"As above, So Below, As Within, So Without" is a saying in Wicca. This phrase comes from the beginning of The Emerald Tablet and embraces the entire system of traditional and modern magic which was inscribed upon the tablet in cryptic wording by Hermes Trismegistus.

The significance of this phrase is that it is believed to hold the key to all mysteries. All systems of magic are claimed to function by this formula. “‘That which is above is the same as that which is below.” Microcosmos is the same as microcosmos. The universe is the same as the God and Goddess, the God and Goddess is the same as man, man is the same as the cell, the cell is the same as the atom, the atom is the same as…and so on, ad infinitum. It basically means that everything is connected to everything else. That which is above me is also below me, That which is inside me is also outside of me.

This is how we do our magic, we use the connectedness with the universe, with the Gods and Goddesses, with the earth, with each other. we will a change with our energy. All energy has power every action, even thoughts and words have energy therefore have power.

D’Sonoqua

Also spelled “Dzunukwa” or “Tsonokwa” is a giantess in the mythology of Kwakwaka’wakw peoples, who live in the Pacific Northwest, mainly on the BC coast, Northern Vancouver Island, and the Queen Charlotte Sound. 

D’Sonoqua was seen as a bringer of wealth worthy of respect and veneration, but also had a dark side, and was known to stuff children into her basket, to be carried away to her caves and eaten. She has a terrifying call, a “Hu!” or “Oo-oo-oo-oeo!”, which can be easily mistaken for the sound of the wind rustling through the cedar trees. The renown of her voice is such that images of her nearly always show pursed red lips, eternally calling out.

The above image of D’Sonoqua is by Emily Carr, that great artist of my home, Vancouver Island. She was a tremendous admirer of First Peoples’ art, and a ferocious critic of the missionaries and politicians who sought to displace our elder brothers and sisters on this continent.

Discover the rich symbolism behind this painting that features Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, during our Spotlight Gallery Conversation this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11 a.m.

Still Life with Terms and a Bust of Ceres,” c. 1630, by Frans Snyders

Navaratri 8

Kaalratri

May she Bhayankari Maa Durga who is with long lips, riding an ass, shining in various hues looks formidable because of the halo of Devi’s lustre and is adorned with multi coloured ornaments remove my darkness of ignorance. In Skand Purana, Maa Parvati liberates Devi’s golden outer sheath and becomes dark complexioned then Goddess becomes Goddess Kaalratri.

by Mahaveer Swami

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