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There are times when we feel disconnected from our beliefs and our spirituality.  We all go through those times, and they are quite normal.  Sometimes this loss of faith leads us to a consider an entirely different path and encourages us to reevaluate foundational questions … how did we get here and what is our purpose.  Other times is causes us to take a closer look at our current standards of faith or lack thereof and seek a remedy through that channel.

Is there something we can do to reset or stimulate our core beliefs?  Yes.  I find that ritual re-tunes our spiritual mechanism and brings us back into balance.  When I sense the beginning stages of that feeling of disconnectedness, I touch base with my friends who have similar beliefs.  I also sit down and write what I’m feeling and what is in my thoughts.

One important factor in a loss or temporary break in our faith is our failure to nourish it.  I find that most people who are in the throes of feeling disconnected are lax in meditation and ritual.  When I first started my pagan journey, I celebrated every Sabbat and esbat, did daily devotions, and read everything I could find that increased my understanding of spirituality and interconnectedness.  After a few years Sabbats and esbats would slip by with only a brief thought about it, or the bedrock of my beliefs would get lost in the distractions of every day life.

It can be a bit lonely when you practice a solitary tradition and that makes it easier to suffer these feelings of disconnect.  But the important thing to remember is that solitary doesn’t really mean alone, it simply means that the intimate foundation of your tradition is how you define and live your tradition.  This means that there are others out there who feel the same way you do, good people who support you and are there for guidance when you are at a loss.  Just knowing they are there can turn you around.

In order for your tradition to thrive, however, you must live it every day.  Don’t just go through the motions of preparing the daily dinner.  Look at each element and consider its origin.  Remember our ancestors and their importance in developing agriculture and animal husbandry.  Do the laundry remembering the hands that grew and harvested the cotton and the hands that operate the looms and machinery that make the final product.  Be mindful while washing dishes of the water that fills our planet and sustains every part of it.

Once you accomplish the reconnecting of yourself to the rituals of daily living, you will find your spiritual compass again and continue to grow in the process.

Tennessee Conservative Backed Bill Could Criminalize Natural Miscarriages

The Republican controlled Tennessee House has passed a bill that would criminalize harming an embryo, which is a group of cells that eventually forms into a fetus. Republicans say House Bill 3517 is meant to clarify an existing law that allows the prosecution of those who harm any fetus. But opponents of the bill claim that it could criminalize women who lose a pregnancy via natural miscarriage.”  — http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/04/21/tennessee-conservative-backed-bill-could-criminalize-natural-miscarriages/

Okay, let’s give embryos personhood status, meaning they have the same status and rights as a woman, but most certainly not a higher status or greater rights.  That means that if a newly conceived person hooks itself up to the body of another, for the purpose of stealing that persons physical resources to sustain their own, changing the person’s body permanently, risking her health and very life against her will, the embryo/fetus should be declared a criminal and removed.  No person should be able to take over another person’s body for their own benefit, causing detriment to the one it has invaded.

Let those who seek to give greater rights to a pregnancy than a mature woman be hooked up to someone for nine months, using their nutrients and organs, causing sickness, pain and suffering, and risking their own life against their will.  And further, once the person is able to function on its own, make the person who has had to endure the physical trauma of the last nine months, be physically and financially responsible for that person for a period of 18-21 years, also against their will.

Forcing one person to give up the right to their own body and endangering their lives against their will is unethical, immoral, and unconstitutional.  This war on women is real and must end… now.

 

A while ago I was taking part in an Amazon discussion that addressed the question — Is being a witch a bad thing?  It was started by an evangelical who sang the praises of James Dobson, so you can see the kind of lunacy I was dealing with.  I straightened him out with regard to the mistranslations and misinterpretations of the Bible and the ridiculous and erroneous notion, as proved historically and archaeologically, that witches are slaves to their Satan, but what I really wanted to do was tell him, yes, being a witch is a bad thing — for any pathetic pseudo-Christian who attempts to align witches with their invented evil creature called Satan.

I’m so sick of trying to convince religious nutcases that witchcraft is a legitimate, life-affirming ‘religion.’  I’m sick of taking care not to reveal the power we have access to lest I reignite the persecution of people around the world at the hands of those who actually kill people accused of being witches and doing harm to others when in truth they are just ordinary people — not unlike the way homosexuals have to remain in the closet for fear of similar persecution.  I want to tell them, yeah, be afraid, be very afraid, because I will curse your ass in a heartbeat if you mess with me or mine.  But I don’t want to give them an excuse to resurrect the witch hunts of old.  I don’t want to give such people license to say — See!  I told you witches are bad!

The other side of this is the evil done by Christians that makes me ask — Is being a Christian a bad thing?  And then point out the evil they do as proof.  But I’m tired of religious wars and the evil people rain down on one another.  I am eager for the Age of Reason to come.

It’s such a conundrum for me.  Is anyone else sick and tired of tip-toeing around the reality of the Craft and power we practitioners can raise?  Do you bite your tongue in order to keep the peace?

Introducing Your Children to the Divine Mother

Our most ancient ancestors worshiped the Goddess, as She was the source of fertility and life. The people served the Goddess and She in turn served them.

With the advent of institutionalized religions and their extensive proselytizing and mission work, She was displaced by organized religions throughout the world, but She is becoming known to more and more people in the modern age. With each full moon, solstice, equinox, and seasonal celebration, many of which were adopted by mainstream religions, we are given the opportunity to teach our young ones about Goddess and God in our many traditions…

They get to see that each person is a member of our divine family. They come to know the blessing of diversity in life and faith and follow a lifestyle that works with nature rather than against it. We teach the history of our religion and how it is growing stronger. Our children come to understand that each new incarnation gives us a chance to live, love, and learn and eventually take all of it back to our spiritual source. They come to experience a true Divine Family that consists of a Mother and a Father and their children.

We teach them also about the wisdom of the ancestors and the greatest teacher in our world — nature. Most importantly, we have the opportunity for our young ones to learn about our connection to the world, to the divine creative force of the universe, our interconnectedness to each other, and about living within the boundaries of a life that honors all of us.

There is nothing that brings us more peace and joy than experiencing the loving embrace of our Mother Goddess. And through Her we learn the most important lesson of all — unconditional love — love of the Divine, of family, of life, and of the entirety of our world.

Blessed be!

Posted by Pentacle Project on October 2, 2011
Written by Morgana

Note:  This cult has ties to Rick Perry and all Tea Party conservative politicians.

“The far right of Christian fundamentalism, if unchecked, might not stop at book burning in their zeal to fight ‘Satan’, and might go at least as far as pervasive suppression of civil liberties.”

As many of you now know, these extremist Christians are willing to destroy the nation that is our home, the nation that shelters them, and has given them the very freedoms they seek to take away from others.  This nation suffers from religious factions bereft of intelligence, compassion, and a sense of justice.  The DC 40 and other such cults are the enemy within, and we must do what we can to stop the spread of this evil that seeks to turn our republic into a theocracy of narrow religiosity determined tear asunder the Constitution that holds us together.

Rather than destroy Paganism, Atheism, Islam, and any other religion or entity they seek to destroy, they have succeeded in bringing us into unity against the evil of their insidious cult.

Suggested Responses

On each target date (see list below), fast for one meal and work toward sending protective energies out to stop the spread of this evil.   Concentrate throughout the day on your vision of the particular state, such as black sand beaches, volcanoes, warm-hearted people of Hawaii (tomorrow’s target), and envision a light of white energy emitting from your psyche that creates a bubble of protective energy around the islands.  Empower that bubble with all the energy you can muster and watch it expand as others add to it. 

Remember, the energies you send out are real and based in natural law, while the vapid prayers of the DC 40 cult that has fallen away from their own god, have no power unless we give it to them.  Thus we must stand together in the fight against this evil.

October 3, I began lighting a black candle loaded with protective herbs and resins and sealed with protective oils and used words like this throughout the day:

Gracious people of Hawaii,
you shall prevail against the forces of evil directed toward you
by the newest cult that goes by the name “DC40”
Let their evil intentions fail.
Keep us strong in the fight.
As I will, so mote it be.

On October 4 I did the same for Alaska, envisioning the majestic splendor of the wilderness with its wildlife and hard working people, and continue for the next 21 days for each state in the reverse order that they joined the union.

October 3  Hawaii
October 4  Alaska           
October 5  Arizona        
October 6  New Mexico  
October 7  Oklahoma     
October 8  Utah           
October 9  Wyoming
October 10 Idaho   
October 11 Washington
October 12 Montana     
October 13 South Dakota
October 14 North Dakota
October 15 Colorado
October 16 Nebraska
October 17 Nevada
October 18 West Virginia
October 19 Kansas
October 20 Oregon
October 21 Minnesota
October 22 California
October 23 Wisconsin
October 24 Iowa 
October 25 Texas 
October 26 Florida
October 27 Michigan
October 28 Arkansas
October 29 Missouri
October 30 Maine
October 31 Alabama

November  1  Illinois
November  2  Mississippi
November  3  Indiana
November  4  Louisiana
November  5  Ohio 
November  6  Tennessee
November  7  Kentucky
November  8  Vermont
November  9  Rhode Island
November 10 North Carolina
November 11 New York
November 12 Virginia
November 13 New Hampshire 
November 14 South Carolina 
November 15 Maryland
November 16 Massachusetts 
November 17 Connecticut
November 18 Georgia
November 19 New Jersey
November 20 Pennsylvania
November 21 Delaware
November 22 Washington DC

9/11 Ceremony Hoopla

A response to the fussin’ & fumin’ over clergy not being allowed to give invocations at the 9/11 ceremony…

NEW YORK (AP) — Christian conservatives are condemning Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to bar clergy-led prayer at the 10th anniversary commemoration of the terrorist attacks, calling the program an insult. Others wonder whether the mayor is trying to dodge the potentially thorny issue of including a Muslim representative.

The demands of Christian conservatives are insulting.  How dare they insist on ramming their religion down the throats of all citizens.  It is clear they are seeking only to make a public display of their religiosity with no concern for anyone but themselves.

Evelyn Erskine, a Bloomberg spokeswoman, said the program was designed in coordination with 9/11 families and included readings that were “spiritual and personal in nature.” Six moments of silence were planned for personal reflection and prayer. Police and fire chaplains who work with the 9/11 families will attend.

Do evangelical religionists really need special moments set aside in public in order to pray?  They can pray silently during the entire ceremony if they so wish and in their own edifices at any time.  But spare the rest of us in public please.

Several New York religious leaders say they understand the mayor’s position. They point to the multitude of religious events surrounding the anniversary as evidence faith isn’t being overlooked. “I just think a decision was made to give priority to the families. If this means more families will be attending, I think all of us can accept that,” said Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis.

It’s encouraging to see that some religious people don’t need to make a public spectacle of their religiosity.

However, critics including the Catholic League and the Family Research Council, argue the program reflects prejudice against religion and ignores the central role religious groups played in the city’s 9/11 response. For weeks, Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal congregation near ground zero, allowed rescue workers to operate from its chapel. Faith-based service agencies volunteered for a range of duties, from feeding recovery teams to counseling families. Clergy organized interfaith services for the city, most prominently at Yankee Stadium.

So these people seriously opened their doors to rescue workers and offered their assistance in order to receive preferential treatment in any ensuing ceremonies?  What incredible arrogance and duplicity.

“Nobody was turning religious leaders away from the scene 10 years ago. Why are they being banned from the 10th anniversary?” said the Rev. Richard Land, who leads the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant group. “The only answer pure and simple is anti-religious prejudice.”

I wasn’t aware that anyone was being banned from the ceremony based on religion.

Last year, protests erupted in response to plans for a Muslim community center and mosque near the site. In July, American Atheists, an advocacy group in New Jersey, sued when a cross that had formed from steel beams that had emerged from the rubble was moved to the site of the national September 11 Memorial and Museum. The building is on government property and is partly funded by tax dollars. The American Center for Law and Justice, founded by the Rev. Pat Robertson, has vowed to defend the cross placement and is preparing a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of a New York firefighter.

Can you say Pharisees?  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees!  For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”

Not long ago, any New York mayor who left clergy out of a public celebration of this magnitude would pay a major political price within the city. Bloomberg appears not to have suffered such a penalty so far — and Marc Stern, associate general counsel of the American Jewish Committee, said has an idea why. “I think it’s about the place of religion in the culture,” which has grown more secular.

As it should be.  This whole attitude is one of religious terrorism that seeks to control the politics of this secular republic. 

Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League, an anti-defamation group based in New York, said the Bloomberg administration seems to be arguing that clergy would detract from the event.

They would detract from it.  We should not be forced to endure the ostentatious prayers of zealous religionists.

The Washington-based Family Research Council, a conservative Christian public policy group, has posted a petition demanding Bloomberg reverse his decision. More than 50,000 people had signed as of Friday, the council says. The American Family Association, based in Tupelo, Miss., whose policy director argues that freedom of religion applies only to Christians, called the exclusion of prayer an insult to “the faith of Americans and indeed to God himself.”

This is nothing short of religious terrorism and an insult to our founding fathers.  While they are busy pointing to the sliver in the eye of all who do not belong to their particular religion, they are ignoring the plank in their own.

Land rejected any suggestion that outsiders were trying to cause trouble for New York. He said the event was a national one, commemorating a day when all Americans stood with the city. Fernando Cabrera, a City Council member who is also an evangelical pastor in the Bronx, has called the absence of prayer in the program “a tragic mistake.” The Rev. Thomas Margrave, an Episcopal priest who is a board member of the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains, said “it seems extremely curious” that prayer is included in so many public ceremonies, including the presidential inauguration, but not at ground zero, where prayer was so important.

Prayer cannot be absent if people attending wish to maintain a silent prayerful vigil during the ceremony.  The only thing they will be prevented from doing is making a spectacle of themselves as the Pharisees did with their public displays in order to “… be heard for their many words.”  Note that no Pagan or Wiccan groups are demanding to be included in the suggested displays of piety.  

This is not a platform for public religious displays, it is a ceremony for the families.   How dare these religionists attempt to take the spotlight off the surviving families so as to shine it on their own piety.  If you want to commemorate the event with prayer, do so in your churches and homes.

http://news.yahoo.com/clergy-prayer-ban-9-11-event-faulted-181721908.html

 

Moonstone Magick

Ruler: Moon
Type: Mineral
Qualities: Sensitivity, intuition, clairvoyance
Magickal Form: Gemstone

The physical appearance of a stone often suggests its spiritual qualities, and moonstone’s foremost attribute is the ability to assist us in calming and soothing the emotions. Even its appearance is subtle. They aren’t brilliant stones; all specimens, from the peach and gray hues to the gem-quality blue, and rainbow-colored pieces, cast a light which is soft and translucent.

Said to be infused with the light of the moon, this gemstone holds the power of prophecy and divination. It lends great protection to its wearer. Use moonstones to tell the future and to increase psychic awareness. Wear the pink or rose-colored stones near the heart to attract love.

Moonstone stimulates confidence and is worn for protection. It is also believed to increase fertility and honors the energy of the moon. Because of this, it is useful in fertility matters, protection, and increasing one’s psychic vibrations.

Moonstone assists with greater clarity and light while opening doors to ones inner capabilities. It is considered a talisman for good fortune and success as it helps the wearer to see all possibilities and discard tunnel vision.

When one has achieved a state of emotional calmness, this stone may be used to open people to an intuitive understanding of spirituality. An important aspect of this understanding is the acceptance and appreciation of the nature of change in physical existence — just as the moon herself undergoes constant change.

Though wearing moonstone as a ring is often recommended, it is equally effective in other forms of jewelry. If you want to use it as part of a meditation you can either sit and hold it in your receptive (non-dominant) hand, or, if lying down, place it on the heart, solar plexus or third eye.

Compiled from various sources including:
The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients