“THINK on THESE THINGS”
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Why is it that the things we love so much can cause us so much pain, and perhaps without realizing it? Why is it that we find so much to worry about in all the “what ifs” that cross our minds with such persistence? What makes fatigue follow us through the hours and drain away precious strength that we need to help us in our daily routine?
All the things that plague us daily have one common cause-fear. To some, fear is a constant companion. We may call it by many other names such as necessity, time, busyness, demands, but all of these can be forms of fear.
Fear produces the most mental, physical, and spiritual fatigue that has ever overtaken humans. It rushes us so that we have accidents. It drains us of strength to resist illness. It tells us we cannot produce enough to meet the demands upon us. And it builds within our minds such dire images so that we cannot face the simplest.
Fear has one antidote. It is not to stop worrying and take it easy, but it is faith. Adverse conditions cannot break us in the face of faith. Faith allows us to look fear in the eyes with such confidence that it loses its power over us.
English divine, Fredrick William Robertson, wrote, “To believe is strong. Doubt cramps energy. Belief is power.”
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 6
“Lots of people hardly ever feel real soil under their feet, see plants grow except in flower pots, or get fare enough beyond the street light to catch the enchantment of a night sky studded with stars. When people live far from scenes of the Great Spirit’s making, it’s easy for them to forget His laws.”
–Tatanga Mani (Walking Buffalo), STONEY
Nature is life’s greatest teacher. The natural laws are hidden in nature. Hidden are solutions to everyday problems such as conflict resolution, how to forgive, lessons about differences, how to manage organizations, how to think. Hidden are feelings. You can look at something and you will feel it. At night, have you ever looked at the sky when there are no clouds? As you look at all the stars, your heart will become very joyful. You will walk away feeling joyful and peaceful. We need to visit nature so we can see and feel these things.
My Creator, let me learn nature’s lessons.
October 6 – Daily Feast
Living is a little like a wedding – to make a deal takes only a minute, but to live with it may take a lifetime. Many have not learned that life is not a quick trip down the isle and if you don’t find it to your liking you can start all over again. A good marriage is one of adjustments and then readjustment. It is sharing the hardships and the growing and sweetening that are in the middle of hardships. Little can compare with faith and looking out for others. It is giving and receiving, and we know it is not something outside ourselves that makes life worthwhile but what we have in our hearts.
~ I will keep my word until the stones melt. ~
DELSHAY – APACHE
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II’ by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Stop worrying so much about what you’re trying to say, and listen for a while. Though it may seem strange, one very effective way to express yourself is by listening.
Listen, carefully, lovingly and attentively to the world around you. Listen to others and listen to life.
Let go of your assumptions about what you expect to hear. Listen not only with your ears, but also with your heart and spirit.
Pay attention to what life has to say to you. There is no end to the valuable lessons you can learn.
When you think you know it all, you deny yourself the opportunity to learn new things. When you interact with others only to impress them with how much you know, they’ll soon understand that you know very little.
The more you listen, observe and learn, the more powerfully you’ll be able to express yourself. Take heed of what life has to say, and what you learn will carry you far.
— Ralph Marston
Focus on the Good
Raise Your Vibration
There are many ways to raise your vibration including thinking positive and uplifting thoughts.
Everything in the universe is made of energy. What differentiates one form of energy from another is the speed at which it vibrates. For example, light vibrates at a very high frequency, and something like a rock vibrates at a lower frequency but a frequency nonetheless. Human beings also vibrate at different frequencies. Our thoughts and feelings can determine the frequency at which we vibrate, and our vibration goes out into the world and attracts to us energy moving at a similar frequency. This is one of the ways that we create our own reality, which is why we can cause a positive shift in our lives by raising our vibration.
We all know someone we think of as vibrant. Vibrant literally means “vibrating very rapidly.“ The people who strike us as vibrant are vibrating at a high frequency, and they can inspire us as we work to raise our vibration. On the other hand, we all know people that are very negative or cynical. These people are vibrating at a lower frequency. They can also be an inspiration because they can show us where we don’t want to be vibrating and why. To discover where you are in terms of vibrancy, consider where you fall on a scale between the most pessimistic person you know and the most vibrant. This is not in order to pass judgment, but rather it is important to know where you are as you begin working to raise your frequency so that you can notice and appreciate your progress.
There are many ways to raise your vibration, from working with affirmations to visualizing enlightened entities during meditation. One of the most practical ways to raise your vibration is to consciously choose where you focus your attention. To understand how powerful this is, take five minutes to describe something you love unreservedly—a person, a movie, an experience. When your five minutes are up, you will noticeably feel more positive and even lighter. If you want to keep raising your vibration, you might want to commit to spending five minutes every day focusing on the good in your life. As you do this, you will train yourself to be more awake and alive. Over time, you will experience a permanent shift in your vibrancy.
Dragon Oath of Service
As a follower of the Draconic Tradition, I pledge the following in the names of my Gods and to may dragon friends. May they bear witness to this, my solemn Oath:
I vow I will use the teachings and rituals of the Draconic Tradition only to bring honor to my Gods, provide for the betterment and safeguarding of myself and my Clan, or work to preserve balance and harmony.
I will do whatever I can to bring knowledge of and respect for dragons back to the world, even if I must do so in subtle and quiet ways. For I know well that beneficial energy and works need no fanfare to be effective.
In all things I will strive to do no harm lest it be in the defense of the helpless, the innocent, my family, my Clan or my person.
Should I ever knowingly and willfully forsake this Oath, may my Gods turn their faces from me; May my dragon allies depart from me and never return unless I can find away to redeem my shame and reclaim my honor.
Dragon Ring Code
Draconic House Protection
J’Karrah EbonDragon, 1994
The simple act of living can make our home spiritually and magically “dirty” as well as physically dirty. And just as you routinely clear out the physical dirt in your home, you should also routinely clear out the magical and spiritual dirt. Now you may be wondering just where this spiritual and magical dirt comes from. It comes from the aggravation adults bring home from work after a hard day and children bring home from school. It comes from the inevitable arguments and conflicts that occur when you have different people living in the same house. It comes from our fears and worries, our concerns and hardships. It is “tracked” in behind us just as mud is tracked in from the yard to sully the carpet. And if you live in an apartment building, it can seep into your space from your neighbors.
The purpose of this ritual is to cleanse your personal space of the unwanted energies, spirits, emotions, etc. that make our home spiritually and magically dirty and then to help keep it that way. It is generally a good idea to do this ritual at least once a year, but it can be done anytime you feel there is a need for it. It should definitely be done before moving into a new home or apartment (if possible… definitely afterwards), or after remodeling your present home, as any structural modifications will break any protective seals already established. It is a pretty standard magical format used in a variety of different traditions. The exception is you are also calling on the assistance of your Dragon friends to help clear and seal your personal space.
1) a nice bell or chime
2) purification incense or sage smudge stick (if you use a smudge stick, also use a heavy, *clean,* preferably new ashtray lined with sand to place it on)
3) small hand fan
4) protection incense
5) small, sturdy tray table if you are doing more than one room
6) small hand bell or chime
7) a consecrated string of bells to hang on your inner door knob of each exterior leading door if doing an entire house or apartment.
8) a dish of salt water
9) Normal altar equipment
If you are just doing a single room, Cast a formal Circle and “push” the Circle’s perimeter so that it matches the exact dimensions of your room. If you will be moving about your entire dwelling, you won’t be casting a formal Circle. You should, however, still call the Dragons of the Quarters, invite your Dragon companion(s). You should also be sure that the final room has an outside exit. If you are in an apartment and your main door leads to a hallway, make sure there is an open window to the outside available in the last room you intend to cleanse.
Step 1: Stand for a moment and commune with those whom you have called to assist you to let them know what you are planning on doing. When you feel ready say:
Dragons of Power, Dragons of Light!
Dragons of Wisdom, Dragons of Might!
Lend me your magic, lend me your aid!
Lend me your guidance as this spell is made!
Step 2: Hold your hands over the salt water and say:
As salt dissolves in water, so too shall the hold of any unwelcome and unwanted influences and forces that may be attached to my place, my property or my person! By the power of my own will and that of my Dragon friends, so will it be!
If you are going to be doing multiple rooms, place the water bowl, wand, purification and protection incenses and burner (or smudge stick and ashtray) and fan on the tray and set it all by the door of the room you are currently working in.
Step 3:Pick up the purification incense or smudge stick and walk around the room , fanning the smoke to be sure it reaches all the corners, in any closets, and behind/under the furniture, etc. Visualize the smoke driving all the unwanted stuff into the burning perimeter of the Circle to be consumed by Dragon Fire. Trace a pentacle before each door, window and mirror (also: vents, drains, fireplace openings, etc.) with the incense to seal it. As you move about the room say:
By Dragon magic and the power of Fire and Air, I banish for all time any unwelcome or unwanted energies, forces and influences from this space!
Let this place be Purified and sealed!
If you are doing multiple rooms, start at the door and drive drive the stuff before you as you circle the room and then out the door into the next room. Seal the door with a pentagram to keep the stuff from getting back in.
Step 4: Return to your work station and pick up the bell. Following the same path as before, ring the bell continuously as you walk the room, paying special attention to the door, windows and mirrors. Visualize the sound of the bell driving any goop that may have escaped the smoke either into the Dragon Fire of the Circle’s boundary or out the door (don’t worry about the seal already at the door… it’s one-way: bad stuff goes out but can’t come back in) you started from.
By Dragon magic and the tones of the sacred bell, I banish for all time any unwelcome or unwanted energies, forces and influences from this space!
Let this place be Purified and sealed!
Step 5: pick up the protection incense and make a final pass around the room, taking the came care as you did with the purification incense fanning the smoke to be sure it reaches all the corners, in any closets, and behind/under the furniture, etc. Visualize the smoke permeating the walls, floor and ceiling to form a permanent protective barrier. Trace a pentacle before each door, window and mirror with the incense to seal it. As you move about the room say:
By Dragon magic and Dragon’s Breath, I seal this place for all time any unwelcome or unwanted energies, forces and influences from this space!
Step 6 Sprinkle the room generously with the salt water (being mindful of things that shouldn’t be splashed with water) while walking the same path as before saying:
By Dragon Tears, the combined powers of Earth and Water, I consecrate and bless this space according to my will and for the good of my family and my Clan. I here by banish for all time any unwelcome and unwanted energies, forces and influences.
For as long as I Will it only that which is beneficial and invited may enter here. This place is not forever barred under pain of Dragon Fire to any spirits, beings, energies or influences that may try to enter for the purpose of doing harm.
I invite in only those spirits, beings, energies and forces that are in accord with my Will, my desires and my purpose. By my will and under the vigilant protection of my Dragon allies, so will it be!
When you are finished, pour any remaining salt water down the drain. Place the sting of bells on your front door (mine hang from the door knob) where the sound of the bells will keep any unwanted “visitors” from following anyone inside. The cold incense ash can be placed in a decorative bottle or in a sachet and hung next to the door as a protection talisman.
Thank those Dragons who came to your assistance, and then “push” the protective energy of the circle (if you cast one) into your new house protections to help strengthen them by adding another layer. The ritual is over.
Draconic Elemental Charging of Blades
The purpose of this ritual is to charge a ritual blade with the elemental forces of nature via the assistance of draconic “elemental mages.”
What this means is that, as with human magic workers, different Dragons can have an affinity with different elemental energies. Just as you don’t have “elemental humans” you don’t have “elemental Dragons…” you simply have those who prefer to work with the energies of one element over another. Sometimes, you will find a Dragon who works equally well with all elemental energies and other times those who couldn’t tell a salamander from an undine.
Whenever you hear someone talking about “elemental Dragons,” those that embody the forces of a particular Element, most likely they are either confusing the mage with the magic, or they are seeing an elemental critter in draconic form. The common metaphysical representations of each element are: Fire- the Salamander; Water- the Undine; Air- the Zephyer; Earth- the Gnome.
Also while this ritual should be performed during a thunderstorm, and for best results, as close to the full moon as possible, it is not necessary (nor especially advisable) to place the blade you are charging directly out in the storm as this can ruin it. Placing the blade out on a sheltered, open aired porch, garage, gazebo, etc is sufficient. I also strongly recommend that the blade be coated with a good quality metal oil or silicon (spray or cloth such as can be found in the gun section of a sporting goods store), or coat it with a substance called “Renaissance Wax” which can be purchased on line at “Museum Replicas” Just do a site search of “Renaissance Wax” and you’ll find it. (BTW, this is a great place to find that perfect ritual blade!)
Needed items: Normal altar equipment; Blade to be charged
Step 1: take the blade to be charged to a location where it will not be disturbed. If you trust the blade will come to no harm, sink it 3-6 inches into the ground (if you don’t have an area of ground you can safely use, the blade can be placed in a large pot of soil) and pour a circle of salt around it approximately 12 inches in diameter and say:
In the name(s) of (personal deity), I ask the Dragons of the Elements to touch this blade and infuse it with elemental power! May all the forces of power and justice, as unstoppable as this storm, be drawn into this blade.
Step 2: Call upon the Guardian Dragons of each Gate to individually touch the blade with elemental force. If you have regular Gate guardians and you know their names (or the names they use when working with you) then call their names at the beginning of each invocation.
Great Dragon of the East, and all the Dragons of Air, riders of the storm winds, weavers of Wisdom, make this blade straight and true for the honor and glory of my Gods, my Dragon friends and my Clan!
Great Dragon of the South, and all the Dragons of Fire, whose power is manifested by the lightening bolt, hold fast the power of transformation within this blade that it may better aid me in my service to my Gods, my Dragon friends, and my Clan!
Great Dragon of the West, and all the Dragons of Water, you who swim the ocean currents and bring the cleansing rains, rinse away all doubt and uncertainty of purpose from this steel and s/he who wields it that both may be as unstoppable as the raging flood in defense of justice and the innocent, for my Gods, my dragon friends, and my Clan!
Great Dragon of the North, and all the Dragons of Earth, shakers and shapers of the World, keepers of mystery and secrets, keep strong this blade and s/he who wields it that I may be able to see into the heart of mystery and with it’s aid discern the truth in any situation for the glory of my Gods, my Dragon friends and my Clan!
Step 3: Ask for the blessings of the Gods by saying:
Name(s) of deity) , I ask that You pour forth Your blessings upon this blade, and that You touch it with Your powers, that it may be a worthy magical weapon, aiding me as I work in Your service.
Step 4: Go back indoors if you wish, or remain outside, until the storm has passed. Meditate on the desired effects of the ritual for at least 10-15 minutes. When the storm is over give thanks to the Gods and the Dragons for their assistance. Take up the Blade and immediately give it a thorough cleaning and oiling