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Vigdisdotter

Do you believe....

Posted by vigdisdotter on 2006.05.20 at 09:40

in ghosts?

Why or why not?

I do, mainly because I've interacted with a few.  However, they have all been 'nice' ghosts.  The closest I've come to a 'mean' ghost was going into one of the newer grave yards in the city.  There was a kind of low grumbling form unhappy spirits.  But in the two hours I was there (at night, on Samhain) nothing bothered me.

Which leads me to my next question.  How much power do you think ghosts have to affect the living?


redwood path 2
Posted by porknbeans on 2006.05.03 at 08:30
I was thinking about rituals and spells that include bodily fluids like blood, semen, and urine. Or other "icky" things like organ meat, rotten eggs, and the hair of an ex-boyfriend.* And after I thought of these icky things, I pondered:

Is the reaction of most people, specifically the "ew, nasty/gross/unsanitary" evidence of the item's magical power or energy (and therefore reason to use it in a spell), or is it something else?

The reason I started thinking of this, or perhaps how I got started thinking about this, was from Penda's post on PW about a cat heart in a jar. My initial reaction was of course, "ew". Then, "why not?" It obviously has a power, or an energy, that affects me. I'm willing to bet it affects other people even more strongly - some might throw up, or cry, or be moved to violence in defence of the poor cat (I'm thinking PETA here, even though I know Penda didn't harm the cat to get the heart).

*Please note, I don't know if there are spells that include these things, I just went off on a tangent thinking about the ickiest things I could come up with.

redwood path 2
Posted by porknbeans on 2006.04.07 at 10:36
An "interesting" new person on PW has raised a question.

This new person says Wicca is too picky with their rules, and they don't like rules in general. To you, are rules good or bad in and of themselves? When are they good, when are they bad?

Vigdisdotter

LotR as Innitiate's Journey

Posted by vigdisdotter on 2006.04.02 at 22:33
Current Mood: confusedconfused
The Lord of the Rings is meant as a Christian teaching story. Sine Tolkien was a Christan, this shouldn't come as any surprise. However the stories and themes it is based on are much older.

And in thinking about it I have concluded (for better or worse) that it can also be a teaching story for Pagan Initiates. Now I'm not speaking of any particular path but, but in the general sense. Think about it. Hers is innocent little Frodo who knows only the Shire and it's gentle ways, where life is simple and straightforward. But then he meets a teacher (Gandalf) who cunningly challenges him and pricks his curiosity so that he begins to think beyond what has been his life thus far.

Now Frodo isn't the only initiate in the story. There is Sam, Merry and Pippin too. As things get started, its' a pretty exciting adventure. But on the way, they start to realize that it's also scary and very dangerous. Each has their own reason for continuing and eventually they realize that they have to go separate ways, even if they would have liked i to be otherwise.

In the journey the four hobbits learn about loyalty, courage and personal strength, but at a cost.

Ah! but what about, the other characters?

Aragorn is what I would consider a 2nd Degree Initiate. He's seen and done much, learning about his world. He's also aware of what comes next but at first he balks. In the course of the story though, he learns that to be true to himself, he has to progress to that next step. And by the ties he assumes the thrown of Gondor, he's a 3rd Degree.

Gimlii and Legolas are, I think, 1st degrees at the start of the story They realize there's more to the world then meets the eye and have even been tested in a couple of ways, but they haven't really grasped how it all fits together. As they go, however, they both start to see things in a more holistic manner and begins to understand how they fit within the setting. Their attitude becomes a little wiser and a lot healthier as the recognize that they are both on the same journey of self.

Through the saga there is a theme of someone ordinary accomplishing something extraordinary. Eowyn and Pippin killing the Witch King are a Good example there. And this is true of initiates. That which is taught is going to make you more then the mundane self we are taught is acceptable. As will your own realization and needs.

Notice how at the end, Frodo feels he doesn't belong in the Shire. This is a very real danger. That which was comfortable and safe before the initiation can become stifling.

So....um....yeah....It's late and I doubt I'm making sense.

It all sounded so much better in my head :P

Vigdisdotter

Tarot Lesson #2

Posted by vigdisdotter on 2006.04.02 at 22:02
Current Mood: awake

Lesson #2: Proper use of Tarot Cards

This is going to be a bit meandering, so please bear with me.

When you think of tarot decks, what do you think of?  If you are thinking of something that will tell you what to do, then I must inform you that you are wrong.

Tarot cards should never be used to omit one's own culpability in the decision making process.  As mentioned in the first lesson, this is the difference between Fortune Telling and Divination.  But the proper use of the cards goes farther then that. 

So okay, you know yourself, and you know you aren't going to use the cards as a scape goat.  That's a great first step.  The next step is recognizing what your'e doing when you use the cards.  In most cases, reading the cards is simply a way of using the imagery present to access your subconscious mind.  That's it.  Big F-ing, right?  Well it is if you consider the fact that our subconscious registers EVERYTHING around us.  Only a small percentage of that information gets filtered through to the conscious mind.  The rest is usually ignored as irrelevant.  Thus when using the cards you are pulling up subconscious experiences and information to the surface, and what may have been thought irrelevant is put into a new light and suddenly becomes VERY relevant.

But what about the esoteric secrets of the tarot?  Well, there are lots of theories there, and some even make sense.  But the two big ones that you'll run across are the Akashic Records and the Psychic Connection.  I'll explain both, but remember, if they don't make sense, you're free to disregard them.  What makes one a good tarot reader is that they have a system that works for them (more on that is lesson 3).

Akashic Records are something that came from Carl Jung.  The idea is that there is a racial/species memory that all people share and have access too.  That what one experiences, another can know by accessing the Akashic Records.  And some cite this as the source of the knowledge being presented in the imagery of the tarot and how a reader can pin point events for someone they have never met before.

Psychic Connection is similar to the idea of the Akashic Records but it's on a more personal level.  Basically, the idea is that the reader establishes a psychic link or energetic connection with the other person and has access to the thoughts and feelings the that the higher self provides access to so that the reading can be a success (no this connection does not facilitate psychic peeping toms).

In both cases you are accessing something outside of yourself.  I feel that I'm accessing something more then myself when I read the cards, but beyond that, I don't know what to call it or how to quantify it.  But that's okay, because I don't mind saying, "I don't know."  What I do know is that whatever I do, however I do it, it works and those I read for find benefit in the readings.

However I'm presenting the above theories so that you can further study this if you like.

So!  Back to the topic of how to properly use the tarot cards...in a nut shell it's about accessing your hidden thoughts (or those of the quarent).  These thoughts are NOT unknown to the questioner.  More over, the cards will not tell you anything you don't' already know.  What they will do is help you see things in a new light, and will often spotlight things you had overlooked perviously or had willfully ignored.

To that end, the proper use of the tarot cards is as a tool to be honest with yourself as you work to understand your ideas and experiences, or that of the quarent.

Note: when reading for others, it is not a prerequisite that you the reader understand things.  But it is necessary that the person your reading for understands. 

 

 



Vigdisdotter

Why? Why gods? Why???!!!!!

Posted by vigdisdotter on 2006.03.25 at 10:07
Current Mood: confusedconfused

I see it all over the place now.  Once I thought it was the stock and trade of Christians, but I no longer believe that.  So where the HELL do people get the idea that the have emotionally beat themselves down to be able to touch divinity?

Seriously.  Where is the rule that says you have to proclaim how unworthy you are before you talk to the gods?  I don't get it.

My gods talk to me because I AM worthy, because I work hard to be the best me I can, instead of always downplaying my abilities and accomplishments.

I just don't get this need that many seem to have.  Can someone explain it to me?


Vigdisdotter

Something to Think About

Posted by vigdisdotter on 2006.03.25 at 09:18
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

Over on PW we have a discussion going on the virtue of working in a group.

Now the other person keeps saying "I can't because....."  To her, they are reasons, to me they are excuses.

I'm not looking for a semantics debate here, but it got me thinking.  humans make excuses a LOT, about all sorts of things.  We work hard to justify this or that, while painting ourselves in the best light possible.  That's not necessarily a bad thing but.....

Think about it.  If you have that kind of mind set about daily stuff, how will it affect your spiritual practice or your magick?  It seems like an easy step towards apologetics for when things don't go that way one thinks they should.  And that to me is worrisome, since it tends to preclude thinking about why things didn't' work out and what could be changed.

Anyhow, that's my morning ramble :)  What do you think?


Vigdisdotter

Ranting Again

Posted by vigdisdotter on 2006.03.19 at 11:54
Current Mood: discontentdiscontent

This is one of my old rants, but it's something that comes up time and again for me, so I thought I'd post it here.

I don't know what it is with people, but good grief!  
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This time my rant is over the fact that many people out there demand to be spoon fed.  On another forum someone was whining about the need for a 'Pagan Bible' that explained all the hows and whys.  His reasoning: it was hard to shift through all the information currently out there.

A girl I know in RL complains when it's suggested that she should read a given book or write an something out.  She just wants to sit and listen becuase that's how she "learns best". 

We aren't in the dark ages here. Most people ARE literate, yet many don't want to take the time to read.  And of those that do read, it's often some pap book or other that tells them that by reading the book they can now call themselves "high priestess" or that reading the book will make them psychic, or whatever.  They don't go any farther.

Why is it that spiritual progress is balked at so strongly by those that claim loudest to want it?

It's NOT easy.  It's NOT quick.  Often it's a pain in the ass, and you'll sit there thinking of all the FUN things you could have been doing with your time.  But the result is wonderful.

Nothing can replace the feeling of accomplishment that comes with understating yourself and the world around you.  Nor does that understanding come all at once.  It's a life time process.

So to all the whiners out there.  Suck it up, get off your ass and make a damned effort!  It's YOUR path, YOU walk it.


Vigdisdotter

Learning the Tarot: Lesson 1

Posted by vigdisdotter on 2006.03.19 at 10:57
Current Mood: awake

Lesson #1: Divination Vs. Fortune Telling

Okay, before we get into the cards, lets start with WHY one reads them.  Many will say that it's to know the future, but it's not.  Rather it's about gaining new perspective and insight.  The cards will NOT tell you anything you don't know.  But they will highlight things that you may have wanted to ignore, or had not thought of as relevant.

Now what about this future thing?  Well, that depends on who you ask.  If you ask a fortune teller, s/he will tell you that the future is set and that what the cards say is what will happen.  This is because fortune telling takes a fatalistic approach to the future.  So if you get a reading that you will meet a Tall dark handsome man and have seven kids, that's what will happen.  If you have a reading that tell you your aunt will die of stomach cancer in a years, that's what will happen.  And there is not a damn thing you can do about it.  Instead you can only anticipate it and try to plan for the associated good fortune or fallout.

Doesn't sound very healthy, huh? ^_^;;  This is why I stick to divination.  I LIKE my options, I LIKE being in control of my own life.  And as such, a fatalistic view of the future just doesn't cut it.  Enter Divination.  Unlike Fortune Telling, Divination doesn't tell you set outcomes.  Instead it looks at the current patterns, patters of the past and uses those to extrapolate the patter of the future.  Now!  Patterns can change, and when patterns change, so do the outcome (for good or ill).  For this reason Divination is empowering the person and is showing them where things stand at the present.  It is then up to the person to decide if they like what they see and wan tot stay the course, or if they are going to change their pattern.

So if, using Divination, you are told that there is a tall dark handsome man and seven kids in your future, you can then decide to meet this guy, but bring lots of condoms with you ~_^

Divination=looks at patterns
Fortune Telling=looks at what WILL be

Any questions? :) 


redwood path 2

Autumn Equinox

Posted by porknbeans on 2006.03.19 at 17:54
So, what is everyone doing for their respective equinoxes?

Yes, this is a shameless plea for ideas. Because it's tomorrow. :-p


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