~ An Esu Moon and Season ~

By Iya Olusoga – Bisi Ade – Astrorisa Moon Forecaster

HAPPY SUPER FULL MOON & MERCURY RETROGRADE SEASON
 
December starts with a BANG!! We’re going to experience a Super Full Moon in Gemini and Mercury retrograde at the same time. The number 11 will play a significant role during these planetary changes. Time to align with wisdom and clarity; chose your path wisely.
 
    

Spirit of Spider {Animal Totems}

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Good Witches Homestead

Role: The Weaver

Lesson: Balance

Element: Earth

Wind: West The Quest Within

Medicine: Illusion

 Communication. Creativity. Divine Inspiration. Illusion. Balance. Nurturing Instinct. Mystery. Wisdom. Magic.

NAVAJO CREATION STORY

“In the beginning, there was the dark purple light at the dawn of being. Spider Woman spun a line to form the east, west, north, and south. Breath entered man at the time of the yellow light. At the time of the red light, man proudly faced his creator. Spider Woman used the clay of the earth, red, yellow, white, and black, to create people. To each she attached a thread of her web which came from the doorway at the top of her head. This thread was the gift of creative wisdom. Three times she sent a great flood to destroy those who had forgotten the gift of her thread. Those who remembered floated to the new world and climbed to…

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Rituals and Activities to Enhance Creativity and Support the Bardic Arts

Damh the Bard Concert at OBOD East Coast Gathering a few years back

The Druid's Garden

This is my song, this is my voice,
These are my words, this is my choice.
Hear me now, take heed of my words.
Love me now, and your spirit will fly.

Hear me in the howling of the wolf,
My voice is the song of the Bards,
I am the power that helps the salmon leap,
I am the very first breath of a child.

From Damh the Bard’s Song of Awen.

It has been a long journey into considering the role of the bardic arts in the druid tradition and the role that creativity plays in spirituality. I realized that one final thing was missing from our discussion–a set of practical exercises and rituals that you can use to better work with the flow of awen and embrace the path of the bard. And so, to finish out my long series on the Bardic Arts in the…

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Second Full Moon of Summer 2017

Elder Mountain Dreaming

Artist Charles Vess

By Phoenix the Elder – Greetings Dreamers and Moon Souls, we now enter our Second Full Moon of Summer, the release intention. We are hitting the peak of summer with this full moon, and she sits at 14 degrees Aquarius beginning on Monday, August 7, 2017. It conjuncts the south node and sits opposite the Sun, Mars and the North Node. Direction and Will Power are the deliberate magical qualities of this second half of the second moon cycle.

My wisdom says… Make up your mind and make your decisions “now” and let things crumble and fall where they may in order to live your truth. This is an Aquarian Full Moon and its all about the Truth or Chaos. Because its another Mars/Moon connection, the forth one in a row, along with the 5th one at the next new moon, along side the 100 year Eclipse, this is a…

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Taking up the Path of the Bard, Part I

The Druid's Garden

Bardic Artistic Expression through Clay, Sand, and Straw (cob)! Bardic Artistic Expression through Clay, Sand, and Straw (cob)!  (This is part of a tree piece I collaborated on at Strawbale Studio in Michigan)

A group of people sharing stories and songs by the fire. A fine pair of leather shoes. A beautiful woven garment. A tale full of twists and mystery. Finely wrought iron doors. An amazing wood carving on a stump. A marble sculpture. A wildly painted mural on a wall. A cob structure with whimsical trees and forms. A song that reaches deep within you when you hear it.  A rousing speech. Each of these, and so many others, represent the natural creative expressions of humanity. Taking up the path of the bard is one of three paths in the druid tradition (along with the work of the Ovate and the Druid). Yet, many people aren’t sure how to take up the path of the bard because…

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Ukraine Vinok (вінок) Wreath Symbolism

Elder Mountain Dreaming

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All Slavic traditions and folk traditions include flowers, but Ukraine is much more abundant. The Ukrainian Wreath Vinok (вінок) is a crown made of wild flowers and herbs which, in traditional Ukrainian culture, is worn by maidens (those unmarried) as a pagan tradition. There are different types of wreaths: a wedding, a wreath of love, monastic, wreath of hope, devotion, separation and kupala. The wreath of love was not only for marriage ceremonies but also divorce ceremonies.

Today and in the more prominent neopaganism of Kupala, more and more wreaths are returning back before religious influence and are worn by women of all ages. The wreath dates back to the old East Slavic customs that predates Christianization of Rus which still remains a valued part of Ukrainian national creative attire, worn on festive occasions and on holy days.

Flowers are a part of all their celebrations, traditional folklore, craft…

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The Sphinx Moth, Butterfly and Moth Totems

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Elder Mountain Dreaming

blue butterflyBy Phoenix of Elder Mountain –  A Great Ash Sphinx Moth visited Elder Mountain two years ago, and then I had a dream about a year ago in much detail, of the Brotherhood of the Sphinx (which doesn’t exist in the occult, magic or esoteric, nor middle ages documents when most writing was collected and done). I received some information about this ancient cult from the dreaming, so I decided to write about the symbolism (totem) of the Sphinx Moth, Butterfly and Moth today.

We have two symbols here to work with, the Sphinx and the Moth. Like its butterfly cousin, the moth shows the symbolism of transformation at various levels. How this equates to our life, is we are in a “longer” cycle of change (not a short one, month or year, but several years). I work with cycles and symbolism together and found over the decades that we…

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Ozark Encyclopedia – C – Crawdads

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Crawdad bone against syphilis – “I have known hillmen to spend hours and even days searching the rivers for very large crawpappies in order to get the two circular lucky-bones found in their bodies. These are carried in the pockets to ward off syphilis. The bigger the bones the better, and really large lucky-bones are rare.” ~Randolph OMF 152

Pinchers worn for stomachache – “It is said that a pair of crawpappy pincers sewed into a man’s clothing has the same effect [stomachache].” ~Randolph OMF 154

“If you tie crawdad claws around your neck it is suppose to cure the bellyache.” ~Parler FBA III 3276

“A remedy for the bellyache is to tie a pair of crawdad claws on a string and wear them around your neck.” ~Parler FBA III 3277

Lucky crawdad bones – “The two lucky bones in crawdad’s head will bring a boy good luck if he…

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Magical Tools From Nature

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The Witch & Walnut

25e4cd710dc09ff646259f5bdad468a6Welcome back! I love love love going out into nature and bringing home magical treasures. I’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember. I think as kids we all did!

But as a grown up Witch I think its safe to say we all at one time or another hit the shops and stock up. Nothing wrong with that, we deserve a little retail therapy by way of witchy products with fancy labels and shiny trinkets. Truth be told… we don’t need it. Its very easy to buy something, but try and consider things around you everyday.

When I went on nature walks with my grandmother we would come home with all sorts of things. Some we kept, some we hid and some we charged under the full moon. Her altar didn’t have fancy crystals, the few she had were gifted to her from people traveling through…

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Ozark Encyclopedia – C – Copper

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Importance of copper wire – “Dr. Hershel Shockey, an osteopath who practiced in Stone county, Missouri, during the Second World War, told me that he saw a young man with some rare skin disease brought into an osteopathic clinic in Kansas City. This patient was a hillbilly from southwest Missouri. Told to strip, he took off every- thing but a piece of copper wire wound about his arm. Jokingly one of the physicians tried to remove this wire, but the patient wouldn’t have it offered to fight the whole hospital staff rather than take off that little twist of wire.” ~Randolph OMF 151

Against rheumatism and venereal disease – “A copper ring, or a piece of sheet copper carried next the skin, is believed to ward off attacks of rheumatism as well as venereal infection. I have seen old men in Arkansas with long pieces of copper wire wound round…

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