“She is the Mother, She laces his vest, she sets his sword, She kisses him goodbye, knowing his fate. But wait!” “She is the Lover, She laces his breast, she sets his flail, She kisses him goodbye, closing the door. There’s more!” “She is the Crone, Old and gray, She watches as he fades away,Read more
“Let the celebration begin!” he exclaimed as he entered the grand ballroom lined with party goers. He had been anticipating this evening from the moment that Yule chimed in the New Year. Though immortal, Mercury was aware of the passage of time in the mortal world. A moment such as this must be noted, heRead more
My name is Maria ‘Peacock’ Barrett and I am a WITCH! I was raised in an atypical family where I was encouraged by example to stretch my boundaries and embrace nature, as well as other cultures and traditions from around the globe. Although my parents were raised as Protestants, I was exposed as a child to alternative ideasRead more
Until this spring, when I went off on the road to promote my book ‘Reflections: Grimoire of a Modern Witch”, I had been facilitating a New Moon Sister Circle here in Dayton, using the tools provided to me by the Unify Global Sisterhood Circle as my reference for teaching and meditation tools. As a facilitator,Read more
The Devil Tarot card expresses the realm of the taboo — the culturally rejected wildness and undigested shadow side that each of us carries in our subconscious. This shadow is actually who we are at the core of our being, which we cannot get rid of and will never succeed in taming. In fact, it is often an aspect of our truth that is trying to emerge, aiding in our self empowerment and awareness of our power. From its earliest versions, which portrayed a vampire-demon, the devil evoked the church-fueled fear that a person could “lose their soul” to wild and passionate forces. The Horned God, revered by most Pagans in ancient times as the Lord of the Hunt, was a perfect image to convert to the ‘icon of evil’, marking all who worshipped Him as followers of Satan, and setting them up to be victims of the Burning Times, when Christianity all but wiped Goddess worshippers from the face of Europe and early America.
The Devil image which emerged in the mid-1700s gives us a more sophisticated rendition — that of the “scapegoated god,” whose esoteric name is Baphomet. Volcanic reserves of passion and primal desire empower His efforts to overcome the pressure of stereotyped roles and experience true freedom of soul. The image of Baphomet is currently recognized by modern Satan worshippers as a symbol of Satan and, in fact, an 8 1/2’ statue of him was recently erected alongside a giant stone statue of the Ten Commandments as an ‘equal opportunity’ to annoy the citizens of Oklahoma with religious dogma. However, we in the Craft do not accept a being known as the devil, or Satan, as the instigator of all our ill conceived decisions and selfish or hateful behaviors. We recognize that we have the potential for good and evil, and that it is CHOICE/INTENTION, the freedom to decide for ourselves, that defines our character.
The Devil card is here to tell us to let go of our inhibitions and allow yourself to express all of who you are. This card advises you to show some spunk. There may be nothing to be gained by trying to be subtle or strategic in a current situation. Assert your agenda, express yourself honestly, and let the chips fall where they may. Your best bet would be to express your true emotions, possibly even including anger. This is not an invitation/permission to act out or express anger in a negative or violent way. Simply acknowledge your right to experience whatever feelings you have. While it may not be necessary to act out what you feel in every situation, accepting the power and depth of your inner experience enables you to remain true to yourself.
May this card give you permission to ‘get down, get funky, Spunky’! Blessed Be!
The wand has been used for centuries by witches to help them create their magic, it is a precious tool and an integral part of a witch’s altar toolbox. The wand is used for healing as well as spells and magic. It can be used to charge a plant or herb with special powers of healing, and it also works to focus and send energy to a particular person or location. The wand is used by the witch pointing the wand and directing the energy, often using silent word spells to empower the wand. The wand works especially well for healing and enchanting, but also for spell casting. The wand will unblock energy channels and can be used as a self-healing tool to balance and align oneself. You can do this by touching the tip of the wand to your third eye and imagining silver light beaming through your body and clearing any chakras where your energy is blocked. The wand works well as a tool for focus during meditation.
The wand is a traditional choice for witches, and as witches neither borrow or lend their precious wand, it is charged with the individual witch’s energy as though it is an extension of themselves. All implements used by witches align to a particular element, the wand is aligned to the element of air, any type of wood can be used to make a wand and often it comes down to tradition and culture. Crystals and talismans are often added to the wand to intensify the power, the wand usually has some engraving on it depending on the belief of each individual witch the wand is energized and enchanted by the witch before use. Birch, Oak, Willow, Blackthorn, Almond, and Hazel are all good choices for a wand. Energy can be sent over long distances and is often used in healing rituals, the energy in the wand is extremely powerful, and the space where the witch conjures magic is sacrosanct.
How to Charge Your Wand
First, wash your hands, light incense and light a rose candle, run your left hand over your right hand, then your right hand over your left, keep doing this until you feel the energy building in your hands. Next pick up your wand in the hand you use for writing, close your eyes and imagine a stream of silver-white light coming from the universe and entering the top of your head imagine it beaming down and coursing along your arm into your hand out from your fingertips and going into your wand you will literally feel the energy flowing as you charge your wand with power. Make sure when you perform the wand energizing ceremony, there is incense and a lit candle, you can also use some essential oil to create the appropriate atmosphere.
How to Re-charge Your Wand
After several uses, a well-used wand needs to be re-charged. You can re-charge the wand with the Sun, the Full Moon, a rose quartz, and an amethyst crystal. As soon as you wake up in the morning, place the wand outside for two hours with the rose quartz next to it and say the words, “The power of the universe shall imbue this wand”. In the evening, do the same thing only you use the amethyst and leave the wand out all night. When you bring the wand inside use a smudge stick to seal the power in the wand.
Making a Wand
The wand is a very personal item! While you can certainly purchase a wand from a metaphysical shop or festival, it is always better to make your own wand as, when you are touching it during the crafting, it is absorbing your energy. Make sure you use wood that is sturdy so that is doesn’t fragment as you are working with it, most wands are approximately twelve to sixteen inches long, you can often find branches already broken off trees and lying on the ground, these are quite suitable to be used for your wand, do not be concerned if the branch is bent or crooked it won’t affect the energy in any way. Sandpaper can be used to make your wand smooth; feel and charge your wand with love and light to help your wand wield its most powerful magic.
Decorating Your Wand
Work on your wand with the premise it is unique to you, therefore any choice of wood is acceptable. you can wrap it in cord or ribbon and use any crystals you desire. You will find that the crystals usually chooses you during the creative process. You might wish to tie talismans to your wand; any item is suitable and each wand is made with feeling and takes on the energy of the individual witch. You might also choose to attach feathers to your wand. One of the most important features of the wand is to carve or write your name on the wand, this seals the power completely and makes the wand utterly yours.
Most importantly, remember that your energy creates the magic. The wand is merely a tool for you to use as an extension of your power.
In Pagan and Wiccan spirituality, it is common to select patrons and matrons that mean something personal to you or that have called to you in some way. As I began my journey, a trio of Goddesses, my Maiden, Mother, and Crone, each came to me in signs, symbols, or visions. I have worked with each of them over time until they ARE me and I AM they. As within, so without!
Hera from the Greek pantheon was the first to speak to me as a primary Mother goddess figure. Soon after she was followed by Aphrodite, also Greek, a Maiden goddess of beauty and sexuality which, if you know me, makes perfect sense. When at last I met my Crone, for She was the last of the three to speak to me, I admit to being a bit surprised that it was not the Greek crone goddess, Hecate, that came through but KALI MA! Her frightful visage is enough to be a ‘cause for pause’ but as I discovered, She speaks to us of the Cosmos, and does not stand in ignorance but slays with passion those who would stand in the way of her Divine Ascension.
So today, I share with you my Crone in the form of this work by Jenna Lilla, published on May 9, 2013.
The words of Carl Jung describe another aspect of the Goddess that I found inside myself and learned to love and honor. A special shoutout to my brother, Ratman, for sharing this!
ALL HAIL KALI!
Kali: The Loving and Terrible Mother
Carl Jung speaks of Kali:
“In India, ‘the loving and terrible mother’ is the paradoxical Kali. Samkhya philosophy has elaborated the mother archetype into the concept of prakrti (matter) and assigned to it the three gunas or fundamental attributes: sattva, rajas, tamas: goodness, passion, and darkness. These are three essential aspects of the mother: her cherishing and nourishing goodness, her orgiastic emotionality, and her Stygian depths .”
In this image, we see the Hindu goddess Kali. She has loose thick hair. is dark in color, and has four arms. She represents the creative and destructive aspects of the cosmos:
“Her right hands, making the mudras of ‘fear not’ and conferring boons, represents the creative aspect of Kali, while the left hands, holding a bloodied sword and a severed head, represent her destructive aspect. Her three eyes represent the sun, moon, and fire, with which she is able to observe the three modes of time: past, present, and future.”
Kali’s name means (“black, dark coloured”). She is called the ‘Black Goddess’, and is a fierce form of Shakti. Kali has a garland of heads or skulls around her neck numbering 50 or 51. This garland is called the “varnamala.” Each skull represents a letter of the Sanskrit alphabet. Kālī means “the black one” or “beyond time”. Kali is the image of power, time, creation and destruction.
Kali She stands upon Shiva in the pratyalidha stance, with the right knee advanced and the left knee drawn back. Shiva reclines in meditative bliss. Shiva holds a horn: “The horn, a lunar symbol, is, like the drum, a spirit caller”. She is the power of the Cosmic Self. She devours all the foes, the images of ignorance, who block our spiritual attainment. Ancient Text describes how She defeats Chanda and Munda, the demons of ignorance, and brings their severed heads to the supreme Goddess Chandika.
In the Devi-Mahatmya 7:5-7, a Rishi tells the story of the Kali killing the demons:
The Rishi said:
1-2. Then at his command the asuras, fully armed, and with Chanda and Munda at their head, marched in fourfold array.
3. They saw the Devi, smiling gently, seated upon the lion on a huge golden peak of the great mountain.
4. On seeing her, some of them excited themselves and made an effort to capture her, and others approached her, with their bows bent and swords drawn.
5. Thereupon Ambika became terribly angry with those foes, and in her anger her countenance then became dark as ink.
6. Out from the surface of her forehead, fierce with frown, issued suddenly Kali of terrible countenance, armed with a sword and noose.
7-9. Bearing the strange skull-topped staff, decorated with a garland of skull, clad in a tiger’s skin, very appalling owing to her emaciated flesh, with gaping mouth, fearful with her tongue lolling out, having deep-sunk reddish eyes and filling the regions of the sky with her roars, and falling upon impetuously and slaughtering the great asuras in that army, she devoured those hosts of the foes of the devas.
10. Snatching the elephants with one hand she flung them into her mouth together with their rear men and drivers and their warrior-riders and bells.
11. Taking likewise into her mouth the cavalry with the horses, and chariot with its driver, she ground them most frightfully with her teeth.
12. She seized one by the hair and another by the neck; one she crushed by the weight of the foot, and another of her body.
13. And she caught with her mouth the weapons and the great arms shot by those asuras and crunched them up with her teeth in her fury.
14. She destroyed all that host of mighty and evil-natured asuras, devoured some and battered others.
15. Some were killed with her word, some were beaten with her skull-topped staff, and other asuras met their death being ground with the edge of her teeth.
16. On seeing all the hosts of asuras laid low in a moment, Chanda rushed against that Kali, who was exceedingly terrible.
17. The great asura Chanda with very terrible showers of arrows, and Munda with discuses hurled in thousands covered that terrible-eyed Devi.
18. Those numerous discuses, disappearing into her mouth, looked like numerous solar orbs disappearing into the midst of a cloud.
19. Thereat Kali, who was roaring frightfully, whose fearful teeth were gleaming within her dreadful mouth, laughed terribly with exceeding fury.
20. Then the Devi, mounting upon her great lion, rushed at Chanda, and seizing him by his hair, severed his head with her sword.
21. Seeing Chanda laid low, Munda also rushed at her. She felled him also the ground, striking him with her sword in her fury.
22. Seeing the most valiant Chanda and Munda laid low, the remaining army there became panicky and fled in all directions.
23. And Kali, holding the heads of Chanda and Munda in her hands, approached Chandika and said, her words mingled with very loud laughter.
24. ‘Here have I brought you the heads of Chanda and Munda as two great animal offerings in this sacrifice of battle; Sumbha and Nisumbha, you shall yourself slay.’ The Rishi said:
25-27. Thereupon seeing those asuras, Chanda and Munda brought to her, the auspicious Chandika said to Kali these playful words: ‘Because you have brought me both Chanda and Munda, you O Devi, shall be famed in the world by the name Chamunda. Here ends the seventh chapter called ‘The slaying of Chanda and Munda’ of Devi-mahatmya in Markandeya purana, during the period of Savarni, the Manu.
My name is Maria ‘Peacock’ Barrett and I am a WITCH! I was raised in an atypical family where I was encouraged by example to stretch my boundaries and embrace nature, as well as other cultures and traditions from around the globe. Although my parents were raised as Protestants, I was exposed as a child to alternative ideas ranging from Taoism and Buddhism to transcendental meditation and tarot card reading. As I got older, we occasionally attended a Unitarian Universalist church. I was also exposed in limited doses to Catholicism, Judaism, and a cult called The Way. None of these seemed to fit.
As an adult, the idea of Paganism was introduced to me by a friend. I was immediately drawn to it and its focus on Nature and the interconnection between mankind and the Divine. I was also moved by its astonishing honesty and atmosphere of non-judgment, of trust and love. Since 1989, I have never looked back or regretted my decision to place my feet on this path.