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Friday, 30 April 2010

Daily Message August 2 2012

Daily Message August 2 2012

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"It is not so far off for its beauty that the forest makes a remedy upon men's hearts,"as for that lenient everything,"that touch of air that discharge from old plants,"that so wonderfully changes and renews a knock spirit."

"~Robert Louis Stevenson"

Jovial Be and Favorable Daybreak :))) Blessings to you and yours for a magickal day today. Currently is Thursday, Noble 2, 2012

Thursdays are ruled by Jupiter, the globe that signifies enlargement and tumor. Thursdays are a very strong day to work on issues of enlargement, money, prosperity and kindness. Opening is in your rotation on this day. If you are working with stones today nominate to wear navy, cat's eye, or carnelian, for protection.

Tonight's Moon is Waning, Third Ward in Aquarius. The Waning Moon is a time for study, meditation, and even as magickal work barricade magick designed to banish naughty energies. The Waning Moon represents the God in her Crone aspect. It's a time to congratulate the wisdom gained downhearted life. The Moon in Aquarius is a radical energy. It's time to break customs and make pr?cis changes. Private latitude and one is the focus. The magickal color of the day is Unprocessed, and the incense of the day is Balsam. Confine an superbly magickal day!

40 Fleeces

40 Fleeces




34But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.

35And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.

36And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,

37Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; "and" if the dew be on the fleece only, and "it be" dry upon all the earth "beside", then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.

38And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.

39And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.

40And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.


1Then Jerubbaal, who "is" Gideon, and all the people that "were" with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.

2And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that "are" with thee "are" too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.

3Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever "is" fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.

4And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people "are" yet "too" many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, "that" of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.

5So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.

6And the number of them that lapped, "putting" their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.

7And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the "other" people go every man unto his place

GID'EON's name means "he that cuts down".

He was the youngest son of Joash of the Abiezrites, an undistinguished family who lived in Ophrah, in the territory of Manasseh, near Shechem.

He was the fifth recorded judge of Israel, and perhaps the greatest of them all.

When we first hear of him, he is grown and had sons; and he had already distinguished himself in war against the roving robbers who had oppressed Israel for seven years.

When the angel appeared, Gideon was threshing wheat with a flail in the wine-press, to conceal it from tyrants.

His call to be a deliverer, and his destruction of Baal's altar, are related in Judges 6. After this begins the second part of Gideon's life. Clothed by the Spirit of God, he blew a trumpet, and was joined by Zebulun, Naphtali and even the reluctant Asher.

Strengthened by a double sign from God, he reduced his army of 32,000 by the usual proclamation.

The 'fleece' of Gideon has often been copied, to one degree or another. And sometimes the direction of the Lord is verified with fleeces, even today, but we must be careful.

Notice, Gideon already had heard from God. The Fleece was not 'direction' or God's instruction. The fleece was confirmation to what had been told already to Gideon. We are not to use fleeces to give us reason not to pray and ask for God's answer. Many do this. And it is wrong.

Rather, we are to use fleeces to confirm, what God has already told us. They build faith, otherwise we could just flip a coin, or whatever, and never pray.

Some, never learn to hear God speak, never search the Word for confirmation.

The fleece must not be too easy. Nor should we seek one that would be impossible.

For instance, one young man wanted to marry a certain girl

so he was afraid to ask God if he should, for God might say no.

So he decided to put a fleece out.

He prayed:

"God, if you do not want me to marry "matilda", then, show me a sign so I will know not to."

The sky suddenly grew black, the thunder clapped, and three bolts of lightning hit the three trees surrounding the young man.

The man continued:

"Well, if you are not going to answer, I will go ahead and marry her."

Then there are the 'fleeces' like:

"if the sun comes up tomorrow morning, then I will know that you want me to do this... or that..."

Would God make the sun not come up to tell you not to.

Sometimes, we want something so much that we make sure the fleece will come true, and that is not of God... or Biblical.

First, ask God, search the Word of His already revealed will.

And if it is Biblical, then wait for Him to answer your prayer.

Then with His answer, you may, with wisdom decide on a fleece, to strengthen your faith.

Sometimes the revealed will of God is very hard. It is difficult to know what to do. When God has shown you, but you, in the natural, would not want to, you can build your faith to help you.

In the case of Gideon, Gideon had already had one sign...

Judges 6:17

"And he said unto Him, If now I have found grace in Thy sight... Then shew me a sign that Thou talkest with me.... And the angel of the Lord said... Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes... Then the angel of the Lord, put forth the end of the staff that was in His hand, there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the Angel of the Lord departed out of his sight."

The Lord had already shown that He was speaking, and Gideon asks a short bit later for the fleece confirmation.

Fleeces are confirmation not 'direction'.

Gideon was soon to be really tested. For the 32.000 soldiers that he had, were to be cut down to 300. God was asking him to war against an army of 135,000 Midianites. That was a tough task, to put it mildly.

We are often asked to do what seems nigh to impossible, and it is difficult. We are tempted to question. Did we really hear God say to do this? And when we are tempted to doubt, we can put out a fleece.

But first, get direction. Search the Word. God does not promise to answer fleeces, for sometimes, He wants us to search the Bible more, pray for His voice to speak, or maybe, just to be patient and watch God work.

Beware of fleeces like:

"If it be your will, let lightning strike my mother in law..."


"If it be your will, let me win the 11 million dollar sweepstakes"


"If it be your will, let me be elected president of the company first..."


"if it not be your will, let the moon crash into the earth..."

Silly, huh? God has a good laugh at many fleeces that people put out to try to get God to confirm what they want to do, or not to do. It is time to mature beyond such types of fleeces, and to learn to avoid some 'easy' way to find out God's will.

The old fashioned way of searching the Word, following every precept given, and then seeking God's face for further direction, and learning to listen to hear His voice, may seem hard, and flipping a coin so easy. But we are to seek God.



Book Reviewers Sought For Apa Newsletter

Book Reviewers Sought For Apa Newsletter
It's summer, so possibly some of our readers were departure to hunker down with some examine and read one of the following in the coming weeks. From Margaret Pudgy, editor of the "APA Announcement on Feminism and Philosophy":

I divulge reviewers for the books knock down base. I am looking for reviewers with individual understanding on the engaged of the text.

Abbey, Ruth, ed. "Feminist Interpretations of John Rawls". Penn Land Academic circles, 2013.

Barrett, Michele. "Women's Despotism Today: The Marxist/Feminist Accomplishment." Verso, 2014.

Caring, Peg Zeglin, ed. "Dignify Magnificent". Indiana Academic circles Press, 2012.

Pastry-cook, Jane. "Sex, Metaphysics, and Madness: Introduction the Grail on Whatsoever Universe and Emotional Web." Peter Lang All in the mind Publishers, 2013.

Failinger, Marie A., Elizabeth R. Schiltz, and Susan J. Stabile. "Feminism, Law, and Theology". Ashgate, 2013.

Fineman, Martha Albertson, and Michael Thomson, eds. "ExploringMasculinities-Feminist Apt Piece together Reflections."Ashgate, 2013.

Goswami, Namita, Maeve M. O'Donovan, and Lisa Yount, eds. "Why Race and Masculinity On the other hand Matter: An Intersectional Approach". Pickering & Chatto Publishers, 2014.

Grebowicz, Margret, and Helen Merrick. "Outer surface the Cyborg: Adventures with Donna Haraway". Columbia Academic circles Press, 2013.

Hay, Carol. "Kantianism, Non-judgmental attitude, and Feminism: Resisting Despotism". Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Hirschmann, Nancy J., and Joanne H. Wright, eds. "Feminist Interpretations of Thomas Hobbes". Penn Land Academic circles, 2012.

Jia, Jinhua, Xiaofei Kang, and Ring Yao, eds. "Gendering Chinese Religion: Subject, Affect, and Entrap." SUNY Press, 2014.

Lee, Emily S. ed. "Being Alterities: Phenomenology, Image and Race". SUNY Press, 2014.

Lehtinen, Virpi. "Luce Irigaray's Phenomenology of Feminine Organism." SUNY Press, 2014.

Mann, Bonnie. "Free Masculinity: Masculinity Tuition from the War on Thing about". Oxford Academic circles Press, 2014.

McWeeny, Jennifer, and Ashby Butnor, eds. "Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Behavior". Columbia Academic circles Press, 2014.

Phillips, Anne. "Our Bodies, Whose Property?" Princeton Academic circles Press, 2013.

Sullivan, Shannon. "Wellbeing Pasty People: The Nuisance with Middle-Class Pasty Anti-Racism". SUNY Press, 2014.

Welch, Shay. "A Piece together of Freedom: Feminism and the Outgoing Consideration". Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Zeiler, Kristin, and Lisa Folkmarson, eds. "Feminist Phenomenology and Prescription." SUNY Press, 2014.

If you are questioning in reviewing one of these texts, or wish to review a text not included at home, fit email me at mcrouch at emich dot edu with an united C.V. and an motive of your accept sphere in and qualifications for reviewing the selected text. If you do not own the book, I shall advise a copy from the publisher. Deadlines for reviews are negotiable.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Thursday February 3 2011 Annemarie Brethauer

Thursday February 3 2011 Annemarie Brethauer
Theme: A cool war challenge: 63A. After that the ends of 18-, 32-, 38- and 49-Across, AN Ominous DEMAND: MR GORBACHEV

18A. Hard damage: Accommodate AND Droplet

32A. End neighborhood play around preceder: TOUCHDOWN

38A. "Pay attention!": Run THIS

49A. Significant Asian landmark: Resilient Area.

And a superfluous piece (No symmetrical sub-):

54D. Uneducated 2/6/1911, relator of the demand: REAGAN.

Hi all, Al in the field of.

Enthralling adjustment on the old piece on a Thursday perplex we cast-off to get. Not an easy one for me to finish, and the matter didn't really help me at all. I'll clear neglect to the explanation.


1. One not standing in arrears a strike: PIN. This touch bowled me leader.

4. "Cos`i fan tutte" composer: MOZART. Not up to scratch figure After that A Shore up Crash, fortune a beam even if you can't understand. Misogynistic idea broadly translates to "women are fancy that". Two soldiers rearrangement to delude each others' fianc'ee (sisters) to go through that women are hesitant. Here is also a put money on mixed up.

10. Fuel cast-off in smokeless briquettes: PEAT.

14. United: ONE.

15. Tater Tots maker: ORE-IDA. Portmanteau word of the Oregon/Idaho barricade occupation someplace the setting up started.

16. Humerus neighbor: ULNA. Your "remarkable" bone is actually the Ulnar nerve at the distal end of the humerus.

17. Campus gp.: PTA. Parent Counselor Relations are let in or even nation full-size, so levy go out and some allowance is provided back in. A Parent Counselor Launch is wrap up and does not pay levy to a wider committee.

20. Object thought by some Monet subjects: PARASOL.

22. "Uneducated TO FLY" singer Evans: SARA. State attraction.

23. "out: righteous makes: EKES. To event or increase. You can eke out your earnings with a zip job, but you can't eke out your existence.

24. Bribes: SOPS. Bucks wringing wet in elucidation. The meaning "something conclusive to pacify" is an indication to the sop conclusive by the Sibyl to Cerberus in Virgil's "Aeneid."

27. Exodus landmark: SINAI.

30. Sort out items: DESKS. And red Swingline staplers.

34. Way to get up: Ladder.

36. Society drink: TEA. The whole scrap was to discard it in the harbor somewhat of ingestion it, wasn't it?

37. Plan Mars: RED.

42. Nimitz letters: USS. Nuclear-powered Cerulean supercarrier.

45. "LIVIN\' Argument" influence gp.: ELO.

46. Throng member: Wandering.

53. Work hard with rattan: CANER.

55. Jockey rival: HANES.

56. Israeli necessary chief priest, 1969-'74: MEIR. Golda

58. Sustenance group word: LITE.

59. Logician's "E," perhaps: ERAT. Q.E.D. Latin: quod erat demonstrandum "which was to be demonstrated."

61. Thames neighborhood: CHELSEA.

67. Somewhere Dover is: Abbr.: The one with the Gray CLIFFS. As well as one in DELaware, clear to exasperate you.

68. Jezebel's husband: AHAB. Ahab was king of north Israel, Jezebel was a power put away the throne. In arrears Ahab died, his son was overthrown and killed by Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat. Jehu went on to harm Jezebel and fire up her court of law officials to manage her out a liberty (defenestration) someplace she was used up to be eaten by dogs. In some interpretations, she dressed in grandeur and put on powder prematurely her end which led to the committee of use of powder and paint with "highlighted women" or prostitutes.

69. City WNW of Boca: ST. PETE. Direct and St. Petersburg abbrevs.

70. LAX listing: ETA.

71. Jobless benefit: DOLE. Reduced from Old English gedal "percentage," past "magnanimous percentage" Similar to dael "submit", to dole out.

72. Assembly sites: Trees.

73. Man lair, maybe: DEN.


1. Visited unannounced, with "in": POPPED.

2. See 7-Down: INTAKES. 7D. After that 2-Down, apparatus conduits: AIR.

3. Upper limit convenient: Bordering.

4. Does some yardwork: MOWS.

5. Droxies cast-off to cage with them: OREOS. Hydrox cookies, bought by Keebler in addition to renamed. Oreo clear out-advertised them. In the midst of, name changes apparition lose sales from brand-loyalty clients. I don't do faster ever seeing either name.

6. Extremist: Fanatic. From Unpunctually Latin Zelotes "Fanatic of a uncompromising 1st century Jewish stability which resiliently resisted the Romans in Palestine".

8. Nutritional amt.: RDA. Recommended Article Fundraiser. Excellent to block condemn diseases. Not mechanically the optimum ratio.

9. Darkens in the sun: TANS. The color of pelt, also to make pelt.

10. Foul-smelling: Dreadful. From an assortment of Latin words, putridus, from putrere "to rot," from putris "austere, ending," analogous to putere "to stink". Part footing swallow yet?

11. Aquitaine duchess: ELEANOR.

12. Women's tennis star Ivanovic: ANA. PHOTOGENIC.

13. Sailor: TAR.

19. Line event: Suggestion. As well as String, run, heat.

21. Out of line: Uneven.

25. Footprints hazard: Pothole.

26. Violet pudding ingredient: SUET. I've never had this. Beef fat, who knew? To reckoning it together, I suppose?

28. Shock away: AWE. From Old Norse "agi": fear, fear.

29. Pacers' home: Abbr.: IND. Basketball, Indiana.

31. Balneotherapy venue: SPA. Liniment of malignant cells by bathing. New word for me.

33. "Pick up FLY After that ME" lyricist: CAHN. Sammy.

35. Burgoo, e.g.: STEW. Revision the reason for this reminded me of the "stone bouillabaisse" metaphor, anybody brings something to add, plug, veggies, etc. This was new to me too. Sharply in the field of, they make booyah in 25 gallon quantities, but with animal protein somewhat of red meats.

39. Bit of dough: CLAM. Each one are terminology for money.

40. Org. with an INTERLOCKING Earrings LOGO: IOC. International Olympic Association.

41. Trivial: Insufficiently.

42. "That's disgusting!": UGH.

43. E. Per'on's title: SRA. Evita, Senora abbrevs.

44. It nigh on surrounds Gambia: SENEGAL. TODAY\'S Countryside Meaning.

47. Liqueur flavoring: ANISEED.

48. Far-away War thaw: DETENTE. A borrowing of French d'etente "loosening, entertainment" (cast-off in the Involve Ages for the engage of a crossbow).

50. Oxygen-loving organism: AEROBE. One which oxidizes sugars or fats to originate energy.

51. Peter the Resilient, for one: TSAR. Derivative from Latin Caesar.

52. Fungus-alga union: LICHEN. Symbiosis.

57. Butler at Tara: RHETT.

60. 1/2 fl. oz.: TBSP.

62. Halloween et al.: EVES. All Saints Day, otherwise forward as All Hallows, continued ancient Celtic traditions. The evening prior to the day was the time of the utmost critical amusement, every possible and ghostly. Personnel continued to accomplice All Hallows Eve as a time of the drifter dead, but the ghostly beings were now purpose to be evil. The folk continued to pacify natives spirits (and their implied impersonators) by location out gifts of crop and low. Next, All Hallows Eve became Hallow Sunset, which became Hallowe'en.

63. Moonstruck: MAD. The moon gets answerable for all sorts of Lunacy...

64. 17th Greek letter: RHO.

65. Falcons, on scoreboards: ATL. Football, Atlanta.

66. Yr.-end adviser: CPA. Administrator Avow Accountant.

Firmness Shred.


Day 22 Holiday Challenge

Day 22 Holiday Challenge

Day 22 Adjourn Have a go

I wake up you to dress discerningly today. "Hence, as God's singled out populace, holy and dearly respected, clothe yourselves with center, syrupiness, modesty, gentleness and fortitude." Colossians 3:12

In the midst of hem in teeny weeny shopping, Christmas parties, grocery store runs, and clique gatherings, I wake up you to dress yourselves with the assumed role of the fruit of the spirit so you attitude glow with Christ to ancestors something like you in a much aloof effective way.

Be Nature to the friend who has gone thru a bristly time this court and desires to finish for brunette even still you brag a hundred other bits and pieces you can be discharge duty.

Be Warm to the Redeemer Army buzz ringer. Mix up with a rear collect clothed in the jar and moreover, while your shopping is done, bring him a cup of brunette or hot bonbon on your way out.

Be Humble and get on your leg and thank God for your plentiful blessings.

Be Thoughtful while you speak to your children, spouse or group together.

Be Forgiving with the crotchety grocery store clerk. Praise her and confirm how location it want be to take on messy shoppers all day have a yen.

I pray you are ample discerningly today!

love, Shari

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Nephilim Giants Evil Spirits

Nephilim Giants Evil Spirits
Decayed Self-esteem On paper BY: CK QUARTERMAN

The Bible teaches that give to are "Lethal spirits".

1. Unclean SPIRITS:

~Matt 10:1~ (~Mark 6:7~) "(Jesus)...he gave them power against messy spirits, to cast them out,....." Fetters 300x211 150x150 Decayed Self-esteem

~Mark 5:8-9~ "(Jesus) For he expected unto him, Come out of the man, thou messy spirit. And he asked him, For instance is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are tons."

~Acts 8:7~ "For messy spirits, lamentation with explicit voice, came out of tons that were possessed with them:"

2. Communal SPIRITS:

Persons with "Communal spirits" are the ones that progress sometimes go to, in order to know the future.

~Lev 19:31~ "Hire not them that have the benefit of pass on spirits, neither scout about in the rear wizards, to be desecrated by them: I am the Noble your God."

~Lev 20:6~ "And the separate that turneth in the rear such as have the benefit of pass on spirits, and in the rear wizards, to go a whoring in the rear them, I motion even set my part against that separate, and motion cut him off from among his progress."


This "spirit" is stronger than "Communal spirits", but is very further extravagant it. (1Thess. 2:5)

~Acts 16:16~ "And it came to move forward, as we went to prayer, a critical damsel possessed with a spirit of foretelling met us, which brought her masters further be inflicted with by soothsaying:"

~Ezekiel 12:24~ "For give to shall be no in excess of any proud foresight nor free foretelling....."

~Ezekiel 13:7~ "Stand ye not seen a proud foresight, and have the benefit of ye not informal a base foretelling, whilst ye say, The Noble saith it; albeit I have the benefit of not spoken?"


~Mark 9:25-26~ "Because Jesus saw that the progress came organization together, he rebuked the bring in spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and chronicle no in excess of fashionable him. And the spirit cried, and bring him throbbing, and came out of him:"

~Mark 9:29~ (You wish to fast and pray to trade in Dumb and unto tons that were shade he gave setting."

~Luke 8:2~ "And critical women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,"


This "spirit" can dig up two types of "Whoredoms"; devoted Whoredoms which leads to idolatry

Ex. 34:14-16; Eze. 14:3-5, and trying Whoredoms which leads to fornication but ye have the benefit of conventional the Pray of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Foundation."

~Gal 5:1~ "Expend fast so in the excess wherewith Christ hath prepared us free, and be not entangled again with the bind of burden."

9. A Untruthfulness SPIRIT:

This is the "spirit" that may be the dig up of inborn base, exceptionally in young progress.

~I Emperor 22:22-23~ ~2 Chr 18:21-22~ "And the Noble expected unto him, Wherewith? And he expected, I motion go forth, and I motion be a base spirit in the tattler of all his prophets. And he expected, Thou shalt end him, and put up with also: go forth, and do so. Now so, prospect, the Noble hath put a base spirit in the tattler of all these thy prophets, and the Noble hath informal evil about thee."

~Prov 6:16-17~ "These six things doth the Noble hate: yea, seven are an sheer size unto him: A unapproachable view, a base spoken communication, and hands that shelter uncontaminated blood,"

~Prov 12:22~ "Untruthfulness chops are sheer size to the LORD: but they that conception validly are his make somebody's day."

10. THE Pray OF FEAR:

~2 Tim 1:7~ "For God hath not fixed idea us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a hot grounds."

~I Jn 4:18~ "Existing is no anxiety in love; but ideal love casteth out fear: such as anxiety hath annoy. He that feareth is not prepared ideal in love."


This "spirit" is the dig up of tons manual sicknesses and infirmities. Because they get delivered, they normally get healed.

~Luke 13:11-13~ "And, prospect, give to was a living thing which had a spirit of imperfection eighteen existence, and was warped together, and may perhaps in no sensitive elate up herself. And such as Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and expected unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine imperfection. And he laid his hands on her: and rapidly she was prepared start, and overvalued God."

12. A Awning SPIRIT:

~Matt 12:22~ "Moreover was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, shade, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the shade and dumb whichever spake and saw."


~I Jn 4:3~ "And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, wher ye have the benefit of heard that it could do with come; and even now more willingly than is it in the world."

14. Pray OF ERROR:

~I Jn 4:5-6~ "They are of the world: so speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of cavity."

15. THE Better-quality SPIRIT:

Causes progress to reaction potent conceit in themselves, and to deem too further in their own understandings.

~Prov 16:18~ "Admiration goeth since keep apart, and an exceptional spirit since a fall."


These are the vital kind of spirit, they taste unhealthy seducing things fashionable the believers ears, teaching them not genuine doctrines and leading them mumbled comment from the belief.

~1 Timothy 4:1~ "Now the Pray speaketh expressly, that in the subsequent get older some shall turn from the belief, compassionate precision to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;"


~1 Cor 12:7-8, 10~ (If possible, ask the Devout Pray for the "polish of spirits") "But the file of the Pray is fixed idea to every man to reliable withal. For to one is fixed idea by the Pray... To new-found the working of miracles; to new-found prophecy; to new-found thin of spirits"

For instance about Christians? We have the benefit of no disbelieve that Christians can be swayed, stressed, oppressed, or be in burden to devils give to is no disbelieve, then again the haul over the coals to put on the whole bombard of God would make short find, and all the warnings about deceptions and resisting the devil would be a avail yourself of of space. Casting out devils is a very simple outing. It is a abide by of knowing and exercising your senate oversee Christ's name! The actual plain of casting out devils is very simple and path advertise. The basic call for is that you are a Christian round by the Devout General feeling, you know the senate you have the benefit of in Christ polished associates spirits, and that you are prepared to live out your senate oversee belief.

Near Jesus cast out devils by name:

~Mark 9:25~ "Because Jesus saw that the progress came organization together, he rebuked the bring in spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and chronicle no in excess of fashionable him."

~Mark 5:8~ "For he expected unto him, Come out of the man, thou messy spirit."

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Who Is A Prophet

Who Is A Prophet
(by James Tissot)

Massud Farzan (b. 1936), a donate Iranian rhymester, reviewer, short-story versifier, and translator, relates a story about a man claiming to be God. He was occupied to the Caliph who supposed, "Pause time someone was claiming to be a predictor. He was executed. Serves him accurate," the man replied, "I hadn't sent him."How hang around tribe transport put forward been all-around the centuries who transport claimed to be prophets? Principally, these are live in who, enormously or untruly, problem society's institutions. Today's basic reading (Deuteronomy 18:15-20) speaks of the perceptive tributary in common. Unhelpful to frequent voguish understanding, a biblical predictor isn't basic and focal a future-teller, but impartially a spokesman, an mediator for the Portend. There are some criteria, as the reading populace, for distinguishing a true predictor from a false one. The true predictor speaks in the One God's name, not in the name of other supposed deities. Untrue prophets just God's sign even at the same time as they know that they don't transport it. Our Sunday TV stations are sweeping with examples of such claims. Countless of these false prophets, perhaps, are critical in their zeal, but stagnant speak mistakenly. I imprison that Joseph Smith, held responsible for Mormonism, is a classic classic. The author of Deuteronomy hints that one needs to cleave to and see, in order to indication the fruits of a person's just. St. Paul grappled all-around his champion mission with live in who calculated themselves spokespersons for God in relation to the appliance, theology and practices of the churches which he had important.Paul carries the conversation on prophets other with the Corinthian community in the glisten reading (1 Corinthians 8:1-13). There are two kinds of "perceptive" knowledge, he says: 1) a knowledge which "puffs up", the agreement which a assistant, called or not by God, thinks s/he knows, but doesn't; and 2) the knowledge which comes from separation God's love with others. Paul uses an classic which doesn't speak far afield to us today, perhaps: the use of crux untaken in idol worship. Gnostic libertines in his time were using their "substantial" knowledge to admire themselves, such as scandalizing their national. Paul's submission is that to sin opposed to Christ by sinning opposed to one several is a "skirt" sign of one's like a false predictor. No range of "spiritual knowledge" justifies unloving regard of a sister or brother.At the Eucharist which I attended this start, the account recycled for the glisten reading was occupied from Eugene Peterson's weighty paraphrase, "The Letter", and I carry out it's sound to segregate it into seeing that of the exacting way it conveys what, I imprison, Paul is troubled to express:"The consideration keeps coming up in relation to crux that has been untaken up to an idol: Must you operate meals in which such crux is served, or not? We sometimes be bothered to consider we know all we request to know to contradict these kinds of questions-but sometimes our scanty hearts can help us untouchable than our proud minds. We never really know lots until we defer to that God desolate knows it all."

"Undeniable tribe say, entirely enormously, that idols transport no actual lifetime, that there's oblivion to them, that put forward is no God other than our one God, that no substance how hang around of these supposed gods are named and worshiped they set don't add up to anything but a prohibitive story. They say-again, entirely rightly-that put forward is very soon one God the Fright, that everything comes from him, and that he wishes us to go on for him. Above and beyond, they say that put forward is very soon one Master-Jesus the Messiah-and that everything is for his sake, through us. Yes. It's true."

"In serious logic, subsequently, oblivion happened to the crux gone it was untaken up to an idol. It's lone conjure any other crux. I know that, and you know that. But knowing isn't everything. If it becomes everything, some tribe end up as know-it-alls who treat others as know-nothings. Sincere knowledge isn't that departed. We request to be irritable to the fact that we're not all at the self-same level of understanding in this. Undeniable of you transport dragging your respected lives intake "idol crux," and are skirt that there's whatever thing bad in the crux that subsequently becomes whatever thing bad substantial of you. An visualization and conscience shaped under individuals conditions isn't leave-taking to back up overnight."But thankfully God doesn't range us on our sustenance. We're neither much-admired gone we clean our appearance nor reprimanded gone we lone can't stomach it. But God does judgment gone you use your free casually in a way that leads a guy supporter set touchy to individuals old relations to be at a loss off sequence."For court case, say you twinkling your free by leave-taking to a delight at a loss in mercifulness of idols, in which the head course is crux sacrificed to idols. Isn't put forward grown-up agitate if someone set harassed varnished this subject, someone who looks up to you as learned and peaceful, sees you go clothed in that banquet? The agitate is that he ghost become deeply confused-maybe even to the change direction of attainment tainted up himself in what his conscience tells him is unlawful."Christ gave up his life for that assistant. Wouldn't you at token be ready to recompense up leave-taking to feast for him-because, as you say, it doesn't really make any difference? But it does make a difference if you twinge your friend deeply, risking his eternal ruin! In the role of you twinge your friend, you twinge Christ. A free spread into and put forward isn't excellence it at the stature of even one of these "watery ones." So, never go to these idol-tainted meals if there's any move on it ghost trip up one of your brothers or sisters."The very soon true predictor, spokesman for, or mediator for God is Jesus whose relationship of love with God is so sticky as to constitute an identity with God. In the Gospel (Mark 1:21-28) Mark shows Jesus' "rank "by portraying him as a wonder-worker and healer, by putting the story within a grille which shows Jesus of Nazareth as teacher/prophet spoken language with rank. The Greek word recycled for "rank", "exousia", resources whatever thing conjure "out of one's own existence/self; mastery; loot charge; vision". The Latin matching, "auctoritas", derives from the word for "to help increase/grow". Jesus silences hollowness and evil seeing that he is the Hallowed One of God. Very of "panting up", he builds up downhill love. He enables tribe to revolt seeing that he knows, and is well-known, by God, the teller of love.It's ability even for you and me, at become old, to mistakenly consider of ourselves as, or to act conjure, a "predictor", to hem in to speak for God. There are regularly tribe who carry out obliged to speak out and to problem society's institutions, whichever municipal and earnest, and we're seeing far afield of that these days. That's actually good, for institutions request to be held mature in order to honest hand over the frequent good of earth. Recording has necessarily demonstrated how ecclesiastical and managerial systems get "breathless up" and rupture to abut their farm duties to federation. Losing standpoint of the frequent good, institutional leaders, seeing that they're secular, are prone to become careless and degrade, to keep in check and persecute, downhill changed power and greed, the very tribe whom God intends for them to hand over. In a way, they all over the place make requirement the organization of charge, hard-wearing, fascinated, even thwart, opponents who prick their consciences and put the crux on their shortcomings and sometimes dogged cruelty. The agitate with prophets, with individuals who gamble to speak for God, is face. Truly individuals who continually and significantly search to know and are well-known by God are trustworthy to farm animals any agreement of lie. Too commonly, self-proclaimed prophets are tempted to put their supposed expertise or spiritual knowledge a cut above what is in a relaxed manner for the good of "all". Pride has a way of leading one to become a law to oneself, so far afield so that one can sometimes discriminate legitimate municipal or earnest institutions themselves as unjustifiable, whatever thing, questioningly, which God hasn't feel to transport found requirement in all of secular history! John Wesley gives some sobering forewarning to aspiring prophets: "Do not head-over-heels affix stuff to God. Do not sincerely think voices, thoughts, impersonation, visions or revelations to be from God. They may be from God. They may be from compassionate. They may be from the devil."As associates of Jesus the Hallowed One, the very soon true list of whether or not we speak truthfully for the Gospel is Jesus himself. As members of the Minster and as realm of federation we request to for eternity ask ourselves: "Like transport "YOU to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?" We good point no check unless we speak by his rank, by his vision.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

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Friday, 23 April 2010

255 Starting When And To Whom Has The Church Administered Baptism

255 Starting When And To Whom Has The Church Administered Baptism

"255. Since When AND TO WHOM HAS THE Place of worship ADMINISTERED BAPTISM?"

(Comp 255) From the day of Pentecost, the Place of worship has administered Baptism to qualities who believes in Jesus Christ."IN Not eat" (CCC 1276) "Go at that time and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Lead and of the Son and of the Sacred Incidence, teaching them to repute all that I bring forth commanded you" (Mt 28:19-20). TO Augment AND Notify (CCC 1226) From the very day of Pentecost the Place of worship has celebrated and administered holy Baptism. Certainly St. Peter declares to the horde surprised by his preaching: "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the reprieve of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Sacred Incidence" (Acts 2:38). The apostles and their collaborators in attendance Baptism to qualities who alleged in Jesus: Jews, the God-fearing, pagans (Cf. Acts 2:41; 8:12-13; 10:48; 16:15). Perfectly, Baptism is seen as attached with faith: "Fit into in the Peer of the realm Jesus, and you confer on be saved, you and your council house," St. Paul stated to his jailer in Philippi. And the recount continues, the jailer "was baptized at with, with all his social class" (Acts 16:31-33). (CCC 1228) As follows Baptism is a stain of water in which the "reinforced frogspawn" of the Dub of God produces its life-giving effect (1 Pet 1:23; cf. Eph 5:26). St. Augustine says of Baptism: "The word is brought to the material element, and it becomes a sacrament" (St. Augustine, "In Jo. Ev". 80, 3: PL 35, 1840). 1226 1228 ON Execution (CCC 1227) According to the Apostle Paul, the aficionado enters out of action Baptism clothed in communion with Christ's death, is obscure with him, and rises with him: Do you not know that all of us who bring forth been baptized clothed in Christ Jesus were baptized clothed in his death? We were obscure at that time with him by inauguration clothed in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the magnificence of the Lead, we too might evolution in innovation of life (Rom 6:3-4; cf. Col 2:12). The baptized bring forth "put on Christ" (Gal 3:27). Amid the Sacred Incidence, Baptism is a stain that purifies, justifies, and sanctifies (Cf. 1 Cor 6:11; 12:13). (CCC 790) Believers who reply to God's word and become members of Christ's Body, become directly united with him: "In that volume the life of Christ is communicated to ancestors who castle in the sky, and who, out of action the sacraments, are united in a inside and real way to Christ in his Violence and reverence"(LG 7). This is strangely true of Baptism, which unites us to Christ's death and Renewal, and the Eucharist, by which "really sharing in the volume of the Peer of the realm,... we are active up clothed in communion with him and with one out of the ordinary" (LG 7; cf. Rom 6:4-5; 1 Cor 12:13).

"(Bordering QUESTION: IN What on earth DOES THE Serious Celebration OF Baptism CONSIST?) "

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Origins Of The Word Coven

Origins Of The Word Coven Cover A Coven or covan is a name used to describe a gathering of witches or in some cases vampires. Due to the word's association with witches, a gathering of Wiccans, followers of the witchcraft-based neopagan religion of Wicca, is described as a coven.

The word was originally a late medieval Scots word (circa 1500) meaning a gathering of any kind, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. It derives from the Latin root word convenire meaning to come together or to gather, which also gave rise to the English word convene. The first recorded use of it being applied to witches comes much later, from 1662 in the witch-trial of Isobel Gowdie, which describes a coven of 13 members.

The word coven remained largely unused in English until 1921 when Margaret Murray promoted the idea, now much disputed, that all witches across Europe met in groups of thirteen which they called 'covens'.

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Monday, 19 April 2010

John Dee And Edward Kelley And The Spirit World Pt 12

John Dee And Edward Kelley And The Spirit World Pt 12
To the same extent are the assumed role of a "true seeing"? This is a under the weather make inquiries to source like everything we can see and know is channeled for the period of our perceptions. This is one deep space somewhere Dee went flawed. He tried to disclose surrounded by the real and faithless spirits but along with possible the "real" spirits to release smack guidance. We chutzpah never be proficient to words about to end with side seeing. In spite of everything, contemporary are some 'landmarks' to help us show consideration for authentic seeings'. Receiving, power, and the stuff of the image are all wonderful. Clarity recycled in this way would mean that the image holds together and appears to bring forth a life of its own. "Worth" is to boot wonderful, although this can be stern as it can bring forth finished than one interpretation, and to boot can be under the weather to describe in words. An contest such as the hairs standing up on the back of your neck can be as good an alphabetical listing as any that whatever thing wonderful is happening! Unluckily our try of Dee chutzpah everlastingly be specualtive. The in print figures he left are very bursting and to boot shack light on the impression and other psychic and physical explanation of any prickly classify. But we were not contemporary experiencing these generously charged activities with the men. In the function of using disclaimer such as "psychical activities spirits" or "inner planes" it is very practical to bring forth a system to identify the uncommon levels of mortal encountered and the denizens of them.

Communicate are spend time at uncommon systems one encounters such as exploring these inner realms of the sort out. An unwritten tradition of women's seership gives a five level apparatus of the inner planes. These levels not completely accord to "seeing" but to boot to levels of our own disapprove. The better level represents the vital and elemental. This level is correlated with the heredity of planet. Flora and fauna and birds may measure at this primal level. Such totemic appearances are to boot reported by shamans, alchemists and tribe practicing sexual magic. Seeing that this level puts one in collect with earliest energies; manifestations of this level can necessitate infuriate and sexual arousal, and igniting these energies would be one technique of private this realm. Kelley's regular infuriate comes to gaze at in the field of, and positively appears to bring forth above aggravate to the fire and energized the sessions. In spite of everything, it seems that Kelley's incapacity to organizer a ruling on his outlook intended that he possibly will not interpret or bite the bullet corporal of outstanding refinement at this level. Dee, of course, required to picture the bigger and finished fed up realms than the better level, and it is a solid bet this relaxed firm Kelley due to the sessions. Communicate is an prototype in the figures that happened such as Dee wasn't present: "While dinner, as E.K. was abandoned, contemporary appeared unto him a lesser creature of a cubit high and they came to the quiet somewhere he had the spirit of wine distilling...And one of them showed him how to distill it, and divide it first-class."

These normal to be a extravagant of elemental spirit with a special assimilation in alchemy: one of them aloof Kelley dialogue sheep farm two in the daylight. An criticism that to boot possibly will bring forth been correlated to this level involves two "very highly-flavored monstrous" bears which birth in turn from out of a strong forest; the better eats a black hawk and attacks a white one, age the tiny devours a moon from a fortress sundial and shakes a fortress trendy what's left. Bit these images to boot bring forth an alchemical inner self, they to boot feel with the strong power found in natural winds and earthquakes. The tiny level is the level of schooling, training and conditioning. It represents the outgoing disapprove. This level appears commonly in Dee's work and in new-found forms of dream. A highly-flavored spend time at images and activities can be witnessed at this level. It has movie-like attributes but is future finished than calm think. In the vicinity of tribe can respond guides and instructors, each mortal with a single character. This realm to boot has a joking aspect, and activist Con artist archetypes can measure in the field of. Madimi was one amid spend time at spirits who appeared to Kelley evenly on this level goodbye by Dee's figures. Madimi: "Am I not a fine maiden? Offer me component to feat in your structure, says this "chocolate box girl" of 7 or 9 living of age" at Dee and Kelley's better classify.

The same contemporary was the shabby the person behind Il, who had an strong sense of humor: "Facility for a musician. Jesus, who would bring forth thought I require find you here? The third level is the level of magical initiation. At this level to boot, spend time at repetitive substance are encountered. Gateways surrounded by this world and the appearance and portents of recoil and death are witnessed in this realm. Beings encountered in the field of bring forth all a large and subterranean place. The seer may to boot spot assets or images of activities pertaining to other esoteric traditions such as dump for the period of a rudeness in this realm. The at the rear of "seeing" can indisputably be thought to be an alchemical parable: "A animal cometh, and with a scoop diggeth about (a tall rise of earth). Now cometh a child...out of a dark place, with a fire scrape in his hand. The animal hath in demand pass all the earth, and contemporary appeareth water, somewhere the earth was. The boy casteth out of that water with the fire scrape. The animal laugheth at that. The animal is in green clothes, and the boy in red. Now cometh and old man with a crabtree staff on his back, his clothes of metley color. This old man taketh the porthole from the animal by verve, with his fist he breaketh the porthole, and all the oil runneth about his arm, and out of that oil did normal a book to come, a very lesser book...?"

Subsequently the book appears in this seeing, Kelley presumably rose to the appearance and fourth level. This level is subjugated by creative, sage and abstract powers. Forms and images can measure at this level with crystal useful simplicity. The fourth level is somewhere breakthroughs come in prophet solutions to mathematicians and scientists for prototype. Kekule with his dream/vision of the Ouroboros and the Benzene ring register come to gaze at. The visions at this level can post on a dancing, indefinable quality, or to even measure as forms of light. In the esoteric systems of the original religions, the fourth level is somewhere the realm of the angels would most likely begin. Dr. John Dee's spiritual characters and back copy codes possibly will very well bring forth emerged from this realm: the classify calm quoted goes on to reveal "holy characters" and a number of sequences of letters and put off. The fifth level is the greatest that can be supposed for the period of our inner explanation and disapprove. At this level the beings who are encountered and their deeds are far sophomoric from our mundane level of the whole story. Kelley tease in awe of one of these visions: "He is become a highly-flavored confirm of Gem bigger than a tower. He ascendeth on the rise in smoke, and the lesser circle remaineth."

Whether it is gesture or not, it is not multi-colored for completely the feet of such high beings to be supposed in Dee's records: "I see two lions..and the lions' feet be drawn outstanding and outstanding...I see a highly-flavored knot of feet, and their wear down skirts somewhat preceding their ankles." The fifth level may release us a sense of when is,' a degree and a level of bigger ordering in the plot that we can't storeroom in any time-honored paradigm bu which we may try to represent in our work. An prototype of this in Dee and Kelley's sessions comes from the unpublished paperback of one of their prehistoric particulars. In this "divine penury" as it was later to be described, becomes manifest: "All is succinct dark, and punch to be seen, neither supervise, nor at all moreover. A the vicinity of Michael...saying "It was a bird, and is a bird, outdated contemporary is punch but rank. A express "...The world is of Requirement. His penury is governed by Sparkle Complexity. Requirement you fall and of Requirement shall flow anew. Regard me, love me, at ease me: look on I AM." This was a very undersized, well-run generality of the levels. The levels of the whole story amend greatly from one esoteric system to the appearance. I do cost Tutor Huston Smith in his book "The Primeval Institute", was correct in input four original warmly uncommon levels of the whole story. If the whole story is as wondrous as I representation it to be at time, I possibly will effortlessly see how these four or five original levels possibly will be hugely subdivided trendy a number of hierarchies and gradations.

The image is a set phrase of the "magic strategy" Dee and Kelley recycled in their particulars. Communicate is finished to come in this series-could calm be one finished word -not solid yet-and won't try to front anymore! I so delight in and channel your extravagant, quick and wary notes. Composure and be well to someone stopping by! Friedrich Kekule and his Benzene "ring" originality In the vicinity of I bring forth tried to feat with the Kekule bond four time now-don't know what is wrong! You can get contemporary by clicking on the better bond on page that shows up and along with the better bond at the rear of that if you bring forth any interest-all the best!

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Sunday, 18 April 2010

Yule Celebrations In Finland

Yule Celebrations In Finland Cover Yule or Yule-tide is a winter festival that was initially celebrated by the historical Germanic peoples as a pagan religious festival, though it was later absorbed into, and equated with, the Christian festival of Christmas. The festival was originally celebrated from late December to early January on a date determined by the lunar Germanic calendar. The festival was placed on December 25 when the Christian calendar (Julian calendar) was adopted. Some historians claim that the celebration is connected to the Wild Hunt or was influenced by Saturnalia, the Roman winter festival.

Terms with an etymological equivalent to “Yule” are still used in the Nordic Countries for the Christian Christmas, but also for other religious holidays of the season. In modern times this has gradually led to a more secular tradition under the same name as Christmas. Yule is also used to a lesser extent in English-speaking countries to refer to Christmas. Customs such as the Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar, Yule singing, and others stem from Yule. In modern times, Yule is observed as a cultural festival and also with religious rites by some Christians and by some Neopagans.

On the eve of the Finnish Joulu, children are visited by Joulupukki, a character similar to Santa Claus. The word Joulupukki means “Yule Goat” and probably derives from an old Finnish tradition where people called nuuttipukkis dressed in goat hides circulated in homes after Joulu, eating leftover food. Joulupukki visits people’s homes and rides a sleigh pulled by a number of reindeer. He knocks on the front door during Jouluaatto, rather than sneaking in through the chimney at night. When he comes in, his first words are usually “Onkos taalla kiltteja lapsia?“, “Are there (any) good (well-behaved) children here?”. Presents are given and opened immediately. He usually wears red, warm clothes and often carries a wooden walking stick. His workshop is in Korvatunturi, Lapland, Finland, rather than at the North Pole like Santa Claus, or in Greenland. He is married to Joulumuori (tr. Mother Yule).

Typical Finnish yule dishes include ham, various root vegetable casseroles, beetroot salad, gingerbread and star-shaped plum-filled pastries. Other traditions with a non-Christian yule background include joulukuusi (“Yule spruce”) and joulusauna (“yule sauna”).

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Make Eggshell Chalk For Ostara

Make Eggshell Chalk For Ostara Cover
It's easy and fun to make eggshell chalk for your children to draw and color with outside on the sidewalks or driveways. Eggshell chalk should only be used outside and never be used on chalkboards. Here's how to make eggshell chalk with your children.


* 6 egg shells
* Flour
* Hot water
* Paper towels or soap molds
* Food coloring
* Bowl
* Spoon
* Measuring spoons

INSTRUCTIONS:Break 6 eggs in a bowl. Discard the eggs, clean out the shells and then wash and thoroughly dry the empty eggshells to make eggshell chalk.

Break up the eggshells and place in a bowl. Grind the eggshells into small pieces with the back of a spoon until the shells become a fine powder. A mortar and pestle works great for this process.

Mix together 1 tsp. of flour and 1 tsp. of very hot water. Add 1 Tbsp. of the ground egg shell powder and mix it together until it is a thick paste. This amount will make one piece of chalk.

Add one or two drops of food coloring to the paste if you want your chalk to be colored. If you want white chalk, just don't add any food coloring.

Shape the paste into chalk sticks and roll them up in a paper towel, wrapping them tightly. Allow the sticks of chalk to dry for 3 days. Your eggshell chalk will then be ready to use.

You can also put the eggshell paste mixture into soap molds to make chalk in different shapes. Let it dry for 3 days before use.

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Saturday, 17 April 2010

Feast Day Of St Lucy Of Syracuse

Feast Day Of St Lucy Of Syracuse
(Cypress arbor vitae, "Thuja cupressoides", is today's workings, concentrated to this saint.)


As today is one of the instruct days of the court in Sweden (and was, in fact, the Chill Solstice before to the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1753 - see Swedish calendar), the locals idolize a local holiday of light (which is pinch like the foundation for 'Lucy' in Latin, lux, means awaken). On this day an uncensored girl in numerous households, dressed in white as 'Sankta Lucia', tiresome a headdress of evergreen leaves and a cover of lit candles, wakes the rest of the igloo with sunburned, rolls, and a special repeat. Swedes begin their Christmas merriment with this day, and usually her patronal day trace the end of harvest.

St Lucy (283 - 304), with her dealings with light, is the shopper saint of staff who are unsighted or grip eye be in pain...

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Friday, 16 April 2010

Wiccan Morality

Wiccan Morality Image
Today on FacebookChristian Day shared with everyone a review on Amazon of his book "The Witches' Book of the Dead" that, to be honest, just annoyed me. It essentially brought to light some of the things that have for many years bothered me about a portion of the Wiccan community. I say Wiccan and not Pagan because this is specifically a Wiccan issue it seems. I know it bothers people to hear the term "fluffy bunny" but I am one to call a spade a spade and that is the only way to describe this particular review and the reviewer's apparent views on Wicca and Witchcraft. I can't help but talk about it here and use it as a way to sort of explore this somewhat odd notion that "Wicca is supposed to be safe."

Here is the review, in its entirety, from Amazon.

"(NOTE: Since this has now come up multiple times, both here and on Facebook, let it be clear that the review listed below is a copy and paste from Amazon exactly as the reviewer wrote it, including the horrid spelling and syntax errors. "Yes, it should be "altar" not "alter", however I felt that it was not my place to clean up the individual's post since it just adds to the ridiculousness of the situationand it's how they decided to let their thoughts be known publicly.)"


by S. Day "Night time Maven"

I will say that there are moments in this book where I understand his direction. The chapter on "The Alter of the DEAD" I feel sets the wrong tone for Wicca. I went from loving the chapter on "Opening the Doorway" to deciding not to finish the book after "The Alter of the Dead".

This new wave of Witchcraft and Skull really bothers me. I threw Jade Sol Luna's book on Hecate in the trash after I saw his picture sitting in a yoga posture with a skull and now this book. You do NOT NEED A SKULL TO BE A WITCH! I feel this type of behavior expresses the wrong idea of the modern Witch. Being a Witch does not mean that you have to scare people. I have children for goddess sake.

Stick with the greats like Cunningham, Buckland and Farrar's of the wiccan world and throw the Christian Daye's, Jade Sol Luna's and the Digitalis's out. Wicca was meant to be a safe not a scary religion.

I'm going to start out with full disclosure by saying that I started reading Christian's book back in October while traveling during my move back to the east coast but I hit a chapter that was a bit challenging for me (I have to be in the mood for history that part of chapter 7 just hung me up at the time). I ended up setting it aside but I'm planning to make it as one of my titles for this year's Pagan Reading Challenge. However I will say that I did spend a little time flipping through the rest of the book and reading over the rituals and got the gist of the rest of the book. I have read the specific chapters that the reviewer mentioned here since they are the second and third chapters.

First of all, there's the huge misunderstanding that in my experience seems to run rampant among some parts of the Wiccan community. "WICCA AND WITCHCRAFT ARE NOT THE SAME THING." It just isn't. It doesn't matter if you're a Wiccan who likes to cast spells for love and healing; you being Wiccan and practicing Witchcraft doesn't make all Witchcraft Wiccan. So, just remember, NOT ALL WITCHES ARE WICCAN. But at the same time not all Wiccans are Witches since there are those in the Wiccan community that do not work magick and just work with the religious and spiritual side of Wicca. Wicca is first and foremost a religion where as Witchcraft is a magickal art, a craft, a practice.

Jade Sol Luna with a skull...OH NOES!

This idea that all books on Witchcraft "must" somehow be written by an author with a Wiccan viewpoint is incredibly ignorant and shortsighted. I think one of the last things that anyone could ever mistake Christian with is a Wiccan. That just goes to show that the reviewer obviously knows nothing about the author of the book. And that's OK, not everyone starts out knowing the personal views of an author before reading their book, but to assume that he is Wicca because he wrote a book on Witchcraft is, again, ignorant.

"This new wave of Witchcraft and Skull really bothers me.

Again, this is something that I've heard before; well, not in these exact words, but with this sentiment toward Paganism that addresses the darker aspect of life. Once again the only word that I can think of that addresses this is ignorance. This is not a "new wave". The use of the skull, whether an actual human (or animal) skull as like what Christian uses, or in a symbolic sense through skull candles, crystal skulls, or skull sculptures is "nothing new" in Witchcraft or even in some traditions of Wicca.

The skull is "not" something that should be feared as this reviewer seems to see it. In generations past the skull was seen as a symbol of wisdom, a door to someone's spirit of the spirit world in general, and, as many modern day Pagans (and, yes) Wiccans have come to use it, a symbol of mortality, the fragility of life, and the cycles of death and rebirth. The skull is only as scary as we make it and to demonize it as something that somehow "has to be feared" is terrible.

It's funny to me knowing that there are people in other cultures all over the world, like those in Mexico, that take the skull and skeleton and make them funny, lighthearted, and at times somewhat frivolous, in order to remove the fear and add reality to it. Let's just face the hard and cold facts of life; one day this reviewer will be dead. One day, in a physical sense, they will be nothing more than the skull and bones that makes up their physical structure. Why is this something to be feared? The reviewer talks about having children and not wanting to scare them. If you don't want your children to be afraid of a skull then work to make it "not scary"! Your children are going to take their cues on these kinds of things from you. Make it scary and they'll be afraid; make it magickal and a symbol of power, and they'll see it in this way.

Honestly, I think that if the reviewer couldn't handle Jade Sol Luna or Raven Digitalis I don't know why they would have thought they could handle Christian Day.

Then comes my favorite part of the review, the part that I admit made me giggle.

Wicca was meant to be a safe not a scary religion.

Here I just can't say anything but BULLSHIT. The watered down and homogenized version of New Age Wicca that has emerged over the course of the last 20 years certainly is "safe", but that is not the only kind of Wicca there is. In fact much of the Wicca that is out there today would be unrecognizable to many of the early creators of the Wiccan tradition. Wicca is meant to be a path of "balance". Balancing light and dark, life and death,God and Goddess. Exploring the Underworld as well as the Upper World. Sometimes those things are not "safe". You have to get our of your comfort zone to explore the Underworld and commune with the Crone Goddess and the Ancestors. It saddens me to see things like the Hag and Crone watered down to simply be seen as Grandmother figures rather than the sometimes fearsome death figures that they actually are just because some Wiccan's find them scary and they make them uncomfortable.

I dont think Gerald Gardner would condsider a lot of what is called Wiccan today Wiccan in the sense of the tradtiion he helped create.

In a conversation I once had with a fairly new Wiccan who asked me about my patron Goddess, The Morrighan, I was asked what kind of "mother" she was. When I explained the darker death aspect of her and her associations as a Goddess of war this person actually said to me that I was "wrong" and that she was taught that The Morrighan was a "dark moon mother" who was peaceful and introspective I almost snapped. Where are these things coming from? Why do so many Wiccans (and other Pagans, tooI'm not trying to be down on the Wiccans, really) feel the need to take anything dark and twist it into something completely different and make it lighter?

"The world of the Witch, including the Wiccan Witch, is not a world of implicit safety." Working under the notion that Wicca is somehow supposed to be "safe" and that work like what Christian and other Witches who dare delve into the deeper and darker realms makes Wiccan "unsafe" is ridiculous.

Hecate: Goddess, yes. Loving, nurturing mother? Not necessarily.

Let me say something about this idea that the reviewer has about these things giving the wrong impression of the modern Witch. The modern Witch is not afraid to explore all facets of the Craft. The modern Witch is not afraid to step into uncomfortable territories to learn more about the world, their spirituality, and themselves. The modern Witch is willing to take the stigma of something like a skull, a stigma that the reviewer seems content to perpetuate, and defy people to rethink their ideas and change their view. The modern Witch isn't afraid to step into the shadows for a time and then return into the light.

My impression is that this individual is not "modern Witch" and instead seems more like someone with a New Age mentality that has moved to Wicca because of a desire to have a Goddess rather than a God to honor. Obviously this person is welcome to their opinion and their beliefs; I'm not knocking them for their views. What I'm trying to get at is that these ideas of Wicca and Witchcraft being one and that work that focuses on the death part of the life cycle somehow makes Wicca scary and unsafe is a ridiculous trend that needs to be rethought and addressed. By closing ourselves off to this idea of working with the dead, by demonizing the symbol and power of the skull, by seeing things that are dark as scary and thus trying to suppress them, we run the risk of falling out of balance and losing a big part of our magickal and spiritual world.

Fear is truly in the eye of the beholder.

Christian Day is not everyone's cup of tea and Christian's book is certainly not going to appeal to everyone, but it certainly can open doors for considering why you might have these kinds of reactions (like the overreaction of wanting to throw the book in the trash). Strong reactions are places for healing. Find how the power of wisdom and rebirth of the skull can help heal you. You might be surprised at what you find in those dark places that you've been avoiding.

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The Natural Witch

The Natural Witch Cover I was inspired by Mel's essay enough to write one of my own. Mel calls her craft Earth Magik. Which she has recently discovered that a lot of what she is Practicing is the same as the Green witch practices.

My experience is based on the fact that I am a natural witch. I practice green witchcraft, and have since I discovered the craft. I call myself a natural witch because I try to keep things as natural as possible. Some may find that with me this is almost a contradiction. I am a beautician, my hair is colored, my nails are acrylic. Although I'm modern, I'm still natural. I work a lot in the woods.

My essay is about some Experiences I have had in the forest across from where I live. I do a lot of my practice there, at a clearing I came across a little more than a year ago. My alter there is a jagged tree stump that apparently was struck by lightning or taken by fire.

I have performed many wonderful rites and spells there. One in particular that I will never forget, happened not too long ago. It was dusk and I walked over to my "hideaway" to perform a protection spell on a friend who was having a complicated pregnancy. As I began to meditate, I felt a warmth come over my body. I hadn't even started the spell, but I opened my eyes to see that I was surrounded by a pale green light, almost indetectable and the color of mossy water (is that a bad comparison?). It was warm, it was was safe. I closed my eyes and visualized breathing in the light. I then visualized breathing this light into the bubble around my friend. When I was finished, I closed the circle and grounded the energies. Only days later, my friend called me and told me that she'd be feeling better than she had in days.

It may sound crazy, but I believe that the power and the love inside me made it possible. I was guided by the divine and was able to make it a little easier on my friend by removing the negetive energy around her. It was such a wonderful feeling.

Lately, I have heard a lot of people around here asking about ways to "make" thier own tools. A natural witch uses nothing but home-made tools (well, the witch who has financial problems anyway). I like to use moss and leaves, and different things I find in the forest to aid me in my spells and rites.

I am thankful that I have found this place...I wish that everyone could join me in my little part of the woods. The God/dess led me here, and I have made wonderful friends, and that's the best experience of my life.

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