altar in the world

On another note:

Nature is not ‘more pure’ or ‘more spiritual’. The bacteria that cause disease are natural. Wasps that lay their eggs in other creatures and devour them from the inside out are natural. Earthquakes are natural.

Technology is not ‘less spiritual.’ If it exists, someone is going to use it in their practice. The god/s can speak to us through whatever medium they choose. An online altar is still an altar.

The world is bigger and weirder than your dichotomy.

Charm Making 101

Making your own charm is as easy as baking a cake, with no baking.

First let’s explore what makes a charm a charm. 

charm [CHärm] n. 

      a collection of materials placed into a color specific bag used to send and receive specific vibrations from the universe. A satellite dish if you will. Carrying these little bundles of magic with you everywhere you go is one of the easiest ways to communicate your wants and needs with the universe.

Step One: Figuring out your intentions

Every charm has a specific intent behind it. Without one, it’s just a bag of rocks and dirt. Figure out what you need the most in your life right now. This could be anything from romantic love to quick cash to even inner peace

Step Two: Understanding the skeleton

What in the world do skeletons have to do with charms? Well, the skeleton of a charm is essentially the building blocks you need. All of the really powerful charms I have made have come equipped with a leafy green, a flower, a base, a bag, and a mineral. 

Leafy Green.

The leafy green is a plant material. This can be dried herbs or simple green foliage from a specific plant that gives off good vibrations through its leaves.

The Flower.

The flower is there to work with the other leafy green and encompass a specific property all in one bundle.

The Mineral

The mineral is there to push out the signal. Incorporating crystals and rocks add an antenna to your satellite dish.

The Bag.

The bag is a little string draw satchel that is a specific color depending on what your intentions are (green for money, pink for love, etc). Every little satchel is just a method for energy to be carried around. The longer you are with it, the more energy and intention you put into it.

The Base.

Now last but not least is the base. This is something that can absorb any negative energy but can also add a little substance to your charm bag. The base is tricky but very versatile. A majority of the time rice is a really good base but things like garden or graveyard dirt can be used.

Step Three: Research

I’ve found the easiest way to accomplish this step it to work backwards. Instead of looking for a specific material that you need for a charm, figure out what the materials you have already do and see if they apply. You’d be surprised how versatile a lot of materials are. A lot of good resources can be found on the internet if you look up “(Material name)’s magical properties”. Just those three words can give you a solid amount of websites to read. On top of that, you can check out the WiccanInk page. If you’re not on mobile, there are links at the top labeled “Herbs”, “Color Magic”, and “Stones” (conveniently hyperlinked here for you as well).

Step Four: Cleansing and charging

This is arguably one of the most important steps in this process. You can have the best material combination in the world but if your crystal isn’t charged, then it isn’t going to work. Take the time to purify and charge all materials before adding them to any magic work, let alone charm work. Here are some good cleansing methods and the best way to charge any item it to leave it out in the sun for a full day.

Step Five: Putting it all together

At this stage you have gathered all your materials, cleansed everything, and charged it with your intent. You can now add the ingredients to the bag. The order I like to use is base, mineral, leafy green, then flower. You can do it anyway you like but I’ve found that this method just looks prettier. When you are adding all the ingredients be sure to visualize yourself succeeding in whatever part of your life you want to improve. Do this work in front of your altar and away from the rest of the world. Find a quiet spot in your head so you can really focus on your life needs.

Take your time. Work with your charm. After a little bit you will be able to feel the energy it is giving off and you will realize every charm has it’s own personality. At the end, tie three knots in the cord to tie up the bag and with each knot think about what you already have. For example if you’re working on a charm to improve your wealth, think about three instances where you are wealthy enough. Thank the universe for the instances and understand that you can still receive more.

Following these steps will hopefully lead you to successful charm work. Take your time and remember everything needs practice.

Blessed Be

-Alerisa

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Pinacate Volcanic Field 

Located in far northwest Sonora, Mexico, the Pinacate volcanic field comprises a 1,500 km2 area of Pleistocene lava flows with over 400 cinder cones and 8 maars. The volcanoes in the Pinacate are monogenetic—meaning they erupt only once and each have a unique magmatic signature. The field today is part of El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The eastern portion of the field—which is accessible by a vehicle tour route—contains the youngest cones and is mantled by an extensive tephra deposit.  One of the most impressive features on the vehicle route is a large maar caldera, Crater Elegante, formed 32 thousand years ago in an explosive eruption when groundwater interacted with magma. The caldera measures nearly a mile in diameter and is the largest maar in the field. 

The cinder cones are accompanied by extensive basaltic lava flows, some of which form spiky stiff peaks. Due to the arid, desert setting of the field, most of the cones have experienced very little erosion and retain a relatively youthful morphology. Extensive dune fields surround the volcanic complex, providing a stark visual contrast to the dark basalt rocks.

Top image from Dan Lynch, all other images by author

WorldBreakers - Sword of Kings

When a world is created, it is marked with a sort of pattern, or sigil.

Like a signature, you could say.

This sigil imparts permanence to the world that has been shaped from the primordial Chaos. Without it, the world itself would decay and dissolve back into nothingness.

At times, a world may face great, catastrophic dangers, threats that would cause untold destruction and loss of life. In such times, the sigil’s other purpose is revealed.

Each sigil, as a secondary effect, produces a weapon that can be used in defense of the planet. The type of weapon varies - it is based upon the abilities and preferences of the one who created the sigil, and its origins also affect the natural inclinations and characteristics of the planet as well:

A “Divine Word” could be created from a sigil left by a deity of Paladins. Such a planet’s population would have an inherent inclination toward religion and faith, and miracles may be more commonplace.

A “Warrior’s Path” might form from a sigil created by a god of Strength or Combat. A planet with this as its origin may be in constant conflict, war-torn, or perhaps in a constant state of tense, enforced peace, with rigid military structures and governments.

And so on: “Rogue’s Whisper,” “Mage Tongue,” “Nature’s Fury,” “Songblade.” Likely, even more variations exist.

Collectively, independent from and sometimes despite the form of the weapon, sages refer to such an artifact as a “Sword of Kings.”

An undisturbed Sword of Kings will most commonly be found in a stone altar at the center of the sigil which created it. If the world is uncommonly lucky, it will stay there. When a Sword of Kings is removed from its altar, the sigil becomes inert - withdrawing its power of Permanency from the world. Thus, typically only a world-altering event will cause the semi-sentient sigil to reveal its presence and location.

If the weapon is not returned to its altar within a certain span, or if it is taken off of its home planet or destroyed, the planet will begin a slow process of decay. After enough time, the planet dies completely, and then dissolves back into Chaos.

Fortunately, additional sigils can be created in the event that the original has gone inert. At one point Earth had a Songblade, created by the Celtid Druids and Bards when the original sigil was inert. When the Catholic Church expanded, however, the new sigil was discovered and destroyed as a perceived threat.

Earth’s original Sword of Kings was a Divine Word, the same weapon wielded against Adam at the Garden of Eden, and it has resurfaced a number of times, including its emergence under the name of Excalibur. Since its return to the Lady of the Lake, it has not been seen. Some speculate that the Lady did not return it to the altar, hence the continued degeneration of both the planet and its societies, as well as the decline of its population’s overall Faith.  But the rate of decline is not consistent with the timespan which has passed, and all attempts to create a new sigil have failed - indicating the original is not presently inert, despite the decay…

anonymous asked:

Am I the only one who's in love with Nina Zenik from Six of Crows? It's so nice to see a female's sexuality portrayed in a positive way in YA which is sadly, still too rare :/

I worship at the altar of Nina!!! @lbardugo blessed the world with her!

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Rare Roman Hekate & Nymph Altar Pillar, 2nd-3rd Century AD

An Eastern Empire marble altar with rectangular base three figures of females dressed in peplos representing triple goddess Hecate (Hekate) surrounded by four smaller figures of nymphs, three dancing and once playing aulos; inscription to one side: “In the 7th (?) year. For the continuance of Kl(a)udios. ……akos (the name of the dedicator). At the behest of Artemis …..”; provincial workmanship.

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Every human interaction offers you the chance to make things better or to make things worse. To decide to make things better can code you bundles of self-interest. To decide to make things worse generally feels a lot more powerful. The only problem is that the power rolls away from you like a rogue wave, as the person you slammed into finds someone else to slam into, and so on, and so on. The good news is that you can set off the same sort of chain reaction with unwarranted kindness. Kindness is not a bad religion, no matter what name you use for God.
—  Barbara Brown Taylor, “An Altar in the World”
Prayers for the Emperor

Martial, Epigrams 8.4

Note: “Germanicus” = the Emperor Domitian (r. 81-96 CE).

Io!  How great a throng of all the world
Attends at Latin altars, offering up
And fulfilling vows to guard their ruler’s welfare!
I tell you, Germanicus, these joys are not
The property of men alone; I think
That now the gods themselves perform the rites!

Quantus, io, Latias mundi conuentus ad aras
    suscipit et soluit pro duce uota suo!
Non sunt haec hominum, Germanice, gaudia tantum,
    sed faciunt ipsi nunc, puto, sacra dei.

Scene of animal sacrifice during a census (the “Census Frieze”), from the so-called Altar of Domitius Ahenobarbus.  Artist unknown; late 2nd cent. BCE.  Now in the Louvre.

When you think you have let the whole world down
Just remember you are an altar
That every star in the galaxy is bowing down too
And shining for
When your bones ache under
the weight of life and pain
Remember you have been crafted by hands
made of porcelain
Even when you taste poison down your throat
Because you think you have failed or you are broken
The same water that swirls blue lagoons
is leaking liquid gold deep inside you
You are the Goddess mystics have worshiped for centuries
You are the aperture where light makes its entry
Thank you for continuing to breathe for me
You live this life magnificently 

anonymous asked:

Hey I was wondering how did you know you wanted to be a Hades devotee, and is there anything special involved like how does one go about it? ( sorry if it sounds like a silly question, I'm relatively new to this stuff and im trying to learn more about it ) :) Thanks~~ :)

It’s not silly! It’s a very legitimate question.

I’ve always felt attracted to Hades. I don’t know why. He’s always been My Favorite God, Ever™. I loved all of His myths. I even read The Aeneid for its geographical layout of the Underworld, which I strangely still remember to this day.

When I started doing Wiccan rituals, I always gave an offering to Hades. I don’t know why. If I didn’t give Him an offering, it just didn’t feel right. A couple years into it, I decided that I wanted to worship Hades more. So I researched how the ancients worshipped Him, and, finding nothing helpful, researched how the NeoPagans worship Him. This is where I ran into the concept of devoteeism. (Devoteeism is extremely rare and Wicca, and therefore never mentioned.)

I remember this vividly: I was on the bus, heading home from a cogsci class, looking up modern offerings for Hades on my phone. I suddenly came upon the idea to make an altar for Hades. It sounded like the best idea in the universe. Fuck my homework or whatever the fuck I was supposed to be doing that day, I had to make this altar. So I took the bus all the way to a World Market, bought a lot of supplies that I needed for another altar (offering dishes, candles and candle holders mainly, nice ones because I didn’t give two shits about the cost), and then I went home and rearranged my entire side of the room to accommodate this altar I was making. 

I lit the candles, gave an offering, and reached out to Hades. He then asked me to be His devotee. I, being awkward and in disbelief, asked Him if I could be His devotee. And that’s how it happened.

To become a devotee, both you and the deity need to decide on it. Usually it requires the worshipper to begin honoring that God beforehand. You need to prove that you understand exactly what being a devotee means: worshipping that God regularly, and incorporating Them into your daily life and practice. You gotta be like fangirl to that God, like Amy to the God’s Sonic. Please kill me if I ever make that reference again.

I’m sick and so kind of rambling but I hope that makes sense!! Blessed be ~

I would rather...

Have a dozen technowitch’s posting emoji spells daily than dealing with yet another wiccan dictating what is a real witch, curse shaming, and forcing the 3 fold law on others like a Christian fundamentalist. 

Every witch is different. How they do things is different. You don’t like emoji spells, don’t do them. Don’t like curses, don’t do it. Stop pretending though as if either of these things done by another has anything to do with your magic and casting. 

Will. Intent. The use of objects and items that strengthen and embolden the witch. Every witch is different. I think burning sage smells ugh - fresh and ground nummy though - and prefer using Palo Santo. It doesn’t mean my magic/cleansing is any less than those using sage. Nor does using tea steam from a protective herbal tea because one is in a dorm, or in a forest and don’t want to risk a fire, mean the cleansing will be any less thorough. 

For me witchcraft has always been about adaptability, but this degradation of new methods is something I’ve seen for a couple of dozen years. Any form of technology in spells. Hell, I remember when people threw a fit about using a lighter in circle. I’ve watched witches throw fits at another over nonorganic, over tea in a bag, lighters, the gods one worships, the difference in elements and quarters, not practicing in a wiccan way with circles, and quarters and the great rite. None of it lessens the witch. 

Every witch comes to magic differently, and over the years, we learn to adapt magic differently. Emoji spells, tablet altars, all of it is another adaption of magic to suit our world, and our lives. Magic is mutable, it is adaptable, and not sticking strictly to the old ways, or the wiccans ways, does not lessen the witch.

I feel like I can not say that enough.