worshipping the earth

blessthe-lord-ohmysoul  asked:

Martha! So I'm going to be attending my local Byzantine Catholic Church for Mass. I'm so excited, but I don't want to look like an idiot. Any do's/don'ts i should be aware of?

AAAAAAAAH, my friend you’re going to love it. Like I’m most definitely biased but I think the Eastern Church is the most beautiful form of worship on earth and I always get excited when people decide to attend liturgy.

•So you should definitely venerate the icons! They’ll most likely have one on a podium thing, standing front and center (sometimes as many as three). I usually venerate the icon as soon as I enter and the last thing i do before I leave. It’s super simple: stand before the icon, cross yourself twice, kiss the icon on the lower corner, and then cross yourself again.

• Don’t venerate the icons while wearing lipstick tho because the last thing you want is a bright pink kiss mark on it😂

•Cross yourself and bow in the direction of the iconostasis (the beautiful screen of icons which connects the knave of the church to the sanctuary, where the altar and tabernacle are kept) before entering your pew! There may not be pews, if not that’s okay. Bow upon entering and exiting the church.

• Don’t genuflect or kneel. In the east kneeling is is viewed as an act of penance and sorrow. But Sunday is a little Easter, it is a joyous occasion! So rejoice!!!! Stand during the consecration and after receiving the Eucharist😁

• The whole liturgy is in song! Your church will most likely have a little book that contains all the prayers and hymns if you want to follow along! Even if you can’t find the book, there’s a few parts that are repeated a LOT! By the end of Liturgy you’ll be singing “Lord have mercy” like a pro

• Before the Homily, the priest may say “Glory to Jesus Christ” and you’ll respond by saying, “Glory to him forever.”

• Do receive the Eucharist! (As long as you’re properly disposed to receive of course. Any Catholic may receive the Eucharist at any Catholic Church, Roman or Eastern. But Catholics aren’t permitted to receive Eucharist from an Orthodox Church.) The Byzantine Church use leavened bread, not communion wafers. It’s cut into little sugar cube sizes and and mixed with the wine. The priest administers the Eucharist directly into your mouth with a spoon. You’ll walk up with your hands folded over your chest, tilt your head back, open your mouth (but don’t stick out your tongue), and the priest will give you the Eucharist. He may ask your name right before too.

• Don’t shut your mouth down on the spoon! Don’t stick your tongue out because the Body might fall. And if you’re not going to receive communion, don’t walk up for a blessing, just remain standing.

•Do venerate the cross! Anyone can do it, Catholic/Orthodox/Protestant whatever. It’s super easy. The priest will say the proper greeting for the Liturgical season, and you reply with the proper response. As of right now the priest would say something along the lines of “Christ is among us”, to which you would reply, “He is and ever shall be” (these change during Christmas and Easter though) After that you’ll kiss the cross and then kiss the priest’s hand that’s holding the base of the cross. We kiss the cross because it’s the instrument of our salvation and we kiss the priest’s hand because his hands have held the most holy Body and Blood of Jesus.

•Some parishes don’t do the hand kiss though, so you may want to double check.

•Do partake in the antidoron, just like venerating the cross anyone can do it! After you kiss the cross you’ll walk past an altar server carrying a bowl or a basket. It’s filled with bread. Blessed but not consecrated, so it’s not the Eucharist, just bread. Take it. Not the whole bowl though because rude, take one piece. If there’s extra they’ll pass it around and then you can get more if you’d like.

•Cross yourself as often as you’d like and whenever you feel it’s appropriate. There are a few parts where you bow but the priest will tell you “bow your heads to the lord” so you don’t need to worry about knowing when, and you can also just take queues from those around you! ☺️

• If you have an Eastern Christian friend, ask them to go with you. They can help answer any questions about why something is or how something should be done. If you don’t know anyone from the Church already, I would get there a little early and introduce yourself to the priest or deacon or just a friendly looking lay person. These are usually very small communities so if you introduce yourself to one person you’ll quickly become acquainted with just about everyone.

I know it sounds like a lot, but everyone there is going to be so kind and understanding, so don’t worry about doing everything _perfect_ Your primary concern should just be being there, and worshiping Christ and encountering him with all your senses. Like literally hearing, feeling, taste, touch, smell; It’s amazing. I wish I could go with you! There’s nothing I love more than bringing friends to Liturgy with me!

Worship the Earth Excerpt (Merthur)

Pushing through the bushes, Merlin finally sees him.

Arthur turns at the sound.

He’s standing in the water, a clean, clear pool. It comes to his waist, but there are droplets trickling down his chest. His hair is wet, and slicked back. The moonlight makes him glow, cold, pale. Counterpoint to the golden glow of magic around and within Merlin.

Merlin’s clothes are already discarded, so he steps forward. Arthur’s eyes have been travelling his body, just as Merlin’s did to him.

Merlin can almost hear the increase in Arthur’s pulse from the edge of the water.

Maybe he does. Most of his magic is still a mystery to him.

As Merlin walks into the water, seeing the reflection of himself, golden light twisting around his skin, Arthur moves forward.

His lips are curving, and a flush is forming on his skin. Merlin smiles as well.

When they meet, Merlin doesn’t watch the golden glow of his skin meet the pale stretch of Arthur’s. Instead, he watches as Arthur’s eyes track Merlin’s hands, as they trail over his chest.

Merlin’s magic sings to him, shivers within him. Arthur’s breath hitches, and Merlin can almost feel it in his own chest.

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To the ancient past, I raise my voice.
To the ancient past, I cry.

Kingdom Animalia,
Phylum Chordata,
Class Chondrichthyes,  
Genus Carcharocles,
Species Megalodon.

To great Ancestor Megalodon,
the Swallower of Whales,  
Mighty-Jaw and Great-of-Tooth, I call.
Show your teeth this night, and with them tear asunder the wicked man.
Show your teeth to him, and to those who are like him.

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Osteichthyes
Genus Tiktaalik
Species Roseae

To gentle Ancestor Tiktaalik,
the Fish-Who-Walked,
Great Traveler and Pioneer, I call.
Walk with my country, my people, tonight.
Walk beside us through this darkness, walk with us towards the light.

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Genus Juramaia
Species Sinensis

To nurturing Ancestor Juramaia, 
the Placental Mother,
She of the Womb and Umbilical Cord, I call.
Hold us close this night, and shelter us as you shelter your growing offspring.
Hold our hands as we strain with the birth-pains of change, and let our suffering be worth it in the end.

To the spirits of my most ancient ancestors, I cry.
To the spirits of the Fossilized, I lift up my voice.
Protect us, guide us, nurture us.

This is my prayer. This is my plea.
Spirits of the ancient past, be with me tonight.

The 8 Sabbats

SAMHAIN: October 31st, the beginning and therefore the end of the pagan new year. The time when the Goddess returns as the crone or the wise one

YULE: December 21st, the time when the days begin to lengthen and the re-birth of the sun is celebrated

IMBOLG: February 2nd, The time when the first buds are seen on the trees: the return of the Goddess as the maiden.

OESTARA: March 21st. The time when day and night are equal. A time of balance and of throwing out the old and taking on the new.

BELTANE: May 1st, The time when the marriage of the Goddess and the Gd is celebrated. The Goddess becomes the Mother and the God returns to reign beside her

LITHA: June 21st, The height of the sun king’s power, when the days begin to shorten again

LAMMAS: August 1st, the time when the first harvest is brought in, the feast of the sacrificial God

MADRON: September 21st again day and night are equal and again this is a time of balance This is the height of the harvest and a time of returning things to the way they should be

“He who enters into the secret place of his own soul passes beyond himself, and does in truth ascend to God.
Banish, therefore, from thy heart the distractions of earth; and turn thine eyes to spiritual joys,
that thou mayest learn at last to repose in the light of the contemplation of God.“

~St. Albert the Great

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Candle Color Correspondences

RED - Energy, health, passion, sex, protection, fire, fertility, fast action, strength, potency, lust, blood. Element: Fire

PINK - Love, friendship, romance, honor, spiritual healing, caring, affection, forming partnerships, peace, emotional healing.

YELLOW - Action, inspiration and creativity, studying and intelligence, concentration, memory, logic, learning, attraction, confidence. Element: Sun/Fire

ORANGE - Happiness, business deals, attracting good things, success, career, goals, stimulation, attraction, power, luck, sudden changes.

GREEN - Plant magic, mother earth, earth worship, money, success, growth, wealth, physical healing, health, marriage, fertility, employment, balance. Element: Earth

BLUE - Peace, calm, loosing weight, wisdom, understanding, protection, harmony, inspiration, truth, patience, health and happiness, luck, communication, loyalty, occult power. Element: Water

DARK BLUE - Represents the subconscious, healing, psychism, slow change. Element: Water

PURPLE - Ancient wisdom, the third eye, psychic powers, meditation, spirituality, success, confidence, hidden knowledge, protection, divination, contact with spirit world, Element: Soul or the Spirit

BROWN - Home, friendships, balance, animal magic, earth magic, concentration and studying, wealth, success, intuition, psychic powers and ESP. Element: Earth

BLACK - Protection, hex-breaking, reversing, banishing, destroying evil or negativity, binding, and repelling. Also used for healing very powerful illnesses.

WHITE - Dawn, purification, peace, truth, protection, spirituality. White can be used in place of any other candle color and is suitable for any ritual. Element: All

MAGENTA - Quick change. Use this candle with other candles to initiate a quick response or fast changes.

INDIGO - Karma, balance, restoration of balance, meditation, stop another person’s spell against you.

GOLD - Sun-Worship, the God, success, wealth, money, masculinity, playfulness, luck, divination, victory.

(By AmberSkyfire)

M O T H E R M O O N //
Oh, mother!
Carry me across
The ocean of sky
In your radiant arms.
I have set sail
For dreams
Of my own
Becoming,
And I fear the ground
May move beneath me.
Bless me
With your holy light:
Imbue my hands
With the flame
Of hearth and healing.
It is your breath
That fills me;
It is in your bosom
I hide from the horizon.
Rock me
With the tides of night;
Give me
Serenity
And
Grant me
Might.
;
Laila Tova 💎

Banishing Curse

Note: I do not care for the European centric morals of witchcraft, and I am not Wiccan. You are wasting your breath preaching about any redes or laws you personally follow. I worship the Earth, all parts, including the destruction. My heart has never been heavy when defending myself or my loved ones, and you will not convince me otherwise.

I never came up with a name for this spell. I wrote it when a friend of my husband’s was being abused by her boyfriend (yes, we did mundane things as well, she has a support system now and is safe).

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Part I - Banishing Powder

I use banishing powder in the spell, so I’m going to give you recipes for it here, along with some alternatives. You can actually use it by itself if you wish, but it makes a nice addition to banishing spells in general.

Banishing Powder I
Equal parts of:
Black Pepper
Cayenne Powder
Cinnamon
Salt
Cloves

Banishing Powder II

Equal parts of:
Ground Bay Leaves
Black pepper
Cayenne Powder
Garlic
Salt

Possible Ingredient substitutions: Basil, Citronella, Cumin, Dragon’s Blood, Juniper, Mistletoe, Mullein, Mugwort, Pepper (any kind, really), Yew (Some parts are toxic, please be careful when handling)

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Part II - The Spell

You will need:
A dark purple candle (this color signifies your hold on the target, can also substitute black)
Paper & Pen (Gold is a good color for justice, brown for retribution, use both for extra oomph)*
A fire-proof apparatus (cauldron, fire-proof bowl, etc)

*Instead of paper, you can use a photo of the person if available

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1) Dress your candle if desired. You can make a banishing oil with the ingredients listed above, by soaking them in a carrier oil anywhere from 24 hours to a few weeks. While you are doing this, focus on your intent. Visualize the target leaving your life and never returning. Imagine how peaceful it will be with them gone, where they cannot hurt you or your loved ones anymore. If you wish, you can also visualize them realizing all of the damage they have caused and feeling guilt for it, so they do not harm others in the future. Carve sigils in it if you desire. After you feel the candle is charged, place it in it’s holder.

2) Write the name of the target(s) on the piece of paper.

3) Prepare your fire safe apparatus, then light your candle.

4) Write over the name(s) with your own, effectively crossing them out. As you do this, chant:

I cover you, I cross you, I command you, I compel you
(Name), you will depart from this place
and learn from your mistakes

Repeat this while you finish writing if necessary.

5)Set the paper aflame with the purple candle, and toss it in your fire safe bowl. Chant some more if you desire.

6) While the paper is burning, throw 3 separate pinches of your banishing powder on the flaming paper, while saying, for each

Leave this place
-or-
I banish thee

Or whatever else you feel is appropriate for the circumstances.

7) Let the purple candle burn out to power the spell. When finished, dispose of the candle remains and ashes somewhere off of your property, or in the trash, whatever. The spell is complete.