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Meditation: The Seven Gifts of Druidry

1. Philosophy: A worldview with emphasis on preservation of the environment, the sacredness of all life therein and our place in that schism. Brings together and does not separate the spiritual from the physical, as one is a part of the other. 

2. Connection with Nature: The practices and eight celebrations through the year help us to connect with the natural cycle of the earth. Connecting with our spiritual self and the spirits of animals, plants, stones, water, other places and people we develop a sense of community with the natural world around us, finding our place in it and it’s place in us.

3. Healing: Through ancient practices, both spiritual and physical (as well as emotional) we bring healing not only to ourselves but to the world around us and those that live in it.

4. Life as a Journey: The journey of life is marked with initiations, rites of passage into the new stages of life. Like marriage, birth, death, graduation and life achievements. We mark our personal growth, and how we measure our place in the greater community.

5. Openness to other realities: Through certain practices and altering our state of conscious awareness we are brought into contact with the Otherworld. Many shamanic practices and ritual are used to guide us to these altered states, wherein we learn about ourselves and the world around us, greater connecting to the spiritual in ourselves as well as in other things and people.

6. Developing Potential: Druidry opens us up to growth, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, as well as developing psychic and intuitive abilities. The opening of our minds, hearts, and eyes aids in us reaching our fullest potential. 

7. The gift of Magic: Teaches us how to tap into the magic of life, the magic of simply being alive. Through visualization and manifestation we can find wisdom, healing and inspiration, not only for ourselves but in service of the world and others.

*************************The Basil Druid’s Tree Meditation*****************************

Prepare yourself for this meditation however you normally would. For me to do this meditation it helps to be outside or have something playing some natural sounds from outdoors, but you don’t have to. Once you are ready, sit and close your eyes. Relax and breathe deeply.

As you breathe in and out, imagine your energy spreading into the ground beneath you, your roots burrowing deep into the warm and fertile earth. Feel the Earth’s energy returning to you as you breathe in. Breathe in, and out, your roots growing deeper, you are planted and rooted. 

Here I cross my hands in my lap, palms up, (right hand on top) but do whatever makes you comfortable and feels right. As you breathe in, and your shoulders rise slightly, move your hands up little by little. As your hands move up in front of your body, form your lap to your stomach, visualize the energy from your roots moving up into your center. (I visualize it as a ball of deep green energy swirling in my palms.) 

Continue moving your hands up and down until you feel full of this energy, until it is full in your stomach and up in your chest.Now you will begin to grow and spread your branches. (you can stand or sit for this, I’ve done both.) Continue visualizing that energy moving up through your body. Cross your hands over your chest as your energy continues to build up.When you feel you have enough energy in your chest, visualize it spreading into your arms.

As the energy flows into your arms, spread them in front of you, or to your sides, wherever your branches feel they should grow. Continue breathing in and out evenly, feeling the energy moving through you. Once the energy reaches your fingertips, spread your arms up high over your head. Imagine the energy within you being released all over your body. You are a tree, tall, solid, strong. Rooted and firm. If you are outside and there is a breeze, listen to it and feel it on your skin. 

As you are releasing the built up energy in your body, imagine leaves and moss sprouting along your body (your trunk and branches), visualize that your arms are touching the sky and you are not only receiving energy from the earth below you, but from the sky, the sun, the moon, and the stars. 

You are connected to both land and sky, a bridge, a conduit for the energy from both places. Breathe deeply, evenly as the energy from above and below fills your body. You are beautiful, you are whole, one with the all. 

Before you are finished, release any excess energy into both the sky and the ground. Visualize your roots slowly retreating back into your body. You are free to move again. Open your eyes, and smile. It is done.


*This is one of my personal meditations. 

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M.G.

anonymous asked:

Four Angels for Chuck *snickers*, sorry, came to my mind while typing "Hey …" uh, so I kinda wanna educate myself on different religions and learn about as many as possible - to educate but also to choose for myself - anything you guys always found interesting? Celtic, roman, Hellenic and Egyptian Paganism are already on my list, as well as eclectic paganism, satanism and indigenous religions of North America and Polynesia :)

Michael: Don’t forget Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Lucifer: Boooring. Of course you’d say that, Michael. Check out Luciferianism. It’s like Satanism and The Church of Satan, but better. Devil Worship is fucked up, stay away from it.

Gabriel: Aw, yeah, this questions was made for me. First of All, read the Gospel of Loki. It’s a fantastic book, which lays out all the messes I’ve gotten myself into. I know it’s not a religion, but American Gods by Neil Gaiman is pretty great too. As for Religions, I’m a fan of Buddhism, and Hinduism. Egyptian is okay too, if you like gods obsessed with food and water. There are a million and two various pagan godlings in northern Europe, too. Most of them know how to party, okay? But definitely, at least check out Norse Mythology. The Greeks, too, they’re some fun guys. The Roman versions, however, not so much. Hope that helps you out. Got anything to add, Raphael?

Raphael: Yes; ignore those two. There’s only god besides our Father worth looking into; Quetzalcoatl. Michael clears up a tsunami for the Aztecs one time and they think He’s a sun god.

Michael: Raphael, please… don’t remind me…

Gabriel: That was you? Oh my Dad. They made human sacrifices to you, Michael.

Michael: I know… [face in his hand] I tried to get them to stop by making it too hot… but they didn’t get the message… I had to send Spaniards.

Raphael: It’s even funnnier because they thought you were a snake with feathers.

Michael: It’s not funny.

Gabriel: It so is. [laughing] I guess getting mistaken for pagan gods runs in the family, huh?

An exhaustive list of books for the advanced witch.

Occultism, Witchcraft, and Cultural Fashions: Essays in Comparative Religions by Mircea Eliade

Evolutionary Witchcraft by T. Thorn Coyle

Advanced Witchcraft: Go Deeper, Reach Further, Fly Higher by Edain McCoy

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English

The Veil’s Edge: Exploring the Boundaries of Magic by Willow Polson

Deepening Witchcraft: Advancing Skills & Knowledge by Grey Cat

Kissing the Limitless by Thorn Coyle

The Sea Priestess by Dion Fortune

The Training & Work of an Initiate by Dion Fortune

The Second Circle: Tools for the Advancing Pagan by Venecia Rauls

The Otherside of Virtue by Brendan Myers

Psychic Self-Defense by Dion Fortune

Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World by John G. Gager

Wicca 333: Advanced Topics in Wiccan Belief by Kaatryn MacMorgan

The Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water & Earth in the Wiccan Circle by Deborah Lipp

777 And Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley: Including Gematria & Sepher Sephiroth by Aleister Crowley

Treading the Mill: Practical Craft Working in Modern Traditional Witchcraft by Nigel G. Pearson

Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson

The Call of the Horned Piper by Nigel Aldcroft Jackson

Masks of Misrule: The Horned God & His Cult in Europe by Nigel Jackson

The Pillars of Tubal Cain by Nigel Jackson

The Roebuck in the Thicket: An Anthology of the Robert Cochrane Witchcraft Tradition by Evan John Jones

The Robert Cochrane Letters: An Insight into Modern Traditional Witchcraft by Robert Cochrane

Secrets of East Anglian Magic by Nigel Pennick

Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals by Luisah Teish

The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts by Judika Illes

HEKATE: Keys to the Crossroads – A collection of personal essays, invocations, rituals, recipes and artwork from modern Witches, Priestesses and Priests by Sorita D’Este

The Satanic Witch by Anton Szandor LAVey

Advanced Wicca: Exploring Deeper Levels of Spiritual Skills and Masterful Magick by Patricia Telesco

The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Brosseau Gardner

The Study of Witchcraft: A Guidebook to Advanced Wicca by Deborah Lipp

Progressive Witchcraft by Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
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The Crossroads in Folklore and Myth by Martin Puhvel

When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm by Layne Redmond

The Night Battles: Witchcraft & Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries by Anne Tedeschi

A Razor for a Goat: Problems in the History of Witchcraft and Diabolism by Elliot Rose

Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches’ Sabbath by Carlo Ginzburg

Popular Religion in Late Saxon England: Elf Charms in Context by Karen Louise Jolly

The Return of the Dead: Ghosts, Ancestors, and the Transparent Veil of the Pagan Mind by Claude Lecouteux

Contemporary Paganism: Listening People, Speaking Earth by Graham Harvey

Athenian Popular Religion by Jon D. Mikalson

Greek Folk Religion by Martin P. Nilsson

Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth by Walter Burkert

The Greek Way of Death by Robert Garland

The Odyssey by Homer

The Iliad by Homer

Theogony, Works and Days by Hesiod

The Histories, Revised by Herodotus

Popular Magic: Cunning-folk in English History by Owen Davies

Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions by Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson

The Well and the Tree: World and Time in Early Germanic Culture by Paul C. Bauschatz

Carmina Gadelica by Alexander Carmichael

Greek and Roman Necromancy by Daniel Ogden

Rotting Goddess: The Origins of the Witch in Classical Antiquity by Jacob Rabinowitz

The Silver Bough by F. Marian MacNeil

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion by James Frazer

The White Goddess by Robert Graves

Myth and Sexuality by Jamake Highwater

The Homeric Hymns by Homer

The Wisdom of the Outlaw by Joseph Falaky Nagy

Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon

Trioedd Ynys Prydein: The Triads of the Island of Britain by Rachel Bromwich

Lady With A Mead Cup by Michael Enright

Women’s Religions in the Greco-Roman World: A Sourcebook by Ross Shepard Kraemer

Auraicept na n-Éces: The Scholars Primer by George Calder, ed.

A Guide to Early Irish Law by Fergus Kelly

The Tain by tr. by Thomas Kinsella

The Banshee: The Irish Death Messenger by Patricia Lysaght

Sex and Marriage in Ancient Ireland by Patrick C. Power

The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y. Evans Wentz

The Secret Commonwealth and the Fairy Belief Complex by Brian Walsh

Beyond Celts, Germans, and Scythians by Peter S. Wells

Tales of the Elders of Ireland by Ann Dooley and Harry Roe, trans.

The Celtic Heroic Age by John T. Koch and John Carey, eds.

The Poetic Edda

The Prose Edda

Society and Politics in Snorri Sturluson’s Heimskringla by Sverre Bagge

Feud in the Icelandic Saga by Jesse L. Byock

The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies by Andrew Lang

The Way of Wyrd by Brian Bates

The Real Middle-Earth: Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages by Brian Bates

Gods of Love and Ecstasy: The Traditions of Shiva and Dionysus by Alain Danielou

Pagan Dream Of Rennaissance by Joscelyn Godwin
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Spiritual Mentoring: A Pagan Guide by Judy Harrow

Loneliness & Revelation by Brendan Myers

The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing Over by Starhawk

A World Full of Gods: An Inquiry into Polytheism by John Michael Greer

Exploring the Pagan Path: Wisdom from the Elders by Kristin Madden, Starhawk, Raven Grimassi, and Dorothy Morrison

Between the Worlds edited by Sian Reid
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The Gaelic Otherworld by John Gregorson Campbell, ed. by Ronald Black

The Visions of Isobel Gowdie: Magic, Shamanism and Witchcraft in Seventeenth-century Scotland by Emma Wilby

Dreamtime: Concerning the Boundary Between Wilderness and Civilization by Hans Peter Duerr

The Underworld Initiation: A journey towards psychic transformation by R. J. Stewart

Power Within the Land: The Roots of Celtic and Underworld Traditions Awakening the Sleepers and Regenerating the Earth by R. J. Stewart

The Tree of Enchantment: Ancient Wisdom and Magic Practices of the Faery Tradition by Orion Foxwood

The Woman in the Shaman’s Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine by Barbara Tedlock

Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy by Mircea Eliade

Walkers Between the Worlds: The Western Mysteries from Shaman to Magus by Caitlin Matthews

Plant Spirit Wisdom: Shamans and Sin eaters, Celtic Techniques for Healing the Soul by Ross Heaven

The Wiccan Mystic by Ben Gruagach

To Fly by Night edited by Veronica Cummer

Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic: Ecstasy and Neo-Shamanism in North European Paganism by Jenny Blain

Cunning-Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic by Emma Wilby

Sacred Mask Sacred Dance by Evan John Jones
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Circles, Groves and Sanctuaries by Dan and Pauline Campanelli

Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure by Catherine Yronwode

Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones: Hoodoo, Mojo & Conjuring with Herbs by Stephanie Rose Bird

Mastering Herbalism: A Practical Guide by Paul Huson

Encyclopedia of Natural Magic by John Michael Greer

The Tree of Meaning: Language, Mind and Ecology by Robert Bringhurst

Leechcraft: Early English Charms, Plantlore and Healingby Stephen Pollington

Learning Their Language: Intuitive Communication with Animals and Nature by Marta Williams

The Meaning of Herbs: Myth, Language & Lore by G. & Field, A. Scoble

The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth by Stephen Buhner

The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety by Simon Mills, Kerry Bone
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By Standing Stone and Elder Tree: Ritual and the Unconscious by William G. Gray also known as Rollright Stone and Elder Tree

Magical Ritual Methods by William G. Gray

The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion by Mircea Eliade

Hekate Liminal Rites: A Study of the rituals, magic and symbols of the torch-bearing Triple Goddess of the Crossroads by David Rankine

Circles of Power: Ritual Magic in the Western Tradition by John Michael Greer

A Simple Spell (Love)

Many people who have cast this little spell have said that, despite its
simplicity, it has a high success rate in having the unspoken love you feel for someone acknowledged. It can also be cast with no one particular in mind.

You will need:
- Two leaves that can be drawn on
- Green thread
- A needle
- Seven pennies

Draw a picture of yourself on one of the leaves and a picture of the
person you want to return your love on the other. If you have no one
special in mind and are casting this spell simply to bring love into your
life, as well as an image of how you would like your lover to look, you
could also add a list of the characteristics he or she should have. Sew the two leaves together with the green thread and knot it tightly.

Take the leaves to a tree that you are fond of, one with a natural crevice within which you can hide them. Making sure that they will not blow away, gently push the leaves into the crevice, saying as you do so:

Earth,Water, Air and Fire,
Bring me *****’s true love as I desire.
And let it be done, that it harm no one.

Now bury the coins around the base of the tree and trust to the elements to make your magic work.

From ‘The Ultimate Encylopedia of Spells by Michael Johnstone’

Spell work, and the days of the week.

Each day of the week has specific planetary and magical associations attached to it.

Monday: The day of the moon. An excellent day for psychic and dream work and connecting to goddess energy. 

Tuesday: The day of Mars. A great day for any work involving conflict, force, male energy, and action.

Wednesday: The day of Mercury. A day for communication, divination, learning, and mental improvement. 

Thursday: The day of Jupiter. The best day to work for expansion, influencing people in positions of authority, and good luck.

Friday: The day of Venus. The ideal day for love, beauty, and friendship magic.

Saturday: The day of Saturn. The day for binding and grounding magic.

Sunday: The day of the sun. The best time for connecting to god energy, success and wealth magic, strength, and healing.

From ‘Supermarket Magic: Creating Spells, Brews, Potions & Powders from Everyday Ingredients’ by Michael Furie.

Good Health Potion

Honey is a magical substance, lemon is connected to the lunar energy and is purifying, ginger is good for digestion, and tea contains many healthful properties. All these combine to make a wonderful, vitalizing combination. 

1 tablespoon honey 
½ lemon (or 1 to 1.5tb of lemon juice ~Jade)
1 tiny pinch ginger 
1 tea bag
2 cups water

Heat the water and brew the tea in your preferred manner. Next, pour some of the brewed tea into a cup and squeeze the juice of the lemon half through a small sieve (to avoid seeds) into the cup. (Or add the desired about of lemon juice ~Jade) Add the honey and a tiny pinch of ginger. Seriously, make sure it is tiny—just a whisper—since too much ginger can be overpowering. Stir to combine. Finally, holding your hands over the cup of tea, will your energy into the brew. Concentrate your desire for good health into the liquid, and drink it in for good health.

From ‘Supermarket Magic: Creating Spells, Brews, Potions & Powders from Everyday Ingredients by Michael Furie’