Doe, A Deer, A Female Reindeer: The Spirit of Mother Christmas

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Oh wondrous headed doe… Amongst its horns it carries the light of the blessed sun…” Hungarian Christmas Folk Song

Long before Santa charioted his flying steeds across our mythical skies, it was the female reindeer who drew the sleigh of the sun goddess at winter solstice. It was when we “Christianized” the pagan traditions of winter, that the white bearded man i.e. “Father Christmas” was born.

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Today it is her beloved image that adorns Christmas cards and Yule decorations – not Rudolph. Because unlike the male reindeer who sheds his antlers in winter, it is the larger and stronger doe, who retains her antlers. And it is she who leads the herds in winter.

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So this season, when we gather by the fire to tell children bedtime stories of Santa and his flying reindeer – why not tell the story of the ancient Deer Mother of old? It was she…

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The Flow State

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I talk about being in the Flow State and how magic can put you in the flow state, but what really is the Flow State? The Flow State is what happens when you are not thinking about the past, you are not thinking ahead, you are just thinking about what is in front of you each second. Not thinking with words, just being in the moment. If you are walking in a park and you see a beautiful tree for the first time, don’t think “Wow that is beautiful!”. You just see it and enjoy it for the beauty that it is. When you are in Flow State you are in a moving meditation, meaning your mind is silent.

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Force and Form

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Making an impression on the subconscious is the key to Magic. It is the main purpose of rituals. What ever info given during a ritual is impressed on the subconscious. In real life when something happens to a person in a traumatic way or with lots of emotion, that makes a lasting impression on the subconscious. When that happens to most, they sometimes have problems the rest of their lives. We want to make positive impressions on the subconscious. We do this by employing Force and Form.

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Abundance and Scarcity

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When you are in abundance, your cup runneth over. Most people equate abundance with material things and money. They think they are in abundance because they have a lot of stuff or money. This is one reason they will never control their own magic. Abundance has to do with emotions in magic. We have went over having a proper mind-set and not being polarized. We talked about finding your passion and being on your purpose. The quickest way to abundance is doing what you were born to do.

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Happiness

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Happiness is a word that has been thrown around a lot. We need to make a distinction between happiness and excitement. What most call happiness is excitement. True happiness is a calm mellow state of being. A peaceful mind is happiness not something that will stimulate and excite us. When someone says they want happiness, they really mean they want stimulation. Happiness is not found outside of you, it is only found internally.

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The Subconscious Mind

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The subconscious mind is responsible for everything that happens in your life. It controls everything your body is doing without you having to think about it. Like your heartbeat, digestion, nails and hair growing, etc. But it is also everything below your awareness, like your habits, your beliefs, what your self-image is, weaknesses and strength. This is your model of reality. It is what you think is right or wrong. Whatever is programmed into the subconscious runs your life.

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Law of Gender

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Magic is sex. Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about sex or the Law of Gender. The Law of Gender is the seventh Hermetic Principal and it states, “Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principals; Gender Manifests on all planes”. On the physical level the Law of Gender manifests as sex. No creation is possible on any level without this Principal. Every person contains the 2 energetic forces of the Law of Gender within herself or himself.

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Karma and Dharma

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Most people in western world think that Karma is if you do good things, good things will happen to you and if you do bad things, bad things will happen to you. Then why does bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people? We have an intellectual block when it comes to Karma and Dharma.

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A Bardic Storytelling Ritual for Empowerment

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Everyone has a story to tell, and some stories are worth their weight in gold. How we retell past events, through the bardic art of storytelling, can help shape our present understanding.  Thinking about stories as acts of empowerment in this way is particularly important in an age where so many of us feel disempowered. One of the things I’ve noticed a lot lately is that people, of all ages, are really down, feeling defeated, and feeling burned out. They feel like they don’t have a lot of agency or power. And so, using ritual and spiritual practices to help us find our power, and better understand it, is an extremely useful practice.  Storytelling is a form of magic, in this case, through a bardic storytelling ritual, to help empower us and bring us hope.  So today’s post, in line with my larger series on the bardic arts, will…

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Vibration

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This is what the Hermetic says about vibration and is the Third Hermetic Principal.
Nothing rests. Everything is moving. Everything vibrates. At the most fundamental level, the universe and everything which comprises it is pure vibratory energy manifesting itself in different ways. The universe has no ‘solidity’ as such. Matter is merely energy in a state of vibration. Everything is constantly in motion at all times. The only difference is the speed of the vibrations.

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