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rite & ritual

Old mind

The purpose of ritual is to wake up the old mind in us, to put it to work. The old ones inside us, the collective unconscious, the many lives, the divine eternal parts, the senses and parts of the brain that have been ignored.
     — Zsuzsanna Budapest

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Transcribing Faith

The Newberry Library in Chicago is home to some 80,000 documents pertaining to religion during the early modern period, a time of sweeping social, political, and cultural change spanning the late Middle Ages to the start of the Industrial Revolution. Among the library’s collection of rare Bibles and Christian devotional texts are a series of manuscripts that would have scandalized the religious establishment. These texts deal with magic—from casting charms to conjuring spirits—and the Newberry is asking for help translating and transcribing them.

As Tatiana Walk-Morris reports for Atlas Obscura, digital scans of three magical manuscripts are accessible through Transcribing Faith, an online portal that functions much like Wikipedia. Anyone with a working knowledge of Latin or English is invited to peruse the documents and contribute translations, transcriptions, and corrections to other users’ work.

     — Brigit Katz, Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscripts, h/t The Wild Hunt

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❝4 Rituals That Will Make You Loved❞

Do you want to have better relationships? Well, you should definitely take some advice from… the Stoics.

I know, it sounds weird. Most people think of the Stoics as being emotionless — not exactly good examples for how to handle relationships.

But that’s a myth. The ancient Stoics were big on virtue, self-control and reducing negative emotions. And those are pretty good things if you’re trying to be more likable.

And their methods are backed by science. Stoicism was one of the inspirations for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is currently the dominant method for helping people overcome psychological issues.

     — Eric Barker, Stoicism Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Loved

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Special harvest

There's something very renewing about greeting the sun at dawn dressed in nothing but a pendant.

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Gather

I used this picture before in my post on bolines.

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Sex magick

Despite the rumors, the Great Rite doesn't happen all that often.

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Gateway to summer

Summergate isn't exactly Beltaine, but it's reasonably close.

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A selection of bolines

Bolines can be fancy…

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Affirmation of NeoWayland

Yes, I know the rhythm is odd. It works though.

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Speaking of athamés

Chas S. Clifton, one of my favorite pagan writers, has a piece called The Story of Three Athames.

So I'm pointing it out.

You should go read it now.


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A selection of athamés

These are just exampes that caught my eye.

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Really real pagan

According to some members of the Big Three monotheisms, it's a smear word.

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Journal 10Apr2017

Thinking by blogging

I've been up all night with the sound of the night in my ears. Also aroused. And no companion around.

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Clean

It's the last bright moon before Summergate, the Lady Moon is entering the Court of Stars and I am ready.

For what I am not sure.

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Five words

Power with versus power over

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Inspiring space

Outdoor ritual area

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Speculate this

Her expression is what sells it.

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Ravens

Raven is about bridging the worlds.

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Winter begins

So it's with shorter hair and hot chocolate that I anticipate this High Holiday.

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Before this Year ends

Bone, Heart, Thought, Deed, and Spirit, I honor those who helped shape my life

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Rhythm Of Life

”And The Rhythm Of Life is a powerful beat…”

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NeoNotes — What witch?

The "Witch Winter Solstice Ritual" in Nylon is populist pap. It's a lot like having Easter using only Cadbury eggs and never once mentioning a resurrection or what it might mean.
     — NeoWayland

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Daily

Since I don't have much time this week, I thought talk about the daily things we sometimes overlook.

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Bloody sacrifice

I don't think animals should be killed for ritual use. I have issues with animals being killed for food. It's why I still pray before meals. I'm honoring their sacrifice even though I know they don't understand.

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Act of Change

According to popular culture, magick is about breaking the rules and molding reality.

Nope.

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Fireplace

I joke about it, but that is the heart of it. Or maybe the hearth. It’s the center.

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Midwinter

It’s a day of contrasts and promises. Even as winter is at it’s greatest, light is born again.

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Starwell - Solar Festival

I do use some Yule traditions. This year I have family obligations which will cut those short a bit. But greeting the dawn all three days is definitely one I keep.

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Hearthside

Fire good, I grunt only half aloud.

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Before the Gate of Winter

Bone, Heart, Thought, Deed, and Spirit, I choose to honor these people this season

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The hard rain

Rain in the desert is a wonderous thing

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Time to scry

I look into the bowl and wait.

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Flexing your calendar

Have I mentioned that I have a calendar obsession?

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Spark

I’m really enjoying this winter season.

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Glimpse

A knack you can pick up

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Prep Work

I may be needing these in a bit.

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Rocket

Rocket in my garden

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Not Samhain

Welcome to Winter

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☯ Lady in the Court of Stars

Where else would She be now?

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Before the Deepest Night - updated

Bone, Heart, Thought, Deed, and Spirit, I choose to honor these people this season

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Dirty hands

Here’s the secret to being a pagan

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Direction

The sun comes up other there…

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Pangere

Rambling on time & calendars

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Before Our Worlds Touch

Bone, Heart, Thought, Deed, and Spirit, I honor those who shaped my life

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Lightning and ritual

tek NO paa gan TEK no PAA gan

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Taking full measure

Just how well did that ritual work?

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Before the Wheel Turns

Bone, Heart, Thought, Deed, and Spirit, I choose to honor those who touched my life

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Before a Winter's Eve

Bone, Heart, Thought, Deed, and Spirit, I choose to honor these people this season

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Before me

It's not quite... ancestor worship

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The V ritual

Thoughts on an offbeat ritual making the rounds on the net

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The Focusing Flame

Here are some physical parts of a spell I improvised last night and used this morning. It's one of the better "booster" spells I've come up with in a while. It takes a bit of prep time and you need to greet the sun, but it works.

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Scrying with the Dark Moon

One of my (suitably edited) Dark Moon rites

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Hair of the bear

Adding practicality to my Beltaine

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Mistress Moon

Spring Rites

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The price

The dire wound that never heals

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Wheel

Patterns and flow

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“I'm being attacked!”

ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX IV: I mean what exactly are you doing with your life?

ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX: I'm being attacked by a Vogon Fleet.

ZB IV: Doesn't surprise me in the least.

     —The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy radio series, Fit the Ninth

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Skyclad

My response to a question about being skyclad. Taken from Wicca: General Chat from the Timerift Forums

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