Lughnasadh (pronounced loo-na-sa) marks the beginning of the grain harvest, the first on the Wheel of the Year. The importance of grain of life is evident in virtually every deity structure in every religion on Earth. The entire preparation of grain from seed to harvest parallels the life - in - death and death in - life aspects of the Great Goddess Mother Earth.
By Lughnasadh, the Sun God has already begun his downward journey, facing now toward the dark frost of Winter. The Goddess, however, never wanes. She simply changes appearance. During the season of high Summer the bounty of our planet is in full swing. We reap the benefits of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This is a time when most of us experience exceptionally good health and robust living.
Lughnasadh marks the last hey day of the Sun God. Beneath the Barley Moon the Summer stars we, too, enjoy the expiring passions of the season. Marriages are often entered into at Lughnasadh as well as at Midsummer and as Robert Burns tells us, it is a "happy night" that he spends among the corn fields with his lover. Lughnasadh is a time when the symbolic aspects of life-sustaining elements of grain spill over into every part of life.
The Irish God Lugh is known as the "Bright or Shinning One." He is associated with both the Sun and agricultural fertility since his foster mother died from preparing the lands of Ireland for planting. His festival is in her honor. He is also a God of All Skills and champion of the Tuatha de Danaan or "children of the Goddess Dana." In the Tuatha de Danaan's battle to capture Ireland from the Formorians he swaps a prisoner's life for information on the mysteries of agriculture. His British/Welsh counterpart, Lleu is the yellow-haired son of the Goddess Arianhod. Lleu is both Sun God and God of Grain.
Taken from Celebrate The Earth A Year of Holiday In The Pagan Tradition Laurie Cabot with Jean Mills
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This documentary explores the devices humans have developed to understand mystifying phenomenon and make sense of the universe. Tarot -- used for centuries to predict the future and make sense of the present -- is the focus of this feature, which chronicles its history.
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Till Death and Beyond opens with a teenage girl named Zoe, inexperienced in witchcraft, in the woods on a Full Moon cast a spell for a love she feels is lost to her. The teenager new to magic, is careless of her words for her desire. The spirit of a maiden witch appears. At first the teenager is afraid of the ghostly figure, and then her curiosity calms her nerves.
The Spirit tells the tale how she and the love of her life were separated by ignorance. Zoe, the teenage girl experiments with magic to reunite the Spirit with her long lost love.
As a direct result of the long hours I spent reading the history of witchcraft my novella Till Death and Beyond was created.
The main conflict in the short read is the Puritans attempting to keep evil from tarnishing their community and the witches strong belief based on the oneness of self an nature. Puritans against the witches. What happened and what it meant.
Historically the Puritans and witches were two very different groups of people with two very different belief systems. Puritan America was based on clear roles between men, women, and God. Witchcraft served as a system of explanations for the ways of nature and a method by which one could gain control over their life. Witches were considered enemies to their God.
Puritans linked witchcraft with the devil and hell because their first responsibility was to serve one God. The Biblical regulative principle of worship and commandments was the puritan blueprint toward that duty. Witchcraft became a crime against the church to rid those who did not dedicate themselves to their faith. They became known as immoral and wicked people even though their faith exsisted long before the Purtian's belief system did.
I had a very specific idea in mind when I wrote Till Death and Beyond a love story between Emery a Puritan and Frye a witch and the petty rivalry connecting the two faith driven neighbors. The main conflict between the Puritans and the witches' belief systems is the the theme of the romantic story. I wanted to tell the important elements that are in the traditions and of the similarities and difference among them. I hope to say to the reader the story isn't strictly romantic; it will have some history. Check out the first chapter
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Mystic - from the Greek mystikos or "intiated person." A believer in mysticism.
Mysticism - the belief in intuitive spiritual revelation the objective of which is union with the divine. This mystical union is achieved through intuition, faith, ecstasy, or sudden insight rather than through rational thought.
Mysticism is sometimes considered a more passive approach to the divine, as opposed to magic, which is more active. True theurgist must be both mystic and magician.
The Magician - It represents the union and balance of the elemental powers controlled by the mind. The Magician, is reflected in the Intellect which stores, gathers up knowledge and pours it into the House of Life.
Theurgy - "God-worker" A magician. One who preforms Theurgy.
Theurgy - Greek word meaning "God-working." Magic used for personal growth, spiritual evelution, and for becoming closer to the Divine. The type of magic advocated by thr Golden Dawn.
Magic - deprived from the Greek mageia the science and religion of the priests of Zoroaster. The art of causing change to occur in one's environment and one's consciousness.
Willpower, imagination, intention, and te use of symbols and correspondences play a major role in this art.
Remove the Tarot cards from their protective cover and place the major arcane cards in order 0 the Fool to 21 the Universe. Each major arcane cards stands for a stage on life's journey the Fool must experience
With the major spread, I'd like to tell the story of the Fool's journey of the soul from blind ignorance to maturity.
At zero the Fool is at the beginning and is considered the Fool for she is a new born, innocent and carefree. As she places her foot forward with faith she is unaware of the pitfalls and pain that comes in life. The Fool is ready to venture out into the world with foolish abandonment.
As she steps ahead the Fool encounters one and two opposing forces, the Magician -active, and the High Priestess-passive.
The Magician and High Priestess are totally equal in value and importance. The Magician is the masculine. The Fool is conscious of her actions by using awareness and logic. The High Priestess is the feminine, the mysterious unconscious, the deep levels of the Fool's mind. There the Fool finds creative inspiration with desires, and intuition. Both are necessary for the Fool to experience to bring balance within herself.
The Fool begins to become more aware of her surroundings. The first bond is with the Empress. Meeting the Empress the Fool is opened to the emotions of caring, nurturing, and warmth, and love, delights from both her Mother and Mother Earth. Her senses cannot receive enough of that which surrounds her.
The next person the Fool encounters is the Emperor, her Father, an authoritative figure. The Fool's authoritative figure introduces structure by placing rules for her to follow. The Emperor teaches the young Fool order through known workable patterns of his world. He enforces guidelines and restrictions upon the Fool's behaviour so that she can live within society.
The Fool grows older leaving the comforts of her home. She begins to ask questions from and about the wider world. The Hierophant helps the Fool to investigate motivations in all experiences. The Hierophant gives answers to life's questions, a teacher who interprets the hidden mysteries of the universe. The Fool learns to identify herself with a group while discovering a sense of belonging to a particular culture following their belief system.
So far on the Fool's path she has been receptive to the love and compassion from the Empress, opening herself up to the beauty that surrounds her. She has been taught logic and reason from the authorities Emperor. From the Hierophant she has discovered the customs of her society and how to conform to them.
The Lovers, the Fool must decide for herself upon a belief system between vice and virtue. Lovers, the Fool must determine her own values and right action. She must choose to do what's true for her, questioning others' opinions to remain on her own path to become an individual. The Fool has become a young adult with a strong identity and a certain confidence about her which allows her to move forward with control over her
The Chariot, the Fool is proud of her accomplishment and moving victoriously through life with certain self-satisfaction for she has released what is no longer needed. To her she has balanced the masculine and feminine energies within. She is ready to direct both positive and negative energies into action.
Over time when the Fool faced challenges that cause grief and disillusionment she finds strength within that not even she knows she possesses during these experiences. Strength, the fool tempers her ego with patience and tolerance. Using the power of her loving hands the Fool holds her world together despite all setbacks.
The Fool begins to question once again. She wants to know the larger picture. The Fool encounters the Hermit. The Hermit is dedicated to matters pertaining to intellectual pursuits. The Hermit has the greater answers for he is old with wisdom. The Hermit has perfected his life's lesson. The wise one waits for the Fool to come to share advice and direction. Once the knowledge of the past is reviewed the Fool continues along the road with a clearer understanding. After spending time in solitude, soul-searching has led her to the knowledge that she is connected to a larger whole, understanding why things are the way they are. Her perception of the world changes as the Wheel of Fortune begins to turn. The Fool finds herself at the right place at the right time changing her life forever.
The Fool moves forward when she sees the miraculous design of the larger plan. She is aware of the world around her, prepared to forge ahead with a more mature understanding. The wheel slowly turns for the Fool. She must weigh her next choices carefully or she could easily slip into a relaxed state stopping or postponing her growth.
Justice is concerned with more mental thoughts. Here the Fool must make important decisions. She must decide for herself what life has taught her. She must take responsibility for her actions, acknowledging cause and effect in her life, retaining forever the knowledge that everything she does has consequences. She must decide if she can live freely with her choices.
The Fool suddenly finds herself suspended from the living world. The Hanged Man, the Fool sets aside her wants and needs for the good of others. The Fool's spirit guide feeds her wisdom, which enables her to release control and go with the flow of the movement. She is suspended in faith giving up any immediate action in her environment. The Fool knows
that by living the experiences of the moment she is where she is suppose to be, doing exactly what she needs to be done to further her growth.
The Death card, the Fool goes through endings as she puts outgrown thoughts and activities behind her. The Fool eliminates harmful habits and worn out approaches as she released the old self to march with confidence into the unknown. A major transformation with self takes place. She knows that the past must be remembered yet she can no longer live in this time frame.
Up to now the Fool's road has been full of emotional and physical experiences. At times she works hard uphill to reach the summit of her personal goals only to find herself plummeting downward into emotional and physical turmoil. When the route is pleasant great joy is experienced and then, a twist, an unexpected or unavoidable curve brings unimaginable grief and despair.
Welcome to the duality of the ride we call life.
Temperance card is a great stop on the journey. Here the Fool enjoys the movement of balancing the extremes. She discovers poise and elegance, strength and structure, the valuable lessons of patience and reverence and now has as appreciation for moderation in her life.
Within herself she has balanced all four elements: WATER, FIRE, AIR, and EARTH, showing outward her maturity. Through living the experience of opportunities and her conscious, she knows that compromise and cooperation are vital.
The winding path on the left hand side of the Tarot card-the road twists and turns. Twice the Fool experiences major pitfalls that seem dark and endless. The Fool manages to gather all her strength to pull herself out of these moments. From the base to the peak of the distant Blue Mountains the obstacles before the Fool are so great that not even she believes that she would be able to climb over the hurdles.
The glowing crown of intellect and knowledge-the Fool's prize is spiritual enlightenment. With unshakeable faith the Fool keeps in view the light shining bright at the end of the tunnel during her despair.
Archangel Michael, his message to the Fool is for her to realize that she is not limited in any one way. With one foot in the pool of consciousness and the other on earth, the Fool stands in perfect balance. She blends the many manifestations, layers of reality. The conscious, consciousness, subconscious and higher conscious bring her thoughts and desires to physical form. Not by brute force nor by being timid but by using the power of patience, cooperation and understanding; asking, searching for her own truth, modifying her impulsive actions to further her growth. The Archangel Michael's message is to temper actions with a true heart to create a balance within, without, oneself.
The Devil, the personality of this card is one of physical and material control. Either the Fool or someone else has or wants the upper hand. The Fool feels hopeless on some level. By being a slave to material happiness, instant gratification, the Fool learns that this type of joy is always short lived.
This brings the Fool to the Tower. Here the Fool has a complete shake-up. A sudden change releases the Fool from the Devil's bondage. Here the Fool is humbled by a stronger force. Her ego is set aside.
After the control issues from the Devil and a complete shake-up of the Tower have passed the Fool begins to feel like herself again. The Star, peace, and tranquility fill her. The Fool has nothing to hide. Hope, inspiration, and insight have been given to her through meditation and listening to her dreams. She has now received messages straight from Spirit, and the Fool has complete faith in herself.
The Moon tells how the Fool relates to other people and also about her emotions, imagination, and changing moods. The Moon represents thoughts bubbling up from the unconscious. Hidden fears, creative imagination surface and cause the Fool to feel confused and lost. The Fool must keep a real picture of self or get tangled in fantasy and distortion. The Fool begins to follow the rhythms of the moon to plan her actions and understand her extreme emotions.
On the Tarot card there are three phases of the moon: New Moon, new beginnings, Full Moon, eruptions, and Dark Moon, releasing.
At the Sun, the Fool once again, realizes her greatness. The Fool has great confidence in her ability to bring success into her life. The light of the Sun brings clarity to the Fool's mind, overcoming the fears during the Moon.
A new birth in the conscious takes place at Judgement. The Fool is living Karma. The false view of herself is gone. She sees herself clearly and decides what is worth value in her life then discards the rest. Here the Fool discovers her reason for entering this life.
The World, the Fool dances in her environment with a complete understanding of just who she is and what she can accomplish. She sees life as an endless plane of possibilities. The Fool now feels supported by inner resources. She has faith she can accomplish anything she sets her mind and heart to.
Place the Fool card after the World card. This stage of the cycle is over yet the Fool never stops the growth process. Soon the Fool will thrust forward on a new journey that will lead her to greater awareness.
The major arcane cards are the key to mediate upon. By working with and moving through each of the major cards you can open yourself to a clearer understanding of self and free will.
At Zero in the Major Arcana of the Tarot cards, the Fool stood alone and looked out into the distance without fear. The wand over the shoulder symbolizes the Fool's free will. Inside the satchel, which hung over the shoulder, were the natural elements of life, water, fire, air and earth.
Like the Fool you journeyed forward over the past year and chose between positive and negative to cultivate your desire to become the person you want to be.
There is belief, and trust between self, and Spirit Guide and humanity. There is no perfect life. For fabulous results, be the best you, you can be.