Cultivating the Flow of Awen in our Lives

The Druid's Garden

I shall sing of the awen, which

I shall obtain from the abyss

Through the awen, though it were mute

I know of its great impulses

I know when it minishes;

I know when it wells up;

I know when it flows;

I know when it overflows.

–Taliesin, “The Festival” from the Book of Taliesin, 13th century

What the poet Taliesin writes of is the “Awen”, a central principle in the druid tradition meaning “flowing inspiration” or “divine inspiration.”   In ancient times, bards embraced the flow of Awen to be masters of memory, sound, and expression. The bardic path was a lifelong pursuit and vocation; bards would spending many years (by one Scottish account, 7 years[1]) learning the bardic arts which included the arts of memory, diction, rhyming, and composition.

The flowing of Awen isn’t just an experience, it is a magical and meditative process. Perhaps you’ve…

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Smudging Without Smoke

Good ideas.

Witchery Wednesday

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This is without a doubt one of the things we’ve been asked most often over the years.  So many times, so many frustrated people, so many instances of “I really need to sage, but…”

Let’s face it, there are many reasons why you might not want smoke in your house/business/vicinity.  Maybe you have a new baby, a sensitive pet, or a family member with a health risk like asthma or COPD.  Or you might own a business or work in a place where it would not be practical or appropriate to burn things.  Whatever reasons you have are valid.  And there are solutions, we just need to apply a little creativity.

The following is just a sampling of methods that we like to use or suggest in situations where smudging is needed but smoke is unwanted.  You’ll notice that each suggestion is labeled with an element or elements.  There’s just…

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Magical Tools From Nature

Absolutely.

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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Planetary Influences ~ Magpie’s Magic Nest

Via Magpie’s Magic Nest

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Pearl ~ June Birthstone

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Pearls have been known for their healing properties for centuries, particularly in traditional Asian medical systems. In these cultures, “medicine” deals with more than just physical ailments and cures, and substances like gold, silver and pearl powder are believed to have effects both physically and metaphysically.

Modern science has not discovered anything magical about pearls, but this does nothing to diminish their stature in people’s eyes. Pearls are said to give the wearer a sense of calmness and centeredness and to promote faith, loyalty, truth and purity. They can especially enhance personal integrity. They have also been used in a number of cultures to help women connect with their “inner goddesses” and obtain the ultimate “feminine energy.”

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF PEARL

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Pearls symbolize Purity, Spiritual Transformation, Charity, Honesty, Wisdom and Integrity, all the best within us. Pearls provide a clear vehicle for the advancing states of wisdom, as well as…

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Shungite ~ An Ancient Healing Stone ~ Good Witches Homestead

Via Good Witches Homestead ~ Shungite … An Ancient Healing Stone

“Shungite cures, rescues, purifies, heals, protects, normalizes, restores and even stimulates the growth. Amazing rock: it kills and devours anything that harms people and other living beings, and concentrates and restores all that is good. The scholars who have studied shungite in one voice declare, it is a miracle! ”
From the book by A. Doronina “Shungite – the stone-savior”

Scientists estimate the age of shungite to be almost 2 billion years. Though it is similar in appearance to coal, it is found in very ancient layers of the Earth’s crust that were formed when there were no life forms on the Earth.

Where did this strange rock come from? At that time there were no forests to form carbides such as coal. Experts claim there were only proto-bacteria living in an oxygen-free atmosphere. But suddenly huge deposits of this marvelous mineral seem to have appeared.

It is found in only one place in the world which is the Zazhoginskoye deposit near Lake Onega in the Shunga region of Karelia, North West of Russia.

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Who gave them to mankind? Why? How? The answers to the first two questions are quite simple. Having foreseen the trap that man would be driven into by civilization’s “achievements,” God showed the way out. He made shungite to heal and rescue life on the earth. It is not in vain that some prophets point to the North as the place of rescue from environmental disasters.

The answer to the third question comes from science. There are at least three theories to explain shungite’s origin:

Primitive microscopic organisms existed in shallow bays of the ancient sea. Sea surf rich in these organic remains formed a material that produced shungite.

According to another rather exotic version, shungite is a part of a gigantic meteorite that brought a part of a decomposed planet called Phaeton to the Earth. Phaeton is believed to have had carbon-based life forms. The gigantic fragment brought them to earth and formed the shungite field in the area of impact.

Some researchers assert that the form and structure of shungite have volcanic features. The volcanic ejection of the shungite substance would have played the same role as the hypothetical Phaeton fragment.

Whichever of these theories may hold the truth, it cannot be disputed that shungite with its unique healing qualities and abundance of remarkable characteristics, is a mineral like nothing else on earth.

  • SHUNGITE is a mineral described formally as natural Carbon Black.
  • Chemical Formula: C; Hardness: 3.5-4; Density: 1.8-2.0

Shungite is an amorphous variety of graphite of intense black color, which outwardly resembles anthracite. Shungite is unique in its composition, structure, and properties. It is a natural composite with a homogeneous distribution of crystalline silicate particles in a carbon matrix. *Fullerenes have been discovered in this rock.

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Pendulum Dowsing

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Many people have the ability to dowse, but are not aware of this very useful ‘talent’. Those who are interested in this may use different tools as a dowser including a locket on a neck chain to a quartz crystal. Some use a very simple device like a piece of strong string threaded through any lapidary stone or even plain beach pebble. Whatever you use it will need cleansing in sea salt water from time to time. When using crystals, however, it is important to note that they carry a strong energy of their own. Therefore they can work in the opposite direction according to the individual and indeed crystal. This can be confusing to a beginner and it’s necessary when using any crystal to first establish its polarities before working.

Remember that the heavier the crystal or stone the more ‘energy’ is required to activate it. If you are…

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Dowsing With Pendulum’s

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You start by learning how to use your Pendulum, especially the signals needed for accuracy and the correct method of asking questions. Learn to make your home healthy and prevent diseases. You can accomplish water divining, improving water quality, and locate people and objects.

BONDING WITH YOUR PENDULUM

A Pendulum can be made from a paperclip on a piece of cotton thread, a brass weight on a string, or a cannon ball on a chain (if you are strong enough to lift it!). Some people use key tags or a crystal on a metal chain. A glass bead, about 3/8 th. inch ( 1 cm) diameter (spherical or pear-shaped) suspended by about 15 inches (40 cm) of braided thread (e.g. a shoe lace) is a good compromise.

First bond together with your Pendulum as a team, and let the Force for Good be with you – so hold your Pendulum…

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Pendulum’s: How To Use

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Pendulums are one of the easiest and quickest ways to perform divination. Pendulums have been used for centuries as means to divine the future and to find out answers to pressing questions that people would like to have answers for.

Even though pendulums are easy to use in a sense, there is much more to divining through pendulums then meets the eye. In order to perform a pendulum reading properly, steps should be taken and considered before you begin to ask your questions to the pendulum.

This article will explain all the necessary steps, measures, and routines that should be used before you begin to divine with your pendulum.

STEP 1: CHOOSING YOUR PENDULUM

Pendulums come in many different shapes and sizes as well as materials that are used to craft and make them. Some popular pendulums include gemstone pendulums, metal pendulums, and wood pendulums.

Gemstone Pendulums are made from…

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Trinity of Polish Divinity: Summer Solstice, Water Rites & Magical Crowns