10 Things About Wicca That Wiccans Should Know
Some little facts those beginning in the Craft might want to know.
The Shrine of the Goddess Tuptim
On my hunt for the strange and wonderful things in Thailand, in which there are plenty, I came across a hidden shrine full of gigantic penises.
The Lights of Diwali
Now I pray to Maha Lakshmi, the lotus goddess of wealth, for material providence and sustenance - because the reality nowadays is that art and beauty often costs money.
A Feast for Hekate of the Storms
Last year Aldrin, Pol, Ish and I came together to celebrate the feast of one of neopaganism’s most important deities. We honored Hekate as the lady of the underworld, and now we honor Her as queen of heaven.
Remembering the Departed
In remembering them, we recall that part of us that has gotten lost when they left this world.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
"You are a tiny little soul carrying around a corpse."-- Epictetus
Through the Looking Glass
The wee hours of the evening is ideal time for the seance. In a darkened room, a candle is lit to serve as a guiding beacon for the spirit into the world of the living. Facing a mirror, the candle light is placed somewhere below the chin of the medium so as the shadows would render his face almost unrecognizable in the mirror's reflection. It is recommended to have some belongings of the deceased nearby to connect with the spirit's energy signature. It would be helpful as well to spray on the deceased's favorite perfume, or to play his or her favorite music as long as it would not interfere with the medium's altered state of consciousness. A prayer is to be recited for the gods of the underworld or the keepers of the dead, asking aid or permission to make contact with the deceased. Now with utmost sincerity, the medium calls upon the deceased while gazing deep into the mirror, introducing himself, and asking the spirit to appear before him. The spirit's full name, a short description of the spirit's earthly life, the relationship of the medium with the spirit (if there's any), and the purpose of the contact are mentioned during the calling. A sudden chill or warmth, the wild flickering of the candle flame, or a swirling cloud in the mirror signifies that a rift is opening in the veil. The calling shall go on until the image of the deceased appears in the mirror in place of the medium's own reflection.
There would be occassions when a different spirit appears in the mirror. The medium may commune with this spirit instead if he wishes so, or insist for the spirit he is seeking for. Once the apparition is established, a few questions may be thrown for confirming the spirit's identity. The language used when speaking with the dead should be in the same tone and manner as one would use with the living - not with willful authority as with demons or lesser elementals, and not lowering oneself as when communicating with the gods or higher spirits. After the seance, it is preferable to leave an offering of food and candle for the spirit as a gesture of thanks.
-- Murmur, Liber Umbrarum
Basbasan nawa ang mga yumaong angkan. Maferefun Egun!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Di-di Sigil (use as Facebook profile photo): You see two "D"s placed against each other depicting an hour glass containing your lifeblood - slowly, constantly, inevitably trickling down.
What could have been real moments of life, love, beauty and bliss are spent instead on cheap amusements of pixels and bandwith.
Stop now, and smell the roses. Log off and live truly.
Kilovalo mirare utu'via.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Each of the numbered cards correspond to one decan (10 degrees) of an astrological sign, while each of the ace and the court cards correspond to a sub-element. Compare this to the Major Arcana, where each trump correspond either to an astrological sign or a single element.
Click the images below to view the bigger picture. The tables are ideally sized to fit into a tarot pouch when printed on card.