Jane Goldman investigates the mysteries and truths behind the realities of modern witchcraft. (part 1 of 4).
Taking part in celebration and ritual whilst encouraged to keep her own book of magic she visits the Museum of Witchcraft at Boscastle, as well as the magical Rollrights stone circle on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border, before attempting to use her newly found magical prowess on some very down to earth practical problems.
First broadcast in 2003, this is a fan re-edited *internet premier* YouTube friendly VHS to digital upload in 4 parts. taken from - OathBoundSecrets is dedicated to distributing free information about modern pagan witchcraft. Watch their videos at: http://www.youtube.com/OathBoundSecrets
Many Yule Blessings, dear Readers. Here is Elemental Magick's December (Yule) offering to you. This month they have many very wonderful stories, articles and recipes. Hope you enjoy them!
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At this time of year, the people at magazine wish you all out there only the best and their hopes for you and yours to have a very happy and blessed Yule Season.
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Severed Ties - a story of close friendships, addiction and magic.
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Dance to a different tune when the New Moon takes place in Sagittarius on Monday. It's a great time to change your way of life.
There's lots of celestial activity this week! Exploration (emotional, intellectual or spiritual) is the weekly theme for the New Moon in Sagittarius on Monday, along with Mercury transiting into Sagittarius on Wednesday. What's more, partnerships and cooperation are energized during Mars' extended stay in Libra, starting on Saturday.
Trust that whatever you need, your spirit guide want to help you. If you need a house, a job or a relationship your guide will help you find the right one. First you must ask.
Your spirit guide and guard you at all times. Know that your guides walk beside you and will watch you every step.
Did you know that you are psychic? We are psychic everyday, in many moments. Take the time to listen to your own psychic abilities.
Feng Shui Tip of the Day
Sweeten Life Up with Honey: Honey is the nectar of the Gods and symbolic of love and fertility. Keep a jar in the center of your kitchen table where the sun's rays can catch the honey in the light to create good chi.
Message of the Day
Many successful people use creative visualization. See what you’d like to achieve and you can be it. Do this each day and soon you’ll be successful.
Want to be more abundant? Begin by saying, "Thank You" for what you have. Soon the Universe will bring you more abundance.
Do Prayer Circles Work Miracles?
When people join together to pray for others, it is technically called
“intercessionary prayers.” In all cultures, including this one, it has
been known for years that groups of people wishing well for a person help them achieve a goal. Usually, intercessionary prayers are reserved for people who are quite ill, are addicted, or need money.
There have been some hard studies done about intercessory prayer, but most of them have appeared in what skeptics would call a biased publication: The Journal of Religion. A Brandeis sociologist named Wendy Cadge is a Harvard expert on this topic. She has analyzed the results of eighteen studies done about the effectiveness of prayer that were done by various organizations between 1965 and 2005.
According to an article in Brandeis University News on the web, the studies
reflected the prayers groups of several religions, including Christian, Jewish,
and Buddhist prayers.
The problems with these studies, according to Cadge, are that they were a bit “soft” and the control groups were biased. Many of them were based on what happens when a group of family members prays for a sick subject and not real control groups.
Another problem is that even when it came to conducting double blind clinical trials, it was difficult to figure out what dosage a prayer should be, how they should be offered, and if the person praying actually had to be a believer or subscriber to a certain religion for these prayers to work for him or her.
Additionally, The Sunday New York Times reported in a story by Sam Knight in 2006 that a huge study of 1,800 who were prayed over after heart bypass surgery did not result in cures. In fact, many of the patients who were aware that they were being prayed for experienced a much noticeably higher rate of complications. This study, which was funded by the John Templeton foundation and cost $2.4 million dollars, took over ten years to conduct. This study was conducted by the members of three congregations: the St. Paul’s Monastery in St. Paul; the Community of Tersian Carmelites in Worcester, and the Massachusetts and Silent Unity that is a Missouri prayer minister near Kansas City. These congregations were subdivided into more groups: those who
were told they were being prayed for, those who would receive prayers but did not know, and those that would not be prayed for at all.
The worshippers always prayed for the patients by name the night before the surgery and for the two weeks following the surgery and asked God to "grant a successful surgery with a quick, healthy recovery and no complications."
The result was that fifty-two per cent of patients in both groups suffered complications after surgery, but 50 percent of those who knew they were being prayed for went on to develop complications.
Religious and philosophical experts will always say that this study failed simply because prayer is not a self-conscious process. You know how they watched pot never boils. The same is apparently is true with prayer. It is a cosmic law.
The prayers might have made the patients that knew about it even sicker because it caused anxiety. Another theory is that “what we resist persists.” Yet another theory is that prayers have no power and that God just intervenes when he feels like it. It is not spiritually correct for us to think that we somehow control God with anything that we might attempt.
There are also no real studies that prove undeniably that the power of prayer or positive thought can affect the outcome of things. However, if you are really curious about this topic and want to investigate the Cluster Effect, which is about the effect of prayer on how water crystals form, you should watch a movie called “What the Bleep Do We Know.” Like the movie and the book “The Secret” it is all about manifesting a more positive outcome to situations.
An excellent book written about this subject is Wishing Well:
Making Your Every Wish Come True by Paul Pearsall which discusses such concepts as praying, positive thinking, accessing your higher power and willing things to happen. He calls prayer “a sixth sense suggestion” that can somehow can reach our intended beneficiary.
However, even though praying for others can result in joy, altruism, forgiveness and healing, Pearsall says that prayer can have negative results if we end up praying for the wrong thing. For instance, if we are praying that a victim of AIDS have a stronger immune system we might be, out of ignorance, praying for the wrong thing simply because it is a disease that is caused by an immune system that was too strong. If a prayer is not a delicate echo that can resound through the universe and spiritually polite in nature it is not likely to be answer; in fact we might even hex the situation by being too pushy about it.
People who object to praying to God to change the outcome of a
situation also argue with it simply because if it is God’s Will for something to happen the you should just accept it. To conduct an intercessionary prayer may in fact be a way of battling of God and objecting to his divine plan for our well being.
One of the latest trends in praying for the ill is to pray while fasting. This is an ancient technique that is being revived in contemporary church groups thanks to a book by Ronnie W. Floyd called “The Power of Prayer and Fasting.” It is the technique for getting a “wish granted” that is recommended in the Bible.
On the other side of the coin, it is even hard for skeptics to dismiss the fact that prayer can be useful. There are millions of anecdotes throughout history that tell us that this is true. At the very least, it serves to comfort the person praying if not the actual person that is being prayed over.
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What a good thing time does not stand still...
Yes, time rolls on and as surely as winter turns to spring so hurts give way to healing and doubts can lead to faith!
One broken dream is not the end of all;
Beyond the storm and tempest, stars are gleaming,
Still build your castles, though your castle fall.
The daily round, the trivial task
Will furnish all we ought to ask.
When it comes to casting spells, there are two schools of thought as to how to make the desired results manifest in real life. It has to do with how much drama and emotion you should put into the ritual while you are acting it out.
One school of metaphysical thought says that rituals and spells will only work if you make an attempt to act out the results as much as possible. This is why sex magic is supposed to work so well. The act of having sex while manifesting what you want during a ritual has the same intensity as desire.
That is why when witches cast circles they go to a lot of trouble to “raise energy.” They cast a circle and then sky clad (or buck naked) call the four elements to them in loud voices and dramatically as possible. The chanting that takes place in these group rituals also helps increase the drama associated with the casting of the spell.
On a smaller scale, the individual casting the spell might have more success putting their emotion into the ritual. For instance, let’s say you are lighting a red candle and anointing it with olive oil to attract love. Your first job would be to visualize the person in full as you visualize the happy outcome of the results of the ritual. However aside from just that, it is also of value to experience the “feelings” of love as you would as if the person was kissing you or having a good time with you. In theory, the same holds true of vengeful spells. You are to feel the pain as you hurt the other person with your words. This is why so many black magic spells involve the use of needles and pins.
The second theory about casting spells is that you should not attach any emotion to them at all. A lot of experts who have written about manifestation technique say that emotion is the equivalent of pushing too hard psychically.
For instance, let’s say you are lighting that red candle for love and putting all of your heart and soul into it to try and make the other person do as you want. There is a good chance that this particular person will feel this emotion and energy as a “psychic shove.” Astrally, the person may even become annoyed by it.
Some manifestation experts say that you are much better off to make the request coldly and with as little emotion attached to it as possible. You are to make the request once and then not think of it again. It is the act of “letting it go” and letting the powers that
be take care of it that makes the miracle happen. If you push at it and visualize the desired result too much, the theory is that you will actually achieve the opposite as the cosmos does not like desires that seem to be out of proportion or balance.
The truth is that both methods, attaching emotion or not attaching emotion to a ritual, do seem to work. It is up to you to try it out and see which method works best for you.
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When 11/12/13 appears as a date, the heavens are REMINDING us of a day to take notice! It could mean anything; from a date that you meet your one true love to an encounter that could jumpstart your true destiny. Money, health, love and inner peace can all be achieved with the right combination of mindfulness and preparation, especially on a powerful day like NOVEMBER 12, 2013.
The power of 11/12/13 can make itself known to you very soon.
When one lives a life being mindful of the power of the Master Numbers, they live a life of BALANCE.
SEVERED TIES DEBUT AT CHAPTERS BOOK STORE
Many writers - including me - have the same dream with the book they wrote. They want the story published and on bookshelves.
I knew I made it as a writer when the reputable publisher Damnation Books signed me.
On 11/12/13 I accomplished what some would deem as a small miracle. My Teen, paranormal, magic and realism book Severed Ties, makes it print debut on the local interest section at Chapters Book Store. The store manager was happy to help give Severed Ties more exposure.
I gambled on myself. I did, and look what happened - I am now a
professional writer (Thanks Acquisitions Editor, Erin Lale and Editor, Barbara Legge) with a print book on the bookshelf at Chapters Book Store.
There is a thrill knowing someone will pick Severed Ties off the bookshelf and scan the back cover. If the story I wrote speaks directly to them they will read the book. As gratifying as this moment is there are struggles we all go through as writers to accomplish our dreams. Readers love to have a chance to meet and talk to their favorite Authors. I'm intimidated by the book signing process. Speaking in public is terrifying. Anything can come out of my mouth.
I am anxious that I'm not going to meet their expectations. I don't want to disappoint my readers giving the answers to their probing questions.
I am determined to keep things moving forward in my writing
career. It will take courage to step out of my comfort zone and make myself accessible. Somehow I will need to break out of solitary confinement and meet and talk to readers.
In the meantime, I am preparing two books At the Edge (There is support from the unseen to guide our lives on earth) and No Reins the extended edition (A heart-stopping story of attraction and self discovery) for publication from Eternal Press in Santa Rose CA. http://eternalpress.biz
Laura talks you through creating your very own sacred space.
Feng Shui Tip
Amethysts For Alcoholism: If you are having problems with an addicted friend or family member, then keeping a large geode of an amethyst in the living room or bathroom may help allay the problem.