WOTC Extra – Karmic Consequences (What is Karma/Leftover Karma from Past Lives)

Irish Celtic Fighting DragonsKarmic Consequences

(What is Karma/Leftover Karma from Past Lives)

Karma is a Hindu concept that has been adopted by many Westerners, especially those in the New Age and Pagan communities. While many people talk about karma, not everyone fully understands it. Its effects over several lifetimes are also often misunderstood.

What Is Karma? Karma is the Hindu law of cause and effect. For every action you take, there is a reaction, although it’s not equal and opposite. When you take beneficial action, you receive a beneficial effect. When you take baneful action, that will come back to you, too.

Your karma is a part of your soul, and it determines, in part, how your life will play out. If you live a just life, you will receive more just benefits. If something negative befalls you, look to your history and see what might have caused it.

Leftover Karma from Past Lives

The karmic backlash or reward for your actions is not always immediate. Sometimes it takes years to feel the full karmic effects of any action. The span of time between an action and its karmic effect can actually stretch over more than one lifetime. The actions you took in your past lives affect your current life to some degree. They might decide your role in this life, or how your life is lived. You can rest assured that really evil people will receive appropriate punishments in their future lives. Hopefully, you weren’t a terrible person in your past life, but if you can’t see any reason why so many things in your life seem to be going wrong, you might be dealing with retribution for mistakes you made in a previous life.

The Hindu concept of time is not strictly linear, so there can also be a karmic influence for an action you’ve not yet taken. Living the best life you can in order to balance out the negative weight on your karma is the best solution for dealing with karmic effects you had no role in creating in this life. A Hindu’s goal in life is to carry out his dharma (duty). If you attempt to serve your life purpose, it will benefit your karma and counterbalance the mistakes of the past or future.


The Everything Paganism Book: Discover the Rituals, Traditions, and Festivals of This Ancient Religion

Selene Silverwind

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Let’s Talk Witch – Personal Responsibility

Irish Celtic Fighting DragonsPersonal Responsibility

Pagans do not have the option of confession to remove their spiritual or societal errors, nor do they believe that forgiveness should automatically follow a certain amount of penance. The rallying cry for Pagan ethics is personal responsibility. Whether you’re acting to help or to harm, you must carefully consider all the effects of your actions, and be prepared to accept the consequences. Personal responsibility isn’t all bad, though. It also means you get to accept the credit for good deeds. A reasonable amount of pride is a virtue among Pagans.

Every action you take affects others and yourself. Sometimes it’s as simple as hurting someone’s feelings, and a sincere apology will repair the damage. The first step is admitting that you were wrong. Then you can best decide how to proceed.

Most of the time you’re aware that you’re causing someone harm, but occasions do arise when you think you’re helping someone, but really you’re making things worse. It can be difficult to admit that you did more harm than good, but you must accept the reality of the situation. Once you acknowledge your error, you can get to work making up for it.


The Everything Paganism Book: Discover the Rituals, Traditions, and Festivals of This Ancient Religion

Selene Silverwind

 

Let’s Talk Witch – Personal Power

Let’s Talk Witch – Personal Power

Now that your intuition is up and humming, we can turn our focus to personal power, the next step in natural witchery. Here is where we begin to make the magick more individual. I mean, honestly, don’t you want your magick to have some character?

Just a little something special that separates you from everyone else? Of course you do. By discovering your personal power, you’ll crank up the level of your expertise and put the focus on your own individual style of magick.

We are going to accomplish this by taking a deeper look into the elements of earth, air, fire, and water, and how they play out and affect our magickal selves. Our personalities are a wonderful mixture of the qualities of the four elements. And while it is certainly true that we each feel an affinity to a certain natural element or elements from time to time, we need to be in balance to harmoniously employ all four. It is important to reflect on each of the elements and to consider how you individually experience magick through all four of them. Then allow those elements to flow into your life.

To boost your personal power and to have it up and running at top speed, you will need to get— well, for lack of a better word—“ personal,” and do a little soul-searching. After all, the best individual to transform your life and help you reclaim your own powers is, of course, you.

The power of the elements and all of nature is deep and infinite, and the following elemental information is not a 101 rehash. Truthfully, this type of knowledge is vital for everyone; this includes the more experienced or advanced practitioners too. For years I always thought that to be an “advanced Witch” meant you had somehow discovered all these phenomenal mysteries of the cosmos— when in actuality what you begin to discover is that those basic lessons you first learned have many hidden layers. The longer you study and practice, the more of those levels you will begin to explore and uncover. There truly are worlds within worlds.

Study and take the time to search inside yourself and to uncover the hidden, layered powers of the natural elements. These lessons will be a bit different for everyone. That’s what makes this type of magick so special, because you are adding dimension to your craft. By using your intuition— and stretching out those psychic abilities that we worked on in the first section of this book— you will begin to see how each of the four natural elements play out within your magickal personality. Why is this so darn important, anyway? Because you will gain an understanding of your elemental strengths and your weaknesses. For your magickal power to be its most effective, you have to take a little private inventory and then remove any imbalances or blocks. This in turn allows you to focus and fine-tune your magick, and turn up the level of your personal power. To begin our lesson of self-discovery, look over the following elemental personality traits and see which ones you most closely identify with.

Natural Witchery: Intuitive, Personal & Practical Magick
Ellen Dugan

Let’s Talk Witch – Just Exactly Is A Witch?

Winter Wolf Mother Just Exactly Is A Witch?

What is a Witch? A witch is any person who practices magick. Witchcraft is considered a practice, craft or even an art form. It’s important to note that not all witches are Wiccan. A witch can be a person of any faith who practices magick. Learning about magick and witchcraft might be why you’re reading this book; to learn about witchcraft, magick, and Wicca. First, you’ll need a brief history of witchcraft.

Those with knowledge have been either highly regarded or feared. Those who had knowledge that was dangerous to those in power have been labeled all sorts of things to instill fear in the populace to ensure their disposal. This had been the case for most of our past.

You may have learned about the Witch trials in Salem. This was one such case of those in power using their authority to label a boogie man. As was the inquisitions burning of Witches in Europe. The Church needed to blame a boogie man for the plague.

Witches haven’t always been viewed as negative. In certain cultures, those who practice magick have been highly regarded. Such as in ancient Egyptian and Viking cultures.

Even your local pharmacist or doctor would have been considered a witch 1,000 years ago for the knowledge they possess. The knowledge of the healing properties of herbs was the norm for witches or the local village wise person.


Wicca: A Year and A Day in Magick The Complete Beginners Guide

Lady Nephthys

 

The Witches Creed

The Witches Creed

Hear Now the words of the witches, the secrets we hid in the night,
When dark was our destiny’s pathway, that now we bring forth into light.
Mysterious water and fire, the earth and the wide-ranging air,
By hidden quintessence we know them, and will keep silent and dare.
The birth and rebirth of all nature, the passing of winter and spring,
We share with the life universal, rejoice in the magical ring.
Four times in the year the Great Sabbat returns, and the witches are seen
At Lammas and Candlemas dancing, on May Eve and old Hallowe’en.
When day-time and night-time are equal, when sun is at greatest and least,
The four Lesser Sabbats are summoned, and Witches gather in feast
Thirteen silver moons in a year are, thirteen is the coven’s array.
Thirteen times at Esbat make merry, for each golden year and day.
The power that was passed down the age, each time between woman and man,
Each century unto the other, ere time and the ages began.
When drawn is the magical circle, by sword or athame of power,
Its compass between two worlds lies, in land of the shades for the hour.
This world has no right then to know it, and world of beyond will tell naught.
The oldest of Gods are invoked there, the Greatest of magic is wrought.
For the two are mystical pillars, that stand at the gates of the shrine,
And two are the powers of nature, the forms and the force divine.
The dark and the night in succession, the opposites each unto each,
Shown forth as a God and a Goddess: of this our ancestors teach.
By night he’s the wild wind’s rider, the Horn’d One,
the King of the Woodland, the dweller in green forest glades.
She is youthful or old as she pleases, she sails the torn clouds in her barque,
The bright silver lady of midnight, the crone who weaves spells in the dark.
The master and mistress of magic,That dwell in the deeps of the mind
Immortal and ever-renewing, with power to free or to bind.
And Do What You Will be the challenge, so be it love that harms none,
For this is the only commandment. By Magic of old, be it done!

—-Author unknown