Mork & Mindy - Season 1 Episode 25 - Mork's Best Friend
Mork learns all about life, death and pets when he brings home a pet caterpillar which he names Bob.
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Mork & Mindy - Season 1 Episode 25 - Mork's Best Friend
Mork learns all about life, death and pets when he brings home a pet caterpillar which he names Bob.
A curse, or hex, is the willful direction of negative magic towards another person. Typically a curse or hex will develop slowly and gradually, increasing the individual's suffering over time. A Pagan or Wiccan who is adept at shielding and magical self-defense is far less likely to become a victim of a curse or hex.
Many magical traditions forbid cursing or hexing, but in some, it is perfectly acceptable. If you're not sure if this applies to you, be sure to read about magical ethics.
Also Known As: Smiting
Willow refused to direct a curse at the person who insulted her, because she was concerned about retribution.
Breaking a Curse or Hex -
History of Curses:
The Rule of Three aka The Law of Threefold Return
Many new Wiccans and Pagans are initiated with the cautionary words from their elders, "Ever mind the Rule of Three!" This warning is explained to mean that no matter what you do magically, there's a giant Cosmic Force that will make sure your deeds are revisited upon you threefold. It's universally guaranteed, some Pagans claim, which is why you better not EVER perform any harmful magic... or at least, that's what they tell you.
However, this is one of the most highly contested theories in modern Paganism. Is the Rule of Three real, or is it just something made up by experienced Wiccans to scare the "newbies" into submission?
There are several different schools of thought on the Rule of Three. Some Wiccans and Pagans will tell you in no uncertain terms that it's bunk, and that the Threefold Law is not a law at all, but just a guideline used to keep people on the straight and narrow. Other groups swear by it.
Background and Origins of the Threefold LawThe Rule of Three, also called the Law of Threefold Return, is a caveat given to newly initiated witches in some magical traditions, primarily NeoWiccanones. The purpose is a cautionary one. It keeps people who have just discovered Wicca from thinking they have Magical Super Powers. It also, if heeded, keeps folks from performing negative magic without putting some serious thought into the consequences.
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Basic Principles and Concepts of Wicca
There's an old saying that if you ask any ten Wiccans about their religion, you'll get at least fifteen different answers. That's not far from the truth, because with nearly half a million Americans practicing Wicca today, there are hundreds of different Wiccan groups out there. There is no one governing body over Wicca, nor is there a "Bible" that lays down a universal set of guidelines. While specifics vary from one tradition to the next, there are actually a few ideals and beliefs common to nearly all modern Wiccan groups.
Do keep in mind that this article is primarily focused on Wiccan traditions, rather than on the principles of non-Wiccan Pagan belief systems. Not all Pagans are Wiccans, and not all Pagan traditions have the same set of principles as the core beliefs of modern Wicca.
Origins of Wicca:
Wicca as a religion was introduced by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. Gardner's tradition wasoathbound, initiatory, and secret. However, after a few years splinter groups began forming, and new traditions were formed. Today, many Wiccan groups owe their basic foundation to the principles laid out by Gardner. Wicca is not an ancient religion, but Gardner did incorporate some old esoteric knowledge into his original tradition, including Eastern mysticism, Kabballah, and British legend.
Who Is a Wiccan, and How Do You Find Them?:
Wiccans come from all walks of life. They are doctors and nurses, teachers and soccer moms, writers and firefighters, waitresses and computer programmers. In other words, anyone can be Wiccan, and people become Wiccan for many reasons. In fact, a recent study estimated nearly half a million Wiccans in the United States today - and frankly, that number seems inaccurately low. As to where to find them, that might take a bit of digging -- as a mystery religion that doesn't proselytize or actively recruit, it can sometimes be difficult to find a group in your area. Never fear, though -- the Wiccans are out there, and if you ask around enough, you'll bump into one eventually.
A Book of Shadows is a book containing religious texts and instructions for magical rituals found within the Neopagan religion of Wicca. Originating within the Gardnerian tradition of the Craft, the first Book of Shadows was created by the pioneering Wiccan Gerald Gardner sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s, and which he utilised first in his Bricket Wood coven and then in other covens which he founded in following decades. The concept of the Book of Shadows was then adopted by other Wiccan traditions, such as Alexandrianism and Mohsianism, and with the rise of books teaching people how to begin following Wicca in the 1970s onward, the idea of the Book of Shadows was then further propagated amongst solitary practitioners unconnected to earlier traditions.
A grimoire /ɡrɪmˈwɑr/ is a textbook of magic. Such books typically include instructions on how to create magical objects like talismansand amulets, how to perform magical spells, charms and divination and also how to summon or invoke supernatural entities such asangels, spirits, and demons. In many cases, the books themselves are also believed to be imbued with magical powers, though in many cultures, other sacred texts that are not grimoires, such as the Bible, have also been believed to have supernatural properties intrinsically; in this manner while all books on magic could be thought of as grimoires, not all magical books should.
While the term grimoire is originally European and many Europeans throughout history, particularly ceremonial magicians and cunning folk, have made use of grimoires, the historian Owen Davies noted that similar books can be found all across the world, ranging fromJamaica to Sumatra, and he also noted that the first grimoires could be found not only in Europe but in the Ancient Near East.
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In early societies, the reappearance of the moon was often a cause for celebration -- after all, it meant that the dark had passed, and the full moon was on its way back. The Carmina Gadelica offers some beautiful prayers for the night of the New Moon. They're Christian in the original context, but can be adapted nicely for a Pagan ceremony.
The following rite is one which welcomes the moon back at the beginning of her cycle. If you're raising children in a Pagan or Wiccan tradition, this can be a lot of fun. It's also a simple ritual that can be performed by a solitary practitioner.
Time Required: Varied
The cat occupies a central position among animals credited with supernatural powers, and in consequence cats throughout the world associated with a wealth of superstitions. The ancient Egyptians bestowed divine status on it and in no circumstances would they kill one - a crime punishable by death. Whole households went into mourning if a cat died and the corpse would be buried wth much ceremony.
Anyone who did kill a cat forfeited their soul to the dark-side.
In later centuries the cat became closely identified with witchcraft throughout Europe and even today no depiction of a traditional witches complete without her black cat. Many people believed that kittens born in May, a month particularly associated with the dead and with the practice of witchcraft.
Although historical records indicate that cats of all colors have been associated with witches at one time or another, it is now a convention that archetypal witch's cat is entirely black. If the cat has so much as a single white hair, some authorities claim, it loses its potency as a vehicle of magic.
Witches are also supposedly often took feline shape themselves.
A black cat that crosses a person's path bestows good fortune and enables a person concerned to make a wish (though opposite is maintained in the USA, Spain, Belgium, where white and grey cats are preferred and a black cat only brings bad luck). None the less, the symbol of the black cat in the British isles at least, where simply touching such a creature is lucky and where they are common motif on good luck cards and so forth. White cats are widely distrusted throughout Europe, while stray tortoiseshell cats are most unwelcome in the home for fear that they bring bad luck with them. Cats should never be bought with money, incidentally, for doing so means they will never be good mouse-catchers.
A sneezing cat promises rain but is generally a good omen, unless it sneezes three times, in which case all the family will suffer colds. A cat that sits with its back to the fire knows that a storm or cold weather is on the way, while one scratching the table leg warns of imminent change in the weather. If a cat washes its face over the left ear a female visitor is on her way; if it washes over the right ear a man should be expected.
Cats bestow good luck on newly-weds if they appear next to the bride. Shutting a cat up in a cupboard or trapping under a pot is widely believed to bring great sorrow.
To assume the form of a cat mutter the following spell -
I SHALL GO INTO A CAT,
WITH SORROW AND SIGN
AND A LITTLE BLACK SHOT.
AND I SHALL GO IN THE GODDESS'S NAME
AY WHILE I COME HOME AGAIN.
I CALL THEM THE 'FURRY PURRY' PEOPLE. WITCHES AND PAGANS AND ALL OTHER CULTURES WORSHIP THEM WORLDWIDE. CLASSED AS DEMONIC IN THE MIDDLE AGES BY THE CATHOLIC AND CHRISTIAN CHURCH, EVEN TO THIS DAY THE SUPERSTITIONS SURVIVE AND PEOPLE LOOKING FOR A CAT CHOOSE OTHER COLOURS RATHER THAN BLACK
The term “Cat Nights” harks back to a rather obscure old Irish legend concerning witches and the belief that a witch could turn herself into a cat eight times, but on the ninth time (August 17), she couldn’t regain her human form. This bit of folklore also gives us the saying, “A cat has nine lives.” Because August is a yowly time for cats, this may have prompted the speculation about witches on the prowl in the first place.
By V. Neumann
By old Irish lore
on the 17th of August
more cats are among us
than ever before.
It is said that witches
can turn into a cat.
But no more than eight switches
as a matter of fact.
On the ninth switch
they cannot regain
their life as a witch.
A cat they must remain.
So if in mid August
you should hear the cats yowl
amongst sounds of the locust
when cats are on the prowl
Then you will know
as lore was told over time
that cats will show
lives as many as nine.
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Sharing our stories is one of our most empowering gifts. In this issue, we have gathered stories of renewal, recovery, and recovery that we hope will brings those qualities to you, our beloved readers.
Have you ever walked a labyrinth? Jen McConnell finds wisdom — and challenge — in "Walking a Spiral Path." Finding community in a yearly gathering, Jamie Martinez Wood shares her joyous journey of renewal and rebirth in "The Healing Cloak of Womanhood."
Sometimes, what we need for our own renewal is simply a place that is solely our own. Writer Clara Oropeza dedicates a tiny shed to her writing, and shares her experience in "At Hestia's Hearth." Deborah Baudin finds her own voice at last in her story, "Switching Tracks," while Freya Velander puts her terrifying dreams to rest when she travels to her ancestor’s homeland in "Safe in Freya's Arms."
Although most of these stories are gentle, this issue's goddess is anything but meek and mild. Diana Paxson examines the mythology, ritual, and presence of the often-terrifying Hindu goddess in "Kali Ma: Dancing in the Dark."
Our regular columnists bring their own healing voices to this issue: herbalist Susun Weed teaches us to welcome fairies; Alison Leigh Lilly describes her child-free life and how she midwives the lives of others; Janet Callahan describes how mothering her medically-fragile children requires her to be open to change in her family's lives.
When Donna Henes needed catharsis one summer a decade ago, she found herself on the beach in a Summer Solstice ritual to Yemaya, while Lizann Bassham spins a story of how encounters with rattlesnakes have informed her journey into Cronehood and Anne Hill offers a cautionary tale of how healing can bring unexpected (even traumatic) life changes.
Danielle Blackwood teaches how astrology illuminates our life passages; Crystal Blanton shares her path to justice; thealogian Nancy Vedder-Shults muses on how primal nature re-enchants our lives, Leslie Linder describes the ancient magic of honeybees; and our goddess-cook Teresa Marbut weaves a sweet river song with a recipe dedicated to Oshun.
Plus goddess-poetry, reviews of books, music, and oracle decks, and the wonderful voices of our readers in our "readers write" department, the Rattle. We end with a meditation on a healing move from the busy city to a remote country farmstead by Liz Bohm. What a lovely, healing, magical issue!
Over the course of the last several decades, the Neo-Pagan movement has grown and changed dramatically. Where have we been and, more importantly, where are we headed? In this Magick Moment discussion with Publisher Anne Newkirk-Niven (Sage Woman, Witches & Pagans, and Crone Magazine as well as PaganSquare.com) we get to learn from Anne's unique position and history within the Pagan Community.
The Moon has a huge influence on how we feel, as well as on our luck. While the Moon’s power of attraction over tides is accepted, its impact on human beings has been hotly contested, although that impact is very real.
The Moon has an influence on your body
The night star is the main influence responsible for changes in sea-level all around the world. Since the human body is composed of 65% water, how can anyone deny that the Moon has an influence on us as well?
The gravitational force of the Moon is known to influence various earthly phenomena. Why, then, should human beings be immune to its effects?
The Moon has always been important in various cultures and religious traditions. Symbolically, it represents the female principle, the world of dreams and passivity.
How the Moon’s phases affect us
Depending on what phase it’s in, the Moon has a strong influence on your mind and body. You can learn to take advantage of the positive phases of the Moon to orient your life in the right direction:
- experience success
- attract luck, love, money and well-being…
The Moon can also elevate your mind to higher levels of consciousness.
The phases of the Moon, called ‘lunations,’ affect our behavior. Depending on the Moon’s phase, the same person can be:
- aggressive or passive
- dynamic or lazy
- happy or sad
- dependable or frivolous
- self-confident or indecisive…
Each lunar phase has its own energy
Starting now, keep tabs on the phases of the Moon, and take them into account when you act or make decisions. If you’re in synch with the Moon’s lunations, you’ll have a better chance of being effective. Then you can embark on the path to success in all areas of your life.
Below you’ll find a description of each of the Moon’s phases, and what you should and should not do during each period:
New Moon, also called the black moon.
This is the time to move forward with your plans and projects. Just be careful not to get overly enthusiastic. When it comes to attaining your ambitions, be logical and not emotional.
Waxing Crescent: During this phase, don’t have any illusions about the people you meet, because the relationships you start probably won’t last. This phase is favorable for investments and the sale of goods. Things should go well in your job or career, but be wary of promises made during this period because they probably won’t be honored.
First Quarter: Encounters you make are marked by sincerity, and a real desire to live-up to promises and commitments. In terms of your love-life, the bonds you create should endure. The period also provides a lot of energy for advancing your professional plans and furthering your goals.
Waxing Gibbous: This phase favors a lot of self-confidence and creativity, which is why you should undertake things, or press forward with a project. This is also an ideal time to become emotionally involved with someone. The initiatives you take to earn money will be crowned with success.
Full Moon: This is the best phase for success in all areas of your life. The encounters you have with people should endure, and the bonds you create during this lunation should be stable and long-lasting. If you embark on any projects during this phase, they will have every chance of being successful.
Waning Gibbous: This isn’t a good time to meet people or take the initiative. If you become emotionally involved with someone during this phase, you may need to make a lot of compromises and concessions if the relationship is to last.
Last Quarter: This isn’t a good time to take the initiative.
You’ll hesitate a lot in all areas of your life, and the projects you embark on may become very complicated. You’ll need to be persevering if you want them to come to a positive conclusion.
Waning Crescent: This is a favorable period for resolving problems and conflicts in all areas.
As far as your love-life is concerned, the encounters you make could lead to lasting relationships. The practice of positive thinking is particularly beneficial during this phase.
Supermoon: August 10, 2014
A super full moon occurs when the moon’s closest approach to the Earth (lunar perigee) coincides with the phase of full moon. When this happens the moon may seem bigger and brighter. However, for the ordinary star-gazer there will be no significant difference.
How To Celebrate a Summer Full Moon - Group Ceremony
In addition to -- or instead of -- holding a monthly Esbat rite, some Wiccan and Pagan groups prefer to have a season-specific full moon ceremony. During the warmer months, the summer season begins with the Strong Sun Moon in June, and continues through July's Blessing Moonand ends with the Corn Moon of August. If you'd like to celebrate one or more of these moon phases with a ritual specific to the summer, it's not hard. This rite is written for a group of four people or more, but if you needed to, you could easily adapt it for a solitary practitioner or a family coven.
It is my pleasure to announce the First Fruits 2014 issue of the Global Goddess Oracle ezine is ready for viewing.
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Ask Your Mama by Mama Donna Henes
Blackberries by Dawn “Belladonna” Thomas
Dog Days, Holly Spears and Swords by Deanne Quarrie
Found Goddess Eucalypta Evergreeningby Barbara Ardinger, PhD
Goddess of the Season: Nemesis by Dawn “Belladonna” Thomas
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Pagan Every Day - A Walk on a Sunny Day by Barbara Adinger, PhD
Pagan Every Day - Tree Month of Hazel by Barbara Ardinger, PhD
First Fruits Solitary Ritual by Dawn “Belladonna” Thomas
Nine Ways of Calling on the Moon by Shauna Aura Knight
The Story of Agriculture, Corn and the Corn Goddesses Who Grew with Them Part 2 by Amy Martin
Blessings of the Solstice Season
Dawn, Bendis, Heather, and Katy
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Wiccans and Pagans have an animal companion that they consider their familiar. A familiar is part of the family.
A familiar is often defined as an animal with whom we have a magical connection. If an animal has appeared in your life unexpectedly -- such as a stray cat that appears regularly, for instance -- it's possible that the animal may have been drawn to you magickally!
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