Saturday, March 1, 2014
Gavin's health has improved to the point where we plan to travel and to speak at several festivals this summer. It is especially important for those of you who wish to be blessed-and-sealed or to be dedicated to contact us (Gavin and Yvonne) through the School and let us know what you would like to do. The first gathering we expect to attend is Beltane with Florida Pagan Gathering in Lake Wales, Florida 33898 on April 30 to May 4. Camp la Llanada, 2819 Tiger Lake Road, Lake Wales, FL fpg.com Although we are not listed, we will be there: we promise. Next we anticipate our first visit to Michigan Pagan Fest between June 13 and June 15 at Wayne County Fairground, Belleville MI. 10 a.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday. MIPAGANFEST.com Following that, we will again enjoy our old favorite events at Brushwood Folklore Center near Sherman, New York: Sankofa (the replacement for SummerFest) and Sirius Rising. These two festivals occur back to back between July 7 and July 19. firstname.lastname@example.org We'll look forward to seeing you troops. Remember: At Sirius Rising there will be a meeting (a convocation) of existing Wiccan churches and of other Wiccan churches that would like to become part of a larger Wiccan church community: not to march in robot mode, but to lock our shields and thus strengthen the voice of Wicca in a larger world.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Much confusion reigns about what constitutes the religion (or more properly the spiritual path) of Wicca. As the younger sister of Witchcraft, in popular thinking Wicca is still burdened with all the negative crap that the Abrahamic faiths loaded onto it so that they could use their Eternal Trinity, their three favorite sheep-controlling methods (guilt, shame, and fear) to increase their congregations. In fact, today's Wicca has two main ingredients: 1) From the elder sister it inherited rituals that were directed toward what is loosely called cosmic maintenance. That is, people prayed to maintain the cycle of nature and to ensure that (for example) the sun would rise predictably and the volcano wouldn't destroy the worshipers. When people moved from the gatherer-hunter mode to settled communities, a period called the Axial Age began, tentatively dated as 800 BCE. (We use the terminology gatherer-hunter because most of the tribe's nutrients came from gathering done by women.) 2) During the Axial Age, thoughts turned more toward attempts to understand self and spirituality. Questions arose such as: Why are we here? and What happens after "death"? and What is god? Rituals now began to concentrate on keeping the juju happy and benevolent. To do this, the maximum possible number of adherents had to praise the particular juju favored by the local priesthood and submit to the juju's will as spelled out by the priesthood. Wicca blends pre-Axial- and post-Axial-Age thoughts. It does cosmic-maintenance rituals as well as rituals aimed at understanding the reality of self and spirit. Today with the Green movement, many people are turning back to thoughts of cosmic maintenance; thus Wiccans find themselves at the forefront of religious and spiritual thought. Blessed be Gavin and Yvonne
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Blog 140125, drafted 140125, published _________ Tell Us Your Thinking Cancer is a terrible disease. More and more of our friends seem to have got it. Curiously, our blog too is suffering from a cancerous illness, simply because some self-appointed individuals have decided that they should put a cancer of unrelated pathetic ‘replies' into the blog so that people with genuine questions and comments cannot read it for themselves. For that cancer there is a simple cure: use the USPS. Now. About physical cancer, not the spiritual kind. Edgar Cayce, described as the sleeping prophet--more accurately, the entity that used his body to give information to his supporters --recommended three (3) raw almonds as an essential part of anyone's daily routine. Yvonne recalls the era when everyone was going to Mexico after laetrile to cure their own cancer. Incidentally, our own physician took this cure many years ago and is still free of cancer. Laetrile, we were told, is derived from apricot pits. Being a bookish sort, she referred to the Encyclopedia Britannica to ascertain whether there is any real-world relationship between apricots and almonds. What do you think? They're on adjacent twigs of the botanical tree. Thank you, Saint Edgar Cayce. Let's all work together to recall the Law of Attraction, to avoid both physical and spiritual cancer. Let's ingest three raw almonds every day. And as you take breath to utter criticism of us Frosts, take time to recall the Law of Attraction. Remember always that hate begets hate and destroys the body's immune system. So let it be.
Cancer is a terrible disease. More and more of our friends seem to have got it. Curiously, our blog too is suffering from a cancerous illness, simply because some self-appointed individuals have decided that they should put a cancer of unrelated pathetic ‘replies' into the blog so that people with genuine questions and comments cannot read it for themselves. For that cancer there is a simple cure: Visit wicca.org, the oldest Wiccan website, or write to us at Wicca / PO Box 297 / Hinton WV 25951. (If you understand that we live under a vow of poverty, you'll realize that we'll be grateful if you enclose return postage.) Now. About physical cancer, not the spiritual kind. Edgar Cayce, described as the sleeping prophet--more accurately, the entity that used his body to give information to his supporters --recommended three (3) raw almonds as an essential part of anyone's daily routine. Yvonne recalls the era when everyone was going to Mexico after laetrile to cure their own cancer. Incidentally, our own physician took this cure many years ago and is still free of cancer. Laetrile, we were told, is derived from apricot pits. Being a bookish sort, she referred to the Encyclopedia Britannica to ascertain whether there is any real-world relationship between apricots and almonds. What do you think? They're on adjacent twigs of the botanical tree. Thank you, Saint Edgar Cayce. Let's all work together to recall the Law of Attraction, to avoid both physical and spiritual cancer. Let's ingest three raw almonds every day. And as you take breath to utter criticism of us Frosts, take time to recall the Law of Attraction. Remember always that hate begets hate and destroys the body's immune system. So let it be.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
We have just returned from Fireheart, where we had a meeting of some of the Churches in the Association. For you who don't know, the Association is at the present time a small group of Wiccan Churches that have agreed a) not to attack one another and b) to work together on projects that will enhance the Wiccan image and presence in the temporal world. There is no attempt on the part of the Association to control anyone else's spirituality or to issue orders from On High. Any Wiccan church can apply for membership--and will be accepted provided they show that they harm none and are ethical in their behavior. The Association meeting discussed milestones in a neophyte's life and path. 1. We agreed that the sealing-and-blessing is the first milestone, wherein the Community commits to looking after the neophyte. This can happen at any age, though everyone agreed that they prefer it happen earlier rather than later. 2. The next milestone (which some call a first-degree initiation and others a dedication) is that in which the neophyte announces their wish to become a member of the Wiccan Community, and states what they are willing to bring to the Community. This is the complement of the first milestone, in that it is the neophyte's promise to support the Community. 3. Plans are in the works to articulate agreed definitions for further milestones in the life of Wiccans. We just thought you'd like to know. Blessed be those who seek.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
One reason that Wicca became so popular in the late 20th century was that it did not insist on the worship of a male deity. Instead, many Wiccans favored a female deity. Some thought of Diana as the supreme being. There are two ways in which we think of and use a Goddess, firstly as an anthropomorpic representation of the unknowable and secondly as a means of storing Psychic energy for which we use the German term Vril. First things first, once you have understood that the First Cause or the Supreme Being is beyond the thoughts of our finite minds, you might wonder why people personify that deity in an anthropomorphic fashion. Wiccans fully realize that their god-ess' personification is only a metaphor for the Ultimate unknowable Deity. It isn't really possible to worship that great unknown Something that may not exist. Yet human beings have a need for something to think of when they think of God. Anthromorphic images are helful in trying to grasp an unimaginable reality, remember always that they are manifestations of the unknowable. We can trace the idea of goddess images and worship back to the very earliest time in the Vedas and we find that they are early peoples' created images that were beyond just a representation of a living male or female. We find images of the Great Mother, for instance, with rows of breasts resembling, as Lethbridge says, gun turrets. In the Hindu iconography we see multiple images that are beyond human: goddesses with multiple heads and multiple arms and sometimes god-esses with animal parts. Thus in Wicca (as contrasted to the Abrahamic religions) we do not worship something that is at best human. We worship (or more literally grow toward) something beyond our finite comprehension. Turning to the idea of using a goddess as a store for Psychic energy, anything exposed to strong emotions stores vril and if you have had an emotional connection to something you can name or visualize then the saying that name or thinking of the image automatically lets you use the energy stored therein. In the cave paintings of Lascaux there is the famous Sorcerer: a male figure with a stag's head. This could be either a priest/shaman dressing up as a totem animal or a hunter putting on a deerskin so that he could get a deer herd within spear range--or a god showing that these people recognized that the Ultimate Deity beyond simple anthropomorphic description, or perhaps the image stored vril that would help the hunter in his quest. To summarize, then: A Wiccan may tell you, "I worship Diana" or "Lugh" or "whomever" but what they might mean will only become apparent with a close questioning of the motive in their act of "worship"
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
More on Cleansing Amulets A couple of people have commented that they prefer to use the smoke of sage to cleanse amulets: to smudge them instead of administering a thermal shock. In our experience (though it's admittedly finite), if the article is not of animal origin, then saging has little or no effect on the vibes of psychic energy imbedded in it. It is obvious that you can't put a person into an oven and then freeze them to cleanse them, and in the case of individuals saging seems to work--though we are not sure that this is what really happens. Whether the worker is looking visually, sensing through psychic impressions, hearing the aura, or whatever is the method du jour, "reading" the auras of human subjects (a) before and (b) after saging, scant difference if any is perceptible. We two have come to think that perhaps people who are exposed to a saged individual or object expect a change and then duly perceive it. Some Wiccans follow the old practice of bathing in salt water before they attend a ritual. There does seem to be a perceptible difference in the aura of people who have had such baths. Experimentally we have seen that if you start with a very hot bath to which lavender essence has been added, and if you finish by salting the water, you will effect a change in your aura. Inerestingly, Gavin's grandfather used to add a quarter-cup of hydrochloric acid to the final rinse of his bath. There is a good medical reason for such a practice: Soap is alkaline--whereas the body likes to keep the skin acidic. Thus the small amount of acid added to the rinsewater is very helpful in reducing the body's alkalinity. You can try this little experiment in the interest of research: 1. Get some small pebbles. When you are very angry (perhaps having just read about Congress' output of the day) put that anger-energy into three or four of them. Then ask someone to psychometrize the whole collection, one at a time. A sensitive will easily identify the pebbles that have been exposed to anger. 2. Next sage all the pebbles and take them back to the psychic for identification. In every case we have tried, the psychic still identified the "angry" pebbles. Alternatively, you can try washing the pebbles in salt water. Again, in our experiments the angry pebbles could still be identified. Clearly this area needs some investigation. If you have a group, why don't you try various methods of psychic cleansing and publish the results? The world could use some non-gasping, objective work such as this would be: free of blue balls of fire and free of heavy hoodoos. Keep your head in gear. Blessed be. Gavin and Yvonne