hades never gets any work done while persephone is staying with him~~
(i tried to draw something with a bg i’m dead ಥ⌣ಥ)
|Anonymous asked: Hi I was wondering if stones get contaminated if u steal them?|
I was only talking about shoplifting stones nothing else if it’s someone else’s that is wrong. I usually give them away to others who need some extra help after I cleanse them off course
Even with shoplifting you are risking emotional distress on the part of the person that is responsible for “risk management” (ie preventing/catching shoplifters). Most retail employees are not paid a living wage anyway, and the loss of product while it is under their watch could cost them their job. I’m not a capitalist by any means, and I did more than my fair share of shoplifting when I was in high school, but that was before I realized shoplifting is usually not “just” stealing from a corporation; it’s risking the livelihood of the employees that are probably already overworked and underpaid. Especially in a place that sells crystals, the employees are more likely to be emotionally invested in both the business and the product, and the loss of product is probably a much more significant implication for all employees of the shop than say, the risk of a cashier’s job when you steal candy from a WalMart.
I’d say you’re doing those “others who need help” a disservice by passing on crystals that you’ve obtained under dishonest circumstances. As the person who stole them I believe you as an individual are not capable of completely cleansing the negative energy of your actions from these stones, because you had the intention of giving them away when stealing, rather than the honest act of cleansing and giving them away because you realize your actions and intentions were the opposite of helpful. The fact that you asked this question illustrates your existing doubt in your intention. Just my opinion, obviously.
Guys. It’s not cool to “steal from Walmart.” It doesn’t hurt the CEOs in the slightest - the cost of the item you stole is usually docked from the pay of the workers who were on staff at the time you stole the item! Because THEY are blamed for not catching you in the act, and THEY are the ones who are affected. Remember that.
If the reader is sharing things with a sitter that are immediately untrue or totally off- base then that is a sign that there is a mismatch or misconnection between two people, or possibly, an experience with a reader is not very skilled. Unskilled or mismatched readers will not produce the “I already knew that” experience.
Just started reading “Hands-On Chaos Magic” by Andrieh Vitimus. So far, it’s been very practical.
Audre Lorde (via llleighsmith) —
It’s a funny thing. I use knot/cord magic A LOT but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book devoted to it (I like Scott Cunningham’s chapter on it in Earth Power, pg.91). It’s so versatile though that there SHOULD be more about it.
As a newer witch, knot/cord magic is something I HIGHLY recommend. Especially if you are in the broom closet/can’t light candles or have a fire to burn herbs. It’s easy to do and it’s inconspicuous. There are so many ways to incorporate it too.
First let’s talk about the different kinds of knot/cord magic:
Braiding: Used for long term, braid three or more colored cords while focusing on your intention and use when necessary.
Knot 1: Tie 9 knots on a colored cord while focusing on your intention and place some place where it will not be disturbed (by storing it, burning it or burying it- so the knots will never be undone).
Knot 2: Tie 9 knots on a colored cord while focusing on your intention to store energy. Release knots one by one in the order they were tied to release the energy when needed, once a day consecutively.
Crochet/Knitting: Use to imbue intention into the item so that the wearer benefits (e.g. warmth, self confidence, protection, etc).
Cross Stitch/Embroidery: Used to imbue intention into the item. Especially useful with sigils.
How to do it:
There are a few methods known when working with knot & cord magic.
Braided cords typically do not get undone, and are stored for long term use. While braiding the cord (typically in 9’ or 9” measurements but if you don’t follow the threefold law this is irrelevant— unless your deity is a triplicate that you plan to invoke). To Do: Concentrate on your intent while braiding the cord, visualizing/thinking about it coming to fruition. Once you’re finished braiding consecrate the cord and put it away until you need it. This isn’t meant for an every day thing, just an as needed cord.
Knots can be harnessed in a few ways but the gist is that you’re using the knots to store power related to the intention of your spell. 1) Where you don’t ever untie them, 2) When you untie them as power is needed, or 3) when you untie one knot each day for consecutive days.
Typically you would tie a bead onto one end of the cord so that you know what your starting end is. You can also melt the ends with fire to prevent fraying. To Do: Pass the cord through a candle flame or incense to cleanse it while saying the words of your spell (i.e. the REASON you’re doing this) then you begin tying the knots in the cord you want to say the following while focusing on the intention/the type of power you are storing:
By knot of ONE, the spell’s begun
By knot of TWO, it cometh true
By knot of THREE, so mote it be
By knot of FOUR, this power I store
By knot of FIVE, the spell’s alive
By knot of SIX, this spell I fix
By knot of SEVEN, events I’ll leaven
By knot of EIGHT, it will be Fate
By knot of NINE, what’s done is mine
Generally knots are tied in this order:
But I have seen other variations, I just find this one easier to follow because it doesn’t start in the middle so you have a reference point for which end contains the 1st knot (the bead). You can also tie things INTO the knot to strengthen the magic even further (hair, wood, stones/gems, etc) just make sure to destroy or bury those items if you choose to untie the knots. Some people use knotted cords as a powerful talisman and don’t untie the knots, if this is the case you want to store it where it won’t be disturbed, burn it so it will never physically be untied or bury it where it will disintegrate in the earth and also never physically be untied. I have done all three methods of handling and I can’t say I prefer one over the other. The really great thing about storing energy is that it’s raised when it will be the most powerful (increases, like success or protection, would be sometime from the new moon to full and decreases, like a binding, would be sometime from the full moon to new) but the power is now stored for use whenever you need it.
Crocheting/Knitting is something I consider part of knot and cord magic because you can purposefully stitch your intention into the item you’re making. A lot of time, if for friends/family, I weave warmth and protection into things I make for them. So I might say something like:
With every stitch that I make,
the wearer of this item will be protected
and warm, but as the need arises
they will be alert until they get to safety.
Never too hot, but not cold either,
This item will keep them comfortable.
By earth, air, flame and sea,
as I say, so shall it be.
And I’ll focus on that while I continue to make the item. Off topic, but notice how I put a clause in there that they will be alert if the need arises until they reach safety. I don’t want them to be so warm and comfortable that they neglect their own safety.
Cross-stitch/embroidery: You can embroider sigils using color appropriate cloth and thread! You can cross stitch spells into your work (like cross stitching an acorn and imbuing it with luck and protection, which actual acorns can represent). There are so many different things you could do, let your imagination do the work!
Color in knot & cord magic:
White: purity, truth, sincerity, spirituality, the goddess, peace, higher self, virginity(as in the woman’s mind is owned by no man), a substitute for any other color.
Red: strength, health, vigor, sexual love, energy, passion, courage, element of fire, career goals, fast action, lust, blood of the moon, vibrancy, driving force, survival
Light Blue: tranquility, understanding, patience, calm, gently moving, wisdom, good fortune, opening blocked communication
Dark Blue: impulsiveness, depression, changeability, protection, spiritual inspiration, reassurance, creativity
Green: finance, fertility, luck, Earth Mother, physical healing, monetary success, abundance, tree and plant magick, growth, Element of Earth, personal goals
Gold: wealth, The God, promote winning, safety and power of the male, happiness, playful humor
Yellow: The Sun, intelligence, accelerated learning, memory, logical imagination, breaking mental blocks, selling yourself
Gold/Yellow: attraction, persuasion, charm, confidence
Brown: hesitation, uncertainty, neutrality, influence friendships, special favors
Pink: honor, romantic love, morality, Planetary Good Will, healing of emotions, peace, affection,romance, partnerships of emotional maturity, caring, nurturing
Black: loss, discord, confusion, protection, repelling negativity, binding, shapeshifting
Purple: tension, ambition, business progress, power, influencing people in high places, third eye, psychic ability, spiritual power, self assurance, hidden knowledge
Silver/Grey: cancellation, neutrality, stalemate, telepathy,clairvoyance, intuition, clairaudience, psychometry, dreams, astral energies, Female Power, communication, The Goddess, moon magic
Orange: encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, business goals, property deals, ambition, career goals, general success, justice, legal matters, selling, action
Copper: passion, money goals, professional growth, fertility in business, career maneuvers
(Color correspondance Source, please note this is one of many sources on this)
Christian Day’s “public” apology (which isn’t publicly visible as of this post, 9/9/2014) struck many as bland and inauthentic, coming not from a place of genuine remorse for his actions but motivated purely by the bad press he’s been receiving. Community support matters in niche markets and Christian was no doubt feeling the pressure from widespread disgust at his willingness to make callous threats and perpetuate rape culture. Even more telling is his request that folks keep these issues private, as so not to “hurt the Craft” — not to hurt his reputation and pocketbook, more like.
Most telling, however, are the screenshots of comments from Christian’s then-public personal FB page in the hours and days following his original missive against Amorella Moon/Amanda. Seems our friend Christian *isn’t* as sorry as he claims to be, given his doubling-down about offering no apologies, having no regrets, answering vitriol with vitriol (original conversation can be analyzed for supposed vitriol here: http://cowardlychristianday.tumblr.com/post/96580947717), and suggesting that people deserve to be on the receiving end of his actions because of “poke[ing] the beast.”
This goes out to the girl at pride today that told me he’s so sorry and is losing sleep over it, ‘poor guy ;(‘
Like you have to do your best to kill any bacteria on them…
There’s lots of bacteria in the sea…
Including the flesh eating kind…
Soak your items in a 50/50 mixture of hot water and bleach for a good amount of time. Florida has had flesh eating bacteria on its coastlines a…
yeah, bleach is a bad idea. It will likely ruin your specimens, or at least make them very brittle. Peroxide is a much better option.
Hoookay, let’s address this, because I’ve had a few people mention this and also state that I didn’t give sources. I don’t know why the hell this post would need sources because the flesh eating bacteria is on the news every time it happens, and the bleach… should be common sense? But I shall provide you with some sources…
THIS website suggests a few ways of cleaning, including bleach…never mentions peroxide
THIS website has links for both dead and live (please don’t take live shells) shell cleaning… never mentions peroxide
THIS again 1 part bleach 1 part water… no peroxide
I searched several other sites that were just random people’s opinions and none mentioned peroxide.
THIS is where you can learn how seashells are made and that they are not bones and do not need to be treated as such.
If someone is uncomfortable with using bleach there are other methods of cleaning them without chemicals. I don’t use those methods, so in my original post I suggested my chosen method. I am not here to be the brains of other people. I am here to provide information/help and should always be used as a stepping stone for researching for yourself!
Don’t start spouting suggestions that you yourself haven’t actually researched, just because you think bleach is going to harm the shells. Take a second to actually look up PROPER alternatives. I knew exactly what I was saying when I said to use bleach. I actually have taken time to research this subject on many occasions and have used bleach many times in cleaning my shells… I know what I’m suggesting when I say use 50/50 bleach and water.
Like you have to do your best to kill any bacteria on them…
There’s lots of bacteria in the sea…
Including the flesh eating kind…
Soak your items in a 50/50 mixture of hot water and bleach for a good amount of time. Florida has had flesh eating bacteria on its coastlines a handful of times in recent years. I don’t play around with that sorta stuff.
Please, don’t just pick it up, put it in your pocket, and then on a shelf once you get it home. O.O
Be smart, witches.
This Week’s Hellenic Calendar Reminders:
- The Eleusínia tà Mégala, or Greater Eleusinian Mysteries, continue until dusk on Tuesday this week. While the mysteries are lost to us, in the Northern Hemisphere, it is appropriate to honor Demeter, Persephone, and a few other related Gods and Daimones (such as Triptolemos, Hermes, and Hekate) for their roles in bringing all that dies back to life. It is also appropriate to honor Demeter and Persephone as overseers of the harvest, if harvesting takes place where you live right now. (For our readers in the Southern Hemisphere, your Eleusínia may start in March instead—if you wish to celebrate it, Your Mod recommends you do some divination concerning the date.)
Festivals in Other Traditions:
- Christianity: Several traditional sects of Christianity venerate the cross (or the finding of the cross) upon which Jesus was crucified today, 14 September 2014.
- Roman Catholicism: Saints’ festivals this week, beginning today, 1 June, are: Sunday—Exaltation of the Holy Cross; Monday—Our Lady of Sorrows; Tuesday—St. Cornelius; Wednesday—St. Robert Bellarmine; Thursday—St. Joseph of Cupertino; Friday—St. Januarius; Saturday—Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and Companions.
- Eastern Orthodox Christianity: Here are the commemmorations for Sunday; Monday; Tuesday; Wednesday; Thursday; Friday; and Saturday.
- Kemeticism: Opet festivals will be starting up in the next couple of weeks. This festival celebrates the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu, and reaffirms the marriage of Amun and Mut. Originally, there was also a celebration of the Pharaoh’s coronation, but most Kemetics use today to reaffirm their own relationship with Netjer, family, and community, often by holding celebrations and donating to charity.
- Shinto: The Tsurugaoka Hachiman shrine, near Tokyo, holds its traditional festival starting today (14 September) through Tuesday (16 September). This festival features tea offerings to the Kami, traditional dance, festival food, and demonstrations of horseback archery.
- Ekklesia Antinoou: Friday, 19 September, celebrates Eunostos and Antinous; it is also the birthday celebration of Divus Antoninus Pius.
- We heartily recommend you check out Polytheist.com! Recently launched, this collection of columns shares wisdom from a variety of polytheist bloggers, from an expert on Platonic philosophy to a mother of three to a street artist.
- Ryan Smith guest-authors a post for The Wild Hunt detailing the fight against racism and other forms of bigotry within Heathen paths.
- The Kemetic Roundtable has published posts on Ma’at and isfet, how you identify those concepts, and what role they play in your practice. Check them out here.
- Julian Betkowski pens his thoughts on how a polytheistic outlook can open up parts of the world—and parts of humanity—that we might not have ever known about otherwise.
- Publius Sufenas Virius Lupus writes about the omnipresence of syncretism.
- Sannion issues a challenge to live a year with the gods.
- Greek Recon Mommy shares a prayer in memory of those who perished in 9/11.
- Elani Temperance writes articles on ancient Hellenic veiling practices and the significance of the Epidauria in the Eleusinian mysteries.
- opalborn is offering commissions for devotional poetry!
See anything this past week in the pagan or polytheist spheres of Tumblr that made you cheer? Any posts that made you proud to be on the path you follow? Any people or bloggers that you feel others should read? Or do you know of a festival or event coming up that you would like to share? Send them in!
This weekly round-up post may end up catering primarily to Hellenic Polytheists, but any pagan faith can submit recommendations if they want to. Posts, events, and other items will be posted at Your Mod’s discretion.
hello, friends and amigos. we’re going to make a big post about how we all get into the astral. if you don’t see your way up here, tell me and I’ll add it to the original. this is an accumulation of all the ways I know, have been told, and make sense to me. SO LET’S HAVE FUN.
there are four main ways to go about entering the astral planes.
- Meditation - exactly what it says on the box. the act of sitting down and relaxing yourself to the point where you’re spending long periods of time completely thoughtless. this act is said to calm the physical body to the point where the spiritual one can break free and explore. a really great place to read more into this would be the first section of Liber 4. he talks a lot about meditation, getting yourself into a thoughtless state, and an added mantra.
Visualization - this one can be a bit more loose when it comes to a general definition. this can be the act of anything from just thinking about being someplace else, imagining yourself doing a variety of things to pull yourself away, imagining a place for you to be, but the key is that you’re thinking up something instead of thinking of nothing at all. this can be a bit detrimental to some, as they may not always “believe” themselves since they caused the visualization in the first place.
Dreaming - Ah yes, the dreaded “lucid dreaming”. some are good at it, some can’t stand it, others barely even dream. I’ve only had success with this a total of two times, so I can’t speak a whole lot on it. but, like with meditation, it’s exactly what it says on the box. the act of going to sleep, entering a lucid dream, and taking control of it to explore other planes of existence.
“Splitting” - this is really just what I’ve dubbed those of us who can just be a billion places at once. this is the idea that “splitting” up your soul, energy, what-have-you can allow you to have multiple iterations of yourself in more than one place. so, by just switching to whichever fragment you choose, that is where your awareness goes. this can be the explanation to why some people have completely different and fulfilled lives in other planes of existence. splitting can take place through the first two methods, but people will usually find that once they start doing this, that’s what they stick to.
now, of course there are things that don’t quite fit into those categories. taking things like drugs, spirits, friends pulling you in, trauma, and ritual are also all viable ways to explore other planes, but those would be the most popular. and now this is going to get a heck of a lot more confusing, as I’m going to break them down into subgroups and then just tell you every way I know with a little blurb of information on each one. ready? let’s do this.
Trance - evoking a lulled, thoughtless state through multiple outlets, most notably through dancing, music, drugs, and repetitive motions or sounds.
Guided meditation/Hypnosis - this would be having a second person or a group of people who are not in a state of meditation taking your thoughts and manipulating them as they see fit. while this is a useful way of moving to other planes, you are at the mercy of the other person and must be ready to trust them with where they’re taking you.
Binaurial Beats - I’ve heard other people using this with success, but basically you put this on to help you meditate and focus on the noise being made.
Drugs - yes I know I said this doesn’t usually fall into a specific category, but if you’re taking something with the intent of it aiding you in meditation (flying salve/mugwort), then this is definitely a viable way to go. there are other ways to locate some “more legal” substances, but “less legal” substances are perfectly viable as well. I can’t say I have experience in either, but know that they do have their pros and cons. just like everything, be smart with your usage.
Sitting Up - this is the most basic form of visualization ever. this is the act of lying down and then imagining yourself sitting up. for some people, this works a lot better once they’ve been able to properly get themselves up and out.
Happy Place - I always recommend this to first-timers. a lot of people have trouble with meditation because they can’t stop themselves from thinking of things and distracting themselves, so I say do the opposite. imagine yourself in a place you’re familiar with and know well, a place that would keep you safe and comfy. and then explore for a while. expand slowly. open a door, walk out, and see what you find. A popular “happy place” among practicing magicians can be the temple made just for you.
The Rope - imagining your spirit attached to a rope, chain, etc and pulling yourself out of your body.
The Hole - imagining your spirit falling from your body and down into a hole. where this hole spits you out may be decided by you or not.
Falling - a subset of The Hole, but the feeling or idea of falling can cause some people to want to leave their body, usually due to traumatic experience. this can be created in a visualization, and is aided also by holding your breath.
- Water - this seems to be a pretty popular visualization technique. this can range from the very typical “training warrior” who sits under the waterfall to achieve some sort of oneness from nature to imagining yourself in the shallow end of a pool and walking out someplace new and deeper than you expected. not for people who don’t feel safe in water.
- Doors - another popular technique, mentally placing yourself with a room that has a door in it and opening the door, allowing it to lead to any possibility of things.
Dreaming (These will be different techniques to achieve a Lucid Dreaming status, not different ways to dream.)
Affirmation - the easiest way to, at the very least, start remembering your dreams. this can just be the act of, before going to bed, saying aloud to yourself “I will remember this dream tonight” or “I will dream tonight”. this can be further assisted with cataloging/writing down your dreams as soon as you wake up. yes, as soon as possible so you remember everything.
Time Check - making sure you check the time in dreams, along with in real life. in dreams, time can end up being randomized or out of place.
Dreaming? - take the time in normal, day to day life to sit down and ask yourself if you’re dreaming. the more you do this and the more you leave notes to yourself telling yourself that you’re not dreaming, the more you’ll end up doing it in an actual dream. so, if you end up asking yourself “am I in a dream?” and you say yes, then you may have sleuthed it, friend.
Returning to the Dream - this is pretty much the only way I can lucid dream. I find that if you are woken up from a deep sleep or a vivid dream and go back to sleep to “return” to it, it’s significantly easier to manipulate and be in charge of it.
Kitchen Timer - this can also work with setting an alarm at a certain time. but this is a bit of a more stimulated “Return to the Dream” method. you set an alarm/timer for a time in the middle of the night when you expect to be sleeping, and allow it to wake you up. hit snooze or reset the timer every time. keep doing this until your sleep is so light, you’re aware of the dream you enter.
*Personally, I do not suggest the sleep paralysis route. some people find it helpful, but I’ve found that it leads mostly to frustration or OBEs (out of body experiences) that are forced through fear and trauma. you’ll also find that people tend to get pretty spooked through initiating sleep paralysis, be it from seeing figures at night or hearing weird things.