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Pumpkin seed oil: a medicinal seasoning

Pumpkin seed oil: a medicinal seasoning

Explains how and where pumpkin seed oil is made, and its medicinal purposes. Also details its use in cooking.

Pumpkin seed oil, also called Kuerbiskernoel, is derived from the Styrian pumpkin whose botanical name is known as Cucurbita Pepo Convarietas Citrullinina – Varietas Styriaca. Although these pumpkins originated in the southeast region of Austria, which is called Styria, they are now grown in other parts of the world including in Ontario, Canada. Styrian pumpkins are a special variety of pumpkin. These pumpkins have a yellow/green skin and yellow/orange flesh inside. Additionally, these pumpkins contain seeds that are dark green and that do not have an outer shell. Because Styrian pumpkin seeds do not have a shell, the seeds can be processed easily into pumpkin seed oil.

Pumpkin seed oil has been popular for years among natives of the Styrian region of Austria and those who live in the northern portion of Slovenia, Europe. Additionally, this oil is now gaining a reputation among chefs worldwide because of its highly nutritional benefits. For example, the seeds from this pumpkin type contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, D, E, and K, as well as many minerals including calcium and magnesium. The oil also contains over 60% of unsaturated fatty acid and is rich in vegetable protein. Recent medical research has also announced the health benefits provided by using pumpkin seed oil. These benefits include regulating cholesterol levels and aiding in the prevention and treatment of bladder and prostate problems.

Styrian pumpkins are ripened and harvested in the fall. To make pumpkin seed oil, the seeds are manually removed from the pumpkins. Approximately 2.5kg of pumpkin seeds are required to make one liter of pumpkin seed oil. Once the seeds have been removed from the pumpkins, they are washed and dried. The dried seeds are then roasted for a few minutes at a high temperature (approximately 140ºF). Once roasted, the seeds are pressed using high pressure. The result of this pressing is the production of a dark green/black oil. This oil is then bottled and packaged for use.

Pumpkin seed oil has an unusual flavor that is somewhat nutty. Because of this unusual flavor, if you are not used to using pumpkin seed oil it is recommended that you experiment with it first. For example, try finding recipes that contain the oil and test the results of its usage. Pumpkin seed oil is typically used as a salad dressing combined with apple cider vinegar and salt. Additionally, it can be used in cooking and baking as an ingredient in sauces, sausages, and cakes.

You can buy pumpkin seed oil in some grocery, specialty, and health food stores. You can also purchase it by mail or over the Internet. When purchasing pumpkin seed oil, make sure that the oil is made from 100% pumpkin seeds with no additives. Because of its thick consistency, occasionally some producers will add sunflower seed oil to the pumpkin seed oil in order to thin out the oil base. Combining the two oil types also allows manufacturers to produce a less expensive product. Therefore, make sure that you read the label placed on the sunflower seed oil bottle, or inquire to the supplier about the oil’s contents, before purchasing any oil.

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October 17, 2010 Posted by | Essential Oils | Leave a comment

INVOCATION OF THE ELEMENTS

 INVOCATION OF THE ELEMENTS
          
          Air, Fire, Water, Earth,
          Elements of Astral birth,
          I call you now; attend to me!
          
          In the circle, rightly cast,
          Safe from psychic curse or blast,
          I call you now, attend to me!
          
          From cave and desert, sea and hill,
          By blade and wand, cup and pentacle,
          I call you now; attend to me!
          This is my will, so mote it be!
          
          [This invocation may  be chanted  while moving or  dancing around  the
          altar to raise elemental energy for magickal workings.]

October 17, 2010 Posted by | Elements | Leave a comment

CLEANSING AND CONSECRATING YOUR SACRED SPACE

CLEANSING AND CONSECRATING YOUR SACRED SPACE

When you feel you are ready to perform the cleansing and consecration ritual for
your sacred space, you should consider extending the ritual to cleanse,
consecrate and empower your tools as well. You will not need your wand as it
should be cleansed, consecrated and empowered before you use it. During the tool
cleansing portion of the ceremony, you should cleanse and consecrate, then
empower the chalice and pentacle.

For this ritual you will need:
Broom
2 illuminator candles
Chalice with holy water
Lighter
Silver candle
Birthday candle
4″ diameter pentacle
small bowl of earth
4 element candles (red, blue, green, yellow)
Incense (sage)

After you have gathered all the necessary items (don’t forget the candle holders
for the candles), place everything on the altar and cover them with a black
cloth until you are ready to use them. Black is the recommended color because it
shields your items and helps keep the dust off.

Next, choose the date and time of your ritual. You can use an astrological
calendar or simply pick the date of the next New Moon. Sometime during the day
you choose, you should literally house clean the sacred space that you plan to
dedicate. Half an hour before ritual, go over everything from beginning to end.
Double check items needed. You don’t want to break your focus. Magick and ritual
are interchangeable and often each depends upon the other for success. If the
will and emotion are strong enough, however, you can perform an entire ritual in
you mind and still achieve a high level of success. This ability comes with time
and practice. Assuming you have done all of the above, go take a shower or
relaxing bath with scented oil. Choose clothing that is non-restrictive – even a
bathrobe will do, or you can perform the ritual skyclad. It’s your choice.

Place each of the element candles at the appropriate compass points. East –
yellow or gold, South – red or orange, West – blue or purple, North – green or
brown. Place the silver candle on the altar. If you will be cleansing and
consecrating tools, be sure they are placed on the altar or work table. If you
like, you may use a rope or cord to make a nine or five-foot circle around your
altar. Stand before your altar. Breathe deeply. Light the illuminator candle
(they come in handy for this purpose). Circle the room in a clockwise direction
and light each element candle. Pick up your broom and sweep the circle as you
walk inside in a clockwise manner. Repeat:

“Sweep, sweep, sweep this place
By powers of Air, I cleanse this space”

Shut your eyes and feel the element of air move within the circle. Return to the
altar and pick up the silver candle. Light it from the illuminator candle of the
left, walk around the inside of the circle in a clockwise manner and say:

“Light, light, I light this place
By powers of Fire, I cleanse this space”

Concentrate on fire energy, entering and flowing around the circle. Return to
the altar and pick up the chalice of holy water. As you walk clockwise inside
the circle, sprinkle the water with the fingers of your right hand and say:

“Liquid, liquid, I wash this place
By powers of Water, I cleanse this space”

Feel the element of water flow in a clockwise direction around the circle.
Return to the altar and pick up the bowl of earth. Walk clockwise around the
circle, sprinkle the earth and say:

“Dirt, dirt, as I walk this place
Powers of Earth, cleanse this space”

Feel the element of earth bring her gifts to the circle. Return the bowl of
earth to the altar and move to the center of the circle. In the Goddess
position, say:

“Spirit, Spirit, fill this place
Powers of Divine, consecrate this space”

Feel the power of the Goddess and God enter you and your sacred space. Say:

“I now direct the energy of the universe to forever fill and bless this place”

Feel the energy raise from you body and meld with the universe. When the energy
begins to dissipate, turn back to the altar. Lay your hands upon the altar and
say:

“This altar is dedicated to the Lord and Lady of light. May it serve me well.”

If you will not be cleansing and consecrating any tools or jewelry, you will
want to end the ritual here by thanking the God and Goddess, as well as the
elements, for their participation. When you are through, ground the energy you
have raised either by putting your palms to the floor and feeling the sensation
of being drained to Earth Mother, or back out of the energy and watch it
collapse in upon itself, into the Earth. Then raise your right hand over your
head and in a counter-clockwise motion, circle it around the room and say:

“The circle is open, but never broken.”

If you plan to use this ritual to cleanse and consecrate specific items,
continue with the following steps, then that the Goddess and elements. Stand
before the altar and pick up the first item to be consecrated. Imagine a glowing
gold light from the heavens spotlighting the item. Pass the item over the
incense and say:

“I cleanse and consecrate this ______ for positive means. All negativity is
removed from it in any time and space.”

Repeat this process through the remaining three elements. Pass it through flame,
sprinkle it with water, and finally with the earth element. Now lay the item
down on top of your pentacle. Place your palms about one inch over the item,
then form a triangular opening with your hands. Imagine a silver orb in the
opening of your hands. Let it glow brighter and brighter. Raise the energy from
your body and gently put it out between your hands and into the Silver orb. With
your mind, lower the orb onto the item and let it be encompassed. When the
energy dissipates, say:

“By the will of the Lord and Lady, I have empowered this _______. May their
blessings shine upon the through it always.
By the free will of all
And harm to none
As I will
So shall it be done.”

October 17, 2010 Posted by | Consecration | Leave a comment

Casting

      Casting

How I cast a Circle depends on WHY I am circling.   But that’s not real helpful
advice to someone new to magic…so I’ll try ramble a bit about the subject.

First questions are usually about ‘stuff and tools’.  I LOVE all my witchy
*Thangs*, but never confuse them with the Source of Magic. Wands don’t make
magic.

If I am outside because it is a full or new moon, or a Solar HolyDay, I tend to
bring lots of stuff with me.  I don’t necessarily bring everything you might see
in a group ritual, just what I feel like having according to the moment and the
occasion.  I’ve been known to spend the entire day taking things outside to set
up a circle in preparation for a ritual just for myself.  The preparation,
the tools and objects, the creation of an alter, all appeal to the artist in me. 
It is something I find great pleasure in.

If the reason I am circling is more than celebretory, if I have a specific
personal goal in mind, I tend to take less stuff with me, choosing only things I
feel most appropriate, and those sparingly.  I guess I see a division between
‘celebratory’ and ‘working’ ritual.  I see  ‘tools’ of ritual as more important
in Celebratory Circles and to the working of magic in a group ritual rather
than a Solitary one. They help to create the boundaries of sacred space, they
add a sense of mystery and help to bring a group into the focus that is needed
for working together.  Tools have less to offer me in Solitary ritual, I just
don’t need them as much as in group work.

In any ritual, regardless of the purpose or number of people, I start by
grounding and centering.  These two are similar, but I see them as distinct from
one another.  Grounding is more of establishing a connection.  I see magic, the
use of power and energy as a gift, a loan, the source being the Earth and the
Goddess, Grounding is establishing the connection.  I can offer you a
visualization that I used to use if you want, (it is one of a tree, sending
roots deep into the earth) but I recommend you see this as another ‘tool’ and
use it only as an aid to finding your own source/feeling of power.

I don’t use a visualization, and I’m not really sure how I can accurately
describe what I do….other than to tell you I look within, find inside myself
the source of connectedness and power and then let it resonate.  This resonance
is what I call centering.

The feelings of calling and focusing the Energy of the Earth are powerful ones,
centering is becoming adjusted to that feeling, finding your own silence in the
midst of a tornado of Power.

I ground and center sitting on the earth, hands touching the ground, eyes
closed.  The alter and anything I need will already be set up, there may already
be a candle burning, sometimes I will open my eyes and stare into the candle
before I go any further to cast a circle. I think of this time as waiting to see
the circle that wishes to be cast.  I don’t usually plan ahead what I’m going to
say or whom I will invoke, I wait until these moments and follow my instincts.

I usually  use smudge, but rarely do a cleansing or banishing in solitary space
(and even in group ritual if I remember to add salt to the water its with my
Goddess given fingers not some ceremonial knife).

To cast the circle I stand in each of the directions E,S,W,N, and call in the
spirits of that direction.  My roots are Dianic, I invoke only the Feminine as I
call the quarters.  I do not in Solitary ritual separately invoke the Goddess,
instead I invoke Her in each of her aspects as I come to each direction.  At
times my words, my intent is to call more upon an essence of a particular
direction, other times I directly invoke a particular Goddess that represents to
me what I am doing and which direction I am facing.

I know this is sketchy…Here’s an example of what I mean: In the East, I
usually invoke the essence of the direction, that of beginnings of birth and
rebirth.  This is the direction in which I see my Friend and Guide the Owl and 
the direction of my birth, therefore I usually do not invoke a particular
Goddess here.  In the South, I will usually invoke a particular Goddess, one who
represents either emotion or the emotions that I am feeling in regard to the
work I am doing.  In the West I will include both the essence of the direction
as well as a Goddess Aspect, this direction is an introspective, reflective one
and comes easily to me.  The North is the direction of the greatest Mystery, I
linger the longest and speak the least here, usually invoking using an Ancient
Goddess name or names. 

To call each of the directions I face them from the edge of the circle and raise
my arms in what I call the Goddess sign, others call a yonic symbol.  I will
draw an invoking Pentagram in the air when in group ritual, but in Solitary I
draw Pentagrams on my body instead. I draw one over left breast for E, vulva for
S, right breast for W and forehead for N, womb for Center.  This symbolizes my
belief that magic comes from within, and that every woman’s body is as the
body of the Goddess.

I continue around the circle twice more, pausing in each direction, it is a bit
of a trance inducer for me and the belief again that we create magic with our
actions – casting the circle as I walk it’s path three times.

Yes, my circle casting does blur the lines between *casting the circle* and
*invoking*.  I’m sure there are many traditionalists who would look down their
pointy lil noses at this.  But after a decade of walking this spiral path… I
am inclined to smirk at comments from RigidWitches.  If you take any advice from
these pages, let it be to follow your OWN sense of Magic and Mystery.

       Spirits of the Mystery Realms, both known and those un-met
                  I call as Priestess of the Mother,
       daughter of Diana, daughter of Astarte, daughter of Artemis,
                            Mother of All.
                     As my Grandmothers before me
                        From time out of mind
                   In this place that is not a place
                      I dance between the Worlds
                          The Circle is Cast

October 17, 2010 Posted by | Circle Casting | Leave a comment

Basic Candle Magick

Basic Candle Magick

Here is a taste of magick you may use as soon as you complete the Self-
Dedication period.  This type of candle magick is very basic, yet quite
effective.  Lesson Four will deal solely with magick, but this being an
introductory lesson, it is only fair to include a taste.

This is a good time iterate how closely Karma and ethics are intertwined.  If
you cast an evil spell, you may be in for some Karma even though you might call
yourself a white witch.  You choose your own color of magick, not once, but each
time you practice.  Some traditions believe in Karma as “What you do comes back
to you”.  Do you?  This is your own moral choice.  The magick you will learn
from this course and the magick you will learn to create on your own can be used
for any purpose.

Keep in mind that for any magick it is best (though not necessary) to do calling
magick, such as money, love, health, luck or anything that brings something to
you, during the waxing moon (first quarter) to the full moon. Banishing magick,
such as bindings, quitting bad habits, curses or anything pushing energy away
should be done during the waning moon (last quarter) to the new moon.  These are
optimal times, but you cannot always base your magick around the moon.

Basic candle magick deals only with two colors, white and black (Lesson Four
will have a complete list of color or meanings).  Envision the white candle as
the waxing to full moon and the black candle as the waning to new moon.  For any
calling purposes, use the white candle.  For any banishing purposes, use the
black candle.  (Note:  Always use candles that are one solid color throughout. 
Scratch some wax off to test this if you are not certain.)

You will need:

One white or black candle
Candle holder
Matches or lighter
Olive oil (a small amount)

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                           Basic Candle Magick Spell

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                         Perform STEP ONE, Meditation.

                                For white candle:
Rub oil from the tip of the candle towards the base while humming and                 
visualizing your reason for doing this spell. Continue humming and visualizing
for about five minutes.

                                For black candle:
Rub oil from the base of the candle towards the tip while humming and           
visualizing your reason for doing this spell. Continue humming and visualizing
for about five minutes.

                          Continue for either candle:
                Place the candle into the holder and light it.

    Chant your chant for as long as you can while visualizing your purpose.
                    To chant, use a monotone humming voice.
  (You should create a specific chant for your purpose.  It can be as simple as
                      one word or as complex as you wish.)
  (Examples:  “Money, money, come to me”, “bring love”, or “Protection surround
                            me, complete serenity”.)

                When you cannot chant and visualize any longer,
     put the candle out and repeat the spell the following night (or day).

After you see the first glimpse of the results of your spell that night or day,
                      let the candle burn all the way out.

       Remember, after the completion of any spell or ritual, always say:
                                “So mote it be.”
                       (This simply means “It is over.”)

October 17, 2010 Posted by | Candle Magick | Leave a comment

Book of Shadows: Blessing

Book of Shadows: Blessing

Beautiful Goddess of many faces...
Bless this book that it may enhance
All who choose to read its pages
Bless this book as my relationship
with you may continue to grow.
I pray to you that you will grace me
with your love and your blessing.

October 17, 2010 Posted by | Blessings | Leave a comment

_BASIC_PRINCIPLES_OF_THE_CRAFT_

_BASIC_PRINCIPLES_OF_THE_CRAFT_

1.   The first principle is that of love, and it is expressed in the ethic,
          “DO AS YOU WILL, SO LONG AS YOU HARM NONE”
     a) love is not emotional in it’s essence, but is an attribute of the
        individual as expressed in relation to other beings;
     b) harming others can be by thought, word, or deed;
     c> it is to be understood the “none” includes oneself;
     d) the harm which is to be regarded as unethical is gratuitous harm; war,
        in general, is gratuitous harm, although it is ethical to defend
        oneself and one’s liberty when threatened by real and present danger,
        such as defense against invasion.

2.   The Witch must recognize and harmonize with the forces of the universe, in
     accord with the Law of Polarity: everything is dual; everything has two
     poles; everything has it’s opposite; for every action there is a reaction;
     all can be categorized as either active or reactive in relation to other
     things.
     a) Godhead is one unique and transcendant wholeness, beyond any
        limitations or expressions; thus, it is beyond our human capacity to
        understand and identify with this principle of Cosmic Oneness, except
        as It is revealed to us in terms of It’s attributes and operation.
     b) The most basic and meaningful attribute of the One that we, as humans,
        can relate to and understand, is that of polarity, of action and reac-
        tion; therefore Witches recognize the Oneness of the Divinity, but
        worship and relate to the Divine as the archetypal polarity of God and
        Goddess, the All-Father and the Great Mother of the universe.  The
        Beings are as near as we can approach to the One within our human
        limitations of understanding and expression, though it is possible to
        experience the divine Oneness through the practices of the Mysteries.
     c) Harmony does not consist of the pretty and the nice, but the balanced,
        dynamic, poised co-operation and co-relation.

3.   The Witch must recognize, and operate within the framework of the Law of
     Cause and Effect; every action has it’s reaction, and every effect has
     it’s cause.  All things occur according to this law; nothing in the
     universe can occur outside this law, though we may not always appreciate
     the relation between a given effect and it’s cause. Subsidiary to this is
     the Law of Three, which states that whatever goes forth must return
     threefold, whether of good or ill; for our actions affect more than people
     generally realize, and the resulting reactions are also part of the
     harvest.

4.   As Above, So Below.  That which exists in the Macrocosm exists, on a
     smaller scale and to a lesser degree, in the Microcosm. The powers of the
     universe exist also in the human, though in general instance they lie
     dormant. The powers and abilities can be awakened and used if the proper
     techniques are practiced, and this is why initiates of the Mysteries are
     sworn to guard the secrets from the unworthy:  Much harm can be done by
     those who have power without responsibility, both to others and to
     themselves according to the Laws of Cause and Effect and of Threefold
     Return.
     a) Since our philosophy teaches that the universe is the physical
        manifestation of the Divine, there can be nothing in the universe which
        does not partake of the nature of the Divine; hence, the powers and
        attributes of the Divine exist also in the manifest, though to much
        smaller degree.
     b) These powers can be awakened through the various techniques of the
        Mysteries, and, although they are only capable of small effects in and
        of themselves, it is possible to use them in order to draw upon the
        forces of the universe. Thus humanity can be the wielders of the power
        of the Gods, a channel for Godhead to act within It’s own
        manifestation.  This, then, is further reason for the oath of secrecy.
     c) Since the universe is the body of the One, possessing the same
        attributes as the One, it’s Laws must be the principles through and by
        which the One operates.  By reasoning from the known to the unknown,
        one can learn of the Divine, and thus of oneself. Thus the Craft is a
        natural religion, seeing in Nature the expression and revelation of
        Divinity.

5.   We know that everything in the universe is in movement or vibration and is
     a function of that vibration.  Everything vibrates; all things rise and
     fall in a tidal system that reflects the motion inherent in the universe
     and also in the atom.  Matter and energy are but two poles of one
     continuous phenomenon.  Therefore the Witch celebrates, harmonizes with,
     and makes use of the tides of the universe and of life as expressed
     through the cycle of the seasons and the motion of the solar system.
     These ritual observances are the eight great Festivals of the Year,
     referred to as the Wheel of the Year.  Further, the Witch works with the
     forces and tides of the Moon, for this body is the mediator of much energy
     to our planet Earth and thus to ourselves.

6.   Nothing is dead matter in the universe.  All things exist, therefore all
     things live, though perhaps in a different manner from that which we are
     used to calling life.  In view of this, the Witch knows that there is no
     true death, only change from one condition to another.  The universe is
     the body of Godhead, and therefore possesses one transcendant
     consciousness; all things partake of the consciousness, in varying levels
     of trance/awareness.
     a) Because of this principle, all things are sacred to the Witch, for all
        partake of the one Life.
     b) Therefore the Witch is a natural ecologist, for Nature is part of us as
        we are a part of Nature.

7.   Astrology can be useful in marking and interpreting the flow and ebb of
     the tides of our solar system, and thus of making use of those tides;
     astrology should not be debased into mere fortune-telling.

8.   Throughout the development of the human race, civilizations have seen and
     worshipped many and various attributes of the Divine.  These universal
     forces have been clothed in forms which were expressive to the worshipper
     of the attribute of the Godhead which they expressed.  Use of these
     symbolic representations of the natural and divine forces of the universe,
     or godforms, is a potent method for contacting and utilizing the forces
     they represent.  Thus the Gods are both natural and truely divine, and
     man-made in that the forms with which they are clothed are products of
     humanity’s striving to know the Godhead.
     a) In keeping with the Law of Polarity, these god-forms are brought into
        harmony by the one great Law which states: All Gods are one God.  All
        Goddesses are one Goddess.  There is one Initiator.  This law is an
        expression of our understanding that all of the forces of the universe,
        by whatever ethnic god-form is chosen to clothe and relate to whichever
        force, can be resolved into the fundamental polarity of the Godhead,
        the Great Mother and the All-Father.
     b) It is the use of differing godforms, of differing ethnic sources or
        periods, which is the basis of many of the differences between the
        various Traditions of the Craft.  Each Tradition uses the forms, and
        thus the names, which to that Tradition best express and awaken an
        understanding of the force represented, according to the areas of
        emphasis of the Tradition.
     c) Because we know that differing names or representations are but
        expressions of the same divine principles and forces, we require our
        members to swear that they will never mock the names by which another
        honors the Divine, even though those names be different from and
        seemingly less expressive than the names and godforms used by our
        Tradition (for to the members of another Tradition, using it’s names,
        ours may easily seem equally less expressive).

9.   A Witch refuses to allow her/himself to be corrupted by the great guilt
     neuroses which have been foisted on humanity in the name of the Divine,
     thus freeing the self of the slavery of the mind.  The Witch expresses
     responsibility for her/his actions, and accepts the consequences of them;
     guilt is rejected as inhibiting to one’s self-actualization, and replaced
     by the efforts of the Witch to obey the teachings of harmlessness,
     responsibility for the consequences of one’s actions, and the goal of
     actualizing the full powers of the individual.
     a) We refuse to believe that a human being is born innately sinful, and
        recognize the the concepts of sin and guilt are tremendously inhibiting
        to the human potential; the consequences of the Law of Cause and
        Effect, called karma by some, are not punishment, but the recurrences
        of situations and their effects because the individual as not gained
        the Wisdom needed to handle or avoid such situations.
     b) There is no heaven except that which we ourselves make of our life on
        Earth, and likewise there is no hell except the effects of our unwise
        actions.  Death is not followed by punishment or reward, but by life
        and the continuing evolution of the human potential.
     c) One cannot damn the divine in oneself; one can, however, cut oneself
        off from it through the rejection of wisdom and a refusal to strive for
        self-realization. This cutting off does not lead to personal suffering
        in “hell”, for there is no Self to suffer if the tie to one’s own
        divinity has been severed; what remains is merely an empty shell, a
        “personality” or thought-form devoid of it’s ensouling Spark of the
        Divine Fire.

10.  We know of the existence of the life-force which ensouls all living
     things, that is, all that exists.  We know that a spark of this Divine
     Fire is within each and every thing that exists, and that it does not
     die; only the form of it’s existence changes.  We know that this spark of
     the life-force returns to manifestation again and again in order to fully
     realize and actualize it’s potential, evolving finally to the peak and
     essence of existence which is pure be-ing.  In this process of
     reincarnation each form returns in the same type of form, though it’s
     ever-increasing actualization may lead to higher levels of existence of
     that form.  Man returns as man, cat as feline, mineral as mineral, each
     class of form evolving as the individual forms of that class evolve.

11.  This process of evolution through successive incarnations in manifest form
     works through the utilizations of wisdom gained, the essence of the
     life-experience.  This essence of experience, or Wisdom, is an attribute
     of the spark of life itself, one and inseparable (see 9a).

12.  We must care for the body, for it is the vehicle of the spark of life, the
     form by which we attain. Thus we must heal the body of it’s ills and keep
     it a tuned and perfected tool; so must we heal others (both physicaly and
     psychologically) as far as it is within our power to do so.  However, we
     cannot interfere with the life of another, even to heal, except at their
     request or with their express permission; unless such non-interference
     would be inhibiting to our own, ethical existence and development — and
     even then the responsibilities and consequences must be understood and
     accepted.  This, then, is one of the important reasons for the communal
     life the Witches under the guidance of the Priesthood: That the group may
     be guided by wisdom and experience, with the aid and support of one’s
     peers; and that one’s actions may be guided by the influence of the
     ethical life of the group as a whole.

13.  Harmony with, and utilization of, the great natural forces of the universe
     is called magick. By magick we speak, not of the supernatural, but of the
     superbly natural, but whose laws and applications are not as yet
     recognized by the scientific establishment.  The Witch must strive to
     recognize these forces, learn their laws, attune her/himself to them, and
     make use of them.  The Witch must also be aware that power corrupts when
     used _only_ for the gains of the self, and therefore must strive to serve
     humanity: Either through the service in the Priesthood, or by example and
     effects of his/her life on others. The choice must be made in accord with
     the true nature of the Witch.

October 17, 2010 Posted by | Beliefs of the Witch | Leave a comment

The Affirmation of Acknowledgment

The Affirmation of Acknowledgment

I acknowledge the presence of other faiths on my planet, indeed, right here in my city/town/village. I acknowledge that the followers of these faiths feel as strongly, maybe more so, than I do about mine.

I forgive the other faiths and wipe clean the slate between us. I cannot hold a person responsible for the acts of their faith, I cannot hold a faith at fault for individual practitioners. It is not my place to convert, or otherwise alter a person’s religion. I invite discussion of beliefs without judgment of those holding them.

I acknowledge that I may be wrong, and I have found comfort in the fact that I may be right.

October 17, 2010 Posted by | Affirmations | Leave a comment