” of any growing process or human life. It is simply a celebrated step on the path to growing more into our personal selves and returning balance through a greater understanding of our own process and our own ability to assist ourselves with that process.

Sometimes this can include things like the act of going to the doctor for medical assistance if you find that there is a valid bio-chemical component to your repeated negative issues, whether it is temporary by case or a genetic imbalance you were born with or which may have manifested as you got older. But manifestation isn’t all there is to the cycle of growth, nor should it be a place you stop for overly long. To do so is to get stuck and in time, this can bring its own set of problems.

The completion of any cycle ends where it began, but one hopes, on a level of greater understanding and totality than the previous cycle began. It is the next step up on the spiral, if you will. Thus, as with any journey of this sort, whether positively or negatively perceived, is in the Ethers, the realm of Spirit. Dreams and inspiration begin here and often, so do our imbalances.

When we are dis-eased with ourselves at our deepest levels, it often manifests in illness or injury so that we are forced to “hold still and LOOK at this situation/pattern/addiction/issue!” It is usually a very uncomfortable and unwelcome place for us, which is why this sort of internal and deep dis-ease is what often spurs people to go through life-changing spiritual journeys and experiences, even what some call epiphanies.

The Universe forces us to the lessons we need, not always the lessons we want. But if we learn to be grateful for all lessons and learn that negatives and pain are a perception that can be changed for the better simply by applying different patterns of understanding to the experience, we can see our way to the next level and thus, move forward with more clarity into the next cycle of manifestation.

It seems a very simple concept in print, but it can be one of the most difficult to truly manifest within ourselves that exists. The reason is the fact that as human beings, we often have a tendency to perpetuate our own misery rather than seeing our way clear of it. It becomes so familiar to us that it is the “known evil” we comfort ourselves with rather than facing our fears of failure. We always expect perfection from ourselves, as though we should “Know!” how to live life without chaos and imbalance…or for some, the opposite is true.

Yet in either direction, without some chaos there is no movement in the Universe and without order, the Universe would fall apart. The two will remain in balance, whether we “lowly humans” understand it all or not. But the search for balance within ourselves is personal and we CAN do something about that set of perceptions that keeps us locked in cycles of our own misery.

So, when you return to the Ether, look at what went before you and see the lesson. What did you learn? What should you have learned sooner? How much more could have been accomplished if you had truly looked at ALL the viewpoints involved instead of just your own? If you are truly connected to everything in the Universe and those around you…how did your ripples affect others?

Do you wish to affect them the same way in the future? If yes, how do you continue the positives? If no, how do you break the cycle the next time around? If you know you have a tendency to see things in life through filters of negativity—whether by habit or experience—what is the reason you perpetuate that view rather than allowing for newer, clearer, healthier, broader ones that function more efficiently for you? All these answers start and come back to the Ethers in our lives.

Once you have made your way at least once around the Pentagram with your issue, also look at this idea. If you find yourself stuck or lacking or sluggish in any of the elements, your helpers and hindrances are right there staring at you. If you are, stuck in say the element of Water and feel backed up in a negative or self-destructive flow, look to the elements on either side for helps and stability factors to help restore balance.

For Water, the elemental helpers are Fire and Earth. Fire helps dissipate too much water and the Earth soaks it up and grows with it. So should you. Get your Will aligned to help move you to a healthier mind-set (Fire) and then ground off the excess energy into the Earth to be absorbed and used as fertilizer for new growth (Earth) . This idea can be moved to any of the elemental points and used the same way. The balances are there if you only stop to look at them.

When these questions have been answered, then through thought and breathing, aligning your will, getting healthy flow and manifesting a healthier reality, you can take direction again. The Will fires the heart of the matter and an intense desire for changes swells the seed of growth within and the cycle of learning begins again.

Remember the Pentagram and when things aren’t clear or negatives are all you can see, then remember that each element has a balancing polarity within its own elemental life which you can influence for positive change within yourself and when properly blended, they can create magnificent realities that only you can dream up and make real.

Magickal Intentions – Lust

Herbs have been used for centuries to create a sexual desire in those near them. Not surprisingly, they are commonly used to arouse another person’s lust, perhaps against their will.

However they are also used as love herbs are to attract others who desire sexual contacts, and this a certainly less manipulatory than the former use.

A Spell to Help You Keep A Positive Attitude In Illness and Thereby Encourage Healing

A daily spell can help you to focus your own self-healing powers and will act as a reminder that you are still yourself and not the illness.

You will need:

Sheets of white paper; a selection of crayons in rainbow colours; a black pencil.


Every day of the illness, when you get up.

The spell:

  • On day one, draw an outline of a figure and cover it with black dots.

  • Crayola over the dots with different colours. When you have finished, say six times: Today I will feel better, and tomorrow I will recover even more

  • Throw away the paper.

  • Each day, draw fewer and fainter black dots and make the colours brighter and more intense. Repeat the chant six times and throw away the paper

  • When after a number of days you have no more dots to draw, just colour the figure and repeat the words six times. The spell is done.

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for June 6 is 53: A Steady Pace

53: A Steady Pace

Hexagram 53
General Meaning: Like an ancient old-growth forest — where the subtle play of light, texture and shadows is the product of a process measured in centuries and inches — most things of lasting value develop gradually, at their own pace. The ability to learn from experience — one of humanity’s greatest capacities — implies constant yet gradual progress. The combination of stillness within and determination without are the essence of this dynamic. Good things sometimes sprout quickly; the truly delightful take much longer.

The principle of gradual development applies also to human relationships. For love and marriage or any important partnership to endure, progress must be slow but steady: slow enough to allow for the bonds to knit properly; steady enough to keep moving in the right direction.

You can’t expect to have everything all at once. Development must be allowed to take its proper course and allotted time; events must neither be rushed nor manipulated, but allowed to unfold naturally. In this way, you will come to enjoy long-lasting relationships and achieve success.

Your Daily Number for June 6: 1


It’s a take charge day in which you should rely on yourself. Thanks to your focus and independence, a project may finally reach completion, or you may start on a new challenge. You may have an important introduction to someone new. Material losses are likely, however, so make sure to remember your keys, wallet, etc.

Fast Facts

About the Number 1

Theme: Masculine, Creative, Independent, Aggressive
Astro Association: Mercury
Tarot Association: Magician

An Ancient Spell to Invoke The Protective Guardians of Your Home After Dark

In Iceland and part of Scandinavia it is still accepted that land and homes are protected at night by land wights, tall shadowy guardians who watch over boundaries and stand where roads or path meet, keeping away ill wishers, both earthly and paranormal. This belief was once upheld throughout northern and eastern Europe and Russia. In Iceland offerings are left for these spirits in field sacred to them. No one will build on this land. If you live in a place that is lonely or where vandalism often occurs after dark, try this spell. The spell will also protect against evening phone calls or visits from anyone who make you unhappy and perhaps pressurised you.

Items You Will Need

3 tall white candles; 3 candle-holders or a three candle holder in which the candles are at different heights, the tallest in the middle; a mirror (optional)


After dark whenever you feel your home needs protection.

The Spell

  • Place the candles in a row in a darkened room, facing an uncurtained window that does not have a street light directly  outside so that when you light the candles, you can see the flames reflected in the window. If you have no such windows place the candles before a mirror.

  • Light the candles one by one, for each candle saying: Be those the guardian  of my( or name the Person to whose house you are sending the protection) home. turn back the phantoms of the night, So all is till day remains as light.

  • Each candle now represents a guardian. Give each one a secret name. These may be for example, the names of angels or deities, or they may be names of your own making.

  • Blow out each candle in turn as you do so, naming the guardian and saying; Go peacefully (name) and in peace return.

  • Replace the candle regularly but keep the same names.


Magickal Intentions – Protection

From the overwhelming number of herbs used for this purpose it is obvious that protection is (and has been) of the utmost concern for many people. Most of the protective herbs are  general in their effects; they guard their bearer against physical and psychic attacks; injury; accidents, poison, snake bite, lightning strikes, wicked spirits, the evil eye and so on. In other words they are protective in a general way.

Naturally they won’t do you much good once something  has happened–protective herbs should be a preventative. This doesn’t mean that if you wear a protective root or carry a sachet you’ll breeze through life unfettered with annoyances. But carrying some of those herbs will certainly help screen out potential harmful situation.

In today’s world we should guard ourselves with every available means. Protective herbs are one of these.  They create a type of force field around your home, possessions, or self. When carried they also increase the effectiveness of your body’s natural defenses.

An ounce of prevention, after all, is worth a pound of cure.

Your Daily Horoscopes for June 6

We can find a workable balance today between the lightheartedness of the Gemini Sun and the heaviness of Saturn in relationship-oriented Libra. Fortunately, the expressive Leo Moon mediates the day as she forms collaborative sextiles with both Saturn and the Sun. Although we’re confident, we still need to be cognizant of our limits because of an exuberant Sun-Jupiter semisquare. There is power in having a positive attitude if we don’t go too far.


Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You may not get caught up with your work as fast as you wish today, for your mind is preoccupied with pleasure rather than production. It’s a smart idea to get the distractions out of your system now, for you have too much to do and won’t be able to procrastinate forever. Nevertheless, returning to your unfulfilled obligations with a smile on your face will help you accomplish more in the long run.



Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You have an opportunity today to finish up lots of little tasks at work and at home, including emailing friends, paying bills and cleaning your office. However, don’t be too concerned if you don’t make measurable progress by the end of the day, for it may take a while to get ahead. Nevertheless, your optimism now can motivate you to reach your goals as long as you don’t try to do everything all at once.



Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

You may be holding on to negative feelings about an unfinished conversation yesterday, but you would be wise to let go and move on. You have other fish to fry now and it’s more important to look forward than waste time replaying an interaction that didn’t go as smoothly as expected. Planning for new successes throughout the coming week is much more useful than worrying about the past.



Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

It’s dangerous to make assumptions or jump to conclusions today because once you make up your mind, you’re pretty certain that you are correct. Unfortunately, you could be a victim now of believing your own hype. The good news is that your current breadth of vision can fuel amazing discussions on a variety of interesting topics. As fascinating as your conversations might be, specific things that remain unsaid may be even more important than what is stated out loud.



Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You may find it challenging today to handle the consequences of your anger that seems to resurface from time to time, even if you already dealt with the original source of the problem. Thankfully, you can lean on your friends for support now, which may be enough to help you over a rough spot. But don’t ask anyone to fix anything; instead, take responsibility by learning from your past mistakes and being flexible enough to adapt to the changing tides.



Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

It’s hard for you to relax today because you have so much to do at work. Although you’re buzzing all over the place with the Sun and Mercury in your professional 10th house, you probably wish you had a few more days to your weekend because you need more time to think. Nevertheless, your time for contemplation may be over for a while. Just enter the flow of activity and figure it out along the way.


Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

It’s often challenging for you to make a long-term decision about your plans, especially when there are so many amazing choices. But don’t let anyone tell you that you need to decide today, for you would be smarter to keep your options open. There is currently a lot of blue sky around you, making everything appear better than it is. Wait until a few clouds return and see where the shadows are cast before going on record with your final answer.



Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Your anger may develop throughout the day if anyone is trying to talk you out of your actual feelings. Uncharacteristically, you might be willing to change your mind today, but only on your own terms. If others don’t take the time to find out how you truly feel, then you’re probably not going to compromise. However, if they are really interested in your perspective, you can be more open-minded now than they expect.



Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Establishing your priorities can be a real challenge, especially since you don’t want to make important decisions today. It’s not that you should let go of your objectives; it’s just that you have a lot to gain now by following an intelligent friend or partner for a while. Don’t worry about a missed opportunity because a new situation for advancement at your current job is likely. Paradoxically, easing off on your grip can actually solidify your position and increase the possibility of doing something special.



Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Don’t be afraid to ask for help navigating through unfamiliar territory today. It’s hard to make sense of it all because there could be one too many options, leaving you overwhelmed and exhausted from trying to figure it all out. Your stress multiplies if you believe that your decision must be final now. Rest assured that you will still be able to change your mind later without much difficulty at all.



Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Instead of booking your day too rigidly, try giving yourself the flexibility you need. One way to accomplish this is to leave large blocks of time completely unstructured for you to do as you please. It may also help to examine your motives for keeping so busy. Remember, you don’t have to put lots of activities on your schedule now in order to be considered a success.



Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Talking about your feelings can help to dissipate negativity, but you could easily go overboard now and pretend that everything is fine. You must be careful not to whitewash the truth just because it’s not pretty. Don’t worry about other people’s reactions to your opinion; instead, concentrate on the usefulness and accuracy of your message. Avoid the temptation to share your personal information as a way to get your friends and workmates to take notice.

the daily humorscopes for monday, june 6

the daily humorscope 


Monday, June 06, 2011

     Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Good day to burst into song. Nothing too fancy, mind you — no arias. The theme song from “The Beverly Hillbillies” will do nicely. Why not see how many people you can get to sing along?
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Today you will attempt to capitalize on the success of SPAM by inventing SPEEF. Unfortunately, you would have been much better off trying to make SPICKEN, instead.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Beware of giant squids today. Other than that, a good day for a nice walk along the beach.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
You are developing a strangely magnetic personality. Soon people you don’t even know will begin hanging around with you, hoping for some small sign of your attention. Also, iron filings will begin sticking to the tip of your nose.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
About your new idea… Sure, I’ll bet you could sell your handmade voodoo dolls by marketing them over the Internet. The competition, however, can be “fierce.” You might want to stop and consider how many flights of stairs you’re interested in falling down, before you commit yourself to that course of action…
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Today you will discover that you are capable of “channelling”, when you start spouting ancient sumerian curses at a short little dweeb who cuts you off in traffic. You will start taking notes in cuneiform.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
You will join a team, and have lots of fun. I’m not sure what sport it is, but the team name will be “The Screaming Weasels.”
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
An odd smell, probably like that of chocolate milk drying on a linoleum floor, will bring back a flood of childhood memories. You will remember your locker combination from seventh grade, for example. Ironically, this will happen during a boring yet important meeting, and you will disgrace yourself by calling someone “booger-face”.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Beware of Doug.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)
You will get the peculiar urge to go outside and roll around in something yicky. Also, you’ll notice your ears are getting hairy.
Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)
Good day to put strange labels on your binders and file cabinets, such as “launch codes”, “who’s been naughty”, or “Snerge”. This will be quite effective in distracting visitors, so they will often forget what ever they were preparing to bother you about.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Remember: you can’t tell your boss to get lost. You can, however, give him the wrong directions.

Today’s Featured Picture

Today’s featured picture

A synagogue on D-Day A synagogue on West Twenty-Third Street in New York City remained open 24 hours on D-Day for special services and prayer. Jews in the U.S. during World War II were mostly unaware of the atrocities of The Holocaust, beyond the basic facts that Jews were being persecuted by the Nazis. Arthur Hays Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times and a Jew himself, was anti-Zionist and downplayed much of the news. Furthermore, Jewish studio executives of major film studios did not want to be accused of advocating Jewish propaganda by making films with overtly antifascist themes.

Photo: Farm Security Administration; Restoration: Lise Broer

Did You Know . . . .

Did you know…

From Wikipedia’s newest content:

RMS Titanic Musicians' Memorial, Southampton

  • … that the Titanic Musicians’ Memorial (pictured) in Southampton features the hymn, “Nearer, My God, to Thee”, commonly believed to have been played as the ship went down?
  • … that Will June, grandfather of a National Football League Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion linebacker, is the oldest player to officially bowl consecutive 300-games?
  • … that phonon noise is a major source of noise in cryogenically cooled superconducting transition edge sensors?
  • … that Tambora, a Papuan language, was once spoken in the middle of Indonesia near Bali, far to the west of Papua, until the trading state that used it was wiped out by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815?
  • … that the indie video game Digital: A Love Story is set “five minutes into the future of 1988”?
  • … that Arab prince Al-Abbas ibn al-Ma’mun refused to take the throne even though he was the only son of the previous caliph and had the support of the army?
  • … that Nazi scientists claimed to have trained a dog to call “Adolf Hitler” as “Mein Führer”?