Questions about WICCA

Discussion in 'Knowledge of the Spirit' started by Rikki, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. Toroid

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    That's interesting. Isn't there a selfish aspect to intentionally doing good to attract the same in return nearly negating the purpose? It seems to be a conditioning logic for Sims. Wilcock said forgiveness will stop the wheels of karma. Does the software in our holographic reality need us to do that to clean its system? Are we essentially defragging AI?
     
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  2. Rick Hunter

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    Thanks alot, Rikki. I believe firmly in Karma. It is a core principle of my Christianity, although not usually described by that word. I think that most of the unease I find myself in is due to the bad karma I have built up for myself over these past 40 years of life. I can make better choices and create good karma, but the bad karma is still going to exert it's influence over the remainder of this life. Hardly a unique situation, but still quite a burden to carry.
     
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  3. Rikki

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    Samhain (pronunced “Sow-in”) is the Celtic roots of Halloween. About 2000 years ago, it was celebrated in Ireland, Wales and Scotland. In the Celtic calendar, Samhain is the New Year. It marks the end of summer, the brighter half of the year, and the beginning of winter, the darker half of the year. At that time, the festivities take place from October 31st after sunset until November 1st in the morning. It is celebrated in large gatherings with bonfires, contests and feasts all around the country. In addition, we teach that during Samhain’s Eve, the veil between the worlds is thinner, allowing the deceased to walk among the living. It is customary to honor those who died in the past year and to do divination for the year to come.
    for the wandering spirits. Single candles are lit in windows to guide the spirits of loved ones home, and places were set at the dinner table and near the hearth to honor the dead and make them welcome. Apples were left along roadsides to provide for the spirits who had no loved ones to provide for them. We intend to honor Bob's father by setting a place at our table and laying out his favorite pipe and Prince Albert Tabaco. Our children also give him welcome as they tell him of good things that happened this year.
    To best recall those who have left us make an ancestral altar.This is what one must do:
    Create an ancestor altar using a collection of photographs, displaying your various relatives, ideally going back a few generations to illustrate and show respect for your history. Besides photos, you could also decorate your altar with any other items that belonged to your relatives or even just things that remind you of them. Jewelry, clothing, or other heirloom items could all be used. What matters most is that these items mean something to you and represent your past.[​IMG][​IMG] Even those not of the faith find comfort in this.
    then a divination:
    Before the stroke of midnight, Sit in front of a mirror in a room lit only by one candle or the moon. Go into the silence, and ask a question. Cut the apple into nine pieces. With your back to the mirror, eat eight of the pieces, then throw the ninth over your left shoulder. Turn your head to look over the same shoulder, and you will see an image or symbol in the mirror that will tell you your answer. (When you look in the mirror, let your focus go "soft," and allow the patterns made by the moon or candlelight and shadows to suggest forms, symbols and other dreamlike images that speak to your intuition.)
    Three fold Blessings upon you and your house
    Blessed Be
    High Priestess Victoria Watson
    Priestess Katlin Daisy Watson
     
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  4. nivek

    nivek As Above So Below

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    Intent is key, coming from within, determines the outcome along with any associated karma...

    I was mowing the grass today and as I passed the apple tree I saw a small yellow flower in the taller grass that I would be mowing over on the next pass...I watched for that flower and as I came up to it a small bee landed on it...So without a choice I mowed around that spot and left the flower alone, the bee still buzzing around it...What could I hope to gain by that simple act of kindness, it really was just my intent because I had no choice once I saw that scenario play out with the Flower, the Bee, and Me, no intention on harming them...

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  5. Toroid

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    Could nefarious groups do good deeds to counterbalance their so-called bad deeds and does that impact karma?
     
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  6. nivek

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    This is not a group effort although groups benefit from doing good things, the intent must come individually , you could have one or more members with different intentions making their overall group efforts meaningless...

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  7. Rick Hunter

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    We have bunches of Wolf spiders in and around my house. My wife can't stand them, but we now gently capture them and release outside, rather than smashing them to bits.
     
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  8. Rikki

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    The Karma you make doing so is great! even the smallest deserves life. and the spiders preform a service by eating other insects.
    Blessed Be
    Rikki
     
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  9. Rikki

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    Time to set up a yule altar:
    Place the 3 colors upon an oak table.
    RED:
    In modern Pagan magical practice, red is often associated with passion and sexuality. However, for some people, red indicates prosperity. InChakra work, red is connected with the root chakra, located at the base of the spine. Holistic Healing Expert Phylameana Iila Desy, says, "This Chakra is the GROUNDING FORCE that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our beings." So, how can you incorporate the color red into your magical workings at Yule? Deck your halls with red ribbons and bows, hang garlands of holly with its bright red berries, or position a few pretty poinsettias on your porch to invite prosperity and good fortune into your home. If you've got a tree set up, tie red bows on it, or hang red lights to bring a little bit of fiery passion into your life during the chilly months. WARNING if you have cats keep in mind poinsettias are poisonous!
    GREEN ;green has been associated with the Yule season for many years, by many different cultures. This is a bit of a paradox, because typically, green is seen as a color of spring and new growth by people who live in areas that experience seasonal changes. However, the winter season has its own share of greenery. in chakra work Known as the balance point of all seven Chakras, the heart or the fourth Chakra is located at the center of the breastbone. This Chakra deals with love and relationships and represents the energy center for an individual’s happiness and feelings of compassion.
    Use green in magical workings related to prosperity and abundance — after all, it's the color of money. You can hang evergreen boughs and holly branches around your house, or decorate a tree with green ribbons, to bring money into your home. As the tale of the sun and the trees shows, green is also the color of rebirth and renewal.
    WHITE:
    White also associated with purity and truth in many Pagan magical practices. If you do any work with chakras, the crown chakra at the head is connected with the color white. Phylameana lila Desy, says, "The crown chakra allows inner communications with our spiritual nature to take place. The opening in the crown chakra... serves as an entryway wherein the Universal Life Force can enter our bodies and be dispersed downward into the lower six chakras housed below it."
    If you're using white in your magical workings at Yule, consider incorporating it into rituals that focus on purification, or your own spiritual development. Hang white snowflakes and stars around your home as a way of keeping the spiritual environment clean.
    once the cloths are upon the table place a gold or bronze plate in the center. This is the sun who we welcome back as she ends her rest to greet spring. red green and white candles adorn the whole. Add bowls of winter nuts, like walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts, or fresh fruit such as oranges and apples, to your altar.
    Mistletoe, which symbolizes fertility and abundance, is often associated with the winter holidays around the world Again take care it is poisonous!
    add bells as a method of bringing harmony to a magical space.
    Try incorporating sacred plants associated with the winter solstice as well. Evergreen boughs like pines, fir, juniper and cedar are all part of the evergreen family, and they’re typically associated with themes of protection and prosperity, as well as that of a continuation of life and renewal. Hang a sprig of holly in your house to ensure good luck and safety to your family. Wear it as a charm, or make holly water (which you probably read as holy water!) by soaking leaves overnight in spring water under a full moon. Use birch branches to craft your own Besom for magical workings, and in spells and rituals related to enchantments, renewal, purification, fresh starts and new beginnings.
    The besom is the traditional witch's broom. It's associated with all kinds of legend and folklore, including the popular notion that witches fly around in the night on a broomstick. ( I cant imagine a more uncomfortable mode of transportation!) The Besom is used mostly for sweeping and cleaning rituals.
    Blessed Be
    Rikki
     
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  10. Rick Hunter

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    Thanks Rikki. I am constantly amazed at how much different religions have in common, even those which are usually seen at odds. One idea that is constantly rolling around in my mind is the possibility that most major religions of the world have a common source, both in antiquity and in terms of what adherents are searching for.
     
  11. Rikki

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    I never quite understood why the majority of Americans chose to celebrate the gory death and alleged resurrection of someone during the spring. or to wear the symbol of his death on ones person. After all you don't wear a gold Noose.
    Its time to celebrate Life in all its wonder.
    Ostara is one of the eight Pagan Sabbats marked by the Wheel of the Year. Each Sabbat marks a new season, equinox or solstice, which are used to signify the cycle of life, love, death and rebirth between the Mother Goddess (Gaia) and the Father God (also known as the Horned God). With Ostara in particular, it represents a new age of fertility, as the cycle of life and death of the Horned God starts up again.
    There are many ways witches and warlocks from the multiple branches of Paganism choose to celebrate Ostara, but the majority of them choose to celebrate the Sabbat of rebirth by basking in the fresh spring flowers. For many, they can choose to have a ritual in their hard garden or simply enjoy the world around them.

    You may be wondering, well what does some holiday about spring have to do with Easter? I'm glad you asked! As it turns out, like many other pagan traditions, the Christian religion got a few inspirations from the Pagans, one of them being the beloved Easter Egg.
    What the rabbit represents for Ostara is fertility, magic and sexual energy, seeing as the main theme in the Spring Equinox is fertility and sowing seeds. Many believe that both of the holidays' names come from the goddess Eostre, who is sometimes associated with fertility and is loosely connected to both eggs and rabbits.
    It is a time of rebirth and renewal. One should prepare properly for it.
    I outlined a sprit cleanse one should use it daily. next cast out the negative and prepare for the renewal.
    I will outline more soon
    Blessed be
    Rikki
     
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  12. Rikki

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  13. Rick Hunter

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    Thanks for sharing, Rikki. Interestingly, a person who is a Jehovah's Witness at my work made a derisive comment about the company Christmas tree being a symbol of a "Pagan Holiday" last December. I had to restrain myself from laughing out loud, as if a friggin' Christmas tree invalidates my own religious beliefs.
     
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  14. Kchoo

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    Christmas Trees...
    Santa Clause...
    To me, it is all just happy fun for Christmas Day.
    Silly happy things, to remind people to focus on happy thoughts and put aside differences and invite the neighbors for celebration.
    I do not care about classing it in any other way.
    Trying to argue its merit seems a waste of effort from any angle when they could just use it as an excuse to have fun.
     
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